See You in September

‘You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.’ – Walt Disney

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween begins in September!!!!!!!

Dates: Select Nights September 11–November 2, 2012
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Dress up in your favorite costume and get ready to treat-or-treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Celebrating Culinary Adventures from September 28 to November 12, 2012
A food and wine lover’s paradise awaits you at Epcot with the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

From tasty tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there’s something to satisfy every taste and interest.

 

 

Upon arrival, visit the Festival Welcome Center to pick up your Marketplace Discovery Passport and plan your day. Then, dine your way around the world, attend a cooking demonstration, savor satisfying wines and tap your toes at an exciting outdoor concert.

 

Festival Highlights
Throughout the festival, delight in outstanding food, fun and entertainment. Festival highlights include:

 

  • Nearly 30 international food and beverage Marketplaces
  • Signature dining experiences with celebrated chefs
  • Party for the Senses—a spectacular tribute to the sensory arts
  • Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars
  • The Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly musical performances from popular hit-makers

 

With all this—and so much more—you can look forward to tasting your way around the world!

 

 

 


 

September’s Cheddar Cheese Soup

Makes 6 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
1 pound sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup pale ale, room temperature
Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish

Directions:
1. Cook bacon in a 4- or 5-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
2. Add onion, celery and butter; sauté until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to medium. Add flour and stir constantly for about 4 minutes.
4. Whisk in chicken stock and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add milk and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Do not boil after adding milk.
6. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, Tabasco, Worcestershire, salt and pepper until cheese is melted and soup is smooth. Stir in ale. If soup is too thick, thin to desired consistency with warm milk.
7. Serve hot, garnished with scallions or chives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend      

 

September 28–29, 2012

We double-dare you to brave dark and ghostly streets haunted by Disney villains. Your commemorative medal announces your towering triumph as you ride thrilling Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions till 4:00 a.m.!

Registration is now open for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend and Disney Villains Hollywood Bash!

Weekend events will include:

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and is used pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.
©Disney/CBS, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cherry liqueur
  • 1/4 cup sugar $
  • 6 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon matzo cake meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten $
  • Brownies:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely  chopped $
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 19/50 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. 2. To prepare cheesecake, place cherries and liqueur in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 45 seconds or until boiling; let stand 20 minutes. Place 1/4 cup sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 1 minute or until smooth. Add matzo meal, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 egg; beat just until blended. Stir in cherry mixture.
  3. 3. To prepare brownies, coat a 9-inch square metal baking pan with cooking spray; dust with cocoa. Combine chocolates and butter in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, egg whites, and 1 egg. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir the chocolate mixture into flour mixture.
  4. 4. Scrape half of the brownie batter into prepared pan. Dot half of cheesecake batter on top. Top with remaining brownie batter. Dot with the remaining cheesecake batter. Swirl batters using the tip of a knife. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

 

 

 

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Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals & Cowboy Heritage Festival
SEP 28 – SEP 29

The daily life of a working cattleman is brought to life at the Ranch Rodeo Finals, with colt riding, wild cow milking and team doctoring, to cattle sorting. The events of the weekend offer a look at ranch workers – not professional rodeo riders – doing what they do best for prizes of buckles and bragging rights. Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday In addition, the Cowboy Heritage Festival offers crafts, cowboy artwork and poetry, storytelling, beef cook-off, whip cracking contest and much more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to rodeo is $10 for adults; free for children 10 and under. Admission for the Heritage Festival is free.
Don’t miss out on two days of rodeo action mixed with the best of Florida cowboy heritage, art, and history.  

Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park

1875 Silver spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios                          
SEP 27 – SEP 30

Select nights starting September 21
Starting at 6:30pm 

Admission: $88.99

Your worst nightmares will be taking shape in the shadows. Don’t miss a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, outrageous live shows and electrifying scare zones while an army of mutants, monsters and maniacs roam the darkened studio streets. 


Universal Studios
6200 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo SEP 29

For visitors looking for action, the monthly rodeos are sure to deliver! With bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, roping and more, you’ll see cowboys and cowgirls competing for bragging rights as they honor the traditions of the past.  

Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.

Admission is $25 for adults; $10 for children 6 to 12; free for 5 and under.

Enjoy a modern day rodeo showcasing traditions of the past.  

