On the Go in the Parks: October 15-17, 2021

On the Go in the parks October 10 15 2021

Make sure to catch the Theme Park Roundup tonight at 6:08 pm during Orlando’s News and Talk with Joe Kelley on WDBO!

Get ready full of celebrations of anniversaries, fall, and more when you are On the Go in the Parks from October 15-17, 2021!

LEGOLAND Florida Celebrates 10 Years of AWESOME

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort is commemorating ten awesome years with a new attraction opening, a birthday celebration day, the reopening of MINILAND, and the return of fireworks at Brick or Treat!

Last Call for Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 17.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

On the Go in the Parks: October 15-17, 2021

The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
Matt Stroshane, photographer

The World’s Most Magical Celebration has kicked off at the Walt Disney World Resort with new nighttime spectaculars at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT, nighttime Beacons of Magic, exclusive celebration merchandise, delicious dishes, bubbly beverages, and more!

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Event Guide

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat every weekend in October.

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.

BRICK OR TREAT happens Saturdays and Sundays on October 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31.

Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, with 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!

Howl-O-Scream @ SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

A new terror has surfaced, and there’s nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere.

Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Above all, try to resist the haunting song of the one who has emerged from the lake. Evil is calling—with a howl and a scream.

Howl-O-Scream @ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever for 28 killer nights with scare zones and haunted houses, including THREE ALL-NEW haunted house experiences.

Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves, and new surprises stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones, and unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness.

Beyond the haunts, killer entertainment can be found on stage with “Fiends!” returning to the Festival Field and last year’s best-kept-secret “The Rolling Bones” performing electrifying rock covers at Dragon Fire Grill. 

Halloween Horror Nights
HHN 30 Full Lineup On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has returned with great merchandise and gems of Halloween Horror Nights passed.

If you can’t make it to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, this is a great way to get a taste of the event every day!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, until October 31st.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

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)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE)

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

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Friday, October 15, 2021
  • Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

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
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LEGOLAND Florida Celebrates 10 AWESOME Years

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort is commemorating ten awesome years with a new attraction opening, a birthday celebration day, the reopening of MINILAND, and the return of fireworks at Brick or Treat!

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida

2021 has been a yearlong party that kicked off with the debut of Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show and continued with a calendar of unforgettable events, including the all-new PirateFest Weekends, LEGO Friends Weekend, LEGO NINJAGO Days, and AWE-Summer. Now, this October will include even more reasons to party at the Theme Park built for kids!

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NEW! THE LEGOLAND STORY: OPENING OCTOBER 15

The LEGOLAND Story will immerse LEGO lovers in the unexpected origin story of everyone’s favorite brick. Guests will also learn about the ever-evolving theme park experience and how LEGOLAND Parks were built, brick by brick!

In this all-new attraction, LEGO history comes to life with playful, photo-worthy displays, including an original ride vehicle from Cypress Gardens’ Triple Hurricane and an interactive Minifigure trading wall. Floor-to-ceiling colorful graphics illustrate chapters of LEGO history, including the first LEGO toy ever created and the original minifigure. After exploring the walkthrough experience, guests will build alongside the Master Builders’ Workshop with hands-on brick activities that are sure to inspire the builders of tomorrow. In the Six Blue Brick Build Experience, LEGO lovers will learn how six 2 x 4 bricks can snap into more than 915 million combinations!

The official winning LEGO model from LEGO MASTERS Season Two, along with the second and third place models, is also now on display at this new attraction. Here, fans can get 360-degree views of these colorful, show-stopping masterpieces.

LEGOLAND Coffee Co.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and fluffy pastries will fill the air in the entryway to this immersive attraction. The all-new café, LEGOLAND Coffee Co., will feature new flash-chilled iced coffee and seasonal flavors. Delicious hand-held breakfast items like tavern ham, baby swiss and egg croissant sandwiches, sundried tomato, and spinach frittata wraps, and triple-smoked bacon quiche cups are the perfect way to start a day of adventure at LEGOLAND.

BIRTHDAY BASH PARTY POP-UPS: JOIN THE PARTY OCTOBER 15

Families are invited to join in the brick-tastic birthday bash on October 15 to dance along with their favorite LEGO characters and friends. Party-packed play moments, surprise character appearances and pop-up entertainment will make this one awesome party!

