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Cheetah Hunt now open!

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal, accelerating up to 70 to 75 mph in short bursts, and now Busch Garden’s Cheetah Hunt is the longest roller coaster in the state!  (Disney’s Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom comes in a close 2nd.)  At 4,429 feet long, this new ‘cheetah simulator’ ride will launch riders at speeds up to 60 mph, and up to a height of 102 feet!  This new coaster doesn’t use the traditional chain lift to pull the cars up to the top, but rather a “LSM” system, which means it will use ‘linear synchronous motors’, a series of electric magnetic motors, to propel the coaster cards at different bursts of speed.  The 3 minute, 30 second ride carries 16 riders per train, and can take up to 1,370 riders per hour.  Another thing that makes this ride different is the smaller height requirement, only 48 inches, rather than the coaster standard of 54 inches, so younger kids will be able to ride also.

Opening day was Friday, May 27th, in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but there were some glitches Friday so it was not opened until the afternoon.  But those riders who finally got on were not disappointed.

Along with the new ride is the Cheetah Run, a new animal experience where guests can watch real cheetahs in motion.  The opening day bugs seemed to have been worked out and I’m looking forward to testing the new ride in person, happy hunting!

Taste of Winter Park

This Wednesday, April 20th, will be the 26th annual Taste of Winter Park.  The Winter Park area has been known for its fine dining, and this is your chance to taste unlimited samples of food and drink from some of the area’s finest restaurants.   The event will take place at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, rain or shine, and will also include live entertainment by Johnny Mag Sax.

Some of the restaurants that will be featuring mouth-watering dishes include 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Mellow Mushroom, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and the Ravenous Pig. There will be over 40 fabulous restaurants participating, and this is a great way to try them all, for only $40.

When:  April 20, 2011 from 5-8pm
: Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL
: $40 online or at door ($35 for Chamber members)

Great American Pie Festival This Weekend!

The Great American Pie Festival will feature delicious pies.

The town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World this weekend April 9th and 10th, for the tenth year in a row.   Thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together for the Great American Pie Festival. Sponsored by Crisco®, the highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings and beverages. Yummy!

Children can make their own pies and join in the pie decorating, pie scaping, pie tin art and many other pie activities. Adults will enjoy the featured entertainment and baking demonstrations by chefs from across the country. Of course, no pie festival would be complete without a Pie Eating Contest. So join in! Have some delicious pie!

If you are a pie lover, you’ll be treated to sweet offerings by Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, California Raisin Marketing Board, J. Horner’s Desserts, Kroger’s Private Selection, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Rocky Mountain Pies, Smucker’s Toppings, The Folger Coffee Company, Village Inn and Wick’s Pies. Many vendors will be on site too offering their products, recipes and more. Admission is free, although there will be a cost to enjoy the pie buffet.

Lakeside Park in Celebration, Florida is conveniently located at 631 Sycamore St., Celebration, FL 34747, just off I-4 near Disney. Enjoy a slice of heaven this weekend!

  • April 09, 2011 – April 10, 2011
  • Location: Lakeside Park
  • Address: 631 Sycamore St., Celebration, FL 34747
  • Time: All Day
  • Admission: Admission free. Buffet tickets sold at the event.
  • Phone: 407-566-1200
  • Event Website