On the Go in MCO: Family Volunteer Opportunities

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteer

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It is easy to get caught up in being On the Go in MCO, but taking a step back as a family and giving back to our community is a fantastic way to spend time together.

While there are many ways that families can come together to make our City MORE Beautiful, I wanted to share three ways that my family has chosen to be involved in our community!

On the Go in MCO: Family Volunteer Opportunities

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteering Share-A-Meal

Share-a-Meal at the Ronald McDonald House

We never want to think about anything happening to our children, but the three Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida homes in our area are always at the ready to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.

One easy and impactful way to help these families is to participate in the Share-a-Meal volunteer opportunity!

Here are the current guidelines for our Share-A-Meal Program:

  • Each meal provider must purchase and provide all necessary food ingredients and disposable to-go containers or heavy-duty paper plates.
  • The current meal count is 25 to 30 individuals.
  • All groups are required to be five individuals or fewer.
  • The shift time for the program is from 4 pm-6 pm.
  • All volunteers are required to wear a mask while inside the house at all times and gloves during meal preparation.
  • After the meal is prepared, meal provider groups are asked to assist the house staff by plating or boxing the meals for our families. Due to House guidelines, buffet/family-style meals cannot be offered.

I once hosted a Share-a-Meal “Taco Tuesday,” and it was awesome! I was able to work with staff members to include fun touches and decorations for the pick-up area. 

What may seem like “just a simple meal” can make all the difference in the world for families with seriously ill children. 

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteer Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank

In 2021, Second Harvest Food Bank relied on more than 39,000 volunteers whose hours totaled 111,420 through a variety of volunteer opportunities to help our neighbors in need.

There are a variety of ways that families can help beyond the typical donations, which are always appreciated! 

Volunteer for a Shift

Second Harvest Food Bank has three facilities that are always in need of volunteers to help with picking, daily food sorting, assisting feeding partners with the loading of food, and light warehouse tasks (sweeping, organizing, order pulling, and file sorting).

Volunteers have to be at least ten years old with a chaperone who is 18 years or older in order to help out in the facility, 16 years old without a chaperone, but they do also host a “Family Night” or a “Family Day” for families with children ages 5-9 years old.

Become a Virtual Volunteer

Fight hunger without even changing out of your pajamas! Start a Virtual Food Drive and help provide meals to your neighbors in need.

Brand Ambassadors

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Ambassador Program aims to engage energetic and committed community volunteers in the mission and work of the Food Bank by serving as Hunger Champions in our community. 

Are you interested in learning more about Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer opportunities? Sign up here to receive their Volunteer Voice in your inbox each month.

Give Kids the World Village

Rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator, Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world who want to visit Central Florida.

A stay at the Village is much more than a vacation. During one transformative week, wish families to laugh, play, and create priceless memories together away from hospital visits and medical procedures. It’s a magical week of “YES” where wish kids can experience the simple joys of childhood and where families can recapture some of the precious moments that may have been missed due to illness.

Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries. 

The Village is made possible by the support of generous donors and community partners and thousands of passionate volunteers – who donate their time and talent to making wishes come true.

Volunteering On-Site

Families with children over the age of 10 can apply to complete volunteer shifts at the Give Kids the World Village campus.

During these shifts, families will help with a variety of tasks throughout the Village.

Purchase with a Purpose

Did you know that you can shop for products you love and support Give Kids The World? Could there be an easier way to help support Give Kids the World Village? Nope.

DIS Con 2022

DIS Con 2022 On the Go in MCO

DIS Con 2022 is a one-of-a-kind expo celebrating all facets of the wonderful world of Disney – from Disney, Marvel, and Pixar animation to film, television, theme parks, music, and memorabilia benefitting Give Kids the World Village.

The event will take place on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)

While you may be concerned that volunteering at Give Kids the World Village could be difficult, I can PROMISE that you will remain inspired and devoted to helping this wonderful organization.

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149th Silver Spurs Rodeo

Silver Spurs Rodeo

The Silver Spurs Riding Club will host their 149th Silver Spurs Rodeo on Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 7:30 pm each night at Osceola Heritage Park.

During the weekend, fans will be treated to seven of the rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping.

“We are looking forward to this summer’s rodeo, since this is how the Silver Spurs Rodeo and our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and quadrille,” said Dustin Bronson, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Riding Club. “This has been a tradition since 1944 in Osceola County, so come out to the Rodeo in June for one of the longest-running traditions east of the Mississippi.”

