Project: Time-Off at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off
Photo Courtesy: U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off

Do you have a few vacation days left? Why not use them to take a Staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World as part of Project: Time-Off Week!

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are both proclaiming May 25-29 as Project: Time-Off Week, inspired by the global travel industry’s “Super Bowl” – IPW 2015 – the largest generator of international travel to the U.S. and in turn, a very high-profile showcase for its host city, which this year is Orlando.

During IPW, held May 30 – June 3, thousands of travel industry executives, journalists, and influencers from more than 70 countries will coming to Orlando generating nearly $2 billion in future travel to Orlando and Central Florida.

And if we are talking Ultimate Staycations, you have to consider staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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Located inside of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Community, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a breathtaking lakeside location, spacious and luxurious rooms, and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Boasting the largest standard guest rooms on property, the Four Season Resort Orlando feature a welcoming décor, luxurious bathroom, amazing touches of technology, and beautiful views.

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Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Park View Guest Room

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will enjoy a wide variety of activities and amenities without a Resort Fee:

  • Complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Access to the 5 acre “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, climbing wall, and much more.
  • Poolside ‘Dive In’ movies on select nights
  • Complimentary Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
  • 24-hour Fitness Centre
  • Adult-Only Oasis Pool
  • Access to The Spa at Four Seasons

If you are looking to step up your experience there is an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club and The Spa at Four Seasons to explore.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Spa
Inside The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if shopping is more your speed, you will definitely want to visit Wardrobe, open daily from 8 am – 9pm, for exclusive merchandise that is inspired by Walt Disney World.

Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World also has four restaurants and three lounges with delicious menus and stunning settings.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

For an extra special treat The Lobby Bar and Capa Bar each offer Happy Hour drink and food specials.

Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if you are looking for a quick bite, something sweet, or a coffee fix you will want to stop by Lickety Split. Their gelato is made in house, and if you are looking for a delicious mix try the PB&J and chocolate!

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

As Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property, a staycation at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is now even more enticing with as they have introduced an amazing Florida Resident Rate offer.

The Resort is offering Florida Resident rates starting from $295 USD per night for a Four Seasons guest room that includes the amazing amenities and resort activities, as well as valet parking for one vehicle and basic WiFi.

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The Florida resident rate is offered over select dates beginning April 23 through June 11, 2015 and also from August 17, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

To check availability and to make reservations, you can contact the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World by contacting them online or by calling  1-407-313-7777

I have to give a huge Thank you to Desiree Miller from Stress-Free Baby for letting me join her on her stay at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World!

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Ride, Slide, & Dine Ticket Coming To Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens offers Ride, Slide, & Dine Ticket  

Limited-Time Deal Gives Guests Ultimate Flexibility with Two Days and Two Meals to Either Busch Gardens or Adventure Island

Experience all the thrills this summer at Busch Gardens® Tampa and Adventure Island® with the Ride, Slide & Dine Ticket for just $99. For a limited time, this flexible deal allows guests to choose two visits and two meals to either Busch Gardens or Adventure Island.

The offer, which can only be purchased at buschgardenstampa.com, is available now through June 14, 2015 and provides the flexibility for guests to experience both parks, or even enjoy one park twice. Admission tickets and meal vouchers must be redeemed by Oct. 11, 2015.

Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more than 12,000 animals. Venture across the Serengeti Plain® and race like a cheetah aboard Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt®. Plus, enjoy the fully-remodeled Pantopia® with shopping, dining, live entertainment and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury®.

Located right across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings. New for the 2015 season, hurtle high and experience a feeling of weightlessness on Colossal Curl™,Adventure Island’s newest family thrill slide.

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Visit buschgardenstampa.com for more information about these great deals and others. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

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Universal Orlando Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Concert Series

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This Saturday the Universal Orlando Resort kicks off a celebration of 25 years of unforgettable moments at Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series with musical performances by award-winning Latin singer Prince Royce on Saturday, May 23 and teen sensation and singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes on Sunday, May 24.

 

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Saturday, May 23

  • Prince Royce

Prince Royce’s latest album, “Soy el Mismo,” debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album charts with his fourth studio album slated to release later this year. The singer has recently collaborated with several of today’s biggest artists, on top hits like “Stuck on a Feeling” and “Back It Up.”

Sunday, May 24

  • Shawn Mendes

Mendes – who is hailed by Billboard as “Music’s First Vine Star”– just released his debut album, “Handwritten,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and includes his popular single “Life of the Party.” The 16-year-old singer is currently featured as one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2014” and will also be Taylor Swift’s opening act this summer during her “1989” world-tour.

On select nights through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award winning, chart-topping artists to celebrate its 25thanniversary year.  The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

Saturday, May 30

  • PITBULL

Saturday, June 6

  • KELLIE PICKLER

Saturday, June 13

  • HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

Saturday, June 20

  • GOO GOO DOLLS
Admission into the Concert Series is included with admission, and it is important to know that the event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions and entertainment subject to availability and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
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Disney D23 Launches First Fanniversary Home Edition

Disney D23 launches the First Fanniversary Home Edition, Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Lady and the Tramp

For the First Time, Disney’s Official Fan Club Takes Its Popular Event Global, Bringing the Fun Directly to Fans With the Biggest Lady and the Tramp Viewing Party Ever.

 Disney D23 Fanniversary at Home Celebration Lady and the Tramp

Everyone knows that I LOVE a good party, and the D23 Fanniversary Home Edition is going to be a blast with fun activities, recipes, new & classic content, a viewing party, and more for everyone…including Man’s Best Friend.

 

My mind is already reeling with some really fun ideas for a great Fanniversary Home Edition Party!

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing its popular Fanniversary event into the homes of members and Disney fans around the world, with Fanniversary Home Edition. This year’s inaugural home event celebrates the 60th anniversary of Disney’s classic canine love story Lady and the Tramp. Fans can join the fun by visiting D23.com/D23Fanniversary.

Starting May 29, guests can begin preparing for the party by downloading invitations, decorations, crafts, games, and even a traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe provided by the talented chefs of The Chew.

Disney D23 Fanniversary Lady and the Tramp Coming Soon

Then from June 12–14 it’s time to party! Throughout the weekend, D23 will unveil new and classic content on D23.com about the animated favorite, including:

  • A new video featuring original artwork from the Animation Research Library
  • A series of the original “Scamp” comics
  • A gallery of Lady and the Tramp items from the Walt Disney Archives
  • Features full of fun facts about the film, including a piece by Disney music historian Randy Thornton looking at the development of the movie’s beloved songs
  • A story on Walt Disney’s own dogs and how they influenced some of his movies

Plus, fans are encouraged to join the conversation on D23’s social media using the hashtag #D23Fanniversary (follow “DisneyD23” on all platforms). One of the many downloadables will be a “selfie station” where fans can pose as the film’s canine couple enjoying a plate of pasta at Tony’s Restaurant, and then upload their shots on social media. Throughout the weekend, D23 also invites fans to post “Dogglegangers”—photos of their own pooches who look like the dynamic dogs from the film—and share stories of dogs they have adopted.

Fans are encouraged to watch the beloved film all weekend long. And for those who would like to watch as one big group, at 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 13, D23 encourages fans around the world to hit “play” on their DVD, Blu-ray, or digital device to kick off the largest Lady and the Tramp viewing party ever. Follow on Twitter, as D23 will be live tweeting out fun facts, commentary, and questions for the audience.

Lady and the Tramp, which had its premiere on June 16, 1955, tells the story of Lady, a young cocker spaniel from a “respectable” home, who falls in love with Tramp, a mutt who lives in the railroad yards. The idea for the film came from a short story by Ward Greene entitled “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog.” The film stars such voice talents as Barbara Luddy as Lady; Larry Roberts as Tramp; and Peggy Lee as Darling, the Siamese cats, and Peg, the show dog.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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, and YouTube.

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Orlando City SC Wins First Home Game

Orlando City SC Defeats Reigning MLS Champions 4-0 for First Home Win

Orlando Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Florida

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Photo: Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC (3-5-3, 12 points) won its first game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in commanding fashion before 40,122 fans on Sunday night, defeating the reigning Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Champions LA Galaxy (3-4-5, 14 points) 4-0.

The win was the largest margin of victory by an expansion team over a defending MLS champion in MLS history, and marked the second highest attended game for the Lions. Orlando City has averaged 37,446 fans per home game this season, a record for the first six stand-alone MLS home games for an expansion team.

