10 Things To Know On The Go: Christmas At The Gaylord Palms

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10 Things To Know On The Go:

Christmas At The Gaylord Palms

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms is underway, and it is one of our favorite places to go to celebrate the Holiday Season!

With so many new and enhanced things to experience during Christmas at the Gaylord Palms, I wanted to share some of my favorite things to do during your visit!

1. ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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You can’t talk about Christmas at Gaylord Palms without talking about ICE! , and this year ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction.

Venture inside the nine degree wonderland to experience the classic poem come to life in two million pounds of hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures.

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ICE! presented by Pepsi also features four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work, and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!

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2. Alpine Rush Snow Tubing

While ICE! is nice, you have to give Alpine Rush Snow Tubing a go!

Grab a tube and spped down an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow.

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This year on Friday and Saturday evenings, the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.

3. The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

If you feel adventurous, you can take on The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt around the resort!

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The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves need your help! Ten of Santa’s special scout elf helpers have landed at Gaylord Palms, but they won’t be able to fly to the North Pole until they have a name.

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To find the scout elves you will need your keen eyesight, best puzzle solvers, and huge sense of fun to help reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa. All families that help the scout elves fulfill their special Christmas mission will receive a prize.

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Location: Throughout the Gaylord Palms Lobby

Price: FREE

Times: November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

4. Build-A-Bear Workshop Pop Up Shop

A really fun addition to the Alpine Village this year is the Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop!

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This interactive destination is a place where you can create your very own personalized furry friends that features the same memorable experiences offered at other Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout the country.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop has a large assortment of animals and characters, including faces featured in some of the season’s most popular movies.

While you are there, don’t forget to pick up an exclusive, furry friend-sized “Christmas at GaylordPalms” t-shirt to commemorate your visit.

Location: Alpine Village

Price: Varies

Times: November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

5. Cirque Dreams UnWrapped

While ICE! was amazing, you HAVE to see Cirque Dreams UnWrapped at the Gaylord Palms!

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Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is bringing the famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the first time in the company’s 22 years with this exclusive show.

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This family friendly show features an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air.

The performance is a 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned, and with so many talented performers the show will change from night to night.

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You absolutely don’t want to miss this limited-time Orlando Christmas stage show only at Gaylord Palms Resort!!!

Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine AtriumPrice: FREEEvent Times:

Sunday – Thursday

  • 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7
  • No 2:00 p.m. show on 11/25

Friday & Saturday

  • 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

6. Breakfast with Mrs. Claus

New this year to Christmas at Gaylord Palms is a breakfast hosted by the mother of the North Pole herself, Mrs. Claus.

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Mrs. Claus has brought some of her top elves this character breakfast to get you in the holiday spirit, and who knows she may even put in a good word with the big guy himself!

Before you eat, make sure you visit with Mrs. Claus! It is a more intimate setting that is perfect for little ones who may be a little shy.

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We really enjoyed our Breakfast with Mrs. Claus that features a buffet full of delicious options sure to please anyone in your family.

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November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Location: 
Villa de Flora Restaurant

Price

  • $29.95* Adults
  • $19.95* Child (ages 4-12)

Times: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays, plus 11/27 and 12/21 -12/25

You can RESERVE your spot online now or call 407-586-1114

7. The Grand Snowfall

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Stop dreaming of a white Christmas… experience it! Delight in an indoor winter wonderland as the 4.5 acre glass-enclosed atrium turns into the world’s largest snow globe. The Grand Snowfall follows Cirque Dreams Unwrapped performances in Emerald Plaza.

Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine Atrium
Price: FREE
Event Times:
Sunday – Thursday

  • 2:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7
  • No 2:00 p.m. show on 11/25

Friday & Saturday

  • 6:55 p.m. and 8:55p.m.

8. Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Making your own Gingerbread creation is a great way to spend some time together while creating a fun centerpiece for your home.

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In the Alpine Village, you will find the Gingerbread Decorating Corner where you choose from two different design options to create either a delectable gingerbread cookie family or a complete gingerbread house.

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After you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, make your way to meet Nutmeg the gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

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Full disclosure…The first time I ever decorated a Gingerbread House was during Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2 years ago!

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November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Location: 
Alpine Village

Price

  • Cookie Family Kit $22.99*;
    Gingerbread House $29.99*

Times

  • Monday – Thursday including Dec. 25:  12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 20-23, 27-30:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Make sure you RESERVE a time to visit the Gingerbread Decorating Corner now, as it is a VERY popular spot!

9. Holiday Dining

Let us serve you this holiday season. Experience the splendor of a home-cooked meal served under a 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium adorned with more than two million twinkling lights.

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Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24, 2015

Villa de Flora

  • View Menu
  • 5:00pm 10:00pm | $75 per adult, $32 per child, plus tax and gratuity | Self-parking included in price
  • For reservations please call 407-586-1114

Old Hickory Steakhouse

MOOR

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Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, 2015

Villa de Flora

  • View Menu
  • 12:00pm 8:00pm | $75 per adult, $32 per child, plus tax and gratuity | Self-parking included in price
  • For reservations please call 407-586-1114

Old Hickory Steakhouse

MOOR

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10. Amazing Holiday Decor

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One of my favorite things to during Christmas at Gaylord Palms is to wander through the atrium’s lush gardens (over 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays, and watch as the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree comes to life every night during the famous tree lighting ceremony.

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The famous Orlando Christmas tree lighting ceremony, complete with Christmas carolers, lights, and of course, the star of the show, our massive 54-foot-tall Majestic Christmas Tree! It towers over the St. Augustine atrium waiting for the special moment to light up and cast holiday cheer to the guests on hand to witness it in all its glory.

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Location: St. Augustine Atrium
Price: FREETime

  • 6:15 p.m. daily
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7

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With a new show, enhance ICE! experience, Cosmic Tubing, a scavenger hunt withThe Elf on the Shelf, and more experiences there are more reasons than ever to experience Christmas at the Gaylord Palms!

You can find out more about Christmas at the Gaylord Palms here.

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Take A Peek At The New Disney’s Zootopia Trailer #Zootopia

Disney's Zootopia

Earlier this year at the D23 Expo, I was able to see a sneak peek of Disney’s Zootopia and I am really excited to share one of my favorite clips from the upcoming movie!

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If you don’t know much about Disney’s Zootopia, here’s a look at what it’s about!

Disney's Zootopia

Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), the very first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the opportunity to crack her first case—even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery. 

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

D23 Disney Studios Zootopia

To keep up with Disney’s Zootopia Like Zootopia on Facebook, follow @DisneyAnimation on Twitter, follow @DisneyAnimation on Instagram, and follow Disney Animation on Tumblr.

 

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LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales Coming To DVD In March

LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales

Your favorite Star Wars heroes are back with five complete episodes that unleash the lighter side of the force in LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales on DVD March 1st! As a bonus, it includes an Exclusive trading card set packed inside each DVD! 

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The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you’re taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO! It’s hilarious and playful, packed with all your favorite interlocking characters. LEGO® STAR WARS™: DROID TALES is intergalactic thrills for the whole family!

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New Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

This is not a drill…

New Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr surprised the audience with a brand new trailer and poster for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War!

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Here’s some more information about Captain America: Civil War, which will arrive in theaters May 6, 2016!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

 

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

This is a great way to kick off the Captain America: Civil War countdown!!!!

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WWE Awards $180,000 in Scholarships to Full Sail University Students

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WWE  Awards $180,000 in Scholarships to Full Sail University Students

 

WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded four $10,000 scholarships to the following Full Sail University students:

  • Joanne Castillo, a Recording Arts student from San Jose, CA.
  • Travis Daniels, a Film student from Buford, GA.
  • Brandon Mojica, a Sports Marketing & Media student from Bronx, NY.
  • Kas Soloman, a Recording Arts student from Gahanna, OH.

WWE Awards $180,000 in Scholarships to Full Sail University Students

WWE has now awarded 18 scholarships to Full Sail University students, for a total of $180,000 since WWE’s partnership with Full Sail began in May, 2012. These scholarships are applied toward the recipient’s areas of study within the university.

“WWE and Full Sail University have established a partnership built on our mutual desire to nurture and build the next generation of entertainment and media professionals,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Creative & Live Events. “We wish all of today’s scholarship recipients continued success.”

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“We are once again proud to stand alongside our valued partners and friends at WWE as we share this incredible announcement of the latest four scholarships awarded to our students,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “On behalf of the Full Sail University community, I extend our tremendous thanks to WWE for continuing to recognize the dedication of our students, while congratulating the recent scholarship recipients.”

WWE selected Castillo, Daniels, Mojica, and Soloman to receive these scholarships for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent and maintaining good academic standing, while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT® events at Full Sail University.

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The Orlando Eye Introduces Eye Glow

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The Orlando Eye Introduces Eye Glow

The attraction’s nighttime concept provides a fun, new way for visitors to kick off their evening at I-Drive 360

 

The Orlando Eye has introduced a new nighttime experience on the 400-foot observation wheel with Eye Glow, and it is a great way to add an extra dash of fun to your nighttime experience.

