Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Returns this November

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

This holiday season Give Kids the World Village will once again be home to an amazing dancing lights show, tram tours, unique behind-the-scenes experiences, and an array of exciting additions guaranteed to make this year’s second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday lights spectacular another dazzling success. 

Scheduled to illuminate the Central Florida skyline from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Night of a Million Lights will once again provide the public with a rare glimpse inside Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood which wish families call home during their stays.  Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.  The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times to prevent crowding.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition.  More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named #1 on USA Today’s list of the “Best Things To Do in December in Orlando.”  With the return of wish families to the Village, this year’s event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness.  We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth.  “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families.”

This year’s Night of a Million Lights enhancements will include a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour. 

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately designed Florida home. 

Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of VIP packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and premium dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments.  Discounts are available for groups of 25 guests or more.  To inquire about group discounts and special events, please contact events@gktw.org.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights will support Give Kids The World, rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator 15 years in a row.  When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with an all-inclusive stay that includes transportation; accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas; all meals and snacks; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and priceless interactive experiences at the Village, featuring accessible rides and attractions.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from all 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids The World Village is located at 210 South Bass Road in Kissimmee.

To learn more, visit www.gktw.org.

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On the Go in the Parks: September 3-5, 2021

On the Go in the Parks September 3-5 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Being on the Go in the Parks has been a ride this week full of new announcements at Walt Disney World, fan favorites returning to Disney Springs, and the return of Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Before we dive into the parks, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021! You can find out more information about the show here.

With so much to go over, what are we waiting for????

On the Go in the Parks: September 3-5, 2021

Halloween Horror Nights
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Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.

** LAST WEEKEND ** Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
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SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned until September 6th with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Sunday, September 5, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day until September 12.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
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During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
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The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Walt Disney World News Round-up

While the Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” new changes and additions are coming to the resort!

New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options

The Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders program will return on September 8th with four new Annual Pass options, ranging in price from $399 to $1299 plus tax.

Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

These new passes allow holders to hold more park reservations, customize passes by adding water parks and Disney PhotoPass and continue to offer benefits such as Park Hopper, standard theme park parking, and discounts on merchandise and dining.

To enter a theme park, each Passholder must have a theme park reservation in addition to a valid pass. Park reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates.

These new Walt Disney World Annual Passes are available online and in-person, with monthly payment plans available for Florida Residents with valid ID.

Disney Genie Debuts

Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

Disney Genie, a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create your best Disney day, will launch at the Walt Disney World Resort this fall.

Built right into the My Disney Experience app, the Disney Genie service will create an itinerary designed to maximize the Magic you can create during a day in the park. Each personalized plan includes the best time to visit specific attractions, foodie experiences, and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides, and more.

With the launch of Disney Genie, the FASTPASS and FastPass+ services will be retired to create two new options.

Disney Genie+ service, available for purchase at $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort, will let guests choose the next available time to arrive at select attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories with augmented reality lenses.

Individual attraction selections, available for purchase on a per ride and per person sliding scale, allows guests to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance. Attractions included for individual selection include the likes of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and these individual attraction selections will not be not included with Disney Genie+.

Disney Enchantment lights up the Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

“Disney Enchantment,” an all-new nighttime spectacular, will debut in Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, and new details have been announced.

This all-new spectacular will feature captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, immersive projection effects that extend for the first time down Main Street, U.S.A., and an original song, entitled “You Are the Magic,” by seven-time GRAMMY-winner Philip Lawrence.

In “Disney Enchantment,” audiences will join dreamers like Tiana, Miguel, Rapunzel, and brothers Ian & Barley from “Onward” as they embark on an incredible journey with adventurers such as Moana, Raya, and Judy Hopps. Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” goes into “the zone” to discover a whimsical world inspired by the style of legendary Disney artist Mary Blair. And beloved characters from classic stories like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in Wonderland” to contemporary tales including “Luca” and “Wreck-It Ralph” join the adventure. Everything builds to Tinker Bell taking flight, spreading shimmering gold pixie dust, and empowering everyone to believe in themselves and the ‘magic all around us.’

