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SeaWorld Announces Mako Hypercoaster Coming in 2016

SeaWorld Entertainment, a leading theme park and entertainment company, has announced big thrills for vacationers in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando.

Surfacing at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track – nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.

“On Mako, guests will experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, Senior Director of Development and Design for SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”

The new coaster also will become one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.”

SeaWorld’s new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed surrounding realm focused on sharks. The 2-acre plaza will be redesigned with new pathway theming and educational experiences, and feature Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, and themed shops.


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Summer 2015 Brings New Family Fun to I-4 Amusement Parks and Attractions

Amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, and other attractions across the United States and Canada are rolling out an exciting new lineup of fun in 2015. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) releases its annual compilation of new attractions opening this year and highlights 2015 trends, including innovative roller coasters, guest-immersive dark rides, and experiences based on classic brands.

Roller coasters opening at theme parks from coast to coast feature the latest incarnations of the guest-favorite thrill ride. Coaster designers have once again pushed innovation to new levels as never-before-seen ways to spin, flip, and speed along the track are unveiled. This year coasters employ new track and launch technology to provide a variety of options for theme park guests.

Dark rides set to immerse guests in the realm of fiction and take them on unforgettable journeys are also opening at several parks. Dark rides typically combine graphics, animatronics, and a conveyance device (car, train, or boat) in an intricately themed indoor environment to transport guests to a different world. Some rides make the guest a part of an incredible story, as they are asked to aid their favorite superheroes, fend off undersea monsters, and more.

New attractions featuring classic brands enable guests to take their fandom to the next level. Pop culture brands including Lego, Crayola, The Harlem Globetrotters, DC Comics, Star Wars, and more appear as familiar pieces of new experiences.

According to the IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook 2014-2018 report, more than 375 million people visit theme parks in the United States and Canada on an annual basis, contributing US$18.8 billion to park revenue.

Below are some of the exciting thrills I-4 travelers will enjoy this season:

The Crayola Experience opens in Orlando, Florida, featuring 25 kid-friendly, hands-on experiences based on the popular crayons in a 70,000-square-foot facility. crayolaexperience.com/orlando

Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, transforms Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, doubling the number of shops, restaurants, and other venues at the complex. The new area will open in phases starting in 2015 and include Morimoto Asia, a one-of-a-kind dining experience created by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef America” fame. The two-story pan-Asian restaurant includes  open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating, and more. Disney Springs also features The Boathouse, an upscale waterfront dining experience with live music, available water taxi tours, and a gourmet menu. disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney

Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, debuts a reimagined “The Great Movie Ride” in partnership with Turner Classic Movies. Guests journey through eras of film and see clips, hear audio, and explore the history of movie classics. disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/hollywood-studios

Disney’s Polynesian Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, reopens with refurbished guestrooms, an all-new childcare area called Lilo’s Playhouse, a completely renovated Nanea Volcano pool area, a new children’s water play area, and an enlarged deck to accommodate poolside seating. The renovated Great Ceremonial House lobby features open areas, plus the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a highly themed lounge area, an enhanced Captain Cooke’s quick service restaurant, the all-new Polynesian Pool Bar & Grill, and the Pineapple Lanai kiosk. disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/polynesian-resort

Fun Spot America in Orlando, Florida, adds “Space Invader” and a permanent version of “Air Race.” “Space Invader” swings guests back and forth while they are riding on seats attached to long metal poles. The “Air Race” flips riders in barrel rolls as they rotate around a central point on this carousel-style ride for thrillseekers. fun-spot.com/O_Orlando.aspx

I-Drive 360 in Orlando, Florida, brings together Merlin Entertainments’ attractions Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium, and the Orlando Eye. Madame Tussauds features wax figures of worldwide celebrities in music, sports, politics, science, and more. Sea Life Aquarium contains more than 5,000 creatures and learning experiences. The Orlando Eye Ferris wheel is 400-feet tall and offers scenic views of the surrounding area. The complex also includes Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology, which showcases 300 animal and human skeletons in a 7,500-square-foot exhibit space. i-drive360.com

Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Florida, unveils its themed hotel and Heartlake City area. The 152-room hotel includes Lego-themed accommodations, a Master Model Builder Workshop exclusively for hotel guests and Legoland’s Model Shop. Heartlake City, an attraction geared for girls, features the “Friends to the Rescue” show and “Mia’s Riding Adventure” horse-themed spinning roller coaster. florida.legoland.com

The Orlando Science Center expands its KidsTown area. The 11,000-square-foot exhibit features hands-on activities that replicate real-world jobs for children under the age of 7. osc.org

SeaWorld Orlando debuts the all-new show, “Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High,” a hilarious tale filled with amazing animals and splashy audience fun. The comedic sea lion duo is joined by mischievous otters, a 2,300-pound walrus, and a cast of goofy human characters.
seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando

About IAAPA The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,800 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando.


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Nik Wallenda Set To Tackle Orlando Eye For Next Incredible Attempt

With each walk, Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” has always managed to push the envelope and this time, he just may have agreed to what could be his most dangerous and unique walk yet. Today, during a New York City press conference, the famed daredevil revealed that his next feat will take place at the soon-to-be-unveiled Orlando Eye, located in the most-visited tourism destination in the US–Orlando, Florida.

On April 29, 2015, Wallenda will attempt to walk on top of the giant observation wheel without a tether and without a wire while it is moving. Standing 400-feet tall, the Orlando Eye forms part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, which celebrates its grand opening this month and is located in the heart of Orlando’s newly revitalized International “I-Drive” District.

From the top, the Eye provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes, and lush landscapes. On a clear day, one can even see Cape Canaveral at a distance.

During the press conference, Wallenda explained why he chose the Orlando Eye as his next challenge.

“When I heard about the Eye, I just had this vision of how cool it could be to tackle it and on top of that it’s just really an amazing structure to behold. There are so many (actual) moving parts to this walk that I think people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I’m going to enjoy taking part in it.”

Follow Nik on social media as we get closer to the walk for more late breaking news and updates.

To download video of “The Orlando Eye” click here.

Orlando Eye
The new iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtownOrlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast. See more at: https://www.officialorlandoeye.com/

Orlando’s Holy Land Experience Gaining Reputation as More Than a “Theme Park”

It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for fun, relaxation, and inspiration in the heart of America’s vacation paradise. It’s also a place where individuals and families are coming to receive a life-changing touch from God.

As tens of thousands of vacationers travel to Orlando, Florida over spring break to enjoy the area’s world-class attractions, many are making a point to spend a day or more at Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Holy Land Experience, the unique vacation and worship destination in the heart of Central Florida where the land of the Bible comes alive, and where people are experiencing God’s presence in a powerful way.

“This is more than a theme park,” explained Holy Land Experience manager Mike Everett. “From the quiet and peaceful garden spots throughout the park, to the dynamic and award-winning dramatic productions, interactive exhibits, and even the great play area just for kids — every facet of Holy Land Experience is designed to give individuals and families an unforgettable vacation experience while bringing them closer to the love and life-changing power of Jesus.”

Among the most popular venues in the park is the 2,000-seat Church of All Nations, a state-of-the-art auditorium and worship center that is packed throughout the day with guests who come to experience such acclaimed theatrical productions as Forgiven, The Four Women Who Loved Jesus, The Fullness of Time Has Come, Legna — and The Passion, an unforgettable reenactment of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, during which many Holy Land Experience guests receive a powerful touch from God.

Whitney Lynn Rivera, an award-winning actress at Holy Land Experience, said that she and other actors have the opportunity to pray with guests during and after the productions, and individuals and families are powerfully impacted everyday. “People actually come to Holy Land Experience expecting to receive miracles,” she said. “People come here expecting to be healed. People come here wanting an encounter with God, and they get it!”

Les Cheveldayoff, who has portrayed Jesus at Holy Land Experience for several years, added that the presence of God guests experience during the dramas at the Church of All Nations permeates every inch of the park. “Throughout the day at Holy Land Experience,” he said, “wherever our guests find themselves, God is there to touch them in a life-changing way.”

Among the many unique and memorable interactive exhibits that bring the Bible to life and impact guests at the Holy Land Experience are:

– The Dead Sea Qumran Caves, a re-creation of the mysterious place where many ancient Bible manuscripts were discovered. The exhibit includes a replica of the Upper Room in Jerusalem, where guests can participate in a Last Supper Communion with Jesus and His disciples — and where many have found healing and wholeness.

