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! ūüėČ
  • 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.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Florida Attraction Logo Educator Appreciation Days
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‚ĄĘ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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

‚ÄúThank You‚ÄĚ 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

‚Äď Summer Heat Brings Delightful Deals For Guests All Summer ‚Äď

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.

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Soak Party Logo

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¬ģ Ice Cream Bars
  • $10 Shamu¬ģ Bubble Blower
  • $10 Shamu¬ģ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Christmas Celebration running select nights in November and December. Starting July 21 through July 25, guests can book reservations to Santa‚Äôs Fireside Feast ‚Äď a holiday dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves ‚Äď at a 30% discount. Guests can also purchase discounted Holiday PhotoKey Packages and tickets to SeaWorld‚Äôs 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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Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces New

Red Carpet Series

Headliners Include Wayne Brady and Arturo Sandoval in Intimate Broadway-style Venue

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a leading Florida destination for all ages, announced an evolution of entertainment with its all-new second-gate, premiere event offering, the Busch Gardens Red Carpet Series. Held in the Moroccan Palace Theatre, kicking off the series is award-winning comedian and musician Wayne Brady, and legendary Latin jazz artist and ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval.

Newly renovated, the intimate 1,100-seat Moroccan Palace offers three tiers of comfortable seating with stellar sight lines and state-of-the-art acoustics. Boasting a unique personality all its own, the Moroccan Palace is the perfect venue to experience the top artists in entertainment.

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

‚ÄúWe are excited to offer Central Florida a new intimate way to enjoy their favorite artists,‚ÄĚ said Jim Dean, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. ‚ÄúThe classic style of the Moroccan Palace along with impeccable site lines and beautiful sound, make for a truly special night out. Guests will experience some of the biggest names in entertainment, including some who rarely play in our area.‚ÄĚ

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

Wayne Brady – Friday, August 26 at 8:00 pm, Moroccan Palace

For Wayne Brady, music and comedy has been at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career.¬† Wayne has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade.¬† This diversity has led to a career that goes beyond the term ‚Äútriple threat.‚ÄĚ

In 1998, his career took off with Whose Line is it Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. Wayne went on to host his own award-winning talk show, The Wayne Brady Show, for which he won two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host. His award-winning talent has led him to hosting opportunities for high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors, The Late Late Show and the Emmy-nominated Let’s Make A Deal.

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

Arturo Sandoval ‚Äď Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 pm, Moroccan Palace

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba in 1949. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, and it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Sandoval has been seen by millions at the Billboard Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Oscars. He is the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, in addition to six Billboard Awards and an Emmy, and is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time. His latest Grammy award-winning albums,¬†Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You¬†as well as¬†Live at Yoshi’s¬†are now available worldwide.

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

Ticket prices for the Busch Gardens Red Carpet Series range from $30.00-$99.00 (taxes not included) and can be purchased through BuschGardens.com/RedCarpetSeries.

A limited number of VIP Packages will also be available that include premium seating, culinary offerings and more. Gates open at 6:30 and theatre doors open at 7:15 pm.

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Pok√©mon GO Contest

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds #RipleysGo

Contest for Pokémon GO Players

Whoever catches the rarest Pokémon character at
any U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia Ripley’s location wins $5000!
Heads up players: catch a rare Pok√©mon character at a Ripley’s attraction and you could win $5000¬†in the¬†#RipleysGo contest to see who can find the rarest Pok√©mon lurking at its Odditoriums, Aquariums, and other attractions in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia.
The attractions are full of Pok√©Stops and Gyms, and people are flocking to Ripley’s attractions around the world to add to their collections.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Pokémon GO Contest

How to enter the Ripley’s #RipleysGo contest:¬†

  • Screenshot a Pok√©mon you catch at or inside a U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia Ripley’s attraction.
  • Upload photo to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RipleysGo
The contest runs now РJuly 24th.
There is a grand prize of $5,000 for the person who catches the rarest Pokémon character, as well as a $100 cash prize to one random winner each day during the contest. The rarest character will be determined according to this ranking index.

Players can check the leaderboard on the contest page each day to see where they rank, and it is super easy for players with this list of PokéStops and Gyms at its attractions.

Click HERE for complete contest rules.  The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pokémon Company International, Inc. Nintendo Co., Ltd. or Niantic, Inc. Pokémon and Pokémon character names are trademarks of Nintendo.
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Aquatica Orlando Hosts Island Nights This Summer

Aquatica Orlando Island Nights 2016¬†Aquatica Orlando‚Äôs ‚ÄúCool‚ÄĚ Island Nights Summer Party Returns¬†

Island Nights returns to Aquatica every Friday and Saturday evening through August 6

Beat the Central Florida heat this summer at Aquatica Orlando as the park will offer another way to cool off during¬†Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola¬ģ.¬† Taking place every Friday and Saturday night through August 6, guests can enjoy an evening celebration of summer with a special Island Nights soundtrack, extended park hours, a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to park close, an evening menu sizzlin‚Äô with flavor at Waterstone Grill and an evening kick-off party with a DJ and dancers. Event included with park admission to Aquatica.

