H2O Glow After Hours Returns

Just in time for the summer season, a new H2O Glow After Hours is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

The luminous after-hours event returns to the tropical oasis Memorial Day Weekend, with new elements that are sure to “glow-up” your Walt Disney World vacation this summer.

2019 H2O Glow Nights Typhoon Lagoon Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World

Guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan, and Dolphin Hotels as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort can purchase tickets to H2O Glow After Hours on the Walt Disney World Resort website beginning March 29, with tickets on sale for the general public April 1. The popular nighttime experience has limited capacity, so be sure to secure your tickets soon!

H2O Glow Typhoon Lagoon

The after-hours party will offer unique, vibrant décor, high-energy DJ dance parties, exclusive glow-themed menu offerings and so much more.

Imagine your favorite watery attractions glowing under the stars, with shorter wait times and more time to enjoy.

Whether you’re shooting down Crush N’ Gusher, making a splash in the Surf Pool, or showing off those groovy moves on the dance floor, you’ll experience this storm-strewn paradise in a whole new light.

You’ll even receive a glowing wristband and tasty snacks like popcorn and select ice-cream treats to enjoy throughout the evening!

H2O Glow Typhoon Lagoon

Disney H2O Glow After Hours takes place between 8-11 p.m. every Saturday night from May 28 to Aug. 27, giving you three glowing hours in the water park after gates close. Guests with tickets for the exclusive party can even enter Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6 p.m. 

Get a “splash” of the magic from The World’s Most Magical Celebration and add Disney H2O Glow After Hours to your summer bucket list at Walt Disney World. Book your tickets for the after-hours event on the Walt Disney World website and get ready to glow up your summer like never before!

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Topiaries

The highlight of any visit to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is definitely the Disney and Pixar character topiaries.

These iconic and towering topiaries can be found throughout the park, and are sure to brighten up the rainiest Spring day!

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Topiary Locations

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Woody, Bo Peep, and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary


Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary


Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Figment – near Imagination!

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald, and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Troll – Norway Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary


Dragon – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Pandas – China Pavilion

Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa, and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries Disney Topiary

Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary
2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc  – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

Bambi and Friends – near Imagination!

Want to find out more information about the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival? Check out our Foodie Guide, Garden Rocks Schedule, Garden Rocks Dining, Merchandise, and more!

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Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Celebrate the return of spring with Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers, a museum-wide showcase of floral interpretations, antique dealers, and lifestyle designs to inspire everyone, at the Orlando Museum of Art, March 24-27, 2022, with show hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Presented by the Council of 101, this annual springtime fundraiser advances the many educational programs and exhibits of the Museum. The event will feature special events, art auctions, curated antiques and an outdoor farmers market, and daily entertainment.

“From garden enthusiasts to art interpreters, Art in Bloom has a little something for everyone,” said Joan Kennedy, President of Council of 101. “We’re very excited to host this festival and kickoff spring, bringing a mixture of art and nature’s beauty to Orlando.”  

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom Daily Show Features

  • Antique Dealers
  • Appraisal Days
  • Art Auction
  • Blooming Orchids
  • Café 101
  • Floral Interpretations
  • Outdoor Farmers Market
  • Tables in Bloom

The Council of 101 has raised over 12 million dollars for the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses over the years.

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom General Admission Tickets:                                                     

  • $20 Adults / $12 Children (Ages 3-12) / $12 Seniors (60+), Military, First Responders
  • Tickets for general admission and all events will be sold on Eventbrite beginning February 24th
  • Admission includes access to the Museum’s current exhibitionsArt in Bloom, and Cafe 101. 
  • Parking is available on-site for $5.
  • Advanced, online ticket purchase is encouraged.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  
Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom Show Hours

Thursday, March 24

  • Opening Night Preview party
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • $ 130 per person / Includes show admission
  • Celebrate Art in Bloom at the Opening Night Preview Party benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art with an evening of elegance. Guests will enjoy exquisite culinary creations, beverages, delightful entertainment and complimentary valet parking.

 Friday, March 25

  • VIP Event + Lecture + Book Signing with Guest Speaker Danielle Rollins
  • Be one of the lucky guests to mix and mingle with Danielle Rollins – tastemaker, trendsetter and author! Enjoy lite bites and libations before her Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining lecture and have the opportunity to purchase A Home for All Seasons and have it signed by Danielle. Reserved seating for VIP ticket holders.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • $ 125 per person / Includes show admission
  • Lecture + Book Signing with Guest Speaker Danielle Rollins
  • Please join us to hear Danielle Rollins speak about Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining. Following the lecture you will have the opportunity to purchase her book A Home for All Seasons and have it signed. 
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • $ 50 per person / Includes show admission

Saturday, March 26

  • Mystery Home Tour11 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.
  • $ 45 per person / Includes show admission / Limited capacity
  • Hop on Board! You will be transported by bus from the Orlando Museum of Art to the undisclosed mystery home. Once you arrive you will hear about the beautiful antiques and special features of this awe-inspiring home. This event is has very limited availability and will sell out quickly. 
Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

 Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27

  • What it’s Worth? Appraisal Days
  • 12:00 – 2:00pm 
  • $10 Per Item / Verbal appraisal only / General admission ticket required 
  • Reservations begin at 11:00am each day 
  • Do you have a family heirloom or interesting “find?” Antiques expert and Show Manager, Charlie Miller, will give you a professional appraisal of your treasure.

