Our Christmas at Gaylord Palms Adventure

Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to experience Christmas at Gaylord Palms, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation points are all my own!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms has become a valued holiday tradition in my family over the years, and the holiday season begins for us when we walk through the revolving doors of the resort.

There’s a special magic to their larger-than-life celebrations!!!

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And with it being 2020 we were nervous about what that would mean for our beloved tradition, but I’m BEYONDDDD excited to say that their magic is still there and even more joyful than before. 

Commitment to Clean

The Gaylord Palms Resort STARS really have gone above and beyond when it comes to making their guests feel comfortable with enhanced cleaning procedures and new contact-less service options.

There’s absolutely NOTHING like waking up to this view…

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Or taking a moment to sit on your atrium balcony at the end of your day. 

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See? That’s some holiday Magic right there!!!

I Love Christmas Movies 

This year the new I Love Christmas Movies takes you through 17,000 square feet of holiday movie magic.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

A Production assistant takes you and another party through iconic movie scenes from THE  POLAR EXPRESS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, ELF, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR  WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS.

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We had a great time enjoying the interactive elements, and went through several times during our stay!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

It’s a unique experience chocked full of fun movie facts, movie replicas, special effects, and fun photo opportunities. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020
Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

We had a great time, and our PA was awesome at helping us snap family photos!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Just make sure to hit your mark!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020
Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

I do have to say that I was super excited to see the Nativity scene they created to keep the tradition going…

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

And for the return of ICE! in 2021!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Snow Factory 

While the Snow Factory has looooong been a favorite stop for us, this year the area has been completely been redesigned.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Let’s start with the slides!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

This year 6 slides made of REAL ice let guests can choose their thrill experience! There’s the speed slide for a race to the bottom or the opportunity to brave the “ice coaster” plummet.

Then our favorite…the Snowball Build & Blast lets families compete to see who can make the best snowballs out of ice AND how accurately they can throw them. 

We are a SUPER competitive family, so we played as much as we could during our stay!!!

Explore the Alpine Village 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

The Alpine Village is really the heart of Christmas at Gaylord Palms, and this year the village has been designed with more room for social distancing with the same amount of fun!

Zoe was stoked for her annual visit to the Build A Bear Workshop! She always makes a special friend, and this year it was awesome to see costumes that tied to the movies in I Love Christmas Movies!

Why yes…that is a Cousin Eddie outfit for your Build A Bear!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

And you can’t sleep on the outfits that are exclusive to the Gaylord Palms Resort!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Also tucked into the Alpine Village are fun, hands-on experiences. 

We had a blast in the Elf Training Academy making ornaments.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

You seriously aren’t shocked that I monogrammed mine…right?

And we created our annual Gingerbread house with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

PRO-TIP: At the entrance to the Alpine Sweet Shop, you will find bags of candy to purchase. Our bag was less than $3 and having the extra options made the decorating process less stressful. It was AWESOME!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Help the Grinch

A staple of every event at the Gaylord Palms Resort is their scavenger hunt, and this year you get the explore the beautifully decorated resort to help The Grinch. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt lets families solve puzzles together for a great prize. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Time together + holiday fun + the opportunity to walk-off and earn more holiday treats = Priceless

Amazing Entertainment 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms has gone out of its way to maintain its fantastic entertainment schedule in a safe environment for performers and audience members.

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Cirque Dreams Unwrapped is once again filling the St. Augustine Atrium Stage with thrilling acts several times a night. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

The Greatest Story, a multicultural, musical journey celebrating the story of Christ, will fill your heart with the holiday spirit.

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And you won’t want to miss the #LIT light show featuring thousands of sparkling lights, a larger-than-life Christmas Tree, and holiday music.

Tickets and Packages 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

Tickets and overnight Christmas packages including admission into the I Love Christmas Movies experience are available now at ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com and ILoveChristmasMoviesExperience.com.

Online advance reservations are required for all ticketed Christmas at Gaylord Palms events and face-coverings must be worn at all times during activities. 

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Universal’s Holiday Tour Debuts

Starting November 22, guests can take their holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort to the next level with the all-new Universal’s Holiday Tour, a specially guided tour filled with exclusive access to holiday experiences across the theme parks.

Available on select dates this holiday season, the guided experience will give guests the opportunity to:   

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  • Enjoy priority access to Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons, where they can get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and stunning floats inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples to characters from popular animated films – and enjoy a special appearance by Santa Claus
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  • Embark on a tour of the first-ever Holiday Tribute Store, featuring four incredibly-themed rooms – including one inspired by The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise
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  • Meet and greet The Grinch at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Seuss Landing, where they can encounter the mean, green one himself and enjoy a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Cap off the evening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure with an exclusive showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories
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  • And, guests will also receive a special, themed gift during the tour to commemorate their experience

Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 22  through January 3, 2021, and can be booked by calling 1-866-346-9350 between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. EST daily, or going online and visiting www.universalorlando.com/HolidayTour or by writing an email to VIPExperience@UniversalOrlando.com

Pricing starts at $59.99 (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 2-Park 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.

