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If you were one of the 12,000 people searching for ‘Orlando Holiday’ in the past three months, you might have been inspired by Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ahead of the grand finale and lucky ‘place on the plane’ winners who will be jetting off to Universal Studios on Saturday 8th April.

Inspired by the Geordie duo, the experts at AttractionTickets.com have compiled the *ultimate* 14-day itinerary that allows you to get the very most out of your trip to the sunshine state.

Day 1: Relax & Adjust

You’ve just landed and the local time is 5 hours behind GMT, so take it easy and adjust to your surroundings. Most flights arrive in Orlando in the afternoon, so we’d suggest leaving the theme parks until tomorrow and spending your first night relaxing and getting ready for 13 days of fun.

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Day 2: Magic Kingdom Park (Walt Disney World Resort)

Home to the most rides of any of the four parks in Walt Disney World Resort, it's the perfect place to kickstart your trip – take your time and absorb the magic, spread across six lands, there really is so much to see here.

Day 3: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

World-class rides and beautiful animal encounters are just some of the key attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Race around the track on Cheetah Hunt, the park’s longest ride, or come face to face with the 80-foot-tall King Cobra on Cobra’s Curse. If you’re feeling brave enough, try the new Serengeti Flyer, the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world. Located about 1.5hrs drive outside of Orlando, it’s a long day so get an early start and pack plenty of delicious snacks for the journey.

Top tip

Be sure to try the Serengeti Safari Tour: Here you get up-close and personal with the wild habitat, you might even get to hand-feed a giraffe.

Day 4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (Walt Disney World Resort)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is the biggest of the Disney parks spanning over 580 acres and home to around 1,700 animals – it’s the perfect place to spend the day getting closer to nature. Not only that, it features iconic rides such as Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, and you can meet iconic Disney characters in the finest jungle attire.

Top tip

Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. The slightly cooler weather usually means that the animals are more active than they are in the middle of the day.

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Day 5: Universal Studios Florida (Universal Orlando Resort)

One key thing to keep in mind is that if you stay at one of Universal’s Premier hotels, guests can get perks including passes to skip queues and early park admission.

At Universal Studios Florida you can jump right into the action of your favourite films and TV shows. Universal Studios is also home to several thrilling rides like Transformers: The Ride- 3D. Booking a 3 Park Explorer ticket gives you park-to-park access meaning you can jump between all 3 Universal parks in one day, but we recommend dedicating a whole day to each one for the maximum experience. Single day tickets are over $100 at the gate so you can save a lot of money by pre-booking multi-day tickets in advance.

Day 6: EPCOT (Walt Disney World Resort)

Discover the culture and cuisine of 11 different countries as you journey around the World Showcase in EPCOT. Try some traditional fish and chips in the United Kingdom Pavilion, quench your thirst with a German beer and indulge in some sweet treats at a French patisserie. If you’re up for a challenge, you can eat your way around the world, trying something from each country.

Day 7: And breathe…

Make room for a more relaxing day so that you don't run out of steam before the end of your holiday.

Whether you choose to enjoy a little retail therapy and souvenir shopping, at The Florida Mall or spend the day relaxing by the pool, there’s plenty of magic in taking a mid-holiday breather to recoup before you jump right back into the action tomorrow.

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Day 8: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World Resort)

Prepare for an unmissable day of thrill seeking at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Home to some of the most famous Disney rides of all time including the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the heart-racing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Top tip

Arrive at this park early and ride the most popular attractions first before the queues start to build up. Most people will head to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land first, so Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will often have shorter queues despite it being one of the park's newer rides.

Day 9: Universal’s Volcano Bay (Universal Orlando Resort)

This is the place where water park meets theme park, and luxurious relaxation shakes hands with thrilling attractions. The tropical paradise also promises little-to-no queuing thanks to the innovative TapuTapu wearable that lets you virtually wait in line (as well as triggering special effects throughout the park!)

The Krakatau Aqua Coaster is the main attraction, and sends guests racing through the heart of the park’s striking centrepiece – a 200-foot-tall Volcano!

Day 10: SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando combines the thrill of a theme park with the wow-factor of under-the-ocean animal encounters – ride on world-class roller coasters inspired by beautiful sea creatures, like Kraken and Mako, whilst getting closer to nature amongst the colourful aquariums.

Day 11: Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Universal Orlando Resort)

This park is home to The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Skull Island: Reign of Kong amongst plenty more. Any superhero fans will be at home here.

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Day 12: Discovery Cove

If you’re looking for a day away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, laze the day away at Discovery Cove. Whether you choose to relax on the white sandy beaches, swim with beautiful bottlenose dolphins, or explore the colourful Grand Reef, there is plenty to keep you entertained here.

