On the Go in the Parks: November 19-21, 2021

Make sure to catch the latest theme park happenings tonight at 6:39 pm during Orlando’s News and Talk with Joe Kelley on WDBO!
On the Go in the parks November 19 2021

If you are On the Go in the Parks November 19-21, 2021, you are going to find even more holiday cheer in the parks!

But before we get started with the parks, let’s start with Christmas at the Gaylord Palms which kicks off today!

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms

This year during Christmas at Gaylord Palms, guests can explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 12 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events until January 2, 2022.

‘Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf’ is the marquee attraction, and if you are a fan of the films you are going to want to experience this interactive wonderland and help Santa power up the Kringle 3000!

Also new this year are the ‘Cirque: Spirit of Christmas’ and ‘Shine’ shows in the resort’s iconic atrium.

The resort is packed with #SoMuchChristmas!!!!

On the Go in the Parks: November 19-21, 2021

Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021


The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters daily through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Make sure you keep an eye out for pop-up holiday surprise performances around Universal Studios Florida!!!

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities on select days until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

New to this year’s celebration:

  • Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.
  • Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
  • See a variety of talented acts take to the Nautilus Theater stage to bring the spirit of the season to life during the Sounds of the Season Concert Series on through January 2, 2022.

Most SeaWorld Christmas Celebration activities are included with your theme park admission.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours
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This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021

This weekend’s event dates are:

  • November 2021:  19 and 21
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ringing in the holiday season with Christmas Town daily until January 2, 2022.

This year’s celebration is the biggest and brightest yet with millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for the whole family as well as returning favorites!

Night of a Million Lights

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.

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On the Go in MCO: Light Up the Holidays

On the Go in MCO Light Up the Holidays
Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

There are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit when you are On the Go in MCO, and I had an absolute blast talking to Obie & Ashley about my favorite holiday lights around town!!!

On the Go in MCO: Light Up the Holidays

Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village
On the Go in MCO Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland nightly through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

This year’s Night of a Million Lights includes a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour. 

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home.

Also, new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments. 

The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with entry times staggered to prevent crowding.

Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens

Orlando’s iconic Harry P. Leu Gardens will become a winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music, and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights” through January 9, 2022.

This family-friendly event gives guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, three-quarter-mile, interactive holiday experience including:

  • A massive light maze
  • 185 hanging Moroccan Lanterns
  • A forest of dancing light through hundreds of LED light tubes
  • A Rose Garden filled with beautiful balls of light.
Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild
On the Go in MCO Light up the Holidays

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild lights up the Central Florida Zoon on select nights through January 16, 2022.

Guests of all ages can enjoy this unique event that features over 30 different, hand-made illuminated lanterns around the Zoo on a three-quarter-mile path.

And don’t be fooled…these lanterns are larger than life!

The event takes place from 6-10 p.m., and food and beverages are available for purchase.

As a reminder, this event occurs at night outside of normal Zoo operating hours, and only an Asian Lantern Festival ticket is required to enter.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ringing in the holiday season with Christmas Town daily until January 2, 2022.

This year’s celebration is the biggest and brightest yet with millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for the whole family as well as returning favorites!

New at Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show: Enjoy classic holiday tunes and watch festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling fireworks display. Holiday in the Sky is offered on the Festival Field every Saturday and select event nights.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Located in the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village, Mrs. Claus will share traditional holiday tales and a joyful song. 

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Santa’s North Pole Experience, presented by Coca-Cola: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa in his workshop as he prepares for the holiday season.

Other fan-favorite holiday entertainment returning to this year’s Florida-style winter wonderland include:

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

“Christmas on Ice”: Busch Gardens’ longest-running holiday show returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. This inspiring skating production transforms the stage with incredible feats of skating athleticism for a truly unmissable show set to holiday classic songs.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.

Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is celebrated in the round at the Stanleyville Theater.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! This locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Journey to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all.

Explore the Christmas Town Village

Take a break from the fantastic attractions to enjoy Christmas Town Village, a delicious destination filled with drinks and dishes from an indulgent holiday menu.

The menu features a variety of unique, limited-time options like the specialty cocktails like the “Mistletoe Margarita” and the “Apple Brandy Hot Toddy”.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

You’ll also want to complete the night with a signature Christmas Town Hot Chocolate featuring festive flavors like peppermint or gingerbread. 

You can feel the spirit of the season in each bite with the new maple bourbon pecan pie or feast on holiday favorites like the smoked brisket “totchos.”

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $44.99 for an 8-punch lanyard.

