Blue Man Group VIP Experience

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort VIP Experience
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Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort launches enhanced Behind-the-Scenes VIP Experience

Tickets available at universalorlando.com/blueman

 

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort is giving guests an unforgettable opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with a newly-enhanced VIP Experience.

On the tour, VIP guests will explore backstage areas and inner-workings generally off-limits to non-show personnel. Highlights include a history of the Blue Man Group creative collective accompanied by rarely seen photographs and company artifacts, a brief history of the Orlando theatre, a hands-on opportunity to play a Blue Man instrument and explore the band tribal make up, and a glimpse into the work it takes to produce the show night after night.

“We are thrilled to offer this unique and exclusive experience to our guests,” said Ola Wawryn, Resident General Manager of Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort. “The new VIP Experience provides a true ‘glimpse behind the curtain’ for our guests and gives them the opportunity to experience our show from another perspective while receiving the ultimate VIP service.”

The Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort VIP Experience includes:

  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes pre-show tour, including:
    • A glimpse at the group’s history and artifacts
    • The opportunity to play a Blue Man instrument
    • The chance to try on the band’s fluorescent makeup
    • Some of the best seats in the theater for the Blue Man Group performance
    • Complimentary souvenir program, VIP lanyard, popcorn and soda
    • Private meet-and-greet with a Blue Man after the show
    • A free download of “Creature Feature” off of Blue Man Group’s latest album THREE

The Blue Man Group VIP Experience is available for all performances. Participating guests must check-in one-hour prior to show time and will be greeted by a VIP tour guide.  Tickets are $199 (plus tax) for adults, $149 for children ages 3-9 and can be purchased now by visiting universalorlando.com/blueman, calling 407.BLUE.MAN, or by visiting the Blue Man Group Box Office or any Universal Orlando Resort theme park ticket window.

For more information, please visit universalorlando.com/blueman or call 407.BLUE.MAN. Fans may keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the hashtag #DareToLive.

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The Ultimate HoliDAY At The Gaylord Palms

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The Ultimate HoliDAY At The Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to experience all that they have to offer this holiday season, and all opinions (with extreme enthusiasm and joy) are my own. 

The Gaylord Palms Resort is Kissimmee is one of our favorite places to visit and stay in Orlando, and during the holiday season the resort is a winter wonderland of activity with shows, experiences, and food you won’t want to miss!

Here’s how to have the ultimate holiDAY celebrating Christmas at the Gaylord Palms!

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends

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Enjoy a character breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes that include Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola. As you eat Charlie Brown and Lucy make their way around the dining room greeting their guests, and there’s a special photo stop with Snoopy near the entrance to Villa de Flora.

  • Location: Villa de Flora Restaurant
  • Price: Adults $32.99 | Child $21.99
  • Times and Dates: 8:00am – 10:30am
    November 18–23, 25-27
    December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 21-31
    January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-1114

Breakfast also serves a dual purpose, because it allows you to start your day in a super fun way AND allows you to get valet parking validated (on meals over $50)! It’s a win-win!

Take a Photo with Santa

After breakfast head over to the Alpine Village to take a photo with the big guy himself in his workshop. I suggest doing this before going into ICE! so you don’t have to worry about ‘parka hair’!

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Photo Packages start at $34.99 (no sitting fee)
  • Times and Dates:*
    • 10am – 7pm | Sunday – Thursday
    • 10am – 9pm | Friday – Saturday & Dec. 20-22
    • 10am – 5pm | Dec. 24

*Subject to sales tax. Santa will take a break every day from 4pm – 5pm to feed the reindeer (excluding Dec. 24).

ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

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The star of Christmas at the Gaylord Palms is the annual ICE! exhibit where over 2 million pounds of ice is carved to create the ultimate winter experience with beautiful ice sculptures, ice slides, and fun photo ops.

ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree.

There are SEVERAL ticket options and discounts available (check them out here), but if you are planning on doing the ultimate holiDAY I suggest checking out the ‘Play All Day GOLD Pass’ that includes one time entry to: ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw ($51.99 adults | $41.99 children ages 4 – 12)

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Varies depending on experiences
  • Times and Dates: 10:00am – varies by date
    November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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The Alpine Village is home to a Build-A-Bear Workshop with exclusive ICE! and resort merchandise! This year you can take home a Gaylord Palms Polar Bear, buy a blue ICE! parka for your furry friend, or create a new friend when you add lots of stuffing and wish on a heart.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Price of purchase may vary depending on item selected.
  • Times and Dates:
    • Daily: 10am – 10pm
    • 10am – 8pm | November 27 – December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Warm up at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner where you can choose from two different design options to create either a delectable holiday-themed gingerbread cookie kit or a complete gingerbread house and meet the gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Holiday Cookie Kit (4 cookies) $22.99 | Gingerbread House Kit $29.99
  • Times and Dates:
    • 12pm – 6pm | Monday – Thursday
    • 10am – 6pm | Sunday
    • 10am – 7pm | Friday & Saturday
  • For Reservations: stop by the Alpine Village or book in advance online

