The word free doesn’t exactly spring to mind when one thinks of Disney World. Disney World tickets aren’t cheap, but they are worth the one-of-a-kind experiences found inside park gates. Luckily, there are free things to do at Disney World that will help keep your budget intact.

Lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge

Lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge

1) Free Disney Tours
Many Disney World resorts offer free tours open to the public. Wonders of Lodge is a one-hour tour of the art and architecture of Wilderness Lodge. During your visit, be sure to catch Disney’s version of Old Faithful, erupting every hour. (You can’t get that kind of timing at Yellowstone!) Over at the Animal Kingdom Lodge there are three tours: Sanaa Cultural Tour, a restaurant tour with menu sampling; Disney-Designed, a cultural-representative led tour of the design of the African-inspired hotel; and the Culinary Tour, featuring the restaurants Boma and Jiko. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has a daily 45-mintue tour at 9am, “Showplace of the Shore,” discussing the story behind the architecture, artifacts, and artwork that graces the restaurants, buildings, and detailed recreations of the Boardwalk. A free one-hour tour starts in the lobby of the Art of Animation Resort each day, providing behind-the-scenes details about the planning, design, and creation of the resort.

Electrical Water Pageant Flickr

Electrical Water Pageant
Photo Credit: Jeff Kern/flickr

2) Electrical Water Pageant
At the resorts surrounding the Magic Kingdom, you can see a 150minute nightly presentation known as the Electrical Water Pageant. Watch as charming sea creatures ranging from real to lore light up the lagoon, with a bright green sea monster leading the way. Set to a variety of Disney tunes, this production is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade in style. Toward the end of the show, a patriotic tone takes over with flashing American flags and patriotic songs.

3) Disney World Fireworks
As someone who has seen countless Disney World firework shows, I can attest they are some of the best. Fortunately, you don’t have to be inside the parks to see the shows. Preferred outside viewing locations include the Ticket and Transportation Center at the Magic Kingdom, beaches at Polynesian Village or Grand Floridian Resort, and the bridge between Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has a limited view of Epcot’s Illumination. Basically, you won’t see the lower level fireworks and lasers but the big pyrotechnics are still stunning.

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

4) Boat Rides
One of the most relaxing things to do at Disney World is to go for a boat ride. There are free water taxis connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot and nearby hotels like Disney’s Beach Club, and Downtown Disney has service to and from resorts like Old Key West Resort and Saratoga Springs. Other boat cruises at Disney World are available at the Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Village, and Wilderness Lodge, among others.

5) Disney Wilderness Preserve
Technically, this isn’t on Disney property but it’s free and fantastic. At The Disney Wilderness Preserve, visitors can hike, bird watch, and enjoy old Florida’s natural beauty. The Preserve is home to birds such as bald eagle, red-cockaded woodpecker, wood stork, sandhill crane, northern harrier and crested caracara. The preserve is also home to the southeastern big-eared bat, Sherman’s fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake and gopher tortoise. The Florida panther has even been documented crossing the terrain. Plant life that can be seen features cypress swamp, freshwater marsh, scrub, flatwoods and oak hammocks. Key flowers include the fall-flowering ixia, Catesby’s lily and terrestrial orchids.

Add these five free things to do at Disney World to make your vacation a budget-friendly one.


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Heros and Legends

Heroes and Legends Groudbreaking Ceremony at Kennedy Space Center
Photo Credit: Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is set to open a next-generation attraction designed to touch the hearts and minds of the next generation of space explorers – Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, scheduled to open in 2016.

Heroes and Legends will not only bring to life the enthralling stories of America’s pioneering astronauts, but also invite guests to vicariously experience the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest missions through high-tech elements and special effects, including simulated holograms and augmented reality.

The highlight of Heroes and Legends is a 3D omnidirectional theater, designed to make guests feel as though they are floating in the vastness of space. Stunning images will envelope them as legendary astronauts, including Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Jim Lovell and Neil Armstrong, invite them to join in their epic journeys into the vast unknown.

