Support the Fight Against Cancer At Pink Bash 2017 In Winter Park

On Friday, October 20th from 5 to 9 pm, the Pink Bash will celebrate survivors with the chance to to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched, or have lost their battle to breast cancer on the West Meadow of Central Park in Winter Park, FL.

2017 Pink Bash Winter Park Florida
Photo: Pink Bash

Pink Bash is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive and uplifting way.

“Cancer has or will affect every single one of us in one way or another.  The City of Winter Park proudly stands with Libby’s Legacy for their work to promote education, research and innovative medical care in the fight against breast cancer.  We thank Libby’s Legacy for their work toward this goal, and appreciate all who support this mission by participating in amazing events such as the 6th Annual Pink Bash.” Steve Leary, Winter Park Mayor.

Pink Bash offers a vibrant line-up of activities throughout the evening including:

· Survivor Fashion Show – presented by Dillard’s and featuring local Central Florida survivors

· Signature Cocktails, Beer & Wine- complimentary signature cocktails, beer & wine

· Live Music by Vintage Vinyl Band

· Gourmet Food – Featuring the area’s best restaurants (available for purchase)

· Fundraising Activities and Exclusive Prizes

Advance General Admission: $20 per person ($30 at the door) – Includes admission, a Pink Bash tasting glass and complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails. Food is available for purchase at the event.

Tickets may be purchased at www.orlandosentinel.com/.

Use promo code PINK for $5 off advance purchase tickets.

Pink Bash is produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, a localbreast cancer foundation formed in Central Florida to provide support directly to Central Floridians.

“By honoring breast cancer survivors and raising funds during the Pink Bash event, we can achieve our goals and continue to provide vital breast health services and education to the undeserved Central Florida community,” said Robin Maynard-Harris, founder and executive director of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation.

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.

Pink Bash 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m.

West Meadow of Central Park, Winter Park (150 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789)

 

James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Orlando

If you are a serious foodie, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend the James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 6:30 pm hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner 2017
Photo: Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

Inside of the Resort’s acclaimed Ravello restaurant, Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will host the dinner to be joined by:

  • Paula DaSilva, chef de cuisine at Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, and of Hell’s Kitchen fame. DaSilva was a Best Chefs in America semi-finalist in the 2012 James Beard Awards.
  • Kathleen Blake, chef/owner from The Rusty Spoon in Orlando. Blake is a 2013 and 2015 James Beard Award Nominee in the Best Chef of the South, a 2013 Best Chefs in America – Southern Region, and was nominated for both Golden Whisk and Community Service Awards by Women Chefs & Restauranteurs.
  • Dean Max, chef/owner of DJM Restaurants, a collection of seven restaurants in the US and Caribbean. Max was a semi-finalist for the Best Chefs in America in the 2011, 2010 and 2009 James Beard Awards.
  • James Boyce, chef/owner of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama.  Boyce has a 2002 James Beard Award nomination for “Best Chefs of the Southwest” and is a two-time Mobil Five Star Award recipient.

The six-course James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner dinner menu includes:

Course 1, presented by Chef Fabrizio Schenardi

  • Appetisers: crudo and oyster station, house-curend lonza and capicolla, Italian and Spanish cheeses, pickled vegetables
  • Passed butternut squash tarts with sage, speck, jalapenos and caciocavallo cheese
  • Ficattole with spinach, artichokes, lamb meatballs and mint garlic oil

Course 2, presented by Chef Dean Max:

  • Charred octopus with ‘nduja, clam and pepper broth

Course 3, presented by Chef Kathleen Blake:

  • Chestnut cavatelli with roasted beets, bitter greens and turtle creek goat cheese

Course 4, presented by Chef Paula DaSilva:

  • Roasted open blue cobia, crispy yucca, moqueca-style stew

Course 5, presented by Chef James Boyce:

  • Cider braised Snake River Farms wagyu beef short ribs, white truffle pollard grits, black trumpet mushrooms and sauce bordelaise

Course 6, presented by Chef Rabii Saber:

  • Nougat glace, with chestnut, fruits of the forest, Valrhona Bahibe 46 percent milk chocolate
James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
Photo: James Beard Foundation

This phenomenal dinner experience, including with wine pairings, is available for $235 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets must be purchased in advance using this link.

