On the Go in the Parks: August 2-4, 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on  WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Summer is starting to wind down, but there is still so much fun to be had On the Go in the Parks!

Theme Park Reopening Tips Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks
Theme Park Reservation & Mask Update

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates

On the Go in the Parks: August 2-4, 2021

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Enjoy the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs


Florida Food Enthusiasts will want to head to Disney Springs as more than 30 restaurants and shops are celebrating the best of the Sunshine State until August 12th.

Want to make sure you don’t miss a delicious dish? Be sure to pick up a Flavors of Florida event guide upon arrival at the Disney Springs Welcome Center or any participating location.

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes


This summer the Walt Disney World Resort is inviting guests to enjoy sweet summer vibes to satisfy the soul as you dine, shop, play, and unwind with family and friends across the parks.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
Summer 2019 Theme Parks Central Florida Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios Epcot Typhoon Lagoon LEGOLAND Florida SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean Illuminations Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogsmeade Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Free Beer is back at SeaWorld

Starting today, SeaWorld has announced FREE BEER for SeaWorld park guests 21 and over. 

The free brews will be available at the park daily from 11:30 a.m. until one hour before park close. 

Guests are invited to visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar to receive one complimentary 12-ounce beer per park visit through August 12.

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida
Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida lineup

This summer starting LEGOLAND Florida Resort is throwing an AWE-SUMMER celebration packed with engaging stage shows, special weekend events, and surprise streetmosphere performances around every corner through August 8th.

You won’t want to miss these new event offerings!

  • NEW! Birthday Surprise Squad – In celebration of the park’s 10th birthday, this pop-up squad is popping up around the park with surprises, performances, and even special birthday giveaways.
  • NEW! Time to Learn! – Join the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse teachers as they engage in activities and songs about the fun of science, and the excitement of reading and writing in a show that is perfect for our smallest guests ages two to six.
  • NEW! Clap along to the rhythm and sounds of the all-new Safari Drummers and test your dinosaur knowledge with the Dino Duo.

Specialty summer treats and beverages like Summer’s Own Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint, Splash of Summer Watermelon Lemonade, and a bedazzled red, white, and blue ice cream cone are the perfectly cool complements to this party-packed season.

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces the Return of Fireworks Every Night

Summer Nights just got brighter at Busch Gardens!

Due to popular demand, the park’s NEW nighttime spectacular, “Spark!” can now be enjoyed every night starting Friday, June 11 through Sunday, August 8.

As the biggest and brightest show ever to light the park’s sky, “Spark!” features an explosive array of fireworks and exciting effects from dazzling lasers to graceful water elements and dramatic pyrotechnics.

From the electrifying pre-party to the epic grand finale, the dazzling experience of “Spark!” can be enjoyed with any park ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass. After August 8, “Spark!” will continue to light the night sky at Busch Gardens with presentations each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 6, including Labor Day.

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On the Go in MCO: Summer Must Do’s

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Summer is wrapping up, so I wanted to make sure that no stone was left unturned when it came to finding fun On the Go in MCO!!!

On the Go in MCO: Summer Must Do’s

Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk

Hollywood Drive-In Golf has two state-of-the-art 18-hole courses that are unlike any other miniature golf experience. 

Inspired by the 1950’s era, guests enter a classic drive-in theater box office area where they select either a “single-feature” (18-holes) or “double-feature” (36-holes) with a choice of two family-friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt.”

Based on vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films, guests putt through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, around an enormous alien robot, through the open mouth of a giant space worm, and into the basement lab of a towering haunted house.

Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and LED neon edge-lighting allows play during the day, night, and late night.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

KSCVC is the epicenter of humankind’s greatest adventures, a launchpad to experiencing and exploring a space adventure. 

With attractions that allow you to view the Space Shuttle Atlantis and to go back to the race to the moon and look forward to exploring other planets, KSCVC delights and inspires. 


