Christine’s Corner – Orlando Theme Parks Special

Being that THL Vacations is located in Orlando, FL the theme park capital of the world, it’s my pleasure to announce some of the newest and largest them park renovations. Right now several theme parks are making history with larger than life expansions and additions. Seaworld, Universal and Disney are all competing for your attention with these new one-of-a-kind experiences.


SeaWorld’s newest attraction Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will make its huge debut in just a couple of weeks on May 24th. The grand opening of Antarctica will takes guests on a journey to one of the iciest, driest and windiest places on the planet. The new attraction explores to the bottom of the world where guests will encounter a massive penguin colony with exhilarating family rides for a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family will enjoy. Prepare to be astonished! SeaWorld Orlando has also introduced an app promoting Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. The app is free and is available on iPhones, iPads and Android phones. It includes “create-and-share” videos and “making of” videos about the theme-park attraction recorded as the largest expansion in SeaWorld history. SeaWorld has also designed screensavers and wallpapers, plus a new ringtone that mimics the squawks and honks of a gentoo penguin.





Transformers is the newest attraction at Universal Orlando. The theme park generated a lot of buzz by using the side of a Fairwinds Credit Union Tower building in downtown Orlando, FL to announce the opening date for its newest attraction “Transformers: The Ride – 3D.” The message on the building reads, “Prepare for Battle: June 20,” and was clearly visible for drivers on the near by instate. The huge image of a transformer along with a few crashed cars placed next to the building are all apart of the awesome display. Transformers: The Ride will be a 3D, mind-blowing, action packed ride that pushes the limits of technology to places guests in the middle of thrill seeking battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons.


Universal recently announced that they are expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to include Diagon Alley, which will be the next major addition to Universal Orlando.  Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment teamed up for an expansion of historic proportion with a brand new themed environment. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is scheduled to open sometime in 2014 and will expand across both Universal theme parks. The new area will have a London like feel as it were in the Harry Potter books and films. Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park.


Disney World

Fantasyland is Disney World’s newest attraction stretched across 10 new acres of Disney property. The park brings Disney’s most memorable movies to life. The largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom includes themes from The Little Mermaid, Storybook Circus, Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo. Each of the new areas includes something magical for guests to experience. The park is extremely interactive and encourages participation in the different Disney stories. Guests truly have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the magic of Fantasyland. More additions to the fun will continue through 2014, upon completion Fantasyland will nearly double in size! Upcoming attractions will include Princess Fairytale Hall and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.



The newly revamped Test Track at Walt Disney World’s Epcot quenches the need for speed. Disney’s Imagineers teamed up with Chevrolet to introduce this one-of-a-kind experience. Guest are able to virtually design their own racecar by selecting everything from the engine size, to tailored wheels and front grills. Once the design is complete they get to race the car they created! The Test Track at Disney offers a trill of a lifetime. The technology behind this concept is astonishing and makes designing your own racecar very simple.

testrack epcot disney world

More information on these new expansions as well as ticket prices and special deals can be acquired by calling a travel agent at 866-418-0607.

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