– The Wilderness Tabernacle, the heart of worship for the children of Israel after their exodus from Egypt. In this awe-inspiring exhibit the High Priest takes guests on a journey through Israel’s ancient priesthood, culminating with a breathtaking depiction of God’s glory revealed above the Ark of the Covenant.

– The Great Temple, the holy place held in highest reverence among the Jewish people. This is a truly breathtaking representation of the temple that once stood on hallowed Mount Moriah in First Century Jerusalem.

– Calvary’s Garden Tomb, a convincing representation of the sacred place where Jesus was laid after His crucifixion — and from which He was gloriously resurrected!

– The world-renowned Scriptorium, a combination museum, library, and research center that holds a collection of priceless manuscripts, scrolls, biblical antiquities, and artifacts. The enlightening presentations that accompany the exhibits offer visitors a close-up view of Bible and church history.

There is also the exquisite Christus Gardens, that features a rare and beautiful art collection of antique figures depicting the life of Christ.

And younger Holy Land Experience guests will enjoy the Smile of a Child Adventure Land, where they can burn up plenty of energy on the totally safe rock-climbing walls and bouncy houses, have their faces painted, and join in kid-style worship and fun!

Guests emphasize that a day at the park is a deeply moving experience that brings tears of joy and worship, along with plenty of laughter and good old-fashioned fun:

– Betty from Colorado said that her day at the park “was one of the most spiritual and moving experiences ever…. I left filled with the Holy Spirit.”

– Linda from Georgia said that “I was touched with compassion by all of the live re-enactments. It really made the Bible come to life.”

– Victor from Florida said that his day at Holy Land Experience “made me laugh, cry, and feel the Lord’s presence.”

– Robert from Illinois said that “the anointing of the Holy Spirit touched my heart and moved me to tears.”

– Faye from Colorado, who came with her husband, said that “I felt like I was walking on holy ground everywhere we went…. Thanks, TBN, for giving us the Holy Land Experience.”

– And a group all the way from Malaysia commented that “we feel like we had a glimpse of heaven, and it made us feel closer to Him.”

Mr. Everett said that changed lives and renewed hearts “are the foundation of everything that goes on at Holy Land Experience, and we are privileged every day to see our friends and guests deeply blessed through their time spent with us.” He added that the traditional spring break and Easter season is a particularly popular time for individuals and families to visit the park. “We look forward to this time every year as so many people come to Central Florida for vacation, and thousands find rest, relaxation, and a lasting touch from God at Holy Land Experience.”

Skyplex Expand Vision Adding Pedestrian Plaza and 450-Foot Drop Ride

Developers of The Skyscraper™ – the world’s tallest roller coaster and the anchor attraction for the $300 million SKYPLEX™ indoor entertainment complex – revealed a dramatic expansion of the project, including the addition of a 450-foot drop ride called SkyFall™ as well as a landmark deal with Perkins® Restaurant & Bakery. David and Joshua Wallack, father/son owners of Mango’s Tropical Café South Beach, Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando and SKYPLEX, will incorporate the world’s largest Perkins Restaurant into SkyPlaza™, an open-air promenade to be located on the northeast corner of International Drive and Sand Lake Road and connected to Skyplex via pedestrian bridge.

The SkyFall drop ride, developed by Intamin Worldwide, will lie flush against the tower of The Skyscraper, the world’s first Polercoaster vertical roller coaster and destined to be the tallest structure in Central Florida at 570 feet. Upon opening in 2017, The Skyscraper and SkyFall will join the soon to open Orlando Eye observation wheel as focal points of the skyline, helping I-Drive cement its own brand as an entertainment destination apart from the major theme parks.

The newly constructed 10,000-square-foot Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will anchor the new SkyPlaza portion of SKYPLEX and will be joined by numerous other attractions and retailers. SkyPlaza was unveiled in an updated ride simulation video released by the Wallack Holdings, showing Skyscraper’s new track design throughout the complex. The original animation of The Skyscraper,which was released at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAPPA) conference in November 2014, has since had more than 300 million views and shares on social media. Animation of the SkyFall ride is currently in development.

