Beach Blast at Old Key West & Saratoga Springs Resorts

old key westContinuing their recent string of fun celebrations, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will be holding a Beach Blast on Saturday, June 21st. Included in this will be fun activities and the night will be capped off as usual with a movie suited to the theme.

Old Key West

From 2:00 – 6:00pm guests can visit Community Hall to decorate a foam picture frame magnet. Once they’ve created their frame, guests can take a picture in the beach prop area.

The Splish-Splash Pool Bash will be held at the main thee pool with fun and games from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

At 4:00pm guests can color a beach ball.

If you’re looking for a snack, at 4:30pm you can make your own ice cream sundae.

More snacks are served at 7:30pm with s’mores.

The evening will end with the Movie Under the Stars, which will be Teen Beach Movie.


Saratoga Springs

The High Rock Spring Pool will have the same activities as Old Key West with the picture frame design at Community Hall.

Paddock Pool has the Splish-Splash Pool Bash from 1:00 – 3:00pm and color a beach ball at 3:00pm.

At 3:30pm guests can make their own beach bag, followed by making their own sunglasses at 4:00pm.


Some activities may have an additional cost and all are subject to change. Please contact Disney’s Old Key West or Saratoga Springs Resorts directly if you have any questions.


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Taking Kids to WWE NXT At Full Sail University

WWE NXT Takeover Full Sail Gobo

Going to a WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University is a great and affordable way for families who love the WWE to see some of the future talent and some of their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas that visit each taping.

WWE NXT Takeover Stage 2

But since there are several episodes recorded at each WWE NXT event, here are some of my best tips for taking Kids to WWE NXT.

Pick Six: Taking Kids to WWE NXT

at Full Sail University

WWE NXT With Kids

1. Introduce them to the Superstars and Divas of WWE NXT.

WWE NXT WWE Network Logo
Photo: WWE

You can find episodes of WWE NXT on the WWE Network, and since episode is less than an hour it is easy for everyone to sit through!

2. Follow WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitter.


Following WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitter will get the heads up on show dates, details, and even special events!

3. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the Full Sail Live Venue.

WWE NXT Full Sail

The Full Sail Live Venue has two categories of seating for WWE NXT, General Admission and Gold Circle. For general admission you will be seated on bleachers, and for Gold Circle seating you will be on folded chairs around the ring and ramp.

Gold Circle sells out extremely fast, but there is no need to worry because the General Admission Seats are all great!

You can find a link to buy tickets for WWE NXT events here.

4. WWE Superstars and Diva visits to WWE NXT.

WWE NXT Wyatt Family

What is really awesome is that at each WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University, WWE Superstars and Divas will have matches.

The WWE Superstars and Divas are announced prior to the event, so watch for information so you can find out when your child’s favorite wrestler will be visiting.

5. Come prepared for a long taping with some of their favorite things.


When you attend a WWE NXT taping, be prepared for an outing that will last around 4 hours! You can bring your own beverages (sodas in cans and if you bring screw top bottles the caps must be removed) and snacks into the venue or you can purchase them there at a very reasonable rate.

Also the Full Sail Live venue has free WiFi, so in case of emergency break out the WWE App or Minecraft!!!

6. Before the WWE NXT tapings


Doors open for WWE NXT Tapings at 5:45 for a 6:30 show, and there are several places to eat around the Full Sail Live Venue or there are various local Food Trucks there for you to try.

Make sure that you follow WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitterbecause there will sometimes be opportunities to meet and greet with your favore WWE Superstars and Divas.

Parking at Full Sail can sometimes be difficult, so make sure you arrive on the earlier side so you won’t stress about parking.

NXT Takeover Poster

A bonus tip is that the WWE NXT tapings have grown to include Live Events that are taped at Full Sail University which are a lot of fun! The last Live Event was Takeover and it was amazing!


