Riptide Race Opening at Aquatica this April

Riptide Race Aquatica Orlando

Get ready to race down Riptide Race, the world’s tallest dueling waterslide, at Aquatica Orlando on April 3, 2021!

Riptide Race, new for 2021, is an adrenaline-pumping waterslide race that pits teams against each other in a splash to the finish line.

Racers start atop a 68-foot tower, where they will grab a two-person raft before racing along the 650-foot slide—with low walls, so they can keep an eye on their opponents.

It’s a dash to the splash as guests compete in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists, and turns. Riptide Race features a height requirement of 42 inches to appeal to families with children.

Guests of all ages will delight in challenging their friends and family members to see which team feels the rush of victory.

“We are thrilled to introduce Riptide Race, an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica is the first waterpark in the state to have a dueling racer and we know our guests are going to love the fun of challenging their friends and family in a race to the finish,” said Kyle Miller, Park President. “Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando. Health and safety continue to be a top priority for our parks, and we can’t wait to see our guests enjoy this new ride.”

Speeding through each turn in a down-to-the-wire finish, this fast-paced, high-speed adventure is one that guests will want to experience again and again!

In addition to Riptide Race, guests will have the chance to refuel between races at two NEW dining experiences at Aquatica.

Step out after a thrilling ride on Riptide Race and unwind at Ke-Re’s Bar, a brand-new dining experience for 2021 (with physical distancing measures).

Guests can relax on island time at this open-air bar. Soak in the sun, enjoy unbeatable views of the park, or catch a game on the flat screen.

Refreshing, handcrafted cocktails include:

  • Pineapple Plunge: Malibu Coconut Rum and Pineapple with a twist of Amaretto and Butterscotch
  • Orlando Vice: A flavorful fusion of two island classics—Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Ke-Re’s Riptide Margarita: Milagro Tequila, mixed with lemonade and the perfect balance of cranberry, strawberry, and lime

Guests can also discover bold new flavors at Papa’s Cantina, opening soon at Aquatica Orlando.

With a menu fit for a Riptide Race champion, Papa’s Cantina offers guests a vibrant, one-of-a-kind dining experience with limited capacity.

New and exclusive to Aquatica Orlando, the menu features crave-able bites and fresh flights, including:

  • Signature Empanadas with a wide variety of savory and sweet fillings. Try the fresh and flavor-packed buffalo chicken, the classic beef and cheese, or the light and airy spinach artichoke empanadas.  Save room for dessert and indulge in the perfectly sweet hazelnut empanada.
  • Boneless Wings seasoned, and hand-tossed to perfection in Papa’s signature sauces. Take the heat, zest it up, or amplify the flavor with Papa’s Secret Sauce.
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Refreshers, featuring Barrilitos Aguas Frescas. Come try refreshing flavors like Watermelon, Strawberry Hibiscus and Mango Lime.
  • Papa’s Special, the ultimate combination of flavor with 4 empanadas, 12 boneless wings, and your choice of 3 signature dipping sauces.

Aquatica Orlando is home to more waterslides than any other waterpark in Orlando, and offers something fun for everyone with high-speed adventures that get hearts racing, kid-friendly water play areas, a vibrant selection of dining experiences, and white-sand beaches offering the perfect spot to relax.

Modified with enhanced health and safety protocols, each park experience includes increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements, and limited capacity. 

Best Way to Play:

Be among the first to ride Riptide Race with an Annual Pass. Right now, guests can save up to 20% on Annual Passes starting at low as $11 per month (offer ends March 28). 

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Earth Month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Earth Month 2021 Disney's Animal Kingdom

To celebrate Earth Month, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity, and more from April 18 to 24.

