Red, Brick And Boom At LEGOLAND Florida

Red, Brick And Boom LEGOLAND Florida

Red, Brick and Boom Returns to

LEGOLAND  Florida With New Fireworks Show

LEGOLAND Florida is celebrating the 4th of July weekend in 2014 with its annual Red, Brick and Boom event!

Red, Brick and Boom is three nights of fireworks set to The LEGO Movie soundtrack will light up the sky for all guests to experience, along with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.  The event allows visitors to celebrate the weekend in style while experiencing LEGOLAND Florida’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

Red, Brick And Boom LEGOLAND Florida

Red, Brick and Boom at

LEGOLAND Florida Activities:

  • Fireworks choreographed to The LEGO Movie soundtrack, including such hits as “Everything is Awesome!”
  • Special viewing glasses to turn fireworks into millions of exploding LEGO bricks at night

Red, Brick And Boom LEGOLAND Florida

  • Collective, interactive build of a giant LEGO American Flag
  • Special scavenger hunt in Miniland USA to win a LEGO Prize pack and much more

Where: LEGOLAND Florida | One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL, 33884 |

When: Red, Brick and Boom will run from Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th and is included in park admission. Park hours will be extended to 9 p.m. during the three-day event.

Additional Details:  For more information, please visit

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel The LEGO Movie


LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. Recently announced, The LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015 featuring 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to

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Inside a Disney Wedding Planning Session

Other than the actual wedding day, brides and grooms planning a wedding at Disney probably most look forward to planning session day.

I’ve mentioned before that planning a Disney Wedding follows a unique schedule. Beginning at six months out from your wedding day, couples (and parents/family members if they are part of the planning process) schedule a planning session with their assigned wedding planner. These can either be held in person or over the phone if couples aren’t able to make the trip to Florida. This is the time when you can finally give voice to all those ideas you’ve pinned to your Pinterest board for your wedding day!

You can also schedule a separate menu tasting with the chefs that will be preparing the meal at your reception. I’ll discuss that in another post.

For now, I’ll tell you how our planning session went when we met with our planner a few weeks ago at Franck’s Bridal Studio.

Franck's Disney Wedding
Franck’s Bridal Studio

FranckDoor Disney Wedding


We got to meet in the Merryweather room! Disney Wedding
We got to meet in the Merriweather room!

Depending on the size of the wedding and number of events taking place, sessions last around 3-4 hours. During this time, our planner basically took us step-by-step through our wedding weekend beginning with rehearsal. We talked about where and what time we would prefer to hold rehearsal. They won’t guarantee a time and place until 30 days before so we had to give a couple of preferences.

Then we moved to the actual wedding day, starting from the time we wake up. This was important because we had to make sure that we had our photography set up for the right time to cover everything based on the hourly package that we picked. Since we are having an Epcot ceremony, our day will be starting very early.

We then made decisions on everything from transportation (if you want to use Cinderella’s coach for your wedding, now is your chance!) to song choices and favors and linens for the reception. Nothing is set in stone at this point. Essentially this is the “blue sky” phase of wedding planning. We were told to include everything we thought we might want. In the following weeks, our planner will prepare a Banquet Event Order (BEO) and then we can make cuts or adjustments from there, once we recover from the sticker shock! We had done a lot of research prior to our appointment so we had a very good idea of what we wanted. However, if you don’t, they have lots of displays and pictures to show different options. Basically anything you can think of – this is Disney after all!

Disney Wedding Display
Fall wedding decor

The final thing we discussed during our meeting was the most fun – cake!! We could taste four different flavors of cake and four different fillings. We got a couple of bonuses because they included the buttercream icing and a slice of cake to show us how the layers would be. This was really fun and so hard to choose! I almost wish we were having a bigger wedding just so we could have more layers on our cake! In the end we chose marble cake with peanut butter cup filling for one layer, and almond cake with amaretto crunch filling for the other.

Disney Wedding Not the cake we chose
Not the cake we chose 😉
Flavors we tried Disney Wedding
Flavors we tried

After cake, our floral designer came in to meet with us and discuss any flowers and décor we wanted for our wedding events. Lucky for us, our venues don’t need much extra decoration so that part was over pretty quickly. Plus, I came prepared with pictures and paint chips of our colors so that helped to make sure we were all on the same page.

Bouquet Examples Disney Wedding
Bouquet Examples

Going into our meeting I was pretty anxious. I was worried that maybe we wouldn’t connect with our planner or that she would try to talk us into getting a bunch of extras that we didn’t want or need. I’m happy to report that everything went very smoothly and everyone was really helpful and kind. Our planner really took the time to make sure we came up with the best options. It was really fun to finally do some official planning! Throughout the day I kept think about how lucky we are to be there. It’s still a little surreal!

Now we just have to wait to get our BEO and hope we don’t need to make too many adjustments! Stay tuned for my report on our menu tasting, which was probably one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had.

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IKEA Orlando: Feeding The Future In July

IKEA Orlando

IKEA Orlando is joining forces with Feeding America to help stop the grumbling of little tummies in the local area with a special promotion this July.

IKEA Orlando

During July, for every Healthy Kid’s Meal purchased, IKEA will donate a $1 towards Feeding America and the fight to end childhood hunger.

IKEA Orlando

IKEA will be donating up to a maximum for $50,000, and helping them reach that goal is easy on the wallet!

During our visit to IKEA Orlando we were able to try the two Healthy Kid’s Meals, that for the month of July are also reduced to $1.99 and both are equally yummy!

The Kid’s Grilled Chicken (210 calories) comes with carrot sticks, strawberries, string cheese (that is separately packaged for a later snack), and lingonberry drink.

IKEA Orlando

The Kid’s Organic Pasta (324 calories) is moose shaped pasta with a tomato sauce that is served with yogurt and lingonberry drink.

IKEA Orlando

On Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at IKEA Orlando, if you choose either of these two meals a dollar will still be donated to the Feeding the Future campaign!

If you don’t have any little tummies in your family to feed, it is super easy to support the campaign! You will have the option to add a dollar to your purchase in their Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, and Bistro!

And while you are shopping at IKEA Orlando, don’t forget to take advantage of their other family amenities!!!

IKEA Orlando

DISCLOSURE: Through a partnership with IKEA Orlando, I was provided with promotional items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Great Balls of Fire Exhibit Opens At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Celebrates July 2 Grand Opening

Of Great Balls of Fire Exhibit

with Astronaut Tom Jones

Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire, a new new interactive exhibit, will be opening at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on July 2, 2014.

At the Great Balls of Fire exhibit, guests will discover the risks that asteroids, comets, and meteorites present to our planet. The exhibit explores how we keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts.

To help celebrate the Grand Opening Dr. Tom Jones, a four-time space shuttle astronaut, will be the guest of honor. As a senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Jones will focus on the future direction of human space exploration, uses of asteroid and space resources and defending Earth from asteroid impacts.

Great Balls of Fire Dr Tom Jones

Within the Great Balls of Fire exhibit is Asteroid Encounter, where guests can climb aboard a “spaceship” and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. Guests also can explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit their hometown, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips and much more.

Here is the Great Balls of Fire Exhibit Grand Opening Schedule:

**All times are subject to change**

2 p.m.                     Grand Opening of Great Balls of Fire: Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space                                       Center Visitor Complex Dr. Tom Jones, four-time space shuttle astronaut and asteroid expert

3 p.m.                    Asteroid presentation by Dr. Tom Jones

4 p.m.                    Autograph signing, Dr. Tom Jones, The Space Shop


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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Flavors of Summer

Savor the Flavors of Summer at the

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Enjoy Hemingway’s Signature Summer Pre-Fixe Menu in July and August
Savor the flavor of the islands with Hemingway’s summer pre-fixe menu at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Designed by Executive Chef Kenneth Juran, the three-course menu is available in July and August and features many of “Papa’s” seasonal favorites including: 
  • Key Lime Caesar Salad
  • Florida Rock Shrimp Chowder with Zellwood sweet corn
  • Hemingway’s “Cayo Hueso” Crab Cakes
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hemingway’s “Cayo Hueso” Crab Cake
  • Duvall Street Shrimp Scampi featuring jumbo tiger shrimp
  • Cuban Criollo Chicken seasoned with a blend of fresh herbs and spices
  • Crispy Black Fin Snapper served with a coconut yucca cake
  • Key Lime Tart or Peanut Butter Bombe for dessert
“Our summer menu serves as a showcase for the high quality, fresh ingredients the season delivers,” Juran says. “Each course was designed to capture the essence of the islands and provide guests with a truly delectable experience.”
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hemingway’s “Cayo Hueso” Crab Cake
Starting at $64 per couple, the three-course #FlavorsOfSummer menu may also be paired with Canvas wines for $89 per couple.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
A TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence recipient, Hemingway’s also offers menu selections for young diners, as well seasonal vegetarian and gluten-free options including the Long Boat Key salad, vegetable truffle, pasta roulade, and vegan, gluten-free chocolate cake.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Located just minutes from popular Orlando area attractions, the 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress boasts luxurious amenities surrounded by a tropical oasis that features the resort’s signature, half-acre lagoon pool. Florida resident rates, starting at $129 per night, are available now through Dec. 31, 2014.
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in LakeBuena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234;; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
About Hyatt Regency 
The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit or
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