In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, new menus, and a charity night. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
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Pig Out for a cause at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa at their original Mills 50 location on Monday, February 26 from 4-8pm. 15% of all proceeds between those hours will benefit Florida Hospital for Children Pediatric Rehabilitation.
The annual Food & Wine Festival returns to Busch Gardens Tampa weekends in March and April with great food, beverages, and live music.
The 2018 festival takes place on weekends from March 3 through April 29, and features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.
We’ve been waiting for an exact date, and Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” parent company Walt Disney World announced the official opening date of Toy Story Land will be June 30, 2018.
Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story films, guests who enter Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard.
Universal Orlando kicked off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 3. This week, they filled in the remaining two headliner slots with Jason Derulo and Jessie J.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is returning for a second year, serving up all-new dishes and fan-favorites to accompany world-class entertainment each Saturday and Sunday from February 17 to April 15.
Each weekend, guests can sip and sample their way around the world of international coastal cuisine, with more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park, while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment.
Walt Disney World announced it is raising the prices of daily tickets, as well as annual passes and parking fees, effective Sunday, February 11, 2018.
The cost increase on one-day one-park tickets will vary according to season and park, going up as much as $7 a ticket.
LEGOLAND Florida recently kicked off its first ever LEGO NINJAGO Days weekend, and CSO was invited out on the first day to check it out.
Among the highlights was the premiere of a new 4D movie, “LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension,” which featured the NINJAGO heroes in a new 12-minute adventure where they must learn to work together to escape a mind-bending dimension opened by one of Master Wu’s magic scrolls. Teamwork saves the day in this fun 4D experience!
Universal Orlando gets ready to kick off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 3. It will run daily through April 7, 2018.
Enjoy Cajun cuisine and drinks, music, and a parade through the park with floats of bead throwers. During this time period, Universal Studios Florida brings the Mardi Gras celebration to Orlando.
Guests can also enjoy concerts by big name headliners in pop, rock, R&B, country, and more, during select nights on the Music Plaza Stage in the park.
Here is the line-up of headliners, with a few dates yet to be filled:
Ray Rush is a brand new attraction coming to Aquatica Orlando this spring, and the water park has given us an update on the construction progress.
Construction crews have been onsite for the past several weeks, demolition of HooRoo Run is complete, and they have officially broken ground on the new attraction.
LEGOLAND Florida has announced they are now offering four annual pass options, starting at $99.99, and each type has zero blackout dates.
Plus, guests who purchase the Awesome, Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Pass will receive an all-new, exclusive lanyard indicating their pass member status.
Here are all the details on the new passes:
“A Celebration of Harry Potter” returns to Universal Orlando the weekend of January 26-28, 2018, with events and stars from the stories of J.K. Rowling.
For the first time in event history, Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) and Natalie Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) will attend and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside returning fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley).
SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave returns for 2018 with a live Christian music concert series that takes place every Saturday, January 20 through February 10.
2018 musical performances include:
LEGOLAND Florida Resort will celebrate the LEGO® NINJAGO® phenomenon during LEGO NINJAGO Days, a brand-new, three-weekend event at the place #BuiltForKids.
Event activities include:
Wednesday morning, SeaWorld Orlando and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens returned two rehabilitated manatees. A warm water source near the St. John Boat Ramp provided the perfect location for this important manatee return.
The 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of Arts celebrates all types of art, including culinary, and we have the menus for this year’s festival.
Not only are the dishes delicious, but they’re designed to be visually pleasing, as well.
Here are the kiosks and their menus [menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian]: