On the Go in the Parks: May 7-9, 2021

On the Go in MCO May 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the parks!

Raise your hand if you are ready to be On the Go in the Parks this weekend…I know I am!

As the theme parks of Central Florida start relaxing their COVID-19 Protocols, there are some important things to note and to keep in mind as you are planning your next vist to be On the Go in the Parks.

  • Both parks are still requiring guests to wear face coverings except when guests are stationary eating or drinking in appropriate areas.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort announced via their website that they would no longer be conducting temperature checks for guests prior to entry into the park and will be reducing their social distancing to 1 meter/3 feet.
  • While not part of the official announcement, park guests have shared on social media that the Universal Orlando Resort parks are once again utilizing the single-rider lines, seating parties together, and filling all rows in both their attractions and shows.
  • At the Walt Disney World Resort, temperature checks will be phased out in all areas that require them by May 16, 2021.
  • Theme park reservations will continue to be required for guests to enter a park.

On the Go in the Parks: May 7-9, 2021

Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Weekends May 2021

Created especially for the youngest members of the family, kids and parents alike can join in the springtime fun at Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, including an ALL-NEW weekend celebrating everyday heroes.

Families will want to return to the park again and again to enjoy new themed activities celebrating their Sesame Street friends each weekend, including:

  • Cookie Monster Weekend, May 8 & 9: C is for cookie! Search for Cookie Monster’s favorite treat during this fun-filled weekend, where kids can also decorate a wearable cookie crown craft. Don’t forget to take a selfie by Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck!

Included in park admission, guests can take part in safe family fun with modified operations for everyone’s health and safety.

LEGO Friends Weekends
LEGO Friends Weekend Fab 5

LEGO Friends Weekends are returning to LEGOLAND Florida May 8-9, and 15-16.

Oh no! Dr. Alvah has plans to shut down Heartlake City by cutting off the power to every single ride and attraction.

Help Stephanie, Andrea, Olivia, Emma, and Mia stop them before it’s too late!

By taking part in the Heart Squad’s fun activities and meet & greets, gain valuable information needed to crack the secret code and stop the villains’ evil plan!

The Fun is included with your admission into the park.

Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival
On the Go In the Parks - SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival Cinco de Mayo

You can keep celebrating Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival May 7 -9!!!

During these special celebrations, included with theme park admission, guests can experience:

  • FIESTA IN THE STREET – The Wild Arctic Plaza comes to life as entertainers, stilt walkers, and party starters get this full-blown fiesta going.
    12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • DJ DANCE PARTY – Get your feet moving at this fun-filled party (with physical distancing) as we spin new and old beats throughout the day.
    12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • LIVE MUSIC – Immerse yourself in the traditional music of Mexico as classic bands bring their beautiful and bold sounds to Orlando.
    12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MEXICAN FLAVORS – Savor new and classic tastes as part of our Seven Seas Food Festival including our take on a classic Elote dish, drunken shrimp tostadas, beef barbacoa tacos, and delicious beer and cocktails.
    11:30 a.m. to park close.
Waves of Honor Offer for SeaWorld Parks
Waves of Honor SeaWorld Orlando

Through June 27, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free admission for U.S. military veterans and their families to its SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld San Diego parks with their Waves of Honor program. 

U.S. military veterans and retirees must register their complimentary single-day ticket(s) for themselves and up to three dependents online at www.WavesofHonor.com before May 16. 

After registering, all tickets must be redeemed by June 27. As an added thank you, veterans and active military service members can also purchase up to six additional tickets at 50% off.

Service members and their direct dependents must have a valid active military ID to participate. 

Since its launch in 2005, more than 10 million guests – active-duty military members, veterans, and their families – have enjoyed the company’s parks for free through the Waves of Honor program.

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

EPCOT is in full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

PJ Masks Event at Sea Life Orlando
SEA LIFE PJ Masks Event

Calling all heroes, starting today PJ Masks is diving into SEA LIFE Orlando exclusively with a brand-new Aquarium-wide adventure.

For the first time ever, elements of the hit animated series for preschoolers will come to life in Orlando!