Kissimmee Sports Arena
1010 Suhls Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34741

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Orlando Home & Garden Show                                

 

  • September 07, 2012 – September 09, 2012

  • Location: Orange County Convention Center North Hall B

  • Address: 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32821

  • Time:10:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday; 10:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday

  • Admission: $8, general; $4, seniors; Free, 16 and younger

 

One of Central Florida’s largest home and garden shows returns with hundreds of exhibitors, home improvement seminars and a special guest appearance by Dan Faires of HGTV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September’s Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Serves 4 (makes 8 4×4-inch waffles)

Belgian Waffles
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons beer
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 stick butter, melted

Berry Compote
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon red wine
1/2 cup apple, orange, or cranberry juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries

For Belgian waffles:
1. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add sugar and yeast. Create a well in the center of mixture.
2. Add water, milk, beer, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture is just blended. (Don’t worry if there are lumps; they will dissolve as the batter rests overnight.) Add melted butter, and stir until just incorporated.
3. Refrigerate batter overnight.
4. Bring mixture to room temperature. Ladle waffle batter into a Belgian waffle maker; cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Serve warm with berry compote and whipped cream

For berry compote:
1. Combine cornstarch and red wine in a small bowl, stirring until cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.
2. Combine fruit juice, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch mixture, blueberries, and blackberries.
3. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until berries are softened and mixture is thickened. Add strawberries, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and gently fold in raspberries. Serve warm over Belgian waffles.


 

 

 

 

Celebrity Birthdays in September             

 

Mark Harmon,   Hugh Grant,   Arnold Palmer,   Adam Sandler,   Harry Connick, Jr.,   Tommy Lee Jones,   Prince Harry,   Gwyneth Paltrow,   Nicole Richie,   Ann Meara,   Gloria Estefan,   Beyonce Knowles,   Charlie Sheen,   Salma Hayek,   Raquel Welch,   Corbin Bernsen,   David Arquette,   Amy Winehouse


 

 

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Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Special Event at Epcot®

Celebrating Culinary Adventures from September 28 to November 12, 2012
A food and wine lover’s paradise awaits you at Epcot with the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

From tasty tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there’s something to satisfy every taste and interest.

Upon arrival, visit the Festival Center to pick up your Marketplace Discovery Passport and plan your day. Then, dine your way around the world, attend a cooking demonstration, savor satisfying wines and tap your toes at an exciting outdoor concert.

Festival Highlights
Throughout the festival, delight in outstanding food, fun and entertainment. Festival highlights include:

  • Nearly 30 international food and beverage Marketplaces
  • Signature dining experiences with celebrated chefs
  • Party for the Senses—a spectacular tribute to the sensory arts
  • Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars
  • The Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly musical performances from popular hit-makers

With all this—and so much more—you can look forward to tasting your way around the world!

Additional Special Experience Details
Click on the links below for more information about several of the special experiences at this year’s festival.

For Party for the Senses, on the following dates:

For Beverage Seminars—including the scheduled wines and beverages—click here to view the information.

For Culinary Demonstrations—including the scheduled chefs and dishes—click here to view the information.

For Mixology Seminars—including the featured spirits and cocktails—click here to view the information.

Simplify Your Festival Spending
Looking for an easier way to purchase food, refreshments and merchandise? Consider using the festival-themed mini Disney Gift Card* to simplify your festival spending. You can purchase the Disney Gift Card at Epcot Main Entrance Ticket Booths, Guest Relations, plus locations in the Festival Center and more.

Admission
Epcot® admission is required. To secure a spot at special culinary and beverage events and experiences, call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378. Reservations open for booking on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited, so be sure to book in advance.

Most events require ticket fees in addition to theme park admission. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.

 

August in the Sunshine State

The Sun is Always Shining in Florida!

Star Wars Celebration VI – August 23-26, 2012

This fan favorite will once again be held at the Orange County Convention Center. This gathering features celebrity appearances, costume contests, and other fan events
The ultimate fan experience — focused on a galaxy far, far away…
The biggest party this side of the galaxy, Star Wars Celebration brings fans of all ages together, from all points of the globe, to celebrate the pop-culture phenomenon that is Star Wars.  Whether it’s young fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or die-hards fueled by the nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy; curious, casual followers; gamers, readers, costumers or collectors — there’s something for everyone at Celebration.
Both hardcore and casual fans will gather to have fun while celebrating their passion for all things Star Wars, discovering what’s new, and being the first to see what’s next.  It’s four fun-filled days of exhibits, a vibrant, interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises.
Star Wars Celebration delivers a landmark experience where memories are made, families brought together, old friends reunited, and new friendships formed — all in the setting of the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.
The ultimate fan experience — focused on a galaxy far, far away…

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on August 3rd until midnight on August 5, 2012, the Florida                              

Department of Revenue is offering a three day, tax free shopping spree on

selected articles of clothing, wallets, backpacks and much more.

Included in the list:

  • Clothing and related items with a sales price of $75 or less,

  • School supplies with a sales price of $15 or less. Books are not exempt from tax during the 2012 Sales Tax Holiday.