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Eye Glow offers Guests the opportunity to upgrade their flight experience with the Eye Glow package which includes a flight of wine, beer or cider, or glass of champagne, and premium access to the new & vibrant lounge, before boarding the observation wheel.

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The private lounge features bright lights, glow elements and dance music to provide the perfect party atmosphere to kick off the evening. Eye Glow offers an ideal starting off point for date nights, a girls’ night out on the town, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and more.

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“International Drive and I-Drive 360 are home to some exciting nightlife options, and we wanted to provide a perfect option for our guests to transition from their restaurant dining experience to their night out on the town,” said Robin Goodchild, general manager of the Orlando Eye. “Eye Glow combines the best of both worlds with a fun, lounge experience that moves effortlessly into a capsule for guests to continue the party with a nighttime flight on the Eye!”

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Eye Glow packages are available nightly from 6 p.m. until close. Guests can buy the upgraded package online or upgrade their general admission flight in-person at the Orlando Eye.

For more information on the new Eye Glow experience or to purchase tickets, visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces New Experience For 2016

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces New Experience For 2016

Immersive Live-Action Game Experience – Cosmic Quest – Launches at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex February 2016

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Coming in 2016, Cosmic Quest “trainees” will be challenged with immersive NASA inspired adventures, including the Asteroid Capture Adventure, which immerses trainees in “outer space” as they redirect an asteroid.

 

Future generations of space explorers will be engaged and inspired like never before as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex introduces a new, interactive, live-action game experience – Cosmic Quest – in February 2016. Cosmic Quest promises to immerse young guests, known as “trainees,” in a variety of STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) space adventures while educating them about NASA’s current and future space science and exploration endeavors.

“At Cosmic Quest, kids can explore a world of STEM and space-related careers through fun and educational interactive adventures that are based on real NASA endeavors,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We are proud to offer this new live-action game experience to engage young people’s imaginations and get them excited about their role in future of space exploration.”

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Cosmic Quest Rendering

Cosmic Quest will offer a host of immersive NASA-inspired adventures incorporated into existing visitor complex attractions:

  • In NASA’s Next Rocket Launch Adventure, located at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, “trainees” assemble their launch team from a pool of NASA’s best, including environmental engineers, biologists, computers scientists and other experts, each of whom will be instrumental in overcoming challenges leading up to the launch. As the rocket lifts off the pad, the trainee – safe in mission control – is immersed in the sensations of launch, including powerful vibrations and steam.
  • At Mars Colony Adventures, located at Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, trainees may participate in two exciting missions: building a research exploration base or building a permanent colony, both of which must be able to protect astronauts and colonists from poisonous dust and radiation on the Red Planet and keep them physically and mentally fit. During the adventures, trainees learn about the complications of living on the surface of Mars and the components needed to sustain human life. Trainees see their colony or base displayed as a 3D holograph while using a high-definition touch screen to assemble all the necessary parts.
  • Asteroid Capture Adventure, located within the IMAX® Theater, calls for trainees to command a robotic spacecraft and overcome challenges in deep space to capture and redirect an asteroid. This deep-space adventure takes place in front of a massive half-dome screen, which completely immerses trainees in “outer space” as they redirect the asteroid into the orbit of Earth’s moon.
  • Finally, the International Space Station Adventure, located within Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, challenges Cosmic Quest trainees to gather items and information to complete various experiments on the International Space Station (ISS): Humans in Space, Plant Systems in Space, Materials in Space and Closed Loop Systems. Trainees perform life-science experiments and discover what astronauts are doing on the ISS right now. Using large, interactive touch screens, they solve challenges such as countering the negative effects of microgravity on the human body and creating an efficient greenhouse to grow vegetables using aeroponics. While performing the experiments, trainees find out how space research not only will prepare humans for life on Mars, but also how it improves medicine, farming and technology here on Earth.

Robonaut, a replica of NASA’s real R2 robot currently working aboard the ISS, serves as a virtual narrator and guide as Cosmic Quest trainees use their “astronaut badges” as activation devices to interact with digital progression points and touch screens located throughout each of the exhibit areas.

Launching at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in February 2016, Cosmic Quest will be offered for $24.95, in addition to the price of daily admission. All adventures are included in the price; the completion of one adventure is not dependent on other adventures.

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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, Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey To Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. 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.

 

Follow Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest

 

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Colortopia Presented By Glidden Is Now Open At Epcot

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Colortopia Presented By Glidden Is Now Open At Epcot

New interactive exhibit creates colorful experiences for Guests of all ages

Colortopia Presented by Glidden is a new and colorful experience opened at Epcot, and it is such a great addition to Innoventions East!

