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Friday, July 14, 2017

Disney unveils incredibly detailed model of 'Star Wars' land

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:24 AM

To kickoff this weekend's likely onslaught of major announcements at D23, Disney decided to bless the masses with a detailed look their new Star Wars lands, coming to both Disneyland and Disney World. Though it's just a glimpse at a model, it's still a really really cool model. Besides...

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Artegon Marketplace auction is happening today and tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Today marks the start of the two-day auction where you can buy a piece of the now shuttered Artegon Marketplace. The auction will take place at 5250 International Drive. Previews start at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14, with the live auction starting at 11 a.m....

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Orlando comedian explains Citrus Bowls' name change to Camping World Stadium

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM

In his third installment of very "informative" Orlando-centric videos, local comedian and actor Rauce Padgett sheds a little light on the backstory behind the Citrus Bowls' name change to Camping World Stadium. According to Padgett, the stadium was named by him, and he ended up with this name because everyone in...

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Celebrate all things French at Audubon Park's annual Bastille Day weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Whether you're a lover of all things French or just down for lots of wine and cheese, this year's Bastille Day festivities have a little something that just about anyone – Francophile or not – can enjoy. From Tour de France spin classes to baguette fencing, Audubon Park's 10th annual...

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Orlando is looking for its first poet laureate

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Orlando has started a search for its first poet laureate to serve as the city's "official storyteller," Mayor Buddy Dyer says. The city announced Thursday it was partnering with United Arts of Central Florida and Orlando-based publisher Burrow Press to appoint a poet who would promote poetry in the City Beautiful...

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Let's overanalyze the new trailer for MTV's 'Siesta Key'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 12:05 PM

In a couple of weeks, MTV will debut a new Florida-based, half-scripted "reality" show called Siesta Key, and based on the first full trailer it's ... uh, well, it's an actual thing that exists. The brief trailer doesn't offer much real insight into what the show is all about, but...

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Petition asks city of Orlando to install rainbow crosswalks near Pulse

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM

An online petition is asking City of Orlando officials to install rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Kaley Street and South Orange Avenue, steps away from the gay nightclub Pulse. The petition on, which currently has 1,179 signatures, says the crosswalk would honor the 49 victims who died in...

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SeaWorld's latest tour lets you get up-close with killer whales

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 2:19 PM

SeaWorld's new Killer Whale Up-Close tour is the closest you'll probably ever get to the ocean predators – and no, touching the whales is not a part of the tour. Even though you can't touch or feed the whales, the roughly 45-minute tour promises to be informative and interactive....

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After smash-and-grab robbery, Go Big Shirts expands open hours to recoup losses

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Local small business Go Big Shirts was broken into last week and tons of their merchandise was stolen. The perpetrator was caught, but none of the merch was recovered, so in an attempt to recoup some of their losses, they'll be open this Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m....

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Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary temporarily moving and that means no monorail views

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

UPDATE: On July 19, Disney confirmed that the kitchen maintenance will now not impact the regular operating hours of the restaurant. Chef Mickey's will remain open in its current location. One of the most memorable views at Walt Disney World is the beautiful Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary Resort....

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