Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium Collection Grows

Ripley's Orlando Odditorium Longest Fingernails

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

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

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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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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!

On the Go in MCO April 2021

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.

On the Go in MCO April 2021

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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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 
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
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 
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
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.”

Daily Show Features

  • 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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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!

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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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Jurassic Quest Comes to Orlando

Jurassic Quest Orange County Convention Center 2021

Jurassic Quest is rolling into Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center on International Drive for a unique, hour-long drive-through experience any dino lover would enjoy January 29, 2021, through February 7, 2021.

Jurassic Quest is North America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event, with more than 70 life-size animatronic dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods in realistic scenes.

Jurassic Quest Orange County Convention Center 2021

The displays were created in collaboration with leading paleontologists, and each dinosaur has been created to be as accurate as possible.

These popular dinosaurs are returning from extinction for a socially-distanced adventure around the Orange County Convention Center’s extensive parking area and outdoor spaces.

Jurassic Quest Orange County Convention Center 2021

Jurassic Quest Safety

  • The Jurassic Quest Drive-thru experience is an in-car experience with limited contact, if any, with staff who wear masks, social distance, and follow all state and local guidelines regarding health and safety.
  • Guests are guided by an engaging and informative digital audio tour featuring show entertainers, and dino wranglers.
  • A strict 5mph speed limit is strictly enforced throughout the experience.
  • All Jurassic Quest equipment and workstations undergo regular sanitization throughout the show.  

Drive-thru tickets are $49 per vehicle, and all attendees receive a free, safari-style family photo in their vehicles set against a dinosaur backdrop as a memento of their experience.

Jurassic Quest Orange County Convention Center 2021

Jurassic Quest Hours of Operation

  • January 29: 11am-8pm
  • January 30: 9am-9pm
  • January 31: 9am-8pm
  • February 1: Closed
  • February 2: Closed
  • February 3: 1pm-8pm
  • February 4: 1pm-8pm
  • February 5: 9am-8pm
  • February 6: 9am-9pm
  • Feb 7: 9am-8pm

You can purchase your tickets with confidence with the Jurassic Quest Ticket Guarantee that protects you if your Jurassic Quest event is canceled for any reason by automatically refunding 100% of the full ticket purchase amount to the credit card used during the original purchase.

Tickets for Jurassic Quest must be purchased online in advance, and various add-ons, including dinosaur surprises and activity packs, are available.

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On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24, 2021

With temperatures warming up this weekend, I am sharing ways that you can be On the Go this weekend around the City Beautiful with some fun outdoor events!

On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24

Portillos Food Truck Visits Town

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Portillos Beef Bus
Make sure to follow @beefbusofficial on Instagram for updates!

Portillo’s is bringing their Chicago-style hot dogs, famous Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, and homemade chocolate cake to Lake Buena Vista on March 2nd…But…

If you can’t wait that long, you can grab a friend and head to Lake Eola Park, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL, 32801, this weekend (and through January 30th) to check out the Portillo’s Official Beef Bus’ menu, while supplies last!

  • January 22- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 23- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 24- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 27- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 28- Lunch 11 am- 4 pm
  • January 29-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 30-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Dinosaurs Leu Gardens

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens once again, and you are invited to explore the Jurassic Gardens to find some of the most feared creatures on the planet.

This fun installation features over 20 life-size dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 ft. Daspletosaurus, cousin to the T-Rex.

Admission to the Dinosaur Invasion exhibit is included with daytime garden admission which can be purchased at the Welcome Center:

  • $10 adult
  • $5 child (ages 4- 17 years)
  • Free admission for Leu Members and children 3 years of age and younger.

Dr. Phillips Frontyard Festival is Frozen

Dr Phillips Center Front Yard Festival - view

The Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival – the six-month celebration of live, outdoor entertainment, and unique experiences in a socially distant environment – is continuing their Disney Movie Night Series with ‘Frozen’ this Sunday night at 6 pm.

