Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras Celebration 2018

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 – Florida’s Biggest Springtime Fun Event

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration offers the biggest party experience ever. Every year, the popular springtime event brings to you the best of fun and excitement of the Big Easy, featuring a unique family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans celebration. Universal Studios Florida is filled with a host of special attractions and shows during the event. From dazzling parades to delicious Cajun cuisine and live music concerts it’s truly an unforgettable springtime fun for all. Mardi Gras 2018 promises another season of exciting party experience with an amazing theme of floats, foods and great concert line-up. Starting February 3 to April 7, 2018, every night it’ll be the biggest bash to look for in Florida.
Universal’s Mardi Gras parade is one of the most elaborate and colourful parade show the Event has to offer. The dazzling parade features new floats and fun activities every year. For the 2018 parade, the Event includes a massive mix of six brand-new floats to the processional. Each float is designed with a celestial theme, dedicated to the Zodiac such as Taurus, Scorpius, Virgo, Orion, Andromeda and Orphiuchus. Moreover, guests have the chance to dance along with the outrageous street performers, and go collecting beads as they come flying through the air in countless numbers.

The Mardi Gras parade is about 20 minutes in length from beginning till end. It starts from right next to the Horror Make-Up Show theatre, follows all the way around the Universal Studios Florida Park, and finally ends at where it begins. The parade start time also varies on specific event nights, such as for the 2018 Event it starts at 5:15 pm on February 6, 2018. Again at 6:45 pm on February 4, 5, 7-9, 11-15; at 7:15 pm on February 16, 19-23, 25-28, March 1, 2, 5-9; and at 7:45 pm on February 3, 10, 17, 18, 24, March 3, 4, 10-31, April 1-7.

Fifth Harmony - Universal Orlando's Mardi gras 2018 concert line-up

Fifth Harmony – Universal Orlando’s Mardi gras 2018 concert line-up


When it comes to Mardi Gras concert line-up, it’s easily the most exciting part of the annual springtime celebration. Enjoying the concert with such big names in music is a rare treat for everyone. The 2018 line-up is sure to put the Music Plaza stage on fire. With hard hitting music performers such as Sean Paul, The Beach Boys, Fifth Harmony, Macklemore and many others it will be a blast. The concerts usually starts at about 8:30 pm shortly after the parade wraps up.

There is no seating options or special, VIP access to watch the concerts. It’s specially standing, Universal Music Plaza is an open area and you can watch the show from wherever you find a space to stand. Given the crowd on special nights, it’s advisable to get there earlier, about two to six hours prior to the start of the concert if possible. In addition to the parade and Concerts the annual event also includes mouth-watering Cajun cuisine with original New Orleans bands at the French Quarter Courtyard. Don’t miss the biggest bash in Florida this time. The entry is absolutely free, included with your general Universal studios tickets.

Star Wars - Secrets of the Empire

Star Wars Fans Have a New Reason to Visit Disney Springs Now

Virtual Reality – VR is the wave of the future. It offers the best of theme park experiences ever. At Disney Springs things get even more tempting with the debut of an advanced VR attraction now. The all-new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire invites you to experience the adventures of a galaxy far away. Where you will find yourself in the midst of an amazing multi-sensory virtual playground. Where there is no rope or belt to strap with, you will be able to walk free and untethered with your friends and family. Guests will experience the life of an undercover Stormtrooper, who is on the mission to capture Imperial Intelligence for the budding rebellions.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is an amazing VR experience with characters from Rogue One present. It’s a must see attraction. The technology and experience has something for all regardless of whether you are a Star Wars fan or not. You will end up having a better and more advance VR experience after all. Unlike other VR attractions, the head gears and vest you find here are far more comfortable, all worked together for an experience that you will remember forever.

Star Wars - Secrets of the Empire VR attraction

Star Wars – Secrets of the Empire VR attraction


Equipped with VR gears, you set on a mission in groups of four. Inside you feel like you are actually living a Star Wars life. And the amazing set-up will only take you further into the space fantasy. Also don’t forget to pick up those blasters and shoot Stormtroopers. In case you are not interested in shooting, you will find that the gun recoil and do other fun things as well. Whether it’s the droids in the room, the items you see on the walls, or the presence of real characters from Rogue One, or others it’s all about seeing and living your very own Star Wars adventures.

Right from check-in to exit, it’s about a 30 minutes experience. You have to be 10 years or older with a minimum height of 48 inches to participate in this one-of-a-kind space fantasy. No photography, videography, and recording of any sort is allowed on site. Also you will be sent in groups of four. In case you have more than four in your party, the extra members will be paired with other guests to make it four. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is located in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs. The attraction is presented by ILMxLAB and The VOID. Tickets are priced at about $30, available online at the official VOID website.

