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Orlando: The Theme Park Capital of The World Continues to Expand

ORLANDO, Fla. – One thing is for certain: there is plenty to do in Orlando. With seven of the world’s top theme parks and more than 100 other amazing attractions, the toughest part for visitors is choosing which attractions to visit. The year 2014 saw major theme park additions, from Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, now spanning two parks with the opening of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios; to the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history with new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2015, Orlando continues to wow visitors with the quality and imagination of new and upcoming attractions, including major landmark additions like the Orlando Eye and an exciting variety of smaller attractions sure to tempt visitors into staying longer just to squeeze in more of the fun.

NEW ATTRACTIONS

I-Drive 360 – Opening Spring 2015

The Orlando Eye – The Orlando Eye is poised to become Orlando’s newest icon. Standing at 400 feet tall (122 meters), it will be the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the U.S. Located at the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, guests will be lifted away in an air-conditioned glass capsule as they take in 360-degree views of Central Florida.

Madame Tussauds Orlando – The world’s most famous celebrity figure wax attraction provides visitors with the ultimate fame experience and its signature red carpet treatment. Madame Tussauds showcases incredibly detailed and lifelike wax figures that lovingly pay tribute to the celebrities and historical figures, including Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Ricky Martin and more.

SEA LIFE Orlando – SEA LIFE Orlando will offer a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellies, sea horses and more. Floor-to-ceiling displays, bubble aquariums and underwater tunnels provide an immersive experience.

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! – This venue will exhibit over 400 skeletons in clever never-before-seen poses and dioramas, gifting visitors a whole new respect for the animal kingdom.

More Attractions

Crayola Experience – Invites guests to embark on an adventure where color, chemistry, and digital technology combine to make a one-of-a-kind family attraction. Coming in summer 2015, the venue will offer 25 hands-on attractions for the entire family.

Escapology Orlando  - This I-Drive attraction brings a new kind of entertainment to Orlando with its first U.S. location. The venue challenges guests to be their own heroes in a thrilling game of adventure and mystery. Teams of up to six players are locked in a themed room with just 60 minutes to combine clues, solve puzzles and discover the key to escape.

I-Drive NASCAR – This new facility features a half-mile (0.8-kilometer) of indoor track and electric karts that can go up to 45 mph (72.4 kph). In addition to kart racing, the venue also offers a four-lane bowling alley, gaming arcade and restaurant.

THEME PARKS

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Orlando - The world's most popular marine life adventure park, features 200 acres (81 hectares) of sea-themed rides, including Manta, the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, which soars guests through the air head first, face-down. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the park's newest attraction where guests take a journey to the South Pole and encounter a colony of more than 250 penguins in their icy 32-degree Fahrenheit (zero-degree Celsius) world. TurtleTrek is a unique 3D/360-degree film that immerses guests in the journey of a sea turtle. Shamu's Happy Harbor is a children's play area with pint-sized rides. The Shamu show, "One Ocean," features spectacular whale behaviors and other shows and animal exhibits include sharks, beluga whales, manatees, sea lions, dolphins and more.

Discovery Cove - An exclusive island oasis where guests swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and rays and hand-feed exotic birds. It is an all-inclusive, reservations-only adventure that includes a full day of activities, swim/snorkel gear, breakfast and lunch, plus a 14-consecutive-day pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark. The Grand Reef at Discovery Cove features swimming adventures, white sandy beaches and amazing snorkeling experiences with thousands of colorful and gentle rays. The Freshwater Oasis offers wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with otters and marmosets.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal's Islands of Adventure - Featuring some of the most innovative and technologically advanced thrill rides and attractions, this park consists of seven themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry. Guests can swing above the streets on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, soar above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and feel the fury on The Incredible Hulk coaster.

Universal Studios Florida - With cutting-edge attractions based on pop-culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows, this park transports visitors into a highly imaginative world where they can become heroes of their own adventures. Guests can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley or take an action-packed mission on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3-D or battle the supernatural at Revenge of the Mummy. They can also ride along with Shrek and Donkey at Shrek 4-D and hang out with America's favorite animated family on The Simpsons Ride or in the Simpsons-themed area, Springfield. There's also thrill coaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the 3-D experience Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Superstar Parade and Universal's Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories.

