Crayola Experience in Florida – Adults-Only Special Event
Find out more about this special event taking place at the Crayola Experience in Florida which includes a craft, drinks and appetizers.
Find out more about this special event taking place at the Crayola Experience in Florida which includes a craft, drinks and appetizers.
I TOTALLY understand these reactions! I love it!
We wanted to capture the most “authentic” reactions of “real” guests experiencing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. As you scroll, take a minute to think about which emotion you most identify with. Check out all the feels – and a few more – in the full video.
That feeling when your team that shouldn’t win, won.
That feeling when you realize the party is actually a puppy party.
That feeling when you see your grandkids. Or you see your grandkids leave.
That feeling when he gives the rose to the wrong girl.
When your favorite show ends the season on a cliffhanger.
Need more Harry Potter? Check out our YouTube channel for more videos from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
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Emeril’s Orlando is partnering with Three Sticks Wines and Director of Winemaking Bob Cabral on Jan. 30, 2017 for a very special 5-course dinner and wine pairing.
Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran winemaker Bob Cabral. Cabral’s commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, including Durell Vineyard, Gap’s Crown Vineyard and Walala Vineyard, drives the winery’s focus of creating site specific wines. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III’s surfing nickname, “Billy Three Sticks,” which was assigned to him in his youth as a reference to the three Roman numerals that follow his name.
Reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by Dinner at 6:30 p.m. $120 plus tax and gratuity.
2014 Durell Vineyard ORIGIN Chardonnay
Berries and Jamon
Plant city Strawberries, shaved Jamon Serrano, spiced pecans, lemon ricotta, citrus oils and balsamico
2014 Durell Chardonnay
Bronzed Key West Tilefish
Cedar key cockles, hearts of palm, crispy golden rice, spiced fume
2014 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, “The James”
Colorado Lamb Merguez Meatballs
Trevi fettuchini, garlic and tomato confit, charred kale and pomegranate pesto, shaved grana cheese
2014 Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir
Burgundy Truffle and Black Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Potato fennel gratin, grilled sweet onion, trumpet mushroom veal reduction
2015 PFV Pinot Noir
Dessert – TBD
2014 Cast Red
Seating is limited. For more information or to make reservations call 407.224.2424.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights, a new Hollywood-inspired special event will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14. Come dressed as your favorite character and celebrate forty years of Star Wars milestones. Park access and activities will be limited to Star Wars: Galactic Nights event ticket holders only.
Rebel Base Activities – The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
Watch “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” – Catch a celebrity chat show in Epic Theater to learn more about the making of Star Wars films.
Can’t miss Star Wars photo ops – Don your Star Wars finest (see costume guidelines) and enjoy iconic Star Wars backdrops, including Han Solo cast in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade – This procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.
Imperial March & March of the First Order – Get your cameras ready for the arrival of the dark side. Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a dramatic march down Hollywood Blvd to the Event Stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Event Guests are challenged to collect Star Wars themed pieces at the photo backdrops throughout the park, revealing a surprise when all items have been collected.
“Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” – Watch high-energy clips of the best moments from the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
“Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” – The skies will come alive with the power of the Force, as the park’s popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.
Other popular attractions will be open, including Star Wars Launch Bay. Additional offerings will include the chance to experience Star Tours-The Adventures Continue attraction, AWR Trooper sightings, roaming droids, Star Wars-themed F&B, special merchandise and much more. The event will be held at the park from 7 p.m.-midnight.
The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket costs $129 plus tax for adults and $124 plus tax for children ages 9 and under. Tickets are extremely limited.
I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around all the great 2016 changes to Universal Studios and it looks like 2017 is going to bring even more AMAZING things! How can you not be EXCITED?!
There’s no doubt that 2016 was a big year at Universal Orlando Resort—from the new Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk Coaster to the opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
But there’s even MORE coming in 2017 to make your vacation epic.
And when you think epic, one thing rises to the top: Volcano Bay, our third park.
When Volcano Bay opens this summer, it will be the world’s first water theme park. What does water theme park mean, you may ask?
There’s a part of Volcano Bay for everyone: water slides for thrill seekers, luxurious cabanas for those looking to unwind, and the most amazing kid’s play area ever.
RACE THROUGH NEW YORK STARRING JIMMY FALLON
If that’s not enough, you’re also getting a brand new attraction in Universal Studios Florida: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy brings the Big Apple, and his unique twist on humor, to Orlando. Catch up here on everything we announced last year. And stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.
Halloween Horror Nights 27
The nation’s premier Halloween event returns this year with its award-winning recipe of haunted houses, scare zones and live shows.
I begged and pleaded with the powers that be to share one, little detail…but alas. All I have is the ability to tease you by saying, “It’s never too soon to start panicking!”
Sign up for Halloween Horror Nights emails to hear first about what this year’s event will entail (or is it… entrail?).
FUTURE NEWS PROGNOSTICATION
And since 2018 is only a year away, I can only guess that this year will bring news about:
I mean, I can only guess…
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Now bring on 2017!
Little did Ohio students from Wadsworth High School know, as they finished up an exciting Disney Performing Arts workshop Friday at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort, that the next inspiring words they would hear would come from five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook). In a surprise visit that was part of Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, the superstar Country quartet shared their own experiences with music education and the importance of music in the lives of all students.
This was the most exciting kickoff event to-date for the now fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour. This event, founded by the Give a Note Foundation, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), continues to grow each year thanks to the generosity of contributors such as Disney Performing Arts, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, and now the CMA Foundation.
“Music education is a right of every student,” said Fairchild. “It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life. For me, my music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career.”