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Epccot Candlelight Processional

Experience The Christmas Story At Epcot’s Candlelight Processional 2017

Every winter Disney World celebrates the holiday tradition in its most impressive and entertaining fashion. This is also the time when the four magical parks transform into winter wonderlands with festive decors and events. Guests are greeted with an amazing array of seasonal shows, festivities and specialty food offerings. One of the most visited holiday trends the Resort offers during Christmas is the spectacular Candlelight Processional at Epcot. The guest – favorite show is a true Christmas delight. No other offering of its kind presents the traditional story of Christmas in such exciting and spectacular form.

Candlelight Processional 2017

Candlelight Processional 2017


The Candlelight Processional is a wonderful Disney tradition, started by Walt Disney himself and the same continues – running for its 47 th year now, featuring celebrity narrators, including a full 50 piece orchestra and a mass choir. The 2017 version of the presentation has Laurie Hernandez, Matt Bomer, Pat Sajak, Kurt Russel, Warwick Davis, and CCH Pounder as new comers in the list of narrators while Ana Gasteyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Jodi Benson, Trace Adkins, Neil Patrick Harris, Jaci valasquez and Chandra Wilson are the returning favorites.

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional 2017 begins November 24 and runs through December 30. Every evening it presents three shows of about 40 minutes with show-times 5, 6:45 and 8:15 pm. The show is held outdoor in the America Gardens Theater in World Showcase. No extra fee required for the show. It’s included with the regular admission. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis for the shows. One can make the show extra special by adding a dining package with reserved seats, which is available for purchase.

The dining package for the 2017 show comes with lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant and guaranteed seating at the show. Among the various participating restaurants include Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Chefs de France, The Garden Grill, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Spice Road Table. Restaurant Marrakesh, San Angel Inn Restaurante and others. Prices for each special package starts at $44 + taxes per adult and $15.50 + taxes per child. To book dining packages call (407) WDW-Dine (939-3463) or you can have it online by logging on to the official Disney site. In case you need to save more on your tickets, you can check the Official Ticket Center website for offers on your discount Disney tickets.

Mickeys Very Merry

What’s In Store for the 2017 Holidays at the Orlando Theme Parks

At the Central Florida theme parks, it’s never too early to celebrate the special end-of-year occasions. The 2017 Holiday season starts in November itself, promises a much bigger and merrier holiday experience for all. Also this year we have a host of new and extended attractions, including special offers and packages to look for.

Universal Orlando Holidays 2017

Universal Orlando Holidays 2017


At the Universal Orlando Resort the most notable holiday highlights include Christmas in Hogsmeade. For the first time Potter fans will have a different and extended experience of their favorite attraction altogether. The one-of-a-kind, special holiday shows and decors across the two Potter properties (Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Diagon Alley) between the two Universal Orlando parks will surely add to the excitements and cheers. For theme park parade lovers, there is something exciting as well. The Universal Orlando’s holiday parade comes with new experiences, including new and self-propelled floats, not-seen before balloons from Macy’s and more. If you haven’t done the reservations yet then hurry! Get your discount universal studios tickets at the earliest and be a part of the celebrations.

Disney World Holidays 2017

Disney World Holidays 2017


The holiday decorations and shows takes the Holiday experience even further at the Walt Disney World Resort. For example, the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will adorn a completely new holiday look and feel during the 2017 holidays. Also new to this year is the Sunset Season’s Greetings that brings to life the billboards and facades, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Twilight Zone Tower of Terror), on Sunset Boulevard. At the Epcot it’s the new name – The Epcot International Festival of Holidays replacing the old Holidays Around the World. The Park will also feature 15 Holiday Kitchens with special festive menus. At Magic Kingdom things get even more magical with exclusive parades, fireworks, deserts and meeting and greeting with favorite characters. Magic Kingdom is also host to the most popular Christmas party – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. . If you haven’t done the reservations yet then hurry! Get your discount Disney world tickets soon and join the most amazing holiday celebration ever.

