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August 13, 2018



ORLANDO, FL – Due to popular demand, Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin have announced an expansion of their North American tour. The co-headliners will make a stop at CFE Arena in Orlando, FL on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 PM. The groups launched their massive summer tour with electrifying performances and stage production to ravenous packed crowds in Seattle on July 16. The tour is co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions and features special guests In Flames and From Ashes To New. The tour date is presented by 101.1 WJRR.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available through, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the CFE Arena Box Office. Sign up for the CFE Arena Cyber Club to receive all the information you need about this event and others at

August 9, 2018


New Mazes to be Overrun by Malevolent Spirits at the Nation’s Premier Halloween Events in Orlando and Hollywood Beginning September 14
 CLICK HERE to Look Into the Light

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (Aug 9, 2018) –They’re Here.  Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will bring guests “into the light” as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events featuring terrifying new mazes inspired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film, Poltergeist, beginning September 14.
Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist garnered critical and consumer success when it first premiered in 1982. Characterized as one of the scariest films of all time, this groundbreaking movie paved the way for a new era of supernatural ghost stories that will come to life for the first time ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. This living representation of the film will take guests into some of its most iconic scenes and encounter memorable characters that spawned their first true nightmares.

August 8, 2018

2nd Annual Shake and Bake Retro Car Show at Ace Cafe Orlando this Saturday

Retro Car Show, Monster Trucks, Summer Meltdown headline August at the Motor-Centric Dining, Entertainment and Retail Destination

Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Shake and Bake Retro Car Show
Join Ace Cafe Orlando on Saturday, August 11th for the Second Annual Shake and Bake Retro Car Show. The Orlando Roller Derby girls will be skating around passing out samples of a special spiked iced coffee in flavors, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Mudslide and Irish Cream (also available in non-alcoholic versions).  There will be giveaways and prizes for the most impressive rides, and a live DJ playing a mix of favorite tunes from the 50s! This is an event for the whole family!

August 7, 2018


Ride your favorite coasters at the most thrilling time of day – nighttime!

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2018) – Just in time for National Coaster Day, today SeaWorld Orlando announces a two week promotion “Thrill Fest” culminating on August 17 “Thrill Fest Ride Night” with extended park hours.  Included in admission, guests can take the coaster challenge and ride all of their favorite thrills at SeaWorld Orlando: Manta, Mako, Kraken and Journey to Atlantis will stay open until midnight for coaster enthusiasts to enjoy.

·        Ride Night Coaster Tech Talk—August 17
Go Behind-the-Scenes and experience an exclusive “Tech Talk” with our operations and maintenance leadership teams to see the Manta “coaster house.” This free program will be limited to 50 guests per tour and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1 pm and 2 pm on August 17. Guests must sign up at the Information and Reservation Counter in order to participate.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Brings the Magic Closer to Fans than Ever Before Through Unexpected, Never-Before-Seen Performances

Tickets for All-New Show Coming to Orlando September 7-9 On Sale Today 

Orlando, Fla. – June 26, 2018 – Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats when the show comes to Amway Center in Orlando September 7-9, 2018 for six performances. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests, alike. Tickets are on sale now at

August 6, 2018

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Reese’s Outrageous Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Reese’s Outrageous Doughnut is available for a limited time
ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2018) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the Reese’s brand are at it again, this time creating the most outrageous doughnut experience ever! The new Krispy Kreme Reese’s Outrageous Doughnut is available starting today, Aug. 6 for a limited time at all shops in Central Florida:
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746
7930 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
(192 / Mile Marker 4.5), Kissimmee, Florida
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935
980 W Intl. Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

August 5, 2018


Free Beer Continues to Flow for Park Guests Through Labor Day Weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2018) – Just in time for International Beer Day, SeaWorld Orlando announces a brand-new festival celebrating the beloved bubbly beverage. Weekends Nov. 3 - 11 the park will host their first ever Craft Beer Festival. In the meantime, park guests can enjoy free beer and a daily happy hour through Labor Day Weekend.

·         NEW- SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival – Weekends Nov. 3 - 11
Calling all beer connoisseurs, SeaWorld Orlando has a brand-new festival worth raising your glass over. The SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival will feature 100+ brews on draft from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites. The festival will also feature 20+ unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the event brew selection. Guests looking to taste their way around the Florida craft beer scene can take advantage of SeaWorld’s sampling packages designed for the most adventurous beer fans.

