Pick Six: Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Concert Planning

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It is almost my most favorite time of the year at the Universal Orlando Resort…Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando takes place on select nights February 7 to April 18, and is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Mardi Gras features a kicking parade and event food that is beyond delicious, but the 16 concerts taking place at the Universal Music Plaza Stage, located between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Twister…Ride It Out, in Universal Studios Florida are always the shining star for me and how I plan what nights I am going to be partaking in the festivities.

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With the 2015 Mardi Gras Concert schedule out, it is time to get planning!

Pick Six: Universal Studios Mardi Gras Concert Planning

1. The Schedule

The 2015 Mardi Gras concert schedule is AWESOME!!!

This year’s exhilarating concert lineup features an array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include English pop sensationJessie J, who’s known for her hits “Price Tag” and “Bang Bang,”  “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, and reggaeton superstar Yandel, who has had three songs reach the Top 10 Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart and a No. 1 album on the Top Latin Albums chart. Also performing is R&B artist Trey Songz, award-winning American country group The Band Perry, and the rock group American Authors, whose single “Best Day of My Life” was named the No.1 most played song in 2014 on Adult Pop Radio.

I can’t decide who I am the most excited to see!!!

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Concert Lineup 2015

It’s important to remember that these concerts happen rain or shine and are subject to change.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Zydeco Stage

Each event night you can also enjoy authentic Zydeco bands direct from Louisiana to amp up the Mardi Gras experience.

2. Florida Resident Annual Pass Deal

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Passholder Offer

Florida Residents have the opportunity to earn up to 3 months free on any annual pass when you enter the UPC Code from specially marked 20 and 24 packages of Coca-Cola.

If enter the UPC Code to purchase a ‘Power Pass’ (with blackout dates and admission to Mardi Gras after 5:00 pm), you will receive 1 month free.

If you enter the UPC Code to purchase a ‘Premium Pass’ or a ‘Premier Pass’, you will receive 3 months free.

You can find out more about this and other Hot Deals to the Universal Orlando Resort here.

3. The best kept secret for Universal Orlando Resort Premier Pass Holders

Universal Orlando Florida Mardi Gras French Quarter

Universal Orlando Premier Pass Holders receive complimentary Valet parking as part of their pass benefits, however on Mardi Gras nights you will not be able to use this benefit.

Hope is not all lost though, because you are able to use the Red Carpet Valet Parking at a reduced cost, last year it was $15. The main perk of using the Red Carpet Valet Parking is that you receive your car quickly.

This investment was well worth it, because the Valet lines can get incredibly long on Special Event nights!

4. When to arrive

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The decision of how early to arrive to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras on concert night largely depends on how close you would like to be to the stage and how long you are willing to stand in the Universal Music Stage Plaza.

While there are benefits to being close to the bands, there are also large screens that will be broadcasting the concert on either side of the stage so everyone is able to see.

Another thing to keep in mind when planning your arrival is the Spring Break Schedule, because that will also have an affect on how many people will be attending Mardi Gras.

Chairs/Seats are not allowed at the Music Plaza Stage, so while earlier in your wait you may be able to sit on the “grass” as the concert draws closer you will be asked to stand.

Also if it is necessary for you or someone in your party, there is an ADA viewing area is located at the far right side of the stage, near the restrooms adjacent to Twister…Ride It Out.

5. Eating & Drinking

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Food

Universal Studios Florida is full of great options for catching a bite to eat or a drink, but on Mardi Gras nights you have to visit the French Quarter for Cajun and Creole foods that are only available during this special event.

Also, the French Quarter is located directly across from the Universal Music Plaza Stage so it is very convenient if watching the concert is your priority for the night.

6. Parade Viewing

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Parade

If being close to the stage is your focus, catching the Mardi Gras parade will be a challenge on most nights.

However if you are interested in catching the parade and seeing the concert, there parade route goes by the Universal Music Plaza Stage so you will be able to catch both in one night.

Universal Orlando Florida Mardi Gras Sign

So those are the six things that I keep in mind when I am planning a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort to see a concert during Mardi Gras.

What is your best tip for visiting Universal Orlando during Mardi Gras?

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A New Avengers Trailer Is Here!!!

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A new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is here, and all I can say is good gravy this is going to be amazing!


Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.


Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

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2015 D23 Member Discounts

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D23 Brings Members Exclusive Savings with Discounts and Offers from Disney and Beyond

Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Save with Disney Store, Disney On Ice, Disney Magazines, Walt Disney Records, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and More!

Whether they’re headed to a Disney Park or staying close to home, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can save on shopping, entertainment, and their next Disney adventure when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes.

D23 Members can enjoy these savings in 2015:

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  • Savings of 20% on select Disney On Ice and Disney Live! touring productions
  • An exclusive 10% discount and a special portfolio of art when purchasing the entire Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection.
  • A discount on tickets to see Cinderella opening weekend at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. You can find more information here.
  • Up to 53% off Disney magazines including the new Disney Frozen 

Plus, D23 will be featuring a “special offer of the month,” highlighting exclusive opportunities for members. For January, D23 Members can enjoy 15% off purchases of $75 or more at Disney Store or online at DisneyStore.com.

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I love this Mary Poppins ornament that was available this Christmas from the Disney Store.

D23 is bringing back its most popular opportunities for savings on hotels, restaurants, and stores in and around Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including:

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In addition, D23 Members can take advantage of a host of ongoing offers online and around the country developed exclusively for them, including savings on tickets to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco; a merchandise discount at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo.; plus savings of 20% on specialty skin care products from H2O Plus and 10% off all purchases online and at all RIDEMAKERZ®locations.

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Complete details on all D23 Member discounts and offers, as well as a full list of all the latest specials, can be found online at http://D23.com/Discounts.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.comand at DisneyStore.com/D23.

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Elton John Bringing All Hits Tour To Orlando

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Elton John and his band – All Hits Tour

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Amway Center – Orlando, FL

Tickets on Sale: Friday, January 16, 2015 – 10:00 am

Elton John announced today that he and his band will be touring as part of his All Hits Tour. The tour features iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his extraordinary career spanning five decades. He will also perform a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed, remastered album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. John and his band play the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, March 7. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 16 at 10 a.m.

John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

“We are thrilled to welcome Elton John back to the Amway Center,” said Orlando Venues Executive Director Allen Johnson. “Elton is one of the few true superstars that puts on a one-of-a-kind concert experience.”

John currently has two albums entering the Billboard Hot 100, his latest studio album, “The Diving Board,” and features 12 new songs written by John and his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin. The album returns John to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist’s introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago. As he explains, “I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: the performances, T Bone Burnett’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created. “The Diving Board” is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.”

“The Diving Board” and the 40th Anniversary re-release of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” are available on EltonJohn.com and at record outlets everywhere, including Amazon.com and iTunes.

John is winner of six Grammy Awards, five BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) awards and is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. He also holds the record for most appearances on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, with his newest single, “Home Again,” marking his 69th entry. Since his career began in 1969, he has played almost 3,000 concerts across the globe. John has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.

Elton John and his Band – All Hits Tour – Ticket Information

Prices TBA. Eight (8) ticket limit. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

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About Amway Center:

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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Disney Crafting: It’s A Small Tree After All

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Every year as part of my New Years Resolutions I sneak in a crafting goal, and usually I end up Disney Crafting.

Disney Crafting

Dizz-nee ˈkraftiNG/
  1. the activity or hobby of making decorative articles by hand that are influenced by a Disney obsession

My 2014 crafting resolution was to create a wreath I would be proud of, and I actually created two great wreaths I was super proud to hang on my door! I learned to make a balloon wreath complete with Hidden Mickeys for my #DisneySide @ Home party and a Deco-mesh wreath for my front door.

This year I wanted to step it up a notch, because as a classic over achiever what else would I do?

When I was younger, my Best Friend Denise had a Christmas Tree that was filled with felt ornaments that were made by her Mother. I loved these ornaments, and as a High School graduation present she gave me a turtle ornament that she had made for me to remember my adopted family while I was away at college.

