2017 SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Overview

This holiday season, there are more reasons than ever to join the merriment of the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration. Guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, and joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world as they create treasured memories together.

Over 1 million sparkling lights will shine bright during the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration, offered select dates fromNovember 23 to December 31, with an all new holiday experience beginning January 1, 2018.

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NEW SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Experiences

· Dine with Rudolph – Guests can now book an all-new holiday dinner experience with their favorite reindeer. Hugs and smiles are shared with Rudolph as guests enjoy the telling of his classic tale during a delicious feast featuring a menu filled with traditional holiday favorites served family-style. Advance reservations for this experience are encouraged.

· Santa Claus at Wild Arctic – All new this holiday season, SeaWorld is inviting guests to take a ride to the top of the world to meet the Arctic’s most famous resident, Santa Claus! Guests of all ages can share Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa Claus as they experience amazing animal encounters during this special holiday adventure presented by Coca-Cola.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Highlights

Returning SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Holiday Favorites

· Rudolph’s ChristmasTown – Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves into the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown. As guests stroll past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, they’ll have the opportunity to meet their favorite characters: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.

· Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show.  Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled holiday celebration.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration O Wondrous Night
SeaWorld Orlando – O Wondrous Night

· Shamu Christmas Miracles – Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmascarols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season during the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration.

· O Wondrous Night – Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets, and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious celebration with a host of angels, animals, and the true glory of Christmas.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Clyde & Seamore's Countdown to Christmas
SeaWorld Orlando – Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas

· Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish – The holidays have arrived, and everybody’s Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become every child’s favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!

· Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza.

SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Christmas Miracles
SeaWorld Orlando – Shamu Christmas Miracles

· Sea of Trees – Families will stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland as they are immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centerpiece that towers 70-feet above the water.

· The Christmas Market – Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village, and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees
SeaWorld Orlando – Sea of Trees

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with an Annual Pass. By purchasing a pass now, guests can get three additional months free. Pass Members receive park benefits and rewards, including priority access to new attractions, in-park discounts, exclusive pre-sale opportunities and much more.

Don’t forget that SeaWorld Orlando has an entire year filled with monthly celebrations and that there are going to be some amazing BLUE Friday deals!

The SpectacuLAB Debuts In Epcot At Walt Disney World

The SpectacuLAB is an all-new interactive show at Epcot that can be found inside of Innoventions in Future World, and I was invited to attend the opening of the show and to be in the audience for the first show which was a lot of fun.

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The SpectacuLAB, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, allows guest to join a duo of real scientists and their intern as they perform a series of experiments and demonstrations.

The SpectacuLAB Epcot - Cast

The audience participation portion of the show comes when the scientists need a hand during the scientific demonstrations which include Guests racing to change the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube, using accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when smashing a paper cup, and observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails with a twist.

The SpectacuLAB at Epcot

The Spectaculab space is extremely spacious with plenty of seating to enjoy the show. A lot of the experiments happen on the stage floor, but don’t worry if you have a clear view, because you will be able to see the action on the large monitors on the stage.

The SpectacuLAB show was developed with the show’s sponsor Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and supply of electronic components that are used to create consumer products such as mobile devices, healthcare equipment, and automotive electronics.

The SpectacuLAB Epcot - Grand Opening Moment

In addition to teaming with Murata, the Walt Disney Parks Creative Entertainment joined forces with Science from Scientists, a national, non-profit which promotes the importance of STEM education with a mission to empower youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

The SpectacuLAB Epcot - Mickey and Dr. Erica

“Epcot is the perfect venue to help encourage STEM participation,” said Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists. “Teaming up with Murata allows us to showcase scientific concepts in an exciting and hands-on fashion. We are thrilled to further STEM education at a place like Disney that inspires so many children and families.”

Showtimes for The SpectacuLAB show are 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4 pm daily, but these times are subject to change so when you arrive at Epcot make sure to check in

BLUE Friday Savings At SeaWorld Orlando

Holiday shoppers are invited to dive into SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest sale of the year as early as Thanksgiving day with new Blue Friday deals.

From tickets and passes to unforgettable park experiences, guests can take advantage of limited-time pricing and save big with these exclusive online offers that you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

SeaWorld Orlando Blue Friday

Blue Friday deals kick off the holiday shopping season by providing the best value to experience all that SeaWorld has to offer year-round, including SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and other special events coming soon in 2018.