  • The tax savings is only for individual exempt items priced $75 or less. This means that a jacket priced at $80 is not tax exempt, but the purchase of 2 jackets priced at $70 each, are tax exempt. Selected school supplies priced $15 or less are tax exempt. There are no restrictions on the number of eligible items

you purchase at one time or during the tax exemption period. This year, books are NOT exempt

from tax during the 2011 sales tax holiday.

Anime Festival Orlando

August 3-5, 2012Wyndham Orlando Resort Orlando, FL Florida’s Favorite Anime Convention is back for a 13th year, celebrating all things Otaku! Anime, Power Rangers, Kaiju, and Japanese Superheroes are the things we all love, that bring us together for a wildly fun weekend!

 

August 25, 2012

Red Chair Affair

Your ticket to sample some of Central Florida’s 2012-2013 cultural season offerings; this annual event has something for everyone. Held at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Red Chair Affair includes performances from a variety of genres and organizations.

The Red Chair Project is a public service designed to increase participation in the Orlando/Central Florida arts and cultural community by building awareness. As a collaborative campaign involving arts and cultural organizations from Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, Red Chair Project is the ultimate resource for learning what to do and where to go for everything cultural. A nonprofit service, the Red Chair Project strives to increase participation by providing methods to increase ticket sales, increase arts education opportunities and promote arts and cultural philanthropy.


Orlando Watersports Complex

8615 Florida Rock Road
Orlando, FL 32824

Flex those biceps and stretch those hamstrings, then get ready to hit the water. At Orlando Watersports, you can sign yourself and grandchildren up for an afternoon of wet fun that includes skiing, wake skating, and wakeboarding. You don’t have to be a pro, but you should have decent muscle tone to take the water sports challenge at this 7-acre water sports park. This is the only facility of its kind in the country with two cableways, with a Beginner/Intermediate Park and the advanced Slider Park. Cables at the first park run at 18 mph for beginners and can be sped up to 36 mph for better skiers. The Slider Park is for wakeboarding and wake skating only, and helmets are required.

Info:1-hour cable pass: Adults $22, children 16 and younger $20, rates vary by activity

Hours:May to September: Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm, December to February: Daily 11am to 6pm; March to April and October to November: Daily 11am to 8pm

The Wiggles

When: August 4, 10:30 a.m.

Venue: Hard Rock Live

Address: 6050 Universal Blvd.

Phone: (407) 351-5483

Price: $21.50-$77.50

Canopy Cycle Adventure in Central Florida    

Price From: $48.15

Must be ages 10 and up to participate, and within the weight range of 70 to 275 lbs.Operation
7 days a week, 9am – 5pm; last departure at 3pm. Canopy cycle adventure generally takes guests 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete, including instruction.

The First Canopy Cycle Adventure in the US – Now Open!
Introducing the newest eco-adventure at Forever Florida! The Cypress Canopy Cycle takes guests peddling through the treetops of the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area on board specially designed Canopy Cycle vehicles. Suspended from a network of high tension steel cables, you’ll easily pedal your way through the Pine Flatwoods and over densely forested wetlands on this one-of-a-kind journey. Keep an eye out for Forever Florida’s natural residents and unique foliage as you explore all levels of the conservation lands from ground level to treetop heights up to 25 feet! You’ll even make your way over a pond that’s home to George, a 13-foot alligator that calls Forever Florida home. Have the best 360 camera 2017 ready for amazing photo opportunities along the way. This is a first of its kind adventure for the USA, so you’ve never experienced anything like this!

Requirements
1.  Must have the time of your life
2.  Must be ages 10 and up
3.  Must be within the weight range of 70 to 275 lbs.
4.  All guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
5.  Guests should be in good health , they can achieve by using Kratom Maeng Da, and also free from neck or back injuries
6.  If you bring your camera on the canopy cycle, you must have a shoulder strap for it. We mustn’t be held liable if the camera falls and an alligator happens to eat it.
7.  Did I mention you must have the time of your life?

What the *Blank* is a Canopy Cycle?
Sit back and relax in your own custom Canopy Cycle vehicle. Think of it like a reclined bicycle safely suspended from steel cables. Those cables serve as your track on a one hour round trip journey through some gorgeous parts of the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area. The Cypress Canopy Cycle can be enjoyed by guests ages 10 and up who weigh up to 275lbs. It’s as easy as peddling a bicycle but requires no steering at all! Multiple safety connections, fastened by an expert guide, serve to keep you secure throughout the entire journey. Once you begin your journey, there are no additional connections to make, just sit back and relax as you pedal through this one hour adventure!

About Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area
Eco-tourism should be about giving back. 30% of proceeds from canopy cycle adventures go towards the acquisition of new land to be protected. Alligators, black bears, nearly 300 species of birds and the endangered Florida panther are just some of the creatures that inhabit the natural streams, forests, wetlands and pastures of Forever Florida. Be assured that your visit will have a positive impact on the environment.


