Country Nights Live Experience Coming to Orlando

Country Nights Live

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready for a good ole Southern time at Country Nights Live – a new dinner experience – is coming to Orlando this spring.

Presented by Orlando Dinner Entertainment – the creator of Pirates Dinner Adventure – the experience was created with families in mind.

Featuring live music, dancing, and delicious food, this interactive experience will transport you from the big city to a classic Southern hoedown.

“City lights have nothing on our country nights,” said Nick Kroger, Show Director for Country Nights Live. “Pirates Dinner Adventure has been offering family-friendly entertainment to Central Florida for more than 25 years and we’re always looking for new experiences to bring our guests. Country Nights Live allows our guests to become part of the show and is sure to create memories that last a lifetime.”

From February 2 to February 25, guests can get an exclusive look at the new show during sneak peek performances.

During this time, tickets are available for 50 percent off. To redeem this offer, visit www.countrynightslive.com and use code CNL502023 at checkout.

Country Nights Live isn’t your average dinner show. After you enjoy a mouth-watering spread of country cooking, it’s time to get ready for a knee-slapping, foot-stomping good time!

You become part of the show and learn how to do real country dances during the show.

Country Nights Live

For more information or to book your tickets now, visit http://www.countrynightslive.com.

 

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Seven Seas Food Festival Returns to SeaWorld

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The Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld Orlando with ALL-NEW flavors and fun for theme park foodies from February 3 to May 7.

Orlando’s largest theme park food festival will tempt guests with tasty bites from around the world while strolling between award-winning attractions and incredible animal presentations.

2023 The Seven Seas Food Festival

Seven Seas Food Festival

Tastes from Around the World

Foodies and families alike will find more than 200 food and drink offerings inspired by cultures from around the world at international marketplaces scattered throughout the park.

These marketplaces showcase foods from Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Germany, Asia, and beyond.

Some of the ALL-NEW food items guests can taste this year include:

  • NEW Parmesan Truffle fries: Grana Padano cheese, fresh parsley, winter white truffle oil
  • NEW Pork Belly Feijoada: pork belly and black bean Brazilian stew, garnished with green onions
  • NEW Ropa Vieja: 12-hour slow-cooked shredded beef served on top of smashed plantains, garnished with micro cilantro
  • NEW Classic Reuben: thin-sliced pastrami served on marbled rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, garnished with a gherkin
  • NEW Italian Beef Arancini: arancini served on top of San Marzano tomato sauce, garnished with fresh basil
  • NEW Strawberry shortcake a la mode: vanilla ice cream served with yellow cake, topped with strawberry glaze
  • NEW Jameson Bread Pudding: Jameson-infused bread pudding topped with Jameson anglaise sauce
SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

In addition to all the incredible cultural and culinary offerings stationed around the park during the Seven Seas Food Festival, there will also be NEW full-service menu items at Sharks Underwater Grill, including:

  • NEW Lobster and Shrimp Cakes: Caribbean remoulade, salsa verde, and rainbow green salad
  • NEW Chicken and Shrimp Tagine: a succulent slow-cooked light stew of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables with aromatic Mediterranean spices, jasmine rice
  • NEW Chocolate Mousse Marquise: chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis, pecans, and edible gold garnish
Seven Seas Food Festival

Food isn’t the only star at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival. Guests can try the ALL-NEW Caribbean Moonshine Tasting booth next to Seafire Grill.

This marketplace will feature the following:

  • NEW Marmalade Mayhem: Orange 80 Proof Moonshine
  • NEW Cat 5: Coconut 80-Proof Moonshine
  • NEW Passionfruit Prohibition: Passionfruit 80 Proof Moonshine
  • NEW Banana Breeze: Banana 80 Proof Moonshine
  • NEW PB & C Cannonball: Peanut Butter and Chocolate 80 Proof Moonshine

There are also ALL-NEW refreshing cocktails guests can enjoy while savoring their way around the world at this year’s Seven Seas Food Festival, including:

  • NEW Island Rum Punch: light, dark, and coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry
  • NEW Southern Peach: Fistful bourbon, peach schnapps, peach, Sprite, simple syrup
  • NEW Frozen Polynesian Summer: pineapple rum, mango, coconut cream, pineapple juice
  • NEW Aperol Spritz: Aperol and Prosecco
  • NEW Mediterranean Sangria: red Sangria, red wine, cranberry juice, orange juice, lime
  • NEW Tokyo Rose: Shimizu-No-Mai Pure Snow sake, Tito’s Vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry
  • NEW Irish Cold brew Latte: Jameson Cold Brew, coffee, cream, simple syrup
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

Guests can also relax with an ice-cold beer at the Seven Seas Food Festival beer garden or at Flamecraft Bar, which will feature several local and regional brews like:

  • Tupac ShaPorter from Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
  • Strawberry Blonde Ambition from Suncreek Brewery
  • Tag & Release Amber Ale from Sailfish Brewing Company
  • Florida Sunshine from Crooked Can Brewing Company
  • Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing
  • Florida Orange IPA from 3 Daughters Brewing
Seven Seas Food Festival

Best Way to Savor and Sip

Guests will be able to discover endless combinations of food and drink offerings with a Seven Seas Food Festival Tasting Lanyard.

Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample lanyard at $70 or take it up a notch with the fan-favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings.

SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members get the VIP treatment and can purchase 18 samples for the price of 15!

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Bayside Stadium Concert
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Headline Concert Series

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is not just about delicious eats and refreshing sips from around the world.

The festival also features an incredible concert series guests will not want to miss.

Concerts will take place every Saturday and Sunday during the festival at Bayside Stadium.

They will feature a taste of Rock, Country, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, and 90s throwbacks – all included with park admission. This year’s headliners include:

  • February 4: En Vogue (R&B)
  • February 5: REO Speedwagon (Rock
  • February 11: The Commodores (Funk & Soul)
  • February 18: Collective Soul (Rock)
  • February 19: Jerry Rivera (Latin)
  • February 25: Don McLean (Rock)
  • February 26: Ludacris (Hip Hop)
  • March 4: Joey Fatone & Friends (Pop)
  • March 26: Eli Young Band (Country)

… and many more performers to be announced!

For the best seats in the house, Reserved Seating can be purchased online!

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

Best Way to Play

One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2023 Fun Card, which offers park admission through December 31, 2023, for one low price of $129.99.

Guests who purchase a Fun Card can attend the Seven Seas Food Festival, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Cinco de Mayo.

Guests will also be admitted to SeaWorld Orlando for a full calendar year to experience thrilling rides, amazing animal encounters, and energizing entertainment while being part of all the seasonal events happening in 2023.

For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment.

With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like exclusive access to “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” through the “Passport to Thrills” program, free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more! Some restrictions and blockout dates apply.

Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Big Bounce America Debuts in Orlando

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

The Big Bounce America 2023 tour comes to Dezerland Action Park Orlando this February with the most action-packed experience of the year.

This experience is s perfect for adventurous families and can be enjoyed from Saturday, February 4th through Sunday, February 5th, and Friday, February 10th through Sunday, February 12th

Featuring the only Guinness-certified world record holder of The World’s Largest Bounce House, The Big Bounce America is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world.

Sophia Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of The Big Bounce America, shared how important the event is for the times: “We need more fun in the world! After the times we’ve just gone through, we invite you to kick those shoes off and let loose for a while. We have the perfect event to allow kids and adults alike to get out of the house and enjoy an outdoor event like they’ve never experienced… this is going to be one immersive bouncing festival for all ages!”

It includes four massive inflatable attractions that you will have to see to believe.

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

There is a 16,000 sq. foot World’s Largest Bounce House that includes giant slides, ball pits, climbing towers, basketball hoops, and fun, friendly, over-sized characters of various colors, shapes, and sizes for those all-important Instagram moments.

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

New to the Big Bounce America tour is the Sport Slam, featuring a customized sports arena.

There are also special zones for climbing and a ‘battle zone’ where you can compete against your family and friends to see who can stay on their podium the longest.

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

For the athletes, there is an incredible 900+ ft. long obstacle course named The Giant.

There are 50 different obstacles to overcome as you make your way from the start line to our grand finale monster slide. Whether you’re looking for some fun competition between family and friends, or you want to bounce around the weird and colorful inflatable landscape at your own pace, The Giant is not to be missed!

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

And rounding out the most massive inflatable lineup, a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.

At the center of this dreamland is a custom-built stage where the resident DJ turns up the party, hosting games, and competitions and playing music tailored to each age group. 

Everyone is invited to enjoy the experience as sessions are organized by age, ranging from tiny tots to adult-only sessions.

The Big Bounce America continues to turn up the wow factor on family-friendly entertainment!

Big Bounce America Orlando February 2023

All-Access Tickets are available online and jam-packed with value. These tickets include a three-hour pass to the event, a timed session on The World’s Largest Bounce House, and unlimited access to Sport Slam, The Giant, and airSPACE!

Tickets start at just $22. Events are expected to sell out; advanced tickets are encouraged.

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Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando is back by popular demand this Saturday and Sunday, January 21 & 22! 

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend Highlights

Families can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all their favorite furry friends for a fun-filled Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend with hands-on activities, character photo opportunities, and more. 

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Kids can gather around Big Bird’s Nest for “Storytime with Big Bird,” where he will be sharing some of his favorite stories at select times throughout the day. 

Families can move and dance to the beat during the coolest party on wheels and celebrate with their favorite friends at the award-winning Sesame Street Party Parade. 

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Kids can earn special badges for things like Bravery, Helping, Manners, and more all weekend and join the Everyday Heroes Club. As part of Everyday Heroes Club, guests can meet members of the Orange County Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office and get an up-close look at first responder vehicles in Sesame Street Land! Each organization will have members present to meet guests, take photos, and answer questions. 

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Kids Weekend 2021

Another exciting activity that will captivate kids during this special weekend will be “Oscar’s Trash Art,” where they can turn everyday materials that may seem like trash into beautiful works of art.

ALL-NEW Sesame Street Friends Arrive during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend

Some ALL-NEW Sesame Street friends are visiting just for Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando. 

Baby Bear, Honker, and Dinger will join the fun. Guests will see them walking around Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, can say hello, and take photos with these characters who are visiting for a limited time.

Sesame Street Weekend 2021 SeaWorld Orlando

Elmo & Julia’s Birthday Celebrations

In addition to Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend, there are two exciting birthdays in January and February! 

Guests can celebrate Julia’s birthday on January 24th in Sesame Street Land with a special storytime and photo opportunities with Julia. 

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Then the party continues with Elmo’s Birthday Celebration, taking place daily between January 28 – February 3. 

During the celebration, guests can take part in meet-and-greets, a family-friendly DJ dance party, photo opportunities with Elmo and friends, and more surprises in select locations around Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld, including:

  • Elmo’s Birthday Storytime
    • Elmo has an incredibly special story to tell for his birthday, and he wants to share it with all his friends! Guests can watch his float throughout the day and find a spot to listen nearby.
  • Scavenger Hunt
    • There are many places around Sesame Street Land for Elmo’s pet goldfish, Dorothy, to hide, and families will have fun finding her in a special scavenger hunt!

And the best gift? It is all included with your theme park admission!

SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card 2020

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card

The best way to take in everything Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando has to offer is with the free Preschool Card. 

SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando offer an ocean of adventures perfect for some of the parks’ youngest guests with the 2023 Preschool Card. 

It is now available for registration exclusively for Florida residents. SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando will offer kids ages five and younger a FREE Preschool Card valid for visits through December 31, 2023, for unlimited admission to both parks. 

This offer allows children to experience unlimited access to their favorite Sesame Street experiences, up-close animal encounters, family-friendly entertainment, and awe-inspiring animal presentations. 

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SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass Offer

For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment. 

With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like exclusive access to “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” through the “Passport to Thrills” program, free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more! Some restrictions and blockout dates apply. 

Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Drawn to Life Announces New 2023 Schedule

Drawn to Life Finale Bow

Drawn to Life, presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney, is the gem of Disney Springs, and for 2023 the show’s schedule will include new matinee show times on Sundays.

Guests can enjoy two performances daily, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Disney Springs West Side, with showtimes Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“Based on feedback from guests, we determined this new schedule will offer great daytime opportunities for travelers and locals to see the show, especially those with children,” said Heather Reilly, Drawn to Life Company Manager.

Tickets for next year’s performances are available for sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawn-to-life.

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Drawn to Life has been delighting audiences at Disney Springs West Side since its November 2021 premiere with an imaginative blend of timeless Disney magic and remarkable Cirque du Soleil artistry.

The family-friendly show tells the story of the love between a father and a daughter, drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100-year heritage of storytelling.

The show celebrates iconic Disney stories and characters through innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, musical scores, and brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists.

And Florida Residents can now also take advantage of new offers!

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023 Announcements

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Universal Orlando Resort

The countdown to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras is ON, and the resort shared some exciting announcements about the concerts, parade, eats, and special offers!

I cannot wait to go beyond the bayou and let the good times roll from February 4 through April 16, 2023, featuring a dazzling Mardi Gras parade, mouthwatering cuisine inspired by global Carnaval celebrations, and, on select nights, live concerts by top names in music – all included with regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023 Announcements

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023

STAR-STUDDED MARDI GRAS CONCERT LINEUP

This year’s concert series will feature eight live performances by popular names in music like GRAMMY-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls, GRAMMY-winning Platinum superstar Maren Morris and GRAMMY-winning artist Sean Paul at the Music Plaza stage – an outdoor concert venue set against the backdrop of the towering Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. See below for the complete concert lineup.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS 2023 CONCERTS
DateHeadliner
February 4Patti LaBelle
February 10JVKE
February 11Goo Goo Dolls
February 18Maren Morris
February 19WILLOW
February 253 Doors Down
March 4Sean Paul
March 5Lauren Daigle
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023


NEW “MYTHICAL REALMS OF MARDI GRAS” PARADE THEME
Guests of all ages can dance along with high-energy performers and catch beads by the handful during this year’s spectacular parade, which will showcase a new “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” theme inspired by fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns, and more – with a Mardi Gras twist.

This year’s imaginative theme will be brought to life within six incredibly detailed and festive parade floats that will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic, two-story Riverboat and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023
Indonesian Black Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango

TASTE THE INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL
The mouthwatering flavors of global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond will come to life as part of an expansive menu featuring more than 50 tasting-sized items for guests to enjoy at this year’s event.

While venturing throughout the parkwide celebration, guests will find kiosks featuring delectable food and beverage inspired by iconic fare from around the world – including the classic Crawfish Boil and deliciously fluffy Beignets from New Orleans, Shrimp Ceviche Tostada from Mexico, a Mofongo Flight inspired by the Carnaval Ponceño in Puerto Rico, Indonesian Black Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango and so much more.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets

Plus, for the first time ever, Universal Orlando’s other theme parks are joining the fun by featuring a limited selection of Mardi Gras items, including Gumbo, Jambalaya, King Cake, and more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the Muffuletta Long Board Pizza at Universal’s Volcano Bay.

For a limited time, guests can save $10 on purchasing a Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card to experience the savory flavors of Mardi Gras, which allows them to enjoy more for less by paying $65 for a $75 card.

Annual and Seasonal Passholders also receive special savings with the purchase of an exclusive $150 card for only $120. The Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card is available at Mardi Gras food & beverage locations throughout Universal Studios Florida.

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ALL-NEW MARDI GRAS TRIBUTE STORE AND MERCHANDISE
Located within an all-new space in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida, this year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store invites guests to an international jazz celebration that leads to the traditional alleyways of New Orleans and ultimately into a speakeasy where the Mardi Gras celebration continues.

Within the new store, guests can shop a new selection of Mardi Gras merchandise that ranges from apparel to accessories and collectibles such as keychains, pins, themed glasses, and even some personalized options – allowing them to take a piece of Florida’s Biggest Party home with them.

Guests can also devour tasty treats inspired by this year’s celebration within the new retail location.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide

THE PARTY CONTINUES AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HOTELS
Guests can keep the party going at Universal CityWalk with special Mardi Gras festivities at select venues and food kiosks featuring delicious menu items that offer a taste of the Mediterranean, the Islands, and popular Mardi Gras fare.

Pat O’Brien’s will host a Mardi Gras After Party on select nights from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. that includes live entertainment, exclusive food and drink offerings, and a special Fat Tuesday celebration on February 21 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. featuring a dueling piano and more.

Reservations for the festivities at Pat O’Brien’s can be made by calling 407-224-3663.

Plus, the Red Coconut Club will transform the Mardi Gras season into the Cursed Coconut Club – more details and dates of operation will be shared soon.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Cauliflower Dirty Rice

The best way to experience Universal’s Mardi Gras is to stay at one of Universal’s eight incredible hotels. Each hotel will have exclusive Mardi Gras offerings such as Cajun Jambalaya Pasta at Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, N’awlins Po’ Boy Sliders at Velvet Bar at Hard Rock Hotel, Crawfish Etouffee at Bar 17 Bistro at Universal’s Aventura Hotel and more. Universal Orlando hotel guests can also enjoy exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and complimentary transportation to the theme parks.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

INCREDIBLE OFFERS TO GET THE CELEBRATION STARTED
Access to Universal’s Mardi Gras is included with theme park admission. Starting today, Florida Residents can take advantage of a new offer to partake in the festivities that gives them two days of free admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (valid for use through June 29, 2023; blockout dates apply) – and for just $25 more they can add one day of admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Florida residents and Universal Orlando Passholders looking to stay close to the celebration can save 35% on select rooms at all Universal Orlando hotels during select dates this Mardi Gras season.

U.S. and Canada residents wanting to join the festivities can still save 25% on a 5-Day/5-Night Vacation Package to visit Universal Orlando this spring and experience Mardi Gras (blockout dates apply).

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration 2023

EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PASSHOLDERS
Universal Orlando Passholders also get access to Universal’s Mardi Gras (blockout dates apply) and receive exclusive perks, including a Mardi Gras themed magnet, the opportunity to reserve a spot to a ride a float, access to a special viewing area to enjoy the Mardi Gras parade and more. Additional details about passholder benefits for this year’s celebration will be shared soon.

For more information about Universal’s Mardi Gras and additional offerings like the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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25 Things to Know About Rock the Universe

On the Go in the Parks Rock the Universe 2022

Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort is back for its’ 25th anniversary on January 27-29, 2023.

Here are 25 things to know about the Rock the Universe event.

