runDisney Announces 2021-2022 Event Lineup

runDisney 2021 2022 race lineup

After more than a year of virtual races, runners will return to racing at Walt Disney World Resort this fall, kicking off the runDisney 2021-2022 race season.

The 2022 runDisney season will include four race weekends:

  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend powered by AfterShokz: November 4-7, 2021
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 5-9, 2022
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 24-27, 2022
  • runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend presented by Otterbox: March 31-April 3, 2022

As COVID-19 guidelines may change before the return to on-site running at Walt Disney World, race weekends may not include every element from previous years; however, there will by some exciting new elements this season to enhance the runner experience. New runDisney offerings include:

runDisney Springtime Surprise 2022

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend: Each race season, the fourth weekend will be the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, featuring new and evolving race themes and distances each year.

runDisney Princess Weekend 2022

Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga: On the first morning of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, the new Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga, a professionally led yoga session in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park before the theme park opens to help runners gear up for their races, will debut.

Virtual Races: All races will have a virtual race option, allowing runDisney fans across the country to participate in their favorite races, even if they are unable to run at Walt Disney World. Runners are encouraged to complete their race on the same morning of the on-site events as part of the runDisney community and will receive the same finisher medal.

Just for Kids: The runDisney Kids Races during each event weekend will become runDisney Kids Adventures, focused on health, fitness, and fun for kids.

Along with these new offerings, runDisney will bring back many things that make its races magical, including running through Walt Disney World theme parks, unique race weekend themes, special entertainment, and Disney-inspired finisher medals.

To kick it all off, the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, themed Wickedly Delicious, will celebrate beloved Disney villains and will feature the Disney Wine & Dine 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and half marathon), with in-person and virtual options available for all four.

The Post-Race Party will cap off the weekend, allowing runners to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at EPCOT with exclusive, after-hours access to the park and the International Food & Wine Festival.

The theme of the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend theme will celebrate courage and kindness inspired by some favorite Disney princesses.

For more information about runDisney and the return of in-person running at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the official website

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Walt Disney World Foodie News: July 2021

In July, the Walt Disney World Resort will be reopening dining locations and offering a wide variety of new food for everyone to enjoy, and the Disney Parks Blog shared all the details.

I’m talking about everything from snacks to signature dining throughout the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs!

Walt Disney World Foodie News: July 2021

You can now dine “underneath the lovely London sky” in the newly reimagined Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which pays homage to the whimsy and elegance of Mary Poppins Returns.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Look

Taking subtle cues from the movie’s animated sequence, the dining room brings guests into a fanciful garden setting where you can “trip a little light fantastic” as you experience the restaurant surrounded by the glow from decorative lamps and chandeliers.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Menu

Chef Andres Mendoza crafted a new menu with starters like Sweet Corn Bisque with pickled fennel, popcorn, and fennel oil and a colorful Strawberry Salad with chamomile-infused goat cheese, frisée lettuce, bacon vinaigrette, and spiced sunflower seeds.

Entrées include Butter-poached Florida Cobia with mashed fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, and local mushrooms with a grapefruit beurre blanc or a delicious Guava Barbequed Short Ribs with aged cheddar creamy grits, roasted poblano, curtido slaw, and Brussels sprouts.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Dessert

For a sweet ending to your meal, Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer created some truly delicious and decadent desserts such as Warm Apple Rose with seasonal apple, marzipan layers, and frozen coconut milk and the Chocolate Torte, a dark chocolate financier, dark cherry compote, and vanilla bean mascarpone cream.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Citricos Drinks

The wine and cocktail program, designed by Sommelier Israel Perez, is exceptional. For those who enjoy an elevated food and wine experience, the new and exclusive Sommelier Room at Cítricos will allow Israel and his team to source boutique wines that pair with special creations from Chef Andres. 

Cítricos will open on July 15, with bookings available on July 1.

One of my family’s favorites, Trail’s End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, will reopen July 17 with hearty family-style skillets for breakfast and dinner.

Mosey on over to Fort Wilderness to start your morning with an oven-fresh pastry basket and berry granola yogurt parfait for the table, followed by a hearty family-style skillet with smoked brisket and eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheesy potato casserole. Of course, no breakfast is complete without Mickey waffles! Adults can sip on Moonshine Morning Cocktails – a Pioneer Mimosa with passion, orange, and guava juices and a Mountain Mary with moonshine.

