Dan Marino, NFL Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins Quarterback, is teaming up with Encore Resort at Reunion to design a football-themed “Marino House” for visiting guests. [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.
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…]
New England Patriots players Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler celebrated their team’s Super Bowl XLIX championship with thousands of fans on Main Street USA after saying the famous words, “We’re going to Disneyland!” [Read more…]
After Super Bowl XLVIII, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks continued a magical tradition by “going to Disney World” for a special parade in the Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]
With the commercials just as big a part of the Super Bowl as the game itself, Fun Spot will debut their own Super Bowl commercial during the big game on Feb. 2 on Fox 35 in the Orlando area. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, said he was going to Disney World last night in a commercial shot right after the big game, and he made good on that statement today. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Orlando and the Miami Dolphins have announced a multi-year marketing agreement. “SeaWorld, Where the Dolphins Play!” is the tagline for the campaign which will involve a season-long sweepstakes and special deals for Florida residents. [Read more…]
Some of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders took a break from the sidelines to visit Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens this past weekend. In addition to screaming their way through many of the haunted houses, they also met up with some zombie cheerleaders. [Read more…]
It’s always more fun to go through a haunted house with screaming girls. If you watch two big burly guys go through, you usually don’t get much reaction. So if you want some screams and fun, what’s the opposite of big burley guys? – Cheerleaders of course. [Read more…]
Photos by Marcus D’Amelio
Video by Jimmy Strater
The Magic Kingdom Philharmonic Band came marching down Main Street, U.S.A., this morning behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He was riding in a pewter convertible with Mickey Mouse, waving to cheering fans. But he’d earned the ride – and the adulation – Sunday night by marching the Saints to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.
Celebrating Super Bowl heroes in “I’m Going to Disney…” commercials and rides down Main Street, U.S.A., at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort has been a grand tradition since 1987 and Super Bowl XXI. But this one was unique, involving a team and a city overcoming so much adversity that its fan base goes by the nickname “Who Dat Nation.”
As confetti cannons sprinkled Brees with multi-colored paper, it symbolically showered away 42 seasons of “wait till next year.” The waiting had ended at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, thanks in a big way to a torrent of pinpoint passes by Brees, who earned the Super Bowl MVP honor with a 32-completion, 288-yard, two-touchdown, no-interception performance.
Joining Brees for his celebratory ride, along with Mickey Mouse in his football outfit, were Minnie Mouse (decked out as a cheerleader), Chip ‘n’ Dale in referee garb, and “football Goofy” plus players from a central Florida NFL Youth Football team.
Brees’ celebratory visit happened mere hours after he was featured in the 42nd “I’m Going To Disney…” commercial, a series that has featured a lineup of people from sports and beyond who have exclaimed the iconic line following milestone accomplishments.
He may have lost out on the Heisman Trophy this year, but Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow can claim an honor few others can – an image of him in action currently graces the walls of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando. But this is Ripley’s, so that means this is no ordinary portrait. Ripley’s has acquired a Tim Tebow mosaic made from more than 46,000 Airsoft BBs – the plastic balls used in a popular type of BB gun.
The artwork was created by Gainesville artist John O’Hearn. O’Hearn is primarily a sculptor, but has spent the last few years experimenting with Airsoft BBs as a medium. The BBs act as pixels in the mosaics he creates.
O’Hearn says he can recreate any picture or portrait from just five colors of BBs – red, green, blue, black and white – a challenge when your subject is wearing Gator orange. Red BBs are used in the helmet, but O’Hearn mixes them with green and white BBs to make the Florida orange.
The Tebow mosaic measures approximately four feet by six feet. It contains 227 tubes, and each tube contains 204 BBs – for a grand total of 46,308 tiny plastic balls.
O’Hearn is a grad student in the arts program at the University of Florida – a proud member of the Gator Nation and a big Tebow fan. “It’s a nice way to honor him for all he’s done for Gator fans,” said O’Hearn.
According to Edward Meyer, vice president of Exhibits and Archives, O’Hearn and other artists are putting a modern-day spin on the style of pointillism.
“What they are doing is related to French Impressionism from the 19th century,” said Meyer. “But they are utilizing computer technology and different media to create some amazing works of art. This example is remarkable because of the enormous number of balls used.”
Tebow joins an exclusive list of unique celebrity portraits now hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museums worldwide, including President Obama, Michael Jackson and Dean Cain all made from gumballs; Eminem made from M&Ms; Princess Diana made from dryer lint; and Madonna made from junk mail.
The Tebow portrait is currently available for public viewing in the lobby of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando. It may become a permanent exhibit. The portrait can be seen for free, but normal admission is required to tour the museum.
Ripley’s Orlando Museum is located at 8201 International Drive. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to midnight daily.
You can find out more about artist John O’Hearn at ballmosaics.com.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Roseanne Strobel, Holly Sellers, Cynthia Bastos, Aubrey Gainey, Nina Stauffer, Ryan Theriault, Rochelle Alvarez and Jaime Hanna took a break from the sidelines to visit Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens over the weekend.
During their evening, the cheerleaders toured the brand-new Delta-Epsilon-Delta: Pledge Week and Nightshade Toy Factory haunted houses, and the El Carnaval del Muerto and Werewolves scare zones.
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Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed event, and the general admission price is $69.95. Savings are available on advance ticket purchases for Passport Members and Florida Residents. Discounts are also available through promotional codes provided on Bud Light, Domino’s Pizza and Applebee’s products statewide.
The event continues each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during October. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday nights and 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For guest information, visit HouseOfVayne.com or call 1-888-800-5447.