On the Go in the Parks: September 24-26, 2020

On the Go in the parks September 24-262021

While there won’t be a Theme Park Roundup tonight, still make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO!

Halloween and Fall fun is in full swing On the Go in the Parks from September 24-26, 2021!

But before we get started, I wanted to make sure that I mentioned a few things you don’t want to miss knowing while planning your weekend!

Last weekend for ‘Happily Ever After’ and ‘EPCOT Forever’
Epcot Forever Fireworks
David Roark, photographer

Two nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World, ‘Happily Ever After’ at the Magic Kingdom and ‘EPCOT Forever’ at EPCOT, will be retired on September 29, 2021, so expect large send-off crowds this weekend.

Don’t forget that Harmonious and Disney’s Enchantment will make their online debut next week!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue Free

The use of a virtual queue is currently paused at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, meaning that guests may experience the attraction using a traditional standby queue.

While wait times have soared, I think this is a great opportunity for those who haven’t been lucky enough to snag a boarding group.

It’s important to keep in mind that the availability of a standby queue may be limited, is subject to change at any time without notice and that a virtual queue may be used again at a later date or from time to time. 

On the Go in the Parks: September 24-26, 2021

Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, with your favorite Sesame Street friends, and plenty of spooky surprises.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular is a daytime event that runs weekends from September 18 to October 31st, making it the perfect place for families to celebrate Halloween!

Kid’s will enjoy trick-or-treating, colorful characters, spooky stories, and a Halloween dance party to moments with furry friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more.

The best treat of all? SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with your theme park admission!

Howl-O-Scream @ SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

A new terror has surfaced, and there’s nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere.

Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Above all, try to resist the haunting song of the one who has emerged from the lake. Evil is calling—with a howl and a scream.

Howl-O-Scream @ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever for 28 killer nights with scare zones and haunted houses, including THREE ALL-NEW haunted house experiences.

Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves, and new surprises stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones, and unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness.

Beyond the haunts, killer entertainment can be found on stage with “Fiends!” returning to the Festival Field and last year’s best-kept-secret “The Rolling Bones” performing electrifying rock covers at Dragon Fire Grill. 

Halloween Horror Nights
HHN 30 Full Lineup On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 17.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, until October 31st.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE)

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Friday, September 24, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Kids Night at the Museum is BACK

Orlando Science Center Kids Night at the Museum

After taking a hiatus this summer, Kids Night at the Museum is back with a splash! 

September is Aquatic Adventures Month at Orlando Science Center so this Kids Night, junior explorers ages 5–12 are invited to SEA exciting exhibits, dive into oceanography with enhanced programming, enjoy dinner and a show, and so much more!

Meanwhile, caregivers can enjoy a stress and child-free evening while their children have a fun and educational experience exploring everything the Science Center has to offer.

Orlando Science Center Kids Night at the Museum
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Kids Night at the Museum activities include:

  • Pizza dinner
  • Explore OSC’s exciting exhibits
  • Hands-on STEM experiments and activities
  • Live Science Show
  • and more!
Orlando Science Center Kids Night at the Museum
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Kids Night at the Museum was inspired by Orlando Science Center’s summer camp program. During the summer of 2020, caregivers shared their gratitude for providing a safe space for their children to learn and explore during the pandemic. The Center realized that caregivers needed a break and kids needed a place to just be kids. Based on that feedback and following the same health and safety protocols that made summer camp a success, Orlando Science Center launched Kids Night at the Museum in July 2020 to an enthusiastic response.

No two kids are alike, and neither are Kids Nights! Each event is a unique experience with new themes and activities, but it also provides the learning and discovery that accompanies all Orlando Science Center’s offerings. This fledgling event has quickly become a community favorite, winning PLAYGROUND Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Best New Kid’s Night Out Program during their 2020 Family Favorite awards.

Orlando Science Center Kids Night at the Museum
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Kids Night at the Museum is $75 (Non-Members), $70 (Members) for the first child. Additional Children in the family: $40 per sibling. These events are known to sell out so don’t delay.

Get more info or register now at www.osc.org/kids-night-at-the-museum, call 407-514-2112, or email classes@osc.org.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! The next Kids Night at the Museum coming up will be Saturday, November 13.  

BEFORE YOUR VISIT:

Face coverings are currently required for all ages 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status. Before visiting, please review our safety guidelines: Orlando Science Center Visitor Information and Reopening Guidelines. While in attendance, all guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines and wash or disinfect hands frequently.

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On the Go in MCO: Halloween Horror Nights Tips

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

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida is Central Florida’s premier Halloween event, and this year the crowds are definitely showing up to celebrate 30 years of 30 fears. 

With ten haunted houses, five scare zones, two shows, and tons of delicious treats it can be overwhelming to plan your evening…but I’m here to help!!!

On the Go in MCO: Halloween Horror Nights Tips 

Finding the right ticket 

Halloween Horror Nights tickets are date-specific, which also means that you will pay more for more popular nights. 

Here are some dates to keep in mind: 

  • Peak Nights: October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, and 30
  • Better Nights: September 23, 26, 29, 30

October 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, and 31

Universal Orlando Premier Passholders! Don’t forget your free HHN ticket on the following dates:

  • Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30
  • Oct. 6, 13, 20, 26, 27

I am always a fan of the frequent fear passes that allow guests to experience the event multiple times throughout the season! 

Having the option to visit several times will give you the opportunity to enjoy things multiple times and relieves the ‘do and see everything’ pressure. 

Whatever option you choose, make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to save you time and money!


To Express Pass or not to Express Pass, that is the question

Express Pass, available for an additional fee, gives HHN guests the privilege to take advantage of dedicated, shorter lines for all ten haunted houses.  

If you have the budget for Express Pass, you will save TONS of time! For example, Beetlejuice had a posted wait of 85 minutes and we waited just under 15 minutes! 

This is a pricey add-on to your HHN ticket, costing more than your ticket’s base price, but if you only have one night to experience the houses and the budget I would suggest the purchase. 

As with HHN tickets, I STRONGLY encourage you to purchase Express Pass in advance as the price goes up closer to the event date!


Go in with a plan!

Having a plan to make the most of your Halloween Horror Nights experience is KEY!

Make sure you look at the haunted houses and scare zones in advance to make a game plan. 

The most popular houses, The Haunting of Hill House and Beetlejuice, are located near E.T. Since most people will rush to those houses, try to hit the houses at the front of the park. 

Once you have that plan download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, and watch the wait times on an evening before you go to get an idea of what you could experience during your visit. 

Having the app on your phone is also a great tool if your plans need to change during the event. 

When to arrive 

Halloween Horror Nights officially begin at 6:30 pm, but the front gates typically open as early as 6 p.m.

If you have a Universal Orlando annual pass or theme park ticket on the day of your HHN ticket, you have the option to ‘Stay & Scream’. 

You will need to arrive at Universal Studios Florida before it closes to daytime guests at 5 pm, to remain inside the park in designated holding areas throughout the park. 

Are you a night owl? Arriving after 8:00 pm is another great option to avoid parking backups and front gate lines. 

Ghoulishly Good Grub

While I wouldn’t have included food at Halloween Horror Nights in the past, I am telling you right now that it’s something you should plan to experience!!!

I’m a BIG fan of the s’mores fries!!!

I suggest taking a peek at the event-exclusive menus to find a spot for a snack along your way. 


Be prepared!

When going to Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll want to be prepared for different types of weather. 

I always bring a bag that is stocked with what I might need because I’ve bought way too many theme park-priced umbrellas and sweatshirts! 

I look forward to experiencing HHN every year, and I hope these tips help you do the same!!!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Fall Family Fun

This fall, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting a variety of special events from Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends to the all-new Cirque X-Scream to spooky fun once the sun goes down.

Fall Fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
NEW Cirque X-Scream: Friday-Sunday, multiple shows per day

Kicking off Friday, September 17, hair-raising stunts will return to the Stanleyville Theater, this time with a steampunk spin. Cirque X-Scream features all-new acts, including a spectacular duo that spins across the stage, transformative trampoline tricks and an aerial performance complete with flips and twists. Guests will be on the edge of their seats during this electrifying performance with fresh for fall theatrical costumes and music.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends: Saturdays & Sundays, October 2-31

Kids of all ages can enjoy this Halloween season with an expanded trick-or-treat trail and furry friends at Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This family-friendly event takes place every weekend in October in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and is included in park admission. Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends feature more trick-or-treat stations than ever, a limited-time Sesame Street Halloween Show, festive character meet-and-greets, Halloween Dance Parties and the return of Elmo’s Treehouse Trek climbing area and pin trading. 

NEW LOCATIONS: Trick-Or-Treating Candy Trail 

Children can dress up in their Halloween costumes to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating with a friendly Candy Crew sharing sweet treats at 10 locations along the expanded Candy Trail, from the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and along the Bird Gardens pathway.

LIMITED TIME: The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show 

This fan-favorite Halloween show is back again! Count von Count serves as the master of scareemonies as he leads his pals through some of his favorite tunes. With help from Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Grover, Oscar and Elmo, The Count produces a not-too-spooky Halloween show that features song and dance numbers that get everyone involved! 

Interactive Character Strolls

Meet Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita and more who will be dressed in their best Halloween costumes throughout Sesame Street Safari of Fun for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities! Follow your Sesame Street friends to show off your costumes on your way to our exciting Halloween Dance Parties!

