Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites Guests to Fly With An Astronaut April 2-6

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Fly with an astronaut

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites Guests to Fly With An Astronaut April 2-6, 2015

New Half-Day Program Features Private Tour, ‘Flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience®

and Lunch with Veteran NASA Astronaut

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a special, limited-time, limited-capacity program called “Fly With An Astronaut” in which guests can spend a thrilling half day experiencing the highlights of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including a ‘flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience®, with a veteran NASA space shuttle astronaut and pilot.

Limited to just 43 guests per day Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 6 only (Easter weekend), the program includes admission to the Visitor Complex as well as a morning of tours and activities guided by astronaut Jon McBride. One of many highlights of the day is the opportunity to “fly” on Shuttle Launch Experience with McBride, who served as the pilot of STS-41G aboard space shuttle Challenger and is a former naval aviator who has logged more than 8,800 total flight hours, 4,700 of those hours in jets. The experience also includes a catered buffet lunch at the Apollo/Saturn V Center; a panoramic photo stop at the Launch Complex (LC) 39 Observation Gantry, which is otherwise not accessible to guests; an autographed photo of the guest with the astronaut hero; and a retail gift.


“We are proud to offer this extraordinary opportunity to guests who want to learn about and experience America’s space program through the eyes of an experienced, veteran NASA astronaut,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “What better way to engage and inspire guests of all ages, particularly our future space explorers, than to offer them a chance to ‘fly’ aboard a shuttle with an actual space shuttle pilot, see actual spaceflight opeNanrations areas, and hear firsthand his personal recollections of life in space?”


Fly With An Astronaut participants will meet at Space Shuttle Atlantis at 9:30 a.m. each day for a “preflight” briefing and individual photo with McBride – and then the countdown begins! The newly recruited “crew members” will enter Shuttle Launch Experience to find out what it feels like to launch into space aboard a shuttle traveling 17,500 mph – with an experienced NASA astronaut and space shuttle pilot at their side.


“I’ve ridden plenty of launch simulators and I’ve been at the controls of a real space shuttle, so I can tell you that Shuttle Launch Experience is the closest thing to a shuttle launch as you can get without actually leaving Earth,” said McBride. “I’m looking forward to sharing that exhilarating experience with guests who want to come and ‘fly’ with me and spend a few hours learning more about Kennedy Space Center and the past, present and future of our space program from an astronaut’s perspective.”


Participants will then board a bus with McBride for a private tour of Kennedy Space Center, including a drive past the Vehicle Assembly Building and a stop at the LC-39 Observation Gantry. Here, McBride will share stories of his launch aboard space shuttle Challenger and his astronaut experiences as guests take advantage of panoramic photo opportunities of KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the distance.


The next stop is the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where participants will enjoy a guided tour with McBride, followed by a catered buffet lunch. During lunch, guests will receive a printed photo of themselves with McBride and have an opportunity for him to autograph it. At the end of the tour, at approximately 1:30 p.m., guests will receive a retail memento and will be free to continue touring the Apollo/Saturn V Center or board a bus back to the Visitor Complex.


The new, limited-time, limited-capacity program is $199 for adults; $174 for children (ages 3-11), including Visitor Complex admission, a catered lunch, an autographed photo and a retail gift. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex annual pass holders may purchase the program for $149 per adult or $134 per child (ages 3-11)


Seating is limited; for reservations, please call 877-313-2610.


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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 Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. 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 noon and 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


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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Introduction

All this week we are going to be posting about the new offerings at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and the Disney Vacation Club additions called Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Since Betsy shared her visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, I thought I would share a brief introduction to what you will find when visiting Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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E Komo Mai to Disney Vacation Club at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Here are some quick facts about what you can expect to find when visiting Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows:

  • At Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney Vacation Club Members and Guests can choose between two different room categories: Deluxe Studio Villas (sleeps up to five) and Bora Bora Bungalows (sleep up to eight).
  • Upon completion of all construction phases, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will feature 380 vacation homes – 360 Deluxe Studios villas (the largest number of their kind at Walt Disney World Resort) and 20 Bora Bora Bungalows.
  • For the first time in Disney Vacation Club history, Deluxe Studio villas at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are able to connect to each other, based on availability.
  • Hidden Mickeys in the carpet of the longhouses, as well as artwork inspired by Polynesian nature, including birds, floral, and a feature art piece based on the Jungle Cruise attraction.
  • Villa countertops and tiles are inspired by volcanic rock, with colorful accent tiles in the bathroom walls inspired by Mary Blair, the same visionary who created the look and feel of the It’s a Small World attraction.
  • Members and Guests watching the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park from the deck of their Bora Bora Bungalow can enjoy listening to the accompanying music through their personal sound system.

View from lake view villa

Later today I will be touring and sharing tons of pictures and even more information about Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, so make sure you keep up with my adventures by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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LEGOLAND Hotel At LEGOLAND Florida Announces Fourth Room Theme

 LEGO Friends LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Announces Fourth Room Theme

LEGO Friends complete the room types available at the LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida has finally revealed our fourth themed room that will open with the Hotel on May 15th!

Your kids’ best LEGO Friends, Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea and Mia, are coming for a permanent sleepover at the new LEGOLAND Hotel.

Each of the themed rooms has a treasure chest filled with secret goodies, a separate kids’ sleeping area (no parents allowed), and lots of awesome LEGO models. 

 LEGO Friends Room Include:
  • King bed in the adult sleeping area and sofa sleeper
  • 2 high-definition flat panel TVs
  • Welcome Treasure Hunt with LEGO prize
  • Kids’ own sleeping area with bunk bed, pull out trundle bed and entertainment unit (sleeps up to 3 kids)
  • LEGO brick to build with during your stay
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Vanity/work station
  • Wi-fi access
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • In-room safe

The LEGO Friends fun doesn’t end there! This summer, Heartlake City is coming to LEGOLAND Florida! The new land includes a ride themed to Mia’s love of horses: Mia’s Riding Adventure, plus our new interactive show ‘Friends to the Rescue’, Stephanie’s News Room and shops inside Heartlake Mall. This is going to be the best summer ever!

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“When it opens in summer of 2015, Heartlake City will be a colorful and vibrant new land offering adventures for all ages,” said Jones. “The centerpieces will include a fantastic horse-themed disc coaster called Mia’s Riding Adventure and an interactive show, ‘Friends to the Rescue’ as well as new shops inside Heartlake Mall.”

You can find TONS of information about the LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Resort opening May 15th here!

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