Pirates Dinner Adventure will host Mermaid Tales, a new adaptation of the famous show featuring a deep dive into the legend of the magical mermaids, from March 9 to April 16.
Guests will witness the enchanting mermaids’ amazing ability to walk with legs on land and swim with their tails in the sea. Mermaids are sacred holders of the secrets of the deep and keepers of the “Serpent’s Eye” – a cursed necklace that possesses the power to control the dreaded Leviathan – and now, their stories will come to light.
Throughout the run of Mermaid Tales, guests also have the opportunity to take part in a unique meet and greet with the mermaids and take home a photo as a souvenir from their journey into the deep. There will also be limited-time specialty beverages and merchandise during the event.
“Whether you’re a fan of our classic pirate story or you’re new to the world of Pirates Dinner Adventure, now’s the perfect time to visit and meet our mermaids,” said Nick Kroger, director of the show. “You won’t want to miss the chance to see their amazing aerial tricks and dive into the stories that lie beneath the surface!”
Pirates Dinner Adventure’s general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Ticket prices for Mermaid Tales are $67.95 for adults and $41.95 for children three to 10. Kids two and under are free.
Revelers can enjoy Raglan Road’s Signature Brew Flight, whiskey flight, or craft beers, wines, and hand-crafted cocktails of their choice while choosing from the chef’s selection of authentic Irish dishes, including the dry-aged prime short rib and brisket beef OMG Burger, Shepherd’s Pie (beef and lamb version or the popular plant-based option), and fresh-caught fish with chips. The authentic fish & chips also are available to go at the adjacent Cooke’s of Dublin counter.
Salt & Straw (Available through March 30)
Pots of Gold & Rainbows: Hand-sorted rainbow marshmallows tossed into cereal milk ice cream
Sprinkles (Available March 13 through 19)
Irish Coffee Cupcake: Chocolate coffee cake filled with marshmallow, topped with Irish whiskey green-vanilla buttercream frosting, and finished with a clover décor (This cupcake contains a small amount of alcohol; for adults 21+)
Swirls on the Water (Available through March 31)
St. Patrick’s Day Cone: Chocolate and mint soft-serve swirled in a black vanilla cone topped with gold sprinkles (New)
Bailey’s Chocolate Float: Frozen hot chocolate with mint soft serve and Bailey’s Irish Cream float (New)
Vivoli il Gelato (Available through March 31)
Shamrock Shake: Mint chocolate chip gelato and pistachio gelato topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
Pistachio Bombolato: Pistachio gelato and chocolate sauce in a warm Italian donut
Mint Cannoli: Sweet cream of ricotta cheese, sugar, mint, and chocolate shavings in a crispy pastry shell
Marshmallow Cereal Cannoli: Ricotta cheese and marshmallow cereal
Marshmallow Cereal Bombolato: Marshmallow cereal and vanilla icing
Marshmallow Cereal Shake: Vanilla gelato and marshmallow cereal topped with a bombolato
Ahead of TRON Lightcycle / Run opening in just a few short weeks, Walt Disney World has shared a look at Energy Bytes, a new food spot coming to the Magic Kingdom when the attraction opens.
This new kiosk will serve up some tasty eats and sips for you to grab, drawing inspiration from the futuristic environment around you. Whether you’re looking for some breakfast bites, savory snacks, sweet treats, or refreshing beverages, this new spot will soon become a go-to pitstop as you venture into the world of Tomorrowland.
The Energy Bytes menu will have special offerings throughout the day!
The tasty Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes, topped with mocha sauce, are a perfect option for those wanting a sweet start to the day. With each “byte” you’ll be begging for more!
The kiosk will also serve Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee, topped with a mocha sauce for the perfect combination of classic coffee flavor and a touch of sweetness.
If you are looking for something savory, Energy Bytes will have two signature dishes.
The Digital Dumplings – Buffalo Chicken is a fusion of spicy buffalo flavors and traditional Chinese chicken dumplings. The perfect bite will have chicken dumplings, blue cheese powder, and cayenne pepper broth.
The Digital Dumplings – Beef & Broccoli is sure to be an iconic dish with beef dumplings, broccoli pesto, and ginger-soy broth.
Looking for something sweet after taking on Team Orange?
