The largest model train show in the country is pulling into station in Orange County, Fla. From Aug. 4 through Aug. 6 at the Orange County Convention Center, visitors can see 2,500 square feet covered in Lego blocks and model trains. [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
In the final weekly episode of Florida E-Ticket we visit all the Central Florida parks and look back on our favorite memories from past episodes. [Read more…]
Maker Faire Orlando, central Florida’s largest maker event, is returning to Central Florida Fairgrounds this October to celebrate its sixth anniversary. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney World Resort is one of the largest employers in Central Florida, and with the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park is about to bring in even more job opportunities. [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
This week we take you to a few of our favorite romantic places in Florida for Valentine’s Day. [Read more…]
Medieval Times and Gatorland are lowering prices during Spring Break 2015 for Florida residents. [Read more…]
Chuy’s, the Austin-based restaurant famous for its Tex-Mex menu, has officially opened the doors of their third Central Florida location. [Read more…]
To celebrate World Space Week 2014, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will take participants on a new scavenger hunt with prizes throughout the state of Florida. [Read more…]
Representatives from 59 Central Florida organizations and school districts were joined on stage by Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Disney Cast Members as they received more than 1.5 million recently as part of the Disney Helping Kids Shine grants program. Disney’s program is expected to benefit over 70,000 local children through organizations that represent the Disney qualities of creativity, innovention, compassion, and health. [Read more…]
Walt Disney World Resort made a clear connection between itself and the recent “shine on” sightings in Central Florida by arriving at the Coalition for the Homeless this morning on a “prize patrol” bus with Mickey Mouse and a check for $60,000 in tow.
“Today is a fabulous day,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort, with a smile. “We are sharing some of our magic by shining a spotlight on some very deserving non-profits and students who help make dreams come true in our community.”
For the next two weeks, Disney will disperse prize patrols across Central Florida to surprise, reward and recognize award recipients for two of its signature community outreach programs. Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants financially support non-profits that are actively involved in improving children’s lives. Disney Dreamers and Doers recognizes outstanding students who help better their communities through volunteer service.
By May 22, a total of 34 Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants and 15 top Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars will be awarded. Prize patrol reports and pictures will be posted on www.shineontoday.com so you can follow along on the journey across Central Florida and track the total giving.
Disney is apparently working on a project that will somehow improve life in Central Florida, but isn’t saying exactly what that project is until May 11. Today, they sent out this somewhat cryptic press release:
Bright red banners sporting the phrase “shine on” are being spotted all over Central Florida. Reports of sightings have come in from Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole counties. Pictures of the banners in locations such as Lake Eola and downtown Celebration have been sent to the Walt Disney World Community Relations team.
Does the yellow button on the signs indicate a Disney connection? When asked about the “shine on” banners, Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t confirm a potential tie but said “we are always looking for ways to invest in the community to help make Central Florida an even better place to live, work and play for our nearly two million neighbors.”
What’s behind the banners? Keep checking www.shineontoday.com for hints. All will be revealed starting May 11.
Visiting shineontoday.com right now simply forwards visitors to the Walt Disney World Public Affairs site featuring the above release and a few images of “Shine On” banners placed around the Orlando area.
Come back here on Monday, May 11 for the rest of the details as they’re released.