Central Florida Zoo Hosts Asian Lantern Festival

On the Go in MCO Light up the Holidays

One of the most anticipated and beloved holiday events of 2021 is back for another year of magic at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. 

The Zoo today announced that the dazzling displays of Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild will return on select nights from November 18, 2022, to January 15, 2023. And this year, a new name will be up in the light. Publix has been announced as the festival’s presenting sponsor.

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

“This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “It’s dazzling, fun and educational. It’s a true community event, and partnering with Publix just made sense. We’re excited to have them and thrilled to offer those in Central Florida the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular event again.”

The festival features dozens of larger-than-life, hand-crafted lanterns that are lit by thousands of LED lights, resulting in a gorgeous display of color, light, and sound that celebrates traditional Asian lantern festivals. 

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

The lanterns are situated on a 3/4-mile loop around the Zoo, providing a truly unique take on a holiday lights show that will leave attendees clamoring to come back again and again with friends and family. 

This is the third year for the festival, which started in 2019 and was not held in 2020. Last year, almost all nights of the event hit capacity. Nearly all of the lanterns will be new to the festival this year, so past attendees will have plenty to capture their senses.

Central Florida Zoo Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Holidays

This is the first year Publix is sponsoring the event.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Series coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens,” said Hannah Herring, Publix media relations manager. “At Publix, we have a history of caring for our customers, associates and communities. We are excited to sponsor an event for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season.”   

The festival is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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On the Go in the Parks: September 30 – October 2

Fall fun abounds On the Go in the Parks September 30 to October 2, 2022, as EPCOT celebrates its 40th anniversary and the Magic Kingdom celebrates its 51st Anniversary.

On the Go in the Parks: September 30-October 2, 2022

EPCOT 40th acAnniversary October 2022
Kent Phillips, Photographer

On October 1st, EPCOT will celebrate its 40th anniversary with special treats around the park, commemorative merchandise, and more!

To all who come to the place of joy, hope, and friendship.

Welcome

EPCOT is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for us all.

May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire, and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • September 30, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

Collecting Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida has debuted a new way for fear fans to show the haunted houses they have survived!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Dark Arts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Daily after sunset in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

The Dark Arts will take over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure daily until October 31, 2022.

Guests can experience the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting, and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.

Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is your chance to catch some great concerts at the American Gardens Theater at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. This weekend’s concerts include:

  • Stokley – NEW!
    September 30 and October 1
  • Shelia E.
    October 2 and 3

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, live entertainment, family activities, and more.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Spooktacular – SeaWorld Orlando

  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 30, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, scare zones, coasters, and unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • September 30, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings until October 31, 2022.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • September 30, 2022 – SOLD OUT
  • October 2, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party

  • October 1, 2022
  • October 2, 2022

Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida will be filled with even more monstrous this fall when Brick-or-Treat presents Monster  Party begins in September!

Families will be screaming in excitement as they enjoy more candy, more LEGO characters, and more spell-binding surprises than ever, with 12 nights of Halloween fun – each Saturday and Sunday through October 30.

This Halloween spectacular will bewitch families with amazing NEW experiences, live shows, spooky LEGO decorations, and Monster mischief around every corner – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes. 

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EPCOT – 40 Years of Innovation

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

What better way to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of EPCOT, my favorite park, than by looking back at the park’s milestones over the years!!!

On October 1, 1982, Walt Disney World Resort invited guests to imagine what life would be like in the 21st century with the opening of the EPCOT Center.

This first-of-its-kind theme park focused on showcasing ideas and technologies the world had never seen before. 

May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.” – Official Dedication, October 24, 1982 

With the sentiment above, Disney Chairman and CEO Card Walker carried on Walt Disney’s legacy at the park’s official dedication. A month-long celebration introduced the park’s five Future World pavilions and nine World Showcase pavilions to guests from around the world.

The formal grand opening was held over three days, with the theme park’s official dedication taking place on Oct. 24, 1982. 

On Oct. 1, 1982, EPCOT officially opened at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

Now known as EPCOT, the park inspires curiosity, imagination, and wonder through its international festivals, innovative attractions, and cultural experiences. 

EPCOT Transformation Map with Neighborhoods

Home to four unified neighborhoods – World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase – the park continues to evolve with the biggest transformation in its history underway.

As Walt Disney once said, EPCOT will “always be in a state of becoming,” and the park is set to enter its next 40 years with all-new ways for guests to experience the magic of possibility.  

