Universal Orlando Announces Ticket Savings

Universal Orlando Launches Offer - Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free September 2022

Universal Orlando Resort invites U.S. and Canada residents to enjoy four days of theme park thrills for the price of a two-day ticket with the return of its popular “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer.

Guests can take advantage of this incredible offer for travel through March 2, 2023 – giving them the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of exciting experiences across Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, plus – depending on their dates of visit – access to seasonal festivities that are included in admissions, such as the destination-wide Holiday celebration taking place this winter or the Mardi Gras event taking place next spring. 

There’s so much to see and do at Universal Orlando, and with this offer, guests get plenty of time to explore the hold-on-tight thrills and exhilarating entertainment that can only be found at the epic theme park destination, including:

  • racing alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack at speeds up to 70 mph on Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster – in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • entering two lands of groundbreaking thrills and magical fun in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida
Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World
  • unwrapping the awesome and letting loose this holiday season with an incredible collection of festivities across both theme parks – like Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, and more – during Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration, running daily November 12 through January 1, 2023
  • reveling in Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration – a family-friendly version of the iconic Carnaval featuring a spectacular parade, globally-inspired cuisine, live music, and tons of beads (taking place this spring – dates will be announced soon)
  • and so much more!
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The “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer starts at $281.99 plus tax for a park-to-park ticket, and all four days must be used within a seven-day consecutive timeframe.

Pricing is determined based on the first date selected for the visit, and prices and availability vary daily.

For just an additional $35, guests can add admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis that offers the perfect balance of thrills and relaxation – where guests can do everything from relax on the sands of a beach right in the middle of Orlando to brave a 125-foot drop alongside a massive volcano on Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

For more information about the “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Universal Orlando Announces Spring Getaway Offer

Universal Orlando Resort Launches Limited-Time Offer for US Residents

Looking for a spring getaway? Universal Orlando Resort has just the deal, inviting guests to take advantage of an incredible offer to save 40 percent on a 4-day, 4-night hotel and ticket vacation package starting at $1,388, after savings, based on a family of four.

This limited-time offer includes:

  • Four days of fun and park-to-park access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, home to more than 50 immersive experiences across both theme parks – including soaring into the Forbidden Forest on the epic “story coaster” Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and jumping into the action-packed world of Jason Bourne in the first-of-its-kind stunt show, The Bourne Stuntacular.
  • Four-night accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, where guests can enjoy vibrant, retro-themed rooms and fun for the whole family, including floating around the lazy river and two massive zero-entry pools, rolling a strike at the 10-lane Galaxy Bowl bowling alley, and enjoying something sweet or savory at the Bayliner Diner, home to an expansive menu and grab-and-go options. Plus, Universal Orlando hotel guests get exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission to access the parks an hour before the general public, complimentary transportation throughout the destination and delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the theme parks and Universal CityWalk to their hotel – and more.

To benefit from the 40 percent savings, the vacation package must include Sunday through Thursday travel dates and the booking must be completed by April 19, 2021, for travel through June 24, 2021. Blockout dates and restrictions apply. Guest can begin booking their vacation package today or visit www.UniversalOrlando.com for additional options with weekend dates. Offer is valid for U.S. and Canada residents.

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing and sanitization.” Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity at the theme parks, attractions and hotels and increasing the already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures.

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SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Preschool Card

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SeaWorld Orlando is a fantastic theme park for kids, and now pint-sized guests can enjoy an ocean of experiences with the free 2021 Preschool Card, available now for a limited time.

Florida children under the age of 5 can enroll in the 2021 Preschool Card which grants them free admission for a year full of fun and safe theme park experiences at SeaWorld Orlando in a spacious outdoor environment with limited capacity and enhanced health and safety protocols.

Sesame Street Weekend 2021 SeaWorld Orlando

Kids are also in for a very special treat with the launch of two fan-favorite events to kick off the year with Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend on January 23-24 and Elmo’s Birthday Celebration from January 30 to February 3!

Families can experience these events plus all of the park’s kid-friendly annual events with unique features like specialty beverages for tots at the Seven Seas Food Festival, kids dance parties at Electric Ocean, trick-or-treating and meeting spooky-fun characters at Halloween Spooktacular, photos with Santa, and millions of twinkling lights at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, and more, with the 2021 Preschool Card.

SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Preschool Card Details

Here are a few things that you need to know about the SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Preschool Card:

  • To be eligible for the FREE Preschool Card for unlimited visits to SeaWorld through December 31, 2021, kids must be ages 5 and younger.
  • Advance registration must be completed online and is only valid for children ages 5 or younger at the time of redemption at the park.
  • Registration is required by February 3, 2021
  • First visit ticket redemption must occur by February 28, 2021.

To learn more and to register for the Preschool Card, Florida residents can visit this page to complete the online registration.

Don’t forget you can keep up with theme park news around Orlando by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Universal Orlando Premieres 2021 Special Offers

The Universal Orlando Resort is welcoming 2021 with SEVERAL special offers that invite guests to plan an epic trip to the award-winning theme park destination this year.

Here are the epic offers guests can take advantage of today:

Get 3 Months Free on any 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass

Right now any guest who purchases a 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass will receive three extra months free to enjoy all that Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have to offer. Universal Orlando Annual and Seasonal Passes are loaded with benefits and perks to experience the resort like a pro, including exclusive extras like discounts and special offers.

This offer is available for purchase through March 31, 2021. Blockout dates apply on select passes. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Family Savings on Vacation Packages

Guests can also take advantage of special offers to receive huge savings on a multi-day getaway to Universal Orlando now through mid-December.

Guests who purchase a 4-Day, 2-Park or 3-Park ticket (starting at $224.99 per adult, plus tax) can save up to $50 per ticket – that’s a combined savings of up to $200 for a family of four.

Guests can also take advantage of this offer as part of a vacation package to Universal Orlando, and receive a total savings of up to $800 on a package that includes five-night accommodations at one of Universal’s beautifully-themed hotels and 4-day theme park tickets for a family of four.

These offers are available for purchase now through April 27, 2021, and can be used for visits through December 17, 2021. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Florida Resident Ticket Offer

Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Universal Orlando ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $181 per adult, plus tax) and receive three extra days free to experience both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Florida residents can purchase this ticket now (subject to availability) and can visit any four days through April 30, 2021 with no blockout dates. This offer is not available for purchase at the front gate. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Florida Resident Staycation Offer

Staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination, with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, free Universal Express Unlimited access at select hotels, convenient and complimentary transportation across the destination and more.

Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $79 plus tax at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $88 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay. And, with a hotel for every vacation style and budget, discounted nightly rates are currently available at every Universal Orlando hotel.

For more information about these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando Launches Free Teacher Card

For more than 55 years, education has been a critical part of the mission at SeaWorld Orlando is to inform and inspire youth about wildlife and conservation.

Today’s educators play a critical role in shaping the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the next generation of global citizens, and SeaWorld is pleased to offer free admission for Florida certified K-12 teachers to continue to amplify their educational efforts with safe visits to the park.

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The Teacher Card provides Florida teachers with unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando through August 31, 2021.

Once registered, teachers may also purchase up to three additional guest tickets for a reduced rate of $27.99 through September 30, 2020.

Additional offers for teachers include up to four $10 off of All-Day Dining Deals and up to four 50% off of Quick Que Unlimited through September 30, 2020.

All Florida Teacher Cards and additional guest tickets or upgrades must be purchased online.

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

How to Get Your SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card:

It is easier than ever to get a free SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card. Teachers should pre-register online using the ID.me process to receive the SeaWorld Florida Teacher Card eVoucher.

When you are registering, please keep in mind that ID.me requires a Department of Education (DOE) number to audit eligibility for the program.

To take advantage of this offer, select the Teacher ID button in the top-right of the SeaWorld Orlando website, select “Sign up” and then enter an e-mail address (personal e-mail address recommended) and a password. 

Eligible private school teachers can provide a letter from the principal on school letterhead confirming employment as a K-12 teacher along with a Florida photo ID and most recent (30 days) paystub to SeaWorld front gate entrance.

SeaWorld Orlando Theme Park Reopening Tips

SeaWorld Orlando Safety: 

SeaWorld Orlando is committed to the health and safety of its guests, employees, and the animals in their care.

The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance their already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to continue to provide its guests with fun, inspiring, and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

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ICON Park Offers New Savings for Families

ICON Park, Orlando’s easy-to-access entertainment destination for locals and visitors, is helping families keep summer fun going with a brand new deal.


ICON Park is providing its own version of stress relief to the community facing back-to-school challenges during a pandemic – prices to The Wheel are reduced to $5 for students and $10 for accompanying parents. This offer is open to any student from grade-schoolers to college students.

“Back to school is an exciting time, but this year it’s stressful as students and parents adjust during the pandemic,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, CEO and President of ICON Park. “We want to offer a fun, affordable escape from the pressures families are facing right now.”

After hitting the books, families can get to ICON Park in minutes for a delicious meal, entertainment, and an unforgettable trip on The Wheel.  Locals enjoy viewing Orlando from 400 feet high because they can see their hometown in a private capsule cleaned after every use. The experience can take from 20 minutes to ride The Wheel to several hours to dine, shop, and visit the park’s other attractions. With its convenient location on International Drive close to I-4 and the Beachline, ICON Park is easy to get to from anywhere in the Central Florida area and includes free parking.

ICON Park also has other Florida resident discounts, including a new package perfect for families – the ICON Park Play Pass. The super-value Play Pass provides guests with access to the entertainment complex’s top attractions, exclusive food and drink specials, and major shopping discounts. And now, the ICON Park Play Pass is available at a special price of just $55 (regularly $65) for Florida, Georgia, and Alabama residents, a bundled savings of over 40 percent.

To receive the back-to-school discount to The Wheel, students over the age of 16 must present a valid student ID. Tickets are available for walk-up purchases only and must be used the same day.


To learn more visit: https://iconparkorlando.com.

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LEGOLAND Florida Honors Local Heroes in September

LEGOLAND Florida Hero Days September 2019
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Honors U.S. Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS Personnel, and other local heroes with Free Admission with ID at Theme Park Ticket Windows

For the entire month of September, real-life heroes dedicated to keeping our communities safe will receive FREE, single-day theme park admission at LEGOLAND Florida Resort to experience the all-new THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD. In addition, to show appreciation for the families of first responders, eligible personnel can purchase general admission tickets for up to four guests at a 50 percent discount.

This promotion is open to active and retired law enforcement, fire-and-rescue and EMT/EMS personnel working in the United States. 

Eligible positions to participate in this offer include:

  • Firefighters
  • Emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS)
  • Municipal and county police and sheriff’s officers
  • Highway patrol officers
  • Corrections officers
  • State and federal law enforcement officers
  • Fish and wildlife field officers
  • U.S. Forest Service rangers
  • National Park Service officers
  • Homeland Security and TSA agents
  • Environmental protection officers

To receive complimentary and discounted tickets, eligible personnel must visit the LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket windows on the day of their visit and present their employee ID or professional organization membership card. This offer is not available with any other offers, online, by telephone or through ticket resellers, and is valid through Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Guests may upgrade to include the LEGOLAND Water Park for just $25 per person. 

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Island H2O Live! One Day Ticket Offer

Islando H2O Live July 28 Ticket Deal Margaritaville Resort Orlando Summer 2019

It seems like there’s a ‘day’ for everything, but July 28th is one that I am super excited about…National Water Park Day!

And to celebrate, the Island H2O Live! water park at Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Kissimmee is offering single-day tickets for only $28 (plus tax)!

Here are a few things to know about this Special Pricing:

  • This offer is ONLY valid on July 28, 2019
  • This offer cannot be combined with any coupons or discount prices
  • Tickets can only be purchased at the ticket counter on the day of.  

This is a great opportunity to check out Orlando’s newest and most technologically advanced water park, Island H2O Live!

About Island Island H2O Live!

Island H2O Live! brings an unparalleled water park experience to its guests, by combining cutting-edge technology, unlimited thrills, as well as relaxation options for everyone.

A new RFID wristband system allows guests to personalize their music and light experiences on select rides, capture photos, earn points, and share via their social media channels.

Over 20 different experiences, including a wave pool, kids’ area, group raft rides, tube and body slides, and a lazy river round out the unique experience for all ages.

Also, there are family and adult cabanas available each day for an added touch of luxury.

For more information, visit www.IslandH2OLive.com

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Adventure Island in Tampa 2014 Season

Adventure Island

Adventure Island Kicks Off New Season With A Special Offer

Splash into spring when Adventure Island® begins the 2014 season of fun in the sun on Saturday, March 8. It’s time again to splash in the wave pool, amble down the Rambling Bayou, race down speed slides, including Everglides® and Riptide, or just kick back on the beach amidst a tropical Key West setting. 

Adventure Island

Now, for a limited time, the best value to visit all season long is the Adventure Island Fun Card:

  • Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to Adventure Island all season long with no blackout dates.
  • Valid March 8 through Oct. 12, 2014.
  • Purchase at AdventureIsland.com, at the Adventure Island or Busch Gardens® front gates or by calling 1-888-800-5447.
  • The Adventure Island Fun Card is $47 for adults and $43 children.
  • Add Busch Gardens for a combined Fun Card for $129 (adults) and $120 (children) at AdventureIsland.com.

 Adventure Island

CABANAS – make the most of your Adventure Island visit and rent a cabana for a shaded, exclusive spot for your family and friends to gather throughout the day. Each cabana includes four chaise lounges, a locker, a mini-fridge with bottled waters and four souvenir towels. Daily rental prices range from $99.99 to $189.99, based on the time of year.

Adventure Island


From the moment guests enter Adventure Island®, they are immersed in a Key West-themed paradise. The 40-acre water park features thrilling slides and tube rides, including Riptide, Wahoo Run®, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides®, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew®, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Guests can also kick back on the beach or in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool, play on professional sand volleyball courts, breeze through the tropical gift shop or let the current sweep them through a half-mile of lush landscapes and tropical waterfalls on the Rambling Bayou.

Visit AdventureIsland.com for daily operating hours. Single-day admission tickets for Adventure Island are $47 for adults and $43 for children. Children ages 2 and younger are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are per person, plus tax. Park hours are subject to change. Visit AdventureIsland.com for more information.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwitteryoutubetumblrinstagram

Richard Petty Driving Experience Valentine’s Specials



Get their heart racing with our high-speed ride-along experience! Our 3-lap Ride-Along lets them ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor around the track at speeds up to 165mph. Click here and get our limited time $79 Ride-Alongs (retail $99-$135).


Click here to get 25% off a reserved driving experience of your choice. Driving Experiences start at $449- your price only $336.75! This special driving experience offer is also available by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promotion code VD25RPDE.
Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout.

For Valentine’s Offers Click Here

Rules and regulations apply, sales tax applies where applicable. To receive your 25% off a reserved driving experience or $79 Ride-Along please click on the links above or here to continue to our site. Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout. Discounts are not valid on Driver Release fee, gift cards, merchandise, group events or previous purchases. Reservations may also be made by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promo code VD25RPDE. Offers expire 2/14/14. Other rules and regulations may apply.

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Vegan Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials

Although I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, there are some great options out there for Vegans who want to take their loved ones out for dinner.

Here are some great Vegan Valentine’s Day specials for some great Local Orlando Restaurants!

Kindred Spirits Farm: February 15th!  Starting the evening at 5 with a tour of the sanctuary, followed by dinner and desert under the stars


Ethos Vegan Kitchen: 02/14, 5pm-11pm: Valentine’s Day Dinner. Join us for dinner, drink, and dessert specials starting at 5pm.

Infusion Tea 2/14 6:30pm seating and 8:30pm seating.  Four course dinner for $39.


Cafe 118 on 2/14 Offering four course dinner Seating Limited RSVP ASAP 407-389-2233
first course
Zucchini Tartar

Second Course
Fennel Velouté with Tomato Seed “Caviar”

Third course
Golden Canelones, Red Pepper Marinara, Thyme-Parsley Pistachio Pesto, Heirloom Tomatoes and Black Truffle Ricotta

Forth course
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 30th Anniversary Celebration

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Celebrates 30 Years of Grand Excellence

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Anniversary Weekend Celebration Featuring La Coquina Sunday Brunch Encore
and Year-round Resort Stay and Dining Package
Known and awarded for its long-standing grandeur, pristine outdoor recreation, privacy, and uncompromising standard of service, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress celebrates 30 years of grand excellence throughout 2014.
To celebrate and honor this milestone anniversary, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers several experiences:
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
January 31 – February 2, 2014
Enjoy two nights in a deluxe guestroom with a $100 food and beverage credit for use during your stay at the resort’s award-winning restaurants including Cascade American Bistro, Hemingway’s, or the encore Sunday Brunch at La Coquina on February 2, 2014.
Rates start at $396.  Use special offer code 1984.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hemingway’s 30th Anniversary Grand Three-Course Dinner
Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2014
$84 per couple (plus tax and gratuity)
Retro Menu Highlights: Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Crusted Sea Bass, Baked Alaska Style Key Lime Pie, Duo Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Open for dinner at 6 p.m. nightly
Call to make reservations: 407.239. 3854 or make reservations online.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
La Coquina 30th Anniversary Encore Sunday Brunch
The one-time return of an award-winning classic
Sunday, February 2, 2014
$69 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Retro Menu Highlights: Florida Greens,  Local Tomato Gazpacho, Truffled Pasta Pouch, Terrine of Goat Cheese, Seafood Bar, Beef Wellington, Parsley Crusted Rack of Lamb, Whole Roasted Dover Sole, Breast of Pheasant with Ravioli, Shrimp Scampi on Herb Breaded Tomatoes, Belgian Waffles with Devonshire Cream, Traditional Eggs Benedict, Array of Display of Cakes, Tortes, Petite Fours & Chocolate Truffles
Live entertainment; resort attire preferred
Open for seatings 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call to make reservations: 407.239.3830
The celebration continues with the 30th Anniversary Grand Experience Getaway with room rates starting at $198.40 per night to include a $30 food and beverage credit, based on availability through December 20, 2014.   Use special offer code RTRO.
“As we celebrate 30 years of grand excellence at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, I look forward to capitalizing on the outstanding tradition of exceptional service of Orlando’s original luxury resort,” said Pat Engfer, area vice president and general manager. “Together, our dedicated team will continue to offer families and business travelers the highest quality resort experience in one of the nation’s most popular destinations.”
According to a special section published by The Times, today known as The West Orange Times, the magnificence of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was unveiled to the local community, the Central Florida tourism industry, and the world as Orlando’s original luxury resort on February 1, 1984.
“After the decision was made to create a topnotch resort, many months were spent in conferral with architects, engineers, and consultants.  Their instructions were to design the best vacation facility in the world.”
Site clearing began in June 1982 and was noted as the most impressive construction project in terms of speed, teamwork, and quality. 
“Public response to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has been phenomenal.  The hotel’s occupancy level during the initial six weeks of operation has far exceeded projections.  The future looks very bright for this extraordinary beautiful new resort which is getting underway.”
More than 800 community leaders, elected officials, and invited guests were in attendance on February 1, 1984 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony in the signature atrium lobby to commence the award-winning history in the making of Orlando’s original luxury resort.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cyprus
Living up to its ‘cool pool’ designation, the lagoon pool remains the signature attraction at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress surrounded by private lush tropical landscaping, rock formations, modern lighting, and finishing touches.  Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of Lake Windsong, the 800,000 gallon, ½ acre, free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools.
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The new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new Water Jet Splash Zone, and new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, complement resort favorites including the rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks, Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf, the Tennis and Racquet Club, and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
“The family vacation experience reaches new heights in Orlando with the new and enhanced activities just waiting for families to experience.  Inspired by classic design, coupled with the simplicity of timeless fun, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress provides guests countless opportunities to make lifetime memories,” Engfer continued.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Family favorite recreation activities include; S’mores pit with fireside marshmallow roasting fun, beach volleyball, tether ball, lounge seating and hammocks, watersports with paddleboats, kayaks, hydro bikes, canoes, aqua cycles and sailboats, old-fashioned, canopied surrey bikes, and Camp Hyatt kids’ activity programs. The 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort offers families an upscale travel experience with well-appointed guest rooms and suites and a host of new family amenities and activities.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress –

Celebrating 30 Years of Grand Excellence

The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836.
For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.

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LEGOLAND Florida Honors Everyday Heroes September

LEGOLAND Florida Brings Back Police, Fire and EMS Appreciation Days in September to Honor Everyday Heroes


LEGOLAND Florida is bringing back Police, Fire and EMS Appreciation Days to honor everyday heroes that work tirelessly to protect and serve cities across the country. Police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees will receive a free one-time single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida for use during the month of September 2013 with the opportunity to purchase up to four additional tickets for only $40 plus tax per adult/child/senior ticket. Our heroes can unwind with special family time and experience LEGOLAND Florida’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions geared to families with children ages 2 to 12 and the newest expansion, The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network that features an interactive water ride, The Quest for CHI, and more.

This offer is valid for all police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working and serving in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are eligible. Eligible personnel should present their employee ID or professional organization membership card to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit to redeem their one free admission ticket and purchase up to four additional tickets at only $40 per ticket.

For the most current information on operating hours at LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

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Visiting IKEA Orlando, Their Living With Children Priority, And A Great Giveaway

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In conjunction with the release of the 2014 IKEA Catalog,  IKEA Orlando hosted a few local bloggers to take a look at their new catalog, try some of their new food options, and most importantly to learn about their long-term priority, Living with Children.

IKEA Orlando CataLove Welcome
IKEA Orlando CataLove Welcome

Now you may not exactly think about IKEA and children outside of the realm of furniture, but really IKEA Orlando is taking steps to make sure that kids know that their needs are important both in the store and at home with their products.  But IKEA’s goal with the Living with Children priority is to make sure that the long-term needs are met & relationships are fostered to make all moments count. They want to ensure that their products help this by facilitating families to make sharing tasks easier, activities more fun, to make sure time & space aren’t wasted, and to help foster causes at a young age in children.

August at IKEA Orlando is a busy time of year as students get ready to head to college, kids get ready for school, and as the IKEA Catalog are released! Over 210 million print copies of the catalog are distributed in 30 languages, all while there are 62 online versions of the catalog with another 8.5 million people downloading the IKEA App!

IKEA Orlando Store

Food at IKEA is a lot more than creative menus and Swedish Food Market items; they are really a reflection of the culture and history of Sweden.

IKEA Orlando Sample Platter of Salmon Flatbread, Leek Quiche, and Caprese Salad
IKEA Orlando Sample Platter of Salmon Flatbread, Leek Quiche, and Caprese Salad

A lot of time and care went into creating menus that feature foods that are nutritious and budget friendly! You see a lot of salmon offerings, because the fish is a large staple in the diet of Sweden. You will also notice that there are a lot of desserts featuring almonds, and that is because it is the most popular favor for sweets! It was fun to learn that a lot of the berries used in the jams sold at IKEA are hand-picked!

There has also been a new focus on providing organic and healthy meals for kids that are both delicious and nutritious.

IKEA Orlando Whole Grain Moose Patsa
IKEA Orlando Whole Grain Moose Patsa

There are tons of Special Events and Weekly Specials at the IKEA Orlando Restaurant and Swedish Food Market!

You can join the Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, August 16, 2013.

IKEA Orlando Crayfish Party
IKEA Orlando Crayfish Party


Gather your friends to feast on crayfish during one of the most loved and celebrated Swedish festivals. Enjoy this all-you-can-eat buffet at IKEA!

IKEA FAMILY Member Price: $9.99 for adults; Children 12 & under $2.49
Non-Member Price: $12.99 for adult; Children 12 & under $4.99

Tickets are sold per seating and are on sale now. Ask a Restaurant co-worker for details. Seating is limited at the two seating times (2:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm) so don’t wait to purchase your tickets!

There are also great weekly specials!

IKEA FAMILY Members receive a FREE cool bag with a purchase of $25 or more in the Swedish Food Market. Reg $5.99 Must show IKEA FAMILY card for offer.

Kids Eat FREE! Children 12 and under can choose from one combo meal valued at $2.99.

WEDNESDAY in the Restaurant
Feed a family for four for only $9.99! Includes two adult entrees (value $6.99 or less – beverage not included) and two kids meals (value $2.99 each).
WEDNESDAY in the Swedish Food Market
20% off ALL Salmon products in the Swedish Food Market including marinated salmon; smoked salmon, frozen; marinated and smoked salmon; salmon fillet, frozen; PASTEJ LAX, salmon spread.

Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes only $1.99! Reg $3.99

Fish and chips only $1.99! Reg $4.99

IKEA Orlando went out into the Orlando community and worked with families to see how they lived to best set up their showrooms and how to best feature products.

They found that families need spaces that are dynamic to the ages of their children that are budget and space friendly, and to reflect these needs they’ve created several different home scenarios in their showroom.

IKEA Orlando Young Child and Smaller Space Showroom Scenario
IKEA Orlando Young Child and Smaller Space Showroom Scenario

IKEA Orlando Teen and Tween Showroom Scenario
IKEA Orlando Teen and Tween Showroom Scenario

IKEA Orlando large family Showroom Scenario
IKEA Orlando large family Showroom Scenario

IKEA Orlando Bachelor Showroom Scenario
IKEA Orlando Bachelor Showroom Scenario

I know you may not believe me, but Zoe asks to go to IKEA all the time, and I have a feeling we’ll be going more often as they roll out some great new programs.