Universal Orlando passholders receive a special discount on the tour with pricing starting at $49.99 (plus tax) per ticket, per passholder. Passholders can book and take advantage of their discount through the VIP Call Center and in-park at the UOAP Lounge.

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization” across its entire destination, and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Universal’s Holiday Tour. Key measures include requiring face coverings, enforcing social distancing, limiting capacity in each tour group and at each experience throughout the tour, including at “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays

Universal’s Holiday Tour has limited availability and advanced reservations are required. For more information about this offering and all of Universal Orlando’s Holidays experiences, plus incredible deals for guests to take advantage of this season – including the limited-time “Get 3 Days Free When You Buy 2 Days” offer that is available for purchase through January 6, 2021, the “Get 3 Days for $55 per Day plus tax” offer for Florida residents, and $100 savings on select annual and seasonal passes – visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Christmas Town 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Christmas Town, the park’s award-winning holiday event is kicking off with a preview weekend with light displays and select entertainment elements on November 14 and 15 with the full Christmas Town running daily with park-wide festivities from November 20, 2020, through January 3, 2021.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2020

To bring the merriment to life, Busch Gardens’ creative team has consulted with medical experts to offer a modified event with required reservations and limited capacity that celebrates the spirit of the season safely.

This seasonal event features open-air entertainment and experiences as well as enhanced health, safety, and sanitation measures, including temperature checks, face-covering requirements, and physical distancing.

Included in park admission, park guests can enjoy holiday traditions with a twist, from millions of twinkling lights throughout the park’s 335 acres to physically distant holiday shows, breathtaking animal encounters, and contact-free visits with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2020

Christmas Town Holiday Entertainment

A warm-weather winter wonderland awaits park guests with a variety of holiday programs offered throughout the event. Guests are encouraged to check the park’s website before visiting to learn which programs are available each date.

  • NEW “Spark the Night” Fireworks Show: This year, guests will have several opportunities to enjoy festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling display. Fireworks are offered select nights throughout the event at the Festival field, offering plenty of space for guests to spread out and enjoy the sights.
  • “Christmas on Ice”: For the first time ever, park guests can enjoy Busch Gardens’ longest-running holiday show at a NEW outdoor location on the Festival Stage. This fan-favorite skating production will perform awe-inspiring delights on real ice for physically distant audiences every Friday through Sunday and additional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
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  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Families can sing and dance with their favorite furry friends in this fun holiday show. Celebrate the Christmas spirit with Sesame Street in the outdoor Sunny Day Theater with physically distant seating.
  • Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is now offered alongside festive eats at the spacious Dragon Fire Grill.
  • Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! With limited capacity, this locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park in a festive fashion.

Card-Worthy and Contact-Free Photo Opportunities

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  • Santa’s Merry Meet & Greet: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa for a physically distant photo at a spacious new outdoor location this holiday season.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Jingle all the way to Pantopia to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all and snap some contact-free pictures with Rudolph and Clarice.
  • Original Christmas Town Characters: For moments that sparkle, guests will encounter the Poinsettia Princess, Sugar Plum Princess, Ice Princess, and jolly snowmen throughout their Christmas Town journey.
  • Sesame Street Friends: Enjoy physically distant photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends in their festive holiday attire.

Holiday Eats & Unique Gifts

As guests dash through the night between iconic rollercoasters, they can explore the Christmas Town Village: a delicious destination filled with drinks and dishes from an all-NEW chef and mixologist crafted holiday menu.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2020

Beyond a selection of fan-favorite seasonal beers and mulled wine, guests can also choose from a variety of NEW holiday-inspired beverages rooted in classic Christmas traditions.

These unique, limited-time options include specialty cocktails like the “Winter Wonderland Hot Toddy” made with winter cider, honey whiskey, and a chai infusion and the festive “Spiked Hot Cocoa” with gingerbread crumbles, caramel, and whipped cream.

The spirit of the season is in every bite of holiday dishes throughout the park such as sliced pork tenderloin, smoked turkey legs with pumpkin cider glaze, harvest turkey and prosciutto sliders, and a variety of peppermint desserts. 

Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2020

The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $34.99 for a 5-punch lanyard. Pass members can enjoy an extra special offer with an exclusive 12-punch lanyard for the price of a 10-punch lanyard to sip and savor throughout the event.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2020

After fueling up for festive fun, guests can check everyone off their holiday shopping list from dazzling ornaments to charming nutcrackers with Busch Gardens exclusive 2020 holiday merchandise which is only available during this special event. 

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration 2020

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, taking place November 14 through December 31, will transform the park into a winter wonderland with more than three million sparkling lights and park-wide holiday activities.

