Thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies, and theme park buffs, you better hold onto your hats – two brand-new, record-setting attractions are coming to International Drive next summer. ICON Park™ will be the new epicenter for thrills with three of the world’s tallest attractions: ICON Park Slingshot™, ICON Park Drop Tower, and Orlando StarFlyer.
ICON Park Slingshot
The ICON Park Slingshot is the world’s tallest slingshot
ride at 300 feet. The two-tower attraction will launch two riders out of an
“exploding volcano” approximately 450 feet straight up into the sky and reach
speeds of up to 100 mph.
ICON Park Drop Tower
Standing at a daunting 430 feet, the ICON Park Drop Tower is
the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower. Thirty riders will be able to
embrace the beautiful sites of ICON Park and I-Drive as the tower rotates
around the gigantic tower and rises high into the skyline. Once the ride
vehicle reaches the top, it’ll tilt forward 30 degrees and face the ground for
a brief moment before free falling nearly 400 feet at speeds reaching out over
“The Slingshot Group of Companies is committed to bringing the biggest thrills to Orlando,” said Ritchie Armstrong, Owner. “We’re very excited to open the world’s tallest slingshot and free-standing drop tower at ICON Park to stand opposite of the Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride.”
Along with the two new attractions, the Slingshot Group of
Companies operates the 450-foot Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing
ride. With these three record-setting attractions, ICON Park is becoming known
as the “land of the giants.”
“ICON Park is constantly growing and expanding our entertainment options for locals and tourists alike,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “We’re proud to welcome these two record-setting attractions to the Orlando Entertainment District and look forward to the joy and adrenaline they will bring our guests.”
Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme
roller coaster design and become the ultimate experience for thrill-seekers –
catapulting guests up to 70 mph and more than 150 feet in the air as they feel
the rush of the hunt alongside a swift pack of Velociraptors.
Designed for speed and engineered for the hunt, the coaster’s revolutionary ride vehicle will send riders twisting and soaring across 4,700 feet of track as they encounter near-misses, launches, 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime, and more – with just a lap bar restraint holding them in place. Click here for an up-close look at the vehicle.
More details about Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be
revealed in early 2021, so make sure that you follow @onthegoincmo on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates!
The Cheerful holiday spirit is filling the LEGOLANDFlorida Resort this season during Holidays at LEGOLAND, select dates November 27 through December 31.
The theme park built for kids will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with unforgettable live, seasonal entertainment, unique LEGO activities, twinkling lights, and specialty treats that are included in general admission to the park.
This year’s Holidays at
LEGOLAND Florida feature several new experiences families will want to check out!
Mrs. Claus’ crew of holiday
helpers find themselves in a delicious dilemma as they sing, dance, and work
together through some frosty fun in the new, original musical stage show, The
Very Merry Mix-Up.
Explore the all-new Holiday
Village Postal Service where children can handwrite letters to LEGO Santa
himself. At this interactive post office, children will watch through digital
screens as their special letters travel directly to the North Pole!
Then, the whole family can hop
aboard Fun Town’s multi-level carousel and join in a
new holiday singalong!
Returning guests will delight
in the return of Holidays at LEGOLAND’s favorite traditions, including the LEGO
Sleigh and Reindeer photo spot.
Dancing lights and music bring
your perfect holiday visit to a festive close “Rockin’ Around,” a 30-foot-tall
LEGO Christmas tree spectacular that comes to
life with dazzling lights and sounds to celebrate the season.
North Pole Nonsense will also
return to LEGO City Stage with holiday hijinks featuring some of Santa’s
silliest elves and their wacky juggling and slapstick fun.
characters are around every holly-packed corner with socially distanced selfie
spots with LEGO Santa, LEGO Gingerbread Man and LEGO Toy Soldier. Unikitty will
also don her jolliest attire for festively fun photos to delight guests of all
ages. Please note that all character and performer interactions will be staged
using generous spacing, of six feet or more.
Families can grab a brick and help build a themed LEGO mosaic
to celebrate the holidays from around the world, or journey to DUPLO Valley,
where iconic holiday symbols have been sprinkled throughout the farmland. Grab
the scavenger hunt clues to solve the riddles and find each one!
Then make sure to mark your
calendars to say goodbye to 2020 with Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks! Guests
can ring in 2021 at the kid-friendly time of 8 p.m. as fireworks transform into
bursts of LEGO bricks right before their eyes, exclusively on December 31, 2020!
more information on the Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida and more, make sure to
There’s absolutely NOTHING like waking up to this view…
Or taking a moment to sit on your atrium balcony at the end of your day.
See? That’s some holiday Magic right there!!!
