The Orlando Eye Announces Florida Resident Rates

The Orlando Eye 2015 Florida Resident Rate

The Orlando Eye Announces Florida Resident Rates

Florida residents can take in views of the sunshine state with special rates aboard the state’s newest attraction

 

The Orlando Eye will have Florida residents walking on sunshine with special rates to ride on the 400-foot observation wheel.

The Orlando Eye

 

Now Florida residents can purchase flights on the Orlando Eye for $18 ($13 for children between the ages of 3-12) with proof of residency. This special offer saves visitors more than 25 percent off regular admission. For a limited time, tickets may be purchased at OfficialOrlandoEye.com or at the attraction’s admissions desk.

Things to know about the Florida Resident Offer at The Orlando Eye:

  • This offer is valid for Florida residents, with valid proof of residency, such as a state-issued ID, utilities or cable bill, bank statement, library card, or recent paystub.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Prices and hours subject to change without notice.
  • Attraction admission is not guaranteed and subject to availability.
  • The offer is not valid for premium products (Orlando Eye Flex ticket, VIP Experience or Private capsules).
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or packages.

For more information on the Florida resident rate, or to view additional ticket packages, visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

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About The Orlando Eye:

Located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.

As a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the new Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, showcases 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.

Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

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CSI: The Experience to Host CSI Series Finale Event

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CSI: The Experience to Host CSI Series Finale Event

EMS Entertainment will host live, series finale watch party event to celebrate 15 years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at Orlando’s CSI: The Experience.

For 15 years, the hit CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been delivering twists, turns,and heart-stopping excitement to legions of fans worldwide. Unfortunately, all good things must come toan end. On September 27, CBS will air a two-hour series finale movie signaling the end of an era, and EMS Entertainment invites die-hard CSI fans to come together for a grand send-off.

Join us as we reunite with fan favorites including Supervisor Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) making their triumphant return to the series in what’s sure to be a wild ride.

Beginning at 4:00PM, CSI: The Experience will host a finale party featuring games, light refreshments, contests, and a “best-of” episode rewatch. After the exhibit closes, the event carries on with a live watch party of the finale film in our private event room. Interact with fans from around the world via social media feeds, and share an evening with your fellow CSI devotees!

Surprises await you as we say a fond farewell to our dedicated investigators. Enjoy special discounted admission to CSI: The Experience for event attendees.

If you haven’t strapped on a ballistics vest yet, 50% pricing provides the perfect opportunity! Or choose to participate in the party only for an inclusive price of $15 for all ages. Free parking is available in both front and back lots.

From CBS and EMS, we’d like to thank you for your loyal support of this exceedingly successful television franchise. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate one of the world’s most prolific series in an exclusive, one-time event.

To keep up with CSI: The Experience Orlando, make sure you give them a follow on Twitter @CSIExperienceFL and like on Facebook.

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The SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarist Team Welcomes Sharks

Sea Life Orlando Shark

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Prepares for New Fins on the Block

The SEA LIFE Orlando aquarist team welcomes sharks to their new habitat

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium introduced sandbar sharks to their new home in Orlando this week. The sandbar sharks, also known as brown sharks, were transported on stretchers to their 192,000-gallon habitat, joining their new aquatic neighbors.

Sea Life Orlando Shark Release

This marks the second group of fish to arrive at the aquarium, which previously included Everglades Pygmy Sunfish, Butterflyfish, Triggerfish, Moray Eels and more. More than 5,000 sea animals will be featured in 32 display habitats.

Opening May 4, visitors can immerse themselves in this unique and interactive aquarium experience, including coldwater rock pools, bubble and floor-to-ceiling window aquariums, and walkthrough 360-degree and 180-degree acrylic tunnels to learn about various species through interactive experiences.

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About SEA LIFE Orlando

Opening May 4, 2015, SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction will be home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, sting rays, jellies, sea turtles and much more.

SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain and SEA LIFE Orlando is the 50th location aquarium launched in the world and the 8th in the U.S. SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando. For more information, go to .

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Artegon Marketplace Calendar of Events: April-June 2015

Artegon Marketplace Calendar of Events: April-June 2015

 Artegon Marketplace Orlando

There is always someing going on at Artegon Marketplace!

The Art of Beer returns April 14; Art of Fashion struts on April 18;

Food Truck Fridays roll in on April 24 … and more!

