Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites Guests to Fly With An Astronaut April 2-6

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Fly with an astronaut

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites Guests to Fly With An Astronaut April 2-6, 2015

New Half-Day Program Features Private Tour, ‘Flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience®

and Lunch with Veteran NASA Astronaut

 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a special, limited-time, limited-capacity program called “Fly With An Astronaut” in which guests can spend a thrilling half day experiencing the highlights of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including a ‘flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience®, with a veteran NASA space shuttle astronaut and pilot.

Limited to just 43 guests per day Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 6 only (Easter weekend), the program includes admission to the Visitor Complex as well as a morning of tours and activities guided by astronaut Jon McBride. One of many highlights of the day is the opportunity to “fly” on Shuttle Launch Experience with McBride, who served as the pilot of STS-41G aboard space shuttle Challenger and is a former naval aviator who has logged more than 8,800 total flight hours, 4,700 of those hours in jets. The experience also includes a catered buffet lunch at the Apollo/Saturn V Center; a panoramic photo stop at the Launch Complex (LC) 39 Observation Gantry, which is otherwise not accessible to guests; an autographed photo of the guest with the astronaut hero; and a retail gift.

 

“We are proud to offer this extraordinary opportunity to guests who want to learn about and experience America’s space program through the eyes of an experienced, veteran NASA astronaut,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “What better way to engage and inspire guests of all ages, particularly our future space explorers, than to offer them a chance to ‘fly’ aboard a shuttle with an actual space shuttle pilot, see actual spaceflight opeNanrations areas, and hear firsthand his personal recollections of life in space?”

 

Fly With An Astronaut participants will meet at Space Shuttle Atlantis at 9:30 a.m. each day for a “preflight” briefing and individual photo with McBride – and then the countdown begins! The newly recruited “crew members” will enter Shuttle Launch Experience to find out what it feels like to launch into space aboard a shuttle traveling 17,500 mph – with an experienced NASA astronaut and space shuttle pilot at their side.

 

“I’ve ridden plenty of launch simulators and I’ve been at the controls of a real space shuttle, so I can tell you that Shuttle Launch Experience is the closest thing to a shuttle launch as you can get without actually leaving Earth,” said McBride. “I’m looking forward to sharing that exhilarating experience with guests who want to come and ‘fly’ with me and spend a few hours learning more about Kennedy Space Center and the past, present and future of our space program from an astronaut’s perspective.”

 

Participants will then board a bus with McBride for a private tour of Kennedy Space Center, including a drive past the Vehicle Assembly Building and a stop at the LC-39 Observation Gantry. Here, McBride will share stories of his launch aboard space shuttle Challenger and his astronaut experiences as guests take advantage of panoramic photo opportunities of KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the distance.

 

The next stop is the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where participants will enjoy a guided tour with McBride, followed by a catered buffet lunch. During lunch, guests will receive a printed photo of themselves with McBride and have an opportunity for him to autograph it. At the end of the tour, at approximately 1:30 p.m., guests will receive a retail memento and will be free to continue touring the Apollo/Saturn V Center or board a bus back to the Visitor Complex.

 

The new, limited-time, limited-capacity program is $199 for adults; $174 for children (ages 3-11), including Visitor Complex admission, a catered lunch, an autographed photo and a retail gift. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex annual pass holders may purchase the program for $149 per adult or $134 per child (ages 3-11)

 

Seating is limited; for reservations, please call 877-313-2610.

 

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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 Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. 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 offers annual passes starting at $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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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Introduction

All this week we are going to be posting about the new offerings at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and the Disney Vacation Club additions called Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Since Betsy shared her visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, I thought I would share a brief introduction to what you will find when visiting Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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E Komo Mai to Disney Vacation Club at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Here are some quick facts about what you can expect to find when visiting Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows:

  • At Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney Vacation Club Members and Guests can choose between two different room categories: Deluxe Studio Villas (sleeps up to five) and Bora Bora Bungalows (sleep up to eight).
  • Upon completion of all construction phases, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will feature 380 vacation homes – 360 Deluxe Studios villas (the largest number of their kind at Walt Disney World Resort) and 20 Bora Bora Bungalows.
  • For the first time in Disney Vacation Club history, Deluxe Studio villas at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are able to connect to each other, based on availability.
  • Hidden Mickeys in the carpet of the longhouses, as well as artwork inspired by Polynesian nature, including birds, floral, and a feature art piece based on the Jungle Cruise attraction.
  • Villa countertops and tiles are inspired by volcanic rock, with colorful accent tiles in the bathroom walls inspired by Mary Blair, the same visionary who created the look and feel of the It’s a Small World attraction.
  • Members and Guests watching the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park from the deck of their Bora Bora Bungalow can enjoy listening to the accompanying music through their personal sound system.

