Face your fears at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights.  For 28 terrifying nights beginning September 19 Universal Studios is transformed into one of the nation’s most terrifying playgrounds.  See if you can survive haunted houses, electrifying scare zones, outrageous live shows, and other hauntingly good fun.   Winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award the last five years, Halloween Horror Nights is the premier Halloween event in Orlando.


Universal Orlando will present Halloween Horror Nights on select nights September 19 through November 1, 2015. The theme for this year’s event is “Your Worst Fears Come to Life.”  The park is taking the Fear theme seriously, and are promising some of the most intense experiences ever.

Think you can handle the hauntingly good times in store?  Read on to find out about the haunted houses, scare zones and live shows planned for 2014.

Three original concept haunted houses are planned:

Giggles & Gore, Inc.:
Witness the torturous process that turns kidnapped people into evil clowns – just try not be transformed into one yourself.

Roanoke – Cannibal Colony: In the settlement of Roanoke the frenzied colonists will rip, tear and devour any fresh meat that comes near them.

Dollhouse of the Damned: Within the decaying walls of this house awaits something evil. The unfortunate souls that enter here will become the damned that never escape.

Character and pop culture driven haunted houses include:

Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood: Your demise could come from bloodthirsty vampires or the attacking Turks as you attempt to survive the terrifying journey that turned the one-time hero into Dracula.

Alien vs. Predator: Get caught in the middle of a savage battle between these two horrific extraterrestrial species and try to avoid becoming collateral damage.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Beneath the neon lit façade of this remote biker bar you’ll discover a labyrinth of death, as an ancient race of
bloodthirsty creatures serve up chaos and carnage.

The Walking Dead: AMC’s The Walking Dead returns in an all-new house based on the series’ most recent season. Experience the event’s
largest house ever with more scareactors than ever before.

Scare Zones:

The Purge: Anarchy: Once you enter The Purge: Anarchy you’ll be lucky to just survive the night. In this unique experience inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, turmoil and pandemonium awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims.

Face Off: In the Flesh: You’ll be surrounded by the most terrifying creatures from the minds of some of Hollywood’s most talented Special effects make-up artists in this gruesome, immersive experience.

Maskerade: Unstitched:
Even more horrors fill the streets of Universal Studios as guests are hypnotized by deceptive patrons of a seemingly glamorous ball.  See if you can waltz away unscathed.

Bayou of Blood: Surrounded by voodoo practitioners that fill the snake and spider-infested Bayou of Blood, this scare zone redefines creepy
and crawly frights.

Live Shows:

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure: Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted “Theordore” Logan return with an all-new, especially
excellent Halloween adventure. Party on as those two most excellent dudes skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Campy, adult-oriented fun is the theme of the Rocky Horror Picture Show which is returning after a two year absence.
During Halloween Horror Nights, several of Universal Studios’ starring attractions are open too.  Plus, since the haunted houses are the highlight of the event visitors usually have no lines for rides.  Here’s the official list for 2014:
  • TRANSFORMERS The Ride – 3D
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

Please note, if you purchase a HHN Express Pass, it works on the rides in addition to the haunted houses.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando runs Sept. 19-20, Sept. 25-28, Oct. 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 and Nov. 1. This event is a separate ticketed event and is not included in the regular price of Universal Studio tickets.

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Harry Potter CelebrationUniversal Orlando Resort is bringing back A Celebration of Harry Potter by popular demand. The Orlando theme park, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, has designed a special Harry Potter event fans of all ages will want to experience. Beginning January 30 – February 1, 2015, fans will be able to enjoy three days of Potter-themed activities. From interactive experiences to a private evening reception and more, this exciting event will be three days of unforgettable fun for all ages, set against the backdrop of two amazing theme parks.

During A Celebration of Harry Potter, guests will have access to:

  • Exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ & Diagon Alley™, including light desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™
  • Exclusive film talent Q&A session and reserved section for discussions and demonstrations
  • Special Guest access to A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open.
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ (one per person)
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and commemorative merchandise item
  • Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk®

Hotel packages start at $185 per person. They include:

  • 3-Night hotel accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park admission ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida® & Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

3-Day Park-to-Park Admission Ticket Includes Access to:

  • A Celebration of Harry Potter™
  • Film talent Q&A sessions
  • Discussions and demonstrations
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo
  • Plus admission to Universal Studios Florida® & Universal’s Islands of Adventure® where you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, including the Hogwarts™ Express.

Tickets start at less than $62.00 per day, per person.

