Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Coming To The Amway Center

 

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Amway Center

International superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull surprised their Twitter followers and allowed fans from all over North America to help announce the duo’s fall tour dates. The social media activity sent the hashtag #EnriquePitbullTour soaring and set the tone for what will certainly be one of the best parties of the year. Enrique and Pitbull reunite and share the stage for a 15-city AEG Live tour that kicks off on October 12Enrique and Pitbull, with fast-rising Latin urban-star J Balvin visit, Orlando’s Amway Center on October 21. Stay tuned for on-sale date details.

Citi® is the official credit card of The Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour. Citi® cardmembers have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Enrique and Pitbull have come together to create a stage design that offers fans an immersive experience, a chance to get up close and personal with the artists for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.

“There’s no better place for me than being up on stage in front of my fans,” said Enrique Iglesias. “And going on tour with a close friend and someone I admire, like Pitbull, is truly an honor. We really want to give everybody a show that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

“Going on tour again with Enrique is exciting. He’s a talented music star, and also a close friend who I respect and have learned a lot from,” said Pitbull. “Together we are going to give fans great music, energy and what they really deserve – to enjoy life and forget the rest for three hours, Daleee!”

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Amway Center

Grammy®, Latin Grammy and multiple Billboard Music award-winner Enrique Iglesias is one of the most successful Latin music and pop crossover artists of all-time, with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, and an astounding 24 number one Hot Latin Songs  – the most, by far, in the history of the chart.  His ability to craft captivating global hits transcends genres and languages as Enrique has also notched 13 number one tracks on the Billboard Dance Charts (the most of any male artist), and multiple hits atop the Hot 100, as well.  Likewise, Enrique’s new album “Sex and Love” has added to his tally of seven number one titles on the “Top Latin Albums” chart. This new release has already resulted in five more consecutive number one singles, including the propulsive and seductively confessional smash “I’m a Freak,” which once again pairs Enrique with his tour partner Pitbull. The track is a fan favorite follow-up to their 2012 collaboration “I Like It” from Enrique’s previous multi-platinum and chart-topping album “Euphoria”.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Amway Center

Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales have exceeded five million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had number one hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have been viewed more than three billion times and his social reach matches audiences on television networks around the world. Pitbull’s latest album, “Global Warming: Meltdown,” features the massive hit singles “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party,” “Back In Time” from the action-comedy “Men in Black 3,” and his second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. Pitbull’s world tours have sold out concerts in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. This year he was also selected along with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte to perform the official anthem “We Are One (Ole Ola)” at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Pitbull is also a burgeoning business entrepreneur with Voli, his own line of premium, light vodkas, a partnership with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, as well as premier fragrances for men and women simply titled Pitbull. These ventures along with major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands like Bud Light, Dr. Pepper, Kodak, and Dodge, plus a television production deal announced with Endemol North America, and a strategic partnership with Playboy Enterprises that was unveiled in the music video for his new global smash hit “Wild Wild Love” featuring G.R.L. clearly define Pitbull as Mr. Worldwide.

 Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Amway Center

Described as the leading next-generation Latin-urban star “bringing dembow back to the international dance floor,” J Balvin’s recently released first album, “La Familia,” debuted at number one in his native Colombia and quickly went multi-platinum. The record and its first two singles have also been a steady,growing presence in the Top 10 of iTunes U.S. Latin sales and on Latin radio playlists across the country as well.  In fact, this month has seen Balvin’s new single “6 am quickly ascend to number one on Billboard’s “Tropical Airplay” chart while racking up nearly five million YouTube views in just over a week. Additional fans also discovered the charismatic performer through his recent collaboration with Robin Thicke and Pharrell on the Latin American version of “Blurred Lines.”  With a strong fan base also developing across Europe – where he was just named Best International Artist of the Year at Romania’s ZU Awards – Balvin already boasts a social media following of over 10 million fans.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Fall Tour Amway Center

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Leafy Greens Cafe in St. Petersburg

For my birthday earlier this month, I decided to go to Hard Rock Casino to play some slot machines.

