Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Hosts Taste of Space

Taste of Space Fall Bites

This fall the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a menu of gastronomic delights during its Taste of Space festival from October 8 to November 5, 2021.

During the event, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex eateries will feature delectable, seasonal food and local brews offered throughout the visitor complex.

Taste of Space Fall Bites

Taste of Space Fall Bites Menu

Orbit Café
Beef Brisket Slider with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Fried Onions
Hot Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Melt
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Moon Rock Café
(Accessible with a bus transportation reservation)
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Whole Grain Mustard
Chicken Salad with Mesclun Greens, Gorgonzola, Mandarin Oranges, and Toasted Pecans with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Milky Way
Pumpkin Caramel Éclair

As a bonus, when guests purchase two Taste of Space meals they will receive a commemorative pin while supplies last.

As a special finale event on November 5, a progressive-style dinner, Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey, will take guests on a gastronomical walking adventure throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m, the seasonal four-course meal will be served under the stars, with each course complemented by a wine or beer pairing. After dinner, local bars including Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill and 4th Street Fillin Station will showcase their take on a celestial cocktail in a “Marstini shake off” contest under space shuttle Atlantis.

Tickets are $159 and include dinner, beer/wine samples, live entertainment, and a commemorative pin. Bruce Melnick and other astronauts will also be in attendance.

For more information about Taste of Space and to purchase tickets for the November 5 dinner click here.

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Chef Richard Blais Brings Tropical Concept to Orlando

Chef Richard Blais

I was beyond excited when I found out that acclaimed Chef Richard Blais will open his first Orlando restaurant later this year with a new tropical concept at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, located adjacent to Walt Disney World.

“It’s undeniable how talented and invigorating Chef Blais is. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with him for our newest restaurant,” said Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress General Manager Paul Joseph. “This concept is something very near and dear to our hearts and to Blais’s and we can’t wait to be able to unveil it to our guests.”

Blais is widely recognized as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and recently announced co-star of the new Gordon Ramsay / FOX cooking competition, Next Level Chef. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and trained at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli.

Chef Richard Blais

His new Orlando restaurant will make its home in the former Hemingway’s venue within the resort and offer dinner nightly and brunch on Sundays.

Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary consulting company that has consulted on, designed, and operated popular eateries across the country. He is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, as well as his second cookbook, So Good.

Most recently, he opened Ember & Rye at the newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, and took on the role of Culinary Director at the newly opened San Diego Symphony performance space, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. 

“I love having fun with my concepts and menus and I’m so excited about what we’ve got in store for this restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress,” said Chef Richard Blais. “We’re looking forward to adding a memorable and innovative offering to Orlando’s already incredible food scene.”

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will host a hiring event for the new restaurant on Tuesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the resort’s Windsong Ballroom. Positions available include management, cooks, bartenders, servers, and greeters.

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration: Foodie Guide

Disney World 50 Foodie Guide The World's Most Magical Celebration

The World’s Most Magical Celebration wouldn’t be complete without some tasty treats that celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney chefs and mixologists have created more than 150 sips and bites full of color, whimsy, and a touch of EARidescent shimmer – with even more coming throughout the 18-month celebration beginning October 1st.

Walt’s personal recipes, Walt Disney World Resort attractions (past and present), beloved Disney Characters, and nostalgic dishes from 1971 were inspirations for the tasty offerings created for this anniversary celebration. 

You can view all the 50th anniversary celebration food and beverage offerings on your mobile device, click here to download the My Disney Experience app or click here to view at Disneyworld.com.

The World’s Most Magical Celebration: Foodie Guide

Collage of treats from Magic Kingdom Park during The World's Most Magical Celebration

Magic Kingdom Park

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

  • Uncle Orville Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Sundae – Chocolate and vanilla soft-serve, brownie pieces, hot fudge, and whipped cream topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles served in a “bathtub”

Be Our Guest Restaurant

  • Squids Revenge Drink – A michelada with a salted rim and garnished with charred octopus and cucumber. Watch out, the giant squid is back!

Casey’s Corner

  • Pressed Penny Silk Pie – Chocolate tart shell, silky chocolate filling, sweet whipped cream, and a chocolate-pressed penny
  • 50th Celebration Hot Dog – All-beef hot dog topped with strawberry bacon jam, crisp funnel cake pieces, and powdered sugar 

Cinderella’s Royal Table

  • Royal 50th Celebration Flight – Flight of Enchantée Champagne – a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunière (Enchantée Champagne is sold exclusively at the Walt Disney World Resort)
Happy Haunts Milkshake, Mission to Mars burger, a plate from the Crystal Palace, and The Toad Burger

Columbia Harbor House

  • Happy Haunts Milkshake – Blackberry milkshake topped with a purple chocolate-glazed doughnut covered with black sprinkles

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

  • Mission to Mars – Burger topped with bacon and macaroni & cheese served on a bun dusted with crushed cheese-flavored puffs

The Crystal Palace

  • Walt’s Favorites on the Buffet – Chicken fried steak, New York strip steak, pork chops, and more!

