Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando will host Elmo’s Birthday Celebration with his furry friends from January 27 to February 3.

SeaWorld Orlando Elmo's Birthday Celebration 2020

In select locations around the park, including Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find a series of special events during this weeklong, family-friendly celebration.

The best present of all? Elmo’s Birthday Celebration festivities are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando 

DJ Dance Party

Join an interactive DJ dance party with your favorite Sesame Street friends from January 31 until February 3 at select times.

Scavenger Hunt

Elmo’s goldfish, Dorothy, is hiding around Sesame Street Land. Guests will have to look high and low for all her favorite hiding spots!

Photo Opportunities

Guests will find that they can take a special birthday photo with Elmo.

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Land Elmo's Birthday 2020

Coloring Station

One of Elmo’s favorite things to do is color, and during the event you can visit the coloring station to join in the fun.

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast

As a special add-on experience families can pull up a chair at Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast on February 1st or 2nd.

Start the day with a celebration! Reserve your table and join Elmo and friends for breakfast at the Seafire Grill. 

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast features a delicious and nutritious breakfast buffet that includes chef-carved brown sugar glazed ham, bacon, sausage links, and traditional favorites like:

  • Biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Corn beef hash
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Western omelet eggs
  • Waffles
  • Potato tots
  • Grits
  • Freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Yogurt with topping bar
  • Assorted cereals
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Assorted beverages like milk, juice, and coffee

Gluten free options are available, and if you have any dietary or allergy-related concerns the hostess will be able to help.

Reservations are required for Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast, and the price for adults (ages 10+) is $29.99 plus tax, children ages 3-9 is $14.99 plus tax, and children under 2 are free.

SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Pass

January 2019 Theme Park Ticket OffersElmo's Birthday Celebration

Time is running out for Florida residents to register for the 2020 SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Pass.

The Preschool pass offers kids ages 5 and younger a free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

Advance registration must be completed ONLINE for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020, and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

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On the Go in the Parks: January 25-26, 2020

On the Go in the Parks - Jan 25 2020
Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

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!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld January 2020

“Jungle” Jack Hanna will once again be visiting SeaWorld Orlando for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets on January 25 and 26. 

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater that are included with your theme park admission with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Schedule:

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.

Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna

3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.

Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna

Want to meet Jack? All you need to do is arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet.

Rock the Universe – Universal Studios Florida

Rock the Universe 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida

Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.

Fans will enjoy feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian hip hop recording artist, TobyMac, GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian music artist, Chris Tomlin, Dove award-winners, Newsboys, Alternative Rock Band, Switchfoot and more. 

An event ticket also provides access to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most entertaining theme park attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. 

Rock the Universe fans will also enjoy autograph sessions with the genre’s top artists and access to the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, which features more live performances by up-and-coming acts. And, on Sunday morning, guests can wrap up the weekend with a powerful worship service.

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, a live, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix and ninja nachos

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend:

  • Kissy Simmons, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alton Fitzgerald White and Gavin Lee – January 25 
  • Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey – January 26

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Confisco Grille Announces New Menu

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu

Universal’s Islands of Adventure has some of my favorite theme park food in all of Orlando, and now the Confisco Grille, located at the far end of the Port of Entry, has announced that they have a new menu with dishes inspired by global flavors.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

The park has a new Executive Chef, Jason Glus, and he and his team have created the new menu by re-visiting the story behind the venue.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

The Discover Universal Blog shared a closer look at how Chef Gus developed the menu for the Confisco Grille.

This hidden gem has been hiding out in plain sight since Islands of Adventure opened in 1999. This restaurant has served as a resting spot for all explorers coming through Port of Entry. Their worldwide travels have served as the main inspiration for the menu.

“The story behind Confisco connects to Port of Entry, which is exciting because it gives us a mixture of global cuisines to work with,” says Chef Glus. “There’s Asian influence, Turkish, Mediterranean, Greek, Russian, Polish and more.”

It’s no cakewalk to bring these dishes to life. It takes time for the team to research and bring the concepts to life.

“It took us months of researching all these different flavors and spices,” Chef Glus explains. “Even looking back to the 17th and 18th centuries and seeing how dishes were cooked then — in wood ovens and cazuela pots, which we use to cook here in the restaurant.”