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Move Live On Tour with Derek and Julianne Hough

Move Live On Tour
Move Live On Tour

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the new show, Move Live On Tour, featuring Derek and Julianne Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame. If you are at all a fan of DWTS or Derek or Julianne, I highly recommend catching this show in the next five weeks as they finish up their tour.

I have been a fan of dance my whole life, taking ballet and ballroom lessons when I was younger, and even some basic tap and jazz while at a seven week summer camp. Having watched Dancing With The Stars ever since its sophomore season, I didn’t hesitate for a second when my mom invited me to join her and my grandma to go see Move Live On Tour in Sarasota.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, my favorite pro dancer on DWTS. Derek is a very close second favorite, and in my opinion, the best choreographer the show has seen and one of the best period. Julianne left the show a few seasons ago to pursue a singing and acting career, but has reappeared to perform a few times and she has also shown up as a guest judge recently.

Move Live On Tour was everything I wanted it to be, but I went in without any specific expectations. It was only as I was sitting there in the moment that I would think to myself that I’d love to see a Paso Doble or a Jive or a Quickstep. Again, having been a fan of dance and the Dancing With The Stars show, I quickly recognized the Ballroom and Latin dance elements as they were being performed. Move Live On Tour though was so much more than just a dance exhibition.

The show program describes the tour as follows: “Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough star in their own all-new dance production, MOVE LIVE ON TOUR, a complete stage production with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between.”

During the show, we were treated to singing from both Derek and Julianne including classics like Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally and Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun. The dance numbers were ranging in numerous styles, using mostly popular music like John Legend’s All Of Me and Happy by Pharrell, and even brought in audience participation and including the performers coming into the aisles during the show.

As much as I love Dancing With The Stars for what it is, it is incredible to see almost two hours chock full of performances just from the professional dancers. In addition to Derek and Julianne, there were about ten other dancers who performed with them in a variety of numbers. The brother and sister duo worked the mic quite a bit to pump up and interact with the audience.

Move Live On Tour was a very humorous show and made me love these very talented dancers even more than I already did. I was even lucky enough to catch Derek mid-show while he was cruising the audience to get a selfie. 🙂 If you enjoy Broadway style music and dance numbers, contemporary dance or more traditional Ballroom or Latin styles, this show is for you.

It was honestly one of the best performances of any kind I’ve ever been to as far as being entertained from start to finish. Check out the video below to get a taste of the type of show you’d be in for if you are lucky enough to catch one of the remaining performances.

Have you seen Move Live On Tour? Are you a fan of Dancing With The Stars or Derek or Julianne individually? Let me know your thoughts below and check out some of my pictures from the show this week.



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SeaWorld Orlando’s Hot Summer Deals

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Cool Fun for the Hot Summer at

SeaWorld Orlando

Great Deals with New “Your Day, Priced Your Way” Ticket Offer

As days get longer this summer, new elements of fun and discovery come to life at SeaWorld Orlando. Two new shows, Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night, make a visit to SeaWorld this summer a must. 

SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Celebration

The all-new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night, starts June 21, and is a high-energy show featuring new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. Shamu Stadium is transformed with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere, guided by a host each night, and ending with a fireworks finale.

Generation Nation Seaworld Orlando

Also on June 21, the new weekend daytime show, Generation Nature LIVE, 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. The Generation Nature program is all about inspiring kids to be Game Changers for nature. After the show, guests can meet animals up close at the all-new SEA Garden.

The best way to experience SeaWorld and these amazing new shows 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 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. 

SeaWorld Orlando

If families want to make a weekend getaway and enjoy even more value, they can book a SeaWorld Getaway and choose from a variety of hotel package options, including a Kids Free at SeaWorld offer, saving families up to $400, available only at

In addition to the new shows and amazing savings offered this summer at SeaWorld, there are many favorites not to miss, including:

SeaWorld Orlando

The thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® where families explore a massive penguin colony of more than 250 penguins in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy, 32-degree world.  Antarctica is a family-ride that combines up-close animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time. 

 SeaWorld Orlando

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. 