SeaWorld Orlando has exciting offers for the 2017 holidays as well. The line-up includes attractions such as Dinner with Rudolph and the all-new encounter with Santa at Wild Arctic. Guests will experience a never-before ride to the top of the world where they will meet the most famous resident of the Arctic – Santa Claus. SeaWorld also enhances its special holiday package to include hotel stays, including the park admissions and signature show seating. You can find the best admission offers on your discount sea world tickets with the Officialticketcenter.com

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2017

Scream Is Inescapable at Howl-O-Scream 2017

It’s true that Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights Fest is the nation’s premier Halloween event, but there are few others with similar experience as well. Such as, at Busch Gardens Tampa, Florida the Howl-O-Scream event brings to you enough reasons to scream. The uniquely terrifying Halloween event, features as many haunted houses, scare zones and shows that will leave you screaming for days. True horror fans need not have to worry as everything about the event is scary. If you are visiting the Busch Gardens on selects nights from September 22, through October 29, 2017, you will definitely end up with the best Halloween experience ever.

The annual Howl-O-Scream event comes with many terrifying encounters, including new and returning favorite, and menus with plenty of special dishes and drinks. This year too, the Event promises the best of scares, featuring 2 brand new haunted houses, taking the total to 7 haunted houses, also included are 5 scare zones and 2 lively shows. If that is not enough, you can also opt for one of those favorite thrill rides. But be careful, the scare is everywhere. You have nowhere to hide, not even in the rides.

Among the extremely strong line-up of houses, the newest two, include Demented Dimensions and Undead Arena: Live. The brand new house Demented Dimensions comes in the form of an amazing replacement for the old Zombie Mortuary. While Undead Arena: Live replaces the old Circus of Superstition. Though the first one seems to have a better concept and detailing, I think both are exciting. With their unique stories and scares they both add some freshness to the overall experience at the Event.

Among the older houses, include the greatly improved Motel Hell, debuted in the 2016 Event. It presents an excellent theme, with some new twist and surprises, including changes to the house layout. The Black Spot is another 2016 debutante that returns to scare you with an amazing theme and story. The Unearthed, debuted in 2015 is also a great house to look for at this year’s Event. From among the oldest favorites include Death Water Bayou, debuted in 2013. It’s one of the must visit houses with amazing detail and plenty of great scares. The Zombie Containment Unit 15 is the next returning old favorite.

Again the scare zones play an important role in keeping the experience in flow. In sort they will never let you take that much needed break. They will ensure that the scare never stops. The favorite five scare zones at 2017 Event include – Meat Market, Wasteland, Class Deceased, Carnie Camp and Playground. Also we have two special Shows at the Event namely, Joshua Seth: Inside Your Mind, which is the newest, debuting in 2017. The second Show is Fiends – a returning annual favorite for many Howl-O-Scream fans.

Howl-O-Scream is a hard ticketed event and runs on select nights. For special event tickets one can visit the Official Busch Gardens website. Also there are many online ticket deals and discounts on Busch Gardens tickets and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 Returns with Extended 32 Nights of Devilish Delights

It’s time to meet the Disney villains once again. The Orlando Resort starts celebrating its fun-filled spooky nights already. This year the Disney Halloween event is even bigger with four extra days of fun and eerie entertainments. With special attractions such as world-class Halloween parades, and firework displays, largest gatherings of Disney characters and villains, plenty of candies and much more, it’s truly the world’s most magical collection of devilish delights out there. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 begins August 25, 2017 through November 1, 2017 on select dates, from 7 in the evening till midnight.

The one-of-a-kind after-hour ticketed event brings to life the best ever family-friendly Halloween experiences. Unlike the Universal Halloween, guest visiting the Disney Event are encouraged to come and attend the parties with their favorite Halloween costumes. But there are some restrictions as well. Interested guests are requested to go through the Disney Halloween Party costume policy to avoid costumes and dresses that are considered inappropriate for the Event. For costume guidelines, you can visit the Disney Halloween site.

When it comes to trick or treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the experience is quite unique and exciting. The treat stations are located throughout the Park and are loaded with varieties of candies, sweets and snacks for guests of all ages. Even guests with food allergies will not be left out from having their share of the fun. The Event offers special allergy-friendly trick or treat experiences. All you have to do is – pick up the teal treat bag instead and you are all set to collect those teal tokens as much as you can. And don’t worry – you can redeem your teal tokens anytime by visiting the nearest Allergy-Friendly Center that provides you with your special treats in return.

