Orlando, Florida will host the Great American Pie Festival April 24 & 25, 2010. For the ninth consecutive year thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers will gather for the Great American Pie Festival, sponsored by Crisco.

There will be a never ending pie buffet, complete with award-winning pies, ice cream, toppings and beverages. There will also be a Crisco Kids Creation Station where children will be able to make their own pies, participate in pie decorating, pie scaping, pie tin art and many other pie activities. A Pietopia Demonstration Stage will feature entertainment and baking demonstrations by chefs from across the country. A Pie Eating Contest is also planned.
A few of the Great American Pie Festival participants include Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, California Raisin Marketing Board, Publix Supermarkets, Rocky Mountain Pies and Smucker’s.
The hours for the Great American Pie Festival are 11am-7pm on Saturday, April 24 & 12pm-5pm on Sunday, April 25.
Orlando Hotels are available now for reservations.

Universal Orlando Resort just announced today that the opening day for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will be June 18, 2010. The attraction will be home to The Three Broomsticks Inn, Honeydukes Sweets and all of the other famously unique shops Hogsmeade Village is known for.

This Orlando attraction has been highly anticipated as Harry Potter fans are eager to see what’s in store. The attraction won’t disappoint fans as they will be able to peer into the Gryffindor House, soar on Harry’s broomstick or have a beer a Hog’s Head Pub. The entire attraction was created in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. There has been a lot of detail put into the stunning buildings, from the architecture to the knick knacks displayed.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be located at the Islands of Adventure section of Universal Orlando Resort. It will be included in regular park admission.
One of the main features of Hogsmeade Village is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It will be home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride combining 360-degree filming techniques and sophisticated robotics to create the illusion of a magic adventure in flight with Harry Potter and his pals. In addition to this ride, there will be two outdoor roller coasters on the 20-acre Harry Potter attraction.

Sea World and Busch Gardens will welcome Jack Hanna, celebrity animal expert, April 16-18, 2010. Jack Hanna is recognized the world over for his deep knowledge of and boundless enthusiasm for wild animals and wildlife conservation. He will be introducing visitors to exotic and endangered animals during special shows and exclusive up-close encounters.

There will also be a special Breakfast with Jack Hanna available. Space is limited so make reservations in advance. The price is $18 for adults and $16 for children.

Any foodies in the Orlando area will want to bring their gourmet appetites to the Pointe Orlando on April 11, 2010. An array of central Florida’s top-ranked restaurants will be on-hand to share some of their delicious dishes and tasty concoctions.

From 4pm-7pm on Sunday, April 11, attendees will be able to taste unlimited samples from participating restaurants, receive a three drink ticket and enjoy great entertainment. Ticket prices are $55 (or $50 in advance). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Florida Hospital.
Participating restaurants include The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Capital Grille, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Pizzeria Valdiano, Copper Canyon Grill, Hooters, Adobe Gila’s, Taverna Opa, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Johnny Rockets, Ben & Jerry’s and La Creperia Café.
The Pointe Orlando is located at 9101 International Drive.

The 19th Annual Florida Film Festival is scheduled for April 9-18, 2010 in Orlando Florida. This 10-day extravaganza will feature top notch films, food and wine vendors, industry parties and a star-packed attendee list. The Florida Film Festival is one of the most respected regional film festivals in the country and is produced by Enzian.

This year’s theme is home and the Florida Film Festival officials are focusing on “Film Sweet Film” as the tag line of the event.
The opening weekend of the event will feature Film, Food, and Wine Celebration, Flavors of the South: Grits, Grace, and Gravy, with a stellar lineup of notable chefs in culinary demonstrations, casual brunches, and elegant dinners. There will be luncheons, discussions and celebrity chef signings throughout this weekend long event. There will also be an opening night Film & Party featuring No Grits, No Glory!
A few of the films that will be shown include Paper Man, The Secret of Kells, How to Fold a Flag, Homewrecker, Winter’s Bone and Chinatown.
For a full schedule of events, click here.
Join the Florida Film Festival for 10 days of exceptional films, fun and food.
Orlando Hotels are available to be reserved now for those that plan to attend this exciting event.

