Sunshine Villa Florida

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

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Disney Springs is a personal favourite of ours and we make a point of visiting several times during our stay.  From shopping, to great food, events and entertainment, its a must see.  Much like every other Disney property, Disney Springs transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the holidays.  One special feature is the Christmas Tree trail where you can discover several holiday trees inspired by a Disney Character or theme like:

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Frozen
  • Rapunzel
  • Muppets
  • Star Wars
  • Fantasia
  • Disney theme parks
  • Mickey & Minnie
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Little Mermaid
  • Princess & the Frog
  • Mulan
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Robin Hood
  • Jungle Book
  • Mary Poppins
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Toy Story

Disney springs is FREE to enter & park making it a great option for a non park day, or an evening stroll.  There are plenty of photo ops during this walk through experience accompanied with holiday music and falling SNOW!  You can even encounter Santa himself and deliver your Christmas list in person. Begin your tour near the play fountain outside of Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace.

The Christmas Tree Trail can be seen until January 6, 2019 from 11:00am – 11:00pm.  And if you can’t see it in person, here is a great video capturing the beautiful trees.

 

 

Florida Strawberry Festival 2019 Lineup

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The Strawberry Festival has announced its concert line up and WOW!

February 28th -March 10th, 2019, will be 11 full days of strawberries, shortcake, BIG name concerts, rides, stage shows, attractions, food galore, exhibits, displays, contests, competitions and a berry sweet time for the whole family!

Thursday, February 28: 10:30 a.m. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra / 3:30 p.m. The Oak Ridge Boys / 7:30 p.m. ALABAMA

Friday, March 1: 3:30 p.m. Willie Nelson / 7:30 p.m. Brothers Osborne

Saturday, March 2: 3:30 p.m. Home Free / 7:30 p.m. Kool & the Gang

Sunday, March 3: 3:30 p.m. Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss / 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band

Monday, March 4: 3:30 p.m. Pat Boone / 7:30 p.m. Martina McBride

Tuesday, March 5: 3:30 p.m. The Drifters, Platters & Cornell Gunter’s Coasters / 7:30 p.m. NEEDTOBREATHE

Wednesday, March 6: 3:30 p.m. Gene Watson / 7:30 p.m. STYX

Thursday, March 7: 10:30 a.m. The Kingston Trio / 3:30 p.m. The Letterman / 7:30 p.m. for King & Country

Friday, March 8: 3:30 p.m. Tanya Tucker / 7:30 p.m. Chris Janson

Saturday, March 9: 3:30 p.m. Florida Strawberry Festival’s Battle of the Bands Finale / 7:30 p.m. Keith Sweat

Sunday, March 10: 3:30 p.m. Bill Anderson & Bobby Bare / 7:30 p.m. Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour

Tickets go on sale December 6 at 8:00am and you can buy them here.

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Magic Kingdoms annual Halloween party – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) – started in August this year.  While some think its much too soon to start thinking about Halloween, it is evident that others do not based on the sold out party opening night. Here’s what you need to know about about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Show Times for Key Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Entertainment:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade – 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.

New Experiences for 2018

New for this year are three party-exclusive ride overlays that offer special experiences for guests. Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain transform under the moonlight for an extra special experience.  Pirates of the Caribbean invites a live-action character in its queue to warn you of Gunpowder Pete, followed by a man holding a “Wanted” sign in the loading zone explaining your search for the latest pirate villain.

Be sure to check out Mad Tea Party after dark when it truly comes alive! Special lights and exciting, new music enhance the already spinnin’ ride.  Meanwhile on Space Mountain, the lights are out. The red and blue tunnels turn pitch-black (along with all lighting effects) providing a thrilling, new ride experience with galactic rock music playing.

You can dress up and enjoy some trick or treating around the park, but there are some restrictions:

General Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests’ experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible

Got an allergy? No problem.  Disney had made sure guests with a nut allergy can still enjoy some safe candy options.

The party is a special ticket event and offers entry into the park at 4:00pm, but the festivities commence at 7:00.  Guests who purchase a regular park ticket will also need to purchase the party ticket in order to stay in the park past 6:00. Otherwise, guests with no ticket will be escorted out.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $70 for children age 3 to 9 ($74.55 with tax) or $75 for those over 10 ($79.88 with tax).  You can purchase tickets from the Disney website, or from Undercover Tourist.

Photo courtesy of Disney Photo Snapper

 

 

 

 

Tyler Henry Hollywood Medium In Orlando

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Tyler Henry is the star of E! Entertainment’s hit television show, Hollywood Medium, and for the first time audiences will be treated to his new live show entitled “Life Lessons I’ve Learned From The Departed”.

This exclusive show will feature Tyler discussing his unique gift and how it affects his everyday life, and also includes a multi-media video presentation and interactive audience Q&A.

July 22 8:00-10:00 pm at the Hardrock Live Orlando

$75 First Two Rows & Lower Balcony
$65 Main Floor
$55 Upper Balcony

Tyler Henry – “Hollywood Medium” VIP Book Signing Experience
• Meet & Greet with Tyler Henry
• Photo opportunity with Tyler Henry
• One copy of his Best Selling book “Between Two Worlds” that Tyler will personally autograph for you.
• One commemorative VIP laminate

https://ticket.artistarena.com/events/27274

Orlando America’s Most Visited Destination!