Guests will also have access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where they can soar above Hogwarts on the thrilling attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sip Butterbeer at the Hog’s Head pub, see a wand choose a wizard in Ollivanders, explore iconic shops like Honeydukes, Zonko’s, and more.

While most of the activities for A Celebration of Harry Potter will be open to all Universal Orlando ticketholders only guests who purchase the special event package will enjoy exclusive benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are extremely limited and are on sale now.

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Orlando, Florida offers unique experiences for every visitor, from vacations for families to couple getaways. There are so many things to do in Orlando you’re sure to have an unforgettable vacation no matter which activities make your agenda. Whether that means spending a week at area theme parks or want to spend a relaxing weekend shopping and at the spa, a vacation in the Sunshine State can be whatever you want it to be. Ready to find out more about all Orlando offers? Read on.

359Orlando Theme Parks

The most renowned attractions in Orlando are the world-famous theme parks encapsulating timeless experiences. Explore the four parks of Disney World Resort, from the enchanting Magic Kingdom to the paradise of Animal Kingdom, then go behind the scenes of pop culture at Universal Orlando Resort. Build memories with your family at LEGOLAND or dive into aquatic adventure at SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Wet ‘n Wild.  At Busch Gardens, theme park thrills and animal encounters combine for a one-of-a-king theme park. With tickets to Orlando theme parks, you’re guaranteed a day of fun in the Orlando sun.

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Outside of first-class theme parks, you can fill your days with attractions featuring interactive exhibits, entertaining shows and the immersive outdoor adventures. Amuse your mind at WonderWorks, explore wildlife at Gatorland, soar through the skies and countryside of Forever Florida or cruise the wetlands on an Orlando airboat ride. Line-up your nights with engaging shows like Blue Man Group or Medieval Times, or choose to spend the day on the space coast exploring Kennedy Space Center. In Orlando, the attraction options are endless!


Another great thing about Orlando are excellent shopping opportunities. You can save on your favorite brands at retail malls like Orlando Premium Outlets, or splurge on luxury labels at the Mall at Millenia. Plenty of unique goods are available at local boutiques too, and souvenir shops are located on every block so you can pick up that signature shirt or kitschy photo frame for your keepsakes. Of course, you can score some of the best shopping at stores inside Universal CityWalk and Downtown Disney.

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Orlando has a thriving cultural scene showcasing live music, galleries, festivals and museums. Stroll through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Charles Hosmer Morse American Museum of American Art, then take in a play at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Engaging festivals such as the Fringe Festival or Florida Film Festival highlight various art forms, while theme parks often host holiday specific celebrations centered on Christmas and Halloween. Discover the history of Orlando at places like Orange County Regional History Center or the historic park of Lake Eola.

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Immerse yourself in the nature appeal of Orlando. Harry P. Leu Gardens, Bok Tower Gardens and the Albin Polasek Sculpture Garden are elegant, landscaped sanctuaries. For a more adventurous outdoor activity, try ziplining or horseback riding at Forever Florida. Catch a ride with an Orlando airboat tour company to cruise through the Florida wetlands, or charter a boat to try your hand at ocean fishing. Need more ideas? Simply hit the beach for fun in the sun!

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Pamper yourself at Orlando spas to really relax and rejuvenate on vacation. Whether you need a quick back massage or a full body makeover, award-winning spa options have you covered. Opt for a solo retreat or go with a friend.  Feeling amorous?  Treat yourself to a couple’s day at the spa to feel totally refreshed with a side of romance. Some of the best spas in Orlando include the Waldorf Astoria Spa and Ritz Carlton Spa. World-class services and treatments are the main event at these spas, and the star is you!


Orlando is one of the world’s largest gold destinations, with more than 170 golf courses and 20 gold academies calling the area home. Hit the greens on one of the outstanding courses designed by premier golf courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye, Palmer and Fazio. A few recommended Orlando golf courses include Shingle Creek Golf Club, Grand Cypress Golf Club and Legends at Orange Lake Resort. Tee up and see why Orlando is a true golfer’s paradise.


There is an eclectic mic of eateries in Orlando. From upscale, award-winning restaurants featuring famous chefs to local mom and pop cafes, you can find a variety of places to dine. A variety of flavors and price points are on the menu, too, so you’re to satisfy every craving and every budget. You’ll find plenty of culinary adventures of International Drive and Sand Lake Road, which is also known as Restaurant Row. A few of my favorite fine dining options are Ocean Prime and The Capital Grille, while Café Tu Tu Tango and Rocco’s Tacos serve tasty cuisine in a festive atmosphere. Looking for cheap eats? Try Mediterranean Blue, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria, Adobe Gila’s and Crave. Of course, culinary adventures await at Orlando Theme Parks too. Make reservations to dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant or Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom, try exotic creations at Epcot’s World Showcase or choose from themed dining featured at Universal Orlando Resort. One recommendation remains true for all – come hungry!

Before you visit, read about the free things to do in Orlando to make the most of your vacation!

It’s easy to experience family fun in Orlando, Florida. The sunny state is home to the nonstop action of Orlando theme parks, as well as a variety of entertaining attractions and spectacular shows. Beyond the theme park gates, there is a whole other side of Orlando to explore. Get up close to Florida gators, go for a high-speed airboat ride and even discover the space coast at Kennedy Space Center. When it comes to filling your vacation itinerary, family fun will be at the top of your list. Get a head start with your plans with these recommendations on family fun in the sun – Orlando style!

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Spend a few days (or more!) at all of the amazing Orlando theme parks. You could easily make a vacation out of Disney World alone, as the park has four themed lands to explore – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. To go behind the scenes of your favorite movies and characters visit Universal Orlando Resort. Thrilling attractions like The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Simpsons Ride make its two parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – one of the most popular places to visit in Orlando. Combine this with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can immerse yourself recreations of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and you have a world-class theme park experience. And that’s just the beginning! Other theme parks include the African-themed plains of Busch Gardens Tampa, bricktacular fun of LEGOLAND Florida and aquatic thrills and spills of SeaWorld, Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando.

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Families will want to explore interactive attractions in Orlando. Places like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum provide a place for mind to wonder, and showcase the truly strange and bizarre. FantasySurf and iFly Orlando add action-packed thrills to your day, as you can learn to surf indoors as well as take on the sport of skydiving. The fun doesn’t stop there, though! Families can race go-karts at Fun Spot, greet the greater reaches of our galaxy at Kennedy Space Center and even experience the lighter side of Orlando at shows like Blue Man Group. Speaking of shows, dinner shows are served nightly in Orlando with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and The Outta Control Dinner ranked as two of the best.

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Explore the other side of Orlando, Florida at attractions highlighting the natural appeal of the area. At Gatorland, not only can you get up close to a true Florida gator but you can fly through the skies and over gators and crocodiles on the their Screamin’ Gator Zipline. Gatorland isn’t just home to gators, though. You can get up close and personal with other creatures that inhabit Florida’s swamps like rare birds and other slimy slithering reptiles, the cool off at Gator Gully’s Splash Park. Want to feel the wind really whip through your hair? Hop aboard an Orlando airboat ride with Boggy Creek Adventures or Wild Willys Airboat Tours. Over at Forever Florida, you can take a safari trek through the swampland, soar through the skies on a zipline or gallop through the countryside via horseback. Plus, you can visit Revolution Off Road for ATV adventures and get close to animals at the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo or Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo.

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Orlando might be located centrally within Florida, but the beach is definitely within reach! Add a day on the coast to your vacation to truly enjoy all of Florida’s best attractions. Kids young and old love the golden shores of Clearwater Beach on the west coast, and Cocoa Beach to the east. With access to a beach only about an hour from Orlando, spending the day in the sand and surf is a breeze!

Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world, and for good reason! Home to a plethora of premier amusement parks, this is the go-to destination for family fun. Each park offers its own unique blend of entertainment, too, from magical moments with your favorite characters to thrilling rides and superhero encounters. Ready to discover all Orlando theme parks have to offer? Read on.

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Families can reconnect and create lifelong memories at the most magical place on earth. Home to four extraordinary theme parks, Disney World is the ultimate place to play in Orlando. To get the true Disney experience, I recommend spending a couple of days at the park and using a Park Hopper ticket to hop from park to park. The Magic Kingdom is the crown jewel of the park, and should be first on your agenda. Walk down Main Street U.S.A., have your picture snapped in front of Cinderella’s Castle, then traipse through Fantasyland where movies like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid come to life. There’s so much more to do, though! Which is why you need to be able to slow down, take it all in and not rush your time at the park.

Disney Ecpot Cpyright 1The three other Disney theme parks in Orlando are Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Epcot combines futuristic fun with culinary adventures within two areas of the park – Future World and World Showcase. Take a ride Soarin’ to get a birds-eye-view of California, then rev up your engines at Test Track. Spaceship Earth is a great throwback ride, and speaks of the original version of the park. At World Showcase you ca sample exotic foods and delightful drinks, all in themed areas where you’ll feel as if you’re really in other countries such as Italy, China and Germany.

