February 2020 in the Parks

February 2020 in the Parks

Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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

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

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

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

Here is who will be performing in February:

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

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

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

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

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

SeaWorld Orlando

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

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

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

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

Here is who will be taking the stage in February:

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

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

Walt Disney World

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

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

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

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

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

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

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series this month features: 

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • February 7 through 8

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

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

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

Syndee Winters and Michael James Scott

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

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

  • February 24

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Real Music, Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa

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

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

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

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

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Logo

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

NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend

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

Food & Wine Festival

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

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

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

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

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

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

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

  • Strike a ninja pose with characters Kai, Nya, Llyod, Master Wu and for the first time ever, Zane and P.I.X.A.L.
  • Achieve a state of zen or show off your wacky ninja moves during the “ninjoga” sessions – a yoga class just for kids
  • Watch real-life ninjas demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The Dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in the all-new show, Elemental Masters
  • Become one with the rhythmic forces of nature in Earth Beats, ninja-inspired music and drumming show
  • Come dressed as your favorite LEGO NINJAGO hero or villain for a chance to win a LEGO prize
  • Count every Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA and drop off an entry form at LEGO Studio Store for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
  • The all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu features soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns and sweet Asian chicken wings
  • Take your taste buds on a tour around the park with delicious treats including kid-themed candy sushi, chocolate fortune cookies, strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, sensei snack mix, and ninja nachos
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On the Go in the Parks: February 1-2, 2020

On the Go in the Parks Feb 1 and 2

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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!!!

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

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elmo’s Birthday Celebration 

SeaWorld Orlando Elmo's Birthday Celebration 2020

SeaWorld Orlando will host Elmo’s Birthday Celebration with his furry friends until February 3.

In select locations around the park, including Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find a series of special events during this family-friendly celebration.

The best present of all? Elmo’s Birthday Celebration festivities are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Cards

SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card 2020

Time is running out for Florida residents to register for the 2020 SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Pass.

The Preschool pass offers kids ages 5 and younger a free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

Advance registration must be completed ONLINE for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020, and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

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

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

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

This weekend the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature:

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey: February 1 & 2

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

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

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

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

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

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

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Guide
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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.

Throw me something, mister!

The nightly Mardi Gras parade takes over the streets of Universal Studios Florida with intricate floats, dancers and stilt performers with extraordinary costumes, and countless beads. 

This year six new floats will debut inspired by the ‘Treasures of the Deep’ theme in addition to returning favorites including the Riverboat and King Gator floats that have all-new décor celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Parade
Universal Orlando Resort

The parade times change nightly, so here is a rundown of when the parade starts by time:

  • The parade steps off at 5:15 pm: February 11
  • The parade steps off at 5:45 pm: February 20
  • The parade steps off at 6:00 pm: February 2-7
  • The parade steps off at 6:15 pm: February 9-10, 12-14, 17 – 19, 21, 23 – 28 and March 1- 6
  • The parade steps off at 7:30 pm: March 9-12, 16-19, 23-27, March 30 – April 2
  • The parade steps off at 7:45 pm: February 1, 8, 15, 16, 22, 29 and March 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 28-29
Universal Mardi Gras Parade Map

Mardi Gras Concert Series

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

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

All shows begin at 8:30 pm, and below is the full Mardi Gras Concert Series Line-up:

  • Saturday, February 1: The Roots 
  • Saturday, February 8: Karol G 
  • Saturday, February 15: Bell Biv DeVoe 
  • Sunday, February 16: Live 
  • Saturday, February 22: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, February 29: TLC 
  • Saturday, March 7: REO Speedwagon 
  • Sunday, March 8: Dustin Lynch 
  • Friday, March 13: Luis Fonsi 
  • Saturday, March 14: The All-American Rejects 
  • Sunday, March 15: Diana Ross 
  • Friday, March 20: Chris Young 
  • Saturday, March 21: Earth, Wind, & Fire 
  • Sunday, March 22: Marshmello 
  • Saturday, March 28: Why Don’t We 
  • Sunday, March 29: Gavin DeGraw 

French Quarter Courtyard

The heart of the Mardi Gras fun at Universal Studios Florida is the French Quarter Courtyard!

