ICON Park launches partnership with iHeartRadio

ICON Park iHeart Radio Lyric Wall

The Wheel at ICON Park holds special memories for people all over the world, from proposals to gender reveals to family reunions. It’s always featured the best view, but now it has the perfect soundtrack to match.

Each of The Wheel’s 30 capsules includes a Bluetooth feature that allows guests to connect their phones to the capsule sound system featuring Bose speakers.

To optimize this element, ICON is partnering with iHeartRadio.As part of the partnership, iHeartRadio has created the “ICON Park Radio” custom playlist that guests can enjoy while riding The Wheel.

Special seasonal themes will also be available during various holidays throughout the year.

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Prior to boarding their capsule on The Wheel, guests will walk past a new Lyric Wall designed by ICON and iHeartRadio. This beautiful photo spot features lyrics of songs that represent The Wheel, flying, and the sky.

“ICON Park is excited to partner with iHeartRadio as we enhance our guests’ experience,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “In addition to having a perfect view of Orlando on The Wheel, guests will also have the right music for their mood. This will make special moments even more memorable.”

ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist

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Dr. Phillips Center Announces 2022 Shows

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Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A diverse array of musicians, comedians, and entertainers are set to perform in Walt Disney Theater and Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center in the new year!

Newly Announced Dr. Phillips Center Shows

Dr. Phillips Center Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
Dr. Phillips Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
  • Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Pat Metheny

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition and, at one point, winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums.

In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70s. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

Dr. Phillips Center Alvin Alley
Dr. Phillips Center Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 22 & 23, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings and online platforms. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.

Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”

Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
  • Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Jay Leno

Acclaimed TV late night host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artists, pioneering car builder and mechanic and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television rating domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After the first two years, Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host.

Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, recipient of the Patriot Award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

Dr. Phillips Center Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

About Frankie Valli

The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles, with unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Valli’s legendary career was the inspiration for the Broadway juggernaut Jersey Boys.

Frankie Valli is not only a pop music icon, but also an actor, having been featured in the iconic television show, The Sopranos, as Rusty, the capo in the Lupertazzi crime family, as well as Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, And So It Goes, alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continue to tour throughout the U.S. and abroad to packed houses, receiving nightly standing ovations from thrilled fans of multiple generations.

Dr. Phillips Center Shen Yun
FL Falun Dafa Association Presents Shen Yun 2022
  • Date: Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022
  • Time: Show times vary

About Shen Yun

The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage… Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

Tickets for these performances are on sale now at www.drphillipscenter.org!

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New Year’s Eve at The Edison

New Year's Eve at The Edison Disney Springs

You can ring in the new year at The Edison’s dazzling New Year’s Eve gala, which will be filled with live entertainment, world-class dining, and an open dance floor.

The excitement begins at 8 p.m. on December 31st at Disney Springs with captivating performances from The Sound Society Radio Show, The Pearls burlesque trio, stilt walkers, an aerialist, DJ, and more.

Guests will be privy to signature passed appetizers and food stations featuring everything from buffalo chicken sliders, prime rib, crab cakes, and loaded mashed potatoes to chocolate cake and key lime pie bites for dessert.

A selection of The Edison’s premium beer and spirits will also be available via cash bars.

When the clock strikes midnight, the evening will conclude with a celebratory champagne toast as we usher in the new year.

New Year's Eve at The Edison clock

For guaranteed seating, tables can be reserved to accommodate 2-10 guests, or individual bar seating can be purchased, for $150 per person plus tax.

Reservations include entry at 8 p.m., access to food stations, passed appetizers, and champagne at midnight.

A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will also be available for purchase, which includes entry at 10:30 p.m., desserts, the champagne toast, and access to the electrifying lineup of lavish entertainment for $25 per person plus tax.

Both ticket types can be purchased HERE !

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On the Go in the Parks: December 3-5, 2021

On the Go in the parks December 3 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!

If you are On the Go in the Parks December 3-5, 2021, there is no way you are going to escape the holida cheer that is filling the parks!

