Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Returns

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

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

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

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

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Here’s a look at this year’s line-up:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

Florida might not have much of a winter, but spring is stunning in the Sunshine State. This March, the Council of 101 will welcome the season once again with its second-annual springtime fundraiser — Art in Bloom: A Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers.

The event will run from March 26-29 at the Orlando Museum of Art and includes the Museum’s collections and current exhibition Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen.

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

The Council of 101 will put the “petal” to the metal to bring visitors a museum-wide kaleidoscope of breathtaking floral arrangements inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. There will also be curated antiques, lifestyle events and design workshops that are sure to inspire.

“Springtime is beautiful in Central Florida,” said Nancy Sedacca, president of the Council of 101. “We’re very excited to host this festival for the second year to bring the community together and help support the arts.”

This year’s special guests are Margot Shaw, the founder and editor-in-chief of Flower Magazine and author of Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers, and Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers and president and owner of Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc. Shaw and Varney will give lectures and sign books during the festival.

Other events on the schedule include the opening night party, daily appraisals, a mystery home tour, and floral workshops.

Art in Bloom supports the Orlando Museum of Art. The Council of 101 has raised more than $12 million for the museum’s educational programs and operational expenses over the years.

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

General Admission:

General admission is $15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11)

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission to Art in Bloom includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.

For more information, please visit OrlandoArtInBloom.com.

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On the Go in the Parks: March 6-8, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 6 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about how you can be On the Go in the Parks this weekend on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway 

Have you ever wanted to jump through the screen and into “Mickey Mouse” cartoon short? Well now is your time to make it happen, because anything can happen aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey Shorts Theater

Mickey Shorts Theater Disney's Hollywood Studios

The newly reimagined Mickey Shorts Theater debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020, and I was really excited to check it out!

Located adjacent to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, the new Mickey Shorts Theater is designed to evoke the fun of the Mickey Mouse shorts where ‘Mouse Rules Apply’.

On the Go in the Parks:Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 

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2020 Garden Rocks Concert Series

The 2020 Garden Rocks Concert Series during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is back with new acts and more concerts than ever!

2020 Garden Rocks Concert Series Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The incredibly popular Garden Rocks Concert Series, included with your admission to Epcot, rocks the American Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8 pm until June 1, 2020.

2020 Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-Up

  • March 4 through 5: Peabo Bryson
  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 10 through 12: The Guess Who
  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan
  • March 17 through 19: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20 through 23: Mark Wills – NEW!
  • March 24 through 26: The Spinners
  • March 27 and 28: Sister Hazel
  • March 29 and 30: The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31 through April 2: Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey
  • April 3 and 4: Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • April 5 and 6: Expose’
  • April 7 through 9: Berlin
  • April 10 and 11: A Flock of Seagulls
  • April 12 and 13: Atlantic Starr – NEW!
  • April 14 through 16: Tony Orlando
  • April 17 and 18: High Valley – NEW!
  • April 19 and 20: Rick Springfield
  • April 21 through 23: Christopher Cross
  • April 24 through 27: Plain White T’s
  • April 28 through 30: Don Felder – Formerly of The Eagles
  • May 1 and 2: Don McLean – NEW!
  • May 3 and 4: Casting Crowns – NEW!
  • May 5 through 7: Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
  • May 8 and 9: Thelma Houston – NEW!
  • May 10 and 11: The Allman Betts Band – NEW!
  • May 12 through 14: Air Supply
  • May 15 through 18: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 19 through 21: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – NEW!
  • May 22 and 23: Claudia Leitte – NEW!
  • May 24 and 25: Daughtry – NEW!
  • May 26 through 28: Marshall Tucker Band
  • May 29 and 30: Crowder – NEW!
  • May 31 and June 1: Survivor
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Garden Rocks Dining Package

Fabulous food and great music go hand in hand, and with the Garden Rocks Dining Package Festival guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and guaranteed seating at one of three concert performances later that day.

Each package includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert—or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one (1) guaranteed seat to the Garden Rocks Concert held on the same day.

Participating restaurants Include:

Biergarten Restaurant
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)

Coral Reef Restaurant
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)

The Garden Grill Restaurant
Breakfast $52 for adults; $31 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids (tax and gratuity not included)
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids (tax and gratuity not included).

Before booking your dining package, keep in mind:

  • Valid Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended as events fill up quickly
  • Reservations must provide a minimum 2.5-hour window prior to showtime and require a credit card guarantee
  • Garden Rocks Dining Packages can be booked online 
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plans require 2 table-service entitlements
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older
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2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily from March 4 until June 1, 2020.

