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  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay CLOSED Wed 28. & Thu 29. Due To Hurricane Ian

    Due to the approaching Hurricane Ian to the Florida coast, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have announced that the park will be closed Wednesday 28. and Thursday 29. September, 2022. An announcement on the theme parks website says: To ensure the safety of our ambassadors, guests, and animals as Hurricane Ian moves through Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be closed on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29. Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time. Guests are encouraged to check back on our website and follow our social media channels for updates. Theme Park & Water Park Admission Tickets All admission tickets have been extended through December 31, 2022. Annual Pass Member Guest Tickets Annual Pass Members’ guest tickets with an expiration date of Sept. 30 will be extended through Oct. 16. Busch Gardens Tampa is the first Central Florida theme park to announce a closure due to Hurricane Ian, we await updates from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, and other area attractions.

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest With Chef Wolfgang Puck At Disney Springs

    Wolfgang Puck is coming to Orlando and foodies are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest with him at a spectacular evening of delicious food and drink, together with a wonderful night of live entertainment! Oktoberfest with Chef Wolfgang Puck will take place at his popular Disney Springs restaurant on Oct 12, 2022. The evening is not only your chance to meet Chef Wolfgang Puck but to also eat a meal prepared by the Austrian master himself, together with Executive Chef Mike Tiva. The 2022 Oktoberfest event will have Wolfgang Pucks delicious take on traditional Oktoberfest eats including Braised Beef Goulash, Charcuterie and Sausages, Kaisersmarran, and Apple Strudel. The event includes live music, food stations that will feature Wolfgang’s own favorite dishes, as well as lots of tempting desserts Admission includes your dinner, desserts, and live performances and entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are priced at $85 per adult and $42.50 for children under 14 (excluding tax and gratuity)

  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts Offers Reduced Rates For FL Residents Ahead Of Hurricane Ian

    With Hurricane Ian rapidly approaching Florida, Rosen Hotels & Resorts is now offering “distress rates” to allow Florida residents to have an affordable and safe place to weather the storm. Rosen Hotels & Resorts has activated its Florida Resident Distress Rates to help locals evacuate to a safe and affordable place as they ride out Hurricane Ian. Rosen Hotels & Resorts had always been committed to helping Floridians during stressful weather events, including providing free Wi-Fi, allowing pets and not applying additional pet fees. Distress rates (not including taxes) are at : $69/night Rosen Inn International Rosen Inn Closest to Universal Rosen Inn Pointe OrlandoRosen Inn Lake Buena Vista $99/night Rosen Plaza $109/night Rosen Centre $119/night Rosen Shingle Creek These rates are not applicable for groups or with any other promotions or offers and are based on availability. Florida Resident Distress Rates are offered when a tropical storm or hurricane warning is in effect for impacted areas in Florida and will remain in effect as long as the situation is threatening. Rates also are offered as long as necessary to those displaced after a storm. Discounted distress rates are only applicable to Florida residents and requires proof of residency in affected areas. To reserve a room, please call 866-33-ROSEN (76736).

  • Hurricane Ian Could Impact ALL Central Florida Theme Parks In The Coming Days

    Guests planning on visiting Florida in the coming days should be aware that a major hurricane is heading towards the area. Hurricane Ian is on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. and if it tracks as expected, Hurricane Ian will likely impact operations at all theme parks here in Central Florida. The entire State of Florida is in a State Of Emergency and all of Central Florida remains in the probable path of Hurricane Ian as the storm gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico. Ian is currently forecast to hit Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top winds of 140 miles over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before striking Florida along a stretch of coast including the Tampa Bay area, which puts Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in the major hurricane's path. As of today, Monday, 26 Sept. 2022, all of Central Florida theme parks are now under at least a Tropical Storm Watch including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando, with Busch Gardens Tampa under a Hurricane Watch. At this moment, none of the theme parks has announced any operational changes, but this is expected to change in the coming hours. Theme parks are closely watching the track of the hurricane, and are co-ordinating with authorities to ready any operational changes, or closure plans. Walt Disney World has notified all guests at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground asking them to “remove and stow all outside items” including Halloween decorations, tents, and camper awnings. Orlando International Airport has not announced any operational changes at this time, but are making hurricane preparations and monitoring the situation.