For a good giggle, check out Betsy & I creating our Gingerbread masterpiece…it’s an oldie, but goodie!

httpv://youtu.be/siRw0NQDSTw

Elf of the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

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The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves are back at the Gaylord Palms Resort! Purchase a clue booklet and help find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles for a special prize.

  • Location: Around the Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Price: $9.99 (you can even purchase them online in advance)
  • Times and Dates: Ongoing

Grab a light bite to eat

So by now you are going to be hungry, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the many locations around the resort!

Alpine Rush Snow Tubing

Race down an eight-lane tubing hill that’s fun for all ages and covered in REAL SNOW! Double riding tubes are available for parents with small children, and in the evenings you can groove down giant snow covered hills while jamming to different decades of music.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $19.99 for unlimited runs
  • Times & Dates:
    • 10am – 9pm | November 18-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 21-31
    • 10am – 7pm | November 27- December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423 or purchase online in advance

Santa’s Snow Throw

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Step right up and throw real snowballs at a series of targets that is fun for the entire family. Make sure to take aim at the special targets that trigger effects around the area!

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $9.99
  • Times & Dates:
    • 10am – 9pm | November 18-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 21-31
    • 10am – 7pm | November 27- December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423 or purchase online in advance

Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions and Story Time Sing-A-Long

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Join Mrs. Claus for a reading of holiday classics, a sing-a-long of Christmas carols, and reindeer games during this 30 minute show. While you are relaxing in the comfy bean bag chairs, you can enjoy a batch of Mrs. Claus’ world-famous cookies and a glass of ice cold milk.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $14.99
  • Times and Dates:
    • 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Nov. 18-26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 21-24, 28-31
    • 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm | Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18-20, 25-27; Jan. 1
    • 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Dec. 2, 9, 16
  • Reservations: Can be made in person in the Alpine Village or online in advance here

A Christmas Wish Light Show

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New this year, the resort’s stunning atrium comes to life during A Christmas Wish, a new six-minute light show where narration, classic holiday music, and dazzling visual effects converge to create a spirited seasonal celebration centered around the new, incredible 60-foot LED-lit Christmas tree towering above Emerald Plaza. It is FANTASTIC!!!

  • Location: St. Augustine Atrium
  • Price: FREE
  • Times and Dates:
    • Sunday – Thursday at 6:15pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm
    • Friday and Saturday at 6:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

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The Gaylord Palms Resort hosts an exclusive, limited-time stage 25 minute show called Cirque Dreams Unwrapped that features an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air.

  • Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine Atrium
  • Price: FREE (Complimentary) seats are first come, first served basis.
  • VIP Seating:
    • Evening $17.99 (adults and seniors) | $12.99 (children)
    • Matinee $14.99 (adults and seniors) | $10.99 (children)
    • Tickets subject to tax and service fee.
  • Times and Dates:
    • 1:00pm and 6:30pm | Sunday – Thursday
    • 6:30pm and 8:00pm | Friday
    • 1pm, 6:30pm and 8pm | Saturday
    • No shows Thanksgiving Day 11/24

And if you want to take your Christmas at the Gaylord Palms to the next level, why not book a stay with these great packages!

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We always look forward to experiencing Christmas at the Gaylord Palms, and I cannot recommend visiting the resort highly enough! You definitely will have a fantastic experience!!!

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Morse Museum Hosts Holiday Events

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Holidays at the Morse Museum

Celebrate with Tiffany Windows in the park, Christmas Eve Open House, and live music on Friday Nights

The holiday season at the Morse Museum begins just after Thanksgiving when Harpist Bizarre Quartet helps the Museum launch a festive schedule of free events on Friday nights, including live music, tours, and an art demonstration.

For six consecutive Friday evenings during the holidays (November 25 through December 30), visitors can enjoy not only free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. but live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, at 7 p.m. on December 2, 9, and 16, the Morse will offer curator tours of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. The December 9programming also includes a family tour of selected galleries and a demonstration on the art of making pottery with a free take-home art activity for participants.

