Halloween Horror Nights News: Two New Mazes

Halloween Horror Nights News July 15 New Mazes

This fall Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, unleashing some of the most nefarious names in horror to prey upon guests, and today the resort announced two new mazes coming to the much-anticipated event!

For this year’s event, classic films that have influenced the horror genre will come to life in two disturbingly real haunted mazes with the return of the legendary Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the resurrection of one of Universal Pictures’ most iconic monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein – in “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster.

Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes will depict a harrowing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.

Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals.

From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface.

Plus, guests at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will face another pop culture and horror legend as they brave this year’s event. The destination previously revealed the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most,’ “Beetlejuice,” based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

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Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

Halloween Horror Nights events begin at Universal Studios Florida on Friday, September 3, and run select nights through Sunday, October 31.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights, and due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures

On the Go in mco educational fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I have been sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week the series continues with some fun ways to sneak some learning into your summer break. 

On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures 

Mars Fest at the Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO Mars Fest Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Moon Fest, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Celebrate Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities throughout the Orlando Science Center this weekend. 

Learn how the amazing telescopes, satellites, and landers have been analyzing the history of Mars and searching for life in another world.

During the event, visitors will also enjoy special live demonstrations, cosmic chemistry, and more during this special weekend celebration that’s included with admission to the Orlando Science Center.  

A Deep Sea Adventure at the Crayola Experience Orlando 

On the Go in MCO Crayola Experience Orlando Ocean X

Through July 25th at the Crapola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, you can join the mission to find the elusive giant squid when OceanX takes over the creative world of Crayola for a once-in-lifetime event. 

So get your mission log, create your ID badge and begin your journey through the sea kelp as you:

  • Take an “underwater” photo in a Crayola OceanX sub
  • Sculpt your own ocean creature and place it on a 3D mapping table
  • Learn about undersea wonders and conservation efforts
  • View sea creatures in their natural habitat through colorful “portholes”
  • Help build a “coral reef” made of recycled marker caps
  • And ultimately come face to face with the elusive Giant Squid!

This limited-time fun is included in your admission to the Crayola Experience Orlando, which is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

On the Go in MCO Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County that were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

The village includes a general store and post office, schoolhouse, church, train depot, homesteads from Osceola settlers, Seminole settlement, a cow camp, and working structures such as a blacksmith shop, citrus packing plant, cane grinder, and barn.

Pioneer Village is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and guided tours are available on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in MCO

EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is always my favorite way to sneak ‘Edutainment’ into our theme park fun, but during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, there are even more ways to learn…I mean have fun!

From July 15 to November 20th, families can learn about cuisine around the world, try new delicious bites, and enjoy family challenges that will stretch their food knowledge and taste buds.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: New Maze Announcement

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 The Haunting of Hill House

For the first time ever, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to the Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new maze for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, which officially begins on September 3, 2021 at Universal Studios Florida!

Upon its release, Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” became a worldwide phenomenon of unsettling proportions that elevated the horror television genre. Created, directed, and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game) and executive produced by Trevor Macy via their Intrepid Pictures, the chilling horror story follows members of the Crain family who are haunted by long-dormant fears stemming from their time living in the menacing Hill House as children and then forced to face the ghosts of its grisly past.

“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Flanagan, Creator, Director and Executive Producer of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

Reincarnated as a Halloween Horror Nights Maze, the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning guests to embark on the dark journey.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner, from William Hill – The Tall Man, whose towering stature overwhelms everyone he encounters; to The Ghost in the Basement, who feverishly crawls throughout the bowels of the House in search of his next victim; to The Bent-Neck Lady, whose disturbing scream and ghastly appearance invoke a constant state of unnerving dread. 

“It’s a nightmare come true to bring Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”to life for our guests this year at ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort. “The show brought true horror to the masses, similar to what we’ve provided our guests at this event for nearly 30 years – Hill Houseis a perfect fit for “Halloween Horror Nights” as it enters a new decade of fear.”