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

Lush Gardens

Imagination blooms around every corner during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival as breathtaking flower beds, plots of plant life, and wildlife habitats can be found in every area of the park.

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  • Bamboo Garden – As a member of the grass family, bamboo can be found at the China Pavilion in many colors, patterns and sizes.
  • Bold Bromeliads – Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Take a trip to the Japan Pavilion and discover the ancient art of bonsai with some of the finest living sculptures created by bonsai masters, who carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art—creating peace and balance with the earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures – Located at the China Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London – Discover the history and art of tea blending at this elegant English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, featuring plants important to some of Twinings finest tea blends.
  • Festival Blooms – Located at Future World, this display boasts thousands of flowers form colorful, living panoramas overlooking Future World’s East and West lakes.
  • Floating Mini-Gardens – Peer upon more than 100 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
  • Garden Italiano – From fresh spaghetti sauce to your favorite pizza topping, this Tuscan kitchen garden at the Italy Pavilion features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Delight in a whimsical area along Imagination Walkway for kids, made to inspire youthful energy and creativity. Your whole family can learn fun and interactive ways to stay healthy at a brand-new playground and outdoor kitchen.
  • The Honey Bee-Stro – Learn about the importance of honeybees in this immersive garden. You can also enjoy some food options, made possible by their hard work, from the adjoining outdoor kitchen. Find it near Imagination! Pavilion.
  • Kokedama Garden – Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art. The Kokedama Garden features skilled bonsai creations.
  • Growing the Future Presented by Murata – Explore how cutting-edge technology paired with agricultural science can transform the way we feed the world. Discover the possibilities with our friends at Science from Scientists and engage in fun, fascinating, hands-on experiments—opening April 7, 2020.
  • Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion. William Shakespeare often used flowers and exotic gardens to help set the scenes for his plays and employed them as symbols and metaphors.
  • The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ – Visit this foliage-filled exhibit at Future World West to view a kaleidoscope of butterflies and observe several species up close, learning about their life cycles and maybe even witnessing them emerging from chrysalises.
  • Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – Stop by this display near the Butterfly House and take garden-ready ideas home with you, along with garden crafts and sustainable best practices.
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Visit the Mexico Pavilion and learn how Mexico rainforests are rich with plants and animals that have adapted to a wide variety of light levels and water conditions.
  • Urban Spice – At the Morocco Pavilion, learn how in many eastern cultures, ancient spices were considered more valuable than gold. Even today, many cultures are defined by their signature spices and herb blends, created from plant leaves, stems, roots, seeds and flowers.

Topiaries with character

The topiaries are the highlight of every Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and this year 70 hand-crafted topiaries have been created by Disney’s talented team horticulturists.

While there are many returning favorites, there are a few new additions you won’t want to miss! 

Here is where you will find the topiaries during the Festival:

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen – Located at the Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends (Featuring Flower, Bambi and Thumper) – Located in Future World East just outside of the new Mousegear
  • Beauty and the Beast Located at the France Pavilion
  • Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody – Located at Future World East
  • Bold Bromeliads – Located near The Land at Future World East
  • Bromeliad Dragon – Located at the Japan Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – Located near Mission: SPACE at Future World East
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie – Located near Showcase Plaza
  • Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo – Located near Imagination at Future World West
  • Lady and the Tramp – Located at the Italy Pavilion (their new location on the water is my favorite)
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog – Located between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions at the France Pavilions
  • Pandas – Located at the China Pavilion
  • Pluto and Goofy – Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Remy (NEW!) – Located at the France Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Located between The Outpost Shop and the Germany Pavilion
  • Snow White and Dopey – Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • The Three Caballeros (Featuring Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Topiary Butterflies – Located at Future World West
  • Topiary Flowers – Located near the Main Entrance
  • Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion

Interactive Play Scapes

Families can take a step off the Festival path to experience two play gardens filled with hands-on activities and interactive playscapes.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World

At Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds, located near Test Track, little ones of all ages can enjoy a playful playground and garden inspired by Bo Peep and the rest of your Toy Story pals.

The Play Full Garden, located on the Imagination Walkway, will inspire the entire family to gather for interactive activities that focus on nutrition and wellness.

