Holiday Deal For Florida Residents From Ripleys Florida Attractions

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Ripleys Believe It or Not! is always full of fun, but they have a special holiday treat for Florida Residents this holiday season!
From now until December 20th, Ripleys Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents.

Participating Ripleys attractions include:

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach Odditorium
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium
Residents will need to show a local photo ID in order to receive the discount. All adults in the party will need to have proof of residency in order to receive the discount.
Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium has a special ‘Must See’ this holiday season, they have the World’s Most Expensive Dress on display.
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What dress is it? Why it’s the rhinestone encrusted gown Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy during his birthday celebration in 1962 is on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! until just after the New Year. Ripley’s purchased the dress for nearly $5 million dollars, making it the most expensive dress sold at auction.
Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Drive, and you can find more information by visiting their official website.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert Coming To Orlando

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The live-to-picture performance of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical score will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Star Wars Concert Dr Phillips Center For the Arts February 2018

Since the release of Star Wars 40 years ago, the saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. The Empire Strikes Back took the series down a darker, more romantic, and heavier path, a sad second act with a cliffhanger ending. Williams followed suit, plumbing new emotional territory and adding iconic new themes to his expanding musical tapestry.

Legendary composer Williams is well-known for scoring all seven of the “Star Wars” saga films, beginning with “Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1977, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were each nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and 22 GRAMMY Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, he is the Academy most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s “Star Wars” as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

 

 

Nine Ways To Have A Flurry Of Fun At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by Walt Disney World to experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but all opinions are my own.

There is a festive holiday spirit in the air at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a Flurry of Fun has been added this holiday season that includes new decorations, shows, treats, and more that can be experienced every day from now until December 31st!

The fun goes from day to night, so let’s take a look some of the highlights of holiday fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Nine Ways To Have A Flurry Of Fun At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

1. Take a stroll around Echo Lake

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Echo Lake, just off of Hollywood Boulevard, has received a retro and merry makeover that includes extra-large ornaments on the water, colorful garlands and medallions on every light pole, a few woodland friends, decorated umbrellas, and the centerpiece of the decorations is a giant Christmas tree centered on the water that is a perfect backdrop for photos. Dinosaur Gertie is also excited for the fun, and is festively dressed for the holidays.

Don’t forget to visit Echo Lake at night, as the area comes alive with lights. A stroll around Echo Lake is a great way to end your day in the park.

2. See a new holiday tag For the First Time in Forever

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The ever popular For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration fills the Hyperion Theater with holiday fun and songs as the royal historians, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff welcome Olaf to the show for the holiday season to share all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”.

The holiday addition fits seamlessly into the existing show, and having Olaf in the show is a holiday present for the audience.

3. Make sure you are on the right list with Santa

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You can’t celebrate the holidays without a visit to see Santa, but during the Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there are TWO ways to meet the big guy!

The Once Upon a Time store, located among the star-studded stores all along Sunset Boulevard, you can get in those holiday requests and photos in person with Kris Kringle from November 9 to December 24, 2017.

Jolly Old Saint Nick will be greeting good girls and good boys in an area decorated just for the occasion with Christmas trees, ornate garlands, and even a lovely red and gold rug.

But remember! Santa will only be available to meet until Christmas Eve. Be sure to visit him during his limited appearance dates, taking place from November 9 to December 24, 2017!

After Christmas, “Yule” laugh your way right into the New Year when Goofy takes over for the big guy from December 25 to 31, 2017.

Once Christmas morning arrives, Santa Claus will be well on his way back to the North Pole… but don’t you worry it’s Santa Goofy to the rescue! Don’t miss your chance to ring in 2018 with a hearty laugh and even a picture too as you spend time with the goofiest holiday Character in history.

Please keep in mind that all entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice, and if you are looking for information on meeting Santa or Santa Goofy check with a Cast Member when you arrive at the park, Guest Relations is located to the far left of the entrance as you are facing the park.

4. Grab a sweet treat

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The holidays aren’t the holidays without sweet treats, and The Disney Parks Blog shared a look at the fun for foodies!

My favorite treat was the over-the-top red velvet whoopie pies that are piled hight with icing garland, ornament pearls, and holiday sprinkles that are tree-shaped and available at Sweet Spells and Fairfax Fare.

