Gatorland has just completed their largest expansion since the park’s opening in 1949, and it features a brand new (and super fun) off-road adventure that Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure ride and Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost.
For the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, guest climb aboard one of three, 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a 15-minute rugged and hilarious adventure like no other theme park ride anywhere. This exciting ride is chocked full of wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and, of course, lots of alligators. Each vehicle is specially branded and named after iconic real alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Bonecrusher, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost.
Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure’s story line is a journey into the world of Gator Gardens, a fictional rival park that takes over a swamp buggy business from a new Gatorland character named Swampy Sal. Tour guides take riders off-road for a very different adventure of unexpected twists and turns, including an alligator graveyard and a plunge through a pond of hungry alligators. A comedic plot played out between monster vehicle drivers and on-board personal guides is played out in the wild search for Swampy Sal.
“This is great entertainment and loads of fun,” said Gatorland President & CEO Mark McHugh. “Our new ride is a perfect addition to all our featured adventure activities throughout the park. The fact is, there’s not another ride like this anywhere. We showcase beautiful Florida swamps, piney woods, and alligators with a rough, bouncy ride featuring our very own style of country humor. This is a great ride.”
Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure vehicles depart from the brand new Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost building, home base for all of Gatorland’s add-on adventures such as Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, Gator Night Shine, Adventure Hour, Trainer For The Day and more. It also serves as a second gift shop for the park, selling Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure exclusive merchandise, snacks and beverages.
Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost is named after Ernest “Gator Joe” Brown, who was hired by Owen Godwin Sr., Gatorland’s founder, to work at the park. Brown was known all over Central Florida, especially throughout Kissimmee and Osceola County, as Gator Joe because of his great love and expertise with alligators. Gator Joe raised thousands and thousands of baby gators at Gatorland. He had a special knack for getting them to eat and grown quickly. When he hollered “GATOR! GATOR BOY!” across the lakes, every gator would swim as fast as they could to meet him. Gator Joe worked at Gatorland from 1958 until shortly before he passed away in 2013. For almost 60 years, Gator Joe and his family’s influence on Gatorland has run long and deep, with some of his family still working at Gatorland today.
Cost for adults and children to ride Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure is $10, in addition to park admission. Minimum height of 36 inches is required to ride. Tickets can be purchased at the park admission gate or at Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost.
Aloma Bowling Centers offer savings, fun with Winter All Access Pass
Guests can save up to 40% off retail prices
The kids are out of school. Parents are off work. Family is in town. Luckily for them, Aloma Bowling Centers have the solution for Central Floridians looking for something to keep their crew entertained this winter.
Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, and Airport Lanes are offering huge savings on all things entertainment with the Winter All Access Pass.
For just $15 plus tax per person, guests will receive two games of bowling and shoe rental and a $10 arcade card or arcade tokens. That is up to 40 percent off retail prices.
Boardwalk Bowl is offering the pass in December and January, with Aloma Bowl and Airport Lanesjoining in to offer the pass in January.
The deal is the perfect way for families and groups to experience all the entertainment centers have to offer, and it’s a great way to keep everyone entertained this winter break.
In addition to entertainment, all of the Aloma Bowling Centers offer a full bar with delicious drinks and food options, including fresh sandwiches, pizza, salads and more.
Ripleys Believe It or Not! is always full of fun, but they have a special holiday treat for Florida Residents this holiday season!
From now until December 20th, Ripleys Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents.
Participating Ripleys attractions include:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium
Residents will need to show a local photo ID in order to receive the discount. All adults in the party will need to have proof of residency in order to receive the discount.
Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium has a special ‘Must See’ this holiday season, they have the World’s Most Expensive Dress on display.
What dress is it? Why it’s the rhinestone encrusted gown Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy during his birthday celebration in 1962 is on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! until just after the New Year. Ripley’s purchased the dress for nearly $5 million dollars, making it the most expensive dress sold at auction.
Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to preview ICE!, but all opinions are my own.
ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee has become a staple of the holiday season of events in Orlando, and this year they are celebrating their 15th Season with ‘Christmas Around the World’ with more entertainment and holiday activities than ever.
“We’re excited to offer this theme in Central Florida, a destination welcoming millions from around the world every year,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “This year’s ICE! theme also inspired our creative team to add new activities and live shows that celebrate cultures and highlight diversity during this special time of year.”