I Love Christmas Movies
This year the new I Love Christmas Movies takes you through 17,000 square feet of holiday movie magic.
A Production assistant takes you and another party through iconic movie scenes from THE POLAR EXPRESS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, ELF, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS.
We had a great time enjoying the interactive elements, and went through several times during our stay!
It’s a unique experience chocked full of fun movie facts, movie replicas, special effects, and fun photo opportunities.
We had a great time, and our PA was awesome at helping us snap family photos!
Just make sure to hit your mark!
I do have to say that I was super excited to see the Nativity scene they created to keep the tradition going…
And for the return of ICE! in 2021!!!
While the Snow Factory has looooong been a favorite stop for us, this year the area has been completely been redesigned.
Let’s start with the slides!!!
This year 6 slides made of REAL ice let guests can choose their thrill experience! There’s the speed slide for a race to the bottom or the opportunity to brave the “ice coaster” plummet.
Then our favorite…the Snowball Build & Blast lets families compete to see who can make the best snowballs out of ice AND how accurately they can throw them.
We are a SUPER competitive family, so we played as much as we could during our stay!!!
Explore the Alpine Village
The Alpine Village is really the heart of Christmas at Gaylord Palms, and this year the village has been designed with more room for social distancing with the same amount of fun!
Zoe was stoked for her annual visit to the Build A Bear Workshop! She always makes a special friend, and this year it was awesome to see costumes that tied to the movies in I Love Christmas Movies!
Why yes…that is a Cousin Eddie outfit for your Build A Bear!!!
And you can’t sleep on the outfits that are exclusive to the Gaylord Palms Resort!
Also tucked into the Alpine Village are fun, hands-on experiences.
We had a blast in the Elf Training Academy making ornaments.
You seriously aren’t shocked that I monogrammed mine…right?
And we created our annual Gingerbread house with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man!
PRO-TIP: At the entrance to the Alpine Sweet Shop, you will find bags of candy to purchase. Our bag was less than $3 and having the extra options made the decorating process less stressful. It was AWESOME!!!
Help the Grinch
A staple of every event at the Gaylord Palms Resort is their scavenger hunt, and this year you get the explore the beautifully decorated resort to help The Grinch.
The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt lets families solve puzzles together for a great prize.
Time together + holiday fun + the opportunity to walk-off and earn more holiday treats = Priceless
Christmas at Gaylord Palms has gone out of its way to maintain its fantastic entertainment schedule in a safe environment for performers and audience members.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped is once again filling the St. Augustine Atrium Stage with thrilling acts several times a night.
The Greatest Story, a multicultural, musical journey celebrating the story of Christ, will fill your heart with the holiday spirit.
And you won’t want to miss the #LIT light show featuring thousands of sparkling lights, a larger-than-life Christmas Tree, and holiday music.
Starting November 22, guests can take their holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort to the next level with the all-new Universal’s Holiday Tour, a specially guided tour filled with exclusive access to holiday experiences across the theme parks.
Available on select dates this holiday season, the guided experience will give guests the opportunity to:
Enjoy priority access to Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons, where they can get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and stunning floats inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples to characters from popular animated films – and enjoy a special appearance by Santa Claus
Embark on a tour of the first-ever Holiday Tribute Store, featuring four incredibly-themed rooms – including one inspired by The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise
Meet and greet The Grinch at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Seuss Landing, where they can encounter the mean, green one himself and enjoy a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
Cap off the evening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure with an exclusive showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories
And, guests will also receive a special, themed gift during the tour to commemorate their experience
Pricing starts at $59.99 (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 2-Park 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.
Universal Orlando passholders receive a special discount on the tour with pricing starting at $49.99 (plus tax) per ticket, per passholder. Passholders can book and take advantage of their discount through the VIP Call Center and in-park at the UOAP Lounge.
Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization” across its entire destination, and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Universal’s Holiday Tour. Key measures include requiring face coverings, enforcing social distancing, limiting capacity in each tour group and at each experience throughout the tour, including at “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” and more.
Universal’s Holiday Tour has limited availability and advanced reservations are required. For more information about this offering and all of Universal Orlando’s Holidays experiences, plus incredible deals for guests to take advantage of this season – including the limited-time “Get 3 Days Free When You Buy 2 Days” offer that is available for purchase through January 6, 2021, the “Get 3 Days for $55 per Day plus tax” offer for Florida residents, and $100 savings on select annual and seasonal passes – visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
Busch Gardens Christmas Town, the park’s award-winning holiday event is kicking off with a preview weekend with light displays and select entertainment elements on November 14 and 15 with the full Christmas Town running daily with park-wide festivities from November 20, 2020, through January 3, 2021.
