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Discount Tickets When Donating Food Items

I’m always thankful when I find businesses that help contribute to the local food banks. The closer we get to Thanksgiving, more and more people become aware of the huge need to fill the shelves for the less fortunate. Recently I was made aware of two local attractions that are collecting nonperishable food items in exchange for discounted tickets. As I become aware of more Central Florida attractions helping out, I’ll add them to this article.

Fantasy of Flight, an attraction off I-4 in Polk County is discounting tickets by $5 from October 1st to November 10th. Admission is generally $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 6-12. Every person in your group must bring a food item to qualify for the discount. Upon arrival, bring the food to the attractions’ admissions counter. The rice, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables collected will benefit The Mission of Winter Haven.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium attraction on International Drive will also be collecting nonperishable food items. This does not start, however, until November 6 and only lasts five days; until November 10th. You must bring 5 food items and when you do, your ticket into the “odditorium” will only cost $5. The regular price for adults is $19.99 (online $16.99) and children ages 4 – 12 is $11.99 (online $9.99). The deal is – five days, five items, five dollars. They call it the “Gimme Five” campaign. Suggested food items include pasta, tomato sauce, juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and veggies and baby food. It will all be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

If you know of any other Orlando area attractions helping out the food banks, please leave a comment to this post. I would be most happy to add it into the list. Enjoy the attractions. Rejoice that you have food. All while helping those who struggle to put food on their tables.

Freaks of Nature?

Check out these unusual characters for yourself….”Lucky the Pain-proof Man” and Jim Stillanos will be appearing at the Orlando location of Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium on May 28th.  Believe it or not,”Lucky the Pain-proof Man” performs such acts as lying face down on broken glass while people stand on his back.  He also consumes molten lead and hammers nails into his nose.  He was the winner of Ripley’s Unbelievable Talent Contest in New York, where he kicked off his routine by eating a glass light bulb.  Jim Stillanos was also a finalist at this event, where he showcased his talents of juggling fire and walking on sharp pieces of glass.  This is sure to be an interesting show, and you may even end up on TV.  There will be videotaping of the event that will be shown in Ripley’s locations worldwide.  Showtimes are 1pm and 3pm.  Check out our spotlight article for more information on the Ripley’s attraction.

World Sword Swallowers Day

Ever want to see one of those sword swallowing acts in person?  Here’s your chance to check out World Sword Swallowers Day!  In conjunction with the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI), Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium will be hosting this event Saturday, February 26th at 2:26pm (that’s 2:26:11 on 2/26/11). On World Swallowing Day last year, 22 performers swallowed more than 138 feet of steel at 10 Ripley’s Odditoriums!   Why is there a World Sword Swallower’s Day?  “We sword swallowers risk our lives every time we swallow swords, but many people don’t believe it’s real, or they think the art has died out,” explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower who has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.   The day was initiated to “raise awareness of the medical contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, to raise funds for esophageal cancer research and the Injured Sword Swallower’s Relief Fund (with donations matched by Ripley’s), and to correct myths by putting on sword swallowing demonstrations for the public and media around the world.”

Sword swallowing originated in India before 2000 BC, and during these early times it was a demonstration of power.  As it expanded over time and migrated to other countries, it became more of a theatrical event, and was introduced in America at the Chicago World’s Fair back in 1893.  “Sword swallowers and Ripley go way back to the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium”, said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc.  Back then, in 1933, three performers mesmerized the huge crowds and two of then were ladies!

You can see for yourself at either Central Florida Ripley’s Odditorium, the International Drive or St. Augustine locations, and see if you ‘believe it or not’.

Check out our spotlight article for more Odditorium information.

Spotlight: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Check out the most bizarre attraction in town!  Robert Ripley has traveled the world collecting a variety of unusual  artifacts and rare treasures.  This 10,000 square foot attraction appears to be falling into a giant sinkhole from the outside, but inside will amaze you.  There are 16 galleries containing hundreds of fascinating exhibits.  Check out a 1907 Rolls Royce car made from over one million match sticks!  Human oddities such as a human shrunken head, the worlds tallest man, and an Egyptian Mummy.  There are unusual works of art and an interactive illusion gallery.  This attraction is self-guided so it may take you anywhere from ½ hour to a couple of hours to see everything.  Good idea for a rainy afternoon.  So check it out and see if you believe it or not!

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