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida French Quarter Courtyard Trumpet

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.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Zydeco Stage

Concerts are free and take place on the French Quarter Courtyard Stage on the following dates:

  • February 1-13: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 14 – March 5: Free Agents Brass Band
  • March 6-21: New Breed Brass Band
  • March 22 – April 2, Naughty Professor Brass Band

Celebrate Global Cuisine

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Cauliflower Dirty Rice
Universal Orlando Resort

Food is central to the Mardi Gras experience at Universal Studios Florida. 

Guests will find fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya as well as new dishes in the Carnival Around The Universe tent, where the menu changes every two weeks, in the French Quarter Courtyard. 

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Jambalaya

Want to try it all? The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard is the best way to sample these unique flavors as well as the event exclusive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax. 

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Tasting Lanyard
Universal Orlando Resort

Add-on experiences

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

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 The Bayou Boil
Universal Orlando Resort

The Bayou Boil, an exclusive Mardi Gras experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana- style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required. 

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 Beignets
Universal Orlando Resort

For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required. 

Merchandise

All new this year is the Mardi Gras Tribute Store, located on the streets of New York, which is a highly themed shopping experience where you can pick up event-exclusive merchandise as well as fancy beads and masks.

Mardi Gras Special Ticket Offers

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

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 until April 2.

What’s included with admission

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020 -
Universal Orlando Resort

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).

Weather

Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are held rain or shine, and often there is a big change in temperature from morning to night so be sure to check the weather before you leave for the park.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2020
Universal Orlando Resort

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Tour the Mardi Gras Tribute Store

This year shopping during Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida has been kicked up a notch with the immersive Tribute Store, located on the streets of New York.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Store Exterior

You can tell from the exterior that the Mardi Gras Tribute Store has a totally different vibe from the party that happens on the surrounding streets.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Tribute Store Map

The store has two distinct rooms that are filled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of the ‘Tribute Cemetery’ and ‘The Bayou.’

This mausoleum detail is really stunning in person!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And this guy in ‘The Bayou’ is INCREDIBLY creepy!!!!!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - The Bayou

While the Tribute Store design is amazing, let’s take a look at the merchandise you can find inside!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I am seriously obsessed with the retro feel of the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 25th Anniversary artwork!

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Beads

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without beads, and in the store you can find a variety of premium beads!

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

The Mardi Gras masks are always popular!

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Here is a look at the 25th anniversary artwork on a black t-shirt.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

I’m usually not a fan of white t-shirts, but this design is really great.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - UOAP Shirt Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Exclusive

Universal Orlando Annual Passholder have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive t-shirt for Mardi Gras.

Tribute Store - Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 - Trading Pins

And you can also purchase a trading pin with the 25th Anniversary Mardi Gras logo.

Tribute Store Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020

And if you are going to be in the parks for an extended amount of time over multiple days, purchasing a freestyle tumbler is a solid idea.

I can’t wait to go back to the Tribute Store to buy a few Mardi Gras goodies! Did you have a favorite item? I am definitely going to have to get an Annual Passholder shirt!!!

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4 Rivers Expands Walt Disney World Offerings

4 Rivers ESPN Wide World of Sports

Award-winning 4R Restaurant Group has expanded its food offerings at Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of two new eateries – The Grill by 4 Rivers and The COOP by 4 Rivers.

Both concession venues are located in The Arena at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which attracts nearly two million athletes, coaches and fans annually for world-class competitions.

4 Rivers ESPN Wide World of Sports

The Grill by 4 Rivers is a new concept from the brand inspired by the popular food of America’s classic roadside eateries.  The Grill specializes in cooked-to-order items including Angus Cheeseburger, Chili & Cheese Footlong Hot Dog and Corn Dog Nuggets.

4 Rivers ESPN Wide World of Sports

The Grill also offers a Beyond Burger, which is made using a 100 percent plant-based patty and is served on a vegan friendly bun.

4 Rivers ESPN Wide World of Sports

The COOP is a walk-up version of 4 Rivers’ beloved Southern-inspired restaurant located in Winter Park, FL.

4 Rivers ESPN Wide World of Sports

The new Disney venue is the only other location of The COOP, offering a variety of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including its famous Chicken Tenders, Signature Grilled and Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Chicken Tender Salad.

Both locations will operate only during events being held in The Arena.