I also wanted to explore the area more and go to a dedicated Vegan restaurant, I looked on Happy Cow and found Leafy Greens Cafe which is Located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Leafy Greens Cafe is a raw vegan and gluten free restaurant, they are also Non GMO foods.

As you can see from the pictures everything is prepared fresh and everyone enjoyed their food.

 

 

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Kennedy Space Center Offers Fun Day Camps For Kids

Camp Kennedy Space Center Celebrates New Space Shuttle AtlantisSM Attraction with Fun Day Camps for Inquisitive Kids

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Campers Entering 10th and 11th Grades Now Accepted

 

For a summer camp experience that educates, entertains and engages children ages 8 to 16, Camp Kennedy Space Center day camp provides young people with an inspiring week of fun and enriching activities.

Camp KSC runs Monday through Friday for nine weeks beginning June 9. This year’s theme – Space Shuttle Atlantis: From Sketch Pad to Launch Pad – focuses on the orbiter and the global impact of its 33 missions into space. Along with many other activities, campers will experience the new home of Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, participate in a simulated Space Shuttle Mission, engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities, learn hands-on about the science of space travel, and hear real-life stories from a shuttle astronaut.

For the first time, programs have been added for students entering 10th and 11th grades.

Campers are divided into teams based on their grade level for age appropriate instruction and activities.

Campers entering 6th through 9th grade will form robotics teams to design a working robot, compete in a robotics challenge, and learn about NASA’s robotic exploration programs.

The Camp KSC program is designed for children entering 2nd through 11th grades and runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with early drop-off offered at 7:30 a.m. for an extra fee. Camp instructors are specially trained educators. All campers receive lunch and afternoon snacks, a Camp KSC T-shirt, and a Camp KSC certificate of completion.

The camp will run during the weeks of June 9-13June 16-20June 23-27June 30-July 4July 7-11July 14-18July 21-25July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-8.

Camp Kennedy Space Center is located at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame’s® educational facility, just off US 1 near the west entrance to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Tuition is $295 per week plus tax, paid in advance. For more information or to book a reservation, visit   www.kennedyspacecenter.com or call 866-870-8285.

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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Top Ten Tips for attending Food Truck Nights!

YumYum food truck

YumYum

If you have never eaten from a local Food Truck before, specifically one in Orlando, then you are missing out! There are many amazing gourmet trucks to be found, from BBQ, to Sushi, to burgers, to dessert trucks, there are many options for you to try! The best way to be able to try a range of all they offer is to attend a food truck night. A lot of local communities have organized monthly food truck events now, or there are food truck bazaars that travel around major locations around central Florida bringing a huge selection of trucks to your local Malls or Downtown areas.

Sweet City Gelato

Sweet City Gelato

My husband and I love to go round to the food truck events, so I thought for those of you who haven’t done that before, that I would compile a list of tips for attending a food truck night. I could think of many, but I will keep it to just 10 so it can hopefully help start you off, in descending order…

Tip Number 10:

Look up ahead of time where your nearest Food Truck event will be. A quick search online will lead you to many sites that will list where they are and when.

Tip Number 9:

Come Hungry! Sounds silly but you will find so many dishes you will want to try, from all different trucks, so bring your hunger and prepare to be amazed at what you will find.

 

Melissa's Chicken & Waffles

Melissa’s Chicken & Waffles

Tip Number 8:

Bring chairs and/or tables. This is something you may not think would be useful, but these events can take place among lake sides, parking lots, downtown areas, and many do not have any seats available. Bringing chairs, or even blankets, mean you can hang out more and relax while you try your selections. This is especially helpful if you have children or elderly friends or family members who would prefer the comfort of a chair and table.

Tip Number 7:

Bring friends or family! If you come in groups, it means everyone can maximize their options as you can split dishes and get to try things that normally you wouldn’t get to if you were only choosing one item.

