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Wonder Works

Wonder Works is a great place to take the family while visiting Myrtle Beach. With four floors of activities and attractions there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. This may have been one of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach. There were rides, fun facts, activities, experiments, laser tag, bubbles, virtual reality, beds of nails, and so much more!

To put it best, it is like Ripely’s Museum, but a ton more interactive. Everything can be played with.

The location was great, right there with all the other shops and restaurants at Broadway at the Beach. You can’t miss it, it’s the giant upside down building, which is awe inspiring just on it’s own.

There were different themes on each level. The first floor has you standing against hurricane winds, and checking out weather systems, and various cool facts. Oh, and touching electricity. By the time you have reached the upper level, you can explore space, and be an astronaut.

Every inch of the bounding is filled with fun facts, and things to touch, see and do. I highly recommend this for anyone, of any age.

 

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Sea Screamer – Dolphin Tour

When looking for something fun for the whole family in Myrtle Beach, the idea of going out on the ocean and finding dolphins sounds perfect. If you’re like most of us though, having a way to get to the dolphins could be quite the challenge. No worries though! Myrtle Beach Watersports will take you and the whole family out to see those dolphins!

They have a huge boat, holding about 140 passengers! There is room and seating for everyone to sit. Though, when the captain says it’s safe, everyone is free to move about and get the best view possible.

The crew have designed a very efficient way of getting everyone on the boat in an orderly fashion, by breaking them into groups. This was something akin to how you would board a plane. When your group is called, they have a photographer take a great family photo, and you proceed with your group onto the boat. It was a quick and easy process and only took about ten minutes from first to last passenger to board. There are seats going from the front of the boat all the way to the back, and about half the seats are covered with a canopy. Plus benches that span the sides of the boat, as well as surround the captains wheel.

The crew was great. Kind and courteous throughout the entire voyage, and they had extra sunblock and amenities at the ready, in case we needed them. They also sold water and soft drinks during the tour.

The captain was a great guy. He delivered a fully narrated tour of the surrounding islands and landmarks on the way out to where the dolphins were. He was quite knowledgable about the history of everything we came across, and had a great little anecdote for just about everything we saw on the ride. He definitely made a more enjoyable experience out of what could have been a long boring boat ride.

It wasn’t long until we were out on the open ocean and looking at our dolphins. The crew had scouts riding around on jet skis and they found a pod in no time. We were able to catch up to them chasing a shrimp boat, which was also fun to see. The dolphins came right up to the boat and everyone on the boat was able to get a great view of them.

We then headed back the way we came. The captain had even more trivia and stories to tell. The whole trip was about an hour and a half, and came at a great value for the price.

There were framed family photos waiting for everyone when we got off the boat (for an additional price), but they were great quality and in nice, sturdy frames.

All in all, this was a great excursion to take with the family, everyone had a blast. To top it off, the boat docks right next to a couple local restaurants and bars, so the fun doesn’t have to stop at the dock!

 

Family Kingdom/ Sky View

Ask anyone about the #1 kid-friendly attractions in downtown Myrtle Beach and you will find these two.

Sky View

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  • The most beautiful sights in the city can be found atop this 187-foot tall with 42 glass-enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas that seat 2 to 6 people; don’t worry, no strangers will be seated with your party, it’s a private trip.
  • Affordably priced this trip is a sight to see day or night with amazing views of the city lights at night and ocean during the day. You can’t go wrong whenever you decide to take a ride.
  • Also for those who are scared of heights.. this ride is so smooth and quiet that you don’t even think about it!! We were so excited to be able to relax at 187 feet in the air!! Special moment with my little one!
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Family Kingdom Theme Park

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  • This park was full of rides for kids of all ages big and small. There is no entry fee to get into the park and you can either purchase an all day wristband or purchase tickets for individual rides (will be pricey for more than just 1 or 2 rides).
  • Jude loved the kiddie land I found more rides here then we did at the amusement parks back home. Most of the smaller rides the kids were the only ones able to ride giving the parents the opportunity to take cute pics of the little ones.
  • Typical food and games here but NO CARDS ACCEPTED!! ATMs in the park but there is a convenience fee to use them. We didn’t know this. Also parking is around $5-$10 depending on where you park; many lots available.
  • This is a MUST DO for families with kids. Military gets half-off tickets.

 

 

Hollywood Wax Museum

WOW! Talk about being the perfect place to start your own paparazzi career or to dream of being  a celebrity yourself.. Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach has hundreds of the most well known celebrities in the industry today and in the past. This was probably one of the Top 3 places in Myrtle Beach that we will visit every time we go.

