SeaWorld Orlando host Praise Wave 2019

Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave is SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Christian music event that continues their year long celebrations every weekend in the park!

During the event guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions.  

The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. 

The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include:

Praise Wave SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Rend Collective – Saturday, November 2
Amidst so much heaviness consuming events of today’s world, Rend Collective is sharing good news as a response to that brokenness. The Ireland-hailing Rend Collective is harkening back to their roots-y, unique sound – originally birthed out of Bangor, Ireland – for their sixth studio album, Good News. Taking on the moniker “Purveyors of Good News,” Rend Collective is barreling down the road of authenticity, and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Grown away from industry or formula, each song from Good News is deeply connected to the band’s roots in missional community – a group of people, or extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships – much like the band themselves.

Praise Wave SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Francesca Battistelli – Saturday, November 9
Two and a half years ago, the singer/songwriter set out to create the follow-up to 2014’s If We’re Honest. She intended to make a worship record. It seemed like a logical artistic direction following a string of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Bethel Music and the massive success of her version of “Holy Spirit,” which earned Battistelli her first GRAMMY® Award. However, as she and her husband, Matt, began to pray before each co-write, what emerged wasn’t congregational worship anthems. Instead, empowering pop songs started surfacing, and track-by-track, Battistelli began to build her fourth studio LP, Own It.

Praise Wave SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Natalie Grant – Saturday, November 16
Seven-time GRAMMY nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since, her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, Be One.

Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $15.

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019

Over 3 Million Sparkling Lights Will Deck the Halls from November 23–December 31

For only five weeks, SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration includes award-winning entertainment, the ALL-NEW Sesame Street Christmas Parade, returning seasonal shows like O Wondrous Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, and the chance to head to the Wild Arctic and visit Santa himself.

Also NEW this year, park-goers have the added chance to dine with jolly ol’ Saint Nick over a sumptuous holiday meal with the help of his Kitchen Elves.

Holiday Shows

Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Stroll past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.

In O Wondrous Night, enjoy a live nativity complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted and glorious musical with a host of angels, animals and the true glory of Christmas.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Experience the power and beauty of killer whales in our nighttime holiday show: Miracles. From the sweeping vocal majesty of a unique soundtrack to the visual majesty of SeaWorld’s killer whales, Miracles will take you on a stirring voyage into the heart of the holidays .

SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Christmas Miracles
SeaWorld Orlando

Finally, Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will enjoy.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Special Events

As part of SeaWorld’s transformation into a winter wonderland, don’t miss the all-new Sesame Street Christmas Parade, with fantastic floats decorated for the celebration.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Excitement is also running high for Sea Lion High’s Christmas pageant, join the students and faculty of Sea Lion High for their hilarious new Christmas Special. 

Sights to See

Take a stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland immersed in a sea of twinkling holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centerpiece that towers 70 feet above the water.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Walk along the water’s edge for some holiday shopping at the Shoppes at Waterfront as a magical flurry of snow falls over SeaWorld Orlando while holiday sounds and smells fill the air.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration Event Days: November 23-25, 29, December 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-31

Be sure to stop by Santa’s North Pole Village, where Santa’s Little Helpers are the furriest friends you’ll ever meet! 

Join Santa’s elves and this festive team of adopted dogs, cats, birds, rats and even pigs as they work together, play together, and create heart-warming holiday memories in an all-new SeaWorld Pets Ahoy experience. 

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees
SeaWorld Orlando

Guests of all ages can also share wishes and dreams with Santa Claus while exploring SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic this Christmas. Experience amazing animal encounters and a heart-warming visit with Santa in a holiday adventure.

Next, nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event.

Plus, relaxation is in order near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

Just Around the Corner

Ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on December 31 as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight.

After experiencing the wonder of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s, keep the spirit of the season burning bright at SeaWorld’s Three Kings Celebration January 4 – 6, 2020. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

Three Kings Celebration SeaWorld Orlando 2019 Three Kings food SWO SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Cheer

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass or Fun Card.

SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card

For a limited time, Florida residents can become a Pass Member for as low as $10.25 per month, with offer ending on December 3. Pass Members receive park benefits and rewards, including priority access to new attractions, FREE parking, in-park discounts and much more. And for those guests who prefer the Fun Card, should they purchase a 2020 Fun Card, they can enjoy the rest of 2019 for FREE.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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New in 2020 – Bourne Stuntacular

Bourne Stuntacular Universal Studios Florida New in 2020

New thrills are coming to Universal Studios Florida!

The Universal Orlando Resort revealed that the The Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in spring 2020 bringing guests into the world of Jason Bourne with live performers, incredible stunts, and adrenaline-pumping action at every turn

The cutting-edge live-action stunt show based on Universal Pictures’blockbuster Bourne film franchise will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before.

The Bourne Stuntacular will follow the character of Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. Everything fans have come to expect from the action-packed Bourne film franchise – thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn – will happen right in front of guests with live performers, high-tech props and an immense LED screen, making it impossible to discern where the live action ends and the cinema begins.

Universal Orlando places guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures with some of the world’s most entertaining and innovative theme park experiences. And now, the addition of this edge-of-your-seat live stunt show brings an unprecedented level of action-packed excitement for every member of the family as the character of Jason Bourne attempts to evade capture time and time again.

The Bourne Stuntacular will be located on the streets of Hollywood at Universal Studios Florida, in the former location of Terminator 2: 3-D. 

Now through January 6, 2020, Florida residents can save up to $75 on Florida Resident Passes and have the chance to be among the first to experience The Bourne Stuntacular. To find out more information ant to purchase a 2-Park and 3-Park Florida Resident Passes visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/web/en/us/tickets-packages/offers/annual-pass-offer.

