23 over-the-top Orlando hotel pools you totally shouldn't sneak into

– As we all know, not all pools are created equal– some have luxurious cabanas, some have massive waterfalls and some are…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
    1 Grand Cypress Blvd., 407-239-1234
    A lagoon-style pool is only one feature that makes the pool at this resort unique. You can swim underneath rock caves in this 800,000-gallon, half-acre pool, which has 12 waterfalls, a water slide tower pavilion, a water jet splash zone and two whirlpools. Within the rockwork are seats and paths that lead to rock-climbing stations. Day-use rooms are available for 50 percent off the Standard Daily Rate and are only available for purchase through Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress directly, by either calling or purchasing at the desk. Rooms are subject to availability, taxes and resort fee.
    
    
    Photo via thegrandcypress/Instagram
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Orlando opinions that will get you cancelled

In this sprawling mass of suburbia with a pretty nice lake in the middle that we call home, it can be hard…

By Alex Galbraith

Orlando opinions that will get you cancelled
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20 Orlando area tourist attractions locals actually love

Being in the tourist capital of the known universe, there are a few tourist spots that we Orlandoans don't mind revisiting on occasion. Here are…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Bok Tower 
    Bok Tower is another one of those local attractions that the usual tourists overlook in their quest for thrills but this National Historic Landmark is a must-see for anyone who has the time to visit it. The tower has long been an icon of Central Florida. At 205 ft. tall it towers over the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Swans, Sandhill Cranes and numerous other birds call the gardens home.
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Everything we saw at Whiskey Business 2022

Orlando's Whiskey Business returned for the first time in two years. The Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street were taken over by revelers…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at Whiskey Business 2022
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Look inside Peppa Pig Theme Park before it opens on February 24

Peppa Pig Theme Park opens later this month, providing families with a lower-cost, kid-focused alternative to the steep price tag of a…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Look inside Peppa Pig Theme Park before it opens on February 24
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Orlando's Redlight Redlight got the jump on Valentine's with their Galentine's Day bash

Valentine's Day, who needs it!? Wait, don't answer that, we're just being a little hyperbolic because we're still giddy over Redlight Redlight's…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Orlando's Redlight Redlight got the jump on Valentine's with their Galentine's Day bash
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All the adorable dogs we saw at Orlando's Paws in the Park pet fest

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s “Paws in the Park” festival returned to Lake Eola Park for a 28th year over the…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

All the adorable dogs we saw at Orlando's Paws in the Park pet fest
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Everything we saw at Leu Gardens' 'Dragons and Fairies' show

While it didn't wow our reviewer nearly as much as some other notable offerings from the Creative City Project, Dragons & Fairies at Harry…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at Leu Gardens' 'Dragons and Fairies' show
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Everything we saw at Steinmetz Hall's Duke Ellington tribute concert

Steinmetz Hall continues to flex its acoustics with concerts for the audiophile. The reverberation was on full display when the Royal Philharmonic…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at Steinmetz Hall's Duke Ellington tribute concert
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Orlando's most anticipated restaurants for 2022

Another year, another chance to pretend we can put the turmoil of last year behind us. Luckily, there’s food: New restaurants that’ll…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Jollibee
    The Filipino fast-food joint is arguably the most anticipated restaurant thanks to its addicting brand of Chickenjoy! fried chicken and their Yumburgers seasoned to elicit langhap sarap. Look it up.
    (Opening spring, 11891 E. Colonial Drive, jollibeeusa.com)Photo via Jollibee.
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This historic, lakefront Tudor in College Park just hit the market for $2.2 million

Sometimes it doesn't take a historic story or a famed architect to become an iconic house. Being sufficiently large and pretty will…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

This historic, lakefront Tudor in College Park just hit the market for $2.2 million
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Everything we saw at the Steinmetz Hall's 'Rise + Shine' Orlando arts extravaganza

The elegant new performance venue Steinmetz Hall opened on Friday with a showcase of Orlando's arts community that pulled out all the…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at the Steinmetz Hall's 'Rise + Shine' Orlando arts extravaganza
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Maitland's Lil 500 Go-Karts was a good time up to its last day

The rev of a gasoline engine. The smell of burnt rubber. The exhilaration of drifting around a slick corner. The feel of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Maitland's Lil 500 Go-Karts was a good time up to its last day
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A look back at 2021 through the lenses of Orlando Weekly's photographers

The eyes have it! Here is a sampling of strange, beautiful, powerful and unique moments captured by a cadre of Orlando Weekly's…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Come Out With Pride Parade, Oct. 9, Downtown Orlando
    Photo by J.D. Casto
    Orlando’s Come Out With Pride roared back this year bigger and better than ever, and we feel this shot captured the celebratory vibe perfectly. “These gentlemen were doing flips and splits and all of these acrobatic moves. I just walked with them for about 50 or 60 yards trying to capture them in mid-air. I got lucky. This was the only frame that was in focus,” remembers Casto.
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Some of Orlando's best holiday lights are in the theme parks