Enough talking about these new dishes…let’s take a look at four of the new dishes!

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cucumber topped with a chile aioli on a French baguette

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Sesame seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, green onion, avocado, edamame, cucumber and a wasabi-ponzu dressing

Grilled Lamb Meatballs

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Grilled spiced lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, tomato-cucumber relish, feta cheese and mint chimichurri

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, served over goat cheese polenta and topped with toasted sesame seeds

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

But even the dishes that you’ve seen before have a new twist, Chef Glus explains. “The menu items we did keep, we changed up the presentation. If you’re going to elevate the food, you need to elevate the overall experience.”

I can’t wait to head over to Confisco Grille at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to check it out for myself!

The restaurant currently serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until park close, and you can find the menu online.

Reservations are recommended, and if you have any dietary needs you can contact the Universal Orlando Resort by calling (407) 224-FOOD (3663).

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LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGO NINJAGO Days, on select weekends in January and February, invites LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests to “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO.

The LEGO NINJAGO Days event runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days:

  • January 25-26
  • Februar 1-2
  • February 8-9

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

Also debuting is the all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu featuring soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns, and sweet Asian chicken wings

LEGO NINJAGO Days Experiences

Live Shows

  • Elemental Masters – Observe LEGOLAND Florida’s elite ninjas as they demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in this exciting, high energy show.
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida
  • NINJOGA – Enter a state of zen in this fun, ninja-themed yoga class for kids! Limited capacity—first come, first served.
  • Earth Beats – Become one with the rhythmic force of nature in this energetic show featuring ninja-inspired music and drumming.

Ninja Activities

  • Ninja Skills Test: Date to rest your ninja skills? Stop by our ninja climb and ninja hang to see if you’ve got what it takes!
  • NEW NINJAGO Series Showing: The first two episodes of the latest NINJAGO television series. Seen at LEGOLAND Florida Resort before anywhere else!
  • Garmadon 3X Build: Help build super bricks to create a larger-than-life-sized Lord Garmadon!
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
  • Where’s Wu Scavenger Hunt: A ninja blends with their surroundings! Now it’s up to you to find Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA. Find every Master Wu you can for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack. See registration table for an entry form and official rules.
  • Good vs. Evil Competition Build: Which side are you on? Use your building skills and imagination to build a ninja or a baddie. One model per day will be selected to win a LEGO prize pack. See registration table for official rules.

CHARACTER EXPERIENCES

Have your photo taken with PIXAL, Zane, Lloyd!

LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida January 2020
  • PIXAL character meet and greet times: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • Zane character meet and greet times: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Lloyd character meet and greet times: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
  • Meet your favorite NINJAGO characters: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NINJA DINING

  • Kids’ Candy Sushi: Candy fish rolled in rice krispies and fruit leather. 
  • Sensei Snack Mix: Training master approved Asain spiced Chex Mix, sesame sticks, pretzels, chow mein noodles and Wasabi peas.
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort
  • Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies: Fortune cookies dipped in chocolate. 
  • Ninja Nachos: Teriyaki pulled chicken over fried wonton chips with cabbage slaw and citrus aioli (yuzu).
  • Katana Cake Roll: Strawberry cheesecake egg roll topped with powdered sugar (2 per order).

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Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld January 2020

“Jungle” Jack Hanna will once again be visiting SeaWorld Orlando for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets on January 25 and 26. 

Jack Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as conservationist, author, television personality, and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds. 

Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown

During his travels, Jack shares with millions of viewers his insights into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species.

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld Orlando WIld Weekend

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater that are included with your theme park admission with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to meet Jack? All you need to do is arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet.

Jack Hanna Weekend Schedule

If you are interested in attending the live shows with Jack Hanna, make sure to arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes prior to the show starting.

Saturday, January 25 

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
Sunday, January 26 

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna Weekend Upgrades

Jack Hanna Weekend Upgrades

Jack Hanna Weekend - Zebra

If you want to make sure that you have a great seat to see Jack Hanna with a shorter wait there are two upgrades you may want to check out!