Fans of Olaf will be overjoyed, because he stars on several desserts around the park! Olaf can be found dancing on cupcakes at ABC Commissary, Rosie’s All-American Café, Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare and Sweet Spells. There’s an Olaf Pop at Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction along Echo Lake, an Olaf Sundae at Hollywood Scoops on Sunset Boulevard, and Sugar Frosted Fruit Bites at Pretzel Palooza on Sunset Boulevard. For even more fun, there is even an Olaf-themed sipper that comes filled with a fun “Frozen” beverage that can be found in several locations around the park.

5. Festive beverages for adults

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For the holiday season, guests over the age of 21 can look forward to a selection of specialty beverages themed to the celebrations.

It isn’t always hot in Florida, and you may find that you want to warm up with a spiked hot chocolate that can be found at both Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner along Echo Lake and Fairfax Fare on Sunset Boulevard. The selection of hot chocolates includes a hot chocolate martini, Bailey’s Salted Caramel hot chocolate, black cherry bourbon hot chocolate, and there is even a hot chocolate flight where you can sample all three if you can’t choose just one to try.

Other adult beverages available this year include a Peppermint White Russian, a Winterberry Cooler and a Let It Glow drink consisting of vodka and blue-raspberry frozen carbonated beverage with your very own glow cube at various locations around Echo Lake and Sunset Boulevard.

6. Watch as the streets of Hollywood come alive during Sunset Seasons Greetings

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On Sunset Boulevard, just off of the main entrance’s Hollywood Boulevard, as night falls a ‘snowy’ holiday celebration takes place as billboards above the street move into motion with appearances from some beloved characters who are sharing their love of the holidays.

The billboards above direct you to look at the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, as it is magically transformed, courtesy of some cutting edge projections, bringing to characters’ stories to life and into motion.

The Disney character moments during Sunset Seasons include:

  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
  • The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
  • And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.

Each of these scenes lasts for almost 3 minutes, and play on a loop. So you are invited to slow down your pace and enjoy the show as you make your way to the attractions and restaurants or grab a spot to watch them all. If you do decide to grab a spot for a bit, please make sure you are considerate to other guests who might be making their way down the Boulevard.

7. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is back this year with even more BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a nighttime spectacular full of fun and hijinks that features traditional holiday tunes, state-of-the-art projections from Disney Animation classics, special effects, fireworks, a little snow, and unexpected surprises.

It’s “Kringle Level 9” for the stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing Wayne and Lanny as they search for Santa who has gone missing. You will get caught up in the adventure as the Chinese Theater, as well as the surrounding buildings and rooftops, come alive to immerse you into scenes from Mickey’s Christmas CarolBeauty and the BeastPluto’s Christmas TreeTim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. The festive finale is a snowy, visual wonderland that is a must-see for the holiday season.

For the best viewing spot, make sure you arrive early and have a sight line that includes as much of the Chinese Theater and surrounding buildings as you can. Most of the firework bursts happen on the right side of the Theater, but even more effects and fireworks are launched from the surrounding areas.

8. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party

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If you want to really amp up your Flurry of Fun, I suggest booking the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party.

During the party you can enjoy specialty sweets and sips from around the park before you move to a special reserved viewing area to enjoy Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The viewing area, weather and condition permitting, is located in the Chinese Theater courtyard.

Among the desserts offered are candy cane brownies, holiday Mickey and Minnie sugar cookies, warm pumpkin pie spiced bread pudding, and sweet Yule Log.

And at the end of the party you get to take home a special ornament as a gift to remember your evening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party is a premium event that is not included with admission that takes place nightly through December 31. Pricing does change based on date, and from now to December 15, pricing is $79 for adults and $45 for children ages 3-9; and December 17-31, adults are $89 and children are $49 (gratuity and tax included).

Reservations must be made in advance either online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

9. Minnie’s Holiday Dine-In

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You can deck the halls at a dazzling dinner party filled with holiday cheer and amazing food at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Minnie’s Holiday Dine-In.

Minnie Mouse is the hostess-with-the-mostest, and she is throwing a fantastic feast that features a mix of fun music and décor with a seasonal menu that is full of the joy of the season.

Minnie greets you at the door for a special photo opportunity, and while you are dining you can meet Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they stop by your table to pose for pictures and holiday hugs.

And before you leave, make sure you pick up your gift from your thoughtful hostess!

Minnie’s Seasonal Dining events cost $50 per adult and $30 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made online or using the My Disney Experience App. Some dining plans accepted, so check before you go.

