Friday, December 28, 2012

New Years Eve in Orlando

Fireworks
This year, we have 3 major new years events going down right here in Orlando Fl.

The first event, which happens ever year at Universal Citywalk is the " Orlando's Premier New Years Eve Party". This year, Universal has "REO SPEEDWAGON" as the featuring performance! The ticket price for this event is $144.99 and includes your admission, your meal, a champagne toast and of course the live entertainment starting at 8pm till and partying till next year! (2am). The venues included in this event will be "Latin Quarters, Red Coconut Club, Citywalks Rising star, Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, Bob Marley's tribute to freedom, Pat O Briens, and the GROOVE" and all have live entertainment for the night of the event including "DJ LEONY, Herb Williams & LIVE Dj, Karaoke Center stage with Live Dj, Micah and the reason, Chain Reaction, and Dueling pianos! Oh and lets not forget the menu! ALL YOU CAN EAT GOURMET CUISINE, Filet Mignon, Jumbo Shrimp, Dessert and more!

The next big event is of course at the Walt Disney world and will most likely cater to the younger ages. Walt Disney goes all out of New years eve and will have events going on all over the property!

MAGIC KINGDOM- The Fantasy in the sky fireworks, a special holiday treat will launch at 11:50 pm Dec 31st 2012 and the parks Wishes Fireworks will begin at 8:30 pm that same night.

EPCOT - IllumiNations and Reflections of Earth will begin at 11:42 pm and also earlier that day at 7 pm, also guest can enjoy live music by Dj's set up at different pavilions threw out the park. Epcot also offers a special dinning event inspired by the film "Fantasia" and also "fantasia 2000" The Buffet will take place at World Showcase pavilion. Reservations are needed and is priced at $68.67 for adults and $47.37 for children.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS- HWS channels a more Rock N Roll Theme for New years eve, featuring again this year "MULCH, SWEAT AND SHEARS" This is an energetic Family Friendly event that takes place right in front of the Sorcerers hat and provides some contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites. They will have 4 sets of concerts with a hint of pyrotechnics.

DISNEYS BOARD WALK- Atlantic Dance Hall will be holding its special ticket event again this year from 8 am to 2 pm. This event will include a video Dj, Midnight countdown and unlimited viewings of EPCOTS IllumiNATIONS, and Reflections of Earth from the Hall Balcony along with a midnight champagne toast to finish off the year! Additional beverages will be available at the 3 on site bars. You must be 21 and over for this event.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY Disney Quest- This indoor theme park with virtual games and videos will bring back the fun from 8pm to 1 am in the next year! This event will include a DJ Dance party along with Character meet and greets, unlimited access to the special games and attractions, and guest who make it to midnight will receive special vouchers to the entree eatery with a side and a drink plus party favors!

Cirque Du Soleil- The La Nouba Performance will begin at 6 pm and 9 pm, all guest will receive a Limited edition Walt Disney world Trading Pin along with a special finally at the end of the performance. Special drink purchases are also available for this night.

Another event going on in Orlando fl will be the first annual Orlando Ball. Taking place at The Ballroom Church street. They will have a 5 hour open bar beginning at 9pm to 2 am along with some live entertainment from CRESPO, Dj TBD and a special surprise guest. The dresscode will be cocktail attire so dress to impress!!

The final that i will add in is going down on Wall Street in Orlando. This event is called NYE and will have 9 different nightlife venues along with 2 city street Djs, wall video and music performances plus a few other surprises at midnight. The tickets will be $20 dollars in advance and $25 at the door. They will also have a resolution package with a Vip Tented lounge, open bar from 10pm to 2 with Heineken, midnight toast and a 2am breakfast bar and some more surprises for only $100.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Osborn Family Spectacle of Light


Osborn Lights
During the holidays, I like to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Perhaps, you must be asking what is it in that park that totally will make you feel with the holiday spirit?

Trust me, they have one beloved and must cherish tradition to me and my family, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!

The story is simple. A father wanting to create a wonderful gift to its kids, decided to put on his home amazing lights…next year, music…next year creating a wonderful story with lights…and so forth, until there was an array of about 3-million lights over a section of the driveway and 35-days during Christmas season. Then the Supreme Court asked, in 1995, the Osborne’s to dismantle and shut down this work of art. Enter Disney, they decided to save this amazing displayed and put it in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, last year 2011 Mr. “papa” Osborne died and they put a nice little angel that stands as for him!

From “Feliz Navidad” from Jose Feliciano to “Winter Wonderland” the combination of songs and lights will leave you spellbound. Open mouthed is just an understatement, the more than 5-million lights thru 40-miles goes to its dancing segments for about 30-40 minutes, and trust me! You’ll be standing there just looking above and trying to take this incredible amazing spectacle.

The creative minds at Disney decided to play tricks with the guests looking at this awesome display, and they decided to include Hidden Mickeys and over 40-different icons, including a little black cat. This last one is an inside game, cause they change the cat’s position each year, making it a “who can spot the black cat” game!

I tell you, the holiday spirit is well and alive in Disney. And more so in Disney’s Hollywood Studios…the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is the most amazing thing you’ll see. The music and the actual wonderment of the lighting arrangement will leave you with your heart fill with the holiday spirit!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holidays at Universal Orlando

Macy's Day Parade
There are a ton of exciting things going on at Universal Orlando this Holiday season! From the Macy's Parade to some very cool live entertainment, they are sure to have something everyone will enjoy. The Macy's Parade features floats and balloons directly from the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in New York City! With the appearance from Santa, this is something that cant be missed. Universal also has Bands, and the spectacular tree lighting with this special event starting Dec 1st threw Jan 1st daily every evening at 5 o clock!

Universal is also celebrating the holidays with the Mannheim Steamrollers! Back again this year at Universals music plaza, on select Saturday and Sunday nights during December starting at 6 o clock pm( Dec 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23). Did you know they are the best selling Christmas artist of all time? Make sure you don't miss the Fun Grinchmas Show at Islands of Adventure featuring music recorded by the Mannheim Steamrollers themselves.(For best sitting, skip the parade and go straight to Music plaza at park closing).

Of course there is also some more live entertainment to enjoy including Barney and Friends Sing a long, Clap a long at A Day in The Park With Barney and also The Blues Brothers Holiday Show performing some Christmas time favorites. Jake and Elmood with "Santa Clause is coming to town" and also "Blue Christmas". The Shows also include snow for the children to have fun in after the show.

Grinchmas has began again at Islands of Adventure! The centerpiece of the celebrations this year is a heartwarming live show including the Grinch himself. Dr Suess Landing comes to life during this special appearance with all the Who's from who-ville spreading Christmas cheer!

Have you ever dreamed out the Grinch and friends joining you for breakfast? Now at Universal, this can be reality! Get up and personal with all your favorite Dr Suess friends and have pictures to prove it. You do need reservations and tickets are needed so make sure to book those now. Room for this awesome event runs quickly. Adults - 24.99, and Children -10.99 with breakfast times at 7:00 am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am.

Finally, of course Universal is also giving us all the chance to personally meet the Grinch in person! You can get an Autograph, shake his hand or get a good silly picture with the mean green Grinch man for a great holiday souvenir. See park map for times.