Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2018 Set To Go

 

Are you a fan of delicious foods and tasty wines? Are you a fan of the Walt Disney World Resort? Well if you answered yes to both questions then Epcot is a must for you! Every year towards the end of August, Epcot puts on one heck of a festival that includes wines, gourmet tapas dishes and art from around the world. It’s called the International Food & Wine Festival and has been going on for years.

This is a festival for the connoisseurs and foodies who enjoy taking a tour of the world right in the comfort of Disney. For a few months out of the year Epcot puts on a party of parties all day long. For the price of a daily admission ticket you can enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours as you explore the different cuisines from around the world. Vineyards and breweries from around the globe are center stage during this once a year event.

Executive chefs from the Walt Disney World Resorts prepare regional dishes while pairing up wines and beers that make your experience one to savour! As you wander through the theme park you will encounter different cuisines at different locations. As an example if you are in France or Germany, you will be a guest of that country and served local dishes that represent their country all the while being able to sample their regional wines and beer.

The downside is that this isn’t free and can get quite costly. The best way to approach this is to stop at the very first food kiosk and get yourself a prepaid wristband and preload it with as much money as you see fit. I normally will put $50 on mine and that will get me to at least the America pavilion which is the halfway point on the World Showcase at the back of the park. By this time you are feeling pretty good and might want to just put another $50 onto your wristband again to finish strong!

This event is a event worth Uber-ing, staying on property like at the Boardwalk, Swan or Dolphin which are staggering distances from the back entrance of Epcot. If your partake in the fermented beverages you will not want to be driving believe me. This is a great event to share with friends and families and probably should not be a festival that you would want to bring your kids to as people at this event can get pretty happy to say the least but in a good way. Here is a link to their current 2018 menu so have a look and see what you think ~ Epcot Food & Wine Menu 2018 

If you plan on attending this event and need Epcot tickets or Disney World tickets please visit our website at www.officialticketcenter.com or by calling us toll free at 1-877-406-4836.

Revenge of Chucky Scare Zone- Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Get Ready to Face Chucky, Killer Klowns in the Streets of Halloween Horror Nights 2018

With the announcement of Chucky and Killer Klowns Universal Orlando has done with the final list of its five scare zones for the 2018 Halloween event. So get ready to face the world’s deadliest doll in the Revenge of the Chucky scare zone or the killer klowns with ray guns from the outer space zone. The Harvest, Twisted Traditions and Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve are the remaining three scare zones that will haunt the streets in Halloween Horror Nights as well.

Both Chucky and Killer Klowns are beloved IPs from the 80’s. While Chucky returns to Halloween as a conductor of toy fair-turned-bloodbath, the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space comes to transform you into a tasty blood-soaked cotton candy. Be prepared to face murderous monkeys, deadly board game, including the world’s deadliest doll in the Revenge of Chucky scare zone. Set at a toy fair that had turned lethal with childhood toys twisted into new nightmares.

Killer Klowns fron Outer Space Scare Zone - Halloween Horror NIghts 2018

Killer Klowns fron Outer Space Scare Zone – Halloween Horror NIghts 2018


Unlike Chucky, the 1980’s cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space is not a series of films. It’s one film that has inhibited a more nostalgic place in the hearts of horror fans. Killer Klowns has been considered as the king of B-flicks of its decade. It features the invasion of aliens in the form of killer klowns with UFOs and popcorn-shooting guns. The same invaders are now in the streets of Halloween Horror Nights as well. Be careful while roaming the park streets. They are stalking you. I’m sure you don’t want to be their next human crops, preserved in the form of a grotesque cotton candy.

The Harvest scare zone replicates a sinister barn, featuring foul and creepy creatures in search of the bloodiest harvest ever. At the Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve scare zone it seems just like a New Year’s Eve party until it’s too late. As the ball drops, your smiles will turn into unstoppable screams. You can’t escape the terrible tortures from a whole slew of creepy elements that descends upon you. The Twisted Tradition scare zone on the other hand puts you in the middle of another most terrifying horror experience with nothing but only the light from rotting Jack-o-lanterns.