 Sunday, March 27

  • Family Fun Activities: Engage in a museum scavenger hunt, shop the Outdoor Farmers Market, or escape to the fresh air in Loch Haven Cultural Park for a family picnic. Before you head home, the Orlando Science Center welcomes you to step inside for a visit!
  • Sunday Jazz Sounds: Be swept away by the sounds of Jazz while enjoying a leisurely Sunday at the Museum.  Sunny smiles and Southern hospitality are the order of the day in Café 101!

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

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art
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2022 Gatorland Photography Program

Gatorland Photography

Gatorland is the”Alligator Capital of the World,” but the annual Gatorland Photography Program allows unique access for a limited time.

Gatorland’s Bird Rookery, created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh, attracts hundreds of wild birds every Spring.

The unique habitat has grown into one of the largest and most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida, providing a protected area for nesting, foraging, and roosting for over 20 different species of wild birds, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern.

Gatorland has created a special photographer’s pass program offered on 10 select dates in March, April, and May, allowing early morning entry at 7 am before the park opens to the general public at 10 a.m.

Gatorland’s boardwalks provide birders and photographers with close access to incredible birds to capture stunning photographs.

Gatorland Photography

The 2022 Gatorland Photography Program dates are:

  • March 19
  • March 27
  • April 2
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 22
  • April 30
  • May 8
  • May 13
  • May 21

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and availability is limited so booking right away is recommended.

Reservations can be made online at a cost of $25 plus tax per person per date, and a Birding Seasonal Pass is also available for $125 plus tax per person.  

All tickets are date specific and non-transferable. No late stay is offered.

For more information on the Gatorland Photography Pass for the birding season, call the Bird Line at (407) 855-5496, ext. 233 or send a message to Gatorland at  dannyperich@gatorland.com.

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Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Do you think you and nine other friends have what it takes to pull a truck?

The Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull will include live music, food trucks, artisans, and craft beer in a family-friendly environment on March 19, 2022.

The truck pull begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Teams of 10 will go head-to-head pulling a fire truck a block down Palmetto Ave. in “The Famous L” for the coveted trophy and ultimate bragging rights. Participants include the Sanford Fire Department, Sanford Police Department, and many locally-owned businesses.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

The St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull is featuring live music from 4 to 5 p.m. performed by Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders to get everyone into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and then afterward Papa Wheelie ends with a hardcore bang from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We are so excited to be doing the St. Paddy’s truck pull again” said Paul Williams, owner of West End Trading Company. “In most St. Paddy’s Day celebrations people are lifting beers but in true Sanford Style, we’re taking it a step further and pulling a truck.”

The event welcomes a new fire station-themed bar, The Station Bar & Grub—making the perfect backdrop for the Fire Truck Pull. In addition, there will be a DJ leading the fun from their classic fire truck stationed right out front.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

“We love being a part of the Sanford community,” said Alex Sirica, owner of The Station Bar & Grub. “Participating in this fantastic event is right up our alley. We’re excited to see the teams compete and celebrate giving back.”

All sign-up fees from the truck pull will go towards SNAP (Special Needs Ability Program, Inc.)Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc. serves families in Sanford who support children with disabilities. SNAP provides children with disabilities a platform to understand and retain positive social skills to successfully enter the workforce, social events, and other public areas. Plus, proceeds from the truck pull to benefit the Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc.

The fourth annual Sanford t. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival is sponsored by the newly formed ‘Famous L Collective.’

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Orlando Boat Show 2022 at the OCCC

Orlando Boat Show

The Marine Industry Association of Central Florida (MIACF) presents the Orlando Boat Show for a three-day event March 25-27, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center, North Hall B. The highly anticipated show features 19 of Central Florida’s top boat dealers representing more than 70 manufacturers.  

The Orlando Boat show features a wide variety of boats including bowriders, center consoles, deck boats, flats boats, freshwater fishing boats, jet boats, pontoon boats, and surf boats to fit any lifestyle and occasion. 

Extra incentives are available only during the show from dealers and manufacturers such as extended warranties, service packages, waived dockage, enhanced electronics, and accessory packages. 

Tickets on Sale Now  

Ticket prices are $10 per person and are available for purchase online at https://orlandoboatshow.com/tickets or at the gate. Kids under the age of 12 are free! 

Please note Orange County Convention Center parking is $10.  

In appreciation of the hard work and dedication to the health and safety of our community, FREE admission is available at the gate for active healthcare workers and first responders with proper ID (up to four passes for immediate family). 

Orlando Boat Show

Orlando Boat Show Special Events and Seminars 

The Fishing Zone 

  • Capt. Mike Bard will be discussing inshore fishing techniques using light tackle, Florida-based Bull Bay Rods and Florida Fishing Products reels.  He will give away a Bull Bay Banshee rod and an Osprey 2500CE rod valued at $391 at each of his  seminars. 
  • Capt. Captain Gino Losi is a second-generation angler and guide and shares his 30 years of experience and knowledge of Florida’s lakes and reservoirs. Attendees will have a chance to win a half day excursion valued at $350 at each seminar. 
  • Capt. Jim Ross presents, ‘How to fish the  Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon.”  

Go Boating 

  • Bill Porter is the founder and owner of Performance Ski and Surf and shares his extensive knowledge in all towed watersports including wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing and more. 
  • Sea Tow’s Capt. Kerry Kline will tell you all about Central Florida’s waters through teaching safe boating and advanced boating education courses throughout the area. Capt. Kerry will give away a one-year Sea Tow membership at each of his seminars. 
Orlando Boat Show

Twiggy, the waterskiing squirrel, and Roxie Show  

A fan favorite with shows daily. 

