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Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-6244

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park opened April 22, 1998, one of 4 Theme Parks at Walt Disney World Resort, is full of attractions, adventures and entertainment that reflect Walt Disney's dedication to nature and conservation, and in doing so, the Park leads the way in animal care, education and research. Home to more than 1,700 animals from 250 species and sprawling across 500 acres of lush landscape, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park is the largest animal-themed park in the world! High adventures with real exotic animals, close encounters with prehistoric giants and warm, fuzzy moments with beloved Disney characters create unsurpassed fun. The Oasis entry garden welcomes guests into Disney's fourth major theme park, which sprawls across 403 acres. Jungles, forests and a vast savannah are divided into five themed lands: Africa, Camp Minnie-Mickey, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery Island and Asia.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Witness the exotic animals of Africa

up close as they traverse the savanna

on the Kilimanjaro Safaris

Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park include exciting expeditions and wild adventures with animals. Get close to creatures, from the whimsical to the mighty, from feathered to fanciful. Use Disney's FASTPASS system on popular attractions to reduce wait times.

Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade features

popular Disney Characters and their safari friends in

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

Entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park includes elaborate parades, performances that feature nearly 20 species of birds and big-as-Broadway musical-stage shows and Disney Character meet and greets. For show schedules, check the Park calendar or Times Guide.

Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park means sampling American, African and Asian-inspired cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner in restaurants that offer a range of experiences from quick-service to Character Dining to wildly themed. Disney chefs have plenty of menu surprises in store for the animal-themed restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom, all featuring gazelle-paced service, interesting recipes, a generous helping of innovative cooking methods and a colorful atmosphere in keeping with the exotic theme of each area. Just outside the entrance to the theme park is Rainforest Cafe, remarkably re-creating the sights and sounds of a rainforest through a combination of live and animated wildlife and special effects. The restaurant, featuring an assortment of casual dining menu items including pastas, salads, sandwiches and desserts, can be reached from both outside and inside the park.

Discovery Island

DinoLand U.S.A.

Africa

Asia

Animals have played an important part in Disney stories from the earliest Mickey Mouse films to the "True-Life Adventures" television series in the 1950s to "The Lion King" in feature motion pictures. Disney is all about storytelling, and now, for the first time, real live animals help tell the story as their fascinating families play out real-life experiences on nature's stage.


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Nature's most graceful predator comes to life in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's newest mega-attraction, Cheetah Hunt

Nature's most graceful predator comes to life in Busch Gardens

Tampa Bay's newest mega-attraction, Cheetah Hunt

Busch Gardens

3000 East Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
888-800-5447

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park, offering 335 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic adventures around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 2,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

What’s New:

Rides:

Rhino Rally is a wild jeep tour that takes guests on an off-road adventure through the wilds of Africa

Rhino Rally is a wild jeep tour that takes guests on an

off-road adventure through the wilds of Africa

Animal Attractions:

Congo River Rapids is the perfect way to cool down after a day of adventure.

Congo River Rapids is the perfect way to cool down

after a day of adventure.

Shows:

Dining Highlights:

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Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World's Epcot

Epcot

1200 Epcot Resort Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-6244

EPCOT, is an ever-changing international and discovery showplace covering 305 acres opened Oct. 1, 1982. Where can you travel to four continents, soar over the richly diverse landscape of the Golden State, take a rocket ride to Mars, explore land and sea adventures, experience future technologies today and journey into your imagination -- all in one vacation? Epcot, the Walt Disney World celebration of human achievement and discovery, is a one-stop vacation spot for all of that.

From the moment you enter Epcot you are instantly transported into two distinctive worlds:


Future World, a high-energy, high-tech land where guests thrill to the pulse-racing liftoff of Mission: SPACE, take a high-speed spin on the hairpin turns and straight-aways at Test Track and experience Soarin', an exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses guests in a multi-sensory experience, complete with sights, sounds, scents and the caress of warm breezes.

Future World takes guests to new dimensions with high-energy passports to excitement:

The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction is a ride for Guests of all ages in Future World in Epcot theme park.

Board a "clamobile" and gently descend below the waves into a colorful

underwater world where Nemo and his friends explore colorful tropical reefs,

discover ancient shipwrecks, meet beautiful sea creatures and avoid lurking peril.

In Future World, restaurants feature regional American favorites from gourmet pizza to fresh seafood. All Epcot restaurants have children's value meals and can accommodate special dietary needs with advance notice.

