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SEAWORLD ORLANDO UNVEILS NEW ATTRACTION LINEUP

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Today SeaWorld Orlando announced its lineup of new attractions, shows and events for 2017, delivering meaningful and fun vacation options for guests.

“We look forward to introducing many new experiences to SeaWorld Orlando in 2017,” said Donnie Mills, Park President, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Orlando. “We are constantly looking at ways to inspire our guests with up-close animal encounters and thrilling attractions. Now, with so many new additions our guests and pass members have more reasons to visit again and again.”

These experiences include:

kraken Kraken® Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster- Summer 2017

SeaWorld Orlando will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience.  Using new technology, this thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida.

Guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.  A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure.  The addition of VR to this fan-favorite brings a new level of excitement and interest in Kraken, giving guests the opportunity to experience the coaster in a completely new way.


Dolphin Nursery Dolphin Nursery – Summer 2017

SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery will become more interactive in 2017, giving guests the opportunity to get up close to mother and baby dolphins in all new ways.
Large-scale acrylic windows will offer up close viewing, including multiple levels to give kids a face-to-face perspective with dolphin calves. New slide out areas and lifting floor will also allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams.

The next generation of multi-purpose digital displays will allow SeaWorld educators to share information about dolphin behavior, biology and conservation with our guests by interacting with video from the team’s educational and animal care content.


Seven Seas Seven Seas Festival – Starting February 2017

SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the Seven Seas Festival.  Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.


FlameCraft Bar Flamecraft Bar – Summer 2017

Continuing the park’s food and beverage focus, a new dining location adjacent to the SeaFire Grill along the waterfront area will provide a great place to pause for a drink in a casual atmosphere. TheFlamecraft Bar will feature 16 seasonal craft brews and a new menu to tempt the taste buds.


Electric Ocean Electric Ocean- Summer 2017

Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld Orlando as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.

Nautilus Theatre – Summer 2017

Continuing the park’s focus on entertainment, events and shows, an entirely new experience is coming to the Nautilus Theatre. The dedicated summer show will debut Memorial Day weekend.


Pass Member Pavilion Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion – Spring 2017

As part of SeaWorld’s ongoing commitment to Annual Pass Members, the Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion will open just in time for spring break. The exclusive pavilion will feature concierge service, complimentary sunscreen, a private entrance to Banana Beach, private animal encounters and additional offers.


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerTM & Friends, SeaWorld Orlando

2016 Christmas Celebration, continuing in 2017

Beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, including Clarice, Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, and Rudolph themed attractions will be making their debut as part of the 2016 Christmas Celebration™ at SeaWorld Orlando.

Rudolph & Friends will return for the 2017 season, with additional Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-themed experiences for families to enjoy the Christmas spirit even more.  Click Here to Learn More.

SUPER SIZE TIPS

  • SeaWorld is a very big Park highly recommend ecv for walking
  • Chefs are very accommodating when it comes to food allergies
  • The spark tends to get very hot so bring deodorant and maybe an extra towel to clean off a dry off
  • SeaWorld celebrates some world-class roller coasters even though you may not fit this park is a must-do. A roller coaster has a test seat before you get in line
  • The best way for guests to visit SeaWorld Orlando is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card and by purchasing a pass now, guests can get three months free.  Also available now is the brand new Transferrable Pass allowing Pass Members to bring a different guest each time they visit SeaWorld Orlando or Aquatica Orlando.

Visit www.seaworldorlando.com for more information.

Disney Performing Arts Takes its Music Workshop to North Carolina High School

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DURHAM, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2016) Phillip Riggs (center) celebrates with his students and Mickey Mouse after the instrumental music program completed a Disney Performing Arts music workshops at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The workshop was part of his 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award fulfilled by Disney Performing Arts. (Todd Anderson, photographer) Disney Performing Arts Takes its Music Workshop to North Carolina High School Students as part of the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award

To celebrate his achievement, Riggs’ music students participated in Disney’s coveted workshop called “You’re Instrumental,” as well as interact with Mickey Mouse dressed in his famous band conductor attire. Disney Performing Arts is endorsed by the GRAMMY® Foundation and is a proud co-sponsor of the Music Educator Award.

