Our Favorite 2015 Memories #OntheGo

For our final post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite memories from the year!

On the Go in MCO wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing group of ladies and gents that are with me on this amazing journey! I can’t thank them enough for all of their love, support, and constant dedication to making the site what it is today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and while we may be looking back today I am looking forward to a 2016 that’s even better!

So enough super sappy stuff…let’s get on to looking back to the fun that 2015 was for all of us On the Go!

Betsy Bates

One of my favorite memories of 2015 in the parks was my August trip to Disneyland for D23 Expo and the 60th Diamond Celebration. The best moment was enjoying the awesome new Paint the Night Parade with my best friend as we both stood there in awe.

2015 Memories On the Go

Dana Braukmann

The highlight of 2015 for me was taking my son to Disneyland for the first time!

2015 Memories On the Go

Jillian Davis

Taking little man on his first cruise, on the Disney Dream. This picture was taken in the same spot we got married in 2008.

2015 Memories On the Go

Kelly Hicks

After a lot of debating with myself, I decided to pick west coast/east coast versions of my favorite parks memory over the past year. I know, it’s kind of cheating, but when a year includes a trip to Disneyland you just can’t really compare it to anything else.
West Coast: This was the year that I finally earned my coast to coast medal. It’s been my goal since I started running and the fact that we chose the year that Disneyland would be celebrating their 60th Anniversary was just perfection.
2015 Memories On the Go
2015 Memories On the Go Kelly and Cliff
East Coast: Each year we celebrate my niece’s birthday at the Magic Kingdom. It’s been so fun watching her experiences change as she gets older. Even though she’s almost a teenager now, she still wants to get pixie dusted and turns back into a little girl when a Disney princess speaks to her during the parade. I know that’s a memory that she’ll have forever.

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

Cheryl Perlmutter

My 2015 favorite memories included running the Super Heroes 5K during the runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, the last year of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Todd, and watching Captain EO for the last time.

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

Todd Perlmutter

This year I had a lot of fun with friends at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and meeting a Doctor with Cheryl.

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

2015 Memories On the Go

Gail Weafer

My favorite moment in the parks this year was being able to have this amazing family reunion at Magic Kingdom! With family from Panama and England all coming together for the first time ever in a Disney park, then photopass caught this amazing moment! Right as the fireworks were ending we got this amazing keepsake photo that I will cherish forever! It meant so much to me to all be there but this photo was the icing on the cake! Disney is all about making memories and family and friendships, and this photo made me so happy and is my favorite 2015 parks memory!!!

2015 Memories On the Go

Shelley

2015 was really an amazing year of great times with family and friends from Coast to Coast and from Park to Park!

2015 Memories On the Go
It was a blast riding and tossing beads in the Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios Florida.

 

2015 Memories On the Go
I had a blast co-planning the Give Kids the World Blogger Bash 2015!

 

2015 Memories On the Go
This is the first and last time I jumped for anything at the D23 Expo! LOL!

 

2015 Memories On the Go
Sometimes you are at Disneyland for D23 with your Best Friend and you take your first Uber ride to In-N-Out Burger!

 

2015 Memories On the Go
The Crayola Experience was really an experience with friends.

 

2015 Memories On the Go
For the first time I was on icFlorida Best Bets on WFTV! 

 

2015 Memories On the Go
These two lovely ladies let me be their date to the Disney Parks Blog Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up.

 

2015 Memories On the Go
While I have had the opportunity to visit Disneyland, this was the first time we went as a family!

 

And with that I thank you for joining all of us on our 2015 adventures, and I look forward to sharing many more with you in 2016!

Thanks for reading!!!

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Bring Home The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar In February

The Lion Guard Return of the Roar Disney DVD

Bring Home Bring Home The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar In February on Disney DVD February 23, 2016

Continuing the Epic Storytelling of “The Lion King,” Join Simba and Nala’s Second-Born Cub, Kion, and His Lion Guard Team as They Embark on Adventures Together throughout the Pride Lands! 

 

Continuing the epic storytelling of “The Lion King,” join Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion, and his Lion Guard team as they embark on adventures together throughout the Pride Lands in The Lion King: Return of the Roar!

Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life.

Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar is a must-own for the entire family! Bring home this heroic adventure on Disney DVD February 23rd!

