The annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020.
The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
The Disney on Broadway Concert Seriesis the highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as Broadway stars reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows three times a day on the American Gardens Theatre stage.
The shows are included with your admission to Epcot, and here is the announced performance schedule:
January 17, 20, 21, 24, and 25: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
January 18, 19, 22, 23, and 25: Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
January 25: Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
January 26, 28, 29; February 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9: Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
February 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24: Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
The only way to guarantee seating for a Disney on Broadway concert, is by reserving aDining Package that includes seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. Reservations for these packages can be made online at ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407) WDW-FEST.
During this year’s festival guests can enjoy twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations throughout the park that will be offering a variety of delicious, imaginative, and artistically sculpted dishes.
Unique entertainment options celebrate the visual arts daily as artists paint favorite Disney characters in minutes, living statues inspired by Epcot interact with guests, high school bands perform, and performers complete thrilling acts of strength that defy gravity and imagination on sidewalks and common spaces of the park.
Family Festival Fun
This year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts has fun for the entire family with the new Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush environment built for exploring, Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt leads them throughout World Showcase to find where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art, and the chance to step into several photo-ops throughout Epcot including the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion.
Premium Festival Experiences
In addition to the experiences included with admission to the park, festival goers can enhance their day with several premium festival experiences. This year Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion will be hosting a prix fixe brunch each Saturday and Sunday, guests can Paint with a Disney Artist, take the guided World Showcase: Destinations Discovered tour, and even enroll in a series of workshops to unleash their inner artist.
Reservations for these experiences are required and must be made in advance. Visit ArtfulEpcot.com for details.
Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.
I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!
If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!
Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.
Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:
Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
In 2020 SeaWorld Orlando is continuing their 52 weekends of celebrations included with theme park admission, and this weekend the January Inside Look event, running on Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s through January 26, will begin.
During SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees, and more.
This behind-the-scenes event gives guests the chance to meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals including exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests.
SeaWorld will be offering continuous tours throughout the day at the following six areas:
SeaWorld Rescue Center
Bee Rescue Conservation Program
Dive Operations at Manatee Underwater Viewing
Sea Lion & Otter Primary Housing
As a bonus if guests collect 3 stamps in their Explorer Guide, they will earn an exclusive SeaWorld Expert Explorer pin. While supplies last.
In addition, we will be hosting presentations and appearance at the Nautilus Theater:
Wildlife Rescue and Research Presentation – January 11 and 18
Jack Hanna Animal Presentation – January 25 and 26 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
In addition to the daily offers on seaworld.com, there is a special Inside Look offer!
During any Inside Look day guests can buy one up-close tour and get one up-close tour free, but this can only be purchased in the park at the Information and Reservation Counter or Guest Services.
Make sure to mark your calendar, because this will be the first of three Inside Look events that SeaWorld Orlando will be hosting this year with the others happening on weekends May 9 – 17 and weekends November 7 – 15.
The annual Epcot International Festival of the Artsat the Walt Disney World Resort will fill the park with a celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world beginning January 17 through February 24, 2020.
The 39 day event features visiting artists, culinary delights, and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.
Festival event ‘Must Do’s’ include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, the new Green Landing Family Play Zone, and the Food Studios with dishes that are almost too pretty to eat!
This event is included with park admission, however you do need to purchase food and some premium experiences.
Florida’s biggest Christian Music festival — Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe — returns on January 24 and 25 for a faith and fun-filled weekend with live music by some of Christian music’s top artists, plus thrilling theme park attractions and entertainment.
Join the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando for a week-long celebration of football’s brightest stars January 22-25 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!
Catch your favorite AFC and NFC players as they prepare for the game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the official practice site of the Pro Bowl. Practices will be happening January 22 – 25, 2020.
AFC and NFC practices will occur simultaneously (schedule subject to change without notice).
If the practice seating areas reach capacity, fans may stand and watch AFC and NFC practices from limited availability areas in the north end zones of each field.
Practices are free and open to the public from January 22 – 25, 2020.
Fans will be allowed into the AFC and NFC practice seating on a first come, first served basis.
Practices are free and open to the public. For more information visit ProBowl.com.
In SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, manatees and more.
Meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give you an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals. Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests. It’s an unbelievable, up-close event you and your family will never forget!
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for wild animal shows, autograph signings, and special meet-and-greets when he visits SeaWorld on January 25 and 26.
The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater.
On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy two live animal shows featuring Jack Hanna. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved and Front Row Reserved seating is available for the 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. shows. Please join us 30 minutes before each show time for a special meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna.
Spend time with friends and family as you run, skip, jog, or stroll through SeaWorld Orlando’s Inaugural Rescue Run!
This inaugural event benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund takes place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the park’s picturesque pathways and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s animals before you cross the finish line at Shamu Stadium. There’s even an exclusive Whale Show at the conclusion of the event.
Celebrate your favorite ninja heroes with exclusive in-park activities and meet-and-greets with Kai, Nya and Master Wu! Then become the ninja in LEGO NINJAGO World, where kids can battle against familiar foes like Lord Garmadon and the Great Devourer aboard LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
The dinosaurs from “Jurassic World” are making their way off the screen and into Orlando’s Amway Center January 17 to 20 with Feld Entertainment’s Jurassic World Live Tour.
Experience the excitement of being face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs, including the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Velociraptor Blue and many other favorites. Adventure is guaranteed with arena-sized action, special effects and physical stunts that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Some 10 million audience members worldwide have had the chance to experience the magic of “Disney’s Aladdin,” and starting on January 22, the show will begin a 24 performance run in the Walt Disney Theatre at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
“Disney’s Aladdin” brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.
Tickets for “Disney’s Aladdin” at the Dr. Phillips Center from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at $81 with VIP packages available.
Otronicon is a celebration of the intersection between science and technology that highlights innovative technology being developed in Central Florida with interactive exhibitors, workshops, speakers and competitions at the Orlando Science Center January 17 to 20.
The event is a collaboration between educational institutions and the tech and manufacturing communities. It shows how they impact day-to-day activities and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.
The M&M’s Orlando Store is coming to Disney Springs’ West Side, near the NBA Experience, in 2020 bringing sweet treats and merchandise to Walt Disney World!
Disney Springs West Side is already bustling with excitement as it is home to the recently opened NBA Experience and will also open the new Cirque du Soleil show (slated to premiere on April 17, 2020) and Beatrix Neighborhood Restaurant in 2020.
According to the Disney Parks Blog Post…
The new state-of-the-art store will offer an immersive experience that combines the colorful fun that fans of the M&M’S brand enjoy with lasting memories.
“Guests will be fully immersed into an interactive chocolate experience that will create more moments and more smiles through the colorful fun of M&M’S,” said Patrick McIntyre, director of global retail at Mars Retail Group.
Currently The M&M’s Orlando Store is open at the Florida Mall.
For ten years Wild Florida, in Kenansville, has focused on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources, and now they are taking guests around the world with the opening of their new Drive-Thru Safari Park experience.
The new expansion includes 85 acres of untouched scenic landscapes giving guests of the wildlife and safari park the opportunity to identify species from as far away as the African savanna to the deciduous forests of North America from the comfort of their own car.
Along the over two miles of pathways, drivers and passengers will come up-close to over 100 animals roaming freely including giraffes, zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, mouflon sheep, and more.
The Drive-Thru Safari experience is not just confined to your car because there is an elevated giraffe platform where you can hand-feed these beautiful animals.
The park also contains a massive pond dedicated exclusively as a home for all “nuisance”alligators, trapped by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) SNAP program.
Wild Florida also plans to open a world class zip-line through the safari park that spans across untouched cypress swamps, animal exhibits and scenic landscapes in Spring 2020.
As an added value, Safari Park tickets include FREE admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park with over 200 native and exotic animals, a petting zoo, a variety of educational animal shows, delicious food, and more.
Inside the Gator Park you can spend the day learning about American Alligators with Crusher – the park’s biggest American alligator who weighs over 1,000 pounds, view hands-on demonstrations with some of the Wild Florida residents during an Exotic Animal Show, and witnessing the power and speed of the American alligator during the Gator Feeding Show.
Did you know…The park also hosts an annual Gator Week to celebrate their inhabitants!
Admission to Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park is only $29 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 12 that includes free admission to the Wild Florida Gator Park.
DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.
What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!
From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.
What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!
My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise
The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!
So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???
I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!
The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.
Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!
This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!
This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!
This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.
This year SeaWorld Orland’s Christmas Celebration, Sesame Street Land has been decked out for the holidays and their daily parade has a fun holiday twist!
The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and friends in their holiday best as dancing along to holiday favorites, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Joy to the World.”
The Sesame Street Christmas Parade is very popular, so here are a few tips for making your viewing the best it can possibly be.
Sesame Street Christmas Parade Viewing Tips
The parade does not just roll down the middle of Sesame Street. The parade starts over near Abby’s Flower Tower before heading down to the end of Sesame Street Land and stopping to fill the area along the neighborhood (not attractions) with fun.
While the parade does stop, children are not encouraged to step out and join the characters during the parade stops. It’s helpful to set this expectation early, because it is tempting for little ones to want to join the dancing.
Make sure to get your spot at least 30 minutes before the parade starts to grab a spot along the street.
Be aware that if you are in the front row, you will be asked to sit down for the parade so that others behind you will be able to see.
While you are in the neighborhood, take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout Sesame Street Land! My favorite are the decorations in the Laundromat made of lost socks!
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.
2020 will bring a lot of new things to Orlando, and one that I am really excited about is the Jurassic World Live Tour that is coming to the Amway Center January 17-20, 2020!
The Jurassic World Live Tour is your chance to step into an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans.
During the show, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage.
The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience.
Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages.
Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years.
“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment.
“We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”
Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, and I am stoked to share with you an opportunity to save on your tickets just in time for the holidays!
D23 Destination D returns to Walt Disney World Resort with an all-new theme. Plus, more tours of The Walt Disney Studios than ever before, additional magical screenings, a visit to Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., and more
In 2020, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing back many of its most popular events, adding incredible new experiences, and putting new twists on fan favorites.
D23 DESTINATION D: FANTASTIC WORLDS: Returning to Walt Disney World Resort next November 20–22, Destination D will honor Disney’s many magical places, from the extraordinary to the fantastical. In addition, the Walt Disney Archives, which turns 50 next year, is creating an all-new exhibit that will include 50 iconic treasures, representing the 50 years of the Archives. And Walt Disney Imagineering’s store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open a pop-up shop featuring exclusive items, just for the weekend. Additional details, including special hotel rates and ticketing information, will be announced in late spring.
D23 CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES: In addition to the new exhibit coming to Destination D, D23 Members will be invited to a special Grand Opening Preview of Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., on Saturday, March 4, 2020. Plus, on June 22, the actual anniversary of the founding of the Archives, D23 will hold a special “birthday party” at the Bowers Museum. And next year, D23 will offer two exclusive D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experiences: A Day at the Studio Lot, for an exciting look behind the incredible work that goes on every day at the Walt Disney Archives.
WALT’S MARCELINE: Walt frequently cited this charming Missouri town, where he spent his early childhood, as one of his greatest influences. In fact, its lovely main thoroughfare was an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. D23 Members will have a chance to explore the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, enjoy local treats, and mingle with special guests during this full-day event.
SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT, AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, AND ON THE ROAD: For years, D23 Members have enjoyed private screenings of beloved classics on The Walt Disney Studios lot and at Disney Springs with special guests and exclusive gifts. This year, for the first time ever, D23 is taking the show—and the movies—on the road, bringing the joy of Disney films to members in select cities around the country. Next year, D23 will more than double the number of its Magical Screenings, celebrating the milestone anniversaries of such films as The Three Caballeros, A Goofy Movie, Pocahontas, The Emperor’s New Groove, and The Aristocats.
THE OFFICIAL WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOUR—PRESENTED BY D23:In 2019,for the first time ever, D23 hosted monthly Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot. In 2020, due to overwhelming demand, we are adding additional tours, offering them more often so more guests can take a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and see Walt Disney’s office suite. These tours offer fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.
ADVANCE SCREENINGS OF NEW FILMS: In 2020, D23 Members will once again enjoy exclusive, advance screenings across the country in partnership with our friends from The Walt Disney Studios. This year, D23 brought movie magic—including Toy Story 4 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—to more than 35 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Toronto. D23 Members also attended the red-carpet premiere of Disney’s Aladdin.
SIGNATURE EVENTS: D23 will invite guests to enjoy Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival this spring, as well as foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival next fall. Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive merchandise store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open its doors to members for shopping days. And seasonal favorites will return, including a new Halloween event and the holiday favorite Light Up the Season with D23 at The Walt Disney Studios, as well as a special event next December at Walt Disney World Resort. Members will also be able to attend special events at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and D23 will continue to offer unique experiences across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet our Disney Legends and luminaries.
MEMBER MEET-UPS: In 2020, D23 will bring its popular Member Mixers and meet-ups to cities across the United States including Anaheim, New York City, San Diego, and Seattle, as well as to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Additional details on D23’s lineup of 2020 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. Many of these events are exclusively for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Be sure to check the full listings when events post for details. All events and dates are subject to change.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Light Up UCF brings snowy nights and sparkling lights with an all new ride, spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more to Central Florida!
Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.
Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of Addition Financial Arena, Light Up UCF will run through Sunday, January 5.
This year’s festival offers nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!
Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. Our Holiday Light Show (powered by Duke Energy) features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival (presented by AdventHealth for Children) encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to Addition Financial Arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Check www.LightUpUCF.com for times and dates.
The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.
There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide (sponsored by E-Pass) where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, the debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the AdventHealth Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.
Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.LightUpUCF.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www.ucfholidaymarket.com.
Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.
Universal Orlando Resort’s eighth hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, will welcome guests for the first time on March 17, 2020.
An extra-affordable Value category hotel, Dockside Inn and Suites will join its sister property at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, Surfside Inn and Suites, which opened in June 2019.
Dockside Inn and Suites will add 2,050 guest rooms to the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio by the end of 2020, featuring both standard rooms and spacious 2-Bedroom Suites – which can accommodate up to six people. At Dockside Inn and Suites, guests will unwind in a carefree escape that perfectly blends the cool, calm feeling of a beach retreat.
With rates starting at just $85 per night, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort combines the quality guests have come to expect from a Universal Orlando hotel with an extra-affordable price point – creating an experience that is unmatched in the Orlando area.
Plus, hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission, complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks and more, creating a complete and seamless vacation experience.
Dockside Inn and Suites will become the destination’s eighth property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co, offering Universal Orlando guests a hotel choice for every style and budget.
Check out Universal’s Endless Summer Resort sister property Surfside Inn and Suites on our YouTube Channel!
You can find more information and to book a stay at Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites here.
For 35 years Hemingway’s at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort has been a staple in Orlando creating inventive cuisine inspired by the places and travels of Ernest Hemingway.
And in celebration of this milestone, the restaurant and it’s menu have been re-imagined to reflect the sights and flavors of Key West, Cuba and Spain.
“Hyatt’s global philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., focuses on offering guests and associates healthy food and beverage options generated by the local community,” says Executive Chef David Didzunas. “This philosophy guides Hemingway’s food and beverage planning from the operational level to the guest experience. With this long term strategy, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will continue to anticipate and satisfy the evolving preferences of its guests, ensuring that guests have more options to fit their needs and lifestyles while staying in Orlando.”
Before you enjoy a meal created by Executive Chef David Didzunas and his team, you can head into Hurricanes Lounge to enjoy stunning views of the resort and handcrafted cocktails including their signature Papa Doble and seasonal libations.
Can’t make it to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort? Here is how you can make your own Hemmingway’s Maple Whiskey Sour at home!
Hemmingway’s Maple Whiskey Sour
2oz of Bourbon
1oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Maple Syrup
Egg white from 1 egg
Freshly squeeze your lemons
Separate your egg white from the yolk
Pour all of ingredients above into a shaker
Shake vigorously & strain into a rocks glass over a giant ice cube!
Aquatica Orlando is racing into 2020 with a one-of-a-kind new park attraction that will thrill park-goers—Florida’s first-ever dueling water slide, Riptide Race.
Starting atop a 68-foot tower, riders will be able to grab a raft and take their mark in side-by-side racing lanes at top speeds. Each raft holds a team of two, so every rider will have a partner as they plunge toward a hopeful victory. Plus, Riptide Race rafts feature low walls to ensure full view of the competition. Dueling face-to-face, racers will navigate tight loops and accelerations through indoor and outdoor sections. It’s a marathon to the finish through nearly 650 feet of splashing slide!
“Riptide Race will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to have a thrilling, and more importantly, dueling water slide,” said David Heaton, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”
Riptide Race will have a height requirement of 42 inches to appeal to families with children, and the new slide will be conveniently located on the north side of the park next to Banana Beach Cook Out.
The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass or Fun Card. Guests can become Aquatica Annual Pass holders for as little as $9.25 per month, offer ends December 3, and enjoy 12 months of visits and receive park benefits and rewards including FREE parking, priority access to ride Riptide Race in 2020, in-park discounts and much more. Or, guests can purchase a Fun Card which provides unlimited access to the park for the entire 2020 operating season for only $76.99 – Buy a Fun Card now and get the rest of the 2019 operating season for FREE¹. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.
Assemble your squad and get ready to turn up the fun at Aquatica in 2020.
Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season. Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers**, photos with Santa**, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.
In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch a A Countdown to Christmas on December 14th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing. Past performances include Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Mitchell Musso and many more.
The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.
Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.
*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F) ** on select nights through December 24th
Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM
everyday November 30th-December 31st *
*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)
Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating
Hours: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 30th -December 31st.
For more Information: 407-566-2526
*Synthetic ice rink
CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN
Hours: 5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.
For more Information: TBA
HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES
Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional
Christmas Sleigh: $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional
Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional
Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person
(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)
Hours: 5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.
For more Information: 321-624-6380
Cost: Depends on Package Purchased
Hours: 5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th
6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th