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park - The future home to Avatar, this park offers exciting adventures and unique encounters with real, exotic animals, plus one-of-a-kind guest experiences with fictional animals and giant dinosaurs from the prehistoric world. Not-to-miss attractions include Expedition Everest, a high-speed train adventure; "Finding Nemo - The Musical," a live 30-minute musical show; TriceraTop Spin; Primeval Whirl!; DINOSAUR, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Festival of the Lion King, a live 30-minute musical show.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - A theme park with a complete motion picture and television studio. Feature attractions include Toy Story Mania!; Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Disney Junior - Live on Stage!; Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, MuppetVision 3-D and Voyage of The Little Mermaid.

Epcot - Guests visit 11 nations at World Showcase and fast-forward to tomorrow in Future World. World Showcase offers a kaleidoscope of nations - The American Adventure, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and the United Kingdom. Rides include Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Mission:SPACE, simulating a real space shuttle blastoff; Soarin', which lifts guests 40 feet (12 meters) inside a giant projection screen dome; and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, a whimsical and visually stunning attraction that has the stars of "Finding Nemo" swimming amid the live marine life of the huge aquarium in The Living Seas pavilion. Plus, there's Spaceship Earth, the iconic "golf ball," which explores the history of communications beginning centuries ago.

Magic Kingdom Park - This quintessential Disney theme park features six magical lands with attractions, restaurants and shops based on favorite Disney themes of fantasy, yesterday and tomorrow. The New Fantasyland expansion includes the Storybook Circus area with Barnstormer Coaster featuring the Great Goofini family-style ride; Dumbo, the Flying Elephant; Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant within Beast's Castle, and Princess Fairytale Hall for memory-making encounters with the Disney princesses. The 2014 completion of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train completes the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Other popular attractions include Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and The Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

Nearby Theme Parks

Busch Gardens Tampa - With nearly 300 acres (121 hectares) of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world, this theme park offers thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos (with more than 12,000 animals), Broadway-style shows, one-of-a-kind animal interactions, restaurants, shops and games. Plus, Busch Gardens has taken thrills to new heights, literally, with Falcon's Fury, North America's tallest freestanding drop tower, which takes riders soaring facedown at 60 mph.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort - Located in Winter Haven, 45 minutes southwest of Orlando attractions, this 150-acre (61-hectare) interactive theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions designed for families with children ages 2-12. The resort features themed rollercoasters, family rides, hands-on building activities, oversized LEGO creations, an all-new toddler attractions area and an adjoining water park. The new LEGOLAND Hotel, steps away from the theme park entrance opens in summer 2015. The five-story LEGO themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, thousands of LEGO models and interactive play areas.

WATER PARKS

Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark - This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 42 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. The park's new water thrill slide, Ihu's Breakaway Falls, is eight-stories high and Orlando's tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind. Riders never know who's going to breakaway first - and the anticipation of who drops next is part of the wild ride! Dolphin Plunge, Aquatica's signature attraction, whisks guests through acrylic flumes amid a lagoon of jumping Commerson's dolphins.

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park - Features one of the world's tallest, fastest free-fall speed slides in a whimsical "winter" setting. It is the largest of Disney's water parks, with 22 water slides and "icy" bobsled runs that stay comfortably warm and thrillingly fast.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Offers guests twisting tides, roaring rapids and relaxing rivers. Whether navigating the nine water slides, swimming with sharks and tropical fish or conquering waves in the largest wave pool in the U.S., this exotic paradise promises to be the wettest water adventure ever.

Wet ‘n Wild - Orlando - Offers a variety of multi-passenger thrill rides with loads of special effects. The park's newest ride, the Aqua Drag Racer, is a four-lane race where riders accelerate head first down 350 feet (166.6 meters) of twisting track. Blastaway Beach covers an acre (.40 hectare), features a 60-foot (18-meter) sandcastle, 18 slides, two splash pools and more than 100 soakers, water jets, cannons and waterfalls. The park is open year-round with heated pools in the cooler months.

Nearby Water Park

LEGOLAND Water Park - Located inside LEGOLAND Florida Resort, this water park caters to families with children, ages 2-12. Among the attractions, families can imagine and build a unique LEGO vessel and set afloat around the 1000-foot-long (304.8-meter-long) lazy river, slide down toddler-sized or 60-foot (106.6-meter) water slides or relax at the LEGO Wave Pool, featuring gentle waves big enough for all members of the family to enjoy. 

ENTERTAINMENT & DINNER SHOWS

Blue Man Group - The wildly successful live entertainment experience has a permanent home at Universal CityWalk. The group entertains audiences of all ages with their live stage show which takes art, technology and music to a whole new level.

Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" - Located in Downtown Disney's West Side, this show features a renowned blend of acrobatics, special effects and more than 60 international artists performing in a 1,671-person theater.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - A foot-stompin', hand-clappin' musical starring six young actors and endless buckets of chicken and ribs. It's one of the country's longest-running dinner shows, and can be enjoyed at Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. 

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Set within an 11th-century, European-style castle where heroic knights display astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay on horseback.

Orlando Improv Comedy Club - Offering an adults' night out, this comedy club has been making guests laugh until they cry for years, featuring hilarious celebrity and local comedians. The minimum age for admission is 21, and additional features include a full bar and waiter service.  

Pirate's Dinner Adventure - Entertains guests of all ages with a display of special effects, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels. The dining experience features the classic story of good vs. evil with the perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy and romance.

Sak Comedy Lab - Located in the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando, Sak Comedy offers a variety of hilarious improv comedy shows featuring funny scenes, songs made up on the spot and crowd involvement in the show.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows - Presents nightly performances of original comedy mysteries with dinner and dessert. Visitors enjoy mystery, improvisation and audience participation as they help solve a crime or play a cameo role in the show.

Treasure Tavern - Featuring a three-course meal and a cast of comedians, acrobats and dancers, this adults-only dinner show invites guests to enjoy an evening that is custom created for grown-ups looking for naughty but good natured fun.

ATTRACTIONS

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - Showcases hundreds of rare or endangered animals, including cheetahs, Amur leopards, Indian rhinoceros, and some of the most venomous snakes in the world. There's also ZOOm Air Adventures zipline experience. 

CSI: The Experience - This traveling exhibition combines the entertainment of the hit show with real-life scientific and investigative techniques. Guests play the role of crime scene investigators and solve multiple mysteries at the hands-on exhibit featuring props, special effects, crime-scene re-creations and two crime labs.

Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf - This 36-hole golf adventure features Fantasia Gardens, an 18-hole miniature golf course with a theme taken from Disney's classic animated film "Fantasia," and Fantasia Fairways, an 18-hole challenge course designed with strategically placed bunkers and hazards.

DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park - A five-story, indoor, interactive theme park that combines Disney's magic with cutting-edge technology. Guests climb aboard a real river raft on Virtual Jungle Cruise, ride a roller coaster of their own design on Cyber Space Mountain or become part of a human pinball game in Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam. Some attractions require a separate charge. It is located at Downtown Disney, transitioning in spring 2015 to be re-named Disney Springs..

Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf - An interactive miniature golf experience with two 18-hole wacky, elf-sized golf courses. One course carries the zany, snow-covered Florida theme found at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, while the other takes a more tropical, holiday theme, with ornaments hanging from palm trees.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex - As the host to more than 350 events a year, this is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre (93-hectare) facility features multiple competition venues. It is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.

Fun Spot Parks - This theme park offers extreme go-kart racing and tons of family thrill rides. The Orlando location features the White Lightning, Orlando's only wooden roller coaster and Freedom Flyer, an intense steel coaster.

Gatorland - One of Central Florida's first attractions, Gatorland is home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles and a petting zoo, bird sanctuary, mini water park, eco-tour and action-packed outdoor entertainment, including daily alligator wrestlin' shows.

Green Meadows Petting Farm - Features a two-hour guided tour to see more than 300 farm animals. Visitors are encouraged to have a first-hand experience by petting the animals, taking train and hay rides, milking a cow and riding a pony. Picnic areas are available.

The Holy Land Experience - Re-creates the ancient world of the Bible through landscape and architecture and features amazing live dramas throughout the day in the 2,000-seat Church of All Nations. Genuine artifacts, holy sites and peaceful prayer gardens inform and inspire, while young ones enjoy rock-wall climbing or bouncy houses in the Children's Adventureland.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - The $100-million Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction lets guests get nose-to-nose with the historic spacecraft and "be the astronaut" with never-before-seen multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators. Visitors feel what it's like to blast into space in the Shuttle Launch Experience. The Apollo/Saturn V Center provides an inspirational look into America's quest for the moon and features an actual Saturn V moon rocket, one of only three in the world.  

Kings Bowl Orlando - A 30,000-square-foot (2,787-square-meter) entertainment venue featuring 22 ten pin bowling lanes, four billiards tables, shuffleboard table, as well as a full-service restaurant and two premium bars.

Magical Midway - Home to International Drive's most elevated go-kart tracks, intense thrill rides, midway rides and a huge video arcade. StarFlyer, the only ride of its kind in the United States, seats guests in swing chairs suspended 256 feet (78 meters) above ground.

Orlando Grand Prix - Guests experience kart racing in an air-conditioned, indoor environment. The 70,000-square-foot (6,503-square-meter) space offers two tracks with two different racing experiences. Guests will find electric Italian pro-karts that reach speeds up to 50 mph (80km/h), the latest progress tracking technology and a comfortable lounge area with flat-screens TV and free Wi-Fi.

Orlando Science Center - Offers an observatory, giant screen and 3-D theaters and hundreds of hands-on exhibits on four floors, which offer opportunities to explore, experiment and discover.

Old Town Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Attraction - Features 75 unique specialty shops, eight restaurants and 18 thrilling amusement rides. This free-admission attraction offers the look and feel of a Florida town at the beginning of the 20th century.

Richard Petty Driving Experience - Richard Petty Driving Experience puts guests in a NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime. An array of driving experiences is available, from first-hand test drives to ride-alongs around the track at the Walt Disney World Speedway at speeds up to 165mph. 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium - Housed in a building that appears to be sinking, as though it fell victim to one of Florida's infamous sinkholes. Guests can explore artifacts, collections, strange art/hobbies and interactive exhibits in 16 galleries of the odd and unusual from around the world.

Showcase of Citrus - This "Old Time Country Farm Store" and "U-Pick Citrus Grove" offers visitors the opportunity to pick up to 60 seasonal varieties right off the tree. Other activities include Eco-Safari tours of 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares) in 4x4 vehicles and a free self-guided waterfront walking tour through the grounds, playground and picnic areas, as well as local, hand-crafted juices, jams, sauces and unique treats.

Splitsville - A 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) upscale entertainment center - located in Downtown Disney - that combines bowling with billiards, dining, music and nightlife.

Titanic the Experience - This 17-gallery tour includes full-scale room recreations where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow visitors to experience the unforgettable sights, sounds and emotions of the most famous ship ever to set sail.                                                                                                 

WhirlyDome - WhirlyDome introduces visitors to the world's first totally mechanized team sport of WhirlyBall, which is a combination of bumper cars, lacrosse and basketball. The facility is also home to Bloodhound Brew, which has a wide variety of craft beer and tasty food options. Additionally, WhirlyDome has a laser tag arena, formula one race car simulator, bowling and arcade games.

WonderWorks - Orlando's only upside-down attraction, which features more than 100 hands-on interactive exhibits. Guests experience a three-story ropes challenge, design and ride their own roller coaster or watch a magic/comedy dinner show.  

Zero-G Corporation - Provides a full-day experience featuring a weightless flight that only astronauts have had access to prior to now. Flights depart from Cape Canaveral on select dates.