On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 15-17, 2021

On the Go In the Parks January 2021

January is an absolutely wonderful time to be On the Go in the Parks because the weather is lovely and the crowds are traditionally lower!

This weekend the theme parks of Central Florida begin celebrating Mardi Gras, serve up some fantastic foods, immerse families in the arts, and take guests behind the scenes!

Let’s take a look at what you can experience!

On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 15-17, 2021

Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of the Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

The Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan and Dolphin is taking place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on January 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with each event offering 10 food stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 50 beverage offerings.

The event features live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage tastings, including dessert selections from the hotel’s world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.

Event-only tickets can be purchased online at SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com for $110 per person. 

Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Mardi Gras 2021

Let the Good Times Roll with Busch Gardens Mardi Gras – Jan. 16 through Feb. 16.

This year, join the fun every weekend to celebrate safely with an expanded Mardi Gras event! Enjoy more weekends all the way through “Fat Tuesday” with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair.

  • Get jazzed up with Mardi Gras-style live music and New Orleans-inspired entertainment.
  • Catch some festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day, and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways.
  • Feast like kings and queens on classic Cajun cuisine as Busch Gardens brings the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay.
  • Tempt your taste buds with a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya and gumbo, or specialty sweets like iconic beignets.
  • Handcrafted cocktail classics like Hurricanes join new signature drinks for a perfect pairing with the park’s carefully crafted culinary offering.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

The Taste of Epcot International Festival of Arts at Walt Disney World Resort continues to draw guests into the arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends

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This is your last weekend in January to go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld Orlando to experience the popular Inside Look Weekends.

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

Universal Orlando Deals

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Gatorland Deal

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Florida Residents can visit Gatorland Orlando for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.

Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.

This rare discount won’t be around long.

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On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 8-10, 2021

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There are so many great events and deals you won’t want to miss in the City Beautiful this weekend as you are On the Go!!!

On the Go this Weekend in the Parks: January 8-10, 2021

Epcot Festival of the Arts

2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts - Mural

Starting January 8, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts daily until February 22, 2021.

While this year’s global celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts may look a little different, guests will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities for the entire family that is included in their admission to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends

Inside Look Weekends SeaWorld Orlando January 20021

For the next 2 weekends, you can go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld Orlando to experience the popular Inside Look Weekends.

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

Universal Orlando Deals

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

The current special offers include:

  • Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay.
  • Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.
  • Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

Gatorland Deal

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Florida Residents can visit Gatorland Orlando for just $9.99 for single-day admission, now through January 31st.

Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with a valid Florida ID.

This rare discount won’t be around long.

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Museum of Illusions Announces Opening Date

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
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Museum of Illusions Orlando, a mind-bending “edutainment” experience where guests enter the fascinating world of mental deception, is opening to the public on January 9, 2021.

Situated on International Drive at ICON Park, this is the first Florida outpost and 20th location for the rapidly-expanding Museum of Illusions brand that started in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015.

With over 50 intriguing exhibits, Museum of Illusions offers more eye-fooling fun under one roof than any other destination in Central Florida. From January 9 to January 31, Orlando residents and visitors can enjoy special “preview days” pricing for $15 per person of any age, a $10 savings off full-price, regular adult admission. Children two and under are free.

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
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The museum’s collection of interactive, immersive, and distinctly incomprehensible exhibits are based on math, science, and psychology.

Visitors are prompted to learn about the tricks of perception and how the human brain works as they move through each exhibit. Imaginations can run free in the vast expanse of the Infinity Room, defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room, and shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room — all while capturing a coveted, baffling photo.

With uniquely mind-boggling backdrops – including several designed just for the Central Florida location — Orlando’s newest museum offers photo opportunities that visitors won’t find anywhere else in the area.

“Many international guests are familiar with our concept through social networking,” said Museum of Illusions Orlando General Manager George Youngdahl. “We can’t wait to bring our museum to Central Florida – there’s nothing quite like it here.”

In addition to its core collection, the museum’s climate-controlled building, 1-2-hour experience, free parking at ICON Park, and adjacency to food and beverage outlets, make it a winning entertainment option for inquisitive minds of all ages.

Guests can purchase puzzles, mind-tricking games, and other souvenirs in the museum’s gift shop.

Operating hours are 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
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Orlando’s newest museum will launch with a variety of COVID-19 safety measures in place, including mandatory face masks, limited capacity, designated time slots, one-way paths through exhibits, ongoing cleaning by staff, and hand sanitizers and wipes for guests.

Purchase tickets and learn more at https://orlando.museumofillusions.us/. To make group sales reservations, call 386-256-1001 or toll free  833-541-0992. Museum of Illusions Orlando is located at ICON Park, 8441 International Drive Suite #250 Orlando, Florida, 32819.

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New in 2021: ICON Park Welcomes New Thrills

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Thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies, and theme park buffs, you better hold onto your hats – two brand-new, record-setting attractions are coming to International Drive next summer. ICON Park™ will be the new epicenter for thrills with three of the world’s tallest attractions: ICON Park Slingshot™, ICON Park Drop Tower, and Orlando StarFlyer.

ICON Park Slingshot

The ICON Park Slingshot is the world’s tallest slingshot ride at 300 feet. The two-tower attraction will launch two riders out of an “exploding volcano” approximately 450 feet straight up into the sky and reach speeds of up to 100 mph.

ICON Park Drop Tower

Standing at a daunting 430 feet, the ICON Park Drop Tower is the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower. Thirty riders will be able to embrace the beautiful sites of ICON Park and I-Drive as the tower rotates around the gigantic tower and rises high into the skyline. Once the ride vehicle reaches the top, it’ll tilt forward 30 degrees and face the ground for a brief moment before free falling nearly 400 feet at speeds reaching out over 75mph.

Icon Park 2021 Attraction - ICON Park Slingshot

“The Slingshot Group of Companies is committed to bringing the biggest thrills to Orlando,” said Ritchie Armstrong, Owner. “We’re very excited to open the world’s tallest slingshot and free-standing drop tower at ICON Park to stand opposite of the Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride.”

Along with the two new attractions, the Slingshot Group of Companies operates the 450-foot Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride. With these three record-setting attractions, ICON Park is becoming known as the “land of the giants.”

“ICON Park is constantly growing and expanding our entertainment options for locals and tourists alike,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “We’re proud to welcome these two record-setting attractions to the Orlando Entertainment District and look forward to the joy and adrenaline they will bring our guests.”

To learn more about the ICON Park Slingshot and ICON Park Drop Tower, visit https://www.iconparkslingshot.com.

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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!!!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

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. 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

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.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020

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.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

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

 On the Go In the Parks

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

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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
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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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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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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.

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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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Morse Museum Announces Holiday Offerings

Morse Mueseum madonna and child
Madonna and Child, c. 1890, from Tiffany Glass Company

For this year’s holiday season, the Morse Museum has adjusted its holiday offerings to include free admission Fridays, family content uploaded to its “Create and Explore” webpage, and a three-day holiday celebration. At present, and planned through December, public Museum and Museum Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Morse remains closed on Sundays. Advance appointments are required to visit the Museum, and new visitor guidelines have been implemented.

For four consecutive Fridays during the holidays (November 27 through December 18), appointments to visit the Museum will be free. Appointments must be made in advance and are available, space permitting, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Online on the Museum’s “Create and Explore” page, new family content will be launched on Wednesday, November 25. The online activities will center around the Museum’s acquisition of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s fireplace hood, which will be installed in October.

From Tuesday, December 22 through Thursday, December 24, appointments to visit the Museum will be free. From noon to 3 p.m., live music in the galleries will enhance and uplift the visitor experience during this special three-day holiday celebration. Appointment times are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days, and space is limited.

Please note that on-site lectures, art demonstrations, Museum tours, and other in-person programs as well as social events are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. These works include the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago as well as surviving art and architectural elements from Laurelton Hall, his grand Long Island estate.

On view now, the exhibit Rare and Remarkable—Art Pottery of Louis Comfort Tiffany is completely drawn from the Morse Museum’s collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s pottery, the largest public collection in the world. Telling a deeper story of ceramics in America during the early 1900s, the Tiffany pottery show is augmented by the Museum’s major exhibition Earth into Art—The Flowering of American Art Pottery, which provides the context of the turn-of-the-century American art pottery craze.

Morse Museum Exterior

The Morse Museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All visits are by appointment only. Appointments may be made online by visiting the Museum’s “Plan Your Visit” page or by calling (407) 644-1429. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. More information may be found on the Museum’s website, morsemuseum.org.

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Pompeii: The Immortal City Rescheduled for this Fall!

Pompeii exhibit Orland Science Center  Pompeii: The Immortal City

The long wait is over! Postponed due to the impact of COVID-19, Pompeii: The Immortal City will now premiere at Orlando Science Center on October 26, 2020. This blockbuster exhibition features over 100 authentic artifacts and experiences that will plunge visitors into the heart of the ancient city.  Orlando Science Center is one of only three locations in the nation to host Pompeii: The Immortal City and is the last stop on its US tour, which concludes on January 24, 2021. 

The exhibition’s stay in Orlando is funded in part by Orange County Government and its tourism partners through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Blockbuster Program. It was developed and produced by TEMPORA in collaboration with Civita and Filmmaster based on the scientific research of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Galileo Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze and distributed by Exhibits Development Group. 

“Pompeii is the perfect exhibit for these times,” said JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “The artifacts encourage quiet contemplation while timed entry limits capacity and offers people ample time, and distance, to examine displays and better understand the magnificence and ultimate tragedy of this remarkable place.” 

Spectacular immersive moments will allow visitors to experience the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and its destructive path through the city. In just 24 hours, Pompeii was buried, and perfectly preserved, by volcanic ash in 79 AD. Displays of artwork, jewelry, statues, architecture, multimedia experiences and recreations of mechanical devices, allow visitors to discover this first-century Roman town and its many technological achievements. 

Advance tickets are now on sale at www.osc.org/pompeii. People who originally reserved tickets for Pompeii before it was postponed can contact gservices@osc.org to reschedule their visit. General admission tickets will be $26 for adults and $18 for youth (advance booking fees and parking fees apply) and include access to Pompeii: The Immortal City plus Orlando Science Center exhibits and experiences. 

Orlando Science Center Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020  Pompeii: The Immortal City

Tickets are only available online. Orlando Science Center Members receive free admission to Pompeii: The Immortal City with their membership (advance booking fees apply). Please review Orlando Science Center’s health and safety guidelines (subject to change) before visiting at www.osc.org/reopening-plan

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ICON Park Offers New Savings for Families

ICON Park, Orlando’s easy-to-access entertainment destination for locals and visitors, is helping families keep summer fun going with a brand new deal.

ICON Park

ICON Park is providing its own version of stress relief to the community facing back-to-school challenges during a pandemic – prices to The Wheel are reduced to $5 for students and $10 for accompanying parents. This offer is open to any student from grade-schoolers to college students.

“Back to school is an exciting time, but this year it’s stressful as students and parents adjust during the pandemic,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, CEO and President of ICON Park. “We want to offer a fun, affordable escape from the pressures families are facing right now.”

After hitting the books, families can get to ICON Park in minutes for a delicious meal, entertainment, and an unforgettable trip on The Wheel.  Locals enjoy viewing Orlando from 400 feet high because they can see their hometown in a private capsule cleaned after every use. The experience can take from 20 minutes to ride The Wheel to several hours to dine, shop, and visit the park’s other attractions. With its convenient location on International Drive close to I-4 and the Beachline, ICON Park is easy to get to from anywhere in the Central Florida area and includes free parking.

ICON Park also has other Florida resident discounts, including a new package perfect for families – the ICON Park Play Pass. The super-value Play Pass provides guests with access to the entertainment complex’s top attractions, exclusive food and drink specials, and major shopping discounts. And now, the ICON Park Play Pass is available at a special price of just $55 (regularly $65) for Florida, Georgia, and Alabama residents, a bundled savings of over 40 percent.

To receive the back-to-school discount to The Wheel, students over the age of 16 must present a valid student ID. Tickets are available for walk-up purchases only and must be used the same day.

ICON Park

To learn more visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Kids Night

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

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

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

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

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

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

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

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

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

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

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Tickets for the Haunted Road Available This Week

Starting this week, guests can begin planning their journey through The Haunted Road, a new contactless, drive-thru Halloween event coming to Orlando on select nights from September 25 through November 7. 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Wednesday, August 19.

The Haunted Road Halloween 2020

The Haunted Road combines theatrical storytelling, horrifying creatures, and unexpected scares in a completely drive-thru Halloween experience.

Guests will be driving and parking their car at each scene so they’re not able to escape the horror that lurks around every corner. The spine-tingling action will come to life thanks to live performers, set pieces, props, lighting, sound, and visual effects to place guests in the center of the original storyline.

The immersive journey reveals an untold story of Rapunzel, as she ventures into a world of disarray filled with twisted creatures, bloodcurdling encounters, and screams for anyone that dares to take a drive down the road.

The event is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. On November 6 and 7, the team behind the event is dialing up the intensity for two nights of The Haunted Road: “Unrestricted,” featuring even more gore and horror for guests 18 and up.

The family-friendly experience will be available during the daytime on select weekends from October 3 through October 31 and will feature a new take on Rapunzel’s story and other beloved fairy tales. Families will depart on a journey through an enchanted forest, where they’ll meet some of their favorite fairy tale creatures and enjoy music, dancing, and tons of contactless Halloween fun during this not-too-scary adventure.

The event will take place in East Orlando, at 15239 Lake Pickett Rd, at the same locations as Corn Maze Orlando and the Painted Oaks Academy. Admission tickets start at $15 per person and will vary per date. As space is limited, guests will be prompted to select a date and entrance time at the time of purchase. The event is expected to sell out, and all tickets must be purchased in advance online.

A “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also be available for $79 per car for both, the nighttime and daytime event. The nighttime add-on includes priority viewing location at each scene, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and a digital photo taken during the experience. The daytime “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also include priority viewing, a digital photo plus a customized live greeting for the kids, and a colorful rainbow car wash.

The Haunted Road

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