If you are not planning on attending at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, this is a great time to get photos with some of your favorite characters in their holiday finest while enjoying a great meal. I have had the chance to go to several of Minnie’s holiday get togethers, and I look forward to them every time!

And while this is a buffet, don’t feel like you can’t dine here if you have allergies because they go above and beyond accommodating guests with allergies and dietary concerns!

Spending the holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has always been a great way to kick off our holiday celebrations in November, but this year it is even better with all of these new additions! It truly is a Flurry of Fun!

Star Tours New Additions and Adventures

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by Walt Disney World to experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, but all opinions (and total geek out moments) are all my own. 

As guests board their Starspeeders at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they will find that several new additions have been made to the attraction packing it full of adventure!

Inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest film in the Star Wars saga that will be opening in theaters on December 15, 2017. Riders will now see new introductory and interstitial scenes featuring characters from the latest trilogy. But more exciting is that a new scene has been added that places them right in the middle of an epic battle that takes place on the planet of Crait, which we got a first glimpse of in the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official)

But the most exciting part is that as the Star Tour journey is coming to an end, riders are now on a planet that can be found in the outermost rim of the Star Wars galaxy, an unexplored planet in the Star Wars saga known as Batuu, the home planet for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion that opens at both Walt Disney World in 2019.

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To give riders and explorers a better idea of what they will find on this new planet, Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, shared a bit of the history of Batuu on the Disney Parks Blog.

“This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.”

The additions to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue are just the first of many new additions expected to debut at Walt Disney World and Disneyland to give us a glimpse into what the world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be like when it opens in 2019.

2017 SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Overview

This holiday season, there are more reasons than ever to join the merriment of the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration. Guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, and joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world as they create treasured memories together.

Over 1 million sparkling lights will shine bright during the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration, offered select dates fromNovember 23 to December 31, with an all new holiday experience beginning January 1, 2018.

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NEW SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Experiences

· Dine with Rudolph – Guests can now book an all-new holiday dinner experience with their favorite reindeer. Hugs and smiles are shared with Rudolph as guests enjoy the telling of his classic tale during a delicious feast featuring a menu filled with traditional holiday favorites served family-style. Advance reservations for this experience are encouraged.

· Santa Claus at Wild Arctic – All new this holiday season, SeaWorld is inviting guests to take a ride to the top of the world to meet the Arctic’s most famous resident, Santa Claus! Guests of all ages can share Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa Claus as they experience amazing animal encounters during this special holiday adventure presented by Coca-Cola.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Highlights

Returning SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Holiday Favorites

· Rudolph’s ChristmasTown – Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves into the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown. As guests stroll past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, they’ll have the opportunity to meet their favorite characters: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.

· Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show.  Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled holiday celebration.

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SeaWorld Orlando – O Wondrous Night

· Shamu Christmas Miracles – Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmascarols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season during the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration.

· O Wondrous Night – Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets, and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious celebration with a host of angels, animals, and the true glory of Christmas.

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SeaWorld Orlando – Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas

· Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish – The holidays have arrived, and everybody’s Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become every child’s favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!

· Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza.

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SeaWorld Orlando – Shamu Christmas Miracles

· Sea of Trees – Families will stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland as they are immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centerpiece that towers 70-feet above the water.

· The Christmas Market – Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village, and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

 Best Way To Enjoy Holiday Cheer

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SeaWorld Orlando – Sea of Trees

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with an Annual Pass. By purchasing a pass now, guests can get three additional months free. Pass Members receive park benefits and rewards, including priority access to new attractions, in-park discounts, exclusive pre-sale opportunities and much more.

Don’t forget that SeaWorld Orlando has an entire year filled with monthly celebrations and that there are going to be some amazing BLUE Friday deals!

The SpectacuLAB Debuts In Epcot At Walt Disney World

The SpectacuLAB is an all-new interactive show at Epcot that can be found inside of Innoventions in Future World, and I was invited to attend the opening of the show and to be in the audience for the first show which was a lot of fun.

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The SpectacuLAB, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, allows guest to join a duo of real scientists and their intern as they perform a series of experiments and demonstrations.

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The audience participation portion of the show comes when the scientists need a hand during the scientific demonstrations which include Guests racing to change the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube, using accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when smashing a paper cup, and observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails with a twist.

