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Go PLAY for the Holidays

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Don’t wait until Santa lands on your rooftop to celebrate the season.
Words by Anna Karasik

Theme Parks & Resorts

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
    Select dates November 7 to December 22, 7 p.m. to Midnight
    Disney’s Magic Kingdom

    Join Mickey and friends in a holiday celebration as the Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter wonderland. Our favorite parts are the faux snow on Main Street and oh-so-jolly holiday parade. Special event tickets start at $86. disneyworld.disney.go.com
  • Christmas at Gaylord Palms
    November 18, 2016 to January 1, 2017
    Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

    This resort’s iconic atrium becomes an oasis of holiday fun, featuring an all-new light show, a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree and tons of exciting activities, including ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas – a beautiful display of hand-carved ice portraying the Peanuts gang, including Snoopy, of course! Alpine Rush Snow Tubing lets you zoom down a chilly hill covered in real snow! christmasatgaylordpalms.com
  • Holidays Around the World & Celebrity Candlelight Processional
    November 25 to December 30
    Disney’s EPCOT

    Experience holiday traditions from around the world as you stroll through the World Showcase experiencing how different cultures celebrate the holidays. disneyworld.disney.go.com
  • Santa’s Favorite Resort
    Select dates November 25 to December 25
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at their favorite vacation spot. The merry couple leads the evening tree-lighting ceremony and meet-and-greets at their Tiki hut. Other activities include cookie decorating, crafts and Santa’s Dancing Lights Spectacular. SantasFavoriteResort.com
  • LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular

    LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular


  • SeaWorld Christmas Celebration
    Select dates November 25 to December 31
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Enjoy a wet winter wonderland of sparkling lights, live holiday performances and festive food. New this year—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends are making spirits bright with their SeaWorld debut! seaworldorlando.com
  • LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular
    Select dates December 17 to December 30
    LEGOLAND Florida Resort

    Build your best holiday the LEGO way. Meet LEGO Santa and other exclusive characters, make holiday projects with Master Model Builders and watch a nightly fireworks spectacular. It’s all included with park admission. legoland.com/florida
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  • Grinchmas
    December 3, 2016 to January 1, 2017
    Universal’s Islands of Adventure

    Celebrate the snarky way with the Grinch! Seuss Landing will become home to the ever-festive Whos of Whoville, who love to spread holiday cheer. For an intimate experience, grab a table at a Grinch character breakfast ($21 for kids, $35 for adults.) The rest of the festivities are included with park admission! universalorlando.com

Christmas Culture

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) Presented by Orlando Shakes

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

  • Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
    Select dates November 30 to December 30
    Orlando Shakespeare Theater

    At first you think you’re watching a classic production of A Christmas Carol, but this comedic show soon dissolves into everything from the story of Frosty the Snowman to the adventures of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts! Tickets start at $25. orlandoshakes.org
  • Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf
    November 7 to December 18, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
    Orlando Repertory Theatre

    Watch talented young performers play out this new jazz musical. It tells the story Eubie, the happiest elf of all, who tries to restore joy to the town of Bluesville! Tickets start at $14 for kids and $20 for adults. orlandorep.com
  • Once Upon a Time on Ice
    December 3 and 4 at 5 p.m.
    RDV Sportsplex

    Enjoy a beautiful ice show featuring RDV figure skaters and those in the Learn to Skate programs. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets cost $9.
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    Orlando Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

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  • Orlando Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
    December 8 to 11; Family Performance December 10 at 11 a.m.
    Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

    Watch the amazing dancers at Orlando Ballet bring to life the classic Christmas tale of Clara and her nutcracker soldier. If you have young kids who can’t sit through a whole ballet, check out the shortened family performance on December 10. Tickets start at $25 for the family show, $29 for all other shows. orlandoballet.org
  • “Holidaze” Presented by Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Colorguard
    Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
    Orlando Repertory Theatre

