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West Volusia’s Wildlife and Parks: The Best of Florida’s Great Outdoors

Ready for your next road trip? The winter doldrums are gone, replaced by the pleasant temperatures offered by Central Florida’s Great Outdoors. Each year, guests from all over the world flock to the West Volusia area, experiencing the area’s abundant wildlife, tropical plants, natural springs and unique eco-environments and habitats. To help you enjoy the new season, here are just a few of West Volusia’s top spots.

St. Johns River Eco Boat Tours

The St. Johns River was once the area’s main source for commerce and trade with paddlewheel boats regularly bringing goods and people to the region. Today, the St. Johns River, designated an “American Heritage River”, is an idyllic respite, teeming with abundant and varied wildlife and tropical plants. These boat tours offer the perfect opportunity for close-up views to enjoy the great beauty of this unspoiled paradise.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

The Refuge is bordered by the magnificent St. Johns River and the Ocala National Forest, and spans more than 20,000 acres. Lake Woodruff is a birder’s paradise where enthusiasts come for a glimpse of over 230 bird species and a variety of native wildlife.

Lyonia Preserve

Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre scrub habitat established to restore and preserve sandy soil plants and small animal life. The conservation effort removed overgrown sand pines to re-establish bare sand areas with low-growing scrub plant species. The preserve has 3.5 miles of sugar-sand hiking trails where you’ll meet the resident star, the Florida Scrub Jay, an inquisitive, friendly bird known to land on a visitor’s head for a closer look.

DeLeon Springs State Park

Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available to explore wildlife along the spring run. Enjoy hiking trails leading through various terrains – home to over 125 species of birds and the famous Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, where diners cook their own pancakes at their table.

Blue Spring State Park

Home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, the park is a well-known winter refuge to hundreds of West Indian manatees. Boardwalk strolls showcase the spring run teeming with turtles, numerous fish and elusive migratory birds.


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World’s Tallest River Rapids Drop Coming to Seaworld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando announced its latest world-class attraction, Infinity Falls, to debut summer 2018.

Thrilling rapids will roar through the brand new rainforest river experience, while adventure-seeking guests plunge down the world’s tallest river rapid drop.

“We are constantly looking at new ways to amaze our guests – Infinity Falls will do that, and more,” said Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld Orlando Parks. “From the excitement of the thrilling rapids, to the unique vertical lift element, it will be an adventure that appeals to the entire family. Infinity Falls continues our commitment to investing in our park, and developing new ways to entertain and inspire our guests with meaningful, fun-filled vacations.”

To bring Infinity Falls to life, designers were inspired by the rainforests of South America and the flowing rivers found within. Each raft will twist and turn through a lush jungle environment as guests experience the feel of exhilarating Class IV rapids. A unique vertical elevator will lift each raft for a dramatic launch into the river, 40 feet below.

“Water makes up more than 70% of our planet,” said Brian Morrow, Vice President of Theme Park Design Experience. “We developed Infinity Falls to tell new stories that showcase the beauty and sheer power of water and the amazing wildlife that lives in it. The result is a new river rapids adventure for our guests to explore, and actively help freshwater ecosystems in a way that only SeaWorld can bring to life.”

The addition of Infinity Falls is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken to the water flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Infinity Falls will soon join the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.

Infinity Falls will be the centerpiece of a newly themed surrounding area, fully immersing guests in a rainforest canopy. After riding the rapids on Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.

Infinity Falls will open at SeaWorld Orlando in summer 2018.


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“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” Is Now Open At Universal Orlando Resort

Guests joined “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The all-new ride takes guests on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself, and completely immerses them in the world of America’s favorite talk show – “The Tonight Show.”

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade in Universal Studios Florida that featured tons of confetti, a custom float and beloved Universal Orlando characters. Joining Jimmy on the float were “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and an array of characters from the show, including Hashtag the Panda, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction and a special ribbon cutting.


