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May 22, 2018

TENNESSEE - EXTRAORDINARY BLUEGRASS ENTERTAINMENT, TASTY BARBEQUE HEADLINE DOLLYWOOD’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL MAY 25- JUNE 10

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 21, 2018) —Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers really heats up during Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S®, thanks to a stellar lineup of bluegrass music’s best artists as well as expertly-prepared barbeque from Dollywood’s Golden Ticket Award-winning foods team.

The opening weekend of the festival kicks off with The Gibson Brothers (May 25) and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 26-27).  Dailey & Vincent (May 29-30), Molly Tuttle (May 31) and The Seldom Scene (June 5) are among the headliners during the festival. Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (June 7) also makes an appearance during the event.

“When I decided this would be the Season of Showstoppers,” Dolly Parton began, “I couldn’t wait to see what kind of talent our folks would be able to round up to perform during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. Well, I’ll tell you they definitely did me proud, because it’s quite the lineup. It’s always a real treat to have these performers with us, folks like Doyle Lawson and my good friend Rhonda Vincent. All these performers are the best in the business.

May 20, 2018

Orlando’s 400-Foot Observation Wheel Rebranded as ICON Orlando


Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, I-Drive 360 Receiving New Name,  New Look, Enhancements

ORLANDO,  Fla. (May  9,2018)  – IDL  Parent  LLC,  owners of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex on International Drive, announced today a new name for its towering 400-foot centerpiece,  the Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, which is now ICON Orlando. An innovative marketing campaign will be launched following the rebrand, encouraging guests to "Find their Iconic Moment” at the 18-acre complex, which has also been renamed ICON Orlando 360. The new web address  www.iconorlando.com will go live on Monday, May 14.

The Habit Burger Grill Offers Free Charburger With Cheese to Celebrate National Burger Month


-Available at All Central Florida Locations on May 24, 4:00PM- 6:00PM Only-

(ORLANDO, Fla.) May 17, 2018 - May is National Burger Month and The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:HABT) is celebrating by giving away a free Charburger with cheese at its Central Florida locations on May 24.

From 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. only, all three Habit locations in Orlando will be offering a free delicious, award-winning Charburger with cheese which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. 

In Central Florida, The Habit Burger Grill restaurants are located in Winter Park on North Orlando Avenue near Lee Road; on South Orange Avenue near E. Michigan St.; and in Southwest Orlando in the Millenia Plaza off Millenia Boulevard and Conroy Road. For more information, visit www.habitburger.com/charburgerday.

May 17, 2018

CALIFORNIA - Palo Alto’s Luxury All-Inclusive Hotel, Clement Palo Alto Adds Ridge Vineyards Experience to its Special Packages for Guests


PALO ALTO, CA. (May 2018) — The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel has partnered with an acclaimed Central Coast winery to offer the Ridge Vineyards Experience package for its guests.

Guests can experience the number one winery in America with an exclusive private tasting and tour for two at Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello Estate. Nestled high in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounded by historic vineyards, Monte Bello offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience exceptional single-vineyard wines, including the celebrated Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Ridge Vineyards Experience includes:
>Overnight accommodations at The Clement Palo Alto
>Reservations for an exclusive two-hour private tasting for two at Monte Bello Estate, any day of the week
>Daily breakfast for two in the comfort of your guestroom or in The Clement dining room
>Overnight valet parking and resort fee

The two-hour private tasting experience includes a tour of the vineyard, where guests will see the petite verdot, merlot, and cabernet vines, as well as the historic knoll covered with 66-year-old cabernet sauvignon vines. A dedicated host will present a customized five-wine flight and library pour of Monte Bello, which also includes the most current vintage. A cheese-and-tapenade plate completes the experience.

GEORGIA - The 2018 Savannah Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced and Discount Tickets Now Available

SAVANNAH, GA (May 17, 2018) – One of Savannah’s most anticipated fall events, the Savannah Food & Wine Festival will be taking place this November 5 – 11, 2018.  The lowest priced advance discounts on tickets for the festival’s signature events will only be available now through June 17, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. at, Spring Early Bird Discount Tickets.

According to festival Operations Manager Gordon Gourley, “This year we are limiting the amount of Spring Early Bird Tickets available for each of the signature events. This means in order to take advantage of the lowest ticket prices available for the entire year, you have to act quickly. The signature festival events are on sale now and the full festival line-up of tickets on sale by July 15, 2017.”

TENNESSEE - BUSH’S® BEANS ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTING PARTNER FOR DOLLYWOOD’S BARBEQUE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Park Restaurants to Offer Special Recipes Featuring BUSH’S Products

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, May 17, 2018) —With Dollywood’s reputation for mouth-watering food, a new relationship with BUSH’S® Beans gives the park’s award-winning foods team a great new partner to help create even more tantalizing tastes for guests.

BUSH’S®, based in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, now serves as presenting sponsor of Dollywood’s annual Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. The event, which runs May 25-June 10 this season, features the biggest names in bluegrass music, alongside expertly-prepared barbeque.

Thanks to the new partnership with BUSH’S®, Dollywood chefs also have created several unique side dishes to accompany the slow-smoked barbeque. Two of these are BUSH’S Hickory Pit Beans, a Dollywood-exclusive recipe featuring several varieties of beans, brown sugar and secret seasonings, and BUSH’S Cowboy Beans, another Dollywood-only item which consists of multiple varieties of beans, topped with BBQ pork, smoked sausage, and sautéed green and red peppers, and onions.

New Summer Exhibit “Hall of Heroes” Coming Soon to Orlando Science Center


Immerse yourself in the world of heroes, crime-fighters and gadgets in this super summer exhibit!

Open May 26, 2018 through September 3, 2018 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 15, 2018) — Unmask your superpowers! You’ll find yourself in the midst of the action in with several different themed environments and surprises around every corner in Hall of Heroes, Orlando Science Center’s summer 2018 exhibit. Visitors of all ages will love the combination of science and science fiction as they discover their own super strengths.

Learn about superheroes’ origins, discover the ideals that heroes uphold, and push boundaries to see what it truly means to be heroic! Starting your journey in the “Identification Station,” you will learn about and get sorted into one of the five disciplines that are the basis for all superpowers: “Powers of the Body,” “Powers of the Mind,” “Mastery,” “Gadgets,” and “The Elements.”

May 16, 2018

Free Beer All Summer Long for SeaWorld Orlando Park Guests

Complimentary Beer Samples and 
Daily Happy Hour

Orlando, Fla. (May 16, 2018) – Starting this Friday, SeaWorld Orlando will be offering free beer to park guests all summer long.

The free brews will be available at the park starting this Friday, May 18 through September 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.  The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer.


Park guests are also invited to enjoy Happy Hour at SeaWorld, daily starting at 4 p.m. Happy Hour will feature buy one, get one free offers on all drink and food items at Flamecraft Bar and Sharks Underwater Grill Bar. Both locations feature a variety of domestic and craft beer, mixed drinks and sharable appetizers. Additionally, guests purchasing any pin from a SeaWorld Pin Trading location during Happy Hour will receive a free lanyard with their purchase.

Best Way to Play
The best way to experience all of the summer fun SeaWorld Orlando has to offer, along with the incredible lineup of events throughout the year is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2018 Fun Card. Pay for a day and play all year with unlimited admission and no blockout dates through December 31, 2018. Hurry, offer ends May 20, 2018.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook and Instagram for the latest park updates and information.

LEGENDARY PICTURES’ ICONIC HORROR FILM TRICK ‘R TREAT TO TERRIFY HALLOWEEN RULE-BREAKERS IN ALL-NEW MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS


Horrifying Traditions and Sinister Characters from the Film Come to Life 
at the Nation’s Premier Halloween Events in Hollywood and Orlando this Fall

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (May 16, 2018) – Beginning September 14, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will bring Legendary Pictures’ cult Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat to life in all-new Halloween Horror Nights mazes that dare guests to live by the rules or suffer the consequences. 

Based on the critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite movie, directed by Michael Dougherty, the “Trick ‘r Treat” maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, Ohio on Halloween night to celebrate the holiday’s dark traditions. Recreating some of the anthology’s most iconic scenes, the disturbing new maze invites brave thrill-seekers to become entwined within the secrets of this sleepy suburban town.

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida Offering Special “First Responders Rates” May 28-Sept. 15

. . . Special room rates are extended to
U.S. Police OfficersFirefightersEMTsDoctors, Nurses & 911 Dispatchers,
to take in the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resortexperience the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studiosand take advantage of Resort Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (May 2018) – If you are a U.S. police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, 911 dispatcher, doctor, or nurse, you should consider taking advantage of the special “First Responders Rates” that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Available for stays May 28-Sept. 15, 2018, the special room rates provide the opportunity to take in the many exceptional new offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer.

PLATT HOPWOOD PRESENTS: 80S IN THE PARK ROCKING HOTEL WEEKEND FESTIVAL & ROCK CON 2018


80S IN THE PARK IS BACK FOR IT’S 6TH YEAR AT THE INTERNATIONAL PALMS RESORT IN COCOA BEACH FLORIDA. THEI SEPTEMBER 28TH – 30TH
 
THE BIGGEST 80S WEEKEND SINCE THE 80S
 
FEATURING ON STAGE MEGA 80S BANDS;
FIREHOUSE , KIX, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, EVERY MOTHERS NIGHTMARE, RON KEEL OF KEEL, JASON BEILER OF SIGON KICK, KENNY MCGEE, BURNING STARR, NOVA REX, WILD PLANES, THE ROXX AND MANY MORE.
 