Jack Hanna Front Row Reserved Seating – $35 ages 3 and up / Free ages 2 and under

Enjoy the best seats in Nautilus Theater, reserved front row, for Jack Hanna.
Jack Hanna will be here for 2 days only on January 25 and 26, 2020. Ticket only valid on date and time chosen.
Guests should plan to arrive at Nautilus Theater at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled show time in order to enjoy the show from the reserved seating section.
Know before you buy:

  • Front row reserved seating valid only on date of reservation and for event listed. 
  • Seating available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Please arrive at Nautilus Theater reserved seating area at least 15 minutes prior to show time to ensure reserved seating availability. 
  • This product is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Park admission, taxes, parking, and service fees are not included in the price of the product. 
  • Prices subject to change without notice. 
  • Inventory is limited

Jack Hanna Reserved Seating – $20 ages 3 and up / Free ages 2 and under

Guarantee a great seat for Jack Hanna in our reserved seating section.

Jack Hanna will be here for 2 days only on January 25 and 26, 2020. Ticket only valid on date and time chosen.
Guests should plan to arrive at Nautilus Theater at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled show time in order to enjoy the show from the reserved seating section.
Know before you buy:

  • Reserved seating valid only on date of reservation and for event listed. 
  • Seating available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Please arrive at Nautilus Theater reserved seating area at least 15 minutes prior to show time to ensure reserved seating availability. 
  • This product is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Park admission, taxes, parking, and service fees are not included in the price of the product. 
  • Prices subject to change without notice. 
  • Inventory is limited

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Museum of Illusions coming to ICON Park

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park, on International Drive, has just announced that a new experience – The Museum of Illusions – will be joining the entertainment destination this summer.

With locations in several countries around the world, the museum is an unusual and exciting attraction full of interactive, immersive and fun experiences that educate visitors on vision, perception, the human brain, and science.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020
Museum of Illusions

“ICON Park is proud to offer one of the largest selections of entertainment options in Central Florida. From thrilling attractions to top-tier museums to world-class restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “We’re excited to welcome the Museum of Illusions into the ICON Park family and know our guests are sure to be amazed at what they’ll see.”

The museum will bring its most astonishing optical, photographic, holographic and interactive illusions to ICON Park.

Popular exhibits available for viewing include “Upside-down room”, “Vortex Tunnel” and “Building Illusion”. Museum of Illusions isn’t like other museums — guests can laugh, scream, run and take photos.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park has countless other entertainment options. If you’re feeling daring, take on the 450-feet Orlando Starflyer. Want the perfect view of I-Drive? Hop on The Wheel for a scenic ride. See beautiful aquatic wildlife at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium or pose for pictures with the realistic wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Finish off your night with Orlando’s finest dining, right on ICON Park property.

The museum is scheduled to open summer 2020.

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Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Walt Disney World to experience an Epcot International Festival of the Arts preview. All opinions and over-use of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details Epcot international Festival of the Arts

The highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is hands dow the Disney on Broadway Concert Series that brings different pairs of stars to perform some of the songs they helped make famous and beyond.

Performances are included with your theme park admission, and take place on the American Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 17 to February 24, 2020.

While the concerts are amazing, on select nights there are special performances featuring twice the star power!

During the media preview for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, we were treated to one of these amazing concerts with Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Gavin Lee. I STILL have goosebumps!!!

2020 Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Lets first take a look at who will be lighting up the stage as part of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. 

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Heidi Blickenstaff, Gavin Lee, Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8

Liana Hunt, Adam Jacobs, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

Michael James Scott and Syndee Winters

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Josh Strickland and Syndee Winters

  • February 24
Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package

While the concert series is included in your theme park admission, seating is not guaranteed and often requires arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

However you can choose to purchase a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with guaranteed seating at one concert on the day of your dining.

The Dining Package price includes a 3-course meal experience that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet, where applicable at select World Showcase restaurants.

Participating Dining Package restaurants include:

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages:

  • Dining packages are paid for at the individual restaurants
  • Guests should check in 15 minutes prior to reservations
  • Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours before showtime
  • Tax, gratuity and required Epcot admission not included with dining package cost
  • Guaranteed concert seating badges for the America Gardens Theatre will be provided at the restaurant
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
  • Magic Your Way Dine and Deluxe Dine packages will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)

To book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package, visit the official website.

