Aqua Drag Racer Now Open At Wet ‘N Wild

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando Opens All New, Family Friedly Racing Attraction – Aqua Drag Racer

Aqua Drag Racer

All New Water Based Racing Attraction Expected to be

the Tallest and Fastest of Its Kind in Florida

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has opened their newest attraction, the Aqua Drag Racer™ – a family-friendly, four lane racing attraction.

It’s expected to be the tallest and fastest water based racing attraction of its kind in Florida aimed at providing thrill seekers with an experience unlike any other around.

Standing six stories tall and featuring four parallel racing lanes, guests on the Aqua Drag Racer will take their place at a starting line that is 65-feet high and prepare for a turbo-charged adrenaline rush the whole family can share. Get ready for a full throttle plunge at screaming speeds while powering through enclosed braided, twisting tunnels at fifteen feet per second. It is full throttle acceleration with no brakes allowed and the newest way families share the rush in a head-to-head racing competition atWet ‘n Wild!

For more information about The Aqua Drag Racer, visit www.wetnwildorlando.com.

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Independence Day in the Walt Disney World Parks

independence dayThe Fourth of July is rapidly approaching this Friday and Walt Disney World is a great place to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. What is the holiday you most closely associate fireworks with? Fireworks of course are a special treat any time of year, but Disney really ramps up the pyrotechnics for the Fourth of July.

At the Magic Kingdom, their Independence Day fireworks called Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky are actually shown on both July 3rd and July 4th at 9pm and lasts about 15 minutes. If you get the chance, I highly recommend catching this show on 7/3 as crowds tend to be a little lighter, plus this allows you to catch a different fireworks show at either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the Fourth.

Epcot will show their Illuminations: Reflections of Earth regular fireworks show at 10pm, then adds a 7 minute tag starting around 10:13pm called The Heartbeat of Freedom. This is honestly my favorite fireworks show of the entire year, so if you are here for Independence Day, this is my recommendation. If you do end up at Epcot on the 4th, do not miss one of the performances of the Voices of Liberty! Their Fourth of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre will be held at 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3:00pm. The last two times I have seen this show it has moved me to tears. Their live version of Golden Dream and the military medley especially can turn even the hardest of hearts to mush. At the Kidcot Fun Stop guests can stop by and test their knowledge of Americana and learn fun facts. Once guests complete the Discovery Experience, they will receive and award certificate.

 

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The fireworks for Independence Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, called the Special July 4th Fireworks Presentation, will be at 10:20pm. They last about 12 minutes and will be fired off behind the Sorcerer’s Hat and are often best viewed from Hollywood Blvd. or even just outside the park entrance.

No matter which park you choose for fireworks, you will have a blast! 😉 Stay tuned for resort activities for Independence Day later this week. In the meantime, check out our videos below from previous years’ Fourth of July celebrations!

 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Exclusive First Look

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy:

An IMAX 3D First Look

Guardians of the Galaxy

Features exclusive footage to be shown in 150 select IMAX Theatre locations across North America on July 7, 2014 at 7 pm

Marvel Studios announces Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”: An IMAX® 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

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Select IMAX 3D® theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theatres on August 1.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says, “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the most die-hard in the world and we’re excited to offer them this exclusive extended first-look at one of the summer’s hottest upcoming movies in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “James Gunn’s visionary film in IMAX 3D is going to give our audiences an immersive experience they won’t find anywhere else, and we’re thrilled to get the ball rolling and reward fans early at this unique event.”

Tickets to the July 7 Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:  An IMAX 3D First Look are free and are available now for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-served basis through www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy.

Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition collectible Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” IMAX poster.

Guardians of the Galaxy

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

Kevin Feige, p.g.a., is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

 

About Marvel Entertainment:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit: marvel.com. © MARVEL

About IMAX Corporation:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAXnXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

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Busch Gardens Summer Nights New Artists Announced

Busch Gardens Summer Nights
Stay Late! June 28 - August 17 - Nightly Fireworks
Announcing Concert Lineup
June 28 ZZ Ward and Hot Chelle Rae
July 5 Bridgit Mendler
July 12 El Gran Combo
Follow Busch Gardens on Facebook to see the rest of the lineup as it’s announced.
Event details subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Fireworks weather permitting. Event included with park admission or Annual Pass. 

