Rock the Universe 2020 Details

Rock the Universe 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida

Tobymac, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys and Switchfoot to headline Rock the Universe 2020 at Universal Orlando Resort  

Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.

Fans will enjoy feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian hip hop recording artist, TobyMac, GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian music artist, Chris Tomlin, Dove award-winners, Newsboys, Alternative Rock Band, Switchfoot and more. The full talent lineup is available at www.RocktheUniverse.com.

An event ticket also provides access to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most entertaining theme park attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. Rock the Universe fans will also enjoy autograph sessions with the genre’s top artists and access to the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, which features more live performances by up-and-coming acts. And, on Sunday morning, guests can wrap up the weekend with a powerful worship service.

Tickets to Florida’s Biggest Christian Music Festival are all on sale now, including a 3-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket starting at $127.99, plus tax – giving guests access to all three Universal Orlando theme parks for the price of two. Vacationing in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will add even more perks with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission and complimentary transportation across the destination.

At the heart of the event, Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits and opportunities to groups. For more details on Rock the Universe 2020 and to purchase tickets, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Tour Coming to Tampa

PeeWee Herman Tampa


Tampa Theatre and AEG Presents are proud to announce a special 35th anniversary screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, followed by amazing stories about the making of the movie with Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens, at 7:30pm Friday, March 13.

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, as a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. His breakthrough stage production, The Pee-wee Herman Show, premiered at The Groundlings Theatre and moved to The Roxy on Sunset Strip where it ran for an unprecedented five months. The HBO broadcast of the show introduced Pee-wee to a national audience.

Pee-wee Herman came to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy (and Tim Burton’s feature film directorial debut) Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Reubens co-wrote. He went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS, which earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmys, winning twice.

Reubens has starred in a number of diverse television roles, including 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911, Everybody Loves Raymond, Portlandia, The Blacklist, Gotham, Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic, The Conners and What We Do In The Shadows. His film credits include The Blues Brothers, Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman Returns, Matilda, Mystery Men and Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime. He has lent his voice to many animated projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Rebels, Family Guy, American Dad, The Smurfs, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Tron: Uprising, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Robot Chicken and Minecraft: Storymode. He can currently be heard at Walt Disney World as the voice of DJ-R3X, the droid pilot turned DJ in Oga’s Cantina at Galaxies Edge.

Tickets range from $34.50-$75.00, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now at the historic Franklin Street Box Office and online at www.tampatheatre.org. A limited number of VIP Packages will also be available for $104.50-$399.50 plus taxes and applicable fees.

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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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Boardwalk Bowl Host New Year’s Eve Day

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You can get the ball rolling on your resolution to get more active this year at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando with a New Year celebration throughout the day.

The popular entertainment center is hosting a full day and night of activities on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Daytime event

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boardwalk Bowl is offering a plethora of activities fit for every member of the family, whether you’re 2 or 102! How many games can you bowl before the ball drops? Find out during our All-You-Can Bowl special. For just $10, bowl as many games as you want for up to three hours. Shoes are included!

If you can’t make it past midnight or the kids need to make bedtime, don’t worry, we’re having our own ball drop early! In the afternoon, everyone will gather around as thousands of balloons drop from the ceiling.

Nighttime party

The fun doesn’t stop here. Once the kids are tucked in bed, it’s the grown-ups turn to raise the roof. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Boardwalk Bowl is the perfect place for friends to gather and ring in 2020 together. We’re offering special pricing on lanes so you’ll have your own spot to sit back and relax. The Brooklyn South Bar is serving up food and drink deals throughout the celebration. A live DJ will play your favorite tunes to ring in the New Year. Everything you need is in one convenient spot!

Groups up to five can reserve a lane for $80 in advanced or $90 at the door. At midnight, Boardwalk Bowl will host a balloon drop with up to $1,000 in prizes and offer a champagne toast for guests 21+.

Spots are limited, so guests should reserve in advance. To book a lane, email events@alomabowlingcenters.com or call 407-384-0003 prompt 1.

Boardwalk Bowl features over 100,000 square feet of entertainment space. In addition to 80 bowling lanes, the venue has a large arcade, billiards tables, comedy club and a full-service restaurant and bar. The center regularly holds promotions, events and activities.

To learn more about Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, visit boardwalkbowlfun.com.

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How to Ring in 2020 at the Universal Orlando Resort

New Year's Eve 2020 Universal Orlando Resort

It’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve… and there’s no better place to start 2020 off right than in the exhilarating atmosphere of Universal Orlando Resort. 

With captivating experiences offered across the destination – from the high-energy character dance parties in Universal Studios Florida to the chic EVE celebration for guests 21 and up at Universal CityWalk and unique events at Universal Orlando’s hotels – there’s no shortage of options to have a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at the most exciting theme park destination in the Universe. Guests can:

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Experience theme park thrills and fun for the entire family with epic New Year’s Eve festivities at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can visit the rockin’ party zones located at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park – complete with hit music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors and – of course – pyrotechnics. Plus, guests will have access to the park’s thrilling and immersive attractions throughout the evening. Access to Universal Studios’ New Year’s Eve festivities is included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Enjoy the chic spectacle of EVE at Universal CityWalk – the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration for guests 21 and up. Featuring delicious gourmet cuisine, access to five CityWalk clubs filled with exceptional live entertainment across Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor and more, it’s the best party this year… and next. Guests can save up to $50 on select tickets now through Dec. 15. For tickets and event details, including exclusive Annual Passholder discounts, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.

New Year's Eve at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Delight in New Year’s Eve at Universal Orlando’s hotels, with each offering special festivities – and their own unique twist on the holiday – for hotel guests to ring in 2020.

Guests can experience a special “Party on the Piazza” surrounded by the beauty of an Italian seaside village at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, ROCK their way into the New Year at Hard Rock Hotel, take in the cool surf vibe of the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites or visit any other Universal Orlando hotel for a unique and vibrant way to celebrate. For more information on New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal Orlando’s hotels .

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Guests can even start their New Year’s Eve celebrations early by experiencing the daytime thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.

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Universal Orlando Resort

And running daily now through January 5, 2020, they can experience Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration – featuring an incredible line-up of holiday experiences that put a twist on the traditional.

For more information on New Year’s Eve and Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.

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Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

This year SeaWorld Orland’s Christmas Celebration, Sesame Street Land has been decked out for the holidays and their daily parade has a fun holiday twist!

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and friends in their holiday best as dancing along to holiday favorites, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Joy to the World.”

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is very popular, so here are a few tips for making your viewing the best it can possibly be.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

The parade does not just roll down the middle of Sesame Street. The parade starts over near Abby’s Flower Tower before heading down to the end of Sesame Street Land and stopping to fill the area along the neighborhood (not attractions) with fun.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

While the parade does stop, children are not encouraged to step out and join the characters during the parade stops. It’s helpful to set this expectation early, because it is tempting for little ones to want to join the dancing.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

Make sure to get your spot at least 30 minutes before the parade starts to grab a spot along the street.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

Be aware that if you are in the front row, you will be asked to sit down for the parade so that others behind you will be able to see.

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

While you are in the neighborhood, take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout Sesame Street Land! My favorite are the decorations in the Laundromat made of lost socks!

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is a fantastic addition to SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, and it is included with your theme park admission until December 31st. 

You can find more information about theme park news and tips by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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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. 

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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. 

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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
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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
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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
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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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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando Introduces New Treatments

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Central Florida’s premier spa offering both high-tech, innovative results-driven therapies, combined with traditional body and facial therapies, for the ultimate in rejuvenation and restoration. Exclusive in Central Florida to Four Seasons Orlando, The Spa now offers the Parisian line Biologique Recherché and its array of remarkably effective facials. Additionally, The Spa is now offering several cryotherapy treatments for body contouring, using a high-tech Cryoskin machine.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Biologique Recherché

Esteemed skin care line Biologique Recherché of France is known for its high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. Cold-made formulations that preserve the structure of active ingredients are applied to “recondition” the skin and help activate regeneration properties and balance the skin. 

The Spa now has the Biologique Recherché Remodeling Face Machine, a non-invasive machine that uses electrical currencies at three different frequencies, aimed to stimulate tissue, plump the skin, and create a radiant, refreshed look.

The following new treatments are offered incorporating this premium line:

  • Hyper Customised Facial – 50 minutes, USD 210; 80 minutes, USD 310 – A bespoke facial designed to show instant results for all ages and skin types, this facial includes a thorough skin consultation, deep cleanse, exfoliation, delightful and effective lifting and contouring facial massage, and a curated skin cocktail of serums and masks.
  • Lift & Remodel Facial – 80 minutes, USD 395 – Define and sculpt facial contours while stimulating underlying tissue with three currents. Galvanic, medium and high Ffrequency are utilised to lift the face, neck and décolleté. Remodeling Face Machine revitalises the skin, restores elasticity and reduces puffiness around eyes while improving the penetration of active ingredients for the ultimate anti-ageing experience.
  • Regenerating Micro Puncture Facial – 50 minutes, USD 350; 80 minutes, USD 445 – This facial is an intensive treatment that increases collagen production through intra-epidermal micro stimulation combined with a serum skin cocktail of highly active amino acids and vitamins.  Micro Puncture Lab activates the skin’s natural repair and regenerative process.  A remarkably effective treatment to illuminate the complexion, improve firmness and elasticity and combat premature signs of ageing.  The 80 minute treatment includes cocktails d’actifs and specialty collagen mask.Biologique Recherché Touch Therapies for the Body
  • Tone & Lift – 50 minutes, USD 190; 80 minutes USD 285 – A restorative body treatment featuring an exfoliating session followed by a bio-reflex massage using a moisturising and dermo-protecting complex, followed by the application of firming cream that prevents against skin slackening.  This treatment offers a full body toning of the epidermis while refining skin’s texture. 
  • Detox & Slim – 80 minutes, USD 285 – This treatment aims to improve circulation, blood flow, eliminate toxins and fats responsible for localised weight gain and help to regenerate body tissue.  This treatment is ideal for combating water retention and bloating while naturally encouraging slimming.Cryotherapy
    Exclusive to Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Central Florida, the cryotherapy treatments involve a technique to slim the body with a three-phase thermal shock system that destroys fat cells, followed by a lymphatic massage.  The Spa uses the Cryoskin machine, in which the therapist uses a wand to apply temperatures of negative two degrees Celsius to negative four degrees Celsius, to trigger the death of fat cells and achieve results.  An immediate slimming in the targeted area, such as the stomach, thighs, arms, or back, is often experienced as a result of localised exposure to sub-zero temperatures. Longer lasting results will be seen at the end of three to five sessions.
    Cryo toning sessions aim to eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance to areas lacking elasticity. This cold therapy treatment advances oxygenated blood flow, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Slimming – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per treatment for a series of five – Naturally slim the body with this remarkable treatment consisting of a three-phase thermal shock to destroy fat cells and lose inches on the stomach, thighs, arms, and back.  Results are immediate after one session and best results occur between three and six sessions.
  • Cryo Toning – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per a series of five – Eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance with this cold therapy treatment that improves microcirculation, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Facial – USD 250 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 225 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 200 per treatment for a series of five – For the face, cryo techniques can also assist with diminishing fine lines, boosting collagen production, improving elasticity, and feeling a tightening of the skin with advanced oxygenated blood flow from cold therapy.  Immediate enhancements in the tone and appearance of skin, as well as a refreshing lift and firmness, are experienced after one session.  The Cryo Facial stimulates major collagen production for a firmer, more radiant glow.
    With all cryo therapies, optimal results are seen with multiple sessions. Cryo Toning benefits are not permanent and are cumulative with regular sessions and healthy lifestyle choices. Cryo treatment results can last for several weeks after the treatment, and best results are typically seen between fifteen days and three weeks.

For appointments, call 407 313 6160.

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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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Amway Center Welcomes Jason Aldean Tour in 2020

Jason Aldean We Back Tour 2020 Amway Center

Reigning American Country Music (ACM) “Artist of the Decade” Jason Aldean announced his 2020 We Back Tour, which includes supporting artists Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver on the first leg of the tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 20-city trek launches January 30 in Columbia, SC and spans across the U.S. including Orlando’s Amway Center on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Aldean is a member of country’s elite headliners whose incendiary tours are nearing legendary status as he has sold over 10 million tickets and is one of the first few acts in the genre to sell out multiple stadiums. Known to “immediately turn up the velocity” (Calgary Herald), Aldean continues to make “fan fervor reach a roar” (Times Colonist).

After almost 15 years at the top of his format, the three-time ACM “Entertainer of the Year” has seen trends come and go. He has helped bring a few out of the shadows, like a country-music Christopher Columbus making the mainstream’s first contact with hard rock (“Hicktown”), hip-hop (“Dirt Road Anthem”) and R&B (“Burnin’ It Down”). After all that time, he continues to hold his ground making modern albums with an old-school soul. With the upcoming release of his ninth studio album, “9,” as the album’s fiery lead single, “We Back” rounds out the first-released songs, and in characteristic Aldean fashion, it explodes into a hard-rock country anthem” (Rolling Stone).

As a dominant force on the charts, Aldean has scored 23 number ones  and is the only country act in history to top the all-genre Billboard 200 chart four times in a row, while racking up 15 billion streams and more than 18 million albums sold.

