Our summer double issue is back! We have a lot to look forward to over the next couple months, but hopefully you’re not too busy for a moment of reflection. Let’s take a look back at some of the fun we shared in May and June. Check out the highlights below, just in case you missed it!
Disney is an organization that commits itself to much more than just princesses and family entertainment! They also have a long-standing tradition and commitment to supporting our veterans. From May 8-12, Walt Disney World Resort was the proud host and sponsor of the 2016 Invictus Games. Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Invictus Games featured nearly 500 competitors from 14 nations competing in 10 sports. Former President George W. Bush spoke at the opening dinner and praised Disney’s superb hospitality towards attendees. During the five day event, more than 400 Disney VoluntEARS joined community volunteers in staffing stations and hosting competitors. Meanwhile, Disney Cast Members helped to create truly magical memories for all involved!
On May 25th, STK Orlando celebrated its grand opening party in “Vintage Hollywood” theme with more than 500 guests and members of the media. Located in at Disney Springs, the brand new establishment is the area’s newest hotspot and features menu items with a local focus. The stylish partygoers were treated to STK’s unique blend of energy, excitement and first-class cocktails and cuisine. The party was dialed up to a fever pitch as a surprise flash mob performed a choreographed routine to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” throughout the entire two-story restaurant. Guests enjoyed sampling a variety of STK’s favorite bites including Lil’ BRGs, Crispy Rock Shrimp and Chili-Rubbed Lamb Chops while sipping on STK signature cocktails such as the Cucumber Stiletto, Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan and Smokeshow.
June 4-6 brought a very familiar event back to Orange County Convention Center! The highly anticipated Premiere Orlando returned for three of the biggest days in the worldwide beauty industry. The event is a trade show for the professional beauty industry where thousands of licensed professionals connect with manufacturers and distributors of hair, nail and skincare products. Premiere Orlando remains the largest beauty show in the United States with close to 800 companies exhibiting over the course of the three days. Attendees also received a wealth of information from the 440+ professional education classes offered, including hands-on workshops presented by top beauty industry professionals and participating companies.
From June 6-8, Copa América Centenario brought out the football madness in thousands of fans at Camping World Stadium. The international men’s association football tournament features the top star players from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. Camping World Stadium was a sea of flags and football enthusiast as it hosted three historic Orlando tournaments: Costa Rica vs Paraguay on June 4, Bolivia vs Panama on June 6 and Brazil vs Haiti on June 8. Costa Rica and Paraguay opened the event with a goalless draw while Panama defeated Bolivia with a 2-1 win. Brazil followed in victory with a 7-1 win over Haiti.
Not everyone loves seafood, but those who do are pretty passionate about it! On June 18th, Festival of the Sea brought out seafood enthusiasts from all over Orlando to celebrate their love of seafood together. The outdoor event was held at at Festival Park and featured multiple seafood vendors serving all of the favorites, as well as introducing attendees to a few new ones! In-between sampling from the various seafood vendors, guests also had an opportunity to enjoy live music, the Beer & Wine Garden and an arts and crafts area. The family friendly event was open to all ages and even had a designated play area for the little ones to interact with other children their age.
SeaWorld Orlando is upping the thrills this summer! From June 10-August 7, SeaWorld is celebrating Summer of Mako, a brand new event that encourages families to explore, be inspired and take action to protect our one ocean. Guests of all ages are enjoying animal experts, an ocean of interactive games, and experiencing Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako. Summer of Mako truly has something for everyone with several limited time in-park specials, awe-inspiring celebrations and much more! When the sun goes down the fun starts up again with a nightly Block Party along SeaWorld’s Waterfront. If you missed any of the fun, don’t forget to head over to Summer of Mako before it comes to an end on August 7th!