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!!!!

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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.

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Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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SeaWorld Orlando Parks Reservation 411

SeaWorld announced today a phased reopening (with capacity limitations) of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove on June 11, 2020.

The reopening of the parks will include enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face-covering requirements, and temperature screening.

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

A new online reservation system will also help manage capacity so that guests can enjoy a safe and fun experience while maintaining physical distancing. The phased reopening plan was approved by the State of Florida.

“We thank Governor DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Demings, Orlando Mayor Dyer, and the members of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force for their support of tourism in Central Florida as we prepare to reopen our Orlando parks to the public on June 11,” said Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Over the past two months, we have worked with state and local health officials, third party medical and epidemiology experts, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and animals in our care, and will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as conditions evolve.”

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SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove have launched new safety websites with detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when the parks reopen, including key operational changes.

Specific information by park can be found by visiting the following websites:

“We couldn’t be more excited to reopen our three Orlando parks – SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove,” said Kyle Miller, president of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Discovery Cove. “We know our guests are anxious to return, and we’re working hard to provide a safe environment so they can enjoy many more memorable experiences with us and their friends and family.”

Discovery Cove Dolphin Experience

To help manage the capacity to maintain physical distancing within the parks, all parks will require advance online reservations.

Guests will be asked to visit the reservation pages of park websites where reservations will be required to guarantee entry given anticipated demand.

Reservations for SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove will be available starting at 10:00AM ET on June 8, 2020.

For more information on the online reservation process, please visit:

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We are really excited for SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove to once again welcome guests!!!

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Want to find out more information on the other parks?

Check out our other posts on the other theme park reopening announcements!

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Hurricane Dorian Closures – September 3, 2019

With Hurricane Dorian making its (SLOWWWW) approach to the Central Florida area, the theme parks have announced some closures and altered schedules.

Here’s your complete and current list!

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Walt Disney World

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/weather-updates/

Walt Disney World Resort is adjusting its operating hours beginning Tuesday, September 3: 

Magic Kingdom Park: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (opening at 7:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours) 

Epcot: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM 

(opening at 6:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours) 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM (opening at 7:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours) 

Disney Springs: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 

ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed 

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed 

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 

Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf: 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM 

In keeping safety top of mind, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be closed beginning September 3 at 3 p.m. and will reopen following the storm when it is safe to do so. 

Guests with current and upcoming reservations at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have been contacted to relocate them to other resorts on property and to help them plan for anticipated weather impacts. 

SPECIAL EVENT CANCELLATIONS AND UPDATES 

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been canceled on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 

Guests with pre-purchased event tickets for this date are able to exchange their tickets for one of the following options: 

  • Tickets to attend another Disney After Hours event in 2019. 
  • Tickets to a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event in 2019. 
  • A 1-Day Flexible Date Ticket with Park Hopper Option, which can be used any day prior to December 31, 2020. 

Receive a full refund for event tickets. 

To redeem these other options, guests should call (407) 939-7818 by December 15, 2019 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM, or email us at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com. Please have your tickets available so we may process your request for you as quickly as possible. 

DINING AND OTHER EXPERIENCE RESERVATIONS 

On September 3rd, theme park dining reservations will be honored up to one hour prior to park closing. 

Resort dining reservations will be honored until 5:30 p.m. 

Effective immediately, WDW will not be enforcing cancellation policies for dining and other experiences, so there’s no need to cancel existing reservations through Tuesday, September 3rd. 

Pre-paid dining and other experiences outside of the modified operating hours for September 3 will be automatically canceled and refunded. 

For more information, please review frequently asked questions regarding the Walt Disney World hurricane policy.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida: 9AM – 9PM

Universal’s Islands of Adventure: 9AM – 9PM

Universal’s Volcano Bay: CLOSED

Official Park Statement:

We continue to closely monitoring the weather. At this time, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s CityWalk will open as scheduled on Tuesday, September 3, however, Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park will be closed.

We will continue to share operational updates as needed. Please follow UniversalOrlando.com or Universal Orlando’s Twitter for real-time updates.

SeaWorld Orlando

September 3 – CLOSED

Official Park Statement

We have a comprehensive weather preparedness plan in place for the safety of our ambassadors, guests and animals as we continue to closely monitor the forecast for Hurricane Dorian. 

Guests are encouraged to follow our social media channels and to check our website for the latest park updates. 

The parks are rescheduling or refunding any vacation package or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations, DiscoveryCove.com, SeaWorld.com, BuschGardens.com, or the contact center without any cancellation or change fees for this service.

Aquatica Orlando

September 3 – CLOSED

Discovery Cove Orlando

September 3 – CLOSED

LEGOLAND Florida

https://www.legoland.com/florida/about-us/hurricane-policy/

Official Park Statement

Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The safety of our employees and guests is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution LEGOLAND Florida theme park and water park will be closed on Tuesday, September 3.  We expect to re-open on Wednesday, September 4 pending the track of Hurricane Dorian. LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open.  