Plus, breakaway roping will be added to the event schedule for the second year now. 

Silver Spurs Rodeo

In addition to this great tradition, the June rodeo will present junior barrel racing, junior bull riding, and the junior quadrille (square dancing on horseback). 

These events feature our youth who are starting their rodeo careers in the Silver Spurs Arena! Plus, the Silver Spurs Riding Club is bringing back everyone’s favorite event before the performance, ‘mutton bustin’ (also known as sheep racing)!

Silver Spurs Rodeo

Tickets are just $20 per adult, and kids ten and under are FREE.

For the June Rodeo only, all active and retired military receive FREE admission when showing proof of military service at the box office.

A portion of the ticket sales from the Friday and Saturday, June Rodeo performances will be donated to a local charity.

 For more information, to purchase tickets, and Rodeo Guidelines for a safe rodeo, visit their official website.

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Viva La Música Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Viva La Musica 2022 Header

SeaWorld Orlando’s fan-favorite Latin festival is back as Viva La Música takes over the park during two unforgettable weekends, May 14-15 and May 22-23.

Park visitors can enjoy this festival’s sights, sounds, and flavors that include red-hot local entertainment featuring salsa, bachata, reggaetón, and more. Discover authentic cuisine inspired by the colorful flavors of the Caribbean, Spain, and Central & South America. Celebrate Latin tradition with chef-curated dishes such as Seafood Paella, Mojo Roasted Pork, Empanadas, and Mojitos.

Viva la Música SeaWorld Orlando 2016

Incredible Live Musical Performances

Viva La Música is highlighted by a series of sensational live concerts that will have you dancing out of your seat. The party will not stop once these award-winning musicians take the stage.

In addition, guests can experience local Latin performances and family-friendly cultural activities throughout the park. The headline concert lineup includes:

  • May 14, Grupo Manía (2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at Nautilus Theater)
  • May 15, El Gran Combo (2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at Nautilus Theater)
  • May 21, Poncho Sanchez (2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at Nautilus Theater)
  • May 22, Proyecto Uno (2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at Nautilus Theater)
Viva La Musica 2022 SeaWorld Orlando

Fiery Flavors All Weekend Long

In addition to amazing live concerts, the festival include eight limited-time Viva La Música food booths where guests can savor authentic, Latin-inspired drinks and dishes, such as:

  • Bebidas y Bebidas—serving up specialty cocktails like the new mangonada – a sweet Mexican smoothie with the option to be served in a pineapple.
  • Empanadas Stand—offering fan-favorite empanadas, homemade doughs stuffed with ground beef or chicken and cheese and fried golden brown, or the sweet dulce de leche empanada made with caramel and queso.
Viva La Musica 2022
  • Bacalaitos—featuring savory dishes like the crispy fried codfish with mojo aioli, chicken & salsa verde tamales, and tasty churros.
  • Paella Stand—serving authentic Latin cuisine like paella made with mussels, clams, shrimps, and chorizo on the bed of flavorful saffron rice and stuffed ropa vieja arepas.
SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card

Best Way to Play

One of the best ways for guests to experience Viva La Música is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2022 Fun Card, which offers park admission through December 31, 2022, for one low price.

Guests can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for even more unbeatable benefits and enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise, and more.

Annual Passes as low as $13/month + tax with no down payment at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo

Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo
Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ popular all-ages event, Family Sunset at the Zoo, is back, offering everyone a chance to enjoy the community institution in a whole new light. 

The event takes place every fourth Friday from May to September. The Zoo reopens at 5 p.m. and comes alive with all sorts of fun until the sun goes down. Family Sunset features music at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, inflatable games, and some of your favorite animals along the shaded boardwalks.

Dates for Family Sunset are as follows: 

  • May 27 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • June 24 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • July 22 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • August 26 – 5p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • September 23 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. for each event. Tickets are $6 per person when purchased online and $8 per person when purchased on-site. The event is separate from daytime admission and is not included for Annual Passholders.

Guests can also bundle and save with the Family 4-Pack for $40, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, and four regular fountain drinks to fuel the whole family for fun.

Guests can purchase tickets here.

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

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On the Go in MCO: Mother’s Day

On the Go in MCO Mother's Day 2022

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Celebrate Mother’s Day 2022 On the Go in MCO with fun outings for the special women in your life!