Aquatica Orlando’s Summer Nights¬†Include:

Aquatica Orlando Island Nights 2016
Photo: Aquatica Orlando
  • Evening Party- As the temperature cools down, the fun kicks off.¬† At 5 p.m., the DJ drops the first beat with a burst of water over the crowd marking the start of Island Nights. Park goers can enjoy the atmosphere all evening long with the Island Night‚Äôs dancers or enjoy the tunes broadcasted throughout the park while hitting the slides.
  • Extended Hours- As part of Island Nights, park guests can enjoy extended hours every Friday and Saturday night with the park closing at 8 p.m.
  • Happy Hour and Special Offers- After 5 p.m., select food locations in the park will offer $2 off beer and wine; and half-price Refillable Souvenir Cups.¬†
  • Sizzlin‚Äô Island Flavors- Waterstone Grill features an Island Nights exclusive menu featuring a mojo pork sandwich and pineapple burger. Banana Beach will offer Hawaiian pizza, curry meatballs and pigeon pea rice.
  • Ihu‚Äôs Breakaway Falls- Experience Orlando‚Äôs tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind as the sun sets across the Orlando skyline. After climbing 80 feet into the air, guests step into one of three breakaway boxes anxiously waiting to see who will drop next as part of this wild ride.

Best Way To Play:

Aquatica Orlando Island Nights 2016
Photo: Aquatica Orlando

Guests can enjoy Island Nights for just $38 when they buy their tickets in advance online, a $20 savings off of general admission. Guests can also visit both Aquatica and SeaWorld for only $99 with the Choose Your Adventure 2-parks ticket option.

New this year, guests can ride more slides and save time with Quick Queue at Aquatica. With Quick Queue, guests can skip the regular lines and enjoy front-of-the line access to six of the most popular water-slides including Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, Taumata Racer and Omaka Rocka. Quick Queue is available online for as low as $15.

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and remarkable animal habitats, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark has it all. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 42 slides, rivers and lagoons, and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches and breathtaking animal exhibits.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit AquaticaOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow Aquatica on Facebook and Instagram for the latest Island Nights information. Join the conversation with #Aquatica and #IslandNights.

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Kids Visit LEGOLAND Florida FREE This Summer

 

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

 

This summer, LEGOLAND¬†Florida Resort is inviting kids throughout the state to visit for FREE! That‚Äôs right — the awesome vacation destination #BuiltForKids has rolled out an exclusive, limited-time offer just for kids. Florida residents who buy a full-price, single-day adult ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park get a kid‚Äôs ticket absolutely free.

LEGOLAND Florida Offer details:

  • This offer is available only¬†online now through Sunday, July 31, 2016.
  • Tickets are valid for visits through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
  • A maximum of three (3) free kids‚Äô tickets can be redeemed per transaction.
  • Florida residency is required and will be verified with the credit card billing ZIP code.

Come see all the brick-tacular fun at the place where #AwesomeAwaits!

LEGOLAND Florida Announcement -
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier

We‚Äôve debuted two brand-new 4D movies, a fun new water park attraction, new models in MINILAND USA and lots of hands-on LEGO building activities inside the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.¬†Plus, our exclusive LEGOLAND Night Lights event continues every weekend through July ‚Äď no extra ticket required!

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin To Host Sandtastic Weekends

Sandtastic Weekends Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort 2016

This summer the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is hosting Sandtastic Weekends on August 26-28 and September 2-4 for the first time.

Santastic Weekend activities and events are open to both resort guests and the public, and is a great way for the whole family to have a great time together.

The highlight of the weekends are the 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

Sandtastic Weekends Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort 2016

The event will offer guests a variety of different ways to take part in the action, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a sand sculpting clinic. Those with a competitive side can take part in amateur sculpting contests or try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes.

The fun will extend beyond the sand sculpting, with plenty of indoor and outdoor food selections featuring creations from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, including the resort’s own Phins and Feathers craft beer; games on the beach like corn hole and table tennis; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s’mores.

The fun continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, with special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors. Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen.

Sandtastic Weekends Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort 2016

Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort At-A-Glance

What: Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Info:  The first ever Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on August 26-28 and September 2-4 will feature activities for guests of all ages, including sand sculpting classes, amateur sculpting contests, speed sculpting demonstrations, games like corn hole and table tennis, a DJ, campfire and s’mores and a movie under the stars. The event continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, where football fans can watch the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State and Ole Miss on an oversized projection screen beginning at 7 p.m.

