The Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in the Central Florida area is getting ready for Valentine’s Day by debuting two heart-shaped doughnuts to make the big day even sweeter!
The Red Happy Heart Doughnut and Pink Happy Heart Doughnut are both heart-shaped and Kreme-filled. The Red Happy Heart Doughnut is finished off with red icing, a hand-decorated chocolate smile, and candy eyes. The Pink Happy Heart Doughnut features strawberry flavored icing, a cheeky chocolate smile and candy hearts and eyes.
The Sprinkled Heart Doughnut is dipped in white icing before being topped off with festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles.
The Red Happy Heart Doughnut, Pink Happy Heart Doughnut and the Sprinkled Heart Doughnut are available now through February 14th.
Can you imagine the look on your Valentine’s face if you showed up with a dozen of these super cute doughnuts???
Here is a list of all the Central Florida locations that are carrying these sweet treats!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando will once again play host again this year to a majority of the world’s most skilled sword swallowers as they demonstrate their death-defying skills to mark World Sword Swallower’s Daywith free events on Saturday, February 25.
This will be the tenth year that Ripley’s has hosted the event, which celebrates the 4,000 year old art and honors the few people in the world who risk their lives every time they swallow a sword. The event also recognizes the contributions that sword swallowers have made to medicine and science. There are only a few dozen people in the world able (and willing) to swallow swords.
“Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions,” said Dan Meyer, President, Sword Swallower’s Association International. “We want to change that. That’s one of the reasons we celebrate World Sword Swallower’s Day.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will host sword swallowers at more than a dozen of its Odditoriums across the country, providing FREE shows for the public.
Central Florida’s own Ted Campbell
In Orlando, Central Florida’s own Ted Campbell (aka “Will Rotten”) will demonstrate his amazing sword swallowing skills on World Sword Swallower’s Day. He’ll be joined by other local sword swallowers, including Red Stuart, who will attempt to swallow more than 50 swords at one time! The show will start at 1:30 pm with the Big Swallow finale at 2:25 pm. The show is FREE and will take place at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing.
Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.
In this week’s Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up we’ve got an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit news (Who else is stoked about this one?), Beauty and the Beast updates, and a Magic Camp announcement!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up: January 27, 2017
Catch a Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Beginning February 10th, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to preview a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will be arriving in theaters on March 17, 2017!
This advanced look at the segment from the film can be found in the One Man’s Dream attraction, and it will also include a display featuring a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.
This amazing restoration is sourced from digital scans of a 16mm silent print that was made in 1930 for home use and discovered in the UK. This is one of only three known surviving prints on this title.
Max Lark on D23.com shared a little bit of the history behind the short.
In 1927, while Walt was wrapping up the “Alice Comedies,” his distributor, Charles Mintz, brokered a deal with Universal for Walt to create a cartoon character. That new character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, would go on to star in 26 cartoons from the Disney studio. The series proved popular, and the character was the first to generate Disney merchandise—a candy bar, a stencil set, and a pin-back button!
Poor Papa was the first Oswald cartoon produced, but Mintz felt that Oswald looked “old” so the short was not released. The next Oswald short Walt and Ub produced, Trolley Troubles on September 5, 1927, debuted a redesigned younger version of Oswald. Given this second short’s positive critical reaction by the public, Universal and Mintz ultimately released Poor Papa on June 11, 1928. In this rather charming story, a bunch of storks bombard Oswald with bunnies until our hero figures out a way to thwart them.
All-New Original Song announced for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
Five-time Grammy winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast that is included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
Character Posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
We also got our first look at the character posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios, and they look PERFECT!!!
Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
And just a reminder of how fantastic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast looks (like anyone needed reminding)…
Disney’s Magic Camp in Production
Production has begun on Disney’s Magic Camp, a live-action comedy starring Adam Devine (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Pitch Perfect”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Girls”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) directed by Mark Waters (“Bad Santa 2,” “Mean Girls”).