On the Go in MCO: Mother’s Day 2022

On the Go In MCO Mother's Day
For the Foodie Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Morimoto Asia, as the Disney Springs restaurant hosts its Luau, featuring all the excitement, delicious foods, and festivities of a traditional Hawaiian party.

Guests will find themselves immersed in Asian-Pacific culture, experiencing a Hawaiian-inspired buffet, featuring a poke and sushi bar, a hotline to include Kahuku Food Truck’s Famous Garlic Shrimp, Morimoto Style Peking Duck, and a whole Kalua roasted pig, in addition to an assortment of desserts, such as pineapple upside-down cake and butter mochi.

A variety of specially curated Hawaiian-inspired cocktails will also be available for an upcharge. While guests enjoy their lunch, they will experience a series of captivating performances by a live band, Hula dancers, and a strolling Ukulele player — all prepared to serenade mothers on this special occasion.

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
Photo: Museum of Illusions Orlando
For the Instagram Mom

If your Mom is like my Mom, one of her most prized possessions are photos of our family…and the ‘fun’ photos are the best!

The Museum of Illusions Orlando at ICON Park immerses you in the fascinating world of illusions with fun photo opportunities and educational exhibits.

This is the perfect way to spend your afternoon!

On the Go In MCO Mother's Day
For the Fun Mom

I’ve talked about Southern Hill Farms before, but they have a bushel of fun events for the entire family this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 7th, with live music by the one and only Jeff Whitfield from 11 am to 3 pm, event food trucks, and Kids Zone fun.

Then on Sunday, May 8th, Mom can unwind with Yoga on the Farm from 7 – 8 am, tickets are required and can be found at http://ow.ly/thr750IY3A6

There will also be live music from Are Friends Electric from 10 am to 3 pm, seven food trucks, beer, wine, and Kids Zone fun. 

Right now blueberries, peaches, vegetables, Sunflowers, and Zinnias are available to pick on the one hundred twenty acre farm.

Mothers will also receive one pound of complimentary u-pick blueberries on Saturday and Sunday only (5/7 + 5/8). Just make sure to mention the discount at check-out to receive the free pound, a minimum of two u-pick pounds are required to redeem this offer.

For the Theme Park Mom

The 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is blooming with fresh cuisine, beautiful gardens, whimsical topiaries of familiar characters, and flourishing entertainment daily through July 4, 2022.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series takes place at the American Gardens Theatre at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. This weekend’s performers are:

  • May 6 & 7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • May 8 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks!

As a reminder, to enjoy the 2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival parkgoers must have both valid theme park admission and a park pass reservation

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Plant Street Market Celebrates 7 Years

Plant Street Market

On May 11th, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Plant Street Market, and its vendors will celebrate 7 years of business with specials throughout the Market.

All are available at the special celebratory price of $7.00. Crooked Can will also feature an “open house” where you can look through the production brewery, speak to the owners, and brewers and receive complimentary tours of Florida’s highest volume taproom brewery. 

“We are excited to celebrate with the people who continue to make us such a success, our loyal patrons and fans,” says Andy Sheeter, founding member of Crooked Can Brewing & Plant Street Market. “We wanted to open our doors, offer some great deals and thank everyone who supports us so wonderfully.”

Plant Street Market opened in May 2015. It is a local community market located in historic downtown Winter Garden, with 20 vendors featuring natural, organic food and handmade products all under one roof.

Plant St. Market is a local indoor artisan market. Open 7 days a week, and strives to create a community of quality and diverse farm-fresh products, artisan specialties, and local products.

Also, attached to the market is the multi Award Winning Crooked Can Brewing Company, for on-site hand-crafted beer. Recently named Florida’s Best Large Craft Brewery at the Florida Best Beer Championships. With weekend Live Entertainment and a pet-friendly patio, this is the place to enjoy any day.

Plant Street Market

Plant Street Market Anniversary Offers

Crooked Can Brewing Company

$7 Beers – High Stepper, Cloud Chaser, Tri Wishes, Sakura Zen, Domestic Bliss

$7 Birthday Flight. High Stepper IPA, Cloud Chaser Heffe, Florida Sunshine Lager, Sakura Zen Cherry Blossom Ale

Ceviche Mix

$7 Ceviche, Guacamole & Chips

This Little Piggy

$7 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich & Fries

Hunger Street Tacos

$7 Cheesy Birria Gordita Crunch

Michaels Ali Coal Fired Pizza

$7 Stromboli.

Mac’d Out

$7 Traditional Mac & Cheese

Empanada & Co

$7 for 2 Empanadas

Morthan Cheese.

