Hey there, hi there, ho there, Disney-philes: It's time to make plans to head for Dearborn, Mich.
Why there? Because The Henry Ford, a Dearborn museum, is partnering with Walt Disney Imagineering to present "Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland."
The exhibit will feature 250 items, including artwork, hand-crafted models and marketing materials. It's set to be at The Henry Ford from Sept. 23 through the first week in January 2006.
Among the many Mouse-related mementos on view will be:
A hitchhiking ghost from the Haunted Mansion.
A coonskin cap from Frontierland.
A backlit Cheshire Cat head.
The original rendering of Disneyland, created by artist Herb Ryman and used to get ABC-TV to invest in the proposed theme park.
The Abraham Lincoln figure created for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, billed as "the first Audio-Animatronics 'human' to appear in a Walt Disney production."
Original vehicles from Peter Pan's Flight.
A model of Mickey's Toontown House.
Mickey's house telephone.
A Model T-like vehicle used in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
A themed trash can from Adventureland.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at thehenry ford.org or by calling 1-800-835-5237.
Beginning next year, the exhibit will tour nationally. No word yet on whether it's coming anywhere near Orlando.
But you wouldn't want to wait that long anyway, would you?
Brevard Zoo, sections on Latin America, Native Florida, Africa and Australia, hands-on area, petting zoo, railroad ("Expedition Africa" reptile exhibit opening with special events Saturday-Monday): 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8225 N. Wickham Road, just east of Interstate 95 (Exit 191 off Interstate 95), Melbourne; $9 adults, $8 age 60 and older, $6 ages 2-12, free members and age 1 and younger; 321-254-9453 or brevardzoo.org.
Central Florida Zoo, native and exotic animals, weekend animal-feeding and educational elephant demonstrations, Lizards of the Islands, Amur leopard exhibit, king vulture exhibit: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, 1 mile east of Interstate 4 and 41/2 miles west of Sanford; $8.95 adults, $6.95 seniors, $4.95 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-323-4450 or centralfloridazoo.org.
Florida Audubon Society's Center for Birds of Prey, conservation, education and raptor rehabilitation facility, with raptors, plants, man-made wetland, boardwalk, gazebo on Lake Sybelia, restored 1924 bungalow-style Florida home: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (except holidays); 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland; $5 adults, $4 children ($3 for seniors on Fridays); 407-644-0190.
Gatorland, alligators, snakes, deer, "Gator Jumparoo" show, Gator Wrestlin' Show, Snakes of Florida Show, Jungle Crocs of the World, railway trips: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando; $19.95 plus tax age 13 and older, $9.95 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-855-5496 or 1-800-393-5297.
Green Meadows Farm, tours, train ride, barnyard animals, pony rides, hayrides, chance to milk cows: continuous tours 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; 1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee; $19 general, free age 2 and younger ($17 Florida residents, $15 seniors); 407-846-0770.
Jungle Adventures, alligators and other reptiles, alligator feedings, "hands-on" wildlife shows featuring panther cubs, Native American Village, other exotic and native animals, wetlands boat ride: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; 26205 E. State Road 50, Christmas; $17.50 plus tax age 12 and older, $14 seniors, $8.50 ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 407-568-2885; jungleadventures.com.
Uncle Donald's Farm, barnyard animals, tours, hayrides, pony rides, wildlife exhibit ("Going Wild Festival" with storyteller Saturday, reptile program and display Sunday, fiddler and stick horse derby Monday): 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday; 2713 Griffin Ave., off U.S. Highway 27/441 north of Lady Lake (Lake County); $7.75 plus tax adults, $7 plus tax children and seniors, $1.75 for pony rides; 352-753-2882.
Arabian Nights, horses and riders in 25-act production, plus dinner: dinner shows daily at varying times; 6225 W. Irlo Bronson Highway (U.S. Highway 192), Kissimmee; dinner and show $47 adults, $29 ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 407-239-9223 or arabian-nights.com.
Capone's Dinner and Show, dinner and original musical in a 1930s Chicago gangland setting: call for daily seating times and reservations; 4740 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $39.95 plus tax general, $23.95 plus tax ages 4-12, free age 3 and younger; 407-397-2378.
Chamber of Magic, dinner with magic and comedy show: 8 p.m. daily (6 and 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday); inside Skull Kingdom, 5931 American Way, Orlando; $19.75 plus tax adults, $15.97 plus tax age 7 and younger and seniors ($2 off with reservation); 407-354-1564.
