Halloween Horror Nights 31 Overview

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the world’s premier Halloween event, is now open and will run for a record-breaking 43 select nights through October 31.

This year’s chilling lineup unleashes top names in horror and pop culture alongside a host of original abominations that spawn disturbing twists on Halloween traditions in 10 eerily immersive haunted houses and five scare zones – each filled with hordes of menacing creatures.

And when guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two outrageous live shows, sink their teeth into a “killer” menu of uniquely themed food and beverage, shop the latest merchandise in a new Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store and enjoy Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.

Halloween Horror Nights 31

While attempting to survive the night, guests will navigate 10 haunted houses.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Enter the macabre mind of The Weeknd in this haunted house as he stalks you through the surreal nightmare of his After Hours music.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022


Come face to face with Michael Myers and go back to where it all began. Step into terrifying moments from the 1978 horror classic Halloween.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

The Horrors of Blumhouse

Enter the worlds of two horror masterpieces from Blumhouse as you face the most terrifying moments of Freaky and The Black Phone.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

If you thought one Universal Monster was scary, how about three? Summon your scream squad, ‘cause you’re about to get caught between The Wolf Man, Dracula, and The Mummy together for the first time.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Spirits of the Coven

A coven of beautiful flapper witches will lure you into their 1920s speakeasy, reveal their haggish true form and turn your scream squad into a witch’s brew. They’ll be cackling; you’ll be screaming.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Bugs: Eaten Alive

While touring a 1950s home of the future, you’ll be surrounded by the slime of bugs everywhere as hordes of many-legged terrors descend upon you and your scream squad. You’ll be dropping like flies.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Fiesta de Chupacabras

Visit a Latin American village where the legend of the creature Chupacabras is celebrated with a colorful fiesta. And the streets are lined with the crimson blood of tourists like you and your amigos.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Hellblock Horror

Enter a prison whose savage inmates are monstrous creatures. If they break free from their cells, it’s a death sentence for everyone.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake

In a New England fishing village, undead fishermen emerge from the waves to seek their revenge. You and your scream squad may have escaped their hooks in the scare zone. Now they’ll reel you in and drag you under.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Descendants of Destruction

Careful not to leave any of your scream squad behind as you descend the subway tunnels of a deserted New York. Lurking in the dark are hungry mutants looking to feast on the last remnants of humanity.

Mobs of “scareactors” lurk in the fog to prey upon guests within five scare zones throughout the theme park.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Horrors of Halloween (Production Central) – The Pumpkin Lord is back and more frightening than ever. His summoned ghosts, demons, witches, and more beckon guests to go against their better judgment and enter Halloween Horror Nights. Step into the haunts and delights that the 31st year has to offer. The giant, scaffolded “Halloween Horror Nights” sign from 2021 has returned to welcome guests. 

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Scarecrow: Cursed Soil (Central Park) – Simple midwestern horror comes alive in Central Park. Flickering lanterns warn you to stay away from the suspicious scarecrows, but you’re lured in despite your instincts. Did you hear something rustling in the bushes, or was that just your imagination getting the best of you? These straw soldiers of the night are seeking their revenge.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Conjure the Dark (San Francisco) – What would Halloween Horror Nights be without witches? A stage, likely set up for sacrifices, serves as the focus of the scare zone. Runes, enchantments, and rockwork make up the dark aura in the scare zone. Can you decipher the runes in time to save yourself from her otherwordly army? In the most clear pairing of the season, this scare zone fits in fully with the Spirits of the Coven house. 

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Sweet Revenge (New York) – Too close to home? This scare zone is a Halloween carnival gone wrong. The elements that make up a happy Halloween festival — candy, parades, and music — are all turned on their head to be made rotten and evil. Major Sweets Candy Co. is at the root of this dark turn of events, supplying the local children with candy that has sparked a transformation into cold-blooded killers.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Graveyard: Deadly Unrest (Hollywood) – Creep quietly — don’t disturb the dead. See the darker side of Tinseltown through this beautiful, gothic-styled cemetery. Large mausoleums structured around daunting archways and pointed spires are a testament to the deceased. Can you escape the reanimated corpses set on your soul?

When guests need a breather from the terror, they can enjoy two new scary-good shows.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale, which follows the Grim Reaper on the undertaking of what happens beyond the grave as popular, eerily remixed music brings the waters of the Universal Studios lagoon to life.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire – a sequel to last year’s fan-favorite “Halloween Nightmare Fuel” – featuring a new Dreamer in the depths of a new nightmare set to a heart-pounding metal, rock, and electronica soundtrack.

Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are available now online.

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D23 Expo News: DISNEY’S Epic Entertainment Showcase

d23 Expo 2022 Entertainment Showcase

Disney Branded Television, home to some of the most iconic stories and characters in the Disney canon, is bringing its Disney magic to kids and families and Disney fans of all ages with its first-ever D23 Expo showcase, “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!,” hosted by Raven-Symoné (@ravensymone) and Lilly Singh (@lilly) on Saturday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Hall D23.

This fan extravaganza will feature big news, big stars, big musical performances, and big previews of upcoming series, movies, and specials across Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior.

D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans, presented by Visa, takes place September 9 through 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Plus, this epic presentation will also be available as part of D23 Expo [LIVE], which will live stream many of the biggest D23 Expo panels and presentations throughout the weekend.

Scheduled to appear during “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!” are the stars and creative teams of some of the biggest upcoming titles from Disney Branded Television across Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior.

D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo [LIVE]. For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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Goblins & Giggles Weekends at Gaylord Palms

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Guests will be goblin’ up the fun from September 9 to October 30, 2022, when Gaylord Palms kicks off its annual Goblins & Giggles Weekends celebration. 

The event is full of family fun, with live shows, character interactions, animal encounters,  costume contests, and plenty of candy. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

Guests can solve puzzles to outwit a mischievous witch in a riddle-filled escape room, get their bones moving in a Halloween dance party, savor some witches’ brew in a  themed pop-up bar, get their share of sweet treats, and more. 

Goblins & Giggles Weekends packages are also available that include special room rates and admission to select event activities. 

Goblins & Giggles Weekends at Gaylord Palms

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

A FA-BOO-LOUS DANCE PARTY: Young spirits are invited to join Morgana the Witch, Vlad the Vampire, and Grimm the Good-Hearted Goblin for the Monster Mash Bash Dance Party and Costume Contest.  With their best costume – and dance moves – on display, they’ll catch on in a flash and be the graveyard smash of the ghoulish festivities. Monster Mash Bash takes place each Saturday during the event and is included for guests who book the Goblins & Giggles “Premium Saturday” package. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased separately for $16.99 per person. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

GHOULS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: Guests can meet some of the nicest ghouls around in Ghoul  School. Cheerful descendants of legendary monsters take center stage in this walk-through, interactive show. At each stop, characters entertain guests with games, stories, and songs. Ghoul School takes place each Friday and Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends. Tickets are $14.99 per person. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

SWEET STORIES: Morgana the Witch conjures up some fun in a special storytime and cookie decorating party. Guests can join Morgana on Saturdays during the event and decorate tasty treats while she tells the tale of how she became friends with Grimm, the Good-Hearted Goblin. Tickets are $10.99 for a decorating kit with one large cookie or $18.99 for a kit with eight smaller cookies to decorate. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

A HALLOWEEN ESCAPE: Guests will need to put on their thinking caps to solve puzzles and riddles that allow them to escape an eerie forest in the Secret Garden Escape Room. The escape room will be presented every Friday and Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends. Pricing begins at $120 for a  party of four. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

FIND SPOOKLEY: Spookley takes center stage in the Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin – inviting guests to solve puzzles that reveal his Halloween hiding spots around the resort. The activity is offered daily, and tickets are $12.99 per scavenger hunt booklet.

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

ENJOY SOME SPIRITS: Creepy cocktails and mysterious mocktails are on the menu at the Wicked  Brews Spookeasy, a Halloween-themed pop-up bar open during the weekends. Guests can enjoy a tasty selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic craft beverages, specially created by the resort’s mixologists, in surroundings that conjure up the spirit(s) of a haunted pub, complete with eerie portraits and a  wisecracking, singing ghost. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

NOT MANY TRICKS, LOTS OF TREATS: Youngsters can add to their confection collection with sweet treats on the Trick-or-Treat Expedition. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear their best costumes as they meet some cheerfully spooky characters throughout Gaylord Palms’ atrium. Trick-or-Treat Expedition is held on weekends and is complimentary to guests staying overnight at Gaylord Palms. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

GIVE ‘EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT: Elaborate pumpkin art is showcased on the Jack-O’-Lantern  Walk, with crafty pumpkin carvings inspired by the spirit of the Sunshine State displayed inside the hotel’s atrium. Admission is complimentary. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

DIVE-IN MOVIE: It’s time for a delightful dive-in movie as the family-friendly, animated feature film  “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is presented for overnight resort guests in Cypress Springs Water Park each Friday and Saturday night during the event. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

A SPOOKY CELEBRATION: Young explorers have been invited along as Adventure Kid Sophie, Seth the Sea  Turtle, and Ava the Alligator to showcase some of Florida’s creepy creatures, like snakes and alligators, in the Adventure Kids Spooky Celebration. Kids also will learn about some of the mysterious plants in the hotel atrium’s indoor gardens. The show is presented each Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends and is complimentary for guests. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

LIGHT SHOW, FRIGHT SHOW: Brightly animated light curtains create a multi-sensory spectacle that tells the musical tale of the Phantom of the Atrium – a mysterious composer thought to be lurking in the rafters. The show, a combination of colorful LED lights and classical music, will be presented at 9 pm nightly. Many guests with main atrium-view rooms can enjoy the show from their balconies. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween

FANG-TASTIC FLORIDA ANIMALS: Accompanied by some of their favorite animals, Wild Florida will visit each Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends to present Spooky Animal Encounters. Guests will learn more about snakes, alligators, and other amazing animals in this up-close experience with some of  Florida’s diverse wildlife. 

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In addition to the Halloween special events, Gaylord Palms guests can enjoy plenty of family-friendly activities across the 64-acre resort. Gaylord Palms features a 4.5-acre atrium with indoor gardens and Florida wildlife, a 3-acre water park, delicious culinary offerings, soothing spa treatments, and more. 

Goblins & Giggles Weekends tickets are on sale at GaylordPalmsGetaway.com/FallActivities

For  more information about the Goblins & Giggles Weekends packages, guests may visit  GaylordPalmsGetaway.com, or call 407-586-0000

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Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022

Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022

The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular invites guests to step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!

A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience that is included with admission to the park.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular will be casting magical spells from September 10 to October 30, 2022, from 12 – 4 p.m. on the Festival Walkway.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022

Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022
Kandy’s World

Join Kandy as she shares her journey into becoming a real witch. Hear first-hand the stories of this witch-in-training, including how much she loves candy and even how she accidentally turned her friends into frogs.


The all-new Busch Gardens Spooktacular is the place to be for trick or treating.

All guests who purchase a reusable bag from the park will be part of the super sweet fun.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular 2022
Spooktacular Costume Parade

A colorful parade of costumes will bring the Spooktacular Costume Parade to life.

On this one-of-a-kind catwalk, every kid gets their time to shine! Children 13 and younger are welcome to dress up in costumes.

All costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.

In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists.

Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumes, masks, or hoods to the event.


Situated next to Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch, guests will be immersed in the popular story “Room on the Broom,” where everybody has a place and belongs.

You can find out more about Busch Gardens Spooktacular and purchase park tickets online.

