2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

The 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, happening daily through November 23, brings a culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to the park.

With new favorite festival offerings and dates than ever, let’s take a look at everything you can experience at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces

Epcot guests can taste their way around the park with 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces that extend from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade. 

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

New marketplaces include the Appleseed Orchard Marketplace, where guests can pair apple-inspired beers, ciders and cocktails like the Apple Blossom Sky while nibbling on Charcuterie and Cheese. Brews, ciders and wines will be offered individually or as flights, and kids of all ages can enjoy a deliciously sweet Frozen Apple Pie drink.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

More new sweet and savory treats can be found at The Alps Marketplace, a tasty new spot where guests can conjure a snow-capped setting while dipping into a dish of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with refreshing Frozen Rosé.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019


The Doughnut Box is debuting in Future World on October 1st with sweet eats and refreshing sips. Disney chefs have harnessed their creative energies for a festival spin on the donut craze, producing irresistible marketplace goodies that include a Black and White Coffee Cocktail garnished with a fresh yeast donut sprinkled with chocolate espresso bean crumbles, a Sweet Corn Fritter with Fresno and red pepper jelly, Strawberry-dusted Yeast Donut Holes. Also on the menu is a Strawberry Smoothie made with Blue Diamond Breeze Almondmilk and an exclusive festival beer called Boston Cream Donut Ale from Central 28 Beer Company, located in DeBary, Florida.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Fun for Families

Back by popular demand, the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World will expand to seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. While on Fridays and Saturdays, Radio Disney stars will pump up the mix with live performances. 

The celebrity lineup includes:

  • September 27-28 – Isabella Nicole (“Headphones”) 
  • October 4-5 – Avenue Beat (“Delight”) 
  • October 11-12 Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home”)
  • October 18-19 JAGMAC (“Like a Band”)
  • November 1-2 – AJ Mitchell (“All My Friends”)
  • November 8-9 – Kylie Cantrall (“That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout”) 
  • November 15-16 – Erin Bowman (“Keep Me Warm”) 
  • November 22-23 –Tegan Marie (“Horses”)
Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Other family activities include Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt where you use your map to locate statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces for a fun surprise, compliments of Chef Remy!

The popular Candy Sushi interactive experience returns to Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion inviting kids of all ages to create sushi rolls using gummies, fun strips, and crisped rice to create a fun-to-eat treat!

Families can also enjoy the all-new Emile’s Fromage Montage,where they can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. Guests can purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once guests collect all five stamps, they can take the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Three times nightly, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will rev up fans and rock the America Gardens Theatre stage through November 19 with the biggest musical menu of top talent in the festival’s history, including new acts Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kris Allen (pop, alt-rock), Boyce Avenue (rock, pop), and D. 

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres include Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. Showtimes Sundays through Thursdays will be 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday shows are slated for 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are also available to let guests choose their favorite restaurant for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus guaranteed concert seating that evening.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Premium Festival Events

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers a wide variety of Premium Festival Events such as Party for the Senses, Sunday Brunch with the Chef, Cheese Seminars and other special wine and culinary programs to take your experience to the next level.

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The back-by-demand Sunday Brunch with the Chef series in World Showplace Events Pavilion will kick off Sept. 1 with Chef Jamie Deen and continue on select Sundays through November 17. The chef lineup includes Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro, Richard Blais, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Graham Elliot and Aarti Sequeira.

Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football will be available select Sundays through November 17. The 45-minute program will pair gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night. Guests will also learn how to prepare the dishes for their next tailgate party.

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The grandest of the festival’s hot-ticket tasting events, Party for the Senses at World Showplace Events Pavilion, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners September 21, October 5, 12 and October 19 (All Disney Chef Night!). This event showcases creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment featuring Femmes of Rock, who wowed guests last year with their blistering solos and innovative arrangements. (Note: The November 9 event is sold out.)

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops on select Mondays and Thursdays through November 14 will offer new opportunities for guests to work side-by-side with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.

Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons will entertain guests and inspire their palates on select dates at festival seminars and other events. Big names on tap include Bryan Voltaggio, Kenny Gilbert, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.

Book & Bottle Signings by some of the world’s top vintners and chefs will return on select dates this year, in addition to the popular The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, offering guests samples.

Culinary Demonstrations (available through November 16) and Beverage Seminars (available through November 17) will offer learning and tasting sessions select days throughout the festival.

Reservations and separate event admission are required for these premium festival events and can be made by calling (407) WDW-FEST or on TasteEpcot.com. 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

While you are in the park, don’t forget about the exciting new merchandise to commemorate the festival!

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Chef Minnie and Chef Mickeyare bringing an extra “sprinkle” of fun in a new merchandise line depicts those true originals busily making cupcakes and other delectable desserts with ingredients that include rose-gold accents and a little sparkle. 

Guests can also celebrate the festival with returning favorites including the Taste Your Way Around the World, Brews, Figment, and Remy collections.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

During the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat concerts through November 19, Disney du Jour Dance Party, Festival Passport, and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

You can find more information about special events like these and theme park news by following @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Jimmy Buffett Brings 2019 Tour to Orlando

2019 Jimmy Buffett High Tide Tour Amway Center 2019

Orlando, the wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band has announced that their Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will make a stop at Orlando’s Amway Center for one night only, Saturday, December 7. 