When it comes to the haunted houses, there is more of it than before. The 2018 event will have a total of 10 haunted houses to take the spine-chilling experience to the next level. Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is the 28 th annual Halloween event at Universal Orlando. The hard ticketed event, not included with regular universal studios tickets. Visit the universal Orlando Halloween site for event tickets. The event is held on select nights from September 14 through November 3, 2018. This is one of the most intense horror event and as such not recommended for children under 13 years of age. Also costumes and masks are prohibited.

Disney to put the Kibosh on Pet Friendly Families

 

It would seem that the policy that allowed families to bring their furry little family member to the Happiest Place on Earth is coming to an end. The rule I guess had been just a pilot program and was not in place as a permanent thing. Many families have a hard time leaving their pets at home or at a boarding shelter while traveling to Disney or anywhere else for that matter while on vacation.

Not only can it be scary for the pet but can be quite expensive for mom and dad. Sources say that come October 2018 that pet friendly program is coming to a screeching halt! When asked if the program would be extended the official answer was that they did not see that happening. Maybe if enough people call and voice their concern, they might change their minds, but that is probably not going to happen.

Disney is in the process of getting as much money as they can and if I’m a betting man this latest hatchet job is to make the owners put their animals up at their on property kennel Best Friends Pet Care. I have personally put my dogs up there and it was great. Downside is that it is very expensive as you would expect from Disney. However knowing that my family members are close and taken care of is a piece of mind situation that I was willing to pay at that time.

Disney has said though that if you check-in before October 15, 2018 you can still bring your pets and they can stay for the whole duration while visiting at the Walt Disney World Resort. This is going to be a huge issue and people have the right to be a little peeved. But hay, when Disney sees a way to make more money…look out! If you are in the market for minimizing you overall cost of your Disney vacation and need discount Disney tickets, check out a local ticket broker like “The Official Ticket Center” in Kissimmee.

Below is a screenshot of their new policy:

 

 

 

Summer fun with the family at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Tickets

 

If you can remember all of those summer vacations with mom and dad when you were a kid and having the time of your life, you had a pretty cool childhood. The vacations of the past can be re-lived  and the memories can be passed down now to your kids at Universal Orlando Resort. Venturing off of the Disney plantation in Orlando, one can have a pretty kick butt, action packed vacation minus princesses and talking mice.

Universal has marketed itself as a vacation from the ordinary and for good reason! They have crafted a vacation destination for teens as well as adults but the little ones in the group have not been forgotten. This vacation destination has something for everyone and then some. Now with three parks to escape to, Universal has made their little slice of heaven a weeks plus long getaway!

The one great thing that I personally love about Universal Orlando is that they listen to what their guests want and their ability to offer ticket specials as they see fit. Currently they are 3 extra days free on select tickets and sold through licensed partners like The Official Ticket Center, a local ticket agency that has been in business for over 20 years. Universal Studios tickets and other seasonal specials like this are what can let a family of four take a much needed vacation at a pretty nice discount.

If there was a cherry on top of everything under their umbrella it would have to be their all new Volcano Bay water park. This in my opinion is the Disney water park killer. I have been to them all and Volcano Bay is by far my favourite. If you can’t afford that trip to Bali or Tahiti, this is the next best thing especially if you have a few of their signature drinks to get your mind into the game!

Guardians of the Galaxy Lookin Good at Epcot

 

Have you drove by Epcot in the past few weeks and noticed a big o’le building to the left of Spaceship Earth? Well that big thing everyone is looking at and talking about is the all NEW Guardians of the Galaxy ride and I can’t wait to experience it! Epcot was kind of in a rut for awhile and many visitors were asking if Epcot had just become a Festival theme park. Seems they were only rolling out the carpet a few times a years for their Wine & Food Festival as well as their Flower & Garden Festival. To be honest it was getting kind of stale and really did not offer anything new until now.

