Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details

Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details Epcot international Festival of the Arts

The highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is hands dow the Disney on Broadway Concert Series that brings different pairs of stars to perform some of the songs they helped make famous and beyond.

Performances are included with your theme park admission, and take place on the American Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 17 to February 24, 2020.

While the concerts are amazing, on select nights there are special performances featuring twice the star power!

During the media preview for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, we were treated to one of these amazing concerts with Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Gavin Lee. I STILL have goosebumps!!!

2020 Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Lets first take a look at who will be lighting up the stage as part of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. 

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Heidi Blickenstaff, Gavin Lee, Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8

Liana Hunt, Adam Jacobs, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

Michael James Scott and Syndee Winters

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Josh Strickland and Syndee Winters

  • February 24
Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package

While the concert series is included in your theme park admission, seating is not guaranteed and often requires arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

However you can choose to purchase a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with guaranteed seating at one concert on the day of your dining.

The Dining Package price includes a 3-course meal experience that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet, where applicable at select World Showcase restaurants.

Participating Dining Package restaurants include:

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages:

  • Dining packages are paid for at the individual restaurants
  • Guests should check in 15 minutes prior to reservations
  • Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours before showtime
  • Tax, gratuity and required Epcot admission not included with dining package cost
  • Guaranteed concert seating badges for the America Gardens Theatre will be provided at the restaurant
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
  • Magic Your Way Dine and Deluxe Dine packages will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)

To book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package, visit the official website.

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Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020.

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2

The Disney on Broadway Concert Seriesis the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

The shows are included with your admission to Epcot, and here is the announced performance schedule:

  • January 17, 20, 21, 24, and 25: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • January  18, 19, 22, 23, and 25: Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • January  25: Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • January  26, 28, 29; February 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9: Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • February 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24: Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

The only way to guarantee seating for a Disney on Broadway concert, is by reserving aDining Package that includes seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. Reservations for these packages can be made online at ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407) WDW-FEST.

Food Studios

Epcot Festival of the Arts

During this year’s festival guests can enjoy twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations throughout the park that will be offering a variety of delicious, imaginative, and artistically sculpted dishes.

Festival Entertainment 

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Unique entertainment options celebrate the visual arts daily as artists paint favorite Disney characters in minutes, living statues inspired by Epcot interact with guests, high school bands perform, and performers complete thrilling acts of strength that defy gravity and imagination on sidewalks and common spaces of the park.

Family Festival Fun

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Photo Ops

This year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts has fun for the entire family with the new Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush environment built for exploring, Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt leads them throughout World Showcase to find where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art, and the chance to step into several photo-ops throughout Epcot including the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion.

Premium Festival Experiences

Epcot Festival of the Arts

In addition to the experiences included with admission to the park, festival goers can enhance their day with several premium festival experiences. This year Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion will be hosting a prix fixe brunch each Saturday and Sunday, guests can Paint with a Disney Artist, take the guided World Showcase: Destinations Discovered tour, and even enroll in a series of workshops to unleash their inner artist.

Reservations for these experiences are required and must be made in advance. Visit ArtfulEpcot.com for details.

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Morse Museum to Open New Exhibition

On March 3, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will open Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection. The exhibition will feature about a dozen paintings by leading American portraitists and a number of photographs by early American studios. Works date from the 1790s to the 1930s. 

Morse Museum March 2020 New Exhibit
painted portrait, c. 1905, of Sylvester S. Marvin by William Merritt Chase—gift of Leslie and Kathryn Grammar—that will be featured in the Museum’s new exhibition

At their most basic level, portraits record a person’s physical appearance on a specific date. When done well these records do more, revealing the psychological characteristics of a subject. The tension in portraiture is between the insights of a talented artist and the often unclear expectations of a sitter. The compelling personalities of figures ranging from powerful business executives to lovely women—both of genteel and working classes—are presented in the works on view in Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection.

A charming and arresting portrait of Sylvester S. Marvin (1841–1924), the founder of Nabisco, was commissioned around 1905 from the well-known artist William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). Chase and other painters like Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) and Robert Henri (1865–1929) created interpretive renderings with inimitable styles that brought the artists themselves a level of celebrity. Stuart, for example, is famed for his portrait of George Washington that graces the dollar bill. Two painted portraits on display by Stuart capture the costume and personae representative of the early years of the republic.