Orlando Boat Show

Queen of the Show 

The Queen of the Show is the 2022 HCB 53′ Suenos, a large center console yacht with the sophisticated design to perfectly balance speed, ride, comfort, and all of the luxury of your “dream” yacht. The bow area is dual purpose with seating to accommodate guests on the forward-facing lounger or around bow seats and table that convert to a large sun pad for lazy days catching rays; or remove the cushions for a fully functional fishing platform. The luxuriously functional cabin with queen-sized berth, storage galore, galley kitchen, and separate head/shower compartment is the perfect place for air-conditioned comfort on hot days as well as longer trips with overnight stays.  

An automotive-inspired helm station allows the captain to be fully aware of the surroundings while staying in tune with the endless functionality on-board including charts and navigation, Sea Keeper®, generator, ample stereo system, the quintet engine package, and more. 

“The Orlando Boat Show is designed for new and avid boaters to explore the latest in boating trends, vessels, water activities and fishing,” said Joe Lewis of Mt. Dora Boating Center and the president of MIACF. “We are committed to raising the professionalism of the boating industry in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.”  

Recreational Boating Boom Continues 

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), boating is attracting more participants as people of all ages and walks of life seek quality time on the water. 

  • An estimated 100 million Americans go boating each year. 
  • 61% of boat owners have an annual household income of $100,000 or less. 
  • 95% of boats on the water in the U.S. are less than 26 feet—boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways. 
  • 95% of boats sold in the U.S. are American made. 
  • The recreational boating industry supports 691,149 American jobs (511,117 direct jobs and 180,032 indirect jobs) and 35,277 American businesses. 
  • Boating and fishing are the largest outdoor recreation activities in the U.S., totaling $23.6 billion in current-dollar value added. Source – U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) 

All events and seminars are included in show admission and can be viewed at https://orlandoboatshow.com/events 

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On the Go in MCO: St. Patrick’s Day 2022

On the Go in MCO St Patricks Day 2022

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

If you are going to be On the Go in MCO this St. Patrick’s Day, there are some really great ways for you to have fun while wearing your green!

On the Go in MCO: St. Patrick’s Day 2022

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road

The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is back in full swing this year from March 11-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant with top Irish bands flown in for the celebration. 

The most authentic Irish festival in America will take it to the Disney Springs street outside Raglan Road with extraordinary Irish talent arriving from Ireland, five outside bars, fun St. Paddy’s merchandise, and more.

Award-winning Irish musicians and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will rock the fun throughout this lively festival that leads up to the mother of all Irish holidays.

Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

Especially for the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, a new berry-forward St. Paddy’s brew, “So Berry Les,” is on tap for the holiday and on into spring. 

Crafted in collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Fla., So Berry Les is a refreshing hard seltzer infused with local Florida strawberry (‘tis the season!) and Key Lime juice. The brew pays tribute to Raglan Road co-owner John Cooke’s father, Les, who in 1977 earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the dearest strawberries at a charity auction for a record 530 Irish punt—equivalent to the British pound—to generate publicity for his restaurant business. 

On St. Patrick’s Day only, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. with a $20 cover charge for guests 18 and older; (first-come, first-served—no reservations on this day only); younger patrons may enter free of charge.

Make your reservations now!

St. Patrick's Day Parade Winter Park On the Go in MCO
43rd Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Gather your family and friends and wear some green to enjoy the 43rd Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m., in downtown Winter Park.

The parade will begin at Webster Avenue and proceed south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. Active in the Irish-American community for many years, Al Denecour will serve as Grand Marshal, and more than 60 units will participate.

On the Go in MCO St. Patrick's Day Parade Winter Park Cars

After the parade, the celebration will continue with Irish music and step-dancing on the Central Park Main Stage with performances by professional Irish dancer Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance, Watters School of Irish Dancing, Finnegan Academy of Irish Dance, and Michael Daly, Tenor.

This is one event you don’t want to miss!

7th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Festival

One of Central Florida’s Largest Celtic Festivals is coming to Crooked Can Brewing Company for its’ seventh year from March 17-19, 2022.

Festival-goers will enjoy three days of live Celtic music, Irish Dancers, Local Vendors, Delicious Eats, and of course fan-favorite favorite Crooked Can Brews!

This event is FREE for all ages to attend.

St. Patrick's Day Promenade at Sunset Walk On the Go in MCO
Promenade at Sunset Walk

Join in on the fun as Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts its St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Street Party and Celebration on Thursday, March 17, from 2 pm to 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage specials from participating restaurants while listening to live music from artists Tim Hamlin, DJ Scotty B and The Hooligans and watching live entertainment like street performers and lucky leprechauns.

Admission to this event and parking are free.

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Foodie Guide

The EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival has taken over EPCOT with flavors in full bloom and dishes waiting to be cultivated through July 4.

In addition to the topiaries featuring some of Disney and Pixar characters, the Garden Rocks Concert Series, and exclusive merchandise, this year’s festival features almost 20 Outdoor Kitchens!

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival 2022 Foodie Guide

Guests of the festival can enjoy new delights like the BLT Scone at Cider House as well as the return of fan-favorites like the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake at The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board.

Don’t forget to pick up a Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Passport at an entrance to participate in Garden Graze, a food stroll featuring five delicious dishes from various Outdoor Kitchens. Get a stamp in your passport after you’ve purchased the items and once you’ve compiled all five, simply make your way to Pineapple Promenade to receive your Festival-exclusive treat.

