Orlando Shakespeare Theater Offers Cyber Monday Deal for Theater Lovers on Your Gift List

John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare CenterThe magic of live theater makes a wonderful gift, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater wants to help you with your list.

On December 1, 2014, from 12:01am to 11:59pm, you can purchase Signature Series gift admissions for half off. Ther is a limit of six reduced price gift admissions per person.

To purchase, visit OrlandoShakes.org, call the box office at 407-447-1700, or visit the box office in person at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 E. Rollins St.

WJRR Offering Ticket Deal on Earthday Birthday 22 Concert for Black Friday

WJRR EDBD 22

April is a ways away, but WJRR wants to get you thinking about next year’s annual Earthday Birthday concert blowout now by offering a Black Friday deal on tickets.

If you are a “Club 101one” member (their free online club), you can pick up tickets to EDBD 22 for only $22. Plus the first 1000 tickets purchased with this Black Friday deal will also come with a ticket to see Fozzy (feat. WWE wrestler Chris Jericho) on December 11 at the House of Blues Orlando.

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Fun Spot America Offers 50% Off Season Passes for Black Friday

Fun Spot AmericaThis being Central Florida, one of the best gifts you can give for the holidays are tickets to one of our many theme parks or attractions. This year, several are offering Black Friday deals to help with your gift giving.

Fun Spot America is once again offering 50% off their annual Season Pass. For only $74.50, you can buy a season pass for Fun Spot America that includes both of Fun Spot’s family fun theme parks in Orlando and Kissimmee.

This pass has no blackout dates and also offers discounted rides on the Skycoasters.

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SeaWorld Orlando Offering BOGO Deals for “Blue” Friday

SeaWorld OrlandoThis being Central Florida, one of the best gifts you can give for the holidays are tickets to one of our many theme parks or attractions. This year, several are offering Black Friday deals to help with your gift giving.

SeaWorld Orlando calls their promotion “Blue Friday” and it includes the following BOGO (buy one, get one free) offers:

Admission Offers:
· BOGO SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year Annual Pass; a savings of $156
· BOGO SeaWorld/Aquatica Orlando 1-Year Annual Pass; a savings of $180
· BOGO Full-Paid, Any-Day SeaWorld Orlando Ticket; a savings of $75
· BOGO Aquatica Orlando Single-Day Ticket; a savings of $19
· BOGO SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica Orlando Combo Ticket; a savings of $89

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AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Thanksgiving Weekend 2014 in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Thanksgiving period, November 26 through November 30 at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the holiday weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

Enzian Hosts Month-Long Tribute to Robin Williams in December 2014

Robin Williams was an amazing entertainer, able to handle comedy and drama with equal finesse. If you agree, you can relive some of his best moments on screen when Enzian theater in Maitland hosts a showing of select films in December.

Here is the schedule of films scheduled, several are free:

  • December 03 – Death to Smoochy

Williams stars in this black comedy as Rainbow Randolph, a happily corrupt children’s TV host. He is replaced by a more squeaky clean host known as Smoochy the Rhino. Chaos ensues as Randolph plots to regain control of his show.

As part of Enzian’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, this film will be shown for free outside on the lawn at 7:30pm.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents A Christmas Carol December 3-28, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, from December 3-28, 2014.

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger has adapted this Christmas classic for Orlando audiences. “This new adaptation begins with a family sharing the story of A Christmas Carol with their youngest child for the first time,” said Helsinger. “Soon both the family and audience are swept into the beloved tale, complete with carolers, holiday dinners, foggy London streets, haunting graveyards, and the infectious spirit of Christmas.”

A Christmas Carol features local actors Steven Lane as Brother/Bob Cratchit (Nicholas Nickleby and Into the Woods), Anne Hering as Mother/Mrs. Cratchit (The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge), Sarah Caroline Billings as Middle Daughter/Ghost of Christmas Past, and Danielle Reneè as Daughter/Belle (Les Misérables), Chris Crawford as Son/Fred (Palm Beach Dramawork’s The Lion in Winter and American Stage’s The Foreigner), Parker Sims Chin as Youngest Son/Tiny Tim (Mad Cow Theatre’s The Who’s Tommy), and Carly Swain as Youngest Daughter/Fan (Orlando REP’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).

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Win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to Marvel Universe Live! at Amway Center December 7, 2014

Marvel Universe LIVE!

It’s only a few weeks until Marvel Universe LIVE! roars into the Amway Center, and if you don’t already have your tickets, we have some to give away.

As we mentioned previously, this high energy show will be in Orlando December 5-7, for seven performances featuring everyone’s favorite Marvel Super Heroes battling some of Marvel’s greatest villains in a battle to save the universe.

Tickets are $40, $60, and $120, and are available online or at the Amway Center box office. Use coupon code: SAVE25 to enjoy a 25% off discount on all show prices!

You can also try to win them! Thanks to the Amway Center and Feld Entertainment, we have a family 4-pack of tickets to see Marvel Universe LIVE! on December 7 at 7pm. Entering is super easy. Use the Rafflecopter form below, which also offers bonus opportunites for extra entries.

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets Opening at 10am Thanksgiving Day

Lake Buena Vista Factory StoresGet a head-start on your holiday shopping at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets, where most stores will be open Thanksgiving morning at 10am until 6pm.

Select stores will also be open for Black Friday Midnight Madness, from midnight until 9:30am.

The Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets include family favorites such as Old Navy, gap, Justice, and Lindt Chocolate Shop. Shoppers can find “new” and “outlet exclusive merchandise” at discounted prices.

Parking is also free, with most being store-front spots (no huge parking lots).

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 State Road 535 (S. Apopka Vineland Road), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68.

For more information, including a downloadable coupon to be exchanged on site for a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, visit lbvfs.com.

Gingerbread House Now Up at Disney’s Grand Floridian

gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian

One of the most fun Disney holiday traditions is the annual gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian resort at Walt Disney World.

This isn’t a tiny house either. This gingerbread house is 16 feet high by 17 feet wide and features a classic Austrian gingerbread recipe that calls for 700 lbs of chocolate, over 1000 lbs of honey, 800 lbs of flower, and 600 lbs of powdered sugar, among other edible items.

The house is big enough to offer 80 square feet of retail inside. This bake shop offers freshly baked items such as cookies, shingles and gingerbread ornaments. Other homemade items for sale include Stollen Bread, chocolate peppermint bark, truffles and miniature gingerbread houses.

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Ivanhoe Village Celebrates Jingle Eve on November 22, 2014

Jingle Eve celebration in Ivanhoe VillageGet an early start on the Holiday vibe with the annual Jingle Eve celebration in Ivanhoe Village on November 22.

The entire neighborhood takes part with Holiday specials and samples from local merchants, a Wine Stroll, food from The Food Truck Bazaar, and Santa’s Workshop.

The evening’s highlights are the Happy Holiday sign lighting at 6pm, and the Christmas tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park at 6:30pm.

Best of all, Jingle Eve is free to attend; the wine stroll ($20), and food truck offerings are extra.

Ivanhoe Village is the area of Orlando along N. Orange Avenue, Virginia Drive, Alden Road, E. Princeton, Loch Haven Park, Lake Ivanhoe and Lake Formosa, just north of downtown Orlando. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Skyscraper Roller Coaster Track Design Revealed in Video

Skyscraper at Skyplex in Orlando

The intersection of I-Drive and Sand Lake Rd is in the process of a transformation and one of the most anticipated parts of that change is the new Skyscraper roller coaster that is scheduled to open in 2017.

The unique design of this coaster winds the tracks around a tall pole more than 500 feet tall, making this the world’s tallest coaster.

This week a 4 minute computer animation was released by Orlando-based US Thrill Rides showing an on-board perspective of what it will be like to be on the ride.

The cars, holding eight passengers in two rows of four, climb steadily up a track that surrounds the tower. The route down is a winding corkscrew path full of sudden drops, loops, dives, spirals, and inversions. Near the ground, the track winds around the edge of the Skyplex shopping and dining structure, as well.

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Our Picks for Celebrating Thanksgiving 2014 in Orlando

A guide to Thanksgiving dinner offerings in Orlando for 2014.

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food, family, and fun, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take care of the food…and the dishes. If this sounds like you, there are plenty of places to celebrate the holiday in Orlando.

If you don’t already have reservations, here are some of our picks for places to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the Orlando area:

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American Q – b resort and spa
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a side of rodizio-style southern barbeque at this restaurant, which is a favorite of ours. Among the meat selections: mahogany-glazed turkey drumsticks, cider-brined turkey breast, and chipotle pumpkin chorizo. The meal also includes their famous all-you-can-eat buffet served from the back of a cherry red classic ‘51 Ford F1 pickup truck. The Thanksgiving Flatbed Buffet is available from 12pm-8pm on Thanksgiving and 5pm-10pm Friday-Sunday. Free valet and self parking. Click here for a full menu. For reservations call 407-827-3080. 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Read our review here.

  • $34.95 per person; $10 for children under 7.

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B.B. King’s Blues Club – Pointe Orlando
Offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s and dessert, starting at 5pm. Live music by the B.B. King All-Star Band. For reservations call 407-370-4550. 9101 International Drive, Suite 2230, Orlando, FL.

  • $30 per person.

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Burger 21 – all locations
All locations in Central Florida are offering the Decadent Turducken Burger for those not wanting a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This “burger” features a hand-formed turkey burger stuffed with a blend of rosemary chicken inside of duck patty, topped with melted Brie and homemade cherry, cranberry and red apple chutney.

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Dr. Phillips
Located on Orlando’s restaurant row in Dr. Phillips, this steak and seafood restaurant will be offering their full a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of sliced turkey, green beans with bacon, brioche stuffing, glazed acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes from 11am to 9pm. There will also be special pricing on Roederer champagnes. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407-355-3011. 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.

  • $32 per person; $15 for children under 14.

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The List of Narrators for 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot at Walt Disney World

Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot's Candlelight Processional. Photo by Michelle Snow.The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World, with the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

This year’s event has a lot of familiar faces returning to narrate, as well as a few new.

Here is the schedule, so you can plan your visit accordingly:

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Receives Five Diamond Award by AAA @FSOrlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Open less than four months, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando has been recognized by AAA with a Five Diamond Award, the highest they offer.

Less than one-third of one percent of AAA Diamond Rated properties receive the prestigious Five Diamond Award designation, and the Four Seasons is the only Orlando resort to achieve this recognition.

“We are humbled to receive this designation and vote of confidence while establishing a loyal following of guests for this exciting destination,” says Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “The AAA Five Diamond Award is a true testament not only to the incredible amenities our Resort offers, but to our first-rate team of employees, who go above and beyond every day delivering exceptional guest service.”

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