  • Holidays At Universal Orlando Begin November 12 And Will Be A Resort Wide Celebration

    Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is in full on scare mode but it doesn't mean we can't look forward to the holidays, as November will be here before we know it! Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will be a destination-wide celebration from Nov. 12, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023, featuring the fan favorite stories and characters we know at love during the holiday season at Universal. From Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas to Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with epic festivities that can’t be experienced anywhere else – and it’s all included in admission to the theme parks. Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Will Include: Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The themed lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will magically transform for the holidays with themed decorations, garlands, and lights throughout the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Guests can also enjoy special holiday-themed performances from the Hogwarts Frog Choir in Hogsmeade and “the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation,” Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley. When night falls in Hogsmeade, guests can experience “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” a spectacular show projected on the façade of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that celebrates the holiday spirit and recalls Christmas moments inspired by the “Harry Potter” stories. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s Fan-favorite characters from the popular “Despicable Me,” “Shrek,” and “Madagascar” franchises – along with larger-than-life balloons, holiday floats, and hundreds of performers – take to the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Santa Claus even appears during a snowy finale that culminates with the lighting of the park’s 80-foot Christmas Tree. Grinchmas The Grinchiest time of year is celebrated at Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live musical retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic starring the Grinch. The Grinchmas celebration continues throughout Seuss Landing, which will be adorned with whimsical holiday décor, including oversized candy canes and twisting Christmas trees. Guests can also enjoy special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville as they prepare for their favorite holiday – and even meet the mean one himself for a special photo opportunity. Mannheim Steamroller The best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Studios Florida with live performances on Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2022. Additional Holiday Festivities Across The Resort Holiday cheer will be spread across Universal Orlando Resort with holiday-themed merchandise, food and beverage offerings, character encounters, seasonal décor, celebratory activities at Universal’s hotels, and more. Additional details about Holiday offerings at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon. Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular admission to the theme parks. In addition, guests can get 30% off a special vacation package that includes five-night accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel, five days of access to Universal Orlando’s theme parks, and exclusive hotel benefits like Early Park Admission. Click here for details. Click here for more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

  • Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures Adds New Experience

    Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, is an edutainment, landscaped eco-park, and its just added a brand new addition to its line up of attractions. Lily’s Butterfly Garden and Lorelei’s Critter Collection is a specially designed aviary that features several different species of butterflies that are native to Florida, including Monarch, Painted Ladies and Sulphurs. Guests can purchase nectar cups for $2 to feed the butterflies inside the aviary. The butterfly habitat contains an assortment of Florida native plants such as Native Milkweeds, Buttonwood Plant, Fire Bushes, Swamp Lily, Mushy Grass, Prickly Pear Cactus and Swamp Hibiscus, plus the habitat is also home to native Florida animals such as Bobwhite Quails, Wood Ducks and Turtles. Landscaping of the park and butterfly area at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures has been done through a partnership with the Florida Native Plant Society. Lily’s Butterfly Garden will include high teas and elegant birthdays and intimate weddings for up to 20 people. Also, a new Bat Education and Conservation Zone will open in mid-October 2022 and will teach guests about the various species of Florida’s bats and how they help the environment. Three bat houses will accommodate up to 300 bats each which will naturally migrate to the site. You will want to see all the new additions to the park and don’t forget to glide on an airboat ride while you are there! Owner Margie Bryan said “We are so excited to expand our natural outdoor experiences here at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures,” she continued "Butterflies, bats and our other new critters will delight our guests in addition to our signature airboat tours which offer up close views of Bald Eagles, North American Osprey, River Otters, Florida Soft Shell and Snapping Turtle, American Alligator, Crested Caracara, and Swallow-tailed Kite.” Alongside the new exhibits, Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures has been providing airboat tours since 1994 with its unique Real Natural Florida style tours in search of the American Alligator. The nature-based attraction, located within a natural 32-acre lakeside park serving as the headwaters of the Everglades, also features and on-site BBQ restaurant and a separately ticketed Native American Village which demonstrates how native Indians survived on the swamp. Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures offers daytime, sunset, night and private airboat tours. Check out the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure website to learn more, find directions and make reservations. Boggy Creek Airboat tours are priced at $35 for adults and $30 for children ages 3 to 10 for a half hour, $55 for adults and $50 for children ages 3 to 10 for one hour. One-hour Sunset Tours are $68 for adults and $58 for children ages 3 to 10, and one-hour Night Tours are $73 for adults and $63 for children ages 3 to 10. All-inclusive packages featuring a 30-minute airboat ride, a hands-on gem and fossil mining experience, lunch and park admission are $49.88 for adults and $39.99 for children ages 3 to 10, and $69.88 for adults and $59.29 for children ages 3 to 20 for a one-hour airboat ride, hands-on gem and fossil mining experience, lunch and park admission. Private tours are also offered. All tours can be booked online.

  • Beginning November 11. The Holiday Magic Returns To Walt Disney World For 2022

    Walt Disney World officially welcomes Christmas on November 11, 2022 this year, and there are so many themed experiences to unwrap throughout the resort this upcoming holiday season. The big news from Walt Disney World this year is the fabulous return of Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party to the Magic Kingdom with the holly jolly event returning on select nights from November 8 through December 22, 2022 and you can find full details on this years event here. In addition to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, you'll discover festive fun throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort this year. The entire Walt Disney World Resort will be decked out in whimsical décor that creates a nostalgic and joyous atmosphere. From twinkling trees and glittering ornaments to an abundance of tinsel and wreaths, the distinct personality of each Walt Disney World theme park shines brighter during the holidays. Highlights at the theme parks include the return of the annual Candlelight Processional in the American Gardens Theatre at EPCOT during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which starts on November 25, plus also at EPCOT the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster will receive a Christmas overlay set to seasonal on-ride music. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will feature a festive finale starring Olaf, the lovable snowman from the movie, Frozen. Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, A Merry Menagerie of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets themed as winter animals will return throughout the holiday season. Disney Springs Town Center will be the site of magical snowfalls that bring the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida, and the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll will also return, creating a pathway of Disney character-inspired Christmas trees. At select resorts watch for artisan-made gingerbread displays, and holiday merchandise collections will be available at select retail outlets across Walt Disney World Resort. During the holidays select theme park icons will continue to transform into Beacons of Magic, illuminating select nights with an EARidescent glow. Plus, as a special yuletide surprise for guests, the magic will continue as each park celebrates the season with a delightful rotation of unique heartwarming holiday-themed displays. The holiday season will be an especially busy time for Jolly Old St. Nick as he makes special appearances throughout Walt Disney World. Catch him cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in his candy-apple red convertible at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade and voyaging across the Discovery River as part of a festive flotilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Santa Claus will continue to spread the joyous spirit of the season during visits to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs, where guests may have individual time to take photos and share their Christmas wishes. Finally, at EPCOT, Santa Claus will join storytellers from around the world as a part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth beginning Nov. 25 Always a highlight of the holidays at Walt Disney World is the delicious food and drink offerings. The Holiday Cookie Stroll will return to EPCOT this year, inviting guests to partake in a sweet scavenger hunt during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The festival will also herald mouthwatering menus of traditional and inspired adaptations of holiday dishes from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens. At Disney Springs, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar becomes Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar and will feature yuletide touches alongside festive food and craft cocktails. Select dining locations throughout Walt Disney World will celebrate the season with tasty winter-inspired dishes. As the holidays get closer we will be keeping you updated with all the holly jolly happenings this holiday season at Walt Disney World.

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns To The Magic Kingdom This November

