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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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Artegon Marketplace to Close, Future Development Undisclosed

Artegon Marketplace, the retooled 452,000 square-foot megamall on International Drive that opened just two years ago, will close in two weeks. Reports said the owners held a meeting with the mall’s tenants this morning to share the news.

Last October we reported that a “top U.S. theme park operator” may be in the preliminary process of building a major tourist project on 200+ acres of land on Orlando’s International Drive.

That location includes land that the Artegon Marketplace sits on. The mall has been up for sale since August 2016. Artegon Marketplace opened in 2014. The facility first opened in 2002 as Festival Bay Mall.

Several anchor stores, including Bass Pro Shops and Cinemark Theater, will remain open.

Representatives of the Artegon Marketplace have declined comment on the future of the parcel.  Watch this website for further details as they become available.


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Orlando’s Holy Land Experience Is Ablaze With Christmas Splendor!

The glory of Christmas is on full and colorful display throughout the 2016 holiday season at the most unique faith-and-family destination in the heart of America’s vacation paradise, Orlando, Florida. The award-winning Holy Land Experience has announced the exciting debut of some all-new and original Christmas productions that are sure to cheer every heart with the splendor of the season while re-enforcing the powerful message of faith at the very heart of Christmas.

Among the exciting new theatrical productions debuting throughout the Christmas season at Holy Land Experience are:

Come to the Manger. This fascinating musical tells the poignant and powerful story of a young couple who arrive in the bustling village of Bethlehem just in time to take their place at the center of a dramatic miracle destined to change the world.

Journey to Bethlehem. Join Mary and Joseph as they make their way to the “little town of Bethlehem” for the birth of the Savior of the World. Along the way you’ll get to know a few of the people whose lives are forever impacted by the touch of the newborn King.

The Lost & Found Agency. A unique and colorful team of specialists are called upon to assist a shepherd named Shimmel find his lost sheep, a young lady named Maya locate a valuable missing coin — and a lost young man find his way back home. The audience also has the opportunity to aid one of the “Lost & Found” agents in reclaiming his own lost Christmas spirit, all with the help of an unexpected visitor!

In addition to the unforgettable theatrical productions, Holy Land Experience has an abundance of unique interactive exhibits designed to entertain, educate, and inspire guests of all ages, including:

The Dead Sea Qumran Caves, a replica of the mysterious place where many ancient Bible manuscripts were discovered. The exhibit includes a re-creation of the Upper Room, where Jesus and the disciples observed the Last Supper, and where guests will currently experience the powerful drama Miracle in the Upper Room.

The Wilderness Tabernacle, the heart of worship for the children of Israel after their exodus from Egypt. This awe-inspiring exhibit takes guests on an unforgettable journey through Israel’s ancient priesthood, culminating with a breathtaking depiction of God’s glory revealed above the Ark of the Covenant.

The Great Temple, a magnificent representation of the Jewish holy place that once stood on hallowed Mount Moriah in First Century Jerusalem.

Golgotha, a dramatic recreation of the place in biblical Israel where Jesus Christ was crucified and died. Constructed in part with stones collected from the countryside surrounding Jerusalem, this impacting exhibit is built atop another popular Holy Land Experience site, the profoundly moving recreation of the biblical Garden Tomb, where the body of Jesus was laid after His crucifixion and from where He was miraculously resurrected three days later.

The world-renowned Scriptorium, a combination museum, library, and research center that holds a collection of priceless manuscripts, scrolls, biblical antiquities, and artifacts. The enlightening presentations that accompany the exhibits offer visitors a close-up view of Bible and church history.

Holy Land Experience has also updated its Smile of a Child Adventure Land, where younger guests can burn up plenty of energy on the totally safe rock-climbing walls, play an exciting round of mini-golf featuring Bible characters, have their faces painted, and enjoy an inspirational Bible story.

“Christmas has always been an extra-special time for us here at Holy Land Experience,” said Mike Everett, general manager of the popular Central Florida inspirational attraction. “Every member of our team is committed to help fill the hearts of our valued guests with the warmth and wonder of this holiday season. We look forward to welcoming friends and families from all over the world to share the joy and spirit of Christmas this year.”


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Disney Lights Up the Holiday Sky with Hundreds of Choreographed Drones

This holiday season, guests at Disney Springs – the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World Resort – will get a chance to see Disney and Intel exploring remarkable new technology as hundreds of lighted show drones take to the nighttime sky in “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration.”

The first-of-its-kind light show featuring 300 Intel® Shooting Star™ show drones invites guests to gaze skyward and make a special wish this holiday season. The synchronized choreography of the new Intel Shooting Star drones is set to a specially orchestrated arrangement of classic holiday music. In the nostalgic and stirring medley, Disney Springs guests can listen for a few bars of classic Disney melodies.

“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” marks the first time in the United States 300 show drones have flown at one time. At 280g, the Intel Shooting Star drone weighs less than a volleyball, and features built-in LED lights that can create more than four billion color combinations.