Colortopia is an interactive, educational experience that is full of memories, inspiration, and fun.

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To experience the Colortopia exhibit, the Glidden brand has created three unique walk-through areas that bring to life color theory, the psychology of color and the perception of color, all while engaging Guests in fun and surprising hands-on activities.

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The three areas of the exhibit include:

  • The Power of Color – After you enter this specially designed standing theater, you find yourself engulfed in color that is overwhelming in the best way possible to explore the psychology of color. It really gets you thinking of the immediate response and memories that color holds.

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  • The Color Lab – There are two activities located inside The Color Lab area that are incredibly interactive and competitive.

    In Color Mix ‘n Match, you use slides to mix red, green and blue to create bold new colors. I played this game several times through, because it was incredibly interesting to learn how color is mixed and tons of competitive fun. I don’t mean to brag…but I am a Honolulu Color Guru!

    Spinning Spectrums is the second interactive area in The Color Lab that shows the persistence of vision through painted spinning discs. Before pressing the buttons you have to guess what color their eyes will perceive once the multi-colored discs start to spin quickly, which is trickier than you may think!

Colortopia Glidden Epcot Innoventions

  • Color Our World –  Guests can play with fun color shadows while they wait to receive a magic paint brush, which they can use in the studio to bring the world around them to life with their personal color choices.

Combining Glidden paint’s rich tradition of innovation and color inspiration with the creative power of Walt Disney Imagineering was a perfect collaboration to create a one-of-a-kind experience that engages visitors with color in ways they never have before,” said Max Wetzel, chief marketing officer and general manager of home centers, PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, makers of Glidden paint. “With the Glidden brand, we know the important role color plays when selecting paint for your home. Color also has a powerful role in our everyday lives, and it is truly brought to life in the Colortopia exhibit.

Colortopia by Glidden paint demonstrates that color is not only a visual treat, but also a dynamic and emotional experience that fits in well with Disney’s history in color exploration and innovation.

Starting with Disney’s premier full-color film in 1932, our company has been fascinated by color,said Melissa Valiquette, vice president, Epcot. That fascination is evident throughout our parks and our resorts and is why we’re thrilled to collaborate with Glidden as we work together to bring Colortopia to life for our guests.”

Colortopia Glidden Epcot Innoventions

If you think that the fun ends when you leave the 3,700 square-foot exhibit you’re wrong!

The Colortopia experience extends beyond the exhibit with the Colortopia mobile app and website, allowing Guests to bring a world of colorful fun into their own homes.

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I can’t wait to share more about the Colortopia App soon! 

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando To Host James Beard Foundation Dinner #JBFOrlando

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando To Host James Beard Foundation Dinner

Experience an exceptional dinner event on December 5 featuring 10 amazingly talented chefs from across the US

While Central Florida may be known year-round for theme parks, its growing culinary scene is putting Orlando in the spotlight as well.  PEOPLE magazine recently named Orlando one of its “foodiest” cities in America, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is pleased to be a part of the growing restaurant options, featuring six unique dining establishments including the flagship AAA Four Diamond Capa restaurant, the Resort’s stunning rooftop Spanish-influenced steakhouse.

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On Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Four Seasons Resort Orlando chefs are pleased to join forces with legendary chefs from across the country. Capa will host a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef tour dinner, featuring award winning talents including:

  • Gerard Craft, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef-Midwest, known as St. Louis’ preeminent chef-restaurateur at flagship Niche as well as at Brasserie by Niche, Taste and Pastaria
  • Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and Top Chef
  • Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois, Top Chef Masters and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Midwest
  • Michael Sullivan of Creekstone Farms Beef in Arkansas City, Kansas, formerly of Blackberry Farms, Tennessee
  • Norman Van Aken, of Norman’s restaurant in Orlando, Florida and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef South East
  • Stefan Riemer, Pastry Chef, Food & Beverage Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • James Tidwell, Master Sommelier, of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas

The special guests will accompany host chefs:

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard Host Chef Fabrizio Schenardi

The eight-course dinner menu includes:

  • Course 1: Beef carpaccio salad by Chef Michael Sullivan
  • Course 2: “Bass Under Glass” red wine reduction sauce under a potato torta by Chef Norman Van Aken
  • Course 3: Roasted winter squash, spiced squash puree, squash vinegar caramel, seeds, Missouri goat cheese and mint by Chef Gerard Craft
  • Course 4: Ravioletto filled with crescenza cheese, brown butter, parmigiana reggiano, white truffles by Chef Tony Mantuano
  • Course 5: Veal cheeks braised in Barolo chinato; polenta and roasted chestnuts “chicche” by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi
  • Course 6: Seared ribeye, gochujang butter, grits, radish bottarga by Chef Edward Lee
  • Course 7: Imported cheese display presented by Chef Tim Dacey
  • Course 8: Gianduja-citrus crèmeux with dehydrated milk foam and vanilla Chantilly by Stefan Riemer

Each course includes a wine pairing. The phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime meal is available for USD 235 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations call 407 313 6161 or buy tickets online.

