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TRAVEL: MAGIC DISNEY; Let Mickey cast a spell over you.

THERE'S nothing more exciting than escaping the rat race and heading for the home of theworld's most famous mouse - even if you've been before.

The thing about theme parks is they are constantly re-inventing themselves to prevent punters getting bored.

And in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando in Florida, millions of dollars have been pumped into new thrills and spills for 2008 and beyond.

SeaWorld has already opened Aquatica, a state-of-the-art waterpark, and is about to unveil Jungala - another new park at Busch Gardens in Tampa - while Universal Studios is all set for their new Simpsons ride and also has plans under way for a Harry Potter attraction.

And then, of course, there's Disney.

Holidaymakers have been making the pilgrimage to the Magic Kingdom, the original home of Mickey the Mouse, at Walt Disney World for almost 40 years.

Additions such as Epcot, with its fascinating modernism and thrilling rides, Disney's Animal Kingdom, where you can soar to the top of the Himalayas for a safari, and Disney's MGM Studios have all helped make it the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world.

And, as part of the resort's Year of a Million Dreams festivities, visitors will be entertained with even more top attractions this spring and summer, including an exciting street party.

The Block Party Bash, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is the park's most interactive parade to date, where guests can rock along with Toy Story's Woody and Buzz as well as Mike and Sulley from Monster Inc.

Meanwhile, some of the Disney Channel's other beloved characters will be playing up with a special stage-show.

Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage is a singing, clapping and be-bopping show designed for toddlers and starring favourites from programs like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins.

The singing continues with the highenergy High School Musical 2: School's Out show, which is inspired by Disney's hit film series and includes several wellknown songs from the movies.

While another well-known voice, that of our Dame Judi Dench, features at the new Spaceship Earth attraction in the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, which includes an interactive post-show that allows you to create a vision of how your future will look.

And Toy Story Mania will also be unleashed at Walt Disney World this summer. The cutting-edge attraction zips guests into a three-dimensional ridethrough computer game where they can launch darts at balloons, toss rings at aliens and throw eggs at barnyard targets in a mad scramble for points.

So, even if you've been before, there's still plenty more magic left in Mickey's kingdom to explore this year.

TICKETS

Orlando FlexTicket offers 14 days access to SeaWorld, Unive rsal Studios, Is lands of Adventure, Aquatica and Wet 'n Wild. The FlexTicket Plus also includes the Busch Gardens and Universal's CityWalk for pounds 150 an adult and pounds 125 a child. For Details visit www.orlandoflexticket.co.uk.

Attraction Tickets Direct offers a seven-day pass to all the Disney parks for pounds 147 an adult and pounds 127 a child. For more info visit www.attractionticketsdirect.com.

GETTING THERE

Stay seven nights at Disney's Pop Century Resort from pounds 819 per adult and pounds 235 per child with car hire and return flights between May 1 and May 13. For more details visit www.virginholidays.com or call 0844 5573 875.

Spend a fortnight in Florida departing London Gatwick on May 4 for pounds 249 per person. Includes return flights, accommodation and car hire. Call 0871 911 2415 for info or see www.travelcitydirect.com.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2008
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