Orlando

Families looking to spend a fun time together on their summer vacation often turn to Orlando. From a new IMAX® film on space and to a distinguished collection of Inca art objects, Orlando offers a wide variety of entertainment for everyone in the family. Here's a summary of activities from the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Cultural Tourism - Special Exhibits/Programs
The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is now permanently located at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The Shakespeare Center, Orlando’s first regional theater, includes the 350-seat Margeson Theatre; the 120-seat Marilyn and Sig Goldman Theatre; Dr. Phillips Patrons’ Room, a reception room and cabaret space; Studio B, a black box performance space; box-office; gift shop; set and costume shops; and the City of Orlando Stage Gallery. Call for performance schedule and ticket information.
407-447-1700

Orlando Museum of Art presents a variety of outstanding exhibitions. For information call 407-896-4231, or got to http://www.omart.org

Attractions
New twin slides splashed onto the scene at Cypress Gardens’ Wacky Water park in May. Dubbed the Storm Surge, with one named Thunder, the other named Lightning, the slides tower more than two stories in the air. Both are totally enclosed, as one careens out 146 feet (44.3 meters) and the other ends a dizzying 164-foot (49.7-meter) ride.
863-324-2111, 800-282-2123, http://www.cypressgardens.com

Discovery Cove, where guests swim with dolphins and other marine animals, expanded its aviary in April. Now twice the size with double the amount of birds, the aviary expansion includes a new small-bird sanctuary, which will allow guests to hand-feed hundreds of tiny birds such as finches, honeycreepers and hummingbirds; and a new large-bird sanctuary featuring interactions with larger birds, such as toucans and red-legged seriema. Continuing to add more hands-on experiences, Discovery Cove now allows up to 12 guests a day to work side-by-side and behind-the-scenes with animal experts in the "Trainer for a Day" program. Whether it’s an in-water training experience with a dolphin, pampering a pygmy falcon, feeding tropical fish or playing with an anteater, participants have the opportunity to train and care for these unique animals.
407-370-1280, 877-4-DISCOVERY, http://www.discoverycove.com

The Holy Land Experience will open the 16,000-square-foot (1,440-square-meter), 2-story Scriptorium Center for Biblical Antiquities this summer. The facility will feature a themed, 50-minute walk-through experience chronicling the origin and history of the Bible, and will be their repository for the largest private collection of biblical texts and artifacts in the United States. The world-famous Van Kampen collections, said to be worth more than $100 million and containing several thousand manuscripts, scrolls and other religious artifacts will be housed in the Scriptorium.
407-872-2272, http://www.theholylandexperience.com

On April 27, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex premiered the 3-D IMAX® film "Space Station." Narrated by Academy-Award nominee Tom Cruise, the IMAX® adventure takes audiences on an incredible cinematic journey of discovery from the Kennedy Space Center to the newest star in the sky - the International Space Station. Twenty-five Astronauts and Cosmonauts, who were trained as filmmakers, used specially designed IMAX® 3-D space cameras to shoot more than 66,000 feet (20,120 meters) or 12.5 miles (20.1 kilometers) of 65mm film in space to create the magnificent production.
321-449-4444, http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com

The Orlando Harley-Davidson Historic Factory Dealership is a 35,000-square-foot (3,150-square-meter) haven for Harley fans, featuring the latest in Harley motorcycles, parts and accessories, gear, a regulation test track for rider education programs, high-tech customization capabilities and a state-of-the-art Service and Dyno Center. 407-423-0346, http://www.orlandoharley.com

SeaWorld Orlando recently debuted its new "Animal Care Experience," an eight-hour program where guests experience the thrill of working alongside marine mammal experts. From bottle-feeding orphaned manatees to interacting with seals and walrus, up to four guests per day, age 13 and older, learn firsthand how SeaWorld animal care specialists work.
407-351-3600, http://www.seaworld.com

Universal Orlando Resort is offering guests who purchase a two-day, two-park ticket to get their third day free. The ticket is good for admission over a seven consecutive day period from first redemption. The new ticket also includes a free CityWalk Party Pass valid for seven consecutive nights from first day of use. 407-224-6222, http://www.universalorlando.com

Walt Disney World's spinning "time-machines" transport Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests on a thrillosaurus journey to the late Cretaceous period in Primeval Whirl, a whimsical new coaster attraction. Located in the park’s recently opened Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama area of DinoLand U.S.A., the coaster features 13 colorful cars on two identical tracks that whirl past flying asteroids and corny depictions of dinosaurs that spin and pop up along the track.
407-566-7000, http://www.disneyworld.com



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