A Visit to Crumbl Cookies

Living in Orlando, we are spoiled with choices when it comes to sweet snacks and treats, and it is hard to branch out from the places that have been around forever and so we tend to stick to where we know.

Recently I had been seeing a lot of California friends posting about a yummy cookie store called Crumbl, a cookie shop where the cookies are decorated so pretty and come presented in a beautiful pink pastry box that we have all come to associate with the best kind of bakeries.

Crumbl Cookies

I searched online and found 4 locations in Florida with two in South Florida, one in Lutz close to Tampa and one in Lake Mary that is closest to Orlando.

It is still a bit of a drive, but it’s not too far of a drive to make when warm cookies are involved!

What is really cool about this place is the many options they have to get their cookies, you can order online and pick up curbside (my favorite option) you can chose to have them delivered (locally) and they can even be shipped. If you want to look at the cookies first you can order inside at the counter, or at the touch screen computers inside the store.

They even have a space where you can watch the cookies coming out of the oven and decorated. it reminded me a lot of Sprinkles in Disney Springs in that way.

If you order online, you just choose an estimated time of arrival, and once you pull up you click to let them know you are there, and once they are ready they bring them right out.

You can even get the box gift wrapped with ribbon and chose a message sticker to go over it for an extra $1 which is really cute if you are surprising someone with a box.

Even if you get one single cookie it still comes in a really cute little pink box.

Crumbl features 6 cookie flavors at a time, and two of the cookies are their staple flavors, the Warm Milk Chocolate Chip and the Chilled Sugar cookie, that are always offered.

Then they have 120 PLUS, specialty flavors that rotate weekly! You can head to their website to see which they offer each week or download the app, which I recommend because then you get points and birthday offers, etc.

The first time we went, we got two of the Chilled Sugar cookies, and two of the Pink Velvet.

The Sugar cookie was good with a strong almond taste, so I may not get that one next time.

But the Pink Velvet was what dreams are made of, I’m not even exaggerating they were that good!

The buttercream on top was just amazing, I will be sad when this one rotates off the menu for a while.

The next time we went, which was very close to the first time, we got the Cinnamon Swirl, Molten Lava, and the Peanut Butter Bar.

We were supposed to get the Caramel Popcorn but they gave us two Peanut Butter instead.

We did love these as well, just not as much as the aforementioned Pink Velvet!

The first Crumbl store opened in Logan, UT in 2017, since then, the franchise has expanded to over 75 locations in 11 states nationwide!

They are currently in the middle of opening one in Winter Springs, Florida, too.

The Lake Mary bakery is located at 245 Wheelhouse Lane, Suite #1441, Lake Mary, Florida, 32746.

They are open Monday through Thursday 8 AM-10 PM and Fridays 8 AM-12 AM, they are closed on Sundays.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

laissez les bon temps rouler at the 2021 Mardi Gras Celebration at Universal Studios Florida!

The Universal Orlando Resort is inviting guests to experience Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval featuring a culinary journey to celebrate Carnaval around the world as they enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park daily until March 28, 2021.

1.Food from Around the World

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval features 70 delectable regional Carnaval sample-sized dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe

Here’s are some of the menu highlights from around the park:

  • Puerto Rico: Pernil & Mofongo, Picadillo Empanadas, Quesitos, and Pina Verde
  • New Orleans: Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets, Muffaletta Sandwich, Cajun Twisted & Cajun Sausage Taters, Tropical Storm Punch, and Milk Punch
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Pineapple Trini-Chow, Pholourie, and Queen’s Park Swizzle Mint
  • Germany: Pork Schnitzel Slider, Bavarian Pretzel, and Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions
  • Spain: Leche Frita, Paella Mixta, and Charcuterie
  • Brazil: Brigadeiros, Moqueca de Camarao, Stuffed Coxinha, and Pineapple or Strawberry Caipirinhas
  • Belgium: Belgium Liege Waffles and Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise
  • Italy: Cannoli, Arancini, Italian Rainbow Cookie, and Affogato
  • Colombia: Carnitas Arepas, Limonada de Coco, and Coco Loco
  • Canada: Beef Short Rib Poutine, Sugar Shack, and Springtime Punch
  • The Bahamas: Jerk Chicken, Jerk Jackfruit, and Goombay Smash
  • France: Poached Pear Creme Brulee Crepe
  • Cuba: Cuban Sandwich, Dark Caramel Flan, Plantain Chips, Cuba Libre, and Cuban Coffee

For guests wanting to try several dishes, the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard is a great option to savor the flavors while saving money.

