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ALL THINGS NEW! Disney Entertainment Revealed, Toothsome Grand Opening, and Monsters Tribute Store Shocks: Your Weekly Theme-Park Recap (January 24 – 30, 2022)


Here’s the Orlando theme-park news you need to know for January 24, 2022

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

1. Seven Seas Food Festival Menus and Concert Lineup Revealed 

SeaWorld Orlando is known for having festivals almost year-round. One of the biggest festivals of the year is the Seven Seas Food Festival. This event is included with park admission, and takes place on Thursdays through Sundays between February 4 and May 8, 2022. This week, delicious menus were revealed alongside concert lineups for the live entertainment portion of the festival. Headliners include such acts as Everclear and Flo Rida. 

Check out our guide page here for everything you need to know about experiencing the 2022 Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando.

Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando

2. Ice Breaker Preview

Orlando’s newest roller coaster broke the ice this week at SeaWorld Orlando and we got the chance to ride it! Ice Breaker has been in the works for several years now, and the opening day has been moved several times, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the details of the attraction and the journey it has taken in our article, here

Check out our SeaWorld Facebook community for details on our first time on Ice Breaker!

Universal Monsters: A Tribute to the Creatures of the Night at Universal Studios Florida

3. Tribute Store x2

This week, a new Tribute Store opened up in Universal Studios Florida near the currently-closed Revenge of the Mummy. “Mummy,” as it’s affectionately shortened to by theme-park lovers, will be closed for part of the year in a refurbishment. Universal Monsters: A Tribute to the Creatures of the Night is the all-new, limited-time store inside the revamped Sahara Traders. In true Tribute Store form, the venue offers a beautiful and immersive experience for guests to browse for merchandise, snag a couple of pictures with movie production props, and – of course- put in $6 for a wax figurine before heading back out to the park. 

In terms of the Mardi Gras Tribute Store, a facade came up this week reflecting the theme: float factory warehouse. You can check out pictures of the facade here. We’ll give you the full details next week! Be sure to keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the live stream and a first look inside. 

Read about the first-ever Universal Monsters Tribute Store and all it offers here.  

4. Updates on Epic Universe! 

According to Comcast executives on an earnings call earlier this week, progress on Epic Universe at Universal Orlando Resort has resumed, and executives are positive about the evolution of the park. The highly-anticipated theme park will include a Super Nintendo World section, and construction officially started at in 2019 but became delayed at the start of the pandemic.

Read our guide page on Epic Universe for all the details. 

5. Toothsome Opens in Philly

The city of brotherly love extended its rich history to include the newest installation of the Toothsome Milkshake line. The Toothsome Milkshake Foundry opened up in the Wells Fargo Center, home to the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers. This Toothsome is the first of the franchise to be outside a theme park setting, which is interesting considering the restaurant chain is a Universal Parks & Resorts original concept. 

Dive into our article here for the delicious details. 

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Walt Disney World Resort

6. New Walt Disney World Entertainment Announced 

The Most Magical Place on Earth just got a lot more magical! A new cavalcade and a new Cinderella Castle stage show will debut in February. The cavalcade, called Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade, will feature more characters than any other at a Walt Disney World park. Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire castle show will feature original music and beloved characters from Disney films such as Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. Finally, in March, the Festival of Fantasy Parade will return – with the Maleficent Dragon! This is the first time since the start of the pandemic that a full-scale parade will be featured in a Walt Disney World park. 

Read our article here for full details 

Construction on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind beginning to come together

The first full-size Nova Corps ship is coming to life at EPCOT. This week, Disney Imagineers installed the 51-ft tall Nova Corps Starblaster ship that will mark the entrance to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The roller coaster is expected to open sometime this summer, and is one of the largest, fastest indoor coasters in the world. 

Follow our Disney Facebook community for the latest updates on all Disney news!


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About Aryn Bordelon

Aryn Bordelon grew up eating rice and kimchi in the Panhandle and was indoctrinated with a love of Florida theme parks from a young age. A long-time follower of OI, she has spent years attending the parks in a variety of ways, from repeatedly attending Halloween Horror Nights to racing (and placing) at Universal Running events alongside her husband, Ian.