Here’s a look at what’s in store to spark your curiosity about wildlife and inspire your own conservation efforts during Earth Month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life by using animals for inspiration, and for the Earth Day Celebration and the month of April, you can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work around the globe.
  • Catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.
  • Nosh around the park sampling Earth Day eats, including a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue, or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake (plus the Crave the Wave cocktail!) at Restaurantosaurus Lounge. Be sure to dig in as the treats are only available for a limited time.
  • Set out on a series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges and earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.
  • Hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin. You can also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers, and reusable bags that promote sustainability.
Earth Month 2021 Disney's Animal Kingdom Rhino
  • Any time you visit the park, marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed the birth of Ranger, and you can get a glimpse of the rambunctious five-month-old white rhino calf and his crash on your journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago, and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost.
Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom Earth Month 2021 Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Disney PhotoPass Service captures magical memories with special in-park Earth Day backgrounds and Magic Shots, including an all-new photo opportunity. In addition, Earth Day screen savers and Zoom backgrounds can be downloaded from the My Disney Experience PhotoPass gallery.
  • Beginning April 2nd, you can watch as artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricately sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+, streaming now, Disney Park Wild Sights, a short form video mini-series exclusive to the My Disney Experience app.

For more animal goodness you can also follow along on Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Instagram (@DrMarkAtDisney) and Facebook (@DisneyASE) pages.

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SeaWorld Orlando Expands Food Options

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival Group

SeaWorld Orlando is expanding the offerings of sweet and savory flavors with new food and beverage venues, signature dining experiences, and Florida’s largest theme park food festival.

Modified with enhanced health and safety measures and limited capacity, guests have plenty to look forward to during their next visit with friends and family.

And these exciting new additions to SeaWorld’s Food and Beverage offerings are just the start!!!

All-New Altitude Burgers 

SeaWorld Orlando Altitude Burgers

Calling all Arctic adventurers! Explore new flavors at SeaWorld Orlando’s brand-new burger bar, “Altitude Burgers”. Build your ultimate burger or grilled chicken sandwich, savor artisan-style pizzas, sip beers on tap, and refuel as adventure awaits. Feeling extra brave? Elevate your experience and conquer the Altitude Burger1 pound of fresh beef, topped with bacon, homemade chili, onion rings, and our specialty sauce. Explorers seeking a fresh and wholesome meal can try the new, flavor-packed Truffle Veggie Pizza: baked to perfection & drizzled with truffle oil. Altitude Burgers is now open next to Wild Arctic and Glacier Bar with open-air dining, perfect for physical distancing. Check the menu out here: https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/altitude-burgers/

All-New Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor 

SeaWorld Orlando Edys Ice Cream Parlour

Scream for ice cream! Cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth at SeaWorld Orlando’s brand-new Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor. Guests can indulge in the ultimate ice cream experience with mega-monster shakes like the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Shake, enormous brownie sundaes, and hand-dipped ice cream cones. Choosing from more than 13 signature flavors of Edy’s Ice Cream, create your own sundae with a variety of toppings. Guests over the age of 21 can shake it up and add their favorite liqueur or cordial to any of our milkshakes. Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor is now open at the front of the park next to Dolphin Nursery. You can check the menu out here https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/edys-ice-cream-parlor/.

All-New Lakeside Grill 

SeaWorld Orlando Lakeside Grill

Fresh flavors and panoramic views await! The all-new Lakeside Grill will offer guests a modern spin on Mediterranean cuisine. Formerly The Spice Mill, Lakeside Grill will be completely redesigned with a contemporary coastal-inspired interior and exterior. Guests will be mesmerized by marine reef fish and live coral in a soon be unveiled one-of-a-kind 600-gallon aquarium, in addition to the amazing sunset on the expansive outdoor patio (with physical distancing). The all-new chef-crafted menu features soon to be favorite bites, including:

  • Fresh and locally sourced grilled kabobs, paired with fresh vegetables, rice, and Tzatziki sauce
  • Core Mediterranean dishes such as falafel and fresh hummus and pita pairings
  • Lakeside Mediterranean Nachos, a fresh and healthy take on a theme park favorite with tomatoes, feta and hummus, and the Lakeside Mediterranean Burger, a juicy turkey burger with a Mediterranean twist on a brioche bun
  • Brand-new Parmesan-garlic Waffle Fries, tossed to perfection and paired with a selection of dipping sauces

