Westgate River Ranch celebrates International Glamping Weekend

Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch celebrates International Glamping Weekend with limited-time glamping vacation package

Celebrate #InternationalGlampingWeekend w/a special @westgateranch #glamping package. Book by 6/30 with “IGW2015” www.westgateriverranch.com


In honor of International Glamping Weekend, June 6 -7, Westgate River Ranch is offering a special glamping vacation package through June to encourage people try glamping. International Glamping Weekend is a weekend designated to celebrate glamping’s exciting blend of traditional outdoor camping with the glamour of hotel amenities. To join in on the celebration, Westgate River Ranch is offering an enhanced glamping package that includes a golf cart, $20 daily resort credit and s’mores kit to enjoy around nightly campfires along with a glamping site that features a fully furnished, air-conditioned tent and private bathroom access. To encourage more new glampers, the package is available for booking through June for travel dates through Sept. 30.  The package starts at $199, offering a savings of up to 25 percent. Book with code “IGW2015” atwww.westgateriverranch.com or call (863) 692-1321.

Give Kids The World Village Black & White Gala

Give Kids The World Village Black & White Gala Highlights Orlando Social Calendar

Annual event attracts thousands to Central Florida, including celebrities

Give Kids The World Village’s (GKTW) annual Black & White Gala will feature gourmet food, world-class entertainment and best of all, the chance for attendees to help children with life-threatening illnesses. Scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, the event has become one of Central Florida’s most popular social events on the calendar, directly helping make more than 7,400 wishes come true every year.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Hubble Space Telescope Special Event

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Celebrate 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope with
Three Days of Special Events, Guest Speakers and Hand-On Activities at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex April 24-26

Guests Can Participate in All Activities with the Price of Admission or
Upgrade to the “Hubble After Hours” Adventure including a Launch Viewing Opportunity


Since the Hubble Space Telescope first launched from Kennedy Space Center in April 1990, NASA’s incredible observatory has unlocked the keys to the universe with hundreds of thousands breathtaking images of nebulae, star nurseries, black holes, quasars, and so much more. Beloved by millions of people around the world who have followed its trials and triumphs over the past quarter century, Hubble remains in orbit today, long exceeding its life expectancy thanks to five servicing and repair missions performed by space shuttle crews.

Orlando City SC Announces International Friendly Against Brazilian Série A team Ponte Preta

Orlando City SC Ponte Preta
Photo: Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC to square off against Brazilian Série A team Ponte Preta in Orlando

International friendly announced for May 2nd at the Orlando Citrus Bowl


Orlando City SC announced an international friendly for Saturday, May 2nd against Brazilian Série A side Ponte Preta. The match will be played at the Orlando Citrus Bowl with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. This match is included in the Orlando City SC Season Ticket package. Individual tickets will be available on www.ticketmaster.com starting on Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Republic Tickets Now On Sale

The Republic
The Republic Tickets Now On Sale with All-new Web Site for Innovative Immersive Theater Experience
The Republic launches an all-new web site as tickets go on sale for this innovative new immersive theater experience debuting in Orlando, Florida in May 2015.
Tickets are now on sale for The Republic, a immersive theater experience that brings the world of video gaming to life through an interactive, innovative performance.  Set to run 11 weeks in Orlando, Florida, The Republic will allow players (guests) to take on an important role in a conflicted society with their actions determining how the rich story ends.

Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives bring their UNIDO2 Tour to the Amway Center

Unido2 Tour Amway Center Marc Anthony Carlos Vives Amway Center

Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives bring their UNIDO2 Tour to the Amway Center

Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) announced the national tour, “UNIDO2, a spectacular musical experience with two of the most celebrated stars of Latin music, Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. In their new tour Anthony and Vives will perform together in 13 U.S. markets where fans will be treated to the artists’ most popular hits. Anthony and Vives visit Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, October 1. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

TrenD Report: April 14, 2015

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney World Beautifully Disney TrenD Report

Why hello there TrenD! It has been a loooooooong time since my last TrenD report, and it is time to bring back ‘Shopping Tuesday’ to On the Go in MCO!

While parking during the construction of Disney Springs has improved greatly with the parking garage additions, the hike over to TrenD can be quite daunting. However I was glad that I ventured over for some window shopping, because I found some great new pieces.

Today I will be sharing my top ten picks from my latest visit to TrenD!

TrenD Report Sign Downtown Disney Marketplace Disney Springs Walt Disney WorldThis Tinker Bell shirt is gorgeous in person! The colors are spot on trend and it is a great weight for springtime in Orlando.

A Magical Mother’s Day Brunch for DVC Members

Join us for a Disney Vacation Club Member-exclusive Mother’s Day celebration featuring a gourmet buffet brunch, children’s activities, a live musical performance, and more.

Mom can relax and enjoy the festivities. Kids will have fun creating flowers and cards. And everyone will love the delicious Mother’s Day brunch, the meet-up and photo opp with Mickey and Minnie and a special live musical tribute to Moms.


Share an unforgettable day of great food, music and family fun at our Mother’s Day celebration. Event highlights include:

My Favorite Movie Musicals

With the Tony Awards coming up in just a couple of months, I thought I’d start a new series of posts about musicals to gear up for the awards ceremony. You may have seen me mention in the past my love of musical theater. I performed some as a kid in school and camp, but never anything serious. I have always had a love of Broadway and show tunes and wanted to share some of my favorites on film.

A while back I was having a discussion across multiple social media platforms about what are some of people’s favorite movie musicals. I thought I’d compile a listing of my collection of movie adaptations of musicals that I own on DVD and Blu Ray to start. To try to keep this list from being never-ending, I will exclude things like Disney animated films, and focus on the more traditional incarnations of movie musical and shows.

1776 – This 70s classic about the founding of America, and specifically the writing of the Declaration of Independence, was a staple in school history class for me. Favorite songs: But, Mr. Adams and Sit Down, John

Cinco De Mayo at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!

Cinco de May at Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

It’s “fiesta time” this Cinco de Mayo with an all new event at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Join the coastal resort for their first ever Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta – a traditional street fair with Latin flare!

Taking place Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you and your family can enjoy a stroll through the Latin party with festive sounds and smells filling the air. Feast on delicious foods such as tamales, nachos, and roasted corn or dance the night away to tunes from the strolling musicians. Join in family fun and games and enjoy a special Character appearance from Donald Duck!

Visiting the Straz Center

Straz Center exterior

This past weekend I took a tour of the Straz Center in Tampa with our friend Shane. We’ve discussed looking into subscriptions to the Broadway series at several venues in the central Florida area for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Before we decide on tickets for individual shows or packages, we wanted to visit the Straz Center since neither of us had been there before and they are offering a variety of shows that differ from Orlando.

Being that we are both big fans of musical theater in particular, Shane and I were very excited to take an hour to tour the Straz Center and see the fantastic facilities. I did not know prior to arriving that the Straz Center is one of the largest performing arts center in the southeast. According to our tour guide, Debbie (a real life retired rocket scientist by the way), Straz has the greatest number of seats combined between the five theaters south of Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, but not necessarily the largest individual theater or greatest square footage. The theaters range in size from being able to accommodate just 130 in the blackbox Shimberg Playhouse, to the 268 seat Jaeb Theater with cabaret seating, to 1,042 in Ferguson Hall, all the way up to 2,610 in Carol Morsani Hall. On our tour we were able to see each of these four venues, as well as the Rehearsal Hall and several backstage areas. The only theater we did not see due to ongoing setup and rehearsals at the time was the TECO Theater that is a 3,500 square foot open space with no permanent seating or stage, offering versatility in capacity and configuration.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Offers Special Star Wars Weekends Rates

Star Wars Weekends Stormtrooper Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Guests can blast off to Star Wars Weekends with a special offer at the
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Join Disney’s Star Wars Weekends celebration w/ @SwanDolphin special rates starting at $185 per night, May 15-June 15 www.swandolphin.com/offers


The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering guests the chance to enjoy the month-long Star Wars Weekends celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with special rates starting at $185, May 15-June 15.

2015 Universal Orlando Rock The Universe Lineup Announced

2015 Universal Orlando Rock the Universe Line-Up Announced

On September 11 and 12, Universal Orlando will host Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, and the details of this weekend of faith, fun, and concerts look amazing.

Let’s start with the concerts!

On Friday, mainstays of the Christian rock scene Switchfoot will take to the stage to perform their soul-stirring hits. Later that evening, Christian music giants Newsboys and Crowder will captivate the crowd with powerful hits of their own.

2015 Universal Orlando Rock the Universe September 11 Performers
Photo: Universal Orlando