Tambor plays Roy Preston, the owner of a summer camp for aspiring young magicians and Devine is Andy, a former camper whose flailing career as a magician has forced him to return to the camp as a counselor. Also returning to the camp is Andy’s former partner and current nemesis, Darkwood, played by Jacobs, who is now a successful magician. When preparations begin for the end-of-summer magic contest between rival teams of campers, Andy and his team of ragtag misfits must go head to head with Darkwood and her campers. In the process, Andy is inspired by the young campers and rediscovers his passion for magic.
The film is shooting on locations in and around Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in 2017.
That’s it for this week’s Round-Up, but for more Walt Disney Studios news check out our other posts!
Check out the last Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up from 1/17/2017
Take a peek at what you can look forward to with the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate here.
Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark is usually warm and tropical, but for one day only they are chilling down their wave pool so the brave of heart can experience the “thrill of the chill” while supporting a great cause.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, more than a thousand Plungers will participate in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida, and there is still plenty of time to join in this unique, wacky, and family-friendly event. In addition to jumping into cold water for a good cause, a highlight of the annual event is the array of crazy costumes Plungers are encouraged to wear in the name of fun. To take the Plunge, individually or with a team, register at www.plungefl.org. Each person who raises a minimum of $100 may take the Plunge.
Warm-hearted Floridians will be freezin’ for a very good reason: all proceeds raised by Polar Plungers will support Special Olympics Florida, which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In its eighth year, the event has raised more than $1.5 million dollars for athletes.
All registered Plungers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, two spectator passes so friends and family can watch the Plunge, and passes to stay and enjoy Aquatica all day (the rest of the park is heated).
2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. Official start of the Polar Plunge is 11:00 a.m. Event concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, 5800 Water Play Way (off International Drive), Orlando, FL 32821
Sometimes you just want a quiet day in the park. Other times you’re with a theme park newbie or someone who isn’t a fan of rides. For whatever reason, there are times that you find yourself not riding rides, and that’s okay. Some of my favorite attractions past and present are not rides. I thought I’d share a few so if you are touring a theme park with someone who is unable or unwilling to ride, or you just want to experience a park in a different way, here are some of my go to attractions. I’m starting this series with the Magic Kingdom, so enjoy!
Relaxing in the Magic Kingdom
Fantasyland holds one of my favorite things of all, an attraction that typically has a very short wait time, is sitting down, and in air conditioning. This magical show is called Mickey’s PhilharMagic and is a fun 3D film featuring some great songs from Disney movies and that rascal Donald Duck.
A classic in Adventureland that has thankfully been restored to its previous incarnation, is the wonderful Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. This great show exhibits the audio animatronic birds who sing words, and flowers who croon in the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room. Again, this is sitting down, and in air conditioning. Are you following a theme here folks?
Now Frontierland holds another classic that was a favorite, then we had a parting of ways, but have since reconciled. The Country Bear Jamboree still has some of the great bear band rhythm, but not as much as it had before, and it made me sad/mad for awhile when the cuts were made, so I may have stayed away for a bit. Time has passed now, and I’ve missed those bears dearly, so again, sitting down, air conditioning, clapping, singing, and Max, Buff, and Melvin.
On Main Street USA it is truly a must to catch the Dapper Dans and listen to a set or two of their a capella harmonies. Often they will even take requests and can be found around the Harmony Barber Shop, which makes sense as they are a barbershop quarter. The Mayor is often hanging around, and if you’re lucky, you may even get one of his super rare business cards. Also on Main Street if you are around for it, you should try to see the Flag Retreat ceremony, but be warned, you will probably need a tissue as they typically honor a veteran guest each day in the Magic Kingdom.
Parades are great ways to enjoy days without rides and see lots of characters without standing in line to see them. You can often find a spot to sit and grab a snack and rest before the parade. While you are waiting for the parade to start, you can people watch, which is another one of my favorite park activities in the Magic Kingdom. You will see people from all over the world, but you may even see someone you know from home. It is funny what a small world it is!
The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.
Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event. The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.
Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
*While supplies last
**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.
Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
The Ninth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set forSaturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2017 for more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds benefit UCF Foundation, Inc. and Valencia Foundation.