All New Glacier Bar

SeaWorld Orlando

Since its debut at SeaWorld Orlando in October, Glacier Bar has quickly become the ultimate place for guests to chill during and after a day of thrills! Catch sports action on multiple big screens in shaded comfort at this spacious outdoor bar with physical distancing measures in place. Located next to Wild Arctic, Glacier Bar has breathtakingly perfect 360-degree views of SeaWorld’s upcoming coaster, Ice Breaker. 

Fine Dining at Sharks Underwater Grill   

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

Relax and unwind as you enjoy signature world-class dining and mesmerizing views at Sharks Underwater Grill. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean as you experience upscale, signature full-service dining at the center of a one-of-kind 700,000-gallon aquarium. Recognized as one of the best restaurants in Orlando, Sharks Underwater Grill features an unforgettable dining experience with chef-inspired dishes and a featured selection of specialty cocktails that support conservation efforts.

Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival

In full swing, the 2021 Seven Seas Food Festival is bigger, better, and packed with more flavor than ever before! This year at Orlando’s largest theme park food festival, foodies and families alike can discover the widest variety of chef- and mixologist-curated tastes inspired by cultures from across the Seven Seas. With more than 50 fresh global cuisine tastings from around the globe, guests can taste everything from the most indulgent fare to the park’s all-new savory Vegan bites. In addition to the amazing food, this year’s festival includes SeaWorld’s most expansive beverage menu ever with more than 75 specially curated cocktails and wines, and more than 75 craft beers from Florida and beyond.  The event takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through May 9, and features the park’s enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face covering requirements.

Best Way to Embark on a SeaWorld Tasting Adventure 

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

The best way to experience all of the tasty treats and culinary adventures at SeaWorld is with a Fun Card or an Annual Pass. Guests can pay for a day and play all year with the 2021 Fun Card!

That means for the price of a single day’s admission, SeaWorld Fun Card holders can visit again and again throughout 2021.

For guests who enjoy additional discounts on like parking, guest tickets, and access to special VIP events, and more, upgrade to an Annual Pass and make memories with SeaWorld all year. For a limited time, save up to 20 percent when purchasing.

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

On the Go in the Parks March 2021
Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about these and other fun things going on around Central Florida!

If you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend you are going to have beautiful weather to enjoy and fantastic events to choose from!

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

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Wordless Wednesday Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015 Epcot Walt Disney World

EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

Experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions including, of course, New Orleans.

Plus enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park.

And now you can let the good times roll even longer as they have extended the celebration through April 11th!!!

Don’t forget that right now the Universal Orlando Resort has AMAZING Florida Resident deals on Annual Passes (3 months free on any two park pass), tickets (Buy a Day, Get 3 free), and resort stays!!!!

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

The Seven Seas Food Festival continues at SeaWorld Orlando, and if you are a foodie this is a can’t miss event for you!!!

Bayside Stadium will once again be rocking this weekend with performances from Jerry Rivera on Saturday, March 13th, and Scotty McCreery on Sunday, March 14th.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens Tampa with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival that invites guests to
sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes.

Serving guests every weekend until April 25th with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

This Saturday evening you can also see Dylan Scott in concert on the park’s Festival Field.

Theme Park Deals You Won’t Want to Miss!!!

Universal Orlando Deals

On the Go in the Parks January 2021 Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures as we are On the Go in the Parks and theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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7 Reasons to #SpringItOn at the Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was invited to experience the Once Upon a Spring fun at the Gaylord Palms Resort, however, all opinions and exclamation points are all my own!!!

Until May 16th the Gaylord Palms Resort is inviting guests to Spring It On with extra fun during their Once Upon A Spring celebration, and we were really excited to be invited out to check out the family-friendly events and activities.

Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021

7 Reasons to #SpringItOn at the Gaylord Palms

1. Blossomin’ Bunnies Scavenger Hunt
Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021

Scavenger Hunts have become a staple of the special events at the Gaylord Palms resort, and the Blossomin’ Bunnies Scavenger Hunt is my new favorite!

With kid-friendly clues and super cute bunnies to find, the Blossomin’ Bunnies Scavenger hunt takes you throughout the 4.5 acres of indoor gardens for a basketful of fun.

2. Springtime Light Display
Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021

When the sun goes down, the St. Augustine Atrium lights up with images of blooming flowers, bunny rabbits scurrying, shooting stars, and a spring-colored kaleidoscope.

What I love about the Springtime Light Display is that they bring an extra touch of magic to the resort.

3. Paint Me a Fairytale Show
Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021

Inside the Castillo De San Marcos, the interactive show Paint Me A Fairytale takes guests on an adventure as Mother Goose uses her magic paintbrush to bring the pages of storybook favorites to life, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Princess and The Pea.

As a special keepsake, guests will take home a custom watercolor paint set and coloring book featuring characters from the show.

Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021

The Paint Me A Fairytale show is a really fun way for little ones to experience their bedtime stories!

To allow for social distancing, capacity will be limited, and advance online reservations are required.

4. Resort-Wide Spring Activities

During the Once Upon a Spring fun there is no shortage of activities to participate in around the resort!

Gaylord Palms Once Upon a Spring Easter 2021 Spring it On

Some of our favorites during our stay were the cookie decorating, the animal encounters, the animal encounters with Wild Florida, and of course the Springtime Pool Party!!!

5. Art Bar

Adjacent to the Paint Me A Fairytale in the Castillo de San Marcos is the Art Bar where you can choose from a variety of themed adult and kid-friendly beverages.

The Art Bar is a lot of fun because the drinks are unique and there is a resident ‘Artist-in-residence’ that keeps things lively!

Spring it on Gaylord Palms Easter 2021
6. Crystal River Rapids

GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Gaylord Palms is home to an AWESOME new not-so-lazy river called Crystal River Rapids that is such a great addition to the Crystal Springs Water Park!

Gaylord Palms Crystal River Rapids Once Upon a Spring Easter 2021

Inspired by spring-fed Florida rivers, Crystal River Rapids takes guests on an exhilarating ride as they twist and turn through speeding currents at three-and-a-half feet per second. As guests race past roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls, and larger-than-life sprinkling leaves, they will encounter thrilling water activations that will immerse them in the nature of Florida. With a state-of-the-art sound system, heated water for year-round enjoyment, and alcoves that allow guests to stop and take in the stunning views of Cypress Springs Water Park, this new action river adventure will allow for endless family-fun.  

Gaylord Palms Crystal River Rapids Once Upon a Spring Easter 2021

While I probably did about 30 laps around the Crystal River Rapids, I have to say that it was just as nice to sit in the alcoves and wait for Zoe to zoom by.

7. Commitment to Clean

When the Gaylord Palms Resort reopened in summer 2020, it debuted a variety of protocols and elevated practices in line with their high standards of cleanliness and excellent service that their STARs take VERY seriously.

I am BEYOND excited to say that the Gaylord Palm has sustained their high levels of cleanliness since our stay in July!

To find out more about Once Upon a Spring and how to book your resort stay, visit the Gaylord Palms website.

If you are looking for more pictures from our Spring It On staycation at the Gaylord Palms, check out our @onthegoinmco Instagram highlights!!!

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Apollo/Saturn V Center Reopens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Race to the Moon

Following a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be delivering guests “Back to the Moon” by way of the Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning today, March 15.

In accordance with new health and safety guidelines, seats on the bus will be limited and are subject to availability.

Guests will use a kiosk near the bus transport entrance to select a departure time and reserve their spot on the bus.

