DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.
What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!
From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.
What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!
My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise
The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!
So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???
I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!
The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.
Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!
This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!
This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!
This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.
DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney’s Riviera Resort, Walt Disney World’s newest Disney Vacation Club Resort opens today with the most Disney Vacation Club room types in the history of the organization…so let’s start exploring them at the top with a look at a Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa!
Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa offers spacious living spaces (the dining room is AMAZING) that the entire family can enjoy tother. And when I say entire family, I mean the entire family as each Grand Villa has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 12!!!!
Want to know more about the Resort?
Disney’s Riviera Resort is designed to capture the magic of Europe that Walt Disney fell in love with once upon a time.
Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed home by a palm tree-lined boulevard and the striking façade of this Resort hotel. From the grand archways and porticos to the tower and terraces, Disney’s
Riviera Resort will be a modern masterpiece of imagination, with each detail drawing upon the influences of Europe and the Mediterranean.
In the main lobby, you’ll find yourself in an elegant setting appointed with a mix of modern and classic 20th-Century furnishings. You’ll also discover a unique art collection celebrating beloved Disney Characters and icons, influenced by master artists who found inspiration along the European Riviera.
The ambiance will extend outdoors—where beautiful gardens, bubbling fountains, lush landscaping and a serene waterfront will beckon you to enjoy scenic strolls with your loved ones.
Disney’s Riviera Resort also includes fantastic dining locations, a fab shopping location, and access to the Disney Skyliner.
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It’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve… and there’s no better place to start 2020 off right than in the exhilarating atmosphere of Universal Orlando Resort.
With captivating experiences offered across the destination – from the high-energy character dance parties in Universal Studios Florida to the chic EVE celebration for guests 21 and up at Universal CityWalk and unique events at Universal Orlando’s hotels – there’s no shortage of options to have a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at the most exciting theme park destination in the Universe. Guests can:
Experience theme park thrills and fun for the entire family with epic New Year’s Eve festivities at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can visit the rockin’ party zones located at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park – complete with hit music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors and – of course – pyrotechnics. Plus, guests will have access to the park’s thrilling and immersive attractions throughout the evening. Access to Universal Studios’ New Year’s Eve festivities is included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.
Enjoy the chic spectacle of EVEat Universal CityWalk – the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration for guests 21 and up. Featuring delicious gourmet cuisine, access to five CityWalk clubs filled with exceptional live entertainment across Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor and more, it’s the best party this year… and next. Guests can save up to $50 on select tickets now through Dec. 15. For tickets and event details, including exclusive Annual Passholder discounts, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.
Delight in New Year’s Eve at Universal Orlando’s hotels, with each offering special festivities – and their own unique twist on the holiday – for hotel guests to ring in 2020.
Guests can experience a special “Party on the Piazza” surrounded by the beauty of an Italian seaside village at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, ROCK their way into the New Year at Hard Rock Hotel, take in the cool surf vibe of the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites or visit any other Universal Orlando hotel for a unique and vibrant way to celebrate. For more information on New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal Orlando’s hotels.
Guests can even start their New Year’s Eve celebrations early by experiencing the daytime thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.
And running daily now through January 5, 2020, they can experience Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration – featuring an incredible line-up of holiday experiences that put a twist on the traditional.
This year SeaWorld Orland’s Christmas Celebration, Sesame Street Land has been decked out for the holidays and their daily parade has a fun holiday twist!
The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and friends in their holiday best as dancing along to holiday favorites, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Joy to the World.”
The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is very popular, so here are a few tips for making your viewing the best it can possibly be.
Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips
The parade does not just roll down the middle of Sesame Street. The parade starts over near Abby’s Flower Tower before heading down to the end of Sesame Street Land and stopping to fill the area along the neighborhood (not attractions) with fun.
While the parade does stop, children are not encouraged to step out and join the characters during the parade stops. It’s helpful to set this expectation early, because it is tempting for little ones to want to join the dancing.
Make sure to get your spot at least 30 minutes before the parade starts to grab a spot along the street.
Be aware that if you are in the front row, you will be asked to sit down for the parade so that others behind you will be able to see.
While you are in the neighborhood, take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout Sesame Street Land! My favorite are the decorations in the Laundromat made of lost socks!
ICON Park is bringing college football excitement from the field to the sky with five days of events for fans of teams playing in the Camping World Bowl and VRBO Citrus Bowl.
