Experience Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2018 in the only way Universal Orlando knows how—Wonderful, Enchanting and Breathtaking!! The festivities begin November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. The two Universal Orlando Parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios promise an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! Universal Orlando Resort transforms into a seasonal spectacular every December and features special holiday-themed entertainment including the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios & the famous green Grinchmas can be experienced at Islands of Adventure!
Universal’s Macy Holiday Parade
Macy’s Holiday Parade will command the streets with all the colorful balloons and floats that New York City gets a chance to enjoy every Thanksgiving. Did you know that as soon as the parade is over in New York the balloons and floats are brought down here for everyone to enjoy!! You will be delighted by the marching bands, clowns, and from the jolly man himself; Santa Claus will make his appearance for all the children. Afterwards, enjoy the magnificent tree lighting ceremony with music and a glittering display of lights! Universal Studios Florida has been bringing Macy’s Holiday Parade down to Orlando for a post-Thanksgiving encore every December for over a decade.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure Grinchmas
The Grinch is right at home at Universal Orlando’s holiday event in the Seuss Landing section of Islands of Adventure. In addition to scoring a private audience with the reformed “mean one,” visitors can see The Grinch and his newfound Whoville buddies present The Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular. Make sure you get a chance to see the live performance of the star of the show, The Grinch™, and get your picture taken with the mean green character himself!
Universal Studios Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller is a multi-platinum selling musical group that combines classical music with new age rock to create contemporary Christmas music with a unique sound. This group performs some of their most-loved songs on the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida on select nights in December. The concert is included in your regular admission ticket to Universal Studios Florida. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., but if you want a place near the stage, you’ll have to arrive early.
Holiday Nighttime Spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 6 to January 6, 2019.Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov 6, 2018. Join in the celebration as the stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing search high and low for Santa Claus, becasue old Kris Kringle has gone missing.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will feature fireworks, special effects, snow, and state-of-the-art projections of Disney characters across the facade of the park’s iconic Chinese Theater. The seasonal show follows characters from several Disney properties —including Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s Prep & Landing, and familiar faces from Bambi, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, and Pluto’s Christmas Tree — as they embark on a yuletide adventure to see Santa Claus’ safe return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from the iconic Disney films and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”
A sweet way for Guests to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, Delight in holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Menu favorites include the classic Yule log, cheese fondue with pretzel bread, and Gingerbread martinis.
Memorable, heartwarming, and enchanting for the entire family, these one-of-a-kind holiday experiences will dazzle guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through Jan 6 2019
The magic of the Holidays can be seen everywhere, with brilliant lights and decorations displayed for all to see; there is not a more festive place to be! With the many visitors buying Discounts Theme Park tickets this promises to be a year that will forever be remembered. Orlando Ticket Connection is still the one stop shop for every joyful experience you desire! Tis the Season for Theme Parks in Orlando 2018, where Central Florida is home to three major theme parks and the 2018 Holiday season promises to be incredible! – Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando have gone all out to make sure you will leave Orlando full of Holiday cheer!Universal Studios Florida®
Experience Universal Orlando’s Christmas Celebration 2018 in the only way Universal Orlando knows how—Wonderful, Enchanting and Breathtaking!! The two Universal Parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios promise an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are transformed with wondrous spirit. Treat yourself to Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. It’s not only merry, but mischievous, as the Minions and other characters join in the fun. And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™ in the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. Buy your Universal Tickets here!Walt Disney World®
Celebrate a most wonderful time with a series of yuletide festivities, including enchanting fireworks, seasonal parades, glimmering displays and a candle-lit retelling of the tale that started it all. Start planning for a magical gathering with family, friends and familiar Disney faces! Held select nights at Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers cheer and enchantment for all ages and interests. Enjoy the all new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is the Christmas fireworks spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, running November 6, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at Walt Disney World. And hum along with the holiday music that fills the air. It’s a time for wishes to come true! Buy your Disney World tickets here!SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®
Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy loads of frosty fun as they watch stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® Come see a lineup of six spectacular holiday shows, from ice skaters, to Sesame Street friends to the awe-inspiring O Wondrous Night. Rub noses with Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and all of his friends. And of course, no visit is complete without seeing Santa Clause himself. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is open more nights than ever before! Join the fun select nights November 17 – December 31, 2018, and is included with park admission. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where the season meets the sea!! Buy your SeaWorld tickets here!
