On the Go in the Parks: February 21-23, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 21 23 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

!! Final Weekend of the Epcot Festival of the Arts !!

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

It is the final weekend for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!!!

The celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world happens daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

  • Syndee Winters and Michael James Scot
    • February 21
  • Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
    • February 22 through 23

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 6:15 pm this weekend.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Kool & the Gang @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
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On the Go in Orlando: February 21-23, 2020

The City Beautiful and Central Florida have so much to offer outside of the parks, and every week we’ll be sharing our top picks for events outside of the parks you’ll want to put on your calendar while you are On the Go in Orlando!

On the Go in Orlando: February 21-23

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Fun Spot America Chili Music Festival

2nd Annual Chili Music Festival

  • Friday, February 21, 5-9 p.m.
  • Fun Spot America, 5700 Fun Spot Way Orlando, FL 32819
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

Fun Spot America is hosting the 2nd Annual Chili Music Festival at its Orlando location.

The event features a chili cook-off with prizes for the top People’s Choice Competition!

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Porchfest 2020

3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 11am-7:30pm
  • Sanford Residential Historic District (101 E 10th Street Sanford, FL 32771)
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

The 3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival will fill downtown Sanford with 50 bands on 12 porches uniting an entire community. one cause. 

This event is built and ran entirely on goodwill, and 100% of the proceeds (general donations/merchandise sales) will be reinvested into the community.

Porchfest is family, pet, bicycle, and walker friendly.

The Festival Headquarters, 101 E 10th Street Sanford, FL 32771, is where festival-goers can pick up merchandise, maps, and other information.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Central Florida Brewers Guild

Central Florida Brewers Guild Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m.
  • Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Tickets are $40

Beerfest like a VIP at the 3rd Annual Central Florida Brewers Guild Festival! 

This locals-only festival will feature specialty, one-off, and rare beers from your favorite Central Florida breweries. Admission will include a sampler cup, beer samples, live music, and hangs with Orlando area brewers.

Tickets are limited for a true VIP experience, no long lines or breweries tapped out hours early, and profits will go toward helping the Central Florida Brewers Guild promote the awesome beer in the Orlando area.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Casselberry Mardi Gras Music Festival

Mardi Gras Music Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 5-9 p.m.
  • Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Dr, Casselberry, FL 32707
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

Lake Concord Park in Casselberry will be rocking with a Mardi Gras fun for the entire family!

The concert begins at 6 p.m. with local favorite, Beth McKee, a singer/songwriter/pianist/accordion player and former member of the popular New Orleans country-cajun band Evangeline, before The Subdues headline the night.

The famous Mardi Paw Parade officially opens the Mardi Gras Music Festival. Pups and Krewe will line up and show their beads to the judges at 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 costumes. Cost is $10 per dog and all the proceeds benefit Franklin’s Friends.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Downtown Food and Wine Festival

Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2020

  • February 22 – 23
  • Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Tickets start at $15

The Annual Downtown Food & Wine Festival is back for its 12th appearance at Lake Eola on February 22 and 23! 

Enjoy over 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants paired with over 50 wines from around the world while rocking out to live music! 

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On Sale Now at the Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts February 2020

Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Bob Carr Theater are always hosting amazing events, and here is the latest news and what is on sale now at the venues!

Just Announced – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

THE MASKED SINGER NATIONAL TOUR

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020
  • On Sale: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10 a.m. 
  • Show Date:  Friday, June 26, 2020 
  • Show Time: 8 p.m.
  • Venue: Walt Disney Theater
  • Tickets: Start at $24.74. VIP Packages available. 
  • Presented by: Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

An all-new live production based on the hit TV show….The Masked Singer National Tour is coming to Orlando!

Your favorite characters from the hit Fox TV show brought to life live on stage, as well as surprise celebrity hosts, and amazing new performances. Can you guess who’s behind the mask?

A mystery celebrity will be unmasked in every city in this can’t-miss spectacular live show for audiences of all ages!

On Sale Now – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020
  • Show Date:  Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Bob Carr Theater
  • Tickets: Start at $49.50. VIP packages available
  • Presented by: Dr. Phillips Center in association with Bill Blumenreich

“Delusions of Space Enthusiasts”

In this illustrated talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic realities that limit it.

ELI CASTRO

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020
  • Show Date:  May 15–17, 2020
  • Show Times Vary
  • Venue: Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
  • Tickets: $30 
  • Presented by: Dr. Phillips Center 

One of the most innovative comedians around, Elizardi Castro uses language and culture to create humor that appeals to audiences of all ages. He has written and performed eight one man shows including “Made in Puerto Rico” and most recently, “Words Cannot Explain”. 

His one man show “Made in Puerto Rico” made its Off-Broadway debut in 2019 and ran for seven weeks, selling out thirty two shows! His critically acclaimed shows have been reviewed and recommended by numerous publications including the Chicago Sun-Times and the Orlando Sentinel. 

His shows have also been featured on ABC’s The View; Telemundo’s Emmy-winning morning show, Un Nuevo Dia; Fox’s Good Day New York, WGN-TV, and the Univision network, among others. He recently won “Best Stand Up” at the acclaimed United Solo Festival in NYC.

Russian Ballet Alafaya ALADDIN BALLET

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020
  • Show Date:  Saturday, April 11, 2020
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.
  • Venue: Bob Carr Theater
  • Tickets: $24.50 
  • Presented by: Russian Ballet Alafaya/Ballet Fedotov

Vizier Jafar dreams of obtaining the Magic Lamp. Jafar makes a plan on how to brutally take over the throne. Jasmine and Aladdin are reunited at the Palace. Jafar is furious and orders Aladdin to be cast into the abyss. The Genie comes to Aladdin’s aid and they escape together after trapping Jafar in the Magic Lamp forever. Jasmine and Aladdin are finally able to be together.

Russian Ballet Alafaya/Ballet Fedotov presents original choreography by Vadim Fedotov with original music by David Goldstein “Aladdin”. Based on the Arabian tale “One thousand and one nights”.Special guest artists, Principal Ballet dancers from Ukraine and Japan.

Celebrate African American Artistry With These Great Shows

February Features – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

ALVIN AILEY

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020
Photo: Pierre Wachholder

The iconic dance company returns to the Dr. Phillips Center with powerful new works and their signature piece, Revelations.

  • Show Date:  Tuesday, February 18, 2020 
  • Show Time: 7:30 p.m.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms.

Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.

GREGORY PORTER & LEDISI

Jazz, Soul, Gospel – these exceptional artists showcase their award-winning vocals.

  • Show Date:  Saturday, February 22, 2020 
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.

GLADYS KNIGHT

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020

The legendary artist, fresh off her star turn on The Masked Singer, makes her debut at the Dr. Phillips Center.

  • Show Date:  Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Show Time: 8 p.m.

Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry of Gladys Knight. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past two decades: “Good Woman” (1991); “Just for You” (1994); the inspirational “Many Different Roads” (1999); and “At Last” (2001). “At Last” showed the world that she still has what it takes to record a hit album, employing the talents of contemporary producers like Randy Jackson, Gary Brown and James D.C. Williams III, Jon John, Jamey Jaz, Keith Thomas, Tom Dowd and Tiger Roberts.

Keep the Romance Going 

IL VOLO 

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020

Celebrate the best of 10 years and experience this trio’s remarkable vocals.

  • Show Date:  Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Show Time: 8 p.m. 

From their debut in 2011 to the present day, IL VOLO has performed over 300 concerts in 210 cities on 3 continents, mostly sold out. 

The new album, 10 Years – The Best of, offers all the best of Il Volo’s repertoire, from “O Sole Mio” to “My Way” to “Grande Amore.” The tracklist is comprised both by songs recorded in the studio and by new live recordings such as the June show in Matera, Italy which was filmed and will be broadcast later this year. 