Team spirit will reach new heights when the 400-foot-high Wheel is lit up in individual team colors. On December 28, once the Camping World Bowl champion is crowned, The Wheel will glow in the winner’s colors.
Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
December 26: Iowa State University
December 27: University of Notre Dame
December 28: Camping World Bowl winner’s celebration
VRBO Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama
December 29: University of Michigan
December 30: University of Alabama
Fireworks will fly each night at 10 p.m. as DJs get fans pumped up for the big games. For fans wearing team colors, discounts will be available at ICON Park-owned bars, Sky Bar experiences aboard The Wheel and more.
Visit LEGOLAND Florida Resort this Month to Receive a Free Return Ticket and see the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display One Last Time
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is celebrating the jolliest time of the year by gifting guests who purchase single-day theme park tickets now through the end of the year a free ticket to return in January or February 2020. Enjoy seasonal shows, tasty treats, exclusive character meet-and-greets and unique LEGO® activities during Holidays at LEGOLAND – included with all types of theme park admission.
The theme park built for kids is bidding the LEGO Star Wars Miniland model display goodbye. Guests can enjoy the display until January 6, 2020 before it’s off to a galaxy far, far away and get one last look at favorite scenes from the iconic Star Wars™ saga recreated with 1.5 million LEGO bricks!
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.
2020 will bring a lot of new things to Orlando, and one that I am really excited about is the Jurassic World Live Tour that is coming to the Amway Center January 17-20, 2020!
The Jurassic World Live Tour is your chance to step into an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans.
During the show, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage.
The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience.
Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages.
Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years.
“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment.
“We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”
Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, and I am stoked to share with you an opportunity to save on your tickets just in time for the holidays!
You can ring in 2020 with a full belly and a happy heart at Tapa Toro and Taverna Opa’s New Year’s Eve celebrations!
So much fun, they have to do it twice! On New Year’s Eve, Tapa Toro will celebrate the new year twice, with a special four-course menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a five-course menu at 9 p.m.
Guests making reservations for the four-course menu, priced at $35 per person, will ring in the new year with the rest of Spain and enjoy a champagne toast at 6 p.m. The menu will feature assorted cold tapas, a holiday salad of mixed greens, roasted root veggies, gala apple, cranberries, pepitas, and holiday spice vinaigrette; the main course of 6-hour short rib, and a seasonal dessert.
For those interested in celebrating at 9 p.m., Tapa Toro’s five-course menu, priced at $75 per adult and $65 per child under 12 years of age, will feature assorted hot and cold tapas, holiday salad, the Mar y Tierra main course of a lobster tail and a 6-hour short rib, and a seasonal dessert, as well as a champagne toast at midnight.
Meanwhile, at Taverna Opa’s Greek Gatsby Roaring Twenties celebration, guests will dance the night away at the biggest party in Orlando!
Taverna Opa will be serving up a savory menu, from 9 p.m. to midnight and priced at $75 per person, of family-style appetizers of hummus, horiatiki, keftedes, spanakopita, and calamari, an individual entree of “Surf & Turf” lamb chops and lobster tail, and a scrumptious dessert station.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Central Florida’s premier spa offering both high-tech, innovative results-driven therapies, combined with traditional body and facial therapies, for the ultimate in rejuvenation and restoration. Exclusive in Central Florida to Four Seasons Orlando, The Spa now offers the Parisian line Biologique Recherché and its array of remarkably effective facials. Additionally, The Spa is now offering several cryotherapy treatments for body contouring, using a high-tech Cryoskin machine.
Esteemed skin care line Biologique Recherché of France is known for its high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. Cold-made formulations that preserve the structure of active ingredients are applied to “recondition” the skin and help activate regeneration properties and balance the skin.
The Spa now has the Biologique Recherché Remodeling Face Machine, a non-invasive machine that uses electrical currencies at three different frequencies, aimed to stimulate tissue, plump the skin, and create a radiant, refreshed look.
The following new treatments are offered incorporating this premium line:
Hyper Customised Facial – 50 minutes, USD 210; 80 minutes, USD 310 – A bespoke facial designed to show instant results for all ages and skin types, this facial includes a thorough skin consultation, deep cleanse, exfoliation, delightful and effective lifting and contouring facial massage, and a curated skin cocktail of serums and masks.
