‘Olu Mel Makes Merchandise Debut

‘Olu Mel has made his way from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to Walt Disney World in merchandise form at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. 

Not familiar with the story of ‘Olu Mel? Well, buckle up, because it’s adorable!

Duffy and Mickey were sailing the islands to find ShellieMay a birthday present. 

Happy music led them to a cozy cove. ”Aloha, I’m Olu! I play my ukulele to make songs of love. Want to sing with me?” 

Olu strummed a beautiful song. ”That will be the perfect present!” 

At her birthday party, they all sang their special song for ShellieMay.

ADORABLE!!!!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

Once you arrive at BOUTiki, you can find all sorts of ‘Olu Mel merchandise sure to melt your heart!!!

Here’s a look at the merchandise you’ll find inside!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Keychain – $15.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu “Aloha Wear” Plush – $35.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Magnet – $15.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Coin Purse – $13.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Crossbody Bag – $22.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Magnet – $8.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Magic Towel – $7.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Luggage Tag – $10.00

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

‘Olu Plush Backpack – $45.00

Also, as part of the fun, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has rolled out some sweet treats to celebrate the arrival of ‘Olu!

'Olu Mel Walt Disney World Polynesian Village Resort Merchandise

I was soooo excited to see ‘Olu Mel here in Florida, that I had to pick up a few items for myself!!!!!

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D23 Halloween Hullabaloo Fun For Everyone

It’s the most “wicked-ful” time of the year, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is celebrating the season with D23 Halloween Hullabaloo.

From its first-ever D23 Halloween Mousequerade Contest and incredible new content to a weekly sweepstakes and exclusive collectibles, Disney fans will be able to enjoy lots of treats this fall—with maybe a trick or two thrown in—including:

D23 Halloween Mousequerade Contest

D23 Halloween Hullabaloo 2020

Grab your needle and thread for D23’s first-ever virtual costume contest during which creative contestants will be competing for fantastic prizes in front of celebrity judges Ashley Eckstein and Yvette Nicole Brown. And the category is… “All Things Disney.” Costumes should be inspired by the fantastic worlds of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, from movies and TV to Disney Parks attractions and other Disney properties. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 Disney Gift Card—and the ghoulish delight of victory! The festivities will be streamed on October 31 on D23.com, as well as D23’s Facebook and YouTube channels. For more information, visit D23.com/Mousequerade.

D23 Halloween Hullabaloo Sweepstakes

D23 Halloween Hullabaloo 2020

What better way to skele-brate the season than with a ghoulishly good sweepstakes? This October, D23 Members can enter for a chance to win a bubbling bundle of prizes from our cauldron. Don’t lose your head, because each week you get a new chance to enter.

Limited-Edition Pins

D23 Halloween Hullabaloo 2020

On September 28 at shopDisney.com, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase two collectible pins designed by artist Kevin Kidney. These pins, one of the Haunted Mansion’s Hatbox Ghost and the other of Tinker Bell dressed in a wildly witchy costume, are each presented in a limited edition of 1,750.

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks – D23 Book Launch Party

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members are invited to celebrate the launch of this new book by Disney Editions, as we look at the “spine-tingling half” of the book that pulls back the curtain on that magical combination of Disney and Halloween around the world!

D23 Halloween Hullabaloo Disney+ Picks

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For the first four weeks of October, be on the lookout for a new short-form video series featuring our friends from all around Disney who will be sharing some of their favorite films found on Disney+, including behind-the-scenes tidbits to enhance the frighteningly fun experience!

D23 Halloween Mousequerade Costume Contest open to 50 US/DC; D23 Members; 18+. Photo entry begins at 12 AM PT on 9/17/20 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on 10/1/20. If selected as a Semi-Finalist, video entry begins at 9 AM PT on 10/13/20 and ends at 9 AM PT on 10/20/20. Void where prohibited. Rules/odds: https://d23.com/mousequerade-official-rules/.

More details on all of these things and more are available at D23.com.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Halloween in the Theme Parks 2020

Halloween in the theme parks of Central Florida may look different this year, but they are creating safe and spooky fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Fall into Fun at the Magic Kingdom

Halloween 2020
Kent Phillips, photographer

Until October 31st, Walt Disney World is inviting guests to experience Fall Fun at the Magic Kingdom Park. During the celebration Fall decorations will line Main Street U.S.A., beloved characters will pop-up throughout their park in their Halloween costumes, special treats will be served up, slightly spooky merchandise will be available, and PhotoPass photographers will be snapping special pictures. Best of all? Guests of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to the park to be a part of the festivities.

SeaWorld Spooktacular

Halloween in the Parks Halloween 2020

SeaWorld Orlando is hosting an ocean of safe Halloween fun for the whole family during Halloween Spooktacular weekends until November 1st. While this is an annual event, this year the modified daytime event, guests can safely explore the slightly spooky trick-or-treat trail, meet silly Halloween characters with physical distancing protocols in place, and much more during this safe, family-friendly event. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included in admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida

Halloween 2020
Universal Orlando Resort

The spirit of Halloween Horror Nights carries on in Universal Studios Florida’s Tribute Store. This spooky shopping experiences dares guests to brave Frankenstein’s Lab, step into Jack the Clown’s Carnival, party with the ‘ghost with the most’ Bettlejuice, and enjoy creepy specialty beverages and treats. The themed rooms, spooky sounds, and exclusive merchandise will have Halloween Horror Nights fans feeling festively eerie. While you are in the Tribute Store, make sure to keep an eye out for past Halloween Horror Nights Easter Eggs.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida is filling October weekends with spooky, kooky fun for the entire family! During Brick or Treat, included with admission to the park, guests will enjoy neighborhood-style trick-or-treating, seasonal shows, exclusive Halloween LEGO characters, and LEGO themed activities with fun prizes. It’s important to note that all character and performer interactions will be staged using generous spacing, of six feet or more, and elevated platforms and during trick-or-treating model citizens will be practicing social distancing while wearing face coverings (masks and/or face shields) and gloves.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Halloween 2020
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Howl-O-Scream is returning for its 21st year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with frights Friday and Saturday nights until November 1st. Created in consult with medical experts, significantly limited crowds will experience the heart-pounding fear of unexpected horrors including freakishly fun themed open-air scare zones throughout the 335-acre park and a new outdoor venue for the fan-favorite Fiends show. In addition to the frights, Howl-O-Scream guests can enjoy the thrill of the park’s coasters at night. It is important to note that Howl-O-Scream is intended for a more mature audience, as the event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Guests will also be required to wear protective face coverings and costumes are not allowed to be worn. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, and reservations for the event are required.

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Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular
Give Kids the World Village Rendering

For 34 years, the non-profit Give Kids The World Village has been brightening the lives of critically ill children and their families from around the world; and now, local businesses led by Presenting Sponsor Dreams Unlimited Travel will have the chance to illuminate the Village – literally- during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular.

For 53 nights from Friday, November 13, through Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Village will come alive with Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through holiday light spectacular that is sure to warm the hearts of Central Florida residents. More than one million lights will adorn the 84-acre whimsical Village, including a 150-foot lighted tunnel leading to 33 decorated villas; more than 50 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning more than 40 feet; an enormous incandescent gingerbread arch; and out-of-this-world space-themed decorations showcasing the Village’s newest centerpiece, Henri’s Starlite Scoops.

Adding to the fully immersive lights and sounds experience, Santa Claus will greet guests from the balcony of Towne Hall, with Give Kids The World’s beloved ambassadors, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, on hand to lend some holiday cheer.

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular
Give Kids the World Village Rendering

Corporate and community partners can get into the holiday spirit by adopting a villa, with the creative freedom to decorate it however they’d like for display throughout the 53 nights of the event. A friendly contest among the villas is guaranteed to bring some added fun and excitement, with long-time Village supporter Dreams Unlimited Travel already planning on ways to outshine the competition.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by shining some light on the wonderful work Give Kids The World does to bring happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families through this event,” said Dreams Unlimited Travel CEO Pete Werner.

