LEGOLAND Florida Unveils New Daytona International Speedway Model

LEGOLAND Florida -Daytona International Speedway

The Daytona International Speedway has now joined other LEGO landmarks from around the United States in the MINILAND USA section of LEGOLAND Florida.

The sounds of roaring engines and cheering fans greet theme park guests as they approach the 1/20-scale model of the “World Center of Racing,” updated following the $400 million DAYTONA Rising renovation project. The new stadium made its debut earlier this year during the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the DAYTONA 500.

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Kip Moore to Perform Pre-Race Concert for Daytona’s 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 July 5

Country music singer/songwriter Kip Moore will perform a concert prior to the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 5, at Daytona International Speedway.

Kip Moore

Moore’s debut album, Up All Night, released three #1 smash hits: “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.” He is currently readying for his sophmore album, and a summer tour with Dierks Bentley.

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Daytona Commissioners Approve Funding for “One Daytona” Project

One Daytona, Daytona International Speedway

Daytona commissioners voted unanimously on March 5 to approve millions in funding for a massive new entertainment complex planned across from the Daytona International Speedway.

The $250 million project, to be called “One Daytona,” will include shopping, restaurants, a hotel, and a theater, set on 181 acres of land.

Daytona has so far pledged $20 million to go toward road and traffic improvements near the planned development.

Work on the project could begin later this year, and is expected to bring thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanant jobs once the complex is open.

Mid-Week Break: Orlando Around the Web for March 30, 2011

While I’m working hard to bring you news and reviews of things happening around Orlando and its surroundings, there are some other great blogs out there who are doing the same.
So here are some recent posts that you might enjoy reading:

Several reviews and photo galleries of last night’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar courtesy of Tasty Chomps, The Taco Lady and WESH Channel 2.

The Orlando Weekly takes in the Thornton Park 3rd Thursday Art Walk.

The Daily Disney says all clues point towards a new expansion at Disney’s Grand Floridian, possibly for a DVC project.

Scott Joseph gives the Korean BBQ Taco Box a culinary spin.

Meet one of Central Florida’s newest wineries via the Orlando Sentinel.

For those who prefers brews to vino, Your Beer Network visits the Cricketers Arms at Festival Bay. I heard they’re moving soon, though.

WESH has photos and video of the new Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital. It looks nice for the kids.

Finally, it’s back to the Orlando Weekly for their rundown of the city’s current food truck scene.

Have you written something about Orlando online, or have you read something worth sharing? Drop us a note with the link and we could share it here next week.

Orlando This Weekend: February 11-13, 2011

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.

February 11:

  • Clay Aiken at Hard Rock Live – $40-$50
  • Mark Cordes at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $17
  • Dirty Spliff with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – Free (late show)
  • Empyrean with guests at BackBooth – $5
  • Floral Terrace with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $8 (all ages)
  • Last Call at The Garage in Sanford – Free
  • Menopause The Musical at The Plaza Theatre – $43.50
  • A Midsummers Night Dream at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Orlando Ballet presents Battle of the Sexes II at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $15-$75
  • Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra
  • Pride & Prejudice at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band at The Plaza Theatre – $25  >>
  • United Arts Fest of Central Florida ArtsFest 2011 in Orlando – Free (many shows)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Mad Cow Theatre – $27

February 12:

  • 2011 Orlando Folk Festival at Mennello Museum of American Art – Free
  • 3rd Annual Reggae Love Fest 2011 at Hard Rock LIve – $42-$52
  • Jared Ashley at The Barn in Sanford – Free for women/$7 for men
  • Author Signing: Michele Cameron (12:30pm) at downtown branch of Orlando Public Library – Free
  • Bands, Brews & BBQ with Huey Lewis & The News at SeaWorld Orlando – Free with Park Admission
  • Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway – $39-$99
  • Canadian Tenors at The Plaza Theatre – $35-$55
  • Mark Cordes at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $17
  • Colt Ford with Jeff Hurst at House of Blues – $17
  • Heather Lee & Jordan Wynn (CD release) with guests at BackBooth – $5
  • Mardi Gras feat. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Free with Park Admission
  • Menopause The Musical at The Plaza Theatre – $43.50
  • A Midsummers Night Dream at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • Orlando Ballet presents Battle of the Sexes II at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $15-$75  >>
  • Pride & Prejudice at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Showdown at The Garage in Sanford – Free
  • Soulidium with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $7
  • Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers at The Social – $13
  • United Arts Fest of Central Florida ArtsFest 2011 in Orlando – Free (many shows)
  • Universal Orlando Mardi Gras with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Free with Park Admission
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Mad Cow Theatre – $27