Lift & Remodel Facial – 80 minutes, USD 395 – Define and sculpt facial contours while stimulating underlying tissue with three currents. Galvanic, medium and high Ffrequency are utilised to lift the face, neck and décolleté. Remodeling Face Machine revitalises the skin, restores elasticity and reduces puffiness around eyes while improving the penetration of active ingredients for the ultimate anti-ageing experience.
Regenerating Micro Puncture Facial – 50 minutes, USD 350; 80 minutes, USD 445 – This facial is an intensive treatment that increases collagen production through intra-epidermal micro stimulation combined with a serum skin cocktail of highly active amino acids and vitamins. Micro Puncture Lab activates the skin’s natural repair and regenerative process. A remarkably effective treatment to illuminate the complexion, improve firmness and elasticity and combat premature signs of ageing. The 80 minute treatment includes cocktails d’actifs and specialty collagen mask.Biologique Recherché Touch Therapies for the Body
Tone & Lift – 50 minutes, USD 190; 80 minutes USD 285 – A restorative body treatment featuring an exfoliating session followed by a bio-reflex massage using a moisturising and dermo-protecting complex, followed by the application of firming cream that prevents against skin slackening. This treatment offers a full body toning of the epidermis while refining skin’s texture.
Detox & Slim – 80 minutes, USD 285 – This treatment aims to improve circulation, blood flow, eliminate toxins and fats responsible for localised weight gain and help to regenerate body tissue. This treatment is ideal for combating water retention and bloating while naturally encouraging slimming.Cryotherapy
Exclusive to Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Central Florida, the cryotherapy treatments involve a technique to slim the body with a three-phase thermal shock system that destroys fat cells, followed by a lymphatic massage. The Spa uses the Cryoskin machine, in which the therapist uses a wand to apply temperatures of negative two degrees Celsius to negative four degrees Celsius, to trigger the death of fat cells and achieve results. An immediate slimming in the targeted area, such as the stomach, thighs, arms, or back, is often experienced as a result of localised exposure to sub-zero temperatures. Longer lasting results will be seen at the end of three to five sessions.
Cryo toning sessions aim to eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance to areas lacking elasticity. This cold therapy treatment advances oxygenated blood flow, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
Cryo Slimming – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per treatment for a series of five – Naturally slim the body with this remarkable treatment consisting of a three-phase thermal shock to destroy fat cells and lose inches on the stomach, thighs, arms, and back. Results are immediate after one session and best results occur between three and six sessions.
Cryo Toning – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per a series of five – Eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance with this cold therapy treatment that improves microcirculation, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
Cryo Facial – USD 250 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 225 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 200 per treatment for a series of five – For the face, cryo techniques can also assist with diminishing fine lines, boosting collagen production, improving elasticity, and feeling a tightening of the skin with advanced oxygenated blood flow from cold therapy. Immediate enhancements in the tone and appearance of skin, as well as a refreshing lift and firmness, are experienced after one session. The Cryo Facial stimulates major collagen production for a firmer, more radiant glow.
With all cryo therapies, optimal results are seen with multiple sessions. Cryo Toning benefits are not permanent and are cumulative with regular sessions and healthy lifestyle choices. Cryo treatment results can last for several weeks after the treatment, and best results are typically seen between fifteen days and three weeks.
SPACE 220 RESTAURANT IN EPCOT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT WILL LAUNCH GUESTS TO A NEW HEIGHT OF DINING
Space 220 Restaurant and Lounge in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort promises to provide the ‘height of dining’ to visitors when it opens in 2020, and the Patina Restaurant Group has released new details about their latest signature table-service.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept, Space 220 will invite guests to feel as though they have traveled into the cosmos. The simulated expedition will provide stunning views of Earth by day and night in a new out-of-this-world culinary experience among the stars.
The adventure begins when a crew member invites guests to step inside the restaurant’s space elevator and prepare for liftoff. Guests will feel as if they are on a scenic excursion traveling 220 miles directly above Earth’s surface, docking at the Centauri Space Station suspended just beyond the orbit of Mission: SPACE.
Upon their arrival at the restaurant, guests will be guided to their seats past the grow zone, a spinning wall of produce that mimics Earth’s gravity and represents some of the fresh ingredients used by the culinary team.
“I look forward to welcoming guests to Space 220, an immersive culinary journey intended to celebrate the wonders of our solar system and transport guests 220 miles above Earth’s surface to experience the height of dining,” said Nick Valenti on behalf of Patina Restaurant Group and parent company, Delaware North.
