Two of America’s best known celebrity chefs are joining forces on December 3 for the Sake & Shine progressive dining event at Disney Springs, starring Chef Masuharu Morimoto and Chef Art Smith. [Read more…]
Over the weekend, D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures took place at Walt Disney World, giving attendees a first look at several new things coming to the resort. [Read more…]
Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will happen for six weekends in early 2017. [Read more…]
Passengers aboard the first Fan2Sea comic con cruise will find their entire Royal Caribbean ship transformed into a challenging collaborative puzzle, thanks to a newly announced partnership with The Great Escape Room. [Read more…]
The Official Disney Fan club has announced a new slate of 2017 D23 events, to be held in California, Orlando, and across the United States. [Read more…]
Like a zombie rising from the dead, the October 2016 Spooky Empire horror convention that was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew has been reschedule for December 2-4 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. [Read more…]
Mickey Mouse marks is 88th birthday on November 18, and you can help the big cheese celebrate with events at the Disney parks, and the release of a new music video on Good Morning America. [Read more…]
Christmas at Gaylord Palms kicks off the season on November 18, with new additions to the popular Ice! attraction featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. [Read more…]
Christian music fans will kick off the year with a day of fellowship and fun during SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave concerts, coming to the park on Saturdays in 2017 from January 14 through 28. [Read more…]
Fans of Stranger Things, Walking Dead, and other sci-fi and fantasy fiction can meet their heroes on the high seas during Royal Caribbean’s first Fan2Sea comic convention cruise in January. [Read more…]
Orlando’s performance art troupe DRIP is celebrating its four year anniversary on International Drive by offering “Pay What You Want” tickets for the month of November, 2016. [Read more…]
Gemini and Apollo space program astronauts Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell and Thomas Stafford are just a few of the 25 NASA astronauts who will be at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on November 11-12 to attend the grand opening of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. [Read more…]
In the latest step along its journey to becoming Orlando’s year-round food festival theme park, Epcot Holidays Around the World is expanding this year with five new food marketplaces, which will serve seasonal treats from November 25 to December 30, 2016. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Orlando park guests can meet the world-renowned marine artist and conservationist during Guy Harvey Weekend, taking place on November 19 and 20. [Read more…]
Dollywood has announced plans to add three new attractions and two new special events, including the Drop Line free-fall tower ride, to its Smoky Mountain resort in 2017. [Read more…]
An Old Time Christmas, the holiday festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, returns November 5 through December 30 with a Light Parade, a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, two Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods, and five million lights.
This year’s holiday festival features Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all. As Grand Marshal, Rudolph leads the evening parade of nine musical, lighted floats, illuminated with 200,000 LED lights. The floats are accompanied by 33 colorful costumed characters, including Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves and 10-foot candy canes, plus penguins, elves and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers.
The parade follows the lighting of over 350,000 colorful LED lights on the 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree on the Square, centerpiece of the Christmas on Main Street light and sound shows which begin at dusk each evening. The tree blazes to the movements of Christmas songs — up to 100 light changes per second — while lights around the Square flash along, accompanied by surround-sound.
The festival also features two musical productions, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol. It’s a Wonderful Life presents a musical interpretation of the classic film and features special effects and a cast of 14 singers/actors. A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, also an original musical adaptation of a famous classic story, includes elaborate sets, flying spirits, pyrotechnic special effects and a cast of 15, accompanied by a live band.
New this year, the show Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop stars a 12-foot tall talking Christmas tree that talks, sings and interacts with kids, accompanied by huge toy characters.
During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Thursdays through Sundays, November 5-27, plus Wednesday, November 23; open Wednesdays through Sundays in December, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and open daily December 26-30. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. most days, with extended hours on Saturdays and Thanksgiving weekend.
Visit silverdollarcity.com for more information, and watch this POV video for a virtual ride on Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run roller coaster:
By Andy Haynes
The Red Fish Theatre company with their partners at AntiGravity Orlando have created a production of the Rocky Horror Show that defies expectations.
Before I go any further, I need to emphasize that this show is definitely “adults only.” The language and themes of the Rocky Horror Show are not appropriate for children, but that shouldn’t stop those of appropriate ages from enjoying this wonderful production.
