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Hurricane Dorian is posed to strike Florida during this Labor Day weekend, leaving many would-be Orlando tourists wondering just how to personally prepare, if the resorts are adequately prepared, or if they should reschedule their vacations entirely. The  parks are currently scheduled to remain open, but that will more than→ Read more

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Theme parks, amusement parks, attractions, call them whatever you want. But WE say ADVENTURE! Yes, if you love them -- the thrills, the sounds, the excitement that comes with spend the day at Orlando’s most famous theme parks! Roller coasters -- the higher, the faster, the better! If you love→ Read more

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If you are staying in Orlando for a lengthy period of time, you are most likely planning on taking a day off from the theme parks. Especially since you can easily wind up walking five to 10 miles a day at most of the parks! Most families like to take→ Read more

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You've planned your vacation from A-Z. Your Orlando Theme Park Tickets are in hand and the transportation's been taken care of . Whether you are staying at one of the many park resorts or purchased a hotel online from Orlando Ticket Connection, there are Top 8 Essentials at Central Florida→ Read more

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Who would have ever thought that three guys painted blue, never saying one word, using various bizarre instruments to make incredible sounds, would be hyped as one of the best shows around? Here are 5 Reason’s that Blue Man Group-Universal Orlando Rocks!

I had seen the show several years ago and, was astounded by the imagination and creativity that these three, outrageous entertainers were able to bring! So when it was announced that they updated the show in 2012, with a new and exciting performance, I couldn’t wait to see it again! Needless to say I was not let down.

(1). The Blue Man Group show is a one-of-a-kind, amazing performance, that blends art, comedy, rock and roll and technology; and if all that wasn’t enough, the audience was included as part of the show. In fact the funniest segment involved the blue guys ineptly trying to woo a woman picked from the audience at a messy dinner.

(2). Wide screen cameras were used to constantly roam the crowd while the three Blue Men searched for their chosen participants! When they stopped at our row and looked intensely at my guest and myself, we both ignored them; but that made it extremely funny because we were almost chosen!

(3). The use of the enormous ‘GiPads’ (think about giant iPads), was a fantastic, and funny look at how the world communicates now! Stunningly visual, hysterically funny, wildly inventive and interactive, the Blue Man Group will keep the whole family entertained.

(4). Kids will love the color and music, and adults will enjoy the humor and social commentary. Plus, the pulsating new finale features an original Blue Man Group music score that will have you jumping to your feet.

(5). The low-tech visuals are still effective, too: You can’t beat the sight of the guys, furiously drumming, creating an explosion of colored paint raining back down on them. And for those who might find it all too lowbrow, the blue guys do play an interlude of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” Of course it’s played on some crazy tube-laden contraption. And it quickly gives way to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

Blue Man Group – which is located between both Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios – adds an entirely new dimension in live entertainment for Universal Orlando theme park guests and Florida residents.

If you choose at the last minute to see the show, the price you will pay at the venue is close to $100 per adult. This is why you should purchase your tickets in advance. Orlando Ticket Connection has Blue Man Group Tickets at incredible low prices! Reservations are required! Click here for details

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With summer on its way out and fall on the way in, it might be time to explore some of the adventures that exist here in Orlando. If you live here, or you are visiting you will be amazed at some of the spectacular venues that this area offers!


Let’s Get Medieval!! Medieval Times Dinner Show

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This time, I want take you back in history to a time when Chivalry and Romance were commonplace! Where a knight was used to bravery and often fought for the hand of some beautiful maiden!! Where tournaments were mock battles and had more in common with military training than they did as a spectator sport. Jousting, where two knights would face each other atop horses and armed with lances and shields, may have begun as a way to settle disputes within the ranks. These early battles were called duels of chivalry.

Get ready to join the ranks of those cheering on their favorite hero! You will be blasted into the past with the Medieval Times Dinner Show. It has been astounding audiences for over 25 years, so make sure you discover this highly successful, entertaining, and festive show live in Orlando. It embraces the experience of medieval celebrations, taking you back to the time of King Arthur and his royal table.

