7 March 2014, 3:27 pm
Top Orlando Theme Park Special Events this Spring
From concerts at Universal Orlando to a Star Wars celebration at Hollywood Studios, this spring is full of exciting new ways to enjoy Orlando theme parks.
Mardi Gras – Select nights at Universal Orlando come alive with the flavor of New Orleans! Catch beads from the Mardi Gras parade as you view classic Mardi Gras floats and costumes in an incredible parade. This year kids can enjoy the parade even better with their own viewing area designed for them, Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area by the T2 attraction. Plus you can beat the Cajun food. The French Quarter Courtyard is sizzling with juicy flavors you won’t want to miss. Then there are the music concerts! There are still many Mardi Gras Concerts left until the end on May 31st.
Don’t miss out on these artists:
• Prince Royce - March 8
• Cody Simpson - March 14
• Foreigner - March 15
• A Great Big World - March 21
• Gavin DeGraw - March 22
• Kelly Rowland - March 28
• Weezer - March 29
• Skillet - April 5
• Lynyrd Skynyrd - April 12
• Kool & the Gang - April 19
• Nelly - May 3
• The Wanted - May 10
• The Roots - May 17
• Cher Lloyd - May 24
• Huey Lewis and The News - May 31
Star Wars Weekends – Whether you join the Rebellion or side with the Galactic Empire, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is guaranteed to bring you some out-of-this-world fun. You’ll get to meet stars from the landmark films and popular animated TV shows. There’s also a chance to not only get an autograph with your favorite characters, but take on the biggest baddie of them all, Darth Vader, in the Jedi Training Academy. And don’t forget about taking an interstellar journey in Star Tours - The Adventure Continues, where you can embark on over 50 different story combinations. So how strong is the Force in you?
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – OK, imagine being able to travel the entire world in one day. Now picture yourself walking through over 100 stunning topiaries of your favorite Disney characters and garden displays that’ll take your breath away. Got that in your head? Good, because it’s reality at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. Aside from the great floral designs there are outdoor kitchens, presentations from HGTV designers and foot-tapping music played by iconic musical artists. This event is going on now through May 18, so don’t miss out!
Just for Kids – SeaWorld Orlando gets even better for kids from March 22 – April 12 with the All-New Rockin’ Rockhopper Party at Antarctica, where kids can sing and dance along with a DJ and enjoy storytelling, snacks, games and live penguin appearances! Also, Elmo and his friends will be back and putting on a show at the Seaport Theater, where kids will be able to see Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and more. Then, go on the hunt and explore SeaWorld Orlando and collect stamps at four stations around the park to get a Free Junior animal Ambassador Medallion.
Viva La Musica – While the Latin music artists haven’t been revealed yet, you can expect to catch all the latest hot sounds from the Latin music world when award-winning Latin hit the stage at SeaWorld’s Annual Event. While you take in the music, also, feast on the new Latin flavors by Executive Chef Hector Colon and have fun with other family friendly activities.
5 March 2014, 4:31 pm
Go Green This St Patricks Day at Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney ® is going Irish this St. Patrick’s Day with all of the food, drinks, dancing and fun you’ve come to expect from the Irish holiday. Whether you’re looking to drink like an Irishman or party with your family here are some of Downtown Disney’s ® top St. Patrick’s Day festivities:
St. Patrick’s Day may not be until March 17 but you can kick things off early at the popular Irish restaurant and pub Raglan Road on March 7! The Irish and those who wish they were Irish can celebrate the day with a myriad of Raglan Road’s food, drink and festivities including authentic Irish fare from Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon; performances by such acts as The Willis Clan, 3 Dollar Band, We Banjo 3, Goitse, The Raglan Rebels, The Brayzen Heads and popular Raglan Road house band Creel; the Raglan Road dancers; Irish Dance workshops taught by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast; Ceili traditional music and much more.
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. each night and run until 1 am. From March 15 to 17 the start time moves to noon.
In addition to the Irish fun at Raglan Road, several of Downtown Disney’s ® other restaurants will be serving up their own Irish fare and libations that will turn you Irish in no time! Paradiso 37 will be serving up popular treats and Irish cocktails, like the large-and-in-charge specialty beverage known as The Giant Leprechaun. Meanwhile Planet Hollywood will add some glitz and glam to your St. Patrick’s Day with Irish egg rolls and festive drinks including The Crazy Leperchaun, Planet Shamrock Jell-O Shots and the non-alcoholic Young Lad Irish Sour Apple. Bongo’s will put a Cuban spin on the day with Havana-inspired offerings like the Cuban Leprechaun Mojito and Wolfgang Puck Café will keep things festive with Shamrock Martinis.
If you’re planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the entire family make sure you stop by the Mighty Family Fun Zone Presented by Disney’s “Muppet’s Most Wanted” at Downtown Disney ®. Here families can capture the Irish moment during a photo opportunity with a Muppets-themed backdrop, as well as learn how to draw some of your favorite Muppets characters and play games, take part in giveaways and dance the day away at DJ dance parties. The area will also include roaming stilt walkers, living statues, face painters, tattoo artists and much more!
3 March 2014, 12:03 pm
Inside the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Budding paleontologists can dig their way to fun at the Boneyard Fossil Fun Site at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ®. This unique interactive spot lets children ages 10 and under discover a world of dinosaurs buried deep under the ground for a fun and educational experience they’ll be talking about long after leaving the park.
Essentially an elaborate playground, the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom ® takes kids on a prehistoric adventure where they will do everything from climb atop rocks to cross rickety bridges, roam in mysterious caves for bones and careen down twisted slides. A And of course, a boneyard isn’t a boneyard without some digging, which is why kids will also get the opportunity to dig up the remains of a giant Wooly Mammoth, among other ancient dinosaurs in a nearby sandpit. Don’t be surprised if one of these sand pits is closed during your visit. Throughout the day, the sandbox is periodically closed to the bones can be reburied for the next group to discover!
Taking up about half an acre, the Boneyard is one of Disney’s ® bigger play areas and with two stories it is full of the playground equipment and thrills a child is looking for. Aside from climbing on rocks, digging up bones and loosing your balance on rickety bridges, kids can also get up close and personal with the skeletons of Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus and the like, all of which children can o swing, slide and climb on. There are also plenty of doors and lids to open and see what is inside as well as giant dinosaur footsteps that lets kiddos see just how big dinosaurs really were. Kids should also be on the lookout for personal possessions and notes from professors working in the area. This adds to the excitement of the dig site.
Because the Boneyard is situated in the middle of Animal Kingdom ® it is a great place to let the kids blow off some steam before heading to another ride or attraction. Please keep in mind that due to the sand in the dig site and the fact that the area is not completely covered, the Boneyard can get very hot in the summer months so make sure everybody is well hydrated during their play.
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