And don’t forget that while you learn there are exhibits, photo ops, and of course freeze-dried ice cream. 


What’s super exciting is that they announced the new Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex experience that will showcase NASA and commercial spaceflight and an immersive “journey” through space taking off March 2022.

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Sanford, Florida

Leave Central Florida, and step into a tropical world that is home to some of our planet’s rarest animals as well as local wildlife like the Florida black bear and the American alligator. 

Throughout the day there are opportunities to learn about the animals in the Keeper Chats, take a spin on the carousel or hop aboard the miniature train. 


The adventurous can experience the Seminole Aerial Adventure zipline or cool off at the Wharton Smith Tropical Splash Ground. 

Want to really get wild? You can feed giraffes and book special experiences like a rhinoceros encounter. 


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Halloween Horror Nights News: Two New Mazes

Halloween Horror Nights News July 15 New Mazes

This fall Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, unleashing some of the most nefarious names in horror to prey upon guests, and today the resort announced two new mazes coming to the much-anticipated event!

For this year’s event, classic films that have influenced the horror genre will come to life in two disturbingly real haunted mazes with the return of the legendary Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the resurrection of one of Universal Pictures’ most iconic monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein – in “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster.

Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes will depict a harrowing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.

Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals.

From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface.

Plus, guests at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will face another pop culture and horror legend as they brave this year’s event. The destination previously revealed the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most,’ “Beetlejuice,” based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

Make sure to follow @onthegoinmco for Halloween Horror Nights updates on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

Halloween Horror Nights events begin at Universal Studios Florida on Friday, September 3, and run select nights through Sunday, October 31.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights, and due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures

On the Go in mco educational fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I have been sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week the series continues with some fun ways to sneak some learning into your summer break. 

On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures 

Mars Fest at the Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO Mars Fest Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Moon Fest, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Celebrate Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities throughout the Orlando Science Center this weekend. 

Learn how the amazing telescopes, satellites, and landers have been analyzing the history of Mars and searching for life in another world.

During the event, visitors will also enjoy special live demonstrations, cosmic chemistry, and more during this special weekend celebration that’s included with admission to the Orlando Science Center.  

A Deep Sea Adventure at the Crayola Experience Orlando 

On the Go in MCO Crayola Experience Orlando Ocean X

Through July 25th at the Crapola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, you can join the mission to find the elusive giant squid when OceanX takes over the creative world of Crayola for a once-in-lifetime event. 

So get your mission log, create your ID badge and begin your journey through the sea kelp as you:

  • Take an “underwater” photo in a Crayola OceanX sub
  • Sculpt your own ocean creature and place it on a 3D mapping table
  • Learn about undersea wonders and conservation efforts
  • View sea creatures in their natural habitat through colorful “portholes”
  • Help build a “coral reef” made of recycled marker caps
  • And ultimately come face to face with the elusive Giant Squid!

This limited-time fun is included in your admission to the Crayola Experience Orlando, which is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

On the Go in MCO Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County that were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

The village includes a general store and post office, schoolhouse, church, train depot, homesteads from Osceola settlers, Seminole settlement, a cow camp, and working structures such as a blacksmith shop, citrus packing plant, cane grinder, and barn.

Pioneer Village is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and guided tours are available on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in MCO

EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is always my favorite way to sneak ‘Edutainment’ into our theme park fun, but during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, there are even more ways to learn…I mean have fun!

From July 15 to November 20th, families can learn about cuisine around the world, try new delicious bites, and enjoy family challenges that will stretch their food knowledge and taste buds.

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces Holiday Fun

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat in October, followed by the jolliest event of all with Holidays at LEGOLAND in November and December. 

LEGOLAND Florida BRICK OR TREAT 

Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat activities include trick or treating around the Theme Park complete with frightfully fun character interactions, larger-than-afterlife LEGO builds, and meet-and-greet opportunities with ghoulish LEGO characters making appearances on event dates only.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Guests can also enjoy one-of-a-kind live shows, special decorations throughout the park and take a bite out of a variety of Halloween-themed snacks.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick or Treat Halloween
LEGOLAND Florida Resort

BRICK OR TREAT happen Saturdays and Sundays on October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND Florida 

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2020
Photo: LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Holidays at LEGOLAND features a combination of seasonal shows, tasty treats, and twinkling lights.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
Chip Litherland, Merlin Entertainments Group

Guests will dance, sing along, and deck the halls with interactive experiences, rock around a 30-foot-tall LEGO tree with interactive lights and music, meet LEGO Santa, and create memories with giant holiday-themed LEGO builds.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND happen Saturdays and Sundays November 26-28 & December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 24-31.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

All Brick or Treat and Holidays at LEGOLAND activities are included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at $9/month with a small down payment. Annual Passes are the best way to join the Resort’s yearlong 10th Birthday celebration.

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Halloween Spooktacular Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, your favorite Sesame Street friends, and plenty of spooky surprises.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular is a daytime event that runs weekends from September 18 to October 31st, making it the perfect place for families to celebrate Halloween!

Kid’s will enjoy trick-or-treating, colorful characters, spooky stories, and a Halloween dance party to moments with furry friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more.

The best treat of all? SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with your theme park admission!

Halloween Spooktacular Family Fun

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Trick-or-Treat Trail

Find waves of Halloween fun when your costumed youngsters trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies.

Each candy station on our trick-or-treat trail features an assortment of favorites including Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, and Airheads to name a few.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Halloween Dance Party

Children can join a cast of silly characters for a Halloween Dance Party where they participate in line-dancing favorites as music and fun fill the air along the Trick-or-Treat Trail.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Meet a Mermaid

Meet friendly Halloween mermaids each event day in this immersive experience along the Trick-or-Treat Trail.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Reusable Bags

To trick-or-treat along the SeaWorld trail a bag is required, and guests can find an assortment of reusable bags available for purchase at the entrance of the Trick-or-Treat Trail for a special souvenir.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Show off your Costume

All guests are welcome to dress up in costumes.

Please note that guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear costume masks or hoods, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.

In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists.

When the Sun Goes Down a New Terror Surfaces

Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere. Experience the family fun by day and the bone-chilling terror by night.

Find out more here.

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On the Go in the Parks: July 9-11, 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on  WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

There is a lot of summer fun to be found On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

But first, let’s start with the new things you can enjoy On the Go in the Parks!

Enjoy the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs


Florida Food Enthusiasts will want to head to Disney Springs as more than 30 restaurants and shops are celebrating the best of the Sunshine State until August 12th.

Want to make sure you don’t miss a delicious dish? Be sure to pick up a Flavors of Florida event guide upon arrival at the Disney Springs Welcome Center or any participating location.

Free Beer is back at SeaWorld

Starting today, SeaWorld has announced FREE BEER for SeaWorld park guests 21 and over. 

The free brews will be available at the park daily from 11:30 a.m. until one hour before park close. 

Guests are invited to visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar to receive one complimentary 12-ounce beer per park visit through August 12.

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes


This summer the Walt Disney World Resort is inviting guests to enjoy sweet summer vibes to satisfy the soul as you dine, shop, play and unwind with family and friends across the parks.

On the Go in the Parks: July 9-11, 2021

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
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SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida
Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida lineup

This summer starting LEGOLAND Florida Resort is throwing an AWE-SUMMER celebration packed with engaging stage shows, special weekend events, and surprise streetmosphere performances around every corner through August 8th.

You won’t want to miss these new event offerings!

  • NEW! Birthday Surprise Squad – In celebration of the park’s 10th birthday, this pop-up squad is popping up around the park with surprises, performances, and even special birthday giveaways.
  • NEW! Time to Learn! – Join the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse teachers as they engage in activities and songs about the fun of science, and the excitement of reading and writing in a show that is perfect for our smallest guests ages two to six.
  • NEW! Clap along to the rhythm and sounds of the all-new Safari Drummers and test your dinosaur knowledge with the Dino Duo.