You can’t have a birthday without cake, so LEGOLAND built the BIGGEST LEGO birthday cake EVER created to commemorate the big 1-0. This ginormous LEGO cake is the perfect place to snap your party picture! The more-than-20-foot cake is on display now through the end of this year.

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, our chefs cooked up something special for our big day. What’s the most famously delicious treat LEGOLAND? That’s right, Granny’s Apple Fries! Our chefs could not dream of celebrating our 10th birthday without paying homage to the fan favorite, and thus the Apple Fries Cupcake was born! Don’t be late to the party–this sweet treat will ONLY be available at Granny’s Apple Fries on our birthday, October 15. In addition to this epic birthday treat, the baristas at the all-new LEGOLAND Coffee Co. are brewing up a Birthday Cake Latte that will also only be available on October 15!

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MINILAND REOPENING: OCTOBER 15

LEGOLAND’s most iconic area of the park underwent a cool transformation this year, and starting October 15, MINILAND will reopen with its new shade structures that will bring even more enjoyment to this beloved land.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Event Guide
BRICK OR TREAT: SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER

Don’t miss the spookiest, kookiest trick-or-treating party of the year Saturdays and Sundays this October! Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort returns with BOO-tastic fireworks and extended hours every event night. This kid-friendly event is the only time of year guests can meet exclusive classic LEGO monster characters, enjoy Halloween shows and go trick-or-treating to collect loads of candy during the ultimate kids Halloween celebration.

Be sure to see the other awesome experiences that have debuted in 2021, including an all-new 4D movie, LEGO MYTHICA – JOURNEY TO MYTHICA, new LEGOmodels throughout LEGO City, and two new LEGO build activities, Planet LEGOLAND and the LEGO Dots Build Your Art Gallery.

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2021 Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art

Strolling through dazzling Christmas trees, festive wreaths and unique gingerbread creations at the Festival of Trees has long marked the start of the holiday season for Central Floridians.

Festival of Trees 2021 Logo

The beloved event will celebrate a landmark of 35 years with the theme “Sparkling Holiday Traditions.” The event, presented by the Council of 101, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 13-21 at the Orlando Museum of Art.  This year’s platinum presenting sponsor for Festival of Trees Orlando is Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center.

During this time, the museum will be transformed into the festive holiday wonderland the Central Florida community and beyond have come to expect. The fact that record crowds have been awed and inspired by the glittering displays is why the theme was selected according to Council of 101.

34th Festival of Trees 2020 Orlando Museum of Arts

“We’re so proud to have created an event that has become the fabric of holiday celebrations in Central Florida,” said Joan Kennedy, president of Council of 101. “It’s truly an honor to see generation after generation make Festival of Trees part of their holiday traditions.”

During Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 25 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, as well as exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more. There will be a holiday shopping experience, as well as pop-up shops and live entertainment. 

A variety of special events, including Opening Night Gala and Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and a children’s Reindeer Romp party will add a special holiday touch to this year’s Festival of Trees. 

Festival of Trees 2021

2021 Festival of Trees Event information

Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 21

General Admission Hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket prices:

  • Adults—$20
  • Children (3-12)—$8
  • Seniors (60+)—$12
  • Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12

 Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available in mid-October on Eventbrite and via councilof101.org.

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Peppa Pig Theme Park Will Open Feb 24, 2022!

Peppa Pig Theme Park Grand Opening Announced

I am really excited to share that the grand opening for the World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park has been announced for February 24, 2022, and it is going to be something to whistle about!

The all-new park will feature six rides, six themed playscapes, a water play area, and even more oinktastic experiences, just steps away from LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Families with excited “little piggies” can start planning their preschooler’s unforgettable day of adventure!

Attraction Map_Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida

NEW! PEPPA PIG THEME PARK TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

Oink, oink, look out grownups!  Single and two-day tickets are now available on PeppaPigThemePark.com/Florida.

Families can now purchase Single-day discounted tickets for only $30.99 by purchasing online. Single-day tickets will be $34.99 if purchased on the date of arrival.

Admission to Peppa Pig Theme Park can also be bundled with admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park as a Two-Park, Two-Day Ticket, starting at $134.99 when purchased online in advance. The full walk-up gate price, if purchased the day of the visit will be $149.99.