To bring the merriment to life, SeaWorld’s creative team consulted with medical experts to offer a modified event with required reservations and limited capacity that celebrates the spirit of the season safely.

This seasonal event features open-air entertainment and experiences as well as enhanced health, safety measures, including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face-covering requirements, and physical distancing.

Included in park admission, park guests can safely enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holiday season with specialty shopping, physically distant holiday shows, tasty holiday treats, and beloved holiday traditions.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2020

New This Year at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

It’s a Wonderful Night: A New Story to Tell

You haven’t experienced the spirit of the season quite like this before. SeaWorld is bringing over 30 of your favorite Christmas carols back to the stage with new clever surprises and lighthearted laughs. Check back soon for details on this reimagining of an old favorite for SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, coming to the Nautilus Theater with limited capacity and physical distancing.

Ice Skating at Bayside Stadium

All-new for this year, guests can now experience outdoor ice skating! You and your family can skate alongside the water of SeaWorld’s central lagoon throughout the day in a beautiful winter wonderland. Capacity will be limited to promote physical distancing and all guests must wear crew length socks and gloves. Additional charge required which includes rental of ice skates, socks, and gloves can also be purchased.

Hanukkah Celebration

This year, SeaWorld will be celebrating more holidays than ever before. For the first year ever, SeaWorld Orlando will be celebrating the festival of lights! From December 10 through 18, gather with your friends and family in a socially distant experience to view the traditional lighting of the menorah throughout Hanukkah.

Kwanzaa Festivities

Another new experience for the holidays this year, SeaWorld will celebrate the festivities of Kwanzaa! Taking place December 26through January 1, guests can enjoy a joyous time of reflection and celebration of African heritage with the nightly lighting of the kinara.

Photos with Santa Claus

Take a visit to the top of the world to meet the Arctic’s most famous resident, Santa Claus, at SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic for a safe alternative to family photos with everyone’s favorite jolly elf! One party at a time will greet Santa in the expansive family room and have the opportunity to sit (physically distant) in Santa’s sleigh with Santa seated above and behind, separated by a plexiglass partition. *Photo packages available.

Happy Holidays from Sesame Street Land
It’s furry and bright on your favorite street as your favorite Sesame Street friends invite you to join their Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations.

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Holiday Shows at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

Rudolph’s Movie Experience

Rudolph and his friends star in this movie that will get the entire family in the holiday spirit, playing daily in the Sea Port Theater with limited capacity and physical distancing. This special movie experience is approximately 10 minutes long and begins every 30 minutes.

Sea of Trees

Take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland, and immerse yourself in the expansive holiday Sea of Trees Located in SeaWorld’s lagoon where the glistening forest sparkles to music and lights up the water—and your eyes. With 360-degree views from around the park, there is plenty of space to enjoy safe physical distancing. As the lights dance to holiday classics, your heart will soar with wonder and delight at this truly awe-inspiring Christmas treat. Plus, a magnificent centerpiece towers 70 feet above the water.

Winter Wonderland on Ice

Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza with physically distant seating arrangements. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will enjoy.

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Special Events at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

Rudolph’s Christmas Town

Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. Stroll outdoors past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including Rudolph and Bumble. This attraction has a limited capacity to promote physical distancing.

Christmas Market

Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, the Christmas market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights from an all-NEW chef and mixologist created holiday menu. Guests will also encounter playful elves and a charming model train village. Relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a fan-favorite seasonal beer or mulled wine, or chose from a variety of NEW unique holiday-inspired beverages rooted in classic Christmas traditions.  Limited capacity and physical distancing measures will be in place. These unique limited-time options include specialty cocktails like the “Winter Wonderland Hot Toddy” made with winter cider, honey whiskey, and a chain infusion, and the festive “Peppermint Cocoa” made with peppermint schnapps.

The spirit of the season is in every bite of holiday food pairings throughout the park such as the ale-cured and smoke-cured pork slider, the mini chicken philly, or the “Traditional Christmas Dinner Stack” which layers roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce over texas toast.  The market also features a variety of peppermint desserts like the peppermint bark cheesecake. The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Celebration Tasting and Brew Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $35.00 for a 5-punch lanyard or a 10-punch lanyard for $50.00.

A full list of menu options is located here.

Holiday Dining Options at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

Dinner with Santa

The wonders of Christmas come to life this season in an experience that’s destined to make memories for the young and young at heart. Dinner with Santa invites you to a sumptuous holiday meal with all the trimmings and a delightful opportunity to take a (physically distant) photo with Santa Claus himself! Featuring protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation between meals and more, guests of all ages will delight in this safe holiday tradition.

Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast

Join your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled holiday breakfast feast. This experience combines a delicious meal with exciting (but physically distanced) character appearances. With protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation between meals, and more, it is a safe, fun time for the whole family!

