Friday, December 19, 2014

New Years Eve 2014 Options: Swan and Dolphin


On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, the Swan and Dolphin Hotels will have several dining options for your New Years Eve celebration:

Il Mulino (Menu) will be open from 5pm until 11pm. We will have two seatings. The first featuring our regular full menu will be between 5pm and 6:30pm. The second will be between 7:15pm and 11pm featuring a preset menu during a 2 hour dining time. Reservations should be made through restaurant management at 407-934-1199.

Shula's Steak House (Menu) will be open from 5pm until 11pm. We will have two seatings. The first featuring our regular full menu will be between 5pm and 6:15pm. The second will be between 7pm and 11pm featuring a prix fixe menu during a 2 hour and 15 minute dining time. All reservations should be made through restaurant management at 407-934-1362.

Garden Grove (Menuwill feature its annual New Year's Eve Buffet. The Buffet will be served from 5pm to 9:30pm. Priority seating times will be taken at 15-minute intervals on our reservation list. Disney Characters will provide entertainment for the dinner buffet from 5pm to close. All reservations should be made through restaurant reservations at 407-934-1717.

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Menuwill be open from 5pm until 11pm. We will be serving our full menu in addition to our New Year's Eve special. All reservations should be made through restaurant reservations at 407-934-1717.

View the Swan & Dolphin Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner options.

Orlando Fashion Square Mall New Home for 2015 Orlando Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival


The Orlando Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival (Web) is moving its location from the Mills50 area to Orlando Fashion Square Mall Feb 22, 2015. That's the 4th date of lunar new year. February 19th is the new year day, the year of sleep.

Entertainment and vendor/exhibition will be inside the mall. Food and light entertainment will be outdoor. The organizers are expecting over 6,000 visitors. 

 This is a major fundraising event for Mills 50 and Asia Trend / YESS center. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apple Pay Comes to Amway Center

The Orlando Magic, Chase and E15 Group, the tech and analytics subsidiary of Levy Restaurants, will be integrating Apple Pay into the Amway Center starting Friday, December 19, becoming  the first team in the NBA to offer fans access to the service. Fans can experience it when the Magic host the Utah Jazz that evening. 

Beginning on Dec. 19, the Apple Pay option will be available at several Levy concession and Magic retail locations throughout Amway Center. Additional locations will be added throughout the season.

When adding a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device used. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card.

Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunrail Evening Hours Being Tested Starting December 22nd

The Florida Department of Transportation announced today that it will operate an additional round-trip train to test customer demand for enhanced SunRail service. The additional daily train will be added to the current SunRail schedule starting on Monday, December 22, 2014, departing the DeBary station and heading Southbound at 9:05 p.m.; arriving at the Sand Lake Road Station at 10:08 p.m. The additional train will then head Northbound, departing the Sand Lake Road station at 10:20 p.m. and arriving at the DeBary station at 11:23 p.m.

The Department anticipates that this additional train will help satisfy customer demand for additional service later in the evening for events at the Amway Center, the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and additional evening activities along the Central Florida Rail Corridor – particularly during the holiday season. As is currently the case with SunRail operations, the additional train will not operate on weekends or most federal holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

To promote the additional SunRail service, the Department also plans to launch a “Be Merry and Ride!” marketing campaign that will include digital billboard messages along the Interstate 4 corridor, radio advertisements, social media promotions and co-branding opportunities with venues and community partners.

The Department will pay for fuel needed to operate the additional train, and the SunRail contract operator, Bombardier Transportation, will extend existing crew schedules at no cost to facilitate the expanded test schedule. Once instituted, the enhanced SunRail service will be closely monitored by the Department to assess ridership trends, as well as the feasibility of introducing permanent late-evening service. 

For a full schedule of SunRail station stops, please visit the website.

Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater Presents The Little Drummer Boy


35 minute long marionette show of "The Little Drummer Boy" will be presented by Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater Saturday Dec. 20-Sunday Dec. 28 at The Florida Film Academy, 270 W Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Tickets $6 for adults and children 2 & up.

Performance Schedule:
  • Saturday December 20: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm
  • Sunday December 21: 1, 2, 3pm
  • Monday December 22, Tuesday December 23: 10:30, 11:30am, 1pm Friday December 26: 10:30am, 11:30am
  • Saturday December 27: 10:30am, 11:30am, 5, 1pm
  • Sunday December 28: 1, 2, 3pm 
For reservations or to check availability for your family, group, or school, please email

New Mixed-Use Retail on Turkey Lake Road to Include Edge Steakhouse, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, Retail, Bowling Alley and 450-Space Parking Garage


Today, Westgate Resorts hosted a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new $11 million mixed-use retail development called "
Westgate Lakes Retail Village" that will feature award-winning restaurants, event and meeting space and a parking garage atWestgate Lakes Resort & Spa on Turkey Lake Road in Orlando.

Featured at this development:
  • Edge Steakhouse: the company’s premium dining concept first launched in Utah at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
  • Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, a more casual dining offering
  • retail shops
  • 32,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space
  • full-service grocery store
  • game room
  • two-lane bowling alley
  • 450-space parking garage
The parking garage will be open by May 2015 and the retail, restaurants and meeting space will be completed by the end of 2015. It's situated in the heart of Orlando’s tourism hub, between Downtown Orlando and nearby theme parks and attractions

Ira Glass June 2015 Orlando Appearance Tickets On Sale Monday December 15


The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces tickets on sale for Ira Glass at 8:00 p.m. in the Walt Disney Theater on June 20, 2015.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box office at 455 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or online at Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show premiered on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Most weeks, the podcast of the program is the most popular podcast in America. The show also airs each week on the CBC in Canada, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network, and on BBC Radio 4 Extra in the UK.  Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, DC in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, and producer. He has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.

"What’s amazing is how new [ This American Life] sounds. It has this beat all to itself... These stories float right into your brain and lodge there.”

— The Nation

“We’re blessed from time to time, with a spontaneous generation of humor and insight....[Ira Glass] finds—un- covers—drama and humor in the most pedestrian of places.”

— David Mamet

 Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.” In 2014, This American Life won a Peabody award for their series ‘Harper High School.’

 A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a “radio decoder” toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by- numbers set. Half a dozen stories are in development to become feature films.

Orlando Biking App


Orange Cycle has teamed up with My City Bikes to provide a new app called Orlando Bikes as a resource for local beginner cyclists. The free Orlando Bikes app for Apple and Android provides a single place that beginner cyclists can go to find road, mountain, recreational, commuter and group biking in the Orlando area. The app is free.

Download it:

ITunes (Apple):


Google Play (Android):