    Orlando’s own LGBT+ concert and marching band presents a fun holiday concert for the whole family! Holidaze is hosted at Orlando Repertory Theater, and features uplifting holiday music from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. Kids under 12 get in for free! centralfloridasoundsoffreedom.com
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert
    Sunday, December 18 from Noon to 3 p.m.
    Central Park in Winter Park

    Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds will kick things off; then, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will play holiday favorites. It’s all topped off with a performance of Peter and the Wolf featuring Orlando Repertory Theatre actor and narrator Timothy Pappas. orlandophil.org
  • Amahl & the Night Visitors
    Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

    Bring the whole family out to enjoy this funny and inspiring twist on nativity story, presented by Opera Orlando. Follow the adventures of a shepherd boy who sees an amazing star, and meets three kings who are looking for a wondrous child. Tickets start at $19. drphillipscenter.org

Holiday Films

  • The Santa Clause
    Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
    Central Park in Winter Park

    This is part of the free monthly Popcorn Flicks in the Park series.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Letters to Santa
    Sunday, December 11 at Noon
    Enzian Theater

    Watch the live-action version of Dr. Seuss’s quirky Christmas tale. Enjoy a menu of holiday treats. Children can write a wish list for Santa during the movie. After it’s over, Santa will pick up the letters and pose for pictures. Tickets are $11 for non-members.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
    Saturday, December 10 at Noon
    Enzian Theater

    This is part of the Saturday Matinee Classics series. Tickets are $8 for non-members.
  • A Christmas Story
    Tuesday, December 13 at 9:30 p.m.
    Enzian Theater

    This is part of the Cult Classics series. Tickets are $8 for non-members. enzian.org

Parties, Parades, and Snow

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November 18, 2016 to January 7, 2017
CFE Arena – University of Central Florida

UCF’s huge holiday bash is perhaps best known for its ice tubing. Try it as many times as you want; it’s all included with the purchase of a wristband. Try out the ice rink, too! The ferris wheel is back and bigger than ever, and there is a new thrilling ride that will leave you reeling! For smaller ride-goers, there’s always the kiddie train. Snap a picture with Santa before you leave! cfearena.com

  • Winter in the Park
    November 18, 2016 to January 8, 2017
    Central Park in Winter Park

    Skate away the holiday in beautiful Central Park. All-day general admission and a pair of rental skates is $12. cityofwinterpark.org
  • “Now Snowing” At Celebration
    November 26 to December 31 – Snowfall at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m.
    Celebration Town Center

    Nightly snowfall graces the Celebration Town Center every night of the holiday season. Skate around in an ice rink, take a ride in a horse drawn carriage or ride the Celebration Express train. celebrationtowncenter.com
  • Holiday on the Drive
    December 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.
    Edgewater Drive, College Park

    Get a jump on your holiday shopping in a snowy winter wonderland! The shops and restaurants on Edgewater Drive will stay open, and Santa will come to bring some early holiday cheer! collegeparkpartnership.com
  • Light Up Winter Garden
  • December 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Downtown Winter Garden

    Twinkling lights will keep Plant Street aglow while you explore the vendors and kids activities. Watch the dazzling street lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. cwgdn.com

  • Winter Garden Christmas Parade
    Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m.
    South Dillard Street & Plant Street

    Find a prime spot on the curb to catch this festive procession of local organizations. cwgdn.com
  • Macy’s Holiday Parade
    Select nights December 3, 2016 to January 1, 2017
    Universal Studios

    The larger-than-life balloons from this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade get the spotlight once again at Universal Studios here in Florida. In addition to the balloons, parade-goers will see marching bands, clowns, and Santa Claus himself! Stick around afterwards for a spectacular tree-lighting ceremony. universalorlando.com
  • SNOWFEST
    Saturday, December 17 from 2 to 6 p.m.
    RDV Sportsplex

    If you thought the Ice Den was as chilly as it could be, think again: for one day only, real snow will fall at the RDV! Throw a few snowballs, ride down a snow slide, or do some good old fashion ice skating! Just outside, you’ll find bounce houses, live DJs, face painting and more. Admission is $15 for ages 3 & up.
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  • Meet Santa