Family Scavenger Hunts

Gardeners of all ages are invited to participate in Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration, a springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike the bzzzz-iest honey bee at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort- Harrison Cooney

Once you have your Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration map, available for purchase at the Port of Entry for $6.99 plus tax, search for Spike’s best blooms across Epcot’s World Showcase, and once you’ve completed the hunt return the completed map to the Port of Entry store for a special surprise. 

Also for a limited time, March 27 to April 12 or while supplies last, Epcot becomes the ‘Hop-piest Place on Earth’ with an Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt around World Showcase in search of Disney character-themed eggs.

Annual Passholders can receive a discount on the purchase of both Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration and the Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunts! Just make sure to show your Annual Pass with ID.

Outdoor Kitchens

As festival-goers take in all the floral wonders of the Festival, they can also find culinary delights at over a dozen Outdoor Kitchens around Epcot’s World Showcase. 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort – Harrison Cooney

The Outdoor Kitchens open at 11am, and just outside of each location a garden offers inspiration for learning to grow healthy ingredients. 

A complete list of Outdoor Kitchens and menus can be found here.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

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It is such a great way to kick off your evening in the park or wrap up a fantastic day!

Additionally, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at 15 popular Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for a nightly concert with a Garden Rocks Dining Package. Dining packages can be booked by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

You can find the entire Garden Rocks Concert Series and more information on the dining packages here.

Festival Exclusive Guided Tours

Guided tours are available for gardeners of all skill levels who are interested in learning more about nature’s magic exclusively during the Festival. 

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The Royal Tea Garden Tour, presented by Twinings, takes place each festival morning at the United Kingdom Pavilion and guides guests through the tranquil tea garden to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea.

The Gardens of the World tour, offered on select days, lets guests join a Disney horticulturist for a three-hour walking tour to explore the festival gardens and topiaries discovering new plant materials and gardening techniques to use in their home gardens.

Epcot admission and a fee are required to join these tours. To make a reservation, call (407) WDW-TOUR.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort Gene Duncan, photographer

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

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

World-Class Entertainment to Satisfy All Tastes

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Concert headliners include: 

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

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

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

All-New Menu, All-New Flavors

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

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

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

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

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

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

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2020

Best Way to Play:

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

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

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On the Go in the Parks: February 21-23, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 21 23 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

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

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

!! Final Weekend of the Epcot Festival of the Arts !!

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

It is the final weekend for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!!!

The celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world happens daily through February 24, 2020.

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

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

  • Syndee Winters and Michael James Scot
    • February 21
  • Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
    • February 22 through 23

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 6:15 pm this weekend.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Kool & the Gang @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
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On the Go in Orlando: February 21-23, 2020

The City Beautiful and Central Florida have so much to offer outside of the parks, and every week we’ll be sharing our top picks for events outside of the parks you’ll want to put on your calendar while you are On the Go in Orlando!

On the Go in Orlando: February 21-23

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Fun Spot America Chili Music Festival

2nd Annual Chili Music Festival

  • Friday, February 21, 5-9 p.m.
  • Fun Spot America, 5700 Fun Spot Way Orlando, FL 32819
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

Fun Spot America is hosting the 2nd Annual Chili Music Festival at its Orlando location.

The event features a chili cook-off with prizes for the top People’s Choice Competition!

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Porchfest 2020

3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 11am-7:30pm
  • Sanford Residential Historic District (101 E 10th Street Sanford, FL 32771)
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

The 3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival will fill downtown Sanford with 50 bands on 12 porches uniting an entire community. one cause. 

This event is built and ran entirely on goodwill, and 100% of the proceeds (general donations/merchandise sales) will be reinvested into the community.

Porchfest is family, pet, bicycle, and walker friendly.

The Festival Headquarters, 101 E 10th Street Sanford, FL 32771, is where festival-goers can pick up merchandise, maps, and other information.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Central Florida Brewers Guild

Central Florida Brewers Guild Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m.
  • Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Tickets are $40

Beerfest like a VIP at the 3rd Annual Central Florida Brewers Guild Festival! 

This locals-only festival will feature specialty, one-off, and rare beers from your favorite Central Florida breweries. Admission will include a sampler cup, beer samples, live music, and hangs with Orlando area brewers.

Tickets are limited for a true VIP experience, no long lines or breweries tapped out hours early, and profits will go toward helping the Central Florida Brewers Guild promote the awesome beer in the Orlando area.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Casselberry Mardi Gras Music Festival

Mardi Gras Music Festival

  • Saturday, February 22, 5-9 p.m.
  • Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Dr, Casselberry, FL 32707
  • Admission is FREE -Food and vendors extra

Lake Concord Park in Casselberry will be rocking with a Mardi Gras fun for the entire family!