IKEA Orlando Living With Children Priority
IKEA Orlando Living With Children Priority

  • Småland, is a FREE supervised children’s play area. If your child is between 37″” to 54″” and potty trained, he or she is welcome to play in Småland for 30 minutes while you shop. IKEA Family members get an extra 30 minutes!
  •  Family parking spaces located at the front of the store that are super convenient!
  • Strollers for use in the store
  • Playhouses, play towers, and play area are scattered throughout the store.
  • Restrooms with baby changing facilities that are stocked with free diapers as a service to IKEA Orlando customers
  • Baby care rooms
  • Kids dining area that features high chairs, a television with kid friendly shows, play area, bottle warmers, and even free baby food!

IKEA Orlando K.A.M.P is a brand new program that they are rolling out for days where school is out. Children can attend K.A.M.P and learn all about the other countries where you can find IKEA, get a great souvenier passport, a K.A.M.P shirt to wear on their first visit, and on completion of their daily tasks they’ll also receive a free meal. Keep in mind that this is an activity that you and your children do together, and not an experience like Småland where they are dropped off.

Another great thing coming to IKEA Orlando, is a complete redesign of the Children’s area to feature an expanded offering of furniture for kids ages 8-12 and to create an atmosphere that will facilitate play dates and family fun while you’re shopping.

Our IKEA #IKEACataLove Presenters
Our IKEA #IKEACataLove Presenters

IKEA USA is on Pinterest, and they have a whole team to help celebrate your great ideas for the uses of their products and to provide creative designs that you might find useful for your family!

Also, make sure that you sign up for IKEA Family to get great special offers and extra benefits around the store!

If you haven’t been to IKEA Orlando, you should! It’s a great place to shop and get organized! A good tip for visiting the store is to try to visit during the week in the early morning to avoid the crowds, because the store does get quite busy!

And here is the really fun part! You can enter for the chance to win a $100 IKEA Gift Card! This giveaway will run until August 30, 2013, so good luck!!!

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I can’t finish this post without a huge thank you to SocialInfluenz for setting up this amazing opportunity!

Disclosure: Through a partnership with IKEA, I received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwitteryoutubetumblrinstagram

LAST CHANCE To Purchase Advanced Discounted Tickets For D23 Expo 2013!

Purchase Your D23 Expo 2013 Tickets Today!

D23 Expo

D23 Expo 2013 Advanced Discount Ticket Prices End June 15, 2013!

The highly anticipated D23 Expo 2013: The Ultimate Fan Event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 – 11, 2013, once again bringing the entire world of Disney under one roof and offering attendees unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks as only D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can! Visit www.D23Expo.com to buy tickets before the prices go up on June 16.

D23 Expo Pricing

Highlights of D23 Expo 2013 include:

  • Live Concerts including Disney Legends and Academy Award®-winning composers Richard Sherman and Alan Menken, as well as “Broadway and Beyond” featuring performances by Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan® and Aida), Josh Strickland (Tarzan®) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).

D23 Expo Broadway and Beyond

  • Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives—an insider exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, the ABC hit Once Upon a Time and Disney’s enduring exploration of the land of Oz with costumes, props, and set pieces.

D23 Expo
Bert’s carousel horse is one of the many Mary Poppins props and costumes that will be gliding into the new Treasures exhibit.

  • Disney Legends Awards–a stirring biennial event paying tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy.

D23 Expo

  • D23 Expo Dream Store and Silent Auction—a magical store featuring apparel, art, collectibles, and more Disney-inspired items. A rare Silent Auction offers attendees to bid on Disney artifacts, artwork, experiences, props, and more.

D23 Expo

  • 2013 Fan Art Contest—this year’s contest is themed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins. Finalist artwork will be displayed in the Fan Art Gallery.

D23 Expo

  • And much more including celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks and unique experiences, all celebrating the past, present, and future of Disney.

D23 Expo

In 2011, celebrity appearances included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Willem Dafoe, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Tom Bergeron, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Sean Astin, along with Disney executives and creative talent.

Find more details on prices and announcements at the D23 Expo website:


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