Earlier this year we visited Gaylord Palms Orlando for a pre-ICE! event. This weekend ICE! officially opened it’s doors and we were welcomed back to enjoy the experience. This was the boys first time visiting the winter wonderland of carved sculptures.
Come experience the most fun-filled Very Merry Christmas Party ever, with snow falling on Main Street U.S.A., cookies and cocoa throughout the park and the Magic Kingdom decked out in all its holiday best.
Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Carols fill the air, a sparkling sea of trees light up the water and skaters dance on ice. Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests can journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world. With everything from elves to Elmo, and from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where the season meets the sea. Events take place on select dates November 17 through December 31, 2012.
I was in the presence of culinary royalty this week! Emeril Lagasse was at Macy’s Orlando for a special cooking event where he was presenting a few of his famous sandwiches from his latest book Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches.
It was such a rare treat for myself to see Emeril live in person. He was charming, funny, and understandably enthusiastic about his sandwich recipes. During the presentation he mentioned a few words about working with bloggers and what a great experience that was. You can catch Emeril in his own words below:
During weekends at SeaWorld Orlando you can enjoy an extra special event included with your park admission. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular begins right across from the Dolphin nursery and offers a special pathway through the park, ending at Shamu Stadium.
NEW at Halloween Spooktacular! Penelope’s Party Zone is an awesome party place, just for kids-where they can become sand artists, dance to a tune-playing DJ, and create and decorate candy apples and rice crispy treats!
My family and I recently visited Medieval Times in Orlando, Florida. To say that the boys had an amazing time is an understatement. From beginning to end, Medieval Times Orlando dinner show puts on a thrilling show featuring jousting, sword fights, horsemanship, and so much more!
Medieval Times Orlando Dinner Show
The live show takes guests back in time to the 11th Century where they are encouraged to cheer for one of six “Knights of the Realm”, named after historic regions of medieval Spain.
SeaWorld Orlando now has all-new ways for fans to dive deeper into the world of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the park’s new attraction opening spring 2013. A dedicated website launched today, allowing everyone to follow the freeze and stay connected to all things Antarctica. The new site includes ways to watch feathery friends live on a Penguin Cam, learn about what makes Antarctica a land of extremes or sign up to receive exclusive email updates.
The website also provides a way to stay tuned to the series of webisodes that will continually take fans behind-the-scenes with the designers and animal experts as they create Orlando’s coolest, must-see 2013 experience, even revealing icy secrets along the way.
SeaWorld’s epic new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, transports you into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins’ eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, connect with a colony above and below the water and be inspired to make a difference.
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Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, Wyndham Orlando Resort and owner I Shops LLC announced plans to break ground on an extensive multi-million dollar re-imagination, further establishing its landmark location on the world-renowned International Drive and bringing an unprecedented resort concept to Orlando. The resort is cutting out some of its hotel space to make way for a full strip of shops on International Drive, including (possibly) the biggest Walgreens to date!
We recently visited SeaWorld’s all new water park, Aquatica. The day started out beautiful, but like many days in Florida rain came and went throughout our day, however we made the best of it. We were at a water park after all!
The park has several areas you can find seating at, and plenty of shade as well. Many of their lounge chairs offer umbrellas without an additional cost. You can purchase private cabanas as well. We chose a section near Walkabout Waters, which is for families with younger children.
Elmo and friends are coming to town! My kids are some of Sesame Street’s biggest fans and they can hardly wait to see the show! Here’s what Sesame Street Live mentions about Elmo Makes Music:
Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.
Adults will hear music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “The Hustle,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Rockin’ Robin.” “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “C Is for Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song.”
Recently I took the boys to experience Disney on Ice for the first time. Although Rockin’ Ever After features several of Disney’s Princesses it is undoubtedly for any child boy or girl. We were also invited backstage before the show to meet the star of Disney’s latest blockbuster hit “Brave”. We dined on a kid-friendly meal and took pictures with Mérida.
We took our seats and anticipated an amazing show. Rockin’ Ever After kicked off with Mickey Mouse and friends. Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pinnochio were all there!
Hubby and I recently enjoyed a food and wine pairing at Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The tasting included a six course meal from their all new Bar la Carte Menu and Summer Lovin’ promotion. The menu offers Fleming’s guests six all-new satisfying dishes available any time. More substantial than appetizers or the typical “bar bites” found at many restaurants, the addition of this Bar la Carte menu makes Fleming’s bar as much a destination for food as it is for wine and cocktails.
Our tasting opened with the Cedar Roasted Mushroom & Artichoke Flatbread with Monterey Jack cheese, roasted red peppers and Christophe Ranch garlic. The dish was paired with Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio from Italy. The flatbread was quite delicious, and we couldn’t wait to taste more of what was to come! The crisp flavors from the Pinot Grigio complimented the flatbread wonderfully.
We then sampled the Mad Milagro Margarita which consisted of Milagro Silver Tequila, muddled cucumber and fresh lime juice, balanced with a touch of jalapeno and fresh cilantro. The Margarita flavors blended well together offering a fresh taste with a kick!
The second course included Fleming’s Housemade Burrata on a Toasted Garlic Crostini with Charred Grape Tomatoes and Wild Arugula and paired with Conundrum, White Blend from California. Burrata, meaning “buttered” in Italian, is fresh mozzarella with cream. It was absolutely delicious and comes highly recommended by both of us! The rich flavors from the Conundrum white wine was spot on.
I visit a spa about twice a year; one typically for Mother’s Day and the other during our family vacation which tends to be in a tropical location. I don’t think it’s nearly enough, but I enjoy the treat when possible. Although I’m not an avid spa visitor, I do know a good one when I see one.
Eternal Youth Wellness Boutique has an array of services available to help you stay youthful. Some of their specialities are Facials, Massages, Body Treatments, and Acupuncture. They also offer Rooftop Yoga Monday-Thursday and Saturdays. Their cozy upstairs office is located in College Park, a distinct neighborhood near downtown Orlando.
Creating Christmas at Gaylord Palms requires lots of twinkle lights, poinsettias and even a little magic. With acres of lights, several live shows and characters from DreamWorks Animation, Christmas at Gaylord Palms attracts visitors from all over the world. To ensure the resort is ready to provide its famous festive fun to guests, holiday preparations are beginning now!
Recently we got a sneak peek at what’s to come for this year’s Christmas celebration and ICE! event at Gaylord Palms Orlando. Since it was a Christmas in July celebration we were invited to their on-site water park to enjoy in the festivities.
It’s Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience — Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando. Guests get closer than ever to SeaWorld’s majestic whales while enjoying a delicious menu of seasonal items at a reserved poolside table.
They’ll get an incredible glimpse into the interactions that occur between SeaWorld’s trainers and whales. They’ll find out what makes killer whales such unique animals. And, everyone will learn about the many things we all can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.
It’s a behind-the-scenes experience that will connect guests to the world we share like never before and it’s only at SeaWorld Orlando.
Monday, July 2nd Universal Orlando celebrated the grand opening of it’s hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. Universal’s latest attraction is based on the blockbuster Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment film Despicable Me.
LEGOLAND® Florida, Central Florida’s newest theme park, opened its all-new water park attraction last weekend. My family and I had the opportunity to test out this new water park before the gates opened in a special event held last Thursday. Legoland Florida was determined to beat the Guinness World Record for the most people bouncing beach balls. The new water park smashed the previous record of 401 beach balls with an amazing 1,355 volunteers!
National Mom’s Night Out is the ultimate celebration of Motherhood! Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend this wonderful event hosted by Wyndham Worldwide. My friend Jenn over at Double Duty Mommy took me along as her plus one. We met up with many other local bloggers and social media groups at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort in Lake Buena Vista for a fun and well deserved night off!