Category: Hidden Gems
Enzian Theater 13 Films of Halloween
In celebration of Halloween, The Enzian Theater is hosting a ton of great movies that are really affordable, spooky, and fun!!!
Cult Classics $5
TUE. OCT 8 AT 9:30PM
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
TUE. OCT 29 AT 9:30PM
Wednesday Fright Pitcher Shows – FREE!
Grab a beer (or two) and some munchies at Eden Bar and enjoy a FREE outdoor movie on the lawn at Enzian. Come thirsty for Jell-o shot movie trivia during the show – answer a question correctly and you get to pop back a shot! Also featuring a special evening happy hour from 7PM -11PM, this night of great drinks and fun flicks is best enjoyed under the stars with your buddies by your side.
Wednesday night Pitcher Show outdoor screenings are dependant upon Florida’s famously unpredictable weather conditions. In an effort to avoid cancelling an event, we may wait until 30 minutes prior to the set screening time to officially post a cancellation notice; which will be posted on our Facebook. You may also call Enzian’s Box Office at 407-629-1088 x230 for more information. Thank you for your understanding, and if your screening is rained out – keep an eye out for a rain date!
TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)
WED. OCT 2 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
IT’S ALIVE (1974)
WED. OCT 9 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988)
WED. OCT 16 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
WED. OCT 23 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
WED. OCT 30 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
Popcorn Flicks (Central Park) – FREE!
Popcorn Flicks in the Park are FREE outdoor screenings are dependant upon Florida’s famously unpredictable weather conditions. In an effort to avoid cancelling an event, we may wait until 30 minutes prior to the set screening time to officially post a cancellation notice; which will be posted on our Facebook. You may also call Enzian’s Box Office at 407-629-1088 x230 for more information. Thank you for your understanding, and if your screening is rained out – keep an eye out for a rain date!
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
THU. OCT 10 AT 8PM OR SUNSET
Saturday Matinee Classics
Every second Saturday of the month experience a different legendary cinematic masterpiece the way it should be seen – on the big screen! Each presentation is $8 general admission and $5 for Enzian Film Society members. So sit back, relax, and let the magic of movies take you away. Lunch will be available for purchase inside the theater or outside at Eden Bar.
SAT. OCT 12 AT 12PM
SAT. OCT 12 AT 11:59PM
SAT. OCT 19 AT 11:59PM
EVIL DEAD II (1987)
SAT. OCT 26 AT 11:59PM
Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film $5
Bring all your friends (even your spirit ones) for a costume party featuring CASPER (100 min), the delightful family comedy starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Eric Idle.
Before sitting down to enjoy the film, dress your little ghouls in costume and join us for a delicious BBQ lunch, carnival games, and fun the whole family will enjoy!
BBQ Lunch/Games start at 11 AM
Film starts at 1:30 PM
MAKE SURE TO ARRIVE ON TIME TO NOT MISS OUT ON ANY OF THE FUN!
MOVIE & PARTY PACKAGE
$15 (children and adult)
1 Movie Ticket
Tickets $5 for kids 12 and underor Enzian FilmSociety Member
SUN. OCT 27 AT 1:30PM
Wordless Wednesday – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Weekly Review August 27-31: Our Week On The Go!
Weekly Review: August 27 – August 31, 2012: Our Week on The Go!
Hidden Gems of WDW, Orlando City Soccer, Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida, Magic Kingdom in the Fall, And Solar Bears Hockey
Its Weekly Review Time!!!! This past week here at On the Go has been full of great stuff, and its almost my favorite time of year which makes me even more excited about all that is going on around Orlando! Now it’s time to look back, with our Weekly Review, at all that happened her at On the Go in MCO August 27th to August 31st!!!
On Monday, Megan started the week off with a look at a really fun Hidden Gem at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!
Tuesday, Aurora got us pumped up for Orlando City’s upcoming Playoff Game!
For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, I looked at the parade that I absolutely adore!
LEGOLAND Florida is adding Brick-Or-Treat, a Halloween Celebration, to its special events this year!
The fall is our favorite time of year here at On the Go in MCO, and Betsy took us around the Magic Kingdom Fall Decorations that have gone up!
We love our Orlando City Soccer Club, and we wanted to take a more in-depth look at their Playoff Game!
And we kept on the sports theme, and ended our week with some information about the Orlando Solar Bears Training Camp that is starting soon!
Thanks for joining us for the On the Go Weekly Review, and we can’t wait to bring you even more posts next week!!!
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Grand Floridian Resort Lobby’s Hosts Some Beautiful Hidden Gems
Grand Floridian Resort Lobby’s Hosts Some Beautiful Hidden Gems
The other night I was wandering around the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and as I was listening to the band play I stumbled upon something that I had never seemed to notice before.
As I was admiring the amazing tiles that can be found in the Grand Floridian’s Lobby, I looked a little closer and noticed something for the first time. Hidden in the marble and stone floors of the resort were some of my most favorite characters. At first I only noticed the silhouettes of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in the entry of the lobby. But as I was about to head out to my car, a friendly Grand Floridian cast member, who had seen me admiring the floor of the lobby, asked me if I had seen the other characters around the lobby. And when I said that I hadn’t seen any of the other characters, he gave me a detailed tour of the lobby and made sure that I saw all the other hidden characters. Also hidden in the lobby were Tinkerbell, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Peter Pan and Cinderella dancing at the Ball.
One of my favorite details can be found just above where you find Cinderella at the ball. If you go up the staircase, you will find in the carpet that Cinderella’s Carriage is waiting to whisk her home from her night.
I was amazed that even after all the times, and the countless times that I had walked through the lobby of the Grand Floridan, that I had never seen these hidden gems.
It was a great way to explore the Grand Floridian in a way that I hadn’t done before, and now I can’t wait to explore other resorts to see if I can find other hidden characters and gems!
Patriotism in the Parks – Hall of Flags
Last month I decided to do a post for Memorial Day about the Victory Gardens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which you can read about here. I thought it would be fun to turn this into a series called Patriotism in the Parks that visits different areas of the theme parks that focus on Americana for the upcoming holidays that celebrate our great country. Being that today is Flag Day, I thought it appropriate to devote this post to the first place that popped into my head when I thought about flags: the American Adventure in Epcot. More specifically, I will be looking at the Hall of Flags.
If you aren’t familiar with the name the Hall of Flags at first mention, you’re not alone. The Hall of Flags is housed in the American Adventure pavilion. As you ascend from the rotunda downstairs to the upper level where the theater is located, you pass through the Hall of Flags. The Hall features 44 flags that have flown over the United States of America (or the land it now occupies) at some point or another over the past 500 years. The earliest flag recreated for the collection is listed as the Spanish Bourbon Flag adopted in 1513. The most recent is the 50 Star Flag that currently flies over the U.S. and has since 1960 when a star for Hawaii was added.
There are flags mostly from colonial times and the Civil War era, but there are also flags of countries that at one point ruled over a part of the country. In addition to these are flags of formerly independent republics and states like Texas, California and Hawaii. I spent almost an hour taking pictures and enjoying the details of some of the different flags. The Cast Members were very kind and let me take pictures between shows of the Voices of Liberty and the American Adventure so I had the place to myself.
I honestly had no recollection of why Flag Day was on June 14th, but after reading an article from the Smithsonian Institute I learned that it was because that is when the resolution was passed in 1777 that established the flag would have thirteen stripes alternating red and white and thirteen white stars on a blue background. I also never knew that flags have only been released on the Fourth of July as stars were added since 1819. To read more about the flag of the United States, you can find the article here.
Have you taken the time to enjoy the flags on your way to the American Adventure? Do you have a favorite? I think mine is probably the New Hampshire Second Regiment flag from 1777 or the Hawaiian Royal flag from 1800. What is yours?
Hall of Flags
Thanks to the Walt Disney World Library and Research Center for the listing of the flags featured in the Hall of Flags.
^ The Bennington Flag was not listed, but after some research I verified the name of this flag.
* I believe this to be the Stamp Act Protest Flag from 1774 from the listing, but could not verify the exact name. Thank you to Scarlett Litton for finding the link to verify the image.Follow us for more updates:
Celebration Kicks Off The Holiday Season In Style!
Celebration kicks off it’s exciting 13th Annual Holiday Events on November 26th with a schedule full of family fun!!!
The festivities begin on November 26th with the tree lighting ceremony that will include performances, strolling carolers, the first snowfall of the season, a visit from the main man, and some surprises.
Gina Marie Incandela will perform at 5:30 pm to kick off the event, followed by a special tree lighting ceremony and the first snowfall of the season at 6:00 pm. Snow will also fall at 7, 8, and 9 pm.
Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers an all new ice rink and a schedule filled with surprises. Now Snowing happens nightly until December 31st.
This nightly Winter Wonderland Spectacular features strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM.
The ice rink will be open daily from 4:00-10:00 PM through January 2nd, and there are Resident and guest passes available.
In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, join us for the Orlando Sentinel Celebration of Voices on December 3rd and you can catch a special Radio Disney Holiday concert and filled with surprise performances on December 10th.
Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Parking can get a little crazy, so you may want to plan on being here earlier than you think.
If you come down to take in the festivities, make sure to drop me a line and let me know what you think!!!
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Happy Halloween From Around Orlando!
Wilderness Lodge Jack-O-Lantern Parade
As we were walking through the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge last night, we couldn’t help but notice these great pumpkins created by the amazing Cast Members working there!!!
I especially love the one that is carved to look like the wall sconces!
It really shows how much these Cast Members love where they work and causes they care about!
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Hunting for Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World
Hidden among the attractions, shows, resorts, and just about any other place you can think of are Hidden Mickeys.
Hidden Mickeys are created by Imagineers and are hidden among their creations like a signature. They can take many different shapes and forms, from the traditional 3 circle mickey or even a profile of the famous mouse, but one thing remains the same…that they are there to be found and enjoyed.
Steve and Vickie Barrett have lovingly created fascinating books and an amazing site about the pursuit of finding these hidden gems.
While they might not know it, they have created a family obsessed with Hunting for Mickeys wherever we go.
I thought that I would start sharing a few of my favorites from all around Walt Disney World.
My favorite Park is Epcot, so let’s go!!!
What are some of your favorite Hidden Mickeys in Epcot?
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The Carolwood Pacific: Fair Weather Route to host a ‘Conversation with a Magic Kingdom Steam Train Specialist’
Nestled inside the The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is a true Hidden Gem…The Carolwood Pacific: Fair Weather Route.
Now I am sure that the person who showed me this spot is going to KILL me for sharing, but I can’t help it!!!
This quiet and peaceful room is filled with comfy chairs, game tables, and tons of Steam Train Memorabilia!
But by far the most amazing thing inside of this space is two actual freight cars from The Carolwood Pacific!!! (I absolutely apologize for the the quality of these pictures. My enthusiasm is greater than my skill for taking photos!)
What I found to be super cool, is that this lounge will be playing host to a ‘Conversation with a Magic Kingdom® Steam Train Specialist’ September 13th and 27th at 11:30 am.
Learn how Walt Disney’s lifetime love of steam trains led to their becoming an integral part of the Magic Kingdom® in this opportunity to talk one on one with a knowledgeable Steam Train Specialist from the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. Hear the history of how the Magic Kingdom® Steam Trains came to be the magnificent and massive steam locomotives they are today. We’ll See you in the Carolwood Pacific Room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. All Aboard!
It never ceases to amaze me what you are able to find when you slow down and go off the beaten path during your visit to Walt Disney World!!!