View from lake view villa

Later today I will be touring and sharing tons of pictures and even more information about Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, so make sure you keep up with my adventures by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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LEGOLAND Hotel At LEGOLAND Florida Announces Fourth Room Theme

 LEGO Friends LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Announces Fourth Room Theme

LEGO Friends complete the room types available at the LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida has finally revealed our fourth themed room that will open with the Hotel on May 15th!

Your kids’ best LEGO Friends, Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea and Mia, are coming for a permanent sleepover at the new LEGOLAND Hotel.

Each of the themed rooms has a treasure chest filled with secret goodies, a separate kids’ sleeping area (no parents allowed), and lots of awesome LEGO models. 

 LEGO Friends Room Include:
  • King bed in the adult sleeping area and sofa sleeper
  • 2 high-definition flat panel TVs
  • Welcome Treasure Hunt with LEGO prize
  • Kids’ own sleeping area with bunk bed, pull out trundle bed and entertainment unit (sleeps up to 3 kids)
  • LEGO brick to build with during your stay
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Vanity/work station
  • Wi-fi access
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • In-room safe

The LEGO Friends fun doesn’t end there! This summer, Heartlake City is coming to LEGOLAND Florida! The new land includes a ride themed to Mia’s love of horses: Mia’s Riding Adventure, plus our new interactive show ‘Friends to the Rescue’, Stephanie’s News Room and shops inside Heartlake Mall. This is going to be the best summer ever!

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“When it opens in summer of 2015, Heartlake City will be a colorful and vibrant new land offering adventures for all ages,” said Jones. “The centerpieces will include a fantastic horse-themed disc coaster called Mia’s Riding Adventure and an interactive show, ‘Friends to the Rescue’ as well as new shops inside Heartlake Mall.”

You can find TONS of information about the LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Resort opening May 15th here!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Gardening Masterpieces

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival

Imaginations Blossom this Spring with Gardening Masterpieces at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Living Works of Art Capture the Excitement of Spring at Inaugural Food & Wine Festival

 

Busch Gardens Tampa is cultivating some excitement this spring with 11 brand new, larger-than-life topiaries, debuting for the park’s inaugural Food & Wine Festival. The Busch Gardens’ horticulture team began creating the living works of art last July, showcasing more than 16 different plant species:

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Spirit of Spring

Located near Bird Gardens, the 20-foot-tall Spirit of Spring features more than 165,000 plants of six different species. Inspired by a 100-year-old bronze art nouveau sculpture, the Spirit of Spring weighs more than 25 tons and will have its own internal irrigation system and reflecting pool.

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Topirazzi

Inspired by paparazzi, five Topirazzi figures welcome guests at the front of the park. Crafted by computer-generated and automated laser-cutting machines, these masterpieces are the perfect photo opportunity for guests of all ages.

Sesame Street® Characters

Sesame Street® Safari of Fun blooms this spring with topiaries inspired by Elmo, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  The topiaries will colorfully decorate the family-friendly area with thousands of red begonias, yellow St. Joseph’s coat and green creeping fig plants.

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival

Naga’ Zira’ the Green Boa Constrictor

Reptile lovers will be in awe Naga’ Zira’ the Green Boa Constrictor, a sidewalk serpent made from more than 25,000 of red St. Joseph’s coats, green ficus’ and yellow alternantheras. This horticulture masterpiece is also located near the all-new Conservation Cabin, where guests can learn about animal conservation and even meet several snake species that call Busch Gardens home.

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Giant Florida Octopus

The Giant Florida Octopus rises up to 18 feet from the depths of the Garden Gate pond with more than 64,000 flower varieties, including ajugas, creeping figs and alternantheras.

Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie during the inaugural Food & Wine Festival with an exciting variety of sample-size tastings of delicious cuisine and spirits, tempting taste buds like never before. Plus, the Food & Wine Festival brings together the best in pop, soft rock, Latin, country, contemporary and classic music during live concerts every event day on Gwazi Field.

 

The Festival is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

 

For more information, visit buschgardens.com. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, and join the conversation by using #CorksandCoasters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Soft Opening Visit

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
Entrance to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

This past weekend, a few friends and I were lucky enough to experience the soft opening of the brand new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

We were in the first group to enter this tiki bar located in the Great Ceremonial House next to Captain Cook’s. For those of you familiar with Disneyland, this lounge is the counterpart to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

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Being welcomed into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto as the first guests

The atmosphere at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto draws inspiration from a great combination of Disney classic attractions like the Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Imagineers have hidden lots of great references to these rides as well as many other Disney characters and films. If you keep a keen eye open, you may find the Orange Bird, a nod to the Rocketeer, and even my favorite nefarious Toad, J. Thaddeus.

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
Bartenders ready to serve … even a cephalopod

Also, be on the look out for fun audio animatronics like a tentacle swinging from above the bar with a tight grip on a bottle, Uh Oa, the tiki goddess of disaster on the opposite wall, and tons of fantastic blacklight effects.

Once you’ve marveled over the fabulous decor and theming inside Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, it is time to decide which beverages and food you want to experience. Similar to the vibe of the lounge, the small plates and drinks offered have a South Seas flair, heavy on the seafood and rum. We sampled all of the appetizers between our group and found everything to be quite tasty.

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I definitely had a favorite in the Headhunter Sushi Roll, which if I recall is a beet rice roll with tuna, salmon, cucumber with an awesome hibiscus sauce. This roll was so good we killed it within just a couple of minutes between a few of us. I highly recommend it as a great combination of flavors that is different from any other roll I’ve had before.

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Headhunter Sushi Roll

 

Other popular choices in our group were the Chicken Lettuce Cups that you assembled yourself, which were really nice with the kimchi, and the Kalua Pork Tacos.

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Chicken Lettuce Cups

As far as what I didn’t particular care for, or feel I will order again in the near future, I’d say skip the Corn-Battered Portuguese Sausages. To me, these tasted kind of like corn dogs with a ketchup infused with curry.

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Corn-Battered Portuguese Sausages

 

The other items that we felt left a bit to be desired were the Pan-Fried Dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce. These were pork and shrimp combined, but seemed a bit light on the filling as far proportionally to the dumpling dough. I’d say the Salmon Oshizushi, Chicken and Pork Bahn Mi, and the Hawaiian Poke fall in the middle. I’d get them again, but maybe not as frequently as the Headhunter Roll or Lettuce Cups.

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Hippopotomai-Tai

I took one for the team and was pretty much the designated drinker, ordering the Hippopotomai-Tai since it came with a new souvenir glass specific to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. This was a really good Mai Tai, with the obligatory “two shots of rum” offering a special effect.

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Polynesian Pearl

Another in our group tried the Polynesian Pearl, which is a signature drink new for the Grog Grotto. It comes in a plastic “pearl” with a fun presentation from the bartenders each time one is ordered. This drink, which I just tasted, came across like a creamy version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in beverage form.

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Polynesian Pearl Presentation

 

For the non-alcoholic folks out there, we also sampled the Schweitzer Fall, which mostly tasted like pineapple juice and sprite, and the Skipper Sipper, a bit more refreshing and slightly less sweet combo of tropical juice with mint and lime.

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Photo: Mike Beckerman

Several of the alcoholic beverages at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto can be purchased in souvenir glasses, which you can pick up on your way out already wrapped up for you. This is really nice to not have to wait for your used glass to be cleaned out and brought back to you. Our server simply highlighted my receipt, then I showed it to the Cast Members at the door where the glasses are on display. The Polynesian Pearl is plastic, which they will rinse out for you to take if you’d like. The Hippopotomai-Tai souvenir and the Kona beer flight are glass, and the others offered are all ceramic.

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Nautilus

As of this time, the only souvenir glass not available is for the Nautilus, which will run approximately $52, but is currently around $34 for just the alcoholic drink. According to the Food and Beverage Cast Member with whom I spoke, they said it may be months before those arrive. I also asked, and souvenir drink glasses are not for sale independently of the alcohol.

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Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Here are a few quick things to keep in mind for your visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto:

  • All prices, menu items, and drinks are subject to change as Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is still in soft opening.
  • No discounts are available currently at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
  • The lounge can hold about 50 inside, and the Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace outside can seat an additional 80 guests.
  • If you are looking to sit inside the Grog Grotto, there is a pager system since seating is so limited. There are a limited amount a pagers available, and wait times did go up to 4-5 hours on the first day of soft openings. Also, your wait time will depend on the size of your party.
  • The full menu is available both inside and out, with a nice area for musicians and a dancer on the terrace. I really enjoyed this additional entertainment aspect and can see myself spending lots of time here in the future, especially in the warmer summer evenings here.
  • Hours for Trader Sam’s, once they officially open in late April, will be from 4pm until 12am, with the lounge being 21 and up only from 8pm.

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto met and exceeded my expectations based on my experiences at the West Coast version of Trader Sam’s at Disneyland. The Imagineers have done very well to echo the feeling of the lounge in California, while still making it unique enough to make me want to visit both locations. Like Disneyland, I am sure over time I will be spending hours inspecting all the fun pictures and memorabilia adorning the walls, ceiling, and shelves. This lounge is a much needed addition to the nightlife at Walt Disney World.

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Diver’s mask behind the bar
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Busch Gardens Entertainment Spices Up Food & Wine Festival

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Eclectic Entertainment Spices Up the Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival

This spring, the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival brings together the best ingredients for a good time, including live entertainment, stage shows and local band performances on Gwazi Field:

 

 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Local Band Performances

Before headlining concerts at 6 p.m., local bands take the stage at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some of the hottest Tampa Bay-area bands will entertain festivalgoers, including the Jacob Jeffries Band, Orange Avenue and more. For the entire lineup, visit buschgardens.com.

Mix It Up

This high-energy, food-inspired rhythmic show will get the entire family’s pulse dancing with up-beat music, drum solos, dancers and more. Catch this all-new live stage show at Marrakesh Theatre select times on Festival days.

Wine Glass Harp

Wine glass harmonies vibrate throughout the Moroccan Village as a glass harpist fills the air with an interactive performance simply using wine glasses and water. Performances are at various times on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Atmospheric Entertainment

Busch Gardens brings together the best in entertainment with a flying cellist who combines the art of flying with music and a living fountain that captivates guests with a statuesque performance. Plus, character appearances from a chef, spice salesman and self-acclaimed food and wine experts add exciting, comedic flavor along the Festival pathway.

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Entertainment Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie during the inaugural Food & Wine Festival with an exciting variety of sample-size tastings of delicious cuisine and spirits, tempting taste buds like never before. Plus, the Food & Wine Festival brings together the best in pop, soft rock, Latin, country, contemporary and classic music during live concerts every event day on Gwazi Field. The event takes place on weekends now through April 26.

 

The Festival is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

For more information, visit buschgardens.com. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, and join the conversation by using #CorksandCoasters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD

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In honor of National Puppy Day this week I wanted to share that Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon will be releasing on DVD May 19th!

Minnie’s sparkling new Pet Salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show.  With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help.  Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand.  But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU  – to find them in time for the big show.  With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

You can bring the fun of Minnie’s Pet Salon home and get your pet all spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show with a FREE Exclusive Pet Comb that’s included with the DVD! 

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D23 Fan Events Coming To Orlando

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 D23 Announces Upcoming Events for Disney Fans in Orlando

Special screenings, a member-exclusive shopping opportunity with Mickey’s of Glendale, and a new Sip and Stroll add to the official Disney Fan Club’s roster of Coast-to-Coast Events.

 

Yesterday the D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced that they would be bringing additional special member events to the Orlando area, and I couldn’t be more excited!

On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

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It is really great to see D23 bringing some of the great events that they hold in California to our coast, as well as seeing them update the Sip and Stroll Event!

Here is a closer look at the Events that will be coming to Orlando for 2015!

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WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

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MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE ORLANDO SHOPPING EVENTS: The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On Saturday, June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection. And on Saturday, November 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives—and for themselves.

D23 Fan Events Coming To Orlando Parent Trap
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LET’S GET TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT TRAP: Celebrate this beloved film—starring Hayley Mills in dual roles—with D23 as we present the 1961 hit on the big screen Saturday, June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale.

D23 Fan Events Coming To Orlando Sip and Stroll
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SIP AND STROLL: D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase—with some delectable surprises.

D23 Orlando, FL Fan Events Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change):

  • April 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort
  • October 3: Sip and Stroll—Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.
  • November 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication,Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Al-Marah Arabians Offer New Equestrian Activities for 2015

Al-Marah Arabians Offer New Equestrian Activities for 2015

Al-Marah Arabians Offer New Equestrian Activities for 2015 

Clermont farm offers world-class, hands-on horse experiences
Al-Marah Arabians, the country’s premier Arabian horse farm, is announcing new activities for 2015, aimed at beginners to equestrian experts – and everyone in between.

