Howl-O-Scream Scare Zone Announced

This year’s modified Howl-O-Scream event will include ten terrifying scare zones throughout Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 335-acre park, including four all NEW zones.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020

Designed to scare safely, the creative production team has consulted with medical experts to modify this year’s zone designs with a physical distancing focus, as well as enhanced health and safety measures, while staying true to the terrifying experience fans crave.

With significantly limited capacity to create plenty of open space, guests will experience the heart-pounding fear of NEW horrors as they dash between thrilling rollercoasters and the fan-favorite Fiends show every Friday through Sunday from September 25-November 1, 2020.

ALL-NEW 2020 Howl-O-Scream Scare Zones with Limited Capacity

Howl-O-Scream 2020 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

NEW: Lycan Landing: It’s always a full moon at this campground and the park rangers can’t hear you scream. When the campfires burn out, will you escape the glowing eyes leering through the trees or will you share their cursed fate?

Howl-O-Scream 2020 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

NEW: The Shortcut: Cutting through the cemetery may seem like an easy way out, except when the corpses rise from the ground to invite you into their graves

Howl-O-Scream 2020 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

NEW: The Junkyard: You’ll find more than spare parts as you explore this surly scrap site. Will you make it out in one piece or be devoured by the haunted rubble?

Howl-O-Scream 2020 Halloween Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

NEW: The Escape: In this treacherous realm, chaos reigns and rules are made to be broken. The escaped inmates of Grey Echo Penitentiary seek their own twisted form of justice and they’re ready to deliver your sentence.

These four all-new scare zones join a collection of returning fan-favorites. The complete list of frights, reservations, and more are available now at www.HowlOScream.com.

Guests are strongly encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and space is limited each night.

On Your Way to Fiends, Enjoy a Taste of Bier Fest During Howl-O-Scream:

As guests roam between zones and coasters, they can enjoy select favorites from the Bier Fest menu available throughout the night.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

Delicious drinks and dishes from favorite culinary cabins are the perfect grab-and-go accompaniment as guests head to the Festival Field for the fan-favorite Fiends show starring Dr. Freakenstein and his frightful entourage, on its largest stage ever!

Bench seating will be arranged in a physically distant manner to ensure there is plenty of space for a limited number of guests to enjoy each performance.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020

In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, park capacity will be significantly limited for guests to enjoy Howl-O-Scream.

Reservations are limited each night, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets now at an advanced rate for a discounted gate price and make their reservations at www.HowlOScream.com.

Additionally, Pass Members and Fun Card holders enjoy exclusive discounts for Howl-O-Scream.

Additional Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

For general admission and special events including Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care.

The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety.

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Open-air scare zones will cover Busch Gardens for physically distant frights at Howl-O-Scream 2020

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream 2020 is a separately-ticketed night event. Protective Face Coverings are required, but no costumes are allowed.

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Halloween in the Theme Parks 2020

Halloween in the theme parks of Central Florida may look different this year, but they are creating safe and spooky fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Fall into Fun at the Magic Kingdom

Halloween 2020
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Until October 31st, Walt Disney World is inviting guests to experience Fall Fun at the Magic Kingdom Park. During the celebration Fall decorations will line Main Street U.S.A., beloved characters will pop-up throughout their park in their Halloween costumes, special treats will be served up, slightly spooky merchandise will be available, and PhotoPass photographers will be snapping special pictures. Best of all? Guests of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to the park to be a part of the festivities.

SeaWorld Spooktacular

Halloween in the Parks Halloween 2020

SeaWorld Orlando is hosting an ocean of safe Halloween fun for the whole family during Halloween Spooktacular weekends until November 1st. While this is an annual event, this year the modified daytime event, guests can safely explore the slightly spooky trick-or-treat trail, meet silly Halloween characters with physical distancing protocols in place, and much more during this safe, family-friendly event. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included in admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida

Halloween 2020
Universal Orlando Resort

The spirit of Halloween Horror Nights carries on in Universal Studios Florida’s Tribute Store. This spooky shopping experiences dares guests to brave Frankenstein’s Lab, step into Jack the Clown’s Carnival, party with the ‘ghost with the most’ Bettlejuice, and enjoy creepy specialty beverages and treats. The themed rooms, spooky sounds, and exclusive merchandise will have Halloween Horror Nights fans feeling festively eerie. While you are in the Tribute Store, make sure to keep an eye out for past Halloween Horror Nights Easter Eggs.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida is filling October weekends with spooky, kooky fun for the entire family! During Brick or Treat, included with admission to the park, guests will enjoy neighborhood-style trick-or-treating, seasonal shows, exclusive Halloween LEGO characters, and LEGO themed activities with fun prizes. It’s important to note that all character and performer interactions will be staged using generous spacing, of six feet or more, and elevated platforms and during trick-or-treating model citizens will be practicing social distancing while wearing face coverings (masks and/or face shields) and gloves.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Halloween 2020
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Howl-O-Scream is returning for its 21st year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with frights Friday and Saturday nights until November 1st. Created in consult with medical experts, significantly limited crowds will experience the heart-pounding fear of unexpected horrors including freakishly fun themed open-air scare zones throughout the 335-acre park and a new outdoor venue for the fan-favorite Fiends show. In addition to the frights, Howl-O-Scream guests can enjoy the thrill of the park’s coasters at night. It is important to note that Howl-O-Scream is intended for a more mature audience, as the event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Guests will also be required to wear protective face coverings and costumes are not allowed to be worn. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, and reservations for the event are required.

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Pompeii: The Immortal City Rescheduled for this Fall!

Pompeii exhibit Orland Science Center  Pompeii: The Immortal City

The long wait is over! Postponed due to the impact of COVID-19, Pompeii: The Immortal City will now premiere at Orlando Science Center on October 26, 2020. This blockbuster exhibition features over 100 authentic artifacts and experiences that will plunge visitors into the heart of the ancient city.  Orlando Science Center is one of only three locations in the nation to host Pompeii: The Immortal City and is the last stop on its US tour, which concludes on January 24, 2021. 

The exhibition’s stay in Orlando is funded in part by Orange County Government and its tourism partners through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Blockbuster Program. It was developed and produced by TEMPORA in collaboration with Civita and Filmmaster based on the scientific research of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Galileo Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze and distributed by Exhibits Development Group. 

“Pompeii is the perfect exhibit for these times,” said JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “The artifacts encourage quiet contemplation while timed entry limits capacity and offers people ample time, and distance, to examine displays and better understand the magnificence and ultimate tragedy of this remarkable place.” 

Spectacular immersive moments will allow visitors to experience the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and its destructive path through the city. In just 24 hours, Pompeii was buried, and perfectly preserved, by volcanic ash in 79 AD. Displays of artwork, jewelry, statues, architecture, multimedia experiences and recreations of mechanical devices, allow visitors to discover this first-century Roman town and its many technological achievements. 

Advance tickets are now on sale at www.osc.org/pompeii. People who originally reserved tickets for Pompeii before it was postponed can contact gservices@osc.org to reschedule their visit. General admission tickets will be $26 for adults and $18 for youth (advance booking fees and parking fees apply) and include access to Pompeii: The Immortal City plus Orlando Science Center exhibits and experiences. 

Orlando Science Center Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020  Pompeii: The Immortal City

Tickets are only available online. Orlando Science Center Members receive free admission to Pompeii: The Immortal City with their membership (advance booking fees apply). Please review Orlando Science Center’s health and safety guidelines (subject to change) before visiting at www.osc.org/reopening-plan

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SeaWorld Orlando Launches Free Teacher Card

For more than 55 years, education has been a critical part of the mission at SeaWorld Orlando is to inform and inspire youth about wildlife and conservation.

Today’s educators play a critical role in shaping the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the next generation of global citizens, and SeaWorld is pleased to offer free admission for Florida certified K-12 teachers to continue to amplify their educational efforts with safe visits to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

The Teacher Card provides Florida teachers with unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando through August 31, 2021.