I can’t wait to give you more updates about the Bourne Stuntacular coming to Universal Studios Florida!

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Halloween at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

The Disney Park’s Blog shared that there will be a unique way to celebrate Halloween at Walt Disney World this year at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

This year, you can spend Halloween day at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park enjoying the shorter fall wait times (I hope I just didn’t jinx anything) and exclusive activities!

When you think of Halloween you might not think of water slides and sandy beaches, but this is Florida!

7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

1. Go Trick or Treating 

Who says trick or treating is just for kids? For the first time, guests of all ages can grab some goodies at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Check out all three candy stops: Typhoon Lagoon’s front entrance, Singapore Sal’s and Safe Harbor.  

2. Taste this Halloween-Inspired Dole Whip

If you love Dole Whip, you definitely need to try this all-new spooky dessert. Available for one day only at Happy Landings Ice Cream, the I-Scream Cone features Orange Dole Whip Soft Serve, a sandwich cookie waffle cone, colorful Halloween sprinkles and a white chocolate surfboard. 

3. Meet Your Favorite Disney Characters in Their Halloween Costumes

Shiver me timbers! Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are ready to celebrate Halloween, pirate style. Sailing to Typhoon Lagoon for one day only, look for Mickey and Donald near the Clock Tower. 

4. Show Off Your Dance Moves

No Halloween celebration is complete without great music. Head to the Clocktower stage near the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool for an unforgettable DJ Dance Party and some wickedly good beats. 

5. Bring Home a Halloween Craft 

From tie-dye projects to coloring pages, the arts and crafts at Disney water parks are always a great way for families to spend quality time together. And in honor of Halloween, you can decorate your very own mini-pumpkin. 

6. Check Out Pumpkin Carvings at Singapore Sal’s

Carving jack-o-lanterns has always been one of my favorite Halloween traditions. Visit Singapore Sal’s for a festive display of carved pumpkins. You can even vote on your favorite! 

7. Enjoy Fall Treats All Season Long

In addition to all of the exclusive Halloween festivities at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, you can also try fall-inspired menu items including Pumpkin Milkshakes, Pumpkin Cream Churros and Pumpkin Sundaes. Available now through November 23, 2019.

These new Halloween offerings at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon let you experience both the Disney Water Parks and Halloween in a whole new way.

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This Weekend in the Theme Parks October 18-20

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience this weekend in the parks!

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights through November 2, 2019. 

During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80’s return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment. 

Don’t forget that you can save up to $52 on your HHN when you purchase it in advance online!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle debuts at Universal Orlando Resort this September

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is Coming to Universal Orlando Resort this September
Universal Orlando Resort

*** Shows this weekend begin at 7:30pm with show runnings lasting approximately 20 minutes ***

All-New Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort will Bring the Darker Side of the Wizarding World– including Death Eaters – to Life in Hogsmeade on Select Nights Through November 15

As darkness falls on select nights the all-consuming Dark Arts will be unleashed in Hogsmeade when the all-new light projection experience, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, will make its highly-anticipated debut at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.

The nighttime show utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects and lighting to bring a new dimension of magic to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. 

But before the experience, an ominous green light and fog will permeate the village, signaling the arrival of the Death Eaters. They’ll eerily roam throughout Hogsmeade, lurking amongst guests – practicing the Dark Arts with complete disregard of wizarding laws.

The highly anticipated Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will run select nights through November 15 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. 

Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Guests of all ages can join their favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as Count von Count, Elmo, Big Bird, and all the gang celebrate the season in our All-New Sesame Street Halloween Parade.  

Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet spooky characters along our new trick-or-treat trail. For this special event, children are welcome to dress in their 

Halloween costumes and take part in this frightfully fun Halloween experience.

The Halloween fun takes place every weekend through October 27 and is included with park admission.

PLEASE NOTE – This year SeaWorld Orlando won’t be giving out Trick-or-Treat bags, so you can bring your own or purchase one at the park starting at less than $1.

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Fall Celebrations at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and specialty menus weekends October 27. 

Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites. Plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. 

To get the most brews for your bucks, make sure to purchase a 12 ($54 plus tax) or 8 ($40 plus tax) Lanyard!

This is the one craft beer celebration you won’t want to miss!

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs Guide 2019

Disney Springs is once again celebrating the return of Autumn with the WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs limited-time celebration returning September 20 through November 4, 2019. 

The WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs takes foodies on a journey around the shopping, dining, and experience destination with stops at over 30 participating locations.

From specialty cocktails and ciders to desserts and dishes featuring the popular flavors of the season like pumpkin, squash, apple, cinnamon, and more you are sure to find your favorite (or even new favorite) seasonally-inspired dish. 

You can also pick up a WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs event guide at various locations to help plan your visit. 

In addition to all of these yummy items, you can also enjoy a variety of fall-inspired hard ciders at Dockside Margaritas and outdoor vending carts. And don’t forget to stop by Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. to snack on some fall-inspired treats like candy apples, cookies, cake pops, crispy treats, and more!

For more information on WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs, restaurant info, full menus, and to make reservations, visit DisneySprings.com or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party kicks off tonight at the Magic Kingdom!

Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! 

The party starts at 7pm, but you can get in with MNSSHP ticket as early as 4pm, to enjoy the exclusive entertainment, merchandise, special treats, ride overlays, trick-or-treating, parade, and all-new nighttime spectacular hosted by Jack Skellington. 

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (Fireworks Extravaganza)

Gather ‘round as your host—Jack Skellington—delights with this not so scary-tale that proves anything can happen at Halloween!

During a frightfully fun fireworks display, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are spirited away to a mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains!