On Thursday, December 1, the Morse and the City of Winter Park will present the 38th annual Christmas in the Park in downtown Winter Park. At this free event, always a highlight of the holiday season in Winter Park, the Morse lights up nine Tiffany windows in Central Park and sponsors the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Brass Ensemble in an outdoor concert.

Admission to the Museum also will be free for a Christmas Eve open house, Saturday,December 24.

The complete schedule of Morse Museum holiday events, programs, and tours is as follows:

November 25:       Harpist Bizarre Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 1:          38th Annual Christmas in the Park, Downtown Winter Park, 6:15 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 2:          Victorian Lynn Schultz (harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
                                Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 9:          Beautiful Music Vintage Jazz Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and trumpet), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Family tour of selected galleries, 5:15 p.m.
Pottery-making demonstration with artist Cindy McDowell, 6 p.m.
Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 16:        Beautiful Music Italian Trio (bass, flute, and guitar or mandolin), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 23:        Beautiful Music Three Flutes Only, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 24:        Christmas Eve Open House, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Live music by the Raintree Chamber Players, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

December 30:        Beautiful Music Jazz Trio (flute, guitar, and upright bass), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

The Morse Museum, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural elements from his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.

In the Museum’s galleries, visitors will also find exhibits of American art pottery; Arts and Crafts furnishings; late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings; and leaded-glass windows and lamps by other artists of the period. In its new exhibition Celebrating 75 Years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum, the Museum presents a range of objects that illustrate the breadth and depth of the collection assembled by Hugh and Jeannette McKean over five decades.

Museum hours from November through April are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; and l p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. All visitors receive free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, consult the Museum’s website, www.morsemuseum.org.

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A Stroll Down Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

 

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A stroll down the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

This holiday season Disney has added a few new entertainment options to Disney Springs. One of them, the Christmas Tree Trail, debuted this past weekend. When the Disney Parks Blog first made the announcement, I was definitely looking forward to it. The description reminded me of the trees that used decorate the Camp Minnie Mickey area of Animal Kingdom before it was closed to make way for Avatar.

The new Christmas Tree Trail is located at the old Marketplace bus depot and you enter in between Once Upon a Toy and Earl of Sandwich. There’s a DJ set up in the area, along with the large Christmas tree that they light every evening at 6:00PM.

Tree Trail Trail Entrance Main Tree Trail at Night

We decided to walk the trail twice, before and after it got dark. During the day, it is much less crowded and easier to see some of the details on the trees. The snow machines run at night and of course the twinkle lights make it a bit more festive. My photos came out much better during the day too so that’s what you’ll mostly see here.

There are 15 trees and each one has a different Disney theme. The decorations went beyond just covering the tree in the characters. Some of them you even had to think about a little bit (like a spoonful of sugar on the Mary Poppins tree). It really reminded me of a hometown festival of trees.

Villians

Villains Villains Apple

Mickey & Minnie

Mickey & Minnie

Moana

Moana

Beauty and the Beast

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The Little Mermaid

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Cinderella

Cinderella Cinderella coach Cinderella midnight

The Princess and the Frog

Princess and the Frog Frog Prince

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Spoonful of Sugar Chimney Sweep Umbrellas

Frozen

Frozen Sven

The Jungle Book

Jungle Book Kaa

Mulan

Mulan

101 Dalmatians

Dalmatians Dalmatian Coat

Tangled

Tangled at Night Pascal on lantern Tangled Paint Tangled

Muppets

Muppets Kermit

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Tea

The trail a nice holiday addition that fits with the hometown feel of Disney Springs. I hope they keep the tree trail for future years and even improve upon it. The area has a lot of space to add even more Christmas lights and decorations. Maybe even add some more activities. Have you visited the tree trail? Which tree is your favorite?

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Guy Harvey Weekend Coming to SeaWorld Orlando

 

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Meet World-Renowned Artist and Conservationist Guy Harvey at SeaWorld Orlando on

November 19 and 20, 2016

Park guests will dive deeper than ever before as they explore sharks and their underwater world through inspiring conversations, exhibits of extraordinary artwork, meet-and-greets and signing opportunities. Hear uplifting stories and gain insight into GuyHarvey’s work during hosted chats taking place both event days at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Browse SeaWorld’s collection of exclusive Guy Harvey artwork and merchandise plus stick around for meet-and-greets and signings inside the Guy Harvey Shop on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

In addition to the presentations and meet-and-greets, included with park admission, SeaWorld will offer several exclusive opportunities available throughout the weekend. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a signature dinner of sustainable seafood specialties hosted by Guy in the immersive environment of Sharks Underwater Grill. Park-goers will also have the opportunity to purchase thrilling “up close” Shark Encounter private tours with Guy Harvey:

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  • EXCLUSIVE GUY HARVEY SHARKS UP CLOSE TOUR- Join world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey as he takes visitors on an unforgettable “up close” tour of the park’s Shark Encounter. Guests will get closer than ever to a wide variety of sharks in this extraordinary 700,000-gallon habitat and learn more about their world and the perils sharks face in the wild. The tour includes a family photo with Guy Harvey, as well as a signed mini-print of Guy Harvey artwork. Park admission is required, but not included. Pricing begins at $39 per person.

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  • DINNER WITH GUY HARVEY AT SHARKS UNDERWATER GRILL- Guests can savor the flavors during SeaWorld’s culinary celebration at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey. Diners will experience a signature menu of sustainable seafood specialties in a unique oceanic space complete with a window into the mysterious world of sharks. Guy Harvey will be on hand to share compelling stories of the ocean, his artwork, and the inspiring beauty of the natural world we share. This 3-course dining experience includes a family photo with Guy Harvey, a signed mini-print of Guy’s artwork and one specialty beverage. Park admission is required, but not included. Pricing begins at $99 per.

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  • PASS MEMBER EXCLUSIVE MEET & GREET WITH RUM TASTING- SeaWorld Pass Members are invited to join Harvey for an evening of inspiration and conservation. Pass Members will learn about the beauty of sharks and the critical role they play in our ocean while they relax in SeaWorld’s atmospheric Waterfront.  Pass Members will also have the opportunity to enjoy a specialty rum tasting experience and receive a family photo with Guy Harvey, one specialty beverage and a set of exclusive specialty glasses. Pricing begins at $29 per pass member.

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The best way for guests to visit SeaWorld Orlando is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card and by purchasing a pass now, guests can get three months free. Also available now is the brand new Transferrable Pass allowing Pass Members to bring a different guest each time they visit SeaWorld Orlando or Aquatica Orlando. For details about Pass programs, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

To learn more about all of SeaWorld’s ticket offers and events, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest special event information.

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LEGOLAND Florida Deals On Brick Friday

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Get AWESOME LEGOLAND Florida Resort Deals On Brick Friday

Sign Up to Save on Annual Passes, Tickets & Overnight Stays from Black Friday to Cyber Monday!

This holiday shopping season, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is giving thanks to fans with an awesome assortment of deals and discounts starting on Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 25) and continuing through Cyber Monday (Monday, Nov. 28).

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Logo Black Friday Deals 2016That’s right — instead of one can’t-miss deal on each of the traditional days for extraordinary savings, the place #BuiltForKids is launching multiple, simultaneous offerson the day we’ve dubbed Brick Friday. Give the gift of fun with savings on everything from multiple-use tickets to annual passes, and stays at the popular LEGOLAND Hotel and the eagerly awaited LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Here’s what’s in store:

Visit LEGOLAND Florida twice & the second day is FREE!

Purchase a theme park ticket for the low price of $71 (plus tax) to enjoy all the festive fun of our annual holiday party, Christmas Bricktacular, then come back for free to “become the ninja” when the all-new LEGO® NINJAGO® World opens Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017!

This exclusive ticket only can be purchased online and cannot be combined with other offers or transferred to existing reservations. The first theme park visit must occur Dec. 17-18, 24-31, and the second visit must occur between Jan. 1 and April 6, 2017. Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park is not included. Maximum six tickets per purchase.

Get an Awesomer Annual Pass at the Awesome Pass price!

Purchase an Awesomer Annual Pass (valued at $149 plus tax) for the Awesome Annual Pass price of $99 plus tax — a $50 savings! Benefits include a year of unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park, The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando, and Atlanta’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

You also get free parking, a collector’s edition welcome kit, early access to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, a 10 percent discount on theme park dining, retail purchases, stays at LEGOLAND Hotel and the all-new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, VIP Experiences, Premium Upgrades and Premium Play Bands, plus $15 off theme park tickets for up to six guests.

The special $99 price is only available online and is valid only for new annual pass purchases and cannot be combined with other offers. Maximum six Awesomer Annual Passes per purchase. Please note that passes must be activated in person at the theme park within 60 days of purchase.

Annual passholders save big at LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat!

Current annual passholders can save 30 percent off a stay at the “Five-Gazillion-Star” LEGOLAND Hotel, including all room types and themes, and the whimsical bungalows at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, which is set to open in mid-2017. This unbeatable deal is valid for LEGOLAND Hotel stays from Jan. 1 through April 6, 2017, and for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat stays from June 1 through Sept. 3, 2017.

These discounts cannot be combined with other offers or transferred to existing reservations. An active annual pass must be presented at check-in to receive the discounted rate.

