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Silver Springs Nature Theme Park is a nature and zoological park with marvelous diversity of animals and nature in Silver Springs, Florida, east of Ocala. At the headwaters the guests will explore the seven large spring structures tour on glass bed vessels to observe the underwater life of many rivers springs and wildlife.
One spring the Reception Hall of Fish displays fish species and six kinds of turtles, clams, alligators, shrimp, crawfish, and snails.
While for the trip up the Fort King Waterway, the guests will be transported on River Cruise of Fort King where they can enjoy many historical scenes and exhibits from centuries legend of Silver Spring. Here guests are shown the dig site of archaeological working, village of Seminole Indian, 1830s Army ramparts of Fort King, riverboat dock and train depot late of 1880s, and “Cracker” an authentic homestead of Florida.
Voyage of Lost River will take the guests further down the gigantic trees of bald cypress lined riverbanks to observe the osprey, alligators, heron, turtles, and other wildlife lazing around and nourishing in their original territory.
On the Wilderness Trail Ride, the JEEP is provided for the guests to discover a section of forest surrounding the park to observe native species of animals. This trail ride exhibits two of the rarest reptiles in the world known as the “Swamp Ghost”. The legendary myth of these marvels is told that the pink eyes of the white alligator will bless good luck and prosperity to those who gaze into them.
Other facilities for this wilderness tour are the one-acre cypress swamp habitat of Big Gator Lagoon features dozens of Florida’s giant alligators through a safe elevated boardwalk, Ross Allen Island with its collection of native snakes, turtles, arachnids (spiders), otters and other animals found in Florida, Panther Prowl that exhibits the Western cougar of North America’s biggest and most magnificent panther, Kritter Korra has various farm animals like sheep, rabbits, donkeys, turkeys, and goats.
Exiting the Trail Ride, two acres of outdoor habitats World of Bears are ready to welcome guests with a wide variety of rare and endangered bear species including North American black bears, and Kodiaks (the only brown bears on exhibit in Florida).
Rides and attractions are also provided in this theme park, such as The Lighthouse Ride a carousel and gondola ride with a unique telescoping outer tower that escalates 80 feet above Silver Springs, Kids Ahoy! Playland a replica of a 1800s riverboat, Wings of the Springs featuring an assorted group of birds at the outdoor Silver River Showcase Theater, Reptiles of the World Show, Non-Venomous Snake Show, and Alligator and crocodile feedings.
Calendar of the Year:
§ Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi, The Show of A Hundred Wonders on March 27, April 3 and April 10, 2011 at 3:00pm: A performance of traditional and modern acrobatic stage.
§ Flumpa and Friends Live on April 21 & 22, 2011 at 11:00pm, 12:00pm, 1:00 pm: A lively, interactive family adventure with attractive music, dynamic, physical movement, and colorful sets.
§ Sunnyland Antique Boat Show on Saturday, May 21st, 2011: Boating adventure from Mount Dora all the way to Silver Springs
§ Sea Hunt TV show on May 28-29, 2011: 50th anniversary of the final year of Sea Hunt’s first run episodes
§ 6th Annual ALL-GM Auto Show on Saturday, October 1st, 2011: gathering of General Motors automotive event
§ 13th Annual Corvette Car Show on Saturday, November 12, 2011: An Auto show presented by Silver Springs and The Corvette Club of Marion County.
§ 17th Annual Ford and Mustang Roundup on Saturday, January 7, 2012 & Sunday, January 8, 2012.
SeaWorld Orlando, a zoological park of marine life, has amused an estimated of 5.8 million guests and made it the seventh-most visited amusement park in the United States. It has different sites inside the park such as Key West (exhibition of dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, alligators, stingray, as well as flamingos), Shamu’s Happy Harbor (a kids’ play ground featuring Shamu killer whale, with six family rides, a net climbing construction, and a section of aqua play), and The Waterfront (a resemblance of a coastal Mediterranean rural community).
They also provide some rides of Manta, Kraken, Journey to Atlantis, Shamu Express, Sky Tower, Sea Carousel, Jazzy Jellies, Swishy Fishies, Ocean Commotion, The Flying Fiddler, and Net Climb.
Manta is a soaring and gliding ride adventure in resemblance of a manta or ray “flying” through the ocean and seas. The ride dives down closing to the “ocean” with the splash effects to make it feel real. The features of this ride are ten aquariums with 3,000 different animals.