SeaWorld Orlando

For the more adventurous guests, climb aboard and ride Manta®, a facedown, headfirst roller coaster where riders can skim, glide and fly like a manta ray.  The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta tops the list of don’t-miss theme park attractions, especially at night.


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. 


Fourth of July Celebration

SeaWorld turns up the heat with a special Fourth of July Celebration that awakens the seas after dusk to beautiful bursts of bright fireworks.  Head over to Bayside Stadium and end the evening with a bang; catch a magnificent, patriotic-inspired show featuring 25 singers and a nine-piece band that is topped off with a special Fourth of July firework finale.


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Diagon Alley Opening Date!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Logo

We’ve all been waiting for the Diagon Alley opening date, and here it is…


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley will be opening July 8, 2014!!!

The Today Show has been broadcasting live all morning from Diagon Alley, and posting great video and pictures on Twitter!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

For the next few days the Universal Orlando Resort is hosting a Media Event, and if you haven’t been following along you should!!! The # to follow is #DiagonAlleyPreview.

Diagon Alley is home to two great attractions, new merchandise locations, and new restaurants.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a multi-dimensional 3-D family thrill ride that is protected by a fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Enter Gringotts bank beneath the massive fire-breathing dragon at the far end of Diagon Alley. Inside Gringotts you’ll walk through the bank’s grand marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Then, get ready to take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

This new, multi-dimensional 3D thrill ride puts you right in the middle of the action as you face the bank’s stringent security measures while navigating the perilous underground vaults. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron, and Hermione along the way, but you’ll have to evade the wrath of malicious villains Voldemort™ and Bellatrix as well as trolls and other creatures who stand between you and a safe return to Diagon Alley.

The Hogwarts Express will take guests between the two parks of the Universal Orlando Resort (admission to both parks is required to ride on the Hogwarts Express) in a way that you had never imagined.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Hogwarts
From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

This will be the first time that Muggles are allowed to board the famous train that’s such an important part of the Harry Potter™ stories. Guests will travel on the iconic steam engine through the urban outskirts of London to the charming village of Hogsmeade, replicating one of the memorable elements of Harry Potter’s school life. The Hogwarts Express connects the two locations in the two theme parks.

There is a menagerie of shops coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley! I don’t know which one I am the most excited about!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

See a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders wand shop. Pick up magical jokes and novelty items at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Find all your wizardwear needs at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Bring home a furry, feathered, or scaly creature from the Magical Menagerie™. Search for supplies at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment. And gather all your gaming gear at Quality Quidditch Supplies.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Practitioners of the Dark Arts will find everything they need down the gloomy Knockturn Alley, featuring the infamous shop, Borgin and Burkes.

And what would a new addition to the Universal Orlando Resort be without new restaurants and unique foods?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley food
From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

Jim Hill Media posted an awesome preview of all that you can find on Diagon Alley. I am going to RUN to get Butterbeer ice cream!!!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

What are you most looking forward to at the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley?

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Halloween Horror Nights: The Walking Dead Return


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Back by popular demand: The Walking Dead returns as the largest maze in Halloween Horror Nights history, with more characters in a single haunted house than ever before


After rave reviews from fans, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying maze inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series.


This year’s bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

“The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49.  AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for Season 5 this October.

 Halloween Horror Nights

“This has been an incredible collaboration and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ to our dedicated fans,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effect Makeup Supervisor for the series.  “I can’t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening ‘Walking Dead’ maze to date.”

Universal Orlando’s maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show – beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the maze’s finale taking you to the End of the Line – Terminus. This year’s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-before–seen walkers and brand new scares.

“Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director  for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “This year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The event features highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”


Halloween Horror Nights Florida Resident Tickets and Vacation Packages
Florida Resident Single Night

Event Ticket
~ Starts at $45.99 plus tax

  • Includes admission to one night of Halloween Horror Nights
  • Advance purchase required with a UPC code from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero or Sprite products
  • Prices vary depending on date of visit
Frequent Fear Pass
~  Starts at $86.99 plus tax
  • Experience 16 nights of the event for less than the price of one
  • Includes admission to Halloween Horror Nights on Sept. 19, 20, 25, 28 & Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30
  • Other Frequent Fear Pass options available
FL 2-Night Halloween Horror Nights

Hotel + Ticket Package
~ Starts at $149 per adult, per night,

tax inclusive if booked by Aug. 31

(Purchase early and save: discounted rate

available for a limited time only)


  • 2-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay

Beach Resort

  • Florida Resident 2-day park-to-park ticket
  • Early Park Admission during daytime admission
  • 1-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
  • Priority access to a special Halloween Horror Nights entry gate

each event night until 8 p.m.

  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk
  • 1-Night packages are also available
  • Additional options at Universal Orlando’s three AAA Four

Diamond Award deluxe on-site hotels and Universal Partner

Hotels are also available


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Krystal Stacker Tour and Giveaway

Krystal Stacker 10-City Taste Tour is

Coming to Orlando

Krystal  Stacker

Win a $10 Krystal Gift card to celebrate the Krystal Crave Cruiser giving away 10,000 of chain’s newest burger


The Krystal Company is going on tour to celebrate Krystal Stackers, a new take on its iconic burgers with double the juicy grilled-to-order beef, yet served on the classic, fresh-baked bun that makes a Krystal, a Krystal. The Atlanta-based company will give away 10,000 burgers to lucky fans at 10 stops in 10 cities throughout the Southeast.

 Krystal  Stacker

Krystal will rev up its Krystal Crave Cruiser – a literal restaurant on wheels – for the tour and give away 1,000 free Stackers in each city, from Atlanta to Orlando. In total, the Cruiser will travel more than 2,000 miles to introduce customers to the Stacker line.

“Stackers are a great new taste experience that we wanted to share – and in a big way,” said Krystal President and CEO Doug Pendergast. “With double the flavor, served piping hot and, during the great Stackers Taste Tour, completely free, we know they’ll gain quite a following.”

The Krystal Cruiser’s crew will hand out free Stackers along with Krystal T-shirts, coupons and other giveaways. A pace car will follow, broadcasting sights, sounds and stops along the way on Krystal’s social media sites. Fans can follow the tour on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram at #LetsKrystal #StackerTour.

The Krystal Stacker Tour will be in Orlando on June 21, 2014 when the Krystal Crave Cruiser will be at the Walmart 11250 E. Colonial Drive!

Krystal  Stacker

I had the chance to give the Krystal Stacker a try, and it is definitely one of my new favorites (although nothing can replace my love of the chili cheese pup)!

Krystal  Stacker

And now it’s your chance to win a $10 Krystal Gift Card to try the Krystal Stacker yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We are giving away one (1) $10 gift card to Krystal. This contest open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older. Void where prohibited by law. We use rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Any questions? Contact

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SeaWorld Camps Spots Still Open

SeaWorld Camps

It’s official, summer is here! This week marks the first week of SeaWorld Camps, and campers going into preschool through 12th grade have already been busy singing camp songs, squealing with delight at getting splashed by dolphins and having a sensational time while learning amazing things about penguins, whales, and manatees.

Campers are immersed in the wonders of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities and amazing attractions, rides and shows. The experiences campers receive are unequaled – first-hand interactions with veterinarians, animal trainers, and animal care staff.

SeaWorld Camps

SeaWorld Camps not only allow children to surround themselves with aquatic life and education, but they are also about making friends, having fun, exploring the great outdoors, riding world-class coasters, and creating lifelong memories.

Available spots are still open for select summer dates as SeaWorld Camps continue weekly through August 8th.  For more information visit

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Summer of Shell At The Nick Hotel

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The Summer of Shell at the Nick Hotel, featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), is making the summer of 2014 one to remember!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

During the Summer of Shell, which kicked off on Memorial Day Weekend, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello will spread turtle powerthroughout the resort with special parties, a new dinner show, themed guest suites, and more.

