As a result of the unfortunate passing of National Roller Coaster Museum founding board member Mark Moore in 2016, the NRCMA is expanding its current archive facility complex to create a showroom for public access to select artifacts from the Museum’s collection. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando now has even more room to grow, because the resort recently bought another 101 acres of land adjacent to the 475 acres of expansion property it already owns. [Read more…]
Simon, a global leader in real estate development, ownership and management, has recently announced new retail additions, renovations and expansions to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. [Read more…]
Beauty and the Beast is coming to Japan in a big way, and you can now get a sneak peak at the upcoming Tokyo Disneyland expansion with an official preview video. [Read more…]
Two of Walt Disney World’s moderate resorts will be getting makeovers, as a new Coronado Springs expansion and enhanced Caribbean Beach guest experiences have just announced. [Read more…]
Ft. Lauderdale’s Xtreme Action Park has opened its new expansion, making the 200,000 square foot facility Florida’s largest indoor entertainment center. [Read more…]
Give Kids The World Village cut the ribbon on their new 24-unit Banyan Park Villas earlier this month, and the expansion is allowing even more families to stay at the nonprofit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Banyan Park Villas, the latest expansion of the 79-acre property, joins Give Kids The World Village’s existing 144 units, allowing the facility to accommodate about 1,300 more families each year during their cost-free, weeklong vacations. The project features the Village’s first three-story building and also includes GKTW’s first three-bedroom units, designed to more comfortably house larger families.
In recent years, Give Kids The World Village has experienced a steady increase in demand to fulfill wishes to visit Central Florida’s theme parks and other attractions. Working with about 240 wish granting organizations around the world, GKTW hosts nearly 8,000 wish children and their families annually. More than 27,000 children each year are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses the United States.
“At the Village, we try to give our precious families experiences they’ll never forget, whether that’s ice cream for breakfast or a special tuck-in after a long day at the theme parks,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World Village. “We are thrilled we’ll be able to help even more families create those memories and deeply grateful to the partners and friends who made this exciting expansion possible.”
This first phase of Banyan Park – two other phases are planned — was built through donations from corporate partners and individuals, including Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen, Brighton Hotel Management and GKTW board member Cathy Nash and Macauley Nash.
The building was designed by Benjamin Butera of Butera Designs, and construction took place over a year under general contractor Welbro Building Corporation. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts was instrumental in designing the units and securing furniture. Central Moving & Storage delivered and installed the furniture. And Lisa Schott of Quietly Making Noise designed the building’s soundproofing. In addition, New York City-based artist group Splashes of Hope created a mural that spans the building’s three stories, depicting iconic venues found throughout the Village.
For more information on Give Kids The World Village visit GiveKidsTheWorld.org, and watch this video from earlier in 2016 celebrating the Village’s 30th anniversary:
The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government have announced plans for a multi-year expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland from 2018-2023, with new experiences opening almost each of those years. [Read more…]
Shanghai Disneyland recently broke ground on Toy Story Land, and the first major expansion to the recently opened park will debut in 2018. [Read more…]
Shanghai Disneyland just opened its gates a few months ago, but it is already getting its first expansion with Tron Realm, Chevrolet Digital Challenge opening in Tomorrowland on September 20. [Read more…]
Orange County California’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers next year, as Knott’s Berry Farm has announced details of their Knott’s Soak City Water Park expansion for 2017. [Read more…]
The sun may be setting on summer 2016, but Legoland Florida is already whetting guests’ appetite for next summer with a sneak preview of the Legoland Beach Retreat bungalows, scheduled to open in 2017. [Read more…]
After months of construction and the successful conclusion of the Preserve the Legacy, Steward the Future capital campaign, new Bok Tower Gardens expansions will come into full bloom with the grand opening of several highly anticipated garden areas on September 10.
Legoland Florida Resort is set to debut the first expansion to its water park when it opens for the 2016 season on March 12. [Read more…]
Fun Spot America has announced a new long-range master plan for their Orlando park. The expansion will increase the size of the park and include a new waterpark, roller coaster and other major rides. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts have announced a four-hundred room expansion for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
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