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Monday, June 18, 2018

Four new hotels are now confirmed to be in the works at Disney World

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 9:35 AM

There are already a half-dozen major hotel projects in the works at Walt Disney World, but four more were just added to the list. Nestled on the western edge of WDW Flamingo Crossings is a mixed-use development that has been in the works for over a decade, but only...

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The long, dark history of the now infamous Daytona Beach roller coaster

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 9:31 AM

In 2013, things were looking up for Daytona Beach. A Hard Rock-branded hotel was just announced, the speedway was in the midst of a nearly half-billion-dollar update, and for the first time, the city’s historic beachside boardwalk was home to a roller coaster. Daytona Beach officials declared a “renaissance”...

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Stonewall's Black Haüs Creature Feature gets and undersea theme this week

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Stonewall’s avant drag night, Black Haüs Creature Feature, throws an immersive event this week. The underwater theme may remind you of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, but Marty McFly didn’t have a drag cabaret or half-price drinks all night. 10 p.m. Tuesday; Stonewall Bar, 741 W. Church St.;...

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Friday, June 15, 2018

That new nighttime show Universal Orlando accidentally leaked was just confirmed and will debut this summer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Remember when Universal accidentally leaked concept art and details for their new nighttime show? Well, now it's official. It turns out the post was authentic because "Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration" is launching this summer, according to a release from Universal Orlando Resort. Described as "an epic cinema under the stars" –...

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Hourglass Brewing hosts a market for oddities and curiosities

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Oddities dealers and artists from all over Florida come together to bring one-of-a-kind bone art, taxidermy, wet specimens, antiques, jewelry and more to Central Florida. Grab a craft beer and stroll through the market for an experience unlike any other, with the opportunity to speak with vendors and purchase...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Florida home of ancient Native American ruler rediscovered at Mound Key

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 12:20 PM

The formerly lost house of Calaas, an ancient indigenous ruler who led a unique civilization on the southwest coast of Florida, was rediscovered by archaeologists on Mound Key. Excavators found the first known remains of the 16th century building using records created by Spanish missionaries who visited the royal house in...

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Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen get personal for AC2 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Thank God Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper’s attempt at a blind date failed miserably. Back in the ’90s, before either one was easily recognizable on the street, they tried to go out – but Cohen ruined it when he asked about Cooper’s famous mother, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. While they...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Disney donates to almost everyone, including nearly $1 million to 'proud NRA sellout' Adam Putnam

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Yesterday, on the two-year memorial of Pulse, gun reform activists held "die-ins" across the country at sites like Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office, the Capitol Building in D.C., and President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Now, it appears that Disney will also get the "die-in" treatment. The official Twitter account for...

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Orlando 48 Hour Film Project scheduled for August

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:23 AM

The 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition, will return to Orlando in August. The contest – which invites participants to write, shoot, edit and submit a film from 4 to 7 minutes in length in just two days – is scheduled for August...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Disney debuts two new zebra foals at Animal Kingdom

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Two new Grevy's zebra foals can now be seen roaming around Disney's Animal Kingdom. The two foals, Youka and Zalika, were born within the past couple of months and share striking similarities with their mothers, not only in their stripe pattern but in their behavior and demeanor, according to Disney. Laylee's...

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