Al-Marah Arabians is owned by Mark Miller, founder of the Arabian Nights dinner attraction that wowed more than 10 million guests over its 25 year run. After Arabian Nights closed, Miller turned his focus to the operation and legacy of his family’s Arabian horse farm, consolidating the farm on 80 acres of rolling hills in Clermont. The farm offers lessons and activities for the public, horse sales, breeding and more. Al-Marah Arabians has won more than 40 National Championships in just the last two years.

New Al-Marah Arabians activities for 2015

Al-Marah Arabians Offer New Equestrian Activities for 2015

Al-Marah’s new Interactive Horse Experience allows visitors to get hands-on with some of the farm’s famous Arabians. Guests get a meet-and-greet with the horses, a riding lesson, a paint-a-pony opportunity and will learn some of training techniques that were used in the most famous performances at Arabian Nights, including the Liberty Act, where participants will learn how to teach a horse to rear and bow. This is a rare opportunity to interact with some of the top horses and trainers in the world. This activity is perfect for horse lovers of all ages and experience levels, and is available daily from 9 am – 4 pm. The experience costs $195 for the first participant, $95 for the second participant, and $20 for observers.  Guests should plan on about three hours for the Interactive Horse Experience.

Riding lessons are also available for both adults and children and start at just $65. Al-Marah’s expert instructors will customize each lesson based on the rider’s experience and individual needs.

For group events, Al-Marah offers the Interactive Horse Experience and a farm tour for groups of 15 or more. Prices start at just $20 per person and makes for a great corporate outing or team-building event.

For more information on Al-Marah Arabians, please visit www.al-marah.com or call 352-536-1502.

Al-Marah Arabians Offer New Equestrian Activities for 2015

About Al-Marah Arabians: Al-Marah Arabians is owned by Mark Miller, founder and owner of the world famous Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction, which he closed at the end of 2013 in order to continue the Legacy of Al-Marah.  Mark’s mother, Bazy Tankersley, started breeding Arabian horses in the late 1930s, and founded her Al-Marah Arabian Horse Farm in Tucson, Arizona in 1942. In 1956, Al-Marah Arabians added the horses from Crabbet Stud and Hanstead Stud to their herd and has been the principle breeder of the Arabian Horses first gathered from the desert by Abbas Pasha in 1815, making Al-Marah the oldest privately owned band of
Arabian Horses in the world. Mark is the 6th person in the
third family to have control of this herd.
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Orlando City Soccer Club Offers Exclusive Ticket Option

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Orlando City Soccer Club Exclusive Two Game Pack Ticket Offer

Orlando City Soccer Club announced the exclusive pre-sale of special “Two Pack” ticket featuring admission to both the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match on June 27, and the Orlando City vs. L.A. Galaxy match on May 17 are available for sale.  Two-Pack tickets start at $45 and are available here.

In addition, Orlando City SC Season Ticket Members will receive an exclusive email offer to purchase single-game tickets to the match prior to public on-sale.

Single-game tickets for the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match will go on sale to the general public on April 15 at 10 a.m. ET via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Kickoff for the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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How to Decorate #DisneySide Easter Eggs

How to Decorate #DisneySide Easter Eggs

It is almost time for the Easter Bunny to visit, and I thought I would share an easy way to show your #DisneySide when you are decorating your Easter Eggs!

#DisneySide Easter Eggs Supplies

  • I used Plastic Eggs, however you can opt to use hard-boiled eggs. You can apply tattoos to dry, hard-boiled white eggs and then dye the eggs afterward (this approach works well with tattoos that are mostly one color, like black.) You can also dye your eggs first, and then add the tattoos when the eggs are thoroughly dry (this is a good approach when using more colorful tattoos).
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Paper towels, a sponge, or a washcloth to use with the water
  • Small bowl of water
  • Dry paper towels or kitchen towel

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#DisneySide Easter Eggs How To

  1. Gather all of your supplies, and get everything set-up you will want to keep the process going. To make the process of applying the temporary tattoos easier, I cut each one out of the sheet.
  2. Place the temporary tattoo on the egg with the tattoo facing down with the backing paper facing toward you. ** Don’t forget to take the plastic off of the tattoo once you have the placement where you would like it! **
  3. Once the tattoo is placed, dab the tattoo gently with a wet paper towel, sponge, or washcloth. I like to start on one side of the tattoo and work my way to the other side until the entire tattoo design is saturated and sticks to the egg.
  4. Once you are ready, gently lift one side of the tattoo to make sure it has adhered to the egg without any of it sticking to the paper backing.  If you find that parts of your tattoo aren’t attached yet don’t worry, just continue to tap the backing paper with your wet paper towel, sponge, or washcloth.
  5. When the tattoo is completely on the egg and detached from the backing paper, gently go over the tattoo on the egg with a wet paper towel, sponge, or washcloth to make sure there are no small tears or air bubbles.
  6. Gently dry off your tattooed egg with a dry paper towel or washcloth.

