Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021

While Disney theme parks celebrate all living things every day, during the Earth Week Celebration there’s an added opportunity for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests to connect with the magic of nature through engaging activities designed to educate and inspire the whole family.

From April 18 to 24, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity, and more.

Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021
David Roark, photographer

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life by using animals for inspiration. For the Earth Week Celebration, guests can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work around the globe.

Guests can catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021
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A sampling of Earth Week eats include a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake. Specialty beverages include The Red Crowned Crane, a frozen Coke topped with frozen Cherry Coke and strawberry cotton candy; adults can spice it up with Captain Morgan Rum.

A series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges invite guests to earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021

Guests can hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin, and also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers and reusable bags that promote sustainability.

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021
David Roark, photographer

Any time guests visit the park, they can marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed the birth of Ranger, and guests can get a glimpse of the rambunctious 5-month-old calf and his rhino family on a journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, guests can also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago, and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost

Earth Week Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2021
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Guests can watch artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricate sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, and check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+.

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Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium Collection Grows

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The Orlando Odditorium is growing its collection in collaboration with Guinness World Records to bring another first to Orlando!

After shattering her own record, Ayanna Williams decided it was time to cut ties with her famous fingernails. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder for longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female) at 733.55 cm (24 ft .07 in) has handed over her curious cuticles to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, where they will forever be immortalized in the entertainment company’s Odditorium.

Through a collaboration between Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Guinness World Records, the Texas native’s final measurements were taken before she had to wave goodbye to her precious pincers. Measuring 338.5 cm on her right hand and 395.05 cm on her left, it was confirmed that Ayanna not only still held the title, but actually broke her own record set back in 2017!

After nearly 30 years growing what she referred to as “her babies,” Ayanna’s nails were finally clipped by certified dermatologist Dr. Allison Readinger in a 45-minute procedure in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 26.

Ripley’s is no stranger to bizarre barbs. In 2018, the company acquired the nails of Shridhar Chillal, the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand. When last measured, Chillal’s nails had a combined length of 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in)!

If you haven’t been to the Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, it’s where you can marvel at hundreds of rare and unusual artifacts and get hands-on with unbelievable interactives.

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate five decades of magic with an 18-month celebration filled with new and refreshed attractions, shows, characters, restaurants, resorts, and adventures.

Taking place across the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, The World’s Most Magical Celebration will welcome guests ‘home’ to experience the magic again.

EARidescent Décor

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The centerpiece of The World’s Most Magical Celebration will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

In 2020 the Castle underwent a royal makeover that included a new color scheme that included bold, shimmering, and regal enhancement. And in honor of the 50th anniversary, Walt Disney Imagineering developed new colors, gold detailing, and vibrant hues for this makeover, drawing inspiration from Disney Legend Mary Blair’s vision of the classic film “Cinderella.”

Guests will get to take in Cinderella Castle as it is adorned with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments, among other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest.

Hosts with the Most

Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
Matt Stroshane, photographer

As hosts of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed for the occasion. 

Walt Disney World has shared images of these new celebratory designs that include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, in EARidescent fabric – punctuated with pops of gold.

Heart of the Celebration

“You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

What makes the heart of the Walt Disney World resort beat is its cast members, and during The World’s Most Magical Celebration, they will have their time to shine as they will be spreading even more pixie dust across Walt Disney World Resort.

Magic by Nightfall

As the sun sets, the fun will just be getting started!

At each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, their icon will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic with their own EARidescent glow.

Walt Disney World has described each as:

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Cinderella Castle will illuminate the Magic Kingdom Park with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.

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At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.

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The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

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And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

I personally cannot wait to see these Beacons of Magic light up the night sky!

Say Bonjour to New Additions

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While details are still coming to light about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek did announce the new additions that would be opening in EPCOT’s France Pavilion on October 1, 2021.

In the newly expanded area of the pavilion inspired by the world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” guests will have the opportunity to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

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This new family-friendly attraction invites guests into a flavorful world where they will feel as if they have shrunk to the size of Chef Remy to scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. 

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Alongside of the attraction, La Crêperie de Paris, an all-new restaurant offering both table- and quick-service options, will open with a menu featuring sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten-friendly), and authentic French hard cider. 