To bring the merriment to life, Busch Gardens’
creative team has consulted with medical experts to offer a modified event with
required reservations and limited capacity that celebrates the spirit of the
This seasonal event features open-air entertainment and experiences as well as enhanced health, safety, and sanitation measures, including temperature checks, face-covering requirements, and physical distancing.
Included in park admission, park guests can
enjoy holiday traditions with a twist, from millions of twinkling lights
throughout the park’s 335 acres to physically distant holiday shows,
breathtaking animal encounters, and contact-free visits with Santa and Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Christmas Town Holiday Entertainment
A warm-weather winter wonderland awaits park
guests with a variety of holiday programs offered throughout the event. Guests
are encouraged to check the park’s website before visiting to learn which
programs are available each date.
NEW “Spark the Night” Fireworks Show: This year, guests will have several opportunities to enjoy festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling display. Fireworks are offered select nights throughout the event at the Festival field, offering plenty of space for guests to spread out and enjoy the sights.
“Christmas on Ice”: For the first time ever, park guests can enjoy Busch Gardens’ longest-running holiday show at a NEW outdoor location on the Festival Stage. This fan-favorite skating production will perform awe-inspiring delights on real ice for physically distant audiences every Friday through Sunday and additional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Families can sing and dance with their favorite furry friends in this fun holiday show. Celebrate the Christmas spirit with Sesame Street in the outdoor Sunny Day Theater with physically distant seating.
Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is now offered alongside festive eats at the spacious Dragon Fire Grill.
Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! With limited capacity, this locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park in a festive fashion.
Card-Worthy and Contact-Free Photo
Santa’s Merry Meet & Greet: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa for a physically distant photo at a spacious new outdoor location this holiday season.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Jingle all the way to Pantopia to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all and snap some contact-free pictures with Rudolph and Clarice.
Original Christmas Town Characters: For moments that sparkle, guests will encounter the Poinsettia Princess, Sugar Plum Princess, Ice Princess, and jolly snowmen throughout their Christmas Town journey.
Sesame Street Friends: Enjoy physically distant photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends in their festive holiday attire.
Holiday Eats & Unique Gifts
As guests dash through the night between iconic rollercoasters, they can explore the Christmas Town Village: a delicious destination filled with drinks and dishes from an all-NEW chef and mixologist crafted holiday menu.
Beyond a selection of fan-favorite seasonal beers and mulled wine, guests can also choose from a variety of NEW holiday-inspired beverages rooted in classic Christmas traditions.
These unique, limited-time options include specialty cocktails like the “Winter Wonderland Hot Toddy” made with winter cider, honey whiskey, and a chai infusion and the festive “Spiked Hot Cocoa” with gingerbread crumbles, caramel, and whipped cream.
The spirit of the season is in every bite of holiday dishes throughout the park such as sliced pork tenderloin, smoked turkey legs with pumpkin cider glaze, harvest turkey and prosciutto sliders, and a variety of peppermint desserts.
The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $34.99 for a 5-punch lanyard. Pass members can enjoy an extra special offer with an exclusive 12-punch lanyard for the price of a 10-punch lanyard to sip and savor throughout the event.
After fueling up for festive fun, guests can
check everyone off their holiday shopping list from dazzling ornaments to
charming nutcrackers with Busch Gardens exclusive 2020 holiday
merchandise which is only available during this special event.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, taking place November 14 through December 31, will transform the park into a winter wonderland with more than three million sparkling lights and park-wide holiday activities.
To bring the merriment
to life, SeaWorld’s creative team consulted with
medical experts to offer a modified event with required reservations and
limited capacity that celebrates the spirit of the season safely.
This seasonal event features open-air entertainment and experiences as well as enhanced health, safety measures, including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face-covering requirements, and physical distancing.
Included in park admission, park guests can safely enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holiday season with specialty shopping, physically distant holiday shows, tasty holiday treats, and beloved holiday traditions.
New This Year at SeaWorld Orlando’s
It’s a Wonderful Night: A New Story to Tell
experienced the spirit of the season quite like this before. SeaWorld is bringing over 30 of your favorite Christmas
carols back to the stage with new clever surprises and lighthearted laughs.
