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Toy Story Land To Open At Walt Disney World Resort – Silvija Travel Tips

It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create, and it opens June 30, 2018. The all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Guests in Toy Story Land – located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard.

And what a backyard! In a rich and colorful landscape straight from his vivid imagination, Andy has set up his toys for the best playtime ever.  Guests will be surrounded by giant building blocks, game board pieces and more.

Across eleven fun-filled acres, Toy Story Land will include two all-new attractions and one expanded favorite. Guests will whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster behind Slinky Dog, take a spin with flying saucers in toy spaceships and score high on the midway.

Toy Story Land will also celebrate what once defined entertainment for a generation. Crayons, Rubik’s Cubes, Cooties, Green Army Men and other toys and games will pour on the nostalgia for park-goers. Even the lampposts will be shaped like Tinkertoys.

“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”

Here’s the rundown:

  • Slinky Dog Dash. Andy has assembled his roller coaster kit for maximum family fun. Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue are put together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans, with Rex and Jessie lending a hand. And to complete his creation, Andy picked up everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a strrrrretch-ing slinky coil belly and dropped it on to the coaster track.  Get ready to ride inside Slinky Dog’s coils! Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the 1950s American toy classic. Riders of all ages will delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, hills, bridges and drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. Riders will zip around and above Toy Story Land, serving up panoramic views of all that the new land has to offer. Andy’s colorful creation will stretch Slinky Dog and his coils to the max – from his head to his upturned tail – and be fun for the entire family.
  • Alien Swirling Saucers. Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills because the aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucers will immerse guests in the playful world of Andy’s toys. This galactic space toy is designed as a play set that Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. Adorable little Toy Story green Aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket-ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.  This space adventure is bathed in music reimagined for intergalactic fun, dappled with multi-color lighting and sound effects from throughout galaxies.
  • Toy Story Mania! While Andy’s away, the toys will play. One of the most beloved attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Mania!, gets an all-new colorful toy carnival game box entrance when the new land opens. In fact, this is the box that the Toy Story Mania! game came in. Recently updated with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the carnival playset action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games. To the high-scorer go bragging rights.

When it’s time for on-the-go refreshments, Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window in a setting surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Woody’s Lunch Box will also feature Mini Babybel – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

Toy Story Land is part of a multi-year reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the largest expansion in the theme park’s history.  Next year will see the premiere of the all-new, 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This new land will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.  Also coming in 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The first ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction will feature new technology, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that put guests in the whacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short.

In Brief: Toy Story Land

Newest addition to Walt Disney World Resort, Toy Story Land is all-new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Project announced: Aug. 15, 2015
Size of land: 11 acres
Opening: June 30, 2018
Featured attractions: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and an updated Toy Story Mania!
Toy Story Land First Look: Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can get a preview of Toy Story Land. A detailed model of the new land is on display at the theme park’s Walt Disney Presents attraction.
Other Toy Story-Themed Lands Around the World:

  • Toy Story Playland, Walt Disney Studios Paris – August 17, 2010
  • Toy Story Land, Hong Kong Disneyland – November 17, 2011
  • Toy Story Land, Shanghai Disneyland – opens April 26, 2018

SOURCE Walt Disney World

The Latest from Vegas!

EE Hotels…Tuscany Suites & Casino unveils $5 million renovation of guest rooms… Tuscany Suites & Casino recently unveiled an interior refresh to its guest rooms across its 716 suites as part of a property-wide renovation. The project, which kicked off in 2015, is now complete, featuring new furniture, carpeting and bathroom vanity. The newly designed rooms feature thoughtful touches that reflect a modern take on the Tuscany region of central Italy, meticulously and personally selected by the property’s owner, Brett Heers. Standout implementations of the refreshed guest rooms include an updated colour palette and design, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures, new artwork, functional desk space for business travellers, additional power outlets, and faster in-room WiFi. www.tuscanylv.com

Dining… CATCH restaurant to splash into Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino in 2018… The go-to dining destination for celebrities from Hollywood to New York City, will officially make its mark on the Las Vegas Strip as ARIA Resort & Casino debuts CATCH LAS VEGAS in autumn 2018. Known for attracting A-listers from around the world, the restaurant’s debut on The Strip will bring epic renditions of opulent seafood, sushi & steak and a something for everyone dining experience with seamless transitions and an elevated, interactive atmosphere from early evening to prime-time dinner, late night and special events. www.aria.com