“We are extremely pleased to announce further expansion to the incredible SKYPLEX, including our partnership with Perkins as well as yet another thrill to our guests’ experience, the 450-foot drop ride, SkyFall,” said Joshua Wallack, managing principal of SKYPLEX and COO of Mango’s Tropical Café. “Now more than ever, SKYPLEX will offer an immersive, thrilling entertainment experience for Orlando visitors, and we have so much more in the pipeline. I-Drive has a brilliant future.”

Jeff Warne, Chief Executive Officer, Perkins & Marie Callenders, LLC adds, “We are delighted to be part of this exhilarating and premier development project. As a mainstay in the market for more than 40 years, it is both fitting and exciting that this site will serve as the future home of the world’s largest Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. We look forward to sharing details with the community and our guests as plans unfold.”

“From day one, we have been committed to creating a roller coaster experience for Orlando unlike any in the world,” said Bill Kitchen, Founder of Orlando-based US Thrill Rides and creator of the Polercoaster. “What you see today (with this animation release) is not only the world’s tallest roller coaster, but the world’s most exciting roller coaster experience ever conceived!”

“After many months of land acquisitions, scope increases and coaster design review meetings, we are once again very excited to announce the second iteration – of the even more exciting – Skyscraper at Skyplex,” said Michael Kitchen, President of US Thrill Rides. “The ownership group and design team have spent months extracting every inch of excitement we can out of the Skyscraper roller coaster layout. Because of the sheer number of Guinness Book of World Records we intend to break on a single roller coaster ride, we expect coaster enthusiasts from around the world to travel to Orlando and experience the newly redesigned Skyscraper polercoaster!”

The $300 million SKYPLEX comprises approximately 1,500,000 square feet located on 14 prime acres in the Orlando attraction’s corridor. SKYPLEX will feature the area’s largest indoor theme park complete with upscale arcading, simulators, bars, and a host of rides and games, as well as additional opportunities for attractions, interactive venues, restaurants and retail. SKYPLEX also will include a 2400-car parking garage with a valet parking option. The Skyscraper observation deck will offer views 535 feet from the ground and will be accessible by the region’s tallest glass elevators.

‘The Skyscraper, SkyFall, and the new SkyPlaza are just part of the excitement that guests will be able to experience at Skyplex,” said David Wallack, Founder of Mango’s Tropical Café, “the thrills abound and the ‘art of it all’ is really what is so special.”

Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando and its adjacent parking garage will open in summer 2015 across from SKYPLEX on International Drive. With nightly family-friendly Dinner & Show including the Michael Jackson tribute as well as Mango’s dancers performing Brazilian Samba and Cuban Conga to the music of a live Latin band, an evening at Mango’s becomes an event to remember for guests of all ages. Mango’s nightlife heats up after 10 p.m. with live DJs, dancing and some of Florida’s largest dance floors. Private event space is available for groups of all sizes.


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Disney Reveals Look at Avatar Land Glowing Forest

Disney Imagineers have recently revealed a behind-the-scenes look of their upcoming Animal Kingdom attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.”

The new “land” coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora. Disney has yet to release specifics on Avatar Land’s rides or shows, but the theme of the new attraction will no doubt attempt to recreate iconic scenes from the film including the world’s floating mountains, flying banshees and interactive bioluminescent forest.

Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and the new expansion is projected to open in 2017.


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2015 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 2015.

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 2015 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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, March 41:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 67:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 81:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 91:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 127:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 141:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 151:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 177:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 197:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 211:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 247:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, April 21:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, April 31:05 PMWashington Nationals
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, March 31:07 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 61:07 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 81:07 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 91:07 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 101:07 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 131:07 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 141:07 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 151:07 PMCanada Junior Team
Wednesday, March 181:07 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 191:07 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 2212:37 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 261:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 271:07 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 281:07 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 291:07 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 311:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Monday, March 21:05 PMFlorida Southern College
Tuesday, March 31:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 51:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 81:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 91:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 121:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 141:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 201:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 211:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 221:05 PMWashington Nationals
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 261:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 281:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 301:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, April 21:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, April 31:05 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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, March 55:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 71:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 91:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, March 131:05 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 141:05 PMMiami Marlins
Monday, March 166:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 191:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 211:05 PMMiami Marlins
Monday, March 231:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 265:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 271:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 291:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMNew York Mets
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Champion Stadium

