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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Gator Week 2019 at Wild Florida

Wild Florida Gator Week 2019

Wild Florida hosts 3rd Annual Gator Week promoting alligator conservation & family fun

It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida will host their 3rd Annual Gator Week May 6-11 and offer free admission for everyone to its Gator Park throughout the week.

To many, alligators are viewed as fierce carnivores on the hunt, but that’s not the case. Like many misunderstood creatures, myths develop based on a lack of knowledge and focus too much on fear. Because of this, Wild Florida decided to dedicate an entire week to educating guests, debunking common myths and developing a more positive attitude towards these reptiles.

Jordan Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida, says, “The most common emotional response to alligators is fear and that can lead to negative outcomes for wild predators. We hope to convert that fear to a healthy respect and appreciation for these incredible animals. ”

Wild Florida’s mission has always been to provide an unforgettable Everglades experience that promotes a connection with animals while inspiring education and conservation.

Wild Florida Gator Week 2017 Logo

GATOR WEEK SCHEDULE:

May 6, 2019

Alligators and crocodiles rank in the top two for having the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom. During day one of Gator Week, this power will be displayed during a live demonstration as alligators and crocodiles smash fruits and vegetables with their jaws. Later in the day, there will also be a gator water polo game in the Gator Pond.

May 7, 2019

Just like cats and dogs, alligators make very distinct sounds that everyone can master. At 12:00 p.m. inside Wild Florida’s Exotic Animal Pavilion, Wild Florida will host a Gator Call Competition. Later on, the Wild Florida team will host their first “Clock-the-Croc” demonstration, where, using a speed timer, the team will record the speed of one of their crocodiles on land and in the water.

May 8, 2019

During day three of Gator Week at Wild Florida’s Gator Feeding Show Pavilion, the Wild Florida team will measure the bite force of a snapping turtle, freshwater crocodile, alligator, and caiman. After the bite force test, stop by the Chomp House Grill as the Wild Florida team tries to break the world record for longest gator po’ boy!

May 9, 2019

Wild Florida’s popular Gator Jumpathon returns! At 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Wild Florida’s 3rd Annual Gator Jumpathon takes place inside their Gator Pond, where you can witness the true power of these animals and see just how high they can jump to catch their prey. Then, guests will have an opportunity to jump like a gator themselves and participate in the first-ever “Gator Jump Competition.” There will also be bounce houses available for kids to enjoy throughout the day and educational seminars from experts on alligator hatching, mating and farming.

May 10, 2019

Everyone might be used to seeing alligators during the day, but what about at night? Wild Florida will stay open after dark and do a special gator feeding show with their biggest alligator, Crusher. They will also host a Wild Paint Night Out, where Wild Florida’s albino alligators Snowflake and Blizzard will be the stars of the show. Guests will get to paint these impressive animals and see them up close while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner. Wild Florida will also be offering discounted night airboat tours to give guests a unique experience of seeing how wild the swamp is in the moonlight.

May 11, 2019

Capping off another year of Gator Week, there will be a Gator Week Corn Hole and Gator Slushy Drinking Competition where the winner from each competition will win a special prize.

Wild Florida Gator Week Gators March 2017

Be sure to follow Wild Florida on social media for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits, myth-busting stories, and giveaways throughout the week.

Also, check out www.GatorWeek.com for a full schedule of activities. Admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park is only $10 for adults; Florida residents receive a 50

percent discount year-round. Admission to the Park is free for any guest who purchases a Wild Florida airboat tour or animal encounter. Learn more about Wild Florida’s offerings at WildFL.com.

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010, focuses on educating individuals about Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida.

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Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Details

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019

Dear Evan Hansen Announces Digital Lottery for Discounted Tickets for Orlando Engagement

Dear Evan Hansen will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance. 

Dear Evan Hansen, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series, opens at Dr. Phillips Center on April 16, 2019 and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
  • The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance in Orlando and will be accepted until 9 a.m. local time the day before the performance.
  • Visit https://www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen/ to register.
  • Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
  • The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
  • All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
  • Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.
Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2018

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

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Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center

Science of Wine Orlando Science Center 2019

Ready your mind – and palate – for a night of wining, dining and learning at one of Orlando’s most unique food and wine events, the Science of Wine!

ORLANDO, Fla.

The 9th annual Science of Wine, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits, on April 27th is your chance to sip, savor, and support the mission of Orlando Science Center while you uncork your inner sommelier (and scientist!).

The Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey for adults only with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting in addition to samples of more than 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions and some of the best food from your favorite region, Central Florida!

