New theme park attractions and rides for summer 2013

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Well everyone, it’s now the start of the summer season here in Orlando. That means lots of people packing the theme parks to wait several hours in line for a two minute ride. 😀

But at least this year you have new rides and attractions to see and enjoy in the hot Florida sun. All 3 major theme parks; Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, have added or are adding new attractions for the summer.

Disney has most of the new Fantasyland open at the Magic Kingdom. In this area you can enjoy a new little mermaid ride geared toward little kids. There is a new Beauty and the Beast castle which looks pretty cool and sits on top of the new “Be Our Guest” restaurant.
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SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew & BBQ event for 2013

SeaWorld's Bands, brew and BBQ event

Take your family and friends, and enjoy the hottest weekends of the season! SeaWorld Orlando brings you the Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, an annual event that is held on Saturdays and Sundays, from Feb. 9 to March 17 2013.

If you enjoy country and classic rock music, you will love this fun-filled event! Over 100 specialty beer selections and dozens of food tents will be available for your enjoyment.

Party lovers who attend the SeaWorld Bands, Brew & BBQ festival will have access to incredible concerts with award winning artists, including Styx, The Beach Boys, Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker, Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Third Eye Blind and other popular bands.
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SeaWorld Christmas events and shows for 2012

SeaWorld Christmas shows and events 2012

Christmas is a busy time for Sea World Orlando, and there are loads of new attractions for you to spend hours visiting. Below is a brief summary of the many shows and events going on for Christmas 2012.
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SeaWorld’s Spooktacular Halloween party 2012

SeaWorld's Spooktacular Halloween party

With the holidays fast approaching there are lots of special events going on at the theme parks soon. This year SeaWorld’s Spooktacular Halloween party is back with a few changes.

This event will be going on at SeaWorld Orlando on October 6-7th, 13-14th, 19-21st, and 26-28th. Basically each weekend during October. You don’t need to buy a special ticket, it’s included with your normal park ticket.

There also are no special times or hours for it. They just add some extra shows and events during the normal park hours. It’s a great way for your little one to have some Halloween fun at SeaWorld. Here’s a list of things you can find:
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SeaWorld Orlando breeding rare Leafy Sea Dragons

SeaWorld breeds leafy sea dragons

I decided to check out the latest news with SeaWorld today. Seems like they are having a bit of success breeding a rare type of Seahorse called the leafy sea dragon.

What’s interesting is that the hatchlings, about 40 of them now, are floating in the big aquarium right in the Manta roller coaster ride. SeaWorld is only the sixth aquarium in the world to successfully breed leafy sea dragons.

These funny looking creatures look like twigs and leaves, great for camouflage in the ocean. They are found only off the southern and eastern coasts of Australia.
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SeaWorld Discovery Cove new addition, Freshwater Oasis

SeaWorld Discovery Cove new addition Freshwater Oasis

Enjoy an all-inclusive tropical holiday where you can relax on white sandy beaches, swim with the dolphins, and explore the sea world. Freshwater Oasis, the newest attraction from SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove, features swimming and wading adventures for the whole family!

The latest addition to SeaWorld’s adventure park offers guests the chance to come face-to-face with marmosets (tiny monkeys), lobsters, sting rays, and otters. You can also swim in tropical reefs and hand-feed exotic birds in a relaxed shallow water setting.

This brand new attraction is designed with a rainforest canopy above and features unique waterways, nooks and crannies, water-filled trails, lush tropical forests, and a water lounge area with benches. Freshwater Oasis is the first place in the world where you can see curious marmosets running around the trees.
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SeaWorld Orlando Turtle Trek exhibit now open!

Turtle trek at SeaWorld now open!

SeaWorld Orlando has several new things opening this year, and one of them has already opened just a few days ago. It’s called Turtle Trek, and it’s a cool exhibit that shows off and gives information about the endangered sea turtles.

This big exhibit has several different sections to it, both inside and outside. On the outside you can walk along a trail and look down upon a big tank that has manatees SeaWorld is rehabilitating that have been injured or baby manatees.

Inside the exhibit you can view sea turtles in a giant aquarium that even goes over you. So you can see them gliding above you or through the glass that is taller than a person.
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SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica Realm land opening next year

New SeaWorld realm land opening next year

The latest and biggest news over at SeaWorld Orlando is that they are in the process of making a new “land” over there. SeaWorld’s Antarctica ‘realm’ land will be themed as a visit to Antarctica, complete with penguins!

The making of a themed “land” inside SeaWorld Orlando is a bit different for them. Right now they do have different “sections” of the park for different types of animals and marine life.

But the new Antarctica Realm land seems to be the first where a whole part of the park will immerse the guest totally into a new land, like the Harry Potter land at Universal.
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Jack Hanna weekend at SeaWorld

If you love and appreciate “critters,” mark your calendar for March 24 and 25, 2012 for the Jack Hanna SeaWorld weekend event. Pack your duds and head to SeaWorld in Orlando, where you’ll get to see the legendary Jack Hanna live and in person.

Jungle Jack will be hosting shows each day in the Nautilus Theater, at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Attendees will learn about nature, birds, animals, and conservation.

As you probably already know, Jack Hanna always has some feathered or furry pals with him. Sometimes these co-stars are eagles, sometimes they’re leopards, and at other times, he’s been joined by noisy kookaburras from “Down Under.” No matter which creatures try to steal the limelight from Jack, the show is sure to be educational and entertaining.
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SeaWorld Orlando Bands, Brew and BBQ concerts, shows 2012

SeaWorld's Bands, Bew and BBQ shows for 2012

SeaWorld in Orlando has hit a major homerun with this event – Bands, Brew, and BBQ. Three of America’s favorites – what’s not to love? The fun starts on February 12, 2012, and takes place every Saturday and Sunday from then through March 4.

Listening to the live performances is even better when it’s accompanied by tasty food and great beer, and SeaWorld has taken care of these details. Scores of beers from some twenty international and American breweries will keep everyone’s thirst quenched.

And as for food, it’s all about barbecue and items hot off the grill. Guests can travel from tent to tent sampling the offerings, or they can relax in the beer garden. The BBQ will be prepared by some of the best grillmasters in the area, along with some of SeaWorld’s own skilled chefs.
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SeaWorld’s Just For Kids festival spring of 2012

SeaWorld just for kids festival spring of 2012!

January and February are usually pretty dreary months for kids. All the fun and excitement of Christmas is over, and in much of the country, the weather is depressing.

Believe it or not, these two winter months can be a blast at SeaWorld! The park rolls out its red carpet for kids, with the SeaWorld Just for Kids Festival. For four Saturdays in a row, from January 14th through February 4th, 2012, kids of all ages can enjoy shows, music, rides, animals, and more at the Orlando park.

On Januray 14th, Lazy Town Live will be performed on stage. In case you’re not familiar with Lazy Town, it’s a television show that encourages families and kids to embrace a healthy lifestyle. In the stage show, Ziggy, Stephanie, and Sportacus address energy.
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New years eve almost here for theme park fireworks

Get your theme park plans ready for new years eve

I know Christmas has not even gotten here yet but I thought it was a good time to remind you to get your tickets and plans finalized if your going to go to a theme park here in Orlando for New Years Eve.

The big 3 theme parks; Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld will all have their own unique New Years eve parties and shows. Most will have midnight fireworks, but not all of them. I have articles about them all.

For what’s going on at Walt Disney World, check out my Disney New Years events page to see what’s going on. The Magic Kingdom will be the best place for New Years parades, shows and fireworks.
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