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Monday, March 1, 2021

Move over, Mandalorian — Disney's next hit TV series could be based on the Magic Kingdom

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 10:38 AM

With the cinematic universes of Star Wars and Marvel proving pivotal to the early success of Disney+, the company is now looking at how to bring new franchise universes to life, and that may entail tapping into one that began inside Disney theme parks. According to The Hollywood Reporter,...

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Tiger Woods-designed mini golf course heading to Waterford Lakes in Orlando

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 10:25 AM

A new miniature golf course is in the works for Waterford Lakes, but don’t expect the whimsical props that have come to define the sport. This complex is ushering in a new era for the family-friendly game. PopStroke is planning two 18-hole putting courses on a two-and-a-half-acre lot near...

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Here's everything we know about the amazing new Studio Ghibli park that's opening next year

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 11:15 PM

From Orlando’s Epic Universe to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, theme park projects worldwide have been delayed, canceled or changed dramatically due to COVID-19, but in Japan, one park is pushing forward. The Ghibli Park in Aichi Prefecture remains on track for a 2022 opening of its first phase, just...

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Universal Orlando's cashless payment app rolls out new features to keep guests immersed

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 3:23 PM

Universal Orlando now makes buying things on-site easier than ever — no bracelet needed. In a recent update, the Universal Orlando Resort app began offering contactless payments via the wallet tab. The app, which debuted in 2014 after a similar app launched a few years prior, has allowed some...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Disney Cruise Lines will remain docked through May

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 1:18 PM

Disney Cruise Lines announced on Wednesday that all ships would remain docked through the spring, with sailings canceled through May 31. In the most recent Temporary Suspension & Travel Updates advisory posted online, the company confirmed the May cancellations and pledged to use the time to continue working on safety...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Orlando Philharmonic will bring the movie soundtracks of John Williams to life in March

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Composer John Williams has provided stirring orchestral soundtracks for some of the 20th century's most iconic cinematic moments, and the Orlando Philharmonic will be bringing those sounds to life in March as part of their Pops Series. John Williams: Big-Screen Blockbusters will present unforgettable Williams themes from Star Wars,...

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee finals are happening in Orlando this summer

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 11:24 AM

A number of fiercely competitive contests that push the human body to its limits have restarted at the Walt Disney World resort during the pandemic — the NBA, the MLS and now … the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 2020's National Spelling Bee was canceled for the first time since World War II...

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is set to debut its most immersive whale exhibit ever — minus the whales

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 7:56 PM

With a recent expansion that quintupled the amount of public space, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is going big with its newest exhibit. Whales: Living With Giants stretches across 20,000 square feet, an area that could hold more than 12 average American homes. In it, guests will find multimedia exhibits,...

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Bok Tower's 95th annual Easter Sunrise Service will stream virtually again this year

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 10:17 AM

For the second year in a row, Bok Tower Gardens will host its annual Easter sunrise service virtually. The 95th annual service will be streamed live via Facebook and Bok Tower's website on Sunday, April 4, at 7 a.m. Rev. Chad Reynolds, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lakes...

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Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 10:03 AM

Every morning on Magic 107.7 FM, Leslye Gale discusses the most interesting Orlando Weekly stories of the day on "Chad & Leslye." Check out Leslye's picks today. Sitting outside Barnie's Coffee in Winter Park and watching the beautiful people is by far one of my favorite past times. And...

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