“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.
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
September 5 – October 15, 2017
8201 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
19 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
9907 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
108 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
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 * July 6, 7pm – 8pm * FREE
Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., B, Sanford, FL 32773
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 iFLY started 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 Bodyflight
“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 iFLY Orlando 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.
For tickets or information, go to VisitSeaLife.com/Orlando
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 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.”
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.
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.
Tickets start at $49.75 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.
During the month of April, SEA LIFE Orlando will host a new program called Toddler Tuesdays to offer an enhanced experience for the youngest underwater animal enthusiasts and their parents. The program provides an up-close, hands-on experience that is fun and unique – with an early opening hour and affordable pricing to match.
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, a cold water rock pool, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea animals. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction is home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, stingrays, jellies, a rescue green sea turtle and much more.
Starting this month, each Tuesday from 9:30am -10:30 a.m., guests can visit the aquarium and be a part of an exclusive, age-appropriate program filled with coloring, story time and animal feeding activities. The program will offer a variety of changing creature-feature topics focusing on the aquarium’s best-loved animals including sharks, turtles, sea horses, and more.
Toddler Tuesdays events will feature:
- Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Magnus, SEA LIFE’s shark mascot
- Story time at the Indian Ocean exhibit
- An animal feeding experience
- Sing-a-longs, coloring sessions and more activities to teach fun facts about underwater animals
- Admission to the aquarium
Special pricing also applies with tickets just $15 for adults, $12 for children (ages three to 12), and free for toddlers (ages two and under).
SEA LIFE Orlando Annual Pass Members receive free entry into the Toddler Tuesdays program.
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 about the Toddler Tuesdays program at the aquarium, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando will once again play host again this year to a majority of the world’s most skilled sword swallowers as they demonstrate their death-defying skills to mark World Sword Swallower’s Day with free events on Saturday, February 25.
This will be the tenth year that Ripley’s has hosted the event, which celebrates the 4,000 year old art and honors the few people in the world who risk their lives every time they swallow a sword. The event also recognizes the contributions that sword swallowers have made to medicine and science. There are only a few dozen people in the world able (and willing) to swallow swords.
“Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions,” said Dan Meyer, President, Sword Swallower’s Association International. “We want to change that. That’s one of the reasons we celebrate World Sword Swallower’s Day.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will host sword swallowers at more than a dozen of its Odditoriums across the country, providing FREE shows for the public.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing.
Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.
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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Captain Barnacles and Kwazii of The Octonauts, characters from The Octonauts, a popular animated children’s television show on Disney Jr., will visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Friday through Sunday, beginning Sept.16 to Oct. 30. During this time, young guests can take photos with the characters at scheduled onsite meet-and-greet events and become part of the Octonauts crew by participating in the Octonauts Training Academy at the aquarium.
The Octonauts are a team of undersea adventure heroes who rescue and protect sea creatures in trouble. During each television episode, viewers are able to learn about a variety of marine life as The Octonauts study facts about sea animals and their ocean habitats. Captain Barnacles, a brave polar bear, is the leader of The Octonauts crew while Kwazii, a kitten, is the crew’s lieutenant and a daring explorer. Both characters will make appearances at the Orlando aquarium.
“SEA LIFE is excited to have The Octonauts visit us for the first time with interactive, educational and fun activities,” said James Paulding, General Manager at SEA LIFE Orlando. “Children will have the opportunity to meet the characters and learn while having fun on their adventure to complete the Octonauts Training Academy.”
While The Octonauts are visiting SEA LIFE Orlando, guests can enjoy special on-site activities, featuring the Octonauts Training Academy. The Training Academy will guide children through different exploration zones on their way to earning official Octonauts crew member status. For ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/orlando. The Octonauts are included in regular admission to SEA LIFE Orlando.
- Sept. 16-18
- Sept. 23-25
- Sept. 30-Oct. 2
- Oct. 7-9
- Oct. 14-16
- Oct. 21-23
- Oct. 28-30
Dates and times are subject to change. For more information on The Octonauts, the aquarium’s conservation efforts or to buy tickets, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.