Through November 09, 2008: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Disney’s premier fall event held at Epcot. Savor the flavors, sights and sounds from around the world. The daily “Eat to the Beat” concert series includes favorite performers from the 60’s & 70’s. Included with general admission.

November 05 – 09, 2008: Orlando Film Festival – For four days each November, enjoy films and events in different venues around the downtown Orlando area for free. Free admission.

November 06, 2008: 1st Thursday’s – Themed happy hour on the first Thursday of each month at the Orlando Museum of Art from 6pm – 9pm. For more info: 407-896-4231 x 260. Admission charge.

November 06, 2008: Taste of Osceola – A great opportunity to sample delicious food and drink from some of the area’s best restaurants and taverns. Door prizes and business displays. For more info: 407-847-3174. Admission charge.

November 06 – 09, 2008: Children’s Miracle Network Golf Classic Previously known at the FUNAI Classic Golf Tournament. This annual golfing event is held at Disney’s Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses. For more info: 407-824-2250. Admission charge.

November 07, 2008: Date Night at Leu Gardens46Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars at beautiful Leu Gardens. Admission charge.

November 07 – 09, 2008: Festival of the Masters – Meander along at Downtown Disney as you enjoy the creations of artisans displaying original artwork. Lots of extra activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. Award winning national and local fine artists showcase their diverse creations at Downtown Disney West Side. Free admission.

November 08, 2008: Sunset & Symphony Fall Concert – At Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales enjoy an evening of pops and light classics. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert at sunset. For more info: 863-676-1408. Admission charge.

November 09, 2008: Latin Sundays at Old Town – Enjoy live Latin music, beads, prizes and Latin food each Sunday from 2 – 8 pm during the month of November. For more into: 407-396-4888. Free admission.

November 11, 2008: Celebrate Veteran’s DayOrlando Veteran’s Day Parade – held on 11/08/08. Free admission.

November 13, 2008: Alive After Five – The second Thursday of each month, enjoy themed entertainment and activities. For more info: 407-302-2586. Admission charge.

November 13, 2008: Popcorn Flicks in the Park – Each month the Enzian Theater features free movies on the second Thursday of the month at Central Park. For more info: 407 -629-1088. Free admission.

November 14 – 16, 2008: Extravaganza at Renninger’s – Three times a year during the 3rd weekends of November, December and January, thousands of antiques will be on display at Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets in Mount Dora. Purchase a daily or 3 day pass.. For more info: 352-383-8393 or 1-800-522-3555. Admission charge.

November 15, 2008: Fall Jazz Stroll – Leu Gardens will be presenting their annual fall concert under the stars. Bring a picnic basket, blanket and someone to snuggle with. Admission charge.

November 15 – 16, 2008: Orlando Food and Wine Fest – Food and wine for purchase on Robinson Street. For more info: 407-647-5557. Admission charge.

November 15 – 23, 2008: Festival of Trees – Annual nine day event at the Orlando Museum of Art. Preview decorated trees, listen to holiday music and creative gifts while enjoying special daily & evening programs. For more info: 407-896-4231 x 254. Admission charge.

November 16, 2008: Latin Sundays at Old Town – Enjoy live Latin music, beads, prizes and Latin food each Sunday from 2 – 8 pm during the month of November. For more into: 407-396-4888. Free admission.
November 2008

November 15 – 23, 2008: Festival of Trees – Annual nine day event at the Orlando Museum of Art. Preview decorated trees, listen to holiday music and creative gifts while enjoying special daily & evening programs. For more info: 407-896-4231 x 254. Admission charge.

November 17 – January 4, 2009: ICE! – A holiday extravaganza held annually at the Gaylord Palm. Bundle up and preview beautiful ice sculptures. For more info: 407-896-4231 x 254. Admission charge.

November 17, 2008: Storytelling at Leu Gardens – Stories at 3 times for different aged children on the third Monday of the month. For more info: 407-246-2620. Free admission.

November 21, 2008: Mount Dora At Nite – Celebrate the third Friday of each month with live entertainment, great food and shopping in Downtown Mount Dora. For more info: 352-383-5451. Free admission.

November 20, 2008: DOP Social – Held at different locations on select dates, a minimal admission price includes complimentary drinks.

November 21, 2008: Cinema in the Park – Free family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:30pm showing of this month’s movie. For more info: 407-688-5004. Free admission.

