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Orlando theme parks say goodbye to Christmas attractions

If you didn’t get the chance to see all of the special holiday attractions at Orlando’s many theme parks this season don’t worry, you still have through the weekend to take part in the festive events.

Holiday events continue at SeaWorld this week with its Christmas Celebration wrapping up Saturday. Sunday is the last day for the Macy’s holiday Parade at Universal Orlando and for “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular” at Islands of Adventure. The “Holidays in Space” programming continues at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through Jan. 1.

At Walt Disney World®, Epcot’s ™ Candlelight Processional concludes with narrator Marlee Matlin Dec. 28-30. Guests can still enjoy the incredible Christmas lights display during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s ® Hollywood Studios™. And Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney’s ® Animal Kingdom ™, the Castle of Dream Lights and other Christmas programming at Magic Kingdom ™ continues throughout the week.

Holiday events aren’t the only things Orlando theme parks are saying goodbye to this week. Universal Orlando will say a sad farewell to the iconic Jaws ride on Jan. 1 “to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience.”

"We must always work to provide new, innovative entertainment experiences for our guests," Universal officials said in a statement. "We know "Jaws" holds a special place in the hearts of our guests, and we have put a great deal of thought and care into this decision."

Universal also notes that, since Jaws is an important part of the park's history, "we’ve got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it."

The ride, based on the 1975 movie directed by famed director and Universal theme-park consultant Steven Spielberg, was one of the original attractions in Universal Studios when the park opened in 1990.

The surrounding Amity-themed area around the attraction will also be closed “to make room for what will be an exciting new attraction experience,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said.

"Jaws has been an amazing attraction and an important part of our history. We know that Jaws holds a special place in the hearts of our guests," Schroder said. "But we always have to look to the future and dedicate ourselves to providing new, innovative entertainment experiences for our guests.”Park officials said they're anxious to share details of their plans for the area, and will make an announcement in "due time."

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