The Orlando Crayola Experience has Reopened

The Orlando Crayola Experience at Florida Mall is once again welcoming guests to get creative!

Orlando Crayola Experience

The attraction has implemented several new protocols aligned with state and local requirements, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and industry recommendations that are designed to promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact. 

Some key things that you will notice on your next visit to Orlando’s Crayola Experience include:

  • Limits to the number of guests in the attraction, theater show, and retail store.
  • Entry screenings and temperature checks on team members (employees) prior to entering the building for work each day and requiring those who don’t feel well to go home.
  • Required face coverings for team members while in public areas.
  • Enhanced and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces – such as tabletops, countertops, stools, computer screens, doors, handrails, trash containers, water fountains, and restrooms throughout the attraction, café and retail store.
Orlando Crayola Experience
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the attraction.
  • Acrylic barriers around registers and guest relations.
  • Signage and ground markers in high-traffic areas to remind guests to maintain proper distancing when in line or navigating through the attraction and retail store.
  • Temporary modification to certain activities and food service areas to promote physical distancing and cleanliness.
  • All payments must now be made with cashless transactions. Self-service payment terminals at registers in both the attraction and retail store accept major credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay.
  • Touchless e-ticketing for general admission tickets purchased at a cashier or kiosk on site.
  • Extending annual pass and ticket expiration dates.
  • Offering a new ticketing option for unlimited visits through the end of the year.
Orlando Crayola Experience

To promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact, the Orlando Crayola Experience has made the following modifications:

  • The Color Playground and Toddler Town climber is closed until further notice.
  • Crayons have been removed from tables and the Colossal Caddy, and chalk from the Scribble Square area; instead supplies are included in each guest bag received upon admission. 
  • Theater show seating is limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • The number of available stations on some attractions has been reduced.
  • Character appearances are suspended until further notice.

If your questions are not answered here, guests are encouraged to contact CEguest@crayolaexperience.com.

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On the Go in the Parks: June 26-28

On the Go in the Parks June 26 to 28 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 at 6:38pm ET tonight to hear me take about all this and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!

If you are looking to get out of the house for some fresh air there are plenty of options for you this weekend!

Just make sure to grab your mask before you head out!

What’s New this Weekend On the Go in the Parks 

How to Prepare for the Park Pass System at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservations

The Walt Disney World Park Pass system is now open for Annual Passholders to make reservations, and on June 28th the system will open for all theme park ticket holders.

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

The park has several guest requirements in place, and the biggest one is that you must have a reservation to visit the park. 

Each park has its own reservation page:

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

SeaWorld Orlando 

10am – 6pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

Aquatica Orlando Island Nights 2016
Photo: Aquatica Orlando

Aquatica 

10am – 5pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the month of June.

Discovery Cove Welcome

Discovery Cove

7:30am – 5:30pm

The park is open 4 days a week, and closed on Tuesday to Thursday in the month of June.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

The Disney owned locations are now open!!! This includes Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the small kiddie rides…which ironically are the only Disney attractions operating in North America…crazy!!!!

Universal Orlando Resort Globe Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida

9am – 7pm

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

9am – 7pm

Volcano Bay

10am – 6pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

8am – 11pm

LEGO Movie World News
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida

Let’s take a look at the other attractions open around Orlando!

10am – 5pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors

ICON Wheel

Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 1pm-10

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are now required at this Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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On the Go in the Parks: June 12-14, 2020

On the Go in the Parks

Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the parks!!!!

This week was a big one, so grab your mask and head out!

What’s New this Weekend On the Go in the Parks 

Congratulations to the Ambassadors at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove for an amazing opening yesterday!!!!

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

The park has several guest requirements in place, and the biggest one is that you must have a reservation to visit the park. 

Each park has its own reservation page:

SeaWorld Orlando 

10am – 6pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

Aquatica 

10am – 5pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the month of June.

Discovery Cove

7:30am – 5:30pm

The park is open 4 days a week, and closed on Tuesday to Thursday in the month of June.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

The news out of Disney Springs is that all of the Disney owned locations are now open!!! This includes Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the small kiddie rides…which ironically are the only Disney attractions operating in North America…crazy!!!!

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Universal Orlando Resort Globe Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida

6/12 and 6/13:  9am – 7pm

Rest of June: 9am – 6pm

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

6/12 and 6/13:  9am – 7pm

Rest of June: 9am – 6pm

Volcano Bay

10am – 5pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

8am – 10pm

LEGO Movie World News
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida

Let’s take a look at the other attractions open around Orlando!

10am – 5pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors

ICON Wheel

Wednesday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are recommended, but not required at the Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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The Wheel at ICON Park Opening June 3

ICON Park IDrive Icon Park Play Pass

The Wheel at ICON Park will once again be lit up in its signature colors, rolling and ready for riders to take in all the sights of the city starting Wednesday, June 3!

As a 20-acre, open-air entertainment complex, ICON Park provides plenty of space for guests to continue practicing social distancing while enjoying all of their favorite attractions. The Wheel at ICON Park has implemented new processes to keep guests spaced out, such as providing each party a complimentary upgrade to their own private capsule and cleaning every capsule between each ride.

“At ICON Park, we’re devoted to providing the ultimate entertainment experience for our guests. In one convenient place, you can find world class attractions, excellent restaurants and live entertainment,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park president and CEO. “We’re excited guests can once again enjoy the best view of the City Beautiful from The Wheel.”

The need for safe entertainment options for the entire family is in high demand. After weeks of staying at home, many people are eager to go out again and have fun. ICON Park has heard this cry and is proud to provide the perfect solution – the Play Pass.

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

The ICON Park Play Pass will be available at a special price of just $55 for Florida, Georgia, and Alabama residents starting June 3. That’s a bundled savings of more than 40 percent!

This super-value package provides guests with access to the entertainment complex’s top attractions, exclusive food and drink specials and major shopping discounts. With the Play Pass, guests receive one entry to The Wheel at ICON Park in a private capsule, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando Starflyer, Pearl Express Train and 7D Dark Ride Adventure as well as a $5.00 Play Card from Arcade City.

The Play Pass unlocks incredible dining discounts at favorites like Tin Roof, Sugar Factory, Tapa Toro, and more. Play Pass holders also get exclusive access to an all-day happy hour at ICON Park’s Lawn Bar, Deck Bar and Wheelhouse Bar.

For the guests who love to “shop ‘til they drop,” the Play Pass provides amazing discounts to top brands such as up to 25 percent off at Sunglass Boutique, Flip Flop Shop, Beyond ICONic Gift Shop and more.

“The ICON Park Play Pass is the best way to discover everything we have to offer at one affordable price,” Jaskiewicz. “With the Play Pass, everyone in the family will be satisfied, whether they’re a thrill-seeker, foodie or shopaholic.”

The resident Play Pass offer ends August 31, 2020, and proof of residency is required. Non-residents can purchase the Play Pass for $65. It’s valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

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

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On the Go in the Parks: May 29-31, 2020

Make sure that you listen to me on News 95.5 WDBO on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino at 6:30pm EDT to hear all of this information and more to help you plan your weekend as you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are really starting to come to life, and are about to kick into high gear as summer is here!

On the Go in the Parks May 29-31 2020

On the Go in the Parks: May 29-31, 2020

What’s New This Weekend On the Go in the Parks

Disney Springs Town Center at Walt Disney World Resort Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

The First Disney Operated locations opened at Disney Springs this week, which was really cool because it was great to get a look at how the virtual queue works!

Disney Springs is utilizing this system at both World of Disney and the Marketplace Co-Op, and to enter these shopping locations when it is busy you needed to join a virtual queue. 

To join the virtual queue find the Cast Member managing the queue near the entrance to the location, give them your cell phone number, and they will send you a text when it is your time to shop.

It’s super simple!!!

The third location that opened was D-Luxe Burger for mobile orders. YUM!!!!

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

It’s really great to have Disney Springs open again for guests, and it keeps getting better because now you can find Stormtroopers about the AMC theater entrance near Splitsville and in the Town Center above Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories.

If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you:

  • Bring your mask (here’s a quick no-sew mask DIY),
  • Make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and 
  • Take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures. 
  • Check out these helpful Tips & Tricks on where to park and more!

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

4pm – 10pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

To make your visit easier:

  • Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App as they are encouraging cashless transactions.
  • Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  • Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check. 
  • Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

Let’s take a look at the other attractions opening around Orlando!

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are recommended, but not required at the Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H20 Live reopening On the GO in the Parks

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure LEGOLAND FLORIDA
PHOTO: LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

LEGOLAND Florida

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort will initially open with adjusted operating hours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the LEGOLAND Waterpark will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures have been endorsed by the Polk County Commission and Winter Haven Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler and now fully comply with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 2020-123.  

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Opening Date

Leadership at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced that the visitor complex will reopen to guests effective Thursday, May, 28, 2020 with reduced admission, attendance limits, and some attractions unavailable.

During the initial reopening phase, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will begin new measures and procedures in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

To reinforce guests’ health and safety:

  • A limited number of attractions and services will be available during this initial, reopening phase.
  • All guests will undergo a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour will not be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Face coverings will be required for employees and guests. Face coverings will be available for purchase at the front entrance.
  • New physical-distancing measures will be in place.
  • All guests are required to have a timed ticket, including annual passholders.
  • Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged to ensure entry due to limited capacity.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will continue the comprehensive and extensive availability of hand sanitizer throughout the park, as well as the increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and at workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and ticket counters.

These precautions are temporary and are subject to change at any time based on the recommendations of the CDC, State of Florida, and Brevard County. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex management continues to work closely with local, state, and federal experts to ensure that we are up to date on the situation as it evolves.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

Guests will also be able to purchase a space expert-led walking tour through Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, Nature and Technology, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Astronaut Training Experience®. This tour, which will be limited to small groups, costs $49.99 and includes admission and a boxed lunch.

During the initial reopening, a limited-time “Explore Today, Explore Tomorrow” package, which will include daily admission, parking and a complimentary ticket to return to the visitor complex in 2021,  will be $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children.

The operating hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Leadership will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments to the availability of exhibits, tours, and experiences as deemed safe and appropriate. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure guest and employee safety, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has taken and will continue to take action to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus based on the guidance of the CDC. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Additional details are available online.

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On the Go in the Parks: May 22-25, 2020

On the Go in the Parks May 22-25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

It’s been a crazy busy week for theme park fans!!!

The opening announcements, including the Universal Orlando Resort and LEGOLAND Florida Resort, have been flying in so let’s get to it!!!

What’s New This Weekend On the Go in the Parks

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Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

Tips for Staying Cool in the Theme Parks Tips for Beating the heat in the Theme Parks ICON Park Play Pass

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

On the Go in the Parks Starflyer ICON Park

Starflyer Orlando

ICON Park

Saturday: 2pm – 10pm

The times for operation vary per day, so make sure to check out their website before you go!

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

Saturday: 10am  

Just make sure you stay on the lookout for their Social Distancing Skunk Ape!!!

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Friday: 2pm – 10pm

Saturday and Beyond: Noon – 10pm

Officials said masks are not required but encouraged. 

Island H20 Live reopening On the GO in the Parks

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Disney Springs 

Daily, 10am – 10pm

Disney Springs Reopening

It was really great to have a portion of the Walt Disney World Resort open again for guests, and even better that I had the opportunity to visit!!!

If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you bring your mask, make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures. 

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Daily, 4pm – 10pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Cashless 
  1. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free
  1. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check 
  1. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

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SEA LIFE & Madame Tussauds Now Open

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park have officially reopened to guests for an enjoyable escape.

A range of new health and safety measures have been introduced in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities.

Safety measures such as social distancing signage, contactless payment, and enhanced cleaning will be clearly visible to guests from the moment they arrive.

Interactive experiences including touch tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium and photo props at Madame Tussauds have been temporarily removed.

Capacity will also be restricted to no more than 25 percent of permitted occupancy.

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

“The health of our guests, staff, and sea animals is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment,” said General Manager of SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando James Paulding. “We will continue to adapt our operations to adhere with health and safety guidelines while offering guests the chance to create magical memories.”

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, both locations will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

For a limited time, guests who are the “First To Play” will get a specially discounted ticket that includes free digital downloads. Entry to both SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds is now available for $30 per adult and $25 per child. Single attraction tickets are discounted to $20 per adult and $15 per child and also include free digital downloads.

Families are encouraged to visit the SEA LIFE ORLANDO website and Madame Tussauds Orlando website to purchase tickets and review safety protocols ahead of their visit.

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Introducing the ICON Park Play Pass

ICON Park Play Pass

Visiting ICON Park on I-Drive just got an upgrade, thanks to the release of an all-access ticket to exciting attractions along with major food, drink, and retail discounts.

The ICON Park Play Pass, $65 per person plus tax, unlocks the fun that ICON Park offers including entrance to world-renowned attractions and discounts at a broad selection of funky bars, restaurants, and retail stores. 

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Madame Tussauds Orlando

With a Play Pass, guests will receive one entry to:

  • The Wheel at ICON Park
  • Madame Tussauds Orlando
  • SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
  • Orlando Starflyer
  • Pearl Express Train
  • 7D Dark Ride Adventure
  • Arcade City $5.00 Play Card
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Foodies won’t want to miss out on incredible dining discounts at ICON Park’s refined eateries with the Play Pass. They can enjoy up to 20 percent off at favorites like the Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Mikado, Shake Shack, Ox Grill and more. Play Pass holders also get exclusive access to all-day happy hour at ICON Park’s Lawn Bar, Deck Bar and Wheelhouse Bar.

But no trip to ICON Park is complete without a little shopping. Play Pass holders can shop ’til they drop and save big at ICON Park’s amazing stores. They receive up to 25 percent off on favorite brands like Tervis, Sunglass Boutique, Flip Flop Shop, The Wheel Gift Shop and more.

ICON Park IDrive Icon Park Play Pass

Finally, visitors can commemorate their trip with a digital photo package from ICON Park. The Play Pass gets guests free digital pre-ride photos of The Wheel and 50 percent off printed photos.

“Whether you’re a tourist or a local, our new Play Pass is the perfect way to experience ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president, and CEO of ICON Park. “We have so much to offer at ICON Park and we are eager to share our attractions, restaurants, and shops. The Play Pass is a fun and affordable option for everyone.”

The pass is now available online and in-person and is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

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Museum of Illusions coming to ICON Park

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park, on International Drive, has just announced that a new experience – The Museum of Illusions – will be joining the entertainment destination this summer.

With locations in several countries around the world, the museum is an unusual and exciting attraction full of interactive, immersive and fun experiences that educate visitors on vision, perception, the human brain, and science.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020
Museum of Illusions

“ICON Park is proud to offer one of the largest selections of entertainment options in Central Florida. From thrilling attractions to top-tier museums to world-class restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “We’re excited to welcome the Museum of Illusions into the ICON Park family and know our guests are sure to be amazed at what they’ll see.”

The museum will bring its most astonishing optical, photographic, holographic and interactive illusions to ICON Park.

Popular exhibits available for viewing include “Upside-down room”, “Vortex Tunnel” and “Building Illusion”. Museum of Illusions isn’t like other museums — guests can laugh, scream, run and take photos.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park has countless other entertainment options. If you’re feeling daring, take on the 450-feet Orlando Starflyer. Want the perfect view of I-Drive? Hop on The Wheel for a scenic ride. See beautiful aquatic wildlife at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium or pose for pictures with the realistic wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Finish off your night with Orlando’s finest dining, right on ICON Park property.

The museum is scheduled to open summer 2020.

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Otronicon coming to the Orlando Science Center

Otronicon January 2020

Otronicon is celebrating their 15th year of celebrating art, science and technology at the Orlando Science Center January 17 through 20!

Otronicon connects guests of all ages with larger-than-life experiences to explore how science and technology impact society with four floors of simulators, robots, artwork, virtual reality, video games, competitions, workshops, audiovisual presentations and so much more.

The event focuses on Central Florida’s growing tech industry while connecting attendees with professionals who are driving Orlando’s digital future with partners including Lockheed Martin, AdventHealth, Disney, UCF, FIEA, Full Sail, Microsoft and the Orange County Public Library Melrose Center.

New to this year’s Otronicon are selfie stations, Pokemon labs, a musical Tesla Coil show, drone cages and a “Star Wars”-themed coding workshop hosted by Disney.

Also, attendees will want to hear keynote speaker Kate Edwards from International Game Designers Association as she coaches fledgling game designers about creating more vivid and inclusive worlds in their games.

Exhibitors

Almost 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon sharing the latest technology from the education, military and gaming fields with hands-on experiences and demonstrations for attendees of all ages to enjoy.

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Workshops

During Otronicon guests of various ages and skill levels can register for 60- to 90-minute hands-on workshops about a variety of topics such as game design, coding, programming, robotics and more during the event.

The workshop schedule varies daily, and registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. 

Space for these opportunities is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. 

Click here to view the full list of workshops.

Speakers

The Otronicon speaker series gives audiences the chance to hear directly from industry leaders, visionaries and professors about how technology developed in the Orlando area is changing the world. 

The speaker series takes place daily at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4 with unique presentations each day. 

Click here to view the full list of speakers. 


Competitions

During Otronicon Powder Keg Games will host video game tournaments on the Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Click here to view the full list of competitions.

Tickets Information

Otronicon is free for Orlando Science Center members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). 

Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

Also there will be a very special Science Night Live featuring Otronicon on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event and requires a separate ticket. 

Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

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January 2020: Theme Park Events and More

January 2020 Theme Park Events and More

January is full of amazing events kicking off 2020 with a BANG in the theme parks of Central Florida!

Also, there are 3 bonus events happening around Orlando with a tie back to the parks that I wanted to share with you.

So get out those calendars…it’s time to look at what you won’t want to miss this month!

January 2020: Theme Park Events & More

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Seminar

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Artsat the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020. 

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Festival event ‘Must Do’s’ include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, the new Green Landing Family Play Zone, and the Food Studios with dishes that are almost too pretty to eat!

This event is included with park admission, however you do need to purchase food and some premium experiences.

Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Florida

Rock the Universe 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida

Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.

For more details on Rock the Universe 2020 and to purchase tickets, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 2020

More than 100,000 runners and spectators are expected during the five-day Walt Disney World Marathon event set for January 8-12.

The Walt Disney World Marathon weekend has 4 races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon), kids races, and an expo area for everyone to enjoy. 

Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports

NFL Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports January 2020

Join the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando for a week-long celebration of football’s brightest stars January 22-25 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!

Catch your favorite AFC and NFC players as they prepare for the game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the official practice site of the Pro Bowl. Practices will be happening January 22 – 25, 2020. 

  • AFC and NFC practices will occur simultaneously (schedule subject to change without notice).
  • If the practice seating areas reach capacity, fans may stand and watch AFC and NFC practices from limited availability areas in the north end zones of each field.
  • Practices are free and open to the public from January 22 – 25, 2020.
  • Fans will be allowed into the AFC and NFC practice seating on a first come, first served basis.

Practices are free and open to the public. For more information visit ProBowl.com.

Real Music, Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020 - LOGO January 2020

Real Music Real Masters, the longest running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, brings unique acts to the Stanleyville Theater from Tuesdays through Sunday from January 7 to March 15.

This month guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:

  • January 7- 12: Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt: Former Lead Singers of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters
  • January 14- 19: The Diamonds
  • January 21-26: NEW! BJ Thomas
  • January 28- February 2:NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute

This event is included with park admission.

Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019 January 2020

In SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees and more. 

Meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give you an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals. Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests. It’s an unbelievable, up-close event you and your family will never forget!

This event is included with park admission.

Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

November 2018 Theme Park Events - SeaWorld Orlando Jack Hanna Weekend January 2020

Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets when he visits SeaWorld on January 25 and 26. 

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater.

On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy two live animal shows featuring Jack Hanna. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved and Front Row Reserved seating is available for the 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. shows. Please join us 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna.

This event is included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Run

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Run January 2020

Spend time with friends and family as you run, skip, jog, or stroll through SeaWorld Orlando’s Inaugural Rescue Run!

This inaugural event benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund takes place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the park’s picturesque pathways and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s animals before you cross the finish line at Shamu Stadium. There’s even an exclusive Whale Show at the conclusion of the event.

LEGOLAND Florida Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida January 2020

Celebrate your favorite ninja heroes with exclusive in-park activities and meet-and-greets with Kai, Nya and Master Wu! Then become the ninja in LEGO NINJAGO World, where kids can battle against familiar foes like Lord Garmadon and the Great Devourer aboard LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

This event is included with park admission.

Events Outside of the Parks

Jurassic World Live 

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

The dinosaurs from “Jurassic World” are making their way off the screen and into Orlando’s Amway Center January 17 to 20 with Feld Entertainment’s Jurassic World Live Tour

Experience the excitement of being face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs, including the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Velociraptor Blue and many other favorites. Adventure is guaranteed with arena-sized action, special effects and physical stunts that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Tickets are on-sale now.

Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Some 10 million audience members worldwide have had the chance to experience the magic of “Disney’s Aladdin,” and starting on January 22, the show will begin a 24 performance run in the Walt Disney Theatre at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“Disney’s Aladdin” brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

Tickets for “Disney’s Aladdin” at the Dr. Phillips Center from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at $81 with VIP packages available.

Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center 

Otronicon January 2020

Otronicon is a celebration of the intersection between science and technology that highlights innovative technology being developed in Central Florida with interactive exhibitors, workshops, speakers and competitions at the Orlando Science Center January 17 to 20. 

The event is a collaboration between educational institutions and the tech and manufacturing communities. It shows how they impact day-to-day activities and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.

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Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando Spooky Seas

Until January 6, 2020, guests can experience an underwater winter wonderland during Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando!

Along with festive decor, little elves can meet Scuba Claus himself and his elves to discover if they are on the naughty or nice list this year.

Naughty or Nice? Find out with Scuba Claus Fridays through Sundays at 2:30 & 5:30

It’s holiday storytime with ‘Twas the Night before Fishmas Fridays through Sundays at 12:30 & 4:30

Deck the Seas is included with regular admission price to SEA LIFE Orlando & offered at select times only. Dives are subject to change or cancellation with no notice.

Become a Ranger & Deck the Seas with a Scavenger Hunt!

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SEA LIFE Orlando

Calling all holiday elves! Become a SEA LIFE Ranger for just $5, take part in a festive scavenger hunt & win an exclusive Deck the Seas pop badge! Ever wondered which creatures like it chilly year-round? Find out with our Deck the Seas scavenger hunt!

Scavenger Hunt must be purchased on-site at admissions counter. Pop badges only available while supplies last.

Naughty or Nice?

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SEA LIFE Orlando

Have you been naughty or nice? Find out during our Scuba Claus dive shows!

Fridays through Sundays in December at 2:30 & 5:30

Happy Holiday SEAson

Spot your favorite coldwater creatures at SEA LIFE Orlando! It’s holiday SEAson for them year-round!

‘Twas the Night Before Fishmas

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SEA LIFE Orlando

Listen to Scuba Claus read the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Fishmas!

Fridays through Sundays in December at 12:30 & 4:30

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ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Sneak Peek

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Gaylord Palms Resort to find out about their holiday celebrations and to step inside the ICE! tent, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation points are all my own!!!

You know that the holidays are in full swing when the Gaylord Palms Resort welcomes a team of artisans from China to Kissimmee to begin the month-long carving for ICE! featuring The Polar Express

Gaylord Palms team members gathered in the lobby to greet the artisans like celebrities with a standing ovation.

Welcoming ice artisans to Gaylord Palms 2019

The ICE! attraction is crafted each year onsite at Gaylord Palms by these artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to Florida. They hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures.

Welcoming ice artisans to Gaylord Palms 2019

This year, as guests explore the attraction, they will discover more than ten favorite scenes from “The Polar Express,” along with the event’s two-story ice slides and the popular Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase. The ICE! experience concludes with a separate area dedicated to a traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2019

And after we welcomed the artisans, it was time to put on our blue parkas and take our first steps inside the tent where ICE! is created!

It’s absolutely amazing to see how these ice artisans bring these giant blocks of ice to life, and I couldn’t think of a better holiday story to feature than the Polar Express!!!

ICE! and Christmas at Gaylord Palms opens on November 25 and runs daily until January 5, and you can find more information about the festivities here.

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The Spirit of Christmas is Alive at The Holy Land Experience

This winter, guests can celebrate Christmas in a unique, heartwarming and authentic way at The Holy Land Experience, which kicks off its holiday season November 26.

Heart of Christmas The Holy Land Experience

Visitors will experience a full schedule of original theatrical productions, an exciting live Nativity scene and interactive holiday-themed shows and displays throughout the park — all designed to cheer every heart with the splendor of the season while reinforcing the powerful message of faith at the heart of Christmas.

“We’re thrilled again this holiday season to offer our unique Christmas experience to guests here at The Holy Land Experience,” said General Manager and Vice President Mike Everett. “As they do every year, our creative team and talented actors have combined some unforgettable stories with rich costumes, settings and music to bring the glory and life-changing spirit of this season to all our guests.”

Heart of Christmas The Holy Land Experience

This season, the popular and highly acclaimed musical, The Heart of Christmas, returns to the park’s state-of-the-art, 2,000-seat Church of All Nations theater, taking guests on a fascinating journey back in time to experience the joy and glory of Christmas from past generations. This Broadway-style production follows a pair of families from two very different times as they take a journey of hope, love and sacrifice and diligently search for the true spirit of the Christmas season. 

Guests will enjoy a number of live and colorful interactive Christmas productions throughout the park, where they’ll witness firsthand the angel Gabriel’s extraordinary encounter with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her joyous visit with her cousin Elizabeth. They’ll also join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and at the lowly stable where Jesus will be born. Finally, they’ll be on hand as the shepherds and wise men worship the newborn King, and as the elderly Simeon realizes his long-held dream of beholding the Savior. 

Also returning is the park’s popular live Nativity scene, where guests of all ages can step into a busy Bethlehem, meet its residents — including a few furry friends — and feel as if they stepped back in time. 

Heart of Christmas The Holy Land Experience

In addition to the holiday productions, guests will enjoy the park’s many historical and life-changing exhibits, including the Wilderness Tabernacle, the heart of worship for the children of Israel after their exodus from Egypt; the Great Temple, a magnificent representation of the Jewish holy place that once stood on hallowed Mount Moriah in First Century Jerusalem; and the world-renowned Scriptorium, a combination museum, library and research center housing a collection of priceless manuscripts, scrolls, biblical antiquities and artifacts. 

“Christmas has always been an extra-special time for us here at The Holy Land Experience,” said Everett. “Every member of our team is committed to help fill the hearts of our valued guests with the warmth of the holiday season. We look forward to welcoming families from all over the world to share the joy and spirit of Christmas this year.” 

The 2019 Christmas season at The Holy Land Experience premieres Nov. 26 and runs through January 4, 2020. The Holy Land Experience is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Special Limited Time Offer:  

The Holy Land Experience Entrance

Now through the end of the year, guests can experience two different seasons at The Holy Land Experience with the 2 Days, Any Day offer.  When guests purchase a one-day ticket, they’ll received a second day for 50% off.   

Visitors can experience the newest production David: The King of Jerusalem and receive 50% for the Christmas season.  The second ticket must be redeemed within 60 days of the first day visit. 

For more information, visit: https://holylandexperience.com/bogo50 

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