That felt turtle is one of my most prized possessions, and every year when I look at our Christmas Tree I wish that I actually had taken the time to create my own ornaments.

Well, this year my Disney Crafting resolution is to create an entire tree inspired by It’s a Small World and the art of Mary Blair.

My goals are EXTREMELY lofty for this project…

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* Tree Topper based on the clock face on the It’s a Small World Facade

* 50 unique felt ornaments based on the children and animals in the It’s a Small World Attraction (I want to hide a Hidden Mickey in each one)

* Painted Ornaments inspired by Mary Blair’s smallest details

* Felt Chain for the tree as garland

* Pom Poms strung together as another garland for the tree

* Tree Skirt to match the It’s a Small World Theme

Here are some of my doodles for the project.

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Disney Crafting It's a Small World Tree

Disney Crafting It's a Small World Tree

Disney Crafting It's a Small World Tree

I am going to give updates and tutorials all this year on my progress, and I would love for you to join me on my Disney Crafting Journey as well as share some of your own Disney Crafts!

If you would like to share your Disney Crafts, drop me a line shelley@onthegoinmco.com!!!


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Orlando City SC 2015 MLS Schedule Released

Orlando City SC 2015 Schedule

Marquee Home Matches Highlight Orlando City SC 2015 MLS Schedule

Orlando City Soccer Club Lions’ 2015 inaugural schedule includes 16 nationally televised matches


Orlando City Soccer Club released the 34-game regular season schedule today for its historic 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, featuring home matches against five-time MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy, 2014 Eastern Conference Champions New England Revolution, and 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City. Click here to view the 2015 schedule.

Season tickets for the Orlando City SC inaugural MLS campaign are available for as low as $18.50 per game until January 16, 2015, and can be purchased by visiting www.OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

Ticket packages include 20 matches – 17 MLS home games and three additional fixtures (friendlies, Open Cup matches, etc.) – with members also receiving priority renewal status for the brand new soccer stadium in 2016.

Orlando City SC will begin its opening season at home on March 8, 2015, against fellow expansion club New York City FC (NYCFC), featuring the first-ever MLS matches for the league’s newest stars – Kaká and David Villa. Less than one week later, City will kick-start its away schedule – visiting BBVA Compass Stadium to challenge the Houston Dynamo on Friday, March 13.

Additionally, the Lions’ regular season schedule is highlighted by 16 matches that will be broadcast live on FOX, ESPN and Univision as part of MLS’ recent television deal. The nationally televised games include noteworthy contests against NYCFC, the Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, Toronto FC, DC United, LA Galaxy, San Jose, New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.

The matches that are not scheduled to broadcast nationally will air on local television network WOFL FOX 35/WRBW MY65 through a recently announced multi-year agreement.

“We’re thrilled that the schedule has been released and we can’t wait to get started,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “The nation’s eyes will be upon us in our first season, and we couldn’t be happier with how the schedule has turned out.”

The majority of City’s fixtures will occur during the weekend, with the Lions only scheduled for three midweek matches. Two of those contests will take place on the road against DC United and Toronto FC.

The last day of the 2015 regular season will see MLS unveil a new, exciting scheduling format – dubbed “Decision Day” – which will be one final flurry of action to settle the standings and determine who is in, and who is out, of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

For more information on Orlando City SC or to purchase 2015 MLS Season Tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.  Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Recently ranked 14th among all professional teams in North America, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team set to debut in 2015. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 league matches (66-12-22). Orlando City has won three USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.

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Wordless Wednesday: Our First Hat Picture

Wordless Wednesday – January 7, 2015

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It was a gloomy day when this picture was taken, but this was Zoe and my parent’s first visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios so of course we had to have our picture taken in front of “Bi Hattttttt” as Zoe said.

I am excited to see this sucker go, but I can’t help but smile as I see everyone posting pictures!

I know this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday…but I couldn’t help myself!

