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Friday, March 22, 2019

Colorful Hindu festival Holi takes over Bill Frederick Park this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM

The Hindu festival of colors, also known as Holi, is celebrated every spring in honor of the triumph of good over evil, which might feel a little counterintuitive right now because the evil of pollen is flourishing. Nevertheless, the Orlando Holi Festival promises to be a vibrant celebration, allergies...

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lake Nona's giant inflatable water obstacle course and adventure park opens this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 6:28 PM

Beat the heat at the new inflatable water obstacle course and wakeboarding area opening at Nona Adventure Park this Saturday. To celebrate its opening day on March 23, the Lake Nona park will be offering free admission, giveaways and face painting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will also be...

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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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