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Ravello at Four Seasons hosts Italian Festival

Ravello Italian Festival Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Buon Appetito!

Ravello, the modern-Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, is bringing back its popular Italian Festival featuring a five-course truffle dinner and special prix-fixe menu highlighting Italian cuisine from January 28 through February 2, 2020.

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Torino, Italy, oversees the Resort’s six restaurants and banquet operations, though Ravello is where his true passion lies. 

Everything in Ravello is house-made with authentic ingredients imported straight from Italy, such as the flour used in the pastas and pizza dough. 

Chef Schenardi will host the Italian Festival along with guest chefs from the Region of Piedmont in Italy and the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary Institute, which the Resort first partnered with in October 2016.

Special guests include ChefRiccardo Marello,a culinary director and teacher at IFSE and a member of the Italian Chef Federation, as well as Chef Piero Rainone, who attended culinary school with Chef Schenardi in Torino more than 30 years ago and is also a member of IFSE and the Italian Chef Federation. Ugo Mura will represent IFSE as an Italian wine expert.

“I am very excited to bring back the Italian Festival,” says Schenardi. “It is an honour to cook with such talented chefs who have the same passion for sharing the traditional flavours of Italy.”

Ravello Italian Festival Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Truffle Dinner

The highlight of the event, the five-course truffle dinner, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Ravello, and each course will feature the Piedmont Truffle from Italy and a wine pairing.

First Course

  • Salt roasted veal, Roccaverano Robiola cheese spuma, almond biscotto, truffle
  • Coppo, Gavi di Gavi, 2018

Second Course

  • Slow cooked egg, light cauliflower-anchovy cream, winter vegetables, truffle
  • Coppo, ‘L’Avocata’, Barbera d’Alba, 2017

Third Course

  • Pumpkin risotto, Castelmagno cheese, foie gras, natural jus, truffle
  • Coppo, Barolo Select, 2015

Fourth Course

  • Lamb loin, hazelnuts, glazed shallots, crunchy polenta gnocchi, carrot puree, truffle
  • Reversanti, Barolo, 2014

Dessert

  • Milk air, egg yolk vanilla crumble, hazelnut spuma, creamy chestnut, shaved chocolate salame
  • Coppo, Moscato d’Asti, 2018

The dinner is available for USD 195 per person (all inclusive) and must be reserved in advance by calling 407-313-6161.

Prix-Fixe Dinner

Additionally, guests can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu in Ravello for USD 56 per person from Tuesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 2, 2020.

First Course

  • Beef tartare, toasted hazelnut butter, artichoke and parmesan cheese salad

Second Course

  • Handmade Tajarin Piedmont pasta, white meat ragout, leek cream

Dessert

  • Gianduja milk chocolate, hazelnuts, raspberry sorbet

Guests may also order the above dishes a la carte. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Ravello Italian Festival
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

For reservations at Ravello for the Italian Festival, call 407-313-6161.

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Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020.

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

The shows are included with your admission to Epcot, and here is the announced performance schedule:

  • January 17, 20, 21, 24, and 25: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • January  18, 19, 22, 23, and 25: Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • January  25: Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • January  26, 28, 29; February 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9: Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • February 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24: Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

The only way to guarantee seating for a Disney on Broadway concert, is by reserving aDining Package that includes seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. Reservations for these packages can be made online at ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407) WDW-FEST.

Food Studios

Epcot Festival of the Arts

During this year’s festival guests can enjoy twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations throughout the park that will be offering a variety of delicious, imaginative, and artistically sculpted dishes.

Festival Entertainment 

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Unique entertainment options celebrate the visual arts daily as artists paint favorite Disney characters in minutes, living statues inspired by Epcot interact with guests, high school bands perform, and performers complete thrilling acts of strength that defy gravity and imagination on sidewalks and common spaces of the park.

Family Festival Fun

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Photo Ops

This year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts has fun for the entire family with the new Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush environment built for exploring, Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt leads them throughout World Showcase to find where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art, and the chance to step into several photo-ops throughout Epcot including the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion.

