Glacier Skywalk – A perfect way to feed your adrenaline

Glacier_SkywalkFeed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Iconic new Canadian Rockies are now open to the worldExperience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop. From ice-capped mountain peaks to vast glacier-formed valleys, the Glacier Skywalk is your front row seat to nature’s most grand performance. Take your time to journey along the Discovery Trail; a fully-accessible, cliff-edge walkway. Look down and you’ll see hints from life thousands of years ago. Look up and you’ll see the most stunning mountain and glacial vistas. Look around and you’ll discover one of the most unique ecosystems in the world – a place that’s so hard to survive that adaptation never ends.

Glacier_Skywalk1The grand finale to this experience is an exhilarating glass-floored observation platform 280 metres (918 ft) over the Sunwapta Valley. A bird’s eye view provides the most unique perspective of nature at its finest. Glacier Skywalk is a fully accessible attraction that offers visitors a unique way to connect with the wilderness of Jasper National Park. A cliff-edge interpretive walkway provides an immersive and multi-sensory experience centered around the glaciology, biology and ecology of the unique Columbia Icefield region.

Glacier_Skywalk2After years of design, planning, environmental monitoring, and construction, the Glacier Skywalk is ready to welcome visitors from around the world.  The vision behind the Glacier Skywalk was to create a world-class fully-accessible experience in Jasper National Park that engages visitors to learn about glaciology, geology, and the unique ecosystem of the Columbia Icefield area. With a series of interpretive experiences that appeal to a broad cross section of the population, park visitors will return home more aware of the global environment and Canada’s National Parks. Through their up-close and personal connection, they will be positively impacted and inspired to consider the environmental choices they make in their daily lives.

The Glacier Skywalk is now open daily. Grand opening celebrations were held at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre on May 10-11, 2014.


Rocking Lineup of New Magic at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort

Hold on for the most twisty, turny, rollicking summer ever for Walt Disney World Resort. From the crowning jewel that completes the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, a breathtaking new parade that winds its way down Main Street U.S.A., to elevating the guest experience with MyMagic+, guests are rocking their Disney Side in 2014.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: The lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life in a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the family-style coaster will feature first-of-its-kind ride vehicles mounted in cradle-like pivots that allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the twists and turns of the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the film classic and riders will be greeted by animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Festival of Fantasy Parade: The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade brings the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. through fantastic and innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that features beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song. A Steampunk-inspired Dragon as the wicked Maleficent stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel dead center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the spectacular dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing the float to bend and flex as it moves along the parade route – a first for Disney parades. Ariel and friends grace a larger-than-life music box showcasing a colorful musical party “Under the Sea” while Scottish dancers and a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida. Other floats celebrate Disney Princesses; Peter Pan and Wendy soar above a pirate galleon; Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear on a longship in search of another “Best Day. Ever.”

Princess Fairytale Hall: Also part of the Magic Kingdom expansion, the fantasy world of Disney royalty becomes reality in the Princess Fairytale Hall, where guests get to live out their dream of meeting a real Disney princess. It’s the enchanting new home to Anna and Elsa, who join Cinderella and Rapunzel each day until the early evening, after which other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests. Surrounded by lush purple and gold trimmings, stone walls and ornate chandeliers, loyal subjects can choose between two queues: one for Cinderella and Rapunzel, or one for the Frozen sisters and visiting princesses.

Festival of the Lion King: The popular, high-energy, interactive live musical Festival of the Lion King show relocates in June to an all-new theater in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Festival of the Lion King envelops the audience in the sights and sounds of a tribal-like celebration featuring the music of Disney’s animated classic, The Lion King.