Don’t miss this dazzling spectacular featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, light and fireworks during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Descendance Party

Join your favorite Villain Kids for some wickedly good beats and fun photo ops at Cosmic Rays beginning on the August 16th party.

Ride Overlays

  • Mad Tea Party – special lighting and music takes this wild attraction up an even madder notch
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – take care as live pirates join in on your adventure in search of treasure
  • Space Mountain – hurtle through total darkness to the “riffs and chords of a new hard-rockin’ soundtrack”. 
  • Monster’s Inc. (NEW for 2019) – join your favorite comic cast of monsters as they learn all about Halloween in the human world

Returning favorites include:

  • “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats. But the coolest part is that the Headless Horseman rides the route (weather permitting) before the parade.
    • new this year are floats and updates to the parade. Joining the Haunted Mansion waltzing spirits will be the spectral bride from the attraction. There will also be two new Tomorrowland inspired floats: one featuring Buzz Lightyear and alien explorers and the other with the Incredibles and Edna Mode. 
  • The popular live show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney villains the likes of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.
  • In Frontierland, prospector Cactus-Flower Cate rounds up youngsters for the “Frontierland Costume Promenade,” encouraging them to show off their costumes in a quest for the greatest treasure in the land – candy! The “Frontierland Costume Promenade” takes place just prior to each run of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.
  • Trick-or-treating throughout the park!
    • If you have dietary concerns, Disney has you covered!!! There is a special way that you can trick-or-treat. You will go to the Trick-or-Treat locations throughout the park to collect tokens that can be redeemed for treats you can enjoy!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 

2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 24th year with even more global marketplaces, entertainment, special events, and fun as the festival happens daily through November 19, 2019!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is:

  • A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovations with 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces extending from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade
  • Fun for the entire family including the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World & Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt
  • The popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series
    • Baha Men October 18 through 20 
  • And special add-on seminars, demonstrations, and parties throughout the festival!

During the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat concerts through November 19 the Disney du Jour Dance Party, Festival Passport, all attractions, and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Don’t forget to catch the new Epcot Forever Fireworks while you are in the park!!!

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

Right now Epcot, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is buzzing with activity as it undergoing the biggest transformation ever in Disney Theme Park history as the park prepares to add several new attractions, pavilions, experiences, and entertainment.

To help guests have a better visualization of the upcoming changes, a new experience showcasing the changes has opened in Future World’s Odyssey Pavilion – between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion – called Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat

2015 Brick or Treat LEGOLAND Florida theme parks
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat happens weekends in October at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with a spirited lineup of LEGO festivities including trick or treating along a LEGO trail, exclusive Halloween character experiences and a nightly firework show that make it appear as if thousands of LEGO bricks are exploding in the sky.

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Celebration’s 13th Annual Oktoberfest

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Fall Festival
Celebration Kicks off 13th  Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on October 18th and 19th   

On October 18th and 19th , Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, and enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Leaves Falling

On Friday October 18th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

Then, come back on October 19th as Celebration Town Center will celebrate “Rocktoberfest”. Featuring The Band Be Easy  with opening act James Boyd. Town Center will be the place to be to usher in Fall. It’s the coolest family-friendly Oktoberfest in the Southeast, so don’t miss it.

Hop on a hayride, dance to terrific live music, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

Oktoberfest features leaves falling daily at 7:00, 8:00, AND 9:00 PM.

PARKING AND ADMISSION ARE FREE!!!

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by Sam Adams, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. For more information, visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com

Come early, Stay Late, and have fun at Celebration’s 13th Annual Oktoberfest!

OCTOBER 18TH SCHEDULE

5:30 PM    DJ Tami Begins

6:10-7:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

10:00 PM Event Ends

OCTOBER 19TH SCHEDULE

5:00 PM DJ Tami Begins

5:30-7:00 PM  James Boyd

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:10-8:00 PM The Band Be Easy

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:10-9:00 PM The Band Be Easy

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:15 PM The Band Be Easy

10:30 PM Event Ends

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New in 2020: SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have revealed details regarding new attractions coming to the parks in 2020.

This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year.

Iron Gwazi – Opening Spring 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A NEW legend is surfacing in 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the evolution of Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest, and the fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, feature a 91-degree drop, and reach top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting thrill attraction that families can take on together. 

“Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon,” said Stewart Clark, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens.” 

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

While elements of the former wooden attraction will be integrated into the new ride, the steel track and reimagined layout of Iron Gwazi present an entirely unique experience that tells a different story. Iron Gwazi will highlight the best of both worlds — the classic nostalgia of a wooden coaster and the bold innovation of a steel coaster.

Thriving and adapting over millions of years, this evolutionary crossroad is perfectly represented in the crocodile, the largest living reptile and the animal inspiration for Iron Gwazi.

Solar Vortex – Opening Spring 2020 at Adventure Island

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Spin and splash at Adventure Island on Solar Vortex — America’s first dual-tailspin water slide. 

This thrilling family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Manufactured by Whitewater, Solar Vortex will also include three dynamic AquaLucent elements — harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Solar Vortex will be an electrifying new ride for families next year when it opens with the 2020 Adventure Island season.

Ice Breaker – Opening Spring 2020 at SeaWorld Orlando

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Making its debut in spring 2020, riders will shiver through family friendly adventures on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster: Ice Breaker.

Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle.

Located near the Wild Arctic Attraction, the ride’s theme is reflective of this area with a nod to Ice Breaker’s conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center. Primarily dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, the Alaska SeaLife Center mission matches closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s, making them a perfect partner to help educate riders about the Artic and its inhabitants. 

“The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld.  For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, President and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld’s contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.” 