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The Orlando Eye Releases Preview Weekend Tickets

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The Orlando Eye to Release First Set of Tickets for May 1-3 Preview Weekend

Subscribers of The Orlando Eye’s e-newsletter will be among the first to purchase tickets for the 400-foot observation wheel

 

Want to be the first to fly? The Orlando Eye has released tickets for International Drive’s newest attraction.

Guests seeking to be on the first flights can sign up at OfficialOrlandoEye.com. Only subscribers to the observation wheel’s e-newsletter will be able to purchase tickets for the May 1-3 preview weekend.

Starting at $18, exclusive tickets will be available for the special weekend preview ahead of the official May 4 grand opening, and can only be purchased with an invitational link included in the e-newsletter distribution.

For more information, or to sign up for the e-newsletter, go to OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

Who:               The Orlando Eye

What:              The Orlando Eye to release tickets for May 1-3 preview weekend via email invitation

Where:           To sign-up for the e-newsletter, go to OfficialOrlandoEye.com

The Orlando Eye

 

Located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.

 

Poised to become a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, will showcase 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.

 

Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects.

 

The Orlando Eye opens May 4, 2015. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

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Cinderella Spring Break Activities

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With Spring Break upon us, I know that I am always looking for fun and educational activities that will keep Zoe busy and these activities from Cinderella fit the bill!

Cinderella is our favorite Princess, so we really enjoyed the movie and were excited to give these activities a try!

To print these out for your little Princess, all you need to do is save each image and print them out!

Cinderella is in theaters everywhere now, and if you want to keep up with Cinderella make sure you:

Visit the official Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella

Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella

Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie

Follow on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella

Follow on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella 

Follow on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

Cinderella Movie Activity

Cinderella Movie Activity

Cinderella Movie Activity

Cinderella Movie Activity

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Cowgirls Rockbar Announces Opening Date & Job Fair

Saddle up Orlando

Cowgirls Rockbar will be
ready to roll this spring

Cowgirls gears up for May opening with job fair April 2-4;
hiring for all positions

It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and 100% fun; it is Cowgirls Rockbar and it will soon be opening its doors at Orlando’s I-Drive 360.

Cowgirls is a classic Americana restaurant and bar known for its beautiful Cowgirls who serve up Southern-style dishes and cold drinks with a big ol’ side of sass. Bantering with the servers and bartenders is all part of the experience. So is dancing on top of the bar at any moment.

People who want the full Cowgirls experience will be able to saddle up and go for the ride of their lives onOrlando’s only mechanical bull. It’s guaranteed to be a buckin’ great time, whether you’re on top of the bull or safely seated on top of a bar stool.

Cowgirls is primed to become one of Orlando’s top spots for a wild night out for birthdays, bachelorette parties or other special events. DJ’s will keep the party going all night long with a mix of country, pop and rock hits. And there’s no better location, as its just steps from the Orlando Eye.

Calling all Cowgirls!

Cowgirls is gearing up for its opening in early May and is looking for talented people to be a part of its team. Ladies who think what they have what it takes to be a Cowgirl (great personality, killer dance moves, love to have fun, can rock a pair of chaps) should apply in person at the Cowgirls job fair on April 2, 3 and 4 from  2pm – 7pm each day. Experience in Orlando’s nightlife and hospitality industry is a plus, but management is willing to train people who have the right personality. Cowgirls is also looking to hire restaurant supervisors, DJ’s, promotional models, servers, and hostesses. Applicants who can pour a drink, keep a beat, and look good doing it must apply in person and should bring resumes and be prepared to fill out an application. For more information email CowgirlsOrlando@gmail.com.

If you’re up for some drinkin’, dancin’, eatin’, bull ridin’, partyin’ and a non-stop good time, Cowgirls will be the place for you!

Cowgirls Rockbar Facts:

Address: 8371 International Drive, I-Drive 360
Square footage: 7,000
Seating capacity: 300
Group events: Yes – birthdays, bachelorette parties, corporate events, buyouts
Website:  http://cowgirlsorlando.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CowgirlsOrlando
Twitter: @Cowgirls360
Instagram: cowgirlsorlando
Phone: 407-930-6739
Parking: free and valet parking available

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