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August 15, 2018

Key West’s Exotic Fantasy Fest to Celebrate ‘Games We Play’ Oct. 19-28

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Revelers can expect a “monopoly” on high-energy fun Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28, as Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest puts a playful spin on masking and costuming festivities. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and features 10 days of masquerade balls, elaborate costume contests, parties and fanciful frolics, all climaxing in a grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 27.

Event organizers encourage participants to design costumes and parade floats around the festival theme — embracing everything from old-style board games to online role-playing challenges. They might draw inspiration from suspects in Clue, riverboat gamblers, Bingo bimbos or quest-focused avatars from the “World of Warcraft” universe.  

The glamorous gaming action is to begin with a Royal Coronation Ball Friday, Oct. 19, where a king and queen are crowned to rule over the festivities. Also that weekend, the family-friendly Goombay street party takes place in historic Bahama Village, saluting Key West’s Caribbean roots.

In addition, Key West Burlesque is to present “Madame DuJour’s Magical Game Show and Burlesque Experience” from Friday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 26. The tantalizing parody blends performance, pageantry and prizes for audience members.

Subsequent festival highlights include Wednesday’s wacky Pet Masquerade, where creatures ranging from dogs and cats to “angry birds” compete for costume prizes along with their human companions.

August 14, 2018

TENNESSEE: Crime Museum to Host 9/11 Forensic Expert, Offer Discounted Admission for Locals

Arthur Bohanan will share his experience working at Ground Zero

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (August 14, 2018) – As we approach the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be hosting a special guest speaker who will share his story of working at Ground Zero in New York. Arthur Bohanan, a forensic expert, will be speaking at the museum on Saturday September 8, 2018. His presentation is included in the museum admission, with talks scheduled for 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

“We are honored to have Art Bohanan speak at the museum and share his first-hand experiences of the 9/11 attacks,” says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits. “Around the anniversary we always try mark the moment in some way, and we look forward to visitors joining us to hear Art’s powerful story.”

Rare piglet first of its kind born at Brevard Zoo

Named Java, the piglet is the offspring of two-year-old mother Piggy and two-year-old father Meru. He is the first child of either parent and the first member of his species ever born at the Zoo.
“Java is barely a week old, but his personality is already shining through,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “Piggy is doing an incredible job, especially for a first-time mom.”

August 9, 2018

SPAtember at The Diplomat Beach Resort

It feels so good to be pampered. So this September take a moment - or an hour, or a day or even a weekend- for yourself during SPAtember, where Greater Fort Lauderdale's most blissful resort and day spas invite you to enjoy $99 indulgences (a 50% savings).  
As a part of the CVB's annual campaign, The Diplomat Beach Resort encourages you to begin the month tranquil and indulged with its exclusive SPAtember offers! The Diplomat Spa is 14,000 square feet of pure paradise with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to ensure every element of your visit is impeccable. Experience any of the following treatments starting at just $99.

August 5, 2018


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, August 3, 2018)— One of the nation’s premier family vacation destinations is growing even larger, thanks to an impressive expansion announced today at Dollywood by Dolly Parton and park officials. Wildwood Grove, the largest capital investment in Dollywood’s 32-year history, is slated to open in 2019 and provides an adventurous journey for guests to explore, imagine and play together as a family.

The extraordinary new land features 11 thrilling experiences for guests, comprised of six unique ride attractions—including a suspended family roller coaster called The Dragonflier— the 55 ft. tall Wildwood Tree, live entertainment, various indoor and outdoor play areas for families to enjoy, a new restaurant and more. The total cost for the project is $37 million, meeting The Dollywood Company’s 2013 commitment of $300 million in investments over a 10 year period four years ahead of schedule.

July 31, 2018


Event organizers looking for 160 teams to compete for cash prize

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 31, 2018)—Pool time and cornhole is a winning combination. Never has that been truer than now as American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Champions are coming to Dollywood’s Splash Country to compete in the debut of the ACO Dollywood Classic for a guaranteed $7500 total prize purse!