The area where the new ride will be is over where Ellen was next to Mission Space. That area was like a place where if you wanted to go take a nap and not be bothered by anyone, this was the place to do it. Now it has become something very busy and looks to be just more than a ride, maybe even a small little land into itself. I know Walt would be pleased with this space aged addition as he dreamed of this whole park being like that and not what it has become.

Guardians of the Galaxy is nothing new but it is so hot right now as Mugatu would say so hopefully nothing knocks it too far back to where visitors will be like what the heck is a Groot? I’m pretty positive that this will not be the case and this little corner of Epcot will be everyone’s newest favorite piece of the park. I am really hoping for some new eateries keeping in line with the whole space theme and maybe a sit down restaurant.

All in all this is going to be a much needed addition to Epcot that is for sure! If you have been over there within the past decade, you will agree that nothing has been added to the theme park and if you have been reading any Disney related blog, people have been demanding that something be added to Walt’s treasured park for quite some time. I’m glad to see it finally happening. If you are planning to visit anytime soon be sure to check out “The Official Tickets Center” for all of you Disney tickets and discounts.

 

Countdown to Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

 

 

 

If you have been paying attention lately, you would notice a great disturbance in Walt Disney World’s Force. If one would look for a minute over at Hollywood Studios, you would see a major Pixie Dusting taking place in the form of a huge expansion of Toy Story Land. For the past few years Hollywood Studios has been going to the extreme of updating this once not so popular theme park. Guests have been waiting patiently for this and Disney is guaranteeing a home run with this newest addition!

Over the past few weeks guests have been privy to a soft open of this new land. You won’t hear about it but you can sure read about it as Disney has been slowly and quietly bringing in media and bloggers to start building the excitement for what it hopes to be a big winner for their park. I have seen pictures and videos of the rides and food stands, but I have yet to go myself. Next week will be their official media event and yours truly will be there reporting on everything.

I am a huge Disney fan and I hope to be able to see all of my favourite characters as well as shrink down to what is the end idea of being one of Andy’s toys. The whole gist of their new land is to be one of Andy’s toys and for the guest to be able to enjoy a day in Andy’s backyard. I have seen the a few of the rides like Slink Dogs rollercoaster as well as a few walk up eateries and I can’t wait. It has been long overdue and I hope that Disney hits a homerun with this much needed addition!

Disney has great visions for all of their theme parks but Hollywood Studios I have a feeling will be a new diamond on Mickey’s crown especially after they add the much anticipated Star Wars Land. Once they have these two new additions they will be a Force to reckon with no pun intended…lol The only thing that I would have added if I were Disney is possibly a Toy Story Resort. Could you imagine how cool that would be for the kids? Hopefully they read this and make it happen. Stay tuned for after party reports and if you should every need discount Disney tickets to any of the parks, please visit The Official Ticket Center for all of your ticketing needs.

 

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Celebrations 2018

Visiting SeaWorld Orlando This Summer Is A Different Experience Altogether

It seems to be a great opportunity for SeaWorld Orlando fans to visit their favourite Park this summer. The park is adding up some of its most anticipated attractions, activities and promotions that you don’t want to miss. Whether it’s the special night-time fun shows at the Electric Ocean light and musical celebration, or the most anticipated world-class raft ride – Infinity Falls, the amazing dolphins in actions, or Ignite – Fireworks, the availability of free beer or more, it’s quite a mesmerizing summer of fun that SeaWorld has to offer.

When the sun goes down, the Park comes alive with an amazing line-up of special attractions, activities and shows. The 2018 summer celebration includes a new and even more exciting festive offer. As the evening kicks-off, you will be greeted with the all new “Touch the Sky” show featuring awesome dolphin performances such as the underwater corkscrew manoeuvre. The sights of the beautiful macaws in flight and the trainers dancing to an original score also add up to the excitements. The night-time musical event Electric Ocean is the main highlight. Guests will find themselves in the middle of an immersive, bioluminescent undersea fest. There is also the night-time fireworks – Ignite with synchronized water-affects that shoots up to a height of about 100 feet in the air. Also it’s to be noted that all the amazing acts and performances are done in sync with a mesmerizing musical score.

