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In Florida, I stepped out of a plane 5.5 kilometers up – Silvija Travel Tips 

I like adventure, and the opportunity to experience the World’s Highest Tandem Skydive from an aircraft at 18,000 feet/ 5,486m, almost five and a half kilometers, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I could not miss out on. 

On a recent road trip to the sunshine state, I had the opportunity to visit Titusville on the Space Coast, close to Kennedy Space Center. The Skydive Space Center specialises in high-altitude sky diving. It was exciting and scary as I thought about what lay ahead. What would it be like for one and a half minutes of free fall? What if the parachute didn’t open?

The Skydives usually occur in the morning as the sky is clear, with few clouds and less wind to blow you off course. I checked into the Skydive Space Center. After signing my life away in pages of medical, danger warnings, and indemnity paperwork, I was instructed and trained in the safety of parachute jumps, body position, hand signals, and what to expect.

Next, it was time to get kitted out in a harness to attach me to my tandem skydive instructor. Mick? was Italian and had jumped many times and assured me I was in safe hands. Eye goggles on, I made my way to the King Air aircraft with my instructor, wearing double belts to keep us attached during the jump.

In a matter of minutes, we were up and away with four other crazy jumpers. A 7-minute flight brought up to a height of 18,000 feet. There was no turning back as we moved through the aircraft on our bums toward the door. In seconds, it was my turn to jump. I was sitting at the door over five and a half kilometers up, looking out at the beautiful clear blue sky. 

GO – we were out and falling at 120mile an hour. I imagined it was like a movie screen from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. It was incredible, face felt like the skin as been pushed around the side of the face and behind my ears. One and a half minutes of freefall straight down. The gound was coming up very fast.

Then the moment the parachute opens. It caught me by surprise as the parachute deployed and slowed our descent. It felt like I was getting pulled softly upwards as I transitioned from the horizontal on my belly free fall position to sitting vertically in my harness. Once the parachute opened fully, I enjoyed the breathtaking scenery, and it was time to enjoy a 7-minute parachute flight.

The landscape of Florida was scenic, spectacularly beautiful, and unbelievably fantastic. In the distance was Orlando, and under my feet were breathtaking views of the Indian River and Kennedy Space Center.

The touchdown was so soft, gentle landing. An EPIC experience of pure adrenaline. I would do it again. 

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Skydive Space Center website: info@skydivespacecenter.com

Skydive Space Center
476 N. Williams Ave.
Titusville, Florida 32796, USA

Universal Studios Hollywood Reveals Details of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD’s Signature Ride,“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge”

Inspired by the Popular MARIO KART Video Game Series
and Featuring Cutting-Edge Augmented Reality, this All-New Technologically-Advanced Ride
Raises the Bar on Interactive Theme Park Attractions

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Here for a Sneak Peek of the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” Ride

Universal City, California, June 2, 2022 – When “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” opens in SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ at Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023, guests and fans will find themselves immersed in one of the world’s largest, most interactive rides they have ever experienced. It seamlessly fuses augmented reality with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track to debut a ride that’s unparalleled anywhere within the theme park industry.

The highly-anticipated opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood represents the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States, designed to transport theme park guests and Nintendo® fans into the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to be part of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Guests will access SUPER NINTENDO WORLD via the iconic Warp Pipe to enter the land where they will find the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride located within Bowser’s Castle.

This innovative achievement will propel guests into a multi-dimensional experience that recreates iconic environments from the Mario Kart games and where no two races are alike. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is also one of the most complex rides ever built within the entertainment industry.

The sophisticated ride is a multi-sensory cornucopia of color, sound and movement that invites guests to navigate familiar environs through the creative use and integration of head mounted augmented reality (AR) goggles—a key point of differentiation that distinguishes this ride from other theme park attractions.

From the depths of the dungeon within Bowser’s Castle, guests will climb aboard stadium-style, four-seat Mario Kart vehicles inspired by the video game, put on their AR goggles …and then with a 3-2-1 GO! signal from Lakitu, they will be off to the races.

The premise is simple but equally inspiring and challenging and will appeal to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through courses underwater and in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win.

“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” raises the stakes for guests as an intriguing and repeatable ride with a variety of outcomes.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is conceived in partnership with Nintendo and the visionaries at Universal Creative to deliver exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to Nintendo fans for generations.

The immersive land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood that will feature the groundbreaking ride, “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge,” and interactive areas, to be enjoyed by the whole family, along with themed shopping and dining to enhance the entire experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood and guests continue the countdown to the land’s early 2023 opening with the Feature Presentation retail store, well stocked with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merchandise such as Mario and Luigi themed apparel and iconic character hats and a selection of plush characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser.