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: Foodie Guide

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port)


Food Items:

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with savory garlic spread (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Seared Salmon with farro risotto and micro herbs
  • Strawberry Mousse with chocolate-crisp pearls

Beverages:

  • Blood Orange Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)

Food Items:

  • Avocado Toast with marinated toybox tomatoes on toasted ciabatta (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Shrimp and Grits: Blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn salsa
  • Corned Beef Brisket Hash with house-made potato barrels, onions, peppers, cheese curds, and a soft-poached egg with Tabasco hollandaise (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon

Beverages:

  • Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, rum and coffee liqueur, and vanilla vodka
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board

Food Items:

  • Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with jalapeños, bacon, and house-made whipped honey butter (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Lavender Honey Mustard-marinated Chicken Flatbread with whipped honey-ricotta cheese, marinated vegetables, and goat cheese
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey, and fennel pollen meringue kisses

Beverages:

  • Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Lemonade Mead
  • Orange Blossom Honey Wine
  • Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

The Citrus Blossom (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, with avocado cream, corn salsa, salsa verde, and plantain chips (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (New)
  • Tuna Tataki Bowl with spicy yuzu glaze, mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp
  • Grapefruit Tart: Grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream (New)

Beverages:

  • Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Key Lime Hibiscus Ale
  • Orange Peel Ale
  • Citrus Honey Cream Ale
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
  • Beer Flight
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

Food Items:

  • House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine (Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Beverages:

  • Salted Cucumber Apple Hard Cider
  • Lavender Martini: Vodka with lavender and lemon
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Pineapple Promenade (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips
  • DOLE Whip (Plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • DOLE Whip with Fanta (non-alcoholic)
  • Tropical Hefe Wheat Ale
  • Fresh Pressed Mango, Pineapple, and Guava Wheat Ale
  • Hazy Pebbles Fruity Hazy Milkshake
  • Violet Lemonade Ale
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • DOLE Whip topped with mango cream liqueur
  • Pineapple Beer Flight
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ (Near Disney Traders)

Food Items:

  • Grilled Baby Vegetables with hummus cream and red pepper coulis (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Impossible Sausage and Kale Soup (Plant-based)
  • Boneless Impossible Korean Short Rib with cilantro-lime rice, Danmuji slaw, and Kimchee Mayonnaise (Plant-based)  
  • Chocolate Cake with whipped cassis mousse, raspberry gelato, and fresh raspberries (New) (Plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Twinings Energizing Matcha Cranberry & Lime Green Tea (non-alcoholic)   
  • Bloom Hazy IPA
  • Twinings Energizing Matcha Cranberry & Lime Green Tea with lime vodka served in a mason jar
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Pineapple Skewer with tajin seasoning (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based)
  • Tangerine soft-serve

Beverages:

  • Tangerine Cream Ale
  • Blueberry Lemonade Hard Cider
  • Organic Blonde Ale with passion fruit
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)

Food Items:

  • Potato Pancakes with house-made applesauce (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Potato Pancake with caramelized ham, onions, and herb sour cream (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with black forest ham and melted Gruyère cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with mixed berries

Beverages:

  • Hugo Lager
  • Premium Pilsner
  • Raspberry Radler
  • Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling wine and apple liqueur
  • Beer Flight
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Magnolia Terrace (American Adventure)

Food:

  • Southern Seafood Boil: Shrimp, mussels, crawfish, potatoes, corn, and Andouille sausage
  • Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Andouille sausage and BEN’S ORIGINAL Long Grain & Wild Rice (New)
  • Grilled Oysters with Cajun butter (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • House-made Boudin Bites featuring BEN’S ORIGINAL Long Grain White Rice
  • Pecan Praline (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Beverages:

  • Bayou Cocktail: Spiced rum, coconut rum, fruit punch, and Minute Maid orange juice
  • Orange Coriander Wheat Ale
  • American Light Ale
  • Double IPA
  • Beer Flight
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Mediterranean Flatbread with za’atar, artichokes, olives, mozzarella, and feta cheese (New)
  • Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta

Beverages:

  • Pomegranate Mimosa
  • Ginger and Elderberry Ale
  • Pomegranate Hard Cider
  • Blackberry Mint Mead
  • Flight
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La Isla Fresca (Between Morocco and France)

Food:

  • Arepas topped with melted queso fresco (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Arepa topped with shrimp, crushed avocado ají, and tomato sauce (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Arepa topped with chorizo (New)
  • Coconut Tres Leches: Vanilla cake soaked in oat milk, almond milk, and coconut milk with toasted coconut (New) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)

Beverages:

  • Tropical Breeze: Lemonade, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Coconut Key Lime Ale
  • Tropical Perception White Sangria
  • Tropical Breeze with rum (New)
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EPCOT Farmers Feast (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)

Food Items:

Early Bloom Menu (available March 2 through April 9)

  • Chilled Potato and Leek Soup “Vichyssoise” with chive oil and crispy leeks (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Char-grilled Bison Ribe-Eye with creamy leek fondue, roasted carnival cauliflower, Romanesco and port wine-goat cheese butter (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Goat Cheese Creamsicle Pop: Goat cheese Crémeux, orange cream, olive oil cake, cranberry sauce, and praline (New)
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Springtime Menu (available April 10 through May 21)

  • Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta with marinated peppers, zucchini, squash, artichokes, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze on grilled ciabatta (New)
  • Herb-crusted Spring Lamb with marble potatoes, spring vegetables, and red wine butter sauce
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-down Cake with crème fraîche whipped cream
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Summer Solstice Menu (available May 22 through July 4)

  • Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella with burrata cheese and fresh basil
  • Barbecue Seared Pork Tenderloin with summer succotash, herb butter, and grapefruit vinaigrette (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • A Whole Lotta Melon: Feta cheesecake with watermelon curd, pickled watermelon rind, watermelon caramel, and compressed watermelon (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Beverages (available throughout the Festival):