  1. Rock the Universe is Florida’s biggest Christian music festival!
  2. Hosted at Universal Studios Florida, Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event held every winter.
  3. The event began in 1998 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary of faith, fun, and fellowship.
  4. There are endless musical and worship experiences with three stages: Music Plaza Stage, Hollywood Stage, and the Coca-Cola FanZone Stage.
  5. This year’s headline acts, performing on the Music Plaza Stage Friday night, include Tauren Wells, Skillet, and Rend Collective.
  6. Artists performing on the Hollywood Stage Friday night are Bethel Music, Evan Craft, and Katy Nichole.
  7. Saturday’s headlining acts on the Music Plaza Stage are Zach Williams, Matthew West, and Anne Wilson.
  8. Hollywood Stage’s musical acts on Saturday night include Dante Bowe, We Are Messengers, and CAIN.
  9. Our musical guests love Rock the Universe! This year, Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Skillet, Matthew West, Bethel Music, and Rend Collective are returning acts.
  10. GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet first performed at the event in 2001 and has returned 11 times since.
  11. Christian rock band, Newsboys holds the record for the most Rock the Universe performances; they have performed 12 different years.
  12. In total, this year’s headline acts have 14 nominations for the Grammy Awards, 74 nominations, and 19 awards for the GMA Dove Awards.
  13. Located in the New York section of the park, the FanZone Stage, presented by Coca-Cola, will feature live performances from up-and-coming acts, plus DJ Promote, who will be playing both nights.
  14. Performers on this stage include Ryan Ellis, Jordan St. Cyr, Gable Price & Friends, Ben Fuller, and Stephen Stanley.
  15. Keep the party going – Electronic dance music will continue at the FanZone Stage after the live performances.
  16. Fans can meet performers each night during the Coca-Cola FanZone Autograph Sessions.
  17. Beyond the main stage performances, festival attendees can enjoy worship experiences – including a powerful, non-denominational Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to wrap up the weekend. 
  18. The Mosaic Church Band from Winter Garden, FL, leads the worship service’s musical direction.
  19. Youth Leaders can relax during the event in select lounges throughout the park, located at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and the Pantages Theatre.
  20. Rock the Universe attendees have exclusive access to thrilling Universal Studios attractions during event hours. Rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers: The Ride – 3D, and Revenge of the Mummy, to name a few.
  21. Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries at the heart of the event.
  22. Universal Orlando offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.
  23. For group rate tickets, chaperones get in for free for every ten tickets purchased.
  24. A Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
  25. To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.
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2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
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The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns to the Walt Disney World with a global celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023.

This year’s daily celebration invites park guests to immerse themselves in the joy of art and to let their creativity shine as they experience a variety of experiences that are included with their theme park admission.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Highlights

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts Walt Disney World

Performing Arts

The performing arts take center stage with new and returning artists performing around World Showcase.

Guests can enjoy musical artists Mariachi Cobre, feel the beat of the JAMMitors, watch artists create magic in front of an audience, and listen to the iconic Voices of Liberty.

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DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series

Three times each evening, the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series fills the American Gardens Theatre with some of Broadway’s biggest stars performing songs from more than 25 years of award-winning DISNEY ON BROADWAY stage productions.

The full lineup of show-stopping performers includes:

  • January 13, 15, 16, 19, 20 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • January 14, 17, 18, 21, 22 – Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • January 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 3 – Patti Murin (“Frozen”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)
  • January 24, 27, 28, 31, Feb. 1, 4, 5– Mandy Gonzalez (“AIDA”) & L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”)
  • February 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19 – Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) & Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • February 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • February 20 – Special, extended finale performance featuring Brown, Scott, Simmons & Strickland

If you want to guarantee your seat and enjoy a delicious meal, DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages are available at ArtfulEpcot.com.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Visual Arts

More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their eye-catching and brilliant works at marketplaces and host signings throughout the World Showcase to celebrate the visual arts.

  • The lineup features many new faces, including husband and wife photography team Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, and returning favorites such as Dylan Bonner, Fenway Fan, Jerrod Maruyama, Ashley Taylor, and more.
  • Guests can catch a glimpse of artists at work with a peek inside the Disney Artist Gallery or the WonderGround Gallery.
  • From Figment to Jiminy Cricket, Chalk Full of Characters features charming chalk drawings in tucked-away corners throughout EPCOT.
  • An outdoor art wall features stories and characters that reflect EPCOT’s imaginative and innovative spirit at Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating EPCOT.
2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Culinary Arts

Every year the Epcot culinary team creates a wide selection of culinary masterpieces that are Instagrammable and delicious!

During the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests will enjoy beautiful bites at 16 Food Studios around the World Showcase Lagoon, with new favorites you will want to visit!

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic join the lineup this year with an array of vibrant and playful food and beverage items guaranteed to ignite guests’ imaginations.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Also new in 2023, Moderne invites guests to explore an avante-garde menu that promises to inspire and delight. Selections include Angry Crab, a whole, crispy soft-shell crab served with green papaya salad, mango-Sriracha fluid gel, and coconut-lime foam with pomegranate and mango crush pearls – perfect for pairing with a J. Lohr Riesling – in addition to other tempting treats.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

The Artist’s Table in the American Adventure pavilion also boasts a new menu of artistically elevated comfort foods, including Duck and Dumplings with smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus, with other delicious items to savor as well.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Family Fun

Families experiencing the Epcot International Festival of the Arts can see and create art together through interactive activities.

Guests of all ages can express their creative side by learning to draw a Disney character at the Animation Academy, kids can create their own chalk art masterpieces at Kid’s Chalk Art, leave their creative mark at Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural, and help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase with Figment’s Brush with the Masters.

For a unique keepsake and social media moment, guests can “Step into” life-sized versions of some of the most-admired artwork from around the world at special photo locations throughout EPCOT.

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

Festival Merchandise

The fun and memories do not stop when you leave the park because guests can purchase exclusive EPCOT International Festival of the Arts merchandise featuring beloved Disney characters. 

If you are interested in attending the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, please remember that all guests ages three and older must have a park reservation in addition to valid admission for the same park on the same date. 

2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Amy Smith, Photographer

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort Park Pass Reservation System, a reservation availability calendar, and Florida Resident hotel and ticket offers, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/experience-updates/park-reservations/.

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Universal Parks & Resorts Announces Texas Park

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Universal Parks & Resorts announces a one-of-a-kind theme park, unlike any other in the world, specifically designed to inspire fun for families with young children.

The new park concept, set in a lush green landscape and featuring immersive themed lands, celebrates Universal’s iconic brand of entertainment, humor, and innovation. It brings to life its beloved characters and stories in ways that will wow even the youngest theme park goers.

Universal Parks & Resorts selected the city of Frisco, in North Texas, as the area for this new concept, given the city’s growing population and ability to attract businesses to the area. The proposed location for the new concept is ideally situated east of the Dallas North Tollway and north of Panther Creek Parkway.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the city of Frisco and Mayor Cheney as we work to bring this innovative, new concept to life designed specifically for a younger generation of Universal fans,” said Page Thompson, President of New Ventures, Universal Parks & Resorts. “We think North Texas is the perfect place to launch this unique park for families given its growing popularity within this part of the country.”

