UPDATE: The giveaway is currently closed and we are contacting our winner. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!!!
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream will be coming to Orlando’s Amway Center for six performances September 8-10, 2017.
What makes this production so special is that this ice skating extravaganza is the first to feature Disney’s Moana in a live production!
Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream. In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an action-packed adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belleas she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the strength, heart, and determination to make their dreams come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, uncover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream.
Tickets are available now, but you can enter to win tickets and find a special discount code below!
Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream FLASH Giveaway
Now for the fun part! We are giving away four (4) tickets to see Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream for the Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.ORSaturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. performance!
Entering to win is SUPER easy!!! Just leave a comment on this blog post saying who you would take with you to the show before August 26th!
But with any contest comes the small print…so here goes!
Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older.
We will be giving away four (4) tickets to Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream at the Amway Center on Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.ORSaturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. performance .
Parking at the Amway Center is not included in this giveaway.
Void where prohibited by law.
The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your comment to make sure you include it in the settings – your email address will not be visible in your comment) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.
The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID starting Thursday, September 7 during regular Box Office hours which can be found on their website (Monday through Friday | 9am to 6pm and three (3) hours prior to any event). We do recommend picking up your tickets no later than 30 minutes prior to show time.
Even if you don’t win our Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream giveaway, you can still win by saving 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. (Not valid on premium VIP seating.) Hurry for the best available seats! Code expiresSeptember 7, 2017.
Central Floridians can make back-to-school time a little sweeter for local families in need and earn free Krispy Kreme treats while supporting The Salvation Army’s #StuffTheBus campaign. This unique school supply drive helps local students gear up for a successful academic year by easing the high cost of materials.
“Krispy Kreme is honored to have the opportunity to help hundreds of students make a fun and easy transition back-to-school,” says Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “The timing is perfect as supporters can take advantage of Florida Tax Free Weekend on August 4 through 6 to purchase donations.”
New school supplies (including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers, and hand sanitizer) will be accepted from July 23 through August 6, and then the supplies will be presented to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth in need through local social service programs.
“We are very excited to be working with Krispy Kreme again this year,” said Major Ted Morris, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Orlando. “The Salvation Army has a wonderful relationship with Krispy Kreme and it is a blessing to have their support now and throughout the year. We will be able to help many young children as they prepare to go back to school and further their education.”
Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army ‘Stuff the Bus‘ for Central Florida Students
Stuff the Bus donations can be made at the following Central Florida locations:
Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL 32789
As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies.
Visitors to SeaWorld Orlando now have the opportunity to experience the park’s majestic killer whales in a brand-new way with the new Killer Whale Up-Close Tour.
During this tour guests will have the opportunity to meet the park’s killer whales in ways never before offered at the park.
The 45-minute in-depth tour includes learning from the park’s killer whale trainers, meeting the whales and understanding their unique personalities, and even taking part in an interaction with one off the whales.
During the tour, which takes place daily, SeaWorld Orlando trainers share stories and information about the killer whales, demonstrate how the whales take part in voluntary husbandry sessions and discuss their healthcare, feeding habits and more.
The engaging and interactive tour also gives participants a once in a lifetime chance to try their hand at a session with the whales alongside a trainer. Throughout the entire experience, guests are encouraged to take as many photos as they would like to help forever preserve the memory of the one-of-a-kind experience.
The Killer Whale Up-Close Tour is the latest in the SeaWorld Orlando line-up of memorable, educational and inspirational tours. Popular guest experiences, including the Dolphin Up-Close Tour and Penguin Up-Close Tour provide hands-on interactions with some of the park’s most popular animals while encouraging guests to care about all of the animals found in the oceans. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour, a guest favorite, provides an inside look at the park’s amazing animal rescue operation and ends with the opportunity to touch a shark and meet a Magellanic penguin.
The Killer Whale Up-Close Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited, and guests are encouraged to make reservations online in advance. Prices start at $79 per person. For more information on SeaWorld’s tour programs, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.
