On the Go in the Parks: June 26-28

On the Go in the Parks June 26 to 28 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 at 6:38pm ET tonight to hear me take about all this and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!

If you are looking to get out of the house for some fresh air there are plenty of options for you this weekend!

Just make sure to grab your mask before you head out!

What’s New this Weekend On the Go in the Parks 

How to Prepare for the Park Pass System at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservations

The Walt Disney World Park Pass system is now open for Annual Passholders to make reservations, and on June 28th the system will open for all theme park ticket holders.

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

The park has several guest requirements in place, and the biggest one is that you must have a reservation to visit the park. 

Each park has its own reservation page:

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

SeaWorld Orlando 

10am – 6pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

Aquatica Orlando Island Nights 2016
Photo: Aquatica Orlando

Aquatica 

10am – 5pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the month of June.

Discovery Cove Welcome

Discovery Cove

7:30am – 5:30pm

The park is open 4 days a week, and closed on Tuesday to Thursday in the month of June.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

The Disney owned locations are now open!!! This includes Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the small kiddie rides…which ironically are the only Disney attractions operating in North America…crazy!!!!

Universal Orlando Resort Globe Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida

9am – 7pm

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

9am – 7pm

Volcano Bay

10am – 6pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

8am – 11pm

LEGO Movie World News
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida

Let’s take a look at the other attractions open around Orlando!

10am – 5pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors

ICON Wheel

Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 1pm-10

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are now required at this Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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On the Go in the Parks: June 12-14, 2020

On the Go in the Parks

Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the parks!!!!

This week was a big one, so grab your mask and head out!

What’s New this Weekend On the Go in the Parks 

Congratulations to the Ambassadors at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove for an amazing opening yesterday!!!!

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

The park has several guest requirements in place, and the biggest one is that you must have a reservation to visit the park. 

Each park has its own reservation page:

SeaWorld Orlando 

10am – 6pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

Aquatica 

10am – 5pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the month of June.

Discovery Cove

7:30am – 5:30pm

The park is open 4 days a week, and closed on Tuesday to Thursday in the month of June.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

The news out of Disney Springs is that all of the Disney owned locations are now open!!! This includes Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the small kiddie rides…which ironically are the only Disney attractions operating in North America…crazy!!!!

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Universal Orlando Resort Globe Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida

6/12 and 6/13:  9am – 7pm

Rest of June: 9am – 6pm

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

6/12 and 6/13:  9am – 7pm

Rest of June: 9am – 6pm

Volcano Bay

10am – 5pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

8am – 10pm

LEGO Movie World News
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida

Let’s take a look at the other attractions open around Orlando!

10am – 5pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors

ICON Wheel

Wednesday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are recommended, but not required at the Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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On the Go in the Parks: May 29-31, 2020

Make sure that you listen to me on News 95.5 WDBO on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino at 6:30pm EDT to hear all of this information and more to help you plan your weekend as you are On the Go in the Parks!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are really starting to come to life, and are about to kick into high gear as summer is here!

On the Go in the Parks May 29-31 2020

On the Go in the Parks: May 29-31, 2020

What’s New This Weekend On the Go in the Parks

Disney Springs Town Center at Walt Disney World Resort Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Walt Disney World Resort

The First Disney Operated locations opened at Disney Springs this week, which was really cool because it was great to get a look at how the virtual queue works!

Disney Springs is utilizing this system at both World of Disney and the Marketplace Co-Op, and to enter these shopping locations when it is busy you needed to join a virtual queue. 

To join the virtual queue find the Cast Member managing the queue near the entrance to the location, give them your cell phone number, and they will send you a text when it is your time to shop.

It’s super simple!!!

The third location that opened was D-Luxe Burger for mobile orders. YUM!!!!

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

It’s really great to have Disney Springs open again for guests, and it keeps getting better because now you can find Stormtroopers about the AMC theater entrance near Splitsville and in the Town Center above Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories.

If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you:

  • Bring your mask (here’s a quick no-sew mask DIY),
  • Make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and 
  • Take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures. 
  • Check out these helpful Tips & Tricks on where to park and more!

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

4pm – 10pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

To make your visit easier:

  • Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App as they are encouraging cashless transactions.
  • Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  • Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check. 
  • Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

Let’s take a look at the other attractions opening around Orlando!

