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Photos & Video: Gaylord Palms Christmas Media Preview

November 21, 2014
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Photos & Video:  Gaylord Palms Christmas Media Preview

Gaylord Palms — the ginormous convention hotel on Osceola Parkway off I-4’s Animal Kingdom exit — has decked its halls once again, and last night the media were invited to preview they icy results. Gaylord Palms Christmas got off to an artistic start with a one-time only appearance by the Orlando Ballet, performing excerpts...
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Photo & video preview of Harriett’s Closet Warehouse Sale

November 5, 2014
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Photo & video preview of Harriett’s Closet Warehouse Sale

The only thing in Orlando’s arts scene as legendary as Harriett Lake’s philanthropic generosity is her fabulously ginormous wardrobe, but this week Harriet’s closet will get a little smaller to help good causes. Central Florida’s fashion sale of the century starts tomorrow inside an unassuming Longwood warehouse, and I recently received a sneak preview...
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Video: Halloween Horror Nights 24 highlights & HHN25 teaser

October 31, 2014
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Video: Halloween Horror Nights 24 highlights & HHN25 teaser

  Is there any better way to kick off Halloween weekend than with a mysterious bloodstained package from Universal Orlando? This morning I awoke to a FedEx delivery of a grimy, twine-wrapped envelope: Inside the envelope were strands of orange hair, and a USB drive containing the following video:   As you can see,...
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Universal Orlando responds to questions about Halloween Horror Nights 24 controversies over contest and cancellation

October 1, 2014
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Universal Orlando responds to questions about Halloween Horror Nights 24 controversies over contest and cancellation

In the issue of Orlando Weekly hitting newsstands today, you’ll find my Halloween Horror Nights hit-list, containing both praise for the 24th edition of Universal Orlando’s haunted event, and some pointed suggestion for its future. Something I didn’t have space to mention in the print edition is just how enthusiastic — for good or...
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Falcon’s Fury on-ride video and interview with BGT’s Mark Rose

September 17, 2014
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Falcon’s Fury on-ride video and interview with BGT’s Mark Rose

In this week’s issue of Orlando Weekly, you’ll find my latest Live Action Cultures column detailing my first ride on Falcon’s Fury, the ginormous new drop tower at Busch Gardens Tampa. Since words alone can’t adequately emphasize what an intimidating experience this attraction is, here is an exclusive video (courtesy of Busch Gardens’ media team)...
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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 Media Preview

September 9, 2014
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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 Media Preview

We’re already a week into September, so it must be time for Halloween, right? Universal Orlando jump-started the jump-scare season last night (Sept. 8) by holding their first Halloween Horror Nights 24 media preview. Continue reading for exclusive photos and video revealing secrets of 8 haunted houses, 4 scarezones, and 2 live shows that...
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Disney axes popular Epcot entertainment acts

August 28, 2014
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Disney axes popular Epcot entertainment acts

Aside from the obvious attractions, why do people visit Orlando’s theme parks? I go to Magic Kingdom for nostalgia; Universal for Harry Potter; Animal Kingdom for sunstroke; and Hollywood Studios for as little as possible. Until today, I would have said I go to Epcot to drink, and enjoy live entertainment around World Showcase....
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Busch Gardens Tampa announces 2014 Howl-O-Scream VIP prices

August 27, 2014
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Busch Gardens Tampa announces 2014 Howl-O-Scream VIP prices

We’re not even out of August yet, and Central Florida’s annual Halloween event wars are already well underway. In recent weeks, Universal Orlando has been steadily releasing information via social media about the new haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 24, which gets underway on September 19, but today their nearest regional competitor was...
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Creepy video of abandoned Arabian Nights dinner theater

August 27, 2014
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Creepy video of abandoned Arabian Nights dinner theater

It’s been nearly nine months since the Arabian Nights dinner theater on 192 shut down, ending 25 years of equestrian entertainment. After the final performance on New Year’s Day 2014, the cast and crew were left unemployed, and the attraction’s trained horses were sold off (and hopefully not sent to live on that euphemistic “farm in...
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