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Orlando Attraction Expansion – Legoland

Build a Raft at Legoland

Attractions in Orlando are constantly expanding and adding new rides and features. It helps keep visitors returning year after year. When Legoland opened in October of 2011, it has been in a constant state of building. A “Star Wars” section was added to its Miniland USA area this past year. Also, the water park section, which was added last year, has added twice as many Lego bricks as it had when it opened. Other features have also been added to the water park. They include:

  • An intricate Lego entrance now welcomes guests at the 1,000-foot lazy river experience where swimmers (of floaters) can build their own Lego rafts.
  • While floating along, be sure to check out the new 200,879 Lego Duplo bricks that make up a huge whale, none other than Moby Dick.
  • What water feature would be complete without a mermaid? The 15-foot tall Lego mermaid is made of 176,210 bricks and spouts bubbles intermittently at the water park entrance.
  • Friends of the mermaid include a Lego shark and scuba diver. You’ll find them at the 583,000-gallon wave pool.

World of Chima comes to Legoland Florida attraction

Legoland has also announced a future expansion of their Central Florida theme park. Around July of this year, the “World of Chima” will open. The expansion includes a new interactive ride, a 4D movie and more. This area will be presented by Cartoon Network because of their animated TV series based on the Legends of Chima. They will also have screens placed sporadically around the park where you can view their network.

The new interactive ride will consist of a family-friendly water ride where guests will enter the World of Chima through a stone and moss covered entrance. At the Lion Temple, guests will join the Lion tribe in a battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs. Guests will enjoy helping their hero with the use of water cannons.

The expansion featuring the 4D movie experience will bring the World of Chima characters to life on the big screen. There will be daily meet and greet sessions where guests can interact with Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile King. Of course, young guests will want to save up their money so that they may purchase the Lego sets of Legends of Chima and Speedorz.

You will have to wait until late this summer to experience the World of Chima, however, the water park is open now. During Spring Break, the park, which is commonly closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the cooler months, it is not uncommon for this section of Legoland to only be open on the weekends. It is best to double-check the hours before you head out to this area theme park.

If you haven’t been to Legoland, or it has been a few months since you’ve gone, check out their expansion. The bricks just keep piling up! Building with Legos has always been fun; this is just at a grander scale. In fact, it is the grandest! Legoland Florida is the largest Legoland park in the world!

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Feature Angry Birds

Angry Birds Space Image

A new space encounter attraction at KSC is coming in March. Guests at this Central Florida theme park will have the opportunity to enter the Angry Birds wormhole and choose to interact with several exhibits featuring the famous birds. Even guests who are not familiar with the game may be drawn into this interactive experience.

Angry Birds is a video game that started as a simple Apple iOS download for touchscreen devices late in 2009. Its popularity prompted developer Rovio Entertainment to design versions for other operating systems, including video game consoles and PCs. The game began as a player using a slingshot to launch angry birds at pigs with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playing field. Since then, it has evolved with numerous levels, updates, versions and editions. There is even talk of a feature film or television series in the future. The game is addictive, comical and, because of its low price, has been downloaded over 1 billion times.

At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will be able to interact with the Angry Birds in several different ways. They can create their own Angry Bird on a computer screen; these wingless birds have all sorts of outfits, feather/hair color and accessories. However, their eyebrows are always pointed downward in a scorned position even when the character seems to want to smile.

If puzzles are your passion, there will be an Angry Birds sliding puzzle game at the attraction which upon success will reveal an Angry Bird character. There will also be, of course, the opportunity to show off your slingshot skills in an Angry Birds target game. You can also experience the Danger Zone mirror maze, the Red Planet Laser Challenge and have a photo taken with the Angry Birds (on a green screen background) to remember your experience at this Central Florida attraction.

Angry Birds Park Logo ImageWith Angry Birds rated as one of the most mainstream and popular games out there, KSC is hoping it will bring guests in and give them yet another fun thing to do in Central Florida. It has already been a success at a Finland amusement park called Särkänniemi where an entire portion of the theme park is dedicated to Angry Birds rides and games. So who knows how far these birds will fly here in Central Florida!

The cost to enter the Angry Birds wormhole is included in the price of admission at KSC. Adult tickets at this Florida attraction are usually $50 while children cost $40. Information and tickets are available online at www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

Freshwater Oasis – a Tropical Treat

The wise guys at Capone’s Dinner & Show are looking for some heat relief, and found a freshwater oasis at an Orlando Water Park! It’s been a few weeks since the Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove opened (June 2012), and many visitors to the area still don’t know about it. It was supposed to open in the Spring, but what the heck, summer is good for us!

Freshwater Oasis is a tropical retreat which replaced a saltwater reef (that had been leaking) at Discovery Cove and is home to otters and marmosets in a rainforest setting. Sounds cool and refreshing, right? It is that, and more.

