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May 18, 2019

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations

Renderings: Feld Entertainment

Tickets for All-New Show Coming to Orlando On Sale May 21 

Orlando, Fla. – May 15, 2019 – Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Tickets go on sale May 21.

May 12, 2019

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens to host Pet Amnesty Day


SANFORD, Fla., May 10, 2019On Saturday, June 1, residents of Central Florida will be allowed to surrender their exotic pets from 10 AM to 2 PM without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), will be hosting a Pet Amnesty Day at the Zoo's front entrance. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers an alternative to releasing unwanted pets and helps reduce the number of nonnative species being released into Florida habitats.

This free event is open to the public. Professionals from each organization will be onsite with information about caring for exotic pets, responsible pet ownership, and potential ecological impacts of invasive species in Florida. Animals that will be accepted include nonnative species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Domestic animals such as dogs, cats guinea pigs, and rabbits will not be accepted.

Please note—finding homes for large pond turtles including red-eared sliders, yellow-bellied sliders, cooters, chicken turtles, and redbelly turtles can take longer than a year. Owners of these turtles should contact the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline.

Some surrendered animals will be made available for adoption to pre-registered individuals the same day. Exotic pet adopters are required to be experienced and must be approved by the FWC prior to the event. There are no adoption fees, but potential adopters must register a minimum of one week before the event to adopt an animal. Approved adopters must bring their acceptance letters with them to the event.

For more information and adoption applications, please visit www.myfwc.com/nonnativesor call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend the event can call this number year-round for assistance in finding a new home for their animal. 

May 2, 2019

Treat Mom Like a Queen for a Day with Special Mother's Day Menus and Events at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando


ORLANDO (May 2, 2019) - Mothers should be celebrated every day of the year, but especially on Mother's Day, offering time with family to be pampered and to be made to feel like a queen. The hotels of Orlando's Rosen Hotels & Resorts have just the right gift for a special woman: a bountiful buffet brunch filled with all of her favorites and some special surprises.   

MISSOURI - Announcing New "Bluegrass Nights" at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

        
Including Grammy-Winners Diamond RioRhonda Vincent

(Branson, Missouri 5/2/2019) - One of the world’s top bluegrass events, the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, announces its biggest lineup ever with all-new “Bluegrass Nights,” beginning today and pickin’ through the month until May 27 at Silver Dollar City. Awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Distinguished Achievement in the festival’s presentation, Bluegrass & BBQ brings together over 70 acts to the Missouri theme park, from award-winning favorites to rising stars, including a three-night concert with Grammy winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, May 10-12, and Grammy winner Diamond Rio on May 26.

May 1, 2019

CINEMATIC HORROR ICONS COME TO LIFE IN ALL-NEW “UNIVERSAL MONSTERS” MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS”


Universal Pictures’ Legendary Monsters Make Frightening Debut at Universal Orlando Resort 
and Return to Wreak Havoc at Universal Studios Hollywood

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (April 29, 2019) – “Universal Monsters” will come to life in all-new terrifying Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. The terrifying experiences on both coasts will wake some of the most frightening and legendary monsters in horror history and bring them face-to-face with guests at the nation's premier Halloween events.

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be hunted by every single grisly monster from the anthology, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, in the all-new experience, “Universal Monsters.” Each sinister environment will bleed from one to the next as guests press through the darkened realms of horrifying creatures. Guests will face bloody terrors in Dracula’s castle and flee from what is behind the cryptic howls of the grim forest. They’ll run from the horrifying manmade monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, and fall prey to an ancient Egyptian curse as they are pursued by the evil Mummy. Guests will try to escape the mysterious Creature lurking in the Black Lagoon, or become victims of other horrors waiting in the shadows. Click here to witness the terror that is coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

April 30, 2019

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens to host three local cleanup events


SANFORD, Fla., April 29, 2019—The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is inviting local residents to Spring Into Action by volunteering at three upcoming cleanups.

“Creating opportunities for our community to take action is a cornerstone of the Zoo's mission," said Dino Ferri, CEO of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. "We want to help people understand how they can take simple steps in their daily lives to help our environment."