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About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures and honours America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the US Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives.

Interact on Social Media

Get social with Four Seasons Resort Orlando and tag @FSOrlando and @BeardFoundation in posts including the event hashtag #JBFOrlando.

Find and tag some of the special guests:

Gerard Craft

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  • Insta: @GerardFCraft
  • Twitter: @GerardFCraft

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Justin Bieber Brings His Purpose Tour to Orlando’s Amway Center

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Justin Bieber Brings His Purpose Tour to Orlando’s Amway Center

With back-to-back worldwide smash hit singles and anticipation for his new studio album, “Purpose,” hitting an all-time high, global superstar Justin Bieber has announced his massive Purpose World Tour beginning March 9, 2016 in Seattle. Bieber brings his Purpose World Tour to Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.

The 58-date tour, promoted by AEG Live, will travel through arenas across North America; fans will be able to seeBieber’s dynamic live show in U.S. cities including Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and Miami as well as throughout Eastern and Western Canada. Bieber will play two-night runs at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, Chicago’s Allstate Arena and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The tour will conclude on July 18, 2016 at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for the U.S. shows before the general public beginning Monday, November 16 at 12 noon local time through Thursday, November 19 at 10 p.m. local time. General public tickets for all shows go on-sale beginning Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m. local time.

The hype around Bieber’s new music continues with the smash successes of Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?,” which was crowned Bieber’s first number one on Billboard’s all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 the week of its release, selling over 335,000 units digitally in the U.S. “What Do You Mean?” also went to number one in Bieber’s native Canada, and became his first number one UK national chart hit. The song, which hit number one at iTunes within five minutes of its release, and reached number one at iTunes in more than 90 countries, went on to easily break the Weekly Global Spotify streaming record with over 41 million streams, reaching 100 million global streams in less than one month. This week, Bieber premiered the tracks, “The Feeling” and “Love Yourself;” the former features indie breakout pop singer Halsey and the latter was co-written with Ed Sheeran.

With the launch of the iTunes pre-order last month, “Purpose” skyrocketed to number one on the iTunes Top Album chart in over 90 countries worldwide. At the same time, pre-orders are flooding in for “Purpose” signed CDs, vinyl and other limited edition items, exclusively via Bieber’s online store. Visit the Bieber’s online store – http://smarturl.it/JustinShop.

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour Information At-A-Glance

WHAT:  JUSTIN BIEBER | PURPOSE WORLD TOUR                       

WHEN:  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016 | 7:30 P.M.

WHEREAMWAY CENTER | ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ON SALEFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 | 10 A.M.

TICKETS: $43, $73.50 & $112.50. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket limit is eight (8) per person. All dates, bouts, fighters and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

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

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: December 3, 2015 Launch Viewing

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Guests Can Enjoy Best Public Viewing of Dramatic Nighttime Atlas V Rocket Launch on December 3 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Exclusive Viewing Options Offer a ‘Front Row Seat’ for the Launch

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of an evening Atlas V rocket launch Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5:55 p.m. ET, with two exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will carry the second Cygnus cargo mission, OA-4, to the International Space Station (ISS) in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program. This mission is utilizing the extended Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module, transporting approximately 7,700 pounds of supplies to the ISS.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as a viewing area at the main visitor complex.

Both locations offer thrilling viewing experiences:

  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center, and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Guests may purchase launch transportation tickets to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for $20 plus tax in addition to admission.
  • Located at the main visitor complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle AtlantisSM is included in daily admission. The viewing area offers guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating and live launch commentary are provided.

Buses will transport guests directly to the Apollo/Saturn V Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

Admission to the visitor complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.

Visitor complex hours on Dec. 3 are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.

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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, Space ShuttleAtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey To Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. 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. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers multiday admission 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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Busch Gardens Tampa Releases New Cobra’s Curse Details

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Busch Gardens Tampa Releases New Cobra’s Curse Details

Family Spin Coaster Opens 2016; More Details Revealed To Residents and Industry Fans

Busch Gardens Tampa Cobra's Curse

Busch Gardens Tampa provided additional details about the latest thrill ride project coming in 2016, including a detailed model revealed at the International Amusement Parks and Attractions show in Orlando. Cobra’s Curse will be the only ride of its kind in the world: a family roller coaster with freely spinning ride vehicles and a 70-foot vertical lift.