Science of Wine 2019 Orlando Science Center
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The Science of Wine Culinary Partners Include: 

  • Barnie’s Coffee & Tea
  • BENTO asian kitchen + sushi
  • Black Rooster Taqueria
  • Bonefish Grill
  • BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse
  • Cocktails Catering
  • Fresh Kitchen
  • Gezellig Cookies
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
  • Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Lucky’s Market
  • Millenia Event Catering
  • Nicole Macaron
  • Olde Hearth Bread Co.
  • The Pub
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • SusHi Eatstation
  • Sweet by Holly
  • Swine & Son’s
  • Tamale Co.
  • Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen

There are also two add on experiences to take your night to the next level!

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Swine & Sons Cooking Demos

Demos at 7:30pm and 8:45pm

$20 per person with purchase of Science of Wine ticket

Have you ever wondered why your favorite Cabernet compliments a grilled steak so perfectly, or which white wine would be best with the seafood dish you’re preparing?

We’ll explore the science behind some classic food and wine pairings and discover what works, and why in this interactive food and wine tasting demo hosted by Swine & Sons Provisions. 

Cooking demos are $20 per person with the purchase of a Science of Wine ticket, and seats are limited.

Thank you to our partner, Swine and Son’s for leading guests on this cooking journey. 

Wine Seminar – How’d It Get There?

Demo at 6:30pm

$20 per person with purchase of Science of Wine ticket

Want to become the wine expert within your friend group? Look no further than this wine seminar hosted by Julie Pepi, CSW Director for Fine Wine in Florida for Trinchero Family Estates!

You’ll learn why certain grapes grow better in specific places, what tannin and oak flavors actually are, where the bubbles in your favorite Champagne come from and so much more!

Seats to the Wine Seminar are $20 per person with the purchase of a Science of Wine ticket.

Limited seating is available so reserve your spot today.

Tickets are available now for this amazing evening benefitting the Orlando Science Center, and cost $100 for Orlando Science Center Members and $125 for General Admission.

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Top Nine: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More

Top Nine: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More

October is full of great fall events, and here are our top nine picks for Central Florida’s best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, and more!

Top Nine: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, & More

1. Lukas Nursery 1909 Slavia Road, Oviedo, 407-365-6163

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Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter is keeping fall traditions alive in Oviedo with its 34th annual fall festival on October 13-14. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You can ride tractor-pulled hayrides and hang out in the pumpkin patch.

2. Harvest Holler 950 Tavares Road, Polk City, 352-895-8687

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About 45 minutes from Orlando is the picturesque pumpkin patch at Harvest Holler. Between now and November 12th, get your pick of pumpkins every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can also check out the farm during the week, if you make a reservation.

3. Partin Ranch Corn Maze 5601 N. Canoe Creek Road, Kenansville, 407-709-7250

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Starting October 13th each Saturday and Sunday in October, you can try to make your way through Partin Ranch’s 5-acre or mini corn mazes. Attendees can also enjoy hayrides, a kiddie zip line, a corn box, and play areas.

4. Long & Scott Farms 26216 CR 448A, Mount Dora, 352-383-6900

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Since 2003, Long & Scott Farms has been working to grow its 7-acre corn maze into a local tradition. This year’s events will also include tree, rope and mist mazes, as well as a labyrinth.

5. Uncle Donald’s Farm 2713 Griffin Ave, Lady Lake, 352-753-2882

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Don’t be afraid of the dark, hop on Uncle Donald’s Farm’s nocturnal hayride, where you’re sure to see owls and other nighttime creatures. Every Saturday in October you can also try the creepy barn crawl filled with reptiles, find your way through the hay maze and wander through the pumpkin patch.

6. CornFusion Maze 13444 Moore Road, Lakeland, 863-559-9952

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The Smith Family Ranch in Lakeland offers all sorts of family weekend fun in October. In addition to an 8-acre crop maze and pumpkin patches, you can have fun with hayrides, bounce pillows and a variety of other activities.

7. Club Lake Plantation 3403 Rock Springs Road, Apopka, 407-703-2707

http://clublakeplantation.com/events/fall-festival/

Six days a week in Apopka, you can wander the corn maze and pick from the pumpkin patch at Club Lake Plantation. Their Fall Festival runs from now until October 31st and includes hayrides, train rides, access to the country store and the chance to launch a pumpkin from an air cannon.

8. Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest 35317 Huff Road, Eustis, 352-357-9863

http://www.santaschristmastreeforest.com/pumpkins/

Christmas may be a few months away, but you can have fun at Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest this fall. A pumpkin patch, mazes, photo ops, unlimited hayrides, horse rides, ziplines, duck races and a petting zoo are open on weekends, from now until October 29th.

9. Stanley Pond Adventure Farm 15426 County Road 48, Astatula, 352-742-8180

http://stanleypondfarm.com/events.html

Stanley Pond Adventure Farm offers sunflower mazes and pumpkin patches every weekend in October to get you in the fall spirit. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with the last admission at 3 p.m.

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