 

 

 

Korean BBQ Box Korean BBQ Box Truck

Korean BBQ Taco Box

Tip Number 6:

Bring an umbrella in the car or in your bag with you. Many food truck nights take place during the summer months in which we have our torrential downpours in the afternoons/early evenings. Most of these nights the trucks continue come rain or shine, so don’t let the rain put you off!

Tip Number 5:

Bring cash or cards. The majority of the trucks accept cash and credit cards now, so no need to stop at the ATM if you don’t have cash, just bring a major credit card and you’ll be good to go! Many will even email the receipt directly to you, and you can even add gratuity to these also.

Kona Dog

Kona Dog

Tip Number 4:

Don’t stop at the first truck you see, its true that you will most likely find options at every truck you like the sound of, but walk around all the trucks first and see what they have. You will be surprised how many options there are, and for many diets too!

Tip Number 3:

Do you own a dog? Bring them with you! Not only may your dog love to socialize with the others there, but there are sometimes dog specialty food trucks also, featuring organic treats and refreshments for your best friend!

Fork In The Road

Fork In The Road

Tip Number 2:

Arrive early to avoid lines! Many food truck nights can get very busy, especially ones close to downtown areas where people can walk by on their way home from work. Getting there at the beginning of the night is always best if you can, the later it gets the longer the lines get, and since most of the items are cooked fresh for you, there may be a long wait if you arrive later on.

Tip Number 1:

Social media! Many, if not all, of the food trucks use social media to get the word out about not only which locations they will be in, but also what new menu items they will feature and any special offers going on. Its also a great way to keep in touch with your favorite truck, or to ask any questions ahead of time. They tend to monitor them closely so don’t expect a long wait to hear back from them, whether its Twitter, Facebook or emailing, they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you look at the trucks, many will have decals and wraps stating how to contact them online.

 

Lakeside at Berkshire Park

Now all that is left for you to do is start looking up where your local food truck event is. Whether it’s in Orlando, Chicago or L.A, there are many out there to find, you will not be disappointed! Good luck and remember….arrive hungry!

 

 

 

 

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LEGOLAND Florida First Responder Days

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND  Florida Announces

First Responder Days in May

LEGOLAND ® Florida to honor first responders with a free single day admission during May

LEGOLAND ® Florida is proud to once again honor police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees with a free single day admission to the park during the month of May. LEGOLAND Florida’s special offer gives first responders a chance to experience the park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions with their friends and family.

The program is valid for all police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working and serving in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are eligible. Eligible personnel should present their employee ID or professional organization membership card to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit to redeem their one free admission ticket and purchase up to four additional tickets at only $40 per ticket. The valid dates run from 5/1/14-5/31/14.

LEGOLAND Florida

This new offer runs alongside the park’s active duty military personnel offer, which gives members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists free single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park. To redeem their free admission ticket, active duty military personnel should present their military identification card to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. Family and friends of military personnel also receive substantial discounts on admission tickets and should make purchases in advance through participating military base ticket offices.

Also during the month of May, LEGOLAND Florida will open the newest park expansion, DUPLO ® Valley, on May 23. Just in time for family fun over Memorial Day weekend, DUPLO Valley is geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5, an ideal place for park guests to play and relax with new farm-themed attractions, including the DUPLO Train, DUPLO Mini-Tractor, DUPLO Barn and DUPLO Splash n’ Play.

For more information on everything about LEGOLAND Florida, visit florida.legoland.com.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel The LEGO Movie

LEGOLAND ® Florida:

LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. Recently announced, The LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015 featuring 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.

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Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives Exhibit Extended

Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives

D23 Presensts: Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives To Stay at MSI Through August 3, 2014

Due to popular demand, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is extending the run of Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through August 3, 2014.

Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives

“This interactive exhibit has been so well-received by guests of all ages,” said Anne Rashford, director of temporary exhibits. “It tells the great story of the imagination and perseverance of Walt Disney and offers a rare peek into his life and the unforgettable entertainment he created. We are thrilled to be able to keep it at MSI for an additional three months.”

From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, television shows and live-action films. Hands-on activities allow kids and adults alike to explore animation technology from all 53 Disney animated films and learn to draw one of their favorite characters in the Animation Academy.

Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives

The exhibit is not included in Museum Entry but can be added to an Explorer ticket package. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry. For more information and to buy tickets, visit msichicago.org. For more information about D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, visit D23.com.

This exhibit is presented by Walgreens.

 

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Fun Toon Lagoon Shirts

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Toon Lagoon is full of interactive spots, and as I was strolling the shops of Comic Book Lane I found some really fun Toon Lagoon shirts!

I love Toon Lagoon so much, because it takes me back to when I was a little girl who scooped up the funny pages before my Papa could get to them on Sunday mornings!

These shirts can be found in the Toon Extra shop, and while they are a little tongue-in-cheek and even a tad bit racy they cracked me up.

All of the shirts are made of 100% cotton and are really thick shirts that are a nice quality!

Also at $21.95, I felt like they were a good value for theme park shirts.

What do you think?

Toon Lagoon Shirts

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Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

Toon Lagoon Shirts

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Orlando City SC Continues Run

Orlando City SC Defeats OKC Energy FC 2-1, Continues Undefeated Run

Orlando City SC
Photo: Allison Petro

Dennis Chin and Kevin Molino score, City remains in first place in USL PRO

 

Continuing its winning ways, Orlando City SC (4-0-2, 14 points) defeated expansion side OKC Energy FC (2-3-0, 6 points) 2-1 at Pribil Stadium on Saturday night. The victory puts City in control of first place in USL PRO, three points clear of LA Galaxy II.

Saturday night’s match marked Oklahoma City Energy FC’s inaugural home game, featuring a sell-out crowd. Despite the match being the first ever between the two sides, both Orlando and OKC share a connection, as the Energy is coached by former Sporting Kansas City Captain Jimmy Nielsen, who included former Orlando City players Jon Kempin and Kevin Ellis in the line-up.

City, on the other hand, was without two of its key players due to Rob Valentino suffering an injury earlier this week against FC Dallas and Darwin Ceren heading back to Orlando for personal matters.

As a result, the first 15 minutes featured a more direct approach from City, rather than their usual possession-oriented style, and OKC was arguably the better side.

Energy FC Midfielder Peabo Doue got in behind on two separate occasions, but a well-timed challenge from 18-year-old Defender Tyler Turner and a key save from veteran Miguel Gallardo kept the scoreline level. 

The Lions’ first quality chance wouldn’t occur until the 23rd minute when the club’s first MLS signing employed a bit of trickery to skip past OKC center-halves Gareth Evans and Mark Howard. The Trinidadian International then played a crafty ball to Chin who had his final effort saved by Kempin.

But, just one minute later Chin would redeem himself by finding the back of the net from a deep ball played by Yordany Alvarez. 

After an initial save from Kempin, the striker pounced on the rebound and tucked away his second goal of the season.

With the early goal secured, City took control of the game and created a flurry of  close chances in the final minutes of the first half.

The elements played a part in the match as both teams had to adjust to the windy conditions on hand.

City played with the wind in the first half but was forced to play against strong gusts in the second 45, making it difficult for the Lions to have any sort of aerial play.

Nevertheless, City would find their groove in the second half and attack relentlessly. In the 56th minute, Molino scored his fourth goal of the season after intercepting a poor back pass from Mark Howard.

The finish puts Molino’s tally to four in as many games, with the midfielder leading the team in goals so far this season. In his three previous seasons with City, Molino has never scored more than two goals in each campaign.

Deep into stoppage time, OKC scored their first-ever home goal when substitute Stephen Perry was able to get on the scoresheet. 

