Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo

Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo
Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ popular all-ages event, Family Sunset at the Zoo, is back, offering everyone a chance to enjoy the community institution in a whole new light. 

The event takes place every fourth Friday from May to September. The Zoo reopens at 5 p.m. and comes alive with all sorts of fun until the sun goes down. Family Sunset features music at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, inflatable games, and some of your favorite animals along the shaded boardwalks.

Dates for Family Sunset are as follows: 

  • May 27 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • June 24 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • July 22 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • August 26 – 5p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • September 23 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. for each event. Tickets are $6 per person when purchased online and $8 per person when purchased on-site. The event is separate from daytime admission and is not included for Annual Passholders.

Guests can also bundle and save with the Family 4-Pack for $40, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, and four regular fountain drinks to fuel the whole family for fun.

Guests can purchase tickets here.

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On the Go in MCO: Mother’s Day

On the Go in MCO Mother's Day 2022

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Celebrate Mother’s Day 2022 On the Go in MCO with fun outings for the special women in your life!

On the Go in MCO: Mother’s Day 2022

On the Go In MCO Mother's Day
For the Foodie Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Morimoto Asia, as the Disney Springs restaurant hosts its Luau, featuring all the excitement, delicious foods, and festivities of a traditional Hawaiian party.

Guests will find themselves immersed in Asian-Pacific culture, experiencing a Hawaiian-inspired buffet, featuring a poke and sushi bar, a hotline to include Kahuku Food Truck’s Famous Garlic Shrimp, Morimoto Style Peking Duck, and a whole Kalua roasted pig, in addition to an assortment of desserts, such as pineapple upside-down cake and butter mochi.

A variety of specially curated Hawaiian-inspired cocktails will also be available for an upcharge. While guests enjoy their lunch, they will experience a series of captivating performances by a live band, Hula dancers, and a strolling Ukulele player — all prepared to serenade mothers on this special occasion.

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
Photo: Museum of Illusions Orlando
For the Instagram Mom

If your Mom is like my Mom, one of her most prized possessions are photos of our family…and the ‘fun’ photos are the best!

The Museum of Illusions Orlando at ICON Park immerses you in the fascinating world of illusions with fun photo opportunities and educational exhibits.

This is the perfect way to spend your afternoon!

On the Go In MCO Mother's Day
For the Fun Mom

I’ve talked about Southern Hill Farms before, but they have a bushel of fun events for the entire family this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 7th, with live music by the one and only Jeff Whitfield from 11 am to 3 pm, event food trucks, and Kids Zone fun.

Then on Sunday, May 8th, Mom can unwind with Yoga on the Farm from 7 – 8 am, tickets are required and can be found at http://ow.ly/thr750IY3A6

There will also be live music from Are Friends Electric from 10 am to 3 pm, seven food trucks, beer, wine, and Kids Zone fun. 

Right now blueberries, peaches, vegetables, Sunflowers, and Zinnias are available to pick on the one hundred twenty acre farm.

Mothers will also receive one pound of complimentary u-pick blueberries on Saturday and Sunday only (5/7 + 5/8). Just make sure to mention the discount at check-out to receive the free pound, a minimum of two u-pick pounds are required to redeem this offer.

For the Theme Park Mom

The 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is blooming with fresh cuisine, beautiful gardens, whimsical topiaries of familiar characters, and flourishing entertainment daily through July 4, 2022.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series takes place at the American Gardens Theatre at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. This weekend’s performers are:

  • May 6 & 7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • May 8 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks!

As a reminder, to enjoy the 2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival parkgoers must have both valid theme park admission and a park pass reservation

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Museum of Illusions Orlando Teacher Appreciation

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
Photo: Museum of Illusions Orlando

Treat the educator in your life to a fun trip to the Museum of Illusions Orlando this Teach Appreciation Week from May 2 to 6. 

With everything teachers do for our community, the Museum of Illusions Orlando wants to celebrate teachers and give back with our Florida Teacher Complimentary Ticket Program, which is available to all active Florida teachers and professors. They can receive a complimentary ticket to the museum and 10 percent off in the gift shop. 

The best part of this deal? It’s available 365 days a year. Teachers can enjoy free admission all year long because teachers deserve more than just one week of appreciation. Eligible teachers can register for their complimentary Florida Teacher Card .

This deal allows teachers to receive up to four complimentary visits per year. The Florida Teacher Card can take up to 2-3 business days to process and tickets must be booked online only with their unique code.

The Museum specializes in “edutainment,” where education and fun intersect. Its collection of optical illusions is based on math, science, and psychology — making it the perfect place for teachers to explore on their own time or bring their class for a unique and interactive field trip.  

“Teachers are a vital part of the Central Florida community that Museum of Illusions Orlando calls home,” said Marc Gregory Tipton, sales and marketing manager. “We’re excited to be able to give back to them all year long and we hope to see teachers stunned by our illusions this Teacher Appreciation Week!”  

To learn more about the Museum of Illusions Orlando or to book tickets, visit https://moiorlando.com

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On the Go in MCO: Earth Day

On the Go in MCO Earth Day 2022

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Earth Day is just around the corner, and if you are looking for fun ways to celebrate our awesome planet On the Go in MCO I’ve got you covered!

On the Go in MCO: Earth Day 2022

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - Central Florida Earth Day
Central Florida Earth Day

April 23, 2022 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Head to Lake Eola Park to enjoy presentations, food preparation demonstrations, environmental education, an Earth Kids Zone, an Artist Corner, animal haven, music, Mind Body Spirit, activities, vegan food, and many Earth-friendly sponsors and vendors.

There are so many fun and interesting things happening on Central Florida Earth Day, that you will want to stay all day!

There is no cost to attend this event.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - Planet Nona
Planet Nona

April 22, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate Planet Earth in Lake Nona! Lake Nona Town Center and Boxi park will be filled with vendors, live music, food trucks, pop-up bars, activities, and lots of love for our planet!

There is no cost to attend this event and parking is free.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - Party for the Planet Central Florida Zoo
Party for the Planet

April 23, 2022 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo and spring into action to save our planet! Special activities will celebrate our planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife through interactive environmental education activities, fun activities, games, and crafts. Perfect for the entire family, Party for the Planet gives guests the opportunity to connect to nature and conservation in the community and be inspired to become conservation heroes to help protect our beautiful planet.

This event is included in general Zoo admission.

On the Go in MCO Earth Day - St Cloud
St. Cloud Earth Day 2022

April 23, 2022 | 11:00 am

Head to St. Cloud’s Peghorn Nature Park (2101 Peghorn Way, St Cloud, FL 34769) for an Earth Day 2022 Celebration that will include environmental exhibitors, up-cycling crafts, live music, five-a-ways, clean up project, food trucks, a nature trail, and more. 

There is no cost to attend this event.

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Animal Kingdom

All week | Park open to close

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park shines the spotlight on our beautiful, bountiful planet with its annual Earth Week Celebration, set for April 18-24, 2022.

During this popular event, guests are steeped in the wonders of the natural world through family-friendly experiences and special offerings. They become part of the park’s conservation story and connect with many of the animal species the Disney Conservation Fund is working hard to protect.

To celebrate the third planet from the sun, the park is pulling out all the stops! Guests will be treated to unique character sightings, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverages, a limited-time Wilderness Explorer badge, and more.

This event is included with theme park admission.

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Museum of Illusions Orlando Hosts Puppy Paw-ty

Museum of Illusions Orlando Hosts Puppy Paw-ty

Get the most bark for your buck at Puppy Paw-ty hosted by the Museum of Illusions Orlando at ICON Park on I-Drive. 

On April 23, the Museum of Illusions Orlando will once again open their doors to man’s best friend at its fan-favorite event, Puppy Paw-ty. From 8 to 10 a.m. guests can experience the interactive and immerse museum with their furry friends.  

What could be better???

Museum of Illusions Orlando Hosts Puppy Paw-ty

Admission to the party is $29.99 per owner, per dog. Tickets are limited, and advance reservations are required to book a time slot. All guests will receive a free return ticket to come back and visit without their four-legged friend. 

“Calling all Dogs of Instagram (and their owners) you won’t want to miss this event,” said Marc Gregory Tipton, sales and marketing manager. “We are excited for our 3rd Puppy Paw-ty at the museum. It’s a fun and different experience for dog owners and we love seeing the adorable pups in our illusions!” 

Museum of Illusions Orlando Hosts Puppy Paw-ty

In addition to the Puppy Paw-ty, for the entire month of April, the Museum of Illusions Orlando is offering guests the chance to round up their ticket price to donate to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for Animal Cruelty Prevention Month. Donations will go towards the charity’s wish lists.

The Museum of Illusions Orlando isn’t your average museum. You won’t find “do not touch” signs, get shushed by curators, or have to follow around tour guides – Instead, it encourages guests to get a hands-on experience and explore all the wonders of the mind throughout more than 50 engaging exhibits. 

To learn more about the Museum of Illusions Orlando or to book tickets, visit https://moiorlando.com/.


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Easter Bunny Garden Experience at ICON Park

ICON Park Easter Bunny Garden Eperience
Photos and cap tions The Easter Bunny Garden Experience is returning to ICON Park

Gather up your carrots and decorative eggs, then hop on over to ICON Park – The Easter Bunny Garden Experience is returning this year!

The Easter Bunny Garden Experience will be offering its award-winning Easter Bunny and candid spring photo packages at ICON Park until April 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

In addition to their beautiful photos, every child that visits the Easter Bunny will receive a special souvenir button they can display for a complimentary ride on The Wheel. Additional tickets can be purchased with a 50 percent discount for all of the Easter Bunny’s guests.

With the whole family dressed up in their Easter best, why not make a whole day of the experience? After the Easter Bunny visit and photo session, experience Orlando’s breathtaking views from 400 feet up on The Wheel. Ride around ICON Park in style in The Pearl Express Train. Let your mind roam as you explore SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Museum of Illusions Orlando, In The Game ICON Park and Build-A-Bear. 

ICON Park Easter Bunny Garden Eperience
The Easter Bunny Garden Experience will run daily until April16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m

Finally, finish your trip with a delicious meal from one of the entertainment center’s popular eateries like Sloppy Joe’s, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, or The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall.

The Easter Bunny Garden Experience is from the same group that presents The Santa Workshop Experience. Both of these long-standing experiences formerly hosted at a popular Orlando mall have been expanded and moved to ICON Park.

Reservations are now open for The Easter Bunny Garden Experience. Click here to view photo packages and save your spot now.

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premier entertainment destination offers easy access and free parking for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

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Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season Overview

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts announced its Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season last month, and to prepare for the upcoming subscription sales I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the eight new (and two returning) shows coming to the Walt Disney Theater.

Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

SIX 

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. 

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!”  

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Hamilton 

Hamilton is the story of America the, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical 

Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. 

An uplifting comeback story like no other, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. 

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy® Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.  

Featuring her much loved songs, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.  

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show 

Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy® Award-winning thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again. For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando
Wicked Talia Suskaer Allison Bailey Cleavant Derricks Curt Hansen Amanda Fallon Smith DJ Plunkett Sharon Sachs

Wicked  

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angel. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin––smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Pretty Woman: The Musical 

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). 

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ‘69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). 

Are you ready to fall in love all over again? 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

To Kill a Mockingbird 

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick To Kill a Mockingbird is “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” (60 Minutes). New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird – “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) – has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas will play the role of Atticus Finch in the National Tour. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Chicago 

After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder Chicago has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary – you’ve got to come see why the name on everyone’s lips is still…Chicago.  

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando
My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady 

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes a “sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1). 

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?  

Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts Broadway in Orlando

Beetlejuice 

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Orlando. 

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice is “screamingly good fun!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!  

Broadway in Orlando subscribers must renew by Friday, April 15. New subscriptions will go on sale later this Spring, anyone interested can join the waitlist at BroadwayInOrlando.com to be among the first in line for new subscriptions. 

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Central Florida Zoo celebrates Spring

Central Florida Zoo Spring 2022

Cute baby animals. Gorgeous, colorful blooms. Growing rays of warm sunshine. The signs of spring are starting to pop up everywhere. At the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, that can only mean one thing—Hippity Hop Adventure is just around the corner.

Kids and parents alike will want to hop on over on April 16 for the Zoo’s springtime celebration, Hippity Hop Adventure. The community tradition is presented by VyStar Credit Union.

This year’s Hippity Hop Adventure will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is part of general admission to the Zoo. In addition to all the fun of the Zoo, attendees can enjoy a live DJ, goody bags, and fun activities.

Of course, the main event will be the chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny inside the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center.

“Hippity Hop Adventure is a yearly tradition for many families,” said Stephanie Williams, Zoo director. “We’re thankful to VyStar Credit Union for helping us continue this fun celebration of the season.”

General Admission tickets can be purchased here. This event is a blackout date for Annual Pass Holders, and admission is $5 per person named on the pass during the event.

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Science Night Live Returns to Orlando Science Center

Science Night Live Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Science Night Live, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Science Night Live is back at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, April 9th, with a superhero-themed evening of fun and discovery from 8 to 11:30 p.m. with everything you love about OSC– without the kids! 

Science Night Live Orlando Science Center
Science Night Live, October 6, 2018, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Here’s a sneak peek at the fantastic Science Night Live programming you can expect!

  • Superhero science-themed activities (live shows, trivia and more)
  • Check out how insects exhibit super-powers with live specimens
  • Learn about innovations in hydroponics with a real-life food hero
  • See Superpower dogs on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome
  • Enjoy night sky watching with telescopes on the Finfrock Terrace
  • Power up on super-fuel with food and drink available for purchase from 4Roots Café and Hard Rock Live

GUEST SPEAKER: MAGDALENA LAMARRE – FEMALE SUPERHEROES: WHAT ARE THEIR REAL POWERS?

Don’t miss guest speaker Magdalena Lamarre as she presents a spirited discussion about female superheroes, their portrayal in pop culture and impact on society. Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology at Miami Dade College until her retirement in 2016. During this special presentation, she’ll examine gender differences in the portrayal and perception of male and female superheroes. Superman vs. Wonder Woman? When he first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian made superheroes the alpha for this medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages from the start, but their portrayal has always been the subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic books. Lamarre will discuss gender stereotyping and objectification of women and address two major questions: What are the real powers of female superheroes and why do I look like this?

Science Night Live Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Science Night Live, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

SAFETY GUIDELINES

Your health and safety are important to us! The following safety measures will be implemented at Science Night Live:

·     FACE COVERINGS OPTIONAL – Guests may choose to wear a face covering when visiting Orlando Science Center, but it is not required. Please do not visit if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone diagnosed or showing signs of COVID-19. Orlando Science Center is monitoring COVID-19 community levels in our area and will revise this policy as needed. Please know that this policy is subject to change.

·     Hand sanitation stations are available throughout the building with guests encouraged to sanitize their hands before engaging in any high-touch activity.

·     Guests will have the cleanest indoor air quality utilizing UV sanitation and bipolar ionization systems with our HVAC systems.

·     Overall capacity is limited. Must purchase tickets online at www.osc.org/snl.

Science Night Live Orlando Science Center
Science Night Live, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

TICKETS AND MORE INFO

Tickets to Science Night Live are $16 for the general public and free for Orlando Science Center members.

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2022 Gatorland Photography Program

Gatorland Photography

Gatorland is the”Alligator Capital of the World,” but the annual Gatorland Photography Program allows unique access for a limited time.

Gatorland’s Bird Rookery, created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh, attracts hundreds of wild birds every Spring.

The unique habitat has grown into one of the largest and most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida, providing a protected area for nesting, foraging, and roosting for over 20 different species of wild birds, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern.

Gatorland has created a special photographer’s pass program offered on 10 select dates in March, April, and May, allowing early morning entry at 7 am before the park opens to the general public at 10 a.m.

Gatorland’s boardwalks provide birders and photographers with close access to incredible birds to capture stunning photographs.

Gatorland Photography

The 2022 Gatorland Photography Program dates are:

  • March 19
  • March 27
  • April 2
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 22
  • April 30
  • May 8
  • May 13
  • May 21

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and availability is limited so booking right away is recommended.

Reservations can be made online at a cost of $25 plus tax per person per date, and a Birding Seasonal Pass is also available for $125 plus tax per person.  

All tickets are date specific and non-transferable. No late stay is offered.

For more information on the Gatorland Photography Pass for the birding season, call the Bird Line at (407) 855-5496, ext. 233 or send a message to Gatorland at  dannyperich@gatorland.com.

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On the Go in the Parks: February 11-13

If you are on the Go in the Parks from February 11-13, 2022, take some time to bring your significant other or pals to the parks for some fun!

On the Go in the Parks: February 11-13, 2022

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Mardi Gras 2022

Get ready to let the good times roll again as Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras returns through April 24, 2022.

This year’s celebration will fill Universal Studios Florida with a spectacular Mardi Gras parade with new floats, celebratory cuisine featuring diverse flavors from around the world, the much-awaited return of star-studded live concerts, a new tribute store, and so much more.

Mardi Gras happens on select nights and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida!

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Concert Series

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022
Diana Ross: Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

14 Top ten albums. 18 #1 Songs. From The Supremes to her landmark solo career, Diana Ross is one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

Seven Seas Food Festival

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is kicking off 2022 with the Seven Seas Food Festival that’s packed with more flavor than ever before every Thursday through Sunday, until May 8.

This year at Orlando’s largest theme park food festival, foodies and families alike can enjoy over 200 chef-and mixologist-curated tastes inspired by cultures from across the Seven Seas.

In addition to taste from around the world, you can catch these concerts at Bayside Stadium, included with your theme park admission:

  • Molly Hatchet – Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 pm
  • Locash – Sunday, Febraruary 13 at 3:00 pm

SeaWorld Orlando IceBreaker Annual Passholder Preview Dates

The long-awaited Ice Breaker coaster will open officially to the public at SeaWorld Orlando on February 18, 2022.

SeaWorld Orlando Annual Passholders can experience the 1,900-foot multi-launch coaster that reaches a top speed of 52 mph with a 100-degree, 93-foot spike on select days.

  • Silver Pass Preview Dates:February 7-13
  • Bronze Pass and Fun Card holders Preview Dates: February 14-15

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

On the Go in the Parks

Exhilarating adventures in the visual, culinary, and performing arts await guests at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts happening daily through February 21, 2022.

Throughout the festival’s run, chefs showcase dishes inspired by art movements, visual masterpieces come to life and Broadway stars sing beloved show tunes in a celebration of performance art that’s sure to captivate festivalgoers as only Disney can.

On the Go in the Parks Disney on Broadway Epcot International Festival of the Arts

This weekend’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series features performances from:

  • Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin): February 11 and 12
  • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan): February 13

Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs

Celebrate Soulfully Disney Springs On the Go in the Parks

This month Disney Springs invites you to Celebrate Soulfully and ignite your senses as you immerse yourself in culturally inspired dining for brunch and happy hour, spirited music performed by Motown in Motion, House of Blues folk art, and more!

Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Let the Good Times Roll with Busch Gardens Mardi Gras, select dates from through March 6.

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.

Real Music Concerts at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest-running concert series returns with an all-new Real Music Concert series, Tuesday – Sunday until February 27.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest-running concert series brings nostalgic acts to Stanleyville Theater, including world-class tributes, musical performances, and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras.

Grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live at Busch Gardens Tampa.  

Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA.
DANCING DREAM: THE TRIBUTE TO ABBA ~ FEBRUARY 8 – 13

DANCING DREAM: The Tribute to ABBA, the greatest pop supergroup from Sweden, electrifies audiences of all ages with the best hits “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, “Take a Chance”, “Fernando”, and many more. Established in 2009 The New York City-based touring tribute act is transporting nostalgic audiences back to the happy and groovy times of the 70s. Expect our team of seasoned musicians and talented lead singers (“Agnetha” and “Frida”) to take you on a nostalgic trip back to the glitz and glamour of the 70s with their beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes, and exciting choreography. Every show is one to be remembered!

Florida Resident Savings On the Go in the Parks

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Check out these Florida Resident exclusive ticket deals!

Walt Disney World

FL Resident Weekday Magic

Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic Tickets: Enjoy 2 days of theme park fun for $149, plus tax.

Florida Resident Annual Passes: Enjoy the magic all year long with an Annual Pass. Florida Resident Disney Pixie Dust Pass is $19 per month, plus down payment.

Save 40% on a 4-Day Ticket: Florida Residents can experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and save big on tickets!

Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort

Get 2 days free with a 2-Park 2-Day Ticket and experience 4 days total at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Ticket Offer Details:

  • Purchase By: March 31, 2022
  • When to Go: Now – June 30, 2022
  • NO BLOCKOUT DATES
  • Can be used on non-consecutive days.
  • Prices Vary by Day and Season: Check the pricing calendar for specific travel dates (price determined by date of first visit)
  • Online Only. Offer not available at the front gate.
  • Valid Florida photo ID required.
  • Restrictions apply.

Add a day at Volcano Bay for only $29 more!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Welcome Harbour Vertical

There are SOOOOO many great SeaWorld Orlando ticket, fun card, and annual pass discounts you are sure to find a deal that fits your needs!!!

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove Shark Swim

LIMITED-TIME OFFER: SAVE 20% + COMPLIMENTARY DRINK PACKAGE

Florida Residents, enjoy year-round 20% savings and, for a limited time,  receive a complimentary premium drink package (a $40 value) with your booking. 

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Love makes The Wheel go round at ICON Park

The Wheel ICON Park Date night

When it comes to love on Valentine’s Day, the sky is the limit! Luckily for you, The Wheel at ICON Park has you covered with a special offer.

ICON Park is celebrating love by bringing back the popular “I’m Sweet On You” package for the entire month of February. For a single price, guests can enjoy a private ride on The Wheel along with many other romantic perks.

“Orlando truly is the city beautiful, and there’s no more romantic place to experience it than from the top of The Wheel. It’s the ultimate date night,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park president and CEO. “With over 40 amazing restaurants, bars, and can’t-miss attractions, you’ll always have a place to explore with your special someone”.

The Wheel ICON Park Valentine's Day

For $115 plus tax, couples who book the “I’m Sweet On You” package will receive:

  • A private capsule on The Wheel for two with two rotations (that’s 40 minutes taking in the romantic views of the City Beautiful)
  • One bottle of sparkling wine with a keepsake coozie (Both guests must be at least 21 years old)
  • Two mini cupcakes from Let’s Jess Bake at The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall
  • VIP photo package including unlimited digital downloads to commemorate your special evening

Couples who book the “I’m Sweet On You” package can enhance the ambience of their ride with a romantic playlist on the ICON Park Radio app curated by iHeartMedia.

Guests also have the option to play their own music by utilizing The Wheel’s Bluetooth capability feature that allows guests to connect their phones to the capsule sound system featuring Bose speakers.

The Wheel ICON Park Valentine's Day

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

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On the Go in the Parks: February 4-6, 2022

If you are on the Go in the Parks from February 4-6, 2022, you’ll be able to let the good times roll at Universal, savor global cuisine at SeaWorld Orlando, and more!

On the Go in the Parks: February 4-6, 2022

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Mardi Gras 2022

Get ready to let the good times roll again as Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras returns through April 24, 2022.

This year’s celebration will fill Universal Studios Florida with a spectacular Mardi Gras parade with new floats, celebratory cuisine featuring diverse flavors from around the world, the much-awaited return of star-studded live concerts, a new tribute store, and so much more.

Mardi Gras happens on select nights and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida!

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Concert Series

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Concert 2022 On the Go in the Parks
Sugar Ray: Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

With over 10 million records sold and four top 10 songs, Sugar Ray’s top-selling singles include the hits “Fly,” “Someday” and “Every Morning.”

Seven Seas Food Festival

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is kicking off 2022 with the Seven Seas Food Festival that’s packed with more flavor than ever before every Thursday through Sunday, until May 8.

This year at Orlando’s largest theme park food festival, foodies and families alike can enjoy over 200 chef-and mixologist-curated tastes inspired by cultures from across the Seven Seas.

In addition to taste from around the world, you can catch a concert, included with your theme park admission, from Justin Moore at Bayside Stadium on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 pm.

SeaWorld Orlando IceBreaker Annual Passholder Preview Dates

The long-awaited Ice Breaker coaster will open officially to the public at SeaWorld Orlando on February 18, 2022.

SeaWorld Orlando Annual Passholders can experience the 1,900-foot multi-launch coaster that reaches a top speed of 52 mph with a 100-degree, 93-foot spike on select days.

  • Gold Pass Preview Dates: February 1-6
  • Silver Pass Preview Dates:February 7-13
  • Bronze Pass and Fun Card holders Preview Dates: February 14-15

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

On the Go in the Parks

Exhilarating adventures in the visual, culinary, and performing arts await guests at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts happening daily through February 21, 2022.

Throughout the festival’s run, chefs showcase dishes inspired by art movements, visual masterpieces come to life and Broadway stars sing beloved show tunes in a celebration of performance art that’s sure to captivate festivalgoers as only Disney can.

On the Go in the Parks Disney on Broadway Epcot International Festival of the Arts

This weekend’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series features performances from:

  • Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid) and Robert Creighton (Frozen): February 4
  • Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Dan DeLuca (Newsies): February 5 and 6

PirateFest at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND FLORIDA_PirateFest Weekends
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Captain Redbeard and his crew return to shore for PirateFest Weekends at LEGOLAND Florida Resort for select consecutive weekends.

During the event, families can immerse themselves in the ultimate pirate-packed day of play, including exclusive character meet-and-greets, exciting entertainment, LEGO builds, and specialty food– plus, it’s all included in theme park admission.

Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Let the Good Times Roll with Busch Gardens Mardi Gras, select dates from through March 6.

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.

Real Music Concerts at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest-running concert series returns with an all-new the Real Music Concert series, Tuesday – Sunday until February 27.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest-running concert series brings nostalgic acts to Stanleyville Theater, including world-class tributes, musical performances, and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras.

Grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live at Busch Gardens Tampa.  

HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS: THE BOB SEGER EXPERIENCE ~ FEBRUARY 1 – 6

Hollywood Nights – The Bob Seger Experience is the ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. This 9-piece New Jersey-based powerhouse has set out to re-create everything about Bob and his music right down to the smallest detail. Determined to leave no stone unturned, Hollywood Nights even tours with a baby grand piano. The band prides itself on continuing the amazing groundwork laid down by Bob over the past 30 years. They share the belief that only Bob and his fans have come to know, learn, and love: Represent the voice of every fan, his or her values, working-class background, and the love of rock ‘n’ roll. If you are a true Bob Seger fan, you won’t want to miss Hollywood Nights

Florida Resident Savings On the Go in the Parks

Who doesn’t love saving when you are On the Go in the Parks???

Check out these Florida Resident exclusive ticket deals!

Walt Disney World

FL Resident Weekday Magic

Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic Tickets: Enjoy 2 days of theme park fun for $149, plus tax.

Florida Resident Annual Passes: Enjoy the magic all year long with an Annual Pass. Florida Resident Disney Pixie Dust Pass is $19 per month, plus down payment.

Save 40% on a 4-Day Ticket: Florida Residents can experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and save big on tickets!

Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort

Get 2 days free with a 2-Park 2-Day Ticket and experience 4 days total at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Ticket Offer Details:

  • Purchase By: March 31, 2022
  • When to Go: Now – June 30, 2022
  • NO BLOCKOUT DATES
  • Can be used on non-consecutive days.
  • Prices Vary by Day and Season: Check the pricing calendar for specific travel dates (price determined by date of first visit)
  • Online Only. Offer not available at the front gate.
  • Valid Florida photo ID required.
  • Restrictions apply.