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“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to find out more about the celebration, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: April 9-11, 2021

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It’s time to put away the bunny ears, and hop into some great events to experience On the Go in MCO!!!

On the Go in MCO: April 9-11,2021

On the Go in MCO April 2021 RAM National Finals

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

  • April 9 & 10, 2021
  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Arena at Osceola Heritage Park

The excitement of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo returns to Osceola County, bringing a level of rodeo competition unlike any other to the dirt-covered floor of the Silver Spurs Arena. 

Rodeo Fans will see 200+ circuit champions from across the US and Canada vie for $1 million in cash and prizes while trying to leave their mark on history. 

Plus, local vendors will be on-site for shopping and selling local merchandise.

On the Go in MCO April 2021 Planes Tunes BBQ

Planes, Tunes, & BBQ

  • April 9-10, 2021
  • Wooten Park: 100 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778

The City of Tavares 13th Annual PLANES, TUNES & BBQ will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 9th, 10th, and 11th in Wooton Park, Tavares. 

The family friendly event features live music, a twilight airshow, seaplane competitions, BBQ, vendors, family fun zone, fireworks, and more!

We will be kicking off the festivities Friday evening with live music, BBQ, and merchandise vendors. 

On Saturday, the savory smell of BBQ won’t be the only thing soaring through the air…the seaplanes will be arriving to participate in our Seaplane-A-Palooza flying competitions. You don’t won’t to miss the crowd favorite “melon bomb drop” contest!  

Following the contests, Derek Trull & Easy Street will bring you to your feet with a variety of soulful favorites. 

The Kennedy Wood Band will then return to the stage before the AeroShell Aerobatic team take flight in the twilight sky. 

Jaws are sure to drop! After the fireworks, move your eyes to the stage and get ready for the roaring energy and unique, bluesy rock ‘n roll, southern soulful style of A Thousand Horses performing! 

On the Go in MCO April 2021 Concours of Exotic Cars

Concours of Exotic Cars

  • April 9-10, 2021
  • Downtown Celebration 

Get up close to 300+ of the world’s most exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars, all lined up for concours judging along Celebration’s spectacular lakefront promenade in this premier concours event. 

Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, McLaren, Pantera, DeLorean, and other ultra-exotic marques will be displayed and judged, culminating with an awards presentation starting at 3pm, where the owners will drive their winning cars across the red carpet to receive their trophy!

This year, Pagani is featured! Come out to the Concours of Exotic Cars on Saturday, April 10th to see the Pagani Zonda, the Zonda R, Huayra, Huayra Roadster, and Huayra BC, and meet Horacio Pagani, legendary designer and founder of Pagani Automobili!

This rain or shine event is free for spectators! 

On the Go in MCO April 2021 SeaWorld

Craig Morgan at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival 

  • April 11, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Bayside Stadium at &SeaWorld Orlando 

From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings at the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. 

You can take a break from enjoying more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to paired with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers to rock out with free concerts at Bayside Stadium. 

This weekend Craig Morgan will be performing on Sunday, April 11th. If you want to make sure you have a seat, it’s just $9.99 for reserved seating in advance. Also, the concert will be broadcasted in the park. 

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!
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It’s Showtime…Halloween Horror Nights Returns

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

The world’s premier Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, is back – returning this fall for its much-anticipated 30th year and unleashing a sinister lineup of horrifying experiences on select nights beginning on September 3 through October 31.

Guests will face 10 terrifying haunted houses, five twisted scare zones and two outrageous live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture – with the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most’ and Halloween Horror Nights legend, “Beetlejuice.”

Beetlejuice was the first “ghost host” of Halloween Horror Nights – originally called ‘Fright Nights’ – during the event’s debut in 1991. As Halloween Horror Nights 2021 celebrates a milestone year, this former host will become the supernatural star of a bone-chilling haunted house based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

Guests will be at the whim of the self-described “Bio-Exorcist” as they shadow Beetlejuice’s every move through artfully recreated scenes from the popular film.

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From the infamous haunted attic within the Maitland home, to the model graveyard and Dante’s Inferno Room, guests will have the extraordinary chance to enter the movie surrounded by its most iconic characters.