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

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, March 41:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 61:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 71:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Friday, March 131:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 146:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 151:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 186:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 191:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 211:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 221:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 271:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 291:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 316:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, April 26:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, April 43:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, March 51:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 71:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 81:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, March 121:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 161:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 201:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 221:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 231:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 276:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 291:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 306:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMDetroit Tigers
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, March 11:05 PMUniversity of Tampa
Tuesday, March 31:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 61:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 71:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 131:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Sunday, March 151:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 161:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 211:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 231:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 271:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 291:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, April 21:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
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McKechnie Field

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponents
Monday, March 212:00 PMBlack and Gold Exhibition Game
Wednesday, March 41:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 51:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 71:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 91:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 121:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 131:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 151:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 186:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, March 201:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 211:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Tuesday, March 241:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 261:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 281:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 301:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, March 47:05 PMUniversity of Minnesota
Thursday, March 57:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 81:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 121:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 151:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 181:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 201:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 211:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 241:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 271:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 281:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, April 27:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Saturday, April 41:05 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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, March 61:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 71:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 81:10 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 91:10 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 121:10 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 131:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 141:10 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 171:10 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 191:10 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 201:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 221:10 PMNew York Yankees
Tuesday, March 241:10 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 281:10 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 301:10 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, April 11:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, March 31:05 PMNU/BC Doubleheader
Friday, March 61:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 71:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 137:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 141:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 161:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 181:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 201:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 221:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 231:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, March 261:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 291:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 307:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, April 37:05 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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, March 61:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 81:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 121:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 151:05 PMNew York Mets
Thursday, March 191:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 201:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 211:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 231:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 281:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 301:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMBoston Red Sox
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Ed Smith Stadium

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

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, March 41:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 57:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 71:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 91:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 141:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 191:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 221:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 271:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Sunday, March 291:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, April 17:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, April 36:05 PMAtlanta Braves
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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 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Monday, March 21:05 PMFlorida International
Tuesday, March 31:05 PMMiami Hurricanes
Thursday, March 51:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 71:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 81:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, March 101:05 PMWashington Nationals
Wednesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 131:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 151:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 181:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 207:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 221:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 231:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 241:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 261:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 281:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, April 11:05 PMWashington Nationals
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St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, March 51:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 61:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 81:05 PMMiami Marlins
Monday, March 91:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 121:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 131:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 141:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 161:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 171:05 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 191:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 211:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 251:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 271:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 291:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 301:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 311:05 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, April 212:05 PMNew York Mets
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Dates, times and teams subject to change. All times ET.

 

$309 Million Extreme Sports Resort Planned for Central Florida

Developers announced plans for a $309 million Extreme Sports resort near Kissimmee, Florida that would include 14-story ski and snowboard mountain, an indoor/outdoor skateboard park and a snowball fight arena.

Xero Gravity Action Sports said it plans to build the Action Sports & Entertainment Resort near the intersection of U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 535 in Osceola County, about 4 miles east of Interstate 4, exit 65.

According to the company website, Xero Gravity Action Sports & Entertainment Complex is an action sports and entertainment complex giving individuals hands-on experiences while hosting year round pro and amateur competitions housed in a theme park setting.

Xero Gravity will assimilate four of the fastest growing and most popular action sports venues in the world: Surfing, Skateboarding, Snowboarding/Skiing, and BMX, along with other sports action venues such as; indoor sky diving, rock climbing, zip lines, a 4 story climbing/zipline/ropes challenge complex, interactive/competitive waterslides, jump zone free falling, snow tubing, trampoline/dodge ball/basketball, human pendulum flying, and much more.

In addition to the many action sports venues, Xero Gravity will have entertainment and hospitality components including, but not limited to, a 250-room Hyatt branded hotel with a rooftop pool and bar, a 2,000 seat amphitheater, swimming pools, a world class spa, hands on sports training facility, retail shops, restaurants and sports bars, sports theater, and the International Action Sports Hall of Fame.

Other activities include a lazy river, best–in-class gym, cabanas, music/concert activities, competitions, sports training services, child-care with unique snow play area, special T. V. events by Red Bull, Monster, and Dew Tour, and much, much more.

