Halloween Horror Nights 30: JACK IS BACK

The Universal Orlando Resort just announced that Jack the Clown is going to return as the demented face of Halloween Horror Nights as the world’s premier Halloween event commemorates its 30th year this fall!

The most notorious icon in event history, Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives. His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

Select tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a variety of ways for guests to customize their visit to stay, scream and save.

Guests can save up to $52 on a single night event ticket when purchasing online, and book various event upgrades like the R.I.P. Tours, a guided tour experience that provides priority V.I.P. access to the haunted houses; Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life; and more.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Guests can also save up to $200 on vacation packages, starting at $149 per person, per night (based on a family of four), that include hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated entry gate for the event (with valid event admission), complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and access to an all-new, limited-time “Jack’d Up” experience at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – where guests get a closer look into the chaotic world of Jack and some of the sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of HHN. Plus, the hotel’s Swizzle Lounge lobby bar will transform into the “Horror Icons Bar,” featuring specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event’s most infamous icons, and props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to Halloween Horror Nights past.

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 3 and continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Universal Orlando’s event, visit www.Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon, so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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SeaWorld Orlando Summer Guy Harvey Weekend

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SeaWorld Orlando is really excited to welcome back Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, for Guy Harvey Weekend.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer who is fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

During the weekend you can join him for meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo opportunities June 18–20 inside the Guy Harvey store located in the Waterfront. 

You can also purchase Guy Harvey’s fifth and newest book, “Underwater World,” at the Guy Harvey store. This memoir lets you see the wonders of our ocean through fascinating stories, and a portion of your purchase will directly benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF).

You can even have your copy of “Underwater World” signed by Guy Harvey during meet-and-greets and special dining experiences throughout the weekend.

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Guy Harvey Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 18

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

An Evening with Guy Harvey
4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Enjoy a signature prix fixe dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist.

Your purchase includes a copy of Guy Harvey’s newest book, Underwater World, and an exclusive book signing and meet & greet before dinner. 

Your Meal Includes:
-Choice of Appetizer- Coconut Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, or Bleu Chips
-Choice of Entrée- 8oz Filet Mignon, Salmon, or Chicken Mushroom Pasta
-Choice of Dessert- Key Lime Pie, Cabernet Chocolate Cake, or Brownie Sundae

Saturday, June 19

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10:30 a.m – 12 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m – 3 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m – 6 p.m.
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Dinner with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas on Saturday, June 19, as part of Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando.

Includes dinner and meet-and-greet with Guy Harvey. Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at Dine with Orcas at least 15 minutes prior to their dinner time in order to enjoy the full dining experience.

Menu:  Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, certified sustainable seafood, southern fried chicken, herb-crusted sirloin of beef, seasonal accompaniments, fresh bread baked daily by our skilled SeaWorld bakers, signature desserts, assorted Coca-Cola® products, coffee, and hot tea

Sunday, June 20

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m
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Howl-O-Scream Returns to Haunt Busch Gardens

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Fear returns in its most immersive form, as guests are invited back inside iconic haunted houses, including two ALL-NEW horror-filled houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event.

Creeping closer each day, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with a hair-raising, skin-crawling celebration of ghoulish delights, including:

  • Two ALL-NEW Haunted Houses: Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter two all new original experiences.
  • Three Returning Houses with Reimagined Nightmares: Three fan-favorite frights will come back from the dead to consume guests with fear in new ways. 
  • Eight Scare Zones, plus three unpredictable hordes: The scares are everywhere including an unmarked zone and new terrors lurking in every corner of the park.
  • Fan-Favorite “Fiends!” returns to the Festival Field Stage: The raunchy monster dance party will return to its spacious outdoor venue for more devilish antics from Dr. Freakenstein and his gang of ghouls.
  • “The Rolling Bones” light up the stage at Dragon Fire Grill: As guests fuel up on a pre-fear feast, the live performance of this skeleton band lights up Dragon Fire Grill with epic covers of classic rock anthems.
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Tickets to Howl-O-Scream are available now, including exclusive discounts for Fun Card and Annual Pass Members at the lowest prices of the year.

Fans of fear can sign up for emails at HowlOScream.com to be the first to receive news of more dark details on new houses, experiences and more coming to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. 

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. 

Howl-O-Scream 2021 is a separately ticketed nighttime event. No costumes are allowed.

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Silver Spurs Rodeo: Summer June Rodeo

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The Silver Spurs Rodeo will be hosting their annual summer June Rodeo and fans will be treated to seven of rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. 

Plus, for the first time at the Rodeo, there will be a breakaway roping event! Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where the calf is roped but not tied. As soon as the rope breaks off their saddle, the clock is stopped. This is the second Silver Spurs Rodeo event for the women of rodeo, the first being barrel racing.

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

Part of the June Rodeo tradition includes junior barrel racing and junior bull riding events, featuring young rodeo stars who are ready to get their career started in the Silver Spurs Arena!

Plus, the Silver Spurs Riding Club is bringing back everyone’s favorite before each performance, ‘mutton bustin’ (a sheep riding event for the kids)!

“Every summer, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is how our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and Quadrille,” said Chris Baker, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We have been celebrating this tradition since 1944 in Osceola County. We hope you will join us for one of the longest-running traditions east of the Mississippi.”

Tickets are just $20 per adult and kids 10 and under are FREE for the June Rodeo only, all active and retired military receive FREE admission when showing proof of military service at the Box Office.

All donations go directly to organizations in Osceola County for scholarships, cancer support, veteran needs, and more.  All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on our tickets page. 

For more information on how to purchase tickets and rodeo guidelines for a safe rodeo, go to www.silverspursrodeo.com.

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Explore the Summer of More at the Gaylord Palms Resort

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The Summer of Fun at the Gaylord Palms Resort is going to fill the world-class property, featuring a 3- acre outdoor water park, two sparkling pools, and four-and-a-half acres of sprawling indoor gardens, with fun for the entire family. 

From May 21 through September 6, 2021, the resort’s Summer of More will deliver the perfect getaway for families with immersive aquatic experiences, event-exclusive culinary and beverage offerings, soothing spa treatments, and an itinerary full of themed programming inclusive of live entertainment, family-friendly shows, activities, and much more. 

“Summer travelers wishing to make the most out of their vacation can come here for a one-stop destination,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “From our Cypress Springs water park and EXPLORE activities to our award-winning restaurants and world-class spa, we offer everything you could want and deserve for the ultimate summer experience.”

The theme of this year’s itinerary of activities and events is EXPLORE, and this brand-new programming will encourage guests and local visitors to uncover the stories and discover the natural wonders of Florida.

Gaylord Palms Summer of Fun Highlights

  • Explore Summer: Uncover the stories and discover the natural wonders of Florida in this brand-new, guided, atrium adventure.
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  • Secret Garden Escape Room: You’ve stumbled upon a beautiful and enchanted garden, but beware – an evil witch lurks in the shadows. Escape back to reality within 30 minutes, or you might find yourself under a spell and trapped forever in this garden as a gnome, frog, or spider! This family-friendly experience includes live performers.
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  • Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt: Your journey begins inside the 4.5-acre atrium, filled to the brim with flora (plant-life) and fauna (animal-life) from all over the state. To succeed in becoming a real-life Florida explorer, you will need to navigate through the atrium and learn about unique plants, animals, and historical landmarks.
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  • Illuminate Florida Show: High above the St. Augustine Atrium thousands of lights dance and create summer images to music several times a night.
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  • Animal Encounters with Wild Florida: A special educational opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of incredible creatures.
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A summertime must, Gaylord Palms’ 3-acre water park, Cypress Springs, offers thrills and relaxation for every member of the family – from the tranquil South Beach Pool to exhilarating attractions including drop and racing slides, a multi-level water playground, the FlowRider surfing experience and an all-new action river, Crystal River Rapids.

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This new water attraction takes guests on a thrilling ride as they twist and turn through speeding currents. Exclusive poolside cabanas available for rent provide extra shade, comfortable lounge seating, a refrigerator, television, and a designated pool server. Premium poolside seating also available for purchase.

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Not to be left out…Adults who are searching for the ultimate in relaxation can unwind in the resort’s luxurious Relâche Spa and enjoy a de-stressing massage, rejuvenating facial, or calming body treatment.

The resort features multiple award-winning restaurants with unique culinary experiences, breathtaking atrium views, and mouth-watering seasonal dishes and summer cocktails. Dining options are available for every palate – even from the comfort of the guest’s room.

