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.

Epcot Back in Blooms: The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns

Walt Disney World Resort

Some say Florida doesn’t have an official “Spring” season, but I beg to differ.

Spring most definitely begins in Florida when the more-than-30-million blooms come alive at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

This year is the Festival’s 25th year, and the park again is overflowing with the brightest plants, flowers, trees and topiaries adorning both Future World and World Showcase.

Here are some of the top things you shouldn’t miss at the Festival:

  • Gardens, Gardens and More Gardens: In addition to all the natural flora throughout the park, the Walt Disney World horticulture squad has curated some truly breathtaking gardens for our guests this year. New garden destinations this year include “The How-To Garden” and “The Imagination Play Garden” which are perfect for adults and kids to enjoy together. Returning favorites include “The Goodness Garden Butterfly House” and “The Water Wise Garden,” which showcase environmental responsibility as well as just being fun!
  • Outdoor Kitchens: What would an Epcot Festival be without fun food and drinks? 15 Outdoor Kitchens this year grace World Showcase, with the newest being “The Honey Bee-Stro,” which features Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée; Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese; and Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses. These dishes were created to showcase multiple honey varietals in creative and exciting ways. Returning Outdoor Kitchen favorites include “The Berry Basket” (featuring a lamb chop with quinoa salad and blackberry gastrique) and “THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brew” (featuring a pulled-pork slider and warm chocolate cake with Bourbon-salted caramel sauce and spiced pecans). YUM!
  • Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration: One of the beloved characters from Disney animated short cartoons, Spike the honeybee, has been “pollen-nating” throughout the Festival. In this springtime scavenger hunt, gardeners of all ages can follow Spike on his pollination trail around World Showcase, where he will “bee” busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens at Epcot. To get started, purchase your map and stickers at Port of Entry. Available while supplies last.
  • Garden Rocks Concert Series: Each Friday through Monday of the Festival (what we like to call a “Disney Weekend”), favorite artists from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s will rock out at the America Gardens Theatre. Night Ranger kicks off the series March 2-5, and Rick Springfield, Survivor and Lonestar are just some of the popular rock and rollers in the lineup. Each night, there will be three performances – 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – and guests can pair a wonderful meal at several of our Epcot restaurants with reserved concert seating in a nice package. Click here for Garden Rocks dining package availability or call 407-WDW-DINE.
  • Character Topiaries: Locations throughout the park feature some of the most beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar characters including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and The Tramp and Buzz Lightyear.
  • Merchandise: Guests will find a wealth of hats, T-shirts, mugs and other fun Festival merchandise throughout Future World and World Showcase. I can’t resist anything with Figment on it; so you KNOW I’ll be buying some.
  • Tours: One of the great ways to get the “inside track” on the Festival or the latest in gardening techniques is to take one of the tours offered during the Festival. There are tours of The Land pavilion greenhouses and the “Gardens of the World – Spring Edition.” There is also the daily Royal Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion that includes a tea tasting. Guests can find out more about the tours here or call 407-WDW-TOUR.

If you’re coming out to this year’s festival, plan on more than one day to see, smell, hear, touch and taste everything. You surely can’t do it all in one!

For more information about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call us at 1-877-406-4836 or for discount Disney tickets to this event.


Happy gardening!

Seven Seas Food Festival -Sea World Orlando 2018

It’s a Delicious Mix of New & Returning Favorites with World Class Entertainments at Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld Orlando fans are having a great time with food and entertainment as the on-going Seven Seas Food Festival is leaving no stone unturned in its quest for a delicious and fun-filled experience. Powered with awe-inspiring culinary marketplaces (includes both new and returning favorites) and world – class musical acts it seems the 2018 Festival is even more exciting than last year when it was celebrated for the first time. Starting February 17 through April 15, 2018, each Saturday and Sunday it will be an amazing discovery of flavors from around the world, including local craft brews, wines and spirits. And to top it up you have the incredible concerts – live performances by top music artists on every select dates.

The Seven Seas Food Festival is comparatively a new event that SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating annually for the last two years now. It offers you a taste – adventure unlike any other. Seven Seas Food Festival is an exciting discovery of global delicacies, including local and Latin flavors – served by a selection of most amazing marketplaces right in the middle of the world’s most incredible marine environments. Also it’s great to know that each and every item you have at the Festival reflects SeaWorld’s commitment towards sustainable foods and farming, featuring organic dishes, regional and sustainable seafood.

Among the favorite culinary marketplaces two of them are the newest to join the list this year, namely the new German Market with delicious servings such as Weiner Schnitzel Slider, and the new All-American Market with servings such as Nathan’s Chicago, New York, & Coney Island Hot Dog Sliders. Among the returning favorites include the last year’s Mediterranean Market, Mexican Market, Caribbean Market, Florida Market, Polynesian Market, North Atlantic Market, Pacific Coast Market, Brazilian Market, Gulf Coast Market, and Asian Market. The taste adventure also includes special BBQ dishes as well.

The world – class concert series is another important part of the Festival that leaves you dancing, singing and rocking like never before. Don’t miss the fun at Bayside Stadium area of the Park. Here you experience the best of musical acts put up by top country, rock and Latin music artists. The last updated list of performances include big names such as – Alabama, Chris Young, Daughtry, Hanson, Hunter Hayes, Easton Corbin, America, Eli Young Band, El Gran Combo, and more. The concerts start at 5pm and are included with your regular park admission or sea world tickets. However you have to pay extra fee for the special food items in the Festival. Special upgrades such as sampling lanyards for specialty dining are also available at extra cost.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Fest Returns with Exciting New Cuisine and Concerts

Busch Gardens Tampa Florida is celebrating its annual Food & Wine Festival – starting March 3, 2018 through April 29, 2018 on Saturdays and Sundays. The favourite spring – time Fest brings to you the best of culinary and concert experiences, featuring new dishes, wines, and world-class musical acts from some of the biggest names in music today.