Dinner at Trail’s End is a rootin’ tootin’ good time that starts with hushpuppies and skillet cornbread with a chopped garden salad for the table. The family-style Smokehouse Skillet comes with pecan-smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken, andouille sausage, fingerlings potatoes, green beans, and buttered corn on the cob. Pork spare ribs, peel n’ eat shrimp, and cornbread-crusted salmon are available as tasty add-ons to your meal.

But be sure to save room for the Covered Wagon Sundae – a wagon load of ice cream, toppings, brownies, cookies, and chocolate-covered bacon! Adults can even kick back with Moonshine Cocktails.

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Casey's Corner

Get ready to hit your craving for hot dogs out of the park! Casey’s Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., will reopen June 30 with their classic all-beef hot dogs. Catch hold of a Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog or dig into a pile of Corn Dog Nuggets with, of course, cheese sauce.

And for those who eat a plant-based, the Loaded Slaw Dog (plant-based sausage topped with pickled slaw, barbecue vegan aïoli, and roasted corn relish), is back!

The Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade is a refreshing homerun to go along with your hot dog.

And don’t forget, mobile order is available at Casey’s Corner.

Get ready to treat yourself to hand-scooped ice cream at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor hosted by Edys. This oh-so-sweet nostalgic ice cream parlor on Main Street, U.S.A., will open July 7 with all your favorite flavors on a cone or in a cup – fat-free and no sugar added, as well as plant-based non-dairy options will be available.

And more sweet news: Barq’s Root Beer Floats and Coca-Cola Floats are back! Not sure it can get much better than that!

Walt Disney World Foodie News July 2021 - Eight Spoon Cafe at DAK

Eight Spoon Café at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is now open and offers their delish Baked Macaroni & Cheese (with or without pulled pork). The exciting news – the Pulled Pork Jelly Donut Sandwich is back! YUM!

Dino Diner will reopen July 4, so you can grab a Dino-Rama Chili-Cheese Dog or a Corn Chip Pie. You can even get your churro fix at Dino Diner!

We have a new summer offering the entire family will love starting June 30 – Disney Family Night Dinner. This playful, family-style dining bundle includes a take-out shareable meal, sweet treats, and an original card-type game inspired by some of your favorite Disney friends for your family and friends to enjoy.

Disney Family Night Dinner is available from 5-10 p.m. through mobile order and at the two resort locations offering this three-course takeaway meal that serves 3-4.

Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort:

  • Roasted Jamaican-style Chicken
  • Fried Yucca
  • Cilantro Rice
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Caribbean Pull-apart Rolls with Onion Jam and Guava Butter
  • Decorate-your-own Mickey and Minnie Cookies

Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • Garden Salad – Tomato, cucumber, carrots, and a duo of dressings
  • Savory Lasagna – Three cheese lasagna with tomato sauce
  • Two Mickey-shaped Cheese or Pepperoni Pizzas
  • Minnie Cheesecake with strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and fresh berries

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2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest

Fans of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have more time than ever to enjoy culinary favorites, live entertainment, and more, as the annual festival is underway daily from July 15 to November 20, 2021.

Global Marketplaces

At this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, 32 global marketplaces will take festival-goers on a culinary journey that will span six continents.

While delicious bites from returning favorites like Canada, Greece, Germany, and the Appleseed Orchard are on the menu, there are five new marketplaces to tempt your palate.

  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Rotunda Bistro: Nosh on tasty cuisine featuring fresh seafood and produce in the American Adventure Pavilion.
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine: Try out tantalizing pork dishes along with wine, beer, or a cocktail.
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina: Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.

Please remember that in-park dining requires a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person in your party, ages three and up.

Live Entertainment

This is a video of the JAMMin’ Chefs from a few years ago that I absolutely LOVE!!!!!!! This year they will be performing on the Canada Mill Stage daily.

Live entertainment is back for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with a new concert series that is sure to be a fan favorite!

The following Epcot favorites will be returning for this year’s festival:

  • JAMMin’ Chefs: This funky drumming crew will break it down with pots, pans, and other kitchen gadgets on the Canada Mill Stage.
  • Mariachi Cobre: Make sure to take time to enjoy the melodies of this world-famous traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico, on the American Garden Theatre stage daily.
  • Voices of Liberty: There won’t be a dry eye in the American Gardens Theatre as the inspiring vocal performances from the Voices of Liberty celebrate America’s spirit and beauty.

New to the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the America Gardens Bandstand. This live music concert series will occur every Friday through Monday evening featuring local bands from across Central Florida playing popular songs of yesterday and today on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Family Fun

Families will find two Ratatouille-inspired adventures at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Available for purchase throughout the park, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will have kids of all ages searching high and low around Epcot for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces.

Once seekers have found and matched all of the ingredient stickers to their map, they will receive a surprise at Disney Traders, located at the entrance to World Showcase, from Chef Remy. 

Families looking for a culinary exploration will want to check out Emile’s Fromage Montage, which will let adventurous eaters sample a variety of cheeses served in inventive ways.

To participate in the challenge, families will purchase any five cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport to collect the special stamps for a prize unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Festival Exclusive Merchandise

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 - Merchandise

Guests can bring the culinary magic home with official event merchandise from five new Festival exclusive collections that include apparel, trading pins, kitchen gadgets, home décor, and more!

Are you excited to attend the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? Make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube for even more details!

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On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks

On the go in MCO Fourth of July Fireworks 2021

The highlight of summer is the Fourth of July, and this year you can celebrate the Red, White, and BOOM with fireworks displays around town!

On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks Around Town

Fourth of July - Fireworks at the Fountain

Fireworks at the Fountain

Lake Eola Park: 512 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801

The Fireworks at the Fountain is back for the 44th year at Lake Eola Park.

On Sunday, July 4, from 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from various vendors.

The night sky will illuminate with a spectacular fireworks finale, set to a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band at 9:15 p.m.

Can’t make it to Lake Eola Park? Watch the festivities live on News 6 WKMG starting at 8 p.m., or stream online at

Fourth of July - Sunset Walk

Star-Spangled Weekend Celebration July 4th Weekend

Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando: 3251 Margaritaville Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747

The Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando, located near the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with an outdoor celebration that will feature ten live bands and DJs, Street Performers, and fun for the entire family.

The highlight of the festivities will be a fireworks display on the Fourth of July at 9:30 p.m.

Parking and admission to the Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando are free.

Fourth of July - St. Cloud

4th of July Celebration

St. Cloud Lakefront: 1104 Lakeshore Boulevard, Saint Cloud, FL 34769

The City of St. Cloud is hosting its annual Fourth of July Celebration at the St. Cloud Lakefront.

This celebration will include live musical performances, various food trucks, and activities for the entire family.

At 9 p.m., a brilliant firework display will light up the sky above the lake.

Red, White, and Boom

Waterfront Park: 330 3rd Street, Clermont, FL 34711

Red, White, and Boom is a free, family-friendly evening in Clermont that includes more than 15 food trucks, vendors, a live DJ, and an aerialist show.

Classic Independence Day treats like hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase throughout the night, as well as beer and wine.

The evening will end with a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display over Lake Minneola that will start at 9:15 p.m.

Fourth of July at the Apopka Amphitheater

Apopka Amphitheater: 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka, FL 32712

The Apopka Amphitheater will host a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, July 4, 2021, which will feature musical performances, vendors, and a fireworks celebration that will begin at 9 p.m. 

Fireworks fans will want to make sure to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

Fourth of July - Avalon Park

Fourth of July at Avalon Park

Avalon Park Orlando: 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd # 300, Orlando, FL 32828

Downtown Avalon Park will be celebrating the Fourth of July with activities with a small-town flair.

Starting at 5:00 p.m., patriotic partygoers will enjoy free activities that include an apple pie bakeoff, bike parade, wet/dry bounce house, vendors, community music, performances, and more.

As the activities wind down, fireworks will light up the sky with bursts of red, white, and blue at 9:00 p.m.

For more activities On the Go in MCO, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration: New Details

Walt Disney World 50 anniversary June 2021 Update

I am really excited to share more news about The World’s Most Magical Celebration starting October 1st to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

Let’s start at the Magic Kingdom where a new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the The World’s Most Magical Celebration festivities when it debuts October 1.

'Disney Enchantment' Debuts Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park

This evening extravaganza will take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder, and empowerment that will inspire everyone to believe in magic.

“Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Character Fashions

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be your hosts for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and they couldn’t leave out their best pals!

Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale will also be sporting their own custom-made EARidescent looks, and you can see them when they  travel through Magic Kingdom Park several times daily in the new “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade” beginning October 1st.

'Disney Fab 50' Character Sculptures at Walt Disney World Resort

Newly announced is also the “Disney Fab 50”, a series of 50 golden character statues that will be located throughout the Magic Kingdom that guests will be able to interact with in a surprising way. I can’t wait to find out more information about this!!!

'Harmonious' Debuts Oct. 1 at EPCOT

Over at EPCOT, “Harmonious”, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park, will debut on October 1st.

This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide.

It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the stories and songs that unite us, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting and media in new ways.

“Harmonious” will invite you to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as never heard before…reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.


Not to be left of out festivities, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will debut a new daytime entertainment offering.

GUYS! Check out this artist rendering of “Disney KiteTails,” which will come alive several times a day at the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning October 1.

Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie.

These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

Walt Disney World 50 anniversary - Book

This fall, you can bring home “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century,” a beautiful new coffee table book from Disney Editions. You can see the cover art above for this insider’s look at the history and evolution of Walt Disney World, written by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day and Steven Vagnini. The book will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at Walt Disney World, and wherever books are sold. And for more details on other special books publishing this year for the 50th anniversary, click here.

Matt Stroshane, photographer

Don’t forget that The World’s Most Magical Celebration will also see the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, icons at each of the four parks transforming into Beacons of Magic at night, EARidescent décor all across the resort, plus much more.

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The festivities begin on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to find out more about the celebration, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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It’s an Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida lineup

For six weeks this summer starting June 26, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is throwing an AWE-SUMMER celebration packed with engaging stage shows, special weekend events, and surprise streetmosphere performances around every corner.

The party runs all summer, June 26 through August 8, at the Theme Park built for kids with returning events, fan-favorite shows and more.

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida

Specialty summer treats and beverages like Summer’s Own Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint, Splash of Summer Watermelon Lemonade, and a bedazzled red, white, and blue ice cream cone are the perfectly cool complements to this party-packed season.

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida

It’s the return to summer that we’ve all been waiting for this year!

High Energy Entertainment Builds the Awe-Summer Lineup​​​​​​​

  • NEW! Birthday Surprise Squad – In celebration of the park’s 10th birthday, this pop-up squad is popping up around the park with surprises, performances, and even special birthday giveaways.
  • NEW! Time to Learn! – Join the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse teachers as they engage in activities and songs about the fun of science, and the excitement of reading and writing in a show that is perfect for our smallest guests ages two to six.
  • NEW! Clap along to the rhythm and sounds of the all-new Safari Drummers and test your dinosaur knowledge with the Dino Duo.
Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida
  • Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show – Watch as Captain Brickbeard and Calico Jade whip their crew of new recruits into shape through a series of thrilling stunts on the seas, including wakeboarding, barefoot skiing, and an all-new flyboard act.
Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort
  • Elemental Masters – This LEGO NINJAGO Days fan-favorite show returns with ninjas demonstrating advanced abilities in mastering the elemental powers with kicking, spinning, and tumbling on the LEGO City Stage.
  • Robots to the Rescue –Join Olivia as she returns from LEGO Friends Weekends in Heartlake Hall for an interactive LEGO brick build workshop to help save her robot friend.

Specialty Weekends Stack Up with Even More Fun

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier
  • Red, White and BOOM! Fireworks return on July 3 and 4! Celebrate America’s Independence Day as the skies above Lake Eloise fill with colorful fireworks. Complimentary fireworks glasses transform the fireworks into bursting LEGO bricks! Before the sun goes down, guests can help create a giant U.S. flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
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PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland
  • Heroes Weekend – On August 7 and 8, learn about safety in a fun and playful way while we celebrate the Heroes who keep us safe! Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, attractions, and character experiences, while families gather important information from the National Fire Protection Association.
LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Park Entrance with Family

All Awe-Summer activities are included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at $9/month with a small down payment. Annual Passes are the best way to join the yearlong birthday celebration — join the party at

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Howl-O-Scream Orlando: New Details Revealed

SeaWorld Orlando has announced the first details of 2021 Howl-O-Scream and launched a Sinister Sale with up to 70% off on tickets for a limited time.

Let’s look at the newly announced Howl-O-Scream SeaWorld Announcements!

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021


Something is stirring among the trees. A shiver runs down your spine as you creep forward, one timid step at a time. Is this jungle alive…or undead? There’s an ominous force at work here, a merciless mistress of ivy and evil. She’s poisoned these woods with an all-consuming appetite for visitors like you. Keep moving and find a way out before it’s too late. You don’t want to end up dead on the vine.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021


The cult is growing, and the lure is powerful. It’s hazardous to pass through this backwater bayou, but there’s no way around. Voodoo and witchcraft aren’t real, right? Tell that to the zealous worshippers trying to shackle you with their spells. They won’t rest until your soul belongs to her too. Stay alert, or the dark magic will drag you down.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021


What’s your poison? Unwind with a refreshing concoction and explore the enticing atmosphere of this unearthly lounge. It’s a fleeting escape from the deadly vines and savage servants nearby. Just be sure to keep your eyes open and pay proper respect to the one who invited you in. You’re her guest here, and she’s always watching.

Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event.  Guests who hurry and act now can save up to 70% off on tickets to Howl-O-Scream Orlando.  Right now, tickets start at only $29.99 during the Sinister Sale but prices will go up after July 25!   

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021
Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream 2021 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.

Howl-O-Scream joins the park’s already impressive fall line-up of events including the return of family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular, included with park admission, which boasts daytime trick or treating for kids of all ages.  Spooky fun for the entire family with Spooktacular during the day and terrifying thrills by night with the launch of Howl-O-Scream make SeaWorld Orlando the place to be this Halloween season.

For more information about SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream and Halloween around the Parks follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube
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Halloween Horror Nights 30: JACK IS BACK

The Universal Orlando Resort just announced that Jack the Clown is going to return as the demented face of Halloween Horror Nights as the world’s premier Halloween event commemorates its 30th year this fall!

The most notorious icon in event history, Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives. His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

Select tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a variety of ways for guests to customize their visit to stay, scream and save.

Guests can save up to $52 on a single night event ticket when purchasing online, and book various event upgrades like the R.I.P. Tours, a guided tour experience that provides priority V.I.P. access to the haunted houses; Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life; and more.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Guests can also save up to $200 on vacation packages, starting at $149 per person, per night (based on a family of four), that include hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated entry gate for the event (with valid event admission), complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and access to an all-new, limited-time “Jack’d Up” experience at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – where guests get a closer look into the chaotic world of Jack and some of the sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of HHN. Plus, the hotel’s Swizzle Lounge lobby bar will transform into the “Horror Icons Bar,” featuring specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event’s most infamous icons, and props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to Halloween Horror Nights past.

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 3 and continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Universal Orlando’s event, visit

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon, so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad

It’s Father’s Day Weekend, and I’ve got some great ways for you to spend a Day with Dad On the Go in MCO! 

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad 

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day

If your Dad has the need for speed, you’ll want to race over International Drive to experience Andretti Indoor Karting and Games!

At Andretti, you can experience the World’s Longest Indoor Track with the Most Elevation Changes & Banked Turns on the powerful, ergonomic, safe and environmentally friendly BIZ KARTS. These bad boys pack enough torque to take you all the way to victory lane!

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games isn’t a one trick pony, because you can also bowl, play in the arcade, take in a dark ride, burn some rubber on race simulators, be adventurous on the rope & zip course, battle it out with Laser Tag, and more! 

Andretti Karting salutes those that serve and protect us everyday with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel.

Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

If you’re looking for a fun and educational outing with the special dude in your life, the Orlando Science Center is filled with activities at every turn. 

In addition to the familiar favorites such as Dino Digs and KidsTown, their new summer exhibit RESCUE is a hands (and feet) on experience that will show kids what it takes to be a first responder in the middle of a disaster. 

One of my FAVORITE places in the Orlando Science Center is The Hive, and this weekend you can experience Make Fest! 

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Fantasia Garden

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort will have you putting through scenes from the Disney Classic with twirling obstacles, cross fanciful fountains and musical surprises. 

Resembling a traditional golf course built on a miniature scale, this course emphasizes skill over chance. Sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens make the Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf Course an exciting challenge, where par-3 and par-5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long.

At Fantasia Gardens, parking is free and it’s $14 per Adult, $12 per Child (Ages 3–9) (tax not included) to play a round. 

Walk-ups are welcome or you may book a tee time for the next day or beyond by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

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Disney After Hours Boo Bash Brings Spooky Fun

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A new Halloween-themed event is spiriting its way into Magic Kingdom Park this fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” will take place select nights August 10 – October 31, 2021, from 9 p.m. to midnight*.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash will have spooky fun for the whole family that will include:

  • Special cavalcades full of characters popping up throughout the night including “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade” featuring Mickey Mouse and friends dressed for the occasion. In the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade,” villains will take to the street and celebrate their favorite time of the year. “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” will feature Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie riding down the parade path to “This Is Halloween.” Maleficent will also make an appearance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon.
  • Favorite friends lurking about, from the lovely Miss Carlotta at the Haunted Mansion to Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their Halloween best, with other surprise guests spotted across the park. Guests can also stop and listen to the Cadaver Dans during performances on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Complimentary snacks such as ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select beverages included in event admission.
  • Less wait times at 20 attractions including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion attraction, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain and more.
  • A variety of specialty food and drinks available for purchase.
    • Apple Ginger Dale, apple cider mixed with ginger ale and topped with whipped cream
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake**
  • Disney PhotoPass available to capture magical and spooky shots throughout the night.
Disney's After Hours Boo Bash Food

Decorations on Main Street, U.S.A., will receive a magical transformation during event nights in October. Walt Disney Imagineering, in partnership with the Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Services team, will blend a fall look with the enchanting story of Cinderella by creating special pumpkin coach decorations. This new décor will add to the park’s sparkling EARidescence during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” that begins Oct. 1, honoring the 50thanniversary of Walt Disney World.

All foolish mortals can dress in costume for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash,” and can get their fill of Halloween candy while trick-or-treating around the park. Costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children under 14 years old. Guests should check as well as the Walt Disney World Resort Costume Policy for more information. Health and safety measures, policies, and operational guidelines are subject to change.

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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Disney After Hours Boo Bash is a limited-capacity and separately ticketed event that does not require an additional day’s theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass reservation. Tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m., giving guests time to enjoy even more magic before the event begins.

Tickets start at $129 – $139, plus tax for August/September nights and $159 – $169, plus tax for October nights, and $199, plus tax for Halloween. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount for event nights in August and September. 

Dates for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash”

  • Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
  • Saturday, Sept. 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
  • Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
  • Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021

A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours soon!

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SeaWorld Orlando Summer Guy Harvey Weekend

Guy Harvey Weekends - SeaWorld Orlando 2016 - Guy Harvey
SeaWorld Orlando is really excited to welcome back Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, for Guy Harvey Weekend.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer who is fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

During the weekend you can join him for meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo opportunities June 18–20 inside the Guy Harvey store located in the Waterfront. 

You can also purchase Guy Harvey’s fifth and newest book, “Underwater World,” at the Guy Harvey store. This memoir lets you see the wonders of our ocean through fascinating stories, and a portion of your purchase will directly benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF).

You can even have your copy of “Underwater World” signed by Guy Harvey during meet-and-greets and special dining experiences throughout the weekend.

SeaWorld Orlando Guy Harvey Weekends 2021

Guy Harvey Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 18

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

An Evening with Guy Harvey
4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Enjoy a signature prix fixe dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist.

Your purchase includes a copy of Guy Harvey’s newest book, Underwater World, and an exclusive book signing and meet & greet before dinner. 

Your Meal Includes:
-Choice of Appetizer- Coconut Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, or Bleu Chips
-Choice of Entrée- 8oz Filet Mignon, Salmon, or Chicken Mushroom Pasta
-Choice of Dessert- Key Lime Pie, Cabernet Chocolate Cake, or Brownie Sundae

Saturday, June 19

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10:30 a.m – 12 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m – 3 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m – 6 p.m.
SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Dinner with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas on Saturday, June 19, as part of Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando.

Includes dinner and meet-and-greet with Guy Harvey. Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at Dine with Orcas at least 15 minutes prior to their dinner time in order to enjoy the full dining experience.

Menu:  Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, certified sustainable seafood, southern fried chicken, herb-crusted sirloin of beef, seasonal accompaniments, fresh bread baked daily by our skilled SeaWorld bakers, signature desserts, assorted Coca-Cola® products, coffee, and hot tea

Sunday, June 20

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m
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On the Go in the Parks: June 11-13, 2021

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Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on  WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Summer is heating up if you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend with fun events around the theme parks of Central Florida!!!

Before we talk about the returning favorites, let’s take a look at what’s new this weekend!

Fun Spot 23rd Birthday Sale

Fun Spot Birthday Sale

Don’t forget that you can grab Single Day 1-Park Fun Passes for $23+tax each during the Fun Spot America 23rd Birthday Sale on June 12, 2021, from midnight to noon!

The fine print…

  • Sale is for Single Day Fun Passes good for all-day riding on go-kart tracks, roller coasters, thrill rides, and Kid Spot rides. (including the NEW Sky Hawk at the Orlando park!
  • Chauffeur Pass will be included for guests under 54 inches (to be picked up in-park).
  • Sale will be ONLINE ONLY.Sale goes LIVE at midnight (12:00 AM EST) on June 12, 2021, and ends at 12PM EST on June 12, 2021.
  • Can purchase up to 10.Can be used on the same day or future day.Passes expire June 10, 2022.
  • Passes are for one park only (Orlando, Kissimmee OR Atlanta).
  • SkyCoaster is NOT included.

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces the Return of Fireworks Every Night

Summer Nights just got brighter at Busch Gardens!

Due to popular demand, the park’s NEW nighttime spectacular, “Spark!” can now be enjoyed every night starting Friday, June 11 through Sunday, August 8.

As the biggest and brightest show ever to light the park’s sky, “Spark!” features an explosive array of fireworks and exciting effects from dazzling lasers to graceful water elements and dramatic pyrotechnics.

From the electrifying pre-party to the epic grand finale, the dazzling experience of “Spark!” can be enjoyed with any park ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass. After August 8, “Spark!” will continue to light the night sky at Busch Gardens with presentations each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 6, including Labor Day.

On the Go in the Parks: June 11-13, 2021



LEGOLAND Florida Resort is inviting guests to “discover their inner ninja” and meet their favorite heroes from the world of NINJAGO as LEGONINJAGODays take over the theme park in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the LEGO NINJAGO brand.

This limited-time event is included with your theme park admission and features ninja-themed activities, exclusive LEGO character meet-and-greets, and delicious, kid-friendly treats all the Theme Park built for kids.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
On the Go in MCO SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean 2021 On the Go in the Parks

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean returns May 28 with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy! 

And with their Memorial Day sale you can save up to 50% on tickets, fun cards, and annual passes!!!

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

EPCOT is in full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2019

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will offer guests over 100 nights of world-class coasters, electrifying entertainment throughout the park, and more extended hours than ever beginning today.

And as a special bonus on weekends and select dates, guests can look to the sky for the NEW “Spark! A Nighttime Spectacular” featuring an explosive NEW firework and special effects production, the biggest, brightest show ever!

Journey to Mythica Debuts at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Journey to Mythica

Enter an undiscovered world where LEGO creatures come to life with an all-new 4D movie, LEGO MYTHICA – JOURNEY TO MYTHICA, and an augmented reality (AR) experience at LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Fun Town Theater.

Full of adventures and mysterious creatures all waiting to be discovered, LEGO MYTHICA is an incredible parallel universe to ours. A universe that, unbeknown to us, has been created by the power of kids’ imagination. Whenever a child takes the time and care to build a creature from LEGO bricks, it comes to life for real in MYTHICA.

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Chicken Guy! Coming to Winter Park

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Chef, restaurateur, New York Times Best Selling Author, and Emmy Award-winning TV host, Guy Fieri, and internationally renowned restaurateur, Robert Earl, are thrilled to announce that they have teamed up once again to open their third Chicken Guy! location in Florida, this time in Winter Park.

The exciting new venue will be the first corporate-owned free-standing location with a drive-thru component, making the iconic menu more accessible to Orlando locals and visitors alike. Joining its successful predecessors at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, FL and at Aventura Mall in Miami, FL, the fast-casual chain dedicated to serving delicious, succulent chicken tenders paired with 22-signature sauces to please all palates, will feature interior seating for 80 guests indoors and seating for 12 outdoors.

The spacious 3,500 square-foot restaurant will have a sliding glass door of windows, a unique design element that will easily provide plenty of natural light or an open-air dining experience on a nice day.

