Disney on Ice Postponed 

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream has been postponed until May due to approaching Hurricane Irma.

Says the Amway Center website:

“In an effort to ensure the safety of our patrons, all performances of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream previously scheduled for Friday, September 8 through
Sunday, September 10 at Amway Center have been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

A return engagement is scheduled for MAY 11-13, 2018.

Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances.
Ticketholders should continue to monitor Amway Center’s website and social media channels for further details and information.”

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Summer Camp Expo

summer-camp-guide-and-adventure-expo-save_the_dateMore than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida will showcase unique summer camp and adventure program opportunities for your family.

This free expo will feature exhibitors from more than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, special needs providers and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida. During the expo, attendees will:

  • Receive exclusive camp discounts and travel deals
  • Learn about unique destinations and experiences for all ages
  • Interact one-on-one with camp counselors and destination representatives
  • Enjoy live entertainment and kids’ activities
  • Have fun while creating summer plans for your family

“We are excited to offer families the opportunity to explore unique destinations and experiences for children age three to 18, all under one roof,” says Sarah Bain, Orlando Sentinel Media Group events manager. “Expo guests will also find exclusive discounts, giveaways and travel deals while they enjoy live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. It’s truly the fastest and easiest way to choose the best summer options for your family.”

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SeaWorld Summer Camp 2016. That’s my smiling camper!

While looking over the list of camp options available, I saw some favorites (like SeaWorld that my son LOVED last year), and some that I didn’t know about. Who knew you could send your kid to the University of Doglando?! There he or she can learn about animal care and training, while handling adoptable dogs.

Doglando has friendly, furry friends.

Doglando has friendly, furry friends.

While we’re partial to experiences involving animals, there are sports activities, theater, science, music and so much more. Special Needs families will find camps that their kids will enjoy, too. There’s never been an easier way to compare summer camps in the Orlando area.

Come on out Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at Seminole Towne Center Mall, 200 Towne Center Cir, Sanford, FL. It’s located right off of I-4 Exit 101C.

Insider tip: Get there early! The first 50 families* will receive two tickets
to Medieval Times! Read full details on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Check out the full list of camps and read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/summercampexpo.

*After 10 am ET on 3/4/17 at the Orlando Sentinel Information Booth at the Summer Camp & Adventure Expo at Seminole Towne Center Mall. Full details here.

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Monster Jam Rolls Into Orlando This Weekend

Monster Jam for blogHeart-pounding excitement awaits you at Monster Jam® at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium for a show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, January 24, 2015. Drivers compete in a timed qualifying round, the obstacle course, and the ever-wild freestyle event.

I’m not going to lie. I’m a “girly” girl. I like to get gussied up to go to the Orlando Philharmonic and could spend hours watching the dolphins swim gently by at SeaWorld. With the exception of attending a Magic game, or when my son is too far ahead of me on his bike, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever find me screaming at the top of my lungs…until you get me at a Monster Jam event, that is! Then “the voice” kicks in, and I don’t mean my singing pipes!

The first round is where drivers vie for the quickest qualifying time. Monster Jam events happen concurrently around the country, so there are drivers aiming for the shortest times and those all-important points. It’s kind of like compulsory figures in ice skating, that athletes have to do well to be in good standing. (Showing my “usual” interest and my *cough* age.) In the Tampa Monster Jam event we attended, Monster Energy “skated” through the course in 25.173 seconds with El Toro Loco “gliding” in at 25.492.

In between the events, young ATV drivers show their stuff as they race around the track. Color me impressed with the skill and determination of the young racers!

Monster Jam Obstacle Course was next where Monster Mutt won with Hooked right on his heels. In Freestyle, however, I did my most shouting. Some of it was willing the behemoth vehicles NOT to flip over (and if they did, to flip BACK to their wheels-on-the-ground position). At other times, it was “at” the judges (who did not—IMHO— give Madusa and  Monster Mutt their due after being the only two drivers to attempt the huge ramp backflips).