  • Raspberry Lemon Verbena Whole-Leaf-Steeped Sparkling Hard Tea
  • Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail featuring hibiscus gin

Cider House (United Kingdom)

Food Items:

  • BLT Scone with Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon, sundried tomato, and basil (New)
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with whipped cream

Beverages:

  • Pink Lemonade Hard Cider
  • Watermelon Hard Cider
  • Triple Jam Hard Cider
  • Pure Brewed Organic Lager
  • Snakebite: Triple jam hard cider and pure brewed organic lager
  • Cider Flight

Northern Bloom (Canada)

Food Items:

  • Seared Scallops with French green beans, butter potatoes, brown butter vinaigrette, and applewood-smoked bacon (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, and Whipped Potatoes with garden vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with warm peach compote and sweet corn gelato

Beverages:

  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Blonde Ale
  • Blueberry Fruit Beer
  • Apricot with Maple Syrup Blonde Ale
  • Maple Popcorn Shake with maple rye whisky
  • Beer Flight

Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Enchilada de Mole Negro: Chipotle chicken in a corn tortilla with mole negro, avocado mousse, crema Mexicana, and queso fresco (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Taco Vampiro: Barbacoa beef in a corn tortilla with crispy grilled Monterey jack cheese, salsa ranchera, and esquites (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Tostada de Chorizo: Plant-based Chorizo and black beans on a crispy corn tortilla with avocado mousse and queso fresco (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Beverages:

  • Poppy Flower Margarita: Tequila blanco, hibiscus flower tea, cucumber juice, aperitivo, and blackcurrant liqueur with a chile salt rim
  • Hypnotic Margarita: Tequila blanco, mezcal, rosemary syrup, cognac, and lemon juice
  • Craft Mexican Lager
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Lotus House (China)

Food Items:

  • Spicy Mala Chicken Skewer (New)
  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons

Beverages:

  • Rose Bubble Milk Tea (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, iced coffee, milk, and boba
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, triple sec, mango, orange juice, and soda water
  • Tang Dynasty: Tequila gold, light rum, strawberry, piña colada mix, white boba pearls, and soda water
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Primavera Kitchen (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls stuffed with braised beef served with grape tomato salad and balsamic emulsion
  • Ravioli alla Boscaiola: Sweet sausage ravioli with sweet corn, spring vegetables, and cream sauce
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian doughnut with raspberry sauce and powdered sugar

Beverages:

  • Pilsner                                                                                    
  • Pinot Grigio                                                                           
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco                                                                                
  • Rosa Regale
  • Moscato                                                         
  • Italian White Sangria with prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with cabernet sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with limoncello and tequila
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Hanami (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Frushi: Strawberry, pineapple, and cantaloupe wrapped in sweet rice and pink soy wrap served with whipped cream, berry sauce, and toasted coconut
  • Chicken Yakitori: Grilled chicken with scallions, red pepper-shoyu emulsion, and pickled onions
  • Beef Tataki: Seared sirloin with red shiso sauce, watermelon radish, and sprouts

Beverages:                                                                

  • Yuzu Tilted Tonic Hard Seltzer
  • Ozeki Pineapple Nigori Sake
  • Cucumber Cooler: Sake, vodka, and cucumber garnished with a cucumber slice 
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Fleur de Lys (France)

Food Items:

  • Croissant au Fromage de Chèvre, Herbes et Ail Rôtie: Croissant with goat cheese, herbs, and roasted garlic (New)
  • Pan Bagnat Classique: The Niçoise Sandwich with house-made bread, albacore tuna mayonnaise, tomato, black olives, lettuce, and celery (New)
  • Salade de Lentilles à la Lyonnaise: French Green Lentil Salad with bacon and garlic sausage (New)
  • Beignet Caramélisé, Fourré Crème Vanille, Glacé au Caramel Fleur de Sel: Caramelized Beignet filled with vanilla cream and glazed with caramel fleur de sel

Beverages:

  • French Wheat Draft Beer
  • VeRy Raspberry: Rosé wine with natural raspberry flavor
  • Grand Mimosa Cocktail with orange liqueur, Champagne, and orange juice
  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Vodka, orange vodka, and liqueur with white and red cranberry juice       
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Funnel Cake

Food Item:

  • Strawberry Cheesecake Funnel Cake topped with strawberry ice cream, cheesecake crumbles, strawberry drizzle, and whipped cream (New)
EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE) – Minty Melon Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of watermelon-cucumber-mint juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring Watermelon-Basil Vodka) (New) 

Near Canada: Strawberry Fields Refresher – A lightly caffeinated blend of strawberry açaí juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring strawberry-lemongrass vodka) (New) 

World Showcase (Near Disney Traders) – Pink Paradise Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of refreshing dragon fruit-lychee juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring watermelon-basil vodka) (New)

The American Adventure –  Wildberry Wonder Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of wildberry-hibiscus juice with strawberries and blueberries (New) (Spirited option available featuring tropical rum)

I don’t know about you, but I’m really hungry and ready to try out most of these Epcot Flower & Garden Festival flavors!!!

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Merchandise

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Merchandise

The EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival springs to life at Disney World with more than just beautiful blooms as five new merchandise lines are debuting during the celebration.

The different lines feature beloved characters including the Orange Bird, Spike the Bee, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Figment with colorful garden tools, cheerful drinkware, stylish accessories and more.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Merchandise

Orange Bird Collection  

Orange you glad these Orange Bird items are coming to EPCOT? An iconic symbol of the sunshine state, Orange Bird inspires an eye-catching collection of wearable fashions, accessories and other adorable keepsakes, including a new Corkcicle design or the  Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup.

Mickey Mouse Home Garden Collection 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2022 Merchandise

Garden in style with this vibrant assortment of apparel, drinkware, yard tools and other coordinating accessories. Mickey Mouse takes center stage in the collection’s playful design, which features springtime blue hues and dainty floral prints.  

Spike the Bee Collection 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2022 Merchandise

Memorable for his appearances in early Mickey Mouse cartoons, Spike the Bee evokes nostalgia for longtime Disney fans. The collection includes a variety of sweet new pieces, including collectible novelties, apparel and accessories. 

Figment’s Garden Collection 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2022 Merchandise

Figment shares his love of all things purple – including beets! – with an imaginative new line of wares that celebrate the springtime harvest. These creative purple pieces will launch later on during the festival.  

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Collection  

Decked out in dapper ensembles, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are ready for a stroll in the garden! Find an array of new items featuring whimsical artwork inspired by the festival.  

Ready to get out your credit card?

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival merchandise can be found at festival retail locations throughout EPCOT, with additional pieces debuting throughout the festival, and select items available on shopDisney.com

Want to find out more information about the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival? Check out our Foodie Guide, Garden Rocks Schedule, Garden Rocks Dining, and more!

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2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Overview

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival 2022

The 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is blooming with fresh cuisine, beautiful gardens, whimsical topiaries of familiar characters, and flourishing entertainment from March 2 through July 4, 2022.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Topiaries

The obvious highlight of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is the Disney and Pixar character topiaries.

These iconic and towering topiaries can be found throughout the park and are sure to brighten up the rainiest Spring Day!

As a salute to the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary, the Epcot entry plaza is home to a Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake.

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Gardens

Take a walk off the beaten path to find flowerbeds, exotic gardens, sustainable foods, and imaginative ways to live in harmony with the natural world.

New to the festival this year is the Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy which fills the World Showcase Bridge with unforgettable fragrances

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2019

Outdoor Kitchens

World Showcase at EPCOT plays host to over twenty Festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens and dining locations during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

At each Outdoor Kitchen, festival-goers will find specialty menus featuring creative, fresh, and tasty bites paired with libations. 

Guests of the festival can enjoy new delights like the BLT Scone at Cider House as well as the return of fan-favorites like the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake at The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by the National Honey Board.

Make sure to pick up an Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Passport at either park entrance to participate in Garden Graze, a food stroll featuring five delicious dishes from various Outdoor Kitchens that once completed result in a festival-exclusive treat.

Outdoor Kitchens are open daily from 11:00 am to park close, unless otherwise noted.

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Garden Rocks Concert Series

Need a way to work off those extra calories during the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival?

Head to the Garden Rocks Concert Series that takes place on select nights at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.

New and returning favorite rockers include Rick Springfield, Kool & The Gang, Blue October, STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas, TobyMac, The Commodores, Little River Band, Simple Plan, and many more.

2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series Audience

Garden Rocks Concert Dining Package

The lines for the festival concerts can get quite long, and to make the most of their time in the park guests can book a Garden Rocks Dining Package that includes a leisurely meal at an EPCOT restaurant earlier in the evening and guaranteed seats at one of the Garden Rocks performances that day.

Dining packages are available at four EPCOT eateries at lunch and dinner.

Each package includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or one full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one guaranteed seat per person to one Garden Rocks concert performance on the same day.

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Family Fun

While the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is friendly for even the youngest horticultural enthusiast, there are several ways to add even more fun to a family’s day!

The Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth is a whimsical area made to inspire youthful energy and creativity! The whole family can learn ways to stay healthy at this Outdoor Kitchen and garden along the Imagination Walkway.

Embark on a springtime scavenger hunt for gardeners of all ages with Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration.

Follow Spike the Bee on his pollination trail, where he will “bee” busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens at EPCOT. To get started, purchase your map and stickers at select merchandise locations (available while supplies last).

Once completed, return your scavenger hunt map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise.

Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is a great and affordable way to spend time at the festival with a price tag of only $9.99 + tax.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Merchandise

Take home magical mementos from the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival with a variety of themed merchandise collections.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Mickey Mouse Home Garden

Celebrate this year’s festival with home garden-inspired merchandise from this collection featuring vibrant apparel, drinkware, garden tools and so much more.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Orange Bird

Find adorable Orange Bird keepsakes within this vibrant collection that includes apparel, accessories, and other novelties.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Browse a collection that celebrates Mickey and Minnie Mouse—featuring apparel, drinkware, trading pins, and a MagicBand.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Figment’s Garden

Grow your imagination with Figment-themed apparel, drinkware, and more as you dream green this festival season.

2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

Spike the Bee

Find sweet reminders of Spike the Bee on apparel, accessories, drinkware, a garden stake, and other collectible novelties.

As a reminder, to enjoy the 2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival parkgoers must have both valid theme park admission and a park pass reservation. 

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New Tours at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Welcome Fountain

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests have another opportunity to get closer to space and history through two new bus tours.

The Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour offers access to the sites of the Mercury and Gemini launches, seaside launch pads, and more, while the Cape Canaveral Rise to Space tour offers access to restricted and historic areas of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, led by a space expert.

Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour (Available Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

The unwavering American spirit comes to life as participants hear stories of the early days of space exploration as they visit the very places history was made on the Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour.

America’s space program was born on the sunny coast of Florida at (what was then) Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 1950. Before NASA built Kennedy Space Center, rockets soared into Earth’s orbit from an extensive complex of launch pads meant to propel America into the future, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors can tour this historic military site now known as Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, including launch complexes where Alan Shepard and the rest of the Mercury 7 astronauts blasted into space and Project Gemini’s two-person launches helped us learn how to send astronauts to the Moon.

