Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

The holidays at Disney Springs are filled with fun activities, entertainment, and sweet treats…but my favorite holiday experience is the Christmas Tree Trail!

Open from 11 am until 11pm until January 5th, the Christmas Tree Trail gets you in the yuletide spirit as you explore a winter wonderland where snow falls and holiday tunes fill the air.

Make your way through a winding path lined with 23 beautifully decorated Christmas trees inspired by some of your Disney favorites including:

  • Walt Disney World Theme Parks
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Aladdin
  • Frozen
  • The Princess & The Frog
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Mulan
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Snow White
  • Pinocchio
  • Toy Story
  • Disney Villains
  • Dumbo
  • Cinderella
  • Robin Hood
  • Star Wars
  • Peter Pan
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Mary Poppins
  • Fantasia

In addition to the trees, you can visit Santa’s Chalet to meet the big guy himself to let him know what’s on your wish list.

Santa's Chalet Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail 2019

You will need to visit the kiosk at the front of the trail, near Earl of Sandwich, or near Santa’s Chalet to get a return time as there is no standard queue.

To be in the queue you will need to give a Cast Member a cell phone number, and the system will send you two text messages – one to say you are in the virtual queue & one when it is your time to go to Santa’s Chalet for your visit.

Do note that once you arrive at the Chalet, all of your party needs to be present and you will still have a 30 minute wait to see Santa.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail 2019 Text Messages

My best tip for avoiding a long wait is to arrive at the Christmas Tree Trail about fifteen minutes early to sign up for your virtual spot in the queue.

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Festival of Trees Holiday Celebration 2019

Festival of Trees 2018

Long-running Central Florida tradition, Festival of Trees, is supplying the holiday spirit through breathtaking décor at the Orlando Museum of Art

Tickets are now on sale for the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. The time has come to start thinking about decking the halls and decorating cookies as the holiday season approaches. Every Central Floridian knows it is not truly the holidays without the Festival of Trees.

The Orlando Museum of Art will be transformed into a holiday spectacular for the 33rd year. The Council of 101 is proud to host a “Merry and Bright” celebration with the Central Florida community.

Visitors of the festival can admire local designers’ work through Christmas trees, a gingerbread village and custom wreaths. Each dazzling piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art. This event will bring the bliss and joy of the holidays through sparkling trees, elegant holiday vignettes and spectacular décor.

“The Festival of Trees not only brings the joy of the holidays to our community, but also helps support it.” said Nancy Sedacca, president of the Council of 101. “The festival is meant to bring everyone together just in time for the holiday season.”

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

General Admission:

Saturday, November 16- Sunday, November 24

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the door, through the event website at www.orlandofestivaloftrees.com, online through fot2019.eventbrite.com or by calling 407-896-4231 ext. 254. Many special events will be running throughout the week during the festival. A few of the events are the Opening Night Gala, Breakfast with Santa where the kids can dine with Santa Claus, and an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party where guests dress in their favorite holiday sweater and enjoy local craft beers and food among the gorgeous décor. Looking for something at a slower pace? Try the Festival Salutes Seniors for those 65 and older. The Latin Nights dance party is sure to heat things up. There is something for everyone this season at the Festival of Trees.

General Admission Ticket Costs:

  • $15 for adults
  • $12 for seniors (65 and older), first responders and military personnel with proper identification.
  • $7 for children ages 3-11

Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 15

  • Opening Night Gala and Auction 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – $150, $250 and $350 per person, reserved tables are available for purchase.

Saturday, November 16

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – $30 for all ages
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Party, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – $30 for adults

Tuesday, November 19

  • Festival Salutes Seniors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – $12 for seniors   

Wednesday, November 20

  • Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – $30 for all ages
  • Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – $20 for all ages

Friday, November 22

  • Latin Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – $45 for adults

Saturday, November 23

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – $30 for all ages

Admission to Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions during the festival. Parking is available on-site for a fee. For more information please visit orlandofestivaloftrees.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019

Over 3 Million Sparkling Lights Will Deck the Halls from November 23–December 31

For only five weeks, SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration includes award-winning entertainment, the ALL-NEW Sesame Street Christmas Parade, returning seasonal shows like O Wondrous Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, and the chance to head to the Wild Arctic and visit Santa himself.

Also NEW this year, park-goers have the added chance to dine with jolly ol’ Saint Nick over a sumptuous holiday meal with the help of his Kitchen Elves.

Holiday Shows

Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Stroll past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.

In O Wondrous Night, enjoy a live nativity complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted and glorious musical with a host of angels, animals and the true glory of Christmas.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Experience the power and beauty of killer whales in our nighttime holiday show: Miracles. From the sweeping vocal majesty of a unique soundtrack to the visual majesty of SeaWorld’s killer whales, Miracles will take you on a stirring voyage into the heart of the holidays .

SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Christmas Miracles
SeaWorld Orlando

Finally, Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will enjoy.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Special Events

As part of SeaWorld’s transformation into a winter wonderland, don’t miss the all-new Sesame Street Christmas Parade, with fantastic floats decorated for the celebration.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Excitement is also running high for Sea Lion High’s Christmas pageant, join the students and faculty of Sea Lion High for their hilarious new Christmas Special. 

Sights to See

Take a stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland immersed in a sea of twinkling holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centerpiece that towers 70 feet above the water.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Walk along the water’s edge for some holiday shopping at the Shoppes at Waterfront as a magical flurry of snow falls over SeaWorld Orlando while holiday sounds and smells fill the air.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration Event Days: November 23-25, 29, December 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-31

Be sure to stop by Santa’s North Pole Village, where Santa’s Little Helpers are the furriest friends you’ll ever meet! 

Join Santa’s elves and this festive team of adopted dogs, cats, birds, rats and even pigs as they work together, play together, and create heart-warming holiday memories in an all-new SeaWorld Pets Ahoy experience. 

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees
SeaWorld Orlando

Guests of all ages can also share wishes and dreams with Santa Claus while exploring SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic this Christmas. Experience amazing animal encounters and a heart-warming visit with Santa in a holiday adventure.

Next, nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event.

Plus, relaxation is in order near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

Just Around the Corner

Ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on December 31 as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight.

After experiencing the wonder of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s, keep the spirit of the season burning bright at SeaWorld’s Three Kings Celebration January 4 – 6, 2020. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

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SeaWorld Orlando

Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Cheer

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass or Fun Card.

SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card

For a limited time, Florida residents can become a Pass Member for as low as $10.25 per month, with offer ending on December 3. Pass Members receive park benefits and rewards, including priority access to new attractions, FREE parking, in-park discounts and much more. And for those guests who prefer the Fun Card, should they purchase a 2020 Fun Card, they can enjoy the rest of 2019 for FREE.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Celebration’s 13th Annual Oktoberfest

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Fall Festival
Celebration Kicks off 13th  Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on October 18th and 19th   

On October 18th and 19th , Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, and enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Leaves Falling

On Friday October 18th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

Then, come back on October 19th as Celebration Town Center will celebrate “Rocktoberfest”. Featuring The Band Be Easy  with opening act James Boyd. Town Center will be the place to be to usher in Fall. It’s the coolest family-friendly Oktoberfest in the Southeast, so don’t miss it.

Hop on a hayride, dance to terrific live music, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

Oktoberfest features leaves falling daily at 7:00, 8:00, AND 9:00 PM.

PARKING AND ADMISSION ARE FREE!!!

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by Sam Adams, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. For more information, visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com

Come early, Stay Late, and have fun at Celebration’s 13th Annual Oktoberfest!

OCTOBER 18TH SCHEDULE

5:30 PM    DJ Tami Begins

6:10-7:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

10:00 PM Event Ends

OCTOBER 19TH SCHEDULE

5:00 PM DJ Tami Begins

5:30-7:00 PM  James Boyd

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:10-8:00 PM The Band Be Easy

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:10-9:00 PM The Band Be Easy

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:15 PM The Band Be Easy

10:30 PM Event Ends

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Christmas at the Gaylord Palms 2019

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms 2019

The Gaylord Palms will be bursting with the magic of Christmas during the resort’s signature holiday experience from November 25 – January 5, 2019!

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms will feature new and returning holiday fun as well as “The Polar Express” is featured inside the nine degree ICE!

All Aboard for Ice!

A Christmas classic, Warner Bros.’ “The Polar Express” arrives at Gaylord Palms as an all-new theme for ICE!, presented by DEI. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

A truly heart-warming tale, “The Polar Express” will come alive for guests in a world made from more than two million pounds of ice, hand-carved into sculptures and interactive features to recreate iconic scenes from the film about a magical adventure to the North Pole full of lessons on friendship, bravery, and the true spirit of Christmas.

“We can’t wait to debut ‘The Polar Express’ as this larger-than-life attraction,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “Christmas is a truly magical time here at Gaylord Palms, and this film embodies the magic and wonder of the season. We know guests of all ages will love experiencing ICE! this year to feel that holiday joy.”

The ICE! attraction is crafted by artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

This year, as guests explore the nine-degree attraction, they will discover more than ten favorite scenes from “The Polar Express,” along with the event’s two-story ice slides and the popular Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase. 

The ICE! experience concludes with a separate area dedicated to a traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.
Brand New Interactive Experience

Gaylord Palms Three Kings Festival 2019

Families can experience a day in the life of one of Santa’s toy makers inside the new Elf Training Academy at Alpine Village where guests become honorary gift maker elves as they create the perfect Christmas present for someone special, all under the guidance of the elf supervisor.

Exciting Celebrations Of The Season

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The Sounds of the Season Concert Series will once again fill the atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort with the joyful music of the season as VoicePlay returns to join a line-up of other performers, who will be announced later this season.  

All performances will include a concert patron-exclusive admission to the ICE! attraction. 

Gaylord Palms Three Kings Festival 2019

Christmas at Gaylord Palms will again present the Three Kings Festival, a special commemoration of the extended holiday season celebrated by many Christians in Spain and Latin America honoring the Three Wise Men and their visit to meet baby Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. 

Among the special activities planned is a musical show “The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos” along with special food and beverage options. 

The Three King Festival will run from December 27 through January 5.  

Christmas Classics Return

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

“Holiday thrills” take on a whole new meaning during Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a 25-minute, action-packed experience featuring soaring acrobatics, theatricality and imagination that will have guests on the edge of their seats. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped features new acts and performers each year to bring to life a magical and timeless Christmas wonderland, all imagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Gaylord Palms’ St. Augustine atrium will be home to an all-new, dazzling light show for the 2019 season. The multisensory experience will feature a new musical score accompanied with millions of dancing, choreographed lights all around the resort’s six-story Christmas tree during nightly shows.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Guests exploring the meandering paths inside the resort’s Everglades atrium will find the Christmas Tree Trail, a display of nine magnificent trees provided by Balsam HillTM.  Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s chief Christmas Tree Decorator, has personally prepared these for grand display at Gaylord Palms.  From snowmen and candy canes to reindeer and nutcrackers, each tree represents one of Sparkle’s favorite things about Christmas, with one even honoring the Florida-themed resort!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt will have families and friends enlisting in Santa’s Secret Service to decode some fun. Guests will utilize their very own Santa’s Secret Service Decoder Ring to decipher clues to become full-fledged members of Santa’s Secret Service. Only the most elite yuletide sleuths will be able to locate the unique Christmassy clues hidden throughout the resort’s atrium to break the code and earn a Santa’s Secret Service badge.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

All ages will delight in the holiday hijinks inside the Naughty or Nice Escape Room, as mischievous Jack Frost has moved the names of “Nice” Gaylord guests onto the Naughty side of Santa’s delivery list! Guests will need to work together to follow the clues and solves the puzzles to secure a spot on the better side and avoid a stocking full of coal!   

The immersive, interactive Reindeer Express Post Office returns this year, where everyone isinvited to jot down their top Christmas wishes on a postcard before entering this special facility to launch their wishes off on a journey to Santa.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

The festive Alpine Village will again be the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, the village is home to various attractions and shows, Photos with Santa, seasonal food and beverage options plus holiday retail locations, including a Build-A-Bear Workshop, where imaginations soar. Guests choose from all kinds of furry friends to make and bring home, including a Gaylord Hotels-exclusive bear.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Gingerbread Decorating Corner returns, now located inside the Alpine Village Sweet Shop! Guests may select a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit to enjoy a sticky and fun interactive experience, creating sweet souvenirs to take home. The Alpine Village Sweet Shop will offer additional candies and treats for purchase to decorate sugary masterpieces or to delight someone’s sweet tooth. The deliciously fun gingerbread pair, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, will also be available for toasty hugs and holiday photos.

