August 16, 2014

Orlando City Secures Home Field Advantage For Play Offs With Convincing Win Over Harrisburg

Filed under: Orlando City soccer — ngw101 @ 10:50 pm

Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 16 August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando City Soccer (16-2-4, 52 points) gained revenge over Harrisburg City Islanders (8-9-6, 30 points) tonight at a sold out ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Lions never like to make life easy and so it proved tonight as they had to come from a goal down to beat the team that gave them only their second defeat of the season last week at the Skyline Sports Complex in Pennsylvania.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 16 August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 16 August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The game started quickly as both teams looked to assert themselves over each other and after Corey Hertzog (pictured above left) had a point blank shot saved by Harrisburg’s keeper Nicholas Noble, Robbie Derschang was able to slip a shot past Miguel Gallardo, in the City goal, for the game’s first goal in the 6th minute. Lions midfielder Darwin Cerén (pictured above right) equalized two minutes later as his 40 yard free kick curled into the net as Noble was caught napping trying to set his defensive wall.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 16 August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando then took the lead in the 18th minute as Corey Hertzog set Trinidad international Kevin Molino (pictured above) free in the box and he made no mistake with a neat chip over Noble to give Orlando a 2-1 lead. It was Molino’s 15th goal of the season and he has now tied former Lion and current Sporting KC star Dom Dwyer and Jose Angulo of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the USL PRO single season goal scoring record with six matches remaining.

After the game Molino said: “What’s most important for me is the team. If any records come after that, I will accept them but for now I just want to be focused on what we have to do to win the league.”

Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 16 August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando sealed the win in the 89th minute when Cerén bagged a brace as he split two Harrisburg defenders before firing home past the diving Noble.

Head Coach Adrian Heath was happy with the win after the game but was still a little critical of his team as he commented: “If there’s one little thing I can pick at, it’s the fact that we didn’t take enough of our chances. At 2-1, there’s still a game on. The game is never won.  You’re one mistake away from dropping a couple of points but fortunately Darwin got the third one and that saw us through. It would have been a travesty if we had not have taken all three points as we created a lot of chances and we played some really good football.”

Tonight’s win extended City’s USL PRO home unbeaten streak to 17 fixtures and secured home field advantage for the Lion’s first 2014 USL PRO playoff match scheduled for September 13.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.OrlandoCitySC.com or 855-ORL-CITY.

More photos at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com

August 15, 2014

SeaWorld Plans New Programs To Protect Ocean Health and Killer Whales

Filed under: Orlando Attractions,SeaWorld — ngw101 @ 4:41 pm

SEA_Beach View

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come.

As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

SEA_Underwater View

Transformational New Environments

The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales.

Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.

Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”

Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities. It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally. Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.

The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.

Killer Whale Research

As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date.

Recognizing that ocean health is a leading concern for killer whales and all marine mammals in the wild, the company also announced it will be embarking on a major multi-million dollar partnership focused on protecting the ocean. More details of the partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.

Advisory Panel

SeaWorld will also engage an Independent Advisory Panel to bring new perspectives and ideas to the project. The panel will focus on the creation of an environment that maximizes the health and well being of the animals. Given the particular expertise of current panelists and those expected to join, the panel will further advise on integrated research projects that can be conducted within the new environment and foster partnerships within the science and academic communities working in the wild.

Current Advisory Panel members include:

Dr. Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Dr. Heidi Harley, Professor of Psychology, New College of Florida

Dr. Dorian Houser, Director of Conservation and Biological Research, National Marine Mammal Foundation

Dr. Linda Lowenstein, Professor Emeritus Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Shawn Noren, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz

Mr. Tom Otten, Chief Executive Officer, Reef Experience

Dr. James F. Peddie, DVM, Distinguished Faculty Chair, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Moorpark College

Dr. Paul Ponganis, Research Physiologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, Film and Television Unit, American Humane Association

Dr. Pam Yochem, Senior Research Scientist and Executive Vice President, Research, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute

“SeaWorld’s capital investment will create a significant number of new jobs in our community and help drive the economy when construction begins at the Orlando park. Beyond that, it will enhance tourism by providing a state-of-the-art experience for visitors while providing valuable new research and educational opportunities in animal health and behavior,” said Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10).