 

Last Call To Apply For 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy

High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend – but there’s only a few weeks left for students to apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Applications close on October 31 for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

2017 Disney Dreamers Academy Group
Disney

For more than a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired young minds nationwide by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG.

The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at the Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

“After 10 years and over 1,000 Disney Dreamer alumni, we’re excited to begin the next decade of Disney Dreamers Academy,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management resortsand Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We are excited about the opportunity to add to the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate the minds of young high school students from across the nation and inspire them to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, future leaders of this country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”

Program applicants must answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. Selected applicants, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through October 31, 2017. A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced by early 2018.

For more information regarding applications, interested applicants can visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com, or learn more about the program on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Aquatica Orlando Announces Ray Rush Family Raft Slide

A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.

Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018

At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.

“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”

Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42” to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.

Ray Rush Family Raft Ride Rendering Aquatica
Aquatica Orlando

In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongsideRay Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.

The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass. For a limited-time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride Ray Rush when it opens in spring 2018. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Krispy Kreme Brings Back Pumpkin Spice Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is bringing back its popular fall treat, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut, for a limited time in October, answering customers’ calls for more opportunities to enjoy this delicious fall indulgence.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Originial Doughnut 2017

 

On Friday, October 13 and 20, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut will be available only after 6 p.m. for “Friday Night Spice.”

On Thursday, October 26, customers can enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut all day in celebration of National Pumpkin Day at participating Krispy Kreme shops across Central Florida:

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 Hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 Hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

“Guests were so enthusiastic about the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut when we first brought it back for one day last month. But their enthusiasm on social media and at our shops has only intensified since then, so we’re pleased to bring it back – again,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Original Doughnut 2017

The Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut is the same Original Glazed doughnut that Krispy Kreme customers know and love, but with a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavor, transforming the classic into the perfect fall treat.

10 Ways To Play at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is the newest premier entertainment and event destination featuring heart-pounding attractions, delicious cuisine and unique event spaces under one roof.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando Preview Weekend

Orlando Preview Weekend will be held on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 during regular hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday – Saturday10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Andretti Grill opens at 11 a.m. daily
All Central Florida residents with a valid ID will be treated to a complimentary $10 Play Card to enjoy arcade and non-redemption prize games (additional restrictions may apply).
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
10 Ways to Play Under One Roof
Located within walking distance of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, the highly anticipated Andretti Indoor Karting & Games entertainment complex features
•    Multi-level indoor karting
•    Full-service restaurant and bar
•    12 lanes of boutique bowling
•    120+ arcade and prize games
•    Two-level laser tag
•    Six virtual reality (VR) CXC racing simulators
•    7D HD dark ride motion theater
•    Extreme ropes course and curved zip line
•    10,000 square feet of event space
•    100+ HD TVs for sports viewing
Superkarts
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features high-speed electric SODI RTX Superkarts. The professionally designed multi-level, banked turn, modular track was created exclusively for the Orlando location by Kart360 with the most elevation changes and banked turns in the world. When the three tracks are combined, the Super Track is the largest indoor karting track in the United States.
Dining
Andretti Grill is a scratch-kitchen, full-service restaurant and bar featuring favorites such as Big Green Egg® slow-smoked ribs and wood-fired brick oven pizzas. Guests can catch all the action of their favorite games on more than 100 HD TVs and projection screens while enjoying refreshing libations at the Main Bar or the unique Sky Bar, with a 180° view of the track and LED illuminated domed roof.
No General Admission – Pay as You Play
·  Single adult race is $21.95, Single junior race is $14.95
·  Arcade and prize games: $5, $10, $20*,$50*, $100* (*includes bonus credits)
·  VR CXC racing simulators: $12.95
·  Two-level laser tag: $9.95
·  Boutique Bowling: starting at $24.95 (shoes and socks extra)
·  7D HD dark ride motion theater: $9.95
·  Extreme ropes course: $11.95
VIP Membership
Memberships are $5.95 for a single guest and $14.95 for a family membership.
Memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase and are valid at any Andretti Indoor Karting & Games location. Members enjoy up to 20 percent off karting and attractions plus 15 percent off arcade play and 10 percent off bowling lane rental and meals in Andretti Grill.