Tickets for the Amway Center concert will range in price from $33 to $142.50, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 27 at 10 am ET.

Buffett released his famous “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor” long playing (LP) record in 1978, and sang the title track during his only performance on Saturday Night Live following its release. The song was written about his grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, Sr., who was a huge influence in his life. The tour commemorates the album’s 40th anniversary release which kicked off in 2018 with the celebration continuing through 2019. The record also includes the Parrothead-favorite, “Cheeseburger In Paradise” as well as “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle.”

“Jimmy Buffett is a legendary entertainer with numerous hits and incredibly passionate fans,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to Amway Center and we’re looking forward to another sold-out show.”

Jimmy Buffett And The Coral Reefer Band Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 // 8 PM ET
Where: Amway Center // Orlando, Florida
On-Sale: Friday, September 27, 2019 // 10 AM ET

The long-awaited Margaritaville musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” in 2018 world premiered in La Jolla, CA, followed by pre-Broadway stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago and opened on Broadway. The original Broadway-cast recording of the musical was recently released and the tour launches this year including a week-long performance at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 12-17.

For the first time ever, music from the platinum-selling 2004 album, “License To Chill,” was released as a digital and streaming CD worldwide last year. Many musical friends joined Buffett on this record including Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, George Strait, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith.

Keep in mind the following information about ticket sales:

  • All tickets are reserved. 
  • Buy tickets at Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. 
  • All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

Tickets for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will go FAST, so if you would like to go make sure you act quick!!!

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Stranger Things Pop-Up at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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The hit series Stranger Things is featured at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights expands to the hotel with a special pop-up photo experience

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just got a whole lot stranger, because from now until October 31st guests can go further into the Upside Down as Netflix’s Stranger Things springs to life in select areas of the hotel.

Guests will get an exclusive look inside the iconic Byers’ living room from season one and fan-favorite ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy from season three of the hit sci-fi series through special photo pop-ups in the hotel. 

The pop-ups will be open daily from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. (hours may vary) on the second floor of Cabana Bay Beach Resort and are exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests. Guests must show a room key to gain access to this exclusive pop-up experience – Cabana Bay guests will receive priority access, while guests of the other Universal Orlando Resort hotels will queue in a standby line.

Stranger Things will also come to life in the hotel with unique theming and décor inspired by the series, including Will’s iconic sprawling tunnel map adorning the staircase in the lobby and specially-themed pizza boxes from Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Delizioso Pizza that guests can receive when ordering a late-night snack.

The fun is all part of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights that runs on select nights until Saturday, November 2, bringing the most terrifying names in horror to life in 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Universal Orlando guests who stay at one of the resort’s seven hotels will receive complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk in addition to special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate, each event night until 8 p.m.

For more information about the totally terrifying Halloween Horror Nights and other theme park news make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Debut Announced

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is Coming to Universal Orlando Resort this September
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All-New Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort will bring the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle and more– including Death Eaters – to life in Hogsmeade on select nights September 14 through November 15

As darkness falls on select nights starting September 14 the all-consuming Dark Arts will be unleashed in Hogsmeade when the all-new light projection experience, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, will make its highly-anticipated debut at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.

The nighttime show utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects and lighting to bring a new dimension of magic to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. 

But before the experience, an ominous green light and fog will permeate the village, signaling the arrival of the Death Eaters. They’ll eerily roam throughout Hogsmeade, lurking amongst guests – practicing the Dark Arts with complete disregard of wizarding laws.

This marks the first time that guests at Universal Orlando will be able to encounter Death Eaters – devoted followers of Lord Voldemort known for their allegiance and practice of the Dark Arts – as part of their experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

As the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle begins Hogwarts Castle is illuminated with a darker side of the wizarding world sinister creatures and villains – such as Dementors, Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more – cloak the castle through a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects. 

To help battle these dark forces, guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravely face the Dark Arts and the visage of the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, until the Patronus spell – to cast one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world.

The highly anticipated Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will run select nights September 14 through November 15 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. 

For more information about Darks Arts at Hogwarts Castle and other theme park news make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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Preparing for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is always a blast, but to make sure we have a great time there are things that I make sure that I pack in my bag to have during the party.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

1. Necessities

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Necessities

I always have what I call a ‘Bag of Necessity’ with me in the parks, but for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party I will sometimes travel light and just carry medicine, a nail file, lip balm, and gum.

If you want to see what is usually in my crazy, Mary Poppins ‘Bag of Necessity’ here you go…

2. Charger & Cord

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Fuel Rod and cord

I always have a portable charger and cord with me in my bag, and I love having a Fuel Rod because you can exchange it in the park without having to worry about charging it at home before you go. It was the best $30 investment!!!

I like to keep the charger and cord in a zip-top bag, because it makes it easier to find and keeps it dry should it start to rain.

3. Extra Zip-Top Bag For My Phone

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Zip Top Bag for Cell Phone

So while my iPhone is water resistant, I always like to be SUPER safe so I carry an extra zip-top bag with me for my phone.

4. Hand Sanitizer

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Hand Sanitizer

Sometimes you need to eat candy, and you need to eat it now…so hand sanitizer!

5. MagicBand and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket

While you can link yourMickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket to you MagicBand, I always like to carry mine with me just in case!

5. Gallon Size Zip-Top Bags

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Gallon Zip Top Bags

What aren’t gallon size zip-top bags good for at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

I like to use them to put candy in (those handles get stretchy as the night goes on), keep my maps together, and even to share with others who may need them!