Even if the weather isn’t frightful, the feeling is so delightful in the parks during this time of the year. Theme park…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Some of Orlando's best holiday lights are in the theme parks
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The funniest reactions to Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer getting fired

Urban Meyer's tenure as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars came to an end before he completed his first full NFL season.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

The funniest reactions to Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer getting fired
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23 Santa villages, Christmas tree farms and ice rinks in Orlando to celebrate the holidays

In need of something extra to get you in the holiday spirit? We've rounded up a list filled with Christmas celebrations galore.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Santa Tuesday at Cranes Roost 
    407-571-8180, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs
    Live music, fireworks, train rides and Santa will all be present at Cranes Roost Park throughout the holiday months.Take a stroll surrounded by 200,000 lights and pay a visit to a 60-foot Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of ornaments.
    
    Photo via City of Altamonte/Facebook
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Everyone and everything we saw at the return of Grandma Party Bazaar

We were happy to see Grandma and a few hundred of her closest friends returned to Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

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Everything we saw at Orlando's Fusionfest 2021

The many cultures that make Orlando an interesting place to live were on display at this year's Fusionfest.   Photos by Matthew…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at Orlando's Fusionfest 2021
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25 places to see Christmas lights in Orlando this holiday season

We've passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walked…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Night of a Million Lights 
    407-396-1114, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee
    Hosted at the 89-acre Give Kids The World Village, Nights of a Million Lights features a sparkling tree trail, festive music, holiday treats, tram rides and a holiday marketplace. The event will run until Jan. 2., and ticket prices vary by date.
    
    Photo via Give Kids The World/Facebook
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25 things to do with out-of-towners in Orlando (that aren't theme parks)

Once the handshakes and hugs are distributed, every holiday season visit from family and friends reveals the same question: what am I…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Take an airboat ride
    
    As much as we try to build over it, the swamp persists. Take your Wisconsin uncle out to relive the credits of Miami Vice.
    Photo via Adobe.
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This 'Avatar'-themed home in Florida comes with a massive waterfall

After James Cameron's "Avatar" hit theaters in 2009, shipping magnate Suramya Atapattu decided to transform his 5-acre Florida property into the fictional…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

This 'Avatar'-themed home in Florida comes with a massive waterfall
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Everyone we saw in downtown Orlando on Halloween Night

Downtown Orlando on a Halloween night. What more needs to be said? Matt Keller Lehman captured all the best and most haunted…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everyone we saw in downtown Orlando on Halloween Night
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Everything we saw when AEW Dynamite took over Orlando

Fans packed into the Addition Financial Arena on Saturday for a television taping for All Elite Wrestling’s weekly television program Dynamite. Fans…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw when AEW Dynamite took over Orlando
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Everything we saw at Orlando's Immerse 2021

Immerse took over 10 blocks of downtown Orlando over the weekend, transforming the city's core into a massive installation of illuminated art…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everything we saw at Orlando's Immerse 2021
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Everyone we saw at Orlando's Come Out With Pride 2021

Thank the gods that there are two Pride months. Orlando's premier LGBT pride parade Come Out With Pride 2021 took place far…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everyone we saw at Orlando's Come Out With Pride 2021
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20 Orlando area corn mazes and pumpkin patches to explore this fall

It might not feel as crisp around Central Florida as other places in the fall, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Corn Maze Orlando  
    15239 Lake Pickett Road, 407-929-0970
     The corn maze and pumpkin patch opens on October 2 with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This year’s Corn Maze Orlando has a cowboys theme, which fits with its location at Painted Oaks Academy. This year, they are offering a dark maze option, running the maze until 10 p.m. on weekends. Prices for the maze and park range from $10 to $15 depending on age.
    
    Photo via Corn Maze Orlando
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Gatorland's 'Gators, Ghosts & Goblins' brings Halloween to the best Orlando attraction

Gatorland has quietly chugged along as one of the best ways to spend a day in Orlando for over half a century.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Gatorland's 'Gators, Ghosts & Goblins' brings Halloween to the best Orlando attraction
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Crummy Gummy's portraits showcase Orlando's LGBTQ art kids

Mauricio Murillo, known locally by his artist’s name, Crummy Gummy, launched his Salad Days portrait series after he kept noticing a group…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

"Sarah/Mickey, 2019"
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These are the most gruesome performers at Halloween Horror Nights this year

Halloween Horror Nights began its terrifying last month, but the advent of October is another reminder to get to the park. Ahead…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

These are the most gruesome performers at Halloween Horror Nights this year
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