Central Florida Events
Live Music in the Front Yard
December 1 - May 31, 2021
Live music performances return to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center– on the front yard! The verdant mall surrounded by high-rise buildings and city hall provides a stunning backdrop for a gorgeous night of quality outdoor entertainment. Performing artists who have or will soon grace the lawn during the Frontyard Festival include El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Wynton Marsalis, Step Afrika!, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Smith & Myers.
Dr. Phillips felt the time was right to reinvigorate the community and provide support for the entertainment industry in a safe manner that keeps its patrons and artists safe. From December 2020 to May 2021, you and your family or party of five can reserve a socially distant box from which to watch live music, dance, comedy, films, and unique cultural experiences. Food and drinks from your favorite local restaurants will be available for purchase.
Santa Sighting in Orlando
November 6 - December 25, 2020
Sleighbells are ringing and Jolly old St. Nicholas is making his way to ICON Park! Holiday spirit runs aplenty at the Santa Workshop Experience. Your joyous celebrations begin as soon as you park. Hop aboard the Pearl Express Train as it transports families from the parking garage into a winter wonderland complete with your favorite festivities, which is really the ICON Park in brilliant disguise. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s photoshoot with Santa! This year, children won’t be able to get close to Santa, but his elves have really stepped in to create a totally safe atmosphere. With their magic touch and creative angles, your photos will look like your kids are standing next to the jolly old man at this year’s SANTAtized photo op. On Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Mrs. Clause stops by for stories and cookie decorating with the kids (separate reservations required). Holiday spirit requires some energy from special drinks and sweets, so fill your tummies with hot or frozen chocolate drinks and gingerbread cookies, sold at The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall. End the night with an epic flight on the Wheel inside your own Christmassy capsule decked out in twinkly lights. Maybe you and your family can guess how Santa and his crew might fly through Orlando? It’ll be a Christmas to remember while keeping you and yours safe.
Florida’s Wildest Festival
December 3 - December 7, 2020
The North Shore Birding Festival, Dec. 3-7, 2020, is perfect for visitors interested in learning more about local wildlife. The festival highlights the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, a birding hotspot. There are 42 field trips over 4 days with built-in COVID-19 precautions. Trips allow driving into parts of the North Shore otherwise inaccessible except on foot or bicycle, while other trips explore other areas of Central Florida in search of local specialty birds. There are three Sunrise Photography and Birding trips, and this year two owl and Whip-poor-wills walks, as well as a star walk at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Each trip has a charge of $10-70, which supports Orange Audubon Society’s nature and environmental center fund or related educational programs. There is no additional festival registration fee. If you have any questions, email email@example.com or call (407) 637-2525.
Finding Holiday Joy Under Millions of Lights
November 13 - January 3, 2021
For the first time ever this holiday season, Give Kids the World invites the public into its 89-acre storybook resort village turned into a joyous winter wonderland. Find your holiday spirit and joy amid villas illuminated by millions of Christmas lights and decked out with giant decorations. Enjoy free ice cream and hot cocoa with this ticketed event. Schedule your visit any night between November 13, 2020, and January 3, 2021, from 5 to 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization determined to grant bigger and better wishes for critically ill children once they reopen.
January 1 - December 31, 2020
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Make the jump to hyperspace—and to a new destination from Star Wars: The Force Awakens—during a 3D, motion-simulated space flight.
During your voyage, interact with many of the otherworldly characters and places made famous in the Star Wars saga. Hold on tight as you exit hyperspace to find yourself in the middle of a furious starship battle above Coruscant. Plunge into the oceans of Naboo and avoid the clutches of monstrous fish. Retreat inside the dreaded Death Star to escape Darth Vader before doing battle with Boba Fett. Plus, you’ll visit an all-new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Location: Echo Lake – Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
This attraction has FastPass+
Season of the Force
January 1 - December 31, 2020
Season of the Force
A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Discover new and updated Star Wars experiences that bring you closer to the epic saga than ever before. The
blockbuster Star Wars movies transport viewers to a galaxy far, far away—and you can visit that galaxy at Walt
Disney World® Resort! Embark on Star Wars adventures, visit Star Wars locations, meet Star Wars characters, view Star Wars movie props and shop for Star Wars merchandise.
It’s all here for you to explore alongside your favorite Star Wars fans!
Star Wars Launch Bay – Explore immersive special exhibits and get a peek of what’s to come in the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Discover sights, sounds and surprises that are sure to delight any Star Wars fan.
Get an up-close look at replica props, models, costumes and artifacts from the Star Wars films and watch a behind-the-scenes video about how a new generation of filmmakers is crafting the future of the saga. Encounter Han Solo’s trusty sidekick, Chewbacca, for a furry photo and—if you’re brave enough—come face-to-face and encounter the dark warrior, Kylo Ren, on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer!
Plus, join the Star Wars action when you play the latest version of the popular Disney Infinity video game—Disney
Infinity 3.0 Edition—which features an exclusive Toy Box built just for Star Wars Launch Bay. Location: Animation Courtyard
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