August 2011 Events

August 2011                                    Issue 34

 

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.  ~Anthony Brandt

  

                             Houston Astros Gulf Coast League Minor League Baseball

August 6 GCL Mets 12pm
August 8 GCL Nationals 12pm
August 10 GCL Cardinals 12pm
August 14 GCL Marlins 12pm
August 16 GCL Mets 12pm
August 18 GCL Nationals 12pm
August 20 GCL Cardinals 12pm
August 24 GCL Marlins 12pm
August 26 GCL Mets 12pm

                                     Date Night at Leu Gardens August 06, 2011

Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy a movie under the stars at beautiful Leu Gardens. More info: 407-246-2620. Admission charge: $7 for adults, $2 for children.

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is pleased to announce the date for the competition. Save The Date! This year’s Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held on Aug 20, 2011 at the Linda Chapin Theatre, Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL. Preliminaries are scheduled on Aug 16-18, 2011.

Take a break with a thrilling airboat tour at Spirit of the Swamp as you search the tropical habitat of the Florida Alligator on your private airboat tour through the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades. You and your family will be the only people on the airboat tour – NO STRANGERS. Our high-tech headsets, with microphones, let you to talk to the Captain during the entire airboat ride Call us today at 321-689-6893!

Gatorland-14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida
Experience the “Alligator Capital of the World,” a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve that provides fun for the entire family. Gatorland is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM. Admission to Gatorland is $22.99 for ages 13 and older and $14.99 for ages 3-12. For more information about Gatorland, visit www.gatorland.com.

The Old Jail-167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL. Hours: Daily 8:30am- 5 pm (Call to verify) Phone: 904-829-3800. This has become a Florida version of the Witches’ Dungeon in Salem, Massachusetts, or of any haunted mansion or alien autopsy attraction, where the help cackles, stomps, bangs things, and contorts their faces in an effort to make you uncomfortable. The jail was built by the same company that later built Alcatraz. The pink stucco exterior has been restored, and the prison again looks the way it did originally — pleasing to the eye, like a hotel. It housed convicts until 1953, when it became a tourist attraction.

Suburban Home Replica of Graceland-Orlando, Florida. Hyland Oaks Dr., Orlando, FL. A private home complete with musical note gates and a guitar-shaped swimming pool. Directions: I-4 exit 82, then Hwy 408 west for four miles to exit 4. North on Hiawassee Rd three miles, then make your first left past Crooked Lake onto Hyland Oaks Drive. Graceland is at the end of the cul- de- sac.

                               New MiniGolf coming to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando will be entering the minigolf game as of 2012. According to the official press release, the course will feature themes and decor related to classic drive-in movies:
“…guests will be whisked into an elaborately-themed environment based on the vintage horror flicks and ‘little green men’ science fiction films of the 1950s. As they experience two family friendly courses, ‘The Haunting of Ghostly Greens’ and ‘Invaders From Planet Putt,’ guests will putt their way through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, through a flying saucer and into the basement lab in a haunted house.” The two 18-hole courses feature interactive elements and special effects, making for a very immersing experience. Both courses will be lit with LED lights along the edges, so you can putt and play day or night. Universal execs are positioning this as a “perfect” addition to CityWalk. Construction will begin this summer and the course is expected to open in early 2012.

Blue Man Group is a performance by, well, blue men: an indescribable mix of mime, percussion, and antics involving the audience. Blue Man Group can be seen in New York City, Las Vegas, London, and other venues — including Universal Orlando. Blue Man Group has a special theater in Universal Studios Florida, but performance-goers can get to the theater directly from CityWalk (no need for a ticket to the theme park.) Ticket price range is $59 to $69 per adult, $49 to $59 per child. (Check web site for latest rates.) Alternatively, you can buy tickets in a package with theme park admission and save a few bucks. The show has been especially designed for Universal Orlando and includes new material.

                 Hyperion Wharf construction delayed, Splitsville Announced

Disney has announced that they have decided to delay construction on the new Hyperion Wharf entertainment district indefinitely as they re-evaluate their plans for the area. Hyperion Wharf, a modern version of an early 20th century entertainment pier, was meant to replace Pleasure Island and was only announced in November of 2010. According to Disney’s official statement: “During the course of this site work, we identified opportunities to further refine our master plan and are pausing to evaluate them. What does this mean for you? While we’re moving quickly along with moving companies phoenix, it will admittedly cause a delay in construction. But we’re willing to bet that any delay will be worth the wait once we’re able to share details about the exciting work we’ve been doing.”
While construction on Hyperion Wharf has been delayed, Disney also announced that Splitsville will be taking over the old Virgin Mega-store building. Splitsville is a chain of entertainment venues complete with bowling alleys, billiards, dining and music. The Virgin Mega-store building was most recently occupied by Ridemakerz but Ridemakerz will relocate to a smaller location in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Animal Kingdom – Cotton-top Tamarin Month Celebration
This year’s D23 Expo will begin on August 18 with D23’s Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition. Participants will demonstrate their Disney knowledge hoping to win the ultimate prize, a cruise vacation on the new Disney Fantasy. The semifinal and final rounds, held on Stage 23 during the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, will feature questions directly from the new Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition, which releases this fall. The prize includes accommodations for four, plus air travel. Registration information, as well as additional details on the D23 Expo 2011 and D23’s Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament, can be found on the D23 Expo website at www.D23Expo.com .  

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