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New Attraction Opening in Orlando: Galaxy Fun Orlando

Indoor Playground

Fun activities will be available in Orlando next week for children under the age of 12. This high-energy age group is perfect for theme parks, and just like Legoland, this age group is also being targeted by a new attraction opening February 24 near International Drive in Orlando. Close to the heart of the tourist area, and close enough for locals, an attraction such as this is just what kids need when it is raining outside, too hot, or just looking for a new way to burn a little energy.

Galaxy Fun Orlando is located next to the World Bowling Center at 7500 Canada Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819 (just off i-drive). For local residents familiar with the area, this is where the old ice rink used to be. It has been transformed into a 48,000-square foot indoor playground with three gigantic areas:

  1. Galaxy Fun OrlandoMaxi Rocket – for kids 4-12 (max 60 inches)
  2. Mini Rocket – for kids under 4 years
  3. Mezzanine – restaurant, Wi-Fi, arcade

The Maxi Rocket playground has more than 100 slides, ramps, tunnels, cannons, bridges and more. Kids can run throughout this multi-level playground until they are exhausted. There is even a specially designed Brazilian street-soccer court if they are up for some indoor soccer.

The Mini Rocket playground separates the big kids from the little ones where children can play with their parents. This new attraction has been specially designed for smaller sizes and abilities. Let your child explore like never before!

Parents are sure to love the mezzanine area. Comfortable seating is provided overlooking the entire playground. Food, drinks and high-speed Wi-Fi (free) are available. The food consists of children favorites such as pizza, chicken tenders, hot dogs and cheeseburgers. The concession is affordably priced. For adults, beer and wine is also available.

The cost for this new Orlando attraction is $9.99 (kids under 4) and $19.99 (kids 4-12). Prices are also available for groups and birthday parties. Hours are Monday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and adults must be accompanied by children. For more information about Galaxy Fun Orlando, call 407-247-0881 or visit www.galaxyfunorlando.com.

Once the kids have depleted their energy (is that possible?), why not head down the road to Capone’s Dinner & Show. It is a great place for parents that want to have fun with the entire family. If you thought you couldn’t have a fun night out at a dinner and a show with the kids, think again. Many families have enjoyed this Orlando dinner show. Read visitor’s comments and try it out for yourself. After all, kids shouldn’t have all the fun!

Special Event Celebrates Harry Potter

A Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are setting aside 3 days for A Celebration of Harry Potter™. Attend one or both of these Orlando theme parks January 24 – 26, 2014 and enjoy interactive experiences, exciting demonstrations, and more. If attending on Friday, you could even take part in a special evening event featuring select cast members from the movies, including Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley) and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley).

With The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ coming sometime this year, important news about this new attraction will be released during this special event. Attend and you could be one of the first to know! There will be a lot of activities too, including:

  • A wand masterclass featuring Wand Combat choreographer Paul Harris
  • Q&A sessions with members of the Harry Potter™ cast
  • Panel discussions with MinaLima – creators of the graphics seen in the movies
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Pottermore.com – the interactive website from J.K. Rowling (Saturday & Sunday)
  • One-of-a-kind Harry Potter™ Expo with interactive activities for fans including a vignette of movie costumes from Harry Potter™: The Exhibition and The Sorting Hat™ experience.

If you are an Annual Passholder, you already have access to this event. If not, your best bet is to purchase a 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket in order to attend the most events. If you purchase a regular one-day park admission, A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is included with your ticket. Events are on a first-come, first-served basis, so you need to arrive early at any event you really want to attend. Friday’s evening event is only open to guests who purchased A Celebration of Harry Potter™ vacation package, which by the way, are sold out.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, this will be a great weekend to use your annual pass. Crowds are usually thinner this time of year, so getting into the Hogwarts castle and visiting the shops of Hogsmeade should be a little easier. This special event is sure to transport you into a world of magical thrills.

If you and your gang wish to be transported back in time to the prohibition era, attend Capone’s Dinner & Show after your visit to Universal Studios Harry Potter celebration. Our service staff have been known to magically keep your glasses filled and the laughs coming all evening long. It’s a blast from the past!

Animal Kingdom to Add Avatar as New Orlando Attraction

Avatar land at Animal Kingdom

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Mark 2017 on your calendar. Avatar is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will be over three years before theme park goers can enjoy this new Orlando attraction, but a project this big and detailed will surely be worth the wait.

Over two years ago, Disney secured the theme park rights to this blockbuster film franchise. Our first look at this new attraction includes artistic renderings recently released by Disney, depicting guests totally immersed in “Pandora.” This is the fictional planet in which the 2009 film featured and will be the new area within Animal Kingdom. Park visitors will be able to walk among floating mountains with beautiful cascading waterfalls; float down a jungle river with bio-luminescent plants, and be able to soar in the sky on a new ride which will simulate riding a Banshee.

The attractions in Avatar Land will include at least these four experiences:

  1. A soaring-style attraction
  2. An immersive boat ride
  3. A walk-through attraction
  4. Multiple themed restaurants and stores

Avatar is currently the highest grossing movie of all time. How Disney will make it suitable for young children is to focus on the imaginative creatures, intriguing characters and the strong theme of family and loyalty. They will not focus on the plot of the movie. The issue will be when a young child experiences the theme park and then asks to see the movie! What will parents say? Perhaps the movie sequel in this franchise slated to be out in December of 2016, will focus on less violence.

