Ready to make a splash at SeaWorld this holiday season? With SeaWorld tickets you’ll gain access to their spectacular Christmas Celebration, which includes special shows like Shamu Christmas Miracles, dazzling light displays such as the Sea of Trees and The Polar Express (a holiday simulator ride.)
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In addition to the regular holiday festivities, SeaWorld is also hosting Santa’s Fireside Feast where guests can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve, guests can add this extra dose of yuletide cheer to their SeaWorld itinerary. The dinner is $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children ages 2-9. The dinner is buffet-style and the ticket purchase includes the dinner plus storytelling by Santa, Mrs. Clause and the elves and reserved seating for A Sesame Street Christmas Show.
The buffet will serve:
- Roasted Turkey with Gravy
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Glazed Honey Carrots
- And Much More
At the end of the meal, families can take a complimentary family photo with a holiday backdrop. Children will also get to meet Santa and tell him their holiday wishes. The evening ends with sugar cookies with Mrs. Claus.
For a festive way to celebrate the Christmas, add reservations to Santa’s Fireside Feast at SeaWorld Orlando.
Are you ready to experience The Legend of Jack Sparrow? Opening December 6, 2012, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this new attraction immerses guests in an interactive experience where guests can join forces with other pirates to bathe Davy Jones, the Kraken and even mermaids.
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During the show visitors will be taken on a journey with Jack Sparrow, in which you’ll be able to relive his greatest moments form the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series. The walk-through attraction begins in a small room that features a talking skull. The skull dares visitors to enter and see if they are ready for a pirate adventure. After saying yes, you enter a grotto area full of treasure when you are surrounded by pirates, sirens and well-known characters from the “Pirates” films. A giant pirate skull continues to guide you throughout the eight-minute adventure, giving you the instructions you need to be a pirate too. Captain Jack Sparrow is featured in the climax of the show, as he leads you into battle against Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman.
The 360-degree environment creates an engaging show, with the sights and sounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise coming to life right before your eyes.
If you’re planning on spending the holidays in Orlando, now is a good time to start thinking about your holiday dining plans. While you’re at one of Orlando’s Theme Parks it’s easy to stop in at a quick service restaurant for a quick bite. However, if you want to experience one of the nicer dining options available reservations fill up quickly.
Here are some tips to consider when dining at Orlando theme parks:
Walt Disney World: Disney World reservations fill up faster than any other park. The new Be Our Guest Restaurant is already sold out for the holiday season, but other options remain available. Our best advice is to be flexible with your plans and continue to check back with Disney’s reservation system for cancellations. You never know when a spot might open up. Also, you might feel the need to eat inside the park but there are plenty of fantastic dining options available the Disney resorts. The Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Citrico’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort all have available for holiday reservations. For an elegant evening without the kids, try Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort. Reservations for all restaurants can be made online or by calling 407-939-3463.
SeaWorld: SeaWorld offers one of the best holiday events in Orlando when it comes to value. All of the SeaWorld celebrations and activities are included with the purchase of SeaWorld tickets. Plus, the park offers not only delicious holiday treats at various vendors but the on-site dining experiences create holiday menu items special for this time of year. Our top choices for dining at SeaWorld include Santa’s Fireside Feast, Dine with Shamu and Sharks Underwater Grill. Reservations are recommended for all options. The best budget friendly option is Dine with Shamu, as children eat free with the purchase of an adult reservation now through December 24. Reservations can be made online (excluding Sharks Underwater Grill) or by calling 888-800-5447.
Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Orlando greets the holidays with Grinchmas, a Macy’s Holiday Parade and performances by Mannheim Steamroller, all included with the purchase of Universal Orlando tickets. The dining options are Universal are best in their CityWalk quarter, all of which feature a reservation option on OpenTable.com. If you’re seeking in-ark reservations, the two experiences I recommend are Universal’s Superstar Character Breakfast, which features characters from Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Hop, and the hit comedy Despicable Me, as well as the Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience, during which features delicious meal at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and dessert restaurant’s waterfront boardwalk, where the entire family will share a spectacular view of Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular. Reservations for CityWalk restaurants can be made by calling 407-224-3663; Universal Studios reservation lines are 407-224-7554 and 407-224-3613; and Universal Islands of Adventure dining reservations can be made at 407-224-4012.
Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting Christmas Town for the first time ever. Along with this yuletide celebration, they are offering Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast. Families will enjoy a delicious holiday buffet with Mrs. Claus and her favorite elves, plus a rendition of the classic story The Night Before Christmas, special holiday treats, exclusive elf-provided entertainment, plus front of the line access to “Santa’s House” and “Let it Snow. Reservations can be made online only.
December 1-21: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This special Magic Kingdom festival
is filled with fireworks, a holiday parade, cookies and cocoa, snow fall on Main Street USA, and more. Held 7pm-midnight on select nights. Special ticket rates apply.
December 1-23: Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Fridays-Sundays guests can experience special entertainment, festive treats, holiday shopping, and beautiful Christmas decorations during Christmas Town
. A separate ticket is required.
December 1-27: Festival of the Seasons
Downtown Disney will have live entertainment, festive decorations, and Santa Claus during the holiday season.
December 1-30: Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional
is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. Special guests narrate the event, including Geena Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Garcia, and more.
December 1-30: Christmas Bricktacular
The second annual Christmas Bricktacular
at Legoland Florida takes place every weekend in December. View the 30’ tall Lego Christmas tree, do some holiday shopping, and enjoy the holiday decorations and music.
December 1-31: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Experience SeaWorld’s winter wonderland
with a Sea of Trees, carols, ice skaters, and a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience.
December 1-31: Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
December 1 – January 6: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most amazing Christmas light shows
in the country. The lights display is included with regular admission to the theme park.
December 31: New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld
A musical celebration and fireworks show will ring in the new year at SeaWorld Orlando.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Party at DisneyQuest
Downtown Disney will have its own NYE celebration at DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park. Get access to all the attractions and video games, plus there will be a DJ dance party, countdown, confetti, and food at FoodQuest.
Get ready for an all-new adventure at Universal Orlando Resort in summer 2013. The Orlando theme park has just announced its next blockbuster attraction will be TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride will bring the intergalactic battle between Autobots and Decepticons to Universal Studios for an action-packed, immersive experience.
During the ride, you will come face to face with Megatron, dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons and fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. Universal Orlando Resort worked closely with Michael Bay, the director of the Transformers film series, to create an authentic experience that brings one of the most popular film franchises of the last decade to life. Amazing special effects, state-of-the-art 3D technology and life-like HD CGI media put riders right in the middle of the battle between good and evil.
The ride will be a clone of the popular Transformer attractions that opened earlier this year at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore.
Make your way to Downtown Disney in Orlando for Festival of the Seasons. The holiday celebration features live entertainment, festive décor, memorable photo opportunities and much, much more. All of the excitement happens November 16, 2012 through December 27, 2012.
Downtown Disney bring the magic of the holidays to revelers with dazzling lights, a grand Christmas tree and plenty of festive cheer. Of course, live entertainment adds to the spirit of the season. You can look forward to performances including:
- Holiday Carolers
- Latin, Jazz and Pop performances of cherished holiday songs
- Costumed Stilt Walkers and Street Performers
- Holiday Dance Party with DJ
Santa Claus will also be visiting Downtown Disney to share holiday wish lists and take photos. Santa Claus will appear at his chalet in the Downtown Disney Marketplace every day through December 24. From December 25-27, Santa Goofy will be on hand much to the delight of children.
Of course, when you visit Downtown Disney bring your Christmas shopping lists as there are various specialty shops where you can find the perfect gift to put under the tree. Some of the stores at Downtown Disney include World of Disney, Lego Imagination Center, Orlando Harley-Davidson and Once Upon a Toy Store.