Il Volo: Ten Years will make its premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning November 30.

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts 2020

The hottest dance show on TV is live onstage.

  • Show Date:  Sunday, February 23, 2020 
  • Show Times: 3 & 7 p.m.

America’s favorite dance show is going back on tour this winter with “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020.” Kate Flannery will be joining the show to wow live audiences across the country by performing fan-favorite routines from this past season.

The all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. The show continues its legacy of performing showstopping routines alongside new numbers choreographed just for the live show ranging from the time-honored dances of the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango – and everything in between. In the longest and most expansive North American tour to date, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour and glitz they see in the ballroom every Monday night live in their hometowns.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

How to Buy Tickets – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. 

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On the Go in the Parks: February 14-16, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 14-16

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

CityWorks @ Disney Springs 

City Works Eatery & Pour House is the newest dining location to open on the West Side of Disney Springs. 

The restaurant is Disney Springs’ premier sports restaurant and bar and offers the ultimate sports viewing experience with its high-definition TVs – including a video wall housing a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens – and 90 local, regional and global craft beers on draft.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-midnight. It also offers brunch dishes on the weekends 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – Bell Biv DeVoe @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 – +Live+ @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

Syndee Winters and Michael James Scott

  • February 14 through 17

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LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacations

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020

LEGOLAND Florida is offering families an all-new, all-inclusive vacation package that is packed with perks from check-in through checkout available for booking vacation stays starting April 17.

This all-new package includes a stay at one of the on-site, immersive LEGOLAND hotels and unlimited admission to LEGOLAND theme park and water park during guests’ resort stay. 

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida/Merlin Entertainments Group Inc.

The LEGO experience starts the moment families arrive! From beginning the day with mile-high pancake stacks through conquering first rollercoasters, this vacation package is built for kids to take the lead. With special entertainment that feels plucked straight from the theme park, including exclusive LEGO hero meet and greets, and nightly pajama dance parties, the family fun keeps going even after the park closes. The best part? It’s all included.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Meals are also included from check-in through the checkout with breakfast and dinner at one of four hotel restaurants and lunch at any of the theme or water park’s ten restaurants. Families can also enjoy unlimited golf at the Resort’s Florida’s Wild Side Mini Golf.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020

Additional benefits include valet parking, DigiPass photo package and unlimited Coca-Cola freestyle refills in a souvenir cup throughout the guests’ entire visit. 

All-Inclusive guests will receive an exclusive credential lanyard with each benefit identified, making it easy for families to track the use of each perk. With an all-inclusive vacation experience, the biggest benefit for families is more time…more time to have the best vacation ever!

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Families can craft their vacation by selecting any of the three LEGOLAND Florida Resort hotels, including LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and the all-new Pirate Island Hotel, opening April 17.

NEW! LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel Grand Opening – April 17

Located just 130 kid-steps from the theme park entrance, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel will feature 150 LEGO-filled rooms (including four suites), a heated pool (complete with LEGO soft bricks to build in the pool), hundreds of LEGO models, exclusive character experiences and in-room LEGO treasure hunts. Similar to the popular LEGOLAND Hotel, each room will include two separate spaces: a kid’s sleeping area and an adult area.

The five-story hotel will house the pirate-themed Shipwreck Restaurant with family-style dining, Smuggler’s Bar for adult swashbucklers, an entertainment area with kid-friendly nightly programming and LEGO play areas. Directly outside the entrance to the hotel, a pirate shipwreck will greet guests and offer a unique photo opportunity.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: O / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland)

Guests can start planning their ultimate All-Inclusive vacation now, starting at $219 per person, at legoland.com/all-inclusive-vacation.      

