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Planning a fun-filled adventure to Walt Disney World is always a treat for travelers. This magical destination has a way of bringing out the child in everyone who walks through the gates! While time spent at Disney theme parks is sure to thrill, there’s, even more, to enjoy when you find yourself here during the Disney Flower and Garden Festival. Year-round, Disney guests will find that the parks host a variety of themed festivals to enjoy but the Disney Flower and Garden Festival is highlighted between March 2nd and July 4th, 2022, this year. This fun floral festival is showcased at EPCOT and provides guests with every reason to indulge their senses as they make their way through beautiful gardens, amazing entertainment, performances, and savory flavors to top it all off in perfect Disney style. No matter how many fellow travelers you’re arriving alongside, everyone will find something that inspires you at the Disney Flower and Garden Festival!

Check Out the Festival Topiaries

While the Disney Flower and Garden Festival is brimming over with exciting options for entertainment to check out, one of the highlights is the collection of meticulously curated topiaries that adorn the park for the duration of the celebration. This festival takes the concept of garden art to an entirely new level of fun. Guests can stroll through a variety of on-site gardens that are dotted with topiary sculptures of Disney characters from across movies, and decades! Topiaries extend to depictions of everything from animals to iconic princesses and are designed by talented Disney horticulturists with a flair for bringing garden magic to life before your very eyes. There is inevitably a long lineup of topiaries to check out while you’re visiting the park during this time of celebration. Some of those that you’ll want to be sure not to miss include the Ann and Elsa topiary at the Norway Pavilion, the pandas at the China Pavilion, and Lumiere and Cogsworth paying homage to Beauty and the Beast found at the France Pavilion. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will be spending time at the Germany Pavilion while visitors can find Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the infamous crocodile located between the Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions. Have a little one in your crew that just loves Bambi? This topiary will be located within reach of Imagination. From Buzz Lightyear and Goofy to a 50th Anniversary celebration cake topiary, the options are vast and varied when it comes to amazing garden art to enjoy during the festival.

Fantastic Food Options Await!

By far, one of the fan-favorite aspects of the Disney Flower and Garden Festival is the option to treat your tastebuds to a variety of specialized and themed food options that are only available to guests through July 4th. The Outdoor Kitchens featured at World Showcase at EPCOT are festival-exclusive events that are sure to inspire palate-pleasing moments of all kinds. Outdoor Kitchens are open daily from 11:00 am until park closing time and guests will need to purchase a ticket for these events separate from their EPCOT pass.  Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a robust meal, the options available during the Disney Flower and Garden Festival are truly one-of-a-kind. If you find yourself in the mood for German fare during the Disney Flower and Garden Festival, heading over to the Germany Pavilion to check out Bauernmarkt is always a good idea. Here, you can enjoy festival specialty Bavarian bites that range from potato pancakes with apple sauce to toasted pretzels with ham and cheese just to name a few. Feeling more like a floral citrus dessert? You’ll find it during the festival time near the Port of Entry at The Citrus Blossom. The grapefruit tarts with ginger mousse are particularly mouthwatering this time of year!

Specialized Gardens and Merchandise

Floral influence finds its way into just about everything at EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. Those with a passion for nature’s take on colors will find the specialized gardens throughout the park during this festival absolutely fascinating! From traditional flower beds to exotic gardens, great care is taken to provide guests with access to everything they can imagine and more. The World Showcase Bridge will be hosting Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy in 2022 while the Floating Gardens can be found at World Nature. Festival Blooms at World Celebration combines thousands of flowers into living panoramas while Bambi’s Butterfly House brings winged creatures into the mix as well! As guests weave through these breathtaking gardens, there will be opportunities to purchase specialized festival merchandise along the way as well. From drinkware and trading pins to shirts, collectible novelties, and garden-inspired keepsakes, these options make for a great way to remember your exciting festival adventure at Disney long after you’ve returned home.

