Experience The Big Bounce America at Dezerland Action Park this February

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2023) – Get ready to jump for joy! The Big Bounce America will be coming to Orlando in 2023 and Dezerland Action Park is the only place to be a part of all the fun.

The Big Bounce America, the only Guinness-certified world record holder of The World’s Largest Bounce House, will be at Dezerland Action Park on Feb. 4 and 5 and Feb. 10, 11 and 12 in 2023.

Produced by XL Event Lab, The Big Bounce America is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and features four massive, inflatable attractions. The quartet of inflatables includes The World’s Largest Bounce House with just over 16,000 square feet of inflatable fun, a 900-foot-long obstacle course called The Giant, a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE and the new customized sports arena, Sport Slam.

The event will offer three different sessions to accommodate all age groups — the Junior session for kids ages seven and younger, the Bigger Kids session for kids ages eight to fifteen and the Adults Only session for anyone ages sixteen and older. Adults accompanying children on the bounce houses in the Junior and Bigger Kids Session must purchase an adult ticket. All tickets include a dedicated time slot for The World’s Biggest Bounce House and three hours of unlimited access to The Giant, airSPACE and Sport Slam.

“Dezerland Action Park is all about providing unique family-fun experiences and we’re so excited to bring all of the fun of The Big Bounce America to Orlando this year,” said John Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing at Dezerland Action Park Orlando. “Whether you’re a Central Florida local or a visitor, you won’t want to miss the chance to kick off your shoes and bounce with us at Dezerland Action Park.”

After you’ve had fun jumping around outside, head indoors to Dezerland Action Park for more amazing attractions. Guests can keep bouncing at Jump Start, the action park’s 30,000-square-foot trampoline park or continue the fun with glow-in-the-dark mini golf, Gamrz Delight and Florida’s longest indoor go-kart track with four skill and speed levels. If you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by Dezerland Action Park’s food hall to sample cuisines from a variety of cultures. 

For a more relaxing activity, explore the Orlando Auto Museum, the state’s largest auto museum which is home to more than 2,000 vehicles worth over $200 million. Guests can take selfies with vehicles made famous by television and movies like Scooby Doo, Batman, Spiderman, Ghostbusters, The Fast and the Furious, Mad Max, Back to the Future, and the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles and memorabilia.

Tickets for The Big Bounce America start at $35 for the Junior, $35 for the Bigger Kids sessions and $41 for the Adults Only session. The event is expected to sell out and advanced tickets are encouraged.

To learn more about Dezerland Action Park, visit https://dezerlandparkorlando.com/. To learn more about The Big Bounce America or purchase tickets, click here.

ICON Park to host New Year’s Eve celebrations

ICON Park will be kicking off the new year with a light show, live DJ, specialty drinks and a month-long limited time offer for two of the district’s favorite attractions.

The entertainment destination and its tenant partners have a variety of experiences and special offerings for those celebrating in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District.

New Year’s Eve light show on The Wheel 

The New Year’s Eve celebration reaches new heights with a dazzling display of lights on The Wheel. Guests can gather on The Lawn and watch as the 64,000 LED lights of ICON Park’s signature attraction dance to light up the night and welcome 2023.

The party on The Lawn keeps going all night with a live DJ from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

New Year’s Revolution

After the midnight celebrations are over, guests can celebrate the new year all January long with ICON Park’s New Year’s Revolution. In honor of the new year, guests can get one spin in a private capsule on The Wheel and one ride on The Carousel for $20.23. The limited time offer begins on Jan. 1 and lasts until the end of the month.

Specialty drinks

Every New Year’s Eve party needs a signature drink! The Wheelhouse Bar, The Lawn Bar and Sky Bar are offering a variety of festive drinks to finish off the holiday season:

  • Santa’s Cookie Cocktails
  • As A Shot
  • Peppermint Bark Martini
  • Mean One Melon Ball

Tapa Toro

Say “adios” to 2022 and “hola” to 2023 with two ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Tapa Toro. The restaurant will offer two seating options with Flamenco dancing entertainment and a Spanish feast. The early seating option from 5 to 7 p.m. promises a delicious, four-course meal and a champagne toast at 6 p.m.as the clock strikes midnight in Spain. The late seating option starts at 9 p.m. includes a five-course meal, even more live entertainment and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight.

Reservations and payment are required in advance. To learn more about the event and book your tickets, click here.

Tin Roof Orlando

Tin Roof Orlando at ICON Park is one of the best places to ring in 2023. NYE at The Roof will be the restaurant, bar and live music venue’s biggest party of the year with two stages of live entertainment all night long. On the Tin Roof side, guests can rock with The Crew from 6 to 9 p.m. and Kaci Jo & the DownLows from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. On the Green Room Stage, Moon & Rayne will play from 6 to 9 p.m. and Rage Against the DJ will play into the new year from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

A variety of packages can be purchased to guarantee your place at the party or general admission can be purchased for $25. To learn more about the event and book your tickets, click here.

Ole Red

Get the full country experience this New Year’s Eve at Ole Red Orlando. The restaurant and live music venue will offer party favors and live music all night long. Guests can watch the ball drop on the TVs and purchase champagne for a classic toast to the new year.

Brother Jimmy’s

Brother Jimmy’s also offers a night of New Year’s Eve fun with party favors, a champagne toast and countdown to the ball drop at midnight. The drinks are flowing, and guests can enjoy delicious eats and classic games that promise fun for everyone!

ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

To learn more about ICON Park, visit: https://iconparkorlando.com

About ICON Park 

ICON Park is a 20-acre, open-air, gate-free entertainment destination with plenty of fun adventures for the whole family. The perfect place to ride, dine, drink, and explore. 

Located in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District, ICON Park offers more than 50 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops, and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air. 

Visit other attractions including SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Museum of Illusions Orlando. ICON Park also offers a diverse mix of restaurants for lunch, dinner and late-night bites that satisfy a wide variety of flavors and cuisine. Find a unique collection of shopping and dining kiosks and explore each location as you stroll under the festoon lights along the brick promenade. 

Enjoy free parking and park admission. Learn more at ICONParkOrlando.com. 

Media Contact: Will Wellons Wellons Communications 407-339-0879 will@wellonscommunications.com

Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Walt Disney World

We just LOVE the horses and ponies at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Walt Disney World’s Ft. Wilderness Resort, so on Christmas Eve I treated my boys to a visit! 🐴

After exploring the beautiful stable, my middle son enjoyed a ride on a handsome black pony named Vader, and my oldest son befriended an elegant horse named Riley. It made for a perfect afternoon outing and thoughtful experience gift.

Are you familiar with Disney’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch? The ranch is home to some of WDW’s most exquisite creatures like the Royal Ponies that pull Cinderella’s carriage, and the regal steeds that carry our favorite princesses in the parks. The stables are open daily for visits, and pony and horse rides are available. 🐴

Want to go for a ride? Pony riders must be at least 2 years of age, under 80 pounds, no taller than 48 inches, and able to hang on by themselves. A parent or guardian must lead the pony at all times. They may take one or two laps around a lovely path adjacent to the stable. Guests ages 9 and up can sign up for full 45-minute horseback trail ride. Kiddos like my oldest son who are under 9, but too big for a pony, may be offered to ride a horse for a lap around the pony path.

The cost for this? It starts at a very reasonable $8 for one lap on a pony. And the price of a 45-minute horseback trail ride is $55. I paid for two pony laps and two horse laps, and my total was $36. Absolutely worth it.

Friday 12-23 is the LAST DAY for Museum of Illusions Orlando “Elves Off The Shelf Fridays”

If you come home and find your elf on the shelf isn’t where you left them, you might want to see if they made their way to Museum of Illusions at ICON Park. The mischievous elves are up to their usual tricks and exploring the exciting exhibits at Museum of Illusions this holiday season.

Museum of Illusions will put a twist on the classic holiday tradition of “Elf on the Shelf” and host “Elves Off the Shelf Fridays.” For the price of regular admission, guests will be able to explore the museum’s exhibits and take photos with elves on select dates and times this December.

If your family loves the tricks elves play by moving throughout the house, you’ll love Museum of Illusions’ mind-bending exhibits that play tricks on your eyes. Guests can experience the optical illusions and photo ops with the added fun of exploring the museum and taking pictures with Santa’s elves. Put a twist on your traditional Christmas card photos and wear your best ugly Christmas sweater and Santa hat to create new digital memories this holiday season.

Elves off the Shelf Fridays will take place:

  • Dec. 9 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dec. 23 from 3-5 p.m.

“The tricky elves are taking over Museum of Illusions to spread holiday cheer to our guests this December,” said Marc Gregory Tipton, sales and marketing director. “We’re excited to see this twist on a classic Christmas tradition bring smiles to the faces of our guests throughout the holidays.”

To learn more about Museum of Illusions Orlando or to book tickets, visit https://moiorlando.com/.

Media contact: Will Wellons, Wellons Communications, will@wellonscommunications.com, 407-339-0879

To see the fun my family had on our last visit to Museum of Illusions Orlando, check out this reel!

Cooghi 3-in-1 Toddler Tricycle

#Sponsored|Looking for the perfect gift for a little one in your life? The Cooghi 3-in-1 Toddler Tricycle is it! We just surprised our youngest with one for his second birthday and he LOVES it! Need details? Read on!

But before I get into the trike stats- it’s not too late to get this gift in time for Christmas or Hanukkah! If you order today on Amazon, it can still arrive in time AND the site is currently featuring a $70 off coupon! Amazon for the win!

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Now on to the trike! The Cooghi 3-in-1 Toddler Tricycle is designed to grow with your child and can be used with or without pedals in balance mode, push cart mode, or tricycle mode. It’s the perfect size for little ones ages 18 months – 4 years/ 55 lbs. The stylish, ergonomic design is lightweight, and features a golden triangle design with a low center of gravity and great stability. It folds up easily and weighs less than 10 lbs, so it’s easy to transport in the car to a fave park, or carry home if your little one gets tired on a long ride. The parent push cart handle is tall enough for me to comfortably use at almost 5’-11”.

Want to learn more? Visit cooghi.com or check out these YouTube videos.

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The Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle season with ICON Park

Donation Rotation starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2022) — Red Kettle season is upon us, and ICON Park is joining hands once again with The Salvation Army by bringing awareness of the Red Kettle campaign for its annual kickoff event on Saturday, Nov. 26. During the kickoff, community members can learn about the purpose of the Red Kettle and how it addresses housing and hunger issues all while providing hope. Each time money goes into a red kettle, be it in person or virtual, The Salvation Amy’s reach is expanded, and lives are changed. 

For the Red Kettle kickoff, Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander for The Salvation Army will ride The Wheel at ICON Park for 10 hours. In his fifth year of riding The Wheel at ICON Park, Captain Chapman remains dedicated to creative initiatives to further connect The Salvation Army, community partners, and residents.

“We are on a mission to further educate our community on all the things Red Kettle provides. It is indeed a powerful movement to be a part of,” said Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander, The Salvation Army. “When you give to the Red Kettle, you are literally positioning individuals and families to be able to have food, shelter, and the hope needed to keep pushing forward,” he said. 

ICON Park will support the efforts of The Salvation Army by waiving the ticket cost for all guests who wish to take the 20-minute ride with Captain Chapman. Guests can instead donate the cost of the admission ticket to the Red Kettle Campaign. Additionally, ICON Park will donate a dollar for every ticket it sells during the Red Kettle Kickoff event to The Salvation Army for riders who choose not to ride with Captain Chapman.

“As part of our continued support of the Central Florida community, ICON Park is excited to host Captain Chapman and the entire Salvation Army family,” said Gregory Fornadel, Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, ICON Park. “The Donation Rotation has become a staple of our holiday season and our guests look forward to it every year.”

The Red Kettle kickoff event is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy live Christmas music from The Salvation Army Band, photo opportunities with local celebrities and mascots, The Wheel and ICON Park’s featured restaurants. The kickoff begins at 11 a.m.

Contribute to a Red Kettle near you this holiday season. For more information, visit salvationarmyorlando.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyorlando.org or www.salvationarmyosceola.org. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @salarmyorlando or @salarmyosceola and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/salvationarmyorlando or www.facebook.com/salvationarmyosceola.

About ICON Park

ICON Park is a 20-acre, open-air, gate-free entertainment destination with plenty of fun adventures for the whole family. The perfect place to ride, dine, drink, and explore.

Located in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District, ICON Park offers more than 50 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops, and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air.

Visit other attractions including SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Museum of Illusions Orlando. ICON Park also offers a diverse mix of restaurants for lunch, dinner and late-night bites that satisfy a wide variety of flavors and cuisine. Find a unique collection of shopping and dining kiosks and explore each location as you stroll under the festoon lights along the brick promenade.

Enjoy free parking and park admission. Learn more at ICONParkOrlando.com.

Media Contact: Will Wellons, Wellons Communications, 407-462-2718, will@wellonscommunications.com

ICE! At Gaylord Palms

|Hosted| ICE! is back Gaylord Palms and it’s better than ever! ❄️ This year’s experience features How the Grinch Stole Christmas and blew us away!

Expect a visually stunning delight that transports you to the whimsical world of Whoville as carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice! From the larger-than-life ice sculptures that immerse guests into a storybook winter wonderland to the thrilling plunge down slides made entirely of ice, it’s an enchanting experience.

Check out our Instagram Reels and stories to see the magic for yourself.

Ready to visit? You can learn more or grab tickets below.

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms

|Hosted| Have you experienced Christmas at Gaylord Palms?🎄It’s a world class, heartwarming, spectacular holiday experience that truly has something for everyone.

