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Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center unleashes Zombie Boardwalk attraction
Guests can try it free on Halloween
You’ve read about them in books, and you’ve seen them on TV and in movies. Now, zombies have risen at the Zombie Boardwalk, and they’ve hit Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando.
With a swarm of the undead ambling around, Boardwalk Bowl is calling all would-be zombie hunters to help defeat the zombies with a new, one-of-a-kind attraction.
The shooting-gallery style attraction fills 4,000-square-feet of Boardwalk Bowl, and it incorporates lifelike animated zombies that make perfect target practice.
Zombie Boardwalk players take aim at the targets in a rapid-fire game to see if they have what it takes to survive. There are two teams, and up to 10 players can play at once. The game is recommended for those 16 and older.
“This attraction is truly the first of its kind, and it offers players an experience they can’t get anywhere else in Orlando,” said Keith Baldwin, the regional general manager of Aloma Bowling Centers. “Zombies are popular right now, and we’re excited to offer people the chance to see if they could survive like in their favorite TV show or movie.”
Guests will have the chance to try it for free, too. For one day only, on Halloween, Boardwalk Bowl is offering guests who like their Facebook page a free pass to the attraction.
Zombie Boardwalk was designed and installed by Fear Fest, Ken Spriggs and Tyler Norman. It is the latest in a long line of entertainment offered by Boardwalk Bowl. The venue also offers bowling, an arcade, a comedy club, billiards and a full service restaurant and bar, Brooklyn South.
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center features 80 lanes and is one of the largest bowling centers in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.alomabowlingcenters.com/
Hemisphere Combines the Adventure of Flight with International Flavors
Neo-contemporary world cuisine lands in the Orlando culinary scene when the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant set to open this fall on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.
Known for its epic sunrise to sunset views of the airport runway, the new Hemisphere features a $3 million re-design of the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and seats 164 guests. The stylish environment offers light wood finishes and flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of Hemisphere’s unique layout.
“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable experience filled with dynamic views, thoughtful service, and memorable food and drinks,” noted Mark Bastis, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.
“We have embraced the unmatched, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the airport runway, guests will view planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere,” continued Bastis.
Paper Planes – Local Art Installation
Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant. Paper Planes is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from a simpler time. The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck. The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.
Food & Beverage
Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Moroccan-inspired, dukka-crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Gulf Prawns and a Wagyu Grass-Fed Beef Burger.
The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere. The wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel:
- Up North – A selection of wines from the northern hemisphere
- Down South – A selection of wines from the southern hemisphere
Guests will enjoy thoughtful arrangements for an easy and grand sense of arrival into Orlando with direct access into the OIA valet motor court and a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests. Monthly wine dinners and seasonal brunches will be announced soon.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that legendary musician, Billy Joel returns to Orlando’s Amway Center on Friday, January 27, 2017. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m.
“I’m excited to announce the return of Billy Joel, one of music’s most-revered musicians,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “As a leading destination for world-class entertainment, the Amway Center continues to attract some of the world’s most renowned artists and we are honored to have him in Orlando again.”
“We are thrilled to welcome back Billy Joel after his sold out 2014 New Year’s Eve concert,” said Orlando Venues Executive Director Allen Johnson. “As one of my favorite concerts at the Amway Center, I know Billy Joel will deliver, yet another truly legendary performance.”
During his five-decade career, Joel is one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best, performing his unrivaled catalog of songs that have made up the soundtrack of many lives. Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and admired entertainers in history, with 150 million records sold over the past quarter century. The singer/songwriter/composer is the third best-selling solo artist and one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world.
Billy Joel in Concert – Amway Center
Only Central Florida Performance in 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 8 pm
Friday, October 21, 2016 | 10 am
$49.50, $99.50 & $149.50. 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. All dates, act(s) 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.
5th Annual Pink Bash Set for Friday, October 21 in Downtown Orlando
Befitting Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation
Pink Bash is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event in downtown Orlando designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive, uplifting way. Pink Bash features a survivor fashion show, live music, pink carpet photos, raffle prizes and more — all to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched or have lost their battle to breast cancer.
Friday, October 21, 2016
5 – 9 p.m.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts | Seneff Arts Plaza (Front Lawn)
445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Pink Bash transforms the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with a vibrant line-up of activities throughout the evening including:
- Survivor Fashion Show
- Food and Drinks
- Pink Boutiques
- Live Music by the Gerry Williams Band
- Fundraising Activities and Exclusive Prizes
Advance Designated Driver / Companion Ticket: $15 per person ($20 at the door) – Includes admission to Pink Bash to enjoy the event, shop and participate in donation activities. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
Advance General Admission: $25 per person ($30 at the door) – Includes admission, a Pink Bash tasting glass and complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
NEW THIS YEAR: Advance General Admission PLUS Pink Bash Foodie Pass: $39 per person –
Includes express entrance access, a Pink Bash tasting glass, complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails and five small plate food vouchers (a $20 value).