Every evening, the Alpine Village Sweet Shop will present Sugary Sweet Storytime, transporting guests to the world of “The Nutcracker” during an interactive show led by the Sugarplum Fairy herself. The experience is completed with a one-of-a-kind, super sweet, super sparkly and super tasty Sugarplum Hot Chocolate in a festive souvenir mug.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive show. Guests enjoy classic holiday stories and a sing-a-long, plus a delicious finale as the holiday hostess presents everyone with warm cookies and a glass of cold milk.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Santa’s Snow Throw puts real snow in the hands of guests as they show off their pitching prowess by tossing snowballs at a variety of interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves. Bragging rights go to those with the best aim!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. This all-ages attraction offers both single and double tubes to accommodate children and parents. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

During the season, the Orlando-area resort welcomes guests to make memories amongst festive décor and an endearing mix of Christmassy activities and shows, becoming “Everything Christmas in One Extraordinary Place” for Christmas at Gaylord Palms, presented by Pepsi.

To make your reservations and to find out even more information, visit their official website.

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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick or Treat Halloween
LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Kicks Off Brick or Treat This Weekend with New Entertainment,Character Experiences and Ghoulish Treats

Brick or Treat begins this weekend (October 5 and 6) at the LEGOLAND  Florida Resort with a spirited lineup of LEGO festivities including trick or treating along a LEGO trail, exclusive Halloween character experiences and a nightly firework show that make it appear as if thousands of LEGO bricks are exploding in the sky.

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In honor of LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel opening April 17, 2020, kids (ages 2-12) who come dressed as pirates this weekend for Brick or Treat will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the theme park again before the end of year.   

Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix returns this year during Brick or Treat on October 12. Runners are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes to race and raise money for Merlin’s Magic Wand, a charity benefitting children facing challenges due to serious illness, disability or adversity.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick Dash 5K Brick or Treat
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Race day registration and Brick or Treat ticket packages can be found at www.legoland.com/florida/planning-your-visit/special-events/.   

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Guests can end their day of theme park thrills at the ultimate slumber party inside Halloween-themed a cove at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Vacation packages are available during each event and include in-room holiday theming, dinner, surprise treats for the kids and more.

For the entire month of October, Annual Passholders receive a 10 percent room discount with free dinner at LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Offer is valid for up to two adults and three children per booking. Annual Passholders can book at www.LEGOLAND.com/annualpass.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2019  Dragon Coaster
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

These can’t-miss annual events are included with theme park admission and select annual passes – now available with monthly pay. For as low as 10 dollars a month1, guests can purchase an Awesomer Annual Pass and enjoy seasonal events including Brick or Treat and Holidays with no block out dates, year-long access to LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s theme park and water park and complimentary standard parking. Plus, add to the awesome with unlimited access to SEA LIFE Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta.

2019 LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Dates: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

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New 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offerings

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019

Nine New Ways to enjoy the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, happening daily until November 23, 2019, is you chance to try irresistible bites and sips from around the world, enjoy entertainment, and experience extra family fun.

And this year there are several new ways to experience the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

This year the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is back with even more acts than last year, and a new change is that the concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings being an hour later since the park is open later. 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019

College Football fans will want to head over to Future World West to Flavors from Fire where you can not enjoy great food, but ESPN College GameDay fun including your chance to step behind the iconic GameDay desk and enjoy fun facts from the show hosts. Make sure to head to the back of the marketplace to see some culinary inspired GameDay signs. 

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

In the Canada Pavilion, escape the crowds and step into the Appleseed Orchard. Fashioned after a Fall Festival, guests can step under the canopy to enjoy sweet and savory apple dishes paired with ciders, beers and wines. Brews, ciders and wines are offered individually or as flights, and kids of all ages can enjoy a deliciously sweet Frozen Apple Pie drink or the Caramel-Apple Popcorn.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019 - Disney Du Jour Dance Party

Families can boogie away those extra calories at Future World’s Disney DuJour Dance Party. This super fun celebration features a DJ 7 days a week—and live performances from Radio Disney artists on Fridays and Saturdays.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019
Steven Diaz, photographer

Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football is your chance to enjoy and learn how to make some ‘Gridiron Grub’! During this 45-minute experience participants enjoy a flight of three sample-sized food items with a complementary beverage pairing, inspired by the cities playing in the Monday night game each week.

