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October 9, 2019

Top New York City Bakery, Café d’Avignon, Announces Expansion with All-New Orlando Location

Café is slated to open newest location at Margaritaville’s Sunset Walk this fall

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 9, 2019)  Café d’Avignon, a local NYC bakery and café best known for its artisanal, always-fresh, handmade breads and pastries, is set to open its doors for Orlando locals and tourists this fall. Café d’Avignon was established in 2012 at the historic Plaza Hotel. It was created by the same team behind Pain d’Avignon, an artisanal bread bakery that has been supplying Michelin starred restaurants and top hotels from New York to Boston for the last 25 years. Café d’Avignon operates five retail stores throughout New York City, and will be opening five new locations in Orlando, FL beginning in late 2019. The first new store will be located in the heart of Kissimmee at Central Florida’s most sought-after entertainment complex, Margaritaville’s Sunset Walk. This location will be the first Café d’Avignon store outside of New York City. 

“The Café d’Avignon brand is the perfect complement to the serene resort lifestyle of Margaritaville Resort Orlando,” said Alex Nikitin, a partner of Café d’Avignon Orlando.  “Committed to quality, the bakery uses top of the line, carefully selected and sourced ingredients to ensure the finest and boldest flavors possible with guaranteed freshness.
Guests can indulge in a range of signature sweet and savory items including quiches, scones, tartines, croissants, breakfast sandwiches, cookies, and more.”

The menu mixes authentic French dishes like Croque Monsieur and Quiche Lorraine with American classics like a Turkey Club and Avocado Toast. The cafe’s bold stand-out crossovers, such as the Baklava Croissant or Banana Bread pudding, really demonstrate Café d’Avignon’s expertise for innovation and delicious precision. The Orlando cafe will also offer the best smoked salmon from one of NYC’s oldest, and highly revered, gourmet shops, Russ & Daughters. These high-end breakfast and lunch offerings are made fresh out of the oven on-site daily.

October 3, 2019

The Guinness Certified ‘World’s Largest Bounce House’ Set to Inflate in Orlando, October 19th – October 27th

The Big Bounce America Tour Rolls into O-Town with a 10,000 Square-Ft Bounce 
House, a 900 ft-Long Inflatable Obstacle Course, and Much Much More! 

The most action-packed experience of 2019 will be in Orlando, Florida from Saturday, 
October 19th through Sunday, October 27th at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park. 
Featuring the world’s largest bounce house, The Big Bounce America tour is the biggest 
touring inflatable event in the world and includes three massive inflatable attractions: the 
world’s largest bounce house, an incredible 900+ ft long obstacle course named the 
Giant, and a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE, turning up the 
wow-factor on family-friendly entertainment! 

April 9, 2019


April 12- 14, 2019
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (April 9, 2019) – The Pizza Press is opening in Hamlin, the Town Center of Horizon West, with the grand opening weekend set for April 12 -14, 2019. Horizon West is the second largest, master-planned community in the nation and located in Southwest Orange County. 
The Pizza Press is elevating the ‘build your own pizza’ concept by creating an immersive environment filled with ambiance, service, and, of course, pizza. The theme, inspired by 1920s Americana newspaper, harkens back to the industrialized era when newspapers were the foundation of the local community.

March 28, 2019


The Cheeky, Indulgent, and Humorous Retailer is set to open this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 28, 2019) – IT’SUGAR, the largest specialty candy retailer in the world, boasting an empire of over 100 retail locations, will open a new location at Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s Sunset Walk this weekend. 

IT’SUGAR creates an environment that fosters the greatest feeling of happiness and humor; allowing you to smile and laugh out loud without judgment. At IT’SUGAR, it’s not only about taste, it’s about attitude, and visitors feel that playfulness as soon as they walk into one of its locations.

“We are thrilled to open our third IT’SUGAR location in Orlando at the Margaritaville Resort. As the world’s largest specialty candy retailer, we think there is no better home than in the theme park capital of the world,” said Jeff Rubin, CEO & Founder of IT’SUGAR. “Our stores cater to people of all ages looking for a place to leave their troubles behind and immerse themselves in a playground of candy, humor, and unique gifts.”

IT’SUGAR’s 2,500-square-foot location in Orlando will offer the absurdly hilarious candy and novelty products that the brand is known for.  Among hundreds of confections, customers will find everything from over-the-top indulgences to ridiculously funny specialty items—like The World’s Largest Box of Nerds, cocktail-inspired gummy bears, and IT’SUGAR’s exclusive line of Saturday Night Live Candy.

September 26, 2018


Rock-Inspired Restaurant Co-Founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS to Offer
Oktöberfest-Themed Food and Beer Specials and Activities throughout October

ORLANDO, FL. (September 26, 2018) – Rock & Brews Restaurants, co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, announced today the return of their annual Rocktöberfest celebration to its Orlando area locations in October.  Set to take place at participating restaurants nationwide from October 1 through 31, the highly anticipated month-long celebration pays tribute to the traditional Bavarian festival with themed food and beer specials in a “rockin” way.

Throughout the month, Rock & Brews restaurants will feature a special Rocktöberfest Bratwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut, highlight their signature giant Bavarian Pretzel, and offer flights of Oktöberfest-inspired beers selected by each restaurant. Beer flights by restaurant are:

Rock & Brews Oviedo
 – Bells Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Spaten and Sanford Oktoberfest.
Rock & Brews Lee Vista – Sam Adams Oktoberfest, MIA Oktoberfest, Cigar City Oktoberfest and Spaten.

July 25, 2018


Grand Opening at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2018) – Florida Family Foods LLC, franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, is set to open Central Florida’s newest Krispy Kreme Doughnut® shop, Tuesday, July 31 at 7930 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee.

Grand Opening Day
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Join us as the HOT LIGHT™ is turned on for the very first time.

Surprise Golden Tickets will be randomly placed in dozen boxes good for one free dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts every month for a year, redeemable at this location. Look for Golden Tickets in purchased doughnuts dozen boxes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 31, 2018.

May 13, 2018

REVIEW: (Medieval) Times They Are A-Changin'

It's been a while since we visited the castle... you know the one - the one standing alongside its  Medieval Village in Kissimmee? It's an icon... a well-known tribute to an era seemingly frozen in time within its mighty walls; and recently, it quietly became a symbolic monument to societal change. Quietly - until you play witness to the show inside!

The flagship Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament opened in 1983. The timeless, beloved tale of battles and romance in the quest for the princess and kingdom unfolded under the watchful eyes of the powerful king for 34 years. This year, that has all changed as Queen Doña Maria Isabella has officially taken the throne following the "death" of the king.

While it seems to be an incredibly relevant time for such a change in regime, the political and social climate whirling around #MeToo, and rejuvenated analyses of gender equality aren't responsible for some frenzied, obligatory rewrite of the Medieval Times performance. These changes have been in the works for a couple of years as a result of guest feedback and certainly just an acknowledgment of the need for something new.

April 7, 2018


Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a one-of-a-kind vacation escape situated in the heart of Orlando along U.S. Highway 192 near Toll Road 429 in Western Osceola County. This $750 million development will be a welcome addition to the Central Florida area.

Once open, Margaritaville Resort Orlando will feature an extensive array of amenities and an unparalleled degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. This waterfront property will bring an entirely different vacation opportunity to Orlando with its unique, authentic, “no worries,” tropical vibe and the feeling of escapism that will be experienced immediately upon arrival. 

Key aspects of the complex include a 187-room Margaritaville hotel, 1,000 Margaritaville-inspired residential units, 30,000 square-feet of function space, 200,000 square feet of festive retail space, a dining and entertainment district, 12-acre water park, wellness center, miles of wooded fitness trails, a water taxi system and the most unique feature of all –  a three-acre swimming area. The swimming area will feature natural sand beaches, the first and only in Central Florida, surrounded by cabanas and water activities, including paddle-boarding, snorkeling and more. 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an unforgettable adventure with family and friends, Margaritaville Resort Orlando will open the door for you to Escape to Your Paradise.

December 9, 2017

Gaylord Palms Resort Makes “Kiss-Story,” Breaks GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title

Christmas at Gaylord Palms hosted the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title attempt with sponsor Experience Kissimmee, in partnership with Mentos and Greenery Productions

KISSIMMEE, FL – (December 8, 2017) – After hundreds of lips puckered up beneath the glow of a six-story Christmas tree, Gaylord Palms Resort broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the timeless tradition of kissing under mistletoe! During the “Kiss-Story in the Making” event, 448 couples set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most couples kissing under mistletoe (single location), bringing this festive, romantic record to smoochably-appropriate KISSimmee, Florida on December 7, 2017.

Under the watchful eyes of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Empric, the hundreds of couples were asked to lock lips for a solid 10 seconds under individual fresh sprigs of mistletoe in order to claim the title. With 448 couples successfully breaking the title, Gaylord Palms more than doubled the previous record of 215 couples.

October 4, 2017

Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 at Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens

Kissimmee, FL- October 28th, 2017- Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens is excited to promote its first ever Oktoberfest, as they celebrate Germany’s infamous annual folk festival.

Right on the heels of their successful grand opening in September 2017, Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens promises to deliver another fun-filled event, Oktoberfest 2017. Traditional favorites such as pretzels, brat, kraut, and a huge selection of fine and flavorful German wine and beer will be offered. Enjoy the sounds of authentic German music, featuring live performances by Jimmy & Eckhard and Sonnenschein.

May 19, 2017

Health, Fitness, Fantasy Makeovers Find Rockin’ New Home at Give Kids The World Village

Nonprofit Vacation Resort for Wish Children Uses Hasbro Gift to Update Twinkle Hope’s Spa

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (May 19, 2017) – Give Kids The World Village today opened the new Twinkle Hope’s Rockin’ Spa, a salon and fitness center where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can get a fun makeover, and adults can squeeze in a quick workout during their wish trip to the nonprofit resort in central Florida. 

The new spa, renovated with the help of a $150,000 contribution from Hasbro, Inc., offers expanded hours and new salon services. It also adds a fitness center, the G.I. JOE Gym, something many visiting families said they would like to see at the Village. 

March 25, 2017

REVIEW: Runaway Country 2017 at Osceola Heritage Park

St. Patrick's Day weekend saw the return of Runaway Country Music Fest to Osceola Heritage Park. This was the seventh year for the formerly-Melbourne-based event, and the second year in a row that the festival called Kissimmee home for three days of music, food, and fun of the country variety!

August 12, 2015

Give Kids the World Village - Kissimmee

About a decade ago, I lived in Poinciana, Florida while working in Kissimmee. Every day on my commute, I'd pass this hidden nook that held the most colorful little land - tucked away among clusters of trees. When my young daughter was with me, it would catch her eye too, and she'd get that twinkling look in those beautiful eyes, because this little land looked so magical. We would both gawk at this land each time we passed it, and we were so curious. What went on in there? What was this place? This enchanted land was Give Kids the World Village, and it really is as magical as we expected. In fact, it may be the most magical place on earth.

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