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Brunch at the Top Debuts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort California Grill in February

New 'Brunch at the Top' at California GrillCalifornia Grill atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort soars to new heights with Brunch at the Top, a new Sunday dining experience beginning Feb. 7, 2016. For the first time, guests can enjoy the beautiful daytime skyline of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney resort hotels from the magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows at the California Grill restaurant while savoring a brunch of fresh, market-driven cuisine.

Brunch at the Top is an immersive dining experience where guests can interact with the culinary team in the open show kitchen while sampling charcuterie, sushi and market-inspired salads. The culinary adventure begins with an assortment of house-made breakfast pastries delivered to the table, including caramel apple Monkey bread and Tillamook Cheddar biscuits. Guests will then visit the show kitchen for an assortment of small tastes, such as house-smoked orange honey ham, deviled Lake Meadow Naturals eggs, shrimp and grits with Gulf White Shrimp,  grilled flat iron steak with soft poached eggs, and hardwood cooked salmon. The brunch concludes with an assortment of sweet mini-desserts, macarons and chocolate truffles. The decadent multi-course meal includes an over-the-top Bloody Mary Bar, cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail and faux “mimosas” for kids.

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Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular to Close After More Than 14,000 Performances at California Adventure

Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical SpectacularFor nearly 13 years, Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular has presented the magical tale of Aladdin in a lavish, immersive production at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park. The dynamic stage show became an instant hit with guests and the cast has performed it more than 14,000 times. Now, guests are invited to experience the “Wonderful! Magnificent! Glorious!” musical – with words such as those from the Genie and other memorable characters – before the final, flying carpet ride on January 10, 2016. An exciting, new stage presentation of Frozen will open at Hyperion Theater in the summer of 2016.

Since its premiere on Jan. 16, 2003, Disney’s Aladdin has entertained more than 13 million visitors. Based on the popular Disney animated film, Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, the theme park show is filled with music, comedy, dancing and fantastic special effects — plus countless timely quips by the show’s magical Genie.

Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular performs several times a day and now has Disney FastPass service, to reserve a show time. The schedule is available in the park’s show times guide.

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The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure to Debut at LEGOLAND California and Florida in Early 2016

LEGO Movie 4D logoFor the first time ever, LEGOLAND Parks are offering a first look at an exciting new theme park attraction that reunites the stars of The LEGO Movie in an all-new story appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016.

The 30-second clip released last week gives fans the first glimpse of what happened after the blockbuster movie, when Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business, who plans to open a curious theme park bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND.

The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure will premiere Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, Fla., followed by LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 6. The attraction will debut later at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide.

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Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration Airs Christmas Day on ABC

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas LogoThis Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates not only the joy of the holiday season, but the unforgettable family moments it has helped guests create over the past sixty years. Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration airs Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 (10:00 am.-12:00 p.m ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network.

Now in its 32nd year, the unforgettable Christmas special welcomes back Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) as lead host. Reporting from the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Roberts is accompanied by Jesse Palmer, who joins the event for the first time as a correspondent. New to the GMA team as a special contributor, Palmer shares key parade updates in the midst of the action on Main Street, U.S.A. Janel Parrish, star of the ABC Family hit show Pretty Little Liars – which will debut under the new network name, Freeform for its winter premiere on Jan. 12, 2016 – serves as music correspondent alongside Stitch from Cinderella Castle.

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Jungle Bells Brings a Winter Wonderland to San Diego Zoo’s Polar Bears

Sledding: No Sleigh Needed! San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Belly Slides During Polar Snow DayPolar Bear Plunge at the San Diego Zoo was transformed into a winter wonderland early this Friday, as nearly 26 tons of glistening white snow blanketed the polar bear exhibit. The three bears — Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook — showed their excitement by frolicking in the snow. They rolled around in the fresh powder and wrestled with each other all morning long. Animal care staff also scattered yams, carrots, melons and beef femur bones throughout the exhibit as added enrichment, and watched as the bears pounced and dug for their prizes.

This surprise snowy enrichment was made possible by donors who contributed to the animal care wish list on the San Diego Zoo website, sandiegozoo.org. Enrichment is very important for the bears, as it stimulates them, keeps them active and promotes natural behaviors.

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Art of Tomorrow at Universal Orlando Resort Offers Students Hands-On Look at Creative Process

Art of Tomorrow Union Park High School OCPS Grinchmas Soundstage tourAs part of an ongoing partnership between Universal Orlando Resort and Orange County Public Schools, more than 200 students from local middle schools are visiting Universal Orlando this month for a hands-on look at real-world jobs that exist within the entertainment industry through a program called The Art of Tomorrow.

Students from Carver, Union Park and Memorial Middle Schools are joining members of Universal Orlando’s Art & Design department to walk through the processes involved in creating the many attractions and shows at the theme parks.  The students are touring soundstages where the creative team showcases several key processes, such as concept design, production, costuming and makeup – all centered around Universal Orlando’s Holidays and Mardi Gras celebrations. Students have the chance to fire confetti cannons, learn dance choreography, participate in graphic design projects, speak to performers from the popular Grinchmas show and more.

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Queen Mary Offers International Celebration for New Year’s Eve

Queen Mary New Year's Eve FireworksLeave your passport at home; this New Year’s Eve around-the-world-party only requires a ticket to the Queen Mary. Regally berthed in Long Beach harbor since 1967 she will again host an epic night of entertainment festivities and culinary adventures inspired by international destinations; five hours of dining, dancing and toasting aboard three acres of floating maritime history, as New Orleans, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Hollywood celebrate 2016 as only the Queen Mary can.

The Promenade Deck will evoke Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras, vibrating with the sounds of New Orleans Jazz spiced by Cajun cuisine and Hurricanes, the city’s famous rum-filled concoction raised high in the hands of bead-wearing revelers.  Trade the Hurricane toasts for Moscow Mules in the Royal Salon, transformed to Red Square and a Russian celebration with DJ Mickey O spinning Hip Hop backed by dazzling aerialists.  Good fortune and Chinese traditions await those on the Sports Deck where dragon dancers, lion dancers and a Kung Fu show will welcome the New Year, Beijing-style. Tokyo-bound guests will liberate their inner dancer on the Queen’s Verandah Deck turned ‘Tokyo at Night’ featuring a Hip Hop Dance Show and DJ Barbie’s Top 40 hits. Sushi, sakitinis and karaoke complete the Japanese adventure.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm to Ring in 2016

Knott's Berry Farm New Year's Eve FireworksThe countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special one-night-only entertainment, mesmerizing fireworks and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place for guests of all ages to ring in 2016.

Knott’s Sky Cabin, towering over 200 ft. in the air, will dramatically rise to the top of the “K” tower as special lighting effects help countdown the final moments of 2015. When the cabin reaches the top at the stroke of midnight both the “K” tower and skies above Knott’s will be ablaze with colorful fireworks!

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Rose Parade to Feature Disneyland Resort Float Entry in 2016

2016 Rose Parade Float Concept Art

The magic of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will come to life as a float in the 127th Rose Parade, broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2016. The parade will step off at 8 a.m. (PST) with the theme Find Your Adventure, and the Disneyland Resort float honors some of the most exciting adventures awaiting guests at the Happiest Place on Earth.

At the heart of the float will be a sparkling recreation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcoming everyone to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Flanking the castle are two adventures that are brought to life at the Disneyland Resort. The first comes from the world of Frozen and depicts Elsa’s ice castle – straight out of Arendelle – accompanied by Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. A separate adventure depicted on the float makes the jump to hyperspace and travels to a galaxy far, far away for a thrilling adventure dedicated to the Star Wars films and exciting new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening Date April 7, 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening Date

It’s official: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has an opening date at Universal Studios Hollywood of Thursday, April 7, 2016, marking the highly-anticipated arrival of the West Coast’s dynamic new immersive experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

This eagerly-awaited news coincides with the launch of the destination’s spellbinding campaign, which is stylistically designed to sweep guests into the land’s magical world through the lens of imagination.

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