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05/27/2016

Box Office Hits and Big Thrills in Orlando as
New Attractions Premiere this Summer 

 

ORLANDO, Fla. - From the colossal return of King Kong, to a "Galaxy Far, Far Away" coming closer than ever, to the launch of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster -- Orlando's newest attractions are bigger, bolder and better-than-ever. The theme park capital of the world introduces must-see additions for visitors to create unforgettable summer vacations.

 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

  • At Universal's Islands of Adventure "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board massive off-road vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.

 

  • A new tropical oasis will welcome guests at Universal Orlando Resort: the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The new property is the fifth onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring 1,000 rooms and suites with an old-world Caribbean theme, built around a 16,000 square foot, resort-style pooland towering waterfall. Rooms will be available for booking starting July 14.


WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

  • Epcot guests can cool off in the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly-anticipated attraction "Frozen Ever After" opens in the Norway Pavilion. The family adventure set in the magical world of "Frozen" will feature the popular story of the royal sisters, hit songs and new technology for an icy trek that is sure to warm hearts.

 

  • A new flight path will open for the popular attraction "Soarin'" at Epcot this summer. The updated version of the ride, called "Soarin' Around the World," includes a whole new film, taking guests on a journey to far-flung lands, and accommodating more guests with the addition of an extra theatre.

 

  • Guests will discover new entertainment around every corner this summer with the debut of four new shows across the parks. The Force has awakened at Hollywood Studios, including a new character-filled stage show already open, "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away," and the upcoming nightly "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," combining fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections to be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of the park. Animal Kingdom will feature a new night time show starting at the end of May, "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic" Show, inspired by the live-action film. Meanwhile, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney's newest classics in the live stage show "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire," debuting in June at the Magic Kingdom.

 

SEAWORLD ORLANDO

  • Thrill-seekers have a new challenge coming on June 10: "Mako," a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. The hypercoaster will be the centrepiece of the newly-themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark-themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.

 

LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT

  • As Central Florida heats up, guests can cool off at the new Creative Cove at LEGOLAND Water Park. Now open, the new area invites young visitors to build and race their own LEGO boats.

 

  • Premiering this May, a new 4D movie is coming to LEGOLAND: "LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity." Characters from the popular LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS series battle forces of evil in this new immersive experience, combining 3D computer animation with "4D," real-world effects that bring the high-tech action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

 

CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE

  • A colorful summer is in store for visitors of Crayola Experience, with the opening of Rockin' Paper, an all-new attraction that will bring personalized paper creations to life. Guests will start by decorating paper creatures, then watch as they come alive and rock out in a show all of their own, complete with lights and music. Each new set of paper stars will dance to a different song, for a new experience every time.

 

TRAVEL PACKAGES

  • 1 May - 30 June: Seven nights in Orlando from £579pp

British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the three-star Ramada Hotel Gateway, from £579 per person. The package includes World Traveller return flights from Gatwick and accommodation. Book by 31 May 2016. For reservations visit http://ba.com/orlando or call 0344 493 0122.

 

  • 21 Aug departure: 10 nights in Orlando from £699pp

My America Holiday is offering 10 nights at the new four-star Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, with a 21 Aug 2016 departure. Price is based on family of two adults and two children and includes United Airlines flights. Optional add-ons such as Universal tickets are available. Make reservations by calling 020 8003 4927 or visiting the website.

 

  • 3 September departure: Seven nights in Orlando from £799pp

Signature from Thomas Cook offers seven nights at the four-star Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando from £799 on a room-only basis. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights from London Gatwick on 3 September 2016. Optional extras maybe applicable at the time of booking. Go online, call 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel for reservations.

 

 

Find more information, including exclusive insider tips, opening dates as they are released and the latest news on Orlando's summer happenings at VisitOrlando.com/blog.

 

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