Friar’s Nook

  • The Toad Burger – Brat burger served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and American cheese
Veranda Fried Rice, Dumbo Churros, The Banana Boom split, and Cheers to 50 Years! sundae

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

  • Veranda Fried Rice – Spicy chili-garlic shrimp served over pork fried rice with eggs and peas (from the original Verandah Restaurant menu)

Outdoor Kiosks

  • Dumbo Churros – Churros rolled in peanut dust and served with chocolate dipping sauce in a Dumbo-themed churro bag
  • Royal 50th Churro – Churros rolled in strawberry sugar, drizzled with marshmallow cream, and shimmer sprinkles served with  chocolate dipping sauce

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

  • The Banana Boom – Traditional banana split topped with popping candy and a candied shooting star

Plaza Restaurant

  • Cheers to 50 Years! – Chocolate and vanilla ice cream, brownies, cupcakes, cookie crumbles, pretzel rods, and hot fudge topped with whipped cream, EARidescent sugar, and a Mickey pretzel drizzled with caramel and chocolate icing (serves 4-6)

Storybook Treats

  • Heigh-Ho Sundae! – Chocolate soft-serve, hot fudge, graham cracker pieces, chocolate gems, and whipped cream

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

  • Five Alarm Wings – Wings tossed in a sweet-and-spicy heat served with ranch dressing for dipping
Hand-dipped 50th Celebration Mickey Premium Bar and 50th Celebration Chocolate Gâteaux

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Drinkwallah

  • Hand-dipped 50th Celebration Mickey Premium Bar – Our classic Nestlé Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar dipped in blue raspberry-flavored coating with celebration sprinkles and a little bit of pixie dust

Restaurantosaurus

  • Cheese Fries with Walt’s Chili – Crispy fries topped with Walt’s favorite chili and cheddar sauce
  • Walt’s Favorite Chili on Foot-long Hot Dog – A foot-long hot dog served on a warm bun topped with Walt’s favorite chili and cheddar sauce 

Tiffins

  • 50th Celebration Chocolate Gâteaux – Almond praline, white chocolate crémeux, ganache, and chocolate-South African cream liqueur sauce
Glimmer and Shimmer Pineapple Mousse, Filet Mignon with Walt's Hash topped with an egg, Shimmer over the Moon, and Chocolate Mousse

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Trolley Car Café

  • Glimmer and Shimmer Pineapple Mousse – Golden pineapple mousse on a toasted coconut crisp with caramel cream and matcha sponge cake

The Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Filet Mignon with Walt’s Hash topped with an egg (just the way Walt liked it!)

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, Animation Bar

  • Shimmer over the Moon – Apple pie moonshine, amaretto, falernum, pineapple juice, and club soda served with a souvenir glow cube

ABC Commissary

  • Chocolate Mousse – Raspberry-dark chocolate mousse, chocolate-almond cake, and a layer of hazelnut crunch and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake
Key Lime Tart, EARidescent Croissant Doughnut, Chocolate Mousse Bar, and Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

EPCOT

Coral Reef Restaurant 

  • Key Lime Tart with toasted meringue, EARidescent shimmer, sprinkles, and chocolate garnish

The EPCOT Experience 

  • EARidescent Croissant Doughnut – Croissant doughnut with blue icing and sprinkles

Le Cellier Steakhouse

  • Chocolate Mousse Bar – Dark chocolate mousse, caramel cookie pieces, milk chocolate shell, and chocolate shortbread cookie 

Sunshine Seasons

  • Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake – Mini chocolate Bundt cake with chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and icing dusted with EARidescent shimmer and chocolate 50th anniversary garnish
50th Celebration Petit Cake, 50th Celebration Chocolate Bundle, Chocolate Pigñata, and Sweet Nostalgia Pineapple Upside-Down Cake  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie

  • 50th Celebration Petit Cake – Vanilla chiffon cake with celebration blue mousse, blueberry jam, and lemon curd

The Ganachery 

  • 50th Celebration Chocolate Bundle:
  • 50th Celebration Ganache Chocolate Bar – Milk chocolate combined with caramel and crispies for a playful crunch
  • 50th Celebration Ganache Square – Celebration cake ganache mixed with sprinkles, enrobed in 65% dark chocolate, and decorated with a shimmering castle design

Frontera Cocina

  • Chocolate Pigñata – Chocolate shell filled with cajeta mousse, tender cake (infused with whiskey & vanilla), crumble of chipotle bacon, candied orange, and Maria cookies. Yes, there’s a mallet to break your piñata!  Serves two.

The BOATHOUSE

  • Sweet Nostalgia Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – Pineapple upside-down cake with  caramel glazed with Chantilly cream

Terralina Crafted Italian, 

  • Whimsical White Chocolate Mousse –White chocolate mousse with salted caramel and cotton candy

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, 

  • Caramel Banana Chocolate Sphere – Dark chocolate sphere, vanilla pudding, banana caramel compote, gold dust, and chocolate pearls
Chocolate Mousse with a cardamom financier, 50th Anniversary Peanut Butter-Banana Pie, Braised Lamb Shank, and Chicken Dinner Cupcake Trio  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Resorts

The Mara, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Chocolate Mousse with a cardamom financier

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • 50th Anniversary Peanut Butter-Banana Pie – Sweet tart shell filled with peanut butter mousse and banana sauce topped with chocolate glaze and chocolate décor

Toledo–Tapas, Steak, and Seafood, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Braised Lamb Shank with olive oil-potato purée, rosemary-roasted garlic gravy, huckleberry jam, and English peas

P&J’s Southern Takeout, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

  • Chicken Dinner Cupcake Trio 
    • Fried chicken-apple fritter, apple pie moonshine filling, and vanilla buttercream ​
    • Peas and carrots-strawberry moonshine custard, white chocolate frosting, and  M&M’S Mini “peas” ​
    • Mock mashed potato-SNICKERS mousse cupcake, caramel buttercream, and STARBURST “butter”
50th Anniversary Vintage Minnie’s Brown Betty Profiterole, Spam-Cheddar Biscuits, and 50th Celebration Cupcakes  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Grand Floridan Café, Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa

  • 50th Anniversary Vintage Minnie’s Brown Betty Profiterole – Crunchy-topped cream puff filled with one of Walt’s favorite flavors of cinnamon-spiced apples and Chantilly cream

Olivia’s Cafe, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Spam-Cheddar Biscuits with white gravy and drizzled with honey

Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • 50th Celebration Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with DOLE Whip pineapple center, tropical fruit salsa, and pineapple macaron

Le Petit Café, Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • 50th Celebration Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake, cake-flavored mousse, and caramel-buttercream icing garnished with crisp pearls, 50th anniversary sprinkles, and a whimsical gold Mickey
Petit Stump Cake and 50th Celebration Tart  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Petit Stump Cake ​– Chocolate cake with birthday cake buttercream filling surrounded by chocolate “bark” fondant topped with 50th anniversary chocolate coin

The Market at Ale & Compass, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • 50th Celebration Tart – Birthday cake mousse dome on top of a milk chocolate mousse-filled vanilla tart shell with mini chocolate crisp pearls, buttercream, fondant, and chocolate décor
EARidescent Sip-a-bration Non-Alcoholic Beverages, and •	Magical Beacon Cocktail  The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Available at select table-service restaurants, lounges, and pool bars throughout our four Theme Parks and Resorts 

  • EARidescent Sip-a-bration (Non-Alcoholic Beverage) – Minute Maid Premium Lemonade and fruity strawberry punch served in a souvenir 50th Celebration Cup with a surprise Character and a little bit of magic!
  • Magical Beacon Cocktail – Gin, blue curaçao, Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, orgeat (almond) syrup, lemon, hibiscus grenadine, and a souvenir glow cube
Classic Nestle Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar   The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Event the classic Nestle Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar will have a festive new wrapper showcasing Mickey in his EARidescent finest at Magic Kingdom Park!

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Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Menus Revealed

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has revealed the menu for the return of the annual fall Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, taking place outside on the resort’s causeway Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30.

The much-anticipated event features dishes including returning festival favorites as well as inventive new items from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
Beer Garden – Kentuckyaki Chicken Wings

Notable new dishes on the 2021 Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic menu include:

  • Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tuscan kale, toasted fregola sarda and Spanish caper sauce from the resort’s new tower, the Swan Reserve
  • Croquetas: fried smoked ham & cheese dumpling with cilantro crema from Frieda’s Kitchen
  • Brandade black pepper agnolotti with wilted sweet onion, eggplant, tomato petals, crispy pancetta and nduja vinaigrette from Il Mulino
  • Bourbon Apples: caramelized apples, bourbon vanilla ice cream, caramel whipped ganache, almond pound cake, honey granola crumble from the Swan and Dolphin pastry team
Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
Pig & Poke – Earth Baked Kalua Pork

Returning Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic favorites include:

  • Roasted Linz heritage black angus beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and hollandaise sauce from Shula’s Steak House
  • Vegetarian rice bowl with roasted organic vegetables, seasoned sushi rice, curry sauce and tempura crunch from Cabana
  • Dragon Sushi Roll from Kimonos
  • Traditional Earth-baked kalua pork at The Pig & The Poke
  • Yu Chen’s Shanghai dumpling at Chinatown
  • Poutine with Yukon gold fries, house gravy and cheddar cheese curds from the Beer Garden
Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
Shulas – Angus Beef Tenderloin

The event will take place outdoors and employ appropriate safety measures in accordance with Center for Disease Control recommendations and Walt Disney World policies at the time of the event. 

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 20 food stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 100 beverages amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway.

With a variety of restaurants and lounges and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The resort boasts numerous certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

For the latest information about the event or to book event tickets, guests can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com.

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Morimoto Asia’s Fourth Annual Ramen Rumble

Ramen Rumble

Get ready to (Ramen) Rumble! Back by popular demand, Morimoto Asia is proud to host this year’s fourth annual Ramen Rumble in partnership with event founders, Jason & Sue Chin of Seito Sushi (Good Salt Restaurant Group) on Tuesday, September 28 with two sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Six of Orlando’s best and brightest chefs will compete for the championship title, bragging rights, the coveted “Broth Belt” trophy, and a sizable check to donate to charity partner, Give Kids the World.

Each contestant will man their own soup station, presenting their unique style of ramen filled with creative toppings and interesting textures for guests to sample and vote on in order to crown the next Ramen King or Queen of Central Florida.

Participating Restaurants

Morimoto Asia
Seito Sushi
Susuru
Ichicoro Ramen
Ramen Takagi
Yugiri Ramen Project

Tickets are $80++ per person and include six steaming bowls of tasty ramen with Sun Noodles (one bowl from each chef’s entry), one beverage, and a Japanese mochi donut, a traditional Asian dessert provided by dochi.

Want to take the Rumble to the next level? Private Dining Rooms are available! Each private dining room will hold six guests. The price is $475 plus tax and gratutity per room and each person in the room must also purchase a ticket. You’ll want to contact OrlandoEvents@patinagroup.com for more information.

A cash bar will also be open and souvenir t-shirts will be for sale.

In keeping with the current Disney safety guidelines, masks will be required upon entry for all attendees. Guests can also expect assigned seating. Those who would like to be seated with another attendee or party can email the restaurant to fulfill their request.

