Fantasy of Flight has some good news for Cypress Gardens pass holders.

The aviation themed attraction plans to honor the annual passes issued by Cypress Gardens, which recently shut down again.

Fantasy of Flight plans to honor the passes until they expire. After that, Cypress Gardens pass holders can get $15 off the purchase of a new annual pass to Fantasy Flight.

Both attractions are located in Polk County.

During 2009, Disney World Theme Parks offered guests free admission on their birthdays. For 2010, they are replacing this popular promotion with “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.” This Muppet-themed promotion allows United States, including Puerto Rico, and Canadian residents who volunteer in their communities to a FREE one day Disney ticket.

To get the free ticket, you’ll have to sign up for a designated volunteer activity through Disney’s website. Once you complete the activity, you’ll be given instruction on how to download your ticket voucher, which you will them redeem at the park’s ticket windows.

The volunteer opportunities are being managed by HandsOn Network.

The blackout days for these free tickets are:
At Walt Disney World: March 29 – April 8 and July 4, 2010

Also, Disney is limiting the number of tickets awarded in the program, which will end on Dec. 15, 2010.

You must be at least 18 years of age to sign up, and you may sign-up up to a maximum of 8 additional members of your same household. Children must be at least 6 years of age to volunteer under this program and receive a theme park ticket. Children ages 6-17 must be accompanied by an adult when volunteering. Other age restrictions may apply to certain eligible volunteer opportunities.

Guests who present a valid multi-day ticket or Annual Pass or Passport may choose from one of the following three options instead of receiving the free 1-day, 1-park ticket:

– Disney’s Special FASTPASS cards for certain attractions for you and up to 5 additional members of your party.
– A collectible Ear Hat figurine with exclusive trading pins.
– Donate your free ticket to a non-profit organization designated by Disney Parks.

During select nights in October, Gatorland will take a bite out of Halloween at their Gator Hollow inside Gatorland.

This after-hours event will occur four nights in October – the 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th, from 7pm-10pm. Gator Hollow will feature zombies, aliens and other ghostly creatures, all in a battle for the ultimate prize – you! If that’s not scary enough, Gator Hollow is surrounded by murky waters inhabited by hundreds of gators.

Gator Hollow is not included with regular priced admission. The fee to enter is $10 plus tax per person, adult or child.

Note that costumes are not allowed during this event and some elements might be considered too frightening for young children.

Regular Gatorland tickets are available now.

The Eat to the Beat! Concert Series is featured during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Concerts are performed three times each evening at America Gardens Theatre along the World Showcase Lagoon. The daily show times are at 5:15pm, 6:30pm & 7:45pm.

The Eat to the Beat! Concert Series Line-Up:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: September 25-27
Richard Marx: September 28-29
Starship starring Mickey Thomas: September 30-October 3
En Vogue: October 4-6
Better Than Ezra: October 7-8
Sister Hazel: October 9-11
Kool & The Gang: October 12-13
Spyro Gyra: October 14-16
Jon Secada: October 17-18
Sister Sledge: October 19-20
Vanessa Carlton: October 21-22
Taylor Dayne: October 23-25
Boyz II Men: October 26-28
John Waite: October 29-31
Taylor Hicks: November 1-2
Billy Ocean: November 3-5
Los Lobos: November 6-8

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is making its grand return this fall at Walt Disney World. Scheduled for September 25 – November 8, the festival embraces the international flavors of the world and presents the tastiest food and drinks from places like Greece and Spain to new additions like Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok. Plus, the Eat to the Beat! Concert Series is back and features performers like Vanessa Carlton, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Richard Marx, Sister Hazel and Better than Ezra.

The line-up of fun at the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is as follows:
Marketplace & Promenade: More than 25 international marketplace kiosks are serving up delicious delicacies, along with recommended wines and beers, showcasing the flavors of the world.
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series: Music pairs perfectly with tasty cuisine during nightly Eat to the Beat! Concerts featuring a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B;, oldies, jazz and funk hit–makers. Concerts are performed 3 times each evening at America Gardens Theatre along the World Showcase lagoon. Show Times are 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. daily.
Seminars & Demonstrations: From introductions to wine connoisseurship to demonstrations packed with cooking tips and sessions where you can sample regional beers and artisanal cheeses — a delicious journey of discovery begins at Epcot. Daily culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, a history of beer in America seminar and authentic taste seminars are planned.
Special Festival Experiences: Sensational food and wine pairings are artfully prepared and served as part of unforgettable meals at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Dining Experiences. Mexico Tequila Tastings, Food & Wine Pairings, Culinary Adventure Signature Dining and Party for the Senses are planned.

Purchase your Epcot Tickets today!

There are plenty of ways to have fun this Halloween in Orlando. From costume parties to creepy haunted houses, Halloween excitement is everywhere. Old Town in Orlando is offering a safe trick-or-treat event for kids this year, scheduled for October 25th from 2pm-6pm.

