Heroes Weekend Returns to LEGOLAND Florida


LEGOLAND Florida and the National Fires Protection Association have partnered to present Heroes Weekend, a three-day-only special event, that aims to educate kids in a fun and playful way.

From Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7, families can meet LEGO characters, see the firefighter stilt walkers, and learn the best ways to stay safe!

Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, attractions, and character experiences in the theme park, while families gather important information from NFPA to minimize risk from hazards, including COVID-19.

Heroes Weekend activities include:

  • NEW! Meet LEGO Doctor Max and LEGO Policeman as character experiences make a return to LEGOLAND Florida Resort in a safe and physically distant way
  • NEW! Stop by the NFPA COVID-19 Awareness Table to get resources needed to minimize risk and help prevent accidents from fire, electrical and other hazards
  • Help build a LEGO City mosaic brick by brick
  • Catch a showing of The LEGO City 4D: Officer in Pursuit at the Fun Town 4D Theater

The best part is that the Heroes Weekend Events are included with general LEGOLAND Florida theme park admission or Annual Pass.

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LEGOLAND Florida Safety

Since reopening on June 1, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has introduced a range of new health and safety measures, including reduced capacity, cashless payments, temperature checks upon arrival, and enhanced cleaning practices. Guests can read more about how LEGOLAND is making it safe to play at https://www.legoland.com/florida/ways-we-are-making-it-safe-to-visit

The best way to enjoy this event and all the fun of LEGOLAND Florida Resort is with an Annual Pass, starting at $7.50/month with a small down payment. The Awesomer Pass grants you unlimited admission to the Theme Park and Water Park with no blockout dates, including our upcoming events like Brick or Treat and Holidays at LEGOLAND®. For more information, visit LEGOLANDFlorida.com

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Debuts Foodie Staycations

UPDATED: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has extended its new Sip, Savor and Stay series to a seventh weekend by offering a second Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition taking place on Friday, Oct. 30, 5:30pm – 8:00pm. 
Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel has created a resort exclusive series of weekly food and drink themed events this fall called Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays: A New Twist on the Food & Wine Classic Experience.

Starting September 19th, every Saturday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm through October 24, a different culinary experience will take place exclusively for guests staying on the new Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays overnight package.

Each themed event will feature an intimate atmosphere with a limited capacity implemented with the latest in responsible food delivery safety measures and social distancing procedures to create an entertaining, unforgettable, mouthwatering experience. 

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Details

The Sip, Savor and Stay Saturday events are created by the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team and are inspired by elements of the popular Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic elements like the Champagne Lounge, barbecue favorites, and Oktoberfest. 

The Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays weekend event lineup is as follows:

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020
  • September 19: Bubbles Lounge

A lounge experience showcasing the finest in sparkling beverages with perfectly paired small bites to complete the experience. Taste the base varietals of traditional Champagne along with various sparkling wine styles from around the world.

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  • September 26: Beer Garden

A celebration of hops with a variety of ales, lagers, and pilsners served alongside pub favorites.  

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020
  • October 3: Italian Wines & Bites

A delicious trip for guests’ taste buds across the Atlantic showcasing top Italian wines varietals from across the country’s famed regions from Sicily to Tuscany to Piedmont. 

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  • October 10: Smokin’ D’s Bourbon, Beer, & BBQ

A selection of BBQ favorites handcrafted by the resort’s executive chef Dan Herman along with the best in bourbon and beer samplings. Smokin’ D’s menu items are annual favorites at Food & Wine Classic and only offered at the resort select times each year.

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020
  • October 17: Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition (5:30-8:00pm)

A new Food & Wine Classic experience, this event features fan favorites from the well-known Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic in a more intimate setting.

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020
  • October 24: Oktoberfest Biergarten

An Oktoberfest party with German-themed music and tastings alongside a full selection of brews.

A one-night Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays package offers guests a chance to celebrate the culinary arts all weekend long.

In addition to exclusive access to the Saturday evening event, guests can enjoy a different specialty themed pop-up food truck each Saturday by the resort pool (available to all resort guests and not included in the package), as well as convenient, walkable access to the Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, just 1,000-steps away.

Tickets are available exclusively as a resort package. Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays one-night packages start at $295 and include access for two adults. The October 17 Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition experience, which will feature extended hours and expanded offerings, will start at $395 for a one-night package. Events are limited to those 21 and older.

Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020


All Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays events will be indoors and limited to 100 participants, except for the Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition experience which will be limited to 200 participants in a larger space.

Among the protocols that will be implemented for each event are:

  • Temperature check at the entrance for all attendees,
  • Plexiglass walls for all food service,
  • All cast members wearing PPE,
  • Each group will receive their own socially distanced reserved table,
  • Touchless menus, and
  • Clearly marked social distancing signage.

For more information, guests can visit www.SwanDolphin.com.

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Halloween Fun Coming to the Magic Kingdom

The Disney Parks Blog shared how Fall fun is coming to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort from September 15 to October 31 with Main Street, U.S.A. dressed in fall decor and other seasonal offerings.

Halloween Fun Coming to the Magic Kingdom

The park will have some bewitching surprises this year, including a special Halloween-themed cavalcade with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and pals wearing their favorite Halloween costumes.

You may even spot those rascally chipmunks, Chip ‘n’ Dale, in costume over in Frontierland, and look for other Disney character friends dressed up and riding the horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom Fall Fun Halloween 2020

And speaking of costumes, get yours ready! To bring some Halloween party fun into the park this year, for the first time guests of all ages can wear your funniest, Disney-ist, most creative costumes during Magic Kingdom Park regular operating hours from September 15 to October 31.

As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; only children younger than 14 years old are permitted to wear costume masks. In addition, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings during their visit. Before you arrive, check our Know Before You Go page and Costume Guidelines

Autumn at Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be complete without our popular fall treats, such as the famous Pumpkin-spiced Waffle Sundae at Magic Kingdom Park. Visit our official Foodie Guide to Fall Treats at Walt Disney World: Parks Edition, which features all of the yummy details.

Magic Kingdom Fall Fun Halloween 2020

Festive Halloween-themed merchandise will be available in select locations around the park. Featured items include a new spirit jersey, Loungefly backpack, and candy-swirl Minnie Mouse headband, along with a selection of apparel inspired by Disney Villains and more. 

And be sure to capture your special moments with Disney PhotoPass! Photographers will be available throughout the park for themed photo opps. But beware – happy haunts may materialize in your pictures.

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Four Seasons Orlando Offers Club Memberships

Since its inception two years ago, Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando has grown a steady membership, primarily of local Central Florida area residents who desire a strong golf offering in addition to the renowned personalized service Four Seasons is known for. 

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“With many foregoing their international vacations, we’re finding they are looking for more entertainment close to home,” says Joe Angelino, PGA, Club General Manager. “Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando offers outdoor activities and socialisation opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy quality time together, making memories and staying active.”  

Plancha restaurant at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando serves as the members’ home base, with an expansive lakeside terrace for outdoor dining in addition to ample indoor seating. The clubhouse also offers a pro shop carrying premium apparel, footwear, and accessories, plus there are spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
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With many families electing for their kids to participate in a virtual school, the flexibility in scheduling enables them to spend more time as a family enjoying all the Club has to offer.

“When the kids are finished with their schoolwork, it’s great for the family to head to the Club for some afternoon pool time or practice time on the Par 3 course, before enjoying happy hour or an early dinner at Plancha,” notes Angelino.  

A highlight of membership at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the renowned guest service provided by the seasoned team of hospitality professionals. PGA Director of Golf Instruction Rod Cook and Tennis Professional Alain Labrecque, plus award-winning culinarians and access to the “best of the best” Resort staff from concierge to master stylists and spa therapists, the Club’s mantra of “it’s all here for you,” rings true.  

Four Seasons Orlando
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Club Membership Overview

Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando membership includes:  

  • Exclusive access to golf on the 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Course, certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf by the National Audubon Society, and home to a nationally televised LPGA TOUR Champions event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
  • Unlimited use of the golf practice facilities, including a Par 3 course and putting area, a 400-yard double-ended driving range with a two-acre (3/4 hectare) natural grass teeing area, a chipping and pitching area totaling 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters), and an 18,000 square foot (1,675 square meters) putting course
  • Access to the following resort amenities: state-of-the-art fitness center open daily; complimentary access to Har-Tru tennis courts; basketball; sand volleyball; plus, access to special pricing for instruction (golf, tennis and personal training)
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Savings of 15 percent at The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons
  • Savings of 15 percent at the Resort’s six restaurants, with no food and beverage minimum
  • Savings of 10 percent on banquet/catered events held at the Resort’s event spaces
  • Savings of 20 percent at the Golf Shop and 10 percent at the Resort’s retail boutiques
  • Complimentary valet parking for up to one vehicle per day  
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Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

An upgraded membership offering includes access to the Resort’s water park and adult-only pool. The facilities include the lakeside infinity-edge Oasis Pool for guests 21 and older, a winding lazy river complete with waterfalls and a bubbling rapids section, a splash zone ideal for little ones, a zero-entry family pool, and two water slides. In addition, the five-acre (two-hectare) Explorer Island complex includes an outdoor sports court for basketball, a sand volleyball court, and a pavilion area with games such as foosball and table tennis.  The expansive pool grounds provide ample space for guests to spread out, in the sunshine or under the shade of the palm trees, and all of the lounge chairs are spaced apart for physically distancing measures.

Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Golf and Sports Club Membership is priced at:

  • Individual:  USD 14,000 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*:  USD 675
  • Family: USD 16,250 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 755  
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Upgraded Golf and Sports Club with Pool Membership is priced at:

  • Individual: USD 17,500 (one time); Monthly Dues: USD 875
  • Family: USD 19,750 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 960

*Note: Family is designated as two adults living in the same household including children in the household under age 25.

For Prospective Members

For more information on the membership offerings available at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, visit online or contact the Club Membership Office at 407 313 6778. 

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ICON Park Offers New Savings for Families

ICON Park, Orlando’s easy-to-access entertainment destination for locals and visitors, is helping families keep summer fun going with a brand new deal.


ICON Park is providing its own version of stress relief to the community facing back-to-school challenges during a pandemic – prices to The Wheel are reduced to $5 for students and $10 for accompanying parents. This offer is open to any student from grade-schoolers to college students.

“Back to school is an exciting time, but this year it’s stressful as students and parents adjust during the pandemic,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, CEO and President of ICON Park. “We want to offer a fun, affordable escape from the pressures families are facing right now.”

After hitting the books, families can get to ICON Park in minutes for a delicious meal, entertainment, and an unforgettable trip on The Wheel.  Locals enjoy viewing Orlando from 400 feet high because they can see their hometown in a private capsule cleaned after every use. The experience can take from 20 minutes to ride The Wheel to several hours to dine, shop, and visit the park’s other attractions. With its convenient location on International Drive close to I-4 and the Beachline, ICON Park is easy to get to from anywhere in the Central Florida area and includes free parking.

ICON Park also has other Florida resident discounts, including a new package perfect for families – the ICON Park Play Pass. The super-value Play Pass provides guests with access to the entertainment complex’s top attractions, exclusive food and drink specials, and major shopping discounts. And now, the ICON Park Play Pass is available at a special price of just $55 (regularly $65) for Florida, Georgia, and Alabama residents, a bundled savings of over 40 percent.

To receive the back-to-school discount to The Wheel, students over the age of 16 must present a valid student ID. Tickets are available for walk-up purchases only and must be used the same day.


To learn more visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Update Operations Hours

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica fans get ready for some great news!

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Starting Saturday, August 22, the parks are adjusting operating and special event hours to provide guests with more opportunities to have a boat-load of fun!

SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando will now be open seven days a week through October 5 with limited capacity and plenty of outdoor space to explore the parks’ expansive grounds and maintain physical distancing for a safe visit with friends and family.

This means that starting Saturday, August 22, SeaWorld will be open until 10 pm Fridays through Sundays until Labor Day weekend.

Additionally, SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival is expanding to Fridays, 3pm-10 pm, beginning August 28 through September 20.

Ongoing SeaWorld Orlando Weekend Events:

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Electric Ocean Remix

Electric Ocean Remix: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 6

As the sun goes down, SeaWorld comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean Remix. Guests are invited to stay late on summer weekends to enjoy electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening of energy that sparks as the sun sets, while maintaining safe physical distancing throughout the vast park grounds. The fun glows on with Light Up The Sky, a fireworks and pyrotechnic spectacular that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above for guests. 

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival 2020

Craft Beer Festival: Now Saturdays and Sundays through September 6, and Fridays 3 pm-10 pm starting August 28

SeaWorld is serving up its annual Craft Beer Festival with access to more than 100 crafts brews! Modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity, they can roam SeaWorld’s  200 acres of park property, sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, and savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to preferred brews. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that provides ample opportunity to maintain social distancing. Craft Beer Festival will take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 20. 

Flicks and Fireworks SeaWorld Orlando 2020

Flicks and Fireworks: Fridays and Saturdays through September 5 and Sunday, September 6

Experience the fun, nostalgia, and magic of a drive-in-movie experience under the stars with SeaWorld’s park-and-view drive-in movie theatre! Start the night by enjoying locally-sourced food trucks, then sit back in the comfort of your car and watch the park’s spectacular fireworks display. Then…the main event, enjoy the movie of the evening with friends and family. This package is only available through Labor Day Weekend, and only at SeaWorld Orlando. 

SeaWorld Orlando Theme Park Reopening Tips

Safety at SeaWorld Orlando: 

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/safety.

Park Reservations:

All guests with existing tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes must make a reservation in advance to help manage capacity in line with the park’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at Seaworld.com/orlando/tickets/reservations/ 

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Kids Night

The Orlando Science Center is hosting a Kids Night at the Museum this Saturday, August 29th, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., where kids ages 5 to 12 years have the opportunity explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy dinner and a film in age-appropriate small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

The best part? Caregivers can enjoy a stress-free and childless evening on the town while their budding scientists have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

This event has a limited capacity to support our health and safety guidelines and ensure proper social distancing so caregivers need to reserve spots for their children ASAP.  The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Drop-off Begins Until 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – In Classroom Activities 
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pizza Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 8:00 p.m. – Live Science Show
  • 8:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 9:00 p.m. – Giant-Screen Film
  • 9:45 p.m. – In Classroom Activities (pickup begins)
  • 10:30 p.m. – Program Concludes

Registration is open until this Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. so we’re just trying to get the word out.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

For more info, including FAQs, fees and how to register, please visit https://www.osc.org/visit/events/kids-night-at-the-museum/

Discounts available for siblings and Orlando Science Center members and families. The Science Center’s exhibits don’t come to life after hours, but during Kids Night at the Museum, the building will definitely be full of energy!

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Brick or Treat Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

If you are looking for a spooky, kooky kid-friendly holiday event, I’m stoked to let you know that Brick or Treat will be back at LEGOLAND Florida weekends this October!!!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Brick or Treat, invites guests to enjoy safe, neighborhood-style trick-or-treating with plenty of candy, seasonal shows, and exclusive LEGO characters in the ultimate kids Halloween celebration—and, it’s all included in general admission.

Parents can confidently set out with their costumed kiddos on their candy quests to six awesomely themed trick-or-treating locations that have been thoughtfully planned to allow extra spacing for families and contactless distribution of candy. In addition to social distancing, all employees at these stations will wear face coverings (masks and/or face shields) and gloves.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The fun keeps coming with the return of fan-favorite shows, The Groovin’ Graveyard and A Candy-Coated Curse. These spirited performances will have showtimes throughout the day on all nine event dates.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

This year’s event also celebrates the return of character experiences to LEGOLAND Florida with a spooky squad of characters that guests can only see during Brick or Treat.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

This creepy-cool lineup includes classic monsters with a LEGO twist, like Rockin’ Frankenstein, Mummy, and Lord Vampyre, as well as LEGO favorites including Scarecrow, Spider Lady, Brickbeard and more! All character and performer interactions will be staged using generous spacing, of six feet or more, and elevated platforms.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Building on their treat-or-treating and character fun, kids are invited to help craft an enormous LEGO mosaic masterpiece brick by brick or challenge themselves and their friends in a ghostly pirate shipwreck-themed competition build to win LEGO prize packs! Each child participating in the LEGO build activities will receive pre-bagged set of bricks to join in on the fun.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Enhanced health and safety measures will be seen throughout the Resort, including reduced capacity, cashless payments, temperature checks upon arrival, and consistent cleaning practices. Guests can read more about how LEGOLAND is making it safe to play.

