The second annual Indigo Bluegrass BBQ at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) will take place on February 11, 2023.
The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the OCIC, with parking at Cassia Community Center, 29245 Florida Highway 44 in Eustis.
The country casual event will allow guests to get outside and enjoy the sounds of the popular Lake County group, Blackwater Creek Bluegrass Band.
A delicious selection of barbecue favorites will also be served by OakWood Smokehouse & Grill.
During the event, beer will be provided by Wayne Densch, Inc., and wine will also be available.
“This event was so much fun last year that we knew we had to do it again,” said Dr. James Bogan, the director of the OCIC. “It allows guests to get away from everything for a day of great food, great music, and great company. Plus, we couldn’t do the work we do every day without this support. Attendees can help save a species.”
Proceeds from the event support the OCIC’s mission to re-introduce the eastern indigo snake—a threatened species native to the longleaf pine ecosystems of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida that has been affected by habitat loss. The OCIC also works to reintroduce the striped newt.
The OCIC is the only captive breeding facility for the eastern indigo snake with the sole purpose of releasing the offspring into regions where the population has been extirpated.
The group has released more than 300 snakes at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs, Ravines Preserve in Bristol and Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest.
Attendees are asked to park at the Cassia Community Center and will be shuttled to the event site. The sponsor for the event is Publix Super Market Charities.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two and are available here.
Get ready to glow! Museum of Illusions Orlando is throwing its first party of 2023, and you’re invited to grab a drink and trick your senses all night long.
On February 17, the Museum of Illusions Orlando will host Life in Neon, a nighttime event where guests can explore the museum’s mind-bending exhibits and party under neon lights.
The party will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. and promises colorful fun with body paint, live EDM DJs, and a cash bar provided by ICON Park.
With live music, delicious drinks and unique picture opportunities, Life in Neon is the perfect date night for the weekend following Valentine’s Day.
Dazzling décor and colorful lighting will provide an exciting new take on the museum’s fan-favorite exhibits.
From LED light-up balloons in the Infinity Room to the addition of a sparkling disco ball in the Head on a Plate exhibit, guests will find fun, new decorations at every turn.
There will also be glowsticks and other props for guests as they experience the optical illusions and photo ops.
“We love to welcome guests to our world of illusions every day and Life in Neon is an exciting way to experience Museum of Illusions like never before,” said Dayna Alcott, general manager of Museum of Illusions Orlando. “The body paint and neon lights will create fun photo opportunities all of our guests are sure to love!”
Admission to the party is $29.99 per ticket and guests must be 21+ to attend.
Museum of Illusions Orlando isn’t your average museum. You won’t find “do not touch” signs, get shushed by curators, or have to follow around tour guides – Instead, it encourages guests to get a hands-on experience and explore all the wonders of the mind through more than 50 engaging exhibits.
Universal Mardi Gras 2023 is a global celebration with food offerings representing 17 different countries across 70 unique menu items.
With so much to choose from, let’s look at a roundup of some of the top bites you can enjoy at Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval!
Universal Mardi Gras 2023: Top Bites
Mofongo Trio Flight
Inspired by Carnaval Ponceño in Puerto Rico, this iconic dish is presented in three delectable servings.
The base for each is a traditional mix of smashed green plantains, bacon, garlic, and chicharrones and topped three different ways: traditional, shrimp criolla, and crispy chicken chicharron with mayo ketchup drizzle.
Pav Bhaji – Vegetarian
Pav Bhaji, pronounced pav baa-jee, is a popular Indian street food that is a thick vegetable stew with a medley of veggies and spices, including potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, ginger, and garlic with a buttery-toasted Hawaiian roll on the side.
Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
The Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada is a light and refreshing Mexican dish that features citrus-blend marinated shrimp topped with avocado crema, chopped jalapeño (not spicy), cotija cheese, shaved red onion, and micro cilantro on a crispy blue tortilla.
Dirty Cauliflower Rice – Vegan
A vegan twist on the traditional New Orleans staple, this comfort food is a blend of cauliflower rice, black-eyed peas, meatless sausage crumbles, the holy trinity mix of celery, onions, green bell peppers, and authentic Cajun spices.
The Rod Polse is a Danish red, skin-on hot dog is topped with curry remoulade, pickled cucumber, crispy onions, and fresh dill and served on a toasted top-split bun.
Indonesian Purple Sticky Rice Pudding – Vegan
The Indonesian Purple Sticky Rice Pudding, a.k.a. Bubur Ketan Hitam, is a vegan dish made with purple long-grain rice, sweetened condensed coconut milk, diced mango, and shaved coconut.
When creating new menu items, the chefs at Universal Orlando Resort find inspiration everywhere, including suggestions from Passholders, guests and Team Members.
The vegan churros are a direct result of listening to guests’ dietary needs and desire to enjoy this sought-after treat.
These pint-sized churros are coated in cinnamon sugar and come with two dipping sauces: chocolate and coconut agave nectar.
Brigadeiros (pronounced bri-ga-DAY-ros)
Brigadeiros are small bites of confectionary heaven made with sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter that are then rolled in either hazelnuts, chocolate sprinkles, or Mardi Gras color sprinkles.
The Liège Waffle, from Belgium, features a fluffy waffle, fresh strawberries, and clouds of whipped cream.
Even More Places to Sample Mardi Gras Eats
The Mardi Gras flavors go beyond Universal Studios Florida’s gates, allowing even more guests to experience the International Flavors of Carnaval.
In Universal CityWalk, themed kiosks will feature Tastes of the Mediterranean (Greece and France, and Belgium — the Liège Waffle is fantastic!), Tastes of the Islands, and the Best of New Orleans.
Near the Port of Entry in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests can revel in authentic New Orleans cuisine, including shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and King Cake.
And next door at Universal’s Volcano Bay, Muffuletta Long Board Pizza is on deck.
Can’t make up your mind? The Mardi Gras Food & Beverage Card is a great way to enjoy more items for less.
It’s available for purchase at the food kiosks in Universal Studios Florida and can be used at any food and beverage location in all three theme parks and Universal CityWalk.
Premier and Preferred Passholder standard food discounts apply.
From February 3-5, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, founders of CreativeSoul Photography, will be at The American Adventure pavilion to showcase their reimagined visions of classic Disney princesses through dolls, costumes, and photographic prints.
And for the first time ever, a gallery exhibit will feature life-sized dresses and natural hair-styled wigs seen in their photographic prints.
Black Broadway performers will be featured during the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series on various dates between Feb 4 – 19. They include:
L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King)
Kissy Simmons (The Lion King)
Michael James Scott (Aladdin)
The already colorful and diverse Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression will receive two new additions by Black artists, and they will both paint their work live during Black History Month.
Ernest Shaw and Nneka Jones will join the likes of Everett Spruill and David Anthony Geary.
By the end of February, you will be able to celebrate the work of four Black artists on the Art Walk, showcasing the ongoing commitment to diversity and representation at Walt Disney World.
If you visit Disney Springs often, you may be familiar with the smooth sounds of Motown experienced through live entertainment on Monday nights.
Black music will take center stage this February, with Black musicians featured on all three main Disney Springs stages on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park continues to highlight Black culture through a variety of music and art found throughout the park.
Move to the beats of the Congo with the Tam Tam Drummers, let loose with the Caribbean Street party music of Viva Gaia, then take home authentic imported African art, clothing, crafts, instruments, and toys created by African artisans available at Mombasa Marketplace.
At the Conservation Station, uncover the secrets of how Disney’s first Black animator, Floyd Norman, brought favorite characters to life using real-life animals as inspiration
Be sure to stop and take in some of the fun with Magic Shots across the property featuring Princess Tiana in her element at Tiana’s place, selfies with Penny and friends from The Proud Family, and more.
Explore existing, returning, and brand-new Food & Beverage offerings across Walt Disney World for Black History Month.
And new this year, each Food & Beverage location will now highlight the cast inspirations of dishes with photos and storytelling.
Some new items debuting for February include:
Shrimp & Grits featuring spicy shrimp, corn grits with bacon jam, and crispy radish at Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Tiana’s Mardi Gras Shake features a cinnamon vanilla milkshake topped with a Mardi Gras King Cake Doughnut served at Hollywood Scoops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Gumbo with chicken, andouille sausage, okra, and seasonings offered at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Pineapple Mule cocktail with Uncle Nearest Tennessee Whiskey, pineapple juice, ginger beer, and mint available at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Soulful Sunday Dinner at The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa featuring a dinner plate of barbeque chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and house-made cornbread
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Frites featuring Sweet n’ Hot jerk marinated chicken, pineapple salsa, scotch bonnet aioli, and fries are available at The Daily Poutine at Disney Springs.
The Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld Orlando with ALL-NEW flavors and fun for theme park foodies from February 3 to May 7.
Orlando’s largest theme park food festival will tempt guests with tasty bites from around the world while strolling between award-winning attractions and incredible animal presentations.
2023 The Seven Seas Food Festival
Tastes from Around the World
Foodies and families alike will find more than 200 food and drink offerings inspired by cultures from around the world at international marketplaces scattered throughout the park.
These marketplaces showcase foods from Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Germany, Asia, and beyond.
Some of the ALL-NEW food items guests can taste this year include:
NEW Parmesan Truffle fries: Grana Padano cheese, fresh parsley, winter white truffle oil
NEW Pork Belly Feijoada: pork belly and black bean Brazilian stew, garnished with green onions
NEW Ropa Vieja: 12-hour slow-cooked shredded beef served on top of smashed plantains, garnished with micro cilantro
NEW Classic Reuben: thin-sliced pastrami served on marbled rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, garnished with a gherkin
NEW Italian Beef Arancini: arancini served on top of San Marzano tomato sauce, garnished with fresh basil
NEW Strawberry shortcake a la mode: vanilla ice cream served with yellow cake, topped with strawberry glaze
NEW Jameson Bread Pudding: Jameson-infused bread pudding topped with Jameson anglaise sauce
In addition to all the incredible cultural and culinary offerings stationed around the park during the Seven Seas Food Festival, there will also be NEW full-service menu items at Sharks Underwater Grill, including:
NEW Lobster and Shrimp Cakes: Caribbean remoulade, salsa verde, and rainbow green salad
NEW Chicken and Shrimp Tagine: a succulent slow-cooked light stew of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables with aromatic Mediterranean spices, jasmine rice
NEW Chocolate Mousse Marquise: chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis, pecans, and edible gold garnish
Food isn’t the only star at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival. Guests can try the ALL-NEW Caribbean Moonshine Tasting booth next to Seafire Grill.
Guests can also relax with an ice-cold beer at the Seven Seas Food Festival beer garden or at Flamecraft Bar, which will feature several local and regional brews like:
Tupac ShaPorter from Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
Strawberry Blonde Ambition from Suncreek Brewery
Tag & Release Amber Ale from Sailfish Brewing Company
Florida Sunshine from Crooked Can Brewing Company
Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing
Florida Orange IPA from 3 Daughters Brewing
Best Way to Savor and Sip
Guests will be able to discover endless combinations of food and drink offerings with a Seven Seas Food Festival Tasting Lanyard.
Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample lanyard at $70 or take it up a notch with the fan-favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings.
SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members get the VIP treatment and can purchase 18 samples for the price of 15!
Headline Concert Series
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is not just about delicious eats and refreshing sips from around the world.
The festival also features an incredible concert series guests will not want to miss.
Concerts will take place every Saturday and Sunday during the festival at Bayside Stadium.
They will feature a taste of Rock, Country, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, and 90s throwbacks – all included with park admission. This year’s headliners include:
February 4: En Vogue (R&B)
February 5: REO Speedwagon (Rock
February 11: The Commodores (Funk & Soul)
February 18: Collective Soul (Rock)
February 19: Jerry Rivera (Latin)
February 25: Don McLean (Rock)
February 26: Ludacris (Hip Hop)
March 4: Joey Fatone & Friends (Pop)
March 26: Eli Young Band (Country)
… and many more performers to be announced!
For the best seats in the house, Reserved Seating can be purchased online!
Best Way to Play
One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2023 Fun Card, which offers park admission through December 31, 2023, for one low price of $129.99.
Guests who purchase a Fun Card can attend the Seven Seas Food Festival, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Cinco de Mayo.
Guests will also be admitted to SeaWorld Orlando for a full calendar year to experience thrilling rides, amazing animal encounters, and energizing entertainment while being part of all the seasonal events happening in 2023.
For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment.
With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like exclusive access to “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” through the “Passport to Thrills” program, free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more! Some restrictions and blockout dates apply.
The Big Bounce America 2023 tour comes to Dezerland Action Park Orlando this February with the most action-packed experience of the year.