The Haunting of Hill House maze will test even the bravest guests as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

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On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more ways to be On the Go in MCO by listening to the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in mco rainy day fun

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops, and this week the series continues with rainy day fun for kids of all ages! 

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to be On the Go in MCO with explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

On the Go in MCO: Rainy Day Fun

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For Younger Ones: SEA LIFE Orlando , 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

SEA LIFE, located at ICON Park on International Drive, is one of my absolute FAVORITE recommendations for families in Orlando as this aquarium offers great interactive displays and activities. 

Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 11th and just in time for the iconic week – SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has added some ‘jaw-some’ new shark activities around their 6 species of  sharks. 

For Tweens & Teens: Putting Edge, 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Located in Dezerland Park, formerly Artegon, on International Drive, Putting Edge provides a new and exciting twist on the traditional game of mini-golf.

From the moment you enter the “Blacklit” courses, you have left “the real world” and have entered a universe full of fun, imagination, and activity.

You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images, and sounds, rocking your senses in unordinary, inevitable ways.

Transport from the ocean depths to lush rain forests, from medieval times to the Aztec jungles, as you vie to sink your putt on the 18- hole challenging mini-golf course.

Splitsville Luxury Lane Disney Springs On the Go in MCO

For Families: Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 1494 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Return to the “Golden Age of Bowling” at this modern venue that exudes retro-glam vibes across 2 floors.

In addition to 10-Pin bowling, Feather bowling, billiards, and our lively bars, Splitsville features flat-screen televisions throughout, live music and an eclectic contemporary menu!

Strike up an appetite for fresh sushi, pizza, burgers and other delish dishes—or simply catch up with friends over a few games and drinks. Whatever your pleasure, this isn’t your grandfather’s bowling alley!

For Adults: Arcade Monsters, 15 Alafaya woods BLVD, Suite 117. Oviedo FL, 32765

Arcade Monsters is the largest arcade in Florida with over 200 games in 7 themed rooms and an anime-themed bar. 

Gamers will enjoy playing classic arcade games, pinball, experiential games, the latest modern arcade/console game releases, rhythm games, & virtual reality (ages 13+ only for VR) for an all-day price.

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Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

What better way to kick off Christmas in July than with the Universal announcing their holiday celebration dates!

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays Save The Dates

Christmas in July: Universal Orlando Announces 2021 Holiday Dates

I am REALLY excited to share that the Universal Orlando Resort will unwrap its 2021 Holidays celebration on November 13!

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome for 51 days and nights as Universal’s biggest and loudest holiday traditions and characters come to life with one-of-a-kind experiences across Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk, and the resort hotels until January 2, 2022.

Additional details about this year’s Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando will be revealed in the months ahead.

To learn more and to book a trip today, visit the Official UOR website.

Just in time for the fall and holiday season, Universal has launched an all-new deal, inviting guests to save 30 percent on a 4-day, 4-night hotel and ticket vacation package.

The limited-availability offer must be booked by September 8, for travel from August 16 to December 16. Find more information about this deal here.

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2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest

Fans of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have more time than ever to enjoy culinary favorites, live entertainment, and more, as the annual festival is underway daily from July 15 to November 20, 2021.

Global Marketplaces

At this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, 32 global marketplaces will take festival-goers on a culinary journey that will span six continents.

While delicious bites from returning favorites like Canada, Greece, Germany, and the Appleseed Orchard are on the menu, there are five new marketplaces to tempt your palate.

  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Rotunda Bistro: Nosh on tasty cuisine featuring fresh seafood and produce in the American Adventure Pavilion.
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine: Try out tantalizing pork dishes along with wine, beer, or a cocktail.
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina: Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.

Please remember that in-park dining requires a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person in your party, ages three and up.

Live Entertainment

This is a video of the JAMMin’ Chefs from a few years ago that I absolutely LOVE!!!!!!! This year they will be performing on the Canada Mill Stage daily.

Live entertainment is back for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with a new concert series that is sure to be a fan favorite!

