On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24, 2021

With temperatures warming up this weekend, I am sharing ways that you can be On the Go this weekend around the City Beautiful with some fun outdoor events!

On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24

Portillos Food Truck Visits Town

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Portillos Beef Bus
Make sure to follow @beefbusofficial on Instagram for updates!

Portillo’s is bringing their Chicago-style hot dogs, famous Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, and homemade chocolate cake to Lake Buena Vista on March 2nd…But…

If you can’t wait that long, you can grab a friend and head to Lake Eola Park, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL, 32801, this weekend (and through January 30th) to check out the Portillo’s Official Beef Bus’ menu, while supplies last!

  • January 22- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 23- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 24- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 27- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 28- Lunch 11 am- 4 pm
  • January 29-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 30-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Dinosaurs Leu Gardens

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens once again, and you are invited to explore the Jurassic Gardens to find some of the most feared creatures on the planet.

This fun installation features over 20 life-size dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 ft. Daspletosaurus, cousin to the T-Rex.

Admission to the Dinosaur Invasion exhibit is included with daytime garden admission which can be purchased at the Welcome Center:

  • $10 adult
  • $5 child (ages 4- 17 years)
  • Free admission for Leu Members and children 3 years of age and younger.

Dr. Phillips Frontyard Festival is Frozen

Dr Phillips Center Front Yard Festival - view

The Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival – the six-month celebration of live, outdoor entertainment, and unique experiences in a socially distant environment – is continuing their Disney Movie Night Series with ‘Frozen’ this Sunday night at 6 pm.

Tickets for your own socially distant private box that seat up to 5 people are only $5 and $10, depending on location.

Don’t forget you can find even more events if you are On the Go in MCO and keep up with theme park news around Orlando by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Southern Hill Farms Strawberry Picking

If you have ever been to Southern Hill Farms, you know they have different events and pick your own fruit events throughout the different seasons. Right now, its strawberry picking season! If you have never been to the farm, now is the time, there is no fruit better than freshly picked!

The farm is on roughly 120 acres of land, and depending which way you come in, the entrance is a long clay road. There is plenty of parking available, and for the strawberry picking, you do not have to pay to park like during other events there where they have more going on.

When you first enter Southern Hill Farms there is an employee letting you know how everything works and giving you directions to the strawberry field and the barn. The barn is where you can go up to the air stream they have parked, and purchase their drinks and donuts that are made right there on the farm, and yes right now there are strawberry donuts and drinks to enjoy! They also have their market open, the eatery and beer shed.

They also have a play area for the children to play and plenty of photo opportunities with signs and the ones you put your head through the holes to become different characters like snowmen and such. They actually just announced on their Instagram page, which I will link below, that they will be opening their kids zone back up for the season on weekends. There will be a festival swing, jump pillows, a giant slide, obstacle course, sports game and farm wagon rides available in one all-inclusive wrist band for purchase.

On approaching the strawberry fields, you walk up to the check-in desk where the employee there lets you know how it all works and hands you their box. She told us which side the farm has been using and which sides have more fruit so you can start there. They ask that you pull the strawberry with one hand while holding the vine with the other to protect pulling the plant out of its delicate row.

The field was pretty large and as you can see, so it’s very easy to social distance from other groups. There are signs that ask that you wear a mask where social distancing isn’t possible, like at the entrance and exit. Most complied with that, we just kept ours on the whole time it was easier and luckily a nice cool day when we went.

Once you have picked your row, if you bend down slightly you can see the fruit better to know where to start. I recommend pushing the leafs aside slightly as that was where the bigger riper strawberries were hiding. There were some quite large ones ready to pick when we went too.

We took our daughter with us, and being a toddler I wasn’t sure if she would want to join in but she loved scanning the plants for them. Once we pointed one out she did really well pulling them off while we held the stem. This was the first time strawberry picking for all of us, and now I am wondering why we waited so long, hopefully we can keep coming so she can continue to make these memories.

Once you are ready to leave you head over to the exit for weighing and they do take cash or credit, this part was all outside too which was helpful. We didn’t fill the whole box but had a good single layer which was close to a pound in weight. Once we got home we washed them and honestly, I don’t want to ever buy grocery store strawberries ever again, they were so sweet and fresh! It was almost like they had sugar on, they were that sweet! I cannot recommend this activity enough!

You can check their website out or their Instagram page, as that is where they will update you on when they run out of ripe fruit to pick and update you once they are open again. They open only on certain days so check their schedule to plan your trip.

