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SeaWorld Orlando "Dinner with Rudolph" Character Meal Review (and More Rudolph & Friends in Park for SeaWorld Christmas)

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SeaWorld Orlando invited us to its new holiday offering Dinner with Rudolph. Last year, Rudolph and friends Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius became part of the SeaWorld Christmas offerings. Dinner with Rudolph is strictly Rudolph - I hope that changes for next year. I am a big fan of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and the other characters. SeaWorld Orlando is a fantastic Christmas park, with a variety of different offerings - shows, lots of decorations, and the wonderful meet and greet location with the Rudolph characters. Dinner with Rudolph is another addition for this seasonal event. Dinner with Rudolph can be booked here. The cost is adults 10+ $32.00 plus tax and gratuity, $15.00 for kids 3-9 plus tax and gratuity. The dinner experience lasts about one hour. Here is my review.

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in The Walt Disney World Resort Offering “Holiday Sale Rates” Through January 15th, 2018

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The seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels have special offers for stays from October 25, 2017January 15, 2018! These are not Disney owned hotels but are on Walt Disney World property, with shuttle transportation to the Walt Disney World parks and they are all walking distance from Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). One other highlight of this offer is a booklet with coupons for Disney Springs, including my favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World, The Boathouse. Read more about the offers and hotels below!

B Resort & Spa

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (October 2017) – There is still time to make plans to experience the special events being conducted in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida in November and December, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays, Candlelight Processional at Epcot®, and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. It is also a terrific time to see the impressive all-new Pandora – The World of Avatar®, which opened in May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and to experience the significantly expanded and beautifully transformed Disney Springs®. Inspired by Florida’s charming towns and natural beauty, the vibrant waterfront Disney Springs® offers a high-quality diverse mix of shops, an impressive variety of upscale and casual dining options, and exceptional live entertainment options, with 130 establishments across its four distinct outdoor neighborhoods.

A great way to experience these events and Disney Springs®is by taking advantage of the special “Holiday Sale Rates” that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels for stays from October 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018. Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World® Resort, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels are within an easy walk to the significantly expanded Disney Springs®. In addition to featuring an ideal location at an outstanding value, the seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World®Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs® area.

Doubletree by Hilton

The special hotel rates provide the opportunity to take in such exciting new offerings at the Walt Disney World® Resort as Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®; Frozen Ever After at Epcot®; the nighttime spectacular Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®Theme Park; and Happily Ever After, the largest projection and fireworks show in Magic Kingdom® Park history.

Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the new “Disney Springs®Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs® merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at House of Blues® Restaurant & Bar, T-REXTM Café, Paddlefish, Rainforest Café® at Disney Springs Marketplace, The Polite Pig, The Boathouse®, STK Orlando, Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs® Marketplace, Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers, Dino Store at T-REXTM, Rainforest Café® Retail Village, American Threads, Johnny Was, and Sephora.

The Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels’ “Holiday Sale Rates” for stays October 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018 are:

·         B Resort & Spa – Disney Springs® Resort Area – rates from $90 per room, per night

·         Best Western Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area – rates from $101 per room, per night  

·         DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs® Area -- rates from $134 per suite, per night

·         Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs® Resort Area – rates from $129 per room, per night

·         Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Resort Area – rates from $109 per room, per night

·         Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs® Area – rates from $75 per room, per night

·         Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista -- Disney Springs® Resort Area – rates from $77 per room, per night.

For more information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com, specifically http://disneyspringshotels.com/special-offers/limited-offers/holiday-sale/ (or http://bit.ly/dsrah2017 ). The special rates are available for stays October 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

 

Visiting provides the opportunity to take in such special events as:

·         Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – select nights November 9-December 22, 2017 at Magic Kingdom® Park

·         Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays – November 19-December 30, 2017 at Epcot®

·         Candlelight Processional – November 24-December 30, 2017 at Epcot®

·         Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – nightly November 9-December 31, 2017 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

·         Sunset Seasons Greetings – nightly November 9-December 31, 2017 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

·         Holidays at Disney Springs® -- November and December 2017 at Disney Springs®.

Note that Theme Park admission is required, and some events require a separately priced ticket.

 

Visiting also provides the opportunity to experience the immersive, awe-inspiring Pandora – The World of Avatar® at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, which features truly stunning floating mountains, cascading waterfalls, and a lush rainforest complete with glowing fauna and flora. Impressively, this sprawling new land makes you feel as if you are transferred light-years away to Pandora. Among the offerings are Avatar Flight of Passage, an exhilarating 3D ride that takes you on an expedition on the back of a powerful winged mountain banshee to see the beauty and grandeur of Pandora. Also not to be missed is the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, a scenic boat ride down a mysterious river, through caves, and lighted by a bioluminescent forest.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels include:

·         The ability to purchase Disney Theme Park admissions at each hotel

·         Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® Resort golf courses

·         Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel

·         The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels (DisneySpringsHotels.com) includes:

·         B Resort & Spa – Disney Springs® Resort Area -- the stylish resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, and features American Kitchen Bar & Grill

·         Best Western Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area – the 18-story, 325-room resort overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort, and offers two restaurants, a lounge, and wireless internet

·         DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs® Area -- the luxurious resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs® Resort Area

·         Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs® Area the 27-acre, newly renovated hotel features a beautifully redesigned pool area with four pools, seven restaurants and lounges, spa, and a Character Breakfast every Sunday

·         Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area -- the closest hotel to Disney Springs®, the resort offers two pools, a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday, seven restaurants and lounges (including Benihana® Steakhouse), and 24-hour fitness center

·         Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs®Area -- offers the ideal setting to stay and play, featuring modern Florida décor, a beach entry swimming pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas.

·         Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista -- Disney Springs® Resort Area -- featuring a Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 guest rooms, six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with interactive water features.

With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, over 3,700 rooms and an array of amenities, the Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney Springs® area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit DisneySpringsHotels.com .

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Gaylord Palms ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World Starts to Take Shape; More Activities Announced for 2017

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Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee is gearing up for ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, along with a plethora of different activities that will take place at the resort. This is one of my favorite events for the season, I have attended most years since the 2nd year (it is now year 15!). We have been covering the event since 2010 as well - it has changed SO much over the years. ICE! used to be just the walk-through and some musical acts in the atrium, and now it can be a full day experience. I am posting the press release below with all of the activities, more than ever before. Alongside are some of my photos from the preview yesterday and some provided by Gaylord Palms. We were there to see the artisans as they exited the bus for photos, but they had actually been there already for a few days and ice carvings were already forming! 2 million pounds of ice need to be carved by November 21st, 2017. Take a look at our ICE! article from last year here.

Harbin, China artisan carves a sculpture in ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort - photo by Denise Preskitt.

Pandora - The World of Avatar Comes to Life at Orlando Museum of Art on August 3rd, 2017 with Joe Rohde

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The Orlando Museum of Art will be hosting on Thursday, August 3rd a special evening showcasing Pandora - The World of Avatar that is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. There will be two presentations featuring Joe Rohde, as well as entertainment and select items from Satu'li Canteen from Pandora - The World of Avatar as part of the event. General admission is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 4-17. It's a very reasonable price for what is included. See below for more information, and click here to purchase tickets.

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