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Central Florida Activities
This post will be updated weekly. Make sure to pin or bookmark it so that you can check back and see what’s going on in Central Florida. We won’t be able to include every activity as Central Florida is very busy but we will try to highlight what we can as well as any news about the theme parks we receive.
Disney World Orlando News
Tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Disney H2O Glow Nights are available now. Dates have been announced and it is time for you to plan your trip!
Disney H2O Glow Nights will take place only at Typhoon Lagoon on Thursdays and Saturdays from June 21-August 11, from 8-11 p.m. Tickets cost $55 for adults and $50 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Grab tickets here or call (407) 939-1872.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will take place on the following dates:
Dates for this year’s event are: August 17, 24, 28, 31; September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30; and October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $75 in advance or $85 at the gate, if available.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates are as follows:
November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $95 in advance or $105 at the gate, if available.
Busch Gardens Tampa News
STARTING SATURDAY, NEW ELMO WEEKEND KICKS OFF SESAME STREET SAFARI OF FUN KIDS’ WEEKENDS
ALL- NEW SESAME STREET SHOW “LET’S PLAY TOGETHER” OPENS FOR 2018
NEW! Let’s Play Together show features Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and other fan-favorites from Sesame Street as they explore the value of friendship. Through song and dance, the characters discover that being different is a big part of being friends. Guests can catch the show at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each weekend at the Sunny Day Theater throughout the year.
May 19 & 20: Cookie Monster Weekend
Look for cookies among the flowers with the one and only Cookie Monster and his closest friends! Guests can enjoy milk and cookies, arts and crafts and more during this special family-friendly weekend.
Guests can also make special meal-time memories by booking Lunch with Elmo & Friends, a limited-time character dining experience. In addition to a delicious buffet menu, families will enjoy hugs and photos with their favorite Sesame Street friends. Advanced online reservations are encouraged, as space is limited.
Best of all, local children age 5 and under can return to enjoy each weekend free of charge with Busch Gardens’ Preschool Card. Florida residents must register their children online by May 20 to enjoy complimentary visits for their children through the end of 2018, including the fall Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun weekends are included in any park admission including Annual Pass which is available starting at $14 per month.
SUMMER KICKS OFF EARLIER THAN EVER WITH ANNUAL SUMMER NIGHTS CELEBRATION
As the sun goes down, the night comes alive at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights. New this year, the event starts earlier than ever on May 25. The event features extended hours, endless energy and world-class coasters that light up the night.
“We are excited to bring back our Summer Nights annual event this year earlier than ever, just in time for Memorial Day and the end of the school year,” said Stewart Clark, President and General Manager at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Summer Nights is full of fun for everyone with longer hours, unique entertainment, and some of the best thrill rides in a whole new light.”
Summer Nights will feature three uniquely themed party zones at the Bird Gardens, Cheetah Hunt Plaza, and Stanleyville areas of the park. Guests can dance into the night at each location and indulge in spectacular summer-inspired culinary offerings in every party zone.
NEW! Backyard BBQ
Guests can celebrate summer at the newest party zone, Backyard BBQ, which is taking over the Bird Gardens, this year. The party will feature live, local music and classic American fare with a twist including chicken waffle sandwich with blackberry pepper jelly, St. Louis ribs with Cherry Coke® BBQ sauce and smoked beef brisket sliders with Jack Daniel’s® and Coke® BBQ sauce peach slaw.Guest can sip on beverages such as old fashioned lemonade, bourbon cream root beer and special “dreamsicle floatinis.”
Cheetah Hunt Plaza transforms into the ¡Fiesta Festa! party zone, complete with lively entertainment and a flavor-packed menu, including steak chimichurri with yucca fries, beef empanadas and tostones and seasoned pork sliders with avocado puree. The party zone will also feature both Tequila and Margarita bars, and several additional drink options including Moscow mules, frozen sangria and wine selections.
The Vibin’ Village party zone takes over the Stanleyville area with endless fun and unique culinary creations including traditional hummus topped with curry-roasted cauliflower and pita chips, chilled shrimp with watermelon and tamarind glaze, and special funnel cake with strawberry and kiwi sauces, as well as international and domestic beer selections.
NEW! Florida’s Best Thrill Rides, Brighter than Ever
Florida’s most thrilling coasters will light up the night in a whole new way this summer. The excitement of Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra and spin coaster Cobra’s Curse™, will be brighter than ever with spectacular lights and sounds as they fly through the night
Experience all the thrills this summer with Busch Gardens’ annual pass, starting at only $14 per month, or the Busch Gardens Fun Card – Pay for a day, come back the rest of the year. For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visitwww.seaworldentertainment.com for more information.
New this year, college students can celebrate the end of the semester with $25 tickets to Adventure Island, saving more than 50% off of the original ticket price. Students must present a valid college ID to be eligible for this limited-time promotion.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, Adventure Island is a 30-acre waterpark featuring endless opportunities to unwind after finals with high-thrill slides to the lazy river and wave pool. Students can take advantage of this offer to experience Adventure Island’s newest attraction: Vanish Point. The 70-foot drop slide lets riders choose between two wave paths, one that drops the floor from beneath their feet or one that begins in a seated position before taking a steep dive on a 455-foot-long speed slide.
The exclusive discount on single-day tickets is available now through May 25 online and at the front gate. To purchase tickets and learn more, students can visit AdventureIsland.com/College.
Sea World Orlando News
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning May 25 for another summer of fun. Joining SeaWorld Orlando’s already impressive event lineup, Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sun sets. Electric Ocean is included with park admission and takes place select nights May 25 – September 2.
· Ignite – The evening comes to an amazing end when “Ignite” erupts across the park’s lake. This spectacular firework display includes synchronized water effects that shoot up to 100 feet in the air choreographed to a powerful musical score.
· New for 2018: Touch the Sky – Guests can kick off their evening at SeaWorld with a celebration of our planet – from the sea to the sky. The all-new show, which features beautiful macaws flying overhead and playful bottlenose dolphins, will inspire guests to join in on SeaWorld’s mission to protect the world we all share.
· Club Sea Glow – As the sun goes down, the party amps up at Club Sea Glow, where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages dance party beneath the waves. Featuring 35 electrifying performers and larger-than-life neon sea creatures, Club Sea Glow mesmerizes guests with rhythmic music, dancing lights and fascinating laser displays.
· SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary Present Pop – SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary present “Pop,” a live performance that takes inspiration from bubbles found in the sea and brings them to life in an amazing artistic display that is distinctly SeaWorld.
· Sea Lions Tonite – Guests can laugh along to a hilarious, off-the-wall parody of a trip to SeaWorld through the eyes of sea lion superstars, Clyde and Seamore.
· Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night – This returning fan-favorite features original music, amazing production elements and a high-energy presentation of SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest park updates and Electric Ocean information.
Starting Saturday, SeaWorld Orlando will be offering guests two all-new events as part of the park’s May event lineup. “Just For Kids” Weekends invites visitors to experience SeaWorld through the eyes of a child with kid-centric headline entertainment, dance parties and interactive shows designed for SeaWorld’s youngest guests. The park is also introducing a brand-new event, “Inside Look,” which welcomes guests to learn more about the animals at SeaWorld and meet the team who cares for them.
Inside Look: May 19 & 20
This one-of-a-kind event will allow park guests to learn more about the inspiring day-to-day care SeaWorld’s animal experts provide, as well as the life-saving operations of the SeaWorld Rescue Team. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions with SeaWorld veterinarians, rescuers and animal experts, all while encountering extraordinary animals.
Guests can visit 11 “Inside Look” locations throughout the park where SeaWorld’s Animal Care Experts and Behaviorists highlight the park’s mission to provide extraordinary care and help animals in need. Upon entering the park, guests can pick up a helpful Explorer’s Guide at the SeaWorld Rescue store to guide their day. Guests who collect six stamps in their Explorer’s Guide will earn a SeaWorld Expert Explorer’s pin, while supplies last, at the SeaWorld Rescue store.
Best Way to Play:
The best way to experience “Just For Kids” Weekends and Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2018 Fun Card. Pay for a day and play all year with unlimited admission and no blockout dates through December 31, 2018. Kids 5 and younger can get a SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card for free with the 2018 SeaWorld + Busch Gardens Preschool Card program. Hurry, both offers end May 20, 2018.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com.
Today Ginger and Aku, two young walrus calves, were introduced to the walrus habitat inside Wild Arctic at SeaWorld Orlando. The revamped space will provide guests the opportunity to view Ginger and Aku from multiple angles both above and below water. The popular exhibit is also home to two adult Pacific walruses, Garfield and Kaboodle. Guests will have the opportunity to see both the walrus calves and adult walruses throughout the day as they rotate use of the habitat.
Ginger and Aku were introduced to each other last year after Aku was rescued from a gold mining dredge off the coast of Alaska. Ginger was born at SeaWorld Orlando in June of last year. Ginger’s age and suitability as a social companion combined with SeaWorld’s expertise in raising orphaned walrus calves played a significant role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to send Aku to Orlando.
AQUATICA ORLANDO’S RAY RUSH OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
New Family Raft Slide Offers Three-in-one Thrills for Guests of All Ages
The new attraction promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.
At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into the giant sphere. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray before ending with a splash. Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42” to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft.
Legoland Florida News
Share a Coke with LEGOLAND!
From now until July 31, receive $40 off General Admission when you bring an empty 20oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola Product to the LEGOLAND Florida ticket window! https://www.legolandfloridablog.com/2018/05/11/share-a-coke-with-legoland-and-receive-40-off-general-admission/
Other Central Florida Attractions
Orlando Science Center’s Mess Fest is Back & It’s Bigger, Crazier & Messier Than Ever
Challenge yourself in the messy obstacle course, marvel at foam explosions, set slime aglow in the Cosmic Mess Zone & more!
May 19 & 20, 2018| 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Orlando Science Center is ending its Messy Science Month with a big explosion of color and the messiest of science experiments!
Get ready for a weekend full of the gooiest, slimiest and messiest hands-on-activities ever at Orlando Science Center. Mess Fest is growing this year with five different Mess Zones, featuring activities like paper marbling, alka rockets, slingshot splatter art and many more.
Check out some huge messy demonstrations outside on the SunTrust Terrace*, then head over to the birthday rooms for black-lit Cosmic Mess and see black light experiment demos.
Top off your day with a run through the Messy Obstacle Course!
*Activities are weather permitting.
Please note that Orlando Fringe will also be taking place in Loch Haven Park that weekend and parking in Orlando Science Center’s garage will be limited. We strongly encourage visitors to enjoy both events and recommend carpooling with friends and arriving early.
Orlando Science Center’s Mess Fest is included with general admission, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for students and seniors, $14.95 for youth (ages 3–11), and free for children 2 and under. Admission includes access to all four floors of hands-on exhibits, giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater and live programming.
For more information on Orlando Science Center, please call 407.514.2000 or visit www.osc.org.
Military Get in FREE to Crayola Experience through May 31
Accompanying immediate family members get 25% admission for Military Appreciation Month
ORLANDO, Fla. – Crayola Experience invites active, veteran and retired military personnel (with valid I.D.) to enjoy a free day of family fun through May 31 as part of Military Appreciation Month and the attraction’s True Blue Heroes program.
Additionally, their immediate family (spouse, children, and grandparents) will receive 25% off General Admission.
At Crayola Experience families explore 70,000 square feet of hands-on attractions and live entertainment.
For discounted tickets, head here:
Central Florida Restaurant News
Ace-iversary Bike & Car Show
Kick off our 1 big One Year Ace-iversary with a bike and car show. Mingle with fellow gearheads & let’s celebrate. Please bring canned food/non-perishable items to donate to 2nd Harvest Food Bank — you’ll receive a $10 Ace gift card, good on your next visit as our thank you! This is a free event, rain or shine.
– Food & drink specials
– Beer & liquor tastings
– DJs mixing up the latest tunes
– Enter to win a custom Ace leather jacket, Bell helmet, Ace gift cards & more.
Ace Cafe Orlando
100 W Livingston St,
Saturday, May 19 at 11 AM – 2 PM
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