$7 Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese

Nosh Popcorn

Lucky 7 Beer & Cheese Popcorn

Sr Benjis Donuts

$7 Cereal Milk & Donut Combo

Palateria Original

2 x Popsicles for $7

David Ramirez Chocolatier.

Birthday Chocolate Cigar

AntiqtuiTEAS

$7 Rose Matcha Boba Latte

$7 Tea startup kit (includes 1/2 (half) ounce of loose-leaf tea and one pack of tea filters.

The Local Butcher & Market

All Burgers $7 per pound. 6 All natural uncured hot dogs for $7.00

“We are so proud of our market and the position it has in the local community for bringing families and people of all ages together with great food and drink in a truly special location, that is Historic downtown Winter Garden” says Alan Delahunt, C.E.O of Crooked Can Brewing Company. 

From long-standing vendors to some of the newer arrivals, everyone has something to offer to help you celebrate this happy occasion. 

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The Edison to Host Exciting Evenings

The Edison at Disney Springs has some exciting events coming up this May – including a new Mixology Series featuring Espolón Tequila, and an intimate evening of specially curated sips of Old Forester and light bites – that are perfect for the ultimate date night.

The Edison Old Forester Dinner
  • OLD FORESTER DINNER, A WALK THROUGH TIME
  • May 12 from 6-8:30PM

Join The Edison at Disney Springs for curated mixology and culinary experience, where attendees will take a walk through time, tasting four one-ounce pours of differently aged bottles of Old Forester, featuring the Kentucky straight bourbon whisky from 1870, 1897, 1910, and 1920.

As guests try each whisky, they will also enjoy an accompanying four-course meal, featuring a delectable dish that has been skillfully paired to highlight the different tasting notes of every aged bottle.

For example, Old Forester 1870 — a whisky with notes of baked clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as well as citrus-fruit mix — will be served with the tart and salty mixture of bacon and blue cheese.

The Old Forester dinner will take place on May 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Edison’s Tesla Lounge. Tickets are $150++ per person and are extremely limited. Ages 21 and older only. 

Event Menu includes:

  • 1 oz. Old Forester 1870 paired with Bacon and Blue Cheese
  • 1 oz. Old Forester 1897 paired with Peppered Steak and Arugula salad
  • 1 oz. Old Forester 1910 paired with ½ Lobster Tail in bourbon brown butter sauce
  • 1 oz. Old Forester 1920 paired with Peaches and Bourbon
The Edison
  • MAY MIXOLOGY SERIES
  • May 10, 17 and 25, from 6-8PM

This May, The Edison at Disney Springs will offer Espolòn cocktails and accompanying bites for its monthly mixology program.

Each week, guests will indulge in two deliciously curated cocktails, highlighting the notes of sweet agave, lemon zest, and tropical fruit of three types of tequila: Espolòn Blanco, Espolòn Reposado, and Espolòn Anejo.

The specialty beverages will be coupled with savory Mexican-inspired dishes to highlight the smooth tequila, like deep-fried churros served with Mexican chocolate sauce and seared corvina tacos.

These expertly paired samplings will take place on May 10, May 17, and May 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Edison’s Lake Side Patio. Tickets are $65++ per person per week and are extremely limited. Ages 21 and older only. 

Event menus include:
May 10 – Featured Spirit: Espolòn BlancoCocktails

  • “Summer Sin” – Espolòn Blanco Tequila, blackberries, agave, lime juice, cilantro
  • “Fresas Con Crema” – Espolòn Blanco Tequila, strawberry puree, fresh vanilla bean paste

Bites

  • Tequila and lime marinated shrimp served with roasted corn salsa and cilantro crema
  • “Mexican Hot Chocolate” – deep fried churros, Mexican chocolate sauce, whipped cream

May 17 – Featured Spirit: Espolòn ReposadoCocktails

  • “Izta” – Espolòn Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, chocolate bitters, agave and served smoked
  • “An Afternoon on the Yucatan” – Espolòn Reposado Tequila (watermelon, cucumber and basil Infused) Fresh Yuzu, watermelon juice, topped with bubbles

Bites

  • Braised pork served with roasted marble potatoes, pearl onions and orange chili syrup 
  •  Seared Corvina Tacos served with cucumber, watermelon salad, basil, Yuzu and aioli

May 25 – Featured Spirit: Espolòn AnejoCocktails

  • “Tangerine Dreams” – Espolòn Anejo Tequila, tangerine juice, fresh vanilla bean paste, Electric Dust
  • “Abuelita” – Espolòn Anejo Tequila, Habanero bitters, chocolate bitters, Crème de Cacao

Bites

  • Sweet and citrus roasted sticky wings tossed in tangerine honey sauce
  •  Coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin served with sautéed quinoa, Cipollini and kale
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DIS Con 2022 Tickets On Sale Now

DIS Con 2022
I am BIG fan of The Dis, and DIS Con 2022 is your chance to see some great Disney talent, do some shopping, and spread magic as the event benefits Give Kids the World!!!