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, four-course dinner and show: nightly with varying showtimes; Dixie Stampede, 8251 Vineland Ave., Orlando; $46.99 plus tax adults, $19.99 plus tax ages 4-11; 1-866-443-4943; dixiestampede.com.
Fiasco's Family Dinner Experience, featuring circus and magic theme with table service and full menu: seatings at various times Tuesdays-Saturdays (matinees last Tuesday monthly); 7430 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $45 adults, $25 ages 3-11 tax and tip included (Florida-resident price of $35 adults, $20 children); 407-226-7220; fiascos.us.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, dinner and country music show: 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. daily; Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness Campground, Walt Disney World; $50.22 general, $25.43 ages 3-9 (tax and tip included); 407-939-3463.
Luau at the Wantilan, Hawaiian-theme buffet dinner and show: 6 p.m. doors Saturdays, with dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.; Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; $49.50 adults, $29 age 12 and younger (tax and tip included); 407-503-3463.
Makahiki Luau, Polynesian dinner with music and dance: nightly; Seafire Inn, SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando; dinner and show $42.95 plus tax adults, $27.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 1-800-327-2424.
Medieval Times, four-course dinner, knights in armor compete in jousting matches and tournament games: shows daily; 4510 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; dinner and show $48.95 plus tax general, $32.95 plus tax ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 1-800-229-8300.
Murder Watch Mystery Theatre, musical-mystery show with audience participation, plus buffet, beer and wine: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; Grosvenor Resort Hotel, Lake Buena Vista; $39.95 general, $10.95 ages 4-9 (buffet, beer, wine, show, tax and tip included in price); 407-827-6534.
The Outta Control Magic Show, magic and comedy dinner show: 6 and 8 p.m. daily; 9067 International Drive, Orlando (inside Wonder Works attraction); $21.95 plus tax adults, $14.95 plus tax ages 4-12 and age 55 and older (reservations recommended); 407-351-8800.
Pirates Dinner Adventure, action-musical with stunts, four-course dinner and show set aboard full-scale pirate ship: evening shows daily; 6400 Carrier Drive (behind Wet 'n Wild), Orlando; $49.95 plus tax adults, $29.95 plus tax ages 3-11; 1-800-866-2469 or piratesdinneradventure.com.
Rivership Romance Wedding, comedy wedding, including dinner, dancing and entertainment: boarding at 7 p.m. Fridays; Rivership Romance, Exit 101C off Interstate 4 to Monroe Harbour, downtown Sanford; $45 (group rates and discounts available); reservations, 1-800-423-7401.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, featuring Celestial Manor, The Reunion, Roast 'Em, Toast 'Em and other shows, with audience participation, dinner, beer and wine: 6, 7:30 and/or 9 p.m. daily; 8267 International Drive, Orlando; $46.95 plus tax adults, $23.95 plus tax ages 3-11; 407-363-1985 or, outside area, 1-800-393-1985 or sleuths.com.
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, luau with drumming, dancing, music, food: 5:15 and 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Luau Cove, Polynesian Resort, Walt Disney World; $50.22 general, $25.43 ages 3-9 (tax and tip included); 407-939-3463.
Central Florida Railroad Museum, railroad artifacts and memorabilia with a particular emphasis on Central Florida: 1-5 p.m. daily; in former Tavares & Gulf Railroad Depot, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden; free; 407-656-0559.
Fort Christmas Museum, replica of 1837 fort built on Christmas Creek by Army during Second Seminole War, re-created by Orange County Parks Department: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday (closed on Orange County holidays); County Road 420, 2 miles north of State Road 50, Christmas; free; 407-568-4149.
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555.
Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum, with "Maitland Milestones" exhibit: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 221 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $2 per person, $5 per family; 407-644-1364.
Museum of Seminole County History, picture gallery, early transportation, country store, Indian artifacts, celery and fernery rooms: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, tours available by request; 300 Bush Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-665-2489.
Orange County Regional History Center, with interactive displays, Heritage Square park, permanent exhibit "How Distant Seems Our Starting Place: The Triumphs & Tragedies of the African-American Community in Central Florida," "Celebrating Our History: Bringing Our History Alive for Five" (through Oct. 29), "Journalist-Activist Joseph L. Brechner: Changing the Status Quo" (through Nov. 27): 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday (with guided tours at 11 a.m. Saturdays); Central Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, downtown Orlando; $7 general, $6.50 age 60 and older, $3.50 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-836-8500.
