City of Kissimmee Unveils Project “Texas” and Welcomes Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology

aviator-college-logoThe City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office announced that Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, in early 2015. This Kissimmee facility will offer airframe and power plant (A&P) mechanics classes that go towards preparation of Federal Aviation Administration A&P certifications.

Aviator College currently has a campus in Fort Pierce, Florida whose primary focus is flight training with a small offering of A&P training. Their new Kissimmee campus will be the reverse – with a strong focus on the airframe and power plant classes.

Aviator College will not only offer classes towards A&P certification, they will also develop a college degree program as advanced as their Fort Pierce operation. “Given the expected shortage and the wide acceptance for FAA A&P certifications, this academic program will place Kissimmee in the forefront as a leading aviation training location,” said Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Aviation Director.

Orlando City SC Creates Fan Advisory Council

Orlando City SC to Create Fan Advisory Council

Orlando City SC Fan Advisory

Council will advise Club on various topics to enhance the match day experience


Orlando City SC announced it will form a Fan Advisory Council consisting of representatives from all segments of the Club’s fan base.  The council will be tasked with providing feedback and input on a variety of topics to ensure the best possible fan experience throughout the remainder of 2014 and beyond.

“As we look ahead to the remainder of 2014 and toward our Major League Soccer debut in 2015, the Fan Advisory Council will play an integral role in helping our Club continue to defy expectations,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins.  “They will represent a thorough cross-section of our fan base – from seating section to demographics – ensuring we have proper representation to help us test innovations, provide feedback and maintain a fluid dialogue to ensure we continue to provide the best possible experience each and every match.”

Play Misty For Me At The Enzian This Tuesday


Cult Classics

Play Misty for Me


Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this contemporary thriller about psychotic obsession. Eastwood also takes the lead in the starring role as Dave Garver, a popular radio disc jockey who repeatedly receives on-air phone requests from a sexy female fan to “play Misty for me.” When the woman, Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter), orchestrates a rendezvous with Dave at his favorite nightspot, the two begin a torrid affair. But when Dave decides to end the relationship, Evelyn’s obsession turns to violence. Soon everything and everyone in Dave’s life becomes a target for Evelyn’s increasingly deadly campaign of terror. Beautifully photographed on location in Eastwood’s hometown of Carmel, California, PLAY MISTY FOR ME continues to be considered one of the great modern-day thrillers.

Souvenir Shopping on a Budget: Gifts for Boys

Souvenir shopping on a budget can be quite tricky at Walt Disney World, but if you are on the hunt for some fun gifts for your little dudes I found a couple of finds at the Zawadi Marketplace located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House.

So my rules for this post were to find gifts that were under $10 (I counted $9.95), these were items that had to be found all over property, are easy to travel with, and would be age appropriate for boys ages 3 and up.

What are we waiting for…let’s get shopping!

Souvenir Shopping on a Budget: Gifts for Boys

Souvenir shopping on a Budget - Boys

The Disney Racers at $5.95 are my first choice for an inexpensive souvenir, because they have designs specific to so many interests and characters that you are sure to find one that is perfect for you little guy!

Le Chef At The Enzian Through Thursday


“Ceaselessly charming! It gets sweeter and more delicious by the frame.”
- Jeffrey Lyons, LYONS DEN RADIO

Audience Award for Best International Feature,
2014 Florida Film Festival

Toss together a veteran three-star chef, a new CEO who wants him out, a molecular gastronomist whom the CEO wants in, and an incredibly talented and obsessive young chef. Throw in a dash of Japanese high farce. Sauté with the flawless charm and great timing of French comedy and voila! LE CHEF. Jacky is a young chef who keeps getting fired from his jobs at ordinary restaurants where he expects extraordinary gastronomes. Béatrice is Jacky’s very pregnant girlfriend. Alexandre Lagarde (played by the fabulous Jean Reno, Leon the Professional) is a three-star living legend past his prime. Sweating his contract (that depends on his three stars), Chef Lagarde pits his wits against a new CEO who wants his traditional French cuisine replaced by molecular gastronomy. Sacré bleu! Jacky has been reduced to washing windows at a nursing home when the two meet and begin a brilliant collaboration. French, funny, food, love, LE CHEF has it all.

SeaWorld Orlando Helps Girls Dreams Come True

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is a park that holds a lot of special memories of my childhood and of my own child’s experiences over the years.

And while I see these stories often, this one really touched my heart.

I hope that you enjoy a little dose of awesome this Monday Afternoon!!!

