LEGOLAND Waterpark is adding even more splash to its waterpark family fun in 2013!  Mermaids, sharks and divers are now displayed throughout the park, which has added two million LEGO brinks bringing the total to an astounding four million LEGO bricks found in impressive models throughout the park.  LEGOLAND Waterpark, which opened for the season March 9, is a unique attraction geared specifically towards kids ages 2-12.  This makes water play for even the littlest ones in your family safe and enjoyable!

New features at LEGOLAND Waterpark Florida include:

  • Build-A-Raft River Entrance: A new brightly-colored LEGO entrance now greets guests as they enter this distinctive 1,000-foot lazy river experience where families can test their creativity by building their own LEGO rafts.
  • LEGO Moby Dick: While floating along the Build-A-Raft River, families will be fascinated by Moby Dick, a ferocious whale made famous in American literature. LEGO Moby Dick is made of 200,879 LEGO DUPLO® bricks.
  • LEGO Wave Pool: The 583,000-gallon, crystal-clear wave pool is now decked-out with an amazing display of bright, cascading blue waves with two new LEGO models:
  • LEGO Shark, made of 248,642 bricks, is found among the waves searching for friends.
  • LEGO Scuba Diver, made of 86,233 bricks, finds himself face-to-face with a fiercely friendly LEGO Shark.
  • LEGO Mermaid: The entrance of the LEGOLAND Water Park now provides an impressive exhibit of intermittent water spouts and playful bubbles that burst from a LEGO Mermaid standing 15 ft tall. LEGO Mermaid is made of 176,210 bricks.
  • Waveside Grill: A new dining option can be found near the LEGO Wave Pool serving up delicious hot dogs and more.
Experience all the LEGOLAND Waterpark has to offer with a discount two-day LEGOLAND Waterpark Combo Ticket.  You’ll have access to both LEGOLAND theme parks, all with a huge savings of $20.  It’s an incredible value and makes your day at the park extremely affordable.  Plus, the two days of admission don’t have to be used consecutively so your plans can remain flexible.
Photo Credit: Fantasy of Flight

Join Fantasy of Flight for their 39th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Splash-In.  The event, scheduled for April 11, 2013, will feature a variety of seaplanes and amphibious aircraft performing water landings and takeoffs during an afternoon of exciting competition.  Look for Fantasy of Flight’s own Sikorsky S-39 plane and Grumman Duck!  You can also view a PBY Catalina and Short Sunderland at the Fantasy of Flight Museum.

The Splash-In is included with Fantasy of Flight tickets, so you can make a day of it at the Orlando attraction.   Over 40 rare and vintage aircraft, many of which have been restored to flyable condition, are on display at Fantasy of Flight.  But that is just the beginning: they offer a variety of guided tours including visits to their working restoration and maintenance areas. You can climb inside real cockpits and then take a spin on our state-of-the-art hang-glide simulator in our interactive Fun with Flight area.
If you wish to attend the Splash-In only you may.  There is a charge of $10 for parking and admission.

Get the party started during Busch Gardens’ Viva La Musica!  The fiesta is featured Sundays April 14-May 5, 2013.  Viva La Musica will highlight award-winning Latin artists, authentic arts and crafts, and regional Latin cuisine.  Plus, all of the concert and spiced-up fun is included with Busch Gardens tickets.

Photo Credit: Busch Gardens

Viva La Musica features food, drink and fun for the entire family.  Regional Latin cuisine, arts, crafts, dance and music will be available throughout the festival area, as well as performances from award-winning Latin artists.  Festival events at Busch Gardens begin at 12pm.

The concert line-up includes:
  • Ednita Nazario – April 14
  • Oscar D’Leon – April 21
  • Milly Quezada – April 28
  • El Gran Combo – May 5
All concerts begin at 3pm on Gwazi Field.
When you purchase tickets through Reserve Orlando you reserve two day at Busch Gardens Tampa for the price of one!  Plus, tickets currently have a $10 savings.  Reserve yours today and you’ll have access to thrilling attractions and one-of-a-kind up-close animal encounters.

Want to add a bit more excitement to your visit to Universal Orlando Resort?  Reserve a Character Dining Experience!  You’ll be able to meet your favorite characters, enjoy delicious meals and it you can choose from dinner or breakfast options.

