The Orlando Magic will have a bit more magic on their side, as Walt Disney World Resort has become the basketball team’s first jersey sponsor. [Read more…]
By Simon Veness
Orlando’s growing reputation as the Soccer Capital of the Southeast will be underscored this July when Camping World Stadium plays host to one of the high-profile games of the International Champions Cup for the first time. [Read more…]
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is giving guests a bird’s-eye-view with their new Seaplane Excursions, which begin on June 22. [Read more…]
The IdeaSport Soccer Program, a new experience for youth soccer players, will debut June 3-4 at an open house at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, and will feature LaLiga soccer players and coaches. [Read more…]
The runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series has now opened up registration for its summer races this year, which includes three 5Ks. This running series allows runners to enjoy the fun of a runDisney race at home. [Read more…]
The next version of the Cars franchise races into theaters this summer on June 16. The first “Cars” movie introduced us to an up and coming racer named Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). “Cars 2” took us racing with McQueen around the world. Now it’s time to see how McQueen faces something we’ve all faced – getting older and no longer being able to compete on the level of those younger than us. [Read more…]
New Hope for Kids returns to the Amway Center to host the 24th Annual Mascot Games, presented by convenience retail chain Wawa, on Friday June 23 at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m. Since its beginning, the Mascot Games has raised more than $520,000 for New Hope for Kids. [Read more…]
The 10th annual U.S. Quidditch Cup is being held at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Fla. this year, from April 8-9. The Quidditch Cup is United States Quidditch’s most important event in their competitive season. Hosting 60 teams, this is the largest Quidditch event of the year. [Read more…]
Professional wrestling superstars and their fans have descended upon Orlando for April 2’s WrestleMania at the Citrus Bowl, and WWE is currently holding community outreach events across the city in honor of WrestleMania 33 Week. [Read more…]
Fans of the “greatest game” can preview a slice of the new attraction driving towards International Drive when Topgolf Crush takes over Orlando’s Camping World Stadium from March 10 through 12. [Read more…]
In 1987 at Super Bowl XXI, a tradition began of going to Walt Disney World to celebrate a Super Bowl victory. Thirty years later, that tradition continues. [Read more…]
Over two years after the interactive attraction’s demise was first announced, Disney Springs’ DisneyQuest is finally closing on July 3 to make way for the NBA Experience. [Read more…]
If you’ve always wanted to sprint five kilometers through rainbow clouds for a good cause, The Color Run Dream Tour is coming to Orlando’s Osceola Heritage Park on Saturday, March 25. [Read more…]
2017 NFL Pro Bowl Week has arrived at Walt Disney World resort, and it brings with it some public events where football fans can meet the players, including a few opportunities that are free.
Beginning Wednesday, January 25, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, NFL fans are invited to get a close glimpse of their favorite NFL players during AFC and NFC team practices. The practices, which will be held Wednesday through Saturday, are free and open to the public. You can register for priority access here.
The NFL Pro Bowl Experience is a family-friendly football fan festival at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with interactive games, activities, and a “taste of the town” tailgate of Disney’s food trucks. Fans interested in exclusive access to Pro Bowl content and events should register for the NFL Fan Mobile Pass here.
At Disney Springs, you’re invited to a Pro Bowl Bash where NFL cheerleaders and team mascots will take over Disney Springs Marketplace Stage on Saturday, from 4 – 7 p.m. ESPN Radio/ESPN2’s “Mike & Mike” show will broadcast live from Disney Springs on Thursday and Friday, from 6 – 10 a.m. ESPN’s “NFL Live” will also broadcast live from Disney Springs on Thursday and Friday, from 3 – 4 p.m. Guests can be part of a live audience (seating is limited). Park in the Lime Garage and meet at the fountain across from UNIQLO for further directions. Please arrive no more than 60 minutes prior to the broadcast start time.
On Saturday, Jan. 28 from 4-7 p.m., the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage hosts the free Pro Bowl Bash dance party, which will feature NFL cheerleaders and mascots, DJ Elliot Hansen and more.
And at Magic Kingdom Park on Friday afternoon, four Pro Bowl team captains will take a trip down Main Street, U.S.A. during a special Pro Bowl parade with Mickey and his pals.
To learn more about all of the NFL Pro Bowl activities happening this week or to purchase tickets for Sunday’s game at Camping World Stadium, visit www.NFL.com/ProBowl, and watch this video to see the original 2017 NFL Pro Bowl Week annoucement.
Walt Disney World recently revealed the 88 NFL stars who will be appearing at the resort during Pro Bowl Week 2017.
Among the Pro Bowl players announced are New England quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Dallas rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The full roster is as follows:
AFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; Amari Cooper*, Raiders; A.J. Green, Bengals; T.Y. Hilton, Colts
Tackle: Joe Thomas*, Browns; Donald Penn*, Raiders; Taylor Lewan, Titans
Guard: Marshal Yanda*, Ravens; Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro, Steelers
Center: Rodney Hudson*, Raiders; Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers
Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Delanie Walker, Titans
Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Derek Carr, Raiders; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Running back: Le’Veon Bell*, Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Titans; LeSean McCoy, Bills
Fullback: Kyle Juszcyzyk*, Ravens
Defense end: Khalil Mack*, Raiders; Cameron Wake*, Dolphins; Jadeveon Clowney, Texans
Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Ndamukong Suh*, Dolphins; Jurrell Casey, Titans
Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Lorenzo Alexander*, Bills; Brian Orakpo, Titans
Inside/middle linebacker: Dont’a Hightower*, Patriots; C.J. Mosley, Ravens
Cornerback: Marcus Peters*, Chiefs; Aqib Talib*, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers; Chris Harris Broncos
Free safety: Devin McCourty*, Patriots; Reggie Nelson, Raiders
Strong safety: Eric Berry*, Chiefs
Punter: Pat McAfee*, Colts
Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Ravens
Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs
Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots
NFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Odell Beckham*, Giants; Mike Evans, Buccaneers; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Jason Peters, Eagles
Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Scherff*, Redskins; T.J. Lang, Packers
Center: Travis Frederick*, Cowboys; Alex Mack, Falcons
Tight end: Greg Olsen*, Panthers; Jordan Reed, Redskins
Quarterback: Matt Ryan*, Falcons; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Running back: Ezekiel Elliott*, Cowboys; David Johnson, Cardinals; Devonta Freeman, Falcons
Fullback: Mike Tolbert*, Panthers
Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Cliff Avril*, Seahawks; Michael Bennett, Seahawks
Interior linemen: Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy*, Buccaneers; Fletcher Cox, Eagles
Outside linebacker: Vic Beasley*, Falcons; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Thomas Davis, Panthers
Inside/middle linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Panthers
Cornerback: Janoris Jenkins*, Giants; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Xavier Rhodes, Vikings
Free safety: Harrison Smith*, Vikings; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers
Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants
Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams
Kicker: Matt Bryant*, Falcons
Return specialist: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Vikings
Special teamer: Dwayne Harris*, Giants
* Indicates starter
Pro Bowl Week starts Tuesday January 24 at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The sports venue will host many of the Pro Bowl Week activities, including AFC and NFC team practices; youth football events; a free, family-friendly football-themed festival – NFL Pro Bowl Experience; among others.
This site will also host the taping of “The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown,” pitting the AFC and NFC All-Stars against each other, which will air on ESPN on January 26 at 7 p.m. EST. Additional activities are planned for Disney Springs and Epcot, which will be the site of the Pro Bowl 5K run.
On Friday, January 27, Pro Bowl players, NFL cheerleaders and various community groups will take part in a celebratory parade down the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A.
The 2017 Pro Bowl game itself will be played on January 29 at Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 p.m. Tickets for the game are available at nfl.com/probowl. For more information on Pro Bowl Week, visit espnwwos.com, and watch this video of the Pro Bowl 2017 annoucement from last summer:
Tickets to Monster Jam, the adrenaline-charged motorsports experience coming to Orlando and Tampa in January 2017, are now on sale starting at $15. [Read more…]
Members of baseball’s world champion Chicago Cubs team followed in the footsteps of many sports heroes by “going to Disney World” on Saturday to celebrate their recent World Series victory. [Read more…]
Ohio’s Cedar Point and Illinois’ Six Flags Great America are getting in on the World Series action with a friendly wager over whose hometown team will take home the championship.
It started when Six Flags Great America issued an online bet to Cedar Point: if the Cubs win, the Cedar Point team must post a video of the staff performing “Go, Cubs, Go” to their social channels. Cedar Point accepted, stating that if the Indians win, Great America’s team will post a video of their staff performing “Cleveland Rocks” to their social channels. Cedar Point also upped the ante with another challenge: the “losing” park must rename one of their rides for their entire opening weekend in 2017, and the winning park will choose the losing park’s ride and new name.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this wager,” said Hank Salemi, park president of Six Flags Great America. “Our park is rallying around Chicago for a World Series win and can’t wait to hear ‘Go, Cubs, Go’ all the way from Sandusky.”
Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point added, “I think all of us in Ohio and Illinois are excited that our teams are playing October baseball. Our two parks are in the business of fun – so why not get into the spirit in our own unique way? We’re not going to lose, so they should probably get their video ready!”
At press time, Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series is even at one game each, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Chicago.
The charity organization, New Hope for Kids, has released the full list of mascots that will participate in the 2016 Mascot Games. The event will take place at The Amway Center on Friday, June 17, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Participating Mascots include Stuff from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Kingston from Orlando City Soccer and Lil Red from the University of Nebraska. The complete list is below.
“The collection of Mascots that will be showcased at Amway Center will be unrivaled anywhere in the world,” said Dave Joswiak, executive director of New Hope for Kids. “Our ambassador, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, has invited top notch talents, all who love to compete, and who also love knowing they’re helping kids.”
Twenty-three mascots from across North America will join Stuff, the event’s host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, ECHL, MSL and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
Tickets for the Mascot Games are now on sale. General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through mascotgames.org, amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating for Saturday’s performance, are available for $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Reserved seating will be available for $20 while supplies last. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website at mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $400,000 for New Hope for Kids.
2016 Mascot Games Participating Mascots:
- Albert & Alberta – University of Florida
- Baxter – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs
- Champ – Dallas Mavericks
- Chomps –Cleveland Browns
- Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks
- Franklin – Philadelphia 76ers
- Howler – Arizona Coyotes
- Jaxon De Ville – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kingston – Orland City Soccer Club
- Knightro – University of Central Florida
- Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska
- Louie – St. Louis Blues
- N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils
- Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys
- Rumble – OKC Thunder
- Sebastian – University of Miami
- Shades – Orlando Solar Bears
- Stanley – Florida Panthers
- Stuff – Orlando Magic
- ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning
- Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks
Theme park lovers and football fans will collide next January when the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl is held in Orlando at Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl). [Read more…]