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Estefan Kitchen Opens at Sunset Walk

Estefan Kitchen Sunset Walk

26 time Grammy Award-Winning artists, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, have opened their newest Estefan Kitchen restaurant location in Sunset Walk, located in the Margaritaville Resort Orlando complex.

Estefan Kitchen Orlando Exterior Emilio and Gloria Estefan

The well-known Miami destination brings the essence of Cuba to Orlando with modern and traditional dishes, live entertainment, and over-the-top dance performances.

“Sunset Walk is the perfect destination for Estefan Kitchen to call home,” said Emilio Estefan. “Bongos Cuban Café celebrated 22 years in the community and we’re thrilled to turn the page and continue sharing our culture with our neighbors in Orlando. Estefan Kitchen is the perfect destination for locals and visitors. . .it’s where music & food bring people together, and we know they’ll have an unforgettable experience each time they visit.”

Estefan Kitchen Dining Room

The restaurant’s beautiful dining room is elegantly designed with tropical plants, marble floors, an indoor/outdoor bar and a stage for live nightly performances.

The menu features a mix of traditional Latin cuisine, including vegan and vegetarian options, and “Miriam’s Chicken and Rice Asopao” is a signature recipe from the Estefan’s personal Chef that has been passed down for generations in Puerto Rico.

The dish features braised quartered chicken, rice, green peas, roasted red pepper, sweet plantains, and asopao, a specific type of Arroz con Pollo.

And I’m really excited to share that recipe for Miriam’s Chicken and Rice Asopao!

Miriam’s Chicken and Rice Asopao Estefan Kitchen

Miriam's Arroz Pollo Estefan Kitchen Orlando Sunset Walk

PREP TIME: 20 MIN
TOTAL COOKING TIME: 60 MIN
INGREDIENTS: 15 MIN
SERVINGS: 8 PEOPLE

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup olive oil for frying
8 chicken thighs or legs, skin on
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon cumin
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups chicken broth
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

2 teaspoon Saffron
1 ea bay leaf
2 teaspoons oregano
2 cups rice
½ cup frozen green baby peas
2 oz green olives
4 oz sweet plantain
Roasted Red Peppers

Directions
1.) In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and sauté the
chicken, browning on both sides. Season with salt, pepper and
dashes of cumin. Remove chicken once the fat has been released.
Reserve.
2.) In the same pot, you fried the chicken in, sauté the onion and red
pepper over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Add the crushed garlic and cook an additional minute or two, stirring frequently.
3.) Return chicken to the same pot; add broth, tomato sauce, saffron,
bay leaf, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add the rice, stir to coat and fully submerge it. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. When the
rice has absorbed some of the liquid, cover and simmer on low heat
for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked
4.) Add the frozen peas, olives, roasted red peppers & sweet plantain during the last five minutes of cooking only. Remove from heat
5.) Serve.

Estefan Kitchen Dining Room

Estefan Kitchen is open from 4 p.m.-11 p.m.  Tuesday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit  http://estefankitchenorlando.com/.

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City Works Opens at Disney Springs

City Works Eatery & Pour House is the newest dining location to open on the West Side of Disney Springs, and we were lucky to be there for the grand opening ceremonies.

The restaurant is Disney Springs’ premier sports restaurant and bar and offers the ultimate sports viewing experience with its high-definition TVs – including a video wall housing a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens – and 90 local, regional and global craft beers on draft.

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

Located next to the NBA Experience, City Works is an 8,632-square-foot restaurant that offers brilliant twists on American classics. It seats 309 people and includes a 1,767-square-foot patio and three full-service bars, two of which provide covered, open-air dining along the patio.  

With 17 televisions, a state-of-the-art sound system and unique menu items and promos supporting big games throughout the year, City Works is the place in Central Florida to watch sports. Upcoming highlights include the NCAA tournament and Major League Baseball Opening Day.

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

City Works has dedicated 30-40% of its draft beer taps to local breweries and eight wines on draft. It will also offer a seasonally changing cocktail menu and a fully stocked bar, plus a whiskey list. 

