Sep 182016

Magic Kingdom Although ticket prices keep increasing for Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, you can still find a reasonable deal if you are a Florida Resident. Florida Residents can save by purchasing a pass for multiple days with the Florida Resident Disney Select Ticket. A one-day ticket costs $97, but you can buy a 3-day ticket for $68 per day or a 4-day ticket for $56 per day.

The pass is good for 6 months or through December 17, 2017 (whichever comes first) and blockout dates apply. The Florida Resident deal gives you access to these Disney Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Sep 152016

Epcot Food and Wine FestivalTaste your way around the world with an endless selection of global cuisine and beverages at Epcot’s International Wine & Food Festival. From delicious tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there’s something to satisfy most every appetite and interest. The festival runs September 14 – November 14, 2016.

Florida Residents can indulge in this culinary event and save by purchasing a pass for multiple days with the Florida Resident Disney Select Ticket. Prices are always subject to change, but you can buy a 3-day ticket that will cost you $68 per day or a 4-day ticket for approximately $56 per day. The pass is good for 6 months or through December 17, 2017 (whichever comes first) and blockout dates apply. The Florida Resident deal gives you access to Epcot as well as Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Sep 132016

Orlando Museum of ArtOrlando has a long list of museums, gardens and cultural attractions. Here are a select few that offer designated free entry days. Although admission is free, donations are always appreciated. These special days are always subject to change, so check with the venue before visiting.

Free Museum Days in Orlando:

Museums On Us Program
The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers can visit museums free through Orlando Science Centerthe bank’s Museums On Us program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card Saturday or Sunday and you’ll get free admission to these Orlando museums:

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! 
This annual event falls in September and offers free admission to museums all over the country. Museums near Orlando that usually participate include:

Harry P. Leu GardensLeu Gardens
Entry is free for everyone during the first Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available on select Mondays, excluding holidays). Bring your little ones for Orange County Library’s storytelling program. The gardens celebrate moms and dads with free admission on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Open house are scheduled on Independence Day, Easter weekend, Holiday weekend, and Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival weekend. The museum also opens its doors during Friday Nights at the Morse November through April from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Casa Feliz
Casa Feliz in Winter Park opens its doors for Music at the Casa on Casa FelizSunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come as you are for a casual event with live music and free tours of the historic house and James Gamble Rogers II Studio.

Mennello Museum of American Art
Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries. Families can enjoy craft stations and mini-tours for kids from noon to 2:30 p.m. Museum hours are noon to 4:30 p.m.

Art & History Museums Maitland
Seniors (55+) receive free admission every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The museum offers an intimate and unique experience in Winter Park with more than 5,000 works ranging from antiquity to contemporary. And, it’s always free!

Orange County Regional History Center
This Orlando museum offers a free trick-or-treat event on Halloween. They also open the doors to moms on Mother’s Day and dads on Father’s Day.

Bok Tower GardensBok Tower
Admission is free on Easter morning for a special sunrise service and for moms on Mother’s Day.

Museums in Orlando that are always free:

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Sep 132016

LEGOLAND FloridaFor a limited time, you can purchase LEGOLAND Florida Resort tickets for just $35. The special ticket discount benefits the Children’s Home Society of Florida — $15 of each ticket goes to support families served by the non-profit organization. The single-day general admission ticket is valid for visits now through September 30, 2016 and must be purchased online. You can also upgrade your ticket to include the water park for just $20 more.

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Sep 082016

SeaWorld Halloween SpooktacularVisit SeaWorld Orlando every weekend in October for silly, spooky fun at Halloween Spooktacular. This family-friendly event immerses guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 p.m. to park close every weekend, October 1-30. Like all special events at SeaWorld, Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.

Florida Residents best bet for a good deal is with the SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card: Pay SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacularfor a day and come back now through December 31, 2016 for $99. For out-of-state guests, tickets can be purchase for as low as $74.99 for a one-day pass (online and in advance).

This year’s highlights include:

  • Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun: Costumed kids can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies.  Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites.
  • Penelope’s Garden Party: This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ, animal interactions, a variety of craft opportunities, bubbles floating overhead and whimsical sea-themed characters.
  • Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween: Celebrate a Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando HalloweenHalloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of everyone’s Sesame Street friends!  The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to you and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit.  Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play and sing along.
  • Spooktacular Dance Party: Children join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing.

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 Posted by on September 8, 2016  Florida, Halloween  Comments Off on SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sep 072016

Lake Mary WineArtFriday never comes fast enough. So why not start early? Escape to downtown Lake Mary for an evening that’s so relaxing you’ll forget you have to work the next day.

Lake Mary WineArt Wednesday features local artists, the Daily City Food Truck Bazaar and a beer and wine garden on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll along the sidewalk lined with displays by local artists, sip on wine and listen to live music in Central Park next to Lake Mary City Hall. Entry is free but bring cash for unique finds, food and drinks.

For all of you Pokémon GO players: WineART Wednesday is hosting a Pokémon GO meet-up at the September 7th event! They will drop lures throughout Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Lake Mary
Lake Mary Boulevard and 4th Street next to Lake Mary City Hall

Sep 012016

Disney Animal Kingdom VillasWalt Disney World Resort hotels are offering a special holiday discount for guests visiting November 6 -December 23, 2016. If booking before October 8, guests can save up to 20% off their resort room at select Disney properties. Blackout dates may apply.

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort has announced special Forever Fun B Resort OrlandoRates at seven nearby hotels with rates as low as $62 a night for stays through Sept. 30. Participating hotels include: B Resort & Spa, with rates from $89 per room, per night; Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, with rates from $89; Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, with rates from $62 per room, per night and more. Additionally, guests at these hotels will receive the “2016 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining.

Florida Residents can enjoy discounted rates at Disney’s Resorts through November 5. Residents can also visit the Disney Theme Parks for $56 per day with a 4-day pass.

For more information, call 407-939-5277.

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Sep 012016

Orlando Magical Dining MonthThis fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. From Aug. 29 through Oct. 2, guests can enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal. The program includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town. One dollar from each meal will also be donated to a local charity.

View the full list of restaurants and make reservations on OpenTable. New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK,a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs.
  • Morimoto Asia,by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.

You can find options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods:

  • Convention Area– RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek)
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista– Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown– Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
  • Restaurant Row– SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk– Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park– Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas– F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)
 Posted by on September 1, 2016  Food & Drink  Comments Off on Orlando Magical Dining Month
Aug 312016

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 7.30.21 PMIt’s the first weekend of the month, and that means Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers can visit museums for free in Orlando through the bank’s Museums On Us  program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card Saturday or Sunday and you’ll get free admission to more than 150 museums and attractions in cities across the United States.

In Orlando, enjoy free admission to these museums:

If you’re traveling, you can also get free entry to other Florida museums in Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, West, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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Aug 242016

Seaworld OrlandoSeaWorld Orlando is honoring Florida first responders for their bravery, sacrifice and service with a special opportunity to spend a day at the park with their families. Now through August 31, first responders can register to receive free admission to SeaWorld Orlando through September 30.

In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets for friends and family for just $49.50 per person, a savings of 50 percent off general admission.

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