When a boarding time is announced for departure, guests will be welcomed inside a gated area with social distancing markings.

Once inside the bus, passengers will be seated in a socially distanced manner for the short trip directly to the Apollo/Saturn V Center and can return at their leisure.

No advance reservations for bus transportation are available.

The health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the bus rides to the Apollo/Saturn V Center are no exception.

Departures will be timed to minimize crowding as well as time on board the bus. Drivers are specially trained to disinfect the buses after arrival at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, again following return to the visitor complex bus queue and prior to the start of each day to ensure a worry-free travel experience.

Passengers will be required to wear face coverings and seating and capacity will be appropriately managed to maintain proper social distancing.

For more information, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus

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

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Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about these and other fun things going on around Central Florida!

Cold weather may be moving back in, but don’t let a little chill stop you from being On the Go in the Parks this weekend!!!

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

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Wordless Wednesday Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015 Epcot Walt Disney World

EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world from until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

Experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions including, of course, New Orleans.

Plus enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park.

And now you can let the good times roll even longer as they have extended the celebration through April 11th!!!

Don’t forget that right now the Universal Orlando Resort has AMAZING Florida Resident deals on Annual Passes (3 months free on any two park pass), tickets (Buy a Day, Get 3 free), and resort stays!!!!

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

The Seven Seas Food Festival continues at SeaWorld Orlando, and if you are a foodie this is a can’t miss event for you!!!

Bayside Stadium will once again be rocking this weekend with performances from Vanilla Ice on Saturday, March 13th, and Jeremy Camp on Sunday, March 14th.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens Tampa with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival that invites guests to
sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes.

Serving guests every weekend until April 25th with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

This Saturday evening you can also see Parmalee in concert on the park’s Festival Field.

Theme Park Deals You Won’t Want to Miss!!!

Universal Orlando Deals

On the Go in the Parks January 2021 Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures On the Go in MCO and find even more events by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Spring Break 2021 Tips

Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips
You can hear me every week on the Obie & Ashley UNFILTERED podcast!

Spring Break is almost here, and it is going to be an incredibly busy season for the theme parks of Central Florida.

To help you navigate the parks, here are a few Spring Break tips by park!

Spring Break 2021 Tips

Walt Disney World
Spring Break 2021 Tips Walt Disney World  Park Pass Calendar
  • The Walt Disney World theme parks are all sold out for Resort and ticket holders, but some Annual Passholder availability has flickered in and out so be sure to check the Park Pass Reservation page often.
  • If you do have a ticket and are looking to park hop after 2pm, keep this number handy (407) 560-5000! This number will inform you if a park is at capacity and not accepting park hoppers. 
  • Please do yourself a favor and don’t show up to ‘talk your way in’. The capacity is what it is, and if you do not have a reservation you will be turned away. 
  • Disney Springs will also be EXTREMELY busy!!!! Also be aware that if you have a dining reservation, you are not guaranteed entry into Disney Springs.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort Spring Break 2021 Launches Limited-Time Offer for US Residents
  • The Universal Orlando Resort does not take reservations for Universal Studios Florida or Universal Islands of Adventure, so these parks will absolutely cap out with capacity early in the day due to the amazing ticket and hotel deals they have right now.
  • The Universal Social Media Team is GREAT at posting about park hours, tips, and when the parks reach capacity & are letting guests in again. So make sure you follow @universalorl on Twitter
  • If you do get into the parks, bring a lot of patience!!! The lines will be long, so make sure to be kind & social distance.
SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Reservation Spring Break 2021 Tips
  • All guests with existing tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes must make a reservation using this system in advance in order to manage park capacity and maintain physical distancing
  • Again, these parks will be SUPER busy so bring your patience and be prepared for those long lines.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures On the Go in MCO and find even more events by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Universal Orlando Extends Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Let the beads fly and the good times roll as Universal Orlando extends its dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment, Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, through April 11 due to popular demand.