Suffice it to say, if you “think” Monster Jam isn’t your thing, give it a try. If you have kids who love racing excitement (and Hot Wheels!)… take them. And if you have a husband or partner who wants some loud racing, truck flipping, dirt flying excitement…. Well, you get the picture!

Trucks appearing in the all-new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium are:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler
  • Scooby-Doo™ driven by Brianna Mahon
  • Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents
  • Son-uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson
  • Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Rod Schmidt

    Monster Mutt Rotty in air

    Monster Mutt® Rottweiler

  • Grave Digger the Legend® driven by Adam Anderson
  • Soldier Fortune driven by Chad Fortune
  • Gunslinger® driven by Scott Hartsock
  • Black Stallion® driven by Mike Vaters
  • Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters Jr.
  • Higher Education driven by Jim Tracey
  • Iron Warrior® driven by Matt Cody
  • The Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal
  • Razin Kane driven by Buddy Thompkins
  • Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon
  • Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo
    Subject to change without notice.

Ticket Information
Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Citrus Bowl Stadium Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.monsterjam.com.

Party In The PitsSaturday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
ford dealersBefore the event is the ever-popular Party In The Pits. The Pit Party is a HUGE attraction for kids and families. You can score FREE Pit Passes at your Orlando area Southern Ford Dealers from 12/29/14 – 1/24/15! While supplies last.

Pit Passes are also available at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Box Office, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000.

Saturday, January 24 – 7:00 PM event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

Can’t wait until the weekend?
Four of the Orlando show’s biggest stars will be on display in this week. Take pictures with the enormous trucks and meet the drivers, before the show in the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Saturday, January 24. Best part, it’s free to the public.

Trucks will be on display Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23 at these times and locations:

Overkill Evolution | Thursday, Jan. 22 |  3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 190 N. Hwy 27 | Clermont, FL 34711

Son Uva Digger | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Metro PCS | 1453 Sand Lake Road | Orlando, FL 32809

Max D | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 700 S. Kirkman Road | Orlando, FL 32811

Grave Digger Legend | Friday, Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Universal Technical Institute | 2202 West Taft-Vineland Road | Orlando, FL 32837

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Monster Jam Orlando Trivia:


A crew of eight works 18-20 hours a day for three straight days to construct a monster truck course!

For the Orlando show, work begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

The entire surface of turf at the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be covered with a wall-to-wall protective polyurethane product. Each sheet of product is 20’ long, 5’ wide and ¼”
thick, and weighs 130 pounds. The work team uses a carpet-pulling device to make a tight seal above the turf.

Dump trucks make more than 200 trips to deliver the dirt

Stadium officials and architects consulted Monster Jam in the development of the $3 million+ Orlando Citrus Bowl’s all-new South End tunnel, which provides Monster Jam with easier access in and out of the stadium.

Each year 700,000 cubic yards of dirt are used to put on Monster Jam events.

The Orlando Citrus Bowl track is approximately 230’ wide by 360’ long.

Once the event ends, the dirt move-out process starts immediately.  All dirt and field protection product is generally completely removed within 20 hours after the Monster Jam event concludes.

Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets to attend the
Tampa Monster Jam show in exchange for this honest review.

CIRCUS XTREME at the Amway Center, Jan 8–11

extreme circus photosThe Greatest Show On Earth returns to the Amway Center January 8–11, 2015 as Circus Xtreme! Ringmaster David Shipman guides audiences on aRigmaster quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.

THIS circus promises to be unlike any you’ve seen before. Feld, creators of Nuclear Cowboyz, have integrated freestyle BMX riders and their over-the-top jumps into the more traditional circus features like clowns, and extraordinarily talented animals and high-flying trapeze artists to create Circus Xtreme!

Mongolian riders begin the show by sending arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels.

Audience members will be on a first name basis with these, and other magnificent animals, including glorious horses, and prancing pachyderms.
Xpect the unexpected at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus Xtreme!
Where:
Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801
Show Times:
Thursday, January 8 — 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 9 — 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 10 — 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 11— 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Offers:
Buy your tickets through Dec. 24 for 40% off tickets using promo code PRESENT. Offer valid only for Friday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances. Not valid on Front Row and Premium seats. Not valid day of show. Excludes opening night performance on Thursday, January 8.
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Follow along on Twitter — @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver

Marvel Universe LIVE! Coming to Amway Center in December

Marvel Universe LIVE! will bring the world of Marvel Super Heroes to life at the Amway Center Dec 5-7, 2014 in an action-packed arena event! Spider-Man, and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more), plus some nasty villains, will delight audiences with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles
and more.

MarvelLIVE1Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! showcases 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The all-new story revolves around The Cosmic Cube. According to producers, “The Cosmic Cube is the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.”

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Behind-the-scenes look at Marvel LIVE! at Amway Center.

Ticket prices are as follows*:
$40, $60 & $120. Price level depends on seating tier.

Deals and Offers:
25% off tickets with Discount Code: SAVE25   Valid on all price levels and all performances. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. No double discounts. Not valid day of show. Additional fees may apply.

Where: Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Show Times:
Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to http://www.marveluniverselive.com, or on Facebook, Twitter @MarvelOnTour or @JulietteFeld (show’s producer), YouTube, Instagram and Google+.

Disclosure: Our family will receive courtesy tickets to
Marvel Universe LIVE! in exchange for this post and my honest opinion.

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen at Amway Center

It may be hot in Orlando, but this week it’ll be Frozen!

Disney On Ice presents Frozen snowflakeDisney On Ice presents Frozen! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt September 4–7, 2014. This heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into Orlando this week to the Amway Center Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801 thanks to producers Feld Entertainment. (I’m already singing… ♫  Let It Go… ♫)

Tickets are still available for all showtimes*:
Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 5 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Frozen graphicHosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Frozen on Ice will bring to life the wintery world of Arendelle and its two royal sisters Elsa and Anna! You’ll meet Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls and as a special treat, there will be guest appearances by some beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King.

Visit the Amway Center’s website to purchase yours today.

*As of 9/2/14 there are tickets, though most performances state “not many left,” so buy your tickets today.

 

Circus Legends

Ringling-ClownWhen I was in 5th grade, I won an opportunity to “be” in the circus. I was part of a “clown parade” and we traipsed through the stage smiling and laughing while the professional clowns did the “heavy lifting” of crowd pleasing. It was so much fun. I still get excited when the circus comes to town!

The Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show — LEGENDSSM  to the Amway Center January 9-12.

In what’s sure to be tons of family fun, amazing performers from around the globe will perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder.

Show times/Ticket information:

Tickets are available at http://www.ringling.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday performances are: $75 (Front Row), $35 (Premium Seats), $27, $23 and $16*

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday performances are: $75 (Front Row), $40 (Premium Seats), $30, $23 and $16*

Special offer:

With the promo code “Mom14” you can get $4 off per ticket for select performances. (Offer not valid on Front Row or Premium  seats. Not valid day of show. Only valid for these performances: Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m. and Sat 7:30 p.m.

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Enter below to win 4 tickets to either the Thursday, January 9th 7:30 performance or Friday, January 10th 7:30 performance.

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*Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.  All seats are reserved. Tickets are on sale now.

Disclosure: Through a partnership with Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey, I have received tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Contest Rules:  Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years and older. Contest winner must present valid photo ID to claim prize. Void where prohibited by law. Through Rafflecopter, one lucky winner will be chosen at random, and each and every contest entry will be verified. The winner of the contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Any questions? Email me at: SeaWorldMommy@gmail.com.

As homeschoolers, we’re going to use the time leading up to the circus to learn more about the acts, how they live, the trains they use to travel from place to place, and the animals (with special attention to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation).

We’re even going to do a bit of coloring. Download your page here.

See you at the Greatest Show on Earth!