Animal Kingdom SafariDisney’s Hollywood Studios highlights the star power of Hollywood, with glitz, glamour and movie nostalgia found in every corner. Tower of Terror is the best thrill in all of the Disney parks, and is a definite fastpass choice. Afterwards, hit the highway on the Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and walk through the back lots of scenes in New York City and San Francisco. Star Tours, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular are also popular attractions within Hollywood Studios. Lastly, Animal Kingdom provides spectacular animal encounters mixed with intricately themed landscapes. Kilimanjaro Safaris are the ultimate attraction here, as you can view elephants, giraffes and even lions up-close. Be sure to take in It’s a Bug Life and Expedition Everest too, and take plenty of pictures of the Tree of Life!

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You can jump right into the movies at Universal Orlando Resort! Two outstanding parks – Universal Studios and Universal Orlando Resort – offer extreme thrills, movie magic and the best of pop culture. At Universal Studios you can wage war against the decepticons at TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, then visit Springfield to experience the Simpson Ride and visit iconic places like Moe’s and Krusty Burger. Coaster enthusiasts rave about Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit, while the little ones will want to visit Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. Then, take to the streets of London at the newly opened Diagon Alley. At this section of the park, immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. See if you can power through the perils of the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s Bank, then purchase a wizard robe of your own at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

Wizarding-World-of-Harry-Potter-Universal-Studios-OrlandoStop at the Platform 9 ¾ to board the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade, located on the Islands of Adventure side of the park. Highlights of Hogsmeade include a high-flying qudditch adventure with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, choosing your very own wand at Ollivander’s and dining at The Three Broomsticks. Of course, there’s much more to do at Islands of Adventure. All your favorite comic characters leap off the pages at Marvel Superhero Island. Swing through the streets at The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man before braving the fury of The Incredible Hulk Coaster. Be sure to stop for a laugh and a splash at Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, then explore the realms of Jurassic Park. Spend the evening at Universal CityWalk dining at themed restaurants such as Margaritaville, the upscale Emeril’, or grab a slice at the Red Oven Pizza Bakery.

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Families love visiting Busch Gardens because it combines the best of theme park adventure and zoo encounters, all in an engaging and exotically themed atmosphere. Experience up-close encounters with wild animals, and explore fascinating attractions based on cultures and legends of faraway lands. Race like a wild cat on the Serengeti aboard Cheetah Hunt, then plunge from the sky on Sheikra. Montu, Kumba and The Scorpion offer even more coaster excitement, and nearly 3,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games round out the unparalleled activities at Busch Gardens Tampa. The best part is you can have your thrills and discovery too, as animal encounters are just steps away. Animal lovers will want to explore the Serengeti Plain to spot giraffes, the Myombe Reserve to glimpse gorillas and the Edge of Africa to get a look at lions.

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LEGOLAND is the place to build family fun with little ones. This theme park is geared towards children ages 2-12, and provides the ultimate setting for those impressive imaginations to run amok. There are more than 50 rides, shows and attractions spread across 10 different lands, all with their own theme. Be sure to watch the “Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty” at Pirate Ski Cove Stadium before letting the kids go for a spin at the Driving School at LEGO City. Put your LEGO skills to the test at Imagination Zone, then go back to the medieval era with a ride on The Dragon or Royal Joust at LEGO Kingdom. Safari Trek and Coastersaurus are standouts at Land of Adventure, while Miniland USA replicates famous cities brick by LEGO brick. Want to add even more things to do to your day at the park? Purchase a LEGOLAND Florida Waterpark combo ticket! Kid-friendly aquatic attractions make this the perfect place to spend a day in the Orlando sun.


There’s only one Orlando theme park offering an ocean of fun for families – SeaWorld! Venture below the surface of the ocean surface of the ocean, get up close and personal with animals, and experience one-of-a-kind aquatic thrills all at one unique park. A few of the best experiences at the park include the adrenaline fueled, face-down coaster rush of Manta, the visually stunning, 3D and 360 voyage of TurtleTrek and the icy adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Of course, a day at SeaWorld truly shines while you watch one of their signature shows. One Ocean, Pets Ahoy and the stunning Shamu Celebration: Light Up the Night are all spectacular. Plus, at Dolphin Cove you can watch as amazing dolphin’s splash and spin while at Shark Encounter you can weave your way through underwater viewing tunnels. You can discover even more aquatic adventures at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park.

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The best in water park rides and attractions is showcased at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando. With more multi-person rides than any other area waterpark, it’s easy to spend time with your family while famously making a splash. Two of the tops group rides area Brain Wash and Disco H20, while The Black Hole provides a groovy space-themed spills and thrills. For amped up adventure, try the slick speeds of Aqua Drag Racer or the epic six-story drop of Bomb Bay. You’ll find Florida’s largest water play area at Blastaway Beach, which is sandcastle-themed and features slides, water cannons and waterfalls. Try our hand at catching a wave at Surf Lagoon or take a leisurely float on the Lazy River. All of this and more can be found at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando.

There’s a lot of entertainment to be found when the sun goes down in Orlando.  You can experience a night out in Orlando at one of the entertaining dinner shows available.  From great food to lively, family-friendly entertainment, many people don’t consider their vacation complete until they’ve feasted on food with their family while enjoying an entertaining Orlando dinner show.  There are several dinner shows in Orlando to choose from, including those with snarky sketches, knightly talents and far-away tales. 

A few of the best Orlando dinner shows are:

  • Three Musketeers
  • Medieval Times
  • Pirates Dinner Adventure
  • Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
  • Treasure Tavern
  • The Outta Control Dinner Show

When you reserve your Orlando dinner show tickets with Reserve Orlando you get the best deals on these popular productions.

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rsz_epcot_food_and_wine_copyrightThe Epcot Food & Wine Festival is an annual event that is the highlight of autumn at Walt Disney World Orlando.  Each year the festival, which is scheduled for September 19 through November 10, 2014, presents a showcase of food adventures, appealing to the culinary enthusiast in all of us.  To keep the festival fresh, Epcot adds new things to do so each year so guests can visit every year and have a different experience.  Ready to find out what is new for 2014?  Read on.

Boot Camp Series:  Go on a two-hour interactive adventure where you’ll explore your culinary talents and gain cooking confidence. Four boot camps are available:
  • Food and Wine Pairings 101, Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, September 21
  • Chocolate, Graycliff Chocolatier Erika Davis, October 5
  • Cake Decorating, Gabrielle Parisi of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken NJ, October 12
  • Pickling 101, Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s in Hollywood FL, October 19

All Boot Camps take place World ShowPlace Events Pavilion East Hall from 1:00-3:00pm.  Cost is $119 per person.

Dining Through the Decades:  This special dining experience is themed as “A Tribute to Walt Disney.”  Sample meals, inspired by some of Walt’s favorites, at interactive cooking stations. And enjoy pairing them with wines, each with their own unique Disney connection. Scheduled for October 24, 2014, from 7:30pm-10:00pm.  Cost is $99-$119 per person.

Late Nights LIVE!: Are you ready to party?  This street party transforms Tuesday and Thursday nights during the festival, from 9:45pm to 1:00am.  Each party ticket includes six food and beverage items form festival marketplaces, musical performances, strolling entertainment and a live DJ.  Located between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza.  Cost is $79 per person. 

Food for Thought: Gain culinary insights as top celebrity chefs share tips, stories and food inspired by their cookbooks.  The chef schedule is as follows:

  • Norman Van Aken, Norman’s at The Ritz Carlton in Grande Lakes, Orlando FL, September 19
  • Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine’s nosh in Bluffton SC, September 26
  • Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen in St. Louis Park MN, October 10
  • Jamie Deen, The Lady and Sons in Savannah GA, October 11
  • Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill & Topolobampo in Chicago IL October 17
  • Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT/Lunchbox/RangeFamily/MealAggio in Frederick MD, October 24
  • Cat Cora, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora in Sentosa Island Singapore, October 31

All Food for Thought events take place at Epcot’s Festival Welcome Center from 10:00am-11:45am.  Cost is $169 per person. 

Shake and Indulge Like the French featuring Grand Marnier:  Sponsored by Grand Marnier, the bestselling liqueur in France, this event begins with a welcoming mimosa, followed by a sampling of Grand Marnier’s finest: Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary. Learn to shake and muddle drinks, and sample crepes and other desserts complimented by the liqueur.  Located at Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion.  Held on Saturdays beginning September 27, from 2:30pm-4:00pm.  Cost is $55 per person.
Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing: Immerse yourself in flavor during this Mediterranean dining event.  A five-course dinner is served on the shimmering shores of the Morocco Pavilion, paired with wines perfectly selected to complement each course.  Located at the Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion.  Scheduled for each Wednesday of the festival from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Cost is $55 per person.

Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner: Truffle lovers will want to indulge in this lavish five-course dinner.  White truffles are showcased with skill and creativity alongside a variety of regional Italian wines, all in the atmosphere of an Italian summer villa.  Located at the Tutto Italia Ristorante in the Italy Pavilion.  Scheduled on select Thursdays October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Cost is $295 per person.

Sunday Mornings With…: Celebrate Sundays in style by joining a celebrated pastry chef or baker for a plated brunch, complete with a decadent dessert sampler.  The schedule is as follows:
  • Gale Gand, Tru & SpriitzBurger, September 28
  • Matt Lewis and Renato Paliafito, Baked, October 5
  • Warren Brown, CakeLove, October 12
  • Buddy Valastro, Carlo’s Bakery, October 19
  • Carla Hall, ABC’s The Chew, October 26
  • Keegan Gerhard, D Bar Desserts, November 2
  • Alex Guarnaschelli, Butter, November 9

All “Sunday Mornings With…” events are located at the Epcot Festival Welcome Center from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Cost is $99 per person.

Back to Basics:  Learn how to turn basic food creations into epicurean delights.  During Back to Basics you’ll be able to collect advice from the pros that will make your next recipe really pop!  This event is free with Epcot admission.  Located at the Epcot Festival Welcome Center Fridays through Sundays at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM and 6:15 PM.
Party for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs From Around the World: Experience a sensory explosion as you indulge in culinary creations from around the globe. You’ll be guided by professional chefs on a journey through the United States, Asia, Europe and beyond.  There are three ways to experience the Party for the Senses, with prices per person ranging from $149-$299.  Located at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion on October 25, 2014, from 7:30pm-10:00pm.

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Check out these Orlando events happening in September 2014:

September 1-30: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
Satisfy your cravings during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.  Select Central Florida restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe dinners for $33. Indulge your inner gourmet with an appetizer, entree and dessert at a variety of trendy bistros and upscale dining destinations.

September 5-7: 5th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show
Visit the Orange County Convention Center for this home and garden extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the 5th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show.
September 5-6:  Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom
This contemporary Christian music festival brings together music superstars of rock, pop, and gospel. Concerts will take place on multiple stages during the evenings.  Night of Joy tickets are on sale now. 

September 5-6: Rock the Universe
Universal Studios will be hosting their own Christian music festival featuring 17 bands. A separate event ticket is required.

September 10 – October 31:  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Magic Kingdom hosts this Halloween-themed event appropriate for all ages. Dress up in your favorite costume and go trick-or-treating around the park.
September 26 – November 1:  Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
Haunted houses, scare zones, thrilling shows, and shocking creatures are some of the terrifying experiences happening during Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa.

September 19 – November 1:  Halloween Horror Nights
This year’s Halloween event is even scarier with haunted houses themed after The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn and The Purge.  Make your way through haunted houses, terrifying shows, and scare zones.

September 19 – November 10:  Epcot International Food& Wine Festival
The 19th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festivalis the highlight of the fall as Disney guests can taste their way around the world, listen to some of their favorite tunes during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and attend culinary programs geared towards the foodie in all of us.

Make the most of Halloween by attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.  The annual event caters to families and provides a magical atmosphere for kids to enjoy Halloween.  Trick-or-treat through Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party September 1–October 31, 2014.

Disney Halloween entertainment includes:

  • Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle!:  Some of your favorite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.
  • Frontierland: Venture into Frontierland where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor.
  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade: The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!
  • Happy HalloWishes: The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!
Trick-or-Treat Stations and Trails
  • Adventureland
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean queu
  • Liberty Square
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland
    • Peter Pan’s Flight queue
    • Pinocchio Village Haus
    • Storybook Circus, near Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Space Mountain
    • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Trick or Treat Trails
    • Frontierland: Near Splash Mountain queue
    • Tomorrowland: Enter near Space Mountain and exit at Storybook Circus
Join the party on these select nights:
  • September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014
  • October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31, 2014
The party starts at 7pm and ends at midnight.  A parade is planned at 8:15pm and 10:30pm, with fireworks at 9:30pm.  The second parade is usually less crowded, so plan accordingly. The event does require a separate admission ticket and is not included with the purchase of regular Disney tickets. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party admission prices range from $62-77 for adults and $57-72 for children.  We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to save money on this unique event.

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