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October 13, 2018

ENCORE RESORT AT REUNION WELCOMES FAMILIES NEAR AND FAR FOR FESTIVE HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Memorable Orlando Holiday Vacations Await Guests of All Ages with
Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run, Thanksgiving Dinner, Jingle Bell 5k Walk/Run,
Elf-Tuck-In’s on Christmas Eve, Brunch with Santa and a New Year’s Eve Celebration
Florida Residents Receive a 10 Percent Discount on Reservations

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2018) — There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than in a luxurious home away from home in the family vacation capital of the world. Encore Resort at Reunion, the premier luxury vacation home rental community in Orlando, Florida, is pleased to announce its spectacular line-up of holiday activities, parties and family/children’s activity programs that will be offered to guests at the Resort during the 2018 Holiday Season. Located only seven miles from Disney World, Universal Orlando and other local theme parks and attractions, Encore Resort at Reunion is the first of-its-kind in the vacation home rental space to offer guests all of the services and amenities of a luxury resort with the comforts and privacy of a home.

Below is a list of Encore Resort at Reunion’s Festive 2018 Holiday Activities and Offerings:

FALL INTO SEASON WITH FREE FESTIVAL AT LUCKY’S MARKET

Annual ‘Harvest Fest’ Showcases Seasonal Produce and Products with
Interactive Activities for All Ages

Despite the still sizzling summer weather, fall has officially begun at Lucky’s Market stores throughout Florida. To celebrate the changing season, and showcase some of Florida’s most popular fall produce and seasonal products, the specialty grocer will host its annual ‘Fall Into Something Different Harvest Fest’ on Saturday, October 20, from 11 am – 4 pm, at each of its Florida locations. All event activities are free to the public.  

All Florida locations are stocking up on everything fall-flavored, including 15 varieties of apples, several types of squash, berries, pumpkin spice flavored cheeses, fall florals, and seasonal beer and wine, including an especially ghoulish ‘Trick” (red) or “Treat” (white) wine.

International Sand Art Competition to Bring Master Sculptors to Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy creativity, unique “art supplies” and playful beachside fun characterize the International Sand Art Competition, set to provide an intriguing experience for spectators over Thanksgiving weekend in Key West.

Visitors can watch nine leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St.

Scheduled competitors are Jakub Zimacek from the Czech Republic; champion sculptor Joo Heng Tan of Singapore; international award winner Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Canadian-born master Abe Waterman; defending champion Morgan Rudluff of San Francisco, California; competition veteran Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts’ Deborah Barrett-Cutulle; and husband-and-wife team Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West residents and sculptors of functional pottery who are turning to the medium of sand.

According to competition organizer Marianne van den Broek, owner of Key West’s Just Sand And Water LLC, each entrant is to receive approximately 7 tons of sand. They have four days to craft their sculptures out of only sand and water, using hand tools such as trowels and brushes but no electric tools, molds or glue.

October 11, 2018

Celebrate the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with Central Florida's Festival of Trees

'Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the 
holidays in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2018) - Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family - but it's not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101's annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando's finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

TENNESSEE - HOLIDAYS BEGIN AT CELEBRATION DINNER SHOW IN PIGEON FORGE ON OCT. 19


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2018) – At the Christmas Celebration Dinner Show, the joys and wonders of winter and the holidays weave a special tale as the attraction’s yuletide show returns for its second season. Opening Friday, Oct. 19 and continuing through Jan. 5, 2019, families are invited to create new holiday memories as holiday classics are combined with breathtaking acts and acrobatics, heart-warming music, merry décor and a festive, delicious feast.

This one-of-a-kind, “must see” show combines spectacular holiday music, a live nativity, and millions of dollars in special effects. An exciting variety of acrobatic feats and an ice skating spectacular provide thrills that will last long after the show. Set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, the audience is taken on a journey with the cast to discover if these Christmas festivities will be cancelled, or whether the storm has set the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever. 

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open Winter Park Store October 24

First Orlando-area Sprouts to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida through Food Rescue program

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Oct. 10, 2018 – Sprouts Farmers Market will open its first Orlando-area store in Winter Park on Wednesday, October 24. The new store will help meet the growing local demand for fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices.  

Sprouts has been a driving force for making healthy food affordable and accessible since its inception and has paved the way for numerous natural brands. The new store will offer locally made products from Dakin Dairy, Floribbean, Goodie Girls Cookies, Kombucha 221 BC and Old Florida Gourmet. 

Grand Opening Details 
Sprouts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new store located at 1999 Aloma Avenue before doors open at 7 a.m. The public is invited to join the festivities and shop among thousands of healthy items offered throughout the 30,000-square-foot store. 

Hundreds of tiny sea turtles find refuge at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 10, 2018 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center is caring for nearly 300 green and loggerhead sea turtle “washbacks” pushed ashore when Hurricane Leslie disrupted their habitat. 