The following Epcot favorites will be returning for this year’s festival:

  • JAMMin’ Chefs: This funky drumming crew will break it down with pots, pans, and other kitchen gadgets on the Canada Mill Stage.
  • Mariachi Cobre: Make sure to take time to enjoy the melodies of this world-famous traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico, on the American Garden Theatre stage daily.
  • Voices of Liberty: There won’t be a dry eye in the American Gardens Theatre as the inspiring vocal performances from the Voices of Liberty celebrate America’s spirit and beauty.

New to the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the America Gardens Bandstand. This live music concert series will occur every Friday through Monday evening featuring local bands from across Central Florida playing popular songs of yesterday and today on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Family Fun

Families will find two Ratatouille-inspired adventures at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Available for purchase throughout the park, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will have kids of all ages searching high and low around Epcot for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces.

Once seekers have found and matched all of the ingredient stickers to their map, they will receive a surprise at Disney Traders, located at the entrance to World Showcase, from Chef Remy. 

Families looking for a culinary exploration will want to check out Emile’s Fromage Montage, which will let adventurous eaters sample a variety of cheeses served in inventive ways.

To participate in the challenge, families will purchase any five cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport to collect the special stamps for a prize unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Festival Exclusive Merchandise

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 - Merchandise

Guests can bring the culinary magic home with official event merchandise from five new Festival exclusive collections that include apparel, trading pins, kitchen gadgets, home décor, and more!

Are you excited to attend the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? Make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube for even more details!

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On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks

On the go in MCO Fourth of July Fireworks 2021

The highlight of summer is the Fourth of July, and this year you can celebrate the Red, White, and BOOM with fireworks displays around town!

On the Go in MCO: Fourth of July Fireworks Around Town

Fourth of July - Fireworks at the Fountain

Fireworks at the Fountain

Lake Eola Park: 512 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801

The Fireworks at the Fountain is back for the 44th year at Lake Eola Park.

On Sunday, July 4, from 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from various vendors.

The night sky will illuminate with a spectacular fireworks finale, set to a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band at 9:15 p.m.

Can’t make it to Lake Eola Park? Watch the festivities live on News 6 WKMG starting at 8 p.m., or stream online at clickorlando.com.

Fourth of July - Sunset Walk

Star-Spangled Weekend Celebration July 4th Weekend

Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando: 3251 Margaritaville Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747

The Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando, located near the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with an outdoor celebration that will feature ten live bands and DJs, Street Performers, and fun for the entire family.

The highlight of the festivities will be a fireworks display on the Fourth of July at 9:30 p.m.

Parking and admission to the Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando are free.

Fourth of July - St. Cloud

4th of July Celebration

St. Cloud Lakefront: 1104 Lakeshore Boulevard, Saint Cloud, FL 34769

The City of St. Cloud is hosting its annual Fourth of July Celebration at the St. Cloud Lakefront.

This celebration will include live musical performances, various food trucks, and activities for the entire family.

At 9 p.m., a brilliant firework display will light up the sky above the lake.

Red, White, and Boom

Waterfront Park: 330 3rd Street, Clermont, FL 34711

Red, White, and Boom is a free, family-friendly evening in Clermont that includes more than 15 food trucks, vendors, a live DJ, and an aerialist show.

Classic Independence Day treats like hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase throughout the night, as well as beer and wine.

The evening will end with a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display over Lake Minneola that will start at 9:15 p.m.

Fourth of July at the Apopka Amphitheater

Apopka Amphitheater: 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka, FL 32712

The Apopka Amphitheater will host a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, July 4, 2021, which will feature musical performances, vendors, and a fireworks celebration that will begin at 9 p.m. 

Fireworks fans will want to make sure to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

Fourth of July - Avalon Park

Fourth of July at Avalon Park

Avalon Park Orlando: 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd # 300, Orlando, FL 32828

Downtown Avalon Park will be celebrating the Fourth of July with activities with a small-town flair.