Today is World Wish Day, and it’s the perfect day to talk about DIS Con 2022, a one-of-a-kind expo celebrating all facets of the wonderful world of Disney – from Disney, Marvel and Pixar animation to film, television, theme parks, music, and memorabilia.

The event will take place on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)

Give Kids the World Village #DisneySide

Tickets are on sale now, and the event benefits Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical weeklong, cost-free wish vacations at no cost.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness. Give Kids The World offers wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together creating unforgettable memories,” says Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We are grateful to our tremendous partners at Walt Disney World® and to the many sponsors, donors and participants who are making DIS Con possible for the benefit of the precious families we serve.”

Proceeds will be generated by ticket sales; sponsorships; a vendor hall; and a charity auction on both days offering guests the chance to bid on hundreds of autographed items, Disney memorabilia, and collectibles – including rare and vintage items and original Disney artwork.

Dis Con 2022 Stage
Photo: Give Kids the World

DIS Con 2022 Highlights

  • Aladdin 30th Anniversary Reunion featuring Linda Larkin and Jonathan Freeman
  • Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak
  • Phineas & Ferb Panel with Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Dan Povenmire, Dee Bradley Baker, Vincent Martella, and Jaret Reddick
  • Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter
  • Screenwriter, producer, and director John August
  • Bear in the Big Blue House Panel with Noel MacNeal, Vicki Eibner, Tyler Bunch, Peter Linz, and James Kroupa
  • Tom Nabbe, the original Tom Sawyer at Disneyland®
  • Show writer Brian Collins
  • American artist Shag
  • Special guest Mark Daniel, host of Inside Disney Parks

Available at an additional cost, the After Hours Party at EPCOT sponsored by Yogibo will take place from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am on October 1 and includes admission to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure; exclusive entertainment in the France, Morocco, and United Kingdom Pavilions; rare character meet and greets; and enhanced dessert offerings. Yogibo is a worldwide lifestyle retailer of next-generation furniture and gift accessories.

To purchase tickets, inquire about sponsorship or vendor hall opportunities, or make a donation to the charity auction, visit www.gktw.org/discon/.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Returns this Fall

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022

I am SOOOOO excited to share that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning to the Magic Kingdom Park!!!!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022  

This fall, ghosts, and ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and celebrate all things haunted during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Taking place on 37 select nights starting August 12 through October 31, 2022, this special event haunts Magic Kingdom Park after normal park operating hours from 7 p.m. to midnight.  

As a part of this limited-capacity event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party attendees will encounter event-exclusive entertainment, notorious Disney villains, frightfully delicious menu items, and more!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Highlights
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • The Headless Horseman will ride his ghostly steed down Main Street, U.S.A. as a prelude to Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” which features floats filled with Disney Characters dressed in their Halloween bestDisney villains and the Haunted Mansion graveyard diggers.  

  • What’s Halloween without candy? During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests can go trick-or-treating for M&M’S, SKITTLES, SNICKERS, and other Halloween favorites at locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. And new this year, guests will also receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary celebration and Halloween design. 
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Join the Sanderson Sisters during the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show at Cinderella Castle as they call upon their frightening colleagues to conjure the ultimate “Hocus Pocus” Party Potion.   
Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Collage
Photos: Walt Disney World
  • Celebrate the season alongside favorite Disney characters as they take over the park for their favorite party of the year.  
2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • Overlays themed for the occasion will return to several popular Magic Kingdom attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. 
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022
  • The Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, will host “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.” This can’t-miss nighttime extravaganza features projections, special effects and lighting mixed with fireworks, music and Disney characters.  
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Pumpkin Cupcake
  • Discover sweet and savory menu items inspired by fall flavors and the Halloween season.   
2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Ali Nasser, photographer
  • NEW! In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, we’re adding even more fun to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year in the form of event-exclusive step-in photo opportunities. And in addition to the reusable trick-or-treating tote bag, guests will also receive a Halloween-themed 50thAnniversary celebration commemorative print. 