The Lion Guard Return of the Roar Disney DVD

James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from “The Lion King” as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively, alongside Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) as Nala; Max Charles (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) stars as Kion; Joshua Rush (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”) as Bunga; Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) as Ono; Diamond White (“Sofia the First”) as Fuli; andDusan Brown (“Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Beshte.

Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel (“All My Children”) as Kiara; Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Tiifu; Madison Pettis (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) as Zuri; Khary Payton (“Teen Titans”) as Rafiki; Jeff Bennett as Zazu (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”); Jonny Rees (“Star Wars Rebels”) as Mzingo; Andrew Kishino (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Janja; Vargus Mason (“Sofia the First”) as Cheezi; and Kevin Schon (“The Lion King 1 1/2”) as Chungu and Timon.

Also included with The Lion King: Return of the Roar is a Digital Copy of the Film, an exclusive talking backpack clip, and “Here Comes The Lion Guard” Music Video Performed by Beau Black.

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Rumba Bash Presents Nicky Jam Fenix Tour At The Amway Center

Rumba Bash Presents Nicky Jam Fenix Tour At The Amway Center

Rumba Bash Presents Nicky Jam Fenix Tour 2016 At Orlando’s Amway Center

Cárdenas Marketing Network announced RUMBA BASH presents Nicky Jam.  Nicky Jam brings his Fenix Tour to New York, Miami, Chicago and Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The announcement follows Nicky Jam’s incredible year of achievements that include the worldwide success of his number one hits, “Travesuras” and “El Perdón” (featuring Enrique Iglesias). “El Perdón” was awarded the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Urban Performance and he also received a number of 2016 Premios Lo Nuestro nominations including, “Collaboration of the Year,” “Urban Artist of the Year,” “Urban Album of the Year” and “Urban Song of the Year.”

“I’m very excited and grateful at this moment in my life with all my fans and all the new emotions I’ve been able to enjoy with my whole team,” said Nicky Jam.

The tour also includes Valentino, Plan B and Cosculluela, who will be performing full sets.

What:    

Rumba Bash presents Nicky Jam | Fenix Tour 2016

When:  

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016 | 7 P.M.

Where:

Amway Center | Orlando, FL

$40.50, $60.50, $80.50, $100.50 & $130.50 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

On Sale Now

Door opening times for the Amway Center vary according to each event. Guests may enter the arena one hour prior to the start time of each event, unless otherwise specifically noted. Guests may check door times in advance by calling 407.440.7900.

The show reserves the right to approve camera use at any time during and/or before the event and to prohibit the use of any camera that is deemed unacceptable. Cameras with a detachable lens, iPads and the use of flash photography are prohibited at all Amway Center events. Check amwaycenter.com or call the administration office at 407.440.7000 prior to the event for any camera policy updates. Camera policy is subject to change at any time at the show’s discretion.

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Ring In The New Year At SeaWorld Orlando

 

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Logo

Ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando

–All-New dining-and-firework show package to delight families and friends

this New Year’s Eve–

Families and friends can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on December 31 as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky and festive entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the park until 1 a.m., including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites.

New this year is the New Year’s Eve Seating with Fireworks Package. For $49 per person, guests will enjoy reserved seating at Bayside Stadium to watch the Winter Wonderland on Ice Show followed by a fireworks display.

Also new this year is the New Year’s Eve Dinner & Fireworks package, where guests can indulge in a 4-course prix-fixe signature dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill – the park’s full-service, upscale restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that create a perfect viewing scene into the world of sharks.  Guests can choose between Char-grilled Filet Mignon, Savory Garlic & Butter Gumbo Shrimp Scampi and much more. Guests will also receive a souvenir group photo and end the evening at a private lite-bite sweets reception from 11 p.m. to midnight that includes a champagne toast as fireworks dazzle above. Dinner and fireworks package is $199 per person. Find out more about New Year’s Eve here.

