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Monday, November 12, 2018

New auto museum at Artegon Marketplace is illegal, draws city fines

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 3:22 PM

An auto museum that was just being assembled by Miami developer Michael Dezer at Artegon Marketplace is illegal and has started drawing fines of $200 per day for code violations, according to city officials. The $200 daily fine kicked in Saturday despite hasty efforts by the museum to address...

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After years of unsubstantiated rumors, it looks like Six Flags may finally be headed to Orlando

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 11:34 AM

One of the oldest rumors in Central Florida tourism is of national amusement park chain Six Flags finally making a significant investment in America’s theme park capital. Over the years, Six Flags has shown that Orlando is on their minds. Decades ago, the company did operate a long-gone wax...

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Everything that will matter to Orlando at this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 11:20 AM

The annual Attractions Expo is the flagship convention for the Orlando-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. The conference kicks off today with the trade floor opening tomorrow morning. Last year’s conference saw more than 38,000 attendees and the numbers this year are expected to be even higher. While...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekend recommendation: Download Snap's City Unseen app and go look at some art

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 3:52 PM

You may be feeling heavy-hearted or glum for, oh, no particular reason right now – take your pick of political, ecological or celebrity disasters – and wondering what you can do to raise your spirits without raising your cholesterol level or lowering your bank balance. To quote Herman Melville,...

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'Hamilton' tickets go on sale in Orlando next week

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 12:36 PM

If you've been waiting to be in the room where it happens, the time has finally come. Tickets to the Broadway smash hit Hamilton go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, on the Dr. Phillips Center website. Seats range from $76.50 to $199.50, or $429.50 for VIP orchestra...

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Maker Faire returns with tons of DIY projects and hands-on experiences

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Come one, come all, to Orlando’s greatest show (and tell) of the year, the Maker Faire: a community-organized, family-friendly extravaganza that includes everything from do-it-yourself science, art, rockets and robots to crafts, music and more. What is a maker, you may ask? Well, in this case, a maker is...

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wyndham Grand Hotels are rewarding guests who don't use their cell phones

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Wyndham Grand Hotels wants guests to spend less time their cell phones and enjoy their vacations more by offering incentives for not using their phones. Through Nov. 12, the hotel brand is implementing non-mandatory phone-free zones at pools and restaurants in five locations, including Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek,...

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Free Play Florida returns with a bigger venue for decades of hands-on arcade history

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Free Play Florida has grown from a niche convention for pinball enthusiasts to one of the premier gaming conventions in the state, with classic arcade and console games added to the mix. Along with the massive arcade set up every year, attendees can check out panels from celebrities and...

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Mix and mingle with the fashion industry at Orlando International Fashion Week's EDGE event

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The signature event for Orlando International Fashion Week returns to Tier Nightclub this week. Catch a runway show from several talented designers, then mingle with models and industry pros during the after party. Spring for VIP if you want preferred seating and early entry. 6 p.m. Friday; Tier Nightclub,...

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The Nook screens two films from Mel Brooks' best year ever

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM

With all of the mixing and mingling and electric daisying in town this week, it’s refreshing to see a night out that doesn’t require you to move very much. The Nook hosts a movie night showcasing both of Mel Brooks’ 1974 features, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. One of...

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