Have some Holiday Fun With Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary

As soon as the first day of fall hits my entire family starts the countdown to the holiday season, and Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary, arriving on Disney DVD September 26th, is the perfect way for us all to get in the holiday spirit.

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary box art Disney DVD
Disney DVD

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is a combination of spooky Halloween fun and Christmas Cheer. In two 22-minute holiday themed episodes you can get into the Halloween spirit as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy swap hair-raising Halloween stories and then you’ll fast forward a couple months to Donald’s first Christmas festivities with friends!

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!

For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb” and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight?

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary | New On Disney DVD

Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald’s first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle!

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary | New On Disney DVD

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is also a great way for families to get hyped up for the arrival of Mickey’s and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

In addition to the two episodes, you will also find five three minute shorts on the DVD:

  • Ghoul Friend
  • The Boiler Room
  • Black & White
  • Entombed
  • Split Decision

These new cartoons and bonus shorts from Disney animation are sure to be instant classics with your family! Don’t miss out on Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary, a perfect collection to share through the holidays!

Halloween is #BuiltforKids At LEGOLAND Brick Or Treat

2015 Brick or Treat LEGOLAND Florida
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

The Halloween party #BuiltForKids returns to LEGOLAND Florida Resort on seven dates in October, featuring a uniquely LEGO lineup of spooky, kooky, brick-tacular activities. With new entertainment joining the fun this year, Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly is a can’t-miss event included with all forms of park admission — no extra ticket required!

2017 LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly Dates

  • October 14-15 (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm)
  • October 21-22 (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm)
  • October 28-29 (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm)
  • October 31 (Tuesday, 10 am-7 pm)

Now in its sixth year, Brick or Treat includes a special Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular each event date (except October 31), trick-or-treating in the theme park, exclusive character meet-and-greets, several hands-on LEGO building activities and giant LEGO models perfect for scary selfies and spooky snapshots.  The theme park will be cloaked in boo-tiful Halloween décor with fun activities around every creepy corner.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2014
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida
What’s New at LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat?
  • LEGOLAND Model Citizens will roam the park looking for guests in awesome costumes, with LEGO prizes awarded on the spot to the most creatively dressed
  • Catch mysterious gravediggers grooving to haunted drums in an all-new show at the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater
  • A trio of large LEGO jack-o’-lanterns will come alive each evening for an “animated” performance of spooky tunes
  • Gather family and friends for a frightful photo opportunity inside a giant LEGO Halloween globe
  • Master Model Builders will treat kids to LEGO building tricks during a special spider activity in Fun Town, with their creepy crawly creations displayed in a tangled web alongside a fearsome LEGO spider
  • Watch a vampire magician perform extraordinary magic in LEGO Kingdoms
Be a LEGO Minifigure

The Be-A-Minifigure Costume Shop is now open in Fun Town for a limited run, offering more than 20 LEGO minifigure outfits for boys and girls based on popular themes including LEGO Iconic, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, THE LEGO NINJAGO Movie, and The LEGO Batman Movie.

Be-A-Minifigure Costume Shop

Walk in as a kid, walk out as a Minifigure! Which Minifigure will YOU be?! Tell us in the comments below.

Posted by LEGOLAND Florida on Saturday, September 23, 2017

LEGO fans can pick up two spooky sets available for a limited time – Halloween Haunt (#40260) and Vampire and Bat (#40203).