These projects are funded by a grant from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)designed to help accredited organizations encourage communities to get involved with local conservation efforts.

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES THE DIGICON EXPERIENCE SATURDAY, MAY 18 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019



All-New Fandom Experience Celebrates Social Media Influencers and Content Creators 

Orlando, FL – April 29, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019 with an all-new fandom programming track, The Digicon Experience. The Digicon Experience at MEGACON™Orlando is a celebration of all things digital where fans can participate in exclusive experiences with talented social media influencers and content creators from the YouTube world. 

On Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19, Digicon at MEGACON™ Orlando will host interactive panels and Q&As, one-on-one meet & greets that showcase the creativity and diversity of each of the creators. The Digicon Experience is included in a Saturday and Sunday MEGACON™ Orlando admission ticket.

April 23, 2019

YOU’VE NEVER HAD A HOLIDAY LIKE THIS: UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES DATES FOR ITS 2019 HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION


Guests Can Now Plan a Holiday Getaway filled with Merry, Mischief and Thrills as They Experience Unique Holiday Entertainment across the Entire Destination

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 22, 2019) – Guests can take their holiday traditions to the next level and experience the merry, mischief and thrills of Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration, beginning November 16, 2019 and running through January 5, 2020. 

Guests will find a winter “fun”-derland that the entire family will enjoy with incredible holiday experiences across the entire destination that put a twist on the traditional. There’s nowhere else that they can witness a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle during “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas; experience merry – and mayhem – with the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and other beloved characters during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s; and so much more.

MEGACON™ ORLANDO LAUNCHES MEGACON EXPRESS™ BUS WITH DAILY SERVICE BETWEEN TAMPA AND ORLANDO



Shuttle Offers Fans Daily One-Way Rides in Style

WHO/WHAT
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019 and launches the MEGACON Express. The MEGACON Express is an air-conditioned motor coach with a daily schedule between Tampa and Orlando. Providing fans a seamless way to travel to the convention, tickets will be sold as one-way rides to easily customize trips for either a day or weekend spent in Orlando.  

The MEGACON Express will pick up at the Tampa Convention Center with a drop-off location at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando along with additional stops to the Hilton Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza and Rosen Inn for those staying overnight. 

April 21, 2019

REVIEW: Dear Evan Hansen @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

All Photos Courtesy Matthew Murphy, 2018

Not gonna lie - we've been thoroughly enjoying the entire Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series (as usual), but Dear Evan Hansen genuinely stands out as the most important show of the season. With a limited, seven day run in Orlando, this wasn't the most accessible show in this season's lineup. Unless you are a Dr. Phillips subscriber or a lucky lottery winner, you didn't get the chance to catch it while it was here (April 16-21), but it is one to chase down wherever the opportunity arises. Make it happen! Dear Evan Hansen is valid and relevant enough to practically be a necessity - for parents, for teens, for anyone who has ever felt awkward or alone, for anyone who's lost someone... or lost themselves... in a hyper-connected world that hosts a remarkably disconnected society.



Dear Evan Hansen is one of the first theatrical shows that my daughter latched on to, and the first she brought to my attention, insisting that I just had to delve into it. I get it now. I felt it during the performance. Dr. Phillips Center is not a small venue, and it was packed, but that room was so captivated. I've attended so many types of shows at this location, and never have I been so intrigued by the audience. The applause was louder, the smiles were broader, the interest was heavier, and the emotions were "raw-er". I couldn't help but notice that the lady seated next to me cried many times throughout the evening. She was there alone, and I couldn't help but wonder - how did this story speak to her? Was it personal? This is the kind of show that IS personal, and it probably resonates deeply and intimately with well more than half of every audience it meets.

In tiny little sprinklings of ways, Dear Evan Hansen has elements of a 1980s/1990s teen dramedy, along the lines of Better Off Dead, Can't Buy Me Love, or Pretty in Pink. Add in the aspect of coming-of-age in today's globally digitized society, and a whole lot of relatable, harsh reality - and you have a multi-generational story with significant, real impact. It's the kind of story that you'll feel the need to discuss and analyze - and you should!

Dear Evan Hansen is currently in the midst of a 50-city North American tour, with productions opening soon in Toronto and London. Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, the show features an impressively passionate cast and an immeasurably powerful soundtrack. Although I tend to always be impressed with the smooth quick-change of live stage sets and scenes, I have to say that this one really dazzled me. The elaborate series of digital screens that cascaded around the stage was not only a very vital and smart feature but a tool that helped to allow for uniquely seamless and rapid scene transitions. Just a very interesting set, even though it seemed basic in many ways.

This is not the kind of musical with elaborate costumes and chorus lines. It's so much deeper than that and much more engaging. Dear Evan Hansen is musical theater that feels like it could be a movie - and it's the kind you'd let your kids stay up late for. At the risk of redundancy... it's important.

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April 11, 2019

DEAR EVAN HANSEN ANNOUNCES $25 DIGITAL LOTTERY FOR ORLANDO ENGAGEMENT


-- Lottery Begins 48 Hours Prior to First Performance --

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 11, 2019) — Dear Evan Hansen will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance. Dear Evan Hansen, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series, opens at Dr. Phillips Center on April 16, 2019 and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY

  • The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance in Orlando and will be accepted until 9 a.m. local time the day before the performance.
  • Visit https://www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen/ to register.
  • Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
  • The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
  • All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
  • Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.

April 8, 2019

WonderWorks Orlando Celebrates WonderKids with Astronaut Meet and Greet and Ceremony


ORLANDO, Florida – (April 8, 2019) – WonderWorks in Orlando is on an out of this world mission to inspire kids to be interested in space exploration. Teachers who took part in the WonderKids program nominated students to meet an astronaut will get the opportunity to do so on April 25-26, 2019. WonderWorks has teamed up with Dr. Don Thomas, an astronaut who has orbited the Earth nearly 700 times, to visit Orlando school students. The WonderKids students will also be honored at a special ceremony on April 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend the schools the astronaut visits, the ceremony and the meet and greet.

April 5, 2019

REVIEW: The Price is Right Live at Bob Carr Theater


One of the longest running daytime game shows in television history, The Price is Right first aired on CBS in 1972. With that being said, I do realize that I am not at all unique when I say that I grew up with this show. It was a weekday tradition, and wow, did my grandma have a crush on Bob Barker! Cousins, aunts, neighbors - whoever happened to be around for that magical hour of daytime excitement played along, and it gave us all an excuse to pay a little more attention to what we were spending in the grocery store! Let's face it - The Price is Right is THE all-American game show. In September of 2003, The Price is Right Live premiered at Harrah's Reno, eventually spawning a touring version of the production that toured the nation. We were fortunate enough to attend the event during its most recent run through Orlando at Bob Carr Theater.

April 2, 2019

Tickets Now On Sale for Jurassic World Live Tour – an Unparalleled and Thrilling Live Arena Experience

Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment
Jurassic World Comes to Orlando’s Amway Center January 17-20, 2020

ORLANDO, FL – April 2, 2019 – Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans in the Orlando area. 

With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience.

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Hold 2nd Annual Graffiti Art Contest


Graffiti artists are invited to compete for prizes and to have their work on exhibit

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 2, 2019) – Drive through any city in America and you are bound to see some graffiti. Some people love it, while others hate it. These images, letters and paintings found on buildings, bridges and other surfaces can often signal decay and bring property values down. This has prompted many cities to create designated graffiti art spaces, and many businesses have commissioned artists to create murals to deter graffiti on their walls. Putting graffiti art into the spotlight, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be holding its 2nd annual Graffiti Art Contest on Saturday, June 1, 2019. All graffiti artists are invited to compete for cash prizes and the chance to have their work on exhibit in the museum. 

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES RARE REUNIONS, STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY LINEUP AND ALL-NEW PROGRAMMING THURSDAY, MAY 16 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019


Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities with Cast Reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions and more 
  
Orlando, FL – April 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, the show expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend joined by a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include:
  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
  • Zachary Levi (Shazam!)
  • David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman and Stephen Amell (Arrow)
  • Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
  • Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy and The Tick)
  • Peter Weller (Robocop)Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda)
  • Rose McIver (iZombie)
  • Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA BRINGS THE SOUNDS OF FRANCE TO THE STAGE


Acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler to join Orlando Philharmonic as featured guest artist

(Tuesday, April 2, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra FAIRWINDS Classics Series comes to a crescendo with French Soirée on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater. The Philharmonic will be led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and joined by German cellist Jan Vogler and the University of Central Florida University and Women’s Choruses as they celebrate renowned composers of France including Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Bizet. 

Jan Vogler has been increasingly more recognized as a result of his recent collaborations with American actor, comedian and writer Bill Murray. After meeting in line whilst going through airport security, Vogler and Murray struck up a friendship leading to the release of New Worlds featuring Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and friends (Mira Wang, violin and Vanessa Perez, piano). Featuring music by Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Van Morrison and more, New Worlds is an album described as “a program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music.”

April 1, 2019

Earth Day celebration returns to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., April 2, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests are invited to “Spring into Action” at the Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Party for the Planet is the Zoo’s way of celebrating Earth Day,” said education programs manager Andrea Aubert. “We invite guests to come learn about sustainable living and conservation, and celebrate our world in a fun, family-friendly way.”
Brevard Backyard Beekeepers, Brevard County Natural Resources, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Recycle Brevard and Sea Turtle Preservation Society will be present with hands-on nature play and science activities. Other festivities include a sea turtle obstacle course, recycling workshops, games, crafts, live music, mangrove adoption, native seed giveaways and the opportunity to create enrichment items for Zoo animals.
All activities are included with Zoo admission. The event is presented by the Zoo’s corporate partners.
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.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens to host its third-annual Plant Swap


SANFORD, Fla., April 1, 2019The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be partnering with Orlando Permaculture to kick off National Garden Month with its third-annual Plant Swap on Saturday, April 6. The Zoo is inviting residents of the Central Florida community to bring or swap a non-invasive plant. In exchange, each adult participant will receive one ticket for single-day admission to the Zoo. (Limit one per adult. Tickets valid through December 31, 2019.)

“We are excited to partner with Orlando Permaculture to offer this event for our community. As a botanical garden and conservation resource, it is important that we educate people about protecting our environment,” says Dino Ferri, CEO of the Zoo. “With all the construction across Central Florida, we are losing a lot of green space. Many people don’t realize caring for plants at home can actually provide opportunities for them to reduce their carbon footprint."

March 29, 2019

Florida’s Fizziest Festival Returns April 5-6


Don’t miss the ‘sodalicious’ fun at the Sebring Soda Fest 

SEBRING, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Is there a better way to celebrate soda than with a festival?  Float on over to the 2nd Annual Sebring Soda Festival April 5-6 to find out.  With more than 200 craft sodas to sample, soda cocktails, live music and festive food in a family-friendly environment, this is the fizziest festival in all of Florida. 

The two-day event, held in historic downtown Sebring, is a celebration of craft sodas and good, old-fashioned fun. The festival will feature traditional sodas such as colas, ginger ales, root beers, and cream sodas, plus countless unique flavors you can’t find in stores, including caramel apple, prickly pear, espresso, peach cobbler, candied bacon, key lime, cucumber, pepper and more. Soda fans can also re-visit many vintage favorites including Cheerwine, Moxie and RC Cola.    All of the craft sodas at the Festival are bottled in small batches and most are made with real sugar (no high fructose corn syrup). They come from all over the United States, including many from small towns. Sodas from companies like Sprecher Brewing Company (Glendale, WI), Fest Cola (New Orleans, LA), Boylan Bottling Company (New York, NY), Cheerwine (Salisbury, NC) Durango Soda Company (Durango, CO) and others will be available for tasting. Many of the soda makers and bottlers will be in attendance.

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