© 2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.
Busch Gardens Tampa – 10165 N. McKinley Dr. – Tampa, FL 33612

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King Lear At The Enzian Theater Saturday

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KING LEAR SATURDAY 6/28 AT 11AM

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

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For discounted admission to all three 2014 National Theatre Live screenings click here to purchase Season Pass!

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Wild By Design Tour Ending on September 26

IMG_4085Disney’s Animal Kingdom has offered a tour called Wild By Design for several years now. It focuses primarily on the onstage areas of the park including details of Anandapur in Asia, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa, Dinoland U.S.A. and Discovery Island.

This three hour walking tour is available to guests ages 14 and up and costs $60 plus tax. Some discounts such as Disney Visa Card may apply. Contact Disney’s Tour department directly at 407-939-8687 to schedule this tour before it ends on September 26th. The tour is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The tour also includes a light continental breakfast and possibly a souvenir. While focusing on design of the park and animal care, this seems like a great tour to check out while you can before it disappears.

Prepayment is required for the Wild By Design tour and it has a two day cancellation policy. Theme park admission is not included, but is required for this tour.

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Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney and Sean Connery on the set of Darby O'Gill and the Little People - image copyright Disney
Walt Disney and Sean Connery on the set of Darby O’Gill and the Little People – image copyright Disney

How many of you have seen the 1959 Walt Disney Productions film Darby O’Gill and the Little People? This gem features a young Sean Connery as Michael McBride along with Janet Munro as Katie O’Gill and Albert Sharpe as the title character. If you haven’t seen this classic yet, let me tell you a bit about it.

For those who aren’t aware, I have a slight affinity (read: obsession) with Sean Connery. He is my favorite actor hands down, the celebrity I’d most like to meet, and the lock screen on my phone. He is James Bond to me, and many others. I will revisit that character in a bit. I discovered this film existed, thanks to a Disney cd box set I bought in the mid 1990s. I made it my mission to track it down and eventually got it on dvd when it was re-released a few years back. The cd had Sean Connery singing a lovely ditty from the film called Pretty Irish Girl.

Darby O’Gill is the caretaker in Ireland for Lord Fitzpatrick at the beginning of the film, but is shortly thereafter replaced by Michael McBride. Darby has a habit of spinning tall tales at the pub over several pints of whiskey, so it isn’t surprising when nobody believes him that he is friends with little people and their King Brian. Quite a bit of hilarity ensues throughout the film while O’Gill tries to convince others that he now has three wishes since he’s captured the leprechaun. There are definitely some darker elements to the story as well that younger children under 6 or 7 might find frightening. Without spoiling too much, it is safe to say this is a family friendly film that is filled with comedy, a bit of drama, action, and even romance. Peter Ellenshaw and his crew did an amazing job with the special effects of this film.

While Darby O’Gill and the Little People may not be the best known live action Disney film, it is definitely entertaining. It also helped launch Sean Connery into superstardom. It is because producer Cubby Broccoli’s wife Dana saw Sean Connery in this film that he was even considered for the role of James Bond a few years later. The dvd even includes an extra called Mr. Connery Goes to Hollywood. There are also two other fun bonus features called Little People, Big Effects showing how trick shots were used to imply the size difference, and I Captured The King of the Leprechauns, which was a segment on Walt Disney Presents the Disneyland TV show. If you are looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours with the family, I highly recommend checking out this underrated classic. Darby O’Gill and the Little People is available through iTunes, Netflix and to rent through Amazon Instant Video.

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Obvious Child Opens At The Enzian Theater Friday

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OPENS FRIDAY!

