The annual event will be in Orlando for the first time and features dozens of displays with family resources promoting helpful parenting goods and services, along with the latest “mompreneur” products.
Attendees can check out a special exhibit from the Orlando Science Center, or take part in The Diaper Derby, a “crawling race” for babies 12 months and younger, a very popular tradition for all FamilyFest events, or the Toddler Derby, a walking or running race for toddlers 12 to 24 months.
Other activities include corn hole, sand art, ring toss, and the chance to win 90 days of martial arts classes or a $125 spa certificate.
When guests enter the event, they’ll receive a FamilyFest passport with a special task as a reward!
When visitors get their event passport stamped by all the FamilyFest Orlando vendors, they’ll be able to redeem it at the registration desk for up to $80 in BOGOS that can be used at Dezerland Action Park’s attractions including Jump Start trampoline park, the Orlando Auto Museum, and more.
Dezerland Action Park’s attractions are the perfect way to keep the family fun going after visiting the expo.
Kids will love the action park’s 30,000-square-foot trampoline park, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and Florida’s longest indoor go-kart track with four skill and speed levels.
The whole family can compete with more than 300 arcade skill games, including vintage pinball machines and modern video gaming consoles, at Gamrz Delight or on the lanes of Dezerland Action Park’s boutique bowling alley.
Everyone can enjoy exploring the Orlando Auto Museum and taking photos with famous vehicles from Scooby Doo, Batman, Spiderman, Ghostbusters, The Fast and the Furious, and more.
And if visitors need a meal after all this exploration, they can stop by Dezerland Action Park’s food hall to sample cuisines from a variety of cultures.
Guests can enter for FamilyFest for free and will be limited to five tickets.
A VIP package can be purchased online for $25 and offers guests early entry to the expo at 11 a.m., six admission tickets, and a digital copy of “Extraordinary Parenting “How To Raise Kids To Become Geniuses.”
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs will be celebrating International Irish Coffee Day all-day Wednesday, January 25th, with a special offer.
Raglan Road Director of Operations Sean Griffin invites guests to raise a glass to the national holiday wake-up call. “Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whiskey!” he says, “And guests will find the pub’s whiskey coffees well worth celebrating.”
That’s right…guests can enjoy the pub’s traditional Irish Coffee: “You buy the coffee, the whiskey is on us!”
At Raglan Road, the Irish coffee specialty menu rocks right along with the pub’s live Irish music and dance – three coffee-based cocktails are served daily.
The Lost Irish coffee is the pub’s new traditional Irish coffee recipe mixing Lost Irish whiskey, house-made Demerara sugar syrup, coffee, and cream.
The Iced Irish, Bailey’s Salted Caramel with iced coffee, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, and butterscotch schnapps topped with whipped cream.
The Irish Espresso Martini, Slane Irish Whiskey, Miami club coffee liqueur, Guinness simple syrup, and fresh espresso.
Griffin says Irish coffee is a staple in Ireland. “And there are no rules. It’s a perfect after-dinner beverage, a nightcap, or an afternoon treat,” he says. “That means you can join us any time of day to celebrate National Irish Coffee Day!”
If you aren’t familiar with Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs…let me fill you in!!!
Raglan Road is owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, whose Great Irish Pubs Florida, Inc., previously created Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly, and during weekend brunch features Irish house bands and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.
The pub’s all-day menu is served from 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
You can also enjoy the Weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.
Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando is back by popular demand this Saturday and Sunday, January 21 & 22!
Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend Highlights
Families can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all their favorite furry friends for a fun-filled Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend with hands-on activities, character photo opportunities, and more.
Kids can gather around Big Bird’s Nest for “Storytime with Big Bird,” where he will be sharing some of his favorite stories at select times throughout the day.
Families can move and dance to the beat during the coolest party on wheels and celebrate with their favorite friends at the award-winning Sesame Street Party Parade.
Kids can earn special badges for things like Bravery, Helping, Manners, and more all weekend and join the Everyday Heroes Club. As part of Everyday Heroes Club, guests can meet members of the Orange County Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office and get an up-close look at first responder vehicles in Sesame Street Land! Each organization will have members present to meet guests, take photos, and answer questions.
