After seeing modest attendance gains in 2010, Florida theme parks have high hopes for 2011 and going into next year. Indirectly, this is good news for real estate investors and second home owners, with better attractions and new venues in the area, resort style communities will surely be in higher demand.
Many of Central Florida’s main destinations have added new attractions this year. Disney’s Hollywood Studios revamped its Star Tours ride with a 3D Star Wars theme. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers an add-on experience which allows guests to join a small group on a guided expedition to see the park’s wild animals on foot and by special vehicles. Sea World features a new whale show called “One Ocean.” An hour away in Tampa, Busch Gardens is touting its new Cheetah Hunt roller coaster that launches riders from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of seconds, and let’s not forget Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter introduced last year.
However, that’s not all, Central Florida will add yet another allure to its long list of tourist attractions. LEGOLAND Florida is scheduled to open in Winter Haven on Saturday, October 16th. The world’s fifth LEGOLAND theme park, and first one on the US East coast, is going up on the site of the old Cypress Gardens, one of Florida’s first theme parks. Planners say 50 million LEGO building bricks will be incorporated into rides, statues, and attractions geared toward children ages 2 to 12 and their families. The 150-acre park will feature 10 lands, more than 50 interactive rides, shows, and attractions including amazing LEGO models.
With LEGOLAND Florida opening, and other theme parks adding to their repertoire, real estate in the resort areas of Orlando will continue to be a good investment!