Busch Gardens Tampa Annual Passholders remember to show your valid pass for a discount on the 8-punch lanyard!!!

Give the Gift of Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

For a limited time, guests who purchase a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card receive park admission to visit NOW through the end of 2022 for only $119.99.

For even more value, guests can purchase an Annual Pass for unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits ranging from no blockout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and exclusive monthly rewards for 2022. The Annual Pass is organized in easy-to-use tiers, and includes one-park, two-park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Passes, and the popular Florida four-park options, allowing guests to choose the pass, benefits, and the parks that are the best fit.

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On the Go in the Parks: November 12-14, 2021

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The holiday festivities are in full swing for fun when you’re On the Go in the Parks November 12-14, 2021!!!

Before we hop into the fun in the parks, let’s talk about Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village!

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.

On the Go in the Parks: November 12-14, 2021

Disney Very Merriest After Hours
Know Before You Go_ Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021

This weekend’s event dates are:

November 2021:  12 and 14

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities begin on November 12, 2021, and you can experience more cheer than ever until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021


The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

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Know Before You Go: Disney Very Merriest After Hours

Know Before You Go_ Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021.

  • November 2021:  12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • December 2021: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Exclusive Offerings

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

During the four-hour event, guests will have a sackful of holiday fun to enjoy!!!

Disney Enchantment (8:00 pm) – Before the event begins, find the perfect spot to watch the Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular.

Mickey and Minnie’s Very Merry Memories (9:25 pm, 10:35 pm, 11:45 pm, 12:50 am) – Head to the Castle Forecourt Stage to join Mickey and his pals for a celebration filled with music, dancing, and nostalgic yuletide fun.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (9:45 pm, 12:05 am) – Wave to Disney friends during a holiday parade brimming with joy and magic. This jolly procession begins with Mickey and Minnie, and ends with an appearance by Santa Claus himself!

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show (11:15 pm) – Feast your eyes on a scintillating fireworks display, hosted by Minnie Mouse. See the sky light up in dazzling colors to the tune of favorite Christmas carols.

Reindeer Wranglers (9:25 pm, 10:30 pm, 11:40 pm, 12:35 am) – The Western music trio performs seasonal songs as they provide sensational street-mosphere in Frontierland

Club Tinsel Dance Party (9:00 pm to 1:00 am) – Club Tinsel in Tomorrowland becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by the Rockettower Plaza Stage for the cheeriest dance party in the whole Magic Kingdom park!

Character Sightings (9:00 pm to 1:00 am) – Spot Disney friends throughout the park dressed in their holiday best!

  • Crystal Palace — Pooh and Tigger | Piglet and Eeyore (alternating)
  • Frontierland Balcony — Country Bears
  • Liberty Square Gazebo — Santa Claus
  • Club Tinsel in Tomorrowland — Santa Stitch

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Snacks and More

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

During the event, guests can grab complimentary ice cream, popcorn, and bottled beverages from carts located throughout the park for the duration of the party.

Also included in the festivities are snickerdoodle cookies and hot cocoa which can be found at the following locations:

  • Frontierland: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Liberty Square: Columbia Harbour House
  • Fantasyland: Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

If you do have dietary restrictions, allergy-friendly offerings are available upon request.

Don’t fill up on snickerdoodles, because there are also event-exclusive treats to enjoy:

  • Gingerbread Almond Cake Pop (Golden Oak Outpost) – Gingerbread Almond Cake dipped in White Chocolate
  • To Be Jolly Float (Golden Oak Outpost) – Peppermint Iced Coffee blended with Vanilla Ice Cream and topped with Whipped Cream, Peppermint Sprinkles, and a Chocolate Minnie Bow
  • Ginger Apple Funnel Cake (Sleepy Hollow) – Gingerbread Funnel Cake topped with Apple Pie filling, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Caramel Drizzle
  • Orange Bird Churro (Main Street, U.S.A. Snack Cart) – Churro drizzled with Citrus Marshmallow Cream and topped with Orange Candy Slices

Shorter Waits

Jingle Cruise

If you want to take a break from the party, hop in line for the following attractions to take advantage of shorter wait times:

Adventureland

  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Holiday themed! Jingle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charmings Regal Carousel
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Tomorrowland

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Holiday themed! Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Tickets

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

Disney Very Merriest After Hours event tickets are dated, separate from daily admission to the park, and do not require guests to have a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket, giving them even more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins at 9:00 pm.

Admission to Disney Very Merriest After Hours can be purchased online for $169 to $249 per adult or child (plus tax), depending on the event date.