What’s Back at LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat?
  • Photo opportunities with the world’s largest LEGO pumpkin and the 13-foot Vampyre Hearse, a life-size replica of a real LEGO set from the 2014 Monster Fighters line made out of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO® bricks
  • Exclusive meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters Lord Vampyre, the Mummy, the Mad Scientist, the Witch and Frankenstein
  • Fistfuls of candy for kids 12 and under while traveling the Brick or Treat Trail
  • A scavenger hunt in MINILAND USA for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • A vampire-themed takeover of the LEGO Kingdoms area
  • Ghoulish goodies, including a pumpkin spice variety of Granny’s Apple Fries and “Worms in Dirt,” a squirmy, wormy dessert kids will love
LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2014
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Except for Tuesday, Oct. 31 (it’s a school night!), each Brick or Treat date will conclude with a ghostly new show featuring the “Tale of Pirates’ Cove” and a Halloween fireworks spectacular in the skies above Lake Eloise. Pick up a complimentary pair of viewing glasses before the show for a brick-tastic LEGO twist.

We all look forward to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida, and with all the new additions you can find this is sure to be the best year ever!

Halloween Fun At Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends

Halloween at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is more than intense scares, because the Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are back in October and are perfect for the entire family!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay extends Sesame Street Halloween Event through October

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends October 2017 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Family-Friendly Halloween Event Features Popular Sesame Street Friends, Crafts and Fun Fall Activities Every Saturday and Sunday in October

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with an extended four weeks of Halloween fun each Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 3:30 pm in October featuring beloved Sesame Street characters, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, and other popular friends in their own special Halloween costumes!

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends October 2017 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Each fun-filled weekend will feature trick-or-treating and fall festival activities including a hay bale maze, dance parties, games and character parades throughout the day as well as very special surprises for each theme including:

Monsters & Fairies – Oct. 7 & 8

Crafts that transform kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.

Super Grover – Oct. 14 & 15 

Unique superhero-inspired crafts and character parades led by Super Grover himself.

Spooky Safari – Oct. 21 & 22

A scavenger hunt with Bert and Ernie, animal ambassadors and safari-inspired Halloween crafts

Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta – Oct. 28 & 29

Fiesta-inspired Halloween crafts and character parades led by Rosita throughout the Safari of Fun area.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends October 2017 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and every weekend is jam-packed with brand-new events and activities, including:

NEW! Fall Festival Activities

Located at Gwazi Field, visitors can participate in a wide variety of fall-inspired activities. Families can enjoy games and events every weekend including a hay-bale maze, pumpkin ring toss and so much more. Show off your family costumes and join us for parades and dance parties with our favorite Sesame Street pals.  No reservations are necessary.

NEW! Paint With Me

Every Saturday morning, starting on October 14th, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., parents and kids are invited to an exclusive painting session during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends. The experience kicks off with a meet-and-greets with one of your favorite Sesame Street friends followed by a 45-minute kid-friendly painting session led by an instructor. Reservations are required, space is limited. Book here.

NEW! Sesame Street Character Dining

Make lunch more than just delicious by sharing it with Elmo and friends. Everyone in the family will find something to savor in our delicious Sesame Street Character Dining lunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday of the Halloween weekends. Enjoy hugs and high fives during a Halloween-themed lunch and enjoy character story time, sing-a-longs, dance parties, and special photo opportunities. Reservations are required, space is limited.  Book here.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends October 2017 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

You can find out more information about Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends in October by visiting BuschGardens.com!

Dead And Company Fall Tour Comes To Orlando

Fresh off their highly-acclaimed summer tour, Dead and Company has added a fall leg to its 2017 tour beginning on November 12 and running through December 8. Dead and Company play Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, December 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 23, at 10 a.m.

Dead and Company Fall Tour 2017 Amway Center Logo

To ensure fans get tickets in their hands directly, fan registration is available now for the fall tour dates through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Ticket supply is limited and for further information, click here

American Express Card Members may purchase tickets to the Orlando show before the general public Tuesday, September 19, at 12 noon EST through Friday, September 22, at 10 p.m. EST.

The celebrated group features original Grateful Dead members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann andBob Weir, alongside singer/guitarist, John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist, Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti. Continuing in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, the group draws from the Dead’s vast catalog of songs and is taking the iconic music catalogue to new heights.

During the fall of 2015, the inaugural Dead and Company tour kicked off with two sold-out shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden, which Billboard dubbed as “magical,” followed by three highly- successful U.S. tours. Dead and Company is “potent enough to enrapture the faithful and convert the skeptical.” – Boston Globe

Dead and Company has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences & Seamless Packages including a premium concert ticket with early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster, and a commemorative concert ticket and case. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.