August 1, 2018


Now Accepting Entries for Hip Sip Competition and Rapid Fire Challenge- Deadlines Approaching
ORLANDO, FL, August 1, 2018 - The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be offering two exciting competitions for chefs and bartenders to enter and have the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets as well as 8,000 industry peers. Both competitions, Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender  and The Rapid Fire Challenge: Chicken, Honey and Beer Edition are looking for leading bartenders and chefs to compete at the Expo taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, September 6-8, 2018. Entries for both events can be sent to Patricia Copela at Act fast: the deadline for the Rapid Fire Challenge is Friday, August 10th and the deadline for the Hip Sip Competition is Friday, August 17th.

The inaugural Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender is open to any bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry. To enter, bartenders must submit recipes that are expressed in ounces, drops, or dashes and scaled for a single serving. No frozen drinks are permitted in this competition. Applicants must also attach a video submission, no longer than 1-2 minutes, and a photo of the cocktail and recipe is required. Bartenders will be judged based on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation and flair. The nine finalists chosen will be announced on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and must be available to compete on Thursday, September 6 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. The bartenders will battle in their respective spirit category and the three winners of those rounds will advance into a sudden death round for the opportunity to be crowned the overall winner.  For more information about Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender, visit


Event Brings Popular Christian Music Acts to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 1, 2018) – Christian music fans can rejoice, Praise Wave, the popular music event, is returning for a second time in 2018 offering guests a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. The live concert events will take place on Sept. 15 and 22, 2018.

Guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and inspiring animal attractions.

Musical performances include:

  • Michael W. Smith – Saturday, September 15: Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith continues to delight audiences, having sold more than 15 million albums throughout his career. Michael W. Smith has been honored with three Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards and an American Music Award. He has also given back to the global community through his compassion work worldwide.

  • Newsboys – Saturday, September 22: In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Newsboys have sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY nominations, two American Music Award nominations and taken home multiple Dove Awards. These musical shapeshifters move fluidly between rock and pop, worship and dance, to the delight of their legion of fans.


ORLANDO, Fla. (August 1, 2018) — eyebobs®,  eyewear for the irreverent and slightly jaded, is on track to smash through the traditional eyewear retail model with the grand opening of its newest brick and mortar location in Orlando, Florida.
eyebobs Grand Opening on Saturday, August 25
Grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the new eyebobs store at The Florida Mall, located on the southeast wing between the Dining Pavilion and Macy’s. The 1,137 square-foot space features the iconic and irreverent eyebobs aesthetic with edgy design elements, splashes of yellow and a spin on some of the world’s most iconic works of art.
In collaboration with the Central Florida Community Arts organization, guests can enjoy the living museum theme featuring classic art pieces with an eyebobs’ twist, interactive displays, social media activations and a chance to win two tickets to Our Greatest Hits presented by CFCArts Symphony Orchestra (available to Florida residents with valid ID).
Calling All Artists
One caricature artist will be selected and featured at the eyebobs’ grand opening event. For more information and to apply for this opportunity, send an email to and mention Orlando eyebobs artist.

July 31, 2018

Employee’s Sandwich Creation Makes it onto TooJay’s Menu for National Sandwich Month

Florida’ Favorite Deli Celebrates with LTO Sandwiches

WEST PALM BEACH (July 31, 2018) – No dish is more versatile than the sandwich and no restaurant does sandwiches better than TooJay’s. Serving 1.5 million sandwiches a year at its 28 restaurants throughout Florida, the New York-style deli is celebrating National Sandwich Month by adding a tempting new sandwich created by an employee and two equally irresistible sandwiches, all available through September 16.

In preparation for the annual August tribute to sandwiches, TooJay’s held its first-ever recipe contest, challenging its more than 1,200 employees to create a great new sandwich for the menu. The winning Warm Antipasto Sandwich was created by Vernon H., a cook with TooJay’s for the past 19 years from the Lake Mary restaurant. The flavorful combination of ham, salami, provolone cheese, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and Greek olives is baked in crusty French bread and topped with melted provolone and balsamic glaze, served with coleslaw and a dill pickle. The generously sized sandwich is also available as a salad starter. 

“The contest was a fun way to engage our team members and sparked a lot of creativity,” said TooJay’s President and CEO Maxwell Piet. “We are very proud of what Vernon has created for our guests. The best talent and ideas often come from our team members. I look forward to our guests enjoying these delicious recipes.”


ORLANDO, FL - On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters will return to North America with their one-of-a-kind show to CFE Arena on December 2 at 2PM.

Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – they are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages.

