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IMMERSE in Orlando 2019

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IMMERSE  in Orlando 2019

One of the most unique artistic offerings in the Orlando is Immerse, presented by the Creativity Project and made possible by  the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This event takes place in the street and public Areas of downtown Orlando and isdue to happen in October 18-19.

Immerse is interactive and inspiring and just plain immersive  and you’ll see everything from breakdance to ballet, small ensembles to full orchestras. There’ll be large scale art installation and mind bending displays inviting you to join in the spectacle and it’s mostly suitable for all ages except  for the last two hours  every evening when IMMERSE  moves into the PG13 territory

Funky Wunks in Action

Funky Wunks

With more than 1000 artists taking part many from more than 100 arts organisations and collectives , including Orlando ballet, Opera Orlando  and central florida commiunity Arts Jazz Band IMMERSE really does have something for everyone. There are also some new acts to be seen with performances and interactive installations from over the USA and abroad including the international phenomenon that is the BLUE MAN GROUP, celebrating the power of human connection via art, music and comedy, Architects of Air creating huge inflatable environments to invite guests to explore winding paths, inspirational domes and colourful light corridors , which can be seen at DrPhillips Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza until October 27.

Architects in Air

Immerse is very affordable  – general admission tickets are only $10  – that includes the   BLUE MAN GROUP performances andthere are other packages including VIP ones available. All in all there are hundreds of creative experiences at IMMERSE that you can’t find anywhere else. IMMERSE is for Art Lovers and people who think they  don’t like art at all  – You have to see it to believe it

Walt Disney World Resort service for Guests with Special Needs

 

A great time can be had for guests with any type of disability at the OrlandoTheme Parks including WDW. Probably the best option to avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day , is to go early in the morning, having a break midday and then returning in the evening. The theme Parks Guest Services centres and can provide assistance for guests with special needs and the guest services centres can be found close to the entrance at each park.

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Walt Disney World Resort Services for Guests with Special Needs

A comprehensive guide for guests with cognitive disabilities including autism is available from Walt Disney World and they also provide one for guests with mobility disabilities. This latter guide also includes information about which attractions allow guests to remain in wheelchairs

Visitors who cannot wait in lines can obtain a Disability Access Service (DAS) pass at any Guest Services Lobby, where a photograph will be taken at registration to ensure the pass is not abused. TheDAS provides the guest and 5 other party members with a return time when the wait is more than 25 minutes. Once given a return time the DAS works like the FastPass+ program

Guests with cognitive disabilities can take a break in one of the several quiet areas in the WDW theme parks

If there are more than two adults in the party and a child does not want to or cannot ride an attraction , families can make use of the Rider Switch option

Almost all attractions have a wheelchair accessible queue ir and alternate entrance to ensure guests can ride the attraction . Some attractions require guests in wheelchairs to transfer into the ride vehicle.

 

 

It is possible to rent wheelchairs and electric scooters near the entrance of WDW parks if you don’t already have one. There are even pool wheelchairs for use at the water parks

If you have a valid disabled parking placard valet parking is free at WDW

Most food allergies and special dietary needs can be accommodated if you let a cast member, server or manager know and guests can also bring food and snacks into the park.

Guests with cognitive special needs should bring a bracelet or name tag, headphones or earplugs, a favorite device ,reinforcers for good behaviour and a sensory toy if needed

Parking for the Magic Kingdom is at WDW TTC . from there guests can transfer by monorail to MK or Ep , ferry to mk and busses to other parks. Parking for the other disney parks is located in front of the parks’ entrances . All parks have trams to take guests from their car to the entrance and back again when its time to go home. Disability parking is located at the front of each parking lot

Should you lose a party member , immediately make contact with WDW cast member who will help you and bring you to the lost persons location. WDW suggest that family members with cognitive disabilities should be provided with a name tag to and a photo taken of them in case they get lost or tend to wander off

photos courtesy of Michael Holden – Thank you Michael

Orlando Festivals For Foodies This Fall

Visit Orlando Magical Dining Event. There are more than 120 of Orlando’s best restaurants offering three course, prix fixe dinners for just $35. This is the 14th year for the Magical Dining and it’s all for a good cause as local charities will  benefit to the tune of $1 for every meal served. So round up your family, friends and colleagues and plan to enjoy magical meals at fantastic prices all the while supporting a great cause

Epcot International  Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

This world famous, festival at Walt Disney World Resort has been running since 1995 and has inspired several other Orlando area food festivals  It’s included with admission to Epcot and will run for 87 days from August 29 to November 23.  The festival gives you the opportunity to sample food and drinks from more the 30 Global Marketplaces.. There are plenty of old favourites returning and some new ones also such as `Cool Wash where you can create frozen beverages and the shimmering sips mimosa bar.  The menu choices are complemented by special events and live entertainment beginning with the 249 Eat to the Beat concerts.