Halloween Dance Parties

Let loose, groove to the beat and show off your best dance moves in the Sesame Street Pavilion at our Halloween Dance Parties hosted by your Sesame Street friends throughout the day!

Pin Trading

Pin trading has returned to Busch Gardens and at select times during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends, guests will be able to visit 1-2-3 Smile with Me to trade exclusive pins, including collections featuring their favorite Sesame Street friends.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween
Bier Fest

Brew fans can pair epic thrill rides with NEW hoppy culinary delights as Bier Fest continues this fall, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31. Guests age 21+ can explore the all-new Beer Trail as they sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring local and regional breweries.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021
Howl-O-Scream

For fans of frights and terrifying haunted attractions after dark, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream has returned as Tampa’s Premier Halloween event. Recently voted #1 in Florida as Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice Awards,” this year’s Howl-O-Scream event has returned with iconic haunted houses, horrific scare zones, and killer entertainment. The separately ticked event is available during select nights from Sept. 10 through Oct. 31, starting at $41.99.

THE BEST WAYS TO PLAY – Buy a 2022 Fun Card or Annual Pass!

One of the best ways to experience all the seasonal events, world-class animal attractions and the wildest rides in Florida is with a 2022 Fun card. For a limited time, visit again and again with a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get the rest of 2021 for FREE! This incredible deal offers more than three bonus months when you buy now, for only $119.99 for a limited time*.

For even more value, get an Annual Pass for unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits ranging from no blockout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and access to NEW exclusive preview events for 2022. The Annual Pass is organized in easy-to-use tiers, and includes one-park, two-park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Passes, and the popular Florida four-park options, allowing guests to choose the pass, benefits, and the parks that are the best fit. Additional benefits include FREE preferred parking*, special savings on merchandise, food and beverage options, ride quick queue, and behind-the-scenes animal tours among other perks. Passes for Florida Residents start at an affordable $12.50 a month, plus tax, with no down payment

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Zoo Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo

Zoo Bash 2021 Header

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is always home to animals and family fun, but just in time for the spooky season, things are getting a little WILDER.

Monsters, princesses and animals of all kinds will dust off their Halloween costumes for the fan-favorite Zoo event, Zoo Boo Bash presented by Orlando Health.

“We pride ourselves on the Zoo being the perfect place for family fun every day,” said Stephanie Williams, Zoo Director. “Zoo Boo Bash really embraces that. Parents are always looking for a safe and fun place for their kids to show off their costumes and trick-or-treat, and our partner, Orlando Health, ensures this event always is.”

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on select dates, October 23-24 and October 30-31.

Zoo Bash Central Florida Zoo 2021

The Zoo will be filled with all treats and no tricks with not-so-scary décor and activities for children of all ages, including trick-or-treating stations around beloved animals. Costumes are encouraged for guests of all ages. Candy will be provided by T-Mobile.

Zoo Boo Bash is included with Zoo admission. For annual passholders, special discounted event admission will be $5 per individual named on the valid annual pass card.

“We are proud to be a sponsor for such a beloved Central Florida event once again this year,” said Shawn Molsberger, president, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. “With continued increased safety precautions and social distancing, we are excited for another fun event for families across Central Florida to enjoy.”

Guests can purchase tickets online here for guaranteed admission.

For more information, visit http://www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Silver Spurs Southern Showdown

Silver Spurs Southern Showdown

The Silver Spurs Southern Showdown will bring together professional roughstock riders and the Silver Spurs’ biggest broncs and baddest bulls in the Silver Spurs Arena on October 1-2, 2021.

The Southern Showdown will include the extreme rodeo events, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and bareback riding, and kick off the 2022 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) season with money earned counting for the 2022 world standings.

Part of the Silver Spurs Riding Club’s tradition includes junior barrel racing, featuring young rodeo stars ready to start their careers in the Silver Spurs Arena! Plus, we will be bringing back mutton bustin’ (a sheep riding event for kids; children must be between ages 4 to 6 or weigh less than 40lbs). This event will happen between bareback and saddle bronc riding. 

“We are excited to bring this southern style event to Osceola County and look forward to presenting some of the top bull and bronc riders in the PRCA,” said Dustin Bronson, 2021-22 Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We hope our guests enjoy two nights of action-packed tradition that includes bull riding, bareback riding, and saddle bronc riding, rodeo’s wildest rides, at the Silver Spurs Arena.”

Silver Spurs Southern Showdown

WHERE:        Osceola Heritage Park/Silver Spurs Arena

                          1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744

WHEN:          Friday, October 1st & Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 7:30 pm

COST:           Tickets are just $20 per adult

Kids under 10 are free with adult admission.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and guidelines for a safe event visit  www.silverspursrodeo.com.

