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SeaWorld Orlando Is Ready To Unleash Your Summer

Just in time for summer vacation, one of the fiercest underwater legends has come to life in an entirely new way. SeaWorld Orlando’s original roller coaster offers an adventure for thrill-seeking guests unlike any other when Kraken Unleashed opens to the public June 16.

Kraken Unleashed is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality roller coaster in the United States, with fully integrated headsets. The completely immersive experience takes riders on an exploratory journey under the sea. As they sail along the powerful coaster track, complete with deep dives, steep turns and seven complete inversions, a fully integrated story unfolds. The result is a fantastical voyage past gigantic sea monsters, and an unexpected, unforgettable encounter with the legendary Kraken sea monster.


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“After providing thousands of imaginative and thrilling experiences on SeaWorld’s first roller coaster, Kraken, we wanted to give our guests something new,” shared Brian Morrow, Vice President of Theme Park Experience and Design, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. By creating a custom digital overlay and using technology to tell the story, we developed an entirely new virtual reality coaster. Our guests can now travel through the depths of the ocean with the mighty Kraken herself. The result is a seamless and completely unique expedition on a well-loved roller coaster.”

All three of Kraken’s 32 passenger trains have been equipped with the virtual reality experience. Guests choose their journey when they board the coaster; braving the virtual reality experience or riding the traditional way. The custom designed headsets are fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into each coaster seat. Each seat has also been individually programmed to provide an individual guest experience that cannot be matched.

The grand opening of Kraken Unleashed marks the beginning of an exciting summer at SeaWorld Orlando. Park guests will find something new around every corner, with the investment of new experiences to compliment the park’s extraordinary animal encounters.

“Summer at SeaWorld has never been better,” said Jim Dean, Park President, SeaWorld Orlando. “The debut of Kraken Unleashed means there is a new thrill leader in town. In addition to Orlando’s tallest and fastest coaster, Mako, and the destination’s only flying coaster, Manta, we now have this new technology for a virtual reality experience that takes SeaWorld to a whole new level of excitement.”

Kraken Unleashed is just the start, with more reasons than ever to visit SeaWorld. Electric Ocean, the park’s all-new evening extravaganza kicks off this Saturday, June 17. Guests are transported to an exotic world of light and sound complete with fantastical dancers, glowing sea creatures and high energy DJ entertainment. The entire event crescendos into a nightly display of fireworks and lasers that will leave everyone breathless. From the new bubble spectacular show, “Pop,” to the return of fan favorites “Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night” and “Sea Lions Tonite,” guests can play all day and plan to stay through the night.


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Lane Closures for I-4 Construction in Tampa

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following scheduled lane closures associated with I-4 construction and maintenance in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Tampa: The right lane will be closed on westbound I-4 between 50th Street (Exit 3) and 21st/22nd streets (Exit 1) between 9:00 p.m. Thursday, June 8 and 4:00 a.m. Friday, June 9.
  • Tampa: One lane may be closed and controlled by flagging operations on Sligh Avenue under the I-4/I-75 interchange area any time of the day or night through Saturday (June 5 – 10).
  • Tampa: Sligh Avenue will be closed under I-75 (west of Williams Road to west of I-75) from 5:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 5.
    • WESTBOUND Sligh Avenue DETOUR: Go south on Williams Road, turn right and go west on US 92 into the US 301/I-4 interchange. Go north on US 301 then turn right onto Sligh Avenue. Turn right onto Eureka Springs Road and go east to Sligh Avenue.
    • EASTBOUND Sligh Avenue DETOUR: Go west on Eureka Springs Road. Turn left onto Sligh Avenue and go west to US 301. Turn left and go south on US 301 to the “loop” ramp towards eastbound I-4. At the split onto I-4, stay right and go east on US 92. Turn left onto Williams Road and go north to Sligh Avenue.

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Major I-4 Detours and Closures in Orlando This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major I-4 detours and closures in the Orlando area this week.

  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; thru June 11 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; thru June 14 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Conroy Road; June 7–21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to John Young Parkway; thru June 16 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to South Street; thru June 11 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Northbound Orange Blossom Trail closed under SR-408; thru June 10 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp to Anderson Street; thru June 19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Church Street closed under I-4; thru June 9 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; thru June 13 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Fairbanks Avenue; thru June 6 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Fairbanks Avenue; thru June 9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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First Look: Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The much anticipated, and long awaited Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom finally opened to the public on Memorial Day Weekend, and we were there. To say it was busy would be the understatement of the year.

Crowds were incredibly large and the wait times were a testament to the patience of a die hard Disney fan. In fact, the crowds were so large that, at times there was a 2 hour wait just to get into that section of the park so you could then wait up to 4 more hours to get to experience one of two new attractions; Na’vi River Journey, a boat ride deep into a bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs, or Avatar Flight of Passage, an expedition that lets interstellar explorers like you climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s incredible landscape.

There were even waiting lines to get into the gift shops.

Needless to say, a six hour wait is a little extreme, but we did bring back a great collection of photos to give you an idea of the detail that went into creating this amazing world.

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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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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…

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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More Than 43 Million Americans Planning a Thanksgiving Road Trip

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.17, 12 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.05). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008, when the national average was $1.85.


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