SEA LIFE & Madame Tussauds Now Open

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park have officially reopened to guests for an enjoyable escape.

A range of new health and safety measures have been introduced in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities.

Safety measures such as social distancing signage, contactless payment, and enhanced cleaning will be clearly visible to guests from the moment they arrive.

Interactive experiences including touch tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium and photo props at Madame Tussauds have been temporarily removed.

Capacity will also be restricted to no more than 25 percent of permitted occupancy.

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

“The health of our guests, staff, and sea animals is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment,” said General Manager of SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando James Paulding. “We will continue to adapt our operations to adhere with health and safety guidelines while offering guests the chance to create magical memories.”

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, both locations will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

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

For a limited time, guests who are the “First To Play” will get a specially discounted ticket that includes free digital downloads. Entry to both SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds is now available for $30 per adult and $25 per child. Single attraction tickets are discounted to $20 per adult and $15 per child and also include free digital downloads.

Families are encouraged to visit the SEA LIFE ORLANDO website and Madame Tussauds Orlando website to purchase tickets and review safety protocols ahead of their visit.

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Disney Springs Reopening: Official List

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:

  1. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  2. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  3. The BOATHOUSE
  4. Chicken Guy!
  5. Earl of Sandwich
  6. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  7. Frontera Cocina
  8. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  9. Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  10. Planet Hollywood
  11. The Polite Pig
  12. STK Orlando
  13. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
  14. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
  15. T-REX
  16. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  17. Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  18. YeSake Kiosk

Before you go to Disney Springs, make sure to know these 6 things before you go!

Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:

  1. Anthropologie
  2. The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  3. Basin
  4. Chapel Hats
  5. Columbia Sportswear
  6. Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  7. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  8. Free People
  9. Happy Hound
  10. Lucky Brand
  11. Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
  12. Pandora Jewelry
  13. Pelé Soccer
  14. Pop Gallery
  15. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  16. Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
  17. Sanuk
  18. Savannah Bee Company
  19. Sosa Family Cigars
  20. Sugarboo & Co.
  21. UGG
  22. UNIQLO
  23. UNOde50
  24. Volcom
  25. Vera Bradley
  26. ZARA

It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:

  1. Morimoto Asia
  2. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  3. Pizza Ponte
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:

  1. World of Disney
  2. Marketplace CoOp
  3. DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering

This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Dr. Phillips Center Updates Orlando 20/21 Season

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts UPDATES TO THE 20/21  FAIRWINDS BROADWAY IN ORLANDO SEASON ANNOUNCED

Dr. Phillips Center has announced that the previously scheduled performance of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando engagement of To Kill a Mockingbird, scheduled for Dr. Phillips Center will be postponed. The highly anticipated Orlando run will be part of the 21/22 season. 

In addition, The Cher Show, originally scheduled for June 15 – 20, 2021 will not come to the Dr. Phillips Center as part of the 20/21 Broadway season. The show has postponed its national tour with new dates to be announced. 

Jesus Christ Superstar will appear as part of the 20/21 season at Dr. Phillips Center on June 15–20, 2021.

Jesus Christ Superstar Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for YouInto the Woods) and award-winning choreographer 

Drew McOnie (King KongStrictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice,JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARis set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

Current season subscribers will be contacted by email with updated season package information, and you can find more information by visiting drphillipscenter.org.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

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

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

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2020

General Admission:

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

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

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

For more information, please visit OrlandoArtInBloom.com.

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

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

On the Go in Orlando: February 21-23

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

2nd Annual Chili Music Festival

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

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

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

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

3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Central Florida Brewers Guild Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Mardi Gras Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2020

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

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

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

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Morse Museum to Open New Exhibition

On March 3, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will open Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection. The exhibition will feature about a dozen paintings by leading American portraitists and a number of photographs by early American studios. Works date from the 1790s to the 1930s. 

Morse Museum March 2020 New Exhibit
painted portrait, c. 1905, of Sylvester S. Marvin by William Merritt Chase—gift of Leslie and Kathryn Grammar—that will be featured in the Museum’s new exhibition

At their most basic level, portraits record a person’s physical appearance on a specific date. When done well these records do more, revealing the psychological characteristics of a subject. The tension in portraiture is between the insights of a talented artist and the often unclear expectations of a sitter. The compelling personalities of figures ranging from powerful business executives to lovely women—both of genteel and working classes—are presented in the works on view in Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection.

A charming and arresting portrait of Sylvester S. Marvin (1841–1924), the founder of Nabisco, was commissioned around 1905 from the well-known artist William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). Chase and other painters like Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) and Robert Henri (1865–1929) created interpretive renderings with inimitable styles that brought the artists themselves a level of celebrity. Stuart, for example, is famed for his portrait of George Washington that graces the dollar bill. Two painted portraits on display by Stuart capture the costume and personae representative of the early years of the republic.

