Halloween Horror Nights News: Two New Mazes

Halloween Horror Nights News July 15 New Mazes

This fall Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, unleashing some of the most nefarious names in horror to prey upon guests, and today the resort announced two new mazes coming to the much-anticipated event!

For this year’s event, classic films that have influenced the horror genre will come to life in two disturbingly real haunted mazes with the return of the legendary Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the resurrection of one of Universal Pictures’ most iconic monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein – in “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster.

Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes will depict a harrowing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.

Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals.

From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface.

Plus, guests at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will face another pop culture and horror legend as they brave this year’s event. The destination previously revealed the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most,’ “Beetlejuice,” based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

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Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

Halloween Horror Nights events begin at Universal Studios Florida on Friday, September 3, and run select nights through Sunday, October 31.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights, and due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures

On the Go in mco educational fun

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

This summer I have been sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week the series continues with some fun ways to sneak some learning into your summer break. 

On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures 

Mars Fest at the Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO Mars Fest Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Moon Fest, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Celebrate Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities throughout the Orlando Science Center this weekend. 

Learn how the amazing telescopes, satellites, and landers have been analyzing the history of Mars and searching for life in another world.

During the event, visitors will also enjoy special live demonstrations, cosmic chemistry, and more during this special weekend celebration that’s included with admission to the Orlando Science Center.  

A Deep Sea Adventure at the Crayola Experience Orlando 

On the Go in MCO Crayola Experience Orlando Ocean X

Through July 25th at the Crapola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, you can join the mission to find the elusive giant squid when OceanX takes over the creative world of Crayola for a once-in-lifetime event. 

So get your mission log, create your ID badge and begin your journey through the sea kelp as you:

  • Take an “underwater” photo in a Crayola OceanX sub
  • Sculpt your own ocean creature and place it on a 3D mapping table
  • Learn about undersea wonders and conservation efforts
  • View sea creatures in their natural habitat through colorful “portholes”
  • Help build a “coral reef” made of recycled marker caps
  • And ultimately come face to face with the elusive Giant Squid!

This limited-time fun is included in your admission to the Crayola Experience Orlando, which is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

On the Go in MCO Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County that were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

The village includes a general store and post office, schoolhouse, church, train depot, homesteads from Osceola settlers, Seminole settlement, a cow camp, and working structures such as a blacksmith shop, citrus packing plant, cane grinder, and barn.

Pioneer Village is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and guided tours are available on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in MCO

EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is always my favorite way to sneak ‘Edutainment’ into our theme park fun, but during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, there are even more ways to learn…I mean have fun!

From July 15 to November 20th, families can learn about cuisine around the world, try new delicious bites, and enjoy family challenges that will stretch their food knowledge and taste buds.

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces Holiday Fun

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat in October, followed by the jolliest event of all with Holidays at LEGOLAND in November and December. 

LEGOLAND Florida BRICK OR TREAT 

Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat activities include trick or treating around the Theme Park complete with frightfully fun character interactions, larger-than-afterlife LEGO builds, and meet-and-greet opportunities with ghoulish LEGO characters making appearances on event dates only.

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

Guests can also enjoy one-of-a-kind live shows, special decorations throughout the park and take a bite out of a variety of Halloween-themed snacks.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick or Treat Halloween
LEGOLAND Florida Resort

BRICK OR TREAT happen Saturdays and Sundays on October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND Florida 

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2020
Photo: LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Holidays at LEGOLAND features a combination of seasonal shows, tasty treats, and twinkling lights.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
Chip Litherland, Merlin Entertainments Group

Guests will dance, sing along, and deck the halls with interactive experiences, rock around a 30-foot-tall LEGO tree with interactive lights and music, meet LEGO Santa, and create memories with giant holiday-themed LEGO builds.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND happen Saturdays and Sundays November 26-28 & December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 24-31.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

All Brick or Treat and Holidays at LEGOLAND 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 Resort’s yearlong 10th Birthday celebration.

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On the Go in the Parks: July 9-11, 2021

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!

There is a lot of summer fun to be found On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

But first, let’s start with the new things you can enjoy On the Go in the Parks!

Enjoy the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs


Florida Food Enthusiasts will want to head to Disney Springs as more than 30 restaurants and shops are celebrating the best of the Sunshine State until August 12th.

Want to make sure you don’t miss a delicious dish? Be sure to pick up a Flavors of Florida event guide upon arrival at the Disney Springs Welcome Center or any participating location.

Free Beer is back at SeaWorld

Starting today, SeaWorld has announced FREE BEER for SeaWorld park guests 21 and over. 

The free brews will be available at the park daily from 11:30 a.m. until one hour before park close. 

Guests are invited to visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar to receive one complimentary 12-ounce beer per park visit through August 12.

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes


This summer the Walt Disney World Resort is inviting guests to enjoy sweet summer vibes to satisfy the soul as you dine, shop, play and unwind with family and friends across the parks.

On the Go in the Parks: July 9-11, 2021

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
Summer 2019 Theme Parks Central Florida Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios Epcot Typhoon Lagoon LEGOLAND Florida SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean Illuminations Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogsmeade Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned 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!

Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida
Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND Florida lineup

This summer starting LEGOLAND Florida Resort is throwing an AWE-SUMMER celebration packed with engaging stage shows, special weekend events, and surprise streetmosphere performances around every corner through August 8th.

You won’t want to miss these new event offerings!

  • 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.

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.

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.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: New Maze Announcement

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 The Haunting of Hill House

For the first time ever, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to the Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new maze for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, which officially begins on September 3, 2021 at Universal Studios Florida!

Upon its release, Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” became a worldwide phenomenon of unsettling proportions that elevated the horror television genre. Created, directed, and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game) and executive produced by Trevor Macy via their Intrepid Pictures, the chilling horror story follows members of the Crain family who are haunted by long-dormant fears stemming from their time living in the menacing Hill House as children and then forced to face the ghosts of its grisly past.

“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Flanagan, Creator, Director and Executive Producer of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

Reincarnated as a Halloween Horror Nights Maze, the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning guests to embark on the dark journey.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner, from William Hill – The Tall Man, whose towering stature overwhelms everyone he encounters; to The Ghost in the Basement, who feverishly crawls throughout the bowels of the House in search of his next victim; to The Bent-Neck Lady, whose disturbing scream and ghastly appearance invoke a constant state of unnerving dread. 

“It’s a nightmare come true to bring Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”to life for our guests this year at ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort. “The show brought true horror to the masses, similar to what we’ve provided our guests at this event for nearly 30 years – Hill Houseis a perfect fit for “Halloween Horror Nights” as it enters a new decade of fear.”

The Haunting of Hill House maze will test even the bravest guests as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

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On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more ways to be On the Go in MCO by listening to the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in mco rainy day fun

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops, and this week the series continues with rainy day fun for kids of all ages! 

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

On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For Younger Ones: SEA LIFE Orlando , 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

SEA LIFE, located at ICON Park on International Drive, is one of my absolute FAVORITE recommendations for families in Orlando as this aquarium offers great interactive displays and activities. 

Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 11th and just in time for the iconic week – SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has added some ‘jaw-some’ new shark activities around their 6 species of  sharks. 

For Tweens & Teens: Putting Edge, 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Located in Dezerland Park, formerly Artegon, on International Drive, Putting Edge provides a new and exciting twist on the traditional game of mini-golf.

From the moment you enter the “Blacklit” courses, you have left “the real world” and have entered a universe full of fun, imagination, and activity.

You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images, and sounds, rocking your senses in unordinary, inevitable ways.

Transport from the ocean depths to lush rain forests, from medieval times to the Aztec jungles, as you vie to sink your putt on the 18- hole challenging mini-golf course.

Splitsville Luxury Lane Disney Springs On the Go in MCO

For Families: Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 1494 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Return to the “Golden Age of Bowling” at this modern venue that exudes retro-glam vibes across 2 floors.

In addition to 10-Pin bowling, Feather bowling, billiards, and our lively bars, Splitsville features flat-screen televisions throughout, live music and an eclectic contemporary menu!

Strike up an appetite for fresh sushi, pizza, burgers and other delish dishes—or simply catch up with friends over a few games and drinks. Whatever your pleasure, this isn’t your grandfather’s bowling alley!

For Adults: Arcade Monsters, 15 Alafaya woods BLVD, Suite 117. Oviedo FL, 32765

Arcade Monsters is the largest arcade in Florida with over 200 games in 7 themed rooms and an anime-themed bar. 

Gamers will enjoy playing classic arcade games, pinball, experiential games, the latest modern arcade/console game releases, rhythm games, & virtual reality (ages 13+ only for VR) for an all-day price.

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Walt Disney World Foodie News: Hollywood Studios

The Disney Parks blog knows the way to my heart…my stomach, and today they shared a bevy of foodie news for Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Walt Disney World Foodie News: Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021 Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo - Batuuan Beef & Crispy Topato Stir Fry, Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad, Pirjanad Hot Chicken Tip Yip and Peka Tuna Poke

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargoa designated location on Batuu for traveling food shuttles, just received a new food shipment! Starting today, Battuans and visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can sample Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs’ delicious new dishes inspired by his time on Takodana. 

  • Batuuan Beef & Crispy Topato Stir Fry – Smoky braised beef glazed in tamarind sauce served with stir-fried vegetables, crispy herb yucca, pickled onions, and cilantro
  • Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad – Marinated chicken, mixed greens, grapes, tomato, cucumber, shaved onion, and radish in a lemon-pomegranate vinaigrette with spiced yogurt drizzle
  • Pirjanad Hot Chicken Tip Yip – Crispy chicken glazed in a spicy chipotle sauce served with white rice, relish of sweet corn, shishito peppers, jicama, plantains, and cilantro
  • Peka Tuna Poke – Raw tuna tossed in a spicy Sriracha dressing served with green papaya salad, pickled mushrooms, fresh herbs, and crispy garlic
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo - Outpost Puff Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

And for a sweet ending to your time on Batuu, try this yummy new dessert with a unique and delicious combination of flavors at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo!

  • Outpost Puff – Chocolate pastry filled guajillo chocolate mousse and green milk sauce finished with Thai tea panna cotta, spiced pineapple, and confectionary debris 
Ronto Roasters - Zuchii Wrap, Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap, Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce and Kyryll Pork Rinds Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

The new plant-based wraps at Ronto Roasters give pitmaster droid, 8D-JB, a break from turning the podracing engine spit grilling ronto! The spiced Andoan Fruit and Kyryll Pork Rinds are the perfect on-the-go snacks for anyone visiting Batuu. 

  • Kyryll Pork Rinds – Pork rinds seasoned in a savory blend of ancho chili, cheddar, smoke, and cinnamon. 
  • Zuchii Wrap – Grilled zucchini, smokey chickpea-onion slaw, creamy garlic-tahini sauce, and fresh cilantro wrapped in pita bread (plant-based)
  • Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap – Plant-based egg, smoky chickpea-onion slaw, and roasted tomato sauce wrapped in pita bread (plant-based) 
  • Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce – Sticks of jicama, cucumber, pineapple, melon, and dragon fruit doused in a tamarind sauce and dusted with peppercorn ash (plant-based) 

You can find more Walt Disney World Foodie news for July here!

Fairfax Fare Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

Hot diggity dog! Fairfax Fare, located in Sunset Boulevard, has some over-the-top hot dogs, including a plant-based “hot dog” salad! (You have to try – it is fab!) Be sure to grab a refreshing beer, cocktail, or fountain drink to go along with your dog!

  • Truffle Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with savory truffle macaroni & cheese and crispy applewood bacon drizzled with mustard aïoli on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Pretzel Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with apple-braised sauerkraut and onions, and drizzled with mustard aïoli on pretzel bread served with pickled vegetables
  • California BLTA Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, applewood bacon, crushed ranch tortilla chips, and house-made black pepper mayonnaise on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Chicago-style “Hot Dog” Salad – Romaine blend, plant-based bratwurst, sliced sport peppers, tomatoes, onions, house-made dill pickle, sweet relish, mustard, and poppy-celery seed brioche croutons tossed in neon green relish vinaigrette (plant-based)
  • All-Beef Quarter-Pound Hot Dog – Served on a brioche butter bun and served with pickled vegetables
Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Shake from Hollywood Scoops Walt Disney World Food News Hollywood Studios July 2021

Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Shake – hello? Yep – chocolate ice cream layered with peanut butter sauce, topped with whipped cream, garnished with chocolate-peanut butter crumbles, and a chocolate-dipped peanut butter cake. Slurp up this peanut-buttery delight at Hollywood Scoops on Sunset Boulevard. 