It’s official.  In 2017, Orlando welcomed a record setting 72 Million visitors making it the most visited destination in the United States.

It beat the previous record of 68 million people who traveled to Florida in 2016, making Orlando the first U.S. city to surpass the 70 million threshhold for tourists, according to Visit Orlando.

In comparision, about 62.8 million people visited New York City in 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said, while Las Vegas attracted about 42.2 million tourists.

 

 

Legoland to Debut A 35,000 Brick Star Wars Model

The dark side of the force will be strong at Legoland this week, as the theme park debuts a massive 350,000-brick Star Destroyer to its visitors.

The display debuts May 4 and will be the centerpiece at Star Wars Days, offering visitors model-building tips and a visit with the world’s largest Rey, Yoda and Chewbacca Lego models.

The 16-foot-long Destroyer, which took 1,800 total hours to build, will be among a display of several moments from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh entry in the Star Wars movie saga.

Overall, the display took 4,200 hours to build, according to a Legoland representative.

The event will also mark the debut of new Star Wars characters including Lego Captain Phasma and Lego Darth Vader.

The event starts May 5 and will run for three weekends. The cost of the event is covered with admission to the theme park.

Live Mermaid Show

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Since 1947, millions of visitors have been amazed and charmed by the world famous mermaids who inhabit the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and perform live shows.

In 1946, Newton Perry, a former U.S. Navy man who trained Navy Frogmen to swim underwater in World War II, scouted out Weeki Wachee as a good site for a new business. Newt experimented with underwater breathing hoses and invented a method of breathing underwater from a free-flowing air hose supplying oxygen from an air compressor, rather than from a tank strapped to the back. With the air hose, humans could give the appearance of thriving twenty feet underwater with no breathing apparatus.

Weeki Wachee’s was purchased by ABC in 1959 who built the current theater, which seats 400 and is embedded in the side of the spring 16 feet below the surface. ABC developed themes for the underwater shows and performed Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, and Peter Pan.  All sorts of people stopped to see the mermaids, including Elvis Presley, Don Knotts, Esther Williams, and Arthur Godfrey

In addition to live mermaid shows, visitors can swim at Buccaneer Bay, see the wildlife animal show, or take a river boat cruise down the Weeki Wachee River and into Old Florida.  Visitors can pose with mermaids and children can attend the summer Mermaid Camp and fulfill their dreams of becoming a little mermaid or a merman.

We think it’s well worth the 1.5 hour drive to witness a one of a kind spectacular mermaid performance.

David Blaine Performing In Orlando

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Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts and Live Nation announced today that death-defying magician, David Blaine, is taking his mind-blowing show ‘David Blaine Live’ on the road this spring and summer with a new round of 36 North American tour dates.  Blaine is known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work, unlike any other modern-day performer. The one-man show will be an interactive experience to shock and awe audiences.  He has performed for U.S Presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and other international leaders and prominent figures such as Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg, Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Ali.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off May 6, 2018 in San Diego, CA and make stops in U.S. cities including Orlando at the Walt Disney Theater on June 11, 2018.

For more information, visit his website

 

Celebration, Florida. A Disney Town

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Celebration is a charming small town with tree lined streets, captivating architecture and a welcoming mix of shops and restaurants. Celebration, Florida is a master planned community in Osceola County, located near Walt Disney World Resort and originally developed by The Walt Disney Company. The town itself remains directly connected to the Walt Disney World resorts via one of its primary streets, World Drive, which begins near Magic Kingdom.

Celebration hosts many events every year, including community-wide yard sales, an art show, an exotic car festival, an annual Radio Disney Holiday concert, an Oktoberfest Celebration, the “Great American Pie Festival” (televised on The Food Network), a “Posh Pooch” festival, and downtown events for the Fall and Christmas seasons when autumn leaves and “snow” (small-scale soap flakes) are released into the Town Center. The community also hosts a large Independence Day fireworks celebration. There are plenty of dining options available from Pizza, to pub food, to fine dining.

Grab an ice cream at Kilwins, or a latte at Starbucks and take a seat on the rockers around the lake in the heart of Celebration while enjoying the sunset. Make sure to add this little town to your list of places to see on your next trip to Orlando.

Celebration Town Center
Celebration, FL 34747, USA

Rocket Launch

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The next scheduled rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center will be on April 2nd at 4:30pm EST.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch Dragon CRS-14 aboard Falcon 9 for a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The delivery of supplies and equipment will include science investigations for National Laboratory research. Highlights include:

  • The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, an Earth observatory that will study severe thunderstorms and their role in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate. 
  • An investigation that seeks to better understand how the lack of gravity affects a process used to produce high-performance products from metal powders. This research could lead to improved manufacturing techniques. 
  • Continuing research on growing food in space, as the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System experiment tests a new way to deliver nutrients to plants

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch viewing/transportation ticket. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval.