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Are any of your kids Phineas and Ferb fans?  If so, they are going to love the attraction available at Downtown Disney this fall.  Walt Disney World guests will become the stars of Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality. The virtual experience will allow guests to play with animated characters from Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Phineas and Ferb.

The new attraction is located at Downtown Disney’s West Side, next to Bongos Cuban Café.  It will be open now through December 1, from 2pm-9:30pm daily. 
During the experience, as many as three gests can stand inside the virtual experience set, and out of 20 randomly pre-determined animation segments, characters such as Phineas and Ferb, Agent P or even Dr. Doofenshmirtz will magically appear to play and dance alongside them. It all happens in a virtual on-screen 30-second experience. After the experience, guests can download a complimentary souvenir photo from a special Phineas and Ferb website. 
To have even more fun with Phineas and Ferb, head to World Showcase at Epcot where you can go undercover with Agent P—the alter ego of Perry the Platypus—on a fun-filled quest.  Or, if you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can meet and greet the famous duo.

Love LEGOLAND Florida?  Soon there will be more to love as it has announced a new expansion to the park.  The new addition – a LEGO Star Wars Miniland Cluster – will include a scene from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

Scheduled to open November 2012, the LEGO Stars Wars Miniland Cluster will be created with more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale.  Guests will get to retrace the major events of Star Wars, with some of the 2,000 LEGO models built more than 6 feet tall.  Plus, new interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes. 
This expansion will open just over a year after LEGOLAND’s grand opening, and only three months after opening its all-new water park.  For great savings on LEGOLAND tickets, purchase the LEGOLAND two day park combo which includes admission to both LEGOLAND Florida and its waterpark. 

Epcot is hosting a variety of events to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  The Disney World theme parkhas announced the following events, scheduled for October 1, 2012.

• 1 – 2 p.m. – Designing the Future – Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow at the World Showplace.
• 3 p.m. – Anniversary moment at the America Gardens Theatre featuring appearances by Disney leaders and include performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty.
• 4:30 – 6 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar at the World Showplace.
• 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar at the World Showplace.
• Special tag on the end of the Illuminations fireworks show.
Each of the events offers limited capacity.
Epcot is also currently hosting their annual International Food and Wine Festival. More than 270 chefs appear during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is also a highlight, with performers like Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth, Sister Hazel and Blues Traveler taking the stage.

Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum as it celebrates 20 years on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

The attractions will be celebrating with its first ever “Oddtoberfest,” a free event scheduled for October 6, 2012.  During Oddtoberfest, famed half-man/half lizard Erik “The Lizardman” Sprague, “Trick Ropin’ Trevor” Dreher, live music from Beebs and Her Moneymakers, the Belly Dancing Amora Fire Easter will all make appearances.  Music and other activities from Radio Disney’s Road Crew, “weird” carnival games and food trucks will also be on hand. 
Ripley’s Oddtoberfest is planned from 2pm-5pm, with preshow festivities beginning at noon. 
Be sure to get Ripley’s Believe It or Not tickets for access to the museum.  There are over 16 galleries, featuring over 400 exhibits, artifacts and displays, all which you have to see to believe! 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdomis the best kid-friendly Halloween event in Orlando.  Join Mickey and friends on select nights for “not so scary” fun you won’t find anywhere else.  The remaining dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party include:

  • September 25, 28, 30
  • October 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
  • November 2
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.  Parade times are 8:15pm and 10:30pm.  The Parade starts in Frontierland.
  • Happy HalloWishes: Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky during this amazing fireworks show.  This year the stars of the show are the Haunted Mansions Grim Grinning Ghosts.  Fireworks are planned for 9:30pm. 
  • Halloween Costumes: Disney Characters are found throughout the park dressed in Halloween costumes.  This year the Seven Dwarfs will make appearances at Frontierland. 
  • 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.
  • Halloween Dance Parties: Dance the night away at “Rock it Out…Stitch’s Club 626” at Tomorrowland and at “Woody’s Happy Harvest Round-Up” in Liberty Square. 
  • Disney Villains Mix & Mingle: This all-new stage show is located at the Castle Forecourt Stage.  Show times are at 7:45pm, 8:50pm, 10:05pm and 11:15pm. 