On the Go in the Parks: December 3-5, 2021

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Epcot International Festival of Holidays Must Do’s and Tips 2018

You can celebrate holidays from around the world without leaving EPCOT daily until December 30, 2021, during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!

The event, included with theme park admission, is a yuletide wonderland that will immerse you in the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors celebrated by cultures near and far.

The highlight of each night is the Candlelight Processional where a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem.

Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir. I promise you it will give you goosebumps!!!

This weekend’s narrator is Disney Legend Jodi Benson!

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
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!

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 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.

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!!!!

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:

  • December 2021:  3 and 5
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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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces New Attraction

In an ongoing mission to bring the epic story of the U.S. space program to life, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex today announced a new attraction. Slated to open in March 2022, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex.

The new exhibit will focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration, enabling guests to experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating what is happening right now within the space program. It will feature a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a “journey” through space, unique launch viewing opportunities, and more.

The 50,000-square-foot, multi-level attraction, currently under construction in the shadow of the Rocket Garden, will engage and inspire guests through one-of-a-kind experiences, artifacts, and exhibits.

Featuring a comprehensive collection of modern-day spacecraft, Gateway will offer the opportunity to explore the future of space travel in a way never before possible.

Through immersive education, atmospheric effects, and a 4D motion theatre, guests will see, experience, and feel what it is actually like to travel in space.

The striking façade of the Gateway building is designed to capture attention and spark imagination even before entering. The outside walls are accented with iridescent panels of bright turquoise that will alternate with shades of purple, replicating the constant motion and brilliant colors of the universe.

Upon entering Gateway on the first level, “space travelers” will be greeted with a futuristic design intended to set the stage for their journey. Displayed like massive space sculptures in an outdoor garden, visitors will be surrounded by actual space-flown artifacts and full-scale models, placed around the floor and suspended from above to allow 360-degree viewing and interaction.

Highlights of the new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex include:

  • Orion Crew Vehicle from EFT-1 Mission (space flown)
  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner Crew Vehicle (full-scale engineering model)
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, officially known as Booster 1023, which supported two SpaceX missions (space flown)
  • Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser (full scale replica)
  • NASA Space Launch System (scale model)
  • ULA Atlas V and Delta IV heavy (scale model)

As well as offering a “nose-to-nose” view of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, Gateway’s second floor features a 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling Robotic Trail Blazers Wall with interactive, touchscreen displays through which guests can learn about almost 40 different satellites and probes in space.

Also in this area will be a HoloTube presentation station where guests can learn about the high-powered James Webb Space Telescope by manipulating holographic imagery, video, and animation through a touchscreen kiosk.

Nearby, guests will be transported into the future of space travel at Spaceport KSC, the first and only airport of the future.

Upon entering the concourse, travelers will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of a galactic spaceport: atmospheric airport chatter will surround travelers as they peer through windows at distant views of active launches and landings.

The main concourse features multiple screens that will showcase destination promo videos and departure and arrival information. Guests will then board their “spaceships” – in the form of a two-story, 4D flying theater – for one of four journeys: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet, or Uncharted Worlds. Each distinct destination allows for the possibility of a different experience with each visit.

Gateway’s rooftop will be a versatile space for both launch and landing viewing and hosting special events.

Affixed to the rooftop will be a Planewave CDK20 Telescope with an Espirit 100mm triplet deep-sky APO Refractor, and an Altair 125mm solar refractor will offer access to some of the sky’s most amazing celestial and solar wonders. The stunning images can then be shared for educational purposes.

As always, the health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, the visitor complex continues to operate at a limited attendance, accommodating social distancing, encouraging advance daily admission purchases, and implementing increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection. All guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking. This includes all attractions, attraction queues, show viewing areas, restaurants, and buses. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. Additional details are available at: www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus.

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ICON Park Spotlights the Christmas spirit

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ICON Park will be hosting a celebration of the beloved hymns and carols, goodwill toward all, and of course, gathering together to spread light and love with the Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts.

