Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids' Weekend

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will host Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends this October, a kid-centered Halloween event featuring a hay bale maze, one-of-a-kind animal encounters, character parades, and trick-or-treat candy stations.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun

“Halloween” Kids’ Weekends

When:

“The Count Weekend” – October 22 & 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p. m.

“Monsters & Fairies Weekend” – October 29 & 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p. m.

Where:

Sesame Street® Safari of Fun, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The event will feature beloved Sesame Street characters in their Halloween costumes with special appearances by Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and other popular faces. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, too.

Each Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekend will have a different festive theme. The first weekend will be themed after Count von Count, the famous Sesame Street vampire, where he’ll help you count your way through a “batty” Halloween maze. Monsters & Fairies weekend will follow, with Halloween-themed arts and crafts to transform the kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun LogoCharacter parades will take place at the top of every hour of the event. Plus, guests can expect kid-friendly music along with the chance to meet with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s animal ambassadors.

Be the first to know about new events like Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, special deals, and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

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LEGOLAND Florida Firefighter Fridays

Firefighter Fridays LEGOLAND Florida 2016

For three weekends in October at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Firefighter Fridays return in 2016 conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association.

Come kick off NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week with fun, educational activities that teach kids the importance of fire safety on Firefighter Fridays held on October 14th, 21st, and 28th. You’ll also be able to meet some of the real-life firefighters who help keep Polk County safe.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

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To learn more about fire safety visit www.firepreventionweek.org, and while you are at LEGOLAND Florida make sure you check out Brick or Treat!

For more information on Firefighter Fridays at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, check out their website here.

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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016: What To Eat

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016: What To Eat

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is under way now, and I had the chance to try a selection of dishes you can find around the park at a luncheon and I was completely blown away!

I’ve listed the dishes in alphabetical order of where you can find them at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to help make planning a little easier!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016: What To Eat

Africa

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Butter Chicken with Micro Cilantro, Steamed Rice, and Naan Bread (The Chew Favorite)

$5.00 Disney Dining Plan Snack

I have never met a Butter Chicken I didn’t like, and this might be my favorite of all time! The sauce was creamy with just enough spice for taste and the micro cilantro added a nice bite!

Brazil

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato (Gluten Free)

$5.50 Disney Dining Plan Snack

Don’t let this dish’s simple flavors steer you away from choosing it on your food adventure around World Showcase! The flavors are delightful and the black beans are extremely flavorful.

The Chew Collective

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World Chew Peanut Butter Mousse

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (Gluten Free)

$3.25 Disney Dining Plan Snack

While this is a smaller dessert, it packs a powerful peanut butter punch! The white chocolate mouse is extremely light making this a perfect choice on a hot afternoon!

Greece – NEW

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Vegan Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (Vegetarian)

$4.50 Disney Dining Plan Snack

If you aren’t vegan and are curious about giving a vegan dish a try, this is the small plate for you! These ‘nachos’ are fresh and light, and so tasty that you won’t find yourself missing the dairy or meat.

Greenhouse Guru hosted by Village Farms – NEW 

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-Roasted Salsa (Gluten Free)

$5.25 Disney Dining Plan Snack

I am not a fan of duck. I’ve tried it a thousand ways (okay maybe I am being dramatic here), and it just has never been my favorite. I will say that this duck isn’t as gamey as I have had in the past, and the fire-roasted salsa does a great job cutting the fattiness of the meat. I’d definitely eat it again…which is saying a lot!

Hops & Barley – NEW 

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese Served on Griddled Garlic Toast

$5.25 Disney Dining Plan Snack

If there was a ever a dish that screamed ‘Shelley’ it would be this one, as it is everything I love in one place! It is a heavier dish that you might want to save until later in the day.

Islands of the Caribbean – NEW

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Quesito – Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (Vegetarian)

$3.75 Disney Dining Plan Snack

Dear Quesito, I know we just met…but I think I love you! XOXO Shelley

This is the PERFECT dessert in my opinion! The slightly salty cheese plays against the sweet guava sauce creating amazing layers of flavors. My only complaint is that it is too small and I want to eat like 20 of them!

Wine & Dine Studio – NEW

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce

$5.50 Disney Dining Plan Snack

This might be my favorite dish of the luncheon. The scallop and celery root purée are slightly sweet and the brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms are a touch bitter with a bite creating a dance of flavors and textures. It was delicious!

Wine & Dine Studio

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World

Trio of Artisan Cheese (Vegetarian)

La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread

Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote

Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts

$5.00 Disney Dining Plan Snack

Can you go wrong with a trio of artisan cheeses and accompaniments? I don’t think so! These three offerings are familiar pairings…but if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!

I’m looking forward to getting out and trying more dishes at this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and I would love to hear what some of your favorite dishes are to try!

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Orlando Tree Trek Special Zip Line Offer

Orlando Tree Trek

Orlando Tree Trek offers special ticket

for zip line experience

Orlando Tree Trek Guests can fly down the park’s giant zip lines for only $29.95
Fans of thrills in Central Florida will want to zip on over to Orlando Tree Trek. The aerial adventure park is now offering a special rate that allows guests to experience its exciting zip lines as a separate attraction for those who only want to zip line.
Orlando Tree Trek
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is now offering a special $29.95 ticket for its zip lines.
For $29.95, guests can purchase a zip line ticket, which will allow them to take four rides on the park’s zip lines in one day. Guests can fly down one of Tree Trek’s giant 425-foot dual zip lines and race their family and friends, and they can get a taste of the high-flying, adrenaline-pumping adventure Tree Trek offers.
Participants must be at least 9 years old and be able to reach the tips of their fingers to a height of 5’9″ while keeping their feet flat on the ground. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
For guests who wish to experience the full Tree Trek adventure, ticket rates range in price from $38.95 to $49.95. This will allow them to fly down a giant zip line, as well as experience four progressively challenging courses.

Make a reservation today by visiting www.orlandotreetrek.com or by calling 407-390-9999.
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The Octonauts Visit SEA LIFE Orlando This Fall

SEA LIFE Orlando

The Octonauts Sail in to

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii of The Octonauts, characters from The Octonauts, a popular animated children’s television show on Disney Jr., will visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Friday through Sunday, beginning Sept.16 to Oct. 30. During this time, young guests can take photos with the characters at scheduled onsite meet-and-greet events and become part of the Octonauts crew by participating in the Octonauts Training Academy at the aquarium.

SEA LIFE Orlando

The Octonauts are a team of undersea adventure heroes who rescue and protect sea creatures in trouble. During each television episode, viewers are able to learn about a variety of marine life as The Octonauts study facts about sea animals and their ocean habitats. Captain Barnacles, a brave polar bear, is the leader of The Octonauts crew while Kwazii, a kitten, is the crew’s lieutenant and a daring explorer. Both characters will make appearances at the Orlando aquarium.

“SEA LIFE is excited to have The Octonauts visit us for the first time with interactive, educational and fun activities,” said James Paulding, General Manager at SEA LIFE Orlando. “Children will have the opportunity to meet the characters and learn while having fun on their adventure to complete the Octonauts Training Academy.”

While The Octonauts are visiting SEA LIFE Orlando, guests can enjoy special on-site activities, featuring the Octonauts Training Academy. The Training Academy will guide children through different exploration zones on their way to earning official Octonauts crew member status. For ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/orlando.  The Octonauts are included in regular admission to SEA LIFE Orlando.

Scheduled appearances:

  • Sept. 16-18
  • Sept. 23-25
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2
  • Oct. 7-9
  • Oct. 14-16
  • Oct. 21-23
  • Oct. 28-30

Dates and times are subject to change. For more information on The Octonauts, the aquarium’s conservation efforts or to buy tickets, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: #NotSoScary Wallpaper

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

For our final post this week on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I thought I would do something I have never done before!

I took eight of my favorite pictures from the party to create phone wallpaper to help bring the magic and the fun of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party portable!

All you need to do is click on the image, save it to your device, and then place it as your phone’s wallpaper.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: #NotSoScary Wallpaper

I put a spell on you… – Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

Happy HalloWishes – Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

Musketeer Donald – Character statues as you enter Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

The world was such a wholesome place until Cruella. Cruella De Vil – Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

Mickey’s Not So Scary Party Treat Bag and map – Cinderella Castle

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

Happy HalloWishes – Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

Main Street U.S.A. Train Station  – As you leave Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

There’s always room for one more… – Haunted Mansion

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Phone Wallpaper

For more Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party fun and information check out our other posts onAllergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating7 #NotSoScary Experiences, Halloween Party Planning Information, and my general tips & tricks on icFlorida! Plus we’ve got tons of great photos and information on Instagram and Twitter!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Setting #NotSoScary Priorities

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With so much to do that is exclusive to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, it is really important to prioritize what you want to do during the party.