Among the most favorite spooky entertainments at the 2017 Disney Halloween Event include Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, where you have the most thrilling gatherings of Disney villains ever. Also don’t forget to meet the Sanderson Sisters and you must attend their mischievous Halloween party too. Again, the Mickey’s ‘Boo-to-You’ Halloween Parade, is one of the premier attraction of its kind the Event has to offer. The Parade is the only attraction where you will find such unique mix of ghostly sights and sounds. The appearance of favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, colorful floats and more, including the famous headless horseman in the lead, it’s truly one of the most magical Halloween moments. The fireworks show – Happy HalloWishes is another bewitching spectacle that transforms the entire Castle and surrounding ambiance. Also the encounters with the ghostly quartet in Frontierland at Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet is quite an exciting choice to spice up the eerie experience even more.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets


If you haven’t collect the tickets yet then please visit the official Disney World Halloween site for latest updates and reservations. Or you can also call toll free at 1-877-406-4836 for available discounts and offers on the event tickets.

d23 Expo 2017

New Plans, Names Announced For Upcoming Star Wars Lands at D23 Expo 2017

Disney’s most anticipated and upcoming Star Wars projects have names now. They will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Also the experience is not limited to just the new themed lands. There will be a new Star Wars inspired Resort as well. Thanks to D23 Expo 2017 for all the exciting new revelations, plans and major announcements made on Disney Parks & Resorts.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge


It’s to be noted that there is no relevancy to any specific film or character arc in the Franchise. Disney’s new Star Wars lands focuses mainly on an unknown planet set on the outer rim of the Galaxy far-far away. And as such the name “Galaxy’s Edge” perfectly fits into the concept. Both the new expansions are expected to open in 2019. The first of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming to Disneyland, followed by the second of its kind at the Hollywood Studios of Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars Themed Resort

Star Wars Themed Resort


The Star Wars experience gets even more exciting and big as it goes beyond the parks. The officials revealed that a new Star Wars inspired Resort is coming as part of the Disney 360 vacation concept, which is a whole new vacation experience altogether. The Resort will never let you part away with the story. From the moment you step in, you become a citizen of the galaxy and experience the adventures just like the characters over there. And the story touches every single minute of your stay away from the Earth. No opening date announced for the Resort yet.

There will be no Han Solo or Luke Skywalker to save the day. Instead it’s you the guests who are the heroes in the new themed lands. Moreover, the new Star Wars experience allows guests to lead their own unique adventures. Whether it’s in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order or riding the Millennium Falcon the experience will be different base on your decisions.

Another ground-breaking announcement made by officials is about the first ever Mickey-themed ride attraction. The ride is coming to the Hollywood Studios and is replacing the Parks Great Movie Ride attraction. The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will allow guests to experience the amazing world of Mickey Mouse Cartoons from the Disney Channel. Also according to officials the unique ride will feature new technologies, it will be a “2 and a half-dimension” ride and riders don’t have to wear 3-D glasses to enjoy the same. The officials also added that the ride is expected to be a “mousterpiece” with maximum hidden Mickeys ever.

Toy Story Land - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land – Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Among the other big revelations made on the occasion include Toy Story Land, which is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018. Also we have the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired and “Ratatouille”-inspired attractions for Epcot. These two landmark projects are expected to open just in time when the Disney Orlando Resort will celebrate its 50 th anniversary in 2021. The year 2021 will also witness the advent of a new Tron attraction that will occupy an entirely new area, next to Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.

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sesame street kids land - SeaWorld Orlando

A New Sesame Street Kids Land For SeaWorld Orlando Fans Soon

SeaWorld Orlando guests will be able to experience a live version of Sesame Street in a few years from now. Expected to open by the fall of 2022, the new land is seen as one of the key projects in taking the experience to next level. While the design and features are yet to be determined, speculations suggest the possibilities of a never before marine experience with rides, parade and shows with Sesame Street characters. In fact the new land is expected to be something – which is more immersive than what the Sesame Street Bay of Play kiddie attractions in SeaWorld San Diego and San Antonio parks or the Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens Tampa has to offer.

The new themed land is replacing SeaWorld Orlando’s Shamu’s Happy Harbor – a play area with an array of children’s rides and net climb. Sesame Street has a more subtle presence in Orlando till now. The characters used to appear on special holiday shows and events only. Given the new Land coming in 2022, Sesame Street fans will have the live version of the popular TV show for the first time – where kids will enjoy the scenes and sights in company with live characters such as Big Bird, Elmo and others.

SeaWorld’s relationship with Sesame Workshop (the creators of the Sesame Street) is 37 years old. The long-running partnership between the companies has led to the birth of some of the most extraordinary Sesame Street attractions across the various parks with the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens locations in San Diego and San Antonio. And soon we will have an entire Sesame Street Kids Land for the Orlando Resort as well.

Back in 1980, came the original Sesame Place, built over 14 acres of land in the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The latest revelation of a second theme park of its kind is another most exciting prospect in the offing. Location for the new Sesame Place theme park is yet to be determined by the Company. But there are possibilities suggesting that SeaWorld Orlando could be the new location for the upcoming project. The new Sesame Place theme park is opening in 2021, one year ahead of the new Sesame Street Kids Land in Orlando.

Mobile Order - Disney World's Food Ordering Service

Mobile Order – Disney World’s Newest Food Ordering Experience

The opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on May 27, 2017 is also the day that marks the beginning of a new food ordering era for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mobile Order – the newest food ordering service will add another step towards making theme park visit simpler and easier. The Satu’li Canteen in Pandora is the first restaurant to offer the new food ordering service. The unique service is soon expanding to other locations of its kind within the Park as well. Also it seems the time is not far when guest will have such quick Mobile Order service at various other locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Mobile Order option is found in the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. The all new mobile based feature enables you to order your favorite food items from anywhere within the park. To use the new food ordering option is simple and easy. Just logon to My Disney Experience app and tap on the image of your character. Once inside you should scroll down to – My Plans and tap the “Order Food” option. Choose ‘Dining‘ from the top and then select the restaurant of your choice and tap the ‘Order Food‘ button.

You then have to select the menu items you and your family wanted to have and do a final review of the order before making the payment from the app itself. At present the app is accepting payment from credit and debit cards only. Guests visiting the Park with special discount offers, Disney dining plans or Disney Gift Cards for that matter have to place the order in person at the respective restaurants.

Once the other is placed and payment is made, you simply have to walk to the restaurant and press the ‘I’m Here, Prepare My Order‘ button. The restaurant will be aware of your presence and start the order. The app will then notify you when the food is ready to enjoy. And once the notification arrived, you just have to go to the area that says ‘Mobile Order Pick Up‘ – where you will received the meal you have ordered.

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New SeaWorld Attractions 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Offers Unbelievable New Experiences This Summer

For SeaWorld Orlando fans it’s a whole new world of thrills and entertainments this summer. With its newest 2017 additions and offerings the marine entertainment giant is transforming into a place you have never seen before. Whether it’s the newly modified version of legendary kraken roller coaster –Kraken Unleashed, or the vibrant new night-time attraction – Electric Ocean, the bubble spectacular – POP or the all-new Dolphin Nursery, SeaWorld is taking the experience to next level. So if you are planning your next Orlando theme park visit this summer, don’t forget to include the SeaWorld trip. The premier marine resort is offering you a bunch of never before attractions and adventures aptly described as – What’s Next Is Now.

Kraken Unleashed - SeaWorld's newest coaster experience

Kraken Unleashed – SeaWorld’s newest coaster experience


If you are a thrill seeker, get ready to stare into the teeth of the fastest sea monster ever. The revamped Kraken Unleashed brings to life a first of its kind VR – virtual reality experience on the SeaWorld’s famous floor-less roller coaster. Riders on-board the newly re-designed coaster will explore additional thrills with uniquely designed virtual reality headsets. As it soars to a great height, you plunge to new depths down underneath the sea, discovering new secrets and surprises. The mythical world of the legendary sea monster comes to life as you race through underwater canyons and deep, dark hunting ground of the beast himself. The minimum height requirement for this ride is 54 inches.

POP - Bubble Spectacular - SeaWorld Orlando

POP – Bubble Spectacular – SeaWorld Orlando


The all-new POP in another spectacular highlight that will blow your minds. POP brings to life a highly imaginative and innovative, multi-sensory bubble spectacular that connects you to the wonders of the ocean like never before. This one of a kind offerings of SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary features a unique fusion of natural wonders and amazing bubble artistry by world-famous bubble masters. With an incredible mix of music, lights, lasers and bubbles (big and small) POP is an experience both mysterious and inspiring.

Electric Ocean - SeaWorld Orlando nighttime event

Electric Ocean – SeaWorld Orlando nighttime event


SeaWorld dazzles even more at sunset. The new night-time spectacular Electric Ocean transforms the place into a vibrant and sparkling world of music, dance and party like no other. During the event you will immerse into the exotic underwater world – where playful sea creatures greet you with their awe-inspiring performances, where world class DJ’s transforms the night into electrifying, fun-filled family experience for all times to come.

New Dolphin Nursery

New Dolphin Nursery


SeaWorld’s all-new Dolphin Nursery is again a great 2017 summer offering by the Resort. It comes with a whole new view of the beauty of life in the underwater world, featuring new born bottlenose dolphins with their moms in a playful natural settings like never before.

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