Guests will help ‘Stop the Marine Mayhem’ around every corner at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium from April 30th through May 21st during the limited time experience.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures as we are On the Go in the Parks and theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube

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On the Go in MCO: May 7-9, 2021

Obie and Ashley Spring Break 2021 Tips On the Go in MCO

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

If you are looking for some fun ways to spend your weekend  celebrating Moms, there’s plenty to enjoy as you’re On the Go in MCO!

On the Go in MCO: May 7-9, 2021

Paws in the Park

  • May 8th at 10:00 am
  • Lake Eola Park
Paws in the Park 2021 On the Go in MCO

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency, is excited to announce the return of their popular pet festival – Paws in the Park – to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, May 8, 2021, starting at 10 am. 

Pet parents and pet lovers are all invited to join together with their fur children and fur friends for the fun-filled, free event, which features a full day of both “human” and “canine” activities, food, and fun, like lure courses for big and small dogs, photo stations, doggy fun zone, costume contest, vendor marketplace, food trucks, Pet Alliance swag, plus plenty of pet adoption opportunities. 

Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival

  • All Weekend
  • SeaWorld Orlando 
On the Go In the Parks - SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival Cinco de Mayo On the Go in MCO

You can keep celebrating Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food festival May 7 -9!!!

During this special celebration, included with theme park admission, guests can experience:

  • FIESTA IN THE STREET – The Wild Arctic Plaza comes to life as entertainers, stilt walkers, and party starters get this full-blown fiesta going.
  • 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • DJ DANCE PARTY – Get your feet moving at this fun-filled party (with physical distancing) as we spin new and old beats throughout the day.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • LIVE MUSIC – Immerse yourself in the traditional music of Mexico as classic bands bring their beautiful and bold sounds to Orlando.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MEXICAN FLAVORS – Savor new and classic tastes as part of our Seven Seas Food Festival including our take on a classic Elote dish, drunken shrimp tostadas, beef barbacoa tacos, and delicious beer and cocktails.
  • 11:30 a.m. to park close.
Waves of Honor SeaWorld Orlando

Veterans won’t want to miss the chance to register for the Waves of Honor Offer for SeaWorld Parks!

Through June 27, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free admission for U.S. military veterans and their families to its SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld San Diego parks with their Waves of Honor program. 

U.S. military veterans and retirees must register their complimentary single-day ticket(s) for themselves and up to three dependents online at www.WavesofHonor.com before May 16. 

Mother’s Day at Leu Gardens

  • May 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 
On the Go in MCO Leu Gardens Mother's Day

Enjoy this special day with your mom in the beautiful 50-acre gardens.  

Stroll the winding pathways and discover all the amazing gardens including Florida’s largest rose garden which is in full bloom during the month of May.  Moms receive free admission on this very special day.

Peak Season Pops will be selling delicious treats!

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!
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White Castle Opens in Orlando

White Castle Grand Opening Moment

Since its beginning in 1921, White Castle has held fast to its founder’s belief that families everywhere should be able to enjoy an evening at a restaurant with tasty food at a great value.

And now Orlando is home to the Orlando Castle – the largest, free-standing White Castle in the World – which marks the restaurant’s return to Florida since operating several Miami locations during the 1960s.

President and CEO Lisa Ingram – a fourth-generation family member – along with other family members, company leaders, White Castle Hall of Famers, local elected officials, development partners, and guests were excited to attend the Orlando Castle’s Grand Opening on May 3, 2021.

“You could say our Orlando Castle has been 100 years in the making,” remarked Ingram. “We have been humbled and honored by the warm welcome we have received to date from the Central Florida community. Our vision at White Castle is to ‘feed the souls of craver generations everywhere,’ and our mission is to ‘create memorable moments every day. We can’t wait to meet our new neighbors, whether long-time Cravers or new to the Castle.

