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07/07/2015

 

 

 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Celebrates 10th Anniversary
with Record Number of New Restaurants

More than 70 Restaurants Featuring Three-Course Meals for $33 this September

 

ORLANDO, Fla. - In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining, Central Florida's official tourism association has lined up more newly-opened fine dining restaurants than ever before.

Starting with a special preview week Aug. 24 and running through Sept. 30, guests can select from over 70 participating restaurants- including eight recently-opened venues- to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.  

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining showcases much of the culinary landscape that has brought Orlando national acclaim in the past year. There is no better time for Foodies to enjoy Orlando, named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of The New York Times' 52 Places to Go in the world in 2015. In a year that's brought major new dining and entertainment venues to Orlando, several recently-opened restaurants are part of this year's line-up:

-       Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market, a neighborhood market and food hub, takes inspiration from the cuisine of Northern Spain.

-       Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort focuses on authentic Italian recipes.

-       Southern classics get a contemporary spin at Soco in Thornton Park.

-       American Q at the B Resort brings together barbeque styles from the Carolinas, Kansas City and Latin America.

More information on these new additions, along with a full list of all participating restaurants, is available at OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

In its 10th year, Magical Dining brings back many of our area's most popular restaurants, along with exciting new additions:

  • Convention Area - Urban Tide* (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek)

  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista - Black Fire Bull*, deep blu Seafood Grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English's Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)

  • Downtown - Artisan's Table*, The Boheme, Citrus, Kasa Restaurant & Bar, Maxine's on Shine

  • Restaurant Row - Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Bistro CloClo, Christini's Ristorante Italiano*, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton's The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime, Stefano's Grill

  • Universal/CityWalk - Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Island's Dining Room, The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel*, Mama Della's Ristorante

  • Winter Park and North - Luma on Park, Mitchell's Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton's Kitchen, Rangetsu Japanese Restaurant and Bar, Ruth's Chris Steak House (Winter Park and Lake Mary)
  • *First year in Magical Dining

    Visit Orlando's Magical Dining will benefit ELEVATE Orlando in 2015, with $1 from every meal donated to the local charity. ELEVATE Orlando meets the complex needs of urban youth by providing both character education and life skills training to help to move students from poverty to self-sufficiency. Last year, Visit Orlando's Magical Dining raised a record $111,604 for the Foundation for Foster Children.

     

    About Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

     

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    Editor's Note: For additional press information or high-resolution downloadable images, please visit VisitOrlando.com/media.  

     

     



    06/29/2015

    Recipe for Summer Fun in Orlando: Just Add Water

    Orlando's Cool Pools Set Scene for the UK's Top Domestic Summer Travel Destination

     

    ORLANDO, Fla. - With the official arrival of summer last week, Kayak.co.uk announced that Orlando is the most popular destination for Britons this season. For the majority of families planning a vacation, cool pools play a big role in the summer fun. According to HomeAway, the world's leading vacation rental marketplace, and YouGov, an independent market research firm, 75 percent of parents listed a cool pool as a necessity.

     

    Orlando's unique cool pools are the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day by making a splash or lounging in luxury at the newest additions to Orlando's pool inventory with the retro-themed Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort or the luxe poolside amenities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Lazy rivers, waterfalls, real sand beaches, zero-entry and adults-only pools are just some of the features available for fun-seeking visitors.

     

    More information on Orlando's cool pools can be found on Visit Orlando's blog.

     

    Newest Places to Make a Splash

     

    • TheFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features a family pool overlooking Florida's natural settings, offering a gradually sloping "beach entry." Guests can listen to their favorite tunes on the underwater audio system, lazy river and "Explorer Island" splash zone or enjoy the adults-only pool.

     

    • Those in search of retro-themed fun will love Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort courtyard pool. In addition to the new lazy river featuring water cannons, spouts and waterfalls; this pool offers a white sand beach, iconic diver tower waterslide, kids play area and cabanas available to rent for ultimate relaxation.

     

    • Newly renovated and stretching over half an acre (one-fifth hectare), the main pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers vibrant fun for the whole family. New features include a Waterslide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge and an expansive wraparound sundeck. For simple sun-drenched relaxation, guests can float around in the crystal-clear water or enjoy the sandy beach of private Lake Windsong.

     

     

     

     

    Themed Resort Pools

     

    • At the Nickelodeon Suites Resort , the whole family will enjoy the two interactive water park areas, The Lagoon and The Oasis. The Lagoon is a large courtyard featuring a zero-depth entry pool that is anchored by a four-story interactive water tower outfitted with seven slides and flumes, climbing nets and a 400-gallon (1,514-liter) dump tank that spouts out water at random. The area also houses a netted basketball court and a nine-hole miniature golf course. The Oasis contains an Olympic-sized pool, a multi-level interactive water tower, a shaded play area for kids, pop jets, splash zone and sand play area.