Starting at 5:00 p.m., patriotic partygoers will enjoy free activities that include an apple pie bakeoff, bike parade, wet/dry bounce house, vendors, community music, performances, and more.

As the activities wind down, fireworks will light up the sky with bursts of red, white, and blue at 9:00 p.m.

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Halloween Horror Nights 30: JACK IS BACK

The Universal Orlando Resort just announced that Jack the Clown is going to return as the demented face of Halloween Horror Nights as the world’s premier Halloween event commemorates its 30th year this fall!

The most notorious icon in event history, Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives. His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

Select tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a variety of ways for guests to customize their visit to stay, scream and save.

Guests can save up to $52 on a single night event ticket when purchasing online, and book various event upgrades like the R.I.P. Tours, a guided tour experience that provides priority V.I.P. access to the haunted houses; Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life; and more.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Guests can also save up to $200 on vacation packages, starting at $149 per person, per night (based on a family of four), that include hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated entry gate for the event (with valid event admission), complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and access to an all-new, limited-time “Jack’d Up” experience at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – where guests get a closer look into the chaotic world of Jack and some of the sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of HHN. Plus, the hotel’s Swizzle Lounge lobby bar will transform into the “Horror Icons Bar,” featuring specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event’s most infamous icons, and props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to Halloween Horror Nights past.

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 3 and continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Universal Orlando’s event, visit www.Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon, so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad

It’s Father’s Day Weekend, and I’ve got some great ways for you to spend a Day with Dad On the Go in MCO! 

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad 

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day

If your Dad has the need for speed, you’ll want to race over International Drive to experience Andretti Indoor Karting and Games!

At Andretti, you can experience the World’s Longest Indoor Track with the Most Elevation Changes & Banked Turns on the powerful, ergonomic, safe and environmentally friendly BIZ KARTS. These bad boys pack enough torque to take you all the way to victory lane!

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games isn’t a one trick pony, because you can also bowl, play in the arcade, take in a dark ride, burn some rubber on race simulators, be adventurous on the rope & zip course, battle it out with Laser Tag, and more! 

Andretti Karting salutes those that serve and protect us everyday with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel.

Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

If you’re looking for a fun and educational outing with the special dude in your life, the Orlando Science Center is filled with activities at every turn. 

In addition to the familiar favorites such as Dino Digs and KidsTown, their new summer exhibit RESCUE is a hands (and feet) on experience that will show kids what it takes to be a first responder in the middle of a disaster. 

One of my FAVORITE places in the Orlando Science Center is The Hive, and this weekend you can experience Make Fest! 

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Fantasia Garden

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort will have you putting through scenes from the Disney Classic with twirling obstacles, cross fanciful fountains and musical surprises. 

Resembling a traditional golf course built on a miniature scale, this course emphasizes skill over chance. Sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens make the Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf Course an exciting challenge, where par-3 and par-5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long.

At Fantasia Gardens, parking is free and it’s $14 per Adult, $12 per Child (Ages 3–9) (tax not included) to play a round. 

Walk-ups are welcome or you may book a tee time for the next day or beyond by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

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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SeaWorld Orlando Summer Guy Harvey Weekend

Guy Harvey Weekends - SeaWorld Orlando 2016 - Guy Harvey
SeaWorld Orlando is really excited to welcome back Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, for Guy Harvey Weekend.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer who is fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

During the weekend you can join him for meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo opportunities June 18–20 inside the Guy Harvey store located in the Waterfront. 

You can also purchase Guy Harvey’s fifth and newest book, “Underwater World,” at the Guy Harvey store. This memoir lets you see the wonders of our ocean through fascinating stories, and a portion of your purchase will directly benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF).

You can even have your copy of “Underwater World” signed by Guy Harvey during meet-and-greets and special dining experiences throughout the weekend.

SeaWorld Orlando Guy Harvey Weekends 2021

Guy Harvey Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 18

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

An Evening with Guy Harvey
4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Enjoy a signature prix fixe dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist.