Kraken claims to be the longest roller coaster in Florida after Expedition Everest. Its name derives from a mythological sea monster of dragon eel. The layout includes a rock formation of “lair” and a small cave as spherical aquariums of “eggs”.
Shows and attractions:
The animal exhibitions display Penguin Encounter, Shark Encounter, Pacific Point Conservation, Dolphin Cove, Turtle Point, Manatee Rescue, Stingray Lagoon, Dolphin Nursery, Flamingo Pond, and Wild Arctic performing walruses, polar bears, as well as beluga whales.
The live shows featured in SeaWorld Orlando are Shamu Stadium (a killer whale’s performance), The Stadium of Whale and Dolphin (performing Andean condor, macaws, false killer whales, dolphins, and circus performers and divers), The Stadium of Sea Lion and Otter (a comical presentation of Pirate Island Quest of Seamore and Clyde featuring a pair of California sea lions), Bayside Stadium (sequences of music concert on- stage performance and more special occasions), The Theatre of Nautilus (an energetic performance by Cirque du Soleil), Theatre of Seaport (a show performed by cats, dogs, and others), and Seafire Inn (a dinner theater).
Reflections, a nightly fireworks, dancing fountains, and mist screen presentation are performed during peak seasons.
§ Viva La Musica: the musical live shows perform on March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2011.
§ Jack Hanna Weekend: a show performing the recognized world celebrity animal expert, Jack Hanna or known as ‘Jungle Jack’. This show is held from April 29 to May 1, 2011.
§ Summer Nights at SeaWorld: Dining, shopping and night attractions perform from June 25 to August 14, 2011.
§ SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular: Costumes party of sea witches and pumpkin fish held in October 2011.
§ SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Celebration of Holiday festive season starts the show during winter 2011.
§ New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld: musical celebration and vibrant fireworks to rejoice the New Year’s eve and welcome the future. The show will be held on December 31, 2011.
Marineland, or originally called Marine Studios, is the world’s marine mammal first oceanarium constructed on the beach along north of Daytona Beach and south of St. Augustine, Florida, which is opened on March 4, 2006. It facilitates swim-with-the-dolphins attraction and contains two large aquariums. It displays marine life such as dolphins in a spacious, naturalistic environment. The marine animals preserve in this oceanarium are porpoises, rays, giant sharks, turtles, reef and tropical fish parade in bright review with over seven tons of coral, sea fans and plumes duplicate a coral reef.
Marineland provides the chance to swim, touch, feed, and even paint with their 12 dolphins. The Dolphin Conservation Center is founded in 2006 to help preserve and protect marine life as well as to respect marine life and the environment. This center concerns the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Japanese drive fisheries, animals caught in fishing nets, whales threatened by toxic metals in the water, and effects of marine pollution. It also has an interactive program for guests and the marine animals.
Interesting Facts and History:
In 2008, Marineland opened a new facility of Dolphin Conservation Field Station to research, rescue, rehabilitation and release of dolphins and small whales in Northeast Florida. The park shows how marine life learns, hunts and lives in their natural environment as a way to provide a “window to the ocean” to protect these precious resources. Marineland serves a close up look at fascinating creatures within our oceans, which are educational and entertaining.
The replication of diversity in marine life interested Hollywood’s TV and movie producers for filming wildlife inhibited in Marineland, such as Tarzan starring Johnny Weismueller, Revenge of the Creature in 1955, and ABC TV’s Benji at Marineland (1981).
Hurricane Floyd has swiped infrastructure of Marineland in September 1999, but the restorative work conducted afterward has succeeded to reconstruct the damage and replace existing coquina revetment. Two new seawater intake wells were installed for emergency distribution system and backup distribution systems. In January 2011, Marineland was sold yet again and is currently being operated as a subsidiary of the Georgia Aquarium.
Marineland has 45-minutes programs and attractions for snorkeling or scuba diving in the 450,000-gallon oceanarium tank, Paint With The Dolphins where dolphin can create a beautiful three color masterpiece on a canvas or t-shirt, Dolphin Touch and Feed, Dolphin Encounter/The Immersion which is the most interactive program where guests spend twenty minutes in the shallow water and ten minutes in the deeper portions of the habitat or swim with the dolphins, Flippers and Fins/Discover Dolphins to learn about Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.
Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It envisions the future community with an innovation of advanced technology and international culture. It is the vision of Walt Disney for a model community.
Epcot has two sections within the site which are Future World and World Showcase.
Features of Epcot:
Future World consists of unique-circular-logo featured pavilions such as Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, Universe of Energy, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, The Land, and Imagination!.
The Spaceship Earth serves as the iconic and symbolic structure of Epcot where it is the main attraction and an important structure of Epcot. The 13-minutes ride displays human communication advanced technology. The journey starts in time machine using the omnimover system with the time span between prehistoric ages to the 21st century.
Innoventions features the mixture of advanced technology and its actual implementations in real life. In the beginning years, it only provided Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega CD, and Sega Pico games in an arcade style, located in two different sections which are Innoventions East and Innoventions West.
The Innoventions East displays Don’t Waste It, Environmentality Corner, Test the Limits Lab, StormStruck, The Sum Of All Thrills, and Take a Nanooze Break. The Innoventions West displays Where’s the Fire?, Play It Safe, Smarter Planet, Segway Central, SlapStick Studios, Club Cool (formerly Ice Station Cool), and The Great Piggy Bank Adventure.
The Universe of Energy includes only one attraction entitled Ellen’s Energy Adventure, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The World Showcase presents eleven countries which are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Each pavilion provides restaurants and stores served by the citizens of these countries. Other attractions in The World Showcase are:
– Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure is an interactive attraction of an electronic scavenger hunt using special “Kimmunicators” (stripped-down cell phones). The adventure is inspired by animated series of Kim Possible, in Disney Channel.
– World Showcase Lagoon is an artificial lake with perimeter of 1.2 miles in the center of World Showcase. It is also accommodated with FriendShip to transport guests from Future World to the opposite end of World Showcase.
– Epcot Character Spot where children are able to meet and greet their favorite Disney’s characters.
– IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth features musical themed of Fireworks, lasers, fire and water fountains, telling story of Earth in three sections Chaos, Order, and Meaning. A large rotating globe with curved LED screens as the centerpiece of the show displays images of people and places with the background of African tribal sound.
Interesting Facts and History:
Epcot Center opened on October 1, 1982 and in 2009, has succeeded to grab approximately 11 million guests, made it the third most visited theme park in the United States, and sixth most visited in the world.
This utopian community and future city planned by Walt Disney faced financial and permission impediment from Florida property during its construction. However, the work was then continued upon an agreement to build Magic Kingdom first. Disney passed away prior to the opening of Magic Kingdom.
There are special events alternately performed in Epcot. In 2011 Epcot specially exhibits some events such as The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Candlelight Processional, and Sounds Like Summer.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which will be held from March 2, 2011 to May 15, 2011, is an exhibition of colorful flowers, lush gardens, and Disney characters.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens from September 30, 2011 to November 13, 2011, will display a paradise of food and wine delicacy.
Candlelight Processional performs an orchestral concert from November 25, 2011 to December 30, 2011, at the American Gardens Theatre for celebrating Holidays festive seasons.
Sounds Like Summer scheduled on June 12 – July 30, 2011 performs annual live concert series.
The making of film and television show with its combination of action, suspense, surprise, and special effects will welcome the guests from the entrance to the last journey Another serves the most interesting adventure in the Disney-MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Studios.
The theme park opened in 1989 offers the sneak peek behind-the-scenes preview on the production process at Buena Vista Pictures and the Disney animation workshop. The first journey the guests will experience is started from the entrance of Disney-MGM Studios. The palm-lined avenue of Hollywood Boulevard completed with modern designed Disney offices, shops, and diners have enliven the real setting of Hollywood’s focal attraction in 1920s and 30s. The guests are also greeted by Disney’s entertainers and characters on this avenue. The American Idol Experience is a new attraction which will make you feel like a star and even meet personally with the real one. The guests are also welcome to participate in the parades, a rock-and-roll fantasy, and spectacular attractions of blockbuster movies and top TV shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The end corner of Hollywood Boulevard provides a popular attraction of Hollywood’s Chinese Theater with its iconic Mickey Mouse’s hat. Next to it lays Sunset Boulevard in 1940s setting, with shopping, dining, and street performance.
Tours and Attractions:
This section has two sections which are the area of film and television show, and the area of performances and advertisements.
The movie and television production area covered more than a half of this section offers for the package of back area tour of Disney-MGM Studios, a 30-minutes tour combining electrical train and stroll. The package begins with the special attraction of the visual and mechanical tricks performed in movies, such as rain and marine combat. The next tour will go through attire and trading arcades with the setting of “Catastrophe Canyon.”