Another exciting activity that will captivate kids during this special weekend will be “Oscar’s Trash Art,” where they can turn everyday materials that may seem like trash into beautiful works of art.
ALL-NEW Sesame Street Friends Arrive during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend
Some ALL-NEW Sesame Street friends are visiting just for Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend at Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando.
Baby Bear, Honker, and Dinger will join the fun. Guests will see them walking around Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, can say hello, and take photos with these characters who are visiting for a limited time.
Elmo & Julia’s Birthday Celebrations
In addition to Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend, there are two exciting birthdays in January and February!
Guests can celebrate Julia’s birthday on January 24th in Sesame Street Land with a special storytime and photo opportunities with Julia.
Then the party continues with Elmo’s Birthday Celebration, taking place daily between January 28 – February 3.
During the celebration, guests can take part in meet-and-greets, a family-friendly DJ dance party, photo opportunities with Elmo and friends, and more surprises in select locations around Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld, including:
Elmo’s Birthday Storytime
Elmo has an incredibly special story to tell for his birthday, and he wants to share it with all his friends! Guests can watch his float throughout the day and find a spot to listen nearby.
There are many places around Sesame Street Land for Elmo’s pet goldfish, Dorothy, to hide, and families will have fun finding her in a special scavenger hunt!
And the best gift? It is all included with your theme park admission!
SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Preschool Card
The best way to take in everything Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando has to offer is with the free Preschool Card.
SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando offer an ocean of adventures perfect for some of the parks’ youngest guests with the 2023 Preschool Card.
It is now available for registration exclusively for Florida residents. SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando will offer kids ages five and younger a FREE Preschool Card valid for visits through December 31, 2023, for unlimited admission to both parks.
This offer allows children to experience unlimited access to their favorite Sesame Street experiences, up-close animal encounters, family-friendly entertainment, and awe-inspiring animal presentations.
SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass Offer
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.
If you live in Central Florida and love craft beer, there’s only one place to be on January 21: Wekiva Island’s Otter Fest.
Attendees at this celebration of craft beer can sample more than 50 beers from 18 featured breweries, all while soaking in the natural Florida scene riverside.
The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023. Those with VIP tickets can enter an hour early at 1 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP. They are available here.
This is the fifth year for the favorite event. In addition to generous pours, breweries will also have swag and freebies.
Plus, Wekiva Island’s food truck, Without a Paddle Café, will serve its full menu and a few specials meant to pair with the beer selections.
“At Wekiva Island, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of craft beers, including unique options and selections from local breweries,” said Carrie Vanderhoef, Wekiva Island manager. “This year will offer attendees so many beers to sip. It’s a super fun day and a great value for beer lovers.”
Participating breweries include:
3 Daughters Brewing CompanyArmed Forces BrewingAncient City Bold Rock Blue Springs Brewing CompanyCentral 28 Beer CompanyHyderhead BreweryNütrl Vodka SeltzerOrmond Brewing
Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort is back for its’ 25th anniversary on January 27-29, 2023.
Here are 25 things to know about the Rock the Universe event.
Rock the Universe is Florida’s biggest Christian music festival!
Hosted at Universal Studios Florida, Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event held every winter.
The event began in 1998 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary of faith, fun, and fellowship.
There are endless musical and worship experiences with three stages: Music Plaza Stage, Hollywood Stage, and the Coca-Cola FanZone Stage.
This year’s headline acts, performing on the Music Plaza Stage Friday night, include Tauren Wells, Skillet, and Rend Collective.
Artists performing on the Hollywood Stage Friday night are Bethel Music, Evan Craft, and Katy Nichole.
Saturday’s headlining acts on the Music Plaza Stage are Zach Williams, Matthew West, and Anne Wilson.
Hollywood Stage’s musical acts on Saturday night include Dante Bowe, We Are Messengers, and CAIN.
Our musical guests love Rock the Universe! This year, Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Skillet, Matthew West, Bethel Music, and Rend Collective are returning acts.
GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet first performed at the event in 2001 and has returned 11 times since.
Christian rock band, Newsboys holds the record for the most Rock the Universe performances; they have performed 12 different years.
In total, this year’s headline acts have 14 nominations for the Grammy Awards, 74 nominations, and 19 awards for the GMA Dove Awards.
Located in the New York section of the park, the FanZone Stage, presented by Coca-Cola, will feature live performances from up-and-coming acts, plus DJ Promote, who will be playing both nights.
Performers on this stage include Ryan Ellis, Jordan St. Cyr, Gable Price & Friends, Ben Fuller, and Stephen Stanley.
Keep the party going – Electronic dance music will continue at the FanZone Stage after the live performances.
Fans can meet performers each night during the Coca-Cola FanZone Autograph Sessions.
Beyond the main stage performances, festival attendees can enjoy worship experiences – including a powerful, non-denominational Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to wrap up the weekend.
The Mosaic Church Band from Winter Garden, FL, leads the worship service’s musical direction.
Youth Leaders can relax during the event in select lounges throughout the park, located at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and the Pantages Theatre.
Rock the Universe attendees have exclusive access to thrilling Universal Studios attractions during event hours. Rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers: The Ride – 3D, and Revenge of the Mummy, to name a few.
Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries at the heart of the event.
Universal Orlando offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.
For group rate tickets, chaperones get in for free for every ten tickets purchased.
A Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
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.
SeaWorld Orlando just announced the return of the park’s highly-anticipated “Inside Look” program for two weekends in January.
It’s an annual experience that brings guests behind the scenes to learn more about animal care at one of the world’s leading zoological organizations.
Guests will be able to visit places, meet people not available to the public, and see the conservation work SeaWorld’s animal care experts do around the clock.
The event runs during the weekends of January 7 & 8 and January 14 & 15. “Inside Look” experiences are included in regular park admission, but this event is extremely popular and highly attended, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to access this exclusive offering.
“At SeaWorld Orlando, we are always looking for ways to inspire guests to be advocates for animal conservation,” said Kyle Miller, Park President of SeaWorld Orlando. “Inside Look is a way to showcase the hard work our animal care specialists do behind the scenes and educate future generations about how they can help protect endangered species and marine habitats for years to come.”
There will be many incredible exclusive experiences returning to SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program this year and a few exciting new ones, including:
Inside Marine Mammal Care: Guests can experience a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for dolphins, sea lions, and whales, from feeding to a poolside encounter led by animal care specialists. With this experience, visitors can better understand the role that learned animal behaviors play in wellness checks and see the team applying those behaviors to perform vital health examinations with the animals in their care.
Inside the SeaWorld Rescue Center: Guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to meet and hear from the dedicated filtration experts, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and veterinarians who work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need. Guests can learn more about SeaWorld’s Rescue Center, which has the capacity to care for hundreds of animals. SeaWorld’s Rescue Teams have aided over 40,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals, giving them a second chance at life.
Inside Aquarium Experiences: Guests can catch an exclusive glimpse at SeaWorld’s many aquariums, including Shark Encounter and Manta Aquarium, from a birds-eye view or from underneath the tank itself. They will be able to learn what goes into keeping SeaWorld’s animals healthy and how animal care experts maintain animal habitats to mirror wild environments closely.
Inside Pacific Point Preserve: A NEW addition to last year’s program, guests can take a behind-the-scenes look at the home of our California sea lions and harbor seals. They can hear stories and gain insights from the animal care specialists who care for them daily and learn what it takes to maintain a thriving sea lion social group.
Inside Orca Encounter: There is more for guests to learn with exclusive backstage access at Orca Encounter. They will meet and hear from dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of our killer whales. Park guests will also see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day, check out our larger-than-life whale toys, and visit our medical pool and habitat pool system to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents.
Inside Wild Arctic: Visitors will step behind the scenes into the maze of back hallways that provide service access to the beluga whales and harbor seals that call Wild Arctic home. Plus, guests will meet the team members who spend their days caring for these incredible animals.
“The behind-the-scenes experiences that are part of Inside Look shed a light on the exceptional care, and round-the-clock work our Rescue Team and animal care specialists provide to sick and injured marine animals,” said Jon Peterson, Vice President of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “We are thrilled to be able to show our guests the world-class operations in our park and the dedication of our teams to protect and care for all our animals, including some incredible species, to try to help avoid their extinction.”
Presentations & Animal Care Specialist Talks
Guests will also be able to participate in special presentations and animal care specialist talks at select times throughout the day. They will be able to meet members of the SeaWorld Rescue & Dive Teams, respectively, during exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities at the Rescue Center. They’ll hear firsthand stories of how it feels to rescue and return animals in need from the Rescue Team, learn the basics of diving and discover some little-known secrets of what it takes to be a part of the dive team.
One of our most anticipated care talks during this year’s “Inside Look” will be centered around Ridgway, the baby dolphin rescued in July. Guests will get an “inside look” into Ridgway’s everyday care, his rescue and rehabilitation journey, and a unique opportunity to watch his bottle-feeding conducted by one of our animal care specialists.
Family Activity Zone Returns
Back by popular demand, the Family Activity Zone will return to “Inside Look.” Guests won’t want to miss the special games, crafts, and activities SeaWorld Orlando will have set up for kids and families. It’s another fun way for the park’s youngest guests to learn more about the amazing animals that call SeaWorld home and how they help the environment we share!
Best Way to Experience the “Inside Look” Program
One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program is with an annual pass. Guests can become an annual Pass member 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 free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise, and more!
Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.
World Class Animal Care, Accredited and Regulated by Experts
SeaWorld Inside Look offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations.
Its team of more than 1,000 animal specialists maintains the highest animal welfare and veterinary care standards for one of the largest zoological collections in the world.
SeaWorld is regulated by various government authorities focused on animal welfare. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service performs routine, unannounced visits to SeaWorld to ensure adherence to federal standards and regulations. The visits include a review of the physical premises, records, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care, and animal handling procedures to ensure that SeaWorld meets and/or exceeds the required standard of care.
SeaWorld is also regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries, the primary federal agency responsible for the stewardship of living ocean resources and the marine habitats on which they rely. NOAA enforces guidelines in-laws, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Achieving and maintaining accreditation from these groups is a rigorous evaluation process in areas beyond government regulatory agencies’ scope.
For example, reviews of social settings, team training, habitat enrichment, medical facility, food and water preparation, guest interactions, education programs, and more.
SeaWorld has also earned the Humane Certified seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare. Reviews and accreditations by these organizations represent the highest standards of care and welfare for specific species.
Dedicated to Marine Animal and Ecosystem Conservation
The commitment of SeaWorld extends beyond the animals in residence. The SeaWorld Rescue team is on call 24×7 to help animals anywhere they are needed. The team logged a combined total of over 50,000 miles in 2021 to rescue animals in need, equivalent to circling the Earth over six times. The team has helped more than 40,000 animals, making it one of the world’s largest marine animal rescue organizations.
SeaWorld also advances the science of marine animal health through the study of animals in its care, partnerships with leading academic institutions, and with SeaWorld Conservation Fund grants to organizations focused on marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research. Since 2003, Fund grants have been made to support 541 marine-specific conservation projects on all seven continents.
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!
Orlando Fringe announced the Grand Opening of their year-round performing arts space Fringe ArtSpace in Downtown Orlando to be held next Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
Starting at 5:30 pm, Fringe ArtSpace Grand Opening Bash open house and street party is free and open to the community.
It will commence with a ribbon cutting with Orlando Mayor Dyer and feature a live DJ, strolling entertainment, drinks, and two special preview performances of the Fringe Winter Mini-Fest.
The 9,100 square foot Fringe ArtsSpace includes two performing theatre spaces: a mainstage with 166 seats and a black box with 40-60 seats. The Grand Opening Bash will also serve as a fundraiser, with all donations benefitting Orlando Fringe and Fringe ArtSpace.
“We listened to artists, patrons and community members, and we are excited to have everyone join us at the Grand Opening Bash on January 11 to launch this amazing new space,” says Executive Director of Orlando Fringe Alauna Friskics. “This curated season is just the beginning. We have so much more in store and are looking for many more ways to bring artists together and let their voices and stories be heard. Stay tuned for much, much more.”