The event does require a separate admission ticket and is not included with the purchase of regular Disney tickets.

SeaWorld has a special offer for visitors to Dine with Shamu.  Kids now eat free with each paying adult.  That means families can experience the engaging Dine with Shamu program and save $24 per child, age 3-9. This incredible value will be available throughout the remainder of 2012.

After reopening in early summer, the Dine with Shamu program has provided park-goers with an incredible behind-the-scenes look at Shamu stadium, the interactions that occur between our trainers and whales. They’ll find out what makes killer whales such unique animals. And, they’ll learn about the little things we all can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.
Dinner consists of a buffet serving fresh, seasonal dishes made with local ingredients.  Highlights include the whole wheat pasta with shrimp, vast dessert selection and special children’s corner with items like hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.  Drinks, including beer and wine, are included with the dinner price.  Items will change based on the availability of sustainable ingredients, so there is always something new to try on the menu. 
Dine with Shamu takes place at Shamu Stadium. To make a reservation for the experience you will have to check-in at SeaWorld’s reservations centers at the entrance of the park or at Shamu Stadium. The experience is not included with the purchase of SeaWorld tickets

Golf is a favorite pastime for many and Orlando offers a variety of courses that challenge novice and pro golfers alike.  Orlando area golf courses include:

Casselberry Golf Club
300 South Triplet Dr.
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-699-9310
View map of Casselberry Golf Club

Dubsdred Golf Course
549 West Par St.
Orlando, FL 32804
407-246-2551
View map of Dubsdred Golf Course

Eastwood Golf Club
13950 Golfway Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32828
407-281-4653
View map of Eastwood Golf Club

Englewood Golf Club
5800 PGA Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32839
407-351-5121
View map of Englewood Golf Club

Hawks Landing Golf Club
8701 World Center Cr.
Orlando, FL 32821
407-238-8660
View map of Hawks Landing Golf Club

Hunters Creek Golf Club
14401 Sports Club Way
Orlando, FL 32837
407-240-4653
View map of Hunters Creek Golf Club

Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge
16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-656-2626
View map of Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge

Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club
625 Rock Ridge Blvd.
Apopka, FL 32712
407-814-7474
View map of Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club

Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club
2888 Southern Dunes Blvd.
Haines City, FL 33844
407-422-0070
View map of Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club

Stoneybrook Golf Club
2900 North Hampton Av.
Orlando, FL 32828
407-277-264
View map of Stoneybrook Golf Club

Ventura Country Club
3333 Woodgate Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
407-277-2640
View map of Ventura Country Club

Wedgefield Golf and Country Club
20550 Maxim Parkway
Orlando, FL 32833
407-568-2116
View map of Wedgefield Golf and Country Club
October 1-27:  Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
Explore haunted houses and see thrilling shows during Howl-O-Scream all month long.
October 1-31:  Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
Don’t miss the premier Halloween event in Orlando. This year features all-new haunted houses, live shows, and scare zones.
October 1-31:  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
During select nights in October, Magic Kingdom will have special Halloween-themed events planned. All ages are encouraged to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating around the park.
October 1-31:  Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Disney guests can taste their way around Epcot during the 17thannual International Food & Wine Festival.
October 5-6:  Oktoberfest at Celebration
Celebration Town Center will celebrate Oktoberfestwith the old-world music of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten along with a live show and sing-a-long on Friday. Ryan Cabrera will perform on Saturday during “Rock”toberfest. There will be hayrides, pumpkin painting, and lots of live music.
October 6-28:  LEGOLAND Florida Brick-or-Treat
Every Saturday and Sunday in October enjoy Halloween activities like a LEGO pumpkin build, LEGO Monster Fighters Scavenger Hunt, Brick-or-Treat trail, and costume contest.
October 6-28:  SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
From 12-8pm every weekend during October kids can trick-or-treat, see spooky shows, and create sea-themed arts and crafts during Halloween Spooktacular.
October 13-14:  Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
This annual art show features Florida artists exclusively along with live entertainment, children’s activities and more. The art festival is held in Central Park in downtown Winter Park from 9am-5pm both days. Admission is free.
October 20:  ZOOloween at The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Celebrate Halloween with a fright-filled night featuring Bizarre Food, Haunted Train Rides, Zombie Dancing, a Wicked Costume Contest, and more. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, and appetizers will be available.
A brand new show is coming to the Magic Kingdom this fall.
The new castle projection show, called “Celebrate the Magic,” will make its debut in mid-November at the Disney Orlando Theme Park.  It will replace the current show “The Magic, The Memories and You!” which will be shown for the last time on Labor Day, September 3, 2012.
Shown nightly on Cinderella’s Castle, the “Celebrate the Magic” will incorporate favorite elements for the current show with new music, new storytelling and special effects. 
Show Director Katy Harris stated on a Disney’s Blog, “‘Celebrate the Magic’ takes us on a journey to the heart of the most beloved Disney stories and characters,” said Show Director Katy Harris. “This amazing show will magically transform Cinderella Castle with spectacular projection effects, choreographed to a new music soundtrack. The show will be full of emotion and storytelling, proving that, with imagination and magic in our hearts, anything is possible.”
The Magic Kingdom will continue to host the nighttime fireworks show, Wishes, and the Main Street Electric Parade on select nights.
Reserve your Disney tickets today to receive two days FREE on select ticket options.

Are you ready to experience the Dark Side of the Gardens?  This fall, Busch Gardens Tampainvites visitors to unlock the fear during their 13th Annual Howl-O-Scream.  The haunting starts September 27.

Photo Credit: Busch Gardens
Howl-O-Scream 2012’s new haunted houses are designed to touch every aspect of your deepest fears:
Blood Asylum – As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.

Circus of Superstition 3D – You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but Trickster will make sure that all those years of bad luck catch up with you! Under his command, crazed circus clowns challenge you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear.

Returning Haunted Houses include:
Ultimate Gamble: CONDEMNED – Vampires have fallen out of vogue and the Ultimate Gamble casino has been shut down. The power is off, and the neon signs that once lit up the sky have gone out. Only the bravest guests dare visit the empty carcass of the once-vibrant casino, grabbing their flashlights to “enter at their own risk.”
Nightshade Toy Factory: MUTATION – The old Nightshade Toy Factory has long been patrolled by diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings, but recent containment issues at a nearby nuclear facility have started to affect these terrible toys. Now, the mutations will stop at nothing to devour the humans that have “enslaved” them for so long.
Nevermore – Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. and feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.
Zombie Mortuary – No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.
Alone… (A personal experience in horror) – The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out ALONE?  Note: Alone is a unique, all-alone experience through the haunted house for an additional fee. Reservations are required, and each reservation can accommodate you and up to 3 additional victims. Pass member discount does not apply. Not included with any other VIP tour or upgrade product. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included.
At Howl-O-Scream, even the sidewalks aren’t safe from the things that go bump in the night. ALL NEW scare zones and bands of roaming hordes will keep guests watching their backs as they explore 335 acres of fright.
Faded Memories – Thirteen years of horror-filled memories come swarming back as the most sinister icons, diabolical characters and disturbing scenes from your favorite Howl-O-Scream haunted houses and scare zones from the past converge to create the ultimate “best of” scrapbook of scare.

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After braving bone-chilling coasters in the dark such as Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Gwazi and Kumba, you can catch your breath at Howl-O-Scream’s signature show, Fiends. Fiends will be performing nightly at the Desert Grill in Timbuktu. Captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”
Looking for a sick party or the perfect souvenir to round out your evening of evil?
CLUB XIII – Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s exclusive dance club. This adults-only nighttime playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and exclusive appearances by Howl-O-Scream’s most terrifying personalities.
Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors – Remember your evening of undead excitement with a Tricky trinket that’s not for the faint of heart.
The event runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Freaky Preview and on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
General admission is $79.99 plus tax.  Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event and NOT included with the purchase of Busch Gardens tickets. No costumes are allowed.