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Orlando Discounts for Travelers Stranded by Volcanic Ash Cloud

April 19th, 2010

It sounds like flights to some parts of Europe have resumed today, but others continue to be delayed. If you’re stranded in Orlando, then you should know about some of the local attractions reaching out to provide you some hospitality.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free one-day admission to any United Kingdom, Irish or Continental European tourists stranded in Florida due to the interruption in international air travel caused by Icelandic volcanic ash.

The offer is valid starting Saturday, April 17, 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica in Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Stranded tourists must present to the parks’ front gate Guest Services window a valid return airline ticket from Wednesday, April 14, 2010 through Wednesday, April 21, 2010 or until normal flight schedules resume.

One ticket will be offered at each park for each return flight ticket presented. Children under age 3 are free. Further information is available by calling 1-888-800-5447.

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Visiting Orlando Florida This Summer? Read This

April 29th, 2008

Orlando Florida is home to some of the best attractions and theme parks in the world and the water parks are no exception! The following is a complete review with tips for the top water parks for Summer 2008.

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a truly unique water park! Here, you’ll enjoy an entire day up close and personal with aquatic wildlife and birds. Main attractions include:

  • Aviary
  • Ray Lagoon
  • Coral reef
  • Starfish Cabana
  • Sea Horse Cabana
  • Sand Dollar Cabana
  • Tropical River
  • Resort Pool
  • Dolphin Lagoon

Discovery Cove Packages

You can purchase an All-Inclusive pass during the day and enjoy every attraction Discovery Cove has to offer. New for 2008 is the Evening Experience which offers a more intimate experience with only 150 guests allowed into the park per session. You get the same access to the park as the all-inclusive package with less people plus a night full of dining and dancing. Perfect for animal lovers, check out the Become a Trainer for a Day package to get a close look at what it is like to be a trainer. Discovery Cove also does group and family events, even special occasions.

Here is a review from WatchMojo.com where you can see guests interacting with the animals:

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • There are only 1,000 guests allowed in the park at one time during the day hours (9:00am - 3:00pm) so a reservation is required. Plan to visit this park at least a few weeks in advance.
  • The all-inclusive ticket will run you about $259. There is a cheaper all-inclusive package that includes everything except for the dolphin encounter for $100 less.
  • If you are visiting the park as a group and want to be in the same group for the dolphin encounter keep in mind that the groups are 6 to 8 guests at a time so figure out your dolphin encounter groups ahead of time.
  • If you are planning on taking home a picture or a video of your dolphin swim experience be sure to bring some extra cash with you as these souvenirs tend to be a bit pricey.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are included in the admission price and are pretty tasty
  • For the Adventurous type: The dolphin encounter is a must. Explore shipwrecks and swim with thousands of tropical fish, stingrays, sharks and barracudas in the Coral Reef! There is a protective glass wall that separates you from the sharks and barracudas so no worries. Also make sure you get a chance to wade in the shallow waters of Ray Lagoon which is inhabited with tons of stingrays up to 4 feet in diameter.
  • For relaxation: Float along the Topical River, take a walk through the Aviary to see over 30 species of birds that you can feed and interact with, or take a dip in the Resort Pool which has a comfortable temperature of 80 degrees.

Blizzard Beach

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a one of a kind and the world’s only ski resort themed water park. The entire water park looks like a winter wonderland with exciting water slides and a relaxing creek. Main attractions are broken down into categories and include:

  • Summit Plummet
  • Toboggan Racers
  • Slush Gusher
  • Downhill Double Dipper
  • Runoff Rapids
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp - Leisure Pool, Fahrenheit Drops, Freezin’ Pipe Springs, Cool Runners
  • Snow Stormers
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Tike’s Peak
  • Chairlift
  • Cross Country Creek
  • Melt-Away Bay

Dining

  • Avalunch - light entrees, snacks and beverages
  • Lottawatta Lodge - complete entrees (pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches, desserts and beverages)
  • Warming Hut - lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts
  • Cooling Hut - snacks and beverages
  • Sled Dogger - deserts and beverages
  • Frostbite Freddie’s - bar
  • Polar Pub - bar

Shopping

  • North Pearl - Jewelry store specializing in pearls
  • Snowless Joe’s - locker and towel rentals; complimentary life jackets
  • The Beach Haus - souvenirs, swim wear, footwear and more

Blizzard Beach Packages

The price per day decreases the more days you purchase tickets for. There are three “Magic Your Way Tickets” options available the Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and the No Expiration. Here’s the break down:

  • Park Hopper - Visit multiple theme parks with one ticket. For an added bonus if you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel you can stay at the parks for an additional 4 hours to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours.
  • Water Park Fun & More - Choose from Typhon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
  • No Expiration - Pre-purchase 14 days of admissions which becomes active from their first time of use. The days do not expire so you can use the unused days another time.

Tips for getting the most out of your visit

  • Know which rides are for you. I have broken down the rides by Blizzard Beach’s categories to illustrate the intensity of each ride below.

Big Thrills: Summit Plummet, Toboggan Racers, Slush Gusher, Downhill Double Dipper.

Watch the video below for a virtual ride down the Summit Plummet

Mild But Wild Thrills: Runoff Rapids, Ski Patrol Training Camp, Snow Stormers, Teamboat Springs

Fun For Little Ones: Tike’s Peak

Other Attractions: Chairlift - Takes you up to Mount Gushmore (the fifth highest point in Florida according to Wikipedia) where you can navigate your way through the park. Cross Country Creek - lazy river that flows around the perimeter of the park. Melt-Away Bay - 1 acre wave pool.

  • During peak season Blizzard Beach can reach capacity quickly, to avoid getting turned away, try to get to the park early. In the summer the park tends to be less crowded in the late afternoons.
  • You can rent a locker for the day ($5 for a small locker and $7 for a large locker per day - there is an additional $2 key deposit required for both sized lockers).
  • Complimentary life jackets are available for free with a personal ID and a $25 refundable deposit.
  • If you forget your own towel you can rent one for $1 per day
  • 1 special guest can open the park but they have to be willing to go down Summit Plummet. This guest is usually chosen with a family and by providing the cast member with humorous banter.
  • For those of you who want to soak up some sun, try to get into the park early to get some lounge chairs. When setting up your lounge chairs note that shaded areas in the morning will be sunny in the afternoon. The sun goes from the front of Mount Gushmore in the morning to the back of Mount Gushmore in the afternoon.
  • To avoid long lines, do the big slides early.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica

Aquatica, the brand new water park by SeaWorld, is located right across the street from SeaWorld. This park combines an up close and personal encounters with marine life with extreme water rides. Main attractions include:

  • Big Surf Shores
  • Cutback Cove
  • Kata’s Kookaburra Cove
  • Roa’s Rapids
  • Taumata Racer
  • Walhalla Wave
  • Walkabout Waters
  • HooRoo Run
  • Whanau Way
  • Dolphin Plunge
  • Loggerhead Lane
  • Tassie’s Twisters
  • Commerson’s Dolphin Exhibit
  • Fish Grotto

The clip below was taken on the park’s opening day March 1st, 2008:

Aquatica Packages

There are 4 different packages you can purchase:

1 Park Package: Aquatica $38.95 (Adult) $32.95 (Child)

2 Park Package: Aquatica and Sea World $89.95 (Adult) $79.95 (Child)

3 Park Package: Aquatica, Sea World and Busch Gardens $134.95 (Adult) $124.95 (Child)

Discovery Cove Package: Aquatica and Discovery Cove plus Sea World or Busch Gardens (choose one) Prices Start at ($242.00)

Discovery Cove Ultimate Package: Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Sea World and Busch Gardens pirces start at $287.00

Orlando Flex Ticket Package: Aquatica, Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Wet N Wild $234.95 (Adult) $194.95 (Child)

Orlando Flex Ticket Plus: Aquatica, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Wet N Wild

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • We will follow up in a few months with some tips

Typhoon Lagoon

The Disney “legend” behind Typhoon Lagoon is a typhoon wreaked havoc on a pristine tropical paradise. This park features water slides, a shark reef and the world’s largest wave pool. Main attractions include:

  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Ketchakiddee Creek
  • Gank Plank Falls
  • Kellhaul Falls
  • Mayday Falls
  • Shark Reef
  • Storm Slides
  • Surf Lessons
  • Surf Pool

Typhoon Lagoon Dining

  • Leaning Palms - lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts
  • Typhoon Tilly’s - lunch and dinner
  • Happy Landings Ice Cream - desserts
  • Lowtide Lou’s - snacks and beverages
  • Let’s Go Slurpin’ - bar featuring frozen drink specials and spirits
  • Surf Doggies - hot dogs and turkey legs

Typhoon Lagoon Shopping

  • Singapore Sal’s - shop for swim wear, sunscreen, t-shirts, hats, beach chairs, sunglasses, sundries and photo pick-up.

Typhoon Lagoon Packages

Same as Blizzard Beach, the price per day decreases the more days you purchase tickets for. There are three “Magic Your Way Tickets” options available the Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and the No Expiration. Here’s the break down:

  • Park Hopper - Visit multiple theme parks with one ticket. For an added bonus if you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel you can stay at the parks for an additional 4 hours to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours.
  • Water Park Fun & More - Choose from Typhon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
  • No Expiration - Pre-purchase 14 days of admissions which becomes active from their first time of use. The days do not expire so you can use the unused days another time.

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • Lockers are available for rent $6 for a small and $8 for a large with a $2 refund or souvenir mug when you return the key to the locker
  • If you forget to bring a towel you can rent one for $2 per towel per day
  • If you want to surf in the Surf Pool group size is limited to 8 to 20 surfers per reservation and is done before and after general park hours. Below is a video of some guests surfing in the Surf Pool:

  • If you don’t know how to surf and want to take lessons, they are available at the Surfing School at Typhoon Lagoon and cost $125. 12 students per class so space is limited. Classes take place every Tuesday.
  • Some guests recommend that you wear water shoes in the wave pool to avoid scraping your feet on the no slip floor and avoid sitting on the floor of the pool, even in the shallow end to avoid scrapes and potential bruises. Waves in the wave pool can reach a height of 6 feet tall. This is not really an attraction for smaller children, Ketchakiddee Creek is a better choice for them.

Check out our Orlando Florida Package Deals and Orlando Florida destination page on LastMinuteTravel.com. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Orlando Theme Parks.

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