Pioneer Museum, exhibits tracing Osceola County's history, nature walk, 1890s house and store, research library: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday; 750 N. Bass Road, Kissimmee; donations of $2 adults, $1 ages 6-12, free age 5 and younger; 407-396-8644.
Sanford Museum, exhibits on local history and life of city founder: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; 520 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-302-1000.
Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop Museum, restored 1884 Victorian home and carpentry shop: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and by appointment; 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; $2 per person, $5 per family; 407-644-2451.
Winter Garden Heritage Museum, displays of citrus labels, railroad memorabilia, community history, photographs: 1-5 p.m. daily; 1 N. Main St., Winter Garden; free; 407-656-5544.
Winter Park Historical Museum, early Winter Park photos and postcards, Walking Tour of Park Avenue brochures available, "Recent Acquisitions" and "Photo Time Line" exhibits, "Footpaths to Flightpaths" exhibit on history of transportation: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; 200 W. New England Ave. (north end of Farmers Market), Winter Park; free; 407-647-8180.
parks and gardens
Big Tree Park, featuring the Senator, one of the oldest and largest bald cypress trees in the United States: 8 a.m.-sunset Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday; off U.S. Highway 17-92 on General Hutchison Parkway, Longwood; free; 407-788-0405.
Harry P. Leu Gardens, 50 acres of trails and botanical collections featuring colorful annuals, butterfly garden, palms, Florida native plants, 50-foot floral clock, tropical greenhouse: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando; $5 adults, $1 grades K-12 (free 9 a.m.-noon Mondays); 407-246-2620.
Historic Bok Sanctuary, nature preserve with gardens, carillon tower and Education and Visitor Center: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 3 miles north of Lake Wales at County Road 17A and Tower Boulevard; $8 adults, $3 ages 6-12, free for age 5 and younger (and free for everyone before 9 a.m. Saturdays); 863-676-1408.
Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, hiking trails, lakefront picnic areas, information kiosk, interpretive trail, buggy tours at 1:30 p.m. Sundays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 10 miles south of Kissimmee on Pleasant Hill Road; $3 adults, $2 students ($12 adults, $6 children for buggy tours); 407-935-0002.
University of Central Florida Arboretum, 79.4-acre nature preserve featuring seven native-Florida botanical environments, hiking trails, picnic areas, group tours available: sunrise to sunset daily; University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail, Orlando; free, with $3 parking fee; 407-823-3146 weekdays.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, with Astronaut Hall of Fame, Astronaut Encounter (meet-and-greets with astronauts daily), Early Space Exploration, Exploration in the New Millennium, KSC bus tour, Apollo/Saturn V Center, giant-screen films, Rocket Garden, training simulators and astronaut mementos: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (Astronaut Hall of Fame open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily); east of U.S. Highway 1 on NASA Parkway, 5 miles south of Titusville; free parking, maximum access admission of $37 adults, $27 ages 3-11, standard admission of $30 adults, $20 children, admission for Astronaut Hall of Fame only $17 adults, $13 children; 321-449-4400 or KennedySpaceCenter.com.
Museum of Arts and Sciences, nine permanent exhibits including American and Cuban art, planetarium, sculpture garden and more, Pleistocene fossil wing with exhibits and audio-visual overview of Pleistocene Florida: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach; $8 adults, $4 students, free age 5 and younger; 386-255-0285.
Orlando Science Center, with interactive exhibits including Wired Science and Healthy Lifestyles, Cinedome giant-screen movies (Mystery of the Nile and ESPN's Ultimate X: The Movie through summer), planetarium, Light Power Exhibit Hall, "Dino Digs: Mysteries Unearthed" exhibit, Microworld, "Try Science" computer links, "Measure Me," Digistar II planetarium shows, "Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm" (through fall), lightning photos by David O. Stillings (through Sept. 30), "Snark-a-Snoops" musical science show at 1 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 777 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Park, Orlando; $14.95 adults, $13.95 seniors, $9.95 ages 3-11 (includes exhibits, films and planetarium), $9.95 adults, $8.95 seniors and students, $4.95 ages 3-11 after 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays ($3.50 general parking, $2.50 members, free parking for gold members); 407-514-2000.
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, space-exploration history organized by former Kennedy Space Center workers: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday), noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville; by donation; 321-264-0434.
