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Stuck inside? Let’s play Magic Kingdom Trivia!

Stuck inside? Let’s play Magic Kingdom Trivia!

March 24, 2020

Everything is shut down, and we're all stuck inside while our favorite Florida places are shut down.  It's a bummer.  So let's take a virtual visit around Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom to play some trivia while learning a few cool things about the iconic theme park.

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Sorry folks, but Florida is closed!

Sorry folks, but Florida is closed!

March 17, 2020

A lot has happened in the world since last week, and not much of it has been good news.  The coronavirus pandemic has all but brought activity in Florida, and around the world, to a halt.  This week we talk about the impact COVID-19 has had on Florida tourism since so many of the things we love in this state have been temporarily shut down.

In this Episode:

  • Coronavirus brings Florida theme parks, attractions, and events to a complete standstill.
  • Florida attractions that are closed, what's still open, and what to do now
  • Listener Purchase of the Week: Clue Board Game
  • Shannon's Recommendation: Alton Brown's Handwashing Tutorial

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Florida Face-Off: Gulf coast vs. Atlantic coast beaches

Florida Face-Off: Gulf coast vs. Atlantic coast beaches

March 10, 2020

Spring is around the corner, and beach season will soon be here.  But which coast has the better beaches?  Is the West Coast the best coast?  Or is the Atlantic Ocean the place to be?  This week we put the Gulf Coast up against the Atlantic Coast in six key categories.  

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“Up Up & Away” at Florida’s largest hot air balloon fest.

“Up Up & Away” at Florida’s largest hot air balloon fest.

March 3, 2020

This weekend we had a great time at "Up Up & Away", Florida's largest hot air balloon festival in Lakeland.  
Also, one new ride is opening at Disney World while one classic attraction is getting ready to close.  

In this Episode:

  • Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway opens this week at Hollywood Studios.
  • Spaceship Earth at Epcot is closing for a multi-year reimagining.
  • Trip Advisor lists their best beaches in the world, and some Florida beaches made the cut.
  • We talk about and review our day at "Up Up & Away Florida".
  • Photos: Up Up & Away Florida balloon festival
  • Listener Purchase of the Week5.11 Tactical EMS Pants

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Adventures of Florida Man

Adventures of Florida Man

February 18, 2020

This week we mix up the format a bit and talk about some of our favorite Florida Man headlines of the past year.  Also a little bit Walt Disney World talk.

In this Episode:

  • Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom is getting a facelift. 
  • We discuss some of our favorite Florida Man stories of the past year.
  • Listener Purchase of the Week: Purina Pro Plan Cat Food

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Florida Theme Park Attractions that may soon disappear

Florida Theme Park Attractions that may soon disappear

February 11, 2020

It's still early in the year 2020 and at the start of a new decade.  This week we put on our prognosticator caps to predict and discuss which current Florida theme park attractions we think won't survive to see the next decade.  Also, some "Monster" news emerges on what's coming to Universal's Epic Universe.

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Ten unique, offbeat, “Only in Florida” events for 2020

Ten unique, offbeat, “Only in Florida” events for 2020

February 5, 2020

Two weeks ago we ran down a number of Florida food festivals happening in Florida, so this week we're going to explore some of the unique, weird, and offbeat events for 2020 that could only happen in Florida.  

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Best Places to Visit in Florida (according to T&L)

Best Places to Visit in Florida (according to T&L)

January 28, 2020

This week we came across an article in Travel & Leisure that listed the best places to visit in Florida.  We go through and discuss that list and give our own thoughts and opinions on each place listed.  Also some news about Universal's Epic Universe, SNL pokes fun at Disney Fastpass and listener mail.

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Ten Unique Florida Food Festivals

Ten Unique Florida Food Festivals

January 21, 2020

The Florida festival season is ramping up, and with it comes all kinds of great events to try new foods all over the state.
This week we discuss ten interesting and unique Florida food festivals.

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Ten exciting things coming to Florida in 2020

Ten exciting things coming to Florida in 2020

January 14, 2020

The year 2020 is upon us and we're looking forward to a lot of fun new stuff making it's way to the Sunshine State this year.  
In this episode, we run down ten of the most exciting things we're looking forward to this year.  We also talk a bit about our winter break, and the end of a 70-year-old Florida tradition.

In this Episode:

  • A little talk about our winter break.
  • The Florida Welcome Center no longer gives away free orange juice. 
  • Ten exciting things on the way for 2020

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