The Lions will now return back to Orlando and prepare for their home leg of the I-4 Derby, presented by United World Soccer. The match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com

Orlando City SC Match Recap

Team                               1    2    Final

Orlando City SC               1    1    2

OKC Energy FC               0    1    1

Scoring Summary:

ORL- Dennis Chin (unassisted) 24’

ORL- Kevin Molino (unassisted) 56’

OKC- Stephen Perry (unassisted) 90’

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC- GK Miguel Gallardo, D Tyler Turner, Justin Clark, Brad Rusin, Luke Boden, M Yordany Alvarez, Anthony Pulis, Adama Mbengue, Kevin Molino (Mikey Lopez 85’), Brian Span F Dennis Chin (Corey Hertzog 70’)

OKC Energy FC- GK Jon Kempin, D Cyprian Hedrick, Gareth Evans, Kevin Ellis, Mark Howard (David Leichty 82’), Kyle Miller, M Michael Thomas, Nate Shiffman (Stephen Perry 46’), Peabo Doue (Phillip Lund 46’), F Adda Djeziri (Pete Caringi 57’), Kyle Greig

Penalty Summary:

ORL- Justin Clark (Yellow Card) 88’

Match Facts:

Time of Match: 8:00 p.m. EST

Weather: — Windy

Orlando City SC

About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team has won two USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships and will continue play in USL PRO in 2014 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.

 

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Blake Shelton Ten Times Crazier Tour Comes To The Amway Center

Ten Times Crazier Tour

Blake Shelton, five-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) nominee, including a nod for Entertainer of the Year, announced show dates and venues for his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014. The tour kicks off June 20 and makes a stop in Orlando at the Amway Center on Saturday, August 30, his only Florida date.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2 at 10 a.m.

Shelton is donating $1 from every fan club pre-sale ticket sold to the ACM’s Lifting Lives Foundation through his “Blake is #TenTimesCrazier!” Thunderclap campaign (Thunderclap is a fundraising tool with the first-ever crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared via Facebook and Twitter). Supporters are automatically entered to win two tickets and a backstage meet and greet with Shelton.

Pre-sale announcements will continue throughout spring 2014. Updates are posted on BlakeShelton.com and communicated via the Blake Shelton fan club email. To access the pre-sale, fans must register to be a Blake Shelton fan club member for free by visiting BlakeShelton.com.

The 20+ date Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014, promoted by Live Nation, features his current single, “Doin’ What She Likes,” the fourth single off the Country Music Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated Country Album of the Year, along with “Based On a True Story,” which is Top 10 on the country charts. His previous hit single, “Mine Would Be You,” shot to the top of the charts giving Shelton his 10th consecutive number one (15 overall). 

Shelton, is CMA Awards’ reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year, the 2013 recipient of “Album of the Year” for his current platinum-selling release, “Based On a True Story”…. and is a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series “The Voice.” The New York Times says, “Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers.” Shelton has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including three Grammy® nominations this year for Country Album of the Year and Country Solo Performance and Country Song of the Year nods for “Mine Would Be You.” His multi-week number one, “Honey Bee,” still holds the record for the fastest-selling digital platinum-single for a male country solo artist. “To a purist Mr. Shelton is a savvy student of tradition. To a would-be outlaw he’s forever adding a wink. He’s a star who is only as explicit as you want him to be,” says Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from “The Voice” make him an incredible ambassador for country music. For more information please visit: BlakeShelton.com and follow on Twitter at @BlakeShelton.

About The Band Perry

Ten Times Crazier Tour

The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights since releasing their self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, which scored the sibling trio a string of hits, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” (number one on Billboard’s Country and AC charts); platinum “You Lie” and gold “All Your Life” (number one on Country). Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has amassed over 10.3 million tracks sold from their platinum debut and gold sophomore release “Pioneer,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and number two on All Genre. In addition to acclaim from top critics across the country, “Pioneer,” has produced two consecutive number one Country smashes – the platinum “Better Dig Two” and gold “Done,” which earned Neil and Reid their first chart-topper as songwriters. Their current single, “Don¹t Let Me Be Lonely,” is in the Top five and still climbing at Country radio. 

The Band Perry has also enjoyed sold-out headlining dates and are currently out on their first global headline tour, We are Pioneers World Tour.  In the past year, they have taken over the American television airwaves with unforgettable performances on the ACM, CMA, Grammy® and Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, they have made appearances on American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen, The Talk, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as a banner performance of “CMT Crossroads” with rockers Fall Out Boy. Their showering of honors include multiple ACM, CMA, and CMT Music Awards, as well as Grammy, Teen Choice, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music Award nominations, all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history. For tour dates and more, visit thebandperry.com  / thefansperry.com.