The Southern Hill Farms website is http://southernhillfarms.com and their Instagram handle is @southernhillfarms and you can also check them out on Facebook for live updates.

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On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 15-17, 2021

On the Go In the Parks January 2021

January is an absolutely wonderful time to be On the Go in the Parks because the weather is lovely and the crowds are traditionally lower!

This weekend the theme parks of Central Florida begin celebrating Mardi Gras, serve up some fantastic foods, immerse families in the arts, and take guests behind the scenes!

Let’s take a look at what you can experience!

On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 15-17, 2021

Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of the Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

The Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan and Dolphin is taking place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on January 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with each event offering 10 food stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 50 beverage offerings.

The event features live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage tastings, including dessert selections from the hotel’s world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.

Event-only tickets can be purchased online at SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com for $110 per person. 

Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Mardi Gras 2021

Let the Good Times Roll with Busch Gardens Mardi Gras – Jan. 16 through Feb. 16.

This year, join the fun every weekend to celebrate safely with an expanded Mardi Gras event! Enjoy more weekends all the way through “Fat Tuesday” with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair.

  • Get jazzed up with Mardi Gras-style live music and New Orleans-inspired entertainment.
  • Catch some festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day, and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways.
  • Feast like kings and queens on classic Cajun cuisine as Busch Gardens brings the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay.
  • Tempt your taste buds with a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya and gumbo, or specialty sweets like iconic beignets.
  • Handcrafted cocktail classics like Hurricanes join new signature drinks for a perfect pairing with the park’s carefully crafted culinary offering.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

The Taste of Epcot International Festival of Arts at Walt Disney World Resort continues to draw guests into the arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

This is your last weekend in January to go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld Orlando to experience the popular Inside Look Weekends.

This special event features six unique, entirely behind-the-scenes locations, accessible in small groups to limit capacity and maintain safe physical distancing.

Universal Orlando Deals

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Gatorland Deal

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Florida Residents can visit Gatorland Orlando for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.

Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.

This rare discount won’t be around long.

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On the Go this Weekend: January 15-17, 2021

Heading into the long weekend here in the City Beautiful there is no shortage of fun things to do!

On the Go this Weekend: January 15-17

Museum of Illusions at ICON Park

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
Photo: Museum of Illusions Orlando

The Museum of Illusions Orlando, a mind-bending “edutainment” experience where guests enter the fascinating world of mental deception, is now open at ICON Park on International Drive.

With over 50 intriguing exhibits, the Museum of Illusions offers more eye-fooling fun under one roof than any other destination in Central Florida.

And until January 31, Orlando residents and visitors can enjoy special “preview days” pricing for $15 per person of any age, a $10 savings off full-price, regular adult admission. Children two and under are free.

Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of the Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

The Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan and Dolphin is taking place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on January 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with each event offering 10 food stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 50 beverage offerings.

The event features live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage tastings, including dessert selections from the hotel’s world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.

Event-only tickets can be purchased online at SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com for $110 per person. 

Weekends at the Winery

Lakeridge Winery Weekends at the Winery 2021

Lakeridge Winery is buzzing with activity weekends in early 2021 with Weekends at the Winery!

You’ll want to grab a blanket and a chair to enjoy Lakeridge Winery’s
expansive vineyard green, delicious food from some of the area’s best live entertainment, food trucks, and of course your favorite Lakeridge wines by the glass at our outdoor bar.

This weekend’s food vendors, in addition to the food available at the Winery, are Carte Blanche and Maitland Chocolate Factory, and outdoor entertainment will feature David Julia.

Lakeridge Winery Weekends at the Winery hours are from noon to 4:00 pm each day.

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

This year the Universal Orlando Resort will let the good times roll during the Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval featuring authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2021 Logo

This first-ever, dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment will take place daily at Universal Studios Florida from Saturday, February 6 through Sunday, March 28.

Guests will enjoy an eclectic global food fest with more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe.

Plus, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Cher Lloyd

They will also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort

This culinary journey will feature iconic Cajun fare and traditional Carnaval flavors from across the globe, including:

  • Fan-favorite Cajun cuisine from New Orleans, such as a Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets, and other Big Easy delights.
  • Classic Carnaval dishes from the islands, such as Pernil & Mofongo from Puerto Rico, a vegan Pholourie from Trinidad and Tobago, and Jerk Chicken from the Bahamas.
  • Pork Schnitzel Sliders and Bavarian Pretzels from Germany, iconic Paella Mixta and Leche Frita from Spain and Belgium Liege Waffles from Belgium.
  • Other famous flavors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, France, and more!

