ICON Orlando Holiday Savings and Experiences

ICON Orlando Holiday Savings and Experiences 2018

ICON Orlando Rolls Out New Savings & Experiences for the Holidays

ICON Orlando offers Friends & Family Discounts, Dining Package, Sky Bar 360, & More

ORLANDO, Fla.

ICON Orlando is rolling out a festive collection of seasonal savings for group and individual flights, exciting new options for group celebrations and gatherings, nightly light shows, and unique dinner experiences.

Designed for visitors and locals alike, the new offerings present significant savings on memorable holiday outings for friends and families, including always FREE garage parking at the popular dining and entrainment complex.

Located in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive entertainment district, ICON Orlando 360 is home to an array of unique dining experiences.  From authentic Spanish and Mexican fare to traditional American eats, ICON Orlando 360 offers selections to please any palate.  Nightly live music, shopping venues and a central courtyard with fountain and choreographed water displays, complement the experience.

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“Whether entertaining out-of-town guests, toasting the holidays with friends or co-workers, or looking for an iconic Orlando vacation experience, these new offers deliver memorable moments and substantial savings,” said Cindy Dykman, director of sales and marketing at ICON Orlando 360.

ICON Orlando new seasonal experiences include:

Holiday Friends & Family Pass – (Groups of Three or More) – Share the experience with your loved ones this holiday. A group of three riders on ICON Orlando pays less than $22.00 per person, per rotation and can fly during any time of the day or night. For groups of more than three riders, the admission price drops to just $14.99 per additional rider, compared to the listed $29.99/adult and $24.99/child general admission pricing.
Fly Before 4 and Save – Take a flight on ICON Orlando before 4 p.m. and pay just $14.99 per person, per rotation – a savings of $15.00 per standard adult and $10.00 per standard child admission rates. (*Block out dates include December 24, 2018-January 1, 2019.)

Florida Residents Anytime Flight – Florida residents riding ICON Orlando enjoy a savings of 25 percent with prices at $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for children when purchased online.

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Sky Bar 360 – ICON Orlando now offers private Sky Bar 360 beverage capsules for up to 10 guests, starting at just $29 per person. An ideal experience for a holiday gathering of friends and colleagues, Sky Bar 360 capsules include options for a bottomless selection of beer and/or wine plus two full rotations (44 minutes) on ICON Orlando. Beer options include Bud Light, Corona and Blue Moon with wine offerings including an array of white, red, sparkling, and Prosecco. Guests of the Sky Bar 360 capsules must be 21 years or older. Customization for quantity and selection of beverage offerings is available upon request.  (Not available December 31st).

Holiday Light Show – More than 64,000 LED lights will bring the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States to life in a kaleidoscopic 10-minute show, synchronized to a festive holiday soundtrack.  The light show runs until January 6, 2019 (Sunday-Thursday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.).

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Fly & Dine – Fly & Dine includes one flight aboard ICON Orlando, along with a choice of dinner options at seven of ICON Orlando 360’s fast casual and full-service restaurants. The set menu options start at just $32 for fast casual or $45 for full-service dining at participating restaurants, including Sugar Factory Orlando, Tin Roof Orlando, Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant, UNO Pizzeria & Grill and others.

New Year’s Eve – Exciting plans are underway for an iconic New Year’s Eve celebration.  More information will be announced soon!

The centerpiece of the 18-acre ICON Orlando 360 dining and entrainment complex, ICON Orlando captivates guests with an experience like no other. One of the tallest observation wheels in the world, the 400-foot ICON Orlando provides riders with a bird’s-eye view of Central Florida. Its gentle rotation allows time to take in the Central Florida landscape, and enjoy meaningful time with friends and family for the holidays. In addition, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and the all-new StarFlyer Orlando provided added entertainment.

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For more information on how to purchase tickets and to view the all-new options, visit the official website.

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Know Before You Go: Now Snowing in Celebration, Florida

Celebration Now Snowing Logo

Celebration, Florida’s Now Snowing event celebrates 20 years of snow

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season.

Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch A Countdown to Christmas on December 15th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing.

A special Radio Disney Holiday concert filled with surprise performances will take place on December 8th. Past performances have included All-Star Weekend, Drew Seeley, Ryan Beatty, Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer and more.

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018
Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.