SeaWorld Orlando New Years Eve

Plus, guests who visit SeaWorld on December 31 will experience all the wonder, excitement and fun of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™, which includes:

  • Shamu® Christmas Miracles – Experience the power and beauty of the Shamu family in this nighttime holiday show. Set to majestic seasonal music, the show features killer whales in a story of peace, friendship and the everyday miracles that surround us all year long.
  • O Wondrous Night – Hear the classic Christmas story as told through the eyes of the animals. With more than 30 carols, life-size puppets and a live nativity, this show will charm, entertain and delight. This must-see show has become a family holiday classic for all of our guests.
  • THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience – Now boarding! It’s a wondrous journey to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS. The beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. The sights, sounds, and scents of the season surround you. From the moment the conductor calls “all aboard” to your arrival at the North Pole (where you’ll meet Santa Claus himself), THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience promises to create an unforgettable holiday memory.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Shamu

  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish – Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld® Orlando for a festive holiday musical celebration.  Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe, and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas glistens on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice-skating extravaganza. In addition to graceful skaters, the show also features towering fountains of water and a sea of lighted trees sparkling over the lake. It’s a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that will take your breath away.
  • Sea of Trees – Take a walk through our wintery, watery wonderland. This glistening forest of more than 100 Christmas trees sparkles to music and lights up the water.
  • The Christmas Village – Artisans, festive entertainment, and delicious culinary delights create a bustling market that lines Bayside Pathway. Guests can discover one-of-a-kind gifts, enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, encounter playful elves and holiday characters, sing-a-long with musicians, and marvel at a charming model train village. It also is the perfect spot to view the Sea of Trees display, relaxing near the warm glow of the fire pit and sipping a holiday craft brew.

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s New Year’s Eve and SeaWorld’s Christmas CelebrationTM is with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking all year long. Florida residents can purchase an annual pass with EZPay, a convenient payment option starting at $13 per month. Pass holders can enjoy a variety of other perks, including discounts on food and beverage and savings on admission to Discovery Cove.

Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest details about New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeaWorldNewYear.

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Second Harvest Hosts Four Seasons Orlando Chefs for Chef’s Night Series

Second Harvest Food Bank

 Second Harvest Hosts Four Seasons Orlando Chefs for Chef’s Night Series

The Second Harvest Food Bank, as a part of Catering for Good, is hosting a Chef’s Night on January 14, 2016 that will feature Executive Sous Chef Sam Faggetti and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Chef’s Night brings Central Florida’s top chefs into Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen to celebrate delicious food and raise funds for a good cause.

All proceeds benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program, which provides students with the skills and inspiration they need to obtain an entry-level position in a food service establishment.

The menu for the event includes: 

First course:

King Crab, Mâché, Celery Root, Broken Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Wine Pairing: Cantina Andriano, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige

Second course:

Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Brioche Toast, Huckleberry Compote, Poached Egg
Wine Pairing: Riesling, “R,” Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany

Third course:

Pan Roasted Lamb Saddle, Parsnip, Brown Lentils, Pomegranate
Wine Pairing: Tapiz, “Alta” Uco Valley, Mendoza

Dessert:

Lemon Bar with Strawberry and Hibiscus
Wine Pairing: Saracco, Moscato d’Asti, Italy 

Second Harvest Chef’s Night Information At-A-Glance:

When: January 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Where: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
             411 Mercy Drive | Orlando, FL 32805

Cost: $100 per person

Tickets: Purchase tickets at www.FeedHopeNow.org or call 407-514-1048 for more information.

Second Harvest Food Bank

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed 43 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. Our community turns to Second Harvest’s partner agencies more than 71,000 times per week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit
www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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Clown Around Central Florida During Reading With Ringling Day

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends Amway Center Clown Around Central Florida During Reading With Ringling Day   Clown Around Central Florida During Reading With Ringling Day       

        Join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter on January 13, 2016              

 

Get ready to giggle, Central Florida: on Wednesday, January 13, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will make a special appearance in the region to entertain and interact with the public. The Ambassadors of Laughter will ignite attendees’ funny bones with lighthearted antics that offer a sneak preview of LEGENDSSM, the144th Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® playing the Amway Center this January.

Reading with Ringling

On Wednesday, January 13, clowns will blend the magic of the circus with the importance of reading during Reading with Ringling Day, a special presentation at the downtown branch of the Orange County Library System. After a lively rendition of a circus-themed book, they’ll engage the audience with juggling, plate spinning and other silly and dynamic demonstrations previewing The Greatest Show On Earth. The clowns will give away stickers and clown noses (while supplies last). The library event is free and everyone is invited. The location and appearance time is:

Reading with Ringling

Orlando Public Library

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

101 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801

For more information, call 407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info/clowningaround.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS unveils the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages. Legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS at the Amway Center from January 14-18, 2016. For tickets and more information, visit www.ringling.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center 

ABOUT FELD ENTERTAINMENT

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE!  More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.FeldEntertainment.com.