February 13:

  • 2011 Orlando Folk Festival at Mennello Museum of American Art – Free
  • Bands, Brews & BBQ with Montgomery Gentry at Busch Gardens Tampa – Free with Park Admission  >>
  • Bobaflex with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – Free
  • Broken Social Scene with Zeus at Firestone Live – $25
  • Mark Cordes at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $17
  • Menopause The Musical at The Plaza Theatre – $43.50
  • A Midsummers Night Dream at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $20-$34
  • Orlando Ballet presents Battle of the Sexes II at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $15-$75
  • Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • Pride & Prejudice at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $20-$34
  • United Arts Fest of Central Florida ArtsFest 2011 in Orlando – Free (many shows)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Mad Cow Theatre – $27


Highlights of the week ahead:

  • February 14 – Mike Epps at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $39.50-$48.50
  • February 14 – Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • February 15 – Beer:30 with music by Sean Ghannam at Orlando Brewing – Free (all beer $2 a pint)
  • February 15 – Osceola County Fair with The Band Perry at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • February 16 – Author Appearance: Kevin Canty at UCF – Free
  • February 16 – Burrow Press Book Release Party at Urban ReThink – Free
  • February 16 – Glassjaw at Firestone Live – $21.50
  • February 16 – Loud Valley (CD Release) with guests at BackBooth – $5
  • February 16 – Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • February 17 – Miranda Cosgrove at Hard Rock Live – $29.50-$75
  • February 17 – Keiko Matsui at The Plaza Theatre – $30-$40
  • February 17 – Osceola County Fair at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee – $5 (rides extra)
  • February 17 – SMB Project with guests at The Social – $5
  • February 17 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Mad Cow Theatre – $27

Actor Patrick Dempsey Races and Places in Rolex 24

It’s a race of endurance, as the cars circle the track at the Daytona International Speedway. But when the cars crossed the finish line yesterday at the Rolex 24, Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey and his team, Dempsey Racing, had two spots in the Top 10.

Dempsey’s #40 car crossed the line in third, while car #41 finished tenth.

Dempsey Racing were sponsored for this race by Visit Florida and Share a Little Sunshine so their double Top 10 finish is even more awesome.

Here’s a shot of Patrick Dempsey pre-race with the #40 car (courtesy of Share a Little Sunshine):

And another at the winner’s circle courtesy of the Daytona International Speedway:

Rolex 24 Rolls into Daytona International Speedway This Weekend

The Daytona International Speedway plays host to a number of races throughout the year, but none are like the Rolex 24.

This annual race is not just about speed, but also endurance, as drivers must circle the track for 24 hours.

The entire event starts Thursday, January 27, 2011, and concludes Sunday, January 30, 2011, as the drivers cross that finish line after a full day of being on that track.

In between, there are fan activities, cook-offs, the Daytona 5K Daytona Run and Fun Walk, live bands and more. There’s even a carnival midway and a driver autograph session (Saturday morning).

Individual tickets for the race itself (Saturday, January 29) range from $35 to $85. Multi-day packages are available starting at $59.

SPEED Network will air the first 7 hours of the race, beginning at 3pm on Saturday, and the last 7 hours of the race, beginning at 9am on Sunday.

Visit the official site for the 49th Annual Rolex 24 for more information on activities and tickets.

[Photo credit: Motorsports Images and Archives]

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