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Even More Horrifying Scares At Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

A whole new nightmare at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, when fear returns for 19 menacing nights with new haunted houses, including a 17 and older (recommended) experience that takes screams to the extreme. From new terrifying scare zones to creepers on coasters, an air of fear will consume the park.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 returns with new experiences designed to terrify – 

  • NEW – Insomnia

Every door in this haunted asylum leads to your worst nightmare and the doctor is accepting new patients. Have your fears turn into fate as this reality comes to life.  Patients will be forced to stay awake as they receive twisted treatments from demented doctors. There are no cures for the curses inside this hospital from hell.

  • NEW – Simon’s Slaughterhouse (Intense experience suggested for 17 and older guests)

By merely stepping inside, you have agreed to play Simon’s sick and twisted games. Entering this horrifying realm requires a journey through the Meat Market where cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak as they add to their Monster Menu of human hors d’oeuvres. Due to the intensity of Simon’s Slaughterhouse and the Meat Market, this area of the park is suggested for a 17 and older audience.

  • NEW – Camp D.O.A.

A night at this deadly campground ensures a sleepover like no other. Campers should sleep with one eye open as swamp mutants arise to make sure nobody gets a good night’s rest at this haunted marsh.

  • NEW – Deadly Toys                                                                                         

Childhood memories will be crushed as the horror comes to life. Lock up your toy box because life-size toys are heading out on a murderous rampage and no one is safe from their deadly wrath.

  • NEW – Hell on Wheels                                                                                  

Attempting to approach this apocalyptic stronghold? Think again, as this nefarious motorcycle gang is willing to do the unspeakable to protect their survival supplies. With this gruesome gang in charge, your path to survival is looking grim.

  • NEW – Maniac Midway                                                                                                 

Join Sparky and his carnie crew as you step into the center ring at the “scariest show on earth.” Clowns have overtaken the midway looking for the newest stars of this horrid attraction.

  •  NEW – Día de los Muertos

Also known as the “Day of the Dead”, Día de los Muertos will join the Howl-O-Scream event this year.  This mysterious realm includes a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and a parade to honour those who have gone before us.

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Scares are everywhere throughout Busch Gardens as creatures of the night roam the park. Not a soul is safe as Howl-O-Scream’s infamous scare zones strike fear into the hearts of all who pass through.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 runs select nights from Sept. 21st through Oct. 28th

 

 

 

Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, tickets start at $39.99, plus tax; and exclusive offers are available for Busch Gardens Pass Members.

Front Line Fear pass grants access to all haunted houses and special discount offers throughout the park. Front Line Fear is available each event night for $35.

Out-of-towners can take advantage of great getaway packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekend packages.

 

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Infinity Falls At Seaworld Orlando Gets Topped off

Construction is coming to a close at SeaWorld Orlando as Infinity Falls the highly anticipated new attraction opening at SeaWorld Orlando this summer. The record-breaking new attraction was “topped off” as cranes lifted the final piece of the rides iconic blue and gray tower into place.

The whimsical tower structure, blending modern architecture with ancient ruins, reaches a height of 67 feet and surrounds the attractions unique vertical lift. The 41-ton steel tower, made up of 10 pre-fabricated segments, took crews five nights to install.

When it opens, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride.

Click Here To Watch The Raft Reveal At IAAPA 17 : Infinity Falls Raft Reveal

The new attraction brings the thrill of white-water rafting into a new experience the family can enjoy together. Aboard the rides 8-passenger circular rafts, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature dynamic drops and turns, interactive water elements, and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids.

The ride will also feature an innovative vertical lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop in just over five seconds.

The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the basecamp and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.

 

 

 

 

SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can be among the first to ride Infinity Falls when it opens. The park plans to announce an opening date in the coming weeks. Right now, Florida residents can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for less than $15 per month with EZpay

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Debuting This Summer – Universal’s New Cinematic Celebration

This summer Universal Orlando will take its nighttime lagoon show to the next level in Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. The all-new lagoon show will give guests a brand-new, awe-inspiring way to cap off their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an epic cinema under the stars on “select nights”.

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration will seamlessly blend fountain based media, a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and special effects in a whole new way. The show combines an all-new storyline with full panoramic water screens accented by additional multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics and for the first time ever more than 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping to transform the entire waterfront and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.

You will be able to enjoy Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration from the all-new dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show (see construction photos on our twitter feed @orlandotourist1), giving you prime viewing of the experience.

This summer witness moments from :

  • Harry Potter series conjured by way of spells
  • Ear-shattering roars from dinosaurs in Jurassic World
  • Adrenaline rush of speed from The Fast & the Furious
  • Mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me

much more will come to life right before your very eyes, all in the heart of the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.

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Reservations Now Open For Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn And Suites

 

Reservations are now open for Universal Orlando’s most affordable hotel option, opening in August 2019, Surfide Inn and Suites will be the first hotel in the destination’s new Value hotel category.

Brought to life by the award-winning Universal Creative team, Surfside Inn and Suites will offer nightly rates:

 

  • $73 for a seven-night stay 
  • $85 per night for a four-night stay in a standard room
  • $111 per night for a seven-night stay in a 2 Bedroom Suite that sleeps six

 

Guests at Surfside and Dockside Inn and Suites can take advantage of exclusive Universal Orlando hotel benefits to enjoy an epic vacation, including:

  • Early Park Admission – allowing them to breeze into one of Universal Orlando’s three amazing theme parks an hour before everyone else
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transportation to and from the theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Destination-wide charging privileges with their room key
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel

Families needing a bit more room will find it easy to relax in the spacious 2 Bedroom Suites, which sleep six comfortably and feature a kitchenette and separate bath and vanity areas. It’s the perfect home-base for families of any size to experience all that Universal Orlando has to offer.

The 750-room Surfside Inn and Suites will feature a relaxed and fun surf vibe with beach details woven throughout the experience. It will be the destination’s seventh hotel in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co.

Sister property Dockside Inn and Suites will add 2,050 rooms and suites when it opens a year later in 2020.

To book a stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort Surfside Inn and Suites visit UniversalOrlando.com or call 800.BE.A.STAR (232-7827).

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Fast And Furious Supercharged Is Now Open

Universal Orlando Resort’s new attraction, Fast & Furious – Supercharged, is now open. Guests can join the Fast family on an authentic and immersive experience that places them right in the middle of the action.

With a worldwide box-office of more than $5 billion, the Fast & Furious film franchise is one of the highest-grossing of all time and has become a global phenomenon that captivates audiences from around the world with action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. Universal Orlando guests can step into the blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the Fast & Furious films right alongside the Fast & Furious crew including Dom, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Roman and Mia.

During the experience, guests will:

join up with the Fast crew as they feel what it’s like to step into their favorite Fast & Furious film;

• immerse themselves in an authentic recreation of the Fast & Furious crew’s warehouse headquarters – filled with actual props, iconic scenes, authentic details and supercharged vehicles from the films;

• ride with the family and crew as the films’ soundtracks pump, vehicles flip, rockets fire – and the action builds;

• and check out more than a dozen of the supercharged cars from the films – including some of the ones driven by their favorite characters.

 

Fast & Furious Supercharged features the new Virtual Line system, similar to the one found on Jimmy Fallon. Guests can select a time to ride via the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or at kiosks located near the attraction entrance.

Guests can also access a special mobile experience for Fast & Furious – Supercharged on the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App while inside the attraction, including messages from Mia and the rest of the family, character bios, quizzes and more.

 

 

Universal Orlando will celebrate the opening of the attraction on May 2 with a special evening event featuring several superstars from the Fast & Furious series. The star-studded celebration moment will be streamed live.

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Universal Orlando Share Photos From Inside Fast And Furious Ride

Today Universal Orlando started to tease us on social media with shots from inside Fast And Furious, the new ride which is set to open in spring 2018. We could potentially see softs open anytime soon after these photos or we could see Universal open the ride around the end of April beginning of May.

Enough of me blabbing lets show you what Universal have to offer:

From the moment you enter the attraction, you will be immersed in to the storyline. You will encounter Dom’s iconic car parked out front of the new garage and base of operations for the Fast family then once inside you will see familiar scenes from the films like Tej’s (Ludacris) high-tech War Room, where you learn more about your mission. Several of the cars as you can see in the pictures are from the Fast & Furious movies and You will even come across an all-new vehicle designed exclusive for the attraction Letty’s Turbo Truck!

 

 

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Double The Scares This Year At Halloween Horror Nights

Guests can now purchase select tickets and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and for the first time ever, guests can get double the scares with the purchase of a limited time ticket where they can buy a night and get a second night free.

On select nights from September 14th to November 3rd, guests will face an era of evil as Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is unleashed at Universal Studios Florida.  This year’s event will be the most intense yet, bringing some of the most terrifying names in horror both from the past and the present

  • Nine all-new haunted houses
  • Five sinister scare zones

Guests brave enough to enter the event will encounter everything from iconic horror films to cult classics to terrifying hit TV shows to disturbing-original stories that only the twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team could imagine.

   Halloween Horror Nights Flex TicketBuy a Night, Get 2nd Night Free”
  • Now through June 6th, guests can purchase Universal Orlando’s “Buy a Night, Get a 2nd Night Free” ticket offer online, which includes:
    • Sunday – Friday ($77.99 per adult + tax): Entitles one guest admission to two 2018 Halloween Horror Nights event nights on any Sunday – Friday event night
Halloween Horror Nights Hotel and Ticket Package
Starts at $215 per adult, per night tax inclusive

 

**Select event nights Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, 2018. Advance purchase required.

Offer valid for bookings now – 11/2/18. Offer valid for travel: 9/14/18 – 11/3/18

  • 4-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Additional accommodations are available at Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels, including Universal’s Aventura Hotel, opening August 2018, or a Universal Partner Hotel
  • 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • 1-night Halloween Horror Nights admission plus 1-night free (Sunday – Friday) offer valid on packages booked by 6/6/18
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme parks open to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8 p.m.
    • In addition, guests can add a RIP Tour or The Unmaking the Horror Tour to their vacation package

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 will run on select nights from September 14th to November 3rd. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights and tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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Sinfully Delicious Donuts Coming To City Walk This Spring

Universal Orlando has revealed the menu coming to Voodoo Doughnut this spring, a unique doughnut shop that has built a cult following with their delightfully weird and delicious creations. From Glazed Old Fashioned to Grape Ape there is truly a doughnut for every one.

There are more than 50 types of doughnuts you’ll soon be able to sample. I know what you’re thinking: with that many options I ‘dough nut’ know which to try first. Well, you’re in luck because Universal Orlando Blog have put together a list of their top five doughnuts to try that will hopefully help you on your mouthwatering journey.

1. Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Doll - Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

This doughnut has become synonymous with Voodoo Doughnut. The idea for the signature creation was thought of well before the first Voodoo Doughnut shop opened its doors, but it took a while to find the right “doll pin.” Once the creators found the perfect pretzel, the rest was history. Filled with raspberry jelly, covered with chocolate frosting and topped with a pretzel stake, this is the perfect doughnut to post to Instagram to make all of your friends and family jealous (I know I will).

2. Portland Cream

Portland Cream - Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

Not only is this one of the first doughnuts that Voodoo Doughnut created, but it is also a tribute to the city of Portland, the shop’s first location. This creation is filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate and two frosting eyeballs.

3. Grape Ape

Grape Ape - Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

This doughnut was almost cut from the original Voodoo menu but after customers made an impassioned plea, it quickly became a fan favorite. A few fans have even gotten a tattoo in honor of the vanilla frosted doughnut covered with grape dust and lavender sprinkles.

4. Bacon Maple Bar

Maple Bacon Bay - Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

Covered with maple frosting and bacon on top, this doughnut is perfect for those who love savory mixed with sweet.

5. Oh Captain, My Captain

Oh Captain, My Captain - Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

For the cereal lovers out there! This doughnut is covered with vanilla frosting and sweet and golden breakfast cereal with a fruity twist.

And there are so many more flavors to try and a’dough! Feast your eyes on the more than 50 types of doughnuts you can soon try.

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Aquatica Celebrates 10 Years Of Splashing Fun

Aquatica celebrates ten years of providing extreme watery fun to Orlando visitors and residents alike. The park, which opened March 1, 2008, quickly became a staple in the vast landscape of Orlando water parks and ranks as one of the best water parks in the United States by TripAdvisor.

To commemorate the park’s special day, Aquatica commissioned the sculpting of a 22-ton sand sculpture depicting a birthday cake inspired by Aquatica’s latest addition, Ray Rush. The sculpture measures 15’ wide, 8’ tall and took skilled artisans nearly 25 hours to complete. The sculpture will be on display inside the park for guests to see through March 5th.

 

The park was also recently voted “Best Water Park” by Orlando Sentinel readers in the publication’s annual Best Bets reader’s choice awards in 2017. “The Sentinel just confirmed what everyone already knew, Aquatica is the place where Orlando residents go when they want the best water park experience,” said David Heaton, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “We are so excited to be the water playground of choice for Orlando locals and visitors alike.”

 

 

 

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Ray Rush At Aquatica Reaches New Heights

New heights have been reached on Aquatica’s new family raft ride with the installation of one of the attraction’s marquee features.

Early Wednesday morning, a massive 12,000-pound fiberglass sphere was hoisted into place, giving park goers a first look at what their spring visit to Aquatica has in store.

 

Towering 60 feet above the park’s entrance, groups of four riders will swirl up and down the sides of the sphere walls as part of the 508-foot slide experience.

 

Opening this spring, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before.

How Ray Rush Works 

  • Riders will be launched with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections
  • Riders will then swirl into the giant translucent sphere
  • Finally riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray
  • Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash

 

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark announced the addition of Ray Rush in October 2017. The new attraction promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together. Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42” to appeal to families with children.

 

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NEW Rock Star Suites With In-Room Stage, Lights And Memorabilia At Hard Rock Hotel

All new Rock Star suites at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s newly-redesigned rooms let guests perform under the lights on their very own stage. Designed to capture the excitement of being on tour, these two-room suites feature applause-worthy floor to ceiling details, including a stage with liquid flooring and lights, a twinkling starlight canopy over the beds and brand new Hard Rock memorabilia from today’s superstars.

*Each suite features an item once donned by a music celebrity and this marks the first time memorabilia has been installed inside a guest room at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.  Every Future Rock Star Suite consists of a king room that connects through a “stage door” to a room with two twin beds and roadie case-inspired furniture.

“We designed these suites for tweens, teens and any kid who ever dreamed of performing on stage for thousands of adoring fans,” says Carlton Hudson, managing director at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. “The suites bring that dream to life for the entire family with everything a true rock star needs to put on an unforgettable show. Plus, we brought in pieces of Hard Rock’s priceless memorabilia collection to amplify the experience of staying in these one-of-a-kind suites.”

Hard Rock is recognized globally for world-class entertainment, stylish and contemporary design and unparalleled service.  Guests of all Hard Rock Hotels enjoy an experience that infuses music as the key differentiator.

Hard Rock’s The Sound of Your Stay is a complimentary all-encompassing in-room music amenity program that provides access to experiences for guests to jam out on a selection of Fender guitars or tune into the resurgence of vinyl records while listening to them on a Crosley turntable.

 

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests of Hard Rock Hotel are just a short walk, water taxi (complimentary) or shuttle bus ride away from all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.

Guests receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits, including

  • Universal Express Unlimited ride access (theme park admission required) to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the theme parks open.

 

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The Great Lego Race To Open On March 23rd

LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced Friday March 23rd as the grand opening date for its newest attraction, The Great LEGO Race.

It’s the first VR roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand and minifigure characters have been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction.

Guests must be at least 42 inches (1.06m) tall to ride The Great LEGO Race, or be accompanied by a responsible adult at least 48 inches (1.2m) tall.

Animated action takes place on the ground and in the air, the wild and wacky race pits guests against a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer LEGO-built vehicles like a rocket-powered windsurfing rig, a stylish scooter fueled by espresso and an ornately canopied bed carried by mummy servants.

Wearing optional VR headsets, riders will experience the action from every direction up, down, forward, backward and all points in between while riding the roller coaster, in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.

 

In November, myself and other reporters received a sneak preview of the 360-degree adventure during the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) trade show in Orlando.

 

 

 

During the sneak preview and being immersed into the ride, i felt like i was no longer in IAAPA but i was in a race to the finish line, while using the VR headset and looking around 360 degrees (up, down, left, right and behind you) during the ride you really do feel like you have entered a LEGO World full of fun and whimsical characters.

The VR headsets are designed to fit both adults and children, and can be adjusted for comfort. The VR experience is intended for children 6 and up, and guests can choose to ride the roller coaster without wearing the headset.

After crossing the finish line guests can switch gears and enjoy an all-new treat at Funnel Cake Factory, which will open this spring, just steps away from the roller coaster in the theme park’s LEGO Technic area.

The highly themed pit stop will offer freshly made-to-order funnel cakes with toppings including fresh fruit, powdered sugar and soft-serve ice cream.

 

* A similar preview in MackMedia’s Coastiality mobile app (www.coastiality.com/en/) is building anticipation for the VR adventure by showcasing its state-of-the-art visuals. The free app is available for iOS, Android and Oculus devices from the App Store, Google Play and the Oculus Store and can be enjoyed with or without a VR headset.

Pictures from IAAPA courtesy of Bob Waddington, Orlando Tourist’s official camera man for Iaapa (@bobwadd1 on twitter)

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Food And Wine Festival Returns This March At Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay‘s most delicious event returns this March with tastes for every palate at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival.

Guests can sample delectable cuisines paired with a selection of

  • 65+ wines
  • 50+ craft brews
  • Specialty cocktails

while enjoying some of the biggest names in entertainment.  The Food & Wine Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays March 3th through April 29th and is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

The Festival features all-new twists on cuisine at 13 culinary cabins, along with favorites like mango shrimp ceviche and beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle.

Experience bold new eats at the Savory Tavern with fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, or indulge in flavorful treats at Artisan Eats with beloved dish duck fat truffle fries and then spice it up with tostones rellenos de pollo at Comfort Kitchen.  Opt for lobster tart with leeks and Swiss cheese or mushroom vol-au-vent at the Light Fare Canteen, or relish in the robust flavors at Chef’s Plantation with salmon cake with lemon aioli, Korean-style ribs and all-new short rib and brie grilled cheese.

 

Guests can elevate the Food and Wine Festival experience even more by sipping a carefully curated selection of fine bourbons and new tequila tastings.

 

 

Concert headliners include:

Saturday, March 3: Edwin McCain & Sister Hazel
Sunday, March 4: Grupo Niche
Saturday, March 10: The Fray
Sunday, March 11: Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws
Saturday, March 17: Olga Tañón
Sunday, March 18: Goo Goo Dolls
Saturday, March 24: Better Than Ezra & Tonic
Sunday, March 25: Michael Bolton
Saturday, March 31: Boyz II Men
Sunday, April 1: Natalie Grant
Saturday, April 7: Hank Williams, Jr.
Sunday, April 8: TLC
Saturday, April 14: Bret Michaels
Sunday, April 15: Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 21: The All-American Rejects
Sunday, April 22: Cole Swindell
Saturday, April 28: Flo Rida
Sunday, April 29: Kaleo & Bleachers

Guests can choose from two exclusive VIP concert upgrades at the Festival which include priority seating and a 5-item sampler lanyard for even more access to great times and great tastes. Additionally, guests can purchase of 5, 10 and 12-item sampler lanyards to tailor the experience to any taste bud. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consumer alcoholic beverages.

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Macklemore Headlining Universal Orlando Mardi Gras This Weekend

Universal Orlando Resort’s 2018 Mardi Gras celebration continues this weekend featuring a live performance by four-time Grammy Award-winning rapper Macklemore on Saturday February 24th. Located at the music plaza stage.

One of only two rappers with a diamond-certified single, Macklemore’s music videos have collectively garnered more than 2.7 billion views. Macklemore skyrocketed to fame with the release of top tracks, “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” In 2017.

Guests can enjoy a themed parade before the concert with six new colorful Mardi Gras floats, Cajun-style cuisine, live performances by bands from the Big Easy and more.

Feb. 24
Macklemore
March 3
311
March 4
Phillip Phillips
March 10
Jason Derulo
March 11
Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17
Foreigner
March 18
Fifth Harmony
March 24
Jessie J
March 25
BUSH
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Legoland Water Park Kicks Off It’s Longest Season EVER

On Saturday March 10th LEGOLAND Water Park kicks off its longest season ever, giving guests more time for awesome family fun. It’s the park’s biggest number of operating dates since opening in 2012!

Named one of the country’s best outdoor water parks in USA TODAY’s “10Best” poll.

LEGOLAND Water Park will be open select dates March 10th through October 28th with daily operation in :

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

For complete operating dates and hours, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/parkhours.

 

Make a splash

  • A water play area with shorter slides and interactive, giant DUPLO animals geared towards children 6 and younger.
  • A hands-on LEGO attraction, Build-A-Boat, where up to four guests at a time can customize their own miniature watercraft and race them down rushing rivers to see who wins.
  • A giant water play structure complete with winding slides, water spouts and topped by a 300-gallon bucket that dumps water on guests below every few minutes.
  • A LEGO-themed wave pool where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy.
  • Private cabanas available for rent that include a storage locker, mini-fridge and hassle-free dining assistance from an at-your-service host.

NEW ! Slide and dine

Guests will enjoy cantina-style tacos at a brand-new dining facility, Beach Street Tacos, located exclusively inside LEGOLAND Water Park.

Beach Street Tacos’ menu will serve made-to-order beef, chicken and fish tacos, adding to the water park’s current lineup of fresh burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, salads and ice cream treats.

Upgrade your play

The best way to enjoy a full season of water park fun is with an annual pass. Choose from several affordable options, including some with discounts on dining, retail purchases and overnight stays at LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Full details are available at www.LEGOLAND.com/myannualpass.

  • Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park is $22.50 plus tax in addition to the cost of a same-day theme park ticket for adults, children 3-12 or seniors 60 and older
  • Does not include parking
  • Water park-only admission is not available.

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Travel To Orlando Area Events In Comfort And Style

The Orlando area is a great place to consider vacationing. Even if you’re a local, there are always new destinations and events to pay attention to. Here are some of the events happening in the spring of 2018 that you should definitely pay attention to.

Seven Seas Food Festival
Sea World, Orlando
February 17- April 15, 2018
The Seven Seas Food Festival is located within the SeaWorld theme park and admission is included with the park. Each weekend you can sample flavors at marketplaces as you walk through the park! The street food atmosphere brings dishes from all over the world. There are also live performances happening, so it’s a great time to enjoy other cultures and traditions.

Arnold Palmer Invitational
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando
March 12-18, 2018
Are you a golf fan? If so, you can’t miss out on the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It’s one of the top tournaments in the world, so all of the big names will be in attendance. There is public spectator viewing and special amenities for Mastercard cardholders since they’re sponsoring the event. You can win prizes at their three hole putting challenge and receive tips from professionals on how to improve your game.

Spring Fiesta in the Park
Lake Eola Park, Orlando
April 7-8, 2018
This is the 46th annual celebration of arts and crafts at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Admission is free for all ages, and it runs from 10 AM to 5 PM each day. With over 600 vendors, there will be countless creative masterpieces to check out. Inspiration will be at every corner with original art work in varying styles. There will be live entertainment and food vendors here.

When you’re planning on checking out one of these Orlando area events or destinations, be sure to consider how you’ll get there. When you have professional transportation along for the ride, you’re able to visit multiple destinations without ordering a new ride share or dealing with directions and traffic yourself. If you plan on enjoying drinks with friends while you’re out and about, it’s even more important to consider logistics. If you’re looking for more information on Florida Party Bus Vehicles, we’ve got you covered.

 

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Paradise Nights At Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is offering a brand new nighttime experience that includes :

  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • A dolphin presentation

Guests can now choose from select evenings throughout 2018 to book Paradise Nights at Discovery Cove. Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or just getting away from it all, guests can escape to a dinner oasis during Paradise Nights.

Attendees will spend the evening in a lush tropical environment including live musicians and up-close encounters with the park’s resident animals. Some of nature’s most fascinating creatures may be found mingling among guests before the meal.

Tropically-inspired and sustainably sourced dishes are featured at the all-inclusive buffet on the beach. Entrées include pan-seared salmon, Hawaiian chicken, and a carving station with herb roasted beef. Beer, wine, and the park’s signature cocktail are also included in the dining reservation.

Just before dessert, guests are treated to a special dolphin presentation, the perfect finale to a night in paradise. Filled with insight from the Discovery Cove training team, the evening session will provide a glimpse into the world of dolphin care. After the session, guests can spark one-on-one conversations with the trainers to learn more about the resident animals.

Offered select nights at the park, the Paradise Nights experience can be booked with or without admission to Discovery Cove. Dining reservations start at $65 per adult and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9 years old). Advanced reservations are required.

To book a reservation, visit www.discoverycove.com/paradise-nights

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Universal Orlando’s Top 6 Reasons To Stay At Aventura Hotel

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will welcome its first guests in just a few months, right in the hustle and bustle of the summer season. Here are six reasons Universal want you to go ahead and book your stay.

1. Sleek, Stylish and Affordable

You know that staying at Aventura will include modern and stylish surroundings but did you also know that Aventura will be one of Universal’s most affordable hotels? This hotel is perfect for value-savvy travelers who don’t want to miss out on anything that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer.

2. In the Middle of All the Action

Universal’s Aventura Hotel is located right in the center of all three amazing theme parks and Universal CityWalk. It’s close enough that you can return for a midday swim or a quick break from the excitement without having to worry about being away from the thrills for too long.

Getting to the parks from Aventura is fun, free and easy with complimentary shuttle transportation, as well as connecting walking paths.

3. You’ll get Exclusive Benefits

When you stay here, you’ll still get exclusive benefits including Early Park Admission, resort-wide charging privileges with your room key, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to the hotel and more.

4. Enjoy Unique Dining and Cocktails

Located on the hotel’s 17th floor, the rooftop bar and grill will have INCREDIBLE views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks. You’ll be able to see the twists and turns of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the beckoning light of Universal’s Islands of Adventure lighthouse and the tropical oasis of Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Plus, this popular hangout will offer distinctive cocktails for sipping and delicious small plates for devouring, all while you take in the gorgeous, 360-degree views.

 

5. Tech-Savvy Hotel 

 

You’ll love the modern touches and amenities incorporated into Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Each room will be equipped with a smart tablet that controls the room’s A/C, TV and lighting right at your fingertips. You can even order a pizza. Then you can work off that pizza at the high-tech fitness center or bypass the gym (you are on vacation after all) and check out the VR game room.

 

6. A Variety of Fresh Dining Options

You’ll enjoy a fast-casual dining hall with an urban-inspired design and options for any palette. Highlights include an Asian style noodle and sushi bar, a pizzeria serving up specialty pies, a kitchen offering fresh roasts, veggies and salads, select organic items and a creative burger joint. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to find a meal they’ll salivate over.

That’s just six of the many reasons for you to be one of the very first guests to stay at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. August will be here before we know it, so book your stay now and receive up to a $100 dining credit.

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming To Universal Orlando In Spring 2018

Voodoo Doughnut’s is coming to Universal Orlando City Walk in spring of 2018Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon created Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon in 2003. The pair had enjoyed experimenting with unique flavors to create eccentric pastries and they turned their passion into the phenomenon that is Voodoo Doughnut. Loved for its sinfully delicious, delightfully weird lineup of fried creations, Voodoo Doughnut will feature signature originals and one of a kind delectables such as

  • Dirt Doughnut
  • the Bacon Maple Bar
  • Grape Ape
  • Voodoo Doll doughnuts

 

Since their Portland, Oregon origins, Shannon and Pogson have continued to spread their unique flavors with several new locations including a few more in Oregon and shops in Denver, Colorado; Austin, Texas and CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood. The new location at Universal Orlando will be the first location east of the Mississippi. The shop will feature the same eclectic pink theming and irreverent names that can be found in current Voodoo Doughnut locations. It will be located next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, which we now assume will be the old Elements shop that is currently under renovation.

Now will you be having desert at NBC Sports or posing next door to grab a doughnut. Is your mouth watering at this point (i know mine is).

Good Things Come in Pink Boxes.

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The NightTime Lights At Hogwarts Castle

During the new projection show at Hogwarts Castle over the Christmas period (as seen in the video below) we heard rumblings of a new show continuing on Hogwarts castle and now we are able to bring these rumours to light…….

For the first time ever guests will be able to celebrate their Hogwarts house pride during an all-new, breathtaking experience The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle which will debut on Wednesday Jan. 31st and running select nights throughout 2018.

As night falls in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, state-of-the-art projection mapping, coupled with special effects and lighting, will wrap Hogwarts castle in a dazzling display celebrating the four houses of Hogwarts

  • Gryffindor
  • Ravenclaw
  • Hufflepuff
  • Slytherin

Guests will watch in awe as the spirit and iconic elements of each house are brought to life on the majestic castle, all set to incredible music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films.

This will be the second projection mapping experience Universal Orlando has featured in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Over the holiday season, Universal debuted “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” which brought incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life. Both experiences were also featured at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights throughout the year but park guests can preview the new experience on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 during “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.”  The experience will run continuously each evening starting at dusk.

Guests who’ve purchased A Celebration of Harry Potter vacation package can be among the first to see this experience at Universal Orlando during an exclusive preview event on Friday Jan. 26th.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled to run Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, and Feb. 7 – Feb. 12.  Additional dates will be announced at a later time.