Premium Festival Experiences

Epcot Festival of the Arts

In addition to the experiences included with admission to the park, festival goers can enhance their day with several premium festival experiences. This year Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion will be hosting a prix fixe brunch each Saturday and Sunday, guests can Paint with a Disney Artist, take the guided World Showcase: Destinations Discovered tour, and even enroll in a series of workshops to unleash their inner artist.

Reservations for these experiences are required and must be made in advance. Visit ArtfulEpcot.com for details.

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The Edison hosts Inaugural Masquerade

The Edison at Disney Springs comes alive at night, and now you can enter a fantasy world of electrifying mystique and intrigue at The Edison’s inaugural Masquerade on February 22. 

The Edison Masquerade

From the moment you cross the threshold of the restaurant, guests will  be surprised and delighted around every corner as all party goers will be dressed incognito during a magical evening shrouded in an air of secrecy.

During the event guests will enjoy power-house trays of gourmet passed appetizers as well as access to a dedicated menu of themed-cocktails for the night. 

For the Masquerade masks are mandatory, however full face masks are prohibited, and guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets are available now $65 per person plus tax & gratuity, and don’t forget there is a 48 hour cancellation policy associated with this event. 

Want to take your experience to the next level? VIP booths and reserved seating available for purchase. Email OrlandoEvents@patinagroup.com, or call The Edison for more information at (407) 560-8155. 

Space is limited so don’t delay in snagging your spot for a shows-topping evening! 

Masquerade The Edison
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Morse Museum to Open New Exhibition

On March 3, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will open Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection. The exhibition will feature about a dozen paintings by leading American portraitists and a number of photographs by early American studios. Works date from the 1790s to the 1930s. 

Morse Museum March 2020 New Exhibit
painted portrait, c. 1905, of Sylvester S. Marvin by William Merritt Chase—gift of Leslie and Kathryn Grammar—that will be featured in the Museum’s new exhibition

At their most basic level, portraits record a person’s physical appearance on a specific date. When done well these records do more, revealing the psychological characteristics of a subject. The tension in portraiture is between the insights of a talented artist and the often unclear expectations of a sitter. The compelling personalities of figures ranging from powerful business executives to lovely women—both of genteel and working classes—are presented in the works on view in Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection.

A charming and arresting portrait of Sylvester S. Marvin (1841–1924), the founder of Nabisco, was commissioned around 1905 from the well-known artist William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). Chase and other painters like Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) and Robert Henri (1865–1929) created interpretive renderings with inimitable styles that brought the artists themselves a level of celebrity. Stuart, for example, is famed for his portrait of George Washington that graces the dollar bill. Two painted portraits on display by Stuart capture the costume and personae representative of the early years of the republic.

A photographed portrait reflected a modern worldview in the growing American society of 1900. Photography studios such as Matzene Studio (1900–1937) seized on the opportunities this medium afforded in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The photographs taken by this firm, founded by Jens Rudolph Matzene (c. 1870–1950), include an image of Chicago socialite Elizabeth Morse, later Genius, (1872–1928), the mother of Morse Museum founder Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89). Also contained in Matzene Studio’s portfolio is the elegant stage and film star Julia Dean (1878–1952).

Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection presents painted and photographic portrayals of Americans over a period of transition in both style and medium. Regardless of the medium or tradition, the concept of the portrait remained the same, to capture the qualities of a sitter through the skilled interpretation of an artist—painter or photographer.

Morse Museum Exterior

The Morse Museum, located at 445 N. Park Avenue, is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than 12.

All visitors are admitted free 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November through April.

For more information, call (407) 645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org.

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Disney’s Aladdin flies into Orlando

Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.

I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!

If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.

Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
  • All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
  • Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
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21 Theme Park Additions in 2020

21 Theme Park Additions in 2020

While 2019 was an incredible year of growth for the theme parks of Central Florida, 2020 will bring even more fun to the parks with new attractions, entertainment, restaurants, hotels, and celebrations.

Universal Orlando Resort

Bourne Stuntacular | Universal Studios Florida

Bourne Stuntacular Universal Studios Florida New in 2020

The Bourne Stuntacular, a live-action stunt show, will drop into Universal Studios Florida in Spring 2020 with intense scenes, fistfights, death-defying leaps, and danger at every turn.