“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”

For more information on the Blue World Project, please visit www.seaworld.com/blueworld

August 9, 2014

Last chance to see Clyde & Seamore “Take Pirate Island” show at SeaWorld Orlando this weekend!

Filed under: Orlando Theme Parks,SeaWorld — ngw101 @ 10:11 am

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

This weekend is your final chance to see the Clyde & Seamore “Take Pirate Island” show at SeaWorld Orlando. After 15 years of entertaining hi-jinks the show will come to a close on August 10.

It’s a show that will be missed a great deal in Orlando and probably all over the globe, as virtually everyone that has ever seen it will have some fond memories of the tale of two sea lions taking on a rogue pirate and winning the day. The show has always been a lot of fun. From the pre-show Pirate mime artist (pictured below) through to the sea lions, otters, pacific walrus and hilarious cast, it’s a show that has always entertained no matter how many times you may have seen it.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The last productions will be this Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s “Pirate Island” showtimes are 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, showtimes are 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On both days, there will be shows at 2:15 p.m. reserved for annual passholders only.

“Sea Lions Tonite,” a different show that skewers fellow SeaWorld attractions, will be presented at 8 p.m. both days.  “Tonite” is part of the theme park’s Summer Nights promotion, and Sunday is its final day as well.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Another sea lion show will debut at the park sometime in 2015, SeaWorld officials say but they remain tight lipped about the theme that show will take. Rumor has it that the new show will have a “Back to School” type theme but in the meantime, as we wait to find out exact details, the stadium and set will undergo an extensive rehab.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

SeaWorld has 12 sea lions, eight of which perform in the “Pirate Island” show and essentially they pull double duty as they learn the roles of both Clyde and Seamore. Interestingly, Clyde and Seamore, the sea lion duo, are not always the same. In fact, according to SeaWorld’s 20 strong trainers, it’s common that during the 30-minute show, seven to eight different sea lions are used.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

It will be a sad day tomorrow as the show comes to an end. Typically SeaWorld shows similar to Clyde and Seamore’s have a two- to three-year run before ending, but Clyde and Seamore was so well-received that it has run for 15 years. The new show is slated to be announced in about two to three months, so please check back on a regular basis as we’ll be sure to bring you all the details of the new show.

More photos at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com

 

August 8, 2014

One Million Guests Have Now Ridden The Hogwarts Express!

Filed under: Orlando Theme Parks,Universal Orlando — ngw101 @ 1:48 pm

Hogwarts Express Millionth Rider Celebration

Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.

In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

Hogwarts Express Millionth Rider Celebration 2

In celebration of the millionth rider to board the Hogwarts Express, Universal Orlando Resort selected a few special children to receive conductors’ hats before boarding the train. Guests began boarding the iconic steam locomotive in early July, surpassing one million riders in a little more than a month.

August 6, 2014

‘Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!’ gets 4 more weeks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Filed under: Disney,Orlando Theme Parks — ngw101 @ 2:00 pm

"Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney's Hollywood Studios"

The “Frozen” fun of Arendelle won’t melt away on Labor Day, as “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been extended through Sept. 28, 2014.

The popularity of the icy special event prompted Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their polar pals to extend their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park beyond Sept. 1, 2014 (the originally announced closing date for the event).

"Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios

“Frozen,” a comedy-adventure presented by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the highest grossing animated film of all time.

Fans of “Frozen” have been flocking to the flurry of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since July 5, enjoying immersive experiences like the “For The First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” and ice skating (on real ice!) inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland.  Anna, Elsa & Kristoff are also welcomed by guests daily in an 11 a.m. processional down Hollywood Boulevard while ice cutters, skaters and skiers join the cavalcade.

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Nearly all of the event’s components will continue daily, with the exception of the “Frozen Fireworks” spectacular.  The fireworks show will be presented each night (except August 23) through September 1, and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from September 5-28.

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Most activities in “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” are included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Here’s a rundown of what’s planned for park guests through Sept. 28, 2014 (schedule subject to change without notice):

Anna’s & Elsa’s Royal Welcome:  Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard.  Rugged mountain man Kristoff and Olaf the summer-loving snowman also make special appearances.

