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Friday, January 22, 2021

Orlando's Gatorland adds kookaburra to its 'kooky' family of animals

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 5:07 PM

Gatorland welcomed Marshall the laughing kookaburra to its park Wednesday, adding yet another animal to its ever-growing family. Marshall is 2 years old and comes from a "loving South Florida home," according to Gatorland's press release. According to National Geographic, kookaburras are a symbol of Australia's birdlife, and get...

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Resorts and airports are adding COVID-19 testing amenities, but is it enough to protect Florida travelers?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:06 PM

While progress is finally being made in the fight against the deadly pandemic that has shut down most of the world, the fact remains it will be years before we will be truly beyond the threat COVID-19 poses. Even as vaccines begin to roll out, many nations remain hesitant...

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Theatre UCF returns to live performances in February

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 4:09 PM

Theatre UCF will return to the stage with three new, outdoor shows starting in February. The trio of performances — "Songs of Inspiration," Scaramouch in Naxos and The Grumpiest Boy in the World — will be split between the UCF Performing Arts Center Courtyard and the Orlando Shakes' new courtyard performance space in...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CityArts plans a major overhaul of their courtyard space in downtown Orlando

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 1:16 PM

CityArts and the Downtown Arts District are poised to begin an ambitious overhaul of their outdoor courtyard space in downtown Orlando. The end result will be a renovated, extended and radically different public plaza, wrapping around the north end of the CityArts building on Magnolia Street. Fundraising for the...

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Disney's Hall of Presidents temporarily closes to add in Joe Biden animatronic figure

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 11:23 AM

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has temporarily closed the doors of its Hall of Presidents attraction to add a Joe Biden figure. As spotted by WDW News Today, the plug was pulled suddenly on the Hall last night, with little fanfare besides a note about "refurbishment" going up on...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Planning a Disney vacation may soon get easier, and for that you can thank the pandemic and the influencers — really

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:37 PM

In July, when Walt Disney World reopened, annual passholders could renew their passes, though new passes haven’t been sold since then. But in California, where the healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the pandemic, theme parks have essentially been shut down since March. With the death rate in the...

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Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 11:13 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. Central Florida strikes again,. attracting Shake Shack's first-ever drive-through! Here are the deets! – LINK The food news keeps getting better! Check...

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Friday, January 15, 2021

With COVID's end in sight, details regarding Disney's huge 100th anniversary celebration begin to emerge

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:41 PM

Nearly a year after the pandemic forced massive closures and destroyed the U.S. economy, there’s little hope in a return to normalcy anytime soon. For Disney, this has put a huge wrinkle in plans for the biggest celebration in Walt Disney World’s history. The 50th Anniversary celebration was meant...

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Key West proves it: Florida voters care about the environment, but Florida Republicans overrule them

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:29 PM

Despite rhetoric pushing for limited government Florida, Republican lawmakers often enforce their minority views on citizens who've voted for something different. (See Amendment 4, most recently.) The latest pre-emption attempt by Republicans pits them against Key West voters who in November voted to approve measures that would ensure the...

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Central Florida Film Festival returns to Mount Dora after 16-month absence

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 12:28 PM

From new management to a new venue, from date changes to a hurricane and a pandemic, the Central Florida Film Festival has seen it all over the last three years. Now, after a nearly 16-month absence, CenFlo is finally back at Epic Theatres in Mount Dora, January 22-24. The...

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