Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

Guess who’s back?! 🧨 For the first time since 2019, Disney World’s dazzling Independence Day fireworks are on!

Arguably one of the best nighttime shows at Walt Disney World, perimeter fireworks are the Magic Kingdom’s go to for special occasions that require them to turn things up a notch – or ten – like July 4th or New Year’s Eve. 🎆

This #IndependenceDay, you can enjoy “Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at 9:20 pm on both July 3rd and 4th.

If you are in the Central Florida area, you do not want to miss this show. And if you’re not? Check out the Disney Parks Blog as they usually share a livestream of the show.

📷: Disney Parks, Me

ICON Park’s Fourth of July Weekend Roundup

Light shows, restaurant specials, endless family entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 29, 2022) – This Independence Day, ICON Park and its tenant businesses are throwing America an iconic birthday party!  

Throughout Independence Day weekend, The Wheel, ICON Park’s signature attraction, will be decked out in the bright red, white and blue of the American flag. 

On Monday, July 4, the entertainment destination will host patriotic light shows at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the patriotic soundtrack during a 10-minute production.

The drinks will be flowing at ICON Park’s The Wheelhouse Bar, The Lawn Bar and Sky Bar. Guests can unlock specials including $4 house shots, $4 domestic beers, $8 July 4thHurricanes and two-for-one well cocktails.

Ole Red Orlando

Throughout July, Ole Red Orlando is proud to sponsor The Wheel. Any guest who purchases a ticket to The Wheel will receive one free order of Fried Pickles and Green Tomatoes per party (dine-in only). This signature appetizer is the epitome of summer – House-pickled green tomatoes are served with red and white bar-b-que sauces.

In honor of America’s birthday, the restaurant is mixing up a celebratory drink now through July 5. The Ole Red White and Blue Strawberry Mule features vodka, strawberry, ginger beer and blueberries.

Sloppy Joe’s Orlando

On July 4, Sloppy Joe’s Orlando is bringing the Red, White and BOOZE! The restaurant is offering drink specials such as $2 Jello shots, $4 domestic drafts and $5 wells. Every evening, Sloppy Joe’s has a special Sunset Celebration where it toasts with the original Key West location via a live feed. During the patriotic toast on the fourth, guests can enjoy $3 Sunset Shots, $4 Pilar Rum Sun Shots and $20 Papa’s Pilar Rum Flights.

Tapa Toro

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience on the Fourth, take advantage of Tapa Toro’s Bite 30 special. The Prix Fixe dinner is just $35 for three unique courses. Menu options include Empanadas, Chicken Madeira, The Big Pintxo, Flan, Tres Leches and so much more. 

Tapa Toro combines contemporary, Spanish cuisine with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Its unique paella pit, vibrant tapas menu and extensive selection of imported wines will guide guests through a culinary journey of Spanish flavors and culture in the heart of Central Florida. Don’t miss the nightly flamenco performance at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

After a fun day enjoying the celebration, head to Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips to cool down with a hand-crafted Biscoff Shake topped with whipped cream and finished with a Biscoff cookie.

With more than 50 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, ICON Park offers fun for the whole family this holiday weekend. Take a ride on the brand-new carousel, blow your mind at Museum of Illusions, hang with your favorite stars at Madame Tussauds or discover a new, underwater world at SEA LIFE. 

ICON Park is at the center of the new Orlando Entertainment District. Conveniently located near I-4, Florida’s Turnpike and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment destination is easy to access and offers free parking for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist. 

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

Lightyear Spoiler-Free Review

To infinity and beyond! 🚀

HOSTED | We saw an advanced screening of Pixar’s Lightyear last night and the ENTIRE family was absolutely delighted! ☄️ Read on for SPOILER-FREE insight into the film.

We are life-long Pixar and Toy Story franchise devotees, so my family went into Lightyear with high expectations. We were not disappointed. 💥

Lightyear is a fun tale of pulse-racing space adventure and heartwarming friendship presented with the beautiful layers and characters we count on Pixar to create. The PG storyline was written to appeal to all ages simultaneously, and left my kiddos bouncing with excitement, me tearing up, and all of us laughing, gasping, and cheering. 👩🏽‍🚀

The animation is STUNNING. We saw it in IMAX @regalmovies Pointe Orlando and were blown away by the sights and incredible sounds of space in IMAX. It was so immersive.

The representation in the film was exceptional, and I was thrilled to see such a wide variety of characters. I actually heard a little girl in the audience squeal – Mom, she looks like me – upon seeing a main character the first time. 😭

Overall, Lightyear encompasses every good thing our Pixar-loving family has come to expect from the studio. Pixar has a gift for gently weaving a raw reflection of human fears, hopes, and vulnerabilities into a larger storyline, and in Lightyear they did this with exceptional skill. The film is fun to watch, and the inner and outer journeys of the characters were beautifully relatable. They created characters that audiences of all ages could care about. Sox is our new fave.🐱

10/10 recommend.🚀

Have any specific questions about the film? Message me. Do you plan to see it this weekend?

Buckle up – Kubota Machines are Taking Over Crayola Experience Orlando!

Looking for some fresh family summer fun? Crayola and Kubota have you covered. Now through June 18th, the new Kubota Machine Adventures national tour is taking over Crayola Experience Orlando!

Kubota’s iconic orange equipment has transformed the Crayola Experience community space to present the immersive, larger-than-life Kubota Machine Adventures! Kids can scoop, haul, build and color the town orange as they bring to life the colorful community of Crayonville.

Upon arrival, guests pick up a Crayonville Checklist & Map that serves as their guide for exploration. Fun includes:

*Making a Kubota Machine Adventures badge
*PHOTO ops with REAL Kubota equipment
*Transforming crayon shavings into “GRASS CLIPPINGS” ART
*SCOOP, LOAD & DUMP fun at a 3D projection sand table
*Naming and wrapping your own KUBOTA-INSPIRED CRAYON
*ENGINEERING YOUR OWN ULTIMATE Kubota machine of the future

My kiddos were DELIGHTED by the REAL Kubota Tractor and Excavators, and colorful Crayola crafts and activities! Scooping and dumping was their fave part of the day!

Check out my latest Instagram post and stories to see the fun!

Spring It On at Gaylord Palms

💐#Hosted 🌷SPRING has SPRUNG at Gaylord Palms and this year’s offerings are absolutely amazing.

Spring It On activities happening NOW through May 8th include:

🐣Eggspression Garden 

🐇 Blossomin’ Bunnies Scavenger Hunt

🎨 Paint Me a Fairytale Stage Show

🍪 Springtime Sweets Cookie Decorating 

🗺 Adventure Kids: Sprout into Spring Interactive Journey

🐊 Animal Encounters withWild Florida

✨ Springtime Light Display Illuminating the 4.5-acre atrium

💐 Journey Into Spring Escape Room 

🍸 Art Bar

💦 Cypress Springs Water Park Fun –  happens year round! 

🍃4.5 acres of Indoor Garden Atrium

And so much more!

Check out my latest Instagram posts and stories to join in the fun as my family experiences it all first-hand!

Have questions? Ask away.

Have you visited @gaylordpalms in the Spring? It’s an experience not to be missed!

National Florida Day

Did you know January 25th is National Florida Day? 🍊

This beautiful beach memory perfectly captures the energy of my beloved Sunshine State, and seemed like the perfect way to honor my home.

Taken at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, this was the day I introduced my first baby to the ocean. It was the kind of moment you live for, and I am so happy it was caught on camera. 💗

Are you an ocean lover?

Rainbow Connection

Spaceship Earth’s spot as Walt Disney World’s premiere nighttime delight was already secured by her 50th anniversary glow up. And then she still came and gave us this.

This is now my absolute favorite thing at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. It might be my favorite overall at Epcot.

Will you be stopping by this year’s festival to see it?

Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts

Cafe Terrace At Night. ✨ Who could resist stepping into this beautiful Van Gogh?

These Artful Photo Ops are one of my favorite things at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts which runs from Friday, January 14th through February 21st.

Our other festival faves? The Expression Section Paint by Numbers Mural, the 3D Chalk Art straight out of a Mary Poppins dream, the Disney on Broadway concerts, and – per my six year old – the Pop Eats Grilled Cheese. Watch the reel linked below to see examples of all these and more!

Will you be attending the festival this year? It’s a beautiful celebration of the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

Room with a View – Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is incredible ANY way you experience it, but the very best way includes an overnight stay. And the very best overnight stays include a room with an atrium view.

We spent HOURS in our room taking in the magic of millions of twinkling lights and soul touching music from the comfort of our own bed and balcony. SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS.🎄

When was the last time you got to enjoy a show this magical fight from the comfort of your own room?

Check out my Instagram stories highlight for more videos.

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms

SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. 🎄Christmas at Gaylord Palms is back!

The 2021 holiday season preview kicked off last weekend and blew us away! How is it possible that every single year it gets better?!

Highlights include:

Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf- a multi-sensory, immersive attraction with more than a dozen magical interactive experiences

Cirque: Spirit of Christmas, featuring dazzling acrobatics and musical performances

Shine Light Show with all new, next level light curtains

Snow Flow Mountain ice slides – a fam fave

Snowball Build & Blast

Christmas Tree Trail

Gingerbread Decorating

Santa Visits

Acres of Decorations

Seasonal Treats


You can see it all on my Instagram stories and posts.

Is there anything you are especially curious about? Ask away!

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