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Bindi Irwin And Jack Hanna Coming To Busch Gardens Tampa

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 Join Bindi Irwin and Jack Hanna this Spring at Busch Gardens Tampa

Guests this spring can join globally recognized animal conservationist Bindi Irwin and “Jungle Jack” Hanna at Busch Gardens Tampa for exciting animal encounters.

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Irwin will host “Generation Nature LIVE” at Busch Gardens Feb. 7 and Feb. 8. Bringing GenerationNature.com, the kid-centric website, to life, families will enjoy a high-energy, fun-filled show, designed to inspire kids to become “Game Changers for Nature.”

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Families can play interactive games to uncover their “Nature IQ,” enjoy special appearances by some of Busch Gardens’ favorite animal ambassadors, and learn how to make a difference for wildlife. Shows are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stanleyville Theater and are included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission.

Guests can also take advantage of a special dining opportunity with Bindi Irwin. The Bindi Irwin VIP Experience includes a meet-n-greet with Bindi, followed by breakfast, a signed autograph and priority access to the 11 a.m. show in the Stanleyville Theater. The Bindi Irwin VIP Experience can be purchased at buschgardens.com in the coming days and takes place in the Crown Colony Restaurant. The cost is $20 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-9; Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a discount.

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Wild Days with Jack Hanna

Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of animal shows, autograph signing and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens April 18 and 19. The internationally known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during shows, which are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stanleyville Theater. The shows are included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission.

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Experience “Generation Nature LIVE” with Bindi Irwin and Wild Days with “Jungle Jack” Hanna, along with exciting new events and more with a 2015 Fun Card, which lets you Pay for a Day and Play All Year. It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing thrillsBusch Gardens has to offer.

Fun Cards, annual passes and single-day tickets are available online at buschgardens.com, by calling (888) 800-5447 or at the Busch Gardens’ front gate.

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AAA Offering Free Car Seats To Help Florida Families

With new car seat laws taking effect January 1, 2015, Florida AAA offices are helping Florida families out by giving out a limited number of new car seats as a way to increase the awareness of a new law that requires children under age six to be in a car seat or booster seat.

AAA Florida Car SeatAAA Florida will be giving out the free booster seats members and non-members every Friday in January, and to qualify for this offer the seat has to be for a child who is at least four years old between the height of 50-57 inches who weighs 40-60 pounds.

You will need to make an appointment by calling your local AAA office (you can click here to find a location). It is also important to note that your child must be present at your appointment, because they will be weighed and measured prior to you receiving the car seat.

This offer is only open as long as the car seats at each location last, so make sure that you call in as soon as you can!

I checked with the Orlando Office on Sand Lake Road earlier this morning, and they have 60 car seats that are available.

I absolutely applaud AAA for having such a commitment to the safety of children in Florida!!!

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SeaWorld Orlando Free Preschool Pass

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SeaWorld Orlando Offers Free Pass for Preschoolers

Children five and younger can enjoy all of 2015 at SeaWorld Orlando for FREE

SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating the new year and families with young kids with a limited-time offer. Children five and younger can explore SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa for FREE throughout 2015 with the return of the Preschool Pass.

Starting today, guests can register for the pass online and get their kids ready for all of the excitement, thrills and inspiring shows that only SeaWorld and Busch Gardens can provide.

Kids will love being kids at Shamu’s Happy Harbor®, a play area that features fun for all, including:

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  • Shamu Express® – the park’s first family-oriented roller coaster reaching speeds of 26 mph
  • Jazzy Jellies – a jellyfish-themed ride that lifts and spins families to heights of 30 feet
  • Sea Carousel – a classical marine-themed masterpiece topped by a 45-foot-wide pink octopus
  • A variety of other kid-sized attractions to keep the little ones moving and shaking

And at Busch Gardens, experience kid-sized attractions and exciting encounters, including:

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  • Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street® Safari of Fun – a family-friendly African adventure filled with kid-size rides and cool water fun
  • Madagascar Live – kids can join the adventure with King Julien and his friends during this live show
  • Treetop Trails at Jungala® – older kids can explore and climb nets, bridges and tubes in this multi-level maze, while the younger set can play in the water area inside this 3-story family play area

Sign up today for the SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass!