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“I’m happy. I’m grateful. I’m excited. This whole experience has been a real emotional rollercoaster simulator,” said Jimmy Fallon.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the first ride at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience – allowing guests to enjoy other areas of the park while they “virtually” wait for their time to enter the attraction. For more information about “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” and the Virtual Line experience, visit the Universal Orlando blog at blog.universalorlando.com.


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Daytona Beach Bike Week Starts Today

Let’s ride! The 76th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week starts today, with plenty of things to see and do at this amazing once in a lifetime landmark event in 2017!

Be a part of this grand milestone and make your way to the Daytona Beach area for this very special occasion.  Local businesses and community have scheduled  a list of events and activities that will make this a trip to remember.  Take part in over ten days of fun in this beautiful seaside resort destination.

Daytona Beach has great accomodations  and event sponsors that will make Bike Week a spectacular event.

Visit www.officialbikeweek.com for event information.


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2017 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is just around the corner… and spring training is about to begin! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2017.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in late February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2017 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. Catch a game!

 

George M. Steinbrenner Field

Spring Training Home of the New York Yankees

3802 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33614

New York Yankees

New York Yankees 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Sunday, February 261:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 16:35 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 26:35 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 51:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMTeam Canada
Saturday, March 111:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 121:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 156:35 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 181:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 216:35 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 261:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 286:35 PMDetroit Tigers
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Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

Spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays

373 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, February 261:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, February 271:07 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Wednesday, March 11:07 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 21:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 31:07 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 51:07 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 71:07 PMTeam Canada
Saturday, March 111:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 131:07 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 161:07 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 181:07 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 201:07 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 221:07 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, March 241:07 PMBoston Red Sox
Saturday, March 251:07 PMTeam Canada Jr.
Sunday, March 261:07 PMBaltimore Orioles
Monday, March 276:07 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 291:07 PMNew York Yankees
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Joker Marchant Stadium

Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers

2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL 33809

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 231:05 PMFlorida Southern
Friday, February 241:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, February 251:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, February 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 21:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 41:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 61:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 101:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 121:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 171:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 181:05 PMMiami Marlins
Monday, March 201:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 241:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 261:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
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Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros

5444 Haverhill Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Washington NationalsHouston Astros

Washington Nationals 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 21:05 PMWashington Nationals at Houston Astros
Friday, March 31:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 51:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 91:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 101:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 121:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 131:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals at Houston Astros
Thursday, March 161:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 181:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 201:05 PMNew York Yankees
Tuesday, March 211:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 231:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 241:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 251:05 PMWashington Nationals at Houston Astros
Sunday, March 261:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 286:35 PMMiami Marlins
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2017 Houston Astros Spring Training Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMHouston Astros at Washington Nationals
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 21:05 PMWashington Nationals at Houston Astros
Saturday, March 41:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 61:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 111:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 121:05 PMHouston Astros at Washington Nationals
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 171:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 181:05 PMHouston Astros at Washington Nationals
Sunday, March 191:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 206:05 PM PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 221:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 251:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 261:05 PMHouston Astros at Washington Nationals
Monday, March 276:05 PM PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMMiami Marlins
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Champion Stadium

Spring training home of the Atlanta Braves

700 South Victory Way
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, February 261:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Friday, March 31:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Saturday, March 41:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Thursday, March 91:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 101:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 131:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 161:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 181:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 191:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 201:05 PMMiami Marlins
Thursday, March 236:05 PM PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 251:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 276:05 PM PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMNew York Mets
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Bright House Field

Spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies

601 Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 231:05 PMUniversity of Tampa
Saturday, February 251:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, February 271:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 31:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 41:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 51:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 91:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 101:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 121:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 171:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 181:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Wednesday, March 221:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 231:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 261:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 286:35 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 301:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 311:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
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McKechnie Field

Spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

1611 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 31:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 41:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 61:05 PMNew York Yankees
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMDominican Republic
Friday, March 101:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Sunday, March 121:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 171:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 191:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 211:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 241:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 251:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 276:05 PM PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 286:05 PM PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
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Hammond Stadium