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New Details And Spoilers On Universal Orlando’s Newest Attraction Fast And Furious Supercharged

Universal Orlando’s newest attraction Fast & Furious Supercharged will bring one of the world’s hottest film franchises to life in a whole new way.

Fasten your seat belt and hold on tight, here’s everything you need to know about Fast & Furious Supercharged at Universal Orlando Resort:

THE FAST FAMILY’S ALL HERE – INCLUDING NEW CHARACTERS EXCLUSIVE TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S ATTRACTION

You will encounter your favorite Fast characters and for the first time ever Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) will join the star-studded cast of the attraction, which includes :

  • Dom (Vin Diesel)
  • Letty (Michelle Rodriguez)
  • Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)
  • Roman (Tyrese Gibson)
  • Owen Shaw (Luke Evans)

YOU’LL GET TO CHECK OUT 15 AUTHENTIC FAST & FURIOUS CARS – 12 DIRECTLY FROM THE FILMS AND 3 CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS ATTRACTION

 

Fast & Furious Supercharged will be the only place where you can see  and even take photos with 15 supercharged Fast & Furious cars many of them driven by some of your favorite Fast family members. Each vehicle, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger and Letty’s Turbo Truck, has been crafted by Dennis McCarthy, the man behind the cars for the Fast & Furious films.

 

 

THIS IS THE NEXT ATTRACTION AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA TO FEATURE THE NEW, POPULAR VIRTUAL LINE SYSTEM

You will be able to select a time to ride Fast & Furious Supercharged via the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or at kiosks located near the attraction entrance. While you wait for your ride time, you can enjoy other experiences throughout Universal Studios Florida.

YOU’LL BE IMMERSED IN AN ORIGINAL, SUPERCHARGED STORY

**Spoiler Alert**

Get ready to live an original Fast & Furious story that expands upon the films and brings you face-to-face with your favorite Fast characters.

As soon as you approach the attraction, you see Dom’s Dodge Charger parked outside – and you know exactly where you are.  Welcome to the underground headquarters of the “Fast family.”

Inside, you’re immersed in the ultimate Fast & Furious experience. Hit songs from the films’ soundtracks fill the rooms as memorable scenes from the series play around you. You make your way through familiar places inspired by the films, like the Family Room complete with photos of the Fast family and Tej’s high-tech War Room.

You are invited to attend a race after-party that can’t be missed, and Tej arranges for a custom party bus to get you there. 

As you make your way to the party, Dom calls with an urgent message. Owen Shaw is headed your way. A high-speed chase ensues, and you must rely on the Fast family to lead you to safety. But will it be enough to keep you and the gang from the clutches of Shaw?

Fast & Furious is a global phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. Millions of people from all over the world have been captivated by the action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. In Spring 2018, the next chapter of this blockbuster franchise will come to life with Universal Orlando’s new attraction: Fast & Furious Supercharged. Guests will have the opportunity to actually live the excitement they’ve seen on the big screen in a high-octane ride experience where they will become part of the Fast family.

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A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns To Universal Orlando Resort In 2018

It’s time to get excited Potter Fans as Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros have announced the return of “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” on January 26-28, 2018.

This ultimate fan event can only be experienced at Universal Orlando Resort and will feature an array of interactive and engaging experiences that will allow guests to celebrate their love for the stories from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

For the first time in event history, Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) will attend the special event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside returning fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

More Harry Potter Cast members will be announced at a later date so keep it locked into Orlando Tourist on Twitter for up to date information as and when we receive it. http://twitter.com/orlandotourist1

During the 3-day celebration, guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with select film talent
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique activities and displays from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World at the Harry Potter Expo
  • Enjoy special panels and demonstrations giving fans a close look ‘Behind-the-Scenes’
  • Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket

Celebration vacation packages are on sale now. On-site hotel packages start at $285 per adult per night, including tax

exclusive benefits such as

  • special guest access to the Harry Potter Expo
  • admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • special access to panels and demonstrations 
  • special access to new Workshops 

Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel and three-day two-park, park-to-park tickets to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents. Packages are available on a first come, first served basis. 

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Universal Orlando Resort Is Hiring For The Holiday Season

It’s coming up to the most wonderful time of the year again, fancy working at the greatest destination on earth? well Universal Orlando is now hiring 3,000 new Team Members for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions across the entire resort. Positions are available in areas including:-

  • Attractions
  • Operations
  • Culinary
  • Food Services
  • Merchandise
  • and much more

These positions are open in Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and CityWalk.

Universal will be holding multiple hiring events over the coming weeks, with the first one taking place on

  • Thurs., Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Universal Orlando Human Resources office.

Hiring events are by appointment only. Interested candidates should apply online, and will then be contacted to schedule an interview appointment.

To be a part of the team, interested candidates can apply online at www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com to be considered. Here, you can also sign up to receive regular email updates on job opportunities across the destination.

Universal Orlando provides an exciting work environment for Team Members with great perks like

  • free park admission
  • discounts
  • complimentary guest passes

 

 

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Learn To Play Golf Like A Pro At BirdGolf Academy

Have you landed in Orlando and seen tons of people, some maybe including family waiting for golf clubs to come round the conveyor belt and be on their way to the glorious 18 holes they are about to play and thought to yourself i wish i could play but i don’t have the skill. Well fear no more BirdGolf are here to help.

Bird Golf Academy’s promise and Service Mark is the “Ultimate Golf Learning Experience”. You may now be asking “what makes Bird Golf the world’s best golf school?”.

Among the professional staff of Bird Golf Academy their knowledge adds up to more than 350 years of teaching experience, instead of having 10 students to 1 teacher Bird Golf came up with 1 to 2 students to 1 teacher, enabling  the instructors to devote their entire attention to each individual student, providing the student with personalized instruction.

The Bird Golf schools are conveniently located in

  • Orlando
  • Daytona Beach
  • Boca Pointe
  • Miami Lakes
  • Southwest Florida

All five locations offer golf school packages designed by PGA legends and lauded by industry experts. Whether you are brand new to the game or hoping to play at the highest level, their customised instruction is the perfect way for you to learn.

 

The Orlando Location is a little north of Orlando you will enjoy a wonderful historic property at the Mission Inn Resort and Spa. Mission Inn is home to award-winning 36-hole championship golf courses making it a favorite destination for Florida golfers. With a backdrop of the scenic countryside and as the recipient of numerous honors, Mission Inn is the perfect setting for those wanting to travel to the world famous Orlando area.

If you love being at the beach, another Florida golf school option can be found in Daytona Beach at The Shores Resort and Spa. The Shores resort offers the perfect setting for your Golf School. Enjoy ocean views from your balcony after an amazing day of private instruction at the Club at Pelican Bay, a two-time host of “The Greater Daytona Beach PGA Senior Golf Classic”.

With fantastic rates for school and accommodation visit : https://www.birdgolf.com/golf-school-rates/

What Bird Golf Can Offer 

Personalized Coaching

  • One/Two (students) on One (instructor)
  • Personality profiling (learning styles)
  • Unlimited follow-up

The Finest PGA & LPGA Professionals

Comprehensive Packaging

  • First-rate golf courses
  • First-class resorts & accommodations

Coaching Methods

  • Fundamental teaching methods (never over-teach)
  • On no account is a single swing methodology used (every one is different)
  • Generation of take home practice plans
  • Application of learned skills with playing lessons
  • Appropriate use of digital and/or video analysis

Training on the systematic thought process that matches the systematic nature of the game

  • “What to think on the golf course and how not to think it”

Superb Customer Service

  • Personal touch

Bird Golf Has Many Other Locations For You To Choose From : 

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Universal Orlando Resorts All New Holiday Celebrations 


Now that HHN 27 is in full swing, time to give you all more details on the upcoming Holiday season which begins on Nov. 18th.

Guests of all ages will enjoy a Holiday celebration like no other with more dates than ever before. At Universal Orlando guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch all-new larger-than-life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas and rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration will run daily from Nov. 18th to Jan. 6th

NEW! Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will be surrounded by uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as they walk the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

They will also enjoy special holiday themed food and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. As night falls, state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle, bringing incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life. (Be sure to check out our YouTube channel on the 18th)

NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Universal Orlando Resort is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring a brand-new parade to Universal Studios Florida. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will feature more than a dozen new festive balloons and over 15 incredibly detailed floats that can’t be seen anywhere else, all designed exclusively for Universal Orlando. The parade will also include appearances by the Minions and other favorite characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek and Santa Claus.

Grinchmas
Guests will watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” and join the merry Whos from Who-ville as they celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring Grinchmas to life.

on sale now, guests can enjoy a festive breakfast with the Grinch and his friends on select dates.

Mannheim Steamroller
Holiday music sensation, Manheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Orlando to spread cheer for all to hear during live concerts at Universal Studios Florida on these select dates

  • Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26
  • Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Holidays at Universal’s On-Site Hotels
Staying on-site is the best way to experience the Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. All five hotels will glisten with festive decorations and offer holiday activities, including

  • Tree lightings
  • Menorah lightings
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffets

EVE at Universal CityWalk
To celebrate the New Year, guests can dance the night away at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can celebrate the New Year in style with the largest dance floor in Orlando, live entertainment and endless decadent dishes and signature drinks.

Are you ready for this Holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort

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Attraction Openings After Hurricane Irma

As the ride out crew, police, fire crews etc head out to check damage and get things back to normality, a lot of tourists are often left wondering when things will reopen so they can get their vacation back on. More details will be added here as we get them. Here is what we know so far

Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay will open at 9am Tuesday

HHN will begin as scheduled on Friday 15th

MCO Airport 

Limited commercial service will resume on Tuesday 12th

Check with your airline before heading to the airport (flying in or out)

Legoland Fl

Will reopen when it is safe to do so, currently without power (last updated 1 hour ago)

Busch Gardens 

Will be closed on Tuesday 12th to allow for clean up of debris

Seaworld 

Will be closed Tuesday 12th 

Disney 

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom will be back open at 9am Tuesday

Disney Springs will reopen at 10am Tuesday

The Florida Mall 

Will reopen at 10am Tuesday

Mall At Millenia 

Will reopen at 10am Tuesday 

We will continue to update this page with openings as and when we get the news.

Be sure to thank all staff who have stayed in resorts to look after your welfare and keep you all as entertained as possible, thank workers who have came back out to get your attractions reopened and back to normal for your enjoyment.

be sure to follow along with us over on twitter @orlandotourist1

 

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Attraction Updates For Hurricane Irma

As we get set for Hurricane Irma this weekend, Theme Parks, shops and restaurants will close.

Here is a break down of what we know so far :

Universal Orlando/ Islands Of Adventure/ Volcano Bay 

Closes at 7pm Saturday

Will remain closed until Tuesday

Magic Kingdom/ Animal Kingdom/ Hollywood Studios/ Epcot/ Typhoon Lagoon/ Blizzard Beach

Magic Kingdom / Epcot / Disney Springs to close on Saturday 9pm

Animal Kingdom / Hollywood Studios to close on Saturday 7pm

Blizzard Beach is Closed

Typhoon Lagoon to close on Saturday 5pm

Disney Busses will run until 11pm (please show them some respect) 

Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will close Saturday afternoon

*last year guests got placed in hotels, the same could happen this year*

All Will be closed until Tuesday 

Seaworld/ Busch Gardens/ Discovery Cove/ Aquatica/ Adventure Island 

Closes at 5pm Saturday

Will remain closed until Tuesday

Kennedy Space Centre 

Closed

Will reopen on Tuesday

The Orlando Eye 

Will close Saturday

Will be monitored until storm passes

Legoland/ Legoland WaterPark

Will be closed Saturday

Reopen Monday-Tuesday will be monitored

Florida Mall

Will close at 6pm Friday

Will be closed Saturday and Sunday

Mall at Millenia 

Will close at 2pm Friday

Will be remain closed until Tuesday

MCO Airport 

Will shut down operations at 5pm Saturday

Updates to come after

Restaurants / Shops 

Will close!!!

Please be courteous and grateful to any Staff/TM/CM you come across, they have people waiting for them at home, your holiday maybe impacted but that is not the fault of any member of staff.

Hotel Staff maybe staying at your hotel/resort treat them with respect as they are staying to ensure the running of the hotel/resort and your safety.

Things maybe be back to normal earlier than stated but they have to go in and assess damage, be patient and keep watching the news.

Stay safe this weekend, we will overcome this together.

This post will be update as and when we get more information.

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Minnie Vans And What We Know So Far

Chevrolet Minnie Vans Parked At Test Track Before D23 – Courtesy Uber Forums

We have all been there at some point waiting on a Disney Bus to come through and take you to a special place where magic lives only to be stuck on a hot bus for an hour traveling to different resorts to get guests who are after the same experience as you, Imagine the feeling of stepping out at a Disney Theme Park refreshed and not hot thanks to some cool Air conditioning ready to enjoy your day at the park. Maybe your late for lunch, meeting, date or just in a hurry to get your vacation started.

We may just have the answer with the all new Minnie Van service, Disney’s new point to point transportation service announced at D23 and is currently under soft running and due to fully launch on July 26th.

 

One vehicle was spotted out and about yesterday by twitter user @glassj3n over at Disney’s Boardwalk.

 

 

 

Currently to book the service you have to speak to the front desk at your hotel/resort and they will book one for you (disney property only), once the service is available you will be able to use the lyft app (available for IOS and Android) which will recognise you are on Disney property and will unlock the Minnie Van Service, you will be able to request a ride and pay directly from your smartphone.

The cars that rolled out yesterday where 2017 Chevrolet Traverse’s while over by The Magic Kingdom there are another 18 plain white Equinox’s waiting to be wrapped which could be used for this service but its still to be confirmed, which makes complete sense for the service to offer a range of seating options, the ride at time of opening will be $20 flat rate but this could change depending on how it does and the mile range of your journey.

 

 

The drivers of the Minnie Vans are all Disney World cast members
 

 

 

What We Know So Far 

  • Official Launch July 26th
  • Flat rate of $20 per trip
  • Will be run through Lyft App or by speaking to concierge/ front desk
  • Child seats and boosters available
  • Hours of operation 6.30am thru 12.30am (subject to change)
  • Drivers are cast members
  • Disney Boardwalk and Yacht & Beach Resorts are the first to try out the new service with reports of this week being free while under the trail period
  • Cars : 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and possibly 2017 Chevrolet Equinox tbc
  • Will seat up to 7 people in a party
  • Fun And Whimsical for the whole family
  • Will take guest anywhere on Disney Property
  • Drivers for the service will be able to provide information about Disney property and vacation assistance. 

    What We Would Like To See In The Future

  • Different themed vehicle wraps (yes we know there called minnie vans but imagine some other options that could pick you up)
  • Better pricing
  • Take guests to other hotels outside of Disney

Disney was hiring cast members with at least one year of experience within the company for the positions and only those with at least 3 years with a Florida driver’s license. It is expected that those Cast Members be knowledgeable about all aspects of the Walt Disney World vacation experience so that they can answer any questions that the guests in the vehicle may have.

Let us know your thoughts on the new service by going the discussion on Twitter @orlandotourist1

 

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Volcano Bay – A Water Theme Park Like No Other

A few days before Grand Opening, i gave Universal Guest Services a quick call to upgrade my annual pass for all 3 parks and asked how i sign up to be part of the grand opening celebration and without hesitation i was given my answer and i was signed up to be part of the action via the UOAP Facebook group.

At 6am a large convoy of cars where guided to level 1 of the parking garage, we got ushered into a line for UOAP members and got on the bright Volcano bay bus to head to the park. All i can say at this point is after exiting the bus and following the line to go in and seeing the massive volcano, it gave me a sense of immersion, like i had left Orlando and been transported somewhere else by the bright bus.

During my morning before the celebration began i took my time to stroll around to take in what i could in the space that was open to us, we then had a briefing with Matt Korn and got lined up on the beach for the celebration to commence. At 9.40 we were able to take a walk around and take everything in which i did 4 times to get all my filming and photos that i needed.

I headed back early the following day to do some rides and have some chill out time in the waves, i collected my TapuTapu wearable and went to get a locker it was a bit busy around the lockers but i got one fairly easy.

 

 

 

 

   I posted to twitter about Locker prices 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then headed to the rides, as i strolled around a few rides where walk on as it was still early, using the TapuTapu is really easy to use to access your locker without a key, get return times for the rides and a great way to buy stuff without having to carry around cash or cards.

 

My take on the whole experience is ……. Universal have made a water theme park that is both immersive, fun, technologically advanced and a place to bring a smile to your face.

 

 

 

Lets address the complaints I’ve seen posted about the internet 

  • There are bound to be teething issues its only just opened
  • It’s bound to be busy (its new)
  • Don’t expect it to be like Wet n Wild
  • During the summer expect it to hit capacity a lot
  • Wear Sunscreen
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Let the Volcano Bay Team take care of your complaint before you start yelling
  • Get there early to get a good spot on the beach and to get rides in before it gets busy

The most important thing to remember is enjoy your day, take it all in, during the wait times enjoy the lazy river and wave pool, a cool drink or food, apply some extra sunscreen.

Check out our Grand Opening Day Photo Album – https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1y9KbY

 

Take advantage of the 3 park annual pass but remember – blackout dates in July

 

 

 

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Volcano Bay testing at midnight before the grand opening

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Save $$$ On Drinks In Orlando With Dollar Off Drinks

Here at Orlando Tourist we always work hard on bringing you all amazing offers and money saving tools to get the most to of your vacation, we teamed up with Dollar Off Drinks to bring you just that.

The Dollar Off Drinks card gives you 30 days of savings for $15, Danny CEO of D.O.D tells you more about how the card works “a tourist discount drink card will allow guests to save $1 on each of their own drinks in over 70 restaurants, bars and attractions in Orlando, so thats $1 off every drink you purchase”.

Amazing savings for only $15 if you work out just how much you spend on drinks while out in a restaurant or on a night out and just by showing your D.O.D card could work out into a massive saving for you, here’s a small break down :

Length of stay 10 days.

Average of 5 drinks per day while on vacation = $35.00 saving PER PERSON. After cost of card 

Dollar Off Drinks also offer 2 other cards besides the 30 day for $15, there is a

  • 6 month card for $25
  • 12 month card for $40

Dollar Off Drinks are currently working hard to secure more great venues and hope to be at 100 bars and restaurants by the summer.

As Orlando Tourist wants to help all of you guys out we teamed up with D.O.D and if you visit www.dollaroffdrinks.com and enter the code OTB at checkout it will give you $5.00 off the 30 Day tourist card.  The card retails for $15.00 so in total you will pay $10.00.  Once you purchase a card it will produce a voucher you can turn in at the Orlando Eye or Florida Dolphin Tours (Pointe Orlando) to redeem.

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Shake Shack is Opening It’s Doors Inside The Florida Mall

Shake Shack has announced that the Florida Mall Shack will open its doors on Tuesday, May 30th at 11AM. The Florida Mall Shack is Shake Shack’s third in Orlando and is located at the North Entrance of The Florida Mall between the Plaza and The Dining Pavilion.

The Florida Mall Shack will be spinning up an exclusive frozen custard concrete,

  • O-Town Blend – vanilla frozen custard, cookie butter, salted caramel sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete – chocolate frozen custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles
  • Pie Oh My featuring a slice of P is for Pie strawberry rhubarb pie – vanilla frozen custard and slice of P is for Pie seasonal pie

As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good, the Florida Mall Shack will donate five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete to support BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support for children and families living with cancer.

Guests can quench their thirst with a selection of local craft beer from

  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co
  • Shack-exclusive ShackMeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery

Wine lovers can sip on Shack Red and Shack White, made exclusively for Shake Shack by Frog’s Leap Winery, and Mionetto Prosecco.

The Florida Mall Shack was built with community in mind, the space features a large outdoor patio and plenty of game options, including shuffleboard, cornhole and foosball. In keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to thoughtful and responsible design, the Florida Mall Shack’s tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes by CounterEvolution, chairs are designed by Uhuru using sustainable materials and booths are crafted by Staach using lumber certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

 

 

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

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Get A Front Row Seat To The Grand Opening Of Volcano Bay

In 3 days time Universal Orlando will grand open its new water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay and you can have a front row seat to catch all of the action via a live webcast and streams on Facebook, Periscope and YouTube.

The live webcast will give viewers a front row seat to the exciting celebratory opening moment as well as exclusive content from inside the new water theme park.  During the webcast, guests will:

  • Watch the spectacular, authentic entertainment moment that will officially open Volcano Bay to the public
  • Hear the story that inspired the park from Dale Mason, Vice President and Executive Art Director for Universal Creative – the team who brought the incredible water theme park to life
  • Get insider travel tips from travel expert, Angie Orth
  • See a cooking demonstration by Chef Robert Martinez, Jr. featuring some of Volcano Bay’s signature food dishes

and guests who tune in will have the chance to win tickets to visit Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The live stream will begin at 8 a.m on Thursday, May 25th.

Here’s how you can watch

  • RSVP today for a reminder on Facebook
  • Bookmark the blog post below and the webcast will be at the bottom of the page
  • Tune in on Twitter or YouTube

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New Details On TapuTapu Wearable To Make Your Experience Next Level

Guests at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park set to open on May 25th –will experience an entirely new level of freedom that has never been experienced before, guests will be free to have fun as they enjoy the park with friends and family. There will be no more standing in long lines to experience an attraction.  No more carrying wallets, cash or credit cards throughout the park.  No more fumbling for a locker key.

Universal spoke to guests to ask what they like and don’t like about Water Theme Parks and designed the waterproof TapuTapu wearable to enhance fun and remove hassles.

Volcano Bay guests will use their TapuTapu wearable, which is included with admission, to virtually wait in line for rides while enjoying other areas of the park –converting their “queue” experience into a float down a peaceful, winding river or a quick bite to eat. Their wearable will simply alert them when it’s time for their ride. Or, they can enjoy many TapTu Play experiences throughout the park – triggering special effects like controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River, illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves and more.

Universal announced even more brand new TapuTapu features –:-

  • TapTu Pay: Guests can make purchases throughout the entire park with their TapuTapu wearable, eliminating the need for cash, credit cards or a wallet.
  • TapTu Snap/My Universal Photo Access:  Guests can take advantage of special interactive photo opportunities and selfie-spots throughout the park as well as photo opportunities on Volcano Bay’s attractions.  Their wearable will automatically sync those photos to their account so that guests can view, share and purchase them at their convenience.
  • Locker Access: After renting their lockers, guests will be able to access them with a touch of their TapuTapu wearable.

The best way for guests to take advantage of TapuTapu’s benefits is to create an account.  Account setup is quick and easy and can be done at any time through the Official Universal Orlando Resort app or at Universal Orlando’s website.

TapuTapu is specifically designed for use within Universal’s Volcano Bay. However Universal has rolled out many other benefits across the resort simply by downloading the Universal Resort App available for both iOS and Android, with many features activated as soon as you step foot onto Universal property.

Using the Official Universal Orlando Resort app, all guests can now plan their visit, view ticket options and purchase their tickets from their mobile device

  • Admission
  • dining
  • photo package options
  • premium experiences

can all now be directly accessed from the app. Take a look at these exciting pictures of Volcano Bay

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Book Now And Be One Of The First To Stay At Aventura Hotel

You can be among the first to book reservations for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Opening August 2018, the sleek and stylish glass tower will consist of 600 guest rooms and bring the total number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 6,200.

Rates start as low as $97 per night for a seven-night stay and $116 per night for a four-night stay in a standard room. When booking, guests will receive a free $50 hotel dining credit (per room) with a four-night stay or a free $100 hotel dining credit (per room) with a seven-night stay or longer. This special introductory offer is valid for reservations booked by September 30th 2017 for stays from August 1st to December 20th 2018.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will offer incredible guest benefits, including:

  • Early theme park admission
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with their room key
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel
  • And more!

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will become the destination’s sixth on-site hotel in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co.

Guests experience a fresh and fun way to stay that’s both modern and vibrant. With unique offerings like the destination’s first rooftop bar, Universal’s Aventura Hotel will allow guests to sit back and relax while staying in the heart of all the thrills and excitement that Universal Orlando has to offer.

 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel, guests are just steps away from Universal Orlando’s three amazing theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the all-new, Universal’s Volcano Bay – grand opening May 25 – as well as Universal CityWalk.

 

  • Opening Date: Book reservations now for stays starting August 1, 2018.
  • Introductory Offer: Book by September 30, 2017 for stays between August 1 and December 20, 2018 and receive a free $50 hotel dining credit with a four-night stay and a $100 hotel dining credit with a seven-night stay or longer. Rates start at $97 per night for a seven-night stay and $116 per night for a four-night stay.
  • Rooms: 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites, in an atmosphere that’s modern and vibrant and offers spectacular skyline views.
  • Amenities: Highlights include a resort-style pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash pad, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an immersive, high-tech game room, on-site car rental and a gift shop.
  • Dining: Fast-casual food hall offering a multitude of cuisine styles, a rooftop bar and grill featuring small plates, drink favorites and commanding views of the destination, a lobby bar, a pool bar and grill, and Starbucks.
  • How to Book: To book a hotel stay and explore ticket options for Universal Orlando’s three incredible theme parks, visit UniversalOrlando.com or call 800.BE.A.STAR (232-7827).
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Celebrate Christmas In The Wizarding World

Its the most wonderful time of the year and it is coming to one of the most immersive theme park experiences that has ever been created. Universal Orlando Resort announced that a new Christmas experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as part of its destination-wide Holiday celebration.
These new experiences will join beloved Holiday traditions at Universal Orlando for the destination’s 2017 Holidays celebration, which will run for more dates than ever before from November 18th 2017 to January 6th 2018.

Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas is a special time in the Harry Potter series and fans from around the world have long wanted to enjoy that part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves. This November, the new Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give guests a special opportunity to see, feel and even taste what it’s like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts castle will take place right before guests’ eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle – bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before.

Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and guests will enjoy special holiday themed food, drink and entertainment.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

A brand-new holiday parade experience will also join Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holiday celebration beginning this November.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will take place in Universal Studios Florida and feature magnificent new, incredibly-detailed floats and balloons featuring Beloved characters like :

  • The mischievous Minions from Despicable Me
  • Popular DreamWorks characters from Madagascar
  • Shrek –
  • Santa Claus

Universal is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring this new parade experience to life.

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Jimmy Fallon Spotted In Universal Orlando

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Photos have started to surface on the UOAP Facebook group of Jimmy Fallon meeting guests while in the Race Through New York Gift Shop.

Jimmy Fallon seen wearing a Jimmy Name badge which we think could be for a segment in The Tonight Show with some unsuspecting park guests. Jimmy met and interacted with guests after coming down the exit stairs from the ride and there is now also a video of him having fun with Hashtag The Panda outside the New Ride, which has its grand opening on April 6th.

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Fans have also spotted Higgins in the gift shop and around the park along with house band The Roots, who are in Orlando recording shows this week in the run up to the Grand Opening of Jimmy Fallon’s Race Through New York ride.

The tapings for the show begin today with a hole host of head lining acts set to be joining Jimmy including :

  • Monday – Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal and Pitbull
  • Tuesday – Blake Shelton and Scott Eastwood
  • Wednesday – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nicole Richie and Flo Rida
  • Thursday (the big day– April 6th the official opening day of Fallon’s Ride) – Jay Leno, predecessor of Jimmy Fallon will be there to help commemorate the occasion with a musical performance by Jason Derulo

Race Through New York

Experience the history and fun of The Tonight Show in Studio 6B.

Send a “Thank You Note” at the interactive desks.

See Hashtag the Panda

Enjoy a hip-hop barbershop performance by the Ragtime Gals!

Join Jimmy Fallon and all your favorite characters from The Tonight Show in a fun-filled race through New York City.

 

Huge Thanks for the photos goes to: 

Allie Caravalho – UOAP Facebook Page 

Sophia Morningstar, @sophiamornings1 – Twitter 

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Universal’s New Seventh On-site Resort Confirmed By Filled Documents

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When the announcement came that we we’re going to lose Wet n Wild, we said ” this land will be for another Universal Hotel to make this their seventh and be a middle hotel to the new park that could open on the land further down Universal Boluevard” and low and behold we couldn’t of been more right, Universal have filed documents with the city showing that its former Wet ‘n Wild property will be developed for new hotel use, with 4,000 rooms. A sketch with the filing (shown above) shows three parking structures on the property. Demolition started on Wet n Wild in February and is currently ongoing.

Orlando Sentinel said “Many in the industry and the surrounding area expected development plans for Wet ‘n Wild to include hotels”. Executives with corporate owner Comcast Corp. have made no secret of their desire to build much more Universal lodging. Work is underway on a sixth hotel, called Aventura, at Universal’s main resort. With Two new towers set to open this year at Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

 

We have the potential for 2 new hotels looking at the sketch filled by Universal or one big massive resort split by Universal Boulevard, with all the money poured into Universal to create new rides and immersive lands its no wonder Universal are looking to open more lodgings with the foot traffic growing by the day and lets not forget what could be more perfect than having a hotel in the heart of the tourist corridor.

The new hotel filling boosts Universal’s room count to 10,000, if what we know is true that 4000 rooms will be coming to the seventh hotel, we may even see conference areas like Sapphire Falls an area that Universal are keen to tap into, we could also be looking at a prime lodging hotel similar to that of cabana Bay and the all new Aventura when it opens, along with a shuttle service that will run to all 3 parks. However having done this many times before you could opt for a glorious stroll over the bridge of the i4 and straight into CityWalks.

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We have got to say we’re excited to see what Universal has to say about the new filings and we will publish the story as and when we get it.