    Free photo with Santa at tugboat & the bird

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    • Save the Date, Skip the Wait for Santa
      November 11-December 24, by appointment
      Oviedo Mall

      No need to wait in a long line to meet Santa because now you can make a reservation for your Santa visit at the Oviedo Mall. Bonus: Drop off the kids at Mad Science Laboratory (Kids Night Out, every Friday from 6-10 p.m.) or O2B Kids (members only) to get some holiday shopping done! myoviedomall.com
    • Free Photo with Santa at tugboat & the bird
      December 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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      Stop by tugboat & the bird win Winter Park for complimentary pictures with Santa Claus himself! Characters from The Nutcracker will also be around to take photos. tugboatandthebird.com
    • Breakfast (or Brunch) with Santa
      Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
      Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

      Sit down for a meal with Santa himself, and then explore a wild winter wonderland with holiday activities and close-up animal encounters. Zookeepers will also be giving the animals special holiday gifts! Admission for non-members is $22 for ages 3 & up, $27 for adults. Reservations are required. centralfloridazoo.org

    Stay up-to-date on all of the latest family events in & around Orlando with our Online Calendar!


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    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Photo Tour

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Bookings Now Open

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat bungalow interiorLEGOLAND® Florida Resort just announced that bookings are now open for its second on-site accommodations, the eagerly anticipated LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Reservations are available for stays beginning June 1, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017.

    New images released today reveal even more of the brick-tastic, beachy details that guests will discover at this recreational paradise #BuiltForKids. LEGOLAND Beach Retreat combines the fun of surf and sand with the creativity of LEGO® building sets, and will offer picturesque lake views from nearly every sun-kissed corner.

    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.

    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.

    Grand opening festivities and additional amenities will be announced at a later date. To be among the first to receive the latest news about LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, sign up at www.LEGOLANDBeachRetreat.com.

    For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, special events, VIP experiences, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, on-site accommodations and much more, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.

     

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    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

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    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

    LEGOLAND Beach Retreat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Chip Litherland)

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    LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Releases Safety Guidelines for Guests Playing Pokémon GO

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    At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort believes #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.

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

    1. Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas.  Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee only areas.
    2. No catch is worth sacrificing your safety.  All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
    3. Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 60 million LEGO® models – that could hurt!
    4. With more than one hundred Pokémon to catch, be sure to stay hydrated.
    5. If you find a Pokémon at the Fun Town Pizza Pasta Buffet, let the nearest Model Citizen know, we prefer pepperoni over Poké Balls.
    6. If hours of play have unleashed the power of your phone, recharge in the Imagination Zone.
    7. 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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    Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld

     

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    Halloween meets the sea during weekends in October at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. This family-friendly event will immerse 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 12-7 p.m. weekends, October 3-31. Like all special events at 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, Jelly Beans, Airheads, just to name a few.
    • Penelope’s Party Zone – This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ, a variety of craft opportunities, bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters. The zone is located on SeaWorld’s Bayside Pathway.
    • Returning Fan Favorite: 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.

    Spectacular Spooky Add-Ons:

    • 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.
    • Sweet Treat Decorating – Kids and parents alike can have a “splash” decorating their own sweet treats at the cookie decorating stations. The kits include a cookie, frosting and toppings and are available for $7.

    For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Halloween Spooktacular details and information. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SeaWorldSpooktacular.

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    WonderWorks Lowers Fee For Locals

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    WonderWorks Invites Locals to Have Fun and Save Big

    WonderWorks is thanking residents by offering a locals appreciation discount through February. While the I-drive attraction is known to draw tourists from all over, local residents are a key factor in helping the business succeed. The discount is one way the team aims to show just how thankful they are for these supporters.

    General Manager Elvira Fee said she is always sure to recognize the importance of local support. “We make discounts for locals a priority each year,” Fee explained. “When you live in a tourist driven area, it is really special to be able to enjoy the attractions in your backyard at an affordable price. This discount is a small gift we can give them for all that they do for us!”