The Strawberry IceOform is the ultimate refreshing treat with the sweetness of the strawberry ice cream mochi, graham crackers, and even a little bit of cheesecake foam to finish it off.
And finally, the Watermelon Refresher is made with yuzu and ginger, and is the perfect complement to the entire menu!
I’m always excited to try new food and beverage offerings at Magic Kingdom Park, and IMO Energy Bytes can’t open soon enough!
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will offer guests a one-of-a-kind flavor and rhythm experience from various world latitudes.
Beginning today, the highly anticipated event will provide guests with an elevated culinary experience and the opportunity to enjoy live musical performances from some of the most popular artists in the entertainment industry.
The event runs through May 21, featuring a total of 20 food and beverage cabins for guests to sip and savor and 23 live concerts.
The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival is included with park admission.
All-New Globally Inspired Culinary Offerings
Inspired by various cultures, guests will have the opportunity to explore more than 20 globally inspired culinary offerings.
For the perfect pairing, the choices range from 39 wines from regions near and far, 14 craft, domestic and international beers, bourbon tastings, and more.
From flavors of Asia to Busch Gardens’ own Xcursions store serving house-made coaster-themed sweets, there is a dish for every palate at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.
Guests can indulge in the following delights:
NEW! – Trek Through Africa Cabin – African Vegetable Curry & Naan Bread (Vegetarian)
NEW! – Twisted Egg Rolls Cabin – Buffalo Chicken Egg Roll with Ranch Dipping Sauce
The luck of the Irish comes to Orlando as SeaWorld invites guests to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during the Seven Seas Food Festival with all the sights, sounds, and flavors of Ireland’s favorite tradition.
The celebration will transform the park into the Emerald Isle on select dates between March 9 – 19 with unforgettable offerings included with park admission, including:
Streets of Green: Irish Market Plaza will come to life throughout day with incredible entertainers, amazing stilt walkers, and much more. (Select times from 12:30 – 6 p.m.)
Timeless Tunes: Lose yourself in Irish melodies as traditional musicians bring their beautiful sounds to Orlando throughout the day. (Select times from 12:30 – 6 p.m.)
Tastes of Ireland: Take your Seven Seas Food Festival voyage to the Emerald Isle for classic recipes like corned beef hash and beef stew and some NEW additions just for the celebration, such as Irish Coddle. Make sure to toast the day with a Guinness Irish Stout, a special St. Patrick’s Day Bud Light, or even a delicious Shamrock Sour cocktail. Discover the saviors of Ireland from 11:30 am to park close.
In addition to the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Seven Seas Food Festival, SeaWorld Orlando is ramping up the fun as the Seven Seas concert series continues, adding more incredible performers to the schedule.
See the remaining line-up, including new additions:
March 12: Sean Kingston (Pop)
March 19: Hanson (Pop)
NEW April 1: Warrant (Rock)
NEW April 2: Smokey Robinson (R&B)
April 8: Cory Asbury (Country)
April 15: Chris Lane (Country)
April 16: Marshall Tucker Band (Country)
April 22: Tito Nieves (Latin)
April 23: Kameron Marlowe (Country)
April 29: The Commodores (R&B)
NEW April 30: Scott Stapp of Creed (Rock)
Best Way to Savor and Sip
Guests will be able to discover endless combinations of food and drink offerings with a Seven Seas Food Festival Tasting Lanyard. Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample lanyard for $70 or take it up a notch with the fan-favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings. SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members get the VIP treatment and can purchase 18 samples for the price of 15!
Guests can now enjoy a vegan version of the fan-favorite Butterbeer beverage in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
Available in cold and frozen, the new non-dairy offering features the same delicious taste as the existing, wildly-popular Butterbeer drink – complete with flavors reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread and topped with a vegan-friendly version of the iconic Butterbeer froth.
Universal Orlando guests can purchase vegan, non-dairy Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks restaurant in Hogsmeade and the Leaky Cauldron restaurant in Diagon Alley.
Guests can also savor other vegan menu options during their visit to the spectacularly themed lands, including Irish Stew, Shepherd’s Pasty Pie, and Mushroom Pie Platter .
For more information about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com
Women’s History Month at Walt Disney World is all about celebrating the inspiring female cast members and beloved Disney heroines!
This month the parks will be showcasing achievements, memorable moments, and more as they ‘Celebrate HERstory.”