If you’d like to start your day by meeting some of your favorite characters, choose Universal’s Superstar Character Breakfast.  Featuring characters from Universal’s Superstar Parade, you’ll get to greet the day with friends like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Diego; E.B. from the hit comedy Hop; the minions from Despicable Me and more.  Later in the day you’re invited to party with your new friends as the Superstar Parade takes to the streets. 

Location: Cafe La Bamba
Times: 9:00am to 11:00am – Dates and Times subject to change
Characters From: Nickelodeon; the hit comedy Hop; Despicable Me
Price: Adults $24.99, Children $10.99 (Separate Theme Park Admission Required)

To highlight your day at Universal with an ending worthy of the movies, makes reservations for Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience.  Teens and adults will enjoy having access to an exclusive viewing area for the new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular–100 Years of Movie Memories.  Prior to watching the show you’ll be treated to a delicious meal at Lombard’s Seafood Grille.

Location: Lombard’s Seafood Grille Deck
Time: 4pm to 7:45pm (Dates and Times subject to change)
Reservations: Online reservations can be made starting May 24
Price: Adults $44.99, Children $12.99 (Separate Theme Park Admission Required)

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels also offer character dining experiences.  On various evenings at Loews Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort you can enjoy special appearances by Universal Orlando characters.  Check with these properties directly for more information.

When you stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel you are immersed in everything Disney. It’s a wonderful way to add even more magic to a memorable vacation experience. There are a variety of Disney Resorts to choose from, with prices ranges providing flexibility for your vacation needs. Along with unique amenities, superior comfort and attention-based service, guests also receive benefits only a Disney Resort can provide.

Exclusive Disney Resort guest benefits include:

  • Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.
  • Complimentary Transportation: Avoid the hassle of driving and the cost of parking with Disney Resort’s complimentary transportation. Disney Resort guests have free access to complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks. Travel by bus, water taxi, ferry or monorail!
  • Disney’s Magical Express Service: Let the magic begin as soon as you land at the Orlando International Airport! Climb aboard the complimentary round-trip airport transportation and head straight to your Disney Resort where vacation awaits!
  • Complimentary Golf Club Rental: Want to hit the links but didn’t travel with your clubs? No problem! Disney Resort guests are provided free rentals of golf clubs.
  • Simplify your Stay: When staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your Resort ID to charge your purchases to your room. You may also choose to have your purchases shipped to your resort.

Reserve a Disney Resort vacation package to enjoy all the perks of staying on Disney property!

SeaWorld Orlando is spicing up Saturdays during their Viva La Musica Festival.  The Latin-infused festival features hot Latin music and authentic Latin cuisine.  Celebrate Latin culture April 13-May 4, 2013.

Viva la Musica festival activities begin at 12pm each Saturday, with concerts starting at 3pm at Bayside Stadium:   
  • Saturday, April 13 – Daddy Yankee (reggaeton)
  • Saturday, April 20 – Willie Colon  (salsa)
  • Saturday, April 27 – Grupomania (merengue)
  • Saturday, May 4 – El Gran Combo (salsa)
Festive Saturday’s special events and concerts during Viva La Musica are included with the purchase of SeaWorld tickets.  You can save $10 on adult and kids tickets right now! 
Cuisine for this year’s event is sure to be phenomenal with Chef Hector Colon serving as Executive Chef.  Traditional specialties like arroz con gandules, arroz con pollo, habichuelas rojas y maduros, churrasco, ceviche, alcapurrias and bacalaíto will tempt your taste buds. 
This is just one of the many festivals SeaWorld Orlando hosts throughout the year.  SeaWorld Summer Nights follows this festival, with an opening date of June 22.

Add even more magic to your Disney vacation by staying at a Disney World Resort.  Featuring a range of properties including value-based resorts and upscale retreats, Disney properties are designed with your satisfaction in mind.  Reserve Orlando is happy to provide a full selection of Disney Resorts for your selection.  From tropical paradises to boardwalk charm to safari adventure, each lodge offers a unique place to call home while you visit the most magical place on Earth.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney World Resort vacation packages are also available.  Packages make your purchase easy as you can easily add your Disney World tickets and purchase your entire vacation all at once.  Plus, you still have the ability to customize your ticket purchase by adding a Waterpark, Fun and More option or Park Hopper option.  Design your vacation at Disney exactly how you imagined!

The spectacular amenities, service and comfort at Disney Resort hotels are reason enough to inspire a stay, but there’s even more to love about these properties.  Guests also receive benefits only a Disney Resort can provide.  Included in the guest benefits are complimentary transportation, Extra Magic Hours and Disney’s Magic Express Service, as well as complimentary golf club rental. 

Make your Disney dreams come true by reserving a Disney Resort vacation package.  Stay and play where Mickey lives – it’s the best way to experience a true Disney World vacation!

Graduating High School Seniors are invited to celebrate their accomplishment at Universal Orlando’s Grad Bash.  The annual event features street entertainment, karaoke, DJs, dance parties and live performances by some of today’s hottest artists. Attendees also get exclusive access to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Grad Bash will be held from 7pm to 2am on April 12, 19, 26-27 and May 3-4.

Pitbull is returning to the 2013 Grad Bash and is bringing his energetic Latin-infused hits with him.  “Hey Baby” featuring T-Pain; the double-platinum smash, “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho); “Hotel Room Service;” “Krazy;” and “Culo” are sure to get the crowd roaring.  More live entertainment will be scheduled. 
One of the best parts of Universal’s Grad Bash is having full access to both of Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks.  When else do you get to ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at night, with all of your friends, celebrating graduation!? It’s a memorable night for all and a great way to celebrate your accomplishments.   All of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures signature attractions will be open, including The Simpsons Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls.
Tickets for this event are on sale now. Please contact group sales at 1-800-YOUTH-15.

We’ve guided you through Magic Kingdom Full Service Restaurants and Counter Service options.  Now lets take a look at quick service stands.  Disney World has plenty of places to get a refreshing drink or snack while you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom.  Grab and Go stations serve up everything from ice cream to cookies to hot dogs.  Take a look at our quick Magic Kingdom Grab and Go stands to get a heads up on your park plan.

Magic Kingdom Grab and Go options include:

Aloha Aisle: Citrus swirls and pineapple dole whips are the signature items at this Adventureland stop.

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies:  Cool off with a smoothie or some ice cream in Tomorrowland.

Cheshire Café: Frozen lemonade, muffins and beverages are easy to get at the Cheshire Café inside Fantasyland.

Main Street Bakery:  Starbucks coffee, cookies and pastries are served at this classic baker.  (Closed until summer for remodeling.)
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Treat yourself to an old-fashioned scoop at this Main Street staple.
Sleepy Hollow:  Waffle sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino, ice cream sandwiches and funnel cakes will satisfy your cravings at Liberty Square.
Storybook Treats: Floats, shakes and sundaes satisfy your sweet tooth at Fantasyland.
Sunshine Tree Terrace: Head to Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland for a  famous Orange Bird or citrus swirl. 
Friar’s Nook: Chicken nuggets and hot dogs are fast snacks to grab from this Fantasyland grab and go stop.

All price points are $5 and under.

More restaurant guides for Disney World Theme Parks will be posted soon.  Check back for updates!

There’s always something going on in sunny Orlando. April has a wide range of events and festivals. Check out our list of upcoming events and start planning your next trip!

Below are upcoming events for April:

April 1-30: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot’s 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & GardenFestival features plenty of new things to see in 2013. Throughout the 75-day festival, which began March 6, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Flower Power Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.
April 1-20: Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
It’s the most spectacular celebration of the Big Easy spirit outside of New Orleans itself – Mardi Gras at Universal Studios. Bring the whole family for a party filled with music and fun as only Universal Orlando Resort can throw. You’ll enjoy live concerts, a dazzling parade, colorful street performers, authentic Cajun food, and beads by the handful!
April 5-14: Florida Film Festival
The 22nd annual Florida Film Festival will include over 160 films along with special guests and events. See event website for locations.
April 13: Brews Around the Zoo
Sample a variety of craft beers from around the world along with wine, regional cuisine, and music at the Central Florida Zoo from 6-10 pm.
April 13, 20, 27: SeaWorld’s Viva la Musica
SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a Latin festival featuring live music and authentic cuisine. Festival is included with normal SeaWorld admission.
April 14, 20, 27: Busch Gardens Tampa Viva La Musica
Viva La Music features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together live salsa and merengue performances from award-winning Latin artists, authentic arts and crafts, and regional Latin cuisine.  Festival is included with Busch Gardens admission.
April 27: Waves of Glory
Wet ‘n Wild presents an amazing day of fun, faith, and fellowship at the biggest Christian music Battle of the Bands in Central Florida. 
April 27-28: The 2013 Great American Pie Festival
Celebration, Florida will host thousands of pie-lovers and bakers during this two day pie festival featuring the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, pie decorating, pie art, and a pie eating contest.