 

In addition to experiencing Orlando’s most unique shopping experience, visitors to Artegon Marketplace Orlando are also treated to a frequent schedule of special events and recurring activities. From the permanent Sky Trail ropes course to weekend entertainment and seasonal events, there’s always something fun going on for everyone at Artegon Marketplace. Here’s a look at the line-up ahead and mark your calendar.

 

Signature Special Events:

Art of Beer at Artegon April 14

THE ART OF BEER – TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 5:00-8:00 P.M.

Mark your calendar to join ‎Artegon Marketplace for The Art of Beer on Tuesday, April 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Enjoy a night of craft beer plus live music and tantalizing treats from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, all for FREE (while supplies last). Relax on the patio while enjoying freshly poured, hand-crafted ales from Orlando Brewing. Mingle with the artisans from The Village at Artegon Marketplace and discover a new way to shop local.

 fashion show artegon marketplace

THE ART OF FASHION – SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2:00-5:00 P.M.

Art and fashion will come alive during this FREE, one-of-a-kind fashion show featuring upcycled fashions and original, handmade goods from marketplace artisans Jortra Boutique, Pletora and Enviroelectric. After the show, stick around for the sip and stroll!

 

ART AND WINE STROLL – 3RD SAT. MONTHLY, APRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 20, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

The third Saturday of every month features this FREE art, food and wine stroll through the Village at Artegon Marketplace. Mingle with artisans displaying their hand-crafted items and art while enjoying complimentary bite-sized treats, wine from Orlando’s own Quantum Leap Winery, and the jazz jams of a live three-piece band.

 

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS – 4TH FRI. MONTHLY, APRIL 24, MAY 22, JUNE 26, 5:00-9:00 P.M.

Artegon Marketplace’s “Food Truck Friday” truck rally held on the fourth Friday of every month returns on April 24. Gather on Artegon’s front patio for live music, entertainment and a kaleidoscope of food options, plus savor a unique deal: bring a purchase receipt of at least $10 from The Village at Artegon Marketplace to guest services and redeem for $5 in Food Truck Bucks.

 

ORLANDO ART & WELLNESS EXPO – SATURDAY, MAY 16, 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique has partnered with Artegon Marketplace to present Orlando’s first-ever Art & Wellness Expo featuring over 100 craftspeople, artisans and wellness vendors. This is a FREE event for the public showcasing Central Florida’s cultural arts and natural health community. Highlights include color therapy yoga; workshops in art therapy and breathe-work/meditation; a live body painting competition; aura photography; a community mural; guest speakers; raffles and giveaways; artists at work; live performances, DJs and more! Keynote guest speakers include medical expert and plant-based pharmacist Dustin Rudolph, author of the book “The Empty Medicine Cabinet.” More details, including a Call to Artists page, at https://www.facebook.com/

This event is sponsored by: Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique; Artegon Marketplace; Defined Enterprises; Get a Board Foundation; Wolfefx Body Makeup; Cafe TuTu Tango

 

Weekend and Recurring Entertainment:

Check here for the most up-to-date list of upcoming events: http://www.artegonmarketplace.

All events are subject to change without notice.

 

Sunday, April 19 — 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Artegon Marketplace welcomes the Central Florida Diecast Club to the Community Room.  Diecast collectors from across Central Florida will be meeting to trade, sell and talk about their collectibles and all are welcome!

 

Wednesday, April 22 — 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tea Craze presents a Custom Blending Class (Part 1).  The cost is $15.00 per person.  For reservations, call 407-732-1807.

 

About Artegon Marketplace Orlando:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that has transformed Orlando shopping into a new kind of experience. Located on the north end of International Drive and catering to local residents and visitors, alike, Artegon Marketplace is the area’s destination for one-of-a-kind stores, shops and foods. Unique to the shopping attraction is The Village at Artegon Marketplace, housing 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople sell and demonstrate their products and services. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Wear and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, plus climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theaters, and much, much more.  For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (ArtegonOrlando.com.) Like onFacebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram #ArtegonMarketplace. The center is owned and operated by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC, considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry.

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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Welcomes First Group of Fish with Open Arms (and Fins)

Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

School’s in for the Summer: First Group of Fish Arrive at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

School’s in for the summer as @sealifeorlando welcomes the first group of fish to the aquarium

 

From Angelfish to Porkfish, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has welcomed the first group of colorful fish and marine animals to the 25,000 square-foot aquarium attraction.

Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Opening May 4, the immersive, one-of-a-kind aquarium experience will eventually be home to more than 5,000 sea animals from the oceans and waters of the world. After each group arrives, the fish and marine life are acclimated to the aquarium waters before moving into one of 32 display habitats. The first grouping features a variety of smaller sea animals, including Everglades Pygmy Sunfish, Butterflyfish and Triggerfish, Moray Eels and several sea snakes such as the Yellow Ratsnake and Rough Green Snake, to name a few.

“The fish and sea animal arrival is a huge milestone for our aquarium,” said Steve Blair, Curator, for SEA LIFE Orlando. “Once our smaller animals are acclimated to their new environments, we’ll get the chance for their larger neighbors, such as rays and sharks, to move into the SEA LIFE neighborhood in a few weeks.”

Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Guests will have the chance to come nose-to-nose with many different sea creatures through a variety of display habitats, cold water rock pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling aquariums, and walk through 360-degree and 180-degree clear acrylic tunnels.

For more information on SEA LIFE Orlando, or to purchase tickets, go to Visit SeaLife.com/Orlando.

 Sea Life Orlando Florida I Drive

About SEA LIFE Orlando

Opening May 4, 2015, SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction will be home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, sting rays, jellies, sea turtles and much more.

SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain and SEA LIFE Orlando is the 50th location aquarium launched in the world and the 8th in the U.S. SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando. For more information, go to www.visitsealife.com/orlando.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando Will Feature New Jimmy Fallon Wax Figure

Jimmy Fallon meets his brand new figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando. Photos courtesy of Madame Tussauds
Jimmy Fallon meets his brand new figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando. Photos courtesy of Madame Tussauds

Jimmy Fallon and Madame Tussauds Debut Five New Wax Figures

Celebrating the opening of its new location in Orlando, Madame Tussauds has teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to debut five wax figures

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” joined Madame Tussauds at their New York attraction for a special launch of five brand new, never-before-seen wax figures of the popular funnyman.  The event took place at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square and will mark Fallon’s one-year anniversary behind “The Tonight Show” desk.

For the first time in history, Madame Tussauds unveiled not one, but five, unique wax figures of a single celebrity.  Fallon’s figures will be housed in Madame Tussauds locations spanning the country: New York City, Washington DC, Hollywood and San Francisco. His fifth figure will be featured in the newest Madame Tussauds in Orlando when it opens May 4, 2015.

“I’m honestly floored! These artists did an amazing job,” said Jimmy Fallon upon seeing his figures for the first time. “I guess I’ll have to stop with the plastic surgery for at least a few years so these figures stay relevant.”

Madame Tussuads And Jimmy Fallon Debut Five Wax Figures At Madame Tussauds New York Madame Tussuads Orlando
Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds

“We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Fallon to five of our U.S. Madame Tussauds attractions, including our newest Orlando attraction opening in May this year,” said Janine DiGioacchino, Divisional Director, Midway North America, Merlin Entertainments Group. “Jimmy is beloved by fans across the world and we look forward to offering so many of our visitors the opportunity to engage with such an entertainment icon.”

Dressed in his signature suit, each figure was meticulously created by Madame Tussauds studio artists over the course of four months. Fallon worked closely with the artists who spent hours sitting with the star taking over 250 measurements, no details were overlooked including identifying exact eye color, and detailing each strand of hair.

Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and taking more than 200 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience a brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. All visitors can shake hands with the president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie!

Madame Tussuads And Jimmy Fallon Debut Five Wax Figures At Madame Tussauds New York Madame Tussuads Orlando
Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds

Fun Facts:

  • Jimmy Fallon donated the shirt and tie for his Orlando figure.
  • All five figures debuted on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday, March 26.

 

  • It took 20 studio artists 3-4 months to complete the figures and the hair alone took 6 weeks per figure.

 

  • Fallon’s personal hair stylist styled each of the figures’ hair.

 

For more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/orlando.

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The Orlando Eye Releases Preview Weekend Tickets

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The Orlando Eye to Release First Set of Tickets for May 1-3 Preview Weekend

Subscribers of The Orlando Eye’s e-newsletter will be among the first to purchase tickets for the 400-foot observation wheel

 

Want to be the first to fly? The Orlando Eye has released tickets for International Drive’s newest attraction.

Guests seeking to be on the first flights can sign up at OfficialOrlandoEye.com. Only subscribers to the observation wheel’s e-newsletter will be able to purchase tickets for the May 1-3 preview weekend.

