Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, is a Walt Disney World Theme Park dedicated to international culture and technological innovation. Since opening in 1982, the 300 acre Epcot Theme Park has provided guests a way to experience the world and the future in one amazing place.

The park consists of two themed areas – Future World and World Showcase – laid out in an hourglass shape. The sections, especially the World Showcase, are patterned after the type of exhibits one would find at world expositions.

FutureWorld features attractions that focus on the land and our environment, space exploration, imagination, energy, communication and transportation. It consists of a variety of pavilions that explore applications of technology and the imagination of those behind new aspects of technology and the wonderment of what the future holds.

FutureWorld consists of:
· Spaceship Earth
· The Land
· The Seas with Nemo & Friends
· Imagination!
· Test Track
· Mission Space
· Innoventions
· Universe of Energy

The Spaceship Earth Pavilion is the iconic, 18-story geodesic sphere that is home to both the Spaceship Earth Attraction and the Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future post-show exhibit. Resembling a giant golf ball, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion is home to the landmark attraction Spaceship Earth – a 16-minute omnimover ride through time and space. Project Tomorrow is an interactive area featuring state-of-the-art games and informative displays focusing on future of medicine, transportation and energy management.

The Land Pavilion celebrates the land we live on and features Epcot’s most popular ride, “Soarin’.” This attraction is a multi-sensory experience that simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over the Golden State of California. The Land is also home to “Living with the Land,” a boat ride that explores agricultural advances in the rain forest, Africa and beyond, and “Circle of Life,” an environmental film hosted by Timon, Pumba and Simba. The Garden Grill Restaurant & Sunshine Season Food Fair is also found at the Land Pavilion.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion is an underwater-themed experience featuring a massive 5.7 million gallon aquarium – named the Caribbean Coral Reef – which is home to 6,000 inhabitants including sharks, sea turtles and dolphins. Characters from Disney’s hit movie Finding Nemo are featured throughout the pavilion and take center stage on “The Seas with Nemo & Friends Ride” where guests climb aboard a “clamobile” for an undersea adventure. The famous sea turtle Crush is featured in “Turtle Talk with Crush,” a state-of-the-art, 3D style show where kids of all ages can participate in a question and answer session with the most tubular turtle around. The Coral Reef Restaurant is also located at this pavilion and offers diners a spectacular floor-to-ceiling view of the central aquarium.

The Imagination! Pavilion at the Future World Showcase is a place for guests of all ages to set their imagination free. This area is home to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” attraction, which is an exciting 3D film featuring the zany antics of Professor Wayne Szalinski and family, from the hit Disney movies Honey, I Shrunk the Kids & Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. This interactive adventure features incredible special effects, including motion and smoke, and 3D animal experiences. “Journey into Imagination with Figment” is a fun-filled look at the five senses featuring a feisty dragon by the name of Figment. It is regularly voted the best Epcot attraction for kids. Park goers will also want to check out ImageWorks – The Kodak “What If” Labs which are home to interactive stations dubbed “the creative playground of the future.”

The Test Track Pavilion is home to the popular Test Track attraction, a high-octane 5 minute thrill ride where cars can reach up to 60 mph on 50-degree banked curves. This is also a great place to learn about aerospace design and purchase exclusive merchandise.

The Mission:SPACE Pavilion is home to the space flight simulator ride, Mission:Space Attraction, the interactive play space known as Mission:SPACE Advanced Training Lab, and the gift shop, Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay in the Future World area at Epcot theme park in Disney World. The Mission:Space attraction simulates a realistic launch into space as you and your crew pilot towards Mars.

The Innoventions Pavilion is a 2-building pavilion featuring interactive play space for kids of all ages where guests can imagine, invent and explore. The Innoventions pavilion is divided into two locations – East & West . The East location is home to The Sum of All Thrills, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, Storm Struck and others, while the West location spotlights Rockin’ Robots, Smarter Planet, Videogame Playground and several other hands-on activities.

The Universe of Energy Pavilion is dedicated to the exploration of energy and alternative energy sources and features Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

World Showcase contains pavilions that wrap around the World Showcase Lagoon representing eleven countries.

