Universal Orlando Adds Jason Derulo and Jessie J to 2018 Mardi Gras Headliners

Universal Orlando Adds Jason Derulo and Jessie J to 2018 Mardi Gras Headliners

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.

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Out and About: LEGOLAND Florida Hosts Inaugural #NINJAGODays

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.

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!

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Universal Orlando Kicks Off Mardi Gras 2018 on February 3

Universal Orlando Kicks Off Mardi Gras 2018 on February 3

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:

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Holy Land Experience To Offer Free Admission January 25, 2018

Holy Land Experience Orlando

Holy Land Experience will be offering one of their annual free admission day this week on Thursday, January 25, 2018, according to their website.

The Bible-based attraction offers at least one free day a year to qualify under state law for property-tax exemption as a religious entity.

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‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ Returns to Universal Orlando January 26-28, 2018

A Celebration of Harry Potter Returns to Universal Orlando January 26-28, 2018

“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).

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Praise Wave 2018 Starts at SeaWorld Orlando Jan 20

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Full Line-Up of Praise Wave 2018 Performers

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:

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Culinary Arts Menus Revealed for 2018 Epcot International Festival of Arts

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

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]:

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UCF Knights Celebrated with Parade at Magic Kingdom

UCF Knights Celebrated with Parade at Magic Kingdom Park - photos courtesy Walt Disney World

Sunday, January 7, the Magic Kingdom was filled with crowds of black and gold as the undefeated UCF Knights football team was honored with a parade down Main Street U.S.A.

The parade also included UCF cheerleaders and The Marching Knights, the university’s official band.

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Broadway Performers Scheduled for 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

One of the highlights of the upcoming second annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be the weekend Disney on Broadway concert series, and we have the list of performers.

The 2018 lineup brings returning guest-favorite acts, as well as new entertainment straight from the Broadway stage.

Here is the list of scheduled performers:

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Walt Disney World To Live Stream Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks Dec 31, 2017

Walt Disney World To Live Stream Magic Kingdom's Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks Dec 31

To close out 2017, Walt Disney World will be live streaming its “Fantasy In the Sky” fireworks from the Magic Kingdom on December 31.

If you can’t be there in person, this is the next best way to ring in the new year with Disney.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2017 in Orlando and Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Orlando

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2017 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2018 here in Orlando.

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area:

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Garden Rocks Concerts Announced for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

The full Garden Rocks concerts line-up has just been announced by Walt Disney World for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The annual festival runs from February. 28 through May 28, and every weekend will feature free concerts by music legends from the 1960s through 1990s.

Of the 17 acts booked, seven are new to Garden Rocks, and three of those new to Epcot festivals: Foghat, Lonestar, and Don Felder former of The Eagles.

Get your calendars ready, here is the the full listing of shows you can catch during the Garden Rocks Concerts series:

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LEGOland Florida Offers VIP Experience During the Holidays

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

Make a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort even more awesome this 2017 holiday season with three exclusive VIP experiences.

Guests can enjoy private time with LEGO® characters, delicious desserts, a beautiful family photo and an opportunity to create a special LEGO model with one of the Master Model Builders.

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Out and About: Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida!

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

We were invited to attend LEGOland Florida Resort’s “Christmas Bricktacular” on its opening day, and we were excited to experience the event. Opening days are always a challenge as not everything is completely ready, and that was the case here. But that’s okay as the employees were fabulous in getting things done and making sure everyone had a great time.

In fact, the staff was great and very friendly all throughout the park. In Fun Town, they had the store fronts and trees around the carousel decorated for Christmas. It was truly lovely.

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