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

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 or Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @salarmyorlando or @salarmyosceola and on Facebook at or

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

Media Contact: Will Wellons, Wellons Communications, 407-462-2718,

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.

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!

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

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

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,

Carla Bray, V.P. Marketing & Media Council of 101,

Max Action Arena ICON Park

There’s a new attraction in Orlando! Max Action Arena is opening VERY soon at ICON Park!

Max Action Arena ICON Park is a huge, family friendly entertainment center featuring high-intensity, immersive fun like:

  • Zero Latency Virtual Reality
  • Adventure Rooms 
  • Axe Throwing 
  • Escape Room

And that’s just the start! You can also expect great food, a full bar, and fun like the Off the Wall QR code activity. 

I took my mom with me Thursday to preview the fun, and we had a blast! Check out my latest Instagram post and stories highlight to see the fun we had!

You can learn more about Max Action Arena ICON Park below!

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Hosted| Have you heard or Airplay? This giant, immersive, inflatable art exhibit experience is happening now in downtown Orlando and it’s amazing!

Among other fun, this event features:

*Architects of Air – a massive, inflatable architectural walkthrough experience of color, light and shape

*An inflatable garden exhibit

*An immersive anatomy experience from Orlando Health.

Yesterday, we stopped by the Dr. Phillips Center to check it out and the whole family loved it! Check out our Instagram post below for all the details on the fun we had!

And visit for full details and to grab tickets! 

Have you experienced Airplay or any other Creative City Project events?

Melon’s House Party

#ad| Did you know that the objects in your house sing and speak all day long?  They just do so in a key only dogs can hear! 

Curious? Tune in to Melon’s House Party, a podcast from Wondery Kids. You’ll meet our friend Melon- an eight pound pup with a thousand pound heart who is the key to a world that lives right under our noses! 🐾

Melon lives in a world full of friends; an always singing record player, a soulless computer, her bookshelf therapist and many more. But her bestfriend in the whole world is Couch. No musical adventure is too big for Melon and Couch as long as they can figure out a way to do it together. As Melon learns about herself and the world around her, she shows us how to appreciate the little things in life and the importance of friendship and family.

Brought to you by Wondery Kids and Wondery Media, this whimsical show is full of original music and sure to delight! We especially love to listen to it in the car – it keeps all three boys happy and stimulates their imaginations. 

Season 2 of Melon’s House Party from Wondery Kids just released and is full of fun!

Check it out today!

#MelonsHouseParty #WonderyKids #Wondery #MomSelect

Vampirates at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Undead pirates have arrived uninvited at Treasure Bay’s annual Halloween Ball – it’s up to you to you to save the day!

On select nights through October 29th Pirates Dinner Adventure will host Vampirates, a Halloween-themed dinner show that’s guaranteed to provide spooky fun for the whole family.

You and your family are cordially invited to the annual Halloween Ball, a gala filled with celebration, games, songs and fun. But beware! Danger lurks just outside the safety of Treasure Bay. A ruthless crew of Vampirates, led by the dark soul of Captain Sebastian the Black, have set sail with one thing on their mind – the Solzana’s Eye. 

This necklace possesses magical powers beyond imagination, and in the hands of Captain Sebastian the Black, will allow him to escape the curse of the night to sail the seas during the day, creating more destruction and spreading fear. The only way to defeat the Vampirates and bring peace back to Treasure Bay is with your help.

“Pirates Dinner Adventure is very excited to bring back our special Halloween show to families from all over Central Florida and guests visiting Orlando this season,” said Amber Valois, sales and marketing manager for the attraction. “There’s no better way to celebrate this haunting holiday than to defeat a crew of evil Vampirates!”

During the post-show Buccaneer Bash, Pirates Dinner Adventure will be offering trick-or-treating at each Vampirates show.

Vampirates general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Ticket prices for the Halloween special are $67.95 for adults and $41.95 for children three to 10. Kids two and under are free. The show runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Parental discretion is advised.

To reserve your seats, call 407-206-5102 or click here. To learn more about Pirates Dinner Adventure, visit

Check out our Instagram post to see our show experience! #hosted

Cypress Springs Water Park at Gaylord Palms

Sun Therapy. ☀️ It’s our favorite kind! And what better place for it than the Gaylord Palms???

🏝The resort’s next-level water oasis is breathtakingly beautiful and includes Cypress Springs Water Park, South Beach Pool, and the new, quick-current Crystal River Rapids.🏊🏿

🏄🏼‍♀️Seeking adventure? There’s a Flow-Rider surfing experience, two racing slides, and an AquaDrop Slide with a trap door that drops you 35 feet. ⏬ 

👶🏼Got kiddos? There’s a multi-level tree-house water playground with 4 more water slides, playful spray fixtures, and a 317-gallon tipping bucket. 💦 

👙Ready to cool off? There’s a massive  zero-entry pool at the center of the action, a fabulously relaxing SoBe style pool, and the not-so-lazy river Crystal River Rapids experience that twists and turns you through speeding currents.🌀

🌊 Additional perks? Expect delish waterside food and drinks served by SandBar, great music, poolside games, and dive-in movies, plus you have the option to reserve pool chairs and cabanas ahead of time. 🙌🏻 

It’s a destination perfectly designed for Florida fun in the sun, and my boys and I can’t get enough. 

What’s your pool time vibe? Do you like to chill, dive in, or enjoy a mix of adventure and relaxation?

Learn more about the fabulous water amenities at Gaylord Palms by clicking the link below!

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