City of Orlando and Orange County Declare Blue Man Group Day on Nov 17, 2016

City of Orlando and Orange County Declare Blue Man Group Day on Nov 17, 2016

November 17 is a significant day for Blue Man Group, as it was twenty-five years ago that a creative collaboration among friends led to the first euphoric and historic Blue Man Group performance at the Astor Place Theatre in New York.

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Toothsome Chocolate Factory to Open at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Chocolate fans in the Orlando area will be happy to hear Universal Orlando will be opening the Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at CityWalk before the end of this year.

Toothsome Chocolate Factory to Open at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Located in the space that formerly housed the NBA City restaurant, the new sweets eatery will have a 19th-century Steampunk look from the decor to the fashion.

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Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks With Sensory-Friendly Show on Dec. 5

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando will host a sensory-friendly show supporting Autism Speaks on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6pm.

Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks

This special performance will be suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders. due to slight modifications that will be made to the show including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance, and making headphones available upon request.

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Universal Orlando’s NBC Sports Grill & Brew Holds Grand Opening with Sports Celebrities Galore

Now open for the sports fans, Universal Orlando‘s NBC Sports Grill & Brew held their grand opening Friday, October 23, with a bevy of sports figures and celebrities on hand.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew grand opening at Universal Orlando

NBC Sports commentators Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya were joined by the likes of Paul Burmeister, Doug Flutie, Rebecca Lowe, Jeremy Roenick, Kathryn Tappen, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams.

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Whitesnake to Rock Central Florida for Three Dates in August

Legendary hard rock group Whitesnake are coming to Central Florida for three dates at the beginning of August.

Whitesnake

They will be at the King Center in Melbourne on August 1, at the Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk on August 3, and at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on August 6.

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Universal Orlando to Open NBC Sports Grill & Brew at CityWalk

The world’s first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal Orlando‘s CityWalk, and it is scheduled to open this fall.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal Orlando

Located in the space that formerly held the NASCAR Sports Grill, this new restaurant will up the bar for sports-dining experiences.

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NBA Experience Coming to Disney Springs; NBA City to Close at Universal CityWalk

Earlier this week Walt Disney World announced an new tenant for Disney Springs would be called The NBA Experience.

Mickey Mouse and an NBA basketball player

According to the release, The NBA Experience will include a restaurant and a retail store, and feature hands-on activities that will put families in the middle of NBA game action.

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Be in the Audience When NBC’s TODAY Show Airs Live at Universal Orlando May 29

To help kick off Universal Orlando‘s 25th Anniversary, NBC’s Today Show will air live from the resort’s CityWalk on Friday, May 29.

Universal Orlando park globe

Not only will the show broadcast live from the CityWalk stage alongside the lagoon, but their Friday concert series will include a short set by Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull!

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One Direction to Promote New Album with Appearance at Universal Orlando November 17, 2014

One Direction

Universal Orlando will be taken over by global pop sensations One Direction on Monday, November 17, which happens to be the same day their new album, Four, drops.

One Direction will start the morning with a performance at Universal CityWalk, that will be aired live on NBC’s The Today Show. If you’re willing to get up extra early to see them, public viewing of the performance will be available throughout CityWalk, and it will be free to all.

Dial it up a notch and head into Universal Studios. With your paid admission, you can ride on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster to the tunes of One Direction. Not enough 1D?? There will also be a special One Direction version of the Universal Cinematic Spectacular nighttime show.

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Out and About: Trying the New Menu at Margaritaville Orlando

Margaritaville Orlando

Last fall, Margaritaville Orlando revamped its menu adding in a lot of new items. We decided to try out the new menu and headed out on a Friday night to Universal Orlando.

We arrived a little before our reservation time, but were seated immediately on the main floor, near the stage. Margaritaville has nightly musical entertainment on the stage, but we were dining too early for that.

Margaritaville Orlando
Drunken Shrimp Skillet with Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita

We each ordered a margarita, and started our meal with a trio of appetizers. The “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet ($13.99), recommended by our server Linda, was a big hit with my dining companion, Joan. She said the shrimp were so well done they just popped in her mouth, and the combination of the tequila lime butter and the trinity of garlic, onions, and peppers made for a wonderful flavor with the shrimp. She also tried the Asiago Crab Dip ($13.29), which she said was good, but not as good as the shrimp skillet.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal Orlando Will Celebrate National Margarita Day February 22, 2014

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants plan to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd, including the location at Universal Orlando.

margaritaAs part of the celebration, Margaritaville will host Margaritaville University, a complimentary margarita-making class from 3pm to 4pm. After mastering mixing, shaking, stirring and sipping, all graduates will receive a diploma.

At 5pm a Master of Ceremonies will lead those gathered in a toast to the official beverage of Margaritaville. There will also be an array of margarita-related activities, specials, a new margarita flight, contests and giveaways.

Margaritaville is located at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, near Islands of Adventure. Universal does charge to park before 6pm. Visit margaritavilleorlando.com for more info.

 

 

REO Speedwagon to Headline New Year’s Eve 2012 at Universal Orlando CityWalk

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Classic rock group REO Speedwagon will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Admission to the festivities on December 31 also includes a selection of gourmet cuisine, admission to seven CityWalk nightclubs, and a traditional midnight champagne toast.

Tickets are $124.99, if purchased by December 15; $144.99 if purchased between December 16 and 31. Universal Orlando annual passholders can get a discounted price of $104.99 until December 15, as well.

For more information, visit universalorlando.com.

The Club at NBA City to Open at Amway Center

In the last 19 months since the Amway Center has been open downtown, there has been an unused corner of the property that was originally set aside as restaurant space.

It’s taken this long to find a willing investor, but according to sources, the space is expected to be taken over by The Club at NBA City. The venture will be a partnership between the NBA City restaurant venue at Universal CityWalk and the former manager of the exclusive Montecristo Club at the old Orlando city arena.

A third of the size of the CityWalk venue, The Club at NBA City will be a little over 4,000-sq-ft., not including use of the outdoor plaza for a small patio seating area.

Half will be open to the public with both internal and external entrances, so patrons will not need an event ticket to get inside. The menu offerings are expected to be different and slightly more upscale than the barfood menu offered by the CityWalk venue.

The other half will be a private members-only section, like the old Montecristo Club, that will be available for event rentals.

Initially, The Club at NBA City will only be open for lunch and dinner on event days at the Amway Center. The venue is expected to be open by October 2012.

Universal Orlando Reveals New Attractions and More Planned for 2012

Not content to rest on the laurels of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando held a press conference this last week to unveil what they have planned for park guests for 2012.

Artist Rendering of Despicable Me Attraction Entrance Room

The January 25 conference included information on new attractions, upgrades to existing attractions and shows, and more that are coming to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk.

Here’s a quick rundown:

The popular Blue Man Group show will be debuting an entirely new show to audiences in February 2012. Their CityWalk theater is being revamped with cutting edge technology and the show will feature more interaction with the audience. New elements to the show include BMG interacting with enormous “GiPads” (not sure what exactly those are but it sounds fun). The finale will also feature new music.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf is set to open in February, as well. Designed to resemble a classic drive-in theater, one side will be 18 holes of classic horror film themes and the other side will be 18 holes of sci-fi film themes.

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Latin Quarter at Universal Orlando CityWalk Adds Churrascria Dining Experience

There are several places at Universal Orlando to get a good steak. Now comes word that the Latin Quarter at the park’s CityWalk area is adding a Brazilian Churrascaria experience to its dining options.

Located in the upper level of the restaurant, this South American-style steakhouse features servers roaming the tables with slabs of meat on swords. Carnivore options include filet mignon, roast beef, short ribs, lamb, pork and more.

When you want some, the server holding that particular meat will come to your table and slice off a piece. Repeat this until you fall into a meat coma, as it is all-you-care-to-eat.

Price will be $36.99 for adults, which includes a side buffet that features salads and more. Kids are half that and children under 6 are free. Vegetarians can opt just to do the buffet for around $20.

If you like meat, this is a great deal, especially since a steak dinner (with just one serving) can run $30 to $50 to start at other CityWalk restaurants.

The lower level will continue to function with a regular menu.

 

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