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Rock the Universe Returns in 2022

Rock the Universe 2022

Get ready to rock, ride and rejoice – Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe is back! Fans and youth groups can once again come together at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival to enjoy gripping performances by some of Christian music’s top artists, powerful worship experiences, and thrilling theme park attractions during an unforgettable weekend of faith and fun at Universal Studios Florida, from January 28-30.

The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian pop duo, for KING & COUNTRY, Dove award-winning contemporary Christian artist, Matthew West, and more. The good times continue Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian rock band, Casting Crowns, multiple GRAMMY award-winning Christian rock artist, Zach Williams, Dove award-winning contemporary Christian band, Big Daddy Weave, and more. For the full weekend lineup, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can enjoy worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a Saturday ceremony with a special message and a moving musical performance, a powerful Sunday morning worship service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend, plus a dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts.

Event Tickets and Vacation Packages are Now on Sale!
Tickets to Florida’s biggest Christian music festival include admission to stellar performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios attractions during event hours. And this year, guests can take advantage of admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with a 2-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket, starting at $129.99, plus tax.

At the heart of the event, Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.

Starting at $195 per person at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites or Surfside Inn and Suites, a Rock Your Weekend Group Getaway vacation package includes a 2-night hotel stay, a 2-Park Rock Your Weekend Ticket, and a souvenir photo. Groups who stay at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will receive exclusive perks, such as Early Park Admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more.

To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Returns this November

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

This holiday season Give Kids the World Village will once again be home to an amazing dancing lights show, tram tours, unique behind-the-scenes experiences, and an array of exciting additions guaranteed to make this year’s second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday lights spectacular another dazzling success. 

Scheduled to illuminate the Central Florida skyline from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Night of a Million Lights will once again provide the public with a rare glimpse inside Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood which wish families call home during their stays.  Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.  The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times to prevent crowding.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition.  More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named #1 on USA Today’s list of the “Best Things To Do in December in Orlando.”  With the return of wish families to the Village, this year’s event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness.  We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth.  “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families.”

This year’s Night of a Million Lights enhancements will include a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour. 

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately designed Florida home. 

Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of VIP packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and premium dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments.  Discounts are available for groups of 25 guests or more.  To inquire about group discounts and special events, please contact events@gktw.org.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights will support Give Kids The World, rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator 15 years in a row.  When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with an all-inclusive stay that includes transportation; accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas; all meals and snacks; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and priceless interactive experiences at the Village, featuring accessible rides and attractions.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from all 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids The World Village is located at 210 South Bass Road in Kissimmee.

To learn more, visit www.gktw.org.

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Maker Faire Orlando Returns this November

Maker Faire Orlando, the family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, will be returning November 13-14, 2021, for its 9th annual event to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  

Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘Makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Maker Faire Orlando

The two-day event is expected to draw 15,000 attendees and includes 300 exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions. 

  • Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) 
  • Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808) 
  • FREE on-site parking 
  • A variety of food choices are available for purchase. 
Maker Faire Orlando

Call for Makers 

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show their hobbies, experiments or projects.

There is no fee for individuals or community groups to exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando. There is a fee for individuals, small companies and startups to sell products you make at the event.  

Register online: https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/exhibit-at-maker-faire-orlando/ 

The application deadline is Aug. 31.  

Robot Ruckus 

Robot Ruckus is back for 2021 and is included with Maker Faire Orlando tickets.  See your favorite robot builders from TV having fun destroying each other’s toys with more than 20 teams from the BattleBots show on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+. For more information visit robotruckus.org

Maker Faire Orlando Early Bird Tickets

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Makers showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects. 

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with exhibits, a performance stage, big art, and spectacle.

  • One Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $12, Early Bird Adult $15 
  • Two Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $18, Early Bird Adult $25 

Experience hands-on learning by people who make, play, tinker, and hack to include robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics, tools, and crazy things you’ve never seen!  

Order your early bird tickets online (nominal fee applies) at  https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/attend/ 

Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized, celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, and hands-on activities.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. 

We continue to work with local health officials to follow current COVID guidelines with respect to the safety of our staff, exhibitors, and attendees. 

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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Returns to Orlando

Disclosure: I am working with Feld Entertainment to spread the word (and deals) for  Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party at the Amway Center in exchange for tickets to see the show. All opinions, bad puns, and overuse of exclamation points are 100% my own.
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In just a few weeks Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021, and I know that my family is SUPER excited to once again experience the dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air!!!

The story behind Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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During Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party guests will embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.

Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.

Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice.

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Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men for a daring rescue in Andy’s room.

Laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on tumble tracks, stilts, and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.

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Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.

And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.

Keeping families safe

While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is continuing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events.

Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC recommends face coverings if you are not fully vaccinated. Full details on Feld Entertainment Guest Wellness Enhancements can be found here.