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Osborne Lights Hidden Gems

Osborne lights
Osborne lights history display

As many of you already know, this is sadly the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After 20 years the lights will be packed up to make way for some awesome new changes coming to the Studios in the forms of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land over the next few years. We can certainly hope that the Osborne Lights will return to us in some incarnation down the road, even in another location would be fine, but for now we have to assume that this is the end.

I don’t mean to say this in a melancholy way, but rather to give each and every one of you the encouragement to go out and catch the Osborne Lights for one final (or first) time if there’s any way you can. The last night will be Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, and I am personally planning to be there until they shut it down and kick me out. The lights started just three years before I moved to Florida and first experienced the Osborne Lights in their previous home on Residential Street in 1998. They moved the lights to the Streets of America in 2004 after Residential Street closed. For the past 17 years the lights have been the highlight of the Christmas season at Walt Disney World and are my must do above all other holiday traditions here.

This year it seems that the Imagineers have gone an extra step in adding even more hidden gems to the light display as a final send off. Each year it has been tradition to find the black/purple cat that was mixed in from Halloween decorations from the Osborne family. The first fifteen or so years the cat was placed once and stayed in the same location for the whole duration of the lights in November and December. The last few years the Cast Members made a fantastic decision to move around the cat from week to week, which makes it even more fun for those of us who are fortunate enough to go multiple times throughout the eight weeks of the Osborne Lights.

Among some of the fun things I have discovered hidden in the lights the year, in addition to the dozens of hidden Mickeys, are some other characters in lights, some peeking out of windows, others hanging from fire escapes, and even more in window displays. You can literally spend hours exploring all the corners of the 7+ million light display. I love that the canopy on San Francisco Street and how it has changed over the years, now including one of my favorite dancing projections of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas when What’s This plays. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite pictures of the Osborne Lights and a few of these hidden gems that I’ve discovered. I hope that you all have gotten a chance or will get to see the lights before they shine and dance for the last time on January 3rd.

All white angel in memory of Jennings Osborne
All white angel in memory of Jennings Osborne
Arkansas Razorback
Arkansas Razorback
Osborne family stockings hung above the fire
Osborne family stockings hung above the fire
Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell
Incredibles logo
Incredibles logo
Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
Mickey and Minnie silhouettes
Mickey and Minnie silhouettes
Hidden Mickey and Jack Skellington
Hidden Mickey and Jack Skellington
Scrooge McDuck
Scrooge McDuck
Mary Poppins penguin in top window
Mary Poppins penguin in top window
Clarabelle Cow in upper right window
Clarabelle Cow in upper right window
Tony's from Lady and the Tramp
Tony’s from Lady and the Tramp
Hanging upside down Animal
Hanging upside down Animal
Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy
Kermit hanging on the ladder
Kermit hanging on the ladder
Kermit playing banjo
Kermit playing banjo
Hidden Baymax head
Hidden Baymax head
Mr. Potato Head Santa Claus
Mr. Potato Head Santa Claus
Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
Santa Stitch
Santa Stitch
Dalmatians
Dalmatians
Dancing stars on the canopy
Dancing stars on the canopy
Jack Skellington head
Jack Skellington head
Toy Story Alien
Toy Story Alien
Star Wars First Order and Jedi symbols
Star Wars First Order and Jedi symbols
Hidden Olaf in white at the bottom of the window
Hidden Olaf in white at the bottom of the window
Purple cat 1
Purple cat 1
Purple cat 2
Purple cat 2
Purple cat 3, Hidden Mickey, and Toy Story Alien
Purple cat 3, Hidden Mickey, and Toy Story Alien
See You Real Soon
See You Real Soon
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LEGOLAND Florida Offers First Look At The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

LEGOLAND Florida The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

LEGOLAND Florida News:

Exclusive First Look at ‘The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure’ Offers Sneak Peek of Dazzling New Attraction

Emmet, Wyldstyle and Friends Reunite in All-New Story Debuting Jan. 29 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

For the first time ever, LEGOLAND Florida and other LEGOLAND Parks are offering a first look at an exciting new theme park attraction that reunites the stars of “The LEGO Movie™” in an all-new story appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016.

