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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Opera Orlando combines 'Pagliacci', 'Pulcinella' and Phantasmagoria for an operatic spectacle

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Opera Orlando goes the show-within-a-show route in this creative mashup of the 1892 one-act opera Pagliacci (the classic tale of a sad clown who murders his cheating wife) with “Pulcinella,” a short Stravinsky ballet from 1920 based on the Italian commedia dell’arte character who eventually evolved into Punch (that...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Florida Film Festival at the Enzian will screen more films than ever before this year

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM

The Florida Film Festival announced tonight that it will screen 184 films (54 features and 130 shorts) at its 28th annual event, more than ever before. The festival will open on April 12 with a "first look" at director Todd Thompson’s Woman in Motion (a documentary about the contribution...

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Spooky Empire's spring iteration brings horror and sci-fi celebs to Orlando's International Drive

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 2:58 PM

The convention so nice it happens twice – per year – returns to the Wyndham this weekend. Spooky Empire’s biannual convention brings together a nostalgia-inducing slate of celebrities for photo ops, autographs and panels, and fills in the margins with costume contests, nightly parties, a mobile tattoo parlor and...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Legoland Florida, SeaWorld Orlando gear up to open reimagined kids areas next week

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 5:55 PM

2019 will be one of the most memorable years ever for Orlando tourism. A brand-new water park is slated to open on Highway 192 at the new Margaritaville, Universal is opening the first major Wizarding World ride not featuring Harry Potter and Disney is planning a full year of new...

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Here's everything we know about Disney's upcoming Star Wars land

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 11:37 AM

Since first being announced in 2015, there has been a slow but steady trickle of details regarding the upcoming Stars Wars: Galaxy's Edge land that will open this fall at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In an unprecedented move, Disney is building two nearly identical lands, one in Orlando and one...

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Nick Offerman is coming to Orlando's Hard Rock Live

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Actor, comedian and woodworker Nick Offerman is coming to Orlando's Hard Rock Live in December. Offerman, best known for playing the bacon-obsessed curmudgeon Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, will be bringing his one-man show "All Rise" to the Hard Rock on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The show promises...

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Fun Spot Orlando's new interactive water feature will open this summer

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Splash around in Fun Spot Orlando's nearly 4,000-square-foot interactive water experience when it opens this summer 2019. The new attraction will have over 30 interactive water features that will be included in Fun Spot's all-day armband pass. "When we approached the design for the interactive water feature, we took...

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Insane record-breaking hybrid coaster is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 3:18 PM

Busch Gardens Tampa made history when it opened Florida's first dueling wooden coaster in 1999, Gwazi, and now the park is about to make history once again with an insane record-breaking 210-foot hybrid coaster replacing the long-closed attraction. When it first opened, Gwazi was a departure for Busch Gardens, where...

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Snuggle up with some fluffy bunnies at the Nook on Robinson's pop-up bunny café on March 30

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Hop on over to the Nook on Robinson for some free bunny snuggles on March 30. The pop-up Bunny Café at the Nook will be from noon to 4 p.m. at 2432 E. Robinson St. with first-come-first-serve sign-ups for the free event. Guests will be given 15 minutes of play time with...

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Gatorland is getting an extra thicc new resident from The Villages

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 3:29 PM

An 800-pound alligator affectionately nicknamed "Larry The Alligator" by residents at The Villages retirement community was recently relocated to a new home at Gatorland in Orlando. According to WKMG, the hefty chonk arrived at the Orlando attraction Tuesday after trappers discovered he was being fed by humans, which is...

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