The band’s words of wisdom aligned perfectly with the theme of the workshop, “Disney Sings,” in which students are immersed in a “real world” performance experience and record a portion of a Disney film soundtrack.
“I cried when I saw them walk in. I’m a really big country music fan, and so they have been some of my idols. I love listening to their music,” said Claire Doyle, choir student of Wadsworth High School.
“Thanks to our generous partners who have worked tirelessly with Give a Note,” said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, “the Foundation has been able to bring music into the lives of more students every year. In its five years, Give a Note has provided over $1.2 million in grants to reach more than 45,000 students in underserved communities across the United States. And we cannot wait to see the incredible impact this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour will have.”
“Every year the launch of the Music In Our Schools Tour at Walt Disney World Resort grows bigger and more exciting,’’ said Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president of group sales and marketing. “It was a thrill of a lifetime for these students to spend time with such an award-winning group such as Little Big Town, and it’s another example of the kinds of extraordinary experiences students receive with Disney Performing Arts.’’
Six schools will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. Additionally, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will join in celebrating the talented students with select hosted performances.
To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Get your adrenaline pumping with these two exclusive Universal Orlando Blog wallpapers featuring The Incredible Hulk Coaster.
The attraction’s new look and feel inspired our designers to create two wallpaper designs that encompass the power and strength of the Hulk. You can download them now for both mobile and desktop.
Disney Parks officially announced 12 new members to the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Selected from thousands of applicants, the 12 will join 19 returning panelists to be part of the tenth annual Panel of dedicated and diverse Disney-loving parents who help guests plan and get the most out of their next Disney vacation.
Over the past decade, more than 150 moms, dads, and grandparents have served on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. This year’s Panel promises to deliver an impressive roster of trusted Disney advisors from all walks of life and experiences. With parents of twins and those with special needs children to single working moms, bilingual mavens and members of the LGBT community, the 2017 Panel is inclusive of every type of parent or guardian looking to plan a magical Disney getaway.
Originating in 2008 as a simple question-and-answer forum with only 12 members focused on the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has evolved into a global multilingual resource used by millions and backed by a passionate and varied group of frequent Disney travelers eager to share their expertise with likeminded families. Today, these everyday moms and dads possess exemplary knowledge of not only the Walt Disney World Resort, but also other memorable Disney vacation escapes and offerings, including the Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, runDisney, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
As a planning tool, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is available in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Portuguese; and compatible with laptop computers and handheld touch screen devices alike. The award-winning digital resource is teeming with information to satisfy any Disney trip-planning need, offering personalized answers to more than 300,000 guest questions over the years. Whether a family is looking to surprise their daughter with a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration, find the best restaurants to accommodate a peanut-allergy child, or learn how to make traveling with a preschooler hassle-free, a friendly and knowledgeable parent is there to offer sound, personalized recommendations rooted in real experience.
“The success of the Disney Parks Moms Panel is wholly measured by the satisfaction of our guests and their families, which is what makes the annual selection process so important for us,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Content Relations for Disney Parks. “We are so grateful to the thousands of inspiring Disney advocates who apply each year, including our dynamic new group for 2017. With their continued support, we can deliver on our promise to help visitors around the world tailor unforgettable Disney vacations for years to come.”
In September 2016, thousands of parents around the world vied for a spot on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and the chance to share their Disney travel experiences with others. Following the selection process, an impressive group of 12 dedicated and thoughtful moms and dads – composed of a litigation lawyer, high school English teacher, engineer, registered nurse, and more – were chosen to usher in the tenth year of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panelists joins 19 other Disney-savvy travelers ready to help families plan and create magical vacation memories.
The new 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel members are as follows:
To learn more about the Disney Parks Moms Panel and meet the panelists, please visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. For those interested in applying for next year’s Panel, application details will be posted on the website in the fall of 2017.
The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Card is back by popular demand. This limited time offer is perfect for families with young children. Now through December 31, 2017, kids five and younger can enjoy all the excitement of SeaWorld Orlando for FREE.
SeaWorld offers many activities, shows, rides and attractions perfect for pint-sized guests, and the Preschool Card is the perfect way to experience it all over and over. The 2017 Free Preschool Card is available now and available exclusively to Florida residents.
Advance registration must be completed online and is only valid for children ages five or younger at the time of redemption at the park. Please note advance registration is required by June 27, 2017.
To learn more and to register for the Preschool Card, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com/ PreschoolCard.
Christian music fans will kick off the year with a day of fellowship and fun during SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave concerts Saturdays January 14 through 28.
Guests can enjoy live performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and attractions. 2017 musical performances include:
· Saturday, January 14 Musical Performance: Seven time Grammy® award winner, TobyMac kicks off Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando. With more than 11 million units in career sales, fans will go gangbusters with songs like “Feel It” and “Lights Shine Bright.”
· Saturday, January 21 Musical Performance: Billboard Chart Topper and Grammy® award winner, Francesca Battistelli will delight audiences with famed songs such as “Holy Spirit” and “He Knows My Name.”
· Saturday, January 28 Musical Performance: Billboard Award winning and Grammy® nominated Skillet takes the stage with hits such as “Stars,” “Feel Invincible,” and “Awake & Alive.”
Live concerts take place at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $19.
Live musical performances at the park continue in February with the debut of the Seven Seas Food Festival. Complete with a brand new array of unique drinks, desserts and street-festival inspired food, the Seven Seas Food Festival will also feature fan favorite artists for 14 consecutive Saturdays.
The best deal for guests to experience Praise Wave, and all of SeaWorld’s special events throughout the year, is with a SeaWorld Fun Card which includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates thru December 31, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.