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Friday, October 22, 2021

The future of SeaWorld water parks is on display at Orlando's Aquatica

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 1:49 PM

SeaWorld has doubled down on its commitment to its water parks with new attractions confirmed for every single water park company-wide. From Adventure Island in Tampa to Water County USA in Virginia, SeaWorld’s chain of water parks will be filled with new attractions and enhancements come next year. The...

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Florida Jerk Festival brings Caribbean music, food to Lake Lorna Doone Park on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Though they took a few years off, reports of the Florida Jerk Festival's death were an exaggeration. The Caribbean celebration returns to Lake Lorna Doone Park this Sunday (October 24) with a healthy slate of food and music. On the music front, the fest will be a cross-section of...

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Florida Cannabis Festival returns to Mount Dora in November

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:28 AM

Mount Dora is about to get conspicuously mellow once again as the Florida Cannabis Festival returns in early November. For a second year, Renninger's Twin Markets will be host to the Festival, assembling a small army of vendors, along food options, live music and cannabis advocacy. Currently, there are...

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Legoland announces plans to reopen one of Cypress Gardens' most historic attractions

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:23 AM

While Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration lacks nearly any reference to those intervening fifty years, Legoland Florida's tenth-anniversary celebration includes many nods to the past, including historic attractions that predate the park in its current location. Legoland shared that they plan to bring boat rides back to the gardens'...

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Universal's CityWalk might be adding 'Saturday Night Live' lounge, beer hall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:14 AM

Universal's CityWalk has gone through an upheaval in the last few years, with nearly every tenant being replaced or updated. Now, we’re learning what’s next for this multi-year evolution to Universal Orlando’s shopping and entertainment district. In 2017, Universal surveyed guests on a variety of potential updates to CityWalk....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Thornton Park's big Halloween Block Party returning this month

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Thornton Park's big Halloween Block Party bash is coming back this year for an 8th go-around. On Saturday, Oct. 30, a stretch of Washington Street in the Thornton Park District near downtown Orlando will shut down to cars but open up to a massive monster mash. The evening features DJ...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Central Florida Veg Fest returns to Orlando's Festival Park this very weekend

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 11:26 AM

For the herbivorous and plant-curious, this weekend will be a godsend. The Central Florida Veg Fest returns in full bloom to Festival Park. On Saturday, Oct., 23, starting at 10 a.m., Festival Park in the Milk District will be abuzz with activity from the "largest vegan festival in the...

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Friday, October 15, 2021

With international travelers returning to Orlando, dinner theater entertainers hope to get back to something like normal

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Last week, Disney World announced more live entertainment would be returning to the resort in the coming weeks. Character meet-and-greets, resort entertainment, live musical acts, and multiple stage shows will all be returning this fall. The move is one of the biggest signs yet that things are slowly settling...

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SeaWorld Orlando's decrepit Wild Arctic simulator isn't long for this world

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 12:44 PM

SeaWorld has hoped to replace its dated Wild Arctic simulator attraction for years. Rumors swirled of a replacement as early as 2011, but it has persisted. In the years following, SeaWorld faced a tailspin of problems that eventually saw the company replace nearly all of its leadership and go...

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Following a pandemic lull, Universal Studios Florida has major changes planned for next year

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 12:34 PM

With attendance back up and profits rolling in, the delays Universal Parks saw during the pandemic are long gone. In Beijing, the Universal Studios resort opened last month, and Orlando’s Epic Universe theme park has been a hive of activity as construction begins to ramp out on that project....

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