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Friday, December 7, 2018

Adults-only Seuss satire 'Who's Holiday!' is a comic showcase for Erin Cline

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 3:27 PM

I recently referred to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol as our “secular scripture” of the holiday season, but Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes a close second. If simply reading the classic storybook isn’t enough, this year you’ll have three filmed versions to choose from: the 1966 Chuck...

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New baby giraffe makes debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom today

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:51 PM

Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomed its newest addition to the park today — a two-month-old Masai giraffe named Amira. Disney fans got to vote for the name in a recent poll and Amira, which is the Swahili word for "princess," came out on top. Today, Amira officially took her first...

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Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights at Chanukah on the Park this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Celebrate the eight-day Jewish festival of lights at Chanukah on the Park. Organized by the Chabad of Greater Orlando, the local gathering will feature all the good fried things you’d expect from an oil-based holiday – latkes, sufganiyot – plus Chassidic dancers, crafts for kids, a photo booth and...

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Orlando Ballet kicks off their annual performances of 'The Nutcracker' this week

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 6:00 AM

The Orlando Ballet kicks off their annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet this weekend. The Nutcracker will be performed for two weekends, with two performances of a “Nutcracker Family Show,” a shortened, one-hour version of the ballet designed for families with young children. By now, you certainly know...

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Disney Springs will host a limited Kingdom Hearts pop-up next week

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 4:06 PM

Ahead of the release of new Kingdom Hearts III game, Disney and video game developer Square Enix announced a "first-ever" pop-up coming to Disney Springs next week. According to a press release, for a limited time fans will be able to get a firsthand demo of the game, check out...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Orlando Starflyer will allow a handful of lucky people to barf their way into 2019

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 3:49 PM

Without a doubt the most fitting way to wrap up this hell of a year is by spinning around a giant pole at 60 mph and involuntarily releasing an entire evening's worth of Buffalo Wild Wings from 425 feet in the air. The Orlando Starflyer, the tallest ride of...

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Marriott confirms new hotel tower 'The Cove' is headed to Disney World

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 10:52 AM

In September, after months of speculation, Marriott confirmed that it was planning a third resort hotel at Walt Disney World next to its Swan and Dolphin hotels. At the time, little was known about the new 14-story hotel tower. However, it was clear that the new project would focus...

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Comedian Ron White is coming to the Hard Rock Live in Orlando

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:33 PM

Ron "Tater Salad" White is going on tour, and he's making four stops in Florida, including one in the City Beautiful. The stand-up comedian behind the Blue Collar Comedy Tour is performing at the Hard Rock Live on March 1, 2019. He'll also make appearances in Hollywood, Clearwater and...

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Mystery still surrounds two Magic Kingdom ride closures

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Construction of Magic Kingdom’s new Tron-themed thrill ride is well underway. The building housing the massive indoor roller coaster will have a modern wave-like skin of slightly transparent panels wrapping around the building and stretching over an elevated entrance plaza, which itself is above the current Walt Disney World Railroad,...

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A second Toy Story-themed hotel confirmed to be in the works

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 11:26 AM

With major new additions to both of its parks, Tokyo Disney is the midst of its largest expansion since the opening of Tokyo DisneySea in 2001. A new 475-room hotel looking into Tokyo DisneySea was announced earlier this year, the fifth hotel for the two-park resort. Now, yet another hotel...

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