“For The First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration”: Inside the park’s Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the history of their kingdom amidst projections and special effects.  Guests are invited to join in special sing-along moments from the film’s chart-topping soundtrack.  At the end of the performance, guests become “Honorary Citizens of Arendelle.”  The 30-minute show is presented multiple times each day.

Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland: There’s a “big summer blowout” happening inside the park’s Soundstage One, where Oaken – the film’s trading post owner – and his cousins have created the “Frozen Funland” amidst a winter wonderland.  Living up to its name, there are plenty of frozen festivities inside the makeshift adventure park Oaken and his cousins built to make the most of the sudden snowstorm.

Part of Oaken’s Frozen Funland is an ice skating rink with demonstrations by some of Oaken’s talented cousins on the Arendelle ice.*  For an additional fee, guests can don a pair of skates and hit the ice as well.  Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” area.  For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase.

Guests also can take pictures with the film’s animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email them or share on their social media channels.

Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: In the evening, a live band and DJ take the stage to celebrate “Frozen” summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film.

Take-Along Olaf: Guests have the chance to be a part of the celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a “Take-Along Olaf.” Take-Along Olafs are distributed at various locations in the park.  Guests are invited to carry Olaf with them on their Disney’s Hollywood Studios adventures.  By sharing photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the main stage’s big screen during special moments throughout the day.

Frozen Fireworks: The giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Boulevard gets the full “Frozen” treatment with special projections of snow and ice images in an eye-popping spectacular above Hollywood Boulevard.  Set to the film’s soundtrack, the fireworks show features some special guests, including a very magical appearance from Elsa.

The fireworks show will be presented each night (except August 23) through September 1, and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from September 5-28.

More Frozen Fun! The “Frozen” festivities do not end at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Magic Kingdom park, fans get immersed in these “Frozen” fantasies:

  • Meet Anna and Elsa inside Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland.
  • Anna and Elsa appear in the new daytime spectacular “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”
  • The “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show transforms Cinderella Castle with magical visuals from “Frozen.”

August 4, 2014

Tinker Bell Greets Magic Kingdom Guests at Town Square Theater

Filed under: Disney,Orlando Theme Parks — ngw101 @ 2:24 pm

Tinker Bell Greets Magic Kingdom Guests at Town Square Theater

Tinker Bell strikes a pose inside Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom. As guests enter the Garden Theater at Town Square Theater, they magically shrink down to the size of a fairy and are welcomed into Tinker Bell’s home, which is filled with a collection of her treasures from the mainland.

Tinker Bell Greets Magic Kingdom Guests at Town Square Theater

August 2, 2014

Orlando City Soccer Secures Play Off Berth With 4-1 Win Over Charlotte Eagles

Filed under: Orlando City soccer — ngw101 @ 10:30 am

Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando City SC (15-1-4, 49 points) clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday evening as they defeated the Charlotte Eagles (7-12-3, 24 points) 4-1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports.  The win extended City’s home unbeaten streak in USL Pro play to 16 while maintaining OCSC’s lead at four points in league standings.

“We expected to make the playoffs, but it’s still nice to do it,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath after the 4-1 win. “I thought the performance tonight was a lot better than it has been in the past. We have to continue to play at our maximum because we can’t afford to play 75-80 percent and expect to win.”

Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

At the end of a dire first half that saw both teams making far too many mistakes and giving away possession cheaply, Oviedo native Dennis Chin (pictured above) gave the game a spark right on the stroke of half time as he netted to give Orlando a 1-0 half time lead. It was Chin’s sixth goal of the 2014 campaign and stemmed from some good build-up play by City’s front three, consisting of Mbengue, Chin and Molino. Chin drifted inside and found Molino, who released Mbengue in the box for a shot on goal. Charlotte Goalkeeper Alec Kahn’s made a decent save from the Senegalese midfielder’s strike but fortune wasn’t on his side as the rebound landed in Chin’s path, who made no mistake from 12 yards.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The second half began with a bang as Tyler Turner (pictured above) scored his first ever professional goal as he headed home in the 48th minute from a Ceren free kick.

