American Idol Auditions Coming to Orlando August 17, 2017

American Idol Auditions Coming to Orlando August 17, 2017

American Idol is coming back, and they will be coming to Orlando for open call auditions on Thursday, August 17.

American Idol will kick off its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Due to venue capacity, Disney Springs can accommodate a total of 4,000 audition participants.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 24, 2017: Ravenous Pig, Second Harvest Food Bank of CFL, Terralina Crafted Italian, More

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: special menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The interior of the Ravenous Pig restaurant in Winter Park.

The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park is launching a special summer 3 course prix fixe lunch menu starting July 25, 2017. Cost is $22, with the option to add select wine pairings for $22 a bottle. This menu will rotate with seasonal lunch items and includes dessert.

The restaurant will also be hosting a “Neighborhood Pig Roast” on Saturday, August 5th. The menu will consist of pulled pork, ribs, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread and a seasonal dessert for $17 a plate.

Neighboring Cask & Larder Brewery‘s Summer beer release will take place the same weekend. “Lardermelon” and all C&L draughts will be $5 a pint.

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Enjoy Christmas in July at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World from July 15-30, 2017

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

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.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 21, 2017: Portobello, The Halal Guys, Tijuana Flats

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations

After seven years, Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations. James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master, Tony Mantuano, is leading the development of the restaurant, which will still offer Italian cuisine. The revamped eatery, still operated by Levy Restaurants, is set to reopen Fall 2017.

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10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

If you’re like me, nothing is more satisfying than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently so many others agree with me, April 12 has been declared National Grilled Cheese Day.

If you want to partake of a tasty grilled cheese in honor of the holiday, here are ten places in the Orlando area which have managed to elevate the sandwich above the norm.

Here are the CSO picks for where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (in alphabetical order):

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Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour Kicks Off at Disney Springs March 23-26, 2017

Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour Kicks Off at Disney Springs March 23-26, 2017

Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 will hit theaters this summer, and the Road to the Races nationwide promotional tour will kick off at Disney Springs the weekend of March 23-26, 2017.

There will be photo ops with Lightning McQueen, as well as new characters Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm, but that’s not all.

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Out and About: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Brings Flavortown to Orlando

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been an iconic restaurant on Disney property since it opened, but many wondered if the recent remodel and revamp would change the great food and fun atmosphere.

It did…and for the better, in my opinion.

The finished version of the Planet Hollywood Observatory features three floors of seating inside, with a new outside screened terrace that offers a great view of Disney Springs.

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2017 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Rolls into Raglan Road at Disney Springs Mar 16-19

Mighty St. Patrick's Festival at Raglan Road at Disney Springs

More than just a day of fun, Raglan Road‘s annual Mighty Festival returns to Disney Springs the weekend of March 16 through 19, 2017. Celebrating everything Irish, the festival will have live music, Irish dancers, and traditional food and drink to enjoy.

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Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Paddlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant, is now open in The Landing at Disney Springs for your dining pleasure, and it’s definitely a don’t-miss place to eat.

Formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant has been completely revamped inside and out, taking on a contemporary interpretation of an elegant steamboat. The new design includes a variety of comfortable seating, large windows to enjoy the view of Disney Springs, and three floors for guests to enjoy, including a new rooftop deck on the third floor.

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Wine Bar George Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Disney Springs

Wine Bar George at Disney Springs - artistic rendering

Master Sommelier George Miliotes is bringing his renowned expertise to Disney Springs with the opening of Wine Bar George, and this week was the official groundbreaking on the site.

The ceremony even featured an inaugural champagne toast, with the bottles opened with a flourish by sabering.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Reveals New Menu

Planet Hollywood will revamp its Orlando flagship location into a four-story building called Planet Hollywood Observatory.

We’re still a few weeks away from the opening of the revamped Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs, but they’ve released a sneak peek at the new menu.

The revamped menu highlights Planet Hollywood favorites while introducing new dishes from the likes of Chef Guy Fieri. Read more

Disney Springs Celebrates Its First Holiday Season With Fun Events

Disney Springs Celebrates Its First Holiday Season

Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for its first full season of holiday cheer, with festive décor, entertainment and holiday shopping .

Starting November 11 through January 8, 2017, all four neighborhoods – West Side, Town Center, The Landing, and the Marketplace – will be filled with holiday delight.

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Paddlefish at Disney Springs Now Hiring for Winter Opening

Paddlefish at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Paddlefish at Disney Springs is getting closer to their projected winter opening, and they are starting to hire for 350 positions.

Available positions include, but are not limited to: line cook, dishwashers, prep cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, server assistants and food runners.

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Out and About: Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

On October 21, skincare brand Origins held a grand opening party for their new store at Disney Springs, and CitySurfing Orlando was invited to attend.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen a few of the photos I took of this beautiful and well laid-out store. All the product lines are arranged neatly along the walls, with testers and signs explaining what the benefits are for each.

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