But with information about the goings on either spread out over several areas of the official party page or not available until you arrive at the Magic Kingdom, I thought that I would compile all the information you would need to make a solid game plan for the night.

My biggest tip for creating a realistic plan is to communicate with everyone attending the party with you to ensure that everyone is on the same page as to what they want to try to accomplish during the party since it is pretty close to impossible to do everything in one night.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

Setting #NotSoScary Priorities

Unique Character Meet and Greet Opportunities

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Collage
Photos: Walt Disney World

During Mickey’s Not So Scary you will have the chance to meet some exclusive characters, however this opportunity comes at quite a cost of time!

Two things to keep in mind is that characters typically don’t start meeting until the party begins however lines for popular characters (like Jack Skellington and Sally) may appear earlier with lines forming before 5 pm and characters stop meeting guests around 11:30 pm.

Here is where you will find characters during Mickey’s Not So Scary (an * denotes rare characters):

  • Main Street U.S.A. – Town Square Theater – Mickey Mouse in his Halloween Finest* and Tinker Bell
  • Main Street U.S.A.- Tour Guide Garden near City Call – Snow White
  • Adventureland – Agrabah Bazaar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Friends from Aladdin (Characters spotted have included Jasmine, Aladdin, Abu*, and Genie*)
  • Adventureland – Zanzibar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Jafar*
  • Adventureland – Veranda near the Skipper Canteen – friends from Tarzan (Characters spotted have included Tarzan, Jane, and Terk*)
  • Adventureland – Caribbean Plaza across from Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow*
  • Liberty Square – The Glade behind Liberty Tree Tavern – Jack Skellington* & Sally* from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Liberty Square – Near the Haunted Mansion – Carlotta* and Lady Renata*
  • Fantasyland – Princess Fairytale Hall – Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, and Cinderella
  • Fantasyland – Ariel’s Grotto – Ariel
  • Fantasyland – Fairytale Garden near Cinderella Castle on the way to Mad Tea Party – Merida
  • Fantasyland – Gaston’s Tavern – Gaston and Villager Belle*
  • Fantasyland – Mad Tea Party – Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts*, and Tweedles*
  • Fantasyland – Thotful Spot near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Winnie the Pooh*, Tigger*, Piglet*, Eeyore* in Halloween Costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Calliope Tent – the Seven Dwarfs*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Train Station – Cruella DeVil*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Casey Jr. Splash Pad – Donald Duck*, Daisy Duck*, and Minnie Mouse* in their Halloween costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Barnstormer – The Great Goofini*
  • Tomorrowland – Between Buzz Lightyear Space Rangers Spin and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Buzz Lightyear and Lotso*

Entertainment, Shows, and Dance Parties

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Hocus Pocus Hades

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party boasts some great entertainment, shows, and dance parties throughout the park!

For the best viewing of the fun on Main Street U.S.A., you will want to secure a spot 30 minutes before each begins.

Here is some of what you will find:

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Celebrate the Magic – Projection show on Cinderella Castle – 10 pm
    • Happy HalloWishes! – Fireworks spectacular set against Cinderella Castle – 10:15 pm
    • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – Show on Forecourt Stage at Cinderella Castle – 8 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:40 pm, & 12 am
  • Frontierland
    • Cadaver Dans – Singing that haunts the Streets of Frontierland – No posted schedule, but you can watch them perfrom before Mickey’s Boo To You Parade
  • Tomorrowland
    • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – Dance Party set on the Rockettower Plaza Stage – Continuous

Parades

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Boo To You Parade Route

Mickey’s Boo to You Parade is the highlight of the party for me with characters in Halloween costumes, pirates, cowboys, gravediggers, ballroom dances, and Disney Villains set to music that is a total ear worm.

The parade steps off in Frontierland and travels to Main Street U.S.A. twice a night (8:30 pm and 11:15 pm), and with the Headless Horseman riding (weather permitting) approximately 10 minutes before each parade you will want to secure your parade spot at least 30 to 45 minutes before the parade begins.

Usually I would say to skip the first parade and watch the second, but it seems like that trick isn’t working this year. So instead, I encourage you to scope out the first parade before making a decision of which parade to watch.

Trick-or-Treating

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Allergy Friendly trick or treat experience

Trick-or-Treating is an activity that can be done at any time as you are walking from place to place during the party, so keep your eyes peeled for Trick-or-Treat markers throughout the park to stop as you go.

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Liberty Square
    • Heritage House (Allergy-Friendly Center)
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland
    • Pinocchio Village Haus
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland
    • Stitch’s Great Escape
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Space Mountain
    • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, you can read all about the new trick-or-treating experience here.