     

    • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge bring rustic charm to the heart of Orlando. Surrounded by towering pine trees and boulders, guests can delight in the enchanting Silver Creek Springs Pool, feel a rush on the waterslide, take a dip in the whirlpool spas, and be excited by the nearby Fire Rock Geyser. For a more peaceful paddle, swimmers can retreat to the serenity of the Hidden Springs Pool.

     

     

    Aquatic Adventures

               

    • When timeless elegance meets old fashioned charm, the product is the carefree amusement of Disney's Boardwalk Villas. This waterfront resort hotel features Luna Park, the main water area which takes visitors to an antique carnival where they can take a ride down the 200-foot-long (61 meter) Keister Coaster water slide.

     

    • Located off of International Drive, the CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort combines a tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park. Featuring thrilling slides, splash-tastic play areas and relaxing pools, CoCo Key's 62,000-square-foot (5,760-square-meter) water park offers families aquatic fun in a safe and friendly environment. Day passes for guests not staying at the hotel cost just $22.95 (Monday - Thursday) or $26.95 (Friday - Sunday) per person.

     

    Relaxing Retreats

     

    • Visitors can bask in rays of serenity in the calming waters at the Alfond Inn, a new boutique hotel in the heart of Winter Park. The rooftop pool is 60 feet (18 meters) in length, surrounded by lush planting, marble and pergolas for shade.

     

    • Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando's theme parks and attractions will find Waldorf Astoria Orlando's sparkling blue pools to be the perfect antidote. The elegant oasis of contemporary luxury is sure to provide visitors with true, indulgent relaxation. The serene outdoor environment offers poolside service, private cabanas, and a Jacuzzi. For little ones, the zero entry pool is the ideal cool down.

     

    About Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

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    06/29/2015

     

     

     

    From Fall to Fa-la-la-la-la  

    Orlando Dazzles with Must-See Events

     

    Orlando, Fla. (June 29, 2015) - When summer days begin to slowly drift away, Orlando quickly turns up the heat on a packed events schedule. One of America's top food festivals serves up culinary adventures. Orlando is home to more nights of haunted thrills than any other destination. And dazzling light displays, glorious parades and supercharged fireworks punctuate one of the most memorable times of the year to visit.

    Orlando's Food & Wine Festivals

    Nationally, Orlando has emerged as a prominent culinary destination. Home to five semifinalists in the 2014 James Beard Awards, the city has been named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of the New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2015. Food-lovers can get the most out of their time in Orlando by timing their visits to these renowned food & wine festivals:

  • At the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Sept. 25 - Nov. 16) at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and savor treasures from some of the world's most famous wineries and celebrated chefs as they circle World Showcase. New delicacies include Pepper Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese at the Farm Fresh Marketplace and refreshing sips like the Scottish Citrus Thistle at the Scotland Marketplace.
  • Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando (late September - mid November) celebrates fine wine and culinary arts. Taking place on a series of weekends, the events include a variety of chef created menus and pairings.

  • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Oct. 30 - 31) features wines from around the world and a variety of culinary dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. Educational seminars range from wine blending to crafting Brazil's most famous cocktail, the Caipirinha.

  • Guests dine on haute cuisine without burning through their budget during the 10th year of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, when Central Florida's top restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $33 during of the entire month of September. Joining the lineup of this year's participating venues is Txokos Basque Kitchen and Italian restaurant Ravello at the new Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort.
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    Halloween Capital of the World

    Halloween celebrations in Orlando are like nowhere else in the world, with more than 80 individual events during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

  • At Walt Disney World Resort during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Sept. 15 - Nov. 1), guests can trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom, catch the "Boo-to-You" Halloween parade or Disney Villains Castle Show and stay for the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks.

  • SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 3 - 31) at SeaWorld Orlando invites youngsters to trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids and pumpkin fish in an underwater "fantasia." Cookie decorating and candy galore make this a sweet Halloween event for families to splash into.

  • Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (Sept. 18 - Nov. 1) at Universal Orlando Resort allows guests to face their deepest fears in themed haunted houses, "scare zones" and mazes inspired by critically-acclaimed movies and television series. This year's terrors include Freddy vs Jason and Jack the Clown, with big name (and big scare) additions still to be announced.
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    Holidays at Orlando's Theme Parks

    Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, celebrates the most magical time of year with balmy weather, special events and spirited live entertainment, creating an unforgettable and festive setting for a winter getaway, snow boots and mittens not required.

  • Walt Disney World Resort offers an array of holiday fun (Nov. - Jan.), including a transformation of Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party; a ‘Frozen' Sing-Along Celebration' and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios; or the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

  • Universal Orlando Resort invites guests (Dec. 4 - Jan. 2) to the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, where the streets are filled every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in Macy's famous Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Meanwhile, at Universal's Islands of Adventure, families will light up with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing.

  • Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration (Nov. 21 - Dec. 31). Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, and journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience.

  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers families one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with a life-sized LEGO Model Santa Claus or 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree during Christmas Bricktacular, select dates in December.
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    Seasonal Shopper's Paradise

    A favorite Orlando activity, shopping sales have launched both the Mall at Millenia and Orlando Premium Outlets into the 10 highest sales-generating shopping locations in the U.S. for 2014, according to Fortune Magazine. The destination's diverse shopping options include unique boutiques, theme park retailers, as well as 12 malls and outlet centers.

  • As one of the city's most luxurious shopping locations, Fashion Week at the Mall at Millenia (Sep. 17- 24) is a not-to-be-missed event for fashionistas, including in-store activities, runway shows, guest appearances and more. Less than a month later, the trendy area of Winter Park, hosts Park Avenue Fashion Week (Oct. 11-17).

  • For those visitors looking for fantastic deals, Black Friday is the best time to shop. The day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), many stores, malls and even Orlando's outlets open early or stay open late to offer extreme discounts. Retail highlights include The Mall at Millenia, offering over 150 high end stores; The Florida Mall, the area's largest shopping experience; and the Orlando Premium Outlets, two world-class outlet centers.
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    Orlando's Cultural Side

    Currently in the process of a renaissance, Downtown Orlando is making room for art, music, sports and more as the cultural hub of the destination. From new venues to returning festivals, a whole new side of Orlando comes alive this fall and winter season.

  • With the completion of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium renovations, the new, state-of-the-art facility serves as a sports center, concert venue and beyond. Currently, it is the temporary home of the Orlando City Lions, the city's first professional soccer team. Guests can catch one of the lively home games through the end of October. The venue is also one of nation's few neutral stadiums for college football, with three bowl games, and dubbed "The College Football Capital of the World," by the Orlando Sentinel.

  • The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the new multi-theater home for Broadway productions and Orlando Ballet, welcomes several electrifying shows in the heart of downtown including "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" (Nov. 10 - 15) and "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" (Dec. 8 - 13).

  • Art and culture lovers can catch one of the many art and craft festivals of the season, like the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival (Oct. 10 -11). These events feature work by outstanding Florida artists, live entertainment and food provided by local restaurants.

  • The Orlando Film Festival (Oct. 21 - 25) includes events in and around the heart of Orlando, where patrons enjoy great films in exciting venues while experiencing Orlando's downtown lifestyle.

  • Winter Park Concours d'Elegance (Nov. 13 - 15) is one of the most highly-regarded, judged exotic car shows in the United States, featuring more than 120 rare automobiles on display and an exotic car parade.
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    Editor's Note: For additional press information or high-resolution downloadable images,
    please visit VisitOrlando.com/Media

     

     



    06/22/2015

     

    Recipe for Summer Fun in Orlando: Just Add Water 

    Orlando's Cool Pools Set Scene for AAA's Top Domestic Summer Travel Destination

     

    ORLANDO, Fla. - With the official arrival of summer, AAA announced that Orlando is the top domestic summer travel destination for 2015. For the majority of families planning a vacation, cool pools play a big role in the summer fun. According to HomeAway, the world's leading vacation rental marketplace, and YouGov, an independent market research firm, 75 percent of parents listed a cool pool as a necessity.

    Orlando's unique cool pools are the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day by making a splash or lounging in luxury at the newest additions to Orlando's pool inventory with the retro-themed Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort or the luxe poolside amenities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Lazy rivers, waterfalls, real sand beaches, zero-entry and adults-only pools are just some of the features available for fun-seeking visitors.

    More information on Orlando's cool pools can be found on Visit Orlando's blog.

    Newest Places to Make a Splash

  • The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features a family pool overlooking Florida's natural settings, offering a gradually sloping "beach entry." Guests can listen to their favorite tunes on the underwater audio system, lazy river and "Explorer Island" splash zone or enjoy the adults-only pool.
  •  
  • Those in search of retro-themed fun will love Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort courtyard pool. In addition to the new lazy river featuring water cannons, spouts and waterfalls; this pool offers a white sand beach, iconic diver tower waterslide, kids play area and cabanas available to rent for ultimate relaxation.
  •  
  • Newly renovated and stretching over half an acre (one-fifth hectare), the main pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers vibrant fun for the whole family. New features include a Waterslide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge and an expansive wraparound sundeck. For simple sun-drenched relaxation, guests can float around in the crystal-clear water or enjoy the sandy beach of private Lake Windsong.
  • Themed Resort Pools

