April 18, 2014 on 8:26 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., – Panama City Beach, located along the white, sandy beaches of Northwest Florida, will soon celebrate the third incarnation of a beloved amusement park by the sea. The original Miracle Strip Amusement Park was founded in 1964, and provided generations of beach-goers with thrills and memories before closing in the early 2000’s, when the property was sold as part of a real estate deal.

Visitors and locals alike mourned the loss of the beloved park until 2010, when Teddy and Jenny Meeks purchased the vintage carousel ride from the park and brought it to Pier Park, a kind of town center for Panama City Beach. The nostalgic thrill was a hit, and additional rides (including a 1974 Big Eli Ferris Wheel) were added. But while the park was big on fun, it was small on space, which is why the Meeks acquired a much larger plot of land adjacent to their location, and began moving after New Year’s Eve 2013.

With the new location will come 10 new rides (for a total of 20), a water playground and a state-of-the-art batting cage. New rides include a RipTide Roller Coaster, Tea Cups, Swing Planes, and bumper car area.

“We know that this amusement park is a nostalgic place for locals and visitors to create lasting memories,“ shares Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Dan Rowe. “The grand re-opening couldn’t come at a better time as we gear up for the summer season and plenty of Florida sunshine!”

Miracle Strip Amusement Park will celebrate their Grand Re-Opening on April 18, then open daily at Noon. The Park is located on 284 Powell Adams Rd. at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. 32413. No admission into the park is required, and individual ride tickets are $4 each, or $28 for an unlimited ride armband (per day). The park also offers the “Family 4 Pack” deal that offers a free unlimited ride armband with the purchase of three. For more information, call 850-230-5200 or visit www.ms-pp.com.

Editors Note: Images of Miracle Strip Amusement Park https://www.hightail.com/download/elNMZm1ZQTZGOFExWjhUQw

About Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@PCBeach) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/visitpanamacitybeach).


Orlando religious theme park to screen controversial movie

April 17, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

Orlando’s Holy Land Experience theme park is putting on free screenings of Mel Gibson’s controversial religious biopic ‘The Passion of the Christ’ during the holiday weekend.

Screening are scheduled at the park’s Church of All Nations on Good Friday April 18 at 6 pm, Saturday at 6 pm and 9pm, and Easter Sunday at 3 pm.

The film has divided critics and religious scholars ever since its release a decade ago and will be shown uncut on a 60-feet high definition screen.

“The film has been embraced by believers the world over for its realistic and moving portrayal of Jesus’ suffering and death and we are thrilled to once again share this powerful movie with our many friends and guests,” said Holy Land Experience general manager Mike Everett.

The park is offering free entrance and parking with 2,000 seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

Holy Land Experience is owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network and offers immersive and educational re-creations of ancient Israel and biblical stories through theatrical presentations.


April 15, 2014 on 12:43 pm | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

Fully-Remodeled Area will be Unveiled with the Launch of Falcon’s Fury,

North America’s Tallest Freestanding Drop Tower

TAMPA, Fla. – Busch Gardens® Tampa has announced that when it launches Falcon’s Fury™, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, in spring 2014, it will also unveil its newest land – Pantopia™.

Currently known as Timbuktu, the fully remodeled Pantopia™ will boast elaborately-jeweled theming and feature thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage options, exciting entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and more.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Pantopia™ here

Located in the heart of Busch Gardens, the centerpiece of Pantopia™ will be Falcon’s Fury™. The one-of-a-kind drop tower will stand at 335 feet and beckon guests from across the globe as it takes riders soaring straight down. At the ride’s highest point there is an element of surprise. Like its bird of prey namesake, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they’ll plunge 60 mph straight down.

In addition to Falcon’s Fury™, this completely reimagined land will be a creative haven that has been inspired by centuries of world travelers, offering something for every member of the family.

“In addition to the power and allure of Falcon’s Fury™, Pantopia™ will celebrate the spirit of animals, welcome adventurers from the four corners of the earth, explore ancient lore and display fantastic architecture,” says Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean. “Guests will find multiple portals and doorways and learn about the legends that have drawn journeyers from around the world to Pantopia™. Plus, family favorites like the Scorpion, Phoenix, Bush Flyers, Desert Runners and the Kiddie Train will return.”