Grab your ticket today to slurp up the best ramen in town while watching Orlando’s culinary masterminds battle it out for ultimate noodle glory!

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

On the Go in the Parks September 3-5 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Being on the Go in the Parks has been a ride this week full of new announcements at Walt Disney World, fan favorites returning to Disney Springs, and the return of Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
©Disney, ©Disney/Pixar

Before we dive into the parks, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021! You can find out more information about the show here.

With so much to go over, what are we waiting for????

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

Halloween Horror Nights
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Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.

** LAST WEEKEND ** Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
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SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned until September 6th with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Sunday, September 5, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day until September 12.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

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

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

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

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

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

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

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

SeaWorld Orlando

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

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Best Bites is once again back with a look at some AMAZING Halloween treats perfect for celebrating the spookiest time of year across the parks and resorts.

Whether it’s frightful favorites like Sea Witch’s Brew or a creepily creative “mummy-approved” cupcake, there’s a cauldron of terrifyingly terrific treats to enjoy this season at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Resorts 
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa and Sanaa Lounge 
    • Sea Witch’s Brew – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, muddled berries, and edible glitter served in a Collins glass with a blue glow cube (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Food Courts 
    • Spooky Apple Spiced Spider Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with apple filling and spiced buttercream caramel drizzle (Available 10/25-10/31)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café 
    • Mini Halloween Cake – Halloween sprinkle cake with candy bar custard and chocolate glaze (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Gasparilla Island Grill 
    • Hocus Pocus “Amuck” Cakes – Rich devil’s food cake with “peanut boo-tter” filling decorated to resemble all three Sanderson Sisters (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Pop – Pumpkin pie colossal pop covered in white chocolate decorated as the iconic Pumpkin King (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Sally’s Stitched Up Whoopie Pie Heart – Vanilla heart-shaped whoopie pie adorned with Sally’s signature patchwork (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Be-Witching Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Cookies & cream-filled chocolate cupcake enrobed in chocolate ganache and topped with Minnie Mouse chocolate witch hat (Available 9/1-11/1) 
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits and Olivia’s Café
    • Harvest Refresher – Vodka with cranberry juice and muddled oranges (Available 9/26-11/25)
    • Apple Cider Old Fashioned – Bourbon with fresh apple cider, bitters, muddled oranges, and brown sugar cinnamon (Available 9/26-11/25) 
    • Caramel Apple Martini – Vanilla vodka, butterscotch flavor liqueur, and fresh apple cider with a brown sugar cinnamon rim (Available 9/26-11/25)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Good’s Food to go, Conch Flatts General Store, and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, roasted white chocolate shell, and graham cracker sable-inspired acorn (Available 9/25-11/27)
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, dark chocolate glaçage, and graham cracker sable inspired bat (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Geyser Point
    • Blood Orange – Tequila, blood orange, and simple syrup with lime juice (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Black Magic Margarita –Tequila, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, green apple syrup, grenadine, sour mix, and a glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Around the Pumpkin Patch – Tequila, pumpkin spice, lime juice, and sour mix (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Poison Apple – Tequila, green apple syrup, lime juice, and sour mix with a poison apple glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Holiday Drink Flight – Flight with all four holiday drinks featured above (Available 10/3-11/7)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork
    • Going Batty Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with ganache icing and sugar cookie bat (Available 10/28-10/31)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort – The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace
    • Mummy Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with a pumpkin mousse filling (Available 10/1-10/31)
    • Tiramisu Grave – Aclassic tiramisù with coffee flavor and a chocolate pretzel skeleton with a marshmallow for a head (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – BoardWalk Bakery
    • Macaroon Pumpkin Pop – Coconut macaroon pumpkin on a stick (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and topped with baker’s cream (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Vampire Mickey Brownie – Ganache-covered brownie with Mickey ears and vampire fangs (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – The Artist’s Palette
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
Disney Springs
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • Haunted Mansion Cake – Brownie with diplomat filling with purple and black chiffon cake (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Dockside Margarita
    • Jack O’Lantern – Black rum, rum, white rum, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange juice, lemonade, and a grenadine float (Available 9/5-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • The Ganachery 
    • Caramel Skulls (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Mickey Mummy Piñata (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Sister Elixir Cocoa Bomb (Available 10/19-10/31)
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
    • Witch’s Flight – Whiskey, white grape juice, lime juice, and sweet and sour with flavors of green apple, orange-tangerine, and blackberry (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Outdoor Kiosks
    • Witch Way – Vodka, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice garnished with a poison apple glow cube (Available 9/5-10/31)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue 
    • Scar Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, and white chocolate flames with an edible icing image of Scar (Available 10/1-11/4) 
  • Mahindi, Feeding Ground, Cornivores, and Trek Snacks 
    • Poison Apple Sipper 
  • Restaurantosaurus
    • Maleficent Cupcake – Purple velvet cupcake with blood orange curd, vanilla frosting, crisp pearls, and white chocolate flames with Maleficent medallion (Available 10/1-11/4)
Magic Kingdom Park – Disney After Hours Boo Bash Exclusive Treats
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Prince John Sucker – Tart green apple lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and a ring pop (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Mocha Chocolate Chip – Frozen mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a sugar acorn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts
    • Maleficent Churro – Churro covered in chocolate cookie crumble drizzled with purple icing topped with green and purple sugar (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Storybook Treats
    • Five Dozen Egg Slush – Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream garnished with a cinnamon stick (Available 8/10-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake – Funnel cake topped with chocolate cookie crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and M&M’s milk chocolate Ghoul’s Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Apple Ginger Dale – Frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale topped with whipped cream and chopped TWIX cookies bars (Available 8/10-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
Disney’s Hollywood Studios 
  • ABC Commissary
    • Caramel Apple Tart – Spiced caramel cheesecake mousse apple served atop a cinnamon apple tart (Available 8/10 – 11/11)
    • Chocolate Mousse – Raspberry dark chocolate mousse, chocolate almond cake, a layer of hazelnut crunch, and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake (Available 8/10 -11/11)
  • Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café
    • Spooky Ghost Cupcake – Fudge-filled chocolate cupcake topped with cookies & cream buttercream, spooky sprinkles, and vanilla meringue ghost (Available 8/10 -10/31)
  • Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, PizzeRizzo, and Rosie’s All-American Café 
    • Frozen Apple Cider – Frozen apple cider topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10 – 10/31)
    • Alcoholic Frozen Apple Cider with Whiskey – Frozen apple cider with whiskey topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
    • Misty Whisper – Vanilla vodka, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange-tangerine syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s
    • Pumpkin Spice Cookie – Pumpkin spice shortbread cookie covered in white chocolate (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Scoops 
    • Halloween Shake – Candy corn ice cream shake topped with a vanilla cake donut, whipped cream, spooky sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, Animation Bar  
    • Sweet Poison – Coconut rum, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, rum, and pineapple juice (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Outdoor Carts
    • Halloween Brownie – Chocolate Mickey brownie with fun Halloween sprinkles (Available 8/10-9/30)
    • Halloween Popcorn Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • PizzeRizzo
    • Pumpkin Cannoli – Spooky cannoli filled with whipped pumpkin cheesecake (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Witch’s Hat Mousse – Whipped blackberry panna cotta sitting on green apple mousse with salted caramel crispy pearls and chocolate shortbread cookie (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • The Trolley Car Café
    • Pumpkin Mousse – Milk chocolate chai mousse filled with pumpkin bread set atop a chocolate shortbread cookie and vanilla buttercream (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Woody’s Lunch Box
    • Halloween Lunch Box Tart – Chocolate-hazelnut filled lunch box tart frosted with spooky vanilla icing, Halloween sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
 EPCOT 
  • Block & Hans
    • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie with Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine, Minute Maid Apple Juice, and Cinnamon
  • Canada Popcorn Cart
    • Spooky Caramel-Apple Cider in a Poison Apple Sipper (Coming Soon!)
Bonus Halloween Fun