The SpectacuLAB at Epcot

The Spectaculab space is extremely spacious with plenty of seating to enjoy the show. A lot of the experiments happen on the stage floor, but don’t worry if you have a clear view, because you will be able to see the action on the large monitors on the stage.

The SpectacuLAB show was developed with the show’s sponsor Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and supply of electronic components that are used to create consumer products such as mobile devices, healthcare equipment, and automotive electronics.

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In addition to teaming with Murata, the Walt Disney Parks Creative Entertainment joined forces with Science from Scientists, a national, non-profit which promotes the importance of STEM education with a mission to empower youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

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“Epcot is the perfect venue to help encourage STEM participation,” said Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists. “Teaming up with Murata allows us to showcase scientific concepts in an exciting and hands-on fashion. We are thrilled to further STEM education at a place like Disney that inspires so many children and families.”

Showtimes for The SpectacuLAB show are 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4 pm daily, but these times are subject to change so when you arrive at Epcot make sure to check in

Take A Sneak Peek Inside of ICE! At The Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to preview ICE!, but all opinions are my own.

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ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee has become a staple of the holiday season of events in Orlando, and this year they are celebrating their 15th Season with ‘Christmas Around the World’ with more entertainment and holiday activities than ever.

“We’re excited to offer this theme in Central Florida, a destination welcoming millions from around the world every year,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “This year’s ICE! theme also inspired our creative team to add new activities and live shows that celebrate cultures and highlight diversity during this special time of year.”

The festivities begin on November 21st, and I had the opportunity to step into the tent to see how the work was progressing.

The artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life sculptures.

Take a sneak peek inside of Gaylord Palms ICE!

The ‘Christmas Around the World’ theme for ICE! celebrates the world’s diverse holiday traditions, representing United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and more. So when guests enter the nine-degree attraction this year, they will discover holiday scenes from various nations and two-story ice slides surrounded by sculptures and international tidings, all before ending with a trip to the North Pole to experience Santa’s toy workshop. The ICE! experience ends with the Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase and the traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.

It was amazing to see them at work and to see the attraction take shape!

I’ll be bringing you more from ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort next week, and you can find additional information and to book packages or tickets by visiting ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.

BLUE Friday Savings At SeaWorld Orlando

Holiday shoppers are invited to dive into SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest sale of the year as early as Thanksgiving day with new Blue Friday deals.

From tickets and passes to unforgettable park experiences, guests can take advantage of limited-time pricing and save big with these exclusive online offers that you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

SeaWorld Orlando Blue Friday

Blue Friday deals kick off the holiday shopping season by providing the best value to experience all that SeaWorld has to offer year-round, including SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and other special events coming soon in 2018.

Online-only deals include the following buy one, get one (BOGO) offers as well as two additional ways to save:

BOGO (Buy One Get One) Blue Friday Offers

  • BOGO Free: SeaWorld Orlando Single-Day Ticket
  • BOGO Free: 2-Park Tickets  (SeaWorld and Aquatica)
  • BOGO 50% off: SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica One-Year Annual Pass
  • BOGO Free: Beluga and Walrus Up-Close Tour, which now includes a special opportunity to see Ginger, the baby walrus born at SeaWorld this summer.
  • BOGO Free: Quick Queue Unlimited at SeaWorld
  • BOGO Free: Dine With Shamu
  • BOGO 50% off: All-Day Dining

Additional Blue Friday Offers

  • Save up to $110 on Discovery Cove Gift Admission Packages
  • Save 30% on all merchandise from SeaworldShop.com

To learn more about this year’s Blue Friday deals, shoppers can visit seaworldorlando.com/bluefriday and become an email subscriber for early access to these limited-time offers. Fans must subscribe by Wednesday, November 22 to gain early access at noon on Thursday, November 23.

These online-exclusive deals are available to the public starting from 6:00p.m. on Thursday, November 23 and will end on 11:59p.m. Monday, November 27, 2016.

If you want to make sure to remember to take advantage of these fantastic Blue Friday deals from SeaWorld Orlando, you can subscribe to their email list for reminders and other great offers.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases 2018 Calendar Of Events

With 2017 drawing to a close, SeaWorld Orlando has released the 2018 calendar of events that includes more festivals, concerts, and new ways to enjoy the park every month of the year.

