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SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WHERE THE SEASON MEETS THE SEA!!

Are you ready for the Waves of holiday spirit that will splash over SeaWorld Orlando, during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration? Orlando Ticket Connection offers the best discount tickets to SeaWorld Orlando, so it’s time to experience a wintery, watery wonderland, where guests of all ages will enjoy loads of frosty fun as they watch stunning live shows inspired by the natural world!

Families and friends can once again enjoy the spirit of Christmas during SeaWorld’s holiday-themed shows and festivities:

New to This Year’s Celebration:

• Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld® Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become your child’s favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!:• Shamu® Christmas Miracles — SeaWorld invites guests to experience the grace and beauty of our Shamu family at Shamu® Stadium, during the night-time show, Shamu Christmas Miracles.

• O Wondrous Night tells the greatest story never told, with more than 30 carols, based upon The Christmas Story and told through the eyes of a variety of live animals.

• Winter Wonderland on Ice is an ice skating extravaganza where Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. .

• Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas features Santa’s helpers, Clyde and Seamore, who bring their own brand of comedy to Christmas this year. Our loveable sea lions, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and a wintery walrus or two, search for Santa to determine if they’re on the naughty or nice list.

• Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites. Experience a wondrous SeaWorld Christmas connection that lights up the night.

• THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience. The beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your families are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. The sights, sounds, and scents of the season surround you. From the moment the conductor calls “all aboard” to your arrival at the North Pole (where you’ll meet Santa Claus himself),

Events take place on select dates November 23 through December 31, 2013 and are included with park admission or annual pass.

The OTC GENUIS gives this a 5 STAR RATING because he adores SeaWorld Orlando and Christmas!

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Universal Orlando’s New Happenings

Rumor has it that Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is about to grow! The OTC Genius has an insider’s scoop that development has begun, the site has been approved and they have started surveying the land behind the famous Dinosaur land. The games section of what is left of the Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure is being removed as part of the Jurassic Park expansion. The team workers working there will be moved to the new area. The largest attraction in Jurassic Park is the “River Adventure” which is a water tour in which visitors cruise along the river before taking a wrong turn into danger! The attraction also has the Jurassic Park Discovery Center as well as the Pteranodan Flyers for kids. Universal may be expanding the land because Jurassic Park 4 motion picture is currently in pre-production. It is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. An additional Jurassic Park film will renew guests’ interest in the theme park land. If all of this is true then this will be the largest expansion to Islands of Adventure since the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in 2010.  However, remember this is just rumor. Universal hasn’t officially announced anything yet, nor is it expected as the park has just opened The Simpsons’ Springfield, and is still underway for the Harry Potter Diagon Alley opening in 2014. Harry Potter land has also just received a Hogwarts Express train station which will take guests to the new Diagon Alley land at Universal Studios. A train was placed on the tracks on Thursday and it will travel between Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley, which is currently under construction at Universal Studios. The OTC Genius will keep his eyes and ears open, and will let you know as soon as he does!! In the meantime try Universal’s 2 day base with 3rd Day FREE, and save $10 OFF your ticket!! Click here for details!

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OTC Genius Christmas Blog!!

Christmas is just around the corner and Central Florida’s Theme Parks are pulling out all the stops this year!! It promises to be a magical time with all of the spectacular new attractions that have been added this year; so be ready for all the excitement to begin between Thanksgiving and New Years! Expect the parks to be overflowing with crowds, so THE OTC GENIUS is here to provide you with all the vacation tips to make your visit a very special one.

HO HO HO!! Christmas at Disney World!

On select nights at Magic Kingdom Park—from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM, November 8 to December 20, 2013—Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers merriment and delight for all ages and interests.

Enjoy these celebrations that are created just for this joyful season and fill the air with Christmas magic! Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle

As a gift to Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother waves her wand, and with a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo enchants the castle with sparkling white lights. Magnificent icicles seem to form instantly over the parapets and towers of the royal palace, as the lights wink and shimmer to a medley of heartwarming Disney tunes.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Wave to your Disney friends in this holiday parade brimming with cheer! Gingerbread men, elves and others dance down Main Street, U.S.A. with such Disney Characters as: Jiminy Cricket. Goofy, Pooh, Tigger, Scrooge McDuck, and many more—not to mention Santa, wishing you a “Merry Christmas!” from his colorful sleigh!