November 23, 2008: Latin Sundays at Old Town – Enjoy live Latin music, beads, prizes and Latin food each Sunday from 2 – 8 pm during the month of November. For more into: 407-396-4888. Free admission.

November 23, 2008: Opera Gala Concert – Experience some of the greatest opera music ever written in a live concert at UCF’s Visual Arts Building beginning at 3:00pm. Free admission.

November 27, 2008: Thanksgiving Day – Where to dine
Thanksgiving Day Concerts – At Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales you can reflect on life’s blessings while listening to carillon music during the day. Music will be at 1 & 3 pm on November 27th. For more info: 863-676-1408. Admission charge.

November 28, 2008: Leu’s Holiday House – Leu House is decorated with festive Christmas trees, holiday miniatures and beautiful ornaments garnishing every room. For more info: 407-246-2620. Admission charge.

November 28, 2008: Harbor Nights Wine Tasting & Jazz – Universal Orlando’s Portofino Bay Hotel is host to a wine tasting and jazz event that captures the spirit of the Mediterranean. The event includes select wines, food samples, live jazz and hand-rolled cigars at the hotel’s Harbor Piazza. For more info: 407-503-1200. Admission charge.

November 29, 2008: Light Up Mount Dora – Annual lighting of Donnelly Park and Downtown Mount Dora – with close to 2 million sparkling lights & Santa. For more info: 352-383-2165. Free admission.

November 29 – December 31, 2008: Now Snowing in Downtown Celebration – Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, the Celebration Express, horse drawn carriage rides, and nightly snowfall.

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“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the excitement of a holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes–Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” during a special after-hours party inside the Magic Kingdom theme park. The jingle-jolly event also features live Disney character stage shows, like “Celebrate the Season,” Mickey’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Show and Fantasyland Pavilion Cotillion, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A. Plus, the most-popular Magic Kingdom attractions are open to party guests. For a quarter century Walt Disney World guests have been entertained and mesmerized by this time-honored tradition.

This season, Magic Kingdom there will be 18 evenings of holiday fun: November 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30 and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2008. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests with tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy the holiday splendor with lively stage shows and favorite holiday traditions.

Guests can enjoy festive surprises including an all-new Castle Light Show. Cinderella Castle is adorned with thousands of shimmering white lights, covering the turrets and towers like a glistening blanket of ice. The twinkling lights create an elegant wintry effect perfect for the seasonal celebration. Cinderella joins Mickey, Minnie and the gang for the nightly ceremony light show. Disney characters can also be found throughout the park in holiday garb for meet-and-greets. The dazzling “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” a memorable fireworks spectacle orchestrated to classic holiday melodies will be displayed nightly.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” celebrates the many festive moods of the holiday season, showcasing a series of holiday themes including a Friends and Family Christmastime Party, a sleigh ride through a Winter Wonderland, a romantic Fairy Tale Christmastime, a scrumptious display of Christmastime sweets, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus in a grand finale. And for longtime Disney Christmas parade fans: soldiers, snowflakes and dancing deer are all still in the parade. The parade features original music as well as both classic and current holiday tunes.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party comes with a winter-weather forecast guests can count on – a 100 percent chance of snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A every night. And just in case the sight causes a chill: complimentary hot cocoa and cookies are served. Many popular Magic Kingdom attractions are open to guests.

Admission to the party requires a separate ticket. Discounts are available for advance purchase of tickets. Be aware that many party nights sell out in advance.

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The joy and happiness of the holidays fill Walt Disney World Resort with an assortment of festive entertainment and heartfelt celebrations. Holiday photos1 from Walt Disney World.

1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
More nights of the merry celebration at the Magic Kingdom mean the biggest party ever. Highlights include parades, marching toy soldiers, snow flurries and Santa. This is an evening event that requires a seperate admission.

2. Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights
There are now 5 million “illuminating” reasons to visit the seventh annual Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, the largest residential holiday light display in the world, at Disney-MGM Studios. The display is included in regular admission to Disney-MGM Studios.

3. Candlelight Processional at Epcot
A moving presentation of the traditional Christmas story told by celebrity narrators who are joined by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra. Performances take place nightly at Epcot and is included in the regular admission to Epcot.

4. Holidays Around the World
Traditional celebrations from around the globe add a festive touch at WDW’s Epcot. Special dining packages that include preferred seating for the show are also offered by calling 407/WDW-DINE. The fun also includes a nightly tree lighting ceremony with Mickey Mouse and a luminous light bridge that snuggles the breezeway to World Showcase Plaza. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah observances are also featured. Holidays Around the World, which also features storytellers in World Showcase and the dazzling display Lights of Winter.