More information and details will be shared soon. In the meantime, guests can visitwww.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for theme park updates. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

10 New Orlando Experiences for Summer 2022 

ORLANDO, Fla. – As one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S., Orlando maintains its popularity as one of the top places for summer vacationers and promises an array of new experiences for visitors planning their next trip to the Theme Park Capital of the World. In addition to new attractions at Orlando’s theme parks, the destination is offering up even more new adventures ranging from a new golf entertainment venue from Tiger Woods to an alcohol-free speakeasy concept.

“Orlando is ready to welcome summer travelers with unforgettable new experiences,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “Whether you’re a theme park expert or a first-time visitor, there’s always something new to discover in Orlando with a variety of new hotels, unique restaurants and one-of-a-kind attractions to explore and create new vacation memories.”

Continuous updates on what’s new in Orlando can be found at VisitOrlando.com, the official visitor information source for the destination. On the website, visitors can also make an appointment for a complimentary, personalized one-on-one Vacation Planning Service with one of Visit Orlando’s vacation planning experts for advice and guidance on building the perfect itinerary.  

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindEPCOT‘s first “other-world” showcase pavilion opens May 27, featuring a new storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
  2. Ice BreakerSeaWorld Orlando‘s first launch coaster features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle, the steepest vertical drop in Florida.
  3. Aquatica Orlando‘s newest water slide, Reef Plunge, offers eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings with twists and turn though 330 feet of fiberglass. A vibrant array of marine life, Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks and a variety of other cold-water fish are also part of the new dynamic habitat.
  4. PopStroke, a golf entertainment venue created in partnership with Tiger Woods, will offer a menu of handhelds and pizzas to enjoy from the indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking two 18-hole miniature golf courses. PopStroke even has an app to automatically keep track of scores on the course and is set to open in May at Waterford Lakes Town Center.
  5. Take a short drive to explore Orlando’s local neighborhoods and experience The BANDBOX – Orlando, Central Florida’s first alcohol-free speakeasy cocktail tasting lounge and vintage shop, will open this summer at Ivanhoe Village in Downtown Orlando.
  6. Immersion at London House, a new boutique restaurant by Chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü, features a tasting menu-only concept with a sensorial dining experience focused on science, climate change, sustainable farming and zero waste, where texture, scents and sounds are as important as taste.
  7. The New York Beer Project, set to open this summer in Winter Garden, will resemble an indoor beer garden complete with a gastropub, sidewalk bistro and up to 20 craft beers on tap.
  8. Three-time James Beard Award semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar has brought his concept Knife Burger to the JW Marriott Orlando. Featuring a slightly more expanded menu than the original Texas location, the poolside restaurant offers classic, high-quality burgers as well as seafood burgers and salads, all made with the finest ingredients.
  9. The Tuscan-inspired, 126-room ette Hotel Orlandoopens in June near Disney World. Focusing on wellness as an alcohol-free property, the hotel offers culinary experiences in partnership with Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, along with The Spa at ette, with services for everyone from the modern minimalist to the unruly naturalist.
  10. AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista will offer a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness facility, inventive chef-tailored dining and signature cocktail service. The property is set to open June 2022.

About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and Theme Park Capital of the World®. Visit Orlando connects consumers with every segment of Central Florida’s travel community, whether for a vacation or meeting. Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks — as well as refreshing water parks, outdoor thrill rides, activities to connect with nature, and a dynamic dining and entertainment scene — Orlando is welcoming to travelers of all ages. With 450 hotels, visitors have choices that span multi-acre resorts to themed boutique hotels. Orlando’s trusted theme parks, attractions, hotels and businesses have developed comprehensive safety measures and worked closely with medical experts to create safe travel experiences. Find more information at VisitOrlando.com.

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THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO 

Whether it’s a trip for familiescouples, single travelers or a group of friends, Orlando is the perfect destination thanks to wondrous diversity that ensures an unforgettable vacation filled with unique experiences for every visitor. In short, you’ll never run out of things to do in Orlando — and you’ll make a lifetime of cherished memories while you’re at it!

For instance, if thrill-seeking is your style, you won’t be able to get enough of our open-air theme parks, expansive water parks and amazing attractions. There’s a lot more for you to discover, though, including diningshoppingecotourism and other things you won’t want to miss. So, get out and explore it all — there’s no wrong way to experience Orlando!

Take a trip to the city made for thrill-seekers Orlando 2022

The heart of Florida is home to world-famous theme parks, Disney delights and exhilarating studios. Venture to Orlando – made for family-fun and grown-up giggles.

holiday to Orlando is an adventure for the senses. Let your laughter out, feel the wind ripple through your hair on rollercoaster rides and watch wildlife with wonder when you arrive in Florida. Orlando is the ultimate hub of excitement, bursting with fly high rides and make-a-splash water parks – with entertainment for everyone. Find fairy tale magic in Walt Disney World, meet the most loveable characters and watch fireworks light up the night over Cinderella’s Castle. Discover the energy of Universal Orlando Resort, with its white-knuckle rides and memorable movie moments.

See the vibrancy of International Drive. Start with Denny’s for a mammoth breakfast of oversized pancakes, then venture through the enthralling upside-down world of Wonderworks. Shopaholics can lose themselves in Orlando International Premium Outlets, with its discounted designers and oodles of frozen yogurt stalls. Or head over to glistening Lake Eola’s downtown, for the colourful Sunday farmer’s market and free yoga on the lawn. If taking a swing on golfing greens is more your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Orlando. Soft sand banks, palm trees and crocs in the water hazards – watch out.

Enjoy different activities every day of your Orlando experience.

Bringing the World to America 

Orlando, June 4-8, 2022

U.S. Travel Association’s IPW will continue to reunite and rebuild the global travel industry in 2022, providing an in-person platform to conduct business and renew relationships around the world.

 As the leading inbound travel trade show, past IPWs have generated more than $5.5 billion in future travel by connecting U.S. travel exhibitors with travel buyers and media to promote their product and negotiate future business, securing America’s position as a foremost global travel destination and showcasing the best of what the U.S. has to offer. 

IPW gathers travel professionals—including U.S. destinations, hotels, attractions, sports teams and transportation companies, and international tour operators, buyers and wholesalers from around the world—to meet in one place to help bring the world to America.

See You soon, IPW , Orlando, June 4-8 2022

TOP DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR NEXT AMERICAN HOLIDAY

Are you thinking of your next trip to the States but aren’t sure where to go!? We get how overwhelming planning a holiday can be, and with so many places to choose from, it’s hard to pick exactly where you’d like to go. But, that’s where Tour America come in! We’re Ireland’s experts in USA holidays and we’re here to inspire your choice and your planning! So whether it’s your first trip or your a regular visitor to the States we’ve compiled a list of 5 Top Destinations you must visit in 2018. Check it out!

LAS VEGAS
There is no where else in the world quite like Las Vegas and with so much to do and see you’ll never get bored! One of the most popular attractions in Vegas is its incredible selection of live shows. Over the years Las Vegas has hosted some of the worlds biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Elvis to Celine Dion and now even Britney Spears. While there, taking in a show is a must!

Las Vegas has incredible dining options for every taste, weather your looking some traditional american options or something a bit fancy Vegas has you covered! Try something a bit different and go on an adventure find Vegas’s ‘secret pizza place’. We will give you a hint – head towards the Cosmopolitan Hotel!

Oh and of course Vegas has incredible shopping options for every budget from outlet malls to luxury brands. Add in high roller, bellagio fountains, trip to the grand canyon.

  • ORLANDO
    With great weather all year round and Theme Parks that every member of the family will enjoy, a trip to Orlando will not disappoint! From Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld both big and little kids will have a great time!
    In the evenings International Drive, otherwise known as iDrive, is a great place to spend an evening with all the family! Famous for its bars, restaurants and attractions like the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, the 400-foot tall observation wheel has breathtaking views of Central Florida. Enjoy the sights of downtown
    Orlando’s, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.
    But there’s more to Orlando than just theme parks. Orlando is home to some of the worlds best discount outlets as well as premium malls so make sure you schedule some retail therapy in your itinerary!

WASHINGTON
Washington, DC, the US capitol is the perfect place to discover the history behind one of the greatest countries in the world. Take some time exploring historical monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and museums like the National Museum of American History. If you feel like browsing the shops, Washington, DC is home to one of the biggest shopping malls in the states – Tysons Corner Center which has over 300 stores and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy some retail therapy.

The Smithsonian Institution is the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs and there are loads of gifts shops as well, so you’re sure to find a unique souvenir to remember your trip to the capitol city!

NEW YORK CITY
New York isn’t called the city that doesn’t sleep for no reason! There is so much to see and do in New York City, from soaring over the city in a helicopter to boat rides to Coney Island and strolling along the Highline. Also, shopping is a must when in New York because It wouldn’t be an ultimate trip to New York if you didn’t do a little shopping! With a huge selection of high street, luxury and discount stores, the options are endless! Oh and make sure to visit Macy’s on Herald Square, it’s one of the biggest stores in the US and it offers discounts to Irish travellers! For the ultimate New York experience make sure to grab a bite to eat at a food truck! They are a New York institution.

CHICAGO
Chicago has the perfect combination of impressive architecture and green spaces. There are so many different places to explore and attractions to see. Millenium Park is a must see, it’s a 24.5-acre park and the perfect place to hang out in the city.Make sure to also take a stroll along Chicago’s Riverwalk, which is a continuous walkway dotted with restaurants, bars and urban attractions at every turn. The public transport in Chicago is very reliable and it is easy to walk and find your way around the city so there is no need to rent a car. Chicago is also famous for it’s deep dish pizza, so make sure to grab a bite as your exploring to get the full ‘Windy City’ experience!

Source:  touramerica.ie

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