Orlando Wine Festival 2020 at ICON Park

Orlando Wine Festival 2020 Icon Park
  • 3rd annual Orlando Wine Festival at a new and bigger location – ICON Park
  • Charity partnership with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to include pet adoption park
  • 35+ wine vendors with over 100 varieties of wine
  • Interactive art installations and immersive experiences
  • Rose’ Garden, Sangria Island and Beer Garden

ICON Park will hold the 3rd annual Orlando Wine Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 8 p.m.

The event, which has been hosted in downtown Orlando for the past few years, has moved to the new location to accommodate its popularity and growth.

ICON Park, located at 8375 International Drive, allows the Orlando Wine Festival to expand its experiences for attendees and also create a partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to help spread the message about the importance of adoption and animal care. 

During the event, attendees can enjoy a fun-filled day of wine tasting, live music, unique immersive experiences and art installations. 

Food trucks and local vendors will be there to shop from.

In addition, each ticket comes with a year-long voucher to ride The Wheel.

ICON Park is located in the heart of Central Florida’s tourism hub and has been ranked one of the 7 Best Attractions in Orlando by Forbes. It’s home to The Wheel, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando Starflyer and more. Centrally located on International Drive, ICON Park offers convenience to Orlando’s famous theme parks, tourist destinations and venues.

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This year will be the first year ICON Park will be hosting the Orlando Wine Festival, making it the biggest festival yet.

“ICON Park is extremely thrilled to bring the Orlando Wine Festival from downtown into our own backyard,” said Giovanny Olarte, director of business management at ICON Park.

“We are excited to not only be partnering with ICON Park, which is such an amazing venue right at the center of Florida’s tourism hub, but to also be bringing in the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando as a charity we really believe in! What could be better than dogs and wine,” said Emily Wagner, an event coordinator at Growth Marketing Firm. 

To register for the Orlando Wine Festival and purchase tickets, visit the Orlando Wine Festival website.

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2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Announced

Today, the Walt Disney World Resort revealed the 100 extraordinary high school students from across the nation who will participate in the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. Each student receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the immersive, transformational four-day experience that will take place March 12-15.

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Keke Palmer (right) of ABC’s “Good Morning America” visits Myah Mitchell (center) at her school in Queen, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2020, to surprise her live on air with the news Mitchell will be part of the 2020 class for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

To celebrate the students’ selection, ABC’s Good Morning America surprised one member of the new 2020 class, Myah Mitchell of Cambria Heights, NY, by showing up at her school this morning to tell her the news. The full list of students is available at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

The program, now in its 13th year, is a part of Walt Disney World’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is “Be100,” encouraging teens to be positive, to be “all in” and to carry what they learn back with them so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

“After 12 successful years, we know the profound impact this program has on these students,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “One dream can change the world, and through Disney Dreamers Academy we hope to help these amazing teens turn their dreams into reality.”

Participating students, known as “Disney Dreamers,” embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and behind the scenes of this 40-square-mile vacation destination. It’s a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams, and interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Past celebrity participants have included singer NE-YO, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, the star of the Disney’s upcoming live-action “Little Mermaid” Halle Bailey, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, and personalities and cast members from across the Disney corporate family including “Good Morning America’’, ESPN, Disney Channel, the TV series “black-ish” and “grown-ish.”

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2nd from Left: Jaterria Hicks, of Atlanta, Ga., learns medical principles during a medical workshop (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Students participate in immersive career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines found at Walt Disney World, learning life tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.

“I know from personal experience that big dreams lead to big success,” said Harvey. “Disney understands that concept better than any other company and that is why I partner with them every year on this program to encourage big dreams for the next generation.”

Since 2008, Walt Disney World Resort has provided all-expenses-paid trips to more than 1,200 students, plus a parent or guardian, to participate in the annual Disney Dreamers Academy. Students are selected from thousands of applicants who answered essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.

“Meeting the 100 impressive students selected for Disney Dreamers Academy each year is a personal highlight for me,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. “I am continually amazed by their ambition, talent and perseverance. Partnering with Disney on this program is an opportunity to carry out our ongoing mission to inspire, inform and empower.”