Featuring a lineup that included Tally Hall in the starting XI and Martin Paterson in the 18-man roster, Orlando City jumped off to an early lead when Eric Avila headed home Brek Shea’s assist in the 12th minute after fantastic combination from the Lions deep in LA’s half, beginning with Rafael Ramos and Kaká on the right-hand-side.

Avila’s finish was the first time Orlando has led at home all season.

As the first half came to a close, Orlando’s strong attacking play in the final third continued when Kaká skillfully beat his defender before setting up rookie Cyle Larin for his fourth goal of the season, providing the Lions with a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.

Kaká’s man-of-the-match worthy performance carried over into the second half when the playmaker converted from 12 yards away, after being brought down in the box, sending LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo the wrong way.

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Photo: Orlando City SC

Defensive midfielder Darwin Cerén added the final blow in the 72nd minute, scoring from distance as his shot took a slight deflection on its way to the goal.

“I’m delighted for everybody connected with the Club, especially the supporters who have been incredible,” said head coach Adrian Heath. “I’m really pleased for the players because they’ve been working so hard. Overall, it’s been a pleasing day for everybody, for my staff, and more importantly the supporters. The most important thing for us is to continue to do what is right. We spoke all week about trying to play more aggressively. “

 

Orlando City SC Match Recap

Team                    1    2    Final

Orlando City SC    2    2    4

LA Galaxy              0    0    0

Scoring Summary:

ORL – Eric Avila (Brek Shea) 12′

ORL – Cyle Larin (Kaká) 34′

ORL – Kaká (Penalty) 55′

ORL – Darwin Cerén (Unassisted) 72′

Misconduct Summary:

ORL – Kaká (Yellow Card) 56′

LA – Jaime Penedo (Yellow Card) 59′

LA – Mika Vayrynen (Yellow Card) 65′

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC – GK Tally Hall, D Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos, M Darwin Cerén, Cristian Higuita (Amobi Okugo 73′), Kaká, Eric Avila, Brek Shea (Martin Paterson 82′), F Cyle Larin (Carlos Rivas 77′)

LA Galaxy – GK Jaime Penedo, D Baggio Husidic, AJ DelaGarza, Tom Meyer, Leonardo, M Mika Vayrynen (Sebastian Lletget 68′), Ignacio Maganto (Jose Villareal 64′), Juninho, Stefan Ishizaki, F Gyasi Zardes, Bradley Jamieson (Alan Gordon 46′)

Substitutes not used:

ORL – Donovan Ricketts, Tyler Turner, Harrison Heath, Danny Mwanga

LA – Brian Rowe, Omar Gonzalez, Oscar Sorto, Rafael Garcia

Match Facts:

Time of Match: 5:00 p.m. ET

Weather: Clear

Date: May 17, 2015

Attendance: 40,122

Stats

Shots:

ORL: 11

LAG: 10

Corners:

ORL: 8

LAG: 4

Offside:

ORL: 2

LAG: 0

Fouls:

ORL: 9

LAG: 10

Saves:

ORL: 1

LAG: 3

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Photo: Orlando City SC

The Lions’ next match will take place against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, May 24, at Levis Stadium. Kick-off is set for7:00 p.m. ET.

Orlando City will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, May 30, for a match-up against Eastern Conference foes – Columbus Crew SC. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

To purchase group or individual tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.

Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has developed a rich history and passionate following in its short existence since starting in the USL in 2011.  The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22). During that time, the Lions won three regular season titles and two postseason championships.

In MLS, the team draws an average of over 37,400 fans per home game – including 62,500 for its home opener – a record for an expansion team in its first six stand-alone home games. In addition, the team is currently near the top of the league in social media followers. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its brand overseas as its matches are broadcast in 100 countries and in 30 languages.

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. Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.

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Disney Cruise Line News Recap – A Look Back At The Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

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The Disney Parks Blog hosted its first Disney Cruise Line Meet-Up, and we were the first to learn about new entertainment coming to Disney Cruise Line and to have the chance to talk with the creative team that develops the onboard entertainment in an hour long presentation that was full of surprises.

To start off our time together Michael Roddy, Disney Cruise Line Show Director, gave us an idea of some of the things you would find during Star Wars Day at Sea.