LEGOLAND Florida The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

The 30-second clip released today gives fans the first glimpse of what happened after the blockbuster movie, when Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business, who plans to open a curious theme park bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND.

httpv://youtu.be/2WTsb94lvMc

“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” will premiere Friday, January 29, 2016 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL, followed by LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, CA, on Saturday, February 6. The attraction will debut later at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide.

LEGOLAND Florida The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty). Actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt lends his voice to the scheming Risky Business, whose Evil Secret Plot requires the heroes to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.

The 12 1/2-minute 3D film will play several times a day at each LEGOLAND site, with “4D” effects such as wind, water, fog and more bringing the action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

LEGOLAND Florida The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios is creating “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” with input from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the talented writer-directors who brought “The LEGO Movie” to life, along with contributions from Rob Schrab, who is directing the movie’s eagerly awaited sequel, due in 2018.

LEGOLAND Florida The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

Also upcoming for LEGO fans are three more feature films:  The as-yet untitled LEGO BatmanTM opens on Feb. 10, 2017; “NINJAGO,” on Sept. 22, 2017; and “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” on May 18, 2018.

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Special Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS Discount #BestGiftEver

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends Amway Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyPresents LEGENDS will be at the Amway Center from January 14-17, 2016, and tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com and make great Christmas Presents for the whole family!

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

Audiences will experience Alexander Lacey and his enduring bond with his lions, majestic leopard and tigers during one of the most captivating acts.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

The Solar Hawks, a dream team of acrobats, come together to amaze by attempting four consecutive triple somersaults on a one-of-a-kind double-wide trapeze specifically designed for The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

The Riders of the Wind, Cossack trick-riders will thrill as they thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses stealing your breath with their daring stunts. Experience and learn about the special relationship between trainers and treasured Ringling Bros.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

Asian Elephants as each trainer shows off individual elephant’s natural skills and abilities.

And while you are getting a present for your family, you can also save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM!

Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursdayat 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 14.

And don’t forget that all ticketholders have free access to the All Access Pre-show which starts an hour before the show where you can come down to the arena floor and meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind pachyderm painting. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends At The Amway Center

Ticketholders can also purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

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Monster Jam Tickets Available Now

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl

Orlando Monster Jam Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for Monster Jam at the Orlando Citrus Bowl start at only $15

If you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, tickets to see Monster Jam at the Orlando Citrus Bowl are a great choice!

Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $15, and they will be performing at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Gates open at 5 PM, opening ceremonies are at 6:30 PM, and racing starts at 7 PM.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl
                                                  Photo: Monster Jam

Monster Jam Trucks appearing in Orlando include: Grave Digger driven by Adam Anderson; Lucas Oil Crusader driven by Linsey Weenk; Max-D® driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco® driven by Becky McDonough; Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw; Soldier Fortune™ driven by Chad Fortune, and more!  (Subject to change without notice.)

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl
 Photo: Monster Jam

The Party in the Pits on Saturday from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM give fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive Monster Jam trucks before the show. Beginning January 4, 2016, the public can pick up FREE Pit Passes at participating Southern Ford Dealers while supplies last. Pit Passes are also available for $10 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass is required for entry.

Avoid the lines, skip the crowds and enjoy VIP access with the Total Access Pass. Designed for the biggest Monster Jam fans, a very limited number of Total Access Pass tickets are available. Each includes: one (1) event ticket to the January 23rd event in the best seats in the house on the 50 yard line in the 1st 15 rows available; entry into Party in the Pits; a free limited edition 2016 Tampa Monster Jam Poster – perfect for collecting driver’s autographs; and exclusive access to the Monster Jam drivers with a private Meet & Greet from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Don’t just get autographs, talk to and get to know the drivers with no long lines. Quantities are limited. Don’t miss out; these will go fast!

The official title of the event is Metro PCS, Budweiser, Circle K, & Your Southern Ford Dealers present MONSTER JAM® brought to you by BKT Tires.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl
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Advance purchase SuperValue Tickets are ONLY $15.  $125 Total Access Pass / $45 Platinum / $35 Gold Sideline / $25 Corners.Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Don’t wait – buy tickets in advance as prices go up $5 more the week of show (Jan. 18-23). Get more show information at www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for OrlandoJanuary 23). The Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium is located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl
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For more information on the Monster Jam, log onto www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook at Twitter, log on to Facebook.com/MJOnline and Twitter.com/MonsterJam.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando Welcomes Britain’s Royal Family

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Madame Tussauds Orlando Welcomes Britain’s Royal Family

The wax figures of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando is providing a royal welcome for the arrival of its newest figures of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Catherine. Britain’s royal family will be featured in the Orlando attraction in a special holiday-themed set for a limited time. Guests are encouraged to get up close and personal with royalty and snap their best selfies for a memorable holiday card.

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Queen Elizabeth’s wax figure is fitted in an exact replica of the dress she wore for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait. Madame Tussauds studio artists were invited to the Palace to obtain exact measurements, photos and detailed notes of the dress. It is embellished with approximately 10,000 Swarovski crystals, and took artists over 60 hours to complete. Her jewelry is handmade and includes the George IV State Diadem, the Garter Star, the Garter Badge, the insignia of the Royal Order of George V and George VI, and Colette necklace and earrings.

Prince Harry’s figure is dressed in a Dege & Skinner suit from Savile Row — created by the actual tailor he uses for his uniforms. Prince Harry is adorned with medals: a set of three Court-Mounted full-size medals, three pairs of gilt and enamel Garter Stars, and one pair of Flying Wings.

Duchess Catherine’s figure is styled after her look at the 2011 BAFTA Awards in a one-of-a-kind pale lilac Alexander McQueen gown. Prince William is in a double-breasted six button two-piece dinner suit specially made for Madame Tussauds by Gieves & Hawkes.

Madame Tussauds enjoys a close relationship with the British Royal Family dating back to William IV, King of England when the attraction first opened in London in 1835. Their Highnesses have been closely involved with the royal figures. Madame Tussauds originally began as a traveling exhibit before establishing a permanent home in London and ultimately expanding to 19 attractions worldwide.

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Christmas Town At Busch Gardens Tampa Brings Even More Holiday Cheer

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2015 

Christmas Town Upgrades at Busch Gardens Tampa Brings Even More Holiday Cheer

Christmas Town™ transforms Busch Gardens® into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, and the best way to unwrap the cheer is with all-new exclusive experiences that you and your family will treasure forever.

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2015

NEW! Holly Jolly Christmas Party

‘Tis the season for a Holly Jolly Christmas Party where spectacular Yuletide celebrations await. Mrs. Claus and her elves join you for dinner with a delicious all-you-care-to-eat pizza and salad buffet at the Garden Gate Café. The party keeps going with fun holiday activities, including writing a letter to Santa, decorating decadent cupcakes and singing classic Christmas carols.

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2015 NEW! Christmas Town™ VIP Experience

Unwrap all the magic of the holidays during the Christmas Town VIP Experience, a three-hour-long guided tour that is sure to make your Christmastime memories even more merry and bright. This ultimate experience is complete with:

  • Front-of-the-line access to Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where the Claus family invites you into their North Pole home as the elves prepare for Christmas. There, Santa will take a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with in his private study.
  • An exclusive up-close encounter with Busch Gardens’ African penguins.
  • Fun holiday activities at the Holly Jolly Christmas Party, including writing a letter to Santa, decorating decadent cupcakes and singing classic Christmas carols.
  • Delicious pizza and salad buffet hosted by Mrs. Claus and her elves at Garden Gate Café, or a holiday feast at the Crown Colony Restaurantfor an additional fee.
  • VIP seating to Christmas On Ice, where Yuletide melodies, deadline-driven elves and the big man himself come together to celebrate the many wonders of Christmas during this holiday spectacular.
  • Commemorative photo with Santa Claus and refillable hot chocolate mug.

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2015

For more information about these exclusive experiences, visit ChristmasTown.com for pricing and reservations. Christmas Town is included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

The 2016 Fun Card is available for purchase now. With the 2016 Fun Card, guests pay for one day and get all of 2016 free. Plus, guests who purchase their 2016 Fun Card now can also visit Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2015 for no additional cost, including the popular Christmas Town™ event.

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Holiday Events At The Rosen Hotels This Season

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Holiday Celebrations Are Everywhere at Rosen Hotels This Season

Creative Menus, Family Fun Events, Special Room Rates and Holiday Splendor Available Now Through 2016

St. Nick and his elves, face painting, balloon artists, cookie decorating and even a visit from Mrs. Claus are all part of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ fabulous holiday events, now through the new year. Coupled with Rosen Hotels’ holiday dining and reasonable room rates, this season’s schedule of fun and food are sure to make the 2015 celebrations bigger and better than ever.

“We always enjoy planning holiday events because we love seeing the faces of the smiling children and happy moms and dads,” said Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Each of our hotels have something unique so I encourage everyone to check their schedules so families can enjoy the things they like best about this wonderful time of the year.”

While there are many things for the children to do, Rosen Hotels has not forgotten that holidays are loved by the young at heart. Champagne toasts and delicious food items have been planned so parents can sit back and enjoy the famous Rosen Hotels’ service and ambiance.

Guests are invited to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Rosen Hotels. Whether it’s a staycation or a few relaxing days during the holidays, Rosen Hotels has a fabulous deal at each of its four leisure hotels. It’s called the Winter Getaway, a chance for guests to save up to 20% on stays of four nights or more. Call any of the hotel numbers below to make reservations.

Holiday events are free of charge to hotels guests and the general public, unless noted below. Here are summaries of the schedules:

ROSEN INN INTERNATIONAL

7600 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-1600

There is something for every child at Rosen Inn International during this holiday season. Children love to transform their faces into superheroes or animals, and a talented artist is ready to help, plus, guests can take a quick trip to the photo booth to capture the special memories they’ll create. As a treat, Sparkle, Santa’s most trusted elf, will be on hand two days before Christmas to play games and visit with the young ones. Here is the schedule:

Face Painting –Wednesday, December 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Photo Booth – Wednesday, December 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Visit with Sparkle – Wednesday, December 23 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

ROSEN INN

6327 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-4444

Let your children’s imagination run wild and give them the time of their lives at Rosen Inn during December. A talented face painters will turn children into a fantastic animal or maybe even a superhero later in the evening. A special photo booth will be available in the lobby later in the month to help guests capture memories on camera. Plus, during Santa’s busiest time of the year, he is sending one of his elves to meet children, play games and take pictures. Here is the schedule:

Face Painting – Friday, December 23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Play Time with Santa’s Elf – Friday, December 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Photo Booth – Tuesday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

ROSEN INN AT POINTE ORLANDO

9000 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-8585

A special Christmas Buffet highlights the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando lineup of holiday events and activities. Guests will feast on roast turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, but will need to save room for the chef’s fabulous desserts (price information below). Young people’s eyes light up every time they see Santa and he will appear in person three times this month, plus special times have been set aside during which children can write letters to St. Nick before dropping their envelopes in Santa’s Mailbox located in the lobby. Even Mrs. Claus will make a couple of appearances during breakfast hours for holiday story time and an ongoing coloring contest. She has promised to take all of the artwork with her to the North Pole for Santa when she returns home later on. Santa is also sending Sparkle the Elf to Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Guests will also have the chance to decorate holiday cookies twice this month and, even those who are young at heart will have a couple of special days when it’s time for karaoke and cocktails. Here is the schedule:

Letter Writing to Santa – Mondays, December 14 and 21
Visit From Santa – Tuesdays, December 15 and 22
Holiday Cookie Decorating – Wednesday, December 16
Breakfast and Story Time With Mrs. Claus – Thursday, December 17
Holiday Karaoke & Cocktails –Fridays, December 18
Visit With Sparkle the Elf –
Christmas Dinner Buffet – Friday, December 23, 4:00-9:00 p.m.

CLARION INN LAKE BUENA VISTA

8442 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836, (407) 996-7300

It will be a very special New Year’s Eve this year at Clarion Lake Buena Vista’s Comfort Zone Bar &Grille. Holiday music, plenty of adult beverages and delicious food await guests as they welcome in 2016 (prices and times are shown below). Family fun is available throughout December as balloon artists, photo booths and cookie decorating will be offered, and Robin will dazzle and please every child with her special makeup talents. Santa has made sure that Sparkle, his most trusted elf, stops by the hotel for three visits, while movie nights will get everyone in the holiday spirit. If it’s music guests want, it’s here when local high school jazz and string quartets from Osceola County School for the Arts entertain three times. A holiday tradition, the Nutcracker, will be performed throughout the month giving guests variety and quality events throughout the season. Here’s the schedule:

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Comfort Zone Bar & Grille – Tickets can be purchased at http://www.clarionlbv.com/meetings-events or by calling (407) 996-7300.

