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June 15, 2018

CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 14, 2018) – The Fourth of July is brighter than ever at SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean. The night sky will light up with fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers during a one-of-a-kind, patriotic finale to “Ignite,” SeaWorld’s end-of-day spectacle.

The Independence Day firework display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and the best viewing area is from the park’s Bayside Stadium. Reserved seating packages for Electric Ocean and the 4th of July firework display are available for purchase at the park and online in advance. Pricing starts at $49 per person ages 3 and up.

Guests can also experience the rest of what SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean has to offer. The popular evening event brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sun sets. Electric Ocean also features exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics and a plethora of new food and drink options throughout the park.

June 14, 2018

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT TAKES NIGHTTIME LAGOON SHOW TO AN ENTIRELY-NEW LEVEL IN ALL-NEW “UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S CINEMATIC CELEBRATION” – DEBUTING THIS SUMMER


Epic Moments Inspired by Characters from Favorite Universal Attractions and Some of the World’s Biggest Films Come to Life in the Heart of the Universal Studios Lagoon this Summer 

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 14, 2018) – Starting this summer, Universal Orlando will take its nighttime lagoon show to the next level in “Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration.” The all-new lagoon show will give guests a brand-new, awe-inspiring way to cap off their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an epic cinema under the stars on select nights. 

“Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration” will seamlessly blend fountain-based media, a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and special effects in a whole new way. The show combines an all-new storyline with full panoramic water screens accented by additional multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping to transform the entire waterfront and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.

June 13, 2018

GILLIAN ANDERSON OFFICIALLY JOINS DAVID DUCHOVNY FOR THE X-FILES REUNION AT SPOOKY EMPIRE’S SWEET SIXTEEN ANNIVERSARY



The Convention will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus with Kathy Najimy

ORLANDO –Spooky Empire is thrilled to announce that Gillian Andersonwill be joining the recently announced guest David Duchovny for its October convention this year. Both actors are best known for their co-starring roles in hit TV series and later movie theater sensation, The X-Files. Anderson plays the role of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on this American sci-fi drama series. She is also known for her roles in other TV series such as The FallAmerican Gods and Hannibal. Her roles in films include Johnny English Reborn, Boogie Woogie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, The X-Files: Fight the Future, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

UNIVERSAL’S ENDLESS SUMMER RESORT – SURFSIDE INN AND SUITES IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS


Be Among the First to Stay at Universal Orlando’s Newest and Most Affordable Hotel – Book Today!  

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 13, 2018) – The most affordable hotel option at Universal Orlando Resort is now accepting reservations. Opening in August 2019, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be the first hotel in the destination’s new Value hotel category, with rates starting at less than $100 per night. It will offer a hotel option for families looking for theme park thrills, exclusive benefits and a seamless Universal Orlando vacation experience at the destination’s most affordable rates.

June 12, 2018

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offering “Summer is Incredible” Rates June 15-Sept. 3

. . . Special room rates provide a terrific way to take in
the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort,
experience the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and take advantage
of the Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (June 2018) – Looking for a fun family vacation? Then you should consider a visit to Central Florida, which has something to please everyone in the family. Take advantage of the special “Summer is Incredible” rates being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. Available for stays from June 15-Sept. 3, 2018, the special room rates provide the opportunity to take in the incredible new offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer.

Blue, the Velociraptor from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Franchise, Debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as Part of “Raptor Encounter” Experience


Guests Are Invited to Come Face-to-Face with the Fan Favorite

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Arrives in Theatres on June 22, 2018

Universal City, CA, Orlando, Fla., June 11, 2018 – Blue, one of the most popular dinosaurs from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, is now part of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s exciting “Raptor Encounter” experiences inviting guests to brave the dangerous predator in daring face-to-face standoffs.

 The imposing life-like creature is Owen’s beloved Velociraptor from Jurassic World and Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom and was brought to life for the “Raptor Encounter” employing the exact computer-generated model and images used to create her for the big screen.

June 10, 2018

REVIEW: MegaCon 2018 - Recap, Roundup Tips & MORE

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MegaCon truly is like Christmas for a great many of us. I watch an increasing number of friends, family, and acquaintances getting anxiously prepped for the fandom extravaganza each year, and I can genuinely say that the enthusiasm that swirls around it is at least equivalent to the excited frenzy that one may notice for the arrival of Santa Claus, or other such annual icons. Yes... it's like that, and every year it seems to get a little better - slowly evolving into the perfect geeky beast.