To help celebrate the third anniversary of the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World, the rooftop Capa restaurant will host a special Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner on August 3, 2017. beginning at 6pm.
The five-course dinner will feature rare pairings, including Cristal and Cristal Rose.
Capa Hosts Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner Menu
Zanahoria PB&J Foie Terrine Tetilla Cheese Puff Fingerlings, Smoked Crema, Caviar Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Premier NV
Lobster | Turnip | Ponzu Vinaigrette | Lardo
Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Premier NV
Oxtail Consommé | Yuzu | A5 wagyu | Artichoke
Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Nature 2009 (zero dosage)
If you haven’t had the opportunity to dine at Capa, this is an excellent way to experience the romantic, rooftop restaurant that offers fantastic views of the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot!
The cost for this five-course celebratory Champagne dinner is $225 per person and reservations required and can be made by calling 407-313-6161.
At today’s Media Preview of the Festival we were treated to some delicious eats, but also a peek at the new merchandise including the Disney Dooney & Bourke Epcot Food & Wine exclusive purses AND matching MagicBand.
What makes this year’s collection even better is that the design itself is a playful nod to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival with Figment posing alongside of the names of the kiosks. There will be a tote ($318.00 +tax), a crossbody bag ($178.00 +tax), and a zip-around wallet with a wristlet strap ($158.00 +tax).
Since this year mark’s the 35th Anniversary of Epcot, there is also a tote ($318.00 +tax) with a special design calling back to the beginnings of the park.
Each bag also features a leather hang tag noting this year’s festival date.
To keep on the trend of Annual Passholder exclusive bags, AP holders will find a large tote ($308.00 +tax) with the Annual Passholder logo with the pattern on a lighter background.
Annual Passholders should remember to show their valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass and ID for an additional discount on these bags and other merchandise at the parks!
And finally, new this Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a matching Dooney & Bourke MagicBand that comes with a slider and commemorative box that is much larger than the boxes in the past.
I didn’t get the prices for these bags, but as soon as I do I will update the post!
During a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the epic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. This stunning exhibition, on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion at D23 Expo, is yet another example of the breathtaking new worlds, immersive storytelling and transformational guest experiences that set Disney apart.
FIRST LOOK! Star Wars Land Model – Walt Disney World – Disneyland
“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”
Chapek plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 Presentation on Saturday. The model will remain on display at the pavilion throughout the weekend to give visitors an up-close look at what’s to come on this never-before seen planet. In addition, the pavilion will display models, artwork and media that provide a first-ever look at some of the locations, starships, creatures, and droids that guests will encounter when they visit this new planet.
In celebration of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, guests at Discovery Cove can now take part in exclusive new animal experiences at the park. Discovery Cove has always been known for its memorable dolphin interactions, and now guests can enhance their visit with one of-a-kind, hands-on encounters with sharks and stingrays.
Swim with Sharks at Discovery Cove
The awe-inspiring Shark Swim program provides closer-than-ever encounters with legendary predators. While guests have always been able to view park’s sharks, the new program takes them on a daring next step – swimming freely among five species: Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark, and a spotted wobbegong.
The immersive session is divided into two unique interactions and begins as guests meet with the park’s shark team and head into the water. Through hands-on interaction, guests learn about shark anatomy and the threats the animals face in the wild. Guests can also join the sharks in the deeper part of their habitat and embark on an exhilarating snorkel experience.
Discovery Cove works to dispel myths about sharks and to inspire guests to learn more about these mysterious creatures. As top predators, sharks play an essential role in maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems worldwide by monitoring fish populations. Sadly, shark finning and overfishing threaten many shark species and disrupt that natural balance. Guests who take part in the new Shark Swim program will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for these fascinating ocean ambassadors.
The Shark Swim experience is available to Discovery Cove guests ages 10 and older. The cost is $85 per person. For every shark swim package purchased, SeaWorld will donate 5% of the proceeds to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) in support of shark conservation and research.