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Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2020

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more.

Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level, and once you’re in, there’s nothing to fear but everything.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event that takes place on select evenings from September 9 to October 31, 2022.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Haunted Houses

Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter our sinister haunted houses with new unsuspecting scares.

Stranglewood Estate

Every town has its share of ghost stories—and this one is no different. Once a lively home filled with laughter and lavish parties is now filled with darkness and the spirit of evil. Welcome to the Stranglewood Estate.

Death Water Bayou: Blood Moon – The Final Phase

The werewolves are clawing their way back in, and the blood moon is in its final phase. Beware all who enter the inescapable fate of the Death Water Bayou.

The Residence: Home for the Holidays

Merriment turns murderous at this suburban family home. Christmas arrives earlier than ever this year at The Residence, and all-new horrors are eager to be unwrapped. Holidays are best when spent with loved ones, but there’s no guarantee you’ll survive this silent night.

The Forgotten

Victims will be drawn into a hidden world beyond the rubble and rocks of an unsuspecting quarry, where dark secrets lurk in the shadows. Will those who enter return to the world of the living, or are they destined to become the newest minion of the Forgotten army?

Witch of the Woods

Something wicked this way haunts…an ominous legend summons you with her inescapable curse. Curiosity has brought many travelers into this dark forest, but only bone-chilling stories & dying screams make their way out.

Scare Zones & Unpredictable Hordes

The scares are everywhere as new terrors lurk in every corner of the park. Experience screams & frights at any moment as you make your way through several scare zones. Plus, with roaming hordes, the horror awaits at every twist and turn.

NEW! Ravens Mill

Scarecrow in the Corn Fields Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Within the walls of the cornfield lies a horrific nightmare you cannot awaken. The scarecrows of Raven’s Mill are ready for you…

NEW! Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Along the Nairobi Path lies the depths of a dark forest. Beware of the fairies and orcs as you stroll through this organic forest.

The Junkyard

The Junkyard Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

You’ll find more than spare parts as you rummage through this surly scrap site. Will you make it out in one piece or be devoured by the haunted rubble?

In the Shadows

In The Shadows Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Eerie legends and cryptid creatures passed down through centuries of ghost stories have gathered in the woods, turning wary skeptics into doomed believers.

Skeleton Crew

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022

Rising from their watery grave, shipwrecked pirates seek to plunder the world of the living, taking all lost souls as their bounty.

The Shortcut

The Shortcut

Cutting through the cemetery may seem easy, except when the corpses rise from the ground only to drag you back into their graves with them.


Voodoo Scare Zone at HOS

Driven out of the bayou by ravenous werewolves, the witch doctors now practice their dark magic on you as they pursue their twisted revenge through ancient curses.

Hidden Scare Zone & Roaming Hordes

Hidden Scare Zones

Beware of the hidden zone and roaming hordes…just when you think you know what’s coming, untold horrors lurk in the darkness awaiting your arrival.

Sinister Shows

Don’t miss our spirited productions that are said to be “worth dying for.”

At the raunchy monster dance party, Fiends will return to its outdoor venue for more devilish antics from Dr. Freakenstein and his gang of ghouls.

Plus, all-new event entertainment comes to life during this year’s event.

50/50: Choose Your Fate

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2022 50 50 Fate Show

No matter your choice— he wins, and you lose. Join the game show host as he decides your fate and experience the fright of a lifetime.


Fiends Show

These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their raucous dance party.

The Rolling Bones

The live performance of this skeleton band lights up Dragon Fire Grill with epic covers of classic rock anthems.

Cirque X-Scream

Cirque X-Scream

Cirque X-Scream features exhilarating acts and stunts, including trampoline tricks and aerial performances.

Pulse-Pounding Attractions

With exhilarating coasters and thrilling attractions, guests can take on their favorite rides in the dark in between the frights and scares of Howl-O-Scream.

Bring your fears to new heights on Iron Gwazi & SheiKra, then let the adrenaline rush as you launch into the shadows of Cheetah Hunt & Tigris.

NEW! Iron Gwazi

Iron Gwazi

Experience North America’s tallest and the world’s fast and steepest hybrid coaster.

Crash Test Clowns

Crash Test Zombies

Buckle up for an extra bumpy ride where the road rage from your fellow travelers includes a monstrous appetite for human brains.


SheiKra at Night

200 feet from the sky, 90° straight down – ride this extreme roller coaster if you dare.

Cheetah Hunt

Cheetah Hunt

Race through Busch Gardens on this thrilling triple-launch roller coaster.


Tigris Roller Coaster

Catapult through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward & backward motion.

Cobras Curse

Cobra's Curse

Come face-to-fang on this immersive, one-of-a-kind spinning roller coaster.

Falcons Fury

Falcon's Fury

Drop 300 feet face-down on this freestanding drop tower.



Experience the roar of the legendary steel coaster, Kumba.



Challenge yourself to seven intense inversions on this award-winning coaster.



Twist and turn with a 360° vertical loop and 50 miles per hour speeds.



Zip, zoom & climb through the air on this “wild-mouse” style coaster.

For more information and to purchase Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream tickets, visit the official website.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience.

This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. No costumes are allowed.

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Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventure

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
DISCLOSURE: I received tickets to Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures in exchange for this post. All opinions and overuse of exclamation points are my own.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures is coming to the  Amway Center from September 2 – 4, 2022, taking audiences on a jam-packed adventure with unexpected hijinks, surprises, and up-close character interactions with new and classic tales.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Hit the road to adventure when Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures skates into your hometown!  Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite  Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun soaked Motunui, and set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with  Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life  carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway, jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and magic at every turn at Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures


  • Friday, September 2 // 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 3 // 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4 // 1 p.m., 5 p.m.  

Please note that Amway Center doors open one hour prior to show time. 

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures


Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now! 

Here are some important things to know:

  • Any child who has reached their 2nd birthday needs a ticket. 
  • All tickets are reserved. 
  • Buy tickets at www.DisneyOnIce.com, the Amway Center box office, or Ticketmaster.com
  • All dates, act(s), and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling, and facility fee charges.  
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit AmwayCenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). 
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street, and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.
Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Special Discount

On the Go in MCO readers can save 20% off on select seats when you use code MOM22 online at www.DisneyOnIce.com.

  • Offer valid on select price levels and performances. 
  • Offer valid only on the following performances: Friday, September 2 at 7:30pm; Saturday, September 3 at 7pm; Sunday, September 4 at 5pm. 
  • No double discounts. 
  • Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply. 
  • Tickets are subject to market supply and demand. 
  • Offer expires 9/1/22.
Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

I cannot wait to see Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures, buy crazy snowcones, and have an amazing afternoon with my family!!!

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Meliá Orlando Anniversary Celebration

Melia Orlando 11th Anniversary September 2022

Meliá Orlando Celebration is celebrating its 11th Anniversary as the first U.S. hotel of Spain-based Meliá Hotels and Resorts with special festivities for the entire month of September, including a Vintage 50s Party from September 2 to 4, a Peace & Love 60s Party from September 9 to 11, a Disco 70s Party from September 16-18 and a Neon 80s Party from September 23-25.

Weekend festivities for each themed weekend will include:

  • Friday — themed DJ Night with living statues
  • Saturday — themed characters guest interaction, classic car exhibition from each era, music quiz, live rock concert, and themed inflatables in the pool
  • Sunday – Family movie night

An official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® hotel, Meliá Orlando Celebration, is celebrating its renewed commitment to guests in some new, exciting ways, including:

  1. Wellness and fitness, with Peloton Exercise Suites and exclusive Stay Well By Delos™ Suites featuring guided mediation from world-renowned interactive medicine and wellness pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, sunrise simulator, vitamin C infusing shower, and mood-enhancing aromatherapy to provide a holistic wellness experience from start to finish.
  2. Health and well-being, as the first U.S. hotel, to offer the Surface UV Light robot technology cleaning in all rooms and public areas.
  3. Next Level Gastronomy, with the September 2022 opening of The Wilson, a brand-new two-floor restaurant owned and operated by In Good Company Hospitality (IGC), a New York-based restaurant group overseeing several venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The trendy new restaurant will focus on a “where the coast meets the curb” approach to its menu with freshly seasoned ingredients from local farms and purveyors that will highlight modern and playful interpretations of New American classics complemented by signature cocktails, award-winning wines, and craft beer. The Wilson is inspired by the fabled relationship between a fisherman and his beloved bulldog, celebrating true camaraderie. 
  4. Social interaction, which many people have longed for in the last two years, with weekly parties and rock concerts
  5. Pet-Friendly perks, with an on-property dog park and dog menu at The Wilson Restaurant.

“We are so excited to welcome our guests and our friends and neighbors in Central Florida to come and be part of our celebration,” said Antonio Baez, Sr. Operations Director of U.S. Hotels for Melia Hotels & Resorts.  “We have reinvented ourselves to be an entertainment and gastronomic venue which happens to have some rooms.  It’s what our guests have been asking for and we are ready to deliver.”

Since its opening in September 2011, Meliá Orlando Celebration has grown into one of the most popular hotels in the greater Orlando area. The 289-room property offers old-world charm with new-world design and contemporary comfort. Beyond the hotel, quaint stores are just a short stroll away, allowing guests a break from the theme-park crowds, but not the excitement. The hotel is located just five miles from all the Disney parks and within close proximity to other major attractions, including Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando.

Meliá Orlando Celebration is located at 225 Celebration PI, Celebration, FL 34747.

For more information and reservations, visit www.melia.com or call 407-964-7000, Toll-Free Direct: 1-866-404-6662. 

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Howl-O-Scream 2022 at SeaWorld Orlando

Howl-O-Scream is coming back with vengeance this year at SeaWorld Orlando as the park just revealed a bigger and more terrifying line-up for 2022, featuring all-new houses, scare zones, shows, and bars that will make guests scream in fright. When night falls, things take an ominous turn as a cast of creepy characters emerge from the depths and lure guests into worlds of horror. 

Guests must evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones or seek shelter indoors, only to find they have entered a house of horrors.

They can deepen the thrill with a chilling nighttime ride on Mako, Manta, Infinity Falls, or the park’s newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker.

Guests can quench their thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar or feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 features more haunted houses, more scare zones, more coasters, and more unexpected frights than the Inaugural Fear—making it a can’t-miss experience for haunt fans and thrill-seekers alike.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream runs select nights from September 9 to October 31.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream Halloween 2021 Houses

More Horrifying Houses:

Guests at Howl-O-Scream will be immersed in terror as they hear every bloodcurdling shriek and feel every spine-tingling terror upon entering any of the houses at this year’s haunt.

They may encounter Scratch, a siren with a thirst for blood as they race to escape her clutches in the All-New “Blood Beckoning,” or they may find themselves a permanent part of a ship crew, driven mad by cursed treasure in the All-New “Siren of the Seas,” Re-imagined houses “Captain’s Revenge—Drowned in Darkness” and “Dead Vines-Root of all Evil,” will frighten even the most daring and fan-favorite returning house, “Beneath the Ice” will chill guests to the bone.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream Halloween 2021 Scare

More Spine-Chilling Scare Zones:

Nowhere is safe from horror at Howl-O-Scream 2022. Guests must make their way through immersive scare zones that will test the limits of their bravery.

They can try to run from icy, subhuman walkers in an Arctic wasteland, wander through a sea of restless souls or find themselves captive by the voodoo of the backwater bayous. A terrifying number of All-New Scare Zones join Howl-O-Scream 2022 as“Terrors of the Deep,” “Sea of Fear,”“Cut Throat Cove,” and “Captive Cargo” join the re-imagined “Frozen Terror” and returning “Deadly Ambush” and“Witchcraft Bayou.”

SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream Halloween 2021 Sirens
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More Sinister Shows:

The Howl-O-Scream experience would not be complete without SeaWorld’s darkly entertaining, high-energy shows like the haunting “Siren’s Song”.

Guests can hear a famed explorer’s tales of tracking sirens in the All-New “Lurking in the Depths” or be mesmerized watching a pulse-pounding musical performance starring the one and only Jack the Ripper in the award-winning “Monster Stomp.”

SeaWorld Orlando Howl O Scream 2021

More Bewitching Bars:

While there is no true escape from the terror, this year’s haunt features several themed interactive bar experiences that may not provide a respite from guests’ fears but are sure to quench their thirsts for adventure. 

Each bewitching bar features specialty creepy cocktails for thirsty thrill-seekers. Guests can check out the All-New “Allura’s on the Rocks,” but be careful not to look directly at the host, who can turn people to stone with one glance. Guests may notice her recent victims nearby.   Others may prefer to hear the tales of the mythical monsters at “Longshoremen’s Tavern,” grab a frosty cold one at“Tormented,” answer the call at “Siren’s Last Call,” or pick their poison at “Poison Grotto.”   

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Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream 2022 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.

Tickets for SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream, on select nights from September 9 to October 31, are available now!

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is BACK

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is returning for its 17th year with 102 restaurants offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $40 from August 26 to October 2, 2022.

This year’s roster is larger than ever, with 16 restaurants new to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining, including six restaurants recently recognized by the MICHELIN Guide. 

In addition to providing Orlando restaurant goers with delicious meals, the annual dining program supports area restaurants and donates one dollar from every meal served to a local nonprofit organization. 

“Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining celebrates our destination’s award-winning culinary scene by bringing more than 100 of Orlando’s best restaurants together to offer prix-fixe menus for dinners to explore new restaurants,” said Casandra Matej, president & CEO of Visit Orlando. “The program continues to be a  source of support for our local businesses and provides funds for charities right here in our community.  This year, one dollar from every meal will benefit The Able Trust, providing valuable funds to an  organization making an impact on the critical workforce issue right here in our community.” 

Menus are now live at  OrlandoMagicalDining.com, along with the opportunity to book reservations and explore hotel offers as part of Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights. 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Dining for a Good Cause 

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining selects nonprofit organizations impacting the Orlando community to serve as charity beneficiaries. This year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining charity committee focused on identifying organizations supporting the Central Florida workforce. One dollar from every meal will benefit The Able Trust, an organization helping to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

To ensure this donation has a widespread impact throughout the community, Visit Orlando will also award a $2,000 donation to one local nonprofit in each of Orange County’s six commission districts that also supports workforce development. 

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New and Award-Winning Restaurants for 2022

The newest additions to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining include 7593 Chophouse, Bosphorous Turkish  Cuisine (four locations in Dr. Phillips, Lake Nona, Winter Garden, and Winter Park), BoVine Steakhouse,  Cedar’s Restaurant, HAVEN, La Boucherie, The Hampton Social, The Monroe, The Wilson, Turci Pasta and Wa Sushi. 

Additionally, six restaurants were recently recognized by the MICHELIN Guide, including Four Flamingos,  A Richard Blaise Florida Kitchen (a new addition to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining), Kabooki Sushi (Milk  District location), Maxine’s on Shine, The Ravenous Pig, The Strand Food & Drink and Z Asian  Vietnamese Kitchen (also a new addition). 

Magical Nights Staycation Hotel Deals 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights is back this year and encourages diners to turn their night on the town into an affordable, end-of-the-summer Orlando staycation. After enjoying a three-course meal at one of Visit  Orlando’s Magical Dining restaurants, enjoy an overnight stay at one of the destination’s amenity-filled hotels and resorts, providing special savings for locals and Florida residents. Additional hotel deals will be added in the coming weeks. Find offers here and book early to secure preferred dates. 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Improved Website Tools 

OrlandoMagicalDining.com is a one-stop shop to see the complete list of participating restaurants, review restaurant menus (including options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets) and book reservations directly. 

One of my favorite features on the website is  My Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Favorites, where I build (and share) my online dining wish list.

To help narrow down selections, the website has new filters for restaurants featured in the MICHELIN  Guide or the “Near Me” option to find the restaurants in proximity. Additional filters include outdoor seating, cuisine type, and neighborhoods.  For more information, go to OrlandoMagicalDining.com

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Monsterous Halloween Fun

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Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida will be filled with even more monstrous this fall when Brick-or-Treat presents Monster  Party begins in September!

Families will be screaming in excitement as they enjoy more candy, more LEGO characters, and more spell-binding surprises than ever, with 12 nights of Halloween fun – each Saturday and Sunday, from September 24 through October 30.

This Halloween spectacular will bewitch families with amazing NEW experiences, live shows, spooky LEGO decorations, and Monster mischief around every corner – all included with general park admission and select Annual Passes. 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party

NEW! Monster Mania IRL and in 4-D! 

Monsters are taking over LEGOLAND Florida Resort! Enjoy a host of thrilling meet and greets with never-before-seen LEGO Monster characters, including Zombie Cheerleader, Plant Monster, and Tiger  Woman. Then, catch these ghoulish characters on the big screen in the ALL-NEW, hauntingly hilarious 4D movie “The Great Monster Chase,” complete with some sneaky special effects. 

NEW! Eerily Awesome Entertainment & Attractions 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022

BRAND-NEW live shows will cast that BOO-tastic Halloween spirit! Lord Vampyre will have all the little skeletons grooving at his V.I.M. (Very Important Monsters) Dance Party in Fun Town.

An UnbeLEAFable musical mystery takes the LEGO City Stage when a strange plant grows out of control.

The jack-o lantern trio, Jammin’ Jacks, are also back with an all-new chorus of monster melodies.

Step aboard the  Disco Dragon Coaster and get ready to jive with a groovy monster jam and party lights.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022

For LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests, the Monster  Party howls on with a Pirate Pool Party at Pirate Island Hotel and special entertainment at the Beach  Retreat on select nights. 

More Candy, More Fun! 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
WINTER HAVEN, FL — Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. (PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Brick-or-Treat throughout the streets of LEGOLAND, Florida! Wander across the park to collect more candy than ever before!

Beware the Curse of the Pharaoh as you creep through the Graveyard of Ghouls to the new Desert Desserts candy station on the way to the costume parade in MINILAND USA.  

Inclusive Family Experiences 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022

Creating inclusive experiences for families during their visit is a resort priority, no matter the season.

As a  Certified Autism Center, LEGOLAND Florida is designing Brick-or-Treat specific sensory guides for families and will offer alternative treats available through Guest Services. Team members will also be equipped with Halloween-specific information related to autism sensitivity and awareness.

Dastardly Fireworks in Pirates Cove 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022
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Pirates Cove is under siege! In the cover of darkness, witness 3D LEGO brick-bursting fireworks come to life with ghoulish delight and hear the tale of Captain Dreadbeard!

This lakeside spectacle is the sweetest way to end the Monster Party on all event nights! 

Ghoulish Goodies & Sweets 

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat 2022

The Monsters are in the kitchen whipping up some spookily delectable, limited-time goodies for Brick-or-Treat!

Nothing says fall like a Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life Shake or the Great Monster Cake. Pick up some Wacky Witch’s BBQ Wings for a spooky, savory treat.

Enjoy the ghoulishly green Brick Blast Coca-Cola Freestyle flavor exclusive to LEGOLAND parks, a recipe that fits perfectly into any Halloween celebration.

And be sure to grab an order of Rockin’ Frankenstein’s electric purple apple fries with crushed candy and peanut butter dip, a new twist on a LEGOLAND classic. 

Brick-or-Treat is one of many exciting events included with LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at less than $11/month with a small down payment.

Learn more at LEGOLAND.com/Florida

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10th Annual Great Irish Hooley Music Fest

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will host the 10th annual Great Irish Hooley boutique music festival Labor Day weekend, September 2 through September 5.

The Great Irish Hooley is one of my FAVORITE events at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant because it is filled with amazing Irish bands performing traditional Irish tunes, Celt grass, folk, and blues. 

This mix of music will have you dancing between bites!

This year’s Great Irish Hooley features a first-rate lineup of luminaries from the traditional Irish music world, including: 

  • Téada – This leading Irish traditional band will headline the Hooley lineup. Dubbed “invigorating” by the Washington Post, the band just released their sixth album.  Don’t miss them!
  • One for the Foxes – An exciting new transatlantic trio merging backgrounds in Irish and American folk music for an eclectic vibe.
  • Celtic Croí (Heart) – Talented trio from Dublin, Belfast, and Glasgow pump up the Hooley volume.
  • Gobhán – Dynamic duo from County Down, Ireland, playing guitar, fiddle, and vocals.
Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022

When you hear the word “Hooley,” you know to expect a good time!

It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for everyone in the family.

When the spirit moves you, be ready to kick up your Hooley heels -the talented Raglan Road Irish Dancers will lead guests through a lively Ceili. The Ceili step dances, dating back to the Celts and Druids who inhabited Ireland in the 1500s, are usually the main event of local celebrations in Irish and Celtic communities.

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022 Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

It all begins Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, and continues through late-night Monday, Labor Day. Celtic face painting is complimentary, and the pub will feature new whiskeys and a special Hooley brew, the De Fesht, that brings an Oktoberfest-like spirit to the late-summer festivities.

The best part is that there’s no cover charge to join the Raglan Road fun featuring top Irish bands with high-voltage entertainment!!!

In addition to the pub’s All-Day Menu, the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch will be served throughout the weekend, including Labor Day Monday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Reservations are recommended; call 407/938-0300. Check out raglanroad.com, and plan to join us for the Great Irish Hooley!  

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest Fun

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Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay returns as festive as ever, with cabins throughout the park serving more than 50 drinks options, including seasonal, local, and international brews.

From the selection, non-beer options such as ciders and sours are also available to pair with an all-new Oktoberfest-inspired menu.

This popular event, now in its fifth consecutive year, allows guests to sip, sample, and savor, enjoy the tunes from rising local artists, step into immersive animal habitats, and top off a day of festive fun with Florida’s most thrilling rides.

Bier Fest runs every weekend from Aug. 12 through Sept. 5 and is included with park admission.

2022 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2022 Food

All-NEW Oktoberfest Menu Includes Array of Delicious Bites

The menu for this year’s Bier Fest is a match made in heaven for all the foodies at heart. Guests can pair their brew of choice with all-new Oktoberfest-inspired menu offerings that include:

  • NEW – Bratkartoffeln – Fried Potatoes with chives, caramelized onions, and bacon
  • NEW – Konigsberger Klopse – German Meatballs in a white wine caper sauce
  • NEW – Pretzel Bratwurst
  • NEW – Sauerbraten Sliders
  • NEW – Potato Pancakes
  • NEW – Brisket Poutine
  • NEW – Cheese Pierogis
  • NEW – Ruben Brats
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Refreshing Drink Options

An array of more than 50 types of drink offerings await all Bier Fest guests including lagers, ales, pilsners, IPAs and hefeweizens. Featured Tampa Bay area favorites include:

  • NEW – Cigar City Fancy Papers Hazy IPA
  • NEW – Leaven Brewing Cheeky Blonde
  • NEW – Tampa Bay Brewing Reef Donkey
  • NEW – Bitburger Premium Pilsner
  • NEW – Coppertail Free Dive IPA
  • NEW – Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc

For refreshing options other than beer, a cabin will offer local ciders and sours. Options include:

  • NEW – Keel Farms Agrarian Two Henrys Mango Cider
  • NEW – Cigar City Homemade Apple Pie Cider
  • NEW – Crooked Thumb Strawberry Sour
  • NEW – Flying Boat Raspberry Passionfruit Sour
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2022 Couple with Beer

Those wanting to delight and indulge should know that the best way to get a taste of all the flavors at this year’s Bier Fest is with a Sampler, which can be redeemed for any food or beverage item offered throughout the festival.

Offering the best value for guests, Samplers start at $35 and are available in quantities of five, eight, and 12.

Pass Members can access an exclusive 15-item Sampler for the same price as a 12-item Sampler.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Best Way to Play

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2022 Park

Bier Fest is included with park admission and one of the best ways to experience this year’s event is by becoming an Annual Pass Member for $13/month + tax with no down payment.

With a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 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! 

Guests can also purchase the 2022 Fun Card, which offers park admission through December 31, 2022, for one low price, or they can take advantage of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s limited-time BOGO ticket sale.

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2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.

The festival kicks off on July 14th at Walt Disney World Resort and continues through November 19, offering new experiences for foodies and families alike as part of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary.

2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
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Like a passport for the palate, this iconic festival is a magical taste tour that whisks guests off on a fun and flavorful journey. It’s a delicious celebration of the best in global food and drinks, along with live entertainment, family activities, and more.

2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
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New Sips, Fresh Bites at Global Marketplaces
More than 25 festival food and wine marketplaces located throughout EPCOT celebrate the best in global food and drink. This year, the creative Disney culinary teams have dreamed up unique dishes as nearly one third of the menu offerings are new. Here is a sampling of the many flavors:

  • Debuting this year is The Fry Basket featuring French fries presented with unique savory and sweet toppings, including the Fry Flight, which features three different flavors: Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar Fries; Barbecued Bacon Fries with smoked aïoli; and Sweet Potato Casserole Fries with candied pecans, toasted marshmallow cream, and caramel whisky
  • A guest favorite from years past, India returns with three brand-new items: Crispy Paneer with Mango-Curry Ketchup, Potato and Pea Samosa with Coriander-Lime Cream, and Chicken Tikka Masala with Fennel-spiced Yogurt and Naan Bread.
2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
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  • The Belgium marketplace, opening at 8:30 a.m. daily, serves up Belgian Waffles topped with either Warm Chocolate Ganache or Berry Compote and Whipped Cream, as well as Chilled Mocha Coffee – perfect for those who want to get an early start on their epicurean journey.
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine entices guests with the return of a fan favorite: Crispy Barbecued Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese, and a new item: Grilled Pork Shoulder Lettuce Wrap with Charred Corn Salsa, Pickled Red Onion, and Cilantro-Lime.
  • Hops & Barley showcases the best of America with a new Chesapeake Crab Slider with Tangy Coleslaw and Cajun Remoulade, as well as Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.
2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
Harrison Cooney, Photographer
  • The Alps showcase a new item perfect for the changing seasons: Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Riesling-poached Pears, Red Wine-braised Figs, Candied Pecans, Honey, and Cranberry Toast.
  • And dozens more returning favorite dishes can be found throughout the Festival in Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Coastal Eats, and Flavors From Fire Marketplaces – to name just a few!
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Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue Medicare
Live musical performances at the America Gardens Theatre are scheduled to feature internationally recognized artists Friday through Monday and local bands rocking the house Tuesday through Thursday.

With genres spanning Rock, Latin, Rap, Pop, Country, Gospel, and more, some of this year’s lineup includes:

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Tonic
  • Blanco Brown
  • Hoobastank
  • Los Amigos Invisibles
  • Sheila E.
  • 38 Special
  • Robert Randolph Band
  • Newsboys
  • Ray Parker Jr.
  • Billy Ocean
  • Hanson
  • Boyz II Men
  • Kenny G
  • Sugar Ray
  • And many others!

With an Eat to the Beat Dining Package (for Friday through Monday concerts), guests can enjoy a leisurely meal at a select EPCOT restaurant and guaranteed seating at one of the performances later that same day.

To see the full lineup of artists, performance dates, and pricing, and to make a dining package reservation, guests can visit TasteEpcot.com.

2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
Harrison Cooney, Photographer

Engaging Experiences Encourage Exploration
Guests can have even more fun exploring the festival by participating in interactive experiences (separate purchase required):

  • In Emile’s Fromage Montage, cheese lovers can take a walk on the tasty side to sample cheese dishes served in inventive ways. To participate, guests must purchase five different items from the list of qualifying dishes available at select Festival Marketplaces (found in the Festival Passport) and collect a special stamp from each location they visit. Then, guests can receive a special dessert served in a festival cup.
  • Kids of all ages can embark on a Ratatouille-inspired adventure that’s très magnifique in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak. In this savory scavenger hunt, guests purchase a map and stickers from select festival merchandise locations (while supplies last) and then explore EPCOT to find Remy statuettes to match their stickers to the map. Whether they search for the ingredients or not, guests may return their map to redemption locations in the park to receive a festival keepsake.
  • New this year! From Sept. 29-Oct. 31 (or while supplies last), special Halloween fun for the whole family is available in Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit. With the purchase of a map and stickers, guests can search around EPCOT to look for hidden decorative pumpkins themed to Disney characters. Whether they search for the pumpkins or not, guests may return their map to redemption locations in the park to receive a small festival keepsake item.
2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
For 129 delicious days, guests can sip, savor and repeat across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. From July 14 through Nov. 19, 2022, more than 25 festival food and wine marketplaces located throughout EPCOT celebrate the best in global food and drink. The entire family can also enjoy live musical performances by internationally recognized artists, participate in fun activities and scavenger hunts, and shop at Festival Markets showcasing official event collectibles, keepsakes, apparel, kitchenware items and more. (Harrison Cooney, Photographer)

Sip, Savor, Repeat…and Shop!
This year, the festival merchandise team is serving up five new collections to savor. Guests can visit Festival Markets throughout EPCOT to shop for official event items, including:

  • Event Logo Collection, with something for everyone including commemorative apparel, accessories and adorable keepsakes
  • Chef Mickey Mouse and Chef Minnie Mouse Collection, evoking nostalgia for longtime Disney fans with an assortment of tabletop and kitchen-themed items, an apron and more
  • Princess Tiana Collection, an array of kitchenware and apparel with New Orleans-inspired culinary flair marks the beloved princess’ first exclusive festival specialty merchandise line
  • Chef Figment Collection, paying tribute to Figment’s love of all things purple – including beets – this fun new collection includes kitchen essentials, trading pins and more
  • The Chef Remy Annual Passholder Collection, featuring unique Remy inspired merchandise including apparel, trading pins and collectible novelties

Merchandise can be found at festival retail locations across EPCOT beginning July 14, with additional pieces debuting throughout the festival. Select items are also available on shopDisney.com.

2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKC
Harrison Cooney, Photographer

To experience the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, guests need both a valid park admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. For more details on this year’s festival, guests may visit TasteEpcot.com.

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D23 Expo 2022: Archives Exhibit

D23 Expo 2022

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa with an all-new exhibit, Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time, a celebration of the nearly 100-year history of The Walt Disney Company.

As part of the kick-off to Disney100, this chronological exhibition showcases Walt Disney Archives’ historical assets like never before with immersive, themed environments from animated shorts, films, and film premieres, as well as television productions and Disney Parks favorites, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, Tron, and Walt Disney World Resort’s Haunted Mansion.

The exhibition will provide fans an opportunity to experience some of the most iconic Disney moments over the course of September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the D23 Expo 2022 hosted by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

D23 Expo 2022

A timeline in the center of the exhibit will showcase the breadth of extraordinary Disney events over the past century and will act as a guide for visitors as they journey through the 12,000-square-foot experience. Guests will have the chance to literally “Step in Time,” into various immersive areas around the perimeter of the space, showcasing rare historical objects as never before, in recreations of the settings from which they originated.

D23 Expo 2022

The gallery space will be divided into nine highly themed areas, providing fans the opportunity to capture photos and become part of Disney’s rich history themselves. From captaining the boat in Steamboat Willie, walking the blue carpet at the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and visiting with the carousel horses from Mary Poppins, to being serenaded by Breathless Mahoney at Club Ritz (Dick Tracy), visiting Flynn’s Arcade (Tron), and coming face-to-face with the bride in the attic of the Haunted Mansion, fans will have the opportunity to relive moments from 100 Years of Wonder, all while making new memories to last a lifetime.

D23 Expo 2022

The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, hosting more than a dozen panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Notables such as Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, author and historian Graham Allan, Walt Disney Imagineering global ambassador Bob Weis, Imagineers from the Illusioneering Lab, and historian and artist Stacia Martin will offer a unique peek “behind the magic.” Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, including the impressive 50-year legacy of the Main Street Electrical Parad , a look back at the 1980s and 1990s edition of the Mickey Mouse Club, and the first half-century of the Walt Disney World Resort.

D23 Expo 2022
Walt Disney – Personal, travel bag, Gulfstream N732G logo printed on both sides. “Walt Disney Productions'” 1964

Earlier this year, it was announced that Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I airplane will be on display at D23 Expo. To accompany the return of this piece of Disney history, which is having its exterior restored and will be available for guests to see in the Arena of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Walt Disney Archives has curated an all-new exhibit featuring specially selected items that represent the history of the aircraft. Included will be a customized instrument panel originally located near Walt’s favorite onboard seat (enabling him to monitor flight conditions), a telephone handset (which gave Walt a direct line of communication to the pilot in the cockpit), and a flight bag adorned with an image of Mickey Mouse sitting on the tail of the famed plane.

Plus, join the Archives team and special guests on the 1,250-seat Backlot stage on Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. for a look at the creation of the upcoming Disney100: The Exhibition, which opens next February at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

A limited number of single-day tickets for Sunday of D23 Expo 2022 are available for $99 for one-day adult admission and $79 for children ages 3–12. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $89 for a one-day adult admission. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2022, visit D23Expo.com.

Schedule and talent are subject to change.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2022: Halloween Returns

Halloween Horror Nights 2022

The Universal Orlando Resort has just announced its second Halloween Horror Nights 2022 house!

John Carpenter’s classic 1978 slasher film Halloween returns to stalk guests during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida beginning September 2nd!

This haunted houses will terrify guests as they come face-to-face with the merciless Michael Myers.

Halloween is one of the most popular horror films of all time and to many fans, spawned the most-feared antagonist in horror movie history – Michael Myers.

As the franchise’s latest trilogy concludes with Universal Pictures’ release of Halloween Ends on October 14, guests will venture back to where it all began in “Halloween” – eerily authentic haunted houses that depict the most chilling moments from the critically-acclaimed original film.

This year’s harrowing experiences will transport guests to the infamous town of Haddonfield, Ill. on Halloween night, when Michael Myers first donned his notorious mask to embark on his brutal rampage. As guests make their way through his dilapidated home and iconic scenes from the movie, they’ll narrowly dodge attacks from the knife-wielding Myers as he stalks their every move. Myers is the embodiment of pure evil who unleashes terror at every turn, and guests will quickly realize that he will stop at nothing and no one to take his bloody revenge.

Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Orlando Resort which begins Friday, September 2, and runs on select nights through Monday, October 31.

Additional details and haunted houses will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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