** Additional Parking available at the Celebration K-8 School- $5.00 donation **

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM

everyday November 24th-December 31st *

*weather permitting. Inoperable during heavy rain or temperatures below 32 degree (F)

ICE SKATING

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating

Hours:  4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost: $5.00

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-1500

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost:

Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Christmas Sleigh: $55.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

Hours:  5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th and 6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th

For more Information: 407-512-0662 or visit towncenterphotos.com

Wednesdays November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th.

The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee.

Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

For more information on Celebration Town Center and Special Events visit us on the web at www.celebrationtowncenter.com or call (407) 566-4007.

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Island H2O Live! Water Park At Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park Details

Island H2O Live! water park set to bring chills and thrills to Central Florida in Spring 2019

I don’t know about you, but I am STOKED for the opening of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019!

And as I’ve been driving by the site, I can’t help but notice the HUGE water park area that is taking shape next to 192 in Kissimmee.

Today I was excited to learn that Central Florida’s newest and most immersive water park will be called Island H2O Live!, and will be opening with the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019.

Island H2O Live! will unleash the power of pure play and enthusiasm with nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area, and a river raft ride for the whole family. Designed to enable guests to customize their experience and share it with the world, the park uses a new RFID wristband system that will enable guests to personalize the music and lighting they experience on select rides, making every time very unique.

The park, owned by Horizon Waterpark, LLC and developed in collaboration with Encore Capital Management and Innovative Attraction Management, will change the way people think about water parks.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering
Margaritaville Resort Orlando

“Water parks are known for exhilarating rides and attractions, but Island H2O Live! will let guests be playful in interactive ways that have never been seen before,” said Albo Antenucci Jr., Executive in Charge, Horizon Waterpark, LLC. “These incredible opportunities for engagement will be what Island H2O Live! is all about.”

BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY

The wristband system at Island H2O Live! is called Vantage and is the latest offering from water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.

The Vantage system works through an app that guests download either before or when they arrive. Once they arrive at the park, guests sync the app to their wristbands and the fun begins, as a scanner on certain slides will read their wristband and automatically play songs and lighting effects from the previously established selections.

On some slides, the technology will enable cameras to snap pictures and video and share the content directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites. Guests can also use their creativity and personal style to produce their own slide experience by choosing music playlists, lighting preferences and tagging their social media handles for easy sharing.

Another high-tech feature: “Be Live” invites guests to sing karaoke or star in other audio/visual experiences with clips from these sessions shared through the app.
The gamified app also allows guests to earn loyalty points with every ride. Guests can win prizes such as free food and beverage items, skip-the-line passes, and more.

“These features speak to the ‘Live’ part of our name,” Albo Antenucci Jr. “Customization offers guests the creative space to develop their own adventures, to be in the moment, but then capture those moments and share them in real-time.”

Margaritaville Resort Orlando The Island Rendering Island H2O Live
Margaritaville Resort Orlando

PERSONALIZED PARADISE

The experience at Island H2O Live! will be all about creating your own, unique, customized experience. For those looking to soak in the island vibe, listen to music, and have some chill with their thrill, tropically-inspired havens will abound with hammocks, cabanas and soft sand beaches around every turn and adult-only areas will offer cocktails only steps from your beach chair.

To keep the fun going. Island H20 Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride to Margaritaville Orlando Resort hotel and cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from Studio Movie Grill, to Rock & Brews, BurgerFi, Capone’s, Ford’s Garage, GameTime, Sketchers and more.

AFFORDABLE FUN

Island H20 Live! admission will offer the most fun you can have in the water at a great value. Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.

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October at Madame Tussauds Orlando & Sea Life Orlando

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Epic fall lineup at Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium

Orlando’s top attractions are ALL IN with nonstop excitement, thrills and fun this fall

ORLANDO, Fla.

With a summer that saw shirtless Justin Bieber, fearlessly faced an uncaged Shark Month and introduced the world to Justice League: A Call for Heroes, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium are gearing up for even MORE excitement, thrills and fun this fall.

Mermaids vs. Super Heroes 

You read that right! This fall, SEA LIFE Orlando welcomes the world-famous Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park weekends from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21. Performing unbelievable underwater feats, the Mermaids will mesmerize guests as they swim amongst the creatures in Orlando’s only indoor aquarium. Performances will start on the top of every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with meet and greets available all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Madame Tussauds Justice League SEA LIFE Orlando

Not to be upstaged, the heroes of Justice League: A Call for Heroes are issuing a challenge to mermaid and super hero fans alike. Post a Halloween photo dressed as a mermaid or super hero on Instagram with #mermaidsvsheroes for a chance to win FREE tickets to Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando. Details here.