Check back soon for details on this reimagining of an old favorite for SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, coming to the Nautilus
Theater with limited capacity and
Ice Skating at Bayside Stadium
All-new for this year, guests can now experience outdoor ice skating! You and your family can skate alongside the water of SeaWorld’s central lagoon throughout the day in a beautiful winter wonderland. Capacity will be limited to promote physical distancing and all guests must wear crew length socks and gloves. Additional charge required which includes rental of ice skates, socks, and gloves can also be purchased.
year, SeaWorld will be celebrating more
holidays than ever before. For the first year ever, SeaWorld Orlando will be
celebrating the festival of lights! From December 10 through 18, gather with
your friends and family in a socially distant experience to view the
traditional lighting of the menorah throughout Hanukkah.
experience for the holidays this year, SeaWorld will
celebrate the festivities of Kwanzaa! Taking place December 26through
January 1, guests can enjoy a joyous time of reflection and celebration of
African heritage with the nightly lighting of the kinara.
a visit to the top of the world to meet the
Arctic’s most famous resident, Santa Claus, at SeaWorld’s
Wild Arctic for a safe alternative to family photos with everyone’s favorite
jolly elf! One party at a time will greet Santa in the expansive family room and have the
opportunity to sit (physically distant) in Santa’s sleigh with Santa seated
above and behind, separated by a plexiglass partition. *Photo packages available.
Holidays from Sesame Street Land
It’s furry and bright on your favorite street as your favorite Sesame Street
friends invite you to join their Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations.
Holiday Shows at SeaWorld Orlando’s
Rudolph’s Movie Experience
Rudolph and his friends star in this movie that will get the
entire family in the holiday spirit, playing daily in the Sea Port
Theater with limited capacity and physical distancing. This special movie
experience is approximately 10 minutes long and begins every 30 minutes.
Sea of Trees
Take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland, and immerse yourself in the expansive holiday Sea of Trees Located in SeaWorld’s lagoon where the glistening forest sparkles to music and lights up the water—and your eyes. With 360-degree views from around the park, there is plenty of space to enjoy safe physical distancing. As the lights dance to holiday classics, your heart will soar with wonder and delight at this truly awe-inspiring Christmas treat. Plus, a magnificent centerpiece towers 70 feet above the water.
Wonderland on Ice
Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and lights as
skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza with
physically distant seating arrangements. A sea of
sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together
to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will
Special Events at SeaWorld Orlando’s
Rudolph’s Christmas Town
Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. Stroll outdoors past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including Rudolph and Bumble. This attraction has a limited capacity to promote physical distancing.
Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, the Christmas market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights from an all-NEW chef and mixologist created holiday menu. Guests will also encounter playful elves and a charming model train village. Relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a fan-favorite seasonal beer or mulled wine, or chose from a variety of NEW unique holiday-inspired beverages rooted in classic Christmas traditions. Limited capacity and physical distancing measures will be in place. These unique limited-time options include specialty cocktails like the “Winter Wonderland Hot Toddy” made with winter cider, honey whiskey, and a chain infusion, and the festive “Peppermint Cocoa” made with peppermint schnapps.
The spirit of the season is in every bite of holiday food pairings throughout the park such as the ale-cured and smoke-cured pork slider, the mini chicken philly, or the “Traditional Christmas Dinner Stack” which layers roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce over texas toast. The market also features a variety of peppermint desserts like the peppermint bark cheesecake. The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Celebration Tasting and Brew Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $35.00 for a 5-punch lanyard or a 10-punch lanyard for $50.00.
Holiday Dining Options at SeaWorld Orlando’s
Dinner with Santa
The wonders of
Christmas come to life this season in an experience that’s destined to make
memories for the young and young at heart. Dinner with Santa invites you to a
sumptuous holiday meal with all the trimmings and a delightful opportunity to
take a (physically distant) photo with Santa Claus himself! Featuring
protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation
between meals and more, guests of all ages will delight in this safe holiday
Street Christmas Breakfast
Join your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled holiday breakfast feast. This experience combines a delicious meal with exciting (but physically distanced) character appearances. With protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation between meals, and more, it is a safe, fun time for the whole family!
Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Cheer
For a limited time, buy a 2021 Fun Card and get the rest of 2020 FREE or upgrade to an Annual Pass starting as low as $11.75 per month with no down payment. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits, now with the best benefits ever such as FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member VIP Ride Nights, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more. The Fun Card gives park-goers unlimited access to the park to visit again and again for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year and all of 2021 for one low price, but does not include the additional pass benefits!
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 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 guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.
The Universal Orlando Resort is unwrapping details on their 2020
Holiday celebrations, happening daily from November 14 through January 3, 2021,
and it is going to be EPIC!
This holiday season the Universal Orlando Resort is spreading
holiday cheer with some of their most beloved holiday traditions and characters
returning in a reimagined way that align with the destination’s enhanced health
and safety procedures as well as the debut of experiences such as the all-new “Universal’s
Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons”.