Stay awhile and save!

Meanwhile, through the end of December, non-passholders can take 20 percent off an exclusive room-and-ticket package for stays at LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Each package requires a minimum two-night stay and includes a two-day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park per person, with the second day free! Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park is sold separately.

Stays at both accommodations include a buffet breakfast each morning for all guests listed on the reservation (not including check-in day) and exclusive early access to the theme park.

The 20 percent discount is available for LEGOLAND Hotel packages from Jan. 2 through May 26, 2017, and for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat packages from June 1 through Sept. 3, 2017. Be sure to check the resort’s operating calendar online before booking as the theme park is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during select seasons.

The fine print

To be among the first to participate in these incredible deals, sign up now at www.LEGOLAND.com/brickfriday. Everyone signed up as of Thursday, Nov. 24 will receive an email with links to the eligible offers starting Friday, Nov. 25.

All offers are subject to limited availability and may sell out. Note that due to fraud protections, the same credit card cannot be used more than once within a 24-hour period, so shop wisely!

For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, special events, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, VIP Experiences, Premium Upgrades, military discounts, on-site accommodations and much more, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Fun Card Deal For 2017

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Enjoy fall for free with Busch Gardens’ 2017 Fun Card

Pay for a Day and Get the Rest of This Year — and all of 2017 — FREE

The holiday season is finally here and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is inviting guests to experience fall for free with the purchase of a 2017 Fun Card. With Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in residence startingNov. 25, now is the perfect time to kick off holiday celebrations and end the year with exciting thrills and attractions.

The 2017 Fun Card  now is available for purchase. With the 2017 Fun Card, guests pay for one day and get all of 2017free. Plus, guests who purchase their 2017 Fun Card now can visit Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2016 for no additional cost, which including the annual holiday event,  Christmas Town™.

Some of the great special events with Fun Card admission include:

2016

Christmas Town: Select dates November 25-December 31

Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town

Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into a wonderland of entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than two million twinkling lights. New in 2016, the Christmas cheer begins with the all-new Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland where guests can meet Rudolph, Bumble, Yukon Cornelius and other characters from the classic family Christmas television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It continues at Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where Santa himself takes a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience some of Busch Gardens’ most popular thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury™ and the newest family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse. 

2017

Real Music: January 9 – March 4

Busch Gardens’ longest-running concert series returns Mondays through Saturdays from Jan. 9 to March 4. With two shows a day, the show features live music that spans six decades, from the 1950s to today. Musical fare includes soul, blues, country, pop and rock ‘n roll. Lineup includes:

  • Week of January 9 – Shirley Alston Reeves: Original Lead Singer Of The Shirelles
  • Week of January 16 – The Diamonds
  • Week of January 23 – The Platters
  • Week of January 30 – Fernando Varela
  • Week of February 6 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • Week of February 13 – Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band
  • Week of February 20 – Micky Dolenz
  • Week of February 27– Lee Greenwood

Food & Wine Festival: Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 – April 30

2016 Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival

Next spring, Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival returns with an extended week of new unique culinary offerings and bigger concerts than ever! The park will be tempting guests with a variety of cuisine, wine, craft beer and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 through April 30. Food and beverage is not included, but is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages. Line-up up to be announced at a later date.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids Weekends: May 6, 7, 13, and 14

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Created just for kids, the Sesame Street® Safari of Fun events feature animal encounters, parades, dance parties and even a few special guests. The first weekend will feature the cookie connoisseur himself, Cookie Monster and the second weekend will include a scavenger hunt for Ernie’s Rubber Duckies throughout the Safari of Fun play area. Character parades will take place at the top of every hour of the event. Plus, guests can expect kid-friendly music along with the chance to meet with Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors.

Jack Hanna Weekend:  May 27 – 28

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Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animalshows at the Stanleyville Theater.

Summer Nights: Select dates June 16 – August 6

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks summer fun up a notch with extended hours, all-new entertainment and thrill rides  – including the one-of-a-kind family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse™. Guests can challenge world-class thrill rides in the DARK and end the night with a stunning finale. 

Sesame Street Safari of Fun “Halloween” Kids Weekends: October 21, 22, 28, and 29

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids' Weekend

Sesame Street® Safari of Fun is hosting a Halloween party on the last two weekends of October! Enjoy festive arts and crafts, trick-or-treat candy stations and a hay bale maze. 

Christmas Town: Select dates November 25-December 31

Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town

Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, treats and more than two million twinkling lights.

 

Busch Gardens will offer guests additional events and festivals throughout 2017, so stay tuned for more details.

