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Monday, April 17, 2017

Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout tour to Dr. Phillips Center for a two-night stand

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Craving a cookie for your recent streak of successfully completed routines and somewhat acceptable parental habits? Know that you won’t receive it from the societal barometer and eye-raising genius Chris Rock when he digs into Orlando for two separate nights of abrasive and humorous critiques concerning the polarizing world that surrounds us today. The Saturday Night Live alum’s first nationwide tour in nearly a decade comes hot off the...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

New Magic Kingdom 'Happily Ever After' firework show to feature advanced projection mapping

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Disney is always making updates in its theme parks, and it isn't making any exceptions with its new fireworks show. The theme park announced that its new "Happily Ever After" fireworks show, premiering May 12, will feature the most advanced projection mapping technology the company has ever used. Disney...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Watch this touching Carrie Fisher tribute video from Star Wars Celebration

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 3:08 PM

The Star Wars Celebration in Orlando kicked things off today with a "40 Years of Star Wars" panel, which was highlighted with a heart-wrenching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. The video was presented by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, and featured appearances from cast and crew members from the...

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Mark Hamill makes surprise visit to Florida Hospital in Orlando

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, visited patients and staff at the Florida Hospital for Children yesterday. The special appearance was a collaboration between Starlight Children’s Foundation and Lucas Films to help celebrate the unveiling of a new virtual reality program for pediatric patients. The Star Wars leading man is currently in Orlando...

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Universal Orlando offers new Harry Potter holiday events

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:11 PM

Universal Orlando announced today that it's bringing a new Christmas experience to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Universal's "Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" will run from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, and will feature a new nighttime show and new projection mapping and special effects on Hogwarts castle. Universal says...

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SeaWorld Orlando is building the 'world's tallest river rapid drop'

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM

This morning SeaWorld Orlando released a few details on a new water ride called Infinity Falls, which they say will be the "world's tallest river rapids drop." According to SeaWorld, the ride will take guests down a class IV jungle river before dumping them over a 40-foot waterfall. We wrote...

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Blacklist Babes Cabaret celebrates their anniversary at the Falcon

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Blacklist Babes celebrate their anniversary with a show at the Falcon. Combining traditional burlesque performances with comedy and live music, the Blacklist Babes have carved out a unique niche in the sometimes saturated burlesque scene. And they’re the only troupe we know of to have the balls to pull...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

These people are already waiting in line for tomorrow's Star Wars Celebration

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 3:34 PM

This year's Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center is in fact a pretty big deal, so much so that fans are lining up a day early to get into panels. So, why are these people pitching a tent over this year's convention? Well, it's the 40th anniversary of...

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Star Wars Celebration returns to Orange County Convention Center for the first time in five years

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Convention season is upon us, and this year’s slate starts off with a jump into hyperspace. Star Wars Celebration, a recurring convention (though not necessarily annual) devoted to all things Star Wars, lands at the Orange County Convention Center for the first time since 2012. This iteration of the convention...

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Nerd Nite returns to the Geek Easy for a night of learning and drinking

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Nerd Nite returns to the sympathetic confines of the Geek Easy this month. Rack up a buzz drinking craft beer while getting schooled on topics like how to deal with human waste in zero gravity, debunking stereotypes about black men, and how to spot bad science in depictions of reptiles...

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