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Archive for May, 2012


Blastaway Beach at Wet ‘n Wild opens


Wet ‘n Wild will open its new Blastaway Beach attraction to the public for the first time Saturday at 10 a.m., says Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel. It’s the first expansion at the longstanding International Drive water park in four years. He adds: Blastaway Beach, which centers on a 60-foot sand [...]

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Universal Orlando Raises Ticket Prices

WESH.com reports an increase in ticket prices at Universal Orlando. At $88, Universal Orlando is now the most expensive ticket in town. The theme park announced it would be raising its price for admission by $3 on Tuesday. The $88 price admits one adult to one park for one day. The same ticket costs $85 for Walt [...]

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Discovery Cove Admission now combined with SeaWorld, Aquatica

Up to now package deals for admission to the big water and animal-related theme parks — SeaWorld and Aquatica — has been on a twofer basis or in combination with Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island; Discovery Cove was offered as a stand-alone on the basis of its “special occasion” nature or as part of [...]

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Roller Coaster 101: Legoland Advises Parents

  Small tots in tears leaving a roller coaster is not an uncommon reaction. Parents often wonder how far to push a fearful child with coasters such a big part of the whole theme park experience. Legoland is now providing parents with “Roller Coaster Readiness” tips in conjunction with a nationally recognized and award-winning author [...]

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Universal Orlando parade and nighttime show debut

Seth Kubersky, co-author of Universal Orlando 2012, was on hand this week to view Universal Studios’ Superstar Parade, the theme park’s latest attraction along with Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular. He shared his observations, including a video press conference and lots of photographs of the parade in his Live Active Cultures column, which runs in OrlandoWeekly.com. The [...]

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Turtle Trek Opens at SeaWorld

Turtle Trek, the new attraction that replaces “Manatees: The Last Generation” has opened, perhaps prematurely. It is not ready for prime time. The new attraction reverses the crowd flow of the old one. We now enter a series of underground rooms offering picture window views into, first, a manatee pool and then, as closed doors [...]

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FunSpot honors teachers, adds helicopter rides

FunSpot is wooing teachers and helicopter aficionados, reports ClickOrlando.com. The amusement park will honor teachers during its Teacher Appreciation Days, running through May 10. School employees can buy up to four $35-value wrist bands for $10 each during the promotion. Based on success of its 10-minute test flights from its International Drive location, the helicopter [...]

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Sneak Peek: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Dewayne Bevil of Orlando Sentinel’s Theme Park Rangers has posted some photos of Universal Studios’s new attraction, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” The much-anticipated attraction, which is based on the movie, is expected to open this summer. It replaces Jimmy Neutron’s NickToon Blast; that attraction closed last August.

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