For more updates about Falcon’s Fury™ and Pantopia™, go to falconsfury.com. And be the first to know about new events and special deals by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com. You can also “like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter, on Pinterest and Instagram.

Seaworld Parks & Entertainment 2014 New Attraction Lineup

April 15, 2014 on 12:38 pm | In California, Florida, Orlando, San Diego, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

Orlando, Fla. – SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment – owner of 11 U.S. parks including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens – is launching a thrilling mix of attractions and events just in time for the key spring and summer travel seasons.

For five decades SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with animals. The original SeaWorld park opened its gates for the first time in March 1964 on Mission Bay in San Diego.

“Fifty years later, the vision for a unique blend of education and entertainment that inspires and motivates people to care about wild animals and wild places, still lives at the heart of what we do,” said Jim Atchison, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President and Chief Executive Officer.

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration kicked off on March 21, 2014 with a “Sea of Surprises™” in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio. The 18-month celebration highlights some of the most memorable SeaWorld experiences.

The Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va. offer a mix of new extreme thrill rides, and unique entertainment and events that appeal to visitors of all ages. SeaWorld’s Aquatica waterparks also make a splash with new attractions in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego this year.

SeaWorld® Parks, Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration is a Sea of Surprises™ – 18 months, starting March 21, 2014

During SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration visitors are invited to take part in the fun through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day.


“Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night™” is the new nighttime Shamu Show debuting at all three SeaWorld parks this summer. The show will include new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. At SeaWorld San Antonio, a 50th themed ski show will also open this summer.

SeaWorld San Diego celebrates 50 years by completely transforming the park’s arrival experience. Explorer’s Reef™ opened March 21 for the celebration kick-off, and immediately immerses park guests into an undersea oasis. From the moment they enter the park, guests can connect with the sea through multiple touch pools featuring shark pups, rays, skates and delicate little cleaner fish.

SeaWorld guests are often greeted by an animal ambassador, many of whom were orphaned or injured in the wild and given a second chance thanks to the SeaWorld Rescue Team. As part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, there will be more surprise encounters with animal ambassadors throughout the day. A pair of Magellanic penguins, a lemur, or even a parade of flamingos could surprise guests at any moment at all three SeaWorld locations.

SeaWorld is known for amazing entertainment and each park will have something new for the 50th celebration. Park pathways come to life with spontaneous entertainment. “Bubble Blowout” is sure to be a guest favorite with a fantastical vehicle creating bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Engaging performances with sea-inspired costumes and props will pop up at unexpected moments to surprise guests throughout the day, like “Splash Dance” and the “Sea Street Band.”

To showcase SeaWorld’s commitment to the environment and passion for protecting the ocean, a series of giant sea life sculptures will be displayed throughout the parks. SeaWorld commissioned environmental art group The Washed Ashore Project for a collection of large sea life sculptures – many weighing more than half a ton. The material used to create these pieces comes from the billions of pounds of garbage – mostly plastics – that wind up in our oceans. These amazing works of art point to the urgent need to protect marine animals from such dangers and preserve their ocean habitats.


Busch Gardens®, Tampa, Fla.

Falcon’s Fury™ – rising May 1, 2014

Falcon’s Fury is the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America, standing at 335 feet. At the ride’s highest point there is an element of surprise. Like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they’ll plunge 60mph straight down with speed and power like they’ve likely never experienced before. A variable hold time at the top of the ride ensures you’ll never know how long you’ll hang before dropping.

The park will also unveil a fully-reimaged land. Currently known as Timbuktu, the fully remodeled Pantopia™ will boast elaborately-jeweled theming and feature thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage options, exciting entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and more.


Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™, Orlando, Fla.

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls™ – opening May 9, 2014

Riders brave a watery free-fall when Ihu’s Breakaway Falls – the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States – opens in Orlando at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark on May 9.

Standing at nearly 80 feet tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls stands at nearly 80 feet with an almost vertical drop for nearly 40 feet. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the longest water thrill slide of its kind featuring three “breakaway boxes” and four completely different slide paths. Once the floor disappears, riders will drop 20-24 feet per second.Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the only high-speed water thrill slide in the world that propels guests through four, 360-degree spirals.


Busch Gardens®, Williamsburg, Va.

London Rocks™ – debuting spring 2014

Guests will embark on a musical journey that explores the roots of rock-n-roll and transforms the Busch Gardens Globe Theatre into a rousing 25-minute live action and multi-media rock spectacular when London Rocks debuts this spring. A team of more than 200 musical directors, designers, technicians and artists is taking on the new production, four years in the making.

London Rocks is among the many reasons to visit Busch Gardens this year, including the return of the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival (Weekends, May 23 – June 29)


Colossal Curl™ at Water Country USA® – opening spring 2014

Water Country USA’s guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride – Colossal Curl, set to debut at Virginia’s largest water park this spring. This mega slide promises to deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure. Colossal Curl features a funnel element that will swish and swirl guests before whisking them through the ride’s enclosed colorful tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park. At 552 feet long, it is almost the length of two football fields.

Colossal Curl will join Vanish Point, the park’s first big thrill slide which opened in 2011.

Water Country USA is the sister park to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and offers fun for the entire family with a retro surf theme, resort-style amenities and more than 25 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions.


Sesame Place®, Langhorne, Pa.

Cookie’s Monster Land™ – opening May 2014

Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, will open Cookie’s Monster Land, in summer 2014. Cookie Monster will serve as host to all of his monster friends in this colorful and imaginative new land featuring five exciting rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area for the park’s youngest visitors.

The area’s feature ride, Captain Cookie’s High “C’s” Adventures, will take guests around a track with multiple small inclines that mimic the gentle rolling waves of the ocean. On the new Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets, guests can join Oscar the Grouch and his best pal Slimey on a space mission in trash-can rocketships. Children 42 inches and taller, can take a ride on Honker Dinger Derby, where colorful cars will move up and down while simultaneously rotating in small and large circles. Flying Cookie Jars will spin guests around in a giant cookie jar 40 feet above the ground for a monster’s eye view of the park. Families can also move and groove across the dance floor in spinning disco ball teacups with everyone’s favorite furry monsters on Monster Mix-Up.


About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. In 2011, the company began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. They rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 23,000 animals in need over the last four decades.

Wet’ n Wild Orlando New High-Speed Attraction

April 15, 2014 on 12:34 pm | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

ORLANDO, Fla. – A high-speed race awaits guests this summer when Wet ‘n Wild Orlando opens Florida’s tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction of its kind. The Aqua Drag Racer will be six stories tall and propel guests through four lanes of head-to-head competition at fifteen feet per-second before splashing them across the finish line.

Guests will take their mark, get ready for a full throttle adrenaline rush and then power through enclosed braided, twisting tunnels as they accelerate into four parallel racing lanes. They will gain even more speed before rushing toward the finish line. The Aqua Drag Racer is designed to be the wettest and wildest high-speed drag race ever.

“The new Aqua Drag Racer will pull guests into a high-speed thrill ride unlike any other around,” said Michael Black, Sr. Vice President & GM of Wet ‘n Wild. “This ride combines friendly competition along with the excitement of sharing the rush with family and friends.”

Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark, sets the standard for thrills and over-the-top excitement – offering world-class attractions to thrill-seekers of all ages. Families can share a wide variety of waterpark adventure, with more than fifteen themed rides and attractions and more multi-person rides than any other waterpark in Central Florida. Experience a deep space adventure that’s light years from ordinary on The Black Hole™: The Next Generation, encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on the Brain Wash™ or boogie down on the retro raft adventure Disco H2O™. At

Wet ‘n Wild you’ll find high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person adventures that let you feel the fun and share the rush.

CityPASS Ticket Booklets: Put Some Spring in Your Break with Savings of up to Half-Off on Vacation Thrills

April 4, 2014 on 10:52 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Chicago, East Coast, Florida, Los Angeles, Miami, Museums, New England, New York City, Orlando, Pacific Northwest, San Diego, San Francisco, Texas, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

New York — This spring break, parents can transform their couch-crashing kids into inquisitive, wide-eyed explorers by whipping out a packet of CityPASS® ticket booklets. Boasting savings of up to 50 percent on combined attraction admissions and allowing users to skip most main-entrance ticket lines — a big bonus when you’re traveling with antsy, “are-we-there-yet?” kids — CityPASS booklets are the must-have accessory for an affordable family adventure.