“When sea turtles hatch, they rely on energy stores from a yolk sac to make the multi-mile swim to offshore weed lines—floating masses of Sargassum seaweed that provide shelter and food,” explained sea turtle program manager Shanon Gann. “If the seaweed is disrupted by a storm or strong winds that wash them back to shore, the little turtles do not have the energy to make the long swim again.”

Healing Center staff and volunteers are caring for the washbacks for a few days until open ocean conditions improve; at that time, they will be transported offshore in a boat and placed in weed lines.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) volunteers are transporting the turtles to the Healing Center. Individuals who find washbacks should immediately call STPS at 321-676-1701 or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 for rescue instructions.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

DETAILS REVEALED FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort today revealed details about New Year’s Eve festivities across the destination, offering many opportunities for guests to find their ideal celebration.

The ultimate New Year’s Eve upscale party for guests 21 and up, EVE at Universal CityWalk is a separately ticketed event that includes an unlimited selection of gourmet dishes, access to six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs, featuring DJ M-Squared on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor, plus a Champagne toast at midnight underneath a magnificent display of confetti bursts and pyrotechnics.

Brevard Zoo building home for rescued bears


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 9, 2018 — Brevard Zoo is working diligently with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to provide a permanent home for bears who cannot remain in their natural habitat due to unfortunate circumstances.
A 20-month-old, as-yet-unnamed Florida black bear arrived in August and will make her appearance to guests in early 2019. The bear has already formed bonds with keepers, who have been providing her with daily interactive enrichments. They report that she is very smart, curious and attentive. The Zoo’s veterinary and animal care staff conducted an overall wellness check and found her to be in good health. 

October 7, 2018

Annual Pink Off Park Celebration and Fundraiser Event Returns Friday, October 19 in Winter Park


Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Care Fund at Florida Hospital Foundation
 
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 5, 2018) – Pink Off Park (formerly Pink Bash) is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive, uplifting way. Pink Off Park features a survivor fashion show, live music, pink carpet photos, a silent auction, enter-to-win prizes and more -- all to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched or have lost their battle to breast cancer. 
 
Pink Off Park, produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group, is a FREE event to attend with options to purchase food and drink sampling passports. One hundred percent of the passport proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Care Fund at Florida Hospital Foundation.

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON SELECTS THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS FOR SECOND PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW

The Water Spectacular is Slated to Open in Spring 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn, (Thursday, October 4, 2018) – Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains, next summer!

After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Dolly Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring. “The show has been so successful in Myrtle Beach that we kept looking at Pigeon Forge and wondering why we didn’t already have a Pirates show there,” Parton said. “We have the perfect location, in one of the hottest areas of Pigeon Forge, and the time is now for my pirates to stake claim to the Great Smoky Mountains!”

When complete, the 21,000 square foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Spectacular acrobatic competitions, live animals and an original music score by Parton and Mark Brymer creates an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular four-course pirate feast.

“We’re glad we can finally share Dolly’s exciting news,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO said.  “For some time, we have been working on set and costume designs, unique show elements for this theater and animal and staff training. We’re all looking forward to opening in 2019.”

Additional details about the project will be released soon.  Site construction is slated to begin in early January with an opening projected for spring.


About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

October 5, 2018

SEAWORLD ORLANDO DEBUTS NEW PASS PROGRAM, KICKS OFF 2019 “BEST YEAR EVER”


More events, more thrills, more rides and more value than ever before

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2018) – SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando today kicked off its “Best Year Ever” promoting a bustle of activity taking place at both parks over the next few months and throughout 2019. They also unveiled a new Annual Pass program with more benefits and new lower prices.

The grand opening of SeaWorld’s record-breaking thrill ride Infinity Falls, served as the start of a year that will be filled with an unprecedented number of new and expanded experiences at the parks.

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OPENS POPS SERIES WITH GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING RHIANNON GIDDENS

Giddens also known for her starring role as Hallie Jordan on CMT’s drama Nashville

(Wednesday, October 3, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2018-2019 Pops Series with two performances of American Blues featuring the co-founder of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens on Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater.

The concert, the first of five in the Pops Series, includes Conductor Eric Jacobsen and Giddens on vocals and banjo, celebrates classics from American composers including Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and others, as well as selections from her solo albums.

The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit is abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. In 2017, she was awarded a Macarthur Genius Award and received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year, and won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016. In February of 2017, Giddens’ follow-up album Freedom Highway was released.

MISSOURI - Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas Features Christmas In Midtown Light Spectacular, 6.5 Million Lights, Light Parade & Time Traveler


        (Branson, Mo. 2018)    Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas presents the park’s brightest season with 6.5 million lights, featuring the popular Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular, and 30 miles of new lights illuminating the walkways and load station area for the new ground-breaking coaster Time Traveler. The festival also features an evening light parade, two Broadway-style original musical productions, a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas tree with a sound and light show and holiday dining, November 3 – December 30.

        Christmas in Midtown takes holiday lighting to a new level, filling over an acre with 1.5 million LED lights -- 145 miles of lights covering 70,000 square feet -- in the Midtown area alone. Huge light tunnels and wreath portals lead into the area, which includes light displays 9 stories high, flying angels, running reindeer, moving trains, a 90-foot tree, musical trees with moving lights, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and a giant turning globe, all created at Silver Dollar City.

Key West’s Goombay Festival to Blend Music, Food and Island Spirit

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy family fun, entertainment and multicultural taste treats await revelers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, during the annual Goombay street festival.

The lively festival runs from noon to midnight both days, with the action centered on Petronia Street in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Attractions include live music, food and a spirited celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas.

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, Key West’s 10-day masking and costuming gala. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Each year Goombay attracts thousands of people ranging from national and international visitors to Florida Keys residents who have made attending the event a local tradition. 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, they view and purchase island arts and crafts, savor the flavors of vendors’ delicacies and spend two rocking evenings dancing in the streets.

October 2, 2018

The Flavors of Fall Return at TooJay’s




Classic favorites and new seasonal offerings to delight guests this coming season
                        
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 1, 2018) – To join in the fall seasonal celebration, TooJay’s bringing back some fan favorites and new seasonally inspired dishes to its menu. TooJay’s is known for its generous servings of homemade favorites and these items, available from Monday, September 17 through Sunday, December 30 live up to that reputation.

·       Turkey Cranberry Griller
Back by popular demand, the Turkey Cranberry Griller features grilled whole wheat bread topped with Swiss cheese, sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, fresh herbs, arugula, savory cornbread stuffing and a touch of turkey gravy. It’s like Thanksgiving on a sandwich!

All-New Seasonal Play Pass Allows Guests to “Test Drive” an Annual Pass at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort


Three Months of Awesome for One Low Rate

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2018) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has announced an easy way for guests to make the last few months of 2018 the most awesome yet. The Seasonal Play Pass will grant guests nearly three months of admission for the low rate of $54.99 + tax.

This all-new pass is the perfect way to “test drive” an annual pass as the theme park revs up for the grand opening of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD in spring 2019, the only place where THE LEGO®  MOVIE™ comes alive. Until then, brick fans can start their engines at The Great LEGO® Race which invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of a rollicking race against several LEGO minifigure competitors – all while taking an exciting roller coaster ride.

Exclusive to Florida residents, the Seasonal Play Pass is only available for a limited time. It can be purchased online or upon arrival.  The pass is valid through December 21 and block out dates apply, including special event weekends. Full details are available at www.legoland.com/seasonal-play-pass.

September 30, 2018

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens mourns the loss of beloved giraffe



SANFORD, Fla., September 29, 2018 - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is saddened to announce the loss of their resident male Baringo, commonly known as Rothschild, giraffe, Emba. He was born October 23, 1995 at the Oklahoma City Zoo and resided at several other facilities before arriving at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens from White Oak for the opening of their new giraffe habitat in February 2014.

Emba was 22-years-old. The median life expectancy for giraffe is 20 to 25 years.

On April 7, 2018, the Zoo staff found Emba lying on his side—an abnormal position for a giraffe. Animal care and veterinary teams immediately responded to the habitat to assess his condition. The decision was made to separate Emba from the Zoo's other two male giraffe for safety and to assist with behavioral observation and administration of medication. Initially, the cause of condition was unknown and staff consulted with veterinarians at several AZA accredited zoos who have worked with similar geriatric giraffe cases.

September 29, 2018

Phantasmagoria Orlando/DiDonna Productions is proud to present the ninth ALL ORIGINAL installment in their Critically Acclaimed “Whimsically Macabre” Halloween Celebrations PHANTASMAGORIA IX “HOMECOMING”

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PHANTASMAGORIA AS FEATURED NATIONALLY ON PBS 

Called One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.”  by Good Day Atlanta, and direct from its successful sold out performances in multiple cities and states Phantasmagoria is proud to present their next main stage installment of this long running critically acclaimed series PHANTASMAGORIA IX “Homecoming” to celebrate the 2018 Halloween Season and its ninth year of ongoing production! 

With the ongoing critically acclaimed success of the past eight year’s installments - as well as special events and appearances throughout the year the brand new  PHANTASMAGORIA IX thunders on to the stage in five Florida counties with all new stories of terror!  Live performersPhantastical dance, explosive stage combat, large scale puppetry, aerial performance and haunting storytelling combine to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror!   

Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their newest and perhaps darkest journeys yet through literary tales of terrorand horrific folk stories, legends, and myths. Enter with us into dark and sometimes whimsical tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas HoodMexican FolkloreVictorian Poetry and Song, an ancient centuries old  Irish Vampire and much, MUCH more  – all to set the tone for a truly Phantasmagorical Halloween season!     
  
Special VIP Experience!  Available in select cities The VIP show experience will include  Specialty actappearances by members of the Phantasmagoria  troupe woven together to top the evening off in the best and darkest of ways (also includes drink, Phantasmagoria souvenir and more - VIP available in Orlando, Eustis, Sanford and Deland only)