Food and Wine Classic: Limited Edition Tickets Available

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has released the menu for the Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition on Friday, October 30.

The resort is also opening up this experience by offering guests
not staying at the resort a way to experience this intimate version of the annual popular event with individual event-only tickets available for two weekends.

Event-only tickets are available for Saturday, October 24, 2020, for $75 per person and Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition on Friday, October 30, 2020 for $110 per person.

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020

The October 30 Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition menu will include:

  • Carved standing rib roast with roasted fingerling potatoes, mushroom, pearl onion, and red wine sauce from Shula’s Steak House
  • Sorghum glazed heritage pork collar with braised greens, white corn spoon bread, and caramelized brussels sprouts from Smokin D’s BBQ
  • Arkansas “BLT” with fried green tomato, double smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, and pimento cheese from Cabana
  • Seared sustainable salmon with caramelized savoy cabbage, asparagus, and Dijon cream from Todd English’s bluezoo
  • Cocoa chitarra pasta with cauliflower alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese from Il Mulino
  • Chile Colorado Bowl with green chile braised duroc pork, steamed rice, pickled apple-cabbage slaw, and crispy chicharrones from Frida’s Kitchen
  • Dessert station from two-time world pastry champion Chef Laurent Branlard
  • More than 40 beer, wine & spirit offerings

If you want to find out more about my time at the Sip, Savor, and Stay Saturdays, you can check out the @onthegoinmco Instagram Story!

To book, call 407-934-1609 daily between 9 am – 4 pm.

It’s important to know that these events are limited to those 21 and older. 

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

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Mennello Museum Hosts Votes for Women Exhibit

Mennello Museum Votes for Women Logo

As the 100th year of the 19th amendment providing voting rights for women and the 59th Presidential Election approaches, the Mennello Museum is hosting Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.

The crusade for women’s suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
Equality Is the Sacred Law of Humanity, c. 1903–1915

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett by Mary Garrity

The poster exhibition addresses women’s political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement’s relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America. 

The in-person, free exhibition of posters is featured on the Mennello Museum’s front porch beginning now through election day, November 3.

Visit them during museum hours, Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (weather permitting).

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
College Women Picketing in Front of the White House, 1917

Then visitors can continue their stroll through history and meet voting-rights heroes, as our neighbors at the Orlando Repertory theater present Eric Coble’s “Vote?,” a fully-produced online play streamed directly to you, now through November 8.  Stream Eric Coble’s “Vote?” here.

Also if you cannot make the trip out to the Mennello Museum, the virtual exhibition is also available online through November 2020.

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Central Florida Zoo’s Zoo Boo Bash 2020

Central Florida Zoo Zoo Boo Bash 2020

There are typically some pretty WILD sights at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, but this October, it’s going to be downright spooky during Zoo Boo Bash!

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of all kinds will gear up to celebrate Halloween safely at the fan-favorite Zoo Boo Bash, presented by Orlando Health.

This year, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on select dates, Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25. Zoo Boo Bash is the perfect way for children and families to safely show off those Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat while enjoying the fun of the Zoo.

The Zoo will have plenty of not-so-scary decorations and activities, including trick-or-treat stations in a designated area to ensure social distancing. Costumes are encouraged for all guests and face masks or coverings are required for guests over the age of 13—an easy requirement for many costumes!

Dino Ferri, CEO of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, said they are thrilled to be able to host the event this year.

“At Central Florida Zoo, we’ve always prided ourselves on creating a safe, fun, and educational environment for families,” Ferri said. “With the help of our ongoing partner Orlando Health, we have implemented necessary precautions to hold our wildly popular Halloween event while protecting the health and safety of our guests.”

There will be enhanced safety measures at this year’s event, including limited capacity and date-specific, timed entry. Timed tickets will also be required for trick-or-treating. Annual passholder blackout dates apply; however, tickets to the event are $5 per person named on the passcard.

“Zoo Boo Bash has become an annual tradition for so many families throughout Central Florida and we’re proud to be the presenting sponsor once again,” said Shawn Molsberger, president, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. “The pandemic has changed how we interact but we want our community to know there are ways to come together safely to have a little fun.”

Guests can purchase tickets online at www.centralfloridazoo.org/zooboo for guaranteed admission.

For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 9-11, 2020

On the Go In the Parks October 9 to 11 2020

The Halloween fun continues in and around Orlando as you are On the Go in the Parks from October 9-11, 2020.

New This Weekend:

Gators Ghosts Goblins 2020 Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins (weekends October 10 – November 1): A family-friendly event where Oktoberfest collides with Halloween fun featuring spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned,” a live polka band with German beer and food available for purchase; costumed character meet and greets; a trick-or-treat trail; a spooky train ride scavenger hunt, and more. Family-friendly costumes for adults and kids are encouraged.

On the Go in the Parks: October 9-11, 2020

While there are a ton of new things happening every week in the City Beautiful, we can’t forget about the continuing Halloween and Fall Fun at the theme parks!

Fun Spot’s HUGE Halloween

For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!

Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.

LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat continues this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.

Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort

If you are missing Halloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!

There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.

Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.

And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.

And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!

Busch Gardens Tampa 

Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday through November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

The event features 10 Scare Zones and an outdoor venue for the popular Fiends show.

SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.

It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.

This Saturday’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Beetlejuice, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.

Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20% .

And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.

The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.

Walt Disney World 

If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.

Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.

Then over at Disney Springs, you can find special Fall Treats around every corner!

You can find more information about events around Orlando, theme park news, and insider tips by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Gatorland Orlando Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins 2020

Gators Ghosts Goblins 2020 Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland Orlando, the “Alligator Capital of the World”, is bringing back its Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins, Spooky Fun For Everyone family-friendly event again for 2020! The all-ages daytime Halloween event takes place weekends from Oct. 10 through November 1.

Come out in costume to this family-friendly Halloween event featuring Gatorland’s famous Social Distancing Skunk Ape, costumed character meet and greets, multiple photo opportunities, a trick or treat trail from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a spooky train ride! 

Enjoy music and fun at Frank and Stein’s Octoberfest, from an “undead” polka band as well as German beer and food for purchase!

And there’s even more, including costume contests, a variety of specialty vendors, games, and giveaways.  All this fun and excitement is included with your regular park admission! 

Gatorland Orlando “Gators, Ghosts and Goblins takes place October 10 and 11, 17 and 18, 24 and 25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 

Children and adults can wear family-friendly costumes if they like.  Nothing scary or gory, please – Bubba and Cooter are easily spooked.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, call (407) 855-5496 or visit: www.Gatorland.com.

“We are beyond excited to give our guests a way to celebrate Halloween safely,” said Mark McHugh, President and CEO of Gatorland.  “Our team has been working very hard to bring our Halloween event back.  And of course, our very own Social Distancing Skunk Ape makes things fun and safe for everyone.”

Face masks are required per Orange County Executive Order #2020-23 regarding COVID 19 and must be visible at all times.  Please check our updated in park safety procedures at https://www.gatorland.com/plan-your-visit/re-opening-safety/

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Aloma Bowl Hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat

Aloma Halloween Trunk or Treat

Put on your spookiest costume and head to Aloma Bowl this Halloween for an afternoon full of themed drinks for both big and little monsters, delicious food, contests and prizes. If you’re looking for a fun and safe way to kick off your trick-or-treating this year, Aloma Bowl is the place to be!

Aloma Bowl is hosting a trunk-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cars will be decked out with decorations, full of tasty treats and lined up for your trick-or-treating pleasure.

This is a free event, so gather up the whole family and enjoy an unforgettable, spook-tacular afternoon! The trunk or treat will take place in Aloma Bowl’s parking lot, located at 2530 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, Fl 32792.

The fun isn’t just for the trick-or-treaters – there’s a special prize in store for the best trunk. One lucky winner will receive $100 cash and two hours of bowling plus shoes for up to five guests.

All trunk participants must register prior to the event. For details, rules and to sign up, please contact us at 407-671-8675 or Jennifer.alomabowl@gmail.com.

While at the event, don’t forget to capture the memories at Aloma Bowl’s Share the Scare! Haunted Selfie Station. Snap selfies in front of this fun Halloween-themed photo op and use a free spooky Snapchat filter or Facebook frame to dress them up

Aloma Bowl has been serving the Winter Park community for over 40 years. In addition to this Halloween event, the center offers Karaoke every Friday night and weekly bowling specials. Aloma Bowl features 32 bowling lanes, an arcade, billiards tables and the Brooklyn South Bar & Grill, a full-service bar and restaurant.

For more information about Aloma Bowl, visit www.alomabowlfun.com.

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ICON Park Offer Ghoulishly Good Deal and More

Take your celebration to haunting heights this year at ICON Park with incredible specials, ghoulish light shows, themed decorations and so much more.

ICON Park Halloween Night

Throughout the month of October, ICON Park is offering the Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack as a safe, fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. With this special, up to six people can take a ride in a private capsule on The Wheel, which stands at a frightening 400 feet tall, plus receive wicked popcorn and a devilish drink like bloody red wine, Oktoberfest brews or spooky cocktails. The Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack is available for $119.99, which is a savings of over 30 percent.

“This will be a Halloween like no other! Central Florida locals are looking for safe, open-air spaces to celebrate the holiday this year,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “ICON Park is proud to offer our community a chilling escape with a great deal, special light shows, themed decorations and more.”

A free ghoulishly glowing light show will take place on The Lawn on select nights. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the spooky soundtrack during a 10-minute production. And don’t forget to capture the memories with photos in front of ICON Park’s themed decorations.

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident. ICON Park is home to top attractions, world-class restaurants, trendy bars, and favorite shops.

To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Howl-O-Scream 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay officially got their Halloween season started with the return of Howl-O-Scream this weekend, and we were excited that it still brought the spirit of the season with plenty of scares.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the park was the numerous health and safety updates. Much like the other theme parks of Central Florida, all guests entering the park are required to pass a temperature check and wear face coverings, and social distancing markers were placed throughout the park to encourage safety while waiting for rides and shows.

This year Howl-O-Scream features 10 new terrifying scare zones as well as the return of the “Fiends” show staged in an outdoor stage.

While all of the scare zones were outside, two of them, The Junkyard and The Shortcut were staged like the traditional houses where guests queued up and walked through individually. All the scare actors were situated away from the guests or were wearing facial coverings themed to their costumes.

The first scare zone/haunted house we ventured through was The Junkyard. Although it was outside, the theme and design were excellent, providing the best scares of the night. Parties were staggered well allowing time to interact with the scare actors and get the most jumps possible.

Next to the Junkyard is the entrance to the Fiends show. This is a Howl-O-Scream must see this year as they have taken it to a large outdoor stage. It is bigger and better than ever featuring great music, dancing, and all of the characters you have come to love. Guests can see it twice each nigh at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.

Passed The Junkyard was the creepiest scare zone of all, Little Nightmares. Staged on the dark trail alongside Sesame Place, Little Nightmares doesn’t have any jump scares or knockers, but does a solid job unsettling your soul as you walk through.

The second scare zone/haunted house is The Shortcut. Although somewhat shorter than The Junkyard, this house had more a detailed set and much scarier visuals.

Just passed The Shortcut, you unwittingly venture into danger when you stumble among carnivorous campers in Lycan Landing. Here, the only happy campers are the werewolves feasting on the poor souls who enter their campground.

After surviving the Lycan Landing you have to pass through the evil clowns and carnies in the Maniac Midway.

Next comes the terrifying toys come to life in Deadly Toys.

After you have made it this far you find yourself in a town overrun by criminals in The Escape

The final zone you come across is not a scare zone at all, but a celebration of the Día de Muertos. This colorfully decorated area features music, dancing, and characters celebrating the Day of the Dead. It is a wonderful way to end your trip around Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 2-4, 2020

On the Go in the Parks
Please note that these are older photos of me On the GO in the Parks…and I am going to be working on updating this graphic. PLEASE keep your masks on for photos in and around the parks.

Who is ready to be On the Go in the Parks this weekend? I know I am, but I am in total denial that it’s the first weekend of October!

Spooky Season is officially underway as all of the theme parks in Central Florida are full of frightful fun!

Let’s take a look at what you can do this weekend while you are On the Go in the Parks!

On the Go in the Parks: October 2-4, 2020

Fun Spot’s HUGE Halloween

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween On the Go in the Parks

For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!

Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020 on the go in the parks
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat kicks off this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.

Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

If you are missing Haloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.

Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.

And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.

On the Go in the Parks

And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!

Busch Gardens Tampa 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020 on the go in the parks

Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday through November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

The event features 10 Scare Zones and an outdoor venue for the popular Fiends show.

SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go in the Parks

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.

It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.

Flicks and Frights SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 on the go in the parks

This weekend’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Frankenweenie, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.

Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20% .

Theme Parks Thoughts When Summer Ends - Free Beer SeaWorld Orlando

And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.

The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.

Walt Disney World 

Halloween 2020
Kent Phillips, photographer

If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.

A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2020

Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.

Walt Disney World Fall Treats Resorts Disney Springs Halloween 2020

Then over at Disney Springs, you can find special Fall Treats around every corner!

You can find more information about events around Orlando, theme park news, and insider tips by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Fun Spot America Halloween Fun Kicks Off Today

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween

Fun Spot America is kicking off October and the official Spooky Season with a HUGE Halloween celebration that includes food, frights, and an all-new escape room.

The best treat of all? Almost all of the fun is included in your admission to the Orlando and Kissimmee parks until November 1st!

Let’s take a look at what you can find in each park!

Fun Spot America Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trails

Fun Spot America Trick or Treat Trail

Every Saturday in October between 4 and 7pm, little monsters can dress up and enjoy free trick-or-treating at both the the Orlando and Kissimmee Fun Spot America parks. Each park has 6 different candy locations, sponsored by Five Below, and themed photo spots along the trail.

Please note that face coverings are required for everyone, but costume masks are not permitted.

Fun Spot America Halloween Fright Bites

Fun Spot America Fright Bites

Both Fun Spot America locations, Orlando and Kissimmee, are rolling out special Halloween treats the entire family can enjoy!

Their ‘Fright Bites’ include Candy Apples, Frankenstein Funnel Cake, Nacho Mummy’s Chicken, and more.

In addition to the food there are spooky spirits for adults of age to sip on like the Purple People Eater or Dracula’s Kiss while the kids can try the Apple Cider Slushy (non-alcoholic). 

Fun Spot America Halloween Escape Room

Fun Spot America Escape-Room

John, Jr. needs your help…to escape…

Imagine if you will, the property is for sale and the owners are having an Open House. John Arie Jr., the CEO by day and paranormal expert by night, is interested in the property. But when he goes to tour the house, things mysteriously begin to go wrong! John Jr. sent out a distress message that sounded like he’s encountered ghosts and spirits at the Open House, and he hasn’t been seen since! Fun Spot is inviting guests to their Orlando Open House to help solve the mystery of their disappearing CEO and escape the property before time runs out!

The Escape Room experience is a separately ticketed event is available at the Orlando park only (must purchase tickets in-park) for just $15 per person and is available for parties between 4 (min) and 6 (max). Reservations are required upon purchase.

Before you make plans, keep in mind that this experience isn’t recommended for kids under 7 as there are dramatic special effects, including fog, lighting, sound effects and jump scares involved.

Take a peek at the Escape Room Rules.

If you are looking for some HUGE Halloween frightful fun, I’d definitely suggest checking out Fun Spot!!!

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Tickets On Sale For Give Kids The World Village’s Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

For the first time ever, Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee will open its gates to the public – offering a glimpse into the magical, whimsical non-profit resort that fulfills the wishes of critically ill children from around the world. 

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

From Friday, November 13, through Sunday, January 3, 2021, visitors can experience the childlike wonder of the Village during Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through, fully immersive holiday light spectacular.

More than three million lights will adorn the 84-acre resort, including a 150-foot lighted tunnel along the Avenue of Angels leading to elaborately decorated wish family residential villas; more than 50 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning more than 40 feet; an enormous dancing gingerbread arch; and out-of-this-world space-themed decorations showcasing the Village’s newest centerpiece, Henri’s Starlite Scoops. 

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

A stellar group of corporate treasured Partners will showcase their design talents by adopting and decorating a residential villa for display throughout the 52 nights of the event.

Tickets are on sale starting October 1 at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to walk among the brilliant lights and participate in a variety of fun and festive activities in a safe, socially distant manner.  Ticket prices start at $15 for children ages 3-17 and $25 for adults, and include on-site parking, complimentary ice cream and hot cocoa, and unlimited access to the Village’s wheelchair-accessible attractions – including The Enchanted Carousel; Marc’s Dino Putt; Kelly’s Sunny Swing; Lori’s Magical Flight; an interactive model railroad; and the Village’s iconic Castle of Miracles, where thousands of stars fill the ceiling in honor of wish children who have visited the Village.  The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. (confirmed at the time of purchase) to ensure social distancing.  Mask wearing will also be required for all guests.

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

Proceeds from the event will support Give Kids The World’s mission to provide wish vacations for critically ill children and their families.  When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with a magical week-long stay at absolutely no cost.  Each family receives transportation, accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, tickets to Orlando’s world-class theme parks and attractions, and priceless interactive experiences at the Village.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids The World Village closed to wish families in mid-March due to the global pandemic, delaying more than 4,000 wishes.  Night of a Million Lights is designed to raise funds to ensure that the wishes of critically ill children can return bigger and better than ever before once the Village reopens.

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Get Ready for 31 Nights of Halloween

Come little children, we’ll take you away…Freeform is getting ready to take viewers to a land of enchanting and eerie movies.

31 Nights of Halloween begins on October 1st with a new spell-binding line-up.

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween Schedule

Don’t blame me if Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween puts a spell on you…okay, I’m done…

Let’s check out the line-up!!!

THE FULL “31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN” SCHEDULE:

WEEK OF OCTOBER 1

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween

Thursday, Oct. 1

12:30p/11:30c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

3p/2c –  Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

5p/4c – Casper (1995)

7p/6c – Hotel Transylvania

9p/8c – Hocus Pocus

12a/11c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Friday, Oct. 2

11a/10c – The Goonies

1:30p/12:30c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

3:05p/2:05c – Casper (1995)

5:10p/4:10c – Hotel Transylvania

7:15p/6:15c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

8:55p/7:55c – Beetlejuice

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horro-thon

Saturday, Oct. 3

7a/6c – Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins

7:30a/6:30c – The Goonies

10a/9c – Ghostbusters (1984)

12:30p/11:30c – Ghostbusters II

3:05p/2:05c – Beetlejuice

5:10p/4:10c – Hocus Pocus

7:20p/6:20c – The Addams Family (1991)

9:25p/8:25c – Addams Family Values

11:30p/10:30c – The Craft

Sunday, Oct. 4

7a/6c – Ghostbusters (1984)

9:30a/8:30c – Ghostbusters II

12p/11c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2:05p/1:05c – Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic

3:05p/2:05c – Casper (1995)

5:10p/4:10c – The Addams Family (1991)

7:15p/6:15c – Addams Family Values

9:20p/8:20c – Hocus Pocus

11:30p/10:30c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

WEEK OF OCTOBER 5

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween

Monday, Oct. 5

11:30a/10:30c – Casper (1995)

1:30p/12:30c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

4p/3c – Ghostbusters (1984)

6:30p/5:30c – Ghostbusters II

9p/8c – Beetlejuice

12a/11c – Boxtrolls

Tuesday, Oct. 6

11a/10c – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1:30p/12:30c – Ghostbusters (1984)

4p/3c – Ghostbusters II

6:30p/5:30c – Beetlejuice

8:30p/7:30c – Hotel Transylvania

12a/11c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Wednesday, Oct. 7

11a/10c – Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic

12p/11c –  Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

2p/1c – Matilda

4p/3c – Hotel Transylvania

6p-11p / 5-10c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horro-thon

12a/11c –  Jumanji (1995)

Thursday, Oct. 8

12p/11c – Matilda

2p/1c – Jumanji (1995)

4:30p/3:30c – Goosebumps (2015)

7p/6c – The Addams Family (1991)

9p/8c – Addams Family Values

12a/11c – Warm Bodies

Friday, Oct. 9

11:30a/10:30c – The Mummy (1999)

2:20p/1:20c – Goosebumps (2015)

4:45p/3:45c – The Addams Family (1991)

6:50p/5:50c – Addams Family Values

8:55p/7:55c – Hocus Pocus

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Saturday, Oct. 10

7a/6c – The Mummy (1999)

10a/9c – The Mummy Returns

1:05-3:35p / 12:05-2:35c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

3:35p/2:35c – Casper (1995)

5:40p/4:40c – Hotel Transylvania

7:45p/6:45c – Freeform Premiere Hotel Transylvania 2

9:50p/8:50c – Freeform Premiere Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

12a/11c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Sunday, Oct. 11

7a/6c – The Mummy Returns

10:05a/9:05c – Casper (1995)

12:10p/11:10c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

1:50p/12:50c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

3:30p/2:30c – Hotel Transylvania

5:35p/4:35c – Hotel Transylvania 2

7:40p/6:40c – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

9:50p/8:50c – Twitches

11:55p/10:55c – Twitches Too

WEEK OF OCTOBER 12

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween

Monday, Oct. 12

7a/6c – Freeform Premiere The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

12:30p/11:30c – Halloweentown

2:30p/1:30c – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

4:30p/3:30c – Scared Shrekless

5p/4c – Shrek

7p/6c – The Addams Family (1991)

9p/8c – Addams Family Values

12a/11c – Freeform Premiere The Scorpion King

Tuesday, Oct. 13

11a/10c – The Goonies

1:35p/12:35c – Scared Shrekless

2:05p/1:05c – Shrek

4:10p/3:10c – The Addams Family (1991)

6:15p/5:15c – Addams Family Values

8:20p/7:20c – Hocus Pocus

12a/11c – Casper (1995)

Wednesday, Oct. 14

1p/12c – Casper (1995)

3-9p / 2-8c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

9p/8c – Beetlejuice

12a/11c – Boxtrolls

Thursday, Oct. 15

7a/6c – Scream 3

11a/10c – Jumanji (1995)

1:30p/12:30c – Beetlejuice

3:30p/2:30c – Scream

6p/5c – Scream 2

8:30p/7:30c – The Craft

12a/11c – Jumanji (1995)

Friday, Oct. 16

11:30a/10:30c – The Craft

2p/1c – Matilda

4p/3c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

6p/5c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story of TERROR!

6:30p/5:30c – Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

8:30p/7:30c – Disney and Pixar’s Monsters University

12a/11c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story of TERROR!

12:30-2a / 11:30-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Saturday, Oct. 17

7a/6c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

8:55a/7:55c – Matilda

10:55a/9:55c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:35p/11:35c – Ghostbusters (1984)

3:05p/2:05c – Ghostbusters II

5:40p/4:40c – Beetlejuice

7:45p/6:45c – Hocus Pocus

9:55p/8:55c – Halloweentown

12a/11c – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

Sunday, Oct. 18

7a/6c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

9:30-11a / 8:30-10c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11a/10c – Twitches

1:05p/12:05c – Twitches Too

3:05p/2:05c – Beetlejuice

5:10p/4:10c – Hocus Pocus

7:20p/6:20c – The Addams Family (1991)

9:25p/8:25c – Addams Family Values

11:30p/10:30c – Gremlins

WEEK OF OCTOBER 19

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween

Monday, Oct. 19

11a/10c – Matilda

1p/12c – Gremlins

3:30p/2:30c – Casper (1995)

5:30p/4:30c – The Addams Family (1991)

7:30p/6:30c – Addams Family Values

9:30p/8:30c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12a/11c –  Matilda

Tuesday, Oct. 20

11a/10c –  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

1p/12c – Casper (1995)

3p/2c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

5:30p/4:30c – Ghostbusters (1984)

8p/7c – Ghostbusters II

12a/11c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, Oct. 21

11a/10c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

1:30p/12:30c – Ghostbusters (1984)

4p/3c – Ghostbusters II

6:30-11p / 5:30-10c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Thursday, Oct. 22

11a/10c –  Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

12:35p/11:35c – Jumanji (1995)

2:35p/1:35c – The Mummy (1999)

5:45p/4:45c – The Mummy Returns

8:55p/7:55c – Hocus Pocus

12a/11c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Friday, Oct. 23

11a/10c – Jumanji (1995)

1:30p/12:30c – Scream

4p/3c – Scream 2

6:30p/5:30c – Beetlejuice

8:30p/7:30c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Saturday, Oct. 24

7a/6c – Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic

8a/7c – Halloweentown

10:05a/9:05c – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

12:05p/11:05c – Beetlejuice

2:10p/1:10c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

4:40p/3:40c – Hocus Pocus

6:50p/5:50c – The Addams Family (1991)

8:55p/7:55c – Addams Family Values

11p/10c – Freeform Premiere Ghostbusters (2016)

Sunday, Oct. 25

7a/6c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

9a/8c – Ghostbusters (1984)

11:30a/10:30c – The Craft

2p/1c – The Addams Family (1991)

4:05p/3:05c – Addams Family Values

6:10p/5:10c – Ghostbusters (2016)

9:20p/8:20c – Hocus Pocus

11:30p/10:30c – The Craft

WEEK OF OCTOBER 26

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween

Monday, Oct. 26

11a/10c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

1p/12c – Casper (1995)

3p/2c – Twitches

5p/4c – Twitches Too

7p/6c – Hotel Transylvania 2

9p/8c – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Tuesday, Oct. 27

11a/10c – Casper (1995)

1p/12c – Scared Shrekless

1:30p/12:30c – Jumanji (1995)

4p/3c – Hotel Transylvania 2

6p/5c – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

8p/7c – Hocus Pocus

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Wednesday, Oct. 28

12p/11c – Jumanji (1995)

2:30p/1:30c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

4:30p/3:30c – Matilda

6:30p/5:30c – Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

8:30p/7:30c – Disney and Pixar’s Monsters University

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Thursday, Oct. 29

12p/11c – Ghostbusters (1984)

2:30p/1:30c – Ghostbusters II

5p/4c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

6:30p/5:30c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

9p/8c – Beetlejuice

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Friday, Oct. 30

11a/10c – Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic

12:05p/11:05c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

2:35p/1:35c – Beetlejuice

4:40p/3:40c – Hocus Pocus

6:50p/5:50c – The Addams Family (1991)

8:55p/7:55c – Addams Family Values

12-2a / 11-1c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Saturday, Oct. 31

7a/6c – Twitches

9a/8c – Twitches Too

11a/10c –  Halloweentown

1p/12c – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

3p/2c – Hocus Pocus

5:10p/4:10c – The Addams Family (1991)

7:15p/6:15c – Addams Family Values

9:20p/8:20c – Hocus Pocus

11:30p/10:30c – Ghostbusters (1984)

Who’s ready to go to Halloweentown? Watch 31 Nights of Halloween all October long on Freeform.

(All programming subject to change without notice)

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New Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center Program

What goes better with an after-school snack than a visit to space? Space After School, a new program from Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center will bring all the wonder and excitement of space exploration into the comfort and safety of homes nationwide when it launches on October 19.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Virtual After-School Program October 2020

Brought to participants live from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space After School, a five-day program, will be offered three times each day. Each section will last about an hour and a half and will be offered at either 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. ET. During the program, campers will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities, perfect for elementary school-age students.

Each of the five Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex virtual sessions will be centered on NASA-based science and engineering and themed per day as follows:

  • Monday: Rocketry – Forward to the Moon 
    Campers complete hands-on missions based on the Apollo and Artemis programs
  • Tuesday: To the Moon and Back 
    By building an interactive, campers learn more about the Apollo program
  • Wednesday: Space Shuttle Program 
    Campers learn about the Space Shuttle Program in hands-on activities
  • Thursday: International Space Station 
    Mission challenges inspired by the International Space Station 
  • Friday: Life on Mars 
    Campers travel virtually to Mars, where they practice skills needed to live on another planet

The $65 (plus tax) per session cost includes a kit containing supplies for the activities, which will be mailed approximately one week prior to the start of the program. Additional Space After School kits are available for $25 (plus tax).

For more information and to register for Space After School, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

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Jurassic World VelociCoaster Coming to Universal

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Roller coaster enthusiasts will soon have new thrills to experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park work is well underway on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster when it debuts in 2021.

The Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment has created a new species of roller coaster that will be highly themed and will take guests through a series of intense maneuvers that will send them catapulting at high speeds while they are suspended high above the ground with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.

Also when the Jurassic World VelociCoaster opens, it will be the world’s first coaster based on the blockbuster franchise and will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs, and environments fans have seen on the big screen. 

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Before the thrills begin, riders will find themselves alongside the original cast of the films, Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.

The story takes place inside of Jurassic World as they are unveiling the next evolution of their “carnivore expansion” called the VelociCoaster where guests will embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme roller coaster design as it will span more than 4,700 feet of track and reach heights of up to 155 feet that will include signature maneuvers that will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above the water, speeding through near-misses, launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.

Here are the Jurassic World VelociCoaster thrills by the numbers:

  • Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
  • Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
  • Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
  • Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
  • Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be the next addition of thrills inside the Jurassic Park land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Inside of this immersive land, visitors can already come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, test their bravery as they get up-close to Velociraptor Blue during the Raptor Encounter, find out more about the newest additions to the paddock – baby raptors, and satisfy their cravings with all-new delectable food items inspired by Isla Nublar.

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Trunk or Treat Car Show at The Promenade at Sunset Walk

Sunset Walk Trunk or Treat October 2020

The Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts hundreds of Classic to Modern Cars and Trucks from all eras, and on October 11th they’re hosting a Special Trunk or Treat Car Show.

During this special event, drivers are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and bring wrapped candy to hand out to all the little ghouls and goblins walking the streets of The Promenade.

And for some extra fun kiddos are encouraged to come dressed and ready to Trunk or Treat!

The event is hosted by DJ Scotty B who will be playing the Perfect mix of music as you are visiting the line-up of cars and trucks.

While you are there take advantage of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.

The Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts hundreds of Classic to Modern Cars and Trucks from all Eras, Makes & Models the second Sunday of every month with upcoming events on November 8th and December 13th.

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