 

About Dan + Shay

Ten Times Crazier Tour

Nashville newcomers Dan + Shay became the most added new duo of 2013 at country radio with their breakout debut hit “19 You + Me.” Already Top 20 on the charts after only 13 weeks, the track was written by the pair along with Nashville songwriter Danny Orton.

The nostalgic feel-good single is the first track from their forthcoming album, due out later this year on Warner Bros. Records. Made up of Dan Smyers, a Pittsburgh, PA native and Shay Mooney, originally of Natural Dam, AR, the two realized they had a special musical connection after meeting at a party at Smyers’ house, in his tented out living room only one year ago. What started as a late night jam session among new friends, led to daily writing sessions that resulted in songs which quickly caught the attention of publishers, label heads and radio programmers.

Written entirely by Smyers and Mooney, and co-produced by Smyers, Scott Hendricks and Orton, the duo are putting the finishing touches on the yet to be titled debut album. Dan + Shay are excited to bring their infectious original sound to fans on the upcoming Blake Shelton tour. For more info, please visit danandshay.com and follow @danandshay.

 

About Neal McCoy

Ten Times Crazier Tour

No doubt about it, in the 20 years since released his first single, Neal McCoy – the one-of-a-kind country singer and consummate live performer – has enjoyed every minute of his long, successful career.

Even with 11 albums, over 25 charted singles and countless touring miles already under his big belt buckle, the Longview, Texas-based artist has no intention of slowing down. Whether he’s delivering a stirring version of “America the Beautiful” in front of 65,000 standing, cheering fans in Texas Stadium or performing for troops in any number of harrowing, far-flung locales, or coming out of nowhere with a Top 10 comeback single on his own independent label, critics, radio programmers and legions of diehard fans have come to know that they can always expect the unexpected from McCoy.

For all of his success in the record business, McCoy is, always has been, and always will be, in the “entertainment” business. In fact, now that James Brown has left the building, McCoy could easily adopt the appellation of “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” For more info, please visit Neal McCoy.

Ten Times Crazier Tour

WHO:

BLAKE SHELTON | TEN TIMES CRAZIER TOUR

with special guests THE BAND PERRY, DAN + SHAY and NEAL MCCOY

WHEN:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 | 7 P.M.

WHERE:

AMWAY CENTER | ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ON SALE:

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 | 10 A.M

TICKETS$27.75 $52.75. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

 

 

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

As I walked into Disney’s Days of Christmas in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, I found a ton of great Disney Character Christmas Ornaments that are new-ish that are a really great way to add a personal touch to your tree!

I know it is only April, but I think it is never too early to start finding treasures to show your #DisneySide on your tree! Plus by spreading out the cost throughout the year we are able to buy more ornaments without feeling the extra pinch at the holidays.

So, join me as I look at twelve of my favorite Disney Character Christmas Ornaments!

12 Days of Disney Character

Christmas Ornaments

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I love how Eeyore and Tigger are usually together! While they usually couldn’t be more opposite, in this ornament they both look happy…believe me that is happy for Eeyore!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Everyone’s (alright maybe not EVERYONE’S) favorite little alien is super festive popping out of a present!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Prep and Landing is by far one of my absolute favorite Christmas specials, and we watch it over and over and over every year! So when I saw Wayne and Lanny’s ornament I was really excited. We will definitely be picking this one up for our tree!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

The working joints of this Pinocchio Disney Character Christmas Ornament are a much appreciated detail that made me smile!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

As Dave is a gigantic Oswald fan, we will definitely be adding this to our tree this year!!! He has gone in and out of stock, so you will want to pick this one up if you see it around Walt Disney World.

