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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando releases loggerhead on 'World Turtle Day'

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 6:06 PM

This afternoon SeaWorld Orlando released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle that had apparently eaten too many sand dollars. In January, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission found a 218-pound loggerhead sea turtle in the Indian River Lagoon near Fort Pierce. At the time, the turtle was missing its left...

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Orlando Fringe 2017 review: 'Baker's Dozen (12 Angry Puppets)'

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:41 PM

One puppet and one puppeteer create 12 distinct characters in a funny and thoughtful exposé of prejudice in our judicial system. (May 24-28)

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After more than 20 years, Visit Orlando's Official Visitor Center is about to move

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 8:17 AM

GrowthSpotter is reporting that after more than 20 years, Visit Orlando is moving its Official Visitors Center to a new location. Currently located behind the Boston Lobster in-between a Don Pablo’s (yes, a few still exist) and a gift shop, the current location is a bit hidden and off the...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Free theme park admission and reduced hotel rates for Florida teachers

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Summer vacation isn't exclusively for students – teachers get a break too, and Florida theme parks are showing their appreciation for educators. Disney Springs is offering special room rates for preschool, daycare and kindergarten through college teachers and support staff starting from $72 per night at all seven Disney Springs...

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Newborn Commerson's dolphin calf dies at SeaWorld

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM

A newborn Commerson's dolphin calf, whose mother made headlines earlier this month for getting pregnant while on birth control, died only minutes after being born last weekend at SeaWorld's Aquatica water park. The calf died Saturday, May 20, says SeaWorld.  The current pod of Commerson's dolphins at SeaWorld is...

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Orlando Fringe 2017 review: 'The Unrepentant Necrophile'

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM

As a punk rock experience, the show explodes with all the anarchistic passion you could ask for. (May 22-28)

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Night of Joy tickets no longer include theme park admission, but there is an upcharge for that

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:14 AM

After more than three decades in the Magic Kingdom, Disney has moved its annual Christian music festival, Night of Joy, to the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The new venue means that the concerts could be held indoors and would allow for more activities to be added to the event, including...

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Orlando Fringe 2017 review: 'Chase Padgett: Five Stars'

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM

World premiere of the popular Fringe performer's first new solo show in four years. (May 24-28)

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Google Street View cameras spotted in the new Pandora: The World of Avatar land

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Just over a year ago, Google Street View cameras were spotted walking around the Magic Kingdom. Google Street View has added all of the area theme parks in recent years, but even after the sightings early last year, Google Maps has yet to update the new in-park street view. Despite...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Orlando Fringe 2017 review: 'Black in the Box'

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Marlon Burnley's boundary-pushing performance art piece explores the black experience in America. (May 19-28)

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