Again the return of old favourite “Sea Lion Tonite” show is another major highlight of the celebration. The comic offering is quite a delight to watch with sea lions, Clyde and Seamore. It also features the SeaWorld Mime. The “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night” and the returning bubble show “Pop” are other important highlights that one should not miss before joining the fun at Electric Ocean. Thrill seekers can also embark on their most challenging adventures. SeaWorld’s three world class coasters – manta, Mako and the Kraken Unleashed will take the excitement to next level under the night sky.

When it comes to food you may want to try the new menu items created for the Event, such as toastdas, popcorn ice cream, waffles and beers. In addition there’s free beer available through September 2, 2018 as well. One can have up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit. Available at the patio bar next to Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio. Also there is a BOGO offer on beverages every day at Flamecraft Bar and at the Sharks Underwater Grill.
All activities are included with the regular park admissions or sea world tickets.

Orlando Vacation - Save Money on Tickets

How to Save Money on an Orlando Theme Park Vacation in 2018

Airfare, Hotel, Car-Rental, foods, Tickets and more, prices just pile up to a shocking reality when it comes to the planning of a trip to the world famous Walt Disney World or the Universal parks in Orlando, Florida. In fact for many it’s the Park admission or entrance cost itself comes to you at a much higher price than expected. Given the $100 plus price slab for just a one-day ticket to either Disney World or Universal Orlando, the Orlando parks are definitely expensive options for guests and families on a tight vacation budget. But it’s also true that there are ways and options available to get rid of vacation expenses as well. There are ways and options that enable you to experience the dream vacation at a price much less than the inevitable $100 per person, per day.

For returning visitors this is not new and probably many of them know how to deal with a bulky budget. However, there are others, including first timers who are still in the look-out for better and more reasonable and reliable money saving tips and tricks. And if you are one of them then I suppose reading this article would definitely assists you in your quests for saving more on you theme park tickets.

There exists many deals and discounts on tickets online. But don’t just get lost in the myriad. One of the most recommend and sought-after money saving tips is to go for advance booking online. Visit the official websites of respective theme parks and compare the prices on dates you are planning to visit. The parks offer different prices on different dates and they give away discounts on advance booking of tickets from their websites. But wait, don’t booked them yet. Marked the official discounted price and compare it with other discount ticket sources, such as the authorized re-sellers, including OfficialTicketCenter.com that offers you real discounted disney tickets, passes, universal studios tickets and tickets to other Orlando area attractions.

Authorized Reseller - The Official Ticket Center

Authorized Reseller – The Official Ticket Center


As the name suggest the authorized re-sellers are authorized to offer legitimate park tickets. Also along with the official websites and re-sellers, you may also want to follow the parks on social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Who knows you may stumble upon an even better deal there. At times Disney and Universal may surprise you with event deals and vacation packages that you won’t be able to resist. However, it’s to be noted that you should stay away from getting cheated with all those fake or invalid tickets on sale online by various un-authorized sources at a price that seems too good to be true.

The Annual Pass is another great money saving tool. If you are interested in spending more days, week or more on each visit then better go for one instead. You will enjoy the best of benefits at the lowest possible costs on theme park admission per person, per day. Annual passes also come with in-park benefits such as free parking, dinning offers and souvenirs, including multiple park access. One of to pay extra to include multi-park access with a single day or multi-day ticket. However, it’s to be noted that annual passes are subject to block-out dates. Either you need to match your vacation timings with dates with the passes are valid, or go for an expensive or premium annual pass instead.

