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Florida DOT OKs American Maglev’s Orlando Airport-to-I-Drive Route

It’s been a long wait for American Maglev Technology Inc.’s Tony Morris — but he’s got the first approval toward making his elevated magnetic-levitation train system a reality. The Florida Department of Transportation on May 19 awarded Morris’ Georgia firm the opportunity to lease rights of way between Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center for a fixed-guideway transportation system.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, New Walt Disney World Coaster, To Grand Open for Guests May 28

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests on May 28, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced today at a media preview of the attraction.

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31 Story Hotel, Mega-Mall and Observation Tower Proposed Orlando’s International Drive

According to plans submitted to the city of Orlando, An international firm intends to develop a mega-mall and hotel with an observation deck on International Drive in Orlando.

The development will include a multi-level upscale shopping mall, indoor ice arena, a food court, 24 hour revolving restaurant, a 31 story, twin-tower 1,263 room hotel and a nine-level parking garage. All this topped with a 450′ tall observation deck.

iSquare Mall and Hotel Development LLC, plans to level the International Shoppes building on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road and redevelop the property into a world class tourist destination and 7-star luxury hotel.

The project is expected to go before the city’s municipal planning board in June for master-plan approval.

Disney Springs to Include Several New Upscale Restaurants

The transformation from Downtown Disney into the new Disney Springs continues and with it comes the possibility of several critically acclaimed restaurants putting down roots.

According to reports from several well respected Orlando are blogs, big name restaurants expected to be added to the Disney Springs lineup include:

– The Edison, a Los Angeles restaurant that celebrates the era of invention

– STK, a modern steakhouse with locations in New York, Miami and Las Vegas

– Morimoto, the Japanese and sushi restaurant of chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Starr restaurant group with locations in Philadelphia and New York

– The Boathouse, a new concept from the same people who brought you Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Cafe

In addition, existing Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant, will undergo major renovations that will convert the massive globe-shaped structure into one that resembles a planetary observatory. The Boathouse will be built in a space on the lagoon next to Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello, the Italian restaurant. Both of those restaurants are expected to remain as is. Paradiso 37 is also expected to remain.

Central Florida’s Newest Attraction, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Get spectacular bird’s eye view of Port Canaveral and the surrounding area from our two observation decks at the Exploration Tower. Discover more about this unique part of Florida from seven floors of exhibits and interactive play.

The new Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral recently opened as part of the Canaveral Port Authority’s celebration of the 60th anniversary.

– Experience what it’s like to be a Port Canaveral Pilot and navigate your boat using a simulator Canaveral Harbor to great cruise ships.

– Explore Central Florida’s past and present with the touch of a finger using our large-scale interactive map

– Learn about the Port’s vibrant history and the key events that helped transform it into the flourishing harbor we know in our state-of-the-art theatre.

Features at Exploration Tower include…

– Indoor and outdoor observation decks
– Auditorium
– Café
– Exhibit Space – (5,550 ft. on four floors)
– Gift Shop
– Corporate Meeting Space
– Event Space for lease

Address: 670 Dave Nisbet Dr. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: 321.394.3405
Open Daily – 10:00am – 7:00pm ( Hours subject to Change)

Animated Tour of The I-Drive Shopping and Entertainment Complex

Merlin Entertainments Ltd. plans to debut three attractions, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, as part of a massive project being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and New York-based Circle Entertainment Inc. The projected opening for these attractions is New Year’s Eve 2014.

Design firm Antunovich Associates offers an opportunity to experience what it might be like to ride on Merlin Entertainments Ltd.’s Orlando Eye observation wheel that’s currently under construction on International Drive in Orlando…

2014 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is in the air… and spring training has begun! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2014.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in mid February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2014 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. Catch a game!

 

 

George M. Steinbrenner Field

3802 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33614
Spring Training Home of the New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida State University Seminoles
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 11:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 31:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 47:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 77:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 91:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 15TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 16TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 161:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 217:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 231:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 257:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 287:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMiami Marlins
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Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
Spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, February 281:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 71:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 141:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 221:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 287:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 291:05 PMNew York Mets
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Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33809
Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida Southern College
Thursday, February 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, February 281:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 31:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 61:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 141:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 151:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 171:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 281:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
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Space Coast Stadium

5800 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL
Spring training home of the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 71:05 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 81:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 91:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 106:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 161:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 196:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMNew York Mets
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Champion Stadium

700 Victory Way, Orlando, FL
Spring training home of the Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, February 286:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 21:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 31:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 66:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 141:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 151:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 211:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 246:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
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Osceola County Stadium

631 Heritage Park Way, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Spring training home of the Houston Astros

Houston Astros

Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, March 212:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 512:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 612:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 812:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 912:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 1212:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 1412:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 1612:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 1712:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 2012:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 2112:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 2212:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 265:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 296:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
Sunday, March 301:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
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Bright House Field

