Disney Springs Reopening: Official List

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!

Disney Springs Reopening
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Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:

  1. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  2. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  3. The BOATHOUSE
  4. Chicken Guy!
  5. Earl of Sandwich
  6. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  7. Frontera Cocina
  8. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  9. Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  10. Planet Hollywood
  11. The Polite Pig
  12. STK Orlando
  13. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
  14. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
  15. T-REX
  16. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  17. Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  18. YeSake Kiosk

Before you go to Disney Springs, make sure to know these 6 things before you go!

Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:

  1. Anthropologie
  2. The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  3. Basin
  4. Chapel Hats
  5. Columbia Sportswear
  6. Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  7. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  8. Free People
  9. Happy Hound
  10. Lucky Brand
  11. Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
  12. Pandora Jewelry
  13. Pelé Soccer
  14. Pop Gallery
  15. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  16. Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
  17. Sanuk
  18. Savannah Bee Company
  19. Sosa Family Cigars
  20. Sugarboo & Co.
  21. UGG
  22. UNIQLO
  23. UNOde50
  24. Volcom
  25. Vera Bradley
  26. ZARA

It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:

  1. Morimoto Asia
  2. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  3. Pizza Ponte
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:

  1. World of Disney
  2. Marketplace CoOp
  3. DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering

This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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On the Go in the Parks: May 15-17, 2020

On the Go in the Parks may 15 2020

IT IS GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been far too long since we have been On the Go in the Parks!!!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

Are you ready? Let’s Go!!!

On the Go in the Parks: Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Let’s Start over at the Universal Orlando Resort for the reopening of CityWalk!

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk was really the ‘Epicenter of Awesome’ this week as they opened with limited operations. 

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Be ready to make those Cashless purchases and make sure to link your Universal Orlando Resort Pass for discounts!
  2. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  3. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check so security can pass you as quickly as possible.
  4. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

On the Go in the Parks: Disney Springs

While I know it is a bit early…let’s look ahead to the opening of Disney Springs on May 20, 2020!

Disney Springs Reopening

There is so much to look forward to, and new information is coming out everyday!

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
  1. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  2. STK Orlando
  3. Wine Bar George
  4. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  5. YeSake
  6. The Polite Pig
  7. Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.
  8. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  9. Sunshine Churros
  10. Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
  11. Earl of Sandwich – Just Announced
  12. Planet Hollywood Observatory – Just Announced
  13. Chicken Guy – Just Announced
  14. The Boathouse – Just Announced
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
  1. American Threads
  2. Anthropologie 
  3. Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
  4. Free People
  5. Pele Soccer
  6. Pop Gallery
  7. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  8. Uniqlo
Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 22nd include:
  1. Pizza Ponte
  2. Morimoto Asia
  3. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

We are still waiting on a lot of details about the opening of Disney Springs, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Disney Springs Reopening: More Restaurants Opening Soon

Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon

You know it is going to be a great day when we can start it off by sharing additional openings coming soon to Disney Springs!!!

The Patina Restaurant group announced that four of the Disney Springs dining locations that they operate will open on May 22nd with a new “Dine Safe” program.

The dining locations that will be resuming their operations with limited menus for lunch and/or dinner service include:

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs
  • Vivoli il Gelato – Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Morimoto Asia (Main Dining Room Dinner Service) – Open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food (Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Pizza Ponte (Indoor/Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the operating hours listed are tentative and could change.

Disney Springs Reopening

Now, let’s take a look at their new “Dine Safe” program that is being implemented across all of their locations.

Disney Springs Patina Group Dine Safe Program May 2020

The “Dine Safe: Commitment to Care” program is a comprehensive set of reengineered operating procedures to minimize contact risk and bolster hygiene protocol that meet or exceed the best-practice guidelines recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“These heightened sanitation standards will help us manufacture a dining environment that keeps guests and our team members as safe as possible,” said Kyle Collins, Director of Marketing for Patina in Florida. “The health, wellbeing, and peace of mind of our guests, team members, and the community remain our highest priorities.” 

