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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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Major Detours and Closures for I-4 Construction in Orlando

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major detours and closures associated with I-4 construction in the Orlando Metro area through Thursday, May 25, 2017.

  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Universal Boulevard; May 8–27 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Northbound Kirkman Road bridge over I-4 closed; May 21–22 from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. and May 22–24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; May 21–22 from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. and May 22–24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; May 24–June 7 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from westbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from eastbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Orange Blossom Trail; May 16–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from South Street; May 21–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to South Street; May 21–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Northbound Orange Blossom Trail closed under SR-408; May 14–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Anderson Street; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Anderson Street; May 22–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Colonial Drive closed under I-4; May 15–June 5 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Ivanhoe Boulevard closed under I-4; May 21–26 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard; May 21–June 4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 12–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 14–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Princeton Street; May 14–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Par Street closed under I-4; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Par Street; May 21–20 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Fairbanks Avenue; May 9–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Lee Road; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Lee Road; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to westbound Maitland Boulevard; May 21–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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Major Detours and Closures for I-4 Construction in Orlando

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major detours and closures associated with I-4 construction in Orlando for the week of May 14, 2017:

  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Universal Boulevard; May 8–20 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to southbound Kirkman Road; April 24–May 15 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from westbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from eastbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to John Young Parkway; May 10–17 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed to John Young Parkway; May 10–17 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from John Young Parkway; May 4–18 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Rio Grande Avenue closed from 33rd Street to 34th Street; May 3–24 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • LB McLeod Road closed east of Rio Grande Avenue; May 3–24 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • 33rd Street closed east of Rio Grande Avenue; April 30–May 28 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Orange Blossom Trail; May 16–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westmoreland Drive closed under I-4; May 10–17 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Division Avenue closed from Gore Street to SR-408; May 16–23 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Division Avenue closed at Gore Street; May 12–13 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sylvia Lane closed at America Street; May 19–26 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Lucerne Circle closed under SR-408; May 7–19 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound SR-408 exit ramp closed to eastbound I-4; May 17–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Anderson Street; May 9–16 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Anderson Street; May 12–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard; May 1–21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 12–10 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 15–22 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Princeton Street; May 15–22 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Par Street; May 8–15 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Fairbanks Avenue; May 12–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Fairbanks Avenue; May 9–23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Lee Road; May 17–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Lee Road; May 17–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 rolling roadblocks from CR-46A to Maitland Boulevard; May 12–13 between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.

For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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5 Essential Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Road Warriors

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.

Here’s our top 5 essential tips to consider if you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend road trip…

Eastbound I-4 Nighttime Traffic Diverted on May 2-5

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that eastbound I-4 will be temporarily diverted through the Maitland Boulevard interchange from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 to Friday, May 5. Traffic will exit I-4 to eastbound Maitland Boulevard (Exit 90A), cross over Maitland Boulevard and enter back onto eastbound I-4 using the existing on-ramp. Law enforcement officers will be present on Maitland Boulevard to facilitate traffic flow.

The eastbound I-4 exit loop ramp to westbound Maitland Boulevard (Exit 90B) will be closed at the same time to accommodate bridge construction. Left turns onto westbound Maitland Boulevard from exit 90A will be permitted during the detour.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-95 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.

Major Detours and Closures for I-4 Construction in Orlando This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major detours and closures associated with I-4 construction in Orlando thru Thursday, May 4, 2017.

  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Universal Boulevard; April 29–May 13 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; April 27–May 11 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp to northbound Kirkman Road; April 25–May 2 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to southbound Kirkman Road; April 24–May 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Conroy Road; April 25–May 2 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to John Young Parkway; April 26–May 3 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed to John Young Parkway; April 26–May 3 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from John Young Parkway; April 12–May 3 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to South Street; April 15–May 5 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound SR-408 exit ramp closed to eastbound I-4; May 2–4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Anderson Street; April 24–May 1 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Anderson Street; April 24–May 12 from 10 pm. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Amelia Street; April 24–May 5 from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Amelia Street; April 27–May 4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 collector–distributor road closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard to Colonial Drive; April 27–May 4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard; May 4–21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; April 28–May 12 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; April 24–May 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Princeton Street; April 24–May 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Fairbanks Avenue; April 21–May 5 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Fairbanks Avenue; May 2–9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Lee Road; April 28–May 12 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 traffic diversion at Maitland Boulevard; May 2–5 from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to westbound Maitland Boulevard; May 2–5 from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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West Volusia’s Wildlife and Parks: The Best of Florida’s Great Outdoors

Ready for your next road trip? The winter doldrums are gone, replaced by the pleasant temperatures offered by Central Florida’s Great Outdoors. Each year, guests from all over the world flock to the West Volusia area, experiencing the area’s abundant wildlife, tropical plants, natural springs and unique eco-environments and habitats. To help you enjoy the new season, here are just a few of West Volusia’s top spots.