Add a day at Volcano Bay for only $29 more!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Welcome Harbour Vertical

There are SOOOOO many great SeaWorld Orlando ticket, fun card, and annual pass discounts you are sure to find a deal that fits your needs!!!

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove Shark Swim

LIMITED-TIME OFFER: SAVE 20% + COMPLIMENTARY DRINK PACKAGE

Florida Residents, enjoy year-round 20% savings and, for a limited time,  receive a complimentary premium drink package (a $40 value) with your booking. 

Don’t forget you can keep up with us as we are On the Go in the Parks and beyond by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube
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Science Fiction, Science Future Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities of the future in our latest exhibition, Science Fiction, Science Future, presented by The Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation, coming to the Orlando Science Center from January 29 to May 9, 2022.

The exhibit will also be a key feature of this year’s Otronicon Science Festival and Tech Expo, when it returns as a fully in-person onsite event during Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-21.

Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Science Fiction, Science Future will allow you to move objects with your mind, disappear right before your eyes, interact with a robot that copies your movements and experience augmented reality in action.

Science Fiction, Science Future

When you look back at iconic works of science fiction, they often predict the innovations of the future. Tablet computers, GPS, automatic doors, and even biometric health data tracking were all just figments of the imagination when they first appeared on Star Trek in the 1960s. Now, these are everyday technologies.

Science Fiction, Science Future gives you the chance to explore the technology that classic science fiction predicted for our future while you imagine what comes next. How long do you think it will take for robots to walk the streets with us? They already built our cars and explore space. You could predict the next great invention!

Science Fiction, Science Future

Inside the exhibit, you will also be able to draw and describe what you think houses, transportation, and our planet will look like in the world of tomorrow.

Will we live on Mars, get around using jet-pack rockets, or have a robot cook our meals? It’s up to you to decide.

We live in an exciting time in a world that is constantly changing due to technological advances. For example, it used to be fantasy to have robots works for us but now they vacuum our homes, act as personal butlers, and even do complex tasks like performing surgeries!

Find out more about the science fiction predictions that could become realities in this thought-provoking exhibition. Make sure to check out Science Fiction, Science Future while it’s at the Orlando Science Center.

The future is here, and it’s in your hands! For more info, timed-entry tickets, and health and safety guidelines, please visit www.osc.org.

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Orlando Science Center Hosts New Fundraiser

Orlando Science Center Science on Tap

Tap into science fun! Craft beer connoisseurs 21+ are invited to hop(s) in for an evening of brews, food, and science while supporting a good cause!

Whether you’re a pilsner pourer, an IPA aficionado, or a cider sipper, join the Orlando Science Center outdoors in Loch Haven Park to sample over 150 brews from local breweries on Saturday, January 29 during Science on Tap!

Sip your way through interactive science demos, check out live music by the, challenge your friends to a game of cornhole or giant Jenga, and more! Don’t forget to take a break to enjoy a few of our favorite local food trucks offering some tasty treats available for purchase.

Science of Tap is all-new and Orlando Science Center’s first fundraising event in over two years. Proceeds will enable the Science Center to inspire science learning for life for everyone.

By attending Science on Tap, patrons support the creation of experiences that build important skills and illustrate the power of science to address real-world challenges. Various ticket packages are available with VIPs and Orlando Science Center members getting early entry.

Orlando Science Center Science on Tap

Tickets ranges include…

  • $90 for VIP access, which includes entry at 3 p.m., plus 2 tickets for any full pour of your choice and discounts on purchases from food trucks
  • $50 for Orlando Science Center Member tickets with entry at 4 p.m.
  • $60 for general admission with entry at 5 p.m.
  • $30 tickets for designated drivers for those coming with a friend, but are not partaking of the delicious malt beverages.

For tickets and more information, including a list of participating breweries, please visit www.osc.org/science-on-tap

Orlando Science Center’s mission is to inspire science learning for life. Located in Orlando, FL., interactive learning and discovery await within its hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and live shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls, both onsite and online. It strives to create lasting impacts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and develop the next generation of creative innovators. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it ranks as one of the most popular museum destinations in the region. For more information, please visit www.osc.org.

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