Orlando World Center Marriott Launches Nightly Laser Light Show for Guests

Orlando World Center Marriott guests will now get to enjoy a 13-minute nightly show, called “Light Up The Night,” at the resort’s Falls Pool Oasis.

Orlando World Center Marriott

The new tropical oasis and 564,000-gallon, palm-lined pool with rock outcroppings and several waterfalls are the perfect backdrop for the state-of-the-art digital graphics and bursting lights synchronized with music that make up the show.

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Sixth Annual Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns October 30 -31, 2015

Spend Halloween with treats of an adult kind when the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns the weekend of October 30 and 31, 2015.

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Now in its sixth year, the resorts will feature more than 40 food and wine stations, 10 food and wine seminars, and the opportunities to meet the award-winning chefs behind featured culinary masterpieces.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Soul Asylum October 29

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.

Soul Asylum

This month, Soul Asylum will be performing on Thursday, October 29. The band formed in Minneapolis, MN, in the early 80s, but hit it big in 1992 with the album Grave Dancers Union, which had the Grammy Award-winning single, “Runaway Train.”

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Bret Michaels September 24

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.

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Bret Michaels

This month, Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of Poison, will be playing a special Pinktober version of the event benefiting breast cancer research on Thursday, September 24.

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort to Get Expansion

It was announced today that Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando will be getting an expansion.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Work will soon begin on two new towers at the south end of the property, near the Continental and Americana Towers. This will add an additional 400 guest rooms to the value resort.

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Food & Wine Weekends Return to Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek in September

Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek will return for your culinary pleasure September 25 through November 15, 2015.

Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Designed as a complement to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, both resorts will offer great events during the weekends with foodies in mind. Led by Food and Beverage Director Francis Metais, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek consistently receive notoriety for the refined menus offered at all twelve dining venues.

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Renaissance Orlando At SeaWorld Executive Chef Receives Marriott 2014 Award Of Culinary Excellence

Congratulations to Executive Chef John Janucik of Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, who has been named 2014 Chef of the Year for the Americas, an Award of Culinary Excellence from Marriott International.

Executive Chef John Janucik of Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

Janucik, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, joined Marriott International in 2006 as an executive sous chef at the Orlando World Center Marriott. He transferred to the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in 2010 as executive chef.

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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes to Host Fun and Dine Foodie Weekend July 31-August 2

If you love to eat, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes has a Fun and Dine Weekend planned for July 31 through August 2.

Highball & Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

It starts on Friday, July 31, with a resort Pub Crawl. This guided tour will visit various restaurants, where guests will enjoy a specialty beverage paired with a signature food item. This is the planned itinerary, which includes seven stops:

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms to Include ICE!, Cirque Dreams, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt and More

Yesterday we told you about the all-new ICE! that will be coming to the Gaylord Palms Resort this holiday season, now here are the rest of the reasons this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms will be a must-do.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

So, a display of nearly 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice isn’t enough for you? Gaylord Palms isn’t done yet.

For starters, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing is returning to the resort for the holidays. Once again there will be an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with 1.5 million pounds of real Florida snow to slide down. I did this last year and I think I enjoyed it as much as the kids.

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Gaylord Palms Announces ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Theme for ICE! 2015

One of the highlights of the Christmas season in Orlando for me is an annual trip to see ICE! at the Gaylord Palms, and the resort has just announced this year’s ICE! theme.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Theme for ICE! 2015 at Gaylord Palms

Get ready for a trip through the favorite Christmas fable, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, as nearly 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice will be transformed into vignettes from the famous poem.

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LEGOLAND Hotel Florida Now Officially Open For Guests

Early in the morning of Friday, May 15, LEGOLAND Florida officially opened the doors to the LEGOLAND hotel with confetti, Legos and more.

LEGOLAND Hotel Florida grand opening May 15

The grand opening was honored with thousands of colorful LEGO® minifigures blasting out of cannons atop the hotel and a child discovering a key to open the hotel built for kids.

The new LEGOLAND Hotel debuts several features unique to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including the only LEGO Friends themed suite in the world, and daily build sessions with a Master Model Builder inside a Model Shop in the hotel.

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Four Seasons Orlando Makes Conde Nast Traveler’s The 2015 Hot List

Every year, the high end travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler publishes their Hot List of the world’s best new hotels. This year, one Orlando hotel made the list.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Only 60 new hotels were chosen, and the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World made the list under the “Family Friendly” subcategory.

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LEGOLAND Hotel to Open May 15 at LEGOLAND Florida

The final bricks are being put into place, and the first East Coast LEGOLAND Hotel is a go to open on May 15 at LEGOLAND Florida.

LEGOLAND Hotel Florida - exterior

The Hotel is built with kids in mind, from the lobby to the rooms. When families arrive, a special “Kid Check-in” takes place in front of the minifigure wall, which is made of 5,000 minifigures.

The lobby itself is home to a Castle Play area, complete with a pirate ship surrounded by a moat filled with LEGO bricks.

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Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery Opens at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is the newest farm-to-fork experience at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, featuring ingredients grown on property.

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen at JW Marriott

Food from The Kitchen will utilize seasonal ingredients from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm as well as fresh eggs from a recently added chicken coop. The menu features snacks, small plates and sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards, and flatbreads, created under the direction of Chef de Partie Jason Shapiro, who has also been involved in the creation of Whisper Creek Garden.

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Extreme Sports Resort Planned for Central Florida

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC extreme sports resort mockup

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC announced this week plans to build a $309 million resort in Osceola County that will feature extreme sports-related amenities to guests.

The project would be anchored by a 250-room Hyatt-flag hotel featuring a rooftop pool/bar, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, swim-up bars and grotto, restaurants, and more. The International Action Sports Hall of Fame would also be located on the grounds.

According to the press release, the extreme sports resort would offer:

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