“It’s a tremendous honor to expand the 4 Rivers offerings at Walt Disney World Resort with the debut of The Grill and The COOP at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “We are proud to offer the athletes and fans that come to this world-class sports destination authentic homestyle cuisine from a local brand during their time here in Central Florida.”

ESPN Wide World of Sports ESPNatDisney

In addition to the two new eateries, 4R Restaurant Group also operates walk-up versions of its 4 Rivers Smokehouse and 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa in The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and a Cantina Barbacoa location at Disney Springs.

For more information visit: 4rsmokehouse.com.

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Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando will host Elmo’s Birthday Celebration with his furry friends from January 27 to February 3.

SeaWorld Orlando Elmo's Birthday Celebration 2020

In select locations around the park, including Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find a series of special events during this weeklong, family-friendly celebration.

The best present of all? Elmo’s Birthday Celebration festivities are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Elmo’s Birthday Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando 

DJ Dance Party

Join an interactive DJ dance party with your favorite Sesame Street friends from January 31 until February 3 at select times.

Scavenger Hunt

Elmo’s goldfish, Dorothy, is hiding around Sesame Street Land. Guests will have to look high and low for all her favorite hiding spots!

Photo Opportunities

Guests will find that they can take a special birthday photo with Elmo.

SeaWorld Orlando Sesame Street Land Elmo's Birthday 2020

Coloring Station

One of Elmo’s favorite things to do is color, and during the event you can visit the coloring station to join in the fun.

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast

As a special add-on experience families can pull up a chair at Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast on February 1st or 2nd.

Start the day with a celebration! Reserve your table and join Elmo and friends for breakfast at the Seafire Grill. 

Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast features a delicious and nutritious breakfast buffet that includes chef-carved brown sugar glazed ham, bacon, sausage links, and traditional favorites like:

  • Biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Corn beef hash
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Western omelet eggs
  • Waffles
  • Potato tots
  • Grits
  • Freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Yogurt with topping bar
  • Assorted cereals
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Assorted beverages like milk, juice, and coffee

Gluten free options are available, and if you have any dietary or allergy-related concerns the hostess will be able to help.

Reservations are required for Elmo’s Birthday Breakfast, and the price for adults (ages 10+) is $29.99 plus tax, children ages 3-9 is $14.99 plus tax, and children under 2 are free.

SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Pass

January 2019 Theme Park Ticket OffersElmo's Birthday Celebration

Time is running out for Florida residents to register for the 2020 SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Pass.

The Preschool pass offers kids ages 5 and younger a free Preschool Card valid for unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through December 31, 2020. 

Advance registration must be completed ONLINE for the Preschool Card by February 3, 2020, and guests must redeem their ticket by March 31, 2020.

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On the Go in the Parks: January 25-26, 2020

On the Go in the Parks - Jan 25 2020
Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

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!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld January 2020

“Jungle” Jack Hanna will once again be visiting SeaWorld Orlando for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets on January 25 and 26. 

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater that are included with your theme park admission with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Schedule:

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.

Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna

3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.

Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna

Want to meet Jack? All you need to do is arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet.

Rock the Universe – Universal Studios Florida

Rock the Universe 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios Florida

Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.

Fans will enjoy feature performances by GRAMMY award-winning Christian hip hop recording artist, TobyMac, GRAMMY award-winning contemporary Christian music artist, Chris Tomlin, Dove award-winners, Newsboys, Alternative Rock Band, Switchfoot and more. 

An event ticket also provides access to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most entertaining theme park attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. 

Rock the Universe fans will also enjoy autograph sessions with the genre’s top artists and access to the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, which features more live performances by up-and-coming acts. And, on Sunday morning, guests can wrap up the weekend with a powerful worship service.

LEGOLAND Florida – LEGO Ninjago Days

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

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

All event activities are included with paid admission or annual pass

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

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Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide

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

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

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

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

This weekend:

  • Kissy Simmons, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alton Fitzgerald White and Gavin Lee – January 25 
  • Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey – January 26

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Confisco Grille Announces New Menu

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu

Universal’s Islands of Adventure has some of my favorite theme park food in all of Orlando, and now the Confisco Grille, located at the far end of the Port of Entry, has announced that they have a new menu with dishes inspired by global flavors.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

The park has a new Executive Chef, Jason Glus, and he and his team have created the new menu by re-visiting the story behind the venue.