The Globetrotters show will feature a star-studded roster, including Showmen like Big Easy LoftonHi-Lite BrutonAnt Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly FisherBull BullardThunder Law and Cheese Chisholm. To match the growing popularity of the Globetrotters’ female stars, the team will also bring the largest female roster in team history to fans across North America – including TNT ListerHoops GreenTorch GeorgeSwish Young, and Mighty Mortimer.* After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.#

Ticket go on sale Friday, August 3 at 10AM. Tickets start at $20 and can be found at the CFE Arena box office or by phone at or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, please visit

Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore Debut Exclusive First Look Image of New “Stranger Things” Halloween Horror Nights Maze Based on the Critically-Acclaimed Netflix’s Original Series

Compelling Art Created by Kyle Lambert, Official Illustrator of the “Stranger Things” Series

 Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Upside Down Terror

Universal Parks & Resorts (July 30, 2018) – Things are about to get turned upside down at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights’ with the first look reveal of the “Stranger Things” maze key art designed exclusively by Kyle Lambert, the official illustrator of the mega-hit Netflix original series.

Featuring the series’ cast standing adjacent to the predatory Demogorgon, the ominous image depicts a nearly palpable account of what guests can expect to experience when the “Stranger Things” maze debuts as part of “Halloween Horror Nights” this fall.

July 29, 2018


ORLANDO, FL July 27, 2018 - The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will offer dozens of educational sessions across six separate tracks covering operational excellence, marketing & social media, hot trends, healthy, building a winning team, and bar & beverage. This complimentary education program will be offered during the Expo & Conference taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, September 6-8, 2018. Restaurant, foodservice and catering professionals will learn about the latest trends, technologies and methods by attending over 60 education sessions delivered by industry experts who will cover topics vital to the restaurant and foodservice industry.  
"Restaurant and foodservice professionals from throughout the Southeast will be able to experience and immerse themselves in the newest trends, including a focus on healthy food, through our extensive education program which provides attendees with exciting new skills and knowledge to bring back to their businesses," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio. "Our speakers are truly a who's who list of experts in the industry who will share up to date information, case studies and provide actionable tools." To view the full conference schedule, visit this link.
The Bar & Beverage sessions will feature Peter Camps from Heineken USA who will talk Increasing Revenue with Beer through product assortment, beer & food pairing suggestions, proper menu merchandising, and proper service standards.  In addition, David Scott Peters, founder of will talk about Preventing Theft Behind the Bar
Emma Vaughn, lead of Main Street Hub's business outreach will discuss 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant in the Marketing & Social Media track. Other education sessions will include presentations on How to Use Your Online Reviews to Fill Your Restaurant During the Week with New Customers as well as Next Gen Marketing, and Turn Up Online Messaging for Social Media
The Theory of Profitability: Understanding the Theoretical Food Cost will be part of the Operational Excellence sessions.  Kevin Paider with Culinary Software Services will take a look at the baseline food cost calculation, what key items need to be tracked, and how to analyze the difference between your theoretical cost and actual cost.  Other topics will address franchises, protecting cash flow, optimal customer experience and much more. 
Darren S. Dennington, CFBE, will present The Nine Dysfunctions of a Restaurant Team and provide ways to bring a team together, improve morale, drive productivity and allow managers the time to focus and ability to work on the areas of the operation that truly need their attention in the Building a Winning Team track. Other sessions include Diversity and Inclusion for All by Oasis Outsourcing and a panel discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Johnson Jackson LLC.
The Hot Trends track will offer insights surrounding launching your business, increasing your sales, robots to augment your serving staff's capabilities, weed in the workplace, building customer loyalty, and knowing how a professional critic looks at your operation. One session featuring restaurant coach Donald Burns will discuss What Will It Take to Win Over Gen Z as Foodies? Another session led by CEO & founder of MenuTrinfo Betsy Craig will present 10 key principles to launch your business or take you to a new level personally based on Betsy's successful experience. 
Attendees of the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will also have access to an additional education program. New this year will be Healthy Food Expo Florida which will include an education program featuring sessions such as Gluten-Free: Not Just a Fad Anymore but Your Future, presented by Marlisa Brown award-winning Registered Dietitian, Chef and Author of 4 gluten-free books,and Poke Craze! The Proof is in the Poke with Patrick Eichstaedt Co-Founder of Tupat's Hawaiian. For more information on educational sessions offered as part of Healthy Food Expo Florida, visit
Featured workshops include How to Become a RockStar Restaurant with Darren S. Denington who will give the tools on operating a successful restaurant in today's challenging environment. This is open to servers, bartenders, key employees, managers and owners. A fun and exciting Why Whiskey education and tasting workshop led by Tom Fischer, Founder of and co-founder of the first whiskey marketing school and sommelier program. For those in need of allergy training, Betsy Craig, CEO and Founder of MenuTrinfo will offer AllerTrain, an ANSI accredited, manager level, food allergy and gluten-free training course with a test at the end for certification. All of these workshops are being offered at a special Show rate. 
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held Thursday, September 6 - Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The tradeshow and conference will provide 8,000 industry professionals with access to hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.  For more information, visit
The tradeshow and conference, is managed by Clarion UX, ( and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association ( The 2018 event will be co-located Healthy Food Expo Florida, and attendees will have access to both events with just one badge.  
About Clarion UX - Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.