Tickets for your own socially distant private box that seat up to 5 people are only $5 and $10, depending on location.

Don’t forget you can find even more events if you are On the Go in MCO and keep up with theme park news around Orlando by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Southern Hill Farms Strawberry Picking

If you have ever been to Southern Hill Farms, you know they have different events and pick your own fruit events throughout the different seasons. Right now, its strawberry picking season! If you have never been to the farm, now is the time, there is no fruit better than freshly picked!

The farm is on roughly 120 acres of land, and depending which way you come in, the entrance is a long clay road. There is plenty of parking available, and for the strawberry picking, you do not have to pay to park like during other events there where they have more going on.

When you first enter Southern Hill Farms there is an employee letting you know how everything works and giving you directions to the strawberry field and the barn. The barn is where you can go up to the air stream they have parked, and purchase their drinks and donuts that are made right there on the farm, and yes right now there are strawberry donuts and drinks to enjoy! They also have their market open, the eatery and beer shed.

They also have a play area for the children to play and plenty of photo opportunities with signs and the ones you put your head through the holes to become different characters like snowmen and such. They actually just announced on their Instagram page, which I will link below, that they will be opening their kids zone back up for the season on weekends. There will be a festival swing, jump pillows, a giant slide, obstacle course, sports game and farm wagon rides available in one all-inclusive wrist band for purchase.

On approaching the strawberry fields, you walk up to the check-in desk where the employee there lets you know how it all works and hands you their box. She told us which side the farm has been using and which sides have more fruit so you can start there. They ask that you pull the strawberry with one hand while holding the vine with the other to protect pulling the plant out of its delicate row.

The field was pretty large and as you can see, so it’s very easy to social distance from other groups. There are signs that ask that you wear a mask where social distancing isn’t possible, like at the entrance and exit. Most complied with that, we just kept ours on the whole time it was easier and luckily a nice cool day when we went.

Once you have picked your row, if you bend down slightly you can see the fruit better to know where to start. I recommend pushing the leafs aside slightly as that was where the bigger riper strawberries were hiding. There were some quite large ones ready to pick when we went too.

We took our daughter with us, and being a toddler I wasn’t sure if she would want to join in but she loved scanning the plants for them. Once we pointed one out she did really well pulling them off while we held the stem. This was the first time strawberry picking for all of us, and now I am wondering why we waited so long, hopefully we can keep coming so she can continue to make these memories.

Once you are ready to leave you head over to the exit for weighing and they do take cash or credit, this part was all outside too which was helpful. We didn’t fill the whole box but had a good single layer which was close to a pound in weight. Once we got home we washed them and honestly, I don’t want to ever buy grocery store strawberries ever again, they were so sweet and fresh! It was almost like they had sugar on, they were that sweet! I cannot recommend this activity enough!

You can check their website out or their Instagram page, as that is where they will update you on when they run out of ripe fruit to pick and update you once they are open again. They open only on certain days so check their schedule to plan your trip.

The Southern Hill Farms website is http://southernhillfarms.com and their Instagram handle is @southernhillfarms and you can also check them out on Facebook for live updates.

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Shelley’s Weekend Top Picks: January 8-10, 2021

Every week you can hear me share my top weekend picks for things to do in and around the City Beautiful mornings on K92.3 with Obie and Ashley in the morning!

In case you missed it, here’s are my top picks for January 8-10, 2021!

This Weekend Around Orlando

Mecum Auto Auction kicks off at the Osceola Heritage Park!

Mecum Kissimmee, set for January 7-16, is the world’s largest collector-car auction featuring an estimated 3,500 vehicles and thousands of pieces of Road Art collectibles. 

Registered bidders from nearly all 50 states and a dozen countries travel to Osceola Heritage Park annually to participate in the renowned auction event, portions of which are televised live on NBC Sports Network.

Tickets are required and there are health & safety protocols in place. 

This Weekend in the Theme Parks

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off this weekend at Walt Disney World!

Starting January 8, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

Outdoor Fun

Southern Hill Farms Strawberry Picking with Gail and Harper
On the Go Gal, Gail, and her ADORABLE mini-me went to Southern Hill Farms to check out Strawberry Picking!

Celebrate the winter harvest at your local farm by picking your own farm fresh strawberries at the first strawberry season at Southern Hill Farms in Clermont. 

Tickets and/or reservations are not required, and you can visit the farm anytime that they are open. 

Quantities cannot be guaranteed and strawberry picking is first come, first served with $4/lb u-pick strawberries.

While you are on the farm make sure you check out their bakery for their new strawberry donuts, blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, and other seasonal treats. 

Please keep in mind that:

  • There are no additional crops or activities available at this time. 
  • Face masks are required for all guests over the age of 3 while under covered barns, standing in lines, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • No animals of any kind allowed on the farm during the strawberry u-pick due to state and federal food safety regulations.
  • No outside alcohol, coolers, and catered meals are allowed.
  • Schofield Road is a Lake County clay road.
  • Southern Hill Farms is a working farm, you will be parking and walking in grass and unpaved areas.
  • All events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather and crop availability.
  • Always check their website on the day of your planned visit for final event details.
  • Please arrive prepared. 

Hours and directions:

16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714. from 11 am to 4 pm.

DEAL ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland has brought its most popular Florida Resident Special back from extinction.  Not seen since 2014, Florida Residents can visit the Alligator Capital of the World for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.  Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.   This rare discount won’t be around long.

Florida residents will enjoy their favorite rides, shows, and exhibits such as the Alligator Breeding Marsh, White Gator Swamp, Petting Zoo, Bird Aviary, Jungle Crocs of the World, the Alligators – Legends of the Swamp and Up Close Encounters shows, and of course, Social Distancing Skunk Ape.  Guests won’t want to miss Gatorland’s newest residents, Ben and Jerry, the Capybaras.

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Clermont’s Holiday Enchanted Forest

The City of Clermont has many activities to safely enjoy this season and take part in. They just had their Virtual Light up Clermont Ceremony on December 4th, which featured a special message from the Mayor and Council. Don’t worry if you missed it, because there’s something so fun going on at Victory Pointe!

Clermont’s Holiday Enchanted Forest opened December 5 and runs until January 3, 2021 at Victory Pointe. It is open nightly until 10pm. There are over 40 decorated trees all lined up by the lake.

Schools, organizations, businesses, and families have individually decorated these trees being showcased nightly.

You can stroll through the Enchanted Forest at your leisure while listening to the Holiday music being played throughout. Signs in front of each tree tell you which group decorated each tree, some are more obvious than others, but they are all so fun!

We went on quite a cold night for Florida, and since it is located right by the lake it got very chilly so be sure to take a blanket or decent coat/sweater so you can enjoy it more. Don’t be like me in shorts and a T-Shirt wondering “where this cold snap even came from?”.

There is also a box to drop off letters to Santa in Santa’s mailbox which will be delivery directly to the North Pole. It’s right by the entrance to the Holiday Enchanted Forest, and also has a great area for photo opportunities.

It really is a fun, cute event and completely free! I want to go back in the day time now to enjoy some of the details more as they were all lit up so beautifully but I want to see the creativity close up!

On the way out we decided to walk by the historic village and I am so glad we did, they have a few little cute displays and cut outs. But what was a really nice addition this year was over in the bay window of the Train Depot, the building closest to West Avenue.

Tommy Candido, display coordinator at John Zweifel’s President’s Hall of Fame, set up his personal Christmas Village. The display fills the entire window and is lighted every evening, 6-10pm.

It’s such a pretty animated display, featuring children on sleds, ice skaters, an air balloon and Gibbon (a Yeti, a signature of every Christmas Village Candido has put together over the years). I loved the little town square in the middle with all the light up trees leading to the big tree!

You can check out more about this event among others if you head to their website www.ClermontFL.gov

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