Peppa Pig Theme Park LEGOLAND Florida
Rendering: Peppa Pig Theme Park

ANNUAL PASSES

A limited number of Peppa Pig Theme Park Annual Passes are available for $74.99 plus tax.

This Annual Pass includes free parking and discounts on additional admission tickets for a year starting on February 24.

Inclusive Annual Passes that will also grant admission to LEGOLAND Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park, and other regional Merlin Entertainments attractions will be available later this year.

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Rendering: Peppa Pig Theme Park

VACATION PACKAGES

Families can now start creating their preschooler’s best vacation ever by booking their spring getaways to be among the first to step into and experience Peppa Pig’s playful world.

Special offers, including an All-Inclusive and an early booking incentive that gives families a third night free when they book two nights, are now on sale for travel dates starting February 24, 2022.

Vacations packages include a stay at LEGOLAND Hotel, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel, or LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, all locations are located just steps away from Peppa Pig Theme Park and include Peppa Pig Theme Park, LEGOLAND Theme Park, and LEGOLAND Water Park tickets, complimentary parking, complimentary breakfast and more. Every room features separate parent and kid sleeping areas—complete with bunk beds for the little ones—and loads of kid-friendly amenities including a separate entertainment center, bathroom with built-in potty training seat, handheld showerheads, and more.

Peppa Pig Theme Park LEGOLAND Florida
Rendering: Peppa Pig Theme Park

Every corner of the charming new park is crafted with preschoolers in mind, from their first roller coaster rides with their parents and free fair games for the whole family, to an all-terrain course where they will pedal tricycles through a sensory-rich trail and a colorful splash pad that celebrates “muddy puddles” jumping fun!

Through every experience, families will snort, giggle, and create their family’s first theme park memories together with Peppa and her friends.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Hosts Taste of Space

Taste of Space Fall Bites

This fall the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a menu of gastronomic delights during its Taste of Space festival from October 8 to November 5, 2021.

During the event, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex eateries will feature delectable, seasonal food and local brews offered throughout the visitor complex.

Taste of Space Fall Bites

Taste of Space Fall Bites Menu

Orbit Café
Beef Brisket Slider with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Fried Onions
Hot Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Melt
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Moon Rock Café
(Accessible with a bus transportation reservation)
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Whole Grain Mustard
Chicken Salad with Mesclun Greens, Gorgonzola, Mandarin Oranges, and Toasted Pecans with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Milky Way
Pumpkin Caramel Éclair

As a bonus, when guests purchase two Taste of Space meals they will receive a commemorative pin while supplies last.

As a special finale event on November 5, a progressive-style dinner, Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey, will take guests on a gastronomical walking adventure throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m, the seasonal four-course meal will be served under the stars, with each course complemented by a wine or beer pairing. After dinner, local bars including Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill and 4th Street Fillin Station will showcase their take on a celestial cocktail in a “Marstini shake off” contest under space shuttle Atlantis.

Tickets are $159 and include dinner, beer/wine samples, live entertainment, and a commemorative pin. Bruce Melnick and other astronauts will also be in attendance.

For more information about Taste of Space and to purchase tickets for the November 5 dinner click here.

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Holiday Lineup

2021 Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

The epic Universal Orlando Resort holiday traditions and characters are back, bigger and louder than ever before for 51 days and nights of one-of-a-kind festive experiences during this year’s Holidays celebration November 13 through January 2.

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome where they can join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – and it’s all included with theme park admission.

Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Highlights

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Guests can sip on hot Butterbeer while they listen to Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” lights up the night sky with a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

See the maven of mischief himself during Grinchmas at Universal Orlando where guests can enjoy the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a hilarious live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring The Grinch with special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast

And the celebration continues in Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

And guests can keep an eye out for resident Whos spreading Who-liday joy as they prepare for their favorite holiday.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

With the return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, guests can experience the excitement as more than 30 larger-than-life balloons take the streets of Universal Studios Florida, along with appearances by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and other fan-favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Float

This parade also features beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers that fill the streets with holiday cheer. And guests won’t want to miss the spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus as he passes by and lights the breathtaking 80-foot Christmas Tree that has become a holiday icon at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Santa

In addition to these spectacular experiences, there are even more holiday festivities in store around every corner, including delicious food and beverage options and themed merchandise perfect for gifting that will have guests feeling the holiday spirit throughout their visit.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

The merriment continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels, where guests will be surrounded by incredible seasonal décor and enjoy holiday activities like festive meals, strolling carolers, holiday crafts, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

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On the Go in the Parks: October 8-10, 2021

Make sure to catch the Theme Park Roundup tonight at 6:08 pm during Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO!