An Inspirational Story About an Amazing Girl and How SeaWorld Orlando is Helping Her Dreams Come True

13-year-old Paralympic swimmer and philanthropist, McClain Hermes, is suffering from progressive vision loss. After being told by doctors that she had less than two years before losing her sight entirely, Hermes has been on a quest to create lasting, visual memories.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms News!

Gaylord Palms Christmas Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms: ICE! at Gaylord Palms, Ice Tubing, and returning favorites!


Christmas at Gaylord Palms is an event that my whole family (especially Zoe) looks forward to every year, and this year’s ICE! at the Gaylord Palms keeps getting better!


Merry Memories at Gaylord Palms Resort

The Christmas season at the Gaylord Palms Resort begins on November 15, 2014 and comes to a close on January 4, 2015 with some new additions and returning favorites!

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Adds New Partnership

From Dusk Till Dawn Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Logo

Universal Orlando Resort  Partner with

Syfy’s ‘Face Off’ to Bring Gruesome Character Creations to Life at

Halloween Horror Nights


The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events, beginningFriday, September 19.  Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists’ from the show are brought to life.

Walt Disney World: A Pictorial Souvenir

Photo Jul 16, 10 53 58 PMThe other day I came across this book from my childhood, Walt Disney World: A Pictorial Souvenir. The book is from 1986 and has some fantastic pictures from the Disney parks. At that time, the World was much smaller. We only had two theme parks, one water park, four resorts, and not much more. This is a far cry from the four parks, two water parks, 29 resorts and so much more that we have today. So, I thought I’d take a few moments to share some of the pictures and reflect back on how the World used to be.

The book starts with an introduction to Walt Disney World and then breaks it down into subsections. Starting with the Magic Kingdom, the six different lands (this was before Mickey’s Birthdayland/Starland/Toontown) each get their own focus. Several pages with pictures and a brief overview of each land are featured. Walt Disney World has changed quite a bit in the past almost 30 years since the book was released, but it is still cool to see how some attractions are almost exactly the same.

Hemingway Birthday Bash at Old Key West


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image copyright Disney

Disney’s Old Key West Resort will be paying tribute to one of America’s greatest writers, Ernest Hemingway, with a birthday bash in his honor on Sunday, July 20th. This weekend the resort will host several activities throughout the afternoon and evening to celebrate Hemingway and his influence on Key West.

Most of the events will take place around the main theme pool and at Community Hall. Information comes from the recreation calendar at the resort. As always, all activities are subject to change. Please contact Disney’s Old Key West Resort directly regarding any questions about the Hemingway Birthday Bash and the activities themed after his works.

Be Our Guest Dining Review

be our guestOne of the most sought after dining reservations at Walt Disney World is the Be Our Guest restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Disney Parks Blog meet up before Be Our Guest officially opened, which you can read about here. It has been over a year and a half since I had dinner at the restaurant, but I have had lunch there a few times over the past couple of years. Fortunately, I was able to snag a last minute reservation less than a week before the holiday weekend, so I was very excited to enjoy a nice meal with a friend at the park.

Trattoria al Forno Restaurant Announced

Trattoria al Forno
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The Disney Parks Blog announced this week that a new Italian restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, will be opening in the location currently occupied by Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s Boardwalk. The restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open before the end of the year in December, but has not announced an official opening date. Kouzzina is currently set to close on September 30th.

Trattoria al Forno will exclusively feature wines from Italy. There will be over 25 wines available by the glass and more than 60 by the bottle. The restaurant will also have Italian sodas and specially crafted cocktails. Food from all different regions of Italy will include daily made fresh mozzarella, pasta, and pizza baked in wood-burning ovens.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back At The Enzian


Wednesday Night Pitcher Show

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Wednesday 7/16 at 8pm

The comic ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie.

Grab a beer (or two) and some munchies at Eden Bar and enjoy a FREE outdoor movie on the lawn at Enzian. Come thirsty for Jell-o shot movie trivia before the show! This night of great drinks and fun flicks is best enjoyed under the stars with your buddies by your side.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Park Ticket and Credit Offer

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress


Book Two Nights and Receive Two, One-Day Tickets to a World-Famous Orlando Theme Park
Experience the thrill of an Orlando theme park by day and the luxury of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress by night.  With the Orlando Theme Park Package, package rates start at $269 and includes two, one-day tickets to an Orlando theme park, and a $25 food and beverage credit to enjoy the resort’s restaurants featuring unique cocktails and culinary fare.