6. Raincoat In Zip-Top Bag

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Raincoat in Zip Top Bag

I always like to carry my raincoat with me to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, because I can use it when it rains, if I get cold, or if someone in a stroller needs a cover for sleep.

I also always keep it in a zip-top bag so if it does rain for a little bit, I can always take it off and put it back in my bag without getting everything else in the bag wet.

7. Wipes

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Wipes

If you are stuck on a curb waiting for Mickey’s Boo To You Parade with sticky hands, these wipes come in handy!

They’re also great for stains, taking off face paint, and almost anything else. Plus how adorable is this Mickey pattern????

8. Extra Camera Batteries In A Zip-Top Bag

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Extra Batteries

Extra camera batteries are good to have, because you never know how snap-happy you will get at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Again, I carry them in a zip-top bag to keep them organized and dry.

9. Savory Snacks

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Savory Snacks

Man cannot survive on candy alone…no matter how many times you tell yourself that! So to avoid the crazy food lines during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I like to carry savory snacks.

We will be bringing you more coverage of this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, so make sure you follow our adventures on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

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Gatorland Announces New Halloween Event

Gators, Ghost and Goblins Gatorland Orlando 2019

Park’s Halloween event to feature themed areas, actors, vendors, selfie zones, Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest Pavilion, , and spooky fun for everyone!

Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” is getting ready for Halloween with an all-new special event called Gators, Ghost and Goblins that will include spooky fun for everyone on select dates in October.

Gatorland Orlando Gators Ghosts Goblins Halloween 2019
Gatorland Orlando

Included with regular price admission on October 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31, this special event will feature several spooky themed areas throughout the park!

Complete with ghoulish actors and selfie zones, fun shows, a variety of specialty vendors, and “Frank & Stein’s” Octoberfest Pavilion with even more entertainment and themed food and beer for purchase.

The infamous Skunk Ape that Gatorland guests have spotted throughout the years will also be making appearances throughout the day along with the mysterious Swamp Ghost, and his Stompin’ Gator crew.

Gatorland Orlando Gators Ghosts Goblins Halloween 2019
Gatorland Orlando

“Besides the great family entertainment we offer in the park every single day, we love doing fun new things for our guests via special events,” said Mark McHugh, President & CEO of Gatorland.  “It’s just another way we are bringing everyone the best of Gatorland during our 70th Anniversary year.” 

Gatorland is a 100-acre theme park combining Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits, and entertainment.  Originally Gatorland opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, and today the park is celebrating its 70th Anniversary of providing affordably-priced family fun!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party happens at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park on select nights until November 1st, and during this after-hours event families are encouraged to put on their favorite costumes to spend the evening collecting candies, experiencing park thrills, and watching eerie entertainment with Disney Characters that go bump in the night. 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019

This year more new additions than ever are joining the line-up of amazing event exclusive offerings!

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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The new Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular lights the night sky during the witching season in a spellbinding display playing across the heavens.

As host of the spectacle, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” spins a not-so-scary tale about how anything can happen on Halloween night.

Jack’s ghost dog, Zero, brings everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure where four friends – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck – find themselves drawn into a haunted house. Encounters with dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and wickedly troublemaking Disney villains make for a hair-raising adventure. It all comes to life with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks.

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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The galloping Headless Horseman fronts Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, setting the stage for spooktacular fun throughout Magic Kingdom.

The parade opens with a flurry of beloved Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in new Halloween costumes. 

The spectral Bride from The Haunted Mansion appears in the parade this year alongside waltzing spirits and those famous Hitchhiking Ghosts. 

Pixar pals join the fun, too, including The Incredibles and designer extraordinaire Edna Mode, as well as Buzz Lightyear and alien explorers on a planetary playset float inspired by Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Wreck-It-Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and the girls from Sugar Rush make sure there’s plenty of candy to go around during the parade. 

In addition, pirates sail in from Adventureland, Clarabelle Cow hosts a square dance during a Frontierland hoedown and a wicked assortment of Disney villains reigns over a Fantasyland-inspired grand finale.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

As only she can, host Cruella de Vil invites guests to mix and mingle with her impossibly hip circle of friends during Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. 

This new reservations-only social promises a fun, festive atmosphere with themed music and décor matched with divine hors d’oeuvres, sweets and drinks (including beer and wine). 

Guests can come and go as they please throughout the night and enjoy prime parade-viewing spot reserved just for them. The party keeps rollin’ until 12:30 a.m.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way ($99 per person, plus tax) is available only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. 

Reservations are required and can be made at Disneyworld.com or by calling Disney Dining at (407) 939-3463.

New Candy Spot

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

New this year, when guests follow a treat trail into the Monster World at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, they’ll interact with a comic entourage of monsters who are learning about the curious human-world holiday called Halloween.

Special Attraction Overlays

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Among many popular park attractions available to roaming ghosts and goblins, Space Mountain turns out the lights, going completely dark and hurtling guests through the blackness of deep space to the sounds of a new hard-rockin’ soundtrack.

Then guests embarking on Pirates of the Caribbean will encounter a crew of live pirates engaged in a whole new swashbuckling quest for treasure.

And finally at the Mad Tea Party, special lighting and music enhance the nighttime experience to bring out the maddest hatter in everyone.