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2020

Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Cheer

For a limited time, buy a 2021 Fun Card and get the rest of 2020 FREE or upgrade to an Annual Pass starting as low as $11.75 per month with no down payment. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits, now with the best benefits ever such as FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member VIP Ride Nights, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more. The Fun Card gives park-goers unlimited access to the park to visit again and again for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year and all of 2021 for one low price, but does not include the additional pass benefits!

Visit www.Seaworld.com/Orlando for more information, park hours, and to purchase tickets.

Safety

SeaWorld Orlando Theme Park Reopening Tips

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of its guests, employees, and the animals in their care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/park-info/park-safety.

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Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort is unwrapping details on their 2020 Holiday celebrations, happening daily from November 14 through January 3, 2021, and it is going to be EPIC!

This holiday season the Universal Orlando Resort is spreading holiday cheer with some of their most beloved holiday traditions and characters returning in a reimagined way that align with the destination’s enhanced health and safety procedures as well as the debut of experiences such as the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons”.

The best gift of all is that these holiday offerings are all included with your theme park admission!!!

Let’s take a look at what you can experience this holiday season at the Universal Orlando Resort!

2020 Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air throughout the lands. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. There will also be seasonal treats, holiday eats, and beverages – including the highly-anticipated return of the fan-favorite, hot Butterbeer.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Who-liday Character Appearances at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

It wouldn’t be a holiday celebration without the mean, green one himself! While visiting Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, holiday-goers will enjoy appearances by the maven of mischief, The Grinch, as he continues to try and find ways to steal holiday cheer and the merry Whos from Whoville.

Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons at Universal Studios Florida

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New this year, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and floats like never before during “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons.” Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeer and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films, including the mischievous Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, Gingy, The Gingerbread Man, from DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” movies and the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. And it all culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the opportunity to take a socially-distanced portrait with the big man himself.

Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

During “Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration,” guests can celebrate the holiday season with the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, and with DreamWorks Animation’s treasured family of Shrek characters and King Julien and the crew from the “Madagascar” franchise. Guests will sing and dance along with some of their favorite characters as they arrive aboard incredibly-festive parade floats, then perform special holiday show moments that the entire family will enjoy. Afterward, guests will have the chance to take socially-distanced photos of themselves with the characters and floats.

First-Ever Holiday Tribute Store

A brand-new Tribute Store dedicated to the Holidays will debut at Universal Studios Florida for the holiday season. Located in the New York area of the park, guests will come dashing through the store into a winter wonderland featuring four immersive rooms – including one inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise that will make perfect holiday gifts, plus delicious seasonal food items. Guests can also browse Universal’s assortment of Holidays merchandise and make purchases online by visiting www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com

Holiday Tree Hunt

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

Guests who purchase the Holiday Tree Hunt will embark on a search for 16 holiday-themed trees scattered throughout various merchandise locations in the theme parks and CityWalk. Guests will receive a brochure that outlines the participating locations, where they’ll have to collect stamps to mark their visit to each stop. Those who successfully complete the entire hunt will receive an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt-branded ornament.

Holiday Treat Trail

Guests can participate by grabbing a complimentary Holiday Treat Trail brochure that outlines a list of specialty food and beverage menu items across select dining venues. Those who purchase all qualifying items will receive a special sweet treat.

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during the destination’s Holiday celebration. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity at the parks, attractions, and hotels, and increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2020

I am BEYONDDDDD ready to start celebrating the holiday season with these holiday offerings!!!

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Walt Disney World Resort News: 2020 Holidays

The holidays are being ‘reimagined’ at the Walt Disney World Resort bringing new and returning favorites to all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the Disney Resort Hotels through December 30, 2020.

During the festivities, guests will find new entertainment experiences, enjoy seasonal food and drink offerings, and discover themed merchandise perfect for a special gift or souvenir to remember the holiday season.

The holidays at Walt Disney World may look a little different this year, but a new addition to the fun will be pop-up appearances by Santa Claus at each park, as well as Disney Springs. For example, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom he will sail down the Discovery River on a special flotilla.

Let’s take a look at the special holiday celebrations guests can find in each park.

Magic Kingdom

While the Magic Kingdom will not be hosting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this season, guests will now be able to enjoy Character Cavalcades featuring their favorite Disney characters in their holiday finest and characters synonymous with the season – including gingerbread men and elves – throughout the day.

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On Main Street, U.S.A., the iconic toy soldiers will march alongside the Main Street Philharmonic as they fill the park with cheer.

When night falls at Magic Kingdom Park, projection effects will illuminate and transform Cinderella Castle with a series of designs that are sure to be the perfect colorful background for a magical holiday portrait.

Also returning this holiday season is the world-famous Jingle Cruise. During the seasonal overlay to the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland, guests will see how the homesick skippers are celebrating the holidays with festive decorations and new jokes.

