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January 14, 2019

TENNESSEE - Ted Bundy Display Planned for 30-Year Execution Anniversary


Alcatraz East Crime Museum will have a Ted Bundy display for the 30th anniversary of the serial killer’s execution

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (January 14, 2019) – January 24, 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the execution of one of the most well-known serial killers and rapists of the 20th century, Ted Bundy. There are several events taking place over the anniversary, including new items being made available to the public for the first time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The display, which will be in front of the famous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle already on view, will include letters, cards, photos, and a radio given to Bundy by his mother, that he kept until he was moved to death row. Available for only a limited time, this display will shed light on the private side of the notorious killer that haunted the country until his death. 

January 10, 2019

MACKLEMORE, PITBULL, DAN + SHAY, BECKY G AND MORE TO PERFORM LIVE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S 2019 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION


Florida’s Biggest Party to Feature New Mouthwatering Cajun Cuisine, a Nightly Mardi Gras Parade and Entertainment; Plus Live Concerts on Select Nights from Feb. 9 – April 4

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 10, 2019) – Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)! Universal Orlando Resort today announced the concert headliners performing at the 2019 Mardi Gras celebration – a family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash that features authentic Cajun-style cuisine, an incredible nightly parade and – on select nights – live concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019 will run daily from Feb. 9 through April 4.  For 13 select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music, including GRAMMY award-winning rapper, Macklemore, globally renowned superstar,  Pitbull, chart-topping country music duo Dan + Shay and Latin superstar Becky G. For the complete line-up and performance schedule, see below. 

January 9, 2019

The Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Seminole State College Presents Little Slices of Heaven on U.S. 27

Traveling exhibit on display Jan. 10-31
 
SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2019) – Little Slices of Heaven on U.S. 27 is on exhibit at the Fine Arts Gallery at Seminole State College Jan. 10-31. The traveling exhibit, produced and curated by Megan Paquette Stepe of the Museum of Florida Art and Culture, focuses on the unique tourist attractions which developed following the construction of U.S. Route 27, the 500 mile Florida highway spanning from Tallahassee to Miami. 
 
Nicknamed the “backbone of Florida,” U.S. 27 served as the state’s principal highway before the construction of I-4 and I-75, bringing new visitors to Florida’s less traveled areas. This led to not only an increased appreciation and ultimate preservation of Florida’s natural wonders, but it also spurred the development of several creative, educational and witty delights up and down the stretch of highway.
 
Little Slices of Heaven on U.S. 27
Seminole State College Lake Mary/Sanford campus
Building G / Fine Arts Gallery
100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773
Opening reception January 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
January 11–31, Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 
Little Slices of Heaven on U.S. 27 features destinations and attractions which existed from 1934 to 1970. It is a visual road-trip through bygone Florida via photos, videos, memorabilia, artifacts, and fine art on loan by Florida artists and historical institutions. Participating artists include Richard Reep, Blair Updike, Shannon Cummings, Johanna O’Donnell, Carl Knickerbocker, Curtis Nelson and Cindy Eaton.

NEW LIMITED-TIME OFFER: FLORIDA RESIDENTS CAN SAVE BIG THIS SPRING AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


Florida Residents Can Now Get 3 Days of Theme Park Thrills for $159.99 plus tax

For a limited time, Florida residents can now take advantage of an exclusive offer from Universal Orlando Resort. Residents can experience the spring season with an exclusive 2-Park, 3-Day Base ticket offer for only $159.99 – that’s three days for less than $54 per day. This offer is valid for admission to one park per day and is available for purchase through April 4 with a valid promo code from Coca-Cola® or Coke® Zero Sugar.

BOOM CUPS PRESENTS CELEBRITY PRO-BOWL SHOWDOWN AT CFE ARENA ON JANUARY 26


TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

ORLANDO, FL – Michael Mak, CEO of Boom Cups, and former NFL player Chris Johnson, will bring the Boom Cups Celebrity Pro-Bowl Showdown to CFE Arena on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The event will benefit "The Chris Johnson Foundation" and "D-Up On Cancer", and will feature a special halftime performance by MMG Artist and Mogul, Rick Ross.

Tickets are on sale now. 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.