“Since opening day in 1971, dazzling fireworks shows have provided that perfect exclamation point at the end of a fantastic day at Magic Kingdom Park,” said Mark Renfrow, Show Director, Disney Live Entertainment. “From ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ and ‘Wishes’ to holiday spectaculars and ‘Happily Ever After,’ each new show has raised the bar, and the best is yet to come! I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’re creating with ‘Disney Enchantment.'”

Characters Soar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Disney KiteTails” takes the magic of nature and Disney storytelling to new heights in the Discovery River Amphitheater, near Dinoland U.S.A. beginning October 1, 2021.

The show’s original, worldbeat arrangements of favorite Disney tunes will fill the air, and a show of three-dimensional kites depicting familiar characters from “The Lion King” or “The Jungle Book” will soar above the water.
“Disney KiteTails” takes place several times a day. word

New Restaurant Opens at EPCOT

Walt Disney World News Roundup September 2021

It was announced that the Space 220 restaurant, located adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, will open on September 20, 2021.

This immersive and highly themed dining experience is out of this world!

Guests board two “Space Elevators” that will transport them 220 miles above Earth to the Centauri Space Station to experience amazing views and culinary masterpieces from Executive Chef Marc Kusche. The Space 220 restaurant’s upscale, contemporary fare menu includes a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner. 

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Meet Real-Life Heroes at the Orlando Science Center This Weekend

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Here’s your chance to find out! Orlando Fire Department will be celebrating the final days of the RESCUE exhibit at Orlando Science Center by participating in a Meet and Greet session, including a tour of their fire truck and a chance to answer all of your burning questions.

 Visitors are invited to meet these local heroes and learn more about the technology and teamwork that goes into being a first responder.

Celebrate the Final Days of the RESCUE Exhibit with a Firefighter Meet and Greet and Fire Truck Tour at the Orlando Science Center

  • Saturday, September 4 – From 2 to 4 p.m. (Firefighters & Fire Truck)
  • Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Final Days of Rescue Exhibit)

 The truck will be parked outside the Science Center’s Entrance A on Camden Street (near the Dr. Phillips CineDome).

Please note, the schedule is subject to change if an emergency situation arises.
Orlando Science Center September 2021

While you’re waiting for the firefighters to arrive or when you’re ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test, check out RESCUE before it leaves on September 6! 

Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every hour, every day, all around the world. But what does a rescue scenario really involve? Through interactive exhibit pieces combined with the stories of real-life heroes, RESCUE offers visitors a first-hand look into the science of saving lives. Climb aboard life-size models of rescue vehicles like helicopters and jet skis to perform a simulated mission or use a sensor to search for heat signatures or test different fire extinguishers to better understand how to fight the flames!

Whether you’re an anchor breaking the news of a disaster, or part of a search and rescue mission, there is no “I” in “TEAM!” Find out if you have what it takes to be a hero.

To learn more, visit www.osc.org/rescue. This exhibit was created by Scitech in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. Following your RESCUE adventure, enjoy all four floors of exhibits and experiences at Orlando Science Center because everything is included with general admission.  

General admission is $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Admission is free for annual members. To get your timed-entry tickets and more information, please visit www.osc.org.

Face coverings are currently required for all ages 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status. Before visiting, please review our safety guidelines: Orlando Science Center Visitor Information and Reopening Guidelines.

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Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Best Bites is once again back with a look at some AMAZING Halloween treats perfect for celebrating the spookiest time of year across the parks and resorts.

Whether it’s frightful favorites like Sea Witch’s Brew or a creepily creative “mummy-approved” cupcake, there’s a cauldron of terrifyingly terrific treats to enjoy this season at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Walt Disney World Best Bites: Halloween 2021

Walt Disney World Resorts 
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa and Sanaa Lounge 
    • Sea Witch’s Brew – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, muddled berries, and edible glitter served in a Collins glass with a blue glow cube (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Food Courts 
    • Spooky Apple Spiced Spider Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with apple filling and spiced buttercream caramel drizzle (Available 10/25-10/31)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café 
    • Mini Halloween Cake – Halloween sprinkle cake with candy bar custard and chocolate glaze (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Gasparilla Island Grill 
    • Hocus Pocus “Amuck” Cakes – Rich devil’s food cake with “peanut boo-tter” filling decorated to resemble all three Sanderson Sisters (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Pop – Pumpkin pie colossal pop covered in white chocolate decorated as the iconic Pumpkin King (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Sally’s Stitched Up Whoopie Pie Heart – Vanilla heart-shaped whoopie pie adorned with Sally’s signature patchwork (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Be-Witching Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Cookies & cream-filled chocolate cupcake enrobed in chocolate ganache and topped with Minnie Mouse chocolate witch hat (Available 9/1-11/1) 
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits and Olivia’s Café
    • Harvest Refresher – Vodka with cranberry juice and muddled oranges (Available 9/26-11/25)
    • Apple Cider Old Fashioned – Bourbon with fresh apple cider, bitters, muddled oranges, and brown sugar cinnamon (Available 9/26-11/25) 
    • Caramel Apple Martini – Vanilla vodka, butterscotch flavor liqueur, and fresh apple cider with a brown sugar cinnamon rim (Available 9/26-11/25)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Good’s Food to go, Conch Flatts General Store, and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, roasted white chocolate shell, and graham cracker sable-inspired acorn (Available 9/25-11/27)
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, dark chocolate glaçage, and graham cracker sable inspired bat (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Geyser Point
    • Blood Orange – Tequila, blood orange, and simple syrup with lime juice (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Black Magic Margarita –Tequila, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, green apple syrup, grenadine, sour mix, and a glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Around the Pumpkin Patch – Tequila, pumpkin spice, lime juice, and sour mix (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Poison Apple – Tequila, green apple syrup, lime juice, and sour mix with a poison apple glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Holiday Drink Flight – Flight with all four holiday drinks featured above (Available 10/3-11/7)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork
    • Going Batty Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with ganache icing and sugar cookie bat (Available 10/28-10/31)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort – The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace
    • Mummy Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with a pumpkin mousse filling (Available 10/1-10/31)
    • Tiramisu Grave – Aclassic tiramisù with coffee flavor and a chocolate pretzel skeleton with a marshmallow for a head (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – BoardWalk Bakery
    • Macaroon Pumpkin Pop – Coconut macaroon pumpkin on a stick (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and topped with baker’s cream (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Vampire Mickey Brownie – Ganache-covered brownie with Mickey ears and vampire fangs (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – The Artist’s Palette
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
Disney Springs
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • Haunted Mansion Cake – Brownie with diplomat filling with purple and black chiffon cake (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Dockside Margarita
    • Jack O’Lantern – Black rum, rum, white rum, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange juice, lemonade, and a grenadine float (Available 9/5-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • The Ganachery 
    • Caramel Skulls (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Mickey Mummy Piñata (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Sister Elixir Cocoa Bomb (Available 10/19-10/31)
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
    • Witch’s Flight – Whiskey, white grape juice, lime juice, and sweet and sour with flavors of green apple, orange-tangerine, and blackberry (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Outdoor Kiosks
    • Witch Way – Vodka, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice garnished with a poison apple glow cube (Available 9/5-10/31)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue 
    • Scar Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, and white chocolate flames with an edible icing image of Scar (Available 10/1-11/4) 
  • Mahindi, Feeding Ground, Cornivores, and Trek Snacks 
    • Poison Apple Sipper 
  • Restaurantosaurus
    • Maleficent Cupcake – Purple velvet cupcake with blood orange curd, vanilla frosting, crisp pearls, and white chocolate flames with Maleficent medallion (Available 10/1-11/4)
Magic Kingdom Park – Disney After Hours Boo Bash Exclusive Treats
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Prince John Sucker – Tart green apple lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and a ring pop (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Mocha Chocolate Chip – Frozen mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a sugar acorn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts
    • Maleficent Churro – Churro covered in chocolate cookie crumble drizzled with purple icing topped with green and purple sugar (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Storybook Treats
    • Five Dozen Egg Slush – Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream garnished with a cinnamon stick (Available 8/10-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake – Funnel cake topped with chocolate cookie crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and M&M’s milk chocolate Ghoul’s Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Apple Ginger Dale – Frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale topped with whipped cream and chopped TWIX cookies bars (Available 8/10-10/31)
Walt Disney World Best Bites Halloween 2021
Disney’s Hollywood Studios 
  • ABC Commissary
    • Caramel Apple Tart – Spiced caramel cheesecake mousse apple served atop a cinnamon apple tart (Available 8/10 – 11/11)
    • Chocolate Mousse – Raspberry dark chocolate mousse, chocolate almond cake, a layer of hazelnut crunch, and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake (Available 8/10 -11/11)
  • Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café
    • Spooky Ghost Cupcake – Fudge-filled chocolate cupcake topped with cookies & cream buttercream, spooky sprinkles, and vanilla meringue ghost (Available 8/10 -10/31)
  • Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, PizzeRizzo, and Rosie’s All-American Café 
    • Frozen Apple Cider – Frozen apple cider topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10 – 10/31)
    • Alcoholic Frozen Apple Cider with Whiskey – Frozen apple cider with whiskey topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
    • Misty Whisper – Vanilla vodka, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange-tangerine syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s
    • Pumpkin Spice Cookie – Pumpkin spice shortbread cookie covered in white chocolate (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Scoops 
    • Halloween Shake – Candy corn ice cream shake topped with a vanilla cake donut, whipped cream, spooky sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, Animation Bar  
    • Sweet Poison – Coconut rum, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, rum, and pineapple juice (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Outdoor Carts
    • Halloween Brownie – Chocolate Mickey brownie with fun Halloween sprinkles (Available 8/10-9/30)
    • Halloween Popcorn Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • PizzeRizzo
    • Pumpkin Cannoli – Spooky cannoli filled with whipped pumpkin cheesecake (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Witch’s Hat Mousse – Whipped blackberry panna cotta sitting on green apple mousse with salted caramel crispy pearls and chocolate shortbread cookie (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • The Trolley Car Café
    • Pumpkin Mousse – Milk chocolate chai mousse filled with pumpkin bread set atop a chocolate shortbread cookie and vanilla buttercream (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Woody’s Lunch Box
    • Halloween Lunch Box Tart – Chocolate-hazelnut filled lunch box tart frosted with spooky vanilla icing, Halloween sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
 EPCOT 
  • Block & Hans
    • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie with Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine, Minute Maid Apple Juice, and Cinnamon
  • Canada Popcorn Cart
    • Spooky Caramel-Apple Cider in a Poison Apple Sipper (Coming Soon!)
Bonus Halloween Fun