Top tip

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort which means food, drink, alcoholic beverages, lockers, wetsuits, towels and a souvenir snorkel are all included with your tickets.

Day 13: The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter

There are two lands dedicated to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spanning both parks in the Universal Orlando Resort, so you might need an extra day to dedicate to all the immersive experiences and attractions on offer, especially if you’re a big fan. Head to Universal Studios to explore Diagon Alley, before getting the Hogwarts Express to the village of Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Top tip

Play this day by ear. If you have an Orlando Freedom Ticket, you have the flexibility to park hop or revisit one of your favourite parks from your holiday again at your leisure.

Day 14: Tick Something Off Your Bucket List

Why not end your trip on a high (literally!) with an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over Orlando? If you’re not keen on taking to the skies yourself, watch the professionals do it, and witness an extraordinary live rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

For more information on the Orlando Freedom Ticket, or for individual tickets and packages, visit the AttractionTickets.com site.


The former partner of deceased rapper XXXTenacion has given birth to his son, just seven months after his murder.

Jenesis Sanchez and the artist's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, have issued a joint statement saying that they are "thrilled" at the newborn's arrival. 

“We’re happy to confirm that Baby and Mother are healthy,” the statement says. The little boy has been named Gekyume Onfroy.


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Only days after the death of XXXTenacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, the pregnancy was revealed in June of last year. The 20-year-old was shot and killed in Florida in his car.

According to the statement, the name Gekyume was “specifically” chosen by the late musician ”for his first born son”. 

The family say the name “means ‘different state’ or ‘next’ universe of thought,” adding that they are “honoured to fulfil his wish”.


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A posthumous XXXTentacion record was released last year entitled Skins, and featured prominent artists such as Kanye West.

The controversial rapper was facing a shocking 15 felony charges when he died, and was accused of multiple counts of domestic abuse, including an incident of physically assaulting a pregnant woman.

The rapper had been charged with the aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering, and was due in court the week after his death.


Singer Chris Brown was arrested last night in Florida, where he was performing as part of a nationwide tour.

The 29-year-old was in the US and scheduled to perform at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, however, at this point, it's unclear whether he was actually arrested before or after the concert (we presume it wasn't during the show!). 

According to various reports, Brown was arrested on an outstanding out-of-county warrant from last year. There's no word on what the warrant was actually for but reportedly Brown was arrested and released after he posted bail the same evening. 


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He is no stranger to run-ins with the law; in 2009 he was arrested and charged with physical assault charges following an incident with his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. As a result of the assault, he was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats in that incident, and received five years probation and community service.

He was also arrested in 2013 after an alleged incident in a hotel in Washington and kicked out of rehab that same year for smashing his mother's car window during a family session. 


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Brown has yet to comment on last night's arrest.  



Let's face it – us Irish aren't exactly know for our Michelin star cuisine, but there are a number of dishes we've managed to perfect over the years.

Spice bags, Tayto sandwiches, Sunday roast, chicken fillet rolls; not only are these the staple foods of ever Irish hangover – they're national delicacies and we're damn proud of them.

One man who found this out the hard way was Twitter user, Lil Chicken Tender.

Late last week, the 22-year-old shared a photo of something that looked suspiciously like a chicken fillet roll along with the caption: “If you from Florida you already know wtf goinn on.” (sic)

Infuriating, we know. But let's give the guy a break – half the island have already been on to him to point out the mistake.

Here's how it all went down:

Basically, Irish people are good at two things – making rolls and confusing Americans. 

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Millions have been ordered to evacuate from Florida as Hurricane Irma hones in on the Sunshine State.

A mass evacuation has been ordered for an estimated five million residents .

The storm has already caused huge destruction in the Caribbean. 

Hurricane Irma has so far claimed the lives of 21 individuals. 

The storm was reupgraded to Category 5, the highest category, after previously being downgraded. 

'Based on what we know, the majority of Florida will have major hurricane impact and deadly winds,' said the Governor of Florida Rick Scott.

'We expect this along the entire east coast and west coast.'

'All Floridians should be prepared to evacuate.'



In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Florida residents are preparing to be hit by another super storm. 

Hurricane Irma is on the way to the Sunshine State, and has already claimed the lives of 14 people en route.

The hurricane decimated the island of Barbuda earlier this week as it made its way through the Caribbean.

It also hit Saint-Martin, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Barbados and Cuba. 

Tourists and natives alike were evacuated to places of safety. 

'To the people of Florida, we just want you to protect yourselves, be very, very vigilant and careful,' said POTUS Donald Trump.

The storm is reported to have winds of up to 290kmph.  