Fringe ArtSpace is also delighted to announce its all-new programming lineup to kick off 2023.
“We are absolutely thrilled to finally announce the spring season of the MainStage theatrical programming at Fringe ArtSpace!” says Joshian and Kayla Kelsay Morales of Kelsay + Morales Company. “This is a truly exciting occasion, as we have come together to create a performance space that truly represents and serves the needs of our community. At Fringe ArtSpace, the programming will be a living, breathing model that continues to evolve and adapt based on the needs of our community. We look forward to hearing from local artists and working together to create the best possible experience at Fringe ArtSpace.”
Fringe ArtSpace 2023 Programming
January 12-15, 2023
Fringe Winter Mini-Fest: The 7th annual Winter Mini-Fest is a 4-day curated theatre festival with the best of past festivals, new works by fan favorites and brand new artists scouted from the international Fringe circuit. With 18 artists performing several times throughout the weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Fringe for the first time in the new Fringe ArtSpace.
January 26-29, 2023
VarieTEASE GENESISby BlueLaLa Entertainment: An extension of the last installment of VarieTEASE On The Move, which tells the story of the closing of the unique theatre, THE VENUE, and the four years following, this dance performance was specially created by Blue for the launch of ArtSpace. GENESIS embodies the growth, healing and start of anew, but have no fear, the nostalgic avant guard story telling that is VarieTEASE is very apparent and lends itself to the part of the plot that “makes no sense”, and audiences won’t want to miss the new featured talent that is the future of this legendary ensemble. Consider this a rebirth 20 years in the making.
February 3-5, 2023
CARRIE the Musical by William Daniel Mills Theatre Company: CARRIE The Musical is a thrilling and engaging retelling of Stephen King’s classic thriller novel Carrie. It tells the story of Carrie White, a teenager from a small town in New England, who is relentlessly bullied at school for being different and is harshly controlled at home by her fanatical mother. It’s gonna be “a night you’ll never forget.” This is the first production as part of a new collaboration between Fringe ArtSpace and the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company to provide a home venue for the amazing young artists that make up the theatre company.
February 17-March 5, 2023
Middletown by Kangagirl Productions & Ant Farm: A deeply moving and funny new play by acclaimed writer Will Eno that explores the universe of a small American town featuring an all-star cast directed by Orlando Fringe Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Lee. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. Middletown, which is modeled after Thorton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, will draw together artists from across the Central Florida community to collaborate on a very special production.
March 9-11, 2023
A Quarter of A Century…and then some! by Beth Marshall Presents: Arius has been on this Earth for A Quarter of A Century…and then some. Throughout his evolutions around the sun he has learned so much, but also has unlearned or recalibrated some of those learnings to fit his morality of understanding them. Through brave exploration, vulnerability, self discovery, reflection, discipline, love and motivation, Arius has found the new hobby of growth. He continually finds ways to improve on himself, do the inner work and share his light and joy. By mixing comedy, drama, rap, R&B, spoken word, dance and songs to share his evolution of growth as a Black queer artist in 2022, Arius tells the story of his 25+ years of what he has learned and unlearned.
March 17-19, 2023
Our Lady of the Tortilla/Nuestra Señora de la Tortilla by Descolonizarte TEATRO: This comedy tells the story of an intergenerational, Latinx family in the U.S. struggling with tradition, culture, language, love, and… each other! Everything changes when the pious tia (aunty) sees the Virgin Mary on a tortilla, and family ties are put to the test. Written by Emmy and National Hispanic Playwright Award Winner, Luis Santeiro. The play is in Spanglish (Spanish and English) with Spanish and English supertitles, and it features live music.
May 16-29, 2023
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival: A 14-day arts festival, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, celebrating 32 years as “Orlando’s Most Unique Cultural Experience.” This year, the Purple and Teal venues will be located at Fringe ArtSpace.
“Fringe ArtSpace is the right balance of retro Fringe meets right NOW,” says Beth Marshall. “Veteran creators are given a supportive platform with the proper resources to create and produce original work often amplifying underrepresented voices and mentor up-and-coming artists. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this!”