Space 220 will feature the celestial panorama of a space station combined with gourmet menu offerings. Visitors can expect to witness the sublime sights of passing satellites or floating astronauts while enjoying interstellar dishes during a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The highly anticipated restaurant concept will begin departures this winter.
D23 Destination D returns to Walt Disney World Resort with an all-new theme. Plus, more tours of The Walt Disney Studios than ever before, additional magical screenings, a visit to Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., and more
In 2020, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing back many of its most popular events, adding incredible new experiences, and putting new twists on fan favorites.
D23 DESTINATION D: FANTASTIC WORLDS: Returning to Walt Disney World Resort next November 20–22, Destination D will honor Disney’s many magical places, from the extraordinary to the fantastical. In addition, the Walt Disney Archives, which turns 50 next year, is creating an all-new exhibit that will include 50 iconic treasures, representing the 50 years of the Archives. And Walt Disney Imagineering’s store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open a pop-up shop featuring exclusive items, just for the weekend. Additional details, including special hotel rates and ticketing information, will be announced in late spring.
D23 CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES: In addition to the new exhibit coming to Destination D, D23 Members will be invited to a special Grand Opening Preview of Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., on Saturday, March 4, 2020. Plus, on June 22, the actual anniversary of the founding of the Archives, D23 will hold a special “birthday party” at the Bowers Museum. And next year, D23 will offer two exclusive D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experiences: A Day at the Studio Lot, for an exciting look behind the incredible work that goes on every day at the Walt Disney Archives.
WALT’S MARCELINE: Walt frequently cited this charming Missouri town, where he spent his early childhood, as one of his greatest influences. In fact, its lovely main thoroughfare was an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. D23 Members will have a chance to explore the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, enjoy local treats, and mingle with special guests during this full-day event.
SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT, AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, AND ON THE ROAD: For years, D23 Members have enjoyed private screenings of beloved classics on The Walt Disney Studios lot and at Disney Springs with special guests and exclusive gifts. This year, for the first time ever, D23 is taking the show—and the movies—on the road, bringing the joy of Disney films to members in select cities around the country. Next year, D23 will more than double the number of its Magical Screenings, celebrating the milestone anniversaries of such films as The Three Caballeros, A Goofy Movie, Pocahontas, The Emperor’s New Groove, and The Aristocats.
THE OFFICIAL WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOUR—PRESENTED BY D23:In 2019,for the first time ever, D23 hosted monthly Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot. In 2020, due to overwhelming demand, we are adding additional tours, offering them more often so more guests can take a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and see Walt Disney’s office suite. These tours offer fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.
ADVANCE SCREENINGS OF NEW FILMS: In 2020, D23 Members will once again enjoy exclusive, advance screenings across the country in partnership with our friends from The Walt Disney Studios. This year, D23 brought movie magic—including Toy Story 4 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—to more than 35 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Toronto. D23 Members also attended the red-carpet premiere of Disney’s Aladdin.
SIGNATURE EVENTS: D23 will invite guests to enjoy Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival this spring, as well as foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival next fall. Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive merchandise store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open its doors to members for shopping days. And seasonal favorites will return, including a new Halloween event and the holiday favorite Light Up the Season with D23 at The Walt Disney Studios, as well as a special event next December at Walt Disney World Resort. Members will also be able to attend special events at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and D23 will continue to offer unique experiences across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet our Disney Legends and luminaries.
MEMBER MEET-UPS: In 2020, D23 will bring its popular Member Mixers and meet-ups to cities across the United States including Anaheim, New York City, San Diego, and Seattle, as well as to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Additional details on D23’s lineup of 2020 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. Many of these events are exclusively for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Be sure to check the full listings when events post for details. All events and dates are subject to change.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Light Up UCF brings snowy nights and sparkling lights with an all new ride, spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more to Central Florida!
Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.
Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of Addition Financial Arena, Light Up UCF will run through Sunday, January 5.
This year’s festival offers nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!
Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. Our Holiday Light Show (powered by Duke Energy) features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival (presented by AdventHealth for Children) encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to Addition Financial Arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Check www.LightUpUCF.com for times and dates.
The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.
There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide (sponsored by E-Pass) where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, the debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the AdventHealth Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.
Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.LightUpUCF.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com.
Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.