With brash defiance, Beetlejuice is ready to turn on the juice and see what shakes loose – and his plans don’t include returning to the land of the unliving.

And this is just the beginning… more details about Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be revealed in the months ahead.

Universal Orlando will continue to monitor the environment and implement enhanced health and safety procedures for its operation of Halloween Horror Nights this fall. Specific details will be shared closer to the event’s debut. For more information about Universal Orlando’s current health and safety guidelines, click here.

To keep up with the latest theme park announcements, make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook!

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On the Go in MCO: April 2-4, 2021

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It’s Easter weekend in the City Beautiful, which makes it the perfect weekend to be On the Go in MCO spending time together as a family having fun and celebrating the season. 

Here are a few ways you can be On the Go in MCO April 2-3, 2021!

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Spring Fiesta in the Park

  • Lake Eola Park
  • Saturday-Sunday, April 3-4 from 9 am – 5 pm 

Cox Media Group and the City of Orlando are proud to welcome the return of Spring Fiesta in the Park, April 3rd & 4th, 2021 at Lake Eola Park. 

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the tradition returns for its 32nd year to showcase the beauty of springtime at Lake Eola. 

Mingle with artists and crafters from around the country as they line the streets around the park, savor the flavors from a variety of food vendors, and enjoy live entertainment for the whole family.

The Fiesta in the Park Committee is diligently working to ensure the health and safety of patrons, staff, and artists by closely following CDC, State of Florida, and Health Department guidelines. The event area has been expanded to allow more space and comfort, face masks will be required by all event participants, hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the park, and each booth will include hand sanitizer while being spaced for social distancing.

Visit www.fiestainthepark.com for the most up to date information and full Covid-19 safety guidelines. 

Admission is free.

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Hop on Downtown

  • Historic Downtown Kissimmee 
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10 am – 1 pm

Hop on down to Historic Downtown Kissimmee on April 3rd for a day of Easter fun!

Bring your basket and set out to search for over 1,000 eggs that will be hidden throughout the area. 

There will be cookie decorating, a jelly bean hop, pictures with the Easter bunny and more

This is a FREE event perfect for the whole family!

On the Go in MCO April 2021

Disney Cast Member Easter Fair

  • Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Ave, Kissimmee, FL, 34747
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 10 am – 5 pm

Celebration will be the place to hop on over to if you need any last minute Easter basket goodies! 

The fair is also your chance to support crafters impacted by the theme park industry. 

With over 50 vendors you are sure to find the perfect treasure!

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!
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A Trip to the Winter Garden Honey Farm

Did you know that Winter Garden has a self-serve honey farm? I had heard about it, but I hadn’t had a chance to go take a look yet, so I ventured out to find it as I love supporting local businesses!

The farm is located at 9816 Tower Pine Drive, Winter Garden and they are open everyday 6am-9pm (although the website states 7am-7pm so make sure to check). It is completely self serve so make sure you bring cash or check as they are the only forms accepted here and it features a locked box for payment.

They have 24 hour video surveillance and request no one under 18 enters without an adult.

They advertise the finest local honey, their raw honey is 100% pure, with nothing added or subtracted, no high-heat or force-filtering techniques are used with their honey.

Inside, you will find Orange Blossom Honey, Palmetto Honey and Brazilian Pepper Honey in a variety of sizes in bottles and jars. All the pricing is on their website, and posted inside the stand.

You can see some older historic photos from this local family business posted inside. Bob started keeping bees back in 1968 at the age of 8. At age 15 he started his first Honey Company in Windermere, Florida in 1975. He moved around after this to finally settle back in Florida in Winter Garden, where he launched Winter Garden Honey Farm with his family.

They also sell Beeswax candles and honey sticks in various sizes and packaging. They also have an Observation Beehive inside, they had it cleaned last summer and not had chance to put the bees back in, but they hope to get it back up and running this summer. I would love to see that! It has 27 large frames, three frames across at 9 levels. It is this large because typically observation beehives are only a single frame width, which usually means the bees can not store enough food to survive or get over crowded and they swarm out.