  • At the Nickelodeon Suites Resort , the whole family will enjoy the two interactive water park areas, The Lagoon and The Oasis. The Lagoon is a large courtyard featuring a zero-depth entry pool that is anchored by a four-story interactive water tower outfitted with seven slides and flumes, climbing nets and a 400-gallon (1,514-liter) dump tank that spouts out water at random. The area also houses a netted basketball court and a nine-hole miniature golf course. The Oasis contains an Olympic-sized pool, a multi-level interactive water tower, a shaded play area for kids, pop jets, splash zone and sand play area.
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  • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge bring rustic charm to the heart of Orlando. Surrounded by towering pine trees and boulders, guests can delight in the enchanting Silver Creek Springs Pool, feel a rush on the waterslide, take a dip in the whirlpool spas, and be excited by the nearby Fire Rock Geyser. For a more peaceful paddle, swimmers can retreat to the serenity of the Hidden Springs Pool.
  • Aquatic Adventures

  • When timeless elegance meets old fashioned charm, the product is the carefree amusement of Disney's Boardwalk Villas. This waterfront resort hotel features Luna Park, the main water area which takes visitors to an antique carnival where they can take a ride down the 200-foot-long (61 meter) Keister Coaster water slide.
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  • Located off of International Drive, the CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort combines a tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park. Featuring thrilling slides, splash-tastic play areas and relaxing pools, CoCo Key's 62,000-square-foot (5,760-square-meter) water park offers families aquatic fun in a safe and friendly environment. Day passes for guests not staying at the hotel cost just $22.95 (Monday - Thursday) or $26.95 (Friday - Sunday) per person.
  • Relaxing Retreats

  • Visitors can bask in rays of serenity in the calming waters at the Alfond Inn, a new boutique hotel in the heart of Winter Park. The rooftop pool is 60 feet (18 meters) in length, surrounded by lush planting, marble and pergolas for shade.
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  • Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando's theme parks and attractions will find Waldorf Astoria Orlando's sparkling blue pools to be the perfect antidote. The elegant oasis of contemporary luxury is sure to provide visitors with true, indulgent relaxation. The serene outdoor environment offers poolside service, private cabanas, and a Jacuzzi. For little ones, the zero entry pool is the ideal cool down.
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    About Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

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    06/02/2015

    Visit Orlando Unveils New Brand Creative;
    Announces Global Search For Stories

     

    ORLANDO, Fla. - (May 31, 2015) - Visit Orlando, the official tourism association in Central Florida, turned the page on a new chapter in the destination's history today by unveiling a never-before-seen series of emotionally based, editorial-style brand photographs and video that elicit the unique emotions that visitors experience in Orlando.

    To celebrate its first global marketing and sales campaign featuring this new creative and titled "Orlando - the Never Ending Story," Visit Orlando also announced it will launch a worldwide consumer campaign in search of the millions of stories its visitors have to share about the theme park capital of the world. 

    "Visit Orlando is reaching out to the storyteller in all of us through this new brand creative in order to showcase our visitors and the lifetime of memories they made and will make across our destination," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "We recognize that because travel matters so deeply to so many of us and our relationships with others, and because Orlando owns this unique place in the hearts and minds of millions of visitors, we consider it our responsibility to help our guests connect the memories of their experiences in Orlando together like the chapters of a book."

    Coinciding with the start of the campaign's consumer advertising this year, unforgettable guest experiences will be collected through the website OrlandoStories.com and visitors will be encouraged to use #MyOrlandoStory when sharing posts, photos and videos in social media. Additional details of the global search for stories will be released this summer. 

    The new creative launched today at U.S. Travel Association's IPW, the travel industry's premier international trade show taking place this year in Orlando, will serve as the cornerstone of Visit Orlando's future global marketing and sales efforts, beginning in August. The first of these will appear in the destination's No. 1 overseas market, Brazil, as well as Colombia and the United States, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom.  

    "Orlando is an iconic American destination that truly delivers on the promises that travel offers to us all," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.

    "These images so wonderfully capture the diversity of our global visitors and the unique experiences that can only be found in Orlando," said Aguel. "It's fitting to unite our guests through their connection with Orlando, a destination that was literally built on storytelling."

    This spring, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Visit Orlando CEO George Aguel announced the destination became the first in the U.S. to welcome more than 60 million visitors when more than 62 million visited in 2014. During the last 40 years, Orlando has hosted hundreds of millions of guests, making it one of the most memorable and talked about destinations on earth. 

     

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    About Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

     

     

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    04/27/2015

    10 New Hot Spots on Orlando's International Drive

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The American Society of Travel Agents recently named Orlando the No. 1 "Hot Spot for Summer Travel" in 2015. After a multi-year surge of blockbuster expansions at Orlando's world-class theme parks, International Drive (I-Drive) is following suit with the addition of new retail, dining and entertainment venues. Visit Orlando, the destination's official tourism association, is sharing 10 new ways this summer's visitors to Orlando can experience I-Drive 360:

    I-Drive 360

    In the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor, I-Drive 360 is a new entertainment complex and home of The Orlando Eye. The massive project will include attractions, restaurants, music venues and retail locations.