Online-only deals include the following buy one, get one (BOGO) offers as well as two additional ways to save:

BOGO (Buy One Get One) Blue Friday Offers

  • BOGO Free: SeaWorld Orlando Single-Day Ticket
  • BOGO Free: 2-Park Tickets  (SeaWorld and Aquatica)
  • BOGO 50% off: SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica One-Year Annual Pass
  • BOGO Free: Beluga and Walrus Up-Close Tour, which now includes a special opportunity to see Ginger, the baby walrus born at SeaWorld this summer.
  • BOGO Free: Quick Queue Unlimited at SeaWorld
  • BOGO Free: Dine With Shamu
  • BOGO 50% off: All-Day Dining

Additional Blue Friday Offers

  • Save up to $110 on Discovery Cove Gift Admission Packages
  • Save 30% on all merchandise from SeaworldShop.com

To learn more about this year’s Blue Friday deals, shoppers can visit seaworldorlando.com/bluefriday and become an email subscriber for early access to these limited-time offers. Fans must subscribe by Wednesday, November 22 to gain early access at noon on Thursday, November 23.

These online-exclusive deals are available to the public starting from 6:00p.m. on Thursday, November 23 and will end on 11:59p.m. Monday, November 27, 2016.

If you want to make sure to remember to take advantage of these fantastic Blue Friday deals from SeaWorld Orlando, you can subscribe to their email list for reminders and other great offers.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases 2018 Calendar Of Events

With 2017 drawing to a close, SeaWorld Orlando has released the 2018 calendar of events that includes more festivals, concerts, and new ways to enjoy the park every month of the year.

Next year’s lineup includes the following exciting, inspiring and family-friendly events, which are included in park admission:

2018 SeaWorld Orlando Event Calendar 

SeaWorld Orlando 2018 SeaWorld Orlando Event Calendar Announcement

NEW Three Kings Day: Daily, January 1-6

During the all-new Three Kings Day celebration, families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The new event brings SeaWorld’s holiday season to an incredible close with festive cuisine and celebratory experiences that honor the cherished traditions of Latin cultures.

Praise Wave: Saturdays, Jan 20 – Feb 10

Praise Wave SeaWorld Orlando Logo

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater.

Seven Seas Food Festival: Weekends, Feb 17 – April 15

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Logo

After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld this spring for a second course. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend.

NEW Just For Kids: Weekends, April 21 – May 13

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Families will enjoy dancing to the beat and learning together along with everybody’s favorite furry, finned and flippered friends during these special weekends crafted with young guests in mind.

Electric Ocean: Select nights, May 26 – September 3

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Photo: SeaWorld Orlando

As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning next year for another summer of fun. With exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music, guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in “Ignite”, a spectacular fireworks finale.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular: September 29 – October 28

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular Logo

During Orlando’s premier daytime Halloween event, guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park, and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Select Dates November 23 – December 31

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At SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests experience the joys of the holiday season complete with Rudolph’s ChristmasTown and returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come. During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world and much more.

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With fun-filled events all year round, the best way for guests to experience seasonal opportunities at SeaWorld Orlando is with an Annual Pass. For a limited time, guests who purchase a full paid SeaWorld Annual Pass will get three months free.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit the official website.

To keep up to date on park hours and events, follow SeaWorld’s social channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The SpectacuLAB Will Debut At Epcot Next Month

This November Epcot will welcome an all-new interactive show called The SpectacuLAB showcasing inside of their Innoventions space in Future World.

The Spectaculab

During this new show guests will be invited to join a group of real scientists and their tech-savvy intern to participate in a series of experiments and demonstrations to put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test to see how they have inspired the amazing technologies we enjoy today.

The audience participation in the demonstrations with the on-hand scientists will include Guests playing ultrasonic sensor drums, simply with the wave of their hand, changing the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube, using accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when using a hammer, and observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails.

The SpectacuLAB show was developed with the show’s sponsor Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and supply of electronic components that are used to create consumer products such as mobile devices, healthcare equipment, and automotive electronics.

“The SpectacuLAB will spark the intellectual curiosity of children and adults alike,” said Tsuneo Murata, President of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of electronic components. “We are excited to share this with guests visiting Epcot at Walt Disney World.”

