Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2021

Today Walt Disney World announced that A Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 8 to February 22, 2021!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offers fun for the whole family, and here is a sketch of what you can expect when the event debuts in January:

  • Indulge in over 15 Food Studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase
  • Explore and purchase the brilliant and diverse work of Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon
  • Step into the scene at special photo locations scattered around the park
  • Participate in a paint-by-number mural that serves as a collaborative art project for all
  • Watch as visiting artists create magic right before your eyes
  • Catch performances by favorite EPCOT musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
  • Join an artful scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase
  • Shop for festival-exclusive merchandise
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

And if you’re already looking forward to attending the festival, now is the perfect time to explore how you can complete your dream vacation at Walt Disney World Resort with a special offer for stays at Disney Resort hotels in early 2021. 

To find out more about this special Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offer, check out the official Walt Disney World website for more details.

The Walt Disney World Resort is considering the importance of guest flexibility when planning any vacation right now and is going to continue to waive Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for arrivals through April 30, 2021.

We are really excited about the debut of the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in early 2021 and look forward to sharing more details as they become available!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

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Raglan Road Celebrates 15th Anniversary

It is going to be a big party at Disney Springs when Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant celebrates its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, October 21st. 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

On that day Raglan Road will offer guests a bevy of food, beverage, and retail specials:

  • Select Entrees reduced to $15 to include Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s To Die For Pie, Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash, and the OMG Burger
  • $15 15-year-old Irish Whiskey Flight
  • $15 Beer Flights for Two
  • 15% off Cooke’s of Dublin meals
  • 15% off Shop for Ireland retail purchases
Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

You can’t celebrate what’s to come without looking back at how it all started! 

The dining, shopping, and entertainment district Disney Springs was still called Downtown Disney in 2005 when the authentic Irish pub, owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, opened its doors offering a lively mix of authentic Irish entertainment, contemporary Irish cuisine, and a warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando.

Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

Now situated at The Landing at Disney Springs and having garnered multiple dining and entertainment awards through the years, Raglan Road features daily choreographed Irish stage shows by talented bands and an award-winning step-dance troupe. A dining destination for travelers and locals, Raglan Road last month earned Orlando magazine’s 2020 Reader’s Choice first-place Dining Award for Best Live Music Entertainment. The pub’s popular annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival and its Labor Day weekend boutique Irish music festival, the Great Irish Hooley, have welcomed many thousands of festival-goers each year.

Initially featuring lunch, dinner, and late-night pub grub, Raglan Road in 2013 introduced its Rollicking Raglan Brunch on Sundays, eventually expanding to Saturdays, as well. The popular weekend brunch last month also earned an Orlando magazine Reader’s Choice 2nd place Dining Award for Best Brunch. 

Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

A Traveler’s Choice award winner for consecutive years, Raglan Road in 2020 also earned the exclusive honor of placing in the top 10 percent of restaurants worldwide thanks to travelers’ reviews and ratings.

In addition to the pub’s modern Irish cuisine, the menu features a wide selection of craft beers and ales, hand-crafted cocktails, Irish coffee drinks, plus wine and bubbly, too. The Raglan Road children’s menu offers options for every young palate.

Raglan Road closed in mid-March due to pandemic-related restaurant shutdowns and reopened in June after incorporating a long list of safety measures throughout the restaurant. Guests can book socially-distanced tables for dinner and for the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. Drop-in guests may find distanced seating at one of the pub’s bars, in one of three dining rooms, or on the patio, but reservations are highly recommended.

Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

Currently, Raglan Road also features live entertainment nightly including a suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers. Guests also can enjoy shows beginning at noon during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch.  Dinner is served from 4-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique is open daily and packed with everything from cookbooks and kitchen wares to a wide selection of apparel, jewelry, flat caps, ball caps, and foodstuffs. Cooke’s of Dublin, the Irish quick-service restaurant adjacent to the pub, offers traditional favorites like Dublin-style fish & chips, burgers, and savory pies to carry out, eat in or devour at an outside table from noon to 10 p.m.

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Mennello Museum Hosts Votes for Women Exhibit

Mennello Museum Votes for Women Logo

As the 100th year of the 19th amendment providing voting rights for women and the 59th Presidential Election approaches, the Mennello Museum is hosting Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.