The parking lot will have reserved parking spaces to accommodate third party delivery services as well as guests who order on-line, with dedicated staff who will bring the orders directly to waiting cars.

The menu at Chicken Guy! features one-of-a-kind all-natural fresh chicken tenders, hand-pounded to maximize crunch and paired with a wide selection of delicious sauces. Brined in fresh lemon juice, pickle brine, buttermilk, and infused with fresh herbs, these tenders deliver on flavor and texture.

The menu includes tenders—grilled or fried—in sandwiches, straight up on skewers, or in meal-sized salad bowls, your choice of signatures sauces to enjoy with the chicken as well as tempting sides like Chicken Guy! Fries with Guy’s special fry seasoning, crowd-pleasing Mac Daddy Mac ‘n Cheese, fried pickles, and fresh slaw.

For dessert, Chicken Guy! features delicious Flavortown Frozen Treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth. The Triple Double Ice Cream Treat–triple chocolate and double-mint, or the Cinnamon Apple – a heaping cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream smothered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ and Apple Jacks™ cereal- are not to be missed and, of course, classic shakes are always available—Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Oreo Cookie.

“It’s always such a pleasure to be able to work with Guy on Chicken Guy! ventures and I’m beyond pleased to open a location in Winter Park,” said Planet Hollywood founder and chairman, Robert Earl. “Chicken Guy! is a proven crowd-pleaser now with three locations in Florida and two in sporting arenas on game days including FedEx Field in Maryland and Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, we are well on our way to becoming a household name nationwide.” 

Set to open in late summer 2021, Chicken Guy! is located at 818 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.

With a mixture of colorful meets playful design elements and modern finishes that will delight guests as they dine on-site, Chicken Guy! also offers innovative packaging that will make carry out and delivery orders even more fun to enjoy at home or on-the-go. No detail has been overlooked in providing the best possible dining experience that keeps guests coming back for more every chance they get.

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On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

This summer I am sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week we are looking at free (or mostly free) indoor activities!

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Last week we looked at fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load, and this week we’re looking at fun ways to beat the heat with free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids. 

On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

Free Bowling All Summer Long

Aloma Bowl: 2530 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids Aloma Bowling

Until September 5, 2021, children 15 and under can play two free games of bowling with the purchase of shoe rentals Monday through Friday from 11 am – 5 pm. 

Online registration in advance is required and a parent or guardian must be present but they do not need to pay to take advantage of this offer. 

Don’t forget about OCLS
On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids OCLS

While the Orange County Liberty Service programming may look a little different than it has in the past, they are still offering families free activities and incentives for summer reading!

With your OCLS library card you can attend their Summer Livestream Series of performances, learn new crafts, and kids can enjoy their own events where learning is fun. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

And we can’t talk about the Library without mentioning a Summer Reading Program, and there’s still time for kids to join Tales & Tails!

Kids, ages 6 to 12, can participate in virtual events, track your reading and complete fun activities right at home to earn badges. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

Also this summer, OCLS is working with Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services to offer grab-n-go meals at no charge to children and young adults under 18. Check out the locations here.

Museums with a Local Flair

Orlando is home to some amazing museum, and throughout the city you can find smaller museums that focus on the history of our area. 

Some of my top picks are the Central Florida Railroad MuseumOrlando Fire MuseumWinter Park History MuseumLake Mary Historical MuseumCornell Fine Arts Museum, and the Holocaust Museum in Maitland.      

These hidden gems are all free, and are guaranteed to give your entire family a new appreciation for the City Beautiful!

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LEGO VIDIYO Music Fest at LEGOLAND Florida


LEGOLAND Florida has announced that they will be hosting the LEGO VIDIYO Music Fest, an all-new, family-friendly music festival, this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 through 6.


September 4, 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


This vibrant, interactive music festival will feature “dance-off” parties, interactive games, and pop-up performances. Colorful photo opportunities include larger-than-life scenes, and guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite music artist to win prizes.

L.L.A.M.A will headline the music fest with two performances on each of the three event days on a specially themed stage. During the three-day extravaganza, families will also learn more about the world of LEGO VIDIYO while they get creative and produce their own content.

All event activities are included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at $9/month with a small down payment. LEGOLAND has built extra fun into every month of 2021 as the theme park built for kids celebrates its tenth birthday. The yearlong birthday celebration includes new events, attractions and shows. Join the party at    

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