Headline entertainers include Gavin DeGraw and KC and The Sunshine Band.
2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest
Date / Time:
Saturday, February 25 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 26, 2017 (noon to 7 p.m.)
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street
One-Day General Admission – Admission is $20 per person, per day with advance online purchase. Admission at the door is $25 per person, per day.
Two-Day General Admission – For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $35 per person with advance online purchase.
Wine Tasters Club – A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $20 per person at the Fest. Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.
Ultimate Fest Experience – A limited number of Ultimate Fest Experience packages are available for $115 per person, per day and includes a VIP parking pass, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 value in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage-side VIP tent, private wine/beer bar with premium wines (food and beverage tickets required) and access to private bathrooms reserved for VIP guests.
Food & Beverage Tickets:
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
“One of my favorite things about Downtown Orlando is the variety of restaurants and event options,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The Downtown Food & Wine Fest combines both by adding to the array of event options residents and visitors can attend, as well as, helping to enhance the vibrancy of the area all the while increasing awareness of our local businesses and strengthening economic growth in the area.”
Top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings to complete in the Golden Fork Awards as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters and celebrity chefs.
For more information on the Downtown Food & Wine Fest:
Council of 101 Presents the 35th Annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
OMA’s galleries will be filled with antiques, vintage, and garden blooms
The Council of 101 is proud to present the 35th annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show, combining fine antiques, art, jewelry, vintage and unique collectibles, garden blooms and more into one outstanding three-day show at the Orlando Museum of Art February 17-19, 2017. The event will feature more than two dozen antiques and vintage dealers from around the country.
Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Show Dates and Times:
Friday, February 17 from 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 18 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, February 19 from 11 am – 4 pm
Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Guest Speaker
This year’s special guest is Eddie Ross; he’s a designer, editor, author of Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, and a self-proclaimed “extreme hoarder of beautiful things.”
His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Country Living, the New York Times and more. He will share his secrets to find items at thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets and incorporate them into a warm and inviting décor. Ross will be speaking and signing copies of Modern Mix on Friday, February 17 at 11 am. Tickets are $45, which includes show admission.
Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Special Events
Thursday, Feb. 16: Opening Night Preview Party – Jackets Jeans & Jewels! $95 per person, includes show admission, 630 pm – 10 pm.
Friday, Feb. 17: The Art of the Cocktail $50 per person, includes show admission, 6 pm – 830 pm.
Saturday, Feb. 18: Mystery Home Tour – tour a local home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste; the location remains a mystery until the arrival. $35 per person, includes show admission. Tours depart at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm.
Saturday, Feb. 18 & Sunday, Feb. 19: What’s It Worth? Appraisal Days – antiques expert and show manager Charlie Miller gives a professional appraisal of family heirlooms and treasured items. $15 general admission plus $10 per item, two item limit, 12 pm – 230 pm. Reservations taken at the door and begin at 11 am on both days.
Tickets to the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show include admission to Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions, including The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.
The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show is a longstanding fundraiser event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art and promoting the museum’s mission to advance the positive impact of art and creativity. This and other Council of 101 events have raised more than $6.8 million for the museum’s educational programs.
Their Ravello and Capa Restaurants are each offering delicious prix fixe menus, while The Spa has special offers for couples.
Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Ravello has quickly become one of our go-to places for a fantastic meal out! The restaurant’s authentic Italian cuisine is prepared by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, originally from Torino, Italy. I love taking a peek into their lively open kitchen.
For Valentines’s day they are offering a four course meal for $75 per person (not including tax or gratuity) that looks delicious!
First course: Focaccia Pugliese, tomato, mozzarella and herbs
Second course: Speck, burrata and asparagus flat bread, roasted cherry tomato thyme, extra virgin olive oil; or, oyster and eggplant, white balsamic gelee, salmon roe, watercress
Third course: Veal medallion, red beet tortellacci, kobocha and caciocavallo cheese, black truffle sauce;or, pan seared “Florida hog” snapper, lobster-chives mashed potatoes, lemon caper sauce, and warm cauliflower-sun dried tomato salad
Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
If you haven’t had the chance to dine at Capa, the Resort’s rooftop level Spanish-inspired steakhouse, you are missing out!