A photographed portrait reflected a modern worldview in the growing American society of 1900. Photography studios such as Matzene Studio (1900–1937) seized on the opportunities this medium afforded in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The photographs taken by this firm, founded by Jens Rudolph Matzene (c. 1870–1950), include an image of Chicago socialite Elizabeth Morse, later Genius, (1872–1928), the mother of Morse Museum founder Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89). Also contained in Matzene Studio’s portfolio is the elegant stage and film star Julia Dean (1878–1952).

Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection presents painted and photographic portrayals of Americans over a period of transition in both style and medium. Regardless of the medium or tradition, the concept of the portrait remained the same, to capture the qualities of a sitter through the skilled interpretation of an artist—painter or photographer.

Morse Museum Exterior

The Morse Museum, located at 445 N. Park Avenue, is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than 12.

All visitors are admitted free 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November through April.

For more information, call (407) 645-5311 or visit morsemuseum.org.

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Disney’s Aladdin flies into Orlando

Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.

I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!

If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.

Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
  • All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
  • Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
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Otronicon coming to the Orlando Science Center

Otronicon January 2020

Otronicon is celebrating their 15th year of celebrating art, science and technology at the Orlando Science Center January 17 through 20!

Otronicon connects guests of all ages with larger-than-life experiences to explore how science and technology impact society with four floors of simulators, robots, artwork, virtual reality, video games, competitions, workshops, audiovisual presentations and so much more.

The event focuses on Central Florida’s growing tech industry while connecting attendees with professionals who are driving Orlando’s digital future with partners including Lockheed Martin, AdventHealth, Disney, UCF, FIEA, Full Sail, Microsoft and the Orange County Public Library Melrose Center.

New to this year’s Otronicon are selfie stations, Pokemon labs, a musical Tesla Coil show, drone cages and a “Star Wars”-themed coding workshop hosted by Disney.

Also, attendees will want to hear keynote speaker Kate Edwards from International Game Designers Association as she coaches fledgling game designers about creating more vivid and inclusive worlds in their games.

Exhibitors

Almost 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon sharing the latest technology from the education, military and gaming fields with hands-on experiences and demonstrations for attendees of all ages to enjoy.

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Workshops

During Otronicon guests of various ages and skill levels can register for 60- to 90-minute hands-on workshops about a variety of topics such as game design, coding, programming, robotics and more during the event.

The workshop schedule varies daily, and registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. 

Space for these opportunities is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. 

Click here to view the full list of workshops.

Speakers

The Otronicon speaker series gives audiences the chance to hear directly from industry leaders, visionaries and professors about how technology developed in the Orlando area is changing the world. 

The speaker series takes place daily at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4 with unique presentations each day. 

Click here to view the full list of speakers. 


Competitions

During Otronicon Powder Keg Games will host video game tournaments on the Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Click here to view the full list of competitions.

Tickets Information

Otronicon is free for Orlando Science Center members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). 

Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

Also there will be a very special Science Night Live featuring Otronicon on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event and requires a separate ticket. 

Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

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Wild Florida Opens Drive-Thru Safari

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park

For ten years Wild Florida, in Kenansville, has focused on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources, and now they are taking guests around the world with the opening of their new Drive-Thru Safari Park experience.

The new expansion includes 85 acres of untouched scenic landscapes giving guests of the wildlife and safari park the opportunity to  identify species from as far away as the African savanna to the deciduous forests of North America from the comfort of their own car.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

Along the over two miles of pathways, drivers and passengers will come up-close to over 100 animals roaming freely including giraffes, zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, mouflon sheep, and more. 

The Drive-Thru Safari experience is not just confined to your car because there is an elevated giraffe platform where you can hand-feed these beautiful animals.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

The park also contains a massive pond dedicated exclusively as a home for all “nuisance”alligators, trapped by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) SNAP program.

Wild Florida also plans to open a world class zip-line through the safari park that spans across untouched cypress swamps, animal exhibits and scenic landscapes in Spring 2020.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park
Wild Florida

As an added value, Safari Park tickets include FREE admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park with over 200 native and exotic animals, a petting zoo, a variety of educational animal shows, delicious food, and more.

Inside the Gator Park you can spend the day learning about American Alligators with Crusher – the park’s biggest American alligator who weighs over 1,000 pounds, view hands-on demonstrations with some of the Wild Florida residents during an Exotic Animal Show, and witnessing the power and speed of the American alligator during the Gator Feeding Show.

Did you know…The park also hosts an annual Gator Week to celebrate their inhabitants!

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Gator Park

Admission to Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park is only $29 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 12 that includes free admission to the Wild Florida Gator Park.

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ICON Park Hosts Bowl Game Spirit Nights

ICON Park is bringing college football excitement from the field to the sky with five days of events for fans of teams playing in the Camping World Bowl and VRBO Citrus Bowl. 

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors
The Wheel will serve as the focal point for college football, when it glows in team colors during seven fan nights. PHOTO: ICON Park

Team spirit will reach new heights when the 400-foot-high Wheel is lit up in individual team colors. On December 28, once the Camping World Bowl champion is crowned, The Wheel will glow in the winner’s colors. 

camping world bowl game logo icon park

Camping World Bowl:  Notre Dame vs. Iowa State

  • December 26:   Iowa State University
  • December 27:  University of Notre Dame
  • December 28: Camping World Bowl winner’s celebration
VRBO Citrus Bowl Logo ICon Parkq

VRBO Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama

  • December 29: University of Michigan
  • December 30:  University of Alabama

Fireworks will fly each night at 10 p.m. as DJs get fans pumped up for the big games. For fans wearing team colors, discounts will be available at ICON Park-owned bars, Sky Bar experiences aboard The Wheel and more. 

For more information about these special nights, visiticonparkorlando.com.

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into the Amway Center

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

2020 will bring a lot of new things to Orlando, and one that I am really excited about is the Jurassic World Live Tour that is coming to the Amway Center January 17-20, 2020!

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

The Jurassic World Live Tour is your chance to step into an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans.

During the show, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. 

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience. 

Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years. 

“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

“We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, and I am stoked to share with you an opportunity to save on your tickets just in time for the holidays!

Use code ORJW20 to save up to 20% on tickets to the show at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com

The Jurassic World Live Tour sounds like it is going to be an epic adventure for the entire family, so don’t wait to get your tickets and save!

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Light Up UCF Returns for 12th Season

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF brings snowy nights and sparkling lights with an all new ride, spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more to Central Florida!

Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.

Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of Addition Financial Arena, Light Up UCF will run through Sunday, January 5.

This year’s festival offers nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. Our Holiday Light Show (powered by Duke Energy) features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival (presented by AdventHealth for Children) encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to Addition Financial Arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Check www.LightUpUCF.com for times and dates.

Light Up UCF

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

Light Up UCF

There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide (sponsored by E-Pass) where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, the debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the AdventHealth Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.

Light Up UCF

Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.LightUpUCF.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com.

Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

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Festival of Trees Holiday Celebration 2019

Festival of Trees 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

General Admission:

Saturday, November 16- Sunday, November 24

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

General Admission Ticket Costs:

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

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

Friday, November 15

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

Saturday, November 16

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

Tuesday, November 19

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

Wednesday, November 20

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

Friday, November 22

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

Saturday, November 23

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

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

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Gatorland Announces New Halloween Event

Gators, Ghost and Goblins Gatorland Orlando 2019

Park’s Halloween event to feature themed areas, actors, vendors, selfie zones, Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest Pavilion, , and spooky fun for everyone!

Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” is getting ready for Halloween with an all-new special event called Gators, Ghost and Goblins that will include spooky fun for everyone on select dates in October.

Gatorland Orlando Gators Ghosts Goblins Halloween 2019
Gatorland Orlando

Included with regular price admission on October 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31, this special event will feature several spooky themed areas throughout the park!

Complete with ghoulish actors and selfie zones, fun shows, a variety of specialty vendors, and “Frank & Stein’s” Octoberfest Pavilion with even more entertainment and themed food and beer for purchase.

The infamous Skunk Ape that Gatorland guests have spotted throughout the years will also be making appearances throughout the day along with the mysterious Swamp Ghost, and his Stompin’ Gator crew.

Gatorland Orlando Gators Ghosts Goblins Halloween 2019
Gatorland Orlando

“Besides the great family entertainment we offer in the park every single day, we love doing fun new things for our guests via special events,” said Mark McHugh, President & CEO of Gatorland.  “It’s just another way we are bringing everyone the best of Gatorland during our 70th Anniversary year.” 

Gatorland is a 100-acre theme park combining Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits, and entertainment.  Originally Gatorland opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, and today the park is celebrating its 70th Anniversary of providing affordably-priced family fun!

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What’s New This Week at the Dr. Phillips Center

WHAT’S NEW AT DR. PHIL

The Dr. Phillips Center is always announcing new shows & concerts, and this week there are two events going on sale that you won’t want to miss!

Dr. Phillips Center Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert 2019

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT

— On Sale Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10 a.m. —

Show: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT

Show Date:  Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29, 2019

Show Time:  7 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Venue: Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets: Start at $45.50

Description 

Dr. Phillips Center and CineConcerts invite fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

Presented by 

Dr. Phillips Center in association with CineConcerts

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are ©️ & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights ©️ JKR. (s19)

Il Divo Holiday Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 2019

IL DIVOA HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION

— On Sale Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. —

Show: IL DIVO: A HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION

Show Date:  December 7, 2019

Show Time:  8 p.m. 

Venue: Bob Carr Theater

Tickets: Start at $59.50. VIP Packages available.

Description 

Il Divo has always stood out for its unique mix of opera and pop. Since its debut in 2004, IL Divo has triumphed on the most important venues around the world and has sold over 30 million records.

First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell in 2003, the group is composed of the Spanish Carlos Marin (baritone), the Swiss Urs Buhler (tenor), Frenchman Sebastien Izambard (tenor) and  American David Miller (tenor), became a pioneer of a musical genre unknown until that time when in 2004 they released their debut album “IL Divo”.

Presented by 

Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

How to Buy 

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.

Groups of 10 or more can contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or call 407.455.5550.

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