Attractions

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party PeopleMover

There are several attractions open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and while lines are shorter at times than a typical day at the Magic Kingdom this isn’t always the best use of time during the party.

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Town Square Theater
    • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (with an event-exclusive spell card available)
  • Adventureland
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas (an interactive adventure at your own pace)
  • Frontierland
    • Splash Mountain
    • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Liberty Square
    • Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
    • Princess Fairtyale Hall
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mad Tea Party
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • The Barnstormer
  • Tomorrowland
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Space Mountain
    • Astro Orbiter
    • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Your event ticket can be used to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm, so arriving before the party is a great option if you are looking to fit in some rides since the crowds will be thinning out for the day in preparation for the party.

Dining

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Photo: Disney Parks Blog

 

With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party falling around dinner time, you may find that you will need to stop during the party for a snack or meal.

Not all locations in the Magic Kingdom are open and some will close early during the party, and here is where you can eat and what you will find there (an * denotes where you can find party exclusive treats):

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Main Street Bakery* – Starbucks espresso & house-made Disney pastries
    • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor* – Hand-scooped ice cream and waffle-bowl sundaes
    • Casey’s Corner – Specialty hot dogs and French Fries
  • Adventureland
    • Aloha Isle – Dole Whip Soft-serve ice cream and fresh pineapple
  • Frontierland
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Nachos, fajitas, burritos, and Southwest burgers Open until 11 pm
    • Westward Ho* – Snacks and frozen lemonade
  • Liberty Square
    • Sleepy Hollow* – Funnel cakes and ice cream
    • Liberty Square Market – Frozen beverages, fruit, and snacks Open until 9 pm
    • Columbia Harbor House – Fish, shrimp, chicken nuggets, salads, and sandwiches Open until 8 pm
  • Fantasyland
    • Cinderella Royal Table – Requires Reservation – Signature Table Service
    • Be Our Guest Restaurant – Requires Reservation -Signature Table Service
    • Pinocchio Village Haus – Flatbreads, chicken breast nuggets, and salads Open until 10 pm
    • The Friar’s Nook* – Artisan macaroni & cheese, hot dogs, potato chips, & frozen beverages Open until 10 pm
    • Storybook Treats – Ice cream
    • Gaston’s Tavern* – LeFou’s Brew specialty slush, cinnamon rolls, and fruit
  • Tomorrowland
    • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Burgers, chicken breast nuggets, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and salads
    • Cool Ship – Pretzels, snacks, and beverages Open until 11 pm
    • The Lunching Pad – Hot dogs, pretzels, and frozen Coca-Cola

Shopping

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Merchandise

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Merchandise

You have to grab some of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party swag before you leave, because it is not available on the Shop Disney Parks App or online at the Disney Store!

Here is where you can find this year’s merchandise:

  • Box Office Gifts – Main Street, U.S.A. – MagicBand
  • Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. – Event T-shirts, ornaments, General event trading pin, and MagicBand
  • Frontierland Trading Post – Frontierland – General event trading pin and MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs – Storybook Circus – ALL event Trading pins and Event T-shirts
  • Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland – Event T-shirts

For more Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party fun check out our other posts on Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating7 #NotSoScary Experiences, and my general tips & tricks on icFlorida! Plus we’ve got tons of great photos and information on Instagram and Twitter!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: #NotSoScary Tips for Parents

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Tips for Parents Pinterest

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party can be tricky to navigate for parents, so I wanted to share some tips to help parents be prepared for the fun!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

Tips for Parents

Costumes

Halloween Elena of Avalor Costume Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

Keep in mind that it is still warm in Florida during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party schedule, so make sure you choose costumes that won’t make your little ghosts overheat. I love how fun this Elena of Avalor Costume from The Disney Store!

Cute Pajamas

Halloween Pajamas Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

As the night goes on and little ones get sleepy, why not pick up a super cute pair of pajamas for them to wear while they doze in the stroller. These Mickey Halloween Pajamas are available at The Disney Store.

Change of Clothes

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Gallon Zip Top Bags

Halloween Costumes (for adults and children) can get cumbersome after awhile, so I like to buy larger (2 Gallon typically) ziptop bags that I pack with a change of clothes so changing is more organized! I prefer the freezer bags, and you can find them on Amazon here.