Fall fun, frights, and festivities are in full swing On the Go in the Parks from October 8-10, 2021!

But before we get started, we have to talk about the new planning tools that will be launching at Walt Disney World!

Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lanes Oh My!

Just a few hours ago the Walt Disney World Resort announced that three new planning tools will be launching on October 19, 2021!

Disney Genie is a personalized itinerary creator that effortlessly and smartly maps out an entire day inspired by the things you love – helping you make the most of your park time so you can have more fun. 

Disney Genie+ is an upgrade to the complimentary version of Disney Genie service, for $15 per ticket per day, and includes the use of the lightning lanes at select attractions, Disney PhotoPass lenses, and Audio Tours.

Lightning Lanes can be purchased a-la-carte to save time waiting at the premiere attractions by park.

Return of Entertainment to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT

Early birds at Magic Kingdom Park are now starting their day with “Let the Magic Begin” on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, and the ragtime piano player at Casey’s Corner is once again tickling the ivory keys on Main Street, U.S.A.

Over at EPCOT, World Showcase travelers are dancing to the Canadian rhythms of Alberta Bound, laughing at the antics of Sergio in Italy, and experiencing the majestic percussion of the Taiko drummers of Matsuriza in Japan.

Next week even more entertainment will be returning to the Walt Disney World Resort!

On the Go in the Parks: October 8-10, 2021

The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
Matt Stroshane, photographer

The World’s Most Magical Celebration has kicked off at the Walt Disney World Resort with new nighttime spectaculars at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT, nighttime Beacons of Magic, exclusive celebration merchandise, delicious dishes, bubbly beverages, and more!

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Event Guide

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat every weekend in October.

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.

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

Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, with 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!

Howl-O-Scream @ SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

A new terror has surfaced, and there’s nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere.

Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Above all, try to resist the haunting song of the one who has emerged from the lake. Evil is calling—with a howl and a scream.

Howl-O-Scream @ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever for 28 killer nights with scare zones and haunted houses, including THREE ALL-NEW haunted house experiences.

Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves, and new surprises stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones, and unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness.

Beyond the haunts, killer entertainment can be found on stage with “Fiends!” returning to the Festival Field and last year’s best-kept-secret “The Rolling Bones” performing electrifying rock covers at Dragon Fire Grill. 

Halloween Horror Nights
HHN 30 Full Lineup On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 17.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, until October 31st.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

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)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE)

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

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

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
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Walt Disney World Planning Tools Launching October 19th

IT. IS. TIME.

Walt Disney World just announced that the Disney Genie service will launch on October 19, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort! 

Walt Disney World – Disney Genie

Available for all guests in the My Disney Experience app, the complimentary Disney Genie service offers new features that let you create your best Disney day.

These features include a personalized itinerary creator that effortlessly and smartly maps out an entire day inspired by the things you love – helping you make the most of your park time so you can have more fun. 

The complimentary Disney Genie Service Includes:

  • Tailored Recommendations – You’ll receive attraction and dining recommendations inspired in part by what you told Disney Genie service you’re most interested in doing. It even displays a good time to go to an experience and an idea of the forecasted wait. Need to swap a recommendation out? No problem. Like many popular navigation apps, Disney Genie will continue to offer new suggestions throughout the day, so you can make the most of your time during your visit.
  • A Personalized Daily Itinerary – Your “My Day” tab is where you’ll find Disney Genie recommendations and any plans you’ve made, including dining reservations, Disney Resort hotel reservations and activity bookings. You’ll also be able to virtually chat with a Cast Member who can help answer any questions that arise.
  • A Custom Tip Board – This new feature will let you see estimated wait times for your top attractions, entertainment and dining. You’ll also be able to order food, make dining reservations, check into a restaurant, request to join an available virtual queue (currently at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure), and even book arrival times for our new Lightning Lane entrance at select experiences if you’ve purchased Disney Genie+ service.