From December 6 to 11, local high school, church, and community choirs will be performing nightly from 5 through 8 p.m. Each night, four choirs will perform traditional Christmas songs in front of ICON Park’s holiday tree. There will also be Christmas-inspired videos, and emcees will lead the crowd in singing some Christmas carols themselves. To close out the evening, professional performers will take the stage each night.

ICON Park Christmas Concerts 2021

But that’s not all. To really drive home the reason for the season, the concerts will spotlight local charities. Attendees will be invited to donate via a virtual giving machine at www.lightorlando.acahand.org to help make a difference.

“At ICON Park, we’re all about showing locals and visitors alike what Orlando is all about,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “The Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts are a perfect way to show off the talent here in Orlando, as well as to give back to the community we care about so much—plus, who couldn’t use a dose of the Christmas spirit?”

This is the first year for this event.

Local charities to be featured throughout this year’s event include Clarita’s House Outreach, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Frontline Outreach, Latisha’s House, Matthew’s Hope, One Heart for Women and Children, Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Orlando Day Nursery & Childcare, Orlando Serve Foundation, Poverty Solutions Group, Russell Home, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, United Against Poverty, and The Salvation Army.

Featured performers include Daniel Emmet, Sunshine Mafia, Opera Orlando, David Osmond, Ofi, and God’s Example. Community choirs come from all over Central Florida.

ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

The schedule for this year’s performances can be found here. To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando

This holiday season SEA LIFE Orlando at ICON PARK is inviting you to Deck the Seas daily from November 26 to December 31, 2021.

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Scuba Claus

You have heard of Santa Claus, but have you heard of Scuba Claus?

Thursdays at 1:00 pm guests can gather around and listen to the story of Fishmas as told by Scuba Claus!

What’s better than listening to a holiday story? Listening to a holiday story with Scuba Claus underwater surrounded by spectacular sea creatures!

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Scavenger Hunt

Ready for some interactive fun?

Pick up your Deck the Seas Scavenger Hunt guide on your way inside the attraction and begin your adventure to find six cold water sea creatures located throughout the aquarium!

You’ll have a lot of fun learning about our cold water sea creatures, and once you find them all make sure to turn in your guide for a special prize!

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Presents

Ready for even more fun?

Before you leave SEA LIFE Orlando, make sure to leave a special holiday card for your favorite sea creature! Drop it in the mailbox on your way out so their creatures can get all their cards in time for the holidays.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the attraction and see if you can find all the decorations we’ve put into our tanks.

Sea creatures need holiday cheer, too!

SEA LIFE Orlando is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm at ICON Park!

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Holidays at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center December 2020

The holiday season has landed early this year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!

Special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are just beginning, holiday season guests can look forward to revamped festive experiences, and new virtual offerings for kids to enjoy over the holiday break.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Available for purchase on Friday, November 26 only, a special Black Friday deal for a 13-month Atlantis Annual Pass provides the passholder access to the visitor complex for the remainder of 2021 as well as all of 2022 (expiring December 31, 2022).

The 13-month Atlantis Annual Pass can be purchased at a discounted rate of $86 + tax per adult, and $68 + tax per child aged 3-11, a $10 savings.

The Black Friday offer will be available online and through the Reservations Department (855-433-4210).

On Cyber Monday, savvy shoppers can take advantage of a Buy-One, Get-One daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for just $57 + tax.

Available only on Monday, November 29, 2021, this offer includes free child daily admission with the purchase of each adult ticket.

This special offer provides one-day access to the visitor complex and must be used by December 24, 2021.

This Cyber Monday offer is available through the Reservations Department (855-433-4210) and online only.

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Holidays in Space

Move over, pumpkins. As the fall holidays come to a close, the visitor complex will delightfully transform into a universe of twinkling lights and memorable experiences.

This year, guests can experience magnificent holiday décor throughout the park – from the transformation of the big NASA meatball that greets guests at the entrance into a holiday ornament, wreaths adorning every lamp post, a reimagined holiday tree, thousands of lights in dazzling displays and much more.

New to this year’s Holidays in Space will be a Winter Wonderland, beginning December 17 and located next to the Atlantis attraction.