The 2017 Busch Gardens Fun Card is $99 and is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2017. Fun Cards, annual passes and single-day tickets are available online at buschgardens.com, at the Busch Gardens’ front gate or by calling(888) 800-5447.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood Observatory launches a new menu into orbit at the Orlando Flagship Location

Burgers and Sandwiches by Guy Fieri, Florida Craft Brews, and Colossal Appetizers Among New Offerings

The Planet Hollywood Observatory will be opening later this fall at Disney Springs with a menu full of familiar favorites, burgers and sandwiches by Guy Fieri, Florida Craft Brews, gigantic appetizers, and over-the-top sweets.

“We’ve spent an enormous amount of time developing new menu offerings for Planet Hollywood Observatory and striking a balance with keeping our favorites in place,” said Robert Earl, Founder and Chairman, Planet Hollywood International. “We’re excited to offer even more options for our guests, ranging from appealing starters, to light and healthy salads, to indulgent steak and lobster—and everything in between. And they really must save room for dessert—I always do!”

Of the new and returning favorites, here’s a look at what you’ll find once Planet Hollywood Observatory reopens!

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Fans will embrace the return of classics such as World Famous Chicken Crunch with Creole mustard sauce playfully plated in a chicken-shaped dish.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Nachos Grande return with piled high with chipotle chicken, cheese and black bean sauce, cruda salsa verde, pico de gallo, queso fresco and sour cream.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Of the six featured burgers from Guy Fieri, the award-winning Bacon Mac-N-Cheese with applewood smoked bacon, six-cheese mac-n-cheese, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, crispy onion straws, Fieri’s signature Donkey Sauce, and garlic-buttered brioche bun looks crazy!

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

The Lobster Feast Fra Diavolo is a spaghetti favorite served in a whole lobster shell and a Sesame Ginger Salmon with cilantro rice is one of eight gussied-up specialty offerings.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Healthy options for guests include a selection of five fresh salads like the Citrus Kale, a combination of kale, julienned broccoli, slivered Brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, grapefruit, oranges, cranberries, sunflowers seeds, agave dressing; and Spinach & Berries with candied walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

For a sweet finish “Hand-Dipped and Whimsical Milkshakes” include Chocolate Comet and Strawberry Borealis. The dessert menu is filled with goodies such as the Cosmic Cream Challenge, a blind tasting of 12 flavors of house-made ice creams and sorbets; Planet Melt Down, a chocolate hardshell dome, melted tableside by hot chocolate sauce to reveal double chocolate fudge cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream; and Brownie Sundae Martini, 12 decadent chunks of freshly baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with toppings.

After seeing these pictures I’m even more excited to give Planet Hollywood Observatory a try!

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Circus Xtreme coming to the Amway Center

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is Bringing Circus XTREME to Orlando!

Tickets go on Sale Monday, November 14
The Greatest Show On Earth Features Extreme Acts Fused with Iconic Circus Traditions for the Ultimate Family Entertainment Experience


Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Circus Xtreme will explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at the Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017. Purchase tickets for your family to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME when tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM.

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High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.
With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros. show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women.
The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.

Circus Xtreme Amway Center Clowns

Prepare to be amazed by the unexpected. Do something extreme today, and get tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.

Ticketholders can 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 iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Circus Xtreme Performance Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

For more information visit Ringling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME®  go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801.

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Universal’s Aventura Hotel Details Announced

Universal's Aventura Hotel Announcement 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel to bring affordable-chic to life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018

When it opens in the summer of 2018, guests visiting the new Universal’s Aventura Hotel will arrive at a sleek and stylish space designed to create an affordable-chic experience in the heart of a vibrant and relaxing resort atmosphere for guests at the Universal Orlando Resort.

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Universal Orlando Resort / Loews Hotels

Universal’s Aventura Hotel, designed with the connected and value-savvy traveler in mind, will become the destination’s sixth hotel and continue the unprecedented growth ongoing at Universal Orlando Resort. The 16-story gleaming glass tower will consist of 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites. It will bring the total number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 6,200 when combined with the 400-room expansion of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opening in 2017.

The hotel will feature the destination’s first-ever rooftop bar and grill, where guests will enjoy small plates and craft cocktails while taking in incredible panoramic views of Universal Orlando and the surrounding tropical landscape. Hotel guests can also dine at a modern food hall offering five unique cuisine options in a marketplace setting just off the lobby. Amenities exclusive to guests staying on-site will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary on-site transportation, a relaxing pool with a hot tub, kids’ splash pad area and fire pit, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gift shop and car rental facilities.