    This year at Walt Disney World it truly will be the most magical time of the year as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns on select nights from November 8-December 22, 2022, for the first time in two years. The fan-favorite event will light up the Magic Kingdom this Christmas season, along with magical holiday happenings across the Walt Disney World parks. Holiday joy will unfold at Magic Kingdom as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns this year! On 24 select nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2022, this separately ticketed event will invite guests to Magic Kingdom for an evening of merriment. Highlights include: Join Mickey and his pals at the Cinderella Castle stage for the ultimate must-watch Christmas extravaganza – “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” The show features nostalgic and modern medleys of holiday music paired with dance performances. Minnie Mouse orchestrates a sparkling spectacle over Magic Kingdom as a part of “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” Full of holiday magic, the show includes dazzling castle projections, fireworks and seasonal songs. With his famous flying reindeer leading the way, Santa Claus will join Mickey Mouse and friends in the must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” as it makes its way through the park. Speaking of Santa Claus, he isn’t the only one who likes cookies during the holidays. Partygoers can indulge in complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom attractions will get a special dose of yuletide cheer. Holiday magic will once again transform the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise. And, as an exclusive treat for event attendees, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party will all receive a special holiday makeover. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by for an intergalactic dance party! Also at Magic Kingdom, dance the night away alongside favorite Disney characters during an out-of-this-world holiday show, “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” on the Rockettower Plaza Stage. The fun continues for young partygoers and Disney Junior fans of all ages at Storybook Circus during the “Disney Junior Jingle Jam” as Disney Junior characters take part in a fun-filled dance celebration. NEW! In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party attendees will discover three jolly new photo opportunities. Guests will also receive a special 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake, themed for the holidays. Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are limited and may be purchased online. Ticket prices will range from $149 – $199 per person. Event dates are: November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29 December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22 Can’t get enough holiday magic? There are so many themed experiences to unwrap at Walt Disney World this upcoming season. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive with the return of a Merry Menagerie of winter animals realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Just in time for the holidays, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios adds a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and celebratory songs of the season. At Disney Springs, guests visiting Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida. EPCOT will celebrate the return of “Candlelight Processional” during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 25, a beloved long-standing tradition of heartwarming holiday performances at America Gardens Theatre. This season, the Guardians will trade in their classic hits playlist for a mash-up of seasonal jams at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. Guests will blast off to the tune of an awesome holiday single, bringing joy to Xandar and Terra, too. Disney PhotoPass photographers can help guests enhance their Disney vacation photos with holiday-themed Magic Shots at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, a new Disney PhotoPass Lens and virtual backdrops at the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs. Holiday Cookie Stroll will return to EPCOT this year, inviting guests to partake in a sweet scavenger hunt during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The festival will also herald mouthwatering menus of traditional and inspired adaptations of holiday dishes from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens. At Disney Springs, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar becomes Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar and will feature yuletide touches alongside festive food and craft cocktails. Select dining locations throughout Walt Disney World will celebrate the season with tastyholiday-inspired dishes.

  • Christmas Nights In Lights Drive-Thru Attraction Coming To Dezerland Park

    A brand new holiday attraction is coming to Orlando this year as Dezerland Park on International Drive presents an immersive Christmas light displays from the comfort of your own car. From November 11, 2022 - January 1, 2023, Christmas Nights in Lights is a drive-thru light show that will be synchronized to holiday tunes that guests can listen to on their car’s stereo system as they drive past twinkling winter wonderland displays featuring more than 1.5 million dancing lights on a magical one mile long route. Christmas Nights in Lights is coming to Orlando after a successful eight-year run in Mobile, Alabama. "We are beyond excited to bring our attraction to new guests from around the globe. There is nothing we enjoy more than seeing the smiling and awestruck faces of children of all ages experiencing the holiday wonderland we create just for them." said Ari Rosenbaum of MSEG, the production company responsible for creating Christmas Nights In Lights. Admission is required in advance, and starts at $45 per vehicle for a one-hour time window reservation. Admission includes up to eight people, with an additional fee for nine to 15 people for a total cost of $65. You can bring your pets, but they have to stay in the vehicle at all times. Tickets are on sale now at NightsinLights.com

  • ICE! The Holiday Spectacular Is Back At Gaylord Palms: Featuring The Grinch For 2022

    After a two year hiatus, the much loved ICE! is returning to Gaylord Palms Resort returns November 18, 2022 - January 1, 2023. This year the resorts longtime holiday tradition, ICE! features your favorite scenes from the beloved story How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, brought to life in magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Using more than 1,000 tons of ice, the classic Dr. Seuss story and animated special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will be brought to life by a team of 40 talented ice artisans who work approximately six weeks to create the nearly 20,000-square-foot, frozen attraction. Starting with more than 6,700 massive ice blocks, carvers will tally more than 12,000 man-hours, using skills passed down from generation to generation, to create the winter spectacle. This year, ICE! will feature more than 10 scenes from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” starring classic characters including The Grinch, his canine sidekick Max and Cindy-Lou Who. Ice carvings range in size from details as tiny as a coin, to soaring scenes measuring nearly 30 feet tall. The environment will be kept frozen in the tropical, Florida climate by a state-of-the-art chilling system that maintains the temperature at a frosty 9 degrees Fahrenheit. And while the 9-degree temperatures turn ICE! into one of the coldest spots in Florida, guests will be provided Gaylord Palms’ signature blue parkas to keep them warm and toasty while in the attraction. Colored ice (created by a chemist who mixes special food colorings to ensure sculptures maintain their bright colors the entire season), clear ice and LED lights are all used to create the display, as the frozen fun follows The Grinch’s journey from his mountaintop cave to Who-ville. This is the first time “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” has been featured at ICE! during the resort’s holiday celebration. “We can’t wait for our guests to once again experience the magic and wonder of ICE! during this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms celebration,” said Johann Krieger, general manager of Gaylord Palms Resort. “Since debuting here in 2003, ICE! has always been a one-of-a-kind attraction for our guests, and we’re excited to welcome this Gaylord Hotels tradition back this year with ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ and all the beloved characters in the classic Dr. Seuss story.” In addition to seeing characters from the classic Dr. Seuss tale, guests can also take rides down two-story-tall ice slides, traverse through ice tunnels and arches, and visit Carver’s Showcase to see live sculpting demonstrations. The ICE! experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to a Nativity scene, meticulously carved and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice. The talented carvers that create this arctic artwork will travel more than 7,000 miles from their homes in Harbin, China, to Kissimmee, Fla. Known as “Ice City,” Harbin is no stranger to elaborate ice carvings – it’s home to the world’s largest annual ice and snow sculpting festival in the world. At Gaylord Palms, some of the same artisans who create the Harbin festival will carve 300-pound blocks of ice into the larger-than-life, whimsical scenes. Carvers will use chisels, chippers, tongs, handsaws, grinders and chainsaws to bring The Grinch and the residents of Who-ville to life. The artisans from Harbin have created ICE! for Gaylord Hotels for many years, but haven’t been able to travel to the United States the past two holiday seasons because of international travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. There’s Snow Much More! While ICE! is the signature attraction for the 2022 Christmas at Gaylord Palms celebration, there are plenty more festive events, attractions and dazzling decorations throughout the 64-acre resort. The entire resort transforms into a holiday wonderland with more than 3 million lights, elaborately themed Christmas trees all throughout the garden atrium and convention center, more than 20,000 ornaments and miles of garland. Christmas shows and activities are presented in the atrium, while parts of the convention center transform into Alpine Village – a bustling, holiday hamlet with Bavarian-style village storefronts, live shows, characters, Snowy’s Snack Shack and a giant Christmas shop. Here’s a rundown of the events, live entertainment, hands-on activities, holiday meals, exciting attractions and notable news taking place this holiday season at Gaylord Palms: Shows and Live Entertainment Highlight the Holidays Yule Be Amazed A Gaylord Hotels original production, “Cirque: Spirit of Christmas” features high-flying stunts, acrobatic feats, elaborate staging and a dramatic musical score. Returning after its successful debut in 2021, this Cirque-style show centers on Noel, a child dismayed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Throughout the 30-minute atrium show, Noel is visited in dreamlike chapters by trapeze artists, acrobats, aerial silk performers and others who help rekindle the Christmas spirit. A Musical, Storytelling Celebration The birth and life of Jesus Christ has been called “the greatest story ever told.” Guests can experience it through the eyes of six international storytellers in “The Greatest Story,” a musical stage show and multicultural celebration of everlasting faith, hope and love. Ready, Set, Glow! The skies above the Gaylord Palms atrium burst in a spectrum of animation in Shine. Vivid LED curtains suspended from the ceiling come to life in a light show that features an original musical score, dancing spotlights and a Christmas tree bathed in an ever-changing array of colors. Winteractive Fun with the Adventure Kids Adventure Kid Sophie joins her best pals Ava the Alligator and Seth the Sea Turtle for yuletide fun in Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter. The trio stars in this interactive stage show that teaches young adventurers about the environment, wildlife and the world around them. Journey of the Three Kings Guests experience The Journey of Los Tres Magos, a live stage production that honors the date Jesus was visited by the Three Wise Men. Told through story and song, the show commemorates the Christian tradition celebrated in Latin America, Spain and around the world. *Note: This show will be presented at Gaylord Palms from Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023. Tons of Fun at Interactive Attractions A Holiday Escape Guests test their winter weather wits inside the Naughty or Nice Escape Room. Yuletide trickster Jack Frost is back with his icy antics and has added new names to Santa’s infamous Naughty List. But Jack has a deal to make – if guests can sneak into Santa’s office and solve a series of puzzles, their names will disappear from the Naughty List. Guests need to put on their holiday thinking caps on, solve the mystery, and then dash away, dash away, dash away all! Best in Snow A snowy play space awaits guests in the Snow Factory, along with ice tubing and snowball throwing. After climbing Snow Flow Mountain, guests hop in inner-tubes and speed down atop real ice. (Admission allows unlimited ice tubing rides on the date specified on the ticket.) After the need for speed is satisfied, guests can head over to Snowball Build & Blast. Conveyor