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Orlando is the theme park capital of the world! With 10 theme parks in the central Florida area, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you're a thrill seeker looking for the latest and greatest attraction news, a foodie trying to find a brand new savory concoction from Disney, or looking for the history of Orlando's theme park, We've got your back. The Orlando Real is your home for theme park news.

By Jessica Hristov

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to have a delicious dessert! Disney always goes above and beyond around every holiday, especially when it comes to treats! Here are a few exclusive Valentine’s Day snacks you can find around Walt Disney World Resort this year.

Disney Springs

Valentine Red Velvet Cone

This year, you can find our first treat, the sweet Valentine Red Velvet Cone, at Swirls on the Water. It’s a delicious blend of strawberry dole whip, chocolate soft serve ice cream, heart sprinkles, and a chocolate-covered Mickey-shaped cookie. Keeping up with the theme of Valentine’s Day, it is served in a red cone. You can try it today for $6.49!


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By Jessica LaVigne

With Mardi Gras just beginning this past Saturday, February 4th, there is so much to enjoy on select days until April 16th! From popular entertainers to food and drinks from around the world, let's dive into all that there is to offer this year at Universal's Mardi Gras.

Specialty Food & Drinks

I don’t know about you, but with any theme park festival or event I gravitate straight towards the food. This year’s Mardi Gras is extra special because the theme is “International Flavors of Carnaval”, featuring small plates from around the world!

There are over 20 food stations including Belgium, France, India, Spain, and (of course) New Orleans. We were able to try quite a few of these offerings, and everything was absolutely…

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By Jessica Hristov

One of Walt Disney World’s most highly anticipated rides, TRON: Lightcycle Run, finally has an opening date! The long-awaited ride will be opening April 4, 2023 to all park guests! First announced in 2017, it feels like we have been waiting forever for this ride to be completed. As the opening date rapidly approaches, and special previews begin, we are learning new info almost daily about Magic Kingdom’s newest ride. Here is everything you need to know about TRON: Lightcycle Run. 

Racing Through The Grid

The TRON Coaster is based off the TRON movie franchise, including the 2010 Disney movie “TRON: Legacy”. Perhaps you’ve seen footage on YouTube of the TRON Coaster in Shanghai Disneyland, or maybe you were even lucky enough…

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By Jessica Hristov

If you’ve been following the latest Universal news lately, you know that Super Nintendo World is opening at Universal Studios Hollywood this month - February 2023. You may be wondering when Universal Orlando will be unveiling their own Super Nintendo World. The short answer is they will be, but it will debut at Universal’s new park Epic Universe, and it won’t be until 2025! Here is everything we know about Super Nintendo World.

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Although Universal has not laid out specific details for Super Nintendo World, we do know that it will be very similar to the one in Japan. We also have seen plans that provide a little bit of an overview as to what we can expect to see. There will be an…

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By Jessica Hristov

Disney’s Boardwalk has been undergoing quite a few changes lately! From opening a new deli, having a new cake shop on the way, and now the newest edition- Carousel Coffee, things have been looking great! Want to know more about Disney’s newest coffee shop? Here’s everything we know about Carousel Coffee!

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Carousel Coffee opened late last year at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. It is conveniently located right off the Main Lobby. It’s a counter service location so you can order whatever you’d like from the menu and enjoy it anywhere on property- perhaps walk down Disney’s famous Boardwalk!

Food & Drink

This location serves coffee, tea, and various pastries. They also have Banana Bread,…

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by Holley Long

“Splitsville” as a word may not call to mind the best picture, but trust me—this is a place where you want to strike out.

What is it? 

Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a dining and (you guessed it) bowling venue located on the West Side of Disney Springs. The retro-glam style of the “Golden Age of Bowling” surrounds you as you show off your skills on the lanes. 

Aside from bowling, the entertainment space also includes pool tables and flatscreen TVs throughout, so you can play or watch a big game while waiting for your turn at the pins.

The Bowling 

Splitsville makes picking up a spare easy with 10-Pin lanes available across its two floors. Each lane can accommodate up to eight bowlers, and the number of guests in…

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by Jessica Hristov

Universal Studios Orlando have recently closed multiple attractions this month to make way for a new project. On January 15, 2023 we said goodbye to so many beloved attractions, and the opening date for the new project to replace these has yet to be announced. Here is everything we know about the departing attractions and what may be coming!

Departing Attractions

Universal announced a while back that they would be permanently closing several attractions in the children’s area of Universal Orlando in January of this year. These include the following attractions, which closed just this last weekend - Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, Fievel’s Playland, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and…

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by Jessica Hristov

If you are a fan of the Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, you need to walk this way to ride it before it closes for a several month-long refurbishment! The winter months are a very common time for refurbishments here at Disney World, with rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Kali River Rapids temporarily closing. Here is everything you need to know about the refurbishment!

Refurbishment Info

The Rock n’ Roller Coaster is set to close for refurbishment on February 20, 2023. Although the exact reopening date has not been released, there are rumors that it will resume operations sometime in the summer of 2023. The Rock n’ Roller Coaster opened in July of 1999 and has been rocking (and rolling) its way into…

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by Jessica Hristov

EPCOT is known for their amazing festivals. They have the best food, awesome merchandise, incredible entertainment and more. It’s that time of year again for the Festival of the Arts! Disney has released everything we can expect to see, eat, and do this year! Let’s take a look at what’s coming to Festival of the Arts ’23!

General Info

The Festival of the Arts runs from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023. During its five-week-long run, there will be plenty of new food studios (booths) and activities to try! As always, there is no additional charge for the festival, as it is included with your valid park admission!

Food Studios

The food studios (or food booths) are always a big hit at every Epcot festival. At the…

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by Jessica Hristov

Back in November 2022, Disney made an announcement that shocked everyone – their current CEO Bob Chapek would be replaced by Bob Iger effective immediately. Just as the news was announced, speculation and rumors began to form. Is Genie + going away? Are prices going to drop? Can he bring fastpasses back? Will Iger finally end the park reservation system? As we begin this new year, we'll have to wait and see what changes will take affect in 2023. While we don’t have all the answers just yet, here is what we know so far.

Park Reservation System

Back when Walt Disney World first reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020, they implemented a park reservation system to be able to control park capacity and keep it low. Fast…

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