601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL 33765
Spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, February 281:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 21:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 46:35 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 61:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 101:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 161:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 171:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 201:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 211:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 271:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 287:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 291:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
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McKechnie Field

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponents
Tuesday, February 2512:00 PMBlack and Gold Exhibition Game
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 31:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 61:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 71:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 91:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 101:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 207:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 221:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 241:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 271:05 PMNew York Yankees
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Hammond Stadium

14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Spring training home of the Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 31:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 57:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 61:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 141:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 161:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 187:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 241:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 281:05 PMBoston Red Sox
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Tradition Field

525 NW Peacock Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Spring training home of the New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:10 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 11:10 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 41:10 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 51:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 71:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Monday, March 101:10 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 121:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 151:10 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 181:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 201:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:10 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 241:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, March 2712:10 PMWashington Nationals
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JetBlue Park

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMNU/BC Doubleheader
Friday, February 281:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 87:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Monday, March 101:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 157:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 171:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 197:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 207:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 231:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 277:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMinnesota Twins
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Charlotte Sports Park

2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 31:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 131:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 151:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 207:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 267:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 31:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 177:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMTampa bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 241:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 277:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Roger Dean Stadium

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458

Spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

Miami MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals

Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMUniversity of Miami
Thursday, February 271:05 PMFlorida International
Saturday, March 11:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 31:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 147:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 241:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
 Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 71:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 81:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 101:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Mets
Thursday, March 131:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 161:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 231:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 271:05 PMMiami Marlins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

Dates, times and teams subject to change. All times ET.

 

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Coming to Florida

A 520-foot-high roller coaster, the tallest in the world, is coming to Florida. The exact location however has not been disclosed.

An official announcement will come within the next few weeks, said Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides, the Florida-based company that designed the ride.

The “Polercoaster” is tall with a small footprint, Kitchen said. At the top of the attraction will be a double-decker restaurant and observation deck. Visitors can travel by elevator to the top without boarding the thrill ride.

Riders will board eight-passenger vehicles at ground level, then work their way to the top in a spiral pattern. The descent is more thrill-packed with sharp dives, rolls, loops and inversions, Kitchen said. The top speed will be more than 60 mph, he added. In addition to being the tallest in the world, the coaster’s track will be very long, Kitchen said. “We expect to break many, many multiple world records on this ride,” he added.

Currently there is no theme-park attraction in Central Florida taller than 200 feet. The “Orlando Eye”, centerpiece of a new entertainment complex currently under construction on International Drive is a 450-foot observation wheel. The new complex, called “I-Drive Live” is scheduled to open in late 2014.

Kitchen said he expects a groundbreaking in summer of 2014 and anticipates it opening in spring of 2016.

 

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Mango’s Tropical Cafe Coming to I-Drive in 2014

Construction is scheduled to begin in January on a $30 million, 55,000-square-foot Mango’s Tropical Café restaurant and nightclub at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road (I-4, exit 74) in Orlando. In addition to Mango’s an 8,300-square-foot gift shop will be a part of the project.

Mango’s will add it’s “grown-up” entertainment venue to a growing list of adult attractions on International Drive. “The Orlando market has already started another renaissance,” said David Wallack, Mango’s founder and president. “Between Disney, Universal, Sea World and International Drive, there are literally billions of dollars of new development and attractions going up everywhere. Mango’s is a natural fit for this market, and we have an incredible location. We look forward to serving millions of happy guests.”

Mango’s has been a popular attraction in South Florida since 1991. The entertainment venue showcases live bands and extravagantly produced shows every night.

Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack added “Mango’s Orlando will become the largest, must-see nightlife entertainment destination in Central Florida with amazing shows, atmosphere, and late night dining. An epic venue such as this will elevate Orlando’s rankings among popular convention destinations and influence major convention bookers to actually choose Orlando over other competing markets.”

Mango’s Tropical Cafe is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

Disney Releases Renderings of New Avatar Land at Animal Kingdom

Officials at Walt Disney World have finally released the first renderings of the Avatar themed Land at Animal Kingdom and what the new world will include.

The new theme park section will allow fans of the epic science fiction film to step into the world of Pandora. Disney renderings show scenes from the film coming to life, including bio-luminescent rainforests and floating mountains. Attractions will include a simulation ride that will give guests the feeling of soaring into the sky with a Banshee, one of the bird-like beasts featured in the movie.

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said “guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound.”

The Animal Kingdom’s expansion will also include evening entertainment, including a night version of the Kilimanjaro Safari and live performances at Discovery Island.

The new Avatar themed world is scheduled to open in 2017.

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Disney's Avatar Land
Disney's Avatar Land
Disney's Avatar Land
Disney's Avatar Land