Check deadandcompany.com for complete tour and ticketing information.

Dead and Company | FALL TOUR 2017 | Amway Center Orlando

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Where: Amway Center | Orlando, Florida

On Sale: Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 10 am

Tickets$47, $72, $96 & $146.50 (prices subject to change). 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. 

Sharks Underwater Grill Joins Magical Dining Month

Recently recognized by Zagat this year as an excellent eatery, Sharks Underwater Grill, the fine dining restaurant at SeaWorld Orlando, is the only establishment in a theme park participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express for the first time.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Each fall, Visit Orlando teams up with over 100 local restaurants to offer incredible three-course-dinners for an amazing value: $35 per person. During Magical Dining Month, guests can make a reservation at Sharks Underwater Grill and select an appetizer, dinner, and dessert at this limited-time rate. Decadent lobster bisque, creamy seafood pasta, savory filet mignon and dreamy Key Lime pie are just a few items from the special edition menu for diners can choose from.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

In addition to sustainable seafood and local Florida beef, the highlight of the restaurant is an enormous window into Shark Encounter, SeaWorld’s massive shark habitat. Guests are immersed in the world of the apex predators as they enjoy world-class entrees specially prepared by SeaWorld’s skilled chefs.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

Magical Dining Month is the only time of the year when park admission is not required to dine at Sharks Underwater Grill. Upon arrival at SeaWorld, guests with a Magical Dining Reservation will meet with a SeaWorld ambassador at the Magical Dining check-in location near the park entrance to be escorted to the restaurant. Following dinner, guests have the opportunity to remain at SeaWorld until the park closes for the evening.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

To participate in Magical Dining Month at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando, guests must call the restaurant directly at (407) 363-2591 to make their reservation for dinner served starting at 3:00p.m. Reservations are required, as space is limited. This special offer is only valid during Magical Dining Month from now until October 1.

For more information, guests are encouraged to visit www.OrlandoMagicalDining.com and www.SeaWorld.com/Orlando

Tin Roof Orlando Announces Oktoberfest Celebration

Tin Roof Orlando Announces Oktoberfest Celebration

Sunday, October 1 event to feature live music, food, and beer!
You don’t need lederhosen to join this celebration. Tin Roof Orlando puts its own spin on Oktoberfest with a FREE event at I-Drive 360.
Tin Roof Orlando Oktoberfest Celebration 2017 I Drive 360
“It’s the first time we’re hosting this event,” says William Hodges, Tin Roof’s regional manager. “We want to provide locals and tourists an incredible opportunity to enjoy a fall afternoon under the Orlando Eye with music, food and drinks.”
There is no cover charge. You only pay for what you want to eat or drink; however, you must be 21 to purchase alcohol. The action starts at noonon Sunday, October 1. Parking is always free inside the I-Drive 360 parking garage.
“We’re going to have things inside and outside on the plaza at I-Drive 360,” says Hodges. “We hope to get locals excited and coming back to the area with events like this.”
Tin Roof Orlando Oktoberfest Celebration 2017 I Drive 360
Taking the stage for live performances will be:
  • Beemo, Acoustic/Alternative
  • Audio Exchange, 70’s to current Top 40, Rock, R&B and Country
  • Alpine Express, authentic German music
Oktoberfest is rooted in German history. It began as a wedding celebration, which has now become a popular way to highlight German food, music and of course BEER!

About Tin Roof Orlando

Headquartered in Nashville, the first Tin Roof opened in 2002 near Nashville’s famous Music Row. It quickly became a favorite for both performers and music fans. The parent company, Tin Roof Acquisitions, expanded the concept to other cities. Orlando is one of the company’s locations. Tin Roof is located at 8371 International Drive (I-Drive 360). For more information, please visit www.tinroofbars.com/Home/Orlando.

Magical Dining Month at Walt Disney World

DISCLOSURE: I just wanted to let everyone know that this post is in no way sponsored by Visit Orlando. I just really enjoy Magical Dining Month. I am just really excited to share that Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Restaurants are participating this year.