Tour stops also include:

  • The Air Force Space & Missile Museum
  • The Mercury 7 Monument
  • Launch Complex 34, the memorial site for the crew of Apollo 1

The Early Space Tour costs $25 plus tax per adult, $19 plus tax for children ages 3-11. 

CAPE CANAVERAL’S RISE TO SPACE TOUR

Access restricted and historic areas of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and learn about America’s early space program. This tour lasts about 4.5 hours and visits the following locations:*

  • Travel to the Sands Space History Center for a docent-led tour.
  • Take a look at the Pad 26 Blockhouse before visiting the Air Force Space & Missile Museum.
  • Go inside the historic Hangar C and see spacecraft and aircraft.
  • Visit the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.**
  • See the Mercury 7 Monument at Launch Complex 14, as well as inside the historic blockhouse.
  • Drive by Launch Complex 19.
  • Pay respects at Pad 34, the historic site of Apollo 1.

*This tour may be customized, as stops will vary based on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station operational requirements.
** The historic lighthouse is not wheelchair accessible. However, those with mobility challenges are able to tour the lighthouse grounds or explore Hangar C for a longer period of time if preferred.

The tour concludes by returning to the visitor complex. Explore on your own for the remainder of the day. Please note that, unlike other Special Interest Tours, this tour does not conclude the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Cape Canaveral’s Rise to Space Tour costs $75 per person, ages 14 and older (plus tax).

Before You Book

Due to restricted access at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, all guests, U.S. citizens, and non-U.S. citizens are required to pre-register each participant’s information for identity verification. Before purchasing tickets, guests will be prompted to fill out a form with each guest’s (regardless of age) name, date of birth, country of birth, and passport/government-issued ID details. If a party member is a U.S. citizen under the age of 18 and does not have a government-issued ID yet, a guardian may use his/her own ID for registration. Guest are required to bring and present documentation.

Each visitor on this tour must register with visitor complex security officers between 8:45 and 10 a.m. on the day of the tour at the Information Center located at the main entrance. For U.S. citizens, a U.S. government-issued driver’s license, passport, military ID or U.S. state ID card is required for tour participants age 18 and over.

International adult and child participants must present an original, valid passport to participate. Passport cards and photocopies of passports are not accepted as a valid form of ID for this tour. Please note, per Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, guests without an original ID will not be permitted by to participate in this tour.

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Wekiva Paint Out returns for 16th year

Wekiva Paint Out Wekiwa State Park 2022

Visitors to Wekiva Island or Wekiwa Springs State Park might be used to seeing kayakers, canoers, paddleboarders, swimmers or even gators and otters splashing around the river. But from February 28 to March 5, 2022, they’ll be seeing canvases, palettes, paint brushes and easels dotting the river’s banks and boardwalks.

The Wekiva Paint Out is back for the 16th year.

The event draws world-class artists from around Florida and the U.S. who stay at the state park for the week and create incredible works of art en plein air from the gorgeous surroundings. Those works (some still wet!) populate a pop-up gallery at Wekiva Island and are available to view and purchase fresh from the easel.

Proceeds benefit the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful to encourage future protection of the river and its surroundings.

“This is such a unique event, both for our area and for art lovers,” said Mary Sue Weinaug, the event’s organizer. “The Wekiva River is always absolutely stunning, but it’s mesmerizing to see it through these artists’ eyes. The works they create are one-of-a-kind, and it’s all happening right in our backyard in Central Florida.”

Visitors can watch artists work from Monday, February 28, to Friday, March 4, around Wekiva Island and Wekiwa Springs State Park. They can also tour the gallery at Wekiva Island, which features new works daily, from February 28 through March 5. 

Wekiva Paint Out Wekiwa State Park 2022

The Wekiva Paint Out also includes special events: 

  • The Live Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Guests can bid—and maybe get a deal—on pieces of art from each artist during this fast-paced, exciting evening.
  • Evening Nocturne Painting and Pasta Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Enjoy this special from Without a Paddle Café for $12.95/person and watch as the artists paint in the starlight at Wekiva Island.
  • The Quick Draw event from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Amateur artists are welcome to try their hand at creating a masterpiece alongside the pros to win cash prizes for $25/entry.
  • The All-Inclusive Gala celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Celebrate an amazing week of art and tour the gallery, meet the artists and enjoy live music, food and drink for $40/person or $70/couple.
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There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations as well as patron opportunities for individuals, which include tickets to special events throughout the week. 

In addition to celebrating art, Weinaug said, the week is meant to support sustainability, two core tenets of Wekiva Island.

Keep Seminole Beautiful sponsors regular river cleanups on the Wekiva. The Wekiva Wilderness Trust is a volunteer organization that supports the state park. The group aims to build a Serenity Garden at Wekiwa Springs State Park meant to create a unique sensory experience for people of all abilities and those with special needs. 

For more information about the Wekiva Paint Out, visit the official site.

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Orlando Tacos and Margaritas Festival

Camping World Stadium Taco and Margarita Festival 2022 Orlando Tacos and Margaritas Festival

Camping World Stadium is excited to announce its first Orlando Tacos and Margaritas Festival where it will shell out tons of tantalizing tacos and myriad flavors of margaritas to festival-goers on Saturday, April 16. Tickets are on sale now.

In addition to indulging in chef-crafted signature tacos and margarita pairings, festival-goers will also enjoy live professional wrestling, live DJs and musical performances by Hayden Coffman, country music’s next big artist, featuring his signature down-home country-pop and catchy lyrics, and 30 local artists will showcase their arts and crafts along the stadium concourse. Kids’ activities, including face painting, will also be available on site.