 

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The Story Behind Volcano Bay : Universal’s Third Theme Park

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Universal Orlando Resort today revealed the story behind its new immersive water theme park, Volcano Bay –which will be grand opening May 25th 2017.

We join the Story with the fiery god, Krakatau (kra-kuh-TAU). Though his wrath and fury dominated the land, he couldn’t contain the adventurous spirit of his daughter, Tai Nui (tie-NOO-ee). She fell in love with a native youth named Kala (KAH-lah) and when her fiercely protective father learned of the romance, he flew into a rage. He banished Kala forever to the sky, where he became the Moon.

Overcome with grief, Tai Nui’s tears became the Sea. Krakatau then realized he had only succeeded in destroying what mattered most to him: his daughter’s happiness.

Determined to reunite the young lovers, he reached into the earth and pulled it to the sky, creating the volcano of Volcano Bay. Krakatau trapped the remains of his anger and jealousy in the form of the fire spirit, Vol, whom he imprisoned deep within the volcano.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene.  Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more.  And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

This is how the Sky, Sea and Earth united to form the paradise of Volcano Bay.

Before they came to Volcano Bay, the Waturi (wah-TOO-ree) traversed the ocean in outrigger canoes in search of a new home. According to the legend, a mystical fish named Kunuku (koo-NOO-koo) was destined to guide them.

Their voyages took them to the far corners of the South Pacific and wherever they went, the Waturi embraced the customs, music and art of the many people they encountered but alas, nowhere did they find Kunuku.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

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On and on they searched, until they came to the very edge of the world and it was there that they found Kunuku playing in the waves. Within a day, Kunuku and the winds of fortune lead the travelers to the shores of Volcano Bay.

The Waturi knew that, at long last, they had found home when you come to Volcano Bay, you’ll be welcomed as one of the Waturi family. The islanders have never forgotten the kindness and generosity their ancestors encountered in their journeys across the Pacific. It is that same spirit of friendship that they extend to every guest who visits Volcano Bay.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. Located in the River Village within the park is Runamukka Reef - a three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.

When you arrive at Volcano Bay you will be provided with your own waterproof TapuTapu wearable, designed specifically and exclusively for use in Volcano Bay, with its Virtual Line and TapTu Play capabilities, TapuTapu allows you to live on Waturi time and feel as one with the island’s carefree way of life.

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You’ll discover a vibrant blend of Polynesian cultures and architecture from across the South Pacific, all inspired by the travels of the Waturi. You’ll also find surprises throughout the park, including :

  • Vol the ancient fiery spirit trapped inside the Krakatau volcano.

PRO TIP, ONLY YOU WILL KNOW BEFORE OPENING DAY……………

* You’ll have the opportunity to speak with Vol inside the volcano. But first, you have to find him *

 

 

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Select Tickets And vacation Packages On Sale For Halloween Horror Nights 27

Select Tickets On-Sale for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Guests can now purchase select tickets and book a vacation package to experience the horrifying thrills of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Known for terrifying guests from around the world, Halloween Horror Nights returns this fall with all new content that will bring guests’ worst nightmares to life.

For 34 select nights from September 15th to November 4th, guests will face all-new haunted houses based on iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories, when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy some of Universal Studios’ popular rides & attractions throughout the evening.

For a limited time, you can book a vacation package that combines the horrifying chills of Halloween Horror Nights with the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s three immersive theme parks.

Halloween Horror Nights Vacation Package
Starts at $225 per adult, per night, tax inclusive

*Select event nights September 15th through –November 4th 2017*

Advance purchase required. Offer valid for bookings now – 4/19/17.

Offer valid for travel 9/15/17 – –11/4/17

  • Valid on 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day Park-to-Park Admission Tickets
  • 3-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Guests can receive a FREE upgrade to a 3-Park Park-to-Park ticket

*which includes admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay (Opening May 25, 2017) when staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel. Offer valid on packages booked by 4/19/17

  • 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8 p.m.

Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket

allows guests to add Halloween Horror Nights admission to their Universal Orlando visit. Options include:

  • Sunday –- Friday Flex Ticket ($69.99 per adult + tax): Entitles one (1) guest admission to one (1) 2017 Halloween Horror Nights Event night on any Sunday – Friday event date that is valid for the ticket type.
  • Sunday – Saturday Flex Ticket ($80.99 per adult + tax): Entitles one (1) guest admission to one (1) 2017 Halloween Horror Nights Event night on any Sunday – Saturday event date that is valid for the ticket type.

 

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Universal Parks & Resorts National Advertising And Brand Campaign

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Your kids are growing up and it’s suddenly time for a different kind of family vacation. Your family is ready for more

EXCITEMENT …..

EXHILARATION…..

ADVENTURE

It’s time to just let loose and have fun together.


Universal theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood offer the vacation your family craves, bringing together popular culture’s most compelling stories, characters and adventures.

To create some of the world’s most innovative and entertaining attraction experiences. These are immersive, next-level, adventures such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, outrageously fun attractions such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the highly themed Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon guaranteed to leave you with lasting memories that never fail to raise a smile.

Universal Parks & Resorts is showcasing such experiences as part of a national brand campaign. It will be the first time Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood speak to consumers with one voice.

The campaign Called, “I’m Ready” will show how Universal theme parks take family vacations to an entirely new level. It comes after years of transformational growth at both Universal theme park destinations.

The campaign includes:

  • National television advertisement
  • Digital advertising placements
  • Joint Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood web landing page where guests can go to get more information
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The Play Park Opening At The Florida Mall

 

The Florida Mall have announced the newest interactive children’s concept The Play Park, the multi-sensory experience is set to open spring 2017, rounding out a dynamic mix of exclusive family destinations including Crayola Experience, M&M’s World and American Girl.

Designed by Play9 and inspired by the magic of “Alice In Wonderland” and Dr. Seuss, The Play Park is bursting with hidden surprises. Using the latest in interactive technology, The Play Park delivers more than 3,000 square-feet of imaginative play, inviting children of all ages to skip, climb, listen, share and romp in an enchanting, nature-inspired play space.

The Play Park features three distinct zones tailored to specific growth stages, stimulating creative play among children from infancy to childhood. The interactive playscape also includes multi-sensory elements designed to promote physical and mental activity and dexterity in a child-friendly environment. Highlights include:

  • soft-touch floor matting
  • sculptural climbing
  • memory games
  • creative hiding spaces
  • sound flowers
  • a digital pond
  • seating options for children and adults.

Age-specific play elements within The Play Park include:

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The Story Tunnel – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
As kids crawl through the interactive 8-foot tunnel, the floor beneath lights up and reacts to their every move. At the same time, invisible speakers tell the story of Duncan The Troll and how he looks after The Play Park.

Digital Pond – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
In the Digital Pond, kids catch digital worms in a wacky game called Wiggly Worms.

Talking Flower – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years and 7 years to 10 years)
Talking Flowers are a digital twist on classic playground talking tubes. As kids talk back and forth from one flower to the other, a microphone captures their voice and changes it to sound like pixies and elves. At the same time, intelligent bright lights in the flower head and base react to every word.

Memory Game – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
In this incarnation of the Stepping Stones, kids are put to the test in a memory game. Once they stand on the start stone, they see a path of light to follow before the path goes dark. Step on the correct stones and Duncan The Troll cheers you on, step on the wrong one and, BUZZZZZZ! back to the start again.

Sound Flower – (Zone: All zones)
Above each set of stepping stones are huge 14-foot tall Sound Flowers. These tulip-shaped flowers house directional speakers and colored SMART LED lights that react to any sound played through the flower.

* Shoppers are encouraged to visit the Crayola Experience and Dick’s Sporting Goods wing to see a detailed video previewing each element of The Play Park*

The Play Park is a culmination of The Florida Mall’s extensive renovation, and one of several dramatic enhancements designed with families, retailers and the community in mind. Notable redevelopment improvements include

  • 105,000 square-foot Dining Pavilion,
  • Exterior Plaza
  • upgraded Lighting
  • New Seating Lounges
  • Mobile Device Charging Stations,
  • Digital Directories
  • New Entrances
  • Resort-Style Landscaping,
  • Updated Way-Finding Signage
  • Exterior and Interior Enhancements – creating a bright and inviting atmosphere at the property

The Play Park will be located within the Crayola Experience and Dick’s Sporting Goods wing.

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Pandora – The World Of Avatar Set To Open In May 2017

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Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday May 27, it was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during The Walt Disney Company Shareholders meeting.

James Cameron Academy-award winning filmmaker that made the box-office hit has inspired Pandora – The World Of Avatar,  the new 12-acre land that will immerse guests in the lush world of Pandora about a generation after the film’s human-Na’vi conflict.

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The magical new land will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Two main adventures will beckon Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests:

  • Riding a Mountain Banshee, guests will soar across Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. This high-tech adventure will offer a thrilling flight through the jungles and floating mountains and over the majestic oceans of this colorful world.
  • On the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey guests will sail down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.

Guests will also be able to :

  • Dine at Satu’li Canteen
  • Grab a drink at Pongu Pongu
  • Shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders

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The expansion completes the transformation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a day into nighttime theme park with captivating offerings and extended entertainment.

Pandora – The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration by Walt Disney Imagineering, Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring to life the mythical world of Pandora.

 

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Universal Orlando To Offer Free Parking After 6PM

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Effective 1st February Universal will now offer Complimentary parking after 6pm, apart from select nights and Halloween Horror Nights.

That now means visiting CityWalk or your favourite attraction (if open after 6pm) in the evenings just became free which could also mean no more que’s to get into the parking structures.

Universal Orlando will be offering complimentary parking to all guests that arrive after 6 p.m, Previously parking was $5 or free for Florida Residents and UOAP Holders after 6 p.m.

Free parking applies only to standard self-parking.

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Headliners Taking The Stage For 2017 Mardi Gras At Universal Orlando

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Universal Orlando Resort have announced the headliners taking the stage for the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration–, featuring :-

  • Cajun-style cuisine
  • Authentic New Orleans flare
  • A spectacular parade
  • Select nights – live concerts by a star-studded lineup of musical artists

Running daily from February 4th through March 25th, giving guests 50 nights to join the celebration.

on 12 select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances By Neyo and Fifth Harmony.

The celebration also includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats – complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads.

This year’s parade will feature six all-new Mythical Creatures Themed floats including :

  • The Dance of the Dragon
  • The Flight of the Pegasus
  • The Rise of the Garuda

All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has hand crafted floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.

Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

2017 MARDI GRAS HEADLINERS 

Performing In The Music Plaza

  • Feb. 4 – Trace Adkins
  • Feb. 11 – NE-YO
  • Feb. 18 – Collective Soul
  • Feb. 19 – X Ambassadors
  • Feb. 25 – Fifth Harmony
  • March 4 – Kool & the Gang
  • March 5 – Olivia Newton-John
  • March 11 – UB40
  • March 12 – Toby Keith
  • March 18 – Jason Derulo
  • March 19 – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • March 25 – The All – American Rejects

2017 MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS BANDS LINE-UP

Performing In The French Quarter

  • Feb. 4 – Feb. 14 – Young Pipeline Brass Band
  • Feb. 15 – Feb. 21 – New Breed Brass Band
  • Feb. 22 – March 5 – Free Agents Brass Band
  • March 6 – March 15 – Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • March 16 – March 25 – Dirty Bourbon River Show

For more information on Mardi Gras, visit https://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras/Overview.

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Seaworld’s New Seven Seas Food Festival Brings A Wave Of Entertainment To Orlando

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The Seven Seas Food Festival is coming to SeaWorld Orlando February 11th through May 13th 2017.

Each week guests can sip and sample their way around the world of international coastal cuisine while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment.

The fun extends beyond the food with live performances.

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While new flavors will tempt guest taste buds throughout the park, live entertainment will have everyone dancing, singing and laughing along to some of their favorite artists. The Seven Seas Food Festival brings 14 live acts to SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium.

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd (February 11)
  • Lee Brice (February 18)
  • Bill Engvall (Feb 25)
  • Styx (March 4)
  • Justin Moore (March 11)
  • ZZ Top (March 18)
  • Phillip Phillips (March 25)
  • Coming Soon (April 1)
  • Village People (April 8)
  • Commodores (April 15)
  • Oscar D’León (April 22)
  • Olga Tanon (April 29)
  • Grupo Mania (May 6)
  • Coming Soon (May 13)

Seven Seas Food Festival Coastal Cuisine:

Complete with 11 new global markets, guests will set sail on a taste adventure as they discover more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park. A wide of array of wine, specialty cocktails and over 55 local and international craft brews will be featured exclusively during the Festival. A selection of menu highlights include:

  • Asian Market- Peking Duck Lo Mein with Fresh Oriental Vegetables
  • Korean Market- Bingsu Salted Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Caramel Popcorn
  • Mexican Market- Braised Chicken Adobo with Mole Sauce
  • Caribbean Market- Cinnamon Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Sweet Plantain Mash
  • Florida Market- Fried Kataifi Orange drizzled with Local Honey
  • Mediterranean Market- Smoked Cured Salmon topped with Sweet Dill Mustard
  • North Atlantic Market- Banana & Caramel Cheesecake topped with Whipped Cream & Caramelized Bananas
  • Brazilian Market- Brazilian Churrasco with Chimichurri & Garbanzo Frito
  • Pacific Coast Market- Braised Pork Cheeks with Savory Apple Polenta
  • Polynesian Island Market- “Loco Moco” Grilled Spam, White Rice, Scrambled Egg & Brown Gravy
  • Gulf Coast Market- Southern Creamy Cheese Grits with a Blackened Shrimp

In addition to the market stops, the event will feature a wide array of BBQ and comfort cuisine including:

  • Slow Smoked Ribs
  • caramelized in a SeaWorld original BBQ sauce
  • Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
  • Grilled Kielbasa Sausage Sandwich

* A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival delights can be found online at SeaWorldOrlando.com/SevenSeas*

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The Coca Cola Orlando Eye Closed For Annual Maintenance

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The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye will be closed for annual maintenance starting today , January  30th through February 8th and will reopen on Thursday February 9th at 10 a.m.

Most of the regular planned maintenance and engineering works take place overnight after the Eye has closed to the public each night, they will close for a 10-day period to perform larger maintenance projects.

Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will remain open during that time, as will the admissions desks for all three attractions.

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Jimmy Fallon Gives Us Exciting New Details And An Opening Date For Fallon Ride

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Last Night On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy announced that his new ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will officially grand open on April 6th 2017.

Watch The Video Here :

The attraction will give guests the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as they get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York City against Jimmy Fallon himself, Your race course includes New York’s biggest landmarks, sight, sounds, and even smells like New York City pizza!
To celebrate the attraction’s Grand Opening, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will take the show on the road with tapings from Universal Orlando Resort again just like when Diagon Alley opened.

Taping for the show begins on April 3rd through April 6th.

*Additional details on celebrity guests and how to become a part of the show audience will be released over time*

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As they experience the attraction, guests will make their way through Studio 6B to board the world’s first-ever flying theater, which seats up to 72 audience members you may have seen quick snippets of the Flying Theatre from our IAAPA coverage.

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“With all the great details we now have, fans of Universal will be excited to learn of the new Virtual Line Experience.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will be the first attraction at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience, allowing guests to spend less time waiting in line and more time discovering even more incredible thrills throughout Universal Studios.

The Virtual Line system is accessible via the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or at kiosks located outside the attraction entrance.

Orlando Tourist is making sure our schedule is clear and we can bring you all the details, photos and videos from the opening day and hopefully a screening of The Tonight Show.

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Hiring Begins For Volcano Bay

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Universal Orlando Resort is on the high dive into the search for full-time and part-time positions available at Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Positions are available in all areas including :-

  • Culinary
  • Food Services
  • Security
  • Lifeguards
  • Custodial
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Ticket Sales & Turnstiles

As part of these hiring efforts more than 1,700 new team members will join the Universal Orlando team.

*A special open call for lifeguards will be held on Saturday Jan 28th from 8:30 a.m to 3 p.m at Universal’s HR office. Universal Orlando will hire more than 400 Lifeguards to support the new water theme park*

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene.  Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more.  And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

Universal Orlando provides an exciting work environment for Team Members with great perks like free park admission, discounts, complimentary guest passes and much more.

Want to be a part of the team at this innovative new water theme park, candidates can apply online at www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com.

To learn more about job opportunities at Universal Orlando Resort and upcoming job fairs for Universal’s Volcano Bay, visit www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com.

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Ring In The Holiday Season With The Coca Cola Orlando Eye

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Ring in the holiday season with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360, adding to the array of Central Florida’s holiday happenings this year.

From Now Through December 25th guests on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye can indulge in some holiday cheer at 400 feet by riding in one of four holiday capsules, which have been decorated in a variety of fun holiday themes.

Guests can enhance the experience with a champagne flight upgrade. Each night in the month of December and observe special holiday lighting on Orlando’s iconic wheel beginning at sunset.

On December 31st the observation wheel is open for an extra hour for those who wish to ring in the New Year up above Orlando. Last boarding takes place at 12:30 a.m on New Year’s Eve. Tickets and boarding for the wheel are first come, first serve. For tickets, more information or to book a private capsule, visit www.officialorlandoeye.com.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando is hosting an epic holiday party fueled by star power. The A-List party room has been converted into an upscale and stylish holiday party, with holiday décor, special lighting and sprigs of mistletoe over the figures of Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and more. Guests can celebrate in style by sipping on champagne and snuggle up with their favorite Hollywood celebrities. For tickets and more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/orlando

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Warwick Davis And Matthew Lewis Announced For Celebration Of Harry Potter

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Today Universal Orlando And Warner Bros Announced New details on The fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, a special three day event full of excitement taking place on January 27th to 29th 2017.

For the first time ever –Warwick Davis will be attending the magical event and will be participating in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside fellow Harry Potter film star Matthew Lewis.

Creative talent also set to appear at the event includes :

  • Nick Dudman, make-up and creature effects designer for the Harry Potter films
  • Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker on all of the Harry Potter films
  • Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer
  • Mary GrandPré, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books
  • Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This year’s A Celebration of Harry Potter will give guests the opportunity to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with a variety of exclusive experiences and attend the largest Harry Potter Expo in event history, featuring more partners and immersive exhibits than ever before.

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be open to guests throughout the weekend and include the following booths and exhibits that will give fans a deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Guests will be able to see authentic props and the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the Harry Potter film series.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition –
Sorting Hat Experience
Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? Guests will be able to be sorted into their Hogwarts house at this experience.

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Guests will be able meet graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima at the MinaLima expo booth as well as view various props and prints from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Pottermore and Audible
All weekend, Pottermore and Audible will be inviting visitors to participate in Audible Recall – the ultimate audio challenge that decides who knows the wizarding world inside-out and who has a bad case of the wrackspurts. Pottermore will also bring you the latest news and announcements directly from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

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Guests will be able to test their knowledge of the Harry Potter books at the Trivia Challenge and will have the opportunity to sign the “Muggle Wall” and express what Harry Potter means to them. Fans will also be treated to a meet & greet and signing with Mary GrandPré, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Guests can get a glimpse into the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see images from the award-winning West End production.

Google Daydream VR Experience – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
With Daydream View, Google’s newly launched virtual reality headset, guests can experience the magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in VR. Wave a wand (via a Daydream controller) to solve puzzles and meet a few of the beasts in Newt’s case.

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Guests will be able to experience the Wizarding World in LEGO Dimensions and explore the worlds of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and be the first to play as Hermione Granger.

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
(Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)
Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent, with special panels and demonstrations for kids as well. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times and locations will be released at a later date.

Behind-the-Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films including Warwick Davis, Mathew Lewis and more. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Creating Creatures for the Harry Potter Films with Nick Dudman and Warwick Davis
Join award-winning special make-up effects artist Nick Dudman and discover how creature effects were brought to life in the Harry Potter film series. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents this exclusive panel with Dudman and Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick and Griphook on-screen. Learn about the incredible skill that went into producing iconic creatures such as Aragog, Buckbeak and the Gringotts Goblins, plus see some authentic models from the Harry Potter film series.

Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris
This interactive panel will offer you the chance to pick up your wand and take part in a live dueling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and featuring the world’s only Wand Combat Chorographer, Paul Harris.
*Kids panel will also be offered for guests ages 12 and under

Stories from Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Harry Potter: The Exhibition has the unique privilege of bringing a selection of some of the best known authentic props used to create the entire film series to fans in cities close to home. Each and every real element on display within the exhibition has a story. Eddie Newquist, creator of the exhibition, will be joined by Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker from the films, to tell stories of how these props and costumes were selected for the exhibition and about their histories.

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Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios in London while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies, and more recently on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They will show some of the iconic props they created from both franchises, such as The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, The New York Ghost, MACUSA Wand Permit, and more. Additionally, they will discuss their involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

This year’s will also include Harry Potter film trivia and for the first time, a Fan Art Walk where guests can draw Wizarding World-inspired chalk art.

More talent will be announced at a later date and you can find it right here on Orlando Tourist.

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Volcano Bay Tickets On Sale Now For 2017

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Its official you can now purchase tickets or a 3 Park vacation package to experience Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and a water theme park that will be filled with unbelievable thrills, known as Volcano Bay.

Universal’s third theme park opens in June 2017 and will completely revolutionize the water park experience. The water theme park will feature innovative technology that will allow families to spend less time waiting in line and more time enjoying the park’s attractions –from a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river and speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more. And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

On Sale Now 

Universal Orlando 3 Park Ticket

  • 3-Park Multi-Day Ticket to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Options available from 2 to 5 days in duration
  • 3-day, 3-park base ticket starting at $244.99 for adults
  • 3-day, 3-park base ticket starting at $234.99 for children
  • A 3-day, 2-park base ticket to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida starts at $204.99 per adult and $194.99 per child

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Splash, Stay and Play Vacation Package –

  • Starting at $115 per adult, per night, tax inclusive
  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations at a nearby Universal Partner Hotel
  • 3-Park, 4-Day Base Ticket to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary scheduled transportation between hotel & Universal Orlando
  • Early Park Admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens and of course Universals Studios and Islands Of Adventure.

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  • To book this vacation package and save up to $100, visit https://www.universalorlando.com/Vacation-Packages/Splash-Stay-Play.aspx

Annual Pass 

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As of right now we have no details on how the annual pass system will be incorporated to accommodate Volcano bay, if it will be at all.

once we have the details we will keep you all updated

Florida Resident Tickets 

As of right now no details have been released on the Florida Resident discount.

Once we have the information on the annual pass and Florida resident tickets we will update this post.

Centred around a 200-foot tall volcano, Universal’s Volcano Bay will offer a variety of experiences from daring to serene. Guests will be transported to a tropical paradise featuring unique attractions, including the state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster. As part of their admission guests will receive the innovative TapuTapu wearable that allows them to access virtual lines and trigger special effects around the park all with a simple tap.

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Tickets Now On Sale For EVE Universal’s New Year Celebration

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Bring in 2017 at Universal City walks EVE event.

On December 31st 2016 guests can ring in the New Year at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s exhilarating New Year’s celebration.

Guests can dance 2016 away on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor and enjoy unique party zones that include epic entertainment along with delicious signature drinks and unlimited gourmet cuisine.

EVE begins at 8 p.m. and the party doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Guests should grab tickets before Dec. 15 for special advance pricing. General admission to EVE includes:

  • Access to six CityWalk clubs and venues, including Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, the groove, Rising Star and Red Coconut Club
  • Music from DJs and live entertainment
  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine including beef sirloin and fresh seafood, assorted desserts and more
  • Wearable tech LED wristbands presented by Coca-Cola that sync to today’s hottest music for a complete party experience
  • Midnight champagne toast
  • Confetti bursts and dazzling pyrotechnics show

 

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You’re also part of the light show with an LED experience. This wearable technology will light up the party like never before as you celebrate the best night of the year with Coca-Cola and your friends. As seen at performances by some of the world’s biggest touring musical acts, this addition to EVE will make for a united experience and electric atmosphere. As soon as the wristbands start flashing, all hands will be in the air.

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TICKETS

(21+ only)

Advance General Admission: $109.99 plus tax ($139.99 after 12/15)
Annual Passholder Advance Admission: $98.99 plus tax (Up to six discounted tickets, $125.99 after 12/15)

To purchase tickets visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE

 

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Santa Takes The Plunge At Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

Christmas Eve is just around the corner the jolly man himself Santa, made an impromptu stop at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark to practice for his night of chimney descents on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.

We really don’t know if we believe thats the real excuse, this could be a small vacation in the Sunshine State before his busy night.

At nearly 80-feet tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is Orlando’s tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind. Although Santa manages to maneuver his way down countless chimneys around the world each Christmas Eve, the exhilarating drop from the breakaway boxes is unlike any rooftop experience he has encountered before.

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Step Into Nintendo At Universal Orlando

Imagine stepping into a larger than life Nintendo adventure when Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life, Question blocks, power-ups and more immerse you into a real life game with Mario and all his friends there to pull you into the brand new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains.

Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo will bring the fun of Nintendo games to life with expansive, highly themed environments to three Universal theme parks around the globe. Guests will enter a world of excitement where it will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite Nintendo games. The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, and Shigeru Miyamoto with Nintendo, Creator of Mario, shared details of the goal to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo. Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology. Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters. Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas. The first such announcement will come soon.

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal is to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo.

Fact Sheet 

  • Nintendo themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games –this time in real life
  • There will be something for everyone –regardless of their age or gaming experience level
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway they will open separately over the next several years

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas so stay tuned to Orlando Tourist for more details as we get it.

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Join Universal Orlando For A Holiday Celebration Like No Other

From Dec. 5 to Jan. 2, the Macy’s Holiday Parade fills the streets of Universal Studios Florida every evening with some of the same iconic elements seen winding through New York City each year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Macy’s Holiday Parade is part of Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration, which features live entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Beginning December 3rd and running daily through January 1st families can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration.

Adults and children alike will marvel at majestic balloons in the 15th anniversary of Macy’s Holiday Parade and hear electrifying holiday classics performed by renowned Christmas sensation Mannheim Steamroller.

At Universal Studios Florida, the larger-than-life balloons as seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets during the 15th anniversary Macy’s Holiday Parade.

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New to this year’s parade is the “Virginia” balloon depicting the 8-year old girl from the famed Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus newspaper editorial of the late 1800s, as well as the “Mother Ginger” special character from The Nutcracker, which will join the many popular balloons in the Macy’s Holiday Parade including “Big Man Santa”.”

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At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests will come face-to-face with the mean, green one himself and be filled with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing. Guests can discover the true meaning of Christmas in a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville or join the Grinch and friends for a delicious holiday breakfast buffet on select dates.

On select nights the masters of modern Christmas music –Mannheim Steamroller –return with the sounds of the holiday season at Universal Studios. Performances will take place on the Music Plaza Stage on December

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Jimmy Fallon Visits Universal Orlando In Preparation For His New Attraction

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Jimmy Fallon made a visit to Universal Orlando Resort in preparation for his new ride, opening at Universal Studios in 2017. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The new attraction will give guests the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as they get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action packed race through New York City against the man himself.

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Jimmy in “tight pants” was seen filming around the destination in support of his new ride and I’m certain we will have more details to come very soon. in the meantime check out the thrilling details we gave you a few weeks ago

Thrilling Details Revealed For Jimmy Fallon’s Race Through New York

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The Secret Life Of Pets Floats Coming To The Superstar Parade

Starting this December, guests will experience some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from Illumination Entertainment's smash hit, "The Secret Life of Pets" as they come to life in Universal's Superstar Parade. The all-new parade floats will give guests the chance to interact with their favorite characters from the film and get a glimpse into what happens when the pet owners are away.

This December guests will experience some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from the smash hit, “The Secret Life of Pets” as they come to life in Universal’s Superstar Parade. The all-new parade floats will give guests the chance to interact with their favorite characters from the film and get a glimpse into what happens when the pet owners are away.

The world of “The Secret Life of Pets” will be brought to life in two incredibly detailed floats. The first is themed after Central Park and will feature the film’s two main characters, Max and his unlikely friend Duke.

Starting this December, guests will experience some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from Illumination Entertainment's smash hit, "The Secret Life of Pets" as they come to life in Universal's Superstar Parade. The all-new parade floats will give guests the chance to interact with their favorite characters from the film and get a glimpse into what happens when the pet owners are away.

The second float will showcase the apartments and skyline of The Big Apple from the film. It will house even more memorable characters including the head-banging Leonard, Buddy (and his unique massage mixer), fearless leader Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and more.

Starting this December, guests will experience some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from Illumination Entertainment's smash hit, "The Secret Life of Pets" as they come to life in Universal's Superstar Parade. The all-new parade floats will give guests the chance to interact with their favorite characters from the film and get a glimpse into what happens when the pet owners are away.

Also for the first time ever –some of the characters will talk with guests that aline the parade route so be ready for the Superstar Parade to get very interactive.

The all-new floats will be surrounded by high-energy performers dressed as ordinary pet owners, who will dance, bounce –and even do parkour gymnastics to a remake of the dance classic “Bust a Move” as the floats make their way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

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Thrilling Details Revealed For Jimmy Fallon’s Race Through New York

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In Spring 2017, fans will be immersed in the world of America’s No. 1 late night talk show “The Tonight Show” in a brand new attraction –Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.” New details about the ride have been released, –guests will get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York against Jimmy Fallon himself.

The attraction will also feature cameos from familiar faces like:-

  • Sara from “Ew
  • Jimmy in “Tight Pants,
  • “Tonight Show” announcer Steve Higgins
  • Grammy award winning band The Roots – who are also the musical masterminds behind the original attraction score.