Now, guests have even more time to enjoy this unique global food fest featuring more than 100 new food and beverage items inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Guests won’t want to miss the chance to get up close with spectacular Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout Universal Studios Florida and take part in this Big Easy bash in the streets featuring energetic dancers, stilt performers, brass band musicians, countless beads, and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store.

Guests can see what all the excitement is about and continue to savor fan-favorite Cajun fare and classic Carnaval flavors from across the globe, including:

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021
  • Cajun cuisine from New Orleans, such as a Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets and other Big Easy delights
  • Carnaval-inspired dishes from the islands, such as Pernil & Mofongo from La Isla del Encanto (the Island of Enchantment) Puerto Rico, a vegan Pholourie from Trinidad and Tobago and Jerk Chicken from the Bahamas
  • Pork Schnitzel Sliders and Bavarian Pretzels from Germany, iconic Paella Mixta and Leche Frita from Spain and Belgium Liege Waffles from Belgium
  • Other famous flavors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, France and more

This epic Mardi Gras celebration will roll on across the destination with Carnaval-inspired delights at select venues at Universal CityWalk and the Universal Orlando hotels.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass. Blockout dates apply. For more information about Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval visit, www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic 2021

Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic 2021

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts have announced the return of their popular Food & Wine Classic, but for the first time ever, this new edition will take place in the spring.

The Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic will take place Saturday, April 17 as a one-night, limited-ticket event featuring unlimited food and beverage tastings and live music.

The event will offer culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants as well as wine samplings from around the world and a selection of other beverages, all amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment. As a limited-ticket event, guests will be able to socially distance themselves throughout the resort’s expansive, spacious and scenic outdoor spaces.

The event, taking place 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., will feature several themed stations including the Beer Garden, Chinatown, and the luau-inspired The Pig & Poke.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Swan and Dolphin spring Food & Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic Menu highlights include:

  • Sweet & smokey St. Louis style smoked ribs with macaroni & cheese from Executive Chef Dan Herman’s Smokin’ D’s BBQ
  • Salt roasted prime NY strip loin with roasted marble potatoes, onion purée, and truffle veal jus from Shula’s Steak House
  • Vegetarian bao filled with glazed savory jack fruit, green onion, and ginger served in Chinatown themed area
  • Shrimp & Grits with sautéed Gulf shrimp, buttered white corn grits and tasso ham gravy from Todd English’s bluezoo

In total, there will be 12 food stations, including dessert from executive pastry chef and world pastry champion Laurent Branlard and more than 50 beverage selections.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Among the protocols implemented for the Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic event are:

  • Temperature checks for all attending guests 
  • Plexiglass walls for all food service areas
  • All cast members wearing PPE
  • Socially distanced stations
  • Touchless menus
  • Clearly marked social distancing signage
  • Face coverings are required for all guests, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and must be worn at all times, except when dining
  • Guests may remove face coverings while actively eating or drinking but must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing

The spring event leads the way for the return of the fall Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic scheduled to take place this October 29 & 30.

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Event-only tickets can be purchased online at FoodAndWineClassic.com for $125 per person.

Room packages start at $400 and include event access for two adults.

To book, call 1-888-828-8850 between 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays; 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Events are limited to those 21 years and older.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opening This Fall

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Kent Phillips, photographer

During today’s virtual annual meeting of shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT will be October 1, 2021.

This new family-friendly attraction will officially debut as part of the kickoff for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Matt Stroshane, photographer

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure invites guests into the flavorful world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” where they will feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy and scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. Guests will find Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in a newly expanded area of the park’s France pavilion, where the real is made fantastic in a reimagining of Paris inspired by the film.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
epes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly) and authentic French hard cider. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Also debuting October 1 in this section of the pavilion will be a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options.