UPDATE: November 9, 11, 16, 18, 19, and 23 & December 21 are currently sold-out event dates.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount on select event dates in November.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021
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Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition. 

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named by USA TODAY the “Number One Thing To Do In Orlando In December.” With the return of wish families to the Village, this year’s event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness.  We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth.  “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families.”

This year’s Night of a Million Lights enhancements will include a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour.  

Give Kids the World Village Night of a Million Lights

Fun Fact: A majority of the Night of a Million Lights were donated by Walt Disney World!!!

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments.  

The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with entry times staggered to prevent crowding.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.  

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021
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Guide to Holiday Cheer at the Universal Orlando Resort

Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021

The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters from November 13, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Slow down and stroll along the streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London, which have been beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Hot Butterbeer tastes better when the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, sings Christmas favorites. And guests won’t want to miss the enchanting Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performing their unique holiday hits.

Be sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure after the sun goes down to enjoy “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”

During the show, guests will watch in awe as Hogwarts castle comes alive with the holiday spirit as spectacular projections animate familiar Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” – The Grinch

Once again, the maven of mischief will take to the stage in the fan-favorite “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a hilarious live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring The Grinch with special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast

The celebrations spill out into Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland bursting at the seams with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

Watch out for the resident Whos scurrying in the land as they spread Who-liday joy!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons

The Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s returns to the streets of Universal Studios Florida with more than 30 larger-than-life balloons taking flight and friends from the Minions, Illumination’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, and Madagascar festively frolic alongside beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Santa

Try to find a spot near the 80-foot tall Christmas Tree for a spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus.

Holiday Tribute Store

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - 2021 Tribute Store Exterior

The Holiday Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida is a highly themed winter wonderland filled with holiday gifts and a menu of seasonal items sure to make you cheerful.

This is also the ideal location to purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt to find 15 brilliantly designed trees and collect an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt ornament to commemorate the experience.

Mannheim Steamroller Takes the Stage

November 2018 Theme Park Events -Universal Studios Florida Universal Orlando Resort Mannheim Steamroller
Universal Orlando Resort

Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist of all time, returns to Universal Studios Florida to fill the air with the sounds of the season as they rock the Music Plaza Stage with live performances on December 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2021.

Universal Orlando Holiday Tour

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Universal's Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando Resort Grinchmas Suess Landing
Universal Orlando Resort

Guests can take the fun to a new level with the return of its incredibly popular “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” an exclusive guided tour of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure available on select dates.

During the “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” guests have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the mean, green one himself, the Grinch, in Seuss Landing while enjoying a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Experience an after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films
  • Take advantage of a reserved viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – where more than 30 larger-than-life balloons and floats and hundreds of performers take to the streets of Universal Studios, Florida
  • Watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” with reserved seating and, after, join the merry Whos from Who-ville for an exclusive on-stage Q&A session
  • Meet and greet with Santa and receive one My Universal Photos digital download
  • Receive a Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt brochure to participate in a merry quest to find 15 holiday trees throughout various merchandise locations within the theme parks and Universal CityWalk

“Universal’s Holiday Tour” pricing starts at $69.99 (plus tax), and separate Park-to-Park admission is required.

‘ Tis the Season for Tasty Treats

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food

Guests can enjoy an incredible selection of new and returning holiday menu items across the destination. Below are just a few of the merry and bright treats available for guests to try this year:

  • Nutella Cheesecake Reindeer Pop: This all-new reindeer-themed cheesecake pop is rich with smooth Nutella and garnished with candied hazelnuts – available at Croissant Moon Bakery, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • “Red Hot” Holiday Shake: Red Hot candies, crushed peppermint and a Christmas tree snack cake come together to create the newest photo-worthy milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Universal CityWalk
  • Voodoo Doughnut: Holidays-themed Voodoo doughnuts will be available throughout the season with new flavors, including a gingerbread cake doughnut, green-glazed holiday gift doughnut and marble cake wreath doughnut
  • Hot Chocolate Bomb: Back by popular demand, this epic hot chocolate bomb ornament is full of marshmallows and heartwarming cheer for guests to enjoy at TODAY Cafe, located at Universal Studios Florida. And this year, guests can try a new Grinch-themed hot chocolate bomb – filled with marshmallows and red-candied hearts – at Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Vegan Brownie: Guests looking for a vegan sweet treat can delight in a classic holiday dessert colorfully decorated with frosting and other spirited embellishments – available in San Francisco at Universal Studios Florida or Croissant Moon Bakery at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Hot Butterbeer: This fan-favorite is now available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all year long but is even more perfect to enjoy during the holiday season

Make the Season Even Brighter with a Universal Orlando Hotel Stay

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

Staying at one of Universal Orlando’s fabulous eight hotels is the best way for guests of all ages to continue the Holidays celebration. Surrounded by festive decorations, guests can partake in special holiday activities and one-of-a-kind events, including Christmas tree and menorah lightings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meals, holiday crafts for kids and more. For a full look at this year’s holiday hotel offerings, click here.

