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Friday, December 15, 2017

'The Book of Mormon' is still a NSFW knockout

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM

When the first national touring company of the hit musical The Book of Mormon began crossing the country half a decade ago, Mitt Romney was running for the White House, and mocking the religious beliefs of a potential President probably made the show a tough sell in conservative areas....

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Giant LEGO animals are coming to Harry P. Leu Gardens this January

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Giant animals made from more than 450,000 LEGO bricks are coming to Harry P. Leu Gardens early next year. The exhibit, "Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks" by Artist Sean Kenney, will be on display from Jan. 6 through April 22 and features 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden....

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Grandma Party returns to Stardust with the best in locally made crafts and gifts

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

After a decade and a half, Stardust Video & Coffee’s Grandma Party Bazaar is an Orlando holiday tradition. With handmade crafts from local artisans, live music from area bands, raffles, giveaways and food, it’s basically a holiday encapsulation of the essence of Orlando. It’s our favorite opportunity to grab something...

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Browse through stacks on stacks of independent mags at Orlando Zine Fest this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

At the risk of compromising journalistic integrity, we can opine that last year’s Orlando Zine Fest was an absolute blast – a well-attended showcase of local DIY print creativity. But we can say with absolute objective certainty that this year’s fest builds on last year’s success exponentially and puts OZF...

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disney's critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs are finally here

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Guests at Animal Kingdom can finally get a glimpse of these two adorable and critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, the first baby tigers ever born at Disney World. Brother and sister Jeda and Anala were actually born last August, but made their big debut Wednesday, Dec. 13, as they're...

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Natalia Tena, aka Nymphadora Tonks, will join Universal's Celebration of Harry Potter

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Natalia Tena, who played shapeshifting witch Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter series, is joining the roster of celebrity guests at this year's "A Celebration of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Orlando. Tena joins an already robust list of Potter alumni attending this year's festivities, including Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum),...

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Central Florida Jobs With Justice to honor our own Monivette Cordeiro at annual Art of Solidarity Awards Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM

A commemoration of those who have selflessly dedicated themselves to helping improve the world around them (including Orlando Weekly reporter Monivette Cordeiro), this is Central Florida's way of honoring its most effective grass-roots leaders. Presented by Central Florida Jobs With Justice, this year's awards dinner is titled "The Art of...

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Disney will buy 21st Century Fox assets in landmark $52.4 billion merger

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 7:53 AM

Official details are now coming in on the massive buyout of the majority of 21st Century Fox by Disney. The deal, valued at $52.4 billion, is a stock deal with Disney valuing Fox shares at roughly $40 per share, or approximately $8 more than they closed on Wednesday. As predicted,...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Here's the inside of the Millennium Falcon ride at Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Well, there it is. This morning Disney gave us a glimpse of the inside of the Millennium Falcon flight simulator ride coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and it does appear to be the same ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Just so you know, you'll...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Disney World just made it a lot easier for many guests to get booze

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Disney Dining Plan, a pre-purchased food and beverage plan that guests can add to their Disney Vacation Packages, has been a popular choice for many groups since it launched 12 years ago. Over the years various updates of the plan have added (and removed) many popular items, but...

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