Thomas D. Jones, PhD and Captain Scott D. Altman Inducted into U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® at Kennedy Space Center  @ExploreSpaceKSC

Saturday, April 21, in a ceremony set beneath space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, two veteran astronauts, Thomas D. Jones, PhD and Captain Scott D. Altman, were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Saturday, April 21, in a ceremony set beneath space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, two veteran astronauts were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®.

Thomas D. Jones, PhD and Captain Scott D. Altman, who have each demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in furthering NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery, brought the total number of astronauts in this prestigious society to 97.

Both Dr. Jones and Captain Altman have had illustrious careers centered around their love of space and science:

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup April 22, 2018: Krispy Kreme, Susuru, Little Blue Donut Co, and More

Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts held a poll and let fans vote on what the next specialty glaze should be. Lemon won, and it will be available in all Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations for one week only from April 23-29, 2018.

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, a new happy hour, and doughnuts. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts held a poll and let fans vote on what the next specialty glaze should be. Lemon won, and it will be available in all Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations for one week only from April 23-29, 2018.

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Walt Disney World To Live Stream Disney’s Animal Kingdom Anniversary Celebration April 22 

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration Starting April 22

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary celebration on Earth Day, April 22, and Walt Disney World will live stream the festivities starting at 10:15am.

The park will mark its 20th anniversary with a ‘Party For the Planet’ that will stretch from April 22-May 5. During that time, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will take center stage for the celebration, which will offer backstage experiences that allow guests to learn about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital, or hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.

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Something New is Coming to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom April 22

Starting April 22, guests will be able to witness a Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI) pilot using a Pandora Utility Suit to study the wildlife, collect plant samples, and survive Pandora’s terrain at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Walt Disney World has announced something new will be coming to the popular Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we have all the details.

Starting April 22, a Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI) pilot using a Pandora Utility Suit will interact with guests, share details about the land’s otherworldly landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.

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Mamas of The NICU to Host Brunch for NICU Moms at Ace Cafe Orlando May 6, 2018

For Mother's Day, Mamas of The NICU is hosting a special brunch event for 15 NICU moms from Orlando area hospitals at Ace Cafe Orlando on May 6. 

For Mother’s Day, Mamas of The NICU is hosting a special brunch event for 15 NICU moms from Orlando area hospitals at Ace Cafe Orlando on May 6.

At the event the moms will get the chance to meet fellow NICU moms, indulge in a delicious brunch, and receive survival kits that are filled with essential baby goods, snacks, and toiletries that will be used on a daily basis.

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SeaWorld Orlando Extends Seven Seas Food Festival Through April 29

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival - Empanada Loco

By popular demand, SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival has been extended through April 29, offering guests an additional two weekends to explore the 60 unique eats, 70 craft brews, and 50 wines and spirits.

For the remaining two weeks, the event takes delicious inspiration from Latin American flavor and tradition.

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Sunset Music Festival Returns to Tampa May 26-27, 2018 For 7th Year With Huge EDM Line-Up #SMF2018

Disco Donnie Presents and Sunset Events will kick off summer with the 2018 Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Memorial Weekend, May 26-27.

Disco Donnie Presents and Sunset Events are ready to kick off summer in the Sunshine State with the 2018 Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Memorial Weekend, May 26-27.

Pushing boundaries, this years’ line-up represents the many facets of the festival and its inclusive and innovative spirit, adding R&B and Hip-Hop talent to the best of the best in dance music.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hosts Tiffins Talks Dining Events to Celebrate 20th Anniversary 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park will host a series of Tiffins Talks Dining Events from April 22 to May 4.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park will host a series of Tiffins Talks Dining Events from April 22 to May 4.

Tiffins Talks are intimate dining experiences that allow guests to enjoy specialty food and beverages that complement the topics shared by animal and conservation experts.

The events schedule, including speakers, is as follows:

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‘Something Rotten!’ Comes to Dr Phillips Center April 24–29 @drphillipsctr

Get ready to experience Something Rotten! at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts...the hit Broadway musical, that is...when it plays Orlando April 24-29, 2018.

Get ready to experience Something Rotten! at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts…the hit Broadway musical, that is…when it plays Orlando April 24-29, 2018.

Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits.

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Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Rolls into Orlando for First Time Aug 18, 2018 #MonsterJam

Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announces that the all new Monster Jam Triple Threat Series will visit Orlando at the Amway Center for two shows on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announces that the all new Monster Jam Triple Threat Series will visit Orlando at the Amway Center for two shows on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration Starting April 22

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration Starting April 22

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, with more wild adventures than ever before during an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5.

Over the two-week Party for the Planet celebration, guests can attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and participate in enhanced interactions with some of the more than 2,000 animals that make their home at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited park.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup April 14, 2018: Hawkers, K Restaurant, Sus Hi Eatstation, and More

Hawkers Asian Street Fare will be opening its second Central Florida location at The Grove in Windermere on Wednesday, April 18.

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, and an anniversary special. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Hawkers Asian Street Fare will be opening its second Central Florida location at The Grove in Windermere on Wednesday, April 18 [update: New open date is Monday, April 23]. The restaurant features 4500-sq-ft, with 150 seats and a dog-friendly patio (above photo).

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Crossroads Shopping Center Near Disney to Close for I-4 Expansion Project

After 20 years of operation, it looks like the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista shopping center will be closed to make way for new ramps planned for the I-4 Ultimate Expansion project.

After 20 years of operation, it looks like the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista shopping center will be closed to make way for new ramps planned for the I-4 Ultimate Expansion project.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently negotiating to buy the Crossroads, according to Growth Spotter, and they have the lone appraisal of $145 million for the property.

FDOT plans to eventually reconfigure an Interstate 4 interchange at State Road 535 with a design that would require demolition of the shopping center.

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The Florida Mall Hosts ‘More Than Pink’ Spring 2018 Promotion Apr 14-20

The Florida Mall in Orlando, FL

The Florida Mall has announced its Spring 2018 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.

From April 14 to May 20, visitors to The Florida Mall will be able to participate in a variety of programs to help support Susan G. Komen, such as:

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