2. Spectacular Floats

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

While the spectacular Mardi Gras parade will not rolling down the streets of Universal Studios Florida, guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close to view and take photos with the intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park.

3. Surprises All Around the Park

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

As guests stroll through the vibrant décor of Universal Studios Florida, they can also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians playing jazz tunes, and of course the opportunity to collect Mardi Gras beads.

4. Explore the Mardi Gras Tribute Store

The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is returning with exclusive in-park merch and photo ops in themed rooms.

This year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store features:

  • A hopping jazz parlor straight out of the 1920s with dueling pianos and bellowing brass
  • A flower-filled nautical cemetery, where many sea captains were laid to rest, and
  • A waterfront warehouse, where all manner of smuggled treasures and trinkets are stashed
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing, and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval. 

Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity, and increasing the already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures. Guests may remove their face coverings while actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary and maintain appropriate social distancing.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass. 

For more information about Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort and other theme park news, make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Facebook.

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Gaylord Palms Shares Crystal River Opening Date

Rendering: Gaylord Palms Resort

The  Gaylord Palms Resort is undergoing a historic expansion, and they have announced that the Crystal River Rapids, the thrilling new action river water attraction at Cypress Springs Water Park, will open on March 1, 2021.  

In addition to the exciting water ride, guests will now also be able to indulge in mouthwatering American fare at the new Crystal River Refreshments quick-service dining location, relax in two spas and enjoy a variety of upgraded pool seating options.  

Inspired by spring-fed Florida rivers, Crystal River Rapids takes guests on an exhilarating ride as they twist and turn through speeding currents at three-and-a-half feet per second. As guests race past roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls, and larger-than-life sprinkling leaves, they will encounter thrilling water activations that will immerse them in the nature of Florida. With a state-of-the-art sound system, heated water for year-round enjoyment, and alcoves that allow guests to stop and take in the stunning views of Cypress Springs Water Park, this new action river adventure will allow for endless family-fun.  

“We can’t wait to debut this elevated attraction to our already thrilling Cypress Springs Water Park,”  said Johann Krieger, General Manager of Gaylord Palms. “Everyone can find something they love; whether it’s our relaxing South Beach Pool, the daring drop and racing slides, the multi-level water  playground, the FlowRider Surfing Experience, or this new action river, there is truly something for every  member of the family.”  

Additional Crystal River Rapids and outdoor features will include: 

  • Crystal River Refreshments – Offering casual grab-and-go dining for lunch and dinner. The menu will feature specialty cocktails and delicious comfort food, including loaded waffle fries,  flatbreads, sandwiches, and more. 
  • Spas – Take a break from the fun and relax in two spas complete with massage jets and 360- degree views of Cypress Springs Water Park.
  • Upgraded Seating – Guests will be able to purchase several upgraded seating options, including: o Private Cabanas – The ultimate way to enhance a pool day! Includes extra shade,  additional space, comfortable lounge areas, refrigerators, a flat-screen TV, and more.
  • Day Beds – These comfortable lounge chairs can fit two adults comfortably — with a  maximum of four guests per bed – providing a place to lay back, relax and grab some shade.
  • Exclusive Sun Deck Chairs – Those looking for the perfect way to stay cool while lounging in the sun will be able to lay on the sun shelf while overlooking Crystal River  Rapids. 
  • Premium Pool Seating – To allow for social distancing, occupancy limits will be applied in the new Crystal River Rapids area. Premium pool seats guarantee a spot and provide a  front-row view of the pool. 
Gaylord Palms Resort Crystal River Rapids and Event Lawn Rendering
Rendering: Gaylord Palms Resort

Also opening with Crystal River Rapids is Mangrove Lawn, the new 12,000-square-foot event lawn located right outside the Convention Center. This flexible meeting space will connect to both South  Beach Pool and Crystal River Rapids for groups looking to do combination buyouts.  

Gaylord Palms Expansion New Rooms Tower Rendering
Rendering: Gaylord Palms Resort

The full resort expansion will be completed later this year, bringing an additional 96,000 square feet of carpeted meeting and pre-function space to the resort’s current 400,000 square feet. 302 guest rooms with an enhanced, modern look, will also be added, in the new Gulf Coast tower adjacent to the resort’s pools.

When complete, Gaylord Palms will offer a total of 1,718 sleeping rooms. These additions will continue the resort’s tradition of honoring the rich heritage of the State of Florida from the architectural style and color palette to the unique place names. 

Gaylord Palms Expansion Aerial View Rendering
Rendering: Gaylord Palms Resort

Right now, Florida residents can experience Pirate and Princess Weekends with special Room Rates!

Pirate and Princess Weekends 2021 Gaylord Palms Resort

In accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” practices, the resort provides enhanced cleaning technology, hospital-grade disinfectants, attendants dedicated to sanitizing frequently throughout the day, new social distancing protocols, and hundreds of new cleaning processes to take care of guests while they enjoy the resort’s amenities. In addition, the pool experience has been upgraded to implement new cleanliness and social distancing measures, while balancing the aquatic experience guests have come to love. 

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On the Go this Weekend: January 15-17, 2021

Heading into the long weekend here in the City Beautiful there is no shortage of fun things to do!

On the Go this Weekend: January 15-17

Museum of Illusions at ICON Park

Museum of Illusions Orlando ICON Park
Photo: Museum of Illusions Orlando

The Museum of Illusions Orlando, a mind-bending “edutainment” experience where guests enter the fascinating world of mental deception, is now open at ICON Park on International Drive.

With over 50 intriguing exhibits, the Museum of Illusions offers more eye-fooling fun under one roof than any other destination in Central Florida.

And until January 31, Orlando residents and visitors can enjoy special “preview days” pricing for $15 per person of any age, a $10 savings off full-price, regular adult admission. Children two and under are free.

Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of the Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

The Food and Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan and Dolphin is taking place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on January 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with each event offering 10 food stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 50 beverage offerings.

The event features live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage tastings, including dessert selections from the hotel’s world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.

Event-only tickets can be purchased online at SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com for $110 per person. 

Weekends at the Winery

Lakeridge Winery Weekends at the Winery 2021

Lakeridge Winery is buzzing with activity weekends in early 2021 with Weekends at the Winery!

You’ll want to grab a blanket and a chair to enjoy Lakeridge Winery’s
expansive vineyard green, delicious food from some of the area’s best live entertainment, food trucks, and of course your favorite Lakeridge wines by the glass at our outdoor bar.

This weekend’s food vendors, in addition to the food available at the Winery, are Carte Blanche and Maitland Chocolate Factory, and outdoor entertainment will feature David Julia.

Lakeridge Winery Weekends at the Winery hours are from noon to 4:00 pm each day.

Don’t forget you can find even more events if you are On the Go in MCO and keep up with theme park news around Orlando by following @onthegoinmco on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!

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Discovery Cove Offers Romantic Getaways

Discovery Cove Grand Reef Couple

Discovery Cove offers a slice of tropical paradise in the middle of Central Florida that is the perfect place for couples to spend a fantastic day together.

If you aren’t familiar with this hidden gem that is one of my top picks in Orlando, Discovery Cove provides guests with the opportunity to relax in a beautiful, safe, outdoor environment filled with animal encounters with a very limited capacity.

During your day at Discovery Cove, couples can get back to nature and experience a swim with dolphins during a modified experience or explore the stunning coral reef habitat at The Grand Reef.

Discovery Cove Freshwater Oasis Trail

Relaxation comes naturally, whether riding the soothing currents along Wind-Away River, enjoying the melodies of colorful feathered friends in the Explorer’s Aviary, or simply soaking up the sun on the white sandy beaches with plenty of open space for physical distancing.

In addition to inspiring animal experiences, guests to Discovery Cove enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and all-you-can-eat snacks throughout the day, plus unlimited gourmet coffee, ice-cold beverages, and beer and wine for guests 21 and over.

For the convenience of Discovery Cove guests, parking, lockers, wetsuits, and swim gear are also included with your admission to the tropical getaway.

Discovery Cove Caran

Guests looking for additional enhancements during their visit to Discovery Cove may enjoy a reserved, private cabana, starting at just $199. Private cabanas come complete with everything from waterway views, chaise lounges, towel service, stocked mini-fridge, snack basket, photo package, reserved seating for dining, and more.

Discovery Cove Sunken Terrace

And to help make Valentine’s Day celebrations even more romantic Discovery Cove has partnered with four fan-favorite hotels and resorts to create exclusive Romance Packages that include resort admission, hotel accommodations, upgraded beverage service, and more.

For their staycation couples can choose from a night at the luxurious five-star Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, or they can select the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld or the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, both Official Hotels of SeaWorld.

Each property offers unique amenities, services, and special touches to make your weekend perfectly yours.

The four Romance Packages are available for visits from January 28 through February 28, 2021, with reservations available at DiscoveryCove.com/Romance.

Discovery Cove Orlando Valentine's Day Dolphin Experience

Due to the exclusivity of the experience and capacity limitations, advance reservations are required, and daily attendance is limited to ensure no overcrowding. Couples will be greeted at a reception center and proceed down a nature walk for their day of discovery.

Discovery Cove Welcome

During these unprecedented times, Discovery Cove understands that visitors are looking for flexibility in their vacation planning, which is why the resort offers the Book with confidence policy which allows guests free cancellations and a 100% refund if guests need to cancel more than 30 days prior to their reservation date.

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The Chick-Fil-A Christmas Spectacular at the Citrus Tower

The Citrus Tower in Clermont has brought back its light show for the first time since they stopped the show 2 years ago. The new light show this year features 50,000 lights on the 226-foot tower, synchronized to music and snowfall.

Owners Scott and Heather Homan reached out to the community for help and support in funding the return of the show. They were seeking people to purchase $100 annual memberships, and the proceeds from those sales would go toward the light show. Then, Chick-Fil-A of Clermont’s owner Rocky DeStafano contributed 20-free chicken sandwich vouchers per membership, and sales spiked. With the support of other local business groups and the Real Life Church, they were able to meet the funding needed to make the show happen.

This 360-degree light show truly is one of a kind, and something we felt is very safe to be able to go view during these times of Covid-19. As you can see, it is really easy to social distance from people here. At first, we stayed in our car, but then we got out to view it better since the parking lot gives you plenty of space to stay away from others safely. They do have an announcement asking that children are monitored since it is a working parking lot.

Back in March this year, they had some lights attached to communicate hope amid the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. But bringing back this light show was so magical, they even have snow machines set up and have a little closed off area right up front for people to stand closer away from the parking lot.

The owners have recently transformed the inside of the building adding a coffee shop, arcade, and a board game store. They also added free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a new seating area at the top of the tower to sit and enjoy the views, maybe with a coffee from downstairs.

The show will run until January 1st from 6-10 pm every night. Their Facebook page suggests you wear a mask at all times, social distance when possible, and to remain in your car to view the show if you are at risk for Covid. If you are comfortable heading inside (wear a mask please) the Citrus Coffee Company inside the lobby has a limited-time Christmas Drink: Ginger Snap S’More Latte available for purchase among other sweet treats.

The Florida Citrus Tower is located at 141 S Hwy 27, Clermont FL 34711.

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Dazzling Nights at the Leu Gardens

Dazzling Lights Harry P. Leu Gardens Holidays 2020

Orlando’s 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens will transform into a stunning, magical wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music, and beautiful sculptures during Dazzling Nights – a new family-friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on a three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience.

Created by the team who brings the IMMERSE Festival to Downtown Orlando every October and presented by AdventHealth, Dazzling Nightsis an awe-inspiring holiday event.

Dazzling Lights Harry P. Leu Gardens Holidays 2020

A few snapshots of the adventure:

  • When guests arrive at Leu Gardens, they will have a photo opportunity in front of a unique, 30’ tall towering Christmas tree.
  • Interactive lights on the ground light up and ring-like holiday bells when stepped upon.
  • Guests journey through a forest of light and fog as if walking through the aurora borealis.
  • Visitors immerse themselves in a 65’ long tunnel of wondrous light.
  • And the evening would not be complete without snow and holiday tunes.
  • And so much more!

The outdoor event is designed to ensure adequate social distancing and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and visitors will be required to wear masks.

Dazzling Nights Info At-A-Glance

LOCATION:  Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

DATES:  December 1, 2020 to January 3, 2021.  To ensure the safety of guests, timed entry will take place from 5:30pm-9pm.

TICKETS:  $22 per person and can be purchased at dazzlingorlando.com

PARKING:  On-site parking is available for a small fee.  Complimentary parking and a shuttle will be provided off-site at Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Avenue, Orlando, FL 32814.

You can find more information about Dazzling Nights on their website  dazzlingorlando.com!

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Gatorland Orlando Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins 2020

Gators Ghosts Goblins 2020 Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland Orlando, the “Alligator Capital of the World”, is bringing back its Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins, Spooky Fun For Everyone family-friendly event again for 2020! The all-ages daytime Halloween event takes place weekends from Oct. 10 through November 1.

Come out in costume to this family-friendly Halloween event featuring Gatorland’s famous Social Distancing Skunk Ape, costumed character meet and greets, multiple photo opportunities, a trick or treat trail from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a spooky train ride! 

Enjoy music and fun at Frank and Stein’s Octoberfest, from an “undead” polka band as well as German beer and food for purchase!

And there’s even more, including costume contests, a variety of specialty vendors, games, and giveaways.  All this fun and excitement is included with your regular park admission! 

Gatorland Orlando “Gators, Ghosts and Goblins takes place October 10 and 11, 17 and 18, 24 and 25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 

Children and adults can wear family-friendly costumes if they like.  Nothing scary or gory, please – Bubba and Cooter are easily spooked.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, call (407) 855-5496 or visit: www.Gatorland.com.

“We are beyond excited to give our guests a way to celebrate Halloween safely,” said Mark McHugh, President and CEO of Gatorland.  “Our team has been working very hard to bring our Halloween event back.  And of course, our very own Social Distancing Skunk Ape makes things fun and safe for everyone.”

Face masks are required per Orange County Executive Order #2020-23 regarding COVID 19 and must be visible at all times.  Please check our updated in park safety procedures at https://www.gatorland.com/plan-your-visit/re-opening-safety/

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Howl-O-Scream Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa

Howl-O-Scream Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced that its annual, premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, will return this fall for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday from September 25-November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020
Modified for enhanced health and safety measures, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay select nights this fall

The creative production team has been consulting with medical experts and has modified this year’s event content with a focus on open-air scare zones and entertainment, as well as enhanced health and safety measures while staying true to the core of this fan-favorite experience.

With significantly limited capacity to create plenty of open space, guests will experience the heart-pounding fear of unexpected horrors including freakishly fun themed open-air scare zones throughout the 335-acre park, in addition to Busch Gardens’ thrilling coasters at night.

A spacious, outdoor venue for Fiends during Howl-O-Scream

The fan-favorite Fiends show, starring Dr. Freakenstein and his frightful entourage, will take to its largest stage ever for outdoor performances on the Festival Field Stage. Bench seating will be arranged in a physically distant manner to ensure there is plenty of space for a limited number of guests to enjoy each performance.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020
Aspiring scare actors can virtually apply now to join the team for Howl-O-Scream 2020

Remotely Terrifying – Virtual Auditions for Howl-O-Scream Scare Actors

As an extension of the park’s commitment to health and safety, the annual recruitment of scare actors has also transformed for 2020. New applicants interested in performing for Howl-O-Scream can virtually audition for a number of frightful roles by submitting their application at www.buschgardensjobs.com.

Additional Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020
Protective face coverings will be required for guests and performers at Howl-O-Scream 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, available during 18 horrifying nights every Friday through Sunday from September 25-November 1, 2020.

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

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

Reservations are available now at www.HowlOScream.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Upcoming Events

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Upcoming Events

SeaWorld Orlando announces the return of their popular Craft Beer Festival with enhanced health and safety measures to keep guests safe and gives holiday celebration information

SeaWorld Orlando shared some big news about the fall and holiday festivities in the park that is sure to bring joy to the hearts of theme park fans.

Starting September 2oth, its annual Craft Beer Festival will return with access to more than 100 crafts brews!

Theme Parks Thoughts When Summer Ends - Free Beer SeaWorld Orlando

The event has been modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity, roam SeaWorld’s expansive grounds, sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, and savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to preferred brews.

In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that provides ample opportunity to maintain social distancing.

This delicious festival will feature food and beverage locations that are appropriately spaced throughout the park to encourage physical distancing, modified food and beverage serving procedures, expanded areas of seating, and the ability to offer touchless transactions at all festival locations. Guests can experience all that the Craft Beer Festival has to offer, and save money, by purchasing a Craft Beer Festival Tasting Lanyard valid at 18 stations located throughout the park.

“We couldn’t be happier to host our annual Craft Beer Festival, modified to reflect enhanced health and safety protocols, including limited capacity, to give guests the chance to delight their senses,” said SeaWorld Orlando Park President Kyle Miller. “By spreading the festival booths out across the entire park, guests can safely enjoy all of the amazing beer and beer-inspired food, along with our award-winning attractions, while maintaining proper physical distancing.”

SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card

All guests with existing tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes must make a reservation online for the day they want to visit. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited to manage capacity.

Reservations can be made at SeaWorld.com/orlando/tickets/reservations/.

Upcoming SeaWorld Orlando Events:

SeaWorld Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando 2019

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular! During this modified daytime event, guests can safely explore our slightly spooky trick or treat trail and meet silly Halloween characters with physical distancing protocols in place, and much more during this safe, family-friendly event.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular will return starting September 19 through November 1 and is included in park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday traditions are made, with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping, and joyous entertainment – all designed with enhanced health and safety measures in mind including a limited capacity to create plenty of space for social distancing.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings together family fun and holiday traditions in a safe environment on select nights, November 23 through December 31, and is included with park admission.

Safety:​ 

Theme Park Reopening Tips SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. SeaWorld San Orlando is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/park-info/park-safety.

Best Way to Play:

For a limited time, SeaWorld Orlando single day tickets are Buy One, Get One 50% off! The sale ends August 16, 2020, with park visitation taking place through September 30, 2020.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets and passes, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change.

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SEA LIFE Orlando Dives into Shark Week

If you have ever wanted to become a shark expert and dive into Shark Week, SEA LIFE Orlando is inviting guests to live out their dreams with the opportunity to feed their sharks, go behind the scenes to see how they are cared for, and to talk to a shark expert to find out more!

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

The best part is that guests can choose to participate virtually or in-person, and can also see how they are caring for our sharks during this unprecedented time.

Sea Life Orlando Shark

Here are the activities that you will find at SEA LIFE Orlando for Shark Week:

  • Make a Shark Meal and Feed the Sharks
    • Help an Aquarist meal prep for some of our sharks
    • Feed the sharks a delicious fishy meal that you prepared
  • Become a Shark Expert and travel Behind-the-Scenes
    • Discover how we are caring for our sharks and thousands of creatures during the pandemic
    • Learn about the various shark species at SEA LIFE and what makes them special
  • Talk to a Shark Expert
    • Learn “fin”tastic facts about sharks
      • Can lose 20,000+ teeth in a lifetime
      • Sharks are less deadly than toasters
      • Sharks help the entire ocean ecosystem
SEA LIFE Orlando Spooky Seas

For more information about Shark Week at SEA LIFE Orlando and to plan your visit, make sure to check out their website.

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Theme Park Reopening Tips

The theme parks of Central Florida are once again open and welcoming guests, and while your next visit will be different here are some tips to make the most of your time in the parks. 

Give Yourself Extra Time

Theme Park Reopening Tips

I am a fan of arriving early to help cut down on any anxiety around sticking to a schedule, however, now giving yourself extra time is essential as security and temperature check lines can get long.

Security and temperature check areas tend to open before the park, and I try to arrive at least 30 minutes before park opening to make sure the process does not affect my schedule for the day.

Don’t Forget Your Face Covering

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All of the Central Florida theme parks are requiring guests over the age of two to wear a face covering while they are in the parks and the specific requirements vary by park. 

Guidelines to consider when choosing a face coverings include:

  • Face covering must fit snugly against the sides of your face, 
  • Both your nose and mouth must be protected by the face covering,
  • Face coverings should be made of a breathable material, and 
  • Face covering should be secured with ties or ear loops.

Review Park Information 

Theme Park Reopening Tips

Before you choose a park to attend, take a moment to visit the theme park’s official website to review ticket availability, reservation requirements, modified attraction and show lists, and operations guidelines.

Each park is managing each of these aspects differently, and it will definitely make your day smoother if you are familiar with them.

A good rule of thumb when setting expectations for your day is to remember that SeaWorld Orlando and the Walt Disney World Resort are requiring theme park reservations to attend, that fireworks and parades are temporarily suspended, and that character meet and greets are held from afar in a group setting. 

Meal Planning

Theme Park Reopening Tips

With the greatly reduced capacity of full-service restaurants in the theme parks and quick service restaurants operating like casual dining restaurants with reserved seating, you will want to make sure that you schedule extra time in your schedule for a meal.

Don’t Overpack 

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While you might be tempted to bring extra items with you to the theme parks, keep in mind that some theme parks, like the Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, are still requiring bags to be put in lockers before you enter most attraction queues.

These lockers are not very large, and if your items do not fit in the complimentary lockers you will be required to purchase a larger locker for your items.

Prepare to Combat the Heat

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

Download Official Theme Park Apps Before Arrival

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The theme parks have made efforts to reduce their points of contact, and one way they have done this is by integrating actions into their official apps that can be downloaded for free.

I suggest downloading the theme park’s official app before you arrive to help ensure that your park entry and cashless payment processes take as little time as possible.

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Summer Camps

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is calling all artists from 6 to 19 for some serious fun this summer learning from the pros that culminate with a final performance to show those new skills.

To ensure the safety of students and colleagues, they are taking guidance from the governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local governments and AdventHealth.

JULY SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS

Musical Theater Week – Safari Adventure (Ages 6-10)

  • In-Person Camp: July 6–10, 2020
  • Through theatrical performance combining songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance, students learn to tell thrilling stories of adventure.

Take It From The Top – Broadway Week (Ages 10-19)

  • In-Person Camp: July 6–November 25, 2020
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be taught by some of Broadway’s most experienced pros. 

Theater Arts Week (Ages: 6-10)

  • In-Person Camp: July 13–17, 2020
  • In a nurturing, supportive environment, students learn the art of play and explore improvisation, drama, theater games and script. 

Les Misérables Musical Theater Production (Ages 12-19)

  • In-Person Camp: July 18–July 31, 2020
  • Join the cast and present a concert-style production of the classic, award-winning musical Les Misérables. 

Fairy Tale Classics Week (Ages 6-10)

  • In-Person Camp: July 20–24, 2020
  • Beloved stories and characters from the most popular tales ever told are brought to life through song and dance. 

Ultimate Musical Adventure Week (Ages 6-10)

  • In-Person Camp: July 27–31, 2020
  • A delightful educational excursion into the most thrilling musical moments from Shrek, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and more.

AUGUST SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS

Surf’s Up! Fun in the Sun Week (Ages 6-12)

  • In-Person Camp: August 3–7, 2020
  • Hit the waves and get a boost for acting, singing and dancing skills during a surf-themed week of high-energy online classes and activities.

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Know Before You Go: Disney Springs Phase 1

As Walt Disney World gears up for the reopening of Disney Springs at there are 6 key things guests will want to know before arriving, and they include:

  • Limited parking and reduced entrances
  • Temperature screenings prior to entry
  • Face coverings required for everyone
  • Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers
  • Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas
  • An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas
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Guest Parking and Entrances

During this initial phase, Guests will be directed to self-park in the Orange and Lime garages; all surface parking lots will be closed.

At opening, guest entryways will be reduced to 4 locations: Orange and Lime garages, along with the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge and the rideshare location.

Guest access to Disney Springs from the Grapefruit garage will be restricted.

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Temperature Screening

All Guests are required to undergo temperature screenings upon arrival at Disney Springs.

  • Guest Screening: During this initial period, Guests will undergo temperature screening in these locations: the second-floor exits of Orange and Lime parking garages and the Marketplace Entrance (to serve Guests from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge and the rideshare drop-off lot). Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures above 100.4 will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.

  • Employee Screening: Cast Members and Operating Participant employees will be required to complete a health screening and temperature check at home, prior to coming to work.
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Limited Contact

Following guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures, Disney Springs has made some temporary adjustments that include limited-contact Guest Services to ensure a responsible and enjoyable environment for everyone.

  • Face Coverings: All Guests ages 3 and older, Cast Members, and Operating Participant employees are required to wear an appropriate face covering. Guests must bring their own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining.

  • Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. These may be visible in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations, for example, to help ensure proper distances between people.

  • Cashless Transactions: At this time, it is recommended all Guests use cashless or contactless payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, and mobile wallets—including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. Guests may purchase a Disney Gift Card at select Merchandise locations and Welcome Center (Guest Relations) to pay without cash.
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Physical Distancing and Capacity Measures

Managing the number of Guests visiting Disney Springs has been a major consideration as physical distancing guidelines are implemented based on recommendations from health authorities and government officials.

One of the ways to do that is to limit the number of Guests and Cast Members at any given time for each location.

Additional measures include:

  • Signage: Directional signage has been installed to assist Guests to responsibly move throughout the property. Additionally, ground markings will help promote proper physical distancing when queuing is needed at a location.

  • Training: We are also training some of our Cast Members to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.
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Cleanliness and Sanitization

Disney Springs has increased cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms, and more.

Additionally, Disney Springs will open with hand sanitizer and hand-washing locations, and Guests are highly encouraged to use these while visiting.

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Cast Training

Disney Springs is further emphasizing their strong culture of health and safety among Cast Members and Operating Participant employees and will continue to provide new training and reinforcement as they navigate through the reopening phases.

About These Measures

As part of these efforts, Guests may see other changes to the retail and dining offerings, as well as other experiences at Disney Springs.

Though it may be different from the last time you visited, these new measures are designed to offer a magical Disney experience in a responsible way.

We understand that these times are challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate as responsibly as we can.

Together, we can find new ways to have fun while being diligent to maintain proper physical distancing.

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On the Go in the Parks: February 28 – March 1, 2020

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

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

While it is a bit of a lull in the parks this weekend, Wednesday kicks off a whirlwind of awesomeness!!!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and the Mickey Shorts Theater open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and just a park over the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival begins at EPCOT!

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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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 on February 28,  7:45 pm on February 29, and 6:15 pm on March 1.

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. 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 Free Agents Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 6.

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 

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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 29 – Grupo Mania
  • March 1 – Boyz II Men 

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