An Official Press Release from Kennedy Space Center:

As the Space Shuttle Program counts down before retirement; one of its bright stars continues to shine. The furthest depths of the universe are vividly brought to life through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope during Hubble 3D, the newest IMAX® 3D film from the award-winning IMAX space team, opening at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Friday, March 19, 2010. The film, narrated by three-time Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, recounts the amazing journey of the most important scientific instrument since Galileo’s original telescope.
There is no better place to watch the inspiring story of the Hubble Space Telescope than from Kennedy Space Center – the place where Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-31, launched in 1990 and deployed the greatest telescope ever built into Earth orbit.

Through the power of IMAX 3D, the film will transport audiences to distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film offers an exhilarating and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

The IMAX 3D camera flew onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in May 2009, capturing stunning 3D images of the intricate spacewalks required to service the telescope. The footage, shot by STS-125 astronauts, will put audiences right there alongside the spacewalking astronauts. The film will also feature never-before-seen 3D flights through awe-inspiring Hubble imagery, providing a first-person journey to the far reaches of our universe. Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with NASA.

Guests can experience powerful Hubble imagery first-hand at the Eye on the Universe: The Hubble Space Telescope exhibit, located right outside the IMAX Theater at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The exhibit celebrates the stunning discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing guests to step into the universe and walk the pathway to ancient stars, nebulae and galaxies. The new IMAX film Hubble 3D and the Eye on the Universe: The Hubble Space Telescope exhibit are included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Sea World and Busch Gardens are spicing up the music scene in March with Viva La Musica, a Latin festival featuring hot Latin music and authentic Latin cuisine.

Every Sunday in March Busch Gardens is hosting Fiery Sundays, a day dedicated to Latin flavor and artists. The festival will start each Sunday at 11:30am and the concerts will begin at 4pm.The line-up is as follows:
March 7: Luis Enrique
March 14: Zion & Lennox
March 21: India
March 28: Milly Quezada
Every Saturday in March Sea World in Orlando is hosting Festive Saturdays. The festival will start at 12pm & concerts begin at 4pm.

The line-up is as follows:
March 6: Victor Manuelle
March 13: Oscar D’Leon
March 20: Sergio Vargas
March 27: Grupomania
Fiery Sundays and Festive Saturdays are included with regular Sea World tickets and Busch Garden tickets.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World in Orlando is a 135-acre theme park spotlighting entertainment. It draws inspiration from the Hollywood Heydays from the 1930s and 1940s, which can be seen with the art deco design and modern architecture throughout the Disney Hollywood Studios theme park. Behind the scenes Hollywood-style action are presented through live shows, exciting attractions, backstage tours and special events that showcase the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The parks iconic symbol is the giant Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat, a stylized version of the magical hat from Fantasia.

The park consists of six themed areas but it is not nearly as defined as other Walt Disney World parks. It is designed to resemble a real life motion picture studio, so it’s mass of streets and buildings blend together to create replication of a large, bustling movie set.

Hollywood Boulevard: This area serves as the park’s main entrance and blends reality and fantasy to create an old-time atmosphere complete with art deco architecture and modern design. Hollywood Boulevard is Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of the Magic Kingdom’s Mainstreet U.S.A. and it features yesteryear establishments like the Hollywood Brown derby and a replica of Mann’s Chinese Theater, where one of the park’s signature attractions is located – The Great Movie Ride. This slow-moving tram ride pays homage to some of the most memorable moments ever captured on the silver screen, including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz and Raiders of the Lost Ark. High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! is performed in the Hollywood Boulevard area, right outside the Sorcerer’s Hat, and is appropriate for those of all ages.

Echo Lake: Echo Lake is the park’s small oval-shaped lagoon and is surrounded by numerous attractions and some of the best eateries in the park. The design of this area takes a cue from the “California Crazy” form of architecture from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Two of the main restaurants here are Hollywood & Vine, home to buffet-style character breakfasts and lunches featuring Disney Playhouse characters as well as non-character dinners, and ‘50s Prime Time Café, a retro diner showcasing popular television shows from the ‘50s, meals just like mom used to make like meat loaf and fried chicken, plus the waiters treat you like family down to telling you to finish your vegetables and minding your manners. At Echo Lake visitors will also find the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live show reenacting various scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as showcasing death-defying movie stunts. Star Tours is a motion simulator Star Wars based attraction that takes visitors on a journey to the Moon of Endor, where they encounter a Star Destroyer & Death Star. The Drew Carey special effects show Sounds Dangerous is also at Echo Lake, as is The Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy, a 30-minute live stage show and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza.