And that is just a sampling of what Universal Orlando’s culinary team has created for this year’s epic celebration of savory delights.

There will also be Carnaval-themed menu options at Universal CityWalk and at the Universal Orlando Resort hotels.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass.

To learn more about Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

Special Universal Orlando Resort Special Offers

Guests can take advantage of special offers to enjoy the celebration and all Universal Orlando’s incredible experiences.

Right now, any guests who purchase a 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass will receive three extra months free to enjoy all that Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have to offer. Blockout dates apply on select passes.

Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket and receive three extra days free to experience both parks.

Guests can also take advantage of a special offer to save up to $200 on 4-day tickets for a family of four. For more information and to book these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

With exclusive theme park benefits available to hotel guests, staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination.

Currently, Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $94 per night, plus tax at the all-new value property Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites. Passholders save even more with exclusive nightly rates as low as $89 per night, plus tax, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $116 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.

For more information about these offers and other hotel options, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/hotels.

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces Thrilling February Events

LEGOLAND will kick off a stunt-stacked weekend on Friday, February 12 as world-renowned daredevil Nik Wallenda will walk across a high wire five stories above park guests to celebrate the debut of LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s all-new Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show and PirateFest Weekends.

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In true pirate-fashion, Wallenda will “walk the plank” 60 feet in the air from inside the Theme Park to the new LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel to kick off the Resort’s first-ever pirate invasion!

Park and hotel guests are invited to take part in the fun by watching this nail-biting stunt safely from the ground.

This one-time-only event will be no “walk in the park” for the Wallenda Team as they will construct a high wire longer than 500 feet for the walk. They will also work closely with LEGOLAND Master Model Builders to craft LEGO® bricks onto Wallenda’s 28-foot balance pole.

This daring demonstration is the first event in a year-long celebration for the Park’s 10th birthday. From the skies to the seas, the stunts keep coming with the all-new show and event!

NEW! Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show

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PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Launching February 12, this epic new show features gravity-defying stunts, choreographed to an original score of “punk pirate” tunes and a never-before-seen, new LEGO character.

Named by LEGOLAND Florida’s social media fans and co-developed with LEGO masterminds, the cunning and fierce female pirate, “Calico Jade,” joins fan-favorite Captain Brickbeard as he whips his crew of new recruits into shape through a series of thrilling stunts on the seas. World-class wakeboarding, barefoot skiing, jump acts and an all-new flyboard act take this high-energy show to heroic heights above the legendary Lake Eloise.

With the all-new Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show weighing anchor, the Theme Park will be overtaken by the famous pirate’s feisty friends, for its first ever PirateFest Weekends!

NEW! PirateFest Weekends

LEGOLAND FLORIDA_PirateFest Weekends
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Debuting February 12, PirateFest Weekends will run for three consecutive weeks, through February 28.

Crafty crews can play like pirates with three new LEGO character meet and greets.

An all-new musical show will take over the LEGO City Stage, and specialty food will feed even the hungriest buccaneers.

NEW! LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel

LEGOLAND FLORIDA_PirateFest Weekends

The party continues long after the Park closes when families stay onsite at the all-new LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel.

Located just 130-kid steps away from the front gate, this adventure-packed hotel is the ultimate family destination for a long weekend or vacation, and every stay at Pirate Island Hotel includes a free family-style breakfast, nightly pirate fun, and in-room treasure hunts.

These can’t-miss events, along with all our upcoming 10th birthday party moments, are included with general admission.

The Awesomer Annual Passes grants you unlimited admission to the Theme Park and Water Park with no blockout dates for less than $13/month. For more information, visit LEGOLANDFlorida.com.     

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2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts – Disney Songbook Performance

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Entrance

The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is happening daily at the Walt Disney World Resort until February 22, 2021.

What makes this festival so awesome is that it brings together the visual, culinary, and performing arts in a magical way…that is included with your theme park admission.

One of the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts highlights is the performances on the America Gardens Theatre stage in the American Adventure Pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase.

New for 2021 is the Disney Songbook performed by the iconic Voices of Liberty!

This 15-minute show happens throughout the afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays and features several fan-favorite songs from Disney movies that celebrate the artistry of Disney composers and lyricists.