Tickets to the 5th Annual Pink Bash may be purchased at www.orlandosentinel.com/pinkbash.
Participating restaurants include: Bento, Kasa, Rocco’s Tacos, Sweet Gelato, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Santiago’s Bodega and The Porch/Gringas.
Pink Bash is produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group. A portion of the event proceeds benefitsLibby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, a local breast cancer foundation formed in Central Florida to provide support directly to Central Floridians. Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation was formed in 2007 just a year after Robin and Marty lost their mom, Libby Maynard, to Stage IV Breast Cancer. Libby was full of fun, faith and courage. The organization hopes to embody her spirit through the foundation by being secure enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to be humble and powerful enough to serve others. The mission of Libby’s Legacy is to provide comprehensive breast health care to the underserved Central Florida community through education, mammograms, follow up diagnostics and Hope Coaches on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. For more information visit www.libbyslegacy.org.
Celebrate Yelloween at STK Orlando
If you are looking for a fun Halloween without having to head into Downtown Orlando, why not try something new! STK Orlando at Disney Springs is hosting their first Halloween event called “Yelloween”.
The “Yelloween” fun starts at 8 pm, and for two hours you’ll enjoy champagne toasts, an open bar, drink specials from 10 pm to midnight, little bites, haunting tunes from a live DJ, performers and interactive performers as you party on the rooftop!
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance online.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will host Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends this October, a kid-centered Halloween event featuring a hay bale maze, one-of-a-kind animal encounters, character parades, and trick-or-treat candy stations.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun
“Halloween” Kids’ Weekends
“The Count Weekend” – October 22 & 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p. m.
“Monsters & Fairies Weekend” – October 29 & 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p. m.
Sesame Street® Safari of Fun, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
The event will feature beloved Sesame Street characters in their Halloween costumes with special appearances by Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and other popular faces. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, too.
Each Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekend will have a different festive theme. The first weekend will be themed after Count von Count, the famous Sesame Street vampire, where he’ll help you count your way through a “batty” Halloween maze. Monsters & Fairies weekend will follow, with Halloween-themed arts and crafts to transform the kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.
Be the first to know about new events like Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, 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.
For three weekends in October at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Firefighter Fridays return in 2016 conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association.
Come kick off NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week with fun, educational activities that teach kids the importance of fire safety on Firefighter Fridays held on October 14th, 21st, and 28th. You’ll also be able to meet some of the real-life firefighters who help keep Polk County safe.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
For more information on Firefighter Fridays at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, check out their website here.
We are quickly creeping into fall with school having started, Halloween parties underway, and football season here. This means it is time to revisit one of my all time favorite movies that is perfect for this time of year, Clue the Movie. The1985 comedy film is set in 1954 New England and definitely feels like it is set in the fall. If you haven’t yet seen Clue, which is based on the classic board game from Parker Brothers, now owned by Hasbro, you need to get on it!
Clue is a mystery wrapped in comedy and stars some great comedic actors like Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Eileen Brennan, and Lesley Ann Warren. Like the game, you have the color themed names for characters including Mrs. White, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Miss Scarlet. You also have Tim Curry as the seventh lead, Wadsworth, along with a supporting cast of characters and household staff: Mrs. Ho the cook, Yvette the maid, Mr. Boddy, the cop, the motorist, the singing telegram girl, and a few others which I won’t revel for fear of spoiling the plot of a 30+ year old movie.
While set in a somewhat creepy mansion on of course a dark and stormy night, the movie is definitely more comedy than scary. There are the rooms featured in the game, like the conservatory and such, but with others not mentioned in the game to flesh out the setting since 99% of the movie takes place entirely inside the mansion, Hill House. Rated PG for some very mild violence, a little bit of language, and some sexual innuendos. I would say ages 10 and up should be fine for this, but definitely use your own discretion and do some homework before you let your kids watch.
There are a ton of memorable lines, which make Clue great. The smart script will have most laughing throughout much of the film despite the somewhat dark subject of multiple murders. The soundtrack is fantastic, if you can track it down. I quote this movie probably more often than most due to the dozens of times I’ve watched it since I was introduced to it at my friend Rachel’s birthday party in sixth grade. Miss Scarlet is my favorite character, played by Lesley Ann Warren, and is the most sarcastic and quippy of the bunch, in my opinion. I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Ms. Warren at Disney’s D23 Expo last summer in Anaheim. She was so gracious in taking several minutes speaking with me about the film and said it was as much fun to make as it looks like it would be.
Clue the movie is one of those movies that I will watch any time it is on tv. I have the dvd and soundtrack, and plan on upgrading to the blu ray soon. It is a fun romp with scary dobermans, rainy and windy weather with appropriate splashes of thunder and lightning for accents, murder (what do you mean, murder?), and screams. If you’re looking for something to set the fall mood as we get closer to Halloween, I cannot recommend Clue enough. And remember, 1+1+2+1 does not equal 1+2+2+1. Flames, on the side of my face. Okay, I’ll stop now.