Dress up in your favorite costume and visit Old Town’s Haunted Grimm House for only $1 per person. Plus, all of Old Town’s rides will be open for fun. Choose from a MEGA All Day wristband, SUPER All Day Wristband and Tiny Tykes All Day Wristband.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay officially begins October 1, 2009. For 17 select nights during the month of October, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event will prove that evil never goes out of style. The event, now in its 10th season, has expanded and now includes seven horrifying haunted houses and a new host – the fashionable Ms. Vayne. All new scare zones and thrilling shows are planned, and all of the adrenaline-pumping coasters will also be open to Howl-O-Scream goers.

The event runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during October. The Howl-O-Scream dates are:
October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is a separate ticketed night event. Cost of admission is $69.95. Operating hours for Thursday events are 7:30pm-1am. Operating hours for Friday and Saturday events are 7:30pm-2am. No costumes are allowed.
For visitors who would like to get an early start on their Howl-0-Scream fun, there is a Freaky Preview available September 25 & 26 for discounted rates as low as $29.95.

Join Fantasy of Flight September 26 & 27 for “The Last Big Splash,” an action-packed event featuring seaplanes and extreme skydiving. This is the last seaplane fly-in and competition to be held this year at Fantasy of Flight. It is also the only place in Orlando where guests can see firsthand the newest form of skydiving currently sweeping the extreme sports world – Swooping.

A variety of breathtaking aerial and water competitions and demonstrations are planned on the Fantasy of Flight’s scenic Lake Agnes. Seaplane pilots from around the world, in conjunction with Seaplane Pilots Association, will present maneuvers that will awe spectators. In addition to the seaplane pilots, canopy pilots, or “extreme sport parachutists,” will provide even more adrenaline pumping action for guests. The will be competing for ranking in a Florida Canopy Pilots Association skydiving competition in which they will use large ponds lining Fantasy of Flight’s grass runways as a landing zone as they “swoop” down from the sky at extreme speeds and skid to a stop across the water.

Access to the event is included in regular Fantasy of Flight admission.

SeaWorld’s “Ocean of Halloween Fun” comes to life for five weekends in October. This Orlando event is included when you purchase a SeaWorld ticket and does not cost extra for guests.

From pumpkin fishes to friendly sea witches, Halloween meets the sea this October during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, carving an underwater “fantasea” where children can dance with an ice DJ, learn from a school of fish, and play with a sea fairy. Offering more than 2 million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular uniquely brings children’s “fantaseas” to life with enchanted pathways and charming sea creatures, providing the utmost in family-friendly trick-or-treating.
The event is available October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 and 31, 2009.
Spooktacular highlights include:
Cookie Decorating Station – Kids and parents alike can create their own Halloween-themed cookies at a special decorating station decked out with Spooktacular loot. The kit – available for a small charge — includes a souvenir lunch box filled with a jumbo sugar cookie, toppings ranging from icing and sprinkles to M&M;’S, and milk or apple juice to wash it all down.
Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets – Offering more than 3 million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets,
Costumed youngsters can search for hidden “sea” treasures using their Spooktacular maps at more than a dozen different stations. Each station features an array of sweet treats, including a variety of candies and healthy choice options like Pretzel Crisps and Chiquita Mini’s ™ – a sweeter tasting banana that’s just the right size!
Frozen Fun Zone – A DJ will “melt the ice” during a celebration sure to warm up the area with interactive games and activities at Wild Arctic Plaza.
Strolling Entertainment – Gummy Worm Wanda, Salt Water Taffy, and Swedish Fish Suzy are among the 35 fanciful sea creatures that will join the “Spook-tastic” fun, welcoming trick-or-treaters as they stroll through colorful, playful schools of pumpkin fish.

Prepare to be scared at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort as your worst nightmares come to life. This year’s theme is “Ripped from the Silver Screen.” It will feature characters from Saw, The Wolfman and Chucky. The terrifying scenes, incredible creatures and blood-curdling moments will all be brought to life at Halloween Horror Nights, an event that dares to scare even the bravest patrons.

On select nights in September and October, Universal Studios is transformed into a nightmarish maze of haunted houses, electrifying scare zones and eerie live shows while zombies, monsters, mutants, ghosts and maniacs roam the streets. This year’s event will feature eight new haunted houses, six new scare zones and two new live shows. The Universal Orlando Resort plans for its annual Halloween Horror Nights to celebrate both new and classic horror films. The event will promote the launch of two highly anticipated horror movies: Saw VI and The Wolfman. For the first time in Universal’s 19 years of Halloween Horror Nights, guests will be able to “relive” two films that are yet to be released in theaters.
Halloween Horror Nights is open on these select dates:
September 25, 36
October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 21-25, 28-31
Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticketed event that is not included with regular park admission. Admission cost to Halloween Horror Nights is $69.99.