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

The Discover Universal Blog shared a closer look at how Chef Gus developed the menu for the Confisco Grille.

This hidden gem has been hiding out in plain sight since Islands of Adventure opened in 1999. This restaurant has served as a resting spot for all explorers coming through Port of Entry. Their worldwide travels have served as the main inspiration for the menu.

“The story behind Confisco connects to Port of Entry, which is exciting because it gives us a mixture of global cuisines to work with,” says Chef Glus. “There’s Asian influence, Turkish, Mediterranean, Greek, Russian, Polish and more.”

It’s no cakewalk to bring these dishes to life. It takes time for the team to research and bring the concepts to life.

“It took us months of researching all these different flavors and spices,” Chef Glus explains. “Even looking back to the 17th and 18th centuries and seeing how dishes were cooked then — in wood ovens and cazuela pots, which we use to cook here in the restaurant.”

Enough talking about these new dishes…let’s take a look at four of the new dishes!

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cucumber topped with a chile aioli on a French baguette

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Sesame seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, green onion, avocado, edamame, cucumber and a wasabi-ponzu dressing

Grilled Lamb Meatballs

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Grilled spiced lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, tomato-cucumber relish, feta cheese and mint chimichurri

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, served over goat cheese polenta and topped with toasted sesame seeds

Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure Confisco Grille Menu
Universal Orlando Resort

But even the dishes that you’ve seen before have a new twist, Chef Glus explains. “The menu items we did keep, we changed up the presentation. If you’re going to elevate the food, you need to elevate the overall experience.”

I can’t wait to head over to Confisco Grille at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to check it out for myself!

The restaurant currently serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until park close, and you can find the menu online.

Reservations are recommended, and if you have any dietary needs you can contact the Universal Orlando Resort by calling (407) 224-FOOD (3663).

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LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGO NINJAGO Days, on select weekends in January and February, invites LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests to “become the ninja” with their favorite heroes and villains from the world of NINJAGO.

The LEGO NINJAGO Days event runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days:

  • January 25-26
  • Februar 1-2
  • February 8-9

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

Also debuting is the all-new Ninja Kitchen food truck’s menu featuring soon-to-be favorites including Super Fancy Spring Rolls with Peking duck, pork bao buns, and sweet Asian chicken wings

LEGO NINJAGO Days Experiences

Live Shows

  • Elemental Masters – Observe LEGOLAND Florida’s elite ninjas as they demonstrate abilities in mastering the elements of Spinjitzu. The dojo comes to life with kicking, spinning and tumbling in this exciting, high energy show.
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida
  • NINJOGA – Enter a state of zen in this fun, ninja-themed yoga class for kids! Limited capacity—first come, first served.
  • Earth Beats – Become one with the rhythmic force of nature in this energetic show featuring ninja-inspired music and drumming.

Ninja Activities

  • Ninja Skills Test: Date to rest your ninja skills? Stop by our ninja climb and ninja hang to see if you’ve got what it takes!
  • NEW NINJAGO Series Showing: The first two episodes of the latest NINJAGO television series. Seen at LEGOLAND Florida Resort before anywhere else!
  • Garmadon 3X Build: Help build super bricks to create a larger-than-life-sized Lord Garmadon!
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
  • Where’s Wu Scavenger Hunt: A ninja blends with their surroundings! Now it’s up to you to find Master Wu hiding among the landmarks of MINILAND USA. Find every Master Wu you can for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack. See registration table for an entry form and official rules.
  • Good vs. Evil Competition Build: Which side are you on? Use your building skills and imagination to build a ninja or a baddie. One model per day will be selected to win a LEGO prize pack. See registration table for official rules.

CHARACTER EXPERIENCES

Have your photo taken with PIXAL, Zane, Lloyd!

LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida January 2020
  • PIXAL character meet and greet times: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • Zane character meet and greet times: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Lloyd character meet and greet times: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
  • Meet your favorite NINJAGO characters: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NINJA DINING

  • Kids’ Candy Sushi: Candy fish rolled in rice krispies and fruit leather. 
  • Sensei Snack Mix: Training master approved Asain spiced Chex Mix, sesame sticks, pretzels, chow mein noodles and Wasabi peas.
LEGO NINJAGO Days LEGOLAND Florida
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort
  • Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies: Fortune cookies dipped in chocolate. 
  • Ninja Nachos: Teriyaki pulled chicken over fried wonton chips with cabbage slaw and citrus aioli (yuzu).
  • Katana Cake Roll: Strawberry cheesecake egg roll topped with powdered sugar (2 per order).