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Universal Orlando Resort / Loews Hotels

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will offer guests yet another value priced option when choosing from the wide range of on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. The new hotel will neighbor Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and will be just steps away from Universal Orlando’s theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay – a first-of-its-kind water theme park opening in early summer 2017. Universal CityWalk, the destination’s dining and entertainment complex, will be accessible via walking paths or shuttle service from Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

Away from the energy of the hotel’s public spaces, the guest room experience embraces a serene, modern environment with refreshing, natural colors such as sea blue and rose, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the destination.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel Fast Facts:

Opening Date: Summer 2018
Style: Modern and sleek 16-story glass tower in the midst of a vibrant and relaxingresort atmosphere.

Rooms: 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites
Amenities: Highlights include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination, a peaceful pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash pad, on-site car rental, agift shop and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Dining: Fast-casual food hall with fiveunique cuisine styles, a rooftop bar and grill featuring small plates, craft cocktailsand panoramic views, a lobby bar, a pool bar and Starbucks.

Reservations: Will be accepted in early2017

Pricing: Will be announced at a later date

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Disney Twenty-Three Winter 2016 Details

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DISNEY TWENTY-THREE JOINS THE REBELLION TO CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH STARS FELICITY JONES AND ALAN TUDYK, DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS, AND PRODUCER KATHLEEN KENNEDY GIVE FANS A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE NEW FILM.

PLUS, A PREVIEW OF THE NEW IRON MAN EXPERIENCE AT HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, A TOUR OF THE REIMAGINED DISNEY WONDER, AND A CONVERSATION WITH MOANA STAR AULI‘I CRAVALHO

On December 16, Star Wars fans will blast off once again to a galaxy far, far away—only this time, it’s with a new set of characters (save for one Sith Lord) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film’s stars Felicity Jones and Alan Tudyk, director Gareth Edwards, and producer Kathleen Kennedy give readers a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star. Kennedy reveals the origins of this first “stand-alone” film, while Edwards discusses the detailed planning that went into bringing Darth Vader back to the big screen.

The winter issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also includes a look at the 30th anniversary of Disney Parks’ Star Tours, with detailed concept artwork and in-depth interviews. And Tudyk, who gives voice to droid K-2SO in Rogue One, talks about being a “lucky charm” for Walt Disney Animation Studios, having provided his vocal talents for such films as Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and this month’s Moana.

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Plus, Auli‘i Cravalho talks about her star turn as the title character in Moana, and reveals she almost didn’t audition for the dazzling animated film, which opens November 23. The creators of the exhilarating new Iron Man Experience unveil details about the Marvel-themed attraction, which opens at Hong Kong Disneyland next January. And the team behind the enhancements on the Disney Wondercruise ship gives fans an inside look at the unique experiences and exquisite details guests will enjoy when they next set sail.

There’s much more Disney magic in the winter issue of Disney twenty-three, including:

  • An exploration of the new book Maps of the Disney Parks, which highlights stunning works of art that have gone into park cartography over the years
  • The reunion of Newsies original Broadway cast members for a new filmed version of the hit musical
  • Famous Disney characters from around the world that you (may) have never met
  • The storytelling and artistry of Marvel’s Enchanted Tiki Room comic books
  • A celebration of 60 years of the delightful Daisy Duck
  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

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And starting December 1, D23.com will once again kick off the “D23 Days of Christmas.” Each day will include sweepstakes for incredible Disney prizes, dazzling photography, delicious recipes, original stories and videos, colorful crafts, and much more. D23 will also host several exclusive holiday events for members including: Light Up the Season with D23 on Sunday, December 4, at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and D23’s Disney Springs Holiday Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on Tuesday, December 13. Visit D23.com/D23Days to unwrap the holiday fun.

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-November.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Amway Center News: The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Tour Date

The Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway Tour Amway Center

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced additional dates on their 2017 North American Tour in support of their 11th studio album, the worldwide number one album, “The Getaway.“ The Getaway Tour kicks off January 5, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. Red Hot Chili Peppers play Orlando’s Amway Center on April 26, 2017. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m.

One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is Anthony Kiedis (lead singer), Flea (bassist), Chad Smith (drummer) and Josh Klinghoffer (guitarist), have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs. They have won four Grammy Awards including Best Rock Album for “Stadium Arcadium,” Best Rock Performance by a duo or group for “Dani California,” Best Rock Song for “Scar Tissue,” and Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for “Give It Away.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The band’s latest studio album, “The Getaway,” was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 17, 2016.