This year’s festival also has special events for children, including Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt and the popular Candy Sushi interactive experience. Last but not least, expect a wealth of new merchandise commemorating the festival as Chef Minnie joins Chef Mickey for a sprinkle of fun. 

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends, Sept. 7 – Oct. 27)

This event isn’t just back by popular demand, its also been expanded to run for 8 weekends, 6 of which run along with the Halloween SPooktacular  at Seaworld. You have the opportunity to sample more than 100 Floridian craft beers on draft as well as international and domestic favourites. And if course you can’t taste beers with out a bite to eat so come hungry as the are a selection os gourmet dishes designed to complement the beers.  Admission is included in the park admission

 

Wonderfall Food and Beverage Guided Tour at Disney Springs

Running form September 20, foodies can savour the comforting  spicy fall flavours  courtesy of special menus at the restaurants through out Disney Springs

Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando September 13 -November 24 

just  minutes from WDW the Waldorf Astoria Orlando  is offering 11 weekends packed with impressive menus of mouthwatering gourmet treats paired with  exquisite wines.These are ticketed events.

The Wheel at ICON Park, Orlando

Right in the middle of Orlando’s world famous International Drive is the  20 acre, walkable entertainment destination called ICON Park. It’s the ideal place to ride, dine, drink and explore as  ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, cool bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, an amazing ferris wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air.

Previously known as the Orlando Eye, the Wheel at Icon Park is a 400 feet tall must-do, unmissable  ferris wheel , that towers over Orlando. The Wheel has 30 climate-controlled pods that can accommodate up to 15 people. Every  rotation takes about 22 minutes, giving you plenty of time to be amazed by Central Florida’s most spectacular views.

There is a multitude of options to spice up your date night at ICON Park. For a start off, watch the glimmering Orlando skyline then enjoy diverse cuisine, bars, live entertainment, and the Wheelhouse Market with local craft beer. Adventurous couples enjoy our Sky Bar with an open beer and wine bar. Plus, parking is always free!

Orlando Eye

Orlando Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

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How would you like to start the day watching  the sun rise over Orlando in a hot-air balloon. You could see the orange groves, forests and  swamps of central Florida as well as looking down on the  big-name Orlando attractions and celebrate at the end of the flight with a Champagne cost and post -flight snacks

As the sun rises and you float above Orlando, you will see the city in a totally different way from the air. Your guide will point out the sights, from the theme parks to the orange groves and forests of the countryside. And to make it even more special your trip will end with complimentary snacks and beverages.

You will meet your guide  and crew, near Orlando, about one hour before sunrise, when you will watch the crew fire up the balloon and prepare it for the flight. Once it’s ready , you climb in and  like all good flights there’s a safety briefing from the pilot. You will fly for approximately one hour and during this time you will watch the sunrise as you pass over the orange groves and possibly The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Universal Studios.

When you come back down to earth, at the start point, you will be offered mimosas and snacks  – non alcoholic beverages are also available and you will be presented with your certificate of ascension by the pilot

 

 

Orlando Carnival – Downtown Orlando

Orlando Carnival

The 32nd Annual Orlando Carnival will be hosted by Original Orlando Carnival Association. Downtown Orlando on Sunday, May 26 2019 is the location for the Carnival and the fun all kicks off at noon.

For the past 32 years, the Caribbean Carnival culture has been presented, preserved and promoted, promoted through the Carnival celebration in Orlando. The Orlando  Caribbean style carnival is very much like the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations . We utilize the brightly colored costumes, rhythmic music, and a combination of dance that is truly Caribbean.