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Orlando’s newest aquarium prepares for arrival of rescued loggerhead sea turtle

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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has welcomed a loggerhead sea turtle named Ted to its new home in Orlando. This brand new addition is a rescue turtle acquired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

 

Ted received his name after being one of the first turtles used to test at-sea certification trials for Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in scallop/whelk trawl fisheries by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). TEDs are escape hatches in fishing nets that allow turtles to escape if they are accidentally trapped in a net. Each year NMFS conducts at-sea certification trials to determine designs, modifications and different configurations of TEDs that are safe for sea turtles and may be used in the United States.

Ted was released in St. Josephs Bay in the Panhandle area of Florida in late 2002. He was observed swimming offshore for several days in the same area. Despite multiple attempts at a release, Ted continued to return to shore and show behavior that was not consistent with survival in the natural habitat.

“Ted has played an integral role in making the ocean safe for all turtles,” said Andrew Nerness, Displays Curator, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. “We are so happy to be able to provide a new home for a loggerhead sea turtle here at SEA LIFE, who would not be able to survive in the wild on its own.”

 

Ted joins new neighbors such as Chely (a rescued green sea turtle), sandbar sharks, sea horses, Everglades Pygmy sunfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, moray eels and more than 5,000 other sea animals that are featured in more than 32 display habitats from the oceans and waters of the world.

 

Fun Facts about loggerhead turtles:

  • Loggerhead turtles are named for their large heads
  • They are carnivores who eat crustaceans, fish and mollusks
  • A distinctive reddish-brown plastron (shell top) is unique to loggerheads
  • As juveniles, raccoons, wild pigs, crabs, birds, sharks, fish, humans (eggs) are considered predators to young loggerheads, while sharks and humans are threatening to loggerheads in adulthood
  • The first 6-12 years of their lives are spent floating in the open ocean in floating sargassum (seaweed) before returning to shallow, coastal waters
  • Loggerheads confuse plastic bags and balloons for jellies which cause blockage in digestive tract, visitors are encouraged to use reusable bags and never release balloons
  • They are also accidentally caught by commercial and recreational fishermen or tangled in fishing gear, SEA LIFE urges guests to choose Sustainable Seafood (with help of Seafood Watch) to ensure seafood is caught using turtle-friendly methods
  • The Development of TEDs (Turtle Excluder Devices) has reduced accidental turtle catches in fisheries, TEDs create an escape hatch for turtles but don’t allow the desired catch to escape

About SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, a cold water rock pool, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea animals. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction is home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, stingrays, jellies, a rescue green sea turtle and much more.

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SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.

 

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain and SEA LIFE Orlando is the 50th location aquarium launched in the world and the 8th in the U.S. SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando. For more information, go to www.visitsealife.com/orlando.

Disney Celebrates Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary on the High Seas!

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Disney Cruise Line celebrates 25th anniversary of "Beauty and the Beast"Everyone  knows that the beloved story of “Beauty and the Beast” serves as inspiration for numerous experiences at the walt Disney Parks  Now it has taken to the high seas onboard Disney Cruise lines – Beauty and the Beast theming  in there restaurants, stage,  kids clubs and more. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary and release on Blu-ray, Cruise Director Jimmy tells how this fairytale is brought to life on there ships, and the crew and guests share their excitement about the story we all know and love. Take a look …

Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all Disney has to offer. Today, Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its blueprint for family cruising with a fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Guests can sail out of ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe, among others. The homeport for Disney Cruise Line remains Port Canaveral, Florida, where it has its own specially designed cruise terminal.

Disney Cruise Line handicap Access

  • 100% Handicap Friendly
  • Size friendly
  • Food and allergy friendly

 

Walt Disney World indulges in sips, savors, songs and scares!

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The arrival of fall marks one of the best times of the year to indulge in sips, savors, songs and scares across the Walt Disney World Resort. Special events and seasonal celebrations all add up to create the “WonderFALL” world of Disney.

Here’s some of what’s in store this fall:

Epcot
The most delicious time of year is underway at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Running now until November 14, the 21st epicurean adventure features five new marketplaces, and for the first time in the Festival’s history, an expansion into the Disney resorts.

Photo By Mary Morales

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa there’s a fabulous “brunch with a twist” prepared by top chefs from across Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can also get a behind-the-scenes look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney Polynesian Village Resort. Interactivity is also a star of the Festival this year, providing guests the chance to prepare food and drinks along-side Disney and celebrity chefs and mixologists.