Morgan Wallen’s debut album, “If I Know Me,” (Big Loud Records) delivered back-to-back platinum-certified number ones including “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line; the multi-week chart-ruler “Whiskey Glasses;” the gold-certified lead, “The Way I Talk” and current single, “Chasin’ You.” With over one billion total streams to his credit, he received his first-ever Country Music Award (CMA) nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” after earning a Country Music Television (CMT) “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award nomination for “Whiskey Glasses.” The breakout star was chosen as a MusicRow 2019 “Next Big Thing” artist, spotlighted in CMT’s Listen Up “18 for 2018” class, and named a 2018 Taste of Country “Riser” among other accolades. Wallen has co-penned hits for Aldean (platinum-certified multi-week number one, “You Make It Easy”), Kane Brown, A Thousand Horses and Dustin Lynch, and garnered critical acclaim for his cover of Jason Isbell’s, “Cover Me Up,” while Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” continues to gain momentum nationwide. 

Riley Green released his full-length debut album, “Different ‘Round Here” (BMLG Records) September 20, which has already produced the number one hit, “There Was This Girl.” Highlighting his southern roots and relatability, he co-wrote each track offering a perspective that Rolling Stone describes as, “drinks-in-the-air nineties country at an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” The 14-track project, recorded alongside producer Dann Huff and executive producer Jimmy Harnen, features his new single, “I Wish Grandpa’s Never Die.” Green has been named an “Artist To Watch” by Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, Sounds Like Nashville and iHeartRadio and selected as a CMT “Listen Up Artist” as well as MusicRow’s 2019 “Next Big Things.”

Jason Aldean // 2020 We Back Tour With Special Guests Morgan Wallen And Riley Green

When: Friday, January 31, 2020 // 7:30 P.M.

Where: Amway Center // Orlando, Florida

Tickets: $25.50, $51.75, $81.75 & $101.75 (prices subject to change). 

All tickets are reserved. Buy tickets at Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. 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 amwaycenter.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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Now Snowing in Celebration Celebrates 21 Years

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season. Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers**, photos with Santa**, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch a A Countdown to Christmas on December 14th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing. Past performances include Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Mitchell Musso and many more.

The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)
** on select nights through December 24th

Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM
everyday November 30th-December 31st *

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)

ICE SKATING

Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating

Hours:  4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 30th -December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Cost: $5.00

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: TBA

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Cost:

Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Christmas Sleigh: $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

Hours:  5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th
6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th

For more Information: 407-512-0662 or on the web at towncenterphotos.com

Wednesdays  December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th.
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The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019

As the stars begin to shine over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you’ll watch as The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle unfolds with dazzling projections of holiday spirit inspired by the words of JK Rowling.

During the show, you will see the ghosts of Hogwarts singing carols, students riding broomsticks and creating snowmen, a moment inspired by the Yule Ball and many more surprises.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the show!

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Universals's Islands of Adventure Holidays 2019

If you want to make sure that you have a phenomenal viewing of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle  here are a few things to keep in mind!

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle begins nightly at dusk until park close, to find out when dusk is in Orlando to plan your day google is accurate within a few minutes. 

The show runs, weather permitting, approximately every 15 minutes. So if you are in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and it’s crazy crowded, just wait a little longer!  

Speaking of waiting a little longer…the darker it is for your viewing the better, because the projections will be crisper. If you do wait for the the last show of the night, there’s the bonus of walking through a less crowded park for pictures as you are leaving the park!!!

Since the show is ON Hogwarts Castle, it is easy to find a great spot to watch them! I like to be close to the stage where the Frog Choir performs, because it is a fantastic wide shot of the castle and surroundig effects.

If you are going to be taking photos or video of the show, make sure to find a spot where the lamp posts doesn’t get in your way as they do light up at the end of the show and can cause a glare.

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Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks are the newest addition to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and I am really excited to share them with you!

During the fireworks show, Minnie Mouse is our host and she is inviting everyone to come together in a celebration of the magic of Christmas.

The sky above Cinderella Castle fills with fireworks, as medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” echo throughout the Magic Kingdom.

The music of the show evokes heartfelt moments of home and family, as well as the festive fun of the season, all building to an incredible finale.

KEEP IN MIND!!!!

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks only happen ONCE during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so if seeing them is important to you make sure that you keep an eye on the time as you are exploring the park.

Hot Take…

Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

This show is visually stunning, but unlike the Disney Not So Spooky Spectacular during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party there is no ‘physical’ host for you to watch so if you can’t get up close and center to the castle…don’t worry! Just stand back and enjoy them from any vantage point you can.

