9 things to do in Central Florida this weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Nicole is long gone, and the holiday season is in full swing here in Central Florida. READ: Night of a Million Lights returns this holiday season at new venueICE! returns, this year featuring Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Click here to reserve your tickets. featuring Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Gaylord Hotels)Holidays at Universal Orlando ResortIf you weren’t able to see the kickoff of Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday festivities last weekend due to Hurricane Nicole, the party continues this weekend. READ: ‘Bigger and better than ever’: SeaWorld announces return of Christmas CelebrationExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 13 SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Christmas Celebration will return to SeaWorld Orlando beginning Nov. 11, 2022.wftv.com
Dozens of people rappel down Orlando hotel to raise money for charity
ORLANDO, Fla. — Dozens of people strapped in and donned their helmets to take a 26-story trip down the outside of an Orlando hotel to raise money for charity. The fifth annual event served as a fundraiser for Give Kids the World, which provides vacations for critically ill children and their families at no cost. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Give Kids the World fundraiser Dozens of people strapped in and donned their helmets to take a 26-story trip down the outside of an Orlando hotel to raise money for charity. (WFTV.com News Staff)Photos: Dozens of people rappel down Orlando hotel to raise money for charityOrganizers said they expected to raise $130,000 from the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Click here for more information about the cause.wftv.com
Meet your favorite reality TV stars this weekend at Hearts of Reality
Hearts of Reality 2021 Hearts of Reality returns this year at Give Kids the World. (Give Kids the World/Give Kids the World)KISSIMMEE, Fla. — You can get up close and personal with your favorite reality TV stars this weekend while also supporting a good cause. Hearts of Reality 2021 officially kicks off Thursday. ⭐Hearts of Reality professional photo ops are now on sale! https://t.co/ObyNvNTRzX pic.twitter.com/gAfZJzICgH — Hearts of Reality (@HeartsofReality) November 25, 2021READ: Toys for Tots: There’s still time to help families in need this holiday seasonTickets are still available for multiple events during Hearts of Reality, including a meet-and-greet and VIP packages.wftv.com
Don’t look down: Brave participants rappel 428 feet to raise money for Give Kids the World
Brave thrill seekers in Central Florida found themselves 428 feet in the air Friday to help a Central Florida nonprofit. Give Kids the World Village hosted its annual event Over the Edge, which takes participants to the top of the 32-story Hyatt Regency Orlando and lets them rappel down the side of the building to raise money for the village. From wish children and athletes to the CEO of GKTW, everyone in attendance was there for one reason: to raise money for children staying at the village. AdGive Kids the World Village (Facebook)Stacy Haines and her son Gavin went over the edge Friday. Give Kids The World Village is a nonprofit resort for children with critical illnesses and their families.
‘This is the day we’ve been waiting for:’ Give Kids the World Village welcomes first families back since closure
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Give Kids the World Village is welcoming families back almost a year after the resort was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pamela Landwirth, the President & CEO of the GKTW Village, said the resort shut down in March. She said she can’t wait to welcome families back on Sunday. “Sadly from the time we closed until now roughly 6,000 children have had their wishes postponed to come here and you can imagine the disappointment for these kids,” Landwirth said. Thank you to everyone... Posted by Give Kids The World on Sunday, January 17, 2021Landwirth said during the closure they laid off 85% of their staff.
Orlando's newest Rita's Italian Ice will give 50 people at the grand opening free treats for a year
click to enlarge photo via Rita's Italian IceA new location for Rita's Italian Ice is setting up shop near International Drive, and at the grand opening celebration July 25, the first 50 families in line will receive coupons for a year's worth of free Italian ice.The entire grand opening party will last four days, from July 25 to July 28, and will feature special deals and activities. Those who attend are encouraged to bring stuffed animals, toys and books to donate to Give Kids the World , a nonprofit that provides support to kids with life-threatening illnesses.The new Rita's is at 11567 Regency Village Drive, near the Orlando Premium Outlets.orlandoweekly.com