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Brilliant white lights explode in the air above Cinderella Castle in this breathtaking music and fireworks show. Watch for Tinker Bell as she soars into the sky over the crowds! And cheer as Jiminy Cricket reminds you that home is where the heart is—especially during the holidays.

Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in this jolly musical revue chock full of the coolest dance numbers. Stitch is on a special mission to track down Santa. But will this adorable alien be naughty or nice to Saint Nick? Find out what happens at the rockin’ grand finale!

Celebrate the Season Show

‘Tis the season to give gifts and Mickey’s present to Minnie is not to be missed! Goofy, Donald and others get into the holiday spirit with their own version of The Nutcracker in this jubilant musical spectacle.

Other Highlights • Meet-and-greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom park with some of your favorite Disney Characters • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa • A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires a separate ticket for admission! Please contact Walt Disney World directly.

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Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium’s “Oddtoberfest”

October is famous for the one day full of fright, fun and festivities. Of course that day is Oddtoberfest at Ripley’s Orlando (ok, Halloween is pretty cool too). On Saturday, October 12, Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium’s “Oddtoberfest” begins from noon to 5 pm. It’s a day to pay homage and celebrate the unusual, and the public is invited to take part in this FREE event.

The day’s events include:

• Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team display their amazing karate skills. Reeves will break bricks and boards and even attempt to break a few world records!

• “Trick Ropin’ Trevor” Dreher will display his world-class trick roping talents.

• “Qubits” founder Mark Burginger will build a 13 foot tall tower made entirely from Qubits toy pieces. He and the company were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank.

• Live music from Beebs and Her Money Makers. Fresh off the Vans Warped Tour, the group is as close to being Ripley’s house band as you can get. Ripley’s sponsored them on the Vans tour, and the band shot the video for their hit Jumpin’ at the Orlando Odditorium.

• Amazing vehicles from Parker Brothers Concepts; see the famous Green Machine – but this is no kid’s toy; it’s adult size and powered by a motorcycle engine!

• Food trucks • Carnival games and prizes • Face painting • Temporary tattoo artist • Bounce house

The event will be held in the parking lot rain or shine and is FREE to the public. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets. To purchase your tickets please click here!

Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive, is open from 9 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year.

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Princess Fairytale Hall opens at Fantasyland!!

The highly anticipated Princess Fairytale Hall has finally been opened to Disney Princess Fans! Its vibrantly decorated tournament tent facade can be found in the Castle Courtyard in the middle of Walt Disney’s Fantasyland.

Princess Fairytale Hall is a glorious gift from the king to Cinderella, and a place for her to meet the subjects of Fantasyland. It resembles a magnificent castle, and just inside the stone and stained glass antechamber are several details from the world of Disney princesses including portraits, Cinderella’s glass slipper, ornate stained-glass windows, tapestries and so much more! There are two inner chambers in which Cinderella, and Rapunzel will meet with their guests. A surprise princess is on hand to keep each one company, but you will have to come and visit yourself to see who it is.

As you enter the opulent chamber you see a huge framed painting of a fairytale setting and a table with a set of storybooks that bear the titles of fairytales in the language of the original tale. Rose vases are placed on the far side of each reception room and wallpaper decorated with crowns and other regal images completes the scene. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras to capture the experience but there are also Disney PhotoPass photographers on hand in case you forget.

With the hall’s completion, there’s only one piece left to the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. That will come to realization in early 2014 with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.

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AN OCEAN OF HALLOWEEN FUN AWAITS!

Every weekend in October, the place to be for silly, spooky fun is at SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR! During this daytime event, families will be immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish and sea-themed arts and crafts. The best part it is included with SeaWorld admission!!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place weekends in October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, from 12 to 8 p.m., so even the  littlest of trick-or-treaters are wide-awake for all of the fun-filled activities.

Spooktacular Highlights Include:

NEW this year: Spooktacular Dance Party Princess Penelope and her undersea friends invite guests to join the Spooktacular Dance Party, where children can dance along to a Spooktacular mix of line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the front of the park every event night an hour before SeaWorld’s park closing time.

Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun Offering more than two million pieces of sweet treats, costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat “under the sea.” Each trick-or-treat station features an assortment of ghoulish goodies including Tootsie Roll, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Airheads and other candy favorites.

Penelope’s Party Zone Located at SeaWorld’s Bayside area, this dynamic underwater environment comes to life each day with a live DJ, a variety of interactive crafts to choose from, countless bubbles floating overhead and colorful pumpkin fish gliding around!

Sweet Treat Decorating Kids and parents alike can have a “splash” creating their own sweet treats at the cookie decorating station. Kids will be able to decorate and devour their spooky cookie when they purchase a kit that comes equipped with a cookie, frosting and toppings.

Jelly Belly® Bean Art to Come to Life at Spooktacular Jelly Belly artist in residence, Kristen Cumings, will use more than 10,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans to create a portrait of rockhopper penguins, reflecting SeaWorld’s all-new, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Guests can watch as this handmade jelly bean creation comes together in front of their eyes during the final weekend of Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 26 and 27. Kids can join in the fun too, with the opportunity to decorate a Halloween Spooktacular mural with a variety of Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast 1-2-3… Dine with me! Don’t walk around on an empty stomach, stay 1 step ahead of hunger! What goes great with your 2 morning eggs? How about infinite hugs from Count von Count, Elmo and his furry friends! Featuring a delicious buffet sprinkled with the hottest characters in town, the Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike. You can “count” on it! Adults $24, Child (2-9) $14.

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Sea Turtles Find Home SeaWorld’s TurtleTrek

Orlando, Fla. (August 27, 2013) – Two female loggerhead sea turtles were moved into SeaWorld Orlando’s turtle habitat, TurtleTrek. Big Mama, a 245-pound adult, and Caton, a 95-pound sub-adult, were deemed non-releasable by wildlife government officials and were brought to SeaWorld last month by outside agencies to serve as the animals’ permanent home.

Big Mama was transported to SeaWorld Orlando from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Miss., where she had been receiving care since she was rescued after an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in 2010. Big Mama suffered from severe bite wounds to her front and hind flippers, making it difficult for her to swim properly. In 2012, Big Mama was deemed non-releasable, and due to space limitations, IMMS could no longer care for her.

Caton was rescued in 2009 by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC), who found her stranded on Blackbeard Island off the Georgia coast. GSTC spent months rehabilitating Caton, but when she was healthy enough to be returned to her natural environment, Caton had other plans. The GSTC attempted to return Caton not just once, but three times. After the third return, which was thought to have been successful until Caton was found back on the beach a week later, government officials deemed her non-releasable

                                            

The pair joined 14 other rescued sea turtles, including a hawksbill, 10 green and three loggerheads, which have also been deemed non-releasable. These turtles serve as ambassadors for their species, helping to educate guests about wildlife conservation and how they can make a difference with everyday actions.

In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 52 and returned 45 sea turtles.

Yesterday, loggerhead sea turtle Caton, was moved into her permanent home, along with another loggerhead, Big Mama, at SeaWorld Orlando’s TurtleTrek. After being deemed non-releasable by the government, she was transferred to SeaWorld Orlando in July.

 

 

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Don’t miss legendary animal expert and television personality, Jack Hanna, and his “co-stars” as they bring an extraordinary wild experience to SeaWorld Orlando on September 14 and 15, 2013.

Jungle Jack Returns to SeaWorld Orlando! Jack Hanna’s animal friends in the past have included beautiful leopards, lively kookaburra birds, penguins, otters and magnificent eagles. Known around the world for his never-ending passion for wildlife and conservation, “Jungle Jack” will help you share in this phenomenal friendship to wildlife and the world we live in!

SeaWorld Orlando is devoted to offering the public up-close and personal experiences with many different aquatic animals and is honored to offer this special event featuring “Jungle Jacks” extraordinary shows and exciting presentations with the animals, which have included big cats, eagles, and exotic birds. Jack Hanna also hosts “meet and greets” with his mammals, exotic birds, and reptiles that are currently on the endangered list now. These demonstrations encourage awareness of what exactly these animals are, why they are important to the ecosystem, and what each person can do to help. Orlando Ticket Connection has the best deals on Orlando discount tickets so make sure you get these special tickets in advance!!