In addition to the Shark Swim program, Discovery Cove has launched a new Ray Feeding experience. This exclusive opportunity gives guests the chance to feed the stingrays during a private tour of the Grand Reef. Guided by one of the park’s aquarists, guests ages 6 and older spend their session in the Grand Reef learning all about the species of rays as they hand-feed the incredible creatures. The Ray Feeding program is $50 per person.
The new interaction programs require a Dolphin Swim or Day Resort reservation at Discovery Cove to participate. Space for each program is limited and guests are encouraged to book in advance. For additional program and booking details guests can visit their official website.
Beginning August 1, Florida residents who book a day at Discovery Cove will also receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, through January 2018 – including SeaWorld’s special holiday events.
Tantalize the senses at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster for a legendary experience to feature only the finest USDA Prime steaks, artfully paired by Christner’s very own sommelier, Dan Colgan, this summer with an all-new special Wine and Dine four-course menu.
The four-course wine-paired dinner menu, available Thursday and Friday evening, includes rare wine selections, not available in retail locations. Each course is thoughtfully selected and expertly prepared with the distinguished palate in mind.
Galerie, Naissance, Napa (2014) Sauvignon Blanc
Classic Caesar Salad
Neyers, Neyers Ranch, Conn Valley, Napa (2011) Merlot
Pacific Rim, Vin de Glaciere, Selenium Vineyard, Columbia Valley (2012) Riesling
This four-course menu costs $87 per person (6 oz. Filet), $94 per person (8 oz. Filet), $103 (12 oz.) plus tax and gratuity
No substitutions or sharing, please. Reservations encouraged. Menu subject to change.
This special menu is available only on Thursday and Friday evenings with a new prix fixe menu to debut in August.
About Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, located at 729 Lee Road, has been a favorite of the Orlando, Fla. community for more than two decades. Designed to reflect the Christner family’s rich history of exceptional quality and meticulous service, the award-winning menu features only the finest USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and outstanding wine and spirits. Boasting two unique lounges, nine private dining rooms and an intimate main dining room, guests enjoy an elegant fine dining experience complemented by celebrated live entertainment. A popular venue for holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, birthday celebrations and special occasions, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster accepts reservations online or 407.645.4443.
UK pop star Sam Bailey, who recently wrapped her “Sing My Heart Out” tour in support of her second album, visited LEGOLAND Florida Resort on July 8 with husband Craig, their three children, Tommy, Brooke and Miley, mum Jackie and several close friends during a weeks-long Florida holiday celebrating her 40th birthday.
The “X Factor” winner enjoyed a stay in the popular LEGOLAND Hotel’s LEGO Friends suite, plus a private tour of the resort’s Model Shop, where Master Model Builders create and repair the many elaborate LEGO models on display throughout the theme park.
Sam autographed a star made of LEGO bricks for the hotel’s wall of fame, which includes autographs from celebrities such as singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, actress-singer Jennifer Hudson and broadcaster Megyn Kelly. In appreciation of her visit, the Florida resort presented Sam with a mosaic of her 2013 debut single, “Skyscraper,” made out of more than 600 LEGO pieces.
Sam and friends ended the evening at the Winter Haven, Fla., vacation destination as special guests of LEGOLAND Knight Lights, the park’s exclusive summertime special event.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends award, created to honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, and to mark the occasion, Disney twenty-three has created a unique stand-alone issue featuring all 267 current honorees, as well as the 10 new Legends, who will be inducted next week at D23 Expo 2017.
Since 1987, the award has been given to individuals who have worked with and for Disney in front of the camera and behind the scenes, from the shining stars of the silver and small screen to the creative minds behind its films, attractions, music, and entertainment.
For the issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Disney twenty-three Photo Editor Ty Popko photographed 40 Legends in Disney settings: from Walt Disney’s Office Suite and the Walt Disney Archives to Walt Disney World Resort and the Good Morning America studios. Featured Legends include Tim Allen, Hayley Mills, Paige O’Hara, Regis Philbin, Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Richard Sherman, and Dick Van Dyke. Kurt Russell, also photographed for this issue, gives a first-person account of his time working for Walt himself and the many Disney adventures he has had over the years.
Plus, Disney animator Eric Goldberg crafted a piece of artwork exclusively for this issue featuring more than 30 Disney Legends, including Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury, and Robin Williams, at a fabulous “Legend-ary” party. As a bonus, D23 Gold Members attending D23 Expo 2017 will be able to receive a complimentary print of the artwork at the event.
Also included in the fall issue of Disney twenty-three:
A Disney Legends-themed Ask Dave with Disney Legend Dave Smith
Photographs from Disney Legends Awards ceremonies through the years
A tribute to Annette Funicello by Richard Sherman
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The new issue will begin arriving in late
Seminole State College of Florida enhances the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of the region by providing exemplary learning opportunities for a diverse community. This mission embraces the general public through enrichment and quality of life programming and production of lifelong learning and cultural events to include fine arts, theater, speaker series and planetarium shows. All events are family-friendly, open to the public and free to attend (unless noted with a nominal ticket price).
Located onSeminole State College of Florida Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida offers live, interactive shows and full-dome video presentations. For more information on the Buehler Planetarium visit https://www.seminolestate.edu/planet/, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @seminoleplanet.
Planetarium Events at Seminole State College of Florida
The Space Times: What’s going on up there, down here. Join us for “The Space Times,” a monthly exploration of breaking news from our Solar System and beyond. We’ll showcase the Universe as only the planetarium can, with our immensely powerful fulldome video system taking center stage. As a public talk, there is no admission fee to “The Space Times” presentation, but due to the size of the planetarium, we are limiting the number of guests to 65. Seating is first-come, first-served, and we will open the doors for the presentation at 6:45 p.m.
Summer Laser Extravaganza
We celebrate the start of the planetarium year with a weekend of laser shows — the Summer Laser Extravaganza! Ten shows over three nights covering the entire musical spectrum, from classic rock to electronica and everything in-between! For full show descriptions, please visit http://www.av-imagineering.com/index.php/laser-shows/. $10 for adults, $8 for students and adults 55+, $5 for Seminole State faculty, staff and students with College ID. Ticketing for each show will begin 10 minutes prior to the presentation. A valid ticket stub from a previous laser showing will be good for $2 off any admission level.
8:30 p.m. Laser Show: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”
9:30 p.m. Laser Show: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”
7 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop”
8 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser U2”
9 p.m. Laser Show: “LaseRetro”
10 p.m. Laser Show: “Hypnotica”
7 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Vinyl”
8 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Beatles”
9 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Zeppelin”
10 p.m. Laser Show: “Laser Metallica”
Summer Watch * July 8, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. * FREE
Join the Planetarium for an evening of planet watching. Telescopes will be available for up-close views of the moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. To help everyone cool down after a long summer’s day, we’re proud to host Jeremiah’s Italian Ice and their Ice Truck for delicious treats from 8-10 p.m. Please note: the planetarium’s Summer Laser Extravaganza will be occurring simultaneously in the planetarium dome. The laser presentations do require paid admission, but admission is not required for the Summer Planet Watch.
Legends of the Night Sky Children’s Laser Shows
We invite kids of all ages to join us for some family-friendly laser fun at the Planetarium! We’re presenting a double-helping of planetarium double features: “Legends of the Night Sky’,” one of the most well-received children’s laser shows ever produced, and a guided tour of our Solar System utilizing the planetarium’s immensely powerful fulldome video system. While the event is open to everyone, the laser shows are most appropriate for ages 12 and under. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and Free for children under three years of age.
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky” Double-Feature
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop” Matinee
1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”
2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”
“Stories of the Night Sky” * July 14 and July 28, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
“Stories of the Night Sky” is a five-episode series of presentations that explore the myths, legends and facts surrounding some of the most famous and important constellations in the sky. Part of the planetarium’s cultural astronomy series, “Stories of the Night Sky” showcases constellations currently visible, and guests will hear these stories as they were told many years ago – underneath a dark, star-filled sky. Most appropriate for ages nine and up. Episodes are live presentations, so content can be modified for age appropriateness. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and 55+ and free for Seminole State students, faculty, and staff.
Central Florida Nights * July 21: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. * FREE
Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
100 Weldon Blvd., B, Sanford, FL 32773
Central Florida Nights is the flagship show of the Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State, shown more times each year than any other show. Offering a guided tour of the current night sky, it is updated every two weeks to match the slow march of constellations we see as Earth revolves around the sun. During each presentation, guests will learn how to locate seven or eight prominent constellations. The locations of the visible planets, upcoming meteor showers, bright comets and other notable celestial happenings will also be explored. Skies permitting, guests can go outside afterward to identify many of the objects seen during the show. They can also take a look at the night sky through the planetarium’s telescopes. Please note that the planetarium will not hold telescope viewings during the months of May-August.
Appropriate for all ages. “Central Florida Nights” is shown the first and third Friday of each month.
Planetarium Parking Update
Seminole State College of Florida facilities department will be working on parking and roadway improvements through August 8, 2017. A section of College Drive will be closed, along with the parking lot between the planetarium and the new student services building. Click here for a map for parking information.
Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers AcademyClass of 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort
One hundred high school students to be selected for exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime program taking place in March 2018
High School Students can now apply for the Disney Dreamers Academy to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
For over a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has helped to inspire young minds from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for the future. 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 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 ofDisney Dreamers Academy,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World vice president of commercial management resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We are excited about the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate and inspire the minds of young high school students from across the nation 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.
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through Oct. 31, 2017. A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced in early 2018.
For more information regarding applications, interested applicants can visit the official website, or learn more about the program on Facebook and Twitter.
This Summer you can find two new additions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to help add some pep to your evenings after a day in the park.
Summer Additions At Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Music of Pixar Live! A Symphony of Characters
Three times a night The Music of Pixar Live! takes to the Theater of the Stars Stage to celebrate 20 years of unforgettable soundtrack favorites from some of your Pixar favorites including Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, and UP performed by a live orchestra.
As you listen to your favorite, heartfelt songs you get to watch movie montages, outtakes, and interview excerpts with the folks behind Pixar’s captivating music.
Also, don’t be surprised if you find that several friends join in the fun along the way.
The finale of this 45 minute show stars YOU! You and your family get to join with the orchestra and some of your Pixar pals for an onscreen sing-along to Randy Newman’s Academy Award-nominated, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
Insider Tips – The Music of Pixar Live! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
* If you aren’t able to grab a FastPass+ or are not doing a Music of Pixar Live! Dining package, don’t worry too much about being able to grab a seat because the Theater of the Stars is rather large. I would suggest arriving early on traditionally busy days and weekends.
* Guests can enter the Theater of the Stars 20 minutes prior to showtime, and for your timeliness you will be rewarded with some preshow fun with the Green Army Men from Toy Story.
* If you have little ones in your traveling party and you are concerned about them sitting through a 45 minute show, try sitting towards the front to keep them engaged with the characters.
* While the center screen behind the orchestra is large, there are two smaller screens on either side of the stage that show the same images if you are seated on the side or back of the theater.
The Music of Pixar Live! has shows until August 27, 2017, so don’t forget to add this show to your summer plans in the park!
Disney Movie Magic
Thirty minutes before the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can take in a 10 minute trip down movie memory lane that includes footage from movies from Mary Poppins to Pirates of the Caribbean movies to Tron that ends with an awesome montage of live-action comedies, adventures, musicals, and more!
Insider Tips – Disney Movie Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
* Guests start grabbing prime spots up to an hour before Disney Movie Magic begins, so make sure you pay attention to where designated areas are located (usually with masking tape) so you won’t have to find a new spot late in the game.