The proposed park will be designed to be more intimate and engaging for younger audiences and will be sized for a regional audience.

It will be full of family-friendly attractions, interactive and playful shows, character meet and greets, unique merchandise, and fun food and beverage venues.

Although smaller, it will still carry the same quality as Universal’s other larger resort destinations.

“Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and has been recognized as a great place to plant professional roots and raise a family,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “This new Universal concept will continue to enhance our tax base, expand employment opportunities and bring even more fun to Frisco benefiting our residents, businesses, and visitors.”

Part of 97 acres of land recently purchased by the company, the proposed park also has plans for an adjacent themed hotel and room for expansion.

The entire area is intended to have a completely different look, feel, and scale than Universal’s existing parks and will appeal to a new audience for the brand.

More details about the project will be revealed over time.

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Walt Disney World News Roundup – 1/10/2023

The Walt Disney World Resort shared a TON of news over the past few days about attractions, exciting changes for visitors, and special offers!

Let’s dive right in!!!

Prepare to Enter the Grid

TRON Lightcycle / Run Debuts April 4

On April 4, 2023, guests will enter the Grid and climb aboard their very own lightcycles on TRON Lightcycle / Run, one of the fastest coasters in any Disney park.

As part of Team Blue, guests compete against fierce Team Orange to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates in a dark, computerized world.

Before the attraction officially opens, cast members will be the first to enter the Grid during special previews. And I heard preview opportunities are coming for guests too, including Annual Passholders and eligible Disney Vacation Club Members.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements
Josh D’Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products) at the D23 Expo

BIG News For Walt Disney World Visitors

Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, has shared some BIG news for Walt Disney World Visitors that is AMAZING!!!!

Beginning in the next few months, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will be able to visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Pass blockout dates will continue to apply as they do today.

Complimentary self-parking returns for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels beginning this evening, January 10

Beginning in the next few months, guests purchasing Disney Genie+ service will also receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos taken in the park on the day of their purchase at no additional charge. 

I’m excited about all of these changes and offers and want you to know that we are committed to listening, adapting, and staying relentlessly focused on making the guest experience at our Disney parks even better.

I believe there’s no other place like Disney and of course, nothing helps our guests connect with Disney like you do. And while it’s easy to celebrate the products we make, the moments we create, and the experiences we provide … I think it’s important that we recognize all of YOU who make it happen.

Thank you for all that you do. Here’s to an amazing 2023! Cheers!

Josh

What’s Next for Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars

Fan-favorite nighttime spectacular “Happily Ever After” returns to Magic Kingdom Park on April 3, featuring all-new projections down Main Street, U.S.A. “Disney Enchantment” will be offered through April 2.

And as we shared at D23 Expo in September, an all-new nighttime spectacular is planned to debut at EPCOT later this year.

But, before the new show launches, “EPCOT Forever” will be back as an interim show over the skies of World Showcase Lagoon starting April 3. Similar to how it appeared in 2021, “EPCOT Forever” is the perfect offering while the Entertainment team preps the Lagoon, including a phased removal of fireworks platforms following the final “Harmonious” performance on April 2.

A limited-time spectacle of lasers, lighting, special effects, and fireworks, “EPCOT Forever” returns with a collection of songs that offer both a trip down memory lane and a look toward the future.

Walt Disney World 50th World's Most Magical Celebration
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Disney Weekday Magic Ticket

The Disney Weekday Magic Ticket is back!* Beginning today, Floridians will be able to purchase a 2-day ticket for $175 (plus tax) to visit Walt Disney World Resort theme parks Monday through Friday (ticket is valid through April 27, 2023, subject to blockout dates**).

Welcoming guests into new and timeless stories, Florida residents can discover wonder and joy throughout a range of experiences at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, including:

  • Discover a beautiful land that celebrates the magic of nature, exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
  • The larger-than-life show “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, filled with songs, pageantry, and puppetry, celebrates the classic movie “The Lion King.” 
  • EPCOT International Festival of the Arts presented by AT&T – one of my favorite EPCOT festivals – kicks off January 13 and runs through Feb. 20 with show-stopping performances, delicious cuisine, and creative talents and artwork.
  • Guests can shrink down to the size of Chef Remy for a 4D culinary adventure on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT. 
  • All aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad! The beloved steam train is again welcoming guests on a convenient – and nostalgic – trip around Magic Kingdom Park.
  • The recent return of the beloved nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios features a brand-new show sequence. If you have not yet seen the show’s triumphant return, now is the time to do so!
  • Guests may zip away on a zany adventure through a cartoon universe crammed with surprises on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

… and even more exciting debuts are on the horizon across Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!

To learn additional details, including information on 3-day and 4-day Disney Weekday Magic Tickets, visit DisneyWorld.com/Resident.

*Disney Magic Weekday Tickets are valid for one theme park per day. Proof of Florida residency is required. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. As a reminder, reservations are required with admission for each day of your visit. Reservations are limited and subject to availability.

**Subject to the following blockout dates: March 13-17, 2023, April 3-7, 2023 and April 10-14, 2023.

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Florida Resident Hotel Offer

Florida residents can save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels on select dates. If you are looking for a reason to get away, whether it’s a family vacation, a couple’s retreat, or a trip with the friend group, this is your sign to do so! To learn more, visit DisneyWorld.com/FLSave.

When you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you get access to special perks, such as 30-minute early entry into the theme parks every day (valid theme park admission and theme park reservation required)*** and free transportation, turning joyful moments into treasured memories.