 Minnie’s Halloween Dine is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until November 3, 2021, with a monster of a feast with Disney characters and friends making special appearances in costumes for the season.

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Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.

Great Irish Hooley Entertainment

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021
Raven’s Rock

This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners are a rare collaboration of luminaries from the traditional Irish music world playing everything from trad and folk to Celt grass and blues:

  • Raven’s Rock—All-Star Band Featuring Members of Lúnasa – These unique one-off daily performances at the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will bring together Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford, current members of Lúnasa, one of Ireland’s most renowned progressive traditional Irish music acts of the past 25 years. They are joined by Matt Mancuso (Eileen Ivers and Lord of the Dance) and Allan Murray (Ivers and Paul Brock). The Raven’s Rock happens to be the title of Cillian Vallely’s solo CD.
  • The Gothard Sisters – This dynamic sister trio, performing throughout the Hooley, are making waves on the major Irish festival circuit, touring, writing and performing contemporary Celtic folk music with an optimistic style that resonates with their loyal fan following. Their latest album, Dragonfly, features the sisters playing an assortment of acoustic instruments combined with vocals and modern production that explore themes of resilience and adventure.
Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021
The Gothard Sisters
  • The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented trad Irish music family from Donegal is back for an encore on the Raglan Road stage. American Celtic Radio listeners voted them “Rising Stars of 2021” and “Best CD cover of 2021” for Living the Dream. Dempsey, 12, is an Irish dancer who sings and plays bodhran and whistle while revving up the crowd with his jokes and on-stage antics. Finn, 15, dances and plays banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Luca, 17, dances and plays button accordion. Dad Tommy sings and plays Uilleann pipes, bagpipes, fiddle and whistles. They’ll perform Sept. 4-6.
  • The lineup is complete with Raglan Road house artists SlygoAaron O’Grady, and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.

Delicious Dishes

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021

The Raglan Road kitchen will offer dishes to pair with the De Fesht and other Raglan Road brews including a Grilled Lollipop Pork Chop with spiced pineapple chutney, purple kale, parsley mashed potato, and smoked butter sauce.

“We created this dish to complement the festival beer,” Sean Griffin, Director of Operations at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, says. “De Fesht would pair best with pork and smoked flavors. Of course, there are many other dishes to try if you prefer fish, beef, or a vegetable-forward dish.”

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021

Another new entrée is the pub’s Florida Key Lime Salmon—whiskey cured, lightly smoked Atlantic salmon, Florida key lime and herb crushed potatoes, peas, shaved horseradish, and crispy salmon skin.

Veggie lovers can try the new all-plant-based Shepherd’s Pie.

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Raglan Road International Beer Day

The Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will include Hooley-crafted cocktails plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team.

The pub also will feature a new local craft beer and will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the regular menu will be available for the Hooley from 3-10:30 p.m.

To kick off the Re-plugged Hooley, Raglan Road will introduce a limited-release craft beer in collaboration with The Tank Brewing of Miami (since 2014).

De Fesht (which translates to “festival”) is a full-flavored medium-bodied amber lager with lighter malting that contributes to underlying notes of hazelnut and honey. The brew’s dry finish enhances its drinkability, says Raglan Road general manager Alan Delahunt. “It’s a seasonal, one-batch brew perfect for the end of summer into fall. It’s a traditional-style Marzen which would be consumed by the liter at Munich during Oktoberfest,” he says.

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

There’s no cover charge to join the Great Irish Hooley fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, September 3, and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, September 6.

Reservations are recommended.

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Magical Dining Returns with More Offerings

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

UPDATE: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has been extended until October 17th!

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

“Now in its 16th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining continues to evolve with new features to make  it easier for diners to research restaurant options, share plans and recommendations with others and even create a weekend getaway,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “Magical Dining is an important program for our community because of both the money raised for  charitable organizations and the support it provides to our local restaurants, who are still working  hard to recover from a challenging year.” 

Menus for most participating restaurants are now live at  MagicalDining.com so diners can plan ahead, make reservations and explore exclusive hotel offers as part of the new Magical Nights program enhancement. 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

More NEW Magical Dining Features 

New additions to Magical Dining make it easier to explore the restaurant options and keep track of favorites.

Chefs now have greater flexibility to offer exclusive menu options and six new  restaurants join this year’s lineup: 

  • My Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Favorites: The updated MagicalDining.com website includes a new tool for diners to “favorite” must-try restaurants, view a  customized map with their selections, and share their list with friends, making it easier than ever to create a Magical Dining game plan. 
  • Chef’s Creation: Participating restaurants now have the chance to add a bonus  Magical Dining menu option that is not offered on the regular menu. This exclusive option gives chefs even more creative freedom and guests additional options to choose from during their Magical Dining experience. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining
  • New Restaurants for 2021: Six restaurants have joined the program for the first time this year: 310 Lakeside, 310 Park South, Adega Gaucha, Aurora at the Celeste,  Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, and RusTeak at Thornton Park. A full list of participating restaurants is available at MagicalDining.com. 
  • Takeout options are returning to this year’s program, giving foodies the flexibility to enjoy dinner from some of the program’s participating restaurants in the comfort of their home or hotel room. Several restaurants are also offering vegan options.  
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NEW! Magical Dining Dine, Stay and Play 

With the all-new addition of Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights, visitors and locals gain access to exclusive hotel and resort offers to enhance dinner with an overnight stay and more time to explore the destination.

Find more than a dozen hotel options here, including: 

  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: Saveup to 30% on an overnight stay.
  • Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando: Save 40% and get a  free bottle of champagne. 
  • Element by Westin: Receive a free ride on The Wheel with popcorn and soft drinks  for up to four people. 
  • Rosen Plaza Hotel: Special package including dinner for two at Jack’s Place, a  Magical Dining restaurant and breakfast for two. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining Chef 2019

Dining with a Purpose 

Every year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining contributes one dollar from each meal served through the program to local charities. This year’s donated funds will focus on two organizations – Pathlight HOME and IDignity – that help combat homelessness in Central Florida and facilitate access to necessary services. More information can be found here.  

With the mission to end homelessness, Pathlight HOME provides affordable housing and offers an employment resource center to help low-income and homeless individuals in Central Florida get back on their feet, while IDignity assists disadvantaged Central Floridians in obtaining legal identification documents often required to access education, employment, housing, banking,  social services, proper healthcare, and numerous additional opportunities.

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Craft Beer Festival Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day, August 13 – September 12.

SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

New This Year! Craft Beer Festival Dinner Series

Guests can enhance their Craft Beer Festival experience and attend an exclusive craft beer dinner on select festival evenings.

Featuring seventeen favorite Florida local and national breweries and distilleries, attendees will enjoy a welcome reception with specialty craft beverages and small bites, followed by a signature four-course dinner complemented with brewery-selected beers and spirits.

Presenting breweries will host a “beer-talk” and interact with guests throughout the evening. Hosted in the private Reef Room at Sharks Underwater Grill, this exclusive ticketed event is the ultimate celebration of craft brews fit for both the “craft-beer connoisseur” and the “craft-brew curious” fan.

SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

2021 SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival Dinner Series Dates:

  • Saturday, August 14: Funky Buddha, Oakland Park, FL
  • Sunday, August 15: Big Storm Brewing Co., Orlando, FL
  • Friday, August 20: Crooked Can Brewing Co., Winter Garden, FL
  • Saturday, August 21: Orange Blossom Brewing, Orlando, FL
  • Sunday, August 22: Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC
  • Friday, August 27: Sam Adams, Boston, MA
  • Saturday, August 28: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co., Orlando, FL
  • Sunday, August 29: South Beach Brewing Co., Miami, FL
  • Friday, September 3: JDub’s Brewing Co., Orlando, FL
  • Saturday, September 4: Persimmon Hollow Brewing, Orlando, FL
  • Sunday, September 5: Alcatraz Brewing, Lakeland, FL
  • Friday, September 10: Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
  • Saturday, September 11: Elysian Brewing, Seattle, WA
  • Sunday, September 12: Signature Series: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Versailles, KY
Bonus Dates:
  • Friday, September 17: Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
  • Saturday, September 18: Signature Series: Yuengling featuring Sheryl Yuengling, Pottsville, PA
  • Sunday, September 19: Signature Series: Jack Daniel’s Family, Lynchburg, TN
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival
Theme Park Pub Grub for Every Palette!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival features 20+ specialty dishes for guests to discover and pair with their new favorite craft brew, frozen cocktail, or non-alcoholic beverage.