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

SEA LIFE Orlando Madame Tussauds Orlando ICON Park Reopen May 2020
SEA LIFE Orlando

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are recommended, but not required at the Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

Island H20 Live reopening On the GO in the Parks

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

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

LEGOLAND Florida

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort will initially open with adjusted operating hours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the LEGOLAND Waterpark will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures have been endorsed by the Polk County Commission and Winter Haven Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler and now fully comply with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 2020-123.  

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On the Go in the Parks: May 22-25, 2020

On the Go in the Parks May 22-25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

It’s been a crazy busy week for theme park fans!!!

The opening announcements, including the Universal Orlando Resort and LEGOLAND Florida Resort, have been flying in so let’s get to it!!!

What’s New This Weekend On the Go in the Parks

On the Go in the ParksWordless Wednesday Walt Disney Madame Tussauds Orlando iDrive360 Orlando

Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

Tips for Staying Cool in the Theme Parks Tips for Beating the heat in the Theme Parks ICON Park Play Pass

SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

On the Go in the Parks Starflyer ICON Park

Starflyer Orlando

ICON Park

Saturday: 2pm – 10pm

The times for operation vary per day, so make sure to check out their website before you go!

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

Saturday: 10am  

Just make sure you stay on the lookout for their Social Distancing Skunk Ape!!!

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Friday: 2pm – 10pm

Saturday and Beyond: Noon – 10pm

Officials said masks are not required but encouraged. 

Island H20 Live reopening On the GO in the Parks

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Disney Springs 

Daily, 10am – 10pm

Disney Springs Reopening

It was really great to have a portion of the Walt Disney World Resort open again for guests, and even better that I had the opportunity to visit!!!

If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you bring your mask, make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures. 

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Daily, 4pm – 10pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Cashless 
  1. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free
  1. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check 
  1. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

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Universal Orlando Reopening Plan Submitted

During the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on May 21st, Universal Orlando’s Chief Administrative Officer John Sprouls and Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando submitted a reopening plan that would begin June 1, 2020.

Here are the highlights from the Universal Orlando Reopening plan presented during the call:

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Universal Orland Reopening plans shows that the park will open in a gradual managed way starting June 1st and 2nd for team members, June 3rd and 4th will be open to selected invited guests in order to test the new procedures, and on June 5th, the parks will be open to the general public.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

The Universal Orlando Resort also announced their plans for Team Member health screenings, additional breaks, and safety.

Guests will receive pre-arrival communication ensuring they understand what measures are being put in place for safety as well as what will be expected of them upon entering the park. 

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Additional communication will be delivered via the Universal Orlando App, new signage, and ambassadors throughout the park.

In addition to the existing social distancing measures put in place at the entrance of City Walk the parking lot will have staggered spaces, and the valet service will be suspended until further notice.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Temperature checks and face coverings will be required for all guests and team members.  If guests do not have masks, they will be provided by Universal Orlando.

Team members will begin training on new procedures beginning May 23rd in preparation for reopening.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

A number of modifications will be made to attractions and play areas including:

  1. Interactive play areas will be closed
  2. Water effects and misters have been disabled on attractions
  3. Access to virtual queue technology has been expanded to include additional attractions
  4. Single Rider lines will be closed to stop comingling of parties
  5. Ride queues have been updated to allow for social distancing with markers

Entertainment will continue, but there will be no up-close character or performer meet and greets.

Dining locations will offer disposable paper menus and expanded mobile ordering.

All attractions, merchandise stores, and dining locations will have hand sanitizer stations at all entrances and exits.

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Digital payments through ApplePay, GooglePay, or the Universal Orlando App will be accepted at all locations.  Cash will not be refused, but additional precautions are in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members with these transactions.

Representatives from The Orange County Recovery Task Force as well as The Florida Department of Health did an onsite inspection of the steps put in place by Universal Orlando, and were satisfied with the results.

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On the Go in the Parks: May 15-17, 2020

On the Go in the Parks may 15 2020

IT IS GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been far too long since we have been On the Go in the Parks!!!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

Are you ready? Let’s Go!!!

On the Go in the Parks: Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Let’s Start over at the Universal Orlando Resort for the reopening of CityWalk!

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk was really the ‘Epicenter of Awesome’ this week as they opened with limited operations. 

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Be ready to make those Cashless purchases and make sure to link your Universal Orlando Resort Pass for discounts!
  2. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  3. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check so security can pass you as quickly as possible.
  4. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

On the Go in the Parks: Disney Springs

While I know it is a bit early…let’s look ahead to the opening of Disney Springs on May 20, 2020!

