Florida welcomed 105 million people in 2015

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Florida became the first state to welcome more than 100 million out-of-state and international tourists.

Gov. Rick Scott said more than 105 million people came to the Sunshine State in 2015. The record-breaking number was announced Thursday morning at Epcot.

“We have a great tourism industry all across our state,” said Scott.

State and tourism officials said it took time to crack the 100 million mark, a goal set by Scott several years ago.

Florida missed the mark in 2014 by recording nearly 99 million tourists that year. Now that the state has comfortably surpassed its goal, Scott set a new goal of 115 million visitors. Following the media event to announce Florida’s 2015 tourism numbers, Governor Rick Scott and Will Seccombe, President and CEO of Visit Florida, discuss tourism, job growth, and new goals.
“The momentum is extraordinary,” he said. “And one of the most important things we have is strengths in markets like the U.K. and Latin America. We have growth in overseas visitors.”

Orlando’s streak as the most-visited destination continues!

The Orlando area welcomed 66.1 million people in 2015, a 5.5 percent increase.

Between January and June, Florida recorded 54.1 million tourists.

About 25.8 million visitors came to Florida during the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 5.5 percent over 2014’s second quarter.

New attractions and an ever-changing tourist landscape in Florida is being credited for the increased number of visitors.

Chapek took a moment to describe the lenghty list of changes and updates coming to Disney’s parks in Orlando, including lands for Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar.

Seccombe said Orlando’s success is critical for the state’s overall success.

“Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States. It’s the most visited city,” he said. “And certainly the home of the theme park capital of the world, right? No place else on earth can compare to that.”

In 2014, Orlando recorded 62 million visitors, which includes in-state, out-of-state and international visitors. Even though the two tourism agencies track tourists differently, Seccombe said Orlando accounts for the “lion’s share” of Florida’s traffic.

“This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners that are focused on growth and investment, dedication to the needs of our visitors and global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, in a prepared statement.

Hotels also did well, with 33 million sold room nights, which generated more than $230 million in tourist development taxes for Orange County.
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King Kong Update at Universal

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Can’t wait for King Kong’s return to Universal!

Universal Orlando’s King Kong ride begins more test rides…

The video captures the main doors of the temple already open, and it ends once the bus enters the temple that is expected to contain a 3-D visual component to the attraction. Testing like this is normal as attractions near the final stages of construction and theme park crews begin to tweak performances or timing of different scenes.

The story Universal Orlando previous shared states the ride has guests going deep into the terrain of Skull Island and coming face-to-face with the various creatures of Skull Island, including some dinosaur-like reptiles.

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Early Morning at the Theme Parks

Here’s a great guide from the Sentinel about what’s going on early at the parks…

Magic Kingdom Welcome Show…a cast member welcomes guests from the train platform. Couples up there sing and dance. Tunes include “Good Morning,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Casey Jr.” from “Dumbo.”

Mickey and company arrive on the train and instant mass photo opp begins.

The characters disembark for a bit of waving and merriment and a 10-9-8 countdown for the park opening.

SeaWorld opens with the national anthem through the park’s P.A. system about 15 minutes before the people work their ways through the turnstiles.

Once the park is opening, the soundtrack switches to “Beneath the Blue,” a soaring non-national anthem written for SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary.

Universal Orlando’s…one park opens early each day for guests staying in on-property hotels. It alternates between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

Most Universal early birds take advantage of alone time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Regular visitors might opt for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at the Studios or the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or Pteradon Flyers at IOA. That could all change again this summer when the Incredible Hulk coaster reopens and when Skull Island: Reign of Kong makes its debut.

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Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

The introduction of Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Available on select dates so please check their website.

Sea Side Park Tea

First course featuring a selection of Artisan cheeses and seasonal accompaniments, second course petit sandwiches and canapés on house-made breads, third course scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, finale of house-made pastries and tea cookies. Accompanied by your choice of loose-leaf tea.

Sandy Cove Tea

First course featuring petit sandwiches and canapés on house-made breads, second course features scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, house-made pastries and tea cookies. Served with your choice of loose-leaf tea.

Prince Cove Tea

First course featuring house-made charcuterie and cheese plate, second course scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, finale house-made pastries and tea cookies. Accompanied by your choice of loose-leaf tea.

Short Sands Beach Tea

Guests ages 3-9 can enjoy a first course of assorted tea sandwiches (shaped like Mickey Mouse), second course scone served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, finale chocolate chip cookies. Accompanied with special “dark tea” (chocolate milk).

Fellow lovers of afternoon tea, over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, look for a brand new selection of Twinings teas at Afternoon Tea, exclusive to Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog to learn more about the new offerings at Garden Vue Tea Room sponsored by Twinings® of London.

Reservations are now available and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Enjoy!

2015 another Record Setting Year for Orlando Visitors

Although Visit Orlando officials are still collecting final data for 2015, leaders said the area is looking at another record year across the board.

George Aguel, chief executive officer for the region’s marketing arm, said last year exceeded industry expectations, including a record number of occupied room nights and the total number of tourists.

In 2014, Orlando and Orange County welcomed 62 million tourists, making it the first U.S. destination to record more that 60 million visitors in one year.

Orlando International Airport saw a 17.5 percent increase in international air travel.

Lodging businesses in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties reported 33 million occupied room nights last year.

The region’s occupancy rate was about 77 percent for the year.

A final announcement about the number of tourists, domestic and international, to come to Orlando last year will likely be made in April. Last year’s announcement was made in New York City, long considered one of Orlando’s top competitors.

Visit Orlando leaders plan to spend 2016 continuing promotion of the My Orlando Story marketing campaign, an international social-media push to connect with the tourists and the emotions they felt when they came here.

It was the first time the destination marketing organization focused on tourists’ personal appeal.

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Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens will have a two-day celebration of citrus featuring an art exhibition, cooking demonstrations, grove tours, bell-tower concerts and a “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob, among other activities, this weekend.

The citrus-oriented festivities will be included in regular admission to the Lake Wales attraction on Saturday and Sunday.

“We’ve begun placing a bigger emphasis on healthy eating and offering events that support that discipline,” said Jennifer Beam, director of visitor services and programs.

Bok’s educational staff will hold talks on juicing and cooking with citrus. Florida Citrus Hall of Fame president, John Jackson, will lead tours of on-site citrus groves.

Gardens carillonneur Geert D’hollander will performs live concerts on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At noon on those days, there will be an “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob with group selfie inside the Gardens’ Visitor Center.

Guests can also see Blair Updike’s “Gardens & Groves” art exhibition and watch “Barrels to Bins,” a documentary film showing the pictorial history of the citrus industry.

The event includes a Citrus Crate Label Show & Sale, free juice samples, photo ops with a cutout of Captain Citrus, comic hero of the Florida Department of Citrus and meet-and-greets with Summer Foley, the reigning Miss Florida Citrus.

Admission is $12 ($3 for ages 5 to 12). Members and children under five are admitted free. For more information, go to BokTowerGardens.org.

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