Leave your mark at Zoo Miami

October 20, 2014 on 8:05 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Leave your mark at Zoo Miami by becoming part of the brick project and purchasing a commemorative brick which will line the walkway to the new Zoo Miami Florida: Mission Everglades Exhibit. This wing of the zoo, opening in 2016, will feature state-of-the-art interactive exhibits showcasing the majestic and unique ecology of our world-famous River of Grass. Celebrate a birth, graduation, wedding, or any other significant event. Bricks come in two sizes and there are dozens of designs from which to choose. Be part of your zoo’s legacy. For complete information, visit http://www.zoomiami.org/bricks.  Special prices are effective until February 28, 2015.

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The San Francisco Dungeon opens first North American attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf

October 17, 2014 on 12:40 pm | In California, San Francisco, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off




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The Dungeon, a historical and theatrical attraction popular in Europe, opened their first North America production in San Francisco in June 2014. Located in historic Fisherman’s Wharf, this unique experience highlights 200 years of San Francisco’s colorful past with dramatic and theatrical story storytelling. The San Francisco Dungeon guides visitors through theatrical sets on a 60 minute walk-through journey as nine different shows unfold, from the colorful Gold Rush era to authentic tales about the Barbary Coast criminal gangs, Alcatraz and more. This is the first attraction of its kind in North America bringing to life the stories of old San Francisco with a larger than life cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets and an underground boat ride. The San Francisco Dungeon is designed to be fun and sometimes a little bit scary. The attraction is open from 11 a.m. 365 days a year at 145 Jefferson Street. For information, visit: www.thedungeons.com/sanfrancisco


The Sea Lion Center at PIER 39

October 17, 2014 on 12:39 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, San Francisco, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off




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Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center is a free nature center where guests can learn about the world famous California sea lions that inhabit the docks at the end of PIER 39. The Sea Lion Center overlooks PIER 39′s K-Dock, the usual hangout of these charismatic mammals that mysteriously made this their home in January 1990, shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Sea Lion Center features interactive displays, educational videos, fascinating presentations and one- on-one interactions with naturalists. Guests can touch real sea lion artifacts including pelts and skulls, and size themselves up next to a life-size sea lion skeleton. For information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org  or call 415-623-5300.


Seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels Offering Special ‘Fall Family Fun Rates’

October 16, 2014 on 11:28 am | In Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn The Walt Disney World® Resort In Florida

Offering Appealing “Fall Family Fun Rates”

. . . Special Rates at the Seven Hotels Provide A Nice Way to Take In Such Events As

The Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival,

the Eat To The Beat Concert Series at Epcot®,

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®,

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park,

and Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional at Epcot®

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL– Taking advantage of the special “Fall Family Fun Rates” that are being offered by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels from November 1-December 23, 2014 is a great way to experience the exceptional special events that are being conducted at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. This includes the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional at Epcot®, and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. You should definitely mark your calendars to attend this year.

In addition to the hotels having an ideal location with an easy walk to the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney® Area, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Downtown Disney® area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from over 30 merchants on Downtown Disney® area dining, entertainment and shopping.

Available for stays November 1-December 23, 2014, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ “Fall Family Fun Rates” are:

· B Resort & Spa – now open – rates from $99 per room, per night

· Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $79 per room, per night

· Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – rates from $79 per room, per night

· DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – rates from $109 per suite, per night

· Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night (through December 19th, 2014)

· Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night

· Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – rates from $74 per room, per night.

For more information on the “Fall Family Fun Rates,” or to make a reservation, visit www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com , specifically http://downtowndisneyhotels.com/pr-fall-fun-2014 (or http://bit.ly/DDHF2014 ). Rates are based on availability and some blackout dates may apply. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

Taking advantage of the special rates also will enable you to enjoy such other benefits of staying at one of the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels as:

· Disney tickets available to purchase at each hotel

· Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® golf courses

· Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel

· The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort include:

· Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Presented by Chase® — through November 10, 2014, at Epcot®.