Here’s a look at some of the milestones in the 40-year history of EPCOT: 

Walt and Roy announce EPCOT

1965 

  • November 15 – Walt Disney and his brother Roy publicly announce plans for Walt Disney World Resort in a press conference held in downtown Orlando, Fla. 
Walt Disney EPCOT Film

1966 

  • October 27 – Walt Disney records a film outlining plans for the Florida Project, including details for Walt Disney World Resort and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT). 
Card Walker EPCOT  International Chamber of Commerce

1978 

  • Card Walker, President, and CEO of Walt Disney Productions announces plans for EPCOT at the International Chamber of Commerce and presents concepts to President Jimmy Carter, the ICC’s keynote speaker. 
In 1981, construction on EPCOT continued at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new theme park officially opened on Oct. 1, 1982. (Disney)

1979 

  • October 1 – After years of planning, construction begins on EPCOT. 
On Oct. 1, 1982, EPCOT officially opened at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

1982   

  • September 24 – Walt Disney World Cast Members and their families and friends are among the first to experience the new theme park before it opens to the public. Special preview days give Cast Members a sense of pride and help ensure the park is ready for guests.  
  • October 1 – EPCOT opens with five Future World pavilions – Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, World of Motion, Journey Into Imagination, and The Land – and nine World Showcase pavilions representing Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, and the United States. 
  • “Carnival de Lumiere” debuts as the theme park’s first nightly fireworks show, replaced in 1983 with “A New World Fantasy” and in 1984 by “Laserphonic Fantasy.” 
  • October 24 – EPCOT is officially dedicated by Card Walker, Chairman, and CEO of Walt Disney Productions. 
  • A new four-mile extension of the Walt Disney World Monorail System opens, extending from the Ticket and Transportation Center to EPCOT. 
Horizons Opening
D23

1983   

  • October 1 – On the park’s one-year anniversary, Horizons (now MISSION: Space) makes its debut in Future World. Featuring a first-of-its-kind ride system, the attraction gives guests a glimpse of what life might be like in the future. 
  • March 5 – The ride-through attraction Journey into Imagination (now Journey into Imagination with Figment) opens. 

1984  

  • September 7 – EPCOT World Showcase expands with the opening of the Morocco pavilion. 
  • June 3 – The France pavilion in World Showcase opens its second signature restaurant, Bistro de Paris. 
EPCOT Nine Dragons Restaurant

1985 

  • September 24 – Lotus Blossom Café opens, the first of two new restaurants in the China pavilion.
  • October 23 – The China pavilion’s table-service restaurant Nine Dragons Restaurant begins serving guests.  
Mickey Mouse scuba dives at The Living Seas in 1986 at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

1986   

  • January 15 – The Living Seas (now The Seas with Nemo & Friends) opens. The pavilion’s centerpiece is a 5.7-million-gallon aquarium – the world’s largest at the time – home to more than 200 species of marine life.
EPCOT Daredevil Circus Spectacular

1987 

  • The EPCOT Daredevil Circus Spectacular opens in Future World. “The Greatest Show in Space” featured a variety of daredevil circus acts performed in and above the CommuniCore area of the park. 
Norway Pavilion Epcot Opens

1988  

  • January 30 – “IllumiNations,” a new nighttime spectacular, premieres. The new show incorporated the World Showcase pavilions with rim lighting and special projection effects for the first time. 
  • June 3 – World Showcase expands with the opening of theNorway pavilion that introduces Maelstrom, where guests board Viking boats to discover the country’s natural beauty, traditions, and modern cities. 
wonders of life

1989 

  • October 19 – Wonders of Life pavilion opens in Future World. Beneath a giant gold dome, three humorous attractions offer a fun look at health and fitness. The pavilion includes state-of-the-art, hands-on activities, live comedy shows, and a fast-casual restaurant. 
Yacht Club
Yacht Club Gazebo

1990 

  • November – The first phase of the EPCOT Resort Area opens with the debut of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (November 5) and Disney’s Beach Club Resort (November 19). The following year brings Walt Disney World Swan Hotel (January 13) and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel (June 4). All within walking distance of the theme park, the collection of resorts significantly expands lodging and convention options. 
Topiaries celebrate the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in 1997 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

1994   

  • April 29 – The inaugural EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival debuts. 
  • July 1 – Innoventions pavilion replaces Communicore, featuring interactive exhibits and demonstrations of emerging technologies. 
  • November 21 – “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,” a lively interactive 3-D adventure, opens in the Journey Into Imagination pavilion.
  • November 25 – The Candlelight Processional moves to EPCOT from Magic Kingdom, where it had been presented since 1971. With the move to America Gardens Theater, the show was able to expand to multiple nightly performances throughout the holiday season. 
ellen's energy adventure epcot

1995   

  • January 21 – “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable” debuts in The Land. The 20-minute, 70mm film features Simba, Timon, and Pumba in a story about the importance of respect for the natural environment. 
  • September 15 – Ellen’s Energy Adventure debuts, bringing a new storyline and humor to what was previously Universe of Energy.  
1996 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

1996   

  • Sept. 28 – The first annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival makes its debut. 
Alain Boniec, Photographer

1999 

  • March 17 – Test Track opens in Future World. The park’s first thrill attraction takes guests on exhilarating twists and turns in a test vehicle. 
  • October 1 – TheMillennium Celebration begins at EPCOT. The 15-month event marks the debut of the popular nighttime spectacular, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which will run for 20 years. Also new is Millennium Village – celebrating the cultural achievements of 25 countries – and the Tapestry of Nations parade. The celebration also brings pin trading to the forefront for Disney collectors everywhere. 
The Art of Disney Store Epcot

2000 

  • October 1 – The Art of Disney shop opens in Future World, selling Disney artwork, prints, and other collectibles. 
Mission Space Epcot

2003  

  • August 15 – Mission: SPACE opens in Future World. The attraction takes guests on a simulated training spaceflight to Mars. 
Turtle Talk with Crush Epcot

2004   

  • November 16 – Turtle Talk with Crush opens in The Living Seas. The first-of-its-kind attraction enables Crush from Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” to talk with guests as he learns about humans and shares his stories of life in the ocean. 
Soarin Over California Epcot

2005   

  • May 5 – Soarin’ opens in The Land pavilion, taking guests on a breathtaking aerial adventure over iconic California locations. 
The Seas with Nemo and Friends EPCOT

2006  

  • October 1 – “The Year of a Million Dreams” begins. Across EPCOT and the other Walt Disney World theme parks, Dream Squads surprise thousands of guests with an array of prizes, from special attraction access and merchandise to Disney vacations. 
  • November 26 – The Living Seas pavilion is transformed to become The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion. Its official dedication will take place on January 24, 2007. 
gran fiesta tour epcot

2007 

  • April 6 – Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros opens inside the Mexico pavilion. A reimagining of the pavilion’s opening-day boat ride, El Río del Tiempo (River of Time), the updated attraction features Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Pistoles Panchito from Walt Disney’s 1942 film “Saludos Amigos.” 
  • April 25 – The Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future exhibit opens at Spaceship Earth. The series of exhibits showcase advances in medicine, technology, and energy management. 
  • Oct. 1 – The 25th anniversary of EPCOT is marked by a rededication ceremony and a gallery showcasing memorabilia from the park’s history. 
Spaceship Earth 2008 EPCOT wand

2008  

  • February 15 – Spaceship Earth reopens with an expanded storyline after extensive renovations. The new narration follows the history of human innovation from prehistoric times to the 21st century. 
Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure epcot

2009  

  • January 28 – Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure interactive attraction opens. Guests transform into secret agents as part of Team Possible to save the world via the Disney Play! App on mobile devices. The scavenger hunt-style experience interacted with seven World Showcase pavilions. 
House of Good Fortune EPCOT

2011 

  • April 4 – House of Good Fortune merchandise location opens in the China pavilion. The new shop sells authentic Chinese merchandise. 
Test Track EPCOT

2012 

  • June 23 – Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure opens, replacing Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. The new quest takes guests on an adventure with Agent P to solve clues and thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plots. 
  • December 6 – Test Track – Presented by Chevrolet, re-opens. The re-imagined attraction allows guests to design their own vehicles before setting off on a thrilling test drive. 
EPCOT L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream shop

2013 

  • May 30 – L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream shop opens in the France pavilion. The shop makes its own ice cream. 
Spice Road Table EPCOT

2014 

  • January 20 – Spice Road Table opens in the Morocco pavilion. Inspired by the outdoor cafés throughout the Mediterranean, the restaurant serves small plates, specialty wines, and aperitifs from the region. 
Frozen Ever After EPCOT 40
Frozen Ever After

2016 

  • June 17 – Soarin’ Around the World debuts in The Land pavilion. The reimagined attraction takes guests on a flight above many of the world’s natural and man-made wonders. 
  • June 21 – Frozen Ever After opens in the Norway pavilion, replacing Maelstrom. The attraction takes guests on a boat ride through the kingdom of Arendelle. Along with the ride-through attraction, Royal Sommerhus opens, allowing Queen Elsa and Princess Anna to meet with guests inside a charming cabin. 
  • New holiday experiences are found across the theme park as part of what’s now the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. 
November 2018 Theme Park Events - Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Christmas 2019 Walt Disney World Holidays 2019 Christmas in July

2018 

  • January 12 – The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts debuts, expanding the park’s festival offerings to all four seasons. 

