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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.

AQUATICA ORLANDO ANNOUCES FIRST ANNUAL FIESTA AQUATICA


Summer May Be Coming to an End, but the Party Continues at Aquatica Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. (August 15, 2018) – Today, Aquatica Orlando announced a new Latin-inspired Fiesta taking place at the park throughout the month of September.  Included with park admission, this upbeat celebration will include live entertainment, specialty menu items and beach games that the entire family will enjoy! Plus, experience thrilling water rides like the all-new Ray Rush.

Live Music and Entertainment
Guests will enjoy a change in tempo everyday with Latin beats throughout the park.  Every Saturday and Sunday in September will feature a live DJ and energetic entertainers on Aquatica’s sandy beaches.

August 14, 2018

SEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT AND CHARACTER ARTS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

 

Classic Christmas characters will continue to be featured at
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place holiday celebrations

Orlando, Fla. (August 14, 2018) -- Beloved Christmas characters Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, including Clarice, Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, and Rudolph themed attractions will continue to be featured as part of the Christmas Celebration™ events at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and San Diego; Christmas Town™ at Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va. and A Very Furry Christmasat Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. 

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Unmasks Haddonfield’s Infamous Slasher in All-New Terrifying Mazes Based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” Beginning September 14


“HALLOWEEN HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME…”

Click Here for a Sneak Peek of the Disturbing Mazes Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (August 14, 2018) – Beginning on Friday, September 14, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, from Trancas International Films, takes a stab at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights, bringing the notorious slasher to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in all-new mazes inspired by the iconic horror film.

Based on the fourth installment in the classic slasher series created by John Carpenter, the mazes will transport guests to the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night where Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is hungry for revenge. This time, he relentlessly stalks his niece Jamie as his next victim, stopping at nothing to kill her. 

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.”

Brick or Treat Returns to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort This October with More Dates, Candy and Entertainment

Extend the Fun By Staying the Night Inside a Halloween-Themed  Room at LEGOLAND® Hotel


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Aug.14, 2018) – The Halloween party built for kids returns to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on nine dates in October. Brick or Treat features a lineup of kid-friendly, Halloween fun! No extra ticket is required to enjoy a brand-new show, loads of candy along a uniquely LEGO® trick-or-treating trail, interactive character meet-and-great experiences, a fireworks spectacular and much more.

New this year, a pair of curious trick-or-treaters will sing, dance and chant their way through solving “A Candy-Coated Curse,” a new show on the LEGO City Stage – showing on event dates only! Also, making her Brick or Treat debut, LEGO Spider Lady will be weaving webs of fun inside LEGO Kingdoms.

August 13, 2018

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & BREAKING BENJAMIN BRING TOUR TO CFE ARENA ON DECEMBER 5


TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

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.com, 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 www.CFEArena.com.

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.

MGM’S SUPERNATURAL CULT HORROR FILM POLTERGEIST COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS


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

WHEN:        
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

SEAWORLD ORLANDO ANNOUNCES THRILL FEST RIDE NIGHT

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 DisneyOnIce.com.

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
 
NOW OPEN
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

SEAWORLD ORLANDO ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL THIS FALL


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.

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD ANNOUNCES LARGEST PARK EXPANSION IN HISTORY WITH NEW LAND NAMED WILDWOOD GROVE


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.

August 1, 2018

CALLING ALL BARTENDERS AND CHEFS - HERE'S A CHANCE TO WIN $1,000 AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW

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 pcopela@urban-expo.com. 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 https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/hip-sip-florida.

SEAWORLD’S PRAISE WAVE RETURNS FOR A SEPTEMBER ENCORE

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.

EYEBOBS® SETS GRAND OPENING DATE FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 AT THE FLORIDA MALL

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 askbob@eyebobs.com and mention Orlando eyebobs artist.

July 31, 2018

TENNESSEE - AMERICAN CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT COMES TO DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY


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: https://www.squadup.com/events/aco-dollywood-cornhole-classic.