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March 22, 2019


Celebrate with The Cast Reunion of The ‘All New’ Mickey Mouse Club and Mouseketeers Hosted by Joey Fatone 

Orlando, FL – March 22, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Joining a star-studded celebrity lineup and never-before-seen reunions, The Mickey Mouse Club will celebrate its 30thanniversary of its debut episode with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the Mouseketeers. On Saturday, May 18, *NSYNC Artist and childhood friend of the Mouseketeers Joey Fatone will host a special reunion panel at MEGACON™ Orlando starting at 12 p.m. followed by a photo and autograph session from 1-4 p.m. 

Mouseketeers from seasons one through seven will join for the Mickey Mouse Club’s 30th Anniversary Reunion including: Deedee Magno Hall, Lindsey Alley, Marc Worden, Tony Lucca, Dale Godboldo, Chasen ‘Chase’ Hampton, Rhona Bennett, Jennifer McGill, Damon Pampolina, Nikki DeLoach, Jason “Blain” Carson, Raquel ‘Roque’ Herring, Nita Booth Young, David ‘DK’ Kater, Jason Minor, Brandy Brown Pendleton, Kevin Osgood, Mylin Brooks Stoddard, TJ Fantini and Tasha Danner. 


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 22, 2019) — Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue.

Construction on the Pirates Voyage building, located on the Parkway adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, began the first week in January.  The first – and biggest – task was to “build” the lagoon, the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place. The digging of that foundation required removing more than 281 loads of dirt via dump truck for more than a month (that’s 4,500 cubic yards or 7,500 tons of dirt!); that part of the project was completed on Feb. 22. That 15-foot lagoon soon will hold 300,000 gallons of water.  The installation and finishing of 600 cubic yards of concrete and 50,000 lbs. of steel in the 30,000 square foot arena began the week of Feb. 25.


Healthy grocer to open new store June 19

PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 21, 2019 – Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, today announced it will soon finish construction on its new store in Oviedo, Fla. to help meet the growing local demand for fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices.

The more than 30,000-square-foot store at 1121 Alafaya Trail will open on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 a.m. and will be the healthy grocer’s second Orlando-area location. Details about the grand opening celebration will be announced at a later date.

Delaware North announces new Courtyard by Marriott to open on Florida’s Space Coast


Opening in fall 2020, property will be the closest hotel
to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and launch complexes

BUFFALO, N.Y., and TITUSVILLE, Fla. – (March 21, 2019) – Delaware North today announced that it will develop and operate a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on th former site of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® in Titusville, Fla.
The five-floor, 152-room hotel will include 14 extended and one-bedroom guest suites, a large outdoor pool and a rooftop deck with bar for an elevated evening experience and for viewing the increasingly frequent rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The hotel’s Bistro will serve full breakfast and dinner menus and feature Starbucks® products. The property will also have 800 square feet of meeting space for conferences and special events.

MISSOURI - The Astonishing & Unusual Performing at Silver Dollar City

The Festival of Wonder is "A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience"

April 10-28
(Branson, Mo. 3/21/19) - World leaders in live performance, acrobatics and unconventional music will perform daily on the stages of Silver Dollar City (SDC) during The Festival of Wonder, April 10-28. Billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience,” the festival features performances that are as unexpected as they are entertaining, with elements like pyro theatrics and aerial acrobatics.
“These are acts you don’t just walk into,” proclaims Rex Burdette, SDC Entertainment & Events Manager, who has traveled the world booking artists for the park for decades. “These are acts from all across the globe we have scouted. Many are TV sensations known for their unique presentations you won’t find anywhere else,” Burdette said.

March 20, 2019


Launch of New Dog-Friendly Initiatives

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport (OIA) and The Pixel Fund
Dog Adoption Day
Monday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Additional media interview times available by appointment)

College Park Main Street to Celebrate College Park Spring Fest on Saturday, May 11 along Edgewater Drive

March 20, 2019 (Orlando, FL) – College Park Main Street will host its annual Spring street party on Saturday, May 11 from 5 – 11pm along five blocks of Edgewater Drive. The newly rebranded community event, College Park Spring Fest (formerly Dancing on the Drive) will feature a vibrant and festive creative vibe with live music, diverse food trucks, a beer garden with local craft brews, and the local shops and restaurants open onto the street.

Grab-and-Go Second Harvest Food Bank’s A Spoon Full of Hope in Cask & Larder and Additional Master ConcessionAir Markets at Orlando International Airport

Orange blossom Honey for Good and shortbread Cookies for Good to be incorporated into restaurant’s menu items at OIA


Don’t Miss This Special Offer – Purchase and Activate Your Pass by April 4 

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 19, 2019) – Universal Orlando Resort is giving Passholders more thrills and adventure than ever before. It’s the last chance to take advantage of up to six months FREE on Universal Orlando Resort Annual Passes. This special offer is valid on 2-Park and 3-Park Seasonal and Annual Passes and is only available for purchase and activation through April 4, 2019.

That’s up to a year and a half to enjoy all of the thrills and excitement Universal Orlando has to offer, including:

CALIFORNIA - Movie Location Shoot Package, In May, Find You Will Be, at Oasis in Death Valley

Photo credits: The Oasis at Death Valley / Xanterra Travel Collection

A Long Time Ago (1977) 
In Death Valley (Not That Far, Far Away)
A Director Introduced Us To

 A Film That Became A Cultural Phenomenon
While Much Of The Galaxy Was In Studios
Some Of The Movie Was Filmed On Earth 
And It’s Still There.

In Death Valley National Park, U.S.A.

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – May The Fourth – March 18, 2019  When families and people watch the 1977 movie Star Wars is at The Oasis at Death Valley, it starts inevitable tales of when the movie’s director came to this true American Oasis in 3.3 million square miles of desert, oasis and mountain national park to film and transport people to another galaxy.

Past generations of employees have shared stories with newer generations and certainly know where the movie locations are. These include the breathtakingly and picturesque locations throughout Death Valley National Park including Dante's View, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Desolations Canyon, Artist's Drive and Golden Canyon – all just a quick 20 to 40 minute drive from the Resort.

March 16, 2019


Dolly Parton surprises guests during annual tradition

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 15, 2019)— Dollywood’s 34th season—and undoubtedly the park’s biggest ever—opened today with a special preview day for season passholders and a surprise visit from Dolly Parton. In a year that also includes the opening of the largest addition in Dollywood history later this season—the $37 million Wildwood Grove—the award-winning park’s range of unique festival offerings, spectacular shows and memorable experiences make this the best year yet to experience the spirit of the Smokies.

Veteran Dollywood guests know each season offers a completely new atmosphere for families to enjoy. With Wildwood Grove’s thrilling new attractions, award-winning entertainment and fabulous festivals, 2019 is the perfect year to take advantage of a Dollywood season pass or multi-day ticket.


Two new headline acts, World Passport to Food highlight season opener

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 15, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs now-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes.

Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures. It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!

March 14, 2019

GEORGIA - Final Schedule Announced and for Sip & Savor Spring at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Pine Mountain, GA (March 14, 2019) –The quintessential spring culinary celebration, Sip & Savor Spring, will be taking place once again at Callaway Resort & Gardens March 28-31, 2019. Located just an hour from Atlanta – it’s worth the short drive to see where spring begins.  All tickets include day admissions to the garden. See Callaway’s world-famous azalea gardens, showcasing a dazzling display of native and cultivated azalea varieties, with more than 20,000 azaleas – plus fresh blooms of dogwoods, crabapples, daffodils and tulips.

NEW this year: An outstanding value and a way to see Callaway for the Day:
Saturday, March 30 – S3 Day Pass for $99 includes the following tickets: Waffle House Showdown, Tastings Under the Big Top and Callaway Resort & Gardens Admission for the day.


There are always new gems to uncover along the Florida Treasure Coast

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – Return to Vero Beach this spring/summer and you’ll be welcomed back by the 26 miles of waterfront unobstructed by high rises and thus noted for its sunrises. You’ll also enjoy the tried and true eateries, recreational areas, events and friendly locals.  But there are numerous new treasures to discover too.  Here’s just a sampling:

Dodgertown First Sports Facility Added To U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It’s the first sports facility in the country to be added to the list joining other historic landmarks like Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta. In the late 1940s, a time when schools were still segregated, the Historic Dodgertown complex invited everyone sit together in its stadium seats. Here all players shared the same dormitory, dining room and the recreation facility. Both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers held their spring training camps and games here from 1948 to 2008. Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th St., Vero Beach.


SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – In Navarre Beach we always give a warm welcome back to return visitors to “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.”  We’re also proud to say “hello, we’re glad you’re here” to those just discovering us. Whether you’re a first timer or repeat guest, come check out some of what we’re pleased to share is fresh and different here since last vacation season…

Over $2 million in Navarre Beach Marine Park upgrades will be completed by late April. Key project elements on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the park include additional parking, improved access for individuals with disabilities, and three new boardwalks, including one featuring a canoe/kayak launch. On our Gulf shore side, enhancements include construction of a third pavilion, new picnic area, additional restrooms and parking, plus a new boardwalk.

Also just in time for summer (in mid-June) the nearly million-dollar Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will open. In addition to an educational building, the refuge will feature a state-of-the-art medical facility for rehabilitating native wildlife.  There will be more than 20 specialized outdoor habitats housing “animal ambassadors” as well as those recovering from treatment. Most of the habitats will be viewable via a boardwalk and nature trail. Bald eagles, tortoises, raptors and manatees will be among those housed here. Clopton’s Circle off SR 87, Navarre.

Choo Choo to the Zoo Returns with Free Shuttle Service to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

SANFORD, Fla., March 14, 2019 Next week, ride SunRail to the Sanford Station and the Choo Choo to the Zoo will be waiting to take you to the Central Florida Zoo!

The shuttle is provided courtesy of FDOT and SunRail, and will travel between the Sanford SunRail Station and the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The service will be offered during the week of Spring Break only—Monday, March 18, 2019 through Friday, March 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Brevard Zoo sees influx of sea turtle patients

MELBOURNE, Fla., March 12, 2019 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center admitted 13 green sea turtles between Friday and Sunday. The cause of this influx is unknown.
The turtles arrived in a debilitated state, laden with algae and barnacles that interfered with their ability to swim. Some are suffering from additional ailments like inflammation and sepsis. They are being treated with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, nutritional support and a safe place to rest.
Though the Healing Center typically only holds around 12 sea turtles at a time, staff and volunteers creatively reconfigured the space to accommodate an all-time high of 26 patients as other facilities in the state also neared capacity. On Monday, 12 turtles were transferred to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.


Thrilling Adventure will be the Epic New Addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Open on June 13
Click Here to Watch Harry Potter Film Star, Tom Felton and Art Director, Alan Gilmore Reveal 
the Wondrous Details…

Orlando, Fla. (March 12, 2019) – On June 13, 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure  the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – will soar into Universal Orlando Resort and become the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet. Today, all-new details have been revealed about the magical new adventure that awaits.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees. It will also give guests the unique opportunity to join Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – on a journey to one of the most mysterious places in the wizarding world – the Forbidden Forest. With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.

Seven Manatees Get a Second Chance at Life Following Months of Rehabilitation and Care Multiple Facilities Come Together to Provide Specialized Care

Orlando, Fla. (March 11, 2019) -- Seven rescued manatees are getting a second chance at life after months of rehabilitation, thanks to the dedicated efforts of multiple facilities including SeaWorld Orlando, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium,  the Jacksonville Zoo and GardensSouth Florida Museum U.S Fish and Wildlife and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).   All are a part of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and returned manatees.

All seven of the manatees were tagged prior to release, allowing Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute to monitor their movements, contributing to ongoing research and conservation of the species.

March 11, 2019

Rising Star That Girl Lay Lay to Perform at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on March 27 for THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD Grand Opening

Who: Alaya High, widely known as the 12-year-old hip hop artist That Girl Lay Lay and the freestyle rapper in “The Catchy Song” from the animated adventure sequel THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part.
With 40 million views across her social media channels and a worldwide viral hit from her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Alaya has been writing, producing, rapping and singing since the age of five. Alaya’s viral freestyles raps, filmed straight from the passenger seat of her father’s car, have already dazzled the top echelon of hip hop and pop culture fame with the likes of 50 Cent, Le’V eon Bell, Mindy Kaling and T.I.
At age 12, That Girl Lay Lay is the youngest female rapper to sign a record deal, having recently inked a deal with Fresh Rebel Muzik/EMPIRE.
What: That Girl Lay Lay will perform an abbreviated concert inside THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD to help kick off opening day festivities.
Where: THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD main entrance, inside LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD opening festivities
  • Vibrant character parade with all of the popular characters from THE LEGO MOVIE 2
  • Fun and energetic performance from That Girl Lay Lay
  • Interview opportunities with Alaya (please send email to confirm)
  • Interview opportunities with LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s GM Rex Jackson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales Gillian Smith and Head of Public Relations Shawn Mikus
About LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:
Built for kids 2-12, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a multi-day vacation destination located just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa. The whimsical resort includes an interactive, 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO brands and characters, plus LEGOLAND Water Park, the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel and the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Coming in spring 2019, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD will take guests from the theater to the theme park with new, fully-immersive rides, character interactions and eateries.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group (LONDON: MERL).For more information, visit

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