2019 

  • August 25 – The historic multi-year transformation of EPCOT is announced at D23 Expo 2019. 
  • October 1 – “EPCOT Forever” nighttime spectacular debuts at World Showcase Lagoon, replacing “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.” 
  • October 1 – Walt Disney Imagineering presents the EPCOT Experience opens, offering a preview of attractions coming as part of the theme park’s multiyear transformation. 
  • July 5 – Takumi-Tei opens in the Japan pavilion. The signature dining table-service restaurant specializes in wagyu beef, sushi, and signature cocktails. 
2019 D23 Epcot Announcement New in 2020

2020 

  • January 17 – Three new films debut around World Showcase. “Awesome Planet” debuts in the Harvest Theater inside The Land pavilion. The new film showcases the beauty and diversity of our planet. “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” premieres in Palais du Cinema inside the France pavilion. The new film offers a new twist on the classic Disney movie. “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” debuts at the Canada pavilion, updating the O Canada! Circle-Vision 360 film. 
  • February 19 – Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts and Barbecue opens at The American Adventure pavilion. The fast-casual restaurant serves classic American backyard barbecue and home-style craft brews. 
  • December 22 – A transformation of the main entrance is completed with the unveiling of a new fountain, inspired by one that originally debuted with the theme park’s 1982 opening. 
Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

2021 

  • September 15 – Creations Shop opens in World Celebration. The new flagship store features unique merchandise dedicated to EPCOT and other Walt Disney World collectibles. 
  • September 20 – Space 220 opens in the Mission: SPACE pavilion. The new restaurant gives guests the chance to enjoy a meal among the stars after a simulated flight 220 miles above the Earth’s surface. 
  • October 1 – Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration begins with new experiences across all four theme parks. In honor of the celebration, Spaceship Earth transforms into a spectacular Beacon of Magic at night, illuminating the skies with brilliant colors. As part of the park transformation, three new neighborhoods – World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature – join World Showcase as the geographic areas that make up EPCOT. 
  • October 1 – The expanded France pavilion opens with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new ride-through 4D experience inspired by Disney-Pixar’s “Ratatouille.” A new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offers guests a delicious taste of French cuisine.  
  • October 1 – “Harmonious,” a new nighttime spectacular, debuts with the 50th Anniversary celebration. The show celebrates how Disney music inspires people worldwide and features a culturally diverse soundtrack coordinated with spectacular visuals and fireworks. 

2022 

  • April 27 – Connections Café and Eatery opens in World Celebration, offering guests a new selection of internationally-inspired cuisine. 
  • May 27 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. The family thrill coaster features myriad firsts, including the first-ever reverse launch on a Disney coaster and ride vehicles that rotate 360 degrees. It’s also one of the world’s largest fully enclosed coasters. 
  • October 1 – Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the 40th anniversary of EPCOT as the park continues its multi-year transformation. 
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Fun Spot Hosts HUGE Halloween Celebration

Fun Spot America Huge Halloween

Fun Spot is hosting fang-tastic Halloween fun for the entire family from September 30 until October 31, 2022.

Fun Spot’s Orlando and Kissimmee locations will be filled with wicked decor, ghoulishly-good treats, themed Foto Spots, and more!

The treat is that most of the fun is at no additional cost … no tricks

Fun Spot America Fright Bites
Ghoulishly Good Grub

Both Fun Spot America locations, Orlando and Kissimmee, are rolling out special Halloween treats the entire family can enjoy!

Their ‘Fright Bites’ include Candy Apples, Monster Funnel Cake, Ghost Chicken If You Dare, and more.

In addition to the food, there are spooky spirits for adults of age to sip on, like the Zombie or Witch’s Brew.

Fun Spot Halloween 2022 Trick or Treat Trail
Trick-or-Treat Trails

Sponsored by Five Below! Every Saturday and Sunday in October, little monsters can dress up and enjoy free trick-or-treating at our Orlando and Kissimmee parks between 4 and 6 p.m. (while supplies last)!

Here are a few things to know about the trails:

  • Children ages 12 and under only can enjoy our free Trick-or-Treat Trails. 
  • Face coverings are permitted, but costume masks are not. 
  • Guests are asked to bring their own reusable bags and are invited to visit each of our four Candy Spots once during their visit. 

Candy spots for Orlando and Kissimmee locations are marked on the event park maps.

Fun Spot Halloween 2022
Tickets

To make the most of your time, you can purchase Fun Spot Orlando Season Passes, single-day tickets, souvenir cups, and more online before arrival.

Halloween is HUGE at Fun Spot, and you won’t want to miss all of the fun!!!

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Collecting Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida has debuted a new way for fear fans to show the haunted houses they have survived!

Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Halloween Horror Nights NFTs
The Halloween Horror Nights NFT Experience

At HHN 2022 at Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood locations, attendees can collect “Proof of Attendance” (POAP) Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) for each of the participating haunted houses.

There are also two special “capstone” achievement NFTs.