* If you can’t get close to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (The Great Movie Ride) for a sweet spot, trying staying as center as possible and go back a little further than you think so you can see all of the buildings around the Theatre as they also have projections.
* My favorite spot to watch Disney Movie Magic from is to the left (as you are facing Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) near the large projection booth, because you get to see all of the projections and laser effects.
* Disney Movie Magic is presented rain or shine, so be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store!
There is no current end date listed for Disney Movie Magic, so I have my fingers crossed that it will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for awhile!
Both The Music of Pixar Live! and Disney Movie Magic are really great ways to wind down your Summer day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! I really enjoyed both shows, and can’t wait to watch them with Zoe & Dave!
Party louder and play later at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during the reimagined Summer Nights event, featuring park-wide party zones, summer cuisine, thrill rides in the dark and an all-new summer ice show at the Moroccan Palace, Turn It Up!
The event is free with park admission and kicks off June 16 running through August 6. Summer Nights is open until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
NEW! Turn It Up! Ice Show
The Moroccan Palace is now home to the hottest show on ice, Turn It Up! This all-new ice show vibrantly celebrates summer with electric performances set to today’s hottest hits.
Summer Nights will feature three uniquely themed party zones at Cheetah Hunt® Plaza,Pantopia®, and Stanleyville. Guests can dance into the night at each location and indulge in spectacular summer fare inspired by the party zone itself.
Cheetah Hunt Plaza transforms into the ¡Fiesta Festa! party zone, complete with an immersive and authentic Latin experience including lively entertainment and a flavor-packed menu, including slow roasted mojo pork, jerk chicken empanadas, and chicharróns. The party zone will also feature several drink options including sangria, margaritas and international and domestic beer selections.
Pantopia becomes the Luau party zone with entertainment inspired by the islands, and a Hawaiian-inspired menu, including huli huli chicken, Hawaiian barbecue ribs, and pineapple cheesecake parfait as well as tropical cocktails, craft brews and much more!
The Vibin’ Village party zone takes over Stanleyville and will transport guests to Africa with an immersive experience of tribal entertainment and an authentic cuisine featuring craft beers, artesian wines and cocktails, chicken mafi with peanut sauce, tamarind shrimp watermelon cooler and a smoked chicken pocket with harissa.
NEW! Summer Nights Sampler Lanyards
The best way to savor sensational Summer Nights cuisine is with Busch Gardens convenient 8-item Summer Nights sampler lanyard, modeled after the guest-favorite Food & Wine Festival lanyards. Guests can enjoy park-wide summer samples from themed party zones and select food locations throughout the park, including Twisted Tails, Garden Gate Café, Serengeti Overlook™ Pub and more. The Summer Nights lanyards are $34.99 each with Pass Member discounts available.
Thrill Rides in the Dark
It’s not summer at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay without thrill rides in the dark. Florida’s top thrill rides will be open during Summer Nights, including favorites like Falcon’s Fury®, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra® and Busch Gardens’ newest spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse™.
Wild Florida is thrilled to announce the arrival of two rare albino alligators to its Gator and Wildlife Park in Kenansville. The 23-year-old female and 12-year-old male were acquired from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
This will be the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida and one of the few places in the world visitors can see these rare animals. Due to the lack of melanin this species produces, their skin is completely white and sensitive to sunlight, so a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled exhibit has been built for the pair.
The addition of these gators to the park will allow the park to have the opportunity to showcase how unique gators are and further educate visitors.
“We’re very fortunate to add these gators to our Wild Florida family and can’t wait for our guests to see how incredible they are,” says Sam Haught, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida.
Admission to the Gator and Wildlife Park is free for the remainder of 2017 to celebrate Wild Florida’s 7th anniversary as well as give all visitors the chance to see these rare alligators.
Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in 2010, focuses on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida. For additional information, visit www.wildfloridairboats.com.