Cirque du Soleil LUZIA coming to Orlando

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019

Cirque du Soliel brings its iconic Big Top experience to Orlando for the first time with LUZIA

The astounding production LUZIA opens on March 7, 2019 under the white-and-gold Big Top at The Florida Mall

Orlando, Fla.

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Orlando with its delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning Big Top production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico.

From March 7 – 31, 2019, local audiences are invited for the first time ever under the Cirque du Soleil Big Top at The Florida Mall to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
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In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, in association with Brigitte Poupart, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

With mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Jaw-dropping highlights include a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the center of a cenote (natural sinkhole), a juggler tossing seven pins at breakneck speed, and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulation.

Since its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been presenting traveling Big Top shows all around the world. The overall excitement of going to the circus, the otherworldly atmosphere of the Big Top, as well as its intimate setting elevate the Cirque du Soleil experience. LUZIA is the company’s 17th show to be presented under a Big Top.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Tickets for Orlando performances of LUZIA start at $54, and are available now online.

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ICON Orlando Holiday Savings and Experiences

ICON Orlando Holiday Savings and Experiences 2018

ICON Orlando Rolls Out New Savings & Experiences for the Holidays

ICON Orlando offers Friends & Family Discounts, Dining Package, Sky Bar 360, & More

ORLANDO, Fla.

ICON Orlando is rolling out a festive collection of seasonal savings for group and individual flights, exciting new options for group celebrations and gatherings, nightly light shows, and unique dinner experiences.

Designed for visitors and locals alike, the new offerings present significant savings on memorable holiday outings for friends and families, including always FREE garage parking at the popular dining and entrainment complex.

Located in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive entertainment district, ICON Orlando 360 is home to an array of unique dining experiences.  From authentic Spanish and Mexican fare to traditional American eats, ICON Orlando 360 offers selections to please any palate.  Nightly live music, shopping venues and a central courtyard with fountain and choreographed water displays, complement the experience.

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“Whether entertaining out-of-town guests, toasting the holidays with friends or co-workers, or looking for an iconic Orlando vacation experience, these new offers deliver memorable moments and substantial savings,” said Cindy Dykman, director of sales and marketing at ICON Orlando 360.

ICON Orlando new seasonal experiences include:

Holiday Friends & Family Pass – (Groups of Three or More) – Share the experience with your loved ones this holiday. A group of three riders on ICON Orlando pays less than $22.00 per person, per rotation and can fly during any time of the day or night. For groups of more than three riders, the admission price drops to just $14.99 per additional rider, compared to the listed $29.99/adult and $24.99/child general admission pricing.
Fly Before 4 and Save – Take a flight on ICON Orlando before 4 p.m. and pay just $14.99 per person, per rotation – a savings of $15.00 per standard adult and $10.00 per standard child admission rates. (*Block out dates include December 24, 2018-January 1, 2019.)

Florida Residents Anytime Flight – Florida residents riding ICON Orlando enjoy a savings of 25 percent with prices at $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for children when purchased online.

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Sky Bar 360 – ICON Orlando now offers private Sky Bar 360 beverage capsules for up to 10 guests, starting at just $29 per person. An ideal experience for a holiday gathering of friends and colleagues, Sky Bar 360 capsules include options for a bottomless selection of beer and/or wine plus two full rotations (44 minutes) on ICON Orlando. Beer options include Bud Light, Corona and Blue Moon with wine offerings including an array of white, red, sparkling, and Prosecco. Guests of the Sky Bar 360 capsules must be 21 years or older. Customization for quantity and selection of beverage offerings is available upon request.  (Not available December 31st).

Holiday Light Show – More than 64,000 LED lights will bring the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States to life in a kaleidoscopic 10-minute show, synchronized to a festive holiday soundtrack.  The light show runs until January 6, 2019 (Sunday-Thursday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.).

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Fly & Dine – Fly & Dine includes one flight aboard ICON Orlando, along with a choice of dinner options at seven of ICON Orlando 360’s fast casual and full-service restaurants. The set menu options start at just $32 for fast casual or $45 for full-service dining at participating restaurants, including Sugar Factory Orlando, Tin Roof Orlando, Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant, UNO Pizzeria & Grill and others.

New Year’s Eve – Exciting plans are underway for an iconic New Year’s Eve celebration.  More information will be announced soon!

The centerpiece of the 18-acre ICON Orlando 360 dining and entrainment complex, ICON Orlando captivates guests with an experience like no other. One of the tallest observation wheels in the world, the 400-foot ICON Orlando provides riders with a bird’s-eye view of Central Florida. Its gentle rotation allows time to take in the Central Florida landscape, and enjoy meaningful time with friends and family for the holidays. In addition, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and the all-new StarFlyer Orlando provided added entertainment.

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For more information on how to purchase tickets and to view the all-new options, visit the official website.