While the Voices of Liberty have performed songs from Disney movies and attractions before, this performance at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts features a wider variety of songs including:

  • “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • “Touch the Sky” from Pixar’s Brave
  • “You’ll Be in my Heart” from Disney’s Tarzan
  • A Moana medley including “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome”
  • “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio

If you are interested in attending a performance of the Disney Songbook by the Voices of Liberty, I encourage you to arrive early as the show is incredibly popular and seating is limited in the America Gardens Theatre.

All this week I will be sharing more information, videos, and pictures from EPCOT so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook!

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Discovery Cove Offers Romantic Getaways

Discovery Cove Grand Reef Couple

Discovery Cove offers a slice of tropical paradise in the middle of Central Florida that is the perfect place for couples to spend a fantastic day together.

If you aren’t familiar with this hidden gem that is one of my top picks in Orlando, Discovery Cove provides guests with the opportunity to relax in a beautiful, safe, outdoor environment filled with animal encounters with a very limited capacity.

During your day at Discovery Cove, couples can get back to nature and experience a swim with dolphins during a modified experience or explore the stunning coral reef habitat at The Grand Reef.

Discovery Cove Freshwater Oasis Trail

Relaxation comes naturally, whether riding the soothing currents along Wind-Away River, enjoying the melodies of colorful feathered friends in the Explorer’s Aviary, or simply soaking up the sun on the white sandy beaches with plenty of open space for physical distancing.

In addition to inspiring animal experiences, guests to Discovery Cove enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and all-you-can-eat snacks throughout the day, plus unlimited gourmet coffee, ice-cold beverages, and beer and wine for guests 21 and over.

For the convenience of Discovery Cove guests, parking, lockers, wetsuits, and swim gear are also included with your admission to the tropical getaway.

Discovery Cove Caran

Guests looking for additional enhancements during their visit to Discovery Cove may enjoy a reserved, private cabana, starting at just $199. Private cabanas come complete with everything from waterway views, chaise lounges, towel service, stocked mini-fridge, snack basket, photo package, reserved seating for dining, and more.

Discovery Cove Sunken Terrace

And to help make Valentine’s Day celebrations even more romantic Discovery Cove has partnered with four fan-favorite hotels and resorts to create exclusive Romance Packages that include resort admission, hotel accommodations, upgraded beverage service, and more.

For their staycation couples can choose from a night at the luxurious five-star Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, or they can select the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld or the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, both Official Hotels of SeaWorld.

Each property offers unique amenities, services, and special touches to make your weekend perfectly yours.

The four Romance Packages are available for visits from January 28 through February 28, 2021, with reservations available at DiscoveryCove.com/Romance.

Discovery Cove Orlando Valentine's Day Dolphin Experience

Due to the exclusivity of the experience and capacity limitations, advance reservations are required, and daily attendance is limited to ensure no overcrowding. Couples will be greeted at a reception center and proceed down a nature walk for their day of discovery.

Discovery Cove Welcome

During these unprecedented times, Discovery Cove understands that visitors are looking for flexibility in their vacation planning, which is why the resort offers the Book with confidence policy which allows guests free cancellations and a 100% refund if guests need to cancel more than 30 days prior to their reservation date.

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On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 8-10, 2021

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There are so many great events and deals you won’t want to miss in the City Beautiful this weekend as you are On the Go!!!

On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 8-10, 2021

Epcot Festival of the Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

Starting January 8, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

For the next 2 weekends, you can go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld Orlando to experience the popular Inside Look Weekends.

This special event features six unique, entirely behind-the-scenes locations, accessible in small groups to limit capacity and maintain safe physical distancing.

Universal Orlando Deals

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Gatorland Deal

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Florida Residents can visit Gatorland Orlando for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.

Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.

This rare discount won’t be around long.

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Universal Orlando Premieres 2021 Special Offers

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

Here are the epic offers guests can take advantage of today:

Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass

Right now any guest who purchases a 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass will receive three extra months free to enjoy all that Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have to offer. Universal Orlando Annual and Seasonal Passes are loaded with benefits and perks to experience the resort like a pro, including exclusive extras like discounts and special offers.

This offer is available for purchase through March 31, 2021. Blockout dates apply on select passes. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Family Savings on Vacation Packages

Guests can also take advantage of special offers to receive huge savings on a multi-day getaway to Universal Orlando now through mid-December.

Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.

Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

These offers are available for purchase now through April 27, 2021, and can be used for visits through December 17, 2021. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Florida Resident Ticket Offer

Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Florida residents can purchase this ticket now (subject to availability) and can visit any four days through April 30, 2021 with no blockout dates. This offer is not available for purchase at the front gate. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Florida Resident Staycation Offer

Staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination, with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, free Universal Express Unlimited access at select hotels, convenient and complimentary transportation across the destination and more.

Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay. And, with a hotel for every vacation style and budget, discounted nightly rates are currently available at every Universal Orlando hotel.

For more information about these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Dive into Inside Look Weekends in January 2021

Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

The popular Inside Look Weekends are returning to SeaWorld Orlando to take theme park guests behind-the-scenes to hear and see firsthand what goes into providing world-class animal care from the experts who do it every day.

Inside Look Weekends take place Saturdays and Sundays, January 9-17, and are included with park admission.

This special event features six unique, entirely behind-the-scenes locations, accessible in small groups to limit capacity and maintain safe physical distancing.

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

Inside Look Weekends Locations:

SeaWorld Rescue Center

Guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team and meet and hear from the dedicated veterinarians, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and filtration experts who work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need.

Dive Operations at Manatee Underwater Viewing

SeaWorld’s team of divers has some of the park’s most challenging and interesting responsibilities. Here, guests will meet the divers, learn more about the basics of diving, and find out about some of the little-known secrets of what it takes to be a part of SeaWorld’s dive team.

Beluga & Seal Primary Housing

Step into the maze of back hallways that provide service access to the beluga whales and harbor seals that call Wild Arctic home. Plus, guests can meet the team that spends their days caring for these incredible animals.

Shark Encounter

Get a topside view at Shark Encounter and unlock the mysteries of caring for the sharks and sawfish in SeaWorld’s 700,000-gallon shark habitat. Guests can visit the medical pool and learn how a shark receives its annual physical. They can also observe the moving walkway used to temporarily divide the exhibit for cleaning and understand how the sharks are fed. Guests have the opportunity to experience SeaWorld’s sharks from a vantage point that is very different from the regular guest view and hear directly from the aquarists who care for these fascinating creatures. This location is not ADA accessible.

Manta Aquarium

Go above the surface, literally, and discover what it looks like towering over the depths of Manta’s main aquarium. In a location few have ever seen, guests can uncover what goes into caring for the wide array of fish, rays, sea dragons, live corals, and giant Pacific octopus that call Manta home. This location is not ADA accessible.

Trainer Talks

Guests can join the park’s trainers to hear them share their passion for animal care and learn about training and husbandry techniques with the animals. The Trainer Talks take place behind-the-scenes at locations throughout the park including Dolphin Theater, Sea Lion and Otter Theater, and Orca Encounter.

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

Inside Look Weekends Dining Options

Inside Look Dine at Sharks Underwater Grill: NEW this year on Saturdays during Inside Look weekends, guests can enjoy a signature meal hosted by members of the SeaWorld Rescue and Zoological Operations teams at SeaWorld Orlando, including an inspiring presentation on our commitment to research and rescue. We recommend booking in advance as capacity is very limited.

Guests can also dive into Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience at Dine with Orcas, where guests dine next to orcas, learn more about them from animal care experts and watch the specialized care they receive daily.

Both restaurants include arranged seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing and limited capacity. Tables and chairs are sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations are closed, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives. In lieu of traditional menus, paperless QR code menus will be used, and buffet-style service areas have been adjusted or closed until further notice.

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

SeaWorld Orlando Special Offers

For a limited time, pay for a day and play all year with the purchase of a 2021 Fun Card! That means for the price of a single day’s admission, Fun Card holders can visit again and again to enjoy events like Inside Look and more throughout 20211. This offer is available only for a short time as prices go up on February 1, 2021.

For guests looking for additional perks and discounts on things like parking, additional guest tickets, and access to special VIP events, upgrading to an Annual Pass is the best option. Available starting at low monthly rates of $11.75/month with NO down payment. Restrictions apply.

Visit www.Seaworld.com/Orlando for more information, park hours, and to purchase tickets.

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Preschooler Pass Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

January 2019 Theme Park Ticket Offers LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass

Families won’t want to miss their opportunity to register for LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s free Preschooler Pass that grants Florida Resident children ages 3-years-old and 4-years-old 12 months of admission to both LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park PLUS access to select events.

The Preschooler Pass is available for a limited time until February 3, 2021.