During the show you will follow Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him featuring live performers, interactive props, and a gigantic LED screen.

Endless Summer Resort

Universal Endless Summer Resort Dockside Inn and Suites Rendering
Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort will open their eighth hotel, Dockside Inn and Suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, in March 2020 with exclusive benefits and rates starting at $85. The resort will have 2,050 guest rooms featuring both standard rooms and 2-Bedroom Suites that can accommodate up to six people.

SeaWorld Orlando

Ice Breaker

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.

Aquatica Orlando

Riptide Race

Riptide Race Aquatica Orlando

Aquatica Orlando will open Florida’s first-ever dueling water slide, Riptide Race.

Each team of two will start atop a 68-foot tower before they speed along 650 feet of slide with low walls racing face-to-face through tight loops and accelerations including indoor and outdoor sections.

Riptide Race will have a height requirement of 42 inches to appeal to families with children, and the new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Banana Beach Cook Out.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Iron Gwazi

New in 2020 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Iron Gwazi takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206 foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. With elements of the former wooden attraction being integrated into the new ride, 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.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel

Located just 130 kid-steps from the theme park entrance, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel will feature 150 LEGO-filled rooms, a heated pool, hundreds of LEGO models, in-room LEGO treasure hunts, and exclusive character experiences. Similar to the popular LEGOLAND Hotel, each room will include two separate spaces: a kid’s sleeping area and an adult area.

The five-story hotel will house the pirate-themed Shipwreck Restaurant with family-style dining, Smuggler’s Bar for adult swashbucklers, an entertainment area with kid-friendly nightly programming and LEGO play areas. 

Also, with every overnight stay, guests will enjoy a complimentary family-style breakfast. Directly outside the entrance to the hotel, a pirate shipwreck will greet guests and offer a unique photo opportunity.

Pirate Water Ski Show Adventure

LEGOLAND Florida Pirate Ski Show

After an eight year run, Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty will close to make way for a brand-new pirate adventure on April 18 with skiing acrobatics, water stunts, pirate humor and more surprises.

PirateFest Weekends

LEGOLAND Florida Pirate Fest 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

During PirateFest guests will learn to walk like a pirate, talk like a pirate, and vacation like a pirate during this three-weekend event. 

During the event an exclusive “pirate passport” will outline the resort-wide activities that includes exclusive pirate character meet and greets.

Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway | Disney’s Hollywood Studios

2019 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World

For the first time ever, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will have their own ride-through attraction. Using cutting edge technology, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take guests through the movie screen to join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and pals on a wacky adventure with a Goofy conductor at the helm. 

Cique du Soleil Show | Disney Springs

Walt Disney Animation Studios stories will come to life in a first-of-its-kind show that combines Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil artistry featuring new original acrobatic sequences, dazzling choreography, musical masterpieces and whimsical characters at Disney Springs. Previews will begin March 20, 2020, leading up to the world premiere on April 17.

City Works Eatery & Pour House | Disney Springs

New in 2020 - City Works at Disney Springs

City Works Eatery & Pour House will offer a menu of classic American food with chef-driven twists for lunch and dinner serving over 90 local and global varieties of beers on tap. The 8,632 square foot building will house the restaurant, retail space, expansive seating, high-definition TVs – including a 165-inch screen – and a 1,767 square foot patio.

The space will also exhibit three full-service bars, two of which allow for covered, open air dining along the patio.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue | Epcot – American Adventure Pavilion

New in 2020 - Regal Eagle BBQ in Epcot

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a fast-casual restaurant where the pit master uses techniques from classic barbecue regions to smoke selections over oak wood, they serve four delicious house-recipe sauces – Spicy Mop Sauce, Sweet BBQ Sauce, Vinegar-based Sauce, and Tangy Mustard Sauce also known as “Carolina Gold” – and serve up a variety of beers, cocktails, and ciders from around the United States. 

Awesome Planet | Epcot – The Land

2019 D23 Epcot Announcement New in 2020

Awesome Planet is an on-screen exploration of our planet that highlights the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth with spectacular nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and a space sequences created by Industrial Light & Magic.

HarmonioUS  | Epcot – World Showcase Lagoon

HarmonioUS Epcot Rendering New in 2020
Walt Disney World Resort

HarmonioUS will debut at Epcot as the largest nighttime theme park spectacular ever created for a Disney park.

It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over that features familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. HarmonioUS will light up World Showcase Lagoon and the night sky with floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and more.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | Epcot – France Pavilion

2019 D23 Epcot Announcement New in 2020
Walt Disney World

Remy’s Ratatouille is similar to the 4-D attraction at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, where you shrink down in size to join Remy and friends, who have cooked up a delicious feast.

But the adventure goes awry when you are discovered by Chef Skinner who chases you through the sights, sounds, and smells of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant.

La Crêperie de Paris | Epcot – France Pavilion

2019 D23 Epcot Announcement New in 2020
Walt Disney World

La Crêperie de Paris will feature the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, the mastermind behind the pavilion’s Chefs de France brasserie and Monsieur Paul. With a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France, the new location will offer table service dining as well as a quick-service stop for guests craving savory crepes called galettes and sweet crepes.

Beauty and the Beast Sing Along | Epcot – France Pavilion

2019 D23 Epcot Announcements New in 2020
Walt Disney World

The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, directed by Don Hahn who was the producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time, will rotate with the classic Impressions de France film in the France Pavilion.

Wonderous China | Epcot – China Pavilion

2019 D23 Epcot Announcement

In the China pavilion, Wondrous China will take guests on a spectacular journey across China, filmed and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.

Canada Far and Wide | Epcot – Canada Pavilion

2019 D23 Epcot Announcements
Walt Disney World

The film Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.  

Space 220 Restaurant | Epcot – Future World

Space 220 Restaurant Interior
Patina Restaurant Group

The new restaurant Space 220, an expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion in Future World, will be an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.

Disney Genie

New in 2020 - Disney Genie

Disney Genie is the next step in technology focused on making Walt Disney World vacation planning easier with flexible and customized itineraries geared to your interests in 2020.

Disney Genie will also share real-time theme park tips and updates, recommendations based on your preferences, and will make reservations for the experience in multiple steps for you.

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Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando – January 2020

In 2020 SeaWorld Orlando is continuing their 52 weekends of celebrations included with theme park admission, and this weekend the January Inside Look event, running on Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s through January 26, will begin. 

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando - January 2020

During SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees, and more. 

This behind-the-scenes event gives guests the chance to meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals including exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld will be offering continuous tours throughout the day at the following six areas:

  • SeaWorld Rescue Center
  • Bee Rescue Conservation Program
  • Dolphin Theater
  • Dive Operations at Manatee Underwater Viewing
  • Manta Aquarium
  • Sea Lion & Otter Primary Housing

As a bonus if guests collect 3 stamps in their Explorer Guide, they will earn an exclusive SeaWorld Expert Explorer pin. While supplies last.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

In addition, we will be hosting presentations and appearance at the Nautilus Theater:

Jack Hanna SeaWorld Orlando WIld Weekend
  • Wildlife Rescue and Research Presentation – January 11 and 18
  • Jack Hanna Animal Presentation – January 25 and 26 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

In addition to the daily offers on seaworld.com, there is a special Inside Look offer! 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

During any Inside Look day guests can buy one up-close tour and get one up-close tour free, but this can only be purchased in the park at the Information and Reservation Counter or Guest Services.

Make sure to mark your calendar, because this will be the first of three Inside Look events that SeaWorld Orlando will be hosting this year with the others happening on weekends May 9 – 17 and weekends November 7 – 15.

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

To learn more about our event and to check out even more offers visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/inside-look/.

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SeaWorld Orlando 2020 Preschool Card

SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card 2020

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando are once again offering their 2020 Preschool Card exclusively for Florida Residents. 

Kids 5 and younger can experience an ocean of experiences that are perfect for pint-sized guests with the free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

The 2020 Preschool Fun Card includes popular, family friendly SeaWorld events including Inside Look, Elmo’s Birthday Celebration, Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend, Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean and the kid-favorite Spooktacular.

Advance registration must be completed online for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020 and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

To learn more and to register for the Preschool Card, Florida Residents can visit: https://seaworld.com/orlando/tickets/preschool-free-admission/.

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