Presented at the AntiGravity Orlando theater on Highway 192, the production ramps up the classic musical through the integration of Cirque Du Soleil style acrobatics. “The cast is a blend of AntiGravity aerialists, local theme park performers and local theater professionals,” said Red Fish Theatre’s artistic director Adam Graham. “Together we’re taking a traditional classic and letting our audience view it from new, different angle. Sometimes quite literally.” And he certainly isn’t wrong.
During any given number, performers might be spinning on wheels, leaping off trampolines or flying through the air above you. The stunt work in the show was breathtaking and apparently performed by professionals who teach the same acrobatics during the day at the facility. I was worried that the stunts would feel “tacked-on” but, in the crazy world of Doctor Frank-N-Furter, they fit right in and added to the show. The rest of the cast were equally talented in their singing and acting abilities.
Working in theme parks means artists don’t typically get to show their full range, so when an opportunity comes to see them really open up, it’s worth taking. Unfortunately, the production I saw was marred by some technical issues with some of the microphones going in and out, which was especially disappointing considering that when we did hear the performers they were amazing across the board. These issues can be chalked up to the growing pains of a venue putting on a production like this for the first time.
This show appears to be a sign of things to come for AntiGravity as they look to begin incorporating more theatrical style productions into their future. With a prime location in the tourist district of Kissimmee, the AntiGravity theater could be just the thing to bridge the gap between tourist attraction and classic theater. By combining the spectacle of stunt work and aerial performers with traditional stage productions, they might have found a winning formula. With more productions in talks for the future, hopefully this new theatrical outlet is here to stay.
The Rocky Horror Show has a final performance Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit redfishtheatreantigravity.ticketleap.com.
Disney Cruise Line guests can meet Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new Marvel Day at Sea, featured on seven select sailings of the Disney Magic departing from New York City in the fall of 2017. [Read more…]
Video game fans can glimpse the future of PlayStation for free during the My Road to Greatness tour stop
at The Plaza Live in Orlando on November 5. [Read more…]
By Andy Haynes
Catharsis is an all new immersive haunted experience currently unsettling guests in the Orlando area. The experience was created by Pseudonym Productions, the company who brought us “When Shadows Fall,” and indeed, takes place in the same venue. Without giving too much away, there are even some references to the story of When Shadows Fall throughout Catharsis.
Catharsis bills itself as “unlike anything Florida as ever encountered” and for me at least, that was definitely true. It’s hard to talk too much about it without giving away any spoilers, since not knowing exactly what to expect is the crux of the experience.
After we arrived at the venue and signed in, we found our way to the deadly sins bar to enjoy a drink and sign a wavier. We were then summoned to the back and our trip through Catharsis began. The whole experience from arrival at the venue to unceremonious departure lasts about an hour, after which you are asked to leave immediately. This makes sense due to the attraction’s fast turnaround and the limited parking available at the venue.
Without going into detail, the experience itself involved a lot of uncomfortable situations and invasion of personal space all of which served to underline the unsettling nature of Catharsis. There is a story that underscores the event although on our trip through we were a bit confused about exactly what it was and left wondering if we had missed something. It was ultimately unnecessary though as the individual moments in Catharsis are what made the experience unique. Again, I don’t want to spoil it, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten quite that up close and personal with actors as I did at Catharsis!
Due to its location and immersive features, Catharsis will definitely draw some comparisons to When Shadows Fall. Although similar, the two events had very striking differences. The open-ended freedom to explore that was offered in When Shadows Fall doesn’t show up in Catharsis, as you are led by the hand (sometimes quite literally) through the structured environment. This leads to a loss of control by the audience and actually allowed greater enjoyment by those seeking a more passive experience. That’s not to say you won’t be moving around and getting your hands dirty, but just that most of the active decision making that defined When Shadows Fall is absent from Catharsis. Another unique feature of the attraction is the ability to go through in small groups or even alone. This is in sharp contrast to the conga line style of Halloween Horror Nights and the free-for-all feel of When Shadows Fall. I do have to compliment the designers on this, as at no time throughout the experience was did I feel the presence of other audience members beyond my group. The whole event felt very personal and isolating.
In the end, I will say I enjoyed Catharsis. I would recommend this for someone looking for a more immersive experience and something different from the jump scares of a traditional haunted house. I think experiencing it alone is definitely the way to go since having less people in the group heightened the attraction. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be pushed outside of your comfort zone!
Catharsis runs select nights through Oct. 30. Tickets are $24 for standard entry and $34 for the private experience. For more information or to make a reservation, visit fearcatharsis.com.