Sesame Street Comes to Seaworld

Sesame Street Comes to Seaworld

It’s been announced that Sesame Street is opening at Seaworld Orlando on 27th March 2019.

You can explore the inside of Hooper’s Store and then head for storytime at Big Bird’s Nest, imagine how enraptured your child will be listening to Big Bird tell them a story, how cool will that be?

It’s been created so that it will be  exactly as you imagined from when you have watched the tv show except you get even more as there are lots of attractions and an award-winning parade, this will be the first ever parade at Seaworld, it’s going to be a spectacular new event.

Just imagine being able to meet and play with your favourite characters such as Elmo,  Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Abby and all the gang and have your photo’s taken with them to create precious memories.

There’s also an  area with interactive play with lots of games where you use your body and mind, it’s a great  learning enironment which is also fun

For lots of information on the attractions and entertainment that awaits you see the website here:- Sesame Street at Seaworld Orlando

Dark Arts Illuminations Coming to Hogwarts Castle

Dark Arts Illuminations Coming to Hogwarts Castle

It has been announced that  Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry will have a new Projector Illumination show later this year.

This is the third show to come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and although it will be similar to previous shows it will hbe slightly more sinister.

The show will feature the dark wizards, creatures and Dementors who have tormented Harry Potter throughout his time at Hiogwarts.

The press release says:- As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast.

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award winning composer John Williams.

It’s going to be a fantastic end to your time in the theme park, what a finale

Hard To Find Disney Characters

Hard To Find Disney Characters

We all know that when we visit Disney we will want to meet our favourite characters, the joy of talking to them and having your photo is a stand out moment, especially for parents who have brought their children for this exact thing, it’s a tryly special moment.

Most characters are very easy to find, however there are some that prove more elusive.

Most children have their absolute favourite character and they are often not the most popular ones but just someone who touches their heart and fills them with joy.

Getting a photograph and a autograph from your favourite is a highlight of your trip to the parks and to this end we have found this link  courtesy of Disney Fanatic which will help you locate some of the more difficult to find characters, do pop back and post photo’s of you with any of them that you find:-

Disney Fanatic

 

 

Wine Tasting in Orlando, Florida

Wine Tasting in Orlando, Florida

Over the last couple of years we have driven down Formosa Gardens and watched this winery being built and now it’s finally open.

Set in over 6 acres of gorgeous Florida gardens it’s a fantastic setting.  We haven’t visited yet but will put that right when we are next in Florida in May.

They have their own Winery and also a Micro Brewery and they are easily accessible with lots of parking and they have space inside for meetings and corporate events and outside for weddings, they even have a heart shaped area for saying ‘I Do’

Some of the things you can try are as follows:-

  • Drinking – They serve award-winning fruit wines from Island Grove Wine Company, traditional wines of international origins, and craft beers (often from Florida breweries).
  • Eating – Their bistro offers fresh, hot breads and pastries, and artisanal food. Many of the ingredients are sourced from their eight acres of sustainable gardens.
  • Gathering – With roughly 3,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and expansive outdoor venues surrounded by botanical gardens, the winery is the perfect location for weddings and other special celebrations and business meetings. They also host lots of  seasonal festivals, such as Oktoberfest, the British Festival, and the Blueberry Festival.
  • Educating – Go along and  take part in one of theirr wine or tea tastings.

Another string to their bow is  that they are producers of many celebrated fruit wines.   If you’ve not tried fruit wines before you can sample the wines to get acquainted with the entire line of Island Grove fruit wines, they taste quite different to grape wines so it’s worth trying a few (just to make sure you like them right?)

The food is really good with a nice selection of vegetarian options too.  Sandwiches etc are priced well starting at around $9

Take a look at their website and see if this is the sort of place you’d like to go along to:- Island Grove Winery

 

MegaCon Orlando

MegaCon Orlando

Mega Con will come to Orlando this May at the Convention Centre on International Drive and this is the largest sci-fi, horror, anime, comic and gaming event with over 100,000 fans expected to attend over the 4 day period.

And……  the first time ever, Michael J. Fox and the cast of Back to the Future including Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan are there.

You Back To The Future fans  had better get yourselves ready  because this is about to get very real for you, it’s rare for the  Back To The Future Cast to reunite and there’s various packages available where you can choose from special presentations, autograph signings, photo opportunities and much more all on the evening of May 17th 2019 at 7PM, tickets start at $20 for adults
The convention runs from the 16th to the 19th May with lots of special guests from many of your favourite TV programmes and movies.  There’s over 400,000 sq feet of space to shop until you drop for that special gidt or you can spend time taking photo’s with your favourite costumed character
For a list of celebrities and details about ticket prices see the website:- MegaConOrlando

Hang Glide Orlando

Hang Glide Orlando

I know Hang Gliding might not be people’s first thought when they think of something to do on their Florida holiday but for some adrenalin junkies it will be right up their street.

