Celebrate the holidays as a family when LEGOLAND® Florida Resort hosts its annual Christmas Bricktacular, beginning weekends in December. Visitors can participate in extraordinary holiday-themed LEGO® builds, interact with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters and experience snow falling down on Fun Town. Nightly fireworks begin on Dec. 26 and will last until the end of the year. LEGOLAND Florida is an exciting, family-friendly place to spend the holiday season.
Experience the magic of ICE! featuring The Nutcracker, through January 4th at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides. While family fun abounds, adults 21+ can chill out at new On The Blocks ice bar and drink cider poured through an ice luge.
Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, then share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!
Christmas carols can be heard as guests encounter a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, presents to penguins, and elves to Elmo, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. The celebration takes place on select dates November 22 through December 31, 2014 and is included with park admission, annual pass and Fun Card.
The frosty, fantastical world of “Frozen” adds a special twinkle to Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season.
Queen Elsa and Princess Anna add their special royal touch as the Florida Vacation Kingdom delights guests with yuletide traditions and holiday cheer. Fans of the most popular animated motion picture of all time will have a sleigh-full of “Frozen” entertainment choices.
Queen Elsa from “Frozen” Transforms Cinderella Castle Nightly Beginning November 5th. New this year, Queen Elsa from “Frozen” will use her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic “Castle Dream Lights” celebration and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Orlando Resort. With holiday happenings continuing through January 3rd, families can create lifelong memories during Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. Included as part of admission to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, the holiday spectacular features Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade and live concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.
- Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
- Flamingos get their pink color from the shrimp they eat. The more shrimp they eat the deeper pink they become.
- There are 13,983,816 ways to combine six of those bouncing Florida lottery balls.
- The Everglades National Park encompasses 2,100 square miles and contains the largest mangrove forest and the slowest moving river in the world.
- Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.
- Florida is the only state that has two rivers with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.
- The actress, Delta Burke, represented Orlando and became Miss Florida in 1974.
- Dick Pope, founder of Cypress Gardens, is known as the “Father of Florida Tourism”.
- Stephen Foster, who wrote “Old Folks at Home,” Florida’s state song, never even saw the Suwannee River, nor did he ever step foot in Florida.
- Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard is touted as the world’s longest countinuous sidewalk. It is a popular waterfront gathering place for joggers and in-line skate enthusiasts.
- Once a year, thousands of Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead fish into Alabama. It’s the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola. It’s just “a silly excuse for a huge beach party.”
- The Seven Mile Bridge, that crosses between Marathon and the Lower Keys, was built in 1982 – in pieces – then shipped to the Keys to be assembled.
An old favorite, the glass-bottom boat, was invented in Central Florida’s original tourist spot, Silver Springs and became an instant sensation. At Silver Springs, visitors can still glimpse the Old Florida that enthralled Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in nearby Cross Creek. Today, the attraction includes a petting zoo, carousel and the same glass-bottom boat rides that first became popular more than 130 years ago.
Visitors can buy an All-Access Silver Pass, or the all new All-Access Platinum Pass, which includes entry for a year, a free wild waters pass, free parking, free concerts, Festival of Lights and more. Parking is only $8 for non-pass holders, and a daily ticket still gets you a grand view of unspoiled Florida beauty from those glass-bottom boats peering into the crystal clear springs.