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The Orlando area is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions from the Walt Disney World resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort. The Walt Disney World resort is the largest area's attractions with it many facets such as Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Downtown Disney. SeaWorld Orlando is a large adventure park that feature numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with numerous roller coasters and water park. Universal Orlando is like Walt Disney World a multi-faceted resort with Universal Studios Florida, CityWalk, and Islands of Adventure theme park.

Other attractions in the Orlando area includes
Central Florida Zoological Park (http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/), located in Sanford on Lake Monroe.
This 100 acre (400,000 m?) zoo is home to butterfly garden, herpetarium, and numerous tropical animals. This zoo originally started as a collection in the Sanford Fire Department, but grew into a regional zoo in 1975. It is currently in the planning process of expanding it and renaming the facility with the title "Zoo Orlando at Sanford".

Church Street Station, a multi-level shopping mall and entertainment center, that features 50 specialty shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.

Cirque du Soleil, in Downtown Disney West Side, features its renowned blend of acrobatics and special effects with more than 70 artists from around the globe performing in a custom-designed, 1,671-seat theater.

Cypress Gardens Adventure Park Discovery Cove, part of the SeaWorld Adventure Park complex, this tropical paradise provides for discovering tropical fish in a coral reef, snorkeling with stingrays, and interacting with birds in an aviary, as well as swimming and playing with dolphins during a half-hour dolphin encounter.

Gatorland (http://www.gatorland.com), is home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a few wangling appearances in movies, television shows and commercial spots. The 54-year-old park combines a petting zoo, bird sanctuary, mini-water park, eco-tour and action-packed outdoor entertainment, including daily alligator wrestling.

Hard Rock Live & Hotel, is the Hard Rock Cafe' chains featured location in Orlando that has a concert venue and large restaurant with typical rock style memorabilia. The Hard Rock Hotel is a featured resort hotel with a California-style restaurant called The Kitchen.

International Trolley and Train Museum, features 14 model railroad trains with sound and lighting traveling through an indoor garden with 12-foot high mountains, waterfalls, and more than 30 trestles and tunnels. Also on display are toy trains from the 1920s to the present. Catch a ride in a California Victorian Style half open/half closed trolley or the 5/8 replica of an 1880 locomotive (a Mason Bogey) with its passenger cars.

Jungleland, featuring 300 animals, including a pair of Himalayan bears born in 2002, plus leopards, tigers, lions, and more, Jungleland has gator wrestling and a petting zoo. The seven acre (28,000 m?) zoo also has a nearly mile-long path winding around a natural lagoon with black swans and white ibis.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, 45 minutes from Orlando and south of Daytona Beach, it’s possible to tour launch areas, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and much more. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open every day except Christmas and certain launch days. Apart from the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Space Center bus tours run every 15 minutes with stops at an observation gantry and the Apollo / Saturn V Center. Other guided tours include NASA Up Close, Cape Canaveral: Then and Now, and Lunch With An Astronaut. Combo tickets offer maximum access admission, plus one guided tour. Old Town with 8 affordable restaurants, 15 amusement park rides and 75 shops make Old Town’s brick-lined streets a retail and entertainment destination with family fun. Classic car shows every Friday and Saturday feature hundreds of vintage automobiles. Admission and parking are free.

Orange County Regional History Center Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium, is located in a building that appears decidedly whopper-jawed and on the slide. Explore artifacts, collections, weird art/hobbies and interactive exhibits in 16 odd galleries. For more than 40 years, Robert Ripley traveled the globe collecting the unbelievable, inexplicable, and one-of-a-kind. His collections are housed in 27 museums in 10 countries. World of Orchids, featuring thousands of blooms in an enclosed tropical rainforest, World of Orchids is actually a working greenhouse shipping orchids and other plants nationwide. A greenhouse covers nearly an acre, and in this controlled warm, humid air some 1,000 orchids are displayed in a natural jungle setting, with streams, waterfalls, and squawking parrots. World of Orchids also has a 1,000-foot-long boardwalk meandering off into nearby wetlands. Admission is free.

Orlando is home to the Orlando Magic, an NBA pro basketball franchise that plays at the TD Waterhouse Centre in downtown Orlando. The team made it to the NBA Finals in 1995. The Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League also play at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Since joining the league in 1991, they have become one of the legendary franchises in the young league, having a historic rivalry with the Tampa Bay Storm, two ArenaBowl titles (1998 and 2000), and several historic moments including the league's only shutout to date and a procession called the Miracle Minute where they scored two touchdowns with two-point conversions and forced a safety to come from behind in the final minute of a game to win.

Orlando was a stronghold of minor-league ice hockey throughout the 1990's, being home of the Orlando Solar Bears of the now-defunct International Hockey League. Historically successful, they won the Turner Cup championship in 2001 to end the IHL's final season. In 2002, the Atlantic Coast Hockey League formed with Orlando forming one of the charter franchises, the Orlando Seals, which won their Commissioner's Cup in 2003. They moved to the World Hockey Association 2 in 2003, then the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2004. The City of Orlando revoked their lease for the TD Waterhouse Centre, forcing them to sit out the 2004-05 season. They moved to Kissimmee and became the Florida Seals in November 2004.

The Citrus Bowl is the home of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Florida Citrus Bowl) and the Champs Sports Bowl (formerly the Tangerine Bowl). It also hosts regular-season football games for the University of Central Florida (NCAA Division I-A) and Jones High School, as well as the annual Florida Classic played between the NCAA Division I-AA Football teams from Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman College. It hosted soccer games for the FIFA World Cup '94 and the 1996 Summer Olympics when each were hosted by the United States.

The Orlando Renegades were a USFL team playing at the Citrus Bowl in 1985. They folded with the league in 1986. The Orlando Thunder were a charter team in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. They lost the World Bowl to the Sacramento Surge in 1992. Like all other American teams, it was dropped in the World League reorganization of 1995. The Orlando Rage were a member of the XFL that played at the Citrus Bowl, and only played in 2001. That team has since been revived in the minor-league Southern States Football League (SSFL).

The Orlando Breakers were a fictional NFL football team depicted in the U.S. TV sitcom Coach. The plot device was created in part to reflect the NFL expansion of 1995, when Jacksonville, Florida got a team. They played their games in the Citrus Bowl, and the stadium and other Orlando locations were used profusely in the final two seasons of the series.

The Orlando Sundogs were a minor-league soccer team in the A-League that played in the Citrus Bowl. They were disbanded in 1997 after only playing one year. Tinker Field, named for baseball hall-of-famer Joe Tinker, is an old baseball stadium next to the Citrus Bowl, currently out of use. It was formerly the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins (and the Washington Nationals/Senators before them) and AA Southern League affiliates of the Twins, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Oct 31, 2014
Fri 6:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades Oct 31, 2014
Fri 7:30PM
Amway Center
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Oct 31, 2014
Fri 9:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Nov 1, 2014
Sat 6:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 1, 2014
Sat 6:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors Nov 1, 2014
Sat 7:00PM
Amway Center
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Nov 1, 2014
Sat 9:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 1, 2014
Sat 9:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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Morgan Heritage Nov 1, 2014
Sat 9:00PM
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Orlando, FL
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Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas Nov 2, 2014
Sun 1:00PM
House Of Blues - Orlando
Orlando, FL
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Lake Street Dive Nov 2, 2014
Sun 6:00PM
The Beacham
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 2, 2014
Sun 7:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 3, 2014
Mon 8:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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First Aid Kit Nov 4, 2014
Tue 6:00PM
The Beacham
Orlando, FL
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Exhibition: UCF Knights vs. Flagler Saints Nov 4, 2014
Tue 7:00PM
CFE Arena (Formerly UCF Arena)
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 4, 2014
Tue 8:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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G-Eazy Nov 5, 2014
Wed 8:00PM
Plaza Theatre - FL
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 5, 2014
Wed 8:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Nov 6, 2014
Thu 6:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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John Butler Trio Nov 6, 2014
Thu 8:00PM
Plaza Theatre - FL
Orlando, FL
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Blue Man Group Nov 6, 2014
Thu 8:00PM
Blue Man Group Theatre (Formerly Sharp Aquos Theatre) - Universal CityWalk
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Nov 6, 2014
Thu 9:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Electric Daisy Carnival - 2 Day Pass Nov 7, 2014
Fri TBA
Tinker Field
Orlando, FL
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba Nov 7, 2014
Fri 6:00PM
Cirque du Soleil - Downtown Disney
Orlando, FL
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Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Nov 7, 2014
Fri 7:00PM
Amway Center
Orlando, FL
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