Additional, never-before-revealed details are down below shhhh don’t tell anyone you have seen these:

HANG OUT IN STUDIO 6B

Guests can enjoy a special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet in the Studio 6B Club. Guests will have the chance to meet and interact with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot, Hashtag the Panda.

Studio 6B Club will also give guests the opportunity to play host at their own Interactive Desk where they can send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to their friends and family, prep for their race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and watch their favorite show clips.

GET READY FOR A CRAZY RIDE

Guests will board the world’s first-ever flying theater, which seats up to 72 audience members, for their thrilling race against Jimmy Fallon.

The race will take guests through the streets of New York City and all the way to the moon and back. They’ll encounter iconic landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building to everything in between.

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF THE TONIGHT SHOW

As they step foot into the renowned NBC Studios, guests will get an up-close look at significant moments in the 62-year history of one of television’s most popular franchises, “The Tonight Show.”

In The Tonight Show lobby, guests get VIP access to NBC Studios. They’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see real props and set pieces from one of the longest-running shows in television history – everything from actual suits of past and present hosts to NBC video cameras used to record the show to cue cards used in past episodes.

Work on the old Twister building began a while ago now and things are moving at an incredible pace as you can see from these photos we took only weeks ago along with the video

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Aventura Hotel Added To The Ever Growing Line Up Of Universal’s On-Site Hotels

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In the summer of 2018 guests visiting the new Universal’s Aventura Hotel will arrive at a sleek and stylish space designed to create an affordable chic experience in the heart of a vibrant and relaxing resort atmosphere.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel has been designed with the connected and value-savvy traveler in mind and it will become the destination’s sixth hotel and continue the ongoing growth at Universal Orlando Resort. The 16-story gleaming glass tower will consist of 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites.

It will bring the total number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 6,200 when combined with the 400-room expansion of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opening in 2017.

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The hotel will feature Universal Orlando’s first ever rooftop bar and grill, where guests will enjoy small plates and craft cocktails while taking in incredible panoramic views of Universal Orlando and the surrounding tropical landscape.

Hotel guests can also dine at a modern food hall offering five unique cuisine options in a marketplace setting. Amenities exclusive to guests staying on-site will include:-

  • Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks
  • Complimentary on-site transportation
  • A relaxing pool with a hot tub
  • Kids’ splash pad area
  • Fire pit
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Gift shop
  • Car rental facilities

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will offer guests yet another value priced option when choosing from the wide range of on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort.

The new hotel will neighbor Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and will be just steps away from Universal Orlando’s theme parks, Universal’s new water theme park Volcano Bay –and Universal CityWalk, all accessible via walking paths or shuttle service from Aventura Hotel.

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Away from the energy of the hotel’s public spaces, the guest room experience embraces a serene, modern environment with refreshing, natural colors such as sea blue and rose and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the destination.

Quick Facts 

  • Opening Date: Summer 2018
  • Style: Modern and sleek 16-story glass tower in the midst of a vibrant and relaxing resort atmosphere.
    Rooms: 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites
  • Amenities: Highlights include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination, a peaceful pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash pad, on-site car rental, a gift shop and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
  • Dining: Fast-casual food hall with five unique cuisine styles, a rooftop bar and grill featuring small plates, craft cocktails and panoramic views, a lobby bar, a pool bar and Starbucks.
  • Reservations: To be accepted in early 2017

information on pricing will be announced at a later date, keep it locked in to Orlando Tourist for all the latest news.

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Steven Tyler Of Aerosmith Visits HHN 26

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Steven Tyler the singer songwriter best known as the lead singer in Aerosmith.

Dressed as Rhett Butler from the classic film Gone with the Wind as he celebrated Halloween on October 31st at Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Studios.

The musician posed in the Vamp ‘55 scarezone, a 1955 homecoming parade complete with vampire greasers, football players and homecoming queens.

He later visited several of the five scarezones and nine haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights

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A Water Park Experience Like No Other At Volcano Bay

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. Located in the River Village within the park is Runamukka Reef - a three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.

In summer 2017 the first of its kind water theme park will be erupting known as Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. On November 15th guests will have the chance to purchase tickets to experience it firsthand.

Guests can receive a notification when tickets go on sale and updates about Volcano Bay by signing up for real-time email alerts.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene.  Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more.  And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

Volcano Bay will span 30 acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including

  • Multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches,
  • Peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides,
  • Speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below –
  • The best part –guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  In the River Village of the park, guests can enjoy the Kopiko Wai Winding River -  a gentle, winding river that will pass through the volcano’s hidden caves (Stargazer's Cavern), featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.

The park’s state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster will take guests on an exciting voyage unlike any other, and the all-new TapuTapu wearable technology that will redefine the way guests experience water parks has also been announced.

Krakatau Aqua Coaster –Volcano Bay’s State-of-the-Art Marquee Attraction

Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

Guests will board specially-designed canoes and propel downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. They’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.

Universal is using some of the incredible technology that makes its theme park attractions so compelling to create a first-of-its-kind aqua coaster in Florida. The attraction will use linear induction motor technology, which launches the canoe uphill before it immediately sends riders into a downhill plunge. This technology – combined with the immersive theming Universal is known for – will make Krakatau Aqua Coaster a unique water theme park attraction that’s fun for the entire family.

TapuTapu Wearable Will Redefine the Queue Experience –Less Time Waiting in Lines, More Time Having Fun
Universal’s Volcano Bay will debut a new technology, the TapuTapu wearable, designed to make the guest experience throughout the entire park as hassle-free and fun-filled as possible. As part of their admission, guests will receive a TapuTapu wearable upon arrival to the park that allows them to do the following with a simple tap:

Virtual Lines.
Guests will be able to virtually wait in line while they play in other areas of the park. The wearable will alert guests when it’s time for them to ride so they can head to the attraction.

Tap to play.
Guests will discover various “tap-to-play” experiences throughout the park – all designed exclusively for Volcano Bay by Universal’s award-winning creative team. With just a tap of TapuTapu, guests can trigger special effects like controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves.

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Christmas Town Returns To Busch Gardens

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The annual holiday tradition, Christmas Town returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with

  • More than two million twinkling lights
  • Festive treats
  • Holiday entertainment
  • Unique attractions, including the all-new addition of the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The popular event takes place on 23 select dates from November 25th to December 31st with fan-favorite entertainment and new twists:

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland

Meet and take photos with Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at the all-new Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland located in Celestial Crossing. Play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the beloved story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to life.

Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®

The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®. While the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Santa is taking a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study.

Thrill Rides at Night

Nestled between beautifully lit trees and roaring with excitement, some of the best views of Christmas Town can be found atop Florida’s top thrill rides, including the all-new family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse.

Guests can also expect the return of fan-favorite shows that ring in the season, including

  • Christmas on Ice
  • Carol of the Bells light show
  • Holiday Hills Brass Band.

For a complete list of seasonal sights and unforgettable Yuletide experiences, visit ChristmasTown.com.

Christmas Town is open until 10 p.m on select dates and will close at 8 p.m on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For New Year’s Eve, the event will remain open until 1 a.m.

Christmas Town is included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

Christmas Town will also offer some magnificent opportunities for groups looking to book a unique holiday party.

For details, call the Busch Gardens Events Team at 813-987-5523.

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One Off Wetsuit Designed For A Penguin

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Planning on visiting Seaworld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando, well if you are you will see one penguin that does not quite look like the others. She’s wearing her very own and very fetching seaworld wetsuit.

The female Adelie penguin recently experienced feather loss, which can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations. As a result of her feather loss, the bird had a hard time naturally regulating her body temperature.

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SeaWorld’s aviculture team set out to assist her and created a wetsuit to mimic her former coat of feathers. The coat was designed and sewn by SeaWorld’s wardrobe department and custom fit just for her.

While wearing her wetsuit the penguin swims, sleeps and eats alongside her fellow penguins. This is just another extraordinary example of how SeaWorld Orlando cares for the marine animals at the park.

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National Chocolate Day Is Tomorrow Celebrate At Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Universal Orlando’s newest immersive dining experience – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen – is now officially open at Universal CityWalk with a diverse, radically innovative menu that also raises the art of chocolate to an entirely new level.   The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is unlike anything ever created at Universal Orlando.  The 19th Century Steampunk-themed restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience that offers something for everyone.    Guests can enjoy everything from twists on classic steaks, seafood and pasta entrees to gourmet burgers and sandwiches to an “all-day brunch” menu featuring French toast, crepes and more. Guests can also satisfy their sweet tooth with an incredible dessert selection that includes artisan milkshakes topped with delicious items such as Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet cupcake and chocolate-covered bacon – as well as a variety of sundaes and additional sweet treats that are a chocolate-lovers dream. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

October 28th is National Chocolate Day –and there really is no better place to celebrate than at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando Resort (believe me i can personally vouch for this)

The new restaurant will host the world’s only chocolate speed sculptor Paul Joachim (also known as “The Chocolate Genius”), who will create four custom Universal sculptures made entirely out of chocolate – including a massive, 100-pound recreation of The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

Guests can see “The Chocolate Genius” sculpt live from 11 a.m 2 till p.m on the first floor of the restaurant.

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The chefs at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium have also created a commemorative milkshake called Jacques’ Chocolate Day Special. This milkshake is made up of

  • White chocolate ice cream,
  • Dutch chocolate ice cream,
  • Whipped cream swirl and
  • Topped with a freshly baked black and white cookie and steampunk gear garnish.

This limited-time shake is only available at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium on National Chocolate Day –October 28th.

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2 More Scary Filled Nights At The Highest Rated Event In HHN History

The nation’s best Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, is now open at Universal Orlando Resort, with more nights than ever before.  Nightmares come to life in nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on everything from haunting original tales to some of the most terrifying names in pop culture, including critically-acclaimed film  “Halloween II.”  The event also features five scarezones with dozens of menacing scareactors lurking around every corner, and two outrageous live shows. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 takes place select nights now until Oct. 31, 2016.

Universal Orlando is giving guests more nights to experience Halloween Horror Nights 26 than ever before. The nation’s best Halloween event has been extended and will now include two additional nights on Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th.

The Repository –an experience that takes interactive horror to the next level with virtual reality, live actors and more – is also included in this extension as an upgrade to event admission.

Guests will have even more nights to experience the highest rated event in Halloween Horror Nights history. Guests won’t stand a chance as they:

  • Come face-to-face with Chance
  • Fight to survive nine disturbingly real haunted houses based on some of the most popular names in entertainment and horrifying original stories
  • Explore five terrifying scare zones filled with live scareactors
  • Enjoy two electrifying live shows

Tickets are on sale now for these two additional event nights. Halloween Horror Nights event tickets start at $59.99 for Friday Nov. 4th and $66.99 for Saturday Nov. 5th

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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Updates From Local Attractions During Hurricane Matthew

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As we all Hunker down in preparation for Hurricane Matthew today and tomorrow, here are some updates from our local attractions :-

Skeletons Museum at I_drive 360 Announced last night they will be closed until Saturday.

The Orlando Eye have announced its closure for the next 2 days and maybe more as they will have to run checks to make sure its safe to ride.

Tussauds Orlando is open and monitoring the weather

SeaWorld Orlando will close at 2pm today (thursday 6th) and remain closed all day Friday

Aquatica is closed on both days

Discovery Cove Closed on friday

Busch Gardens scheduled to remain open

Universal Orlando as of 9am its business as usual but they are monitoring the weather, if this changes we will bring you the update

UPDATE – park will close at 5pm and remain closed tomorrow. HHN also cancelled.

Universal sent out this tweet : for safety, we have dismantled the food and beverage tents across park. The sprung tents remain up.

Walt Disney World also operating under normal hours but are monitoring the weather. Advisory has come for those camping in Fort Wilderness camp ground they must leave by 11am today (thursday 6th)

We are currently on site at Disney Springs which we have confirmed will close at 5pm

*UPDATE* Disney will close at 5pm and will not be open on Friday, across all theme parks, golf courses and more

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon will be closed on both days

Spooky Empire is cancelled

Legoland Florida will remain open with potential for early closure, we will keep you updated on this as we get more information

Kennedy Space Centre closed both days

Fun Spot closed both days

Mangos Orlando & Miami Is closed

 

As we get more updates we will add them to the post, stay safe and be where you need to be by 5pm this evening.

 

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The Repository Is Now Open

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Universal Orlando Resort’s immersive –and terrifying –new interactive experience “The Repository” is now open. Guests can now upgrade their Halloween Horror Nights experience to live a whole new generation of psychological horror.

Those brave enough to take this experimental journey will be immediately immersed in an electrifying story as they explore a legendary, centuries-old warehouse known to house powerful and paranormal artifacts. They’ll encounter haunting live actors and work in small groups of fellow thrill-seekers to survive The Repository and the horrors that lie within.

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The Repository” is available on select nights from September 29th through October 31st. This limited availability experience can be purchased for $49.99 plus tax on HalloweenHorrorNights.com or by calling 407-224-7840. Halloween Horror Nights admission is also required.

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Bookings Now Being Taken For Legoland Florida Beach Retreat

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Just five weeks after we gave you a colorful sneak peek of the all-new vacation oasis currently under construction at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, LEGOLAND announced today that bookings are now open for its second on-site accommodation, the eagerly anticipated LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Reservations are available for stays beginning June 1st 2017 through September 4th 2017.

To make a reservation at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida. Room rates start at $182 and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets are also available.

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LEGOLAND Beach Retreat amenities include:

  • 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms
  • Whimsical LEGO décor inside and out
  • Spacious rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area designed just for kids with a bunk bed and trundle bed
  • Shaded patios where parents can put their feet up, kick back and relax
  • Multiple outdoor play areas where kids can slide, jump and climb in view of bungalow patios
  • Large themed swimming pool with an expansive sandy play area
  • Centrally located clubhouse featuring a restaurant, pool bar and LEGO building area for kids
  • A bountiful breakfast buffet included with each night’s stay
  • Early access to the nearby theme park

Announced in March 2016 as part of the largest period of growth and expansion in the resort’s nearly five year history, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will join the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, more than doubling on-site accommodations and giving guests even more reasons to play and stay at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

 

 

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Is Now Open

 

A world of unimaginable desserts, delectable dishes and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere awaits at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is unlike anything ever created at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando’s newest immersive dining experience – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen – is now officially open at Universal CityWalk with a diverse, radically innovative menu that also raises the art of chocolate to an entirely new level. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is unlike anything ever created at Universal Orlando. The 19th Century Steampunk-themed restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience that offers something for everyone. Guests can enjoy everything from twists on classic steaks, seafood and pasta entrees to gourmet burgers and sandwiches to an “all-day brunch” menu featuring French toast, crepes and more. Guests can also satisfy their sweet tooth with an incredible dessert selection that includes artisan milkshakes topped with delicious items such as Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet cupcake and chocolate-covered bacon – as well as a variety of sundaes and additional sweet treats that are a chocolate-lovers dream. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

A world of unimaginable desserts, delectable dishes and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere awaits at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is unlike anything ever created at Universal Orlando Resort.

The 19th Century Steampunk-themed restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience that offers something for everyone –and takes one of the world’s most popular sweet treat (CHOCOLATE) to the next level.

Guests can enjoy everything from :-

  • Twists on classic steaks
  • Seafood and pasta entrees
  • Gourmet burgers and sandwiches
  • All-day brunch” menu featuring French toast, crepes and more

Guests can also satisfy their sweet tooth with an incredible dessert selection that includes artisan milkshakes topped with delicious items such as Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet cupcake and chocolate-covered bacon –as well as a variety of sundaes and additional sweet treats that are a chocolate-lovers dream, we need to watch out for the minions trying to break in for them chocolate covered banana’s.

Guests are also be able to watch the preparation of dessert and shake creations– and interact with Penelope and her trusty robot companion Jacques, the proprietors of The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

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The Walking Dead Cast Visit Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

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On September 16th cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson, joined Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effects Makeup Supervisor for the hit show, were they got to experience The Walking Dead haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The group fended off packs of flesh-hungry walkers in instantly recognisable scenes from Seasons 1 through 6.

The nation’s best Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, is now open at Universal Orlando Resort, with more nights than ever before. This year, you won’t stand a Chance as the twisted right-hand woman of Halloween Horror Nights legend Jack the Clown steps into the spotlight as the star of this surreal world of horror.

Nightmares come to life in nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on everything from haunting original tales to some of the most terrifying names in pop culture, including FX’s

  • American Horror Story
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead
  • The Exorcist
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Halloween II
  • Krampus

The event also features five scarezones with dozens of menacing scareactors lurking around every corner, and two outrageous live shows.

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Halloween Spooktacular At SeaWorld Orlando In October

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Halloween meets the sea every weekend in October during SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. This family-friendly event immerses guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 p.m. to park close every weekend, October 1st thru  October 30th. SeaWorld, Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.

Spooktacular Highlights Include:

Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites including Tootsie Roll and SunRype Fruit To Go, just to name a few.

Penelope’s Garden Party – This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ, animal interactions, a variety of craft opportunities, bubbles floating overhead and whimsical sea-themed characters.

Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween – Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of everyone’s Sesame Street friends! The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to you and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play and sing along.

Spooktacular Dance Party – Children join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing.

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Spectacular Spooky Add-Ons available at SeaWorldOrlando.com:

Dine With Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch – Guests can celebrate with an immersive and memorable brunch experience at Dine With Shamu. They will enjoy seasonal items and reserved tables that bring them up close to majestic killer whales. There also are some Halloween surprises including a family photo in a decorative frame and a free cookie decorating kit. Prices begin at $28 plus tax for adults and $16 plus tax for kids. Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Meet and Greet with Cookie Monster at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular– Meet Cookie Monster from Sesame Street during SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. For just $19 per person, guests can meet the character at SeaFire Grill and enjoy his favorite treat: a cookie! Plus, every guest receives a printed photo of their meet-and-greet to take home. Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Reserved Seating: Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween– Enjoy a reserved seat at a showtime of your choice for Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show at SeaWorld Orlando. Priced at $19 per person, guarantee a seat for a showtime of your choice.

The best way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is with a SeaWorld Annual Pass. Enjoy 12 months of unlimited admission with no blockout dates and free parking starting at $14 a month with EZpay.

*SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration*

Just around the corner, waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 25 through December 11 and daily December 16th through 31st. Guests can make holiday memories by enjoying live shows, festive shopping and delicious food. Stay tuned for all-new holiday news and returning favorites soon.

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Toothsome Grand Opening Date Revealed

Universal CityWalk’s newest full-service restaurant will officially grand open on Thursday September 22nd.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will officially open to guests at 4 p.m on September 22nd for dinner. The next day will begin standard operating hours – opening at 11 a.m. for lunch and closing at 11 p.m.

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The 19th Century Steampunk-themed emporium will offer a mouthwatering array of savory dishes, all-day brunch and delectable sweet treats.

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Halloween Fun At Legoland Florida

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The Brick-Tacular Halloween party Built For Kids returns to LEGOLAND Florida Resort on 11 dates in October, featuring a LEGO® lineup of spooky, kooky, brick-tacular activities and extended park hours.

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, plus halloween Monday Oct. 31st, the popular annual event includes:

  • A special Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular on 10 of the 11 event dates
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with a ghoulish gallery of LEGO monsters
  • A stunning brick-built model perfect for scary selfies and snapshots.
  • kid-centric parade free to all guests who come dressed up in costumes

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Halloween with safe, kid-friendly fun which includes trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat trail, the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, Halloween-themed LEGO build stations, a scavenger hunt and dance party in Miniland USA and a kid's costume contest. (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Brian Blanco).

Parked in Market Plaza will be the 13-foot-long Vampyre Hearse, a giant LEGO model inspired by a set from the now-retired LEGO Monster Fighters series. For this year’s Brick or Treat, the hot-rod hearse made out of more than 280,000 LEGO and DUPLO bricks has been enhanced with spooky sound effects and ghostly lights.

Highlights also will include:

  • Photo opportunities with the world’s largest LEGO pumpkin
  • Exclusive meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters Vladimir the Vampyre, the Mummy, the Mad Scientist, the Witch and Frankenstein
  • Fistfuls of candy while trick-or-treating along the Brick or Treat Trail, for kids 12 and under
  • A scavenger hunt in MINILAND USA with a collectible, limited-edition LEGO brick free to every guest while supplies last, with a special Brick or Treat design chosen this year by our Facebook fans!
  • A vampire-themed takeover of the LEGO Kingdoms area
  • The popular and delicious Granny’s Apple Fries will once again offer a pumpkin spice variety for a limited time

*With the exception of Monday October 31st (it’s a school night!), each Brick or Treat date will conclude with a creepy-crawly, spider-themed fireworks show at 8 p.m in the skies above Lake Eloise. Pick up a complimentary pair of viewing glasses to add a brick-tastic LEGO twist to the colourful spectacle*

2016 Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly Dates

  • Oct 1-2 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Oct 8-9 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Oct 15-16 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Oct 22-23 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Oct 29, 30 & 31 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Halloween with safe, kid-friendly fun which includes trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat trail, the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, Halloween-themed LEGO build stations, a scavenger hunt and dance party in Miniland USA and a kid's costume contest.(PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland).

Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly is an all-day event included with park admission, no extra ticket required!

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The Coca Cola Orlando Eye Honours First Responders

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The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando have announced special discounts and offers for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

Throughout the entire month of September, first responders will receive free admission to all three attractions. First responders are encouraged to bring family members as their guests, up to four additional guests may receive a 25 percent discount on tickets.
The discount program is only valid for :

  • Police officers
  • Fire Fighters
  • EMS Employees
  • Active, former and retired personnel with identification

Eligible personnel should present their employee ID or professional organization membership card to the admissions desk at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando or SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, on the day they plan to visit to redeem the discount on their admission ticket.

The free admission and 25 percent discount applies to a single attraction ticket or combination tickets for two or three attractions.

*The offer is valid from 9/1/16 – 9/30/16*

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This Seriously Cute Baby Hyena Makes His Debut At Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces a baby spotted hyena has just been introduced to the park’s hyena group or clan at the Edge of Africa habitat.

The 20 week old male cub was born at the park on April 3rd 2016 and is named “Mandazi” for his sweet personality after a traditional pastry found on the Swahili coast. He is healthy and being cared for by first time mother 8 year old Taziki, who was also born at Busch Gardens. The 16-year-old sire – Makali came to Busch Gardens in 2008 from The University of California Berkley’s Hyena Project which focused on behavioral research.

While hyenas are currently not endangered, their populations and habitats are shrinking in the wild due to issues like poaching, human conflict and habitat destruction. This latest birth is part of Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP).

Hyenas live in matriarchal social groups where females, weighing up to 165 pounds are typically larger than the males. Like other African carnivores, hyenas are important for the health of hoofed animal populations by weeding out the weak and sick as prey to keep the balance between the herds and their food resources.

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Since 2008, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported the research and conservation of the spotted hyena and other African carnivores. Although thought by many to be scavengers, spotted hyenas are excellent hunters. In fact, hyenas are particularly efficient predators since they are capable of digesting bones, horns and even the teeth of their prey. Typically more successful at hunting than other African predators, hyenas often have their prey items stolen by lions, rather than the other way around.

*Guests can see the baby hyena in the Edge of Africa area of the park or on the Heart of Africa tour*

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Fat★One’s Grand Opening Date Revealed

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If your a regular visitor to our site you will of seen this post in June:

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The Florida Mall invites you to celebrate the grand opening of Fat★One’s on:

Saturday September 10th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The new kiosk will be located near the Dining Pavilion between Five Guys and La Madeleine Country French Café.

Created by pop icon and Orlando resident Joey Fatone, the hotdog kiosk will offer premium 100% beef dogs in a variety of styles from the Cuban to the Johnny Pizza, that you can enjoy pressed, to the Gone Hollywood and the Boy Bander, which includes 5 mini hotdogs, just like Fatone’s former boyband *NSYNC.

  • During the celebration, attendees will have the opportunity to
  • Sample items from the menu served by Joey Fatone himself
  • A live DJ spinning the latest and greatest beats. (possibly a few NSYNC numbers in there to)
  • Fun giveaways throughout the day

The mall corridors will be filled with family-friendly activities including

  • balloon artists
  • stilt walkers and much more

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The Fourth Annual “A Celebration Of Harry Potter” At Universal Orlando 2017

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Wizards grab your wands it’s that time of the year with dates and information of this years A Celebration Of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter fans rejoice as the Fourth annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros.

This special weekend event will take place January 27th through 29th 2017 and will be full of exciting experiences that will allow guests to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with select film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, featuring brand partners from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition
  • Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories

Guests will also be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a Park-to-Park ticket.

Special vacation packages, including

  • Annual passholder packages, are on sale now.
  • On-site hotel packages start at $249 per adult per night, including tax, and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special guest access to panels and demonstrations.
  • three-night hotel accommodations, three day Park-to-Park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure and more.

Packages are available on a first come, first served basis.

For complete package details, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

*A Celebration of Harry Potter” is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.*

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First Look : Legoland Florida Beach Retreat Bungalow’s

Opening in mid-2017 Legoland Florida Beach Retreat will offer a great new way for guests to stay and play at Legoland Florida Resort, the multi-day vacation destination #BuiltForKids. Conveniently located adjacent to the popular theme park, the new accommodations combine the fun of surf and sand with the creativity of Lego building sets while offering picturesque lake views from nearly every corner.

As construction continues alongside Lake Dexter, the whimsical interior décor that awaits guests in each of the property’s 83 beach themed bungalows, which offer 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five, including a cozy area designed just for kids.

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- August 12, 2016 -- LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

The village style resort was announced in March, less than a year after the May 2015 debut of the wildly popular Legoland Hotel, With the opening of Legoland Beach Retreat next year, the Florida site will become the first Legoland resort in North America to offer two highly immersive on-site resorts with distinctly unique Lego theming.

Designed with the same combination of imagination and kid centric detail that made the year-old Legoland Hotel a hit, Legoland Beach Retreat invites guests to relax in an oasis of endless outdoor fun. Kids can slide, swing, jump and climb at one of many outdoor play areas. Each brightly colored bungalow will include a shaded patio where parents can put their feet up, kick back and relax.

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- August 12, 2016 -- LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

A short stroll away :-

  • The resort’s largest themed swimming pool will offer hours of fun in the sun alongside an expansive sandy play area topped by a Lego lighthouse,
  • A centrally located clubhouse will feature a buffet restaurant, pool bar and a beach-themed space where kids can build with Lego bricks and proudly display the products of their imaginations.

Legoland Beach Retreat guests will enjoy an all you care to eat breakfast buffet every morning of their stay and early access to the theme park.

*Additional amenities and room rates will be announced soon, along with a new check-in service that will make vacationing at Legoland Florida Resort as carefree as a day at the beach*

The new site will more than double the inventory of on site accommodations, giving guests even more reasons to play and stay at Legoland Florida Resort.

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American Horror Story Comes To Life At HHN 26

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One of the most horrifying and wickedly gruesome shows in television history is bleeding off the screen and into your NIGHTMARES.

American Horror Story -FX’s television series that has terrorized viewers for five installments, will come to life at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort beginning September 16th.

Three chapters of “American Horror Story” will haunt the nation’s best, most intense Halloween event in all-new frightening mazes. Guests will embark on a terrifying journey to become the next doomed residents of Murder House from Installment 1, tortured performers in the disturbing and twisted Freak Show from Installment 4, and victims of the otherworldly, death-dealing Hotel from Installment 5.

Guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core.

Murder House

will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there.

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guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they’ll be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown.

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after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers.

“‘American Horror Story’ is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort. “It’s that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights – and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show.”

*Captivating and shocking viewers since its debut in 2011, American Horror Story has won

  • 13 Emmys,
  • Two Golden Globes,
  • Four Critics’ Choice Awards and
  • One People’s Choice Award.

American Horror Story 6 begins September 14 on FX*

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Immersive VR Experience Coming TO HHN 26 On Select Nights

Universal Orlando Resort is unveiling a cutting-edge – and terrifying – interactive experience that will blend custom virtual reality technology with real-life characters and environments to create a whole new generation of psychological horror. The twisted minds behind Universal Orlando’s award-winning Halloween Horror Nights have combined forces with Universal Creative, the creators of award-winning theme park attractions, to produce a next-level, immersive theater experience that seamlessly bridges live action and virtual reality (VR). “The Repository” is an exclusive, limited-time attraction with an entirely unique storyline that will pave the way for even more brand new, best-in-class experiences across Universal Orlando Resort. Throughout this extended, heart-pounding adventure, guests will explore highly thematic physical environments and interact with real-life characters – all while working in small teams to solve a dark mystery unfolding before them. Universal Orlando is working with VRstudios (VRcade), a Bellevue, Washington company specializing in unique VR experiences. The company designed a first-of-its-kind VR platform to be used inside the experience.

Universal Orlando Resort is unveiling a cutting-edge –and terrifying –interactive experience that will blend custom virtual reality technology with real-life characters and environments to create a whole new generation of psychological HORROR.

The minds behind Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights have combined forces with Universal Creative, the creators of award-winning theme park attractions, to produce a next-level, immersive theater experience that seamlessly bridges live action and virtual reality also known as VR.

“The Repository” is an exclusive, limited-time attraction with an entirely unique storyline that will pave the way for even more brand new, best-in-class experiences across Universal Orlando Resort. Throughout this extended, heart-pounding adventure, guests will explore highly thematic physical environments and interact with real-life characters – all while working in small teams to solve a dark mystery unfolding before them.