Tickets on sale now for Fringe ArtSpace located at 54 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801. For more information on upcoming shows and ticket purchase, visit www.fringeartspace.org.
Disney Springs wants to be a part of your New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2023 with Celebrates Health & Wellness, presented by AdventHealth.
The popular event kicks off with the return of Fitness Fridays!
Every Friday morning during the month of January, head to Disney Springs for a yoga class hosted by Fabletics or Lululemon. You can find more details and register online.
They have also partnered with AdventHealth, the Official Health Care Provider of Walt Disney World, to bring you 31 Days of Wellness Tips!
Be sure to follow @DisneySprings on Instagram because they’ll be sharing daily health and wellness tips on their stories.
If you miss a day, don’t worry! You can tap through all the tips in the highlight saved to the page at any time during the month to learn how you can practice wellness at Disney Springs and at home.
Here’s a hint…a few wellness tips will feature services and treatments around Disney Springs.
Treat yourself (and your skin) at Sephora with the Perk Face & Lip Treatments by HydraFacial.
Restore and rejuvenate at The Art of Shaving with various services, including Premium Shave, Premium Haircut, Premium Head Shave, Scalp Therapy Treatment, Express Facials, and more.
Stop by L’Occitane en Provence for complimentary mini facials and hand massages.
And, put your best face forward at MAC Cosmetics with a complimentary in-store skin artistry service.
Looking to do a little self-care shopping? Basin is your one-stop shop for feel-good essentials. Browse their array of natural bath, body, and hair care items.
If you’re looking to refresh your workout wardrobe, Disney Springs is home to various athletic wear stores, including Lululemon, Under Armour, Fit2Run, and Fabletics.
While we all know Disney Springs is known for indulgent, treat-yourself-type menu items, you can also find plenty of better-for-you dining options!
Local Green Orlando Food Truck is a great alternative to fast food, featuring delicious American dishes made with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
Jaleo by Jose Andres is serving up a specialty dish for the month – their beet salad with pistachios and yogurt is backed with flavor and nutrients!
Several locations are also offering tasty mocktail options. Try the Mellow Mule, Peaceful Paloma, or Strawberry Soothe from City Works Eatery & Pour House, Terrralina Nojito from Terralina Crafted Italian, and Strawberry Lemonade from Paddlefish.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with the return of HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND Florida, presented by Hallmark Channel, select dates November 25 through December 31, 2022.
Celebrate the season and build holiday memories with a full lineup of festive entertainment, including new shows, cheerful LEGO décor, merry meet and greets with LEGO characters, tasty holiday treats, and more. Here’s a look at the yuletide fun – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes.
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2022
NEW! Seasonal Shows and Tree-mendous Entertainment
Jump into the holiday spirit with new seasonal shows and holly jolly entertainment across the park.
Experience all-new festive flurries set to holiday music in LEGO Kingdoms.
Join the King’s Court Carolers as they sing some favorite songs from the merriest time of year.
Rock around the giant 30-foot LEGO Christmas Tree as LEGO City comes to life in a holiday spectacular with exciting music and dazzling lights throughout the evening.
Children can also stop by the North Pole Postal Service to write a letter to LEGO Santa and then watch it arrive at the North Pole on a digital screen.
Festive LEGO Characters and Holiday Builds!
LEGO Santa is coming to town, and he can’t wait to meet families this season.
Be sure to visit his festive friends LEGO Gingerbread Man and LEGO Toy Soldier, as well as Emmet, Lucy, and Unikitty from THE LEGO MOVIE, who will be cheerfully dressed in their holiday attire too!
Oh, what fun guests will have to build merry memories as they explore seasonal builds and photo spots throughout the park, including a life-size LEGO brick sleigh with reindeer and a LEGO holiday wreath!
NEW! Merry Menu of Holiday Dishes
Tis the season for tasty holiday treats like the Holly Jolly Christmas Cake featuring layers of red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and festive sprinkles.
Spice up the holiday with an order of Granny’s Gingerbread-Spiced Apple Fries with a cookie butter dip.
Enjoy all the comforts of a warm holiday meal in a sandwich with the Merry Berry Turkey Burger featuring a cranberry chipotle aioli.