The key components of the Dine Safe program include:

The Dining Room and Guest Experience:

  • To enhance health and safety measures, guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times except while eating and drinking.
  • Ensuring current social distancing procedures are upheld via the redesign of table layouts for seating guests as directed by local and state regulators and in compliance with the CDC.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, including hourly disinfecting as needed for all high-touch surfaces. 
  • Multiple hand-sanitizing stations strategically placed throughout our facilities.
  • Controlled access to the facility to carefully monitor incoming and outgoing patrons and employees through clearly designated entrances and exits.
  • Using single-use menus to limit contact. 

Team Member Safety Measures: 

  • Undergo a health check when they report to work.
  • Sanitize their hands when they report to work and are required to wash and sanitize their hands every 20 minutes throughout the shift.
  • Wear masks while on duty.
  • Undergo a comprehensive “Dine Safe” Training Program. 

“We look forward to welcoming our guests back very soon and are dedicated to continuing to deliver an unparalleled dining experience,” Collins said.

The remaining Patina Restaurant Group-operated locations at Disney Springs including Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and The Edison will also be resuming their operations soon, and we’ll be sure to share that news as soon as it becomes available!

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Huey Magoo’s Offers Special Deals to Help Feed Families

Huey Magoo's


The Greatest Tasting Chicken Tenders Brand Introduces Special 20% Off Deals on Family Meals, Catering and Gift Cards

Now, families and neighborhoods can more easily enjoy a delicious, healthy meal they crave. 

Starting this week, Huey Magoo’s, the popular Southeast chicken tenders brand, will offer the following special deals on Family Meals, Catering and Gift Cards: 20% off Family Meals (20-piece tender and 30-piece tender options), 20% off Catering (meals individually packaged) and 20% off Gift Card orders ($100 minimum purchase). 

Huey Magoo's

See a personal message from Huey Magoo’s President and CEO Andy Howard here: https://vimeo.com/405140448/d7def000b5.

“In today’s unforeseen times, we want to do our best to continue feeding our families and our neighborhoods in the safest manner possible and make it easier and more accessible for everyone to enjoy our tenders,” Howard continues.  “Whether it’s a family, employers wanting to feed their employees, or any single person wanting a fresh and delicious meal, we look forward to serving all of our neighborhoods in every Huey Magoo’s restaurant across all of our locations in Florida and Georgia the best chicken tenders in America.”

Huey Magoo’s is currently offering take out, delivery through third-party delivery services, and curbside pickup (at participating locations). 

Customers will enjoy Huey Magoo’s signature grilled, hand-breaded or “sauced” premium chicken tenders, farm fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps. 

Huey Magoo's

Each Huey Magoo’s tender is always made fresh, all natural, with no antibiotics ever, no hormones, no steroids and no preservatives.

For a list of all Huey Magoo’s locations and contact information to place an order, visit www.hueymagoos.com

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ICON Park restaurants offer meal donation programs

ICON Park Logo

First responders and healthcare workers to receive free meals from local food chains

ICON Park has launched a meal donation program to benefit the heroes keeping the Central Florida community safe during this unprecedented time while simultaneously supporting local hospitality workers. 

ICON Park will be collecting donations via a GoFundMe campaign to provide delicious meals to the first responders and healthcare employees working tirelessly throughout this pandemic.

Local hospitality workers at the ICON Park Yard House, Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill will use 100 percent of the donations collected to deliver meals to the Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orange County Fire Department Station 57 and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sector 5 Substation.

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors
PHOTO: ICON Park

Donating a delicious meal to local heroes has never been easier. Those interested in providing a meal can do so by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/iconparkorlando-firstresponders.

“ICON Park and our tenant partners are always looking for ways to add light to our community,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park CEO and president. “We’re proud to honor our first responders and healthcare employees while supporting local hospitality workers by establishing a convenient way for caring residents to donate meals.”

While The Wheel is social distancing like the rest of us, every night, you can see it wearing its resplendent red, white and blue in support of the men and women on the front lines of this critical moment.

To our first responders and healthcare workers, look to The Wheel glowing in the night and know that you are seen, your sacrifices are seen, your families are seen, and they are appreciated by all who call Orlando home. You are the best in our city and our nation.