Wallaby Ranch is just off the US27 in Deen Still Road (less than 10 minutes from our home) it was founded in 1991 and it’s founder Malcolm is by far the most experienced tandem hang gliding pilot in the world, and has more than 30,000 incident-free tandem flights under his belt.

The ranch is set in beautiful secluded location, surrounded by natural Florida woodlands, home to many different species of wildlife, from deer, migrating birds, various reptiles and amphibians to the occasional sighting of the very rare and endangered Florida Panther.

The ranch itself is not shared with anyone else nor is the  100-acre take-off and landing field so you don’t have to worry about any other aircraft of any type anywhere near your flight and the landing field is so big that it allows take-offs and landings in any direction.

Anyone can fly as long as you are over 18 years old and weigh under 240 lbs . They are  tandem flights where you have an instructor with you the whole time, you can only have 2 people in the aircraft, this means you get one on one instruction and are able to take the controls if you feel confident enough to do so.  What a fantastic experience.

For pricing and further information see their website:- Hang Glide Orlando

Florida Blueberry Festival

Florida Blueberry Festival

Kissimmee is hosting it’s very first Blueberry Festival from Thursday March 28th through to Sunday March  31st in a brand new Event Centre in Formosa Gardens

It is a four-day festival with a  small entrance fee. The festival provides free music on its amphitheater grounds including some great tribute acts including Michael Jackson, The Blues Brothers,   Prince  and Frankie Valli .  On the Sunday you can see Grammy Winner Chubby Carrier

There’s lots to keep the whole family entertained.  For adults there is a Wine Bar presented by the recently opened Island Grove Wine Company, a Beer Garden with both craft and domestic choices, a Festival Fare Food court with 20 food concessionaries with an adjoining large picnic table dining area with umbrellas for shade from the Florida sunshine.

There is space for 120 Craft stalls and of course there is a designated area for the sale of Fresh Florida BlueberriesFresh Blueberry PiesBlueberry Plants and many other blueberry products.

The festival is fun for all the family, your little ones can enjoy The Blueberry Patch Kids Zone which will be filled with outdoor inflatable bouncers, bungee jumping, rock climbing and lots of other fun activities  to keep your little one’s entertained.

For full infromation take a look at the website:- Official Florida Blueberry Festival

 

 

Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works

I’m a member of many Orlando Facebook groups and one shop gets a mention at least once a week and that shop is Bath & Body Works, us Brits absolutley love it in there and bring home copious amounts of their lotions and potions and home goods (and their poor husbands who are usually shopped out) spend a lot of time mooching around the shop (they are in many places not just Orlando)

The tiny hand sanitizers are extremely popular and my friends often ask me to get them for them (luckily they are tiny and not heavy at all so they don’t really impact on my weight limit coming back to the UK)   You can get 5 for $6 and they have little holders for them so you cn clip them on to your jeans loop or your handbag.

Persoally I have a few home favoutites including the foaming hand wash.  I have the Black Cherry Merlot in my bathroom (in the photo)  and the Eucalyptus Mint in my kitchen.  The fragrance is strong and lasts for a long time after you’ve washed your hands.

I also love their 3 wick candles and have 2 at the moment (I’d have more but they are heavy to bring back.  They fill my lounge with gorgeous fragrance.   I absolutely love lilac and you don’t see it often as it’s quite a old fashioned flower so when I spotted this I was delighted.  I also have the lilac spray air freshners.

My car even gets a look in with a Scentportable, it clips on to my sun visor and you can get lots of different refills with loads of choice of fragrance, I currently have the Endless Weekend in mine.  The holders are plentiful, I have quoite a plain one but some are fancy and some are bling.

They don’t just do things for the home they have body lotions, body sprays, soaps, so many personal items to make you smell gorgeous as well as your home smelling gorgeous.

So, there’s some of my favourites, I could go on and on but lets hear what you love from this shop – do you have a personal favourite?

Pop over to their website and sign up to their email club as they send special offer coupons etc.  It’s worth looking at their website just to see the gorgeous pictures, they sure do know how make make things look pretty:-  Bath & Body Works

If this is all new to you and you’ve never visited this store and you now decide to visit  when you are in Orlando then do pop back and comment on my post to let me know what you bought.

Happy shopping guys

 

 

BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK

Yesterday we hired a *pontoon boat*and sailed the St John River in Deland which is about 45 minutes from Orlando

We saw lots of wildlife during the day including many alligators, turtles and a whole array of birds

We were also lucky enough to see a Manatee when we stopped off and moored at Blue Springs State Park

Read about the park here:- www.floridastateparks.org/park/Blue-Spring

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Posted by Sandra from www.arkvilla.com

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