Your purchase includes a copy of Guy Harvey’s newest book, Underwater World, and an exclusive book signing and meet & greet before dinner. 

Your Meal Includes:
-Choice of Appetizer- Coconut Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, or Bleu Chips
-Choice of Entrée- 8oz Filet Mignon, Salmon, or Chicken Mushroom Pasta
-Choice of Dessert- Key Lime Pie, Cabernet Chocolate Cake, or Brownie Sundae

Saturday, June 19

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10:30 a.m – 12 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m – 3 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m – 6 p.m.
SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Dinner with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas on Saturday, June 19, as part of Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando.

Includes dinner and meet-and-greet with Guy Harvey. Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at Dine with Orcas at least 15 minutes prior to their dinner time in order to enjoy the full dining experience.

Menu:  Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, certified sustainable seafood, southern fried chicken, herb-crusted sirloin of beef, seasonal accompaniments, fresh bread baked daily by our skilled SeaWorld bakers, signature desserts, assorted Coca-Cola® products, coffee, and hot tea

Sunday, June 20

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m
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On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

This summer I am sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week we are looking at free (or mostly free) indoor activities!

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Last week we looked at fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load, and this week we’re looking at fun ways to beat the heat with free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids. 

On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

Free Bowling All Summer Long

Aloma Bowl: 2530 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids Aloma Bowling

Until September 5, 2021, children 15 and under can play two free games of bowling with the purchase of shoe rentals Monday through Friday from 11 am – 5 pm. 

Online registration in advance is required and a parent or guardian must be present but they do not need to pay to take advantage of this offer. 

Don’t forget about OCLS
On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids OCLS

While the Orange County Liberty Service programming may look a little different than it has in the past, they are still offering families free activities and incentives for summer reading!

With your OCLS library card you can attend their Summer Livestream Series of performances, learn new crafts, and kids can enjoy their own events where learning is fun. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

And we can’t talk about the Library without mentioning a Summer Reading Program, and there’s still time for kids to join Tales & Tails!

Kids, ages 6 to 12, can participate in virtual events, track your reading and complete fun activities right at home to earn badges. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

Also this summer, OCLS is working with Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services to offer grab-n-go meals at no charge to children and young adults under 18. Check out the locations here.

Museums with a Local Flair

Orlando is home to some amazing museum, and throughout the city you can find smaller museums that focus on the history of our area. 

Some of my top picks are the Central Florida Railroad MuseumOrlando Fire MuseumWinter Park History MuseumLake Mary Historical MuseumCornell Fine Arts Museum, and the Holocaust Museum in Maitland.      

These hidden gems are all free, and are guaranteed to give your entire family a new appreciation for the City Beautiful!

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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Howl-O-Scream Returns to Haunt Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021

Fear returns in its most immersive form, as guests are invited back inside iconic haunted houses, including two ALL-NEW horror-filled houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event.

Creeping closer each day, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with a hair-raising, skin-crawling celebration of ghoulish delights, including:

  • Two ALL-NEW Haunted Houses: Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter two all new original experiences.
  • Three Returning Houses with Reimagined Nightmares: Three fan-favorite frights will come back from the dead to consume guests with fear in new ways. 
  • Eight Scare Zones, plus three unpredictable hordes: The scares are everywhere including an unmarked zone and new terrors lurking in every corner of the park.
  • Fan-Favorite “Fiends!” returns to the Festival Field Stage: The raunchy monster dance party will return to its spacious outdoor venue for more devilish antics from Dr. Freakenstein and his gang of ghouls.
  • “The Rolling Bones” light up the stage at Dragon Fire Grill: As guests fuel up on a pre-fear feast, the live performance of this skeleton band lights up Dragon Fire Grill with epic covers of classic rock anthems.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021

Tickets to Howl-O-Scream are available now, including exclusive discounts for Fun Card and Annual Pass Members at the lowest prices of the year.

Fans of fear can sign up for emails at HowlOScream.com to be the first to receive news of more dark details on new houses, experiences and more coming to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. 