5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Carolers will greet guests with favorite melodies near a towering themed 65-foot Christmas tree situated at the park’s entrance. The park welcomes the holiday season with “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.” The parade blends the spirit of Disney’s Animal Kingdom11 with the spirit of the holidays. Camp Minnie-Mickey celebrates the Yule with two dozen festively adorned trees, plus characters in holiday garb. The songs of the season resonate as carolers round out the scene at Camp Minnie-Mickey.

6. Festival of the Seasons
Downtown Disney rings in the magical shopping season with more than 50 unique stores and merchandise locations across the shopping, dining and entertainment district. The holiday celebration includes festive holiday décor, carolers, nightly tree lighting and photo opportunities with Santa.

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Come Celebrate the Season at Orlando‘s premiere holiday event, the Annual Festival of Trees from Saturday, November 15, through Sunday, November 23, 2008. For nine magical days, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is transformed into a glittering holiday wonderland where trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses ignite holiday spirit. Presented by the Council of 101 to benefit the OMA, the Festival of Trees is sure to delight every family member.

A collection of exquisite trees, full-scale holiday vignettes and gingerbread creations, all decorated by local designers, are at the heart of this enchanting event. Decorated wreaths and smaller trees are displayed in the Deck the Halls area. Local culinary artists exhibit their talents in the Gingerbread Village. Art on the Wall showcases original artworks by Central Florida artists. Every tree, wreath and gingerbread house is available for purchase.
Surrounding the special displays you will find Candyland, where children can play games, make crafts, email Santa at the town post office. Guests can purchase holiday gifts and decorative accessories in the Holiday Boutique or get a bite to eat in the Festival Cafe. In addition, there is daily entertainment featuring a wide array of talent and holiday spirit, ranging from appearances by Santa Claus, choir performances and other special events.
The nine-day Festival of Trees is packed with special events beginning with the elegant opening party, Patron’s Gala, an elite black tie affair on Friday, November 14th.
General admission to the Festival of Trees is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Seniors receive $1 off admission on Senior’s Day, Tuesday, November 18th. Parking is $3. Daily hours are from 10am to 5pm.
Bring the entire family to the enchanted winter wonderland at the Orlando Museum of Art for the Council of 101’s Reindeer Romp during the Festival of Trees holiday tradition on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This magical evening geared toward children features tasty delights, visits by Santa, photos, food, crafts, face painting, balloon artists, storytelling and fun! The $12 admission includes The Festival of Trees and extra events.
Come listen to the sounds of smooth jazz as you mingle with others in the holiday spirit among a festive backdrop of artfully decorated holiday trees and vignettes at the Council of 101’s Holiday Jazz Stroll at the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday, November 21, 2008, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sip champagne under the merry twinkling lights and savor a sampling of cuisine from Brio, Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Houston’s, The Ravenous Pig, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and Starbucks on Park Avenue.
The cost is $35 and includes valet parking, delicious food and entertainment.
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Universal Orlando‘s nighttime entertainment complex, CityWalk is an exciting mix of shopping, dining, dancing and entertainment, all situated on 30 acres adjacent to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

Daytime fun can be found as well at CityWalk, as shopping venues are open daily along with many of the restaurants. Interesting storefronts beckon visitors inside to peruse the merchandise as they scurry to and from Universal’s two theme parks. A 20-screen theater showing the newest releases can be found at the entrance to CityWalk.
In the evenings, CityWalk comes alive as the rhythmic beat of music pounds from high-tech speakers and neon lights illuminate figures dancing in the streets. Stiltwalkers, jugglers and street entertainers dazzle onlookers. Kiosk vendors, outdoor bars and cafes add to the excitement as guests leaving the parks filter into the many restaurants and clubs.
Street entertainment and shopping do not require an admission charge. Some clubs and bars do require a cover charge and have age restrictions. One night unlimited admission or one club admission can be purchased as well as an annual unlimited admission pass. Packages are also put together that include dinner and a movie for one low price at select restaurants. Garage and valet parking are available for a fee. After 9:00 there is no charge for garage parking.
Water taxis at CityWalk can take guests to and from the three premier on-site Loews hotels at Universal Orlando. Upscale Restaurants and bars can be found at the Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock and Portofino Bay Hotels. Monthly events including the popular monthly Velvet Sessions along with seasonal specials and entertainment are also held at the hotels.
Most clubs require a cover charge after 9:00pm or a CityWalk party pass.
As specials, happy hour events and entertainment is subject to change, information can be verified at the CityWalk website.
Red Coconut Club: Tropical meets trendy at this club where patrons can kick back and relax or dance the night away to live music and/or a DJ. The club features signature drinks as well as a mouth watering appetizer menu. Ages 21and up welcome. The daily Happy Hour is featured Sunday through Saturday, featuring half price martinis and complimentary valet (with validated receipt).
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: An array of Caribbean, Cajun and fresh Florida fare is featured in the relaxed atmosphere of Margaritaville. Live entertainment on the Patio and DJ dance music nightly. Open for lunch with daily happy hour specials
CityJazz: Enjoy live music from both the legends of jazz and some of the hottest rising new stars of high energy funk, R&B;, soul and rock. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Bonkerz Comedy Club presents live comedy at CityJazz on select evenings
Bob Marley’s – A Tribute To Freedom: Fashioned after Marley’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, this club features Jamaican-influenced appetizers, entrees and desserts. Reggae music commemorates the life of Bob Marley. Must be 21 and Over after 9:00 p.m.
the groove: Dance floor with sound & light show nightly. Different nightly experiences include the best of the 70’s, 80’s, current dance hits, alternative rock and special teen nights.
Pat O’Brien’s: New Orleans themed Piano Bar with live music nightly. Menu features entrees with a spicy Cajun flair. Specialty drinks and happy hour prices available.
Dining Options at CityWalk: Breakfast to a full course dinner can be found among the many dining options available at Universal’s CityWalk entertainment complex.
Nascar Sports Grille: NASCAR-themed restaurant found in the heart of Universal CityWalk offering signature . Two levels with 25,000 square-feet spanning two levels combine with state of the art audio and visual attractions to create a high tech sports bar like none other.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company: newer addition to CityWalk’s dining options this themed, chain restaurant is based on the hit movie, Forrest Gump. Offering casual family dining as well as a full service bar. Signature menu items such as a “Bucket of Boat Trash,” comprised of deep fried tender shrimp, lobster and mahi mahi are served alongside traditional seafood favorites of Southern Fried Shrimp.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: An array of Caribbean, Cajun and fresh Florida fare is featured in the relaxed atmosphere of Margaritaville. Live entertainment on the Patio and DJ dance music nightly. Open for lunch with daily happy hour specials
Bob Marley’s – A Tribute To Freedom: Fashioned after Marley’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, this club features Jamaican-influenced appetizers, entrees and desserts. Reggae music commemorates the life of Bob Marley. Must be 21 and Over after 9:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe: Decorated with rock’n roll memorabilia, including a 1959 pink Cadillac that revolves over the bar, this restaurant features classic American cuisine consisiting of burgers, marinated chicken and barbeque ribs.
Emeril’s: Upscale sophisticated dining created by the noted chef Emeril Lagassee. Creole-based gourmet creations are prepared in the bustling, open kitchen. A full bar, a second-floor wine gallery and a cigar bar can also be found within the restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested, 407-224-2424.
Pat O’Brien’s: New Orleans themed Piano Bar with live music nightly. Menu features entrees with a spicy Cajun flair. Specialty drinks and happy hour prices available.
NBA City: Contemporary American cuisine of pasta, burgers, pizza along with a full bar while watching exclusive programming of the great stories and rivalries of the NBA and WNBA.
Latin Quarter: Music and cuisine of Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Live entertainment adds to the authentic mix of food, drink and entertainment that is represented in all 21 Latin American nations.
Pastamoré: Casual, colorful family dining. Italian eatery reaturing full-service restaurant offerings as well as a la carte or family style menu items. To-go delicacies can be found at the Market place Cafe.
CityJazz: Along with nightly live music, this restaruant serves pasta dishes, burgers, sandwithes appetizers and more every evening.
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In the upcoming weeks, Kennedy Space Center will be hosting several special events, specifically the 2008 Concert Series and 2008 Space and Air Show. These events are included in the price of a regular admission ticket.

Concert Series

Celebrate the sounds of space exploration with music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s during the 2008 Fall Concert Series at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The concerts kick-off Saturday, October 18 with 80’s rock band Survivor, followed by The Guess Who and Rick Springfield. Backed by the iconic Rocket Garden, the live, festival style outdoor concert happens every Saturday for three weeks, October 18, 25, and November 1 as part of the NASA 50th anniversary celebration.