    1.    SEA LIFE Orlando delivers breathtaking views of over 5,000 underwater creatures from the three oceans of the world. Guests can experience face-to-face encounters with sharks in Orlando's only 360° Underwater Tunnel as well as touch the velvety back of rays during the touch pool experience. Interactive educational talks will guide guests through the wonders of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans while providing majestic views of the creatures that roam these mysterious waters.

    2.    Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous celebrity wax attraction, offers guests a star-studded experience with its signature red carpet treatment. Visitors will move through themed rooms where they can observe and interact with waxworks of their favorite film, music, sport and historical celebrities.

    3.    The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot-tall observation wheel providing breathtaking panoramic views of Central Florida within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules. Before entering the 20-minute ride, guests will enter a 4D theatre and watch a short film about Florida.      

    4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, a first-of-its-kind museum, exhibits over 400 skeletons in creative poses and dioramas. The 7,750-square-foot space will feature exotic animals from all over the world as well as eight human skeletons. The walk-through experience will last about 90 minutes and will include interactive exhibits.

    5.    Naru Restaurant & Sushi Bar, a Brazilian sushi chain, debuts its first U.S. location at I-Drive 360. The 140-seat restaurant blends the best of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine and features Sakerinhas, a perfect fusion of Japan's sake and Brazil's caipirinha drink.

    6.    Tin Roof is a bar, eatery and music venue welcoming its first Florida location on I-Drive 360. Promising live music every night, guests can expect local and regional rock and country bands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with acoustic acts during the week. The legendary Nashville venue will bring an eclectic environment as well as creative food offerings and signature cocktails.

    More information about I-Drive 360 restaurants and shops can be found on Visit Orlando's blog.

    Dining Hot Spots

    7.    Mango's Tropical Café, one of Miami's hottest dance clubs, will open a new location on International Drive. The 55,000-square-foot entertainment space features a stage, dance floor and restaurant serving Floribbean Cuisine and tropical cocktails. Drawing inspiration from Caribbean and South American carnivals, the nightlife destination features high-energy dance performances featuring diverse genres of Latin music.

    8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House features chef-driven cuisine paired with the best aged, hand-cut USDA Prime Beef and fresh-off-the-boat seafood including Australian cold-water lobster tails with an extensive award-winning wine list and genuine hospitality.

    Attractions and Shopping

    9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets adds four new stores to their retail lineup with DKNY, the retail store for fashion designer Donna Karan, along with high-end watchmaker, Citizen, handbag and accessory maker, Vera Bradley and Italian fashion brand, Diesel.

    10.  Escapology Orlando and America's Escape Game, are the two escape game locations on International Drive. Both venues offer guests the exciting opportunity of being locked in themed rooms where they must rely on clues and their wit to solve puzzles and find the key to escape. With new rooms being introduced periodically, there's always something new to unlock on International Drive.

    About Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

     

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    please visit VisitOrlando.com/media
     

                 

     



    04/27/2015

    10 Nuevos Sitios De Interes Imperdibles En Orlando’s International Drive

     ORLANDO, Fla. (27 de Abril de 2015) - La Sociedad Americana de Agentes de Viajes nombró recientemente a Orlando como el "Number 1 Hot Spot for Summer Travel", (El destino más codiciado para viajes de verano) en 2015. Después de una ola de varios años de expansiones de gran éxito en los parques temáticos de talla mundial de Orlando, International Drive (I-Drive) sigue con esta tendencia con la apertura de nuevas tiendas, restaurantes y lugares de entretenimiento. Visit Orlando, la asociación oficial de Turismo de dicho destino, quisiera compartir 10 nuevas formas de visitar Orlando para que los turistas puedan divertirse en Orlando I-Drive 360 este verano:

    I-Drive 360

    En el corazón del corredor turístico de Orlando, I-Drive 360 es un nuevo complejo de entretenimiento además de ser el hogar del Orlando Eye. Este proyecto masivo incluye atracciones, restaurantes, salas de conciertos y lugares de venta:

    1.    SEA LIFE Orlando ofrece impresionantes vistas de más de 5 mil criaturas marinas de los tres océanos del mundo. Los visitantes pueden disfrutar de encuentros cara a cara con los tiburones en el único Túnel Submarino de Orlando de 360°, así como tocar la superficie aterciopelada de las mantarrayas en una exhibición interactiva. Charlas educativas interactivas guían a los turistas a través de las maravillas del Atlántico, Pacífico e Índico a la vez que ofrecen vistas de las majestuosas criaturas que deambulan por estas aguas misteriosas

    2.    Madame Tussauds, una de las atracciones de cera de celebridades más famosas del mundo, ofrece a los visitantes una experiencia especial llena de estrellas sobre una alfombra roja. Los visitantes pueden moverse a través de salas temáticas donde se puede observar e interactuar con las figurillas de cera de sus estrellas favoritas de cine, música, deporte y personajes históricos