White Castle Orlando

Fun Facts about the Orlando Castle

  • The Orlando Castle will be open for take-out, dine-in, and drive-through service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week.
  • The 4,567 square-foot restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating and 2 Drive-Thru lanes.
White Castle Orlando Drive-Thru
  • This newest Castle has hired 120 team members and managers.
  • In addition to their menu (where you can order breakfast all day), you can find a selection of Orlando Castle merchandise.
  • Every table has multiple charging ports for mobile devices to keep all ‘Cravers’ connected.
White Castle Orlando Charging Tables
  • Team members will be hard at work on the company’s largest griddles, but Cravers should know there is a 60 slider cap per visit.
  • Vegans and vegetarians should know that the Orlando White Castle takes keeping food safe from cross-contamination seriously and that Impossible & veggie patties are kept and cooked separately.
White Castle Orlando Vegan and Vegetarian Grill
  • In addition to sliders, ‘Castle Combos’, beer, wine, and sides, the Orlando Castle menu features exclusive and limited-time items like Crave Coolers and Desserts On-A-Stick.
  • To provide a memorable experience for customers, hospitality doors will take the place of Drive-Thru windows to allow team members to walk out to cars in the Drive-Thru lane.
  • Julia, an AI drive-thru assistant, will be joining the Orlando Castle team soon to help make ordering a breeze.
  • The Orlando Castle will be open 24 hours and life the slider cap in the future.
White Castle Orlando Shelley Caran

To ensure tasty fun for all, White Castle has implemented health and safety measures consistent with Orange County’s COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements for all team members and guests, social distancing, ongoing cleaning, and hand sanitizers, and wipes.

White Castle Team Member

The Orlando Castle is located at 11595 Daryl Carter Parkway at The Village at O-Town West.

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On the Go in the Parks: April 30-May 2, 2021

On the Go in the Parks

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino on WDBO tonight at 6:38pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the parks!

I am in SERIOUS denial that we are about to be On the Go in the Parks in May!!! This year is flying by!!!

Before we look at the continuing celebrations around the theme parks and attractions of Central Florida, let’s take a look at what is new this week!

Waves of Honor Offer for SeaWorld Parks
Waves of Honor SeaWorld Orlando

Through June 27, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free admission for U.S. military veterans and their families to its SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld San Diego parks with their Waves of Honor program. 

U.S. military veterans and retirees must register their complimentary single-day ticket(s) for themselves and up to three dependents online at www.WavesofHonor.com before May 16. 

After registering, all tickets must be redeemed by June 27. As an added thank you, veterans and active military service members can also purchase up to six additional tickets at 50% off.

Service members and their direct dependents must have a valid active military ID to participate. 

Since its launch in 2005, more than 10 million guests – active-duty military members, veterans, and their families – have enjoyed the company’s parks for free through the Waves of Honor program.

PJ Masks Event at Sea Life Orlando
SEA LIFE PJ Masks Event

Calling all heroes, starting today PJ Masks is diving into SEA LIFE Orlando exclusively with a brand-new Aquarium-wide adventure.

For the first time ever, elements of the hit animated series for preschoolers will come to life in Orlando!

Guests will help ‘Stop the Marine Mayhem’ around every corner at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium from April 30th through May 21st during the limited time experience. 

LEGO Friends Weekends
LEGOLAND Florida Friends Weekend

LEGO Friends Weekends are returning to LEGOLAND Florida May 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16.

Oh no! Dr. Alvah has plans to shut down Heartlake City by cutting off the power to every single ride and attraction.

Help Stephanie, Andrea, Olivia, Emma, and Mia stop them before it’s too late!

By taking part in the Heart Squad’s fun activities and meet & greets, gain valuable information needed to crack the secret code and stop the villains’ evil plan!

The Fun is included with your admission into the park.

Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival
On the Go In the Parks - SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival Cinco de Mayo

You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food festival April 30 – May 2, May 5, and May 7 -9!!!

During these special celebrations, included with theme park admission, guests can experience:

  • FIESTA IN THE STREET – The Wild Arctic Plaza comes to life as entertainers, stilt walkers, and party starters get this full-blown fiesta going.
    12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • DJ DANCE PARTY – Get your feet moving at this fun-filled party (with physical distancing) as we spin new and old beats throughout the day.
    12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • LIVE MUSIC – Immerse yourself in the traditional music of Mexico as classic bands bring their beautiful and bold sounds to Orlando.
    12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MEXICAN FLAVORS – Savor new and classic tastes as part of our Seven Seas Food Festival including our take on a classic Elote dish, drunken shrimp tostadas, beef barbacoa tacos, and delicious beer and cocktails.
    11:30 a.m. to park close.