The concert begins at 6 p.m. with local favorite, Beth McKee, a singer/songwriter/pianist/accordion player and former member of the popular New Orleans country-cajun band Evangeline, before The Subdues headline the night.

The famous Mardi Paw Parade officially opens the Mardi Gras Music Festival. Pups and Krewe will line up and show their beads to the judges at 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 costumes. Cost is $10 per dog and all the proceeds benefit Franklin’s Friends.

On the Go in Orlando - feb 21 2020 - Downtown Food and Wine Festival

Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2020

  • February 22 – 23
  • Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Tickets start at $15

The Annual Downtown Food & Wine Festival is back for its 12th appearance at Lake Eola on February 22 and 23! 

Enjoy over 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants paired with over 50 wines from around the world while rocking out to live music! 

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On the Go in the Parks: February 7-9, 2020

On the Go in the Parks February 7-9 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

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

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage, and this weekend The Roots will be performing at 8:30 pm.

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

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

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

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend:

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, a live, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix and ninja nachos

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2020 Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

I’m so excited that SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year with the opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions.

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival Latin American Additions 2017

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando has announced the live entertainment you can see during the Seven Seas Food Festival:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 
  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger
  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • February 29 – Grupo Mania
  • March 1 – Boyz II Men 
  •  March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott
  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols
  • March 21 – YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
  • March 22 – Edwin McCain
  • March 28 – Gin Blossoms
  • March 29 – Village People
  • April 4 – Jesse McCartney
  • April 5 – Gretchen Wilson
  • April 11 – Scotty McCreery
  • April 12 – Jeremy Camp
  • April 18 – Everclear
  • April 19 – Grand Funk Railroad and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
  • April 25 – Vanilla Ice and C&C Music Factory
  • April 26 – Chris Janson
  • May 2 – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • May 3 – Sean Paul  
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Bayside Stadium Concert
SeaWorld Orlando

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances.

Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.  

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2020 Silver Spurs Rodeo Details

Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

This year the 144th Silver Spurs Rodeo will celebrate over 75 years of tradition in Osceola County with events at the Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park.

The Silver Spurs Riding Club will be hosting two action-packed rodeo events this February. The fans can witness extreme bull riding at the 9th Annual Monster Bulls on February 15. 

Then, on February 21, to celebrate Rodeo Day, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will bring the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade through Downtown Saint Cloud. This event starts at the corner of Pennsylvania and 9th Street at Centennial Park at 10 a.m. and is free for the public to enjoy. 

Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

Later that night, rodeo fans will be entertained watching seven of rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.

“We are excited to kick off the 144th Silver Spurs Rodeo with Monster Bulls, and then the Rodeo’s seven traditional rodeo events we have shared with our fans for over 75 years,” said Chris Baker, 2019-2020 Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We are looking forward to celebrating the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in St. Cloud again along with Rodeo Day and sharing these traditions with the residents of Osceola County for years to come.”

Here is a look at all of the Rodeo events:

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.  (Monster Bulls)                               
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (Parade & Rodeo Day)
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.  (Rodeo & Youth Night)
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (Rodeo & Hometown Hero Night)
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. – Special Rodeo
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.    (Rodeo & Family Day) 
Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

Tickets starting at $15 per adult while kids 10 and under are FREE. A Silver Spurs Rodeo or Monster Bulls ticket is also good for same-day admission into the Osceola County Fair.

Friday, February 21, is “Rodeo Day” in Osceola County, which means all Osceola County middle and high school students will receive free admission when they present their Osceola County school ID. Children 10 and under are free.

For more information & to purchase tickets go towww.silverspursrodeo.com.

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Mardi Gras 2020: Food Guide

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

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

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

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk

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

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

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences at Mardi Gras

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

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

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites

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

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Jambalaya

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

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Parade
Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Savings for Florida Residents

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

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

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February 2020 in the Parks

February 2020 in the Parks

Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks February

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Here is who will be performing in February:

  • Saturday, February 1: The Roots 
  • Saturday, February 8: Karol G 
  • Saturday, February 15: Bell Biv DeVoe 
  • Sunday, February 16: Live 
  • Saturday, February 22: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, February 29: TLC 

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13 and then February 14 – March 5 will feature the Free Agents Brass Band.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

SeaWorld Orlando

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5 (New – now including Fridays), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

Here is who will be taking the stage in February:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 
  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger
  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • February 29 – Grupo Mania

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.   