10 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month at Walt Disney World 2023
1. Explore the 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
The 2023 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival kicks off today with the debut of several new topiaries.
You can admire and snap photos with topiaries of the fearless Princess Tiana from the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Princess and the Frog” and the courageous Madrigal sisters from the award-winning Disney Animation feature film “Encanto.”
Plus, as part of this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series, various female performers will take the stage at the America Gardens Theatre, including Berlin and the Pointer Sisters.
2. Get Inspired at Disney Springs Art Walk
At the Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression, artists continue to spread creativity and magic through their work.
This month Disney Springs celebrates the talented women whose work is featured, such as Stacey Aoyama, Leah Abucayan, Nani Chacon, and Nneka Jones.
Guests can also experience the newest artist Thao Huyhn French adding her work live this month from March 18 through April 1.
3. Enjoy Live Entertainment at Disney Springs
While you’re at Disney Springs, dance and sing along with live entertainment at three main stages.
Several acts and bands highlight female artists on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, including Ladies of Motown, The Betties, and many more.
Look for these talented performers at Orange Node, Waterview Park, AdventHealth Waterside Stage, and Dockside Margaritas.
Returning this year are fantastic designs showcasing Edna Mode, Disney’s “Encanto,” Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” and Magic Shots and props inspired by Disney Legends Harriet Burns, Leota Toombs, and Mary Blair.
5. Strike a Pose with Resort Photo Backdrops
Unique photo-silhouette backdrops are another fun way to celebrate HER.
These photo locations can be found at most of the resort hotels. Find them and take a post-worthy photo to share on your social channels using the hashtag #CelebrateHERStory.
6. Say Hi to Your Favorite Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Get a chance to meet the heroic Mrs. Incredible, or show off your outfit with the fashionista herself, Edna Mode.
You can find these two at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for action-packed greetings filled with hugs and photos.
7. Treat Yourself to Female Chef-Created Dishes across Walt Disney World
Don’t miss all the beautiful and flavorful dishes female chefs across Walt Disney World created.
Chef Assistant Ashley created the Chocolate ‘Muse’You can #CelebrateHERStory at Walt Disney World Resort during Women’s History Month and beyond!
When Chef Assistant Meg created the Coconut Flan at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, she was inspired by a love of flowers, bright flavors and Surrealism. It’s a piece of edible art!
The Sponge Cake at Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT was created by Chef Assistant Anna and inspired by Marie Curie. As a Polish woman, Anna was inspired by fellow Pole Marie Curie, the renowned physicist and chemist. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first woman to teach at a European university!
8. Savor Crafted Cocktails and Wines Featuring Women-Owned Businesses Across the Resort
The Ginger Whiskey at Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park features Uncle Nearest Whiskey, which is both a Black- and woman-owned and operated business. Started in 2017, Uncle Nearest Whiskey has become one of the nation’s leading whiskey brands and made history as the first and only brand to commemorate an African American, Nathan “Nearest” Green, an emancipated slave who became the first master distiller on record in the United States.
At Disney Springs, City Works Eatery & Pour House has crafted a special beer flight with beers made by women-owned or women-led breweries.
Over at Magic Kingdom Park, you can discover the McBride Sisters Wine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The McBride Sisters Wine Company is a Black-owned and female-led wine business. Select wines include:
McBride Sisters Sparkling Brut Rosé, Hawke’s Bay
McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
McBride Sisters Chardonnay, Central Coast
9. Indulge In Women-Inspired Treats at Disney Springs
Visit The Ganachery to discover a treat inspired by Ahsoka Tano. The “Ahsoka Pop” is a plant-based coconut and blueberry-swirled ganache, topped with 65% dark chocolate. The inside swirl represents the blue and white striped head tails of Ahsoka Tano. The outside is hand-decorated with the fulcrum symbol.
10. Learn More About the Women of Imagineering
The Play Disney Parks app will feature a special “Women of Imagineering” trivia game highlighting current and former female Disney Imagineers and their incredible contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
I am so excited to celebrate Women’s History Month at Walt Disney World!!!
This WDW Food Guide focuses on the tasty ways to celebrate Women’s History Month across the Walt Disney World Resort!