Guests can enjoy Happy Hour specials, including $2 off well drinks, local craft beers and glasses of wine, and $7 bar bites Monday through Thursday 3-6 p.m. Drink specials also are available 10 p.m.-midnight.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-midnight. It also offers brunch dishes on the weekends 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

We are really excited to visit soon (did someone say new Mukbang?) to try more of the menu!

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

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Disney twenty-three Spring 2020 Issue

Disney Twenty Three Magazine - D23 - Spring 2020 Mulan Cover

In the new issue of Disney twenty-three, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, author Bruce Steele traveled to the set of the film to witness the elaborate battle sequences and the intimate, self-reflective moments that make this new movie so spectacular.

While the tale of Mulan—the young woman who masqueraded as a man in the Imperial Army to fight Northern Invaders attacking China—may date back centuries, director Niki Caro says, “It felt to me that the story was as resonant now as when it was written.” Caro, and cast from Disney’s incredible live-action adaptation of Mulan, which opens this March, discuss making the epic film that honors both the beloved animated classic and the original story of the heroic warrior.

Plus, star Chris Pratt and members of the creative team from Disney and Pixar’s Onward reveal how they made movie magic, while its two leading characters search for a little magic in their own realm. And Pratt talks about the bond he shared with costar (and fellow Avenger) Tom Holland: “Tom really is like a little brother to me, and you see that in this movie.”

And speaking of Avengers, Scarlett Johansson is back as the eponymous star of Black Widow, and the actor and her costar Florence Pugh discuss what it’s like to exchange barbs—and punches—in the new film.

In honor of Earth Month, Disney twenty-three explores The Walt Disney Company’s extensive history of conservation, dating back to Walt himself. And to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund, the publication takes a look at the many ways Disney upholds Walt’s vision, from new Disneynature movies and specials coming to Disney+, to National Geographic’s enduring legacy of protecting nature, to an exclusive interview with world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall.

Also included in the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • An oral history of A Goofy Movie—in honor of its 25th anniversary—with the stars and director of the fan-favorite film
  • Todrick Hall talks about crafting the music for the new Magic Happens parade at Disneyland
  • A first look at the dazzling new show Drawn to Life, a breathtaking partnership between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Walt Disney Animation Studios coming to Walt Disney World Resort this spring
  • The voice cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars prepares us for the stunning final season coming to Disney+
  • Grace VanderWaal and the cast of Stargirl talk about adapting the YA favorite into a Disney+ original
  • A sneak peek at Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, an exhibition of more than 400 treasures opening this March at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Regular features including From the Desk Of, By the Numbers, Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-February.

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The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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On the Go in the Parks: February 7-9, 2020

On the Go in the Parks February 7-9 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage, and this weekend The Roots will be performing at 8:30 pm.

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend:

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, a live, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix and ninja nachos

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On the Go in Orlando: February 7-10, 2020

The City Beautiful and Central Florida have so much to offer outside of the parks, and every week we’ll be sharing our top picks for events outside of the parks you’ll want to put on your calendar while you are On the Go in Orlando!

On the Go in Orlando: February 7-10, 2020

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin

Until February 9, various showtimes

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Some 10 million audience members worldwide have had the chance to experience the magic of “Disney’s Aladdin,” and starting on January 22, the show will begin a 24 performance run in the Walt Disney Theatre at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“Disney’s Aladdin” brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

On the Go in Orlando February 2020

Winefest at Lakeridge Winery

February 7-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont, Florida 34715

Lakeridge Winery is hosting their 30th annual Winefest celebrating the previous year’s harvest including their full range of award-winning table wines. 

Winefest goers can enjoy a marketplace with local artists and crafters, live music, food vendors, and complimentary Winery tours and tastings.

Admission for adults (ages 13 and over) is $10 and children under 12 are free.

A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will go to support the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

On the Go in Orlando February 2020

Art After Dark: Food Truck Edition

Friday, February 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Lake Nona Town Center, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32827

The First Friday of every month Art After Dark takes over Lake Nona Town Center for Art After Dark with Food Trucks and activities for the entire family.

Perfectly nestled between delicious Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Park Pizza & Brewing Co, and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine.

Admission to this three-hour event is free and begins at 6 p.m.

On the Go in Orlando February 2020

Paws in the Park

Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801

Grab your leash, Orlando’s Largest Pet Parade during Paws in the Park is happening this weekend! 

On Saturday, February 8, Paws in the Park will parade around Lake Eola (in style!) in support of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency.

Paws in the Park festivities include, dog games for pups of all sizes, a PAWrade Costume Contest for cash prizes, shopping, a Beer Garden, food trucks, adoptable pets, and so much more!

Make sure you visit the event details page to see all of the fun activities planned that will help the Pet Alliance save over 6,000 dogs and cats this year.

On the Go in Orlando February 2020

9th Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival

Sunday, February 9, 11am-12pm

Mills 50 District, Parade begins at the corner of Lake Highland Drive and N. Mills Avenue

The Dragon Parade kicks off the celebration at 11 a.m. at the corner of Lake Highland Dr. and N. Mills Ave and ends at N. Thornton Avenue and Colonial Drive.

The parade will be followed by four hours of activities at the Lunar Festival, 728 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803, that will feature Asian entertainment including Dragon dancing, Lion Dancing, cultural dances, martial arts, taiko drummers, arts and crafts and Asian food.

Want to know what is happening in the parks? Check out what you can experience in the parks this month!

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2020 Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

I’m so excited that SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year with the opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions.

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival Latin American Additions 2017

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando has announced the live entertainment you can see during the Seven Seas Food Festival:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 
  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger
  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • February 29 – Grupo Mania
  • March 1 – Boyz II Men 
  •  March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott
  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols
  • March 21 – YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
  • March 22 – Edwin McCain
  • March 28 – Gin Blossoms
  • March 29 – Village People
  • April 4 – Jesse McCartney
  • April 5 – Gretchen Wilson
  • April 11 – Scotty McCreery
  • April 12 – Jeremy Camp
  • April 18 – Everclear
  • April 19 – Grand Funk Railroad and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
  • April 25 – Vanilla Ice and C&C Music Factory
  • April 26 – Chris Janson
  • May 2 – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • May 3 – Sean Paul  
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Bayside Stadium Concert
SeaWorld Orlando

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances.

Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.  

You can find more information about what you can do in the parks this month here, and theme park news and tips by subscribing to our YouTube Channel & following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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2020 Silver Spurs Rodeo Details

Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

This year the 144th Silver Spurs Rodeo will celebrate over 75 years of tradition in Osceola County with events at the Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park.

The Silver Spurs Riding Club will be hosting two action-packed rodeo events this February. The fans can witness extreme bull riding at the 9th Annual Monster Bulls on February 15. 

Then, on February 21, to celebrate Rodeo Day, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will bring the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade through Downtown Saint Cloud. This event starts at the corner of Pennsylvania and 9th Street at Centennial Park at 10 a.m. and is free for the public to enjoy. 

Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

Later that night, rodeo fans will be entertained watching seven of rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.

“We are excited to kick off the 144th Silver Spurs Rodeo with Monster Bulls, and then the Rodeo’s seven traditional rodeo events we have shared with our fans for over 75 years,” said Chris Baker, 2019-2020 Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We are looking forward to celebrating the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in St. Cloud again along with Rodeo Day and sharing these traditions with the residents of Osceola County for years to come.”