Beginning on October 1, guests can purchase tickets on the Give Kids The World website at www.gktw.org to walk among the brilliant lights, vote on their favorite villas, and take part in a variety of family activities in a socially distant manner.

Most of the Village’s wheelchair-accessible attractions will be available at no cost, including The Enchanted Carousel, Marc’s Dino Putt, Kelly’s Sunny Swing, and Lori’s Magical Flight – all elaborately decorated for the holidays. Complimentary hot cocoa and ice cream will also be served throughout each evening.

In addition, guests can visit the Village’s most iconic venue, the Castle of Miracles – featuring a mysterious forest, a wishing well that burps, a magic tree that makes pillows, and more.

The Castle is highlighted by thousands of stars that fill the ceiling and the adjoining Star Tower, each placed in honor of a wish child who has visited the Village.

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular
Give Kids the World Village Rendering

Proceeds from the event will support Give Kids The World’s mission to provide wish vacations for critically ill children and their families. When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit any of the world-class theme parks Central Florida has to offer, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with a magical week-long stay at absolutely no cost. Each family receives transportation, accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook villas, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, tickets to Orlando’s world-class theme parks and attractions, and priceless experiences at the Village.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told ‘no’ due to the limitations of their illness.  We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of ‘yes’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We look forward to sharing some holiday joy with the community while making it possible for future wish children to have their wishes fulfilled.”

Give Kids The World Village closed to wish families in mid-March due to the global pandemic, delaying more than 4,000 wishes.

The Night of a Million Lights is designed to raise funds to ensure that wish trips can return bigger and better than ever before once the time is right reopen.

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I Love Christmas Movies Coming to Gaylord Palms

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

As the holiday season approaches, Gaylord Palms is excited to announce a new one-of-a-kind marquee Christmas pop-up experience that will debut November 13, 2020, and run through January 3, 2021. Called I Love Christmas Movies, the new experience presents a multi-sensory exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies in a completely new way.

The new pop-up experience anchors Gaylord Palms’ lineup of renowned annual Christmas programming, promising an enchanting holiday celebration this year. 

With the unveiling of the new, I Love Christmas Movies immersive pop-up experience, visitors will enjoy enhanced holiday fun and delights as they discover this exclusive activity offered only at Gaylord Hotels for a limited time.

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

I Love Christmas Movies presents a fully immersive exhibit featuring key moments from some of the most iconic Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas movies including THE POLAR EXPRESS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, ELF, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS.

As guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into the part of the actual story. Guests will travel with Buddy the Elf from Santa’s North Pole workshop to New York City; take photos in front of the Griswold’s house adorned with thousands of Christmas lights; and more.

For almost two decades, Gaylord Palms has become legendary for providing magical holiday events and activities for winter visitors to experience, and this year will be no different.

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

A lineup of additional signature activities and experiences visitors have come to know and love over the years is being developed and will be featured alongside the new I Love Christmas Movies experience. 

With a full lineup to be announced soon, visitors can look forward to experiences such as ice tubing, scavenger hunts, gingerbread decorating, elf training academy, holiday stage shows, and much more, all

to be enjoyed within acres of airy indoor atriums decorated with millions of twinkling holiday lights, towering Christmas trees, and thousands of shimmering ornaments.

“The holidays are the perfect time of year to make memories with friends and family, and we know that this year more than ever, guests will be looking for places where they can celebrate the magic of the season in a safe environment,” said General Manager Johann Krieger. “This year we are excited to present the new I Love Christmas Movies experience, along with our other amazing events and activities our guests have come to know and love.” 

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

As the safety of guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the Christmas at Gaylord Palms program is being developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social-distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation. 

Overnight Christmas packages including admission into the I Love Christmas Movies immersive pop-up experience are available to book now. Tickets for all the events and activities for Christmas at Gaylord Palms will go on sale in early October. 

For more information about the I Love Christmas Movies pop-up and Christmas programming, visit ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com, which will be updated with this year’s lineup soon. 

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Amway Center to Open as an Early Voting Location

Amway Center Early Voting Center 2020

The City of Orlando and the Orlando Magic joined the NBA, its players, and coaches in efforts to increase access to voting and have announced the Amway Center will open as an early voting location.

This is a collaborative effort between the City of Orlando, Orlando Magic, Orange County, and Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles. Early voting at Amway Center will run October 19 – November 1, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the north side of Amway Center at the Church Street entrance inside the Disney Atrium.

“As a community, it is so important that we work together to ensure that every eligible voter is able to have their voice heard by making voting accessible and safe,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The City of Orlando is proud to partner with the Orlando Magic and the Orange County Supervisor of Elections to transform our Amway Center into an early voting site.”

All registered voters from Orange County may cast their ballot at the Amway Center location, which is one of 20 early voting locations within Orange County. 

Drive-up ballot boxes will also be available along Church Street in front of the arena for those who prefer to hand-deliver their vote-by-mail ballot.

Additionally, on National Voter Registration Day, September 22, Amway Center will be open for voter registration which will also take place inside the Disney Atrium from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote is October 5 and people can visit www.registertovoteflorida.gov for more information.

“In these unprecedented times, we’re grateful for the opportunity to utilize Amway Center as an early voting location,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the community for this important purpose.”

The NBA recently announced that its teams, players and coaches immediately established a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches, and team governors. The coalition will focus on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform

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Four Seasons Orlando Offers Club Memberships

Since its inception two years ago, Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando has grown a steady membership, primarily of local Central Florida area residents who desire a strong golf offering in addition to the renowned personalized service Four Seasons is known for. 

Four Seasons Orlando Resort Exterior

“With many foregoing their international vacations, we’re finding they are looking for more entertainment close to home,” says Joe Angelino, PGA, Club General Manager. “Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando offers outdoor activities and socialisation opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy quality time together, making memories and staying active.”  

Plancha restaurant at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando serves as the members’ home base, with an expansive lakeside terrace for outdoor dining in addition to ample indoor seating. The clubhouse also offers a pro shop carrying premium apparel, footwear, and accessories, plus there are spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

With many families electing for their kids to participate in a virtual school, the flexibility in scheduling enables them to spend more time as a family enjoying all the Club has to offer.

“When the kids are finished with their schoolwork, it’s great for the family to head to the Club for some afternoon pool time or practice time on the Par 3 course, before enjoying happy hour or an early dinner at Plancha,” notes Angelino.  

A highlight of membership at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the renowned guest service provided by the seasoned team of hospitality professionals. PGA Director of Golf Instruction Rod Cook and Tennis Professional Alain Labrecque, plus award-winning culinarians and access to the “best of the best” Resort staff from concierge to master stylists and spa therapists, the Club’s mantra of “it’s all here for you,” rings true.  

Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Club Membership Overview

Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando membership includes:  

  • Exclusive access to golf on the 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Course, certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf by the National Audubon Society, and home to a nationally televised LPGA TOUR Champions event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
  • Unlimited use of the golf practice facilities, including a Par 3 course and putting area, a 400-yard double-ended driving range with a two-acre (3/4 hectare) natural grass teeing area, a chipping and pitching area totaling 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters), and an 18,000 square foot (1,675 square meters) putting course
  • Access to the following resort amenities: state-of-the-art fitness center open daily; complimentary access to Har-Tru tennis courts; basketball; sand volleyball; plus, access to special pricing for instruction (golf, tennis and personal training)
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Savings of 15 percent at The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons
  • Savings of 15 percent at the Resort’s six restaurants, with no food and beverage minimum
  • Savings of 10 percent on banquet/catered events held at the Resort’s event spaces
  • Savings of 20 percent at the Golf Shop and 10 percent at the Resort’s retail boutiques
  • Complimentary valet parking for up to one vehicle per day  
Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

An upgraded membership offering includes access to the Resort’s water park and adult-only pool. The facilities include the lakeside infinity-edge Oasis Pool for guests 21 and older, a winding lazy river complete with waterfalls and a bubbling rapids section, a splash zone ideal for little ones, a zero-entry family pool, and two water slides. In addition, the five-acre (two-hectare) Explorer Island complex includes an outdoor sports court for basketball, a sand volleyball court, and a pavilion area with games such as foosball and table tennis.  The expansive pool grounds provide ample space for guests to spread out, in the sunshine or under the shade of the palm trees, and all of the lounge chairs are spaced apart for physically distancing measures.

Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Golf and Sports Club Membership is priced at:

  • Individual:  USD 14,000 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*:  USD 675
  • Family: USD 16,250 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 755  
Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Upgraded Golf and Sports Club with Pool Membership is priced at:

  • Individual: USD 17,500 (one time); Monthly Dues: USD 875
  • Family: USD 19,750 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 960

*Note: Family is designated as two adults living in the same household including children in the household under age 25.

For Prospective Members

For more information on the membership offerings available at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, visit online or contact the Club Membership Office at 407 313 6778. 

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Kids Night

The Orlando Science Center is hosting a Kids Night at the Museum this Saturday, August 29th, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., where kids ages 5 to 12 years have the opportunity explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy dinner and a film in age-appropriate small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

The best part? Caregivers can enjoy a stress-free and childless evening on the town while their budding scientists have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

This event has a limited capacity to support our health and safety guidelines and ensure proper social distancing so caregivers need to reserve spots for their children ASAP.  The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Drop-off Begins Until 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – In Classroom Activities 
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pizza Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 8:00 p.m. – Live Science Show
  • 8:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 9:00 p.m. – Giant-Screen Film
  • 9:45 p.m. – In Classroom Activities (pickup begins)
  • 10:30 p.m. – Program Concludes

Registration is open until this Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. so we’re just trying to get the word out.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

For more info, including FAQs, fees and how to register, please visit https://www.osc.org/visit/events/kids-night-at-the-museum/

Discounts available for siblings and Orlando Science Center members and families. The Science Center’s exhibits don’t come to life after hours, but during Kids Night at the Museum, the building will definitely be full of energy!

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Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store Opens Final Rooms

While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to experience Halloween Horror Nights this fall, having the Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has helped ease the pain.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And what’s really exciting is that the Tribute Store has opened its final two rooms today, marking the completion of the immersive retail location dedicated to the legacy of the world’s premier Halloween event.

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In addition to exploring rooms themed after legendary icons and monsters, guests can now make their way through an incredibly-immersive room themed after one of the original characters from the event’s 1991 debut, “the ghost with the most” – Beetlejuice – as well as another haunting space where they can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options inspired by Halloween staples.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Outfitted with an assortment of specialty, retro-themed merchandise, the new Beetlejuice area within the store will pay homage to one of the original faces of Halloween Horror Nights, with décor inspired by iconic scenes from the film, including the Graveyard, Stairwell Snake, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And right next door, guests can get a taste of horror with an assortment of nearly 20 sweet and savory items, including the Halloween Confetti Cake, Vegan Brownie Skull, the Cherry Gummy Beating Heart and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Located in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida and now open daily during regular park hours, the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store celebrates legendary themes and characters from Halloween Horror Nights’ past.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Each highly-themed room within the retail location features a collection of limited-time “throwback” merchandise – from t-shirts and socks to posters, face coverings, and more – that pay homage to some of the iconic characters and experiences that have haunted guests for years.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Guests can also browse the assortment of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise and make purchases from the comfort of their homes by visiting Universal Orlando’s Online Merchandise Store at www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com.  

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Central Florida Zoo Offers Programs for Families

The Central Florida Zoo is once again answering the call of families as Central Florida students are heading back to the classroom, logging in for virtual learning, and many homeschool families are doing the same.

Central Florida Zoo ZooVenture Educational Program 2020

Building on years of providing homeschool families with a variety of programs to help bring the classroom to life, the Central Florida Zoo has a series of programs families may want to take advantage of in these times.

Registration is now open for the Central Florida Zoo’s ZOOventure Programs which offer both onsite and virtual classes for children ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 13 as well as onsite family workshops.

Classes are offered monthly from September through May, with topics ranging from animal calls and the food chain to taxonomy and mutations.

“Education is at the very heart of what we do at the Central Florida Zoo,” said Stephanie Williams, the Zoo’s director. “Seeing students make the connection when they see something they read about up close and personal is truly a gift.”