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

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Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Walt Disney World to experience an Epcot International Festival of the Arts preview. All opinions and over-use of exclamation marks are all my own.
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The highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is hands dow the Disney on Broadway Concert Series that brings different pairs of stars to perform some of the songs they helped make famous and beyond.

Performances are included with your theme park admission, and take place on the American Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 17 to February 24, 2020.

While the concerts are amazing, on select nights there are special performances featuring twice the star power!

During the media preview for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, we were treated to one of these amazing concerts with Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Gavin Lee. I STILL have goosebumps!!!

2020 Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Lets first take a look at who will be lighting up the stage as part of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. 

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Heidi Blickenstaff, Gavin Lee, Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8

Liana Hunt, Adam Jacobs, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

Michael James Scott and Syndee Winters

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Josh Strickland and Syndee Winters

  • February 24
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Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package

While the concert series is included in your theme park admission, seating is not guaranteed and often requires arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

However you can choose to purchase a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with guaranteed seating at one concert on the day of your dining.

The Dining Package price includes a 3-course meal experience that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet, where applicable at select World Showcase restaurants.

Participating Dining Package restaurants include:

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages:

  • Dining packages are paid for at the individual restaurants
  • Guests should check in 15 minutes prior to reservations
  • Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours before showtime
  • Tax, gratuity and required Epcot admission not included with dining package cost
  • Guaranteed concert seating badges for the America Gardens Theatre will be provided at the restaurant
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
  • Magic Your Way Dine and Deluxe Dine packages will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)

To book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package, visit the official website.

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Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020.

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

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The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

The shows are included with your admission to Epcot, and here is the announced performance schedule:

  • January 17, 20, 21, 24, and 25: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • January  18, 19, 22, 23, and 25: Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • January  25: Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • January  26, 28, 29; February 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9: Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • February 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24: Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

The only way to guarantee seating for a Disney on Broadway concert, is by reserving aDining Package that includes seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. Reservations for these packages can be made online at ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407) WDW-FEST.

Food Studios

Epcot Festival of the Arts

During this year’s festival guests can enjoy twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations throughout the park that will be offering a variety of delicious, imaginative, and artistically sculpted dishes.

Festival Entertainment 

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Unique entertainment options celebrate the visual arts daily as artists paint favorite Disney characters in minutes, living statues inspired by Epcot interact with guests, high school bands perform, and performers complete thrilling acts of strength that defy gravity and imagination on sidewalks and common spaces of the park.

Family Festival Fun

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This year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts has fun for the entire family with the new Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush environment built for exploring, Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt leads them throughout World Showcase to find where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art, and the chance to step into several photo-ops throughout Epcot including the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion.

Premium Festival Experiences

Epcot Festival of the Arts

In addition to the experiences included with admission to the park, festival goers can enhance their day with several premium festival experiences. This year Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion will be hosting a prix fixe brunch each Saturday and Sunday, guests can Paint with a Disney Artist, take the guided World Showcase: Destinations Discovered tour, and even enroll in a series of workshops to unleash their inner artist.

Reservations for these experiences are required and must be made in advance. Visit ArtfulEpcot.com for details.

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Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando – January 2020

In 2020 SeaWorld Orlando is continuing their 52 weekends of celebrations included with theme park admission, and this weekend the January Inside Look event, running on Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s through January 26, will begin. 

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando - January 2020

During SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees, and more. 

This behind-the-scenes event gives guests the chance to meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals including exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld will be offering continuous tours throughout the day at the following six areas:

  • SeaWorld Rescue Center
  • Bee Rescue Conservation Program
  • Dolphin Theater
  • Dive Operations at Manatee Underwater Viewing
  • Manta Aquarium
  • Sea Lion & Otter Primary Housing

As a bonus if guests collect 3 stamps in their Explorer Guide, they will earn an exclusive SeaWorld Expert Explorer pin. While supplies last.

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SeaWorld Orlando

In addition, we will be hosting presentations and appearance at the Nautilus Theater:

Jack Hanna SeaWorld Orlando WIld Weekend
  • Wildlife Rescue and Research Presentation – January 11 and 18
  • Jack Hanna Animal Presentation – January 25 and 26 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

In addition to the daily offers on seaworld.com, there is a special Inside Look offer! 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

During any Inside Look day guests can buy one up-close tour and get one up-close tour free, but this can only be purchased in the park at the Information and Reservation Counter or Guest Services.

Make sure to mark your calendar, because this will be the first of three Inside Look events that SeaWorld Orlando will be hosting this year with the others happening on weekends May 9 – 17 and weekends November 7 – 15.

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

To learn more about our event and to check out even more offers visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/inside-look/.

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Otronicon coming to the Orlando Science Center

Otronicon January 2020

Otronicon is celebrating their 15th year of celebrating art, science and technology at the Orlando Science Center January 17 through 20!

Otronicon connects guests of all ages with larger-than-life experiences to explore how science and technology impact society with four floors of simulators, robots, artwork, virtual reality, video games, competitions, workshops, audiovisual presentations and so much more.

The event focuses on Central Florida’s growing tech industry while connecting attendees with professionals who are driving Orlando’s digital future with partners including Lockheed Martin, AdventHealth, Disney, UCF, FIEA, Full Sail, Microsoft and the Orange County Public Library Melrose Center.

New to this year’s Otronicon are selfie stations, Pokemon labs, a musical Tesla Coil show, drone cages and a “Star Wars”-themed coding workshop hosted by Disney.

Also, attendees will want to hear keynote speaker Kate Edwards from International Game Designers Association as she coaches fledgling game designers about creating more vivid and inclusive worlds in their games.

Exhibitors

Almost 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon sharing the latest technology from the education, military and gaming fields with hands-on experiences and demonstrations for attendees of all ages to enjoy.

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Workshops

During Otronicon guests of various ages and skill levels can register for 60- to 90-minute hands-on workshops about a variety of topics such as game design, coding, programming, robotics and more during the event.

The workshop schedule varies daily, and registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. 

Space for these opportunities is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. 

Click here to view the full list of workshops.

Speakers

The Otronicon speaker series gives audiences the chance to hear directly from industry leaders, visionaries and professors about how technology developed in the Orlando area is changing the world. 

The speaker series takes place daily at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4 with unique presentations each day. 

Click here to view the full list of speakers. 


Competitions

During Otronicon Powder Keg Games will host video game tournaments on the Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Click here to view the full list of competitions.

Tickets Information

Otronicon is free for Orlando Science Center members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). 

Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

Also there will be a very special Science Night Live featuring Otronicon on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event and requires a separate ticket. 

Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

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Real Music Real Masters Concert Series 2020

Real Music Real Masters, the longest running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, brings unique acts to the Stanleyville Theater from Tuesdays through Sunday from January 7 to March 15.

Real Music Real Masters Concert Series 2020 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Real Music Real Masters concerts include performances from first-rate tribute acts, acrobatic performances, and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras.

Real Music Real Masters concerts are included with park admission.

Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

With that out of the way, let’s look at this year’s Real Music Real Masters concert line-up!

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Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: Former Lead Vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 7-12 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

LEONARD, COLEMAN AND BLUNT: FORMER LEAD VOCALISTS OF THE TEMPTATIONS, PLATTERS AND DRIFTERS

Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt have been around the world and back again several times each as the lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of all time: the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. The three Washington, DC natives have a back-story right out of a Hollywood movie; Leonard, Coleman & Blunt grew up singing together in church and on street corners throughout the 1960s before each found fame and fortune as members of Rock and Roll royalty. Now the childhood friends are back together again, performing the biggest hits from all three groups in one show filled with magic moments and musical memories.

The Diamonds Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 14-19 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

THE DIAMONDS

Through the years since the release of Little Darlin’ (1957), The Diamonds have learned one important lesson—the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, The Diamonds continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. These performances include — with Symphony Orchestras, in Performing Arts Theatres and major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos, at county and state fairs, on tours of England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Japan, for benefit concerts, corporate conventions and at nightclubs.

BJ Thomas Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 21-26 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

BJ THOMAS

A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike to his living room—or more accurately, The Living Room Sessions, his debut recording for Wrinkled Records featuring intimate acoustic re-imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs.

Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

January 28 – February 2 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

PIANO MEN: SIR ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE

Sir Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists Jeffrey Allen and Lee Alverson have joined forces to create “The Ultimate Tribute Show”. The two capture both artists in this high energy, interactive rock n roll show! Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set with the a rock n roll band, and then culminate the show with a “face to face” set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics as their costumes take you “through the years”. The show is an experience of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true rock n roll at its finest!

Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Tribute Show Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 4-9 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

CLASSIC STONES LIVE: THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROCK & ROLL TRIBUTE SHOW

Front man Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, and along with his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf, who portrays rock and roll outlaw Keith Richards, they complete the duo notoriously hailed as “The Glimmer Twins”. Their jaw dropping resemblance to these two rock and roll icons is simply amazing, but what truly makes Classic Stones Live™ unique, is their musical prowess, attention to detail, and the spot on renditions of all of your favorite Rolling Stones “classics”! From the signature saxophone solo in Brown Sugar to the unforgettable backing vocals in Gimme Shelter, every last detail has been accounted for by this eight piece band. Classic Stones Live™ performs all of the songs that are staples of any Rolling Stones show in original tunings.

Simply Queen Live Tribute Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 11-16 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

SIMPLY QUEEN: THE MOST INCREDIBLE LIVE TRIBUTE TO QUEEN

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in several productions of the award-winning “We Will Rock You” musical. Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor are veterans of the southwestern Ontario and Detroit circuits. The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail capturing the live amazing live Queen experience that filled stadiums around the world.

Let's Hang On: America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 18-23 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

LET’S HANG ON: AMERICA’S #1 FRANKIE VALLI TRIBUTE SHOW

Let’s Hang On™ has established itself as the preeminent Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group by combining spot-on vocals and crisp choreography with a genuine ability to entertain an audience. The seasoned performers respectfully pay tribute to all these classic “Four Seasons” details while also paying tribute to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This powerhouse group will perform all of The Frankie Valli mega hits including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, December of 1963 and Who Loves You!

Eaglemania at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

February 25 – March 1 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

EAGLEMANIA: THE WORLD’S GREATEST EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND

Eaglemania has evolved into a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget.

Cirque Vertigo Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

March 3-8 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

CIRQUE VERTIGO FEATURING THE WALLENDA DUO

All of the amazing people in this act have grown up in the Cirque/Circus world. There are no “part-timers” in this show ~ they are all true, 100% professional performers. This is their life; it’s all they do! The Wallenda Duo (mother & daughter) have worked all of their lives with the Flying Wallendas and currently do special appearances with the entire family. And now the 8th generation Wallenda, baby Alex has joined the show at 24 months old. You will truly be amazed at their skill and jaw dropping feats!

ONES: The Beatles #1 Hits Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020

March 10-15 | Concerts at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

ONES: THE BEATLES #1 HITS

ONES is the completely new show that Beatles fans have been waiting for. This experience is an audio and visual spectacular with 11 performers that include ‘all-star’ vocalists, orchestra, and spellbinding stories behind the number one hits. Don’t miss this note-perfect performance of the Beatles number one hits!

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Rock the Universe 2020 Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Tour Coming to Tampa

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

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

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

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

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

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Boardwalk Bowl Host New Year’s Eve Day

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

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

Daytime event

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

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

Nighttime party

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Ring in 2020 at the Universal Orlando Resort

New Year's Eve 2020 Universal Orlando Resort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Universal Orlando Resort

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

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Universal Orlando Resort

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

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

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Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

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

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

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

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

Sesame Street Christmas Parade SeaWorld Orlando

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

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Light Up UCF Returns for 12th Season

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF brings snowy nights and sparkling lights with an all new ride, spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more to Central Florida!

Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.

Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of Addition Financial Arena, Light Up UCF will run through Sunday, January 5.

This year’s festival offers nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. Our Holiday Light Show (powered by Duke Energy) features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival (presented by AdventHealth for Children) encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to Addition Financial Arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Check www.LightUpUCF.com for times and dates.

Light Up UCF

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

Light Up UCF

There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide (sponsored by E-Pass) where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, the debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the AdventHealth Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.

Light Up UCF

Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.LightUpUCF.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com.

Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

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Now Snowing in Celebration Celebrates 21 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICE SKATING

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

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

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Cost: $5.00

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

For more Information: TBA

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Cost:

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

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

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

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

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

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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