It doesn’t matter if your kids are avid online gamers, skateboarding daredevils or science geeks. The CityPASS program offers an eye-popping range of attractions in North America’s top destinations: New York City, Southern California, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Toronto. A CityPASS ticket booklet includes prepaid admission to each destination’s most famous sights at significant savings. Plus, there’s plenty of time to do everything else you want to do — CityPASS booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use (14 days for the Southern California CityPASS admission card).

Ready for an inspiring spring break? Great! Now you just need to peg what type of travel category your family falls into:

Thrill Seekers — These folks like their experiences fast and fun. They’re bubbling with stories of conquering the latest, scariest thrill ride and describing feats of daring do. The Southern California CityPASS admission card has them covered. The card includes admission to SeaWorld San Diego, whose new Manta roller coaster simulates a manta ray’s underwater flight; and Universal Studios Hollywood, where the recently opened Transformers™: The Ride—3D gives guests a front row seat to the thrilling battle between the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons. Or, for a real jolt, step out onto Skydeck Chicago’s 103rd-floor, all-glass viewing box, and stare straight down. Do you dare to jump up and down on the ledge?

History Buffs — Puff up with pride at these timeless tributes to what made our nation great. Memorable sites such as the interactive National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and The Old State House along the Freedom Trail in Boston offer riveting presentations of our nation’s history. For something with a little more motion, step aboard the Space Shuttle Trainer at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

While there, check out Air Force One and the supersonic Concorde, and learn how America’s aviation pioneers overcame barriers to flight. Just down the Pacific Coast, landlubbers will get a nostalgic thrill riding San Francisco’s historic cable cars.

Undersea Explorers — Dive into the Georgia Aquarium’s Aquatic Bodies exhibit to see the world’s largest plastinated sea creatures — or deep-sea monsters, as mariners called them generations ago. Those who prefer friendlier sea life closer to the surface will get the giggles watching dolphins soar and belugas dance at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium provides a window on Puget Sound’s underwater life, including dive shows and octopus feedings. Finally, San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay lets visitors wander through 300 feet (90 meters) of crystal-clear tunnels for a scuba diver’s view of more than 20,000 marine animals from both the San Francisco Bay and nearby waters.

Masters of Art — For art lovers, no roller coaster can match the thrill of seeing timeless masterpieces displayed in CityPASS museums. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will enthrall visitors with its vast collection of American, African, Asian and Near Eastern works, dating back to the dawn of time. The amazing Art Institute of Chicago dazzles with a modern collection encompassing Dalí, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. It also has one of the best collections of Impressionist masterpieces by Renoir, Gauguin and van Gogh. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts fills its galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history. And, after perusing the art, who wouldn’t want to stop by and greet “Gordo” the Barosaurus, Canada’s largest dinosaur, at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Star Chasers — Whether one dreams of traveling to the stars or mingling with them on the red carpet, CityPASS has you covered. Not only is Jimmy Fallon the new host of the Tonight Show, he’s also the new video host of the ever-popular back lot tour at Universal Studios Hollywood in Southern California. At Space Center Houston, kids can see what it’s really like to be an astronaut; while the NASA Tram Tour takes visitors behind the scenes to the working areas of the Johnson Space Center. America’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, covers the mysteries of the solar system in its exhibition galleries and theaters. And those who crave their own “star turn” can take a spin in a news anchor’s chair during the Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta.

For more than 15 years, CityPASS ticket booklets and admission cards have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS booklets/cards are available for New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto. For more information, visit www.CityPASS.com

Prices and programs subject to change. CityPASS® is a registered trademark of City Pass, Inc., and the exclusive property of City Pass, Inc.