MegaCon remains one of the few events that my kids and I can all benefit from, although we do tend to split up for our own individually-tailored adventures once we arrive. This is the primary reason MegaCon appeals so much... it's very inclusive. Conventions have become a frequent occurrence in the Central Florida area, but MegaCon is one of the few that gives equal attention to all things fandom. I can benefit from the event just as much as my son - even though I haven't followed anything anime in the last ten years - and my son has all but lost interest in television serials. My daughter (whose greatest passion is shopping), considers this to be the most worthy occasion for spending, so she has her own method for MegaCon enjoyment.

While Tony and Sierra focus heavily on the things they know best, my approach is always broad exploration and discovery! So, how did we fare at MegaCon 2018?

June 8, 2018

TooJay’s Offers Half Off Bottles of Wine Every Tuesday Through the End of Summer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 7, 2018) – Summer is the season to relax and unwind and TooJay’s, the restaurant known for its generous servings of homemade New York deli favorites, is offering a refreshing deal for its guests. Every Tuesday through August, all bottles of wine at TooJay’s are half price!

To receive the discount, guests who want to enjoy a bottle of wine with their favorite meals must mention the promotion to their server and be 21 years of age. Wine bottle selections include Cavit Pinot Grigio, Estancia Chardonnay, Coppola “Diamond” Merlot, Josh Cellars Cabernet and Woodbridge White Zinfandel,

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s has grown to 28 restaurants throughout Florida and currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area, The Villages and Polk County.

TooJay’s received the 2018 and 2017 Dining Award for Best Deli from Orlando Magazine, two Foodie Awards for Best Deli and Best Take-Out from the Orlando Sentinel, the 2016 Best of South Florida Award for Best Deli from the Sun Sentinel and ranked eighth in the country for Family Dining by Consumer Reports.

For more information about TooJay’s, visit TooJays.com. Follow TooJay’s at  twitter.com/therealTooJays and instagram.com/toojaysdeli or visit the Facebook fan page, which has over 88 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli.

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend at ICON Orlando


New “ICONic Dad” Package includes Craft Beer Flight and
a Soda Float Bar, Tailgate Games, Priority Boarding


WHO:                   ICON Orlando, 400-ft observation wheel

WHAT:                Make Father’s Day extra special with a visit to the newly named ICON Orlando! Guests can now book the “ICONic Dad” package for just $139 (plus tax). The package includes a private family capsule for up to four people (additional tickets available for $20 per person plus tax, limit up to 4), a craft beer flight for dad featuring Orange County Brewers, a soda float bar for non-alcoholic options, tailgate games for the whole family to enjoy and priority boarding! Children under 3 and parking are always free.

To make a reservation and for more information visit, ICONorlando.com/fathersday.

WHEN:                 June 15 – June 17, 2018

WHERE:               ICON Orlando, 8375 International Drive Orlando, Florida

About ICON Orlando:
Located at ICON Orlando 360, in the heart of the International Drive district, ICON Orlando makes a statement as the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States soaring 400 feet. Guests are effortlessly lifted to experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the Central Florida landscape, creating iconic moments with every flight. Each capsule contains Apple iPad Air tablets which allow visitors to explore and learn more about the landmarks and surroundings in several languages and effectively see beyond what the eye can see. A flight on the ICON Orlando soars high enough to see the sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, nearby world-famous theme parks, beautiful lakes and lush landscapes, with views all the way to Cape Canaveral on Florida’s east coast on a clear day.

Fly Over to Orlando Science Center for Superhero Week!

KidsTown will be transformed into a superhero metropolis with Superhero Training Camp, Superhero Olympics, Live Shows & More
Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17, 2017
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHAT:
Orlando Science Center is turning beloved KidsTown into a superhero metropolis for Superhero Week! Come and learn what it takes to be an everyday superhero at home and in the community.

During this special themed event, little learners can participate in many events that allow them to discover their own superpowers and those held by community heroes. Challenge yourself in the Superhero Olympics interactive gameshow, make your own superhero accessories, enjoy story times with special guests and lots more!

Guests are strongly encouraged to come dressed as their favorite hero! You can also meet some of your favorite heroes in person on Saturday, June 16, like Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
PARKING:
Limited parking is available in the Orlando Science Center parking garage, located directly across the street from the Science Center, for $5 per vehicle.
COST:
Superhero Week activities are included with general admission, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for students and seniors, $14.95 for youth (ages 3–11), and free for children 2 and under. Admission includes access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater and live programming.
INFO:
For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or go to osc.org.

June 4, 2018

Kids Eat Free at TooJay’s Every Wednesday This Summer


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 4, 2018) – TooJay’s, the restaurant known for its generous servings of homemade New York deli favorites, is offering families a chance to save on meals this summer! Through August, Kids Eat Free every Wednesday at TooJay’s with the purchase of one adult entrée.

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 popular breakfast, lunch and dinner items. 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 bacon strips, among 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 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 28 restaurants throughout Florida and currently serves guests in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area, The Villages and Polk County.

TooJay’s received the 2018 and 2017 Dining Award for Best Deli from Orlando Magazine, two Foodie Awards for Best Deli and Best Take-Out from the Orlando Sentinel, the 2016 Best of South Florida Award for Best Deli from the Sun Sentinel and ranked eighth in the country for Family Dining by Consumer Reports.

For more information about TooJay’s, visit TooJays.com. Follow TooJay’s at  twitter.com/therealTooJays and instagram.com/toojaysdeli or visit the Facebook fan page, which has over 88 thousand fans, and become a fan at facebook.com/TooJaysDeli. 

MEGACON™, SOUTHEAST’S LARGEST FAN CONVENTION, WRAPS ANOTHER YEAR OF FUN AND FANDOM AT THE ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER – MAY 24-27, 2018

Photo Credit: Rachel Parker, MEGACON Orlando

Action-Packed Weekend Delivered Ultimate Fan Experience with Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood, John Cena and more

Orlando, FL – June 4, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, wrapped up the Orlando convention throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day multi-genre convention welcomed more than 100,000 fans and included programming for all ages, a star-studded celebrity lineup and more. 

This year’s featured celebrity guests included Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings); Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park); Jason Momoa (DC Justice League); John Cena, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars); Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman); Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars); Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid); Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force) among others. 

NEW GENRES DRIVE DR. PHILLIPS CENTER’S 2018/2019 LINE-UP


— Social, talk and alternative rock meet region’s
expanding entertainment palate —

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2018) — They don’t sing, dance or play musical instruments. And no one under 30 will recognize their names. But between them, Dan and Phil have more than 10 million YouTube subscribers and their upcoming world tour (yes, we said world tour) is selling out performance halls on four continents.

The British duo known for its quirky video blogs is one of several upcoming acts at the Dr. Phillips Center that feature celebrities who’ve risen to fame exclusively through social media.

Dive into Orlando Science Center’s World Oceans Day Celebration

Join this annual global event honoring the ocean with special activities and educational experiences at Orlando Science Center
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHAT:
Orlando Science Center is bringing the community together to celebrate and honor the ocean. Community partners will educate guests on ocean conservation and inspire them to create a better future.

Look forward to special ocean programming throughout the building during the event. Learn how we can protect and nurture our shared ocean as you check out reef restoration and Seafood Watch activities, special demos in the NatureWorks exhibit, a recycled marine debris art display and much more!

Plus, dive even deeper with special screenings of ocean-themed films in the giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome! Films include “Dolphins,” “Chasing Coral,” “The Living Sea” and more. For full schedule, go to www.osc.org/theater-schedule

This event is presented by SeaWorld.
WHEN:
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
COST:
World Oceans Day is included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11). All films are also included with general admission.

Parking is available for $5 per vehicle in the Orlando Science Center parking garage.
INFO:
For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit http://www.osc.org/world-oceans-day

June 3, 2018

REVIEW: B Resort & Spa - A Disney Springs Resort Hotel


Every year, we feature a few select recommendations for your Central Florida summer vacation. In our case, this is typically a staycation, of course... and we have had a few firsthand experiences with the Disney Springs Resort Hotels - which never fail to impress. This time around, we're spotlighting the B Resort & Spa!


The B Resort features 394 guest rooms and suites. Select rooms include bunk beds, kitchenettes, and/or wet bars; and all rooms feature exquisitely comfortable beds, 47" HD LCD TVs, Aveda bath products, in-room safes, iron/ironing board, mini-fridge, and ultra-modern power hubs with USB, HDMI and international outlet plug-ins to keep everyone connected (this goes well with the FREE WiFi throughout the resort). Compared to many area hotels, B Resort has an impressive selection of television channels and media options. Even the most basic rooms are spacious, sleek and inviting. The bathrooms feature dazzling, top-of-the-line elements and exceptional accommodation for cleanup after the parks before a night out, or a relaxing extended soak in the jacuzzi tub. These rooms are so comfortable that you'll need a little added motivation to make your way to the nearby Disney parks (and if your room is properly positioned, your fireworks view will make being there even more appealing as night falls)!