“I’ve been aching to score a goal,” said Turner. “It’s always been my dream to score at the professional level and everything is finally starting to fall in place. It’s been an unreal experience.”

Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Molino (pictured above) added a third from the penalty spot just two minutes later after Brian Span was hacked down in the penalty box. Juan Guzman was correctly shown the red card for stopping a goal scoring opportunity in the incident.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Charlotte Eagles - 2nd August 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Molino then added a second goal of the game as he found himself clear and found the net with a neat chip over the advancing Alec Kahn in the Eagle’s goal.

Charlotte managed to pull one back with arguably the best goal of the game in the 75th minute when striker Wells Thompson scored with a stunning effort off the crossbar.

Orlando City now has eight games remaining in the season in their quest to capture a third Regular Season Championship. City’s next fixture will take place on Saturday, August 9 against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC- GK Miguel Gallardo, D Tyler Turner (Bitielo Jean-Jacques 81’), Tommy Redding, Luke Boden, Rob Valentino (Brad Rusin 73’), M Ian Christianson (Harrison Heath 73’),  Adama Mbengue (Austin da Luz 65’), Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molino, Brian Span, F Dennis Chin (Giuseppe Gentile 65’)

Charlotte Eagles- GK Alec Kahn, D JJ Greer, Bilal Duckett, Jonny Leathers, Ben Newnam, M Fred Sekyere (Darren Toby 9’), Drew Yates (Matt Gold 60’), Juan Guzman, F David Estrada, Jorge Herrera, Wells Thompson (Zak Boggs 76’)

More photos at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com

Hearts of Reality To Benefit Give Kids The World Autograph Session Today!

Filed under: Give Kids The World,Orlando Charity Events — ngw101 @ 10:17 am

Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. Worrall)

The 2014 Hearts of Reality to benefit Give Kids The World event comes to a conclusion today but not before a lot of fun and games happen! The event concludes tonight with a Luau Party at Celebration Town Tavern but before that, the 104 Realty Television stars will be meeting and greeting guests at the Bohemian Hotel in Celebration staring at 2.15pm. The stars will be signing autographs until approximately 5pm and attendees have chance to meet their favorite stars from Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, The Bachelor and many other TV reality shows.

Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. Worrall)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. Worrall

Making a first time appearance are Juan Pablo & Nikki (pictured above) from the last season of The Bachelor and they are joined by Tina Wesson (Survivor-Australian Outback -winner), Evil Dick (Big Brother 8 – winner), Denise Stapley (Survivor-Philippines – winner), Amy Diaz & Jason Case (The Amazing Race-23 – winners)Rachel Reilly (Big Brother 13 – winner), Uchenna Agu (The Amazing Race-Season 7 – winner), Richard Hatch (Survivor-Borneo – winner), Fabio (Survivor-Nicaragua – winner), Hayden Moss (Big Brother – winner ), Tony Vlachos (Survivor- Cagayan –winner), Vecepia Towery-Robinson (Survivor-Marquesas – winner), Nick Peterson ( The Bachelorette and The Bachelor Pad-winner), Angela Zatopek (Ready for Love -winner), Chris Daugherty (Survivor-Vanuatu – Winner), Mark Long (MTV Personality), Tanya Vance (Survivor-Thailand), Chris Nordhorn (The Bachelorette 6), Blakeley Shea (The Bachelor-Season 16), Big Tom (Survivor-Africa) and many more!

Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Philip Podskalan)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Joe Petro)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Joe Petro)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Philip Podskalan)

The stars have been in town since Thursday night when they attended a People Magazine VIP Reception before they headed out to Gatorland on Friday morning. At Gatorland they had fun on the ziplines, enjoyed some gator wrestling, and took in some of the amazing wildlife at the Alligator Breeding Marsh.

Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Philip Podskalan)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Philip Podskalan)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer:  Allison Petro)Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer:  Allison Petro)

It was then onto the main event of the day and the reason for the visit to Orlando. A trip to Give Kids The World and a chance to brighten the lives of some of the families with children who have life threatening diseases. The Reality TV stars come together every year to raise money for the organization and to ensure that as many families as possible are helped through some very difficult times. The goal in 2014 was to raise over $65,000 before the event began and during last nights visit it was announced that the target had been exceeded as over $78,000 had so far been raised with still one more month to go! Amazing stuff and it just shows what big hearts all of these stars really have.

Hearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. WorrallHearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. WorrallHearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. WorrallHearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. WorrallHearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. WorrallHearts of Reality 2014 (Photographer: Nigel G. Worrall

Today is your chance to help the charity raise even more money and all you have to do is wander along to the Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, pay a small cover charge and you too can meet all of these stars. It’s a fun afternoon and it aids a terrific cause. Hope to see you there!

Lots more photos at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com

July 30, 2014

Football Comes of Age in New York

Filed under: Sport,World Soccer — ngw101 @ 10:07 pm

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Football (soccer) finally came of age in New York tonight as an almost full house of 49,653 journeyed to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The stadium will play home to New York City Football Club next year and we thought we’d wander along to the game to see what Orlando City Soccer Club can expect when it joins the MLS next year.

The first thing to say is that there is a reason that MLS requires a soccer specific stadium and the game tonight demonstrated why. The largely Liverpool dominated crowd attempted to get a rousing atmosphere going but generally it evaporated into the air. The pitch was quite a distance from the fans in some areas and essentially we had the sight of a soccer pitch with its goalposts in left field  and in foul territory behind what would normally be the first base line. The turf covering the majority of the infield dirt cut loose and several times players lost balance as they competed for the ball.

NYCFC’s owners are Manchester City and they were hoping to send a strong message out to MLS with a convincing win over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup, a preseason tournament pitting eight European teams into two groups.

The game essentially acted as a showcase for what fans can expect but the MLS expansion club will hope things turn out rather differently than they did tonight, as the game ended in a Liverpool win after penalty kicks.

 Manchester City vs Liverpool

The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes, that lead to penalty-kicks without any extra time.  Lucas Leiva (pictured above) scored the winning penalty in the fourth round of kicks, to give Liverpool a 3-1 win.

The first half was a tail of two teams testing each out and the game desperately needed a goal. Manchester City looked the stronger side after the break and it was no surprise when they netted the game’s first goal in the 53rd minute. Jesus Navas crossed from the right and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard fluffed his clearance allowing City striker Stevan Jovetic to pounce and give his team the lead.

It was one that wouldn’t last long as Liverpool leveled the score in the 59th minute with a clinical finish by Jordan Henderson that curled inside the right handpost, sending the Liverpool fans into a frenzy.

Manchester City vs Liverpool

City regained the lead in the 70th minute and it was Jovetic (pictured above) again who tapped home on the edge of the six-yard box to give Man City a 2-1 lead.

Liverpool tied the game again in the 85th minute when Raheem Sterling bent a superb shot inside the bottom right corner as a desperate Joe Hart in the City goal looked on.

The Merseysiders will now face AC Milan in Charlotte on Saturday and they have a chance to clinch top spot in their group. That would set up the possibility of a final showdown with Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in Miami on 4th August. For City to stand any chance, they have to beat Olympiacos in Minnesota.

It was a great night for football in America and the majority of the crowd seemed to be enthralled to be able to watch a game of soccer at the home of one of the great American baseball teams. Looks like the Yankees really do love their football!

 

 

July 27, 2014

SeaWorld’s Clyde & Seamore to sail into the sunset!

Filed under: Orlando Vacation Tips,SeaWorld — ngw101 @ 7:49 am

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The entertaining “Clyde and Seamore take Pirate Island” show is coming to an end at SeaWorld. The show has been running for 15 years, making it SeaWorld’s longest running show.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The show has always been a lot of fun. Starting with the clown that wanders around and directs the audience to their seats right through to the constant action going on on stage and in the water tank. Clyde & Seamore has entertained hundreds of thousands of people and has always been a highlight of a day at the popular Orlando park.

Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The last show will be on 10th August and a new Clyde and Seamore show will debut in 2015. The sea lion show will run at normal show times for the next two weeks before it sails off into the sunset!

 Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Clyde & Seamore at SeaWorld (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

We’ll be sure to bring you details of the new show as soon as we have details.