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.              

Best value for Floridians – Enjoy all NEW rides with an Annual Pass!

With three ALL-NEW attractions to enjoy, there has never been a better time to be a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Annual Pass Member. Upon the launch of each attraction, Pass Members will enjoy EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIME on Iron Gwazi, Ice Breaker and Solar Vortex.

For 2020, the best value for Floridians is the FOUR PARK PASS, which includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. In addition to exciting NEW rides coming next spring, guests who purchase an annual pass today can enjoy fan-favorite events included with their park admission in Orlando and Tampa.

For more information on Fun Cards, Annual Passes, and daily admission, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and BuschGardensTampa.com

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Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave, an annual SeaWorld Orlando event, brings popular Christian Music acts to Orlando

This year SeaWorld Orlando is hosting special celebrations every weekend, and this November their popular Christian music event, Praise Wave, returns.

During the event guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions.  

The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. 

The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include:

Rend Collective – Saturday, November 2

Praise Wave SeaWorld Orlando 2019


Amidst so much heaviness consuming events of today’s world, Rend Collective is sharing good news as a response to that brokenness. The Ireland-hailing Rend Collective is harkening back to their roots-y, unique sound – originally birthed out of Bangor, Ireland – for their sixth studio album, Good News. Taking on the moniker “Purveyors of Good News,” Rend Collective is barreling down the road of authenticity, and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Grown away from industry or formula, each song from Good News is deeply connected to the band’s roots in missional community – a group of people, or extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships – much like the band themselves.

Francesca Battistelli – Saturday, November 9

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Two and a half years ago, the singer/songwriter set out to create the follow-up to 2014’s If We’re Honest. She intended to make a worship record. It seemed like a logical artistic direction following a string of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Bethel Music and the massive success of her version of “Holy Spirit,” which earned Battistelli her first GRAMMY® Award. However, as she and her husband, Matt, began to pray before each co-write, what emerged wasn’t congregational worship anthems. Instead, empowering pop songs started surfacing, and track-by-track, Battistelli began to build her fourth studio LP, Own It.

Natalie Grant – Saturday, November 16

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Seven-time GRAMMY nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since, her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, Be One.

Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $15.

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SeaWorld Orlando hosts Inaugural Rescue Run

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Run January 2020

SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Run benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Spend time with friends and family as you run, skip, jog, or stroll through SeaWorld Orlando’s Inaugural Rescue Run!

This inaugural event benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund takes place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the park’s picturesque pathways and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s animals before you cross the finish line at Shamu Stadium. There’s even an exclusive Whale Show at the conclusion of the event.

SeaWorld’s Rescue Run also features a fun packed Kids Run for participants ages 7 and under so it’s sure to be a hit with the entire family.  SeaWorld Rescue themed awards, medals for all participants, and plenty of surprises along the way, this is certain to be a memorable day for racers of all ages. Your exclusive Whale Show, for all participants and a limited number of spectators, is the perfect way to wrap up your race. Race participants and guests can then stay and play following the event with a special day-of ticket offer.

This family-friendly fun run benefits the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its inception in 2003, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has provided well over $17 million in grants to over 1,200 organizations – from global organizations to grassroots groups.

Beneficiary Information

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Run 2020

This event will benefit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. 

EVERY SINGLE PENNY goes toward these conservation projects! Your donations save lives… One of the greatest benefits of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is that 100% of your contribution will support animal rescue, habitat protection and conservation education programs in the U.S. and around the world.

All expenses and overhead for the Fund are provided by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, so every single penny you donate goes directly to the projects supported by the fund.

SeaWorld Orlando Entrance Rescue Run

Location

SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Event Morning Timeline

  • 5:45 a.m. – Registration and Packet Pickup Opens (near SeaWorld main entrance)
  • 6:00 a.m. – Parking lot closes (Please plan to be on-site at least 45 minutes prior to race start)
  • 7:00 a.m. – START of the 3 Mile FUN RUN
  • 7:15 a.m. – Finish line festival begins with SeaWorld Animals and Characters awaiting you at the post-race festival
  • 8:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony (near the finish line area)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Kids Fun Run Start
  • 9:15 a.m. – FREE Whale Show experience (20 – 25 minute show) 

Race Amenities

  • Inaugural SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Finisher’s medal for Fun Run participants
  • Commemorative SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Race T-Shirt (adult sizes and unisex)
  • Commemorative SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Water Bottle
  • Finish Line Festival with food and refreshments
  • SeaWorld Surprises will await you at the Finish Line Festival
  • Kids Fun Run inside SeaWorld Orlando near Shamu Stadium with a Finisher’s medal
  • Free Race Day parking
  • Post-race Whale Show (limited spectator tickets) 

Fees

FUN RUN Registration Fees

  • $50 through November 15, 2019
  • $55 from November 16 – December 31, 2019
  • $60 from January 1 – January 24, 2020
  • $65 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)

KIDS FUN RUN Registration Fees

  • $10 through January 24, 2020
  • $15 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)

Spectator Whale Show Ticket

  • $15 through January 24, 2020
  • $20 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)

All Registration Fees for the Fun Run Event, Kids Fun Run, and Spectator Show Ticket – includes FREE parking at SeaWorld.

14 & under / 65 & over through January 24th will receive $5.00 OFF. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.

All SeaWorld Ambassadors (employees), Annual Pass Members, and Military will receive 10% OFF the registration fee through January 24th ONLY. Employee ID, Annual Pass and ID, and Military ID must be shown at time of Packet Pick-up. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. 

********ALL ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND RACE REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE********THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT********NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER********

RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS & SHOW – Cash, checks made payment to “SeaWorld Orlando”, and credit card payments will be accepted on race day.