Once registered, teachers may also purchase up to three additional guest tickets for a reduced rate of $27.99 through September 30, 2020.

Additional offers for teachers include up to four $10 off of All-Day Dining Deals and up to four 50% off of Quick Que Unlimited through September 30, 2020.

All Florida Teacher Cards and additional guest tickets or upgrades must be purchased online.

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

How to Get Your SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card:

It is easier than ever to get a free SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card. Teachers should pre-register online using the ID.me process to receive the SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card eVoucher.

When you are registering, please keep in mind that ID.me requires a Department of Education (DOE) number to audit eligibility for the program.

To take advantage of this offer, select the Teacher ID button in the top-right of the SeaWorld Orlando website, select “Sign up” and then enter an e-mail address (personal e-mail address recommended) and a password. 

Eligible private school teachers can provide a letter from the principal on school letterhead confirming employment as a K-12 teacher along with a Florida photo ID and most recent (30 days) paystub to SeaWorld front gate entrance.

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SeaWorld Orlando Safety: 

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of its guests, employees, and the animals in their care.

The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance their already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide its guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

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Heroes Weekend Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

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LEGOLAND Florida and the National Fires Protection Association have partnered to present Heroes Weekend, a three-day-only special event, that aims to educate kids in a fun and playful way.

From Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7, families can meet LEGO characters, see the firefighter stilt walkers, and learn the best ways to stay safe!

Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, attractions, and character experiences in the theme park, while families gather important information from NFPA to minimize risk from hazards, including COVID-19.

Heroes Weekend activities include:

  • NEW! Meet LEGO Doctor Max and LEGO Policeman as character experiences make a return to LEGOLAND Florida Resort in a safe and physically distant way
  • NEW! Stop by the NFPA COVID-19 Awareness Table to get resources needed to minimize risk and help prevent accidents from fire, electrical and other hazards
  • Help build a LEGO City mosaic brick by brick
  • Catch a showing of The LEGO City 4D: Officer in Pursuit at the Fun Town 4D Theater

The best part is that the Heroes Weekend Events are included with general LEGOLAND Florida theme park admission or Annual Pass.

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Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Safety

Since reopening on June 1, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has introduced a range of new health and safety measures, including reduced capacity, cashless payments, temperature checks upon arrival, and enhanced cleaning practices. Guests can read more about how LEGOLAND is making it safe to play at https://www.legoland.com/florida/ways-we-are-making-it-safe-to-visit

The best way to enjoy this event and all the fun of LEGOLAND Florida Resort is with an Annual Pass, starting at $7.50/month with a small down payment. The Awesomer Pass grants you unlimited admission to the Theme Park and Water Park with no blockout dates, including our upcoming events like Brick or Treat and Holidays at LEGOLAND®. For more information, visit LEGOLANDFlorida.com

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Halloween Fun Coming to the Magic Kingdom

The Disney Parks Blog shared how Fall fun is coming to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort from September 15 to October 31 with Main Street, U.S.A. dressed in fall decor and other seasonal offerings.

Halloween Fun Coming to the Magic Kingdom

The park will have some bewitching surprises this year, including a special Halloween-themed cavalcade with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and pals wearing their favorite Halloween costumes.

You may even spot those rascally chipmunks, Chip ‘n’ Dale, in costume over in Frontierland, and look for other Disney character friends dressed up and riding the horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom Fall Fun Halloween 2020

And speaking of costumes, get yours ready! To bring some Halloween party fun into the park this year, for the first time guests of all ages can wear your funniest, Disney-ist, most creative costumes during Magic Kingdom Park regular operating hours from September 15 to October 31.

As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; only children younger than 14 years old are permitted to wear costume masks. In addition, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings during their visit. Before you arrive, check our Know Before You Go page and Costume Guidelines

Autumn at Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be complete without our popular fall treats, such as the famous Pumpkin-spiced Waffle Sundae at Magic Kingdom Park. Visit our official Foodie Guide to Fall Treats at Walt Disney World: Parks Edition, which features all of the yummy details.

