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February 2, 2019

BROADWAY’S TONY AWARD-WINNING “MUST-SEE MUSICAL” (NPR) COME FROM AWAY IS ON SALE NOW!


PERFORMANCES JUNE 11 – 19, 2019
AT DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 1, 2019) Dr. Phillips Center announced today that individual tickets for the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, go on sale today, Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or 407.455.5550. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.

MEGACON™ RETURNS TO ORLANDO’S ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER ON NEW DATES – THURSDAY, MAY 16 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019



Celebrate Fandom with the Cast of Back to The Future including Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, Jason Momoa, Pamela Anderson, David Harbour and more 
  
Orlando, FL – February 1, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, MEGACON™ Orlando expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend with a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests and endless programming. 

Fans will be amazed by a very rare reunion featuring the entire the Back To The Future cast including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan. Other celebrity guests slated to appear include Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Pamela Anderson (Baywatch), David Harbour (Hellboy, Stranger Things), Sean Astin (Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural), and Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time). More exciting celebrity appearances will be announced leading up to the four-day event that also features family-friendly activities, shopping, workshops, enhanced anime programming, costume contests and attractions like the photo ops with the Back To The Future Delorean, Tattoo Alley and more.

January 30, 2019

Brews Around the Zoo Returns to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

SANFORD, Fla., January 30, 2019—Brews Around the Zoo, presented by Wayne Densch, Inc., is returning for its twelfth year at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 13 from 6 PM to 10 PM.

This wildly popular event directly supports the Zoo's animal welfare, conservation initiatives, and education programs.

Over 1,800 guests are expected to attend this adults-only night featuring food samples from local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters, and over thirty different craft beers. Tickets for the event are all inclusive for beer and food samplings and will go on sale through UNation on Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. Multiple ticket options are available.

The Zoo will also host A Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner, featuring beer from Wicked Weed Brewing based in Asheville, NC. This year, the dinner will take place the evening before Brews Around the Zoo—Friday, April 12 from 6:30 to 9 PM. Tickets to A Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner include General Admission tickets to Brews Around the Zoo on Saturday.

This event is held rain or shine. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend; a valid ID will be required along with your ticket upon admission. Guests with infants and/or small children will not be permitted to enter the gates under any circumstances.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To obtain more information please contact the Zoo’s event manager by phone at 407-323-4450 ext. 103 or e-mail atmegans@centralfloridazoo.org.


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 350 animals in Sanford, Florida. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that excite and inspire actions on behalf of wildlife. More information is available at www.centralfloridazoo.org.
 
Seminole Aerial Adventures at the Central Florida Zoo is a self-propelled challenge course for all ages. Woven into the natural forest are three courses designed to test you, physically and mentally. Swing, climb, and balance across dancing logs, tight wires, rope bridges, nets, & exhilarating zip lines. This featured attraction, just before the Zoo's entrance, gives both nature lovers & challenge seekers the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of adventure in Central Florida.

Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation is a cutting-edge conservation facility dedicated to propagation of and reintroduction of the federally protected eastern indigo snake. More information is available at www.centralfloridazoo.org/about-the-zoo/ocic.

SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S FIRST COLD STRESSED MANATEE OF THE YEAR ARRIVES


Rescued male suffering from hypothermia as local water temperatures drop

Orlando, FL (January 30, 2019) – As much of the country prepares for dangerously cold temperatures this week, rescue teams in Florida are starting to see the effects of low water temperatures on the state’s manatee population.   
Late yesterday, a 725 lb. sub-adult male manatee arrived to SeaWorld Orlando’s critical care animal hospital, suffering from symptoms of cold stress including abbesses and dehydration. The manatee was rescued in Lake Griffin near Eustis, Florida, in the center of the state, by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC), Sea2Shore and a local chapter of the Save the Manatee Club.  After a field assessment, the animal was transported to the park where veterinarians started medical treatment and rehabilitation including antibiotics, fluids and other supportive care.

Sand, Sun, and Kid-Friendly Fun in New Smyrna Beach

From Racecars to River Tours and Surfing to Sandcastles, NSB’s Unique Offerings Make It The Perfect Family Destination This Spring

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – With 17 miles of white sand and beautiful blue waters, New Smyrna Beach, located on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, is a prime spot for families wanting to plan a getaway this spring. And with so many kid-friendly attractions, camps, and free activities, they’ll want to do more than just build sandcastles and splash in the surf (although we love that too!). Take a peek at some of the fun:
  • Marine Discovery Center: 5-Day Spring Adventure Camp (March 18-22) With pontoon rides, fishing, and arts and crafts, the kids will be too busy having fun to notice they’re learning about New Smyrna Beach’s wildlife and environment.
  • The Hub on Canal: Art Fun 4 Kids with Heather Pastor (March 13, April 10) Kiddos can channel their inner Van Gogh with an art class at The Hub on Canal. Instructor Heather Pastor teaches about famous artists, then children create their own masterpieces with a variety of mediums.
  • Surfin’ NSB: Ride the Waves: Little thrill-seekers will love a private family surf lesson from the pros at Surfin’ NSB. An instructor will bring boards right to your hotel or condo, so all you need to do is walk out onto the sand.
  • Turtle Mound River Tours: Set sail on a two-hour narrated tour of the Indian River Lagoon for a chance to see dolphins, manatees, and incredible views of Canaveral National Seashore.
  • New Smyrna Museum of History: Encourage a love for learning by exploring NSB’s interesting past through cool artifacts, models, and photographs. Kids will love the vintage boards and other local memorabilia in the surfing exhibit. Parents will love that it’s free admission.
  • Fishing Charters: Reel in the fun on the Indian River Lagoon with a local guide, like Captain Drew Cavanaugh of Florida Inshore Fishing Charters. From hauling in a prize catch to close-up views of local wildlife, a charter is a perfect way to spend a day on the water.
  • New Smyrna Speedway: Zoom zoom! Watch as stockcars and trucks vie for a spot at the finish line. Races are held weekly and children 11 and under are free.
  • New Smyrna Beach Escape Room: Older kids and teens will love this combo scavenger hunt and puzzle-solving activity. Participants attempt to escape from a locked room by deciphering riddles and puzzles. Choose from themes like “Alien Autopsy” and “Houdini’s Secrets.”

About the New Smyrna Beach Area
The New Smyrna Beach area includes the communities of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Osteen and Port Orange in east Central Florida. New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new; of subtle sophistication and bohemian soul that is as “real” as Florida gets. It occupies a notable place in history as the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. In 2018, New Smyrna Beach celebrated its 250th birthday. The city’s barrier island is recognized worldwide for its incredible surf with Surfer magazine recently touting it one of the “Best Surf Towns in America” and National Geographic magazine including it in its “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns”. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfast inns to family-size condominium units and oceanfront hotels. Natural attractions include 17 miles of sandy beaches from Ponce de Leon Inlet to Canaveral National Seashore and North America’s most diverse estuary – the Indian River Lagoon. Two distinct downtowns along Flagler Avenue and Canal Street and connected via the Waterfront Loop welcome visitors with independent restaurants, unique shops, artisanal coffee shops and art galleries.

For more information, please visit www.VisitNSBfl.com or call 386-428-1600. Follow @NewSmyrnaBeach1 on Twitter, Facebook.com/VisitNewSmyrnaBeach or @visitnewsmyrnabeach on Instagram for the latest news. Download the free New Smyrna Beach Mobile App for iPhone and Android to receive this information on-the-go.

January 28, 2019

Super Bowl 53 at Ace Cafe Orlando

Big Game Car Show and Watch Party on Tap for Feb. 3
                                                                     
WHAT:  Show off your favorite team gear in your best ride at Ace Cafe during the Ace’s Big Game Car Show. No advance registration nor entry fee is required, and all years, makes and models are welcome. Music provided by Cruisin’ Orlando. Stick around for the Big Game Watch Party at 6pm. For $59.95 per adult (age 21+), enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet and unlimited domestic beers, house wines and well drinks. The buffet includes beef empanadas, pulled pork sliders, tater tots, buffalo wings, BBQ chicken sliders, nacho station and many more Ace faves. For only $29.95, event-goers can enjoy the unlimited buffet without alcohol. The Ace’s regular menu will also be available for all ages. Watch the Super Bowl on the Ace’s giant TV screen and more than 20 TVs located on property.

WHEN:  Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2109
Big Game Car Show (2-5 pm) | Big Game Watch Party (6 pm – end of game)

Metal menagerie coming to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 28, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests will soon be able to view not only live animals, but also metal ones hailing from Africa. The 16-piece collection, dubbed “Sculpture Safari,” will be scattered around Zoo grounds.
The menagerie was created by the Ark Collective—a group of 19 young artists in Nairobi, Kenya who were recruited from disadvantaged, impoverished backgrounds. Learning valuable skills such as design, metal cutting and welding provides these individuals with expanded employment opportunities and the ability to positively influence their communities.
The life-size giraffe, elephants, lions, peacocks and other creatures were made from reclaimed materials discarded from the automotive industry and other sources.
Sculpture Safari will debut on Saturday, February 16 and remain at the Zoo through the fall.
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.

NORTH CAROLINA - Experience the New & Luxurious Horse Shoe Farm in Hendersonville, NC


WHAT: The Horse Shoe Farm is an 85-acre riverfront estate, minutes from downtown Hendersonville, Asheville, and Tryon, NC, offering luxury accommodations for up to 50 guests, an unparalleled spa experience in an authentic renovated barn; a stable with 7 stalls, a number of field run-ins, an outdoor riding ring, and over 50 acres of fenced pasture; and private event space for weddings, family gatherings, and retreats. Its high-end concierge services for guests, include grocery delivery, private chef, personal shopping, private aircraft (jets), luxury car rentals, and more.  Its local farm to fork dining, scenic surroundings and rustic chic ambiance will create an experience you will never forget. 

January 26, 2019

SEAWORLD’S SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL SERVES UP EXCITEMENT WITH ARTIST LINEUP


First wave of performances announced for February and March

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 24, 2019) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival returns this year with more dates than ever.  Guests are invited to sip and sample their way around the world of international street food traditions every weekend from February 9 through May 5.  New this year, starting on February 15, guests will be able to enjoy Seven Seas on Friday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with all food and drink booths available to visit. 

Enjoy local craft beers and exciting new flavors while exploring culinary marketplaces throughout the park. A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Valentine ‘Conversation Doughnuts,’ Filling a Need and Enabling Fans to Express ‘All the Feels’

Say It with Valentine Doughnuts!
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Valentine ‘Conversation Doughnuts,’
Filling a Need and Enabling Fans to Express ‘All the Feels’  
Limited-time heart-shaped doughnuts available Jan. 30, through Valentine’s Day
 
ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2019) – With a shortage of candy conversation hearts expected this Valentine season, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is showing America just how CRAZY 4 U we are by introducing Valentine “Conversation Doughnuts.”
 
Krispy Kreme’s all-new Valentine Conversation Doughnuts are topped with more than a dozen new and traditional edible phrases, including “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS,” and “BE MINE.” The conversation gets even sweeter since the doughnuts feature four Krispy Kreme classic fillings – Cake Batter, Strawberries & KREME™, Raspberry Filled and Chocolate KREME™ Filled.
 
And to make this even sweeter, Krispy Kreme Rewards members can get a FREE Conversation Heart Doughnut of choice with any purchase on Wednesday, February 6.

January 22, 2019

Brevard Zoo greets another baby sloth

MELBOURNE, Fla., January 22, 2019 — On the morning of Friday, January 4, Brevard Zoo welcomed another baby in the form of a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth. The infant’s mother, 13-year-old Sammy, is taking great care of the as-yet-unnamed newborn.
Sammy’s first child, Tango, also resides at the Zoo and gave birth to baby Lorenzo in October 2018. Tango did not demonstrate interest in her baby, likely because she was a first-time mother, so the decision was made for animal care staff to hand-raise Lorenzo.
“Sammy is not a first-time mom, so she has experience in raising babies,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “We’re glad to be able to take a hands-off approach and see the newborn thriving in a more natural setting.”
Fifteen-year-old male Dustin fathered both babies. The newborn’s sex is unknown at the time as testing is needed to determine this information in sloths.
The newborn will remain on their mother for around six months before becoming independent. Sammy and her baby are located in La Selva, but are not viewable due to construction. However, guests have the opportunity to spot the pair from above on Treetop Trek.
Notorious for their slow-paced lifestyle, Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths face challenges from habitat loss and the exotic pet trade in central and South America.
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.

January 16, 2019

Tickets On Sale Now for Zoolarious: A Night of Comedy at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens


SANFORD, Fla., January 16, 2019—The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens guarantees giggles at this night of comedy for a cause. Attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the Zoo, up-close animal encounters, and a one of a kind performance by SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando's Best Rated Live Improv Comedy Club.

This event, which will directly support the Zoo’s animal wellness, conservation, and education programs, will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS: UNIVERSAL’S ENDLESS SUMMER RESORT – DOCKSIDE INN AND SUITES


All 2,800 Rooms and 2-Bedroom Suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites Are Now Available for Booking – Book Today! 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Guests can now book their stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, opening May 2020. This coastal-themed hotel inspired by breathtaking sunsets will join its sister property, Surfside Inn and Suites, in the destination’s all-new Value hotel category. With rates starting at $76 per night, Universal Orlando now offers a hotel for every style and budget, complete with exclusive benefits and a seamless vacation experience at the destination’s most affordable rates.

The destination’s newest hotel will offer 2,050 relaxed and casual guest rooms and suites. Families needing a bit more space will find it easy to spread out and unwind in the 2-Bedroom Suites, which start at $115 per night for a 7-night stay. These suites sleep six comfortably and feature a kitchenette and separate bath and vanity areas, so the whole family can get ready in time to experience Early Park Admission. It’s the perfect home-base for families of any size to experience all that Universal Orlando has to offer – at a quality that’s simply unmatched anywhere else in Orlando.

January 14, 2019

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ New Chocolate Glaze Collection Rewards Americans’ New Year’s Resolutions and Fuels Their Crave


Experts encourage ‘cheating’ to help achieve diet-related resolutions, so Krispy Kreme ‘choco-fies’ four fan favorites for first time

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2019) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has a message for all Americans in the midst of New Year’s resolutions: Don’t Quit, #CheatSweet!
 
It’s likely a third of Americans will have already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions, and by the end of January up to half will have fallen out. But numerous experts say that “cheaters prosper” when it comes to keeping fitness- or diet-related resolutions.

ANNOUNCING #HAM4HAM LOTTERY IN ORLANDO 40 TICKETS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE $10 EACH


PERFORMANCES JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 10, 2019
AT DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 14, 2019) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announce a digital lottery forHAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (January 22) in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center.  Forty (40)tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, January 20 for tickets to the Tuesday, January 22 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.  

HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY

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.

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