Headlining opening weekend is Survivor, the Grammy Award winning signature American rock band. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its album-oriented rock, which garnered many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best known for its 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. Other hits include “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” “The Search Is Over,” “American Heartbeat,” “Burning Heart,” and “Is This Love.” Survivor includes members Frankie Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Marc Droubay (drums), Chris Grove (guitar/keyboards), Billy Ozzello (bass) and the current addition; Robin McAuley (vocals).

The Guess Who, the band that became Canada’s first international rock music superstars, will take the Rocket Garden stage on Saturday, October 25. The band began in 1962 as Chad Allen & The Reflections. The group’s first single and album, Shakin’ All Over, was released in a plain white record jacket with only the question “Guess Who?” written on it. After selling two million copies the band had its trademark name: The Guess Who. Hit single, “These Eyes,” reached #1 in Canada, and earned the band a U.S. contract in 1968. Ironically it was “American Woman,” from March of 1970, which gave The Guess Who a #1 single in the U.S. and unseated The Beatles for three weeks straight. Other singles include “Hand Me Down World,” “Share the Land,” “Bus Rider,” and “Rain Dance.” Current band members include Jim Kale (bass and vocals), Garry Peterson (drums and vocals), Carl Dixon (vocals and guitars), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax and vocals) and Laurie MacKenzie (guitars and vocals).

The outdoor concert on Saturday, November 1, will feature Rick Springfield, most famous for the 1981 #1 single “Jessie’s Girl,” which became a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. Also an actor, Springfield’s best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. Springfield has sold over 19 million records worldwide and holds 17 top-40 hits to date, including more than five in the Top 10. Hit songs include “Affair of the Heart,” “Don’t Walk Away,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” In July 2008, Springfield released his latest album Venus In Overdrive, his first album of original material since 2003.

Space & Air Show

Framed by the backdrop of famous launch facilities, aerospace, aviation and astronauts will take to the skies for the second annual Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center featuring the Blue Angels November 8-9, 2008.

“This exciting event will bring some of the best pilots in the world to perform in the skies above Kennedy Space Center,” said Daniel LeBlanc, Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “It is truly a unique setting to display the best of aviation at the home of America’s space program.”

Fine cuisine and wines from some of the best “foodie” cities in the world will take a bow at the 13th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival September 28th through November 9, 2008.

Throughout the six-week festival, Epcot guests can explore the culinary “Cities in Wonderland” – from trendy Cork, Ireland, to the melting pot of Cape Town, South Africa – around the World Showcase promenade while also discovering blissful bites at international and regional marketplaces brimming with exotic flavors and comfort foods. The six-week festival will showcase tastes from countries on six continents.
Unlike any other festival in the world, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the ideal backdrop for international delicacies from around the world. More than 25 international marketplaces will serve tapas-sized portions of regional specialties at $2-to-$5 each, and recommended wines and beers make perfect pairings at each kiosk.
New festival flavors explore the culinary wonders of Lyon, France; Marrakesh, Morocco; Shanghai, China; Bologna, Italy; Tokyo and Mexico City. Exhibits along the promenade also will showcase entertainment and traditional crafts of several countries.
Also included are daily seminars which offer complimentary tastes of wine, beer and food from around the world. A series of special culinary programs features a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers participating in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.
This Year’s Festival highlights include:
Opening weekend Bocuse d’Or USA chef competition presented by culinary stars including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Jerome Bocuse, who runs the Chefs de France restaurant at Epcot. All park guests can attend the cook-off, where competitors will prepare elaborate fish and meat platters to be evaluated for excellence in taste, presentation, creativity and technical precision.
The Festival Welcome Center, with a Champagne and Wine Bar, complimentary wine seminars, celebrity chef book signings, and festival keepsakes including exclusive festival pins and an official festival cookbook.
New cultural experiences. At Louisiana, hosted by Louisiana Office of Tourism, guests can discover sights, sounds, flavors and crafts of the state’s seven regions. Music, dance, artistry, food and beer are featured, and complimentary culinary seminars are hosted daily. At Melbourne, Australia, hosted by Tourism Victoria, guests can glimpse Federation Square and scenes from Queen Victoria Market. A wine walkabout and tasting bar serve favorite sips. The marketplace kiosk offers tasty bites. And complimentary wine seminars occur daily.
Some 250 Disney chefs and guest chefs conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting elegant dinners and tasting events. Guest chefs now booked include Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Rock Harper of Hell’s Kitchen, Tre Wilcox from Top Chef Season 3, plus Cat Cora, Jamie Deen, Allen Susser, Jeff Henderson, Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, Todd English, Warren Brown plus many other culinary stars.
New culinary programs to include French Regional Lunches at Bistro de Paris in France pavilion; City Tastes of global food and drink at World Showplace Pavilion; a Master Class Series with wines and champagnes at the Festival Center; and the Bocuse d’Or Grand Gala at World Showplace. Popular Epcot Wine Schools, Food and Wine Pairings, Kitchen Conversations and other events also are scheduled.
The weekly Party for the Senses grand tasting event featuring tempting tastes from eminent chefs, more than 70 wines and beers and live entertainment.
Family fun at Pearville Fair, a slice of Americana where pears from the great Northwest take center stage, and Behind the Seeds Greenhouse Tour at The Land fish farm and greenhouses, where guests can sample a greenhouse vegetable and release lady bugs.
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Located just off of International Drive at the Universal Studios exit of I-4, Fun Spot’s signature Ferris Wheel is hard to miss. (It is located between the Belz Outlet Mall and the Wet n’ Wild water park.)

