Light Up UCF At the CFE Arena


Central Florida’s ultimate winter wonderland returns for its eleventh annual season at CFE Arena!

We’re spreading holiday cheer at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of CFE Arena, Light Up UCF will open tonight, Friday, November 16 and run through Tuesday, January 1.

This year’s festival offers 47 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show sponsored by Duke Energy, featuring new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

Also enjoy the movie “Elf” at 7:00pm and 9:30pm on Friday November 16th.

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Raminator Is Coming to Florida Hospital for Children


As many of you may remember, my daughter had a lot of medical issues growing up and did long stays at Florida Hospital for Children. They have a cool event coming up and I wanted to share it with you….

The Raminator, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record holder for the Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck, hitting a record speed of 99.10 mph will make a special stop at Florida Hospital for Children, which will soon be AdventHealth for Children. Patients and families will be able to get an up close and personal look at the monster truck and meet its owners and operators, the Hall Brothers Racing Team. The Hall Brothers will be onsite to greet guests, sign autographs and pass out mini monster trucks.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th

WHERE: Florida Hospital for Children
601 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803

* Raminator will be parked in valet loop.

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Free Admission and Parking for U.S. Veterans at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in November


During the month of November, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will once again honor U.S. veterans and active military personnel with free theme park admission, free standard parking, 50 percent off tickets for up to six guests and up to 25 percent off overnight stays. It’s our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

To receive free admission and parking, U.S. veterans must present valid military ID or proof of veteran status at the theme park ticket windows and parking toll plaza on the day of their visit. To book a discounted overnight stay, visit This offer is not available online or by phone.

On Veterans Day (Sunday, Nov. 11) only, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will further honor veterans with these exclusive offers:

  • A 10 percent discount on retail purchases and food and beverage items
  • Receive a second 6×8 photo free with purchase of the first photo
  • Receive two plays for the price of one on skill games (not including “prize every time” games)

Valid military ID or proof of veteran status is required to receive all offers. To receive free admission and purchase discounted tickets, please visit a LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window on the day of visit.

For the purposes of this promotion, U.S. veterans are defined as retired or non-active duty members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and U.S. Coast Guard in possession of valid military ID or other proof of veteran status. The discounts described above are exclusive and cannot be combined with any other offers, including annual pass discounts.

In addition, active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park all year long! This offer is available only at the theme park ticket windows with valid military ID, and is not available online or by phone.

For additional details about discounts available to U.S. military personnel, please visit

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Harlem Globetrotters Comes to the UCF CFE Arena 12/2 + Ticket Giveaway


On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters will return with their one-of-a-kind show to CFE Arena on December 2 at 2 pm.  Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – they are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages.

The Globetrotters show will feature a star-studded roster, including Showmen like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law and Cheese Chisholm. To match the growing popularity of the Globetrotters’ female stars, the team will also bring the largest female roster in team history to fans across North America – including TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George, Swish Young, and Mighty Mortimer. After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets start at $20 and can be found at the CFE Arena box office or by phone at or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, please visit  

For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: and follow them on Twitter @Globies.



Now for the giveaway…..

FIVE readers are going to win 4 tickets to Harlem Globetrotters at the UCF  CFE Arena  on 12/2.

To enter, leave a comment stating whether you have a favorite Globetrotter.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 11/10 at 5 pm EST

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ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz


Once again, ICE ! is back through January 1 at Gaylord Palm Resort in Kissimmee Florida. This year it is featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz.


Guests will join Charlie Brown while he rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas as this beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays.


Two million pounds of ice are hand-carved to create iconic scenes with the Peanuts gang including their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree, all inside a frosty 9-degree environment!


Plus make sure you look for the On the Blocks ICE bar, the exclusive bar inside ICE!  Enjoy three select beverage samplings:  The Jolly Mint specialty drink featuring Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Hangar One Vodka; a Goose Island Beer; plus a Merry Margarita featuring Milagro Tequila. Ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities set the mood for this unique VIP experience.


Christmas at Gaylord Palms wouldn’t be complete without indoor snow tubing. Alpine Rush is back this year along with Cosmic Snow Tubing and new Down with the Decades. Guests will be able to zoom down an eight-lane tubing hill that’s fun for all ages and covered in real snow. Cosmic tubing turns up the fun with flashing LED lights and high-spirited holiday music while Down with the Decades blasts popular music from past decades.


The resort’s stunning atrium will welcome guests to experience A Christmas Wish, a new six-minute light show where narration, classic holiday music and dazzling visual effects converge to create a spirited seasonal celebration. This free show is centered around the new, incredible 60-foot LED-lit Christmas tree towering above Emerald Plaza.

Photo op with the cast after the show

Along with these new holiday offerings, guests can delight in the return of Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Back by popular demand, Broadway director and Cirque Dreams Founder Neil Goldberg brings his famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the second year in a row. In a show created exclusively for Gaylord Palms, this year’s captivating production “unwraps” an exciting new experience with breathtaking artistry from around the world.  All ages will enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas fable presented with Cirque Dreams renowned theatricality, spectacle and imagination.

Packages are on sale today. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to   Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

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