Special Admission Offer

50% off a Single-Day SeaWorld Orlando ticket for SeaWorld’s Rescue Run participates, valid from January 25 – February 9, 2020.

Race T-Shirts

All participants who register for the 3 Mile event will receive a 100% ring-spun soft cotton unisex t-shirt. Sizes are guaranteed through January 18, 2020.

Finisher Medals for both events

All PAID participants will receive a custom SeaWorld’s Rescue Run themed finisher medal that participate in the 3 Mile event and the Kid’s Run!

Post Race Whale Show

All PAID Fun Run participants will have FREE access to this private and exclusive Whale Show. This exclusive show will follow all events beginning approximately at 9:15am.

Weather and Safety Information

Races will be held rain or shine, however, if there is severe weather in the area, the race start may be delayed or canceled. As a reminder, registration feeds are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In order to ensure of all runners safety, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, baby carriers, and dogs are prohibited from the race course. It is VERY important for you to stay alert throughout the race, stay inside cones, and obey all race signage. Jogging strollers are permitted but must start in the back.

Strollers

Strollers are allowed in the 3 Mile event. Nurturing future generations of runners is a priority and demonstrating healthy lifestyles to kids is special. We do ask those registrants participating with a stroller, must line up after the runners and walkers at the start line. Please listen for directions on where to line up at on the day of the race. Only paid participants of the 3 Mile event will receive a finisher medal. If you would like your child to receive the medal, you will have to register them for the 3 Mile event. 

SeaWorld’s Rescue Kids Run

Following the Fun Run event, we will host a KIDS RUN! All kids must be registered and the Kids Run capacity is capped at 1,000. You can register your child in advance or on Race Day at the main registration area in the morning. All kids who participate will receive a Kids Fun Run Finisher Medal and a SeaWorld Rescue animal themed fun item! Distances will vary between ages ranging from a 50 yard dash to a 200 yard dash. No race t-shirts will be given out for the Kids Fun Run. 

Early Packet Pickup

More details to follow on early Packet Pickup with dates, times, and location! 

RACE DAY – Or you can opt to pick up your packet on Race Day beginning at 6:00am. However, please do allow additional time to pick up your packet on race day due to parking and potentially long lines.

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This Weekend in the Parks: October 11-13, 2019

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience this weekend in the parks!


Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights through November 2, 2019. 

During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80’s return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment. 

Don’t forget that you can save up to $52 on your HHN when you purchase it in advance online!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle debuts at Universal Orlando Resort this September

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is Coming to Universal Orlando Resort this September
Universal Orlando Resort

*** Shows this weekend begin at 7:30pm with show runnings lasting approximately 20 minutes ***

All-New Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort will Bring the Darker Side of the Wizarding World– including Death Eaters – to Life in Hogsmeade on Select Nights Through November 15

As darkness falls on select nights the all-consuming Dark Arts will be unleashed in Hogsmeade when the all-new light projection experience, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, will make its highly-anticipated debut at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.

The nighttime show utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects and lighting to bring a new dimension of magic to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. 

But before the experience, an ominous green light and fog will permeate the village, signaling the arrival of the Death Eaters. They’ll eerily roam throughout Hogsmeade, lurking amongst guests – practicing the Dark Arts with complete disregard of wizarding laws.

The highly anticipated Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will run select nights through November 15 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. 

Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Guests of all ages can join their favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as Count von Count, Elmo, Big Bird, and all the gang celebrate the season in our All-New Sesame Street Halloween Parade.  

Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet spooky characters along our new trick-or-treat trail. For this special event, children are welcome to dress in their 

Halloween costumes and take part in this frightfully fun Halloween experience.

The Halloween fun takes place every weekend through October 27 and is included with park admission.

PLEASE NOTE – This year SeaWorld Orlando won’t be giving out Trick-or-Treat bags, so you can bring your own or purchase one at the park starting at less than $1.

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Fall Celebrations at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and specialty menus weekends October 27. 

Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites. Plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. 

To get the most brews for your bucks, make sure to purchase a 12 ($54 plus tax) or 8 ($40 plus tax) Lanyard!

This is the one craft beer celebration you won’t want to miss!

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs Guide 2019

Disney Springs is once again celebrating the return of Autumn with the WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs limited-time celebration returning September 20 through November 4, 2019. 

The WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs takes foodies on a journey around the shopping, dining, and experience destination with stops at over 30 participating locations.

From specialty cocktails and ciders to desserts and dishes featuring the popular flavors of the season like pumpkin, squash, apple, cinnamon, and more you are sure to find your favorite (or even new favorite) seasonally-inspired dish. 

You can also pick up a WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs event guide at various locations to help plan your visit. 

In addition to all of these yummy items, you can also enjoy a variety of fall-inspired hard ciders at Dockside Margaritas and outdoor vending carts. And don’t forget to stop by Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. to snack on some fall-inspired treats like candy apples, cookies, cake pops, crispy treats, and more!

For more information on WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs, restaurant info, full menus, and to make reservations, visit DisneySprings.com or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party kicks off tonight at the Magic Kingdom!

Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! 

The party starts at 7pm, but you can get in with MNSSHP ticket as early as 4pm, to enjoy the exclusive entertainment, merchandise, special treats, ride overlays, trick-or-treating, parade, and all-new nighttime spectacular hosted by Jack Skellington. 

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (Fireworks Extravaganza)

Gather ‘round as your host—Jack Skellington—delights with this not so scary-tale that proves anything can happen at Halloween!

During a frightfully fun fireworks display, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are spirited away to a mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains!