At Fun Spot Action Park, elementary school age children, teenagers and parents will find plenty of fun and thrills at this mini-amusement park that packs a lot of excitement into a very small area. Individual tickets can be purchased for rides, but the best bet is to buy arm bands which entitle holders to unlimited rides.
The go-cart arm band includes unlimited access to the four go-cart tracks as well as seven other family thrill rides and six KidSpot toddler rides.
The rides arm band entitles its holder to unlimited rides on the seven family thrill rides and the six KidSpot rides – but no go carts.
If you have little ones, the KidSpot arm band entitles holders to unlimited use of the six KidSpot rides for one fee.
Fun Spot boasts that it is one of only a few amusement centers in the nation that offers multi-level cement go-cart tracks – four separate tracks that is. Three of the four are suitable for small children to ride as a parent’s “co-pilot,” while the most extreme track is off limits to small children.
In addition to go-carts, there are bumper cars, bumper boats, a number of other thrill rides and the children’s section known as KidSpot.
The KidSpot section includes a small carrousel; the Frog Hopper, a ride that drops its riders in small increments and then bounces back up; a kiddie swing; a kiddie train and other rides.
Inside at the Fun Spot Action Park in Orlando you will find the sights and sounds of a massive two story video arcade that features the latest virtual reality video games as well as video game classics that some parents grew up playing.
To make the most of your trip to the Fun Spot, give yourself enough time. It is not uncommon to spend five hours at the park
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Fans of the world’s most popular wizard will be able to immerse themselves in Harry Potter’s fantastical world in late 2009: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world’s first interactive theme park based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is planned as a theme park within a theme park, and the new environment will become part of the experience within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando.
“Over the years we’ve received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “With Universal Orlando Resort, we are confident that we’ll be able to provide Harry Potter fans with an incredible experience that upholds the richness of J.K. Rowling’s books and delivers on the authentic detail portrayed in our films.”
Universal say that they will remain faithful to the visual landscapes of the Potter films, and visitors will be able to visit the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself. As well as rides and attractions, guests can sample wizardly restaurants and a secret “state-of-the-art attraction.”
“The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” said author J.K. Rowling.
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One of Orlando’s original attractions, Gatorland is just 15 minutes south of the tourist corridor of Orlando. Located on South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) just south of the Florida Mall, Gatorland has been thrilling audiences since the 1940’s when Owen Godwin purchased a tract of land in Kissimmee and moved his backyard alligator pit to it in hopes of attracting the multitudes of tourists that were starting to visit the Orlando area.

This 110-acre attraction is part theme park and part wildlife preserve. At Gatorland, old Florida charm is still intact. Meander through the nature trails on wooden walkways, take a train ride through an animal preserve or pet the animals at Allie’s Barnyard.
Discover the unique personalities of alligators and crocodiles from the amazing tasks they perform in the Gator Jumparoo Show as trained alligators jump out of the water and snatch food from one of the brave Gatorland trainers. Educational programs are taught at Gatorland as the park is also an active research center and alligator farm.
What You May Not Know About Gatorland:
You can celebrate your child’s next birthday at Gatorland. The park offers 2 unique birthday party packages.
Gatorland offers a unique Wedding experience for your special day.
Scouting and educational programs are available at Gatorland.
Cool off in Gatorland’s Gator Gully Splash Park – a playland and waterpark where youngsters can cool off.
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