‘It’s crazy hot:’ Tourists in Orlando switch up plans in face of record-breaking Florida heat
In the heart of Orlando’s tourist district along International Drive, visitors to Central Florida told News 6 on Sunday that they were struggling to find ways to escape from yet another day of scorching heat.
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Gather your pirate crew for Universal’s Krewe Crawl Scavenger Hunt
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is well underway across the entire resort. If you’re looking for a bit of fun during your next visit, grab your pirate crew and join in on the Krewe Crawl Scavenger Hunt. Once you spot the skeletons, simply ask a team member inside the gift shop to stamp your scavenger hunt map. In the fall, the theme park offered a Scarecrow Stalk scavenger hunt and during the holidays there was a Christmas Tree Crawl. Click here to learn more about Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval.
Are you ‘Space Curious?’ This podcast, dedicated to all things outer space, is worth a listen
The Space Curious podcast is now available on all your favorite podcast platforms. Space Curious, a podcast by WKMG-TV and Graham Media Group, answers those questions and more. With some help from experts, including scientists, engineers, fellow space journalists and astronauts, Space Curious brings fascinating topics to your favorite podcast platform. AdDuring the first season of “Space Curious,” guests include astronomers like Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts, along with scientists from leading research institutes and other space journalists. “Space Curious” was created to inspire everyone, from those with a mild interest in space exploration to the space fanatics.
M&M‘s store opens at Disney Springs
M&M’s store at Disney Springs (WKMG-TV)The new state-of-the-art location opened next to Splitsville Luxury Lanes and the NBA Experience. “As the premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination, bringing exceptional experiences to our line-up at Disney Springs is central as we continue to evolve,” said Matt Simon, Vice President, Disney Springs. “Offering the world-famous chocolate combined with the imaginative fun found in the stores, M&M’S at Disney Springs is a perfect addition to our unparalleled mix of offerings.”AdRed and Yellow M&M standing outside M&M’s store at Disney Springs (WKMG-TV)The store is offering exclusive Mickey and Minnie Mouse M&M’s designs and packaging as well as photo-ops with the lovable M&M’s characters outside. AdFull Screen Full Screen 1 / 10 M&M Store at Disney SpringsThe Disney Springs location was originally scheduled to open last year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the opening. M&M’s store at Disney Springs (WKMG-TV)The new M&M store is the latest business to have opened at the entertainment and shopping destination in January.
Dolphins vs. Bills: How to watch, stream, listen
BUFFALO – It’s the final week of the regular season and the Miami Dolphins are still looking to clinch a playoff spot. The total is set at 44.5A Miami victory against the Buffalo Bills would grant the Dolphins a spot in the postseason. The game is set for 1 p.m. kickoff, and the Bills have already clinched a playoff spot after winning the AFC East. If Miami falls to Buffalo on Sunday, the Dolphins can still make the playoffs. 2 earlier this year, the Bills defeated the Dolphins at Hardrock Stadium 31-28.
Jaguars vs. Ravens: How to watch, steam, listen
SPREAD - Jaguars 6-7; Ravens 7-5-1SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 12-9LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Ravens 44-7 on Sept. 24, 2017 in LondonLAST WEEK - Jaguars lost to Titans 31-10; Ravens beat Browns 47-42AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. ... Ravens DT Calais Campbell starred for the Jaguars before being traded to Baltimore this past offseason. ... Jaguars RB James Robinson is the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards rushing. He leads all rookies this season in scrimmage yards (1,361), rushing yards (1,035), rushing attempts (224), first downs (65) and rushing TDs (seven). ... Ravens QB Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with a 6.3 yards per carry average and ranks 10th in the league with 793 yards rushing.
Florida vs. Alabama: How to watch, stream, listen
The senior leads the nation and has already set the school season record for touchdown passes with 40, despite the shortened, SEC-only schedule. He also ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (360.3), one spot ahead of Jones at 345.9. FACTS & FIGURESThis will be the 10th time the teams have met in the SEC championship game, with Alabama holding a 5-4 edge. The tight end has been a big weapon in Florida's passing game with 16 TD receptions. ... Florida K Evan McPherson is a three-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist who has made 48 of 56 field goal attempts (85.7%) in his college career.
Holiday celebrations arrive at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando (WKMG-TV)“Our newest thing we have this year is ice skating at Bayside Stadium. Holidays at Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando (WKMG-TV)Visitors can also experience all the holiday celebrations at Sesame Street land. Holiday merchandise at SeaWorld Orlando (WKMG-TV)Guests can stroll outdoors past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including Rudolph and Bumble. SeaWorld Orlando holiday celebrations (WKMG-TV)Over at the theme park’s Wild Arctic, guests will get the chance to take photos with Santa Claus. Sea of Trees at SeaWorld Orlando (WKMG-TV)The holiday celebration is free with park admission.
