Travel Tips

By: Festiva Getaways

February 8, 2018

New LEGOLAND VR Rollercoaster Debuts in March 2018

A new rollercoaster will soon be unveiled at LEGOLAND® in Florida, and it’s something very special. For the first time your family will be able to step into a fully realized LEGO® world WHILE riding a rip-roaring coaster on The Great LEGO Race!

Riders will have the option to wear a virtual reality headset on the ride, where their entire field of vision will be filled with living, breathing LEGO minifigures. Also, every building they see, every car that zips by, will be made of LEGO bricks.

It’s the first VR roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand and minifigures have been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction.

With animated action taking place on the ground and in the air, the wild and wacky race pits guests against a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer LEGO-built vehicles like a rocket-powered windsurfing rig, a stylish scooter fueled by espresso, and an ornately canopied bed (called a “litter”) carried by mummy servants.

The VR headsets are designed to fit either adults or children; simple adjustments will fit them snugly in place. The VR experience is intended for children 6 and up, and guests can choose to ride the roller coaster without wearing the headset. Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to ride The Great LEGO Race. Otherwise, children must be accompanied by a responsible rider 14 years or older at least 48 inches tall.

After climbing down from the adrenaline high of The Great LEGO Race, guests can enjoy an all-new treat at Funnel Cake Factory, which will open this spring just steps away from the roller coaster in the theme park’s LEGO Technic area. The themed treat shop will serve fresh, made-to-order funnel cakes with toppings including fresh fruit, powdered sugar and soft-serve ice cream.

The Great LEGO Race opens Friday, March 23 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

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January 12, 2018

Mardis Gras at Universal Orlando

You don’t have to visit Louisiana to experience Mardis Gras. Enjoy an authentic New Orleans celebration filled with dazzling entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Marvel at the pageantry of nightly parades with outrageous street performers, colorful costumes and countless beads flying through the air. Hear jazzy music from authentic New Orleans bands and then indulge yourself with taste bud tickling Cajun food.

Plus, on weekends, you can catch some of the biggest names in music live in concert. Just look at this amazing lineup:

Saturday, Feb. 3 - Sean Paul

Sean Paul’s distinct voice, catchy rhythms and first class production are the perfect blend for the success of this Grammy-winning international superstar. His musical career took off in 2002 with the success of his album Dutty Rock, with Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers Gimmie the Light and Get Busy. His recent hits include Cheap Thrills, Rockabye, No Lie and Body.

Saturday, Feb. 10 - The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who alongside Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the band’s legacy. Averaging 150 sold-out shows a year, they recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Good Vibrations, which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in rock and roll history. Currently, the band is on the Wild Honey World Tour.

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini skyrocketed to stardom after releasing her critically acclaimed, Gold debut album The First Time. The album features three Platinum-certified, #1 smashes—Love Me Like You Mean It, Peter Pan, and Dibs—making her the only female artist in country music history with this accolade. Her much-anticipated sophomore album Unapologetically spotlights 12 songs written or co-written by Kelsea, including the hit single Legends.

Sunday, Feb. 18 - Andy Grammer

Multi-Platinum selling artist Andy Grammer has taken the world by storm with a series of anthemic pop hits, six of which are Gold-certified or better. Hits include the Platinum singles Keep Your Head Up, and Fine By Me, the triple-Platinum Honey, I’m Good, and the Gold-certified Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah). He recently released his third album The Good Parts, featuring the Platinum-certified Fresh Eyes and new single Smoke Clears.

Saturday, Feb. 24 - Macklemore

Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 2 billion times and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single. The Seattle rapper has performed on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, was in an MTV special with President Obama and was the first US citizen to participate in the Presidential Weekly Address. In 2017, Macklemore released Gemini, his first solo effort in 12 years.

Saturday, Mar. 3 - 311

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and P-Nut. The band mixes rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound. 311 recently released their 12th studio album MOSAIC in advance of their 2017 Summer Tour. The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the band’s 10th consecutive Top 10 album.

Sunday, Mar. 4 - Phillip Phillips

Since releasing his five-times-platinum debut single Home, Phillip Phillips has taken his brand of earthy, guitar-fueled rock across the globe. The Georgia-bred 26-year-old saw The World from the Side of the Moon go platinum. His second album Behind the Light features the folk-rock hit Raging Fire. Phillips is currently headlining a tour, performing tracks from his new album Collateral including Magnetic and Miles.

Sunday, Mar. 11 - Fitz and the Tantrums

LA-based Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hit-makers. Their 2016 album Fitz and the Tantrums features their biggest hit yet, the Platinum-certified HandClap, Top 5 on both the Hot AC and Alternative Radio charts. Their eponymous album follows their breakout debut More Than Just a Dream featuring #1 Alternative Radio, Platinum-certified singles The Walker and Out of My League.

Saturday, Mar. 17 - Foreigner

In 2017, Foreigner was celebrated in Business Insider magazine as one of the Top 40 Best Selling Music Artists of All Time. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, they are one of the most popular rock acts in the world. With some of rock’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box Hero, Cold as Ice and the worldwide #1 hit, I Want to Know What Love Is, Foreigner continues to rock the charts.

Sunday, Mar. 18 - Fifth Harmony

Award-winning, multi-platinum selling group Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third album blasted to the top of the 2017 charts as the #1 pop and #2 overall. The album’s gold-certified lead single Down featuring Gucci Mane is the group’s fastest rising single ever on iTunes. Other recent accomplishments include wins at the American Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Sunday, Mar. 25 - BUSH

BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone with 18 consecutive Top 40 hits. Eleven were Top 5, six #1: Comedown, Glycerine, Machinehead, Swallowed, The Chemicals Between Us and The Sound of Winter. In 2011, BUSH released The Sea of Memories featuring the lead single The Sound of Winter, the first self-released song ever to hit #1 at Alternative Rock Radio.

Each day at the parks holds a different surprise. However you like to celebrate Mardis Gras, Universal Orlando will serve your desires.

Call us now at 407-259-2307 to talk about vacation packages that will allow you to experience all of the fun!

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October 10, 2017

Star Wars Land, Galaxy’s Edge, Coming to Walt Disney World

The trailer for the newest entry in the Star Wars Saga, The Last Jedi, was released online last night, and if you’re like a good many of us in the world, you want to step through your screen and into that world. Well, you will soon get your wish.

As soon as the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm, the company that produces Star Wars, theme park fans have eagerly anticipated when they might see more rides and attractions based on the mythical world that’s been thrilling audiences for 40 years.

In 2019 Walt Disney World will unveil an entire land devoted to the venerable film franchise, nestled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which may be undergoing a name change itself in the next few years). Called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the park addition will feature new attractions and sensational new dining opportunities for guests.

The new land will feature two major attractions that launches guests into the middle of the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, the warring factions introduced in the seventh chapter of the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The details of the attractions haven’t been fully released, but they have been teased a little by the Imagineers. One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside one of its massive hangar bays. If you remember the opening shot to the 1977 original, and how that humongous ship just kept coming and coming as it flew into frame, then you have an inkling of what the excitement to expect from this attraction.

More exciting, though, will be the second attraction that will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon – piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace. It will be the fulfillment of many kids’ (and their parents’) lifelong dream to get behind the wheel of that puppy!

But, what will make this entire land more immersive than any previous theme park addition is that your magic band or park ticket will remember your performance flying the ship, and when you and your family visit other areas of the park, the cast members and costumed characters will talk about it with you, all while staying in character!

And fans of the original films will be delighted to learn that at the Cantina, the main eating area, they will be able to purchase blue milk.

As more details are revealed in the coming years, we’ll be sure to keep you posted! Until then, may the force be with you!

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August 18, 2017

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens®

Wanna see something really scary? I mean, something terrifying and fun and absolutely chock full of Halloween thrills and frights? Then you just gotta check out Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens®!

But before we get into the details, let’s just get this out of the way right up front: this isn’t a family event. If you have little ones, or are yourself not into extreme scares, there’s another local Halloween event that you should consider that’s equally as fun. But, if you’re totally into screaming your head off when creatures jump out of the dark to scare you, then please read on.

This year, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s iconic Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream®, will feature two new haunted houses, five terrifying scare zones and pulse-pounding thrill rides in the dark, some of which are “infected” with roaming creatures in the night.

From post-apocalyptic worlds to unwanted universes, Howl-O-Scream 2017 returns with two new haunted houses designed to terrify:

Undead Arena: Live

In a post-apocalyptic world, survivors of the Great Conflict have been divided into The Worthy and The Unworthy. Now for sport, you are The Unworthy and the stars of a gruesome event at the Undead Arena: Live. Invaded with Brain Eaters, this gauntlet is an almost impossible feat -with no guarantee that your group will stay together.

Demented Dimensions

Constructed above a vortex of otherworldly energies, the abandoned Sterling Manor hold doors to unwanted worlds, creating a series of portals in Demented Dimensions. Every room and hallway leads to a different universe where the rules of your world do not apply and escape is nearly impossible.

Not even the streets are safe! Howl-O-Scream’s infamous scare zones are amped up and swarming with creatures in the night:

Carnie Camp

The backstage area of an old carnival breathes new life with its dirty inhabitants. Eerie street-fair music fills the air, as spine-chilling fairground performers prowl for new test subjects to be featured in the next spectacle of this horrid attraction. 

Meat Market

Watch a band of sinister and cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak. They might just smell your fear and add you to their monstrous menu.

Wasteland

Dare to enter through the perils of the post-apocalyptic Wasteland where scenes of past and present atrocities still linger in an abandoned strip of roadway. Rush through the rotting piles of debris, because those who remain will do the unimaginable to survive and make escape nearly impossible for newcomers. 

Playground

A paranormal Playground lurks in the shadows of Howl-O-Scream 2017. Squeaking swings and rusty merry-go-rounds are now inhabited by hordes of deadly toys and lost children eager to stalk unsuspecting guests.

A unique feature to the event, which other parks will not have, open regular attraction rides will be infested with cringe-worthy zombies and spine-chilling creatures. You see, thrill rides will have empty seats filled with roaming creatures of the night. You might just ride Cobra’s Curse with a zombie if you’re not too careful!

Also, please note that costumes will not be allowed. Wear a scary t-shirt if you’d like, but the masks and such should be left at home.

Howl-O-Scream 2017 runs select nights from Sept. 22 through Oct. 29. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Howl-O-Scream 2017 is a separately-ticketed night event, but you can purchase tickets in advance, which you’ll want to do so they don’t sell out on you. For more information, visit HowlOScream.com.

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August 3, 2017

The Boys of Summer in Myrtle Beach

For anyone who has seen Bull Durham (and if you haven’t, correct that as soon as possible, it’s on Hulu this month), you know the special connection small town baseball clubs have with the locals. After all, smaller A-Ball teams are members of the community they play in, and know how to best entertain the crowds. The game becomes more personal for everyone, and the line between players and fans isn’t so guarded.

Myrtle Beach is home to just such a team: the Pelicans who play at TicketReturn.com Field. An afternoon or night spent with the Pelicans will remind you of simpler times. You and your kids will have an amazing experience that goes far beyond watching the game.

Before the game starts, head down to the fence line to greet the players and get a few autographs. The players will be happy to extol some wisdom regarding the game and give your kids nuggets about sportsmanship they will carry throughout life.

Kids can also live their dreams and play a game of catch on an actual, professional baseball diamond! Pregame Catch on the Field is offered on most Sunday home games throughout the season, field conditions permitting. Catch begins 40 minutes prior to game time and lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. To participate, enter the field from Section 115, which is on the third base side. You’ll need to bring you own gloves and baseballs and arrive one hour before the first pitch to participate.

Following every home game, kids may run the bases with Splash and Deuce, the team’s mascots. Kids enter the field on the first base side at the top of Section 104 and exit near the home plate area at Section 107. Parents may join younger children on the field if necessary. Kids are asked to only run the bases once since time is often limited due to other post-game events.

Single-game tickets begin at $9 for seats in the outfield, go to $11 for reserved box, and end up at $13 for field box seats. Day of game tickets prices are $2 more at each level, so if you plan to go buy your tickets in advance. You’ll also get the best pick of seats that way.

And don’t forget to tag us on social media with your pictures from the game! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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