ZOOventure Programs include up-close animal encounters, games, crafts, and activities. The virtual versions of the programs will include materials typically found at home, and a list will be provided one week in advance.

Virtual classes are $10 per child for annual pass holders and $12 per child for non-pass holders. Onsite classes are $15 per child for annual pass holders and $18 per child for non-pass holders. Family workshops are $20 per family for annual pass holders and $25 per family for non-pass holders.

Classes are limited in size, and onsite classes will include other social distancing and safety measures. Registration is required at least one week in advance.

To view the entire schedule, class topics, and more visit their website.

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Know Before You Go: AMC Theaters

With AMC Theaters getting ready to once again welcome moviegoers on the 20th, there are a few things that you will want to know before you once again go to the movies!

AMC Theaters

Masks Required for All

Masks are required for guests and crew throughout the AMC theatres.

Your mask must cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. Neck gaiters, open-chin bandanas, and masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable at this time, based on World Health Organization guidelines.

If needed, masks are available to purchase for just $1.

AMC Theaters

Food & Drinks in the Auditorium

In the auditorium, masks are still required but may be removed while enjoying food and drinks.

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask before, during, and after your movie.

AMC Theaters

Social Distancing Standards

Please remember to maintain distance before, during, and after the movie.

Follow the directional signs and reminders posted throughout the theatre for guidance.

AMC Theaters

Reduced AMC Theaters Auditorium Capacities

All AMC, AMC DINE-IN, and AMC CLASSIC auditoriums are at 40% capacity or less, based on municipality guidelines.

In auditoriums with AMC Signature Recliners, the new ticketing technology will block the seats on either side of your selection, and there is already enough space between rows to allow for social distancing.

In auditoriums with traditional seating, the technology will block the seats surrounding your selection.

In auditoriums that do not offer reserved seating, please make sure to leave an adequate distance between yourself and other guests.

Once you’re in the auditorium, if you are uncomfortable in your reserved seat, feel free to move to another socially distant seat after the movie starts or see an associate for assistance or a refund.

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Cashless Transactions

Where tickets are sold credit, debit, or AMC gift cards are preferred to reduce contact, but cash is accepted and may be used if needed to purchase a gift card for movie treats.

Cash is not accepted at concessions or MacGuffins Bar in order to avoid shared contact between cash and food handling.

At select theatres where tickets and concessions are sold at one location, cash will be accepted if no other form of payment is possible.

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Hand Sanitizer & Disinfecting Wipes Available

Take advantage of the sanitizer and wipe stations throughout the theatre, especially at concessions, before, and after pouring your favorite Coca-Cola Freestyle drink.

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Simplified Menu Selections

For shorter lines and quicker service, you will find that they have temporarily simplified the available menu selections.

The classic movie treats like AMC Perfectly Popcorn, Coca-Cola Freestyle, hot dogs, candy, MovieNachos, AMC KidsPacks, and more are available now with the menu expanding as soon as possible.

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Refills Temporarily Unavailable

To minimize contact, AMC Perfectly Popcorn and Coca-Cola Freestyle drink refills are unavailable at this time.

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Frequent Hand Washing

Make sure to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.

Managers and crew members are required to routinely wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

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Daily Associate Health Screenings

Managers and crew members have their temperatures read before starting their shifts.

Anyone who has a fever or symptoms is required to self-quarantine until symptom-free for at least 72 hours.

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Self-Check Your Health

If you have symptoms such as fever or cough or have come in contact with someone with symptoms, please take care and come back to see a movie when you are well.

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Ole Red Battle of the Bands Coming Soon

Today Ole Red Orlando has announced a new weekly competition series that will entertain guests with some of the best up-and-coming country music talent from around the nation and provide local and regional artists opportunities to showcase their talents on a national stage as the performances will be live-streamed across each venue.

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Ole Red Orlando

Ole Red Battle of the Bands begins on Wednesday, August 19th, and will take place across all Ole Red locations, giving fans in Orlando; Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tenn.; and Blake Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Okla., virtual experiences of visiting each Ole Red location in one night. Fans can vote for their favorites and the winning band will take home bragging rights and a cash prize.