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Star Wars Day at Sea will be available only aboard the Disney Fantasy on select Western Caribbean sailings, January through April in 2016, and will  mark the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Star Wars Day at Sea Shuffleboard with Chewbacca

Star WarsDay at Sea will take place during cruises departing on the following dates:

  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16

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The Star Wars Day at Sea will feature a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including:

  • Deck party celebration with special Meet and Greet opportunities with your favorite Star Wars Characters
  • Special Star Wars Day at Sea Fireworks set tot he John Williams Star Wars Music
  • Additional Meet-and-greets with favorite Star Wars Characters
  • Star Wars-themed activities for younglings of all ages
  • Out-of-this-world food and beverage offerings
  • Exclusive merchandise (while supplies last)
  • The only at-sea screenings of Episode VII
  • And more

It’s important to keep in mind that Star Wars Day at Sea is a one-day extravaganza during your cruise. For the rest of your voyage, you’ll enjoy the itinerary of dining, entertainment, and more that you will find during a Disney Cruise Line sailing.

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For those who will be sailing on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder this Summer to Europe and Alaska, we were treated to a peek at what the ‘Frozen Day of Fun’ will entail.

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The daytime festivities on-board will include:

Meet and greet opportunities with Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and, for the first time Olaf the Snowman!

You can take part in Anna’s Chase For the Chocolate, which is a seafaring scaventger hunt with a sweet surprise finish.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Wield the incredible powers of Queen Elsa to create snow and ice in this fun and frosty activity. 

The Maypole Swirl and Twirl  Gather around the Scandinavian maypole to learn a traditional folk dance with colorful ribbons. Circle around the pole and be amazed as the dancers’ ribbons braid together into a magnificently interwoven pattern. 

Special Frozen -Themed Dining  Enjoy this hand-crafted menu of traditional Nordic fare created just for the party—along with special dishes inspired by the movie Frozen—in a spectacular feast fit for a royal appetite! 

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There are also going to be special adventures ashore created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line that will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

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The production of Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic will also have a new Frozen addition, as Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring “Frozen” characters include renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

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Then this cool day at sea will end by Freezing the Night Away With Anna, Elsa and Friends. This family-friendly interactive deck party will have special decorations, tons of dancing, and appearances from Elsa and Kristoff along with virtual visits from Sven, Olaf, and the trolls.

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Castaway Cay Summertime Freeze

Disney Cruise Line’s private Island, Castaway Cay, will also be getting a Frozen addition when the new Summertime Freeze opens offering non-alcoholic frozen drinks in souvenir cups such as “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.” Summertime Freeze will be located near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

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The final presentation during the Disney Parks Blog Disney Cruise Line Meet-Up was the most exciting, because it was a look at Tangled: The Musical which will be replacing Villains Tonight! On the Disney Magic on November 11, 2015 sailing.

Tangled: The Musical” will immerse you in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. The show will stay true to the storyline from the hit feature film—with a few special twists to create a live staged production—featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel, and Maximus the police horse.” Jonathan Frontado from the Disney Parks Blog.

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Tangled Presentation

What is really, really exciting is that the show will include three new songs created for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater.

We were also the first to see an image from “I See The Light” scene, and how the lanterns will envelop the audience.

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL I See the Light Scene

The Broadway-acclaimed Production team that Disney Cruise Line has put together for Tangled: The Musical is amazing, and I am seriously excited to hear more about Tangled: The Musical in the future!

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Q&A

At the conclusion of the presentations and Q&A session, there were specialty Disney Cruise Line desserts served and we were able to meet and greet with Stormtroopers, Rapunzel & Flynn Rider, and Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, & Olaf.

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Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Frozen Meet and Greet

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Zoe with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

Disney Parks Blog Meet Up DCL Zoe and Stormtroopers

I have had the lovely opportunity to attend several Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups over the years, and if you are interested in attending them all you need to do is keep an eye on their Blog and Twitter for details.

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The Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups are held throughout the year, and open to all readers through a sign-up process until capacity is reached.

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Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

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Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

With more than 40 pages of stories, photographs, and images, D23 Honors the past while celebrating the future of Walt’s first park. Plus, Leonard Maltin gives readers a sneak peek of the Summer’s biggest movies.

I am a D23 Charter Member, and my collection of Disney Twenty-Three Magazines are some of my most prized possessions. And while there have been some truly amazing issues, I’m looking at you Spring 2010,  I am beyond excited for this Summer’s issue celebrating Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary!!!

As Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation for the landmark occasion, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club took Disney Legend Marty Sklar—who worked at Disneyland on opening day—and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn on a walk through Disneyland, where they reminisce about details from the past, such as the park’s legendary opening day, and look ahead at all the excitement yet to come.

Also in the Summer issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, the Walt Disney Archives unveils rarely showcased ephemera from Disneyland’s opening including a media pass and concept art for freeway billboards promoting the world’s first theme park. And for Disney parks foodies, there’s a look at some of the park’s signature snacks, from Dole Whips and turkey legs to churros and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.

Plus, film critic, historian, and co-producer of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series Leonard Maltin gives a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s three big summer movies featuring exclusive interviews with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Inside Out director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. Each director offers Maltin—who authored the book The Disney Films—a fascinating look at the creation of the colorful, complicated, and magnificent worlds of their three films.

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Rarely seen photos from the Disneyland Hotel’s storied history
  • A look inside a Disneyland Pitch Portfolio that was used to sell East Coast investors on Walt’s vision for the park
  • Fifty years of Disney Ambassadors and how they bring magic to people around the globe
  • Newlyweds share the stories of their beautiful Disney-themed weddings
  • An up-close look at the beloved animated feature Pinocchio with historian J.B. Kaufman
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional online-exclusive features, including a gallery of more artwork from the Disneyland Pitch Portfolio, used to showcase concepts of the park that would turn Walt’s dream into a reality.

Other features coming to D23.com include:

  • Disney Legend Marty Sklar talking about the past and future of Disneyland as the park celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • A robust gallery of images of Disneyland through the years
  • A dazzling display of wedding cakes to bring a sweet finish to any Disney fan’s wedding, from classic confections to truly innovative tastes for all the senses

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late May.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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, and YouTube..

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Orlando City SC Launches Commemorative Posters

Orlando City SC Launches Commemorative Gameday Posters

Orlando City SC Launches Commemorative Gameday Posters Starting Sunday

Uniquely designed, each poster is available for a donation; Proceeds directly benefit Orlando City Foundation

Beginning with the Lions’ match against the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Orlando City SC will unveil the Club’s new commemorative gameday posters. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. against the five-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Champions.

Uniquely designed for each fixture, the posters will be available at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on match-day, as well as the Orlando City front office (618 East South Street, Orlando 32801) for a donation to the Orlando City Foundation. On gameday, the posters will be available at the Orlando City Foundation table in the fan zone on the east side of the stadium, and at the 50/50 seller kiosks. All proceeds will go directly to the Orlando City Foundation.

The inaugural poster was designed by renowned local graphic artist Matt Stone and depicts a Lionaut, merging emblems from Orlando City and LA Galaxy into a single image. The posters features an illustration that is reminiscent of both Orlando City and the Galaxy, while staying true to the colors of each team.

“We’re extremely excited about this new program. It’s a great way for our fans to be able to show their support for the Foundation and to take home something that is sure to become a collector’s item,” said Orlando City Foundation President and Director of Community Relations Kay Rawlins. 

The Orlando City Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children in our Central Florida community.

To purchase group or individual tickets to Sunday’s match or any future Orlando City game, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.  Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has developed a rich history and passionate following in its short existence since starting in the USL in 2011.  The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22). During that time, the Lions won three regular season titles and two postseason championships.

In MLS, the team draws an average of over 36,900 fans per home game – including 62,500 for its home opener – a record for an expansion team in its first five home games. In addition, the team is currently near the top of the league in social media followers. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its brand overseas as its matches are broadcast in 100 countries and in 30 languages.

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. Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.

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Artegon Marketplace Hosts Art & Wellness Expo

Artegon Marketplace Art & Wellness Expo 2015

Orlando’s First Art & Wellness Expo Coming to Artegon Marketplace on   May 16, 2015

Creating a Healthier You.

A one day celebration of Orlando’s cultural art and natural health communities.

Orlando’s Art & Wellness Expo hosted by Loft 55 Gallery is set for Saturday, May 16th at Artegon Marketplace. Orlando’s Art & Wellness Expo will provide a platform for guests beginning to transition into a healthier lifestyle and offer options/activities for those who already have. The goal of this event is to restore self power into our community through health based education accompanied by visual stimulation .

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Date/Time:

Saturday, May 16th (12:00pm – 7:00pm)

Location:

Artegon Marketplace 5250 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

Admission: Free (all ages)

Tickets:

Yoga class tickets are $10.00 available for purchase beginning May 1st Space limit: 25

http://mkt.com/loft55gallery/expo-yoga-tickets

Benefits

Partial proceeds from raffles, ticket sales and the community mural benefit

non-profit organization Get A Board Foundation. The program actively supplies at risk youth with skateboards, skating lessons and art activities. YogART inc. will also benefit from the event to help make yoga and art therapy workshops available to local communities.

What is included in the expo?

This family friendly event will feature over 100 local artisans, wellness vendors, all levels color therapy yoga, informative health speakers, an art therapy tent, demos, live body painting competition, a community mural, raffles/giveaways, and live performances.

Community

The expo will focus on emphasizing the healing capabilities of art and holistic practices for all ages.

The expo will aid local organizations empower the community through creative expression and nutrition based education.

The expo will generate exposure and support to Central Florida’s local artisans and natural health businesses.

Via our Lach Orthodontics Sponsor – On the day of the event all children under the age of 18 will receive a voucher for a free teeth cleaning. All athletes will receive a free custom fitted mouth guard.

Healing

According to the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), through the practice of art, “Clients – young, old and in-between – are able to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase

self-esteem.”

Art is an important component of life and is relevant to individuals of all ages. By educating our guests on proper nutrition and creative outlets of expression we restore strength in their overall state of well being.

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Disney D23 Expo News: The Walt Disney Archives ‘Disneyland: The Exhibit’

 

Disney D23 Expo 2015 Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

Disney D23 Expo News: The Walt Disney Archives returns to the 2015 D23 Expo with ‘Disneyland: The Exhibit’

More Than 300 Classic and Contemporary Objects Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Walt’s First Theme Park Will Be on Display

 

The Walt Disney Archives today announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Disney D23 Expo 2015 Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which will be located on the Expo show floor for the first time, will include themed areas that honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean,Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland, Club 33, and collectible merchandise, as well as the park’s iconic lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Critter Country/Bear Country. Each area will contain items from Disneyland’s past, including attraction vehicles, costumes, props, and even Audio-Animatronics® figures.

Disney D23 Expo 2015 Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

Among the more-than-300 items on exhibit, guests will be able to see Ticket No. 1, purchased by Roy O. Disney on July 18, 1955, the first day the park was open to the general public. Guests will see many pieces shown by the Archives for the first time, including early surveying equipment from the 1950s used in the construction of Disneyland, a prototype vehicle for the beloved Alice in Wonderland attraction, dancing­monkey costumes used in the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!, an early Autopia car, original artwork from Mickey Mouse Club Circus, the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which was replaced during the attraction’s recent enhancement, and an original pitch book full of colorful artwork that was used to sell Disneyland to prospective sponsors on the East Coast.

Disney D23 Expo 2015 Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

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About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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 and General Membership 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, and YouTube.

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DigiTour Coming To Busch Gardens Tampa

DigiTour Busch Gardens Tampa

Social media’s biggest stars come together during DigiTour Tampa, only at Busch Gardens.

On Saturday, May 16 from 6-7:30pm, DigiTour in Tampa brings Vine and YouTube stars like Hayes Grier, Alyssa Shouse and Aaron Carpenter to the stage for thousands of fans. In addition to exciting performances, Busch Gardens will offer food trucks and other dining options on Gwazi Field throughout the event.

DigiTour Presents: United26 Tour at Busch Gardens is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. For the best view, purchase access to the Priority Section Presented by Coca-Cola and receive access to our priority section plus a voucher for a FREE Coca-Cola product.

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Priority Section Presented by Coca-Cola

Get the best view for the DigiTour Presents: United26 Tour from the Priority Section Presented by Coca-Cola®. This standing-room only section puts fans in the middle of this epic performance on Gwazi™ Field and includes a voucher for a FREE Coca-Cola® product at Busch Gardens®.

Cost is $40 per person; limit of 2 Priority Section tickets per purchase while supplies last.

Pass Members – don’t forget to take advantage of your Pass Member discount of $25 (a $15 savings)!

DigiTour at Busch Gardens Tampa Lineup

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HAYES GRIER 

AARON CARPENTER

DANIEL SKYE

ALYSSA SHOUSE

ALEC BAILEY

JONAH MARAIS

TEZ MENGESTU

For more information and the latest updates on this site, “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter.

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Viva la Música At SeaWorld Orlando Concludes With Ednita Nazario This Weekend

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Viva la Música At SeaWorld Orlando Concludes With Ednita Nazario This Weekend On May 16 

SeaWorld Orlando’s festive fiesta, Viva la Música, will conclude with Ednita Nazario taking the stage Saturday, May 16.

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Latin Grammy-nominated Ednita Nazario is a Puerto Rican musician and singer-songwriter with more than 20 albums that have reached platinum and even triple platinum levels. Her albums have claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Top Latin Pop Albums categories. Her landmark record Pasiones produced 11 number one hits in a row, becoming one of the year’s top records. She later made a debut on Broadway in Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman. As her discography continued to grow, Nazario’s releases consistently topped numerous Billboard categories.

Families and friends can celebrate Latin culture at this annual festival featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists, savory authentic cuisine by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef Hector Colon, family-friendly activities and unique merchandise from local artisans.

New this year, SeaWorld will transform the park’s garden area into a mini-fiesta for families. There will be monitors to watch the concert from afar, educational activities for children, domino tables, up-close encounters with some of SeaWorld’s amazing animal ambassadors and much more. Viva la Música festival activities begin at 1 p.m. each Saturday with concerts starting at 4 p.m. at Bayside Stadium.

New this year to the decadent array of Caribbean and Latin dishes is the tripleta sandwich and frozen piña colada. The tripleta sandwich is a hearty dish full of sizzling flavor made with roast pork, chicken, steak, cheese, potato sticks and a special SeaWorld sauce. Guests may also purchase a frozen piña colada and enjoy it straight out of a freshly cut pineapple.

Some returning favorites include: empanadas, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), bacalaítos (fried salted cod) and piraguas (shaved ice with tropical flavors). Pastries, beers, margaritas, mojitos, cuba libres, sangrias and wines are also available.

Special Packages

  • Guests can take advantage of SeaWorld’s VIP experiences and special packages with reserved seating.  Packages come with an in-park spending credit that can be used toward savory cuisine, beverages, merchandise, Quick Queue and up-close animal experiences.
  • Front Row Seating – Starting at just $39, guests can reserve a front row seat (just inches away from the artists) and feel like part of the show.  As an added bonus, guests will enjoy $10 toward in-park spending.
  • Floor Seating – Starting at just $19, guests can enjoy reserved floor seats right in front of the stage act.  This package also includes $10 toward in-park spending.

The best way to experience Viva la Música and all of SeaWorld’s special events throughout the year is with a 2015 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card, where guests pay for a day and play all year.  Plus, for a limited-time, guests who purchase a Fun Card can also enjoy a one-day visit to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay on the beat with Viva la Música. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #VivaLaMusica.

 

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Disney D23 Expo 2015 Announces Presentation Schedule

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Disney D23 2015 Expo Attendees will be able to go behind the scenes with Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Take Center Stage in New 7,500-Seat “Hall D23” Venue 

 

The D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and it is going to be amazing.

  • The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14.
  • Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar.
  • On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.
  • Then on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.

To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.

The Schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations includes the following (times and additional announcements forthcoming; all events subject to change):

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The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The creativity and innovation of these visionaries and artists have earned them a place among such names as Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, and Robin Williams. At the D23 EXPO in 2013, Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn were inducted.

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In two separate Hall D23 sessions, The Walt Disney Studios will unveil an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming film slate. At Friday’s session, fans will go in-depth with the talented filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios to get a sneak peek at films such as Zootopia and Finding Dory. On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Bookand films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage.

 

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On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.

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Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

D23 2015 Expo

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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 and General Membership 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, and YouTube.

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