Share Your #UniversalMoments


Universal Orlando Resort Launches New #UniversalMoments Campaign Asking Guests to Share Their Favorite Universal Moments 

Guests Can Tag Their Photos and Videos on Twitter, Instagram and Vine Using #UniversalMoments for a Chance to be Featured in a Future Ad Campaign


Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new online campaign asking guests to share their favorite Universal Orlando moments and potentially be featured in a future Universal Orlando ad campaign.

Guests can participate by sharing their favorite moments through photos and videos on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using #UniversalMoments.

Guests can also upload their favorite Universal Orlando photos and videos -like their first time conquering The Incredible Hulk Coaster or dancing with the minions – directly to or browse the site to see favorite moments of other fans.

Those selected to be in the future ad campaign will be contacted at a later date by Universal Orlando Resort.

Here is the picture I submitted for the #UniversalMoments campaign!

#UniversalMoment Universal Orlando Resort

My daughter Zoe is HUGE thrill seeker who is growing into attractions! On our last visit to Islands of Adventure, Zoe was FINALLY tall enough to ride Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall and she was over the moon. Once we were strapped into our seats she gave me a nervous smile and took my hand, and as I assured her it would be okay we were off. It was so much fun sharing her first ride experience on one of my favorite attractions in the park. I don’t know what was bigger…her screams or her smile! It was truly a #UniversalMoment!

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Sea World’s Just for Kids Festival

Sea World is hosting the Just For Kids! Festival on Saturdays through April 12, 2014; and, it’s included with your park admission! Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s definitely family friendly! While it is kid-centric, it brings families together for fun activities, rides, Animal Ambassadors, and more!

We were given a festival map as we came into the parking lot.  They are also available at the Ocean Adventure areas as well. The map is the perfect size for your little one to help navigate.  It has all the Fun Stations mapped out for you with just a few main park locations for reference points.

Just for Kids Festival map

The stars on the map are the Ocean Adventure areas.  That’s where your kids can go on an educational and fun trip around the park.  They have games and information at each of the four stops.  After you complete your activity, the bottom of your map will get a punch and you get a limited edition Explorer’s card! The stations are really easy to spot too- there is a “take an Ocean Adventure” sign along with Just for Kids! banners like the one pictured here:

Ocean Adventure activity

The Ocean Adventures are spread out around the park, but not too spread out!  One thing that I loved about this is that they never excluded Cole. He’s almost two, so he’s really into doing these fun things like the matching games, but he’s not quite old enough to answer questions about oil on penguin.  Some of them they let me help him with but some tailored their activity to be more his level.  It was tons of fun!

After you complete all four Ocean Adventure activities, you get a ticket that allows you to go to one of three stores and turn it in for a special surprise!
The four limited edition cards.

Another fun part of Just for Kids is the Rockin’ Rockhopper Party in Antarctica that starts at 11am. A DJ is there with some rockin’ hoppin’ music to get everyone moving.  There are even special penguin guests who come out and party with you! They have games, snacks, face painting and you can even see live penguins!  You don’t want to miss out!


As always, there are lots of great Animal Ambassadors to wow and amaze!  It’s neat to see all the different animals and to hear their stories. The SEA Garden is home to one of the Ocean Adventures, many of the Animal Ambassadors and special story tellers.

Animal Ambassadors


Story time!

A highlight for my little one was the Elmo Rocks! show. He couldn’t stop talking about Elmo all weekend! Be sure to get there early as the show is only performed in the earlier part of the day and there are only a few shows.

Be sure to stick around for the end of the day too.  The Shamu Dance Party, at the front of the park in Village Square, starts one hour before park close and lasts until 30 minutes after park close.  There is a stilt walking emcee, music for the whole family to enjoy and dance to, and Shamu and his crew are there! Unfortunately no pictures of the party because we’ve had plans that caused us to miss it the first two weekends, but we’ll be there for the third one!

Have you been to Sea World’s Just for Kids Festival yet?  What was your favorite part? We are excited to go again this weekend and hopefully next weekend as well!

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The Dawn Brancheau Foundation Dream Big 5K At Seaworld

The Dawn Brancheau Foundation Dream Big 5K

Dream Big 5K

To benefit kids and animals being held April 12, 2014 at SeaWorld Orlando

Scenic Family Run and Community Service Featured for Fourth Annual Event



The Dawn Brancheau Foundation’s Fourth Annual Dream Big 5K, a family-friendly fun run, will be heldSaturday, April 12 at 7:30 a.m. at SeaWorld Orlando. The run will be followed by community service projects that positively impact organizations the Foundation supports in the Central Florida area.

The Dream Big 5K is a scenic 3.1-mile fun run through SeaWorld Orlando. The mission of the Dawn Brancheau Foundation is to improve the lives of children and animals in need, inspire others to follow their dreams, and promote the importance of community service. Dream Big 5K participants are encouraged to form a team and ask family, friends, and co-workers to join them. There will also be a special route for a Family Fun Walk, where strollers/baby joggers are welcomed.

During the run, Dawn’s inspirational music from her personal iPod will play throughout the park. Prizes will be awarded for the first three male, female and youth runners.

 Dream Big 5K

The proceeds of this year’s event will be used to:

  • ·         Refurbish the Foundations two adopted villas at Give Kids the World
  • ·         Purchase farm equipment for the expansion of Dawn’s Garden at Edgewood Children’s Ranch
  • ·         Construct Dawn’s Playground for the children at Matthew’s Hope
  • ·         Purchase new bunk beds for the children at Central Florida Children’s Home
  • ·         Add exercise equipment to Dawn’s Play Yard at Osceola County Animal Services
  • ·         Supply veterinary care and medicines to the dogs at Harbor House Paws for Peace Kennel and Orange County Animal Services.

Runners, walkers, and supporters are encouraged to bring new or gently used running shoes with them on the day of the race so they can be donated to families serviced by Matthew’s Hope.

All participants are invited to join in the community service projects following the Dream Big 5K. Volunteers will remain in Sea Harbor Pavilions immediately after the event to assemble “doggie adoption bags” for Osceola County Animal Services, and “Family Food Bags” to be donated to the families serviced by Matthew’s Hope.

Registration and packet pick-up will be held in the lobby of the Fairfield Inn & Suites at 10815 International Drive on Friday April, 11, 2014, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Onsite registration on the event day begins at 6 a.m. with the run kick off at 7:30 a.m.

For more information about The Dawn Brancheau Foundation’s Dream Big 5K, please visit The Dawn Brancheau Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was formed in 2010 in memory of Dawn Brancheau, a truly inspirational woman.  For more information about the Foundation or to donate, please visit


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