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are incredibly popular with kids of all ages and we are thrilled that they are taking over the Nick Hotel for our Summer of Shell’,said Tony Aslanian, director of sales and marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. “We can’t wait to unveil everything from our new poolside and Studio Nick shows to our TMNT-themed suites. Our guests are going to be yelling booyakasha’ the moment they arrive.”

The Summer of Shell is full of great new experiences, so let’s look at the new things that you can expect to see!

The Nick Hotel debuted ten newly designed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed guest suites sure to make any TMNT fan happy!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

The first special event of the Summer of Shell was the TMNT Retro Weekend which was held June 13-15, 2014 that featured the original voice cast of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of theTMNT comic book!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

The TMNT Retro Weekend was full of meet and greets, photo opporunities, and Q & A Sessions with the voice talent that was great!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

Around the Nick Hotel Pool, you can see new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle artwork, and catch a slew of new fun!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

A new high-energy and fun ‘Turtle Power’ poolside show has debuted that happens at the Lagoon Pool that’s full of dancing, fun, and TMNT goodness.

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT
The “Dive In” Movie


Also at the pool will be special glow parties, games for the whole family, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle encounters, and “dive in” movies.

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

You can also grab a bite to eat with turtles at a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed dinner show where you can dine with your favorite heroes and footsoldiers. Antonio’s Pizza-Rama Dinner is available at an extra cost, but it looked like a lot of fun!

Coming soon to the Summer of Shell, are two more additions that will be great for TMNT fans!

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT

In July, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed Laser Maze will be debuting.

Then later in the summer on August 9th, A Guinness World Record Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” event will be happening which we’ll be brining you more information about later!

Special rates and stay packages will be available during the ‘Summer of Shell’ and the Retro Turtles Weekend. For more information and a complete listing of the events happening throughout the year, visit

Summer of Shell Nick Hotel TMNT


We will be brining you even more information about our stay at the Nick Hotel, but until then make sure to Join the Nick Hotel Club, follow them on Twitter @nickhotel, and join theNick Hotel Facebook Fan page.

Disclosure: I was provided with a one night stay at the Nick Hotel and breakfast in exchange for this post, however all opinions are my own.

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New Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

The new Harambe Theatre is open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the theatre and the area around it are a beautiful new addition to the park!

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre, which is home to the newly reopened Festival of the Lion King Show, looks identical to it’s former layout, but boasts some improvements for this incredibly popular show.

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

While you cannot notice them, the major changes backstage are what makes this new Harambe Theatre so great. Now attached to the venue are rehearsal spaces and enhanced backstage areas which make the show run better from a back-of-house perspective.

Harambe Theatre

You can find the new Harambe Theatre just over the bridge in Africa and to your left at the newly renovated Dawa Bar outside of the Tusker House Restaurant.

Harambe Theatre

‘The Prime location of the new Harambe Theatre brings a new energy to the show and as well as the area around the area,’ says Reed Jones with Walt Disney Entertainment.

Harambe Theatre

Theming is the name of the game in this new section of Harambe!

Harambe Theatre

There are signs at the Dawa Bar that let you know that you have arrived at the Harambe Theatre.

Harambe Theatre

Along the walls of this area are advertisements for local businesses and entertainment in Harambe.

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

My favorite spot in this new area, is the Festival of the Lion King marque which has a metal ‘quilt’ featuring a certain Lion we all love and some fun advertisements.

Harambe Theatre

Once inside the queue for the Festival of the Lion King, you can find the wares of local craftsmen as you walk to your seats.

Harambe Theatre

Harambe Theatre

Also, located just before the Harambe Theatre is a new retail location where you can buy some of the new Festival of the Lion King merchandise.

New restrooms have also been built that have one of my other favorite pieces of theming!

Harambe Theatre

Stroller Parking outside of the Harambe Theatre is much better than what it was at the former location in Camp Minnie Mickey!