In addition to teaming with Murata, the Walt Disney Parks Creative Entertainment joined forces with Science from Scientists, a national, non-profit which promotes the importance of STEM education with a mission to empower youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

“Epcot is the perfect venue to help encourage STEM participation,” said Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists. “Teaming up with Murata allows us to showcase scientific concepts in an exciting and hands-on fashion. We are thrilled to further STEM education at a place like Disney that inspires so many children and families.”

Halloween Disney Junior Play Date at the Florida Mall

The Florida Mall, a Simon property, has announced an exciting new family programming series created in collaboration with Disney Junior called Disney Junior Play Date that will kick off with an event that will be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 8 pm during their Mall-o-Ween event.

Vampira Disney Junior Play Date The Florida Mall Mall-o-ween Halloween 2017
Photo: Disney Junior

During the Disney Junior Play Date Halloween celebration, The Florida Mall will have a viewing station in the Macy’s Court for guests to watch Disney Junior’s newest animated series “Vampirina,” about a young vampire girl and her family who have recently moved from their home in Transylvania to Pennsylvania.  There will also be Vampirina activities that included a coloring station, a mad science station, a crafts station, and more.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in the Mall-o-Ween Trick-or-Treating event at the Play Park.  Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume* to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, Mad Science experiments, special character experiences, and more.

*Costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.

The Disney Junior Play Dates’ events will be featured throughout the year and include on-mall activities around Holiday, Easter, and other seasonal celebrations.

“The Florida Mall has long championed a commitment to delivering family-friendly programming,” said Andrea Bjornlie, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Florida Mall, “and teaming up with Disney Junior is the latest fulfillment of that pledge. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the world’s leading entertainment company on these exciting family events and themed play areas.”

Not in the Orlando area? Many of Simon’s best-known properties around the country are participating in this program including The Westchester (New York), Northshore Mall (Boston), Opry Mills (Nashville), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Woodfield Mall (Chicago), The Florida Mall (Orlando), Del Amo Fashion Center (Los Angeles), Stanford Shopping Center (San Jose), and King of Prussia (Philadelphia).

 

Enjoy A Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet At The Alfond Inn

While the Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time at home, there is a certain freedom that comes with taking the holiday ‘off’ from the kitchen and starting a new tradition with your family & friends.

One way to you can do this is by joining The Alfond Inn at Rollins, in Winter Park, at their table for their popular Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017.

The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving Buffet 2017 Winter Park

Depending on your family’s preference, you can choose from two seatings at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost to attend The Alfond Inn’s Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet is $69 adults, $29 children ages 5 – 12, and children ages 4 and under are free. And you will also enjoy complimentary valet parking during your dining experience.

Featured items on The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving buffet are:

Beginnings

  • Traditional Wedge Salad
  • Garden Greens with Seasonal Toppings
  • Baby Spinach, Eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit Display
  • International Cheese Display
  • Pumpkin-Cranberry Quinoa Salad
  • Garden Beets and Roquefort
  • Assorted Muffins and Freshly Baked Breads, Flavored Butters and Oil
  • Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, Porcini Croutons

Side Notes

  • Classic Stuffing
  • Whipped Potatoes and Gravy
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Truffle Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Green Bean Casserole, Crispy Onions
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Mains

  • Whole Carved Turkey, Cranberry Relish and Giblet Gravy
  • Carved Ham, Rum-Raisin Glaze
  • Braised Wagyu Beef Short Ribs
  • Southern Shrimp and Grits
  • Faroe Island Salmon, Sage Brown Butter

Sweets

  • Classic Pumpkin Pie
  • Southern Pecan Pie
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Truffles

You will absolutely want to make reservations in advance online at www.eventbrite.com.  And you can find even more details about the Thanksgiving Buffet by visiting www.TheAlfondInn.com

Revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas On the Big Screen With Regal Cinemas

This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more as Disney’s beloved animated classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!

Nightmare Before Christmas Regal Cinemas Halloween 2017

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

For tickets and information, visit: http://regmovi.es/beforexmas.

Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit www.DisneyMovieRewards.com/LinkMe

Trevor Noah Performing In Orlando In Early 2018

Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”! Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando…I repeat…Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando!