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Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld January 2020

“Jungle” Jack Hanna will once again be visiting SeaWorld Orlando for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets on January 25 and 26. 

Jack Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as conservationist, author, television personality, and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds. 

Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown

During his travels, Jack shares with millions of viewers his insights into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species.

Jack Hanna Weekend SeaWorld Orlando WIld Weekend

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater that are included with your theme park admission with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to meet Jack? All you need to do is arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet.

Jack Hanna Weekend Schedule

If you are interested in attending the live shows with Jack Hanna, make sure to arrive at the Nautilus Theater at least 30 minutes prior to the show starting.

Saturday, January 25 

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
Sunday, January 26 

1:00p.m. – 1:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.
Wild Animal Live Show with Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna Weekend Upgrades

Jack Hanna Weekend Upgrades

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If you want to make sure that you have a great seat to see Jack Hanna with a shorter wait there are two upgrades you may want to check out!

Jack Hanna Front Row Reserved Seating – $35 ages 3 and up / Free ages 2 and under

Enjoy the best seats in Nautilus Theater, reserved front row, for Jack Hanna.
Jack Hanna will be here for 2 days only on January 25 and 26, 2020. Ticket only valid on date and time chosen.
Guests should plan to arrive at Nautilus Theater at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled show time in order to enjoy the show from the reserved seating section.
Know before you buy:

  • Front row reserved seating valid only on date of reservation and for event listed. 
  • Seating available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Please arrive at Nautilus Theater reserved seating area at least 15 minutes prior to show time to ensure reserved seating availability. 
  • This product is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Park admission, taxes, parking, and service fees are not included in the price of the product. 
  • Prices subject to change without notice. 
  • Inventory is limited

Jack Hanna Reserved Seating – $20 ages 3 and up / Free ages 2 and under

Guarantee a great seat for Jack Hanna in our reserved seating section.

Jack Hanna will be here for 2 days only on January 25 and 26, 2020. Ticket only valid on date and time chosen.
Guests should plan to arrive at Nautilus Theater at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled show time in order to enjoy the show from the reserved seating section.
Know before you buy:

  • Reserved seating valid only on date of reservation and for event listed. 
  • Seating available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Please arrive at Nautilus Theater reserved seating area at least 15 minutes prior to show time to ensure reserved seating availability. 
  • This product is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Park admission, taxes, parking, and service fees are not included in the price of the product. 
  • Prices subject to change without notice. 
  • Inventory is limited

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Museum of Illusions coming to ICON Park

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park, on International Drive, has just announced that a new experience – The Museum of Illusions – will be joining the entertainment destination this summer.

With locations in several countries around the world, the museum is an unusual and exciting attraction full of interactive, immersive and fun experiences that educate visitors on vision, perception, the human brain, and science.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020
Museum of Illusions

“ICON Park is proud to offer one of the largest selections of entertainment options in Central Florida. From thrilling attractions to top-tier museums to world-class restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “We’re excited to welcome the Museum of Illusions into the ICON Park family and know our guests are sure to be amazed at what they’ll see.”

The museum will bring its most astonishing optical, photographic, holographic and interactive illusions to ICON Park.

Popular exhibits available for viewing include “Upside-down room”, “Vortex Tunnel” and “Building Illusion”. Museum of Illusions isn’t like other museums — guests can laugh, scream, run and take photos.

Museum of Illusions ICON Park International Drive New in 2020

ICON Park has countless other entertainment options. If you’re feeling daring, take on the 450-feet Orlando Starflyer. Want the perfect view of I-Drive? Hop on The Wheel for a scenic ride. See beautiful aquatic wildlife at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium or pose for pictures with the realistic wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Finish off your night with Orlando’s finest dining, right on ICON Park property.

The museum is scheduled to open summer 2020.