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As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the resort’s summer events have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and enhanced protocols.

For more information about Gaylord Palms Resort and to book an overnight stay, room package, or events and activities, visit www.GaylordPalms.com.

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GATOR WEEK Returns to Wild Florida

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

For 10 years Wild Florida, located on Lake Cypress in Kenansville, has been sharing their passion for protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem including the often misunderstood alligators.

To help share their knowledge and to foster an appreciation for some of Florida’s most misunderstood residents, Wild Florida will once again host its annual Gator Week from May 24 to 29, offering special programming with FREE Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change (more on this in a moment). 

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

During Gator Week Wild Florida focuses on educating guests, debunking common myths, and developing a more positive attitude towards these reptiles through unique experiences highlighting alligator behaviors.

Sam Haught, co-owner of Wild Florida, announced, “We look forward to this event all year, and we’re excited to celebrate alligators with visitors in new and fun ways. From alligator cake decorating contests to gator jumpathons, we love that these demonstrations and activities build a connection between our guests and our environment in creative and unique ways.” 

Highlights of Gator Week 2021

  • May 24, 2021: Alligator Expert Despite their tough exterior, alligators and crocodiles get sick just the same as we do. Join Wild Florida experts in the Gator Pavilion at 1 p.m. to hear about the different ailments they experience and how they are treated.
  • May 26, 2021: Gator Jumpathon Contest – People often think alligators can only hunt for food that happens to go for a swim, but their powerful tails can help propel half of their body out of the water and into the air. During the Gator Jumpathon contest, you’ll get to experience what it’s like to hunt and jump for your food. Want to join the fun?  Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the Gator Jumpathon details for the day so you’ll get to see what it’s like to jump for your food like an alligator!
  • May 28, 2021: “Gator Green” Pie Eating Contest – Alligators can only use their mighty jaws to bite and hold on to their food. Unlike humans, they aren’t able to pick up and grab their food with their hands. The alligator-themed pie-eating contestwill allow guests to unleash their inner alligator! Want to join the fun? Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the “Gator Green: Pie Eating Contest details for the day to see who can eat a green pie the fastest WITHOUT using your hands!
  • May 29, 2021: National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, Wild Florida helped establish a National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve. To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout their Gator Park with balloons, cupcakes, and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.
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This Gator Week is also extra special as Wild Florida’s adult albino alligators, Snowflake and Blizzard, have produced their third batch of eggs.

At the end of Gator Week, Wild Florida will also celebrate the inaugural #NationalAlligatorDay on Saturday, May 29th.

So what about the spare change? During Gator Week, Wild Florida is trying to collect Crusher’s (their largest alligator) weight in spare change to benefit Croc Fest.

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Be sure to check out www.GatorWeek.com for the full schedule of events. 

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Viva La Música Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

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SeaWorld Orlando has announced the return of Viva La Música, a fan-favorite Latin-inspired festival on  Saturdays and Sundays from May 13-23, 2021.

This experience, included with theme park admission, will take place with the park’s enhanced health and safety measures, including limited capacity, reservations, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, temperature checks, and face-covering requirements.

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Viva La Música Event Map and Offerings

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Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Fiesta Zone

A. Fiesta Zone

Be there as the Wild Arctic Plaza comes to life! There will be a DJ, stilt walkers, and live bands ready to get this full-blown fiesta going.

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B. Live Music

You can’t help but dance when you listen to this red-hot local entertainment featuring salsa, bachata, reggaetón, and more.

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C. Live Music and Dancing Zone

Make your way to the Sea Harbor Pavilions for more non-stop revelry. Hear live and DJ music, see towering stilt walkers, and more!

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D. Kids Maraca Making Craft

Get ready to enjoy hands-on fun and show how creative you are by making your very own musical maraca at this specially chosen craft activity for children!

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E. Dance Class with Rosita

Follow along, kids! Learn a simple dance step to festive Latin music, and then get a physically distanced photo with Rosita to remember the fun.

F. Event Shopping

Explore local crafts and artisan creations that capture the spirit of Viva la Música and find the perfect souvenir to bring  Live Music and Dancing Zone

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1 . Skewers

  • Rum BBQ Chicken Skewers with Mango Salsa
  • Beef Skewers with Homemade Chimichurri, Yuca Fries, Onion Escabeche, Mojo Sauce
  • Churros
  • Frozen Sangria
  • Corona Seltzers
  • Corona Refrescas
  • Modelo Especial Cheladas 
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2. Sliders

  • Cubano Sliders: Smoked ham, mojo roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickle, & mustard
  • Pan con Bistec Sliders: Shaved, Marinated and Grilled Steak, Caramelized Onions & Melted Jack Cheese
  • Choripan
  • Grilled Chorizo Link, Chimichurri on Soft Baguette
  • Crispy Tostones: Mojo Sauce
  • Dulce de Leche Empanadas: Stuffed with caramel and queso, caramel drizzle
  • Frozen Barrilitos Strawberry Hibiscus and Mango Lime
  • Corona Seltzers
  • Corona Refrescas
  • Modelo Especial Cheladas 
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3. Meal Platters

  • Adobo Braised Chicken served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Braised Ropa Vieja served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Mojo Roasted Pork served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Chicharrons and Plantain Chips 
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4. Paella

  • Seafood Paella: Mussels, Clams, Shrimps, Chorizo on the bed of flavorful Saffron rice
  • Veggie Paella: Earthy and Floral vegetables with Saffron rice
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5. Bacalaitos

  • Crispy Codfish fritters
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6. Empanadas

  • Beef and Cheese
  • Chicken and Cheese
  • Spinach and Artichoke
  • Bunuelos: Sweet fried dough 

7. Corona Bar

  • Featuring Corona Hard Seltzer Cocktails
  • Lime Mojito
  • Cherry Margarita
  • Sundown Sangria
  • Featuring Corona Refescas Cocktails
  • Pineapple Passion
  • Guava Shores 

8. Margarita Bar

  • Frozen Watermelon Margarita
  • Frozen Mango Margarita
  • Traditional Margarita
  • Strawberry Margarita 
  • Cutwater Margarita Pops

9. Cocktail Bar 

  • Cuba Libra
  • Mojito
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Mango Passion Corona Rita
  • Blueberry Lime Corona Rita
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From the hottest Latin entertainment to the coolest attractions and animal adventures, these will be two unforgettable weekends at SeaWorld.

Don’t let the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event pass you by!

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Disney After Hours Boo Bash Coming to the Magic Kingdom

It’s never too early to talk about Halloween, and this year the Magic Kingdom will host the ghoulishly fun Boo Bash!

On select nights from August 10th through October 31st, when the park closes this separately ticketed event will fill the park with Halloween themed activities for the entire family. 

Disney After Hours BOO BASH tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 pm* without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation, giving you time to enjoy even more of your favorites.

The three-hour event will invite guests of all ages to don their finest costumes to enjoy:

  •  Festive party music,
  • Decorations,
  • Character cavalcades galore,
  • Halloween candy,
  • Exclusive culinary offerings,
  • Spooktacular entertainment,
  • low wait times at more than 20 attractions, and more. 
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As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children younger than 14. In addition, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings during the event. 

Before you arrive, check our Know Before You Go page and Costume Guidelines.

Tickets for the Disney After Hours BOO BASH, on select nights August 10th through October 31st, go on sale next month, with an early purchase window available to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. 

* Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am

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Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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While Disney theme parks celebrate all living things every day, during the Earth Week Celebration there’s an added opportunity for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests to connect with the magic of nature through engaging activities designed to educate and inspire the whole family.

From April 18 to 24, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity, and more.

Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life by using animals for inspiration. For the Earth Week Celebration, guests can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work around the globe.

Guests can catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.

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A sampling of Earth Week eats include a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake. Specialty beverages include The Red Crowned Crane, a frozen Coke topped with frozen Cherry Coke and strawberry cotton candy; adults can spice it up with Captain Morgan Rum.

A series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges invite guests to earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.

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Guests can hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin, and also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers and reusable bags that promote sustainability.

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Any time guests visit the park, they can marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed the birth of Ranger, and guests can get a glimpse of the rambunctious 5-month-old calf and his rhino family on a journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, guests can also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago, and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost

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Guests can watch artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricate sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, and check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+.

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate five decades of magic with an 18-month celebration filled with new and refreshed attractions, shows, characters, restaurants, resorts, and adventures.

Taking place across the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, The World’s Most Magical Celebration will welcome guests ‘home’ to experience the magic again.

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The centerpiece of The World’s Most Magical Celebration will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

In 2020 the Castle underwent a royal makeover that included a new color scheme that included bold, shimmering, and regal enhancement. And in honor of the 50th anniversary, Walt Disney Imagineering developed new colors, gold detailing, and vibrant hues for this makeover, drawing inspiration from Disney Legend Mary Blair’s vision of the classic film “Cinderella.”

Guests will get to take in Cinderella Castle as it is adorned with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments, among other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest.

Hosts with the Most

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As hosts of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed for the occasion. 

Walt Disney World has shared images of these new celebratory designs that include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, in EARidescent fabric – punctuated with pops of gold.

Heart of the Celebration

“You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

What makes the heart of the Walt Disney World resort beat is its cast members, and during The World’s Most Magical Celebration, they will have their time to shine as they will be spreading even more pixie dust across Walt Disney World Resort.

Magic by Nightfall

As the sun sets, the fun will just be getting started!

At each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, their icon will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic with their own EARidescent glow.

Walt Disney World has described each as:

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Cinderella Castle will illuminate the Magic Kingdom Park with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.

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At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.

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The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

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And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

I personally cannot wait to see these Beacons of Magic light up the night sky!

Say Bonjour to New Additions

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While details are still coming to light about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek did announce the new additions that would be opening in EPCOT’s France Pavilion on October 1, 2021.

In the newly expanded area of the pavilion inspired by the world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” guests will have the opportunity to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

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This new family-friendly attraction invites guests into a flavorful world where they will feel as if they have shrunk to the size of Chef Remy to scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. 

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Alongside of the attraction, La Crêperie de Paris, an all-new restaurant offering both table- and quick-service options, will open with a menu featuring sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten-friendly), and authentic French hard cider. 

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“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to find out more about the celebration, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: April 9-11, 2021

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On the Go in MCO: April 9-11,2021

On the Go in MCO April 2021 RAM National Finals

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

  • April 9 & 10, 2021
  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Arena at Osceola Heritage Park

The excitement of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo returns to Osceola County, bringing a level of rodeo competition unlike any other to the dirt-covered floor of the Silver Spurs Arena. 

Rodeo Fans will see 200+ circuit champions from across the US and Canada vie for $1 million in cash and prizes while trying to leave their mark on history. 

Plus, local vendors will be on-site for shopping and selling local merchandise.

On the Go in MCO April 2021 Planes Tunes BBQ

Planes, Tunes, & BBQ

  • April 9-10, 2021
  • Wooten Park: 100 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778

The City of Tavares 13th Annual PLANES, TUNES & BBQ will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 9th, 10th, and 11th in Wooton Park, Tavares. 

The family friendly event features live music, a twilight airshow, seaplane competitions, BBQ, vendors, family fun zone, fireworks, and more!

We will be kicking off the festivities Friday evening with live music, BBQ, and merchandise vendors. 

On Saturday, the savory smell of BBQ won’t be the only thing soaring through the air…the seaplanes will be arriving to participate in our Seaplane-A-Palooza flying competitions. You don’t won’t to miss the crowd favorite “melon bomb drop” contest!  

Following the contests, Derek Trull & Easy Street will bring you to your feet with a variety of soulful favorites. 

The Kennedy Wood Band will then return to the stage before the AeroShell Aerobatic team take flight in the twilight sky. 

Jaws are sure to drop! After the fireworks, move your eyes to the stage and get ready for the roaring energy and unique, bluesy rock ‘n roll, southern soulful style of A Thousand Horses performing! 

On the Go in MCO April 2021 Concours of Exotic Cars

Concours of Exotic Cars

  • April 9-10, 2021
  • Downtown Celebration 

Get up close to 300+ of the world’s most exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars, all lined up for concours judging along Celebration’s spectacular lakefront promenade in this premier concours event. 

Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, McLaren, Pantera, DeLorean, and other ultra-exotic marques will be displayed and judged, culminating with an awards presentation starting at 3pm, where the owners will drive their winning cars across the red carpet to receive their trophy!