Freshwater Oasis
This section of the Orlando theme park is set up as trails filled with water. You can hike along these streams, wade through them, and at times, swim around in them. Explore the various trails and even relax on a secluded beach! Watch for the energetic marmosets as they busy themselves to the entertainment of the guests. All levels of swimmers will enjoy the water, as well as the Asian River Otters who swim near guests (in their own area separated by plexiglass). The tropical flooded terrace is a favorite stopping point for most guests. No matter where you turn, you’ll find endless discoveries.

Freshwater Oasis joins the Grand Reef

Mostly known for their ‘swim-with-the-dolphins program,’ this new Freshwater Oasis joins the Grand Reef in Discovery Cove’s line up of all-day enjoyment. The price of admission is included in the admission ticket, however, the number of guests allowed into this section of the park is limited to 1,000 per day, so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 1-877-434-7268.

Seasonal rates for Discovery Cove vary starting around $180, going up to over $300 (rates for Day Resort Package without dolphin swim experience and guests ages 3-5 start a little under $200). This may seem rather expensive, but a day in a tropical paradise, not to mention the wonderful memories you’ll have, will be worth every penny. Check it out at discoverycove.com.

End Your Day with Half Price Dinner

After a day swimming with dolphins and otters, you’ll be hungry so head down to Capone’s Dinner & Show. Purchase your tickets online at half price. Our show will completely entertain your entire family – not in the same way as the marmosets, but entertaining all the same. It’ll be the perfect night to end a perfect day. See you at Capone’s!

Marmosets

Universal Studios New Ride Opens: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

While Capone’s Dinner and Show transports its guests back to 1930 gangland Chicago, a new attraction at Univeral Studios Orlando will transform guests into yellow-skinned, goggle-eyed “minions.” It all begins today as the Orlando theme park celebrates the grand opening of its newest ride.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, is a 3-D motion simulator ride based on the 2010 animated film “Despicable Me.” It features “minions” — little yellow goggled creatures — along with gruff Gru and his three adopted daughters. It’s popularity is guaranteed to continue because of a sequel to the film set to open next summer.

If you are not familiar with the film, don’t worry. The ride is still a great adventure. Your experience begins as you enter Gru’s home, where you’ll learn that your being recruited to become a minion and undergo “minion training.” Things don’t go as planned, and you will find yourself on a wildly hysterical journey with Gru and his daughters. Once you make it through training, you’ll join an interactive, minion-inspired dance party where you can show off your best moves.

Minion Mayhem replaces Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast and joins Universal Studio’s new parade and evening lagoon show that have also been added this year. All efforts have been made to gear up for the annual summer travel rush and this park has really done it up!

Feel free to share your experience about Universal’s new ride by adding a comment to this story. Once you’ve been transformed into a yellow-skinned, goggle-eyed “minion,” we’d like to invite you to spend a night at Capone’s Dinner & Show. During our show, you’ll be able to see some of our dance moves, sit back, relax, eat a nice meal and be entertained in true 3-D!

Legoland Florida’s Water Park Opens Saturday

The much anticipated opening of Legoland Florida’s water park is just a few days away. It will open to the public Saturday, May 26, 2012. Just in time for the big Memorial Day weekend. But did you know you can have a chance to preview it on Thursday for free? And help set a world record?

Admission to this new Central Florida water park is not included in regular admission. Guests will need to pay an extra $12 ($3 for children under 3 years) to include the water park option. If you have a premium-level annual pass ($179 for adults and $149 for child/senior), you will have seasonal access to the new water park. So how do you get in free this Thursday?

Guests must be at Legoland Florida’s main entrance at 9 a.m. Thursday. The first 400 guests will receive free admission plus a free T-shirt and most importantly – a beach ball. The Guinness World Record for “most beach balls in the air at one time” is currently at 400. Breaking the record should prove to be no problem. After the beach ball toss, guests will be allowed to stay in the water park (and the entire theme park) for the rest of the day!

This new Central Florida water park attraction includes:

  • Lego Wave Pool – Catch a gentle wave or simply cool off where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy.
  • Build-A-Raft River – Families can imagine, design and build a unique Lego vessel and set afloat on a voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river, set amongst playful Lego Friends, flowering vegetation and palm trees.
  • Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a pool below.
  • Splash Out – The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop.
  • Joker Soaker – A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family. Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket.
  • Duplo Splash Safari – Toddlers rule at this water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life creatures.

For more information about Legoland Florida’s water park check out their website at florida.legoland.com.

The wise guys and doll faces here at Capone’s Dinner & Show would love to hear about your experience at this new Central Florida water park. Please feel free to leave a comment and let others know about this new attraction. After setting the record on Thursday, or any day after a day in a water park, Capone’s Dinner & Show is a great way to end a day. Our air-conditioned theatre offers a cool, relaxing dinner & show that is sure to delight your entire gang. Hope to see you soon!