To learn more about ICON Park visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

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RECIPE: Confetti Milkshake from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Confetti Milkshake Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Whose taste buds are ready for a party right about now? I know mine are and what better way to treat yourself than with a milkshake from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Penelope and Jacques have opened up their recipe vault and shared one of their most popular creations, the Confetti Milkshake.

It’s easy to prepare at home and perfect for a birthday, milestone moment, a random Tuesday dessert, or dang it, just because you deserve it. Enjoy!

Confetti Milkshake Recipe

Serves: 1 if you’re looking to treat yourself, 2 if you like to share

Ingredients:

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup milk (any kind will work!)
  • 3 teaspoons of rainbow sprinkles, divided
  • 2 slices of rainbow vanilla cake (box mix is great!)
  • 2 teaspoons buttercream frosting (recipe below if you don’t have premade)
  • ¾ cup whipped cream
  • 1 jumbo straw!

Directions:

  1. Bake the cake according to box instructions and set aside (cake should be fully cool)
  2. Now, make the buttercream frosting (recipe below) and set aside
  3. Grab a fun cup and spread one teaspoon of frosting on the rim of the glass (bonus points if you have a Toothsome glass!)
  4. Using one teaspoon of sprinkles, rim the frosted glass with sprinkles
  5. Next, grab your blender and place 3 large scoops of ice cream inside
  6. Pour 1 teaspoon of sprinkles, milk and 1 slice of cake into blender
  7. Blend on medium high until everything is mixed and smooth
  8. Pour milkshake into cup and top off with whipped cream
  9. Place remaining slice of frosted cake on top of whipped cream 
  10. Garnish with remaining sprinkles and place straw into the shake to ENJOY!

Note: You can follow this recipe and use any combination of ice cream, cake and sprinkles!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Yields approximately two cups

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Cream ½ cup of room temperature butter with a hand mixer, paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy
  2. Gradually mix in 2 cups of powdered sugar until fully incorporated
  3. Mix in 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  4. Pour in 2 tablespoons of milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes or until everything is smooth and creamy

We here at Universal Orlando (especially Penelope and Jacques!) would love to see your milkshakes.

Make sure to share your whimsical creations with #UniversalAtHome and by tagging Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Returns

Get out your finest green outfit and head to Disney Springs for the return of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant! 

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

Celebrate five days of fun, March 13-17, with non-stop Irish-infused entertainment from morning until night, a mighty selection of beers and cocktails and of course, the most authentic Irish food.

My favorite part of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is the fantastic line-up of live entertainment hand-picked straight from Ireland. 

Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

Here’s a look at this year’s line-up:

  • Strings & Things will bring their contemporary Irish Trad/Folk/Roots crossover talent from Tipperary and Galway to the festival stage. Their unique sound and powerful stage energy promise a raucous evening of music and song.
  • TradGad features three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin and Galway charming guests with their vibrant performances on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bouzouki.
  • Maca an Irish sister duo dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” will rock the Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent.
  • Fia Rua featuring band members from Ireland and Scotland, will blend their musical backgrounds to perform and wow guests with a unique Celtic sound.  
  • Mike Waters, from the southeast of Ireland, will perform Irish songs and ballads from traditional to contemporary with a good measure of chat and humor. 
  • Emily Furlong an extraordinary singer and entertainer from Wexford, Ireland will captivate guests with her stunning voice. 
  • No Half Measures an exciting, fresh and vibrant four-piece band from Scotland, Cork and Kilkenny will spin their youthful, contemporary sound for the Mighty Festival audience.
Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

And you can’t talk about Raglan Road without talking about their fantastic food!!!!

While the entire menu will be available, guests dining on Monday, March 16 can enjoy a new whiskey pairing dinner from 3-11 p.m. featuring a special prix fixe menu with locally sourced dishes like Whiskey Cured House Smoked Salmon and Apple Baked Dumplings paired with the finest Irish whiskey cocktails.

Planning to stop by over the weekend? The Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch will be served March 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019 Raglan Road Bar Disney Springs Walt Disney World Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

Of course, don’t miss the popular Raglan Road Irish Dancers plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows! They’ll be performing intermittently during the festival and ready to teach you an Irish jig – no experience necessary! Kids will also have a blast at this family-friendly party so be sure to bring everyone dressed in their best green garb and enjoy complimentary face painting.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

For those planning to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to plan ahead for the fun!

Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

On March 17, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest 18 and older. Reservations can be booked online for other festival days, including brunch by calling 407-938-0300.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival kicks off earlier than ever, starting February 29!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

Featuring dozens of all-new menu items, including delicious food, wine, craft brews, specialty cocktails such as the Iron Gwazi Gimlet, and a fantastic line-up of world-class musical acts – the 6th Annual Food & Wine Festival runs every weekend February 29 through April 26 and is included with park admission.

World-Class Entertainment to Satisfy All Tastes

The Food & Wine Festival line-up reflects musical genres of all tastes – from nostalgic bands to modern favorites.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Concert headliners include: 

  • Feb 29: Collective Soul
  • March 1: The Commodores
  • March 7: Chase Bryant & Danielle Bradbery
  • March 8: Rachel Platten
  • March 14: Ezra Ray Hart
  • March 15: THREE DOG NIGHT
  • March 21: LOCASH 
  • March 22: Fitz & The Tantrums 
  • March 28: Home Free
  • March 29: Taking Back Sunday 
  • April 4: Third Eye Blind
  • April 5: KC & The Sunshine Band 
  • April 11: 38 Special 
  • April 12: Micah Tyler & Austin French  
  • April 18 Lee Brice
  • April 19: Clint Black 
  • April 25: El Gran Combo
  • April 26: Toad the Wet Sprocket & The Verve Pipe

Fans can book the ultimate festival experience with one of two exclusive VIP packages available for each act, including reserved concert seating and a 5-item Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard.  

NEW for 2020, upgrade to the ultimate concert-goer experience with Unlimited Food & Wine Festival VIP Seating which includes VIP seating for EVERY concert of our 2020 Festival!

All-New Menu, All-New Flavors

Busch Gardens’ new award-winning Executive Chef, Ernie Reyes brings a fresh approach to this popular event. 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

With 25 NEW food items in addition to fan-favorite dishes and over 80 wines, beers and cocktails to choose from, the Food & Wine Festival offers an endless variety of flavors to sip and savor! 

Guests can tempt their taste buds with the following NEW items:

  • The ALL-NEW Chef’s Corner cabin: featuring three signature dishes carefully crafted by the park’s head chefs – arroz con pollo, pork belly taco with kimchi slaw, and pork tenderloin with champagne watercress sauce.
  • NEW Iconic Coaster Cocktails: including Iron Gwazi Gimlet, Falcon’s Fury Lemon Drop, and Tigris Tea
  • NEW Pick-A-Barrel tasting: create your own flight of liquors and wines from around the world

Click here to view the entire menu and pick your perfect upgrade or purchase your Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard – the best way to savor and save on everything the event has to offer!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Guests can purchase a 5, 8 or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease, starting at just $32. 

Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler and SAVE 20%!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Best Way to Play:

The best value to visit Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival and year-round events is with an Annual Pass that includes 12 months of unlimited visits, FREE parking, FREE Serengeti Safari, merchandise and dining discounts, and special limited-time perks throughout the year. 

Or for a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2020 Fun Card and an Adventure Island 2020 Fun Card FREE – Florida families can take advantage of this limited time buy-one-get-one FREE offer and get unlimited year-round park admission to TWO until December 31, 2020.

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Old Red Orlando Announces Opening Date

Old Red Orlando Outdoor Rendering
Old Red Orlando

Bringing the best of Southern food, hospitality, and live country music to the No. 1 travel destination in the United States, Ryman Hospitality Properties is set to open Ole Red Orlando at ICON Park on International Drive April 14. 

With venues in Nashville, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Ole Red Orlando is the fourth establishment of the Ole Red brand, a lifestyle, and entertainment concept inspired by Shelton’s clever hit, “Ol’ Red.”