Have I got a deal for you!!!

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Tickets for you and your family to join this magical search are on sale now for the following performance dates:

  • Friday, September 3:  7:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 4:  11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 5:  1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
AND I am REALLY excited to share that you can save $5 on select seats when you use code DOI5FQ to purchase your tickets in advance at www.DisneyOnIce.com

Offer valid on select price levels and performances. Offer valid only on the following performances: Friday, September 3 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 4 at 7 pm; Sunday, September 5 at 5 pm. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Tickets are subject to market supply and demand. This Offer expires 8/29/21.

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Halloween Horror Nights News: Complete Line-Up Revealed

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The Universal Orlando Resort has finally unveiled the complete lineup of unfathomable terrors for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, including an array of twisted original haunted houses, five scare zones, and two live shows.

Guests will brave this collection of haunts and more when the world’s premier Halloween event returns to Universal Studios Florida to celebrate 30 years of fear on select nights September 3 through October 31.

Halloween Horror Nights Complete Line-Up of Terrors

10 HAUNTED HOUSES

Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to the Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new maze, awakening the imposing and mysterious Hill House as it beckons guests to embark on the dark journey experienced by the Crain family.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters.

Testing even the bravest guests, they’ll attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice was the first “ghost host” of Halloween Horror Nights – originally called ‘Fright Nights’ – during the event’s debut in 1991. As Halloween Horror Nights 2021 celebrates a milestone year, this former host will become the supernatural star of a bone-chilling haunted house based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film. Guests will be at the whim of the self-described “Bio-Exorcist” as they shadow Beetlejuice’s every move through artfully recreated scenes from the popular film. From the infamous haunted attic within the Maitland home to the model graveyard and Dante’s Inferno Room, guests will have the extraordinary chance to enter the movie surrounded by its most iconic characters. With brash defiance, Beetlejuice is ready to turn on the juice and see what shakes loose – and his plans don’t include returning to the land of the unliving.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” maze will depict a disturbing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw. 

Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals. 

From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface.

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster.

Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape.

Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured

Icons Captured Halloween Horror Nights 2021

The most notorious Halloween Horror Nights icons in history are joining forces to inflict unimaginable terror upon guests in Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured. 

Guests will quickly realize they’re the hunted as they encounter a monstrous “Hell of Fame” where they’ll have no choice but to face the brutal cruelty and madness of this foreboding collection of Halloween Horror Nights legends, which include:

  • The Caretaker, a once well-respected surgeon who has become eerily infatuated with the removal of internal organs – especially while his patients are conscious
  • The Director, an aspiring filmmaker obsessed with capturing the suffering and torture of his victims on film – placing them in their very own living horror movie
  • The Usher, who seeks to invoke violent vengeance on those who don’t follow the rules of his theater
  • The Storyteller, who stops at nothing to entrap guests into her latest tales of terror, where no one lives happily ever after
  • Jack the Clown – the original Halloween Horror Nights icon and the most feared of them all – and his assistant Chance, a deadly pair who thrive on tormenting victims in ways that embody their sick sense of humor

Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland

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Some of the most haunting original stories from Halloween Horror Nights over the years have been set in the mysterious town of Carey – and this year, Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland will combine these stories and bring them to life once again in a first-ever haunted house that pays homage to the event’s 30-year history.

Guests will be transported back to the shady township of Carey and enter familiar settings that will leave fans shrieking from nostalgia and horror.

From the ghastly cave of vampires from The Hive, the decrepit attic of Dead End, and the disturbing Meetz Meats human deli from Leave it to Cleaver, they’ll find no escape from the evil of Carey once and for all.

Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Case Files Unearthed

The world of Legendary Truth, an evolving story following a mysterious paranormal research group, has haunted guests via unique haunted houses throughout Halloween Horror Nights history.

In Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth, guests will step into the well-worn shoes of the infamous Boris Shuster – the elusive private eye investigating the supernatural – as he endlessly searches for clues to a series of strange occurrences throughout New York City.

Falling further into the shadowy, dark world of the paranormal, guests will face an overwhelming onslaught of ghouls, poltergeists, and terrors, all while trying to solve the biggest mystery of them all – how they’ll survive…   

The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Wicked Growth

The beloved tradition of Halloween has more sinister roots waiting to be unearthed and as the grower of this ritual, the Pumpkin Lord is preparing for his yearly human harvest in Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin.

Lured in by the familiar sights and sounds of the holiday, guests will find themselves trapped in an endless maze of traditional Halloween domains, including a dilapidated haunted house, an ominous graveyard, and even a wicked witch’s cottage – all overrun by ruthless creatures engulfed in ghastly pumpkin growth.

They’ll follow the ceaseless vines as they twist and turn right into the Pumpkin Lord’s lair, where he eagerly awaits new victims and is never truly satiated.

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Puppet Theatre

The demented side of puppetry and theatre will take center stage in Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience as guests are transported to San Francisco’s abandoned Grandeur Theatre in the early 1900s.

They’ll find the Pasek’s Puppet Troupe trapped within its ruins in the midst of rehearsing for their next grisly performance.

With a fanatical need to entertain any captive audience, the troupe has turned to transforming trespassers into living puppets – dismantling and sewing them back together as life-sized marionettes for additions to their horrific encore.

Will guests escape in one piece or will it be their final curtain call? No matter what, the show must go on…

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy will entice guests to uncover the darker ritual behind an innocent childhood tradition.

Long ago, parents struck a bargain with vicious, goblin-esque tooth fairies to protect their children from these evil creatures who crave pearly whites – all children must give up their baby teeth or pay a gruesome price.

Guests will step into a heinous realm of blood, teeth, and gore where these fairies extract their toothed bounty by force and the only way out is to hold in their screams and keep their mouths shut.

FIVE SCARE ZONES

Crypt TV

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Crypt TV

Guests will step inside Crypt TV, a dark universe of monsters that reside in the same reality on their screens, in their pockets, and now, in real life.

In this nightmare world that’s overtaken San Francisco, creatures of all shapes and sizes exist, including The Look-See, the Sunny Family Cult, Harclaw, and Miss Annity. Now, they’ve been brought to life in a world of fear that will engulf any guest who enters.

30 Years, 30 Fears

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 30 Years 30 Fears

The most infamous characters from past Halloween Horror Nights scare zones will reunite to take over the Avenue of the Stars in 30 Years, 30 Fears.

Guests will enter a gory reunion where the past has come back to haunt them with creatures of blood and bone, beastly monstrosities, and chainsaw-wielding fiends lurking around every corner. 

Seek and Destroy

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Seek and Destroy

In Seek and Destroy, guests will find themselves in a New York dystopia where a ruthless alien cyber regime, led by The Controller, has taken over – relentlessly scanning the city streets for humans and turning them into fuel.

With the regime’s loyal followers hiding in the darkness endlessly hunting for new victims, guests must either join them or be destroyed.

Gorewood Forest

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Gorewood Forest

The heartless Terra Queen is back and her wicked plans to remake the world in her terrifying image will take root in Central Park, transforming it into the grisly Gorewood Forest.

Guests will find nowhere to hide from her menacing minions as they harvest fresh blood to feed her ever-growing power.

Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Eddy's Revenge

Eddie Schmidt, Jack the Clown’s diabolical brother, is returning to Halloween Horror Nights to film a gory Hollywood sequel in Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge – except this time, the monsters are real.

Vampires, evil clowns, creatures from the watery depths, and other horrific beings from the event’s past will roar on the scene where guests will make their short, and painful, cameo.

TWO LIVE SHOWS

Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory

An all-new Universal Studios lagoon show will make its horrifically hypnotic premiere at Halloween Horror Nights in Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory.

Jack the Clown will lure guests into a trance, and they’ll awaken in the heart of an insidious factory with pulsing lasers and pounding, electrifying music.

Frozen with fear, a nightmare machine will extract guests’ deepest fears one-by-one and project them onto giant water screens, showcasing the notorious Halloween Horror Nights icons and frightening scenes from Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House,” the legendary Universal Monsters classic movies and the iconic slasher film, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Halloween Nightmare Fuel

A fearsome and unforgettable performance will ignite guests’ waking nightmares in the all-new show, Halloween Nightmare Fuel – where nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night, and frightful fire performers will come alive to the crackling beat of rock, metal, and electronica music.

All Halloween Horror Nights tickets, including Frequent Fear Passes and vacation packages, are on sale at  www.Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
Due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out and tickets should be purchased in advance.  
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After Hours Boo Bash 2021: Know Before You Go

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom from August 10 – October 31, 2021, and like any new event, there are a few things you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021: 5 Things To Know Before You Go

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021
Eeerie Early Entry

After Hours Boo Bash ticket holders will be admitted to the Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket for their party wristband—giving them up to 2 and a half hours of extra time in the park.

Event-goers should note that these dated tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021
Chilling Character Cavalcades

While there is no event parade, throughout the night guests will be sporadically swept up in the Halloween spirit with captivating, themed cavalcades rolling through the Magic Kingdom.

  • Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade: Delight as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and pals—dressed in hauntingly boo-tiful Halloween costumes—parade through the park in this musical procession.
  • Disney Villain Halloween Cavalcade: Behold a legion of villains unleashed to revel in this sinister season. Look out for fiends like Dr. Facilier, the Queen of Hearts and Jafar as they celebrate just how wonderful it is to be wicked.
  • Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade: Prepare for a procession worthy of the Pumpkin King! Jack Skellington—along with Sally and Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—take to the streets to share thrilling, chilling tricks and treats!
Here is the full Disney Boo Bash Entertainment Schedule:
  • Tomorrowland DJ Dance Party – 9:30pm-12:30am
  • Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade – 9:55pm, 11:25pm
  • Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade – 10:30pm, 11:45pm
  • Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade – 10:40pm, 11:55pm
  • Maleficent’s Fiery Prowl – 10:50pm, 12:05am
  • The Cadaver Dans in Frontierland – 9:40pm, 10:20pm, 11:05pm, 12:10am

And don’t forget to be on the lookout for Maleficent…in the form of a fire-breathing dragon!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021
Kooky Costumed Characters

It wouldn’t be a Halloween event without character sightings, and during the Disney After Hours Boo Bash you’ll be able to see:

  • Goofy
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Miss Carlotta, Miss Renatta and Broome the Butler at the Haunted Mansion
  • Foulfellow and Gideon

The characters can be found at the following locations:

  • Crystal Palace
  • Frontierland Balcony
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Pinocchio Village House

Be sure to catch the Cadaver Dans as they make a special comeback (from the dead) appearance. These spooky songsters emerge from their tombs for performances. You won’t want to miss this—it’s to die for!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021
Spooky Sweets Included with Admission

Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to make sure that they make time to trick-or-treat throughout the park—featuring Mars Wrigley confectionery products.

For those with dietary concerns, allergy-free options will also be available.

Full List of Disney Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat Locations
  • Ariel’s Grotto
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Pecos Bill’s
  • Pete’s Silly Side Show
  • Splash Mountain
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

In the midst of all the fun and festivities, take time to refuel at carts stationed throughout the park with ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages—included with the cost of the event.

Looking for more treats? Guests can purchase select menu items at several of the park’s dine-in locations.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash Exclusive Treats and Locations
  • Mocha Chocolate Chip Frozen Drink at Golden Oak Outpost – Frozen Mocha topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, and a Sugar Acorn
  • Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink at Golden Oak Outpost – Frozen Apple Cider mixed with Ginger Ale and topped with Whipped Cream and TWIX Cookie Bars Chopped
  • Prince John Sucker Frozen Drink at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Tart Green Apple Lemonade Slush topped with a Ring Pop
  • Maleficent Churro at Main Street, U.S.A. Snack Cart – Churro covered in Chocolate Cookie Crumbles, drizzled with Purple Icing topped with Green and Purple Sprinkles
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021
Attractions

During the Boo Bash over 20 Magic Kingdom attractions, and with a limited number of Guests in the park guests will experience shorter waits at popular experiences.

Full list of Disney Boo Bash Attractions

Adventureland

  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Under the Sea — Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Tomorrowland

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Boo Bash 2021

Admission to Disney After Hours Boo Bash can be purchased online for $129 to $199 per adult or child (plus tax), depending on the event date, but note that all October dates are currently sold out. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount on event dates in August and September.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash Fine Print

  • All attractions and experiences are subject to change without notice.
  • Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
  • The number of tickets available is limited.
  • Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours.
  • Prices, entertainment, attractions, experiences, ticket types, entitlements, and other event elements subject to availability, closures, and change or cancellation without notice or liability.
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On the Go in the Parks: Halloween 2021

On the Go in the Parks Halloween 2021 Overview

Starting this month, if you are On the Go in the Parks you will find new and returning spirited Halloween festivities and I’m breaking down what you need to know about each one!

On the Go in the Parks: Halloween 2021

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Disney After Hours Boo Bash at Walt Disney World

The Magic Kingdom is hosting an all-new, spirited Halloween-themed event this fall at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash takes place select nights August 10 – October 31, 2021, and fills the park with l cavalcades full of characters popping up throughout the night, the lovely Miss Carlotta at the Haunted Mansion, the Cadaver Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., complimentary snacks, exclusive merchandise, specialty treats, and more!

Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 p.m. on the valid date of their ticket—giving them even more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins!

Admission to Disney After Hours Boo Bash can be purchased online for $129 to $199 per adult or child (plus tax), depending on the event date.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida

The world’s premier Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, is returning this fall for its much-anticipated 30th year and unleashing a sinister line-up of horrifying experiences on select nights beginning on September 3 through October 31.

Guests will face ten terrifying haunted houses, five twisted scare zones, and two live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture.

Select Halloween Horror Nights tickets are available online now, and guests can save by purchasing them in advance.

Suppose you are looking to take your scares to a new level. In that case, there are various event upgrades, including the R.I.P. Tours with V.I.P. access to the haunted houses and daytime, lights-on tours of the haunted houses that offer a glimpse into how the scare is brought to life.

Parents will want to take note that Halloween Horror Nights is an intense event that is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and no costumes or masks are allowed.

On the Go in the Parks SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2021
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular is back at SeaWorld Orlando with candy, costumes, your favorite Sesame Street friends, and plenty of spooky surprises.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular is a daytime event that runs weekends from September 18 to October 31, making it the perfect place for families to celebrate Halloween!

Kid’s will enjoy trick-or-treating, colorful characters, spooky stories, and a Halloween dance party to moments with furry friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more.

The best treat of all? SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with your theme park admission!

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021 On the Go in the Parks
Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is known for its family-friendly Halloween fun, but this year the park is unleashing Howl-O-Scream, where guests will evade roaming haunts rampaging through scare zones and seek shelter indoors, only to find they have entered a house of horrors.

Adventuresome guests can deepen the thrills with terrifying coaster rides in the dark, quench their thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar and feel the monstrous electricity of a live show. 

This terrifying Halloween event will occur on select nights, Friday, September 10 through Sunday, October 31, from 7 p.m. to as late as 2 a.m.

Please note that Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience and contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. No costumes are allowed during the event.

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LEGOLAND Brick or Treat
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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort will once again be filled with the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat weekends in October.

Brick or Treat activities are perfect for little builders under 12 and include trick or treating around the Theme Park, larger-than-afterlife LEGO builds, and meet-and-greet opportunities with ghoulish LEGO characters.

Guests can also enjoy one-of-a-kind live shows, special decorations throughout the park, and take a bite out of a variety of Halloween-themed snacks.

These exclusive Halloween events are included with theme park admission and select annual passes.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Creeping closer each day, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with a hair-raising, skin-crawling celebration of ghoulish delights beginning September 10 through October 31 for 28 select nights.

While family-friendly trick-or-treating and shows fill fall days with fun, by night, five horrifying haunted houses, eight expansive scare zones, and unpredictable hordes of nightmarish creatures will soon cover the 300-acre park, leaving nowhere for guests to hide.

With iconic haunted houses, including two ALL-NEW horror-filled houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2021 will be Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event.

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Halloween Horror Nights News: Two New Mazes

Halloween Horror Nights News July 15 New Mazes

This fall Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, unleashing some of the most nefarious names in horror to prey upon guests, and today the resort announced two new mazes coming to the much-anticipated event!

For this year’s event, classic films that have influenced the horror genre will come to life in two disturbingly real haunted mazes with the return of the legendary Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the resurrection of one of Universal Pictures’ most iconic monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein – in “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster.

Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes will depict a harrowing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.

Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals.

From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface.

Plus, guests at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will face another pop culture and horror legend as they brave this year’s event. The destination previously revealed the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most,’ “Beetlejuice,” based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

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Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

Halloween Horror Nights events begin at Universal Studios Florida on Friday, September 3, and run select nights through Sunday, October 31.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights, and due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures

On the Go in mco educational fun

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

This summer I have been sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week the series continues with some fun ways to sneak some learning into your summer break. 

On the Go in MCO: Educational Adventures 

Mars Fest at the Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO Mars Fest Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Moon Fest, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Celebrate Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities throughout the Orlando Science Center this weekend. 

Learn how the amazing telescopes, satellites, and landers have been analyzing the history of Mars and searching for life in another world.

During the event, visitors will also enjoy special live demonstrations, cosmic chemistry, and more during this special weekend celebration that’s included with admission to the Orlando Science Center.  

A Deep Sea Adventure at the Crayola Experience Orlando 

On the Go in MCO Crayola Experience Orlando Ocean X

Through July 25th at the Crapola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, you can join the mission to find the elusive giant squid when OceanX takes over the creative world of Crayola for a once-in-lifetime event. 

So get your mission log, create your ID badge and begin your journey through the sea kelp as you:

  • Take an “underwater” photo in a Crayola OceanX sub
  • Sculpt your own ocean creature and place it on a 3D mapping table
  • Learn about undersea wonders and conservation efforts
  • View sea creatures in their natural habitat through colorful “portholes”
  • Help build a “coral reef” made of recycled marker caps
  • And ultimately come face to face with the elusive Giant Squid!

This limited-time fun is included in your admission to the Crayola Experience Orlando, which is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

On the Go in MCO Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County that were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

The village includes a general store and post office, schoolhouse, church, train depot, homesteads from Osceola settlers, Seminole settlement, a cow camp, and working structures such as a blacksmith shop, citrus packing plant, cane grinder, and barn.

Pioneer Village is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and guided tours are available on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in MCO

EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort, is always my favorite way to sneak ‘Edutainment’ into our theme park fun, but during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, there are even more ways to learn…I mean have fun!

From July 15 to November 20th, families can learn about cuisine around the world, try new delicious bites, and enjoy family challenges that will stretch their food knowledge and taste buds.

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