Parking Access Rendering for Disney Springs Released to Public

Disney Springs West Side traffic rendering

This week, Disney released an artist rendering of what the parking and traffic will look like when Downtown Disney finally transitions into Disney Springs.

If you’ve been to Downtown Disney at all this year, you’ve no doubt encountered the congested traffic and parking problems caused by the current construction happening in the area.

According to the final plans, the Disney Springs project will not only include two multilevel parking garages (one is nearly finished on the West Side of the complex), but a new interchange from I-4 that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs, which is what I think the above artist rendering depicts.

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SeaWorld Orlando to End Clyde and Seamore Pirate Show in August

Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island

[image courtesy SeaWorld Orlando]

In a post on their Facebook page, SeaWorld Orlando announced this week that they would be ending their popular “Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island” show in August.

The show has been entertaining families for 15 years, but the comical duo of Clyde and Seamore will take their final bow in the show on August 10, 2014.

No word has been given as to what will replace the show, but in the post, SeaWorld Orlando says “stay tuned to learn about Clyde and Seamore’s next show and adventure!” Let’s hope for another great adventure for these two stars of the park.

For more information, or to catch the show before it ends, visit seaworldorlando.com.

 

Out and About: WWE Smackdown at the Amway Center in Orlando July 22, 2014

WWE Smackdown at the Amway Center July 22 - photo J.M. Wetherington

[Editor's Note: This article was supposed to post prior to Friday, so the author wrote a spoiler-free recap of the Smackdown portion. However due to my cancer surgery on Tuesday, the posting schedule is a little behind. We thank J.M. for covering this event for us, and hope you enjoy his experience and photos!]

I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling since the time when the WWE was known as the WWWF (yes, three “W’s”, the World Wide Wrestling Federation), so when WWE came to the Amway Center this past Tuesday night, and I had a chance to attend on behalf of CitySurfing Orlando, I was more than happy to go enjoy the show.

The audience was treated to two shows in one because the WWE was using the first part of the program to live broadcast their regular Tuesday night show “WWE Main Event” on the WWE Network, followed by a television taping of their Friday night show “WWE SmackDown” on the Syfy channel.

WWE Smackdown at the Amway Center July 22 - photo J.M. Wetherington

Seth Rollins takes on Fandango at the Amway Center

We start off with a “dark” (non-televised) match between Adam Rose (accompanied by his entourage of rosebuds) and Damien Sandow. Sandow, whose latest gimmick is to imitate his opponents, entered the arena dressed as and acting like Adam Rose, which drew raucous boo’s from the crowd. This was a short match with Rose scoring a pin after 4 or 5 minutes of in-ring action. Rose left the ring to cheers with his rosebuds surrounding him as he walked up the ramp to the back.

We’re then joined by the Main Event announce team of Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips as they make their way to the ringside announcer’s table and the crowd is asked to make a lot of noise as we’re about to go live on the WWE Network to kick off the show.

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Shake Shack to Open First Orlando Area Location on July 30, 2014

Shake Shack, one of NYC’s most famous burger chains is heading to Orlando and will open their first location in Winter Park on July 30.

Shake Shack burgersThe ShackBurger is their version of a cheeseburger, and is insanely popular with their customers. You can get it as a single or double, or upgrade to the SmokeShack, which adds bacon and a chopped cherry pepper. There is also a vegetarian ‘ShroomBurger with a crisp-fried portobello instead of meat, and several hot dog options, too.

In addition to their burgers, Shake Shack is also known for its frozen custard shakes, which are hand-spun daily. Signature flavors include the Fair Shake, an icy coffee flavored treat that is also made with certified 100 percent organic Arabica fair-trade beans. This location will also serve beer brewed especially for the eatery, and wine, as well.

Shake Shack is located at the intersection of Morse Blvd. and US Highway 17-92, which is also home to the new Trader Joe’s. So while the food will be a big draw, expect more parking headaches trying to get into the restaurant.

For more information, including a full menu, visit ShakeShack.com.

Mix 105.1 and Fifth Third Bank Are Teaming up for Random Acts of Kindness Day on July 25, 2014

Random acts of kindness can make anybody’s day better, so this Friday, July 25, Orlando’s Mix 105.1 and Fifth Third Bank are teaming up for a whole day of them.

Random Acts of Kindness DayThroughout the day, the station’s DJs will visit various spots across Central Florida to provide free gas, buy lunch, etc. for people in the community on behalf of Fifth Third Bank. The exact locations are a surprise – but will include Fifth Third banking centers, RaceTrac stations and various restaurants.

You can follow along for clues – and share your own experiences – using #randomactsofkindness on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Each radio personality will also be posting, and you can follow them here:

Twitter                            Facebook                       Instagram
@CJMIX1051               CJ Robinson                 @ClintJRobinson
@DanaTaylorMIX       Dana Taylor                  @DanaTaylorPIcs
@MIXBobbySmith       Bobby Smith                @CBSBobby
@JayEd105                  Jay Edwards                 @JayEd105
@AdamMIX1051        Adam Alexandar        @AdamsinFlorida
@SusieQMIX1051       Susie Korgul                  @SusieQster

If you end up getting a random act of kindness, let us know. Or give one to someone else!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Unwraps Annual “Christmas in July” Promotion on July 25

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF cools down this summer with “Christmas in July” on Friday, July 25.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater A Christmas CarolDuring the single-day promotion, the Theater will offer $25 tickets for all seats to select performances of “A Christmas Carol,” playing December 3 – 28, 2014.