You can “Celebrate HER story” with dishes inspired by some of your favorite women characters, like the How Far I’ll Go Haupia Pie inspired by Moana, and whipped up by some of the women and culinary masterminds at Disney Parks, like the Tropical Paradise Cheesecake created by Chef Assistant Yaneth at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the Coconut Flan developed by Chef Assistant Meg at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Let’s kick off this WDW Foodie Guide and learn about some of the women behind the dishes who brought these can’t-miss creations to life.
WDW Food Guide: Women’s History Month
Disney Resort Hotels
Disney’s All-Star Movies, Disney’s All-Star Music, and Disney’s All-Star Sports
World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court (Available March 1 through 31; mobile order available)
Chocolate ‘Muse’ Cake: Chocolate mousse with orange-ginger panna cotta, sugar cookie, chocolate glaze, and black currant whipped cream (New)
Chef Assistant Ashley’s flavors in this treat represent a balance of strength (orange-ginger), boldness (black currant), and beauty (chocolate)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Mara (Available March 1 through 31; mobile order available) and Boma: Flavors of Africa(Available March 1 through 31)
South African Vegetable Bowl: Sweet potato stew, tomato and sunflower butter, and pilau rice topped with dates, apricot achar, and a creamy avocado-tahini (Plant-based)
Chef Khuloud was inspired by African flavors and her Syrian roots
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping & Dining (Available March 1 through 31; available March 1 through 31)
How Far I’ll Go Haupia Pie: Rich chocolate coconut pie with a layer of coconut haupia custard topped with sweet cream and macadamia nuts (New)
Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass (Available through March 30; mobile order available)
Tiana Praline Cupcake: Vanilla cupcake filled with pecan-praline filling, vanilla buttercream, and chocolate décor
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Centertown Market (Available starting March 1; mobile order available)
Tropical Paradise Cheesecake: Classic cheesecake topped with passionfruit coulis, mousse, popping boba pearls, and white chocolate (New)
Chef Assistant Yaneth was inspired by the flavors of a tropical paradise, the Caribbean
Tea Time Salad: Endive and arugula salad with Earl Grey vinaigrette, strawberries, and lavender-fennel pollen-infused goat cheese (New)
Chef Chelsea was inspired by the flavors commonly found at afternoon tea with a unique twist.
Coconut Flan with passion fruit sauce, fresh passionfruit, and mango with a hibiscus tuille and edible flowers (New)
Chef Assistant Meg was inspired by a love of flowers, bright flavors, and Surrealism – a piece of edible art.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla Island Grill (Available March 1 through 31; available March 1 through 31)
Gingerbread Latte Whoopie Pie: Gingerbread whoopie pie filled with latte cream
Inspired by the gingerbread through the partnership between Proprietor Debbie and Pastry Chef Kristine
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (Available starting March 1) and Riverside Mill Food Court (Available March 1 through 31)
Wishing On Stars: Mango mousse with coconut-lime gelée, coconut glaze, and décor fit for a princess (Mobile order available)
Available at Various Resorts
Honey-Thyme Pork Loin with Roasted Garden Vegetables: Tender pork loin with roasted garden vegetables, edible flowers, and honey-thyme reduction (New) Available at the following March 1 through 31 (Mobile order available):
World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Chef Becky drew inspiration from the blooming vegetables and ingredients of the springtime
Available at Various Lounges and Table-service Restaurants at Disney Resort Hotels(Available through March 31)
Whiskey Tradition: Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey, pineapple juice, almond, agave, and angostura bitters
Features Uncle Nearest Whiskey, which is both a Black-owned and Women-owned business
Available at Various Pool Bars and Table-service Restaurants (Available through March 30)
Pineapple Mule: Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey, Hella Cocktail Co. Ginger Bitters, pineapple juice, ginger beer, and mint
Features Uncle Nearest Whiskey, which is both a Black-owned and Women-owned business
Her Hops Beer Flight featuring beers from all women-led or owned breweries, including Robonaut Red Ale from Playalinda Brewing Co., You’re My Boy, Blue! from Brew Bus Brewing, Hakuna Matata from D9 Brewing Company, and Duke’s Cold Nose from Bold City Brewery
The Ganachery (Available March 1 through 31)
Ahsoka Pop: Plant-based coconut and blueberry ganache enrobed in dark chocolate
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Available March 1 through 31)
Nona’s Homestyle Meatballs: Hand-crafted Italian meatballs, Sunday gravy, basil pesto, home-made lemon ricotta, grilled focaccia, and grated pecorino Romano
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. in The Landing (Available March 1 through 31)
Disney Encanto Familia Madrigal Blend: Special blend featuring Mirabel Madrigal herself
Exclusive Disney Princess Ripples
The Polite Pig (Available March 1 through 31)
Grandma’s Beef Tips & Gravy: Pillowy bed of white rice with a creamy, smoked mushroom twist dressed in a savory, hearty, and herby tenderloin beef gravy. It is accompanied by sous vide carrots in a rosemary chicken broth and then lightly grilled with the house maple glaze with a gentle kick of spice
It’s carnival time in Orlando as SeaWorld invites guests to celebrate Mardi Gras during the Seven Seas Food Festival with all the sights, sounds, and flavors of New Orleans’ favorite time of year.