Specialty summer treats and beverages like Summer’s Own Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint, Splash of Summer Watermelon Lemonade, and a bedazzled red, white, and blue ice cream cone are the perfectly cool complements to this party-packed season.

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces the Return of Fireworks Every Night

Summer Nights just got brighter at Busch Gardens!

Due to popular demand, the park’s NEW nighttime spectacular, “Spark!” can now be enjoyed every night starting Friday, June 11 through Sunday, August 8.

As the biggest and brightest show ever to light the park’s sky, “Spark!” features an explosive array of fireworks and exciting effects from dazzling lasers to graceful water elements and dramatic pyrotechnics.

From the electrifying pre-party to the epic grand finale, the dazzling experience of “Spark!” can be enjoyed with any park ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass. After August 8, “Spark!” will continue to light the night sky at Busch Gardens with presentations each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 6, including Labor Day.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: New Maze Announcement

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 The Haunting of Hill House

For the first time ever, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to the Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new maze for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, which officially begins on September 3, 2021 at Universal Studios Florida!

Upon its release, Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” became a worldwide phenomenon of unsettling proportions that elevated the horror television genre. Created, directed, and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game) and executive produced by Trevor Macy via their Intrepid Pictures, the chilling horror story follows members of the Crain family who are haunted by long-dormant fears stemming from their time living in the menacing Hill House as children and then forced to face the ghosts of its grisly past.

“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Flanagan, Creator, Director and Executive Producer of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

Reincarnated as a Halloween Horror Nights Maze, the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning guests to embark on the dark journey.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner, from William Hill – The Tall Man, whose towering stature overwhelms everyone he encounters; to The Ghost in the Basement, who feverishly crawls throughout the bowels of the House in search of his next victim; to The Bent-Neck Lady, whose disturbing scream and ghastly appearance invoke a constant state of unnerving dread. 

“It’s a nightmare come true to bring Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”to life for our guests this year at ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort. “The show brought true horror to the masses, similar to what we’ve provided our guests at this event for nearly 30 years – Hill Houseis a perfect fit for “Halloween Horror Nights” as it enters a new decade of fear.”

The Haunting of Hill House maze will test even the bravest guests as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

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On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more ways to be On the Go in MCO by listening to the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in mco rainy day fun

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops, and this week the series continues with rainy day fun for kids of all ages! 

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to be On the Go in MCO with explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For Younger Ones: SEA LIFE Orlando , 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

SEA LIFE, located at ICON Park on International Drive, is one of my absolute FAVORITE recommendations for families in Orlando as this aquarium offers great interactive displays and activities. 

Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 11th and just in time for the iconic week – SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has added some ‘jaw-some’ new shark activities around their 6 species of  sharks. 

For Tweens & Teens: Putting Edge, 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Located in Dezerland Park, formerly Artegon, on International Drive, Putting Edge provides a new and exciting twist on the traditional game of mini-golf.

From the moment you enter the “Blacklit” courses, you have left “the real world” and have entered a universe full of fun, imagination, and activity.

You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images, and sounds, rocking your senses in unordinary, inevitable ways.

Transport from the ocean depths to lush rain forests, from medieval times to the Aztec jungles, as you vie to sink your putt on the 18- hole challenging mini-golf course.

Splitsville Luxury Lane Disney Springs On the Go in MCO

For Families: Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 1494 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Return to the “Golden Age of Bowling” at this modern venue that exudes retro-glam vibes across 2 floors.

In addition to 10-Pin bowling, Feather bowling, billiards, and our lively bars, Splitsville features flat-screen televisions throughout, live music and an eclectic contemporary menu!

Strike up an appetite for fresh sushi, pizza, burgers and other delish dishes—or simply catch up with friends over a few games and drinks. Whatever your pleasure, this isn’t your grandfather’s bowling alley!

For Adults: Arcade Monsters, 15 Alafaya woods BLVD, Suite 117. Oviedo FL, 32765

Arcade Monsters is the largest arcade in Florida with over 200 games in 7 themed rooms and an anime-themed bar. 

Gamers will enjoy playing classic arcade games, pinball, experiential games, the latest modern arcade/console game releases, rhythm games, & virtual reality (ages 13+ only for VR) for an all-day price.

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Walt Disney World Foodie News: Hollywood Studios

The Disney Parks blog knows the way to my heart…my stomach, and today they shared a bevy of foodie news for Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Walt Disney World Foodie News: Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021 Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo - Batuuan Beef & Crispy Topato Stir Fry, Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad, Pirjanad Hot Chicken Tip Yip and Peka Tuna Poke

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargoa designated location on Batuu for traveling food shuttles, just received a new food shipment! Starting today, Battuans and visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can sample Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs’ delicious new dishes inspired by his time on Takodana. 

  • Batuuan Beef & Crispy Topato Stir Fry – Smoky braised beef glazed in tamarind sauce served with stir-fried vegetables, crispy herb yucca, pickled onions, and cilantro
  • Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad – Marinated chicken, mixed greens, grapes, tomato, cucumber, shaved onion, and radish in a lemon-pomegranate vinaigrette with spiced yogurt drizzle
  • Pirjanad Hot Chicken Tip Yip – Crispy chicken glazed in a spicy chipotle sauce served with white rice, relish of sweet corn, shishito peppers, jicama, plantains, and cilantro
  • Peka Tuna Poke – Raw tuna tossed in a spicy Sriracha dressing served with green papaya salad, pickled mushrooms, fresh herbs, and crispy garlic
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo - Outpost Puff Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

And for a sweet ending to your time on Batuu, try this yummy new dessert with a unique and delicious combination of flavors at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo!

  • Outpost Puff – Chocolate pastry filled guajillo chocolate mousse and green milk sauce finished with Thai tea panna cotta, spiced pineapple, and confectionary debris 
Ronto Roasters - Zuchii Wrap, Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap, Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce and Kyryll Pork Rinds Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

The new plant-based wraps at Ronto Roasters give pitmaster droid, 8D-JB, a break from turning the podracing engine spit grilling ronto! The spiced Andoan Fruit and Kyryll Pork Rinds are the perfect on-the-go snacks for anyone visiting Batuu. 

  • Kyryll Pork Rinds – Pork rinds seasoned in a savory blend of ancho chili, cheddar, smoke, and cinnamon. 
  • Zuchii Wrap – Grilled zucchini, smokey chickpea-onion slaw, creamy garlic-tahini sauce, and fresh cilantro wrapped in pita bread (plant-based)
  • Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap – Plant-based egg, smoky chickpea-onion slaw, and roasted tomato sauce wrapped in pita bread (plant-based) 
  • Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce – Sticks of jicama, cucumber, pineapple, melon, and dragon fruit doused in a tamarind sauce and dusted with peppercorn ash (plant-based) 

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Fairfax Fare Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

Hot diggity dog! Fairfax Fare, located in Sunset Boulevard, has some over-the-top hot dogs, including a plant-based “hot dog” salad! (You have to try – it is fab!) Be sure to grab a refreshing beer, cocktail, or fountain drink to go along with your dog!

  • Truffle Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with savory truffle macaroni & cheese and crispy applewood bacon drizzled with mustard aïoli on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Pretzel Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with apple-braised sauerkraut and onions, and drizzled with mustard aïoli on pretzel bread served with pickled vegetables
  • California BLTA Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, applewood bacon, crushed ranch tortilla chips, and house-made black pepper mayonnaise on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Chicago-style “Hot Dog” Salad – Romaine blend, plant-based bratwurst, sliced sport peppers, tomatoes, onions, house-made dill pickle, sweet relish, mustard, and poppy-celery seed brioche croutons tossed in neon green relish vinaigrette (plant-based)
  • All-Beef Quarter-Pound Hot Dog – Served on a brioche butter bun and served with pickled vegetables
Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Shake from Hollywood Scoops Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Shake – hello? Yep – chocolate ice cream layered with peanut butter sauce, topped with whipped cream, garnished with chocolate-peanut butter crumbles, and a chocolate-dipped peanut butter cake. Slurp up this peanut-buttery delight at Hollywood Scoops on Sunset Boulevard. 

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Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

What better way to kick off Christmas in July than with the Universal announcing their holiday celebration dates!

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays Save The Dates

Christmas in July: Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

I am REALLY excited to share that the Universal Orlando Resort will unwrap its 2021 Holidays celebration on November 13!

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome for 51 days and nights as Universal’s biggest and loudest holiday traditions and characters come to life with one-of-a-kind experiences across Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk, and the resort hotels until January 2, 2022.

Additional details about this year’s Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando will be revealed in the months ahead.

To learn more and to book a trip today, visit the Official UOR website.

Just in time for the fall and holiday season, Universal has launched an all-new deal, inviting guests to save 30 percent on a 4-day, 4-night hotel and ticket vacation package.

The limited-availability offer must be booked by September 8, for travel from August 16 to December 16. Find more information about this deal here.

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On the Go in the Parks: Fourth of July Fun

On the Go In the Parks - July 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on  WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

If you are looking for options to be On the Go in the Parks for the Fourth of July, fireworks and nighttime spectaculars are back in time to celebrate Independence Day!

On the Go in the Parks: Fourth of July Fun

Walt Disney World

There will be no dedicated fireworks show, but you can once again see them in the parks!

On the Go in the Parks - Happily Ever After Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom comes alive as the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular lights up the nighttime sky with stunning projections, lasers, special effects, and fireworks set against Cinderella Castle.

At EPCOT, EPCOT Forever transforms the World Showcase lagoon into a nighttime light show filled with dazzling fireworks and stunning laser effects.

On the Go in the Parks - Disney Springs Waterside Stage

Over at Disney Springs, you can catch Americana-inspired performances through July 8th from 6:15 to 9:15 pm on the Advent Health Waterside Stage near World of Disney

Universal Orlando Resort

There will be no dedicated fireworks show for the holiday, but there is an exciting return.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is BACK!!!!! This five minute projection spectacular is MUST SEE for Harry Potter fans!

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean 2021 On the Go in the Parks

In addition to SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean (going on now through September 6), park guests will have an opportunity to celebrate Fourth of July weekend with Ignite – an incredible display of fireworks, music, lights and pyrotechnics that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above – followed by a patriotic fireworks finale before park close. Insider

LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Fireworks Fourth of July 2019

A must-see for LEGO fans, Red, White & BOOM – happening July 3-4 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort – is the only area fireworks display that magically transforms into bursts of LEGO® bricks.

Fun Spot America
On the Go in the Parks - Fourth of July Fun Spot

At Fun Spot America’s Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on July 3, visitors can enjoy fun rides and attractions throughout the park while viewing spectacular nighttime fireworks.

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Red, White & BOOM Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida will celebrate America’s independence over two nights and watch as our annual fireworks show transforms into bursting LEGO bricks before your eyes.

During Red, White & BOOM guests will be able to experience in-park activities such as help create a giant American flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks before the sun goes down, enter a competition build for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack by building a patriotic creation of anything you can imagine, and more!

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier

But the star of the show is the fireworks over Lake Eloise!!!

At 9 p.m. each night, guests will want to take a seat near Lake Eloise to see the nighttime sky light up with the biggest fireworks shows of the year!

The best part is the pair of complementary 3D glasses, available starting at 7 p.m., to see the fireworks turn to LEGO bricks before your eyes.

There are five viewing areas around the Theme Park:

  • Pirate’s Cove North & South Stadium
  • Pirate’s Cove Grass Line
  • LEGO Technic
  • MINILAND USA
  • Mansion Lawn at Heartlake City

While you are at LEGOLAND Florida, make sure to enjoy the all Awe-Summer event offerings during the day, including the Birthday Surprise Squad, live shows, fun streetmosphere, and refreshing treats

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

The best part? Red, White & BOOM event activities are included with general theme park admission or select Annual Passes!

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runDisney Announces 2021-2022 Event Lineup

runDisney 2021 2022 race lineup

After more than a year of virtual races, runners will return to racing at Walt Disney World Resort this fall, kicking off the runDisney 2021-2022 race season.

The 2022 runDisney season will include four race weekends:

  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend powered by AfterShokz: November 4-7, 2021
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 5-9, 2022
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 24-27, 2022
  • runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend presented by Otterbox: March 31-April 3, 2022

As COVID-19 guidelines may change before the return to on-site running at Walt Disney World, race weekends may not include every element from previous years; however, there will by some exciting new elements this season to enhance the runner experience. New runDisney offerings include:

runDisney Springtime Surprise 2022

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend: Each race season, the fourth weekend will be the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, featuring new and evolving race themes and distances each year.

runDisney Princess Weekend 2022

Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga: On the first morning of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, the new Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga, a professionally led yoga session in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park before the theme park opens to help runners gear up for their races, will debut.

Virtual Races: All races will have a virtual race option, allowing runDisney fans across the country to participate in their favorite races, even if they are unable to run at Walt Disney World. Runners are encouraged to complete their race on the same morning of the on-site events as part of the runDisney community and will receive the same finisher medal.

Just for Kids: The runDisney Kids Races during each event weekend will become runDisney Kids Adventures, focused on health, fitness, and fun for kids.

Along with these new offerings, runDisney will bring back many things that make its races magical, including running through Walt Disney World theme parks, unique race weekend themes, special entertainment, and Disney-inspired finisher medals.

To kick it all off, the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, themed Wickedly Delicious, will celebrate beloved Disney villains and will feature the Disney Wine & Dine 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and half marathon), with in-person and virtual options available for all four.

The Post-Race Party will cap off the weekend, allowing runners to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at EPCOT with exclusive, after-hours access to the park and the International Food & Wine Festival.

The theme of the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend theme will celebrate courage and kindness inspired by some favorite Disney princesses.

For more information about runDisney and the return of in-person running at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the official website

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Walt Disney World Foodie News: July 2021

In July, the Walt Disney World Resort will be reopening dining locations and offering a wide variety of new food for everyone to enjoy, and the Disney Parks Blog shared all the details.

I’m talking about everything from snacks to signature dining throughout the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs!

Walt Disney World Foodie News: July 2021

You can now dine “underneath the lovely London sky” in the newly reimagined Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which pays homage to the whimsy and elegance of Mary Poppins Returns.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Look

Taking subtle cues from the movie’s animated sequence, the dining room brings guests into a fanciful garden setting where you can “trip a little light fantastic” as you experience the restaurant surrounded by the glow from decorative lamps and chandeliers.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Menu

Chef Andres Mendoza crafted a new menu with starters like Sweet Corn Bisque with pickled fennel, popcorn, and fennel oil and a colorful Strawberry Salad with chamomile-infused goat cheese, frisée lettuce, bacon vinaigrette, and spiced sunflower seeds.