The best part—you’ll get a chance to learn from culinary experts how to make these dishes at home!

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Just outside of the Norway Pavilion, The Alps Global Marketplace explores the Swiss-inspired dishes! Top picks include Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes, and Frozen Rosé.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

The Doughnut Box – located just outside of Test Track in Future World East – is your chance to sink your teeth into sinfully sweet snacks and savor delicious beverages! You won’t want to miss the Black and White Coffee Cocktail garnished with a Fresh Yeast Donut with Chocolate Espresso Bean Crumbles or the Sweet Corn Fritter with Fresno and Red Pepper Jelly.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019 Emil's Fromage Montage

On Emile’s Fromage Montage you join Remy’s brother Emile on a stroll around Epcot to enjoy a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways.

Purchase 5 fabulous fromages and reward yourself with the corresponding stamp in your Festival Passport. Then, bring your Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

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Also there’s a new way to enjoy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival…The New Mid-Day Magic Ticket! Starting as low as $79 per day, the Mid-Day Magic ticket grants admission to one theme park per day after 12:00 PM. It’s a great way to enjoy an afternoon of food, an evening of entertainment, and a nighttime capped off with the new Epcot Forever Fireworks Spectacular.

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

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Gaylord Palms Resort hosts Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019


Halloween hijinks take over the Gaylord Palms Resort during Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends until November 3!

This fall the Gaylord Palms Resort is welcoming back their seasonal Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends where guests of all ages can pack their costumes and swimsuits for fun inside the resort’s atrium and outside at the Cypress Springs Water Park as special visitors from the town of Spooksville have arrived for their own vacation.

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

New for 2019, guests will get to experience Adventure Kids: A Spooky Celebration. This new interactive show features the Gaylord Palms’ unique characters Seth the Sea Turtle, Ava the Alligator and Adventure Kid leader Sophie as they explore Florida’s creepier flora and fauna.

Gaylord Palms continues to host Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a little gourd with a big message about anti-bullying! Spookley is the star of the Halloween Hide & Seek scavenger hunt.  Guests search high and low while solving puzzles and following clues to find all the hidden Spookleys to win a prize!

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Little spooks can gather ‘round for the special Storytime with Morgana where they will hear the story of Spookley from the best-selling children’s book with a message of tolerance and kindness. Grimm the Goblin joins Morgana to meet guests after the story for fun and games!

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Another new fun treat is the addition of Ice-Scream! with Grimm and Morgana. During this meet and greet experience, guests can mix and mingle with Spooksville’s sweetest witch and goblin at Honeybells Frozen Yogurt, where they can also purchase a spooktacular sundae!

The popular Monster Mash Bash and Costume Contest also returns, inviting guests of all ages to BOO-gie down with Gaylord Palms’ resident spooks Vladimir the vampire and Morgana. Grimm the Goblin will join this duo to teach guests dance moves and songs before inviting everyone to join in a costume contest with terror-ific prizes.  

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Halloween treats continue for overnight guests at Cypress Springs Water Park with the Wicked Awesome Pool Party. Vladimir (thanks to the power of sunscreen) entertains guests poolside with ghoulish games and other interactive fun. The resort’s FlowRider® – The Wake Zone – is also featured with the Wicked Waves Surf Show, a frightfully-fun evening showcase of Gaylord Palms’ highly-decorated flowboarders’ best tricks and treats on the wave. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Guests can dare each other to face off against a fearsome seafarer inside The Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room! Bold guests will join Emerald, the wayfaring wife of the dread pirate Captain Hornswoggle, becoming part of her crew needing to ransack the Captain’s Quarters in search of the ultimate treasure. The Captain has hidden a priceless jewel somewhere inside and refuses to give away the prized gem, even to his wife! He is due back in 30 minutes and guests must find the gem and escape before his return. 

Spooky Animal Encounters connect guests with some frightful yet delightful creatures for close-up meet and greets. On Saturdays, animal experts introduce snakes, vultures and other “creepy critters” to guests as they debunk myths about some of the world’s most misunderstood animals.

The resort’s Trick or Treat Expedition will have guests venturing through the winding paths of the 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium to find scrumptious sweets on Saturdays.

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

When spooks and spirits get hungry, guests will discover seasonally-themed food and drink offerings throughout the resort’s dining options, including MOOR, Wreckers Sports Bar and Villa de Flora.