A trio of ticket options are available through Ticketmaster.com. Day-of-event general admission tickets are $20. Ultimate and VIP admission purchases are available in advance only. Children under 12 are free.

Ultimate VIP Admission // $99 + applicable fees

o   Includes admission, (3) margaritas, taco bar, a festival t-shirt – gates open at 11 a.m.

VIP Admission // $59 + applicable fees

o   Includes admission, (2) margaritas, a festival t-shirt – gates open at 11 a.m.

General Admission // $12 + applicable fees //

o   Includes admission – gates open at 12 p.m.

Don’t Forget the Orlando Tacos and Margaritas Festival fine print…
  • All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. 
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit CampingWorldStadium.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

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On the Go in MCO: Daytona 500 Speed Week

On the Go in MCO Daytona 500 Speed Week

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

If you are heading to see the Daytona 500 in person, there are fun ways to get caught up in the action outside of the races!

On the Go in MCO: Daytona 500 Speed Week

Daytona 500 Speed Week
UNOH Fanzone

If you are already heading in for the races and looking for a way to boost your race day experience, the UNOH Fanzone is THE destination for a one-of-a-kind experience! 

UNOH Fanzone highlights include:

  • Pre-Race Access for Driver Introductions
  • Driver Q&A’s and VIP Appearances 
  • Live Entertainment All Weekend
  • See the Grid up-close
  • Sign the Iconic Start/Finish Line
  • Access to the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show Featuring Luke Combs 
  • And so much more! 

Tickets start at $30 for attendees ages 13 and up while children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

DIRTcar Nationals
Daytona 500 Speed Week Dirt Nationals

The 2022 DIRTcar Nationals is the 51st Anniversary of Volusia Speedway Park’s showcase event, an extravaganza of DIRTcar racing featuring the nation’s four premier short-track racing divisions: The World of Outlaws Nos Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, alongside the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Late Models.

Each night is a doubleheader with a complete show of heat races, last chance showdowns, and features for two divisions.

Plus, the DIRTcar Nationals midway offers an enhanced experience with an incredible variety of food and merchandise vendors from across the nation.

Live Music Around Town
Daytona 500 Speed Week Live Music

If you are looking for a way to chill before or after the Daytona 500 there are several places to catch a great band, a cold beer, and a great meal.

One of my favorite spots is the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach with live music on the Sessions and Wave Terraces.

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Otronicon Returns to Orlando Science Center

Otronicon 2016, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

From February 18 to 21 Otronicon, the interactive technology expo and science festival, returns to the Orlando Science Center with virtual reality, robots, simulators, video games, guest speakers, competitions, workshops, live shows, demonstrations and so much more! 

Otronicon, presented by UCF Office of Research, is back fully onsite and in-person this year to offer a unique opportunity for everyone to experience and explore how science and technology is helping us all move forward together.

Participants can operate highly specialized surgical robots, explore fascinating STEM careers, and discover how the latest advancements in immersive virtual reality are helping us make the world a better place.

Otronicon 2022 Orlando Science Center

For example, see how the immersive experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort are made possible by utilizing science and technology in a wide variety of ways. Then explore a virtual nature park through the fully immersive CAVEs exhibit, thanks to the team at the University of Central Florida. Trekkies, if you’re imagining the holodeck, you’re on the right track. And if you’d rather deconstruct technology than interact with it, “Take it Apart” is your opportunity to take peek behind the curtain and see what goes on behind the screens.

Otronicon continues to evolve alongside the innovators we feature every year. This year, the event begins its expansion into a community-wide science festival. Smaller community events prior to Otronicon will set the stage for engagement and exploration on how technology is changing our lives.

The event is also focused on promoting groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. There will be workshops hosted by Black Architects in the Making, Black Orlando Tech, the Society of Women Engineers and many others. Otronicon will also host panel discussions on diversity in STEM and building inclusive communities in the science and technology sectors.

In addition to Walt Disney World, participants include returning favorites like AdventHealth for Children, University of Central Florida, U.S. Navy/Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), and FIRST Robotics. Otronicon welcomes new partners like Rake Technologies, Inc., Soulcade Interactive, LLC, Burns & McDonnell and the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida and many more.

There is a greater focus on live shows this year with performances by WeFlip Entertainment using acrobatics to illustrate physics and Spheres Bubble Show with a fusion of art, science and magic.  

Guests will be able to explore the all-new exhibit, Science Fiction, Science Future, which showcases the innovations that classic science fiction predicted for our future while you imagine what comes next. Tablet computers, GPS, automatic doors and even biometric health data tracking were all just figments of the imagination when they first appeared on Star Trek in the 1960s. Now, these devices are commonplace. What technological wonders await us tomorrow? Step inside this exhibit and find out.

Science Fiction, Science Future

Otronicon began in 2006 as an opportunity to explore how videogame technology was impacting how you live, learn, work and play. If you like to game, Otronicon is still the place for you. From the game developer showcase to competitions by Powder Keg Games, there is something to satisfy every console jockey. Otronicon welcomes all lifelong learners, from the tech curious to the seriously savvy. Regardless of your background, whether you work in the tech industry or just have a passion for discovery, this event will engage your mind and spark your curiosity with demonstrations of exoskeleton devices, planetary tours, animal encounters and so much more.

OTRONICON HOURS, ADMISSION & MORE

Otronicon is open February 18–22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission to Otronicon is FREE for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

SAFETY GUIDELINES

Face coverings are currently required for all visitors, ages 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status. For more information visit www.osc.org/reopening-plan/

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