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There's been a lot of buzz, from both kids and adults, about The Lego Movie which opens nationwide today.
Legoland is taking full advantage of the excitement surrounding the first-ever Lego-themed film by hosting The Lego Movie Weekend in Orlando on Feb. 8 and 9, 2014.
Here's a look at some of the activities planned for this weekend:
When it comes to the offerings at theme parks we’re usually most interested in the big, bad roller coasters. A ride that goes up in the air and drops you back to the ground usually isn't our thing, but we’ve got to say the thing Busch Gardens has planned kind of has us intrigued.
Falcon's Fury is part of the 2014 plans for the theme park down in Tampa, and what makes it unique when compared to other drop tower type rides is its seating configuration. Sure the thing rises to well over 300-feet—like 335-feet to be exact—but when the seating contraption reaches the top is when the fun begins.
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When it comes to airport news you know that we can’t get enough, so when we heard that Tampa was planning a revamp and reno at its facilities we just had to share.
The Tampa International Airport is famous for connecting chilly passengers with some fun in the sun, and now the place is going to exude a little bit more warmth. It’s all about a more modern and open feel, as even some of the shops and restaurants will be moved from the middle to make some more space.
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Every once in a while there’s a former airline that tries to make a go of it once again, and this year it looks like it's Eastern Air Lines. Technically they have nothing to do with the former carrier that folded in the early 1990s, but a new group has the rights to the name, intellectual property, and they’re even moving into part of the former headquarters down in Miami.
They have a website, they have some pictures, and they’re even eager to promote that they have an Airbus A319—we guess at least one of them—on order for delivery as soon of this year. So far the only real news out of the airline is their latest press release, as they revealed that they’ve gone ahead and filed some necessary paperwork with the Department of Transportation.
Next up is starting the needed certification and scoring the other credentials from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios in Orlando first opened back in 2008 but only recently (last June), did the Florida theme park unveil Springfield, USA, the fictional hometown of Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie (and hundreds more.)
We strolled through Springfield a few months ago and snapped 20 Things Simpsons Fans Will Love. They sure beat singing princesses.
The 2nd annual Miami Beer Festival is less than two weeks away but it's not too late to get tickets.
The fest brings together dozens of craft, international, and local breweries on the Sun Life Stadium field. This year's featured breweries include Kona, Redhook, Widmer, Shock Top, Goose Island, Estrella, Vermont Hard Cider, Abita, Anchor, Sam Adams, Orange Blossom, Bells, Brooklyn, Miami Brewing, Harpoon, Florida Beer Company, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Lagunitas, World of Beer, Ommegang, and Hollywood Organic.
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Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.
The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."
Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.
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We’ve known for quite some time that Southwest Airlines has visions of international destinations dancing in their head, and now it looks as if that they might have picked out exactly where they want to start things up. The lucky recipients of this kind of attention are the residents of the Sunshine State, as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is scoring quite an airport upgrade.
All in all Southwest is spending more than $300 million on terminal and concourse improvements, as they try to get things ready to go for an influx of international departures and arrivals. Things should kick off at some point next year, and the construction equipment will head offset when 2017 rolls around.
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
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Yup, that's it folks.
On a recent visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was as bustling as ever (even during a low-season week, too). But while the Butterbeer and other Hogwarts merchandise galore kept distracting us, we tried to keep our eyes on the construction rising beyond the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride.
Remember, this is where a Diagon Alley will be built along with a real deal Hogwarts Express train, able to take visitors from the Islands of Adventure park (where WWoHP is located) over to the front of Universal Studios and vice versa. It will also feature the city of London as well as a Gringotts Bank, which will no doubt mirror the movies and books by featuring a thrilling ride around the vaults.
We knew that Mickey Mouse was getting a new neighbor down in Orlando, and now it looks like things are pretty much official. Disney recently released some initial details—and snazzy renderings—regarding their plans for bringing the wonderful world of Avatar into their theme parks. Specifically the plan is to do the Pandora thing as a separate land within their Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Right now things are just a tease, but Disney is promising stuff like floating mountains, nighttime jungles filled with bioluminescent plants, and they’re even giving guests the chance to see how it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
At this point there’s more than a few rental car companies offering up electric cars to get you and your crew from here to there, but now there’s an entire city that’s going all in with the electric movement. The theme capital of the world—AKA the greater Orlando area—is looking to link visitors with some of these voltage vehicles, and they just announced a whole new program to do so.
Drive Electric Orlando is a friendship between the area’s rental car companies and the city, as both look to make utilizing an electric vehicle just another slice of vacation fun. Those who choose to skip the pumps will enjoy all kinds of perks like free valet parking at the hotel, preferred parking in the area, and plenty of places to conveniently charge your car—even at the theme parks.