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Orlando Wine Festival 2020 at ICON Park

Orlando Wine Festival 2020 Icon Park
  • 3rd annual Orlando Wine Festival at a new and bigger location – ICON Park
  • Charity partnership with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to include pet adoption park
  • 35+ wine vendors with over 100 varieties of wine
  • Interactive art installations and immersive experiences
  • Rose’ Garden, Sangria Island and Beer Garden

ICON Park will hold the 3rd annual Orlando Wine Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 8 p.m.

The event, which has been hosted in downtown Orlando for the past few years, has moved to the new location to accommodate its popularity and growth.

ICON Park, located at 8375 International Drive, allows the Orlando Wine Festival to expand its experiences for attendees and also create a partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to help spread the message about the importance of adoption and animal care. 

During the event, attendees can enjoy a fun-filled day of wine tasting, live music, unique immersive experiences and art installations. 

Food trucks and local vendors will be there to shop from.

In addition, each ticket comes with a year-long voucher to ride The Wheel.

ICON Park is located in the heart of Central Florida’s tourism hub and has been ranked one of the 7 Best Attractions in Orlando by Forbes. It’s home to The Wheel, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando Starflyer and more. Centrally located on International Drive, ICON Park offers convenience to Orlando’s famous theme parks, tourist destinations and venues.

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This year will be the first year ICON Park will be hosting the Orlando Wine Festival, making it the biggest festival yet.

“ICON Park is extremely thrilled to bring the Orlando Wine Festival from downtown into our own backyard,” said Giovanny Olarte, director of business management at ICON Park.

“We are excited to not only be partnering with ICON Park, which is such an amazing venue right at the center of Florida’s tourism hub, but to also be bringing in the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando as a charity we really believe in! What could be better than dogs and wine,” said Emily Wagner, an event coordinator at Growth Marketing Firm. 

To register for the Orlando Wine Festival and purchase tickets, visit the Orlando Wine Festival website.

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2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Announced

Today, the Walt Disney World Resort revealed the 100 extraordinary high school students from across the nation who will participate in the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. Each student receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the immersive, transformational four-day experience that will take place March 12-15.

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Keke Palmer (right) of ABC’s “Good Morning America” visits Myah Mitchell (center) at her school in Queen, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2020, to surprise her live on air with the news Mitchell will be part of the 2020 class for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

To celebrate the students’ selection, ABC’s Good Morning America surprised one member of the new 2020 class, Myah Mitchell of Cambria Heights, NY, by showing up at her school this morning to tell her the news. The full list of students is available at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

The program, now in its 13th year, is a part of Walt Disney World’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is “Be100,” encouraging teens to be positive, to be “all in” and to carry what they learn back with them so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

“After 12 successful years, we know the profound impact this program has on these students,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “One dream can change the world, and through Disney Dreamers Academy we hope to help these amazing teens turn their dreams into reality.”

Participating students, known as “Disney Dreamers,” embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and behind the scenes of this 40-square-mile vacation destination. It’s a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams, and interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Past celebrity participants have included singer NE-YO, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, the star of the Disney’s upcoming live-action “Little Mermaid” Halle Bailey, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, and personalities and cast members from across the Disney corporate family including “Good Morning America’’, ESPN, Disney Channel, the TV series “black-ish” and “grown-ish.”

disney dreamers academy workshop
2nd from Left: Jaterria Hicks, of Atlanta, Ga., learns medical principles during a medical workshop (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Students participate in immersive career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines found at Walt Disney World, learning life tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.

“I know from personal experience that big dreams lead to big success,” said Harvey. “Disney understands that concept better than any other company and that is why I partner with them every year on this program to encourage big dreams for the next generation.”

Since 2008, Walt Disney World Resort has provided all-expenses-paid trips to more than 1,200 students, plus a parent or guardian, to participate in the annual Disney Dreamers Academy. Students are selected from thousands of applicants who answered essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.

“Meeting the 100 impressive students selected for Disney Dreamers Academy each year is a personal highlight for me,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. “I am continually amazed by their ambition, talent and perseverance. Partnering with Disney on this program is an opportunity to carry out our ongoing mission to inspire, inform and empower.”

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

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Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Walt Disney World to experience an Epcot International Festival of the Arts preview. All opinions and over-use of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series 2020 Details Epcot international Festival of the Arts

The highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is hands dow the Disney on Broadway Concert Series that brings different pairs of stars to perform some of the songs they helped make famous and beyond.