Not only are the Big Three planning a wonderful celebration, there are many other attractions that will be pushing the limits on joyful festivities!Legoland Florida®
Legoland Florida has a Christmas Bricktacular that will feature tons of family fun, every Saturday and Sunday in December. This annual holiday celebration, returns to deck the halls with a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, festive decorations, a life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, holiday-themed scavenger hunts with prizes, and opportunities to build with LEGO alongside our Master Model Builders. Meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier during daily park appearances and end the evening with a not-so-silent-night fireworks spectacular set to classic Christmas melodies. Buy your Legoland tickets here!
Tis the Season for Theme Parks in Orlando 2018 so wherever you decide to celebrate the Holiday’s this year, let Orlando Ticket Connection show you the way!!
One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season is the special event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, at the Magic Kingdom. The event includes cookies and hot cocoa, a holiday parade, special fireworks show, live entertainment, rare character meet & greets and more. It takes place on 22 select nights throughout November and December.Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018
This special event requires separate event admission to attend and goes on after the park closes for regular day-guests (day ticket not required to attend this event.) Event tickets are on sale now and may sell out for certain nights, so don’t delay in picking up your passes. See complete list of dates and where to purchase tickets below, along with more details for the shows and attractions that will be featured at this year’s event. 2018 Event Dates:
• November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7 PM to midnight each night of the event. Daytime admission to the Magic Kingdom is not required to experience this after-hours event.
The must-see offering, “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration for their friends on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
Another can’t-miss moment is the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more!
Then the highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park. This Holiday event offers magic, cheer and enchantment for Guests of every age—it’s truly a time for wishes to come true! Buy your tickets online at OrlandoTicketConnection.com and save!
The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays otherwise known as, Holidays Around the World, begins November 18 and runs until December 30, 2018. This year’s Festival will feature Holiday Kitchens in addition to storytellers, entertainment, and more!
Experience a celebration like no other, featuring the festive holiday traditions of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations. 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season, as celebrated by cultures near and far.
Become enchanted by inspiring live musical productions. Delight in seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. Take a journey on a festive global tour—as costumed entertainers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase! Children and adults alike will love experiencing the international cultures and traditional story telling by live actors in seasonal costume. All 11 nations will be showcasing traditions specific to their culture with storytelling, music and food.2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Festivities:
**Candlelight Processional, the retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir starts early this year — on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. So far this year we know that Pat Sajak, Jodi Benson, Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg will be returning as celebrity narrators. More will be announced soon. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 22-Dec. 30.
**Holiday Kitchens – We don’t have many 2018 details yet, but seasonal tastes from around the globe will be served at these kitchens around World Showcase.
**Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Guests purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments.
**Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions.
**Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.
Santa & Mrs. Claus welcome guests daily at the USA pavilion, while Father Christmas takes us on a historical trip back to the 15th century in United Kingdom. Sigrid and Julenissen tell tales of Christmas gnomes in Norway. Christmas traditions from France are told by Père Noël.
Nothing say’s Holidays other than food and during the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you’ll be able to take your taste buds on a seasonal journey. Holiday Kitchens offer delicious festive food and drink delights and lots of holiday treats will be at various locations throughout Epcot.
We’re sure you’ll have a joyous time at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, but just to make sure get your Discount Disney Tickets here!