Animal Kingdom, 500-acre home to more than 1,000 animals, plus shows and rides: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily ("Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade" at 4 p.m. daily); Walt Disney World, off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
Busch Gardens, African-themed park and zoo, bird gardens, Edge of Africa walking tour, thrill rides, Clydesdale Hamlet and other attractions (with "Katonga -- Musical Tales From the Jungle" shows daily): from 10 a.m. daily; 8 miles northeast of downtown Tampa at 40th Street and Busch Boulevard; $55.95 plus tax general, $45.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 813-987-5082.
Cypress Gardens, with more than 36 rides, water-ski and figure-skating shows, flora (Kidpalooza through Sept. 26, Dwight Yoakam with Jim Van Fleet and the Reign at 6:30 p.m. Sunday): 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thurday; 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven; $34.95 plus tax ages 10-54, $29.95 plus tax age 55 and older and ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 863-324-2111 or cypressgardens.com.
Daytona USA, NASCAR theme with displays, games, trivia, interactive activities, big-screen racing movie: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach; $21.50 plus tax adults, $18.50 plus tax seniors, $15.50 plus tax ages 6-12, free age 5 and younger with paid adult ($7.50 plus tax for speedway tour); 386-947-6800.
Discovery Cove, interplay with dolphins, exotic birds, fish, stingrays: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando, off Bee Line Expressway at Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; $259 plus tax including a dolphin-swim experience, $159 plus tax without; must be age 6 and older to participate in dolphin swim (includes lunch, swim gear and seven-day pass to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, upgrade to 14-day pass for $30); 1-877-4-DISCOVERY.
Disney-MGM Studios, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Jim Henson's Muppetvision 3-D, Beauty and the Beast: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today and Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (with "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade" at 5:30 p.m. daily, "Fantasmic" performances at 8:30 p.m. daily except Saturday); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
Epcot, showcase of technology and foreign cultures in Future World and World Showcase: Future World 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; World Showcase 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (with "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" at 9 p.m. daily); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
The Holy Land Experience, 15-acre "living biblical museum," including "Praise Through the Ages" multi-media musical presentation, "The Oasis Outpost" children's area and "Scriptorium: Center for Biblical Antiquities": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday; 655 Vineland Road, Orlando; $29.99 adults, $19.99 ages 6-12, free age 5 and younger; 407-367-2065 or theholylandexperience.com.
Islands of Adventure, roller coasters and thrill rides including Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Storm Force Accelatron, Incredible Hulk coaster, Cat in the Hat, Jurassic Park River Adventure: from 9 a.m. daily; at Universal Orlando, Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; $63.64 adults, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger ($9-$16 parking, free after 6 p.m.); 407-363-8000.
SeaWorld Orlando, marine and adventure park with "Blue Horizons" show, Wild Arctic, Key West at SeaWorld, Manatees: The Last Generation?, Shamu, sea-lion and dolphin shows, Journey to Atlantis and Kraken rides, "Pets Ahoy" show, Tropical Reef aquarium, penguin exhibit, Clydesdale Hamlet, WaterFront at SeaWorld shopping-dining-entertainment area, educational behind-the-scenes tours (last weekend for Mistify shows through Monday, Shamu and Crew Character Breakfasts 8:45-10:15 a.m. Saturday-Monday): 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Monday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; off Bee Line Expressway at Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8 cars and RVs, behind-the-scenes tours $15 adults, $12 children (seasonal rates apply), one-day admission $63.64 adults, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-351-3600.
Silver Springs, glass-bottom boats, animal shows, jungle cruise, Wings of the Springs, Lost River Voyage, Big Gator Lagoon, World of Bears, Kids Ahoy Playland, Panther Prowl, Historical Showcase, Florida Natives on Ross Allen Island, Lighthouse Ride, Fort King River Cruise: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1 mile east of Ocala on State Road 40; $32.99 plus tax general, $23.99 plus tax ages 3-10, free age 2 and younger; 352-236-2121.
Universal Studios, movie-TV production studio and park, Animal Planet Live, Men in Black Alien Attack, Twister, Terminator 2 3-D, Back to the Future, Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone, Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy and others (screenings of new NBC series Surface in Studio 22A at 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. daily through Sunday): from 9 a.m. daily; Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; one-day admission $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger ($9-$16 parking); 407-363-8000.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday (with "Share a Dream Come True Parade" at 3 p.m. daily; "SpectroMagic" at 9 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday and Thursday; "Wishes" fireworks show at 10 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday and Thursday, 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday); off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; parking $8, one-day pass $63.64 general, $51.12 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-824-4321 or disneyworld.com.