Don’t miss this dazzling spectacular featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, light and fireworks during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Descendance Party

Join your favorite Villain Kids for some wickedly good beats and fun photo ops at Cosmic Rays beginning on the August 16th party.

Ride Overlays

  • Mad Tea Party – special lighting and music takes this wild attraction up an even madder notch
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – take care as live pirates join in on your adventure in search of treasure
  • Space Mountain – hurtle through total darkness to the “riffs and chords of a new hard-rockin’ soundtrack”. 
  • Monster’s Inc. (NEW for 2019) – join your favorite comic cast of monsters as they learn all about Halloween in the human world

Returning favorites include:

  • “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats. But the coolest part is that the Headless Horseman rides the route (weather permitting) before the parade.
    • new this year are floats and updates to the parade. Joining the Haunted Mansion waltzing spirits will be the spectral bride from the attraction. There will also be two new Tomorrowland inspired floats: one featuring Buzz Lightyear and alien explorers and the other with the Incredibles and Edna Mode. 
  • The popular live show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney villains the likes of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.
  • In Frontierland, prospector Cactus-Flower Cate rounds up youngsters for the “Frontierland Costume Promenade,” encouraging them to show off their costumes in a quest for the greatest treasure in the land – candy! The “Frontierland Costume Promenade” takes place just prior to each run of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.
  • Trick-or-treating throughout the park!
    • If you have dietary concerns, Disney has you covered!!! There is a special way that you can trick-or-treat. You will go to the Trick-or-Treat locations throughout the park to collect tokens that can be redeemed for treats you can enjoy!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 

2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 24th year with even more global marketplaces, entertainment, special events, and fun as the festival happens daily through November 19, 2019!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is:

  • A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovations with 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces extending from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade
  • Fun for the entire family including the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World & Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt
  • The popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series
    • Boyce Avenue – NEW! October 10 through 11 
    • Southern Avenue – NEW! October 12 through 13 
  • And special add-on seminars, demonstrations, and parties throughout the festival!

During the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat concerts through November 19 the Disney du Jour Dance Party, Festival Passport, all attractions, and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Don’t forget to catch the new Epcot Forever Fireworks while you are in the park!!!

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

Right now Epcot, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is buzzing with activity as it undergoing the biggest transformation ever in Disney Theme Park history as the park prepares to add several new attractions, pavilions, experiences, and entertainment.

To help guests have a better visualization of the upcoming changes, a new experience showcasing the changes has opened in Future World’s Odyssey Pavilion – between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion – called Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat

2015 Brick or Treat LEGOLAND Florida theme parks
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat happens weekends in October at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with a spirited lineup of LEGO festivities including trick or treating along a LEGO trail, exclusive Halloween character experiences and a nightly firework show that make it appear as if thousands of LEGO bricks are exploding in the sky.

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Christmas at the Gaylord Palms 2019

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms 2019

The Gaylord Palms will be bursting with the magic of Christmas during the resort’s signature holiday experience from November 25 – January 5, 2019!

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms will feature new and returning holiday fun as well as “The Polar Express” is featured inside the nine degree ICE!

All Aboard for Ice!

A Christmas classic, Warner Bros.’ “The Polar Express” arrives at Gaylord Palms as an all-new theme for ICE!, presented by DEI. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

A truly heart-warming tale, “The Polar Express” will come alive for guests in a world made from more than two million pounds of ice, hand-carved into sculptures and interactive features to recreate iconic scenes from the film about a magical adventure to the North Pole full of lessons on friendship, bravery, and the true spirit of Christmas.

“We can’t wait to debut ‘The Polar Express’ as this larger-than-life attraction,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “Christmas is a truly magical time here at Gaylord Palms, and this film embodies the magic and wonder of the season. We know guests of all ages will love experiencing ICE! this year to feel that holiday joy.”

The ICE! attraction is crafted by artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

This year, as guests explore the nine-degree attraction, they will discover more than ten favorite scenes from “The Polar Express,” along with the event’s two-story ice slides and the popular Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase. 

The ICE! experience concludes with a separate area dedicated to a traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.
Brand New Interactive Experience

Gaylord Palms Three Kings Festival 2019

Families can experience a day in the life of one of Santa’s toy makers inside the new Elf Training Academy at Alpine Village where guests become honorary gift maker elves as they create the perfect Christmas present for someone special, all under the guidance of the elf supervisor.

Exciting Celebrations Of The Season

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The Sounds of the Season Concert Series will once again fill the atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort with the joyful music of the season as VoicePlay returns to join a line-up of other performers, who will be announced later this season.  

All performances will include a concert patron-exclusive admission to the ICE! attraction. 

Gaylord Palms Three Kings Festival 2019

Christmas at Gaylord Palms will again present the Three Kings Festival, a special commemoration of the extended holiday season celebrated by many Christians in Spain and Latin America honoring the Three Wise Men and their visit to meet baby Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. 

Among the special activities planned is a musical show “The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos” along with special food and beverage options. 

The Three King Festival will run from December 27 through January 5.  