belts deliver tubs of real snow to guests who race to make snowballs and toss them at targets. Also inside the Snow Factory is Snow Bar, a themed pop-up bar serving cocktails and mocktails. Hands-On Fun This Holiday Season Believe in Your Elf Guests can learn the secrets of being a part of “Team Santa” in Elf Training Academy. One of Santa’s top toymakers teaches the secrets of becoming one of St. Nick’s helpers and leads new “students” as they create a special keepsake gift or craft to take home for someone special. Make a Date to Decorate In the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, guests let their Christmas creativity run wild while they adorn gingerbread treats. After they’ve reached confection perfection with their edible art, they can enjoy a sweet meet-and-greet and photograph with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man. A Very Beary Christmas! Also in Alpine Village, guests can experience Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Guests make their own furry friend, take part in the iconic Heart Ceremony, and personalize them with seasonal outfits, accessories, sounds and scents. More Decor Than Ever Before! A Tree-mendous Holiday It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! In all, there will be more than 3 million holiday lights sparkling at Gaylord Palms. More than 100 Christmas trees – with more than 20,000 ornaments – will be on display, including a centerpiece, 60-foot-tall tree in the main atrium. Beautiful trees will also be suspended from the ceiling in the Everglades atrium and placed on floating islands in the Key West Lagoon. Another guest favorite, the Christmas Tree Trail, will once again wind through the atrium and feature elaborately themed trees for picture-perfect, family photo moments. Overnight Stays Sweeten the Holidays Rooms with a Yuletide View There’s never a better time for guests to book a room with an upgraded atrium view. With balconies that overlook acres of Christmas décor, guests can immerse themselves in the festive surroundings. Select rooms even provide prime balcony viewing for atrium shows such as “Cirque: Spirit of Christmas,” “Shine,” “The Greatest Story” and “The Journey of Los Tres Magos.” Exclusive Access for Overnight Guests This year, Gaylord Palms is offering perks and special access to overnight resort guests so they can wait in line less and enjoy more. There’s More in Store with The Grinch! In addition to taking center stage in ICE!, The Grinch will be featured in two more holiday events at Gaylord Palms: a character dining experience and a family scavenger hunt. The Feast with the Grinch character breakfast is a buffet with lots of Christmas flavor to savor, with special appearances by The Grinch and his canine pal, Max. *Note: this dining experience is only open to overnight resort guests, and reservations must be made in advance. The Grinch has also hidden clues about his latest mischief. He challenges guests to find these clues in The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt. Guests try to solve riddles and thwart his plans, with those completing the quest receiving a special stocking stuffer. A Round of Applause for Santa & Mrs. Claus St. Nick Takes ‘Santa’ Stage Guests can chat with the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, to make sure they’ve secured a spot on his prestigious Nice List. Santa will meet guests inside Alpine Village from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24, before he heads back to the North Pole for his gift-giving journey. Presented by DEI. Hostess with the Mostess The jolliest hostess of all celebrates the season in Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions. Mrs. Claus entertains guests in Alpine Village with a sing-along and story time with the Christmas tale, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” She also shares Santa’s favorite snack – milk and cookies. Christmas Merchandise & Spa Visits are Nice One-Stop Christmas Shop In Alpine Village, one of the largest holiday shops in the Sunshine State opens just for the Christmas at Gaylord Palms celebration. Market Square features wall-to-wall holiday gifts, collectibles, toys, plush, home décor, apparel, ornaments, branded merchandise and more. ‘Tis the Spa Season From Nov. 1, 2022-Jan. 6, 2023, Relâche Spa at Gaylord Palms is featuring Winter Wonderland massage, facial and pedicure treatments, highlighting the benefits of eucalyptus. The aromatic plant has been known to be high in antioxidants, to promote relaxation and reduce pain. Enjoy Resort Amenities, Book Packages That Are Sure to Please Year-Round Fun In addition to the more than 15 special events, attractions and activities during Christmas at Gaylord Palms, guests can enjoy many of the year-round amenities. The resort features a 4.5- acre atrium with more than 500,000 plants, Florida wildlife and a 161,000-gallon lagoon. Cypress Springs Water Park is a water wonderland open exclusively to overnight guests, with seven water slides, a multi-level water playground, surf simulator, two pools and an action river. In addition, guests can enjoy a world of cuisine and fine dining at a variety of taste-tempting restaurants. Packages and Tickets Also being unwrapped this year: new Christmas at Gaylord Palms packages that include special room rates and admission to select events. Guests are encouraged to book their experiences early, as advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events. Admission is limited to many of the holiday experiences and showtimes. For tickets, more information, or to book an overnight stay, visit ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com. ICE! is Back! How About Some Frosty Facts? Here are a few Frosty Facts about ICE!: A LONGTIME TRADITION: The very first ICE! experience was presented more than two decades ago, in 2001, at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort debuted in 2003. TONS OF FUN: More than 2 million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of ice will be carved by artisans at Gaylord Palms. That’s approximately the weight of 250 African elephants, the world’s largest land animal. BLOCK ON!: Carvers will use more than 6,700 massive blocks of ice to create ICE! If you stacked all the ice blocks used at Gaylord Palms this year, they would reach higher than 17 Empire State Buildings. ICE AND EASY: The temperature inside ICE! is a cold 9 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s not far off from the all-time record low temperature for Florida: minus 2 degrees, which was set in Tallahassee way back in 1899. (Guests need not worry in ICE!, as Gaylord Palms provides parkas to keep them warm and toasty.) COLD & COLORFUL CHEMISTRY: Gaylord Hotels hires a chemist to prepare the special food coloring used to bring color to the ice sculptures. The chemist’s proprietary formula ensures the colors will not fade or lose their luster during the lengthy holiday celebration. BASKETBALLS OR SNOWBALLS?: Nearly 20,000 square feet of space is covered by the ICE! attraction and the air handlers that keep temperatures at 9 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s about the size of four professional basketball courts. BIG & SMALL, ICE! HAS IT ALL!: Artisans sculpt details out of ice that are as small as a coin, and scenes that soar 30 feet in height – as tall as most residential telephone poles.

  • SeaWorld Orlando To Reveal Details About Brand New Surf Coaster On September 27th

    SeaWorld Orland has announced on its social channels that it will reveal more details on its brand new, currently under construction surf coaster that's due to open in 2023. Hot on the heels of Ice Breaker opening this year, construction is well underway within the park of what will be SeaWorld Orlando's seventh coaster. The surf coaster will feature riders in a standing position, and is being manufacturer by Swiss coaster firm B & M, who have built three other coasters at SeaWorld Orlando: Kraken, Mako and Manta. Back in June SeaWorld Orlando showed off new video and renderings of the all new coaster. At the time SeaWorld said “Guests are invited to get ready to feel the power of the Pacific right here in Florida, letting the waves propel them into a one-of-a-kind ocean adventure,” Further back in April, SeaWorld initially teased fans on social media with an image of a roller coaster track arriving at the theme park. SeaWorld’s social team said it only a large landscaping project with construction crews cleared land previously used for SeaWorld Orlando’s festivals just north of Bayside Stadium.

  • New Latin Dance Show Premiering This Weekend At Universal Orlando Resort

    Universal Orlando Resort Team Members have revealed on their Instagram page that a brand new dance show will debut in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida this Saturday, Sept. 24. ¡Vamos! – Báilalo is described as a high-energy Latin Dance experience with a classic look and modern musical flair. “People watching the show just want to dance, that’s my favorite part,” said Choreographer Dianelys Jo Dominguez. “Everybody’s so happy, everybody’s excited about it. I love that.” The Show Director Michael Lee Ponton commented "The energy of the whole offering is infectious. You hear that music, you see everyone having a wonderful time, and you just want to get in the middle of it and be part of this amazing street party.”

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