    3.    The Orlando Eye es una rueda de observación de 400 metros de altura que ofrece asombrosas vistas panorámicas del Centro de Florida dentro de cápsulas de vidrio completamente herméticas con aire acondicionado. Antes de emprender un recorrido de 20 minutos, los huéspedes entran en un teatro 4D donde pueden disfrutar de un cortometraje sobre Florida

    4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, el primer museo de este tipo, exhibe más de 400 esqueletos en posturas creativas y maquetas de dichos esqueletos en diferentes tipos de escenas (dioramas). El espacio de 7 mil 750 metros cuadrados, cuenta con animales exóticos de todo el mundo, así como ocho esqueletos humanos. El recorrido dura aproximadamente 90 minutos e incluye exhibiciones interactivas

    5.    Restaurante Naru & Sushi Bar, una cadena de sushis de Brasil, abre su primer restaurant de Estados Unidos en I-Drive 360. El restaurante de 140 asientos, combina lo mejor de la comida japonesa y brasileña y cuenta con Sakerinhas, una fusión perfecta de  sake Japonés con caipiriña, la bebida nacional brasileña

    6.    Tin Roof bar- restaurante con música, celebra su primera apertura en Florida en I-Drive 360. Con prometedora música en vivo todas las noches, los clientes pueden apreciar bandas de rock locales y regionales así como música country los jueves, viernes y sábados, además de contar con actos musicales acústicos durante la semana. El ambiente del legendario Nashville aporta un ambiente ecléctico además de ofrecer comida creativa y cocteles exclusivos

    Para mayor información sobre los restaurantes y las tiendas presentes en I-Drive 360; visita el blog de Visit Orlando.

    Lugares "Hot" para cenar

    7.    Mango's Tropical Café, una de las discotecas más populares de Miami, abre un nuevo café en International Drive. El espacio de 55 mil metros cuadrados cuenta con una pista de baile y un restaurante que sirve cocina Floribbean así como cocteles tropicales. Inspirándose de los carnavales del Caribe y de América del Sur, este destino nocturno cuenta con actuaciones de  baile de alto calibre y con diversos géneros de la música latina

    8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House dispone de una cocina dirigida por un chef para servir los mejores cortes de carne certificados por el United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) además de incluir frescos mariscos entre los cuales destacan las famosas colas de langosta australiana de agua fría sin dejar de lado una extensa lista de vinos galardonados; todo esto ofrecido con una  auténtica hospitalidad

    Atracciones y Shopping

    9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets añade nuevas tiendas a su reparto con DKNY, la tienda al por mayor de la diseñadora de moda Donna Karan, junto con el relojero de lujo Citizen, el fabricante de bolsos y accesorios Vera Bradley y la marca de moda italiana, Diesel

    10.  Escapology Orlando y America's Escape Game, son dos juegos de escape en International Drive. Ambos lugares ofrecen a los visitantes la emocionante oportunidad de encerrarse en salas temáticas donde dependen de pistas y de su propio ingenio para resolver rompecabezas y encontrar la llave para escapar. Con nuevas habitaciones abiertas periódicamente, siempre hay algo nuevo que desbloquear en International Drive.

    Sobre Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando es la organización oficial de turismo para el destino más visitado de los Estados Unidos, con representación en más de una docena de países alrededor del mundo. Visit Orlando, junto con mil doscientos organismos miembros, es el líder en esta industria.

     

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    04/27/2015

    De restaurantes e lojas a opções de lazer, confira dez novidades na International Drive, principal avenida de Orlando

    São Paulo, 27 de abril de 2015 - A ‘Sociedade Americana de Agentes de Viagens' nomeou neste ano a cidade de Orlando com o título de "Number 1 Hot Spot for Summer Travel", ou algo como a "número 1 em novidades badaladas para as férias de verão", que nos EUA ocorrem de junho a setembro. Depois de uma série de expansões de grande sucesso ocorrida ao longo dos últimos anos nos mundialmente famosos parques temáticos de Orlando, a principal avenida da cidade, International Drive, também conhecida como  I- Drive, está inaugurando neste e nos próximos meses lojas, restaurantes e locais de lazer e entretenimento. Visit Orlando, o órgão oficial de turismo da cidade, anuncia dez novidades para os turistas curtirem e experimentarem, todas dentro do complexo I-Drive 360 - localizado no corredor turístico da cidade, é um  novo complexo de entretenimento com diversas atrações para os visitantes. Confira:

    1.    SEA LIFE Orlando apresenta mais de 5 mil espécies marinhas de todo o mundo, onde os visitants poderão experimentar encontros ‘cara a cara' com tubarões em um túnel submerso, o 360° Underwater Tunnel, assim como tocarem em raias em uma piscina especialmente projetada para essa atração. Com informações educacionais e interativas, os turistas serão guiados para as maravilhas presentes nos oceanos Atlântico, Pacífico e Índico observando as majestosas criaturas que habitam essas águas.