Eight new acts join the Eat to the Beat concert series, including Plain White T’s, Soul Asylum and Jeffrey Osborne. For those who want a music-and-meal combination, dining packages guarantee seats to popular restaurants including Le Cellier, Les Chefs de France and Spice Road Table and to that evening’s concert. This year, premium events like the themed Party for the Senses and Rockin’ Burger Block Party include different live entertainment each night.

While guests explore the 30 marketplaces around World Showcase, they can stop by the Norway Pavilion to visit the kingdom of Arendelle in the new Frozen Ever After attraction. Beloved characters, songs from the hit movie “Frozen” and an icy-blast await. Princesses Elsa and Anna are also in residence at their nearby Royal Sommerhus vacation cabin where guests can meet them in person.


After tasting their way around the globe, guests can fly around it: Soarin’ Around the World is a multisensory, hang-gliding-like adventure over the most popular landmarks and stunning sights across six continents.

Magic Kingdom
Happy haunts come out to socialize when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place at Magic Kingdom Park on 29 select nights now through October 31. Favorite Disney Characters join the fun, decked in costumes and ready for trick-or-treating. In between the treat trails and attractions, live entertainment stirs up mischief: the Sanderson Sisters return to the Cinderella Castle stage for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Partygoers can also catch the eerie and whimsical procession of “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” before the “HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular lights up the sky.

For guests who prefer their treats during daylight hours, the Magic Kingdom is all decked out with festive fall decor. New park entertainment includes the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire that brings together Mickey Mouse and his pals for a musical celebration on the castle stage. The daily show features Disney’s contemporary characters and classic songs.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A bewitching dance party awaits at Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Every Friday and Saturday night in October (and of course on Halloween, Oct. 31), Dr. Facilier hosts a lineup of dastardly dancing divas – Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen – Potion Bar beverages and New Orleans-inspired cuisine. For tickets, guests can call 407-WDW-DINE/407-939-3463.

An out-of-this-world fireworks and projection show fueled by The Force paints the sky over Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly in Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Set to the stirring and unforgettable music from the saga, this visual journey takes guests scavenging with Rey on Jakku, navigating through an asteroid field, soaring down the trench of the Death Star and delivering the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base, transporting guests to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Mystery and majesty come alive as night “falls” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The theme park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes extraordinary “awakenings” throughout the evening as animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. Animal encounters shift at twilight, too, as darkness camouflages the boundaries between wildlife and guests on sunset excursions with Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Guest can also dance alongside African performers in Harambe and indulge in the new signature restaurant, Tiffins.

Disney Springs
The four neighborhoods of Disney Springs are now open, bringing guests 150 new establishments for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment. Wrapped in Florida-inspired, made-for-strolling promenades, arcing footbridges, flowing streams and small-town charm, the waterfront district is a collection of unique and high-end brand names, James Beard award-winning chefs, and even amphibious cars.

Florida’s ideal fall weather means it’s the perfect time to sip a cocktail or indulge in a meal created by a celebrity chef at one of the many new waterfront restaurants.

 

Don’t get caught dead in traffic at Halloween Horror Nights

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​As everyone knows this year’s Halloween Horror Nights is a raging success!

 Over the last few nights I’ve noticed that traffic has started to build my suggestion to everyone is to arrive early and to avoid the Bus Loop area at all costs! If you’re coming off of I-4 get off on the Turkey Lake exit come down Hollywood get over in the far right-hand Lane and park in the garage it makes for a quick and easy in and out.

Valet is a great choice the easiest way to get to valet is off of Kirkman Boulevard when you get to Universal Boulevard take a left and getting your far right-hand Lane turning right into valet this avoids trying to cross over traffic and getting into the long lines created at the Bus Loop.


Dropping off and picking up passengers the the only authorized pick-up and drop-off location is directly behind the taxis so drivers have to circle around the Bus Loop to get there they should make sure their passengers are on the curb waiting for them because Universal is stepping up Patrols and if you’re not actively picking up or dropping off a pass and you’re being told to circle around. The drawback of uber and Lyft is that even though they know they’re not supposed to be parking and waiting there they are giving the Universal Staff a hard time which is making it hard to drop off and pick up passengers there. And due to the high volume of traffic in the Bus Loop it’s unsafe for passengers to be getting out of their vehicles in the middle of the traffic so the only safe place is in that designated loading zone. So like I stated before avoid the traffic arrive early grab some food and have a great time at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights