Central Florida plays host for many annual events. SeaWorld Adventure Park, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando bring the fun with parades, live entertainment, stage shows, special fireworks and laser light shows and much more.

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Contemporary jazz fusion artists GrooveLogic will perform at THE MALL AT MILLENIA on October 3rd during First Fridays, a monthly outdoor concert series. The series runs 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Admission is free to First Fridays, presented at THE MALL AT MILLENIA's main entrance located next to Brio Tuscan Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. In addition to enjoying world-class performances, concert-goers can purchase food and drinks from these restaurant, plus California Pizza Kitchen and Panera Bread. Presented by MIX 105.1, the event will also feature fashion from THE MALL AT MILLENIA's leading retailers. Free parking is plentiful among more than 5,500 spaces around the Center.Please Click Here For Additional Information.



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SeaWorld Adventure Park in Orlando: 2003 Calendar of Events

Packed With All-New Entertainment and Excitement . SeaWorld Orlando's 2003 calendar of events features a variety of exciting festivities planned throughout the year -- from a lip smackin' barbecue to a lively celebration of Hispanic culture. Best of all, every event is included with regular park admission.

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

OCTOBER 2003

SHAMU'S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
A festive fall feeling sweeps through SeaWorld Orlando during a ghoulishly good weekend of trick-or-treating, children's costume parades, story tellers, face painters, a pumpkin patch and plenty of kid-friendly spookiness. It's a safe and fun-filled family "spooktacular."

Park operating hours for SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All Spooktacular events are included with park admission.

"X" Marks The Spot For Family Fun at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

ORLANDO, Fla. (2003) -- Lurking for spirited frights and family-friendly delights this Halloween? SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, is a swashbuckling good time for kids of all ages and takes place during two weekends this year. Join the pranks or walk the plank at SeaWorld Orlando -- gaggles of ghastly goodies and safe Halloween fun await everyone. All event activities are included with park admission. Friendly pirates haunt the park as little goblins trick-or-treat for troves of treasures, participate in ghostly activities and enjoy unique, Halloween-themed entertainment. Shrieks and giggles abound with thrilling and chilling new shows and event activities throughout the day and night such as:

  • "Creepy Creatures at Pets Ahoy" show: SeaWorld's popular "Pets Ahoy" show reveals its squeamish side as its four-legged stars team up with some of nature's creepiest creatures. Spiders, cockroaches, bats, snakes and more will scurry and slither to scare up a ghoulishly good time.
  • "Clyde and Seamore's Ghostly Pirate Cruise" show: SeaWorld's famous sea lion comedy duo, Clyde and Seamore, set sail on an un-boo-lievable madcap adventure featuring ghosts, ghouls and boisterous buccaneers. This show is sure to tickle guests' funny bones. * "Shamu's Haunted House of Douse" show: Shamu Stadium takes a Halloween twist with a thrilling show featuring SeaWorld's killer whale family. There will be a kid-friendly, interactive pre-show that includes a costume dance contest. During the show, Halloween-themed music sets the mood for the spectacle featuring the world-famous killer whale Shamu.
  • Monster Mash Costume Parade: Little feet march to a spooky beat in the annual kids' costume parade. Children of all ages are invited to join in the fun -- just arrive dressed to impress in a favorite costume. Each costume parade is followed by a Monster Mash musical performance -- a live show featuring spooky, kooky music, singers, SeaWorld characters and comedy.
  • Shamu's Halloween Harbor: Shamu and his crew invite tiny tots to experience the friendly fun of Shamu's Halloween Harbor, a play area where tricks and treats await children at every turn. Here, families can enjoy costumed characters, stilt walkers, trick-or-treat tables and games galore.
  • Trick or Treat Treasure Troves: Trick-or-treaters of all ages share in the bounty and collect a pirate's booty of sweet treats that are sure to please.
  • Pirate's Passage: This spooky, haunted bridge with a pirate theme showcases scary skeletons as well as roving, comical pirates performing antics, sharing their escapades and interacting with guests.
  • Spooky Kid-Star Theater: At the new Waterfront at SeaWorld, kids become part of the action as improvisational story tellers invite audience participation.
  • "Arrrg! A Halloween Thriller" finale show: In this grand finale night show, good and bad pirates battle over the ultimate treasure chest. Thrilling music, dance, fireworks and sword fights make for a fun-filled musical mutiny at Bayside Stadium.

Park operating hours for SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All Spooktacular events are included with park admission.

SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando is featuring scary sharks, petrifying polar bears and shocking stingrays at its Oct. 24 Spooktacular Family Sleepover. Discover why some of the animals are not as scary as you might think. Designed for families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade, visitors can wear their favorite Halloween costume and trick-or-treating with the animals and make a “spooktacular” Halloween creation. Join for a “ghoulishly” good time at Wild Arctic as you search for candy treats.

NOVEMBER 2003

Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando - November 8 and 9, 2003

Jack Hanna, renowned animal expert and host of TV's "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" and SeaWorld's "Shamu Adventure" show, showcases some of his furry and feathered animal friends from all parts of the world. Guests "go wild" as Hanna introduces unique and exotic animals, shares amazing animal stories and shows hilarious bloopers during SeaWorld Orlando's popular "Jack Hanna Weekend."

Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Jack Hanna shows are at 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 at SeaWorld's Nautilus Theater. Jack Hanna shows are included with daily park admission and Passport membership. For more information, call 407-363-2259 or visit www.seaworld.com.

DECEMBER 2003

A NORMAN ROCKWELL HOLIDAY SHOWCASE: TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE COVERS OF "THE SATURDAY EVENING POST" - Nov. 15 - Jan. 5
Park guests can create yuletide memories and celebrate the American spirit during
"A Norman Rockwell Holiday Showcase." This holiday event transports guests into the world of one of America's beloved artists, Norman Rockwell. Life-size sculptures straight from the covers of The Saturday Evening Post weave a tale of family, friends and the warmth of the season. A 48-foot-tall Christmas tree adorned with brilliant lights and stunning ornaments, nightly story tellings, musicians and daily appearances by Santa Claus add to the celebration.


Walt Disney World® Resort Events: (For Hotels and Resorts at Walt Disney World click Here)

Walt Disney World is featuring “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” on selected nights during the month of October. Join Mickey and his friends at the Magic Kingdom for “not so scary” fun and games. Experience as the Magic Kingdom is transformed into a kid friendly “spooky” party. Come dressed as your favorite ghouls or goblins (or whatever else you want to be for Halloween) and trick-or-treat around the park. There will be special Halloween Fantasy in the Sky fireworks and very unique parades starring all your favorite Disney characters.

Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista held its preview opening Aug.of 2003 for Epcot’s “Mission: SPACE,” a one-of-a-kind thrill that will rocket guests to the galaxies in an out-of-this-world space adventure. Mission: SPACE officially launches in October. Featuring breakthrough technology that creates an unforgettable launch sequence and interplanetary journey, Mission: SPACE will take amazed riders straight up into space and on to Mars.

EPCOT's International Food and Wine Festival. World renowned vintners and chefs team to present first rate wines and creative cuisine at the beautiful World Showcase Lagoon through November 16th.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 4 at Disney's Hollywood Studios has launched a new drop sequence that takes riders to a new level of terror. The cutting-edge technology of the Tower of Terror allows ride engineers to re-program new twists to the ride, in this case launching riders to the top of the tower in breathtaking speed then dropping them faster-than-free-fall to the bottom again and again -- more drops than ever before.

House of Blues at DownTown Disney's WestSide (concert events, singing engagements,gospel brunch and food and fun)


Universal Orlando® Resort Events: Theme Park Highlights

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Universal Orlando celebrates Halloween Horror Nights 13 at Islands of Adventure. This year the park has taken horror to the extreme with gut-wrenching scares and blood-curdling frights so gruesome, so shocking, you will wish it was only a movie. When exploring the park, visitors walk through the mist to find monsters and many people with chainsaws jumping out behind every nook. This year features six new haunted houses and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.

Halloween Horror Nights
October 3-5, 10-12, 15-19, 22-26, 28 - November 1, 2003

This event may be too intense for young children.

It's totally different and totally unpredictable, with scares coming where you least expect them. From the moment you enter the park until the moment you leave, you'll be immersed in a blanket of fear with nowhere to escape. In addition, the rides and attractions that make you scream will be open.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO TO UNVEIL MOST TERRIFYING HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS IN ITS 13-YEAR HISTORYThe 13th annual Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) will run at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park October 3 through November 1 for 21 select nights, beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s HHN will feature six all-new haunted mazes including a new version of the popular “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” stage show, and hundreds of new stalking creatures and spooks created for their particular island and especially for this year’s event. Within the islands, the thrills associated with the park’s most popular rides will also be intensified.Tickets for HHN may be purchased at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, via Universal Orlando’s website at www.halloweenhorrornights.com, by calling 1-877-2FRIGHT (1-877-237-4448), through Ticketmaster or at Florida Spencer Gifts locations.

GRAND OPENING OF “SHREK 4-D” - ORLANDO, FL – On Thursday, June 12, join thousands of Universal Studios guests toast Shrek and Fiona with green “champagne” and bear witness as the ogre couple cuts into the World’s Largest Wedding Cake at the premiere of "Shrek 4-D", the all-new multi-sensory and multi-media continuation of DreamWorks’ “Shrek” fairy tale adventure. This all-new animated saga that picks up where the Oscar-winning feature film “Shrek” left off, as Shrek and Fiona embark on their Honeymoon.

Macy's Holiday Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade marches nightly through the streets of Universal Studios beginning at dusk. Features authentic elements directly from the world famous Mac's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Islands of Adventure transports guests to the charming and wintry home of the Grinch - the village of Dr. Seuss - Whoville! during the annual Grinchmas celebration.

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Historic Bok Sanctuary:

“MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT" CHRISTMAS AT PINEWOOD - LAKE WALES, FL – Historic Bok Sanctuary will celebrate the holidays by “Making Spirits Bright” during its annual Christmas at Pinewood celebration held November 28, 2003, through January 11, 2004, at Pinewood Estate, a National Historic Landmark. This year’s event will make spirits bright and showcase the architecture and décor of the home originally built for Charles A. Buck of Pennsylvania. The mansion will be open for tours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Historic Bok Sanctuary at 863-676-1408 or visit www.boksanctuary.org.

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Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show

DOLLY PARTON IS BRINGING A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION TO ORLANDO - ORLANDO, FL – A new holiday tradition will make its debut on Nov. 1 and will run through Jan. 3. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show will celebrate the holidays by introducing “Christmas at Dixie Stampede” featuring holiday music, ice-skating, majestic horses, snowfalls and an appearance by Santa Clause himself. The yuletide entertainment is complimented by a holiday feast featuring rotisserie chicken, cheese biscuits and an apple turnover for dessert. Reservations are recommended. For a complete listing of times and ticket prices call (866) 433-4943 or visit www.dixiestampede.com.


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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has put a new face on fear. The Dark Prince of Howl-O-Scream is the human embodiment of all things that frighten at the Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream event. The Prince can be witnessed from Sept. 26-Nov. 1 when visitors experience a night of haunted houses, scare zones, coasters in the dark, themed entertainment and fear around every corne. For hotels at Tampa Bay - click here.


GAYLORD PALMS ANNOUNCES ‘ICE!’ – A FROZEN FAMILY ATTRACTION

Sunshine State Resort to Shape Nearly Two Million Pounds of Ice Into Orlando’s Newest – and Coolest – Holiday Experience

The attraction – which will run from Nov. 25-Jan. 4 – will combine fantastic frozen creations, thrilling ice slides, dramatic lighting and special effects.  “ICE!” is the highlight of the resort’s “Christmas at The Palms” festival, which features holiday activities for the entire family.

Visitors to “ICE!” will be given oversized parkas to stay comfortable inside the attraction.  The enormous structure used to house “ICE!”  – dubbed “The Florida Fridge” – is cooled to a chilly 9 degrees.   The “Florida Fridge” is believed to be the first temporary-structure freezer of its kind used in North America.  Upon entering, guests will see the final images of sunny Florida – swaying palm trees rendered in ice – before they meet a group of impish ice elves who bid them welcome.

Inside, guests will encounter fanciful holiday figures and scenes, including pirouetting ice-carved penguins and playful polar bears, the largest of which will weigh 17 tons.  Many of the carvings and sculptures are more than 25 feet in length.  Three fantastic ice slides will beckon the young and young at heart to travel through a thrilling and mysterious cave.  Other areas will invite visitors to “chill out” and marvel at the craftsmanship.

“ICE!” will be open daily during the holiday season and will be accessible on the Exhibit Hall level at Gaylord Palms, which is located at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee.  For more information about "ICE" please visit our "Whats New In Orlando?" page. For hotel reservations at the Gaylord Palms through www.DestinationOrlando.com, please click here.



The Orlando Science Center will launch the exhibit, Touch the Sky: An Action Science Exhibit on Sept. 18. Collaborating with several major community sponsors, the exhibit will explore the science and history of powered flight while also highlighting the contribution Central Florida has made to the aviation and simulation industries, including the opportunity to participate in the construction of a flight-worthy experimental aircraft. The exhibit is part of the national centennial celebration of the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight and will be the first time a science center has ever constructed an aircraft within its walls. Community sponsors include the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., Experimental Aircraft Association of Orlando, Florida High Technology Corridor Council, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, National Centennial of Powered Flight, Progressive Aerodyne, Inc., Warbirds Museum, Air Orlando Aviation, Inc., Fantasy of Flight and Aerial Innovations. 407-514-2000, www.osc.org


MORSE ANNOUNCES 25th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK CELEBRATION AND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE OPEN HOUSE - WINTER PARK, FL – The Morse Museum continues a Winter Park holiday tradition and marks a milestone, Thursday, Dec. 4, when it will light up turn-of-the-century Tiffany windows in Central park and present the Bach Festival choirs in concert at 25th annual Christmas in the Park celebration. The eight leaded-glass windows come from the Morse’s world-renowned Tiffany collection. On Dec. 24, the Morse invites the public to the museum’s galleries to enjoy Louis Tiffany’s century-old, leaded glass windows and 1893 chapel at no charge. For more information call (407) 645-5311 or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

OFFICE DEPOT FATHER/SON GOLF CHALLENGE - CHAMPIONS GATE, FL – ChampionsGate Golf Resort will host the Office Depot/Father/Son Golf Challenge from Dec. 4-7. The tournament features past winners of PGA Tour’s four major championships and their sons, in a scramble format golf tournament for one million dollars in prize money. Expected participants include: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and more.

TIFFANY LAMPS TO ILLUMINATE THE MORSE - WINTER PARK, FLOn February 4, The Morse Museum of American Art opens The Illuminated Vision: Tiffany Lamps and Lighting, the museum’s most comprehensive exhibition ever of Tiffany lamps and lighting from its permanent collection. The exhibition – on view through January 4, 2004 – will include more than 40 Tiffany lamps that taken together illustrate Tiffany’s visually dramatic and innovative design achievement in an era when electric light was poised to revolutionize the way we see. They will include examples of rare and prize-winning designs; selections made for his own home, Laurelton Hall; and lamps of virtually every sort.

The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival recently announced its 2003-2004 Signature Series. Plays include “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Sept. 18 – Oct. 12), “Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker” (Oct. 16 – Nov. 23), “Private Lives” (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8), “Othello” (Feb. 26 – March 28), “Antony & Cleopatra” (April 8-25), and the special holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 3-21). 407-447-1700, www.shakespearefest.org

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