Walt Disney World – Disney Genie+

Walt Disney World Planning Tools 2021

In addition to getting all of the great features that come with upgrading to the complimentary version of Disney Genie service, purchasing Disney Genie+ service will offer even more convenience and flexibility, for $15 per ticket per day.

Disney Genie+ Perks Include:

  • Enjoy the Magic You Want with Less Wait – Save time waiting in line by purchasing Disney Genie+ service! This new service, at more than 40 attractions and experiences throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks, lets you select the next available arrival window for the new Lightning Lane entrances. You can make one selection at a time throughout the day—from classics like Haunted Mansion and thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (experiences subject to limited availability). With Disney Genie+, you can select Lightning Lane arrival windows across multiple theme parks for those who have the Park Hopper option.
  • Disney PhotoPass Lenses – Access special Disney PhotoPass Lenses for your mobile device, allowing you to explore magical new augmented reality effects.
  • Audio Tales – Discover the parks in cool new ways through fascinating fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights you can listen to during your visit.

Disney Genie+ selections are available beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to secure your first arrival time.

Starting October 19th, you’ll be able to purchase Disney Genie+ service on the day of your visit or purchase as an add-on to a theme park ticket by modifying your existing ticket prior to arrival. You can also purchase new tickets that include Disney Genie+ before your visit.

When using Disney Genie+ guests are responsible for:

  • Determining whether options and recommendations are appropriate for their party and
  • consulting all experience restrictions and advisories, including height requirements, health and safety advisories and accessibility guidelines.
Walt Disney World Planning Tools 2021

Lightning Lane

With this launch, we’ll also be introducing the Lightning Lane entrance. Available for purchase through our Disney Genie+ add-on at more than 40 attractions – or individually, “à la carte” at some of our most highly demanded attractions – the Lightning Lane entrance can save you time waiting in line.

 Click here for a first look at the list of current attractions with Lightning Lane entrances and info on pricing

As a reminder, attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue or from time to time, a virtual queue may instead be used at select attractions, like right now at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

To get ready for the launch, I’ll be sharing more information as it becomes available, but you can also visit DisneyGenie.com for more details.

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On the Go in MCO: Spooky, Kooky, and Eerie Local Halloween Fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more while you’re On the Go in MCO with the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Spooky season is On the Go in MCO, and this year’s local Halloween events are filled with Spooky fun and thrilling scares you won’t want to miss!!!

On the Go in MCO: Spooky, Kooky, and Eerie Local Halloween Fun 

The Haunted Road
On the Go In MCO Halloween Fun October 2021 Haunted Road

If you’re ready for scares from the comfort of your car, The Haunted Road, a drive-thru Halloween attraction at Corn Maze Orlando, has returned for its second year on select nights through November. 

The immersive outdoor theater show brings a mix of familiar characters, twisted creatures, and unexpected scares to horror fans visiting the social distance-friendly event.

After launching in 2020, the cast and crew quickly realized everything was not as it seemed. Rumor spread that tortured souls who died on the land materialize when the sun sets, resulting in paranormal phenomena and eerie occurrences.

Through trial and error, we learned how to disrupt these spirits and conjure up on-demand ghost sightings for travelers to witness. But proceed at your own risk… it is unclear if the spirits remain to ward off future victims or lure unsuspecting travelers to join them as part of The Haunted Road.

On the Go In MCO Halloween Fun October 2021 The Barnyard

Also New this year is The Barnyard, an add-on experience, that has a Haunt Market, the Ol’ Watering Hole with beverages, BBQ, and of course scares with roaming performers and the Abandoned Butcher Barn haunted experience.  

Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins 
On the Go in MCO Gatorland Gators Ghosts and Giggles 2021

ITS BAACK!! Gatorland’s “Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins 2021 returns for its third year of family fun and fright done right from October 9th through October 31st!

Search for Cryptids in “The Crocs and Cryptids Zone!” where you’ll meet Gatorland’s Skunk Ape while you search for hidden cryptozoological beasts!  

Then, grab your Lederhosen for Frank & Steins Ooky Kooky Octoberfest featuring live music from “Polkageist,” Gatorland’s own undead polka band as well as German beer and food for purchase. 

