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Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is here to stay!

On May 25th the geography of Universal Orlando will change.  Along with 2 theme parks, there will be the new water park, Volcano Bay.  The philosophy celebrated at this new water park is “Water is
watLife. Life is Joy”.  It’s the carefree attitude that the fabled Waturi islanders have embraced on their Pacific isle for centuries. Now you can live the Waturi way at this all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.

Made up of multiple immersive areas, this is going to be a water themed park like no other.  There are a whopping 18 attractions as well as lush views and private cabanas.

A big part of what makes this park so innovative is the “Tapu Tapu”.  At Volcano Bay every guest is granted the powers of the this magical, tapuwaterproof wrist band. With just a touch of your wrist you’ll be able to hold your place in a Virtual Line at the rides and discover wondrous surprises.  As you wonder though the park, look for the sign of the Waturi.  Tap with your band and it will give you a time to return to that attraction.  When it’s your ride time, just go back and touch your band to the totem.  If you get busy, your Tapu will remind you that it’s time for you to head to the attraction.

volAt the heart of the island stands Krakatau:  the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the  volcano, there are a variety of heart-pounding water slides.

Looking for family adventure?  Try the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. These four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a  waterfall.  Another great family ride, Maku Puihi Rafts, drops you into a deep gorge before spinning you around a bowl-like formation.  This one is not for the faint at heart!krak

If relaxing in a warm pool is your idea of a good day, then you will love Waturi Beach.  The gentle waves will help you to shake off the stress.  At least until some brave soul comes flying through the clear plexie tube of the  Ko’kiri Body Plunge.

The little ones will love River Village.  At the Tot Tiki Reef, little ones  can splash in the shallows, play among the splashy slides, and run through the riverspraying fountains. The Runamukka Reef has bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dumping cups.  You will find shaded bamboo sea creatures and waving seaweed.

Best of all, Volcano Bay is located in the middle of the Universal fun!  So you’re close to all 5 resorts, 2 great parks and City Walk restaurants and shops.  So you can enjoy Volcano Bay in the morning and early afternoon, head back to your resort room for a nap, then either head back to Volcano Bay or elsewhere for some evening fun.

Finally, now that you are excited about all the fun, let the Travel Pixies at Our Laughing Place Travel help you plan the perfect vacation.  There are many different packages that are available and we’ll help you find the perfect one for you.  Just ask!

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Orlando, More Than A Theme Park

baseballClients of all ages ask me “What else can I do in Orlando?”.  Of course there are several theme parks and adventures, but what about something for those that want some down time?  Orlando has that too.

One of the most exciting events to come to the city will be the Pro Bowl.  After years of the best players basking in the Hawaiian sun in Honolulu, they will now be headed to the Mouse-town.  The NFL has agreed on a three-year deal for the Pro Bowl to be played at Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl.

la noubaIf theater is your thing, Orlando has plenty of choices.  The La Nouba, Cirque de Soleil at Disney Springs is a breathtaking, colorful show that can’t really be put in one specific category.  It’s circus meets acrobats, meets magic!  This is a must do for the whole family.

blueUniversal is home to the famous Blue Man Group.  Their show is full of awesome music,  art, technology, science and laughs!  It’s amazing to see what these colorful guys can use to make music!

Bring along your investigative skills and your appetite, and be prepared to laugh your way through the evening at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando, Florida.   This interactive show will keep you on the edge of your seat!  Pay close attention and see if you can solve the crime.

You’re an animal lover, you say?  Well, Orlando has plenty of placesdiscovery to see nature at it’s best.   Discovery Cove, is a one-of-a kind experience where you can swim with dolphins, feed tropical birds,
play inches from a family of otters, and take a break on the lazy river.  Between adventures, recharge with unlimited island fare and refreshments.

slothHave you ever wanted to hug a sloth or hold a lemur?  You can do that and more at Exotic Animal Experience.  This is a special place where you can have a personal experience with animals that enjoy a “hands on” crowd.

If you’re like me, you love to shop!  Orlando has some serious retail therapy! Of course, Disney Springs is one of the top shopping stops in the area.  With all of the new stores, it’s not just about a Mouse and Princesses.  The Springs offers 87 stores and boutiques.  Of course, if you are searching for great souvenirs, The World of Disney is the stop for you!springs

If you’re looking for some great prices, look no further than Orlando’s 3 outlets.  Orlando International Premium, Orlando Premium and Lake Buena Visa Factory Stores are all within 30 miles of each other.

So, you say that sports is your thing?  Head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports and you can see an event any time of the year!  The Braves spend the spring in Orlando.  Several cheer competitions, youth soccer tourneys and gymnastic events are held throughout the year.

Orlando is home to  the NBA team Magic.  They play in the Amway Center, in downtown Orlando.  Maybe you’ve heard of Shaquille O’Neal?

 Orlando eyeOf course, no visit to O-Town is complete without a spin on the
Orlando Eye.  The 400 foot observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida.  On a clear day, you will be able to see Cape Canaveral.  Visit the Eye at night for an extra special treat.  The city lights up the evening sky!

If you would like more information on the exciting offerings of Florida’s belly button, just contact one of the Travel Pixies at          Our Laughing Place Travel.  We will be more than happy to to help plan all sorts of fun for your next vacation!

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