When guests complete collecting NFTs at each park, they can claim an HHN Scream Squad Silver Coin.

A special Gold Coin can be claimed for the special few that go to both parks and collect all of the NFTs.

Halloween Horror Nights NFTs
How to Collect Halloween Horror Nights NFTs

Universal has partnered with technology firm Hypermint, powered by Moonpay, to provide the digital wallets and mint and distribute the NFTs.

The actual guest experience flow is this:

  • Guest is in line for a participating haunted house and sees a sign that says, “scan this QR code to collect your NFT for this haunted house”
  • Guest phone browser will be redirected to a website hosted by Hypermint
    • 1st NFT – create a wallet using a valid email address and then collect NFT
    • 2nd & more NFT – collect the NFT
  • Guest continues to go to participating haunted houses and collect NFT
  • If a guest gets all of the NFT in a particular park – they will get the capstone achievement for that park
  • If a guest goes to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood – they can get a Gold coin capstone achievement for being a superfan
Halloween Horror Nights NFTs
Participating Halloween Horror Night Houses – Universal Studios Florida

The eight participating HHN Haunted Houses at Universal Studios Florida include:

  • Bugs: Eaten Alive
  • Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake
  • Descendants of Destruction
  • Fiesta de Chupacabras
  • Hellblock Horror
  • The Horrors of Blumhouse
  • Spirits of the Coven
  • Universal Monsters: Legends Collide
Halloween Horror Nights NFTs
Participating Halloween Horror Night Houses – Universal Studios Hollywood

The six participating HHN Haunted Houses at Universal Studios Hollywood include:

  • The Horrors of Blumhouse
  • La Llorona: The Weeping Woman
  • Scarecrow: The Reaping
  • Terror Tram
  • Universal Horror Hotel
  • Universal Monsters: Legends Collide
Halloween Horror Nights NFTs
NFT Sustainability Information

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On the Go in the Parks: September 23-25, 2022

Fall fun abounds On the Go in the Parks September 23-25, 2022, as Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party at LEGOLAND Florida joins the Halloween festivities in the theme parks of Central Florida.

On the Go in the Parks: September 23-25

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party

  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida will be filled with even more monstrous this fall when Brick-or-Treat presents Monster  Party begins in September!

Families will be screaming in excitement as they enjoy more candy, more LEGO characters, and more spell-binding surprises than ever, with 12 nights of Halloween fun – each Saturday and Sunday through October 30.

This Halloween spectacular will bewitch families with amazing NEW experiences, live shows, spooky LEGO decorations, and Monster mischief around every corner – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes. 

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Spooktacular – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, live entertainment, family activities, and more.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Dark Arts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Daily after sunset in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be taken over by the Dark Arts daily until October 31, 2022.

Guests can experience the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting, and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.

Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • September 23, 2022
  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 23, 2022
  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, scare zones, coasters, and unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

Fiesta Aquatica 2022

Fiesta Aquatica – Aquatica Orlando

  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

Aquatica Orlando is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month once again with Fiesta Aquatica, an unforgettable pool party!

Back by popular demand, Fiesta Aquatica will surround guests with sizzling Latin flair every Saturday and Sunday until September 25.

Fiesta Aquatica is included with park admission, so guests can keep the summer fun going even longer.

For more information about Fiesta Aquatica and to purchase tickets, visit the park’s official website!

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • September 23, 2022
  • September 24, 2022
  • September 25, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings until October 31, 2022.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • September 23, 2022 – SOLD OUT
  • September 25, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

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Old Town Hosts 17th Annual Vette Fest

Old Town 17th Annual Vette Fest October 2022

Old Town in Kissimmee is revving its engine for Vette Fest on October 1, featuring more than 350 classic and new corvettes. 

Registration for participating cars starts at 10 am. The corvette-only car cruise through Main Street begins at 3 p.m. 

“No one does as many specialty car enthusiast events as Old Town,” said Thearon Scurlock, Vice President and General Manager of Old Town.  “Our guests absolutely love our signature car events, from our Saturday Nite Classic Car Cruise to our Muscle Car and Exotic Car events and now again for our 17th year, our signature Vette Fest.”

Old Town 17th Annual Vette Fest October 2022

Exclusive Vette Fest T-shirts will be on sale for $15. 

If you have not had the chance to visit Old Town or it has been a while since your last visit…let’s take a quick walk down memory lane!

Old Town 17th Annual Vette Fest October 2022

Built in 1986, Old Town is the recreation of a classic Florida town at the turn of the century featuring historical architecture and distinctive storefronts. 

Located on U.S. 192 in Kissimmee, Old Town boasts over 60 unique shops, themed restaurants and bars, rides, weekly car shows, and family-friendly attractions. 