On the Go in MCO Gatorland Gators Ghosts and Giggles 2021

The extra spooky  “Swamp Ghost’s Monster Museum” returns this year!  Dare to enter Swamp Ghost’s lair and learn the origins of history’s most infamous monsters… and maybe come face to face with a ghoul or two! 

All this plus multiple themed haunt zones, interactive characters, animal meet-and-greets, a Children’s Halloween Costume Parade at 1 pm with treat bags for all kids who participate!  

There are also fun shows, multiple photo opportunities, a trick-or-treat trail from 11 am to 2 pm with candy giveaways, and more! 

Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins is included with your regular park admission!

Gatorland Gators Ghosts and Goblins

There’s Halloween fun for Everyone at this all-ages daytime Halloween event!

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

Tickets are available at www.Gatorland.com or at Gatorland admissions. 

And don’t forget Florida Residents save half off through November 1st. at Gatorland admissions.

A Petrified Forest 
A Petrified Forrest Orlando On the Go in MCO

A Petrified Forest invited guests to venture into their feast with three different outdoor scare trails in the dark, haunted forest filled with terrifying beasts and nightmares. 

You’ll want to plan for a night out as there are food trucks, live entertainment, and fun packed front yard activities.

A Petrified Forrest Orlando On the Go in MCO

On special Total Eclipse Nights – which require a signed waiver for anyone under 18 – monsters can even touch the guests. 

Separately, Kid’s Day and Special Needs Nights will also take place for a milder experience. 

Please keep in mind that all children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Chef Richard Blais Brings Tropical Concept to Orlando

Chef Richard Blais

I was beyond excited when I found out that acclaimed Chef Richard Blais will open his first Orlando restaurant later this year with a new tropical concept at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, located adjacent to Walt Disney World.

“It’s undeniable how talented and invigorating Chef Blais is. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with him for our newest restaurant,” said Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress General Manager Paul Joseph. “This concept is something very near and dear to our hearts and to Blais’s and we can’t wait to be able to unveil it to our guests.”

Blais is widely recognized as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and recently announced co-star of the new Gordon Ramsay / FOX cooking competition, Next Level Chef. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and trained at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli.

Chef Richard Blais

His new Orlando restaurant will make its home in the former Hemingway’s venue within the resort and offer dinner nightly and brunch on Sundays.

Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary consulting company that has consulted on, designed, and operated popular eateries across the country. He is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, as well as his second cookbook, So Good.

Most recently, he opened Ember & Rye at the newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, and took on the role of Culinary Director at the newly opened San Diego Symphony performance space, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. 

“I love having fun with my concepts and menus and I’m so excited about what we’ve got in store for this restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress,” said Chef Richard Blais. “We’re looking forward to adding a memorable and innovative offering to Orlando’s already incredible food scene.”

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will host a hiring event for the new restaurant on Tuesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the resort’s Windsong Ballroom. Positions available include management, cooks, bartenders, servers, and greeters.

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Universal’s Mardi Gras is Back with Returning Favorites

Universal’s Mardi Gras is one of our family’s favorite Springtime events, and I am SO excited that the celebration is back at Universal Studios in 2022, and it’s going to be louder, spicier, and better than ever!!!

Beginning February 5 through April 24, this family-friendly version of the iconic Big Easy bash is returning to Orlando.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Mardi Gras 2022

Universal’s Mardi Gras will bring back the event’s most outstanding, fan-favorite experiences – including its spectacular nighttime parade, star-studded live concerts (both on select nights), and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Mardi Gras 2022

Plus, guests can savor mouth-watering, authentic Cajun-style cuisine from New Orleans and additional dishes inspired by diverse tastes and flavors from around the world at locations throughout the park and Universal’s hotels.

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

Additional details, including the event’s concert lineup, food & beverage offerings, and more, will be revealed at a later date.

However, you can sign up on the website to receive updates about the event!

It’s Florida’s Biggest Party, and it’s the loudest, wildest blowout this side of the Bayou.

For more information about Universal’s Mardi Gras, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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Brick or Treat 2021 Event Guide

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Event Guide

Brick or Treat is back at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with kid-friendly fun including exclusive classic LEGO monster characters, enjoy Halloween shows, Halloween shows, BOO-tastic fireworks, and extended hours every event night.