The best gift of all is that these holiday offerings are all
included with your theme park admission!!!
Let’s take a look at what you can experience this holiday season
at the Universal Orlando Resort!
2020 Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air throughout the lands. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. There will also be seasonal treats, holiday eats, and beverages – including the highly-anticipated return of the fan-favorite, hot Butterbeer.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Who-liday Character Appearances at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
It wouldn’t be a holiday celebration without the mean, green one himself! While visiting Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, holiday-goers will enjoy appearances by the maven of mischief, The Grinch, as he continues to try and find ways to steal holiday cheer and the merry Whos from Whoville.
Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons at Universal Studios Florida
New this year, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and floats like never before during “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons.” Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeer and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films, including the mischievous Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, Gingy, The Gingerbread Man, from DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” movies and the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. And it all culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the opportunity to take a socially-distanced portrait with the big man himself.
Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration at Universal Studios Florida
During “Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration,” guests can celebrate the holiday season with the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, and with DreamWorks Animation’s treasured family of Shrek characters and King Julien and the crew from the “Madagascar” franchise. Guests will sing and dance along with some of their favorite characters as they arrive aboard incredibly-festive parade floats, then perform special holiday show moments that the entire family will enjoy. Afterward, guests will have the chance to take socially-distanced photos of themselves with the characters and floats.
First-Ever Holiday Tribute Store
A brand-new Tribute Store dedicated to the Holidays will debut at Universal Studios Florida for the holiday season. Located in the New York area of the park, guests will come dashing through the store into a winter wonderland featuring four immersive rooms – including one inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise that will make perfect holiday gifts, plus delicious seasonal food items. Guests can also browse Universal’s assortment of Holidays merchandise and make purchases online by visiting www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com
Holiday Tree Hunt
Guests who purchase the Holiday Tree Hunt will embark on a search for 16 holiday-themed trees scattered throughout various merchandise locations in the theme parks and CityWalk. Guests will receive a brochure that outlines the participating locations, where they’ll have to collect stamps to mark their visit to each stop. Those who successfully complete the entire hunt will receive an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt-branded ornament.
Holiday Treat Trail
Guests can participate by grabbing a complimentary Holiday Treat
Trail brochure that outlines a list of specialty food and beverage menu items
across select dining venues. Those who purchase all qualifying items will
receive a special sweet treat.
Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during the destination’s Holiday celebration. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity at the parks, attractions, and hotels, and increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures, and more.
I am BEYONDDDDD ready
to start celebrating the holiday season with these holiday offerings!!!
The holidays are being ‘reimagined’ at the
Walt Disney World Resort bringing new and returning favorites to all four theme
parks, Disney Springs, and the Disney Resort Hotels through December 30, 2020.
During the festivities, guests will find new entertainment experiences, enjoy seasonal food and drink offerings, and discover themed merchandise perfect for a special gift or souvenir to remember the holiday season.
holidays at Walt Disney World may look a little different this year, but a new
addition to the fun will be pop-up appearances by Santa Claus at each park, as
well as Disney Springs. For example, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom he will sail
down the Discovery River on a special flotilla.
take a look at the special holiday celebrations guests can find in each park.
the Magic Kingdom will not be hosting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this
season, guests will now be able to enjoy Character Cavalcades featuring their
favorite Disney characters in their holiday finest and characters synonymous
with the season – including gingerbread men and elves – throughout the day.
Main Street, U.S.A., the iconic toy soldiers will march alongside the Main
Street Philharmonic as they fill the park with cheer.
When night falls at Magic Kingdom Park,
projection effects will illuminate and transform Cinderella Castle with a series
of designs that are sure to be the perfect colorful background for a magical
Also returning this holiday season is the world-famous Jingle Cruise. During the seasonal overlay to the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland, guests will see how the homesick skippers are celebrating the holidays with festive decorations and new jokes.
From November 27th until December 3oth, the Taste of the EPCOT International Festival of the holidays will fill the park with an ‘International Yuletide Extravaganza’.
Guests will enjoy the return of holiday
kitchens around the World Showcase promenade serving up traditional holiday
dishes from around the world and the Holiday Cookie Stroll.
As guests make their way through World Showcase
they will find their favorite characters spreading holiday cheer. Watch Queen
Anna and Elsa in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade,” Mickey Mouse and his pals
making merry on the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour,” and Santa Claus
spreading holiday cheer during a grand horse-drawn tour.
Holiday entertainment will include the Candlelight Processional, however, guests will still find JOYFUL! inside the World ShowPlace and the Voices of Liberty sharing songs of the season at the America Gardens Theatre.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will enjoy
festive decorations, tasty holiday treats, and their favorite Disney characters
on flotillas throughout the day.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests will
enjoy fantastic holiday decorations, scrumptious holiday treats, and Merry Motorcades
featuring familiar faces spreading holiday cheer.
Mouse will once again host a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood &
Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.
only is Disney Springs the perfect place to shop for holiday merchandise, this
holiday season it will feature elaborately decorated Christmas trees and magical
snowfalls throughout Town Center, West Side, and The Landing.
will also be able to enjoy the festive décor and limited-time menu of holiday
favorites at Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar.
Disney Resort Hotels
For the holidays, the Walt Disney World Resort hotels will welcome guests and visitors with iconic Christmas trees in their lobbies and other festive flourishes.
This is their 18th annual corn maze and pumpkin patch, and this year’s theme for the 6.5-acre corn maze is Farm to Table. You can also take a leap onto their huge jumping pillow, slide down a 60ft super slide, play on the giant castle-like playground. And if you aren’t ready to get lost in the big maze, try out the 0.5-acre mini maze for a shorter journey into the corn, get your fortune, and learn about the different types of farming.
And this Saturday from 6-10 pm you can do the night maze!
The Orlando Science Center is hosting a spoopy Kids Night Out on Saturday, October 24th.
As the Orlando Science Center prepares to open the Pompeii exhibit, they are also inviting little ghosts and ghouls ages 5 to 12 to spend the evening haunting the exhibit halls, enjoying science activities with a spooky spin, and watching a live science show.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 pm, and kids are welcome to come in family-friendly costumes; no full-face Halloween masks are permitted, but appropriate face coverings over the nose and mouth are required.
Oktoberfest at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Get out those lederhosen and head over to the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for their Oktoberfest evening!
During this all-you-care-to-eat and drink event, you will enjoy German-themed music, tastings, and a bevy of beers.
PLUS attendees will go home with a 6-pack of the resort exclusive Phins & Feathers beer.
Don’t forget that you still can take advantage of Magical Dining until October 31, 2020!!!
On the Go in the Parks: October 23-25, 2020
While there are a ton of new things happening every week in the City Beautiful, we can’t forget about the continuing Halloween and Fall Fun at the theme parks!
For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot America!
Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.
Brick or Treat continues this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort!
This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.
Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included with regular admission to the park.
If you are missing Halloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!
There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.
Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.
And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of Adventure for little ones under 12.
And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to the park in their costumes!!!
SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall goodness!!!
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.
SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 1, and is included in park admission.
It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.
This Saturday’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Casper, and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.
Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save 20%.
And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew.
The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays (11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November 1, 2020.
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If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom.
Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.
At SeaWorld Orlando’s Inside Look Weekends, guests can go behind-the-scenes to hear and see firsthand what goes into providing world-class animal care from the experts who do it every day.
This special event features six unique, entirely behind-the-scenes locations, accessible in small groups to limit capacity and maintain safe physical distancing.
New this year, guests can also attend an intimate socially distanced Trainer Talk with one of the park’s animal care specialists!
Guests are invited to visit three locations or trainer talks to earn an exclusive free Expert Explorer’s Pin.
Inside Look Weekends tours and trainer talks are available at each location at various times throughout the day.
The weekend event takes place Saturdays and Sundays, November 7-15, and is included with park admission.
Inside Look Weekends Trainer Talks
An all-new feature that is being launched for this year’s Inside Look, guests can join the park’s trainers to hear them share their passion for animal care and learn about training and husbandry techniques with the animals.
The Trainer Talks take place behind-the-scenes at locations
throughout the park including
Join Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with the park’s animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Dolphin Days.
Sea Lion High
Laugh along with Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with the park’s animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Sea Lion High.
Join SeaWorld Orlando Trainers as they share their passion and demonstrate training and husbandry techniques with animals during this behind-the-scenes look at Orca Encounter.
Inside Look Weekends Event Locations:
SeaWorld Rescue Center
Visit the home base of
the SeaWorld Rescue Team and meet and hear from the dedicated filtration
experts, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and veterinarians who work
around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need.
Ever wonder how you prepare a feast for a pod of dolphins or an entrée for a hungry sea lion? Step inside SeaWorld Orlando’s Zoological Commissary to see how SeaWorld Orlando provides the best of diets for every fish, sea turtle, sea lion, penguin, and other marine animals in our care. This location is not ADA accessible.
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin
Venture beyond the ice and snow of SeaWorld’s penguin habitat and learn what goes into caring for these beloved birds who hail from some of the coldest environments in the world. Explore exclusive views of the birds and learn how they are fed and cared for by animal care specialists.