“This film deserves to be seen as a major breakthrough for Jenny Slate who commands the kind of humor and honesty that stars possess.” – Erik Childress, FILM THREAT

Based on the 2009 short of the same name, OBVIOUS CHILD takes on the controversial topic of abortion as part of its story yet somehow manages to be as charming, humorous, and irresistible as any indie romantic comedy in recent memory. Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a 27-year-old, Jewish, Brooklyn bookstore clerk by day and aspiring and affably lewd comedian by night who struggles to keep her spirits up, on and off the stage, after a traumatizing break-up. Turning to alcohol to drown her sorrows, Donna performs a depressing set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes, and then has a one-night stand with a nice WASPy guy named Max (Jake Lacy, TV’s The Office). A few weeks later, she finds herself facing an unexpected pregnancy. Filmmaker Gillian Robespierre has crafted an honest look at abortion, which is funny and frank without being negligent of the emotional weight that comes with such a harrowing choice. And Slate is absolutely terrific here-adorable and hilarious and genuine-in a breakthrough performance that is nicely supported by Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, and David Cross

SHOWTIMES:
FRI 6/27 – SUN 6/29
4:00PM   6:30PM   9:00PM
MON 6/30 – THURS 7/3
6:30PM   9:00PM 

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Popcorn Flick in the Park: Toy Story

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Popcorn Flick In the Park: Toy Story

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8pm

Toy Story was the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer. The star of the proceedings is Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy belonging to a wide-eyed youngster named Andy. Whenever Andy’s out of the room, Woody revels in his status as the boy’s number one toy. His supremacy is challenged by a high-tech, space-ranger action-figure named Buzz Lightyear, who, unlike Woody and his pals, believes that he is real and not merely a plaything. The rivalry between Woody and Buzz hilariously intensifies during the first half of the film, but when the well-being of Andy’s toys is threatened by a nasty next-door neighbor kid named Sid, Woody and Buzz join forces to save the day. Superb though the computer animation may be, what really heightens Toy Story are the voice-over performances by such celebrities as Tom Hanks (as Woody), Tim Allen (as Buzz), and Don Rickles (as an appropriately acerbic Mr. Potato Head). Director John Lasseter earned a special achievement Academy Award, while Randy Newman landed an Oscar nomination for his evocative musical score.

Popcorn Flick in the Park: Toy Story Details!!

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8pm

Address: 251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789

Cost: FREE in Central Park!

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Summer Nights At Busch Garden Announces First Concert For 2014

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Hot Chelle Rae to kick off Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa! 

Pop-rock band, Hot Chelle Rae will perform Saturday, June 28 at Busch Gardens® Tampa to kick off the NEW Saturday Summer Nights® concerts.

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Before “Don’t Say Goodnight” and “I Like it Like That”, Hot Chelle Rae made their worldwide breakthrough with the smash hit, “Tonight, Tonight”. The sensational tune made its way to the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and then shot to No. 1 at the Hot AC Radio. The single was then certified double-platinum in the U.S., and certified platinum in Canada and Australia. Since then, the band has toured with Taylor Swift, The Script and We the Kings, harnessing dedicated fans from around the world who share the undying love of sleek, feel-good, windows-down melodies.

The Gwazi Park stage will sizzle with fan-favorite hits like “Tonight, Tonight” and “Don’t Say Goodnight”. Concerts will take place at 8:30 p.m., immediately followed by a grand fireworks finale. Delicious barbeque, craft beers, specialty merchandise and strolling entertainment will line the Gwazi Park field and pathways on Saturday nights, creating a festival atmosphere.

In addition to the headlining concerts, guests at Summer Nights will enjoy extended park hours, special entertainment, high-energy DJs and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark. With the newly-opened, reimagined land Pantopia™ and the return of fan favorites like the energizing acrobatics show Kinetix and fireworks every night, Summer Nights is sure to keep the celebration going all night long.

Stay tuned for more pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists who keep the summer celebration going all summer long. Note: concerts will take the place of Kinetix on Saturday nights only.

Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m from June 28 through Aug. 17. Summer Nights, including concerts, is included with daily admission or any annual pass. Annual passes, which include unlimited admission throughout the year, free parking and no blackout dates, continue to be the best value for Florida residents and start at just $13 per month with EZpay. Plus, Busch Gardens’ new “select your day, select your savings” pricing puts consumers in the driver’s seat, allowing them to save more on admission, including saving up to $30 on a single-day ticket.

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Event dates, times and details are subject to change. For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com, or call 1-888-800-5447You can also be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com. You can also “like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and on Pinterest.

 

 

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Orlando City SC Sets New Club Record

Orlando City SC Defeats Dayton to Set

New Club Record for Unbeaten Matches

Lions’ 2-0 win on Sunday extends Club record for unbeaten matches to 15 consecutive

Dayton, OH. – Orlando City SC (12-0-3, 39 points) set a new Club record for consecutive unbeaten matches on Sunday afternoon, after defeating the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-0 in Ohio. The victory over the Dutch Lions propels the Club record to 15 matches in a row without a loss, surpassing the original record of 14 games which was set during the 2012 campaign.

It took all of 53 minutes for the first goal of the match to arrive for the USL PRO league-leaders. Adama Mbengue, who was a constant headache for the Dayton defense in the first half, controlled a pass into the box from Boden nicely before firing the ball into the bottom corner past Williams.

Boden was also a constant threat down the left side and created the chance for Mbengue after cutting inside and calmly rolling the ball to the Senegalese winger for his second league goal of the season.

Six minutes later, Kevin Molino was able to provide what seemed to be the second goal of the match, after pouncing on Ceren’s powerful shot that was saved by Dayton ‘keeper Matt Williams, but the current USL PRO leading goal-scorer was ruled offside.

Moments later, F.C. Dallas loanee Brian Span, who has been in good form as of late, had a prime opportunity to find the back of the net but was unable to properly connect with Boden’s ball into the six yard box.

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After a relatively quiet first half, Lions Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo was forced to make two key saves just ten minutes later, parrying strong efforts from both Eli Garner and Matt Walker in the 67th minute as Dayton attempted to level the score-line.

City’s increasing momentum would be stalled momentarily, though, when the match was delayed for a half an hour in the 68thminute of play, due to thunder and lightning strikes nearby the stadium.

With play resuming one hour later, the match picked up where it previously left off, in Orlando’s end of the pitch, and Aaron Schoenfeld came close to nodding in a header from an in-swinging corner kick. Schoenfeld, who sits in second place behind Kevin Molino on the USL PRO scoring charts, was capably managed throughout the match by the City backline- which looked impenetrable all afternoon.

Throughout the final 20 minutes of the match, the Lions’ defense was forced to sustain Dayton’s late push for an equalizer. The back four, anchored by veteran center-halves Rob Valentino and Brad Rusin, was able to withhold the Dutch Lions’ pressure, allowing Orlando to maintain its clean sheet through 90 minutes and break the club record for consecutive unbeaten matches (15).

Molino provided the final dagger in the 93rd minute when the Club’s first MLS signing weaved through the box and slotted the ball away for his 10th goal of the season.

Orlando’s next match will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Saturday, June 28 when the Lions take on second-place side, LA Galaxy II. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST

For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com!

Orlando City SC vs. Dayton Dutch Lions Match Recap:

Team                         1    2    Final

Orlando City SC              0    2    2

Dayton Dutch Lions           0    0    0        

Scoring Summary:

ORL- Adama Mbengue (Luke Boden) 53’

ORL- Kevin Molino (unassisted) 93’

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC- GK Miguel Gallardo, D Rob Valentino, Brad Rusin, Justin Clark, Luke Boden, M Anthony Pulis, Adama Mbengue (Austin da Luz 60’), Darwin Ceren, Brian Span, F Kevin Molino, Corey Hertzog (Dennis Chin 60’)

Dayton Dutch Lions- GK Matt Williams, Ross Freidman, Brock Granger, Matt Weit, DeSantos, M Eric Kissinger, Sebastian Thuriere, Matt Walker, Aaron Schoenfeld, F Eli Garner, Joe Broekhizen

Match Facts:

Time of Match: 3:00 p.m. EST

Weather: — Rainy

 

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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Summer At SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Summer 2014

Summer at SeaWorld Orlando is a splashing good time!