A photographed portrait reflected a modern worldview in the growing American society of 1900. Photography studios such as Matzene Studio (1900–1937) seized on the opportunities this medium afforded in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The photographs taken by this firm, founded by Jens Rudolph Matzene (c. 1870–1950), include an image of Chicago socialite Elizabeth Morse, later Genius, (1872–1928), the mother of Morse Museum founder Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89). Also contained in Matzene Studio’s portfolio is the elegant stage and film star Julia Dean (1878–1952).

Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection presents painted and photographic portrayals of Americans over a period of transition in both style and medium. Regardless of the medium or tradition, the concept of the portrait remained the same, to capture the qualities of a sitter through the skilled interpretation of an artist—painter or photographer.

Morse Museum Exterior

The Morse Museum, located at 445 N. Park Avenue, is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than 12.

All visitors are admitted free 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November through April.

For more information, call (407) 645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org.

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Disney’s Aladdin flies into Orlando

Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.

I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!

If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.

Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
  • All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
  • Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
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Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando – January 2020

In 2020 SeaWorld Orlando is continuing their 52 weekends of celebrations included with theme park admission, and this weekend the January Inside Look event, running on Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s through January 26, will begin. 

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando - January 2020

During SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees, and more. 

This behind-the-scenes event gives guests the chance to meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals including exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld will be offering continuous tours throughout the day at the following six areas:

  • SeaWorld Rescue Center
  • Bee Rescue Conservation Program
  • Dolphin Theater
  • Dive Operations at Manatee Underwater Viewing
  • Manta Aquarium
  • Sea Lion & Otter Primary Housing

As a bonus if guests collect 3 stamps in their Explorer Guide, they will earn an exclusive SeaWorld Expert Explorer pin. While supplies last.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

In addition, we will be hosting presentations and appearance at the Nautilus Theater:

Jack Hanna SeaWorld Orlando WIld Weekend
  • Wildlife Rescue and Research Presentation – January 11 and 18
  • Jack Hanna Animal Presentation – January 25 and 26 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

In addition to the daily offers on seaworld.com, there is a special Inside Look offer! 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

During any Inside Look day guests can buy one up-close tour and get one up-close tour free, but this can only be purchased in the park at the Information and Reservation Counter or Guest Services.

Make sure to mark your calendar, because this will be the first of three Inside Look events that SeaWorld Orlando will be hosting this year with the others happening on weekends May 9 – 17 and weekends November 7 – 15.

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

To learn more about our event and to check out even more offers visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/inside-look/.

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Real Music Real Masters Concert Series 2020

Real Music Real Masters, the longest running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, brings unique acts to the Stanleyville Theater from Tuesdays through Sunday from January 7 to March 15.

Real Music Real Masters Concert Series 2020 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Real Music Real Masters concerts include performances from first-rate tribute acts, acrobatic performances, and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras.

Real Music Real Masters concerts are included with park admission.

Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

With that out of the way, let’s look at this year’s Real Music Real Masters concert line-up!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: Former Lead Vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 7-12 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

LEONARD, COLEMAN AND BLUNT: FORMER LEAD VOCALISTS OF THE TEMPTATIONS, PLATTERS AND DRIFTERS

Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt have been around the world and back again several times each as the lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of all time: the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. The three Washington, DC natives have a back-story right out of a Hollywood movie; Leonard, Coleman & Blunt grew up singing together in church and on street corners throughout the 1960s before each found fame and fortune as members of Rock and Roll royalty. Now the childhood friends are back together again, performing the biggest hits from all three groups in one show filled with magic moments and musical memories.

The Diamonds Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 14-19 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

THE DIAMONDS

Through the years since the release of Little Darlin’ (1957), The Diamonds have learned one important lesson—the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, The Diamonds continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. These performances include — with Symphony Orchestras, in Performing Arts Theatres and major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos, at county and state fairs, on tours of England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Japan, for benefit concerts, corporate conventions and at nightclubs.

BJ Thomas Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 21-26 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

BJ THOMAS

A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike to his living room—or more accurately, The Living Room Sessions, his debut recording for Wrinkled Records featuring intimate acoustic re-imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs.

Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 28 – February 2 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

PIANO MEN: SIR ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE

Sir Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists Jeffrey Allen and Lee Alverson have joined forces to create “The Ultimate Tribute Show”. The two capture both artists in this high energy, interactive rock n roll show! Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set with the a rock n roll band, and then culminate the show with a “face to face” set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics as their costumes take you “through the years”. The show is an experience of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true rock n roll at its finest!

Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Tribute Show Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 4-9 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

CLASSIC STONES LIVE: THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROCK & ROLL TRIBUTE SHOW

Front man Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, and along with his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf, who portrays rock and roll outlaw Keith Richards, they complete the duo notoriously hailed as “The Glimmer Twins”. Their jaw dropping resemblance to these two rock and roll icons is simply amazing, but what truly makes Classic Stones Live™ unique, is their musical prowess, attention to detail, and the spot on renditions of all of your favorite Rolling Stones “classics”! From the signature saxophone solo in Brown Sugar to the unforgettable backing vocals in Gimme Shelter, every last detail has been accounted for by this eight piece band. Classic Stones Live™ performs all of the songs that are staples of any Rolling Stones show in original tunings.

Simply Queen Live Tribute Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 11-16 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

SIMPLY QUEEN: THE MOST INCREDIBLE LIVE TRIBUTE TO QUEEN

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in several productions of the award-winning “We Will Rock You” musical. Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor are veterans of the southwestern Ontario and Detroit circuits. The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail capturing the live amazing live Queen experience that filled stadiums around the world.

Let's Hang On: America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 18-23 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

LET’S HANG ON: AMERICA’S #1 FRANKIE VALLI TRIBUTE SHOW

Let’s Hang On™ has established itself as the preeminent Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group by combining spot-on vocals and crisp choreography with a genuine ability to entertain an audience. The seasoned performers respectfully pay tribute to all these classic “Four Seasons” details while also paying tribute to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This powerhouse group will perform all of The Frankie Valli mega hits including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, December of 1963 and Who Loves You!

Eaglemania at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 25 – March 1 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

EAGLEMANIA: THE WORLD’S GREATEST EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND

Eaglemania has evolved into a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget.

Cirque Vertigo Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

March 3-8 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

CIRQUE VERTIGO FEATURING THE WALLENDA DUO

All of the amazing people in this act have grown up in the Cirque/Circus world. There are no “part-timers” in this show ~ they are all true, 100% professional performers. This is their life; it’s all they do! The Wallenda Duo (mother & daughter) have worked all of their lives with the Flying Wallendas and currently do special appearances with the entire family. And now the 8th generation Wallenda, baby Alex has joined the show at 24 months old. You will truly be amazed at their skill and jaw dropping feats!

ONES: The Beatles #1 Hits Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

March 10-15 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

ONES: THE BEATLES #1 HITS

ONES is the completely new show that Beatles fans have been waiting for. This experience is an audio and visual spectacular with 11 performers that include ‘all-star’ vocalists, orchestra, and spellbinding stories behind the number one hits. Don’t miss this note-perfect performance of the Beatles number one hits!

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Rock the Universe 2020 Details

Rock the Universe 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida

Tobymac, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys and Switchfoot to headline Rock the Universe 2020 at Universal Orlando Resort  

Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.

Fans will enjoy feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian hip hop recording artist, TobyMac, GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian music artist, Chris Tomlin, Dove award-winners, Newsboys, Alternative Rock Band, Switchfoot and more. The full talent lineup is available at www.RocktheUniverse.com.

An event ticket also provides access to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most entertaining theme park attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. Rock the Universe fans will also enjoy autograph sessions with the genre’s top artists and access to the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, which features more live performances by up-and-coming acts. And, on Sunday morning, guests can wrap up the weekend with a powerful worship service.

Tickets to Florida’s Biggest Christian Music Festival are all on sale now, including a 3-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket starting at $127.99, plus tax – giving guests access to all three Universal Orlando theme parks for the price of two. Vacationing in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will add even more perks with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission and complimentary transportation across the destination.

At the heart of the event, Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits and opportunities to groups. For more details on Rock the Universe 2020 and to purchase tickets, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Wild Florida Opens Drive-Thru Safari

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park

For ten years Wild Florida, in Kenansville, has focused on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources, and now they are taking guests around the world with the opening of their new Drive-Thru Safari Park experience.

The new expansion includes 85 acres of untouched scenic landscapes giving guests of the wildlife and safari park the opportunity to  identify species from as far away as the African savanna to the deciduous forests of North America from the comfort of their own car.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

Along the over two miles of pathways, drivers and passengers will come up-close to over 100 animals roaming freely including giraffes, zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, mouflon sheep, and more. 

