Families Gather for Fun in the Florida Sun

Orlando Family Spring Break(R) 2006

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Families go where they want to go and do what they want to do under the sunny blue skies of Orlando during Family Spring Break(R), the premier place and time to reconnect. In independent national surveys, parents consistently select Orlando as their number one spring break destination of choice. And, it’s no surprise as this year’s Family Spring Break(R) celebration is even bigger with the addition of the ultimate interactive, technologically advanced and mind-stimulating event ever held for kids — the first-ever Orlando World’s Fair for Kids. Families looking to take part in all the action can plan their trip easily by gathering information and booking a package online at http://www.orlandoinfo.com/springbreak .

Orlando offers families the chance to experience more than 95 attractions, ranging from the largest and most diverse collection of theme parks in the world and a multitude of smaller attractions, to thrilling nature excursion and exciting spring events sure to entertain the entire family. If travelers are looking for an extra special adventure, the Orlando World’s Fair for Kids will debut at the Orange County Convention Center April 15-23, 2006. Spanning more than one million square feet, interactive pavilions will represent six worlds: the worlds of Adventure, Technology, Creativity, Entertainment, Health & Wellness and Toddlers. Throughout these worlds, families will find a variety of challenges designed to engage the child’s mental, physical, creative and strategic skills.

This unique event is customized for kids of all ages to enjoy themed pavilions housing exciting musical concerts and entertainment with some of today’s top-rated kid’s pop entertainers such as: recording artist, film and television star Raven Symone (“That’s So Raven”), country music sensation Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley (“Hannah Montana”), two-time Grammy Award winners Riders in the Sky and Christy Carlson Romano (“Even Stevens” and “Kim Possible”). As the first World’s Fair held in America since 1984, these demonstrations of future technology and interactive educational activities have all been designed to engage and entertain the entire family.

In addition to this major event, Orlando offers a whole host of opportunities for family fun and learning. Guests can challenge their virtual gaming endurance at the Otronicon Exhibit at the Orlando Science Center. This exhibit transforms the center into a giant game room with more than 100 game consoles representing X-Box, Play Station and Nintendo. For those visitors who prefer the arts, “The Art of the Motorcycle” rolls into the Orlando Museum of Art to showcase both the cultural icon as well as achievements in design. The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival presents Kipling’s classic tale of friendship, family and the law of the jungle in their production of “Jungle Book.” Families who want to get a little closer to nature can enjoy the 13th Annual International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot or the 19th Annual Rose Show at Harry P. Leu Gardens. A complete listing of the many exciting activities taking place during Family Spring Break(R) is continuously updated on our official spring break site.

And if families are stumped as to how to begin planning their vacation with so many exciting things to choose from, they can log on to the destination’s official Family Spring Break Web site, http://www.orlandoinfo.com/springbreak and spend a few moments taking the “What’s Your Family’s Vacation Personality” quiz. Answering these simple five questions will help visitors determine what Orlando accommodations, attractions and activities suit their family best. On the site, families can also book travel packages such as a two-night travel package including accommodations, one-day/one-park passes to Universal Orlando Resort, one-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando and one-day admission to Gatorland starting at $605. Prices are based on a search done on Nov. 8, 2005 for a family of four with travel dates of March 17-19, 2006. Prices are subject to change. Additional discounted attraction tickets to Arabian Knights, Cirque du Soleil, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Orlando Science Center, Silver Springs and others can also be added to any of the packages booked online.

Orlando’s Family Spring Break provides the catalyst for families to spend quality time together and grow individually and as a family. For helpful hints to plan an Orlando vacation, bargain attraction information, “edutainment” options and special family vacation packages, visit http://www.orlandoinfo.com/springbreak or call 1-888-ORL-4FUN. While in Orlando, visitors can stop by the Official Visitor Center located at 8723 International Drive, at the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row (open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the year except Dec. 25).

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