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As a special incentive for Florida residents, the new details were revealed as the park is promoting a special offer for advance purchases of the 2016 Fun Card. For the price of a single-day admission, guests who purchase their 2016 Fun Card now also will receive the rest of 2015 free.

Busch Gardens Tampa is Florida’s thrill ride leader,” said Brian Morrow, Busch Gardens’ attraction creative designer. “And, with Cobra’s Curse, we’re expanding the family thrill ride offerings. The multi-directional spins on Cobra’s Curse will provide excitement and fun for guests of all ages.” 

Additional facts on Busch Gardens Tampa Cobra’s Curse:

  1. A unique move on Cobra’s Curse is the “outward-banked turn” that puts riders perilously close to the jaws of the monstrous, 80-foot-tall statue of the snake king Venymyss.

Busch Gardens Tampa Cobra's Curse

  1. Instead of a gradual lift hill, more typical of a traditional coaster, each train is instead lifted vertically, to a height of 70 feet, and the top of the ancient temple.
  1. During the three-and-a-half-minute ride, the coaster trains speed along at 40 mph, spinning backward, forward and then freely.
  1. Guests will experience a new spin with each ride. Each train spins randomly, with frequency and direction determined by the rider weight distribution.

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  1. The ride’s setting is a modern day dig site in Egypt, where archeologists have uncovered the legendary temple of the snake king, Venymyss. The ride’s air-conditioned queue line provides a welcome break from the Egyptian heat.

 

 

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Things To Know On The Go: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights from now until December 18th, and this separate ticketed event is a great way to kick off your Holiday Season!

As with any Special Event at Walt Disney World planning is key to making your most of your time, and with so many exclusive entertainment, character, shopping, or food offerings prioritizing your ‘Must Do’s’ is as important as ever!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

So here are 10 things to keep in mind when you are creating your game-plan for attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

10 Things To Know On The Go: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

1. While the event begins at 7 pm, you can gain access to the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm and if you are in the park before the event you can get wristbands inside the park in Tomorrowland and Adventureland.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

2. FastPass+ is not offered during the Party, so arriving early can help you knock out some attractions as the crowds will begin thinning as the party begins.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

I suggest catching a ride on the Jingle Cruise as soon as you arrive, because the lighting is better for viewing all the festive additions to the attraction.

3. During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you can find several locations around the park offering Hot Chocolate and Sugar Cookies.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions they offer apple juice, apple slices, grapes, and gluten free cookies at the same locations.

4. If you don’t arrive to the Party early, don’t fret that you’ve missed the Castle Lighting. ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ is performed at BOTH 6:15 pm and 8:00 pm.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

5. The Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade steps off from Frontierland twice a night during the Party, and really there is no bad spot to watch from.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

I will say that it is a slower moving parade, so if you are on Main Street you will have quite a wait for the parade to reach you.

6. This year I switched up my Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party game plan, and I really enjoyed it!

Now hear me out on this before you completely judge me…

As soon as the 6:15 pm ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ was over, I went on the hunt for a spot to sit in front of the castle.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Celebrate the Season

While we did invest quite a chunk of our night to sitting (Thank you Heads Up for being a great app to have on your phone for the kids) from our spot we saw Celebrate the Season, A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Celebrate the Magic, and Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season without moving with Cinderella Castle as our backdrop.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Once Upon A Christmas Time Parade

However, since the girls were rested we were able to stay the rest of the party and enjoyed shorter waits for attractions and characters as the night went on.

Believe me when I say that this plan isn’t for everyone, and you need to make sure that everyone in your group is completely on board.

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We were really lucky to have made friends with a wonderful family around us from Louisiana, so we were able to go on Hot Chocolate and Sugar Cookie runs together for the gang during the longer breaks.

7. The Exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card this year is adorable as it features Olaf and the Snowgies!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

I suggest grabbing your card early, not because they will run out but because you might forget after a long night of merriment!

8. I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but the Party Exclusive merchandise is great!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

I HAD to have this ornament!!!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

9. New this year is performances by VoicePlay. Voice play is an acclaimed acapella group who you may know from ‘The Sing-Off’, and they take to the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland between performances of ‘A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas’.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas PartyTheir show is short, sweet, and super fun! I totally recommend catching them at least once during the Party!!!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

10. ‘Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season’ is a WONDERFUL fireworks show that includes perimeter launches, and while watching facing Cinderella Castle is the way that most people go don’t be afraid to watch from New Fantasyland. It is gorgeous!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

BONUS!!!

