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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (December 21-27)

6. Universal Orlando Resort closes deal for more land

Image: CBRE

The big news out of Universal Orlando Resort this week is the confirmation that only a day before Christmas, the sale of an additional 450 acres of land parcel to Universal Orlando Resort parent company Comcast has been completed. However, even though this initially seems like cause for celebration, Universal hasn't had a lot to say on the matter, and has refused to comment on this development, likely because they aren’t exactly sure at the moment how they are going to develop this land (which is zoned for both hotels and theme parks incidentally). We’ve got a lot more about this development here.

7. New volunteer vacation package announced for Universal Orlando Resort 

Image: Give Kids the World

Universal Orlando Resort has announced a new vacation package that not only includes an on-site hotel stay and theme park tickets, but also gives guests the chance to have a four-hour volunteer experience at Give Kids the World Village. Round trip transportation between Universal Orlando Resort and the village is provided as part of the package, and guests will be assigned a specific "job" during their allocated volunteer time. You can check out pricing and a whole lot more details here

8. SeaWorld announces New Year’s Eve celebration and upcharge events

Image: SeaWorld

SeaWorld has confirmed that it will present a spectacular musical celebration and bold fireworks display on New Year’s Eve this year, as it has in years past. Though the show itself is included with park admission, SeaWorld is offering a special upcharge New Year's Eve Show Seating with Fireworks package for $49 per person. Guests who purchase this package will enjoy reserved seating at Bayside Stadium for the 11:25pm Winter Wonderland on Ice Show and ring in the new year with a midnight fireworks display.

The park is also offering an even more exclusive New Year’s Eve Dinner & Fireworks package for $199 per person. This package includes dinner a 4-course prix-fixe dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill, souvenir group photo and exclusive fireworks viewing which also includes a lite-bite sweets reception and champagne toast at midnight.

SeaWorld Annual Pass holders can log in to their personal account to view and purchase discounted tickets for these upcharge events. 

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