Performances are included with your theme park admission, and take place on the American Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 17 to February 24, 2020.

While the concerts are amazing, on select nights there are special performances featuring twice the star power!

During the media preview for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, we were treated to one of these amazing concerts with Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Gavin Lee. I STILL have goosebumps!!!

2020 Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Lets first take a look at who will be lighting up the stage as part of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. 

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Heidi Blickenstaff, Gavin Lee, Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

Liana Hunt and Adam Jacobs

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8

Liana Hunt, Adam Jacobs, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

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

Michael James Scott and Syndee Winters

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

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

  • February 24
Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019 - Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package

While the concert series is included in your theme park admission, seating is not guaranteed and often requires arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

However you can choose to purchase a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with guaranteed seating at one concert on the day of your dining.

The Dining Package price includes a 3-course meal experience that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet, where applicable at select World Showcase restaurants.

Participating Dining Package restaurants include:

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages:

  • Dining packages are paid for at the individual restaurants
  • Guests should check in 15 minutes prior to reservations
  • Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours before showtime
  • Tax, gratuity and required Epcot admission not included with dining package cost
  • Guaranteed concert seating badges for the America Gardens Theatre will be provided at the restaurant
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
  • Magic Your Way Dine and Deluxe Dine packages will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan will be accepted as payment (requires 2 table service entitlements per Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package)

To book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package, visit the official website.

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Ravello at Four Seasons hosts Italian Festival

Ravello Italian Festival Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Buon Appetito!

Ravello, the modern-Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, is bringing back its popular Italian Festival featuring a five-course truffle dinner and special prix-fixe menu highlighting Italian cuisine from January 28 through February 2, 2020.

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Torino, Italy, oversees the Resort’s six restaurants and banquet operations, though Ravello is where his true passion lies. 

Everything in Ravello is house-made with authentic ingredients imported straight from Italy, such as the flour used in the pastas and pizza dough. 

Chef Schenardi will host the Italian Festival along with guest chefs from the Region of Piedmont in Italy and the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary Institute, which the Resort first partnered with in October 2016.

Special guests include ChefRiccardo Marello,a culinary director and teacher at IFSE and a member of the Italian Chef Federation, as well as Chef Piero Rainone, who attended culinary school with Chef Schenardi in Torino more than 30 years ago and is also a member of IFSE and the Italian Chef Federation. Ugo Mura will represent IFSE as an Italian wine expert.

“I am very excited to bring back the Italian Festival,” says Schenardi. “It is an honour to cook with such talented chefs who have the same passion for sharing the traditional flavours of Italy.”

Ravello Italian Festival Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Truffle Dinner

The highlight of the event, the five-course truffle dinner, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Ravello, and each course will feature the Piedmont Truffle from Italy and a wine pairing.

First Course

  • Salt roasted veal, Roccaverano Robiola cheese spuma, almond biscotto, truffle
  • Coppo, Gavi di Gavi, 2018

Second Course

  • Slow cooked egg, light cauliflower-anchovy cream, winter vegetables, truffle
  • Coppo, ‘L’Avocata’, Barbera d’Alba, 2017

Third Course

  • Pumpkin risotto, Castelmagno cheese, foie gras, natural jus, truffle
  • Coppo, Barolo Select, 2015

Fourth Course

  • Lamb loin, hazelnuts, glazed shallots, crunchy polenta gnocchi, carrot puree, truffle
  • Reversanti, Barolo, 2014

Dessert

  • Milk air, egg yolk vanilla crumble, hazelnut spuma, creamy chestnut, shaved chocolate salame
  • Coppo, Moscato d’Asti, 2018

The dinner is available for USD 195 per person (all inclusive) and must be reserved in advance by calling 407-313-6161.

Prix-Fixe Dinner

Additionally, guests can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu in Ravello for USD 56 per person from Tuesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 2, 2020.

First Course

  • Beef tartare, toasted hazelnut butter, artichoke and parmesan cheese salad

Second Course

  • Handmade Tajarin Piedmont pasta, white meat ragout, leek cream

Dessert

  • Gianduja milk chocolate, hazelnuts, raspberry sorbet

Guests may also order the above dishes a la carte. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Ravello Italian Festival
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

For reservations at Ravello for the Italian Festival, call 407-313-6161.

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