Pre-Summer Orlando Getaway Saves Visitors Time and Money

           Pre-Summer Orlando Getaway Saves Visitors Time and Money

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., April 4, 2013

New Attractions, Deals and Special Events Give Visitors More Reasons to Visit
Orlando This May and June

ORLANDO, Fla., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shorter wait times at
area attractions isn't the only reason to visit Orlando this May and June.
From new additions to Orlando's topnotch theme parks to special events the
whole family can enjoy, an Orlando getaway prior to peak summer travel offers
visitors more of what they love about the most visited destination in the U.S.

Theme Park Deals – Recently named the top value destination for 2013 by
Hotwire.com, savings abound for travelers to Orlando in May and June:

  oLEGOLAND® Florida – Save $15 on all tickets purchased online at least
    seven days from date of visit.
  oLoews Hotels at Universal Orlando® Resort – Up to 30% off and up to $150
    in hotel savings, April 21 – June 16.
  oSeaWorld Orlando® – Book a SeaWorld Vacation Package and receive an All
    Day Dining Deal.
  oWalt Disney World® Resort- Save up to 30% on select Disney Resort Hotels,
    June 13 - August 14.

Find additional details and offers at VisitOrlando.com/more.

New Orlando Attractions – The capital of fun and sun continues to innovate
with new attractions and activities at some of the world's most popular theme
parks and beyond:

  oSeaWorld Orlando welcomes its biggest expansion to date across all parks
    with the opening of Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin on May 24.  A
    state-of-the-art, interactive ride will take guests on an exciting journey
    through the dangers and wondrous beauty of the Antarctic as they follow
    and mimic a young penguin's adventures. More than just a new ride, the new
    "realm" will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world and will
    include a variety of new experiences for guests.
  oUniversal Orlando Resort  is gearing up for the summer opening of
    TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D with in-park appearances by Optimus Prime,
    leader of the Autobots, and Bumblebee. Towering at more than nine feet
    tall, the characters will appear daily at Universal Studios to meet,
    interact and photos with guests. Guests can also stock up on battle gear
    at the Supply Vault, the official merchandise store for TRANSFORMERS: The
    Ride – 3D.
  oWalt Disney World Resort unveiled New Fantasyland, the largest expansion
    in Magic Kingdom history, at the end of 2012. The new area features Under
    the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a musical showcase featuring
    Ariel and friends, as well as Enchanted Tales with Belle, where guests of
    all ages reenact "the tale as old as time" alongside Belle. Other new
    areas include Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston's Tavern, both inspired
    by Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" story.
  oKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will unveil the 90,000-square-foot
    home for the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which retired in 2011. Opening June
    29, the $100 million exhibit will provide views of the vehicle up close.
    Interactive features reflect major accomplishments of the Space Shuttle
    program, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space
    Station. In addition, Angry Birds Space Encounter recently opened to
    guests offering seven interactive exhibits featuring the characters of the
    wildly popular game.
  oFun Spot Action Park will open its 10-acre expansion on June 8, with a
    wide range of family-friendly go-kart tracks, rides and food options. The
    expansion includes White Lightning, a wooden roller coaster, and Vekoma, a
    suspended family coaster, as well as the world's biggest SkyCoaster.
  oKINGS Bowl Orlando is scheduled to open April 15 as part of the "I-Drive
    Live" project on Orlando's world-famous corridor, International Drive.
    This boutique bowling venue featuring 22 lanes and a full-service
    restaurant will also offer full-sized billiard tables, a regulation-sized
    shuffleboard table, a full outdoor bocce ball court, weekend DJs and
    dancing.

May/June Special Events – From Star Wars-themed parades and LEGO creations to
the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States, Orlando's special
events pack even more fun into a pre-summer getaway:

  oLEGOLAND Florida's Junior Master Model Builder Competition,  May 4 and 5,
    is a fun and interactive LEGO® building competition that challenges
    participants to build models that follow a designated LEGO® theme. The
    theme for this event is the Yoda Chronicles.
  oWalt Disney World Resort  presents Star Wars Weekends  May 17 – June 9 at
    Disney's Hollywood Studios. Over the course of four weekends, guests of
    all ages come face-to-face with Chewbacca, Darth Vader and other
    characters from the famous film series.
  oOrlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, now in its 22nd year, is
    held in downtown Orlando May 15 - 28. The annual festival celebrates
    theater, art and music, encompassing hundreds of shows, the Visual Fringe,
    outdoor concerts and "The Kids Fringe Tour."

Special rates noted may be subject to availability and blackout dates may
apply.

For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a
complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official
Visitors Guide and Orlando Magicard® or to purchase discount attraction
tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando's official website at
VisitOrlando.com/more or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181
(United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872.For real time updates, follow us
on Twitter at Twitter.com/VisitOrlando or Facebook at
Facebook.com/VisitOrlando.

SOURCE Visit Orlando