Entertainment… New 2018 dates announced for “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino… The Backstreet Boys are back by popular demand with their record-breaking headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets to performances from July through November for “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” residency will go on sale to the public Friday 9th February at 10 a.m. PT. General ticket prices begin at $55 (£39.21), plus applicable tax and fees, and VIP packages and Meet & Greets will also be available.
www.planethollywoodresort.com

Only in Vegas… World’s finest epicurean talent returns to the Las Vegas Strip for 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit… The country’s leading food, wine and spirits festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit returns 10th – 13th May 2018 with an extraordinary line-up of world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The 12th annual epicurean affair will feature fan favourites, such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Stephen Hopcraft and more. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada will return as the official distributor for the festivities.  www.vegasuncorked.com

For more information, please visit: www.visitlasvegas.com

Lithuanian born Viktoras Breneris designed Lincoln penny

Ar žinojote, kad žymioji JAV vieno cento moneta su Prezidento A.Linkolno atvaizdu buvo sukurta Šiauliuose gimusio žydų kilmės lietuvio Viktoro Brenerio?

“I wanted A.Lincoln to be more intimate, deeper, more kindly. I read everything I could find describing the man’s personal side. I studied his portraits and the death mask until I believed I knew him. My mind was full of Lincoln,” said Lithuanian born Litvak Viktoras Breneris, who designed Lincoln penny, as well as 125 other medals, sculptures, badges, etc.

The first Lincoln Cents were officially released on August 2, 1909 and are still being produced today. To have a President’s portrait on a coin was almost a “revolutionary” act: up to 1909 the only figures on everyday American coins were allegorical figures, like Liberty. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who authorized the creation of the Lincoln penny in 1909 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasadaJAV

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA

Ar žinojote, kad Pensilvanijoje yra ir lietuviškiausias JAV miestelis – Šenandorius (Shenandoah, Schuylkill apskritis), kur ir šiandien lietuviais save laiko iki penktadalio miestelio gyventojų. XX a. pradžioje jis vadintas “Amerikos Vilniumi”. Net 42 metus Shenandoah merais buvo lietuviai. Shenandoah miestelyje 1872 m. buvo įkurta pirmoji JAV lietuvių parapija, ir pastatyta pirmoji lietuvių bažnyčia.

Pensilvanijos valstijos sprendimu 2013 m. Šenandoriuje pastatytas istorinis žymeklis, kad čia yra “JAV mažoji Lietuva” (angl. Little Lithuania USA). Esame dėkingi “JAV mažosios Lietuvos” gyventojams už per šimtmečius puoselėjamą lietuvybę, Lietuvos laisvės ir nepriklausomybės stiprinimą bei Lietuvos vardo Amerikoje garasinimą.

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA? A historical marker erected by the Penn sylvania Historical & Museum Commission stands in the town of Shenandoah (Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau), which has the highest percentage of residents with Lithuanian ancestry in the USA. Lithuanians first arrived in Shenandoah in 1869. The first Lithuanian parish was established here and the first Lithuania church was built in Shenandoah in 1872.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasada JAV

US destinations top the travel polls for 2018

Dublin, 25th January 2018

The USA, Spain and Portugal were the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holiday makers in 2017 according to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey. The results of the survey were announced today at the RDS, in advance of the opening of Holiday World Show Dublin tomorrow.

The US was also voted one of the top three destinations for 2018, after long-time favourites Spain and Portugal.

Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, commented, “The resurgence of US destinations at the top of the poll has been greatly assisted by the extensive transatlantic routes on offer from Ireland. Almost 30 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year and there are now over 3 million transatlantic seats from Ireland on sale. We are very fortunate that we are so well connected to the US with direct routes on offer from Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Airlines and American Airlines.”

He continued, “Aer Lingus will be at Holiday World Show showcasing its new routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, as part of its largest ever transatlantic schedule which also includes services to the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington. And this year’s Visit USA Pavilion will be the largest in the show’s 29 year history, with over 40 destinations on offer.”

Looking back at 2017, 40% of travel agents surveyed said that the biggest issue faced by their customers was cancelled flights. However, as the preparations got underway for Holiday World Show, the mood was jubilant; 75% of Irish travel agents saw an increase in their turnover in 2017 compared to 2016.