The menu will feature sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten-friendly), and authentic French hard cider. The attraction, restaurant, and pavilion expansion are all part of the historic transformation of EPCOT currently underway, bringing a breadth of new experiences to the park is a celebration of curiosity, discovery, and the magic of possibility.

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins Oct. 1 on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. This 18-month event will feature new experiences at the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, where shimmering EARidescent décor will appear as if by magic. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Crêperie de Paris will now join in the festivities for this landmark occasion; more details about the celebration will be announced in the future.

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CFCArts Announces New Theatre Location

CFCArts, Central Florida Community Arts, has announced that their next theatre production will take place in a new location. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will transform a vacant storefront at the Fashion Square Mall, opening on Thursday, April 15 running through May 2, 2021. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021. The new venue opens up the potential for more productions in the 2020-2021 season. 

“We are excited to explore opportunities for producing more theatre at this location,” said Terrance Hunter, senior director of programs of CFCArts. “We are continually looking for spaces that afford accessibility for everyone and look forward to how our patrons respond to this venue.” 

The Fashion Square Mall location is planned for the April production, with the potential to stage more productions in the upcoming year. This marks the first time CFCArts will mount a full production outside the black box at their current location. The former Express storefront is three times the size of the current black box theatre and along with increased square footage, the venue includes lobby space allowing for the sale of concessions, potentially beer and wine, in a safe, socially-distanced environment. 

Out of the pandemic, CFCArts adopted the guiding principles of safety, flexibility, creativity, and inclusivity, that help inform decisions for in-person programming. Additionally, the Theatre Program developed pillars that expand the artistic vision and the community commitment. Included in those pillars — education, exploration, conversations that matter, community, and accessibility — is a desire to develop theater in unconventional spaces, that is also geographically accessible.   

“As an organization we are focusing this year on ‘recovery’ for our audiences and our artists,” said Joshua Vickery, founder and executive director of Central Florida Community Arts. “By developing guiding principles for the organization and specific pillars for our theatre program, we are creating a path for that recovery. This venue helps us check all the boxes from safety to being geographically accessible.” 

The upcoming production will adhere to the safety guidelines developed with Orlando Health. All performers and patrons will be expected to adhere to the safety guidelines available at the CFCArts website here: CFCArts safety

CFCArts Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Show Details

The classic music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and this enchanting tale take on a contemporary reimagining. A pumpkin transforming into a carriage, a plain country girl and a prince joining in marriage – impossible? Witness the impossible become possible, with the help of Fairy Godmother, of course!

Production: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is being directed and choreographed by Shana Burns with musical direction by Michelle Procopio. The cast includes Chase Williams (Topher), Holli Trisler (Elle), Angela Brunn (Madame), Dayja Le’Chelle (Gabrielle), Megan K. Hill (Marie), Victoria Narvaez (Charlotte), Clint Steadman (Sebastian) and Marquise Hillman (Pinkleton). 

Where: Fashion Square Mall location at 3461 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

When: Thursday, April 15, 2021-Sunday, May 2, 2021

Tickets: On sale 9 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2021

Tickets may be purchased by visiting CFCArts.com or calling the box office at (407) 937-1800. For more information email boxoffice@cfcarts.com.

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

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Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about these and other fun things going on around Central Florida!

Cold weather may be moving back in, but don’t let a little chill stop you from being On the Go in the Parks this weekend!!!

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

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Wordless Wednesday Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015 Epcot Walt Disney World

EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world from until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Orlando Resort

Experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions including, of course, New Orleans.

Plus enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park.

Don’t forget that right now the Universal Orlando Resort has AMAZING Florida Resident deals on Annual Passes (3 months free on any two park pass), tickets (Buy a Day, Get 3 free), and resort stays!!!!

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

The Seven Seas Food Festival continues at SeaWorld Orlando, and if you are a foodie this is a can’t miss event for you!!!

Bayside Stadium will once again be rocking this weekend with performances from The Modern Gentlemen on Saturday, March 6th, and Easton Corbin on Sunday, March 7th.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens Tampa with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival that invites guests to
sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes.