If you are visiting the Wilderness Lodge, I absolutely suggest taking a moment to walk down to the Villas to visit this room that pays homage to such an important part of Walt Disney World’s history.
Hidden Gems: Making Earth Day Everyday in Innoventions
It is really easy to walk by, and goodness knows that I had done it many times, but you really should stop by Innoventions East and try your hand at making Everyday Earth Day by creating paper!
And now the best part….DECORATING!!!!!
And now a look at the finished product!!!
The whole process did take about 20 minutes, but it was a great break from the heat and the hustle & bustle of a day in Epcot!!!Follow us for more updates:
Hidden Gems – Magic Kingdom – Main Street Philharmonic
So as I was walking through Liberty Square, I heard music to my ears…literally coming from the Main Street Philharmonic.
While I knew that this very talented group of gentleman played on Main Street around the parades ( Sunday – Thursday at 1:35 pm & 3:555 pm), I had NO idea that they played just outside of The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square!!!
The first set that I caught at 11:00 am featured several Christmas and Holiday songs. Now, these guys do WAYYY more than just play the songs!!! The Philharmonic led the crowd in a sing along, told some awesomely corny jokes, and did their best to get the crowd in the Christmas spirit!!!
During the second show at 12:20 pm, the Main Street Philharmonic featured more traditional American Marches. For me the highlights were when they played Stars and Stripes and led some of the kids in the audience in a little march with American flags and when they played “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
Here are a few pics of “Stars and Stripes”..
And here is a pretty poor video of them playing “When the Saints Go Marching In”!
I hope that you enjoyed this peek at the Main Street Philharmonic, and maybe even decide to take a detour through Liberty Square to catch them!!!Follow us for more updates:
Hidden Gems: Morocco’s Fez House
I always look longingly at Morocco as I pass it in the World Showcase at EPCOT, because I usually have zero time to explore my favorite pavilion.
Morocco may not have a ride or movie to lure people in, but what it does provide you with is an intimate glimpse into what it may be like to live there.
Over the years, I have found The Fez House to be a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle out on the World Showcase Lagoon.
While the outside is plain, once you enter the doorway you are instantly transported to a time and place that is both unfamiliar and comfortable all at once. The walls echo with the sounds of traditional music mingled with the soft flow of water from the fountain, and all around you are details that make you feel like the family that lives there has just popped out to the market.
Just to the left of the fountain is a brass plaque that tells you some details and information about not only the design of the house but of how important homes are in Moroccan culture.
The First thing one should own is a home;
and it is the last thing one should sell. For
a home is one’s castle this side of Heaven.
If you ever find yourself needing to take a break from it all, I strongly suggest popping into the Fez House to take a moment to reflect on your day.Follow us for more updates:
Hidden Gem of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
I decided that I would do something a little different today on my trip to Hollywood Studios, so I ducked into The Magic of Disney’s Animation to visit my friend Mushu and the creative process.
While the film is definitely dated and offerings greatly reduced from what they once were, I always seem to laugh and enjoy the sneak peek at the upcoming release by Disney Animation.
Right now they are featuring “Tangled”, and the teaser gives a great glimpse of the film and the artwork that is on display outside is amazing.
But just around the corner is my favorite hidden gem of Hollywood Studios, and the real reason for my diversion, the Animation Academy.
This 22 minute lesson in drawing a character, usually chosen by the artist, is a great chance to try your hand at being an animator. The classes are usually pretty packed, so it is best to wait and enjoy a nice break when you get the chance!
Once you enter the room everyone sits at a station, and gets led through the creation of a character through easy to follow directions and encouraging words. Today Ryan let us vote on who we’d draw…and Minnie Mouse won!
While you may not leave with a perfect drawing, you definitely get a unique and free souvenir from your short time at the Animation Academy.
I don’t think I have a future in drawing, but it sure was a lot of fun!
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