Ross Lynch Faces Off With His New Madame Tussauds Orlando Figure


Music, film and television star Ross Lynch will come face to face with his new wax figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando on Thursday, May 21 at the attraction’s new location at I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining destination on International Drive.

Lynch met with Madame Tussauds artists where more than 300 precise measurements of his head and body were taken to create a perfect replica of the rising star. At the sitting, Lynch and his father were discussing several ideas for his figure’s pose, when he naturally fell into a casual stance that was reflective of his personality. Lynch also provided artists with the clothing and accessories for his figure, including a leather jacket, R5 guitar pick necklace, socks and his signature pink underwear, which he said his fans would expect to see.

“This whole experience with the Madame Tussauds team was so cool,” said Lynch. “I’m excited to see how the figure will look, especially since he’s rocking my pink boxers!”

Lynch made his acting debut on the hit Disney Channel show, Austin & Ally, as lead character Austin Moon. He then played the lead male role in the hit Disney Channel original film, Teen Beach Movie, as Brady, which was filmed on location in Puerto Rico.  Lynch reprises his role in Teen Beach 2, which debuts this summer.

A talented self-taught musician, not only does Lynch sing and dance, he also plays piano, drums, bass and guitar, which ultimately led to the creation of his pop rock band, R5, whose five founding members include three of his siblings. He has released several singles, and sang on all the songs for the Austin & Ally soundtrack. R5’s second studio album, Sometime Last Night, will be released on July 10, 2015.

Madame Tussauds is world-renowned for the creation of detailed and lifelike wax figures that pay homage to A-list celebrities from film and television, sports icons, musicians from all genres, and notable figures from history and pop culture.

Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and taking more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. All visitors can shake hands with the president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie!

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Universal Orlando Resort Extends Theme Park Ticket Offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military


Universal Orlando Resort has extended its ticket offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military with purchase available now through Dec. 4, 2015. Military personnel can purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and heart-warming moments that can only be found at Universal Orlando Resort. Plus, they can also upgrade with a 3-night stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.



Buy a 1-Day, Park-to-Park

Ticket and Get 2 Days FREE


·         Active duty and retired members of the military and their families can receive two

days FREE with the purchase of a 1-day, park-to-park ticket with valid military


·         Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use

·         Tickets are available for purchase until Dec. 4, 2015 and must be redeemed

by Dec. 17, 2015

Special Military Vacation

Packages Available  



·         Active duty and retired military personnel can make it a special vacation by adding a

stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package

starting at $299 per adult, tax inclusive with valid military identification.

·         Package also includes:

          The 1-Day, Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free ticket offer

          3-nights stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

          Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before

the theme park opens

          Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk

·         Special active duty and retired military package rates are also available at Universal

      Orlando’s additional resort hotels Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay

      Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and select Universal Partner Hotels

·         Vacation package available for purchase through Nov. 30, 2015 and travel

through Dec. 4, 2015


These all-new military offers are available with valid identification on participating bases at ITT or Leisure Travel Service Offices. For additional details on these offers, see below or visit


Members of the military and their families and friends will experience the trip of a lifetime at Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. A world of excitement and adventure awaits with all-new experiences, including the awe-inspiring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Springfield, home of America’s favorite animated family “The Simpsons.”  


At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, guests will be transported back to a time of relaxation and endless family fun in this classic, retro-themed resort. Cabana Bay guests can experience incredible amenities throughout the hotel, including a 10-lane bowling alley, retro arcade, Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, a zero-entry pool and Universal Orlando’s first-ever lazy river.


Nathan’s Famous Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Title for Most Selfies Taken Simultaneously at Busch Stadium in St. Louis

Guinness World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson presents Nathan's Famous representative Chris Madigan with Official World Records Title Certificate

Guinness World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson presents Nathan’s Famous representative Chris Madigan with Official World Records Title Certificate

Nathan’s Famous, the iconic hot dog company based in Coney Island, N.Y., set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title today for Most selfies (self-portraits) taken simultaneously with 4,296 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.


