Is Disney a religion? Twitter thread sparks debate

We knew that Disney Adults take everything the mega-conglomerate does seriously. But does it raise to the level of a religion? Is…

By Alex Galbraith

Is Disney a religion? Twitter thread sparks debate
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Look inside the recently opened Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride at Epcot

For  the first time in  40 years, Epcot has a proper roller coaster. The  long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride "Cosmic Rewind"…

By Patricia Tolley

Ride vehicles
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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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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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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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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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Universal Orlando fans react to addition of Earl the Squirrel holiday character at park

Theme park stans can get a little nutty about the park lore. Mintaie that goes unnoticed by thousands of passersby, once placed…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Universal Orlando fans react to addition of Earl the Squirrel holiday character at park
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Tacky, unofficial Disney shirts spark debate over dress code at theme parks

It's rare that a terrible, touristy shirt can spark a whole day of outrage, but Disney parks fans are pretty easy to…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Tacky, unofficial Disney shirts spark debate over dress code at theme parks
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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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Everyone’s roasting Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary fireworks show

Disney Enchantment, the first of Walt Disney World's many planned updates for the park's 50th anniversary, was revealed last night. And let's…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Everyone’s roasting Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary fireworks show
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Disney parks fans react as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride enters fourth year of construction

Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy have been waiting for a new ride to appear at Walt Disney World for quite some…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Disney parks fans react as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride enters fourth year of construction
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Here are the limited-time snacks coming to Orlando theme parks this summer

Everybody knows that going to theme parks in Orlando is more than rides. It is an experience, from the walking paths to…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Popsicle Trio at Epcot 
    200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836, (407) 939-5277
    This delicious popsicle trio is located at the Refreshment Port at the World Showcase in Epcot and it is only available until July 5. The flavors are honeydew, raspberry-mint, and coconut-lime.
    
    Photo via Disney Parks Blog
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Opening days at Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk Orlando

Check out opening day on May 14 at Universal CityWalk Orlando, and May 20 at Disney Springs, featuring smaller crowds and lots…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Opening days at Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk Orlando
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All the theme park sneak peeks we saw at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando

Every year, the theme parks and attractions industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to take a peek at…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

All the theme park sneak peeks we saw at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando
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What to do in Orlando (after you’ve done Disney World and Universal)

If you think you've seen all there is to see in Orlando after going to the Mouse House and Harry Potter World…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

See manatees at Blue Springs State Park
    2100 W French Ave, Orange City, 386-775-3663  Blue Springs State Park  
    During the winter as the waters get colder these sea cows swim up river to the springs where the water is a constant 68 to 70 degrees. It’s a perfect time to see these guys chilling in the warmer water. 
    
    Photo via namrhein12 / Instagram
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The 20 best things to do with an out-of-towner in the Orlando area this fall

We may not experience seasons per se, but Floridians can always look forward to that magical time of the year when the…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Take a clear bottom kayak tour
    Sure, a kayak is a kayak, but these unique transparent kayak tours are definitely worth sore arm muscles. Paddle over the crystal waters of Rock Springs, coast through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, or take a bioluminescent tour; glow-in-the-dark waters and a clear kayak makes for an ethereal experience.
    
    Photo via Get Up And Go Kayaking/Facebook
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20 Orlando area tourist attractions that are actually worth the struggle

Orlando might be home to the most magical place on Earth, but sometimes it's hard to believe that when you're backed up…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Bok Tower Gardens
    Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, boktowergardens.org
    Find all the natural wonders of Florida in one place, right on the outskirts of Orlando's suburbs. Tour the botanical gardens designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. as you listen to the carillon bells coming from the iconic neo-Gothic Singing Tower.
    
    Photo via Bok Tower Gardens/Facebook
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The 24 coolest attractions that came to Orlando in 2016

From Reign of Kong to Mako, 2016 was a banner year for new theme park attractions in the Orlando area. Here are…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Islands of Adventure
          
    July saw the return of the King to Orlando. This new Kong ride features tons of cutting edge tech including a trackless ride system, massive 3D screens and larger than life animatronics. With fire, massive doors, tons of foliage, and authentic looking rockwork the façade for Reign of Kong is easily one of the most impressive ever built in Orlando. This is the first significant addition to Islands of Adventure since Hogsmeade opened in 2010. 
    
    Photo via relsonsalles/Instagram
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46 Photos from Seaworld's Bands, Brew, and BBQ event

It’s time to eat, drink and rock at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ festival. Bring your appetite because our culinary experts…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

46 Photos from Seaworld's Bands, Brew, and BBQ event
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28 photos of Christmas at Disney World in the early '90s

To bring you these "Very Merry" photos we raided our archives. Every one of these photos was sent out as promotional material…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

James Jessup of Oviedo, Florida was one of 650 tuba players at the Merry Tuba Christmas at Magic Kingdom. 1994.
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The 25 most WTF Disney products ever created

Though some of these disturbing products are cheap knockoffs, most of them are real. But whether they're official or not, some of these Disney…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

... and this is even worse.
    Photo via jokideo.com
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The 10 best make-out spots at Disney World, ranked by an expert

For decades, visitors (mostly teens) of Disney World theme parks have asked one simple question,"So, like...where's the best place to make-out?" To…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

9. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros - Epcot
    
    If you’re feeling festive, this sleepy little boat ride at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion provides an excellent venue through which to explore the inside of somebody’s mouth. Ole!
    
    Photo via Flickr
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20 photos from inside Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Related: The food is adorable at Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience

By Orlando Weekly Staff

From the menu: Mini Yoda Key Lime Cake. Photo via Disney.
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25 problems only Disney castmembers understand

Every job has its perks and its pitfalls. Even when you work at the Happiest Place on Earth. We searched the hashtag…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

via @disney_castmember_love
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20 inspired photos from the Entertainment Designers Forum 2015

Related:  Seven inspiring statements made at this year’s Entertainment Designers Forum Photos by Seth Kubersky

By Orlando Weekly Staff

20 inspired photos from the Entertainment Designers Forum 2015
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Dashing! 21 photos from Dapper Day at Walt Disney World

Twice a year, thousands of Disneyphiles flock to the parks in Orlando, Anaheim and Paris dressed in their finest for Dapper Day,…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Dashing! 21 photos from Dapper Day at Walt Disney World
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11 cool Walt Disney World secrets, as revealed by a Disney fanatic

While browsing Instagram, looking for cool Orlando pics, we recently came across an account called @tinks_disney_secrets. It's run by a self-described "wannabe…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

The water in the lagoon of the Jungle Cruise is tinted green to hide the tracks. But don't worry – Disney says the coloring it uses is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
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A fond farewell: 25 parting shots of Disney's Hollywood Studios Sorcerer's Hat

On Jan. 7, Walt Disney World began dismantling the iconic sorcerer's hat, which has greeted visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios since 2001.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

@disney_dreams99
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50 of our best pics from the weekend in Orlando

We had a busy Valentine's Day weekend in Orlando. We checked out the progress of Diagon Alley at Universal, cooked fancy dinners,…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Check out our full gallery of photos from Cupid's Undie Run
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