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July 18, 2019


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 17, 2019) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer just got hotter with the announcement of a new weekend concert series and the return for a limited time of the popular Fun Card.  Today, the park announced a surprise four-weekend series of concerts, beginning July 20.  The indoor series, which is free with theme park admission, will be held in Nautilus Theatre twice daily on both Saturdays and Sundays.  For the best seat in the house, guests can purchase reserved and VIP seating for select performances. A limited number of reserved and VIP seating options and packages are available online at  Hurry and get your reserved and VIP seats and packages now before they sell out!

July 17, 2019


Orlando, Fla., Universal City, CA (July 17, 2019) – For the first time ever, Sony Pictures’ classic film, Ghostbusters, is coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and  Universal Studios Hollywood – bringing the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from one of pop culture’s most iconic films to life in immersive mazes based off the 1984 classic at the nation’s premier Halloween events, starting this September.

Ghostbusters has entertained generations with its comedic yet frightening tale of four paranormal investigators on their quest to eradicate supernatural threats from creating chaos throughout New York City. As the film marks its milestone 35th anniversary, guests will have the unique opportunity to live the action and terrifying scares they have seen in the hit film when it comes to life at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood.

In each maze, guests will follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters – Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston – as they venture through artfully recreated scenes from the film, including the firehouse, New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer, as an army of ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms attack from every corner.  As they delve deeper into the maze, guests will come face-to-face with an array of paranormal creatures, from the voracious Slimer to the all-powerful Gozer the Gozerian and in its ultimate destructor form – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, to brave the demonic spirits and survive the night.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins FridaySeptember 6 in Orlando and on FridaySeptember 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” and to purchase select tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit

About Ghost Corps
Ghost Corps, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., is focused on expanding the Ghostbusters brand with live-action feature films, animated motion pictures, television, merchandise, and other new entertainment products.  Ghost Corps is headquartered on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, Calif.

About Universal Orlando Resort 
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. 

Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family. 

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About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN

July 16, 2019

SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego Launch First Responders Salute With Half-Off Admission to Parks

Now through July 31, first responders and three of their guests can share all the parks have to offer this summer

Orlando, Fla. (July 15, 2019) – Now through July 31, SeaWorld Parks are proud to offer first responders and three of their guests half-price admission to its award-winning SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego parks as well as $25 tickets to SeaWorld San Antonio.
We have always taken immense pride in honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping others,” said Gus Antorcha, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “This summer, we’re especially excited to welcome first respondents and their families or friends to parks across the country as they make lifelong memories on our newest attractions. Offering first responders discounted entry is a simple way for us to show just how grateful we are.”

July 15, 2019

GUIDE: Reaching New Heights In Orlando

Photo: Unicorp

If you're a fan of heights, or you're trying to conquer the fear of them, you'll find plenty of high-flying adventures in the Orlando area. There are many attractions that reach new heights, and they just keep topping each other. Some of the tallest and craziest attractions you'll discover in Orlando aren't even in our theme parks! So, sit back and relax with your feet on the ground (for now), and let's take a peek at where to get high in Orlando!

July 12, 2019

Let’s Party! Krispy Kreme® Celebrates Birthday with Special Release Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – It’s our birthday, but it’s your party! This year Krispy Kreme is celebrating with the introduction of a new limited-time birthday doughnut available beginning July 15 and an epic offer July 19 to fulfill fans’ doughnut cravings.
Krispy Kreme’s newest Original Filled variety – the Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut – is festively filled with delicious birthday cake batter, dipped in strawberry icing and topped with party sprinkles. It will be available for one week only beginning MondayJuly 15, as part of Krispy Kreme’s 82nd birthday.
On FridayJuly 19, the birthday celebration gets even sweeter when fans can purchase one dozen Original Glazed® Doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen at all shops throughout Central Florida:

July 11, 2019

Simply Wish TooJay’s Deli “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, July 24 and Enjoy a Free Slice of Birthday Cake

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – TooJay’s Deli celebrates its 38th birthday on WednesdayJuly 24 with free slices of funfetti birthday cake created just for the occasion* and the opportunity to earn an additional 38 Delicious Rewards points.

“Since the first TooJay’s opened in 1981, our restaurant teams have worked hard to provide great experiences for our guests,” said TooJay’s President and CEO Maxwell Piet. “As we celebrate 38 wonderful years of serving simply great food, we thank our guests for their loyalty and invite new patrons in for our made-from-scratch specialties and amazing hospitality.”

In addition to enjoying a free slice of funfetti birthday cake just for saying “Happy Birthday,” TooJay’s Delicious Rewards Members who make a purchase and scan their receipt on July 24 will earn an additional 38 points.