Universal Orlando is working with VRstudios (VRcade), a Bellevue, Washington company specializing in unique VR experiences. The company designed a first-of-its-kind VR platform to be used inside the experience.

“Available to guests during select Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Sept 29th and running through Oct 31st. Guests can upgrade their Halloween Horror Nights event ticket to become a part of the ultimate paranormal experience.

This limited-time experience can be purchased for $49.99 plus tax and will be available for purchase by calling 407-224-7840. Halloween Horror Nights admission is also required. Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can purchase tickets beginning August 16th. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning August 23.

*WARNING:

This is an intense experience not recommended for thrill seekers younger than 13 years old*

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The Incredible Hulk Roars Back To Life

After getting over the initial shock of seeing our beloved coaster torn to pieces and sent to the coaster scrapyard in the sky, we watched in anticipation to see what Universal had up there sleeves, low and behold the coaster started to re-form in front of our eyes.

The Towering Green Giant began rising and finally we started getting test-runs as seen in our video above and if you follow us on social media you would of seen our updates of the re-build.

After a special countdown to the ride’s reopening, the Marvel Super Heroes led guests inside the attraction and became the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible. The newly-enhanced attraction now features:

  • A brand-new ride vehicle with a sleek, modern design
  • An all-new onboard ride score exclusively produced by Patrick Stump – front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy
  • An original storyline that places guests at the hands of an experiment led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross, created by the genius minds at Universal Creative
  • A completely redesigned queue which appears to guests as a high-tech, scientific facility centered around a massive Gamma Core

The Incredible Hulk Coaster joins the growing list of new experiences at Universal Orlando. Recently, Universal Orlando celebrated the opening of the hit attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and welcomed guests to its fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

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Check out the Photos below of the Grand Re-opening 

The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Marvel Super Heroes and a crowd of excited guests celebrated the official reopening of the thrilling, smash hit attraction, The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  After a special countdown to the ride’s reopening, the Marvel Super Heroes led guests inside the attraction and became the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster. The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Marvel Super Heroes and a crowd of excited guests celebrated the official reopening of the thrilling, smash hit attraction, The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  After a special countdown to the ride’s reopening, the Marvel Super Heroes led guests inside the attraction and became the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster. The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

The Marvel Super Heroes and a crowd of excited guests celebrated the official reopening of the thrilling, smash hit attraction, The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  After a special countdown to the ride’s reopening, the Marvel Super Heroes led guests inside the attraction and became the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster. The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible.  Enhancements include a brand-new ride vehicle, a new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience, and an all-new onboard ride score produced by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy. For more information, check out the official Universal Orlando blog at blog.UniversalOrlando.com.

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A Wild Weekend With Jack Hanna Returns To SeaWorld

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Jungle Jack Hanna is back for another weekend of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando on August 20th and 21st.

The internationally known conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations inside the Nautilus Theater.

In addition to shows SeaWorld will have several additional opportunities for guests to personally interact with Jack Hanna at the park including

  • Meet and Greets,
  • Autograph Signings
  • Exclusive Dining Packages.

Meet Jack Hanna (Saturday, August 20) –

Reserve space now to meet Jack Hanna and receive reserved seats to his show at SeaWorld Orlando. Prepare for Jack to entertain with animal facts, stories and answers to questions from you. Package includes a seat in the reserved section to the 1:00 p.m. show. Pricing begins at $39 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Dine With Shamu® Jack Hanna Dinner (Saturday, August 20) –

Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Jack Hanna at Dine with Shamu. The package includes dinner at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna and a seat in the reserved section at the 3:00 p.m. show. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Pricing begins at $59 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Dine With Shamu® Jack Hanna Brunch (Sunday, August 21) –

Enjoy a delicious brunch with all of your breakfast favorites and mingle with Jack Hanna at Dine with Shamu. The package includes brunch at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna and special reserved seats to the 11:30 a.m. show. Brunch is at 10:00 a.m. Pricing begins at $49 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

*Guests can enjoy a wild weekend at SeaWorld Orlando with Jack Hanna for just $69 with the purchase of a limited-time single-day admission at SeaWorldOrlando.com.*

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Krampus Comes To HHN

Tis the season for Krampus as Universal Orlando Resort, bring the terrifying dark Christmas legend to life in an all new HHN” maze beginning September 16, 2016.

The creative minds behind the nation’s best and most extreme Halloween events unleash the wrath of Krampus, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Christmas themed horror film co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty.

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The dead of winter sets the stage for the terror that’s about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of holiday spirit. In scenes lifted from the film, guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil ancient spirit of Krampus – the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas – and his band of Dark Elves and sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the family to fight to see the light of day.

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Seaworld Condemn Attack And Urge Prosecution

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If you haven’t seen any of the news reports yet this is a brief snipet from Fox 35 News:

An Orlando man is accused of picking up a flamingo and throwing it to the ground at Busch Gardens, according to police.

Tampa Police Department tell media that Joseph Corrao, 45, was at Busch Gardens Amusement Park with his family Tuesday night.

He has been Charged With Animal Cruelty

SeaWorld the owner of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) strongly condemn the cruel attack on a flamingo named Pinky at Busch Gardens and will urge authorities to pursue the case with vigor. An Orlando man was arrested for picking up and throwing Pinky to the ground, and the flamingo was so badly injured that she had to be euthanized.

“SeaWorld will strongly urge prosecution in this case, and for any person who engages in this sort of cruel behavior towards animals,” said Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Pinky was a beloved member of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay family, and she will be sorely missed. Our Ambassador team members are appalled by this incident, and I am sure they share my view that our state must have a zero-tolerance policy for this kind of cruelty.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, added: “People who abuse animals often don’t stop there, and pose a violent risk to the rest of society. That’s why we’ve worked to fortify the legal framework across the country to punish malicious animal cruelty as a serious offense.”

I don’t know about you but this makes us feel sick to our stomach, let us know your thoughts on here or any of our social media.

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Free Admission To Seaworld Orlando For First Responders

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SeaWorld Orlando, Firehouse Subs and Coca-Cola are honoring Florida first responders for their bravery, sacrifice and service with a special opportunity to spend a day at the park with their families. Now through August 31st, first responders can register to receive free admission to SeaWorld Orlando through September 30th.

*In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets for friends and family for just $49.50 per person, a savings of 50 percent off general admission*

Qualifying first responders include:

  • Florida Fire Rescue First Responders
  • Florida EMT/EMS Employees
  • Florida Law Enforcement Officers
  • Florida 911 Dispatchers

Qualifying first responders should visit SeaWorld.com/FirehouseSubs for more information on how to register.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also has a tribute program called Waves of Honor. Created in 2001, the Waves of Honor military salute program provides free admission to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, and Sesame Place for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member. Information on current active duty and veteran ticket offers is available at WavesOfHonor.com.

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Back 2 School Events At The Florida Mall

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The start of school is around the corner and The Florida Mall is ready to celebrate with free community events!

Saturday, August 6th from 12-2 p.m

The Florida Mall invites the community to enjoy various community activation stations, food samples, a DJ, photo booth, giveaways and more!

Saturday, August 13 from 1-3 p.m

Kidgits members are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Octonauts!

There will be interactive music activities, giveaways and more. The Florida Mall is pleased to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase back-to-school necessities without paying sales tax on qualifying items in accordance with the Florida Sales Tax Holiday.

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The Orlando Eye Becomes The Coca Cola Orlando Eye

After celebrating its first birthday this past May, Orlando’s 400-foot observation wheel is bubbling with happiness over its new name: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

This partnership with Coca-Cola allows guests to share enhanced new experiences on the observation wheel from the moment they enter the attraction. Guests will be greeted with a bold and contemporary look throughout the interior and exterior of the Eye’s terminal building, featuring the distinctive red and white colours of Coca Cola. On the wheel itself, select capsules have been transformed to offer the ultimate visitor experience, featuring :-

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  • special décor
  • an upbeat music selection
  • selfie sticks
  • themed tablets
  • Coca-Cola coolers

On Thursday, July 28, all guests to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye received a complimentary Coca-Cola beverage in celebration of the 400-foot observation wheel’s new name. Guests can continue to share their memories and moments, taken with selfie sticks, on social media by tagging their experiences with #cocacolaorlandoeye.

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“In just one short year, the Orlando Eye has become recognized as a Central Florida icon. We are delighted to partner with Coca-Cola, an iconic brand globally recognized for sharing moments of happiness and celebration with loved ones,” said General Manager Robin Goodchild. “The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye combines these elements to create an enhanced experience, giving guests the opportunity to create and share new memories.”

“For Coca-Cola, our mission is simple – to refresh the world and inspire moments of optimism and happiness, while creating value and making a difference,” said Krista Schulte, Vice President of Foodservice and On Premise, Coca-Cola North America. “Our partnership with Merlin Entertainments to create the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye helps us achieve our mission together by providing guests special memories while taking in the views of Orlando in an enhanced and refreshing way.”

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Rock The Universe Line Up Announced

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Tickets are now on sale for Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe 2016, where guests can rock, ride and rejoice at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival.

On Sept 9th and 10th guests can experience a weekend filled with faith and worship in an unforgettable atmosphere that’s unique to Rock the Universe.

ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2016 LINE-UP

Friday, September 9th              Saturday, September 10th

Music Plaza Stage

Skillet                                                    Lecrae

Jeremy Camp                                      TobyMac

Rend Collective                                   Family Force 5

KB                                                          Andy Mineo

 

Hollywood Stage

Matt Maher                                         Colton Dixon

Lauren Daigle                                     NF

Finding Favour                                   I Am They

 

Coca-Cola FanZone

DJ Promote                                        DJ Promote

7eventh Time Down                         The New Respects

Jillian Edwards                                 About the Author

Royce Lovett                                      Ryan Stevenson
During the event guests can also stop by the Coca-Cola FanZone, featuring more live music, autograph sessions with performing acts and more.

Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle-lighting ceremony and enjoy access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions like Revenge of the Mummy and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Universal Orlando offers several Rock the Universe ticket options. For the ultimate experience, guests can purchase a Rock Your Weekend Park-to-Park Ticket, which includes admission to both event nights and Park-to-Park admission to BOTH Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for three consecutive days.

To purchase tickets for Rock the Universe 2016, visit

www.RocktheUniverse.com

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Seaworld Orlando Introduces Summer Soak Party

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Beat the heat like never before at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Summer Soak Party. Families can take a break from the sun and splash and dance the day away under playful sprinklers and rain curtains. DJ’s and dancers keep things cool while ice-cold culinary surprises delight guests at this summertime celebration Party Zone.

The Summer Soak Party takes place daily through August 14th at Bayside Stadium from 12 to 6 p.m. and weekends August 15 through Labor Day.

Exclusive Party Zone Offers

  • $1 Cotton Candy
  • $1 Popcorn
  • $2 Bottled Water
  • $3 Bottled Beer
  • $3 Shamu® Ice Cream Bars
  • $10 Shamu® Bubble Blower
  • $10 Shamu® Misting Fan

Summer Deals

  • Free Beer Daily for Pass Members – SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can now receive a free 12 oz. draft pour of Mako Red Ale daily through August 31. Guests can show their Pass at Terrace Bar, Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen or Spice Mill to receive this daily offer.

 

  • Christmas in July – Christmas time might still be a few months away, but July is the perfect time to save big on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration running select nights in November and December. Starting July 21 through July 25, guests can book reservations to Santa’s Fireside Feast a holiday dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves at a 30% discount.

Guests can also purchase discounted Holiday PhotoKey Packages and tickets to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration for only $69 at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Busch Gardens Announce Red Carpet Series

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Busch Gardens a leading Florida destination for all ages, announced an evolution of entertainment with its all-new second-gate, premiere event offering, the Busch Gardens Red Carpet Series. Held in the Moroccan Palace Theatre.

Newly renovated, the intimate 1,100-seat Moroccan Palace offers three tiers of comfortable seating with stellar sight lines and state-of-the-art acoustics. Boasting a unique personality all its own, the Moroccan Palace is the perfect venue to experience the top artists in entertainment.

“We are excited to offer Central Florida a new intimate way to enjoy their favorite artists,” said Jim Dean, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “The classic style of the Moroccan Palace along with impeccable site lines and beautiful sound, make for a truly special night out. Guests will experience some of the biggest names in entertainment, including some who rarely play in our area.”

Wayne Brady – Friday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m., Moroccan Palace

For Wayne Brady music and comedy has been at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career. Wayne has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade. This diversity has led to a career that goes beyond the term “triple threat.”

Arturo Sandoval – Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m., Moroccan Palace

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba in 1949. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, and it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

  • Ticket prices range from $30.00-$99.00 (taxes not included)
  • Purchase through BuschGardens.com/RedCarpetSeries.
  • A limited number of VIP Packages will also be available that include premium seating, culinary offerings and more
  • Gates open at 6:30 and theatre doors open at 7:15 p.m.
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Roman Vs Fousey Tour Is Heading To Orlando

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2 of Youtube’s biggest stars are bringing there tour to Orlando on August 20th at Hard Rock Live in Universal Orlando Resort’s City Walk.

Roman Atwood known for his prank channel and Daily Vlog video’s featuring his girlfriend and his kids, he promotes Smile More, which is also his brand.

Fousey real name Yousef Saleh Erakat is also known for Pranks and his Daily Vlog channel is currently trying to promote positivity on Youtube at the minute.

(Links to both channels can be found below this post)

Roman and Yousef who have made this tour before knew after stepping out on stage and seeing the crowds reaction, realised they wanted to do this again. There going world wide and stopping in Orlando for one night before heading off to Miami.

If you want to buy tickets follow this link romanvsfousey.com  to see dates and check ticket availability.

Roman Atwood Vlog channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/RomanAtwoodVlogs

Yousef’s Vlog Channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/DOSEofFOUSEY

If your heading to the show be sure to let us know if you enjoy it 🙂

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Mango’s Tropical Cafe Celebrates 6 Months On International Drive

Mango’s Tropical Cafe has proven to be a hit over the last 6 months but then again maybe it was a hit even while it was getting built, thanks to the awesomeness of Mango’s Miami location and the many posts from myself and fellow bloggers. Mango’s has prime location in the heart of the tourist corridor, with its bright vivid colours it’s really hard to miss.

Just six months after bringing the sophisticated excitement of South Beach and the showmanship of a Las Vegas production to International Drive, the newest nightlife destination has surpassed its expectations and opening goals.

More than 500,000 people have moved to the Latin rhythms, indulged in smooth Miami mojitos, dined on Cuban-inspired delicacies and showcased the demand for an entertaining nighttime experience.

“We knew there was nothing like this in Orlando and the results from our first six months show how this entertainment concept works,” says Joshua Wallack, COO, Mango’s Tropical Cafe. “Every night, our complex is filled with guests who stay an average of two to three hours enjoying the show. There really is nothing else like this in Orlando.
“From couples looking for a romantic evening to conventioneers looking to unwind to families wanting something different, Mango’s Tropical Cafe has proven to be a success,”
“There’s no better place, beautiful women, great food and Vole shots all night. Bottom line, Mango’s is a great time, In South Beach or Orlando dale,” said Armando Perez, better known as International Superstar Mr 305 Pitbull.
Fun Facts – Mango’s Tropical Cafe has in the last 6 months:

• Admitted more than 500,000 guests
• Sold 37,000 bottles of Corona
• Sold 38,000 mojitos
• Hosted 150 days of sold-out shows
• Served 3,000 al ajillo dishes
• Sold more than 5,000 churrasco steaks
• Danced 360 congo lines
• Played Billie Jean 360 times
• Hired 450 employees
• Entertained dozens of celebrities, including superstars Flo Rida, Pitbull, NBA Champion Kyle Irving, N’Syncs Joey Fatone, Latin Superstar Wising and pop mega-star Rachel Platten (pictures below)
• Celebrated thousands of birthday parties
• Hosted hundreds of bachelorette parties
• Taught 600 people how to salsa

Over the next six months, Mango’s Tropical Cafe will be building on its success. Construction is about to begin on the neighboring parking and commercial development, adding upscale restaurants and retail to the Mango’s Entertainment Complex and providing a service to the entire I-Drive/Sand Lake Road corner.

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The first Orlando location of the Le Cirque brand was announced as the first new high-end tenant for the Mango’s Entertainment Complex. The restaurant will be International Drive’s highest, located on the 10th floor of the parking development.

In addition, new production numbers are being added to the dinner show, providing a different experience for guests each time they come to Mango’s Tropical Cafe.
Mango’s South Beach, which opened on iconic Ocean Drive in 1991, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. “The essence of South Beach, fun in the sun and hot Latin nights, creates enough energy to power the City of Miami Beach.

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Lure Pokemon At Seaworld Orlando

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Gamers put your skills to the test at SeaWorld Orlando this Saturday July 16th for the ultimate Pokémon Go event! Visit InsideSeaWorld.com for exclusive trainer tips and follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this weekend for continued tips including charging station locations, wi-fi hotspots and more! Don’t forget to show your score! Share using #LevelUpatSEA and #PokemonGo

Dozens of lure modules will be activated throughout the park between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pass Members are invited to come early and take advantage of EXCLUSIVE access to PokéStops with activated lure modules from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM during Pass Member early entry.

The safety of guests, animals and ambassadors is Seaworld’s top priority, have fun and catch them all, follow all posted safety guidelines and procedures, including not entering restricted areas.

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Universal Orlando Opens Its Fifth On Site Hotel

Universal Orlando opened its fifth on-site hotel : –Loews Sapphire Falls Resort –with a special, Caribbean-themed arrival celebration of its first guests.

Cheering team members, a steel drum band, stilt walkers and a colorful burst of streamers inside the hotel’s stunning lobby greeted the Fajardo family.

Today, Universal Orlando marked the opening of its fifth onsite hotel - Loews Sapphire Falls Resort - with a special, Caribbean-themed arrival celebration for its first guests, the Fajardo family of Hollywood, Florida.

The brand new Caribbean-inspired hotel brings the number of Universal Orlando on-site hotel rooms to 5200. A destination within itself, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is inspired by the scenic rivers and waterfalls of the Caribbean and immerses guests in a highly-themed resort environment using traditional island styling and modern touches.

Guests can experience exceptional amenities and benefits that include:

  • Snapping a photo from a water taxi – the hotel’s dazzling lagoon waterfalls lit up at night, welcoming guests to an island paradise
  • Sliding down a water slide – the largest on-site pool at Universal Orlando Resort, complete with a children’s play area, two sand beaches and fire pit
  • Sampling innovative, Caribbean-inspired food – the signature mojo marinated rotisserie chicken at Amatista Cookhouse, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Taking a one-of-a-kind cocktail journey – a rum captain and sampling some of the 75 rums being poured in Strong Water Tavern
  • Easing into ‘island time’ – the tasteful, relaxed design of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, and just outside awaits the excitement and adventure of two incredible theme parks
  • Enjoying Early Park Admission – to the Universal Orlando theme parks one hour before the theme park opens, along with complimentary resort-wide transportation and other benefits

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Summer season rates start at $172 per night for a seven-night stay and value season rates start at $117 per night for a seven-night stay. To learn more or to make a reservation, call 1-888-273-1311 or visit www.universalorlando.com/sapphirefalls.

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Put Your Pokemon Skills To The Test At Busch Gardens This Saturday

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Put your skills to the test at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this weekend for the ultimate Pokémon Go event!

Pokémon trainers are encouraged to wear their team colors and try to level up as many Pokémon as they can! insider tips like gym locations, wi-fi hotspots and more can be found on busch gardens blog and social media pages! Share what you’ve caught! using the #BuschGardens and #PokemonGo.

WHAT:

Pokémon Go Lure-a-Thon

More than 50 lure modules activated throughout the park including: Pantopia, Egypt, Jungala, Edge of Africa and Stanleyville.

WHEN:

Saturday July 16th from 10 a.m to 3 p.m
PARK ADMISSION IS REQUIRED. Parking is not included.

Pass Members will get EXCLUSIVE access to seven PokéStops with activated lure modules in the Egypt area of the park from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM during the Pass Member Cobra’s Curse exclusive ride time.

The safety of guests, animals and ambassadors is a top priority, so while Busch Gardens wants guests to have fun and catch them all, they ask that you continue to follow all posted safety guidelines and procedures, including not entering restricted areas.

Have Fun and share your pictures with Orlando Tourist on our social media channels. using the #orlandotouristpokemon

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Skull Island Is Officially Open

Today, excited guests joined members of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company to help mark the official opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.   Skull Island: Reign of Kong brings the next generation of the King Kong legend to life on an unprecedented scale. The adventure begins as guests are transported deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. Guests navigate through a foreboding world on a 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle and encounter unimaginable creatures. And there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence. It is Kong – in the flesh. Towering nearly three stories tall, he is so close that you can feel his breath and sense his emotion. But is he friend or foe?

Guests gathered in Islands of Adventure to help mark the official opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest mega attraction Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Reign of Kong brings the next generation of the King Kong legend to life on an unprecedented scale. The adventure begins as guests are transported deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

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The specially designed expedition vehicle, which operates on a completely trackless ride system, takes guests deeper into the ominous island, where they soon find themselves in the midst of a brutal struggle between beasts of unimaginable size and ferocity. As those creatures turn on the expedition, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence. It is Kong – in the flesh. Towering nearly three stories tall, he is so close that you can feel his breath and sense his emotion. But is he friend or foe?

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Rules For Playing Pokemon Go At Legoland Florida

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort believe #AwesomeAwaits for kids seeking to “catch ‘em all” as they play Pokémon GO, the tremendously popular new app. Pokémon haven been spotted throughout the resort and guests are welcome to play during their visit, but the resort has issued a few ground rules to ensure a safe search.

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Rules for a safe Pokémon GO quest at LEGOLAND Florida Resort:

  • Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas. Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee only areas.
  • No catch is worth sacrificing your safety. All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
  • Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 28 thousand LEGO® models – that could hurt!
  • With more than one hundred Pokémon to catch, be sure to stay hydrated.
  • If you find a Pokémon at the Fun Town Pizza Pasta Buffet, let the nearest Model Citizen know, we prefer pepperoni over Poké Balls.
  • If hours of play have unleashed the power of your phone, recharge in the Imagination Zone.
  • If your wild encounter leads you to Wyldstyle, keep in mind she may need to stop for a selfie with another guest before you can make your catch.
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Legoland Florida Kids Go Free Offer

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This summer LEGOLAND Florida is inviting kids throughout the state to visit for FREE! The awesome vacation destination #BuiltForKids has rolled out an exclusive, limited-time offer just for kids. Florida residents who buy a full-price, single-day adult ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park get a kid’s ticket absolutely free.

Details:

  • This offer is available online only at https://www.legoland.com/kidsgofreefl now through Sunday July 31st 2016.
  • Tickets are valid for visits through Monday Sept. 5th 2016.
  • A maximum of three (3) free kids tickets can be redeemed per transaction.

Florida residency is required and will be verified with the credit card billing ZIP code.

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Michael Myers Returns For HHN26 in Hell Comes To Haddonfield

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Fans may have thought it was all over, but he’s still out there (are you scared). Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, “Halloween.”

The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, Michael Myers, as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.

At Universal Orlando Resort, Michael Myers returns in Halloween : Hell Comes to Haddonfield a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated “Halloween” maze. It will begin with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film all culminating in a horrifying finale.

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Celebrate 4Th July At Busch Gardens

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This Independence Day, families can celebrate with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment and an incredible fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities by taking on Florida’s top thrill rides, like Busch Gardens newest family thrill ride, Cobra’s Curse and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury, Plus fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m. in Gwazi Park right after the rock-fueled acrobatics show – Kinetix.

Guests can enjoy extended hours for Summer Nights at Busch Gardens from June 24th to August 7th. The park will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Experience all the thrills this summer with an Annual Pass, which includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates, free parking, special deals and discounts, and much more! It’s the best value for Florida residents and it starts at just $14 per month with EZpay.

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Youtube Sensation Tyler Oakley Among The First To Check Out Reign Of Kong

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Universal Orlando Resort hosted YouTube sensation, Tyler Oakley and his mom Queen Jackie, to be among the first to experience the fantastic ground breaking new ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. After their exclusive experience, they trekked all over both theme parks for the ultimate mother-son getaway, catching it all on camera.

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NSYNC Star To Open Fat One’s in The Florida Mall

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FAT ONE’S will soon join the dynamic tenant mix at The Florida Mall in August. This marks the hotdog brand’s first “Home of the Fat One” in the U.S.

Created by global pop icon and Orlando resident Joey Fatone, the hotdog kiosk will offer premium 100% angus beef dogs that you can enjoy pressed in a variety of styles from the Reuben to the Gone Hollywood to the Boybander, which includes 5 mini hotdogs, just like Fatone’s former boyband NSYNC. For a fun snack or quick dinner, each hotdog will satisfy all of your food cravings.

“After years of working on television food shows, I’m excited to open this new venture which is a combination of who I am, where I’m from and where I’ve been,” said Joey Fatone, Founder of Fat One’s. “Launching Fat One’s at The Florida Mall, where I roamed as a middle school kid, felt like a perfect fit for our first location.”

The new kiosk will be located near the Dining Pavilion between Five Guys and La Madeleine Country French Café.

“We are thrilled that this unique concept has chosen The Florida Mall as their first location in the U.S.,” said Brian Hanson, general manager. “We continually look for opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences with a diverse mix of restaurants and retailers, and we are proud to offer another delicious dining option.”

For more information about the concept, please visit www.fatonedogs.com. You can also follow FAT ONE’s on Facebook: @fatonedogs, Twitter: @fatonedogs, or Instagram: @fatonedogs.

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Design Concepts For Terminal C At MCO

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Enhancing customer service in the present and the future was the hot topic of discussion at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority June board meeting.

In addition to establishing what defines a world-class airport, the Board got its first look at initial design concepts for Phase 1 Terminal C of the South Terminal Complex project.

Frank Kruppenbacher, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman said

“In order for Orlando International Airport to continue to offer world-class customer service, we need to expand our world-class facilities while also adding excitement to the travel experience, A World-Class Airport provides a seamless arrival and departure experience that exceeds the needs of the traveler. This experience instills a memorable imprint of the culture and environment of the region.”

A focus on the future was a presentation by renowned airport architect Curtis Fentress. His summary of preliminary designs for the South Terminal Complex featured descriptions and the first visuals of proposed project advancements for the $1.8 billion first phase.

They include:

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  • The Boulevard — A corridor that runs the length of the terminal and connects the major civic areas of the ground transportation facility, the ticket hall and the concessions hub.
  • State-of-the-art Baggage Handling System — Radio Frequency Identification technology will offer 100% baggage tracking. Faster than conventional baggage conveyors. Modularity will allow for future expansion. Lower life-cycle cost.
  • Unique customer arrival experience — Arrivals and bag claim will be located on the third level, departures, ticketing and security will be located on the second level and ground transportation on the first level.
  • Dynamic concessions — More concessions will be located beyond security. Club/Lounge opportunities will be available along with a “concessions in the park” area.
  • Imaginative multi-media experience — Interactive video displays will be featured in the ticket hall, concessions hub and ground transportation facility.

“The challenge is to create a new gateway for Orlando, one that is unique and says Orlando and enhances The Orlando Experience. “We’re making this intuitive so the passenger is drawn from one element to the next in order to create a very exciting and memorable arrival into the city of Orlando.”

The 16-gate first phase will feature a flexible gate configuration that will be able to accommodate

  • Narrow body
  • Jumbo
  • Super Jumbo Aircraft.

While still currently only in the design phase of development, the South Terminal project will continue to move forward in response to Orlando International Airport’s record-breaking traffic that surpassed 40 million annual passengers in May

“At this point, we will surpass the trigger set earlier by the board of 38.5 million passengers for six consecutive months and with all things being equal, we expect to begin construction of the South Terminal in the first quarter of 2017,” said Executive Director Phil Brown.

Let us know your thoughts on the exciting new enhancements that could come to MCO by following us on Twitter @orlandotourist1 and Facebook.com/orlandotourist

 

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Fire Up Your Summer At Busch Gardens And Adventure Island

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Starting tomorrow Busch Gardens and Adventure Island kick summer fun up a notch

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and Adventure Island have newly extended hours, all-new thrill rides in the dark and incredible live entertainment for the perfect summer fun.

Summer Nights

The thrills come out at night at Busch Gardens from June 24 to August 7 during Summer Nights. Guests can challenge world-class thrill rides in the dark, enjoy rock-fueled music and acrobatics and end the night with a stunning fireworks show.

Plus

Busch Gardens is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, giving guests even more time to experience Summer Nights.

The park will close at 9 p.m Sundays through Thursdays.

NEW!

Cobra’s Curse the newest spin roller coaster, will bring riders face-to-fang with an 80-foot snake king icon before trekking on a free-spin frenzy throughout Egypt. And experiencing this all-new ride in the dark will bring a whole new adventure!

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Island Nights

When the sun goes down, Adventure Island heats up. Tropical festivities that will make your summer unforgettable. Guests can enjoy island-inspired performers, a live DJ and games on the beach, starting at 5 p.m each event night.

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Experience a feeling of weightlessness on the Colossal Curl Adventure Island’s family thrill slide.

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Island Nights extends its hours until 10 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays.

The park will close at 9 p.m on Thursday nights.

 

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Jobs Are Now Available

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The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Toothsome are now hiring a variety of Full-Time and Part-Time positions for its opening team.

The full-service restaurant will open later this year and will serve up a variety of delectable creations from decadent milkshakes to eclectic savory dishes in an immersive, 19th century-inspired steampunk venue.

See and Apply for the latest jobs right here :

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Volcano Bay Erupting June 2017

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A tropical oasis unfolds before you, instantly transporting you to a little known Pacific isle.

A colossal volcano rises above a sparkling beach, boasting majestic waterfalls by day and blazing lava by night. Will you go the distance to watch the park transform into a lush night time experience.

Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically innovative water park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, in what Universal Orlando are calling their third theme park it will be an entirely new kind of water park experience.

At Volcano Bay, guests will discover a place like no other, filled with incredible thrills and relaxing indulgences. This one-of-a-kind park will combine exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. They won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before diving into the unique attractions found throughout the park. They can enjoy a variety of experiences, ranging from winding rivers and private, two-story cabanas to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch guests above the water.

What you need to know about Volcano Bay:

Innovative Water Theme Park Experience:
Volcano Bay will redefine the queue experience so guests can focus entirely on having fun and spending time together. Guests won’t even have to carry their own rafts up the slide.

18 Unique Attractions in Four Imaginatively-Themed Areas:
Volcano Bay will offer 18 unique attractions ranging from daring to serene. They’ll be divided across four primary park areas where there’s something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and a state-of-the-art marquee attraction that will be revealed at a later date.

Award-Winning Team of Creators:
A place like this could only be brought to life by Universal Creative –the same team behind ground-breaking theme park experiences like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The team researched water parks and tropical resorts around the world to help redefine the water park experience and shape their vision for Volcano Bay.

Easy-to-Access, Resort-Like Amenities Throughout the Park:
Each area of the park will offer its own easy-to-access, resort like amenities, such as concierge locations and lockers, so guests won’t have to stroll out of their way to get what they need. There will also be highly-themed restaurants and bars located throughout the park offering signature food and beverage options and impressive volcano views.

Convenient Location On-Site at Universal Orlando:
Volcano Bay will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, adjacent to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The water theme park is just a short walk or ride away from Universal Orlando’s two additional theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, on-site hotels and Universal CityWalk.

International Tickets On Sale Soon:
Universal Orlando will soon introduce a brand-new, 3-Park Explorer ticket for guests where they can plan to experience the highly-anticipated Volcano Bay for travel dates beginning June 1, 2017. Tickets will soon be available through international web sites and travel professionals and additional ticket options will be announced later.

This is just the beginning more exciting details about Volcano Bay will be released over time. Stay tuned to OrlandoTouristBlog.com

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Four Primary Areas:

Guests will have the opportunity to explore four imaginatively-themed areas at Volcano Bay,
filled with experiences ranging from daring to serene.

Krakatau:

The 200-foot volcano that lies at the heart of the park, inviting guests to venture through its hidden caverns and waterfalls.

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Three distinctive body slides found at the rear of the volcano, which start off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath guests:

  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop that will plummet 125-feet through the center of Krakatau. It will be the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.
  • Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides where guests will fall freely along 124 twisting feet.
  • Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta shaped mats.

Wave Village:

Located at the base of Krakatau, Wave Village will be home to:

  • Waturi Beach: A sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where guests can swim, relax on the sand or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas.
  • The Reef: An adjacent leisure pool will provide guests with calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

River Village:

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River Village will feature unique attractions for the entire family, including:

  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: A gentle, winding river that will pass through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: A whimsical toddler play area with spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.
  • Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.
  • Honu: An adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across two giant, sloped walls
  • Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.

Rainforest Village:

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Exhilarating thrills await guests in Rainforest Village, including:

  • Maku: North America’s first “saucer ride” – sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.
  • Puihi: A breath-taking multi-passenger raft ride that will plunge guests into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop.
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch guests four- and six-feet above the water at the end.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: An action-packed, racing torrent river where guests hang tight in their inner tubes amidst roaring, whitewater rapids.
  • Taniwha Tubes: Four unique Easter Island-inspired slides with rafts for single or double riders.

Puka Uli Lagoon: A tranquil pool where guests can swim and relax.

For now let’w watch Volcano Bay take shape

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Blood Urgently Required After Pulse Nightclub Shooting

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After the horrendous shooting at Pulse Nightclub, The OneBlood blood bank in orlando are seeking donors urgently.

Reports show 50 have passed away and 53 are injured, the blood bank requires

  • O Negative
  • O Positive
  • AB Plasma

but any type will be welcomed.

Donors should be 16+, weigh at least 110 pounds and be generally healthy.

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To find the nearest donation centre or Big Red Bus visit www.oneblood.org or call 1-888-936-6283

 

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First Look At Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Universal Orlando’ Resorts fifth onsite hotel Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will welcome its first guests on July 14th and will immerse guests in a highly themed resort environment.

Today Universal Creative provides you with an inside look at the inspiration and story behind this tropical escape, revealing new images of Universal Orlando’s largest resort pool, various flavors of the hotel’s signature drinking and dining experiences and a guest room filled with island charm. For all of this and more.

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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features :

  • 1,000 guest rooms including 83 suites,
  • The largest resort pool at Universal Orlando with a waterslide
  • Two sand beaches
  • Fire pit and a children’s play area
  • Several unique dining experiences
  • Immersive rum bar with more than 75 different rums from across the Caribbean

and so much more.

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Busch Gardens Announce Cobra’s Curse Opening Date

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Busch Gardens announced today that the highly anticipated opening of the park’s newest attraction, Cobra’s Curse will be officially open Friday June 17th.

Cobra’s Curse Facts:
· One-of-a-kind spin coaster features a menacing 30,000-pound snake king icon and a 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 3 foot-wide eyes and 4-foot-long fangs.
· During the three-and-a-half-minute ride, the coaster trains speed along at 40 mph down 2,100 feet of serpentine-like track, travelling backward, forward and then spinning freely.
· Guests will experience a new spin with each ride. Each train spins randomly, with frequency and direction determined by the rider weight distribution.
· The ride’s air-conditioned queue naturally fuels guests’ adrenaline with an immersive themed experience and a state-of-the-art snake exhibit featuring four exotic snake species including some of the world’s most feared and often misunderstood vipers.
· Riders must be 48 inches to ride, or 42 inches with a parent or guardian.

 

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Jack’s Away Which Means Chance Is Coming Out To PLAY!!!

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Fans will know her as the twisted right-hand woman of Halloween Horror Nights legend Jack the Clown. Victims know her as the last, cackling face they see before a tortuous demise, we kick off HHN 26 where we left off The aftermath of the carnage is still fresh and Chance finds herself incarcerated for the crimes of last year with the Jack in the Box on an evidence shelf waiting for someone to turn the handle once more,

Now the world will know her as the merciless force behind Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26.

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This year Chance will step into the spotlight as the star of the nation’s best Halloween event at Universal Studios Florida. Which will become her stage –where she will take guests on a journey inside her twisted mind as she struggles with what is performance vs what is real. Guests will find themselves in a surreal world of horror filled with

  • Nine all-new haunted houses
  • Elaborately sinister scare zones
  • Outrageous live shows

They will even come face-to-face with Chance in her very own demented haunted house and scare zone.

DO NOT forget who her mentor was!!!!

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Mako Debuts To Guests

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A powerful new predator opens June 10 at SeaWorld Orlando, challenging even the most confident coaster riders to experience its remarkable speed and stature.

When it opens to the public, MAKO a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster will become the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster among Orlando’s popular theme parks. The coaster anchors a two-acre realm Shark Wreck Reef that also includes SeaWorld’s existing Shark Encounter attraction, interactive learning exhibits and dining and shopping options.

The fifth coaster in SeaWorld Orlando’s portfolio Mako accelerates to 73 mph as it whips passengers along an imposing, nearly mile-long track. Its design was inspired by its namesake The Mako shark also called “blue pointers” are known for their speed and ability to quickly change course as they pursue prey.

Mako is also one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.” As the sleek coaster cars crest each hill, riders secured only at their laps,  float out of their seats, nearly weightless.

The moment you walk into the new realm, guests can hear the roar and feel the rumble of the massive coaster that passes within feet of pedestrian paths and juts out over open water. Rich design elements, colors and textures, and hand-crafted materials make guests feel as if they’re part of a living ecosystem at the bottom of the sea.

At the ride’s entrance, colonies of tangerine and yellow corals support the wreckage of a sunken ship whose wood has distressed after decades beneath the water’s surface. As guests make their way to the queue line, they pass beneath a hulking, two-story fishing pier, then wind their way up rusted stairways through the ramparts of another shipwreck — this one larger, darker and much more intimidating.

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Throughout the queue, riders cannot view the deep purple and teal coaster track in its entirety, instead getting only glimpses of what’s waiting for them at the top of the wreck. Even as they’re secured into the coaster car and about to embark, the first two vertical drops unquestionably the ride’s most heart stopping elements remain obscured until the car reaches the 200-foot mark.

Heightening the sensory experience, a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system plays an original soundtrack throughout the realm, evoking the fascination and wonder of the sea. The musical score can be heard by riders as they come out of the station and climb all the way up the lift hill.

Shark Education and Conservation

Through several interactive learning stations, guests discover how different species are classified and what sharks like to eat. The fun, engaging exhibits dispel myths about sharks, including how few people are killed each year in shark attacks compared to how many humans die of bee stings and parasite carrying snails.

The stations also explain how human behaviors are threatening some sharks to the point of extinction. Sharks are hunted for their fins considered a delicacy in certain countries and thousands are accidentally caught by long fishing lines and in commercial nets.

With the addition of Mako, SeaWorld now has five coaster experiences spanning a range of ages and appetites. Mako joins:

Kraken — themed after a massive, mythological underwater beast unleashed from the depths of the sea.
Manta — the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world; guests ride head-first, face-down through inversions and loops.
Journey to Atlantis — an edge-of-your-seat water coaster that plunges guests into the middle of a clash for the lost city of Atlantis.
Shamu Express — a junior-sized coaster perfect for families with younger children.

Summer of Mako

To celebrate the new realm, SeaWorld today also launched Summer of Mako, a park-wide event that takes advantage of the longer summer nights and amps up the park’s fun factor.

Throughout the day, guests will have more opportunities to meet SeaWorld’s animals, attend scheduled feedings and talk with animal ambassadors, educators and experts. Guests can also participate in a park-wide, text message-based scavenger hunt called Mako Challenge; for every completed challenge, SeaWorld will donate $1 to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund on their behalf.
The park is also offering several limited-time, Mako-inspired and SeaWorld-exclusive products including a honey vanilla mako shark cookie; a SeaWorld exclusive Coca-Cola Freestyle mix, Mako Blast; a specialty alcoholic beverage only available at Shark’s Underwater Grill; and Mako American Red Ale, a SeaWorld exclusive brew available in several locations around SeaWorld.
Also opening June 10 is the all-new Shark Touch Pool where guests who have ever dreamed of touching a shark will have the opportunity to do so this summer at SeaWorld Orlando. The Relaxation Station located near Wild Artic will be home to a brand-new educational experience where guests will have the chance to learn about and interact with brownbanded bamboo sharks, whitespotted bamboo sharks and epaulette sharks.

As the sun sets each evening, the park kicks it into even high gear, allowing guests to experience coasters and other rides at night. Fan favorite Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night returns June 18 with high energy, feel-good music, stylistic lighting, colorful backdrops and a fireworks finale. A special Block Party with dance music and street entertainment takes place along SeaWorld’s Waterfront.

Good Friends Pixels At The Parks had this to say about riding mako at Night

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*The park is offering a $99 ticket that includes admission to both SeaWorld and Aquatica Water Park, which kicks off its own summer celebration, Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola®, on July 8. Florida residents can purchase an annual pass to both parks and pay just $16/month*

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Tickets Now Available For Howl -O-Scream

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Howl-O-Scream returns with an Evil Encore that everyone is dying to see for 21 select terrifying nights from September 23rd through October 30th 2016.

Tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, Busch Gardens makes escaping nearly impossible.

  • Roaming hoards
  • Horrific haunted houses
  • Chilling live shows

Challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including the all-new Cobra’s Curse which will have guests spinning and screaming all night.

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Returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday Sept 23rd and Saturday Sept. 24th. The event then runs Thursday through Sunday nights, Sept 29th thru Oct 30th. Event hours are 7:30 p.m to 1:00 a.m.

Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2016. For a limited time with the Summer Deal, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2016 is $45 and includes early access to the park starting at 5 p.m Plus Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-day admission for only $35 and new this year for $50, Pass Members can get two visits to Howl-O-Scream 2016.

*Restrictions apply

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The Walking Dead Returns For HHN 26

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Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back “The Walking Dead to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons –all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

Guests will walk/run –in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. You will step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as

  • The hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead
  • The unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3
  • The seemingly-safe refuge Terminus from Season 4

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6 where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains and The Wolves after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

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The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers.

The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

 

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Summer Of Mako Starts June 10th

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This summer, thrill seekers and families alike can enjoy spectacular summer events at both SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica with all-new and returning summer festivities.

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June 10th thru August 7th SeaWorld will feature Summer of Mako, a new event that encourages families to explore, be inspired and take action to protect our one ocean. Whether you want to

  • Meet animal experts
  • Dive deeper into an ocean of interactive games
  • Experience Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster Mako

Summer of Mako will have something for everyone.

· Mako 

Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando. 200 feet high, 73 mph and a track that’s nearly a mile long. Mako is a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling you get at the top of each hill. Mako’s two-acre surrounding realm will be fully themed to sharks, inspiring guests to learn about and care for this mysterious species which needs our help to survive.

· Shark Touch Pool 

Guests who have ever dreamed of touching a shark will have the opportunity to do so this summer at SeaWorld Orlando. The Relaxation Station located near Wild Artic will be home to a brand-new educational experience where guests will have the chance to learn about and interact with

  • Brownbanded bamboo sharks
  • Whitespotted bamboo sharks
  • Epaulette sharks

· Interactive Games

Join the frenzy as you race around SeaWorld Orlando to find some of the tallest, fastest and longest creatures that call our oceans home.

*Guests up for the Mako Challenge can make a difference by participating in a park wide text message-based scavenger hunt. Those who complete the Mako Challenge will have $1 donated to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund on their behalf, benefiting a variety of conservation projects all over the world*

· Animal Experiences 

Throughout the park, even more animal ambassadors, educators and animal experts are stationed to share information and stories about the animals in our care and provide up-close meet and greets, scheduled feedings and fun surprises.

· Mako Treats and Exclusive Summer Offers

Summer of Mako will offer several limited time in-park specials and culinary offerings including

  • A honey vanilla mako shark cookie
  • A SeaWorld exclusive Coca-Cola Freestyle mix
  • Mako Blast – a specialty alcoholic beverage only available at Shark’s Underwater Grill
  • Mako American Red Ale, a SeaWorld exclusive brew

· Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night

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Beginning June 18, experience this returning fan-favorite, a high-energy show featuring original music, amazing production elements and SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. Shamu Stadium will transform with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere ending with a fireworks finale spectacle.

· Block Party

When the sun goes down, the fun starts up with a nightly Block Party along SeaWorld’s Waterfront. Celebrate summer and dance the night away with high energy music and street entertainment that is sure to provide non-stop fun for all ages.

· Evening Coaster Thrills

SeaWorld’s coasters are a whole different experience when the sun goes down.

SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Weekend Celebration

· Weekend Concerts

On July 2nd and 3rd guests can enjoy performances from Country music icon Lee Greenwood at Bayside Stadium. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m and are included with park admission.

*Reserved seating available for $15, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more details*

· Fireworks Display

This Fourth of July, enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando. The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air during this spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium.

*show begins at 10 p.m*

· Military Appreciation Morning

On July 1st SeaWorld Orlando will be opening the park gates one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. Brave Mako during exclusive ride time before park opening. Advance ticket and military ID required.

*Visit WavesOfHonor.com for current active duty and veteran ticket offers*

Aquatica

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Beginning July 8th Aquatica heats things up with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola, an evening celebration of summer, taking place every night through August 6th.

Guests can enjoy

  • A special Island Nights soundtrack
  • Extended park hours
  • A daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m
  • Evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill
  • Evening kick-off parties with a DJ and dancers on Friday and Saturday nights

*Event included with park admission to Aquatica*

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Neymar Is Coming To Orlando This Summer

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On the heels of scoring the second goal for FC Barcelona and capturing the team’s 28th Copa del Rey victory title, Neymar Jr. Has come face to face with his new Madame Tussauds wax figure. The world-famous Brazilian footballer met his wax figure this week at a private unveiling at FC Barcelona’s training ground  The new figure will travel to its permanent home, in Madame Tussauds Orlando in Orlando this summer.

Neymar jr was very involved with the creation of his figure and met with Madame Tussauds artists to have measurements taken in Barcelona. He chose the figure’s pose to reflect his goal celebration from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which he called “the most important moment of my career.” He scored four goals for Brazil until he was sidelined by an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the tournament.

The figure is outfitted in a Brazilian national team kit donated by the soccer star himself.

“I’m looking at my twin brother! “It’s one thing to experience a goal and the excitement that comes with it, but it’s something else entirely to see a part of my career history reflected in wax.”

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“It is truly an honor to have such an important moment of my life captured in wax by the amazing team at Madame Tussauds, “I cannot wait for my fans all over the world to meet my wax twin in Orlando!”

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New Details For Kong Revealed

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Kong will stand at three-story’s tall, you’ll be so close to the beast that is Kong you can feel his Banana breath (not confirmed) sweep across your skin and his thunderous roar reverberate through every bone in your body.

Ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong and find out if Kong is your friend or if your fate has been sealed within the walls of Skull Island.

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Mako Will Be The Centrepiece Of Shark Wreck Reef

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As we all anxiously await June 10th, Seaworld Orlando invited selected media outlets for a Hard Hat Tour of Shark Wreck Reef.

Mako Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster will surface on June 10 and will be the centerpiece of Shark Wreck Reef, a newly designed realm that blends education and thrills while immersing guests in an underwater world of sharks.

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The two-acre realm will be fully shark themed and will include

  • Mako
  • Shark Encounter
  • Sharks Underwater Grill
  • shops
  • shark and shipwreck theming
  • educational experiences featuring sharks

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Designed to make guests feel they’re underwater and part of the group of sharks that have taken over a shipwrecked reef, guests will learn about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment. Sharks are hunted for their fins,considered a delicacy in certain countries and in addition tens of thousands are caught accidentally in nets.

As guests venture further into the realm and into the queue line they’ll discover a unique sound system that will enhance their experience. An original Mako score can be heard and follows guests as they enter the loading bay and emerge from the station aboard Mako and up the lift hill.

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specialty lights will accent the

  • coaster trains
  • realm
  • track

flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt.

Guests will climb up to 200 feet high on Mako offering tremendous views of the area around Seaworld before reaching speeds up to 73 mph.

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The Hulk Is To Roar Back Into Life Late Summer 2016

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The news we have all been waiting for has finally landed today, on what The Hulks new ride vehicles will look like and how it has all changed for the facade of the ride.

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As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his monumental strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. The track pieces were salvaged from the original ride you learn something new everyday.

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General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers (you) for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication. A potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner. The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy.

The story begins the moment you enter the building, which has been redesigned as a state-of-the-art military research compound. Inside, You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment Ross’s team uses to execute his mysterious tests. You will arrive at the Gamma core an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel Ross’s experiment. As you move along you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.

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Once on board you will discover a brand new in-seat audio system that booms an original ride theme created by Patrick Stump, front man for the rock band Fall Out Boy. You will rocket through a new launch tunnel, packed with special effects but will you survive till the end and step out as our ever lovable green giant.

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It’s the coaster we know and love but with some awesome new enhancements to bring you more into the action.

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster is roaring back to life in late summer with thrilling enhancements that will make one of the world’s best roller coasters even better.
  • A totally new ride vehicle that features a sleek, modern design and powerful audio system that blares an exclusive, original ride score by Patrick Stump, front man for internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy
  • A new, original storyline and completely redesigned queue experience that places guests inside a perilous scientific experiment led by the nefarious villain, General Thaddeus Ross
  • An immense new attraction entrance featuring The Hulk himself
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Awesomer Annual Pass Offer From Legoland Florida (buy one get one free)

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Buy one Awesomer Annual Pass online at the regular price of $149 plus tax and receive another one totally free.

You can receive a maximum of two free Awesomer Annual Passes per transaction.

Head to https://goo.gl/FPlOky beginning May 5

Enter code 6043 to take advantage of this limited-time offer. The link will not work prior to May 5, 2016!

The Awesomer Annual pass includes 12 months of admission to

  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort,
  • LEGOLAND Water Park,
  • The Orlando Eye,
  • Madame Tussauds,
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium,
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta,
  • free parking and more!

Please note that every Awesomer Annual Pass purchased as part of the Cinco de Mayo sale must be activated on site at LEGOLAND Florida Resort no later than Friday, June 10.

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Buy A Day And Enjoy Wet n Wild Until The End Of December 2016

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Wet n Wild Orlando is offering a special deal exclusively for Florida residents where they can buy one day admission and get access to the water park for the rest of 2016 FREE.
Florida Resident Offer:

  • Buy a Day and Get the Rest of 2016 FREE
  • Cost: $39.99 per person, plus tax less than a regular one-day ticket.
  • Offer available for purchase now through May 31
  • Pass valid for admission to Wet n Wild through December 31, 2016

This special offer gives guests the opportunity to enjoy all of the thrills and over-the-top excitement of the water park until December 31st when the park closes it’d doors for the final time.

Visit www.wetnwildorlando.com.

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Renovation Is Complete On Loews Royal Pacific

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Inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, designers have completed the renovation of guest rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. The new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands. With its on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the hotel offers guests a modern sense of adventure, filled with the magic and excitement of two world-class theme parks –Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

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  • The guest rooms reflect the magic that exotic destinations in the South Pacific cast over traveler’s hearts at the turn of the 20th century, as well as today.
  • The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers.
  • Grey and charcoal accents tie back to the lava and harder elements of the islands.
  • Custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, all elements found in vintage luggage, steamer trunks and majestic steamships.

A focal point in the new rooms is the accent wall, where a custom graphic creates an art moment showcasing the flora, fauna and native motifs of the South Seas.

Guests staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission. The 1,000-room hotel is located a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride away from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. Guests also enjoy exceptional cuisine in a variety of restaurants and lounges, complimentary Wi-Fi, a weekly luau dinner and show and a lagoon-style swimming pool with private cabanas.

For more information or to book a stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, visit https://www.loewshotels.com/royal-pacific-resort.

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Awesome Summer Job Opportunities At Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Orlando Resort is stepping up its search for new team members for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available across the entire destination this summer. Positions are available in areas such as

  • Culinary
  • Food Services
  • Security
  • Custodial
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Warehouse

and more. As part of these hiring efforts more than 2,500 new team members will join the Universal Orlando team.

Base hourly pay for Universal team members will increase to $10 on June 1. The increase is part of Universal Orlando’s ongoing effort to provide the best possible work environment for its team members. Base rates will continue to be reviewed moving forward awesome news for those that are currently employed by the park.

Universal Orlando provides an exciting work environment for Team Members with great perks like free park admission, discounts, complimentary guest passes and more.

Applications are being accepted now.

Interested candidates can apply online at www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com/NewPayRates to be considered. Interviews will be scheduled by invitation for qualified candidates.

To learn more about job opportunities at Universal Orlando Resort and to complete an online application, visit www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com.

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The Orlando Eye 1 Year Celebrations

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The Orlando Eye will celebrate its first anniversary with special events throughout the week of May 2.

The 400-foot observation wheel opened on May 4, 2015 with grand opening events

  • A pyro show
  • world renowned aerialist Nik Wallenda walking on the structure of the Orlando Eye as it moved.

This year the Orlando Eye invites guests to come out and celebrate this milestone event, themed in the style of a first birthday party.

The Orlando Eye will offer special gifts in honor of the anniversary to guests randomly throughout the week of May 2-8, including complimentary tickets, Orlando Eye merchandise, VIP packages and gift cards to I-Drive 360 retailers and restaurants, all handed out by the Eye Spy Prize Patrol.

On Wednesday May 4th guests can enjoy a party celebration all day featuring:

  • A live DJ inside the Orlando Eye terminal
  • Special birthday décor inside Orlando Eye’s capsules
  • Balloon artists, face painters, entertainers and magicians throughout the area
  • Sweet treats provided by Sugar Factory
  • Cupcakes by Publix
  • A free digital photo download
  • Commemorative tickets
  • The Orlando Eye will be lit up in rainbow lighting
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Guy Harvey Partners Up With Seaworld To Focus On Plight Of sharks In the Wild

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEA) and world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey announced a new partnership focused on ocean health and the plight of sharks in the wild.

The two organizations will partner to raise awareness of these important issues, and collaborate on science and research to increase understanding of how to better protect these critical predators and their habitats.

Research indicates upwards of 100 million sharks are killed every year in the global shark fishery. The Guy Harvey Research Institute estimates 73 million per year for the fin trade alone. Members of SeaWorld’s animal care team recently joined a Guy Harvey Research Institute shark tagging expedition off the coast of Mexico, tagging six Mako sharks over the course of four days. Those tagged sharks will be followed by students and researchers at Guy Harvey’s Institute at Nova Southeastern University, and can be viewed by the public online at:

www.GHRItracking.org 

“The partnership with SeaWorld will ensure our ocean conservation messages and our efforts to protect Mako sharks reach a broader audience here in the United States and worldwide,” said renowned scientist, marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey. “We are thrilled to gain the support of the SeaWorld team as we continue to bring educational initiatives and conservation efforts to life.”

In addition to the science and research efforts, Guy Harvey and SeaWorld will also work together to increase public awareness about ocean health and the need for shark conservation.

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SeaWorld’s new roller coaster will be a major platform for this effort. In the queue lines for the new coaster, guests will be educated and entertained through digital platforms that provide access to the real science of sharks in the wild and ways they can help protect them with Guy Harvey himself as the host. Elsewhere in the realm guests will have access to real-time shark tracking and videos from Guy Harvey’s vast library of compelling and visually stunning shark expeditions. Interactive materials will also share information about shark conservation and ways to get involved.

Guy Harvey will also commission an array of exclusive paintings and apparel, which will be available only at SeaWorld. SeaWorld will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of such items directly to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The world-renowned artist will be making park appearances, including the painting of a signature Mako mural for the attraction launch as seen below.

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The Exorcist Is Coming To HHN For The First Time……. Ever

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For the first time ever

The Exorcist, will take possession of Halloween Horror Nights in new horrifying mazes opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning this September.

The twisted minds behind the nation’s best and most intense Halloween events will bring to life one of the scariest and most nightmare inducing horror films in history.

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Guests will see, hear, feel and even smell every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. They’ll be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

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The Exorcist maze will resonate as a real life interpretation of the demonic film, daring “Halloween Horror Nights’” guests to live the nightmare experienced by a tortured Regan and her determined mother. The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil.

One of the scariest movies of all-time. The Exorcist earned its place in history as the first horror film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Directed by William Friedkin, the film also established itself as leading influence in pop culture horror, affecting a multitude of subsequent films since its terrifying debut in 1973.

Will you dare to enter.

 

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Legoland Florida Is Expanding It’s Solar Energy Collection

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Legoland Florida Resort and Tampa Electric are partnering on a 2-megawatt solar energy project that will produce electricity and shade for visitors at the popular vacation destination, a project announced as part of an Earth Day commemoration at the resort.

Beginning this spring Tampa Electric will install a canopy of solar panels over the resort’s preferred parking lot, adjacent to the theme park entrance. When operational later this year, the solar photovoltaic installation is estimated to produce enough electricity to power up to 250 homes annually, while shading more than 600 vehicles. Tampa Electric will own and maintain the solar array, with all power entering TECO’s electrical grid for the benefit of its more than 725,000 customers, including Legoland Florida Resort.

The solar energy project is one of several ongoing environmental initiatives at the site, which includes the iconic theme park, a 5-acre water park and 152-room themed hotel, the resort has established a “Green Wave” committee to coordinate the efforts of multiple departments, Recent efforts include:

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Nearly 1 ton of Lego bricks has been collected on site for recycling, after melting or grinding the toys down to their core material, the plastic is then redistributed to manufacture new products.
In the theme park, the 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power, letting kids take the wheel for a quiet, energy-efficient circuit around a mock road.

A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop the park’s Imagination Zone venue. Resort guests driving electric or hybrid vehicles can now take advantage of a two-car charging station recently installed in front of Legoland Hotel.

All Model Citizens employed at Legoland Florida Resort can enjoy unlimited, seven day a week rides on the transit agency’s bus routes throughout Polk County, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
During its first several months of operation in 2015, Legoland Hotel distributed 384 bars of soap to Clean the World. The Florida nonprofit delivers recycled hygiene products donated by the hospitality industry to domestic homeless shelters and developing countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.

Last year the resort’s environmental efforts saved…

48,406.80 kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated 5,700 gallons of oil by recycling cardboard. That’s enough oil to fill the giant Joker Soaker bucket in Legoland Water Park more than 19 times!
102,500 kwh of energy, 425 trees and 175,000 gallons of water by recycling paper. That’s more than half the water in Build-a-Raft River at LEGOLAND Water Park! How’s that for refreshing? 7,363.74 kwh of energy by recycling steel. More than 1,000 cubic yards of landfill space by recycling cardboard, paper and steel.
Legoland Florida Resort conserved enough energy though paper, cardboard and steel recycling efforts in 2015 to power its newest theme park land, Heartlake City, for a year!

As it has in years past, Legoland Florida Resort has purchased enough renewable energy credits to power the entire 150-acre theme park on TECO’s solar grid for the full operating schedule on Earth Day.