    2.    Madame Tussauds, a mais famosa atração com personalidades feitas de cera, oferece aos vistantes um dia de celebridade, com o tratamento digno de tapete vermelho. São salas temáticas onde todos podem observar e interagir com suas celebridades favoritas: personagens de filmes, cantores, esportistas e personalidades históricas.

    3.    The Orlando Eye é uma roda gigante de observação de 122 metros de altura, oferecendo uma vista panorâmica da Florida Central de tirar o fôlego. A volta completa dura cerca de 20 minutos e é feita em cápsulas de vidro equipadas com ar-condicionado. Antes dessa jornada, o visitante passa por um experiência em um teatro 4D, onde é possível assitir um curto filme sobre a Flórida.        

    4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, o primeiro museu deste tipo, exibe mais de 400 esqueletos em poses e dioramas criativos. A atração mostra animais exóticos de todo o mundo e mais oito esqueletos humanos. A duração do passeio é de 90 minutos e inclui atrações interativas.

    5.    Naru Restaurant & Sushi Bar, rede de sushi brasileira, vai abrir sua primeira unidade nos EUA, no I-Drive 360. O restaurante de 140 lugares oferece a melhor mistura da culinária do Japão com a do Brasil, além das "Sakerinhas", que combinam a tradicional caipirinha brasileira com o saquê japonês.

    6.    Tin Roof é um bar/restaurante com shows musicais. Essa é a primeira unidade na Flórida e promete música ao vivo todas as noites, com atrações locais e regionais. De quinta a sábado, bandas de rock e country, e, durante a semana, shows acústicos. O local, que teve origem em Nashville, vai oferecer um ambiente eclético assim como pratos cristivos e coquetéis próprios.  

    Para mais informações sobre restaurants e lojas do I-Drive 360, acesse Visit Orlando's blog.

    Locais badalados para jantar

    7.    Mango's Tropical Café, uma das mais famosas danceterias de Miami, vai abrir a primeira unidade em Orlando, na International Drive. O amplo espaço de entretenimento possui palco e pista de dança além de um restaurante, que serve culinária típica local e drinques tropicais. Inspirada nos carnavais do Caribe e América do Sul, a casa noturna conta com performances de dança e apresenta diversos gêneros de música latina.

    8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House é um restaurante que serve bifes com cortes especiais e frutos do mar frescos, incluindo a famosa lagosta australiana. O local apresenta uma extensa e premiada carta de vinhos e oferece hospitalidade genuína.

    Atrações e compras

    9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets adiciona quatro novas lojas ao seu portfólio: DKNY, da estilista Donna Karan; Citizen, marca de relógios com tecnologia de ponta; Vera Bradley, de bolsas e acessórios; e a famosa marca italiana Diesel.

    10.  Escapology Orlando e America's Escape Game, são dois locais de jogos que oferecem uma diferente experiência na International Drive. Ambos convidam os visitantes a serem trancados em salas temáticas com o objetivo de combinarem pistas, resolverem quebra-cabeças e descobrirem a chave para escapar. Com novas salas sendo introduzidas periodicamente, a atração sempre tem novidades a serem desvendadas.

     

    Sobre Visit Orlando

    Visit Orlando é o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, o destino mais visitado dos Estados Unidos, com representação em mais de doze países ao redor do mundo. Visit Orlando, juntamente com seus 1.200 membros, representa a principal instituição do setor de turismo do destino.

     

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    04/09/2015

    Orlando Torna-Se O Primeiro Destino A Ultrapassar 60 Milhões De Visitantes, Trazendo Um Novo Recorde Para O Setor De Turismo Dos Eua

    São Paulo, 9 de abril de 2015 - Visit Orlando, o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, EUA, anuncia hoje o balanço de visitantes em 2014. Mais de 62 milhões de turistas estiveram em Orlando no ano passado, número que marca um novo recorde para a indústria de turismo dos EUA e solidifica a cidade como a mais visitada do país. As visitas cresceram mais de 5% em comparação a 2013, com pessoas de todos os lugares do mundo experimentando o que há de novo no destino, que está em constante expansão.

    "Essa marca histórica é a mais recente prova da liderança de Orlando no setor de turismo", destaca o presidente e CEO de Visit Orlando, George Aguel. "É um reconhecimento ao compromisso firme e contínuo investimento feito pelo nosso setor turístico. Agradecemos aos nossos visitantes e também aos esforços da equipe de vendas e do marketing global de Visit Orlando".

    Com recorde de 32 milhões de diárias vendidas nos hotéis de Orlando no ano passado, resultando em uma arrecadação de impostos de US$ 200 milhões, o Condado de Orange, região que abriga o distrito turístico da Florida Central, atingiu pela primeira vez esse marco.

