An Orlando vacation
features magical memories at Disney World
, thrilling experiences at Universal Orlando Resort
and aquatic fun at Sea World
. Now, Amusement Today
has recognized these Orlando Theme Parks by awarding them with Golden Ticket Awards, a coveted honor awarded to the best parks in 25 categories.
received a Golden Ticket Award for Best Outdoor Night Show Production for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. Played nightly, the amazing 14-minute show dazzles with pyrotechnics, lasers, and unique water elements. The show is included with the purchase of Epcot tickets
Halloween Horror Nights won Best Halloween Event for Universal Orlando. This spectacular afterhour’s event haunts visitors with themed haunted houses, frightening scare zones, spectacular shows and an amazing atmosphere that puts everyone in the Halloween spirit.
Universal Studios also won for Best Indoor Roller Coaster with Revenge of the Mummy. The well-themed ride goes 45 mph as you try to escape The Mummy.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure received two awards – Best Dark Ride for Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey and Best Water Ride for Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Roller Coaster has become extremely popular with fans, and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls continues to impress.
SeaWorld Orlando was voted Best Marine Life Park. The aquatic park features aquatic thrills, up-close animal encounters and unique ocean discoveries.
Plan your discount Orlando vacation today to experience all the award-winning theme park fun available.
The new Melia Orlando Hotel, formerly the Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, has officially opened. The luxurious property is located in beautiful Celebration and is located just minutes away from Disney World Theme Parks, making it a great choice for Orlando vacations.
The all-suite property provides one and two bedroom condos with high-quality amenities like a private balcony and full kitchens with stainless steel appliances. The condominiums are also fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets and down pillow comforters, ensuring your relaxation. Two restaurants are located at the Melia Orlando Hotel Celebration, as is a trademark tropical pool area that creates an atmosphere of pure enjoyment. The pool has a zero entry element, a middle island with lounge chairs and water features, and a hot tub.
Reserve your condo at the Melia Orlando Hotel Celebration FL for a vacation experience unlike any other.
Looking for things to do in Orlando
this Fall? Check out these exciting upcoming events:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: September 13 – November 1 (Select Nights)
Guests are invited to attend the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
at the Magic Kingdom for boo-free Halloween fun. You can dress in costume, trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom
, and enjoy Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade as well as the “Happy HallowWishes” fireworks extravaganza. This is an afterhour’s event and is not included in the price of Disney tickets
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens: September 23 – October 29 (Select Nights)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is transformed into a nightmare of terror during Halloween. This year’s theme – The Dark Side of the Gardens – features new haunted houses, scare zones and thrilling shows that keep the screams coming all night long. Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens tickets allow for entry at 5pm, with the park turning Dark at 7:30pm.
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: September 23 – October 31 (Select Nights)
In honor of Universal Studios
celebrating 21 years of Halloween Horror Nights
, this year’s theme is Lady Luck. The park is transformed into a labyrinth of haunted houses, terrifying scare zones and outrageous stage shows perfect for Halloween. Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most elaborate Halloween celebrations in the world and is sure to be a highlight of your Halloween experience. This is an afterhours event and is not included with the purchase of Universal Studios tickets
. Adults tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are $81.99.
This popular event invites guests to enjoy flavors and entertainment from around the world. You can sip, sample and savor treasure from some of the world’s most famous wineries and celebrated chefs, as well as attend beer seminars, cooking classes and various demonstrations and tastings. Don’t forget about the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, where you can listen to some of your favorite tunes while noshing on some delicious culinary treats.
With the purchase of discount SeaWorld tickets
, families can enjoy an underwater “fantasea” where children can trick-or-treat, dance with sea fairies and pumpkin fishes, and help Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby search for her magic wand in Abby Cadabby’s Halloween Adventure. Offering more than 2 million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular
event provides a family-friendly way to enjoy this Fall holiday.
38th Annual Winter Park Autumn Festival: October 8-9
This juried art show, held in Central Park, is free to guests. It features work by outstanding Florida artists and also includes live entertainment and food by local restaurants. There are even Children’s Art Workshops available.
Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival: October 15
Walt Disney World
hosts the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival at Downtown Disney. This one-day regatta is held from 8am-6pm, and attractions recreational and competitive teams from around the country.
Orlando Film Festival: October 19 – 23
The 6th annual Orlando Film Festival features events in and around downtown Orlando. It celebrates independent film and seeks to inspire student, future and current filmmakers.
The movie “Avatar” created a world audiences wish to discover again and again, which is exactly what the new attraction at Disney World
aims to do by bringing Pandora to life.
Avatar Land will feature multiple “lands” or areas, and will be located in the Animal Kingdom section of the park. Construction will begin on the first land by 2013. The Animal Kingdom is the perfect fit for the new attraction, as the it emphasizes living in harmony with nature, a philosophy found in “Avatar.”
The themed lands will continue to grow as the movie franchise grows, as there are two new “Avatar” films currently in development. More locations, characters and stories will be explored, adding to the experience guests can except at Disney World Orlando.
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival
at Disney World
takes place September 25 – November 8, 2011. The event features flavors from around the world, as well as culinary programs and the Eat to the Beat concert series. Purchase your Disney tickets
today to enjoy all that available at this showcase of international delights.
Along with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and a variety of planned culinary programs and demonstrations, Epcot will host seven popular HGTV celebrities will offer their insight on home entertaining. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival an HGTV personality will appear at The Festival Center in Future World.
The HGTV Celebrity Line-Up includes:
• Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Vern Yip, “HGTV Design Star” and “HGTV Urban Oasis”
• Oct. 7-9 – Monica Pedersen, “Designed to Sell”
• Oct. 14-16 – Erin Loechner, “Design Happens”
• Oct. 21-23 – Taniya Nayak, “Designed to Sell”
• Oct. 28-30 – Kim Stoegbauer, “On-line Party Inspiration”
• Nov. 4-6 – Lisa LaPorta, “Designed to Sell”
• Nov. 11-13 – Emily Henderson, “Secrets From a Stylist” and “HGTV Design Star,” winner Season 5 “Design Star”
Orlando Theme Parks
are hosting a variety of Halloween events
this year. Check out these frighteningly fun things to do:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights from 7pm to midnight September 13 through November 1, 2011. It features Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, Trick or Treating, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show, Happy Haunted Hallows and Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. A separate ticket is required for this event. It is not included with the purchase or regular Disney tickets.
SeaWorld Spooktacular: With the purchase of discount SeaWorld tickets, families can enjoy an underwater “fantasea” where children can trick-or-treat, dance with sea fairies and pumpkin fishes, and help Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby search for her magic wand in Abby Cadabby’s Halloween Adventure. Offering more than 2 million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular event provides a family-friendly way to enjoy this Fall holiday. SeaWorld Spooktacular takes place on October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, 2011.
Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios: Universal Orlando is hosting Halloween Horror Nights 21 on select nights from September 23 through October 31st. It honor of the event’s 21st anniversary this year’s theme is Lady Luck. For those who dare, see if you can beat the odds and survive Halloween Horror Nights. There are eight new haunted houses and six new scare zones at this year’s event. A separate ticket is required for this event. It is not included with the purchase or regular Universal Studios tickets.
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens: A new type of terror is taking root at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. On 18 select nights, from September 23 through October 29, the theme park transforms into a frightening Florida haunt for those who dare to be scared. This year’s Howl-O-Scream theme is “Dark Side of the Gardens: Zombies Live Here.” The purchase of Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens tickets will grant you access to haunted houses, sinister shows and thrilling rides.
is hosting Halloween Horror Nights 21
on select nights from September 23 through October 31st. It honor of the event’s 21st anniversary this year’s theme is Lady Luck. For those who dare, see if you can beat the odds and survive Halloween Horror Nights.
Visitors will have the chance to test their luck at eight all-new haunted houses, including:
Nevermore – The Madness of Poe: The madness of Edgar Allen Poe’s greatest works has come to life. Step into the mind of the iconic writer, where every turn of the page takes you closer to the brink of insanity.
The Forsaken: Four ships began Columbus’s fateful voyage, only three became legend. Condemned to a watery grave, the mutinous and cursed crew of that 4th ship has returned with a vengeance.
H.R. Bloodengutz Presents: Holidays of Horror: Join creature feature host, H.R. Bloodengutz, in his final televised broadcast as he presents a marathon of slasher films that is guaranteed to cleave you screaming for more.
The Thing: Paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers in an isolated Antarctic outpost as they are infected, one by one, by a horrifying creature from another planet. In a place where there is nothing, they found something.
Saws N’ Steam: Into the Machine: Spinning blades and massive, crushing pistons await you around every corner as you are forced deeper into the bowels of a mechanical nightmare. Give yourself to “The Machine.”
The In-Between: An ominous portal reveals a 3rd dimension where all is not what it seems: a realm where our world and another collide. Surrounded by fiendish creatures, your eyes will deceive you with every step through this phantasm of terror.
Winter’s Night: The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery: As snow falls on this normally serene gothic cemetery, the deceased souls that occupy its confines have their sights set upon you, insuring that the chill you feel up your spine is more than just the cold of night.
Nightingales: Blood Prey: Within every war, the Nightingales have appeared. Able to transform themselves to fit any setting, these savage banshees feed on the weak and the helpless. Patrolling WWI era trenches, you discover that you are more than just at war…you’re being hunted.
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando features six all-new scare zones:
Acid Assault: Dare to enter Acid Assault, where you may not make it out alive.
Canyon of Dark Souls:
Creatures dwell in this dark canyon and do not welcome intruders.
Grown Evil: Evil grows in this gloomy garden, with death lurking in every bush.
NightMaze: This maze of darkness morphs and changes as you walk through it.
7: Seven temptresses try to seduce you with their fatal charms.
Your Luck Has Run Out: Your choices will determine if you make it out, dead or alive!
Two live shows at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure: Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.
Death Drums: A seductive, hard-hitting and raw extreme drumming experience.
Halloween Horror Nights is available on these select nights:
September 23, 24, 29, 30
October 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-31
Legoland Florida is set to open on October 15th.
The park is located in Winter Park, which is just a bit north of Orlando. To accommodate families who are experiencing all of the Orlando attractions available, Legoland will be offering shuttle service from Orlando to Legoland and back.
The Legoland Shuttle will be available for $5, roundtrip, per person. The $5 price is a special preview price, and with the regular price for the shuttle expected to be $10. Reservations are needed for the shuttle. To ensure a seat, guests must book their shuttle ride ahead of time on the Legoland website.
The shuttle will depart daily at 9am from Orlando Premium Outlets and return that evening once the park closes. The ride is approximately 45 minutes, each way.
Legoland tickets will be available on ReserveOrlando.com soon!
The Disney World
special event is filled with special entertainment, including:
• Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride but the Headless Horsemen and featuring Disney characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction.
• Happy HalloWishes: Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky during this amazing fireworks show.
• Halloween Costumes: Disney Characters are found throughout the park dressed in Halloween costumes.
• Happy Haunted Hollows: All of Magic Kingdom is adorned with special lighting, music and themed effects that transform the park into a Halloween extravaganza.
• Trick-or-Treating: Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom theme park.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights from 7pm to midnight September 13 through November 1, 2011. The event does require a separate admission ticket and is not included with the purchase of regular Disney tickets.