When the Orlando Sentinel asked for documents about electrical shocks felt by guests to Universal’s Volcano Bay, the Orlando Utilities Commission’s first move was to check with Universal. 

According to a report from Sentinel tourism reporter Gabrielle Russon, when the newspaper made the request on June 6, OUC attorney Chris Browder immediately forwarded it to a Universal attorney. 

“Please remind them that we have a confidentiality agreement with Universal … that we’re supposed to let them know when information is requested in the event they want to intervene and block it,” wrote Browder to an OUC staffer in a June 7 email.

The exchange was revealed as part of a second records request. OUC defended its handling of the situation. 

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Tickets on sale for new Cirque du Soleil coming to Disney Springs

The long-awaited Disney-themed Cirque du Soleil show has an opening date at Disney Springs.

The show, developed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Animation Studios, will “celebrate the art of animation through the magic of storytelling in a way that only Cirque du Soleil can deliver while paying homage to the craftsmanship that makes Disney animation special and unique,” Disney said in a blog post. 

Previews for the show will begin March 20. Tickets for the first preview start at $62.10 per seat before tax. The official premiere will be April 17. 

The Cirque theater at Disney Springs has been empty since La Nouba ended its 19-year run on Dec. 31, 2017. 

Discovery Cove welcomes new flamingos

A flamboyance of flamingos — yes, that’s what you call them — has arrived at SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove. 

Evenly split between males and females, the group of eight are housed in an “expansive new habit,” according to a SeaWorld press release. 

“We’re delighted to welcome this beautiful flamboyance of flamingos to Discovery Cove and give our guests a wonderful opportunity to observe these amazing animals,” said park president Kyle Miller. “To celebrate their arrival, we’re encouraging travelers to take advantage of great end-of-summer savings at Discovery Cove and welcome the flamingos in person.”

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