New Dance Parties

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The new DescenDANCE Party takes the stage at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, where guests can groove to a beat inspired by the “Descendants” Disney Channel movies.

For young park goers, the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the place to party with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins, Timon and Vampirina. New this year, Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series “Fancy Nancy” joins the fun.

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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The remaining dates in 2019 for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

  • Sept. 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • Oct. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • Nov. 1

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party start at $79 (plus tax) when purchased in advance and can be booked through Disneyworld.com or the Disney Reservations Center at (407) 827-7350. 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Map 2019 Outside
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Map 2019 Inside

Children are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with their families, and you can find a full list of costume guidelines here.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Line-Up

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights September 6-November 2, 2019.

During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80’s return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment.

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So let’s star this year’s HHN season with a look at everything you will encounter during the event!

Halloween Horror Nights Haunted Houses

Enter ten terrifying haunted houses, inspired by the biggest names in fear. You’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

All-New STRANGER THINGS

Prepare to go even further into the chilling world of the Upside Down as STRANGER THINGS returns to Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new haunted house. Experience the most terrifying moments of STRANGER THINGS 2 & 3 as you face snarling Demodogs and scream through iconic scenes from Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.

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Us

Jordan Peele’s new original nightmare comes to life as the Wilson family faces the ultimate opponent: themselves. Enter the funhouse on the Santa Cruz Pier where you’ll experience the horror of little Adelaide Wilson when she comes face to face with her menacing mirror image. Freeze in terror and disbelief as the Wilson family—and you—are hunted at every turn by terrifying doubles of themselves known as the Tethered. If you’re seeing double, you’re in trouble.

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Universal Monsters

Frankenstein. Dracula. The Wolfman. The world’s most terrifying monsters have come together to tear you apart. Flee through a dark Bavarian forest as the savage Wolfman grows ever closer. Try to escape from the manmade monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. Face the fanged terrors in Dracula’s castle. And encounter other untold horrors. It’s the more, the scarier.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Ghostbusters

A rift between worlds has opened, releasing apparitions of every shape and size. Step right into the original film where Slimer and other ghoulish spirits, specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms materialize where you least expect. Your screams are going to be big. Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man big.

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space

If ever there was a reason why people are afraid of clowns, this is it. The Killer Klowns from Outer Space have landed in an all-new haunted house. Don’t let them encase you in one of their cotton candy cocoons or you could end up as a gooey snack. These Killer Klowns won’t make you scream with laughter–just scream.

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House of 1000 Corpses

From “Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters & Madmen” to the home of the psychotic Firefly family, Rob Zombie’s epic horror masterpiece comes to life. Scream all you want, you won’t find any mercy at the decrepit Firefly house. After all, what’s one more corpse when there are a thousand others inside.

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Depths of Fear

A deep-sea mining company has built an installation deep in the ocean, but the waters are infested with parasitic Mouthbrooders. They soon slither inside the mine and spew acidic eggs upon unwilling human hosts. You’re paralyzed with horror as the infected are driven to violent madness. The pressure is building. Implosion is imminent. The creatures are everywhere. There is no escape from your watery grave.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Graveyard Games

Enter the gates of a cemetery in the dead of night, where disrespectful teens have awakened vengeful spirits. Ghosts rise to torment those who disturbed them. Skeletal beings send fear into your bones. The rictus smiles of ghastly apparitions match the screams frozen on your face. Don’t be caught dead here after dark.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Nightingales: Blood Pit

Ancient Rome has suffered its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor has declared the gladiatorial games will continue nonstop until the rains return. The nightingales, a grisly race of creatures, are drawn to the dead and dying. You enter the fray just as the rain begins to fall, recoiling with fear and disgust as the ravenous nightingales feed. Try to survive alongside gladiators, but with nothing to protect you, you’re history.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

In a remote part of Canada that’s all but uninhabitable, loggers and trappers seek refuge from the cold. But there is no escape from beasts as brutal as the winter. Enter a logging camp that’s been torn apart. Cringe at the trail of blood leading to caves no humans have lived to see. You’re in Yeti territory, and they’ll stop you cold.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones

Surrounded in shadow by screams and mad laughter, face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Zombieland Double Tap

“Check the Back Seat.” “Beware of Bathrooms.” “Always Double Tap.” Obey every rule if you don’t want to end up a zombie snack. Welcome to the United States of Zombieland. You may know the first movie, but you gotta make it through the sequel, too. Can you survive while everyone around you becomes meat?

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

Step into the heavy metal horror of Rob Zombie as many of his most popular songs have come to life. Zombie’s haunting lyrics and pulse-pounding music crank up the intensity as you and your pursuers are driven to an adrenaline-fueled frenzy of ragining madness.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Anarch-cade

A sinister 80s-inspired arcade has taken over the Avenue of the Stars and you only get one life. Blacklights. A gang of neon slashers. Laser lights. It could be a party, except for the chainsaws. Once you scream, it’s game over.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Vanity Ball

Your flesh is the canvas in Hollywood. Rabid fans cheer as their favorite blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. And they can’t wait to take a scalpel to you.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Vikings Undead

Brutal, horn-helmeted warriors have risen from the grave and laid siege to Central Park. Barred from Valhalla, the Viking paradise, these skeletal fighters have channeled their vindictive rage into an endless onslaught of gore. Bloodlust never dies.

Halloween Horror Nights Live Entertainment

Lose yourself in outrageous live entertainment filled with diabolically entertaining surprises.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem

A monstrous new show is rising from the depths of Universal Studios’ lagoon with a spectacle of screaming neon and synth. Pounding electro music, giant water screens and piercing lasers combine for a twisted new take on Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Universal Monsters. This all-new show is a largerthan-life mix tape of retro mayhem.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Academy of Villains: Altered States

This wicked talented group of artists is back for an all-new, bigger and better performance featuring a killer mix of dance and theatrics.

Rides & Attractions

Escape to some of Universal Studios’ most exhilarating attractions where heart pounding takes on a different meaning.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Florida 2019

Here is a list of attraction open on event nights:

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts*
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged*
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D*
  • The Simpsons Ride**

*Closes prior to event end. 
**Open select event nights only.

From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

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Celebrating Halloween in the Theme Parks

Halloween fills the theme parks of Central Florida with special events, and to help you choose the right event for your family I’ve put together the Best Halloween Events you can find.

Halloween in the Parks 2019
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special after-hours event that transforms the Magic Kingdom into a family-friendly Halloween party with exclusive entertainment, parades, characters, fireworks, treats (but not tricks), shopping, and more in addition to most of the park’s attractions. 

This year a new nighttime extravaganza called “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular”, lights up Cinderella Castle and the nighttime sky with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, light, and fireworks!

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Hosted by Jack Skellington, this not so scary-tale stars Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy traveling to mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts, and a sinister gathering of Disney villains!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not included with theme park admission, and prices vary by date. Make sure to purchase your tickets online at least a day in advance to save $10!

Insider Tip: While Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party doesn’t ‘officially’ begin until 7pm, guests with tickets can begin to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm. 
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Universal Orlando’sHalloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, fills the Universal Studios Florida theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort with screams, terror, and thrills with a frightful 1980’s flair.

Guests will face 10 elaborately themed haunted houses, navigate five sinister scare zones throughout the park filled with menacing scareactors, and enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.

This year a new nighttime show, “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem” will use more than 100 fountains, special effects, music, lasers and more to bring terrifying moments from Halloween classics to life on the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.

Halloween Horror Nights is not included with theme park admission, and prices vary by date. Make sure to purchase your tickets online at least a day in advance to save up to $53!

Insider Tip: With more houses (and longer lines) than ever, consider attending Halloween Horror Nights during the week for reduced crowds or purchasing a multi-night ticket to enjoy several visits to help spread out the haunted house and scare zone experiences.
SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular
SeaWorld Orlando’sHalloween Spooktacular

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular

Families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” that includes trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, special entertainment, and more!

The daytime Halloween fun begins at 11 am, and takes place every Saturday and Sunday through October 27th. 

The best part is that SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular celebration is included with theme park admission.

Insider Tip: This year SeaWorld will not be providing Trick-or-Treating bags, so be sure to bring one from home!
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick or Treat Halloween
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LEGOLAND Florida Resort’sBrick or Treat

Brick or Treat, the Halloween party built for kids, returns to the LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Saturdays and Sundays in October as well as on Halloween. 

No extra ticket is required to enjoy Halloween themed shows, loads of candy along a uniquely themed LEGO trick-or-treating trail, interactive character meet-and-great, a fireworks spectacular, and so much more.

Guests can sip in style with an event-themed collector’s cup, indulge in Granny’s Apples Fries with Pumpkin flavored ice cream, and nibble on a variety of Halloween-themed snacks. 

Experience the tale of Captain Dreadbeard’s adventure to defeat the Imperial Navy during a unique fireworks spectacular, A Tale of Pirates’ Cove, each night of the event.

Insider Tip:  In honor of LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel opening in Spring 2020, kids (ages 2-12) who come dressed as pirates for the first weekend of Brick or Treat on October 5th & 6th will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the theme park before the end of year.  
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The Ripken Experience at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

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The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World Resort to Bring Premier Youth Tournaments to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2020

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Ripken Baseball announced they are bringing the Ripken Experience premier youth baseball tournaments to Walt Disney World in 2020.

Ripken Baseball, known for delivering big-league baseball experiences to youth ballplayers, will launch with top-level youth baseball tournaments next year for ages 6-18 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will encompass 11 ballfields – six youth-sized baseball fields equipped with lights for night games and five professional-sized fields, including The Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosted big-league spring training games for more than two decades.

“One of the core pillars of Ripken Baseball is to remember to have fun, so what better place to compete and maximize the family sports travel experience than right here at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort,” Ripken said.  “We are thrilled to be working with such an iconic and internationally-respected brand as Walt Disney World to provide teams and their families with the most memorable experiences.”

Leveraging the world-class guest service and entertainment that visitors have come to expect from Walt Disney World Resort, Ripken Baseball will offer participants many opportunities to have magical experiences away from the ballfield. For instance, youth baseball participants will be treated to a dazzling opening ceremony and have free time in the Disney parks to experience new and popular attractions, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opens Aug. 29.

“At Disney Sports, we create the best possible experience for all of the athletes who walk through our gates,” said Faron Kelley, vice president of Disney Sports. “Working with baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., and his outstanding youth baseball academy, we will be taking the baseball experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to a new level of excellence.”

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex joins Ripken Baseball’s lineup of youth sports destinations, including the Ripken family’s hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Across its facilities and national clinic tours, Ripken Baseball last year hosted more than 70,000 ball players from 42 states and eight countries.

Ripken earned the nicknamed “The Iron Man” because he set the Major League Baseball record for most consecutive games played (2,632). Ripken spent 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles where he was a 19-time All-Star shortstop.  He was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1983, 1991) and elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World Resort is one of several major youth sports experiences held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Others include the Disney Soccer Showcase, Disney Spring Training and the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dance and Cheer Championship.

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About Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches and families together through its Big League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through onsite tournaments, camps and clinics hosted at their state-of-the-art youth baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armor (Maryland), The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), and The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World Resort (opening in 2020 in Florida).

For more information, schedules and 2020 registration for week-long tournaments, visit https://www.ripkenbaseball.com/walt-disney-world.

To learn more about Ripken Baseball and the “Ripken Way,’’ visit www.RipkenBaseball.com

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Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

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8th Annual Great Irish Hooley Music Festival Will Rock Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs

Central Florida’s rip-roaring, toe-tapping, high-voltage boutique Irish music festival will serve up a colorful live playlist of traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues and soul August 30-September 2 during the 8th Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

There’s no cover charge to join the fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, August 30 and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, September 2.

Never heard of a “hooley?” It’s an old Gaelic term for a party with music and entertainment with fun for the whole family. The Great Irish Hooley will include Celtic face painting, Hooley-crafted cocktails and beer plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team. Raglan Road also will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.

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This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: 

  • Billow Wood – Playing Irish and U.S. music festivals, this four-piece band fuses its unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music.  The band, which released its long-play  album, “Can You See Me” – available for streaming and downloading on Spotify and other music sites – will have everyone tapping along to its bass and drums.
  • Strings & Things – Before returning to Raglan Road this summer, the original Irish folk/trad four-piece band Strings & Things toured in London and throughout Ireland with their own original sound and a variety of crossover songs featured on their first original album, “Turbulence.”
  • High Time – This fresh new trio from Connemara, Ireland, combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience. The band rocks an energetic statement with its instrumental line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhran, guitar and vocals – as well as some Irish dance steps thrown in!
  • TradGad — Three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin, Colin Foley (guitar, vocals); Fionn Morrison (Uilleann pipes, whistles); and Ciara Ni Bhrian (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bazouki, charm Raglan Road audiences with their vibrant performances.
  • Maca – Two Irish sister-musician-songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” are rocking Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent.  Saoise Carty (guitar,vocals) and Naoise Carty (fiddle, vocals) are from Wexford, Ireland. 
  • The Rolling Wave  –  Stephen & Abby are one of the finest traditional Irish music duos around.  These accomplished, energetic musicians work their crowd for some lively audience participation.
  • Atlantic Bridge – These accomplished musicians blend their rich musical backgrounds to create a fresh, exciting mix of country, folk and Irish trad music.
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  • The Raglan Road Irish Dancers — Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley.  You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary! 

Throughout the Hooley, guests can step up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic contemporary Irish fare. 

In May 2019, Raglan Road received OpenTable honors as one of the top 100 restaurants in America with “all the ingredients for the perfect big night out – upbeat energy innovative cocktails . . . and outstanding food.” A TripAdvisor Hall of Fame honoree and The Daily Meal’s 2018 “Best Irish Pub” in Florida, Raglan Road is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood and desserts, plus gluten-free entrees. 

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The festival will run from Friday afternoon at 4 pm through the wee hours of Labor Day (actually 1 a.m. Tuesday).  

Check out raglanroad.com and join us for the fun!  

The complete entertainment schedule is at Great Irish Hooley 2019 .

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Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist.  

The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando.  

Live entertainment nightly includes a suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers. Guests also can enjoy shows beginning at noon during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch.  Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch is served from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  

Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300. 

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What’s New This Week at the Dr. Phillips Center

WHAT’S NEW AT DR. PHIL

The Dr. Phillips Center is always announcing new shows & concerts, and this week there are two events going on sale that you won’t want to miss!

Dr. Phillips Center Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert 2019

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT

— On Sale Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10 a.m. —

Show: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT

Show Date:  Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29, 2019

Show Time:  7 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Venue: Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets: Start at $45.50

Description 

Dr. Phillips Center and CineConcerts invite fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

Presented by 

Dr. Phillips Center in association with CineConcerts

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are ©️ & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights ©️ JKR. (s19)

Il Divo Holiday Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 2019

IL DIVOA HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION

— On Sale Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. —

Show: IL DIVO: A HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION

Show Date:  December 7, 2019

Show Time:  8 p.m. 

Venue: Bob Carr Theater

Tickets: Start at $59.50. VIP Packages available.

Description 

Il Divo has always stood out for its unique mix of opera and pop. Since its debut in 2004, IL Divo has triumphed on the most important venues around the world and has sold over 30 million records.

First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell in 2003, the group is composed of the Spanish Carlos Marin (baritone), the Swiss Urs Buhler (tenor), Frenchman Sebastien Izambard (tenor) and  American David Miller (tenor), became a pioneer of a musical genre unknown until that time when in 2004 they released their debut album “IL Divo”.

Presented by 

Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

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How to Buy 

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.

Groups of 10 or more can contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or call 407.455.5550.