EPCOT

From November 27th until December 3oth, the Taste of the EPCOT International Festival of the holidays will fill the park with an ‘International Yuletide Extravaganza’.

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Guests will enjoy the return of holiday kitchens around the World Showcase promenade serving up traditional holiday dishes from around the world and the Holiday Cookie Stroll.

Holidays 2020 Walt Disney World Resort

As guests make their way through World Showcase they will find their favorite characters spreading holiday cheer. Watch Queen Anna and Elsa in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade,” Mickey Mouse and his pals making merry on the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour,” and Santa Claus spreading holiday cheer during a grand horse-drawn tour.

Holiday entertainment will include the Candlelight Processional, however, guests will still find JOYFUL! inside the World ShowPlace and the Voices of Liberty sharing songs of the season at the America Gardens Theatre.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will enjoy festive decorations, tasty holiday treats, and their favorite Disney characters on flotillas throughout the day.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests will enjoy fantastic holiday decorations, scrumptious holiday treats, and Merry Motorcades featuring familiar faces spreading holiday cheer.

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Minnie Mouse will once again host a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.

Disney Springs

Not only is Disney Springs the perfect place to shop for holiday merchandise, this holiday season it will feature elaborately decorated Christmas trees and magical snowfalls throughout Town Center, West Side, and The Landing.

Holidays at Walt Disney World - Jock Lindsay's Holiday Bar

Guests will also be able to enjoy the festive décor and limited-time menu of holiday favorites at Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar.

Disney Resort Hotels

For the holidays, the Walt Disney World Resort hotels will welcome guests and visitors with iconic Christmas trees in their lobbies and other festive flourishes.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 23-25, 2020

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Guys…we are seriously just one week away from Halloween, so let’s really dive into the Halloween fun you can have as you are On the Go in the Parks…and beyond this weekend!

Let’s start by looking at some local fun you can have this weekend!

Get Lost in Mount Dora

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Out at Long and Scott Farm, you can really have some fall fun down on the farm!

This is their 18th annual corn maze and pumpkin patch, and this year’s theme for the 6.5-acre corn maze is Farm to Table. You can also take a leap onto their huge jumping pillow, slide down a 60ft super slide, play on the giant castle-like playground. And if you aren’t ready to get lost in the big maze, try out the 0.5-acre mini maze for a shorter journey into the corn, get your fortune, and learn about the different types of farming.

And this Saturday from 6-10 pm you can do the night maze!

Just make sure to get your reservation in advance!

Kids Night out at the Orlando Science Center

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The Orlando Science Center is hosting a spoopy Kids Night Out on Saturday, October 24th.

As the Orlando Science Center prepares to open the Pompeii exhibit, they are also inviting little ghosts and ghouls ages 5 to 12 to spend the evening haunting the exhibit halls, enjoying science activities with a spooky spin, and watching a live science show.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 pm, and kids are welcome to come in family-friendly costumes; no full-face Halloween masks are permitted, but appropriate face coverings over the nose and mouth are required.

Oktoberfest at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel

On the Go In the Parks

Get out those lederhosen and head over to the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for their Oktoberfest evening!

During this all-you-care-to-eat and drink event, you will enjoy German-themed music, tastings, and a bevy of beers.

PLUS attendees will go home with a 6-pack of the resort exclusive Phins & Feathers beer.

Don’t forget that you still can take advantage of Magical Dining until October 31, 2020!!!

On the Go in the Parks: October 23-25, 2020

While there are a ton of new things happening every week in the City Beautiful, we can’t forget about the continuing Halloween and Fall Fun at the theme parks!

Fun Spot’s HUGE Halloween

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween

For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!

Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.

LEGOLAND Florida

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

Brick or Treat continues this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.

Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

If you are missing Halloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!

There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.

Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.

And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.

And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!

Busch Gardens Tampa 

Halloween 2020
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday through November 1, 2020, with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

The event features 10 Scare Zones and an outdoor venue for the popular Fiends show.

SeaWorld Orlando 

Halloween in the Parks Halloween 2020

SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.

It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.

This Saturday’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Casper, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.

Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20%.

And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.

The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.

Walt Disney World 

Halloween 2020
Kent Phillips, photographer

If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.

Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.

Then over at Disney Springs, you can find special Fall Treats around every corner!

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Inside Look Weekends Returns to SeaWorld this Fall

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

At SeaWorld Orlando’s Inside Look Weekends, guests can go behind-the-scenes to hear and see firsthand what goes into providing world-class animal care from the experts who do it every day.

This special event features six unique, entirely behind-the-scenes locations, accessible in small groups to limit capacity and maintain safe physical distancing. 

New this year, guests can also attend an intimate socially distanced Trainer Talk with one of the park’s animal care specialists!

Guests are invited to visit three locations or trainer talks to earn an exclusive free Expert Explorer’s Pin.

Inside Look Weekends tours and trainer talks are available at each location at various times throughout the day.