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Jimmy Fallon Posts New Photo During Filming For His Ride

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Jimmy Fallon has posted a photo to twitter late yesterday evening, which shows jimmy surrounded by film equipment, with the tweet stating he is filming for his upcoming ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Of course this is not the first tweet we have seen from Mr Fallon regarding filming for the ride, back in November 2015 3 photos were posted together of Jimmy covered in black dots and in a black outfit. We were able to find out Mr Fallon was with ILM Visual Effects, which is a company founded by George Lucas back in 1975 to create special effects for Star Wars.

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Jimmy Fallon’s new ride is due to open in Spring 2017, the way these months are flying by it won’t be long before were all racing through the streets of New York trying to catch Jimmy Fallon.

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Mako Hits 73mph On Its Debut Run

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As we all wait anxiously for June 10th to arrive, Mako made its debut run along its 4,760-foot steal track at SeaWorld Orlando.

Mako plunged 200-feet down from its initial lift hill, surged through nine air-time hills and reached topped speeds of 73 mph. Can you imagine how much of a smile this is going to put on your face (just let that sink in……….73mph).

Sit back, Relax and Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to head over to our Youtube channel and hit SUBSCRIBE

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by real live Mako sharks which are known for

  • Their top speed
  • Making extreme jumps
  • The ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey

Riders will become submerged into the world of the mako shark and feel the power of the predator as they experience the thrill of the hunt.

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Mako Facts:

  • Opening June 10, 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.
  • Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”
  • Orlando’s only hypercoaster lures guests to brave tight turns, stomach steep drops and endure shark-attack speeds.
  • Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.
  • Mako will be the centerpiece of the new two-acre shark-themed realm which also includes Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, gift shops and shark and shipwreck themed educational experiences.
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Terror In The Farmhouse As First Maze Announced For HHN 26

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Comes to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

The roar of a chain saw inside a darkened, deteriorating farmhouse is deafening. You are being hunted.

Moving past the rotting remains of other HHN ticket holders, you find your escape blocked by an immovable force. A force that has only one purpose –complete and utter destruction.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” –one of the greatest horror films ever made –will come to life as a new maze at Halloween Horror Nights 26.

You will walk through the iconic Texas farmhouse and experience Leatherface’s kills from the 1974 slasher film. You will desperately try to escape as the violent roar of his chain saw surrounds you. You will hear the cries –and see what remains –of Leatherface’s victims. You will come face-to-face with Leatherface himself.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is the first in a horrifying list of mazes to be revealed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26.

More details are still to come

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16th to October 31st.

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Rock The Universe Returns To Universal Orlando For 2016

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Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival will return on September 9th & 10th with live performances by some of today’s most compelling artists in Christian music.

Rock the Universe offers fans an opportunity to see their favourite faith based artists in the heart of Universal Studios Florida.

This year’s line-up features

  • Billboard Music Award-winning and Grammy nominated rock band Skillet
  • Two-time Grammy award winner and Billboard Top 200 regular Lecrae
  • Christian hip-hop legend TobyMac who has sold more than ten million albums and has won seven GRAMMY awards since the start of his music career.

ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2016 LINE-UP

Friday September 9th

  • Skillet
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Rend Collective
  • KB
  • Matt Maher
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Finding Favour
  • DJ Promote

Saturday September 10th

  • Lecrae
  • Toby Mac
  • Family Force 5
  • Andy Mineo
  • Colton Dixon
  • NF
  • I Am They
  • DJ Promote

Guests will be greeted with rock, hip-hop, and gospel sounds in an unforgettable atmosphere that only Rock the Universe can provide.

The festival also features the Fan Zone with more live music, electronic dance music with DJ Promote, autograph sessions with performing acts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle lighting ceremony and access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions.
For more details about Rock the Universe 2016, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com

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New Snapchat filter for Mangos Orlando

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Mangos Tropical Cafe on International Drive now have a Snapchat filter, you can snap a selfie inside Mangos and then add the filter over the top of your picture (as seen below).

The new filter is a permanent fixture for Mangos, after having this confirmed yesterday that a new filter will be running for a month and then will change and also occasional ones for Special Events.

You can add them on Snapchat by using the photo above or @mangosorlando and also you can find them in Twitter under the same handle.

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Make Mangos a place you visit next time your on International Drive for Live entertainment and you never know who you may bump into.

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Latin Beats And Sizzling Flavours At SeaWorld Orlando

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Viva la Música is sizzling back into action at SeaWorld Orlando with new flavors and some of the hottest Hispanic artists in the industry.

On Saturday April 16th salsa and Latin music sensation, Jerry Rivera will take the stage. Rivera has sold more than 11 million records and has topped the Billboard chart with gold and platinum songs. On Saturday April 23rd Latin Grammy winner, Víctor Manuelle will dazzle guests as he performs hit songs like “No Quería Engañarte” from his multiplatinum albums.

Foodies and music lovers can enjoy this family-friendly annual festival with new authentic cuisine prepared by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef Hector Colon; live concerts by these internationally acclaimed Hispanic artists and bands; and unique merchandise from local artisans that reflect the true spirit of Latin culture.

FLAVORS TO TASTE

Chef’s signature creations New this year at Mango Joe’s is the Hamburguesa Cubana, a hamburger made with a chorizo, ground beef and pork patty.Guests who visit Seafire Grill, Cypress Bakery and Mango Joe’s will find an array of Latin infused limited-time dishes.
New savoury and authentic dishes this year include:

  • Piononos – Sweet plantain stuffed with traditional seasoned ground beef
  • Morcilla – Traditional Latin American blood sausage
  • Sorullitos – Caribbean-style fried polenta sticks
  • Frituras de camarones – Skewered shrimp fritters with fried plantains
  • Lechón asado – Traditional roaster pork rubbed with Caribbean spices

Some of the guests returning favorites include

  • piraguas (shaved ice with tropical flavors)
  • bacalaítos (fried salted codfish pancakes)
  • pinchos (skewered grilled meat with fried plantains) and tripletas

Guests can also take advantage of the Food Sampler Package For $25 if you’re looking to try an assortment of new flavors can choose from five samples of select dishes and also receive 15 percent off all food and drink purchases on the event pathway.

Pastries, desserts, beers, margaritas, mojitos, cuba libres, wine and a special house-made sparkling red sangria are also available throughout the event pathway.

SOUNDS TO HEAR

Every Saturday during Viva la Música, upbeat concerts from internationally renowned stars of reggaeton, salsa, merengue and more will take the stage at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium for exciting live concerts starting at 3pm.

Scheduled performances include:

· Saturday April 16th : Jerry Rivera
· Saturday April 23th : Víctor Manuelle
· Saturday May 7th : To be announced
· Saturday May 14th : To be announced

Floor Seating Packages Starting at just $15, guests can reserve concert floor seats right in front of the stage.

*BONUS!

Guests looking to pair their savory cuisine with the perfect Latin beats can purchase the Food Sampler + Front Row Seating Package Starting at $45.

SIGHTS TO SEE

  • Jardín – Returning this year is the Viva la Música garden, providing a more relaxing environment for the entire family, but still just steps away from the main fiesta. Seating and Domino tables are available for guests to relax and enjoy in this area as well.
  • Mercados – Sprinkled across the event pathway will be small shops stationed with original merchandise inspired by the Latin culture and created by local artisans and artists including handmade oil paintings, organic jewelry and much more.
  • Festive Latin Atmosphere – The Bayside pathway will come alive with bright colors, Caribbean décor, dance floors and DJs spinning live music hits.

This festive celebration runs Saturdays April 16 and 23, and May 7 and 14 and is included with park admission. Viva la Música activities begin at 12 p.m each Saturday at the Bayside pathway.

The best way to experience Viva la Música and all of SeaWorld’s special events throughout the year is with a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass. From now until April 24, guests who purchase a SeaWorld annual pass will also receive access to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark for free. With an annual pass, guests will also be able to return this summer for the opening of MAKO – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster.

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The Florida Mall Is Set To Enhance It’s Customer Experience By 2017

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Simon a global leader in retail real estate, announced that The Florida Mall will undergo a significant interior and exterior makeover. These improvements will enrich the guest experience, blending with the design concepts found within the recently completed Dining Pavilion and exterior Plaza. The announcement comes as The Florida Mall celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The planned work scheduled to begin in May, the new improvements will create a brighter, more inviting atmosphere inside. The Florida Mall will be modernized with a timeless color palette and clean architectural lines.

Additional plans include:

  • A dozen new or enhanced seating lounges throughout the property featuring mobile device charging stations and upgraded furniture, giving shoppers the opportunity to relax and recharge in a comfortable space during shopping breaks.
  • Improved lighting throughout the center with illuminated ceiling fixtures featuring state-of-the-art LED lighting, expanded sky lights, and raised ceilings to maximize the property’s existing natural light.
  • New neutral tile flooring in light tones throughout the center, along with upgraded and remodeled mall entrances.
  • Colorful, resort-style landscaping improvements incorporating native Florida plants and additional palm trees at all four property entrances.
  • Updated way-finding signage to further assist shoppers in locating a store, restaurant or entertainment venue.

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The new enhancements will also include a new, experiential play area located in the wing by Crayola Experience and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The immersive playscape will be designed to promote creative play among children ranging in age from toddler to early elementary. A social environment for kids and parents, the play area will include interactive and multi-sensory elements like soft-touch floor matting, sculptural climbing features, adult and kid-friendly seating, and more.

“The Florida Mall has proudly served the Orlando community, visitors and international tourists for 30 years. This renovation is a culmination of the substantial investments we have made in the center over the years, most recently with our premier Dining Pavilion,” said Brian Hanson, General Manager at The Florida Mall. “These enhancements are designed with families, retailers and our shoppers in mind, and we look forward to sharing this new and refined shopping experience with the community.”

Construction activity is expected to be complete by spring 2017. The property and its retailers will remain open and operating throughout the project.

 

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Mako’s Opening Date Revealed

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As the Mako frenzy continues to grow at SeaWorld Orlando with two new announcements:

1) The new coaster Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest, will bite with full force on grand opening day of June 10, 2016.

2) Further feeding the Mako frenzy is a new live presentation in the park for guests who want a sneak peek starting now. The new presentation gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience, and also shares interesting educational facts about sharks in the wild that need our help.

The preview presentation called Mako Rising is now being shown at Nautilus Theater daily at 11:45 a.m and 2:45 p.m Audience members enjoy complimentary snacks as they relax in the cool indoor theater and participate in the informative, interactive experience. All audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation.

Mako Quick Facts:

• Opening June 10, 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.
• Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”
• Orlando’s only hypercoaster lures guests to brave tight turns, stomach steep drops and endure shark-attack speeds.
• Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.
• Mako will be the centerpiece of the new two-acre shark-themed realm which also includes Shark Encounter®, Sharks Underwater Grill®, gift shops, and shark- and shipwreck-themed educational experiences.

Follow the Mako frenzy using the hashtag #NothingFaster.

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Legoland Florida Partners With Autism Speaks To Make Legoland Autism Friendly

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Expanding its efforts to accommodate guests with special needs, Legoland Florida Resort is partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to make its iconic, kid-centric theme park a more welcoming place for guests with autism.

Working closely with Autism Speaks is currently installing a large panel of hands on sensory stimulating activities in a quiet space within its theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make Legoland Florida Resort a more autism friendly destination for children and families.

Autism Speaks applauds the efforts of Legoland to provide special accommodations so that guests on the autism spectrum can maximize their park experience,” said Karen Bacharach, senior director with Autism Speaks “When asked, our Central Florida volunteers were eager to offer some design considerations to help the resort be autism friendly.”

According to Aymee Good, brand manager at Legoland Florida Resort, a recent refurbishment of the theme park’s Annual Pass processing center provided an ideal opportunity to create a safe, calming space for children with special needs, a project that quickly bloomed into multiple ideas among several departments to make the resort a more welcoming place for kids of all ages and abilities.

Under the partnership, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will consult on the development and installation of quiet rooms and other resort facilities designed to meet the needs of guests with autism. The organization also will help Legoland Florida Resort create online social stories that will provide illustrated walkthroughs of its attractions, shows and other guest amenities, and will consult on other autism-friendly initiatives such as a park map designed for guests with special needs and possible revisions to its existing Guide for Guests with Disabilities.

To better educate Legoland employees (known as “Model Citizens”) about the unique needs of guests on the autism spectrum, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will conduct training sessions at the resort at least twice a year and will supply educational material to be distributed to all new hires.

  • Saturday, April 23rd Legoland will sponsor the Kids Zone area during the Autism Speaks Walk at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
  • Saturday Nov 12th during the Autism Speaks Walk at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.

The family friendly walks are an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism.

For more information, visit walknowforautismspeaks.org.

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, observed on April 2nd Legoland is participating in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign by shining blue spotlights on its whimsical entrance arch.

Each year, iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism.

For more information, visit autismspeaks.org/liub.

“We’re proud to say that we’re built for kids,” said Rex Jackson, director of Marketing & Sales at Legoland Florida Resort. “By partnering with Autism Speaks and making these smart changes that will benefit so many families, we’re helping to ensure that our resort is truly built for all kids.”

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Registration Is Now Open For Summer Camp At SeaWorld

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SeaWorld Camps are returning to offer educational, fun and exciting encounters for kids of all ages. The camps include up-close experiences with marine animals designed to encourage a lifelong passion for wildlife and the environment.

Campers will become immersed in the wonders of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities and amazing attractions, rides and shows.

The opportunities campers receive are unequaled first-hand experiences with veterinarians, animal trainers and animal care staff. SeaWorld Camps not only allow children to surround themselves with aquatic life and education, but they also make friends, have fun, ride world-class coasters and create lifelong memories.

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SeaWorld Camps offer a learning environment that fosters exploration, inquiry, self-discovery and self-esteem with two offerings: traditional Day Camps and “sleep-away” Resident Camps.

SeaWorld Camps in Orlando:

Day Camps:

During their particular week at SeaWorld Camp, participants learn about a variety of animals, including :-

  • whales
  • dolphins
  • penguins
  • sea lions.

Campers will focus on a different animal each day and learn about them through songs, take-home arts and crafts, as well as by talking with the zoological staff. Day Camps are offered for children going into preschool through 8th grade. Lunch, snacks, a camp T-shirt and water bottle are included.

Resident Camps:

Make it a summer to remember for students going into 7-12th grade with a Career Camp. Campers experience what it takes to train and work with marine animals and have the opportunity to :-

  • Touch a penguin
  • Snorkel in a shark cage
  • Work with the animal care staff
  • Create an enriching environment for the animals at SeaWorld

Participants have the opportunity to spend a day at Discovery Cove swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with tropical fish and rays, and feeding exotic birds in a free-flight aviary. Resident Camp fees include all camp activities, lodging onsite at SeaWorld and at SeaWorld’s partner hotel for five nights, plus all meals and snacks. Supervision and guidance is provided 24 hours a day for the entire duration. Many campers fly in from around the country these campers are picked up at the Orlando International Airport by the dedicated camp staff and brought to SeaWorld to start their camp experience.

For over 25 years, SeaWorld has provided safe, fun and educational camp experiences for kids of all ages in the not-so-traditional setting of a world-class theme park. Over the past 10 years, more than 300,000 youth have attended a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Camp.

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The New Hello Kitty Store Is Now Open At Universal Studios

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Guests to Universal Orlando Resort can now enter the cute little world of Hello Kitty at the new Hello Kitty Shop Featuring Hello Kitty and Friends.

The new retail experience is located inside Universal Studios and features an array of specialty merchandise –including items exclusive to Universal Orlando –as well as giving guests the opportunity to meet Hello Kitty herself.

As soon as guests walk under the shop’s rainbow gateway, they’ will be instantly transported into the colorful world of Hello Kitty.

The store is divided into four, unique sections:

  • Hello Kitty Town, where guests can walk through Hello Kitty’s community and find products from some of her famous friends
  • Hello Kitty Sweet Yummy Shop, a section full of Hello Kitty merchandise and sweet treats including Keroppi S’more Fudge, Hello Kitty Chocolate Cupcakes topped with a candy bow and Strawberry Rainbow Fudge
  • Hello Kitty Lounge, an area where guests can pick up their favorite lounging merchandise like fuzzy robes, colorful slippers and an assortment of Hello Kitty plush
  • Hello Kitty at the Movies, showcasing Hello Kitty with a classic movie theatre backdrop
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New Viewing Opportunity for Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation

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In conjunction with Manatee Appreciation Day, SeaWorld Orlando opened Manatee Rehabilitation, an area for park guests to see the behind-the-scenes rescue and rehabilitation work SeaWorld does to help save wild manatees. Manatee Rehabilitation allows park guests to step into a working wild manatee acute care facility, come face-to-face with animals that have been ill or injured, and follow their journey to recovery.

Behind-the-scenes of the SeaWorld theme park is a bustling, 5-acre Rescue Center used for rehabilitating rescued wildlife. While a guided tour of the entire facility has been available for years, with ten percent of the cost donated to helping wildlife, the park has now opened up sections of the manatee rehabilitation area for complimentary viewing to all guests.

Visitors are invited to step behind the scenes and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s working manatee rescue and rehabilitation facility to learn more about the plight of these vulnerable animals in the wild. Park guests can see firsthand the top problems today’s manatee populations are facing and learn simple actions to help. In addition to viewing the animals currently undergoing rehabilitation, guests can also see their digital medical charts, interactive exhibits, an underwater viewing camera and videos of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team in action.

SeaWorld hopes to generate awareness and educate visitors on their simple mission, to return every manatee they successfully rehabilitate back to the wild. Guests now have the opportunity to explore this working facility and become inspired through the stories of recently rescued manatees; guests can even follow their journey back to the wild.

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Universal Release New Details On What Creatures You Will Encounter At Reign Of Kong

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When Skull Island: Reign Of Kong opens this summer the Banana Breathed Kong is not the only thing you will encounter as your ride vehicle makes its way through the adventure.

You will come face to face with several creatures each more creepy and terrifying than the next, with Universal releasing these details a few days ago.

Lets get right into it :

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These carnivorous arachnids move throughout the swampy underworld of the island’s dark caverns, foraging for dead or injured creatures. The six-legged scavenger uses its crab-like claws to crush its prey before feasting on the remains.

Carnictis

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The giant, slug-like Carnictis lacks eyes or facial features. But its gaping, oozing mouth—ringed with sharp, jagged teeth is a distinguishing feature that allows this slow but relentless creature to feed on dead and wounded beings that have succumbed to the wretched, murky chasms of the island.

Decarnocimex

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One of the largest and most aggressive cave-dwelling inhabitants on the island, the Decarnocimex will attack anything smaller or weaker that dares to cross its path. These vicious insects tear apart their prey with their razor-sharp mandibles and two-bladed forearms.

Terapusmordax

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These are the largest flying predators on the island, with wingspans up to 10 feet. They live in colonies within the island’s interior caverns and are easily provoked. Spearing victims with lethal talons, they use large carnivorous fangs to penetrate anything—or anyone—caught in their jaws of death.

Vastatosaurus Rex

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The Vastatosaurus Rex is the largest, most intimidating dinosaur that roams the island’s dense jungles. Despite its large, bulky head and tough leathery skin, it’s an agile predator, changing direction at high speeds and ripping into its prey with razor-sharp teeth.

Which one of these creatures besides our lovable King Kong are you most looking forward to seeing? or which one do you think will terrify you the most?

Tune into SYFY on March 30th at 9/8c you can see a whole new side to these terrifying creatures on the hit special effects makeup show Face Off.

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Reign Of Kong Revolutionary Ride Vehicle

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Your mission is to explore a treacherous island teeming with creatures of unknown origin. You will face ominous terrain, impenetrable jungles – and surprises beyond your imagination. A traditional off-road vehicle will not do. Your expedition will require something a little more unique…..and massive.

Opening this summer, Universal Orlando Resort will bring the thrilling next generation of the King Kong legend to life in Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Everything about the new attraction will be massive. And Universal Orlando needed an entirely new and revolutionary way to transport guests into the middle of the action.

According to Universal Orlando Resort:-

Guests will board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will do what no other Universal ride vehicle can do and take them where no other vehicle can go.

The expedition vehicle is 40 foot long and weighs in at 17-tons the vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The front and back axles that support the vehicle’s 45-inch wheels can be steered individually, allowing the vehicle to take sharp turns and pull off complicated maneuvers. It will be one of the most immersive and realistic ride experiences on Earth all within one of the most immersive and realistic theme park experiences ever created.

As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver each with a distinct personality.

The 40-foot-long, 17-ton Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The front and back axles that support the vehicle’s 45-inch wheels can be steered individually, allowing the vehicle to take sharp turns and pull off complicated maneuvers. It will be one of the most immersive and realistic ride experiences on Earth. As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver – each with a distinct personality. Visit www.universalorlando.com/ReignofKong for more details.

  • Becky Callahan: The loose-cannon cowgirl who isn’t fazed by the dangers awaiting her on Skull Island.
  • Will Denham: The fresh-faced, adventure-seeking younger cousin of famed movie director Carl Denham
  • Jinks Costanza: A hardened New York City ex-con who is wary of the island’s mysteries.
  • Kalana: A mystical descendent of the natives who first settled on the island.
  • Charles “Doc” Jordan: A PhD student in paleontology who took time off from his studies to explore the world.

 

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Final Piece Of Track Installed For Cobra’s Curse At Busch Gardens

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The final piece of track has been installed for Busch Gardens most anticipated family thrill attraction, Cobra’s Curse, scheduled to open this summer, The 4,475-pound track piece was bolted into place on Saturday March 19th marking the end of track construction and the beginning of the testing phase.

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The spin coaster will be the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a menacing 30,000-pound snake king icon.

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A 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 4-foot-long fangs. The three-and-a-half-minute ride will then spin forward, backward and then freely, taking riders on a whirlwind of explorations.

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Guests will be just inches away from a 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit in the queue line which will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers. This multi-level exhibit reflects the theme of the ride while featuring several animal husbandry and enrichment components designed with the snakes welfare in mind, including naturalistic design elements, controlled heat sources and humidity control.

Visit CobrasCurse.com. 

Check out webisode #1 Below 

 

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Cody Simpson Unveils New Figure At Madame Tussauds

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Cody Simpson came face to face with his new wax figure in Orlando. Cody was surrounded by a group of fans, who entered a contest you may of seen on our twitter feed to win the chance for a meet-and-greet with the star as he unveiled the new wax figure.

Cody met with Madame Tussauds artists where more than 300 precise measurements of his head and body were taken to create a perfect replica of the star. He also provided artists with clothing and accessories for his figure. The artists are so detailed they even replicated a tear in one of his shoes and copied the graffiti art on Simpson’s guitar.

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“This is an astounding honor and momentous event that has far surpassed anything I’d envisioned for myself growing up,” said Cody as he spoke to fans at the unveiling event. “It’s all thanks to you that these experiences have become reality. I’m stoked beyond words!” Check out the video down below.

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LegoLand Florida Announce Largest Expansion In Sites History

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Legoland Florida Resort has announced massive list of projects that will deliver additional on-site accommodations, an immersive new theme park land with a cutting-edge interactive attraction, the first-ever expansion of its water park, a new, action-packed “4D” theatrical attraction and an all-new summertime event filled with fireworks and special entertainment, giving guests even more reasons to play and stay at the place #BuiltForKids:

Legoland Beach Retreat – opening mid-2017

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This whimsically themed vacation resort combines the fun of surf, sand and sun with the creativity of Lego bricks on a picturesque site adjacent to the theme park. Distinguished by a colorful LEGO lighthouse, the village-style, lakefront resort will feature 83 single-story duplex units, offering 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five.

Designed with the same combination of imagination and kid-centric detail that made the 10-month-old Legoland Hotel an immediate hit, the all-new Legoland Beach Retreat offers a great way for larger families and friends to vacation together. Amenities will include

  • a themed pool
  • a sandy play area
  • a buffet-style restaurant
  • complimentary transportation to and from the theme park.

Lego NINJAGO World – opening early 2017

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Inspired by the popular series of Lego building sets and the long-running TV show “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” this all-new fully immersive theme park land invites guests to step into a magical, martial arts kingdom where they’ll experience a first of its-kind attraction that blends eye-popping 3D computer animation, 4D atmospheric effects and groundbreaking technology by Montreal-based Triotech.

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Up to four guests per vehicle blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain. Riders collect points and scores are displayed when each quest is complete. The thrilling attraction is the epicenter of a new area featuring multiple hands-on, interactive experiences that will hone kids’ physical skills like NINJAGO heroes

  • Kai
  • Jay
  • Cole
  • Zane
  • Nya

before their ultimate test on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride

Creative Cove featuring Build-A-Boat Open Now

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A fun expansion area at Legoland Water Park adds a brand new attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular Lego City Coast Guard sets. Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity – opening May 26, 2016

Set in the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton, this all-new theatrical attraction pits five young knights against the evil Jestro and his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, in a battle for control of a rare book of magic that gives its owner tremendous power. Based on the new Lego series of building sets and the just-launched TV show, the 12½-minute, immersive experience combines 3D computer animation with 4D, real-world effects that bring the high-tech action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

Elsewhere in the theme park, kids will discover six exclusive shields that unlock unique NEXO Powers within the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS:

Merlok 2.0 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

LEGOLAND Night Lights – Summer 2016

The resort will debut its latest all-new event in June, a celebration of summertime fun featuring extended park hours, meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite LEGO characters, exclusive opportunities to build alongside Lego Master Model Builders and a spectacular, brick-tacular NINJAGO fireworks display that will light the night above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music. Held exclusively at Legoland Florida Resort, the party is included with park admission and will take place every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 to July 31.

The exciting new projects represent the largest period of growth in the nearly 4½-year history of Legoland Florida Resort

a rapid trajectory of expansions that has included

  • Legoland Water Park (May 2012)
  • LEGO STAR WARS™ Miniland Model Display (November 2012)
  • LEGO World of Chima™ (July 2013)
  • DUPLO Valley (May 2014)
  • LEGOLAND Hotel (May 2015)
  • Heartlake City (June 2015)
  • Phased restorations of the historic Cypress Gardens botanical wonderland, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.
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Ron Jon Surf Shop Will Open Today In The Florida Mall

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Ron Jon Surf Shop will officially open a second location in the Orlando area today March 18th at The Florida Mall with a variety of events and family activities, including giving away a Honda Ruckus and a 100-second shopping spree to one lucky winner.

The 8,300 square-foot store, which marks Ron Jon Surf Shop’s 13th location nationwide, will be situated in the area adjacent to The Florida Mall’s new Dining Pavilion. The store will feature products from a wide variety of surf brands from T-shirts to skateboards and will also include Ron Jon branded merchandise.

Ron Jon Surf Shop will open the Florida Mall store with a weekend-long celebration featuring live music from noon to 4 p.m. each day, children’s activities including face painting and balloon animals, a DJ giving away prizes Friday and Saturday night, a register to win for a Honda Ruckus and an in-store shopping spree to be awarded Friday morning where the winner keeps everything they can grab in 100 seconds.

“We are thrilled to open a second location in Orlando,” Harvey said. “Central Florida has long been one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and the Florida Mall draws millions of visitors both from around the United States and internationally. We are pleased to be a part of the Florida Mall’s recent expansion and to be able to present our store to the mall’s guests from around the world.”

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An End To Orca Breeding At Seaworld Parks

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SeaWorld Entertainment, a leading theme park and entertainment company, has announced that the killer whales or orcas currently in the company’s care will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today.

SeaWorld also will introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health. This change will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019.

SeaWorld also announced today a broad new partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home. The company is committing to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs at the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine creatures.

“SeaWorld has introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas, and we are proud of our part in contributing to the human understanding of these animals,” said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “As society’s understanding of orcas continues to change, SeaWorld is changing with it. By making this the last generation of orcas in our care and reimagining how guests will encounter these beautiful animals, we are fulfilling our mission of providing visitors to our parks with experiences that matter.”

“SeaWorld’s commitment to end breeding of orcas is a long-held goal of many animal advocacy organizations, and we commend the company for making this game-changing commitment,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS. “Today we turn a corner, working together to achieve solutions on a wide set of animal issues including sunsetting the use of orcas at existing facilities; maximizing SeaWorld’s focus on rescue, rehabilitation and advocacy for marine mammals in the wild; and sourcing food for animals and customers from humane and sustainable sources, including cage-free eggs and crate-free pork.”

“We are pleased to join with HSUS on the significant issues facing marine mammals and their ocean homes,” said Manby. “The work done by zoological facilities like SeaWorld is critical for the protection of animals in the wild, especially marine mammals. To that end, SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.”

The current population of orcas at SeaWorld including one orca, Takara, that became pregnant last year will live out their lives at the company’s park habitats, where they will continue to receive the highest quality care based on the latest advances in marine veterinary medicine, science, and zoological best practices. Guests will be able to observe these orcas through the new educational encounters and in viewing areas within the existing habitats.

SeaWorld reaffirms its commitment not to collect marine mammals from the wild. It has not collected an orca from the wild in nearly 40 years, and the orcas at SeaWorld were either born there or have spent almost their entire lives in human care. These orcas could not survive in oceans that include environmental concerns such as pollution and other man-made threats.

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Final Piece Of Mako Track Installed

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SeaWorld Orlando has installed the final piece of Mako’s nearly mile-long steel track – completing the footprint of what will be Orlando’s longest, tallest and fastest coaster.

The 12,500-pound, final piece of track was topped with a waving American flag as it was lifted high in the air by a giant crane, and then bolted into place by workers.

