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Those I-4 Ultimate Billboards Are NOT An Extra Expense

Drivers along Interstate 4 in the Orlando metro area may notice new billboard signs installed—starting today—which remind motorists the I-4 Ultimate project is soon underway in 2015.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has been acquiring right of way along the interstate necessary to construct the I-4 Ultimate project for almost a decade. Through this process, FDOT has acquired the property where several billboards are located. 

The billboard companies [Clear Channel Outdoor, Lamar Advertising and Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor)] have been compensated for the acquisition and were allowed to continue displaying advertising through a leasing program with FDOT. Now that design of the I-4 Ultimate project has begun, FDOT will assume control of the billboards it owns. The billboards are located at:
Grand National Drive and Oakridge Road – A V-shaped sign on the right side of eastbound I-4.I-4 and Orange Blossom Trail – A single-faced sign on the right side of I-4 along the …

Chocolate Macaron Sandwich

Epcot has a tiny ice cream shop in the France pavilion that sells these cheap giant Chocolate Macaron Sandwiches. No idea how authentic they are, but on a hot day, there's nothing like melted chocolate ice cream slopping its way down your face and neck. Sexxxay!

Green Leaf Henna Tattoos

Green Leaf Henna can do henna non-permanent tattoos for special occasions like weddings. They're located inside Artegon Marketplace. 

Diana Ross in Orlando February 11th at Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Diana Ross is coming to Orlando February 11, 2015 to perform at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Get tickets here

Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot

The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the boozy sweet mix of chocolate soft serve ice cream, peppermint schnapps and candy cane crumbles of the Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot's Promenade Refreshments kiosk! It's tiny enough to not bloat you with guilt, and you can always pump up the hootch-factor by dumping a bit of that "water" from your water bottle into the mix.

Quickly Boba & Snow Opens in Orlando

Quickly Boba & Snow (Facebook | Instagram | Yelp) opened December 2014 at 3214 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. A visual highlight of the space is this Boy Kong mural. You can reach them at 407-270-4570. Photos stolen from their Facebook and Instagram.

Sunrail Free New Years Day to Get to Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Sunrail is free New Years Day! But there's a catch: the limited schedule really only works for riders going to and from the biggest non-CFP bowl and the 7th-oldest in the country: The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Below is the schedule. 

NORTHBOUND Sand Lake Road 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 5:45 PM Orlando Health/Amtrak 11:22 AM 12:22 PM 5:52 PM Church Street 11:25 AM 12:25 PM 5:00 PM 5:55 PM

City of Winter Park 14th Annual Dinner on the Avenue

The City of Winter Park (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Vimeo | YouTube) is doing its 14th Annual Dinner on the Avenue Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tables will go on sale Monday, January 5, at 8 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave.

About: Gather a table of friends, family, co-workers or neighbors to dine under the stars on beautiful Park Avenue. Tables of eight (8) are available for just $125 each. Only the table, white linen tablecloth and chairs are provided - everything else is up to you. Get creative with table set-up and let your appetites decide whether you bring your own potluck dinner or hire a local caterer to satisfy your palate.

Creativity is encouraged and each group is challenged to develop its own unique look and individual décor. Awards will be presented to winners in various categories including most colorful, most elegant, most original, best TV/movie-themed and honorable mentions. The judging will begin at 7 p.m. sharp…

New Year's Day Songwriter Roundup at The Smiling Bison hosted By Beth McKee

Orlando singer songwriter Beth McKee launched her 1st Thursday Songwriter Series at The Smiling Bison in March and has featured over 30 local and visiting songwriters to date. The faithful following for this monthly event is both attentive and supportive so the songwriters cherish the opportunity to share their "babies" while audience members are happy to discover new talent.

Since the 1st Thursday in 2015 falls on new year's day, Beth has invited a slew of songwriters for a New Years Day Roundup. Guests include (alphabetically) Beartoe Aguilar, Brian Smalley, Cat Ridgeway, Daniel Hanson, Gerry Williams, Jackson Rodgers, Jai Michael Barry, Justin Beckler, Kattya Graham, Madeline Sonya, Tim Kelliher, Tina Nicole and Wheeler Newman. Beth will perform as well and is planning a special number for everyone to sing together to bring in the new year with goodwill and harmony.

The Smiling Bison's full menu will be available until 10:00 p.m. and the late night menu until mid…

SunRail Night Train Pilot Starts Today and Free New Years Day Limited Service Announced

Ridership Could Determine If Night Train Service Becomes Permanent

Today, Orlando residents and visitors will have the first opportunity to ride the new SunRail night train. The Florida Department of Transportation will use this night train pilot to see if there is a demand for this enhanced SunRail service.

This new night train will get residents and visitors into the Downtown Orlando corridor easily so they can enjoy the numerous events taking place over the holidays at the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Additionally, SunRail will offer free, limited service on New Year's Day, providing attendees of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game with a hassle-free travel alternative to get Downtown.

For more on SunRail and the extended holiday schedule, visit

Late Night Service Starts Monday, December 22, 2014

Schedule for Downtown Orlando Stops include:

Florida Hospital Station
Southbound Departure Time: 9:48 …

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 (Menu) will 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 reservat…

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.

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 …

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,…

Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater Presents The Little Drummer Boy

A 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, 1pmSunday December 21: 1, 2, 3pmMonday December 22, Tuesday December 23: 10:30, 11:30am, 1pm Friday December 26: 10:30am, 11:30amSaturday December 27: 10:30am, 11:30am, 5, 1pmSunday 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 & SpaDrafts Sports Bar & Grill, a more casual dining offeringretail shops32,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting spacefull-service grocery storegame roomtwo-lane bowling alley450-space parking garageThe 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 December15

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 programThis 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 i…