The crusade for women’s suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
Equality Is the Sacred Law of Humanity, c. 1903–1915

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett by Mary Garrity

The poster exhibition addresses women’s political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement’s relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America. 

The in-person, free exhibition of posters is featured on the Mennello Museum’s front porch beginning now through election day, November 3.

Visit them during museum hours, Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (weather permitting).

Mennello Museum Votes for Women
College Women Picketing in Front of the White House, 1917

Then visitors can continue their stroll through history and meet voting-rights heroes, as our neighbors at the Orlando Repertory theater present Eric Coble’s “Vote?,” a fully-produced online play streamed directly to you, now through November 8.  Stream Eric Coble’s “Vote?” here.

Also if you cannot make the trip out to the Mennello Museum, the virtual exhibition is also available online through November 2020.

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Festival of Trees Celebration Returns for the Holidays

34th Festival of Trees 2020 Orlando Museum of Arts

The Festival of Trees is back for its 34th year at the Orlando Museum of Art to bring joy to Central Florida with advanced tickets available now.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 12-29, with the exception of Mondays and Thanksgiving Day.

During this time, the Orlando Museum of Art will be transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with stunning décor and holiday cheer. This year’s theme is “Joy to the World—Celebrating a Season of Joy,” selected by the Council of 101 to focus on adding a little joy during the holiday season.

But while the fun will be what Central Floridians have come to expect from the beloved event, the Council of 101 has scaled down the event this year and made some changes to ensure a safe a fun event for all.

Tickets will be managed through reserved admissions due to limited capacity. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Onsite visitors will be asked to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines. For those who can’t make it out, organizers have enhanced the virtual experiences, offering online tours of the festival, virtual events, and even the opportunity to purchase a tree online.

34th Festival of Trees 2020 Orlando Museum of Arts

“The Festival of Trees is a truly a favorite tradition here in Central Florida. It’s what really makes it feel like the holidays for so many people,” said Jill Toole, president of the Council of 101. “While some things will be different this year, we’re proud we could still bring the holiday spirit to our community, perhaps when we need it most.”

Onsite or online, guests can experience the decorated halls of the museum and enjoy more than 25 decked-out trees, exceptional gingerbread houses, pop up vendors, elegant Entertaining by Design table settings, performances by talented local entertainers, and special drawings throughout the event. Not to be missed are the Santa sightings on the weekend, and children can make their Christmas requests by writing letters.

The first weekend of the festival kicks off with Ugly Sweater Day on November 14, with dignitaries and special ambassador appearances anticipated for this fun-filled theme event.

The Council of 101 events, including the Festival of Trees, have raised over $12 million for the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs. Festival of Trees benefits lifelong learning programs at the Orlando Museum of Art. Reaching deep into the community, these programs support many people from different walks of life, age, and income groups.

34th Annual Festival of Trees General Admission:

  • Thursday, November 12- Sunday, November 29 (Excluding Mondays and Thanksgiving Day)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to relish in the holiday season. Tickets are available at Councilof101.org or by calling 407-896-4231 ext.254. Tickets will be managed through reserved admissions as the museum is operating at limited capacity. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. Onsite visitors will be directed to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Ticket Prices for 34th Annual Festival of Trees:

  • Adults $15
  • Children (3-11) $7
  • Seniors (65+) $12
  • Military Personnel & First Responders (with valid ID) $12

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Councilof101.org or call 407-896-4231 ext.254

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Central Florida Zoo’s Zoo Boo Bash 2020

Central Florida Zoo Zoo Boo Bash 2020

There are typically some pretty WILD sights at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, but this October, it’s going to be downright spooky during Zoo Boo Bash!

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of all kinds will gear up to celebrate Halloween safely at the fan-favorite Zoo Boo Bash, presented by Orlando Health.

This year, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on select dates, Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25. Zoo Boo Bash is the perfect way for children and families to safely show off those Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat while enjoying the fun of the Zoo.

The Zoo will have plenty of not-so-scary decorations and activities, including trick-or-treat stations in a designated area to ensure social distancing. Costumes are encouraged for all guests and face masks or coverings are required for guests over the age of 13—an easy requirement for many costumes!

Dino Ferri, CEO of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, said they are thrilled to be able to host the event this year.

“At Central Florida Zoo, we’ve always prided ourselves on creating a safe, fun, and educational environment for families,” Ferri said. “With the help of our ongoing partner Orlando Health, we have implemented necessary precautions to hold our wildly popular Halloween event while protecting the health and safety of our guests.”

There will be enhanced safety measures at this year’s event, including limited capacity and date-specific, timed entry. Timed tickets will also be required for trick-or-treating. Annual passholder blackout dates apply; however, tickets to the event are $5 per person named on the passcard.

“Zoo Boo Bash has become an annual tradition for so many families throughout Central Florida and we’re proud to be the presenting sponsor once again,” said Shawn Molsberger, president, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. “The pandemic has changed how we interact but we want our community to know there are ways to come together safely to have a little fun.”

Guests can purchase tickets online at www.centralfloridazoo.org/zooboo for guaranteed admission.

For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Aloma Bowl Hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat

Aloma Halloween Trunk or Treat

Put on your spookiest costume and head to Aloma Bowl this Halloween for an afternoon full of themed drinks for both big and little monsters, delicious food, contests and prizes. If you’re looking for a fun and safe way to kick off your trick-or-treating this year, Aloma Bowl is the place to be!

Aloma Bowl is hosting a trunk-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cars will be decked out with decorations, full of tasty treats and lined up for your trick-or-treating pleasure.

This is a free event, so gather up the whole family and enjoy an unforgettable, spook-tacular afternoon! The trunk or treat will take place in Aloma Bowl’s parking lot, located at 2530 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, Fl 32792.

The fun isn’t just for the trick-or-treaters – there’s a special prize in store for the best trunk. One lucky winner will receive $100 cash and two hours of bowling plus shoes for up to five guests.

All trunk participants must register prior to the event. For details, rules and to sign up, please contact us at 407-671-8675 or Jennifer.alomabowl@gmail.com.

While at the event, don’t forget to capture the memories at Aloma Bowl’s Share the Scare! Haunted Selfie Station. Snap selfies in front of this fun Halloween-themed photo op and use a free spooky Snapchat filter or Facebook frame to dress them up

Aloma Bowl has been serving the Winter Park community for over 40 years. In addition to this Halloween event, the center offers Karaoke every Friday night and weekly bowling specials. Aloma Bowl features 32 bowling lanes, an arcade, billiards tables and the Brooklyn South Bar & Grill, a full-service bar and restaurant.

For more information about Aloma Bowl, visit www.alomabowlfun.com.

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Trunk or Treat Car Show at The Promenade at Sunset Walk

Sunset Walk Trunk or Treat October 2020

The Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts hundreds of Classic to Modern Cars and Trucks from all eras, and on October 11th they’re hosting a Special Trunk or Treat Car Show.

During this special event, drivers are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and bring wrapped candy to hand out to all the little ghouls and goblins walking the streets of The Promenade.

And for some extra fun kiddos are encouraged to come dressed and ready to Trunk or Treat!

The event is hosted by DJ Scotty B who will be playing the Perfect mix of music as you are visiting the line-up of cars and trucks.

While you are there take advantage of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.

The Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts hundreds of Classic to Modern Cars and Trucks from all Eras, Makes & Models the second Sunday of every month with upcoming events on November 8th and December 13th.

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Orlando Science Center Pompeii Exhibit Update

Orlando Science Center Pompeii Exhibit Update

The Orlando Science Center announced today that Pompeii: The Immortal City will now premiere on October 26, 2020. 

This blockbuster exhibition features over 100 authentic artifacts and experiences that will plunge visitors into the heart of the ancient city.  Orlando Science Center is one of only three locations in the nation to host Pompeii: The Immortal City and is the last stop on its US tour, which concludes on January 24, 2021.

The exhibition’s stay in Orlando is funded in part by Orange County Government and its tourism partners through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Blockbuster Program. It was developed and produced by TEMPORA in collaboration with Civita and Filmmaster based on the scientific research of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Galileo Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze and distributed by Exhibits Development Group. 

“Pompeii is the perfect exhibit for these times,” said JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “The artifacts encourage quiet contemplation while timed entry limits capacity and offers people ample time, and distance, to examine displays and better understand the magnificence and ultimate tragedy of this remarkable place.”