That extra motivation may come in the form of the Disney-styled amenities you'll receive... even though you smartly avoided the Disney resort price tag! As a B Resort guest, you can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle to all Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and Disney Springs™ as well as Disney's Extra Magic Hours!


Believe it or not, some people do come to Orlando without spending every waking moment in a theme park. If you want to take advantage of a little vacation on your vacation, you'll appreciate the B Resort's zero-entry pool, B Indulged® by AVEDA full-service spa, and the benefit of preferred tee times at Disney championship golf courses. Children are sure to love the Kids' Zone - a great place for games, movies, and socializing. In-room dining, the quick service "Pick-Up", and American Kitchen Bar & Grill offer a diverse array of reasonably priced dining options on-property to appease every palate. Sure - you're technically at the Walt Disney World Resort, but if you're smart enough to realize that not everything you do or buy needs to happen within the park gates, you'll find treasures and experiences of equivalent quality at a much less dramatic cost right at your resort.

The Disney Springs Resort Hotels are regularly offering fantastic specials to cut costs even further. Why not extend your stay by a day or two with the money you'll save - and make sure you plan time to take full advantage of the resort itself. This one is the kind you'll want to return to year after year!

Highlights: Views were stellar - staff very helpful, attentive, and pleasant - lobby smells AMAZING!
Drawbacks: Parking is a bit convoluted here, and there is a fee for self-parking that isn't much less than the valet cost. 

June 2, 2018

Join Ace Cafe Orlando for the Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day

 
Father’s Day Brunch, Car & Bike Show Headline Jam-Packed Month at the Motor-Centric Dining, Entertainment and Retail Destination

WHEN:     
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day Brunch, Car & Bike Show
Join Ace Cafe Orlando on Sunday, June 17th for the Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day, featuring special brunch and beverage items that are sure to fuel any tank. Dad grinds it out all week and deserves a day to relax, so bring him out to the Ace for a day filled with awesome cars and bikes, delicious food, giveaways and a cigar roller on site (for purchase).

The Habit Burger Grill Spices Up Fan-Favorite With New Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans


(ORLANDO, Fla.) May 30, 2018 – Burger fans seeking the perfect pair to their burger will have more to celebrate with today's launch of The Habit Burger Grill's hot new sidekick, Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans. 

Available for a limited time, the new Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans ($3.49) takes the fan-favorite side tempura green beans and heats things up with the addition of a house-made, mouthwatering sriracha lime aioli. Cooked to a perfect golden crisp, the Sriracha Lime Spicy Green Beans are drizzled with The Habit’s creamy sriracha lime aioli made fresh in-house and seasoned with a touch of 7-Spice pepper blend for an added kick of flavor.

May 28, 2018

Get Your Favorite Doughnut for Free at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on National Doughnut Day, June 1

Fans enjoy a doughnut of their choice, no purchase necessary, all day long
 
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 25, 2018) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will spread joy on National Doughnut Day, June 1, by again giving customers the opportunity to select one free doughnut from the entire menu – no purchase necessary – at all shops throughout 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
 
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935
 
980 W Intl. Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Get Inspired to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle at Orlando Science Center’s Summer Art Exhibition


RelevancEcology teaches guests that although waste in the environment is a problem, it can be transformed into something beautiful.
Friday, May 25—Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Open Daily

WHAT:
Orlando Science Center is installing a new traveling art exhibition, “RelevancEcology,” just in time for summer. Artist German Lemus has found a new way to reuse and recycle by turning plastics, cardboard, bags and paper into works of art. German has found inspiration for his art through a passion for solving ocean.
“RelevancEcology” includes pieces by Lemus and other local upcoming artists. Their work reminds guests that we can find other uses for our waste – and that’s not limited to making art! There are ways to reduce our waste by simply being creative with it. These little steps help create a better future for our planet.
“RelevancEcology” is now on view in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery at Orlando Science Center.
WHEN:
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 25 through Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
WHERE:
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
COST:
Fusion: A STEAM Gallery is included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11).
INFO:
For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit http://www.osc.org/experiences/fusion-a-steam-gallery/

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Raises More Than $630,000 Through 25th Anniversary Season Gala Celebration


Mary and Frank J. Doherty contribute $250,000 to the orchestra’s endowment, naming the Principal Clarinet Chair

(Thursday, May 24, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it has raised more than $630,000 during its 25th Anniversary Season Gala Celebration, which will be invested in the programming of the organization, helping it to continue to enrich the community and inspire audiences through the power of live music.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, donors, patrons, and all who have helped the Philharmonic reach this exciting anniversary milestone,” said Christopher Barton, executive director of the Philharmonic.