inline imageSesame Street is coming to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa for a Halloween season of not-too-spooky fun for families this autumn, including over half term.

Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favourite furry friends from Sesame Street as Count von Count, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and others take to the stage in ‘Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween’ show, where the Count is feeling lonely and it’s up to the audience and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song-filled stage show that invites families to dance, play and sing along.

Families can also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and even meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

For this special event, starting in 22 September, children can dress in Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.

At Busch Gardens, Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are returning every weekend in October, including half term. New for 2018, families can tune into the ‘Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show' starring Count von Count.

Children are again welcome to dress in Halloween costumes and dance along as Count von Count serves as master of scare-emonies to lead his Sesame Street pals through his favourite tunes in the new stage show.

Families can even opt to dine with Sesame Street characters at both theme parks. At Busch Gardens, the ‘Lunch with Elmo and Friends' buffet every Saturday and Sunday during the Halloween season will let children enjoy hugs and high fives with sing-a-longs, dance parties, and special photo opportunities.

At SeaWorld, ‘Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast' features a delicious buffet enjoyed with the furriest characters in town. The breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike.

Plus, there is even more to see and do over the Halloween season, with a special seasonal twist to popular show ‘Pet’s Ahoy’ at SeaWorld, a chance to meet a mermaid in SeaWorld’s mermaid grotto, and autumn-inspired activities at Gwazi Field in Busch Gardens, including a hay maze, pumpkin ring toss and much more.

For thrill seekers, there are Halloween scares to be had after dark at Busch Gardens at Howl-O-Scream. One of central Florida’s premier scare events, Howl-O-Scream is not for the faint of heart. The 2018 event features new haunted houses, scare zones and the chance to ride a coaster with a monster.

















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inline imageIf you are visiting Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights this year you may need something comforting to calm your nerves, if so then try biting into one of these delicious treats.

Triple Decker Extravaganza
San Francisco Bakery

If you’re a fan of “Stranger Things,” you’ll recognize this inspired creation. Up your Instagram game with this triple-decker featuring three waffles filled with layers of whipped cream, chocolate, peanut butter morsels and jelly beans.



Bananas Foster
San Francisco Bakery

Two waffles with banana cream cheese and hazelnut spread, topped with raisins, walnuts, whipped cream and a bananas foster sauce.



Strawberry Shortcake
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two waffles, fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.



Fudge Dipped Waffle on a Stick
Benny’s Burgers, New York Area



Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae
Louie’s Gelato Window

The ultimate ice cream sandwich with 2 chocolate chip waffles and stuffed with strawberry ice cream. Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, chopped peanuts, and of course, a cherry!

inline imageIlluminations, Disney's Firework and Laser show has been entertaining guests at Walt Disney World's EPCOT theme park for nearly 20 years and now will see it's last performance at the end of summer next year.

Don't worry though Disney is currently planning and creating a brand new spectacular show to replace Illuminations immediately after it finishes.

Illuminations has entertained millions of guests gathered around World Showcase Lagoon sharing the light and a story since it debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. During the coming year, Disney will be celebrating this classic show, so you still have plenty of time to experience it.

inline imageBusch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to solidify its position as Florida’s thrill leader with the announcement of Tigris, a new triple-launch steel rollercoaster which will be Florida’s tallest launch coaster, roaring to the park in spring 2019.

An innovative experience, Tigris will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists, moving both forwards and backwards, with breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat: the tiger.

"Tigris will be a strong addition to our family of world-class thrill rides. With three intensely exciting launch points, this ride is unlike anything we have in our coaster collection," said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

"This new attraction is a testament to our continued investment in the park, bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests."

To further solidify Busch Gardens’ reign as Florida’s thrill ride leader, more news is on the horizon – a second new thrill ride will be coming to the Gwazi area of the park in 2020.

The two new thrill rides will join a top-rated list of favorites for coaster enthusiasts, including Cheetah Hunt, the park’s longest coaster, SheiKra, a 200-foot tall floorless dive coaster, Falcon’s Fury, a 335-foot freestanding drop tower, and Montu, Kumba, and Cobra’s Curse to name a few.

Taking its name from that of the world’s largest cat species, Panthera tigris, the new Tigris attraction is being constructed in the Stanleyville area of the theme park, adjacent to Jungala, which houses the park’s endangered Bengal tigers. Busch Gardens is also home to Malayan tigers – a subspecies with less than 500 individuals in the wild. The park’s resident cats are an integral part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.

More than 100,000 tigers stalked the grasslands and forests of Asia just 100 years ago. Now, every remaining subspecies of this big cat are endangered, and fewer than 4,000 total tigers remain in the wild. Threats to tiger populations include poaching, human encroachment on vital tiger habitat, deforestation and loss of vital prey species.

The Tigris queue will include educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists – including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund – are doing to help save them. In addition, the purchase of any merchandise in the Tigris gift shop will help make a difference, with 5% of the sales price donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.










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inline imageToday, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted houses coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

For the first time ever, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at their Halloween Horror Nights events. Each park will feature its very own maze that will give guests the chance to brave the Upside Down and encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from season one of the critically-acclaimed series.



The images showcase some of the eerily-authentic environments guests will encounter at Halloween Horror Nights 2018 – including the Byers’ living room adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, Hawkins National Laboratory in the Upside Down, Will’s makeshift fort called Castle Byers and more.

https://youtu.be/BbJt9NqN2Wg

Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14 in Orlando

inline imageStarting today, 2nd September, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure introduce the 'Back To Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt'.

Choose-your-own-adventure photo scavenger hunt that will take you on an adventure through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Are you ready to choose your own unique path back to Hogwarts? Follow these steps:

  • Pick up a Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt map at these following locations:
    • IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
      • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
      • Universal Studios Store
    • IN UNIVERSAL’S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
      • Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
      • Islands of Adventure Trading Company
  • The scavenger hunt takes place on Twitter. Open Twitter via the website or the app to get started.
  • Begin your journey in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade. The scavenger hunt map will inform you the accounts to open, which will prompt a tweet with a question.
    • If you have a Park-to-Park ticket and can experience the scavenger hunt across both lands, it’s encouraged to start in Diagon Alley where you can begin anywhere in the land. For Hogsmeade, start at Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station.
  • Share your experience each step with #BackToHogwarts and #WizardingWorldOrlando on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook. Be sure to include you and your group in the photos!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Scavenger Hunt Map


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Scavenger Hunt Map


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inline imageDisney has announced a new character dining experience is to open at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 'Artist Point'.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest like setting inspired by Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and you’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

This immersive character dinner takes place amidst the rustic elegance and exceptional dining that Artist Point is known for. You'll enjoy a uniquely themed prix fixe menu, including shared starters, a choice of individual plated entrees and ‘sweet spells’ to finish the meal.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is slated to begin this winter. Artist Point will continue as a signature restaurant through 10 Nov 2018, before switching over to character dining.

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WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
11:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
~to~
10:00pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:30pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
9:00am
~to~
8:30pm
Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
10:00am
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5:00pm
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
9:00am
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8:00pm
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
8:00am
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5:00pm
Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay
10:00am
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7:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
10:00am
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6:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Legoland
Legoland
10:00am
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6:00pm
Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park
10:30am
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5:00pm
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Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
8:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
12:00am
Walt Disney StudiosCalifornia Adventure 8:00am
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10:00pm
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Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
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10:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosDisney Studios 10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:00pm
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