When entering the ticketing to the museum, you get a chance to take a funny picture with King Kong himself and the option to buy after. This is the ONLY time you can not take your own pictures.

Upon entering the exhibit, you get taken to tons of sets (a few you will see pictured below) with some of the most timeless movie scene to model with (props included). Be aware there is a horror movie section as well that you are welcome to bypass but Jude LOVES horror stuff so it was easily our favorite part.. here you will find dracula, Frankenstein, Alien, Predator.. to name a few.

On the lower level of the museum you will also find two additional attractions – A mirror maze and a haunted house, which we enjoyed both. The mirror maze was one of the better we have experienced with an interactive experience you get to help the princess escape. The zombie haunted house was definetly more for older children as it has live-action actors as well.. talk about a scary good time!! Don’t miss this place on your next trip to Myrtle Beach.

 

http://www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/myrtle-beach/

 

 

 

Myrtle Beach Trip

Weekend trip spotlight:

We left early this morning to head to local tourist destination Myrtle Beach! We have quite a few places on our list.. stay tuned as we will be updating daily from the trip.

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Moving on up

We tried to host at a different blog site for the last forever and we just didn’t enjoy it. So we are back wordpress, which I want to tell you guys provides for a much more in-depth experience. Jude has just graduated preschool and hes moving on up to Kindergarten this upcoming year. We have a whole summer packed full of fun activities for him and neat places to share with you. Any place you want to see us go? Let me know! We will be heading out to Myrtle Beach next week in order to showcase some of our favorite activities for GA weekend getaways. Keep an eye out…

Interesting Facts!- DISNEY ON ICE PRESENST WORLDS OF FANTASY!

