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May 2011 News

Orlando travel boom helps Flagler County

Date: 28 May 2011 Daytona Beach News-Journal

With more visitors coming to Central Florida, Orlando's gain is Flagler County's gain, too. According to a news release from Visit Orlando, the city's tourism marketing agency, more than 51 million visitors came to the home of Disney World in 2010, an increase of 10.5 percent compared with 2009. The organization said Orlando is the first U.S. destination to welcome more than 50 million visitors in a single year.

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Full review/spoilers: Soft openings let guests sample Star Tours at Disney World

Date: 16 May 2011 Barbara Nefer Orlando Theme Parks Examiner.

Star Tours 2, The Adventure Continues officially opens at Walt Disney World on May 20, but lucky guests got sneak previews this weekend as soft openings started on Saturday afternoon, hot on the heels of a Friday Cast Member preview. They're still going on today (Monday morning), although you can never tell when they will start or stop. The ride isn't really "open," the Cast Members are quick to point out, and you'll see the sign at left at the park entrance even if there's a soft opening going on.

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Walt Disney World brings back Enchanted Tiki Room to Magic Kingdom

Date: 16 May 2011 Debra Peterson Disney Travel Examiner.

At Sunday's Destination D event held at Walt Disney World Resort, Walt Disney Imagineering announced to attendees a much-anticipated change to the Magic Kingdom. Disney will bring the Enchanted Tiki Room to Adventureland.

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More Fantasyland plans showed during D23 event

Date: 16 May 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

Although this weekend's Destination D: Walt Disney World's 40th event, produced by Disney's D23 fan club, concentrated on Disney World past and present, there was a recap about the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion during a Sunday session..

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Destination D at Walt Disney World

Date: 16 May 2011 Debra Peterson Disney Travel Examiner.

Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, a special D23 event, was held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on May 14-15, 2011. During the two-day event, attendees learned about the history of WDW over its 40 years.

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Star Tours soft opening: Disney offers a view of Star Wars-themed attraction

Date: 14 May 2011 By Kristin Ford, Orlando Sentinel

Guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday had an opportunity to ride the revamped Star Tours attraction before its official reopening. The unannounced preview, which began about 2 p.m., allowed Disney to test the ride before it reopens to the public May 20, the first day of Star Wars Weekends.

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Universal Orlando: Miniature golf courses set for Universal CityWalk

Date: 11 May 2011 dewayne bevil-Orlando Sentinel

Universal Orlando has announced the addition of movie-themed miniature golf courses that will be incorporated into its Universal CityWalk entertainment district. Construction of Hollywood Drive-In Golf — two, 18-hole courses – is slated to start this summer and be complete early next year.

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AMC Dine-In Theatres Takes Center Stage at AMC Downtown Disney 24

Date: 06 May 2011 wdwnews

A New In-Theatre Dining Experience with a Menu of Choices Opens May 16 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

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Grad Nite: Disney calls it a day

Date: 05 May 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

The party's almost over for Disney World's Grad Nite. Its final after-hours event tailored to high-school seniors is Saturday.

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English Channel band rocks Epcot debut playing the music of Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, The Beatles and more in Walt Disney World

Date: 04 May 2011 Inside the Magic

A new era of British music began at Walt Disney World today with a band called English Channel taking the stage in Epcot’s World Showcase UK pavilion. The new group, which plays a “greatest hits” set of British artists, has replaced The British Invasion, a Beatles tribute group that performed in the park for the last 15 years.

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Now you may 'not' get wet: Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain alters its splash.

Date: 01 May 2011 Danny Cox Disney World Travel Tips Examiner.

Upon entering the Splash Mountain in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, there is a sign that states "You May Get Wet." While that certainly holds true for some point in the attraction, there are some Disney purists that may be upset at the fact a certain change has now been made that won't get you wet all the time.

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