A guide to sensory-friendly activities, resources in Central Florida
As World Autism Awareness Month is about to begin, we highlight what Central Florida has to offer with multiple sensory-friendly activities, as well as resources for families with members on the autism spectrum. Here is a list of some of those places, ranging from theme parks to resource centers.
A former Sea World staffer, who says she was fired after 45 years, is suing the company for alleged age discrimination and decades of unpaid overtime
An ex-Sea World employee said she was replaced with a younger employee after more than four decades. She's filed a suit alleging age discrimination.news.yahoo.com
Mardi Gras comes to the Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando
click to enlarge Photo courtesy SeaWorldSea World has added Mardi Gras to its Seven Seas celebrations for the next two weekends.The Mardi Gras additions are only set to run for a limited time, from Feb. 12-16 and then again Feb. 19-21. The new, socially distanced Mardi Gras-themed experiences include a pop-up parade, live music and street parties, at select times from 12:30-6 p.m.And, of course, the food festival is introducing a mixture of Gulf Coast flavors to try as part of the experience. The featured flavors will include beignets and po'boys, with plenty of "Southern libations" to wash them down afterward.Sea World's Seven Seas Food Festival began Feb. 5 and will run through May 9. When park-goers have taken their fill of Mardi Gras, they can 'travel' to a multitude of other food markets available, visit the draft beer garden, or catch a live music performance.orlandoweekly.com
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
click to enlarge Photo via Magic 107.7Initial reports are out and it looks like we might be seeing the light at the end of this dark COVID tunnel. Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World are looking at numbers in the black while Disney is expected to release their numbers later this week. – LINKMeantime, the cruise industry is struggling to put its economic recovery plan in place as it's hit with yet another roadblock. Canada has now shut its borders to all large ships until at least next year. – LINKDespite pictures showing the opposite to be true, Tampa's mayor said their Super Bowl mask policy was in place and and was effective at last weekend's events.orlandoweekly.com
Florida reports 1,212 new cases of COVID-19, 67 more deaths
In a step towards reopening that may restore jobs to thousands of Floridians, theme parks across Central Florida are inching closer to reopening, even if the momentum is incremental. As of Friday afternoon, the Florida Department of Health reported 1,212 new cases of COVID-19 since about the same time Thursday, as well as 67 new deaths related to the respiratory illness. This brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 reported in Florida since it was first detected in the state on March 1 to 54,497, as well as 2,413 deaths. According to Disney officials, face coverings will be required for all guests ages two and up and temperature screenings will be required in some locations. Universal Orlando will be the first in Central Florida to open starting June 5 after it recently received approval from the governor.
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Sea World is still putting the finishing touches on the new Ice Breaker coaster set to open later this year. New papers have now been filed that lead us to believe there is yet another roller coaster in the works. - LINK Central Florida story tellers pair with local composers for an incredible unique and entertaining night of storytelling. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Walt Disney World and Hurricane Dorian: Should I stay or should I go?
Orlando park visitors have been debating Hurricane Dorian since Wednesday. Orlando parks rarely closeIt's rare that the parks close. Disney has only closed its Orlando theme parks a handful of times since its initial opening in 1971, mostly for weather related reasons. More recent closures were in response to Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. "If you're staying at a Universal Orlando or Disney World hotel, they will likely try to add some extra entertainment when the parks close," he said.
Headlines at 7:30: Supreme Court delays decision on same-sex marriage in Virginia
Headlines at 7:30: Supreme Court delays decision on same-sex marriage in Virginia The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court will delay its decision on same-sex marriage until its next term. Also, Sea World drops its appeal to get its trainers back in the water. "CBS This Morning" takes a look at some of today's headlines from around the globe.cbsnews.com