Christmas at Gaylord Palms is an annual event not to miss, and this week, the resort revealed the theme of 2017’s ICE! display and more.
The centerpiece of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is ICE!, which allows guests to walk through a story carved out of ice. After going with child story themes the last few years, the 15th season will go in a different direction.
The theme for 2017 is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, which will celebrate the world’s diverse holiday traditions, representing United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, and more.
It’s the heart of summer here in Central Florida, but over at Disney Springs, it’s Christmas in July starting today until the end of the month.
Until July 30, there will be special holiday-themed treats, merchandise and entertainment offerings throughout Disney Springs.
D23, the big Disney-produced fan convention, has just kicked off with a bang this weekend with the reveal of a model of the upcoming Star Wars-themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney, we have these first images of that model for you to enjoy:
Take a trip back to 1962 Baltimore when Encore Cast Performing Arts presents the classic musical Hairspray at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts July 22-23, 2017.
Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly show full of laughter, romance and memorable tunes centered around Tracy Turnblad’s dream of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. Read more
Internet shopping giant Amazon has announced they will be building a new warehouse that will be located in the Lake Nona area of Orlando.
The 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will be built on undeveloped land at Boggy Creek Road and Jeff Fuqua Boulevard, and will open sometime in 2018, according to the company. It will handle the picking, packing, and shipping of small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.
Nao Tsurumaki, who launched his theater career in Central Florida 16 years ago, has been tapped to lead Winter Garden’s historic Garden Theatre into the next decade as executive director.
After an extensive search to replace former executive director Alauna Friskics, who now runs Orlando Fringe, the Garden Theatre Board of Directors said that Tsurumaki would begin his leadership role July 10.
Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.
This month, The Verve Pipe will be performing on Thursday, July 28, 2017. The band broke into the charts in the late 90s with songs like “The Freshman,” “Photograph,” and “Villains.” Their newest cd, Parachute, was released earlier this year.
The Florida Fire Frogs welcome former University of Florida alum Tim Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets to town for a four-game series at Osceola County Stadium, July 21-24.
There will also be special event nights coinciding with these games:
“Star Wars Night” presented by 103.1 The Wolf will take place on Saturday, July 22. Fire Frogs players will wear “Death Star” themed jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Special Olympics, and more.
The wonderful Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will host a Summer Concert Series on select Monday evenings in July and August 2017.
This year’s program includes the following concerts:
There are plenty of places in Central Florida to catch a 4th of July fireworks show, but if you don’t want to leave the house, Disney has you covered.
Tonight, on the 4th of July, Disney Parks will live stream “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.
The special holiday show features a sky full of fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle, choreographed to patriotic music.
The broadcast will also feature some special behind-the-scenes looks at the show and more.
How to Watch:
The live stream will begin at 8:55pm ET at the Disney Parks Official Blog. A fresh blog post containing the live stream will be at the top of the blog.
These free live streams are a lot of fun to watch, and bring the Disney park experience to you wherever you are.
There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Orlando, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.
Most of the events are on July 4 itself, but the list also includes events on July 3, in case you want to extend your holiday celebrations. Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2017’s Fourth of July holiday, in the Central Florida area, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:
Popular Orlando Chef Kevin Fonzo has announced he has sold his signature K Restaurant, and will no longer be its owner or chef.
The new owner is Chad Phelps, whose cooking experience includes chef stints in the military, catering, and at Florida Hospital.
As part of their online series, Disney will live stream “The Music of Pixar” show from Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
“The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” is a new limited-time concert event that showcases music from Pixar Animation Studios with a live orchestra.
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will offer free engravings of Tito’s Vodka 750ml or larger bottles at select locations the weekend of June 30 through July 2.
Foodies make note: Celebration’s Holler and Dash is hosting a special evening event called Biscuits and Brews on Thursday, June 29.
Holler and Dash is one of my favorite places to enjoy breakfast and brunch, but It normally closes by 2pm. So for one night, they are re-opening at 5pm to serve up samples of its great biscuit dishes, along with beer and craft sodas.