On the Go in the Parks: March 13- 15, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 13-15


With the impending closures of the theme parks in Orlando, I am sad to say that this will be my last On the Go in the Parks this month.

My sincerest thoughts are with everyone impacted by these closures, and my prayers are that we all look back on this time in the future and see that it could have been worse if these drastic measures hadn’t been taken. 

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Raglan Road 

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

Get out your finest green outfit and head to Disney Springs for the return of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant! 

Celebrate five days of fun, March 13-17, with non-stop Irish-infused entertainment from morning until night, a mighty selection of beers and cocktails and of course, the most authentic Irish food.

My favorite part of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is the fantastic line-up of live entertainment hand-picked straight from Ireland.

On the Go in the Parks: Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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

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

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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

This weekend you can see:

  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

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

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

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

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

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols

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On the Go in the Parks: March 6-8, 2020

On the Go in the Parks March 6 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about how you can be On the Go in the Parks this weekend on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

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

On the Go in the Parks: New this Weekend

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily until June 1, 2020. 

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this weekend:

  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with your theme park admission.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway 

Have you ever wanted to jump through the screen and into “Mickey Mouse” cartoon short? Well now is your time to make it happen, because anything can happen aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey Shorts Theater

Mickey Shorts Theater Disney's Hollywood Studios

The newly reimagined Mickey Shorts Theater debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020, and I was really excited to check it out!

Located adjacent to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, the new Mickey Shorts Theater is designed to evoke the fun of the Mickey Mouse shorts where ‘Mouse Rules Apply’.

On the Go in the Parks:Returning Favorites

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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

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

This year’s parade features six new additional floats and steps-off at 7:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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

This weekend you can see:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands. You can see the New Breed Brass Band will take to the French Quarter Courtyard Stage daily until March 21.

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

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

Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando 

2020 Seven Seas Food Festival Guide SeaWorld Orlando

In 2020 the Seven Seas Food Festival will runs weekends through May 5, including Fridays (WOOOOT), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options from Chef Héctor Colón and his amazing culinary team!

New food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. 

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. 

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

This weekend the Seven Seas Food Festival will feature free concerts from:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 

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March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Spring has sprung in the theme parks of Central Florida, which means that March is filled with special events that invite guests to enjoy the wonderful weather!

March 2020 in the Central Florida Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Resort – March 2020

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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

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

This year’s parade features six new additional floats, and steps-off at different times during the month.

  • The parade steps off at 6:15 pm: March 1- 6
  • The parade steps off at 7:30 pm: March 9-12, 16-19, 23-27, March 30 – April 2
  • The parade steps off at 7:45 pm: March 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 28-29

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

Here is who will be performing in March:

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross @ 8:30 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 20 – Chris Young @8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 21 – Earth, Wind & Fire @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 22 – Marshmello @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 28 – Why Don’t We @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 29 – Gavin DeGraw @ 8:30 pm

Opening daily at 4 pm, the French Quarter Courtyard is where you can find food and spirits available for purchase and performances from Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands.

In March you can see the New Breed Brass Band March 6 through March 21 and the Naughty Professor Brass Band March 22 through April 2 on the French Quarter Courtyard stage.

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

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

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

SeaWorld Orlando – March 2020

Seven Seas Food Festival 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

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

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

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

Here is who will be taking the stage in March:

  • March 7 – AJR
  • March 8 – Dylan Scott 
  • March 14 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 15 – Joe Nichols
  • March 21 – YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
  • March 22 – Edwin McCain
  • March 28 – Gin Blossoms
  • March 29 – Village People

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

Walt Disney World – March 2020

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily from March 4 until June 1, 2020.

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Here is who you can see perform this month:

  • March 4 and 5: Peabo Bryson – NEW!
  • March 6 through 9: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 10 through 12: The Guess Who
  • March 13 through 16: Simple Plan
  • March 17 through 19: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20 through 23: Mark Wills – NEW!
  • March 24 through 26: The Spinners
  • March 27 and 28: Sister Hazel
  • March 29 and 30: The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31 through April 2: Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – March 2020

2020 Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2020

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend until April 26. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage on the Festival Field.

This month’s concerts include:

  • March 1: The Commodores
  • March 7: Chase Bryant & Danielle Bradbery
  • March 8: Rachel Platten
  • March 14: Ezra Ray Hart
  • March 15: THREE DOG NIGHT
  • March 21: LOCASH 
  • March 22: Fitz & The Tantrums 
  • March 28: Home Free
  • March 29: Taking Back Sunday 

All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

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2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will bloom at the Walt Disney World Resort filling the park with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spring daily from March 4 until June 1, 2020.

2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide

Lush Gardens

Imagination blooms around every corner during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival as breathtaking flower beds, plots of plant life, and wildlife habitats can be found in every area of the park.

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  • Bamboo Garden – As a member of the grass family, bamboo can be found at the China Pavilion in many colors, patterns and sizes.
  • Bold Bromeliads – Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Take a trip to the Japan Pavilion and discover the ancient art of bonsai with some of the finest living sculptures created by bonsai masters, who carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art—creating peace and balance with the earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures – Located at the China Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London – Discover the history and art of tea blending at this elegant English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, featuring plants important to some of Twinings finest tea blends.
  • Festival Blooms – Located at Future World, this display boasts thousands of flowers form colorful, living panoramas overlooking Future World’s East and West lakes.
  • Floating Mini-Gardens – Peer upon more than 100 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
  • Garden Italiano – From fresh spaghetti sauce to your favorite pizza topping, this Tuscan kitchen garden at the Italy Pavilion features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Delight in a whimsical area along Imagination Walkway for kids, made to inspire youthful energy and creativity. Your whole family can learn fun and interactive ways to stay healthy at a brand-new playground and outdoor kitchen.
  • The Honey Bee-Stro – Learn about the importance of honeybees in this immersive garden. You can also enjoy some food options, made possible by their hard work, from the adjoining outdoor kitchen. Find it near Imagination! Pavilion.
  • Kokedama Garden – Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art. The Kokedama Garden features skilled bonsai creations.
  • Growing the Future Presented by Murata – Explore how cutting-edge technology paired with agricultural science can transform the way we feed the world. Discover the possibilities with our friends at Science from Scientists and engage in fun, fascinating, hands-on experiments—opening April 7, 2020.
  • Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion. William Shakespeare often used flowers and exotic gardens to help set the scenes for his plays and employed them as symbols and metaphors.
  • The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ – Visit this foliage-filled exhibit at Future World West to view a kaleidoscope of butterflies and observe several species up close, learning about their life cycles and maybe even witnessing them emerging from chrysalises.
  • Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – Stop by this display near the Butterfly House and take garden-ready ideas home with you, along with garden crafts and sustainable best practices.
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Visit the Mexico Pavilion and learn how Mexico rainforests are rich with plants and animals that have adapted to a wide variety of light levels and water conditions.
  • Urban Spice – At the Morocco Pavilion, learn how in many eastern cultures, ancient spices were considered more valuable than gold. Even today, many cultures are defined by their signature spices and herb blends, created from plant leaves, stems, roots, seeds and flowers.

Topiaries with character

The topiaries are the highlight of every Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and this year 70 hand-crafted topiaries have been created by Disney’s talented team horticulturists.

While there are many returning favorites, there are a few new additions you won’t want to miss! 

Here is where you will find the topiaries during the Festival:

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen – Located at the Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends (Featuring Flower, Bambi and Thumper) – Located in Future World East just outside of the new Mousegear
  • Beauty and the Beast Located at the France Pavilion
  • Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody – Located at Future World East
  • Bold Bromeliads – Located near The Land at Future World East
  • Bromeliad Dragon – Located at the Japan Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – Located near Mission: SPACE at Future World East
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie – Located near Showcase Plaza
  • Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo – Located near Imagination at Future World West
  • Lady and the Tramp – Located at the Italy Pavilion (their new location on the water is my favorite)
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog – Located between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions at the France Pavilions
  • Pandas – Located at the China Pavilion
  • Pluto and Goofy – Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Remy (NEW!) – Located at the France Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Located between The Outpost Shop and the Germany Pavilion
  • Snow White and Dopey – Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • The Three Caballeros (Featuring Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Topiary Butterflies – Located at Future World West
  • Topiary Flowers – Located near the Main Entrance
  • Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion

Interactive Play Scapes

Families can take a step off the Festival path to experience two play gardens filled with hands-on activities and interactive playscapes.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World

At Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds, located near Test Track, little ones of all ages can enjoy a playful playground and garden inspired by Bo Peep and the rest of your Toy Story pals.

The Play Full Garden, located on the Imagination Walkway, will inspire the entire family to gather for interactive activities that focus on nutrition and wellness.

Family Scavenger Hunts

Gardeners of all ages are invited to participate in Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration, a springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike the bzzzz-iest honey bee at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort- Harrison Cooney

Once you have your Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration map, available for purchase at the Port of Entry for $6.99 plus tax, search for Spike’s best blooms across Epcot’s World Showcase, and once you’ve completed the hunt return the completed map to the Port of Entry store for a special surprise. 

Also for a limited time, March 27 to April 12 or while supplies last, Epcot becomes the ‘Hop-piest Place on Earth’ with an Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt around World Showcase in search of Disney character-themed eggs.

Annual Passholders can receive a discount on the purchase of both Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration and the Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunts! Just make sure to show your Annual Pass with ID.

Outdoor Kitchens

As festival-goers take in all the floral wonders of the Festival, they can also find culinary delights at over a dozen Outdoor Kitchens around Epcot’s World Showcase. 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort – Harrison Cooney

The Outdoor Kitchens open at 11am, and just outside of each location a garden offers inspiration for learning to grow healthy ingredients. 

A complete list of Outdoor Kitchens and menus can be found here.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will rock every evening of the Festival with three performances by chart-topping artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage. 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort

It is such a great way to kick off your evening in the park or wrap up a fantastic day!

Additionally, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at 15 popular Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for a nightly concert with a Garden Rocks Dining Package. Dining packages can be booked by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

You can find the entire Garden Rocks Concert Series and more information on the dining packages here.

Festival Exclusive Guided Tours

Guided tours are available for gardeners of all skill levels who are interested in learning more about nature’s magic exclusively during the Festival. 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort

The Royal Tea Garden Tour, presented by Twinings, takes place each festival morning at the United Kingdom Pavilion and guides guests through the tranquil tea garden to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea.

The Gardens of the World tour, offered on select days, lets guests join a Disney horticulturist for a three-hour walking tour to explore the festival gardens and topiaries discovering new plant materials and gardening techniques to use in their home gardens.

Epcot admission and a fee are required to join these tours. To make a reservation, call (407) WDW-TOUR.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2020 Walt Disney World
📷 Walt Disney World Resort Gene Duncan, photographer

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

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