    From now until February 28th Central Florida residents can say the phrase, “locals save” to receive a discount on admission. General admission tickets will be lowered to $17.99 for adults and $14.99 for children, Sundays through Thursdays. Locals will also receive 20% off admission for the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, as well as the dinner show combo which includes access to all of the activities WonderWorks has to offer. Proof of residency is required.

    The team hopes to bring in first time and returning locals to experience all of the exciting exhibits, including the newly renovated laser tag arena. Grab your friends and family and head to WonderWorks to enjoy one of Orlando’s best attractions for less!

    To learn more about WonderWorks, visit www.wonderworksorlando.com

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    Aquatica Announces Two Special Offers

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    Aquatica is offering big savings on single-day admission through the end of the year with tickets as low at $19 a day. This limited-time offer is only available online, and is limited to 6 tickets per transaction. Each ticket requires a name that must match with photo ID upon park entry. Tickets will be date specific and only valid on the date selected.  Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance to receive the offer. Limited quantities of $19 tickets per day are available.

    For Florida residents who would like to visit Aquatica Orlando again and again, they can purchase an Annual Pass with EZpay, the convenient monthly payment plan.  Back for a limited time, residents can enjoy an entire year of splashin’ family fun for only $8 per month with EZpay.

    Even during the fall, the waters are always warm and comfortable at Aquatica Orlando. Open throughout the holidays, Aquatica Orlando sends guests through racing rides, glistening lagoons and winding rivers all kept at a warm 82 degrees. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, offers unique attractions that promise unlimited fun that will delight all ages and interests this holiday season.

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    Day trip to Busch Gardens

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    With back-to-school on the horizon, is it possible that you’ve already exhausted all the fun Orlando has to offer this summer? If you’re bored of the beach and done with Disney, consider taking a walk on the wild side these last few weeks of summer with a day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa.

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    In addition to everything you already know and love about Busch Gardens, here are three brand-new reasons to make that drive down I-4.

    Adorable Lion Cubs
    Have you ever seen a lion so cute and cuddly that you just wanted to pick it up and squeeze it? Probably not, but the three newest additions to the Busch Gardens family will make you wish you could do just that! The trio of South African lions – two females and an unrelated male – has formed a new pride and can be seen in their habitat in the Edge of Africa. Though only a few months old, the cubs are growing quickly, so be sure to get there this summer if you want to catch them while they’re still cuddle-worthy.

    Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation
    When you’re ready to cool off from your time on the savannah, head over to the Stanleyville Theater (newly-enclosed and air conditioned!) to “move it, move it” with all your favorite Madagascar friends in this brand new stage show. Accompanied by singers, dancers and a live band, Alex, Gloria, King Julien and of course, those crazy penguins vacation right along with Busch Gardens guests. After the show, stick around for a meet-and-greet and photo op with the characters.

    Summer Nights
    In addition to longer park hours, Busch Gardens is ending each night this summer with its award-winning Kinetix show, a rock-fueled performance by singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians from around the world. And as the grand finale, they light up the sky with an incredible fireworks extravaganza that can be seen from all parts of the park.

    Whether you’re there to take on the legendary roller coasters or to get up close and personal with the newest animal additions, this fun, diverse park is the perfect solution to the end-of-summer slump!

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    The World of Chima

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    LEGOLAND Celebrates Opening of The World of Chima Presented by Cartoon Network

    Expansion Features Thrilling, Interactive Water Ride and Play Areas

    Opening to guests on July 3, the centerpiece attraction, The Quest for CHI, features an interactive water ride where guests will set off on an otherworldly and super-wet adventure. After boarding watercraft, families can use water cannons to activate the story in each of the scenes along their journey as well as have a chance to battle other boats and guests along the shore line.

    Those interested in even more splash and water fun can experience Cragger’s Swamp play area that features playful bubbles, intermittent water spouts and interactive elements that trigger swamp water effects.