If you are looking for a SUPER unique way to see Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, head over to new Fantasyland just outside of the Be Our Guest Restaurant and watch them fly over Beast’s castle. You won’t see the projections, but the vantage point is really neat!

I’m smitten with Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, because they are like a holiday hug from Minnie!

I 10/10 recommend!!!

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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2019

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2019

The holidays come to life at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Christmas Town including ALL-NEW festive fare, heartwarming holiday shows, and merry memorable moments with fan-favorite characters each day starting November 16, 2019 through January 6, 2020.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019

Heartwarming Holiday Entertainment

Spirited shows and dazzling lights cover the park in holiday cheer all-season long, including an ALL-NEW show opening at Dragon Fire Grill.

  • NEW The Most Wonderful Time: You’re invited to a classy Christmas soirée, complete with jazzy piano solos, a live band and heart-melting vocal performances.
  • UPDATED The Holiday Sing-Along Train: This season, the park’s classic steam engine has a merry makeover, including more lights than ever. Join your Christmas Conductor for a live sing-along and raise your voice to spread cheer throughout the park.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019
  • Christmas on Ice: A frosty fan-favorite and the longest-running holiday show at Busch Gardens!
  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish: A song-filled spectacle featuring classic holiday tunes with a special Sesame Street twist.
  • Christmas From the Heart: A gospel-inspired celebration with a high-spirited finale.
  • Three Kings Journey: A musical tale of the famed trail to Bethlehem.
  • Carol of the Bells: Thousands of dancing Christmas lights blanket the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant and an iconic multi-story Christmas tree for a perfectly choreographed performance of “Carol of the Bells.”

Holiday Lights Reach NEW Heights

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019

This Christmas season, park guests can take on Florida’s best thrill rides as they coast over millions of twinkling Christmas lights. The park’s newest addition, Tigris – Florida’s tallest launch coaster, is also dressed for the holidays – featuring NEW light displays inspired by the attraction. Near the Tigris realm, guests can stroll through the NEW Luminosity Lane – an immersive light tunnel synchronized to favorite holiday tunes.

Merry Memorable Moments with Festive Friends

  • FAN-FAVORITE Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®: Families are invited for a magical visit they’ll never forget with Mrs. Claus and jolly elves at Santa’s House, all nestled in the heart of Busch Gardens.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Guests can get nose to nose with the most famous reindeer around as they greet Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble from the classic Christmas tale at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019
  • NEW Merry Mint Lane: Park guests will waddle with excite-mint as they get a close look at penguins and other animal ambassadors at the Animal Care Center. The area’s festive makeover includes photo opportunities with NEW Peppermint Pals, tasty treats and more!
  • NEW Sugar Plum Princess: ‘Tis the season for visiting royalty! Joining the Ice Princess and Poinsettia Princess, a new Sugar Plum Princess will greet guests near Sultan’s Sweets candy shop.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019

Festive Fare beyond Compare

From merry mealtime memories to food samples that are perfect for strolling through a winter wonderland, Christmas Town offers endless holiday flavors, including new dining experiences.

  • NEW Christmas Town Samplers: Throughout the Christmas Town Village, guests can stroll from cabin to cabin to sample delicious holiday dishes and drinks. From apple pie, sweet potato fries, chicken-and-waffle sandwiches to hot toddies and NEW pumpkin thrill shakes, the best way to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler.
  • NEW Breakfast with Elmo & Friends: Families can enjoy hugs and high fives from their favorite Sesame Street friends as they celebrate the holidays with family-friendly eats at Dragon Fire Grill. Available select dates in November and December, space is limited – reservations are encouraged.
  • NEW Taste of the Holidays Buffet: While savoring the beautiful view of the Serengeti Plain and Cobra’s Curse, families can feast on holiday favorites at the park’s historic Serengeti Overlook Restaurant. This new buffet menu features returning classic favorites, like our house-signature fried chicken and pumpkin cheesecake.

The gift that gives all year – a Busch Gardens Annual Pass!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2019

Now is the best time for Holiday shoppers to give the gift of a year of park admission including Florida’s best thrill rides, including the all-new Tigris – Florida’s tallest launch coaster, with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass.

Limited-time pricing is available now for all Annual Passes, starting at $10.25 per month for everyone on the nice list, with no down payment. Guests can choose an Annual Pass with unique benefits including free parking, free Serengeti Safari, merchandise discounts and dining discounts in addition to special limited-time perks throughout the year.

In the New Year, Annual Pass members will enjoy exclusive ride time on Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, when it opens in spring 2020.

For complete event information, including dates, times and restaurant reservations, visit ChristmasTown.com

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