When choosing which Orlando attractions to visit, we hope that guests to the Orlando area will keep in mind that Capone’s Dinner & Show is friendly for all ages to experience! A perfect way to enjoy a day at the theme parks is to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the day followed by an evening at this Orlando dinner show!

The addition of Avatar/Pandora will help Animal Kingdom’s night-time attendance. Some guests attending this Orlando theme park feel it is currently a half day or short day attraction. Some days during the year, it closes as early as 5:00 p.m. With a nighttime show with floating lanterns, water screens and glowing creatures, Disney will captivate their guests for several more hours. In some ways, this new Orlando attraction may even be better experienced at night! A lot of focus is going into new technologies in the park’s development and nighttime features are sure to benefit.

Some people are concerned about the safety and health of the real animals at this Orlando theme park. The additional hours and noises could possibly impact them. Pandora’s animals are imaginary creatures, so there is no concern about their addition.  Disney has assured us that the real animals will be taken to an area away from the night activities and not suffer in any way. Time will tell.

This new attraction coming to Orlando will be an exciting one to experience. Waiting more than 3 years will be the hardest part! During the coming years, parts of Animal Kingdom will be under construction and not so attractive. Let’s just hope anyone visiting this theme park between now and when Avatar Land opens will excuse the dust and return to see the final product. By the way, 2017 will also mark the year when the Orlando International Airport’s expansion is set to be complete. The expansion almost doubles the airport’s capacity…perhaps to accommodate all of the Avatar fans!

Beat the Heat: Indoor Fun Coming to Orlando!

You won’t be able to beat the heat this summer (at least not this way), but next summer you’ll have an extremely fun option when it comes to an afternoon of fun. Who doesn’t like driving go karts? Every day many people line up at go kart tracks to enjoy this pleasurable past time. In the summer it can be brutal – the heat and afternoon thunderstorms can really put a damper on this form of entertainment. Early in 2014, this will all change.

I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing is coming to Orlando! The go kart attraction plans to be open next January after construction begins next month. It will take up 76,000 square feet of an existing warehouse located one block off of International Drive on Vanguard Street (fairly close to Fun Spot and Orlando Premium Outlets). This new business will also create about 100 new jobs.

The go kart track will be a half mile long with curves, lights and more, but look fast; the course is anticipated to only take eight minutes to complete! The cost to ride has not been announced, but racers will be challenged to experience it more than once. “Racer Cards” are used to track your time as well as queue you up for your next race. With the possiblity of 16 other racers per heat, you are sure to have a lot of competition.

Guest will be able to enjoy a food and beverage area while waiting their turn on these state-of-the-art go karts. There are also plans to include a few bowling lanes and an arcade area. You will also be able to walk over a windowed bridge to view the races that are taking place. A great way to check out the competition, or pick up a few driving pointers.

You might be wondering about the noise or the fumes. Most Orlando go kart tracks are operated with gas powered go karts. Not so at the new I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing attraction. The France-based kart manufacturer, Sodi Karts, has invented electric-powered carts with little operating noise and absolutely no fumes. They look amazingly stylish too, but look fast. They can zoom by topping speeds of 45 miles per hour! On an indoor course, that is fast!

It may be hot outside, but this place is going to be a hot ticket next year. Watch this video, said to resemble AMP Group’s vision for this new theme park coming to Orlando. They are the group that is building the new indoor go kart attraction. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

Orlando Theme Park – Fantasyland Expansion Update

Little Mermaid Orlando attraction

Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World recently expanded the “New Fantasyland” with many features now open. We last covered this topic  in March of last year. Since then more Disney characters and themed areas have opened to guests at this Orlando theme park.

The Enchanted Forest features some of our favorite Disney characters from The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Feast in the castles and taverns and enjoy meeting characters, getting autographs and having your picture taken with Ariel. Relive her tale of finding true love as well as legs! The undersea journey and beyond will expose you to all of the characters – Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, King Triton, as well as Ursula, the sea witch who stands at 7.5 feet tall and 12 feet wide!

The other Fantasyland area that is opened is Storybook Circus. It transports guests to another era where the colorful big-top tents feature characters performing astonishing stunts and majestic animals are just part of the spectacular entertainment. The Dumbo ride is now complete and with 2 rides, so there is twice the fun. If you like trains, this is the Orlando theme park for you! The Walt Disney World Railroad and the Fantasyland Train Station provide stops throughout the attraction.

Another train that will be coming around the bend in the future at this Orlando theme park is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This attraction and the Princess Fairytale Hall are scheduled to open in 2013. If you cannot wait that long to experience Fanstasyland, check out the interactive online experience from your own home! If you can break the curse, you’ll be able to experience mermaids singing, beauties telling tales, beasts that roar and elephants that can fly.

Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is a few miles from Capone’s Dinner & Show. With so many theme parks and Orlando dinner shows to choose from, a perfect vacation combination would be to experience them both! Multi-day park passes permit visitors to enjoy many days and evenings at the attractions. Pick one evening, skip the theme parks and enjoy Capone’s. Online tickets are half price, and the fun is no fantasy. Your entire gang will enjoy this one!