This can’t-miss event, along with our upcoming Holidays at LEGOLAND, starting in November, is included with general admission and Awesome, Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Passes, starting at $7.50/month with a small down payment. The Awesomer Pass grants you unlimited admission to the Theme Park and Water Park with no blockout dates. For more information, visit LEGOLANDFlorida.com

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Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store Opens Final Rooms

While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to experience Halloween Horror Nights this fall, having the Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has helped ease the pain.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And what’s really exciting is that the Tribute Store has opened its final two rooms today, marking the completion of the immersive retail location dedicated to the legacy of the world’s premier Halloween event.

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In addition to exploring rooms themed after legendary icons and monsters, guests can now make their way through an incredibly-immersive room themed after one of the original characters from the event’s 1991 debut, “the ghost with the most” – Beetlejuice – as well as another haunting space where they can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options inspired by Halloween staples.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Outfitted with an assortment of specialty, retro-themed merchandise, the new Beetlejuice area within the store will pay homage to one of the original faces of Halloween Horror Nights, with décor inspired by iconic scenes from the film, including the Graveyard, Stairwell Snake, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And right next door, guests can get a taste of horror with an assortment of nearly 20 sweet and savory items, including the Halloween Confetti Cake, Vegan Brownie Skull, the Cherry Gummy Beating Heart and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Located in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida and now open daily during regular park hours, the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store celebrates legendary themes and characters from Halloween Horror Nights’ past.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Each highly-themed room within the retail location features a collection of limited-time “throwback” merchandise – from t-shirts and socks to posters, face coverings, and more – that pay homage to some of the iconic characters and experiences that have haunted guests for years.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Guests can also browse the assortment of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise and make purchases from the comfort of their homes by visiting Universal Orlando’s Online Merchandise Store at www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com.  

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Central Florida Zoo Offers Programs for Families

The Central Florida Zoo is once again answering the call of families as Central Florida students are heading back to the classroom, logging in for virtual learning, and many homeschool families are doing the same.

Central Florida Zoo ZooVenture Educational Program 2020

Building on years of providing homeschool families with a variety of programs to help bring the classroom to life, the Central Florida Zoo has a series of programs families may want to take advantage of in these times.

Registration is now open for the Central Florida Zoo’s ZOOventure Programs which offer both onsite and virtual classes for children ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 13 as well as onsite family workshops.

Classes are offered monthly from September through May, with topics ranging from animal calls and the food chain to taxonomy and mutations.

“Education is at the very heart of what we do at the Central Florida Zoo,” said Stephanie Williams, the Zoo’s director. “Seeing students make the connection when they see something they read about up close and personal is truly a gift.”

ZOOventure Programs include up-close animal encounters, games, crafts, and activities. The virtual versions of the programs will include materials typically found at home, and a list will be provided one week in advance.

Virtual classes are $10 per child for annual pass holders and $12 per child for non-pass holders. Onsite classes are $15 per child for annual pass holders and $18 per child for non-pass holders. Family workshops are $20 per family for annual pass holders and $25 per family for non-pass holders.

Classes are limited in size, and onsite classes will include other social distancing and safety measures. Registration is required at least one week in advance.

To view the entire schedule, class topics, and more visit their website.

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Magical Dining Begins Next Week

UPDATE: Visit Orlando Magical Dining has been extended until October 31st!!!!

I am really excited to share that Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining starts next week with an absolutely amazing charity!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

If you aren’t familiar with it, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining offer diners to experience fine dining in Orlando at a great value with a $35 three-course, prix-fixe menu supporting local businesses and helping to feed others in need.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining Chef 2019

This year Magical Dining will run August 28 through October 4 with new additions that encourage dining with confidence.

Participating restaurants are going above and beyond with new safety measures; new takeout and delivery meal options for in-home dining; and the website now designates venues that also offer open-air and outdoor dining.

The OrlandoMagicalDining.com website is now live for diners to review menus of participating restaurants, make reservations, and see options for outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

“Visit Orlando originally started this program 15 years ago to support local restaurants during the off-season, and this year is literally the most significant and longest off-season these businesses have ever faced,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Supporting this program is a positive benefit for all – residents get to enjoy fine dining at a value, local businesses can put employees to work, and Central Florida residents in need will receive meals through this year’s charity recipient, Feed the Need.”

Recognizing the significant impact of the pandemic on the local economy, this year’s charity provides food for local residents in need. The beneficiary, Feed the Need Florida, is feeding those who are struggling to access food during the COVID-19 crisis.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2020

Since the program launched in late March, over 1 million meals have been served, and funds raised through Magical Dining will help feed thousands more. The effort is led by Orlando nonprofit 4Roots, plus public and private partners, to support Florida farmers, preserve and create jobs, and prepare nutritious meals to be served throughout Central Florida.

“We are honored to be a beneficiary of this year’s Magical Dining program,” said John Rivers, Founder & CEO, 4Roots & 4 Rivers Restaurants. “Although the COVID-19 crisis has shined a light on our efforts to feed those in need, the beautiful families and children we’re feeding today were hungry before COVID-19, and they’ll be hungry after COVID-19. We pray that others will join us in this cause, come beside us, and help make it happen.”

Due to limited seating capacity at participating restaurants, diners are strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance to ensure securing their preferred dates and times.

Foodies are encouraged to check the website for new additions.

If you are comfortable eating out, the 38 days, which includes six weekends, of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining allows you to support local restaurants and our community.

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Know Before You Go: AMC Theaters

With AMC Theaters getting ready to once again welcome moviegoers on the 20th, there are a few things that you will want to know before you once again go to the movies!

AMC Theaters

Masks Required for All

Masks are required for guests and crew throughout the AMC theatres.

Your mask must cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. Neck gaiters, open-chin bandanas, and masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable at this time, based on World Health Organization guidelines.

If needed, masks are available to purchase for just $1.

AMC Theaters

Food & Drinks in the Auditorium

In the auditorium, masks are still required but may be removed while enjoying food and drinks.

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask before, during, and after your movie.

AMC Theaters

Social Distancing Standards

Please remember to maintain distance before, during, and after the movie.

Follow the directional signs and reminders posted throughout the theatre for guidance.

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Reduced AMC Theaters Auditorium Capacities

All AMC, AMC DINE-IN, and AMC CLASSIC auditoriums are at 40% capacity or less, based on municipality guidelines.

In auditoriums with AMC Signature Recliners, the new ticketing technology will block the seats on either side of your selection, and there is already enough space between rows to allow for social distancing.

In auditoriums with traditional seating, the technology will block the seats surrounding your selection.

In auditoriums that do not offer reserved seating, please make sure to leave an adequate distance between yourself and other guests.

Once you’re in the auditorium, if you are uncomfortable in your reserved seat, feel free to move to another socially distant seat after the movie starts or see an associate for assistance or a refund.

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Cashless Transactions

Where tickets are sold credit, debit, or AMC gift cards are preferred to reduce contact, but cash is accepted and may be used if needed to purchase a gift card for movie treats.

Cash is not accepted at concessions or MacGuffins Bar in order to avoid shared contact between cash and food handling.

At select theatres where tickets and concessions are sold at one location, cash will be accepted if no other form of payment is possible.

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Hand Sanitizer & Disinfecting Wipes Available

Take advantage of the sanitizer and wipe stations throughout the theatre, especially at concessions, before, and after pouring your favorite Coca-Cola Freestyle drink.

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Simplified Menu Selections

For shorter lines and quicker service, you will find that they have temporarily simplified the available menu selections.

The classic movie treats like AMC Perfectly Popcorn, Coca-Cola Freestyle, hot dogs, candy, MovieNachos, AMC KidsPacks, and more are available now with the menu expanding as soon as possible.

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Refills Temporarily Unavailable

To minimize contact, AMC Perfectly Popcorn and Coca-Cola Freestyle drink refills are unavailable at this time.

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Frequent Hand Washing

Make sure to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.

Managers and crew members are required to routinely wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

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Daily Associate Health Screenings

Managers and crew members have their temperatures read before starting their shifts.

Anyone who has a fever or symptoms is required to self-quarantine until symptom-free for at least 72 hours.

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Self-Check Your Health

If you have symptoms such as fever or cough or have come in contact with someone with symptoms, please take care and come back to see a movie when you are well.

