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2019 will be a vital year in the busy Central Florida theme park industry. Every major park is set to add new attractions, hotels, restaurants and even new lands this year, and how those new attractions are received could mean drastic changes to the Disney-Universal competition, the International Drive hotel→ Read more
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ™ Coming This Summer. The epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will fly into Universal Orlando Resort and become the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet. Today, all-new details have been revealed about the magical new adventure that will open→ Read more
This month, you and your family will be able to walk down Sesame Street, uniting everyone with fun, happiness and learning of the world-famous street, because Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando Opens this Month.→ Read more
Park guests have more to love at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as the park gears up for 60 Unbelievable Years at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, kicking off on March 1 2019, The exciting 60 Year Anniversary kicks off with a concert and exciting fireworks event.→ Read more
Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to be at Walt Disney World® Resort, with fabulous new entertainment experiences in all four parks. And right now at Magic Kingdom Park, your Guests can enjoy Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration!→ Read more
Don’t’ Miss Orlando’s Biggest Party - Mardi Gras 2019. Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2019 Mardi Gras celebration.→ Read more
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival returns this year with more dates than ever. Guests are invited to sip and sample their way around the world of international street food traditions every weekend from February 9 through May 5. New this year, starting on February 15, guests will be able→ Read more
Despite what you might think, just like the rain, cold is not the end of the world at Orlando Theme Parks. During the winter season in Orlando, crowds are smaller which makes it an ideal time to visit Central Florida Theme Parks. From January through March, you can navigate parks→ Read more

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With Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts starting today, we’re are sure that there are many more surprises right around the corner! Here is what you can expect as the 2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts Returns!

9 Epcot Festival of the Arts Returns

2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts Returns and runs today through February 25, 2019 at Walt Disney World. Guests will be able to sing along to their favorite Disney Broadway tunes that will be showcased during the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Show times are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. daily. Each week will bring different sets of Disney on Broadway stars to the American Gardens Theater stage in the World Showcase at Epcot. The stars will perform various award-winning songs from popular Disney on Broadway productions such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” and “Frozen.” The lineup will change week to week so guests who return on multiple occasions will have a chance to see a completely different performance from their last visit. The Disney on Broadway stars who will be showcased are:

    Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) and Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”)

    Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”)

    Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)

    Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)

    Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”) and Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”)

    Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)

In addition to the concert series, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will feature 13 Food Studios, plus additional creative food and beverage offerings around Epcot with an expanded selection of delicious new tastes to savor.

You won’t want to miss the chance to take home a piece of artwork or a souvenir from your time as the 2019 Epcot Festival of Arts Returns.

Art collectors and Disney enthusiasts alike will find artwork for sale throughout the entire park, from the Art of Disney store to Festival Markets.

In addition, special merchandise will be available at Mouse Gear and other Epcot locations featuring the festival’s logo adorning shirts, mugs, totes and other charming items.

Admission to the concert series is included with park admission so head on over to Orlando Ticket Connection’s Discount Disney World Tickets to get some of the best prices around!

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Aquatica Orlando Now a Certified Autism Center

This week, Aquatica Orlando in association with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience.  After the completion, Aquatica Orlando Now a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES — the first water park in the world to receive such a distinction. This accreditation follows sister park Sesame Place, which became the world’s first certified autism center theme park last April. 

Working closely with IBCCES, the staff at Aquatica will be continually trained to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, to help ensure a positive experience during their visit.  Guests will also be provided with specific information about attractions and experiences along with in-park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs.

International Board of Credentialing & Continuing Education Standard

As a Certified Autism Center, Aquatica Orlando is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum.  Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam. The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.

 “As the first water park in the world to complete the training and become a Certified Autism Center, Aquatica Orlando is proud to provide fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service,” said David Heaton, Vice President of Aquatica Orlando.   “We continually strive to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.” 

Robust pre-visit planning resources will be added to the park’s website including a sensory guide developed by IBCCES. This sensory guide will make it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction. The park will also have a quiet room inside the park with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

Kare Kare Curl Coming This Spring

Aquatica Orlando has been voted the nation’s top water park, and this certification comes as the park readies for the opening of its newest attraction- Kare Kare Curl this spring.

This new ride could be described as a “curve shaped wave” (“KareKare” means “waves”) which riders will experience when climbing the vertical wave wall. True to its name and holding two passengers, this new slide delivers a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure, making Aquatica Central Florida’s leaders for waterpark thrills.

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