Guests can explore an array of flavors with the brand-new festival fare, including:

  • NEW! Beer Battered Popcorn Rock Shrimp paired with Kraft Heinz™ Four Pepper Ranch
  • NEW! Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
  • NEW! Stout Glazed Tuna Lollipop with Daikon & Wakami Slaw & Wasabi Aioli
  • NEW! Smoked Brisket Kraft Heinz™ Creamy White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
  • NEW! Beer & Cheese Stuffed Beef Sliders with Pickled Mayo and Ale BBQ Sauce

To explore what’s “on tap” and “on the table”, explore the event guide.

Savor and save with a Craft Beer Festival Tasting Lanyard! 

For the best value to taste a variety of food and drink offerings, guests can purchase a Craft Beer Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at only $50.00. Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 15 items for the same price as a 12-item Sampler (that’s 3 bonus samples)! 

For all alcohol purchases, including sampler lanyard redemption for alcoholic items, guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served. 

Not into Beer? No fear! Enjoy festival cuisine, frozen cocktails & mocktails, live music, and more! 

Beyond the brews, SeaWorld offers plenty of delicious options for everyone to enjoy at the Craft Beer Festival this year.

From delectable bourbon tastings to chilling frozen cocktails and seltzers, satisfying refreshment is abundantly available in every corner of the park.  

Several festival locations feature non-alcoholic beverage options as well.

SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival
Best Way to Play:

Now through August 15, SeaWorld is offering a BOGO 50% Off Sale! Guests can buy one, get one 50% off on single- or multi-day tickets.

And for guests looking for the best perks during the Craft Beer Festival and all of SeaWorld’s special events throughout the year, get a SeaWorld Annual Pass with great benefit options including free parking, free guest tickets, and more. Annual Passes start as low as $12 per month for a limited time.

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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Opens Today

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I’m super excited to share that Chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips officially opens its doors today at ICON Park, the open-air entertainment destination located on International Drive.

The fast-casual restaurant serves Chef Ramsay’s take on classic fish and chips, in addition to other dishes like fried shrimp, lobster, chicken, and his signature “Fishwich.”

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

To accompany the dishes, sauces like Gordon’s Tartar, Curry & Mango, Sriracha Aioli, Southwest Ranch, Dijon Mayonnaise and Cocktail sauce are featured.

The menu also includes a “Just Chips” section of “dirty” fries with a combination of toppings like jalapeño, chorizo, cotija cheese, red onion, chives and parsley or truffle, parmesan cheese, chives, and parsley. The restaurant also serves two delicious shakes – Sticky Toffee Pudding and Biscoff.  

“Fish & Chips was a real tradition for me growing up, so I’m excited to deliver that same nostalgia to all the local residents and tourists here in Orlando,” said Ramsay. 

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Rendering

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips’ first restaurant is located in Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade, where the staff use 25,000 pounds of potatoes monthly to prepare their expertly textured chips. The ICON Park restaurant is Gordon Ramsay North America’s first in Florida. Its color scheme is reflective of the Union Jack; blue and red with industrial hardware touches. White subway tiles line the sleek kitchen space while an iconic red telephone box serves as the restaurant’s entrance and exit.  

During grand opening previews the restaurant collected donations that will be given to its national charity partners, Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as its local partner Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The restaurant is excited to be part of the local community and eager to welcome Central Florida residents and visitors.   

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips ICON Park is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Friday through Saturday from 11:00am to 12:00am. No reservations are required and service is first-come, first-serve. 

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2021

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures eachFriday through Sunday from August 13 to October 31.

Bier Fest Pairs Epic Thrill Rides with NEW Hoppy Culinary Delights

Brew fans will have dozens of beers to choose from at this year’s Bier Fest, featuring over 50 varieties of IPAs, wheat ales, stouts and more! This year’s event shines a spotlight on breweries that bring flavor to Florida and beyond, with iconic local, regional and national brews incorporated into new shareable samples at over a dozen culinary locations, including:

  • Brews & Chews with Funky Buddha Brewing:Pair a “Hop Gun IPA” with NEW Drunken Shrimp Papaya Salad, featuring beer-battered and golden fried shrimp topped with Tajin and Thai chili Buddha dressing.
  • Pub Grub featuring Alcatraz Brewing: Indulge in a “2 X IPA” with pepper smoked chopped brisket poutine, including beer-battered French fries smothered in blue cheese, caramelized onions, and chipotle BBQ sauce.
  • Garden Gate featuring Anheuser-Busch: A nod to the park’s roots include the return of fan-favorite Mojo roasted heritage pork pub chip nachos topped with pepper jack mornay cheese and a savory avocado crema.
  • Kraft-Heinz Kitchen featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing: Enjoy a mountain of flavor packed into the NEW High Altitude Smoked Elk Jalapeño Sausage Chili topped with a drizzle of Kraft-Heinz cilantro sour cream.

Plus, more brew-dedicated locations throughout the park feature favorite breweries from Tampa’s backyard, including fan favorites like Big Storm, 3 Daughters, Motorworks, Cigar City, Coppertail, Yuengling, and more!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

Not into Beer? No fear! Enjoy frozen cocktails, live music and more!

Beyond the brews, Busch Gardens offers plenty of delicious options for everyone to enjoy at Bier Fest this year.

From delectable bourbon tastings to chilling frozen cocktails and seltzers, satisfying refreshment is abundantly available in every corner of the park. 

Several festival locations feature non-alcoholic beverage options as well, including the new Giraffe Bar. Barrilitos strawberry hibiscus or watermelon Agua Frescas offer cool relief on warm summer days and Serengeti views from panoramic windows or the open-air patio.

After enjoying live local music at the Coke Canopy, a stop at Xcursions gift shop is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.

The NEW sangria and mimosa bar pairs with the whiskey-inspired gourmet cupcake flight fresh from the park’s bakery for the perfect dessert combo.

Savor and save with a Bier Fest lanyard!

For the best value to taste a variety of food and drink offerings, guests can purchase a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at only $49.99 for a 8-sample punch card.

Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 15 items for the same price as a 12-item Sampler to enjoy three extra samples for FREE!

For all alcohol purchases, including sampler lanyard redemption for alcoholic items, guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served.

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Raglan Road Celebrates International Beer Day

Raglan Road International Beer Day

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant invites guests to raise a pint in celebration of International Beer Day on Friday, August 6, 2021. 

During the festivities, the pub, located at Disney Springs, will offer a special $5 deal on all Signature Brews, which normally sell for $9.50. 

The Raglan Road Signature Brews are crafted in collaboration with local brewing partners and are exclusively available at the Disney Springs watering hole.

“Our signature beers are internationally inspired and crafted by some of the finest brewers in Central Florida,” says Alan Delahunt, Raglan general manager. “There’s a beer for everyone at Raglan Road.” 

The Raglan Road Signature line of brews includes:

  • Raglan Irish Stout (Coppertail Brewing Co.)
  • Bloomsday Pale Ale (Orange Blossom Brewing Co.)
  • Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red Ale (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)
  • Blagger Organic Blonde Lager (Orlando Brewing)
  • King of Shoals NE Style IPA (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)

Guests who prefer a good cider, and really who doesn’t, can order the signature DeCider Belgian Witte Cider (Vermont Cider Co.) for the $5 special deal.

International Beer Day was established to celebrate the craft of brewing and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of beer.

“Every day is a great day to celebrate beer at Raglan Road. But this provides an extra occasion to raise a pint. Our unique signature brews are a perfect tipple to celebrate International Beer Day,” Delahunt says. “Cheers! Come on in!”

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On the Go in the Parks: August 2-4, 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on  WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Summer is starting to wind down, but there is still so much fun to be had On the Go in the Parks!

Theme Park Reopening Tips Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks
Theme Park Reservation & Mask Update

Walt Disney World

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

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

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

SeaWorld Orlando

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

Universal Orlando

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

On the Go in the Parks: August 2-4, 2021

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

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

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

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Enjoy the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs


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

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

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes


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

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
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SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Free Beer is back at SeaWorld

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • NEW! Birthday Surprise Squad – In celebration of the park’s 10th birthday, this pop-up squad is popping up around the park with surprises, performances, and even special birthday giveaways.
  • NEW! Time to Learn! – Join the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse teachers as they engage in activities and songs about the fun of science, and the excitement of reading and writing in a show that is perfect for our smallest guests ages two to six.
  • NEW! Clap along to the rhythm and sounds of the all-new Safari Drummers and test your dinosaur knowledge with the Dino Duo.

Specialty summer treats and beverages like Summer’s Own Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint, Splash of Summer Watermelon Lemonade, and a bedazzled red, white, and blue ice cream cone are the perfectly cool complements to this party-packed season.

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces the Return of Fireworks Every Night

Summer Nights just got brighter at Busch Gardens!

Due to popular demand, the park’s NEW nighttime spectacular, “Spark!” can now be enjoyed every night starting Friday, June 11 through Sunday, August 8.

As the biggest and brightest show ever to light the park’s sky, “Spark!” features an explosive array of fireworks and exciting effects from dazzling lasers to graceful water elements and dramatic pyrotechnics.

From the electrifying pre-party to the epic grand finale, the dazzling experience of “Spark!” can be enjoyed with any park ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass. After August 8, “Spark!” will continue to light the night sky at Busch Gardens with presentations each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through September 6, including Labor Day.

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Masquerade Ball at The Edison in Disney Springs

Mascquerade Ball The Edison 2021

Enter a fantasy world of electrifying mystique and intrigue at The Edison’s second annual Masquerade Ball.

From the moment you cross the threshold, be prepared to be surprised and delighted around every corner as all party goers will be dressed incognito during a magical evening shrouded in an air of secrecy.

Guests will be privy to dazzling live performances with musical numbers and entertainment routines lighting up the dance floor all night long.

The awe-inspiring displays of talent will be accompanied by power-house trays of gourmet passed appetizers, food stations, and a dedicated menu of exclusive masquerade themed-cocktails.

Masquerade Ball at the Edison Full Menu 

  • Portobello Fries
  • Edison Sliders
  • Chicken Kabobs
  • Flank Steak Kabobs
  • Swordfish Kabobs
  • Vegetable Kabobs
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Bacon Station
  • Carving Station
  • Sirloin, roasted potatoes, and asparagus with a demi glaze
  • Dessert Trios
  • Mouse trifles, cheesecake bites, and shortcake shooters

Space is limited so don’t delay in snagging your spot for a show stopping evening.

$150 per person | Price includes tax & gratuity  | Guests must be 21 years or older to attend

VIP booths and couches are available to reserve for an additional $250 for guaranteed seating and a dedicated server.

Email OrlandoEvents@patinagroup.com or call for more information at (407) 560-8155.

Masks are highly encouraged once inside The Edison, but not required, and should not be worn until entry into The Edison.

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