· Eat To The Beat Concert Series – through November 10, 2014, at Epcot®

· The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights presented by Siemens – November 7, 2014-January 4, 2015, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

· Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – select nights November 7-December 19, 2014, at Magic Kingdom® Park

· Holidays Around the World – November 28-December 30, 2014, at Epcot®

· Candlelight Processional – November 28-December 30, 2014, at Epcot®.

In addition to these special events you also could take in the wonders of the recently expanded New Fantasyland, which is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom® Park. It offers more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences, and features two new themed areas: Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid; Be Our Guest Restaurant; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Ariel’s Grotto; Gaston’s Tavern; and the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Storybook Circus attractions include: The Barnstormer; Dumbo The Flying Elephant; Casey Jr Splash ‘N’ Soak Station; Pete’s Silly Sideshow; and Fantasyland Station.

Among the many coupons featured in the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet are discounts at Rainforest Café, T-Rex, Wolfgang Puck Express, Steve Baker Caricatures, Lego Imagination Center, Planet Hollywood Downtown Disney®, House of Blues® Restaurant, La NoubaTM by Cirque du Soleil®, Bongo’s Cuban Café®, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.

“This is a wonderful time to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort,” said Steve Garner, chairperson of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ marketing committee. “The special events in the fall are outstanding, and the holiday festivities are truly magical. Add in that the theme parks are often lighter during this time of year, and these very appealing ‘Fall Family Fun Rates,’ and it is a great way to experience the Walt Disney World® Resort.”

Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels (www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com ) is a consortium of seven hotels located in the Walt Disney World® Resort that includes: the stylish B Resort & Spa, opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, the full-service B Indulged® by AVEDA Spa, and a zero-entry pool; the 18-story Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, surrounded by 12 acres of lush tropical landscaping, and offering 325 spacious rooms and suites, and complimentary WiFi; the newly renovated and sophisticated Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, featuring 1,014 guest rooms and suites, a 10,000-square-foot spa, three pools, and five restaurants and lounges; the luxurious and spacious 229-suite Doubletree Suites by Hilton, the only all-suite resort hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort Area; the deluxe 814-room, full-service Hilton Orlando Resort, featuring seven on-site restaurants and lounges and the new Hilton Fitness by Life Fitness® Center; the Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, the only Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World® Resort Area and featuring elegant rooms with modern Florida décor; and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, featuring 626 guest rooms (which each feature a refrigerator), the Oasis Aquatic Playground with two pools and interactive water features, and six dining options.

With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Downtown Disney® area, these properties are within walking distance of some of the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.

For reservations, or more information, visit www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com

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“Fright Flight” Halloween-Candy Wine Pairing @ Wyndham Orlando Resort‏

October 16, 2014 on 11:26 am | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Available October 15th through October 31st, Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive – which recently underwent an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation and sits at the heart of America’s theme park capital – is offering an exclusive “Fright Flight” wine tasting, which pairs classic vintages with everyone’s favorite Halloween candy.

For a ghoulish $13, guests can indulge in a Halloween candy and wine pairing featuring a variety of creative combinations.

“Fright Flight” pairings, available at the resort’s sleek lobby bar, will include:

· Skittles with bubbly Champagne

· Candy Corn with a crisp Chardonnay

· Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with a balanced Cabernet


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Affordable Thanksgiving Getaway at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld‏

October 9, 2014 on 2:56 pm | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowORLANDO, FL – Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just about seven weeks away. For those who would rather stuff a suitcase with clothing than a turkey with seasoned bread croutons, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® still has availability for the four-day holiday weekend!

With rates starting from just $99 per room, per night, Thanksgiving is a perfect long weekend to escape for some fun in the sun in Orlando. Whether travelers want to enjoy a weekend at the theme parks with the kids or just looking to get away to enjoy some time in the sun or at the hotel’s on-site nèu lotus spa, the hotel is just the right destination for the weekend.

For families coming to Orlando, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld also features Junior Suites with a king bed and pull-out sofa which provide more space than a standard guest room. Rates for the Junior Suite corner rooms are from $149 per room, per night. To make a booking for Thanksgiving, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcosr-renaissance-orlando-at-seaworld  or call 1-800-327-6677.

The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld helps guests make the best local discoveries. In fact, the hotel’s Navigator, Jessie Vollero, prides herself on going above and beyond to give guests an unforgettable taste of Orlando no matter what time of year they visit. For the holiday weekend, Jesse reports many of the theme parks including Universal Studios are offering extended hours; SeaWorld will be hosting its Christmas Celebration from November 22 to December 31; and many Disney restaurants will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal as well. Additionally, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld will be hosting its own Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner in Tradewinds Restaurant with all of the traditional trimmings.

The 4-star Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® combines the enchantment of America’s favorite playground with imaginative style. From a breathtaking 10-story sun-bathed lobby to modern, residential suites and luxurious guest rooms — among the largest in the Orlando area — a truly distinctive experience awaits. Travelers can break a sweat in the state-of-the-art gym or retreat to the quiet nèu lotus spa, indulge in exceptional dining in one of six outstanding restaurants and eateries, or catch a wave of family adventure at the R Aqua Zone water park. For more information, visit www.renaissanceseaworld.com  or call 407-351-5555.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE

Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

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Terror in the Jungle comes to Miami attraction this October‏

August 28, 2014 on 11:08 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



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Five-Acres of Spine-Chilling Terror at ‘Terror in the Jungle’

~ South Florida’s premier Halloween attraction

to take place on select nights from October 2 – November 1, 2014~

MIAMI -  For the most pulse-pounding haunted attraction and trail experience ever experienced, head to Jungle Island and endure the park’s first-ever Terror in the Jungle. This Halloween, two scary attractions starred by mutated animals and zombie-like Aztec Indians will take over South Florida’s favorite haunt to provide visitors with 20 nights of hair-raising events beginning Thursday, October 2 and concluding Saturday, November 1 on the Day of the Dead.

From the creator of Festival of Souls (Demon Mansion), voted Florida’s Scariest Haunted House by Hauntworld.com, Terror in the Jungle will feature a chilling 40 x 22-foot Toxic Zombie Jungle Entrance leading guests through five acres of terrorizing jungle paths and a 10,000 square-foot ancient Ruins Pyramid Haunted House. Carefully navigate a dark jungle filled with zombies, demons and military HAZMAT containment units all while being chased by wild mutated animals. Many more surprises wait inside the Ruins Pyramid including booby traps and scary creatures, which will give even the fearless the fright of their life. Those who wet their pants or don’t make it through Terror in the Jungle will be added to a Wall of Lost Souls.

“We’re excited that Brandon Kittendorf of Florida Event Productions chose Jungle Island to serve as the venue for his award-winning Halloween attractions over the next three years,” said John Dunlap, President & CEO of Iconic Attractions Group, which manages Jungle Island. “This attraction will heighten guests’ senses and be a true test of courage for those who dare to conquer it. We’re certain our visitors will experience a heart-pounding fear like never before at Terror in the Jungle.”

Kittendorf has brewed an incredibly chilling story line for Terror in the Jungle, which goes as follows: A plane carrying toxic bio-chemicals from a research lab in Mexico flew off course and crashed into the ruins of the Aztec city surrounded by a lush tropical jungle. The bio-chemicals mutated the jungle animals and local Indians into half dead creatures who feed on all the living creatures in the jungle. The Aztec Indians prayed to their gods for forgiveness and instead, the Gods unleashed their demon called the HUNTER, which devoured everything living in its path.

The Mexican government has been looking for the plane for over two years. Reports of the giant mutated animals and zombie-like Aztec Indians running wild in the jungle has forced the Mexican government to investigate. One of the chemicals carried by the plane was an experimental virus banned by the research lab because of the uncontrollable side effects. A Hazardous Material Containment unit has been dispatched to the region to clean up the mess, but they have no idea what they are about to encounter. Little do they know, they are entering into what the locals call, Terror in the Jungle.

“Every time you let your guard down, there will be something else to scare the living daylights out of you,” said Kittendorf. “We’re creating a gory Halloween attraction using nature’s natural darkness, fog, costumes and special effects, screams, animals and visual stimulation to play on peoples phobias and fears. The thought of walking around in a jungle in pitch-black darkness is already eerie, which is what makes Jungle Island the perfect setting for this event.”

Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets to Terror in the Jungle cost $45 per person on non-peak days and $55 per person on peak days. Fast passes start at $20 per person. Tax is additional. Jungle Island also will offer childcare on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per child, per night. Terror in the Jungle will take place every Thursday to Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, with one Wednesday over the following dates: Non-peak dates / October 2-5, 9-12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29 and November 1. Peak dates / October 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 & 31.

Group rates, frequent fear pass, corporate party, event and sponsorship packages are available. For additional information, follow #terrorinthejungle on social media or visit www.terrorinthejungle.com.

About Jungle Island

Jungle Island, South Florida’s popular zoological attraction, is situated on Watson Island in the heart of Miami between downtown and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. From exciting adventures including the new aqua park to educational VIP tours, camps and unforgettable interactions with some of the world’s most fascinating animals, Jungle Island offers guests a plethora of real-life jungle experiences. With its Treetop Ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces, the park also serves as Miami’s destination for extraordinary events. Discover the new Jungle Island today. Follow #JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com

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Disney plans drone-enabled theme park

August 26, 2014 on 10:49 am | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWalt Disney Co is mulling the use of drones for next generation theme park entertainment, after filing a patent application for ‘unmanned aerial vehicles.’

The application suggests that drones could operate larger-than-life puppet or projection screens for night time entertainment.

The patent goes on to explain: “The inventors recognized that presently there are no mechanisms for creating very large aerial displays such as a display that is reusable or repeatable, dynamic, and interactive.”

“This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the form of parades or other blimps filled with hot air and that had little or awkward articulation of any movable parts,” it said.

Disney’s UAVs would be controlled from the ground and synchronized to prevent collisions, and could also be used to create a high-tech digital fireworks show, a safer and cheaper option than a typical pyrotechnic display.

Al Ducharme of Hoverfly Technologies, which designs and manufactures drones, said small quad-copter UAVs cost around $1,000, and can run to six figures for commercial custom specifications.

“I’m sure Disney will cordon off an area to fly drones over, as with any kind of technology, be it a roller coaster or a drone, you have to take safety into consideration,” Ducharme said.

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Orlando’s Best Kept Tips And Tricks For Budget Travelers‏

August 26, 2014 on 10:42 am | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show20 Attractions Under $20 To Visit This Fall

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the heat of summer mellows into the fall, so do the crowds and prices for a wide array of attractions, dining and more. In fact, Visit Orlando is offering 30 days of savings up to 50 percent off during Magical Deal Month in September. Savvy vacation planners can take advantage of the fall season deals by using VisitOrlando.com/September as a one-stop shop for more than 150 theme park offers, discounted hotel rates, dining deals and more.

While September offers some of the best deals available all year, visitors might be surprised to learn there are even more ways to save year-round with affordable options for the entire family. From visiting a museum with the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world for less than $5 and viewing the biggest display of camellias outside of California for less than $10 to hands-on, interactive fun exploring the Orlando Science Center or Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium for less than $20, this list of 20 activities under $20 each* offers inexpensive options to explore while visiting Orlando:

$5 or less per person

1. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens houses the works of Albin Polasek, one of America’s most prominent sculptors of the 20th century. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students (age 12 through college), free for children age 12 and under.

2. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his famed leaded-glass lamps. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $1 students, free for children under 12. Free admission 4-8 p.m. Fridays (November through April).

3. The Mennello Museum of American Art offers a diverse collection of sculptures and paintings, including contemporary American folk art and works by Earl Cunningham. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $1 students, $1 children age 6-18, free for children under 6.

$10 or less per person

4. Kings Bowl Orlando is the perfect place to eat, bowl, or lounge in a comfortable, fun and luxurious environment. $5 before 6 p.m., $6 after 6 p.m., $7 Fri & Sat after 6 p.m. All prices are per person, per game. Shoe and sock rentals are $3 each.

5. Enzian, Central Florida’s only full-time alternative cinema, presents independent and classic films as well as produces annual film festivals and a variety of community events. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students, $8 matinee (before 6 p.m.).

