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By: ETourandTravel

July 21, 2017

New Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World

It was Christmas in July for Disnerds last weekend at the company’s annual D23 Expo. The event usually delivers loads of news regarding what the imagineers are cooking up for the Disney theme parks, but this year our cup overflowed with exciting developments.

Tron Lightcycle Power Run

The skyline at the Magic Kingdom will be changing as they add a brand new rollercoaster to Tomorrowland! The Tron Lightcycle Power Run has been an exceedingly popular attraction at the Disney park in Shanghai, so it’s being imported to Orlando!

The ride simulates riding the Lightcycles – motorcycles made of light that leave a light trail as they zip by  – from the Disney film TRON: LEGACY. The film takes place in an alternate reality inside computers where the world is made of light. It’s a mesmerizing ride, which you can get a feel for in this video from the Shanghai park:

The attraction will be built slightly behind the iconic Space Mountain, and will not be replacing any existing attraction (woo hoo!). You should be able to start queuing up for your ride in 2021 for Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Taking the place of the aging Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the first ride at Walt Disney World to star the company’s indelible mascot, Mickey Mouse!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will take riders through the screen into a Mickey Mouse short film. The animated short begins with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic while Goofy tries his hand at being an engineer. Riders then literally step into the movie screen to board Goofy’s train. Mickey and Minnie will keep them out of trouble as riders are taken through many thrilling twists and turns.

But, with the addition of this exciting new attraction coming quickly you’ll have only a few more weeks to say your goodbyes to The Great Movie Ride, which will close its doors for good on August 13, 2017. There’s no set date for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to open.

Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot

Something a bit further out on the horizon, but nonetheless exciting to hear about, is a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, based on the hit Marvel movie, moving into the space in Epcot currently occupied by Universe of Energy.

Not a lot of details were revealed about this ride, but the fact that the front half of Epcot is getting some love from imagineers after going many years without any new attractions is welcome news. With this news comes word that the entire front entrance to the park will be revamped to give the park – which is themed around the idea of the future and advanced technology – to look less dated.

Ratatouille Ride in Epcot

The back half of Epcot will also receive a new attraction to join the recently opened Frozen Ever After ride in the Norway Pavilion. The France Pavilion will be rebuilt to feature the popular Ratatouille ride, based on the Pixar film, that has been insanely popular in Disneyland Paris.

You can get a brief taste of the ride in the following video:

But there’s more…

That wasn’t all of the announcements at D23 regarding the parks in Orlando. They might have mentioned something about a little film franchise titled Star Wars. But, that’s for another post…

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By: ETourandTravel

July 14, 2017

Behind the Scenes of “Moses”

Just about everyone has watched the behind-the-scenes material on a DVD or Blu-ray to see how movies are made. But, have you ever climbed up on stage of an immense Broadway caliber production and seen how the sets, lights, and sound combine to make an unforgettable theatrical experience?

The wizards at Sight and Sound theaters in Branson are offering visitors the chance to walk on stage of their massive production of “Moses” to see precisely how all of the magic is pulled off.

They’ll lift the veil on their stage to show and introduce you to a million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound, and a massive stage that’s over twenty-thousand square feet in size that wraps around the audience on three sides and towers over you, four stories tall.

During the 60-minute walking tour, you’ll gain an inside look at what it takes to put the epic story of Moses and how he freed his people on stage. You’ll get to see the technology and ingenuity that powers the drama of each show. See first-hand what keeps the lights, sound, stage – and even animals – on cue.

But prepared to drag your jaw along the floor as you step out onto the stage for an actor’s on-stage view of the theater. It’s a perfect complement to your show-filled vacation in Branson! Book your tour today!

And don’t forget to tag us on social media with your pictures from up on stage! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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By: ETourandTravel

June 29, 2017

Best Places to Watch Fireworks this Independence Day

It is a preoccupation of most Americans, come late June, as to determine where the best Independence Day fireworks display will be. After all, we love our country and want to celebrate its birth as loudly and as spectacularly as possible. The answer to that question becomes harder when you choose to vacation over the holiday. You’re not familiar with the area, after all, and may not know. Luckily, you have us to help with that! If you’re traveling with us this year, here are the best places to get the most bang for your buck.


Obviously, the best show in O-town when it comes to fireworks is the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. They’re sort of experts at it, seeing as they fire them off every day of the year, some nights twice; and they pay even more attention to their yearly Independence Day fireworks. Their show is sweeping, patriotic, inspiring, and for small children, absolutely mesmerizing. They perform the show on nights before and after the holiday so you don’t have to worry about the crowd on the Fourth of July. Park admission is required, of course.


Fireworks displays over lakes are the best. They offer a 360 degree viewing area so the most amount of people can see them. You can experience just such an Independence Day fireworks show in Branson, over Table Rock Lake at an event called the Top of the Rock. It’s a phenomenal show that will whip up your sense of patriotism and leave you breathless.

Myrtle Beach

You have a few options for great fireworks in Myrtle Beach, but we would recommend Fireworks on the Boardwalk. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Entertainment District hosts a complete Fourth of July celebration replete with live entertainment. And what goes better with fireworks than music? The fireworks display will be shot off from Second Avenue Pier beginning at 10 p.m. and visitors can view the show from a variety of places up and down the beach in addition to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.  


Listed as one of the "Top 5 Independence Day Celebrations" by The New York Times, the Fourth of July Fireworks Blast at Patriots Point is your best bet to celebrate the nation’s birth in one of the city’s that saw America come to life. The spectacular fireworks show, set to patriotic music, shoots off from the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown and explodes over the Charleston Harbor. It’s not to be missed.

Daytona Beach

Take a break from enjoying the waters of Daytona and head over to the Port Orange City Center to enjoy a whole host of patriotic activities leading up to the big fireworks show that night. With entertainment for the kids as well as wonderful food, it’s the place to be if you’re in the mood for patriotic fun!

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By: ETourandTravel

June 21, 2017

Sunset Dinner at Fort Sumter

There’s only one thing better than an evening touring one of the most historical forts in America, and that is touring the fort while chowing down on BBQ! Why? Because BBQ makes everything better.

Charleston is ground zero for Civil War buffs, and Fort Sumter Tours is offering up their popular “Sunset at Fort Sumter” behind the scenes tour again this year. You’ll be able to enjoy history accompanied by fine Southern BBQ every Friday night now through October 14.

Hop aboard a harbor cruise and experience a waterside view of the historic, architectural gem known as Charleston, SC. While on board you will have the honor of being accompanied by historians dressed in authentic Civil War regalia and learn in-depth details of the Civil War.

Once at the fort, you’ll be treated to the rich history provided by the National Park Service Rangers against the backdrop of city views, the harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean, drenched in the orange glow of the setting sun.

For the return cruise, relax and take in the spectacular views of the harbor and her marine life while dining on exquisite southern BBQ cuisine. They’ve got house smoked pulled pork BBQ served with a variety of delicious sauces, backyard chicken, baked mac and cheese, baked beans, and southern-style coleslaw – it’ll make your tongue slap your brains out, it’s so good.

It’s a popular attraction so you’ll want to make advance reservations by calling 843-722-BOAT, or by walking up to the 340 Concord Street (Liberty Square) gate.

And don’t forget to tag us on social media with your pictures! Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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By: ETourandTravel

June 13, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Welcomes Baby Walrus

A whiskered walrus baby was welcomed to the SeaWorld Orlando park on June 3, when their 14-year old female, Kaboodle, gave birth to her first calf just after midnight. Kaboodle and her baby immediately began to bond and the pair remain close at all times, even snuggling with each other as they sleep.

Throughout her pregnancy, SeaWorld's animal husbandry and veterinary teams provided extensive pre-natal care and regular ultrasounds. The new arrival has already brought great joy to the teams, especially when mom and calf vocalize with each other.

Kaboodle’s calf is the first baby walrus born at the park. Walruses are extraordinary creatures. SeaWorld's walrus program plays an important role in educating the public about these amazing animals. While walruses are not yet listed as a threatened species, they have been affected due to global climate change. Kaboodle and her calf will soon inspire SeaWorld's guests to learn more about the plight of walruses in the wild.

Walrus populations have stabilized since 19th century commercial hunting was outlawed, but still face habitat challenges from warming temperatures and a thinning ice pack.  SeaWorld has cared for orphaned walrus calves with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has provided research assistance on the Pacific walrus and the impact of dwindling floating sea ice.

Calves are born with robust whiskers which aid in detecting the shellfish that are part of their diet.  Both males and females have large tusks that used for defense, cutting through ice and getting out of the water.

Kaboodle and her calf are currently not on public display. They remain under 24 hour care with SeaWorld's husbandry team to ensure both mom and calf continue to thrive and bond together. 

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