The previous record of 2,997 was beaten by the crowd taking in the St. Louis Cardinals game against the visiting Detroit Tigers.


A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator was on-site to immediately verify and confirm the record.


“Everyone knows that Nathan’s Famous is the originator of fun and today we proved it with 4,296 Cardinals fans by setting the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most selfies taken simultaneously. We can’t thank our partners at Schnucks Supermarkets and the St. Louis Cardinals enough for helping us with this awesome achievement,” said Mike Paribello, Sr. Director of Marketing, Nathan’s Famous.

Joey Chestnut, the eight-time defending Nathan’s Famous National Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion, was on-hand and participated by taking a selfie at the stadium with the famous Gateway Arch in the background.

“I know I hold the contest record for downing the most hot dogs, and the record for most Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest championships, but it was really cool to be a part of a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt,” said Chestnut. “So many fans jumped on board. I hope they all upload their selfies to to be entered into the Original Selfie Sweepstakes that starts on Monday.”

Chestnut alluded to The Original Selfie Sweepstakes, which officially opens on Monday, May 18 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. Fans who participated in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt are encouraged to post their selfies for chances to win monthly grand prizes as well as having instant win opportunities. All uploaded selfies will be eligible for weekly instant and monthly grand prizes.

Sweepstake entries should be uploaded to or emailed to Fans can also enter via Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #NathansSelfie. Each week, one lucky winner, will be proclaimed the Fan of the Week for the photo posted on the website. Monthly grand prizes and weekly prizes will also be awarded. For more information and complete rules, please visit

Nathan’s Famous was founded almost 100 years ago in Coney Island, a popular New York City amusement and leisure destination.  Nathan’s Famous prides itself on its great quality, unmistakable taste, and a passion for family fun and community support.


Nathan’s Famous is a licensed brand of Smithfield Foods.


Prince Royce & Shawn Mendes Kick Off 25th Anniversary Concert Series This Weekend

On select nights May 23 through June 20, a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists will headline a special concert series at Universal Orlando Resort as part of Universal Orlando’s 25th anniversary year. The 25th Anniversary Concert Series features an array of talent with something for everyone, including internationally-renowned artist Pitbull, chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls, award-winning Latin idol Prince Royce, teen sensation Shawn Mendes and more. The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. © 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

On select nights May 23 through June 20, a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists will headline a special concert series at Universal Orlando Resort as part of Universal Orlando’s 25th anniversary year. The 25th Anniversary Concert Series features an array of talent with something for everyone, including internationally-renowned artist Pitbull, chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls, award-winning Latin idol Prince Royce, teen sensation Shawn Mendes and more. The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida.
© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series begins this weekend with musical performances by award-winning Latin singer Prince Royce on Saturday, May 23 and teen sensation and singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes on Sunday, May 24.

Prince Royce’s latest album, “Soy el Mismo,” debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album charts with his fourth studio album slated to release later this year. The singer has recently collaborated with several of today’s biggest artists, on top hits like “Stuck on a Feeling” and “Back It Up.”

Mendes – who is hailed by Billboard as “Music’s First Vine Star”– just released his debut album, “Handwritten,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and includes his popular single “Life of the Party.” The 16-year-old singer is currently featured as one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2014” and will also be Taylor Swift’s opening act this summer during her “1989” world-tour.

On select nights through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.  The excitement of the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more information, visit

Customizable Cookie Cutters Sweeten Up Your Summer Celebrations

Summer will soon make its arrival, which means now is an excellent time to prepare for all of the season’s upcoming celebrations. From summer baby showers to birthdays, to grad parties and Father’s Day, there’s no doubt that summer is always filled with countless special occasions. For your upcoming summer soirees, get the party started and add the perfect dash of sugary excitement with festive cookies, customized to your event’s theme including names/dates, courtesy of Cookie Cutter Kingdom. From diploma cookies for grad parties to sand castle cookies for beach parties, Cookie Cutter Kingdom will help sweeten up all your upcoming summer events.

Cookie Cutter Kingdom uses 3D printing technology to offer you thousands of cookie designs in various sizes.  Ordering couldn’t be any easier:  Pick a shape, enter personalized text, and you’ll be able to see and interact with your cookie design right there in your web browser!  Prices range from $4-$17, depending on size and customization.

Graduation Parties

Let your graduate know how proud you are with special cookies shaped like graduation gowns, caps, and diplomas, personalized with name and graduation date!

Pictured below, left to right: Graduation Cap Cutter,  Graduation Gown Cutter, and Graduation Diploma Cutter.

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Father’s Day

Show dad how much you care with ribbon or trophy-shaped cookies jazzed up with #1 DAD or your own special message. Your proud papa would also love cookies that celebrate his love for beer, DIY home projects, or his fave sport!

Pictured below, left to right and top to bottom: Football Helmet Cutter Ribbon CutterTrophy Fancy Cutter, 3 Piece Tools Cutter Set6 Piece Chess CutterPick Up Truck Cookie CutterBeer Bottle CutterBeer Mug Cutter, and 7 Piece Sports Ball Cutter and Stamp Set.

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Summer Gardening Get-Together

Part of a summer gardening club? At the next meeting, surprise all of the members with cute cookies in the shapes of flowers, plant pots, gardening tools, and more.

Pictured below, left to right and top to bottom:  Bucket Cutter, Flower Pot Cutter, Garden Rake Cutter, Garden Spade Cutter, Plant Pot Cutter, Watering Can Cutter, Butterfly Cutter, 5 Petal Flower Cutter, and Basket Cutter by Tunde.

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Beach Bonanzas

Get the party started and celebrate summer fun in the sun with cookies shaped like sea shells, bathing suits, sand castles, and more.

Pictured below, left to right and top to bottom: 2 Piece Sand Castle Cutter Set, Bikini One Piece Cutter, Palm Tree Cutter, Sunglasses Beach Cutter, Wave Cutter, 3 Piece Beach Time Cutter Set, Whimsical Whale Cutter, 2 Piece Beach Surf Cutter Set, and Dolphin Cutter.

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Summer Birthdays

If you’re putting on a summer birthday soiree, celebrate with cookies in the shape of number candles, party hats, and more!  Be sure to add the birthday gal or guy’s name and age to make it extra special!

Pictured below, left to right: Birthday Party Hat Cutter Full Set, Birthday Candle Numbers Cutters, Gift Box Cutter.

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For Summertime Weddings & Bridal Showers

Planning a wedding or bridal shower? Make the celebration extra sweet with festive wedding-themed cookies!  The Bride and Groom will love seeing their names, initials and wedding date on their delicious treats.

Pictured below, left to right: Wedding Cake (Heart) Cutter, Wedding Dress Cutter, Bride and Groom Wedding Cutter, Wedding Bells Cutter, Dove Cutter, Heart Cutter.

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For Summer Baby Showers

If you’re planning a baby shower, make the celebration extra memorable with festive baby-themed cookies!  Add baby’s name (if available) and/or the due date!

Pictured below, left to right: Cradle Cookie Cutter Set, Elephant Baby Cutter, and Peas In A Pod Cutter.

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Cookie Cutter Kingdom cookie cutters are an excellent addition to any collection! Perfect for hobbyists or professional bakers, the cutters’ plastic is safe, durable and reinforced to support use over many years. Each cutter features a .6mm edge that produces the finest cuts into cookie dough, fondant, and gumpaste. The colors may vary, but the quality is always the same. Hand wash ONLY and ensure that you don’t heat the plastic.

To see the entire line of Cookie Cutter Kingdom cutters, please visit You can also follow them on Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram.