Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil 2023 Performance Schedule

Drawn to Life Finale Bow

Drawn to Life, the dazzling live theatrical production presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney has released its schedule for 2023 and will include new matinee show times on Sundays. Tickets for next year’s performances are available for sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawn-to-life.

Beginning January 4, 2023, guests will be able to enjoy Drawn to Life with two performances daily, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Disney Springs. Wednesday through Saturday showtimes will be 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and two Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“Based on feedback from guests, we determined this new schedule will offer great daytime opportunities for travelers and locals to see the show, especially those with children,” said Heather Reilly, Drawn to Life Company Manager.

Drawn to Life has been delighting audiences at Disney Springs West Side since its November 2021 premiere with an imaginative blend of timeless Disney magic and remarkable Cirque du Soleil artistry.

The family-friendly show tells the story of the love between a father and a daughter, drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100-year heritage of storytelling.

The show celebrates iconic Disney stories and characters through innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, musical scores, and brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists.

Haven’t had the chance to see the show? Here’s a little background…

cirque du soleil orlando drawn to life prix fixe
Photo: Walt Disney World

Set your imagination in motion and get ready for a first-of-its-kind creative collaboration between iconic memory-makers Cirque du Soleil and Disney.

Drawn to Life invites you into an astounding world where the art of Walt Disney Animation is experienced like never before. Gather your whole family for an unforgettable leap into this amazing new show—a live acrobatic journey where the stage is transformed into a giant animation table. The art of classic Disney animation is reinterpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, and eclectic costuming alongside all-new Disney animation and an original score inspired by timeless Disney music. The show is absolutely alive with all the high-flying, mind-blowing exuberance that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.

cirque du soleil orlando drawn to life prix fixe
Photo: Walt Disney World

This love letter to the art of Disney Animation celebrates life in all its motions and emotions. The show tells the story of a determined girl who discovers one last gift left by her animator father: a sequence of unfinished drawings. Guided by a magical pencil and a quirky troupe of imaginative muses, she embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories. We’ll follow her as she leaps into a whimsical world of animation and discovers new possibilities that animate the story of her future. 

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Maker Faire Orlando 2022 at the CFL Fairgrounds

Maker Faire Orlando

Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, and hands-on activities.

The family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness returns November 5-6, 2022, where people show what they are making and share what they are learning at the 10th annual event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  

Maker Faire Orlando
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show their hobbies, experiments or projects,” said founder Ian Cole.  

The two-day event is expected to draw 10,000 attendees and includes 250 exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, cosplay makers, and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions. 

Maker Faire Orlando
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Maker Faire Orlando 2022

  • Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) 
  • Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808) 
  • FREE on-site parking 
  • A variety of food choices are available for purchase. 
  • For more information and tickets, visit www.makerfaireorlando.com 
Maker Faire Orlando
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Exhibits & Hands-on Workshops 

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, makers showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects. Immerse yourself in Maker culture with exhibits, a performance stage, big art, and spectacle.

Experience hands-on learning by people who make, play, tinker, and hack, including robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics, tools, and crazy things you’ve never seen!  

Maker Faire Orlando

Robot Ruckus 

Robot Ruckus is included with Maker Faire Orlando tickets. See your favorite robot builders having fun destroying each other’s toys with several local teams from the BattleBots show on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+, as well as local robots ranging in size from one to 250 pounds.

For more information, visit robotruckus.org

Maker Faire Orlando

Power Racing 

Power Racing is a fun-filled racing experience where makers construct their own machines to go racing.  Racers can spend up to $500 on a racer that looks like a children’s ride or toy. 

Maker Faire Orlando
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Award-winning Cosplay Makers 

Interact and observe cosplay makers in their element and working on their craft, including MegaCon winners Fred & Elle Designs with their Making Foam Props and Armor exhibit and Orlandoian Allison Chase with her Puppeted Catbus and the Guardian from Zelda Breath of the wild.  

10th Anniversary Online Ticket Sales – Save money and skip the line. Pre-event savings end Nov. 4  

  • Pre-event online tickets start at $15 for youth and students and $20 for adults.  
  • Add a second day to your one-day ticket for $10. 
  • Children under age three are FREE.  
  • Order tickets online www.makerfaireorlando.com/attend/ 
  • Tickets are available at the gate on November 5 and 6 
  • First responders, active military, and Veterans receive free admission to Maker Faire Orlando with identification 
  • Employees of schools, colleges, universities, homeschool educators, and libraries also receive free admission to Maker Faire Orlando with identification. 
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On the Go in the Parks: October 14-16, 2022

Halloween fun can be found On the Go in the Parks October 14-16, 2022!!! The countdown to the big day is on, but you don’t have to wait to experience spooky spectaculars!

On the Go in the Parks: October 14-16, 2022

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • October 14, 2022
  • October 15, 2022
  • October 16, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

Collecting Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida has debuted a new way for fear fans to show the haunted houses they have survived!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Dark Arts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Daily after sunset in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

The Dark Arts will take over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure daily until October 31, 2022.

Guests can experience the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting, and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.

Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is your chance to catch some great concerts at the American Gardens Theater at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. This weekend’s concerts include:

  • October 14-15: Robert Randolph Band (NEW)
  • October 16-17: Newsboys (NEW)

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, live entertainment, family activities, and more.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Spooktacular – SeaWorld Orlando

  • October 15, 2022
  • October 16, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • October 7, 2022
  • October 8, 2022
  • October 9, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, scare zones, coasters, and unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • October 14, 2022
  • October 15, 2022
  • October 16, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings until October 31, 2022.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • October 14, 2022 – SOLD OUT
  • October 16, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party

  • October 15, 2022
  • October 16, 2022

Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida will be filled with even more monstrous this fall when Brick-or-Treat presents Monster  Party begins in September!

Families will be screaming in excitement as they enjoy more candy, more LEGO characters, and more spell-binding surprises than ever, with 12 nights of Halloween fun – each Saturday and Sunday through October 30.

This Halloween spectacular will bewitch families with amazing NEW experiences, live shows, spooky LEGO decorations, and Monster mischief around every corner – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes. 

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Disney Springs Art Walk: New Additions

Disney Springs Art Walk

The Disney Springs Art Walk has been one of my favorite things to explore while shopping and dining, especially because it continues to grow vibrantly, flourishing with murals from talented artists from near and far.

This month is no exception, as two new artists have brought their vibrant and meaningful creations to the Art Walk.

Disney Springs Art Walk

Check out the video below to go behind the scenes and learn about the inspiration for their art.

Inspired by their strong Hispanic roots and just in time for Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, artists Leo Gómez and Don Rimx boldly expressed pride for their culture, telling unique stories with their Art Walk pieces.

With over 3,000 murals spanning over five continents, Kobra has a distinguished style with unique techniques involving airbrush and spray paint.

Disney Springs Art Walk

His newest piece will be a Disney-inspired creation that, like other Disney Springs Art Walk murals, will be a must-see for Walt Disney World Resort guests.

I cannot wait to see and share more about his creation at one of my favorite places on property!

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Serengeti Flyer Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Serengeti Flyer

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Serengeti Flyer as the park’s all-new 2023 attraction.

Serengeti Flyer will be the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, a screamin’ swing, upon opening in spring 2023.

“Serengeti Flyer’s thrilling ride experience is bound to provide riders with a pulse-pounding encounter that can only be found at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,” said Neal Thurman, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We believe that Serengeti Flyer will be the perfect high-thrill addition to our world-class portfolio of attractions including Iron Gwazi, the Golden Ticket Award Winner for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022.”

With each swing, riders will soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth.

Serengeti Flyer

Serengeti Flyer will feature twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher, reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak.

Guests will be seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas, allowing 40 guests to experience the ride at once.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass members will be among the first to experience the new attraction upon opening in spring 2023.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Unlimited Thrills in Store with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card

Enjoy the breathtaking thrill of Serengeti Flyer all year long with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass or 2023 fun card. Starting as low as $14 per month with exclusive pass member benefits valued at over $400, a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass is the best way to experience this all-new attraction.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Fun Card

Guests looking for incredible savings can pay for a day and get the rest of 2022 and 2023 free with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s limited-time fun card offer which provides unlimited access to the park’s world-class attractions, award-winning entertainment, up-close animal encounters, and vibrant seasonal events.

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Festival of Trees: Gifts of the Season

Festival of Trees 2022

The sparkling ambiance, smiling faces, and bright energy at the Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season for Central Floridians from November 11-20, 2022. 

Presented by the Council of 101, the anticipated event celebrates the many blessings given during the holidays with the theme “Gifts of the Season.” Orlando Health returns as the platinum presenting sponsor.

Strolling through the museum gallery, guests will be transported to a time of old-fashioned holiday gatherings. Elegance will be on full display while guests truly embrace the reason for the season. Gifts of the Season celebrates the gifts of time, talent, and heart from the Central Florida community.

“The Festival of Trees not only brings holiday spirit and joy to the community but also ultimately supports the arts and art education at OMA,” said Linda Cegelis, president of Council of 101. “So, to bring timeless elegance and holiday tradition while supporting the arts is truly a joy for the Council of 101.”

During the Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 50 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more.

Festival of Trees 2022

In addition, there will be a holiday shopping experience, pop-up shops, and live entertainment.

A variety of special events, including an Opening Night Gala and Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and a children’s Reindeer Romp party, will add a special holiday touch to this year’s Festival of Trees.

Events presented by Council of 101, including the Festival of Trees, have raised more than $13 million over the years, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational and lifelong learning programs. 

These programs reach deep into the community by helping people from different walks of life, ages, and income groups.

Tickets will go on sale on October 1 via Eventbrite. For more information, visit councilof101.org.

2022 Festival of Trees: Gifts of the Season

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General Admission HoursSaturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 20
Ticket prices:

  • Adults—$20
  • Children (3-12)—$12
  • Seniors (60+)—$12
  • Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12

Special events are priced separately. Please see our events calendar for more information. Parking is $7. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available on October 1 Eventbrite and via councilof101.org.

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Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights is back for its third year in a spectacular new venue – with more pizzazz, sparkle, and excitement than ever before!!!

From November 11, 2022, through January 1, 2023, Island H2O Water Park in Kissimmee, FL, will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland featuring millions of lights, luminous displays, festive family activities, and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully immersive holiday experience.

“It’s an honor to help Give Kids The World deliver happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families by hosting Central Florida’s most popular new holiday tradition at Island H2O Water Park,” said Island H2O General Manager Jim Kunau.  “We invite the entire community to join us at Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O for 52 nights of family fun, live performances, delicious food and holiday cheer, while helping to make wishes come true for families in our community and around the world.”

Nightly entertainment will include Dueling Pianos, Jingle and Jangle performances, and strolling a cappella group Santa’s Dancing Reindeer, with DJ Jack Frost Ice Block Party leading an interactive holiday hits dance party.

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights/, enabling guests to stroll throughout the property to view the lights; watch an all-new dancing lights show on a five-story waterslide; visit an interactive children’s holiday activities space; interact with strolling performers; explore themed lightscapes, and create priceless holiday memories during visits with Santa…all for a wonderful cause. 

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O will again benefit Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, the whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more and Island H2O Water Park season pass holders. VIP experiences, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities are also available.

Previously held on-site at Give Kids The World Village, Night of a Million Lights has been relocated this year to accommodate the influx of wish families to the Village – elevating the resort to pre-COVID occupancy levels.

“It has been a privilege to welcome in the public for a glimpse into our storybook Village during the holidays the past two years. However, in order to preserve the life-changing experience we provide to wish families as increased numbers of guests are able to visit, we have made the decision to move Night of a Million Lights off-site – and truly appreciate Island H2O Water Park’s generosity, hospitality and support,” said Give Kids The World President & CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We look forward to joining with Island H2O, sponsors, volunteers and community members to celebrate the season of joy and giving while making an immeasurable impact on the families we serve.”

Island H2O Water Park is located at 3230 Inspiration Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747. For information about Night of a Million Lights sponsorships, volunteer engagement, or vendor opportunities, visit www.gktw.org/lights.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 7-9, 2022

Halloween fun can be found On the Go in the Parks October 7-9, 2022!!! The countdown to the big day is on, but you don’t have to wait to experience spooky spectaculars!

On the Go in the Parks: October 7-9, 2022

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • October 7, 2022
  • October 8, 2022
  • October 9, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

Collecting Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida has debuted a new way for fear fans to show the haunted houses they have survived!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Dark Arts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Daily after sunset in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

The Dark Arts will take over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure daily until October 31, 2022.

Guests can experience the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting, and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.

Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is your chance to catch some great concerts at the American Gardens Theater at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. This weekend’s concerts include:

  • October 7-8: Mark Wills
  • October 9-10: 38 Special

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, live entertainment, family activities, and more.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Spooktacular – SeaWorld Orlando

  • October 8, 2022
  • October 9, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • October 7, 2022
  • October 8, 2022
  • October 9, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, scare zones, coasters, and unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • October 7, 2022
  • October 8, 2022
  • October 9, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings until October 31, 2022.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • October 7, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party

  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida will be filled with even more monstrous this fall when Brick-or-Treat presents Monster  Party begins in September!

Families will be screaming in excitement as they enjoy more candy, more LEGO characters, and more spell-binding surprises than ever, with 12 nights of Halloween fun – each Saturday and Sunday through October 30.

This Halloween spectacular will bewitch families with amazing NEW experiences, live shows, spooky LEGO decorations, and Monster mischief around every corner – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes. 

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Rock the Universe 2023 Announced

Rock the Universe 2023

Rock the Universe at the Universal Orlando Resort is back for its 25th year, January 27-29, 2023.

The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with performances by GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet, Northern Irish folk-rock worship band Rend Collective, Dove award-winning band Bethel Music and more. The festival continues Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer Zach Williams, Billboard’s #1 Hot Christian Song artist Matthew West, and more.

Rock the Universe 2023
Zach Williams

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can rejoice in worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a powerful Sunday morning service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend.