This experience is s perfect for adventurous families and can be enjoyed from Saturday, February 4th through Sunday, February 5th, and Friday, February 10th through Sunday, February 12th.
Featuring the only Guinness-certified world record holder of The World’s Largest Bounce House, The Big Bounce America is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world.
Sophia Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of The Big Bounce America, shared how important the event is for the times: “We need more fun in the world! After the times we’ve just gone through, we invite you to kick those shoes off and let loose for a while. We have the perfect event to allow kids and adults alike to get out of the house and enjoy an outdoor event like they’ve never experienced… this is going to be one immersive bouncing festival for all ages!”
It includes four massive inflatable attractions that you will have to see to believe.
There is a 16,000 sq. foot World’s Largest Bounce House that includes giant slides, ball pits, climbing towers, basketball hoops, and fun, friendly, over-sized characters of various colors, shapes, and sizes for those all-important Instagram moments.
New to the Big Bounce America tour is the Sport Slam, featuring a customized sports arena.
There are also special zones for climbing and a ‘battle zone’ where you can compete against your family and friends to see who can stay on their podium the longest.
For the athletes, there is an incredible 900+ ft. long obstacle course named The Giant.
There are 50 different obstacles to overcome as you make your way from the start line to our grand finale monster slide. Whether you’re looking for some fun competition between family and friends, or you want to bounce around the weird and colorful inflatable landscape at your own pace, The Giant is not to be missed!
And rounding out the most massive inflatable lineup, a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.
At the center of this dreamland is a custom-built stage where the resident DJ turns up the party, hosting games, and competitions and playing music tailored to each age group.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the experience as sessions are organized by age, ranging from tiny tots to adult-only sessions.
The Big Bounce America continues to turn up the wow factor on family-friendly entertainment!
All-Access Tickets are available online and jam-packed with value. These tickets include a three-hour pass to the event, a timed session on The World’s Largest Bounce House, and unlimited access to Sport Slam, The Giant, and airSPACE!
Tickets start at just $22. Events are expected to sell out; advanced tickets are encouraged.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo is a staple of Central Florida history, and the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host Monster Bulls & Parade on February 11, 2023, followed by the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo on February 17 – 19, 2023!
The Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the 12th Monster Bulls on Saturday, February 11th. They’re fierce. They’re feisty. They’re bred to buck! The 12th Monster Bulls is a one-night-only event featuring the biggest and baddest Silver Spurs bulls as they go head-to-head with local cowboys hoping for a big payout.
In addition, on the morning of February 11th, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in downtown St. Cloud.
Then the following weekend, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo on February 17-19, 2023!
For the second year, fans can now experience all Silver Spurs Rodeo events with an annual pass! Fans don’t have to miss a single buck while saving their bucks, with a savings of $45 in admission per person! Annual passes are available for purchase online at www.SilverSpursRodeo.com.
During the performances, rodeo fans will watch contestants from all over the nation compete in rodeo’s seven traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping for an entire year of bragging rights and $52,500 in cash.
Plus, rodeo fans will be entertained by our rodeo clown and talented Silver Spurs Quadrille team, who perform a square dance on horseback, something the club has performed since its inception over 79 years ago.
“I couldn’t be more honored to be the Big Boss as we celebrate our 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo. For over 79 years, we have been providing family-friendly entertainment while simultaneously supporting our local community. I’m very proud to be a part of that,” said Clifton Chapman, Silver Spurs Riding Club. “Help us do more for Osceola County by coming to support the 12th Annual Monster Bulls and end the week with the big 1-5-0 as we close out with the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River.”
Silver Spurs Rodeo Schedule
Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade at 10:00 a.m. in downtown St. Cloud
Free, celebrates heritage and tradition of rodeo in Osceola County
Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Monster Bulls, extreme bull riding at the Silver Spurs Arena
$20, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult
Friday, February 17, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
Rodeo Day, all Osceola County School District students receive free admission.
$25, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult
Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
$25, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult
Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
Special Rodeo, where children with special needs experience the rodeo at its finest with cowboys & cowgirls on the dirt floor of the Silver Spurs Arena. Club members and rodeo queens show the children a kid-friendly circuit of rodeo activities.
Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
$20, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult
To minimize touchpoints and guarantee seats, the Silver Spurs Club encourages fans to buy tickets online in advance.