The weekend event takes place Saturdays and Sundays, November 7-15, and is included with park admission.

Inside Look Weekends Trainer Talks

An all-new feature that is being launched for this year’s Inside Lookguests can join the park’s trainers to hear them share their passion for animal care and learn about training and husbandry techniques with the animals.

The Trainer Talks take place behind-the-scenes at locations throughout the park including 

Dolphin Days

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Join Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with the park’s animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Dolphin Days.

Sea Lion High

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Laugh along with Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with the park’s animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Sea Lion High.

Orca Encounter

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Join SeaWorld Orlando Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Orca Encounter. 

Inside Look Weekends Event Locations:

SeaWorld Rescue Center

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team and meet and hear from the dedicated filtration experts, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and veterinarians who work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need.

Fish House

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Ever wonder how you prepare a feast for a pod of dolphins or an entrée for a hungry sea lion? Step inside SeaWorld Orlando’s Zoological Commissary to see how SeaWorld Orlando provides the best of diets for every fish, sea turtle, sea lion, penguin, and other marine animals in our care. This location is not ADA accessible.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Venture beyond the ice and snow of SeaWorld’s penguin habitat and learn what goes into caring for these beloved birds who hail from some of the coldest environments in the world. Explore exclusive views of the birds and learn how they are fed and cared for by animal care specialists.

Shark Encounter

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Get a topside view at Shark Encounter and unlock the mysteries of caring for the sharks and sawfish in SeaWorld’s 700,000-gallon shark habitat, visit the medical pool and learn how a shark receives its annual physical, observe the moving walkway used to temporarily divide the exhibit for cleaning, and understand how sharks are fed. Experience SeaWorld’s sharks from a vantage point that is very different from the guest view and hear directly from the aquarists who care for these fascinating creatures. This location is not ADA accessible.

Pacific Point Preserve

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Take a behind the scenes look at the home of the California sea lions and harbor seals. Hear stories and gain insight from the animal care specialists who care for these animals on a daily basis and learn what it takes to maintain a thriving sea lion social group.

Orca Encounter

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Visit the backside of Orca Encounter for exclusive access during this backstage opportunity. Meet and hear from the dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of the killer whales in the park’s care, see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day in the fish breakout room, see the larger-than-life whale enrichment toys, visit their medical pool, and system of habitat pools to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents.

Additional Dining Options

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

For an even more exclusive experience, for two weekends only at Sharks Underwater Grill guests are invited to join us for a delicious meal and an underwater visit from a member of their aquarium team to learn about the fascinating world of sharks: https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/sharks-underwater-grill.

SeaWorld Inside Look Weekends November 2020

Guests can also dive into Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience at Dine with Orcas, where guests dine next to orcas, hear from animal care experts and watch the specialized care they receive daily: https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/dine-with-orcas

Both restaurants include arranged seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing and limited capacity. Tables and chairs are sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations are closed, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives. In lieu of traditional menus, single-use paper menus will be used, and buffet-style service areas have been adjusted or closed until further notice.

To learn more, visit: https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/inside-look/

Best Way to Play

For a limited time, buy a 2021 Fun Card and get the rest of 2020 FREE or upgrade to an Annual Pass starting as low as $11.50 per month with no down payment. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits, now with the best benefits ever such as FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member VIP Ride Nights, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more. The Fun Card gives park-goers unlimited access to the park to visit again and again for the remainder of 2020 calendar year and all of 2021 for one low price but does not include the additional pass benefits!  

Visit www.Seaworld.com/Orlando for more information, park hours and to purchase tickets.

Safety:​ 

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of their guests, employees, and the animals in their care.

The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance their already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide its guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/park-info/park-safety.

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Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2021

Today Walt Disney World announced that A Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 8 to February 22, 2021!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offers fun for the whole family, and here is a sketch of what you can expect when the event debuts in January:

  • Indulge in over 15 Food Studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase
  • Explore and purchase the brilliant and diverse work of Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon
  • Step into the scene at special photo locations scattered around the park
  • Participate in a paint-by-number mural that serves as a collaborative art project for all
  • Watch as visiting artists create magic right before your eyes
  • Catch performances by favorite EPCOT musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
  • Join an artful scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase
  • Shop for festival-exclusive merchandise
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

And if you’re already looking forward to attending the festival, now is the perfect time to explore how you can complete your dream vacation at Walt Disney World Resort with a special offer for stays at Disney Resort hotels in early 2021. 

To find out more about this special Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offer, check out the official Walt Disney World website for more details.

The Walt Disney World Resort is considering the importance of guest flexibility when planning any vacation right now and is going to continue to waive Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for arrivals through April 30, 2021.

We are really excited about the debut of the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in early 2021 and look forward to sharing more details as they become available!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

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On the Go in the Parks: October 9-11, 2020

On the Go In the Parks October 9 to 11 2020

The Halloween fun continues in and around Orlando as you are On the Go in the Parks from October 9-11, 2020.

New This Weekend:

Gators Ghosts Goblins 2020 Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins (weekends October 10 – November 1): A family-friendly event where Oktoberfest collides with Halloween fun featuring spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned,” a live polka band with German beer and food available for purchase; costumed character meet and greets; a trick-or-treat trail; a spooky train ride scavenger hunt, and more. Family-friendly costumes for adults and kids are encouraged.

On the Go in the Parks: October 9-11, 2020

While there are a ton of new things happening every week in the City Beautiful, we can’t forget about the continuing Halloween and Fall Fun at the theme parks!

Fun Spot’s HUGE Halloween

For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!

Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.

LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat continues this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.

Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort

If you are missing Halloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!

There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.

Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.

And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.

And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!

Busch Gardens Tampa 

Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday through November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

The event features 10 Scare Zones and an outdoor venue for the popular Fiends show.

SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.

It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.

This Saturday’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Beetlejuice, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.

Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20% .

And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.

The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.

Walt Disney World 

If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.

Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.

Then over at Disney Springs, you can find special Fall Treats around every corner!

You can find more information about events around Orlando, theme park news, and insider tips by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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ICON Park Offer Ghoulishly Good Deal and More

Take your celebration to haunting heights this year at ICON Park with incredible specials, ghoulish light shows, themed decorations and so much more.

ICON Park Halloween Night

Throughout the month of October, ICON Park is offering the Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack as a safe, fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. With this special, up to six people can take a ride in a private capsule on The Wheel, which stands at a frightening 400 feet tall, plus receive wicked popcorn and a devilish drink like bloody red wine, Oktoberfest brews or spooky cocktails. The Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack is available for $119.99, which is a savings of over 30 percent.

“This will be a Halloween like no other! Central Florida locals are looking for safe, open-air spaces to celebrate the holiday this year,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “ICON Park is proud to offer our community a chilling escape with a great deal, special light shows, themed decorations and more.”

A free ghoulishly glowing light show will take place on The Lawn on select nights. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the spooky soundtrack during a 10-minute production. And don’t forget to capture the memories with photos in front of ICON Park’s themed decorations.

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident. ICON Park is home to top attractions, world-class restaurants, trendy bars, and favorite shops.

To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Howl-O-Scream 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay officially got their Halloween season started with the return of Howl-O-Scream this weekend, and we were excited that it still brought the spirit of the season with plenty of scares.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the park was the numerous health and safety updates. Much like the other theme parks of Central Florida, all guests entering the park are required to pass a temperature check and wear face coverings, and social distancing markers were placed throughout the park to encourage safety while waiting for rides and shows.

This year Howl-O-Scream features 10 new terrifying scare zones as well as the return of the “Fiends” show staged in an outdoor stage.

While all of the scare zones were outside, two of them, The Junkyard and The Shortcut were staged like the traditional houses where guests queued up and walked through individually. All the scare actors were situated away from the guests or were wearing facial coverings themed to their costumes.

The first scare zone/haunted house we ventured through was The Junkyard. Although it was outside, the theme and design were excellent, providing the best scares of the night. Parties were staggered well allowing time to interact with the scare actors and get the most jumps possible.

Next to the Junkyard is the entrance to the Fiends show. This is a Howl-O-Scream must see this year as they have taken it to a large outdoor stage. It is bigger and better than ever featuring great music, dancing, and all of the characters you have come to love. Guests can see it twice each nigh at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.

Passed The Junkyard was the creepiest scare zone of all, Little Nightmares. Staged on the dark trail alongside Sesame Place, Little Nightmares doesn’t have any jump scares or knockers, but does a solid job unsettling your soul as you walk through.

The second scare zone/haunted house is The Shortcut. Although somewhat shorter than The Junkyard, this house had more a detailed set and much scarier visuals.

Just passed The Shortcut, you unwittingly venture into danger when you stumble among carnivorous campers in Lycan Landing. Here, the only happy campers are the werewolves feasting on the poor souls who enter their campground.

After surviving the Lycan Landing you have to pass through the evil clowns and carnies in the Maniac Midway.

Next comes the terrifying toys come to life in Deadly Toys.

After you have made it this far you find yourself in a town overrun by criminals in The Escape

The final zone you come across is not a scare zone at all, but a celebration of the Día de Muertos. This colorfully decorated area features music, dancing, and characters celebrating the Day of the Dead. It is a wonderful way to end your trip around Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.

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On the Go in the Parks: October 2-4, 2020

On the Go in the Parks
Please note that these are older photos of me On the GO in the Parks…and I am going to be working on updating this graphic. PLEASE keep your masks on for photos in and around the parks.

Who is ready to be On the Go in the Parks this weekend? I know I am, but I am in total denial that it’s the first weekend of October!

