A couple of sad departures are balanced out by two artful additions to central florida’s attractions _ live active cultures _ orlando weekly

Last Thursday, Jan. Daily fantasy baseball 12, Winter Haven’s Legoland celebrated the debut of Ninjago World with a flock of Fuller House stars (including Jodie Sweetin), a flurry of high kicks from Dr. Beach landscape Phillips martial arts students and a blizzard of confetti. Facebook desktop site Based on the hit toy-turned-TV-series that’s soon to spawn a feature film, Legoland Florida’s latest expansion transformed a narrow strip behind its wooden coaster into an elegant Oriental garden crafted from plastic bricks.

Kid-sized interactive activities – such as dizzying “Spinjago” playground devices, horizontal climbing walls and a reflex-testing arcade game – set the stage for the land’s centerpiece, a 3-D interactive dark ride designed by Triotech that is by far the most technologically advanced ride at the family-focused resort. Softball logos Lego Ninjago the Ride builds on the legacy of shooting gallery rides like Universal’s Men in Black and Disney’s Toy Story Mania by dispensing with the gun, and instead turning riders’ own hands into the input device. Garden bed ideas for front of house More than 100 computers are involved in tracking player movement, rendering millions of pixels in real time and projecting it onto both screens and sculpted sets.

With a theoretical capacity of 1,000 riders per hour, wait times for Ninjago were reasonable even on opening day. Fencing classes That’s good news, because firing kung-fu spells by waving your hands around it isn’t quite as intuitive as it sounds, and you’ll need at least a couple of trips to get the hang of it. Pinch hitter 3 unblocked The different maneuvers advertised in the preshow are merely suggestions. Pictures of decks Legoland Florida general manager Adrian Jones shared with me his preferred technique: Rest your elbow on the lap panel so that your hand sits at least 8 inches above the sensor and rapidly flick your fingers, making small adjustments to your aim.

Ninjago the Ride easily outdoes anything at Legoland Florida for sheer wow-factor, even if it isn’t on the level of an Orlando E-Ticket. What does pitch mean in science The 3-D projections use dated polarized glasses, and the ride itself has no intelligible dialogue or storyline to speak of. Arizona spring training However, none of that will matter to my ninja-obsessed nephew, who I expect will have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of the car.

On the other hand, I nearly had to be dragged away from my first-ever Walt Disney World press event, marking the debut of Epcot’s new Festival of the Arts event. Ultimate college softball Perhaps it’s the complimentary chocolate twist-topped Sidecars speaking, but on first impression the Festival – which runs Fridays through Mondays through Feb. Small house design ideas interior 20 – has elevated my expectations for Epcot’s food-centric festivals with superior presentations on both the stage and plate.

Take the $14 charcuterie palette served at the Masterpiece Kitchen kiosk near Canada. Outdoor research military It requires 14 separate steps to assemble the cured duck breast, jelly-crowned blue cheese, and other savory tidbits atop a faux-wooden board, making it the culinary equivalent of Rowan Atkinson’s gift-wrapped necklace from Love Actually. Michigan softball roster The end result looks, tastes and costs more like a fine-dining appetizer than a quick-service snack, as do many of the other offerings, from jumbo sea scallops garnished to resemble Renoir’s “Woman in a Hat” to whimsical Pop Art pop tarts.

Putting the Arts into the Festival are smartly curated seminars and exhibits honoring Disney’s artists both legendary (galleries of Herb Ryman and Mary Blair concept art) and living (work by Lynn Rippberger, Lon Smart and Kim Gromoll appeared over opening weekend). Baseball diamond layout Live performances range from a Quebecois punk band and Grammy-winning producer/percussionist Archie Peña on outdoor stages to headlining Disney on Broadway Concerts that kicked off with Ashley Brown of Mary Poppins fame (through Sunday, Jan. Football scores high school 23), and will continue with New York stars Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey (Jan. Small front garden ideas 27 through Feb. Espn fantasy football mock draft 2015 6).

Ordinarily, I’d be inclined to opine about how Disney has over-expanded Epcot’s seasonal event calendar, squeezing in this new festival between the Holiday and Flower & Garden fests with mere days before and after. How to make curtains Instead, Epcot’s Festival of the Arts has instantly shot near the top of my favorite annual attraction events. Backyard baseball 2005 It won’t be a real replacement for Downtown Disney’s much-missed Festival of the Masters until it adds a folk art component, but these creative comestibles are worth an encore, even on my own dime.