Spectacular immersive moments will allow visitors to experience the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and its destructive path through the city. In just 24 hours, Pompeii was buried, and perfectly preserved, by volcanic ash in 79 AD. Displays of artwork, jewelry, statues, architecture, multimedia experiences and recreations of mechanical devices, allow visitors to discover this first-century Roman town and its many technological achievements.

Advance tickets are now on sale at www.osc.org/pompeii. People who originally reserved tickets for Pompeii before it was postponed can contact gservices@osc.org to reschedule their visit. 

General admission tickets will be $26 for adults and $18 for youth (advance booking fees and parking fees apply) and include access to Pompeii: The Immortal City plus Orlando Science Center exhibits and experiences.

Orlando Science Center Members receive free admission to Pompeii: The Immortal City with their membership (advance booking fees apply). 

Tickets are only available online

Please review Orlando Science Center’s health and safety guidelines (subject to change) before visiting at www.osc.org/reopening-plan.

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On the Go in Orlando: 4th of July Fun

This year the 4th of July looks a little different in Orlando, but there are still a lot of great events going on around town that you can get out to enjoy or watch from your couch!

On the Go in Orlando: 4th of July Fun

Around Town 

A Star-Spangled Weekend Celebration at the Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando

July 3-5, 2020 | All Day

The Promenade will host DJs and Live Bands Friday night and all day Saturday, plus a FIREWORKS spectacular Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night’s event will be a socially distanced event, so tickets are limited. Get your $12 tickets today before they run out! Admission includes free parking. We’ll end the weekend with a Star-Spangled Car and Truck Show on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded.

4th of July 2020 Orlando

Avalon Park Fourth Of July

July 4, 2020 | 9 PM 

This year’s 4th of July Celebration in Downtown Avalon Park will consist of FIREWORKS ONLY at 9 p.m. Viewers are asked to abide by the CDC and Government recommendations as it relates to social distancing and protective wear. We look forward to celebrating future events together soon!

4th of July 2020 Orlando

Clermont Red White and Boom

July 4, 2020 | 6 PM – 10 PM | Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St.

The free, family event is packed with fun for everyone. Local celebrity Kayslin Victoria, a Top 24 singer on Season 16’s “The Voice,” will lead off with the National Anthem at the Highlander Pavilion. A fireworks show will top off the evening at 9:15 p.m. over Lake Minneola.

4th of July 2020 Orlando

AstroSkate July 4th Skate

July 4, 2020 | 12-4 PM

Enjoy Skating for $6 (plus skate rental) and free all-you-can-eat hot dogs from 12 – 1 PM.

4th of July Orlando

Eustis Hometown Celebration

A Fireworks Show you don’t want to miss! Beginning at 9:30pm on July 3rd over Lake Eustis Eustis will host a fantastic fireworks display by Four Seasons.

Suggested viewing locations:

  • Ferran Park: 250 Ferran Park Dr, Eustis
  • Community Center: 601 Northshore Dr, Eustis
  • Sunset Island Park:301 W. Ward Ave, Eustis

Although we won’t have vendors this year, be sure to visit a Eustis business for dinner & dessert and come on out to celebrate our Independence Day!

St. Cloud 4th Fireworks

July 4, 2020 | 10 PM

The 74-year tradition of Fireworks on the 4th of July will continue in 2020 in a different way due to the Corona Virus pandemic, with a “Salute to Salute July 4th, 2020”. 

There will be a brief pyrotechnic display launched from a to be disclosed location at 10:00 PM Saturday July 4th. Many Area residents and visitors will be able to see – and hear – the Salute to Salute July 4th from their homes and backyards. St. Cloud area community members will be encouraged to look and listen from their doorsteps or backyard for the Salute to Salute July 4th at 10:00 pm Saturday July 4th. 

The short pyrotechnic display will be launched from a to be announced location. Area residents will learn which direction to look shortly before 10:00 pm Saturday July 4th via area media outlets and St. Cloud Fireworks Social Media.

