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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Disney World just made it a lot easier for many guests to get booze

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Disney Dining Plan, a pre-purchased food and beverage plan that guests can add to their Disney Vacation Packages, has been a popular choice for many groups since it launched 12 years ago. Over the years various updates of the plan have added (and removed) many popular items, but...

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Orlando artist's Hillary Clinton portrait sets off security dogs at Art Miami

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Orlando artist Scott Scheidly's punk-inspired portrait of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton briefly shut down an Art Miami tent after security dogs flagged it as suspicious. The Miami Herald reports the dogs were alerted after sniffing a crate containing a pink-haired rendering of Clinton wearing a leather jacket stitched with...

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Disney will close Flights of Wonder and replace it with a show featuring the dog from 'Up'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Disney confirmed this morning that Flights of Wonder at Disney's Animal Kingdom will close for good at the end of the year, and will be replaced with a show starring Russell and Dug from Disney Pixar’s "Up." The new show will open at some point before Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary...

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It's been over 20 years since a major upgrade, yet Blizzard Beach doesn't appear to be adding any new attractions for 2018

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Every major water park and theme park in Florida has seen multiple updates since Blizzard Beach opened its most recent ride. Back in July, it looked like Blizzard Beach might finally be getting a new ride after more than two decades of no major updates. The rumors began in late...

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Disney's famous Muppets Fountain at Hollywood Studios returns after more than a year of just being a planter

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Just over a year ago Disney drained the famous Muppets Fountain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, causing outrage and worry among many Muppets fans. The iconic fountain has sat outside the Muppet-Vision 3D attraction at DHS since it opened in 1991. With the area around the Muppets attraction being renamed "Grand...

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Willem Dafoe nominated for Golden Globe for role in 'Florida Project'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Willem Dafoe has been nominated for the 75th annual Golden Globe awards in the category of best supporting actor for his performance in the 2017 film The Florida Project. Dafoe was nominated alongside Christopher Plummer of All the Money in the World; Armie Hammer of Call Me by Your Name; Richard...

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Disney releases images of new Skyliner gondola coming to Walt Disney World

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM

This morning Disney shared a few renderings of their new Skyliner gondola system, which will eventually connect Epcot, select resorts and Hollywood Studios. According to Disney, the Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the European pavilions, and will "harken back to the early 18th century Art...

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Parking remains biggest problemfor Enzian Theater's expansion project

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 11:36 AM

On-site parking remains the main sticking point for the Enzian Theater’s expansion plan, according to members of the Maitland Planning and Zoning Commission, who held a public meeting on the revised proposal last night. Although Enzian Theater first submitted their preliminary proposal for expansion in November 2012, Thursday’s meeting marked...

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Universal Orlando is now selling Snapchat Spectacles

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Universal Orlando is now hawking Snapchat glasses, the perfect gift for the person that needs to be streaming video from their face at all times. The Spectacles, as they're called, are available at three different SnapBots dispensers: one next to the splash fountain at CityWalk, another inside Universal Studios next...

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Acclaimed playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives in-depth talk at Orlando Rep this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Orlando Shakes hosts an intimate evening with the much-celebrated Anna Deavere Smith this week, in advance of her upcoming HBO film, a small-screen adaptation of her solo show Notes From the Field. Smith may be most widely known for her TV turns on Nurse Jackie and The West Wing, but...

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