The park will be transformed into an incredible festival on select dates between February 16 – 26, with unforgettable offerings included with park admission!
SeaWorld Orlando Mardi Gras Highlights
Pop-Up Parade: The Wild Arctic Plaza will come to life as entertainers, bead captains, stilt walkers, and musicians bring the Mardi Gras spirit to SeaWorld during this special pop-up parade. (Select times from 12:30 – 6 p.m.)
Live Music: Immerse yourself in the music of New Orleans as our live band brings Cajun and jazz classics to Orlando. (Select times from 12:30 – 6 p.m.)
NEW Kids Craft Activity: Kids are invited to get crafty and create their own Mardi Gras masks at our Kids Craft Zone, then show them off at the Street Party.
Street Party: The sights and sounds of Bourbon Street will take over Wild Arctic Plaza with a DJ, street performers, and dance party. (Select times from 12:30 – 6 p.m.)
NEW Gulf Coast Flavors: Enjoy classic Gulf Coast flavors as part of our Seven Seas Food Festival with added menu items such as Cajun Seafood Boil and Frozen NOLA Hurricanes in addition to all the sips and savors throughout the festival. (1:00 p.m. to park close.)
More SeaWorld Orlando Concerts Announced!
In addition to adding Mardi Gras festivities to the Seven Seas Food Festival, SeaWorld Orlando is adding MORE artists to the Seven Seas concert lineup, including:
The second annual Indigo Bluegrass BBQ at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) will take place on February 11, 2023.
The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the OCIC, with parking at Cassia Community Center, 29245 Florida Highway 44 in Eustis.
The country casual event will allow guests to get outside and enjoy the sounds of the popular Lake County group, Blackwater Creek Bluegrass Band.
A delicious selection of barbecue favorites will also be served by OakWood Smokehouse & Grill.
During the event, beer will be provided by Wayne Densch, Inc., and wine will also be available.
“This event was so much fun last year that we knew we had to do it again,” said Dr. James Bogan, the director of the OCIC. “It allows guests to get away from everything for a day of great food, great music, and great company. Plus, we couldn’t do the work we do every day without this support. Attendees can help save a species.”
Proceeds from the event support the OCIC’s mission to re-introduce the eastern indigo snake—a threatened species native to the longleaf pine ecosystems of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida that has been affected by habitat loss. The OCIC also works to reintroduce the striped newt.
The OCIC is the only captive breeding facility for the eastern indigo snake with the sole purpose of releasing the offspring into regions where the population has been extirpated.
The group has released more than 300 snakes at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs, Ravines Preserve in Bristol and Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest.
Attendees are asked to park at the Cassia Community Center and will be shuttled to the event site. The sponsor for the event is Publix Super Market Charities.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two and are available here.
Universal Mardi Gras 2023 is a global celebration with food offerings representing 17 different countries across 70 unique menu items.
With so much to choose from, let’s look at a roundup of some of the top bites you can enjoy at Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval!
Universal Mardi Gras 2023: Top Bites
Mofongo Trio Flight
Inspired by Carnaval Ponceño in Puerto Rico, this iconic dish is presented in three delectable servings.
The base for each is a traditional mix of smashed green plantains, bacon, garlic, and chicharrones and topped three different ways: traditional, shrimp criolla, and crispy chicken chicharron with mayo ketchup drizzle.
Pav Bhaji – Vegetarian
Pav Bhaji, pronounced pav baa-jee, is a popular Indian street food that is a thick vegetable stew with a medley of veggies and spices, including potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, ginger, and garlic with a buttery-toasted Hawaiian roll on the side.
Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
The Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada is a light and refreshing Mexican dish that features citrus-blend marinated shrimp topped with avocado crema, chopped jalapeño (not spicy), cotija cheese, shaved red onion, and micro cilantro on a crispy blue tortilla.
Dirty Cauliflower Rice – Vegan
A vegan twist on the traditional New Orleans staple, this comfort food is a blend of cauliflower rice, black-eyed peas, meatless sausage crumbles, the holy trinity mix of celery, onions, green bell peppers, and authentic Cajun spices.
The Rod Polse is a Danish red, skin-on hot dog is topped with curry remoulade, pickled cucumber, crispy onions, and fresh dill and served on a toasted top-split bun.
Indonesian Purple Sticky Rice Pudding – Vegan
The Indonesian Purple Sticky Rice Pudding, a.k.a. Bubur Ketan Hitam, is a vegan dish made with purple long-grain rice, sweetened condensed coconut milk, diced mango, and shaved coconut.
When creating new menu items, the chefs at Universal Orlando Resort find inspiration everywhere, including suggestions from Passholders, guests and Team Members.
The vegan churros are a direct result of listening to guests’ dietary needs and desire to enjoy this sought-after treat.
These pint-sized churros are coated in cinnamon sugar and come with two dipping sauces: chocolate and coconut agave nectar.
Brigadeiros (pronounced bri-ga-DAY-ros)
Brigadeiros are small bites of confectionary heaven made with sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter that are then rolled in either hazelnuts, chocolate sprinkles, or Mardi Gras color sprinkles.
The Liège Waffle, from Belgium, features a fluffy waffle, fresh strawberries, and clouds of whipped cream.
Even More Places to Sample Mardi Gras Eats
The Mardi Gras flavors go beyond Universal Studios Florida’s gates, allowing even more guests to experience the International Flavors of Carnaval.
In Universal CityWalk, themed kiosks will feature Tastes of the Mediterranean (Greece and France, and Belgium — the Liège Waffle is fantastic!), Tastes of the Islands, and the Best of New Orleans.
Near the Port of Entry in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests can revel in authentic New Orleans cuisine, including shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and King Cake.
And next door at Universal’s Volcano Bay, Muffuletta Long Board Pizza is on deck.
Can’t make up your mind? The Mardi Gras Food & Beverage Card is a great way to enjoy more items for less.
It’s available for purchase at the food kiosks in Universal Studios Florida and can be used at any food and beverage location in all three theme parks and Universal CityWalk.
Premier and Preferred Passholder standard food discounts apply.
The Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld Orlando with ALL-NEW flavors and fun for theme park foodies from February 3 to May 7.
Orlando’s largest theme park food festival will tempt guests with tasty bites from around the world while strolling between award-winning attractions and incredible animal presentations.
2023 The Seven Seas Food Festival
Tastes from Around the World
Foodies and families alike will find more than 200 food and drink offerings inspired by cultures from around the world at international marketplaces scattered throughout the park.
These marketplaces showcase foods from Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Germany, Asia, and beyond.
Some of the ALL-NEW food items guests can taste this year include:
NEW Parmesan Truffle fries: Grana Padano cheese, fresh parsley, winter white truffle oil
NEW Pork Belly Feijoada: pork belly and black bean Brazilian stew, garnished with green onions
NEW Ropa Vieja: 12-hour slow-cooked shredded beef served on top of smashed plantains, garnished with micro cilantro
NEW Classic Reuben: thin-sliced pastrami served on marbled rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, garnished with a gherkin
NEW Italian Beef Arancini: arancini served on top of San Marzano tomato sauce, garnished with fresh basil
NEW Strawberry shortcake a la mode: vanilla ice cream served with yellow cake, topped with strawberry glaze
NEW Jameson Bread Pudding: Jameson-infused bread pudding topped with Jameson anglaise sauce
In addition to all the incredible cultural and culinary offerings stationed around the park during the Seven Seas Food Festival, there will also be NEW full-service menu items at Sharks Underwater Grill, including:
NEW Lobster and Shrimp Cakes: Caribbean remoulade, salsa verde, and rainbow green salad
NEW Chicken and Shrimp Tagine: a succulent slow-cooked light stew of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables with aromatic Mediterranean spices, jasmine rice
NEW Chocolate Mousse Marquise: chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis, pecans, and edible gold garnish
Food isn’t the only star at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival. Guests can try the ALL-NEW Caribbean Moonshine Tasting booth next to Seafire Grill.