Fresh off their world championship bid last weekend in Montgomery, Alabama, several professional teams turn their attention to their next test during the debut event at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The water park hosts this sanctioned tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Event organizers are looking for 160 two-person teams to play in the double-elimination tournament, and while there are a number of ACO teams planning to play, the field is not set. Officials with the ACO say there is room for the general public to register and join the star-studded competition. Teams can register by visiting this link:

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Offers Free Parking for Guests the Entire Month of August

Donations for Polk County Homeless Students Accepted by Visitors to Resort
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (July 31, 2018) – Summer is slipping away but before it does, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is encouraging guests to make the last moments memorable by offering free standard parking between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31.  Before shifting into back to school mode, guests can visit LEGOLAND Florida Resort to experience The Great LEGO® Race, the only virtual reality roller coaster built for kids. Plus, weekends this summer guests can catch an all-new variety show, Brick Builders and create a LEGO model for MINILAND USA at Build-A-Minilander inside Heartlake Hall.
Guests receiving the free parking are encouraged to bring new, unopened school supplies to donate to the Homeless Education Advocates Restoring the Hope program for Polk County Public Schools. Most needed items include pens, pencils, erasers, scissors and composition notebooks. Every donation will help make a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 students identified in a homeless situation in Polk County. Pre-purchased standard parking will be upgraded to shaded, premium parking free of charge. Premium Parking can be purchased for $27.  Awesome Annual Pass holders can upgrade to premium parking for $10. Only credit or debit card purchases will be accepted.
Kids stay and play for free with vacation packages for stays between Sept. 3 through Nov. 8, 2018 and Nov. 25 through Dec. 20, 2018. Guests can save up to $260 on accommodations and tickets by booking online through Aug. 30 at

July 29, 2018

Hottest Hotel Offers This Season at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL

Join Jared Bistrong & Christa Cantillo at The Diplomat Beach Resort for a multi-sensory Yoga & Sound Healing Experience that will include movement, live drumming, Didgeridoo, Crystal Bowl and Gong sound healing that will leave you feeling relaxed, balanced and energized on July 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at South Palm Court.

Upkeep your healthy lifestyle and personalize your experience at The Diplomat with their new Spa Wellness package. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Counter Point, Portico Beer and Wine Garden, Playa or The Canteen.  Guests also receive unlimited fitness classes, (2) 30-minute personal training sessions, (2) guided beach walks and (2) 50-minute Diplomat Spa Signature massage.

Join Sea Turtle Rescue Staff for the Ultimate Nighttime Beach Adventure. The adventure begins when you hit the sand with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection staff after a brief presentation. You will have a rare opportunity to possibly witness newborn sea turtles emerging from a nest, while seeing the threats they face and observing our trained staff rescuing turtles that mistakenly scurry to the bright city lights. After all are safely recovered, celebrate their release at the ocean’s edge as these ancient mariners get another chance to continue their epic journey of survival. Turtle Treks take place in evenings during peak sea turtle nesting season (June- September). Thursday and Friday Nights7:30pm | Saturday Nights7:30 & 11:30pm | Through August 27 | $25 per Person (Age 6 and Older).

July 21, 2018

Daytona Lagoon “Christmas in July” Promotion to Benefit Local Children

For every ticket purchased, Daytona Lagoon will donate one ticket to a child in need

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July XX, 2018) – Daytona Lagoon, Florida’s premier “Family Fun, Family Priced” water park and entertainment center in Daytona Beach, announced a new mission for its upcoming “Christmas in July Splash Sale.” From July 25 through July 27, customers can purchase a daily water park ticket and/or one-hour entertainment center wristbands for a discounted rate of $12 each. For every ticket purchased during that time frame, Daytona Lagoon will match it and donate a free water park ticket to a child in need. Daytona Lagoon is working with local nonprofit children’s organizations to distribute free water park tickets to underserviced youth in the Volusia County area.

July 17, 2018

FLORIDA - RECIPE CONTEST+COOKING DEMOS w/ Star Chef Allen - Using the "Golden Fruit" at First Ever Mango Festival in South Beach

WHO: South Beach Mango Festival

WHAT: THE FIRST ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL HELD IN MIAMI BEACH-  a community event, which will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the work of a range of talented chefs and mango experts, culinary delights and various family activities, allinspired by the versatile and delicious mango. The event will also be featuring avocados, dragon fruit, coconut, and many other natively-grown fruits.



- Kids Cooking Class
- “Best Baked Mango” Recipe Contest Judging
- Kids Mango eating contest
- Amazing Mango cooking Class
- Healthy Mango Juicing & Smoothies
- Mixology Competition
- Mango Dancers
- Kids Bounce House
- Live music

July 14, 2018




(July 13- New York, NY)—GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry have announced details for the second leg of their 2018 headlining tour. Set to hit multiple cities across the U.S.  and the U.K., Daughtry’s tour dates will kick off on July 21st in Goshen, Indiana and will wrap in December. Tickets will be available for pre-sale through the bands fan club starting today and on sale to the public July 14th at 10:00 AM local time.Please see routing for the tour below. Click HEREto buy! 

In addition to the tour, Daughtry are also gearing up to release their new album, Cage To Rattle, on July 27, 2018. The group’s powerful new single “Deep End”is out now!

Said Chris Daughtry, “myself and the band have been working hard to put together what we believe is a great live experience for our fans. We can’t wait to see you on the road!”

Daughtry have released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits and garnered 4 GRAMMYnominations. Additionally, the band has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. At radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the mulit-format hit No. 1 song “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry's self-titled album was
the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history, and its follow up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. The band’s third album, Break The Spell,was certified GOLD within four weeks of its release, and their last studio effort, Baptized, produced the certified GOLD single, “Waiting For Superman.” 

July 12, 2018

CALIFORNIA - Paso Robles Wine Region’s Allegretto Vineyard Resort Creates World’s First Sonic Labyrinth

New Outdoor Sound Circle Complements Luxury Resort’s Wellness Offerings Nestled Amongst 20 acres of Vines and Olive Trees on California’s Central Coast 

July 12, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The Allegretto Vineyard Resort, a 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region, announces the creation of the world’s first Sonic Labyrinth ‘Sound Circle.’  Designed to provide guests a tranquil space with a distinctive series of sounds created by wind instruments, the new Sonic Labyrinth deepens the resort’s wellness offerings in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country on California’s Central Coast.

According to proprietor Doug Ayres, the Sonic Labyrinth utilizes music and space as a way to compel guests to slow their pace and become more mindful. As a symbol of life’s journey, a labyrinth is an archetypal pattern that leads one along a single, meandering path to a center point – the center being a metaphor as well as a physical spot. Labyrinths provide an opportunity to free the mind at one’s own pace, by incorporating sound into the experience.



The San Francisco Dungeon is ditching the sprinkles and serving free dirty ice cream topped with REAL bugs, worms and more.

For one day only – Friday, July 13 – Miss Piggott’s (Not-So) Nice Cream Pop-up Parlor will celebrate National Ice Cream Month by serving macabre and nightmarish ice cream adorned with the most creepy, crawly and terrifying toppings imaginable. This pop-up ice cream parlor will be presented by The San Francisco Dungeon, the only fully immersive attraction of its kind to celebrate the dark side of the city’s history. The ice cream will be free for those daring enough to taste Miss Piggott’s creations. Straight out of foodie nightmares, these “flavors” will include dirty ice cream topped with anything found crawling on the dungeon floor like insects, scorpions and worms.

The name of the pop-up parlor was inspired by Miss Piggott, the beer-slinging, saloon wench who is always looking for a way to get one over on her customers. During the Gold Rush in the 1860s and 1870s, the Bay Area harridan would drug unassuming drunkards with the “Miss Piggott’s Special” - a concoction of brandy, whiskey and gin laced with opium - luring them atop a trap door where they would be shanghaied into the custody of needy ship captains looking for sailors. Similar to the guests in her saloon at The San Francisco Dungeon, she has found a new way to put a little scare into those looking for a sweet treat while walking the Wharf.

July 10, 2018


LAS VEGAS (July 2018) - The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is changing the way guests learn about  American history through the tempting cocktail menu offered at The Underground speakeasy. At the helm of the cocktail program for the Museum’s new, comprehensive Prohibition history exhibition is Beverage Director Clint Thoman. His cocktail recipes are inspired by the 1920s and 1930s.  

With concoctions spiked with the Museum’s own house-distilled Moonshine to classics made with vodka, gin, bourbon and rum, Thoman’s menu features items such as the Lock & Key, made with gin, tea, vermouth, blueberries and sugar - served unassumingly in an innocent-looking teacup. Meanwhile, The Underground Old-Fashioned is mixed with bourbon, vanilla bean, brown sugar and bitters and comes clandestinely concealed; guests who order this classic are presented with a rocks glass and a book which, when opened, hides a flask filled with the libation, ready to be poured over ice. Even the presentation of the cocktails plays to Prohibition times. 

TENNESSEE - Crime Museum Offers Visitors Rare Look Inside Surveillance Van, Joins Other Overlooked Gems at Alcatraz East

Former undercover surveillance van joins museum displays

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 10, 2018) – There’s a new artifact on display at Alcatraz East, but since its focus is on undercover work it might be hard to spot. The crime museum in Pigeon Forge is giving visitors a look inside the workings of law enforcement surveillance, with a van formerly used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Beginning July 17, 2018, visitors can see how for agents on a stakeout, spending time in the cramped quarters of a van is not nearly as glamorous as made out to be on television.

July 4, 2018

Veteran Military Employees Set Sail on Newly Restored Pirate Ship at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Brickbeard’s Bounty Returns After It Was Nearly Destroyed In Hurricane Irma

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (July 4, 2018) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort celebrated its Model Citizens (employees) who fought for our nation by offering them the opportunity to set sail on Brickbeard’s Bounty as it made its way back to port at Pirate’s Cove.  The passengers proudly represented every branch of the military with more than 100 years of service combined.

In September 2017, the resort’s pirate ship was severely damaged during Hurricane Irma and following the storm, it was removed as a part of the water ski show.  Over the course of nearly 10 months, the ship was stripped down to its frame and completely rebuilt.  Restored to its former glory and topped off with new sails, Brickbeard’s Bounty is back and has taken back its place as the iconic centerpiece of the theme park’s popular water ski show.

July 2, 2018


Two nights at Parry Lodge, dinner at Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon and Forever Adventure Hummer Tour to the exquisite Peekaboo Slot Canyon.

KANAB, UTAH (July 2018) – Parry Lodge, “home to the stars” in Utah’s “Little Hollywood” of Kanab, Utah, announces a new getaway package, “Base Camp to Adventure.” Long known as the “home to the stars,” Parry Lodge is Kanab’s picturesque, nearly 90-year-old property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and known for hosting movie stars and crews shooting films amidst the area’s stunning scenery. Located within 90 minutes of six of Utah’s most revered national parks and monuments—including Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell), Grand Staircase and Pipe Springs National Monument—Kanab makes an excellent base for visiting these spectacular landscapes. Situated in the heart of downtown Kanab, Parry Lodge offers quaint, comfortable accommodations in the center of it all. 

Across the street from Parry Lodge sits the Western-themed Denny’s Wigwam—an emporium for Western apparel and gifts which also serves as the departure point for Forever Adventure Hummer Tours of area natural and archaeological wonders. Tours available include the exquisite Peekaboo Slot Canyon and Grand Staircase (2 to 3 hours); Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where dinosaur tracks are preserved (2 to 3 hours); Native American petroglyphs (2 to 3 hours); and the Kanab Overlook (1 to 2 hours).


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, July 2, 2018)— Dollywood celebrates a Star-Spangled Summer as part of its ongoing Summer Celebration (now-Aug. 5) which features extended park hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily—as well as a nightly fireworks extravaganza and a number of patriotic events to help guests enjoy family, fun and freedom during their time making memories at the park.

Thursdays in July, Dollywood and WIVK team up to present America’s New Faces of Country, a special concert series featuring several country music stars on the rise. These shows provide park guests a special opportunity to catch these artists as they begin working their way up the country charts.

At Dollywood’s shows during Star-Spangled Summer, the park plans to recognize service members in the audience for their dedication to protecting our country. Additionally, several of those same shows will include a number of patriotic songs for guests to enjoy.  

Thanks to the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), park guests also have the opportunity to meet one of America’s greatest symbols of freedom, the bald eagle. On select days in July, staff members from the AEF host meet-and-greet sessions throughout the day with several of their featured bald eagles at the Plaza at Wilderness Pass. 

June 29, 2018

FLORIDA - Port Canaveral to Host Fireworks Display Tuesday, July 3rd

(Photo by Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today)
Fireworks Before the Fireworks street party to feature music,
food and family-fun activities. 

Parking and new traffic plan emphasizes safety and organized exit

Port Canaveral, FL – June 29, 2018 – For the fourth year in a row, Port Canaveral will host the Fireworks Before the Fireworks, one of the area’s most popular Fourth of July events with fireworks and family-centered festivities on the lawn of the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Events scheduled from 5 to 10 PM feature a family fun “street fair” with food, drinks, live music, face painting and other activities for kids provided by local vendors and businesses. The fireworks display will begin shortly after sunset. At 6:00 PM, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) will lead an opening ceremony with the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.  Admission is free, and all guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 

VIP viewing tickets for the Exploration Tower is $20.00 if purchased in advance. Go to to sign up.

Visitors to the Cove restaurants can utilize the free parking lot located on Mullet Road.
Event Parking costs $5.00, beginning at 5 PM – see below for more parking details.

World’s Largest Space Shop Reopens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Over 15,000-square-foot store offers space memorabilia, NASA gear and an interactive shopping experience

CAPE CANAVERAL – (June 29, 2018) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in recent months may have noticed an increasing amount of “space dust” by the temporarily closed retail store. The dust has cleared to uncover the new Space Shop at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. At 15,372 square feet, the world’s largest store devoted to space memorabilia and NASA gear has opened its doors once again, revealing new interactive shopping experiences, an historic artifact, and a larger inventory of souvenirs, memorabilia and retail items.

“Our new Space Shop is a shopping experience you can’t get anywhere else in the universe,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “One special feature, the original Apollo-era gantry, allows shoppers to literally walk in the footsteps of NASA astronauts. It’s an interactive shopping destination where our guests can bring a bit of their space experience home.”