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.

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster to Host Summer Cutting Board Wine Dinner July 25, 2014

Christner’s Prime Steak & LobsterChristner’s Prime Steak & Lobster will host another summer installment of The Cutting Board series on Friday, July 25.

Christner’s will collaborate with Newton Wines to host this intimate dinner for 20 that will feature a five-course dinner and wine tasting.

The event is $115 per person (tax and gratuity included). Reservations can be made via e-mail at Christners@rockawaypr.com.

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is located at 729 Lee Road in Orlando. For more information visit christnersprimesteakandlobster.com.

Southern Fried Sunday Hosts 6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed July 20, 2014

6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed It’s that time of year when the monthly Southern Fried Sunday event goes big to raise funds for local charity The Mustard Seed, and you can join in on July 20.

There will be more than 20 bands performing on several indoor and outdoor stages at Will’s Pub, The Peacock Room, and The Beer Garden at St Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden.

There will also be food trucks, vendors, pin-up girls and more. Preferred parking for motorcycles & vintage cars will be available.

Admission is $10 at the door. For a complete list of bands and more info, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Help Rescued Dogs at the Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly’s Irish Pub July 20, 2014

Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly's Irish PubHelp out some rescued dogs and have fun doing it at the Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly’s Irish Pub on Sunday, July 20.

This pet and kid friendly event will feature games, food trucks, live music and more for the cost of a $5 donation.

To help raise additional funds, there will be Superheroes signing autographs for kids for donations, and a bikini car wash for donations.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm at the pub, located at 323 N. Ronald Regan Blvd in Longwood. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Bring the Family to the 5th Annual Baby Squirrel Shower at Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge on July 19, 2014

Have fun and help to raise money for Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge during their 5th Annual Baby Squirrel Shower on July 19.

Back To Nature Wildlife RefugeEducation stations will be displayed throughout the refuge offering information about FL native injured and orphaned wildlife. Special ambassadors will be out and about educating as well.

There will also be raffle prizes, kids activities, tasty food, icy drinks, delicious desserts, cool misting areas, refuge merchandise and more.

Admission is a $5 donation which helps them raise money for formula, medical care, bedding, and supplies needed to care for all our injured and orphaned wildlife.

The event will take place from 10am-3pm at Back To Nature’s new location, Eagles Roost, located at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd. Orlando, FL 32832.

For more information, visit btnwildlife.org.

The Hotwives of Orlando Debut on Hulu July 15 #HotwivesonHulu

 

The Hotwives of OrlandoIt’s “real glamour, real drama, fake boobs”…it’s The Hotwives of Orlando and it debuts on Hulu on July 15.

This Hulu-original comedy show is a parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, and takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando.

The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.

The Hotwives of Orlando stars Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, Angela Kinsey, and Kristen Schaal.

For more information, or to give the show a spin, visit hulu.com.

The Crooked Spoon Gastropub in Clermont Hosts Summer Wine Dinner July 19, 2014

Foodies mark your calendars for The Crooked Spoon‘s Summer Wine Dinner on July 19.

This four-course dinner will feature specially paired wines chosen for each dish. The menu includes:

The Crooked Spoon GastropubCOURSE ONE

  • Basil Infused Watermelon, Arugula and Frissee Salad, White Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Juve y Camps Pinot Noir Rose N/V-Penedes, Spain

COURSE TWO

  • Petite East Coast Clam Bake, Shrimp, Mussels, Potato, Corn and Lemongrass
  • Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire 2012-Burgundy, France

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