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Palm tress decorated with lights at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando

 

A winter wonderland scene in Orlando is a bit different than you’d expect. Instead of frigid temperatures and endless snow, we’ve got clear skies, swaying palms, and crisp, cool sweater weather. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, as evidenced in Orlando’s many outdoor holiday festivals, races, and sports games. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Orlando during winter.

What is the weather in Orlando like during the winter?

Winter in Orlando is balmy and mild. No need to worry about packing your winter coat when you come to Orlando – the most you’ll need is a thick sweater or sweatshirt. Rain is rare during the winter months, so you can expect mostly clear skies. If you’re staying at Rosen Inn, remember to pack your swimsuit. Our outdoor pool is heated in winter so you can still enjoy a tropical swim.

You can expect the following average temperatures in Orlando during winter:

December: High 75F, low 55F

January: High 72F, low 51F

February: High 75F, low 54F

What is there to do in Orlando during winter?

·  Observe Florida’s Wildlife

The crisp, cool weather makes winter the perfect time for nature lovers to visit Orlando. Many migratory birds winter in Orlando and you can observe them at parks and natural trails. Florida’s coastal manatees also migrate inland to Central Florida springs. At the Harry P. Leu Gardens in downtown Orlando, the camellias reach their peak during the winter months.

·   Celebrate the Holidays

Theme park enthusiasts will also find the winter weather ideal. In fact, it may be the only time of year you can visit the Orlando theme parks without dissolving into a puddle of sweat. Not only is the weather perfect, the Orlando theme parks also host spectacular holiday events. Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Walt Disney World all have their own celebrations. Plus, you can be one of the first to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which opens December 5, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Are there any winter events in Orlando?

There’s plenty of variety in Orlando’s winter events. In addition to the holiday celebrations at the theme parks, there are also several family-friendly events in town.

Here’s just a sample of some of the events you can enjoy:

  • Discover a whole new world at the Aladdin Musical
  • Celebrate art and culture at the ZORA! Festival
  • Race to the finish line at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • See dinosaurs in action at the Jurassic World Live Tour
  • Watch NFL all-stars battle it out at the Pro Bowl
  • Sample local wines while enjoying a concert during the Lakeridge Winery Winter Series

Book Your Orlando Vacation

Now that you know what winter is like in Orlando, it’s time to book your winter vacation. In addition to the heated pool, Rosen Inn has other amenities such as free Wi-Fi, free parking, and on-site eateries. Plus, we are 5 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort. To book your Orlando vacation, give us a call at 407-996-4444 or click on the orange button at the top of the page.

Few classical masterpieces withstand the tests of time. These timeless works, regardless of your musical taste, are also easily recognizable. Tchaikovsky is one I bet you’ve heard. Maybe The Nutcracker, the famous Christmas-time ballet, was something you heard about? Its score was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russia’s greatest and most well-known romantic composer.

January 2020 the Dr. Phillips Center is treating us to two shows highlighting Tchaikovsky’s best work: Swan Lake and another show dedicated to his greatest hits.

Swan Lake

January 7, 2020

If you watched The Nutcracker in December, follow up your experience with a special presentation of Swan Lake performed by the National Ballet Theater of Odessa. During this Russian company’s first visit to the United States, they’re bringing 55 of their top ballet dancers from the Opera Theater, which is recognized as the most prestigious institution of classical ballet in Russia.

Ballet manager Yuri Vasyuchenkio leads this troupe through four beautiful acts telling the folklore of a heroic young prince who frees a beautiful swan maiden from a spell.

Tchaikovsky’s Greatest Hits

January, 25, 2020

Classical music lovers are in for a special treat with this concert. Hailing from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra graces the Bob Carr Theater stage to perform more than an hour of Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable concertos. Lead by Maestro Vladmir Lande, Russia’s best orchestra starts its 8 week U.S. tour in the City Beautiful.

The performance opens with “Romeo & Juliet – Fantasy Overture,” a 20-minute long piece that emotes the love between Romeo and Juliet as well as the violent feud between the Montague and Capulet families. While Tchaikovsky drew inspiration from Shakespeare’s story, he did so out of order allowing him to creatively contrast the themes of love, war, death, and the melancholy reflections from Friar Laurence.

Following the emotional roller coaster of the first performance is Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto op. 35, D Major with Pavel Milyukov as violin soloist. This piece, sketched in 11 days and scored in two weeks after Tchaikovsky fled his home country at the end of a disastrous marriage, runs a bow over the heart strings. Tchaikovsky, famous for his lyric and dramatic works for stage and orchestra hall, never was quite famous for his concertos during his life. Out of his extensive body of work, he produced only one piano concerto (the final performance of the night) and one for violin (this performance). The violin concerto’s debut performance was delayed as musicians claimed the piece was impossible to play due to its complexities. Critics were suspicious of it, yet when it was finally performed, audiences loved it. Majority won over time. As with most Tchaikovsky’s work, this violin concerto resonates heavily of the influence Slavic and Russian folk song had over Tchaikovsky.

After intermission, guests will be treated to the final performance of the night, piano concerto No. 1, op. 23 in B flat Minor with Peter Laul as soloist on piano. The first movement is grand. The sound is full, impressive, and accentuated further by the thunderous opening from the grand piano. The experience slows during the second movement as quiet moments feel as deafening as the opening. The mood becomes jubilant and light, but by the end, Tchaikovsky doesn’t let the audience off light as he returns to the pounding chords that opened the concerto.

So there you have it: two concerts featuring Tchaikovsky, performed by Russian masters in ballet and symphony, respectively. It’s a unique opportunity all music fans should experience. Should you find yourself with a ticket to either show, consider booking a room at Rosen Inn. This Rosen hotel is closest to Universal and downtown Orlando. If you’re a local, make a stay-cation out of the event. If you’re in town for the event, stay with us for an economical and comfortable stay with easy access to downtown Orlando. Click the Check Availability button in the upper right corner to book your stay today.

Table of Brazilian food including feijoada and white rice

If you love food, Orlando is the perfect destination for you. Orlando is home to hundreds of restaurants, many of which are right here on International Drive. As you’d expect on International Drive, many of the restaurants located here feature cuisine from around the world. If you are missing home or just looking to try something new, here are five Latin American restaurants to try in Orlando.

Pao Gostoso Bakery

5472 International Drive

Craving a sweet and satisfying breakfast? Pao Gostoso Bakery has plenty of Brazilian baked goods to satisfy your cravings. Savory pastries, sweet breads, cakes, and even treats like flan are available here. You can also get the popular pao de queijo or cheese bread here. Pair it with a strong coffee and it will keep you going throughout a day at the theme park.

Itar Bistro

7065 Westpointe Blvd. Ste. 100

A bit off the beaten path, Itar is well worth the trek. Inspired by Argentinean and Italian cuisine, the menu includes dishes such as Gnocchi alla Bolognese, Argentine Churrasco Sandwich, and Milanesa (Argentinean-style crispy fried cutlets of beef or chicken). A kids menu offers children-friendly options with an Argentinean twist such as pasta and grilled chicken. Enjoy a casual carryout meal or dine in for an upscale experience.

Memories of Peru Pollos a la Brasa

5700 International Drive

If you prefer to stick to restaurants on International Drive, Memories of Peru Pollos a la Brasa is a great choice. It is within walking distance from your guestroom at Rosen Inn and offers a variety of Peruvian food sure to satisfy your taste buds. Their menu captures the diversity of Peruvian cuisine and includes several popular dishes such as chaufa, tallarin, leche de tigre, and of course, pollo a la brasa.

Q’Kenan

8117 Vineland Ave

Not far from the International Drive area is one of Orlando most popular Venezuelan restaurants, Q’Kenan. You’ll want to bring your appetite because in addition to everyone’s favorite arepas, you can also order dishes such as parrilla mixta, tostones, empanadas, tequenos, savory pastries, and more. They also make a fresh soup every day. If you are in the mood for a Venezuelan breakfast, Q’Kenan opens at 10 a.m. daily.

Fogo de Chao

8282 International Drive

There are many Brazilian steakhouses in Orlando, but none quite as popular as Fogo de Chao. The all-you-can eat restaurant is a meat lover’s dream come true, with dishes such as picanha, fraldinha and cordeiro. There are also meals for herbivores to enjoy at Fogo de Chao. The Market Table is available as a vegetarian option and includes many delicious items such pao de queijo, caramelized banandas, polenta, and specialty salads.

 

If you are planning to visit the International Drive restaurants, shops, and attractions, Rosen Inn is ideal for you. We are located on International Drive, five minutes from Universal Orlando Resort. We even have our very own Japanese restaurants, Shogun and Sakura Sushi, located off the lobby. To book your stay, please call us at 407-996-4444 or click on the orange button at the top of the page.

This winter, hundreds of “plungers” will brave the chilly waters at four different locations across Florida in support of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On December 7, 2019, Central Florida participants will take the plunge into the wave pool at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark to raise money benefitting Special Olympics Florida during the 11th annual Polar Plunge Orlando.

What Is the Polar Plunge?

The coolest way to have some fun while supporting a good cause, the Polar Plunge is basically an opportunity for people to dress up and run into a body of cold water with their clothes on. All proceeds from the annual fundraising drive go toward helping Special Olympics Florida provide year-round services and training for more than 51,000 athletes and partners with special needs. This year’s campaign has set a fundraising goal of $220,000. To date, approximately $15,000 has been raised toward that goal in donated gifts.

 

What to Bring to the Polar Plunge

Participants are not only asked to bring towels, but also outrageous costumes. At Polar Plunge Orlando, Special Olympics athletes along with participating corporate teams are encouraged to have fun by dressing up to match the chilly theme of the event. Expect to see teams dressed as polar bears, penguins, narwhals, and seals as they gear up for their chilly dip. The Polar Plunge will reward plungers who go the extra mile with awards for Best Team Costume and Best Individual Costume.

What to Expect at the Polar Plunge

With plungers psyching themselves up to be bold and embrace the cold, spectators should expect a rambunctious charitable event that includes:

• Large crowds with plenty of energy
• Wild costumes and floats
• Loud music and appetizing food and drinks
• A spirit of unified togetherness in service of others
• Chattering teeth, shrieks, and goosebumps

Polar Plunge Restrictions

While the event does not have any age restrictions, participants under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian to take the plunge. To enter, potential plungers must also meet the $100 minimum fundraising goal set by the Special Olympics organization.

About the Special Olympics Florida

Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Florida is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. In Florida, over 33,000 dedicated coaches and volunteers help serve our special needs community by providing education, fitness training, and athletic competition for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Cool Rooms, Warm Beds

If you’re traveling to Orlando this winter to take up the Polar Plunge challenge, book your stay at the Rosen Inn. We’re conveniently located just up the street from Aquatica on International Drive, so you can warm up fast after your icy plunge. To reserve your stay, call 407-996-4444 or click “Book Now” at the top of the page.

Watching a movie outdoors in the crisp, cool air can really give you a case of the warm holiday fuzzies. Unfortunately for Central Floridians, the winter chills never fully reach Orlando in time for Christmas. However, there are several spots around Orlando where you can bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy some holiday movie classics, regardless of the temperature.

UCF’s Outdoor Holiday Film Festival

Light Up UCF welcomes guests to the University of Central Florida campus each year to skate on Orlando’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink. The event also hosts a holiday light show, rides and games, photos with Santa, and an outdoor holiday film festival. Past years have shown classics such as “A Christmas Story,” “Home Alone,” and “A Miracle on 34th Street.” Screenings are held on Friday and Saturday evenings starting November 15 and conclude on December 28. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

Holiday Movie Night at Leu Gardens

The enchanting Leu Gardens knows how to let loose for the holidays! Known for sometimes screening edgy-but-hilarious holiday staples such as “National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation,” Leu Gardens allows guests to bring alcohol in addition to picnic baskets and lawn chairs. Their Friday night show time starts at 7:30 p.m. While adult admission is $6 and children 4–17 years of age cost $3, Leu Garden members get in for free.

À La Cart’s Holiday Movie Month

Street food and craft brews collide at À La Cart Orlando. Each week, the family-friendly social dining space hosts Movie Mondays on the lawn at 7 p.m. The trendy bar and eatery’s events are free to the public and often end with a raffle of movie themed prizes. À La Cart will be showing outdoor Christmas movies on the following nights this December:
• Monday, December 2 (7 p.m.–10 p.m.) – “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” / “Die Hard”
• Monday, December 9 (6 p.m.–10 p.m.) – “Shrek the Halls” / “National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation”
• Sunday, December 15 (5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” / “The Grinch”
• Monday, December 23 (7 p.m.–10 p.m.) – “Frosty the Snowman” / “Seinfeld” Festivus Episode / “Elf”

Saturday Matinee Classics at Enzian Theater

Although it’s not technically outdoors, the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida is one of Orlando’s premiere art houses for classic and independent cinema. On Saturday, December 14 at noon, they will be screening Frank Capra’s holiday masterpiece “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The beloved Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed classic has become a perennial holiday favorite and has helped define the spirit of Christmas.

Snuggle up at Rosen

The Rosen Inn is the perfect place to stay while enjoying a holiday stay in The City Beautiful. We’re located off of International Drive—near all of Orlando’s most popular attractions—and offer luxurious comfort at affordable prices. Book your stay today by calling the Rosen Inn at 407-996-4444 or clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

Christmastime is the most magical time of the year to visit Orlando, and this year’s festivities at Disney Parks and Resorts will not disappoint. Here are some of the best Disney holiday events that families won’t want to miss.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

From November 29–December 30, Epcot is celebrating holiday cultures and traditions from around the world. Festival highlights include:

Candlelight Processional – At this holiday staple, celebrity narrators such as Ming-Na Wen, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, and Gary Sinise recite the Nativity story to the accompaniment of a massed choir and 50-piece orchestra.
Holiday Kitchens – Savor treasured seasonal recipes from around the globe at special kiosks throughout World Showcase and shop around for food and beverage specialties.
JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season – R&B and Gospel versions of holiday songs will uplift and entertain guests during this vocal celebration of the joy of Kwanzaa.
Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Kids will love searching for ornaments throughout each country of the World Showcase during this holiday scavenger hunt courtesy of Chip & Dale. While maps cost an additional fee of $6.99 plus tax, spree participants can exchange it for a festive surprise at the end of their hunt.

Holidays at Hollywood Studios

In addition to the newly opened Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and the beloved Toy Story Land, guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy all of their favorite attractions with a seasonal twist during the park’s holiday festivities from November 8–January 5. Park-goers can also end their day with two sensational finales:

Sunset Seasons Greetings – Over on Sunset Boulevard, the Hollywood Tower Hotel is brought to life with a laser light show and joyful digital mapping projections that feature scenes from “Toy Story,” “Frozen,” and “The Muppets.”
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – This nighttime holiday spectacular starring Mickey, Minnie, Olaf and friends features music, fireworks, and snow!

Special Disney Holiday Tours

On select dates in November and December, guests have the opportunity to experience the following backstage tours:

Disney’s Holiday D-Lights – Starting with a barbeque dinner at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and continuing with backstage tours of Magic Kingdom and Epcot, this illuminating evening tour unwraps Disney’s most magical traditions and park secrets. The experience includes exclusive access to the lighting ceremony at Cinderella’s Castle, Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, and the new fireworks show: Epcot Forever.
Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy – This three-hour tour gives guests a fun-filled, behind-the-scenes look at how Walt Disney World Resort is transformed for the holidays. From decorative floral displays at Epcot to delectable seasonal treats at Disney Springs, guests can explore and experience the artistry that goes into making Disney holidays magical.

Accommodations Yule Love

Stay close to all the Disney holiday festivities by booking your room at the Rosen Inn. Right off of International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides affordable amenities and convenient access to all Orlando has to offer. Enjoy an Orlando vacation with all the comforts of home by calling the Rosen Inn today at 407-996-4444 or clicking “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

Close Up of Hockey Puck Between Two Players

After ending last season with a double-overtime loss to the Florida Everblades in the ECHL playoff series, the Orlando Solar Bears return to the ice, and they’re bringing a few familiar faces with them.

New Season, New Start

Kicking off the season with home games against the South Carolina Stingrays on October 12 followed by the Norfolk Admirals on October 18, the Orlando Solar Bears hit the road to challenge the Stingrays once again on October 19 before going head to head against in-state rivals the Everblades.

Last year’s elimination marked the third time in four years that the Everblades ended the Solar Bears’ season. Therefore, the stakes are high for their match-up at the Hertz Arena on October 26—the results of which will undoubtedly set the stage for when the two rivals meet again on November 14 in Orlando.

The Solar Bears continue their 2019–2020 regular season into the month of November with a pair of home games against the South Carolina Stingrays on November 1 and 2 before welcoming the Jacksonville Icemen to the Amway Center on November 5. After five road games between November 15–23, the Solar Bears close out the month in Orlando with a series of six home games into December.

Fresh Recruits and Returning Players

After signing Jimmy Lodge away from the Jacksonville Icemen, Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky is excited to welcome back the following players:

• Mike Monfredo – The veteran defenseman and team captain has his eyes set on the Kelly Cup.
• Clint Windsor – After signing on January 15, the rookie goaltender is ready to defend.
• Kevin Lohan – Acquired in a trade with the Toledo Walleyes, Lohan is a formidable addition to Orlando’s lineup.
• Chris LeBlanc – Third time’s a charm for this sizable forward who’s back for his third season.
• Alex Schoenborn – The high-energy forward is bringing his aggressive speed and energy back to the Orlando ice.
• Dylan Fitze – Power forward Fitze is back after an impressive rookie season.
• Alexander Kuqali – Originally acquired from the Fort Wayne Komets, the defenseman returns for season No. 2 in Orlando.
• Trevor Olson – The enthusiastic forward is back after a season-ending injury last March.

With such a stacked schedule and an exciting roster of new and returning players, the future of the Solar Bears looks bright. If you’re in Orlando this fall, squeeze in an evening of electrifying hockey into your visit. Not only does a Solar Bears game provide an exciting night out for all ages, it’s also the perfect place to cool off after a hot day at the parks.

Enjoy a Convenient Night’s Stay

For all types of Orlando vacations, Rosen Inn is the ideal place to stay. Perfectly situated right off of I-4, the Rosen Inn offers convenient access to the Amway Center and all of Orlando’s theme parks. Call us today at 1-800-999-6327 or visit our website to book your stay.

Woman looking at Christmas trees

The Orlando Museum of Art will make your days merry and bright this season when it hosts the 33rd annual Festival of Trees. Between November 15–24, families of all ages are invited to get into the holiday spirit at the wondrous event presented by The Council of 101.

A Glittering Wonderland

With “Merry and Bright” as its theme, the festival will transform the Orlando Museum of Art into a wintry oasis filled with stunningly ornamented trees, holiday vignettes, handcrafted wreaths, a gingerbread village, and tabletop décor and displays from local artists.
A showcase of Christmas creativity, the annual event is an opportunity for the public to view one-of-a-kind designer Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. Crafted by Orlando’s finest designers, each beautiful tree holds its own unique theme and is available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Orlando Museum of Art’s exhibitions and education programs.

Special Holiday Festivities

Festival of Trees kicks off with a glamorous gala on the night of Friday, November 15. Throughout the nine-day festival, the museum hosts family-friendly programs, entertainment, and activities. Previous festivals included:
• Musical performances
• Recitals from community dance and choir groups
• Reindeer Romp Children’s Night
• Gingerbread Village experience
• Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night
• Breakfast with Santa
• Havana Nights at the Festival

Festival Admission and Hours of Operation

From Saturday, November 16 through Sunday, November 24, Festival of Trees will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission for adults is $15, children (ages 3-11) is $7, and seniors (65+), military personnel, first responders, and OMA members with valid ID is $12. On-site parking is available for a fee.

Spend Your Holiday with Us

For your Orlando vacation this holiday season, book a hotel that keeps you close to all the festivities. Just minutes from downtown and the theme parks, the Rosen Inn offers convenient access, affordability, and quality amenities. Call us today at 1-800-999-6327 or visit our website to book your stay.

Child's hands holding an autism puzzle heart

Any trip to the theme parks requires a good deal of planning and preparation. If you or a family member have a disability, you are probably wondering where to find information on accessibility at the theme parks. Fortunately, all the major Orlando theme parks have accessibility guides on their websites that highlight important information for people with disabilities. If you and your family visit SeaWorld Orlando, you’ll find they have taken things a bit further. In addition to ride accessibility programs and planning guides, SeaWorld is also a Certified Autism Center.

What is a Certified Autism Center?

On April 2, 2019, which is World Autism Awareness Day, SeaWorld Orlando announced that it is now a Certified Autism Center. So, what exactly does that mean? It means that at least 80% of SeaWorld staff members are highly trained and fully equipped to serve those with cognitive disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The certification is provided by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

In addition to the initial training, SeaWorld staff receive continuing education on a variety of topics, including sensory awareness, communication, motor skills, social skills, and more. You can feel confident asking team members for further information or assistance at any time during your theme park visit.

Other accessibility features at SeaWorld include:

  • Quiet rooms with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating
  • Noise reducing headphones available for use at the park
  • An IBCCES Sensory Guide for those planning a trip to SeaWorld

The IBCCES Sensory Guide can be downloaded on the SeaWorld website. It contains valuable information including insight on how those with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense at each attraction. With this information, you can easily plan an itinerary that will work for you and your family.

Ride Accessibility Program at SeaWorld

In addition to the above resources, SeaWorld also offers a Ride Accessibility Program (RAP). The RAP was designed in accordance with safety recommendations from ride manufacturers to allow as many guests as possible to enjoy the park’s attractions. The RAP includes Special Access, which places you in a virtual queue if you or a family member are unable to wait in line.

To participate in the Ride Accessibility Program at SeaWorld, visit the Informational and Reservation Counter/Guest Services. There you’ll find a complete list of attractions and rider requirements. Once you’ve enrolled in the RAP, you can start using the Special Access programs and enjoy the rides.

You can read more about the Ride Accessibility Program on SeaWorld’s website, as well as get information on service animals, wheelchair rental, and more.

Accessibility at Aquatica

Just like SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica is also a Certified Autism Center. In fact, it is the first waterpark in the world to be designated as such. This means that Aquatica and its staff members are uniquely qualified to provide a fun and memorable theme park experience for all guests, including those with autism. You can download the IBCCES Sensory Guide for Aquatica on their website. This guide will show you a list of all the rides and offer insight on how those with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense at each attraction.

Other accessibility features at Aquatica include:

Accessible Orlando Hotel near SeaWorld

Rosen Inn is located 5 minutes from SeaWorld and offers all guests exceptional service during their stay. Accessible public areas and guestrooms are available at Rosen Inn. Amenities you’ll enjoy at Rosen Inn include free Wi-Fi, free parking, an accessible swimming pool, and on-site restaurants. To book your stay, call 407-996-4444.

Global sips, sounds, and savory eats collide at the Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival. The annual Disney event returns August 29 through November 23 with exciting new features and returning festival favorites.

Drink and Dine Around the World

During the festival, the World Showcase at Epcot® expands the traditional 11 countries to include cultural cuisine from all corners of the globe. At the festival’s Global Marketplace, guests can go on a culinary adventure as they explore an endless selection of small plates and beverages. From Australian shrimp and Hawaiian pineapple wine to Belgian waffles and German beer, a world of tastes await.

Eat to the Beat

Try not to spill any food or drink as you dance to the hits of fan-favorite musical acts from past and present during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Every night at the American Gardens Theatre stage, festival guests are invited to enjoy multiple live performances from rotating artists such as 98 Degrees, MercyMe, Boyz II Men, Hanson, Sugar Ray, STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas, and more. The concerts are included with festival admission and begin at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Additional Unexpected Treats

• Candy Sushi – Located at Sunshine Seasons inside the Land pavilion, guests of all ages are invited to play with their food at Candy Sushi presented by Adventures by Disney. Daily at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., a real Disney chef will instruct you how to roll sushi-inspired confectionary creations using gummy treats and candy ingredients. The family-friendly workshop costs $10 per guest. Reservations are recommended but not required.

• Celebrity Chefs – Learn new cooking tips and tricks from a “who’s who” list of renowned culinary masters and recognizable chef personalities from television and restaurants around the world as they host live, mouthwatering demonstrations over the course of the event.

• ESPN Tailgate Tasting – On select Sundays throughout the festival, guests can enjoy gridiron-inspired grub at a Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football. For $19 per guest, the limited-time tasting event will include a complementary beverage and three exclusive food samples inspired by the weekly NFL match-up. Guests will also learn how to make the drinks and dishes from culinary experts.

Festive Accommodations

If you are planning a Central Florida vacation to experience Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, then the Rosen Inn is the perfect place to stay. We are located close to the festivities and all of the Walt Disney World® theme parks and restaurants. Book your stay today by calling the Rosen Inn at 407-996-4444 or clicking the book now button at the top of the page.

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Orlando, FL 32819

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Orlando, FL 32821

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