Around 80 strangers all came together after a family in Florida drifted out to sea.

Roberta Ursrey and her family were having a day out at Panama City Beach when she noticed that her sons were missing.

After looking around for her sons and their cousins, she heard them screaming from the water.

According to the Panama City News Herald, the boys were trapped by the current.

Roberta went to go into the water to save them, and while onlookers told her to stay on land, she didn't listen and went after her children.

However, shortly after entering the water, she too became trapped, along with five other family members who tried to save the boys.

One onlooker, Jessica Simmons, who was having dinner with her husband, saw the family struggle and at first thought people on the beach were pointing at a shark.

When she realised it was people stuck in the current, she found a discarded boogie board and began swimming out to save the family.

Jessica told the paper: “These people are not drowning today. It’s not happening. We are going to get them out.”

Meanwhile, Jessica's husband and some other people began a human chain, and within a few minutes 80 people were surrounding the trapped family.

The family were all safely brought back to land with the help of complete strangers.

Roberta's mother suffered a heart attack during the ordeal, while her nephew suffered a broken arm, however nobody else was hurt in the incident.

She told the publication: “I am so grateful. These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family’s life to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”


Multiple people have died following a shooting in Orlando, Flordia this morning.

The Orange Country Sheriff's Office tweeted that there had been 'multiple fatalities' in the 'tragic incident.'

Authorities have not given an exact number of fatalities, but early reports are suggesting that up to five people, including the gunman, were killed.

The shooting happened at around 8:00am at a business in the Orange County area, and it's believed the shooter was a disgruntled employee.

Sheffif Jetty Demmings is currently at the scene and is expected to make a statement soon.

The incident comes exactly one week before the first anniversary the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in which 49 people were shot dead inside an Orlando nightclub.  

This is a developing story. 



Whether you were a fan of the movie or not, you can't deny that Disney's new Avatar world looks insane.

Walt Disney World in Florida is opening Pandora, The World of Avatar, later this year, and to be honest, it doesn't even look real – that's how good it is.

Pandora will open in Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer and has a whole range of activities to try.

It will feature various boat rides around a bioluminescent rainforest, a giant tree, and Avatar-themed restaurants.

The chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek, said: "I think the thing I'm most excited about right now to experience would be everything in Pandora.

"From the place-making to the two extraordinary attractions that will be in the land – both the Na'vi River Journey as well as Avatar Flight of Passage – these promise to set new high-watermarks for our experiential magic we give our guests.

"The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na'vi shaman who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music," Bob added.

This is the coolest thing ever.



A lone gunman has opened fire at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida – killing five people and injuring another six.

Local media reports state that the attacker has now been arrested and is in police custody. 

Video captured at the scene shows scores of passengers huddled together on the runway in fear for their lives.

Fort Lauderdale airport is one of the US's busiest, and the tragedy happened at a baggage collection point in Terminal 2.

It does not seem that the gunman breached security restrictions to make his attack.

Fox News cites a witness described the shooter as being tall and in his 30s.

Images of the shooter are also currently being shared on social media.



A drop in Florida tourism and the still keenly-felt impact of Blackfish means SeaWorld is struggling. 

Indeed, a top theme park consultant has now said that the attraction may need a decade or more to recover from the release of the hard-hitting 2013 documentary.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, said in conversation with the New York Post that SeaWorld's "imagery issues have not had enough time to go away," adding: "This is a ten-year turnaround."

The theme-park recently reported that attendance was off some 7.6 percent; there were fewer than 6million visitors in the most recent quarter – representing a 5.2 percent drop in revenue.

The drop-off also sparked a 13.2 percent decline in SeaWorld shares.

It was announced in March that SeaWorld was ending orca breeding and orca shows. 


Retired fire fighter David Van Buren has cared for his 13ft male alligator, named Gwendolyn, for 47 years, but the gruesome-twosome now face separation. 

The reptile, whose favourite snacks are pizza and cookies, has been with David since he was just nine-years-old. 

And ladies, he even took this lad to college. 

Back in 1994, Gwendolyn and David were separated for a time by government officials, but a judge overturned the decision and reunited the duo.

Now, David and his pal-igator are in trouble with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, who want David to make changes to his property to accommodate Gwendolyn.

David insists that Gwendolyn is healthy and is not a danger to anyone, and he will do whatever it takes to keep him. 

Lorenzo Veloz, an investiGATOR (it's too easy) for the commission, said that "Unfortunately, Gwendolyn the alligator is not in the proper caging it is supposed to be,” 

According to David, all parties involved in this dispute agree that it is in Gwendolyn's best interest to stay where he is, once all of the changes are implemented. 

Who said dogs are a man's best friend?