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A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Disclosure: I was invited to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to try these items, however all opinions are 100% my own. I am genuinely a GIGANTIC fan of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, firmly believe their chicken tenders are heaven sent, and will fight you for the last onion ring…so with that being said let’s get going!

A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

It was probably a year ago that I discovered Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (when I say ‘discovered’ I really mean I was finally braved the line out the door), and since then it has become my go-to restaurant when I am ‘On the Go’ since their menu has a wide variety of items.

If you haven’t been to a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, what makes them so special is that they really live up to their name! Their menu features made-from-scratch dishes like house smoked baby back ribs, hand-battered country fried chicken, scratch burgers, croissants, and their AMAZING homemade onion rings that are stacked to the ceiling.

While the menu features some fan favorites like their chicken tenders (they serve over 30 million a year), Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is always adding new items to their lineup.

Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite and new favorite menu items!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Texas Sweet Tea and Painkiller (there is a limit of 2 per person…for a VERY good reason)
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Homemade Onion Rings- These are the most amazing onion rings you’ll ever have…promise!
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Trio Sampler – The trio sampler for us is perfect, because everyone gets their favorite appetizer. 
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen New Orleans Pasta – The New Orleans Pasta has a great snap of spicy that is perfect for warming you up on a chilly night.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Tender Parmesan – The parmesan crust on the chicken tenders is FANTASTIC!
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop – Let me be honest…Dave didn’t even let me have bite, because he claimed this as ‘his’. Not cool dude. Not. Cool. 
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Blackened Salmon and Shrimp
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Blackened Salmon and Shrimp  – The Blackened Salmon and Shrimp is a great light dinner or lunch. 
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Monte Cristo – The Monte Cristo is Zoe’s go-to menu item, and you can actually order a lunch combo with half of this sandwich with a ton of options. It’s great!
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Seasonal Crisp A La Mode – So now it’s my turn…I didn’t share. I’m not ashamed. It was too good to share. 
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Painkiller Mini Cake – The Painkiller Mini Cake was soooo good, and a fantastic light dessert. 
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cake – Don’t let the ‘Mini’ fool you, because the Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cake is big on flavor!

But what makes Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen even better is their prices! They have twenty entrees that are under $10, and let me tell you NONE of them are small! You definitely won’t leave hungry!

There are over 150 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen locations across the country, and you can find your nearest one here.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Holiday Gift Card Offer for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen:
This holiday season, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is offering a free Sandwich or Scratch Burger served with one side – such as Cheddar’s hand-battered Monte Cristo sandwich or hand-smashed Smokehouse Burger – when guests purchase $30 or more in gift cards online or in-restaurant from December 17 through 24.

If you can’t tell I’m a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen fangirl, and you will be too when you give it a try!

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What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is always bustling with activity, and here is the latest news on shows you won’t want to miss!

What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

Tom Jones Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tom Jones

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater

Tickets

Start at $49.50

Description

Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 76—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost SuitcaseSpirit In The Roomand Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.

Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including “It’s Not Unusual”, “Kiss”, “Delilah”, “What’s New Pussycat”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and “If I Only Knew”, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.

Tom was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honour he deeply cherishes. An honour he was able to celebrate once again in 2012 when he performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award. He has been animated as himself in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperors New Groove; other film roles include Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks. In 2012 he landed his first acting role not playing himself, alongside Brenda Blethyn and Alison Steadman, in “Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds” for Sky Arts.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

Jessie James Decker

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jessie James Decker

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $29.50. VIP experience available.

Description

Jessie James Decker is a country music singer/songwriter, style entrepreneur, television personality and New York Times bestselling author. Her album, Southern Girl City Lights, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in October 2017 following the success of her gold certified single “Wanted.” A star of the hit reality show Eric and Jessie, she is the creator and designer of Kittenish, a playful fashion line inspired by her personal style. Decker’s first book, the New York Times Bestseller Just Jessie, is her guide to love, life, family and food, and was released in October 2018 from Harper Collins Publishers.

Presented by

Outback Concerts

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $45.25. VIP experience available.

Description

Jo Koy tours around the world and is currently on his Break The Mold World Tour. He can be heard as a weekly guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. He also hosts the weekly podcast The Koy Pond with Jo Koy on Podcast One. Additionally, Koy can be seen on the Kevin Hart’s LaughOutLoud.com as the host of Inglorious Pranksters. For more info on the podcast and tour dates, please visit: Jokoy.com.

Koy has had two highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. In 2017, Koy released his 3rd stand-up special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle as a Netflix Original.

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Spike TV’s Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live, Celebrity Page TV, VH1, World’s Funniest Fails, Sean In The Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. 

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts American Girl Live

American Girl Live

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $33.75. VIP experience available.

Description

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to Bob Carr Theater! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with The Roberts Group

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org or 407.455.5550.

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