The Brick or Treat celebration’s biggest treat? The not-so-spooky fun is included with your admission Saturdays and Sundays in October through Halloween: Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Guide

Fireworks Take Over Pirate’s Cove

Brick or Treat
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier

Arrrgh ye ready to end yer night with a bang? Experience the tale of Captain Dreadbeard’s adventures during a siege to save Pirate’s Cove as fireworks make their return to Brick or Treat every event night.

Grab a complimentary pair of special glasses from the crew because once the show starts, wearing them will cause the fireworks to fill the night sky with LEGO bricks!

Trick-or-Treat Yo’ Self with Extended Hours and Candy, Candy and more Candy

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND FL_Candy
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

Have those candy bags and buckets ready! Brick or Treat features five uniquely themed candy stations around the park for a day of trick-or-treating fun including a Ghoulish Graveyard, Happy Harvest, Cauldron of Candy, and more!

All trick-or-treat candy stations are available from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Ghoulishly Good Shows

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

Four daily shows keep the spooky fun going each event day, including a new interactive show and the last chance to catch a fan favorite.

The Groovin’ Graveyard

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND FL_Groovin' Graveyard
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

A graveyard comes to life with ghoulish delight, after musical spirits are awakened from their eternal slumber.

Get ready to groove as this haunted group drums up some skele-fun.

This is the final year to see these ghouls, so come jam out with them one last time before they vanish and return to their slumber.

NEW! Operation: Monster Squad

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND FL_Operation Monster Squad
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

Calling all kooky kids, monster dads, and mummies!

Join this interactive show as a creepy crew searches for new recruits to become part of Brick or Treat’s Official Monster Squad.

Learn all the moves to walk, grumble, and dance like a monster!

NEW! Time to Learn about Halloween

Join the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse teachers as they celebrate all things Halloween.

Perfect for guests ages two to six, this show is a fun lesson in everything the fall season has to offer!

A Candy-Coated Curse

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

It’s Halloween night, and some curious trick-or-treaters have ventured into City Hall to find themselves in a sticky situation.

Join them as they sing and dance their way through solving A Candy-Coated Curse in this live show!

Classic LEGO Monsters, Builds, and Creepy Carousels

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

NEW! The Grand Carousel transforms into the Creepy Carousel as this classic ride receives a ghostly twist featuring popular Brick or Treat tunes.

Grab some spooky selfies with a special squad of characters that can only be found during Brick or Treat!

Brick-or-Treat-at-LEGOLAND-FL_LEGO-Mummy
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

This includes classic monsters with a LEGO twist like Monster Rocker, Mummy, and Lord Vampyre, as well as LEGO favorites including Scarecrow, Spider Lady, Shark Suit Guy, and more!

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND FL_Characters at Pumpkin
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

LEGO fans can also help craft a giant LEGO Scarecrow brick by brick in DUPLO Valley or snap a family photo inside a large LEGO pumpkin. 

Hauntingly Delicious Snacks

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND FL_Monster Marshmallow Mud Cup
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

No tricks here, this year’s specialty treats have a very spooky and “cookie” twist to them, including the Monster’s Marshmallow “Mud” Cup featuring chocolate pudding topped with cookie crumble, marshmallow topping, and candy. Or grab a bag of Crazy Mad Scientist’s Purple Popcorn Mix for the crazy science of grape-flavored popcorn mixed with cookie crumble.

No trip to LEGOLAND is complete without Granny’s Apple Fries. Pick up a new take on the LEGOLAND classic with S’mores Granny Apple Fries a la Mode and enjoy cookie-dusted warm apple fries, vanilla ice cream, and marshmallow fluff topped with, of course, candy.

Party throughout the Weekend with a Staycation

Brick or Treat
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group

When the Theme Park closes, the fun is just beginning at the LEGOLAND Hotel! Only on event nights, the Brick or Treat Costume Dance Party takes over the main lobby of the hotel beginning at 8:30 p.m. 

Join this monster-themed party by wearing your favorite Brick or Treat costume and dancing along to the best monster mash tunes.