Harambe Theatre

There are plenty of spaces for strollers that are located near the exit of the Theatre, so there is less confusion and people crossing paths.

Harambe Theatre

While I absolutely love this new area, I can only hope that they turn back on the geysers on Discovery River! I think it would bring a really fun kinetic to the waterway.

Harambe Theatre

The new Harambe Theatre is also home to Harambe Nights this summer!

What do you think of the new Harambe Theatre and its area at Animal Kingdom?

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Pixar Summer Movies To Go

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Disney Movies Anywhere introduces

Pixar Summer Movies To Go

Soak up summer with Pixar Summer Movies To Go exclusively on Disney Movies Anywhere, the free app that lets you stream and download Disney, Pixar and Marvel films anywhere. Beginning June 3, log on for new Pixar surprises coming each week throughout 13 weeks of summer.

Pixar Summer Movies To Go

With Pixar Summer Movies To Go, a different fan favorite film will be available each week and you can unlock exclusive bonus content like special filmmaker introductions, film trivia and more Pixar surprises! Additionally, in the Discover section of the Disney Movies Anywhere app you’ll find “Countdown to Pixar’s Ultimate Movie-Making Secrets.”


Rev up your digital movie collection starting with Cars on June 3. Check in each week to find out what movie is featured, and you’ll soon be whizzing through outer space with Wall•E, floating on the breeze with Up, trying to catch your toys in action while watching Toy Story, and catching the East Australian Current with Dory in Finding Nemo.

Pixar Summer Movies To Go Disney Movies Anywhere
A peek at my DMA Collection

Perfect for vacations and summer travel; download the free Disney Movies Anywhere app on your iPhone or iPad and gear up for Pixar Summer Movies To Go to get summer started right. And for a limited time, when you download Disney Movies Anywhere and link your iTunes account, you’ll get The Incredibles for free. Find out more about buying, watching, and collecting your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere and download the App at

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DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and iOS devices via the easy-to-use DMA app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from iTunes or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMAlocker. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards for digital purchases, visit

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Cartoon Network’s MOVE IT MOVEMENT Coming to LEGOLAND Florida

Fun activities at LEGOLAND Florida outline exciting MOVE IT MOVEMENT tour stop on August 9th & 10th

LEGOLAND Florida plays host for a second consecutive year to Cartoon Network’s MOVE IT MOVEMENT Tour on August 9th & 10th. The summertime traveling event targets youth 6-14 and their parents, presented in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The 19-market tour will end at LEGOLAND Florida, giving guests new sport-themed activities only available during this exciting two-day event. The MOVE IT MOVEMENT Tour is included with park admission.

Guests visiting can enjoy a host of activities, including an all-new Cartoon Network show-branded obstacle course. Other challenges throughout the park include:

  • NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop — kids can demonstrate their fitness level by testing their basketball skills and shoot against the clock for prizes;
  • The PGA of America Driving Range — updated to reflect the new PGA Sports Academy and its goal of developing young social and competitive golfers, kids are invited to drive the ball for accuracy and distance with The PGA driving range. Top scores are posted on the PGA Sports Academy leaderboard;
  • NFL PLAY 60 — kids can practice a variety of football-themed activities, including running patterns and passing skills;
  • Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids™ Football Sled Challenge – At the challenge, kids can learn the importance of piling the veggies on their favorite Subway sandwich, as they push a custom Subway football sled across the finish line.
  • Let’s Move!/PALA+ booth — a station set aside specifically for registration materials, nutrition tips and further information promoting participation with Let’s Move! and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

Presented in a themed, exciting and fun outdoor environment, the MOVE IT MOVEMENT Tour features multiple activity and learning stations for kids. Parents also will find a variety of educational materials and tip sheets presented by CATCH, and organization which serves to empower kids and adults alike with resources that enable them to take more control of their own healthy lifestyle choices.