Disney Springs Reopening

There is so much to look forward to, and new information is coming out everyday!

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
  1. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  2. STK Orlando
  3. Wine Bar George
  4. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  5. YeSake
  6. The Polite Pig
  7. Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.
  8. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  9. Sunshine Churros
  10. Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
  11. Earl of Sandwich – Just Announced
  12. Planet Hollywood Observatory – Just Announced
  13. Chicken Guy – Just Announced
  14. The Boathouse – Just Announced
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
  1. American Threads
  2. Anthropologie 
  3. Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
  4. Free People
  5. Pele Soccer
  6. Pop Gallery
  7. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  8. Uniqlo
Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 22nd include:
  1. Pizza Ponte
  2. Morimoto Asia
  3. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

We are still waiting on a lot of details about the opening of Disney Springs, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Update

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk, at the Universal Orlando Resort, will begin limited operation of select venues on Thursday, May 14 from 4-10 pm daily as they take the first steps toward reopening the destination.

Let’s talk about what you will find once the area begins its limited operations!

5 things to know about Universal Orlando’s CityWalk Limited Operations

1. What safety measures will be in place for guests?

The Universal Orlando Resort is working closely with local health officials and their own health and safety experts and adhere to CDC guidelines. 

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening Safety
Universal Orlando Resort

Here are specific safety measures you will find when Universal Orlando’s CityWalk begins limited operations:

  • Team Members will undergo temperature checks and will wear face coverings.
  • Temperature checks for each guest will be taken upon arrival. If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, they will not be able to enter CityWalk.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort will require guests to wear face coverings during their visit, and they will have complimentary disposable face coverings as well as face coverings available for purchase at cost. If a guest has a disability that prevents them from wearing a facial covering, they’ll be directed to the Guest Services team to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Each venue will limit the capacity to help enforce social distancing, and all chairs and tables will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each seating. High-touch surfaces throughout CityWalk will be frequently cleaned and disinfected as well.
  • Cashless payments will be available at all venues.

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend.

People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and the Universal Orlando Resort cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

2. Where can I park?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Parking

During the limited operations of Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, self-parking is complimentary and is subject to change.

Valet parking will not be available at this time.

3. What entertainment venues will be open?
Hollywood Drive-In Golf Golf at Universal Citywalk

You can take advantage of the lovely weather and take a swing at Hollywood Drive-In Golf™.

However, you will want to keep in mind that Blue Man Group, all nightclubs, and Universal Cinemark will remain temporarily closed at this time.

4. What restaurants will be open?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Select full-service restaurants and quick-service food locations will be open including:

It is important to note that each restaurant will have a limited menu and limited seating available, and reservations are recommended for full-service restaurants.

Guests are also encouraged to go contact-free with the Official Universal Orlando app, available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.

5. What shopping locations will be open?
Orlando CityWalk Universal Orlando -

While additional shopping locations may open, currently the following CityWalk locations are scheduled to open May 14, 2020:

To prepare for your visit, you can find more information on the CDC guidelines here and more information about Universal Orlando’s policies during this time here.

Again, please keep in mind that Universal Orlando’s theme parks and hotels as well as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Hollywood remain closed through at least May 31, 2020.

Shelley at Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Entrance February 2020

I am soooo excited to see locations begin to reopen, and I can’t wait to visit Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

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Universal Behind the Scenes: Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Discover the Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Toys at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Two years before the orange doors of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes officially opened in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, Maria Kazaros and her team were already hard at work to bring novelty jokes and pranks inspired by those of Fred and George Weasley to life.

As a senior buyer on Universal Orlando Resorts’ merchandise team, Maria essentially is involved with product development, taking the idea of something and turning it into something tangible. Or, as is the case with her role developing merchandise for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, taking the idea of something and turning it into something magical. 

“One of the hardest parts in the beginning was just, how do you bring things to life from Harry’s world,” Maria explains. “We spent many months watching the movies, reading the books, brainstorming, doing work sessions. And we brought in some of the fans to see what they liked. Those fans care and they know what they want, so that helped us all in figuring out what the merchandise in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be.”

Of course, while the source material for the Wizarding World (as seen in the Harry Potter film series) is plentiful and rich in detail, it can be tricky taking something you see in a movie and figuring out how to make it into an operational toy. 