Next year’s lineup includes the following exciting, inspiring and family-friendly events, which are included in park admission:

2018 SeaWorld Orlando Event Calendar 

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NEW Three Kings Day: Daily, January 1-6

During the all-new Three Kings Day celebration, families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The new event brings SeaWorld’s holiday season to an incredible close with festive cuisine and celebratory experiences that honor the cherished traditions of Latin cultures.

Praise Wave: Saturdays, Jan 20 – Feb 10

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With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater.

Seven Seas Food Festival: Weekends, Feb 17 – April 15

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After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld this spring for a second course. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend.

NEW Just For Kids: Weekends, April 21 – May 13

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Families will enjoy dancing to the beat and learning together along with everybody’s favorite furry, finned and flippered friends during these special weekends crafted with young guests in mind.

Electric Ocean: Select nights, May 26 – September 3

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As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning next year for another summer of fun. With exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music, guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in “Ignite”, a spectacular fireworks finale.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular: September 29 – October 28

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During Orlando’s premier daytime Halloween event, guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park, and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Select Dates November 23 – December 31

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At SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests experience the joys of the holiday season complete with Rudolph’s ChristmasTown and returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come. During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world and much more.

Best Way to Play:

With fun-filled events all year round, the best way for guests to experience seasonal opportunities at SeaWorld Orlando is with an Annual Pass. For a limited time, guests who purchase a full paid SeaWorld Annual Pass will get three months free.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit the official website.

To keep up to date on park hours and events, follow SeaWorld’s social channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The SpectacuLAB Will Debut At Epcot Next Month

This November Epcot will welcome an all-new interactive show called The SpectacuLAB showcasing inside of their Innoventions space in Future World.

The Spectaculab

During this new show guests will be invited to join a group of real scientists and their tech-savvy intern to participate in a series of experiments and demonstrations to put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test to see how they have inspired the amazing technologies we enjoy today.

The audience participation in the demonstrations with the on-hand scientists will include Guests playing ultrasonic sensor drums, simply with the wave of their hand, changing the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube, using accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when using a hammer, and observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails.

The SpectacuLAB show was developed with the show’s sponsor Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and supply of electronic components that are used to create consumer products such as mobile devices, healthcare equipment, and automotive electronics.

“The SpectacuLAB will spark the intellectual curiosity of children and adults alike,” said Tsuneo Murata, President of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of electronic components. “We are excited to share this with guests visiting Epcot at Walt Disney World.”

In addition to teaming with Murata, the Walt Disney Parks Creative Entertainment joined forces with Science from Scientists, a national, non-profit which promotes the importance of STEM education with a mission to empower youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

“Epcot is the perfect venue to help encourage STEM participation,” said Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists. “Teaming up with Murata allows us to showcase scientific concepts in an exciting and hands-on fashion. We are thrilled to further STEM education at a place like Disney that inspires so many children and families.”

Halloween Disney Junior Play Date at the Florida Mall

The Florida Mall, a Simon property, has announced an exciting new family programming series created in collaboration with Disney Junior called Disney Junior Play Date that will kick off with an event that will be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 8 pm during their Mall-o-Ween event.

Vampira Disney Junior Play Date The Florida Mall Mall-o-ween Halloween 2017
Photo: Disney Junior

During the Disney Junior Play Date Halloween celebration, The Florida Mall will have a viewing station in the Macy’s Court for guests to watch Disney Junior’s newest animated series “Vampirina,” about a young vampire girl and her family who have recently moved from their home in Transylvania to Pennsylvania.  There will also be Vampirina activities that included a coloring station, a mad science station, a crafts station, and more.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in the Mall-o-Ween Trick-or-Treating event at the Play Park.  Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume* to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, Mad Science experiments, special character experiences, and more.

*Costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.

The Disney Junior Play Dates’ events will be featured throughout the year and include on-mall activities around Holiday, Easter, and other seasonal celebrations.

“The Florida Mall has long championed a commitment to delivering family-friendly programming,” said Andrea Bjornlie, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Florida Mall, “and teaming up with Disney Junior is the latest fulfillment of that pledge. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the world’s leading entertainment company on these exciting family events and themed play areas.”

Not in the Orlando area? Many of Simon’s best-known properties around the country are participating in this program including The Westchester (New York), Northshore Mall (Boston), Opry Mills (Nashville), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Woodfield Mall (Chicago), The Florida Mall (Orlando), Del Amo Fashion Center (Los Angeles), Stanford Shopping Center (San Jose), and King of Prussia (Philadelphia).