Blizzard Beach, Disney water park featuring Summit Plummet, children's area: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; off Buena Vista Drive near Disney-MGM Studios; $34 plus tax general, $28 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-560-9283.
Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre, parasailing, wakeboarding, personal watercraft and water-ski trips: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World; parasailing from $90, tandem parasailing $140, personal watercraft $100, wakeboarding and water-ski trips from $140; 407-939-0754.
Walt Disney World Typhoon Lagoon, water park with surf wave, slides, snorkeling reef, kiddie area: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando; $34 plus tax general, $28 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-560-9283.
Water Mania, Wipe-Out surfing simulator, wave pool, water rides, children's pools, picnic grounds: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Monday, then closing; 6073 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $29.95 general, $23.95 ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-239-8448.
Wet 'n Wild, water park with rides (including the Storm, the Blast and the new Disco H20), wave pool, slides, flumes, Hydra Fighter, children's playground: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 6200 International Drive, Orlando; $33.95 plus tax general, $27.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 407-351-1800.
Wild Waters, wave pool, flumes, picnic areas, Twin Twister flume ride, other attractions: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday; 1 mile east of Ocala on State Road 40 (next to Silver Springs); $23.99 plus tax general, $20.99 plus tax ages 3-10, free age 2 and younger; 352-236-2121.
Cirque du Soleil, 90-minute "La Nouba" show featuring circus arts and theater with sets and music: 6 and 9 p.m. today-Sunday and Tuesday-next Friday; Downtown Disney West Side; $59, $73 and $85 plus tax general, $39, $49 and $59 plus tax ages 3-9; 407-939-7600.
Citrus Tower, observation tower, gift shop, restaurant: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 141 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont; $3.50 adults, $1 age 15 and younger; 352-394-4061.
CityWalk, complex of clubs and restaurants at Universal Orlando: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; Universal Orlando, Interstate 4 and Kirkman Road, Orlando; $9-$16 parking (free after 6 p.m.); no charge to get into complex although some venues have covers (CityWalk Party Passes, which include admission to all clubs, available); 407-363-8000.
The Herbie Express, train ride on 1942 diesel locomotive: departing 12:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $10 adults, $7 children; 352-383-8878.
Mount Dora Dinner Train, 21/2-hour train ride with four-course meal: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $50 plus tax adults; 352-383-8878.
Mount Dora Lunch Train, 11/2-hour train ride with meal: Saturday and Sunday only 12:30 p.m.; 150 W. Third Ave., Mount Dora; $28 plus tax adults; 352-383-8878.
Pleasure Island, Disney nightclub-restaurant complex, New Year's Eve-themed street party, fireworks nightly: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (clubs open at 7 p.m.); Downtown Disney; no admission charge for P.I. but $20.95 plus tax (age 18 and up) for multi-club ticket, $9.95 plus tax for single-club ticket; 407-934-7781.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station, with lighthouse tower, three keepers' houses with rotating exhibits, lens exhibition facility, nature trail, historic boat yard, "Native Americans of Our Area -- The Timucuans to the Seminoles" and exhibit on the wreck of the steam tug Commodore: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet; $5 general, $1.50 age 11 and younger; 386-761-1821 or ponceinlet.org.
Ripley's Believe It or Not, exhibits of oddities, video presentations, illusions, animation: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. daily; 8201 International Drive, Orlando; $16.95 plus tax general, $11.95 plus tax ages 4-12, free age 3 and younger; 407-363-4418 or 407-345-0501.
Scenic Boat Tour, narrated one-hour cruise through Winter Park lakes and canals, row boats and canoe rentals: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily for cruises and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for rentals; leaving from eastern foot of Morse Boulevard on Lake Osceola, Winter Park; $8 general, $4 ages 2-11, group rates by reservation only for boat tour, $5 for first hour and $1 for additional hours for rentals; 407-644-4056.
Wonder Works, interactive activities in mystery lab, physical challenge lab, bubble room, Laser Works (laser tag and video arcade): 9 a.m.-midnight daily; next to Pointe Orlando at 9067 International Drive, Orlando; $18.95 plus tax adults, $12.95 ages 4-12 and seniors, free age 3 and younger ($4.95 first game of laser tag, $2.95 each additional game); 407-351-8800.
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