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9Dec/100

Disney take delivery of Disney Dream Cruise Ship – check out some awesome preview pictures – photo blog

Disney prepare to take take delivery of the Disney Dream this week - here are a few sneak photos to wet your appetite

17Aug/100

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10May/100

Over 50 great Florida Orlando attraction ticket and theme park ideas

Adventure Landing - Jacksonville
Take the plunge into an exciting water park or play arcade games and ride go-karts.

 Arabian Nights - Orlando
Sixty prized horses from around the world are joined by expert riders to entertain guests at this local dinner show attraction.

 Atlantic Antique Mall & U. S. Military Museum Exhibit - Delray Beach
Delray Beach shops feature unique concept in antique marketing, plus one of the largest private collections of U.S. Military memorabilia.

Bok Sanctuary: Gardens, Belltower and Estate - Lake Wales
The historic Bok Tower is set amid beautiful gardens on Central Florida's highest point in Lake Wales, Florida. The carillon tower is among the finest belltowers in the world and can be heard daily throughout the sanctuary.

Buccaneer Bay - Weeki Wachee
Take a refreshing dip in the cool crystal-clear waters of Weeki Wachee Spring or challenge the exciting flumes and waterslides.

Butterfly World - Fort Lauderdale
Stroll through a tropical rain forest while exotic butterflies fly overhead and all around you feeding on the blossoms near the path.

Caribbean Gardens - Naples
Wildlife zoo set amist tropical gardens featuring big cats, primate expedition cruises, safari canyon and an alligator bay.

Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba - Downtown Disney - Orlando
The Circus of the Sun brings shares its 'Party', La Nouba with Central Florida's visitors.

Cypress Gardens Adventure Park - Winter Haven
Stroll through the gardens ablaze year round and enjoy action-packed ski shows or serene lake cruises and now there's plenty of thrill rides too!

Daytona Lagoon
Daytona Lagoon is an adventure park in Daytona Beach, Florida that provides water play, go karts, laser tag, an arcade and much more!

DAYTONA 500 Experience
One-of-a-kind interactive motor sports attraction which offers plenty of hands-on experiences. It the official attraction of NASCAR and is a high-energy experience designed to appeal to all ages.

Dinosaur World
A review of the roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, featuring life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.

Dinosaur World Photo Tour
The roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, features life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.

Discovery Cove - Orlando
A day of adventure brings a lifetime of memories as you swim with the dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs, and glide among stingrays.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Orlando
Explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in a prehistoric world, and at stage shows as only Disney can do them!

Disney's Magic Kingdom - Orlando
The Magic Kingdom, Disney World's first theme park transports imaginations into worlds of fantasy, adventure and wonder.

Disney-MGM Studios - Orlando
It's on with the show at Disney-MGM Studios where guests can enter the world of the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business.

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede - Orlando
Come hungry and ready for plenty of foot-stompin' fun when you take in Dolly's version of dinner theatre. There's 32 horses and dozens of cast members to entertain while you eat a meal as big as the show!

Edison-Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers
Experience the "time of their lives" in sunny Fort Myers. Tours include the winter homes of both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, an artifact museum, and Edison's laboratory.

Epcot - Orlando
An amazing array of attractions and live performances to put you in touch with the future and allow you to travel the world!

Fantasy of Flight - Lakeland
Fantasy of Flight is not just an aviation museum, it's a hands-on experience with adventure biplane and balloon flights available for an additional charge.

Flamingo Gardens - Davie
An eco-experience showcasing lush gardens, a free-flight aviary, alligator lagoon and flamingo island.

Florida's Gulfarium - Fort Walton Beach
Second oldest marine show aquarium in the world, featuring live performances with dolphins, sea lions, and a scuba diver.

Gatorland - Kissimmee
Fifty years of "great tales" has made this attraction the alligator capital of the world!

Green Meadows Farm - Kissimmee
An ideal country setting for the entire family to enjoy that includes live animals to touch and see along with pony rides, hayride and more!

Hemingway Home & Museum - Key West
This Spanish Colonial style house belonging to Ernest Hemingway boasts the first swimming pool built in Key West and is listed as a registered National Historic Landmark that is open daily for tours.

Holy Land Experience - Orlando
This Orlando theme park is a living Biblical history museum recreating in authentic detail the city of Jerusalem and its religious importance. It is a total sensory experience that is educational, historical, theatrical, inspirational, and evangelistic, blending sights, sounds, and tastes that transport guests 7,000 miles away and 3,000 years back in time. A wholesome Christian family experience.

Kennedy Space Center
Freelance travel writer Tony Conboy III says the sights and sounds are not much different, but a trip to Kennedy Space Center takes on new meaning since the Columbia tragedy. He offers an in-depth look at the complex, including how the Columbia crew is being remembered and what has been recently been added to give visitors a unique experience.

Lion Country Safari - Loxahatchee
World famous as "America's first drive-through 'cageless' zoo"!

Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa
Take a walk on the wild side and explore Tampa's best kept secret.

Miami Seaquarium - Miami
Get splashed by a killer whale and up close and personal with the manatees at South Florida's premier family attraction!

Monkey Jungle - Miami
This primate "biopark" allows you to get an up-close view of natural habits via screen-protected path reviewed by About Miami Guide, Renee Chapple.

Parrot Jungle Island - Miami
One of Miami's oldest and greatest attractions Parrot Jungle Island where the jungle comes alive!

Rapids Water Park - West Palm Beach
Getting wet is half the fun. The other half is the splishing and splashing entry to this website giving you a preview of the fun you can experience in person.

Ringling Museums - Sarasota
The Ringling Museum of Art house John Ringling's extensive art collection. His mansion, Ca da zan, has recently had its 32 rooms and 15 baths restored. The Museum of the Circus houses artifacts from the "Greatest Show on Earth."

Sarasota Jungle Gardens - Sarasota
A tropical adventure with lush gardens, tropical birds, and Florida's wildest of wildlife - alligators!

Scott's Corn Maze - Mt. Dora
Corn Maze at Scott's Farm in Mt. Dora is open October 1 through November 30 each year. Tuesday through Friday are reserved for large groups of 20 or more. In addition to the corn maze, you can pack a lunch and enjoy picnic area, hayrides and farm tours.

SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando
The world's premier marine adventure park with world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters.

Shell Factory - Fort Myers
This North Fort Myers landmark has the world's largest collection of rare sea shells, sponges, coral, fossils and sea life specimens. Truly a unique Florida shopping experience with gifts from every exotic shore as well as wildlife exhibits, aquariums and alligators. Spend an hour or a day.

Shipwreck Island - Panama City Beach
Get "double parked" as you splash all day at the many water attractions and scream all night at the wildest amusement park.

Silver Springs - Ocala
Home of the world-famous glass-bottomed boats! This is where the first six "Tarzan" movies and more than 100 episodes of "Sea Hunt" were filmed.

Spook Hill - Lake Wales
The Legand of Spook Hill generated thousands of tourists to come to see this optical illusion that causes vehicles to seemingly coast uphill.

Sunken Gardens - St. Petersburg
At this St. Petersburg landmark you'll enjoy the lush tropical gardens along with tropical bird shows.

The Florida Aquarium - Tampa
Encounter the wonders of Florida sea life while visiting the Tampa Bay area.

 Titanic The Expereince - Orlando
The World's first permanent Titanic exhibit is located in Orlando. Recreations of actual rooms from the ship allow you to climb the staircase, stroll among costumed passengers, and view priceless artifacts and treasures.

Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios theme park was once only a one-day destination for visitors to Orlando. Now, Universal Orlando is a destination resort in its own right with two theme parks, an entertainment district and three luxury on-site hotels.

Wannado City - Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale
Wannado City at Sawgrass Mills in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a trend-setting new children's attraction. It's America's first indoor role-playing theme park for kids offers entertaining lessons in real-life responsibility.

Water Mania - Kissimmee
Have a splashing good time on a variety of rides, slides and flumes.

Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs is the home to the famous underwater mermaid shows.

Wet'n Wild Orlando - Orlando
How do you keep tiny tots and testy teenagers happy on a hot day? Take them to Wet 'n Wild Orlando! You'll see why it is consistently voted one of America's number one water parks!

Wild Waters - Silver Springs - Ocala
Soak up the sun or relax in the shade of the giant oaks. Of course there is plenty of wild, wooly and wonderful water play available.

World Golf Hall of Fame - St. Augustine
Through a combination of both traditional and interactive exhibit areas, the World Golf Hall of Fame educates and entertains while paying homage to the game's greatest players and contributors. If you love golf, it's worth the visit!

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27Apr/100

Theme Park Attendance Figures for 2009 Look Good Dispite Recession

Even in a global recession Theme Parks seem to have done ok.

Here are the Top 20 United States theme parks for 2009:

1. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: 17.2 million +1.0%
2. Disneyland: 15.9 million +8.0%
3. Epcot: 11.0 million +0.5%
4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9.7 million +1.0%
5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9.6 million +0.5%
6. Disney’s California Adventure: 6.1 million +9.5%
7. SeaWorld Orlando: 5.8 million -6.8%
8. Universal Studios Florida: 5.4 million -12.0%
9. Islands of Adventure: 4.5 million -13.8%
10. Universal Studios Hollywood: 4.3 million -6.0%
11. SeaWorld San Diego: 4.2 million -12.6%
12. Busch Gardens Tampa: 4.1 million -12.3%
13. Knott’s Berry Farm: 3.3 million -6.5%
14. Canada’s Wonderland: 3.2 million -6.5%
15. Kings Island: 3.0 million -4.0%
16. Cedar Point : 2.9 million -8.0%
17. Busch Gardens Williamsburg: 2.9 million +3.7%
18. Hersheypark: 2.8 million -1.2%
19. Six Flags Great Adventure: 2.6 million -4.6%
20. Six Flags Magic Mountain: 2.5 million -2.5%
(tie) Six Flags Great America: 2.5 million -6.3%

And the Top 20 theme park worldwide:

1. Magic Kingdom
2. Disneyland
3. Tokyo Disneyland: 13.6 million -4.5%
4. Disneyland Paris: 12.7 million +0.4%
5. Tokyo DisneySea: 12 million -4.0%
6. Epcot
7. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
9. Universal Studios Japan: 8.0 million -3.6%
10. Everland (South Korea): 6.2 million -6.5%
11. Disney’s California Adventure
12. SeaWorld Orlando
13. Universal Studios Florida
14. Ocean Park (Hong Kong): 4.8 million -4.6%
15. Nagashima Spa Land (Japan): 4.7 million +1.1%
16. Hong Kong Disneyland: 4.6 million +2.0%
17. Islands of Adventure
(tie) Yokohama Hakkeijima Spa Paradise: 4.5 million -0.7%
19. Universal Studios Hollywood
20. Lotte World (South Korea): 4.3 million +0.6%

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9Dec/090

Swindon Twinned With Disney, Florida

For me the one thing I knew about Swindon was that Billy Piper came from there, which I'm sure you will agree is a quality claim to fame however...

20 year old Rebecca Warren may have just topped that. She entered her home town in a competition to find Disney World, Florida a British twin and out of 500 other nominations, Swindon won.

Rebecca showcased the town's credentials via a minute long video comparing Disney's highlights with that of Disney’s. She accompanied this with a poem. One line reads: “We may not have a castle or the hot Florida sun, but we do sure have what Disney has, its fun for everyone”

Hugh Wood from Disney destinations International said: “Her local pride and creative approach, coupled with her obvious knowledge of Walt Disney World just made the difference.

 

“We’re looking forward to building a friendly and magical relationship with our new twin, Swindon.”

 

Walt Disney Wiltshire will benefit from a string of accolades including an honor in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase within Epcot throughout 2010 and a community outreach programme in collaboration with Swindon Council and Disney’s community relations team.

 

Celebrations will kick off with a "twinning ceremony" in January.

 

It’s the first twinning for Disney, but the fifth for Swindon; its other twin towns are Salzgitter, Germany, Ocotal, Nicaragua, Torun, Poland and Chatanooga, USA.

Mayor of Swindon, Cllr David Wren, said: “We’re delighted the judges decided that Swindon’s magic complemented that of Walt Disney World.

 

“Rebecca did a great job promoting our town and we look forward to linking up with Disney over the coming year.”

To see all the nominations click here  

by James Thomas