When: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28 and Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4

12-10:30 p.m. (for full schedule, check www.sandtasticweekends.com)

Ticket Information: Sandtastic Weekends are free and open to resort guests and the public. Overnight accommodations start $168 per night and can be made athttp://www.swandolphin.com/sandtastic/stay

Parking: $18 for self-parking and $26 for valet.

Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.

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Discovery Cove Launching Sweet 16 Sweepstakes

Discovery Cove Family Sweet 16 Sweepstakes 2016
Photo – Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove Launching Sweet 16 Sweepstakes

Discovery Cove is celebrating their 16th Birthday in a really sweet way! The park has launched a national sweepstakes where one lucky winner and 15 friends will win a trip to Discovery Cove, including roundtrip airfare, two nights’ hotel accommodations, transportation and a VIP guest package.

During their stay at Discovery Cove, all 16 guests will have the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, play in a fresh-water river and hand-feed exotic birds in an on-site aviary.¬† The group will have exclusive use of two private cabanas with hammocks, lounge chairs and a well-stocked fridge, as well as complimentary meals, snacks, wetsuits, snorkel gear, towels, lockers and sunscreen.¬† The package also includes tickets to SeaWorld¬†and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.

Enter the sweepstakes online at DiscoveryCove.com/Sweet16; entrants must be 18 years old and may enter once a day July 1 through August 14, 2016.  A winner will be announced on August 15, 2016 via email.

Here’s some more information about the Discovery Cove sweepstakes!

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 U.S. (AND D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 8/14/16. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit https://app.promo.eprize.com/sweet16.  Sponsor: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., A Delaware Corporation, 9205 Southpark Center Loop Suite 400, Orlando, Florida 32819.

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Busch Gardens 4th of July Fun

Busch Gardens Tampa

 Busch Gardens Tampa lights up the sky

for the 4th of July

Celebrate Independence Day with Thrill Rides in the Dark, Live Entertainment and Fireworks 

This Independence Day, families can celebrate with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment and an incredible fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Open late for Summer Nights, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities by challenging Florida‚Äôs top thrill rides, like our newest family thrill ride, Cobra‚Äôs Curse‚ĄĘ, and North America‚Äôs tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon‚Äôs Fury¬ģ. Plus, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m., in Gwazi Park right after the rock-fueled acrobatics show, Kinetix.

Busch Gardens Tampa 4th Fourth of July 2016

Guests can enjoy extended hours for Summer Nights at Busch Gardens from June 24 to August 7. The park will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Experience all the thrills this summer with an Annual Pass, which includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates, free parking, special deals and discounts, and much more! It’s the best value for Florida residents and it starts at just $14 per month with EZpay.

For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park‚Äôs blog at¬†BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or ‚ÄúLike‚ÄĚ the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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SeaWorld Orlando 4th Of July Weekend

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SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating the 4th of July with four days of special events, concerts, and one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays during SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Weekend Celebration.

SeaWorld Orlando 4th of July Weekend 

  • Friday, July 1st– Military Appreciation Morning ‚Äď This Friday, SeaWorld Orlando will be opening the park gates one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. Spin, glide, skim and fly on Manta or brave Orlando‚Äôs tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako during exclusive ride time before park opening. Advance ticket and military ID required; visit WavesOfHonor.com for current active duty and veteran ticket offers. Exclusive ride time begins at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 – Weekend Concerts ‚Äď Park guests can enjoy performances from Country music icon Lee Greenwood at Bayside Stadium. Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit and has received numerous industry awards including Grammy Top Male Vocal Performance and Male Vocalist with Country Music Association.¬† Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are included with park admission. Reserved seating available for $15, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for details.
  • Fireworks Display ‚Äď This Fourth of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando‚Äôs most magnificent fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando. During the show the night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air during this spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium. The patriotic musical performance begins at 10 p.m. with fireworks promptly following at approximately 10:45 p.m.

SeaWorld Orlando is always awesome about offering affordable ways to upgrade your experience, and for the 4th of July there are two options.

VIP Fireworks Viewing Patio- Enjoy this private VIP Hillside Patio to view the Fourth of July fireworks at SeaWorld. Included in the purchase is this VIP area to watch the fireworks along with one drink ticket redeemable for a beer, wine or soda and dessert selection. Packages starting at $49.00.

Fourth of July Fireworks Reserved Seating- Reserve your seat in advance by purchasing Fourth of July Fireworks Reserved Seating online for $29.00. 

 

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Summer of Mako information.  Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SummerOfMako.

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Wordless Wednesday: Big Al

Wordless Wednesday – June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Big Al June 29 2016

This week’s Wordless Wednesday takes us to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World where The Country Bear Jamboree is performed. Once you are inside Grizzly Hall you come face-to-face with some talented bears who sing their favorite songs, but my favorite performer is definitely Big Al.

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