Christmas Classics Return

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

“Holiday thrills” take on a whole new meaning during Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a 25-minute, action-packed experience featuring soaring acrobatics, theatricality and imagination that will have guests on the edge of their seats. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped features new acts and performers each year to bring to life a magical and timeless Christmas wonderland, all imagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Gaylord Palms’ St. Augustine atrium will be home to an all-new, dazzling light show for the 2019 season. The multisensory experience will feature a new musical score accompanied with millions of dancing, choreographed lights all around the resort’s six-story Christmas tree during nightly shows.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Guests exploring the meandering paths inside the resort’s Everglades atrium will find the Christmas Tree Trail, a display of nine magnificent trees provided by Balsam HillTM.  Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s chief Christmas Tree Decorator, has personally prepared these for grand display at Gaylord Palms.  From snowmen and candy canes to reindeer and nutcrackers, each tree represents one of Sparkle’s favorite things about Christmas, with one even honoring the Florida-themed resort!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt will have families and friends enlisting in Santa’s Secret Service to decode some fun. Guests will utilize their very own Santa’s Secret Service Decoder Ring to decipher clues to become full-fledged members of Santa’s Secret Service. Only the most elite yuletide sleuths will be able to locate the unique Christmassy clues hidden throughout the resort’s atrium to break the code and earn a Santa’s Secret Service badge.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

All ages will delight in the holiday hijinks inside the Naughty or Nice Escape Room, as mischievous Jack Frost has moved the names of “Nice” Gaylord guests onto the Naughty side of Santa’s delivery list! Guests will need to work together to follow the clues and solves the puzzles to secure a spot on the better side and avoid a stocking full of coal!   

The immersive, interactive Reindeer Express Post Office returns this year, where everyone isinvited to jot down their top Christmas wishes on a postcard before entering this special facility to launch their wishes off on a journey to Santa.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The festive Alpine Village will again be the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, the village is home to various attractions and shows, Photos with Santa, seasonal food and beverage options plus holiday retail locations, including a Build-A-Bear Workshop, where imaginations soar. Guests choose from all kinds of furry friends to make and bring home, including a Gaylord Hotels-exclusive bear.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Gingerbread Decorating Corner returns, now located inside the Alpine Village Sweet Shop! Guests may select a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit to enjoy a sticky and fun interactive experience, creating sweet souvenirs to take home. The Alpine Village Sweet Shop will offer additional candies and treats for purchase to decorate sugary masterpieces or to delight someone’s sweet tooth. The deliciously fun gingerbread pair, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, will also be available for toasty hugs and holiday photos.

Every evening, the Alpine Village Sweet Shop will present Sugary Sweet Storytime, transporting guests to the world of “The Nutcracker” during an interactive show led by the Sugarplum Fairy herself. The experience is completed with a one-of-a-kind, super sweet, super sparkly and super tasty Sugarplum Hot Chocolate in a festive souvenir mug.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive show. Guests enjoy classic holiday stories and a sing-a-long, plus a delicious finale as the holiday hostess presents everyone with warm cookies and a glass of cold milk.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Santa’s Snow Throw puts real snow in the hands of guests as they show off their pitching prowess by tossing snowballs at a variety of interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves. Bragging rights go to those with the best aim!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. This all-ages attraction offers both single and double tubes to accommodate children and parents. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

During the season, the Orlando-area resort welcomes guests to make memories amongst festive décor and an endearing mix of Christmassy activities and shows, becoming “Everything Christmas in One Extraordinary Place” for Christmas at Gaylord Palms, presented by Pepsi.

To make your reservations and to find out even more information, visit their official website.

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Ox Grill Opening Soon at ICON Park

Ox Grill ICON Park International Drive 2019

Ox Grill brings world cuisine and event venue to International Drive’s ICON Park

Ox Grill, is getting ready to introduce diners to new flavors and cuisines from around the world when it opens this fall at International Drive’s ICON Park.

When Ox Grill opens, its menu will feature food with links to countries from around the world, as well as a gourmet salad bar. The 7,800 square foot restaurant will also feature an event venue that can seat up to 200 people for corporate meetings and special occasions. It will be a unique addition to ICON Park’s entertainment district, which features 20 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions.

“Ox Grill brings a whole new dimension to dining at ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park. “Guests will get to enjoy global cuisine with a view of our record-breaking attractions.”

The restaurant is an innovative collaboration between local entrepreneur, Josefina Muñiz, and veteran Orlando restaurateur and sommelier, Joseph Thomas. The two worked to create specialty dishes from around the world. There is mofongo inspired by Puerto Rico, vatapa created from Brazilian recipes and a taste of France in the chicken jambonette.

“I am so proud to bring people from around the world together over food,” said Muñiz. “ICON Park is the perfect location for a new restaurant experience. Our guests will feel spoiled from the minute they pull up to the complimentary valet until they take that last bite of dessert.”

Ox Grill is located near SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Walgreens. Free parking is available both through the nearby valet and the seven-story garage on the other side of ICON Park.

Ox Grill joins a lineup of more than 40 distinctive restaurants throughout ICON Park, in addition to The Wheelhouse Market. ICON Park continues to increase its restaurant choices with Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, set to open in 2020. 

For more information on ICON Park, visit ICONParkOrlando.com.

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Spooky Seas Haunt SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Spooky Seas October 2019

Spooky Seas invites guests at SEA LIFE Orlando to dress up, take part in a spooky scavenger hunt, & discover something amazing

For the entire month of October, SEA Life Orlando at ICON Park on International Drive is hosting the spookiest celebration under the sea! 

The Spooky Seas Halloween event is included in the price of aquarium admission, and gives guests the opportunity to dress in their favorite costume and add a new holiday twist to the aquarium. 

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Sea Life Orlando Spooky Seas Underwater Pumpkins

Have you ever seen a pumpkin carved UNDERWATER? Now’s your chance!

Watch as divers carve pumpkins underwater in their spookiestcostumes! 

Underwater pumpkin carving takes place on select days at SEA LIFE Orlando:

  • Every Saturday and Sunday in October – 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM
  • Daily, October 28-31 – 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM

*Dive times and Underwater Pumpkin Carving presentations are subject to chance or cancellation with no notice

Spooky Seas Scavenger Hunt

Sea Life Spooky Seas Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

Can you find all of the hidden Jack-O-Laterns throughout SEA LIFE Orlando?

