Orlando Theme Parks Enhance Entertainment and Attractions

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The tourism industry in Florida is ever-expanding, and multiple theme parks are adding attractions and enhancing entertainment options to keep up with the volume.

Universal Orlando has an entire line of additions for 2012, promising more adventure and excitement for the entire family. The enhanced Blue Man Group show features new music, technology and experiences; The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man takes on new animation and effects; Universal’s Superstar Parade now includes SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora and Diego, E.B. from “Hop” and the “Despicable Me” minions, and Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular—100 Years of Movie Memories will have your clients reliving memorable movie moments as it’s projected every night onto waterfall screens at the Universal Studios lagoon.

But there’s more. Scheduled for a summer launch is the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction, taking guests on a 3D adventure as they’re recruited to become minions and undergo “minion training,” before celebrating their accomplishments at a minion-inspired dance party.

Universal Orlando 3-night vacation packages are available, starting at $249 per adult. For more information, visit universaltravelagents.com.

Following in the 3D footprints of Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando takes it a step further with its newest attraction, TurtleTrek, which will feature two large habitats and a 3D/360-degree dome theater.

Of the two habitats, the first is freshwater, featuring hundreds of fish as well as manatees in a naturalistic surrounding. The second, meanwhile, is saltwater, with more than 1,500 fish and 12 sea turtles. Both the manatees and sea turtles living in these habitats have been rescued or were born at SeaWorld.

Following their exploration of the habitats, TurtleTrek adventurers move on to the domed theater, where they experience a film—not just in front of them or on one screen, but completely surrounding them, including overhead—which showcases a “turtle’s eye view” of the ocean’s wonders.

The 3D/360-degree domed theater is a first-of-its-kind experience that has never been done at any other theme park worldwide, providing an all-encompassing experience for each viewer. For more information, visit seaworldparks.com.

And at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando, this summer will bring a new Kids’ Park attraction to be the largest of its kind statewide. The playground will cover an acre of land, spanning two pools with 17 slides and over 100 soakers, jets, waterfalls and water cannons.

The Kids’ Park will take on a beachy sandcastle theme, partially submerged in over 85,000 gallons of water. Other attractions at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando include Disco H20, the Lazy River, Surf Lagoon and Bomb Bay.

For more information, visit wetnwildorlando.com.