This weekend, guests visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have the opportunity to join in the celebration of two endangered species thriving under the park’s care. The park has special plans for the first birthday of Malu, a Bornean orangutan, and the newest fall arrivals at the park: four fluffy African penguin chicks, as BABY ANIMALS THRIVE AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
SATURDAY, OCT. 13: Just in time for African Penguin Awareness Day, the park welcomes four penguin chicks to the rookery. Park guests will have the FIRST opportunity to see the newest additions to the Busch Gardens penguin family this Saturday as a part of the park’s African Penguin Awareness Day celebration. The hatchlings will appear intermittently in the Animal Care Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 13, where guests can watch as the zoo team provides for the young birds. Ultimate penguin fans can also book a PENGUIN INSIDER TOUR for a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating warm-weather flock that calls Busch Gardens home.BABY ANIMALS THRIVE AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
This year’s babies are the largest group of penguin chicks that has ever hatched at Busch Gardens. At this stage in their development, the young chicks are expected to eat 60% of their body weight each day to ensure proper growth. Varying in age from two to four weeks old, the chicks are under 24 hour supervision with the animal care team at Busch Gardens.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14: It’s an ORANGUTAN BIRTHDAY! Guests can swing by the Jungala area of the park to wish young Malu, a Bornean orangutan, a happy first birthday during a 1:00p.m. celebration this Sunday. Malu was born on October 14, 2017 to first-time mom, Luna, weighing in at just over 8 pounds. His arrival was monumental for Busch Gardens, as orangutans typically only have one baby every 7-10 years. Today, he is a healthy and curious young ape, growing strong and learning alongside his mother each day.
As one of the largest zoos in the country, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s animal care team plays a vital role in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for a number of endangered species. The African penguin and the Bornean orangutan are both endangered in the wild, largely due to habitat loss caused by humans. Each baby animal at the park sparks new hope for their species as they bring awareness to the plight of their wild counterparts.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports research and conservation projects, including initiatives that directly benefit African penguins and Bornean orangutans. To learn more about these projects, guests can visit the fund’s website for additional information.
Disney World’s popular “Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!” Street Party is ending this December. In its place an all new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” to debut at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on January 18, 2019.
The new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” will revolve around Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their friends in a whimsical celebration in front of Cinderella Castle.
It will pay tribute to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they’re joined by friends such as Goofy, Max, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale. The fun begins as the whole squad dances up a storm with Mickey and Minnie and singing new versions of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.
Also, celebration gets even more entertaining as Dapper Dans, the Casey’s Corner piano player performs extraordinary musical moments that honor Mickey and Minnie in a surprise festivity.
Magic kingdom guests are invited to join the live singers and Disney characters to enjoy new arrangements of classic Mickey Mouse Club songs.
The existing style of the parade is 35 minutes long, but it isn’t really a parade at all. The floats all stop in a circle around the center, then resume with loads of songs and dancing to get the crowd excited while guests sing and dance along with the gathering of some of your favorite characters. After the party is over, the procession goes back down Main Street, U.S.A. the same way they came in.
Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom Park to make this party complete when you see Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party Coming January 2019!
The final run for the current Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party is going to take place on Dec. 1, 2018. After that, the new Limited Time Magic version with MousekeDance it will begin in January.
Since this is a Surprise Celebration, you can expect more Limited-Time Magic entertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom Park.
Make sure to get in touch with Orlando Ticket Connection so we can give you even more details and take all the stress out of planning your Disney World vacation and create the magic for you, while saving you time, stress, and money.
Disney revealed recently that an all-new show created on the Disney-Pixar’s Cars franchise, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Show is Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is scheduled to open early 2019 but may start as soon as December of this year. Mater and Cruz Ramirez friends of McQueen’s will show off what they’ve learned about racing with visitors of all ages.
The new show home is expected to be in the flex theater building near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. And, if you’re looking to book your next trip to Walt Disney World, check out Orlando Ticket Connection, for the best vacation package deals.Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will welcome guests to the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen. Learn what it takes to be a champion racer, and of course, this is Lightning McQueen, so a few twists and turns are to be expected on the road ahead.