Medieval Times Dinner Show is inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting their guests to feast and watch knights compete on horseback. You are personally invited as a guest of the king. Sit back and enjoy the horseback jousting competition from the comfort of your stadium seating view. There is never a bad seat in the house. Divided up into several sections, you will be assigned to a particular knight. Cheer him on as loud and a proud as you like as he battles it out for the heart of the princess.

As you watch the rivalry from your stadium view, the feast that they say “is fit for a king” is served. I found this a little lacking, but the show distracted me from really being too picky! Guests dine on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, spare ribs, potatoes, and pastries. A vegetarian meal is also available, upon request. Drinks are included and include coffee, two rounds of select beverages and a full cash bar is available to your every need. But there is one obstacle that you will have to overcome… Eating with your fingers!

With exceptional equestrian skills, swordsmanship, hand-to-hand combat, acting, costumes, and pageantry, you will feel as if you are back in the past. Authentic costumes and weapons are used throughout the show and it is as if you have never left the medieval times. Even the horses are the same authentic breeds that were used in the medieval times.

This is definitely one of the most entertaining and spectacular shows of its kind!

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Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley

Universal Orlando announced that it will disclose more information in a webcast scheduled for Jan. 23 2014, about its widely anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, the latest land scheduled to open by this summer in its Universal Studios Florida theme park.

Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley, which is scheduled to open at Universal Orlando this year is planned to coincide with an 1,800-room resort and eight new restaurants in the Universal CityWalk dining and entertainment area.

The Harry Potter expansion will be based on  fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London, Supposedly, Diagon Alley is a cobbled wizarding alley and shopping area located in London, England behind a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Inside the alley is an variety of restaurants, shops, and other sights.. The alley is completely hidden from the Muggle world which is right outside of its boundaries. It is very large in area and essentially the center for the wizards of London.

Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley will also include a London waterfront area with Knight Bus parked out front, working Hogwarts Express train connecting Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, and Gringott’s Bank ride. The new attraction will be located in the Universal Studios section of the theme park, while the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located in Universal Islands of Adventure. Universal’s Islands of Adventures is where the first Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was created, within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. Other attractions include Dragon Challenge, a pair of inverted roller coasters, and Flight of the Hippogriff, a family roller coaster. The area also features a re-creation of Hogsmeade containing many gift shops and restaurants from the series of Harry Potter books including Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko’s Joke Shop, The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head.

Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley, the second phase was originally announced on December 6, 2011, as a considerable expansion of the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On May 8, 2013, it was officially announced that a significant portion of phase two would be constructed in the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park with a replica of the Hogwarts Express taking guests between the two lands. This area’s flagship attraction will be a roller coaster themed around the Gringotts Wizarding Bank. The remaining attractions will be themed around London and Diagon Alley.

The Hogwarts Express, the new black and red train, which has been brought in piece by piece, will connect the two parks. Hopefully this will persuade visitors to buy a two-park pass so they can explore both sections.

“You have these two great parks. Now you have an opportunity to go from one park to another in a one-story experience,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “You go to Universal Studios Florida, you can get on at Diagon Alley, you can get on the Hogwarts Express and take it over to Islands of Adventure, the Wizarding World, Hogsmeade, an unbelievable opportunity.”Woodbury noted the train will run both directions between the two parks. “Most people that come to the resort now experience both parks. This will be a great way for them to do that,” he said. And even if guests were to choose just one park, they’d still get a “Harry Potter experience,” he said.

It seems like Universal Orlando has thrown down the gauntlet with the new expansions! The war for summer 2014 is on, with Walt Disney World countering with upcoming Seven Dwarves Mine train and SeaWorld Orlando announcing  the new Aquuatica expansion, Omacka Rocka! It will be exciting to see what happens next! Whatever the outcome it means more fun and more choices for visitors as well  as greater economic outlook for Central Florida’s booming tourism industry!!

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Don’t miss legendary animal expert and television personality, Jack Hanna, and his “co-stars” as they bring an extraordinary wild experience to SeaWorld Orlando on September 14 and 15, 2013.

Jungle Jack Returns to SeaWorld Orlando! Jack Hanna’s animal friends in the past have included beautiful leopards, lively kookaburra birds, penguins, otters and magnificent eagles. Known around the world for his never-ending passion for wildlife and conservation, “Jungle Jack” will help you share in this phenomenal friendship to wildlife and the world we live in!

SeaWorld Orlando is devoted to offering the public up-close and personal experiences with many different aquatic animals and is honored to offer this special event featuring “Jungle Jacks” extraordinary shows and exciting presentations with the animals, which have included big cats, eagles, and exotic birds. Jack Hanna also hosts “meet and greets” with his mammals, exotic birds, and reptiles that are currently on the endangered list now. These demonstrations encourage awareness of what exactly these animals are, why they are important to the ecosystem, and what each person can do to help. Orlando Ticket Connection has the best deals on Orlando discount tickets so make sure you get these special tickets in advance!!

Dinner with Jack Hanna – September 14 & 15, 5:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at Dine with Shamu, where they will mingle with Jack Hanna and meet his animal friends up-close. This VIP dinner offers a delicious menu, while “Jungle Jack” entertains guests with animal facts, tales of his adventures and answers questions from attendees. Additionally, guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack, one complimentary adult beverage (for guests 21 and over) and special reserved seats at the 3:15 p.m. show. Cost is $59 for adults, $49 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. These can be purchased directly at SeaWorld.

Breakfast with Jack Hanna at Sharks Underwater Grill – September 14 & 15, 9:00 a.m. Meet Jack Hanna and his animal friends up-close during a special breakfast at Sharks Underwater Grill®. This VIP experience features a hearty breakfast, while “Jungle Jack” teaches guests about some of his animal friends, speaks about his animal encounters and answers questions from those in attendance. Guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack and special reserved seats at the 1:15 p.m. show. Cost is $49 for adults, $39 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. These can be purchased directly at SeaWorld.

Experience it ALL!!

Remember to also check out the exciting shows and the thrilling rides the park has to offer. While you and the family are learning more about exotic animals, you can visit some incredible aquatic creatures as well. SeaWorld’s newest adventure, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins is a spectacular exhibit to take in as well! Be transported to an icy world like you’ve never seen before. Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, step out and explore their colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes: bringing you above and below their icy world. Are you ready? At Shark Encounter, enter into a fascinating journey through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels. Experience a rare, up-close look at prehistoric predators whose ancestors dominated the sea over a hundred million years before dinosaurs walked the earth.   Don’t forget some of the amazing thrill rides such as Manta which is a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride; Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Pet a stingray at Stingray Lagoon, feed a sea lion at Pacific Point Reserve, and take a lesson on how to prevent injuries to aquatic animals at Turtle Point.

The whole family will love spending time with these incredible animals during Jack Hanna Weekend!

Shows are included with park admission and seating will be limited. Each show is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The OTC GENIUS gives “Jungle Jack” a 4 STAR RATING!!!

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Sanctus Real at Wet n’ Wild!

On April 27th, fans of Christian Rock and Wet n’ Wild, one of the best water parks in Central Florida, are in for a treat!  Wet n’ Wild has announced that this year’s “Waves of Glory” final act will be Sanctus Real, the Christian rock band.  Sanctus Real, two-time Grammy nominee and Dove Award winning group will perform songs from their very own “Promises Tour”.

Click here to hear the song “Run” which they will be playing!

As a great fan of Christian music, I am excited to not only hear these amazing performers but to be able to watch the Battle of the Bands competition.  Can you imagine doing all of this, while enjoying the many, amazing water slides and refreshing pools that are scattered throughout Wet n’ Wild?

Wet n’ Wild has really pumped-up (pun intended), the volume at this year’s event. Some of the best new artists in Christian rock, gospel, punk and R&B will be competing. Sanctus Real will take the stage after winners of the competition are announced, so make sure that you stay to the very end!  Remember good things come to those who wait, and this performance, I believe, will be worth the wait when you attend Sanctus Real at Wet n’ Wild.

Anyone who listens to Christian radio will be sure to recognize the song “Lead Me’, which is the hit that began the career’s of Sanctus Real. It is an incredible song that you are sure to hear them sing.

If you think about it, “Waves of Glory” is aptly named because you can experience the Wave pool while listening to the sound waves penetrating the airwaves!  Ha-ha!

I choose this event to be a FIVE STARS event; but of course I’ll have to go and experience it — just to make sure!


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