A Scaredy Cat Visits Legends: A Haunting at Old Town

Scaredy Cat Visits Legends: A Haunting at Old Town Kissimmee

Legends: A Haunting at Old Town

A Scaredy Cat Visits Legends: A Haunting at Old Town

Hi! My name is Shelley and I am a Scaredy Cat. I don’t like horror movies, and the thought of visiting a Haunted Attraction made me break out in hives until earlier this year.

When I was invited to experience Legends: A Haunting at Old TownI decided that it was finally time to face my fears for the first time!

Scaredy Cat Visits Legends: A Haunting at Old Town Kissimmee

Legends: A Haunting at Old Town is a year-round Haunted Attraction located at  in Kissimmee that combines live actors, detailed sets, and intense special effects to create an atmosphere of fear and fun.

Ashdown and Son’s Undertakers have been offering their funeral services to the people of Old Town since 1889, and unfortunately the living aren’t good for business and sometimes they have to help find new business in unconventional ways.

Guests to the Ashdown and Son’s Undertakers visit in small groups for an incredibly personal tour and intimate exploration of the various levels (and inhabitants) of the building.

“It seems the dead won’t stay dead and those brave enough to venture into the haunted funeral parlor of the Ashdown’s might find themselves trapped between the wickedness of the living and the wrath of the dead.”

Scaredy Cat Visits Legends- A Haunting at Old Town Kissimmee Aldus

I had an absolute blast facing my fears at Legends: A Haunting at Old Town, and now I am ready to start testing my limits further!

Over the years several friends have given me some great advice about making the most of my Haunted Attraction Experience, and here are the ones that worked the best for me!

Tips for Scaredy Cats experiencing a Haunted Attractions from a Scaredy Cat:

1. Don’t go alone – Make sure that you visit a haunted attraction with a group of people that you can trust as you will be in a situation where you won’t be incredibly comfortable at first.

2. Be Prepared – Before you visit your Haunted Attraction, make sure that you visit their site so you have an idea of what you will come face-to-face with and also you’ll find tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

3. Breathe – When you go into a room that really gives you the ‘heebee jeebees’, take an extra moment to take a breath and remind yourself that you are okay and in control.

4. Try to stay calm – Now this seems terribly counterintuitive, but the scream actors are going to go after those that will garner the biggest payoff…so don’t be that guy!

5. So I can’t scream? – NO! Scream, jump, and panic! Just try to make sure you find some way to calm yourself when you feel like you are outside of your comfort zone. When I had moments where I felt out of control, I took a moment and rubbed my hands together to take myself out of the intensity of the moment.

6. Have fun! – Remember you are taking part of this haunted attraction to have fun and bond with your friends.

Scaredy Cat Visits Legends: A Haunting at Old Town Kissimmee

If you are curious as to if you can handle Haunted Attractions, Legends: A Haunting at Old Town is a great environment to test your limits!

Legends: A Haunting at Old Town is year round Thursday – Sunday, and since the group sizes are so small reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (407) 883-0859. You can find great information, special offers, and more by visiting their website.

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Bass Pro Shops Orlando Family Summer Camp

Bass Pro Shop Orlando Summer Camp

The Family Summer Camp is winding down at Bass Pro Shops; but don’t you worry- you still have time to participate! The Family Summer Camp is going on through Sunday, July 26th, with workshops being held on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday! The best part is all activities, workshops, and crafts are FREE!

The kids workshops are just under 30 minutes each, and they include a class, a handout with questions, a scavenger hunt in store, games and a coloring sheet, and you receive a pin for participating. There are 9 workshops in all. They also have a lanyard, while supplies last.

Workshop schedule: 

Tuesday

12 pm Bird Watching

1 pm Fishing

2 pm Archery

3 pm Kayaking

4 pm Backyard Adventures

Thursday

12 pm Archery

1 pm Shooting & Hunting

2 pm Travel Safety

3 pm Water Safety

4 pm Camping

Saturday

12 pm Fishing

1 pm Water Safety

2 pm Shooting & Hunting

3 pm Kayaking

4 pm Bird Watching

Sunday

12 pm Shooting & Hunting

1 pm Archery

2 pm Travel Safety

3 pm Camping

4 pm Backyard Adventure

 

In addition to the workshops they have an Archery Range, Casting Buckets, and a Daisy BB Gun Range (Some age restrictions apply) from noon until 5 pm.

We love the staff at the Orlando location. Even though he is a little bit too little for some of their activities on his own, they are really great and get on his level to help him.

 

 

Last, but definitely not least, our favorite parts are the crafts, they are from noon-2 pm (although ours usually has them through 5 pm!) For the final week, (Tuesday the 21st, Thursday the 23rd, Saturday the 25th & Sunday the 26th) they will be making a lady bug clip magnet.

 This is the bee wind chime that he made on the first week!

Make sure you stop in to see the activities if you are in the area.  They are a lot of fun and very informative!  See their website for more details!

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Orlando Has Fertility Statues On Display

Oh Baby! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Now Has
Two Sets of Fertility Statues on Display

Ripley’s invites would-be parents to put the statues to the test – for free!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! now has two sets of fertility statues on display to meet the demand from would-be parents. “Where are the statues?” and “How can I visit them?” are two of the most common questions to Ripley’s corporate headquarters.

Ripley’s original pair of Legendary African Fertility Statues is now on display at the company’s Baltimore Odditorium. This pair has quite a track record, having made three trips around the world and visits to every Ripley’s Odditorium. It all started when the statues, hand-carved by the Baule tribe from Africa’s Ivory Coast, arrived at Ripley’s corporate offices in 1993. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant. Their legend grew as they went on public display and success stories poured in. More than 2,000 women credit touching these statues with helping them get pregnant.

 

 

Now, Ripley’s has a second set of fertility statues from the same tribe and wants to put them to the test. This pair, recently found in Ripley’s inventory, is now on display at Orlando Odditorium.
“We’re inviting people to try out this new set of statues and let us know if they worked for them,” said Joe Kasinski, Ripley’s Orlando general manager. “We want to put them to the test and compare them to the original pair.”

Ripley’s is encouraging guests who touch the statues to share their stories by emailing TouchTest@Ripleys.com or using #TouchTest on social media.

Rachel credits Ripley’s Legendary Fertility Statues with helping her get pregnant

Ripley’s gathered hundreds of success stories during the Legendary Fertility Statues previous tours, like this one from Rachel T. of New Jersey. She had tried getting pregnant for three years with no luck, and fertility specialists told her there was no way she could conceive on her own. She made a special trip to Ripey’s Odditorium in Wisconsin Dells, where the Legendary Fertility Statues were at the time. A few weeks later she was pregnant.

Jenna G. has similar story. She drove from Pennsylvania to Ripley’s Atlantic City Odditorium to touch the statues after several months of unsuccessful fertility treatments. Three weeks later, she found out she was pregnant.

Hundreds of women have shared similar stories with Ripley’s.

Both sets of Ripley’s fertility statues can be seen – and touched – for FREE.

 

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Celebrate the Fourth of Jul-Eye on The New Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye Fourth of July
Photo: Gail Weafer (@gailyw)

Celebrate the Fourth of Jul-Eye on

The New Orlando Eye 

The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360 will host their first annual Independence Day celebration with special events on the courtyard of the new dining and entertainment complex July 3-5, 2015.

Events include live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend, culminating with a 20-minute patriotic lighting show on the 400-foot observation wheel, where more than 64,000 LEDs will be illuminated in red, white and blue starting at 9 p.m. each night. This event is free and open to the public.

In honor of the holiday, the Orlando Eye has a special promotion, where children (12 and under) can enjoy a flight on the Eye for $4 with a paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased online at OfficialOrlandoEye.com, or in person at the attraction’s admissions desk.

WHO: The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360

WHAT: The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360 are hosting a special weekend celebration in honor of Independence Day

WHEN: The event takes place Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5

              Live entertainment and activities begin at 10 a.m.

              Lighting show begins 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: I-Drive 360, 8441 International Drive, Orlando, Fla.

COST: Event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in the I-Drive 360 parking garage.

 The Orlando Eye Logo

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, 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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Project: Time-Off at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off
Photo Courtesy: U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off

Do you have a few vacation days left? Why not use them to take a Staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World as part of Project: Time-Off Week!

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are both proclaiming May 25-29 as Project: Time-Off Week, inspired by the global travel industry’s “Super Bowl” – IPW 2015 – the largest generator of international travel to the U.S. and in turn, a very high-profile showcase for its host city, which this year is Orlando.

During IPW, held May 30 – June 3, thousands of travel industry executives, journalists, and influencers from more than 70 countries will coming to Orlando generating nearly $2 billion in future travel to Orlando and Central Florida.

And if we are talking Ultimate Staycations, you have to consider staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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Located inside of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Community, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a breathtaking lakeside location, spacious and luxurious rooms, and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Boasting the largest standard guest rooms on property, the Four Season Resort Orlando feature a welcoming décor, luxurious bathroom, amazing touches of technology, and beautiful views.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Park view guest room project: Time-Off Week
Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Park View Guest Room

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will enjoy a wide variety of activities and amenities without a Resort Fee:

  • Complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Access to the 5 acre “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, climbing wall, and much more.
  • Poolside ‘Dive In’ movies on select nights
  • Complimentary Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
  • 24-hour Fitness Centre
  • Adult-Only Oasis Pool
  • Access to The Spa at Four Seasons

If you are looking to step up your experience there is an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club and The Spa at Four Seasons to explore.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Spa
Inside The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if shopping is more your speed, you will definitely want to visit Wardrobe, open daily from 8 am – 9pm, for exclusive merchandise that is inspired by Walt Disney World.

Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World also has four restaurants and three lounges with delicious menus and stunning settings.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

For an extra special treat The Lobby Bar and Capa Bar each offer Happy Hour drink and food specials.

Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if you are looking for a quick bite, something sweet, or a coffee fix you will want to stop by Lickety Split. Their gelato is made in house, and if you are looking for a delicious mix try the PB&J and chocolate!

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

As Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property, a staycation at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is now even more enticing with as they have introduced an amazing Florida Resident Rate offer.

The Resort is offering Florida Resident rates starting from $295 USD per night for a Four Seasons guest room that includes the amazing amenities and resort activities, as well as valet parking for one vehicle and basic WiFi.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Chandelier

The Florida resident rate is offered over select dates beginning April 23 through June 11, 2015 and also from August 17, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

To check availability and to make reservations, you can contact the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World by contacting them online or by calling  1-407-313-7777

I have to give a huge Thank you to Desiree Miller from Stress-Free Baby for letting me join her on her stay at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World!

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The Republic Tickets Now On Sale

The Republic
The Republic Tickets Now On Sale with All-new Web Site for Innovative Immersive Theater Experience
The Republic launches an all-new web site as tickets go on sale for this innovative new immersive theater experience debuting in Orlando, Florida in May 2015.
Tickets are now on sale for The Republic, a immersive theater experience that brings the world of video gaming to life through an interactive, innovative performance.  Set to run 11 weeks in Orlando, Florida, The Republic will allow players (guests) to take on an important role in a conflicted society with their actions determining how the rich story ends.
Just 30 players will experience The Republic at a time, interacting with 12 performers across more than 25 individually designed spaces, created inside an 18,000 square-foot warehouse near downtown Orlando.
Tickets are now available for all 11 weeks of performances on The Republic’s newly redesigned web site at TheRepublicGame.com.  The new web site also offers a closer look at some of The Republic’s characters as well as a full list of performers.
The full performance run of The Republic begins May 30, with experiences taking place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings throughout June and July.
The Republic experience dates:
May 30; June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25.
Thursday evenings will have one performance at 8pm and Friday and Saturday evenings will have two performances at 7:30pm and 10pm.  The experience lasts roughly 90 minutes.  Tickets for these 9 weeks of performances start at $35.
Players wanting to be among the first to step into The Republic can take part in the “beta test” during the Orlando Fringe Festival on May 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23, helping the design team to perfect the experience before its official grand opening at the end of May.
In addition, The Republic has partnered with Halloween Extreme to offer a separately-ticketed behind-the-scenes opportunity on May 16 as part of the convention’s Central Florida Bus Tour.  More information and tickets for that special experience can be found at HalloweenExtreme.com.
Fans are encouraged to continue to follow along on The Republic Production Blog at http://blog.TheRepublicGame.com.
For more information, visit www.TheRepublicGame.com. Like The Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRepublicGame, and follow us on Twitter @TheRepublicORL.  Join our society on social media using #TheRepublic.
The Republic
About The Republic
Immersive theater meets gaming in this innovative, interactive performance experience. Step into a fully designed world inhabited by intriguing characters and take on an important role in our conflicted society. Your decisions dictate how the rich story ends.
You will be watched. You will be deceived. You will be touched.
Created by theme park attraction designer Sarah Elger, The Republic is being brought to life via the talents of artists, writers, musicians, designers, engineers, and performers each utilizing their skill sets to offer a completely unique live experience featuring:
 – More than 25 fully designed, immersive spaces across 18,000 square feet
 – Interactive elements that will change your very surroundings
 – Elaborate, engaging story delivered by improvisational performers who will get up close and hands on
 – Original musical score and soundtrack to immerse you in the world
 – Multiple endings, dictated by your actions, offering a different experience with every visit

 

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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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Artegon Marketplace Orlando Hosts Free Easter Egg Hunt

Artegon Marketplace Orlando Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Artegon Marketplace Orlando Hosts Free Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt the Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando – Saturday, April 4, 2015 (Noon – 5:00 pm)

Hop on over to Artegon Marketplace Orlando for a FREE family fun event. Hunt for Easter eggs scattered throughout the artisan village and in surrounding stores — some containing prizes from Artegon merchants. Visit with the Easter Bunny in the Great Hall and make a custom flipbook (between 1-4 p.m., free while supplies last). Register at guest services to win an Artegon Easter basket filled with merchant prizes, and take home festive Easter balloon animals.

Upcoming Signature Events at Artegon Marketplace Orlando in March:

 

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS – FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 5:00-9:00 P.M. (RECURRING)

Artegon Marketplace’s “Food Truck Crazy” truck rally held on the fourth Friday of every month kicks off on March 27. 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 from The Village at Artegon Marketplace to guest services and redeem for $5 in Food Truck Bucks.

For the most up-to-date list of upcoming Signature Events and Weekend Entertainment here for the make sure you visit here.

 

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Orange County Region History Center Sunday Funday

Orange County Region History Center: Free admission on Sundays until May 3, 2015

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I was excited to learn that the Orange County Region History Center is offering Free admission on Sundays until May 3, 2015.

The Orange County Regional History Center, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and American Alliance of Museums member, is one of the state’s preeminent cultural institutions. The History Center includes a history museum in a renovated 1927 courthouse, the collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, the Joseph L. Brechner Research Library, the Emporium Museum Store, and Heritage Square park. The museum has advanced its global mission to honor the past, explore the present, and shape the future through wide-ranging programs, permanent and traveling exhibits, and limited-run exhibitions from other prestigious institutions.

Upcoming exhibits are a highway men art exhibit,  An African American quilt exhibit,  A Rock and Roll music history exhibit.

For more information on the history center visit their website at http://thehistorycenter.org.

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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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Artegon Marketplace Offers Valentine’s Kids’ Program

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

There is Always Something Happening at Artegon Marketplace

FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Kids’ Program on February 7th

 

In addition to experiencing Orlando’s most unique shopping, visitors to Artegon Marketplace Orlando are also treated to a busy schedule of special events and activities. From the permanent Sky Trail ropes course to weekend entertainment and seasonal events, there’s always something happening at Artegon Marketplace.

Here’s a look at the full line-up of special and weekend events up ahead at   Artegon Marketplace:

  • FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts kids’ program on Saturday, February 7th:

Artegon Marketplace Valentine Craft

      Children can make cards for loved ones and enjoy activities such as face painting, an obstacle             bounce house, arts and crafts and live music. The fun takes place 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 14 — 12 Noon – 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 15 — 12:00 Noon – 5:30 p.m.

The Midnight Clogging Express and the Giant Puppets will be entertaining guests all weekend.

  • Saturday, February 21 — 12 Noon – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 22 — 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Artegon’s resident juggler Cool Hands Luke performs both days, as well as Street Breakz and              Street Beatz will be performing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

  • Saturday, February 28 — 12:00 Noon – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 —1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Acoustic Duo, Fred and Danielle perform in the Great Hall of Artegon Marketplace.

 

Check here for the most up-to-date list of upcoming events:

http://www.artegonmarketplace.com/things-to-do-in-orlando/

 

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Orlando Museum Of Art To Host Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

Orlando Museum Of Art  2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Opens February 20 at the Orlando Museum of Art 

Renowned author and garden designer Jon Carloftis named as show’s guest speaker
The 2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show “The Art of Living” begins Friday, Feb. 20
Jon Carloftis
through Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This three-day show presented by the Council of 101, is a favorite among new and seasoned collectors and features premier dealers from across the United States. This is your chance to gain access to a wide array of vintage and unique collectibles art, jewelry, oriental rugs, silver, porcelains, fine antiquities, garden and decorative table-top accessories.
Don’t miss this chance to discover unique, one of a kind items that
will distinguish your style from the average and unoriginal. This year you can truly experience The Art of Living with interactive lectures that capture your imagination and enhance your lifestyle. Learn the art of urban gardening, eclectic décor, vintage fashion and entertaining from experts in their field.

 

This year’s event includes several exciting highlights:

 

Opening Night Preview Party

Thursday, February 19 – An exclusive preview of show merchandise accompanied by cocktails, delectable cuisine and entertainment.

Guest Speaker & Book Signing by Jon Carloftis, Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky

Friday, February 20 – Kentucky native, Jon Carloftis, is an award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest and author.  Get a chance to meet one of America’s pioneers in rooftop and small space gardening and add a signed edition of his book to your personal style library.

What’s it Worth? Appraisal Days 

Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22 – Do you have a family heirloom or interesting yard sale “find”? Antiques expert and show manager, Charlie Miller, will give you a professional verbal appraisal of your treasure. $10 per item/limit two items per person.

 

Antiques Vintage and Garden Show 2013

 

The Art of Living (NEW Event) 

Saturday, February 21 – Living a stylish life does not happen by accident. Good taste is cultivated and great style is curated. Get a crash course in how to elevate the finer things in your life with interactive lectures that will inspire you to take your personal style, home décor and entertaining to the next level.

 

 

Mystery Home Tour

Sunday, February 22 – This popular tour allows guests to get inspired by one of Orlando’s most stylish homes. Feast your senses on a home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste at every turn. The location of this special home will remain a mystery until your arrival, but rest assured that it is a tour you will never forget.

 

 

For information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Council of 101 at 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or visit omart.org/programs/antiques-vintage-garden-show.

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Downtown Food & Wine Fest At Lake Eola Returns In February

Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015

Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015

Produced by MIX 105.1, 1059 SUNNY FM, and 101.9 AMP Radio in partnership with the
Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
 
The Seventh Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015 for more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015 Downntown Food and Wine Fest
Date / Time: Saturday, February 21 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 22, 2015 (noon to 7 p.m.)
Location: Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street
Tickets: Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.    Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free.
For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $20 per person with advance online purchase.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
The Fest is presented and produced by CBS RADIO Orlando, led by Orlando favorites MIX 105.1, 1059 SUNNY FM, and 101.9 AMP Radio in partnership with the Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.  Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the FRLA Educational Foundation.
Wine Tasters Club
A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person at the Fest.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.
 Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
“The Downtown Food & Wine Fest is one of our Downtown’s signature cultural events, showcasing the best of Orlando’s culinary scene. Events like this continue to expand Downtown’s offerings and bring more and more people to our urban core to celebrate the beauty, diversity, and vibrancy of our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
Dave Robbins, senior vice president and market manager, CBS RADIO Orlando commented, “Through the power of radio and the strength of our FRLA restaurants, foodies and fans come together to celebrate an event that truly brings our community together to indulge in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Orlando.”
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
“Now in its seventh year, the Fest is the perfect combination of divine food, unique wines, and entertainment,” said Leigh Doyle, president-elect, Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.  “Orlando has emerged onto the national culinary stage with award-winning restaurants and memorable events to showcase the spirit of the City Beautiful.”
Thirty  top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings including the return of the 2014 Foodie Award winners as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters, and celebrity chefs.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
2014 Foodie Award (based on one food item for taste, unique flavor and culinary excellence)
Smiling Bison – Pretzel Bread Pudding
 
2014 Best Overall Menu (based on overall menu creativity, depth of offerings, and quality)
Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar
 
2014 Best of Show (based on fun factor, overall energy, and crowd vibe)
Siro at Orlando World Center Marriott – winner in 2013 and 2014
 
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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.

Sea Life Orlando Florida I Drive

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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