    At the SpeedorzTM Arena, kids will enjoy a super-charged, super-fast competition where multiple players battle against each other using rip cord-powered LEGO vehicles.

    The World of Chima also features a character meet and greet and a merchandise location that carries the latest LEGO Legends of Chima building sets. All of these areas are complemented by the park’s 4-D movie experience, The LEGO Chima Movie Experience, an exclusive to LEGOLAND parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers.

    “The World of Chima will become a signature land for LEGOLAND Florida and provides an experience unlike any other in our park today,” said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida General Manager. “Developing and opening yet another expansion is a prime example of how LEGOLAND Florida continues to provide unique guest experiences, rides, shows and attractions for families with children ages 2-12.”

    The World of Chima features:

    • 2 million LEGO bricks, (bringing the total of LEGO bricks found in LEGOLAND Florida to an astounding 58 million)
    • Nearly 150 LEGO models
    • 219,000 gallons of water in The Quest for CHI
    • Capacity for approximately 1,200 guests per hour to experience The Quest for CHI ride
    • Mount Cavora which stands 55 feet from the ground, Weighs 7,500 lbs., Rushes 1,000 gallons of water every minute

    LEGO® Legends of Chima™ fans can also tune into Cartoon Network on July 10 at 8 p.m. for the cartoon series premiere.

    For the most current information on LEGOLAND Florida and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

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    The new park map with the addition of The World of Chima expansion area, seen on the far right.

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    TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D

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    Universal Orlando marks the grand opening of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D at Universal Studios Florida today – officially opening one of its most highly anticipated entertainment experiences in years.

    The new attraction is based on the popular TRANSFORMERS films and created along with the award-winning director of the film series, Michael Bay.  It blends a powerful storyline, powerful technology, all-new hyper-real animation and massive sets into an action-adventure that grabs riders and does not let them go until the very last second.

    Riders are recruited for a high-tech, good versus evil battle in which they must save Planet Earth.  They join iconic film characters Optimus Prime and the Autobots as they fight Megatron and the Decepticons to the end.

    The 3D-action is mind-blowing and everywhere all at once; the 4K high-definition animation breathtakingly real.  Riders burst into battles between “life-sized,” three-story-tall Autobots and Decepticons.  They dodge relentless attacks, explosions and missiles.  And they come face-to-face with Megatron – who wants to destroy them.

    For more information about Universal Orlando and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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    Dinosaur World Offers Florida Resident Special

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    Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past offers guests a colossal discount!

    In celebration of their upcoming 15th Anniversary, Dinosaur World is slashing its admission prices for Florida Residents. Starting this Saturday, June 8, Dinosaur World will introduce a Florida Resident promotion that will knock the adult admission rate down to just $10.95; allowing a family of four to visit the theme park for less than $50!

    Don’t miss the largest Fossil Dig in Florida or the all-new Dino Gems Excavation. Enjoy the colossal skeletal playground area and explore the animatronic dinosaurs in the Hall of Dinosaurs Museum; both are sure to contain even the loudest pitter-patter of little dinosaur feet!

    Summer Florida Resident Special
    Adults – $10.95 per person
    Children (3-12) – $10.95 per person
    Children under 3 are always FREE!
    Offer Expires:  September 2, 2013
    Proof of Residency Required, Per Adult.  All rates are plus tax.

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    Aquatica's After-2 p.m. Unlimited Admission Pass

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    What makes Aquatica Orlando’s can’t-miss waterpark? By offering the latest and hottest deal for locals to enjoy Central Florida’s coolest beach again and again – including the After-2 p.m. Pass.

    For the cost of a single day’s admission, guests can enjoy Aquatica after 2 p.m. throughout the rest of 2013.  With no blackout dates and unlimited admission to Aquatica, after 2 p.m., Orlando’s coolest beach is a hit for all ages time after time. Whether it’s tiny tots splashing around in Kata’s Kookaburra Cove®, teens sliding down Taumauta Racer® or adults relaxing on the laid-back beaches, guests can enjoy Aquatica all year long.

    This is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that could only come from SeaWorld®. Inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Aquatica mixes animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun.

    Aquatica’s After-2 p.m. Pass is $50 for children, ages 3-9, and $55 for adults. To learn more about Aquatica or to buy your After-2 p.m. pass, visit AquaticaOrlando.com, call 888-800-5447, or visit our ticket counters at Aquatica.

     

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    Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

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    Few have ventured to Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth.  Now at SeaWorld Orlando you’ll feel what’s it like to take a voyage to the bottom of the world when you explore Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

    Families will feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a special hero penguin named Puck on a first-of-its-kind family ride. Guests will explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world.

    This amazing new attraction – SeaWorld’s largest – is sure to top must-see lists for summer vacations. In fact, according to Frommer’s, Antarctica was named one of “The 8 Most Exciting Amusement Park Additions of 2013.”

    Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines a first-of-its-kind family adventure ride with up-close penguin encounters.  It’s all new, and it’s only at SeaWorld Orlando.

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    Disney's Monstrous Summer

    To announce the 24-hour Disney Parks “All-Nighter,” the sphere of Spaceship Earth in Epcot was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con,” becoming a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film Monsters University. Epcot is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

    To announce the 24-hour Disney Parks “All-Nighter,” the sphere of Spaceship Earth in Epcot was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con,” becoming a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film Monsters University. Epcot is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

    Monstrous Surprises Around Every Corner

    Be on the lookout for Mike and Sulley from the upcoming Disney•Pixar film Monsters University. They’re scaring up all kinds of surprises throughout the summer at Walt Disney World Resort.

    • Monstrous 24-Hour “All-Nighter”: A Monsters University-themed kick-off to a Monstrous Summer where you can spend an entire day (and night) inside Magic Kingdom park—don’t miss your chance for a firsthand education in fright!
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: Led by Mike—the “monster of ceremonies”—a colorful gang of comics has been studying up on their jokes. Will they graduate to new comedic materials? Check out the “frights” and sounds in this attraction to see for yourself!
    • The “Monsterail”: One of the iconic Monorail trains has been redesigned and monster-ized with visuals from the newest Disney•Pixar film. So go ahead and hop onboard—this is one frighteningly fun Monorail ride you won’t soon forget!
    • Monsters University Meet Up: Drop in to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a magical encounter with some monstrous friends from Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University, and pop off a few frighteningly good photos with Mike and Sulley!
    • Monstrous Summer Wake-Up Call: Start the days during your stay the most monstrous of ways—schedule a call and wake up to the voice of Monsters University scare student, Mike Wazowski, each morning when staying at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels!
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    Walt Disney World Resort guests Patrick Dougall, left, and Kaitlyn Gladden, of Orlando, Fla., rock their pajamas at the Disney Parks All-Nighter dance party May 25, 2013 at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kellie Warren, photographer)

    DISCOVER DISNEY Discount:
    From now until early June, Florida residents can kick-start their summer — and score real savings with the Discover Disney ticket, offering three days of park-going fun for $119 (plus tax) for adults and children age three and up. The special Florida resident ticket can be purchased through June 3, 2013 for use any day (excluding block-out dates) from now through June 7, 2013.

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    Sheryl Crow at SeaWorld Orlando

    Sheryl Crow and family spent St. Patrick’s Day at SeaWorld Orlando prior to her performance during the park’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival.

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    Sheryl Crow and her sons, Levi and Wyatt, not only got to “soak up the sun” in Orlando on St. Patrick’s Day, but also were able to meet Clyde, a California sea lion and huge Sheryl Crow fan. Crow performed at SeaWorld Orlando’s annual Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, which featured a variety of craft brews, barbecue selections and chart-topping country and rock performances.

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    Clyde, a California sea lion, lets Sheryl Crow know that all he wants to do is have some fun, too. Crow met Clyde before performing live at SeaWorld Orlando March 17 for the park’s annual Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, which featured a variety of craft brews, barbecue selections and chart-topping country and rock performances.

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