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Holidays in the Parks: Walt Disney World Resort 2019

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Walt Disney World Resort to find out more about the holiday season, but all opinions are my own.
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The 2019 Walt Disney World holiday season begins on November 8th with returning favorites as well as the debut of all-new seasonal offerings in all four parks and Disney Springs.

The holidays at Walt Disney World are filled with special live entertainment, characters in festive garb, seasonal décor, holiday treats, specialty eats, miles of garlands and decorations, and a shimmering castle to lift holiday spirits.

To help you plan your trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays, here is a look at holiday happenings throughout the four parks and Disney Springs!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Joins in the Holiday Fun for the First Time

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce the biggest holiday season in its two-decade history, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land. Daytime and nighttime, guests will experience the majesty of nature and holiday magic. 

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Here is some of what’s in store:

  • In the heart of the park, on Discovery Island, guests will find themselves immersed in a magical scene. By day, stylized, life-sized animal puppets mingle with villagers who make the island their home. As day becomes night, rooftop luminaries in animal shapes and bird lanterns throughout Discovery Island will bring a warm glow to the village.
  • As the sun sets, the Tree of Life will awaken with a series of wintry tales emerging from within, backed by a familiar and heartwarming holiday musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life will shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.
  • Dinoland, U.S.A. will rock out with the DJ-led “Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale” and plenty of interactive fun and games. Throughout the land, characters gathered for “Donald’s Dino-Bash!” will get in the holiday spirit with colorful costumes.
  • Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India, has inspired the residents of Anandapur in Glowing flowers, lanterns and more will illuminate the main square leading to the waterfront stage, home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.
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  • The village of Harambe in Africa will welcome guests with a unique holiday presentation, fusing Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations; colorful costuming and new music flavors each performance.
  • Tusker House diners get their merry on as Safari Donald Duck and his pals spread holiday cheer.
  • Guests will find out-of-this-world Christmastime fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora roll out seasonal fun with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.
  • Christmas tree will tower over the park entrance. Decorated with traditional ornaments and hidden animals, the tree is a prelude to the holiday magic that awaits inside the park.
Magic Kingdom Park to Unveil New Holiday Fireworks Show & Attraction Overlays

The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life this holiday season as visions of fireworks dance in the air during an all-new nighttime show – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Hosted by Minnie Mouse, the holiday extravaganza invites guests to come together in a celebration of heartfelt moments and the magic of Christmas.

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The show will be presented during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which takes place select dates Nov. 8-Dec. 22, and nightly Dec. 23-29.

Also, for the first time ever during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select Magic Kingdom attractions are receiving special enhancements just for the holidays!

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  • When you get behind the wheel on the Tomorrowland Speedway, you’ll find yourself cruising a festive freeway filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor.
  • The crew at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is putting some “Ha Ha Ha” in their “Ho Ho Ho,” with a new show for everyone visiting the Monster World during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 
  • Space Mountain launches you on a trippy jaunt through the cosmos, filled with dazzling lighting and high-energy holiday tunes.
  • Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland becomes a wild and wacky Christmas party, as you spin your teacups to one of four new holiday combos of lights and music.

This holiday season will also see Magic Kingdom transformed into an enchanting wonderland with dazzling decorations, holiday treats, a shimmering ice castle and more. Returning holiday favorites include:

  • With glittery Cinderella Castle as its centerpiece, Magic Kingdom shines its brightest during the holidays. Guests will be swept into a magical scene of seasonal music, characters in their festive finery and fireworks bursting above. During A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show, Queen Elsa magically transforms Cinderella Castle with glistening ice.
  • Holiday Fireworks Dessert Parties are a sweet way to enjoy the new holiday fireworks. Offered nightly, each festive party includes seasonal treats and dazzling views of the new fireworks spectacular. Dessert parties are not included with theme park admission. For schedules, pricing information and reservations, guests can visit DisneyWorld.com or call (407) WDW-DINE.
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  • Each of the 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime ParadeA Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. Guests will also experience select rides and attractions (including the “Jingle Cruise”), savor complimentary treats, discover event-exclusive merchandise and delight to a magical “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates: November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24; December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22. For more information and ticketing, guests can call (407) 939-1872 or visit Disneyworld.com.
Beloved Epcot Candlelight Processional Begins November 29 as Highlight of Holiday Festival

Joyous Yuletide traditions from across the globe are at the heart of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. 

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From November 29 through December 30, 2019, merry-makers will be immersed in a vast world of holiday decorations and entertainment, themed merchandise, festive cuisine and costumed storytellers in many of the 11 World Showcase nations including:

  • Epcot’s grandest holiday tradition – the Candlelight Processional – features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator backed by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir. Performances will run three times nightly during the festival. Narrators already announced for this year include Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman and Edward James Olmos. More narrators will be announced in the coming months. Dining packages include guaranteed seating for the holiday event and can be booked starting July 3 by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Special Holiday Kitchens sprinkled throughout World Showcase will serve up tasty treats inspired by treasured holiday recipes from across the globe.
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  • World Showcase pavilions will come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage.
  • Chip & Dale are gathering ornaments for their Christmas tree and guests can join in the fun! To be part of Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt, guests will purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise outlets and scout World Showcase locations looking for the famous chipmunks and their ornaments. Completed maps are returned for a special festive surprise, courtesy of the chipmunk duo.
  • Epcot guests can quite literally do their holiday shopping around the world. The World Showcase pavilions are filled with favorite fragrances, jewelry, toys, stocking stuffers and more.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet guests at The American Adventure pavilion.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Glitters with Special Holiday Entertainment

Holiday adventures begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as new attractions, and lands turn this theme park into one big holiday gift. 

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Add seasonal shows, enchanting “snowfalls,” décor and more, and it’s easy to see how holidays here become extraordinary:

  • Park guests will be mesmerized by the Sunset Seasons Greetings show projected onto the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Boasting amazing laser effects and “snow,” the experience also includes stories, songs and cheer courtesy of favorite Disney friends.
  • The nighttime spectacular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will treat holiday-goers to iconic music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience at the iconic Chinese Theatre. To add a sweet touch, guests will be able to make reservations for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. This event is not included with theme park admission, and pricing and reservation information will be available later this year.
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  • Holiday touches and festive décor throughout the park will include seasonal fun inside Toy Story Land, as well as joyous greetings from Santa or Santa Goofy.
  • As a curtain-closer, Olaf delivers a special holiday finale in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along.
Disney Springs Delivers Season’s Greetings

Perfect for this special time of year, the Disney Springs retail, dining and entertainment district is where guests can make a holiday list and check it twice as they breeze among dozens of trendy brand-name stores and a large and varied collection of Disney merchandise. They can also indulge the holiday hungries at great dining spots that will also serve up seasonal cheer.

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Live entertainment will include the spectacle of toy soldier stilt walkers, carolers and Living Statues in holiday attire. Holiday decorations set the colorful stage for Disney Springs festivities, which run November 8 through January 5, 2020:

  • Guests strolling the Christmas Tree Trail will be treated to custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring favorite Disney characters.
  • Guests will be invited to join in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space Maze at Halloween Horror Nights

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Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s (MGM) Killer Klowns from Outer Space lands at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in all-new chilling maze at the Universal Orlando Resort bringing together the most twisted scenes and ghastly gags from the popular horror sci-fi film at the nation’s premier Halloween events.

Based on the cult 1980s film favorite, the Killer Klowns from Outer Space mazes will transport guests to the sleepy small town of Crescent Cove, taken over by a pack of murderous clown-like creatures.

Guests will be lured by the sweet smell of cotton candy and ice-cream and find themselves in an otherworldly circus tent where they’ll come face-to-face with the crazed klowns and their sinister, side-splitting antics.

As they make their way through the Big Top Space Ship, guests will witness diabolical klowns making cotton candy cocoons from unsuspecting victims and will realize the joke’s on them as they are next to become the gooey snack.

From one shrieking klown to the next, the mazes will lead guests through the doomed community of Crescent Cove to an eerie amusement park closed for the season. Trapped in a terrifying funhouse full of killer klowns, guests will be left screaming as there’s no stopping this twisted three-ring circus.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights to become victims inside their own horror film. 

Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 6 in Orlando, and additional details about the events will be revealed soon.

For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” and to purchase tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Celebrate Independence Day Weekend at ICON Park

Light Up I-Drive ICON Park Fourth of July 2019
ICON Park Lights Up I-DRIVE this Fourth of July

Get ready for the newest Independence Day celebration on the block! ICON Park, the walkable entertainment destination in the heart of Orlando’s I-Drive, is bringing the spirit of red, white and blue to Central Florida just in time to kick off the weekend.

The debut event, ICON Park Lights Up I-Drive, invites locals and tourists alike to ring in the summer season with a fun-filled, two-day Fourth of July celebration!

 ICON Park Light Up I-Drive

Guests can light up the sky like never before, surrounded by all their favorite attractions. The skies will be illuminated both nights with dazzling colors from an electrifying pyrotechnics and light show, set in the background of the courtyard to encapsulate the grandeur of The Wheel at ICON Park.

“This will be the best Independence Day celebration at ICON Park and we’re eager to share it with our community,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park. “Whether you’re visiting the I-Drive area or an Orlando native, we welcome you to join us for this one-of-a-kind, local event. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the patriotic spirit to our exciting, iconic destination.”

The two-day event will jumpstart the weekend on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. The first day of the celebration begins on July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues on July 5 from 4 p.m. to midnight.

ICON Park Lights Up I-Drive has something for everyone to enjoy – From rocking live bands to a comedian MC sure to have you rolling on the floor. Other entertainment includes stilt walkers dressed as Uncle Sam, balloon animals and more!

ICON Park Fourth of July Light Up I-Drive Entertainment

Fourth of July favorites will be for sale at the event including juicy hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill, and red, white and blue popcorn. Beer, wine and other drinks will be also be available for purchase during the festivities.

The fun doesn’t stop there – ICON Park will host plenty of contests to spark your competitive spirit! For those with a sweet tooth, Mattie’s Cupcakes will sponsor a pie eating contest and Buffalo Wild Wings is bringing the heat by sponsoring a Blazin’ wings Challenge for adults.

ICON Park Light Up I-Drive Skeletons Museum Fourth of July

During the day families can discover Skeleton’s Museum of Osteology where up to two children will enjoy free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. The adults can continue the celebration at Tin Roof, the official ICON Park Independence Day after party venue.

This will be a closed event and guests can gain free entrance to the exclusive party with the purchase of a ticket for The Wheel at ICON Park (one per person). Prices start at $27.99 per person.

For more information on ICON Park or to buy your ticket now, visit ICONParkOrlando.com.

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