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. 

Howl-O-Scream 2021 is a separately ticketed nighttime event. No costumes are allowed.

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On the Go in MCO: Explore the Outdoors

On the Go in MCO Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great parks and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops!

I’m going to start this series with a look at how you can explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load…that’s right! All of these things are either free or under $10 for the entire family!!!

On the Go in MCO: Fun Ways to Explore the Outdoors

Kelly Park/Rock Springs – Apopka, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors

Let’s start our adventures On the Go in MCO at Kelly Park which features a free-flowing natural spring (68 degrees year-round), full-service concession, picnic pavilions, and playground. 

Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park, but guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats that must be less than five feet in length or width. 

It’s important to notes that the waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing and that during the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations.

The park does reach capacity almost every day, so you will want to arrive before the park opens to secure your place in line. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Kelly Park Map

Park Admission Fee: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes. No pets and no alcohol.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail – Apopka, Florida
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

If you want to walk on the wild side, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is the place to go!

The drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the Lake Apopka North Shore Park

The trail, which has an accompanying drive-through audio tour, begins at Lust Road and ends on Jones Avenue in Orange County, Florida. 

The drive takes 1–3 hours, depending on the usage and how many stops visitors choose to make along the way. 

The speed limit is 10 mph and the maximum vehicle length is 25 feet, and please not that they do not allow trailers. 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

There are a few restrooms and picnic pavilion are available on the property, but there is no drinking water provided.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance gate is open between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Apopka Wildlife Drive Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Big Tree Park – Longwood, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park is an 11-acre park that is part of the Spring Hammock Preserve, located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchison Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 in Longwood. 

The park is a step back in time and a popular tourist destination, and it also serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk

Guests can walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp and then make their way on the boardwalk to the former site of “The Senator”: an approximately 3,500-year-old National Champion Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.

A memorial has since been developed and includes interpretive signage along the newly renovated boardwalk, a playground piece that mimics a bald cypress tree stump, and a clone of “The Senator” that was planted near the playground called “The Phoenix.” 

Big Tree Park is also home to the Senator’s sister tree, “Lady Liberty”, an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Kraft Azalea Garden – Winter Park, Florida 
Kraft Azalea Garden

The Kraft Azalea Garden is 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open year-round from 8 a.m. until dusk. 

Lakefront, secluded and unique, Kraft Azalea is Winter Park’s secret garden that is full of picture perfect spots like the Exedra!

Kraft Azalea Garden

This beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property.

Park Admission: Free

De Leon Springs State Park – De Leon Springs, Florida 
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park

Once called Acuera, or “Healing Waters,” by Mayaca Indians who inhabited the area, De Leon Springs is a place to cool off in clear waters, roam trails through a lush subtropical forest that features a massive old-growth bald cypress tree, and immerse oneself in a rich history.

A highlight of a visit to De Leon Springs State Park is a swim in the 72-degree spring water where depths range from 18 inches to 30 feet at the spring boil.

The swimming area is approximately 500 feet in circumference; swimming nine laps around the pool would be about a mile.  

  • No lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk year-round.
  • No swimming is permitted in Spring Garden Run. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the sunbathing area. 
  • The swimming area will be closed when lightning is detected within six miles. 
  • Floats and rafts are allowed in the swimming area; however, flotation devices cannot exceed 5 feet for a circle or 4 feet by 6 feet for a rectangle.

In addition to swimming, you can enjoy snorkeling, wildlife viewing, boat & kayak launches, fishing, hiking, and more at the park!

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park Map

Admission Fee: $6 per vehicle: 2-8 people, $4 per vehicle: one person only, $4 per motorcycle, and $2 per person for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers

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On the Go with Gail: Kraft Azalea Garden

Our adventures around Orlando took us to the Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, and I have always seen my photographer friends post the most stunning wedding and portrait sessions here.

I wanted to go see it for myself after seeing their wonderful photos, and I am so happy that we did as it is a beautiful little gem of a park!