Trevor Noah Orlando 2018

Earlier this month the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents announced Trevor Noah, comedian and television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will play the Bob Carr Theater onSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. The Bob Carr Theater is located off the Dr. Phillips Center campus at 401 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark” in February of this year on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film, “You Laugh, But It’s True,” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American,” premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold-out shows over 5 continents.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” Noah joined the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

 

 

Spooky Nights And Spider Frights Cover The Orlando Eye For Halloween Fun

The Halloween spirit is taking over Orlando, and from now until November 4th the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is now the home to one of the spookiest sights in all of Central Florida as the 400 foot observational wheel is transformed into a spider web with giant creepy-crawlies with an all-new light and music show, themed Snapchat filter, and more family fun as part of Spooky Nights and Spider Frights.

Spooky Nights Spider Frights 2017 Coca Cola Orlando Eye Halloween
Photo: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

There’s even a not so itsy bitsy spider that is 60-foot wide with ten of its eight-legged friends that will take over the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye building creating quite the creepy sight for all to see ­– and take a selfie with of course!

From the I-Drive 360 courtyard, guests can also experience the witching hour as 64,000 LED lights bring the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast to life in a kaleidoscopic ten-minute show synchronized to an iconic Halloween soundtrack that is sure to have everyone dancing.

The Spooky Nights and Spider Frights light show will run Sunday through Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

For even more fun goblins and ghouls of all ages will be able to take in the sights while 400 feet in the air in one of four spooky Halloween-themed capsules. Experience unique views of Orlando surrounded by sneaky spiders, petrified pumpkins, ghoulish ghosts or frightening fall decorations.

 “Orlando is fast becoming the world’s Halloween Vacation Capital and we are thrilled to bring our guests a spellbinding program of spooky family fun and the ultimate spider-selfie!” said Jacob Kristensen, General Manager of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

Visit Orlando, the area’s official tourism and visitor resource organization, joined forces with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye to create an unforgettable photo opportunity for visitors, complete with a themed Snapchat filter to share their own Spider Selfie with friends and family.

Spooky Nights and Spider Frights is a boo-tiful Halloween party not to be missed, and it all takes place at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye!

For more information guests can visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

Support the Fight Against Cancer At Pink Bash 2017 In Winter Park

On Friday, October 20th from 5 to 9 pm, the Pink Bash will celebrate survivors with the chance to to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched, or have lost their battle to breast cancer on the West Meadow of Central Park in Winter Park, FL.

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Photo: Pink Bash

Pink Bash is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive and uplifting way.

“Cancer has or will affect every single one of us in one way or another.  The City of Winter Park proudly stands with Libby’s Legacy for their work to promote education, research and innovative medical care in the fight against breast cancer.  We thank Libby’s Legacy for their work toward this goal, and appreciate all who support this mission by participating in amazing events such as the 6th Annual Pink Bash.” Steve Leary, Winter Park Mayor.

Pink Bash offers a vibrant line-up of activities throughout the evening including:

· Survivor Fashion Show – presented by Dillard’s and featuring local Central Florida survivors

· Signature Cocktails, Beer & Wine- complimentary signature cocktails, beer & wine

· Live Music by Vintage Vinyl Band

· Gourmet Food – Featuring the area’s best restaurants (available for purchase)

· Fundraising Activities and Exclusive Prizes

Advance General Admission: $20 per person ($30 at the door) – Includes admission, a Pink Bash tasting glass and complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails. Food is available for purchase at the event.

Tickets may be purchased at www.orlandosentinel.com/.

Use promo code PINK for $5 off advance purchase tickets.

Pink Bash is produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, a localbreast cancer foundation formed in Central Florida to provide support directly to Central Floridians.

“By honoring breast cancer survivors and raising funds during the Pink Bash event, we can achieve our goals and continue to provide vital breast health services and education to the undeserved Central Florida community,” said Robin Maynard-Harris, founder and executive director of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation.

Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation was formed in 2007 just a year after Robin and Marty lost their mom, Libby Maynard, to Stage IV Breast Cancer. Libby was full of fun, faith and courage. The organization hopes to embody her spirit through the foundation by being secure enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to be humble and powerful enough to serve others.  The mission of Libby’s Legacy is to provide comprehensive breast health care to the underserved Central Florida community through education, mammograms, follow up diagnostics and Hope Coaches on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. For more information visit www.libbyslegacy.org.