Entrées include Butter-poached Florida Cobia with mashed fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, and local mushrooms with a grapefruit beurre blanc or a delicious Guava Barbequed Short Ribs with aged cheddar creamy grits, roasted poblano, curtido slaw, and Brussels sprouts.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Dessert

For a sweet ending to your meal, Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer created some truly delicious and decadent desserts such as Warm Apple Rose with seasonal apple, marzipan layers, and frozen coconut milk and the Chocolate Torte, a dark chocolate financier, dark cherry compote, and vanilla bean mascarpone cream.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Drinks

The wine and cocktail program, designed by Sommelier Israel Perez, is exceptional. For those who enjoy an elevated food and wine experience, the new and exclusive Sommelier Room at Cítricos will allow Israel and his team to source boutique wines that pair with special creations from Chef Andres. 

Cítricos will open on July 15, with bookings available on July 1.

One of my family’s favorites, Trail’s End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, will reopen July 17 with hearty family-style skillets for breakfast and dinner.

Mosey on over to Fort Wilderness to start your morning with an oven-fresh pastry basket and berry granola yogurt parfait for the table, followed by a hearty family-style skillet with smoked brisket and eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheesy potato casserole. Of course, no breakfast is complete without Mickey waffles! Adults can sip on Moonshine Morning Cocktails – a Pioneer Mimosa with passion, orange, and guava juices and a Mountain Mary with moonshine.

Dinner at Trail’s End is a rootin’ tootin’ good time that starts with hushpuppies and skillet cornbread with a chopped garden salad for the table. The family-style Smokehouse Skillet comes with pecan-smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken, andouille sausage, fingerlings potatoes, green beans, and buttered corn on the cob. Pork spare ribs, peel n’ eat shrimp, and cornbread-crusted salmon are available as tasty add-ons to your meal.

But be sure to save room for the Covered Wagon Sundae – a wagon load of ice cream, toppings, brownies, cookies, and chocolate-covered bacon! Adults can even kick back with Moonshine Cocktails.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Casey's Corner

Get ready to hit your craving for hot dogs out of the park! Casey’s Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., will reopen June 30 with their classic all-beef hot dogs. Catch hold of a Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog or dig into a pile of Corn Dog Nuggets with, of course, cheese sauce.

And for those who eat a plant-based, the Loaded Slaw Dog (plant-based sausage topped with pickled slaw, barbecue vegan aïoli, and roasted corn relish), is back!

The Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade is a refreshing homerun to go along with your hot dog.

And don’t forget, mobile order is available at Casey’s Corner.

Get ready to treat yourself to hand-scooped ice cream at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor hosted by Edys. This oh-so-sweet nostalgic ice cream parlor on Main Street, U.S.A., will open July 7 with all your favorite flavors on a cone or in a cup – fat-free and no sugar added, as well as plant-based non-dairy options will be available.

And more sweet news: Barq’s Root Beer Floats and Coca-Cola Floats are back! Not sure it can get much better than that!

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Eight Spoon Cafe at DAK

Eight Spoon Café at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is now open and offers their delish Baked Macaroni & Cheese (with or without pulled pork). The exciting news – the Pulled Pork Jelly Donut Sandwich is back! YUM!

Dino Diner will reopen July 4, so you can grab a Dino-Rama Chili-Cheese Dog or a Corn Chip Pie. You can even get your churro fix at Dino Diner!

We have a new summer offering the entire family will love starting June 30 – Disney Family Night Dinner. This playful, family-style dining bundle includes a take-out shareable meal, sweet treats, and an original card-type game inspired by some of your favorite Disney friends for your family and friends to enjoy.

Disney Family Night Dinner is available from 5-10 p.m. through mobile order and at the two resort locations offering this three-course takeaway meal that serves 3-4.

Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort:

  • Roasted Jamaican-style Chicken
  • Fried Yucca
  • Cilantro Rice
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Caribbean Pull-apart Rolls with Onion Jam and Guava Butter
  • Decorate-your-own Mickey and Minnie Cookies

Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • Garden Salad – Tomato, cucumber, carrots, and a duo of dressings
  • Savory Lasagna – Three cheese lasagna with tomato sauce
  • Two Mickey-shaped Cheese or Pepperoni Pizzas
  • Minnie Cheesecake with strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and fresh berries

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