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Happy 4th of July from The Sunshine State

July 2012

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!  By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. – John Dickinson

 

 

Epcot 4th of July

Epcot’s 4th of July show starts off with the Illuminations Reflections of Earth firework show that can best be viewed from the entrance of World Showcase just left of the gift shops on the way to the Mexico Pavilion. Immediately following Illuminations, Epcot blasts 4 minutes of almost uninterrupted pyrotechnics over historic audibles of ask not what not your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. The grand finale is led by Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (Lay My Burden Down) that starts out at the American Pavilion and then flows into the entire center of World Showcase Lagoon. The fireworks begin at 10 PM.

 

 

 

Magic Kingdom 4th of July

The Magic Kingdom celebrates America with traditional American songs playing with fireworks blasting behind Cinderella Castle with such listings as She’ll be Coming ’round the Mountain and This Land is Your Land. The finale is reserved for the United States Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem with firework bombs bursting behind the Castle while they are being sung to bursting in air. Part of the firework show also features a set full of screamers. The Magic Kingdom show can be seen on both July 3, 2012 and July 4, 2012. The fireworks begin both nights at 9 PM.

Disney Hollywood Studios

The Fourth of July is one of the few times during the year that Hollywood Studios has fireworks behind the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. In 2011, Hollywood Studios introduced a new rock and roll Independence Day firework show with fireworks choreographed to live music by their Mulch, Sweat, and Shears house band called “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” that covered songs from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more.
Some of the cover songs from the 2011 show included Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Give Me All Your Loving, I’m a Believer, Don’t Stop Believing, Thanks for the Memories, Smooth, Lithium, Even Flow, Look for America, Good Love, Born to Run, Ramblin’ Man, and Free Bird. The fireworks started at 9:45 PM in 2011. We will update this article if the fireworks are confirmed for Hollywood Studios again in 2012.
 

 

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series -JUN 10 – JUL 28

 

Celebrate summer with the sounds of some of the world’s greatest tribute bands honoring groups such as U2, the Bee Gees, Bon Jovi, the Eagles and more!

Concerts are held lagoonside at the open-air America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.
Showtimes are 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. (July 4th showtimes are 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
Concerts are included with theme park admission.
Enjoy talented tribute bands as they perform authentically recreated classic hits of legendary musical icons.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo – JUL 28                           

 

For visitors looking for action, the

 

monthly rodeos are sure to deliver! With bull and bronc riding, barrel racing,
roping and more, you’ll see cowboys and cowgirls competing for bragging rights
as they honor the traditions of the past.
Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.
Admission is $25 for adults; $10 for children 6 to 12; free for 5 and
under.
Enjoy a modern day rodeo showcasing traditions of
the past.
Kissimmee Sports Arena
1010 Suhls Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34741



A Flashback 4th of July, JUL 04

 

 

Enjoy a 4th of July celebration, packed with activity, including a costume contest, live music and fireworks spectacular, all themed by a fabulous decade! Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Celebrate Independence Day at this annual retro event!

Celebration Town Center


 

 

Fireworks at the Fountain

Fireworks at the Fountain in Downtown Orlando is Orlando’s best firework show on Independence Day outside of the theme parks and draws a big crowd so arrive early to secure a good viewing spot.  The city suggests utilizing LYMMO bus services to get from downtown parking garages to the park. Prior to the show, patriotic festivities will begin at 4 pm with live music, food and a kid’s entertainment area.


 


Hearts of Reality “A Survivor Weekend” Summer Sidewalk  

Sale –

July 26th – July 29th

 

 

 

Don’t miss the chance to shop and mingle with former stars of Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race and other reality shows as they invade the tranquil streets of Celebration for this weekend-long event! In addition to the Sidewalk Sale and various meet and greet/autograph opportunities, visitors may pick up a “treasure map” from one of the restaurants and participate in a Sales Survivor Treasure Hunt throughout Celebration Town Center. One lucky winner will be awarded with $500 worth of cash and prizes.

 

 

 

Mingle with some of reality television’s brightest stars while snapping up shopping bargains! 

Celebration Town Center


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Conference Returning to Orlando this July – Tickets available for Private Wizard World Party

Ascendio and their “Night of a Thousand Wizards” are returning to Universal Orlando Resort this July 12 through 15, 2012. Ascendio, dubbed as Infinitus in 2010, is a Harry Potter conference (or convention), and features presentations, music, meet-ups and social events. Their Night of a Thousand Wizards 2 is an exclusive after-hours event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Night of a Thousand Wizards 2 will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and will run until 1 a.m. Friday morning. There will be a DJ spinning music, lashings of Butterbeer, podcast recordings and more. Fans will also be able to stroll through Hogsmeade in full costume (a privilege extended exclusively to the event) and have no waits through the queue for Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Hippogriff.
Ascendio 2012 will take place at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel. In addition to the feature presentations, roundtables, special guests and more, there will be a vendor room open all four days featuring, of course, Potter related clothing, merchandise and memorabilia.



Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series Continues

through July 14th

On six Saturday nights in June and July, Universal Orlando Resort will host a diverse lineup of artists performing live concerts inside the Universal Studios Florida theme park.  The Summer Concert Series kicks off with the cast of the Nickelodeon’s TV series, “Victorious,” on Sat., June 9, and continues each Saturday with live performances from different musical genres including classic rock, alternative, country, hip hop, and soulful R&B.  Each concert is included with the price of theme park admission, but Universal is also offering a concert only ticket providing access after 7pm for $59.99.

2012 Universal Summer Concert Series Lineup

July 7  Lupe Fiasco

July 14 TBD

 

 

 

 

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NOW is the Best Time to Buy a Home!

This could be the best time in a generation to buy a home. Here’s why:

Housing affordability is the best it has been in decades.

Nationwide, average home prices are approximately one-third lower today than at their peak in 2006.

The cost to buy is very often less than the cost to rent a comparable property. In fact, buying is cheaper than renting in 98 out of America’s 100 major markets.

Interest rates are at an historic low, and today’s low rates can be locked in for the next 30 years.

The general economy appears to be improving, with employment increasing, median wages rising, and little indication of possible inflation.

Overall, conditions indicate today may be the perfect time to buy a home. So if you have always wanted to own that second home in the sunshine state of Florida; or wanted an investment property to help supplement your income, contact FLAstay.com, the experts you turn to when buying or selling Disney-area vacation rental properties.

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It’s June!……….in the Disney Area

June 2012

 

Happy Father’s Day       

 

“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes

“When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'” — Jerry Lewis

“A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.”— Unknown

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth

“Small boy’s definition of Father’s Day: It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend so much.” — Unknown


wishes all the Dads out there a Happy Happy Father’s Day!!!!!

 

Wine Quest
June 22-23, 2012

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes                                   

Wine Quest returns in 2012 to celebrate its 16th year as Central Florida’s favorite wine event series. Join Quest at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes to sample nearly 200 wines from around the world at the Grand Tasting & Auction, savor an urban chic five-course wine dinner at the Premier Dining Experience, and participate in exciting live and silent auctions – all to benefit Quest, Inc.

As Quest’s signature benefit event, support from Wine Quest helps transform the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities, enabling them to become more independent and achieve their dreams. You can hop over to this website to learn more about loans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 22 – 24, 2012      
Harvest Festival


Annual event held at Lakeridge Winery includes arts & crafts, live music, wine, food and grape stomping.
More info: 1-800-768-9463
Admission charge of $2.00 goes to the Hospice Foundation.

 

 

 

 

The Sounds Like Summer concert series is held annually at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, featuring “tribute” bands that cover music by popular artists. Entrance to the concerts is free with paid admission to the park. The 2012 series (subject to change) runs from June 10 through July 28:

  • June 10 – June 17: Hotel California (Eagles tribute band) (pictured above)
  • June 18 – June 23: Mike Delguidice & Big Shot (The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience)
  • June 24 – June 30: Stayin’ Alive (tribute to the Bee Gees)
  • July 1 – July 7: Slippery When Wet (the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute)
  • July 10 – July 17: Police Experience (a tribute to the Police)
  • July 18 – July 21: Southbound and Company (tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • July 22 – July 28: 2U (U2 tribute band)

Show times are 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. nightly.

 

 

 

 

 

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues

have partnered to offer “Dinner and a Show” Tuesdays through Saturdays from June 1 through June 30, 2012. Book Category 2 tickets for La Nouba with a dining experience at House of Blues at a 25% savings for 6 p.m. shows, Tuesday-Saturday during the month of June. With the Dinner and a Show package, you can dine either before or after Tuesday-Thursday shows or before Friday-Saturday shows. To book, call 407-WDW-SEAT.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida State Championships                     
JUN 01 – JUN 03

$5.00 admission
Teams play at various times.

An exciting baseball tournament that offers teams good competition as the teams qualify for the Triple Crown Nationals.

