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The 11 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (November 28 - December 4, 2016)

9. Universal Orlando Resort confirms Nintendo Land is Coming to Florida and reveals first details

Image: Universal 

This week Universal Orlando Resort confirmed what we basically already knew: Nintendo Land is coming to Florida. And while we still don't know when or where, some broad details about this new land have been revealed. According to Universal, the goal for this new land is to make guests feel as if they are playing inside classic Nintendo games in real life. Gigantic Piranha Plants will spring to life around guests, and interactive question blocks and power-ups will be strategically placed throughout the land, providing an experience similar to the interactive spell areas at The Wizarding World of Diagon Alley. You can learn more about this new land here.

10. Universal quietly tests app-based return time system 

Earlier this week Universal Orlando Resort randomly activated a new feature in their official app that allows specific in-park guests to select a return time for the Shrek 4-D attraction, similar to the way they might select an attraction and FastPass+ return time using Walt Disney World's My Disney Experience App. As of right now this looks like an experimental feature, but we'd assume that, like Walt Disney World's MyMagic+, we'll see more limited time tests like these at Universal Orlando Resort in the coming weeks. 

11. LEGOLAND Beach Retreat to have its grand opening April 7, 2017

Image: Merlin

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will welcome its first guests when it opens April 7, 2017. This new hotel is designed to resemble a village-style vacation resort and will have 83 beach-themed bungalows offering a total of 166 rooms. The brightly colored bungalows are grouped into 13 “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures and includes an outdoor play area with fun and challenging elements, all within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios. 

The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will also feature a central swimming pool and sandy play area, a buffet restaurant, pool bar, a giant LEGO inspired lighthouse with a real rotating beacon and picturesque views of Lake Dexter.

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