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Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.”

This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: the new FROZEN entertainment, special experiences and more!

What’s New This Week?

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New! Frozen Summer Fun – Live Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: This summer, the world of

“Frozen” takes center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting July 5, a summerlong happening, featuring a full day of all new, immersive “Frozen” experiences you won’t want to miss, take place every day through September 1! Experiences include: a Royal Welcome parade, a sing-along show, a Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland, a dance party and Frozen themed fireworks. More details are available here.

NikkyJ

Diagon Alley Soft Opening Watch

Harry Potter-London

July 8th is the big day for followers of the Harry Potter series. If you’ve been hiding under a dozen of rock cakes, then I’m here to remind you about the grand opening celebration of Diagon Alley taking place on that day.

I don’t know about you all, but I love it when a Harry Potter event is on its way. Mainly because of the social media buzz, which grows bigger as fans share and post their own stories and pictures. One of my favorite Facebook pages to view is the Central Florida Slug Club. You will always find new fan pics of Diagon Alley and anything Harry Potter related!

NikkyJ

Signs You’re Already Addicted to Diagon Alley

*Disclaimer: for the true Harry Potter fan.*

“You’re a wizard Harry!”

This line is very familiar to the fans of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Those few words spoken by our favorite half-giant led us on a seven year adventure of magical triumphs and divine destinies, all starting in Diagon Alley. I know as a fellow Potter fan I’ve imagined walking the famous alley going from shop to shop and chatting with the citizens of this world. In my mind we’d have passing conversations about the previous defeat of the Chudley Cannons and who was on the cover of the latest issue of Witch Weekly.

NikkyJ

Rock Your Disney Side: 24 Hours of Frivolity

Showing Your Disney Side is an amazing opportunity for you to share your own unique way of how you enjoy the Walt Disney World Parks. Whether it’s with a group of college friends all wearing a custom t-shirt commemorating the globe hopping trek around Epcot or a group of girlfriends celebrating the last of a bachelorette’s single life. Disney Side wants it all!

The more inventive, the more fulfilling the experience will be.

#Disneyside with Animal Kingdom's Finding Nemo Cast

#Disneyside with Animal Kingdom’s Finding Nemo Cast

NikkyJ

Why Harry Potter is the Best!

So Hipsters…I apologize in advance for the Harry Potter overload of stories coming from me for the next few months. I will try to spread them out as much as I can for the Muggles uninterested in the tales of the Boy Who Lived. However, being a Rowling fan and a fan of the wonderful universe she has created makes it hard for me not to want to write as many posts about the Diagon Alley expansion as I can.

NikkyJ

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls blasts open at SeaWorld’s Aquatica

A thrilling celebration was in store for Aquatica guests on Friday as Ihu’s Breakaway Falls opened to a tropical grand celebration. It was SeaWorld’s way of kicking off their summertime festivities.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica

The ride is named after the park’s colorful gecko mascot, Ihu, and is Aquatica’s first new ride since 2010.

NikkyJ

Wine Tasting at Whole Foods Market

Wine Tasting Whole Foods Market Carrollwood-Tampa

Disclosure: I was provided free wine and cheese from Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood based on my participation.

Another Tampa Tale is here for this ThemeParkHipster and I am eager to share my wine tasting journey at Whole Foods Market (WFM) in Carrollwood.

What a way to start spring than by having the opportunity to sip my way around the wine regions of Italy –Piedmont Region, Tuscany Region, Veneto Region, and the Umbria Region.

NikkyJ
Tom Sawyer Island Dapper Day at the Magic Kingdom

A Dapper Day at Disney

Sunday was filled with bright spring colors of elegant dresses and ravishing suits for Dapper Day. Where the adventure in the park was all about the soirée of classic fashions at the Magic Kingdom…and I, of course, had to participate in this gala with my friends!

NikkyJ

Top Ten Tips for the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The birds, the bees, and most importantly the full bellies are all things to be expected while conquering the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. You will find me there in the midst of the colorful garden creations, the vivacious seminar hosts, and the consuming cocktails in true honor of the Mouse from March 5th -May 18th.

NikkyJ
Florida State Fair 2014

Hipster Fun at the Florida State Fair!

Finally I can write a piece on my city of Tampa Bay, the sibling of Orlando. The day was like one of the many perfect weekend days that Florida is known for. It was also a day for me to indulge into the smells of fried food heaven, the hackling Midway gaming men, the sunshine state’s agricultural world, the local art, and the quickly put together rides that are staples of the Florida State Fair.

NikkyJ