The 2018 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival presents a total of 13 culinary cabins packed with new and favourite dishes, including a large selection of wines, brews and cocktails. From brie grilled cheese to fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, Korean-style ribs to lobster tart with leeks and Swiss cheese, and over 65 wines and 50 beers and specialty cocktails, it’s a whole world of tastes to be explored.

TLC Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival-2018 Concerts

TLC Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival-2018 Concerts

Along with cuisine, concerts are the life and soul of the Event too. A total of 18 top artists will take over the stage on Gwazi Field. Be prepared to re-live the dream of the ‘90s once again at Busch Gardens. The 2018 Fest comes with an incredible concert line-up, featuring big names such as Boyz II Men, Michael Bolton, TLC, and more.
The schedule for all upcoming concerts is as follows – Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain – March 3, and Grupo Niche – March 4. The Fray – March 10, and Southern Uprising Tour with Travis Tritt, Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws – March 11. Olga Tanon – March 17, and Goo Goo Dolls – March 18. Better Than Ezra and Tonic – March 24, and Michael Bolton – March 25. Boyz II Men – March 31, and Natalie Grant – April 1. Hank Williams Jr. – April 7, and TLC – April 8. Bret Michaels – April 14, and TBA – April 15. All Americal Rejects – April 21, and Cole Swindell – April 22. Flo Rida – April 28, and Kaleo and Bleachers – April 29. All concerts starts at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Entry to the Event is included with the regular busch gardens tickets and passes. However, while the concerts are free, food and beverages are not. You have to pay extra fee for that. The Event also offers a special VIP upgrade for those willing to take the experience even further. The VIP package includes priority concert seating and sample foods.

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.

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.

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.

Orlando’s National Treasure Right Next Door at The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Travelers from around the world come to Central Florida everyday. Most visitors are not aware that Orlando has a very unique national treasure within an hours drive, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Mixed in with the Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, Kennedy Space Center was here before them all. When you say NASA to pretty much anyone on the planet, they understand what and where you are talking about. This was the place to be back in the late 1960’s as this was the place where we sent our brave astronauts to the moon,

The Kennedy Space Visitors Complex in Cocoa Beach, Florida is only about a 50 minute ride from the Orlando attractions. The entire experience can be visited in a day while some spend a few days engaged in their behind the scene’s adventures. If one was a science and space admirer, then there are a few very things one could do to make their dreams of spaceflight come true while staying here on good old terra firma. First and foremost the standard KSC ticket gets you pretty the whole shabang! This ticket will allow you to visit the welcome center where they have the rocket garden, IMAX-3D, Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit with the Shuttle Launch Experience as well gift shops and places to grab a bite to eat.

The next step of the adventure will take you on a restricted area tour that transports you by bus to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Here you can stay as long as you like while observing a real life Saturn V rocket that is on display. Have you ever wanted to touch the moon? Here you can do just that. Touch the moon and talk with actual Astronauts about their experiences flying in space. If you are one of the lucky travelers on a special day of a rocket launch, the Saturn V building is the place to be. Check with the current calendar for these once in a lifetime opportunities!

If the general admission ticket is not enough, check out the upgrades and have lunch with an astronaut. Here you will have a buffet lunch all while listening to a guest astronaut speak of their space explorations. You can even ask that question you have always wanted to know about traveling in space! Next you can check out the KSC- Up-Close Tour or visit mission control at the KSC-Close Launch Control Center Tour. Whatever the experience is, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex has a little bit of everything for everybody.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s “Rivers of Light” Show to be Park’s Greatest Show of all Time

If you have ever been to a theme park, there always seems to be one common thread that they all share and that is a epic show of some kind. Whether it be a fireworks finale, courtyard dance off or a parade, shows seem to be a big hit among travelers of all ages. The newest addition to this line-up is Disney’s Animal Kingdom with their Rivers of Light show. It will be on display over by the Mt. Everest rollercoaster and visible from the Asia area of the park and over to the Finding Nemo show area on the lake.

Currently, if you go over to the Animal Kingdom there is a lot of construction going on. The work being done on the new Rivers of Light show seem to be almost done with the exception of a few walls put up to keep prying eyes out. The lake is surrounded by special effects areas with high-tech lighting surrounding the area. Projectors will be shown on a water screen and guests will be able to view scenes of animal spirits as two tour guides tell the tales of what’s to come. Lanterns will dance on the lagoon as your story hosts are taken out into the lagoon.

Probably the coolest thing will be that he parks iconic centerpiece, The Tree of Life will be the backdrop of the show. It will be illuminated by fireflies and lights making it a truly beautiful addition to the new show. Disney had to reach out to design talents like master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature. It will truly be a much needed addition to the park as there is no night time entertainment and guests have been leaving the park fairly early since Animal Kingdom was introduced to the Disney family.

The new show should be ready for guests viewing pleasure within the next few months and we will be here keeping you updated. If you are planning a family vacation and need assistance with purchasing you discount Animal Kingdom tickets, please call our office at 1-877-406-4836 or visit us on the web at http://www.officialticketcenter.com/disney-tickets.aspx today!