Wristbands on the Same Arm

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Wristband

Everyone who attends Mickey’s Not So Scary receives a special wristband denoting that they are part of that night’s party, and earlier in the night you will pass through several ‘check points’ to ensure any stragglers have left the Magic Kingdom before the fun really begins!

To make the process easier for younger ones who may be learning their left from their right, everyone should place their party wristbands on the same arm for a visual cue when passing through these points efficiently.

Avoiding Budget Busters

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag - Savory Snacks

I like to be prepared with snacks and glow toys or necklaces to help curb the small purchases that add up during the night at the party.

Candy Hack

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Candy Hack

When my daughter has a full candy bag from trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary it doesn’t stay full for long, because she’s sneaking pieces of candy (no shame in that game) or is swinging it and candy flies everywhere. So as her bag approaches half-full I like to empty it into a gallon size ziptop bag. As a bonus, Cast Members are typically more generous with the candy the emptier your bag is at the candy location!

Smooth Character Interactions

Mickey's Not So Scary halloween party 2016 characters meet and greet jack skellington and sally

During Mickey’s Not So Scary you will have the chance to meet some exclusive characters, however this opportunity comes at quite a cost of time for some so make sure that your children are comfortable meeting their friends before the party and that you prioritize which characters you would love to meet!

Here are the characters you will find during Mickey’s Not So Scary (an * denotes rare characters)

  • Main Street U.S.A. – Town Square Theater – Mickey Mouse in his Halloween Finest* and Tinker Bell
  • Main Street U.S.A.- Tour Guide Garden near City Call – Snow White
  • Adventureland – Agrabah Bazaar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Friends from Aladdin (Characters spotted have included Jasmine, Aladdin, Abu*, and Genie*)
  • Adventureland – Zanzibar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Jafar*
  • Adventureland – Veranda near the Skipper Canteen – friends from Tarzan (Characters spotted have included Tarzan, Jane, and Terk*)
  • Adventureland – Caribbean Plaza across from Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow*
  • Liberty Square – The Glade behind Liberty Tree Tavern – Jack Skellington* & Sally* from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Liberty Square – Near the Haunted Mansion – Carlotta* and Lady Renata*
  • Fantasyland – Princess Fairytale Hall – Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, and Cinderella
  • Fantasyland – Ariel’s Grotto – Ariel
  • Fantasyland – Fairytale Garden near Cinderella Castle on the way to Mad Tea Party – Merida
  • Fantasyland – Gaston’s Tavern – Gaston and Villager Belle*
  • Fantasyland – Mad Tea Party – Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts*, and Tweedles*
  • Fantasyland – Thotful Spot near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Winnie the Pooh*, Tigger*, Piglet*, Eeyore* in Halloween Costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Calliope Tent – the Seven Dwarfs*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Train Station – Cruella DeVil*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Casey Jr. Splash Pad – Donald Duck*, Daisy Duck*, and Minnie Mouse* in their Halloween costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Barnstormer – The Great Goofini*
  • Tomorrowland – Between Buzz Lightyear Space Rangers Spin and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Buzz Lightyear and Lotso*

Two things to keep in mind is that characters typically don’t start meeting until the party begins however lines for popular characters (like Jack Skellington and Sally) may appear earlier with lines forming around 5 pm and characters stop meeting guests around 11:30 pm.

Children with allergies or dietary restrictions

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Allergy Friendly trick or treat experience

Having children with allergies or dietary restrictions can make trick-or-treating a daunting task, but this year the Magic Kingdom is awash in teal, the official color of food allergy awareness, with a new allergy-friendly experience. You can find out all the details with tons of pictures here.

Park Bag Must Haves for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Packing a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Bag

Being prepared with everything you may need will insure that you have more fun that frights, and in this post I share some things I pack in my party park bag.

For more Mickey’s Not So Scary fun check out our other posts on 7 #NotSoScary Experiences and my general tips & tricks on icFlorida! Plus we’ve got tons of great photos and information on Instagram and Twitter!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: 7 #NotSoScary Experiences

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Don’t Miss These 7 #NotSoScary Exclusive Experiences

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is jam packed with exclusive events, shopping, and entertainment that you don’t want to miss. Here are my favorite ‘Must Do’s’ for this year’s party!

1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Party Highlights - Sorcerers Card and map

This year’s Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card features one of my favorite characters from Zootopia…Clawhauser!

The Disney Parks Blog summed up why he was the perfect choice for this year’s party exclusive card!