And for 32 of its 34 years, the Saturday Nite Classic Car Show and Cruise fill the entertainment district with dream cars from all eras.

Old Town 17th Annual Vette Fest October 2022

Old Town has been a favorite destination for locals and tourists looking for the simple pleasures of classic American fun. 

Learn more at www.myoldtownusa.com. 

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Dezerland Action Park Orlando hosts Oktoberfest Fun

Dezerland Action Park Orlando

Dezerland Action Park Orlando is kicking off the fall season with a family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration.

During regular park hours from September 30 to October 30, Dezerland will serve traditional German dishes and Samuel Adams’ seasonal offerings from custom Volkswagen buses.

Dezerland Park Orlando

Guests can choose from mouthwatering options such as a one-pound Bavarian pretzel, German-style roasted chicken, or bratwurst – a quarter-pound German sausage cooked in beer and onions served with German potato salad or mac & cheese.

Dezerland’s Oktoberfest celebration will feature Samuel Adams. The company’s fan-favorite Oktoberfest draft beer will be available for $7 for a 16 oz pour. 

Dezerland’s Orlando Auto Museum will display vehicles from one of the world’s largest Volkswagen collections.

Dezerland Park Orlando

To continue the festive spirit, guests can explore the extensive display of Volkswagens along with more than 2,000 movie, celebrity, military and historical vehicles. Every ticket purchased for the Orlando Auto Museum during the Oktoberfest weekend comes with a free, warm German-style pretzel.

With over 850,000 square feet of entertainment space, Dezerland Action Park Orlando is filled with excitement for you to uncover.

Dezerland Park Orlando

The park features countless attractions, including the 007 Bar (adjacent to the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles and memorabilia), indoor go-karting, bowling, a trampoline park, axe throwing, arcade games, and 4D motion simulators. Admission and parking are always free.

To learn more, visit https://dezerlandpark.com.

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Vampirates Take Over Pirates Dinner Adventure

Vampirates Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween 2022

Vampirates have arrived uninvited at Treasure Bay’s annual Halloween Ball – it’s up to you to save the day!

On select nights from September 20 through October 29, Pirates Dinner Adventure will host Vampirates, a Halloween-themed dinner show that’s guaranteed to provide spooky fun for the whole family.

Vampirates Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween 2022

You and your family are cordially invited to the annual Halloween Ball, a gala filled with celebration, games, songs, and fun. But beware! Danger lurks just outside the safety of Treasure Bay. A ruthless crew of Vampirates, led by the dark soul of Captain Sebastian the Black, have set sail with one thing on their mind – the Solzana’s Eye.

This necklace possesses magical powers beyond imagination, and in the hands of Captain Sebastian the Black will allow him to escape the curse of the night to sail the seas during the day, creating more destruction and spreading fear. The only way to defeat the Vampirates and bring peace back to Treasure Bay is with your help.

“Pirates Dinner Adventure is very excited to bring back our special Halloween show to families from all over Central Florida and guests visiting Orlando this season,” said Amber Valois, sales and marketing manager for the attraction. “There’s no better way to celebrate this haunting holiday than to defeat a crew of evil Vampirates!”

During the post-show Buccaneer Bash, Pirates Dinner Adventure will be offering trick-or-treating at each Vampirates show.

Vampirates Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween 2022

Pirates Dinner Adventure has partnered with American Ghost Tours, a local ghost hunting and paranormal investigation group, to create the ultimate Halloween experience.

Guests who purchase the upgrade can stay after the show to use paranormal investigation equipment and communicate with spirits who may be in the building. The upgrade is available September 27 and October 11, starting after the show.

Vampirates Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween 2022

Vampirates general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Ticket prices for the Halloween special are $67.95 for adults and $41.95 for children three to 10. Kids two and under are free. The show runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Parental discretion is advised. To reserve your seats, call 407-206-5102 or click here.

To learn more about Pirates Dinner Adventure, visit https://piratesdinneradventure.com/orlando

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On the Go in the Parks: September 16-18, 2022

Halloween fun for the entire family can be found On the Go in the Parks September 16-18, 2022, as Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando joins the Halloween festivities in the theme parks of Central Florida.

On the Go in the Parks: September 16-18

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Halloween Spooktacular – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 17, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • September 18, 2022 – SOLD OUT
  • September 18, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours
  • Eat to the Beat Concert Series – 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:00 PM @ American Gardens Theater
  • Los Amigos Invisibles – NEW! – September 16 and 17
  • American Authors – September 18 and 19

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families alike as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, along with live entertainment, family activities, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • September 16, 2022
  • September 17, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 16, 2022
  • September 17, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, scare zones, coasters, and unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

Fiesta Aquatica 2022

Fiesta Aquatica – Aquatica Orlando

  • September 17, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

Aquatica Orlando is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month once again with Fiesta Aquatica, an unforgettable pool party!