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Boating School
PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

Both LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park are built for kids to take the lead, full of immersive experiences to suit all guests, and with over 60 percent of the theme parks’ rides built for guests 40 inches or taller, there’s a whole host of attractions perfect for Preschoolers!

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse is a favorite attraction among preschoolers. As an indoor play area, the Schoolhouse features a stage, school-themed play equipment, DUPLO brick play areas, and a touchscreen where children can practice numbers and letters while exploring exciting future careers, from marine biologists to teachers.

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass DUPLO Valley
STAFF PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND

2021 will be an incredible year for pint-sized pirates and preschool playmates at the Resort, as LEGOLAND celebrates 10 Years of Awesome! The limited-time-offer pass grants admission to select 2021 events, including our all-new PirateFest Weekends in February and returning favorites like LEGO® Friends Weekends and Heroes Weekends.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Preschooler Pass will be available for a limited time at the Front Gate Will Call window only. Guests must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate or travel passport for proof of age. 

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Park Entrance with Family
PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND

The Preschooler Pass is available exclusively for Florida Residents aged 3-years-old or 4-years-old. Children must be present when redeeming the Preschooler Pass at the ticket window. Guests ages 2-years-old and under will continue to receive free admission.

Learn more at legoland.com/florida/offers/preschooler-pass/!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Kicks of 2021 with Mardi Gras Fun

In 2021 exciting events will safely return to Busch Gardens Tampa starting with the park’s Mardi Gras event, now expanded to weekends and select dates from January 16 to February 16.

The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations.

All seasonal events feature open-air entertainment throughout the park’s more than 300 spacious acres as well as enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face-covering requirements, and physical distancing.

Reservations are required and limited and can be made at www.BuschGardensTampa.com

Busch Gardens Tampa Mardi Gras 2021

Let the good times roll with an expanded Mardi Gras celebration! Weekends and select dates, January 16 – February 16, 2021

With more weekends to celebrate safely, Busch Gardens is getting jazzed up with music, beads, and more for open-air festivities with French-Quarter flair.

Guests will have the opportunity to catch some beads from physically distant New Orleans street performers periodically strolling throughout the day.

There will be plenty of room to dance through spacious walkways while enjoying festive tunes from live musicians while flavorful dishes and cocktails tempt the senses.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras 2021

Busch Gardens has brought the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay with Mardi Gras-inspired food including a signature shrimp po’boy, hearty jambalaya, and hot and fresh beignets.

Busch Gardens Tampa Mardi Gras 2021

Handcrafted cocktail classics like Hurricanes join new signature drinks for a perfect pairing with the park’s carefully crafted culinary offering, which can be best enjoyed with a Mardi Gras Sampler Lanyard. Starting at $34.99 for a 5-punch lanyard with a 10-punch option and an exclusive 12-punch lanyard for Pass Members, Sampler Lanyards make it easy for guests to embrace that “Fat Tuesday” feeling!

MORE fan-favorite events are returning to Busch Gardens Tampa this year!

The fun in 2021 doesn’t stop with Mardi Gras – park guests can look forward to modified versions of their favorite seasonal events to promote enhanced health and safety measures, including Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends, and the Food & Wine Festival.

Sesame Street Kids Weekends, January 30 – February 14

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Logo

For kids and kids-at-heart, there are more special moments with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and the rest of their Sesame Street friends coming up this season! Fans won’t want to miss new physically distant celebrations for Elmo’s birthday and Valentine’s Day this year.

Food & Wine Festival, Friday to Sunday, February 20 – April 25

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Taste buds will bloom this spring with a delicious menu of dishes and drinks as dynamic and unique as the park’s thrilling roller coaster collection. Guests will also enjoy a taste of local musical talent throughout the open-air festival to accompany their sweet and savory samples.

Whether using a single visit ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass, guests can enjoy these seasonal events and more included in their park admission.  

Enjoy TWO parks all year for the price of a single day Busch Gardens ticket with a limited-time Fun Card offer!

With so much to look forward to in 2021, Florida families can start the year with incredible savings on year-round park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island!

For a limited time, guests who purchase the Busch Gardens Fun Card for $113.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE. Save over $60, more than 35% off of the normal price and the same price as only one day of fun for unlimited visits in 2021!  

For more park benefits, guests can upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Annual Pass Members receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member-exclusive ride events for the NEW Iron Gwazi opening in spring, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more!

Visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes.