Magic Kingdom Fall Fun Halloween 2020

Festive Halloween-themed merchandise will be available in select locations around the park. Featured items include a new spirit jersey, Loungefly backpack, and candy-swirl Minnie Mouse headband, along with a selection of apparel inspired by Disney Villains and more. 

And be sure to capture your special moments with Disney PhotoPass! Photographers will be available throughout the park for themed photo opps. But beware – happy haunts may materialize in your pictures.

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ICON Park Offers New Savings for Families

ICON Park, Orlando’s easy-to-access entertainment destination for locals and visitors, is helping families keep summer fun going with a brand new deal.

ICON Park

ICON Park is providing its own version of stress relief to the community facing back-to-school challenges during a pandemic – prices to The Wheel are reduced to $5 for students and $10 for accompanying parents. This offer is open to any student from grade-schoolers to college students.

“Back to school is an exciting time, but this year it’s stressful as students and parents adjust during the pandemic,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, CEO and President of ICON Park. “We want to offer a fun, affordable escape from the pressures families are facing right now.”

After hitting the books, families can get to ICON Park in minutes for a delicious meal, entertainment, and an unforgettable trip on The Wheel.  Locals enjoy viewing Orlando from 400 feet high because they can see their hometown in a private capsule cleaned after every use. The experience can take from 20 minutes to ride The Wheel to several hours to dine, shop, and visit the park’s other attractions. With its convenient location on International Drive close to I-4 and the Beachline, ICON Park is easy to get to from anywhere in the Central Florida area and includes free parking.

ICON Park also has other Florida resident discounts, including a new package perfect for families – the ICON Park Play Pass. The super-value Play Pass provides guests with access to the entertainment complex’s top attractions, exclusive food and drink specials, and major shopping discounts. And now, the ICON Park Play Pass is available at a special price of just $55 (regularly $65) for Florida, Georgia, and Alabama residents, a bundled savings of over 40 percent.

To receive the back-to-school discount to The Wheel, students over the age of 16 must present a valid student ID. Tickets are available for walk-up purchases only and must be used the same day.

ICON Park

To learn more visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Update Operations Hours

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica fans get ready for some great news!

SeaWorld Orlando

Starting Saturday, August 22, the parks are adjusting operating and special event hours to provide guests with more opportunities to have a boat-load of fun!

SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando will now be open seven days a week through October 5 with limited capacity and plenty of outdoor space to explore the parks’ expansive grounds and maintain physical distancing for a safe visit with friends and family.

This means that starting Saturday, August 22, SeaWorld will be open until 10 pm Fridays through Sundays until Labor Day weekend.

Additionally, SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival is expanding to Fridays, 3pm-10 pm, beginning August 28 through September 20.

Ongoing SeaWorld Orlando Weekend Events:

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Electric Ocean Remix

Electric Ocean Remix: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 6

As the sun goes down, SeaWorld comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean Remix. Guests are invited to stay late on summer weekends to enjoy electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening of energy that sparks as the sun sets, while maintaining safe physical distancing throughout the vast park grounds. The fun glows on with Light Up The Sky, a fireworks and pyrotechnic spectacular that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above for guests. 

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival 2020

Craft Beer Festival: Now Saturdays and Sundays through September 6, and Fridays 3 pm-10 pm starting August 28

SeaWorld is serving up its annual Craft Beer Festival with access to more than 100 crafts brews! Modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity, they can roam SeaWorld’s  200 acres of park property, sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, and savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to preferred brews. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that provides ample opportunity to maintain social distancing. Craft Beer Festival will take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 20. 

Flicks and Fireworks SeaWorld Orlando 2020

Flicks and Fireworks: Fridays and Saturdays through September 5 and Sunday, September 6

Experience the fun, nostalgia, and magic of a drive-in-movie experience under the stars with SeaWorld’s park-and-view drive-in movie theatre! Start the night by enjoying locally-sourced food trucks, then sit back in the comfort of your car and watch the park’s spectacular fireworks display. Then…the main event, enjoy the movie of the evening with friends and family. This package is only available through Labor Day Weekend, and only at SeaWorld Orlando. 

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Safety at SeaWorld Orlando: 

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/safety.

Park Reservations:

All guests with existing tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes must make a reservation in advance to help manage capacity in line with the park’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at Seaworld.com/orlando/tickets/reservations/ 

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Kids Night

The Orlando Science Center is hosting a Kids Night at the Museum this Saturday, August 29th, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., where kids ages 5 to 12 years have the opportunity explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy dinner and a film in age-appropriate small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

The best part? Caregivers can enjoy a stress-free and childless evening on the town while their budding scientists have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

This event has a limited capacity to support our health and safety guidelines and ensure proper social distancing so caregivers need to reserve spots for their children ASAP.  The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Drop-off Begins Until 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – In Classroom Activities 
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pizza Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 8:00 p.m. – Live Science Show
  • 8:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 9:00 p.m. – Giant-Screen Film
  • 9:45 p.m. – In Classroom Activities (pickup begins)
  • 10:30 p.m. – Program Concludes

Registration is open until this Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. so we’re just trying to get the word out.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

For more info, including FAQs, fees and how to register, please visit https://www.osc.org/visit/events/kids-night-at-the-museum/

Discounts available for siblings and Orlando Science Center members and families. The Science Center’s exhibits don’t come to life after hours, but during Kids Night at the Museum, the building will definitely be full of energy!

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Brick or Treat Returns to LEGOLAND Florida

If you are looking for a spooky, kooky kid-friendly holiday event, I’m stoked to let you know that Brick or Treat will be back at LEGOLAND Florida weekends this October!!!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Brick or Treat, invites guests to enjoy safe, neighborhood-style trick-or-treating with plenty of candy, seasonal shows, and exclusive LEGO characters in the ultimate kids Halloween celebration—and, it’s all included in general admission.

Parents can confidently set out with their costumed kiddos on their candy quests to six awesomely themed trick-or-treating locations that have been thoughtfully planned to allow extra spacing for families and contactless distribution of candy. In addition to social distancing, all employees at these stations will wear face coverings (masks and/or face shields) and gloves.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The fun keeps coming with the return of fan-favorite shows, The Groovin’ Graveyard and A Candy-Coated Curse. These spirited performances will have showtimes throughout the day on all nine event dates.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

This year’s event also celebrates the return of character experiences to LEGOLAND Florida with a spooky squad of characters that guests can only see during Brick or Treat.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

This creepy-cool lineup includes classic monsters with a LEGO twist, like Rockin’ Frankenstein, Mummy, and Lord Vampyre, as well as LEGO favorites including Scarecrow, Spider Lady, Brickbeard and more! All character and performer interactions will be staged using generous spacing, of six feet or more, and elevated platforms.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Building on their treat-or-treating and character fun, kids are invited to help craft an enormous LEGO mosaic masterpiece brick by brick or challenge themselves and their friends in a ghostly pirate shipwreck-themed competition build to win LEGO prize packs! Each child participating in the LEGO build activities will receive pre-bagged set of bricks to join in on the fun.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Enhanced health and safety measures will be seen throughout the Resort, including reduced capacity, cashless payments, temperature checks upon arrival, and consistent cleaning practices. Guests can read more about how LEGOLAND is making it safe to play.

This can’t-miss event, along with our upcoming Holidays at LEGOLAND, starting in November, is included with general admission and Awesome, Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Passes, starting at $7.50/month with a small down payment. The Awesomer Pass grants you unlimited admission to the Theme Park and Water Park with no blockout dates. For more information, visit LEGOLANDFlorida.com

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Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store Opens Final Rooms

While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to experience Halloween Horror Nights this fall, having the Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has helped ease the pain.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And what’s really exciting is that the Tribute Store has opened its final two rooms today, marking the completion of the immersive retail location dedicated to the legacy of the world’s premier Halloween event.