6. Harry P. Leu Gardens hosts 3 miles of paved scenic walkways; a butterfly garden; bamboo and palm gardens; and 1880s house museum. $10 adults, $3 students ages 5-18. Free admission on first Monday of every month.

7. Orlando Museum of Art displays local, national and international art work. The museum also features two discovery centers for children, devoted to interactive activities and educational programs. $8 adults, $7 seniors/college students, $5 children ages 4-17.

8. West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co.offers hourly, daily and weekly road bike rentals for visitors to explore Central Florida’s scenic trails, including the 22-mile West Orange Trail. Rentals start at $6 per hour. Hotel delivery and group bike tours available at an additional cost.

$15 or less per person

9. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole miniature golf experiences in a pirate-themed setting (locations in the Lake Buena Vista and International Drive areas). $10.45 adults, $9.45 children ages 4-12 (Lake Buena Vista). $12.50 adults, $11.50 children (International Drive). Admission available for the 36-hole adventure at an additional cost.

10. Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, is nestled among 50 acres of picturesque gardens and hosts a 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower on its grounds. $12 adults, $3 children ages 5-12.

11. Orange County Regional History Center showcases a variety of exhibits and programs that explore Central Florida’s history dating back 12,000 years. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $9 children ages 5-12.

12. AMC Dine-In Theaters, located at Downtown Disney, allow movie-goers to combine dinner and a movie with seat-side service. Ticket prices range from $11-15. Menus items range from $6.99-$14.99. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

13. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour provides a relaxing narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, showcasing natural wildlife and mansions that line the waterways. $12 adults, $6 children ages 2-11.

14. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens includes hundreds of rare and endangered animals and 800 species of plants and flowers. $14.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $10.95 children ages 3-12.

15. SAK Comedy Lab volleys roaring laughs and hilarious improv sketches on select nights as the players take suggestions from the audience and create show-stopping scenes and songs. General Admission tickets range from $5-$12.

$20 or less per person

16. CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort offers day passes to its 54,000-square-foot water park that features 14 water slides and four pools. $17.95 weekday pass. Reservations are strongly recommended.

17. Orlando Repertory Theater, a professional theatre that caters to young audiences and families, presents performances based on classical and contemporary children’s literature. $18 adults, $16 seniors/students, $12 children 17 and under.

18. Orlando Science Center is a hands-on science museum with educational exhibits, programs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. $19 adults, $17 seniors/students, $13 children ages 3-11.

19. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium houses artifacts, art and interactive exhibits in 16 galleries of the odd and unusual from around the world. $16.99 for adults, $10.99 for children ages 4-12.

20. Showcase of Citrus, a 2,500-acre working citrus and cattle ranch, produces more than 50 seasonal varieties of citrus, ripe for the picking. Enjoy a Swamp Safari & Eco Tour with zebra, Ankole-Watusi, alligators, exotic native birds & more. $20 adults, $10 children 4-12, 3 and under free.


Universal Orlando Resort Celebrates Harry Potter in January 2015

August 25, 2014 on 11:49 am | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowUniversal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. have announced that they will host the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event – a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

Beginning Jan. 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale August 21 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)

Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise

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.
And much more!

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and special guests, plus tour the exhibits of the “Celebration of Harry Potter” expo. And while most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders, only guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package or annual passholder package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are limited and will go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Package details are as follows:

On-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package: Starts at $219 per adult per night, tax inclusive

3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort’s all-new retro-themed moderate & value priced hotel
3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

On-Site Deluxe Hotel Celebration Vacation Package: Starts at $285 per adult per night, tax inclusive

3-night on-site hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s spectacular deluxe on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort
3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
Complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks for all three days – a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day
Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Universal Partner Hotel Celebration Vacation Package: Starts at $185 per adult per night, tax inclusive

3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando
3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
Free scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort

Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access.

Access to select events within “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando or with an annual pass. For more information about the event, tickets and vacation packages, visit www.universaltravelagents.com/HP.

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