As you can see from the shelves, some of their stock is low. According to their website, Orange Blossom Honey will only be sold in 2lb, 1lb, 8oz and 2oz as it is almost sold out until mid-April. Palmetto Honey is also running low, they only have what is on their shelves right now and this will return to shelves mid-June. They still have 8oz and 2oz for this one.

Don’t forget, the stand is open everyday 6am-9pm (website does state 7am-7pm) and it is cash or check only, they do have a collection of pens to write them out, along with some hand sanitizer for afterwards.

You can check out their website http://wghoney.com and if you have any questions you can call Bob himself on 407-454-0866.

You can also check out their Facebook page where they update daily and have some fun content!

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Apollo/Saturn V Center Reopens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Race to the Moon

Following a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be delivering guests “Back to the Moon” by way of the Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning today, March 15.

In accordance with new health and safety guidelines, seats on the bus will be limited and are subject to availability.

Guests will use a kiosk near the bus transport entrance to select a departure time and reserve their spot on the bus.

When a boarding time is announced for departure, guests will be welcomed inside a gated area with social distancing markings.

Once inside the bus, passengers will be seated in a socially distanced manner for the short trip directly to the Apollo/Saturn V Center and can return at their leisure.

No advance reservations for bus transportation are available.

The health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the bus rides to the Apollo/Saturn V Center are no exception.

Departures will be timed to minimize crowding as well as time on board the bus. Drivers are specially trained to disinfect the buses after arrival at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, again following return to the visitor complex bus queue and prior to the start of each day to ensure a worry-free travel experience.

Passengers will be required to wear face coverings and seating and capacity will be appropriately managed to maintain proper social distancing.

For more information, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus

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Celebrate Spring at the Central Florida Zoo

Kids of all ages will want to hop to and get to the Central Florida Zoo on April 3.

Central Florida Zoo Spring 2021

The Zoo’s favorite springtime event, Hippity Hop Adventure, is back. The event is presented by VyStar Credit Union.

The springtime celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, featuring fun for the entire family.

During the festivities, guests can hop along the Egg Trail, where they’ll make Bunny Stops to collect eggs, do crafts and play games. At the end of their egg-cellent adventure, they’ll be able to meet the Easter Bunny himself.

The fun doesn’t stop at the Egg Trail. The Zoo will have music inside the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, an inflatable obstacle course for the kids to enjoy and much more! Entertainment and activities are sponsored by Publix Charities.

“Hippity Hop Adventure is one of our favorite events for family fun at the Zoo,” said Dino Ferri, CEO. “We’re thankful to VyStar Credit Union and Publix Charities for helping us make it possible and look forward to a safe and fun day.”

Guests are encouraged to bring baskets to collect their treats. Face coverings or masks that fully cover the mouth and nose are required for all Zoo guests age 13 and up and are recommended for those 12 and under.

All events and activities are included in Central Florida Zoo admission. Annual Pass blackout dates will apply, and admission for Annual Pass Holders will be $5 per named person on each Annual Pass.

For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Broadway in Orlando is Back

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Interior

The Florida Theatrical Association, Dr. Phillips Center, and Broadway Across America have announced the upcoming FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series, which is expected to begin this fall.  

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway back to the Dr. Phillips Center this fall for what will be a spectacular season,” said Susie Krajsa, president of Broadway Across America. “We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents, and other national tour representatives to reschedule and rebuild the lineup for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. We are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and patrons who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to the Dr. Phillips Center.” 

The FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season includes seven shows at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Walt Disney Theater.

The season is set to begin in September and run until July with the following schedule:

  • Hadestown—September 21–26, 2021 
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Hadestown
  • Tootsie—November 2–7, 2021 
  • The Prom—December 7–12, 2021 
  • Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations—January 25–30, 2022 
  • Disney’s Frozen—February 24–March 6, 2022 
  • Cats—March 29–April 3, 2022 
  • Jesus Christ Superstar—June 7–12, 2022 
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Jesus Christ Superstar

Unfortunately, at this time, there are a few changes to the previously announced performances for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series that are worth noting.

The Dr. Phillips Center cannot reschedule Hamilton and The Band’s Visit for the 2021/2022 season. However, Broadway Across America is working on scheduling these shows to return to the Dr. Phillips Center for a future season.