For more information about the holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort, visit their official website.

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Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Have More Holly Jolly Fun

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021

The Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida presented by Hallmark Channel is the jolliest event of the year!

This year’s celebration features new seasonal entertainment, exclusive character meet-and-greets, a spectacular 30-foot-tall LEGO tree, and more!

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Family with Christmas Tree
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

There is no better time to add a little LEGO magic to your family vacation and build memories to last a lifetime — plus, it’s all included in general admission.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Event Dates

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 with Santa
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND Florida presented by Hallmark Channel will run November 26-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-31 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Then the park will have an extra hour of festive fun when the park closes at 8 p.m. on December 26-31, when the nightly Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks return!

Take “Elfies” with Holiday LEGO Friends + Builds

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Elfie

It would not be the holiday season without a memorable family photo! 

Guests can enjoy exclusive LEGO character meet and greets with holiday friends such as LEGO Gingerbread Man and the “man and Minifigure” himself, LEGO Santa.

Even Emmet, Lucy, and Unikitty from THE LEGO MOVIE will be decked out in their best holiday attire and ready for some epic socially distanced selfies.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Unikitty
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

There are also plenty of bricktastic seasonal builds around every corner of the park, providing you with the holliest and jolliest photo spots.

Rock Around the LEGO Tree

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Snowy Christmas Tree
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Located in the heart of LEGO City, the giant LEGO tree comes to life each event evening with dazzling lights that dance along to holiday tunes.

For the first time, guests can enjoy this interactive spectacle in full 360-degrees, making it a magical experience from every angle.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Enterntainment “Sleighs”

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Very Merry Mix Up
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

A Brand-new original stage show will add even more holiday joy this season, as well as the return of fan-favorite, The Very Merry Mix-Up, where Mrs. Claus’s crew of holiday helpers return for some frosty fun with the help of LEGO Gingerbread Man inside the LEGOLAND Fun Town Theater.

The Holiday Village Postal Service Returns

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Village Postal Service
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Children can handwrite letters to LEGO Santa in this whimsical, interactive post office experience.

Once their letter is complete, families can watch their letter get magically sent to the North Pole through digital screens.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

Holidays at   Florida 2021 Kids NYE Fireworks
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

Ring in 2022 with Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Colorful bursts of LEGO bricks light the night sky over Lake Eloise, at a kid-friendly time of 8 p.m. every night from December 26 to December 31.

Don’t Miss LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Black Friday Sale

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Park Entrance with Family
PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND

The biggest sale of the year is arriving later this month!

Sign up today to be the first to snag the newest deals: https://www.legoland.com/florida/newsletter/black-friday-2021/

This can’t-miss event, along with the return of PirateFest Weekends in January 2022, is included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at less than $11/month with a small down payment. 

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Disney+ Day 2021: 12 Things to Know

Disney+ Day 2021

Ahead of Disney+ Day this Friday, November 12, The Walt Disney Company announced new company-wide promotions and additional content premiering this Friday to kick off the celebration of the Disney+ global community. 

And to thank fans for their support over the past two years, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy special benefits including additional time at Disney Parks around the world, shopDisney deals, access to fan-favorite content, exclusive first-looks on the platform, and more.

“Since launching two years ago, Disney+ has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world with its best-in-class originals and robust library of beloved films and series,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. “With Disney+ Day, we are creating an unparalleled experience for our subscribers as only The Walt Disney Company can.”

Disney+ Day: 12 Things to Know  

1. Disney+ Limited Time Offer

Disney+ Day Limited Time Offer

To celebrate the first two years of the service and all the new content to come, Disney+ is inviting fans to join the community with a special, limited-time offer.

From now until Sunday, November 14, new and eligible returning subscribers in the US and select countries can get one month of Disney+ for $1.99 (then $7.99/mo.) by signing up at www.DisneyPlus.com/DisneyPlusDay and join in on all of the Disney+ Day celebrations.

