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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Enzian to stage a late night Orlando drive-in screening of 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' at the Plaza Live this weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 12:43 AM

The Enzian Theater and Bungalower are continuing their run of offsite pop-up drive-in movies, with a just-announced screening of cult favorite glam-horror-musical The Rock Horror Picture Show set for Saturday, July 18. The drive-in's location this time is the parking lot of the Plaza Live in the Milk District....

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Two NBA players test positive for COVID-19 while inside the 'bubble' at Walt Disney World

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 11:12 PM

As much as the NBA has worked to protect its athletes housed and training inside the Walt Disney World "bubble," the league announced Monday night that two players have tested positive for COVID-19. "Of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two...

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After a delay, Orlando is now home to one of the world's most unique JW Marriott resorts

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:59 PM

The current pandemic has put a damper on Orlando’s tourism industry, but that hasn’t stopped Marriott from pressing forward with their plans for one of the region’s most anticipated new Disney-area hotels. Originally scheduled to open in March, the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa has finally...

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Looks like Universal Orlando finally killed off one of its longest-running, least popular shows

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 11:20 AM

After a decade-and-a-half run, one of Central Florida’s most divisive theme park shows is now rumored to have finally been put out of its misery. Fear Factor Live opened at Universal Orlando in 2005, by which time the television show it was based on was already getting plenty of...

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Bans against screaming on roller coasters at Tokyo Disneyland will not be in place at Orlando's Walt Disney World

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 4:11 PM

A viral video of two top executives from Fuji-Q Highland amusement park silently riding their famed Fujiyama roller coaster with face masks on ends with the unusual but somehow charming request to "Please scream inside your heart." It references the park's no-screaming policy, put in place after reopening from...

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Orlando director Jeremy Seghers to present 'The Bacchae' as drive-in theater

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 12:54 PM

Drive-in is increasingly the medium of choice for those who want to balance a love for the arts with social distancing caution. You've got drive-in movies, drive-in concerts and now, courtesy of Osceola Arts and local stage director Jeremy Seghers, drive-in theater is coming to Central Florida. In August,...

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Disney character breakfasts return to Four Seasons Resort Orlando, now with social distancing

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 10:59 AM

The grand Disney reopening continues apace with the announcement Wednesday that the popular "character breakfast" event Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & Pals will be back on at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. There will be some changes to the character breakfast, as part of Disney's new social distancing...

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Central Florida horror con Spooky Empire announces cancellation of 2020 events in Orlando and Tampa

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 1:05 AM

Central Florida horror convention Spooky Empire on Wednesday announced the cancellation of both events planned for this year on its Facebook page. The organizers confirmed that both the August event in Orlando and the Halloween event in Tampa were canceled for this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

SeaWorld to host 'Flicks and Fireworks' drive-in movie event this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 8:41 AM

The drive-in movie revival continues, and now SeaWorld's getting in on the socially distanced action. SeaWorld on Tuesday announced "Flicks & Fireworks," a weekend's worth of drive-in movies set to take place in their parking lot in just a few days. Pop-up drive-in movie events are having a moment...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Local author David James Poissant to hold Zoom launch party for his debut novel tonight on Zoom

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Local author David James Poissant is having a launch party for his debut novel, Lake Life, on Tuesday night and you can join in on Zoom. Lake Life, out through Simon & Schuster, has gotten positive notice from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly ("poignant and beautiful") and just this morning...

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