Want to meet your favorite Disney character? At Epcot Character Spot, located in Innoventions West, Mickey Mouse is joined by longtime Disney character friends such as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Chip and Dale. They host and present five themed areas -- brightly colored cartoon settings depicting transportation, space, energy, land and communication -- for meet-and-greets and photos with guests during Future World operating hours


World Showcase, a world of multi-cultural enchantment, featuring marketplaces bustling with international flavor and a dazzling display of countries that transports guests through the magical worlds of 11 nations with just a few steps. Across World Showcase Lagoon, 11 nations display authentic wares, ethnic cuisine, shows, entertainment and architecture representing their cultures. World Showcase ambassadors come from across the globe to represent their homelands. As part of the show, holidays and festivals are commemorated by the ambassadors in ways they would be celebrated "back home," allowing Epcot guests to join in these international celebrations. Even the landscaping changes from country to country around the 1.3-mile promenade.

Clockwise around the promenade:

Soarin' is a multi-sensory attraction for big kids, teens and adults.

.Soarin' is a multi-sensory attraction for big kids, teens and adults in Epcot theme park

that simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over the Golden State of California.

At World Showcase, you might spot Mickey and his friends at The American Adventure, Belle and the Beast at France, Snow White in Germany (home to a miniature train and village), or Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco. You may even see the whole gang coming your way in a double-decker bus ready for a sing-along.

The Disney princesses -- Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Ariel, Alice and Mulan -- are special guests at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. The World Showcase eatery, inspired by the famous 14th century Castle Akershus in Oslo, Norway, is the perfect setting for a “royal” breakfast, lunch or dinner. The restaurants of World Showcase offer authentic cuisine from around the globe, from Beijing Duck carved tableside in China’s Nine Dragons,to chicken couscous in Morocco’s Restaurant Marrakesh, to chocolate soufflé in France’s Bistro de Paris. Guests can make dining reservations for nearly two dozen restaurants through Epcot Guest Relations, at the individual restaurants or 407/WDW-DINE.

Epcot is the site for one-of-a-kind world entertainment and special events, including the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival,one of the world's largest outdoor festivals of its kind; Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; and Epcot Summer Series, featuring world-renowned live entertainment and every day ends with a spectacular performance of "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," a nighttime spectacular filled with the fiery glow of torches, a high-energy sound track, sky-piercing lasers and thunderous fireworks finale like no other!


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Sorcerer Mickey's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sorcerer Mickey's Hat at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios

3111 World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-6244

Disney's Hollywood Studios, the showbiz-themed park has nearly doubled in size since opening day in 1989, a real working film, TV and radio studio, as well as the theme park are located on 135 acres inside the Walt Disney World Resort.

It's on with the show, where guests of all ages are immersed in the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business -- strolling down Hollywood Boulevard surrounded by the sights, sounds and personalities of Tinseltown in the 1930s; learning how classic Disney characters are brought to life through the magic of animation; blasting off on a wild limousine ride with Aerosmith as the guide; or becoming immersed in the world of big-budget movie car chases and the excitement of high-flying stunt performers. There are more shows, "reel"-life adventures and star-gazing opportunities than ever before at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort.

Attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, centered on stardom and spectacle, include high-speed rides, high-octane stunt shows and hilarious live performances: something for everyone! Use Disney's FASTPASS system on popular attractions to reduce wait times!

Sorcerer Mickey at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sorcerer Mickey at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios

Entertainment at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park consists of Broadway-style musicals, Disney Character meet and greets, parades and live shows that flow through the streets and a nighttime fireworks spectacle. For show schedules, check the Park calendar or Times Guide.

Phineas & Ferb debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Phineas & Ferb debut at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios

Special Events at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park give you the chance to honor the holidays, participate a stellar graduation celebration, and meet and greet stars—from Hollywood, from the sports world and even celebrities from another galaxy!

Dining at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park includes a range of restaurants and experiences from Character Dining to casual, quick-service to upscale, from less than $15 USD to $60 USD per person. Price range based on average Guest check, not including alcohol, tax and tip.Shops and restaurants continue the adventure through Tinseltown history and lifestyle. The Hollywood Brown Derby faithfully recalls the landmark Hollywood restaurant, a caricature-walled meeting place of the stars where gossip washed down the signature Cobb salad and grapefruit cake.

"California Crazy" architecture on a quiet lake serves up snacks and desserts from buildings created in the form of a tramp steamer and "Gertie," a life-size dinosaur. Around the bend, 50's Prime Time Cafe takes guests into the kitchenettes of '50s sitcoms for dining atop laminated tables next to old-fashioned TVs tuned in to reruns of long-ago shows. Other themed dining opportunities include: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary and Hollywood & Vine.


The glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Heydays from the 1930s and 1940s are captured by the neon, chrome, art deco and modern architecture throughout Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. The courtyard of the Hollywood's historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre features handprints of numerous show business stars who have visited the studios, including Alan Alda, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Bette Midler, Tom Cruise, Jim Henson and even Kermit the Frog. In front of the Chinese Theater is Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat. At 122 feet tall, it crowns Disney's Hollywood Studios with magic inspired by the Disney animated classic, "Fantasia." Sunset Boulevard pays tribute to the glamorous theater district in all its glory. It also includes a shopping area with gifts, and light dining and snacks at the outdoor Sunset Ranch Market.

Disney's Hollywood Studios immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, incredible Broadway-style shows, world-class atmosphere entertainment and interactive film, television and radio production facilities. For more information, call 407/824-4321 or visit: Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

Universal Island's of Adventure Features the World's Most Technology Advanced Rides and Attractions. State-of-the-art technology is uniquely combined with storytelling and adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. With Academy Award-winning producer/director Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, Islands of Adventure is home to some of the most thrilling and technologically advanced rides and attractions ever made. Opened in 1999, the 110-acre theme park features spectacularly themed islands, all with one-of-a-kind rides, attractions, shows, shops and restaurants, imaginatively themed to each particular island.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
From printed page to silver screen, you've shared his every adventure. Now, you can experience the excitement for yourself at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Here you can pass through the towering Hogwarts™ castle gates and explore the familiar passageways, classrooms and corridors. Visit the shops of Hogsmeade™ and sample fare from the wizarding world’s best-known establishments, including the Three Broomsticks™ and the Hog’s Head.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Marvel Super Hero Island
This island is forever caught in an epic battle between Marvel super heroes and super villains.

Toon Lagoon
This delightful land is where everyone’s favorite cartoon characters live when they are not in the pages of the Sunday comics.

Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs come roaring back to life on this tropical island based on the famous novel and motion pictures.

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman

The Lost Continent
Myths and legends become reality on this mysterious island which features three sections: one based on ancient Greece with temples and crumbling ruins, the second resembling a bustling North African bazaar and the third a medieval English village from the days of King Arthur.

Seuss Landing
Awash with color, music and whimsy, Seuss Landing is where the beloved books of Dr. Seuss spring to life.

Prepare for an adventure in dining at Universal's Islands of Adventure! From epic feasts to healthy snacks you’ll find everything you need to keep your hunger and thirst at bay. You can relax and enjoy a memorable meal at the award-winning Mythos Restaurant® or just grab a slice of pizza and a soft drink on the go. The Three Broomsticks™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ lets you enjoy an authentic British meal in the wizarding village of Hogsmeade™. Don't forget about the Islands of Adventure Character Breakfast where your kids can meet characters such as The Cat in the Hat™ and more (reservations and theme park admission required).

Around every bend is another epic adventure. Around every corner awaits another once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Take an unforgettable journey through the uniquely themed islands of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, where the world's most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic book heroes and children's tales to life.

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Exploring the wilds of Africa on a Safari Trek with life-like LEGO animals

Exploring the wilds of Africa on a Safari Trek with life-like LEGO animals

Now Open!

LEGOLAND® Florida

One LEGOLAND Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884
877-350-5346

World's Largest LEGOLAND® Park Custom-Built For LEGO Fans, Young Families

They've been used to create everything from sea serpents and soaring cathedrals to likenesses of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But when more than 50 million LEGO® bricks are fully assembled in Central Florida this October, they'll produce the most stunning creation yet - LEGOLAND® Florida.

Inspired by the ubiquitous LEGO brick, dubbed "Toy of the Century" by Fortune Magazine, the new 150-acre theme park will cater to kids ages 2 to 12 with more than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions, and a breathtaking botanical garden.

Just 45 minutes west of Disney and a 45-minute drive east from Tampa, LEGOLAND Florida rests along the shores of Lake Eloise in the city of Winter Haven. Guests will experience 10 easy-to-navigate and highly-themed zones:

The LEGO Technic Test Track takes guests on a life size Technic Vehicle roller coaster adventure!

The LEGO Technic Test Track takes guests

on a life size Technic Vehicle roller coaster adventure!

Amazing Adventures await young families with children ages 2 - 12 at Florida's newest theme park attraction, LEGOLAND Florida

Amazing Adventures await young families with children ages 2 - 12

at Florida's newest theme park attraction, LEGOLAND Florida

In addition to the 10 zones, LEGOLAND Florida has taken great care to preserve the soul of the park - the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago. The setting has been restored to its pristine condition, and the collection of native plants, including azaleas and camellias, has been reclaimed and combined with a range of exotic species to create a horticultural masterpiece. And still standing sentinel in the garden is the vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in 1939.

A full day of high-energy, memory-making fun awaits families at LEGOLAND Florida, the ideal family vacation getaway with plenty of heart-pounding rides and exhilarating attractions in quite possibly the world’s most charming theme park setting.

For the most current information, log on to LEGOLANDFloridaResort.com.

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Mickey welcomes guests to Disney's

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

311 World Drive
Bay Lake, FL 32830
407-939-6244

Seven happy lands transport guests to worlds of fantasy, adventure and wonder at Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme parks that comprise the world's No. 1 vacation destination -- Walt Disney World Resort. Nestled on the shores of the picturesque Seven Seas Lagoon, Magic Kingdom opened its gates Oct. 1, 1971, and has created smiles, laughter and fond memories for millions of guests ever since.

From the moment they step through its turnstiles, Magic Kingdom guests enter a storybook realm filled with Disney characters at every turn, classic attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, and dazzling entertainment such as "Dream Along with Mickey," "SpectroMagic," "Celebrate a Dream Come True" and "Wishes."

Lands and Attractions

Arranged in a circular layout with the golden spires of Cinderella Castle towering over the center, the seven lands of the Magic Kingdom are, clockwise from park entrance:

Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom wearing its Autumn colors

Tomorrowland Speedway - Experience the glory of the Indianapolis

Motor Speedway as you drive your own Indy 500-style race car

on a guided track all the way to the Victory Circle.

Entertainment

The Magic Kingdom Brings Fantasy to Life For Walt Disney World Guests of all ages!


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Manta at SeaWorld takes families below the surface, above the waves and beyond their expectations.

Manta at SeaWorld takes families below the surface,

above the waves and beyond their expectations

Seaworld Orlando

7007 SeaWorld Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
888-800-5447

SeaWorld takes families below the surface, above the waves and beyond their expectations. More than 200 acres of up-close animal encounters, thrilling attractions and lavish performances immerse guests in the mysteries of the sea. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld.


Rides:

Shark Encounter takes you an a journey through the world's largest underwater viewing tunnel for a rare, as-close-as-you-dare look at these prehistoric predators.

Shark Encounter takes you an a journey through the world's

largest underwater viewing tunnel for a rare,

as-close-as-you-dare look at these prehistoric predators.

Shows:

Animal Attractions:

Shamu Express thrills children and parents alike while traveling down more than 850 feet of track at 26 mph.

Shamu Express thrills children and parents alike while traveling

down more than 850 feet of track at 26 mph.

Dining Adventures:

Immersive Animal Connection Experiences:

VIP moments bring to life an array of opportunities to interact with amazing animals, and experience up-close tours and educational programs. Available year-round, these wild adventures offer a one-of-a-kind gift that creates a lifetime of memories. Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.

SeaWorld immerses guests in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions and rides and unforgettable performances. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld.

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Universal Studios Orlando where you can Ride the Movies!

Universal Studios Orlando Where You Can Ride the Movies!

Universal Studios

1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-8000

The iconic Universal globe and archway mark the entrance to Universal Studios theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, where millions of guests can go behind the scenes and experience the most revolutionary rides and shows ever created. Imagine plummeting down a virtual 1,000-foot waterfall in Shrek 4-D or speeding through darkness in the world’s first psychological thrill ride in Revenge of The Mummy—The Ride or performing pulse-pounding stunts in the Fear Factor Live attraction.

Universal Studios, which opened in 1990, has evolved into an innovative entertainment experience with a personality all its own. Its cutting-edge attractions--based on pop-culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows--transport visitors into a highly imaginative world where they can become heroes of their own adventures.

Universal Orlando’s creative consultant, Academy Award-winning producer/director Steven Spielberg, along with Universal’s creative team, have collaborated with makers of Hollywood’s hottest movies and T.V. shows to create attractions with powerful storylines and amazing special effects.

Universal Studios features an array of exhilarating, state-of-the-art rides, attractions and shows. They include:

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster

...Gasping with excitement, you'll rock out to the song

YOU pick before strapping in!

A leisurely boat tour off the coast of Amity goes horribly wrong when you suddenly come face to face with the largest Great White shark ever seen...Jaws!

A leisurely boat tour off the coast of Amity goes horribly wrong

when you suddenly come face to face with the largest

Great White shark ever seen...Jaws!

Live Shows:

It’s everybody’s fantasy… to leap through the screen and find yourself in the middle of your favorite motion pictures.
At Universal Studios Orlando®, YOU become the star of some of the greatest movies and TV shows ever made!

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SEAWORLD'S MANTA IS WHAT'S NEW IN ORLANDO

No getaway to Orlando complete without diving deep and flying high on Manta

Orlando, Fla. (2010) - SeaWorld's Manta - a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride - is what's new in Orlando.

The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta already is topping the list of don't-miss 2010 theme park attractions.

Manta is now open.


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