To kick things off, Lightning demonstrates what he’s learned over the years by using his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and its wraparound screen. Of course, as this seasoned racer has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course.
Cars” characters have made limited appearances in the Disney World parks, including a meet-and-greet area for Cruz at Hollywood Studios’ Pixar Place. Disney California Adventure has also been home to a popular Cars Land attraction for the past six years.
Hollywood Studios already is in expansion mode with additions next year including Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which is in the works in the former Great Movie Ride building, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a land set to open in late fall of 2019.
The “Cars” announcement was shared after a recap of ongoing construction from Walt Disney World President George A. Kalogridis. Members of the international media were reminded of work being done on resorts such as Coronado Springs and on the Disney Skyliner gondola system.
With Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs rooting him on, Lightning gears up for the challenge. Will he emerge victorious? Speed on over to find out. Bonus: after the show, you’ll even have the chance to snap a photo with trainer-turned-racer Cruz Ramirez just outside the Academy.
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One of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars is Oga’s Cantina, where some of the most interesting and notorious characters gather to eat, drink and do business. “You never know who you might meet in a Star Wars Cantina,” says Ken Whiting, a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions board of directors. “Now you can find out.”
In August Disney announced that Oga’s Cantina Opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019, at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios when each new lands arrives.
Just like the cantinas seen in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,“ Oga’s Cantina will feature music, exotic drinks of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety served in a mixture of extraterrestrial containers and will be a place for smugglers and bounty hunters alike to hide out.
Named Oga’s Cantina, after Oga Garra, the fascinating alien owner, the bar is set in the Black Spire Outpost, which is on Batuu at the edge of the Outer Rim. This is the setting for all of Disney’s theme park undertakings with the series, expanding out the canon with a new area that’s so far only found its way into the novels
Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ. As quirky and talkative as ever, he’s still trying to do his best on the job.
Guests can come to this infamous local watering hole to relax, conduct devious trade, and possibly even meet a friend or a enemy. The alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina demands a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ hide-out you will likely find those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.
Get ready to listen to some unique music, taste the best drinks in the galaxy, and surround yourself with a colorful cast of characters. You never know what will happen at the cantina!
Oga’s Cantina opens its doors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Orlando Ticket Connection will be right here to share everything Disney! In the meantime get ready for the Holidays with some of the best prices and exceptional customer service. Buy your Disney World tickets here.
Every weekend in October, the place to be for silly, spooky fun is at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. During this wonderful & fun daytime event, families will be immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies, pumpkin fish and discover sea-themed arts and crafts.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is included in a single day’s park admission. Dates for SeaWorld’s 2018 Halloween Spooktacular are Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 22-Oct 28. Each day the celebration begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and lasts until 8:00 p.m.
Spooktacular Highlights Include:
Cookie Decorating Station – Create your own Halloween-themed cookie at a special decorating station. Decked out with spooktacular loot, the kit includes a souvenir lunch box filled with a jumbo sugar cookie, toppings ranging from icing and sprinkles to M&M’s and milt or apple juice to wash it all down. (Kits are available for a small charge.)
Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets – 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 are stationed along the way to excite and guide the youngsters. Hop aboard the Seven Seas Railway with Otto the Octopus and enjoy a whimsical train ride through Shamu’s Happy Harbor®.
Frozen Fun Zone – Located in Bayside Stadium, Penelope’s Party Zone comes to life when guests boogie and party 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.
Mermaid Grotto– This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters. Plus, have the opportunity to meet a mermaid.
Strolling Entertainment – A total of 35 fanciful sea creatures — including Gummy Worm Wanda, Salt Water Taffy and Swedish Fish Suzy — will join the “Spook-tastic” fun, welcoming trick-or-treaters as they stroll through colorful, playful schools of pumpkins fish.
Halloween Dance Party- Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.