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Santa At Disney Springs

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Once again, Santa will be at Disney Springs for the ultimate HO-HO encounter!

From now through to December 24, 2019, Santa and his helpers will be mixing, mingling, and jingling with Guests of all ages—naughty or nice! Just head over to their charming Christmas Tree Trail chalet at the Disney Springs Marketplace with your smile and camera.

Meeting Santa’s Easy… Here’s How:

  • Check in at the podium
  • Give your mobile phone number to one of Santa’s helpers
  • Shop, eat and enjoy the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the Marketplace
  • Upon receiving a text message from Santa’s helpers, return to the podium within 10 minutes
  • Take your place in line to meet Santa!

Santa’s schedule is Sunday-Saturday 11AM-11PM

Don’t forget to hit up the Christmas Tree Trail again this year. You don’t want to miss the multiple themed trees from your favourite Disney movies and characters like Mickey, Frozen, Haunted Mansion, Mary Poppins and more!

*Image courtesy of Disney

Trick Or Treating In Orlando

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Visiting Orlando during Halloween and want to experience trick or treating?  We’ve come up with a list of fabulous and free events in & around the Orlando area where you can take your little ghouls and goblins out for some Halloween fun!

First up is Halloween at Old Town 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee FL, 34746:

Bring your bags and stop by one of the many candy stations and participating merchants to load up on sugary treats.

Stay and participate in the annual costume contest.  Judging is based on audience participation but everyone will walk away a winner for trying out.  Contests will include different age groups.

Trick or Treating and the costume contests are FREE for all ages.

Trick or Treating: Oct 31 5:00-7:00 (or while supplies last)

Costume Contest: Oct 31 7:00-8:00 at the Old Town Main Stage

Full details here

2. HALLOWEENFEST, Plant Street, Winter Garden:

October 31st 6:00-8:00pm

Trick or Treat along Plant St with the downtown merchants featuring live entertainment, local vendors and family activities: Hay maze & free crafts!

Full details here

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October 31st 6:00-8:00

Trick or treat with the downtown vendors on First St & Magnolia Square in downtown Sanford

Carnival games, prizes & surprises

Costume contest at 7:00 & 7:30 by age groups in Magnolia Square

Full details here

4. HALLOWEEN @ CRANES ROOST, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

October 31st 5:00-9:00

The event features:

  • Trick or treating around the lake for candy and goodies
  • Costume contests
  • Kids’ games and activities
  • Live music and dance performances


Oct 31 6:30-8:30 in Shady Park at Hannibal Square, Winter Park FL, 32789

This free event will have a ton of activities including games, bounce houses, a costume contest, Trick-or-Treat Trail, and lots of fun for the entire family!

Full details here

Happy Halloween!

Sunset Walk At Margaritaville Resort Kissimmee – Beyond The Parks Edition

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In another Beyond the Parks edition, we visit Sunset Walk in Kissimmee. A new dining and entertainment complex created and located next to Margaritaville Resort.

Sunset Walk compliments the laid-back resort lifestyle of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, bringing multiple dining venues, live entertainment, and much more to the heart of Kissimmee. No matter what your speed, from sipping a margarita while people watching to sinking into a luxurious leather recliner at Studio Movie Grill, Sunset Walk offers multiple options for leisure and amusement.

Now open:

IT’SUGAR is a specialty candy store dedicated to satisfying the universal sweet tooth. It is a modern day playground that mixes novelty sweets, giant candy and unique gifts with mega-sized attitude; a place where all of your big, bold candy dreams come true

At Burger Fi, they never settle.  They craft their all-natural burgers using only the best Angus beef, free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics.  They even go the extra mile with other chef-created favorites like hand-cut fries, veggie burgers, grilled chicken and frozen custard desserts.

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Eat. Drink. Rock On.  Rock & Brews provides a superior dining experience with a Rock ‘n’ Roll twist. Their founders have a natural appreciation for Rock ‘n’ Roll music, an affinity for craft beer, and a desire for classic comfort food with a unique spin. Rock & Brews has the area’s most extensive tap list. Come visit and check out their unrivaled selection!