 

SeaWorld Orlando has kicked off summer, from now until August 10, with some great new shows, returning favorites, and a great ticket deal!

We had the chance to catch the two new summer shows Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night at a Media Preview and we had a blast.

Generation Nature LIVE, in the Nautilus Theater, is a new weekend daytime show that is based off of the SeaWorld Kids Generation Nature program, with Bindi Irwin, that is all about inspiring kids to be Game Changers for nature.

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Generation Nature LIVE is family focused, and connects guests with animals, explores nature and helps guests discover how they can protect wildlife and their habitats. During each show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the SeaWorld leaders in animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation as they share their unique stories about a variety of rescued animals they care for.

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The show is extremely well put together for younger guests, and offers a really great peek at how and why SeaWorld Orlando rescues animals. I know that Zoe is really going to love this show!

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Generation Nature LIVE is only shown on weekends, so if you want to catch this show make sure that you plan your visit to include extra time to get a good seat.

After the Generation Nature LIVE show, guests can then make their way to the SEA Garden to meet animals up close and talk to their caregivers about them and how we can help protect their environments.

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The animal in the SEA Garden rotate, we were able to visit with Boris who was adorable, and different animal visit in different parts of the garden so make sure you make enough time in your schedule to stay awhile!

The new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night, is my best nighttime show I have ever seen as SeaWorld Orlando!

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Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night preshow has your DJ, Robbie G, hosting a dance party full of fun facts and ways to show your sweet dance moves!

During Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Shamu Stadium new lighting and colorful backdrops se the scene for a party atmosphere that includes new whale behaviors and ends in a fireworks finale.

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You will definitely want to stay for Shamu Celebration: Light Up the Night! There is A LOT of splashing, so if you get talked into the ‘Splash Zone’ make sure you keep your electronics dry!

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Returning Summer Favorites at SeaWorld Orlando include: 

· Sea Lions Tonight

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Guests can kick back and have a hearty laugh with comedic duo, Clyde and Seamore, at Sea Lions Tonite. Hilarious hijinks ensue as SeaWorld’s popular pair of sea lions, otters and walrus parody other favorite daytime SeaWorld shows and attractions.  

· Shamu Dance Party

When the sun goes down, join Shamu’s Dance Party with Shamu & Friends at the Village Square located at the front of the park. The party begins every night one hour prior to park closing and continues 30 minutes afterwards.  With countless bubbles floating overhead and crazy lights illuminating the square, this summer’s celebration is sure to provide non-stop fun for all ages.  

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· And continuing this summer is SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration bringing pathways to life with oceans of spontaneous entertainment and a “Sea of Surprises”.

The best way to experience SeaWorld and these amazing new shows this summer is with an all-new ticket offer, Your Day, Priced Your Way, where guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week.  If schedules are flexible, guests can save $30 on a weekday ticket. This new offer allows for great family time while spending less family money.  Plus, planning in advance and buying tickets online allows guests the convenience of printing at home and going straight through the turnstiles. This special ticket offer is available to U.S. residents for advance purchase only at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.  Your Day, Priced Your Way tickets are valid for one day’s admission to SeaWorld Orlando and must be used within one year of purchase. 

For more information about Summer at Seaworld, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com, and follow them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

DISCLOSURE: I attended a Media Preview of Summer at SeaWorld Orlando, where I was provided with free admission and promotional items. All opinions are my own.

 

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LEGOLAND Florida Continues Renewable Energy Initiatives

LEGOLAND Florida Unveils

New 6-Foot Tall LEGO Globe

as Part of Renewable Energy Initiatives

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Guests can now interact with green-energy based models as part of Tampa Electric partnership at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO brick, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida’s efforts on green energy education.

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“We are excited to add both the LEGO Globe and interactive communities to Imagination Zone, giving our guests a new way to interact while learning the benefits of renewable energy,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones.