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Orlando City SC 2015 MLS Season Tickets On Sale Now

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Tickets Now on Sale

Up to 35% Discounted Pricing Available During FIFA World Cup;

Prices Start As Low As $16 Per Match


Orlando City SC announced today that season tickets are now on sale to the general public for the Club’s inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2015.

In celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which also kicks-off today, all season tickets purchased prior to the end of the tournament on July 15 will feature a one-time only 30 to 35 percent reduction on single match ticket prices.

Tickets can be purchased by calling an Orlando City season ticket representative at 855-ORL-CITY or by visiting

“As a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for helping us reach Major League Soccer, we wanted to provide special discounted pricing during the World Cup,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “Next season will be a historic season for Orlando City in Major League Soccer and we can’t wait for our fans to experience all the excitement.”

Starting at $16 per match, the 2015 season ticket packages include 20 matches, consisting of 17 MLS Regular Season games and three additional fixtures (e.g., international friendlies, U.S. Open Cut, etc.). All 2015 Season Ticket Members will receive priority right to purchase 2016 Season Tickets for the new downtown MLS stadium.

In addition, all 2015 Season Ticket Members will be able to be relocated to similar seating in the new stadium in 2016.

Set to open prior to the beginning of the 2016 MLS season, Orlando City’s downtown soccer stadium will hold approximately 19,500 seats. Renderings were released for first time earlier this week and can be viewed

For Orlando City’s 2015 season in MLS, the Lions will utilize the lower-bowl of the newly reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl, creating a comparable environment and seating capacity to what Season Ticket Members will experience at City’s permanent home in 2016.

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Orlando City SC 2015 Ticket Notes:

  • Special Limited-Time only discounted pricing available during FIFA World Cup until 7/15
  • 2015 Season Ticket packages start as low as $16 per match and include 20 matches
  • All 2015 STM’s will receive priority right to purchase 2016 Season Tickets
  • Payment plan consists of nine (9) equal installments starting at time of purchase through March 1, 2015
  • An added premium of (i) $10 per game in Corner and North End categories and (ii) $20 per game in Club, Midfield, Sideline East/West categories applies to all front  row seats
  • Prices do not include facility fees and sales tax

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O-Town MacDown With Give Kids The World

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What does America’s favorite pasta dish and Give Kids The World (GKTW), one of Central Florida’s greatest children’s charities, have in common? They are both going to be part of the inaugural O-Town MacDown Presented by SeaWorld at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

Do you love mac-n-cheese? Does your mac-n-cheese have a secret ingredient that sets it above the rest? Join GKTW for O-Town  MacDown and enjoy an unbe-CHEESE-able afternoon of fun and food the whole family will enjoy! Gather the family and come stuff your face with mac-and-cheese and help determine the Mac-and-Cheese Kings and Queens of Central Florida, all to benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses.

Of course, whether you are a professional chef, a restaurant chef or a home cook with the tastiest mac-and-cheese in your neighborhood, you are invited to show off your best cheesy concoction and see if you can earn bragging rights as well as cash and great prizes! PLUS, the first 40 competitors to sign up by July 1 will be entered to win a pair of AAdvantage Airmile Certificates from American Airlines!

The winners of the professional and restaurant competitions at O-Town MacDown will have the opportunity to face off on stage in front of their colleagues at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, to be held two weeks later in Orlando, Florida. Both winners will compete at the Show’s Food Trends Experience Culinary Demonstration Theater for the title of Best Mac ‘n Cheese in Orange County. They also will be featured on the Show’s website leading up to the event and promoted heavily at the show.

The unique and family-fun O-Town MacDown will include cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a performance by Tony Brent from the Outta Control Dinner Show, appearances by the SeaWorld “Groove Chefs” and unlimited mac-n-cheese. Kids can have a blast in the Kid’s Zone including bounce houses, face painting and macaroni arts and crafts.

Tickets are going fast, get yours online now at $10 for adults and $5 for children (tickets higher at the door). It’s going to be a GOUDA time, so don’t miss it! Visit for tickets and registration information.

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