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Time in Orlando is always a magical adventure, but when you have the chance to include an Orlando water park stop or two into your stay, even more fun awaits! The following are a few you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Those looking to incorporate watery fun into their magical adventures in Orlando are always in luck when they set their sights on a day or two enjoyed at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park! Open daily from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Typhoon Lagoon is a place where visitors are always invited to spend time soaking up an oasis of fun with family and friends. This Disney water park is set up to accommodate guests of all ages and is split into varying attractions and areas so that families can easily customize their visit according to interest, swim ability, and preference. Those who are looking for some adrenaline-pumping fun will adore every moment spent in the park’s largest wave pool known as Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. Can’t wait to try out some of the biggest and fastest waterslides around? Jumping on the Crush ‘n’ Gusher promises to please! This slide works with a coaster rafter fit for two and showcases a variety of breathtaking turns, dips, and plunges. If you’re enjoying a water park day with little ones, time at Ketchakiddee Creek is just the ticket thanks to the splash pads, small slides, and water cannons to top it all off.  When you’ve worked up an appetite from all that swimming and sliding, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park offers guests access to amazing food, much like they would at any other theme park within their portfolio of options! If you’re looking for a hearty meal, head over to Leaning Palms and settle in for a lunch that’s sure to be palate-pleasing. Craving a handcrafted cocktail, wine, or beer? Make the most of time at Let’s Go Slurpin’ instead! Better yet, give your sweet tooth something to rave about when you add a stop at Happy Landings Ice Cream to your must-try list when water park adventures bring you this way. Guests looking to enhance their water park experience even further will want to consider options like booking a private beach shack during a visit or renting a cozy umbrella to make the most of the fun. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon even offers guests the opportunity to purchase a ticket for an after-hours glow party by the water which is as thrilling as it is colorful over the course of 3-hours!

Universal’s Volcano Bay

If your time in Orlando has you hanging out around Universal Studios, you’ll want to be sure to invest some time under the sun at Universal’s Volcano Bay. This exciting and inviting waterpark is named for the towering faux volcano that sits right in the center of the fun and is surrounded by water slides, splash pads, water cannons, winding lazy rivers, and beyond. From the wave pools to the luxurious lounge areas, Universal’s Volcano Bay is a place where it’s just as easy to kick back and relax as it is to focus on the adrenaline-pumping adventure. Universal’s Volcano Bay is open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and there are plenty of options for guests to personalize their visit. Cabana rentals at this water park can be reserved as single units of relaxation or as sprawling retreats fit for the entire family or a group of up to 16-friends at a time. Tickets for the park can be purchased individually for the day or can be incorporated into multi-day Universal passes as well. Some of the main attractions you’ll want to be sure to check out here include scenic Waturi Beach for moments of tranquility or Krakatau Aqua Coater when you’re looking to pick up the pace via an exciting waterslide!

Aquatica Orlando Water Park

For those Orlando-bound adventurers who are drawn to the wonders of the sea, time spent at SeaWorld is sure to inspire. When you’re looking to take things a step further and make the most of time in the water yourself, making time for a trip to Aquatica Orlando is a must! This water park is operated directly by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and features a fantastic lineup of rides, attractions, and pools to enjoy while you’re here. From the heated pools and lazy rivers to the wave pools, breathtaking slides, and fun-for-all splash pads, there’s no shortage of options for entertainment. The Reef Plunge takes you down a clear tube below the water where you’ll be sliding your way to fun while admiring marine life as well. Attractions like Riptide Race indulge a desire for a bit of friendly competition while the Karekare Curl offers up an experience in weightlessness! On-site dining options and even shopping stops abound at Aquatica Orlando, making it a place where it’s easy to linger longer than you planned.

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The holidays are always an exciting time of year, but when you have the chance to enjoy them in Orlando, Florida—all the better! The following are just a few of the many things to do in Orlando during Christmas.

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Spend Time at the 35th Annual Festival of Trees

There’s something so alluring about a beautifully dressed Christmas tree when the holidays roll around. Those visiting Orlando between November 13th and November 21st can indulge their holiday senses by visiting the 35th annual Festival of Trees while they’re in town. Hosted at the Orlando Museum of Art, this fun and undeniably illuminated festival is fun for everyone. A stroll through this event sponsored by the Council of 101 gives guests a chance to enjoy everything from decorated wreaths to designer trees. There are even holiday décor vendors on-site as well as spaces dedicated to the art of crafting unbelievable gingerbread houses. From live entertainment to visits from Santa, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone to enjoy.