Pink Bash 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m.

West Meadow of Central Park, Winter Park (150 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789)

 

James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Orlando

If you are a serious foodie, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend the James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 6:30 pm hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner 2017
Photo: Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

Inside of the Resort’s acclaimed Ravello restaurant, Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will host the dinner to be joined by:

  • Paula DaSilva, chef de cuisine at Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, and of Hell’s Kitchen fame. DaSilva was a Best Chefs in America semi-finalist in the 2012 James Beard Awards.
  • Kathleen Blake, chef/owner from The Rusty Spoon in Orlando. Blake is a 2013 and 2015 James Beard Award Nominee in the Best Chef of the South, a 2013 Best Chefs in America – Southern Region, and was nominated for both Golden Whisk and Community Service Awards by Women Chefs & Restauranteurs.
  • Dean Max, chef/owner of DJM Restaurants, a collection of seven restaurants in the US and Caribbean. Max was a semi-finalist for the Best Chefs in America in the 2011, 2010 and 2009 James Beard Awards.
  • James Boyce, chef/owner of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama.  Boyce has a 2002 James Beard Award nomination for “Best Chefs of the Southwest” and is a two-time Mobil Five Star Award recipient.

The six-course James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner dinner menu includes:

Course 1, presented by Chef Fabrizio Schenardi

  • Appetisers: crudo and oyster station, house-curend lonza and capicolla, Italian and Spanish cheeses, pickled vegetables
  • Passed butternut squash tarts with sage, speck, jalapenos and caciocavallo cheese
  • Ficattole with spinach, artichokes, lamb meatballs and mint garlic oil

Course 2, presented by Chef Dean Max:

  • Charred octopus with ‘nduja, clam and pepper broth

Course 3, presented by Chef Kathleen Blake:

  • Chestnut cavatelli with roasted beets, bitter greens and turtle creek goat cheese

Course 4, presented by Chef Paula DaSilva:

  • Roasted open blue cobia, crispy yucca, moqueca-style stew

Course 5, presented by Chef James Boyce:

  • Cider braised Snake River Farms wagyu beef short ribs, white truffle pollard grits, black trumpet mushrooms and sauce bordelaise

Course 6, presented by Chef Rabii Saber:

  • Nougat glace, with chestnut, fruits of the forest, Valrhona Bahibe 46 percent milk chocolate
James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
Photo: James Beard Foundation

This phenomenal dinner experience, including with wine pairings, is available for $235 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets must be purchased in advance using this link.

 

Last Call To Apply For 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy

High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend – but there’s only a few weeks left for students to apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Applications close on October 31 for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

2017 Disney Dreamers Academy Group
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For more than a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired young minds nationwide by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG.

The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at the Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

“After 10 years and over 1,000 Disney Dreamer alumni, we’re excited to begin the next decade of Disney Dreamers Academy,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management resortsand Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We are excited about the opportunity to add to the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate the minds of young high school students from across the nation and inspire them to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, future leaders of this country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”

Program applicants must answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. Selected applicants, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through October 31, 2017. A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced by early 2018.

For more information regarding applications, interested applicants can visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com, or learn more about the program on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Aquatica Orlando Announces Ray Rush Family Raft Slide

A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.

Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018

At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.

“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”

Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42” to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.

Ray Rush Family Raft Ride Rendering Aquatica
Aquatica Orlando

In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongsideRay Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.

The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass. For a limited-time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride Ray Rush when it opens in spring 2018. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Krispy Kreme Brings Back Pumpkin Spice Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is bringing back its popular fall treat, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut, for a limited time in October, answering customers’ calls for more opportunities to enjoy this delicious fall indulgence.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Originial Doughnut 2017

 

On Friday, October 13 and 20, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut will be available only after 6 p.m. for “Friday Night Spice.”

On Thursday, October 26, customers can enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut all day in celebration of National Pumpkin Day at participating Krispy Kreme shops across Central Florida:

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 Hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 Hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

“Guests were so enthusiastic about the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut when we first brought it back for one day last month. But their enthusiasm on social media and at our shops has only intensified since then, so we’re pleased to bring it back – again,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Original Doughnut 2017

The Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut is the same Original Glazed doughnut that Krispy Kreme customers know and love, but with a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavor, transforming the classic into the perfect fall treat.