2. Early Theme Park Admission

Disney+ Day Early Theme Park Admission

In celebration of Disney+ Day, Disney+ subscribers with a valid ticket or pass and theme park reservation on November 12 will enjoy special benefits across Disney theme parks, with some surprises in store as well. Disney+ subscribers are invited with their travel party to enter the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort 30 minutes before the parks open.

3. Special Character Appearances

For even more fanfare, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park will roll out the blue carpet for guests with character moments, photo opportunities, and more.

4. PhotoPass

Subscribers will also enjoy complimentary Disney PhotoPass photo downloads taken at select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park.

5. Free Shipping on ShopDisney

ShopDisney will offer free shipping in the U.S. and Europe from November 12 to November 14 to subscribers of Disney+.

Also for a limited time, shopDisney will be rolling out new customizable products from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel including short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts for kids and adults from Disney+ favorites: “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Luca,” “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” and “Loki.”

6. $0.99 Disney Publishing 

Disney+ Day eBooks

Disney Publishing Worldwide is offering select $0.99 eBooks through November 17.

Fans can discover the stories behind their favorite Disney+ series, including “Loki,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” and “The Mandalorian.”

7. Grogu AR Filter

Disney+ Day Grogu AR Lens Picture

On November 12th, the My Disney Experience app will debut an all-new AR lens featuring Grogu.

Found in the Disney PhotoPass Lens section, the lens will be complimentary on Disney+Day before it becomes available exclusively for Disney Genie+ purchases.

8. NFTs

Disney+ Day NFT

Disney and VeVe, the largest mobile-first digital collectible platform, have announced a collaboration to launch a series of NFTs featuring beloved and iconic characters from some of its fan-favorite properties. “Golden Moments,” gives fans the opportunity to purchase digital golden statues inspired by stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and The Simpsons.

New digital collectibles were available daily and will culminate on Disney+ Day, with a special Ultra Rare digital collectible.

9. Disney+ Funko Collection Offer

Disney+ Day Funko Products

If you are a Funko collector, you will definitely be excited about this one…

Disney will team up with Funko to offer an exclusive 10% off Disney+ products from November 12 to November 14 on Funko.com and in their two retail locations, Funko HQ located in Everett, Washington and Funko Hollywood, located in Los Angeles, California. Customers can use promo code DISNEYPLUSDAY on funko.com, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout in-store. Exclusions apply, see terms and conditions for details.

Star Wars fans can also head to BringHometheBounty.com at 6am PT on Disney+ Day, for exclusive reveals of new Star Wars Funko Pop! Bobbleheads.

10. In-Store Target Experiences

Disney+ Day Disney Store at Target

Disney will team up with Target to host in-store activations on November 12 through November 14 in almost 800 Target stores across the U.S. as part of a joint commitment to create new experiences for guests.

Target shoppers will have the ability to sign up for the Disney+ Day offer and receive special giveaways.

11. AMC

Disney+ Day AMC Surprise Screenings

From November 12 through November 14, more than 200 AMC Theatres will celebrate Disney+ Day with four daily surprise screenings of fan-favorite movies.

Each movie will feature a surprise short, and guests won’t know which movie is being shown until the screening begins.

Tickets for these surprise screenings are $5 each, and guests will receive a free Disney+ poster and a special concession offer with their ticket purchase. 

A list of participating AMC locations can be found here.

12. Get the scoop on upcoming Disney+ projects

Disney+ Day Social Medis

Fans can also follow along with @DisneyPlus on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this Friday at 6:00 am PT for exciting first looks at upcoming Disney+ movies and series.

Make sure that you are either logged into your Disney+ account or you have linked your Disney+ to your My Disney Experience App!!!

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Brings More Cheer

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities begin on November 12, 2021, and you can experience more cheer than ever until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration takes place on select (but most) nights and is included with your admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

All-New SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Offerings

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

NOW NIGHTLY!  Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale

Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.

Experience an amazing SeaWorld Christmas connection that illuminates the night sky. At Park Close on select Christmas Celebration nights.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show

Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish!

Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Sounds of the Season

Be there as festive weekend music makes its way to SeaWorld for this year’s Christmas Celebration!

See a variety of talented acts take to the Nautilus Theater stage to bring the spirit of the season to life.

These special live concerts and theatrical performances are held on event days from November 12 through January 2.

Returning to SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration

Sesame Street Christmas Parade 

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features fantastic, festively decorated floats with show-stopping performances that celebrate the magic of the holiday season! The whole family will experience an energetic Christmas celebration with Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, and more. Guests are sure to sing, dance, and be merry with their favorite furry friends.