Why Clawhauser? Because he loves sweets, particularly donuts! On Halloween he enjoys sharing the delicious, ring-shaped delights with the trick-or-treaters who come to his door. Merlin the Magician was so impressed with the cheetah’s generosity, that he created a spell in his honor, “Clawhauser’s Tricky Treat.” When a sorcerer casts this spell, dozens of magical donuts appear! But spell-casters must be wary: careless use might result in an explosion of rainbow sprinkles!

To pick up your party exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card, head over to the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. and show the Cast Member (who is typically standing outside) your wristband. It’s quick and easy, so I like to do this as soon as the party begins so I don’t forget!

2. Specialty Treats

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Pumpkin Cupcake

What kind of party would it be without specialty treats? Answer…a sad one!

This year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party treats can be found around the Magic Kingdom at the following locations:

  • Main Street Bakery
    • Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake
    • Vanilla Spider Cupcake
    • Halloween Sugar Cookie
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
    • Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
  • Gaston’s Tavern
    • Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake (I am not a huge pumpkin fan, but the Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake was delicious. )
  • Storybook Treats
    • Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone
  • The Friar’s Nook
    • Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy
  • Throughout the Park
    • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
    • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Hot Mug
    • Poison Apple Stein

For those using a Disney Dining Plan during their visit, these specialty treats can be purchased using a snack credit.

3. Shopping!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Party exclusive pin

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party features some pretty awesome and exclusive merchandise! You will find T-Shirts for the event and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, ornaments, trading pins, annual passholder specific items, and a limited edition MagicBand.

  • Box Office Gifts – Main Street, U.S.A. – MagicBand
  • Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. – Event T-shirts, ornaments, General event trading pin, and MagicBand
  • Frontierland Trading Post – Frontierland – General event trading pin and MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs – Storybook Circus – ALL event Trading pins and Event T-shirts
  • Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland – Event T-shirts

I like to shop early during the party as some items will sellout, and you don’t want to have FOMO since these items are not available on the Shop Disney Parks app or online.

4. Trick-or-Treating around the Kingdom

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Trick-or-treat candy

This year the candy selection at the trick-or-treat locations is awesome as they are sponsored by MARS, Werther’s  Original, Enjoy Life, and PEEPS to name a few.

Here are the treat locations around the Magic Kingdom:

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Liberty Square
    • Heritage House (Allergy-Friendly Center)
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland
    • Pinocchio Village Haus
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland
    • Stitch’s Great Escape
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Space Mountain
    • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

There is no time restraint on trick-or-treating, so I tend to wait to do this later in the evening.

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, you can read all about the new trick-or-treating experience here.

5. Happy HalloWishes!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Happy Hallowishes

Happy HalloWishes (10:15 pm) is the perfect way to celebrate the witching hour with fireworks and pyrotechnic effects set  to familiar and haunting melodies.

The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains light up the night with fireworks and a wicked version of melodies from Disney’s past that echo through the night—and creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle.

 

The “scare-abration” gets into full swing when some of the Disney Villains we most love to hate—including Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie—croon their scary tunes and do their best to steal the show.

I like to watch Happy HalloWishes! from slight left of Cinderella Castle (as you are facing it) in the hub to set up some fantastic shots!

6. Mickey’s Boo To You Parade

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Traveling from Frontierland to Main Street U.S.A. twice a night (8:30 pm and 11:15 pm), Mickey’s Boo To You Parade is a cavalcade of familiar friends in their Halloween costumes, pirates, cowboys, gravediggers, ballroom dances, and Disney Villains set to music that you won’t stop humming until February.

To make sure you see the Headless Horseman ride, secure your parade spot 30-45 minutes before the parade steps off.

This year the second parade was just as crowded as the first parade of the night, so it seems like that black cat is out of the bag!

7. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The Sanderson Sisters are BACK for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (8:00 pm, 9:15 pm. 10:40 pm. and 12:00 am) on Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

Enlisting the help of the Disney villains, the 3 sisters mix sinister shadows, terrifying nightmares and use the nefarious powers of their frightening colleagues to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion—and cast a spell on everyone in Magic Kingdom park!

This show is worth my top ‘Must Do’ for the second year in a row! The story runs a little smoother this year there is more fun that you won’t want to miss.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is EXTREMELY popular, so I suggest catching the 10:40 pm show as you can watch Celebrate the Magic at 10 pm followed by Happy HalloWishes at 10:15 pm before making your way closer to Cinderella Castle.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket that can be purchased online for the following dates:

  • September – 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, & 30
  • October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, & 31

Don’t forget to check out all the details of Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating and my tips for planning an awesome night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on icFlorida!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: An Allergy Friendly #NotSoScary

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Allergy Friendly trick or treat experience

Happy Halloween! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has begun at the Magic Kingdom, and this year the Trick-or-Treat allergy friendly experience has changed.