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

For the first time select Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Restaurants are participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my experience!

If you aren’t familiar with it, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, happening from now until October 1st, gives locals and visitors to Orlando the opportunity to dine at over 100 restaurants around the City Beautiful with a prix fixe menu that only costs $35. The best part of the deal is that one dollar from of each meal goes locally to support Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

This year there are six participating Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants, and they include: (The links actually show the prix fixe menu offered at each location)

I had the opportunity to dine at The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort with my family & friends, and we had a fantastic meal!

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We tried to order a few things so we could try as many dishes as possible, and the portion sizes are no smaller than they normally are so it was really easy to share.

Let’s look at what we ordered!

Appetizers

The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad

lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

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Classical French Onion Soup

beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Entrees

Pan Seared Corvina

lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Grilled New York Strip Steak

hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Desserts

Chocolate-Espresso Torte

with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

fresh fruit and butter breton cri that is gluten free

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Know Before You Go To Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Magical Dining Month:

  • You still need to make an Advanced Dining Reservation using the Walt Disney World website, calling 407-WDW-DINE, or by using the My Disney Experience App. When making your reservation, you will not need to note that you will be ordering from the Magical Dining Month prix fixe menu.
  • If you have allergies or dietary restrictions know that no substitutions can be made to the menu, so talk with your server to make sure that the menu fits with your needs.
  • Applicable sales tax, gratuities, and beverages are not included in the Magical Dining Month prix fixe menu cost.
  • An 18% service charge is added for parties of six (6) or more.
  • The prix fixe menu is not available to those utilizing any Disney Dining Plan.
  • No discounts can be applied to the Magical Dining Month menu, and while there are great discounts available for Annual Passholders and Tables in Wonderland card holders they cannot be applied to your check unless they are additions to the prix fixe menu and are charged to a separate check which takes extra time to complete which is extremely time consuming.

 

Educator Days At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! wants to thank Florida K-12, College, Homeschool, Preschool educators, and school support staff during Educator Days by offering extended summer fun with the return of Educator Days.
Ripley’s attractions in Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, and Key West will offer FREE admission for in-state educators from September 5 – October 15, 2017.
“We appreciate all the hard work our teachers do throughout the school year. This is one small way for us to give back and show our gratitude,” says Kim Kiff, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Regional Manager.
Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are also eligible for free admission when they show a current pay stub and photo ID. Additionally, up to three guests will receive 50% off admission.

Educator Days At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Location Details:

WHAT
Educator Days: Free admission for educators + 50% off for up to three guests.
WHO
Florida K-12, College, Homeschool, Preschool educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff
WHEN
September 5 – October 15, 2017
WHERE
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Orlando
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando
8201 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys St Augustine
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine
19 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Panama City Beach
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach
9907 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Key West
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West
108 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

The Best Of…Aquatica Orlando

Disclosure: I was invited by Aquatica Orlando to spend a day in the park with my family and to experience a family cabana, but all opinions are my own.

Aquatica Orlando 2017

Aquatica Orlando, a water park owned and operated by SeaWorld Orlando, is truly a gem in the Orlando line-up of theme parks.

Themed to the South Pacific, this water park that opened in 2008 is home to eight water slides, two lazy rivers, side-by-side wave pools, two children’s water play areas, animal habitats and conservation stations, as well as several restaurants and shops.

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Aquatica Orlando has a wide variety of attractions and activities making it a great place to visit for the entire family, and here are some of the best things to experience on your next visit to the park.

The Best Of…Aquatica Orlando

The best attraction for families…Loggerhead Lane 

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Loggerhead Lane is a traditional Lazy River with a fun extra. As you are floating along you will find that there are two different paths you can take, and depending on which you choose you will find yourself floating past the Fish Grotto or the Commerson’s Dolphins viewing area.

The best attraction for toddlers…Kata’s Kukaburra Cove 

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For toddlers, the Kata Kookaburra Cove play area located near the wave pools and beach is chocked full of slides, sprays, and water obstacles for kids to play in and on for hours with their parents. 