This free-standing experience sponsored by Pepsi Zero Sugar, will take place under a large enclosure and feature holiday-themed, engaging and interactive education stations, holiday photo opportunities, performers, a DJ and more.

The Winter Wonderland runs through December 31, 2021.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center December 2020
Kennedy Space Center Club Discovery

Over the holiday break, young space enthusiasts and future explorers can experience Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from the comfort of their homes through a virtual Kennedy Space Center Club Discovery experience.

At $30 per person, kids in grades 3 – 6 will have the chance to participate in one of two virtual missions: Spacewalk or Moon Base.

Each 3-hour program, offered Monday, December 27 – Friday, December 31, will feature STEM activities that can be completed using normal household items.

More information, as well as registration for the programs, can be found at the following link: KSC Club Discovery.

As always, the health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, the visitor complex continues to operate at a limited attendance, accommodating social distancing, encouraging advance daily admission purchases, and implementing increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection. The visitor complex has updated the face mask policy. All guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking. This includes all attractions, attraction queues, show viewing areas, restaurants and buses. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. Additional details are available at: www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus.

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EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will soon be filling the park with the celebrations, songs, and delicious bites of holiday festivities from around the world.

This year 14 Festival of the Holidays Kitchens will be spread throughout the park serving up goodies, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share the Foodie Guide to help plan your culinary adventure!

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide

Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad and Haupia from Mele Kalikimaka EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu-Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut

Beverages:

  • Hawaiian Pale Wheat Ale (New Item)
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum
Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders)
Items from Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Cinnamon-glazed Almonds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; (New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Cashews (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Pecans (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Fire-roasted Chestnuts (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

Beverages:

  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (nonalcoholic)
  • Sweet Nutty Stout, Orlando (New Item)
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whipped Cream, and Candied Nuts (New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Peanut Butter Whiskey (New Item)

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Near Port of Entry):

Peppermint Sundae and Exclusive Redemption Cookie from Holiday Sweets & Treats EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Exclusive Redemption Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (nonalcoholic)
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Coquito Beer (New Item)
  • S’mores Black Lager (New Item)
  • Hot Cocoa with assorted alcoholic cordials
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Beer Flight
Holiday Hearth Desserts (Near Port of Entry)
Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie,Snowball Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies from Holiday Hearth Desserts EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie
  • Snowball Cookies 
  • Peppermint Bark(Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Mouse Crunch 
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps
Refreshment Port (Near Canada)
Turkey Poutine from Refreshment Port EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Coquito Soft-Serve Waffle Cone (New Item)
  • Turkey Poutine – French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Beverages:

  • Cranberry Hard Cider (New Item)
  • Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail (New Item)
  • Coquito Soft-serve with Spiced Rum (New Item)
Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake
  • SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Holiday Cookie Stroll; New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (nonalcoholic)
  • Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer
  • Maple Cookie Blonde Ale (New Item)
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Porter (New Item)
  • Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Red Wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Frozen Coffee with Whisky
  • Beer Flight
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between France and Morocco)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Potato Latkes (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; Plant-based)  
  • Sufganiyot: Mini jelly-filled donuts
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based; Holiday Cookie Stroll)  

Beverages:

  • Hanukkah Beer
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli (New Item)
    • Lamb Kefta (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
    • Harissa Chicken (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Fig Tapenade, and Zhoug Dip
  • Almond-spiced Cake with Ginger Mousse, Orange Ganache, and Sesame Tuile (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Lavender Apple Hard Cider (New Item)
    • Ginger Tumeric Hard Cider
    • Spicy Nutmeg Hard Cider
    • Fig Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Fig Vodka, and Cranberry Juice (New Item)
    • Cider Flight
American Holiday Table
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with BEN’S ORIGINAL Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce
  • Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based)
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds  
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Bright White Ale
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Regional White Wine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Beer Flight
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spätzle, and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hard Apple Cider
  • German-style Gold Lager (New Item)
  • Doppelbock Beer
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
  • Beer Flight
Refreshment Outpost:
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Midnight Lager (New Item)
  • Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer (New Item)
The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items