The Drive-Thru Safari experience is not just confined to your car because there is an elevated giraffe platform where you can hand-feed these beautiful animals.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

The park also contains a massive pond dedicated exclusively as a home for all “nuisance”alligators, trapped by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) SNAP program.

Wild Florida also plans to open a world class zip-line through the safari park that spans across untouched cypress swamps, animal exhibits and scenic landscapes in Spring 2020.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

As an added value, Safari Park tickets include FREE admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park with over 200 native and exotic animals, a petting zoo, a variety of educational animal shows, delicious food, and more.

Inside the Gator Park you can spend the day learning about American Alligators with Crusher – the park’s biggest American alligator who weighs over 1,000 pounds, view hands-on demonstrations with some of the Wild Florida residents during an Exotic Animal Show, and witnessing the power and speed of the American alligator during the Gator Feeding Show.

Did you know…The park also hosts an annual Gator Week to celebrate their inhabitants!

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park

Admission to Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park is only $29 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 12 that includes free admission to the Wild Florida Gator Park.

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Boardwalk Bowl Host New Year’s Eve Day

Boardwalk Bowl Logo

You can get the ball rolling on your resolution to get more active this year at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando with a New Year celebration throughout the day.

The popular entertainment center is hosting a full day and night of activities on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Daytime event

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boardwalk Bowl is offering a plethora of activities fit for every member of the family, whether you’re 2 or 102! How many games can you bowl before the ball drops? Find out during our All-You-Can Bowl special. For just $10, bowl as many games as you want for up to three hours. Shoes are included!

If you can’t make it past midnight or the kids need to make bedtime, don’t worry, we’re having our own ball drop early! In the afternoon, everyone will gather around as thousands of balloons drop from the ceiling.

Nighttime party

The fun doesn’t stop here. Once the kids are tucked in bed, it’s the grown-ups turn to raise the roof. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Boardwalk Bowl is the perfect place for friends to gather and ring in 2020 together. We’re offering special pricing on lanes so you’ll have your own spot to sit back and relax. The Brooklyn South Bar is serving up food and drink deals throughout the celebration. A live DJ will play your favorite tunes to ring in the New Year. Everything you need is in one convenient spot!

Groups up to five can reserve a lane for $80 in advanced or $90 at the door. At midnight, Boardwalk Bowl will host a balloon drop with up to $1,000 in prizes and offer a champagne toast for guests 21+.

Spots are limited, so guests should reserve in advance. To book a lane, email events@alomabowlingcenters.com or call 407-384-0003 prompt 1.

Boardwalk Bowl features over 100,000 square feet of entertainment space. In addition to 80 bowling lanes, the venue has a large arcade, billiards tables, comedy club and a full-service restaurant and bar. The center regularly holds promotions, events and activities.

To learn more about Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, visit boardwalkbowlfun.com.

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How to Ring in 2020 at the Universal Orlando Resort

New Year's Eve 2020 Universal Orlando Resort

It’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve… and there’s no better place to start 2020 off right than in the exhilarating atmosphere of Universal Orlando Resort. 

With captivating experiences offered across the destination – from the high-energy character dance parties in Universal Studios Florida to the chic EVE celebration for guests 21 and up at Universal CityWalk and unique events at Universal Orlando’s hotels – there’s no shortage of options to have a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at the most exciting theme park destination in the Universe. Guests can:

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Experience theme park thrills and fun for the entire family with epic New Year’s Eve festivities at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can visit the rockin’ party zones located at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park – complete with hit music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors and – of course – pyrotechnics. Plus, guests will have access to the park’s thrilling and immersive attractions throughout the evening. Access to Universal Studios’ New Year’s Eve festivities is included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Enjoy the chic spectacle of EVE at Universal CityWalk – the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration for guests 21 and up. Featuring delicious gourmet cuisine, access to five CityWalk clubs filled with exceptional live entertainment across Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor and more, it’s the best party this year… and next. Guests can save up to $50 on select tickets now through Dec. 15. For tickets and event details, including exclusive Annual Passholder discounts, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Delight in New Year’s Eve at Universal Orlando’s hotels, with each offering special festivities – and their own unique twist on the holiday – for hotel guests to ring in 2020.

