Gaylord Palms Orlando is offering guests several new reasons to stay at this Orlando resort – $50 million new reasons to be exact. They recently completed a $50 million grand renovation project that is taking the Gaylord Palms guests experience to a whole new level.

Gaylord Palms Cypress Springs

Cypress Springs

Two new spectacular pools, a one-of-a-kind new multi-level dining venue, exciting new amenities and activities, luxurious new guest room features and outstanding DreamWorks experiences are waiting for you to enjoy. The new Everglades inspired Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park is a real highlight for families. It features a zero-entry pool, four waterslides, a multi-level water playground, activity lagoon, plunge pool and “dive-in” movies at night.

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South Beach Pool

Adults can get in on the aquatic fun at the new South Beach Pool which has an ultra-chic and ultra-private tropical oasis outfitted with a cocktail bar and entertainment areas. Sports fans will cheer for the two-story Wreckers Sports Bar. It has two-stories, with a bar on each level, a dance floor, multi-level 20-foot high video screen and it all overlooks the palm-lined waters of the South Beach Pool. Book your room at the Orlando Gaylord Palms Resort today to experience best of the Sunshine State, all under one roof!

Orlando, Florida is home to a number of thrilling attractions but Florida EcoSafaris has just upped the ante by adding a new Zip Line Roller Coaster to its park.  This is only the second zip line of its kind in the world.  Known as The Rattlesnake, the zip coaster is different than any other zip line adventure you’ve experience before.

For starters, The Rattlesnake uses a rigid track as opposed to a flexible wire.  The track features dips, tight turns and other coaster-style elements.  You begin you coaster experience by climbing up a 65-foot launch platform.  From there you’ll fly through the trees at speeds of 20mph and discover 1,000 feet of nature inspired roller coaster-style zip line.
Check out this video to find out what The Rattlesnake is all about:
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida offer several different ways to experience the other side of Florida. You can go on a Zip Line Safari, featuring seven zip lines; a two-hour guided Coach Safari; or saddle up for a Horseback Safari.
Old Town is hosting American Hero Fest this Sunday, April 29.  The day-long event will celebrate men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving their country.  Armed forces personnel, police, fire department, and emergency service workers will all be honored. 
From noon to 8pm, free entertainment, including live music and stilt walkers, will be available.  All of Old Town’s 21 rides and attractions will be open, as will the 80 shops and seven restaurants located on site.  A ride in a vintage T-6 Texan airplane will be raffled off too.
The full line-up includes:
  • Live Entertainment on stage from 12:30 to 4pm
  • Blood Drive from noon to 6pm
  • Street Entertainment from noon to 8pm
  • Appreciation Ceremony at 4pm at the Old Town Stage
  • Parade through Old Town’s Main Street at 6pm
  • Party at Sun on the Beach Nightclub at 7pm
Special discounts will be available for all of our American Hero’s.
Attention all Star Wars fans!  Star Wars Weekends will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios from May 18 through June 10, 2012.  The park will be filled with Jedi’s, Wookiees and droids for the annual celebration of all things Star Wars. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, you can join celebrities and characters for special shows, panels, presentations and more!  Plus, all of the Star Wars Weekends events are included with Disney World tickets
Here’s the inside scoop on you what you can look forward to:

Weekend I (May 18-20)

  • Ray Park – (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Jerome Blake (Rune Haako/Mas Amedda – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Clone Captain Rex and Clone Commander Cody – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Weekend II (May 25-27)
  • Andy Secombe (Watto – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Tom Kane (voice of Yoda – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Weekend III (June 1-3)
  • Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Silas Carson (Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • (Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice talent – currently TBD)
Weekend IV (June 8-10)
  • Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan (Boba Fett – Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones)
  • Nika Futterman (voice of Asajj Ventress – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Disney Stars Wars Weekends features one of the galaxy’s largest gatherings of Star Wars characters all around the theme park, offering photo and autograph opportunities as well as special Star Wars parades, trivia challenges, a Jedi Training Academy, limited edition merchandise and memorabilia, behind the scenes presentations, star conversations and more.  This year’s event also features “Hyperspace Hoopla,” a high-energy show with music, comedy and dancing starring some of the famed Star Wars characters like Ewoks, Wookiees, stormtroopers and Jawas.
Feel the force this summer at Disney World during Star Wars Weekends 2012.
Universal Orlando Resort has just announced the Rock the Universe line-up for 2012!  Rock the Universe is one of Florida’s biggest Christian music festivals and features some of the best bands in Christian Rock.  The festival is scheduled for September 7 and 8. 
This year’s line-up includes:

Friday, Sep. 7:

  • Skillet
  • Newsboys
  • Jeremy Camp
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Family Force 5
  • Robert Pierre
  • Group 1 Crew
  • We As Human
  • Everfound
Saturday, Sep. 8:
  • tobyMac
  • Switchfoot
  • Relient K
  • Britt Nicole
  • tenth avenue north
  • Rhett Walker Band
  • Group 1 Crew
  • We As Human
  • Everfound
During this jam-packed weekend, you’ll also be able to enjoy a FanZone presented by Coca-Cola.  Live music by up-and-coming acts Everfound and We As Human and a special set by Group 1 Crew, autograph sessions with the bands, karaoke and band merchandise will be available in the FanZone.  On Saturday night, a special candlelighting ceremony featuring Tenth Avenue North, guest speakers and other special moments is planned. 
All of the signature Universal Studio attractions will be open during Rock the Universe.  You can look forward to riding Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rock It, The Simpsons Ride and Revenge of the Mummy.
Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe is not included with Universal Orlando theme park tickets.  Tickets go on sale soon.  Click here for ticket details.
The Great American Pie Festival returns to Celebration, Florida on April 28 and 29, 2012.  It’s a pie-lovers dream with a Never-Ending Pie Buffet with award-winning pie, ice cream and toppings a highlight of the event.  The Festival has free-admission and draws quite the crowd, with over 30,000 in attendance last year.
Some of the activities at the Great American Pie Festival include:
  • Crisco Creation Station
  • Pie Tin Art
  • Demonstration Stage with entertainment and baking demonstrations
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Never-Ending Pie Buffet
The Never Ending Pie-Buffet costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5.  All flavors of pie are featured, from pumpkin to berry to chocolate and custard. 
The Festival is located at Lakeside Park in downtown Celebration for 11am-7pm on Saturday, April 28 and noon to 5pm on Sunday, April 29.
The Summer Concert Series at Universal Orlando Resort is a summer staple. This season the Summer Concert Series is better than ever as part of the Extraordinary Year to Be Here promotion happening all year long at the Orlando theme park.
On Saturday nights from June 9- July 14, you’ll be able to rock out to some of music’s biggest and most popular performers.  With the purchase of Universal Orlando tickets you can enjoy the live concerts as well as all of Universal’s thrilling rides and attractions. 
The Summer Concert Series line-up so far features:
  • Victorious:  June 9
  • ZZ Top & 3 Doors Down: June 16
  • Josh Turner: June 23
  • Al Green: June 30
  • Lupe Fiasco: July 7
A performer for July 14 has yet to be announced.  More details are expected soon.
All performances take place of the Music Plaza stage.

LEGOLAND Florida is less than two months away from opening the LEGOLAND Waterpark.  The new waterpark officially opens on May 26, 2012.  Guest with LEGOLAND Florida tickets can upgrade to water park attraction ticket for an additional $12 per person (children under 3 are $3).  Plus, LEGOLAND is currently offering value-based Two Days for the Price of One tickets ensuring you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all the park has to offer.

Curious about what the LEGOLAND Waterpark is all about?  The waterpark will be geared towards kids ages 2-12 and feature a wave pool, lazy river, tube slides and an interactive water-play structure.
Some of the key attractions for the new water park include:
  • LEGO Wave Pool – Catch a gentle wave or cool off in this pool where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy
  • Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a pool below
  • Splash Out – The thrill seekers ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop and “splash out” into the water below
  • Joker Soaker – An interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides. Wade in the surrounding pool and experience a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket
  • Build-A-Raft River – Together families can imagine, design and build a unique LEGO vessel and set afloat on a maiden voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river
  • DUPLO® Splash Safari – A water play area for toddlers with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures
Viva La Musica spices up Busch Gardens Tampa Bay each Sunday from April 15 through May 6.  Purchase Busch Gardens tickets and join the fiesta!  All concerts are included with park admission.

Viva La Musica features food, drink and fun for the entire family.  Regional Latin cuisine, arts, crafts, dance and music will be available throughout the festival area, as well as performances from award-winning Latin artists.  Festival events at Busch Gardens begin at 12pm.

The concert line-up includes:
  • Victor Manuelle – April 15
  • Grupo Mania – April 22
  • Dyland y Lenny – April 29
  • Jerry Rivera – May 6
Concerts begin at 3pm.
Food from family-owned restaurant The Columbia will be providing food and drink.  The Columbia will be serving two signature items from its award-winning menu, The Original “1905″ Salad and Chicken Paella. There will also be menu options available from La Teresita and Busch Gardens’ own chefs including papas, empanadas, fried donuts, quesadillas, margaritas and much more.
May 5:  Cinco de Mayo at Wall Street Plaza
The Wall Street Plaza Cinco de Mayo block party will have plenty of food, drinks, and entertainment. Starts at 3pm.
May 5-6:  Jazz on the Vineyard Green
Lakeridge Winery will be hosting jazz musicians on their outdoor stage all weekend. Food, beer, and wine will be available along with complimentary winery tours and tastings.
May 12:  I-Drive 5k Run
Run through the heart of the International Drive resort area. Register online and get all the details here.
May 16-28:  21st Annual Orlando International Fringe Festival
This 13-day festival offers theatre, music, dance, and art to all ages. 100% of box office sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The cost and venue of shows vary. See the Fringe website for more details.
May 18 – June 10:  Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This annual event celebrates the Star Wars saga Friday-Sundays each weekend. Join celebrities and Star Wars characters for specials shows, panels, and presentations.
May 19:  Florida International Beer Festival
Come to Heritage Square in downtown Orlando for the 19thannual beer festival. Sample the world’s greatest beers and food from area restaurants and listen to live entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate.
May 19-20:  Waves of Glory at Wet ‘n Wild
See the 4th annual Christian music Battle of the Bands at Wet ‘n Wild in Orlando.
May 25-27:  Central Florida Home and Garden Show
The Orange County Convention Center will host the home and garden show. Get home improvement, decorating, and gardening tips. Tickets cost $10 for adults.
May 26:  Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk
Now’s your chance to run through beautiful Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Hear the  Carillon play in the background as you navigate through the garden. The run/walk will benefit the George W. Harris, Jr. Runaway Youth and Crisis Shelter. Register and get more race info online.