Back by popular demand, Fiesta Aquatica will surround guests with sizzling Latin flair every Saturday and Sunday until September 25.

Fiesta Aquatica is included with park admission, so guests can keep the summer fun going even longer.

For more information about Fiesta Aquatica and to purchase tickets, visit the park’s official website!

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • September 16, 2022
  • September 17, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings until October 31, 2022.

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ICON Park Hosts Oktoberfest 2022

ICON Park Oktoberfest 2022

ICON Park is hosting their first Oktoberfest celebration, and you’ll want to bring your favorite stein and best lederhosen!

Aligning itself with the famous Oktoberfest festival held each year in Munich, Germany, ICON Park will offer special beer, food, and entertainment on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m. starting September 16 through October 2.

This celebration will be the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together while enjoying traditional experiences.

Throughout the celebration, guests can get their fill of delicious German beers. Beer flights featuring four seasonal brews will be available at The Lawn Bar for $16. If you’re looking for a nice souvenir, a commemorative 32 oz glass stein filled to the brim with your favorite selection can be purchased for $22.

Guests can even take a flight on their flight of The Wheel! A seasonal selection cooler will be offered at the Sky Bar before boarding.

The brews will pair perfectly with the traditional German dishes ICON Park is offering at The Lawn. Choose from Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, Chicken Schnitzel, Pretzels with Beer Cheese and, of course, Apple Strudel.

ICON Park Oktoberfest 2022

For the purists, ICON Park will have the authentic Bavarian Music of Stammtischler – from the Oom Pah sound of polka and waltzes to traditional landlers and boarischers. Kids will love watching the performers play the Bavarian button accordion with the tenor horn, wooden spoons, and the Alphorn. Whether you’re dancing the night away or just enjoying the sound of real alpine music, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Munich.

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Florida’s Turnpike, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment destination is easy to access and offers free parking for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Universal Orlando Announces Ticket Savings

Universal Orlando Launches Offer - Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free September 2022

Universal Orlando Resort invites U.S. and Canada residents to enjoy four days of theme park thrills for the price of a two-day ticket with the return of its popular “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer.

Guests can take advantage of this incredible offer for travel through March 2, 2023 – giving them the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of exciting experiences across Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, plus – depending on their dates of visit – access to seasonal festivities that are included in admissions, such as the destination-wide Holiday celebration taking place this winter or the Mardi Gras event taking place next spring. 

There’s so much to see and do at Universal Orlando, and with this offer, guests get plenty of time to explore the hold-on-tight thrills and exhilarating entertainment that can only be found at the epic theme park destination, including:

  • racing alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack at speeds up to 70 mph on Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster – in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • entering two lands of groundbreaking thrills and magical fun in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida
Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World
  • unwrapping the awesome and letting loose this holiday season with an incredible collection of festivities across both theme parks – like Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, and more – during Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration, running daily November 12 through January 1, 2023
  • reveling in Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration – a family-friendly version of the iconic Carnaval featuring a spectacular parade, globally-inspired cuisine, live music, and tons of beads (taking place this spring – dates will be announced soon)
  • and so much more!
Universal Orlando Resort Halloween 2020

The “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer starts at $281.99 plus tax for a park-to-park ticket, and all four days must be used within a seven-day consecutive timeframe.

Pricing is determined based on the first date selected for the visit, and prices and availability vary daily.

For just an additional $35, guests can add admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis that offers the perfect balance of thrills and relaxation – where guests can do everything from relax on the sands of a beach right in the middle of Orlando to brave a 125-foot drop alongside a massive volcano on Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

For more information about the “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Dark Arts in The Wizarding World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be taken over by the Dark Arts this fall.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Guests can experience the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting, and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.

As darkness falls, an ominous presence will fill the land as the Dark Arts begin to take over the streets of Hogsmeade and cloak the stone walls of Hogwarts castle.

Death Eaters Dark Arts Hogwarts Castle Harry Potter Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal's Islands of Adventure

Guests will come face-to-face with Death Eaters – devoted followers of Lord Voldemort known for their allegiance and practice of the Dark Arts – as they appear and eerily roam and lurk throughout Hogsmeade.

Then, guests will watch as “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” unleashes the unspeakable creatures and sinister villains of the Wizarding World – including Dementors, Mountain Trolls, and even a visage of Lord Voldemort – on Hogwarts castle until a Patronus – the result of a powerful defense charm of concentrated happiness and hope – is produced.