Get a topside view at Shark Encounter and unlock the mysteries of caring for the sharks and sawfish in SeaWorld’s 700,000-gallon shark habitat, visit the medical pool and learn how a shark receives its annual physical, observe the moving walkway used to temporarily divide the exhibit for cleaning, and understand how sharks are fed. Experience SeaWorld’s sharks from a vantage point that is very different from the guest view and hear directly from the aquarists who care for these fascinating creatures. This location is not ADA accessible.
Pacific Point Preserve
a behind the scenes look at the home of the California sea lions and harbor
seals. Hear stories and gain insight from the animal care specialists who care
for these animals on a daily basis and learn what it takes to maintain a
thriving sea lion social group.
Visit the backside of Orca Encounter for exclusive access during this backstage opportunity. Meet and hear from the dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of the killer whales in the park’s care, see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day in the fish breakout room, see the larger-than-life whale enrichment toys, visit their medical pool, and system of habitat pools to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents.
Additional Dining Options
For an even more exclusive experience, for two weekends only at Sharks Underwater Grill guests are invited to join us for a delicious meal and an underwater visit from a member of their aquarium team to learn about the fascinating world of sharks: https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/sharks-underwater-grill.
Guests can also dive into Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience at Dine with Orcas, where guests dine next to orcas, hear from animal care experts and watch the specialized care they receive daily: https://seaworld.com/orlando/dining/dine-with-orcas
Both restaurants include arranged seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing and limited capacity. Tables and chairs are sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations are closed, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives. In lieu of traditional menus, single-use paper menus will be used, and buffet-style service areas have been adjusted or closed until further notice.
For a limited time, buy a 2021 Fun Card and get the rest of 2020 FREE or upgrade to an Annual Pass starting as low as $11.50 per month with no down payment. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits, now with the best benefits ever such as FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member VIP Ride Nights, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more. The Fun Card gives park-goers unlimited access to the park to visit again and again for the remainder of 2020 calendar year and all of 2021 for one low price but does not include the additional pass benefits!
SeaWorld Orlando is
committed to the health and safety of their 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.
Today Walt Disney World announced that A Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 8 to February 22, 2021!
The Taste of EPCOT
International Festival of the Arts offers fun for the whole family, and here is
a sketch of what you can expect when the event debuts in January:
Indulge in over 15
Food Studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase
Explore and purchase
the brilliant and diverse work of Disney and other invited artists on display
in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon
Step into the scene at
special photo locations scattered around the park
Participate in a
paint-by-number mural that serves as a collaborative art project for all
Watch as visiting
artists create magic right before your eyes
Catch performances by
favorite EPCOT musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
Join an artful
scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase
And if you’re already
looking forward to attending the festival, now is the perfect time to explore
how you can complete your dream vacation at Walt Disney World Resort with a
special offer for stays at Disney Resort hotels in early 2021.
To find out more about this special Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offer, check out the official Walt Disney World website for more details.
The Walt Disney World Resort is considering the importance of guest flexibility when planning any vacation right now and is going to continue to waive Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for arrivals through April 30, 2021.
We are really excited about the debut of the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in early 2021 and look forward to sharing more details as they become available!
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The Halloween fun continues in and around Orlando as you are On the Go in the Parks from October 9-11, 2020.
New This Weekend:
Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins(weekends October 10 – November 1): A family-friendly event where Oktoberfest collides with Halloween fun featuring spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned,” a live polka band with German beer and food available for purchase; costumed character meet and greets; a trick-or-treat trail; a spooky train ride scavenger hunt, and more. Family-friendly costumes for adults and kids are encouraged.
On the Go in the Parks: October 9-11, 2020
While there are a ton of new things happening every week in the City Beautiful, we can’t forget about the continuing Halloween and Fall Fun at the theme parks!
For the month of October Halloween is HUUUUUUGE at Fun Spot
Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be offering free
Trick or Treating for little ones from 4-7 pm on Saturdays, a menu of Frightul
Bites, and your chance to help John, Jr. in an all-new Escape Room experience
exclusive to the Fun Spot America Orlando Location.
Brick or Treat continues this weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida
This October experience the spooky, kooky fun of one of the only
kid-friendly Halloween Events in Central Florida that includes
neighborhood-style Trick or Treating, seasonal shows, LEGO activities, and
exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters.
Brick or Treat, the ultimate kids Halloween celebration, is all included
with regular admission to the park.
If you are missing Halloween Horror Nights, you are absolutely
going to want to visit the Universal Orlando Resort to experience their
Halloween offerings that are included with your theme park admission!
There are two heart-pounding haunted houses at Universal Studios
Florida—Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of
Frankenstein Lives—for guests to experience.