Triple Crown Sports
970-672-0555
eric@triplecrownsports.com
Various locations throughout Osceola County

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Astros Gulf Coast League Minor League Baseball            
JUN 18 – JUL 30

 

Date Team Time
6-18-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
6-20-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
6-22-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
6-26-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
6-28-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
6-30-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
7-2-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
7-4-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
7-6-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
7-10-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
7-12-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
7-14-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
7-16-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
7-18-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
7-20-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
7-24-12 GCL Cardinals 12:00pm
7-26-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm
7-28-12 GCL Nationals 12:00pm
7-30-12 GCL Marlins 12:00pm

Come see the exciting action when the players take the field. The Gulf Coast League (GCL) is made up of newly drafted high school players, young Caribbean-born players in the U. S. for the first time, and other minor-leaguers rehabbing from injuries. If you are looking for a list of their services online, check out here at www.consultant.rehab

Osceola County Stadium
321-397-3200

Osceola County Stadium
631 Heritage Way
Kissimmee, FL 34744

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

129th Silver Spurs Rodeo – JUN 01 – JUN 02

 

Catch pulse-elevating events including bull and bronc riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing as razor-sharp reflexes and brainy brawn are tested atop the country’s top and most unpredictable livestock.

The largest sanctioned rodeo east of the Mississippi brings all of its bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing to the indoor Silver Spurs Arena, along with the crowd-pleasing rodeo clowns!

Admission: $15 for adults; children 10 and younger are free.

Rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Put on your cowboy hat and cheer on some of the rodeo’s top professional cowboys!

Silver Spurs Rodeo
321-697-3495

Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo – JUN 30         

 

For visitors looking for action, the monthly rodeos are sure to deliver! With bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, roping and more, you’ll see cowboys and cowgirls competing for bragging rights as they honor the traditions of the past.

Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.

Admission is $25 for adults; $10 for children 6 to 12; free for 5 and under.

Enjoy a modern day rodeo showcasing traditions of the past.

Kissimmee Sports Arena
407-933-0020

1010 Suhls Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34741

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ Continue through June 10th

 

Come face to face with your favorite Star Wars™ heroes and villains, test your knowledge of Star Wars trivia, or take flight in Star Tours-The Adventures Continue — the ultimate Star Wars thrill ride — during Star Wars Weekends at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. Plus, catch some of your favorite Star Wars celebrities as they appear every weekend for a series of exciting events.

 

Event included with theme park admission.

Come face to face with your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains during this exciting intergalactic extravaganza!



National Barrel Horse Association State Finals, JUN 12 – JUN 17

 

Admission: Free

Enjoy cowboys and cowgirls showing their talent as they barrel race at the Florida State Championship. The family can enjoy shopping for western furniture, clothing, jewelry and much more.
Silver Spurs Rodeo
321-697-5495

Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drum Corps International Tour – JUN 23

 

Gates open at 6pm
Admission: $27.00 – $42.00Enjoy the Marching Music’s Major League as the Drum Corps International Tour marches through Orlando for this early-season.
DCI Orlando
317-275-1212  

Florida Citrus Bowl
1610 W. Church Street
Orlando, FL 32805

 

 

 

 

 

 


Temporary Ride & Attraction Closures and Refurbishments at WDW in June 2012

 

*Animal Kingdom: Affection Station at the Conservation Station area of Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be closed May 3 – June 8, 2012.

*Epcot: “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” 3-D movie closed in 2010 and. Captain EO (an older Disney 3-D movie featuring Michael Jackson) will be shown until further      notice.

*Epcot: Test Track. Closed April 16 – Fall 2012.

*Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Closed June 27 – 29, 2012

*Magic Kingdom: Pooh’s Playful Spot, Ariel’s Grotto, and Scuttle’s Landing have closed to make room for the Fantasyland expansion. Magic Kingdom: Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed on February 11, 2011. A new area is being constructed in this space. The Walt Disney Railroad will continue to run but the Toontown station will be closed during construction. Snow White’s Scary Adventures is closed as of June 1, 2012.

*The Disney Princess, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse Meet-and-Greets are now offered at the new Town Square Theater. FASTPASS tickets available. TinkerBell & Friends are currently meeting guests at Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.

*Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course – Closed May 29 – June 4, 2012

*Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – Closed June 6 – 10, 2012

*Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course – Closed June 11 – 17, 2012

*Disney’s Palm Golf Course – Closed June 18 – 24, 2012

*Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Lobby/Atrium refurbishment – April 9 – June 10, 2012

*Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. Luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM. Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk

 

 

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Bank of America Offering Up to $30K in Relocation Assistance for Short Sales

Just days after Bank of America officially announced its nationwide program offering up to $30,000 in relocation assistance for short sales, a Massachusetts-based real estate company revealed in a blog that one of its clients was approved to receive $10,000. We also went and build a boat with aceboater from our budget.

“We knew this client was eligible for some relocation assistance but we did not realize it would be this much. It was a welcome surprise for our client who is having a hard time coming up with money to move,” said Anthony Lamacchia, owner and broker of Lamacchia Realty. “I think [BofA] is making many improvements across the board, and I applaud them for it.”

BofA posted the announcement in a statement Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the relocation assistance, BofA stated that the short sale must be initiated by the end of this year and close by September 26, 2013. Also, sellers must do their part and work proactively with the bank to obtain a preapproved sales price before submitting a purchase offer

The relocation expenses are offered at closing and can range from $2,500 up to $30,000, and the amount offered is determined on a case-by-case basis, with variables such as the value of the home and amount owed factored into the equation.

“This program can help customers make a planned transition from ownership when home retention options have been exhausted or they have made a decision not to keep the home,” said Bob Hora, home transition services executive for BofA.

Mcgeough Lamacchia Realty also posted an example of a cash incentive letter in which BofA outlined tips on how to more successfully complete a short sale.

The tips were to return all requested documents on time, respond quickly to counter offers, complete the release of subordinate liens where applicable, and stay in touch with your real estate agent.

In addition to the cash assistance offer, BofA also recently announced in April that it’s trimming response times for short sales down to 20 days. However, real estate professionals must do their part and submit five documents for a complete short sale package when initiating the process.

The five documents are a purchase contract including Buyer’s Acknowledgment and Disclosure HUD-1; IRS Form 4506-T; Bank of America Short Sale Addendum, which includes the Agent Certification form; and Bank of America Third-Party Authorization Form.

According to a BofA statement, the bank has completed 200,000 short sales in the last two years and another 30,000 in the first quarter of 2012.

 

 

The Perfect Orlando-Area Vacation Investment Property Is Waiting for You!

The Orlando-Kissimmee area of Florida is one of the hottest vacation spots in the world, with more than 50 million visitors every year. Orlando was ranked the number-one summer vacation destination by a recent AAA travel agent survey and travel sales data. Further, the latest Travel Value Index study by leading discount travel site Hotwire.com named Orlando the number-one destination to get the most vacation for your money in 2012—in terms of entertainment options, attractions, and sheer value.

It’s no wonder many who choose this area for their vacations come back again and again! If you are a frequent visitor or you’re looking for a homier feeling than you can find in a Hospice Cincinnati hotel, you may be considering a vacation property investment. You’ll be glad to know that golden opportunities await you in this region of the Sunshine State!

 

The Time Has Never Been Better

With the real estate market on an upswing, a sunny outlook for property values, and so many terrific deals available, the time has never been better to invest in a vacation home in the Orlando-Kissimmee area. By the way, keep in mind to choose the best realtor like Team Gardner if you plan to buy or sell a property to avoid a costly mistake. That’s why buyers from all over the world are flocking to this popular tourist spot to snap up desirable properties at great prices.

These properties promise to only keep their value but increase in value, as existing attractions are upgraded and new attractions are added to the area’s myriad of entertainment and vacation offerings.

New and Upgraded Attractions in the Orlando-Kissimmee Area

Close proximity to many attractions has long made the Orlando-Kissimmee area a highly desirable vacation destination. New and upgraded attractions are continuously pumping up the area’s vacation entertainment value to even higher levels. For example, here are just a handful of noteworthy additions for 2012 at Universal Orlando Resort:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman Ride has added all-new HD film animation, 3-D glasses, and other enhancements designed to make the ride feel like a brand-new experience.
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a new ride opening this year, promises “wildly hysterical” family fun!
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories is a new feature that relives, and pays tribute to, iconic films.

Other new or coming attractions in the Orlando area include:

Three new attractions at SeaWorld, including TurtleTrek, a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-

  • the Penguin; and performance art by DRIP involving rock music accompanied by dancers performing with raining liquids and colored powders.
  • A new Wet N’ Wild kids’ water park that promises to be the largest kids’ park in Florida, featuring 17 slides, two splash pools and more than a 160 soakers, water jets, cannons and waterfalls!
  • CSI: The Experience at International Drive, a traveling exhibition combining the entertainment of the hit show with real-life scientific and investigative techniques.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s permanent display of space shuttle Atlantis, planned for 2013.

Find YOUR Orlando Area Dream Vacation Home!

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Fannie and Freddie Set Timeline Requirements for Short Sales

Beginning June 15, real estate agents working with distressed homeowners whose loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should expect to receive a decision on a short sale offer within 30-60 days.

The GSEs issued new guidelines Tuesday that fall under the Servicing Alignment Initiative rolled out last fall and aim to bring greater transparency to the short sale process and expedite decisions related to these pre-foreclosure sales.

Not only is a short sale an effective foreclosure alternative when home retention is no longer an option, but it keeps homes occupied and helps to maintain stable communities, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

Addressing real estate practitioners’ No. 1 complaint about short sales, FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish a new uniform set of minimum response times that servicers must follow in order to facilitate more efficient short sale transactions.