Make the Most of Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens

Time enjoyed at the Harry P. Leu Gardens promises to be a highlight of an Orlando getaway no matter what time of year you enjoy this city. That said, the fact that the gardens are draped in dazzling lights during the holidays only makes the experience that much more memorable. Guests arriving to the gardens for this event will be greeted by a spectacular and ornamental Christmas tree at the entrance. From here, visitors can make their way through a forest of fog and dazzling lights complete with tunnels and bridges to traverse along the way. There’s a musical soundtrack to set the holiday scene as well. The gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue in Orlando and the event runs from December 1, 2021, through January 3, 2022. Swing by any time between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm. Entry is $22 per person but the dazzling is free of charge.

Check Out the Now Snowing Celebration

Orlando, Florida may not be infamous for getting ton of snow each and every holiday season, but that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to celebrate! The town of nearby Celebration is a great place to indulge in a “snowy” moment thanks to machine-made snow that covers the ground during this time of year. The Now Snowing Celebration is hosted November 27th through December 31st nightly between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Celebration town center. When the fake snow starts falling, kids are invited to play as holiday music blasts from the surrounding speakers. Visitors to this event can enjoy on-site ice skating, holiday light observing, or even a chance to jump in a horse-drawn carriage and roll around town in Cinderella style. It’s a fun for all event that you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here.

Enjoy Cirque: Spirit of Christmas

The holidays are a great time of year to enjoy world-class performances and entertainment of all types. If your holiday plans bring you to Orlando, be sure to make time to enjoy Cirque: Spirit of Christmas. This 25-mnute interactive show comes complete with colorful costumes, music, and showmanship that’s hard to top! The performance is hosted at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center located at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. It runs from November 19, 2021, through January 2, 2022. Show times are 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm Monday through Friday as well as 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you come to the 1:00 pm showing, it’s free to enjoy with entrance to all other show times $19.00 for adults and $13.99 for kids.

Make Time for the Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show

Lake Eola is an iconic landmark of downtown Orlando and a great place to find yourself over the holidays too. The Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show runs from November 30th through January 5th on the hour between 5:45 pm and 9:45 pm daily. The event is free to enjoy and offers visitors a chance to admire the 72-foot Christmas tree as it comes to life on the banks of Lake Eola each night. The performance includes light, music, and tons of fun for everyone. Be sure to put it on the top of the holiday itinerary. This is one of the best things to do in Orlando during Christmas!

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Heading to Orlando, Florida is already an exciting choice but when your travel plans have you headed this way for Halloween, the fun factor is enhanced even further! The following are some of the most inviting things to do in Orlando for Halloween when you’re ready to make the most of some spooky fun!

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando

Time spent at Universal Studios Orlando is a fun experience year-round but when Halloween rolls around, there’s even more to enjoy! On select nights between September 3rd and October 31st, Universal will host its annual Halloween Horror Nights event. This teen and up experience gives visitors a chance to wander through a collection of haunted houses that are designed to thrill and chill! The fun begins when the sun goes down and the haunted houses come to life inspired by some of the most haunting cinematic projects in film history. In its 30th year, Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will include haunted houses themed around Beetlejuice, Universal Monsters, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Haunting of Hill House, The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, Horror in the Heartlands, Legendary Truth, Realm of the Pumpkin, Revenge of the Tooth Fairy, Case Files Unearthed and more!

As you make your way between haunted houses, visitors will be met by nightmarish creatures wandering the street. You can also stop along the way and enjoy some live entertainment amongst the many attractions. Keep your eyes peeled specifically for Jack the Clown who has a way of showing up unannounced during the festivities. This event is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13 and it’s important to note that masks and costumes are prohibited for guests.

