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New and NotableFall/Winter 12-13
No matter what time of year you visit Orlando we promise that there will always be something new to discover. From the theme parks to museums to brand new concepts, Orlando really has outdone itself with the new and notable this past year!
The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom® Park history opens in December 2012, nearly doubling the size of Fantasyland. Journey to the Enchanted Forest, where you can become part of Ariel’s world, dine in Beast’s Castle, join Belle for an interactive storytelling experience, soar with Dumbo and explore two new royal castles. In New Fantasyland, you’ll become part of a story that will stay with you for happily ever after.
The age-old image of bowling is about to change with the new opening of Splitsville Luxury Lanes™. If you think that this is your father’s bowling alley, think again. Splitsville’s 50,000-square foot, two-story Downtown Disney® location will have 30 lanes, two kitchens, a dramatic balcony, ample outdoor seating, billiard tables and live entertainment.
Located in the heart of Downtown Disney® West Side, Splitsville puts a whole new spin on bowling with its emphasis on unique design. Guests will be greeted with upscale sushi bars, plush booths and dynamic decor overlooking the bowling lanes. The design blends both hip and retro elements, resulting in an energetic yet comfortable atmosphere.
Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena of Orlando is now open on Kirkman Rd. and International Dr. The new facility is a 24,000 square foot state of the art family entertainment center, featuring arena-style trampolines with rebounding floors and angled rebounding side walls. Trampolines are over 15,000 square feet of rebounding surface with a state of the art Foam Pit and Basketball Slam trampolines. Rebounderz Orlando provides a safe family environment with a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a dodge ball arena, arcade, fitness classes and birthday parties. All ages welcome and everyone will have a blast!
Titanic The Experience, an interactive Exhibition which reopened in January 2012, is now offering unique ghost tours based on personal anecdotes of staff and the recent ghost investigation hosted by the venue.
For the past five years, staff members have encountered some strange and unanswerable events within the Exhibition. To put the debate to rest and finally find answers to these unusual events, a paranormal investigation organization was hosted and claimed to have found conclusive evidence of paranormal activity generated by those passengers and crew who sailed on the legendary Ship the evening she met her fate. Tours take place every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Dinosaur World's new gift shop has over 5,000 square feet of everything dinosaur! The retail shop was part of a 12 acre expansion project which opened in spring of 2012. Browse through educational items including the large book area, have fun with everything from stuffed dinos to dinosaur play sets and take home a part of prehistoric history with an actual dinosaur fossil including dinosaur teeth and other authentic items. You are guaranteed to find something for the dinosaur lover in your family.
Wild Florida Airboats celebrated the grand opening of the Wild Florida's Wildlife Park, which includes exhibits for deer, watusi, water buffalo, emu, zebra, boar, a tropical bird aviary, zebu, gator feeding platform, a beautiful swamp boardwalk, nature trails and live alligator demonstrations.
The park gives visitors the opportunity to watch, touch and even feed some of Florida’s native land-dwelling animals, as well as various species of tropical birds. It is also home to several beautiful exotic species.
Whether this is your first visit to Orlando, or your tenth, each time you’re here you will discover something new.