Celebrate Independence Day with Thrill Rides in the Dark, Live Entertainment and Fireworks
This Independence Day, families can celebrate with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment and an incredible fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Open late for Summer Nights, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities by challenging Florida’s top thrill rides, like our newest family thrill ride, Cobra’s Curse™, and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury®. Plus, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m., in Gwazi Park right after the rock-fueled acrobatics show, Kinetix.
Guests can enjoy extended hours for Summer Nights at Busch Gardens from June 24 to August 7. The park will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and close at 9 p.m.Sunday through Thursday.
Experience all the thrills this summer with an Annual Pass, which includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates, free parking, special deals and discounts, and much more! It’s the best value for Florida residents and it starts at just $14 per month with EZpay.
SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating the 4th of July with four days of special events, concerts, and one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays during SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Weekend Celebration.
SeaWorld Orlando 4th of July Weekend
Friday, July 1st– Military Appreciation Morning – This Friday, SeaWorld Orlando will be opening the park gates one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. Spin, glide, skim and fly on Manta or brave Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako during exclusive ride time before park opening. Advance ticket and military ID required; visit WavesOfHonor.com for current active duty and veteran ticket offers. Exclusive ride time begins at 8 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 – Weekend Concerts – Park guests can enjoy performances from Country music icon Lee Greenwood at Bayside Stadium. Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit and has received numerous industry awards including Grammy Top Male Vocal Performance and Male Vocalist with Country Music Association. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are included with park admission. Reserved seating available for $15, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for details.
Fireworks Display – This Fourth of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando. During the show the night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air during this spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium. The patriotic musical performance begins at 10 p.m. with fireworks promptly following at approximately 10:45 p.m.
SeaWorld Orlando is always awesome about offering affordable ways to upgrade your experience, and for the 4th of July there are two options.
VIP Fireworks Viewing Patio- Enjoy this private VIP Hillside Patio to view the Fourth of July fireworks at SeaWorld. Included in the purchase is this VIP area to watch the fireworks along with one drink ticket redeemable for a beer, wine or soda and dessert selection. Packages starting at $49.00.
Fourth of July Fireworks Reserved Seating- Reserve your seat in advance by purchasing Fourth of July Fireworks Reserved Seating online for $29.00.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Summer of Mako information. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SummerOfMako.
This week’s Wordless Wednesday takes us to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World where The Country Bear Jamboree is performed. Once you are inside Grizzly Hall you come face-to-face with some talented bears who sing their favorite songs, but my favorite performer is definitely Big Al.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Adventures in Babysitting for this review, but all opinions are my own.
As a child of the 80’s Adventures in Babysitting was one of my favorite movies to watch! So when I saw that a newer version would be the 100th Disney Channel Original Movie (or DCOM) I was really excited.
In “Adventures in Babysitting,” a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away.
If you approach this version of the movie expecting a remake of the original you will be disappointed, because while the movie draws inspiration from the original this is definitely a movie for a younger generation.
You will find that in this version the references and shenanigans are updated to include cell phones, the internet, and scenarios that ‘kids these days’ may find themselves in, there are still a ton of throwbacks and nods to the 1987 classic movie. That being said there is one change that was made that definitely stuck out, or at least it did for me because I clearly remember watching it when I was younger and realizing it was the first time I heard a ‘bad word’ in a movie. But while you won’t be able to join in the fun of the ‘Don’t F**** with the Babysitter’ line, there is still a moment in the movie that pays homage to that iconic line…I mean, this is Disney after all!
Watching the newest version of Adventures in Babysitting as a family was a really fun way to spend a summer night, and Zoe has already asked to have it join the rotation of our favorite movies!
Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream 2016 Tickets Available Now
Tampa Bay’s Premier Halloween Event Returns to Busch Gardens with an Evil Encore for 21 Select Nights
This fall at Busch Gardens Tampa, Howl-O-Scream returns with an Evil Encore that everyone is dying to see for 21 select terrifying nights from September 23 through October 30, 2016.
With tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay makes escaping nearly impossible. Plus, roaming hoards, horrific haunted houses, chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including the all-new Cobra’s Curse™, will have guests spinning and screaming all night.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream2016 on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The event then runs Thursday through Sunday nights, Sept. 29 – Oct. 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream2016. For a limited time with the Summer Deal, any single-day admissionis $45, and includes early access to the park starting at 5 p.m. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-day admission for only $35 and new this year for $50, Pass Members can get two visits to Howl-O-Scream2016.*Restrictions apply
Howl-O-Scream2016 is a separate-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. Stay tuned to HowlOScream.com for the latest terrifying details, or call 1-888-800-5447 for more information.
Join the conversation by using #EvilEncore and follow Busch Gardens Tampa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn about promotions and insider information first.
Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year’s event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.
To help victims and their families in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando, Florida’s hospitality industry will be hosting a statewide community event called Dine Out for Orlando United on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Led by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the fundraiser, Dine Out for Orlando United, will be a day for Florida restaurants, their employees, and guests to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the tragedy.
During Dine Out for Orlando United, proceeds will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund. This fund is a charity designed to provide a way to respond to the needs of the local community, now, and in the time to come.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. As an industry, we want to continue to rally around them by offering our support, time and resources. Pulse is a member of the FRLA, a part of our hospitality family and we are proud to lend support. We encourage all Floridians and visitors to participate in this Dine Out to help the entire Orlando community,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Participating in Dine out for Orlando United is easy!
Dine Out For Orlando United On June 30th Details:
Guests: On June 30th take a night off from cooking and dine at any of the participating restaurants. In addition, you can choose to make direct donations to the OneOrlando Fund.
Find a complete list of the restaurants here with more being added daily.
“The Florida tourism industry stands united as a community. This is a wonderful way for restaurants and Floridians statewide to come together in solidarity with the Orlando community and make a difference,” said Will Seccombe, president and CEO at VISIT FLORIDA.
Employees: Work a shift on June 30, choose to volunteer your time, or donate a portion of your tips.
“We are grateful for the support and leadership of Florida’s hospitality industry as we continue to work together to help the victims of this tragedy. We want to encourage everybody to dine out onJune 30 to help raise money for the families of the victims,” said Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
Businesses: Join Dine Out for Orlando United and raise funds by helping to promote, organize, and/or donate.
Restaurants can participate that day by:
– Donating a portion of total sales
– Making a donation for every guest served
– Collecting donations received from guests and staff
– Donating a portion of total profits
– Making a donation for every sales of a specific item
– Identifying a set donation amount that’s right for you.
To be a participating restaurant, please email Dan Murphy at email@example.com or call 850-224-2250 ext. 235. The official flyer and pledge form is available online here.
Orlando Tree Trek to donate 100 percent of ticket sales to Pulse shooting victims and their families
All ticket income on June 22 will go to the OneOrlando Fund
In honor of the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park will donate 100 percent of its ticket sales on Wednesday.
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park will donate 100 percent of its ticket income on June 22 to victims of the Pulse shooting.
All of the ticket money from people who come to climb at the park on June 22 will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, which will support victims and their families, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities and other needs related to the shooting.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy that has hit our community hard,” said Pina Barbusci, who owns the park with her family. “We cannot imagine the loss the families and friends of the victims feel. We want to show our support for our community and LGBTQ friends, and this is the least we can do. Hate will not win in Orlando.”
Orlando Tree Trek is an aerial obstacle course that features 97 games and challenges for a variety of ages and skill levels. Tickets are available for those ages 7 and older, and departures start at 8:30 a.m.
The opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, at the Universal Orlando Resort, is only a few weeks away, and we are sharing a sneak peek at the new Resort.
