Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Discovery Cove to add a second tropical reef in 2011

Discovery Cove takes immersion to new depths when it opens an all-new area -- The Grand Reef -- in June 2011. The new reef features multiple levels of exploration, from shallow waters to deeper swimming adventures, from white sandy beaches and hammocks swaying in the breeze, to snorkeling among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world.

“The Grand Reef takes Discovery Cove’s world-class animal encounters to an all new level -- several, actually,” said Stewart Clark, the park’s vice president. “It’s what our guests expect from us, unforgettable connections with the sea and making memories that will last forever. This could only be created by Discovery Cove.”

Visitors just need to get their feet wet to enjoy The Grand Reef, or they can choose to go deep. They can step into tranquil, shallow waters to discover a below-the-surface world teeming with sea life, or they can snorkel in deeper waters as thousands of exotic fish and graceful rays swim around them.

Surprises abound. Families can seek discoveries along the water’s edge or cross a bridge to see sharks swimming below. They’ll play hide-and-seek with thousands of beautiful fish, from small colorful wrasses to large spotted eagle rays. Further out in the reef, stunning habitats create the feeling of swimming right alongside venomous lionfish and sharp-toothed reef sharks, each safely behind glass. Guests can take paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos as they delve into the reef from above, around and below.

Those looking for an even more exhilarating adventure can take part in The Grand Reef’s innovative experience, SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour. Wearing dive helmets, guests find up-close excitement around every corner, each step yielding a new discovery.

They’ll come across lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows), one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by. SeaVenture is a once-in-a-lifetime, undersea experience available for a nominal fee.

The Grand Reef is the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, a fully immersive tropical escape, new to discover in Orlando in 2011. There’s more to learn at

Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale - Oct 23

The biggest yard sale event in Orlando, with 200+ families participating, returns this October.

They shut down Avalon Park for the day! This year, it’s Saturday October 23rd from 8am to 4pm, and they have a huge online google map and item listing page on their site:

WDW 40th anniversary - a "preview" center

WDW's 40th anniversary celebration will be at Epcot (not MK). And focused on pins and vinylmation. Hm. At least a recreation of a (fake) preview center will be highly cool!

New Busch Gardens Tampa coaster for 2011

Cheetah Hunt, a new "terrain" coaster (hugs the ground, emphasizes speed and airtime on low hills) comes to Busch Gardens Tampa in Spring 2011.

I'm excited!

Former Disneyland President Matt Ouimet

Former Disneyland president Matt Ouimet is leaving his current job (Corinthian colleges) effective Oct. 31 with no word on what's next for him:

 I'm guessing a return to Disney is unlikely, but boy would he be welcome by me in Walt Disney World!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Orlando coaster park proposed

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The City of Orlando is considering plans from a group which would bring a new amusement park to the city.

The Baker Leisure Group, which specializes in building theme parks, is looking to build “The Orlando Thrill Park.” The park would sit on 70 acres of land located along International Drive and would feature several roller coasters.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Unusual "casting" for Orlando Yard "make over"

Not theme park related, but certainly Orlando related:

Is your front yard a nightmare?

Or, maybe it's your neighbor’s house that's making property values in the neighborhood plummet!?

Nancy Glass Productions is casting for a major television network's front yard makeover show and is looking for homeowners who have had it with the outside of their house...or their neighbor's house!

Quite simply, we want the most run down, overgrown FRONT YARDS we can find! The ugliest, most dilapidated eyesore in the neighborhood! Cars on cinder blocks, peeling paint, and falling shutters will be awarded bonus points!

Must be outgoing and be willing to be on camera. Some financial assistance may be possible. Act now!

Email us at and in the subject line, please write FRONT YARD MAKEOVER with photos, contact info, and a brief description of your story.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Top Chef Master Rick Bayless at Macy's at the Mall at Millenia, Oct 17

Macy's Culinary Council chef and Top Chef Master Rick Bayless will be appearing at Macy's at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando on Sunday, October 17 for a free cooking demonstration. Rick will offer tips for serving up his trademark Latin cuisine by preparing dishes like Achiote Shrimp and Bacon Tomato Guacamole for customers to sample. Following his demonstration, Rick will be available to sign copies of his newest cookbook, Fiesta at Rick's, available for purchase at Macy's the day of the event.

Here are the details of the event...please let me know if you'd be interested in attending or spreading the word about this event on your blog.

Cookbook author, restaurateur, Top Chef Master and Macy's Culinary Council chef Rick Bayless will host a cooking demonstration and book signing.

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
2:00 PM

Macy’s at The Mall at Millenia
Home Department, 2nd Floor
4298 Millenia Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32839

Customer RSVPs are recommended but not required. Reserve your seat by calling 1.800.329.8667. This event is free.


Monday, October 04, 2010

Fantasy of Flight this Friday and Saturday, The Living History Symposium: "Airmen in Captivity: The POW Experience".

Airmen in Captivity: The POW Experience
Oct. 8-9, 2010

World War II created 93,941 prisoners of war. However, life in the prison camps bore little resemblance of what is depicted in the movies and on television. Before the prison gates closed behind them, these fierce young airmen survived catastrophic flying trauma only to be captured and imprisoned by the enemy. What lay ahead was a psychological battlefield armed with a barrage of interrogation, isolation, and brutal conditions.

What did they experience? What did they learn? How did they manage not only to survive but to triumph of these real-life traumatic experiences? Learn about facing the enemy without as well as the enemy within, from these true American heroes.

This event features an open-forum/question-and-answer format with WWII prisoners of war.

Price: Free with general admission and for all Annual Pass holders.