Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Father’s Day Fun

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Gives Dads 

An Out-of-This World Space Experience for Father’s Day

Dads can indulge their inner space geek with an out-of-this-world, space-exploration-themed Father’s Day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where visitors are always exploring.

The whole family can enjoy a full-day space experience at the Visitor Complex, which brings to life the exciting past, present and future of the U.S. Space Program. The Visitor Complex recently extended its hours to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to allow families more time to explore the endless fun and educational activities available.

Highlights of Father’s Day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex include:

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· Becoming a space shuttle astronaut at the unique $100 million, 90,000-square-foot Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction, where visitors get nose to nose with a real spaceflown orbiter. Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed as if floating in space – the only space shuttle orbiter in the world exhibited this way. Dads also can train on various realistic simulators: take a simulated spacewalk, land the space shuttle on the shuttle landing facility, operate the robotic Canadarm or dock with the International Space Station.

· Experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a space shuttle launch at Shuttle Launch Experience. Called by NASA astronauts the world’s most realistic simulation of a space shuttle launch, Shuttle Launch Experience is now a part of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

· The KSC Up-Close Explore Tour, which gives an insider’s view of the U.S. Space Program, from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the past and future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes up-close views of the massive, 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), one of the largest single-story structures in the world, and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB and on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by a panoramic view of launch pads at Cape Canaveral that are currently accommodating rocket launches by NASA, SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

· The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. The Apollo Treasures Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk.

· ATX – Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites guests to explore as never before. During ATX, a highly interactive program allowing guests to experience the thrill of a personalized space adventure. Participants experience the Multi-Axis Trainer, which randomly spins and twirls its occupant in multiple directions and through 360-degree revolutions, the Micro-Gravity Wall, that allows them to climb and descend in an almost effortless state, and the 1/6th Gravity Chair, which incorporates springs and pulleys to create the true-to-life feeling of walking on the moon. The experience culminates in a simulated space shuttle mission to the ISS, with each crewmember assigned a specific role. Based on assignment, participants proceed to a full-scale shuttle mock-up or take the helm in a realistically outfitted mission control room.

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noonand closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 

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Pick Six: Watching The Festival Of Fantasy Parade

The Festival of Fantasy Parade debuted at the Magic Kingdom earlier this Spring, and it has been a hit!

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The parade features a new (and crazy catchy song) with amazing costumes and floats that is a celebration of Fantasyland and its many inhabitants.

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The garden of Disney Princesses float leads off the Festival of Fantasy Parade starring Cinderella, Belle, Tiana, and Elsa & Anna (and of course Olaf). The float has sections that spin so that everyone can catch a glimpse of their favorite Disney Princess. You will also notice that the original song is mixed with each character’s song. It is a great touch!

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Next Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled swing on the streets in search of the “best day ever”. The performers on this float are amazing, and I get tired just looking at them!

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Then we go under-the-sea with a jubilee starring Ariel, Sebastian, and an enchanted ocean ensemble from The Little Mermaid atop a sparkling music box. This is the shortest and smallest portion of the Festival of Fantasy Parade. It is really cute, but I wish there was a little bit more to the float.

Festival of Fantasy

Peter and Wendy from Peter Pan come soaring through the sky aboard a pirate galleon perched on a sparkly rainbow pursued by Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tick-Tock the Crocodile. The Lost Boys are really what make this section of the Festival of Fantasy Parade so great for me! They have great interaction with the crowd and their choreography is perfect.

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When you see the Scottish Dancers, you know that Merida from Brave accompanied by her triplet “bear” brothers are headed your way on top of a gigantic bagpipe. The bears are my favorite part of this float, because their spirit from the movie is captured so well.

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Following Merida is Maleficent as a fire-breathing, clockwork dragon rolling down the street your jaw will absolutely drop!!! Before she arrives you will see Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather flying around as Prince Phillip uses his mighty Sword of Truth to take on Maleficents henchmen. This section is by far the most amazing part of any parade I have ever seen! You will be spellbound by the floating trio, amazing henchman costumes, fight choreography, and Maleficent herself. It is stunning to watch.

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The Festival of Fantasy finale features high-flying fun with Mickey and Minnie in a giant hot-air balloon, plus a cavalcade of beloved Disney Characters from Pinocchio to Snow White. Make sure you take your time and look at each and every bit of the finale floats that you can, because details and characters can be found everywhere! I feel like I spot something new every time I watch the parade!

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I couldn’t end this post without sharing some of my favorite tips about watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade!

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Pick Six: Festival of Fantasy Parade Watching Tips

1. Look up to pick your spot!

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A lot of the action on the Festival of Fantasy parade floats takes place above you, so make sure you look up to pick your spot to watch!

2. Best places to watch

Festival of Fantasy

I like to watch the Festival of Fantasy from the hub, so if you can try to watch the parade from the Fastpass+ area! Another great spot is right in front of Town Hall, because without a curb it makes for a more up close experience.

3. FIRE!

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Yes the Maleficent float breathes fire, but she doesn’t do it all of the time! Make sure you listen for the musical cue of a large build up and she will also raise her head up very high.

4. Taking Pictures

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Since a lot of the action and characters in the parade are up high, you are going to want to make sure that you are not standing in a place where the sun is in front of you.

5. Front Row

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If you can clear your schedule and get to your parade viewing spot early I would! Being front row for Festival of Fantasy is the best!

6. CAUTION!!!

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YOU WILL SING THE FESTIVAL OF FANTASY SONG OVER AND OVER AND OVER! It’s not as bad as ‘Boo to You’, but it’s really close!

Festival of Fantasy

The Festival of Fantasy runs daily in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It steps off in Frontierland at 3:00 pm, but make sure to check your times guide and listen for updates in case of inclement weather.

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