Streets of America: This area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios combines features from cities like New York & San Francisco. It is home to the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at vehicle action sequences including motorcycles and jet skis. The Studio Backlot Tour is also located here and is a 35-minute, behind-the-scenes guided walk and tram ride showcasing the art of special effects in movies. The American Film Institute Showcase features a rotating exhibit of movie props and memorabilia and kids will want to spend some time at the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, Muppet Vision 3D and Al’s Toy Barn, home to characters from Toy Story. The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant, where servers bring food to vintage ’50s “convertible” tables as you watch ’50s and ’60s sci-fi and monster flicks on the big screen, is the place to eat at Streets of America.

Animation Courtyard: Animation Courtyard is home to a number of attractions based on beloved Disney characters of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Mickey Avenue is a sub-section of Animation Courtyard and is home to Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, a walk-through exhibit spotlighting the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Journey into Narnia, a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Chronicles of Narnia, is also located on Mickey Avenue. The Magic of Disney Animation is an attraction that examines the creation of animated characters and includes interactive exhibits and meet and greet areas for Disney characters. Two live shows are presented here – Playhouse Disney Live on Stage & Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Pixar Place: This is a themed area opened to introduce Disney Hollywood Studios newest attraction – Toy Story Mania!, an interactive 3D attraction inspired by classic carnival midway games and featuring the popular characters from Disney Pixar Toy Story Films.

Sunset Boulevard: This area of Disney Hollywood Studios is home to the some of the parks biggest thrill rides. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, located at the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel, is a based on the popular television series and thrills guests with its unexpected movements. Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is an indoor coaster with three inversions, a high-speed launch and a one-of-a-kind soundtrack. Two live stage shows are performed at Sunset Boulevard – the enchanting Beauty & the Beast – Live on Stage musical show and Fantasmic! a nighttime show featuring fireworks, water, lasers and classic Disney characters. Sunset Ranch Market & Starring Rolls Café are some of the dining choices offered at Sunset Boulevard.

Disney Hollywood Studios opens daily at 9am and generally stays open until 8:30pm. The Block Party Bash parade, a 35-minute celebration starring Disney Pixar characters, is performed daily.

Disney tickets are on sale now.

The Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando will more than double the size of Fantasyland. The idea behind the expansion at Fantasyland is to offer more immersive experiences to guests and provide a wider array of characters to interact with. Instead of simple meet & greets with characters, Fantasyland will offer two new mini-lands offering hands-on activities and a world colored by Disney’s classic films. Part of the plans for the expansion include Fantasyland replacing Mickey’s Toontown Fair. However, Goofy’s Barnstormer Coaster and the toontown houses of Mickey and Minnie will be saved and moved elsewhere.

Fantasyland at Disney World will include a new Little Mermaid ride named Under the Sea with Ariel. The ride will feature music and characters from the hit film and will be similar to the ride that is currently open at the Disneyland in California. The ride will be a marquee attraction at Fantasyland and will incorporate an Omnimover system and “clammobile” cars, which will be similar to the system found at The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride at Epcot.
A Beauty and the Beast area is also planned for Fantasyland. The Beauty and the Beast inspired land will feature Belle’s village, including her father’s cottage, the Beast’s castle and two restaurants – the Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern.
A Cinderella inspired attraction is also planned. Visitors to the Magic Kingdom will be able to see Cinderella’s fairy godmother transform her peasant clothes to a beautiful ball gown fit for a princess. Guests will also be able to help Cinderella get ready for the royal ball.
Another Disney favorite – Sleeping Beauty – will have a section of Fantasyland that is all her own as well. The Sleeping Beauty inspired area will feature Sleeping Beauty’s cottage, and guests will be able to join in the celebration as fairies throw a Sweet 16 party for Aurora. The interactive experience is sure to be a hit with children.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride will be improved during the expansion. A second platform will be added to the ride, doubling the capacity of the attraction and a new queue is being built so that the line for the ride will wind through a big-top circus tent with interactive games to entertain guests while they wait.
Tinker Bell’s Pixie Hollow will shrink visitors to fairy-size and envelop them in a world where they can walk by giant blades of grass and flowers and meet Tinker Bell and her pixie friends. This area of Fantasyland will be similar to the version found at Disneyland, but is expected to be larger.
There are two main phases of Fantasyland, and the first is set to debut in 2012 and the second in 2013.