And save room for the Wintery Peppermint Milkshake, a cool seasonal treat.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration + Fireworks
Get ready to ring in 2023 with Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks, nightly December 26-31, 2022.
The kid-friendly celebration starts with a DJ dance party in LEGO Technic, followed by the signature “brick drop” near Lake Eloise and 3D LEGO brick-bursting fireworks at 8 p.m.
The best way to unwrap all this festive fun and experience more can’t-miss events in 2023 is by purchasing an Annual Pass, starting at less than $13/month with a small down payment.
Annual Passholders will be among the first to ride the all-new Pirate River Quest, setting sail on January 12. Discover swashbuckling adventures during PirateFest Weekends, select dates in January and February.
And don’t miss the biggest sale of the year for Black Friday with deep discounts on Annual Passes, vacation packages, and tickets. Learn more at LEGOLANDFlorida.com.
See the park transformed into a sea of winter wonder with millions of beautiful lights, entertainment for the entire family, delicious dishes, and much more!
The best gift is that access to all this holiday cheer is included with your park admission!
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2022
Explore this holiday celebration, where you can taste decadent holiday treats and find perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Shows & Entertainment
O Wondrous Night: Hear the greatest story never told with over 30 carols, life-size puppets, and live animals in this signature show that will charm, entertain and delight people from all walks of life.
The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features fantastic, festively decorated floats with show-stopping performances that celebrate the magic of the holiday season! The whole family will experience an energetic Christmas celebration with Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, and more. Your family is sure to sing, dance, and be merry with their favorite furry friends!
Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families will surely sing and dance while watching this fun holiday show.
Winter Wonderland On Ice: Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels, and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping ice skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will enjoy.
Sea of Trees: Take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland and immerse yourself in the expansive holiday Sea of Trees located in SeaWorld’s lagoon. The glistening forest sparkles to music and lights up the water—and your eyes, with 360-degree views from around the park. As the lights dance to holiday classics, your heart will soar with wonder and delight at this truly awe-inspiring Christmas treat. Plus, a magnificent centerpiece towers 70 feet above the water.
Holiday Reflections – Fireworks Finale: Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks Finale, featuring dazzling lights and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites. Experience an amazing SeaWorld Christmas connection that illuminates the night sky. At Park Close on Christmas Celebration nights.
Holiday Meet and Greets
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. Stroll past life-size storybook vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters, including Rudolph and Bumble.
Photos with Santa at the Waterfront: SeaWorld invites you and yours to meet the Arctic’s most famous resident…Santa Claus.
Throughout SeaWorld Orlando, delicious culinary delights await you and your family on a Christmas Treat Trail!
The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration has a trail of 14 stations where you snack on scrumptious holiday treats and enjoy a holiday-themed beverage.
Christmas Food Facilities open at 5:00 p.m.
Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast: Join your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled holiday breakfast feast. The whole family will enjoy the tasty breakfast menu options while your Sesame Street friends dance, sing, and mingle with guests for hugs and photos. You won’t want to miss out on this festive dining experience this holiday season! (Adults $32.99 – Children 3 to 9 $16.99)
Universal Orlando Resort guests can take the merriment of the destination’s Holidays celebration to the next level with additional festive experiences on select dates from November 12 through January 1, 2023.
Universal Orlando guests can enjoy exclusive guided tours on Universal’s Holiday Tour this holiday season and encounter the mean, green one himself, the Grinch while enjoying a delicious breakfast during the popular The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast.
Plus, guests can enjoy a spectacular slate of holiday festivities, including special dining, décor, and entertainment across all eight Universal Orlando hotels.
Universal Orlando Holiday Highlights
Universal’s Holiday Tour
On select dates, guests can enjoy a guided tour filled with unique experiences and special access to the beloved holiday entertainment taking place across Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, such as:
Meeting the maven of mischief, the Grinch, and his faithful dog, Max, while enjoying a delicious hot cocoa bar with small bites and desserts at Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Access to reserved seating at the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Enjoying a meet-and-greet and photo opp with Santa Claus in Universal Studios Florida (includes one digital download photo)
Capping off the night in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with an exclusive, after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories brought to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.
Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 13 through January 1, 2023, and can be booked by visiting www.universalorlando.com/holidays.
Pricing starts at $79.99 (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 2-Park 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.
Annual and Seasonal Passholders receive a $10 discount per ticket per passholder with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-346-9350 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT daily or by visiting the UOAP Lounge in Universal Studios Florida.
Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The popular dining experience, The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast, is back this year for Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration – allowing guests to start their day with a delicious breakfast and appearances by some of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including the Grinch.
Guests also receive access to one digital download photo as a keepsake from their encounter with the Grinch during this special opportunity.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place in Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous in Universal’s Islands of Adventure on select dates from November 12 through December 29, 2022, and can be booked by visiting www.universalorlando.com/holidays.
Pricing for this experience is $41.99 (plus tax) for adults and $26.99 (plus tax) for children, and separate theme park admission is required.
Annual and Seasonal Passholders can take advantage of a 20% discount on the dining experience’s ticketed price when purchased in person at the front gate or a Guest Services location with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass. Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.
The Holiday Festivities Continue at Universal’s Hotels
The awesomest celebration of the season continues at all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels, complete with festive décor that perfectly complements each hotel’s theme, feasts, and special activities filled with holiday cheer for the whole family.
Universal hotel guests can enjoy special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays, menorah lighting ceremonies, holiday crafts for kids, and more.
Select hotels offer additional holiday entertainment, including Christmas tree lightings, strolling carolers, and more.
Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration kicks off Saturday, November 12, and runs daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023, and features an amazing collection of festivities that range from traditional merriments to irreverent twists on holiday classics – including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and live concerts by Mannheim Steamroller (on select nights).
Guests can now take advantage of incredible offers to experience all the fun, including getting four days of theme park thrills for the price of a two-day ticket with the “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer or saving 30% on a special vacation package that includes five-night accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel, five days of access to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and exclusive hotel benefits.
Rock the Universe at the Universal Orlando Resort is back for its 25th year, January 27-29, 2023.
The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with performances by GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet, Northern Irish folk-rock worship band Rend Collective, Dove award-winning band Bethel Music and more. The festival continues Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer Zach Williams, Billboard’s #1 Hot Christian Song artist Matthew West, and more.
Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can rejoice in worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a powerful Sunday morning service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend.
Fans can keep the music flowing in the dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts like DJ Promote and autograph sessions with participating musical acts.
Tickets also include access to Universal Studios Florida’s most thrilling attractions during the event.
Fans can take a break from the music and experience rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, and Revenge of the Mummy.
Rock the Universe Event Tickets and Group Vacation Packages
Tickets to Florida’s biggest Christian music festival include admission to spiritual performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios Florida attractions during event hours.
Starting at $135 per person, a Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events, plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
The event supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.
The Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket for groups starts at $124.
Groups who stay at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will receive exclusive perks, such as Early Park Admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more.
One of the most anticipated and beloved holiday events of 2021 is back for another year of magic at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
The Zoo today announced that the dazzling displays of Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild will return on select nights from November 18, 2022, to January 15, 2023. And this year, a new name will be up in the light. Publix has been announced as the festival’s presenting sponsor.
“This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “It’s dazzling, fun and educational. It’s a true community event, and partnering with Publix just made sense. We’re excited to have them and thrilled to offer those in Central Florida the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular event again.”
The festival features dozens of larger-than-life, hand-crafted lanterns that are lit by thousands of LED lights, resulting in a gorgeous display of color, light, and sound that celebrates traditional Asian lantern festivals.
The lanterns are situated on a 3/4-mile loop around the Zoo, providing a truly unique take on a holiday lights show that will leave attendees clamoring to come back again and again with friends and family.
This is the third year for the festival, which started in 2019 and was not held in 2020. Last year, almost all nights of the event hit capacity. Nearly all of the lanterns will be new to the festival this year, so past attendees will have plenty to capture their senses.
This is the first year Publix is sponsoring the event.
“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Series coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens,” said Hannah Herring, Publix media relations manager. “At Publix, we have a history of caring for our customers, associates and communities. We are excited to sponsor an event for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season.”
The festival is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.