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Friday, November 17, 2017

Today is the anniversary of Nixon's 'I am not a crook' speech at Disney World

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:35 PM

On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon was knee-deep in the Watergate controversy when he arrived at Disney's Contemporary Resort to give his now infamous "I am not a crook" speech. In an attempt to quell the outrage surrounding his presidency's involvement with the scandal, Nixon spoke before the Associated Press Managing...

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Orlando's Jack Kazanzas Christmas star comes to downtown this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Orlando's decades-old tradition of decorating downtown with a giant, golden Christmas star to start the holiday season is back this weekend. City workers plan to raise the Jack Kazanzas Star this Sunday, Nov. 19 near the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard. The 600-pound star is elevated 50 feet over the street. The...

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Choose a side for Vault 5421's post-'Justice League' DC vs. Marvel party

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:29 PM

After you see the new Justice League movie, show your allegiance to DC or rub Marvel’s superiority in the face of disappointed fanboys at Gods & Monsters’ Vault 5421. This cosplay party features drink specials, DJs, comic book movies playing on the big screens and prizes awarded for the staff’s...

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Disney lays off 145 cast members because of 'restructuring'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 1:37 PM

It's a tough day at the Happiest Place on Earth. This week Disney announced more than 145 employees from its Walt Disney Parks & Resorts department have been laid off. Those affected work in human resources, finance, marketing, sales, and operations. As such, Disney does not expect the move will...

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Disney releases details on Batuu, the planet featured in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:46 AM

This morning Disney released a few interesting tidbits about the new planet featured in the upcoming Stars Wars land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. According to Disney's official blog, guests riding "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" will now get a first look at the planet of Batuu, which is...

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Universal's new Harry Potter Christmas light show is pretty incredible

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Last night Universal hosted a sneak preview of their new "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts" projection show, and if you have any interest in Harry Potter, you'll probably drop a yule log or two. This season, for the first time ever, both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are...

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Kick off the holiday season at Ivanhoe Village's annual Jingle Eve this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the festive Jingle Eve block party in Ivanhoe Village. Spring for the wine stroll, curated by Tim’s Wine Market, as the historic neighborhood is lit up for this annual seasonal gathering. From a beer garden to food trucks and pop-up shops to...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter Park's annual ice rink will open this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:19 PM

It's not truly the holiday season until Winter Park opens their annual ice skating rink. The Winter in The Park rink will open this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Central Park West Meadow (150 N. New York Ave.), on the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard....

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You can actually buy the 'Ash vs Evil Dead' Delta 88 used at Halloween Horror Nights

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Sweet mother of Manson, the Ash vs Evil 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 prop car from Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is for sale, and it runs! Winter Garden-based company Central Florida Furniture/Props/Sets & Staging is selling this functioning prop car for just $3,600, or best offer. Though, technically, the car used in...

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A health resort and spa with a 15-acre lagoon is coming to Lake Nona

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:24 PM

With about 70 million visitors coming to the Orlando area annually, Lake Nona is looking to capitalize on that traffic with a massive new sports and performance resort. The Tavistock Group announced today plans to open the eight-story Lake Nona Resort with health and nutrition amenities, as well as one...

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