The Free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an exclusive online offer, available at SeaWorldOrlando.com. It is exclusively for Florida residents ages five and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31, 2015, at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Pass Member discounts or benefits.

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Another great reason to get a free Preschool Pass for the little ones is that all of SeaWorld’s 2015 events are included! The year kicks off with Wild Days, an immersive event that connects kids to the wild and wonderful world we all share; followed by the all-new Praise Wave, a series that makes the park come alive with the hottest names in Christian music. And don’t forget about family favorites Halloween Spooktacular and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, also included with a Preschool Pass!

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The best deal for the rest of the family is a SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Fun Card which allows unlimited admission to both parks throughout the year at a discounted price of $165.

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From soaring on the mighty Manta roller coaster and experiencing the power and grace of killer whales in the One Ocean show, to exploring an underwater journey of sea turtles at TurtleTrek and seeing penguins on the thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, there is something for everyone in the family at SeaWorld Orlando.

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Jimmy Buffet And The Coral Reefer Band Coming To The Amway Center

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Jimmy Buffet and The Coral Reefer Band bring the “This One’s For You Tour” To the Amway Center

 Orlando, the wait is over, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band perform at the Amway Center for one night only on Thursday, April 16. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 9 at 10 a.m.

Here’s the opportunity for Central Florida Parrotheads to soak in the Margaritaville experience as part of Buffett’s, “This One’s For You Tour.”

“Spring just isn’t the same without Jimmy Buffett,” said Orlando Venues Executive Director Allen Johnson. “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy’s return to the Amway Center and look forward to another ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’ Fins up!”

This marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Buffett’s “A1A” album, which is his first Top 40 record and includes the hit, “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” a perennial concert favorite. Another popular hit song performed at every concert is “Margaritaville,” which is ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of Songs of the Century. Among the 30+ albums Buffett has released, eight are gold albums and nine are platinum or multi-platinum. His latest album, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” was released last August. In 2003, Buffett won his first Country Music Award (CMA) for his song, “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere,” with Alan Jackson and was nominated again in 2007 for the CMA Event of the Year award for his song, “Hey Good Lookin,” featuring Alan Jackson and George Strait.

This year’s tour celebrates Buffett’s 40th touring season. The popularity of his trademark Key West and laid back atmosphere at his live shows gained a devoted following of fans, called Parrottheads. He consistently earns a spot on Billboard’s highest grossing tours. In 2014, Buffett earned the number 32 spot on Billboard’s, “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers: The Rich List.”

TICKETS$34, $84, $133.50. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

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Sofia The First: The Curse Of Princess Ivy On DVD Soon

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Sofia the First: Curse of the Princess Ivy

Arrives on Disney DVD February 24th, 2015

Features a Full-Length Adventure with Special Appearance by Rapunzel!

Plus Three Additional Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Color-Changing Butterfly Necklace!

Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy is a full length adventure with a special appearance by Rapuzel, and the DVD out on February 24th also features three additional episodes and a free exclusive color-changing butterfly necklace.

The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping.  Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white!  Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon – aided by special guest Rapunzel – as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia.  Packed with high-flying excitement, plus three more song-filled episodes, The Curse of Princess Ivy shows how love, trust, and unselfishly putting others’ needs first can truly work magic!

If your little Princess or Prince is a Sofia the First, you will want to mark your calendars for this release!

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SEA LIFE Orlando Kicks Off Search for Young Environmentalists Panel

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SEA LIFE Orlando Search for Young Environmentalists Panel

World’s largest aquarium chain invites Florida children passionate about marine life to serve on panel


SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts.

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SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages of 7-12, who are passionate about marine life and conservation, to submit an entry by writing a 150-word essay or 30-second video on ways they protect the environment.

Finalists will have the chance to participate in preview events leading up to grand opening; and participate in special events throughout the year where they will help communicate SEA LIFE’s conservation messages and get involved with activities to help protect the environment.