Guests will be able to experience an entirely new interactive area within Imagination Zone, including mini communities that show the full effect of renewable energy. The LEGO Globe will also include tactile elements, with visitors able to affect the rate of rotation with solar panels located around the new model.

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LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric previously kicked off the partnership on Earth Day 2014 (April 22) by running the park completely on renewable energy for the entire day- the first theme park to do so in the U.S. The partnership also included the installation of a 30-kilowatt solar panel array mounted atop the Imagination Zone attraction venue. Funded by Tampa Electric, the system supports Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program that lets the company’s customers purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources. Imagination Zone, where the LEGO Globe is located, is being solely powered by this program.

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The new areas add to the multiple educational aspects already within LEGOLAND Florida. The park gives children a chance to learn and play with STEM-based activities such as LEGO MINDSTORMS robots, Build & Test and Power Towers. The additions are included with park admission.

Fun facts about the new LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Globe instillation include:

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  • The Globe took over 600 hours to construct and stands 6 feet tall
  • The model consists of over 250,000 LEGO brick
  • The LEGO Globe rotates based on the amount of sunshine , showing the effects of solar power
  • The model is also interactive, with visitors able to affect the rate of rotation with tactile solar panels
  • Mini landmarks are visible for guests to enjoy, including the Eiffel Tower, pyramids from Egypt and much more

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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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Tables In Wonderland Food And Wine Sneak Preview

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Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview “Taste Your Way Around The World”
Where: East Hall, World ShowPlace Pavilion at Epcot®
When: Saturday July 19, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: $143.78, tax & gratuity included
Counting down the days to the Festival? Looking forward to international marketplaces featuring tasty tapas-sized dishes and refreshing beverages? Eager to try your hand at mixology? Ready for some Culinary Demonstrations? Excited to enjoy an exhilarating outdoor concert?

With the 19th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival just around the corner, we would like to invite Tables in Wonderland members only to a “sneak preview” of this year’s Festival! Join us as we sample the food and hear speakers talk about the new and exciting things we have in store for you this year! Learn what new marketplaces will be added, as well as new special events. Be one of the first to be “in the know” as we taste our way around the world!

Please visit the following website www.disneyurl.com/SneakPreview for self-booking and instant confirmation.
The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00am.
When you go to the website please have the following information ready:
Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number (number beginning with a W and includes a date)
First and Last Name of everyone in your party (you may purchase up to 10 tickets)
Home address
Phone number
Credit Card Number
Billing Address of the Credit Card
Personal Email Address
Food Allergies (if any)
Seating Requests: Please add the Name/Registration Number of any guests on a separate booking you wish to be seated with.
Please Note: Request’s will be accommodated as available and are not a guarantee.
Things to note about this event:
The event is limited to 250 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members. Park admission not required.

Menu:
The menu for this event is inspired by the International Marketplaces:

Buffet Reception

Africa: South African Bobotie with Turkey and Mushrooms
Scotland: Sea Scallop with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon
Puerto Rico: “Papa Rellena” Crispy Fried Potato Balls stuffed with Pork and Beef
Terra: Blackened Chick’n Breast, Farr, Spicy Gumbo Sauce featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast

Hawai’i: Aulani Sunset featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum
Terra: Paperboy Red
Block & Hans: The Great American Wine Company, Chardonnay
Block & Hans: Domaine Chandon, Brut Sparkling Blanc de Noir

Plated Dinner

Patagonia Course

Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimi Churri
Paired with Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier

Farm Fresh Course

Griddled “Yard Bird” with Braised Greens and House Made Habanero Sauce
Paired with the Chateau St. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica® Riesling

Puerto Rico Course

“Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco” Slow Braised Beef with Puerto Rican Grown Rice
Paired with Medalla Light

Dessert Trio
Hops and Barley: Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing
Refreshment Port: Croissant Doughnut
Bean to the Bar: Warm Drinking Chocolate
Paired with Rosa Regale

If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, which you have not already told us about, please send an email to WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com to give us time to accommodate your needs.

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