TooJay’s Delicious Rewards program is perfect for loyal guests looking for freebies, rewards and special deals year-round. Guests may register through the restaurant’s mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices, and at Once registered, guests receive a free dessert just for joining and every dollar spent equals one point earned. Every 150 points equal a $10 reward!

June 29, 2019


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2019) – The Christner family celebrated a special anniversary on June 14 to honor 26 years of legendary dining in Orlando at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster. In addition to myriad charities, foundations and events supported throughout the year, the family-owned, award-winning restaurant generously opened the doors for a special fundraising celebration dinner to benefit one charity of choice. This year, one hundred percent of guest dining proceeds from the 26th Anniversary Dinner totaling $19,851.00 was donated to The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families.
“We are truly honored by numerous awards and accolades over the years and cherish them as much as the friendships and memories we have created. We hope to encourage our extended family and friends to realize their blessings and demonstrate a pattern of paying it forward,” said Owner Alice Christner.

WonderWorks Orlando Takes Magic Comedy Dinner Show to New Heights

ORLANDO, Florida – (June 27, 2019) – Those visiting Orlando who love magic will not want to miss The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks. The indoor amusement park is taking the long-running magic comedy show to a whole new level, by using technology to create more interaction with the audience. While previously only a small group of people would get the interactive experience, the new technology allows the whole audience become part of the show.  Plus, world-renowned magician Tony Brent will be thrilling crowds with more magic, and a straightjacket reenactment.

“Our fans loved the magic comedy show before, but now it’s going to be even more interactive and exciting,” explains Brian Wayne, general manager of WonderWorks Orlando. “This is a show that all ages can enjoy. It’s funny, it’s magical, and it’s an amazing experience for all who attend.”


The destination’s first Value Category hotel features 2-Bedroom suites, exclusive theme park benefits, a surfboard-shaped pool, and a casual food court – all at an affordable price

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 27, 2019) – Today, Universal Orlando Resort’s seventh hotel – Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – opened its doors to guests as the destination’s first Value Category hotel. Universal Orlando now offers a hotel for every style, every family and every budget, complete with exclusive theme park benefits and a seamless vacation experience.

Brought to life by the award-winning Universal Creative team, Surfside Inn and Suites offers guests a relaxed and easy retreat, with a surf and beach vibe woven throughout the hotel. The 750-room hotel is the destination’s seventh property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co., giving guests the immersive experience they have come to expect at a Universal Orlando hotel with rates starting as low as $73 per night for a 7-night stay.

June 26, 2019


All-New Dining Experience Puts Modern Twist on Open-Fire Cooking,
With Signature Dishes Infused with Smoky Goodness

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 26, 2019) – Universal Orlando’s newest original concept restaurant, Bigfire, is now officially open, adding a unique dining experience that draws modern inspiration from open-fire cooking and the nostalgia of long summer evenings at the lake to the incredible collection of restaurants at Universal CityWalk. 

Bigfire’s unique theming is designed to make guests feel as though they have stepped into a lakeside summer house, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of relaxed evenings spent at the water’s edge, cooking and creating memories with friends and family. The two-story venue features natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights, camp lanterns and more to complete the outdoor ambience inside the restaurant. And guests can enjoy one of the most popular fireside treats– s’mores – which they can prepare themselves right at their table.

June 25, 2019


(Atlanta, June 25, 2019) – In about two weeks, Herschend Live and 343 Industries will for the first time bring to life a brand-new way for fans to experience and immerse themselves in the beloved universe of Halo.


Universal Orlando to Hire 2,000 New Team Members Across Entire Destination 

WHAT: Universal Orlando Resort is hiring a total of 2,000 Team Members to fill roles for the world’s premier Halloweenevent, Halloween Horror Nights, and other opportunities across the destination.
Universal Orlando is now hiring more than 300 Haunted House Attendants for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Running for 41 select nights this fall, these positions are perfect for students and people looking for a nighttime or additional jobs outside of typical work hours. In the coming weeks, Universal Orlando will host specific hiring events for the Haunted House Attendant roles. 

The destination is also now hiring new Team Members for various opportunities across the entire resort. Full-time, Part-time and Seasonal positions are available in all areas including Attractions, Food Services, Culinary, Custodial, Entrance Operations, Security – and more.