The festivities begin on November 21st, and I had the opportunity to step into the tent to see how the work was progressing.
The artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life sculptures.
Take a sneak peek inside of Gaylord Palms ICE!
The ‘Christmas Around the World’ theme for ICE! celebrates the world’s diverse holiday traditions, representing United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and more. So when guests enter the nine-degree attraction this year, they will discover holiday scenes from various nations and two-story ice slides surrounded by sculptures and international tidings, all before ending with a trip to the North Pole to experience Santa’s toy workshop. The ICE! experience ends with the Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase and the traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.
It was amazing to see them at work and to see the attraction take shape!
I’ll be bringing you more from ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort next week, and you can find additional information and to book packages or tickets by visiting ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.
The Halloween spirit is taking over Orlando, and from now until November 4th the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is now the home to one of the spookiest sights in all of Central Florida as the 400 foot observational wheel is transformed into a spider web with giant creepy-crawlies with an all-new light and music show, themed Snapchat filter, and more family fun as part of Spooky Nights and Spider Frights.
There’s even a not so itsy bitsy spider that is 60-foot wide with ten of its eight-legged friends that will take over the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye building creating quite the creepy sight for all to see – and take a selfie with of course!
From the I-Drive 360 courtyard, guests can also experience the witching hour as 64,000 LED lights bring the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast to life in a kaleidoscopic ten-minute show synchronized to an iconic Halloween soundtrack that is sure to have everyone dancing.
The Spooky Nights and Spider Frights light show will run Sunday through Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.
For even more fun goblins and ghouls of all ages will be able to take in the sights while 400 feet in the air in one of four spooky Halloween-themed capsules. Experience unique views of Orlando surrounded by sneaky spiders, petrified pumpkins, ghoulish ghosts or frightening fall decorations.
“Orlando is fast becoming the world’s Halloween Vacation Capital and we are thrilled to bring our guests a spellbinding program of spooky family fun and the ultimate spider-selfie!” said Jacob Kristensen, General Manager of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
Visit Orlando, the area’s official tourism and visitor resource organization, joined forces with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye to create an unforgettable photo opportunity for visitors, complete with a themed Snapchat filter to share their own Spider Selfie with friends and family.
Spooky Nights and Spider Frights is a boo-tiful Halloween party not to be missed, and it all takes place at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye!
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is the newest premier entertainment and event destination featuring heart-pounding attractions, delicious cuisine and unique event spaces under one roof.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando Preview Weekend
Orlando Preview Weekend will be held on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 during regular hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Andretti Grill opens at 11 a.m. daily
All Central Florida residents with a valid ID will be treated to a complimentary $10 Play Card to enjoy arcade and non-redemption prize games (additional restrictions may apply).
10 Ways to Play Under One Roof
Located within walking distance of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, the highly anticipated Andretti Indoor Karting & Games entertainment complex features
• Multi-level indoor karting
• Full-service restaurant and bar
• 12 lanes of boutique bowling
• 120+ arcade and prize games
• Two-level laser tag
• Six virtual reality (VR) CXC racing simulators
• 7D HD dark ride motion theater
• Extreme ropes course and curved zip line
• 10,000 square feet of event space
• 100+ HD TVs for sports viewing
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features high-speed electric SODI RTX Superkarts. The professionally designed multi-level, banked turn, modular track was created exclusively for the Orlando location by Kart360 with the most elevation changes and banked turns in the world. When the three tracks are combined, the Super Track is the largest indoor karting track in the United States.
Andretti Grill is a scratch-kitchen, full-service restaurant and bar featuring favorites such as Big Green Egg® slow-smoked ribs and wood-fired brick oven pizzas. Guests can catch all the action of their favorite games on more than 100 HD TVs and projection screens while enjoying refreshing libations at the Main Bar or the unique Sky Bar, with a 180° view of the track and LED illuminated domed roof.
No General Admission – Pay as You Play
· Single adult race is $21.95, Single junior race is $14.95
· Boutique Bowling: starting at $24.95 (shoes and socks extra)
· 7D HD dark ride motion theater: $9.95
· Extreme ropes course: $11.95
Memberships are $5.95 for a single guest and $14.95 for a family membership.
Memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase and are valid at any Andretti Indoor Karting & Games location. Members enjoy up to 20 percent off karting and attractions plus 15 percent off arcade play and 10 percent off bowling lane rental and meals in Andretti Grill.
Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! wants to thank Florida K-12, College, Homeschool, Preschool educators, and school support staff during Educator Days by offering extended summer fun with the return of Educator Days.
Ripley’s attractions in Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, and Key West will offer FREE admission for in-state educators from September 5 – October 15, 2017.
“We appreciate all the hard work our teachers do throughout the school year. This is one small way for us to give back and show our gratitude,” says Kim Kiff, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Regional Manager.
Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are also eligible for free admission when they show a current pay stub and photo ID. Additionally, up to three guests will receive 50% off admission.
Educator Days At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Location Details:
Educator Days: Free admission for educators + 50% off for up to three guests.
Florida K-12, College, Homeschool, Preschool educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff
Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of The World,” has announced a special offer for their Screamin Gator Zip Line experience for a limited time!
The Screamin Gator Zip Line has been rated Top Zip Line in the USA by AOL Travel and features a breathtaking journey along 1,200 feet of high flying adventure from platforms designed to replicate the Breeding Marsh Tower. At heights up to 56 feet, guests will fly at speeds near 30 miles per hour through the park.
The Screamin Gator Zip Line at Gatorland carries riders in length from 230 feet to more than 500 feet over some of the most exciting exhibits. On just the second leg of the journey, adventurers soar above the theme park’s collection of jumping Cuban Crocodiles. Next is a bird’s eye view of the Alligator Breeding Marsh with more than 150 giant alligators. The 45-minute experience includes a brief orientation session, a nature walk through the swamp, five breath-taking zips and an exciting 150-foot swinging suspension bridge.
The Screamin Gator Zip Line offer is for $49.99 per person when booked online, online payment must be made at time of booking, on its website by August 27, 2017 for reservation dates through Dec. 15, 2017. That’s a $20 savings off the regular price of $69.99 per person!
Screamin Gator Zip Line Requirements:
Participants must wear closed toe shoes. Skirts, dresses, and short shorts are discouraged.
Participants must be at least 37″ tall and weigh no more than 275 lbs, and must fit safely into the zip line harnesses (Guests may be required to weigh in at time of participation).
The Screamin Gator Zip Line traverses numerous public walkways and animal exhibits. For the safety of the animals and park guests below the zip lines, cameras, cell phones, video equipment including GoPro™ HD cameras and other personal items may not be taken on your adventure. Secure lockers will be available for storing your belongings.
Guests will be required to sign a Release, Liability Waiver, and Consent Agreement prior to their launch. Minors under the age of 18 MUST have a Liability Waiver and Consent Agreement executed and signed by a parent or natural guardian. To book your Screamin Gator Zip Line adventure today, go to http://www.gatorland.com/
Seminole State College of Florida enhances the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of the region by providing exemplary learning opportunities for a diverse community. This mission embraces the general public through enrichment and quality of life programming and production of lifelong learning and cultural events to include fine arts, theater, speaker series and planetarium shows. All events are family-friendly, open to the public and free to attend (unless noted with a nominal ticket price).
Located onSeminole State College of Florida Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida offers live, interactive shows and full-dome video presentations. For more information on the Buehler Planetarium visit https://www.seminolestate.edu/planet/, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @seminoleplanet.
Planetarium Events at Seminole State College of Florida
The Space Times: What’s going on up there, down here. Join us for “The Space Times,” a monthly exploration of breaking news from our Solar System and beyond. We’ll showcase the Universe as only the planetarium can, with our immensely powerful fulldome video system taking center stage. As a public talk, there is no admission fee to “The Space Times” presentation, but due to the size of the planetarium, we are limiting the number of guests to 65. Seating is first-come, first-served, and we will open the doors for the presentation at 6:45 p.m.
Summer Laser Extravaganza
We celebrate the start of the planetarium year with a weekend of laser shows — the Summer Laser Extravaganza! Ten shows over three nights covering the entire musical spectrum, from classic rock to electronica and everything in-between! For full show descriptions, please visit http://www.av-imagineering.com/index.php/laser-shows/. $10 for adults, $8 for students and adults 55+, $5 for Seminole State faculty, staff and students with College ID. Ticketing for each show will begin 10 minutes prior to the presentation. A valid ticket stub from a previous laser showing will be good for $2 off any admission level.
8:30 p.m. Laser Show: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”
9:30 p.m. Laser Show: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”
7 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop”
8 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser U2”
9 p.m. Laser Show: “LaseRetro”
10 p.m. Laser Show: “Hypnotica”
7 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Vinyl”
8 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Beatles”
9 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Zeppelin”
10 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Metallica”
Summer Watch * July 8, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. * FREE
Join the Planetarium for an evening of planet watching. Telescopes will be available for up-close views of the moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. To help everyone cool down after a long summer’s day, we’re proud to host Jeremiah’s Italian Ice and their Ice Truck for delicious treats from 8-10 p.m. Please note: the planetarium’s Summer Laser Extravaganza will be occurring simultaneously in the planetarium dome. The laser presentations do require paid admission, but admission is not required for the Summer Planet Watch.
Legends of the Night Sky Children’s Laser Shows
We invite kids of all ages to join us for some family-friendly laser fun at the Planetarium! We’re presenting a double-helping of planetarium double features: “Legends of the Night Sky’,” one of the most well-received children’s laser shows ever produced, and a guided tour of our Solar System utilizing the planetarium’s immensely powerful fulldome video system. While the event is open to everyone, the laser shows are most appropriate for ages 12 and under. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and Free for children under three years of age.
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky” Double-Feature
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop” Matinee
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”
“Stories of the Night Sky” * July 14 and July 28, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
“Stories of the Night Sky” is a five-episode series of presentations that explore the myths, legends and facts surrounding some of the most famous and important constellations in the sky. Part of the planetarium’s cultural astronomy series, “Stories of the Night Sky” showcases constellations currently visible, and guests will hear these stories as they were told many years ago – underneath a dark, star-filled sky. Most appropriate for ages nine and up. Episodes are live presentations, so content can be modified for age appropriateness. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and 55+ and free for Seminole State students, faculty, and staff.
Central Florida Nights * July 21: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. * FREE
Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
100 Weldon Blvd., B, Sanford, FL 32773
Central Florida Nights is the flagship show of the Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State, shown more times each year than any other show. Offering a guided tour of the current night sky, it is updated every two weeks to match the slow march of constellations we see as Earth revolves around the sun. During each presentation, guests will learn how to locate seven or eight prominent constellations. The locations of the visible planets, upcoming meteor showers, bright comets and other notable celestial happenings will also be explored. Skies permitting, guests can go outside afterward to identify many of the objects seen during the show. They can also take a look at the night sky through the planetarium’s telescopes. Please note that the planetarium will not hold telescope viewings during the months of May-August.
Appropriate for all ages. “Central Florida Nights” is shown the first and third Friday of each month.
Planetarium Parking Update
Seminole State College of Florida facilities department will be working on parking and roadway improvements through August 8, 2017. A section of College Drive will be closed, along with the parking lot between the planetarium and the new student services building. Click here for a map for parking information.
Have you ever wanted to test drive a Tesla? (I know I have!) Well this weekend you can get your chance as The Alfond Inn at Rollins in Winter Park hosts an exclusive Tesla Test Drive Event.
The Alfond Inn at Rollins in Winter Park will be connecting itself to the growing Destination Charging Network of Tesla, celebrating the advent of sustainable energy with an exclusive test drive event featuring the award-winning Model S and Model X vehicles from the recognized American Electric Vehicles company.
The event will be on Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The specialized vehicles will be parked at the hotel for viewing and test drives, with tours also of The Alfond Inn’s featured charging location.
Tesla’s electric battery vehicles are gasoline independent, emit no pollution and have a range of up to 265 miles. The Tesla Model X is the safest, quickest, most capable sport utility vehicle in history while the Model S, Tesla’s flagship premium sedan, is the most exhilarating car on the road, capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds.
Alfond Inn hotel guest Jonathan Eisenberg drives his Tesla vehicle from Boca Raton, Fla. to Winter Park for work each month. “I’ve been doing this for the last 6 months, soon after the delivery of my car. It’s a huge bonus that the hotel is close to my company’s Winter Park office and has a charging station which enables me to drive rather than fly,” Eisenberg explained. “And I don’t have to rent a regular car which would be a lot more expensive. The hotel is amazing and I would only stay at a hotel with a charging station.”
The Tesla team will be on hand at The Alfond Inn June 2, 3, and 4 to answer any questions and schedule test drives.
For more Tesla information, contact Tesla Orlando by calling (407) 998-2060, and for more information on The Alfond Inn, go to www.thealfondinn.com.
As one of Orlando’s most popular non-theme park attractions for nearly two decades, iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving announces the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art facility featuring dual wind tunnels.
And to celebrate iFLY Orlando will host a unique simultaneous closing ceremony and VIP opening party at the new location on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017.
Two all-glass flight chambers will stand side-by-side in the sleek, ultra-modern facility, ready to deliver the dream of flight to double the number of flyers each year. The tunnels are part of a building design with amenities to easily handle groups and parties of 150 or more. iFLY also offers Science, Technology and Math (S.T.E.M) field trips along with other programs for kids. The new facility will feature an open single–story floorplan that will allow passersby easy viewing of the flight experience.
“We are making this significant investment in Orlando because it’s where iFLYstarted and where we continue to have an enormous and loyal fan base,” said Matt Ryan, iFLY President& COO. “Our goal is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone and by relocating to a new, expansive location we will be able to deliver this dream to even more people in the future.”
The new facility, in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, will replace the original wind tunnel located on the south side of I-Drive, and the current wind tunnel located on the south side of I-Drive has been relocated to this new site at 8969 International Drive, next to WonderWorks, and is now open.
To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. They then are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber by leaning forward into a smooth cushion of air, with a flight instructor at their side.
All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International BodyflightAssociation (IBA) certified instructor. The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving instructors. All iFLYinstructors meet or exceed IBA standards.
“Our new location is right in the middle of the exciting I-Drivecorridor and much more accessible to visitors in the area,” Matt Ryan said. “Our decision to relocate on I-Drive is indicative ofthe excitement we have about the Orlando tourism market and economic development in the area.”
About the NEW iFLY Orlando: iFLY’s new Orlando facility is the company’s first to feature two recirculating vertical wind tunnels in the same facility. The two wind tunnels sit side-by-side in the facility and each features a 12-foot diameter flight chamber with wind flow powered by two quiet and clean running electric motors. All instructors at iFLYOrlando are IBAcertified as the best-trained and safest instructors in the sport of indoor skydiving.
I love a great deal, and this month there are great offers and special events taking place at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando at I-Drive 360!
Mother’s Day BOGO I-Drive 360 Attraction Offer
In honor of Mother’s Day on May 13th & 14th the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will be offering Mothers free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket!
This offer is valid for walk-up ticket purchases at the admissions desk when purchasing a single adult attraction ticket for the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando or SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
I-Drive 360 Brunch Event
On Saturday, May 20th from 11 am until 3 pm I-Drive 360, home of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, is hosting its first ticketed brunch event at the dining and entertainment complex on International Drive.
Brunch 360 offers guests the opportunity to sip on unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails, as well as savor a variety of brunch menu offerings from the Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Tapa Toro, Paramount, Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse.
Brunch 360 tickets include complimentary parking and a flight on the 400-foot observation wheel. Advanced tickets are available now at OfficialOrlandoEye.com for $36 (plus tax). Brunch 360 attendees must be 21 and up.
May First Responders Month Deal at I-Drive 360
Until May 31st, First Responders will receive free admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando.
In addition to the First Responder, up to four additional guests (family members or friends) can receive a 50% discount on single-attraction tickets to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando
The discount is valid for police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working in the U.S. Active, former and retired personnel with identification are also eligible.
Personnel must present valid employment UD or professional organization membership card at admissions, and is only valid on walk-up ticket purchases.
Toddler Tuesdays at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Each Tuesday at 9:30am, parents can join an immersive and engaging morning activity with their toddlers at the aquarium.
Toddler Tuesdays provides interactive and age-appropriate programming such as coloring, story time, animal feedings, sing-alongs, and more.
Tickets are $15 for adults (12 and up); $12 for children (3-12) and free for toddlers (ages 2 and under), and SEA LIFE Orlando Annual Pass Members receive complimentary entry to this event.
It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida will host Gator Week May 1-6 and offer free admission to its Gator and Wildlife Park throughout the week.