Ready or Not…

david s pumpkins Madame Tussauds SEA LIFE ORLANDO

David S. Pumpkins is BACK at Madame Tussauds Orlando to scare the hell out of you! From Oct. 1 to 31, see everyone’s favorite fright Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins doin’ his thang with the skeletons who are part of it – whatever “it” is. Dressed in his infamous pumpkin suit, the original Saturday Night Live character is one #HalloweenSelfie you won’t want to miss! Any questions?

What’s New and Coming Soon!

SEA LIFE ORLANDO Octopus Madame Tussauds Orlando
Instagram: @sealifeusa

With a new, vibrant habitat SEA LIFE Orlando’s Giant Pacific Octopus is making waves this fall. The Giant Pacific Octopus is one of nature’s most enigmatic creatures, growing larger than any other species of octopus; and, its three hearts and nine brains beg the question – should you follow your head or your heart?

Follow @sealifeusa on Instagram to see Orlando’s Giant Pacific Octopus answering YOUR questions.

For tickets and more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/orlando or www.visitsealife.com/orlando.  

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Gatorland Opens New Off-Road Adventure

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.

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Gatorland

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.

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Gatorland

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.

 For more Gatorland information visit their official website, by calling 800-393-JAWS, Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram .

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Aloma Bowling Centers Winter All Access Pass

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.

Aloma Bowling Centers

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.

Aloma Bowl is located at 2530 Aloma Avenue in Winter Park. Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center is located at 10748 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Airport Lanes is located at 190 E. Airport Boulevard in Sanford.

For more information, visit AlomaBowlingCenters.com.
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Holiday Deal For Florida Residents From Ripleys Florida Attractions

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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.
Ripleys Ripley's Orlando Odditorium Marilyn Monroe dress 2017
Photo: Ripley’s
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.
Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Drive, and you can find more information by visiting their official website.
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Take A Sneak Peek Inside of ICE! At The Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to preview ICE!, but all opinions are my own.

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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.

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Spooky Nights And Spider Frights Cover The Orlando Eye For Halloween Fun

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.

Spooky Nights Spider Frights 2017 Coca Cola Orlando Eye Halloween
Photo: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

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!

For more information guests can visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

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10 Ways To Play at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

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

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 – Saturday10 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).
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
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
Superkarts
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.
Dining
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
·  Arcade and prize games: $5, $10, $20*,$50*, $100* (*includes bonus credits)
·  VR CXC racing simulators: $12.95
·  Two-level laser tag: $9.95
·  Boutique Bowling: starting at $24.95 (shoes and socks extra)
·  7D HD dark ride motion theater: $9.95
·  Extreme ropes course: $11.95
VIP Membership
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.
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Educator Days At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

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:

WHAT
Educator Days: Free admission for educators + 50% off for up to three guests.
WHO
Florida K-12, College, Homeschool, Preschool educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff
WHEN
September 5 – October 15, 2017
WHERE
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Orlando
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando
8201 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys St Augustine
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine
19 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Panama City Beach
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach
9907 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Educator Days 2017 - Ripleys Key West
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West
108 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
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Screamin Gator Zip Line Experience Special Offer

Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of The World,” has announced a special offer for their Screamin Gator Zip Line experience for a limited time!

Screamin Gator Zip Line Gatorland
Gatorland

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/

For more Gatorland information, visit  http://www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.  Find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

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Seminole State College of Florida Summer Programs

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).

Seminole State College of Florida Planetarium
Seminole State College: Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium

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.

July 6

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”

July 7

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”

July 8

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.

July 11

1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”

2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”

July 12

1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky” Double-Feature

2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop” Matinee 

July 13

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. Seminole State College Logo

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.

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The Alfond Inn At Rollins Hosts Tesla Test Drive Event

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 Winter Park Tesla Test Drive Event June 2 2017

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.

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iFLY Orlando Reopening With VIP Party This Summer

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.
iFLY Orlando Rendering May 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 singlestory 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 Association (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.” 

iFLY Orlando Corporate Logo

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. 

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