On the Go in the Parks: April 30 – May 2, 2021

A Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

EPCOT is in full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021 On the Go in the Parks

This is your last weekend to experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions including, of course, New Orleans.

Plus enjoy spectacular floats on display, street entertainment, music, beads, and more throughout the theme park.

Riptide Race at Aquatica Orlando
On the Go in MCO April 2021 On the Go in the Parks

The all-new Riptide Race has opened at Aquatica Orlando as the world’s tallest dueling racer!

For those over 42″ tall, it all starts atop a 68-foot tower, where racers will grab a two-person raft before racing through 650 feet of slide, with low walls to keep an eye on your opponent.

It’s a dash to the splash as racers compete in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists, and turns.

Don’t forget you can keep up with our adventures as we are On the Go in the Parks and theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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PJ Masks Event Debuts at SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE PJ Masks Event

Calling all heroes, starting today PJ Masks is diving into SEA LIFE Orlando exclusively with a brand-new Aquarium-wide adventure.

For the first time ever, elements of the hit animated series for preschoolers will come to life in Orlando!

Guests will help ‘Stop the Marine Mayhem’ around every corner at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium from April 30th through May 21st during the limited time experience. 

SEA LIFE PJ Masks Event

PJ Masks sea-themed trails and activities will include character meet & greets with Gekko on select days only.

In addition, fans will have a chance to play pop-up games along various exhibits and win exclusive prizes.

These exclusive aquarium activities are sure to bring everyone’s inner hero to life!

SEA LIFE PJ Masks Event

PJ Masks’ highly anticipated fourth season launched Spring 2020 and included new underwater adventures for the heroic trio. The interactive adventure will provide elements throughout the aquarium to give guests and fans alike an unforgettable experience that will deepen their connection with PJ Masks and its courageous characters.

For the ultimate fans, a range of PJ Masks products will also be available to purchase in the SEA LIFE gift shops.

To purchase tickets visit our website at www.VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.

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Sesame Street Safari of Fun Weekends Return to Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Sesame Street Safari of Fun Weekends May 2021

Created especially for the youngest members of the family, kids and parents alike can join in the springtime fun at Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, including an ALL-NEW weekend celebrating everyday heroes.

Included in park admission, guests can take part in safe family fun with modified operations for everyone’s health and safety, including:

  • Open-air activities with plenty of space for physical distancing in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun play area plus even more room to explore and play with special activities on the Festival Field.
  • Protective face coverings required for all guests age 2 and older.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of surfaces and ample availability of hand sanitizer.
  • Individually distributed, single-use supplies for crafts, scavenger hunts, and more.

Guests can enjoy themed, daily storytimes and outdoor, live performances of “Let’s Play Together” at the Sunny Days Theater in Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Additional open-air springtime festivities include:

  • NEW Sunny Days Mural: Artists big and small will have the opportunity to share the masterpieces they create in the craft tent at our ALL-NEW kid-friendly art display on the Festival Field.
  • NEW Sesame Street Photo Opportunities: Enjoy physically distanced photo opportunities with the Sesame Street gang at 1-2-3 Smile with Me. Plus, don’t miss the ALL-NEW Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck selfie spot on the Festival Field!
  • Springtacular Maze: Families can enjoy springtime fun with each twist and turn of the flower-filled path on the Festival Field.
  • Furry Friends Dance PartyGuests can move and groove with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends during this physically distanced interactive dance party in the Sesame Street Pavilion!
  • Special visits with Busch Gardens’ animals: From fur and feathers to scales and shells, exciting animal visitors will be stopping by for unique moments of learning and discovery on the Festival Field.

Families will want to return to the park again and again to enjoy new themed activities celebrating their Sesame Street friends each weekend, including:

  • Rubber Duckie Weekend, May 1 & 2: Help Ernie reunite with his bath time buddy, Rubber Duckie, in an outdoor scavenger hunt and collect a special prize. Bert and Ernie will also make special appearances at dance parties and the 1-2-3 Smile with Me photo location.
  • Cookie Monster Weekend, May 8 & 9: C is for cookie! Search for Cookie Monster’s favorite treat during this fun-filled weekend, where kids can also decorate a wearable cookie crown craft. Don’t forget to take a selfie by Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck!
  • Elmo Weekend, May 15 & 16: Kids will have a blast helping Elmo and Dorothy find their fish friends throughout the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Families can also sing and dance along with Elmo at the Sesame Street Pavilion.
  • NEW! Everyday Heroes Weekend, May 22 & 23: Celebrate everyday heroes during the event’s final weekend. Guests will have a chance to join the Everyday Heroes Club by earning special badges for Bravery, Helping, Manners, and more! Police officers, firefighters, and other local heroes will be honored during this community celebration, which will feature special guests and emergency vehicles for this weekend only!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety

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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces the Return of Indoor Entertainment

Busch Gardens Tampa Red Carpet Series 2016

As Busch Gardens Tampa continues to prioritize the health and safety of its guests, ambassadors, and animals in its care, soon guests will be able to enjoy indoor world-class entertainment beginning Friday, May 28.

From “Turn It Up!”, the park’s award-winning ice-skating production to an all-NEW acrobatic show, “Cirque Electric,” modified operations in the park’s theaters will make it possible for guests to once again enjoy incredible shows as they explore Busch Gardens’ 300 acres of exhilarating rollercoasters and fascinating animal habitats.

In addition to the park’s already strict health and safety measures, which include enhanced cleaning and sanitization, temperature checks, and face covering requirements, many modifications will be in place at Busch Gardens’ theaters upon reopening, including:

  • Significantly limited capacity inside the parks’ expansive theaters to accommodate plenty of space between parties.
  • Staggered entering and exiting procedures to keep guests physically distant.
  • Protective Face Coverings required by all guests, ambassadors and performers at all times, covering the nose and mouth.
  • No eating or drinking permitted inside the theaters.
  • Hand sanitizing stations available at the entrance and exit points of the theater.
  • Extensive sanitation of all seats conducted between shows.

“Bringing more live entertainment safely back to the park is another huge step in returning to world class entertainment at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “Since our reopening in June, our park teams have been incredibly innovative and adaptable with bringing our productions to life in new ways and we’re thrilled to expand our offering to include new programs in addition to fan-favorite shows.”

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy the following productions on select days beginning Friday, May 28:

Turn It Up!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Turn it Up!

Thursday – Monday, multiple shows per day

The Moroccan Palace Theater will once again be home to Busch Gardens’ spectacular, year-round ice-skating shows, including “Turn It Up!” With contemporary performances, dazzling aerial moments and eclectic pop music, it’s no wonder this production has earned a spot on “USA TODAY’S 10Best” Readers’ Choice Awards.

ALL NEW: Cirque Electric

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Cirque Electric

Friday – Monday, multiple shows per day

For awe-inspiring feats that spark the imagination, the dynamic performance of “Cirque Electric,” an all-new acrobatic stunt show exclusively produced for Busch Gardens, will soon thrill guests at the Stanleyville Theater. From the daring airborne aerialist to stunning displays of balance and strength and a fascinating act on wheels that cannot be missed, guests will be dazzled by world-class performers.

Best Way to Play at Busch Gardens Tampa

Enjoy each show again and again with a Busch Gardens Fun Card, where guests can pay for a day and play all year!* For the price of a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens, the Fun Card allows access throughout the year, so you can visit again and again, and experience great events like the Food & Wine Festival, Summer Nights, Christmas Town and more!

For the best value and benefits, guests can upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50-percent savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more!

Guests can visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information, reservations, and tickets. 

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Paws in the Park 2021

Paws in the Park 2021

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency, is excited to announce the return of their popular pet festival – Paws in the Park – to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, May 8, 2021, starting at 10 am. 

Paws in the Park 2021

Pet parents and pet lovers are all invited to join together with their fur children and fur friends for the fun-filled, free event, which features a full day of both “human” and “canine” activities, food, and fun, like lure courses for big and small dogs, photo stations, doggy fun zone, costume contest, vendor marketplace, food trucks, Pet Alliance swag, plus plenty of pet adoption opportunities. 

Paws in the Park 2021

The Pet Alliance is working closely with the City Of Orlando to ensure Paws in the Park is a safe event for the whole family to enjoy by implementing new public safety guidelines, including “human” attendees required to wear masks and social distancing measures.

Attendees are encouraged to register now and start fundraising as soon as possible!

Paws in the Park 2021

Participants who raise $15 receive a commemorative dog bandana, and those who raise $75 receive the 2021 Paws in the Park T-shirt. 

Paws in the Park will also feature virtual components this year for people who prefer to take part from home.

Paws in the Park 2021

“We are thrilled to bring back our biggest event of the year Paws in the Park,” says Pet Alliance Executive Director Steve Bardy.  “Though the past year has been unique, we were still able to adopt out, rescue and foster thousands of dogs and cats.  We certainly have a lot to celebrate with our animal-loving community and a huge mission to continue fundraising for, and so we look forward to seeing everyone and their cherished pets back out at Lake Eola Park for a very fun, memorable and safe day for all.”

Paws in the Park supports the mission of Pet Alliance to educate, shelter, place and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care, and funds raised from the beloved event help Pet Alliance save over 5,200 dogs and cats this year by providing shelter, care and love until they find their forever home.

Paws in the Park 2021

For more information on Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and to register and fundraise for Paws in the Park, visit www.petallianceorlando.org and www.pawsinthepark.org.

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Spring it On at the Gaylord Palms

Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021

The Gaylord Palms Resort is always finding new ways to entertain their guests, and now they are ready to Spring It On from March 12 to May 16 with an itinerary of family-friendly events and activities to welcome the spring season.

As a Spring Break Getaway with Easter events, Once Upon a Spring programming, activities, and an interactive show that brings classic fairy tales to life, and the all-new Crystal River Rapids action river, the resort will provide the perfect springtime retreat.

Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021
girl with a libromagic

To celebrate the magic and creativity of the season, the interactive show Paint Me A Fairytale will take guests on an enchanted adventure as Mother Goose uses her magic paintbrush to bring the pages of storybook favorites to life, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Princess and The Pea. Through each classic story, guests will learn that magic lives within all of us when we treat others with kindness and have courage to tell the truth. As a special keepsake, guests will take home a custom watercolor paint set and coloring book featuring characters from the show. To allow for social distancing, capacity will be limited and advance online reservations are required.

Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021

Also coming to this year’s programming is the Eggspression Garden, an imaginative walkthrough experience featuring blossoming tulips, gigantic Easter eggs, a massive chocolate bunny and five additional spring-themed photo opportunities. Plus, colorful craft cocktails and mocktails, whimsical paintings and more will delight guests in the ART Bar.

And, just in time for spring break, guests can experience Crystal River Rapids, the thrilling new action river attraction opening March 1 at Cypress Springs Water Park.

Rendering: Gaylord Palms Resort

This exhilarating water ride will twist and turn guests through speeding currents at three-and-a-half feet per second as they race past roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls and larger-than-life leaves. Guest can take in the stunning views of Cypress Springs Water Park from the river’s alcove, cabanas, spas or premium pool seating.

And, just in time for spring break, guests can experience Crystal River Rapids, the thrilling new action river attraction opening March 1 at Cypress Springs Water Park. This exhilarating water ride will twist and turn guests through speeding currents at three-and-a-half feet per second as they race past roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls and larger-than-life leaves. Guest can take in the stunning views of Cypress Springs Water Park from the river’s alcove, cabanas, spas or premium pool seating.

Additional Once Upon a Spring Activities:

  • During the Springtime Pool Party, guests can enjoy fun in the sun with pool games, prizes, sing-a-longs and line dances at Cypress Springs Water Park. The ideal setting for family-fun, Cypress Springs features a brand-new action river attraction, zero-entry family pool, treehouse water play structure with four water slides, Big Cypress tower with an AquaDrop slide and two racing slides, and The Wake Zone Double FlowRider with a surfable, simulated wave.
  • Guests can explore the resort’s 4.5 acres of indoor gardens with seasonally themed Scavenger Hunts.
Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021
  • Meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying a delicious breakfast in the newly renovated Villa de Flora during the Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny Character Breakfast on select dates through April 4. On Easter day, guests can enjoy a specialty brunch at Villa de Flora.
  • On select dates through April 4, guests can get creative and enjoy a sweet treat by decorating either an Easter egg or bunny cookie in the Cookie Decorating experience. Plus, after decorating, guests can meet the Easter Bunny himself!
Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021
  • Join the resort’s exclusive characters Seth the Sea Turtle, Ava the Alligator and everyone’s favorite Adventure Kid Sophie as they explore the splendor of springtime in the interactive live show Adventure Kids: Sprout into Spring.
  • High above the indoor gardens, the atrium “skies” will be bright with the Springtime Light Display, as giant LED light curtains vividly display flowers blooming, bunny rabbits scurrying, shooting stars and spring-colored kaleidoscopes.
Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021
  • Enjoy up-close Animal Encounters with critters from Wild Florida’s nearby zoological park and learn more about the Florida eco-system and the animals’ unique personalities.
  • From the comfort of their guest room, families can enjoy an interactive video on their in-room TV that follows the classic story of Peter Rabbit in Adventure Kids: Bedtime Bunny Tales.

Plus, Relâche Spa is offering a Springtime Renewal special from March 1 – April 30 that allows guests to receive a $25 spa boutique credit and $25 off a future service with the purchase of any 50-minute or longer massage, facial or body treatment. 

Gaylord Palms Spring it On Easter 2021

Once Upon a Spring activities are available on select dates, including March 12-20, 25-27, April 1-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30 and May 1, 7-8 and 14-15, 2021.

In celebration of the season, the resort is offering a special package with rates from $199. The package includes overnight accommodations, a Scavenger Hunt booklet and tickets to the Paint Me A Fairytale interactive show.

For more information, CLICK HERE. Individual tickets for select spring activities are also on sale.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the resort’s spring events and activities have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation.

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The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Overview

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EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world from March 3rd until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Topiary Magic

Throughout the park, guests will be able to find topiaries of beloved animals and Disney characters that have been hand-created by Disney horticulturists.

This year’s Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival guests will be welcomed at the main entrance by the Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo, and Mushroom from Fantasia.

Lush Gardens

The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival invites guests to explore more than twenty lush gardens filled with dazzling flowerbeds and exotic plants to learn more about sustainable foods and how to live in harmony with the natural world.

Outdoor Kitchens

EPCOT’s World Showcase is where guests will find more than twenty outdoor kitchens offering festival-exclusive menus featuring healthy and wholesome sample-sized dishes and beverages.

Make sure to pick up a Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival gift card to make purchasing these tasty bites easier.

A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2020

Familiar Faces

Guests will want to keep their cameras ready because they will never know who they will see in the Parks!

Mickey Mouse and his friends will be out on a sightseeing tour in EPCOT’s World Showcase, while royalty will roll by in the Princess Promenade sporadically during the day. 

Live Entertainment

Guests will find live entertainment at several venues in EPCOT’s World Showcase:

  • Canada Mill Stage – The funkiest gardeners around, the Jammin Gardeners, are ready to tap out a beat to get their audiences moving and grooving.
  • America Gardens Theatre – Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances by the iconic Voices of Liberty who will be celebrating America’s spirit and beauty with a medley of unforgettable songs.
  • America Gardens Theatre – Mariachi Cobre lights up the stage with their exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.
  • World Showplace – Guests can relax and enjoy a selection of songs performed by a talented pianist as they enjoy dishes from surrounding marketplace kitchens.

Family Fun 

Families will not want to miss the chance to experience festival-exclusive exhibits, interactive gardens, and fun activities.

The popular Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike, the buzzzz-iest honeybee at Walt Disney World, and the whimsical Egg-stravaganza Scavenger hunt are returning to keep guests buzzing around the park.

Festival-Exclusive Merchandise

It would not be a festival at EPCOT without exclusive merchandise, and this year guests can choose from a wide variety of items perfect for commemorating their visit to the park!

The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival runs daily from March 3, 2021, through July 5, 2021, and is available with valid admission and a park reservation for the same date. 

For more information about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and other theme park news, make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

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2021 Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

The 2021 Seven Seas Food Festival is back at SeaWorld Orlando, and it is bigger and packed with more flavor than ever before!

This year at Orlando’s largest theme park food festival, foodies and families alike can discover the widest variety of chef- and mixologist-curated tastes inspired by cultures from across the Seven Seas.

After a year of limits on international travel, guests can plan a safe, limited-capacity visit to the park where they can roam the expansive open-air grounds and embark on an international flavor journey inspired by the tastes and smells of the Caribbean, Italy, Brazil, Asia and beyond.

The Seven Seas Food Festival, which happens every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 5 through May 9 (and President’s Day on February 15!), will feature SeaWorld Orlando’s enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face-covering requirements.

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

With more than 50 fresh global cuisine tastings from around the globe, guests can taste everything from the most indulgent fare to the park’s all-new savory Vegan bites.

In addition to the amazing food, this year’s festival includes SeaWorld’s most expansive beverage menu ever with more than 75 specially curated cocktails and wines and more than 75 craft beers from Florida and beyond.

Guests can discover the flavors of the globe at more than 26 Seven Seas Food Festival marketplaces:

  • Spice it up with flavors of the Caribbean: New Crispy Florida Cracked Conch and Jerk Chicken Hot Sliders!
  • A new take on American favorites from Kraft-Heinz: Hot HONEYRACHA® Chicken Wings, Lobster, White Cheddar KRAFT® Mac N Cheese, and NEW! PHILLY® Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.
  • Bold new flavors from the Mediterranean: Goat Cheese Croquettes paired with specialty French wines and perfectly seared Lamb Chops with golden potatoes and feta.
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021
  • Fresh and sustainable bites and vegan delights: New Jackfruit Sloppy Joes and Tempura Mushrooms & Green Beans with Miso Glaze & Furikake.
  • Delectable sweets and sips: Try an all-new tantalizing take on cheesecake with the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cone or indulge in a Frozen Espresso Martini featuring Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee.
  • Explore new beverages: Signature brews on tap from Dogfish Head, Yuengling, and Big Storm Brewing; tropical cocktails from Reyka Vodka and Milagro Tequila; frozen Jack Daniels slushes; Funky Buddha Seltzers, and much more to sip on!
  • Sip with a purpose: This year, SeaWorld has proudly partnered with even more companies that give back to local communities and animal conservation efforts: Proud Pour, Beso Del Sol, and more.
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

New this year is the Seven Seas Beer Garden where guests can relax and unwind as they sip on new favorite craft beverages in a lively setting. With physical distancing and limited capacity, the Seven Seas Beer Garden is an open-air, shaded space—the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the festival.

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

Move and groove to exclusive Seven Seas Food Festival live performances:

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Bayside Stadium Concert
SeaWorld Orlando

Along with the delicious eats, Seven Seas will once again feature an amazing line-up of top concerts so guests can enjoy a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds that are all included with theme park admission.

  • Take the floor (in a physically distanced way) and sway to the sensational sounds at Seven Seas concert performances. Well-known national bands will take the stage at Bayside Stadium weekend evenings at 6:00 p.m., while local acts will perform concerts at various times throughout the day.
  • The concert performances kick off with Air Supply at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6.
  • Among the upcoming artists scheduled to perform at the Seven Seas Food Festival this Spring are Chris JansonBlue Ӧyster Cult and Jeremy Camp.
  • Additional performances will be announced periodically throughout the festival, so guests are encouraged to check back frequently to see when their favorite acts are visiting the Seven Seas Food Festival!

Due to limited capacity and expected high demand, guests are encouraged to purchase reserved seating for select performances.

Best Way to Savor and Sip:

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Discover boundless combinations of food and drink selections with a Seven Seas Food Festival Tasting Lanyard. Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample lanyard starting at only $60 or take it up a notch and save over 30% with the fan-favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings. 

SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members also get the VIP treatment with even more flavor and savings with their 3 free samples with the purchase of a 15-sample lanyard. 

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2021

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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