Known for its fresh seafood and prime meats, the stunning ambiance in hues of crimson, black and grey features an open kitchen and wood-burning grill, plus an expansive terrace where guests can enjoy views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks.
Capa was named to Wine Enthusiast magazine’s list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants in the US.
And exclusively for Valentines’s day, you can enjoy a four course meal for $95 per person (not including tax or gratuity).
First course:Sopa – lobster bisque, saffron crème fraiche, tortas; or, ensalada – endive, honeydew, sorrel and mint
Second course: Vieira – scallops crudo, tomatillo salsa verde, blood oranges; or, alcachofa – artichoke confit, black truffle, wagyu beef
Third course: Pescado – branzino, fennel, orange and burnt leek vinaigrette; or, carne – prime beef tenderloin, brown butter-polenta croquettes, green beans and blackgarlic; or, for an additional USD 30 per person, opt for the tomahawk for two, served with rioja sauce and twice baked potato with smoked crème fraiche and caviar
Fourth course: Fundido de Fresa y Chocolate, Bahibe milk chocolate cremeux, strawberry ice cream
Both menus will only be available on February 14th, and to make reservations call (407) 313-6161.
Couples Sweet Retreat at The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
From Saturday, February 11 to Tuesday, February 14, 2017, connect with a couple’s massage performed by one of The Spa’s expert team of therapists in a beautiful candlelit and rose-petal-strewn couple’s suite. Each couple’s massage is set to beautifully soothing ambient music while intoxicating aroma-therapeutic notes of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang essential oils fill the air. Two glasses of rosé to sip, and special Valentine truffles from local chocolatier Norman Love Confections are also included.
This couple’s experience is $385 for a 50 minute massage, $545 for an 80 minute massage or $715 for a 110 minute massage. Couples who reserve 80 minute or 110 minute massages may enjoy complimentary day access to the Resort’s pools, including the adult-only Oasis Pool.
The Spa is also offering a “Tennis Love Match” special where couples can enjoy a tennis lesson for two for USD 100, plus an hour of complimentary court time, available February 11 to February 14, 2017. Lessons are held on the Resort’s Har-Tru tennis courts by tennis professional Alain Labrecque, in partnership with PBI International.
To reserve a Spa appointment or tennis lesson, contact The Spa at 407 313 6160.
The Seven Seas Food Festival is a new event at SeaWorld Orlando that combines live entertainment with international coastal cuisine for 14 consecutive Saturdays from February 11 – May 13, 2017.
Each week you’ll be able to sip and sample your way around the world choosing from over 60 unique eats while enjoying more than 55 craft beers, paired wines, and specialty entertainment from 11 am to park close.
The fun extends beyond the food with live performances each Saturday from top country, rock and Latin music artists.
And the best part? Admission to the Seven Seas Food Festival is included with your SeaWorld Orlando admission!
Seven Seas Food Festival Headline Entertainment:
During the festival live entertainment will have everyone dancing, singing and laughing along to some of their favorite artists as 14 live acts rock SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – 2/11
Lee Brice – 2/18
Bill Engvall – 2/25
Styx – 3/4
Justin Moore – 3/11
ZZ Top – 3/18
Phillip Phillips – 3/25
TBA – 4/1
Village People – 4/8
Commodores – 4/15
Oscar D’León – 4/22
Olga Tanon – 4/29
Grupo Mania – 5/6
TBA – 5/13
Seven Seas Food Festival Coastal Cuisine:
At 11 new global markets, you will set sail on a taste adventure as you discover more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes while enjoying a wide array of wines, specialty cocktails, and local & international craft brews throughout the park.
A selection of menu highlights include:
Asian Market- Peking Duck Lo Mein with Fresh Oriental Vegetables
Korean Market- Bingsu Salted Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Caramel Popcorn
Mexican Market- Braised Chicken Adobo with Mole Sauce
The Walt Disney Studios 2017 Motion Picture Slate is awesome, and to keep you up-to-date on the latest news I am launching a Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up with information about Moana, Cars 3, & Beauty and the Beast!
So let the fun begin!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up ~ January 17, 2017
Walt Disney Animation Studios says ‘You’re Welcome’ to Moana fans later this month when an all-new sing-along version of the epic adventure will sail in to more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27th and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on January 20th.
The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs, such as the Golden Globe®-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.”
Make sure that you check your local listings for showtimes and theaters, because the sing-along run will vary by location.
MOANA home Release date announced
Audiences can soon enjoy the original theatrical version of the film at home and packed with a variety of bonus extras when Moana arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on February 21st & on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on March 7th.
Cars 3 Extended Look
Cars 3 is an all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world, and we have learned about two new characters and a new extended look at the movie was released!
It was announced that Cristela Alonzo, as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer, as next-gen racer Jackson Storm, will be joining Owen Wilson in the cast of Cars 3.
Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?
Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
And finally in Cars 3 news, I wanted to share the new extended look!
Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack news
GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.”
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Beauty and the Beast” will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
Beauty and the Beast
Earlier in the month during the Golden Globes a new “Beauty and the Beast” spot aired that FINALLY gave us a glimpse at Emma Watson singing as Belle.
If you don’t have goosebumps after watching this spot, you’re doing it wrong!!! March 17th can’t get here quick enough!
I can’t wait to bring you more Walt Disney Studios news in a new round-up!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, however all opinions are completely my own.
Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, announced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced on January 14th (the same day we attended Circus XTREME…gulp) that all shows will end in May of this year.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will conclude its tour in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7th and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World will conclude its tour in Uniondale, New York, on May 21st.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”
For those of you planning on catching the Greatest Show on Earth one last time like we did (You can find the full tour schedule here), I wanted to share with you a **FREE** way to enhance your visit to the circus!
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey All-Access Preshow
An hour before the show starts, ticket holders can attend the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME for FREE!
During the party on the show floor families have the chance to meet the international cast, try on costumes, meet the menagerie of animals, and can even be a part of the ‘show’ by learning from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and jugglers.
During our visit Zoe even got to be a part of a BMX trick! (She is MUCH braver than I am!)
The fun ends with a dance party that takes up the entire show floor.
So grab yourself a complimentary red nose and join us for a look at the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME at the Amway Center!
We absolutely had a blast watching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, and I will cherish all the memories we have made and laughs we have shared as a family with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
The extremely popular SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Preschool Card is back by popular demand for 2017 in a limited time offer that is perfect for families with young children who are Florida residents.
With the Preschool Card, kids five and younger can enjoy all the fun of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay from now until December 31, 2017 for FREE.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are a wonderland for education experiences for children and parents alike! Each park offers many activities, shows, rides, and attractions perfect for pint-sized guests, and this offer is the perfect way to experience it all over and over.
There are no black-out dates so you will also be able to enjoy the special events, festivals, and seasonal offerings at both parks! This includes the new Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld Orlando and the extremely popular Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends held throughout the year at Busch Gardens Tampa. What a deal!!!
Registration for the 2017 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Preschool Card must be done in advance and will end on June 27, 2017, so don’t delay!
How to get your 2017 SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Preschool Card:
Before you get started, keep in mind the following things:
Advance registration must be completed online and the card is not available at the parks.
The offer is only valid for children who are Florida residents ages five or younger at the time of redemption at the park.
The card does not include free parking or admission to separately ticketed events.
There are just a few easy steps that you will need to complete to receive a 2017 Preschool Card!
Parents or guardians will visit the online registration page for the 2017 Preschool Card to complete the simple process.
Print out your redemption certificate once you have completed the form.
Bring your redemption certificate as well as a valid form of ID such as a birth certificate or travel passport to the SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ticket windows.
Enjoy unlimited admission through December 31, 2017!
Here’s a look at the fine print of the offer:
Florida residents only and must bring proof of residency to redeem. Valid only at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for children 5 years old and younger at time of redemption. Unlimited admission through 12/31/17. Bring redemption confirmation and valid form of ID (a copy of a certified birth certificate or travel passport) to the ticket window at SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. School IDs or children’s security IDs will not be accepted. The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Card offer is not available at the park; advance online registration required. Only the child’s parent/guardian may register online. Parent/guardian does not have to be present to redeem Card, however friend/family member would need to present the required documents listed above. Not valid for student groups/field trips. Offer only available through June 27, 2017 and subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.
Dining with a food allergy can be very tricky and a source of stress when you are traveling. However Walt Disney World has quite a number of options available to those with a food allergy, dietary restriction, or lifestyle choice for their diet. I wanted to share a few of the things that you can do ahead of time to help you in your planning if you do have a food allergy or sensitivity to make your dining plans easier (and safer).
Dining with a Food Allergy at Walt Disney World
With Walt Disney World being one of the most visited destinations in the world, they see millions of guests annually. Accordingly, they have started to recognize that many of us have food allergies and/or dietary sensitivities and restrictions.
The process starts when you are making reservations or going to a dining location, because you will always want to make the cast members aware of your allergies or dietary restrictions so they can accommodate your needs in the best way possible.
If you are calling Disney Dining to make a reservation, let them know you have an allergy so that when you check-in the host or hostess can easily mark your table as having a special dining request. Or if you book a dining reservation online, simply check that boxes that best fit your dietary needs. But don’t worry if you forget to do either of those, because you can always let them know when you arrive at the restaurant. You can also contact the Special Dietary Requests Line for further assistance at 407-824-5967.
If your allergy isn’t listed in the most common ones online or on the My Disney Experience app, there is an “other” box that can be selected and you can explain the specifics to the server when you arrive.
In the last few years Walt Disney World’s restaurants, both table service and counter service locations, have started to provide guests with what they call Allergy Menus. These menus address the most common food allergies, which include: milk (dairy), corn, egg, wheat (gluten), peanut, soy, shellfish, fish, and tree nuts.
Here is an example of the allergy menu I received on our last visit to Narcoosee’s.
Another option at the restaurants of Walt Disney World is to speak with a chef if you don’t see any choices that meet your needs on the Allergy Menu.
When the chef comes to your table, they will ask you more about your food allergies or sensitivities to better discuss all the options you have at their dining location.
If you are dining at a buffet, the chef can walk you through the line and tell you exactly what you can and can’t have. At a table service restaurant if you see something on the regular menu that you’d like, but has something you can’t have in it you can ask your chef, and more often than not, they can tweak it for you. The chefs are great and like to be creative and will even sometimes make completely off the menu custom dishes if you don’t see something to your liking on the Allergy Menu.
It never hurts to ask! Always make sure you let them know what you like, too. My friends and I have been amazed with some of the dishes the chefs have come up with when we let them run wild with a little freedom.
I recommend looking at menus online before you make your reservations to get an idea of what the restaurant offers to make sure they have something you may be able to eat, keeping in mind that items are subject to change. Some of Allergy Menus will be more extensive depending on the restaurant.
When you are On the Go, there are tons of great snacks being added to the parks and resorts for guests with allergies all the time.
Throughout the resort you will find snacks ranging from fresh fruit to other vegan and gluten free items readily available in the Snacks with Character line that was recently introduced.
If you have a sweet tooth AND food allergies or dietary restrictions, a visit to Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC at Disney Springs should be in your plans. All of the treats in this special bakery are nut free, vegan, Kosher, and gluten free. I’m allergic to pistachios and am gluten free, and I am usually restricted in what I can have…but not here. It is amazing!
The bottom line is don’t be afraid to eat at Disney restaurant because of a food allergy or if you’re vegan or have a food sensitivity. I promise that whatever dietary sensitivity you may have, in the 45 plus years Walt Disney World has been operating there’s a 99.99% chance that they’ve handled it successfully multiple times over.
Doing a little homework before you arrive never hurts, but Walt Disney World will always do their best since your safety is their number one priority during your visit.
The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!
Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.
Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.
Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac
Bambi and Friends
Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.
There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!
Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.
This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!