The best way to experience the Halloween fun at Gaylord Palms is by booking a Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends Package, starting at $189 per night, plus tax, resort fee and parking. Packages include accommodations, Monster Mash Bash tickets, the Trick or Treat Expedition, a Halloween Hide & Seek scavenger hunt activity book, Storytime with Morgana, and the poolside activities only available to overnight guests. 

Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends activities are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until November 3, 2019. Activity availability varies by date and time. Additional charges apply for certain activities. 

To learn more or to book a Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends stay, visit GaylordPalms.com/Getaways.

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Halloween Spooktacular Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Enjoy Halloween Spooktacular featuring an all-new parade, a dance party, and trick-or-treating for candy and goodies throughout SeaWorld Orlando

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

During this daytime Halloween event you can explore our slightly spooky trick or treat trail, meet silly Halloween characters, and more in this family-friendly event every weekend until October 27, 2019.

The best part? Just like all the other celebrations at SeaWorld Orlando the fun is included in park admission.

All-New Sesame Street Halloween Parade

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

The Sesame Street Halloween Parade comes to Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld for the first time this fall. 

This colorful parade features fun music that will get the entire family in the Halloween spirit as they dance and play along as Elmo, The Count, Big Bird and friends dress up for Halloween. 

Filled with surprises galore and silly, furry, Halloween fun the Sesame Street Halloween Parade happens, weather permitting, each weekend of Halloween Spooktacular. 

Trick-or-Treating

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies throughout the park. 

Each candy station on the trick-or-treat trail features an assortment of candy favorites including Swedish Fish, Smarties, and Airheads to name a few.

Trick-or-Treating Bags

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

In an effort to protect the seas, SeaWorld Orlando is asking guests to bring a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats or to visit the SeaWorld Store, Mermaid Grotto, or the Merchandise Bayside Huts to purchase a reusable bag for $2 (while supplies last).

Pet’s Ahoy Halloween

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Dogs, cats, ducks, doves, potbellied pigs, and surprise animal guest stars show what SeaWorld Orlando’s encouragement-based training techniques can accomplish in a special Halloween version of this show that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. 

Halloween Dance Party

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Children can join a cast of silly Halloween Spooktacular characters for a Halloween Dance Party where they participate in line-dancing favorites as music and fun fill the air along the Trick-or-Treat Trail.

Meet a Mermaid

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Go beneath the waves to meet a friendly Halloween mermaid each event day in this immersive experience along the Trick-or-Treat trail.

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando is always offering some amazing deals, and this fall you can get a free kids ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Here’s a look at the fine print:

  • Enjoy one free child admission (ages 3-9) with each full paid adult admission to SeaWorld Orlando. 
  • Valid for admission to SeaWorld Orlando on SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular weekends only. 
  • Dates are September 28-29, October 5-6, October 12-13, October 19-20, and October 26-27. 
  • Offer ends September 29, 2019. 
  • Product is non-refundable. 
  • Paid adult ticket is non-transferrable. 
  • Complimentary ticket does not need to be used on the same day as the paid ticket. 
  • Limit one free child ticket with each full paid adult ticket. 
  • Free child ticket must be added to cart at time of purchase. 
  • Offer will not be available for purchase at the park entrance.
  • Price does not include taxes, service fees or parking. 
  • This ticket is non-transferable, non-refundable, not for resale, void if altered, will not be replaced if lost or stolen and may be confiscated without restitution for misuse.
  • Not valid for special events or separately ticketed events. 
  • This offer is not to be combined with any other special offers or discounts. 
  • Savings based on general admission prices. 
  • Offer subject to change without notice. 
  • The eTicket must be purchased and presented prior to arrival
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Also, if are looking to show off your costumes, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All guests are welcome to dress up in costumes, although only those 12 and younger are allowed to wear masks. 
  • Guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear masks or hoods in the park.
  • All costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park. 
  • Face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by in-park artists.

You can find more information about special events like Halloween Spooktacular and theme park news by following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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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.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Demonstration

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.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2013

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

Stranger Things Pop up Universal Orlando Resort Cabana Bay Beach Resort Halloween Horror Nights 29 2019
Universal Orlando Resort


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
Universal Orlando Resort
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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