World Showcase consists of:
· Mexico
· Norway
· China
· Germany
· Italy
· United States/American Adventure
· Japan
· Morocco
· France
· United Kingdom
· Canada

The Mexico Pavilion features a towering pyramid modeled after an actual Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotohuacan, Mexico. Many guests like to take a boat ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros and there are delicious places to eat, like the San Angel Inn, La Cantina De San Angel and Taqueria Del Lago. La Cave del Tequila celebrates tequila making and guests 21 years of age or older can enjoy over 70 varieties of tequila. Art galleries and shops with authentic Mexican goods are also located at this pavilion.

The Norway Pavilion celebrates the age of the Vikings and is themed after a Scandinavian village with stone and wood elements of the Norwegian architectural style. Attractions include the Maelstrom Adventure Cruise and the exhibit “Vikings: Conquerors of the Seas.” Authentic Norwegian cuisine and shops are also located at this pavilion.

The China Pavilion features the art, architecture and tradition of China. Attractions include the Temple of Heaven, the “Reflections of China” CircleVision 360 film, the musical show “SI XIAN” and a replica of the famous excavation in Xi’an China featuring Tomb Warriors. Authentic Chinese cuisine can be found at Nine Dragons Restaurant & the Lotus Blossom Café, while there are several shops from where you can pick up genuine Chinese goods.
The Germany Pavilion is the place to experience the lively charm of a quaint German Village. The 16th-Century architecture and authentic German food at the Beirgarten Restaurant will transport you, as will the “Oktoberfest Musikanten Show,” a 6-person music group that performs traditional Bavarian music. Popular Disney characters Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs also make regular appearances at the Germany pavilion.

The Italy Pavilion is filled with the flavor of Italy and its architecture is an homage to the city of Venice. There are gondolas, an 83-foot version of the bell tower from Campanile of St. Mark’s Square and a replica of the Neptune fountain from the Plaza del Teatro. Delicious Italian cuisine can be savored at Tutto Italia Ristoranta and sweet tooth’s can be satisfied at Delizie Italiane & La Bottega Italiana. Entertainment options include musicians, clowns and dance troupes in the piazza as well as daily appearances by characters from the Disney movie Pinocchio.

The American Adventure Pavilion, dedicated to the United States, celebrates American history and tradition. It is created in colonial-style architecture and includes elements inspired by Independence Hall, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello and Boston’s Old State House. The theatrical show “The American Adventure” is a favorite attraction, as are the “Voices of Liberty,” “ The Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps” and shopping at Heritage Manor Gifts. For tasty American fare, stop by the Liberty inn Restaurant.

At the Japan Pavilion, guests will find stunning Japanese landscape and a world filled with koi ponds, rock gardens and a blue-roofed pagoda. Entertainment options include “Visions of Beauty: World Heritage Sites of Japan,” and Japanese taiko drummers “Matsuriza.” Dine on delicious Japanese fare at Teppan Edo & Tokyo Dining.

At the Morocco Pavilion guests will find two interesting pavilions: the Ville Nouvelle (new city) and the Medina (old city). Entertainment at the Morocco pavilion includes belly dancers, the world music of “Mo’Rockin’” and the exhibit “Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment.” Plus, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine & the Genie make appearances daily. Typical Moroccan fare is served at Restaurant Marrakesh and authentic Moroccan goods can be found at the many shops available.

At the France Pavilion, visitors will be transported to the streets of Paris and the provinces of France themed from an era known as La Belle Epoque, or “the beautiful time.” A scaled down replica of the Eiffel Tower is a sight to see, as is the panoramic journey “Impressions de France” and “A Chair Act.” Food options include the Bistro de Paris and Les Chefs de France. Fine French goods are also available at the marketplace.

The United Kingdom Pavilion is filled with the charm of England. Cobble-stone streets, old-world British architecture and a classic British pub are located here, as is the Rose & Crown Pub and Dining room, which serves traditional British food. The British Invasion, a Beatles Tribute Band performs regularly at the pavilion and the World Showcase Players improv troupe are an amusing treat. There are several shops in this pavilion, all filled with a bevy of British goods.

At the Canada Pavilion the serene Canadian landscape takes center stage. A rushing waterfall, Canadian Rockies inspired canyon and carved totem poles are just a few of the elements guests will want to explore. The CircleVision 360 film “O Canada!” is a don’t miss visual journey as is the Celtic rock band “Off Kilter.” The Northwest Mercantile is the place to pick up Canadian goods and for authentic Canadian cuisine look no further than Le Cellier Steakhouse.

Epcot in Orlando is generally open from 9am-9pm. Each night they present the award-winning night time show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which features fireworks, lasers, fire and water fountains timed to a musical score over the World Showcase Lagoon.

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Disney World is hosting the always popular Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this spring. Set for March 3-May 16, Epcot will spring to life with a colorful array of flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. The event attracts gardening experts and everyday nature enthusiasts, and the best part is that it is included with regular Epcot admission.

This year’s Orlando event has some daily events that are designed especially for kids. “Let’s Get Moving” features Evos & Weevos play systems as kids interact with some of their favorite characters from Fantasia. “Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden” is a test track walkway featuring Tinker Bell. “The Princess and the Frog Wedding Bayou” is another test track walkway open to kids. Fawn’s Butterfly House will also be available as will special hands-on activities for children.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival schedule includes the new Garden Town Breakfast on March 21, April 18 and May 16 from 10:30am – 12:30pm. This event is an extra $60 but includes breakfast and guests can learn garden and culinary techniques from professional horticulturists and chefs. Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday visitors can get a behind the scenes look at the Disney’s Horticulture group brings the festival to life. Planting pointers from IFAS at the University of Florida are also given every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1pm & 4pm. Information and entertaining presentations are given every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 3pm by the Great American Gardeners. A few of the personalities that will be on hand include Robert Bowden, Maureen Gilmer, Susan Belsinger & Matt Henderson. Disney Gardening at Home will also be presented every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 11am & 2pm. During this event, visitors will learn tips and d secrets form master gardeners and they will also get to participate in hands-on activities. A few of the topics planned include “Easy to do Water Features,” “Butterfly House How-To,” Creating Backyard Garden Retreats” and “Fun Family Gardening Projects.”
Of course, the Flower Power Concert Series will also return. This year, some of the biggest names form the 60’s and 70’s will perform at the open-air American Gardens Theatre at Epcot Theme Park.
The Flower Power Concerts are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
March 5 – 7: Jose Feliciano
March 12 – 14: Paul Revere & The Raiders
March 19 – 21: David Cassidy
March 26 – 28: Starship
April 2 – 4: Tony Orlando
April 9 – 11: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
April 16 – 18: Ricky Nelson Remembered Featuring the Nelsons
April 23 – 25: Atlanta Rhythm Section
April 30, May 1 – 2: Fran Cosmo (Former lead singer of Boston)
May 7 – 9: Davy Jones
May 14 – 16: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
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Old Town has several exciting events planned for February & March in Orlando:

Old-Town-Ferris-wheel02/26 & 02/27: The National Nostalgic Novas Show will be here all day and stay for the cruise, sponsored by Bradham Brothers. The National Nostalgic Nova is a car club for people who love Chevy IIs, Novas and Acadians. Since their beginning in 1982, they have been dedicated to the preservation, restoration, rodding and history of the ’62-’79 Chevy Nova. They provide their members valuable technical information, access to quality parts and a unique opportunity for fellowship with Nova lovers all over the world. Each year National Nostalgic Nova hosts a show here at Old Town. This show is open to all Novas. There is a $30.00 registration fee that includes a t-shirt and a dash plaque. At this show members display their Novas, give out awards and enjoy the swap meet.

02/27: The Wide Track Warriors Pontiac Club 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. This a Central Florida based Pontiac car club that has been around for over a decade. The club has always been about people getting together and having a good time. It doesn’t matter if you drive a Lemans, Torrent, Grand Prix GTP, Fiero, Firebird, GTO, Tempest, Aztek, Grand Am, or a G6 (to name a few). Cars of all years are welcome in this club. This club loves to give back to the community of Orlando, every year they pick a local charity to donate a portion of the earnings too. This year is Pet Rescue By Judy. There are trophies, door prizes, and a swap meet with this show.

02/28: One of our favorite clubs is back! The Buick Grand National will have their meet behind the General Store from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 45 cars will be on display. This show is open to any Buick Turbo powered vehicle and will benefit the New Hope For Kids charity.

03/06: The Florida Edsel Club will lead the cruise! There is judging and awards with this show. This club has been participating in the Saturday Nite Cruise for twenty years. The Edsel was a marquee of the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. The brand is known best as one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of American business. “E Day” was September 4, 1957. Ford announced the end of the Edsel program on Thursday, November 19, 1959. However, cars continued being produced until late in November, with the final tally at 2,846 1960 models. Total sales were approximately 84,000, less than half the company’s projected break-even point. The company lost $350 million ($1.55 billion in 2009 values) on the venture. All totaled, 118,287 Edsels were built (including 7,440 produced in Ontario, Canada.) This figure may seem large, but by automotive standards, it was dismal, especially when spread across three model-years. Fifty years after its spectacular failure, Edsel has become a highly collectible item amongst vintage car hobbyists. Fewer than 6,000 Edsels survive and are considered collectors’ items. A mint 1958 Citation convertible sometimes sells for over $100,000, while rare models, like the 1960 convertible, may bring up to $200,000.

03/13: The Studebakers are back and will lead out the cruise. Come on out and see beautiful examples of this classic automobile starting at 12:00 pm. The first gasoline cars to be fully manufactured by Studebaker were marketed in August 1912 and over the next 50 years; the company established an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. The South Bend plant ceased production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker car rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, plant on March 16, 1966.

03/26 & 03/27: Mighty Titans TWO DAY Show. Awards, vendors, and a Dyno Machine. Show times are Friday 5:00 p.m. – Cruise and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Nissan Titan was introduced in 2004 and is manufactured in Canton, Mississippi. The Titan Truck is very popular in the South and sales there account for nearly 25% of Titans sales in the United States. The Titan was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2004.

The Epcot World Showcase is adding two exciting culinary experiences two its Italy pavilion and Mexico Pavilion.

The Italy Pavilion is welcoming an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria which will be operated by Patina Restaurant Group. Patina currently operates the Tutto Italia Ristorante at the Italy Pavilion. The new pizzeria is inspired by Naples 45, a Patina Restaurant Group pizzeria located on East 45th Street in New York City. The new Italy addition is expected to be open for Fall 2010, in time for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The Mexico Pavilion is expanding the popular Cantina de San Angel restaurant. The expansion will feature 400 seats with al fresco seating for lunch and will also be a great place for viewing “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” the nightly Epcot fireworks show. Opening for the Cantina de San Angel restaurant is set for Fall 2010.
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This summer, Disney World is presenting Summer Nightastic!, a resort-wide celebration featuring the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” This nighttime celebration has not appeared at Disney Orlando since 2001, and with its return comes all new elements combined with several other exciting additions.

The “Main Street Electrical Parade” is led by Tinker Bell, and characters like Pinocchio & Snow White will join her in the procession. A few of the parade highlights include a baroque synthesizer soundtrack, LED lighting effects and new floats. This summer-long event is set to premiere in early June at the Magic Kingdom.
In conjunction with return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Disney is also adding a new drop sequence and new lighting effects to the Tower of Terror for Summer Nightastic! A special summer fireworks show is also planned, as are the Summer Concert Series at Epcot and extended evening hours at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
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Walt Disney World has released an official Disney Theme Parks application that puts information about the Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California based theme parks directly in the hands of its visitors. The new application is called Mobile Magic and is offered through Verizon Wireless. The fee is $9.99 for 180 days of service, and it seems to be a great way to find information on Disney parks quickly and conveniently.

The Mobile Magic app provides information like FASTPASS return times, attraction wait times for the park users are currently in, extensive information on character locations and event starting times notifications. The program uses GPS to determine the phone’s location within the park and displays information pertaining to that park’s rides, events, restaurants and characters. Phones with the app can be set to notify users 15 0r 30 minutes before an event begins, so shows, parades and parties are never missed.
The app does not provide walking directions from point to point within the park, as Disney wants visitors to experience the park and not spoil the experience by following a map on their phone. Instead, visitors will still use the provided guide maps for directions.
Mobile Magic covers all of the Disney Theme Parks in Orlando, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney, Wide World of Sports and all Disney resorts & restaurants.
Disney plans on creating apps for smart phones like the Blackberry & iPhone. However, until they are complete, users will be able to access mobile version of the Disney sites and http://m.disneyworld.com/ and http://m.disneyland.com/. The mobile sites will have generalized information and instead of displaying the number of minutes someone will have to wait in line for a ride, the mobile sites categorize the wait as “see now,” “moderate” or “high demand.”
Any Verizon user that wishes to download the new Mobile Magic app can do so by going to the Media Center “Browse & Download” section of Verizon Wireless’s website. The app is located in the “Travel & Navigation” folder. The app can also be found by texting “Magic” to2777.

The Animal Kingdom at Disney World is a sprawling 500 acre theme park consisting of more than 1,700 animals from 250 species. It is the largest animal-themed park in the world. The Animal Kingdom, one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resorts, is dedicated to nature and conservation. Its focus on animals creates an inviting environment where guests can explore exotic lands and discover fantastic animals.

The Disney Animal Kingdom in Orlando is divided into 7 areas:

Oasis: The Oasis area is the park’s main entrance and is where many of the guest services take place. It features a number of animal habitats, as well as a Rainforest Café. The main paths of Oasis take guests onto Discovery Island.

Discovery Island: This area is the central hub for Animal Kingdom as it is located roughly in the center of the park. It connects to almost all of the other sections of the park, excluding Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Discovery Island is home to The Tree of Life, the park’s visual icon, which is surrounded by animal exhibits showcasing kangaroos, lemurs and other exotic creatures. One of the park’s most popular attractions – It’s Tough to be a Bug! – a 4D film featuring characters from A Bug’s Life is also located on Discovery Island. Eating options at Discovery Island include Flame Tree BBQ and Pizzafari. Gift Shops include the Beastly Bazaar, Creature Comforts, Disney Outfitters and Island Mercantile.

Camp Minnie-Mickey: Themed as a rustic summer camp, guests can meet Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie and Goofy on the meet and greet trails at this area of the park, as well as take in the live stage show Festival of the Lion King. There are no restaurants at this area of the park, but snacks are available at Chip ‘n Dales Cookie Cabin.

Africa: Animal Kingdom immerses guests in African culture in this section of the park, set in the fictional east African Village of Harambe. This area features many African animals in natural habitats, including an exhibit of Silverback Gorillas. The Kilimanjaro Safaris are a popular attraction in Africa as guests to climb aboard an open-air safari vehicle for an expedition to see a variety of animals roam freely through landscape so authentic visitors truly believe they are in Africa. Giraffes, hippos, elephants and lions can all be seen on this adventure. The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail allows visitors to trek, at their own pace, through a forest in search of gorillas, mole rats, okapi, meercats, Nile hippos, birds and more. Dining options include Kusafiri Coffee Shop, Tamu Tamu Refreshments and Tusker House Restaurant. The Mombasa Marketplace gift shop is located in Africa.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch: This section of Disney Animal Kingdom focuses on the environment, conservation and animal well-being. The attractions at Rafiki’s Planet Watch offer a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of Animal Kingdom and the care of the animals found here. Visitors to this area of the park will want to board the Wildlife Express Train for a short trip to Planet Watch, which consists of three sections. The first is Habitat Habit!, which features cotton-top tamarins and teaches visitors how to share the world with animals and efforts to protect endangered species. Affection Section, an informative petting zoo spotlighting goats, sheep and other domesticated animals is next. Conservation Station rounds out Planet Watch, with exhibits pertaining to animal training, feeding, and of course, conservation of animals.

Asia: Asia is home to Disney’s mythical village Anandapur, complete with crumbling ruins of from ancient time. This area of the Animal Kingdom is home to several exciting attractions, including Expedition Everest, a high speed roller coaster with climbs, twists and backwards movement. The Kali River Rapids is a white water raft ride set along the fictional Chakranadi River through a rainforest. The Maharajah Jungle Trek leads guests through the ruins of India and features animals like tigers, bats and komodo dragons. Flights of Wonder is a live exotic bird show where one of Anandapur’s researches showcases natural bird behaviors, habitat loss and conservation efforts and of course, a few surprises. Dining options in Asia include Yak & Yeti (a full service restaurant) and Yak & Yeti Local Cafes.

DinoLand U.S.A.: This section of Animal Kingdom is inspired by the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth 65 million years ago – the Dinosaurs. It features the Dino Institute, which is home to the thrill ride DINOSAUR, and Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, a magical midway featuring the Primeval Whirl ride, TriceraTop Spin and carnival games and gift shops. Finding Nemo – The Musical is performed at the “Theater in the Wild” and the Boneyard, a children’s area with a multi-level playground complete with fossils and recreated dinosaurs. Restaurantosaurus is the only dining option at Dinoland U.S.A.

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade is a 15-minute afternoon parade that loops through Animal Kingdom. Rafiki leads the celebration with Disney characters like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy following in safari jeeps. A troupe of 8-foot tall party animals really gets the party started with sing-a-longs and dancing.

Animal Kingdom generally closes around 5pm-6pm. Please plan accordingly.

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Disney Hollywood Studios is hosting ESPN The Weekend February 25 – February 28, 2010. This action-packed weekend will be filled with all-star athletes, unique events, ESPN broadcast personalities and interactive sports experiences with Hall of Famers.

Sport enthusiasts will want to attend this spectacular Orlando event that is hailed as the ultimate sports fan fest. Notable events include celebrity motorcades and in-depth public discussions that will present star athletes and ESPN personalities to center stage for question and answer sessions, live tapings of popular ESPN show like Mike and Mike in the Morning, Baseball Tonight, and NFL Live, Inside ESPN – Live on Stage show which will feature interviews of sports stars sharing their most memorable sport-related moments, and an Interactive Sports Center where guests will get to test their athletic abilities and learn about the daily operation of ESPN.
Misty May-Treanor, Scottie Pippen, Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas, Shawn Johnson, Robert Horry and Jim Palmer are just a few of the athletes scheduled to attend the 2010 ESPN The Weekend. Dick Vitale, Bobby Valentine, Skip Bayless, John Anderson, Bruce Feldman and K.C. Joyner are among the ESPN personalities scheduled to attend.
ESPN The Weekend events are included with Disney Hollywood Studios admission. Disney World Tickets are on sale now.

A new theme park is headed to the Orlando Attractions scene. Merlin Entertainment has announced that the world’s largest Legoland will open in Orlando by the end of 2011, at the former site of Cypress Gardens. Merlin Entertainment plan to incorporate some of Cypress Gardens existing features, while constructing Legoland’s signature attractions as well.

Legoland is expected to feature between 40 to 50 main attractions, including kid-powered rides and giant Lego brick models. The historical gardens of Cypress Gardens will stay intact, and officials plan to incorporate one of the two wooden coasters currently on-site as well as the water ski shows Cypress Gardens was famous for. The popular Splash Island Waterpark is also expected to keep operating under Legoland ownership and a new name, but it will be a separate, ticketed admission.

Some of the Legoland Theme Park highlights include lots of interactive, hands-on attractions, such as a kid-powered monorail, junior roller coasters and mild spinning rides, intricate Legoland dioramas, and a driving school for kids. The 145-acre site will be larger than any of the current Legoland operations. This new addition to Orlando Theme Parks will be geared towards the 12 and under set.

Merlin Entertainment officials stated they chose to renovate the existing Cypress Gardens location instead of building from scratch because it will shave years off development time. Instead of a 4-5 year development time, the park will be up and running in two years or less. Eventually, Legoland owners plan to build out the property with an onsite hotel and other gated attractions, similar to its additions at its California attractions.