Here is a look at all of the Rodeo events:

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.  (Monster Bulls)                               
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (Parade & Rodeo Day)
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.  (Rodeo & Youth Night)
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (Rodeo & Hometown Hero Night)
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. – Special Rodeo
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.    (Rodeo & Family Day) 
Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

Tickets starting at $15 per adult while kids 10 and under are FREE. A Silver Spurs Rodeo or Monster Bulls ticket is also good for same-day admission into the Osceola County Fair.

Friday, February 21, is “Rodeo Day” in Osceola County, which means all Osceola County middle and high school students will receive free admission when they present their Osceola County school ID. Children 10 and under are free.

For more information & to purchase tickets go towww.silverspursrodeo.com.

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Mardi Gras 2020: Food Guide

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort without food, and this year they’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the biggest party with new and returning Cajun-style cuisine.

From fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya to delectable new dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide – there are so many unique flavors to explore. 

Let’s take a look at the food and beverage options coming to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration!

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk

From February 1 through April 2, guests can enjoy new menu items at The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida and several locations in Universal CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more.

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  • NEW Carnival Around The Universe Tasting Tent: This all-new tasting tent in the French Quarter Courtyard will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event, including a variety of plant-based options:
    • Week 1 and 2 (Feb. 1 – Feb. 15) will feature cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago:
      • Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow: Topped with kimchi seasoning and micro cilantro (Plant-based)
      • Pholourie: Fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a tamarind chutney (Plant-based)
      • Chickpea Double: Chickpeas served on a spicy bara flatbread with micro cilantro and mango chutney (Plant-based)
    • Week 3 and 4 (Feb. 16 – Feb. 29) will take guests back to where the Bayou Bash first began and explore Louisiana Creole cuisine even further:
      • Softshell Crab Slider: Crispy softshell crab topped with organic vegetable slaw and served on a soft brioche roll with bayou aioli
      • Cauliflower Dirty Rice: Riced cauliflower with Gardein crumbles, Black-eyed peas and Cajun spices (Plant-based)
      • Pecan Street: A specialty cocktail with pecan vodka, caramel and apple cider
Mardi Gras Food Guide 2020
Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow
  • Week 5 and 6 (March 1 – March 14) will celebrate Brazilian Carnival with delicious treats:
      • Pão de Quiejo: Traditional warm cheese bread with a guava dipping sauce
      • Sugared Sweet Plantains: Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce (Plant-based)
      • The Girl from Ipanema: A specialty cocktail featuring gin, lime, orgeat syrup, coconut water and pineapple simple syrup
    • Week 7 and 8 (March 15 – April 2) will place you in the heart of Germany:
      • Sauerbraten: Slow braised beef, buttered Spaetzle, and pickled red cabbage topped with a savory red wine sauce
      • Grilled Bratwurst: Served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard and sour cream and chives
      • And a warm pretzel!
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • NEW ‘Float Floats’ at Schwab’s Pharmacy: Inspired by the all-new Mardi Gras parade float theme, Treasures of the Deep, Schwab’s Pharmacy will serve over-the-top ice cream floats to celebrate Florida’s biggest party, including:
    • Mardi Gras Float: Pineapple and lime soft serve with grape soda, blueberry Boba and a waffle cone flag
    • Shipwreck Float: Pineapple and chocolate soft serve with pineapple soda, cotton candy, and a waffle cone flag
    • Sunken City of Atlantis Float: Vanilla soft serve with wild berry soda, mango Boba and a gummy shark
  • New Specialty Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Also inspired by this year’s Mardi Gras theme, are new specialty cocktails served in exclusive souvenir cups including High Seas Twister with rum, blood orange liqueur, and watermelon juice, and the Bourbon Street Punch with bourbon, orgeat, coconut puree, and orange juice to name a few. Plus, also new to this year’s event, are recommended food and drink pairings which can be found on the tasting tent menu boards. For the little jesters in the family, there are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages including the all-new coconut water that is served out of an actual coconut, which is available at The Carnival Around the Universe Tasting Tent during the first two weeks, and the fan-favorite Bayou Bog Water.
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • New Orleans Flair at Universal CityWalk: New Mardi Gras themed food items will debut at Universal CityWalk at several locations, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more:
    • For the doughnut lovers out there – head over to Voodoo Doughnut and pick up a yeast doughnut filled with cinnamon sugar Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla glaze and sprinkles inspired by the iconic Mardi Gras colors
    • Ever wanted to drink an iconic Mardi Gras king cake? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be serving up The French Quarter artisan milkshake that includes king cake, cream cheese crema and pastry cream topped with king cake and a beignet
    • Seasonal cocktails throughout Universal CityWalk, including The Jester found at the food and beverage carts, Voodoo Doctor at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom and Masquerade Martini at The Cowfish
    • Additional Mardi Gras inspired menu items can be found at venues across Universal CityWalk