The best attraction for children…Walkabout Waters 

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Walkabout Waters, closely located to Roa’s Rapids and Taumata Racers, is home to a gigantic multi-level water play areas with dump buckets, slides, and water sprays perfect for younger kids to play in with their parents while older kids experience the more thrilling slides in the area.

What is really nice about both play areas is that they are almost over-staffed with Aquatica lifeguards with lot of areas for parents to supervise and stay cool.

The best attraction for tweens…Taumata Racer 

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Taumata Racers is a racing slide with a twist. This eight lane racing slide with mats has both enclosed and open areas to add an extra thrill to the slide’s intense speed. And to help settle any disputes, at the bottom of the lanes are timers that show which racer went the fastest.

The best attraction for thrills…Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

Ihu's Breakaway Falls SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Orlando

At nearly 80 feet tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is Orlando’s tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind.  Offering four unique slide paths, you’ll step into one of three “breakaway boxes” and watch each other fall one-by-one or test your bravery on a fourth open slide for a different but just as thrilling experience. This is definitely a set of slides for the brave of heart!

The best attraction for family thrills…Walhala Wave 

Aquatica Orlando 2017

Walhalla Wave is a family raft ride that require riders to be 42” tall to ride, because it is an intense and dark experience. A huge bonus of this slide is that you don’t have to worry about lugging a large tube up stairs while watching your children. Walhalla Wave is extremely thrilling at six stories tall with zooming twists, turns, and tunnels.

The BEST attraction…Roa’s Rapids 

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Roa’s Rapids is a Not-So-Lazy River that is really long and has powerful jets that move you through the river that I could stay on all day!!! Our first time around Roa’s Rapids we chose not to grab life vests since we are all strong swimmers, but on our second trip around we decided to wear one and it was a much more enjoyable experience.

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Getting out of the current can be a tad difficult for younger ones, so make sure you communicate early about when you are looking to exit Roa’s Rapids.

The best annual passholder perk…Pass Member Pavilion

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The all-new Pass Member Pavilion is a place exclusively for Pass Holders with concierge services, complimentary sunscreen, private chairs, charging centers, a private entrance to Banana Beach Cook-Out, and a place to find exclusive offers. And now for a Limited Time, Pass Members should stop by to pick up an Aquatica Pass Member reusable tote that is available while supplies last.

The best place to eat…Banana Beach Cook-Out 

Aquatica Orlando 2017

There are a wide variety of food and bar options at Aquatica, but we chose to get all-day wristbands for the Banana Beach Cookout where we got to eat, drink, and snack all day. It was great to be able to pop in and grab a drink or slice of pizza or BBQ sandwich! And if you only want to visit once, there is a single visit option as well. Pass Members can save 10% by showing their pass and photo ID.

The best add-on to your day…Quick Queue

Aquatica Orlando 2017

If slides are your thing, adding quick queue to your day will make conquering all the thrills easier. There are two Quick Queue options that allow front-of-the-line access to six of your favorite water-slides including:

  • Whanau Way – Must be able to maintain proper riding position unassisted. Sliders under 48” must wear a life jacket.
  • Omaka Rocka– Minimum height requirement is 48”.
  • Ihu’s Breakaway Falls– Minimum height requirement is 48”.
  • Taumata Racer– Minimum height requirement is 42”
  • Walhalla Wave – Minimum height requirement is 42”
  • HooRoo Run – Minimum height requirement is 42”.

Pricing and inventory vary by season, so check specific dates for actual price and availability. Aquatica Orlando Pass Members save 10% on the purchase of Quick Queue.

The MUST add-on to your day…Locker Rental

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When I am at the water park, I tend to drop my stuff and go so having a locker for my valuables is a MUST! The locker rentals are centrally located, reasonably priced, and are available in three different sizes.

The best add-on luxury…Cabana

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I will have to say that the biggest luxury at any water park is a cabana, and at Aquatica Orlando they have a wide variety of cabanas available for most budgets. You can check out the different levels and areas of the park that you can find cabanas and what each include here.

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For more information about Aquatica Orlando and the latest ticket deals, make sure to visit their official website.