Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert Coming To Orlando

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The live-to-picture performance of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical score will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Star Wars Concert Dr Phillips Center For the Arts February 2018

Since the release of Star Wars 40 years ago, the saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. The Empire Strikes Back took the series down a darker, more romantic, and heavier path, a sad second act with a cliffhanger ending. Williams followed suit, plumbing new emotional territory and adding iconic new themes to his expanding musical tapestry.

Legendary composer Williams is well-known for scoring all seven of the “Star Wars” saga films, beginning with “Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1977, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were each nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and 22 GRAMMY Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, he is the Academy most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s “Star Wars” as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

 

 

Halloween Disney Junior Play Date at the Florida Mall

The Florida Mall, a Simon property, has announced an exciting new family programming series created in collaboration with Disney Junior called Disney Junior Play Date that will kick off with an event that will be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 8 pm during their Mall-o-Ween event.

Vampira Disney Junior Play Date The Florida Mall Mall-o-ween Halloween 2017
Photo: Disney Junior

During the Disney Junior Play Date Halloween celebration, The Florida Mall will have a viewing station in the Macy’s Court for guests to watch Disney Junior’s newest animated series “Vampirina,” about a young vampire girl and her family who have recently moved from their home in Transylvania to Pennsylvania.  There will also be Vampirina activities that included a coloring station, a mad science station, a crafts station, and more.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in the Mall-o-Ween Trick-or-Treating event at the Play Park.  Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume* to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, Mad Science experiments, special character experiences, and more.

*Costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.

The Disney Junior Play Dates’ events will be featured throughout the year and include on-mall activities around Holiday, Easter, and other seasonal celebrations.

“The Florida Mall has long championed a commitment to delivering family-friendly programming,” said Andrea Bjornlie, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Florida Mall, “and teaming up with Disney Junior is the latest fulfillment of that pledge. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the world’s leading entertainment company on these exciting family events and themed play areas.”

Not in the Orlando area? Many of Simon’s best-known properties around the country are participating in this program including The Westchester (New York), Northshore Mall (Boston), Opry Mills (Nashville), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Woodfield Mall (Chicago), The Florida Mall (Orlando), Del Amo Fashion Center (Los Angeles), Stanford Shopping Center (San Jose), and King of Prussia (Philadelphia).

 

Revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas On the Big Screen With Regal Cinemas

This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more as Disney’s beloved animated classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!

Nightmare Before Christmas Regal Cinemas Halloween 2017

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

For tickets and information, visit: http://regmovi.es/beforexmas.

Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit www.DisneyMovieRewards.com/LinkMe

Trevor Noah Performing In Orlando In Early 2018

Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”! Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando…I repeat…Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando!

Trevor Noah Orlando 2018

Earlier this month the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents announced Trevor Noah, comedian and television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will play the Bob Carr Theater onSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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. The Bob Carr Theater is located off the Dr. Phillips Center campus at 401 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark” in February of this year on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film, “You Laugh, But It’s True,” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American,” premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold-out shows over 5 continents.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” Noah joined the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

 

 

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)

 

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.

 

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!

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. 

Lindsey Buckingham and Christie McVie Tour

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Live Nation announce that Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will count Orlando among the 22 cities they visit on the second leg of their North American tour on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets go on sale to the general publicFriday, August 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $59.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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.

The announcement of the tour coincides with the announcement of a new single that goes to radio entitled “Lay Down for Free.” Simply titled “Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie,” a new 10-song album is now available on CD, LP and all digital and streaming services via Atlantic Records. Of the album, NPR says, “The marvel that is these two longtime bandmates can simultaneously stand on their own and exert a gentle pull on each other, expanding our appreciation of them as living, breathing artists…”

The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s On with the Show tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. According to Buckingham: “We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions and said to ourselves, ‘What took us so long?!’”

Working their natural singer-songwriter skills together came easily for the duo. Said Christine McVie, “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”

Sessions for the album took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Fleetwood Mac recorded several of their classic albums, including “Tusk.” Buckingham and McVie were joined in the studio by fellow bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who supplied much of the dynamic rhythmic engine.

For more information, please visit www.buckinghammcvie.com.

Musical Thrones Parody Coming To Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces the Orlando engagement of the musical parody Musical Thrones, sending-up the popular HBO drama, “Game of Thrones.”