Death Eaters Dark Arts Hogwarts Castle Harry Potter Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal's Islands of Adventure

Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights from September 16 through October 31 from dusk until park close in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Returns to Universal Orlando Resort Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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Walt Disney World Announces New Additions

At the D23 Expo 2022, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro made several exciting announcements about the future of Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

While I’m excited about the news Josh covered, let’s take a closer look at the magical news for Walt Disney World, including all-new attractions, the return of several fan favorites, and the addition of beloved characters here.

Walt Disney World D23 Expo 2022 Announcements

Magic Kingdom Park

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

Ready to begin … Those words will fill the air with the popular anthem “Happily Ever After” when an updated nighttime spectacular lights up the skies at Magic Kingdom Park in 2023.

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

That won’t be the only addition lighting up the skies at Magic Kingdom Park. Neon lights and speeding lightcycles will fill Tomorrowland as your chance to enter the grid with TRON Lightcycle / Run arrives in spring 2023.

You’ll climb aboard your very own Lightcycle and race through a dark, computerized world alongside your family and friends.

As you swoop and swerve throughout the course, your team will compete to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates and claim victory.

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

Foolish mortals, prepare yourselves for a new happy haunt at the Haunted Mansion.

The Hatbox Ghost has heard your calls and will materialize next year.

You may recognize this popular character from the attraction at Disneyland Resort in California.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take you along with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and their friends as they host a party at Tiana’s Place for the people of New Orleans.

It’s up to us to help find the missing ingredient when this exciting new attraction opens in late 2024.

EPCOT

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

The multi-year transformation of EPCOT will soon reach another major milestone with the completion of the World Celebration neighborhood in late 2023.

With lush, green space for you to relax, plus the opening of Communicore Hall and Communicore Plaza, this central location in the park will be the new home for festivals and the perfect space to gather with family and friends.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

It will also be home to Dreamers Point, an inspiring new area where you can view the new Walt Disney statue called “Walt the Dreamer.”

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Over in World Nature – the EPCOT neighborhood dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world – we’re excited to share that Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, will also open in late 2023.

The new exploration trail will allow guests to learn about the story of water on our planet.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

As you may have seen through Moana’s bond with the ocean, water has a mind of its own, and you’ll get to interact with it throughout this attraction.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements Figment Meet and Greet EPCOT

Imagination has always been a core theme at EPCOT, with attractions and experiences that push the boundaries.

One key character always comes to mind when we think about imagination, and he’s coming to life in a whole new way by the end of next year.

Epcot Forever Fireworks
David Roark, photographer

As we look ahead to the future and the celebration of the Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary, we’re excited to share that a new nighttime spectacular is in the works for EPCOT.

The new show is currently in development and will debut late next year, carrying on the park’s legacy of inspiring nighttime entertainment that unites guests around World Showcase Lagoon.

I cannot wait to see all of these at the Walt Disney World Resort!!!

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On the Go in the Parks: September 9-11, 2022

If you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend, there are new spooky events joining the Halloween line-up of fun in the parks!

On the Go in the Parks: September 9-11

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom @ Walt Disney World

  • September 9, 2022 – SOLD OUT
  • September 11, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours, separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom that is full of spirited fun with your favorite Disney Characters.

Throughout the evening, guests can:

  • Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • See some beloved Disney Characters during Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

If you are a Disney fanatic who loves Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must if you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival On the Go in the Parks

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT @ Walt Disney World

  • Daily during EPCOT Operating Hours
  • Eat to the Beat Concert Series – 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:00 PM @ American Gardens Theater
  • Hoobastank – NEW! – September 9 and 10
  • Jimmie Allen – September 11 and 12

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival happens daily and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families alike as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, along with live entertainment, family activities, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Horror Nights 31 – Universal Studios Florida @ Universal Orlando Resort

  • September 9, 2022
  • September 10, 2022
  • September 11, 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Want to be On the Go in the Parks at Halloween Horror Nights? Find ticket information here.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld Orlando

  • September 9, 2022
  • September 10, 2022
  • September 11, 2022

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando with all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando features more haunted houses, more scare zones, more coasters, and more unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights until October 31.

Fiesta Aquatica 2022

Fiesta Aquatica – Aquatica Orlando

  • September 10, 2022
  • September 11, 2022

Aquatica Orlando is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month once again with Fiesta Aquatica, an unforgettable pool party!

Back by popular demand, Fiesta Aquatica will surround guests with sizzling Latin flair every Saturday and Sunday until September 25.

Fiesta Aquatica is included with park admission, so guests can keep the summer fun going even longer.

For more information about Fiesta Aquatica and to purchase tickets, visit the park’s official website!

On the Go in the Parks

Busch Gardens Spooktacular – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Daily from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells daily until October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 On the Go in the Parks

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • September 9, 2022
  • September 10, 2022
  • September 11, 2022

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings from September 9 to October 31, 2022.

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