Starting at $18, exclusive tickets will be available for the special weekend preview ahead of the official May 4 grand opening, and can only be purchased with an invitational link included in the e-newsletter distribution.

For more information, or to sign up for the e-newsletter, go to OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

Who:               The Orlando Eye

What:              The Orlando Eye to release tickets for May 1-3 preview weekend via email invitation

Where:           To sign-up for the e-newsletter, go to OfficialOrlandoEye.com

The Orlando Eye

 

Located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.

 

Poised to become a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, will showcase 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.

 

Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects.

 

The Orlando Eye opens May 4, 2015. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

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Cowgirls Rockbar Announces Opening Date & Job Fair

Saddle up Orlando

Cowgirls Rockbar will be
ready to roll this spring

Cowgirls gears up for May opening with job fair April 2-4;
hiring for all positions

It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and 100% fun; it is Cowgirls Rockbar and it will soon be opening its doors at Orlando’s I-Drive 360.

Cowgirls is a classic Americana restaurant and bar known for its beautiful Cowgirls who serve up Southern-style dishes and cold drinks with a big ol’ side of sass. Bantering with the servers and bartenders is all part of the experience. So is dancing on top of the bar at any moment.

People who want the full Cowgirls experience will be able to saddle up and go for the ride of their lives onOrlando’s only mechanical bull. It’s guaranteed to be a buckin’ great time, whether you’re on top of the bull or safely seated on top of a bar stool.

Cowgirls is primed to become one of Orlando’s top spots for a wild night out for birthdays, bachelorette parties or other special events. DJ’s will keep the party going all night long with a mix of country, pop and rock hits. And there’s no better location, as its just steps from the Orlando Eye.

Calling all Cowgirls!

Cowgirls is gearing up for its opening in early May and is looking for talented people to be a part of its team. Ladies who think what they have what it takes to be a Cowgirl (great personality, killer dance moves, love to have fun, can rock a pair of chaps) should apply in person at the Cowgirls job fair on April 2, 3 and 4 from  2pm – 7pm each day. Experience in Orlando’s nightlife and hospitality industry is a plus, but management is willing to train people who have the right personality. Cowgirls is also looking to hire restaurant supervisors, DJ’s, promotional models, servers, and hostesses. Applicants who can pour a drink, keep a beat, and look good doing it must apply in person and should bring resumes and be prepared to fill out an application. For more information email CowgirlsOrlando@gmail.com.

If you’re up for some drinkin’, dancin’, eatin’, bull ridin’, partyin’ and a non-stop good time, Cowgirls will be the place for you!

Cowgirls Rockbar Facts:

Address: 8371 International Drive, I-Drive 360
Square footage: 7,000
Seating capacity: 300
Group events: Yes – birthdays, bachelorette parties, corporate events, buyouts
Website:  http://cowgirlsorlando.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CowgirlsOrlando
Twitter: @Cowgirls360
Instagram: cowgirlsorlando
Phone: 407-930-6739
Parking: free and valet parking available

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New I-Drive Four Pass Attraction Combo Ticket

 Four Orlando I-Drive Attractions Offer New Combo Ticket

Visit four of Orlando’s most popular attractions with just one ticket 

 

Solve a crime and catch a killer … see Titanic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor … explore oddities from around the world … experience more than 100 interactive exhibits – all on a single ticket.

Four of Orlando’s most popular I-Drive attractions – CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact ExhibitionRipley’s Orlando Odditorium and WonderWorks – are now offering anew I-Drive Four Pass ticket that allows guests to visit all four attractions for one low price.

The new ticket saves both time – all the attractions are conveniently located along a two-mile stretch of International Drive – and money.

An adult I-Drive Four Pass ticket costs just $74.99 (plus tax); that’s a savings of more than $12 compared to purchasing an adult ticket to each attraction individually. A children’s ticket (ages 12 and under) costs $54.99, saving more than $6. Children under three are free.

I-Drive Four Pass tickets are now available and can be purchased at each of the four attractions or online at idrivefourpass.com. Tickets are good for one year from the date of purchase and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. 

Orlando I-Drive Four Pass Attraction Combo Ticket

WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park for the mind, featuring more than 100 interactive exhibits for all ages to experience, including a ropes course and 4D motion theater ride.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium is the only place in Orlando where visitors will find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, a shooting gallery and a spinning vortex tunnel among the hundreds of oddities, exhibits and artifacts.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition tells the dramatic story of the most legendary ocean liner ever built. The 25,000 square foot exhibit features artifacts recovered from Titanic’s wreck site 2.5 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. Guest can walk her decks, peer into her cabins and meet some of the passengers and crew.