For even more Halloween-themed fun and scares during your time in Orlando, be sure to head over to SeaWorld where you can participate in the terrifying fun found at Howl-O-Scream. This event is hosted every night through October 31st and is designed for teen and adult visitors only. During this time, SeaWorld is dotted with strategic scare zones and haunted houses to make your way through if you dare. Guests are invited to enjoy a nighttime roller coaster ride if they want, and the bar is open for business with themed holiday drinks flowing. Live shows are part of the lineup, making this an interactive and fun moment you won’t want to miss if Halloween is very much your thing!

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Scream n’ Stream

Enjoy your Halloween adventures in Orlando from the comfort of your car by planning to attend Scream n’ Stream anytime between September 17th and October 21st. This drive-thru haunted attraction is one-of-a-kind and returns for its second year in Orlando in 2021. As you roll through, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of gore and terror. The event is designed by Patrick Braillard who is credited as the mind and design expert behind Halloween Horror Nights as well. Driving through the event takes about 25 minutes, and this year you’ll be making your way through a secret research compound known as Station 5. Within, you’ll encounter some gruesome and fearsome creatures ranging from zombies to sinister clowns. Passengers are given laser guns to keep enemy creatures at bay while making their way through. This is one of the best things to do in Orlando for Halloween!

Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party

In its 12th year in 2021, the Día de Los Muertos & Monster Party at CityWorks Art Gallery is a must-attend event! Paying homage to this important Mexican holiday, the event is an outdoor experience that includes live dance and music performances as well as a collection of holiday-themed and decidedly spooky on-site vendors. Day of the Dead artwork will be on display that’s crafted at the hands of local and global artists alike. Come and enjoy this immersive experience!

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While a visit to the Mouse is on the list for a lot of vacationers heading to Orlando any time of year, there are other things to do in October in Orlando and attractions, many full of Halloween spirit and fall fun, to fill your time. No matter how you celebrate the fall season, there’s something in Orlando in October for everyone!

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Stephen Pugh will lead you and other audience members into the spooky goings-on of the quaint old village of Sleepy Hollow. The one-man adaptation of the classic Halloween tale runs October 9-31 at the theatre at 1001 E. Princeton Street in Orlando. Advanced tickets are available online, as well as the schedule of showtimes.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A long-time Halloween cult-favorite show, few consider their Halloween holiday complete without at least one viewing. This year, spice up the spook with an interactive version of the castle full of odd-ball characters. Costumes of your favorite characters are strongly encouraged, and prop bags will be available for purchase at the event. Shows are Saturday, October 30 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 at 8 p.m. at Garden Theatre at 160 W. Plant Street in Winter Garden. Pre-show fun and hijinks start 30 minutes before each show.

Halloween Horror Nights

Teens and adults can visit Universal Resort Orlando after dark now through October 31 for the scare of a lifetime. It’s the 30th anniversary of the park’s Halloween Horror Nights, and they’re pulling out all the stops to spook you. There are a number of haunted houses from Halloween Horror Night icons like Puppet Theater: Captive Audience, or Revenge of the Tooth Fairy. Enjoy another spine-tingler like The Haunting of Hill House, Beetlejuice, or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The event is going on now until October 31. Ticket prices and times vary. Shows may not be suitable for children under 13. This is one of the best things to do in October in Orlando!

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Howl-O-Scream

This is another mature audience-only event. Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld is in its first year of fright. Evade spooks as they rampage through “scare zones” and “roaming haunts” that follow you everywhere you go! Climb on the nighttime coaster ride, see a live monstrous show, and try to resist the haunting song of “the one who has emerged from the lake.” The event is on select Thursday-Sunday nights now to October 31. Hours are 7 p.m. – midnight on Thursdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased on the SeaWorld Orlando website for $31.99. The mature audience’s only event contains blood, gore, violence, and other adult content. Please DO NOT wear a costume at this event.

Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins

If you’re looking for a heart-pounding thrill beyond the fright of seeing alligators spring from the water to snap food from trainers, or a trainer wrestle the beasts, then head to Gatorland for a scare. This year, make the 3rd annual Halloween celebration perfect for all ages a part of your October plans. The daytime bash features multiple themed haunt zones, interactive characters, animal meet-and-greets, the Crocs and Cryptids Zone, Swamp Ghost’s Monster Museum, and more. The event is suitable for all ages, and kids can even dress in costume and take part in the Children’s Halloween Costume Parade complete with treat bags. The event runs October 9-31 on Saturdays and Sundays during park hours.