Electric Ocean - SeaWorld Orlando 2018

Electric Ocean Returns to Light-up SeaWorld Orlando Once Again This Summer

SeaWorld Orlando’s most popular night-time celebration – Electric Ocean is back for another summer of fun, featuring an electrifying evening of fun, foods and dazzling lights. Starting May 25, 2018, the one-of-a-kind show tends to add more energy and fun to spice up your SeaWorld experience after sunset. So plan your SeaWorld trip beyond the regular park hours this summer. Stay back and be a part of the most sparkling nigh-time fun adventure that the park has to offer.

Electric Ocean brings to you a host of returning favourites and new additions for the 2018 summer event. Among the new 2018 attractions include – Touch the Sky, a high energy entertainment of the sky and sea, featuring beautiful bottlenose dolphins, macaws and original score. Also new to this year’s event is Elmo Rocks that features Sesame Street characters Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Bert and Ernie all in their best of rock n’ roll at the SeaPort Theatre.

The entertainment for Electric Ocean is quite electrifying at Club Sea Glow as well. With 35 electrifying performers, world-class DJs and colossal neon sea creatures, dancing lights, music and laser effects it’s a mesmerizing experience. The “Pop” show, presented by SeaWorld and Bubble legendary is another must see offerings of the event. Pop brings to life an amazing display of artistry by blending the best of lights, lasers, music and bubbles.

The classic show – Sea Lions Tonite is another most exciting and hilarious highlights that will take you on a parody trip to SeaWorld through the eyes of sea lion heroes, Clyde and Seamore. Again, “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night” is another returning favourite that puts you in front of one of the most powerful and fun-filled presentations of SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. During the show the entire Shamu Stadium is charged up with a colourful and vibrant ambience.

The night-time show ends with a spectacular firework display called Ignite, featuring amazing water effects backed by a powerful musical score. When Ignite erupts, the entire lake area of the Park comes alive with intricate laser projections and towering flames that shoot up to 100 feet in the air. Electric Ocean is included with the regular sea world tickets and takes place on select nights starting May, 25 through September 2, 2018.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 - Universal Orlando

New Haunted Houses for Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018

After the revelation of dates and ticket deals, it’s time to get acquainted with the main attractions for the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights Event. And what better way to start with then taking a peek at the recently announced haunted houses. First, it’s the Stranger Things that comes to scare you with a whole-new harrowing maze. And next, we have another brand new house called – Dead Exposure: Patient Zero. There are more to come, including scare zones, shows and many other special Halloween attractions. For the latest announcements and latest updates on the Event, you may want to visit the official Universal Orlando Halloween site.

Stranger Things - Haunted House- Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Stranger Things – Haunted House- Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018


The Netflix’s mega – hit series Stranger Things comes with an intense new freight experience that will turn you upside down. Inside the new house you will find yourself struggling with the suspense and supernatural freights like never before. Stranger Things is based on the Season 1 of the popular supernatural adventure. The house brings to life all those memorable moments and scenes from the show, featuring Hawkins National Library where things have gone terribly wrong, the mysterious darkness of the Upside Down and the unavoidable encounters with the Demogorgon.

Dead Exposure - Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Dead Exposure – Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2018


The second house – Dead Exposure: Patient Zero is based on the original concept. It was a fan-favorite and shook guests to their core when first appeared in the 2008 Halloween Horror Nights event. Universal is bringing back the same terror, but now dropping you in 1982 Paris. Dead Exposure: Patient Zero will puts you in the middle of another zombie apocalypse amidst hordes of flesh- eating undead. Inside, in the middle of darkness you will be haunted by the undead. The attack can come from anywhere. No-matter how hard you try to hide, they will find you out. However, there is a vaccine that protects you from the apocalypse. But then you have to sacrifice your eye sights for using it.

Dead Exposure is the first original house announced for the 2018 event. The Resort is yet to announce more haunted houses and scare zones for the event. Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is scheduled to take place on select dates, starting September, 14 and runs for 34 nights through November 3, 2018. Halloween Horror Nights is a hard ticketed event and not included with regular Universal Studios tickets. Horror fans can also take advantage of the special limited-time ticket offers that comes with a second night free. For purchase of event tickets, packages and special offers visit the official Universal Orlando Halloween site.