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Dollywood Announces Wildwood Grove Expansion Opening In 2019

Dollywood is making their largest capital investment in their 32-year history with the Wildwood Grove expansion set to open in 2019. The total cost for the expansion is $37 million, meeting The Dollywood Company’s 2013 commitment of $300 million in investments over a 10 year period four years ahead of schedule.

Wildwood Grove Dollywood

Dolly Parton was joined by park officials to talk about this new land that will feature 11 themed experiences, comprised of six new ride attractions, live entertainment, various indoor and outdoor play areas, a new restaurant, nighttime experiences, and the lands icon – the 55 ft. tall Wildwood Tree.

Wildwood Grove is inspired by Dolly’s experiences as a child playing in the forests of the Smoky Mountains.

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“I’ve told you before about how I’d let my imagination roam free when I’d be out exploring in the hills around our home in the Smoky Mountains,” Parton said. “I’d pretend that the frogs and butterflies were my friends. I’d imagine about what it’d be like to fly with a dragonfly or to follow a bear family through the woods. Now all these things are coming true for our guests to experience in Wildwood Grove; it may be my new favorite part of Dollywood!

“This area is going to give families a place to explore, play and imagine together—but more importantly—it’s a place where they can spend more time together,” she explained. “I believe everyone has a song in their heart that needs to be set free. Wildwood Grove will be a place where families can learn together about what their heart song truly is.”

The new Wildwood Grove will provide an adventurous journey for guests to explore, imagine and play together as a family which begins as soon as guests enter the area, located near the Mystery Mine roller coaster, through the massive hollow trunk of a fallen tree.

As soon as guests enter the area their eyes are drawn to the Wildwood Tree—a tree unlike any other— that serves as the centerpiece of the area. It grows from a cluster of natural rock and boulders, and offers a natural platform for performances throughout the day and night. The green, leafy canopy is adorned with thousands of butterflies that dance playfully in the breeze.

Six new ride attractions will also call Wildwood Grove home that are designed for families to enjoy together.

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The Dragonflier— This thrilling suspended roller coaster lets guests soar with a dragonfly as it dips and darts along the gushing geysers and lush landscape of Wildwood Grove.

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Black Bear Trail— Riders hop on the back of these friendly bears for a spirited trek through their natural habitat. Families will enjoy meandering through the woods of this unique Smoky Mountain experience.

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Sycamore Swing— Guests aboard this thrilling “leaf boat” swing back and forth just like a leaf falling from a giant sycamore tree.

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Treetop Tower— This family tower gives guests a sky-high view of Wildwood Grove as they soar nearly 40 feet in the air. Riders, seated inside giant acorns, spin around the top of a tall oak tree before gently drifting back to the grove floor.

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The Mad Mockingbird— Tennessee’s state bird—the mockingbird—gives visitors a lift as it flies in a high speed circle around a tall tree. Riders control their ride experience by moving a sail as the birds rush above the ground.

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Frogs and Fireflies—These friendly frogs hop up and down as they chase each other around the lily pad trying to catch the flickering fireflies fluttering from the tall reeds and grasses. Adventurous guests can hop aboard for this riveting race.

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Play options abound inside Wildwood Grove. Hidden Hollow, a 4,000 sq. ft. indoor play space, provides a climate-controlled area for families looking to recharge before their next big adventure. With climbing structures, slides and multiple games, play time here is full of exploration. Another refreshing stop for play is at Wildwood Creek where numerous pop jets, splashing pools and more await. There, guests also can discover their musical side thanks to the various “instruments” available to play.

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For the first time at Dollywood, several new friends await guests to the area. In the tradition of the Wildwood butterflies before them, Flit and Flutter—Wildwood Grove’s butterfly ambassadors of beauty and grace—dutifully watch over the Wildwood Tree. While each has their own distinct personality, both Flit and Flutter enjoy interacting with visitors to Wildwood Grove. Guests also can meet Benjamin Bear, a playful friend who loves to explore the grove with new visitors.

Wildwood Grove’s featured dining establishment, named Till & Harvest, offers another great option from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team. Visitors can order from a selection of Southwest fresh favorites, including burritos, salads and more, all with a Southern twist. In addition to traditional entrees and a topping bar with assorted salsas, guests can add items like pulled pork and fresh coleslaw to their selections. A walk-up window provides sweet treats like churros and ice cream.

As with most areas of Dollywood, Wildwood Grove takes advantage of the natural beauty of the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Nearly $1 million has been planned for landscaping the area, with more than 400 trees and 1,000 shrubs helping transform this space into a lush and relaxing spot hidden within the foothills of the Smokies.

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What makes Wildwood Grove so special is that as the sun sinks in the sky, the area will glow warmly as lanterns and lights glimmer like cheerful fireflies. Once darkness falls, the area sparkles as the Wildwood Tree comes to life each evening in a unique nighttime show that features the butterflies glowing in a kaleidoscope of spectacular color under the canopy of fireworks.

The new expansion is an exciting addition to Dollywood, and I am excited to bring you more information as it becomes available so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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