And, as previously announced, the Orlando favorite Wicked is postponed. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Cats, Photo by Matthew Murphy, Murphymade, 2019

Robust health and safety protocols developed with guidance from AdventHealth have helped the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts responsibly welcome guests back to shows, camps, classes, and special events since summer 2020. 

“We’re eagerly anticipating Broadway’s return to Orlando and are confident we have the health protocols and training in place to do so responsibly,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “It’s terrific to think that fans are just months away from again experiencing the wonder of Broadway.”

It is important to note that should the need arise to cancel a performance for any reason, subscribers should be aware the value of their tickets is safe and have many options. If the subscription is paid in full, they may elect to receive a credit or refund or choose to donate the value of their tickets to the arts center; if the subscription is being paid through a payment plan, the value of the tickets will be applied to the remaining payments on the account. 

New subscriptions for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale, and current subscribers can add to their packages at BroadwayinOrlando.com. 

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Step into spring at Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2021

Step into spring at Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art, March 25-28, 2021, with show hours 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This museum-wide event showcases a kaleidoscope of breathtaking fresh floral arrangements, inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. 

The event will also feature pop-up shops, curated antiques and an outdoor farmer’s market stocked with Central Florida’s freshest blooms.

Presented by the Council of 101, this annual springtime fundraiser advances the many educational programs and exhibits of the Museum.

This carefully planned show has been modified to safely welcome visitors and ensure safety protocols are observed throughout the museum. Learn more about safety protocols at the OMA here

Soak in the sights of spring as the Council of 101 brings visitors a museum-wide explosion of floral excellence, including breathtaking floral arrangements directly inspired by the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions.

“Everyone loves springtime in Central Florida,” said Jill Toole, president of the Council of 101. “We’re very excited to host this festival year to bring the community together and help support the arts in a safe, fun way.”

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  • Floral Interpretive Designs throughout the galleries
  • Antique Dealers
  • Auctions and Special Drawings
  • Pop-Up Shops
  • Tables in Bloom
  • Outdoor Farmer’s Market
  • Rotunda Bistro 101

General Admission Tickets:                                                                  

$15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11) / $12 for Seniors, Military, First Responders and OMA members.

Tickets are available online via Eventbrite. Admission includes access to the Museum’s exhibition, A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean, Voices and Conversations, Art in Bloom, Rotunda Bistro 101 and daily show features. Parking is available on-site for $5.

Advanced, online ticket purchase is required, as the museum continues to operate at a limited capacity, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Designated areas for food and beverage consumption on site. Face masks are mandatory while visiting the museum.

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2021

Art in Bloom Show Hours:

  • Friday, March 26, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General admission is $15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11) / $12 for Seniors, Military, First Responders and OMA members.

Tickets for general admission and all events will be sold on Eventbrite.

Art in Bloom Special Events:

Thursday, March 25

Bourbon & Blooms – Opening Night Reception, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • $150 per person
  • A southern garden party featuring cocktails, light bites, Bourbon tasting and blues
  • Welcome of the Dr. Aaron DeGroft, OMA’s new Executive Director and CEO. 
  • Tickets include an exclusive viewing of A Boundless Drop To A Boundless Ocean and nighttime preview of Art in Bloom designs, before the event opens to the public.

Friday, March 26

Wine and Beer Garden6 p.m.-8 p.m.

  • $75 per person
  • A casual, outdoor evening om the sculpture garden, under the stars
  • Tickets include viewing of A Boundless Drop To A Boundless Ocean exhibit.

For more information, please visit the website or call 407-896-4231 ext. 254.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Promenade at Sunset Walk

Promenade at Sunset Walk St. Patrick's Day

The Promenade at Sunset Walk is gearing up for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration !

On Wednesday, March 17 from 5-9 P.M. The Promenade at Sunset Walk is hosting an Outdoor Street Party and Celebration for St. Patrick’s Day featuring live music by Herbie & The Gators.

The band will be performing the best Irish, classic Dubliners, sea shanty music and more.

Attendees can also enjoy street performers, lucky Leprechauns, traditional food and beverage specials from The Promenade’s restaurants. Admission is FREE (Don’t forget to wear green!) 

Visit https://www.sunsetwalk.com/events/st-patricks-day/ for full details. 