CSI: The Experience puts visitors in the role of crime scene investigator, collecting clues and analyzing evidence in lab rooms. After reviewing all the evidence, they submit their report to Gil Grissom to see if they have successfully solved the crime and put the killer behind bars.

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Celebrates World Sword Swallower’s Day

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Hosts Free Sword Swallowing Demos on

World Sword Swallower’s Day 

February 28 event highlights the deadly, ancient art of sword swallowing
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will once again pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 28.
Ripley’s will showcase sword swallowers from all over the world at its Odditoriums in New York City, Hollywood, San Francisco, Baltimore, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Branson, Atlantic City, Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, Key West and Grand Prairie.
In Orlando, attendees will see three amazing performers:
 
-Dan Meyer, World Sword Swallower’s Day founder and America’s Got Talent finalist, will attempt several death-defying feats. Meyer has swallowed as many as 21 swords – at one time
-Franz Huber, who is coming all the way from Germany to participate
-Haley Hall, who at just 16 years old may be the youngest sword swallower in the world!
 
The show will start at 1:30 pm with an official swallow at 2:28:15 to coincide with the2/28/15 date. Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Drive. The sword swallowing performances will be FREE, but admission is required to tour the Odditorium. 

Dan Meyer will lead a trio of
sword swallowers performing
at Ripley’s Orlando
This will be the 8th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
“We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to recognize the handful of people in the world who can do this and honor this art that is more than 4,000 years old,” said Dan Meyer, president of the SSAI.
The event also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for esophageal cancer research.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the death-defying achievements of sword swallowers. Sword swallowers were a prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.
People who want to try their hand at sword swallowing – and not risk their lives – can use the Ripley iSword app to swallow a virtual sword and freak out their friends. All it takes is nerves of steel and lightning-fast reflexes. The app is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch iOS 5 or later.
Click here for images from previous World Sword Swallower’s Day events and here for video highlights.
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Tin Roof Orlando Announces First Outdoor Concert

 

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Vanilla Ice & Coolio Headline Tin Roof’s First Outdoor Concert 

I-Drive 360’s Live Music Joint Hosts Concert In Front Of The Orlando Eye

Ice Ice Baby….you know the words, now catch the beat and sing along live when Vanilla Ice headlines in front of the Orlando Eye with special guest Coolio, Saturday March 7 at I-Drive 360’s Tin Roof, a new live music space hosting its first outdoor concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an Opener (to be announced) from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The concert will have a live performance with Coolio from 8:30 – 9 p.m. and Vanilla Ice takes the stage from 9:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. 

WHAT:     OUTDOOR CONCERT – FEATURING VANILLA ICE & COOLIO

WHEN:     SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. to Close

WHERE:   TIN ROOF ORLANDO –  I-DRIVE 360

DETAILS:    Ticket Price $20 – click here to purchase tickets. Parking is free.

The first hip hop artist to ever top the Billboard charts with his 1990 hit “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice was a star of the ’90s. But disputes with his record label over making his image more commercial led him to leave the music business and later host his own home remodeling show, The Vanilla Ice Project, on DIY Network. More recently, Vanilla Ice began recording music again with a less commercial style for a new record label. For additional information go to Vanilla Ice Bio.

Rapper Coolio took the 1990s by storm with his hit albums It Takes A Thief, Gangsta’s Paradise and My Soul, with his 1995 single “Gangsta’s Paradise” becoming one of the most successful rap songs of all time and winning a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. He also expanded into television, appearing on numerous reality shows including; Wife Swap, Celebrity Big Brother, and Celebrity Cookoff. A trained chef, Coolio now hosts his own
web series, Cookin’ With Coolio and has published a cookbook. For more
details click on Coolio Bio.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an Opener (to be announced) taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Coolio is expected to perform at 8:30 p.m. and Vanilla Ice is set to take the stage from 9:30 until 11.

Tin Roof’s chefs will be serving up a delicious array of food and drink choices available for purchase in a separate food tent.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale and can be purchased online only, starting immediately, at TinRoofOrlando.com. The event is 21 and over. Tin Roof is located at 8371 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819. Parking is free.
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SEA LIFE Orlando Kicks Off Search for Young Environmentalists Panel

 Sea Life Young Environmentalist I Drive

SEA LIFE Orlando Search for Young Environmentalists Panel

World’s largest aquarium chain invites Florida children passionate about marine life to serve on panel

 

SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts.

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SEA LIFE Orlando Ocean Tunnel Rendering

SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages of 7-12, who are passionate about marine life and conservation, to submit an entry by writing a 150-word essay or 30-second video on ways they protect the environment.

Finalists will have the chance to participate in preview events leading up to grand opening; and participate in special events throughout the year where they will help communicate SEA LIFE’s conservation messages and get involved with activities to help protect the environment.

“We are excited to launch our Young Environmentalists Panel and begin engaging with young marine life enthusiasts in our community,” said Steve Blair, displays curator for SEA LIFE Orlando. “From protecting our oceans to helping with animal conservation, our young panelists will not only promote our conservation outreach, but also help to inspire and educate others throughout the State of Florida.”

To enter, or to learn more about the Young Environmentalists Panel, go to Sea Life Orlando’s site, and download the Parent/Guardian Release Form to submit along with your child’s essay or video. All entries must be submitted via email to andrea.alava@merlinentertainments.biz. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2015.

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About SEA LIFE Orlando

Opening in spring 2015, SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction will be home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, sting rays, jellies, sea turtles and much more.

SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain and SEA LIFE Orlando is 50th location aquarium launched in the world and the 8th in the U.S. SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando.

For more information, go to www.visitsealife.com/orlando.

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Tin Roof Coming to Orlando

 Tin Roof Brings its “Live Music Joint” Concept to Orlando

Tin Roof selects I-Drive 360 for its first Florida location 

I-Drive 360 is about to get a little louder, a little rowdier and a lot more fun with the arrival of Tin Roof, a “live music joint” where people can hang out, enjoy some great food and listen to live music almost every night of the week.

 

 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 will be the company’s 14th location.

“We think Orlando is a perfect fit for Tin Roof, for both tourists and locals,” said William Hodges, Tin Roof Regional Manager. “I-Drive 360 visitors can grab some food or listen to some great music before or after they visit some of the other new attractions there.”

The new Tin Roof – just steps from the Orlando Eye – is expected to open in December.

Tin Roof: The Music

Tin Roof puts a premium on booking top local and regional bands. Music fans will typically find bands playing from 10 pm – 2 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with acoustic sets during the week. Types of music will range from rock to alternative to country.

“We’ll be bringing in all types of bands and singers, and even some national acts for special events,” said Hodges. “We also put a premium on being a place where local bands and musicians can find a home and showcase their talents.”

Tin Roof will not be a ticketed venue, but cover charges will apply at certain times.

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Tin Roof: The Menu

 

Tin Roof will be open for lunch and dinner – but the food goes way beyond the typical bar fare. Guests can choose from a variety of gourmet grub, including these favorites:

Hot Chicken Torta – this Mexican-style sandwich features buttermilk fried chicken, served with pickles and potato salad.

Big Farmer Dave’s Quesadilla – filled with sausage, zucchini, pecan-herb pesto and cheese.

Kentuckyaki Wings – wings like you’ve never had them; the sauce includes bourbon, soy, sorghum, garlic and ginger.

 

“We can’t wait to open our doors and give people a place to unwind after a day at work or hitting the theme parks,” said Hodges. “We’ll be the place to hear the best live music in town.”

 

Facts on Tin Roof Orlando

Owners: Tin Roof Acquisitions LLC

Address: 8371 International Drive Suite 100
Square footage: 5000

Seating capacity: 210 (155 indoor, 55 outdoor)

Parking: Both free parking and valet parking will be available

Available for private events: Yes
Number of employees: 25-50

Management: William Hodges, Regional Manager; Patrick Nietzer, GM
Builder: Shaub Construction

Anticipated opening date: December 2014

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Educator Appreciation Days!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Thanks Florida K-12 School Employees
with Educator Appreciation Days

 Teachers, support staff get free admission to Ripley’s attractions in Florida from September 2 – October 19

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida are again showing their support for K-12 educators that work within the state.

All Ripley attractions in Orlando, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine and Key West will be FREE for educators in the state from September 2 through October 19.

Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction.

 

Additionally, up to five guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission.

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

About Ripley Entertainment                                                                                                                             Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 9 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.
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