"Spafford has been quickly building a following over the past couple of years thanks to the group’s penchant for improvised, genre-defying live jams [and] offbeat covers..." - Washington Post

Arizona's resident live band,  Spafford, will be in Orlando, FL on Thursday, August 16th for a performance with Umphrey's McGee at House of Blues. The quartet, hailing from Pheonix, AZ, are quickly evolving the concept of what a "jam band" is; rather than improvising on top of (and in-and-out of) songs, Spafford chart into territory where much of what they do on stage is fully improvised. 

The best-recorded example of this is Abaculus: An Improvisation Experience, which is an hour-long fully-improvised recording that came out of an impromptu jam session during a rehearsal last fall. Please find a stream to the Huffington Post dubbed "Industry Game Changer" here: Their highly anticipated sophomore studio LP,  For Amusement Only, is out now. 

The Habit Burger Grill is Fired Up to Support Central Florida Charities this Summer

Twenty percent of “Giving Tuesday” sales to be donated to a different local charity

ORLANDO, Fla. – July 26, 2018 – The Habit Burger Grill (The Habit), home of America’s Best Tasting Burger, invites guests to join them every Tuesday this summer as it hosts fundraisers benefitting a different Central Florida charity each week. Fundraisers will be hosted at each of its three Central Florida restaurants with 20% of sales benefitting the respective Orlando non-profit in need. Enjoy award-winning Charburgers, signature sandwiches, hand-cut salads, and more all while supporting your local community. Giving never tasted so good!

The Habit has teamed up with the following charities to raise funds at its Winter Park (1040 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park), Millenia (4706 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando) and SoDo restaurants (2205 S. Orange Ave., Orlando):

July 25, 2018


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2018) – Starting today, SeaWorld Orlando will be offering special discounts on select products to visit this summer, including admission offers for SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. The park is also offering special savings on Christmas products for the park’s annual Christmas Celebration event. From reservations to unforgettable park experiences, guests can take advantage of limited-time pricing and save big with these exclusive online offers.

Admission Offers:
·        $59 SeaWorld Orlando Single-Day Ticket
o   Visit between July 25 – Dec. 25, 2018
·        Vacation Packages featuring 3rd Night Free
o   Visit between Nov. 15 – Dec. 25, 2018
·        $179 Discovery Cove Reservations with Dolphin Swim
o   Reservations between Aug. 1, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019


Grand Opening at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2018) – Florida Family Foods LLC, franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, is set to open Central Florida’s newest Krispy Kreme Doughnut® shop, Tuesday, July 31 at 7930 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee.

Grand Opening Day
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Join us as the HOT LIGHT™ is turned on for the very first time.

Surprise Golden Tickets will be randomly placed in dozen boxes good for one free dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts every month for a year, redeemable at this location. Look for Golden Tickets in purchased doughnuts dozen boxes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 31, 2018.


Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed an all-new original content haunted house coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 – Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces.

As guests trespass into a dilapidated carnival, they will find a maze of decayed rides and games – and soon discover they are not alone. Horrifying guard dogs, a grotesque ‘tunnel of love’, gleefully vicious performers loaded with deadly weapons fabricated from old rides and more will stalk guests’ every move as they try their best to escape.

Check out the Universal Orlando Blog for more information about Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 runs select nights from September 14 to November 3 and will feature more houses than ever before. Additional details about this year’s event will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

July 24, 2018

The Holidays are just 6 months away! The ORLANDO CITRUS PARADE is coming to downtown Orlando on December 29th.

The event will be supporting the Give Kids The World Village
Downtown Parade to Kick Off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 29th

Orlando, Florida (July 24, 2018) – Florida Citrus Sports in association with Parades R Us and JM Best Entertainment is proud to announce the All-New Orlando Citrus Parade. It has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation, an annual tradition that occurs each year between the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl. 

For the first time, the Orlando Citrus Parade is supporting the Give Kids The World Village, the Central Florida based nonprofit resort for critically ill kids.