“One thing that I do is I rely on my product partners who are experts in the industry and know how toys can go from nothing to something,” Maria says. “I ask a lot of questions or just come to them and say, ‘I want to make this, can I?’ And then we’ll sort of reengineer it and I get to create my vision, so to speak.” 

Maria has been with the company since 1999, starting out as a store manager in a handful of merchandise locations until joining the merchandise development team in 2001. Maria says she enjoys working with toys because it allows her to be a problem-solver.

“It’s challenging to take something non-magical, like a pen, and make it magical,” Maria says. “Or something that is magical, like The Monster Book of Monsters, and make it something real for people to interact with.” 

Walking through Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, there is a lot to interact with. From the toilet-in-the-front-window flushing at the flick of your interactive wand, to all the Extendable Ears and Skiving Snackboxes your heart desires, the entire shop is packed to the ceiling (which, be sure to look up at for a surprise) with Weasleys-inspired items and tie-ins to the movies.

“I still watch the movies over and over because there’s so much that you can still catch from them that you haven’t seen,” Maria says.

To be honest, I also watch the Harry Potter movies over and over, so what’s the difference when Maria does? When I watch a scene with the Marauder’s Map, I am simply enjoying the magic of it all. Maria on the other hand…

“The Marauder’s Map was a fun one to figure out,” Maria says. “You hit it with the wand and the footprints go around, just like in the movies.”

One of Maria’s top priorities when developing merchandise for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is ensuring everything feels authentic — taking the notch up on what people expect from an everyday toy. And as for the merchandise in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, there is a unique chaos she aims to capture.

“When you think of that scene in the movie, everything is moving. Dolores Umbridge on the unicycle moves in their store and moves in ours. So that’s one we actually created and brought to life from the movies.” 

What’s your favorite piece of Wizarding World merchandise? Let us know in the comments below and show it off by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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On the Go in the Parks: March 13- 15, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 13-15


With the impending closures of the theme parks in Orlando, I am sad to say that this will be my last On the Go in the Parks this month.

My sincerest thoughts are with everyone impacted by these closures, and my prayers are that we all look back on this time in the future and see that it could have been worse if these drastic measures hadn’t been taken. 

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Raglan Road 

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

Get out your finest green outfit and head to Disney Springs for the return of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant! 

Celebrate five days of fun, March 13-17, with non-stop Irish-infused entertainment from morning until night, a mighty selection of beers and cocktails and of course, the most authentic Irish food.

My favorite part of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is the fantastic line-up of live entertainment hand-picked straight from Ireland.

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols

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On the Go in the Parks: March 6-8, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 6 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about how you can be On the Go in the Parks this weekend on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway 

Have you ever wanted to jump through the screen and into “Mickey Mouse” cartoon short? Well now is your time to make it happen, because anything can happen aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey Shorts Theater

Mickey Shorts Theater Disney's Hollywood Studios

The newly reimagined Mickey Shorts Theater debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020, and I was really excited to check it out!

Located adjacent to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, the new Mickey Shorts Theater is designed to evoke the fun of the Mickey Mouse shorts where ‘Mouse Rules Apply’.

On the Go in the Parks:Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 

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March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Spring has sprung in the theme parks of Central Florida, which means that March is filled with special events that invite guests to enjoy the wonderful weather!

March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Resort – March 2020

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks February

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights through April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at different times during the month.

  • The parade steps off at 6:15 pm: March 1- 6
  • The parade steps off at 7:30 pm: March 9-12, 16-19, 23-27, March 30 – April 2
  • The parade steps off at 7:45 pm: March 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 28-29

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Here is who will be performing in March:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 20 – Chris Young @8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 21 – Earth, Wind & Fire @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 22 – Marshmello @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 28 – Why Don’t We @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 29 – Gavin DeGraw @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands.

In March you can see the New Breed Brass Band March 6 through March 21 and the Naughty Professor Brass Band March 22 through April 2 on the French Quarter Courtyard stage.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

SeaWorld Orlando – March 2020

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run through May 5, including Fridays, to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.

Here is who will be taking the stage in March:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 
  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols
  • March 21 – YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
  • March 22 – Edwin McCain
  • March 28 – Gin Blossoms
  • March 29 – Village People

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.   

Walt Disney World – March 2020

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily from March 4 until June 1, 2020.

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this month:

  • March 4 and 5: Peabo Bryson – NEW!
  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 10 through 12: The Guess Who
  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan
  • March 17 through 19: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20 through 23: Mark Wills – NEW!
  • March 24 through 26: The Spinners
  • March 27 and 28: Sister Hazel
  • March 29 and 30: The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31 through April 2: Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – March 2020

2020 Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend until April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage on the Festival Field.

This month’s concerts include:

  • March 1: The Commodores
  • March 7: Chase Bryant & Danielle Bradbery
  • March 8: Rachel Platten
  • March 14: Ezra Ray Hart
  • March 15: THREE DOG NIGHT
  • March 21: LOCASH 
  • March 22: Fitz & The Tantrums 
  • March 28: Home Free
  • March 29: Taking Back Sunday 

All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

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On the Go in the Parks: February 21-23, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 21 23 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

!! Final Weekend of the Epcot Festival of the Arts !!

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

It is the final weekend for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!!!

The celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world happens daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

  • Syndee Winters and Michael James Scot
    • February 21
  • Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
    • February 22 through 23

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 6:15 pm this weekend.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Kool & the Gang @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
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On the Go in the Parks: February 7-9, 2020

On the Go in the Parks February 7-9 2020

The theme parks of Central Florida are always buzzing with excitement and events, and here is everything you can experience On the Go in the Parks this weekend!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage, and this weekend The Roots will be performing at 8:30 pm.

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world daily through February 24, 2020.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

This weekend:

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, a live, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix and ninja nachos

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Mardi Gras 2020: Food Guide

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort without food, and this year they’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the biggest party with new and returning Cajun-style cuisine.

From fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya to delectable new dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide – there are so many unique flavors to explore. 

Let’s take a look at the food and beverage options coming to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration!

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk

From February 1 through April 2, guests can enjoy new menu items at The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida and several locations in Universal CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more.

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida French Quarter Courtyard Trumpet
  • NEW Carnival Around The Universe Tasting Tent: This all-new tasting tent in the French Quarter Courtyard will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event, including a variety of plant-based options:
    • Week 1 and 2 (Feb. 1 – Feb. 15) will feature cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago:
      • Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow: Topped with kimchi seasoning and micro cilantro (Plant-based)
      • Pholourie: Fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a tamarind chutney (Plant-based)
      • Chickpea Double: Chickpeas served on a spicy bara flatbread with micro cilantro and mango chutney (Plant-based)
    • Week 3 and 4 (Feb. 16 – Feb. 29) will take guests back to where the Bayou Bash first began and explore Louisiana Creole cuisine even further:
      • Softshell Crab Slider: Crispy softshell crab topped with organic vegetable slaw and served on a soft brioche roll with bayou aioli
      • Cauliflower Dirty Rice: Riced cauliflower with Gardein crumbles, Black-eyed peas and Cajun spices (Plant-based)
      • Pecan Street: A specialty cocktail with pecan vodka, caramel and apple cider
Mardi Gras Food Guide 2020
Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow
  • Week 5 and 6 (March 1 – March 14) will celebrate Brazilian Carnival with delicious treats:
      • Pão de Quiejo: Traditional warm cheese bread with a guava dipping sauce
      • Sugared Sweet Plantains: Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce (Plant-based)
      • The Girl from Ipanema: A specialty cocktail featuring gin, lime, orgeat syrup, coconut water and pineapple simple syrup
    • Week 7 and 8 (March 15 – April 2) will place you in the heart of Germany:
      • Sauerbraten: Slow braised beef, buttered Spaetzle, and pickled red cabbage topped with a savory red wine sauce
      • Grilled Bratwurst: Served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard and sour cream and chives
      • And a warm pretzel!
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • NEW ‘Float Floats’ at Schwab’s Pharmacy: Inspired by the all-new Mardi Gras parade float theme, Treasures of the Deep, Schwab’s Pharmacy will serve over-the-top ice cream floats to celebrate Florida’s biggest party, including:
    • Mardi Gras Float: Pineapple and lime soft serve with grape soda, blueberry Boba and a waffle cone flag
    • Shipwreck Float: Pineapple and chocolate soft serve with pineapple soda, cotton candy, and a waffle cone flag
    • Sunken City of Atlantis Float: Vanilla soft serve with wild berry soda, mango Boba and a gummy shark
  • New Specialty Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Also inspired by this year’s Mardi Gras theme, are new specialty cocktails served in exclusive souvenir cups including High Seas Twister with rum, blood orange liqueur, and watermelon juice, and the Bourbon Street Punch with bourbon, orgeat, coconut puree, and orange juice to name a few. Plus, also new to this year’s event, are recommended food and drink pairings which can be found on the tasting tent menu boards. For the little jesters in the family, there are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages including the all-new coconut water that is served out of an actual coconut, which is available at The Carnival Around the Universe Tasting Tent during the first two weeks, and the fan-favorite Bayou Bog Water.
Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2020 Food Guide
  • New Orleans Flair at Universal CityWalk: New Mardi Gras themed food items will debut at Universal CityWalk at several locations, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more:
    • For the doughnut lovers out there – head over to Voodoo Doughnut and pick up a yeast doughnut filled with cinnamon sugar Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla glaze and sprinkles inspired by the iconic Mardi Gras colors
    • Ever wanted to drink an iconic Mardi Gras king cake? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be serving up The French Quarter artisan milkshake that includes king cake, cream cheese crema and pastry cream topped with king cake and a beignet
    • Seasonal cocktails throughout Universal CityWalk, including The Jester found at the food and beverage carts, Voodoo Doctor at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom and Masquerade Martini at The Cowfish
    • Additional Mardi Gras inspired menu items can be found at venues across Universal CityWalk