Ole Red Orlando will feature live music with state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting for a concert-quality music experience as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and three bars. The venue will also be equipped with a large stage and concert-level production and sound capabilities, along with a video wall and additional LED screens. Programming will include showcases for up-and-coming talent and live music throughout the week hand-picked by Opry Entertainment Group’s programming team.

The $15 million venue will offer 17,289 square feet on two levels and seat approximately 500 guests. It will provide extensive event space for private dining, corporate events, weddings, and group outings.

A made-from-scratch, Shelton-inspired menu will feature Ole Red signature items such as “Champagne of Fried Chicken,” along with specialty cocktails, an extensive selection of beer and wine and Orlando-only specialties.

Ole Red Orlando is now hiring for select positions, and all other positions will be posted beginning Feb. 24. The venue will be hosting a Grand Hire event March 16 – 21. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply online in advance to secure an interview time and day. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit olered.com/orlando/jobs.  

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LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacations

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020

LEGOLAND Florida is offering families an all-new, all-inclusive vacation package that is packed with perks from check-in through checkout available for booking vacation stays starting April 17.

This all-new package includes a stay at one of the on-site, immersive LEGOLAND hotels and unlimited admission to LEGOLAND theme park and water park during guests’ resort stay. 

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida/Merlin Entertainments Group Inc.

The LEGO experience starts the moment families arrive! From beginning the day with mile-high pancake stacks through conquering first rollercoasters, this vacation package is built for kids to take the lead. With special entertainment that feels plucked straight from the theme park, including exclusive LEGO hero meet and greets, and nightly pajama dance parties, the family fun keeps going even after the park closes. The best part? It’s all included.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Meals are also included from check-in through the checkout with breakfast and dinner at one of four hotel restaurants and lunch at any of the theme or water park’s ten restaurants. Families can also enjoy unlimited golf at the Resort’s Florida’s Wild Side Mini Golf.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020

Additional benefits include valet parking, DigiPass photo package and unlimited Coca-Cola freestyle refills in a souvenir cup throughout the guests’ entire visit. 

All-Inclusive guests will receive an exclusive credential lanyard with each benefit identified, making it easy for families to track the use of each perk. With an all-inclusive vacation experience, the biggest benefit for families is more time…more time to have the best vacation ever!

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida

Families can craft their vacation by selecting any of the three LEGOLAND Florida Resort hotels, including LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and the all-new Pirate Island Hotel, opening April 17.

NEW! LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel Grand Opening – April 17

Located just 130 kid-steps from the theme park entrance, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel will feature 150 LEGO-filled rooms (including four suites), a heated pool (complete with LEGO soft bricks to build in the pool), hundreds of LEGO models, exclusive character experiences and in-room LEGO treasure hunts. Similar to the popular LEGOLAND Hotel, each room will include two separate spaces: a kid’s sleeping area and an adult area.

The five-story hotel will house the pirate-themed Shipwreck Restaurant with family-style dining, Smuggler’s Bar for adult swashbucklers, an entertainment area with kid-friendly nightly programming and LEGO play areas. Directly outside the entrance to the hotel, a pirate shipwreck will greet guests and offer a unique photo opportunity.

LEGOLAND Florida Introduces All-Inclusive Vacation Packages 2020
Photo: O / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland)

Guests can start planning their ultimate All-Inclusive vacation now, starting at $219 per person, at legoland.com/all-inclusive-vacation.      

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City Works Opens at Disney Springs

City Works Eatery & Pour House is the newest dining location to open on the West Side of Disney Springs, and we were lucky to be there for the grand opening ceremonies.

The restaurant is Disney Springs’ premier sports restaurant and bar and offers the ultimate sports viewing experience with its high-definition TVs – including a video wall housing a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens – and 90 local, regional and global craft beers on draft.

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

Located next to the NBA Experience, City Works is an 8,632-square-foot restaurant that offers brilliant twists on American classics. It seats 309 people and includes a 1,767-square-foot patio and three full-service bars, two of which provide covered, open-air dining along the patio.  