 

Enjoy A Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet At The Alfond Inn

While the Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time at home, there is a certain freedom that comes with taking the holiday ‘off’ from the kitchen and starting a new tradition with your family & friends.

One way to you can do this is by joining The Alfond Inn at Rollins, in Winter Park, at their table for their popular Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017.

The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving Buffet 2017 Winter Park

Depending on your family’s preference, you can choose from two seatings at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost to attend The Alfond Inn’s Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet is $69 adults, $29 children ages 5 – 12, and children ages 4 and under are free. And you will also enjoy complimentary valet parking during your dining experience.

Featured items on The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving buffet are:

Beginnings

  • Traditional Wedge Salad
  • Garden Greens with Seasonal Toppings
  • Baby Spinach, Eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit Display
  • International Cheese Display
  • Pumpkin-Cranberry Quinoa Salad
  • Garden Beets and Roquefort
  • Assorted Muffins and Freshly Baked Breads, Flavored Butters and Oil
  • Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, Porcini Croutons

Side Notes

  • Classic Stuffing
  • Whipped Potatoes and Gravy
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Truffle Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Green Bean Casserole, Crispy Onions
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Mains

  • Whole Carved Turkey, Cranberry Relish and Giblet Gravy
  • Carved Ham, Rum-Raisin Glaze
  • Braised Wagyu Beef Short Ribs
  • Southern Shrimp and Grits
  • Faroe Island Salmon, Sage Brown Butter

Sweets

  • Classic Pumpkin Pie
  • Southern Pecan Pie
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Truffles

You will absolutely want to make reservations in advance online at www.eventbrite.com.  And you can find even more details about the Thanksgiving Buffet by visiting www.TheAlfondInn.com

Revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas On the Big Screen With Regal Cinemas

This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more as Disney’s beloved animated classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!

Nightmare Before Christmas Regal Cinemas Halloween 2017

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

For tickets and information, visit: http://regmovi.es/beforexmas.

Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit www.DisneyMovieRewards.com/LinkMe

Trevor Noah Performing In Orlando In Early 2018

Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”! Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando…I repeat…Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando!

Trevor Noah Orlando 2018

Earlier this month the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents announced Trevor Noah, comedian and television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will play the Bob Carr Theater onSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. The Bob Carr Theater is located off the Dr. Phillips Center campus at 401 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark” in February of this year on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film, “You Laugh, But It’s True,” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American,” premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold-out shows over 5 continents.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” Noah joined the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

 

 

Spooky Nights And Spider Frights Cover The Orlando Eye For Halloween Fun

The Halloween spirit is taking over Orlando, and from now until November 4th the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is now the home to one of the spookiest sights in all of Central Florida as the 400 foot observational wheel is transformed into a spider web with giant creepy-crawlies with an all-new light and music show, themed Snapchat filter, and more family fun as part of Spooky Nights and Spider Frights.

Spooky Nights Spider Frights 2017 Coca Cola Orlando Eye Halloween
Photo: Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

There’s even a not so itsy bitsy spider that is 60-foot wide with ten of its eight-legged friends that will take over the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye building creating quite the creepy sight for all to see ­– and take a selfie with of course!

From the I-Drive 360 courtyard, guests can also experience the witching hour as 64,000 LED lights bring the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast to life in a kaleidoscopic ten-minute show synchronized to an iconic Halloween soundtrack that is sure to have everyone dancing.

The Spooky Nights and Spider Frights light show will run Sunday through Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

For even more fun goblins and ghouls of all ages will be able to take in the sights while 400 feet in the air in one of four spooky Halloween-themed capsules. Experience unique views of Orlando surrounded by sneaky spiders, petrified pumpkins, ghoulish ghosts or frightening fall decorations.

 “Orlando is fast becoming the world’s Halloween Vacation Capital and we are thrilled to bring our guests a spellbinding program of spooky family fun and the ultimate spider-selfie!” said Jacob Kristensen, General Manager of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

Visit Orlando, the area’s official tourism and visitor resource organization, joined forces with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye to create an unforgettable photo opportunity for visitors, complete with a themed Snapchat filter to share their own Spider Selfie with friends and family.

Spooky Nights and Spider Frights is a boo-tiful Halloween party not to be missed, and it all takes place at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye!

For more information guests can visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.