The new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will serve as the culminating element of the attraction, allowing guests to interact virtually with nearly 100 astronaut heroes inducted to date.

“Heroes and Legends promises to speak to the hearts and minds of all generations, from those who bore witness to some of America’s first space launches, to those who dream of someday being among the first to set foot on Mars,” Cabana said.

Located just inside the Ticket Plaza and adjacent to the Rocket Garden, Heroes and Legends will be the first stop for guests as they make their way into Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, setting the tone for their entire experience.


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Downtown Disney is set to open Morimoto Asia on September 30, 2015. The new restaurant, helmed by Japanese master Chef Morimoto, features a pan-Asian dining experience showcasing flavors from across Asia. It’s part of the overall redesign of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, which is nearly complete.

Morimoto

Visitors will be wowed by the restaurant from the inside out. The main entrance has a three-story glass corner, through which a multi-level bar and spiraling, glass-bottle chandelier can be seen. Swanky yet casual, the 36-foot tall, two-story layout has an open atmosphere with a 270-foot sculptural bar connecting the grand dining room on the main floor to the upper lever Forbidden Lounge. Wrapping around the staircase, the bar is one of the largest in the world. A sushi bar designed with ash wood and hammered copper adds to the sleek vibe. An exhibition kitchen allows for a behind-the-scenes look at the culinary action, ideal for a Morimoto-inspired menu.

Complementing the décor are glass mosaic works pf Japanese prints, antique mirrors and beaded glass chandeliers. An outdoor, two-story terrace provides plenty of patio seating, with panoramic views of Disney Springs. An exhibition kitchen allows for a behind-the-scenes look at the culinary action, ideal for a Morimoto-inspired menu. Options include flavorful meals like moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow, kung pao chicken. Beverage selections are largely Asian beers, including Morimoto’s signature beer by Rogue Ales. Sake, of course, will be available too.

A special sushi bar is a separate experience. Seating only 14, the small-scale provides an intimate look at sushi and sashimi from around the world. Watch as chef’s work with uni, sea eel, salmon, red snapper and other fish to create a variety of specialty rolls. The full menu of sushi is available only at the sushi bar, while a limited selection is offered on the main restaurant’s menu.

The new Disney Springs restaurant will also serve weekend brunch, complete with traditional offerings like dim sum, dumplings and spare ribs.

Morimoto Asia will be open from 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Reservations are open now by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


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zoo-boo-kidsRIP haunted houses and screams. We’re focusing on FUN (not fear) this Halloween! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is introducing an all new happier Halloween experience known as ZooBoo KIDS, presented by floridacentral Credit Union on select days in October.

Designed for a younger audience (age 11 & under), ZooBoo KIDS is a daytime Halloween celebration with a whimsical twist — candy, bats and scaredy cats. This year’s “fright-free” festivities start at 1 p.m. with extended Zoo hours until 7 p.m. on event days.

“The Zoo is a place where families can make memories every time they visit,” said Tony Moore, chief operating officer. “We wanted to create a new experience that represented Halloween through the eyes of a child — a whimsical world of costumes, candy and fairytales. At ZooBoo KIDS, families will find all of these things in a safe and fear-free atmosphere.”

Activities will include:
 Trick-or-Treat Stations
 Crazy Corn Maze
 Jeepers Creepers Animal Encounters
 Kooky Not Spooky Character Appearances
 Scaredy Cat’s Fun House
 Not-So-Scary Story Time
 Fun Fortune Teller
 Pumpkin Toss Animal Enrichments
 Costumes, Characters and Barnyard Animals Parade
 Monster Mash Groovy Tunes
 Halloween Cookie Decorating*
 Face Painting*

Little boys and “ghouls” (age 11 & under) are invited to come in their most spooktacular attire and have a howling good time with their favorite furry and feathered friends. Plus, watch some of the Zoo’s animals have a smashing good time too with pumpkin enrichments on select days.

Unlike prior years, ZooBoo KIDS is a daytime event. Activities are included with Zoo daytime admission and free for Zoo members. Dates are October 10-11, 17-18, 23-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1. Fright-free festivities (no haunted houses) start at 1 p.m. with extended Zoo hours until 7 p.m.