Winter Wonderland On Ice 

Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels, and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 

Guests will find themselves immersed in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown.

Stroll outdoors past life-size storybook vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including Rudolph and Bumble.

Rudolph’s Movie Experience 

Rudolph and his friends star in this special-effects movie that will get the entire family in the holiday spirit, playing daily in the Sea Port Theater.

Public Ice Skating at Bayside Stadium 

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Guests can experience outdoor ice skating as they skate alongside the water of SeaWorld’s central lagoon throughout the day in a beautiful winter wonderland.

Holiday Flavors to Savor

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The Christmas Market, nestled along Bayside Pathway, features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. At this bustling market, guests will discover one-of-a-kind gifts and snack on scrumptious holiday treats.

What could be better than relaxing near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday craft brew and a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees or singing along to musicians who bring the sounds of the season to life on the gazebo stage???  

You can also find the tastes of the season throughout the park with the return of fan-favorite beverages, including the decadent Butterscotch Hot Chocolate, or try something new like the Peppermint Berry Julep or the Mistletoe Margarita.

Want to enjoy a bevy of SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration treats? Make sure to purchase a Christmas Celebration Tasting and Brew Sampler ( 5 for $35 and 10 for $50). Don’t forget to show your Annual Pass to save even more!!!

Even More to Celebrate

Hanukkah Celebration 

Celebrate the festival of lights at SeaWorld! From November 28 through December 6, gather with your friends and family to view the traditional lighting of the menorah in Sesame Street Land throughout Hanukkah.

Kwanzaa Festivities

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Join SeaWorld’s celebration of Kwanzaa! Taking place December 26 through January 1, guests can enjoy a joyous time of reflection and celebration of African heritage with the nightly lighting of the kinara in Sesame Street Land.

New Year’s Eve 

SeaWorld Orlando New Years Eve

Spend the final day of 2021 enjoying SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration then ring in the New Year as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight on December 31.

Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Festivities

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass.

For a limited time, Florida residents can become a Pass Member for as low as $12.75 per month. Pass Members can receive park benefits and rewards like priority access to new attractions, FREE parking, in-park discounts, and much more.

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On the Go in the Parks: November 5-7, 2021

On the Go in the parks November 5 2021

Make sure to catch the latest theme park happenings tonight at 6:08 pm during Orlando’s News and Talk with Joe Kelley on WDBO!

While we are in a weird lull between Halloween and Christmas in the theme parks, being On the Go in the parks November 5-7, 2021, is still a lot of fun!!!

This is a SPECTACULAR weekend to head to the parks to take those holiday photos, because all of the decorations are up and lines will be shorter than usual!

On the Go in the Parks: November 5-7, 2021

Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando
Guy Harvey Weekend SeaWorld Orlando November 2021

SeaWorld Orlando will once again host the popular Guy Harvey weekend November 6-7, 2021.

During the event, guests are invited to join him for meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo opportunities within SeaWorld’s Guy Harvey Store located in the park’s Waterfront.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales in SeaWorld’s Guy Harvey Store are donated directly to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

Sesame Street Kids Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends are hosting a party just for kids from November 6 – 7, 2021.

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita, and all your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled weekend with hands-on activities, dance parties, character photo opportunities, and more.

The event will also have activities celebrating Everyday Heroes, so make sure bring your kindness and caring along (no cape required!).

The Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend family-friendly celebration is located in Sesame Street Land and is included with park admission.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE)

Don’t forget to see Harmonius at the close of every day!

The World’s Most Magical Celebration
Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
Matt Stroshane, photographer

The World’s Most Magical Celebration has kicked off at the Walt Disney World Resort with new nighttime spectaculars at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT, nighttime Beacons of Magic, exclusive celebration merchandise, delicious dishes, bubbly beverages, and more!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends are hosting a party just for kids from November 6 – 7, 2021.

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita, and all your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled weekend with hands-on activities, dance parties, character photo opportunities, and more.

The event will also have activities celebrating Everyday Heroes, so make sure bring your kindness and caring along (no cape required!).

The Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend family-friendly celebration is located in Sesame Street Land and is included with park admission.

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021
Storytime with Big Bird

Gather around Big Bird’s Nest for Storytime with Big Bird who will be sharing some of his favorite stories at select times throughout the day.

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021
Sesame Street Party Parade

Move to the beat during the coolest party on wheels and celebrate with your favorite friends at the award-winning Sesame Street Party Parade.