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water slide – Kansas

March 28, 2014 on 10:38 am | In Plains States, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water-slide is nearing completion in the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, located in Kansas City, KS. Due to launch with the seasonal re-opening of the park in late May 2014, ‘Verruckt’ (which translates from German to ‘Insane’ in English) is approximately 17 storeys high and boasts a descent speed of 65mph following a 264 step climb. Verruckt will join what the park describes as ‘a thrilling collection of water fun’ this summer complete with a Master Blaster uphill water-coaster with four tubing slides and chutes, two tubing rivers (including the world’s longest tidal wave river), 13 mini slides for kids, three relaxing beaches and a giant hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar. www.theverruckt.com  / www.DiscoverAmerica.com

Free LEGOLAND Florida Tickets With Disney, Universal And SeaWorld Tickets

March 28, 2014 on 9:50 am | In London, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums, United Kingdom | Comments Off

If the LEGO Movie has stirred some serious brick building excitement in your household then make sure LEOGOLAND Florida is on your holiday agenda. Purchase any Disney, Universal or SeaWorld Orlando ticket with Attraction Tickets Direct by March 31and receive a FREE14 day unlimited LEGOLAND Florida ticket worth £50pp, for everyone on your booking.

LEGOLAND Florida is ideal for children aged 2-12; the theme park features over 50 rides, shows and attractions as well as Miniland USA and LEGO City.

For the best value, customers should check out Attraction Tickets Direct’s most popular ticket, the Orlando Freedom Ticket. Priced at £479 per adult and £452 per child, it gives you unlimited access to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – and not forgetting LEGOLAND Florida when you book by March 31.

All tickets purchased are sold with Attraction Tickets Direct’s price promise, and real tickets are sent, rather than vouchers. There are no credit card fees and all tickets are received within seven days of full payment.

For further information on the latest offers and advice on booking tickets for theme parks and attractions around the world, log onto www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk  or free phone 0808 250 1441.

Falcon’s Fury Rising At Busch Gardens On 1 May

March 28, 2014 on 9:49 am | In Plains States, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

On 1 May 2014 Busch Gardens Tampa is taking guests’ experiences to new heights with Falcon’s Fury, the first drop tower of its kind in the world, mimicking the dive speeds of the fastest animal on earth*.

Set for a Spring launch, Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 feet (102 metres) tall and take riders plunging 60 mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise. Like its bird of prey namesake, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they’ll plunge down with speed and power like they’ve never experienced.

The ride has been compared to skydiving by its designers who have used special sequencing technology so that passengers can’t anticipate when they will drop each time.

With no connecting structures, Falcon’s Fury will be the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America and passengers will be able to see as far as St, Petersburg Clearwater. Over 100 tonnes of steel has been used to create the tower, that’s the weight of over 25 elephants, and uses 1,000 horsepower. Staff working at Busch Gardens can access the top of the ride by climbing the 365 steps inside the tower – a journey which takes around 35 minutes to complete.

The surrounding area of Falcon’s Fury is also being redeveloped into Pantopia. Currently known as Timbuktu, the fully remodelled Pantopia will boast elaborately-jewelled theming, feature thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage outlets, exciting entertainment and shops, as well as and the newly renovated Pantopia Theatre.

Visitors arrive at Pantopia through the Key Gate before making their way through the Transportation Plaza, where its caretaker has created kinetic sculptures from the tuk tuks, trucks, planes, bikes and wagons other travelers have left behind. Botanica is nestled amongst Panatopia’s vibrant surroundings offering an oasis of intricate botanical sculptures leading to The Sitting Place, a modern-day watering hole.

UK visitors to Florida can now experience three parks for the price of two until 31st December 2014. The 3-Park Ticket offers 14 days unlimited entry to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa. Prices start from £89 for adults and £85 for children, for more information and bookings go to www.seaworldparks.co.uk.

* The falcon is the fastest animal on Earth, reaching speeds of 200 mph

Starwood to Open Element Hotel in Orlando

March 27, 2014 on 10:51 am | In Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open a 151-room Element hotel in Orlando in July 2015 as part of the redevelopment of Orlando Fashion Square on Colonial Drive. It will be the third Element in Florida.

The eight-story property will be 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and less than 30 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort.

Its accommodations will include studios and one-bedroom apartments with swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Bathrooms will feature rain showers and dual-flush toilets. Rooms will also offer fully equipped kitchens.

The hotel will also boast a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor saline swimming pool and a 977 square-foot meeting room. It will also offer breakfast, complimentary bikes and free Wi-Fi.

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