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.
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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.
The annual event at Universal Orlando, A Celebration of Harry Potter Cancelled for the year 2019.
It’s one of the most anticipated moment of the year for Potterhead’s. A Celebration of Harry Potter has attracted thousands from afar, and even those who could not attend would tune in for coverage of the event if available.Universal Orlando, A Celebration of Harry Potter 2019 Cancelled
Unfortunately, 2019 will not see the event take place at Universal Studios Orlando officially canceled the event.
In a statement released by Universal Studios Orlando, they explained that they are focusing on new Wizarding World projects.
Universal Studios Orlando has been busy recently. They recently opened a new cinematic nighttime show; and a BackToHogwarts event took place at the beginning of September and they have been hard at work the new thrill ride being constructed.
And it is that thrill ride that many fans suspect is why A Celebration of Harry Potter has been canceled in 2019.
Construction has been ongoing for some time and a lot of fans have been guessing what it might be. Theories over if it will be a themed Quidditch or Forbidden Forest ride is being constructed. Another theory, which coincides with the ever-growing popularity in the Fantastic Beasts world is a ride, or maybe a whole new park, dedicated to the prequel series.
It will be sometime before we learn why exactly Universal Studios Orlando has canceled A Celebration of Harry Potter in 2019, but knowing Universal Orlando it will be great! OrlandoTicketConnection.com has some of the lowest prices on Universal Orlando Tickets, as well as exceptional customer service. So don’t wait until you get to Orlando, buy online and go directly to the parks!
When it comes to Orlando, most people think Disney World or Universal Studios. But there is also SeaWorld Orlando. It’s really a huge aquarium hidden in an amusement park. That’s why it is absolute fun as well educational to teach people all about marine life. Orlando Ticket Connection has put together the Top 8 Reasons SeaWorld Orlando Rocks!
1. Interaction With the Animals
Guests can get up close and personal with the animals, from walking next to flamingos on parade to feeding dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays. The Dolphin Nursery is a designated area for mothers and their newborn calves, who are especially playful for the audience. You can see orcas and mantas underwater as well as a dedicated shark encounter. This has one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels and a touch pool where you can learn all about sharks from SeaWorld’s experts. Guests can glide through a glass tunnel completely surrounded by sharks. Outside is a tank filled with beautiful and exotic rays, like the leopard whipray.
2. Animal Rescue Animal rescue is also a significant focus of SeaWorld. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld has helped rescue more than 26,000 animals, including sea turtles, dolphins and manatees from right here in Central Florida.
3. Experience the Thrill Rides
SeaWorld Orlando is home to some of the most-thrilling roller coasters in town as well as fun rides for the entire family. Mako, the fastest, highest and longest roller coaster in Orlando. Manta and Kraken are two roller coasters already at the park, both of which have been named among the best coasters in the country by roller-coaster fanatics as well as The Travel Channel. Kraken Unleashed has undergone a complete redo packs a G-Force rating of 3.9 with seven inversions and two vertical loops. Manta comes in a close second with a G-Force rating of 3.7 with four inversions and two inline twists, not to mention passengers are riding face-first. SeaWorld has promised a new ride, Infinity Falls that has yet to open but rumors have it opening before the end of the year. Rush the rapids on SeaWorld’s all-new river ride Infinity Falls. Explorers are wanted for the next expedition through Infinity Falls, coming to SeaWorld Orlando
4. Attend the Special Events
Throughout the year, SeaWorld hosts special events, concerts and food festivals, from the Halloween Spooktacular and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration to Summer Nights. With the return of Praise Wave, guests can also celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Halloween Spooktacular is especially fun for children as the park dresses up in a carnival-like theme complete with games, costumes and trick-or-treating. During select weekends in November, enjoy over 100 craft beers on draft from breweries across the state of Florida, during the During the Christmas Celebration, the park comes alive with thousands of lights—especially lovely in the Sea of Trees—and special attractions for kids like The Polar Express, visits with Santa and a Sesame Street “Countdown to Christmas” stage show.
5. SeaWorld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin
This rides shows you Antarctica through the eyes of a penguin named Puck. This family ride is suitable for younger children and you can select a ‘mild’ or ‘wild’ version of the simulator experience. The best part is when the ride is over you will exit straight into the penguin colony, where you will see hundreds of penguins in their icy habitat.
6. Shamu’s Happy Harbor
Kid’s need a place just for them and Shamu’s Happy Harbor is just that, with lots of water spraying activities and kiddie rides. Shamu’s Happy Harbor has a four-story tall network of nets and tubes that kids can climb and crawl through. It’s called Pirate’s Nets and kids can spend hours and oodles of energy exploring this tubular world. Although this has made the list, the entire area is under construction and is slated to open sometime in 2019. Make sure when you visit next year with your kids this is one you don’t pass up!!
7. SeaWorld’s All-Day Dining
SeaWorld has the best dining plan out of any park! One full meal every hour, including dessert, all day long! If you eat just twice, you’ll get your money’s worth. Adults can redeem 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular sized non-alcoholic beverage & Children (Ages 3-9) can redeem Kids meals once per hour in the park. Guest can not only enjoy an exciting day full of great food and fun at SeaWorld Orlando but at Aquatica and Busch Gardens also. Pay once and dine up to once per hour all day until the published restaurant closing times. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering an incredible deal that can’t be bought at the gate! Enjoy the best dining value during your day of fun in the sun at SeaWorld, & Aquatica or Busch Gardens with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.
8. There’s More Than One Park Why not visit all four of the SeaWorld Parks in Florida and save money when you purchase combo tickets! Swim with the dolphins or take an underwater walking tour in Discovery Cove. Alternatively try a Serengeti Safari in Busch Gardens, where you can hand-feed giraffes. On a hot day visit SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica. Guest can enjoy the sun as well as have fun and some amazing water rides!