The GSEs’ new short sale timelines require servicers to make a decision within 30 days of receiving either an offer on a property under the companies’ traditional short sale programs or a completed Borrower Response Package (BRP) requesting short sale consideration, whether it’s through the federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA) program or a GSE program.

If more than 30 days are needed, servicers must provide the borrower with weekly status updates and come to a decision no later than 60 days from the date the BRP or offer was received.

According to the GSEs, this 30-day add-on will provide some leeway for servicers who may need more time to obtain a broker price opinion (BPO) or a private mortgage insurer’s approval for a short sale. All decisions must be made within 60 days.

In the event a servicer makes a counteroffer, the borrower is expected to respond within five business days. The servicer must then respond within 10 business days of receiving the borrower’s response.

The GSEs plan to use the new short sale timelines to evaluate servicer compliance with the Servicing Alignment Initiative.

Edward DeMarco, acting director of the FHFA, says the GSEs new borrower communication and timeline requirements for short sales “set minimum standards and provide clear expectations regarding these important foreclosure alternatives.”

GSE servicers must comply with the new minimum communication time frames for all short sale evaluations conducted on or after June 15, 2012, although servicers are encouraged to begin implementing the new requirements sooner.

“I applaud Fannie and Freddie for finally coming out with real guidance with real world timelines for their servicers,” commented Anthony Lamacchia, broker/owner of McGeough Lamacchia Realty Inc., which specializes in short sales. “There is no question that this will help short sales and the market as a whole.”

Last year Freddie Mac completed 45,623 short sales, a 140 percent increase since 2009. Fannie Mae’s short sale completions shot up by 101 percent over the same period, totaling around 79,800 in 2011.

Bank of America moves to speed up short sales

Bank of America wants to hit the fast forward button on selling thousands of distressed homes in Florida.

Starting Saturday, the bank’s goal will be to approve short sales in 20 days.

The move could spare delinquent homeowners from months of limbo while the bank considers offers from buyers. In some cases, frustrated buyers have waited six months or longer for the bank to approve a deal.

“I have to commend Bank of America for making this move,” said Suzanne Sherer, a member of a Florida Realtors commission working with banks to streamline short sales. “This makes sense. Bank of America is making major strides.”

Last fall, Bank of America serviced 1.1 million Florida mortgages, of which about 253,000 were delinquent.

Bank of America has been working with Equator, a real estate software company who are going to transcribe each of the calls to have the evidence of any sales in text, and to develop a program that allows short sale negotiators to approve the process faster, said bank spokesman Rick Simon.

He stressed that some short sales could still take longer than 20 days. The bank, he said, is committed to preventing foreclosures.

“We’re pleased with the positive response from real estate professionals,” Simon said. “We believe these new steps will increase the efficiency of the short sale process.”

The program, Simon said, is being rolled out nationally but will be more prominent in Florida.

Prior to the housing crash, banks lacked the means to handle selling millions of distressed properties. Trimming the approval process for short sales could clear thousands of homes from the distressed pipeline.

Real estate experts and economists have said the housing market cannot fully recover until the millions of distressed mortgages are removed from the system.

“That’s a good development,” said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. “Hopefully, other banks will follow. Finally, there is some evolution.”

Bank of America will also limit prospective buyers to two counteroffers on the deals and will streamline the amount of paperwork that homeowners must submit. Sellers will no longer submit bank statements or pay stubs.

Homeowners have consistently complained about the amount of paperwork all the major lenders require to execute short sales. Property owners have been asked multiple times to fax the paperwork to different offices, adding weeks or months to the approval process.

Not any longer.

Under the new program, the real estate agents will load the documents into one computer system. All communication from the bank and agent will be stored in that system.

“There won’t be anymore finger pointing,” said Sherer, an agent with Remax Realty Team in Cape Coral. She recently closed a Bank of America short sale in 29 days.

Some local real estate agents savannah ga are skeptical about the 20-day approval plan.

“I’ll believe when I see it,” said Liane Jamason, an agent with Smith & Associates Real Estate. “I’ll be pleasantly surprised if this happens.”

Steve Capen agreed.

The agent with Keller Williams Realty in St. Petersburg is handling more than 15 short sales with Bank of America. He acknowledged the lender is getting better at short sales and expects the new process to take three months before the kinks are worked out.

“Their track record isn’t that good,” he said. “They used to be just awful.”

Short sales are on the rise across the country and in Florida.

Major lenders are looking to save millions on court costs, lawyer fees and property taxes by avoiding foreclosure. Short sales also speed the process of getting bad loans off bank books and gets the properties back on the market faster.

To further sweeten the deals, lenders are waiving the deficiency on the mortgages, which would allow homeowners to sell the house for less than they owe without having to make up the difference to the bank.