Walt Disney World

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

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

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

Festival event ‘Must Do’s’ include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, the new Green Landing Family Play Zone, and the Food Studios with dishes that are almost too pretty to eat!

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

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series this month features: 

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt, and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

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

Syndee Winters and Michael James Scott

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

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

  • February 24

This event is included with park admission, however, you do need to purchase food and some premium experiences.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Real Music, Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020 - LOGO January 2020

January 7-March 15 (weekly; Tuesday-Saturday)

Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favorites and NEW acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:

  • February 1-2: NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute
  • February 4-9: NEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show
  • February 11-16: NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen
  • February 18- 23: NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
  • February 25- March 1: Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Logo

Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed storytime, treasure scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity.

NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend

This year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan Palace Plaza.

Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Chef Norman Van Aken February 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from February 29-April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix, and ninja nachos
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Tour the Mardi Gras Tribute Store

This year shopping during Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida has been kicked up a notch with the immersive Tribute Store, located on the streets of New York.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Store Exterior

You can tell from the exterior that the Mardi Gras Tribute Store has a totally different vibe from the party that happens on the surrounding streets.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Tribute Store Map

The store has two distinct rooms that are filled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of the ‘Tribute Cemetery’ and ‘The Bayou.’

This mausoleum detail is really stunning in person!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And this guy in ‘The Bayou’ is INCREDIBLY creepy!!!!!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - The Bayou

While the Tribute Store design is amazing, let’s take a look at the merchandise you can find inside!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I am seriously obsessed with the retro feel of the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 25th Anniversary artwork!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Beads

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without beads, and in the store you can find a variety of premium beads!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

The Mardi Gras masks are always popular!

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Here is a look at the 25th anniversary artwork on a black t-shirt.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I’m usually not a fan of white t-shirts, but this design is really great.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - UOAP Shirt Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Exclusive

Universal Orlando Annual Passholder have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive t-shirt for Mardi Gras.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Trading Pins

And you can also purchase a trading pin with the 25th Anniversary Mardi Gras logo.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And if you are going to be in the parks for an extended amount of time over multiple days, purchasing a freestyle tumbler is a solid idea.

I can’t wait to go back to the Tribute Store to buy a few Mardi Gras goodies! Did you have a favorite item? I am definitely going to have to get an Annual Passholder shirt!!!

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Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando will host Elmo’s Birthday Celebration with his furry friends from January 27 to February 3.

SeaWorld Orlando Elmo's Birthday Celebration 2020

In select locations around the park, including Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find a series of special events during this weeklong, family-friendly celebration.

The best present of all? Elmo’s Birthday Celebration festivities are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando 

DJ Dance Party

Join an interactive DJ dance party with your favorite Sesame Street friends from January 31 until February 3 at select times.

Scavenger Hunt

Elmo’s goldfish, Dorothy, is hiding around Sesame Street Land. Guests will have to look high and low for all her favorite hiding spots!

Photo Opportunities

Guests will find that they can take a special birthday photo with Elmo.

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Land Elmo's Birthday 2020

Coloring Station

One of Elmo’s favorite things to do is color, and during the event you can visit the coloring station to join in the fun.

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast

As a special add-on experience families can pull up a chair at Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast on February 1st or 2nd.

Start the day with a celebration! Reserve your table and join Elmo and friends for breakfast at the Seafire Grill. 

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast features a delicious and nutritious breakfast buffet that includes chef-carved brown sugar glazed ham, bacon, sausage links, and traditional favorites like:

  • Biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Corn beef hash
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Western omelet eggs
  • Waffles
  • Potato tots
  • Grits
  • Freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Yogurt with topping bar
  • Assorted cereals
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Assorted beverages like milk, juice, and coffee

Gluten free options are available, and if you have any dietary or allergy-related concerns the hostess will be able to help.

Reservations are required for Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast, and the price for adults (ages 10+) is $29.99 plus tax, children ages 3-9 is $14.99 plus tax, and children under 2 are free.

SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Pass

January 2019 Theme Park Ticket OffersElmo's Birthday Celebration

Time is running out for Florida residents to register for the 2020 SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Pass.

The Preschool pass offers kids ages 5 and younger a free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

Advance registration must be completed ONLINE for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020, and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

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