  • Pumpkin Cake Donut with Pumpkin Spice Icing (New Item)
  • Holiday Donut with Coconut and Crisp Pearls (New Item)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Donut (New Item)
  • Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Gingerbread Milkshake (nonalcoholic)
  • Gingerbread Stout (New Item)
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka
Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche: Smoked salmon napoleon with layers of smoked salmon, dill mousse, and crème fraîche mousse served in brioche (New Item)
  • Dinde Forestière, Patates Douces Rôties: Turkey with bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a mustard cream sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes (New Item)
  • Bûche de Noël Chocolat Blanc, Framboise: Chocolate Christmas log with chocolate biscuit, white chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, and chocolate fudge coating (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Cranberry Mimosa: Sparkling wine with orange juice and cranberry syrup
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy half-moon breaded mozzarella-filled ravioli with pomodoro sauce  (New Item)
  • Ravioli: Shrimp ravioli in scampi sauce with white wine, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley (New Item)
  • Bomboloni alla Cioccolato-Nocciola: Chocolate-filled Italian doughnut with chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling Red Wine
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Pilsner
Lotus Blossom Café (China) Food Items:
  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons

Beverages:

  • Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion
  • Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha mousse tart with a sweet red bean center sprinkled with konpeito sugar candy

Beverages:

  • Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and strawberry popping boba pearls (nonalcoholic; New Item)
  • Sparkling Plum Wine (New Item)
  • Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and vodka (New Item)
  • Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice lager with hints of pomegranate and lemon (New Item)
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion
  • Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Dulce de Leche Churros sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Beverages:

  • Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim (New Item)
  • Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum
  • Mistletoe Cerveza: Lager with blackcurrant liqueur (New Item)
Funnel Cake
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Item:

  • Mini Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake:  Pumpkin funnel cake topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles (New Item)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Beverage:

  • Carolers’ Cold Brew – Joffrey’s French Roast Cold Brew with brown butter toffee, swiss chocolate syrup, and sweet cream topped with whipped cream and TWIX bar pieces (New Item)

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. For more information, visit EPCOTHolidays.com.

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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
On the Go in the Parks

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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Design Zone Exhibit Premieres at Orlando Science Center

Design Zone Orlando Science Center

Explore the science behind music, art, and action in Orlando Science Center’s latest exhibit, Design Zone, until January 9, 2022. 

This exhibit was produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. It highlights the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process in art, music, and engineering.

Behind every half-pipe, there’s a vert. Behind every dance mix, there’s a beat. Behind every thrill ride, there’s velocity. Design is everywhere we look and in everything we do, and math is behind it all. 

Design Zone is focused around three thematic areas, which draw visitors into real-life scenes of music production, video game development, and extreme sports that directly and experientially relate to mathematical concepts. 

Design Zone Orlando Science Center

Displays encourage visitors to get hands-on with patterns, variables, scale, and ratios and experience how these mathematical concepts are used by artists, architects, engineers, musicians, and other innovators. 

Design Zone features over a dozen hands-on exhibit pieces allowing you to create your experience!

HEAR IT!
Step into Club OSC and learn about the relationship between math and music as you learn about pitch, rhythm, and audiovisual representations of sound!

SEE IT!
Enter the Digital Design Lab and see how designers use scale, patterns, grids, and more in everything from video games to architecture!

MOVE IT!
Roll into Action Park and discover how math and physics are behind anything that moves. Design a roller coaster, build your own skate park, or race your bike to the finish line!

Design Zone Orlando Science Center

In Design Zone, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover that math isn’t just a subject in school—it’s one of the coolest creative tools we have to design and invent everything in the world of art, music, entertainment, and extreme sports.

Design Zone is included with admission to Orlando Science Center, which is FREE for members*, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, movies, and live programming. Get your timed-entry tickets online at www.osc.org/tickets.

To become a member for unlimited access to Orlando Science Center all year long, discounts to camps, and special member-only events, visit www.osc.org/membership or call 407-514-2158.

If you have an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or WIC card with a State-issued photo ID matching the name and state of the card, you qualify for a $3 admission per person for up to six individuals.

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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

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

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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