Spring training home of the Minnesota Twins

14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 247:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Sunday, February 261:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, February 271:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 41:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 61:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 87:05 PMTeam USA
Thursday, March 91:05 PMTeam Columbia
Saturday, March 111:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 121:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Monday, March 131:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 181:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Tuesday, March 211:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 247:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 261:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Tuesday, March 281:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 3112:10 PMRochester
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Tradition Field

Spring training home of the New York Mets

525 NW Peacock Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

New York Mets

New York Mets 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:10 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, February 261:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, February 271:10 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 21:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 31:10 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 51:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 81:10 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 91:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, March 101:10 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 111:10 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 131:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 171:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 191:10 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 221:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 241:10 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 261:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Monday, March 271:10 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 281:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
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JetBlue Park

Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox

11581 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 231:05 PMNortheastern University
Friday, February 241:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, February 251:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, February 271:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 21:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Sunday, March 51:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 91:05 PMTeam USA
Friday, March 106:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 111:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 166:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 171:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 191:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 201:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 231:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 251:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 301:05 PMWashington Nationals
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Charlotte Sports Park

Spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays

2300 El Jobean Road
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, February 261:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 31:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 41:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 86:35 PMTeam Colombia
Thursday, March 91:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 121:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 171:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 191:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 201:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 231:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 251:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 291:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 301:05 PMMinnesota Twins
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Ed Smith Stadium

Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles

2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, February 261:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, February 271:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 21:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 51:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMDominican Republic
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 111:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 131:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 166:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Sunday, March 191:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 211:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 226:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 256:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 271:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 301:05 PMDetroit Tigers
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Roger Dean Stadium

Spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458

Miami MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals

Miami Marlins 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, February 261:05 PMMiami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, February 281:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 31:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 51:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 61:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMMiami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, March 101:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 121:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, March 141:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 151:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 171:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 191:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 211:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 231:05 PMMiami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, March 247:05Washington Nationals
Saturday, March 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 271:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 281:05 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 317:05Detroit Tigers
Saturday, April 112:05Detroit Tigers
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St. Louis Cardinals 2017 Spring Training Home Schedule

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, February 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Sunday, February 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
Monday, February 271:05 PMWashington Nationals
Wednesday, March 11:05 PMNew York Mets
Thursday, March 21:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 41:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 71:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 81:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 91:05 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 111:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 121:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Monday, March 131:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 161:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 181:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 221:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 231:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Sunday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 2912:05 PMWashington Nationals
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Dates, times and teams subject to change. All times ET.


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Planet Hollywood’s Transformed Orlando Flagship Location Reopens

Planet Hollywood, America’s preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, opened its Orlando flagship location, Planet Hollywood Observatory, January 30th, 2017.

Centrally located to all the nearby attractions, the restaurant overlooks the heart of Disney Springs, the dining, retail and entertainment district located at Walt Disney World Resort.

Multi-million dollar renovations have transformed Planet Hollywood’s iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace and lounge, a new menu and an exciting new look and feel.

The 36,000-square-foot restaurant invites patrons of all ages to “Dine Amongst the Stars” with an immersive theatrical dining experience unlike anything before.

ABOUT PLANET HOLLYWOOD

Planet Hollywood International, Inc. is the creator and worldwide developer of a consumer brand that capitalizes on the universal appeal of movies, television, sports, music and other leisure-time activities. The company’s worldwide operations offer products and services in the restaurant, retail, lodging, leisure and entertainment sectors.

For more information, visit www.planethollywood.com


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What’s The Scoop? Disney’s Avatar Land Opening This Summer


UPDATE: The Walt Disney Co. officially confirmed the opening date for Pandora: The World of Avatar — May 27, 2017.


So what’s the scoop with Avatar Land? While Disney’s only formal indication of the opening of Animal Kingdom’s  Avatar Land is “summer of 2017”, there may be a hint of a more concrete opening date.

Disney recently released it’s new Florida resident annual pass ticket prices, along with blackout dates. Typically blackout dates cover all Disney’s parks, but this year is different. Animal Kingdom, the home of Avatar Land has specific blackout dates… from May 27 to June 9, 2017. It’s quite possible that these blackout dates may coincide with the opening of Avatar Land.

What will Avatar Land be like? Here are several articles we have published that will give you a better idea:


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Now Playing: EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts

Planning your next road trip? You’ve still got time to visit Disney’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. New this year, the festival began in January and runs through February 20th, 2017.  Eat, drink and be dazzled by brilliant culinary masterpieces.

The festival features historical art from Disney’s past to today. Guest can experience a showcase of music and broadway at the American Gardens Theater stage, with performances at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8pm., Friday through Monday.

Experience culinary creations at the Food Studios. Visitors can watch the chefs in action and see the creative process as the presentation comes to life.

There’s a lot to see and do, so be prepared to stay as long as you can. The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs through Monday, February 20th, 2017. For more information, visit the Disney website.


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Restaurants Open Christmas Day 2016

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-4 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

  • A&W Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Au Bon Pain – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Auntie Anne’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bahama Breeze – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Baja Fresh – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve. Open Christmas Day.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Benihana – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bennigan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Big Boy Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Blimpie Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bob Evans Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations may be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Carl’s Jr. – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrows Restaurants – Most restaurants are open 365 days a year.
  • Carvel Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Checkers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Open Christmas Eve. Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex – Most locations are open 365 Days a Year.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Church’s Chicken – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cici’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Claim Jumper – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Culver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dairy Queen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dave & Buster’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Most locatiopns are open 364 days a year.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Pollo Loco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Famous Dave’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fazoli’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Firehouse Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fuddruckers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Hardee’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • HomeTown Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Houlihan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Huddle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • IHOP – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • In-N-Out Burger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jersey Mike’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Johnny Rockets – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • KFC – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Krystal – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Long John Silver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Luby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Marie Callender’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Melting Pot (The) – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Miami Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Miller’s Ale House – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • On The Border – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • P.F. Chang’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Panda Express – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Panera Bread – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Papa Gino’s Pizzeria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa John’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pollo Tropical – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Quiznos Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rainforest Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rax Roast Beef – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rally – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Round Table Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Roy Rogers Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sbarro – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open Christmas Evea Closed Christmas Day.
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlor – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Shoney’s – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Sizzler Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smashburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smokey Bones – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Open Christm,as Eve. Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • TCBY – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tijuana Flats – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tim Horton’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tony Roma’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • UNO Chicago Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Chrtistmas Day
  • Waffle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Wayback Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Whataburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • White Castle – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wienerschnitzel – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wingstop – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Zaxby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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New Star Wars Experiences Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A galaxy of new Star Wars experiences is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning mid-December. The announcement noted that some of the coming-soon additions are inspired by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” that opens in theaters worldwide on Dec. 16.

Guests, including fans of the epic space saga, will find new entertainment, special displays inside Star Wars Launch Bay, a first-ever themed tour and more at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Premiering this Month

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – a multi-sensory space celebrating all things Star Wars – is now updated with authentic replicas from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” joining other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. Making-of footage from “Rogue One” has been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • In the popular daytime stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show Dec. 16. Performances daily.
  • The fan favorite nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.
  • Starting mid-December, randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours – the Adventures Continue, the popular attraction that uses motion simulator-based technology. Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.

New in 2017

For the ultimate fan comes the ultimate tour. An all-new Star Wars guided tour is a seven-hour immersion in all the park’s current Star Wars experiences. Here’s what it includes:

  • A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide
  • Priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • An in-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi”
  • Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
  • A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, as well as reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show

Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Priced at $129 per person, tours begin Jan. 2 and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations for January tours can be made soon.


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