January 8, 2019

See Monster Trucks for Free Next Week

Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports

Monster Jam® Trucks On Display Around Town on Thursday, January 17
Grave Digger Driver Adam Anderson to Meet & Greet with Fans at Ace Cafe Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – January 8, 2019 – Four of the show’s biggest stars, the giant monster trucks from Monster Jam®, will be on display in Orlando on Thursday, January 17. For fans, it's a chance to see and take pictures with the enormous trucks before these beasts roar into Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 19. Even better, the truck appearances are free to the public.

Monster Jam will feature more than 12 trucks and drivers vying to be the Orlando champion, including: Grave Digger driven by Adam Anderson; El Toro Loco driven by Scott Buetow; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Max D and Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by husband-wife competitive duo Neil Elliott and Candice Jolly; Earthshaker driven by Steven Thompson; Time Flys and Wildflower driven by father-daughter competitors Kelvin and Rosalee Ramer; Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal; Zombie Ice driven by Paul Strong; Saigon Shaker driven by Ryan Disharoon and more. (Trucks/drivers subject to change without notice.)

Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College Presents Moon Week


Celebration concludes with FREE Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party on Sunday, Jan. 20
SANFORD, Fla. (Jan.  7, 2019) – A total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Orlando (if the sky is clear) on Jan. 20-21, 2019. To celebrate this celestial event, the community is invited to join the team at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College for a series of week-long events during Moon Week 2019. Family–friendly activities include panel discussions, films, an art show, planetarium and laser shows, and the Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party as the grand finale.
Schedule for Moon Week 2019

FLORIDA - Rediscover Romance this Valentine's along the Florida Treasure Coast


For a Truly Romantic getaway, think Vero Beach, FL because not only is Vero Latin for True, it offers romance for couples on many fronts. For “foodies” it might be a beachside candlelit dinner, for thrill-seekers it could be a tandem sky dive, and a pirate just might want to wander with his wench in search of sunken treasure.

As Vero Beach sits at the intersection of green and glamorous, along Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” a romantic encounter can be found around many corners as well as with toes in the aquamarine sea. Beachgoers can expect 26 miles of well-preserved waterfront — a place where sea turtles call home, couples get engaged, and others find their bliss.

Seeking a spot to “pop the question” or rekindle romance in a decades-long marriage?  Here are some of our favorite picks for stoking the flame in Vero Beach this Valentine's Day.

December 21, 2018

Get a Peek Behind-the-Scenes at SeaWorld’s Inside Look


First-time-ever access features some of the least seen and most interesting portions of the park weekends January 12-27 with special guests Guy Harvey, Chris Fischer and Jack Hanna

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 18, 2018) – At SeaWorld Orlando’s Inside Look, hear and see, firsthand, what goes into providing world-class animal care from the people who do it every day.  Guests that visit on January weekends 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 can go behind-the-scenes for an “inside look” at what it takes to maintain a premier zoological institution like SeaWorld Orlando.  This truly first-time-ever access features six of the least seen and most interesting portions of the park.  Guests are invited to visit all six locations, collecting stamps to earn an exclusive Expert Explorer’s Pin.  Inside Look tours are available at each location at various times throughout the day.

Special Guest appearance on the weekends will feature Guy Harvey (January 12-13), OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer (January 19-20) and Jack Hanna (January 26-27).  

NEW THREE KINGS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES HOLIDAY TRADITION DURING FINAL DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS

Gaylord Palms Resort will cap off the holiday season with new shows and activities, January 1-6, 2019.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (December 20, 2018) – For the first time ever, Christmas at Gaylord Palms will offer the Three Kings Festival, a special commemoration of the extended holiday season celebrated by many Christians in Spain and Latin America. The resort will add additional shows and activities as part of the festival to highlight Three Kings’ Day, a holiday that honors the Three Wise Men and their visit to the meet baby Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. The event will run from January 1- 6, 2019, also allowing guests one last chance to experience the other activities of Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by Pepsi!

FESTIVE FUN AND FLAVORS
Twice daily, guests can enjoy the all-new show, The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos. This free stage show showcases the Three Kings in a musical celebration as they retell the Christmas story and the celebrations surrounding it, including Las Posadas and el Día de los Reyes, all on stage in Emerald Plaza inside the grand St. Augustine Atrium.

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S DREAMMORE RESORT AND SPA TO HOST LYRICS & LORE

Storytellers and Songwriters Showcase set for Jan. 17-19

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, December 18, 2018) — Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as its third annual Lyrics & Lore event brings the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to the Great Smoky Mountains. Taking place Jan. 17-19, 2019, join the Dollywood Entertainment team, The International Storytelling Center and Bandtwango, Dollywood’s newest partner, for a captivating weekend event.

Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian region. Audience members have the opportunity to enjoy internationally-recognized storytellers as they share their stories and learn about the most popular songs heard on the radio. Guests do not have to be performing or speaking to attend. Additionally, everyone can sit back and enjoy as these talented songwriters perform some of their chart topping songs.

THE ALL-NEW ORLANDO CITRUS PARADE ANNOUNCES GRAND MARSHALS, APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES


Performer lineup includes music artists, TV personalities, dance groups and bands
Tickets now on sale for TV Performance Zone

Orlando, Florida (December 19, 2018) – Florida Citrus Sports in association with Parades R Us announces grand marshals, appearances and performances for the all-new Orlando Citrus Parade, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 29th in Downtown Orlando.

Grand marshals include actor and singer Norm Lewis; Major League Baseball star Johnny Damon; actress, author, entrepreneur and founder of Her Universe Ashley Eckstein; Major League Baseball star and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein; and Stranger Things actress Chelsea Talmadge.  Michael Campion from Netflix’s Fuller House is also making a special guest appearance.

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its iconic Big Top experience to Orlando for the first time!

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

The
 astounding production LUZIA opens on March 7, 2019
under the white-and-gold Big Top at The Florida Mall

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Orlando, FL (November 26, 2018) – Cirque du Soleil is coming to Orlando this winter with its delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning Big Top production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. From March 7 – 31, 2019, local audiences are invited for the first time ever under the Cirque du Soleil Big Top at The Florida Mall to escape to an imaginary Mexico  sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality

In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistrySmoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desertLUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER “EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY VIEWING AREA AND DESSERT PARTY” - JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS


Guests Will Enjoy Dedicated Viewing Areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – Plus Specialty Food and Beverages
Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort will offer an all-new “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” experience from December 24 to December 30 – giving guests an even more special and exclusive way to experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration.
The experience starts at 7 p.m. with access to an exclusive viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s in the Hollywood area of the park. Guests can enjoy an assortment of beverages, including coffee and hot chocolate, and prime viewing of the incredible floats, larger-than-life balloons and favorite characters that take to the streets of Universal Studios during the parade. 

SPECIAL “FLIGHT” PACKAGES, BRILLIANT LIGHT SHOW AND FAMILY FUN ALL PART OF ICONIC NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

-- $1,500 “Midnight Fireworks Flight” gives guests spectacular, 360-degree view of Central Florida’s best fireworks from atop the 400-foot observation wheel --
-- New “Best of 2018” playlist curated especially for New Year’s Eve flights –

WHAT:              An “Iconic” New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring 16 hours of family-friendly fun starting at 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve Packages for the observation wheel include:

    • New Year's Flight ($39.99* per person) – includes a complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soft drink)
    • Flight with Champagne ($44.99* per person) – includes a glass of champagne
    • Private Capsule with Stocked Bar ($600* per capsule) – includes private party capsule for up to 10 guests, stocked with beer, wine and champagne (limited availability; book by Dec. 28)
    • Midnight Fireworks Flight ($1,500* per capsule) – VIP package includes concierge escort upon arrival; midnight access to private capsule with stocked bar; two full rotations to experience 360-degree views of Central Florida fireworks; three commemorative photo books and free digital photos (limited availability; book by Dec. 28)
* Plus tax; must be 21 and show ID to consume alcohol

MORE:                  Additional festivities include:

·         Brilliant wheel light show and traditional New Year’s countdown
·         All-new “Best of 2018” music playlist in each flight capsule
·         Face painting, and balloon artists from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
·         Live music at Tin Roof

WHEN:                 Monday, December 31, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

WHERE:               ICON Orlando 360    8375 International Drive, Orlando, Florida