I’m excited to share more about this year’s specially ticketed, after-hours Halloween celebration!!!

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Halfway to Halloween: Disney Cruise Line

Halfway to Halloween_ Disney Cruise Line

Let’s start our Halfway to Halloween announcements with Disney Cruise Line as they have just announced that Halloween on the High Seas will return with more sailings than ever before and new one-of-a-kind experiences for families in September and October 2022.

Guest-favorite entertainment and activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky parties, elaborate décor, and themed food and beverage items, will await guests on these limited-time voyages as each ship transforms into a ghoulish wonderland.

Halfway to Halloween: Disney Cruise Line Announcements

Halfway to Halloween 2022 Disney Cruise Line Hocus Pocus Meet and Greet
Disney Cruise Line

First-of-its-Kind Character Meet and Greet

Disney Cruise Line guests will be the first to experience an all-new character meet and greet opportunity across the fleet during Halloween on the High Seas sailings. While all of the Disney characters onboard will adorn Halloween costumes as part of the festivities, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Clarabelle Cow will debut a never-before-seen look as they dress up as their favorite Halloween sisters, the Sandersons from the movie “Hocus Pocus.”

Halfway to Halloween 2022 Disney Cruise Line Wish Pumpkin Tree
Disney Cruise Line

Disney Wish Debuts All-New Magical Pumpkin Tree

During its inaugural season of Halloween cruises this fall, the Disney Wish, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, will introduce a unique twist on a Halloween on the High Seas hallmark.

The centerpiece of every ship during Halloween sailings is the signature magical Pumpkin Tree towering over the atrium lobby, each with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns and flickering lights.

Aboard the Disney Wish, guests will witness the debut of an all-new Pumpkin Tree in the “Cinderella”-inspired Grand Hall. Featuring lighter bark, graceful branches and a mystical face, this enchanted tree that grew perfect gourds with the help of a Wishing Star at night produced the perfect pumpkin that became the coach that carried Cinderella to the Prince’s Ball.

Halfway to Halloween 2022 Disney Cruise Line Character Meet and Greet
Disney Cruise Line

Other Special Experiences on Halloween on the High Seas Sailings

  • Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party: Beloved Disney characters in Halloween attire will join guests for a fun-filled costume party. 
  • Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: Adult-exclusive venues across the fleet will become a ghoulish setting for costume contests and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor. 
  • Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in staterooms. 
  • Ghoulish Delights: Guests will enjoy special themed food and beverage items. 
  • More spooky fun includes mask-making and a ghostly takeover of ship announcements.

Halloween on the High Seas voyages will be offered aboard select sailings in September and October. Departing from ports in Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, San Diego, and New York City, each cruise will take families to fascinating destinations including the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, and Mexico. All sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami will include a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise outfitted for family fun and relaxation and brimming with special Disney touches.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

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Museum of Illusions Orlando Teacher Appreciation

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Treat the educator in your life to a fun trip to the Museum of Illusions Orlando this Teach Appreciation Week from May 2 to 6. 

With everything teachers do for our community, the Museum of Illusions Orlando wants to celebrate teachers and give back with our Florida Teacher Complimentary Ticket Program, which is available to all active Florida teachers and professors. They can receive a complimentary ticket to the museum and 10 percent off in the gift shop. 

The best part of this deal? It’s available 365 days a year. Teachers can enjoy free admission all year long because teachers deserve more than just one week of appreciation. Eligible teachers can register for their complimentary Florida Teacher Card .

This deal allows teachers to receive up to four complimentary visits per year. The Florida Teacher Card can take up to 2-3 business days to process and tickets must be booked online only with their unique code.

The Museum specializes in “edutainment,” where education and fun intersect. Its collection of optical illusions is based on math, science, and psychology — making it the perfect place for teachers to explore on their own time or bring their class for a unique and interactive field trip.  

“Teachers are a vital part of the Central Florida community that Museum of Illusions Orlando calls home,” said Marc Gregory Tipton, sales and marketing manager. “We’re excited to be able to give back to them all year long and we hope to see teachers stunned by our illusions this Teacher Appreciation Week!”  