Face Painting With Robin – Mondays, December 14 and 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Fun Time with Sparkle, the Elf – Tuesdays, December 15 and 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Balloon Artist – Wednesday, December 16 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Photo Booth –Thursday, December 17 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Karaoke Robin – Friday, December 18 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nutcracker Performance – Saturday, December 19 shows will start at 2:00 p.m.
Movie Night – Movies start 7:00 p.m., December 24 – “Polar Express”
Cookie Decorating at Dinner – Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 23.
Live Musical Performances – Saturday, December 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Universal Orlando Resort Partners With Veterans Advantage

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Universal Orlando Resort Partners with Veterans Advantage to Launch Exclusive Military Benefits

 

Universal Orlando Resort and Veterans Advantage have collaborated to create two new benefit packages that give military veterans, active duty, National Guard and reservists, retired military, and their immediate families the opportunity to save on vacation packages to Universal Orlando Resort.

Veterans Advantage members now receive up to 10 percent off the following packages:

  • The 2-Park Getaway Vacation Package, which includes a three-night hotel stay and a two-day Park-to-Park ticket
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Exclusive Vacation Package, which includes a four-night hotel stay, three-day Park-to-Park ticket and breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron and more

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Veterans Advantage members can customize their vacation package to their choosing and enjoy special benefits. Both packages include early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk and more.

Additionally, qualified Veterans Advantage members and active duty or retired military have access to an Exclusive Military Vacation package to Universal Orlando Resort. This package includes three-night hotel accommodations plus a one-day park-to-park ticket with two days free.

“We honor veterans and their service and we are excited to offer them a special opportunity to enjoy Universal Orlando Resort with their families,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort and a Vietnam War veteran.  “We want to help them make memories that will last forever.”

Veterans Advantage currently partners with a robust lineup of leading travel providers, which include United Airlines, JetBlue, Amtrak, Greyhound, Avis and Budget, and AIG Travel Guard, offering special savings and exclusive benefits for Veterans Advantage members.

“We are excited to launch this exclusive travel benefit with this world-class vacation destination and premier theme park provider,” said H. Scott Higgins, CEO of Veterans Advantage and a Vietnam War veteran. “With more than 15 years of experience serving the needs of Veterans Advantage travelers, we know this will create a lot of excitement in our community,” Higgins added.

For special instructions on accessing these discounts, please visit VeteransAdvantage.com/Universal.

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Taking The Polar Bear Plunge At Gaylord Palms ICE!

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Taking the Polar Bear Plunge at Gaylord Palms ICE! to Benefit Special Olympics Florida

While we may not have a traditional winter, you can take part in the ultimate frozen challenge at the Gaylord Palms Resort as ICE! hosts a very special Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Florida!

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(I actually took the Polar Bear Plunge in 2013, and it was really fun!!!)
Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

Guests age 21 and older can visit Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday, December 18, and zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills, jaunt through the 9-degree ICE! attraction and plummet down the two-story ice slides wearing only a bikini or board shorts! The adrenaline rush begins at 8 p.m. when guests are welcomed with a VIP reception, two hours of unlimited access to cosmic snow tubing, the ICE! plunge, and a post-event hot chocolate warm up station.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015Polar Bear Plunge tickets are $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015What to wear
To get the full Orlando Polar Bear Plunge experience, inductees are encouraged to experience the ICE! and Snow Tubing attractions in their swimsuits for the full chill, but summer clothing such as shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn. Swimsuits must be in good taste, and shoes are required. Along with wearing swimsuits, guests are strongly encouraged to wear hats, gloves, warm socks and other cold-weather accessories. Don’t forget to bring your ugliest Christmas sweater to keep you warm while you wait.

Make Memories. Share Memories.
Don’t leave home without a camera! Guests are encouraged to capture their experiences and share their photos on Twitter and Instagram using #CAGP15. Photos may even be featured on one of the resort’s Central Florida billboards!

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The Polar Bear Plunge is a part of Christmas at Gaylord Palms which is open daily through Jan. 3, 2015, including holidays. To purchase tickets and for a schedule of entertainment, visit www.ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com.
Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746. For more information, visit www.gaylordpalms.com or call 407-586-4423.

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