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences at Mardi Gras

As part of the family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can also purchase festive Mardi Gras add-on experiences for guests craving more.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Tasting Lanyard
  • Due to popular demand, The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard will return, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 The Bayou Boil
  • On select nights, The Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort
  • For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites

Fans of the traditional and authentic New Orleans cuisine – don’t fret! Your favorite classic Cajun dishes will return to The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, crab etouffee, gator bites, a variety of po’boys, Cajun twisted tators, king cake, beignets and more.

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All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply). And, right now Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Parade
Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Savings for Florida Residents

Florida Residents can also save up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes. Becoming a Passholder means an entire year to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting and immersive theme park experiences, including incredible events, the upcoming live-action stunt show debuting in spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, as well as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy, the newest epic addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – and more.

These offers are available for purchase today through April 2. To take advantage of these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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February 2020 in the Parks

February 2020 in the Parks

Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks February

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Here is who will be performing in February:

  • Saturday, February 1: The Roots 
  • Saturday, February 8: Karol G 
  • Saturday, February 15: Bell Biv DeVoe 
  • Sunday, February 16: Live 
  • Saturday, February 22: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, February 29: TLC 

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13 and then February 14 – March 5 will feature the Free Agents Brass Band.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

SeaWorld Orlando

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5 (New – now including Fridays), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

Here is who will be taking the stage in February:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 
  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger
  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • February 29 – Grupo Mania

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.   

Walt Disney World

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world through February 24, 2020.

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Festival event ‘Must Do’s’ include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, the new Green Landing Family Play Zone, and the Food Studios with dishes that are almost too pretty to eat!

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series this month features: 

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt, and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

Syndee Winters and Michael James Scott

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Syndee Winters, and Michael James Scott

  • February 24

This event is included with park admission, however, you do need to purchase food and some premium experiences.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Real Music, Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020 - LOGO January 2020

January 7-March 15 (weekly; Tuesday-Saturday)

Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favorites and NEW acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:

  • February 1-2: NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute
  • February 4-9: NEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show
  • February 11-16: NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen
  • February 18- 23: NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
  • February 25- March 1: Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Logo

Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed storytime, treasure scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity.

NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend

This year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan Palace Plaza.

Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Chef Norman Van Aken February 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from February 29-April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix, and ninja nachos
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On the Go in the Parks: February 1-2, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 1 and 2

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Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience this weekend On the Go in the Parks!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage, and this weekend The Roots will be performing at 8:30 pm.

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Elmo’s Birthday Celebration 

SeaWorld Orlando Elmo's Birthday Celebration 2020

SeaWorld Orlando will host Elmo’s Birthday Celebration with his furry friends until February 3.

In select locations around the park, including Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find a series of special events during this family-friendly celebration.

The best present of all? Elmo’s Birthday Celebration festivities are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Cards

SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card 2020

Time is running out for Florida residents to register for the 2020 SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Pass.

The Preschool pass offers kids ages 5 and younger a free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

Advance registration must be completed ONLINE for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020, and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey: February 1 & 2

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, a live, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix and ninja nachos

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