11. If you love meeting Characters, you will LOVE Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

You can find…

  • Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws – Storybook Circus (If this is your top Character priority, as soon as you arrive head back to his area)
  • Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Daisy, Minnie – Storybook Circus
  • Santa Goofy – near Barnstormer
  • Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell – Liberty Square
  • Seven Dwarfs – Fantasyland near Mine Train (very popular! Line up by 6 to meet them.)
  • Princesses with their Princes – In Princess Fairytale Hall, you can find Cinderella with her Prince and Rapunzel with Flynn Rider. Just outside in Fantasyland, you will find Aurora with Prince Phillip and Snow White with her Prince.Tiana and Prince Naveen can be found in Liberty Square.
  • Tigger and Friends – Fantasyland near Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Santa Claus – Town Square (Not Party Exclusive, but I thought I would leave him on the list)

You can see more of our pictures from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on our Facebook and Instagram Pages, and to follow along on our adventures make sure you follow us on Twitter!

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Celebrate Dino Week With The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

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All this week, you can celebrate the upcoming release of The Good Dinosaur with Dino Week!

During Dino Week you will see new featurettes, fun activities, clips, information about exclusive Disney Store activities, and more!

But why wait?

Check out these three new clips now!

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“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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While we’ll be brining you even more news, make sure you keep up with the movie on Social Media!

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With A Week Of #AntiOrdinary Events

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With #AntiOrdinary Events

Free admission festivities include amped up Signature Events, Concert with Superstar Recording Artists, fun for all ages…and a Real Housewife of New Jersey

This week Artegon Marketplace is hosting a week-long line-up of free admission festivities and amped up signature events to celebrate its first anniversary.

They are also celebrating a transformation that has created a unique shopping experience to create Orlando’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining destination.

I had the opportunity to walk around Artegon Marketplace with David Miskin (Chief Creative Officer and mighty fine dancer), Amy Higgins (Vice President, Leasing), and their wonderful team to take in the changes that have taken place since their doors opened last year.

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If you haven’t had that chance to visit or haven’t visited in awhile, you will be bowled over by the changes, additions, and re-invention of the Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary First Anniversary Spectacular kicks off on Monday, November 16 with a free wine stroll and tasting of more than 10 varieties of vino with a special guest appearance by one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey; continues nightly with special events for every age, from a movie night to family food truck rally; and culminates on Saturday, November 21 with a free live concert hosted by Orlando hometown favorite, Joey Fatone from the legendary boyband N’SYNC.

Here’s the week’s line-up; pop the champagne and let’s get this party started!

Monday, November 16, 6-9 pm    Sip.  Stroll.  Shop. 

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Cheers to Artegon’s anniversary!! During this signature event, Wine Stroll guests will meander by wine tasting stations scattered throughout the entire center. Shoppers can sample more than 10 varieties paired with bite-sized morsels that perfectly enhance each wine – all for free (while supplies last). Sip and stroll through the center while enjoying live Jazz and Flamenco music. As you’re sauntering from station to station, you might just bump into New Jersey Housewife Melissa Gorga! Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass. Do a little shopping. Earn free movie tickets.  See you Monday. Artegon Marketplace

The ARTegon Co-op is popping up at Artegon Marketplace.  6-9 P.M. An anti-ordinary art-oriented pop-up shop is celebrating its arrival at Artegon through an Opening Gala, spearheaded by Orlando’s own Justin Skip Skipper and Chris Tobar Rodriguez. Opening festivities involve appetizing foods and bubbly drinks (while supplies last) plus live music by DJ BMF.  Join the celebration of #AntiOrdinary #art #cooppopupshop

Tuesday, November 17, 5-7 pm    The Art of Beer 

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Craft beers have tapped into America’s love of suds. The celebration continues on Tuesday with the anniversary edition of The Art of Beer. Sample and savor more than 10 styles of Florida craft beers (while supplies last). The first 150 guests in attendance will enjoy their brewskis from a commemorative Artegon-embossed glass mug. Use the mug to try out one, three or all 10 of the craft beers. What else goes well with beer? Food and music! Enjoy discounted meals from Artegon food vendors while kicking back to the Smoking Torpedoes. Real Radio 104.1 talk show host favorite Dirty Jim will make an appearance and give away prizes to local loyal fans. And that’s not all. Former Orlando Magic basketball player Nick Anderson will be there. See you Tuesday. 

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-10:30 pm    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Come watch the most eagerly awaited movie of the year and celebrate the Cinemark Theatre’s renovation at Artegon Marketplace. Check out The Hunger Games:Mockingjay: Part 2 at Cinemark Artegon.

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Let the battle commence on an extra-large, ceiling-to-ceiling screen with custom sound, all in the comfort of stadium seating. Stay tuned to see how you can win tickets to a sneak preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 before the entire country sees it. (Attendance limited to contest winners.) Visit www.Artegon.com for details.) See you Wednesday. 

Thursday, November 19, 11 am – 8 pm   Prize Day, All Day

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As a “Thank You” to everyone who’s made Artegon Marketplace the area’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining venue, the center is giving away prizes every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to lucky shoppers. Prizes include gift cards to a number of Artegon’s new retailers and artisans, free meals at the center’s eateries, free movie passes – and other unexpected surprises throughout the day. In order to win the prizes, shoppers must be present.  See you Thursday.

Friday, November 20, 5-9 pm.    Food Truck Family Night

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Bring the entire family to Food Truck Family Night on Friday and taste the offerings of local gourmet food trucks, with selections cooked fresh right on the spot. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Enjoy meet-and-greet opportunities with mascots UCF’s Knightro, Solar Bears’ Shades, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, three Orlando Predators dancers, and Orlando City’s street team. See you Friday.

Saturday, November 21 11. am – 9 pm    Artegon’s Festival of Music

The grand finale of Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular is Artegon’s Festival of Music, including all-time favorites and up-and-coming recording artists and entertainers. The entire community is invited to experience the stylings of the following recording superstars and entertainers at this free concert. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with local entertainers, followed by a DJ getting everyone into the groove at 4 p.m. and headliners at 5 p.m. Sample from a variety of food trucks presented by Food Truck Crazy. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Meet and greets with select artists will be available.

Check out Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for dates, times and details.  See you Saturday.

SAMANTHA MUMBA

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Samantha Mumba is an Irish singer and actress whose hit single Gotta Tell You reached the Top 10 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland in 2000.  Her album Gotta Tell You stayed on the charts for six months and is certified platinum with a total of four million copies sold to date. Mumba enjoyed five more Top 10 hits in the UK and her song Baby, Come Over peaked at 50 on the US charts. 

JUDY TORRES

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Judy Torres is known as “The Queen of Freestyle.” She scored club hits with songs such as Please Stay TonightCome into My ArmsLove StoryI Love You, Will You Love MeNo Reason to Cry, and chart- topping remake of Journey’s Faithfully. Torres has performed non-stop to sold out crowds since the release of her first single in 1987. In 1998, Torres joined iHeart Radio’s 103.5 FM KTU in New York as an on-air personality.

AARON CARTER

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Aaron Carter came to fame very early in life at the age of seven and released his first self-titled debut album at the age of 10. He was one the biggest teenage heart throbs in the late 1990’s and in the early 2000’s. Carter’s second album Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) put him on the map, selling 1.5 million copies. He is set to release new music in early 2016. In addition, Carter has recently starred in the Broadway classic Fantasticks, and competed on Dancing with the Stars.

BEFORE YOU EXIT (BYE)

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This Orlando-based band consists of three brothers: Connor, 21 (vocals/guitar); Riley, 19, (lead vocals); and Toby, 17, (vocals, guitar).  They caught the attention of the legendary music manager Johnny Wright, who signed the group. Wright also manages Justin Timberlake and many others. BYE was named the winners of the Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star campaign, and performed at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  BYE has had three hit singles on the Radio Disney charts.

ROB BASE

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Part of the hip hop duo with DJ E-Z Rock, Rob Base is most famous for his hit single It Takes two.  This song was a Top 40 hit and became platinum, along with their album. They were also known for being pioneers of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainstream.

JOEY FATONE (HOST)

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Best known as a member of the legendary boyband N’SYNC, Joey Fatone’s current hosting gigs include the announcer on Family FeudFood Network’s Rewrapped; and Live Well Network’s My Family Recipe Rocks. Joey is also guest host of the live version of The Price is Right in Las Vegas.

Artegon Marketplace Check back frequently at Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for updates on all anniversary week events dates, times and locations. Talent appearances subject to change without notice.

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About Artegon Marketplace:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that is reinventing the retail experience for today’s discerning consumer. Located on the north end of International Drive, Artegon caters to both local residents and visitors looking for an eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining adventure. Distinguishing the retail destination is Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace where over 165 local artisans and crafts people sell one-of-a-kind items. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Boot Barn and Gods & Monsters, plus blow their own works of art at International Hot Glass, climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theatres, sip craft beers at signature monthly events, and much more – essentially creating their own authentic experience with every visit.

For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (Artegon.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram 

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