Orlando Carnival

The Orlando Carnival is a family-friendly festival filled with pageantry and a weekend of parties that celebrate the Caribbean culture. Festival visitors are in for a great treat with live music, arts & crafts vendors and more, you can experience the rhythmic sounds of Caribbean music, steelpan music and savour  the tastes of  authentic Caribbean food. Come out and celebrate with the Caribbean American community with from many Caribbean Islands and Countries including Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, St. Vincent, Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, Belize, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and many other islands and various states in the USA.

Orlando Carnival

Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal City Walk

For inquiries or help buying tickets, call (407) BLUE-MAN (258-3626).

Blue Man Group OrlandoIf you are looking for an outrageous, unforgettable evening, full of originality, energy, and fun, head to Universal Orlando Resort, where you will be amazed by the music, comedy and technology of the renowned Blue Man Group.Its a comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. You will have superb views of the futuristic stage so allow yourself to be mesmerized by science and incredible performance in technicolor.

What to Expect
A live Blue Man Group show, which is performed with no spoken words, has lots of excitement a little mischief . Prebook your preferred show time, then head to Universal CityWalk and take your seat, which has been reserved in the custom built theater and as you wait for the show to begin, admire the fabulous venue — complete with outrageous instruments, mechanics and technology. Watch out if you’re in the front four rows , you’ll be given a poncho, because you might get splashed form the stage!!!!
This three-man ensemble show was conceived more than 25 years ago and Blue Man Group performances now enjoy international acclaim and have drawn more than 35 million viewers worldwide.The vibrant lights, staging and expert choreography, guarantee a rocking night of interactive entertainment for adults and kids!
So, sit back and immerse yourself in a multi-sensory experience full of laughter, innovation, visual displays and music along with a bumping original Blue Man Group music score.

Admission to Universal Orlando is not required in order to see this show. Blue Man Group OrlandoHere’s a couple of Reviews

12/31/2017 Never seen this show before and this was awesome. I recommend everyone to see this. Well worth the money. From Palm Bay Florida

Cha Riz
We had a blast!! My son was sooooo happy we went and Hubby got to participate too!! I highly recommend this show. Its for everyone!!

MEGACON ORLANDO May 16 through May 19, 2019

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MEGACON Orlando
16 May 2019 – 19 May 2019
Orange County Convention Center
9400 International Drive
Orlando
FL32810

Admission: Varies

Attracting over 100,000 fans each year across four big days, The Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, MEGACON, Orlando is coming to 9800 International Drive .

Fans can get an autograph or a photo with their favorite celebrity, watch professional comic artists battle it out in popular Sketch Duels, learn from “How To” workshops, and take photos with their favorite costumed characters. With over 400,000 square feet of shopping, MEGACON is also a great place to buy unique gifts.delorean magacon orlando

The stars of the 1985 classic, Back to the Future, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd as well as rare reunions by Boy Meets World, Smallville and The Goonies are all happening at this years event

Other celebrity guests include Zachary Levi of Shazam!, David Tennant and Billie Piper of Doctor Who, Kiefer Sutherland of 24, along with many others. You won’t want to miss it!

2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Orlando

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2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
6 March 2019 – 3 June 2019
Admission: Free with Park Admission

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Welcome the arrival of Spring with a multisensory selection of flamboyant displays and memorable experiences.

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival is a fun-filled destination for Guests of all ages—and the perfect place for nearly every member of the family to feed their sense of curiosity and discovery. With so much to see and do, you’ll uncover something new with every single visit!

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Highlights may include:

Scrumptious bites and ldrinks at various outdoor kitchens
Numerous world-famous, Disney-themed topiaries
Amazing garden spaces and wildlife habitats
Inspiring exhibits, a “How-To” Garden and engaging tours
An outdoor concert series featuring fan-favorite bands and more – now 7 days a week!

Garden Rocks Concert Series 2019 Lineup:
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone
May 1 through 4
Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
May 5 through 7
A Flock of Seagulls – NEW!
May 8 through 9
Marshall Tucker Band – NEW to Garden Rocks!
May 10 through 11
Richard Marx – NEW to Garden Rocks!
May 14 through 15
Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
May 16 through 19
Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
May 20 through 21
War – NEW!
May 22 through 23
The Guess Who
May 24 through 27
Jon Secada
May 28 through 29
Blood, Sweat and Tears
May 30 through June 1
All entertainment is subject to change without notice.