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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Planning a Disney vacation may soon get easier, and for that you can thank the pandemic and the influencers — really

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:37 PM

In July, when Walt Disney World reopened, annual passholders could renew their passes, though new passes haven’t been sold since then. But in California, where the healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the pandemic, theme parks have essentially been shut down since March. With the death rate in the...

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Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 11:13 AM

Every morning on Magic 107.7 FM, Leslye Gale discusses the most interesting Orlando Weekly stories of the day on "Chad & Leslye." Check out Leslye's picks today. Central Florida strikes again,. attracting Shake Shack's first-ever drive-through! Here are the deets! – LINK The food news keeps getting better! Check...

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Friday, January 15, 2021

With COVID's end in sight, details regarding Disney's huge 100th anniversary celebration begin to emerge

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:41 PM

Nearly a year after the pandemic forced massive closures and destroyed the U.S. economy, there’s little hope in a return to normalcy anytime soon. For Disney, this has put a huge wrinkle in plans for the biggest celebration in Walt Disney World’s history. The 50th Anniversary celebration was meant...

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Key West proves it: Florida voters care about the environment, but Florida Republicans overrule them

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:29 PM

Despite rhetoric pushing for limited government Florida, Republican lawmakers often enforce their minority views on citizens who've voted for something different. (See Amendment 4, most recently.) The latest pre-emption attempt by Republicans pits them against Key West voters who in November voted to approve measures that would ensure the...

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Central Florida Film Festival returns to Mount Dora after 16-month absence

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 12:28 PM

From new management to a new venue, from date changes to a hurricane and a pandemic, the Central Florida Film Festival has seen it all over the last three years. Now, after a nearly 16-month absence, CenFlo is finally back at Epic Theatres in Mount Dora, January 22-24. The...

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Dinosaurs stalk Orlando again in a new exhibit at Leu Gardens

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:12 AM

Leu Gardens will once again host a Dinosaur Invasion Jan. 18 through April 18. Visitors can expect to see more than 20 dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to 33 feet tall, sprawled across the 50-acre garden. Each dinosaur is designed by Guy Darrough, a self-taught fossil collector and...

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Disney may be ready to admit they screwed up their Star Wars land, but only because ‘The Mandalorian’ is making them do it

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 3:15 PM

When Disney announced the two Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands set for both their California and Florida parks at the 2015 D23 Expo, it was clear the project was in response to Universal’s two highly popular Harry Potter lands. Following Universal's lead with Potter, the Star Wars lands were...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru promises ‘realistic’ scenes of dinosaur mayhem at the Orange County Convention Center

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM

Head back to the good old days — the really good old days — at the Orange County Convention Center when the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru hits town later this month. The "world's largest" touring dinosaur exhibition will rampage through the sprawling outdoor parking areas of the Convention Center for just over a week,...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Trump is leaving office, but will he be leaving Disney's Hall of Presidents?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:24 AM

While the nation prepares to welcome Joe Biden as the new President, it's clear Trump's legacy is something the country will have to continue grappling with. The divisive politics fueled by Trump’s hatred and fear-mongering have had an impact on many traditions and pleasures the nation enjoyed before his...

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Orlando artists invited to conjure up their ‘Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy’ for CityArts group show

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Downtown Orlando art gallery CityArts will be hosting the group art show My Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy later this month, and organizers are putting out the call for local artists to contribute work. Set to open on Thursday, Jan. 21, and curated by Tyla Harrington, the show will deal in...

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