Take your time and look in each exhibit to take part in the Spooky Seas scavenger hunt for even fun at no additional cost!

Make sure to Pre-book your SEA LIFE Orlando tickets online in advance to save and guarantee entry!

SEA LIFE Orlando Spooky Seas
About SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium  


SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium offers a wave of underwater adventures with sea creatures from around the world.

Come face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and
many more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles and razor-sharp teeth.

Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans, explore a 360-degree ocean tunnel, meet a friendly rescue sea turtle and touch exotic starfish and anemones. You can even jump behind the scenes and tanks to see what it takes to keep an aquarium running.

For tickets and more information, visit
www.VisitSeaLife.com/Orlando.

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Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, however all opinions are my own.

I have really been focusing on building the On the Go in MCO YouTube Channel (sorry not sorry for the shameless plug! LOL!), and one thing that I have found that is SUPER helpful to have is a great pair of headphones!

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, available at BestBuy.com, are lightweight with amazing sound quality!!! These headphones redefine the premium headphone experience by reproducing the balanced depth and precision of studio-quality sound.

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

Here are some of the features you’ll find on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones that make them so special:

Auto On/Off and Smart Pause
Never miss a beat with seamless On/Off and Smart Pause functionality. Simply fold the earcups, open or close to turn your music on or off. Remove your headphones to bring your music to a pause, and then slip them back on to get back into the groove.

Active Noise Cancellation (3 modes) and Transparent Hearing
MOMENTUM Wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself allowing you to experience your audio world on your terms. The advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes that are tailored to different environments. With the Transparent Hearing feature, you can enjoy music while still being aware of your surroundings.

Three Modes of Operation

  • Max: The Max mode offers Maximum Mode Cancellation (Airplane).
  • Anti Wind: Provides noise cancellation optimized for outdoors.
  • Anti Pressure: Softer noise cancellation for at-home use.

Three Button Interface:
Easy to operate, without needing to read a manual, the simple and intuitive 3-Button Interface means you can switch between your music and making calls in an instant. You can also activate Volume Control at the touch of a button and link to voice assistant technology immediately.

Automatic Pairing Mode:
Makes setting up easy on first activation.

Smart Control App:
Built-in equalizer, Noise Cancellation and Transparent Hearing modes mean you can tailor your sound to your situation.

Smart ‘Tile’ Technology:
Track your headphones, so the only time you feel lost, is in the music.

Soft Earpads and Headband:
A genuine leather head strap and premium earcups deliver superior comfort.

Two Stylish Colors

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones are available in Black and Sandy White.
Easy to Pack

The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones have their own carrying case to protect them while you’re on the go.

Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones 

The new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones make listening to superior sound even more seamless than ever, and you can find more information about the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones on Facebook.

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Step into the Epcot Experience

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience: Peek into a Bright Future for the Park

Right now Epcot, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is buzzing with activity as it undergoing the biggest transformation ever in Disney Theme Park history as the park prepares to add several new attractions, pavilions, experiences, and entertainment.

To help guests have a better visualization of the upcoming changes, a new experience showcasing the changes has opened in Future World’s Odyssey Pavilion – between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion – called Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience.

Epcot Experience in the Odyssey Events Pavilion
Walt Disney World Resort

The Epcot Experience features an in-depth look at the park’s transformation that combines cutting-edge technology and fun with personal moments to create an environment that honors Epcot’s rich history. 

The Epcot Experience invites guests into a multi-faceted celebration of the past, present and future of the park with the following opportunities:

360-Degree Film Presentation

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019
Play Pavilion projection
  • Guests enter a large, circular, darkened room where they are surrounded by a seamless, 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling screen showing a continuous 12-minute film celebrating the past, present and future of Epcot.
  • The immersive presentation displays archival footage going back well before Epcot opened in 1982, taking guests on a journey to present day and beyond. It showcases new pavilion icons that will integrate into the park, and previews experiences in development with vignettes featuring:
    • The PLAY! pavilion
    • A new vision for Spaceship Earth
    • Sensational new attractions based on popular films
    • The park’s forthcoming nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS”
  • In the center of the room, a three-dimensional artfully designed model of Epcot appears to continuously change in time with the film, as projection-mapping technology highlights different areas of the park in special ways.
  • Altogether, the space uses 30 projectors to bring the experience to life and take guests along on the journey of this ambitious next chapter in Epcot’s legacy.

Dimensional Photo Opportunities

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

Guests can have their pictures taken inside four dimensional photo locations specially designed for the Epcot Experience. Perfect for sharing on social media, these photo ops make it seem as if guests are standing atop the iconic Spaceship Earth geosphere or shrunk to the size of Remy from Disney and Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” among others.

Display Cases Showcasing Special Items

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

Throughout the Epcot Experience, display cases feature artifacts, memorabilia and other fascinating items showcasing the past, present and future of Epcot. Pieces include:

  • An Epcot park map and medallion from opening day, Oct. 1, 1982, plus a commemorative opening day park ticket
  • Epcot pin sets from 1982 and present day
  • Models and concept art for future Epcot experiences

The Epcot Experience also features attraction posters from throughout the park’s history, plus experiences still on the horizon. Grab-and-go food and drinks are available inside, as well, along with tables and seating.

New Epcot Merchandise

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019

The new Epcot logo unveiled at D23 Expo in August adorns a wide array of new merchandise available inside the park beginning Oct. 1, 2019, including:

  • Short- and long-sleeve shirts
  • Baseball cap
  • Hoodie
  • Tote bag
  • Journal
  • Water bottle
  • Mickey Mouse ear hat

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents: The Epcot Experience is open daily with the park.

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience October 2019
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