Enjoy Brick or Treat all weekend long like a VIP when you book your family an All-Inclusive Vacation Package, which includes your hotel stay at a fully themed LEGOLAND Hotel, tickets to both parks, dining from check-in to check-out, and more!

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Get Spooky and Save at ICON Park


If you’re looking for a wicked good time this October, you’ll absolutely want to visit ICON Park!

Family Savings at ICON Park

Until October 31st bring your little ballerina, pirate or princess out for a free ride on the signature attraction, The Wheel. 

ICON is offering complimentary tickets to The Wheel for kids 12 and under who are dressed up in costumes, while their family members riding along will receive 50 percent off their tickets to The Wheel (up to four tickets).

More fun at The Wheel

To set the scene on the 400-foot observation wheel, ICON Park has curated a fun, Halloween-inspired playlist to play in the private capsules.

A free ghoulish glowing light show will take place on The Lawn each night, with a show at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the spooky soundtrack during a 10-minute production.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 1-3, 2021

Make sure to catch the Theme Park Roundup tonight at 6:38 pm during Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO!

Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
Matt Stroshane, photographer

The World’s Most Magical Celebration has kicked off at the Walt Disney World Resort with new nighttime spectaculars at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT, nighttime Beacons of Magic, exclusive celebration merchandise, delicious dishes, bubbly beverages, and more!

On the Go in the Parks: October 1-3, 2021

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat every weekend in October.

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.

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

Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, with 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!

Howl-O-Scream @ SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

A new terror has surfaced, and there’s nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere.

Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Above all, try to resist the haunting song of the one who has emerged from the lake. Evil is calling—with a howl and a scream.

Howl-O-Scream @ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever for 28 killer nights with scare zones and haunted houses, including THREE ALL-NEW haunted house experiences.

Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves, and new surprises stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones, and unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness.

Beyond the haunts, killer entertainment can be found on stage with “Fiends!” returning to the Festival Field and last year’s best-kept-secret “The Rolling Bones” performing electrifying rock covers at Dragon Fire Grill. 

Halloween Horror Nights
HHN 30 Full Lineup On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 17.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, until October 31st.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

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)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE)

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

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Friday, September 24, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

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
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Disney Vacation Club Reveals Upcoming Updates

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates

Celebrated for its 1890s Victorian architecture and elegance, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a favorite resort of Disney Vacation Club Members, and I am excited to share a first look at the rooms members will call home beginning in the summer of 2022.

The expansion will add approximately 200 proposed resort studios, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

At the same time, existing villas including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas will be enhanced.

The planned expansion and enhancements will provide guests with even more opportunities to make magical vacation memories together with Magic Kingdom Park close by.

The proposed new resort studios will feature two queen-size beds and a day bed with room for up to five guests.

There is a room for every type of traveler at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney Vacation Club Members can access them all. The existing villas will also receive exciting enhancements.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates Living Room

The deluxe studios at the resort can also accommodate up to five guests and will feature a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed that tucks away seamlessly into the wall, and a charming pull-down bunk-size bed – perfect for the little ones.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates

For an even grander stay, families staying in spacious one- or two-bedroom villas will enjoy the comforts of home while staying inside the magic. These accommodations offer full kitchens and large living areas as well as added conveniences – like modern appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a washer and dryer. Living areas will feature a new pull-down queen-size bed along with a pull-down bunk-size bed that folds away to be hidden beneath the media center.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates Bedroom King

For larger families and multi-generational vacations, guests will enjoy plenty of room and comfort in the three-bedroom grand villa. These spacious accommodations sleep up to 12 guests, with two bedrooms that include two queen-size beds each, along with a primary bedroom that features a king-size bed. Three-bedroom grand villas also boast a dining area and expansive living room. Charming accents in the rooms include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Victorian-themed silhouettes and other artwork featuring Mary Poppins and Dumbo.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and is located in the heart of the magic. Close by, guests can enjoy the monorail, buses, and water taxi services directly from the property to travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort. The resort also steps away from the excitement via a new walkable promenade leading to and from Magic Kingdom Park. And just in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, guests and Disney Vacation Club Members staying at Walt Disney World Resort properties, including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will enjoy 30-minute early entry to every theme park, every day starting October 1.

To learn more about the enhancements at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, visit VillasAtGrandFloridian.com.

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