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Orlando October Celebration

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Bear’s Den Oasis is an 8-bedroom, 10-bathroom vacation home in Orlando with room for up to 16 guests located in the Bear’s Den neighborhood of Reunion Resort. This vacation home in Orlando is perfect for a family or group reunion or for multiple families to share in the fun of an Orlando vacation. From the moment you step in, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into your home away from home while being close to all Orlando fun and attractions you desire.

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Relaxing Fun in Orlando

Guests looking for a fun and exciting stay in Orlando will find everything they’ve hoped for and more at Bear’s Den Oasis. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in bedrooms as well as living spaces. Enjoy exciting activities and shops, as well as the Orlando theme parks, and countless other ways to keep you busy during your stay.

Exterior Features

Drive up to the modern home and feel the relaxation wash over you. The neutral colors of cream and brown come together nicely in contrast to the brick driveway. The front of the home features mature landscaping and greenery and a balcony over the garage. Once you’ve settled yourself inside, begin enjoying your backyard oasis. The private in-ground pool and spillover spa are a great way to relax after a long day or enjoy a day of rest. Swim with the kids or relax in one of the adjustable chaise lounges surrounding the pool. A covered patio features an outdoor kitchen complete with a built-in BBQ grill and hood, wall-mounted tv, and outdoor dining for eight. Another area features outdoor seating for four. There is an available collapsible fence to keep the kids safely away from the water. If you’re on the second floor and would like to spend some time outside, there are two balconies accessible from bedrooms where you can relax.

Interior Amenities

A foyer area leads to the main open living, kitchen, and dining space. Sit and relax on the large sectional sofa or watch a movie or show on the wall-mounted TV. Fix a delicious home-cooked meal in the modern kitchen. It features stainless steel appliances including double wall ovens and stainless steel cooktop on the central prep island. Another island spotlighted by pendant lights features bar seating for five also offers a second prep space or place for a quick snack. Each island has plenty of storage so everything you need is close at hand. Enjoy the meal at the dining table with seating for 10 or take your meal outside to one of the outdoor dining spaces.

If you’re looking for some indoor fun, head to the garage-turned-arcade and challenge each other on the Pac-Man, NASCAR, or Half Court Hoops games. For a good time in a calmer atmosphere, head to the second-floor loft area and challenge each other to a game of pool or watch a show on the wall-mounted TV. There is a wet bar with seating for three where you can serve up your favorite drinks. There are two half bathrooms in the home for your convenience, as well as in-unit laundry.

Once the fun is done for the day, retreat to a private bedroom. There are six rooms outfitted at master suites. Each suite features a unique feature wall design in neutral tones to add even more elegance to the room, as well as carpeted floors and large closets for all your things. The first suite on the first floor features a gray upholstered king bed and sitting area, and an en suite bathroom with a frameless glass shower, separate tub, and double-sink vanity. The second suite features a black upholstered king bed and en suite bath with frameless glass shower and double-sink vanity. The remaining suites, including two children’s suites, are on the second level. The first suite on the second floor features a brown upholstered bed, a sitting area, and access to a rear balcony overlooking the backyard. The en suite includes a separate shower and tub and a double-sink vanity. The second suite includes a white upholstered bed and balcony access. Enjoy your bathroom routines with a separate tub and shower and double-sink vanity. The third upstairs suite boasts a blue upholstered frame bed and a ¾ bath featuring a shower and single-sink vanity. The fourth upstairs suite houses a uniquely designed tan upholstered bed and an en suite bathroom featuring a shower and single-sink vanity. The kids will love fighting over the last two suites. One is decorated in a cowboy theme and features a set of twin-over-twin bunks with spiral tube slides for getting down. The other children’s suite features a set of twin-over-twin bunks in a castle and a secret forest theme. Each bedroom has its own en suite bath with tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. The rooms are connected by a secret room where the kids can hang out together, watch a movie or show without the adults, or play video games on the TV.

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