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In addition to exploring rooms themed after legendary icons and monsters, guests can now make their way through an incredibly-immersive room themed after one of the original characters from the event’s 1991 debut, “the ghost with the most” – Beetlejuice – as well as another haunting space where they can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options inspired by Halloween staples.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Outfitted with an assortment of specialty, retro-themed merchandise, the new Beetlejuice area within the store will pay homage to one of the original faces of Halloween Horror Nights, with décor inspired by iconic scenes from the film, including the Graveyard, Stairwell Snake, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

And right next door, guests can get a taste of horror with an assortment of nearly 20 sweet and savory items, including the Halloween Confetti Cake, Vegan Brownie Skull, the Cherry Gummy Beating Heart and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Located in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida and now open daily during regular park hours, the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store celebrates legendary themes and characters from Halloween Horror Nights’ past.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Each highly-themed room within the retail location features a collection of limited-time “throwback” merchandise – from t-shirts and socks to posters, face coverings, and more – that pay homage to some of the iconic characters and experiences that have haunted guests for years.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store 2020

Guests can also browse the assortment of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise and make purchases from the comfort of their homes by visiting Universal Orlando’s Online Merchandise Store at www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com.  

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Tickets for the Haunted Road Available This Week

Starting this week, guests can begin planning their journey through The Haunted Road, a new contactless, drive-thru Halloween event coming to Orlando on select nights from September 25 through November 7. 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Wednesday, August 19.

The Haunted Road Halloween 2020

The Haunted Road combines theatrical storytelling, horrifying creatures, and unexpected scares in a completely drive-thru Halloween experience.

Guests will be driving and parking their car at each scene so they’re not able to escape the horror that lurks around every corner. The spine-tingling action will come to life thanks to live performers, set pieces, props, lighting, sound, and visual effects to place guests in the center of the original storyline.

The immersive journey reveals an untold story of Rapunzel, as she ventures into a world of disarray filled with twisted creatures, bloodcurdling encounters, and screams for anyone that dares to take a drive down the road.

The event is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. On November 6 and 7, the team behind the event is dialing up the intensity for two nights of The Haunted Road: “Unrestricted,” featuring even more gore and horror for guests 18 and up.

The family-friendly experience will be available during the daytime on select weekends from October 3 through October 31 and will feature a new take on Rapunzel’s story and other beloved fairy tales. Families will depart on a journey through an enchanted forest, where they’ll meet some of their favorite fairy tale creatures and enjoy music, dancing, and tons of contactless Halloween fun during this not-too-scary adventure.

The event will take place in East Orlando, at 15239 Lake Pickett Rd, at the same locations as Corn Maze Orlando and the Painted Oaks Academy. Admission tickets start at $15 per person and will vary per date. As space is limited, guests will be prompted to select a date and entrance time at the time of purchase. The event is expected to sell out, and all tickets must be purchased in advance online.

A “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also be available for $79 per car for both, the nighttime and daytime event. The nighttime add-on includes priority viewing location at each scene, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and a digital photo taken during the experience. The daytime “Beyond the Road” upgrade will also include priority viewing, a digital photo plus a customized live greeting for the kids, and a colorful rainbow car wash.

The Haunted Road

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Summer Nights 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2020

Modified with enhanced health and safety measures to keep guests safe, the Summer Nights event offers summer fun every Friday-Sunday from July 17 to August 16.

Summer Nights is returning to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this weekend with an all new laser and fireworks finale, tasty seasonal eats, and extended park hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until August 16. 

Cooler nighttime temperatures and enhanced health and safety measures provide guests at Busch Gardens a more comfortable and safe summer escape with their favorite thrills.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2020
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End a Day Full of World-Class Coasters with a BOOM:

After coasting the day away on Florida’s best thrill rides, guests can watch the park light up in a whole new way with an exciting fireworks and laser finale each weekend. 

In a physically distant setting, guests can enjoy a dazzling combination of lasers and fireworks with plenty of space to spread out on the Festival Field.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2020
📸 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Indulge in Limited-Time Summer Flavors:

Park guests are invited to the biggest backyard BBQ in the neighborhood with a limited-time menu including frozen cocktails and delicious twists on summertime classics.

From gourmet hot dogs with specialty toppings to a collection of desserts and drinks inspired by the iconic s’more, guests can grab their favorite dish on the way to the fireworks, including:

  • BBQ classics: Kung Pao ribs, pulled pork and brisket chop sandwiches
  • Loaded Mac & Cheese featuring your choice of beef short ribs or the park’s popular “Boujee” bacon from the Food & Wine Festival
  • Pick-Your-Pack Specialty Cupcakes: including Chocolate Oreo Explosion, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Spiced Apple Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chocolate Chip S’mores and FUN-Fetti Delight.
  • Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño and Summer Lime Margaritas
  • Assorted frozen cocktails and much more!
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Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in their care. 

The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance their already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. 

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. 

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety.

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Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue Update

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When Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopens on July 15, guests with Disney Park Pass reservations will be using the virtual queue to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

If you’ve joined the Resistance before, you will want to note a few changes to the process beginning July 15. 

Most importantly – as availability allows – guests will have an opportunity at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. to request to join the virtual queue which is AMAZING news because this means there is no need to arrive early to the park to check the virtual queue. 

CAN I GET A HALLELUJAH???

Whether it’s your first trip to Batuu or you have joined the fight against the First Order before, there are a few important details to know before you arrive:

  • First, make sure you have the My Disney Experience app installed on your phone before you arrive at the park. 
  • Once you enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios, log in to your account at one of the distribution times (10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.). 
  • Once you have logged in, select “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue” on the home screen. You will be able to view the current status and next steps for joining the virtual queue. 
  • The app will indicate when there is no availability for a specific distribution time, but make sure you read your distribution time carefully as some guests may join backup groups. 
  • As long as your My Disney Experience account is linked to park tickets for you and the others in your group, you can enroll everyone in the virtual queue at the same time.
  • In order to give as many guests as possible the opportunity to join the Resistance, each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.
  • Make sure push notifications are turned on for My Disney Experience so you will be alerted if your group is called to return. 
  • You’ll have up to an hour from the time of the alert to go to the entrance of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. 
  • Please note that joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with joining the virtual queue, cast members at Guest Experience Team locations throughout the park are available to assist. While you wait for your virtual queue group to be called, you can enjoy other experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including our newest addition, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. 

For other attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort, plan to use the regular standby queues and maintain physical distancing. 

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Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials


Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials

With Walt Disney World reopening today for an Annual Passholder Preview and this weekend for guests, I thought that it would be a good chance to share the theme park essentials I take to the parks in our new normal.

Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Hand Sanitizer 

While you can find hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the parks, I really like having my own hand sanitizer with me because it gives me the opportunity to go ahead and use a little as soon as I get on or as soon as I get off of an attraction.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Battery Operated Fan

I find the most useful thing to have in my bag when I go into the theme parks is a battery operated fan.

Wearing a mask while you are outside can make things feel hotter than expected, and when I have my battery operated fan I’m able to pop it on when I need an extra boost of cold air to help me feel more comfortable.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Extra Face Coverings

Speaking of feeling more comfortable, I always pack extra face coverings just in case I need to switch them through the day.

It’s the rainy season and wearing a wet face covering is about as comfortable as wearing wet socks, so just make sure you pack an extra mask so that you’ll have it just in case.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Alcohol Pads

This one might sound weird…but stick with me…

I bring alcohol pads, much like the ones that you’d find in a Doctor’s office, to help clean my phone throughout the day. 

One thing that I have become hyper aware of is how many times I pick up and put down my phone from a surface during the day, and this gives me an extra slice of peace of mind. 

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Portable Cell Phone Charger 

On every list I’ve ever made about what I keep in my bag, a portable cell phone charger has always been on the list. 

However, it’s even more important now as you are going to need to do more things on your phone in the theme parks throughout the day. 

These are my five theme park essentials, but I’m sure as I visit the parks more I’m going to find there other things that I like keeping with me so I’m sure they’ll be a part two to this post.

If you have a must-have to bring in your theme park bag, especially for the Walt Disney World Reopening, I would love to hear about it!

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