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Mike isn’t amused by these Christmas lights…

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Lacrosse is a sport that is really picking up steam in our area, and it is really great to see Mickey decked out for Lacrosse fans!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I can’t tell you how much I miss Luxo Jr. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it helps that I can pick up this little guy to add to my tree!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

I am sorry, but these Flamingo ornaments make me incredibly happy!!!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

Fish are friends, and now Disney Character Christmas Ornaments! I love Bruce’s face!

Disney Character Christmas Ornaments

How sweet is this Angel Minnie ornament? I love her!

Which one is your favorite Disney Character Christmas ornament?

Want to see some of my other favorite Disney Character Christmas Ornaments? Check out this Pick Six!

Want to see some really fun Disney Ideas for Christmas? Check out our Pinterest Board ~ Dreaming of a Disney Christmas!

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Krispy Kreme helps Central Floridian Honor Heroes

Krispy Kreme Hero

Krispy Kreme Offers Central Floridians a Dozen Ways To Honor Everyday Superheroes

On April 28, Pick up a Dozen Doughnuts and Honor A Local Hero with a FREE Second Dozen

 
On April 28, people of all ages will celebrate National Superhero Day with capes and costumes in honor of their favorite superhuman or villain. Krispy Kreme wants guests to celebrate this occasion with a FREE dozen doughnuts for the real-life, everyday heroes among us.
Visit any of the five Krispy Kreme shops in Central Florida on April 28 to buy a dozen doughnuts and get a FREE dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts to share with the unsung heroes in your life.  No coupon necessary. Offer not valid at grocery or convenience stores.
Krispy Kreme encourages fans to join in the festivities and recognize the unheralded heroes who live in their communities and serve the public as police officers, fire fighters, military, teachers, doctors, volunteers, and more.
 Krispy Kreme
Daytona Beach
980 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Open 24 hours
Melbourne
2040 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935
Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746
Open 24 hours
Join in the conversation with @KrispyKreme on Twitter #HeroAppreciationDay, or visit HeroAppreciationDay.com.
ABOUT KRISPY KREME
Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed ® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds.
Today, Krispy Kreme can be found in over 800 locations in more than 20 countries around the world.  Get connected to Krispy Kreme at KrispyKreme.comwww.hotlightapp.com foursquareFacebook and KrispyKremeDoughnuts on YouTube.
ABOUT FLORIDA FAMILY FOODS LLC
With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating stores in Melbourne and Daytona Beach.   In 2012, Florida Family Foods expanded into Central Florida to revitalize the Winter Park, Millenia, and Kissimmee shop locations.
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Key West Independence Day Celebration

Old Key West

This Sunday, April 27th, Disney’s Old Key West Resort will celebrate Key West Independence Day.

The resort will host games and activities starting at 1pm with Key West Bingo.

At 2pm there will be a Key Lime Pie Eating Contest.

After the pie contest, there will be a Dance Party starting at 2:45pm and the Pool Party starts at 3pm.

The Conquer the Keys Treasure Hunt begins at 4pm.

There will be a Sunset Celebration at 6:30pm, followed by the 8:30pm showing of Frozen as the Movie Under the Stars.

Some activities may have an additional cost associated, including the Nautical Plaques from 2 – 6pm in Community Hall.

All times and activities are subject to change.

Please consult the resort’s recreation calendar or a resort Cast Member for more information.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Toast Mom With The Ultimate Weekend Getaway at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Hemingway’s Champagne Brunch

Make your mother’s day on Sunday, May 11 with Hemingway’s champagne brunch at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Featuring Hemingway’s signature island-inspired selections, the gourmet menu includes Blue Corn Strawberry Pancakes, Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chilled Kobe Tenderloin, and Hibachi Style Sea Bass along with assorted salads, cheeses, hand-crafted desserts, and free-flowing champagne.
Brunch is $69 per adult and $34.50 per child age 4-12 and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for resort guests, as well as area residents.  Reservations may be made online or by calling 407.239.3854.
Offering families more than 1,500 acres of activities surrounded by a private, tropical oasis, Grand Cypress provides the perfect setting to treat mom to a full weekend of pampering with soothing spa treatments and refreshing, poolside cocktails.  Enjoy Orlando’s original luxury resort for rates starting at $179 with the Florida resident savings.
“Give mom the gift of a weekend getaway with resort activities the whole family will enjoy,” said Area Vice President and General Manager Pat Engfer. “From world-class service, deluxe amenities and gourmet dining, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is the place for making memories.”
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; Tour on YouTube; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress onFacebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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The Many Roles of Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway

Being the procrastinator that I am, I usually wait to write my posts until hours before they are published. Don’t get me wrong, there are cases in which I do plenty of research and plan things out days or weeks in advance, but those are outnumbered by the fly by the seat of my pants posts. I hope this isn’t necessarily evident in my writing, but I digress.

So, as I finished editing other posts I realized I didn’t have anything for myself. Needing background noise, I scrolled through the Disney Family Movies channel on demand and noticed they added the Jungle Book. I hadn’t seen it in a year or so and could listen to Louis Prima sing the phone book, so I started it.

Moments into the movie divine inspiration struck! I heard the unmistakable voice of Sterling Holloway. For many Disney fans, he is best known for his voice talents as that lovable stuffed with fluff Winnie the Pooh. I’m sure some are familiar with some of his other roles, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of his best known Disney voices.

The first role Sterling Holloway provided for Disney was that of the Messenger Stork in Dumbo in 1941. He delivers the cutest little baby elephant ever born to Mrs. Jumbo from the clouds above. His first role is short and sweet, but this is the one that started a forty plus year career with the Walt Disney Company.

Messenger Stork
Messenger Stork

 

Next up for the Georgia native was a bit more prominent role in the next Disney animated feature film. Sterling Holloway provided the adult voice of Flower in 1942’s Bambi. The most precious skunk you’ll ever encounter, Flower is one of Bambi’s best friends who also often pals around with Thumper.

 

Flower
Flower

 

During the war years, Walt made use of Sterling Holloway in several of his package films and shorts. Most notably, Sterling voiced Professor Holloway (the narrator) in The Three Caballeros. He also provided narration for Mickey and the Beanstalk, Peter and the Wolf, Lambert the Sheepish Lion and several other segments into the early 1950s like Susie the Little Blue Coupe. Walt liked Holloway so much he even used him in his crossover to television primarily in episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

 

Mickey and the Beanstalk
Mickey and the Beanstalk
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Susie the Little Blue Coupe
Susie the Little Blue Coupe

 

The 1951 classic Alice in Wonderland featured Sterling Holloway in one of his most recognizable roles as the Cheshire Cat. This trickster is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle surrounded by mystery. He likes to lead Alice astray on her adventures in Wonderland and has a tendency to vanish into thin air.

 

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat

 

By far, Sterling Holloway’s most notable role for Disney was as Winnie the Pooh fro 1966 to 1974. He voiced the best friend of Christopher Robin in three shorts: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. These were repackaged and rereleased in 1977 as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is often difficult to hear Holloway’s voice in other roles and not to picture Pooh since they are so inextricably linked.

 

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

 

1967’s The Jungle Book brought Sterling Holloway his only villainous voice role for Disney (to my knowledge) in that of Kaa the snake. His hypnotic lullaby “Trust In Me” almost does poor Mowgli in, but Bagheera’s interruption saves the day. The boy is later truly hooked by the girl serenading him from the Man Village.

 

Kaa
Kaa

 

Roquefort in The Aristocats was one of Sterling Holloway’s last voice roles for Disney. In this 1970 film he plays a cute mouse who is the neighbor of Marie, Berlioz, Toulouse and Duchess. He lives in harmony with these cats, but seems to be afraid of most all other felines. Despite his fear, he plays an integral role is saving the kidnapped kittens.

 

Roquefort
Roquefort

 

 

Have you seen some or all of these roles voiced by Sterling Holloway? Which is your favorite? I have to go with Pooh, with the Cheshire Cat as a close second. Hope you enjoyed! Leave a message in the comments with your thoughts.

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