    "O impacto para o turismo na nossa comunidade é notável e, de fato, esse setor é o maior gerador de empregos e o que mais contribui com a economia da região", afirma a prefeita do Condado de Orange, Teresa Jacobs. "Além de proporcionar momentos de prazer e diversão para visitantes e famílias do mundo todo, a nossa indústria de hospitalidade e viagens ajuda a melhorar a qualidade de vida dos moradores de Orlando, proporcionando espaços como o nosso novo centro de artes e espectáculos, além de marcantes locais esportivos."

    Para atender às necessidades do número crescente de visitantes, o Condado de Orange tem feito investimentos em infraestrutura, incluindo uma importante expansão e reforma do Orange County Convention Center, local nacionalmente conhecido nos EUA.

    "Passar a marca de 60 milhões de visitantes anuais é uma conquista significativa para Orlando e para setor de viagens dos EUA, que gera US$ 2,1 trilhões para a economia do país a cada ano", comenta o presidente e CEO da U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow. "Graças à parceria estreita entre os membros do mercado de turismo de Orlando e uma forte liderança por parte de funcionários públicos e Visit Orlando, este destino popular conhecido em todo o mundo está bem posicionado para continuar batendo recordes no setor de viagens."

    Em 2014, o Walt Disney World Resort inaugurou uma nova área, a New Fantasyland, e The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley no Universal Orlando Resort também foi aberto. Assim, os visitantes que curtirão Orlando neste ano poderão experimentar em primeira mão essa expansão e também outras novidades, como o I-Drive 360, apresentando um trio de atrações do grupo Merlin Entertainments, assim como a transformação da região de Downtown Disney em Disney Springs.

    Nos últimos anos, a experiência em Orlando também se tornou mais diversificada, atraindo uma gama cada vez maior de visitantes. Os apreciadores da gastronomia encontram agradáveis e sofisticadas surpresas culinárias no local, reconhecido por três anos consecutivos com mais indicações de chef ao título "Best of the South", da prestigiada instituição James Beard Foundation, do que qualquer outra cidade da Flórida. Viajantes de luxo são atraídos para o serviço do Four Seasons Resort Orlando, de 5 estrelas, que abriu há seis meses, bem como o Ritz-Carlton Orlando e Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

    Os visitantes também estão descobrindo novos locais para apreciarem artes e assistirem a torneios esportivos profissionais, como o Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts e o estádio da Major League Soccer, com previsão de abertura em 2016 na região de Downtown Orlando.

    Sobre Visit Orlando
    Visit Orlando é o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, o destino mais visitado dos Estados Unidos, com representação em mais de doze países ao redor do mundo. Visit Orlando, juntamente com seus 1.200 membros, representa a principal instituição do setor de turismo do destino.

     

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    04/09/2015

     

    Orlando Becomes First Destination To Surpass 60 Million Visitors, Sets New Record For U.S. Tourism

     

    ORLANDO, Fla., (April 9, 2015) - Visit Orlando, the destination's official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando's position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation grew five percent from 2013 as visitors from around the world came to experience all that is new across the ever-expanding destination. 

    "This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando's leadership in tourism," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "It's a tribute to the steadfast commitment and continued investment by our tourism community, the special brand of service that greets our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies."

    A record 32 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2014, resulting in bed tax collections topping $200 million for the first time in Orange County, Fla., home to the Central Florida tourism district.

    "The impact of tourism on our community is remarkable, and in fact, the travel and tourism industry is the largest generator of jobs and economic impact for our region," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "In addition to delighting visitors and families from around the world, our travel and hospitality industry helps to support a great quality of life for Orlando's residents, including our amazing new performing arts center and outstanding sports venues."

    To meet the needs of a growing number of visitors, Orange County has made investments in infrastructure, including investing in an important expansion and renovation of the nationally recognized Orange County Convention Center.

    "Passing the 60 million annual visitors mark is a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy each year," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "Thanks to the close partnership among members of Orlando's tourism community and strong leadership by public officials and Visit Orlando, this popular destination known around the world is well positioned to continue setting records in tourism."

    In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort completed New Fantasyland, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort opened. Visitors to Orlando in 2015 will experience the first full year of these exciting expansions that opened in 2014 and be the first to see several new attractions, including I-Drive 360, featuring a trio of new attractions from Merlin Entertainments, as well as a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs.

    In recent years, the Orlando experience has also become more diverse, attracting an increasingly wide range of visitors. Foodies find a surprisingly sophisticated culinary destination, recognized with more "Best of the South" chef nominations by the prestigious James Beard Foundation than any city in Florida for three straight years. Luxury travelers are drawn to the five-star service at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando that opened six months ago, as well as the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

    Visitors are also discovering exciting new venues in which to enjoy the arts and professional sports, like the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts and the Major League Soccer stadium coming to Downtown Orlando in 2016.

     

    About Visit Orlando
    Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

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