Guests can experience a special “Party on the Piazza” surrounded by the beauty of an Italian seaside village at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, ROCK their way into the New Year at Hard Rock Hotel, take in the cool surf vibe of the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites or visit any other Universal Orlando hotel for a unique and vibrant way to celebrate. For more information on New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal Orlando’s hotels .

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Universal Orlando Resort

Guests can even start their New Year’s Eve celebrations early by experiencing the daytime thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.

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Universal Orlando Resort

And running daily now through January 5, 2020, they can experience Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration – featuring an incredible line-up of holiday experiences that put a twist on the traditional.

For more information on New Year’s Eve and Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.

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Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

This year SeaWorld Orland’s Christmas Celebration, Sesame Street Land has been decked out for the holidays and their daily parade has a fun holiday twist!

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and friends in their holiday best as dancing along to holiday favorites, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Joy to the World.”

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is very popular, so here are a few tips for making your viewing the best it can possibly be.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

The parade does not just roll down the middle of Sesame Street. The parade starts over near Abby’s Flower Tower before heading down to the end of Sesame Street Land and stopping to fill the area along the neighborhood (not attractions) with fun.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

While the parade does stop, children are not encouraged to step out and join the characters during the parade stops. It’s helpful to set this expectation early, because it is tempting for little ones to want to join the dancing.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

Make sure to get your spot at least 30 minutes before the parade starts to grab a spot along the street.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

Be aware that if you are in the front row, you will be asked to sit down for the parade so that others behind you will be able to see.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

While you are in the neighborhood, take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout Sesame Street Land! My favorite are the decorations in the Laundromat made of lost socks!

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is a fantastic addition to SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, and it is included with your theme park admission until December 31st. 

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ICON Park Hosts Bowl Game Spirit Nights

ICON Park is bringing college football excitement from the field to the sky with five days of events for fans of teams playing in the Camping World Bowl and VRBO Citrus Bowl. 

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors
The Wheel will serve as the focal point for college football, when it glows in team colors during seven fan nights. PHOTO: ICON Park

Team spirit will reach new heights when the 400-foot-high Wheel is lit up in individual team colors. On December 28, once the Camping World Bowl champion is crowned, The Wheel will glow in the winner’s colors. 

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Camping World Bowl:  Notre Dame vs. Iowa State

  • December 26:   Iowa State University
  • December 27:  University of Notre Dame
  • December 28: Camping World Bowl winner’s celebration
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VRBO Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama

  • December 29: University of Michigan
  • December 30:  University of Alabama

Fireworks will fly each night at 10 p.m. as DJs get fans pumped up for the big games. For fans wearing team colors, discounts will be available at ICON Park-owned bars, Sky Bar experiences aboard The Wheel and more. 

For more information about these special nights, visiticonparkorlando.com.

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into the Amway Center

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

2020 will bring a lot of new things to Orlando, and one that I am really excited about is the Jurassic World Live Tour that is coming to the Amway Center January 17-20, 2020!

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
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The Jurassic World Live Tour is your chance to step into an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans.

During the show, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. 

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
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The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience. 

Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
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Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years. 

“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

“We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, and I am stoked to share with you an opportunity to save on your tickets just in time for the holidays!

Use code ORJW20 to save up to 20% on tickets to the show at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com

The Jurassic World Live Tour sounds like it is going to be an epic adventure for the entire family, so don’t wait to get your tickets and save!

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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando Introduces New Treatments

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Central Florida’s premier spa offering both high-tech, innovative results-driven therapies, combined with traditional body and facial therapies, for the ultimate in rejuvenation and restoration. Exclusive in Central Florida to Four Seasons Orlando, The Spa now offers the Parisian line Biologique Recherché and its array of remarkably effective facials. Additionally, The Spa is now offering several cryotherapy treatments for body contouring, using a high-tech Cryoskin machine.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Biologique Recherché

Esteemed skin care line Biologique Recherché of France is known for its high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. Cold-made formulations that preserve the structure of active ingredients are applied to “recondition” the skin and help activate regeneration properties and balance the skin. 

The Spa now has the Biologique Recherché Remodeling Face Machine, a non-invasive machine that uses electrical currencies at three different frequencies, aimed to stimulate tissue, plump the skin, and create a radiant, refreshed look.

The following new treatments are offered incorporating this premium line:

  • Hyper Customised Facial – 50 minutes, USD 210; 80 minutes, USD 310 – A bespoke facial designed to show instant results for all ages and skin types, this facial includes a thorough skin consultation, deep cleanse, exfoliation, delightful and effective lifting and contouring facial massage, and a curated skin cocktail of serums and masks.
  • Lift & Remodel Facial – 80 minutes, USD 395 – Define and sculpt facial contours while stimulating underlying tissue with three currents. Galvanic, medium and high Ffrequency are utilised to lift the face, neck and décolleté. Remodeling Face Machine revitalises the skin, restores elasticity and reduces puffiness around eyes while improving the penetration of active ingredients for the ultimate anti-ageing experience.
  • Regenerating Micro Puncture Facial – 50 minutes, USD 350; 80 minutes, USD 445 – This facial is an intensive treatment that increases collagen production through intra-epidermal micro stimulation combined with a serum skin cocktail of highly active amino acids and vitamins.  Micro Puncture Lab activates the skin’s natural repair and regenerative process.  A remarkably effective treatment to illuminate the complexion, improve firmness and elasticity and combat premature signs of ageing.  The 80 minute treatment includes cocktails d’actifs and specialty collagen mask.Biologique Recherché Touch Therapies for the Body
  • Tone & Lift – 50 minutes, USD 190; 80 minutes USD 285 – A restorative body treatment featuring an exfoliating session followed by a bio-reflex massage using a moisturising and dermo-protecting complex, followed by the application of firming cream that prevents against skin slackening.  This treatment offers a full body toning of the epidermis while refining skin’s texture. 
  • Detox & Slim – 80 minutes, USD 285 – This treatment aims to improve circulation, blood flow, eliminate toxins and fats responsible for localised weight gain and help to regenerate body tissue.  This treatment is ideal for combating water retention and bloating while naturally encouraging slimming.Cryotherapy
    Exclusive to Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Central Florida, the cryotherapy treatments involve a technique to slim the body with a three-phase thermal shock system that destroys fat cells, followed by a lymphatic massage.  The Spa uses the Cryoskin machine, in which the therapist uses a wand to apply temperatures of negative two degrees Celsius to negative four degrees Celsius, to trigger the death of fat cells and achieve results.  An immediate slimming in the targeted area, such as the stomach, thighs, arms, or back, is often experienced as a result of localised exposure to sub-zero temperatures. Longer lasting results will be seen at the end of three to five sessions.
    Cryo toning sessions aim to eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance to areas lacking elasticity. This cold therapy treatment advances oxygenated blood flow, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Slimming – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per treatment for a series of five – Naturally slim the body with this remarkable treatment consisting of a three-phase thermal shock to destroy fat cells and lose inches on the stomach, thighs, arms, and back.  Results are immediate after one session and best results occur between three and six sessions.
  • Cryo Toning – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per a series of five – Eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance with this cold therapy treatment that improves microcirculation, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Facial – USD 250 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 225 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 200 per treatment for a series of five – For the face, cryo techniques can also assist with diminishing fine lines, boosting collagen production, improving elasticity, and feeling a tightening of the skin with advanced oxygenated blood flow from cold therapy.  Immediate enhancements in the tone and appearance of skin, as well as a refreshing lift and firmness, are experienced after one session.  The Cryo Facial stimulates major collagen production for a firmer, more radiant glow.
    With all cryo therapies, optimal results are seen with multiple sessions. Cryo Toning benefits are not permanent and are cumulative with regular sessions and healthy lifestyle choices. Cryo treatment results can last for several weeks after the treatment, and best results are typically seen between fifteen days and three weeks.

For appointments, call 407 313 6160.

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Light Up UCF Returns for 12th Season

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF brings snowy nights and sparkling lights with an all new ride, spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more to Central Florida!

Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.

Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of Addition Financial Arena, Light Up UCF will run through Sunday, January 5.

This year’s festival offers nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. Our Holiday Light Show (powered by Duke Energy) features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival (presented by AdventHealth for Children) encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to Addition Financial Arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Check www.LightUpUCF.com for times and dates.

Light Up UCF

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

Light Up UCF

There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide (sponsored by E-Pass) where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, the debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the AdventHealth Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.

Light Up UCF

Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.LightUpUCF.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com.

Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

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