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Archive for December, 2011


Busch Gardens Welcomes Baby Giraffe

At 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 127 pounds, she is a Christmas gift to Busch Gardens. According to various Florida-based reports, she was born Dec. 27 to Tesa, a reticulated giraffe who has already given birth to four offspring at Busch Gardens. The baby is not yet on display; zoo staff members are [...]

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Huge Hot Air Balloon Provides Uplifting Experience in Orlando

Hot air jokes aside, Orlando Balloon Rides launched its 24-passenger hot air balloon last week. Billed as the largest in the U.S. it’s 11 stories high, 90 feet wide, and is filled with 425,000 cubic feet of air. Jason Schulke, company CEO, describes the new attraction as the “Bentley of hot air balloons.” According to the [...]

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Is Harry Potter Heading to Universal Studios Florida?

With the closing of Jaws and the Amity section of Universal Studios Florida (USF) on January 2, there has been a flurry of speculation about possible expansion of the Harry Potter franchise at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal has revealed no details about what is planned for this sizable chunk of real estate, but that hasn’t [...]

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Legoland’s Christmas Bricktacular

In true Legoland spirit, the theme park’s first annual Christmas Bricktacular opens Dec. 8. According to WESH.com, the park has built a 30-foot Christmas tree with 270,000 Lego and Duplo bricks. The event runs through Dec. 31.

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SeaWorld Christmas Show: A Joyful Noise

Orlando Sentinel’s Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil reviews this year’s Christmas offering by SeaWorld. Titled “O Wondrous Night — The Greatest Story Never Told,” the show retells the birth of Jesus as seen from the perspective of the animals of the nativity scene. Bevil reports: It’s like an ambitious Christmas pageant for a megachurch trying [...]

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Jaws Closing January 2

Universal has announced that it will close “Jaws,” one of the original attractions in Universal Studios Florida, on January 2, 2012. Not only that, but the entire Amity section will disappear as well leaving a sizable hole in the park. WESH News quoted a Universal source as saying: We must always work to provide new, [...]

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