To learn more about the Museum of Illusions Orlando or to book tickets, visit https://moiorlando.com

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Innaugural Princesses in the Park

Princesses in the park

All of your favorite princess characters are coming to Downtown Orlando’s natural refuge, the Carl T Langford Park, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM.

Give your child a wonderful experience full of playing games, telling stories, fairy makeovers, singing, dancing, and more! Enjoy a beautiful day out with the family, and take as many photos and videos as you want with your child’s favorite characters.

While you are visiting this dog-friendly park, you can indulge in sweet treats provided separately by Repicci’s Italian Ice and explore a maze of paved trails, an observation deck, and a lovely playground set amongst ancient shady oak trees.

Professional princesses are provided by Vaudeville Entertainment LLC, who specializes in live entertainment for private events and is excited to be hosting its first-ever public Princesses in the Park!

“I want to create an opportunity for kids to have an engaging and immersive experience playing games and telling stories with their favorite princesses, without having to stand in hot hour-long lines for just 30 seconds of general cookie-cutter interactions. Plus, on a personal note, nothing feels better than when you are all dressed up and a kid sees you for the first time. They light up like it’s Christmas morning, and you’re instantly best friends,” said Roxanne LeBlanc, a founding performer at Vaudeville Entertainment LLC

Tickets are $25 per child and are available via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/princesses-in-the-park-tickets-295291082577.

Adult admission is free.

Mayor Carl T. Langford Park is located at 1808 East Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32803.

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WDW Foodie Guide: Mother’s Day Treats

WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 8th if you needed an extra reminder, in this WDW Foodie Guide, we are going to look at all the sweet treats to celebrate around the Walt Disney World Resort!

WDW Foodie Guide: Mother’s Day Treats

Mother's Day dessert from Coral Reef RestaurantWDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Walt Disney World Resort

EPCOT

Coral Reef Restaurant (available on May 8)

  • Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry-pistachio dome with strawberry-lemon gel and ruby chocolate powder (New)

Le Cellier Steakhouse (available on May 8)

  • Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry mousseline, pistachio chiffon, strawberry jelly, caramelized chocolate crumble, and raspberry meringue (New)
Mother’s Day Cupcake WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Sunshine Seasons (available on May 8)

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Red velvet cupcake with chocolate chip fudge filling and caramel buttercream

Disney’s All-Star Movies, Disney’s All-Star Music, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resorts

World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, End Zone Food Court (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)

  • Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry mousse with strawberry compote and lemon curd (New)
Strawberry Bliss Cupcake WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Landscape of Flavors (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)

  • Strawberry Bliss Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with strawberry boba topped with strawberry buttercream and white vanilla wafers with white chocolate and nonpareils (New)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma – Flavors of Africa (available on May 8)

  • MOM-mosa: A refreshing combination of Sparkling South African Graham Beck Brut Rose, X-Fusion organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, and pomegranate juice (New)
Jumbo Cupcake from BoardWalk Bakery WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

BoardWalk Bakery (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8)

  • Jumbo Cupcake: Chocolate cupcake, peanut butter filling, vanilla buttercream, white crispy pearls, and a white chocolate Mrs. Jumbo and Dumbo (New)
Strawberry Rose Cupcake from Centertown Market and Spyglass GrillvWDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)

  • Strawberry Rose Cupcake: Rose-scented cupcake filled with strawberry rose mousse topped with strawberry buttercream and white chocolate décor (New)

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Café (available on Mobile Order on May 8)

  • Chocolate Strawberry Tart: Chocolate mousse tart topped with strawberry crémaux and strawberry balsamic compote (New)

Steakhouse 71 (available on May 8)

  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Spring into the seasons with a scrumptious brunch as you celebrate your family legacy over dishes like Walt’s Prime Rib Hash, Floridian Eggs Benedict, and Bacon & Eggs. (New)
Mother’s Day Mimosa Cake from Gasparilla’s Island Grill WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Gasparilla’s Island Grill (available on Mobile Order from May 6 through 8)

  • Mother’s Day Mimosa Cake: Golden sponge cake topped with a chocolate Cinderella slipper filled with mimosa-flavored mousse (contains alcohol)

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Capt. Cook’s (available on Mobile Order from May 6 through 8)

  • Mother’s Day Sweet Treats Box: Guava macarons, a coconut macaroon with white chocolate drizzle, and a pineapple cheesecake crème puff (New)

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Everything POP Shopping & Dining (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)

  • Strawberry Bliss Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with strawberry boba topped with strawberry buttercream and white vanilla wafers with white chocolate and nonpareils (New)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory and Riverside Mill (available on Mobile Order from May 4 through 11)