“The Getaway” debuted at number one on the Billboard Album Sales chart and at number two on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in June. “The Getaway” marks the Grammy Award-winning band’s seventh top 10 album and third number two on the Top 200 chart. The album debuted at number one in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand and at number two in Germany and the United Kingdom. “The Getaway” was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS | THE GETAWAY TOUR Details

WHEN:          

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 | 8 pm

 

ON-SALE:     

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 | 10 am

TICKETS:

$49 & $99 (prices subject to change). 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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Finding Words of Disney Inspiration

Finding Words of Disney Inspiration

I wanted to take a break…from well taking a break to be real for a moment.

Over the past few weeks I have been going to events and with the help of everyone here tweeting, posting on Instagram, and facebooking (pretty sure that’s not a word), but haven’t been writing here as much as I should and I feel like I wanted to take a moment away from the craziness that is life to let you know what was going on.

The past month my life has been filled with challenges and obstacles. Emergency room visits, surgeries gone awry, and prepping to take steps for my family’s future have been some of the highlights of my writing absence, but with all of that going on the words of inspiration from some of my favorite Disney movies and Walt kept playing in my head urging me to ‘keep moving forward’.

I know that we are all uncertain about a lot of things right now & that this is an extremely stressful time of year, and I wanted to share with you some words of inspiration that have kept me going in hopes that you find the same light and love in the words I hold dear to my heart.

Finding Words of Disney Inspiration

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Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Bolt

 

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Disney Quotes Motivating Monday Tarzan

 

Disney Quotes Motivating Monday The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I am already working on getting back on track writing wise, and I can’t wait to get back to the business of sharing the fun that is living and exploring Orlando.

Finding inspiration Walt Disney Movies Saving Mr. Banks - Storytellers Quote

 

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November At Walt Disney World

November at Walt Disney World

This November Walt Disney World is kicking off the holiday season with the debut of new shows, experiences, and a new restaurant! It’s going to be an awesome month to be in Orlando!

Magic Kingdom

At the Magic Kingdom, the Christmas Tree and wreaths are up as they prepare for the influx of holiday visitors.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World

Returning this year, each night Cinderella Castle turns into a beautiful ice palace thanks to the help from Elsa, Anna, and some of their Frozen friends during ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ castle lighting.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World
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The new ‘Once Upon A Time’ debuted on November 4th, and this new nightly projection show is partially inspired by the Tokyo Disneyland Park uses projection mapping to transform Cinderella Castle with familiar scenes from Disney movies. During the show, Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast shares bedtime stories with young Chip, taking a journey through the most adventurous scenes from Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and other favorites along the way.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World – Ryan Wendler, photographer

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is under way on select nights until December 22nd with new holiday treats and shows. This after-hours party gives guests a chance to experience exclusive entertainment, character meet and greets, fireworks, and a parade full of holiday cheer and fun while enjoying holiday drinks & treats under the gentle falling of Florida ‘snow’.

Disney Springs

As Disney Springs continues to grow, so does their holiday offerings!

November 2016 at Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World

Beginning November 11th in the Disney Springs Marketplace, 15 Christmas Trees inspired by Disney characters and movies will create a winter wonderland walk-through experience complete with a gentle snow fall, toy soldiers, singers, and plenty of unique photo opportunities! I can’t wait to see the Disney Villains and Mary Poppins Christmas Trees!

Yesterday the Disney Parks Blog shared a peek at a new nighttime holiday experience coming that looks like it is going to be awesome!!!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new restaurant and nighttime holiday show join the park’s line-up of fun!

November 2016 at Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World – David Roark, photographer

A new projection and fireworks show called ‘Jingle Bell Jingle Bam’ lights up, on, above, and around the Chinese Theater area of the park with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score starting November 14th.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special Prep & Landing, the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with many other holiday favorites with a festive finale that’s “So tinsel”.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World

Fans of the The Muppets will get a chance to dine with Pizzerizzo set to open on November 18th! The quick service restaurant will offer a variety of personal-sized pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts surrounded by décor inspired by Rizzo, as well as his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years. Upstairs you will find Rizzo’s Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall, where there’s a wedding reception already in progress complete with a disco ball dance party playing the world’s greatest party playlist!

Epcot

And finally at Epcot, beginning November 25th you can celebrate the ‘Holidays Around the World’.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World

Photo: Walt Disney World

During the day, you can discover how the 11 countries making up the World Showcase celebrate the holiday season with costumed storytellers, decorations, music, and seasonal food favorites.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World – Kent Phillips, photographer

Then in the evenings hear a celebrity guest narrator tell the biblical story of Christmas alongside of a 50 piece orchestra and variety of choirs. The story, the music, the twinkling trees and decor fills you with the spirit of this wonderful season. And you can catch the performances at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the American Gardens Theatre.

 

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