***For early theme park entry, you’ll need valid admission, a park reservation and Resort ID

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2023 Events

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay just announced their exciting lineup of events for 2023, offering guests never-ending fun and entertainment options, including one-of-a-kind seasonal festivities, a world-class lineup of concerts and events included with park admission, and thrilling attractions such as the award-winning Iron Gwazi, and the new Serengeti Flyer opening in Spring 2023.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2023 Events

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mardi Gras

January 14 – March 5 (select dates)

Inspired by the vibrant colors and delectable flavors of New Orleans’ biggest celebration, Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will transport guests to a festive realm of bayou-inspired fanfare featuring Cajun-inspired culinary delights, a lively parade with new festive characters, multicolored beads, an authentic brass band playing live and spirited entertainment offerings for the entire family. Mardi Gras is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Gardens Real Music Series

Real Music Series

January 17 – February 26 (weekly; Tuesdays-Sundays)

Busch Gardens’ longest-running concert series returns with All-New acts! The Stanleyville Theater will host fantastic live performances, including artistic renditions of some of the best-known classic rock, rhythm & blues, and pop bands. Real Music Series is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

January 17 – 22New! – The Kings of Queen
January 24 – 29New! – Face 2 Face, Elton & Billy
January 31 – February 5New! – Foreigners Journey
February 7 – 12New! – Steve Michaels as Elvis
February 14 – 19New! – Direct from Sweden, the Music of ABBA
February 21 – 26New! – The Purple Xperience
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends

January 27 – February 12; April 28 – May 21 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens is where kids and parents can join in on the fun. Now including Fridays, families can meet and greet their favorite furry friends at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area for storytime, interactive dance parties, arts & crafts, and much more. New limited-time festivities happen each weekend of the event, all included with park admission, Annual Pass, or Fun Cards.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival 2021

Food & Wine Festival

March 10 – May 21 (select dates)

Each weekend from March 10 through May 21, the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival offers delectable dishes to pair with wines, craft brews, and cocktails. While indulging in the event’s vibrant culinary delights, guests will also enjoy some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. The event and all concerts are included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards. The lineup for 2023 includes the following:

March 11Kansas
March 12Maddie & Tae
March 18SWV
March 19Dustin Lynch
March 25Rodney Atkins
March 26Flo Rida
April 2MacKenzie Porter
April 8+Live+
April 9The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute Band)
April 1538 Special
April 29Hoobastank

Musical performances on April 1, 16, 22-23, and 30 will be announced soon.

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Cinco de Mayo

May 5 – 7 (Friday – Sunday)

Guests can enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine, authentic music, and festive entertainment while celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Busch Gardens. Included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Viva La Musica 2022 SeaWorld Orlando

Viva la Música

May 5 – 21 (Friday, May 5; Saturdays and Sundays)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay hosts a Hispanic music, food, and culture celebration from May 5 – 21. Every Saturday and Sunday, plus Cinco de Mayo, guests can dance to live musical performances from award-winning Latin artists, authentic cuisine, and more. Viva la Música is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards. The lineup for 2023 includes:

May 5Ultimate Selena Experience – The Como La Flor Band
May 7El Gran Combo

Musical performances on May 6, 13-14, and 20-21 will be announced soon.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2020

Summer Nights

May 26 – August 6 (daily)

The thrills continue at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay after dark, where summery fun mixes with Florida’s top thrilling attractions and a festive ambiance. The vibrancy of Summer Nights is powered by electrifying entertainment, including new shows, an updated ice-skating show, and more, available throughout the park from opening and extending way past sunset. Fireworks will be available on select nights. Summer Nights is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

4th of July Celebration

June 30 – July 4 (Friday – Tuesday)

Celebrate the Independence of the United States at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The event features a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to an emotive soundtrack, entertainment, and more. Included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2022 Selfie

Bier Fest

July 21 – September 4 (Friday – Sunday plus Labor Day)

Bier Fest offers the ultimate jaw-dropping combo, a delectable blend of food and favorite craft beers from around the world and local favorites. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 28 through Sept. 4, and Labor Day. Bier Fest is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020

Howl-O-Scream

September 8 – October 31 (select nights)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is transformed into a nightmare of inescapable fear for Howl-O-Scream 2023. Spine-chilling scares and haunted houses, devious creatures lurking in every dark corner, and pulse-pounding rides in the absence of daylight return on select nights from Sept. 8 through Oct. 31. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022

Spooktacular

September 8 – October 31 (Fridays – Sundays plus October 30-31)

At Busch Gardens Spooktacular, guests will step into a whimsical world of enchantment full of not-so-spooky Halloween fun. This family-friendly event features a costume parade, story time, and trick-or-treating. Spooktacular is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town Village

Christmas Town

November 13 – January 7, 2024 (daily)

A celebration of Yuletide traditions, Christmas Town, is the holiday winter wonderland for guests to enjoy millions of lights, heart-warming treats, festive entertainment, and the perfect set for a family photo. Christmas Town is included with daily park admission, Annual Pass or Fun Cards.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Pay for a Day, Play, and Splash All Year

For a limited time, for the price of a single day admission ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can secure their 2023 Fun Card guaranteeing year-round access to a stellar event lineup, award-winning rollercoasters like Iron Gwazi, thrilling attractions such as Serengeti Flyer, and endless waterpark fun under the sun at Adventure Island.  Right now, guests can purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card at BuschGardensTampa.com and receive an Adventure Island Water Park Fun Card for FREE.

Guests can learn more about all the events, special deals and future announcements by visiting BuschGardensTampa.com

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Inside Look Program at SeaWorld Orlando

Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando just announced the return of the park’s highly-anticipated “Inside Look” program for two weekends in January.

It’s an annual experience that brings guests behind the scenes to learn more about animal care at one of the world’s leading zoological organizations.

Guests will be able to visit places, meet people not available to the public, and see the conservation work SeaWorld’s animal care experts do around the clock.

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019
Photo: SeaWorld Orlando

The event runs during the weekends of January 7 & 8 and January 14 & 15. “Inside Look” experiences are included in regular park admission, but this event is extremely popular and highly attended, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to access this exclusive offering.  

“At SeaWorld Orlando, we are always looking for ways to inspire guests to be advocates for animal conservation,” said Kyle Miller, Park President of SeaWorld Orlando. “Inside Look is a way to showcase the hard work our animal care specialists do behind the scenes and educate future generations about how they can help protect endangered species and marine habitats for years to come.”

There will be many incredible exclusive experiences returning to SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program this year and a few exciting new ones, including: 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

Inside Marine Mammal Care: Guests can experience a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for dolphins, sea lions, and whales, from feeding to a poolside encounter led by animal care specialists. With this experience, visitors can better understand the role that learned animal behaviors play in wellness checks and see the team applying those behaviors to perform vital health examinations with the animals in their care. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside the SeaWorld Rescue Center: Guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to 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. Guests can learn more about SeaWorld’s Rescue Center, which has the capacity to care for hundreds of animals. SeaWorld’s Rescue Teams have aided over 40,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals, giving them a second chance at life.  