“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” will join other holiday enhancements at Disney Springs, including a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, special seasonal entertainment, meet and greets with Santa, and festive decor throughout all four neighborhoods – Town Center, The Landing, West Side and Marketplace.

Make plans to visit Disney Spring this holiday season. Book your perfect room near Disney Springs now!


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Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Releases More Details

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. And on November 15, guests will have the chance to purchase tickets to experience it firsthand. Guests can receive a notification when tickets go on sale and updates about Volcano Bay by signing up for real-time email alerts.

Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more. And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

Guests will board specially-designed canoes and propel downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. They’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.

Universal’s Volcano Bay will debut a new technology, the TapuTapu wearable, designed to make the guest experience throughout the entire park as hassle-free and fun-filled as possible.

Even more details about TapuTapu and its unique guest features will be released soon. More details about Universal’s Volcano Bay will be revealed over time.


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Is Another Major Theme Park Planned for Orlando?

Several Orlando area publications this week have reported that a “top U.S. theme park operator may be in the preliminary process of building a major tourist project on 200+ acres of land on Orlando’s International Drive.

The location includes land that is the current home of The Artegon Mall and includes a 78-acre parcel just south of the mall.

The Artegon Mall has been up for sale for several months. The mall sits on a 104 acre parcel that already comes with entitlements for retail, hotel and theme park use.

Agents representing the Artegon Mall have declined comment on specific details but have confirmed that the 104-acre parcel could be combined with several adjacent properties to result in a 200 acre plus sale.

Six Flags, Cedar Fair and several other regional theme park operators have already been rumored to be the mystery companies looking to break into the Orlando market, but nothing has been officially reported.

Watch this website for further details as they become available.


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Seaworld Orlando Unveils Major New Attractions for 2017

SeaWorld has just announced an extensive list of first of it’s kind new rides, shows and events for it’s Orlando park  for 2017.

The announcement includes a virtual reality upgrade for it’s Kraken roller coaster, Dolphin Nursery, and numerous major entertainment options. Here are a few of the details:

Kraken Virtual Reality Roller Coaster: Seaworld will be retrofitting their Kraken roller coaster with headsets to give riders the sensation of traveling through the sea amid mythical and prehistoric creatures. Guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken. A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train, delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure. The addition of VR to this fan-favorite brings a new level of excitement and interest in Kraken, for both new and returning guests. This thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida.

Electric Ocean: A brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.

Dolphin Nursery: SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery will become more interactive in 2017, giving guests the opportunity to see mother and baby dolphins up close like never before. Large-scale acrylic windows will be created offering better guest viewing, including multiple levels to provide children a face-to-face perspective with baby dolphins. New slide out areas and a lifting floor will allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends: Rudolph & Friends will return for the 2017 season, with additional Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-themed experiences for families to enjoy the Christmas spirit even more.

2017 Events: Seven Seas Food Festival, a popular music and food event at SeaWorld in San Diego and San Antonio, is now coming to Orlando in 2017. SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events will expand to a total of 14 weekends and roll-up under the Seven Seas brand.


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Skyplex Entertainment Project Now Underway

It may not look like much right now, but work has already begun on the new SkyPlex project on International Drive in Orlando.

Engineering and construction crews have been busy preparing the property in anticipation of beginning the structural elements. It is expected that initial concrete pours will begin sometime after the first of the year.

Skyplex is an entertainment complex to be located on the Northeast corner of Sand Lake Road and International Drive in Orlando. The complex will include a 570 feet (170 m) tower, which will feature a 501-foot Skyscraper polercoaster, the 450-foot Skyfall drop tower, a 600-foot Skyfly zip line, the Skysurf water park and a 350-room hotel.

Skyplex will also be home to the world’s largest Perkins Restaurant and SkyPlaza retail, entertainment and dining center and a 2,400-car parking garage.

The project is expected to open in 2019.


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Massive One Daytona Project One Step Closer to Reality

International Speedway’s One Daytona Project, a massive retail, dining and entertainment complex opposite Daytona International Speedway is one step closer to reality with selection of it’s general contractor.

The $150 million destination will include a 67,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops, a 12-screen Cobb Theatres, a 144-room Daytona hotel and a 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel. The complex will also include a 276-unit residential community, and several restaurants and shops. P.F. Chang’s, Kilwins, Guitar Center, Tervis, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, and more.

One Daytona will feature Victory Circle, an outdoor gathering space inspired by the nearby Daytona International Speedway.

One Daytona is scheduled to open in fall 2017.


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I-Drive 360 to Spend $100 Million on New Attractions

The dust has barely settled on the new I-Drive 360 entertainment, retail and dining attraction in Orlando as they announce the addition of $100 million in new attractions.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, I-Drive 360 is ready to begin the next phase of development on the International Drive destination.

Development will include a new zip-line, rope obstacle course, indoor flight simulator and another tower thrill ride. A 400+ unit, five-story apartment complex is also proposed.

The permitting process will begin soon with plans to break ground “as soon as possible” next year. Some of the attractions could be open by summer 2017.


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