Fans can keep the music flowing in the dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts like DJ Promote and autograph sessions with participating musical acts.

Tickets also include access to Universal Studios Florida’s most thrilling attractions during the event.

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Universal Orlando Resort

Fans can take a break from the music and experience rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, and Revenge of the Mummy.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Rock the Universe Event Tickets and Group Vacation Packages

Tickets to Florida’s biggest Christian music festival include admission to spiritual performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios Florida attractions during event hours.

Starting at $135 per person, a Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events, plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The event supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.

The Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket for groups starts at $124.

Groups who stay at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will receive exclusive perks, such as Early Park Admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more.

To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Central Florida Zoo Hosts Asian Lantern Festival

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One of the most anticipated and beloved holiday events of 2021 is back for another year of magic at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. 

The Zoo today announced that the dazzling displays of Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild will return on select nights from November 18, 2022, to January 15, 2023. And this year, a new name will be up in the light. Publix has been announced as the festival’s presenting sponsor.

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

“This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “It’s dazzling, fun and educational. It’s a true community event, and partnering with Publix just made sense. We’re excited to have them and thrilled to offer those in Central Florida the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular event again.”

The festival features dozens of larger-than-life, hand-crafted lanterns that are lit by thousands of LED lights, resulting in a gorgeous display of color, light, and sound that celebrates traditional Asian lantern festivals. 

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

The lanterns are situated on a 3/4-mile loop around the Zoo, providing a truly unique take on a holiday lights show that will leave attendees clamoring to come back again and again with friends and family. 

This is the third year for the festival, which started in 2019 and was not held in 2020. Last year, almost all nights of the event hit capacity. Nearly all of the lanterns will be new to the festival this year, so past attendees will have plenty to capture their senses.

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

This is the first year Publix is sponsoring the event.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Series coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens,” said Hannah Herring, Publix media relations manager. “At Publix, we have a history of caring for our customers, associates and communities. We are excited to sponsor an event for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season.”   

The festival is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Sir Rod Stewart to Perform in Tampa

Sir Rod Stewart Hard Rock Tampa February 2023
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Sir Rod Stewart, the legendary two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted singer-songwriter, announced he will perform at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 8 p.m. 

The concert promises an unprecedented night of iconic hit songs from one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music with more than 250 million records and singles sold worldwide. His signature voice, style and songwriting have transcended all genres of popular music, including rock, folk, soul, R&B, and the Great American Songbook, making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his career.

Stewart’s hits-packed setlist includes songs like “You Wear It Well,” “Maggie May,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Every Picture Tells A Story,” “Infatuation,” and “Forever Young.”

Stewart has earned a number of the industry’s highest awards, including two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times best-selling author, GRAMMY™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.

Tickets starting at $275 will go on sale online at seminolehardrocktampa.com or via Ticketmaster beginning Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m.

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About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world, offering award-winning gaming, hospitality, and entertainment. The casino offers nearly 5,000 of the hottest slot machines, 179 table games, a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables, and a smoke-free Mezzanine Level Casino. The 800-room hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and proudly offers 12 restaurants, including upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, The Rez Grill, and Cipresso. Amenities include the 1,500-seat Hard Rock Event Center, which hosts some of the nation’s hottest entertainers and must-see concerts; a 60,000-square-foot pool deck area with three pools and 19 cabanas; as well as the luxurious Rock Spa & Salon. The resort is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.

For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online.

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Drawn to Life Prix Fixe Dining

Drawn to Life is one of my favorite additions to Disney Springs, and now you can take your experience to the next level with special prix fixe dining packages.

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Photo: Walt Disney World

During your Animated evening, you can feast your eyes on a spark of creativity with Drawn to Life—a love letter to the art of Disney animation – and then enjoy a prix fixe dinner from one of 13 participating locations at two price points.

Participating Drawn to Life Animated Evening Locations

As part of your Animated Evening, you can choose from a wide range of restaurants throughout Disney Springs.

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Prix fixe menu priced at $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included):

  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Jaleo by José Andrés
  • Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Terralina Crafted Italian

Prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included):

  • The Edison
  • Paddlefish
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

You can find the full prix fixe menus for each location online.

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Photo: Walt Disney World
How to Purchase Drawn to Life Animated Evening Packages
  1. Purchase tickets for Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney. Purchase tickets from Cirque du Soleil or call Cirque du Soleil at (877) 924-7783. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. By selecting “Cirque du Soleil” above, you will be directed to the Cirque du Soleil ticket website, where a different privacy policy and terms of use will apply.
  2. Book dining reservations for Animated Evening by calling (407) 587-5981 between 10:00 AM EST and 10:00 PM EST daily. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

All dining reservations must be scheduled 2.5 hours before or 2 hours after the Guest’s ticketed showtime.

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