With 17 televisions, a state-of-the-art sound system and unique menu items and promos supporting big games throughout the year, City Works is the place in Central Florida to watch sports. Upcoming highlights include the NCAA tournament and Major League Baseball Opening Day.

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

City Works has dedicated 30-40% of its draft beer taps to local breweries and eight wines on draft. It will also offer a seasonally changing cocktail menu and a fully stocked bar, plus a whiskey list. 

Guests can enjoy Happy Hour specials, including $2 off well drinks, local craft beers and glasses of wine, and $7 bar bites Monday through Thursday 3-6 p.m. Drink specials also are available 10 p.m.-midnight.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-midnight. It also offers brunch dishes on the weekends 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

We are really excited to visit soon (did someone say new Mukbang?) to try more of the menu!

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

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Mardi Gras 2020: Food Guide

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort without food, and this year they’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the biggest party with new and returning Cajun-style cuisine.

From fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya to delectable new dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide – there are so many unique flavors to explore. 

Let’s take a look at the food and beverage options coming to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration!

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk

From February 1 through April 2, guests can enjoy new menu items at The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida and several locations in Universal CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more.

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  • NEW Carnival Around The Universe Tasting Tent: This all-new tasting tent in the French Quarter Courtyard will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event, including a variety of plant-based options:
    • Week 1 and 2 (Feb. 1 – Feb. 15) will feature cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago:
      • Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow: Topped with kimchi seasoning and micro cilantro (Plant-based)
      • Pholourie: Fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a tamarind chutney (Plant-based)
      • Chickpea Double: Chickpeas served on a spicy bara flatbread with micro cilantro and mango chutney (Plant-based)
    • Week 3 and 4 (Feb. 16 – Feb. 29) will take guests back to where the Bayou Bash first began and explore Louisiana Creole cuisine even further:
      • Softshell Crab Slider: Crispy softshell crab topped with organic vegetable slaw and served on a soft brioche roll with bayou aioli
      • Cauliflower Dirty Rice: Riced cauliflower with Gardein crumbles, Black-eyed peas and Cajun spices (Plant-based)
      • Pecan Street: A specialty cocktail with pecan vodka, caramel and apple cider
Mardi Gras Food Guide 2020
Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow
  • Week 5 and 6 (March 1 – March 14) will celebrate Brazilian Carnival with delicious treats:
      • Pão de Quiejo: Traditional warm cheese bread with a guava dipping sauce
      • Sugared Sweet Plantains: Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce (Plant-based)
      • The Girl from Ipanema: A specialty cocktail featuring gin, lime, orgeat syrup, coconut water and pineapple simple syrup
    • Week 7 and 8 (March 15 – April 2) will place you in the heart of Germany:
      • Sauerbraten: Slow braised beef, buttered Spaetzle, and pickled red cabbage topped with a savory red wine sauce
      • Grilled Bratwurst: Served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard and sour cream and chives
      • And a warm pretzel!
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  • NEW ‘Float Floats’ at Schwab’s Pharmacy: Inspired by the all-new Mardi Gras parade float theme, Treasures of the Deep, Schwab’s Pharmacy will serve over-the-top ice cream floats to celebrate Florida’s biggest party, including:
    • Mardi Gras Float: Pineapple and lime soft serve with grape soda, blueberry Boba and a waffle cone flag
    • Shipwreck Float: Pineapple and chocolate soft serve with pineapple soda, cotton candy, and a waffle cone flag
    • Sunken City of Atlantis Float: Vanilla soft serve with wild berry soda, mango Boba and a gummy shark
  • New Specialty Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Also inspired by this year’s Mardi Gras theme, are new specialty cocktails served in exclusive souvenir cups including High Seas Twister with rum, blood orange liqueur, and watermelon juice, and the Bourbon Street Punch with bourbon, orgeat, coconut puree, and orange juice to name a few. Plus, also new to this year’s event, are recommended food and drink pairings which can be found on the tasting tent menu boards. For the little jesters in the family, there are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages including the all-new coconut water that is served out of an actual coconut, which is available at The Carnival Around the Universe Tasting Tent during the first two weeks, and the fan-favorite Bayou Bog Water.
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  • New Orleans Flair at Universal CityWalk: New Mardi Gras themed food items will debut at Universal CityWalk at several locations, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more:
    • For the doughnut lovers out there – head over to Voodoo Doughnut and pick up a yeast doughnut filled with cinnamon sugar Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla glaze and sprinkles inspired by the iconic Mardi Gras colors
    • Ever wanted to drink an iconic Mardi Gras king cake? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be serving up The French Quarter artisan milkshake that includes king cake, cream cheese crema and pastry cream topped with king cake and a beignet
    • Seasonal cocktails throughout Universal CityWalk, including The Jester found at the food and beverage carts, Voodoo Doctor at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom and Masquerade Martini at The Cowfish
    • Additional Mardi Gras inspired menu items can be found at venues across Universal CityWalk