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021
Everyday Hero Badges

You don’t have to wear a cape to be an Everyday Hero. You’ll have a chance to earn special badges for things like Bravery, Helping, Manners, and more all weekend, so get ready to join the Everyday Heroes Club!

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021
Oscar’s Trash Art Activity

Oscar would be proud! In this activity, kids get to turn everyday materials that may seem like trash into beautiful works of art, which is sure to make any grouch happy!

Oscar will not be present at the activity.

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Disney twenty-three 2021 Winter Issue

D23 Disney twenty-three magazine winter 2021

The new issue of Disney twenty-three, featuring an exclusive cover in celebration of the film, takes readers on a journey to the colorful world of the Madrigal family, set in the lush landscapes of Colombia. Star Stephanie Beatriz and the creators of Encanto open the door to this extraordinary tale that is anything but ordinary.

It’s challenging being “ordinary” when you live in a home like Mirabel’s—every child in her family has received a magical gift… except for her. That’s the premise of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ dazzling new film Encanto, which arrives in theaters November 24.

And this December, visionary director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a musical holiday gift: his reimagining of the beloved West Side Story. In exclusive interviews, stars Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose tell Disney twenty-three how they brought the classic story to life—and how it’s just as relevant today as it was when it was created.

D23 Winter Issue 2021 - Hawkeye Poster

In other holiday happenings, Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye series, which takes place at Christmastime, will score a bullseye on Disney+ later this month, and star Alaqua Cox and executive producer Trinh Tran preview the adventure.

Plus, guests can cozy up by the “virtual fireplace” as Walt Disney Animation Studios artist Brittney Lee shows off her hand-crafted Arendelle Castle Yule Log coming to Disney+, and Disney twenty-three shines a very merry light on some favorite animated holiday shorts. For even more seasonal fun, visit D23.com starting December 1, when D23 Season of Magic kicks off with videos, stories, sweepstakes, and more to ensure your winter is a wonderland.

D23 Winter Issue 2021 - Drawn to Life

The new issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also goes behind the scenes of the first-ever Cirque du Soleil / Walt Disney Imagineering / Walt Disney Animation Studios collaboration, Drawn to Life.

Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen discusses her epic roles from The Mandalorian to Mulan and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett.

And readers can take a visual journey through Bob Iger’s remarkable time at Disney—first as an ABC executive, then Disney’s CEO, and now its outgoing Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. From Mickey Mouse and the Jonas Brothers to the Avengers and Disney Legends, it’s been a memorable ride.

Also included in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three:

    •A salute to Beauty and the Beast on its 30th anniversary
    •A close-up look at the incredible Walt Disney Archives exhibits around the country
    •From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Encanto, a new piece of art features all 60 feature films from Walt Disney Animation Studios
    •Marvel Comics celebrates 60 fantastic years of The Fantastic Four
    •Five wild decades of Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World Resort
    •Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives

Plus, every issue includes special holiday gift tags created by Topps Digital just for D23 Gold Members along with the exclusive opportunity to redeem more than 30 Digital Collectibles from Disney’s Animation Research Library—including scenes from Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, and 101 Dalmatians! Members will be able to redeem this one-of-a-kind Gold Pack free in the Disney Collect! by Topps app.

Additional details will be available at D23.com. Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of November.

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About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive offers and discounts; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Christmas at the Gaylord Palms 2021

This year during Christmas at Gaylord Palms, guests can explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 12 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events from November 19, 2021, to January 2, 2022

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Mission Save Christmas Buddy the Elf

Christmas is in trouble, and Santa needs your help!

For the first time this Christmas, guests will journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to help save the holiday in an all-new, multi-sensory experience!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Mission Save Christmas with Elf

Once inside the marquee experience, guests will need to conquer fun, interactive challenges alongside familiar friends like Mr. Narwhal to muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and Santa’s sleigh!

Live Entertainment

Live entertainment is the heart of Christmas at the Gaylord Palms, and this year’s lineup is full of new additions and holiday traditions.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Greatest Story

The Greatest Story Stage Show tells the story of the birth and life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of six international storytellers in a musical stage show and multicultural celebration of everlasting faith, hope, and love. Complimentary seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

Cirque: Spirit of Christmas, new for 2021, fills the St. Augustine atrium with dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts nightly. Returning guests will want to note that this show is a ticketed event.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Atrium Christmas Tree

Brand new for 2021, the Shine Light Show will dazzle as thousands of dancing lights, synchronized to a high-energy, seasonal soundtrack, transform the atrium ceiling into a gleaming and glowing holiday spectacle.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Join the jolliest hostess for a batch of Santa’s favorite snack, songs, and stories during Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Sugar Plum Fairy

The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince are back in the Alpine Village Sweet Shop with Sugary Sweet Storytime – a celebration of sweets that retells the story of The Nutcracker in an interactive experience complete with holiday sing-alongs and lots of laughs.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2021 - Adventure Kids Wonders of Winter

Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter is a (w)interactive show to educate and entertain Adventure Kids Club members during the chilliest of the seasons.