Guests can also relax with an ice-cold beer at the Seven Seas Food Festival beer garden or at Flamecraft Bar, which will feature several local and regional brews like:
Tupac ShaPorter from Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
Strawberry Blonde Ambition from Suncreek Brewery
Tag & Release Amber Ale from Sailfish Brewing Company
Florida Sunshine from Crooked Can Brewing Company
Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing
Florida Orange IPA from 3 Daughters Brewing
Best Way to Savor and Sip
Guests will be able to discover endless combinations of food and drink offerings with a Seven Seas Food Festival Tasting Lanyard.
Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample lanyard at $70 or take it up a notch with the fan-favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings.
SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members get the VIP treatment and can purchase 18 samples for the price of 15!
Headline Concert Series
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is not just about delicious eats and refreshing sips from around the world.
The festival also features an incredible concert series guests will not want to miss.
Concerts will take place every Saturday and Sunday during the festival at Bayside Stadium.
They will feature a taste of Rock, Country, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, and 90s throwbacks – all included with park admission. This year’s headliners include:
February 4: En Vogue (R&B)
February 5: REO Speedwagon (Rock
February 11: The Commodores (Funk & Soul)
February 18: Collective Soul (Rock)
February 19: Jerry Rivera (Latin)
February 25: Don McLean (Rock)
February 26: Ludacris (Hip Hop)
March 4: Joey Fatone & Friends (Pop)
March 26: Eli Young Band (Country)
… and many more performers to be announced!
For the best seats in the house, Reserved Seating can be purchased online!
Best Way to Play
One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2023 Fun Card, which offers park admission through December 31, 2023, for one low price of $129.99.
Guests who purchase a Fun Card can attend the Seven Seas Food Festival, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Cinco de Mayo.
Guests will also be admitted to SeaWorld Orlando for a full calendar year to experience thrilling rides, amazing animal encounters, and energizing entertainment while being part of all the seasonal events happening in 2023.
For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment.
With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like exclusive access to “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” through the “Passport to Thrills” program, free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more! Some restrictions and blockout dates apply.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs will be celebrating International Irish Coffee Day all-day Wednesday, January 25th, with a special offer.
Raglan Road Director of Operations Sean Griffin invites guests to raise a glass to the national holiday wake-up call. “Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whiskey!” he says, “And guests will find the pub’s whiskey coffees well worth celebrating.”
That’s right…guests can enjoy the pub’s traditional Irish Coffee: “You buy the coffee, the whiskey is on us!”
At Raglan Road, the Irish coffee specialty menu rocks right along with the pub’s live Irish music and dance – three coffee-based cocktails are served daily.
The Lost Irish coffee is the pub’s new traditional Irish coffee recipe mixing Lost Irish whiskey, house-made Demerara sugar syrup, coffee, and cream.
The Iced Irish, Bailey’s Salted Caramel with iced coffee, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, and butterscotch schnapps topped with whipped cream.
The Irish Espresso Martini, Slane Irish Whiskey, Miami club coffee liqueur, Guinness simple syrup, and fresh espresso.
Griffin says Irish coffee is a staple in Ireland. “And there are no rules. It’s a perfect after-dinner beverage, a nightcap, or an afternoon treat,” he says. “That means you can join us any time of day to celebrate National Irish Coffee Day!”
If you aren’t familiar with Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs…let me fill you in!!!
Raglan Road is owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, whose Great Irish Pubs Florida, Inc., previously created Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly, and during weekend brunch features Irish house bands and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.
The pub’s all-day menu is served from 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
You can also enjoy the Weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns to the Walt Disney World with a global celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023.
This year’s daily celebration invites park guests to immerse themselves in the joy of art and to let their creativity shine as they experience a variety of experiences that are included with their theme park admission.
2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Highlights
The performing arts take center stage with new and returning artists performing around World Showcase.
Guests can enjoy musical artists Mariachi Cobre, feel the beat of the JAMMitors, watch artists create magic in front of an audience, and listen to the iconic Voices of Liberty.
DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series
Three times each evening, the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series fills the American Gardens Theatre with some of Broadway’s biggest stars performing songs from more than 25 years of award-winning DISNEY ON BROADWAY stage productions.
The full lineup of show-stopping performers includes:
January 13, 15, 16, 19, 20 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
January 14, 17, 18, 21, 22 – Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
January 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 3 – Patti Murin (“Frozen”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)
January 24, 27, 28, 31, Feb. 1, 4, 5– Mandy Gonzalez (“AIDA”) & L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”)
February 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
February 20 – Special, extended finale performance featuring Brown, Scott, Simmons & Strickland
If you want to guarantee your seat and enjoy a delicious meal, DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages are available at ArtfulEpcot.com.
More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their eye-catching and brilliant works at marketplaces and host signings throughout the World Showcase to celebrate the visual arts.
The lineup features many new faces, including husband and wife photography team Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, and returning favorites such as Dylan Bonner, Fenway Fan, Jerrod Maruyama, Ashley Taylor, and more.
Guests can catch a glimpse of artists at work with a peek inside the Disney Artist Gallery or the WonderGround Gallery.
From Figment to Jiminy Cricket, Chalk Full of Characters features charming chalk drawings in tucked-away corners throughout EPCOT.
An outdoor art wall features stories and characters that reflect EPCOT’s imaginative and innovative spirit at Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating EPCOT.
During the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests will enjoy beautiful bites at 16 Food Studios around the World Showcase Lagoon, with new favorites you will want to visit!
Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic join the lineup this year with an array of vibrant and playful food and beverage items guaranteed to ignite guests’ imaginations.
Also new in 2023, Moderne invites guests to explore an avante-garde menu that promises to inspire and delight. Selections include Angry Crab, a whole, crispy soft-shell crab served with green papaya salad, mango-Sriracha fluid gel, and coconut-lime foam with pomegranate and mango crush pearls – perfect for pairing with a J. Lohr Riesling – in addition to other tempting treats.
The Artist’s Table in the American Adventure pavilion also boasts a new menu of artistically elevated comfort foods, including Duck and Dumplings with smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus, with other delicious items to savor as well.
Families experiencing the Epcot International Festival of the Arts can see and create art together through interactive activities.
Guests of all ages can express their creative side by learning to draw a Disney character at the Animation Academy, kids can create their own chalk art masterpieces at Kid’s Chalk Art, leave their creative mark at Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural, and help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase with Figment’s Brush with the Masters.
For a unique keepsake and social media moment, guests can “Step into” life-sized versions of some of the most-admired artwork from around the world at special photo locations throughout EPCOT.
The fun and memories do not stop when you leave the park because guests can purchase exclusive EPCOT International Festival of the Arts merchandise featuring beloved Disney characters.
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, please remember that all guests ages three and older must have a park reservation in addition to valid admission for the same park on the same date.
Santa’s sleigh brought him all the way from the North Pole to Central Florida to celebrate the holidays at Pirates Dinner Adventure!
If you’re looking for a new tradition, the whole family will love, prepare for a jolly good time and a swashbuckling adventure.
Starting November 25, Pirates Dinner Adventure will be spreading Christmas cheer with special holiday offerings through Dec. 31. Guests can experience the action, romance, and excitement of the classic dinner show with a holiday overlay featuring Christmas music and a ship-side visit from a special guest at the end of the show.
During the post-show Buccaneer Bash, guests can party with pirates and take pictures with the Jolly Old Elf himself! A special photo package will be available for purchase.
The attraction’s adult-only, burlesque-inspired show, Teatro Martini, is also getting in the holiday spirit with its own festive overlay throughout the season. Teatro Martini features some of the world’s top performers in various arts, including aerial, comedy, magic, and more.
“The holidays are a magical time in Central Florida and we know Pirates Dinner Adventure will be the perfect place to make new memories with the whole family,” said Amber Valois, sales and marketing manager for the attraction. “We also have Teatro Martini, which is a special show for couples and adults who don’t want to miss out on the holiday fun as well. From the festive shows to classic photos with Santa, you can’t miss our one-of-a-kind holiday experiences!”
Pirates Dinner Adventure’s general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks.
Ticket prices for the Christmas show are $67.95 for adults and $41.95 for children three to 10. Kids two and under are free.
The show runs Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m.