Orlando Shakes’ annual “Christmas in July” promotion celebrates the Theater’s commitment to providing affordable theatrical experiences to patrons of all ages. On Friday, July 25 from 12:00am to 11:59pm, all seats to the following performances of “A Christmas Carol” are just $25 each: December 18, 19, & 20 (7:30pm); December 21 (2pm); December 23, 24, 26, & 27 (7:30pm); and December 28 (2pm). Regularly priced single tickets for A and B level seating are $45 and $35 respectively.

Discounted tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at orlandoshakes.org using the code word July25, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street).

SunRail Riders Receive Summer Discounts from Select Winter Park Businesses

sunrail-logoWhether you’re a SunRail daily rider or a once in a while rider, if you travels take you past the Winter Park stop, several area businesses want to offer you discounts through the summer.

Promotions include free admission to the Morse Museum of American Art, free food at 310 Park South and Blu, and percentages off purchases at various other businesses.

These promotional discounts will run through September 30, 2014, and you must have a valid SunRail ticket for that day.

For a complete list of available discounts, visit experienceparkavenue.com.

Medieval Times Offers Summer Knights Ticket Promotion Through Labor Day 2014

Medieval Times is one of the more popular attractions in the Orlando area, and through Labor Day, you can save on tickets for your whole family.

During their Summer Knights promotion, tickets are only $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. Simply use code 3929SK when purchasing tickets.

Medieval Times is the ultimate dinner show. It features a competition of knights, and as guests eat their dinner, they root for their knight to win.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit medievaltimes.com.

Gaylord Palms Resort Announces 2014 ICE! Theme #VisitICE2014

ICE! at Gaylord Palms presents The NutcrackerICE! is one of the best seasonal attractions in Orlando, and Gaylord Palms Resort has announced the theme for this year’s event.

After doing cartoon themes in 2012 and 2013, ICE! is going with the classic theme of The Nutcracker. The story of the ballet will be told via 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artisans from Harbin, China. The ice nativity scene will also be returning, as will the ice slides, which are fun for kids of all ages.

Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids 4-12 at he door, or buy in advance and save. Florida residents use promo code FLR14 to save $4 per ticket.

ICE! featuring The Nutcracker will run at the Gaylord Palms Resort from November 15, 2014, through January 4, 2015. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com.

LeakyCon Celebrates All Things Harry Potter in Orlando July 30 – August 3, 2014

Returning to Orlando for a second time, LeakyCon will be celebrating all things Harry Potter at the Orange County Convention Center from July 30 to August 3.

LeakyConLeakyCon has a variety of programming, ranging from author and actor panels to attendee-submitted meetups and discussions. There are also concerts, parties, and even an after-hours trip to Universal Orlando to check out the recently opened Diagon Alley, along with Hogsmeade.

Among the HP actors you can meet are Ellie Darcey- Alden, Scarlett Byrne, Robbie Jarvis, Hugh Mitchell, Nick Shirm, and Charlotte Skeoch. In addition to Harry Potter guests, attendees can also meet Alaina Huffman (“Supernatural”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Nina Toussaint-White, and the “Glee” trio of Titus Makin Jr, Curt Mega, and Dominic Barnes. Author John Green (“Fault in Our Stars”) will also be appearing.

Tickets start at $60 for a Friday or Saturday one-day pass to $275 for a full 5-day pass.

For more info, including a full guest list and programming schedule, visit LeakyCon.com.

Contest: Win a $50 Gift Certificate for Back-To-School Shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores!

Lake Buena Vista Factory StoresIt’s almost time to start thinking about Back-To-School shopping, and the Florida Sales Tax Holiday from Aug 1-3 will help keep costs down. But you know what else will help? The great deals at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, especially paired with the $50 gift certificate we’re giving away!

At Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, you can find factory-direct merchandise from over 50 outlet shops from the likes of Old Navy, Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Converse, Aeropostale, Famous Footwear, and more, at up to 75% off. It’s also easy to get in and out, as there is free store-front parking.

CitySurfing Orlando is happy to be partnering with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to give you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, which can be used at any of the stores. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. You can even earn extra entries by doing things like tweeting about this contest.

Deadline to enter is 11:59pm (ET) on Friday, July 25, 2014.

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Cheer on the Mascot Games at the Amway Center July 25-26, 2014

Everybody loves sports mascots, so the whole family will enjoy the Mascot Games when they return to the Amway Center the weekend of July 25-26.

Mascot GamesThe annual Mascot Games features 30 mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of Gladiator-style games during three exciting shows. Mascots come from all genres of sports, including the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and the Arena Football League, and it’s all for a great cause.

Proceeds from the event benefit New Hope for Kids, a non-profit that grants wishes to children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses and provides grief support for children who have lost a loved one.

Tickets start at only $12, and are available online or at the Amway Center box office.

For more information, visit mascotgames.org.