Cold Weather Fun in the Sunshine State

Snowball Build & Blast is your chance to build and toss real snowballs in the sunshine state! You’ll want to practice your aim to help your team earn points and power the Snow Factory.

Snow Flow Mountain is a mechanized, snow play space where guests will slide through factory conveyor belts that have frozen solid and ride tubes down a thrilling plummet slide or hilly ice coaster at Snow Factory.

Interactive Experiences

The best way to get into the holiday spirit is by immersing yourself in the interactive experiences during Christmas at Gaylord Palms!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Jack Frost is up to his yuletide tricks in the Naughty or Nice Escape Room! You only have a little time to solve all the puzzles and dash away before St. Nick returns, or you’ll be on the naughty list with a lump of coal in your stocking.

Inside the Gingerbread Decorating Corner Nutmeg, the Gaylord Palms gingerbread man, watches guests achieve confection perfection as they decorate gingerbread houses and cookies.

Learn the secrets of becoming one of Santa’s helpers from his top toy-maker and create a keepsake gift or craft for someone special at the Elf Training Academy.

Did you know that Santa has a secret Service? Only the most elite yuletide sleuths have what it takes to break the Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt code and earn their Santa’s Secret Service badge.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Make sure to take an ‘elfie’ as you take a stroll along the Christmas Tree Trail. This complimentary experience features eight elaborately decorated holiday trees throughout the 4.5-acre Everglades atrium.

Mailing a letter to the North Pole works, but nothing can beat a personal visit with Santa Claus for a photo while making sure you’re on the nice list.

Tickets and Packages

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Tickets for Christmas at Gaylord Palms are available now and advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events.

If you are looking for a holiday staycation, Christmas at Gaylord Palms packages include entrance to Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf as well as additional fan-favorite holiday activities.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the Christmas at Gaylord Palms programming has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration of the latest local, state, and federal legislation.

To find out more about Christmas at Gaylord Palms, visit www.christmasatgaylordpalms.com!

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Venardos Circus Returns to Winter Garden

Venardos Circus

Venardos Circus (veh-NARR-dos), a Broadway-style, animal-free circus, is back on the road and returns to Winter Garden this month at the Hamlin Town Center – located at 16406 New Independence Parkway. 

“We are thrilled to be back out on tour again bringing smiles and joy to families and kids of ALL ages,” explained Kevin Venardos, founder and producer of the Venardos Circus. “Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that we have reinvented for a next generation while still tugging at the nostalgia of those returning to the circus.” 

 There will be 26 shows over three weeks in the intimate red-and-white striped tent, November 10-28, 2021. This will be Venardos Circus’ first show in Florida since their last visit in early 2020. 

Venardos Circus show schedule:  

  • Wednesday, November 10 – 7:00 p.m. **OPENING NIGHT 
  • Thursday, November 11 – 7:00 p.m.  
  • Friday, November 12 – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, November 13 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 14 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 17 – 7:00 p.m.  
  • Thursday, November 18 – 7:00 p.m.  
  • Friday, November 19 – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, November 20 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 21 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 7:00 p.m.  
  • Thursday, November 25 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. **THANKSGIVING 
  • Friday, November 26 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. **BLACK FRIDAY 
  • Saturday, November 27 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 28 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. 

Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.  

Venardos Circus

General Admission tickets start at $17.00 for youth under age 12 and $27.00 for adults. One child in arms is admitted free with each paying adult. (24 months or younger per paying adult seated on a lap). Premium Reserved seating is available for premium pricing. Please visit www.Liveyourcircusdream.com.  

Parking is free. Festive preshow entertainment begins an hour prior to showtime.

Tent concessions will be available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, nachos, hot dogs, packaged candy, and more are available for purchase.

Venardos Circus

What to expect:  

  • Concessions are available, and we encourage guests to order online in advance when purchasing tickets. Contactless payment options are available.  
  • The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes with a brief intermission. 
  • We follow all safety protocols of the local municipality of the communities in which we perform. 
  • Handicap parking and seating is available. 

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