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Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

What better way to kick off Christmas in July than with the Universal announcing their holiday celebration dates!

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays Save The Dates

Christmas in July: Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

I am REALLY excited to share that the Universal Orlando Resort will unwrap its 2021 Holidays celebration on November 13!

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome for 51 days and nights as Universal’s biggest and loudest holiday traditions and characters come to life with one-of-a-kind experiences across Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk, and the resort hotels until January 2, 2022.

Additional details about this year’s Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando will be revealed in the months ahead.

To learn more and to book a trip today, visit the Official UOR website.

Just in time for the fall and holiday season, Universal has launched an all-new deal, inviting guests to save 30 percent on a 4-day, 4-night hotel and ticket vacation package.

The limited-availability offer must be booked by September 8, for travel from August 16 to December 16. Find more information about this deal here.

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On the Go in the Parks: Fourth of July Fun

On the Go In the Parks - July 2021

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!

If you are looking for options to be On the Go in the Parks for the Fourth of July, fireworks and nighttime spectaculars are back in time to celebrate Independence Day!

On the Go in the Parks: Fourth of July Fun

Walt Disney World

There will be no dedicated fireworks show, but you can once again see them in the parks!

On the Go in the Parks - Happily Ever After Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom comes alive as the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular lights up the nighttime sky with stunning projections, lasers, special effects, and fireworks set against Cinderella Castle.

At EPCOT, EPCOT Forever transforms the World Showcase lagoon into a nighttime light show filled with dazzling fireworks and stunning laser effects.

On the Go in the Parks - Disney Springs Waterside Stage

Over at Disney Springs, you can catch Americana-inspired performances through July 8th from 6:15 to 9:15 pm on the Advent Health Waterside Stage near World of Disney

Universal Orlando Resort

There will be no dedicated fireworks show for the holiday, but there is an exciting return.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is BACK!!!!! This five minute projection spectacular is MUST SEE for Harry Potter fans!

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

In addition to SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean (going on now through September 6), park guests will have an opportunity to celebrate Fourth of July weekend with Ignite – an incredible display of fireworks, music, lights and pyrotechnics that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above – followed by a patriotic fireworks finale before park close. Insider

LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Fireworks Fourth of July 2019

A must-see for LEGO fans, Red, White & BOOM – happening July 3-4 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort – is the only area fireworks display that magically transforms into bursts of LEGO® bricks.

Fun Spot America
On the Go in the Parks - Fourth of July Fun Spot

At Fun Spot America’s Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on July 3, visitors can enjoy fun rides and attractions throughout the park while viewing spectacular nighttime fireworks.

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Red, White & BOOM Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida will celebrate America’s independence over two nights and watch as our annual fireworks show transforms into bursting LEGO bricks before your eyes.

During Red, White & BOOM guests will be able to experience in-park activities such as help create a giant American flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks before the sun goes down, enter a competition build for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack by building a patriotic creation of anything you can imagine, and more!

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier

But the star of the show is the fireworks over Lake Eloise!!!

At 9 p.m. each night, guests will want to take a seat near Lake Eloise to see the nighttime sky light up with the biggest fireworks shows of the year!

The best part is the pair of complementary 3D glasses, available starting at 7 p.m., to see the fireworks turn to LEGO bricks before your eyes.

There are five viewing areas around the Theme Park:

  • Pirate’s Cove North & South Stadium
  • Pirate’s Cove Grass Line
  • LEGO Technic
  • MINILAND USA
  • Mansion Lawn at Heartlake City

While you are at LEGOLAND Florida, make sure to enjoy the all Awe-Summer event offerings during the day, including the Birthday Surprise Squad, live shows, fun streetmosphere, and refreshing treats

Red White and BOOM LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

The best part? Red, White & BOOM event activities are included with general theme park admission or select Annual Passes!

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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

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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!

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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 clickorlando.com.

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
Disney

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.

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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
Disney

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, shopDisney.com 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.

Walt Disney World 50th Most
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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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