Advanced tickets will be available at the door two hours before each event. All rodeo tickets include free admission to the Osceola County Fair.
The countdown to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras is ON, and the resort shared some exciting announcements about the concerts, parade, eats, and special offers!
I cannot wait to go beyond the bayou and let the good times roll from February 4 through April 16, 2023, featuring a dazzling Mardi Gras parade, mouthwatering cuisine inspired by global Carnaval celebrations, and, on select nights, live concerts by top names in music – all included with regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida.
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023 Announcements
STAR-STUDDED MARDI GRAS CONCERT LINEUP
This year’s concert series will feature eight live performances by popular names in music like GRAMMY-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls, GRAMMY-winning Platinum superstar Maren Morris and GRAMMY-winning artist Sean Paul at the Music Plaza stage – an outdoor concert venue set against the backdrop of the towering Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. See below for the complete concert lineup.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS 2023 CONCERTS
Goo Goo Dolls
3 Doors Down
NEW “MYTHICAL REALMS OF MARDI GRAS” PARADE THEME Guests of all ages can dance along with high-energy performers and catch beads by the handful during this year’s spectacular parade, which will showcase a new “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” theme inspired by fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns, and more – with a Mardi Gras twist.
This year’s imaginative theme will be brought to life within six incredibly detailed and festive parade floats that will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic, two-story Riverboat and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator.
TASTE THE INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL The mouthwatering flavors of global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond will come to life as part of an expansive menu featuring more than 50 tasting-sized items for guests to enjoy at this year’s event.
While venturing throughout the parkwide celebration, guests will find kiosks featuring delectable food and beverage inspired by iconic fare from around the world – including the classic Crawfish Boil and deliciously fluffy Beignets from New Orleans, Shrimp Ceviche Tostada from Mexico, a Mofongo Flight inspired by the Carnaval Ponceño in Puerto Rico, Indonesian Black Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango and so much more.
Plus, for the first time ever, Universal Orlando’s other theme parks are joining the fun by featuring a limited selection of Mardi Gras items, including Gumbo, Jambalaya, King Cake, and more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the Muffuletta Long Board Pizza at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
For a limited time, guests can save $10 on purchasing a Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card to experience the savory flavors of Mardi Gras, which allows them to enjoy more for less by paying $65 for a $75 card.
Annual and Seasonal Passholders also receive special savings with the purchase of an exclusive $150 card for only $120. The Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card is available at Mardi Gras food & beverage locations throughout Universal Studios Florida.
ALL-NEW MARDI GRAS TRIBUTE STORE AND MERCHANDISE Located within an all-new space in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida, this year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store invites guests to an international jazz celebration that leads to the traditional alleyways of New Orleans and ultimately into a speakeasy where the Mardi Gras celebration continues.
Within the new store, guests can shop a new selection of Mardi Gras merchandise that ranges from apparel to accessories and collectibles such as keychains, pins, themed glasses, and even some personalized options – allowing them to take a piece of Florida’s Biggest Party home with them.
Guests can also devour tasty treats inspired by this year’s celebration within the new retail location.
THE PARTY CONTINUES AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HOTELS Guests can keep the party going at Universal CityWalk with special Mardi Gras festivities at select venues and food kiosks featuring delicious menu items that offer a taste of the Mediterranean, the Islands, and popular Mardi Gras fare.
Pat O’Brien’s will host a Mardi Gras After Party on select nights from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. that includes live entertainment, exclusive food and drink offerings, and a special Fat Tuesday celebration on February 21 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. featuring a dueling piano and more.
Reservations for the festivities at Pat O’Brien’s can be made by calling 407-224-3663.
Plus, the Red Coconut Club will transform the Mardi Gras season into the Cursed Coconut Club – more details and dates of operation will be shared soon.
The best way to experience Universal’s Mardi Gras is to stay at one of Universal’s eight incredible hotels. Each hotel will have exclusive Mardi Gras offerings such as Cajun Jambalaya Pasta at Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, N’awlins Po’ Boy Sliders at Velvet Bar at Hard Rock Hotel, Crawfish Etouffee at Bar 17 Bistro at Universal’s Aventura Hotel and more. Universal Orlando hotel guests can also enjoy exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and complimentary transportation to the theme parks.
INCREDIBLE OFFERS TO GET THE CELEBRATION STARTED Access to Universal’s Mardi Gras is included with theme park admission. Starting today, Florida Residents can take advantage of a new offer to partake in the festivities that gives them two days of free admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (valid for use through June 29, 2023; blockout dates apply) – and for just $25 more they can add one day of admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay.
EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PASSHOLDERS Universal Orlando Passholders also get access to Universal’s Mardi Gras (blockout dates apply) and receive exclusive perks, including a Mardi Gras themed magnet, the opportunity to reserve a spot to a ride a float, access to a special viewing area to enjoy the Mardi Gras parade and more. Additional details about passholder benefits for this year’s celebration will be shared soon.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns to the Walt Disney World with a global celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023.
This year’s daily celebration invites park guests to immerse themselves in the joy of art and to let their creativity shine as they experience a variety of experiences that are included with their theme park admission.
2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Highlights
The performing arts take center stage with new and returning artists performing around World Showcase.
Guests can enjoy musical artists Mariachi Cobre, feel the beat of the JAMMitors, watch artists create magic in front of an audience, and listen to the iconic Voices of Liberty.
DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series
Three times each evening, the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series fills the American Gardens Theatre with some of Broadway’s biggest stars performing songs from more than 25 years of award-winning DISNEY ON BROADWAY stage productions.
The full lineup of show-stopping performers includes:
January 13, 15, 16, 19, 20 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
January 14, 17, 18, 21, 22 – Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
January 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 3 – Patti Murin (“Frozen”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)
January 24, 27, 28, 31, Feb. 1, 4, 5– Mandy Gonzalez (“AIDA”) & L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”)
February 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
February 20 – Special, extended finale performance featuring Brown, Scott, Simmons & Strickland
If you want to guarantee your seat and enjoy a delicious meal, DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages are available at ArtfulEpcot.com.
More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their eye-catching and brilliant works at marketplaces and host signings throughout the World Showcase to celebrate the visual arts.
The lineup features many new faces, including husband and wife photography team Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, and returning favorites such as Dylan Bonner, Fenway Fan, Jerrod Maruyama, Ashley Taylor, and more.
Guests can catch a glimpse of artists at work with a peek inside the Disney Artist Gallery or the WonderGround Gallery.
From Figment to Jiminy Cricket, Chalk Full of Characters features charming chalk drawings in tucked-away corners throughout EPCOT.
An outdoor art wall features stories and characters that reflect EPCOT’s imaginative and innovative spirit at Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating EPCOT.
During the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests will enjoy beautiful bites at 16 Food Studios around the World Showcase Lagoon, with new favorites you will want to visit!
Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic join the lineup this year with an array of vibrant and playful food and beverage items guaranteed to ignite guests’ imaginations.
Also new in 2023, Moderne invites guests to explore an avante-garde menu that promises to inspire and delight. Selections include Angry Crab, a whole, crispy soft-shell crab served with green papaya salad, mango-Sriracha fluid gel, and coconut-lime foam with pomegranate and mango crush pearls – perfect for pairing with a J. Lohr Riesling – in addition to other tempting treats.
The Artist’s Table in the American Adventure pavilion also boasts a new menu of artistically elevated comfort foods, including Duck and Dumplings with smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus, with other delicious items to savor as well.
Families experiencing the Epcot International Festival of the Arts can see and create art together through interactive activities.
Guests of all ages can express their creative side by learning to draw a Disney character at the Animation Academy, kids can create their own chalk art masterpieces at Kid’s Chalk Art, leave their creative mark at Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural, and help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase with Figment’s Brush with the Masters.
For a unique keepsake and social media moment, guests can “Step into” life-sized versions of some of the most-admired artwork from around the world at special photo locations throughout EPCOT.
The fun and memories do not stop when you leave the park because guests can purchase exclusive EPCOT International Festival of the Arts merchandise featuring beloved Disney characters.
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, please remember that all guests ages three and older must have a park reservation in addition to valid admission for the same park on the same date.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, January 13 through February 20, 2023, will celebrate the creation and beauty of art, music, and (my favorite) cuisine.
With 14 Food Studios around the park, there are plenty of new and returning favorites to enjoy.
As you eat around the World Showcase, pick up a Festival Passport to participate in the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, a returning food stroll featuring culinary delights. With each bite, collect stamps by purchasing five of these decadent dishes to redeem a special prize from Deco Delights to enjoy.