This year, Pagani is featured! Come out to the Concours of Exotic Cars on Saturday, April 10th to see the Pagani Zonda, the Zonda R, Huayra, Huayra Roadster, and Huayra BC, and meet Horacio Pagani, legendary designer and founder of Pagani Automobili!

This rain or shine event is free for spectators! 

On the Go in MCO April 2021 SeaWorld

Craig Morgan at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival 

  • April 11, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Bayside Stadium at &SeaWorld Orlando 

From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings at the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. 

You can take a break from enjoying more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to paired with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers to rock out with free concerts at Bayside Stadium. 

This weekend Craig Morgan will be performing on Sunday, April 11th. If you want to make sure you have a seat, it’s just $9.99 for reserved seating in advance. Also, the concert will be broadcasted in the park. 

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It’s Showtime…Halloween Horror Nights Returns

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice Artwork

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

Guests will face 10 terrifying haunted houses, five twisted scare zones and two outrageous live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture – with the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most’ and Halloween Horror Nights legend, “Beetlejuice.”

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.

Halloween Horror Nights - Beetlejuice

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.

And this is just the beginning… more details about Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be revealed in the months ahead.

Universal Orlando will continue to monitor the environment and implement enhanced health and safety procedures for its operation of Halloween Horror Nights this fall. Specific details will be shared closer to the event’s debut. For more information about Universal Orlando’s current health and safety guidelines, click here.

To keep up with the latest theme park announcements, make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook!

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Step into spring at Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2021

Step into spring at Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art, March 25-28, 2021, with show hours 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This museum-wide event showcases a kaleidoscope of breathtaking fresh floral arrangements, inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. 

The event will also feature pop-up shops, curated antiques and an outdoor farmer’s market stocked with Central Florida’s freshest blooms.

Presented by the Council of 101, this annual springtime fundraiser advances the many educational programs and exhibits of the Museum.

This carefully planned show has been modified to safely welcome visitors and ensure safety protocols are observed throughout the museum. Learn more about safety protocols at the OMA here

Soak in the sights of spring as the Council of 101 brings visitors a museum-wide explosion of floral excellence, including breathtaking floral arrangements directly inspired by the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions.

“Everyone loves springtime in Central Florida,” said Jill Toole, president of the Council of 101. “We’re very excited to host this festival year to bring the community together and help support the arts in a safe, fun way.”

Daily Show Features

  • Floral Interpretive Designs throughout the galleries
  • Antique Dealers
  • Auctions and Special Drawings
  • Pop-Up Shops
  • Tables in Bloom
  • Outdoor Farmer’s Market
  • Rotunda Bistro 101

General Admission Tickets:                                                                  

$15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11) / $12 for Seniors, Military, First Responders and OMA members.

Tickets are available online via Eventbrite. Admission includes access to the Museum’s exhibition, A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean, Voices and Conversations, Art in Bloom, Rotunda Bistro 101 and daily show features. Parking is available on-site for $5.

Advanced, online ticket purchase is required, as the museum continues to operate at a limited capacity, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Designated areas for food and beverage consumption on site. Face masks are mandatory while visiting the museum.

Art in Bloom Orlando Museum of Art 2021

Art in Bloom Show Hours:

  • Friday, March 26, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General admission is $15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11) / $12 for Seniors, Military, First Responders and OMA members.

Tickets for general admission and all events will be sold on Eventbrite.

Art in Bloom Special Events:

Thursday, March 25

Bourbon & Blooms – Opening Night Reception, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • $150 per person
  • A southern garden party featuring cocktails, light bites, Bourbon tasting and blues
  • Welcome of the Dr. Aaron DeGroft, OMA’s new Executive Director and CEO. 
  • Tickets include an exclusive viewing of A Boundless Drop To A Boundless Ocean and nighttime preview of Art in Bloom designs, before the event opens to the public.

Friday, March 26

Wine and Beer Garden6 p.m.-8 p.m.

  • $75 per person
  • A casual, outdoor evening om the sculpture garden, under the stars
  • Tickets include viewing of A Boundless Drop To A Boundless Ocean exhibit.

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

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Promenade at Sunset Walk

Promenade at Sunset Walk St. Patrick's Day

The Promenade at Sunset Walk is gearing up for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration !

On Wednesday, March 17 from 5-9 P.M. The Promenade at Sunset Walk is hosting an Outdoor Street Party and Celebration for St. Patrick’s Day featuring live music by Herbie & The Gators.

The band will be performing the best Irish, classic Dubliners, sea shanty music and more.

Attendees can also enjoy street performers, lucky Leprechauns, traditional food and beverage specials from The Promenade’s restaurants. Admission is FREE (Don’t forget to wear green!) 

Visit https://www.sunsetwalk.com/events/st-patricks-day/ for full details. 

Participating restaurants include:

·         Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company

·         Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi

·         BurgerFi

·         Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza

·         Cold Stone Creamery

·         El Jefe Tequilas Taco Cantina

·         Estefan Kitchen

·         Flower Café

·         Ford’s Garage

·         GameTime

·         Lizzie’s Memphis Style BBQ

·         River Street Sweets Savanah’s Candy Kitchen

·         Rock & Brews

·         Studio Movie Grill

·         The Wharf

·         Yeoman’s Cask & Lion

Covid-19 safety precautions will be enforced including the following:

  • Face Coverings required except when seated at tables or actively eating & drinking 
  • Hand Sanitizing dispensers provided at each outdoor table 
  • Hand Sanitizing stations throughout the property 
  • Continual Sanitizing of High Touch Surfaces 
  • Limited Outdoor Seating Capacity for Social Distancing  
  • Outdoor Tables appropriately spaced for Social Distancing 
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Raglan Road Announces Mighty Festival – Unplugged

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

In 2021, Raglan Road Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Disney Springs will be a festival like no other with the Mighty Festival-Unplugged.

Think more acoustic than electric. More intimate than boisterous. The same great live entertainment, with all bands imported from Ireland. The same delicious Irish food and drink.  It’s the most authentic Irish celebration in America, and it’s putting safety first for guests with a reservation-only event.

“Everyone can enjoy the usual lively happenings and practiced hospitality, which includes gift competitions and loads of giveaways,” says pub co-owner John Cooke. “And it remains the best Irish hospitality experience in America.”

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. with a $10 cover charge for guests.  Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited space.

Guests can book a two-hour slot to join the Raglan Road Irish Pub festivities at Disney Springs, with numbers strictly managed to guarantee social distancing is respected. This year, gathering around bars or stages will not be permitted. 

The pub requests that guests respect their two-hour booking to ensure that as many of Raglan Road’s loyal fans have the chance to enjoy America’s finest St. Patrick’s festival.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

Raglan Road guests can sip from a huge range of Irish whiskeys, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails while choosing from the chef’s selection of authentic Irish dishes, including fresh-caught fish with chips. Those authentic fish & chips also are available to go at the adjacent Cooke’s of Dublin counter.

The Mighty Festival – Unplugged! entertainment lineup will begin with the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked from the casts and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows. This troupe of extraordinary dancers will perform throughout the festival. 

Raglan Road Mighty Festival Unplugged 2021 Raglan Road Irish Dancer Disney Springs
Photo: Raglan Road

Entertainment on the main stage will include:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.— The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal plays to their audience with vibrant charm. They are Luca (button accordion); Finn (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines exciting traditional Irish tunes with modern dance beats.
  • From 1:30 p.m.– Slygo – A talented, energetic trio, Slygo combine their youth and heritage to perform a vibrant, uplifting mix of trad and contemporary Irish tunes and songs. Signatures of this talented group are their lively arrangements of renowned songs.
  • From 5 p.m.-Close– Men of Aran – These two legends of the traditional Irish music world, Colin Farrell and David Curley, have toured, performed and recorded with numerous trad Irish music luminaries. They are gifted entertainers and masters of their craft. 

On the Patio Stage, guests can enjoy:

  • From 12:30 p.m. – Aaron O’Sullivan — A singer-songwriter/guitarist from County Cork, O’Sullivan entertains with a mixture of traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs.
  • 6:30 p.m.-Close –Slygo

At the pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique, guests will find an array of Irish gifts including Celtic jewelry, apparel, hats, home goods, and toys.

“While we’re taking precautions to focus on safety, we want to hold on to the fun and purity of a good old Irish festival,” Cooke says. “Whether this is your first, or one of many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we encourage you to join us for The Mighty Festival – Unplugged!”

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