Worlds of Fantasy Media Guide

Lead Release
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy Takes Families on a
Whirlwind Tour of Contemporary and Classic Disney Tales
Production Features Live Adaptation of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and
Life-Sized Animated Characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars
Feld Entertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular, Disney On Ice
presents Worlds of Fantasy, whisks audiences on a captivating adventure
to four magical locations, including the auto-racing terrain of Cars and a
visit to Andy’s bedroom for some fun with the stars of Toy Story 3. This
production delights audiences with a journey under the sea to Ariel’s world
from The Little Mermaid and then into the mystical land of Pixie Hollow for
a presentation of Tinker Bell.
“To be the first to introduce the Tinker Bell story live on ice and to be
entrusted with the beloved Toy Story characters is incredible, and we are
thrilled to bring these heartwarming tales to families across the United
States,” says producer Nicole Feld.
“The arena instantly transforms into Pixie Hollow as we show our audience
how the fairies prepare for spring with an explosion of color. To convey the
world of the toys and create the proper toy-to-human scale, we
manipulated the size of the props and costumes to make live skaters –
and even the audience – seem toy size,” she adds.
The on-ice excitement begins when an adventurous Mickey Mouse
embarks on a journey with Minnie Mouse to uncover each world of
fantasy, but the plan goes awry when their cherry red roadster
unexpectedly breaks down. Although Donald Duck and Goofy try, it takes
the assistance of the coolest cars on the ice to get the pistons firing again.
Direct from Radiator Springs, Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally speed
into action, zipping and zooming around the frozen highway in an effort to
re-energize the roadster.
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The life-sized Cars characters were developed by the innovative minds of
the prop team led by Feld Entertainment Vice President of Scenic
Elements Rick Papineau. Each car took 2,000 man hours to build and is
outfitted with custom animatronics including blinking eyes and hydraulic
lifts that bounce to the beat of the music. Mater and McQueen even come
complete with moving mouths, enabling their dynamic personalities to
shine through each time they speak. “The cars are going to be a big
surprise because no one will expect them to be so animated, so large or
so realistic,” says Papineau.
As Mickey and Minnie’s “road trip” continues, Production Designer Jeremy
Railton’s whimsical scenery transforms the arena into an environment that
captures the essence of each unique world to follow. Fluorescent coral
and clam shell drums embody Ariel’s world in The Little Mermaid and
audiences enter the colorful fantasy land of fairies for the Tinker Bell
segment.
Railton took particular care with Pixie Hollow. “Audiences are still getting
to know Pixie Hollow, so it was important to me to capture the lushness
and the scale detailed in the film,” says Railton. Because fairies are
miniature in size, Railton used inflatable technology to create a giant tree
backdrop. In the finale, larger than life butterflies float onto the ice as
oversized inflatable flowers bloom around the ice signifying the arrival of
spring.
From salsa dancing fish to the tumbling animal fairy, Emmy Award®-
winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara combined dance, athletics, and
theatrics to add to the excitement and energy of the show. She applies
her versatility to familiar and memorable scenes as Ariel and Prince Eric
realize their love and skate a lyrical duet to “Kiss the Girl.” To choreograph
the skating in the Tinker Bell segment, Kawahara looked to the individual
personalities of the different fairies. “Disney is very detailed about the
types of personalities and voices they have,” Kawahara says of the nature
fairies. “I tried to find a signature style of skating and movement for each
character.” For example, Iridessa, the perfectionist light fairy, skates in
long, clean lines, whereas Rosetta, the “southern belle” garden fairy
moves with very precise feminine mannerisms.
Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom’s creative designs add to the feel of
fantasy on ice. “In this eclectic presentation of Disney worlds, I wanted
each to have a different quality,” says Nordstrom, whose costumes can be
seen in Off-Broadway productions and in major theme parks around the
world.
In The Little Mermaid, Nordstrom used a range of stretch fabrics to create
amazing color that flows from one palette to the next; aquas melt into
greens, and purples transform into hot corals and reds. For the Tinker
Bell section, “it was all about taking simple and recognizable elements
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from the movie and translating them into fabric.” The green tinker fairies
wear clothing in “hearty leaf” fabrics of satins and velvets, whereas
Silvermist and her water fairies don sheer chiffons that float with a hint of
sparkle.
For Nordstrom, the underlying concept for the lead fairies was that each
girl had an “inner sparkle” that glimmered through her clothing. For
example, Rosetta, the garden fairy, wears a skirt of velvet roses with an
underlayer of sparkling red sequins. The designer says, “I really enjoyed
the great challenge of making the new Disney fairies from the movie come
to life.”
The first act of the show is complimented with lighting that sets the tone
for each scene with designs from Emmy Award®-winning Lighting
Designer Peter Morse. Instead of one central theme, he created three
different environments to help portray the various stories that are being
told in the show.
Morse creates images of waves with deep blues and greens, and palm
fronds and flowers dancing across the ice with lush greens in Pixie Hollow.
With patterns, lighting and color, he enhances the magic of each fantastic
world. Morse says, “Worlds of Fantasy uses all new automated lighting
fixtures so we can create infinite color and a variety of environments; it’s a
great asset for a show with as many different scenes as this one!”
The toys are back in town! The second act of Worlds of Fantasy brings
together all the fun, humor and warmth of the beloved Disney/Pixar film
Toy Story 3. Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the familiar
gang hit the ice for the ultimate Toy Story experience. A completely
different creative team put together the lighting, costumes and tailor-made
choreography for this high energy segment of the production.
The Toy Story 3 skating was orchestrated by veteran Cindy Stuart, who
worked as associate choreographer on the original Disney On Ice
production of Toy Story in 1996. “It’s been so much fun for me to get back
with those original characters and for us to add the new characters that
they have in the film,” Stuart says. She included diversity and versatility in
the production numbers, incorporating tumbling toy hijinks as Buzz,
Woody, and Jessie showcase their skills in several high energy routines.
Designer Scott Lane wanted to create a fun homage to the Toy Story 3
film with his costumes. “What makes the toy costumes so unique is that
many of the surfaces are plastic. We tried to achieve that kind of shiny