The Kraft Azalia Garden is a 5.22-acre public park that is located on the shore of Lake Maitland, making it so secluded and unique!

The park is full of beautiful and enormous cypress trees that provide a wonderful canopy for shade.

We visited on quite a hot Florida day, and the trees provide much relief while we walked around comfortably!

From what I have seen and heard about this place, it can get extremely busy, especially on weekends when there are more photographers and people heading over for picnics with their families.

Luckily, we went on a Monday afternoon and it was super quiet and peaceful, we even saw a group practicing, what I assume, was Tai Chi in the middle.

The views by the water were just spectacular, not only can you nosey at the gorgeous homes over the water but you can watch boaters and jet skiers going by, it was so peaceful!

My favorite area by far is the Exedra monument, it is located right by the waterfront to get those perfect idyllic photos. On the weekends, I can imagine this spot would be hard to get to, due to the professional shoots going on as its such a main feature of the park! The Exedra can also be reserved for events like wedding ceremonies at sunset, for up to 20 guests and can be reserved by calling 407-599-3334.

Don’t forget to look up when you’re here, because the views are quite stunning with the tall trees all around you. The park is actually home to a very large banyan tree. These trees are native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and often planted around temples as it is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is quite unusual to have one here locally as it generally only grows in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 10-12 which begin in an area south of Miami…the more you know!

Some have said that this tree may be the northern-most Banyan tree in the state. It is believed that the tree was planted in Kraft Azalea Garden when int was developed in 1938. Notable nurseryman Martin Daetwyler was hired to design the garden by well-known residents George and Maud Kraft, Mayor Frederick Cady, Forney Shepard, Leonard Hackney and Mrs. C. F. Ward.

On the way in to the gardens, it is hard to miss the sounds coming from the trees right by the entrance! At this time of the year, they are absolutely covered with great egrets nesting! Breeding for these birds occurs in the spring and they congregate into colonial nesting areas known as rookeries. These dense aggregations of nests are typically found in low trees near or over water. Winter park is fortunate to have a rare urban rookery for this stately bird. Every year between late February and early June, up to 50 nesting pairs of great egrets gather at Kraft Azalea Garden to begin nesting rituals.

Apparently, the males develop large showy feathers during the nesting seasons, and the females lay two to three eggs, and both parents share feeding duties. Its such a unique opportunity to be able to be up this close to so many at one time, it was such a nice surprise on our visit!

The gardens are open year-round from 8 a.m, until dusk. If you are planning on heading over to take professional photos and portraits, you must obtain a permit ahead of time to operate inside the park. This can be done by heading to www.cityofwinterpark.org/parks.

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Silver Spurs Rodeo: Summer June Rodeo

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

The Silver Spurs Rodeo will be hosting their annual summer June Rodeo and fans will be treated to 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. 

Plus, for the first time at the Rodeo, there will be a breakaway roping event! Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where the calf is roped but not tied. As soon as the rope breaks off their saddle, the clock is stopped. This is the second Silver Spurs Rodeo event for the women of rodeo, the first being barrel racing.

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

Part of the June Rodeo tradition includes junior barrel racing and junior bull riding events, featuring young rodeo stars who are ready to get their career started in the Silver Spurs Arena!

Plus, the Silver Spurs Riding Club is bringing back everyone’s favorite before each performance, ‘mutton bustin’ (a sheep riding event for the kids)!

“Every summer, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is how our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and Quadrille,” said Chris Baker, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We have been celebrating this tradition since 1944 in Osceola County. We hope you will join us for one of the longest-running traditions east of the Mississippi.”

Tickets are just $20 per adult and kids 10 and under are FREE for the June Rodeo only, all active and retired military receive FREE admission when showing proof of military service at the Box Office.

All donations go directly to organizations in Osceola County for scholarships, cancer support, veteran needs, and more.  All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on our tickets page. 

For more information on how to purchase tickets and rodeo guidelines for a safe rodeo, go to www.silverspursrodeo.com.

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