If you love Figment, you’re lucky because you can explore Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic, bring home Figment with the brand-new Fruity Fig Bar Figment Disney Munchling, and grab a Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with a new EPCOT 40th anniversary strap!
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2023: Foodie Guide
Pop Eats (Near Port of Entry)
Tomato Soup with grilled cheese
Tomato Soup with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried green tomato grilled cheese (New)
Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
Brooklyn Brewery Pulp Art Hazy IPA
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuveé Mousseux with boba pearls
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
Deconstructed BLT: Pork belly, soft-poached egg, onion bread pudding, watercress espuma, and tomato jam
Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, gruyère cream, onion bread pudding, and onion textures
Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (Non-alcoholic)
Wicked Weed Brewing Blank Canvas Belgian Blonde Witbier
Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle
Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse
Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro
81Bay Brewing Co. Vanilla Porter
Playalinda Brewing Co. Milk Stout
Espresso Martini featuring Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (New)
Neapolitan Beer Flight
The Craftsman’s Courtyard (Near Creations Shop)
Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelles, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables
Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with sautéed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs
BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Oatmeal Stout (New)
Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail
Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw (Plant-based item)
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Soft-serve Waffle Cone: DOLE Whip, salted-caramel soft-serve, or swirl
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Berries & Cream Sour Berliner (New)
Left Hand Brewing Co. Wook Bait IPA (New)
Central 28 Beer Company Wall Art Brown Ale
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage
Black Forest Cake: Chocolate Mousse with morello cherries and Chantilly cream (New)
3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider
81Bay Brewing Co. Rosé Blonde Ale
A Play on Rosé Flight
Marietta Old Vine Rosé
The Artist’s Table (The American Adventure)
Three-Meat Meatloaf with “Peas and Carrots”: Green pea pudding, carrot ketchup, shaved carrot salad, and snap peas (New)
Duck and Dumplings: Smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus (New)
Hummingbird Cake: Banana cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting with banana sorbet (New)
Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk, and dark chocolates (Non-alcoholic)
Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (New)
Parish Brewing Co. South Coast Session Amber Ale (New)
Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Belgian Quad (New)
Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir
Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Chocolate Liqueurs paired with sipping chocolates
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
Carrots Three Ways: Chermoula-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée (Plant-based item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange
Chai Tea Mint Sparkler featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Sprite (Non-alcoholic)
Stem Ciders Flockstar Hard Cider
Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Mule de Pomme: Pomegranate, ginger, and lime hard cider
3 Daughters Brewing Chai Hard Cider
Chai Tea Mint Mimosa featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint
Masu Sake in a traditional personalized wooden cup
Purple Yuzu Sake Lemonade: Sake cocktail infused with butterfly pea flowers and yuzu lemonade (New)
The Painted Panda (China)
General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
Char Siu Pork Bun
“Panda” Bubble Milk Tea with black tea, milk, chocolate, and tapioca boba pearls (Non-alcoholic)
Lucky Foo Pale Ale
Silk Road Hard Lemonade with Smirnoff Vodka, lavender-coconut syrup, and lemonade (New)
Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused cocktail with Smirnoff Vodka, light rum, lychee syrup, and magic boba pearls
L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
Mozzarella Fritta: Flash-fried breaded fresh mozzarella with artist palette condiments (New)
Ravioli ai Funghi, Perle Tartufate: Wild mushroom-stuffed pasta with truffle butter and truffle pearls (New)
Budino al Cioccolato: Chocolate pudding with colorful chocolate décor (New)
Italian Sangria Red or White
Italian Margarita with tequila and limoncello
Amaretto Bellini: DISARONNO Originale Liqueur, white peach purée, and prosecco
Mocha Funnel Cake: Mini Funnel Cake with cappuccino ice cream topped with chocolate whipped cream and M&M’S chocolate candies (New)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE)
Amber Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, blood orange, and orange popping boba pearls (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
Magenta Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, dragon fruit, and dragon fruit popping boba pearls (New) (Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
Showcase Plaza (Near Disney Traders)
Jade Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, green apple, and green apple popping boba pearls (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
The American Adventure
Cerulean Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, blue raspberry, and blueberry popping boba pearls 6.39 (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
I hope you’re as excited as me to eat and drink your way through the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!