Looking for wholesome delights reminiscent of yesteryear? You can listen to Mrs. Claus read your favorite classic holiday tales, decorate darling gingerbread houses, and paint toys like elves in Santa’s workshop. 🤶🏻

Want to find yourself lost in amazement? Take in the dazzling acrobatics of Cirque: Spirit of Christmas, experience the thrill of rushing down an ice slide, and explore larger than life ice sculptures in ICE! ❄️

Need to relax? Stroll through the stunningly decorated atrium, enjoy a Winter Wellness spa treatment, and enjoy the Shine Light Show featuring thousands of dancing lights from the privacy of your own atrium view room. ⭐️

Looking for the spirit of the season? Be inspired by the Greatest Story Stage Show, the Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos, or a visit with Santa himself. ♥️

And that’s just the start. Gaylord Palms has all this and SO MUCH MORE. No matter what you seek this season, they have something perfect for you. Check it out and you will see why, hands down, it’s our family’s favorite holiday experience.

Click here for tickets and more info!

http://christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com/all-activities

And check out our Instagram posts and stories highlight to see the fun we had for yourself!

Santa at Walt Disney World

Santa Claus is comin’ to town – and to the Walt Disney World Resort! Planning to pay him a visit? Read on for a list of places you can spy Santa WDW this year.

Want to share your list or take a photo with the Jolly Old Elf? Head to any of these spots. 

-Once Upon a Toy at Disney Springs

-Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays

-Blizzard Beach Water Park – where he’ll be dressed in Tropical style 

-Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

-He’ll also likely make an appearance at select resorts on Christmas Eve

Happy to catch him in passing style? Keep an eye out for him floating by on the Discovery River at Animal Kingdom, or cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in a convertible at Hollywood Studios. These surprise sightings are sure to delight. 

But that’s not all of course. There will be many other magical opportunities to spy the big guy, such as during special meals like the Santa Breakfast at Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante, in the Christmas parade, and in surprise pop up visits. 🙌🏻

In honor of Santa Claus comin’ to town, here are some of my fave Disney Santa moments with my boys on our latest Instagram post.

A Central Florida Holiday Tradition: Festival of Trees Gifts of the Season

Mark your calendars! The joyous holiday event returns tomorrow at OMA

The sparkling ambiance, smiling faces, and bright energy at the Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season for Central Floridians November 12th!

Presented by the Council of 101, the anticipated event celebrates the many blessings given during the holidays with the theme “Gifts of the Season.” Orlando Health returns as the platinum presenting sponsor. 

Strolling through the museum gallery, guests will be transported to a time of old-fashioned holiday gatherings. Elegance will be on full display while guests truly embrace the reason for the season. Gifts of the Season celebrates the gifts of time, talent, and heart from the Central Florida community.

“The Festival of Trees not only brings holiday spirit and joy to the community but also ultimately supports the arts and art education at OMA,” said Linda Cegelis, president of Council of 101. “So, to bring timeless elegance and holiday tradition while supporting the arts is truly a joy for the Council of 101.” 

During Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 50 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more. In addition, there will be a holiday shopping experience, pop-up shops and live entertainment. 

A variety of special events, including Opening Night Gala and Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and a children’s Reindeer Romp party will add a special holiday touch to this year’s Festival of Trees. 

Events presented by Council of 101, including Festival of Trees, have raised more than $13 million over the years, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational and lifelong learning programs. These programs reach deep into the community by helping people from different walks of life, ages, and income groups.

Tickets will go on sale on October 1 via Eventbrite. For more information, visit councilof101.org

Event information

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General Admission Hours

Saturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 20

Ticket prices:

  • Adults—$20
  • Children (3-12)—$12
  • Seniors (60+)—$12
  • Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12

Special events are priced separately. Please see our events calendar for more information. 

Parking is $7. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available on October 1 Eventbrite and via councilof101.org.

We had the chance to preview the event today and it was stunning! Check out our latest Instagram post and stories to see the fun for yourself!

About the Council of 101:

The Council of 101 was founded in 1965 to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. Today, this outstanding group of volunteers comprises an organization of nearly 300 women. These dedicated members devote countless volunteer hours, boundless energy and strong personal skills to annual fund-raising projects that provide significant financial support to the Orlando Museum of Art. This level of support is achieved through the Festival of Trees and the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show projects. The Council of 101 purchases, through the Corporate Lease Program, Museum-quality prints created by contemporary American artists and gifts them to the Orlando Museum of Art. Prints from this collection may be leased by local businesses through the program administered by the Council of 101. The Council of 101, since its inception, has contributed over $13 million towards arts education and general operating expenses at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Media Contacts:

Will Wellons, Wellons Communications, 407-339-0879, will@WellonsCommunications.com

Carla Bray, V.P. Marketing & Media Council of 101, Councilof101marketing@gmail.com