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences at Mardi Gras

As part of the family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can also purchase festive Mardi Gras add-on experiences for guests craving more.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Tasting Lanyard
  • Due to popular demand, The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard will return, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 The Bayou Boil
  • On select nights, The Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort
  • For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites

Fans of the traditional and authentic New Orleans cuisine – don’t fret! Your favorite classic Cajun dishes will return to The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, crab etouffee, gator bites, a variety of po’boys, Cajun twisted tators, king cake, beignets and more.

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Jambalaya

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blackout dates apply). And, right now Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Parade
Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Savings for Florida Residents

Florida Residents can also save up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes. Becoming a Passholder means an entire year to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting and immersive theme park experiences, including incredible events, the upcoming live-action stunt show debuting in spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, as well as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy, the newest epic addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – and more.

These offers are available for purchase today through April 2. To take advantage of these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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February 2020 in the Parks

February 2020 in the Parks

Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide On the Go in the Parks February

Universal Orlando is celebrating 25 years of its family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities with new parade floats, globally inspired cuisine, and live concerts on select nights from February 1 to April 2 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at 7:45 pm on February 1 and 6 pm on February 2.

On select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music on the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Here is who will be performing in February:

  • Saturday, February 1: The Roots 
  • Saturday, February 8: Karol G 
  • Saturday, February 15: Bell Biv DeVoe 
  • Sunday, February 16: Live 
  • Saturday, February 22: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, February 29: TLC 

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the Dirty Bourbon River Show will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until February 13 and then February 14 – March 5 will feature the Free Agents Brass Band.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

And until April 2, Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets and up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

Don’t forget that Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly.

SeaWorld Orlando

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5 (New – now including Fridays), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission. 

Here is who will be taking the stage in February:

  • February 8 – Maddie & Tae
  • February 9 – Trace Adkins 
  • February 15 – To Be Announced
  • February 16 – Night Ranger
  • February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 
  • February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • February 29 – Grupo Mania

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.   

Walt Disney World

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world through February 24, 2020.

The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Festival event ‘Must Do’s’ include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, the new Green Landing Family Play Zone, and the Food Studios with dishes that are almost too pretty to eat!

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily, and you will want to arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before the concert is set to begin.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series this month features: 

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt, and Adam Jacobs

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

Syndee Winters and Michael James Scott

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Syndee Winters, and Michael James Scott

  • February 24

This event is included with park admission, however, you do need to purchase food and some premium experiences.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Real Music, Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Real Music Real Masters 2020 - LOGO January 2020

January 7-March 15 (weekly; Tuesday-Saturday)

Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favorites and NEW acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:

  • February 1-2: NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute
  • February 4-9: NEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show
  • February 11-16: NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen
  • February 18- 23: NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
  • February 25- March 1: Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Logo

Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed storytime, treasure scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity.

NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend

This year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan Palace Plaza.

Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Chef Norman Van Aken February 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from February 29-April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida 2020 On the Go in the Parks

On select weekends in January and February, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s guests will “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO as LEGO NINJAGO Days take over the theme park. 

The limited-time event will feature ninja-themed activities, new LEGO character meet-and-greets and delicious, kid-friendly treats all at the place #BuiltForKids.

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix, and ninja nachos
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