The Universal Orlando Blog described the resort as…
From cascading waterfalls and massive stone turrets to vintage rum and fresh ceviche, we’ve always been drawn to the history and allure of the Caribbean. Imagine, in the middle of a secluded island, we stumble upon a winding river leading to a beautiful, sapphire-blue swimming hole surrounded by ancient stone ruins and dense palms – the perfect environment to reshape into your exclusive island hideaway.
Upon completion the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will have1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites, the largest resort pool at Universal Orlando, with a waterslide, two sand beaches, fire pit and a children’s play area, several unique dining experiences, an immersive rum bar with more than 75 different rums from across the Caribbean, and so much more.
And I am really excited to share the images that Loews and the Universal Orlando Resort have shared!
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort rooms are inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, and the new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands.
“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”
The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers. If you look closely, you will see that the custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, which are all nods to vintage luggage, steamer trunks, and majestic steamships.
The sparkling 16,000 square foot resort pool at Sapphire Falls draws inspiration from Caribbean Sea, and is the largest at the Universal Orlando Resort!
The Sapphire Falls pool is also unique in design, because it has random and slightly varying depths to mimic the sea floor.
Surrounded by sandy beaches and palm trees, this pool looks like the perfect place to cool off after a day in the Universal Orlando parks!
Food & Beverage
A highlight of any vacation is indulging in food, and Sapphire Falls is no exception with four new dining options at the Resort.
Today we are sharing a peek at Amatista Cookhouse and the Strong Water Tavern.
The Amatista Cookhouse features Caribbean cuisine prepared in an exhibition kitchen that will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will offer waterfront dining with indoor, outdoor and private seating options.
With a rum captain as your guide, the Strong Water Tavern sounds like it will be a go-to stop for adult visitors to Sapphire Falls. The lounge, open for lunch and dinner, will have a wall of vintage rums, a unique ceviche bar, and a patio overlooking the lagoon that will offer daily rum tastings.
This week’s Wordless Wednesday (well it isn’t really that wordless) takes me back to 2013 to a rainbow at the Magic Kingdom over Tomorrowland.
It was a super early morning during a media event, and there was a really bad thunderstorm that morning. After the storm passed we went into the park, and as I turned to look at Tomorrowland I snapped this picture of this vivid rainbow on my phone.
And while I remembered the storm, and I have been through many since, the beauty and tranquility of this moment has always stuck with me.
We’re all hurting after the horrific events in Orlando this Sunday, but what strikes me is just how much love and beauty is coming after such an intense tragedy.
Earlier Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, said, “If anything at all that can come from this, it is that we are more united than ever.”
And that understanding and love is our rainbow after the storm.
I’ll never forget what happened in Orlando, but I won’t remember the hate I will remember to carry even more love in my heart & soul because you never know what tomorrow will hold.
Orlando’s Camping World Stadium will play host to the NFL preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons on August 25 at 8 pm. This is the first neutral-site, preseason game that the NFL has held in Orlando in almost 20 years. The game will be played during week three of the preseason to celebrate Play Football Month. Tickets are on sale now!
Miami Dolphins Host Preseason Game at Camping World Stadium Ticket Information
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 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.
Camping World Stadium will host four major sporting events in five days, including two Orlando City Soccer matches, August 24 and 28; Dolphins-Falcons game, August 25 and an Orlando Pride women’s soccer match, August 26. The inaugural Camping World Kickoff featuring Florida State and Ole Miss takes place shortly thereafter on September 5.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why…
Moana doesn’t hit theaters until November, but I have been extremely excited about this movie since the D23 Expo and the new teaser trailer is here!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.
During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.
Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Moana is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”).
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe hosts an interactive Sushi Making Class for kids on June 25th
Kids will learn how to wrap and roll their way to spectacular sushi
Wolfgang Puck Grand Café (1482 East Buena Vista Drive), located in Disney Springs, invites kids to embark on a journey through the Japanese art of sushi making with a kids cooking class. Kids can roll up their sleeves on Saturday, June 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. and learn this exquisite culinary craft.
This interactive and engaging cooking class offers a crash course into exploring the exciting and intricate world of sushi with hands on experience. Class attendees will partake in various class projects learning how to make an array of sushi including hand rolls, nigari and maki rolls. Throughout the class, guests will learn how to properly prepare and season sushi rice, healthy eating habits, and basic cleanliness and food safety skills.
As an added activity, the culinary kiddos will also create refreshing and flavorful summertime drinks including Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda and a Grapey-Orange Cooler. The class is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 407.828.8996.
with special guests MIGUEL and ALUNAGEORGE | October 30, 2016 | 7 pm
International icon, five-time Grammy Award-nominee, and multi-platinum selling artist/songwriter/hitmaker Sia announced her North American Nostalgic For The Present Tour, her first-ever arena tour and return to the road in five years. The 22-city tour, produced by Live Nation, kicks off on Thursday, September 29 in Seattle, WA with special guests Miguel and AlunaGeorge. Sia plays Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, October 30.
The unprecedented trek will bring her powerhouse vocals across the continent, offering fans a chance to experience elements from her critically-acclaimed Coachella performances which were heralded as “one of the greatest moments in Coachella’s 17-year history” by Yahoo! Music. “Her set was freakin’ legendary…will blow your mind,” stated Buzzfeed and Time Magazine anointed her performance as “one of the festival’s best.”
Sia released her new album, “This Is Acting,” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) earlier this year to much critical acclaim. The New Yorker described it as “the Platonic ideal of a modern pop album,” with rave reviews across the board from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, and many more. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Chart, peaked at number one on the ITunes chart in over 50 countries, and charted Top 10 in eight countries worldwide, including number one in her native Australia and number three in the UK. Currently, Sia’s single, “Cheap Thrills,” is Top Five on Spotify globally and is number one on Shazam’s Global Chart for three consecutive weeks.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist, producer and songwriter Miguel first hit the mainstream in 2010 with his infectious first single, “All I Want Is You,” and “Sure Thing,” which hit number one on Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B chart. His critically-acclaimed, four-time Grammy Award-nominated sophomore album “Kaleidoscope Dream,” featured the intoxicating, “How Many Drinks?,” as well as his third U.S. number one hit single, “Adorn,” which garnered Miguel his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and resided at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hip Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks, becoming the longest-running number one in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hip Airplay chart. Miguel’s critically-acclaimed third studio album, “Wildheart,” released in 2015, claimed the number one spot on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart for the second time and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category, and its lead single, “Coffee,” was nominated in the Best R&B Song category.
AlunaGeorge, which is singer/lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, have barely stopped since they released their 2012 single, “You Know You Like It,” followed by their critically-lauded debut album, “Body Music” in 2013. Last year, DJ Snake’s remix, “You Know You Like It,” became one of the most streamed songs of all time crossing double-platinum in sales with over 85 million YouTube views. The London duo is confirmed to perform at a number of festivals this season including Lollapalooza, HARD Summer, Glastonbury and more. Earlier this year, they released the first single, “I’m In Control,” featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan, from the band’s forthcoming sophomore studio album titled, “I Remember,” to be released this fall via Interscope Records.
Breakfast options on June 5th featured waffles stuffed with vegan meat and cheese and a california style eggs benedict with avocado, tomato, and sriracha hollandaise.
Memorial day featured home made burgers using seitan with sides
Other options featured are:
vegan grilled cheese, using home made cheese
breakfast tacodillas, version 2, three grilled tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, leguminati breakfast sausage and our handcrafted pepperjack cheeze and topped with fresh veggie salsa
breakfast tacodillas, version 1, three corn tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, our handcrafted breakfast sausage & artisan pepper jack cheese and grilled to perfection.
As you can see by the pictures and descriptions above the prices are great and the food is excellent and a great addition to the Orlando Vegan community.
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life.
Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country.
Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. ‘The BFG’ brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
‘The BFG’ opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.