Spooky Season is officially underway as all of the theme parks in Central Florida are full of frightful fun!

Let’s take a look at what you can do this weekend while you are On the Go in the Parks!

On the Go in the Parks: October 2-4, 2020

Fun Spot’s HUGE Halloween

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween On the Go in the Parks

For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!

Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020 on the go in the parks
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat kicks off this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.

Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

If you are missing Haloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!

Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.

Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.

And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.

On the Go in the Parks

And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!

Busch Gardens Tampa 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020 on the go in the parks

Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday through November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

The event features 10 Scare Zones and an outdoor venue for the popular Fiends show.

SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 On the Go in the Parks

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.

It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.

Flicks and Frights SeaWorld Orlando Halloween 2020 on the go in the parks

This weekend’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Frankenweenie, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.

Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20% .

Theme Parks Thoughts When Summer Ends - Free Beer SeaWorld Orlando

And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.

The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.

Walt Disney World 

Halloween 2020
Kent Phillips, photographer

If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.

A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2020

Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.

Walt Disney World Fall Treats Resorts Disney Springs Halloween 2020

Then over at Disney Springs, you can find special Fall Treats around every corner!

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Fun Spot America Halloween Fun Kicks Off Today

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween

Fun Spot America is kicking off October and the official Spooky Season with a HUGE Halloween celebration that includes food, frights, and an all-new escape room.

The best treat of all? Almost all of the fun is included in your admission to the Orlando and Kissimmee parks until November 1st!

Let’s take a look at what you can find in each park!

Fun Spot America Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trails

Fun Spot America Trick or Treat Trail

Every Saturday in October between 4 and 7pm, little monsters can dress up and enjoy free trick-or-treating at both the the Orlando and Kissimmee Fun Spot America parks. Each park has 6 different candy locations, sponsored by Five Below, and themed photo spots along the trail.

Please note that face coverings are required for everyone, but costume masks are not permitted.

Fun Spot America Halloween Fright Bites

Fun Spot America Fright Bites

Both Fun Spot America locations, Orlando and Kissimmee, are rolling out special Halloween treats the entire family can enjoy!

Their ‘Fright Bites’ include Candy Apples, Frankenstein Funnel Cake, Nacho Mummy’s Chicken, and more.

In addition to the food there are spooky spirits for adults of age to sip on like the Purple People Eater or Dracula’s Kiss while the kids can try the Apple Cider Slushy (non-alcoholic). 

Fun Spot America Halloween Escape Room

Fun Spot America Escape-Room

John, Jr. needs your help…to escape…

Imagine if you will, the property is for sale and the owners are having an Open House. John Arie Jr., the CEO by day and paranormal expert by night, is interested in the property. But when he goes to tour the house, things mysteriously begin to go wrong! John Jr. sent out a distress message that sounded like he’s encountered ghosts and spirits at the Open House, and he hasn’t been seen since! Fun Spot is inviting guests to their Orlando Open House to help solve the mystery of their disappearing CEO and escape the property before time runs out!

The Escape Room experience is a separately ticketed event is available at the Orlando park only (must purchase tickets in-park) for just $15 per person and is available for parties between 4 (min) and 6 (max). Reservations are required upon purchase.

Before you make plans, keep in mind that this experience isn’t recommended for kids under 7 as there are dramatic special effects, including fog, lighting, sound effects and jump scares involved.

Take a peek at the Escape Room Rules.

If you are looking for some HUGE Halloween frightful fun, I’d definitely suggest checking out Fun Spot!!!

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Jurassic World VelociCoaster Coming to Universal

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Roller coaster enthusiasts will soon have new thrills to experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park work is well underway on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster when it debuts in 2021.

The Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment has created a new species of roller coaster that will be highly themed and will take guests through a series of intense maneuvers that will send them catapulting at high speeds while they are suspended high above the ground with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.

Also when the Jurassic World VelociCoaster opens, it will be the world’s first coaster based on the blockbuster franchise and will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs, and environments fans have seen on the big screen. 

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal Orlando Resort Unviersal's Islands of Adventure 2021
Rendering: Universal Orlando Resort

Before the thrills begin, riders will find themselves alongside the original cast of the films, Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu.

The story takes place inside of Jurassic World as they are unveiling the next evolution of their “carnivore expansion” called the VelociCoaster where guests will embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme roller coaster design as it will span more than 4,700 feet of track and reach heights of up to 155 feet that will include signature maneuvers that will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above the water, speeding through near-misses, launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.

Here are the Jurassic World VelociCoaster thrills by the numbers:

  • Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
  • Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
  • Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
  • Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
  • Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be the next addition of thrills inside the Jurassic Park land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Inside of this immersive land, visitors can already come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, test their bravery as they get up-close to Velociraptor Blue during the Raptor Encounter, find out more about the newest additions to the paddock – baby raptors, and satisfy their cravings with all-new delectable food items inspired by Isla Nublar.

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