 Minnie’s Halloween Dine is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until November 3, 2021, with a monster of a feast with Disney characters and friends making special appearances in costumes for the season.

More Halloween magic is coming to Disney Parks this year so follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube

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On the Go in the Parks: August 27-29, 2021

On the Go in the Parks August 27-29 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

It’s almost fall, which means the last of the summer events are winding down if you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend.

On the Go in the Parks: August 27-29, 2021

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store Opens at Universal Studios Florida

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Date: Friday, August 27, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day until September 12.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

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

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes
On the Go in the Parks


This summer the Walt Disney World Resort is inviting guests to enjoy sweet summer vibes to satisfy the soul as you dine, shop, play, and unwind with family and friends across the parks.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
Summer 2019 Theme Parks Central Florida Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios Epcot Typhoon Lagoon LEGOLAND Florida SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean Illuminations Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogsmeade Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned until September 6th with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Velvet Sessions Returns to Hard Rock Hotel

Velvet Sessions September 2021

The Velvet Sessions makes its return to Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, with Bret Michaels performing live on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

Rock along to hits including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop” and more.

All Velvet Sessions tickets include FREE specialty drinks, finger foods, and complimentary valet parking with cash bars and live band from show time onward.

Velvet Sessions is a separately ticketed event for adults (ages 21+) only. Tickets are non-refundable. Dates, times, entertainment, benefits, and menus are subject to change without notice. 

Velvet Sessions Tickets

$80* STANDING ROOM: Enjoy the concert from the standing room section. The ticket also includes specialty cocktails and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, as well as complimentary valet parking**. The at-the-door price on the day of the show will be $90.

$125* VIP: Includes all the benefits of a standing room ticket. Plus, enjoy the concert from a special viewing area with a private bar. Limited availability. Advance online purchase required.*Tax and ticketing fees will apply. **Complimentary parking is not valid for overnight hotel guests.

To purchase tickets, log onto VelvetSessions.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 407-503-2401 or email vs@loewshotels.com.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert. Visit VelvetSessions.eventbrite.com  to buy your tickets and receive updates on who’s playing.
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On the Go in MCO: Fun for Adults

On the Go in MCO Fun for Adults

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

We’ve talked a lot about what families can do around town, but what if you want to spend the afternoon On the Go in MCO with some of your best friends? 

I thought it would be fun to look at ways friends can have a fun day out together! 

On the Go in MCO: Fun for Adults

Discovery Cove 
Discovery Cove Shark Swim

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort, where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and have heartwarming encounters with other animals.

Your all-inclusive day includes breakfast, lunch, snacks throughout the day, as well as a selection of adult beverages. 

What’s even better is that they have great Florida Resident deals throughout the year!

Revolution Adventures 

With 230 acres of trails and an array of sporting adventures on offer, there is plenty to challenge both novice and seasoned adventurers.

If you’re looking for a motorized adventure, ATVs, Quads, 4-wheelers, and Buggies, are always a great deal of fun. But don’t forget about the UNIQUE “Mucky Duck,” an 8-wheeled amphibious vehicle that can be driven over land and through the lakes and ponds. 

If you have always wanted to try an off-road activity without the wheels, then look no further than this location.

Adventures include Skeet Shooting, Target Archery, Archery Tag, Trophy Bass Fishing, and SO much more. This is the place where families from ages 7-70 can enjoy making lifelong memories together.

Escapology Orlando 
Escapology Orlando On the Go in MCO

I promise you that Escape Rooms will have you feeling every emotion known to man in 60 minutes…and you’ll want to go back for more!

While there are a variety of Escape Rooms around town that are awesome, Escapology on I-Drive is my favorite!

They have seven different games to choose from…including Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle Adventure!

This is one of my favorite things to do with my friends!!!

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Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.

Great Irish Hooley Entertainment

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021
Raven’s Rock

This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners are a rare collaboration of luminaries from the traditional Irish music world playing everything from trad and folk to Celt grass and blues:

  • Raven’s Rock—All-Star Band Featuring Members of Lúnasa – These unique one-off daily performances at the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will bring together Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford, current members of Lúnasa, one of Ireland’s most renowned progressive traditional Irish music acts of the past 25 years. They are joined by Matt Mancuso (Eileen Ivers and Lord of the Dance) and Allan Murray (Ivers and Paul Brock). The Raven’s Rock happens to be the title of Cillian Vallely’s solo CD.
  • The Gothard Sisters – This dynamic sister trio, performing throughout the Hooley, are making waves on the major Irish festival circuit, touring, writing and performing contemporary Celtic folk music with an optimistic style that resonates with their loyal fan following. Their latest album, Dragonfly, features the sisters playing an assortment of acoustic instruments combined with vocals and modern production that explore themes of resilience and adventure.
Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021
The Gothard Sisters
  • The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented trad Irish music family from Donegal is back for an encore on the Raglan Road stage. American Celtic Radio listeners voted them “Rising Stars of 2021” and “Best CD cover of 2021” for Living the Dream. Dempsey, 12, is an Irish dancer who sings and plays bodhran and whistle while revving up the crowd with his jokes and on-stage antics. Finn, 15, dances and plays banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Luca, 17, dances and plays button accordion. Dad Tommy sings and plays Uilleann pipes, bagpipes, fiddle and whistles. They’ll perform Sept. 4-6.
  • The lineup is complete with Raglan Road house artists SlygoAaron O’Grady, and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.

Delicious Dishes

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021

The Raglan Road kitchen will offer dishes to pair with the De Fesht and other Raglan Road brews including a Grilled Lollipop Pork Chop with spiced pineapple chutney, purple kale, parsley mashed potato, and smoked butter sauce.

“We created this dish to complement the festival beer,” Sean Griffin, Director of Operations at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, says. “De Fesht would pair best with pork and smoked flavors. Of course, there are many other dishes to try if you prefer fish, beef, or a vegetable-forward dish.”

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road 2021

Another new entrée is the pub’s Florida Key Lime Salmon—whiskey cured, lightly smoked Atlantic salmon, Florida key lime and herb crushed potatoes, peas, shaved horseradish, and crispy salmon skin.

Veggie lovers can try the new all-plant-based Shepherd’s Pie.

Sláinte

Raglan Road International Beer Day

The Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will include Hooley-crafted cocktails plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team.

The pub also will feature a new local craft beer and will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the regular menu will be available for the Hooley from 3-10:30 p.m.

To kick off the Re-plugged Hooley, Raglan Road will introduce a limited-release craft beer in collaboration with The Tank Brewing of Miami (since 2014).

De Fesht (which translates to “festival”) is a full-flavored medium-bodied amber lager with lighter malting that contributes to underlying notes of hazelnut and honey. The brew’s dry finish enhances its drinkability, says Raglan Road general manager Alan Delahunt. “It’s a seasonal, one-batch brew perfect for the end of summer into fall. It’s a traditional-style Marzen which would be consumed by the liter at Munich during Oktoberfest,” he says.

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

There’s no cover charge to join the Great Irish Hooley fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, September 3, and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, September 6.

Reservations are recommended.

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Ice Breaker Opening Date Announced

SeaWorld Orlando announced that its coolest new coaster, Ice Breaker, is opening in February of 2022.

SeaWorld Orlando Ice Breaker February 2022

Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backward and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.  With its 48-inch height requirement, adventure seekers of all ages will enjoy the thrills and chills of Ice Breaker.

SeaWorld Orlando Ice Breaker February 2022

“We recognize there was a lot of anticipation and excitement for this new ride, and then due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed.” said park President Kyle Miller, “We apologize for this delay and thank our fans for their patience. We know that they are going to love this one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly. We are excited to finally be able to confirm Ice Breaker opening in February 2022.”

SeaWorld Orlando Ice Breaker February 2022

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Manta, Kraken, and Mako, voted number one coaster in the country by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience for thrill seeker everywhere.

THE BEST WAY TO PLAY – Buy a new 2022 SeaWorld Fun Card, get 2021 FREE!

SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card

One of the best ways to experience Ice Breaker is with a 2022 Fun Card. For the best value, visit again and again with a 2022 SeaWorld Fun Card and get the rest of 2021 for FREE! This incredible deal offers more than four bonus months when you buy now, for only $118.99 for a limited time*.

For access with more benefits and low monthly payments starting at $12 per month, guests can also upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with incredible benefits including exclusive ride opportunities, FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, savings on merchandise, and more! Annual Pass Members also get special discounts for the best deals on Howl-O-Scream.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. All ticket purchases help to fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protections, and ocean health initiatives. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook and Instagram for the latest park updates and information.
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Iron Gwazi Opening Date Announced

Iron Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay March 2022

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced that Iron Gwazi will open as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in March 2022, in time for Spring Break. 

The new ride will take thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting attraction that thrill-seeking families can take on together.

“Iron Gwazi has been highly anticipated by roller coaster enthusiasts around the world since we first announced this new legend.  Due to the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, Iron Gwazi was delayed, and we recognize the delay has disappointed our fans.  We appreciate the patience our guests have shown.” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “We’re finally able to confirm that we will be delivering on the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens when we open this incredible coaster this spring.”

Iron Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay March 2022

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th roller coaster to join Busch Gardens’ lineup of highly rated roller coasters and thrill rides, including Tigris, Florida’s tallest inversion, SheiKra, a 200-foot, 90-degree drop coaster, and Montu, recognized as one of the top 10 coasters in the country.

THE BEST WAY TO PLAY – Buy a new 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card, get 2021 FREE!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Fun Card

One of the best ways to experience Iron Gwazi is with a 2022 Fun card. For the best value, visit again and again with a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get the rest of 2021 for FREE! This incredible deal offers more than four bonus months when you buy now, for only $119.99 for a limited time*.

*Some restrictions and blockout dates apply. 2022 Fun Card valid through December 31, 2022.

For access with more benefits and low monthly payments starting at $12 per month, guests can also upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with incredible benefits including exclusive ride opportunities, FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, savings on merchandise, and more! Annual Pass Members and Fun Cardholders also get special discounts for the best deals on Howl-O-Scream.

Guests can visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, Annual Passes, or tickets. 

The safety of our guests, Ambassadors and animals in our care remains our top priority. Consistent with CDC guidance, we recommend that our guests wear face coverings while indoors.

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On the Go in the Parks: August 20-22, 2021

On the Go in the Parks August 20 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO with Tony Marino tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

It’s almost fall, which means the last of the summer events are winding down if you are On the Go in the Parks this weekend.

On the Go in the Parks: August 20-22, 2021

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Date: Friday, August 20, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day until September 12.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

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

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Celebrate Soulfully – Summer Vibes
On the Go in the Parks


This summer the Walt Disney World Resort is inviting guests to enjoy sweet summer vibes to satisfy the soul as you dine, shop, play, and unwind with family and friends across the parks.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
Summer 2019 Theme Parks Central Florida Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios Epcot Typhoon Lagoon LEGOLAND Florida SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean Illuminations Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogsmeade Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned until September 6th with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Magical Dining Returns with More Offerings

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

UPDATE: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has been extended until October 17th!

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

“Now in its 16th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining continues to evolve with new features to make  it easier for diners to research restaurant options, share plans and recommendations with others and even create a weekend getaway,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “Magical Dining is an important program for our community because of both the money raised for  charitable organizations and the support it provides to our local restaurants, who are still working  hard to recover from a challenging year.” 

Menus for most participating restaurants are now live at  MagicalDining.com so diners can plan ahead, make reservations and explore exclusive hotel offers as part of the new Magical Nights program enhancement. 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

More NEW Magical Dining Features 

New additions to Magical Dining make it easier to explore the restaurant options and keep track of favorites.

Chefs now have greater flexibility to offer exclusive menu options and six new  restaurants join this year’s lineup: 

  • My Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Favorites: The updated MagicalDining.com website includes a new tool for diners to “favorite” must-try restaurants, view a  customized map with their selections, and share their list with friends, making it easier than ever to create a Magical Dining game plan. 
  • Chef’s Creation: Participating restaurants now have the chance to add a bonus  Magical Dining menu option that is not offered on the regular menu. This exclusive option gives chefs even more creative freedom and guests additional options to choose from during their Magical Dining experience. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining
  • New Restaurants for 2021: Six restaurants have joined the program for the first time this year: 310 Lakeside, 310 Park South, Adega Gaucha, Aurora at the Celeste,  Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, and RusTeak at Thornton Park. A full list of participating restaurants is available at MagicalDining.com. 
  • Takeout options are returning to this year’s program, giving foodies the flexibility to enjoy dinner from some of the program’s participating restaurants in the comfort of their home or hotel room. Several restaurants are also offering vegan options.  
Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Fall 2020 September 2020 October 2020

NEW! Magical Dining Dine, Stay and Play 

With the all-new addition of Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights, visitors and locals gain access to exclusive hotel and resort offers to enhance dinner with an overnight stay and more time to explore the destination.

Find more than a dozen hotel options here, including: 

  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: Saveup to 30% on an overnight stay.
  • Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando: Save 40% and get a  free bottle of champagne. 
  • Element by Westin: Receive a free ride on The Wheel with popcorn and soft drinks  for up to four people. 
  • Rosen Plaza Hotel: Special package including dinner for two at Jack’s Place, a  Magical Dining restaurant and breakfast for two. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining Chef 2019

Dining with a Purpose 

Every year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining contributes one dollar from each meal served through the program to local charities. This year’s donated funds will focus on two organizations – Pathlight HOME and IDignity – that help combat homelessness in Central Florida and facilitate access to necessary services. More information can be found here.  

With the mission to end homelessness, Pathlight HOME provides affordable housing and offers an employment resource center to help low-income and homeless individuals in Central Florida get back on their feet, while IDignity assists disadvantaged Central Floridians in obtaining legal identification documents often required to access education, employment, housing, banking,  social services, proper healthcare, and numerous additional opportunities.

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Maker Faire Orlando Returns this November

Maker Faire Orlando, the family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, will be returning November 13-14, 2021, for its 9th annual event to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  

Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘Makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Maker Faire Orlando

The two-day event is expected to draw 15,000 attendees and includes 300 exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions. 

  • Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) 
  • Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808) 
  • FREE on-site parking 
  • A variety of food choices are available for purchase. 
Maker Faire Orlando

Call for Makers 

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show their hobbies, experiments or projects.

There is no fee for individuals or community groups to exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando. There is a fee for individuals, small companies and startups to sell products you make at the event.  

Register online: https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/exhibit-at-maker-faire-orlando/ 

The application deadline is Aug. 31.  

Robot Ruckus 

Robot Ruckus is back for 2021 and is included with Maker Faire Orlando tickets.  See your favorite robot builders from TV having fun destroying each other’s toys with more than 20 teams from the BattleBots show on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+. For more information visit robotruckus.org

Maker Faire Orlando Early Bird Tickets

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Makers showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects. 

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with exhibits, a performance stage, big art, and spectacle.

  • One Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $12, Early Bird Adult $15 
  • Two Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $18, Early Bird Adult $25 

Experience hands-on learning by people who make, play, tinker, and hack to include robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics, tools, and crazy things you’ve never seen!  

Order your early bird tickets online (nominal fee applies) at  https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/attend/ 

Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized, celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, and hands-on activities.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. 

We continue to work with local health officials to follow current COVID guidelines with respect to the safety of our staff, exhibitors, and attendees. 

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Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Fall 2021 Issue

D23 Disney Twenty-Three Fall 2021 Issue Walt Disney World 50th

Disney twenty-three marks the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World with more than 20 pages dedicated to “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Stories include a deep dive into the festivities in store for guests when they arrive at the celebration, including a revealing look at the new EPCOT nighttime spectacular, Harmonious.

Also included is a “bonus” chapter from the upcoming book A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of the Most Magical Place on Earth, looking at some of the park’s most beloved entertainment through the years, as well as a glimpse at classic park collectibles through the years.

The front cover—featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle in their EARidescent attire—and back cover—with Remy and Emile from Disney and Pixar’s Ratatouille welcoming guests to their new attraction at the EPCOT France pavilion—were shot exclusively for Disney twenty-three.

This fall also marks the arrival of two epic films from Marvel Studios, and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu and Meng’er Zhang preview the story of a man who learns he cannot outrun his destiny.

And Eternals leads Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Lauren Ridloff to reveal details about the immortal alien race that reunites to save humanity.

The new issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also offers a spook-tacular look at all the Halloween-themed programming coming to Disney+, including The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special follow-up LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, Just Beyond, and Muppets Haunted Mansion. And Muppets Gonzo and Pepé the King Prawn talk about their time cavorting with 999 happy haunts.

Plus, D23 previews its upcoming Halloween Invasion, creeping up soon.

And Disney Theatrical Productions’ Thomas Schumacher and Feld Entertainment’s Kenneth Feld look back at 40 dazzling years of Disney on Ice—and share their vision for the future.

Also included in the Fall issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee picks up a stethoscope for Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.
  • The team behind Ron’s Gone Wrongpreviews the delightful, new animated film
  • Imagineers celebrate 20 years of Tokyo DisneySea—and reveal what’s to come
  • Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives

Additional details will be available at D23.com. Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of August.

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