Serving guests every weekend until April 25th with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

This Saturday evening you can also see Phillip Phillips in concert on the park’s Festival Field.

Theme Park Deals You Won’t Want to Miss!!!

Universal Orlando Deals

On the Go in the Parks January 2021 Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures On the Go in MCO and find even more events by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Celebrate Spring at the Central Florida Zoo

Kids of all ages will want to hop to and get to the Central Florida Zoo on April 3.

Central Florida Zoo Spring 2021

The Zoo’s favorite springtime event, Hippity Hop Adventure, is back. The event is presented by VyStar Credit Union.

The springtime celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, featuring fun for the entire family.

During the festivities, guests can hop along the Egg Trail, where they’ll make Bunny Stops to collect eggs, do crafts and play games. At the end of their egg-cellent adventure, they’ll be able to meet the Easter Bunny himself.

The fun doesn’t stop at the Egg Trail. The Zoo will have music inside the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, an inflatable obstacle course for the kids to enjoy and much more! Entertainment and activities are sponsored by Publix Charities.

“Hippity Hop Adventure is one of our favorite events for family fun at the Zoo,” said Dino Ferri, CEO. “We’re thankful to VyStar Credit Union and Publix Charities for helping us make it possible and look forward to a safe and fun day.”

Guests are encouraged to bring baskets to collect their treats. Face coverings or masks that fully cover the mouth and nose are required for all Zoo guests age 13 and up and are recommended for those 12 and under.

All events and activities are included in Central Florida Zoo admission. Annual Pass blackout dates will apply, and admission for Annual Pass Holders will be $5 per named person on each Annual Pass.

For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Broadway in Orlando is Back

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Interior

The Florida Theatrical Association, Dr. Phillips Center, and Broadway Across America have announced the upcoming FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series, which is expected to begin this fall.  

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway back to the Dr. Phillips Center this fall for what will be a spectacular season,” said Susie Krajsa, president of Broadway Across America. “We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents, and other national tour representatives to reschedule and rebuild the lineup for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. We are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and patrons who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to the Dr. Phillips Center.” 

The FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season includes seven shows at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Walt Disney Theater.

The season is set to begin in September and run until July with the following schedule:

  • Hadestown—September 21–26, 2021 
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Hadestown
  • Tootsie—November 2–7, 2021 
  • The Prom—December 7–12, 2021 
  • Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations—January 25–30, 2022 
  • Disney’s Frozen—February 24–March 6, 2022 
  • Cats—March 29–April 3, 2022 
  • Jesus Christ Superstar—June 7–12, 2022 
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Jesus Christ Superstar

Unfortunately, at this time, there are a few changes to the previously announced performances for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series that are worth noting.

The Dr. Phillips Center cannot reschedule Hamilton and The Band’s Visit for the 2021/2022 season. However, Broadway Across America is working on scheduling these shows to return to the Dr. Phillips Center for a future season.

And, as previously announced, the Orlando favorite Wicked is postponed. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Cats, Photo by Matthew Murphy, Murphymade, 2019

Robust health and safety protocols developed with guidance from AdventHealth have helped the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts responsibly welcome guests back to shows, camps, classes, and special events since summer 2020. 

“We’re eagerly anticipating Broadway’s return to Orlando and are confident we have the health protocols and training in place to do so responsibly,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “It’s terrific to think that fans are just months away from again experiencing the wonder of Broadway.”

It is important to note that should the need arise to cancel a performance for any reason, subscribers should be aware the value of their tickets is safe and have many options. If the subscription is paid in full, they may elect to receive a credit or refund or choose to donate the value of their tickets to the arts center; if the subscription is being paid through a payment plan, the value of the tickets will be applied to the remaining payments on the account. 

New subscriptions for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale, and current subscribers can add to their packages at BroadwayinOrlando.com. 

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