Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Cobra’s Curse Coaster Coming in 2016

Busch Gardens Tampa has announced a new family coaster called Cobra’s Curse will open in the park in 2016.

Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa

Located in the Egypt area of the park, Cobra’s Curse is a one-of-a-kind spin coaster that features a 70-foot vertical lift to start the journey.

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Universal Orlando Announces Third Park Called Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando has just been on a roll with new attraction announcements and experiences, but this morning (May 28), they formally announced plans for their first water park, called Volcano Bay.

Volcano Bay water park at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay’s setting is picture-perfect tropical islands formed by a massive volcano, hence the name. Universal Orlando says it will feature radically-innovative attractions and peaceful moments of relaxation in a way that they feel will change the way guests think about water theme parks.

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Dragon Fire Grill Opens June 1 at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa will open a new eatery on June 1 called Dragon Fire Grill.

Dragon Fire Grill Busch Gardens Tampa

Located in the Pantopia section of the park, Dragon Fire Grill features market-style dining offering Italian, American, Southwestern, and Asian cuisines. The menu includes shrimp lo mein, rotisserie chicken, flatbread pizzas, paninis and more.

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Mako Roller Coaster to Surface at SeaWorld Orlando in 2016 #NothingFaster

Last month, SeaWorld Orlando teased about a new coaster coming to the park, and today (May 27), they revealed the details.

Mako at SeaWorld Orlando - artist rendering

It will be called Mako, and it is a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph as it traverses 4,760 feet of steel track (almost a mile long). Hypercoaster refers to any roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet.

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Cinemark 2015 Summer Movie Clubhouse Offers 10 Family Movies for $5

Cinemark Theaters brings back their Summer Movie Clubhouse for 2015, offering 10 family movies for only $5.

Cinemark 2015 Summer Movie Clubhouse

Among the movies selected to play during the promotion are: The Lego Movie, Dolphin Tale 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Diary of a Whimpy Kid: Dog Days, The Nut Job, Turbo, The Croods, and Rio 2. All moves are rated G or PG.

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Be in the Audience When NBC’s TODAY Show Airs Live at Universal Orlando May 29

To help kick off Universal Orlando‘s 25th Anniversary, NBC’s Today Show will air live from the resort’s CityWalk on Friday, May 29.

Universal Orlando park globe

Not only will the show broadcast live from the CityWalk stage alongside the lagoon, but their Friday concert series will include a short set by Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull!

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Rescured Manatee Sporting Life-Saving Wetsuit Courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue

When a manatee was injured near Satellite Beach, she and her still-nursing calf were quickly attended to by the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team rescues manatee and her baby calf

The 10-year-old mother manatee was injured by a water craft strike and is currently being treated at SeaWorld for buoyancy issues due to a collapsed lung.

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Kennedy Space Center to Induct Four Space Shuttle Astronauts into 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, four space shuttle astronauts will be inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame during a public ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction.

United States Astronaut Hall of Fame 2015 inductees

This year marks the historic 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was conceived in the 1980s by the six remaining Mercury astronauts as a place where space explorers could be remembered. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle astronauts.

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Raptor Encounter Opens at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

Dinosaur fans…velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and they’re wanting to meet you!

velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Jurassic World opens June 12, but you don’t have to wait until then to see a velociraptor up close. Universal Orlando has brought one of the critters to Islands of Adventure.

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Christner’s Summer Wine Dinner Series Returns Starting May 29

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster will once again be hosting their Summer Wine Dinner Series, beginning on May 29.

Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster

This first installment will include an interactive wine experience led by Tom Carrol of Foley Family Wines, and pairings with Kuleto Estates wines.

The menu for this wine dinner includes:

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Project: Time Off Week Declared in Central Florida to Welcome #IPW2015 to Orlando

To welcome the upcoming IPW 2015 travel conference to Orlando, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are both proclaiming the week leading up to IPW, May 25-29, as Project: Time Off Week.

Project: Time Off Week

Project: Time Off Week encourages residents to take advantage of the shortened work week to have a staycation, and in doing so, support the attractions, businesses, local arts, culture and outdoor activities that make Orlando a unique destination to not only visit, but also call home.

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Out and About: Surviving the 24-Hour Day at Magic Kingdom #Disney24

I had it all planned to go cover Walt Disney World‘s 24-Hour celebration at the Magic Kingdom on Friday. Unfortunately I got sick and wasn’t able to attend.

Photo by Jen Vargas

Thank goodness for friends, though. Friend and fellow blogger Jen Vargas happily took my ticket and came back with a bunch of photos and video.

Guests arriving at Magic Kingdom were greeted with a huge banner proclaiming it the “Coolest Summer Ever”…even though temps during the day were near 100 degrees. But Disney fans are not about to let a little sweat damper their enjoyment.

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Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen at Orlando World Center Marriott Names New Chef de Cuisine

The upscale Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen at Orlando World Center Marriott has named Kyle Anderson as the new chef de cuisine.

Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen at Orlando World Center Marriott

Anderson, a Culinary Institute of America and UCF graduate, honed his culinary experience in various kitchens throughout Texas, Georgia, and Florida. He most recently served as executive sous chef at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

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Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Officially Opens Today!

Today, May 23, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will officially open their new Harambe Market for guests to enjoy.

Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This area will offer a variety of African-inspired street food and beverages via four walk-up windows. Food items include a Kabob Flatbread sandwich, Skewered Chicken, Corn Dog with Chickpea Salad, and Spice-Rubbed Karubi Rib.

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American Q Hosts Memorial Weekend Sunday BBQ at B Resort May 24

American Q has announced they are hosting a Memorial Weekend Sunday BBQ on Sunday, May 24, at the B Resort courtyard.

American Q at the B Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World

The event runs from noon to 4pm and is family-friendly, free and open to the public. There will also be a live Rockabilly performance by the Oak Hill Drifters.

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