Education Program and Workshops Announced for September Event Taking Place In Orlando

ORLANDO, FL June 25, 2019 - On September 15 and 16, chefs, restaurant owners, foodservice professionals and retailers will gather for The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. One of the main reasons thousands of industry professionals will convene at this leading event is to gain knowledge from subject matter experts who will share important information on issues impacting the restaurant, foodservice, and food retail industries. For access to the education program,  visit

"The countdown begins, with just under 100 days left until the show, we are thrilled to offer a tremendous line-up of subject matter experts focused on the hottest topics related to building a winning team, health & diet, marketing & social media, operational excellence, bar & beverage, and more," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group.  "The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida education programs combined offers over 30 complimentary sessions to registered attendees.  New for this year, an additional selection of sessions will be offered before the show floor opens to meet the needs our guests  are requesting - which is even more access to this impactful content."

Below is a sampling of topics that will be discussed in each track:

June 21, 2019


In collaboration with Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Creative City Project

Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are seeking 5 bands or solo artists from a diversity of genres to play with a live orchestra.
  • 5 bands or artists will be selected
  • Each will have 2 songs orchestrated
  • Songs will be performed live at IMMERSE 2019 in Downtown Orlando with the Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras.

(Friday, June 21, Orlando, FL) – Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are pleased to announce this partnership.

“Orchestrate” will collaborate with 5 bands or solo artists to arrange orchestrations for 2 of their songs. The bands will rehearse with the collaborative orchestra and will perform their songs live in Downtown Orlando as one of the central acts of IMMERSE 2019.

June 11, 2019


Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy
Acclaimed cinema eatery announces plans for Florida debut with
ten screens including Premium Large Format, a full-service bar & restaurant, 
and unique specialty programming. 

Orlando, FL --- The best film, food, and drink, all in one seat...and finally in The Sunshine State.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil plans to open its first location in Orlando, Florida. Located at Vineland Pointe, the new 450,000 square foot retail shopping center at the intersection of I-4 and Daryl Carter Parkway, Alamo Drafthouse Orlando is a ten screen dine-in theater with approximately 942 luxury recliners and an attached full-service bar and restaurant. The theater is expected to open in 2020.

“Our goal at Alamo Drafthouse is to be the best theater imaginable for the community. We do this by providing great food and drinks along with exceptional presentation and a diverse spectrum of programming and events,” says Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “We can’t wait to make it to Orlando, especially my two seven-year-olds who finally want to go along on Dad’s business trips."

“Bringing this premium entertainment concept to Vineland Pointe helps fulfill our vision for a true experiential destination,” said Bill O’Connor, CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners. “Our goal is to create a compelling mix of entertainment and retail to serve the needs of the community as well as Orlando visitors.”

Alamo Drafthouse Orlando will showcase the very best new releases, iconic special events, and a delicious food and drink menu served at a guest’s seat. Each auditorium will be equipped with top-of-the-line digital 4K projection and dynamic surround sound, and fully outfitted with luxury recliners that are equipped with footrests, ensuring each seat in the house offers a viewing experience of unparalleled comfort.

The new theater will also feature The Big Show, Alamo Drafthouse’s Premium Large Format concept that showcases the very best presentation standards available today, including Dolby Atmos’ immersive sound technology and a laser projection system. Continuing the company’s commitment to preserving 35mm, Alamo Drafthouse Orlando will also feature 35mm changeover projection so that both classic films and new releases can be experienced in glorious celluloid.

June 9, 2019

REVIEW: Revisiting Escape Game Orlando For Round 2

You know the drill - it's waiver time!

Four years ago, we visited Escape Game Orlando for the very first time - shortly after their opening. It feels like that was a lifetime ago, so it's a fine time to see what's new and how the missions have evolved. After all, there is a bit of brilliance behind any escape venue that proves itself enough to stick around, and Escape Game Orlando is doing it right in more ways than one. 

The game we initially played in 2015 ("Classified") is no longer part of the roster. When we played, "Classified" and "The Heist" were the only options at this fledgling location. Now, there are SIX, and they all appear to be leaps and bounds beyond the games that this location opened with. Escape Game Orlando has expanded its portfolio and they increased the originality of the games and the appeal and depth of the scenes in the process. 

Ironically, on our way to the location, we discussed the types of clues we knew to expect, wondering how they'd be used in the game we selected - The Playground. If you've done multiple escape rooms, you probably know what I mean. There are certain things you can expect to find in your missions regardless of where you choose to play. (Think blacklights, my escape room fans.) It's not that these are bad features... but you start to learn what types of things to look for as you become more familiar with escape room concepts and strategies. The Playground was a bit of a surprise in the sense that it was really very original. Many of the usual techniques you get used to in escape room play didn't present themselves in this one. It was an entirely new beast!

Details... All the way down to the classroom pet!

This time around, our team consisted of five hopeful escape artists - three of us who are somewhat escape-experienced, a first-timer, and a true pro who has 40 rooms under his belt (including all of the rooms at this location, except this one). 