FOOD + BEV             
  • Islamorada Tap Bar’s pop-up brewery will serve premiere local craft beer: Sandbar Sunday (American Wheat Ale), Islamorada Ale (Citrus Ale), No Tan Lines (Blend) and Channel Marker IPA
  • Local baker Mattie’s Bakery will offer fresh-baked, organic and gluten-free desserts and warm clam chowder that can be enjoyed on board the observation wheel
  • UNO’s Pizza will satisfy all-night munchies until 2 a.m.
·         Tapa Toro will feature a special New Year’s Eve Fiesta with flamenco dancing and four-course dinner specials

PARKING:            Parking is always FREE in on-site garage

HOW:                   To purchase tickets and for more information visit, Iconorlando.com/newyears.


About ICON Orlando 360
ICON Orlando 360 is a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment complex in the middle of Orlando’s International Drive entertainment district. The main attraction is the 400-foot ICON Orlando, one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. ICON ORLANDO 360 also features SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and the all-new Orlando StarFlyer. The 18-acre complex offers more than a dozen restaurants and bars, central courtyard and fountain with choreographed water displays, as well as live entertainment, vendors, special events and private space for meetings and events.

4 More High School Students Earn Their Wings at the Aerospace Center for Excellence


Lakeland, Florida: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is proud to announce four (4) more James C. Ray Scholarship recipients have earned their wings! Each of these students achieved this milestone following very different paths but together they join a very elite group of young adults that have earned their private pilot license prior to graduating from high school.

Scottie Larson (far left), 17, is the President of the Unmanned Squadron Club and member of the golf team. He is interested in pursuing a career in Aviation Management.

Peter Rust (2nd from left), 17, has his eye on the U.S. Air Force after graduation and is already pursuing his IFR certificate.

DON’T EAT US! Tired of Running, Gingerbread People Issue Holiday Plea for Sweet Alternative


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Saves Gingerbread People of America with Return of
Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2018) - Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 19 and through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Krispy Kreme is offering its popular Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut – a perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze.
“Please do your part to enable us to keep all our parts. We implore you to “run, run as fast as you can” to participating Krispy Kreme shops across the U.S., before all the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnuts are gone. And save the lives of innocent gingerbread people everywhere,” said George the Gingerbread Man.

December 11, 2018

ADAM SANDLER IS MAKING CFE ARENA “100% FRESHER” ON FEBRUARY 10


TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 10 AM EST

ORLANDO, FL – Comedic icon, Adam Sandler, is coming to CFE Arena with his “100% Fresher” Tour on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Sandler will bring the fun with comedy and songs from his successful Netflix special 100% Fresh with lots of additional material and a special surprise guest.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 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.
Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his roles in the films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer and many more.

About CFE Arena
The Spectra managed CFE Arena is home to the UCF Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, as well as concerts, family shows and other attractions for the Central Florida area. Visit www.CFEArena.com for more information on upcoming events.

About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

December 10, 2018

SeaWorld Rescue Team and Partners Rescue Manatee in South Carolina


Orlando, Fla. (December, 2018) -- Members of the SeaWorld Rescue team traveled to South Carolina last week, where in collaboration with multiple organizations – they assisted in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee.  The rescued animal was transported to the Jacksonville Zoo and is being treated for cold stress. 

Following close coordination with the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff authorized the rescue operation that included SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team. Support for the rescue came from a broad range of agencies and organizations, including:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from Jacksonville, Charleston, Ernest F. Hollings - ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Cape Romain NWR, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Sea to Shore Alliance, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Clearwater (FL) Marine Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Ocean Services - Charleston, and the National Marine Mammal Foundation. WestRock Company (Charleston) provided logistic support for the rescue.

December 7, 2018

2019 Monster Jam® Tickets On Sale September 25


The Most Family-Friendly, Action-Packed Motor Sport in the World with Four-wheel Racing, Two-wheel Skills and Freestyle Competitions comes to Camping World Stadium on January 19, 2019

Orlando, FL (September 19, 2018) – Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motor sport announced today that tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, September 25 for the Saturday, January 19, 2019 show at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15 each. 

Fans can sign up in advance to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer to get early purchase access to Monster Jam tickets with a special code during the venue pre-sale period from September 18–25: https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/preferred-customer-page