Musical Thrones Paraody Dr. Phillips Center Orlando 2017
Dr. Phillips Center

The show, billed as 90 minutes of hilarity, comes to the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center on January 26 and 28, 2018 for three performances.

Fans of the most-talked-about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live-on-stage with this hilarious parody. Composed by the hysterical madmen behind the long-running Silence! The Musical, Jon and Al Kaplan, Musical Thrones: A Parody brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through the first six seasons of theEmmy® Award-winning “Game of Thrones” series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Joffery and the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans.

Guests will be transported to “Thrones”’s magical locations (if they close their eyes) where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up the show’s notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex – plus, worst yet, a ballad or two. The show is preparing for battle, so saddle up and come down to King’s Landing, and hold onto your swords!

Tickets, available now, for Musical Thrones start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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.

 

New Show, Brew, and Bites at Raglan Road

Disclosure: I was invited out by Raglan Road to see experience the new show with Zoe and to try some new bites in exchange for my review. All opinions and exclamation points within this post are my own.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs has always been one of our favorite stops for a great bite to eat and fun, and this summer they are debuting a new show and menu items that you won’t want to miss.

The new show is called ‘Rhythms of Raglan’, presented at no extra charge, is a 90-minute live spectacle of Irish music and dance featuring talented musicians and award-winning Irish Dancers that even lets the littlest of dancers take center stage.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

The show itself is fantastic and was produced in Ireland, exported to Raglan Road, & is directed by David Hayes of Riverdance and “The Voice” Ireland edition with lead choreographer Ciaran Keating.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

But the highlight of the show is when the little dancers get to take to the stage to try their hand at traditional Irish dancing. After the show begins, the Raglan Road dancers make their way around the restaurant to see which children are interested (and to offer words of encouragement to those who might be a little shy) in participating and to get their names for a fun surprise. The children get a chance to be on stage to dance with the dancers and musical performers, and afterwards are presented with a certificate and sticker. What an awesome souvenir!

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

The ‘Rhythms of Raglan Road’ show runs daily (including weekends) from 4 pm -5:30 pm. The show also is part of the Rollicking Raglan Brunch entertainment that runs each Saturday & Sunday from 12 – 3 p.m (so you can see it early or at 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday).

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

And as part of our experience we got to try two new dishes and a new craft beer that will be debuting at Raglan Road before this year’s Great Irish Hooley (you can see the entertainment schedule here & make table reservations here)!

Boaring Burger

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This is a grilled wild boar burger with port and pear chutney, crispy onions, garlic and herb aioli, Cashel blue cheese, and arugula on a potato bun.

This was my first time trying a wild boar burger, and it was nothing like I expected! I was expecting the boar to be gamey, but it was a touch sweet which made the sweet and tangy toppings sing.

If you love a loaded burger, the ‘Boaring Burger’ should be on your list of things to try!

Gnocchi sea, gnocchi do

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This irresistable dish is a handmade potato gnocchi with seared Georges Bank scallops, crispy pork belly, tomato and brood beans with a white wine butter sauce.

So I am going to be REAL here…I totally convinced Zoe that she wouldn’t like this dish so I could eat her’s…Does that make me a bad mom? Sure. Was it worth it? Totally!!!

The sweet Georges Bank scallops cut the buttery goodness of the potato gnocchi making it a lighter dish than you would expect.

Blagger – Organic Blonde Lager

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Once again Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant has teamed up with Orlando Brewing to created a new craft brew that can be bought by the pint or as part of a flight.

I am not a gigantic beer drinker, but the Blagger was really refreshing and lovely.

The Blagger is light in color and low in bitterness at only 6 IBU. Made with organic malts, organic Hallertau hops and organic yeast, this brew has a crisp finish reminiscent of a dry sparkling wine.

American Idol Bus Stops In Orlando

Calling all singers!!! ABC’s American Idol will visit Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort to launch the start of its highly anticipated open auditions on August 17th!

American Idol Orlando Auditions 2017

I can’t be the only one to be excited to see the iconic American Idol bus will roll into Disney Springs? But what is also exciting is that Idol-winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America’s next superstar.

If you can’t make it out on August 17th, don’t worry! After the bus rolls away at the end of the day, Central Florida hopefuls still have a chance to be a part of Idol history by auditioning in the American Idol pop-up kiosk from August 18 to September 15. The kiosk will be open during regular Disney Springs operating hours.

Auditions for this season of American Idol will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon.

You can find more information and specific audition details, eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms, and conditions by visiting www.americanidol.com.

American Idol contest 2017

But if you are looking for a chance to skip the line, you only have a few more days to enter for your chance to win a coveted ‘Silver Ticket’ and audition for the celebrity judges or win a ‘Front of the Line’ pass and skip the line at the Orlando auditions from Channel 9 and Power 95.3.

So pick out your favorite song, grab your camera, and upload your song! You can find all the details you need to know on icFlorida.com!

I want to take a second to wish everyone auditioning for American Idol either here or around the country good luck!!! We can’t wait to see how everyone does!!! Break a leg!!!

Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream FLASH Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is currently closed and we are contacting our winner. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!!!

DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream 2017 Logo

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream will be coming to Orlando’s Amway Center for six performances September 8-10, 2017.

What makes this production so special is that this ice skating extravaganza is the first to feature Disney’s Moana in a live production!

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream All Princesses
Feld Entertainment

Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream. In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an action-packed adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belleas she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the strength, heart, and determination to make their dreams come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, uncover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream.

Tickets are available now, but you can enter to win tickets and find a special discount code below!

Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream FLASH Giveaway

Now for the fun part! We are giving away four (4) tickets to see Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream for the Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. performance!

Entering to win is SUPER easy!!! Just leave a comment on this blog post saying who you would take with you to the show before August 26th!

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream Rapunzel and Flynn
Feld Entertainment

But with any contest comes the small print…so here goes!

  • Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older.
  • We will be giving away four (4) tickets to Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream at the Amway Center on Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. performance .
  • Parking at the Amway Center is not included in this giveaway.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your comment to make sure you include it in the settings – your email address will not be visible in your comment) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID starting Thursday, September 7 during regular Box Office hours which can be found on their website (Monday through Friday | 9am to 6pm and three (3) hours prior to any event). We do recommend picking up your tickets no later than 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Good luck!

Even if you don’t win our Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream giveaway, you can still win by saving 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. (Not valid on premium VIP seating.) Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

Rufus Wainwright To Play At The Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced that Rufus Wainwright, the vocalist and songwriter that the New York Times praises for his “genuine originality,” will bring his February in Florida tour to Orlando this winter. The GRAMMY-nominee will take the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater stage for an intimate night of song onThursday, February 8, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Rufus Wainwright Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are on sale nowTickets start at $55.00 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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.

Rufus Wainwright is one of the great male vocalists, composers and songwriters of his generation has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. His album, “Rufus Does Judy,” recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006, was nominated for a GRAMMY.

His acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and has since been presented in London, Toronto and at BAM in New York. This summer, it will be performed at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and Augsburg Theatre in Germany. In 2015, Deutsche Grammaphon released a studio recording of the opera recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

He celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the release of his latest album, “Take All My Lives: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets” on Deutsche Grammophon worldwide in the spring of 2016.

The Canadian Opera Company commissioned Wainwright’s second opera about Roman Emperor Hadrian, set to premiere in Toronto in the fall of 2018.

#StufftheBus for the Salvation Army at Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Stuff the Bus Supports the Salvation Army Logo 2017

Central Floridians can make back-to-school time a little sweeter for local families in need and earn free Krispy Kreme treats while supporting The Salvation Army’s #StuffTheBus campaign. This unique school supply drive helps local students gear up for a successful academic year by easing the high cost of materials.

“Krispy Kreme is honored to have the opportunity to help hundreds of students make a fun and easy transition back-to-school,” says Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “The timing is perfect as supporters can take advantage of Florida Tax Free Weekend on August 4 through 6 to purchase donations.”

New school supplies (including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers, and hand sanitizer) will be accepted from July 23 through August 6, and then the supplies will be presented to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth in need through local social service programs.

Krispy Kreme Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Supplies

“We are very excited to be working with Krispy Kreme again this year,” said Major Ted Morris, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Orlando. “The Salvation Army has a wonderful relationship with Krispy Kreme and it is a blessing to have their support now and throughout the year. We will be able to help many young children as they prepare to go back to school and further their education.”

Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army Stuff the Bus for Central Florida Students

Stuff the Bus donations can be made at the following Central Florida locations:

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours

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

In partnership with The Salvation Army – Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

In partnership with The Salvation Army – Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL  34746

In partnership with The Salvation Army – Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

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

In partnership with The Salvation Army of Dayton

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

In partnership with The Salvation Army of Melbourne

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Dozen Krispy Kreme Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Supplies

As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies.