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Monday, April 23, 2018

Has Disney finally realized their monorails need a major update?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:52 AM

After a rough patch that included Monorail Red driving with the doors open, a piece falling off Monorail Blue and nearly hitting guests, and Monorail Teal having numerous issues resulting in unprecedented downtime, it now looks like Disney leadership finally realizes how dire the monorail situation truly is. With...

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Disney Stores will no longer use plastic bags, but theme parks have a way to go

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:36 AM

As part of a company-wide initiative, Disney Stores recently announced they will be phasing out plastic bags at all U.S. stores by the end of next month. The surprise announcement comes on the heels of Disney World announcing a major new solar farm near the Animal Kingdom that will...

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Sarasota Film Festival concludes with awards and red-carpet ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM

The 20th annual Sarasota Film Festival ended over the weekend with an awards presentation and red-carpet ceremony at the Sarasota Opera House, which featured appearances by Penelope Ann Miller, Steve Guttenberg, Virginia Madsen and Rory Kennedy. The last three also participated in Q&A sessions at the Florida Studio Theatre....

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Halsi directs 'Secret Garden' street-art party at the Henao Center

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Local graffiti-art bigwig Halsi is the creative director for Secret Garden, a pop-up group exhibition at the Henao Center. Far from a stuffy gallery opening, Secret Garden gathers some of the most vibrant artists in town along with cutting-edge music, live muralists, food, a fashion show and more for...

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Get in touch with the planet at Central Florida Earth Day in Lake Eola Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Ever since April 22, 1970, the entire planet has come together once a year to honor the pale blue dot we all live on that hurtles through space circling a giant ball of flaming gas. For the last 13 years, Central Florida Earth Day has been participating in that...

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Orlando Book Festival brings bestselling authors to Orlando Public Library

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 6:00 AM

As an upgrade from those elementary school book fairs we know and miss, Orange County Library System is hosting a book festival with just a few similarities. S. Jae-Jones, the New York Times best-selling author of Wintersong, is the opening keynote speaker at the event. There are plenty of...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ellen DeGeneres' nightmare robot from Epcot is going up for auction

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:27 PM

After Ellen’s Energy Adventure closed at Epcot last year, the television host joked that she wanted her robot back. Well, after her staff surprised her with the human-like robot on her show, it turns out she doesn't really want it after all. The robot's head and clothes are going up...

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New 'Just For Kids' weekends at SeaWorld will include a Shopkins show

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:38 AM

This morning SeaWorld unveiled a new series of events in their "Just for Kids" weekends, which will include a "Shopkins Live" show. The new series runs on Saturdays and Sundays, from May 5 through May 13. Among a long list of new shows, guests can expect special performances by Choo...

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Hourglass Brewing hosts Florida's only qualifier for the National Air Guitar Championship

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:00 AM

That’s right – you can actually play this instrument, unlike the guitar that’s collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom. Even better, it requires a minimal amount of talent, unless you count your best moves in the mirror as a real means of showmanship. So come out and...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A UCF student made it the Jeopardy! College Championship finals

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:45 PM

University of Central Florida continues their national dominance, but this time it isn't on the football field. UCF sophomore Hannah Sage has advanced to the finals in the Jeopardy! College Championship. Sage is set to compete in the finals after beating students from Dartmouth College and the University of Oklahoma....

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