Disney-MGM Studios has more interesting attractions including the setting of an abandoned Hollywood hotel and haunted elevator in “Twilight Zone of Terror”, 20-minutes movie history ride of “The Great Movie Ride”, and an inside spaceship simulation of “Star Wars,”. Here the guest can also enjoy various adventure rides, live stage performances, TV games simulations, as well as the night glow and extravagant of “Fantasmic” show.
The dining outlets available in this section are a setting of the elegant 1930s dining place of Brown Derby serving the specialty of Cobb salad originally created by Brown Derby himself, and The 50’s Café of Prime Time with the kitchen setting of a 1950s.
§ ESPN The Weekend: performs all-star athletes, live ESPN telecasts, broadcast personalities and the interactive sports experiences with hall of famers.
Busch Gardens is opened on 31 March 1959, an African-wildlife theme park of 19th century design. it is constructed in an area of 135 hectares in Tampa, Florida. Busch Gardens exhibits mainly on its interesting fauna, humid site, and entertainments to attract more visitors.
The replica steam train Serengeti Express will take the guests to the park’s rear point passing Congo, Stanleyville, as well as Nairobi. While on the Skyride, guests will enjoy the visit in Stanleyville and Crown Colony.
Places of Interest:
The Moroccan Palace is a 1,200 seat indoor theatre performing music ensemble of Moroccan Sheiks at the main entrance. Gwazi or a tiger-headed and lion-bodied mythological creature is the biggest wooden roller coaster in this area. Gwazi Gliders is a horizontal ride with small sling glider located in kids area of Pygmy Village at Congo section.
Next is Bird Gardens’ cultural and traditional bird attraction, Sesame Street Safari of Fun including four additional exhibits of kid’s play ground in Telly’s Jungle Jam, a dangling ride of Rosita’s Djembe Fly-Away, a water pool of Bert & Ernie’s Watering hole, and family’s roller coaster of Air Grover.
Stanleyville has water rides such as floorless Dive Coaster SheiKra with a straight-down slip of 90-degree, Flume of Stanley Falls a 13 m sideslip log cascade, The African Queen Boat Ride or Tidal Wave of Tanganyika a 17 m sideslip tubes of 20 passengers water ride.
The classic Python roller coaster is located in Congo section. There are other thrilling rides in this section which are Kumba a 44 m steel popular roller coaster with seven inversions of sitting position, River Rapids of Congo a rampant rapids water ride, and Bumper Cars of Ubanga Banga.
Jungala is a 16,000 m2 section features interactive activities with animal, the climb three stories on cord overpass to immitate a life in jungle, and children water-playground. Other adventures in this section feature Jungle Flyers and Tiger Trail. Jungle Flyers is a three distinctive flight patterns of rocket trail beyond the top of the trees, as well as Surge of Wild is a Moser family tower ride that launches its passengers beyond a waterfall. Tiger Trail is an on-foot track discovery with tigers and a dome of glass to observe the tiger inside their enclosure.
A section of Timbuktu which is opened in 1980, includes Timbuktu Theater an enclosed theater of 4-D movie, and several roller coasters and rides such as Scorpion single vertical loop roller coaster, Cheetah Chase, Phoenix a cargo vessel in Egyptian style, short 3D movie of Sesame Street Film Festival 4-D, short 3-D movie of Pirates 4-D on Pirates, and orbiter journey of Sandstorm. Guests can observe crocodiles as well as alligators up-close and personal at Nairobi, where it is also occupied with Rhino Rally, a Vekoma River Adventure ride.
§ Viva La Musica: Live performances of Hispanic festival on March – April 2011.
§ Ramp Jam: Featuring ASA Action Sports World Tour of professional skateboarders, BMX, and skating athletes on April 9-10, and 16-17, 2011.
§ Jack Hanna: Featuring Jack Hanna, “Jungle Jack”, an animal expert for an Earth Day Celebration.
§ Glory at the Gardens: A jam-packed festival of music and fellowship, animal encounters, and world-class entertainment.
§ Summer Nights – Summer 2011.
§ Howl-O-Scream – October 2011.
§ Holidays at Busch Gardens – November-December 2011: Featuring Christmas characters, spectacular poinsettias, festive decorations, and classic holiday music.
§ New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens – December 31, 2011: Biggest party in celebrating a New Year’s Eve.