To many, alligators are simply fierce carnivores on the hunt, but that’s not actually the case. Like many misunderstood creatures, myths develop based on a lack of knowledge.
It is because of this Wild Florida decided to dedicate an entire week to educating and debunking many common myths surrounding these reptiles through live demonstrations and interactive experiences. There will also be plenty of fun photo-ops and guest appearances made by some popular inhabitants of the Gator and Wildlife Park (hint: sloths).
Ranier Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida, says, “Alligators are the stars of the show out here at Wild Florida and it is our job, as experts, to educate our guests on these fascinating reptiles. We dedicate much of what we do to gators all year long, so why not celebrate these animals with a week dedicated to them?”
Wild Florida’s mission has always been to provide an unforgettable Everglades experience that promotes a connection with animals while inspiring education and conservation.
Wild Florida Gator Week Schedule:
May 1: Alligators have one of the strongest jaws of all living animals, with a bite force of 16,460 newtons (that’s A LOT). Experience this power with a live demonstration of alligators smashing watermelons between those jaws.
May 2: Live Radio Broadcast by 103.1 The Wolf and Gator Jump-a-thon. Demonstrations throughout the day will show off the true power of these animals, and just how high they can jump to catch their prey.
May 3: Fox 35’s David Martin will be live on-air interacting with alligators.
May 4: “May the 4th” be with the alligators at Wild Florida. Come decked out in your Star Wars gear and Darth Gator costumes! Grand prize awarded to the best costume!
May 5: It’s Cinco de Mayo! Come prepared to photograph animals throughout the park in their festive gear and share your animal memes on social media for a chance to win prizes.
May 6: FREE gator photos holding Fluffy, our superstar alligator!
In addition to the Gator Week activities, Wild Florida will offer a daily buffet in the Cypress Ballroom for $24.99 per person from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and the showing of Lake Placid (edited for all ages) every day in the ballroom from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Be sure to follow Wild Florida on social media for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits and giveaways throughout the week. Also, check out www.GatorWeek.com for a full schedule of activities.
The Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar and Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center are partnering to create the Bowling & Bazaar. Starting April 26, this family-friendly food truck event will be held at Boardwalk Bowl every fourth Wednesday of the month.
Six food trucks will make an appearance at the popular Orlando bowling center from 6 to 9 p.m. in this new monthly event. Guests will enjoy great food and receive one free game of bowling with their purchase. The Bowling & Bazaar will also have a full cash bar for guests to enjoy.
“The Orlando Food Truck Bazaar is an iconic local tradition,” said Kendra Gaines, the general manager at Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center. “At Boardwalk Bowl, we love being part of the Orlando community, and we’re excited to provide a fun twist to this event.”
The food truck lineup for the first three Bowling & Bazaar events has already been announced, though trucks may change.
Scheduled trucks for the inaugural event are Little Blue Donut Co., Up in Smoke BBQ Orlando, Tamale Co. Food Truck, Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks, La Empanada Food Truck and The Burger Lab.
This event will occur rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.
The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts announced that Brian Regan will be bringing his comedy tour to Orlando this fall!
Brian Regan’s latest stand-up special, “Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall” (2015), was the first-ever live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. The special was critically acclaimed, with Vanity Fair calling Regan, “the funniest stand-up alive.” He made a scene-stealing cameo in Chris Rock’s film, “Top Five,” and was a guest on Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Regan has released six hours of comedy: “Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall” (2015) is airing on Comedy Central and his available on CD and DVD and as a video or audio download; “All By Myself” (2010) is available on CD and download only through his website; his two previous hour-long Comedy Central specials, “The Epitome of Hyperbole” (2008) and “Brian Regan Standing Up” (2007) are available on DVD; “I Walked on the Moon” (2004) is available on DVD or as an audio or video download only through his website, and “Brian Regan Live” (1997) is available on CD.
Regan just announced a two-special deal with Netflix, joining Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Louis CK in multi-special deals with the leader in worldwide streaming. Regan will tape the first special on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver. Announcing the deal during his March 28, 2017 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Regan is a regular on “The Tonight Show,” and he made 28 appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” the most of any comic in the show’s 22 years on CBS.
Brian Regan will visit 39 cities this summer and fall during the tour. Regan visits close to 100 cities each year, selling out the most beautiful venues on the continent, and he will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8 p.m.
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