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Studio Movie Grill:  This isn’t like your neighborhood movie theatre.  This state of the art theatre is 40,000 square feet and offers an unparalleled movie experience. Whether you come early or stay late, Studio Movie Grill will set the mood to socialize and connect. Once inside, enjoy custom luxury recliners, laser projection and Q-SYS sound systems paired with an American Grill menu, full-service bar and in theater dining. Service buttons are placed at every seat, so your server instantly knows when you need to place an order or need assistance, and we’ll deliver your order directly to your seat anytime during the show.

Coming soon to Sunset Walk:

Ford’s Garage:  Gourmet burgers and craft beers

Bahama Bucks: Tropical frozen desserts

Yeomans Cask & Lion:  Traditional British pub

Game Time:  A 24,000 square foot Family Entertainment Center offers fun indoor amusements with something for all ages.

Also coming is a new concert pavilion for live music, children’s entertainment area.

Sunset Walk is located at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747   You can find their full directory here

Get Your Drink On – In A Big Way

Monkey Shoulder, the blended malt Scotch whisky, is bringing the fun back to serious cocktails in a big way, with the introduction of The Monkey Mixer
The giant travelling cocktail mixer made its debut during Arizona Cocktail Week last February and has made stops all around the country inspiring liquor fans to “Play With Your Whiskey.”
The truck resembles a cement mixer, but instead of construction materials, it’s filled with a cocktail called the “Mixed Up Monkey.” The drink features Monkey Shoulder whiskey, mint simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, soda and mint leaves.

In Orlando, the Monkey Mixer will be stopping at the following locations:

► March 21: 12 p.m.-3 p.m. at Twin Peaks (227 FL-436, Altamonte Springs)
► March 22: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Twin Peaks (8350 International Dr., Orlando)
► March 29: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (1900 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista)
► March 30: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (1900 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista)

Stops are being added for the truck through April 2, with exact details to be determined. All of the events are open to the public and individual venues have various cocktail specials.
Monkey Shoulder has received numerous accolades including designation as Drinks International’s Top Trending Scotch Whisky Brand of 2017, its fourth consecutive win in the category, and receiving the World Spirits Competition 2016 Double Gold honor.

Fun facts about The Monkey Mixer:
• The capacity for the “Mixer” is the equivalent of 123,000 bottles of Monkey Shoulder
• The Mixer is over 27 feet long, 13 feet tall and 8 feet wide
• The mixer is powered by a 5000 watt Cummins Onan diesel commercial generator
• The sound system packs over 2000 watts of power

This may be a fun, unique experience if your in the Orlando area.

Pumpkin Safari

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Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, Florida is featuring Pumpkin Safari’s every Saturday and Sunday.

Pumpkin Safaris include a 45-minute customized vehicle safari, led by one of our knowledgeable tour guides. There is also an opportunity to see the small mammal house, free-flight aviary, and petting zoo barn. This part of the Pumpkin Safari allows guests a chance to get up close and personal with some of the smaller animal residents!

Each Pumpkin Safari admission also comes with a free pumpkin! These can be decorated at the Ranch and given to the animals for enrichment, or taken home to decorate your residence during this spooky season. Other craft and enrichment activities will also be offered. Join in making fun fall-themed toys for the animals! They absolutely love finding these new fascinating items in their space, and our guests enjoy watching as the animals investigate their gifts.

Lemur Feedings will also be available for purchase upon arrival. Safaris depart on the hour, every hour, from 1pm to 5pm. No reservations required.

The Safari Snacks Food Wagon will be open for business, so be sure to come hungry!


  • Admission for 1: $39
  • Admission for 2: $75
  • Admission for 4: $145

Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour, feed exotic animals and take home a pumpkin! 

Buy your tickets here

*Courtesy of Safari Wilderness

Hardrock Live Lineup

Hardrock Orlando has an exciting lineup this October, including a performance by Marilyn Manson on Halloween night.

The venue will also host the following performers:

Jim Jeffries October 12

Good Charlotte October 16

Death Cab for Cutie October 23

Paul Anka October 25

Paula Abdul October 26

Alice in Chains October 27

Toto October 30

Marilyn Manson October 31

Click here for tickets to these events

Deal Or No Deal Filming In Orlando

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Have you ever wanted to be part of a live studio audience? Well now is your chance!  Deal or No Deal is filming 30 episodes at Universal Orlando between July 20 and August 10 with Howie Mandel returning as host.

“Deal or No Deal” first premiered on NBC in 2005. Contestants are challenged with choosing between 26 briefcases in hopes of finding the one containing $1 million.

To request tickets, visit Audience members must be at least 13 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, according to Universal.

The tickets are FREE.

“Deal or No Deal” is set to premiere later this year on CNBC.  Sadly, I think it’s safe to say Meghan Markel won’t be making a return appearance.

Celebrate 4th Of July In The Town That Disney Developed

Celebration, Florida is a town that was originally developed by the Walt Disney Company.  Celebration is a charming small town with tree lined streets, captivating architecture and a welcoming mix of shops and restaurants. We’ve mentioned here how it hosts many events during the year, including 4th of July.

This year, Celebration will be hosting an Independence Day Parade, at 9:00am Walt Disney World time.   The parade will commence at Town Hall, travelling up Celebration Ave, concluding on Front St near Lakeside Park.

While there are no scheduled fireworks or activities in Celebration during the evening, there are plenty of local options if you want to catch the painting of the night sky.

Theme Parks are always a popular holiday choice, during both the day and the evening.

The Walt Disney World Resort will be offering special holiday themed fireworks in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, with the Magic Kingdom offering their patriotic salute on July 3 and 4. LEGOLAND and SeaWorld will also be offering special pyrotechnic displays.

If the theme park setting is not necessarily your thing, the city of Kissimmee will once again be offering their concert and fireworks display at Lakefront Park. Other area options include, on July 3: Red Hot & Boom in Altamonte Springs, Baldwin Park Independence Bash and Freedom on the Waterfront in Mount Dora. July 4 also brings a plethora of viewing platforms, including: Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Red White and Boom in Clermont and the Star Spangled Spectacular in Sanford.

Star Spangled 4th Of July Events In Orlando

Walt Disney World Resorts

Nighttime fireworks shows at three of Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks will get Fourth of July makeovers in honor of the holiday. Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky will take place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom, an Independence Day edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is scheduled for 9 p.m. on July 4 at Epcot, and the patriotism extends to a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All three are included with regular admission to their respective parks.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

On July 4, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Red, White & Boom! event will culminate with a fireworks gala where special viewing glasses will make it appear as if giant LEGO bricks are exploding in the sky. The day’s festivities will also include a DJ dance party, a patriotic competition build, and the chance to help build an enormous LEGO U.S. flag. The festivities are included with regular park admission.

Daytona International Speedway

The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, about an hour from downtown Orlando, has been an Independence Day weekend tradition for nearly five decades. Held on July 7, this year’s 160-lap, 400-mile event will feature all of the fast action fans have come to expect, followed by one of the Southeast’s largest fireworks shows. Admission prices vary.

SeaWorld Orlando

Celebrate America’s birthday with one of Orlando’s most incredible fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Celebration. Consisting of a patriotic finale to the park’s regular end-of-day spectacle, Ignite, the event will light up the sky with fireworks, lasers and pyrotechnics. It’s all included with regular park admission and can best be viewed at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium.

Happy Independence Day!


Hop On! Central Florida Beer Tour

What can I say. Floridians like their beer. Orlando’s microbrewery scene keeps growing, and Hop On! Central Florida Brew Tours is a great way to taste the best it has to offer. “Hop” has a double meaning here. You’ll taste plenty of hops on this tour, but you’ll also hop on — and off — a bus that carries you and up to 11 other people to Orlando-area breweries.  Currently, Hop On! offers three, four-hour tours, each of which visits four breweries and can be booked through the companies website.

Winter Park is known for its world-class art and rich cultural experiences. Come experience some of Winter Parks finest breweries:

Ten10 Brewery
Bear & Peacock Brewery
Deadly Sins Brewery
Broken Cauldron Tap Room

Hop on and visit some of Downtown Orlandos finest breweries. The Downtown Route visits:
Dead Lizard Brewery
Orlando Brewing
Orange County Brewers
Broken Cauldron Brewery and Tap Room

Hop On! Central Florida Brew Tours is a must-do for beer fanatics or anyone seeking unique ways to enjoy Orlando.