The premise of The Playground is as follows... Your team has to complete the assignments on your report card to earn your "escape" from Mrs. Clayton's 4th-grade class and start your summer vacation. Your report card consists of ten tasks. The room is designed to accommodate up to 12 players, and we were urged to bring as many as we could find. Great advice, because 4th grade has gotten a bit tougher since I was there last!

Can I just say that it took us an embarrassing length of time to just tackle attendance? From there, we seemed to get our act together a bit. After a big flurry of chaotic, cooperative clue-gathering, everyone seemed to break off into sub-teams on different missions to divide and conquer. Every now and then, someone would abruptly shout something out causing everyone to ask what everyone was working on... but never really waiting for an answer before getting back to their own assignment. Not gonna lie - we happily accepted a few clues that helped us make sense of things that were pieced together, but not quite in place. Once something jiggled loose, that beautiful domino effect took over,  and we'd all take pause to wonder how we completed a burst of assignments in one sudden moment. And just when and how did the classroom door open into the next room?? We couldn't tell you - but it was open nevertheless. Not quite an escape just yet, but I think we were all rather happy to spend some time in the playground!

Need a clue?

Yes, you are supposed to climb it... and then some! As this is a spoiler-free zone, let me just say that I took the above photo well before anything was revealed in the room. Bring your inner child, and try your best to avoid the fun distractions that you have to address along the way. It is tempting to stop playing to... well, play... but keep your focus on that time clock. You still have about half of your report card to complete once you gain access to the land of temptations here! Again, I strongly advise that 'divide and conquer' approach, but keep close and in communication with your entire team because you'll need to come together along the way. (I hope you paid attention there, ahem!) The very last challenge is an incredibly appropriate and awesome way to end the game. We could barely stop giggling long enough to tackle it. We were having a ball leaping around in a hustle, and it really just capped off the whole experience in the best way.

Now, for the moment you've all been waiting for... Did we escape? YES! With ONE second left to go, we made it out! I tried to give our amazing Game Master, Mary, all the credit for that, but she minimized her clue contributions, reminding us that we were short seven players. So yes - we'll take that win and wear it proudly. It was not an easy game, but it was perhaps the most fun one I've faced thus far. As for the rest of the team - We have two that rank it as a favorite, the newbie is completely hooked now, and our seasoned pro loved it, but still prefers Escape Game Orlando's ever-popular Prison Break. We're somewhat divided, but all impressed, and we'd put this one as a must for any escape fan - and the escape-curious. As far as escape rooms go, Escape Game Orlando is certainly playing their A-game these days, and we can't wait to see what all the buzz is about with Prison Break next!

Have you played a room at Escape Game Orlando? Maybe you've played a few? We'd love to hear about your experiences and which rooms score highest with your team!  Check out all the current games and book your own experience (currently $34.99/person) at Escape Game Orlando.

June 3, 2019

TooJay’s Deli Helps Families Save Money This Summer With Kids Eat Free Deal

From June 5 through August 28, Kids Eat Free every Wednesday with the purchase of one adult entrée

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 3, 2019) – As the last bell rings at schools across Florida, TooJay’s Deli invites families to save some money this summer with a special deal. Kids Eat Free every Wednesday starting June 5 through August 28 at TooJay’s with the purchase of one adult entrée. 

“Considering the cost of vacations and camps, summer can be very expensive,” said Robin Bayless, TooJay’s Vice President of Marketing. “Our weekly Kids Eat Free offer every Wednesday is our way of welcoming families and offering summer savings.”

Children age 12 and under can redeem one free Kid’s meal with one paid adult entrée and must order from the Kid’s Menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites. This special offer does not include beverages and cannot be combined with any other offers.  

Breakfast favorites include French toast, half a Belgian waffle and other popular choices. For lunch and dinner, kids can enjoy a hamburger, Jr. Tuna Melt, Chicken Salad Chop Chop, Mac & Cheese and more. All lunch and dinner meals offer a choice of two sides, including crispy carrot sticks with Ranch dressing, Mandarin oranges, chocolate pudding, red grapes, French fries and apple sauce, plus a famous TooJay’s mini black & white cookie. 

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s has grown to 29 restaurants and currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, Collier County, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area and The Villages.

TooJay’s received the 2019 Best of Palm Beach County Awards for Best Sandwich Shop and Best Dessert from The Palm Beach Post, the 2018 Best of the Menu Tracker for its Nova Latkes from Nation’s Restaurant News, the 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award as a State Winner from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for its work with Feeding Florida, the 2019, 2018 and 2017 Dining Award for Best Deli from Orlando Magazine and two 2017 Foodie Awards for Best Deli and Best Take-Out from the Orlando Sentinel.

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