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Friday, June 18, 2021

SeaWorld announces nightly summer fireworks starting tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:39 PM

SeaWorld Orlando is getting in on the explosive action. As nearly all of Orlando's major theme parks restart their fireworks and loosen COVID-19 restrictions, the step-sibling of the Big Three is unveiling a nighttime spectacle that will run from tonight (June 18) through August 8. The nightly Ignite fireworks...

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Immersive B-movie sendup 'The Little Merman From The Black Lagoon' returns for a good cause this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 1:24 PM

In case you missed it during its original run at Stonewall in 2019, a new and improved version of the immersive '50s B-movie farce The Little Merman From The Black Lagoon is being staged for two nights this weekend. The comical take on creature features follows a group of...

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Halloween Horror Nights is bringing back its signature villain to celebrate its 30th anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 2:50 PM

Halloween Horror Nights is turning 30, and it's made them a bit reflective. Well, as reflective as a grisly park full of untold horrors can be. Universal just shared that this year's iteration of the beloved haunted theme park would bring back Jack the Clown, their signature villain. Jack...

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Investigate all things Skunk Ape at the Great Florida Bigfoot Conference this summer in Lakeland

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 12:51 PM

Cryptozoologists, investigators and mythbusters alike are heading south for the summer to the Great Florida Bigfoot Conference, going down in Lakeland in July. (Surely a Bigfoot-friendly city if there ever was one.) The focus will be on all things Bigfoot and (of more pressing importance locally) Skunk Ape at the...

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Maitland's Enzian Theater screens Devo concert film next week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 11:08 AM

In the arc of Devo's long music career, they've been perceived by the general public as new-wave agitators, then quirky guys in red hats on MTV, and then (sadly?) soothsayers of civilization's slow decline. (De-evolution, if you will.) Next week, Matiland's Enzian Theater will screen the concert film Devo:...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

ZooTampa's Stingray Bay will not reopen after 12 stingrays died of gas bubble disease

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Gas bubble disease was the cause of death for the 12 stingrays who mysteriously died at ZooTampa late last month. After initially thinking the investigation would take up to eight weeks, Dr. Larry Killmar, Chief Zoological Officer at ZooTampa, told WFTS that investigators who looked at lab and pathology...

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Royal Caribbean delays first cruise from Florida after crewmembers test positive for coronavirus

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 12:44 PM

The first voyage of the Royal Caribbean ship Odyssey of the Seas has been postponed after several crew members tested positive for coronavirus. The cruise company's CEO Michael Bayley posted news of the delay to Facebook, saying that they were pushing back their first cruise from the state in...

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An Orlando gamer recreated Tanqueray’s in ‘The Sims’ (cigarette smoke not included)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 11:29 AM

The coronavirus pandemic made us nostalgic for all sorts of things we never thought we'd miss. Some people found they pined to be in a workplace; full-grown adults lost their minds over going back to Disney, and many, many people ached for their local watering holes. While the bars...

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MegaCon Orlando adds Doctor Who's Christopher Eccleston to this summer's comeback event

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 11:11 AM

MegaCon, the long-running pop-culture fandom blowout in Orlando, is back this summer after nixing in-person events during 2020. And they've just announced a big name for the both sci-fi fans and anglophiles (would love for someone to mock up that Venn diagram): Christopher Eccleston of Doctor Who fame. Ecclestone played...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

'Skate of Emergency' pop-up skate park and roller rink coming to the Milk District

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 4:57 PM

Because sometimes you've just got to skate, the Milk District's Plaza Live will be hosting a pop-up combo skate park and skating rink at the end of the month. "Skate of Emergency" will provide the miniature wheel-inclined among us to get some fresh air and wind-in-the-hair action to support...

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