Cormac Meehan concluded, “This year’s findings show, once again, that the Irish Travel Industry is on an upward trend. Some 75% of agents experienced an increased turnover 2017 – a fantastic result for an industry which has adapted and embraced huge change over the last number of years.”

Contemplating 2018, 85% of travel agents surveyed said that they were optimistic for an increase in turnover on 2017, with 5% anticipating an increase of more than 20%.

The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.

The Holiday World Show takes place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin for three days 26-28 January, 2018. For further information, please see www.holidayworldshow.com

Source: ITAA Quarterly Survey Results

America’s Musical Journey – Official IMAX Trailer – Silvija Travel Tips

A film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres.  America’s Musical Journey celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America.  Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales where America’s music was born—iconic cities like New Orleans, Lousiana; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; New York City, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; Florida, Miami, and more—and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers, and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today.  A MacGillivray Freeman Film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres, produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc.

www.AmericasMusicalJourney.com

Follow the conversation using the hashtags #AmericasMusicalJourney and #musicUSA.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – Big Bus Tour in Washington D.C. for IPW Media – Silvija Travel Tips

“Big Bus Tours” yra didžiausias pasaulio atvirųjų autobusų ekskursijų organizatorius, teikiantis pažintines keliones 19 miestuose trijuose žemynuose.  Viešėdama Vašingtone, DC, kaip IPW 2017 dalyvė, pasirinkau kelionę ” Big Bus” autobusu pažinčiai su šiuo ypatingu miestu. Kadangi tai yra geriausias būdas pamatyti Vašingtoną, atsipalaidavusi ir dairydamasi į šalis stebėjau įžymias vietas, dėl kurių Amerikos sostinė tokia atpažįstama ir ypatinga. O išsamūs gido pasakojimai dar labiau praturtino mano pažintį su Vašingtonu. Ir man labai pasisekė! Susipažinus su miesto įžymybėmis ir autobusui stabtelėjus ties Vašingtono paminklu, kitą kelionės dalį kaip gidė pratęsė Vašingtono DC merė Muriel Bowser. Big Bus prisipildė apsaugos, daugybės kamerų, žurnalistų. Visi norėjome pamatyti ir pasiklausyti miesto merės pasakojimo. Prieš tapdama Vašington DC mere, Muriel Bowser buvo ekskursijų vadovė. Jos išsamūs pasakojimai apie Vašington DC, autobusu keliaujant per šio didžiojo miesto istoriją nepaliko abejingų.Pravažiavome pro Baltuosius rūmus, Vašingtono paminklą, Nacionalinį prekybos centrą, istorinį Džordžtauną, Arlingtono nacionalines kapines ir dar daugybę žymių vietų . Tikrai kelionė buvo ypatinga.

Silvija Zalepugiene with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips  with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery during pre IPW 2017 visit to Stone Tower Winery.

“Stone Tower Winery” yra šeimos valdoma ir eksploatuojanti vyno gamykla, kur aukščiausios rūšies vynai ir puikūs vaizdai yra vienodai suderinti su nepriekaištingu svetingumu. Čia dirbama su aukščiausios rūšies vynuogininkais, dirvožemio specialistais ir enologų komanda. Daugiau nei 50-yje akrų užauginti svaiginančių klasikinių prancūziškų veislių vynuogynai 206 akrų valdoje virš Hogback kalno Leesburge, Virdžinijoje. Talentinga komanda sukūrė pasaulinio lygio vynų gamybą. Geras vynas ir puiki komanda padarė labai gerą įspūdį, tai viena iš įsimintiniausių kelionių po Virdžiniją.

Stone Tower Winery  www.stonetowerwinery.com

Ride The BEAST Circle Line, New York – Silvija Travel Tips

Operated by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the new BEAST speedboat was New York’s only jet powered thrill-ride speedboat attraction when it was unleashed in the summer 2011 season. Don’t be fooled – the BEAST isn’t just a monster on the surface.

Equipped with 1400 BHP-horsepower with 2ZF 3000 marine gears and powered by two Hamilton Jets the new BEAST rockets through the water with the ability to reach up to a heart-pounding speed of 40 knots (about 45mph).

Ride the BEAST:
www.circleline42.com//beast-speedboat-ride

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