St. Johns River Eco Boat Tours

The St. Johns River was once the area’s main source for commerce and trade with paddlewheel boats regularly bringing goods and people to the region. Today, the St. Johns River, designated an “American Heritage River”, is an idyllic respite, teeming with abundant and varied wildlife and tropical plants. These boat tours offer the perfect opportunity for close-up views to enjoy the great beauty of this unspoiled paradise.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

The Refuge is bordered by the magnificent St. Johns River and the Ocala National Forest, and spans more than 20,000 acres. Lake Woodruff is a birder’s paradise where enthusiasts come for a glimpse of over 230 bird species and a variety of native wildlife.

Lyonia Preserve

Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre scrub habitat established to restore and preserve sandy soil plants and small animal life. The conservation effort removed overgrown sand pines to re-establish bare sand areas with low-growing scrub plant species. The preserve has 3.5 miles of sugar-sand hiking trails where you’ll meet the resident star, the Florida Scrub Jay, an inquisitive, friendly bird known to land on a visitor’s head for a closer look.

DeLeon Springs State Park

Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available to explore wildlife along the spring run. Enjoy hiking trails leading through various terrains – home to over 125 species of birds and the famous Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, where diners cook their own pancakes at their table.

Blue Spring State Park

Home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, the park is a well-known winter refuge to hundreds of West Indian manatees. Boardwalk strolls showcase the spring run teeming with turtles, numerous fish and elusive migratory birds.


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World’s Tallest River Rapids Drop Coming to Seaworld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando announced its latest world-class attraction, Infinity Falls, to debut summer 2018.

Thrilling rapids will roar through the brand new rainforest river experience, while adventure-seeking guests plunge down the world’s tallest river rapid drop.

“We are constantly looking at new ways to amaze our guests – Infinity Falls will do that, and more,” said Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld Orlando Parks. “From the excitement of the thrilling rapids, to the unique vertical lift element, it will be an adventure that appeals to the entire family. Infinity Falls continues our commitment to investing in our park, and developing new ways to entertain and inspire our guests with meaningful, fun-filled vacations.”

To bring Infinity Falls to life, designers were inspired by the rainforests of South America and the flowing rivers found within. Each raft will twist and turn through a lush jungle environment as guests experience the feel of exhilarating Class IV rapids. A unique vertical elevator will lift each raft for a dramatic launch into the river, 40 feet below.

“Water makes up more than 70% of our planet,” said Brian Morrow, Vice President of Theme Park Design Experience. “We developed Infinity Falls to tell new stories that showcase the beauty and sheer power of water and the amazing wildlife that lives in it. The result is a new river rapids adventure for our guests to explore, and actively help freshwater ecosystems in a way that only SeaWorld can bring to life.”

The addition of Infinity Falls is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken to the water flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Infinity Falls will soon join the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.

Infinity Falls will be the centerpiece of a newly themed surrounding area, fully immersing guests in a rainforest canopy. After riding the rapids on Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.

Infinity Falls will open at SeaWorld Orlando in summer 2018.


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Major Detours and Closures for I-4 Construction in Orlando This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major detours and closures for I-4 construction in the Orlando metro area, for the week of April 9, 2017:

  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Universal Boulevard; March 31–April 14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit closed to northbound Kirkman Road; April 4–18 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Conroy Road; April 11–April 25 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from westbound Conroy Road; April 5–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from eastbound Conroy Road; April 5–19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from John Young Parkway; April 12–19 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit closed to South Street; April 7–15 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound SR-408 rolling roadblock from Good Home Road to I-4; April 8–9 between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Anderson Street; April 10–24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from South Street; April 3–17 from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Ameila Street closed under I-4; April 9–14 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard; April 9–14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; March 31–April 14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Fairbanks Avenue; April 7–14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Lee Road; April 6–14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Lee Road; April 7–21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to westbound Maitland Boulevard; March 26–April 9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from eastbound Maitland Boulevard; March 28–April 9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-95 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” Is Now Open At Universal Orlando Resort

Guests joined “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The all-new ride takes guests on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself, and completely immerses them in the world of America’s favorite talk show – “The Tonight Show.”

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade in Universal Studios Florida that featured tons of confetti, a custom float and beloved Universal Orlando characters. Joining Jimmy on the float were “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and an array of characters from the show, including Hashtag the Panda, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction and a special ribbon cutting.


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“I’m happy. I’m grateful. I’m excited. This whole experience has been a real emotional rollercoaster simulator,” said Jimmy Fallon.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the first ride at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience – allowing guests to enjoy other areas of the park while they “virtually” wait for their time to enter the attraction. For more information about “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” and the Virtual Line experience, visit the Universal Orlando blog at blog.universalorlando.com.


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Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-95 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.