The Xero Gravity Action Sports & Entertainment Complex will be an “Event Driven” complex showcasing amateur and pro competitions in snowboarding, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, BMX, and our other popular action sports activities.

The Xero Gravity Actions Sports & Entertainment Resort is expected to open in early 2018.

Photo Update: I-Drive 360 Construction Continues, Spring Grand Opening Anticipated

Construction of “I-Drive 360”, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex continues. The Orlando Eye’s outer wheel is now complete and the 30 passenger capsules remain to be installed. Each cabin can hold 15 passengers. Once completed, guests will enjoy the 360-degree views above the hustle and bustle of the Central Florida below. Every cabin will offer guests the comfort of air-conditioning, bench seating, lighting and audio effects for the 20-minute flight experience.

The complex will include attractions, restaurants and retail stores. In addition to “The Orlando Eye” other major attractions will include a 25,000 sq. ft. Sea Life Aquarium, an equally sized Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology.

Some features of the project are already completed, and others a well underway.

The highly anticipated entertainment destination, located on 20 acres of property between International Drive and Universal Boulevard is scheduled for a Spring 2015 grand opening.

Here’s our photo update of the construction, taken 12/18/14…

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The outer wheel of the Orlando Eye is now complete… the passenger cabins remain to be installed. Several restaurants are now open for business!

 

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Workers install the signing for the seven-story parking garage… and parking is FREE!

 

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Yard House – Great Food, Classic Rock and 130 to 250 Taps of Imported, Craft and Specialty Ales and Lagers… one of several new restaurants now open at I-Drive 360.

 

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Outback Steakhouse – Australian themed steakhouse restaurant… one of several new restaurants now open at I-Drive 360.

 

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Workers put the finishing touches on Tin Roof Orlando… Live Music, Great Food and Good Times. Opening very soon!

 

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Another look at workers preparing the exterior of Tin Roof Orlando… Opening very soon!

 

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Opening Early 2015… The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction and Orlando SeaLife Aquarium.

 

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There’s beautiful landscaping, fountains and water features everywhere you look… the amenities really set I-Drive 360 apart from other attractions in the area.

 

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Workers finish up on the exterior of the main building housing The Orlando Eye terminal, Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction and SeaLife Aquarium.

 

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Now that the Orlando Eye is almost at it’s maximum height, you can see it from points all around the Orlando area… including I-4… a very impressive sight!

 

 

For I-4 traveler information, including exit listing, real-time traffic reports, gas prices and more, visit www.i4exitguide.com

More Concept Renderings of the New Orlando Sea Life Aquarium

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium will offer a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more, that turn the traditional aquarium observation
on its head.

Winding tunnels, floor-to-ceiling tanks and bubble aquariums provide an immersive experience for children and adults alike. Additionally, the aquarium, known for its strong conservation efforts, will have unique educational components for young marine life enthusiasts.

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium will include a 360 degree Ocean Tunnel, More than 5,000 creatures, a Touchpool experience, Interactive “Talking Aquarium” Educational Talks and Feeds, you can even see how they breed, rescue and protect creatures and how the Sea Life Trust is working to preserve our oceans for generations to come.

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium is located in the heart of Orlando at I-Drive 360 next to Madame Tussauds Orlando and The Orlando Eye. All three attractions will open Spring 2015! Explore the amazing creatures of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Sea Life Orlando will have a 360 degree underwater ocean tunnel, a new, immersive way for guests to view marine life in their own habitats.

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will have an interactive touch pool allowing visitors to have an immersive and educational experience with starfish, hermit crabs, and more!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Sea Life Orlando will have over 5,000 creatures and over 30 fascinating displays when they open in spring of 2015!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will have over 5,000 creatures and over 30 fascinating displays when we they in spring of 2015!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
At SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, you’ll be able to explore the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans and their amazing creatures!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Sea Life Orlando will have a variety of different species of jellyfish. They’ll be housed in cylindrical tanks with moving water that mimics the ocean’s tides and currents!

 

Sea Life Orlando | I-4 Exit Guide
Another concept rendering that will give you a good idea of what will be in store for you when you visit Sea Life Orlando Aquarium!

 

Visit Sea Life Orlando Aquarium’s Official website: http://www.visitsealife.com/orlando/