Virtual Events:

Winter Park Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4-5, 2020 | 9 AM to 11 PM

Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the City of Winter Park invites the community to enjoy a virtual presentation of its annual 4th of July Celebration. A link to the pre-recorded, virtual celebration will be posted Saturday, July 4, at 9 a.m., on the city’s official website at cityofwinterpark.org as well as the city’s Facebook page

The virtual celebration will begin with a special welcome from Mayor Steve Leary followed by musical performances and historical tributes including:

– Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble led by Dr. John Sinclair

– Americana/rock/country artist and Orlando native Sean Holcomb

– Historical presentation by The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

– Photomontage of the city’s previous 4th of July celebrations

– Surprise message from city staff

4th of July 2020 Orlando

City of Heroes: City of Orlando Fireworks

July 4, 2020 | 8 to 9:30 PM | Fireworks at 9 PM

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 43rd annual Fireworks at the Fountain will be held virtually this year. News 6 will present a pre-recorded compilation of the brightest and biggest fireworks from the past several years at Lake Eola.

Before the fireworks show, News 6 will honor our heroes in the community. The fireworks portion begins at 9.

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Theme Parks:

LEGOLAND Florida Fireworks Fourth of July 2019

LEGOLAND RED, BRICK AND BOOM

July 4, 2020 | 9 PM

On July 2-4 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, celebrate America’s Independence as the skies above Lake Eloise fill with one of the biggest fireworks shows of the year! You can also help create a giant U.S. flag out of thousands of LEGO® bricks. These festivities are included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Summer Nights 2015 New Year's Eve

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July 4, 2020 | 9:45 PM

At SeaWorld Orlando, the night sky will light up with fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers during this special, socially distanced event, taking place on July 3, July 4 and July 5. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium. Park reservation is required.

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The Orlando Crayola Experience has Reopened

The Orlando Crayola Experience at Florida Mall is once again welcoming guests to get creative!

Orlando Crayola Experience

The attraction has implemented several new protocols aligned with state and local requirements, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and industry recommendations that are designed to promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact. 

Some key things that you will notice on your next visit to Orlando’s Crayola Experience include:

  • Limits to the number of guests in the attraction, theater show, and retail store.
  • Entry screenings and temperature checks on team members (employees) prior to entering the building for work each day and requiring those who don’t feel well to go home.
  • Required face coverings for team members while in public areas.
  • Enhanced and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces – such as tabletops, countertops, stools, computer screens, doors, handrails, trash containers, water fountains, and restrooms throughout the attraction, café and retail store.
Orlando Crayola Experience
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the attraction.
  • Acrylic barriers around registers and guest relations.
  • Signage and ground markers in high-traffic areas to remind guests to maintain proper distancing when in line or navigating through the attraction and retail store.
  • Temporary modification to certain activities and food service areas to promote physical distancing and cleanliness.
  • All payments must now be made with cashless transactions. Self-service payment terminals at registers in both the attraction and retail store accept major credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay.
  • Touchless e-ticketing for general admission tickets purchased at a cashier or kiosk on site.
  • Extending annual pass and ticket expiration dates.
  • Offering a new ticketing option for unlimited visits through the end of the year.
Orlando Crayola Experience

To promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact, the Orlando Crayola Experience has made the following modifications:

  • The Color Playground and Toddler Town climber is closed until further notice.
  • Crayons have been removed from tables and the Colossal Caddy, and chalk from the Scribble Square area; instead supplies are included in each guest bag received upon admission. 
  • Theater show seating is limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • The number of available stations on some attractions has been reduced.
  • Character appearances are suspended until further notice.

If your questions are not answered here, guests are encouraged to contact CEguest@crayolaexperience.com.

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Morse Museum Reopening July 8

Morse Museum Exterior

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8. Public Museum and Museum Shop hours, however, have been temporarily restricted to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, the Morse will remain closed on Sundays. The Museum has been temporarily closed since March due to the coronavirus. New guidelines for visiting the Museum have been implemented to ensure a safe reopening.

To reduce direct personal contact, and to maintain recommended physical distancing, the Morse Museum has developed an appointment system for visitors to reserve a time slot prior to their visit.

All those planning to visit the Museum are asked to make an appointment in advance of their visit. The last available appointment is at 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Beginning July 8, appointments may be made by visiting morsemuseum.org/plan-your-visit or by calling (407) 644-1429 during operating hours.

For the safety of both visitors and staff, the Morse has instituted new guidelines:

  • If you feel at all unwell, please postpone your visit and contact the Museum to arrange a new appointment time.
  • Please wear a face covering during your visit. Masks are available at the Visitor Services desk.
  • Please do not touch anything in the Museum except the object guides available in each gallery.
  • Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet (preferably ten feet) from others throughout your visit.
  • Please sanitize your hands at the sanitizing stations in the lobby and just before leaving the galleries to enter the Museum Shop.