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Inside Aquarium Experiences: Guests can catch an exclusive glimpse at SeaWorld’s many aquariums, including Shark Encounter and Manta Aquarium, from a birds-eye view or from underneath the tank itself. They will be able to learn what goes into keeping SeaWorld’s animals healthy and how animal care experts maintain animal habitats to mirror wild environments closely. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Pacific Point Preserve: A NEW addition to last year’s program, guests can take a behind-the-scenes look at the home of our California sea lions and harbor seals. They can hear stories and gain insights from the animal care specialists who care for them daily and learn what it takes to maintain a thriving sea lion social group. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Orca Encounter: There is more for guests to learn with exclusive backstage access at Orca Encounter. They will meet and hear from dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of our killer whales. Park guests will also see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day, check out our larger-than-life whale toys, and visit our medical pool and habitat pool system to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Wild Arctic: Visitors will step behind the scenes into the maze of back hallways that provide service access to the beluga whales and harbor seals that call Wild Arctic home. Plus, guests will meet the team members who spend their days caring for these incredible animals. 

“The behind-the-scenes experiences that are part of Inside Look shed a light on the exceptional care, and round-the-clock work our Rescue Team and animal care specialists provide to sick and injured marine animals,” said Jon Peterson, Vice President of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “We are thrilled to be able to show our guests the world-class operations in our park and the dedication of our teams to protect and care for all our animals, including some incredible species, to try to help avoid their extinction.”

Presentations & Animal Care Specialist Talks 

Guests will also be able to participate in special presentations and animal care specialist talks at select times throughout the day. They will be able to meet members of the SeaWorld Rescue & Dive Teams, respectively, during exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities at the Rescue Center. They’ll hear firsthand stories of how it feels to rescue and return animals in need from the Rescue Team, learn the basics of diving and discover some little-known secrets of what it takes to be a part of the dive team.

One of our most anticipated care talks during this year’s “Inside Look” will be centered around Ridgway, the baby dolphin rescued in July. Guests will get an “inside look” into Ridgway’s everyday care, his rescue and rehabilitation journey, and a unique opportunity to watch his bottle-feeding conducted by one of our animal care specialists.

Family Activity Zone Returns 

Back by popular demand, the Family Activity Zone will return to “Inside Look.” Guests won’t want to miss the special games, crafts, and activities SeaWorld Orlando will have set up for kids and families. It’s another fun way for the park’s youngest guests to learn more about the amazing animals that call SeaWorld home and how they help the environment we share! 

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

Best Way to Experience the “Inside Look” Program 

One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program is with an annual pass. Guests can become an annual Pass member for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment. 

With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise, and more!

Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.  

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

World Class Animal Care, Accredited and Regulated by Experts 

SeaWorld Inside Look offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations. 

Its team of more than 1,000 animal specialists maintains the highest animal welfare and veterinary care standards for one of the largest zoological collections in the world.   

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld is regulated by various government authorities focused on animal welfare. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service performs routine, unannounced visits to SeaWorld to ensure adherence to federal standards and regulations.  The visits include a review of the physical premises, records, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care, and animal handling procedures to ensure that SeaWorld meets and/or exceeds the required standard of care. 

SeaWorld is also regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries, the primary federal agency responsible for the stewardship of living ocean resources and the marine habitats on which they rely.  NOAA enforces guidelines in-laws, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. 

SeaWorld is accredited by third-party organizations, including the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA)

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Achieving and maintaining accreditation from these groups is a rigorous evaluation process in areas beyond government regulatory agencies’ scope. 

For example, reviews of social settings, team training, habitat enrichment, medical facility, food and water preparation, guest interactions, education programs, and more.

SeaWorld has also earned the Humane Certified seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare.  Reviews and accreditations by these organizations represent the highest standards of care and welfare for specific species. 

Dedicated to Marine Animal and Ecosystem Conservation  

The commitment of SeaWorld extends beyond the animals in residence. The SeaWorld Rescue team is on call 24×7 to help animals anywhere they are needed.  The team logged a combined total of over 50,000 miles in 2021 to rescue animals in need, equivalent to circling the Earth over six times. The team has helped more than 40,000 animals, making it one of the world’s largest marine animal rescue organizations.  

SeaWorld also advances the science of marine animal health through the study of animals in its care, partnerships with leading academic institutions, and with SeaWorld Conservation Fund grants to organizations focused on marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research.  Since 2003, Fund grants have been made to support 541 marine-specific conservation projects on all seven continents.   

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Disney Springs Celebrates Health & Wellness

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Springs wants to be a part of your New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2023 with Celebrates Health & Wellness, presented by AdventHealth.

The popular event kicks off with the return of Fitness Fridays!

Every Friday morning during the month of January, head to Disney Springs for a yoga class hosted by Fabletics or Lululemon. You can find more details and register online.

They have also partnered with AdventHealth, the Official Health Care Provider of Walt Disney World, to bring you 31 Days of Wellness Tips!

Be sure to follow @DisneySprings on Instagram because they’ll be sharing daily health and wellness tips on their stories.

If you miss a day, don’t worry! You can tap through all the tips in the highlight saved to the page at any time during the month to learn how you can practice wellness at Disney Springs and at home.

Skin products from MAC Cosmetics and a guest at The Art of Shaving Disney Springs

Here’s a hint…a few wellness tips will feature services and treatments around Disney Springs.

Treat yourself (and your skin) at Sephora with the Perk Face & Lip Treatments by HydraFacial.

Restore and rejuvenate at The Art of Shaving with various services, including Premium Shave, Premium Haircut, Premium Head Shave, Scalp Therapy Treatment, Express Facials, and more.

Stop by L’Occitane en Provence for complimentary mini facials and hand massages.

And, put your best face forward at MAC Cosmetics with a complimentary in-store skin artistry service.

Items from Basin and a guest at Fit2Run Disney Springs

Looking to do a little self-care shopping? Basin is your one-stop shop for feel-good essentials. Browse their array of natural bath, body, and hair care items.

If you’re looking to refresh your workout wardrobe, Disney Springs is home to various athletic wear stores, including Lululemon, Under Armour, Fit2Run, and Fabletics.

Beet salad from Jaleo by Jose Andres and Terrralina Nojito from Terralina Crafted Italian Disney Springs

While we all know Disney Springs is known for indulgent, treat-yourself-type menu items, you can also find plenty of better-for-you dining options! 

Local Green Orlando Food Truck is a great alternative to fast food, featuring delicious American dishes made with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. 

Jaleo by Jose Andres is serving up a specialty dish for the month – their beet salad with pistachios and yogurt is backed with flavor and nutrients!

Several locations are also offering tasty mocktail options. Try the Mellow Mule, Peaceful Paloma, or Strawberry Soothe from City Works Eatery & Pour House, Terrralina Nojito from Terralina Crafted Italian, and Strawberry Lemonade from Paddlefish.