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Lemon-scented cupcake filled with fresh blueberry compote topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant flowers (New)
Mini Dessert Chocolate Box from Le Petit Cafe WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Le Petit Cafe (available May 8)

  • Mini Dessert Chocolate Box: Hand-crafted chocolate box with a ganache brownie, raspberry macaron, and lemon madeleines (New)
Mother’s Day Cupcake from Roaring Fork WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Roaring Fork (available on Mobile Order from May 6 through 9)

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake: Raspberry swirl cupcake filled with raspberry custard and crispy pearls topped with lemon buttercream and chocolate and fondant décor (New)
Sweeter Than Roses dessert from The Marketplace at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace WDW Foodie Guide: Mother's Day Treats

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

The Marketplace at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace (available on Mobile Order from May 5 through 8)

  • Sweeter Than Roses: Raspberry mousse and chocolate cake with a ruby red raspberry center and chocolate and fondant décor

Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie (available from May 6 through 9)

  • “I Love You Mom” Dessert: Coconut cream, chocolate mousse, and Grand Marnier jam on a coconut chiffon (New)  
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First Look: Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! will open this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and it’s time to take a deep dive into the creation of the freshly reimagined show.

Stepping inside the Theater in the Wild, we’ll catch up with the group of fish from Dr. P. Sherman’s office in “Finding Nemo,” who have made their way across the ocean to the Marine Life Institute. 

The fish tell Nemo’s story in this fully updated, 25-minute show, incorporating live performers and puppets, along with many of the beloved songs and production numbers from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical.”

In addition to a new script, the show will feature new scenic set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage.

The stage will be filled with eye-catching sets including a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall!

Working in close collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, artists and designers at Disney Live Entertainment also developed a new aesthetic for “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” inspired by layered, cut paper sculptures. 

The resulting look is fresh and unique to the show while staying true to the designs in the original film.

“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” is just one of the many additions coming to the Walt Disney World Resort as they continue to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

I’m excited to share more details about the show!!!

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On the Go in MCO: Earth Day

On the Go in MCO Earth Day 2022

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

Earth Day is just around the corner, and if you are looking for fun ways to celebrate our awesome planet On the Go in MCO I’ve got you covered!

On the Go in MCO: Earth Day 2022

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Central Florida Earth Day

April 23, 2022 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Head to Lake Eola Park to enjoy presentations, food preparation demonstrations, environmental education, an Earth Kids Zone, an Artist Corner, animal haven, music, Mind Body Spirit, activities, vegan food, and many Earth-friendly sponsors and vendors.

There are so many fun and interesting things happening on Central Florida Earth Day, that you will want to stay all day!

There is no cost to attend this event.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - Planet Nona
Planet Nona

April 22, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate Planet Earth in Lake Nona! Lake Nona Town Center and Boxi park will be filled with vendors, live music, food trucks, pop-up bars, activities, and lots of love for our planet!

There is no cost to attend this event and parking is free.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - Party for the Planet Central Florida Zoo
Party for the Planet

April 23, 2022 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo and spring into action to save our planet! Special activities will celebrate our planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife through interactive environmental education activities, fun activities, games, and crafts. Perfect for the entire family, Party for the Planet gives guests the opportunity to connect to nature and conservation in the community and be inspired to become conservation heroes to help protect our beautiful planet.

This event is included in general Zoo admission.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - St Cloud
St. Cloud Earth Day 2022

April 23, 2022 | 11:00 am

Head to St. Cloud’s Peghorn Nature Park (2101 Peghorn Way, St Cloud, FL 34769) for an Earth Day 2022 Celebration that will include environmental exhibitors, up-cycling crafts, live music, five-a-ways, clean up project, food trucks, a nature trail, and more. 

There is no cost to attend this event.

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Animal Kingdom

All week | Park open to close

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park shines the spotlight on our beautiful, bountiful planet with its annual Earth Week Celebration, set for April 18-24, 2022.

During this popular event, guests are steeped in the wonders of the natural world through family-friendly experiences and special offerings. They become part of the park’s conservation story and connect with many of the animal species the Disney Conservation Fund is working hard to protect.

To celebrate the third planet from the sun, the park is pulling out all the stops! Guests will be treated to unique character sightings, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverages, a limited-time Wilderness Explorer badge, and more.

This event is included with theme park admission.

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