PLUS THE RETURN OF THE 80S ROCK CON WITH BAND MEMBERS, PHOTO OPPS, MEET AND GREET, BAND AND MEMORABILIA VENDORS, ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES AND MUCH MORE TO BE ADDED.
 
OUR EVENT IS THE “ROCKING HOTEL VACATION WEEKEND” AT THE INTERNATIONAL PALMS RESORT’S 13 ACRES BEACHFRONT LOCATION – ALLOWING THE ATTENDEE TO SWIM, SUN AND ROCK IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER EVENT ANY CAN PROVIDE.
 
THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL ADD A SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SUNDAY BRUNCH BEACH SIDE2 ROCK CRUISES ON VICTORY CASINO FREE WITH TICKET TO THE EVENT AND EXTENDED VIP AFTER PARTIES WITH OUR EXCLUSIVE “MEET AND MINGLE” WITH BANDS IN THE ONE OF A KIND INTIMATE 80S ROCK ENVIRONMENT THAT THE EVENT IS FAMOUS FOR.
 
TICKETS ARE 59.00 FOR 3 DAY GA PASS AND 129.00 FOR A EXCLUSIVE 3 DAY VIP PASS AND AVAILABLE AT WWW.80SINTHEPARK.COM. TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND WILL SELL OUT.
 
80S IN THE PARK 2018 ROCKING HOTEL WEEKEND IS SPONSORED BY PLATT HOPWOOD ATTORNEYS AT LAW, 98.5 FM THE BEACH, VICTORY CASINO CRUISE LINES, COCONUTS ON THE BEACH, FRANKIE’S BEACHSIDE, NATURE’S MARKET HEALTH FOODS, S3 PRODUCTION, BACKSTAGE DIVAS , SPOTLIGHT MAGAZINE, BREVARD LIVE MAGAZINE, AND HANG10ROCKRADIO.COM.

May 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Mystery Fest Key West to Celebrate Crime Writers June 22-24

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — No sleuthing skills are needed to understand why missing Mystery Fest Key West, set for Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, would be downright criminal. Readers and writers seeking clues about crafting and enjoying mystery fiction can meet, interact with and learn from some of America’s most notable authors during the fifth annual Mystery Fest Key West.

Among the starring “suspects” are keynote speaker Ace Atkins, a prolific crime novelist chosen by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue Parker’s iconic “Spenser” series; editor, publisher and Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler, a world-renowned authority on mystery fiction; and famed multigenre author Heather Graham, who has penned more than 100 volumes including the acclaimed “Krewe of Hunters” novels.

Other presenters include forensic scientist and top-selling author Lisa Black; Diane A.S. Stuckart, who created the Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries; cozy mystery writer Nancy J. Cohen; and Charles Todd, co-author of the award-winning Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Law enforcement experts are to offer insights as well.  

The festival’s dastardly doings are headquartered at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Attractions include writing workshops, panel discussions, book signings, receptions and gatherings where mystery buffs can mingle with the genre’s leading lights. 

Live Nation Urban & TCG Entertainment Announce Inaugural “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” Concert Tour

Tour Will Open September 8th at the Prestigious Wolf Trap Amphitheater in Washington DC and will hit 35 Markets

4U Will Present the Music of Prince like Never Before with a Full Symphony Orchestra


(New York, NY May 15, 2018) – Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment announced today an agreement with The Prince Estate for a global musical partnership celebrating the music of Prince. 
 
Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official Estateapproved symphonic Prince celebration, titled 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. 4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. In addition, each show will feature a live band with world class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. 4U will draw from Prince’s singular and extensive music catalog, highlighting many of his hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser known gems. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony.
 
The 2018 tour officially starts on September 8th, in Washington DC at Wolf Trap with the Wolf Trap Orchestra, followed by an extensive US and European Tour. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

May 14, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY SLIDES INTO 18TH SEASON WITH PARK UPGRADES

Guest Comfort and New Options are the Focus of 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 14, 2018)—At Dollywood’s Splash Country, summertime is playtime! Children are out of school and families have the opportunity to spend more time together making memories. In celebration of the water park opening on May 19, Dollywood is offering a weeklong sale to kick off the season: purchase a two-day Dollywood ticket and upgrade to a two-day, multi-park ticket for free! Guests can take advantage of this online offer until May 18 and the tickets can be used through June 3.

A special ticket offer isn’t the only exciting news. For its 18th season, Dollywood’s Splash Country is delighted to showcase park upgrades, Too Hot Tuesdays with a DJ on the wave pool deck, and lots of new menu items. Guests won’t know which way to look first!

Ace Cafe Orlando Marks First Ace-iversary with Weeklong Celebration

ORLANDO, Fla. – Ace Cafe Orlando has lined up a week chock full of events to celebrate its first year of operations in The City Beautiful. The “Ace-iversary” kicks off on Monday, May 14 with a GM & Corvette meet, and culminates on Saturday, May 19 with an all-day party featuring live entertainment, a car and bike show, giveaways, food and drinks specials, food drive and more. All events and entertainment, including Saturday’s performance by local favorite Beautiful Bastards are free admission and open to the public.

The first North America location of the celebrated London-based cafe, Ace Cafe Orlando made its world debut on May 19, 2017 after an award-winning renovation of three historic downtown buildings. The Ace’s distinctive brand of dining and entertainment continues to bring together those with a passion for cars, motorcycles, rock n’ roll, good times, and good friends.

The three-acre dining, entertainment and retail complex features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar and a communal counter. Entertainment includes live music; retail stores such as a Dainese D-Store, offering Italy’s most famous high-tech riding gear and accessories; Stonebridge Motorgallery, selling original motorsports and rock ‘n’ roll artwork; and private and semi-private spaces for groups large and small. 

LAST CHANCE: Final Weekend for Mindbender Mansion Exhibit


Exercise your brain with 40 individual brainteasers and five full-body group puzzles in this traveling exhibit before it’s gone!
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHAT:
You’re invited to enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion! This unconventional exhibit takes the concept of brainteasers to a dizzying new level with interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers.

Become a member of the eccentric Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords that can only be found by solving key puzzles in different rooms of the mansion!

Mindbender Mansion is closing tomorrow, so this weekend is your last chance to see it!
WHEN:
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE:
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
COST:
Mindbender Mansion is included with general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 to 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.
INFO:
For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit http://www.osc.org/mindbender-mansion

May 13, 2018

SEA LIFE ORLANDO AQUARIUM TO CELEBRATE ARRIVAL OF FOUR BABY STING RAYS WITH SPECIAL "BABY SHOWER"

From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in exchange for 25-percent off admission

ORLANDO, FLA. (May 12, 2018) –SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of four, baby blue spotted sting rays! The new bundles of joy are spreading joy to the community as SEA LIFE hosts a special baby shower for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to celebrate all the tiny babies. From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the Aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Guests who donate a gift from the NICU baby registry will receive 25-percent off of regular admission to the Aquarium. Items on the registry include:

  • WubbaNubs 
  • Rattles
  • Linking Rings
  • Infant books
  • Lullaby CDs
  • Ball rattles
  • Baby blankets 
  •  Light swaddling blankets

May 10, 2018

A New Record for U.S. Travel: Orlando First to Surpass 70 Million Annual Visitors


– Solidifies Rank as America’s Most-Visited Destination –

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tourism officials announced today a historic milestone in the travel industry as Orlando became the first U.S. destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors. In 2017, 72 million visitors traveled to Orlando, an increase of more than 5 percent over the prior year, once again making it America’s most-visited destination.  

Visit Orlando, the region’s official destination tourism and marketing organization, shared the number today at a special gathering of more than 1,000 tourism and community leaders.

Artistic Tribute to Pulse Victims & Survivors Now Permanently Installed at Orlando Science Center


Orlando artist Christy McCutchen was commissioned to design and build the piece.

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 10, 2018) — Orlando Science Center has unveiled a mixed media art installation that local artist Christy McCutchen custom-created as a tribute to victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. The piece will remain on display permanently at the Science Center, along with other pieces in the newly renovated Fusion: A STEAM Gallery exhibit area.
Background Information
After the 2016 tragedy, Orlando Science Center invited members of the community to write messages of love and fold their notes into origami hearts. The rainbow-colored hearts were hung on OSC’s bridge entrance in 49 rows with 49 hearts per row.

ELECTRIC OCEAN AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO RETURNS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND


Evening Spectacular “Ignite” Captivates Audience with Fireworks, Fountains, Lasers and More

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning May 25 for another summer of fun. Joining SeaWorld Orlando’s already impressive event lineup, Electric Ocean 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.

Throughout the night, guests can experience exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics and a plethora of new food and drink options throughout the park. The energy of the night culminates with a family-friendly dance party before “Ignite” lights up the sky in a spectacular fireworks finale, marking the perfect ending to an amazing visit to SeaWorld.