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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Disney will allow guests to touch a rhino at Animal Kingdom

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:24 PM

As part of their "Wildlife Wednesday," Walt Disney World announced a new animal attraction on their official blog this morning. Starting Nov. 1 Animal Kingdom will feature an "Up Close With Rhinos" tour where guests can get a closer look at and even touch some of the park's rescued...

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CityArts Factory shows off 'the Art of Maker Faire' for this month's Third Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

If you like exploring the Technicolor myriad of experiments, crafts and creations of locals every year at Maker Faire Orlando, you’ll absolutely love The Art of Maker Faire. This exhibition at CityArts Factory features some of Central Florida’s most talented artists and inventors showing off their best work. The...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SeaWorld's plans through 2020 just got leaked and there's a ton of new coasters in the works

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 3:25 PM

With the busy summer season now behind us, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is looking ahead to 2019. New attractions range from a full Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando to a new swing ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg to a Premier Rides Skyrocket II coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa, with...

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A new Chinese theme park points to the future of Universal Orlando

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Here in Orlando, there has been plenty of focus on the yet-to-be-announced new theme park that NBC Universal is working on for their upcoming southern campus, but the company's next park to open will be in Beijing. Slated to open in 2020, Universal has confirmed that the new resort will...

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Disney announces new firework show to replace Epcot's 'IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth'

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 3:59 PM

After running for nearly 20 years, Walt Disney World announced today that Epcot's beloved firework spectacular "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" will come to an end in 2019. As of now, the show is planned to continue its run at the World Showcase Lagoon until the end of the summer...

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Friday, September 14, 2018

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens offering BOGO tickets to Hurricane Florence victims

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 5:20 PM

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa are offering buy-one-get-one single day tickets to residents of states impacted by Hurricane Florence. The two theme parks, which are both owned by the Blackstone Group, announced the promotion this afternoon. The deal is only valid for residents of North Carolina, South...

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Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights opens tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Universal's highly anticipated Halloween Horror Nights 28 opens tonight. This year's event is the longest and biggest yet, with a total of 36 confirmed dates between tonight and Nov. 3, plus a record 10 houses and five scare zones. The official houses for this year are Scary Tales: Deadly...

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Actor barfs on himself while filming commercial for Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 11:01 AM

If the the scare actors at Busch Gardens' annual Howl-O-Scream don't make you vomit, then the roller coasters will. The Tampa theme park recently posted unseen footage from a commercial for their upcoming scare fest and it shows an actor actually barfing all over himself while riding the SheiKra...

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular returns for another year

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Families can enjoy some kid-friendly Halloween fun as SeaWorld's annual Halloween Spooktacular returns this month. The event will take place every weekend from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 28 and is included with park admission. Event hours span from 11 a.m. to park close. Children between the ages of...

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Orlando Public Library hosts first-ever Melrose Film Festival this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM

The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center at downtown’s Orlando Public Library is an unparalleled resource for creatives, giving them hands-on access to film and music production equipment and instruction. Perhaps to provide some inspiration for local filmmakers to come use their library card to access those resources, the Melrose Center...

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