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.

 

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.

Halloween Horror NIghts 2018

Dates, Ticket Deals for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

It’s never too early to get ready for the next big trip to the Nation’s premier Halloween Event. While the annual fall Fest is still months away, starting September 14 through November 3, 2018, special packages and ticket deals for HHN-28 are on sale already. For Universal Orlando Halloween fans this is a great opportunity – just grab the best available offers in advance. Halloween Horror Nights Fest is one of the most anticipated events of its kind. And given the huge seasonal crowds, it’s always better to have the tickets early as possible. So plan your dates accordingly and take advantage of the initial ticket deals the Resort is offering for that scariest theme park experience ever.

The dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2018 as per the Universsal website are as follows – September 14 – 16, 20 – 23, 28 – 30 | October 3-7, 10 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 28, and 31 | November 1- 3.

The special limited-time ticket deal, which is on sale for HHN-28 come with great savings and a second fright nights for free. It allows admission for two select nights and is priced at $77.99. You can select any night of the Event except Saturday and you will get a second non-Saturday night of the Event for free. The special ticket deal is available on sale until June 6, 2018. The Resort is also offering a Horror Nights hotel package that allows four – night hotel stay, including four days of admissions to the three Universal Orlando parks – Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay Water Park, and of- course admission to HHN-28 for two select nights if booked on or before June 6, 2018. Prices for the special hotel package starts at $215. Ticket package can be upgraded with special attractions such as the exclusive Behind the Screams and RIP Tour as well.

HHN-28 is scheduled to run for 34 select nights, from September 14 through November 3, 2018. There is no further detail on additional ticket options yet. Also the Resort has not reveal any detail about the main attractions of the Event. There is no information on the upcoming haunted houses or blood-curdling scare zones for that matter. However, as per the speculations HHN-28 is expected to include a total of nine brand new haunted mazes and five scare zones. Horror fans will have everything from iconic horrors to classic cult to most terrifying and disturbing TV shows.

Please keep visiting the official Universal web-site or you may also want to logon to our Discount Universal Studios Tickets page for the latest updates and discounts on event tickets.

Rock the Universe 2018 - Florida's Biggest Christian Music Festival at Universal orlando

Get Ready for Some Amazing Concerts at Universal Orlando’s ‘Rock the Universe’ Fest 2018

It seems Florida’s biggest Christian music festival – Rock the Universe will create a new masterpiece once again when it returns to Universal Orlando in September, 2018. The special event offers you the most unforgettable weekend of faith and fun that Universal has to offer. Set with an incredible lineup of Christian concerts, with star performers such as TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and Jesus Culture the special event brings to you the best of rock and ride adventures ever.

Rock the Universe festival 2018 brings to you two nights of powerful music – to be held on September 7 and 8, 2018. The special event also includes a Candle-lighting ceremony and a special Fan Zone by Coca-Cola, featuring more live performances and autograph sessions as well. Among the favorite ride attractions that will be available during the event include the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and if all things go as per schedule, probably guests will be able to experience the new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride attraction, slated to debut this spring.

Rock the Universe 2018 - Concerts

Rock the Universe 2018 – Concerts


Rock the Universe is one of the most anticipated annual event. It received a rocking welcome last year too. But sadly it couldn’t continue for the second night due to Hurricane Irma. This year the Event will definitely fulfill all the promises and guests will have a never before rocking weekend for sure. The amazing lineup for this year include – Jesus Culture, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, Red, Zach Williams, and Trip Lee on Friday, September 7, 2018. Followed by Casting Crowns, For King & Country, Family Force 5, Brandon Health, Andy Mineo, and Ryan Stevenson on Sunday, September 8, 2018.

Rock the Universe festival is a hard ticketed event. Not included in regular admissions. Guest will have to pay extra to attend the special Event. Universal typically release tickets for the Event in the month of July. So please keep visiting the official Universal Orlando website for the event tickets. You can also visit our special Universal Studios Tickets page for discount offers on various Universal admissions and updates on the special event tickets.

It’s true that Universal Music Plaza stage is the central attraction of the Event. But you may want to take a break from the main stage and visit the additional experiences the Event has to offer. Located at the New York section of the Park is the FanZone that offers you the opportunity to connect with and take autograph from the favorite artists. In addition to this there is also the Candle-lighting ceremony to be attended at the Music Plaza stage.

Usually, Rock the Universe tickets come in two different choices. You can either go for a one night ticket or two nights. Also special discounts available for annual pass-holders. Entry to the event starts at 4:00 pm in the evening.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL WITH NEW MARDI GRAS MERCHANDIS

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018 is gearing up to be one of the best.

Along with an incredible line-up to the concert list on select nights the new merchandise is giving a musical feel.

Musical notes can be found on the front of the Unisex T-Shirt, surrounding “Mardi Gras Universal Orlando”. The new skull design for 2018 rocks the back of the T-shirt in a shiny finish.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Front of Shirt Tie

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Back of Shirt 2

The skull itself is crafted by musical inspiration. A guitar neck creates the bridge of the nose which goes into a guitar pick. A turn-table is in place of the eyes with piano keys in place of teeth.

You can also find the skull design on this year’s souvenir shot glass and bottle opener.

Mardi Gras Merch - Skull ShotGlass

The lanyard for Mardi Gras 2018, gives a festive graffiti look in colors and design. Crowns, music notes, glimpses of the skull, and even trumpets are displayed across the black lanyard canvas.

Mardi Gras Merch - Lanyard

When it comes to Mardi Gras and merchandise for this high-energy event, one thing can’t be left out – BEADS!

This year, there are beads by the dozens.

If you’re moody like me, we’ve got you covered—happy face on one side, sad face on the other.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Happy Face Beads
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Sad Face Beads
 If you’re one of the lucky ones to find the baby in the King Cake, you can totally sport your royalty. (Yes, there are babies on the beads in the center.)

Mardi Gras Merchandise - It's Good to Be KingQueen Beads

Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando’s biggest party – Mardi Gras. Grab your new gear, eat a beignet, and join the festive parade every night.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is bound to be a time you will never forget – you won’t want to miss this.

Mardi Gras Merchandise - Bottle Opener
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Heart Saints
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Sugar Skull
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Crown Bead
Mardi Gras Merchandise - Masks

Toy Story at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Set to Amaze Guests in 2018

Here in the U.S., Toy Story Land is set to open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018. This land will bring with it all the fun, imagination and beloved characters from the “Toy Story” films.

Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

When it opens, guests visiting the land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other favorite pals are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Rex and Jessie, while Slinky serves as the coaster vehicle. (See photo above for a new look at the track).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.

Bob also shared this amazing behind-the-scenes video that shows the progress that’s being made on Toy Story Lands at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Shanghai Disneyland. (Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland will include three attractions – Rex’s Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Woody’s Round-Up – and is on track to open on April 26, 2018). Take a peek at both in the video above.

Which attraction are you most looking forward to experiencing when Toy Story Land opens this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – or will you make the trip to Shanghai Disneyland? Tell us in the “Comments” section below! To purchase your discount Disney tickets, please call our office at 1-877-406-4836.