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Tickets for the Haunted Road Available This Week

Starting this week, guests can begin planning their journey through The Haunted Road, a new contactless, drive-thru Halloween event coming to Orlando on select nights from September 25 through November 7. 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Wednesday, August 19.

The Haunted Road Halloween 2020

The Haunted Road combines theatrical storytelling, horrifying creatures, and unexpected scares in a completely drive-thru Halloween experience.

Guests will be driving and parking their car at each scene so they’re not able to escape the horror that lurks around every corner. The spine-tingling action will come to life thanks to live performers, set pieces, props, lighting, sound, and visual effects to place guests in the center of the original storyline.

The immersive journey reveals an untold story of Rapunzel, as she ventures into a world of disarray filled with twisted creatures, bloodcurdling encounters, and screams for anyone that dares to take a drive down the road.

The event is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. On November 6 and 7, the team behind the event is dialing up the intensity for two nights of The Haunted Road: “Unrestricted,” featuring even more gore and horror for guests 18 and up.

The family-friendly experience will be available during the daytime on select weekends from October 3 through October 31 and will feature a new take on Rapunzel’s story and other beloved fairy tales. Families will depart on a journey through an enchanted forest, where they’ll meet some of their favorite fairy tale creatures and enjoy music, dancing, and tons of contactless Halloween fun during this not-too-scary adventure.

The event will take place in East Orlando, at 15239 Lake Pickett Rd, at the same locations as Corn Maze Orlando and the Painted Oaks Academy. Admission tickets start at $15 per person and will vary per date. As space is limited, guests will be prompted to select a date and entrance time at the time of purchase. The event is expected to sell out, and all tickets must be purchased in advance online.

A “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also be available for $79 per car for both, the nighttime and daytime event. The nighttime add-on includes priority viewing location at each scene, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and a digital photo taken during the experience. The daytime “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also include priority viewing, a digital photo plus a customized live greeting for the kids, and a colorful rainbow car wash.

The Haunted Road

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Celebrate National Rum Day at Plancha

National Rum Day is being celebrated Sunday, August 16th, and Plancha at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be featuring the Loco Coco Mojito from 11 am to 4 pm for $10 (specially priced).

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The Signature Loco Coco Mojito Cocktail

The Loco Coco Mojito features two rums in this refreshing tropical drink, RumHaven Coconut, and barrel-aged Papa’s Pilar Blonde rum, artfully mixed with fresh mint, lime, and splash of Prosecco!   

For guests wanting to celebrate National Rum Day before then, the best deal is to enjoy a Signature Mojito at Plancha Happy Hour, available Tuesday through Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm! 

Happy Hour includes $5 Draft Beer, $5 off select Wines by the Glass, and  $7 Signature Margaritas & Mojitos along with select $8 Appetizers.

Self-parking is available at Plancha, and in addition to physically distanced seating in the air-conditioned restaurant, there is also seating on the beautiful lakeside terrace.

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Ole Red Battle of the Bands Coming Soon

Today Ole Red Orlando has announced a new weekly competition series that will entertain guests with some of the best up-and-coming country music talent from around the nation and provide local and regional artists opportunities to showcase their talents on a national stage as the performances will be live-streamed across each venue.

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Ole Red Battle of the Bands begins on Wednesday, August 19th, and will take place across all Ole Red locations, giving fans in Orlando; Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tenn.; and Blake Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Okla., virtual experiences of visiting each Ole Red location in one night. Fans can vote for their favorites and the winning band will take home bragging rights and a cash prize.

The program will be hosted every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Bands will play two songs, including one original and one cover, and guests will receive a special offer just for participating in the voting process.

The inaugural Ole Red Battle of the Bands features the following artists:

  • Orlando: Bryan Malpass
  • Gatlinburg: Dismal River Boys
  • Nashville: Monroeville
  • Tishomingo: Telina Rudd
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Ole Red Orlando features live music nightly with state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting for a concert-quality music experience as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and three bars. The venue is equipped with a large stage and concert-level production and sound capabilities, along with a video wall and additional LED screens. For the full live programming calendar, menus and upcoming special events, visit olered.com and follow Ole Red on social media @olered.

In partnership with the company’s official wellness advisor, Vanderbilt Health, each Ole Red location has taken precautions to ensure the safety of its guests and employees. For more information, visit olered.com.

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