molded feeling because toys are a physical thing that every child knows
and understands,” Lane says. “The audience can expect to see a lot of
color and fun textures.”
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Alex Reardon contributed his lighting design expertise to the Toy Story 3
segment. “When you’re dealing with an animated movie you have a lot of
primary colors. So, I was looking for ways to increase the excitement by
adding lighting. Part of the job of the lighting designer is to contribute to
the drama of the story.”
Worlds of Fantasy offers the perfect combination of elements for fans of
Disney On Ice. “From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to
the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will
see four completely different Disney worlds brought to life,” says producer
Kenneth Feld. “All of this provides a value that is truly unparalleled in the
world of live family entertainment. More than ever before, there’s
something for everyone.”
To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to http://www.disneyonice.com,
or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting
live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and
create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its
shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in
more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
For more information, please visit http://www.disneyonice.com. Members of the
media are encouraged to visit the Online Media Guide at
http://www.feldentertainment.com/WorldsOfFantasy
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Hours it takes to set up the production 12 ½ hours
Hours it takes to tear down the production 3 ½ to 4 hours
Number of performances per year 300
Number of trucks needed to haul equipment 13 (52 ft trailers)
Average size of ice skating surface 120 ft long x 70 ft
wide
Number of computers utilized by management 6
Facts & Figures
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
FACTS AND FIGURES
TOUR AND SHOW
PERFORMERS
Total number of hours of rehearsal by skaters 500
PROPS
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Number of different paint colors on the show 7
COSTUMES
Number of yards of fabric used to make costumes 2,000 yards
Number of costumes in the show 200
Number of costume pieces that make up the
costumes
4 to 8 pieces
Number of costumes per cast member 5
Number of washers and dryers that travel with the
production
2 each
LIGHTING
Feet of lighting truss 400 ft
Total number of lighting fixtures 114
Total number of available amps 1,100
Number of gobos (special lighting patterns) 70
Number of movable lights 100
SOUND
Number of hard drives 3
Number of speaker enclosures 38
Number of watts of power for the sound system 24,000 watts
Number of watts of power, peak 24,000 watts
Number of channgels on the sound console 16
Number of sound effects added live 47
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Run Time/Running Order
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
Running Order
Act 1
Scene 1: Let’s Take a Trip/Car Trouble
Characters Involved: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy
Scene 2: Cars – 5-car version
Characters Involved: Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Ramone, Flo
Production: “Life is a Highway”
Scene 3: “Mermaid” Transition
Characters Involved: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy
Scene 4, Part 1: Part of Your World/Under the Sea
Characters Involved: Sebastian, Ariel, Flounder, Prince Eric, Dancing Fish
Productions: “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea”
Scene 4, Part 2: Ursula’s Lair
Characters Involved: Ariel, Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam
Scene 4, Part 3: The Lagoon
Characters Involved: Sebastian, Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula, Flotsam,
Jetsam
Production: “Kiss the Girl”
Scene 5: “Fairies” Transition
Characters Involved: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck
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Scene 6: “Pixie Hollow” – Arrival Place
Characters Involved: Queen Clarion, Tinker Bell, Nature Fairies, Rosetta,
Silvermist, Iridessa, Fawn, Vidia, Terence, Tinker Fairies, Clank, Bobble
Scene 7: “Tinkers Nook” – Fairy Workshop
Characters Involved: Tinker Bell, Clank, Bobble, Tinker Fairies, Rosetta,
Silvermist, Iridessa, Fawn, Vidia, Queen Clarion
Scene 8: “Pixie Hollow, Destroyed”
Characters Involved: Tinker Bell, Vidia,
Rosetta, Fawn, Iridessa, Silvermist, Queen Clarion, Terence, Tinker
Fairies
Production: “Fly to Your Heart”
Scene 9: The World in Bloom
Characters Involved: Fairies, Queen Clarion, Tinker Bell, Terence, Fawn,
Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck,
Goofy
Production: “Fly to Your Heart”
Scene 10: Postlude, Act One
Characters Involved: Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald
Duck, Goofy
Intermission
Act 2
Scene 1: Prelude – “Another Fantastic World”
Characters Involved: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy
Scene 2: Prologue, Part Two – Andy’s Room
Characters Involved: Andy
Scene 3: Andy’s Room, “toy” scale
Characters Involved: Sarge, Green Army Men, Hamm, Slinky, Mrs. Potato
Head, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Barbie, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye,
Woody
Production: “Toys Are Back in Town”
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Scene 4: The Butterfly Room
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Lotso, Ken, Barbie, Mr. Potato
Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky
Scene 5: Dream World
Characters Involved: Ken, Barbie
Production: “Dream Weaver”
Scene 6: Butterfly Room Again
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Lotso, Ken, Barbie, Mr. Potato
Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky
Production: “Walking on Sunshine”
Scene 7: The Caterpillar Room
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Lotso, Ken, Barbie, Mr. Potato
Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Bullseye, Stretch
Scene 8: Toys Behind Bars (still The Caterpillar Room, but
now with steel cell-door)
Characters Involved: Barbie, Ken, Lotso, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, toys
Scene 9: Ken’s Dream House
Characters Involved: Ken, Barbie
Scene 10: Back in “jail” in The Caterpillar Room
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Lotso, Barbie, Mr. Potato
Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky
Production: “Rescue Me,” Buzz and Jessie pair to “Espana Cani”
Scene 11: The Trash Incinerator
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Lotso, Ken, Barbie, Mr. Potato
Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Aliens
Scene 12: Finale Transition
Characters Involved: Andy, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs.
Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Bullseye
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Scene 13: Finale Ultimo – Happy Ending
Characters Involved: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Ken, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head,
Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Bullseye, Mickey Mouse, Minnie
Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy
Production: “Move It”
Scene 14: Postlude
Characters Involved: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy,
Woody, Buzz, Jessie

DONT FORGET TO DO THE COLORING SHEET!!!

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