When Mako a true hypercoaster opens this summer, it will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 mph and will be 4,760 feet of pure thrill, riders will feel weightless as they reach the top of each hill.

SeaWorld topped off the highest point of the coaster in January with a crest that reaches 200 feet in the air.

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Toothsome Chocolate Factory Coming To CityWalk

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Today’s Announcement to come out of Universal Orlando wasn’t one anyone was expecting, some were hoping for a new WWE restaurant to be located in CityWalk in the former home of NBA City.

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium (Willy Wonka not included) has been announced and will be located…….. thats right you guessed it in the former home of NBA City at Universal CityWalk. The most spectacularly delicious example yet of what happens when the team that designs theme park attractions comes together with the team that creates blockbuster food and beverage experiences.

Set to open later this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory will be a full-service restaurant that brings together a specially created and expansive menu plus an incredible array of gourmet-level chocolates and desserts all in a highly themed, unique environment that can only be found at Universal CityWalk.

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Welcome to the 19th century inspired, Steampunk-era chocolate factory, complete with towering smokestacks and tanks, piping and other equipment for chocolate production. Inside, a mix of brass, dark wood and gadgetry, along with staff who will look and act the part will complete the Steampunk feel.

This unique experience will be punctuated by the food that will completely enrapture you. The menu features a wide variety of unexpected, yet familiar dishes from

  • all-day-brunch crepes
  • Quiches
  • unique takes on classic steak
  • seafood and pasta entrees
  • gourmet burgers
  • sandwiches
  • scrumptious salads

and much more. The number of options will leave you speechless and the desserts and specialty items will be beyond the imagination.

The artisan milkshake collection will include shakes with names such as Chocolate x5 – mixed with chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream and more along with Bacon Brittle, Espresso Buzzzz, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie.

The sundaes include S’mores with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream, graham crackers and more, Salted Caramel Flan, Chocolate Brownie Bark and more.

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Guests will also be able to watch chocolate creations being prepared and take home samples purchased in the restaurant’s retail shop.

The new restaurant will be the latest in a progression of incredibly popular dining concepts that have opened at Universal CityWalk over the past couple years.

Nine new concepts in two years to be exact.

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SeaWorld Brings Orca Learning Into The Classroom

Students all over the world who want to learn about killer whales or orcas can now get up close to these amazing animals right inside their classrooms.

SeaWorld Orlando has launched a live video call program free for teachers that allows classes to dive into marine mammal biology, questions, and careers in a new way. This virtual field trip available on Skype and Google Hangouts is a 30-minute live interactive call and Q & A session featuring SeaWorld’s trainers and whales.

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The program topics are customizable for elementary, middle school, high school and university levels

How does it work

  • SeaWorld’s education team works one-on-one with each teacher to tailor the chat to their curriculum.
  • The interactive sessions are led by trainers, poolside with the whales, and cover topics including: physiology, behavior and communication; positive reinforcement animal training techniques; scientific insights learned by studying orcas at SeaWorld that can help whales in the wild.
  • Following the interactive session, the floor is open for students to ask the experts any questions they have about the animals, their care, or the trainers.

Teachers interested in SeaWorld’s free live video call sessions can sign up at SeaWorldOrlando.com/Education.

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Create Your Perfect Vacation With Discovery Cove

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Discovery Cove guests can now transform a single day experience into an entire vacation that includes accommodation at one of the park’s official partner hotels with Discovery Cove Vacations, a new online booking tool, which will allow guests to design a custom tailored package that meets their travel needs. All packages start with a day at Discovery Cove. Once they’ve planned their visit, guests can add a hotel stay in one of 16 partner hotels, many within walking distance.

All packages will include

  • Unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for 14 consecutive days
  • Reserved seating at SeaWorld’s inspiring shows
  • 10% off dining and merchandise purchases in the park
  • Early park access on select days
  • One Cup that Cares, a build-your-own personalized penguin-shaped character cup available exclusively at SeaWorld’s Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin.

Guests who chose any of the Official Hotels of SeaWorld also receive

  • front-of-line access on rides
  • complimentary transportation to the parks
  • access to the exclusive SeaWorld Rescue Tour, a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld’s rescue and rehabilitation facilities.

All hotels also offer a fifth night free,With so many package extras, the average savings for a family of four is as much as $400.

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Discovery Cove is a one-of-a kind, highly interactive marine park where guests swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, and play in a fresh-water river. The all-inclusive day resort also has an on-site aviary where guests hand-feed exotic birds.

Guests can help themselves throughout the day to freshly prepared meals like sweet Hawaiian chicken, fire-grilled fish and burgers, summer salads and homemade mac-and-cheese. Snacks as well as beer, wine and frozen daiquiris are available all-day to guests.

Wetsuits, snorkel gear, showers and changing facilities, towels, lockers and environmentally safe sunscreen are complimentary. Private cabanas with hammocks, lounge chairs and a well-stocked fridge are available for an additional fee.

To book a Discovery Cove Vacation go to DiscoveryCove.com/Vacations.

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Goo Goo Dolls Cancel Appearance At Busch Gardens

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The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that due to illness, the band has canceled their appearance on Saturday March 12th at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

Guests who purchased VIP seating packages can receive refunds by calling 888-800-5447 or by visiting the Busch Gardens .

A replacement concert for the date is to be announced soon.

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Win A Meet And Greet With Cody Simpson At Madame Tussauds

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Australian born singer-songwriter Cody Simpson will meet his new wax figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando on Friday March 18th and a few lucky fans will have the chance to enjoy VIP treatment and a celebrity meet-and-greet at a special event located at I-Drive 360 on International Drive.

Cody Simpson met with Madame Tussauds artists where more than 300 precise measurements of his head and body were taken to create a perfect replica of the rising star. He also provided artists with clothing and accessories for his figure. The artists are so detailed they even replicated a tear in one of his shoes and copied the graffiti art on Simpson’s guitar.

“Working with the Madame Tussauds team was a really unique experience,” said Simpson. “I am excited to share the unveiling of my new Madame Tussauds figure with my fans in Orlando.”

Fans of the singer can be part of the unveiling with Cody himself at Madame Tussauds Orlando on March 18th. For a chance to sit in the VIP area for the figure unveiling and meet the star, fans can submit a 30-second video describing why they deserve to be among the lucky few to obtain a VIP seat and a meet and greet with Cody.

Videos and contact information should be sent to orlandoinfo@merlinentertainments.biz. The deadline to submit videos is midnight on Friday March 11th. The lucky 15 fans will be notified on Monday March 14th along with details on the unveiling event.

Good Luck to all those that enter!

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Busch Gardens Installs Highest Point To Cobra’s Curse

There’s a giant snake in the Tampa skyline, as Busch Gardens® Tampa just completed construction on the two highest points of its unique, reptile themed coaster, Cobra’s Curse.

A menacing 30,000 lb snake king and a 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 4-ft. fangs. With a grand opening slated for this summer, this family spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.Snake King Icon

Dozens of artists united to design, engineer, fabricate and thematically paint the snake icon, creating a centerpiece for Cobra’s Curse that will bring riders just inches from its fangs. Standing at 80 feet tall, with 4-foot-long fangs and 3-foot-wide eyes, the icon was constructed of nine stackable pieces with an internal steel spine and an outer shell composed of carved foam and fiberglass.

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The 70-foot vertical lift functions similar to an outdoor elevator taking riders up in their coaster car and putting them face-to-fang with the snake icon’s mouth. The three-and-a-half-minute ride will also feature a second inclined lift that sets up for the free-spin finale of the ride. The trek will cover more than 2,100 feet of track at 40 mph.

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Additionally guests will be just inches away from the 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit which will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers.

The design of the multi-level exhibit not only reflects the theme of the ride, but also features several animal husbandry and enrichment components designed with the snakes’ welfare in mind, including naturalistic design elements, controlled heat sources and humidity control.

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SeaWorld Offer Free Beer And Savings

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Now through March 6, in celebration of SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival, SeaWorld is offering a special discount of $20 off SeaWorld single-day tickets purchased in advance, and a FREE ice-cold 5-ounce craft brew served on tap alongside a warm sample of pretzel bites at SeaWorld Orlando. The discounted price for the single-day tickets is $79.

The offer also is available to active SeaWorld annual Pass Members who register online. Beer and pretzel nuggets should be redeemed at Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen at the park. Guests must be 21 years of age and a valid photo ID is required.

Each weekend now through March 6, guests can enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival, which features live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, tasty BBQ and thirst-quenching beer. The event is included with regular park admission.

Scheduled performances include:
Saturday, February 27: ALABAMA
Sunday, February 28: Foreigner
Saturday, March 5: Steve Miller Band
Sunday, March 6: Daughtry

Event festivities begin at 12 p.m. each weekend, with concerts at 4 p.m.*

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Universal Release Details Of Skull Island Reign Of Kong

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You will be transported to an island shrouded in mystery and legend. It is a lost world where adventure and the unimaginable will challenge you in unforgettable ways.

When it opens this summer 2016 at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring the next generation of the King Kong legend to life. You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense and the wildly entertaining. A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology and the unexpected will pull you into one of Universal Orlando’s most massive adventures yet. This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created.

The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin and the legend of a beast still undiscovered. You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure. Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island. Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting. And then you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend. The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves. Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine. It is Kong. But is he friend or foe?

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Special Vacation Package On Sale for HHN26 While Staying At Loews Newest Resort  


Guests can now book their visit to experience the ultimate Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 and stay at the destination’s newest hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Rated the nation’s best and known for terrifying hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida this fall for a record breaking 31 nights and with all new content that will bring unimaginable terrors to life. Guests will encounter hordes of menacing “scareactors” who stalk their every move, incredibly-detailed haunted houses that bring their worst nightmares to life and outrageous live shows. Plus when they need a break from the screams – guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ popular rides & attractions throughout the night.

Guests can now book a special version of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort vacation package that combines the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two world class theme parks Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and then be sacred out of your witts at Halloween Horror Nights.

Special Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Halloween Horror Nights Package

Starts at $209 per adult, per night, tax inclusive

** Select event nights 

Sept 16th thru Oct. 31 2016.

  • Advance purchase required. Offer valid for bookings now thru 5/31/16. Offer valid for travel 9/16/16  10/31/16
  • 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Universal’s newest on-site hotel
  • 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (Sunday – Friday)
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • For a limited time – guests can receive a FREE $150 hotel dining credit (per room) that can be used at restaurants throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort when they book a stay of three nights (Sunday – Thursday).

Opening this summer, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be Universal’s fifth on-site hotel. The new, 1,000 room Caribbean themed hideaway will feature the destination’s largest on-site, resort-style pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide and cabanas.
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Another offer guests can purchase is the Halloween Horror Nights Add On ticket. This ticket allows guests to add admission to Halloween Horror Nights to the purchase of a regular Universal Orlando theme park ticket for only $59. This offer is valid on any Sunday through Friday event night.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31. 

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Seaworld Unveils Lead Car For Mako Inspired By The Real Shark


SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the custom built Mako lead car that will take riders on a thrilling experience this summer, the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando.

Mako’s design and engineering was inspired by the real Mako shark – one of the ocean’s fastest shark species. When it opens, Mako will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 mph on a track that’s nearly a mile long. The new ride will be a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling riders get at the top of each hill.

Coaster Train Design Facts :

  • Mako-Inspired Custom Car – In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.
  • Fast Wheels– Comprised of a special compound that reduces friction — providing a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.
  • Upper Body Mobility – With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility and “airtime”


The coaster will boast a total of 21 cars – including 3 trains of 7 cars per train.
For more Mako information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and join the conversation using #NothingFaster.

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New Acts Announced For Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay continues to amp up the annual Food & Wine Festival with more chart-topping artists including country sensation, Chris Young, musical legends, Goo Goo Dolls and Latin superstars, Chino y Nacho
saturday March 12th – Goo Goo Dolls  

Saturday March 26th – Chino Y Nacho 

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Saturday April 9th – Chris Young 

The Festival takes place on weekends from March 5 through April 24, and is included with park admission. As a special incentive for those who plan early, guests who buy a 2016 Fun Card to Busch Gardens also will receive a FREE 2016 Adventure Island® Fun Card.

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Love In The Air At The Orlando Eye


In honor of the most romantic weekend of the year, the Orlando Eye invited several lucky couples to celebrate their love with a wedding on the 400-foot observation wheel on Saturday, Feb. 13. Selected couples submitted a 30-second video on why they wanted to celebrate their wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony on the observation wheel. As you may have seen on our Twitter feed.

Each couple received a complimentary wedding private capsule and brought an officiant and guests consisting of friends and family members. Once the ceremonies were completed, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a champagne and wedding cake reception in the I-Drive 360 Courtyard. Basking in the beautiful Orlando Sunshine.

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“We are so excited to launch our wedding package options for the Orlando Eye,” said Orlando Eye General Manager Robin Goodchild. “We’ve had so many engagements and wedding ceremonies take place on the wheel, we’re thrilled to offer couples an unforgettable wedding experience.”

 

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Register Now For Brick Dash 5k 


Combining family, fitness and fun, the annual Brick Dash 5K Run and Fun Walk presented by Sun Newspapers returns to LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Saturday, April 16, benefiting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children.

A Polk County tradition for more than two decades, the early morning event formerly known as the Citrus Classic invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the splendor of LEGOLAND Florida Resort beginning at 7 a.m.
This year, kids and kids at heart will run, jog or walk past icons like The Orlando Eye, the newest LEGO® model in Miniland, and participants are sure to find encouragement from Emmet and Wyldstyle, stars of “The LEGO® Movie 4D™ A New Adventure,” the resort’s dazzling new theatrical attraction in Fun Town.

“Supporting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children at the place built for kids is truly the perfect fit,” said David Johnson, new business development director for LEGOLAND parent company Merlin Entertainments and its creative division, Merlin Magic Making, as well as a Winter Haven Hospital Foundation trustee. “This year’s event is sure to be the most awesome yet.”

New this year, participants 5 and under can compete in the 100 yard dash, while the Kids Half Mile is specially designed for participants 12 and under. Custom-made LEGO® trophies will be given to first-, second- and third-place runners in each age category, plus first-place finishers in the overall male and female divisions, and for the masters male and female divisions. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and specially designed LEGO® medal.

“We are thrilled and grateful to continue our partnership with LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Joel Thomas, president of the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation, “which allows us to keep this wonderful event fresh and fun for all while making a huge impact for the local women and children we serve.”
Registration is available at www.active.com or by calling the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138. The fee for participants 13 and older is $35; the fee for children 12 and under is $25. A family of up to five participants is $99. Special corporate rates are offered; call the Foundation for more information. All Central Florida elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate in “Max’s School Challenge” by including a school name when registering. The elementary school with the most participants will receive a special visit from a LEGOLAND Florida Resort character, a special LEGO trophy and more.

Discounted, one-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort is offered to every Brick Dash participant for $30 plus tax. Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park also is available for an additional $15 per person. The special Brick Dash ticket prices are available only on Saturday, April 16.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138 or whhfoundation@baycare.org.

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Chilly Temperatures In Florda Allow Seaworld To Return Manatees 


Over the past two chilly days in Central Florida, four rehabilitated manatees were returned back to Florida water ways by the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team and the American Humane Association (AHA) Red Star Rescue team .

These manatees were brought in after being rescued for various reasons and were rehabilitated for years at SeaWorld Orlando.

  • Carmine and Leonard, two male manatees, were rescued as orphaned calves in 2013.
  • Sheldon and Bernadette were both rescued from Mill Cove, just outside of Jacksonville, due to cold stress in December of 2014.

The manatees were returned near the warm water outfall of Port St. John power plant in Brevard County to provide them with a warm water site during the current cold snap. There, the animals can link up with experienced manatees also seeking refuge from chilly waters. For this return, the SeaWorld Rescue Team invited several employees and volunteers from the Red Star Rescue Team to be a part of the manatees’ homecoming.


“It was a good opportunity for us to see another rescue organization and how they operate, the challenges they overcome and how they are able to really help animals that are different from the animals that we are normally accustomed to dealing with,” said Randal A. Collins, National Director of the AHA’s Red Star Rescue program. The team, which consists of a national network of trained staff and volunteers, is instrumental in assisting animals and communities in crisis when natural and man-made disasters occur.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device

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2016 Food & Wine Festival Menu Only At Busch Gardens


The annual Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival returns this spring featuring sensational new culinary creations including a menu of more than 35 delectable dishes designed specifically for the event.

A line up of more than 120 wines, craft brews and cocktails

Performances from chart-topping musical artists including Andy Grammer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, The All-American Rejects, O.A.R, Gente de Zona and many more.

The Festival takes place on weekends March 5 through April 24, and is included with park admission. For a limited time, as a special incentive for those who plan early, guests who buy a 2016 Fun Card to Busch Gardens also will receive a FREE 2016 Adventure Island® Fun Card.

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Food Sampler

Guests with exclusive interests in culinary offerings can purchase the all-new Food Sampler, which includes any five food samples of choice throughout the Festival and starts at $24.99.

Wine by the Bottle

This year, guests can take home a part of the Food & Wine Festival with wine available for purchase by the bottle in select merchandise locations throughout the park.

Festival classics like bacon mac & cheese and the griddled cheese cake sandwich are back by popular demand.

11 different culinary cabins that guests can experience throughout the park, each with its own special menu:

NEW! Artisan Eats:

Artisan Eats introduces sophisticated flavors crafted to treat guests’ appetites, including truffle fries, shrimp & grits and pan-fried bread pudding with Nutella®-mascarpone drizzle.

NEW! Garden Gate Cafe:

Garden Gate Café joins the Festival this year with pheasant sausage flatbread topped with filet de pomodoro and tuna poke.

Gourmet Lodge:

The exotic flavors of Gourmet Lodge feature smoked beef brisket, pickled shrimp over couscous salad and a guest-favorite griddled cheese cake sandwich.

Savoury Tavern:

The rich flavors of Savory Tavern tempt taste buds with coconut shrimp cigars, espresso flan, and a goat cheese polenta cake topped with olives and tomatoes.

Chef’s Plantation:

Chef’s Plantation is home to hearty flavors, including pan-seared salmon cakes, beef short ribs and duck tacos with sweet chili sauce.

Coast to Coast Cookery:

Tastes of the land and sea come together at Coast to Coast Cookery, featuring green peppercorn-seared hangar steak, bacon-wrapped prawns and chilled smoked chicken with apples, sundried cranberries and walnut quinoa.

Field House Eatery:

The Field House Eatery is the Festival’s biggest location, offering pan-seared diver scallops and lamb chops with tabouleh and tatziki sauce.

Southern Station:

Southern Station tantalizes taste buds with all-new bison sliders, pan-fried cod over fennel risotto, roasted pork belly with red pepper jam, and venison chili with roasted corn, black beans and lime sour cream.

Comfort Kitchen:

The Comfort Kitchen fuses classics like the famous bacon mac & cheese with contemporary elegant eats like lobster ravioli over tomato basil sauce.

Light Fare Canteen:

The Light Fare Canteen freshens the palate with returning favorites like scallop ceviche, a potato and goat cheese tart, and a perfect cheese plate to accompany a glass of wine.

Blazin’ Bistro:

Blazin’ Bistro breaks out the grill for island-inspired cuisine, featuring jerk chicken sliders, roasted cauliflower hummus and a refreshing vanilla Cigar City Maduro® ice cream float with caramel.

Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. For more information, visit buschgardens.com.

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2 Celebrities Make A Special Valentines Apperance At Madame Tussauds


Madame Tussauds Orlando has announced the arrival of Scarlett Johansson and Zac Efron – just in time for the most romantic day of the year. Both celebrity figures will be in Orlando – for a limited time only, in the attraction’s A-List Party Room.

Stop by Madam Tussauds Orlando at I_Drive360 and have a photo or several taken with them.

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SOS Art Gallery At Artegon Marketplace (Get To Know Kathryn)


In November when we got to check out the all new design of Artegon Marketplace Orlando. We got to meet Kathryn, owner of SOS Art Gallery inside Artegon Marketplace. After numerous photos of the store front posted to our social media, we took our next step to get in contact with Kathryn for a face to face interview, after speaking with Kathryn its clear to see her passion for what she does and just how embedded into social media she is.

After nearly a decade working in the design & technical services industries, Kathryn chose to transition out of her corporate career in order to permanently develop as a full-time entrepreneur.

“My passions in the creative arts led me to take classes at a local art school, Kathryn said it then provided the encouragement I needed to continue the journey towards becoming a commercial artist. My degree from University of Florida was in Editing Journalism, heavy in photography, design & editing, so my heart’s always been in creative services, with that idea in mind, I developed BizOrlando.com in 2012, which in itself the SOS brand has transformed through its own branding changes until becoming Studio Orlando Services (SOS). In 2015, BizOrlando.com (then SmallBizOrlando.com) was chosen as one of the top 10 Florida blogs by the FL Blog Con Social Media & Bloggers Conference Forum 2015 polls, in which fans voted for their favorites among 10 different categories. SmallBizOrlando.com was rated #1 in the category of Biz / Money / Marketing / Tech”.

In March 2013, Kathryn applied to become a RAW Orlando Emerging Artist in the field of photography, and after being chosen to debut in the May 2013 showcase, she soon began showcasing in 100+ gallery showings & art stroll events throughout Central Florida, Kathryn’s Orlando cityscapes photography is featured in many local Central Florida businesses.
In the summer of 2014, Artegon Marketplace approached Kathryn to open a retail storefront for her art business, after evaluating the pros and cons for several months, decided that she was ready to take the plunge in developing her first storefront. On November 20, 2014, SOS Art Gallery became one of the first founding tenants of Artegon Marketplace, dedicated to providing a retail marketplace for local artists.

“I made the decision that a permanent artist studio made more sense in building both consistency for my brand as well as a storefront location for residents & tourists to purchase my gifts & artwork. Kathryn said As a local artist, the marketing & advertising support of Artegon Marketplace has provided my business with the opportunity of reaching & building a business on a higher global level”.

Since April 29, 2015, $1.00 of each bookmark sold has been donated to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation Emma Harper Turner Fund which provides financial assistance to sorority sisters in need of help who are experiencing medical, financial &/or personal hardships.

Since the redesign of SOS Art Gallery occurred in October 2015 just before the one-year anniversary of Artegon Marketplace, SOS has maintained steady growth. Once the holiday shopping season began, other local artisans who are involved in paper crafting as either a hobby or as a business soon showed interest in becoming part of SOS Art Gallery to sell their work. As a result, SOS Art Gallery now features more than 10 local artisans & counting.


“It means so much to me as a business owner to have grown up in a creative family, with which I built the business concepts, & to now be able to have built an infrastructure to have other local artisans & crafters be able to showcase their work. Kathryn said  I’ve enjoyed working with my friends, family & customers to build SOS Art Gallery into a successful business”

By being a retail storefront in an indoor marketplace of more than 700,000 square feet, Artegon Marketplace provides SOS a retail location with consistent operating hours, in doors out of the elements, especially in Florida’s crazy weather. A cover for the rainy days and a cool place to be during those hot summer days.

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SOS Art Gallery has become an in-store handmade cards & gift shop where customers may find an assortment of papercrafted collections for all-occasions & holidays for unique & one-of-a-kind gifts made by hand, Kathryn is also able to simultaneously manage several online retail shops such as Ebay, Fine Art America & other direct sales businesses such as Stampin’ Up! Arts & Crafts line which has become the foundation of her business & the inventory created to sell in-store.
We hope you have enjoyed this insight into Kathryn and SOS Art Gallery located inside Artegon Marketplace, if you live in the area be sure to pay Kathryn a visit or if your visiting Orlando and want a one of a kind card for a loved one be sure to stop on by.

Through BizOrlando.com, visitors may shop online 24/7 or find more information on Artegon Marketplace shops, events & other local happenings in the Central Florida area.

SOS ART GALLERY ARTWORK FEATURED LOCATIONS:

*ARTEGON MARKETPLACE 9G: http://www.artegon.com/shops/sos-art-gallery

*EBAY: http://stores.ebay.com/SOSArtGallery

*FINE ART AMERICA: http://sos-art-gallery.com

STUDIO ORLANDO SERVICES (SOS) ONLINE STORES:

*STAMPIN’ UP!: http://sosartgallery.stampinup.net

*AVON: http://youravon.com/sosartgallery

*ORGANO GOLD: http://sosartgallery.organogold.com

*LEGALSHIELD: http://kathrynmchenry.legalshieldassociate.com

GET CONNECTED WITH STUDIO ORLANDO SERVICES (SOS):

*TWITTER: http://twitter.com/SOSArtGallery

*FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/SOSArtGallery

*LINKEDIN: http://linkedin.com/in/SOSArtGallery*INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/SOSArtGallery

*PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/SOSArtGallery

*GOOGLE+: http://google.com/+SOSArtGalleryB2GatArtegonMarketplaceOrlando

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Limited Time Offer For Booking A 4 Night Stay At Sapphire Falls 


Guests can be among the first to experience Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and receive a $150 hotel dining credit when they book a four-night stay or longer at Universal Orlando’s newest on-site hotel. This limited time offer is available when guests book by May 31, 2016 for stays from July 14 to December 15, 2016. The $150 hotel dining credit (per room) can be used toward any dining purchase throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – including room service.

Sapphire Falls Resorts unique dining experiences include:

  • Amatista Cookhouse: a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with an open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining.
  • Strong Water Tavern: a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s towering waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu.
  • Drhum Club Kantine: a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails.
  • New Dutch Trading Co.: a quick-service marketplace.

The new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will feature the destination’s largest on-site, resort-style pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort guests will enjoy the incredible benefits of staying on site , including early theme park admission, complimentary water taxi service and shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, complimentary access to select live entertainment venues at CityWalk and more.

6 Things To Know About Sapphire Falls

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opens this summer and will be a Preferred on-site hotel with rates starting at $144 per night for a four-night stay. To book this limited time introductory offer and explore ticket options for Universal Orlando’s two incredible theme parks, visit universalorlando.com or call 800.BE.A.STAR (232-7827).

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Bands, Brew & BBQ Kicks Of This Weekend


It’s time again to eat, drink and rock at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ festival every Saturday and Sunday, February 13 through March 6. The event is in partnership with USO Central Florida and honors America’s heroes. It features live concerts from top classic rock and country musical artists, tasty BBQ and thirst-quenching brews, and special discounts for active duty military and veterans.

In addition to the signature acts and festivities, the event also will feature a secondary stage to showcase local bands, and a DJ spinning music for guests to show off their line dancing and boot scootin’ skills. Beyond the stage, guests can enjoy a Harley-Davidson Orlando display of mo bbqtorcycles specifically for Bands, Brew and BBQ along with a collection of classic cars also returning this year, the patriotic-themed USO Family Garden will offer animal encounters, Explore Zones and a kid-friendly interactive host.

SPECIAL PACKAGES:

For a VIP experience, packages with reserved seating are available.

  • VIP Front Row Seating & BBQ Package – Starting at just $40, guests can reserve a front row seat (just inches from the artists); enjoy a delicious BBQ Tasting Sampler, and one Quick Queue unlimited.
  • Concert Floor Seating & Quick Queue – Starting at just $24, guests can reserve floor seats right in front of the band and Quick Queue unlimited.
  • This year, SeaWorld’s chef experts fire up the grill with a bold array of BBQ options beyond the ordinary. From smoky and spicy to sweet and tangy, there are options for every craving, plus guests can match menu items with specific craft brews or a flight of wine.
  • New this year, connoisseurs of BBQ and craft brews can delight in sizzling sampler packages sure to elevate the taste buds.

SPECIAL BANDS, BREW & BBQ PACKAGES INCLUDE

  • BBQ Tasting Sampler – Guests can choose up to five menu items from SeaWorld’s sampler selections at any of the Bands, Brew & BBQ food locations for just $20.
  • Craft Brew Sampler – Guests sample 10 ice-cold craft beers — from a selection of more than 30 brews — for just $30.
  • BBQ Tasting and Craft Brew Sampler (Best Value) – This sampler includes five menu items and five craft brew samples along the Bands, Brew & BBQ Pathway –all for only $35.

MILITARY OFFER – ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERANS

  • SeaWorld Orlando also is proud to offer a special discount for enlisted men and women and veterans during this event, including 50% off the standard price of the 2016 Fun Card, which allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld all year for the price of a single-day ticket. Military also get 10% off special sampler Bands, Brew & BBQ packages. For more details, visit wavesofhonor.com.


LIMITED TIME OFFER – 2016 SEAWORLD ORLANDO FUN CARD

Special discount for purchasing early now through March 6, guests who purchase a Fun Card will pay for less than a day and play all year long. During this special timeframe, the 2016 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card is just $94 plus tax, which is a $5 savings.
Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with regular park admission.

The fist weekend kicks off with Smash Mouth on February 13th then on Sunday February 14th join the Empress Of Soul, Gladys Knight, all events kick off at 12pm.

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Neymar Celebrates His 24th Birthday With A New Wax Figure

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In celebration of Neymar’s upcoming 24th birthday, Madame Tussauds Orlando has announced the world-famous Brazilian footballer will receive a new wax figure. Neymar will unveil the figure this spring in Barcelona and his wax double will travel to its permanent home in Orlando.

“It is truly an honor to have such an important moment of my life captured in wax by the amazing team at Madame Tussauds,” said Neymar. “I cannot wait for my fans all over the world to meet my wax twin in Orlando!”

Neymar was very involved with the creation of his figure and met with Madame Tussauds artists to have measurements taken in Barcelona. He chose the figure’s pose to reflect his goal celebration from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which he called “the most important