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Monday, June 26, 2017

Disney says animatronic Trump will have speaking role in Hall of Presidents

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Contrary to previous information, President Donald Trump's animatronic robot at Disney's Hall of Presidents won't be muzzled. Back in May, Vice's Motherboard spoke to an anonymous Disney cast member who talked of a possible rollback of the attraction to an older format. Before 1993, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were the...

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Mermaids that are paid by the State of Florida featured in Vogue magazine

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:13 AM

While Pitbull’s Florida promotion might be getting scrutiny, a band of mermaids on Florida’s west coast are giving the state plenty of publicity in places that rarely talk about Florida for our numerous roadside attractions. Vogue did a photo essay (and accompanying beauty feature on waterproof makeup) with the...

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Fun Spot opens a wild wooden coaster, but the ride still has surprises to come

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Fun Spot America in Kissimmee opened its new wooden coaster, Mine Blower, this weekend. The new coaster is the first permeant thrill ride built at the park since Fun Spot bought it in 2004. Clocking in at 2,289 feet in length and with a lift hill of 83 feet,...

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Fringe hit 'Ominous George' gets encore performance at Maxine's on Shine this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

We here at Orlando Weekly are among playwright-producer Steve Schneider’s greatest fans. Not just because he has staged Orlando Fringe hits like Escape From Baldwin Park and The Wait List Murders; not only because we stand in awe of his encyclopedic knowledge of KISS minutiae and grammatical rules; but –...

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Meet Puff, the shelter dog we hope will be a big loser soon

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:24 AM

Faithful readers of this site know that we publish galleries of adoptable cats and dogs from the Orange County Animal Shelter twice a week, thanks to the generosity of Pawsitive Pet Photography. A couple of weeks ago, one poor shelter dog in particular got quite a lot of attention....

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TEDxOrlando streams its event this weekend for free

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

What’s the next best thing to dressing up for a fancy TEDxOrlando event at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts? Watching it at home in your jammies with a plate of Froot Loops. TEDxOrlando sold out all its tickets to the event, but you can still watch along for free...

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orlando's Trinity 'The Tuck' Taylor goes for crown on RuPaul's Drag Race finale

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

The time has come for you to lip sync for your life this Friday in your living room as you watch Orlando's Trinity Taylor and her famous tuck go for the crown on the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race. The ninth season of Drag Race has given us...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Real Radio 104.1's Jim Philips announces impending retirement

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 12:35 PM

The longtime host of WTKS 104.1-FM's "The Philips File" announced yesterday that he will be retiring in January 2018. "I'm retiring. I'm not retiring from life, I'm just retiring from this business," he told listeners during his broadcast on Tuesday, June 20. "The Philips File" has been a staple of...

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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence pay tribute to patron saint Divine at the Venue

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The arrival of John Waters and his Baltimorean Dreamland troupe was a seismic shock to the counterculture of the 1970s. The holy trilogy that was Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble was nothing less than a declaration of war against straight white suburbia, a "Helter Skelter" on the sensibilities...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017



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