Partygoers who have food allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to first visit one of the two Allergy-Friendly Centers that can be found at the lobby of the Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. and at the Heritage House in Liberty Square.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Heritage House Sign

Inside of each of these locations you can speak with trained Cast Members about what your candy options will be based on your allergies and dietary restrictions, learn about the Trick-or-Treat experience, and receive a special teal treat bag (if you would like) that makes you more recognizable to Cast Members.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Allergy Friendly Assistance Menu

Now that you know your options it is time to go trick-or-treating! As you travel throughout the Magic Kingdom during the party, look for Cast Members at each treat location with either a teal bag or treat sign and ask them for a token. Keep in mind that the trade in value on tokens is one-for-one at the Allergy-Friendly Center.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Treat Location

Now that you’ve got your tokens it is time to head back to an allergy-friendly center to trade in your tokens!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Town Square Theater Allergy Location

Here is a closer look at the different treats, both candies and non-food items, available on the allergy-friendly assistance menu:

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Jelly Beans and Smarties

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Gummy bears and worms

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - ricemilk chocolate bar

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - vanilla honey graham cookies

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Double Chocolate Cookies

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - non food items

Although not listed on the menu, there are also sugar free treats available at the centers.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Allergy Friendly Experience - Sugar Free Candy

Keep in mind that they Allergy-Friendly Centers should close with the party, so don’t count on being able to trade your tokens in after the party has ended.

Tips for making the most of your Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

  • Make sure to visit one of the two Allergy-Friendly Centers as soon as they open! While the party officially begins at 7 pm, these stations **could** open earlier if Cast Members are there and the area is all set-up.
  • Don’t be shy! Talk the cast members who have the allergy friendly treat tokens! They want you to have as much fun as everyone else, so don’t feel out of place asking them for one…or two! 😉
  • Lines to redeem your tokens can be quite long, so an ideal time to visit one of the Allergy-Friendly Centers is when other major party activities (like the second Mickey’s Boo To You Parade) are under way.
  • There’s no limit on how many times you can visit a candy stop! So don’t feel bad for getting back in line to go through again if the line is shorter than you expect.

For more tips for planning your visit to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, check out my video on icFlorida!

 

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Educator Appreciation Days

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Educator Appreciation Days

All K-12 teachers and staff receive free admission to Ripley’s Florida attractions from September 6 – October 16Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida are thanking
All Florida locations of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be honoring K-12 educators for all their hard work with the return of Educator Appreciation Days this fall.
All K-12 school personnel are invited to visit any of Ripley’s Florida attractions for FREE from September 6 – October 16. Participating attractions include:
 
  • Educator Appreciation DaysOrlando: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
  • St. Augustine: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Red Train Tours, Bayfront Mini Golf and Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventures
  • Panama City Beach: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, 7D Moving Theater and Marvelous Mirror Maze
  • Key West: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Educators need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID to receive their free admission. They can also bring up to five guests who will receive 50% discounts on their admission.
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.
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LEGO Star Wars Days This Fall At LEGOLAND Florida

LEGO Star Wars Days Takes Guests Out of This World for a Weekend

Two-Day Event Features Park-Wide LEGO Star Wars™ Themed Activities

LEGO Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND Florida ResortThe Force is strong with LEGOLAND Florida Resort as the anticipation builds for LEGO Star Wars Days presented by LEGO Club.  During this exclusive, one-weekend-only event, guests can release their inner Jedi or Stormtrooper as they participate in a variety of immersive, themed activities. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required.

The event will feature theLEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display — seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

During LEGO Star Wars Days, fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite LEGO Star Wars characters and take part in an all-new parade.  Those who dress the part will also have the chance to win a LEGO Star Wars prize pack.  And, be warned, The Dark Side awaits those who stop in for a meet-and-greet with LEGO Darth Vader.

LEGO Star Wars set designer Jens Kronvold Frederiksen will host a live speaker session with an interactive Q&A and Master Model Builders will offer building tips.  There will also be a LEGO Star Wars Mural Build and budding builders are encouraged to get creative during a competition build.

Each guest at LEGO Star Wars Day will have the opportunity to join LEGO Club and be the first to know all the new and exciting things coming from The LEGO Group and LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

For more information onLEGO Star Wars Days that are #BuiltForKids event, visit https://www.legoland.com/florida/.

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Jack Hanna Hosts ‘Wild Weekend’ At SeaWorld

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Jack Hanna Hosts A ‘Wild Weekend’

At SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna, World-renowned animal expert, is returning to SeaWorld Orlando for another ‘Wild Weekend’ of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando on August 20 and 21.

During ‘Wild Weekend’, Jungle Jack will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations inside the Nautilus Theater from his time as an internationally-known conservationist, author, television personality, and lifelong adventurer.

In addition to shows, included with park admission, SeaWorld will have several additional opportunities for guests to personally interact with Jack Hanna at the park including meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and exclusive dining packages.

  • Meet Jack Hanna (Saturday, August 20) – Reserve space now to meet Jack Hanna and receive reserved seats to his show at SeaWorld Orlando. Prepare for Jack to entertain with animal facts, stories and answers to questions from you. Package includes a seat in the reserved section to the 1:00 p.m. show. Pricing begins at $39 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.
  • Dine With Shamu Jack Hanna Dinner (Saturday, August 20) – Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Jack at Dine with Shamu. The package includes dinner at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack and a seat in the reserved section at the 3:00 p.m. show. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Pricing begins at $59 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.
  • Dine With Shamu Jack Hanna Brunch (Sunday, August 21) – Enjoy a delicious brunch with all of your breakfast favorites and mingle with Jack at Dine with Shamu. The package includes brunch at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack and special reserved seats to the 11:30 a.m. show. Brunch is at 10:00 a.m. Pricing begins at $49 per person and Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Guests can enjoy a wild weekend at SeaWorld Orlando with Jack Hanna for just $69 with the purchase of a limited-time single-day admission at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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SeaWorld Salutes Florida First Responders

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 SeaWorld Orlando Salutes Florida First Responders with Free Admission

“Thank You” Offer for First Responders Available through August

SeaWorld Orlando, Firehouse Subs and Coca-Cola are honoring Florida first responders for their bravery, sacrifice and service with a special opportunity to spend a day at the park with their families. Now through August 31, first responders can register to receive free admission to SeaWorld Orlando through September 30.

In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets for friends and family for just $49.50 per person, a savings of 50 percent off general admission.

Qualifying first responders include:

  • Florida Fire Rescue First Responders
  • Florida EMT/EMS Employees
  • Florida Law Enforcement Officers
  • Florida 911 Dispatchers

Qualifying first responders should visit SeaWorld.com/FirehouseSubs for more information on how to register. Tickets must be used bySeptember 30, 2016.

Waves of Honor SeaWorld Orlando

The park also has a tribute program called Waves of Honor. Created in 2001, the Waves of Honor military salute program provides free admission to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, and Sesame Place for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member. Information on current active duty and veteran ticket offers is available at WavesOfHonor.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando All New Summer Soak Party

 

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SeaWorld Orlando Introduces All New

Summer Soak Party

Summer Heat Brings Delightful Deals For Guests All Summer

Beat the heat like never before at SeaWorld Orlando’s all new Summer Soak Party. Families can take a break from the sun and splash and dance the day away under playful sprinklers and rain curtains.  DJ’s and dancers keep things cool while ice-cold culinary surprises delight guests at this summertime celebration Party Zone.

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The Summer Soak Party takes place daily through August 14 at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium from 12 to 6 pm and weekends August 15 through Labor Day.

Exclusive Party Zone Offers

  • $1 Cotton Candy
  • $1 Popcorn
  • $2 Bottled Water
  • $3 Bottled Beer
  • $3 Shamu® Ice Cream Bars
  • $10 Shamu® Bubble Blower
  • $10 Shamu® Misting Fan

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Summer of Mako Deals

In addition to the Summer Soak Party, there are some new great Summer of Mako deals!

  • Free Beer Daily for Pass Members- SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can now receive a free 12 oz. draft pour of Mako Red Ale daily through August 31. Guests can show their Pass at Terrace Bar, Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen or Spice Mill to receive this daily offer.
  • Christmas in July- Christmas time might still be a few months away, but July is the perfect time to save big on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration running select nights in November and December. Starting July 21 through July 25, guests can book reservations to Santa’s Fireside Feast – a holiday dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves – at a 30% discount. Guests can also purchase discounted Holiday PhotoKey Packages and tickets to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration for only $69 at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

For the best way to beat the heat and get all the summer deals and competitive ticket offers, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com

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