Dinner with Jack Hanna – September 14 & 15, 5:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at Dine with Shamu, where they will mingle with Jack Hanna and meet his animal friends up-close. This VIP dinner offers a delicious menu, while “Jungle Jack” entertains guests with animal facts, tales of his adventures and answers questions from attendees. Additionally, guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack, one complimentary adult beverage (for guests 21 and over) and special reserved seats at the 3:15 p.m. show. Cost is $59 for adults, $49 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. These can be purchased directly at SeaWorld.

Breakfast with Jack Hanna at Sharks Underwater Grill – September 14 & 15, 9:00 a.m. Meet Jack Hanna and his animal friends up-close during a special breakfast at Sharks Underwater Grill®. This VIP experience features a hearty breakfast, while “Jungle Jack” teaches guests about some of his animal friends, speaks about his animal encounters and answers questions from those in attendance. Guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack and special reserved seats at the 1:15 p.m. show. Cost is $49 for adults, $39 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. These can be purchased directly at SeaWorld.

Experience it ALL!!

Remember to also check out the exciting shows and the thrilling rides the park has to offer. While you and the family are learning more about exotic animals, you can visit some incredible aquatic creatures as well. SeaWorld’s newest adventure, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins is a spectacular exhibit to take in as well! Be transported to an icy world like you’ve never seen before. Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, step out and explore their colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes: bringing you above and below their icy world. Are you ready? At Shark Encounter, enter into a fascinating journey through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels. Experience a rare, up-close look at prehistoric predators whose ancestors dominated the sea over a hundred million years before dinosaurs walked the earth.   Don’t forget some of the amazing thrill rides such as Manta which is a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride; Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Pet a stingray at Stingray Lagoon, feed a sea lion at Pacific Point Reserve, and take a lesson on how to prevent injuries to aquatic animals at Turtle Point.

The whole family will love spending time with these incredible animals during Jack Hanna Weekend!

Shows are included with park admission and seating will be limited. Each show is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The OTC GENIUS gives “Jungle Jack” a 4 STAR RATING!!!

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Special offers Orlando Theme Park & Attractions

Orlando Ticket Connection knows that sometimes summer will end too soon for most of us, so we have decided offer these great END OF SUMMER discounts!! We have Orlando discount tickets for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, all of the best Dinner Shows, and many of the top area attractions! These END OF SUMMER discount tickets are Orlando Ticket Connection’s way of making sure you have the best choices, at the best prices!

Special Offers on SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment tickets!

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Special Deals gives you the opportunity to save money on Orlando discount tickets! Enjoy 3 day 3 parks to the sights and splashes of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica and the thrills of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during your vacation with the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Aquatica Combo tickets.

 

Special Offers on Dinner Show Tickets!

SAVE $24 OFF ON PIRATES DINNER ADVENTURE!! Pirate’s Dinner Show Special Offers! What to do after a day at some of the most exciting theme parks Orlando has to offer? Indulge in one of the area’s greatest dinner shows! Orlando Ticket Connection makes it even better with our Dinner Show Special Offers!

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OTC GENIUS: Breaking news!!

New Loggerhead Sea Turtle Ambassador, makes home in SeaWorld Orlando!!

The loggerhead turtle, named Caton will  have a great new job serving as her species’ newest ambassador at SeaWorld theme park’s new sea turtle exhibit.

She has been living on beautiful Jekyll Island at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, after being found stranded and severely incapacitated in 2009.  The Center brought her back to health and tried to release her back into the wild three times, but she refuse to leave.

The center’s staff were dismayed when after the first two attempts at release, Caton always manage to swim back.

The third try was much more successful when they took her out in the Atlantic and then released her. Hopes were dashes however when she was found on the beach in Jekyll Island a week later, so the Sea Turtle Center decided the best thing for Caton was to transfer her to SeaWorld Orlando where she could make her home among more Loggerheads at SeaWorld Turtle Trek!

“Caton is a beautiful sea turtle and will be a great Ambassador for her species,” Dr. Terry Norton, director of the Sea Turtle Center. “She is a favorite of many of our visitors and I am confident she will hold a special place in the hearts of her new visitors. This is big moment for not only Caton, but also for the Sea Turtle Center. We’re thrilled about this new joint effort.”

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