RRunning Universal’s inaugural Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend will take off at Universal Orlando Resort on February 1 & 2, 2020 – but it wouldn’t be complete without a gaggle of larger-than-life characters cheering on the runners along the way.
The first-ever Epic Character Races will give participants ages five and up the unique opportunity to run surrounded by some of the most beloved characters in pop culture. Runners will be championed by mischievous Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and Minions franchises, Velociraptor Blue from the Jurassic World franchise with her Raptor Expert, the world’s favorite ogre Shrek and his friends from the DreamWorks Animation films, the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons from Transformers and more. If runners need a pit-stop along the routes, many of these characters will be available for fun photo opportunities – making Running Universal’s Epic Character Race both an entertaining event and a race to remember.
Runners will also experience the exhilaration of running within the immersive theme park environments of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.
5K runners will make their way through the Universal Studios Florida theme park – including the iconic scenery of New York, San Francisco and other areas of the park – as well as areas located toward the front of Islands of Adventure, including the mystical Port of Entry and Seuss Landing.
Runners of the 10K will experience a route that takes them throughout both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, including the sprawling lands of Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon and more.
Registration is open for Running Universal’s Epic Character Race, with standard pricing beginning at $82 per person (plus tax). Runners can choose from multiple options for an unforgettable weekend, including 5K or 10K race registration, VIP race upgrades – which includes an extra-special character meet-and-greet and a triumphant post-race breakfast – and weekend package options exclusive to race participants, featuring hotel accommodations at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Runners can also save on admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure to celebrate their racing achievement with their friends and family within the most entertaining theme parks in the Universe.
Training continues but the only way to lose this race is to not show up. For more information and to register for Running Universal’s Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/RunningUniversal.
Universal Studios Hollywood is also hosting its next “Running Universal” race featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls on Sunday, April 26, 2020 with a 5K, a Kids’ 1K and a 10K run. For information about “Running Universal” events in both Orlando and Hollywood, go to www.RunningUniversal.com.
Until January 6, 2020, guests can experience an underwater winter wonderland during Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando!
Along with festive decor, little elves can meet Scuba Claus himself and his elves to discover if they are on the naughty or nice list this year.
Naughty or Nice? Find out with Scuba Claus Fridays through Sundays at 2:30 & 5:30
It’s holiday storytime with ‘Twas the Night before Fishmas Fridays through Sundays at 12:30 & 4:30
Deck the Seas is included with regular admission price to SEA LIFE Orlando & offered at select times only. Dives are subject to change or cancellation with no notice.
Become a Ranger & Deck the Seas with a Scavenger Hunt!
Calling all holiday elves! Become a SEA LIFE Ranger for just $5, take part in a festive scavenger hunt & win an exclusive Deck the Seas pop badge! Ever wondered which creatures like it chilly year-round? Find out with our Deck the Seas scavenger hunt!
Scavenger Hunt must be purchased on-site at admissions counter. Pop badges only available while supplies last.
Naughty or Nice?
Have you been naughty or nice? Find out during our Scuba Claus dive shows!
Fridays through Sundays in December at 2:30 & 5:30
Happy Holiday SEAson
Spot your favorite coldwater creatures at SEA LIFE Orlando! It’s holiday SEAson for them year-round!
‘Twas the Night Before Fishmas
Listen to Scuba Claus read the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Fishmas!
Fridays through Sundays in December at 12:30 & 4:30
Universal Orlando Resort’s eighth hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, will welcome guests for the first time on March 17, 2020.
An extra-affordable Value category hotel, Dockside Inn and Suites will join its sister property at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, Surfside Inn and Suites, which opened in June 2019.
Dockside Inn and Suites will add 2,050 guest rooms to the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio by the end of 2020, featuring both standard rooms and spacious 2-Bedroom Suites – which can accommodate up to six people. At Dockside Inn and Suites, guests will unwind in a carefree escape that perfectly blends the cool, calm feeling of a beach retreat.
With rates starting at just $85 per night, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort combines the quality guests have come to expect from a Universal Orlando hotel with an extra-affordable price point – creating an experience that is unmatched in the Orlando area.
Plus, hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission, complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks and more, creating a complete and seamless vacation experience.
Dockside Inn and Suites will become the destination’s eighth property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co, offering Universal Orlando guests a hotel choice for every style and budget.
Check out Universal’s Endless Summer Resort sister property Surfside Inn and Suites on our YouTube Channel!
You can find more information and to book a stay at Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites here.