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New Festivals & Events set for Spring Break Orlando 2008

Orlando is blooming with New Adventures and Special Events For Family Spring Break 2008, with events such as Florida Strawberry Festival.

Spring Break may be a time-honored tradition for college students, but in Orlando it’s becoming an event for the entire household. During Orlando’s Family Spring Break® in 2008 families can enjoy the perfect atmosphere to take a break from busy work and school schedules to reconnect and recharge. From major new attractions and special events to family-friendly cultural activities, Orlando offers families varied experiences sure to please even the most opinionated family member.

New attractions opening just in time for Orlando’s 6th annual Family Spring Break include: Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando’s Water Park, blending up close animal experiences with thrilling rides and whimsical underwater adventures, offering journeys from serene to extreme; a uniquely hilarious journey through Springfield with the Simpson family when Universal Studios Florida opens its new ride, The Simpsons based on FOX’s blockbuster series and the longest running sitcom on television; “Block Party Bash,” an interactive parade featuring over 20 Disney•Pixar characters and the latest “Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage” show, featuring characters from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins,” “Handy Manny” and more at new to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios); Jungala at Busch Gardens Africa, a 4-acre attraction set in a lush landscape, featuring exciting signature rides, a family climbing area and exotic animal interactions; and the continuation of Disney’s Year of a Million Dreams campaign, where special dreams from free ice cream to a night in Cinderella’s Castle Suite are awarded to guests.

Throughout the spring, Orlando is also packed with annual festivals and special events that are perfect for families. Enjoy the Annual Central Florida Fair at the Central Florida Fairground, April 17-27, where the carnival like midway is packed with games and rides for the whole family. Devour endless samples of pies April 19-20 at the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration. Festivities include cooking demonstrations, children’s pie making, pie-eating contests and the Never-Ending Pie Buffet. The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, February 28 – March 9, celebrates the fabric of American life through ethnic traditions, contests, and top-name entertainment, together with an abundance of juicy strawberries. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens presents “Hippity Hop Adventure” March 22-23, when kids receive a free bunny tail, win prizes, enjoy face painting and more as they discover clues along an adventure trail leading them to the Easter Bunny.

Orlando’s cultural scene has plenty of offerings to enlighten and entertain the whole family. A classic children’s book comes to life when the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre presents “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” February 23 – March 16. Embark in an interactive song and dance extravaganza by connecting the clues with Steve, Blue, Goldilocks and many other favorite storybook characters in “Blue’s Clues Live! The Most Spectacular Place” presented by the Orlando Repertory Theater March 7-30. Engage young travelers in the enchanted land of make believe and happily ever after when the Orlando Ballet presents “Fairy Tale Princes and Princesses” March 15. The event, part of the Family Series, provides the ballet experience in less than an hour and offers behind-the-scenes interactions including learning how a tutu is made and a ballerina meet-and-greet.

Baseball fans can enjoy a sneak preview of the upcoming Major League Baseball season at The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex February 27 – March 29 during the Atlanta Braves spring training season. As the NBA playoff battle heats up, spend an evening filled with fast-paced NBA hoopla as The Orlando Magic battle in 14 home games throughout the months of March and April at the Amway Arena. Enjoy themed events, including Kid’s Day, and nightly giveaways like youth jersey’s or get up close and personal as a Magic Ballkid or Jr. Magic Dancer.

Orlando’s Family Spring Break provides the catalyst for families to spend quality time together and grow individually and as a family.

Information courtesy of Orlando Travel & Visitors Bureau

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