(Family) Fun and Games in Florida

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A rendering of the new Rivers of Light waterside show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando. 
A rendering of the new Rivers of Light waterside show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando. (Photo credit: Walt Disney World Resort)

These Central Florida theme parks are attracting families with a plethora of new offerings that are fun for all ages.

It’s Showtime at Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is debuting a new lineup of attractions and shows at its Orlando theme parks beginning with the April 22 debut of the Rivers of Light show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park’s reimagined nighttime experience Rivers of Light blends live performances, floating lanterns, special effects and animal imagery projected on giant water screens for an immersive experience at the new Discovery River waterside theater.

Your clients’ kids will never let it go, if they miss out on seeing Anna, Elsa and their other beloved “Frozen” characters at Epcot’s new Frozen Ever After boat ride at the Norway pavilion. During the trip to Arendelle’s Winter in Summer Celebration for Queen Elsa, guests visit Elsa’s ice palace while listening to their favorite tunes from the film. While at Epcot, make sure your clients also check out the new additions to the Turtle Talk with Crush interactive attraction featuring characters from “Finding Nemo” and the upcoming “Finding Dory” movie when it launches this May. Before they go, suggest a trip to Future World, where guests can take flight above global landscapes and manmade wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World attraction makes its debut this summer. For more information, visit disneytravelagents.com.

Guests enjoying the TurtleTrek movie at SeaWorld Orlando.
Guests enjoying the TurtleTrek movie at SeaWorld Orlando.

Choose Your Adventure at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens’ Parks
Family vacations can get a bit pricey when you factor in food, park tickets and accommodations for the whole gang, so suggest your clients give their wallets a break and take advantage of the variety of new admission products at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens’ family of parks. The Choose Your Adventure ticket option gives guests who live outside of Florida the ability to customize their itinerary, save money on each additional park ticket purchased, and make multiple park visits to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. For example, when guests purchase tickets in advance, online, prices begin at $79 pp for one visit to any park; $99 pp for two visits to any of the parks; $109 pp for three visits to any of the parks; and $139 pp for a Length-of-Stay ticket, which provides 14 consecutive days of unlimited admission to all four parks, along with free parking at each. SeaWorld Orlando is offering a special Preschool Card through Dec. 31, 2016 for kiddies ages 5 and younger, allowing them unlimited admission if their cards are registered online and redeemed in the park by May 27, 2016. Florida residents are able to purchase an Annual Pass, starting at $14 pp per month for one park or $18 pp per month for both parks, which grants them yearlong unlimited admission with no blackout dates, free parking, and special benefits. For more information, visit seaworldorlando.com, buschgardenstampa.com or seaworldparks.com/travelagents.

A rendering of the The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal Orlando Resort's Universal CityWalk. (Photo credit: Universal Orlando)
A rendering of The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal CityWalk. (Photo credit: Universal Orlando)

Savor Universal CityWalk’s Newest Dining Concept
Kids (big and little) will be clamoring to get into The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium when it opens later this year at Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal CityWalk. The tasty addition to Universal’s dining, entertainment and shopping venue brings together a specially created menu and an array of gourmet chocolates and desserts in a full-service restaurant designed to embody a 19th century-inspired Steampunk-era chocolate factory complete with towering smokestacks, tanks and antique piping. The decadent menu will feature a variety of dishes from all-day-brunch crepes and quiches to unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches and salads. Artisan milkshakes with interesting ingredients—bacon, espresso, key lime—and even more interesting names—such as Chocolate x5, a mix of chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream—will be served alongside s’mores, salted caramel flan and chocolate brownie bark sundaes by staff decked out in Steampunk attire. Guests will also be able to watch chocolate creations being prepared, and purchase them from the restaurant’s retail shop to take home and enjoy. For more information, visit universalorlando.com or universaltravelagents.com.