Participating restaurants include:

·         Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company

·         Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi

·         BurgerFi

·         Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza

·         Cold Stone Creamery

·         El Jefe Tequilas Taco Cantina

·         Estefan Kitchen

·         Flower Café

·         Ford’s Garage

·         GameTime

·         Lizzie’s Memphis Style BBQ

·         River Street Sweets Savanah’s Candy Kitchen

·         Rock & Brews

·         Studio Movie Grill

·         The Wharf

·         Yeoman’s Cask & Lion

Covid-19 safety precautions will be enforced including the following:

  • Face Coverings required except when seated at tables or actively eating & drinking 
  • Hand Sanitizing dispensers provided at each outdoor table 
  • Hand Sanitizing stations throughout the property 
  • Continual Sanitizing of High Touch Surfaces 
  • Limited Outdoor Seating Capacity for Social Distancing  
  • Outdoor Tables appropriately spaced for Social Distancing 
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Raglan Road Announces Mighty Festival – Unplugged

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

In 2021, Raglan Road Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Disney Springs will be a festival like no other with the Mighty Festival-Unplugged.

Think more acoustic than electric. More intimate than boisterous. The same great live entertainment, with all bands imported from Ireland. The same delicious Irish food and drink.  It’s the most authentic Irish celebration in America, and it’s putting safety first for guests with a reservation-only event.

“Everyone can enjoy the usual lively happenings and practiced hospitality, which includes gift competitions and loads of giveaways,” says pub co-owner John Cooke. “And it remains the best Irish hospitality experience in America.”

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. with a $10 cover charge for guests.  Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited space.

Guests can book a two-hour slot to join the Raglan Road Irish Pub festivities at Disney Springs, with numbers strictly managed to guarantee social distancing is respected. This year, gathering around bars or stages will not be permitted. 

The pub requests that guests respect their two-hour booking to ensure that as many of Raglan Road’s loyal fans have the chance to enjoy America’s finest St. Patrick’s festival.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

Raglan Road guests can sip from a huge range of Irish whiskeys, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails while choosing from the chef’s selection of authentic Irish dishes, including fresh-caught fish with chips. Those authentic fish & chips also are available to go at the adjacent Cooke’s of Dublin counter.

The Mighty Festival – Unplugged! entertainment lineup will begin with the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked from the casts and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows. This troupe of extraordinary dancers will perform throughout the festival. 

Raglan Road Mighty Festival Unplugged 2021 Raglan Road Irish Dancer Disney Springs
Photo: Raglan Road

Entertainment on the main stage will include:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.— The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal plays to their audience with vibrant charm. They are Luca (button accordion); Finn (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines exciting traditional Irish tunes with modern dance beats.
  • From 1:30 p.m.– Slygo – A talented, energetic trio, Slygo combine their youth and heritage to perform a vibrant, uplifting mix of trad and contemporary Irish tunes and songs. Signatures of this talented group are their lively arrangements of renowned songs.
  • From 5 p.m.-Close– Men of Aran – These two legends of the traditional Irish music world, Colin Farrell and David Curley, have toured, performed and recorded with numerous trad Irish music luminaries. They are gifted entertainers and masters of their craft. 

On the Patio Stage, guests can enjoy:

  • From 12:30 p.m. – Aaron O’Sullivan — A singer-songwriter/guitarist from County Cork, O’Sullivan entertains with a mixture of traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs.
  • 6:30 p.m.-Close –Slygo

At the pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique, guests will find an array of Irish gifts including Celtic jewelry, apparel, hats, home goods, and toys.

“While we’re taking precautions to focus on safety, we want to hold on to the fun and purity of a good old Irish festival,” Cooke says. “Whether this is your first, or one of many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we encourage you to join us for The Mighty Festival – Unplugged!”

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On the Go in MCO: Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and there are plenty of reasons to love being On the Go in MCO!

Shred your Ex for Free Admission

Madame Tussauds Orlando Shred Your Ex Valentine's Day 2021

Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park on I-Drive will shred old photos of exes in exchange for free admission. Don’t worry if you are paperless, because the attraction will accept a deleted photo of your ex from your phone. Free admission – and freedom from the past – begin on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, and run through Monday to include #SinglesAwaressDay on February 15, obviously.

Free Bubbly at Raglan Road Irish Pub

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019 Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

One of my absolute favorite places to eat at Disney Springs is Raglan RoadIrish Pub, and this Valentine’s Day guests 21 and older will be offered a complimentary glass of pink bubbly to toast their brunch, lunch, or dinner visit or to pair with a special dessert like the Rocky Road to Raglan dessert – double chocolate and smoked almond brownie with chocolate ice cream, house made marshmallow, toffee crunch, chocolate crumbs, and raspberry puree.

What’s great about Raglan Road is they have great outdoor and indoor seating options with live music in each area starting at noon.

Pours at the Preserve

Pours at the Preserve 2021 On the Go in MCO February 2021

Oakland Nature Preserve invites you to walk its upland trails in the evening, sipping wine or tasting beer, enjoying the sunset through the trees or enjoy the stars in the night sky, listening to the owls, the frogs, maybe the whippoorwill. The half-mile trail will be lighted for you with luminaries. Enjoy refreshments at the five tables stationed along the paths while tasting a variety of wines and beers.

Fun Date Nights for Movie Lovers:

  • Disney Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14 starts at 6pm as part of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Festival series
  • The Classic Movies at Garden Theatre will show Casablanca on Sunday, February 14 at 6:30pm
  • Enjoy a showing of When Harry Met Sally with your favorite date at Leu Gardens on Sunday, February 14, at 7:30pm. Pack a dinner picnic basket and seating, alcohol is permitted.

Special Valentine’s Day Offers:

  • iFly is offering a ‘Love is in the Air’ indoor skydiving package that includes two flights for two people, two videos to commemorate your experience, specialized flight gear provided, one-on-one flight instruction, and a personalized flight certificate
  • Aquatica Orlando is offering single-day tickets for $31.99. When you purchase your single-day ticket you will also choose the date of your visit, and you will need to bring your paid ticket and proof of your online reservation to the front gate for admission.
  • Don’t forget there are great ticket offers for all of the theme parks around Central Florida for a day or an entire year!

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures On the Go in MCO and find even more events by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go with Gail: A Visit to Mount Dora

I have always loved Mount Dora, it’s such a quaint little town not too far from Orlando, about a 30-45 minute drive from the Disney area.

Founded in 1880, Mount Dora is known for its quaint southern charm, it has many stores including antique stalls and local craft shops where you can find unique gifts for anyone and everyone!

If you have ever wondered why it’s called Mount Dora with no actual mountains in sight, the Mount part reflects the fact that the town is on a plateau 184 feet above sea level. The more you know!

Normally we come over to go visit the shops and try the restaurants, you really can’t go wrong with any of them here. You can grab Italian, Indian, American, British, Cuban, French, the list goes on! I have tried most of them and multiple times. They also have some really unique coffee shops and ice cream stores that are worth trying out.

This time, we just came to wander around outside and enjoy the peaceful town. We love to go for a walk by the lake, Lake Dora is so beautiful, whether you are by the lighthouse or the docks, the views, especially at sunset are spectacular! If you have time, they offer a lot of boat tour options down at The Rusty Anchor (Golden Girls Fans will smile at that name!). I have not done one myself but would love to do a sunset boat tour one evening so I will have to come back for that soon.

I was pleasantly surprised to see they still had their Christmas tree on display, as I hadn’t had a chance to make it over there for the Christmas season yet. My daughter loves Christmas Trees, so we were really happy they had theirs up still.

We found out that they still had their Christmas lights up around the town too, and that they usually do until the beginning of February. So this meant that, of course, we had to come back and see the lights as we hadn’t done that yet either.

Most of the lights were centered around Donnelly Park, where most of the trees were draped in lights and they even had a Santa in his sleigh pulled by his reindeers.

I love the fact they still had their decorations up, plus it was super quiet so we were able to just wander around admiring them! Mount Dora is one of my favorite places locally, we normally like to visit Renningers Antique Center on a weekend then head over. It makes a nice day trip that way as they have the antiques on one side and a flea market on the other.

You can always come to visit during one of their many outdoor festivals too, you can check out their calendar for upcoming events by visiting https://www.mountdora.com

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