The program will be hosted every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Bands will play two songs, including one original and one cover, and guests will receive a special offer just for participating in the voting process.

The inaugural Ole Red Battle of the Bands features the following artists:

  • Orlando: Bryan Malpass
  • Gatlinburg: Dismal River Boys
  • Nashville: Monroeville
  • Tishomingo: Telina Rudd
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Ole Red Orlando features live music nightly with state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting for a concert-quality music experience as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and three bars. The venue is equipped with a large stage and concert-level production and sound capabilities, along with a video wall and additional LED screens. For the full live programming calendar, menus and upcoming special events, visit olered.com and follow Ole Red on social media @olered.

In partnership with the company’s official wellness advisor, Vanderbilt Health, each Ole Red location has taken precautions to ensure the safety of its guests and employees. For more information, visit olered.com.

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Schick Roofing is Looking to Help Hometown Heroes

Schick Roofing Helping Hometown Heroes

I am always looking for stories to share about local companies making a difference in the community, and Central Florida’s Schick Roofing has launched its annual initiative ‘Helping Hometown Heroes’ to provide a free roof for local hero.

The Helping Hometown Heroes annual initiative gives away a free roof to a deserving individual, and this year they are looking to recognize a first responder or healthcare worker in Orlando who has selflessly sacrificed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a father, Orlando resident and small business owner, I’ve seen how our community’s first responders and healthcare workers have taken such incredible care of our residents,” says Paul Schick, president of Schick Roofing. “At the same time, many of them are also struggling financially due to this crisis. It’s our goal to recognize and reward their selflessness by providing a new roof and one less thing to worry about.”

Anyone can nominate a deserving first responder or healthcare worker by submitting a nomination form and brief story about the nominee today through August 25, 2020.

Schick Roofing will select one deserving recipient from among all eligible entries and provide him/her with a brand-new GAF shingle roof complete with installation.

For additional information on the inaugural Helping Hometown Heroes initiative, including terms and conditions, please visit the website here.

About Schick Roofing

Schick Roofing Helping Hometown Heroes

Schick Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing contractor that has served the Orlando area since 2004. Schick has upgraded more than 3,500 homes with high-quality roof replacement, repairs, maintenance and surface cleaning. The company holds GAF Master Elite Factory certification of which only 2% of companies across the nation qualify. Schick provides top-notch workmanship with its own team of professionals, providing consistent communication throughout all jobs from initial consultation through cleanup. For more information about Schick Roofing, visit OrlandoRoofingPros.com

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D23 Celebrates 65 Years of the Disney Theme Park

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It was 65 years ago that Disneyland first welcomed guests to enjoy a new kind of experience: the theme park. And to mark the occasion, D23 Disney twenty-three has created a one-of-a-kind, stand-alone issue, filled with rich stories and stunning photography that look at the development and evolution of the Disney theme park.

Disney artist Ricky De Los Angeles created an exclusive wrap-around cover for the issue featuring colorful illustrations of iconic attractions (and snacks!) from Disney parks around the world.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro penned a special “Editor’s Letter” for readers, highlighting his deep connection with the theme parks, and stories include exclusive interviews with Disney Legends Tony Baxter and Wing T. Chao; Imagineers Tom Fitzgerald and Bhavna Mistry; original Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess; and Walt Disney Imagineering President Bob Weis.

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The Disney twenty-three team pulled together a robust selection of stories written by subject matter experts including:

  • Walt’s Map to the Magic: A deep dive into the inspiration, planning, and creation of Disneyland penned by Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline and publication editor Max Lark
  • Dateline DisneylandJuly 17, 1955: A guided tour of Disneyland on opening day by D23’s Manager of Content Curation (and former Disneyland Park tour guide) Justin Arthur
  • Picturing the Parks: A curated look at some of the most beloved attraction posters from Disney’s parks around the world written by Disney Publishing’s Editorial Director Wendy Lefkon
  • National Treasures: Stunning images from several of National Geographic’s many trips to the parks from National Geographic’s Caitlin Holbrook
  • Rooms with a View: The evolution of Disney’s immersive resorts and vacation experiences from the Disneyland Hotel to a galaxy far, far away by Disney Vacation Club’s Ryan March
  • Character Analysis: Park Stars: Beloved characters created just for Disney parks, from the Orange Bird and Figment to the Country Bears and Chandu, written by Disney Parks’ Charles Stovall
  • And much, much more including a roundup of every glorious Disney castle, a look at our remarkable cast members around the world, the Disney spectacular examined, and an advance peek at the new book Holiday Magic in the Disney Parks
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Plus, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is extending the celebration for fans and members including:

  • Expanded Digital Storytelling: More than a dozen original features on D23.com looking at the Disney theme park, from a look at movies filmed at Disney parks (Saving Mr. Banks and Tomorrowland) to delicious vintage parks recipes.
  • An Exclusive Pin Set: Available only to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members, this 6-pin set features some of the colorful artwork from Ricky De Los Angeles’ cover of Disney twenty-three, including Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort, Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Resort, Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disneyland Paris, Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World Resort, Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and one inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. The limited-edition set will be available for $49.99 on August 31 at shopDisney.com.
  • Disney Imagineers Celebrate 65 Years of Disneyland Park: From August 21 through August 23, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the chance to watch an exclusive virtual panel created by Walt Disney Imagineering celebrating the 65th anniversary of Disneyland with Imagineering leaders Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, and Scott Trowbridge, along with Disney Legend Tony Baxter, and moderated by Leslie Iwerks, director and executive producer of The Imagineering Story on Disney+.
  • D23 Trivia Night: 65 Years of the Disney Theme ParkDisney parks trivia aficionados are invited to join a fun evening of trivia spanning every Disney park around the globe. On August 28, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members can join the fun to celebrate 65 years of favorite places and attractions—classic and new.
  • D23 Magical Summer Sweepstakes: Starting August 10, all D23 Members will be able to enter to win exciting prizes, including a new D23 Gold Membership and the exclusive 6-pin set.
  • Special Gold Member Gift: Just for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members, this issue of Disney twenty-three will include a set of six postcards—each representing a different Disney resort around the world.

No purchase is necessary to enter the weekly sweepstakes. Open to all D23 Members who are residents of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or older. For details, visit https://d23.com/entry/magical-summer-sweepstakes.

Additional details will be available at D23.com. Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of August.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials


Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials

With Walt Disney World reopening today for an Annual Passholder Preview and this weekend for guests, I thought that it would be a good chance to share the theme park essentials I take to the parks in our new normal.

Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Hand Sanitizer 

While you can find hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the parks, I really like having my own hand sanitizer with me because it gives me the opportunity to go ahead and use a little as soon as I get on or as soon as I get off of an attraction.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Battery Operated Fan

I find the most useful thing to have in my bag when I go into the theme parks is a battery operated fan.

Wearing a mask while you are outside can make things feel hotter than expected, and when I have my battery operated fan I’m able to pop it on when I need an extra boost of cold air to help me feel more comfortable.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Extra Face Coverings

Speaking of feeling more comfortable, I always pack extra face coverings just in case I need to switch them through the day.

It’s the rainy season and wearing a wet face covering is about as comfortable as wearing wet socks, so just make sure you pack an extra mask so that you’ll have it just in case.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Alcohol Pads

This one might sound weird…but stick with me…

I bring alcohol pads, much like the ones that you’d find in a Doctor’s office, to help clean my phone throughout the day. 

One thing that I have become hyper aware of is how many times I pick up and put down my phone from a surface during the day, and this gives me an extra slice of peace of mind. 

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Portable Cell Phone Charger 

On every list I’ve ever made about what I keep in my bag, a portable cell phone charger has always been on the list. 

However, it’s even more important now as you are going to need to do more things on your phone in the theme parks throughout the day. 

These are my five theme park essentials, but I’m sure as I visit the parks more I’m going to find there other things that I like keeping with me so I’m sure they’ll be a part two to this post.

If you have a must-have to bring in your theme park bag, especially for the Walt Disney World Reopening, I would love to hear about it!

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