The Orlando Predators stampede into the Arena Football League’s 25th season boasting the debut of a new head coach and retooled roster. Former Predators player and Winter Park native Bret Munsey brings with him both a new playbook and ArenaBowl championship expectations, telling the Orlando Sentinel upon his hiring, “[The Predators] want to win [this] year, and I’ve got to find a way to do that.” The front office has contributed to the championship campaign with new additions on both sides of the ball. Recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will compete with Collin Drafts for the duties of breaking the team out of each huddle and igloo-encased locker room. On defense, new nose tackle Richard Clebert dominates the line of scrimmage by clogging foes’ running lanes, as he did in his last two seasons on a pair of ArenaBowl championship teams.
Orange County Regional History Center showcases the area's past inside a building steeped in Orange County history: the 1927 Courthouse. Today, visitors can explore the grand courtroom where the murderous Ted Bundy was allegedly arraigned. Such recent events, however, barely scratch the surface of the 12,000 years worth of history encompassed within the center's permanent exhibitions. Spanning Native American and Spanish roots to the meteoric rise of Walt Disney World, the museum illustrates Orange County's vast lineage.
The building has five floors, four of which house permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions and materials for traveling exhibitions that highlight Florida history throughout the country. An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum also plays host to programs for all ages, from lunchtime speaking engagements to educational programs designed to spark the imagination and satisfy curiosity. The Emporium offers one-of-a-kind gifts reflecting the cultural history of Central Florida including rare vintage photographs, quirky Florida souvenirs, and delicious Florida treats.
Gathered at a local watering hole with his buddies, Chris Brown hatched an idea: a bar where guests could drink bottled craft beer in the company of classic, stand-up arcade games. Chris's vision transformed into BART, where coolers stock wine and craft beers from breweries such as Bell's, Harpoon, and Dogfish Head. The brews change every week, as do the free games, which include favorites from the 70s, 80s, and 90s such as Centipede, Donkey Kong, and Pac Man, the classic game that taught a generation that the best way to overcome their demons was to eat them. After beating the boss levels, patrons can enjoy more brews while checking out the local artwork.
AirHeads Trampoline Arena's wall-to-wall green and blue trampolines abound with bouncers of all ages. Its lively atmosphere and attentive staff even earned it a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence a 2014. In addition to open-jump sessions, the facility's extra-large trampoline hosts pickup dodgeball matches and basketball games. The concessions area sates appetites with snacks such as pizza, hot dogs, and chicken wraps, and the full arcade reacquaints jumpers and astronauts with gravity's awkwardly relentless grip.
Learning an instrument can be frustrating and difficult, but it's always inevitably rewarding. Gayle of Gayle's Piano School helps students navigate the waters of the piano through positive one-on-one sessions. She helps students play their way through a variety of music styles, building up confidence and creativity in the process.