“We are excited to launch our Young Environmentalists Panel and begin engaging with young marine life enthusiasts in our community,” said Steve Blair, displays curator for SEA LIFE Orlando. “From protecting our oceans to helping with animal conservation, our young panelists will not only promote our conservation outreach, but also help to inspire and educate others throughout the State of Florida.”

To enter, or to learn more about the Young Environmentalists Panel, go to Sea Life Orlando’s site, and download the Parent/Guardian Release Form to submit along with your child’s essay or video. All entries must be submitted via email to andrea.alava@merlinentertainments.biz. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2015.

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About SEA LIFE Orlando

Opening in spring 2015, SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction will be home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, sting rays, jellies, sea turtles and much more.

SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain and SEA LIFE Orlando is 50th location aquarium launched in the world and the 8th in the U.S. SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando.

For more information, go to www.visitsealife.com/orlando.

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2015 At LEGOLAND Florida Is Full Of Special Events

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort 2015 Special Events Calendar

With the opening of the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel in the Summer and the addition of new events 2015 at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort is going to be AWESOME!

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LEGOLAND Florida kicks off the year with a full line-up of action-packed fun for 2015 with special events specifically geared towards families with children ages 2 to 12. Guests will want to return again and again to enjoy a full year of LEGOLAND Florida’s special events and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

The best part, is that all events (*except Brick Dash) are included with regular Park admission.

What we are really excited about is how the Force will grow even stronger at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort with the LEGO Club Weekend featuring the LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland model display!

I’m really excited, so let’s look at how 2015 shapes up at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

LEGOLAND Florida Miniland Yoda Model Build
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Feb. 21 & 22: LEGO® Club Weekends Featuring LEGO Star Wars Miniland brings the Force to its guests in 2015! LEGO® Club Weekend featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland are going to be out-of-this-world with fun activities! Join other Star Wars fans for character meet and greet opportunities with LEGO Darth Vader, Star Wars building activities, costume contests and giveaways, plus take an interactive guided LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Tour.

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park
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March 28:  LEGOLAND Water Park, a park within a park, re-opens with a splash and just in time for summer-time fun. Guests of all ages can spend a full day of play in the water park with the Build-A-Raft River, where guests can build their own LEGO inner tubes and float down a 1,000-foot lazy river or splash and play in the DUPLO® Splash Safari, the Joker Soaker water playground, a 583,000-gallon wave pool and five slippery-fast water slides. Opens March 28 and runs through the end of October. Daily operational hours vary and can be found at www.LEGOLAND.com.

April 11:  Brick Dash 5k Run and Fun Walk* benefitting Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children.  This community-wide health event is designed for runners and walkers of all ages. Participants receive exclusive discounts for post-event Park admission. Visitwww.LEGOLAND.com for event registration fees and processes.

Red, Brick And Boom LEGOLAND Florida
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July 3, 4 & 5: Red, Brick & Boom allows guests to celebrate the 4th of July with a bang at this third annual Independence Day event.  With a brick flag build and special viewing glasses that turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding bricks, this July 4th celebration is sure to dazzle and delight with three nights of family fun and fireworks.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2014
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Select dates in Oct.: Brick-or-Treat offers safe and family-friendly Halloween festivities in October. This spooky, kooky event features trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat Trail, LEGO build activities, the largest LEGO jack-o-lantern in the world, a haunted scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., Halloween-themed entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with “bricktastic” prizes!

LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Bricktacular Make a Wish 2014
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Select dates in Dec.: Christmas Bricktacular brings in the holiday season with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment. LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier make daily appearances in the Park providing a perfect family photo opportunity.

Select dates in Dec.: Nightly Fireworks over Lake Eloise. Watch the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special viewing glasses.

Red, Brick And Boom LEGOLAND Florida
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Dec. 31: Kids’ New Year’s Eve is the perfect way to bring in the New Year with the family as a giant LEGO brick drops at a very kid-friendly midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) – otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.

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About LEGOLAND Florida Resort:

LEGOLAND Florida Resort 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, 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 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 www.LEGOLAND.com.

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