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences at Mardi Gras

As part of the family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can also purchase festive Mardi Gras add-on experiences for guests craving more.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Tasting Lanyard
  • Due to popular demand, The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard will return, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 The Bayou Boil
  • On select nights, The Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort
  • For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites

Fans of the traditional and authentic New Orleans cuisine – don’t fret! Your favorite classic Cajun dishes will return to The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, crab etouffee, gator bites, a variety of po’boys, Cajun twisted tators, king cake, beignets and more.

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All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply). And, right now Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets.

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Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Savings for Florida Residents

Florida Residents can also save up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes. Becoming a Passholder means an entire year to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting and immersive theme park experiences, including incredible events, the upcoming live-action stunt show debuting in spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, as well as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy, the newest epic addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – and more.

These offers are available for purchase today through April 2. To take advantage of these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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4 Rivers Expands Walt Disney World Offerings

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Award-winning 4R Restaurant Group has expanded its food offerings at Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of two new eateries – The Grill by 4 Rivers and The COOP by 4 Rivers.

Both concession venues are located in The Arena at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which attracts nearly two million athletes, coaches and fans annually for world-class competitions.

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The Grill by 4 Rivers is a new concept from the brand inspired by the popular food of America’s classic roadside eateries.  The Grill specializes in cooked-to-order items including Angus Cheeseburger, Chili & Cheese Footlong Hot Dog and Corn Dog Nuggets.

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The Grill also offers a Beyond Burger, which is made using a 100 percent plant-based patty and is served on a vegan friendly bun.

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The COOP is a walk-up version of 4 Rivers’ beloved Southern-inspired restaurant located in Winter Park, FL.

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The new Disney venue is the only other location of The COOP, offering a variety of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including its famous Chicken Tenders, Signature Grilled and Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Chicken Tender Salad.

Both locations will operate only during events being held in The Arena.

“It’s a tremendous honor to expand the 4 Rivers offerings at Walt Disney World Resort with the debut of The Grill and The COOP at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “We are proud to offer the athletes and fans that come to this world-class sports destination authentic homestyle cuisine from a local brand during their time here in Central Florida.”

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In addition to the two new eateries, 4R Restaurant Group also operates walk-up versions of its 4 Rivers Smokehouse and 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa in The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and a Cantina Barbacoa location at Disney Springs.

For more information visit: 4rsmokehouse.com.

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Confisco Grille Announces New Menu

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure has some of my favorite theme park food in all of Orlando, and now the Confisco Grille, located at the far end of the Port of Entry, has announced that they have a new menu with dishes inspired by global flavors.

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The park has a new Executive Chef, Jason Glus, and he and his team have created the new menu by re-visiting the story behind the venue.

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Universal Orlando Resort

The Discover Universal Blog shared a closer look at how Chef Gus developed the menu for the Confisco Grille.

This hidden gem has been hiding out in plain sight since Islands of Adventure opened in 1999. This restaurant has served as a resting spot for all explorers coming through Port of Entry. Their worldwide travels have served as the main inspiration for the menu.

“The story behind Confisco connects to Port of Entry, which is exciting because it gives us a mixture of global cuisines to work with,” says Chef Glus. “There’s Asian influence, Turkish, Mediterranean, Greek, Russian, Polish and more.”

It’s no cakewalk to bring these dishes to life. It takes time for the team to research and bring the concepts to life.