Be sure to check out the Disney Springs website for all the details on wellness offerings at Disney Springs this month. I

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Walt Disney World Resort – New in 2023

After a few years of construction at Walt Disney World, several new additions and closures are coming to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

New in 2023: Walt Disney World

Splash Mountain

In preparation for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will be closed starting Jan. 23, 2023, so we can begin the next phase of this attraction’s development.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure 2023 2024 Walt Disney World

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will have riders joining Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis during Mardi Gras season as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans. 

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will debut at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024, and I will be bringing you all updates along the way!

WDW50 Cinderella Castle

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

Fans of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebrations and treats will want to soak in all the fun before March 31, 2023.

Disney’s Enchantment has been illuminating the night sky over Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom for over a year. The spectacular evening will dazzle guests for the last time this Spring. 

While we don’t have many details about the show’s replacement, we do know (and are stoked) that the “Happily Ever After” anthem will be returning as part of the updated spectacular.

Harmonious at EPCOT will also be coming to a close at the end of March, and the rumor is that EPCOT Forever will return for a short run.

Disney 100 Years of Wonder

Disney100 will be the largest cross-company global celebration in the 100-year history of The Walt Disney Company. It will bring new décor, specialty food and beverages, character experiences, merchandise, and more to parks around the world and beyond.

The celebration will be based at Disneyland, and the fun will begin at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 1, 2023.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

TRON Lightcycle / Run

The MUCH anticipated TRON Lightcycle / Run will take riders into the Grid at the Magic Kingdom in 2023!

Lean forward into the ultimate race of survival! Leave the real world behind and join Team Blue in an epic quest across the Grid—the dark, computerized world with no horizons from TRON. Here, there’s no limit to the excitement.

Tron lightcycle run

Climb aboard your Lightcycle and take off on a high-speed adventure, racing against the Grid’s most menacing Programs. Surge past your fierce opponents as you attempt to cross through 8 Energy Gates and secure your team’s victory—so you can survive to race another day.

Walt Disney World has previously announced that TRON will open in Spring 2023, and I have my fingers crossed for an April 2023 opening since that is my Birthday month!

Woody's Roundup BBQ Disney's Hollywood Studios 2023

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant

Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to welcome guests for delicious barbecue and toy-sized fun in Spring 2023 to welcome guests for delicious grub and toy-sized fun. 

Using his imagination, Woody’s Roundup toys, and other playthings, Andy has built a rodeo restaurant for all his pals to enjoy barbecue-inspired comfort foods served family-style, with platters of house-smoked meats, a roundup of sides, and some miniature sweet surprises along the way.

The restaurant will be the world’s first “Toy Story” table service restaurant!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on April 22, 2023. 

While nothing has been officially announced, we will surely see some commemorative merchandise, art, and treats.

However, I am going to keep my fingers crossed for some big announcements! As soon as I know more, you know that I will be screaming it from the top of Expedition Everest!

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Journey of Water

Stroll along a self-guided outdoor trail where you can play and interact with water as it travels from the sky to the ocean and back again. Along the way, learn about the importance of water and discover its playful personality—just as Moana did on her heroic voyage.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, is scheduled to open in 2023 within World Nature — the EPCOT neighborhood dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty and balance of the natural world.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Dreamers Point

Get ready to find inspiration inside World Celebration,  the EPCOT neighborhood offering experiences to connect us to one another—and to our world, when the lush gardens of Dreamers Point open in late 2023.

Dreamers Point is located behind Spaceship Earth, and will also be home to the newest statue of Walt Disney.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements Figment Meet and Greet EPCOT

Figment Meet and Greet 

Imagination has always been a core theme at EPCOT, and guests will once again be able to meet their favorite Royal Purple Pigment Figment in late 2023.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Hatbox Ghost Arrives at the Haunted Mansion

A fan favorite, the Haunted Mansion, will welcome a new happy haunt as the Hatbox Ghost materializes in 2023.

The new Haunted Mansion movie releases on August 11, 2023, and wouldn’t that be an amazing promotional tie-in???

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Tank America now open in Orlando 

Tank America

What’s better than driving a 17-ton tank? Driving a tank and crushing cars! You can do all this at Tank America, now located in Orlando. 

Previously located in Melbourne, Florida, Tank America has made the move to Orlando and is now just outside of Baldwin Park, welcoming guests for a chance to get behind the controls of a 17-ton FV433 real military tank. Orlando’s newest attraction is on 14 acres of land and puts guests right in the center of the action as they navigate jungle terrain, hills, and mud holes. 

The new adventure park offers several high-intensity packages to give guests an immersive tank-driving experience. Each package includes a safety and vehicle briefing and offers an additional way to explore the terrain.

Tank America Packages include: 

  • Basic Tank Training: After a safety briefing from the platoon Commander at Headquarters, you will board one of our 17-ton tanks. Lead your crew through a 1/2-mile tank course that requires you to navigate hairpin turns, climb a fifteen-foot hill, and cross trenches.
  • Commander Package: Take the same epic adventure as the Basic Tank Training package with the added challenge of driving from inside the belly of the tank, navigating only through the vehicle’s periscope as if you’re driving into combat.  
  • Advanced Troop Package: Take the action up a notch and upgrade to the Advanced Troop Package to add a car crush, mud hole, and complimentary additional guest. This package is perfect for guests looking for even more destructive fun! The driver will find themselves face to face with a real car they get to drive over and crush three times from three different angles.  The glass will shatter, metal will fly, and the headlights will pop under the weight of 17 tons of armored tank fury.
  • Ultimate Package: With the Ultimate Package, you get to experience all that Tank America offers. Drive the tank course, including all the additional obstacles and the excitement of crushing a car. You can also test your skills using only the periscope and guidance from your tank commander to navigate through the Battle Front in combat locked up.

Tank America also offers packages for group visits. From bachelor parties to team building and anything in between, groups can come together and bond as they work through the experience. Get your adrenaline pumping behind the wheel of one of the awesome tanks.  

“Tank America is one of the only places in the country you can get behind the wheel of a real tank outside of the Army,” said Tank America partner John Kinney. “If you’re looking for a thrilling experience outside of the theme parks, it doesn’t get more thrilling than Tank America.” 

The FV433 Abbot Tank holds one driver and three passengers. Guests must be 16 years old to drive a tank and at least 55 inches tall to ride as a passenger. Operating hours are Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m.     

To learn more about Tank America, visit www.tankamerica.com.

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