Dolphins vs. Broncos: How to watch, stream, listen
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins continue to be one of the hottest teams in football. Miami is a 3.5-point Las Vegas favoriteWhat is the total for the game? The total is set at 45The team has a record of 6-3 and will travel to Colorado to play against the Denver Broncos at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday. If the season ended today, the Dolphins would be in the playoffs. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is 3-0 since taking over the starting role for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Trees, treats and a squirrel named Earl: A detailed look inside Universal’s holiday tribute store
Outside façade of Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)The tribute store will take guests into four highly-immersive themed rooms to purchase merchandise including T-shirts, ornaments, stockings, drink ware and more. Entrance to Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)Hidden treasures plucked straight from the North Pole litter a workbench, sparking a first impression. Universal's Holiday tribute store (WKMG-TV)“What we’ve noticed just in the last few days, is some people are using it for Christmas cards. But a squirrel caused a power outage in our tree.”Earl's Tree Farm inside Universal Holiday Tribute Store (WKMG-TV)Just like that Earl the squirrel was born, and this year the holiday tribute store is celebrating the local legend with his own room. The holiday tribute store is part of Universal Orlando’s holiday celebrations which run through Jan. 3.
Snowy slopes and igloos: Florida’s Snowcat Ridge begins pre-season ticket sale
Tickets are now on sale to the Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park. Arctic Igloo, guests can build snowmen or snow castles out of real snow. (WKMG-TV)Officials said the park will feature magical music and a light show on the slopes nightly which can be seen from the Holiday Market at the park’s Alpine Village. According to the company website, The Alpine Village will have a variety of food vendors offering hot and cold beverages, beer, wine and food. Alpine Village, which features its own Holiday Market (WKMG-TV)Tickets for Snowcat Ridge start at $24.95.
A little 'Joy’ is being added to Sealife Orlando aquarium
ORLANDO, Fla – Officials at Sealife Orlando aquarium are counting down the days until they can release a new female zebra shark into one of the colorful and eye-popping exhibits. Curators at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium feed their newest zebra shark, Joy (WKMG-TV)Zebra sharks are a species of carpet sharks that are described as having distinctive spotted markings on their bodies and long wavy tails. Indian ocean exhibit at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Joy will be introduced into the Indian ocean exhibit which already features colorful tropical fish, stingrays and the aquarium’s famous loggerhead sea turtle, Ted. Sealife Orlando aquarium is open daily at ICON Park which is located along International Drive. Safety Protocols in place at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Click here for tickets and information about the Sealife Orlando aquarium.
Maze and trick-or-treat trail arrives at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween spooktacular
SeaWorld Spooktacular (WKMG-TV)SeaWorld officials said the treat trail will feature individual stations with an assortment of candy favorites. Candy bag for SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular (WKMG-TV)Each guest is required to purchase a SeaWorld Trick-or-Treat bag in order to prevent contact between individuals. SeaWorld Spooktacular characters, Saturday Sept. 26 (WKMG-TV)SeaWorld is limiting capacity in it’s Halloween area to promote social distancing. Merchandise at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular (WKMG-TV)Parkgoers will have to undergo temperature checks and anyone 2 years of age or older must wear face coverings while in the park. The daytime Halloween event, which is included with park admission, will take place Saturday and Sundays through Nov. 1.
Universal Orlando extends daytime haunted houses, Halloween offerings into October
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando announced on social media Tuesday that it’s extending its Halloween scares to Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3 through Nov. 1. Virtual Line Pass for Universal Haunted House (Official Universal Orlando app)Here is how Universal described both houses on its website. Universal Orlando bringing Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing Sept. 19 (Universal Orlando)*Haunted houses may be too intense for young children and are not recommended for children under the age of 13. Horror fans can also live their nightmares through the Halloween Horror Nights tribute store at Universal Studios. Jack the Clown inside the Halloween Horror Nights tribute store (WKMG-TV)Universal began its tribute store in the 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights, and each year, leaders said they have tried to top the overall experience.
News 6′s ‘Driving Change’ initiative leads to national community service award
By now, you’ve probably seen some of our “Driving Change” reports. Hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation, the Service to America Awards recognize outstanding community service by local broadcasters. That initiated a campaign WKMG calls Driving Change, a relentless multi-faceted, multi-year campaign led by Matt Austin and WKMG-TV/ClickOrlando.com to strengthen Florida’s texting and driving law. I am very proud that my station allowed us to do just that.”Here’s more on the community service effort, “Driving Change: Florida’s Texting and Driving Law,” which was the force behind the win. Last year, WKMG TV was honored with this award for their work to change Florida law to allow first responders suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to get the benefits they deserved.
A totally ‘epic’ experience: Universal Orlando rolls out the red carpet for 5K and 10K races
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort welcomed thousands of runners to its inaugural “Epic Character Race” Saturday and Sunday. Runners await Epic Character Race 10K Sunday morning. Mile 2 sign of the Epic Character Race (WKMG-TV)You get to see what the parks have to offer as well as areas backstage. CharactersThe name of the race is the “Epic Character Race,” and Universal delivered on this. Merchandise at Universal's Epic Character Race (WKMG-TV)All participants who signed up were given a 5K or 10K shirt and Epic Character Race drawstring bag.