“It took us months of researching all these different flavors and spices,” Chef Glus explains. “Even looking back to the 17th and 18th centuries and seeing how dishes were cooked then — in wood ovens and cazuela pots, which we use to cook here in the restaurant.”

Enough talking about these new dishes…let’s take a look at four of the new dishes!

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich

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Universal Orlando Resort

Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cucumber topped with a chile aioli on a French baguette

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl

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Universal Orlando Resort

Sesame seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, green onion, avocado, edamame, cucumber and a wasabi-ponzu dressing

Grilled Lamb Meatballs

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Universal Orlando Resort

Grilled spiced lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, tomato-cucumber relish, feta cheese and mint chimichurri

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs

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Universal Orlando Resort

Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, served over goat cheese polenta and topped with toasted sesame seeds

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

But even the dishes that you’ve seen before have a new twist, Chef Glus explains. “The menu items we did keep, we changed up the presentation. If you’re going to elevate the food, you need to elevate the overall experience.”

I can’t wait to head over to Confisco Grille at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to check it out for myself!

The restaurant currently serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until park close, and you can find the menu online.

Reservations are recommended, and if you have any dietary needs you can contact the Universal Orlando Resort by calling (407) 224-FOOD (3663).

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Ravello at Four Seasons hosts Italian Festival

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Buon Appetito!

Ravello, the modern-Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, is bringing back its popular Italian Festival featuring a five-course truffle dinner and special prix-fixe menu highlighting Italian cuisine from January 28 through February 2, 2020.

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Torino, Italy, oversees the Resort’s six restaurants and banquet operations, though Ravello is where his true passion lies. 

Everything in Ravello is house-made with authentic ingredients imported straight from Italy, such as the flour used in the pastas and pizza dough. 

Chef Schenardi will host the Italian Festival along with guest chefs from the Region of Piedmont in Italy and the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary Institute, which the Resort first partnered with in October 2016.

Special guests include ChefRiccardo Marello,a culinary director and teacher at IFSE and a member of the Italian Chef Federation, as well as Chef Piero Rainone, who attended culinary school with Chef Schenardi in Torino more than 30 years ago and is also a member of IFSE and the Italian Chef Federation. Ugo Mura will represent IFSE as an Italian wine expert.

“I am very excited to bring back the Italian Festival,” says Schenardi. “It is an honour to cook with such talented chefs who have the same passion for sharing the traditional flavours of Italy.”

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Truffle Dinner

The highlight of the event, the five-course truffle dinner, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Ravello, and each course will feature the Piedmont Truffle from Italy and a wine pairing.

First Course

  • Salt roasted veal, Roccaverano Robiola cheese spuma, almond biscotto, truffle
  • Coppo, Gavi di Gavi, 2018

Second Course

  • Slow cooked egg, light cauliflower-anchovy cream, winter vegetables, truffle
  • Coppo, ‘L’Avocata’, Barbera d’Alba, 2017

Third Course

  • Pumpkin risotto, Castelmagno cheese, foie gras, natural jus, truffle
  • Coppo, Barolo Select, 2015

Fourth Course

  • Lamb loin, hazelnuts, glazed shallots, crunchy polenta gnocchi, carrot puree, truffle
  • Reversanti, Barolo, 2014

Dessert

  • Milk air, egg yolk vanilla crumble, hazelnut spuma, creamy chestnut, shaved chocolate salame
  • Coppo, Moscato d’Asti, 2018

The dinner is available for USD 195 per person (all inclusive) and must be reserved in advance by calling 407-313-6161.

Prix-Fixe Dinner

Additionally, guests can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu in Ravello for USD 56 per person from Tuesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 2, 2020.

First Course

  • Beef tartare, toasted hazelnut butter, artichoke and parmesan cheese salad

Second Course

  • Handmade Tajarin Piedmont pasta, white meat ragout, leek cream

Dessert

  • Gianduja milk chocolate, hazelnuts, raspberry sorbet

Guests may also order the above dishes a la carte. 

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

For reservations at Ravello for the Italian Festival, call 407-313-6161.

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