ZooBoo KIDS is a no-scare zone. Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults (ages 12 and older) are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Adults must accompany children during the event.

Activities are included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org/ZooBooKIDS for details. he Zoo gratefully acknowledges presenting sponsor floridacentral Credit Union as well as additional sponsors who make this event possible: MetroPCS, Edy’s Ice Cream, Robinsons® Fruit Shoot, Lindsay Olives, T.G. Lee TruMoo, Seal Swim School and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

* Designates a fee-based activity

Walt Disney World presents the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The event begins November 6, 2015, and ends January 3, 2016. The event is a breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of twinkling lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.

Disney Osborne Lights

The lighting displays are very impressive as they blanket entire buildings in sheets of multi-colored lights, and create scenes of twirling carousels, cherubic angels, and Santa and his reindeer. Approximately every 10 minutes the lights dim and then dramatically relight – dynamically choreographed to traditional holiday music. On select nights, the show is capped off with a flurry of snow for extra holiday magic.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights began as a display at Jennings Osborne’s family home in Arkansas. Each year, the family would set up elaborate holiday light displays. Over the years the collection and ideas grew so much they decided to share their magical displays with the world, through Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

This year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, your can enjoy two special experiences as they are surrounded by The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – the Merry & Bright Dessert Party (Nov. 6-Dec. 30, 2015) and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (Jan. 1-3, 2016).

Disney Osborne Lights Media

The dessert party includes holiday-themed desserts, while the dinner reception features a selection of small bites, including beef, shrimp, and turkey, as well as wine, beer, and specialty beverages. Reservations for both are open now.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is including with the purchase of Disney’s Hollywood Studios tickets.

Please note that this season marks the finale for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, as the park prepares for incredible new experiences, including the recently announced Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land.


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Beginning next year, guests at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort will undertake a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens at both locations! Here’s footage from the making of this upcoming new experience.

Are you excited to ride the all-new Soarin’? I sure am!


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Get ready for a Halloween treat when you visit Orlando, Florida. Theme parks in Orlando, as well as area attractions, celebrate Halloween with a variety of special events. Ranging from family-friendly to terrifically terrifying, Halloween in Orlando takes the annual holiday to a whole new level of entertainment.

Plan on attending these Orlando Theme Park Halloween Celebrations to get into the Halloween spirit:

LEGOLAND_HalloweenBrick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
October 3-31 (Weekends Only)
Guests will invade LEGOLAND Florida for its third annual Brick-or-Treat this Halloween. The kid-friendly, haunted adventure includes trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, super brick building activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with prizes featuring the LEGO Movie’s own Emmett. The scary adventures also include a LEGO Ghost Build, Lego Scary Scavenger Hunt in Miniland, dance parties and photo opportunities.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort
Sept. 15 – Nov. 1, Select Nights
 rsz_mickeys_not-so-scary_halloween_party_disney_copyrightAfter regular park hours, guests will be invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and collect candy throughout Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party. Attendees will see all of the boo-tiful ways that the park has been transformed into the happy haunted hallows. New this year is the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party in Tomorrowland featuring Monsters, Inc. characters. The Halloween party also includes Disney characters dressed up in their favorite costumes, a Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, fireworks and much more.

Halloween_iStock_000016454747XSmallSeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando
Weekends in October
SeaWorld offers children a safe and exciting place to trick-or-treat during Halloween Spooktacular. Fun-loving sea witches and over 35 other fanciful sea creatures greet, mingle, and play with guests as they make their way through the event. At Penelope’s Party Zone, guests can enjoy crafts, music, games and colorful characters. SeaWorld Orlando will also offer a new, immersive brunch experience – Dine with Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch.

UO_HHNHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
Sept. 19- Nov. 1, Select Nights
Universal Orlando Resort redefines Halloween entertainment with movie-quality haunted houses and “scare zones” that tap into humans’ deepest fears. On 28 select nights, guests will explore eight blood curdling haunted houses, navigate multiple spine-chilling street experiences with terrifying “scareactors,” enjoy two outrageous live shows and experience many of Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting rides and attractions. New horrifying experiences for 2014 include the largest maze in the history of Halloween Horror Nights inspired by the television series, “The Walking Dead,” plus other terrifying experiences based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture.

Events Across Central Florida

Howl-O-Scream transforms Busch Gardens Tampa Bay into a nightmare of paranormal terror. This year’s “cursed” theme will include a new haunted house, scare zones, thrilling shows, and bone-chilling roller coasters (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, select nights).

Zoo Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo is a favorite for young and old alike with a haunted hayride, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat stations, and face painting (Oct. 17-18 and 24-25).

A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Spring’s haunted scare trail, features scare rooms, live music, food, laser tag, and a new laser maze (Oct. 2-31, select nights).

Spooky Empire is the largest horror convention in the nation with celebrity guests, live bands, tattoo artists, seminars, vendors, zombie walk and freak show film festival (Oct. 30-Nov 1).


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Face your fears at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights.  For 30 terrifying nights beginning September 18 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 six years, Halloween Horror Nights is the premier Halloween event in Orlando.

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Halloween Horror Nights takes place on September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, October 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25, 28 – 31 and November 1, 2015. Halloween Horror Nights tickets are on sale now.

The legendary Jack the Clown makes his triumphant (and twisted) return to present the biggest and scariest Halloween Horror Nights ever. The nation’s premier Halloween event puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. Follow the sounds of Jack’s maniacal laughter and enter his carnival where you can explore nine terrifying haunted houses, five scare zones, two outrageous live shows, plus many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.

Halloween Horror Nights Haunted Houses

The Walking Dead: The Living and the Dead
From the burnt ashes of Terminus, through the flooded community food pantry basement, and into the darkened churchyard, hordes of walkers surround you as you relive gut-wrenching moments of the most recent season.

Horror Nights JackFreddy vs. Jason™
From the cursed Camp Crystal Lake to the nightmarish 1428 Elm Street, awake or asleep, you’ll find yourself caught in the middle of this epic battle — where the winner’s reward is YOU.

Insidious
Enter “The Further” and travel through all three parts of the Insidious saga. Denizens of the afterlife try to find their way back into the world using the living to guide them. The house isn’t haunted–we are.

THE PURGE
This year’s Purge is more brutal than ever. From the moment you step inside the house, dozens of vicious vigilantes will descend upon you as they exercise their right to purge.

American Werewolf Halloween Horror NightsAn American Werewolf in London
Step into John Landis’ landmark 1981 horror classic. From the attack on the English moors to the bone-crunching transformation, it’s one of the most popular houses in Halloween Horror Nights® history.

Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem
Relive the most terrifying moments of the past 25 years as Jack releases our catalogue of creatures in one maze. You’ll be attacked by Universal classic monsters, meat-grinding maniacs and the fiends of Horror Nights past.

RUN: Blood, Sweat, and Fears
You’ve just been selected as a contestant on RUN, a brutal TV show where everyday people are stalked by skilled assassins. Just remember: the more horrifying your death, the higher the ratings.

Asylum-in-Wonderland-Horror-NightsAsylum In Wonderland 3D
Follow the white rabbit through the looking glass and into a murderous 3D Wonderland. Is this world all in Alice’s mind or are the images we see real enough to kill us?

Body Collectors-Recollections
The Body Collectors have returned, descending upon Shadybrook Asylum to collect the human parts they require. Screams echo the hallways as a blizzard rages outside while sharpened blades swirl inside.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones

Psychoscareapy – Unleashed
The criminally insane inmates of Shadybrook Asylum have escaped and stumbled upon a Halloween Block party in the streets of New York. They quickly decide they’d kill for some costumes of their own. Come join the party goers as the inmates kill for the best Halloween costumes for their very own special costume contest where you will be the judge.

Run Halloween Horror NightsICONS – HHN
The eeriest icons and most cadaverous characters of the last 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights® have returned. The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director, The Usher and more are back to relive every monstrous memory.

Scary Tales – ScreamPunk
Classic fairytale characters get a sinister Scary Tale twist immersed in the wicked world of steam punk.

Body-Collectors-Halloween Horror NightsEvil’s Roots
It’s time to be immersed in Halloween’s most evil traditions in the scare zone located in Central Park. Here you’ll find the event’s traditional jack-o-lanterns in the air as you encounter evil fairies, humanoid bats, scarecrows and more.

All Nite Die-In – Double Feature
The Carey Drive-In movie theatre has been closed for decades after grisly murders during a double feature. It’s lights, camera, carnage as the theater nicknamed “Die-In” by the locals lives up to its name.

Halloween Horror Nights 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.

THE CARNAGE RETURNS
Jack the Clown is taking Halloween Horror Nights® back in a blaze of murderous mayhem with his army of feared followers and his companion in carnage, Chance. Remember, Jack always has the last laugh

UO_HHNDuring 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 2015:

TRANSFORMERS The Ride – 3D
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack
Revenge of the Mummy
The Simpsons Ride

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

Purchase Universal Halloween Horror Nights tickets to see if can dare the scares of this amazing haunted adventure.


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Bring your kids to SeaWorld for Halloween Spooktacular for a family-friendly event featuring an underwater “fantasea” of Halloween activities.  Children can trick-or-treat, dance with sea creatures, learn from a school of fish and play with a sea fairy.  Offering more than two million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is a sweet festival for all.

Even better, all of the SeaWorld Spooktacular events and activities are included with the purchase of discount SeaWorld tickets.  Take a look at what is planned:

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. weekends in October (3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, and 31). Costumes are not required, but are encouraged.

Trick or Treat – Kids can follow the special Halloween Spooktacular pathways through many different stations filled with a wide array of sweets and treats as fun loving sea creatures greet and mingle with guests. Hop aboard the Seven Seas Railway with Otto the Octopus and enjoy a whimsical train ride through Shamu’s Happy Harbor®.

Penelope’s Party Zone – Located in Bayside Stadium, Penelope’s Party Zone comes to life when families dance and play along to the spooky sound waves broadcasted by a live DJ, listen to spooky stories and enjoy fun activities with countless bubbles floating overhead and colorful pumpkinfish gliding beside.

Dine with Shamu® SpooktacularBrunch – Enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items while sitting at a poolside table that brings you closer than ever to our majestic whales.

Strolling Entertainment – Fun-loving sea witches Gummy Worm Wanda, Salt Water Taffy and Swedish Fish Suzy, along with over 35 other fanciful sea creatures, greet and mingle with guests making their way through the event.

Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween – It’s time to get spooky, and just a little bit kookie, when the Count, Elmo and a cast of Sesame Street characters take the stage at the Seaport Theater for this frightfully fun Halloween musical.

For fantastic value, purchase a money-saving SeaWorld vacation package which include great deals on Sea World tickets and the guaranteed lowest prices on lodging including a selection of conveniently-located hotels and vacation rentals.

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october_eventsCheck out these Orlando events planned for October 2015:

October 1-31:  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.  Special tickets are required.

October 1-31:  Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Disney guests can taste their way around Epcot during the 20th annual International Food & Wine Festival.

October 3-31:  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 3-31:  SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
From 12-7pm every weekend during October kids can trick-or-treat, see spooky shows, and create sea-themed arts and crafts during Halloween Spooktacular.

October 10:  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. Admission is free.

October 23-24:  Oktoberfest at Celebration
Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, and enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

October 17-18, 24-25:  ZOO Boo Bash
Trick-or-treat in the wildest neighborhood in town, the Central Florida Zoo, during ZOO Boo Bash. It’s safe, fun, and not-too-scary event for young and old alike. Kids are invited to bring goodie bags and wear costumes for trick or treat stations. If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for an additional charge. Walk on Water Balls will also be available for an additional charge. Take a haunted hayride or learn about the myths and realities of some misunderstood animals.  Held from 9am-3pm. Costume contest held each day at 1pm.