The Morse has created these guidelines to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible and to comply with local and state health recommendations.

For all those who would like to continue to visit the Museum virtually from home, the Morse offers many opportunities. The Morse Museum’s website includes online activities, videos, and an audio tour.

Please note that all on-site lectures, music presentations, art demonstrations, and other in-person programs as well as social events are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Morse Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural objects from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings, graphics, and decorative art.

Located at 445 N. Park Avenue, the Museum is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. It receives no public funds.

For more information call (407) 645-5311 or visit the museum’s website at morsemuseum.org.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Opening Date

Leadership at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced that the visitor complex will reopen to guests effective Thursday, May, 28, 2020 with reduced admission, attendance limits, and some attractions unavailable.

During the initial reopening phase, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will begin new measures and procedures in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

To reinforce guests’ health and safety:

  • A limited number of attractions and services will be available during this initial, reopening phase.
  • All guests will undergo a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour will not be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Face coverings will be required for employees and guests. Face coverings will be available for purchase at the front entrance.
  • New physical-distancing measures will be in place.
  • All guests are required to have a timed ticket, including annual passholders.
  • Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged to ensure entry due to limited capacity.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will continue the comprehensive and extensive availability of hand sanitizer throughout the park, as well as the increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and at workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and ticket counters.

These precautions are temporary and are subject to change at any time based on the recommendations of the CDC, State of Florida, and Brevard County. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex management continues to work closely with local, state, and federal experts to ensure that we are up to date on the situation as it evolves.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

Guests will also be able to purchase a space expert-led walking tour through Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, Nature and Technology, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Astronaut Training Experience®. This tour, which will be limited to small groups, costs $49.99 and includes admission and a boxed lunch.

During the initial reopening, a limited-time “Explore Today, Explore Tomorrow” package, which will include daily admission, parking and a complimentary ticket to return to the visitor complex in 2021,  will be $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children.

The operating hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Leadership will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments to the availability of exhibits, tours, and experiences as deemed safe and appropriate. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure guest and employee safety, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has taken and will continue to take action to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus based on the guidance of the CDC. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Additional details are available online.

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SEA LIFE & Madame Tussauds Now Open

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park have officially reopened to guests for an enjoyable escape.

A range of new health and safety measures have been introduced in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities.

Safety measures such as social distancing signage, contactless payment, and enhanced cleaning will be clearly visible to guests from the moment they arrive.

Interactive experiences including touch tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium and photo props at Madame Tussauds have been temporarily removed.

Capacity will also be restricted to no more than 25 percent of permitted occupancy.

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

“The health of our guests, staff, and sea animals is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment,” said General Manager of SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando James Paulding. “We will continue to adapt our operations to adhere with health and safety guidelines while offering guests the chance to create magical memories.”

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, both locations will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For a limited time, guests who are the “First To Play” will get a specially discounted ticket that includes free digital downloads. Entry to both SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds is now available for $30 per adult and $25 per child. Single attraction tickets are discounted to $20 per adult and $15 per child and also include free digital downloads.

Families are encouraged to visit the SEA LIFE ORLANDO website and Madame Tussauds Orlando website to purchase tickets and review safety protocols ahead of their visit.

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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

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Dr. Phillips Center Updates Orlando 20/21 Season

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts UPDATES TO THE 20/21  FAIRWINDS BROADWAY IN ORLANDO SEASON ANNOUNCED

Dr. Phillips Center has announced that the previously scheduled performance of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando engagement of To Kill a Mockingbird, scheduled for Dr. Phillips Center will be postponed. The highly anticipated Orlando run will be part of the 21/22 season. 

In addition, The Cher Show, originally scheduled for June 15 – 20, 2021 will not come to the Dr. Phillips Center as part of the 20/21 Broadway season. The show has postponed its national tour with new dates to be announced. 

Jesus Christ Superstar will appear as part of the 20/21 season at Dr. Phillips Center on June 15–20, 2021.

Jesus Christ Superstar Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for YouInto the Woods) and award-winning choreographer 

Drew McOnie (King KongStrictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice,JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARis set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

Current season subscribers will be contacted by email with updated season package information, and you can find more information by visiting drphillipscenter.org.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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