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Shelley’s Weekend Top Picks: January 8-10, 2021

Every week you can hear me share my top weekend picks for things to do in and around the City Beautiful mornings on K92.3 with Obie and Ashley in the morning!

In case you missed it, here’s are my top picks for January 8-10, 2021!

This Weekend Around Orlando

Mecum Auto Auction kicks off at the Osceola Heritage Park!

Mecum Kissimmee, set for January 7-16, is the world’s largest collector-car auction featuring an estimated 3,500 vehicles and thousands of pieces of Road Art collectibles. 

Registered bidders from nearly all 50 states and a dozen countries travel to Osceola Heritage Park annually to participate in the renowned auction event, portions of which are televised live on NBC Sports Network.

Tickets are required and there are health & safety protocols in place. 

This Weekend in the Theme Parks

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off this weekend at Walt Disney World!

Starting January 8, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

Outdoor Fun

Southern Hill Farms Strawberry Picking with Gail and Harper
On the Go Gal, Gail, and her ADORABLE mini-me went to Southern Hill Farms to check out Strawberry Picking!

Celebrate the winter harvest at your local farm by picking your own farm fresh strawberries at the first strawberry season at Southern Hill Farms in Clermont. 

Tickets and/or reservations are not required, and you can visit the farm anytime that they are open. 

Quantities cannot be guaranteed and strawberry picking is first come, first served with $4/lb u-pick strawberries.

While you are on the farm make sure you check out their bakery for their new strawberry donuts, blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, and other seasonal treats. 

Please keep in mind that:

  • There are no additional crops or activities available at this time. 
  • Face masks are required for all guests over the age of 3 while under covered barns, standing in lines, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • No animals of any kind allowed on the farm during the strawberry u-pick due to state and federal food safety regulations.
  • No outside alcohol, coolers, and catered meals are allowed.
  • Schofield Road is a Lake County clay road.
  • Southern Hill Farms is a working farm, you will be parking and walking in grass and unpaved areas.
  • All events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather and crop availability.
  • Always check their website on the day of your planned visit for final event details.
  • Please arrive prepared. 

Hours and directions:

16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714. from 11 am to 4 pm.

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Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland has brought its most popular Florida Resident Special back from extinction.  Not seen since 2014, Florida Residents can visit the Alligator Capital of the World for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.  Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.   This rare discount won’t be around long.

Florida residents will enjoy their favorite rides, shows, and exhibits such as the Alligator Breeding Marsh, White Gator Swamp, Petting Zoo, Bird Aviary, Jungle Crocs of the World, the Alligators – Legends of the Swamp and Up Close Encounters shows, and of course, Social Distancing Skunk Ape.  Guests won’t want to miss Gatorland’s newest residents, Ben and Jerry, the Capybaras.

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2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

Starting January 8, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

Visual Arts

To celebrate the visual arts, Festival guests will find the brilliant and diverse works of Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon. 

In addition to the outdoor art marketplaces, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy curated gallery collections throughout the park. 

Culinary Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Walt Disney World

Every year the Epcot culinary team creates a wide selection of culinary masterpieces that are both Instagrammable and delicious!

During the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests will enjoy these delectable creations at 15 Food Studios around the World Showcase Lagoon.

Performing Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Walt Disney World

At this year’s festival, guests will find new and returning artists performing on the American Gardens Theatre Stage and around World Showcase.

Festival guests will be able to catch performances by Epcot musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors, watch artists create magic before their eyes, and enjoy the brand-new showcase of Disney songs celebrating the artistry of Disney’s composers sung by the iconic Voices of Liberty.

Family Fun

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Walt Disney World

One of my favorite things about the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts is that you not only get to see the arts, but you also get to participate in them by helping to create daily Festival murals.

Also, families will want to join an artful scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase to earn a fun prize.

Photo Locations

Epcot Festival of the Arts
This is obviously an older photo, but please keep in mind that face coverings must be worn at all times while you are in the park.

The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts gives guests the unique opportunity to “Step into” life-sized versions of some of the most-admired artwork from around the world.

Festival Merchandise

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Walt Disney World

And while you are enjoying the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, don’t miss your chance to purchase exclusive festival merchandise featuring some of your favorite Disney characters. 

If you are interested in attending the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, please remember that all guests ages three and older must have a park reservation in addition to valid admission for the same park on the same date. 

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort Park Pass Reservation System, a reservation availability calendar, and Florida Resident hotel and ticket offers, visit this website.

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