Universal Studios Florida has some spooky for all with a sweet
payoff with their Scarecrow Stalk.
And don’t forget there is Trick or Treating at Islands of
Adventure for little ones under 12.
And don’t forget that for the first time, everyone can come to
the park in their costumes!!!
SeaWorld Orlando is chocked full of Halloween and Fall
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with all-new
safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and
adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends
and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing
animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your
family to fall at SeaWorld.
SeaWorld Spooktacular is on Saturdays and Sundays, through
November 1, and is included in park admission.
It’s the perfect season for a spooky movie under the stars at
SeaWorld, and Flicks and Frights is a drive-in nostalgic experience
that starts with enjoying locally sourced food trucks and ends with watching a
classic Halloween feature from the comfort and safety of your car.
This Saturday’s Family-friendly Halloween film is Beetlejuice,
and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m.
Flicks and Frights parking is $40 per vehicle to
experience movie viewing for all seated passengers and Pass Members can save
And finally, SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party
for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100
crafts brews and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your
The Festival takes place Fridays (3 pm to park close), Saturdays
(11:30 am to park close), and Sundays (11:30 am to park close) through November
Walt Disney World
If you are looking for some Halloween fun, you will definitely
want to check out the character cavalcade, special treats, and merchandise at
the Magic Kingdom.
Looking for a fun foodie adventure around the world? the A Taste
of Food and Wine Festival is happening at Epcot.
Take your celebration to haunting heights this year at ICON Park with incredible specials, ghoulish light shows, themed decorations and so much more.
Throughout the month of October, ICON Park is offering the Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack as a safe, fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. With this special, up to six people can take a ride in a private capsule on The Wheel, which stands at a frightening 400 feet tall, plus receive wicked popcorn and a devilish drink like bloody red wine, Oktoberfest brews or spooky cocktails. The Spooktacular Florida Fun Pack is available for $119.99, which is a savings of over 30 percent.
“This will be a Halloween like no other! Central Florida locals are looking for safe, open-air spaces to celebrate the holiday this year,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “ICON Park is proud to offer our community a chilling escape with a great deal, special light shows, themed decorations and more.”
A free ghoulishly glowing light show will take place on The Lawn on select nights. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the spooky soundtrack during a 10-minute production. And don’t forget to capture the memories with photos in front of ICON Park’s themed decorations.
ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident. ICON Park is home to top attractions, world-class restaurants, trendy bars, and favorite shops.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay officially got their Halloween season started with the return of Howl-O-Scream this weekend, and we were excited that it still brought the spirit of the season with plenty of scares.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the park was the numerous health and safety updates. Much like the other theme parks of Central Florida, all guests entering the park are required to pass a temperature check and wear face coverings, and social distancing markers were placed throughout the park to encourage safety while waiting for rides and shows.
This year Howl-O-Scream features 10 new terrifying scare zones as well as the return of the “Fiends” show staged in an outdoor stage.
While all of the scare zones were outside, two of them, The Junkyard and The Shortcut were staged like the traditional houses where guests queued up and walked through individually. All the scare actors were situated away from the guests or were wearing facial coverings themed to their costumes.
The first scare zone/haunted house we ventured through was The Junkyard. Although it was outside, the theme and design were excellent, providing the best scares of the night. Parties were staggered well allowing time to interact with the scare actors and get the most jumps possible.
Next to the Junkyard is the entrance to the Fiends show. This is a Howl-O-Scream must see this year as they have taken it to a large outdoor stage. It is bigger and better than ever featuring great music, dancing, and all of the characters you have come to love. Guests can see it twice each nigh at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.
Passed The Junkyard was the creepiest scare zone of all, Little Nightmares. Staged on the dark trail alongside Sesame Place, Little Nightmares doesn’t have any jump scares or knockers, but does a solid job unsettling your soul as you walk through.
The second scare zone/haunted house is The Shortcut. Although somewhat shorter than The Junkyard, this house had more a detailed set and much scarier visuals.
Just passed The Shortcut, you unwittingly venture into danger when you stumble among carnivorous campers in Lycan Landing. Here, the only happy campers are the werewolves feasting on the poor souls who enter their campground.
After surviving the Lycan Landing you have to pass through the evil clowns and carnies in the Maniac Midway.
Next comes the terrifying toys come to life in Deadly Toys.
After you have made it this far you find yourself in a town overrun by criminals in The Escape
The final zone you come across is not a scare zone at all, but a celebration of the Día de Muertos. This colorfully decorated area features music, dancing, and characters celebrating the Day of the Dead. It is a wonderful way to end your trip around Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.