Central Florida vacationers seeking some spirituality along the their theme park fun may want to flock to the Holy Land Experience, because the Christian attraction has opened new and revamped shows in time for the 2017 Easter season. [Read more…]
Holy Land Experience has announced the debut of some all-new and original Christmas productions for the 2016 holiday season.
“We’re excited once again this year to bring a fascinating Christmas to our friends and guests here at Holy Land Experience,” said Mike Everett, general manager of the Central Florida inspirational attraction. “Our creative team and talented actors have combined some unforgettable stories with rich costumes, settings, and awesome music to fill our state-of-the-art theater with the glory and life-changing spirit of the season.”
Among the new theatrical productions debuting throughout the Christmas season at Holy Land Experience are:
Come to the Manger: This musical tells the poignant and powerful story of a young couple who arrive in the bustling village of Bethlehem just in time to take their place at the center of a dramatic miracle destined to change the world.
Journey to Bethlehem: Join Mary and Joseph as they make their way to the “little town of Bethlehem” for the birth of the Savior of the World. Along the way you’ll get to know a few of the people whose lives are forever impacted by the touch of the newborn King.
The Lost & Found Agency: A unique and colorful team of specialists are called upon to assist a shepherd named Shimmel find his lost sheep, a young lady named Maya locate a valuable missing coin — and a lost young man find his way back home. The audience also has the opportunity to aid one of the “Lost & Found” agents in reclaiming his own lost Christmas spirit, all with the help of an unexpected visitor.
In addition to the theatrical productions, Holy Land Experience has also updated its Smile of a Child Adventure Land, where younger guests can burn up plenty of energy on the totally safe rock-climbing walls, play a round of mini-golf featuring Bible characters, have their faces painted, and enjoy an inspirational Bible story.
“Christmas has always been an extra-special time for us here at Holy Land Experience,” said Mr. Everett. “Every member of our team is committed to help fill the hearts of our valued guests with the warmth and wonder of this holiday season. We look forward to welcoming friends and families from all over the world to share the joy and spirit of Christmas this year.”
For more on Holy Land Experience, log on to holylandexperience.com, and take a virtual walk around the park with this video tour:
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December is one of the best times to visit Orlando. Even though there’s no real snow, you’re sure to be able to get into the Christmas spirit with all of the festivities. Whether want to visit the Grinch, go ice skating, see thousands of dancing holiday lights, Orlando has you covered. Here are the events we’ve rounded up.
Holiday Concert Series This season brings a new Holiday Concert Series in the new Music Plaza. Enjoy some of your all time holiday favorites as performed by Mannheim Steamroller (Dec. 5), Chris Isaak (Dec. 12) and Natalie Cole (Dec. 19).
Macy’s Holiday Parade – This seasonal favorite features authentic floats and balloons (including several brand new ones this year) direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. You’ll also enjoy festive street performers and talented marching bands from around the country, and of course Santa Claus himself. Afterwards stay for a spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights.
KidZone Holiday Show – Join your character friends as they dance to holiday hits in this live show.
Barney’s Christmas Show – Join Barney and his friends for a magical sing-along, clap-along show at A Day In The Park With Barney.
Blues Brothers Christmas Show– Add some rock and roll to your Christmas with the Blues Brothers! Catch them live, performing holiday favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” and “Blue Christmas” with snow on Delancey Street at the end of each show.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Grinchmas – Seuss Landing is transformed into the wintry wonderland of Grinchmas featuring a live musical performance of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Then stroll around the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot and take in the whimsical Wholiday decorations.
Polar Express – The Wild Arctic simulator ride is transformed into the Polar Express Experience. When the ride is done, you’ll be at the North Pole and can visit Santa and his northern animal friends.
Winter Wonderland on Ice – This all-new holiday-themed ice-skating show can be seen at Bayside Stadium and will be performed on select nights through Jan. 3. The show includes water fountains, fireworks, and, of course, ice skaters.
Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – Sea lions Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters and a walrus or two, offer up comedy in this new Christmas show that runs on select nights from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3.
A Sesame Street Christmas – This new musical show features Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Big Bird, and other popular Sesame Street characters. Abby has never heard of Christmas and her friends help explain the holiday spirit to her. Sesame Street character meet-and-greets are available after each show.
Shamu Christmas … Miracles – A choir, holiday music and sights help Shamu tell the story of peace and friendship.
Castle Dreamlights! – Guests can behold twinkling lights of one of Disney’s newest holiday traditions – Castle Dreamlights! Donning their holiday finest, Cinderella and friends take to the Cinderella Castle stage daily for a dream-come-true, light-the-night moment. With 200,000 sparkling, jewel-like crystals adorning the iconic castle, the glistening light-show spectacular signals the beginning of Disney’s seasonal merriment.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – The theme park hosts the long-running Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights. During this special-ticket event, guests are treated to the new stage show “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas!,” “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks spectacular, plus special shows featuring Disney characters decked out in their holiday finest, carolers, festive tree lightings and more. And while forecasters predict the first snowfall of the season will swirl a winter-like effect down Main Street, U.S.A, guests can take heart: there’s hot cocoa and cookies to add a warm spirit, plus apple slices and apple juice. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates are: Dec. 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18.
Candlelight Processional – Held daily at World Showcase, America Gardens Theatre at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., the Candlelight Processional is a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. Upcoming presenters are:
Dec. 2 John O’Hurley
Dec. 3 – 5 Steven Curtis Chapman
Dec. 6 – 8 Anika Noni Rose
Dec. 9 – 11 Andy Garcia
Dec. 12 – 13 To be announced
Dec. 14 – 17 Abigail Breslin
Dec. 18 – 20 Whoopi Goldberg
Dec. 21 – 23 Brian Dennehy
Dec. 24 -26 Edward James Olmos
Dec. 27 – 30 Angela Bassett / Courtney B. Vance
Gospel Choir – Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season featuring D’Vine Voices will appear through Dec. 26 on the Fountain Stage at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m.
Holiday storytellers – International holiday traditions unfold throughout World Showcase Nov. 27-Dec. 30 when storytellers such as Pere Noel in France, La Befana in Italy and Santa Claus in The American Adventure share the traditions of the season and spread the message of goodwill. As a “nightcap” to each day, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – a kaleidoscope of lasers, lights, fireworks and music – takes on a spirited holiday finale.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Bathed in bulbs of brilliance, the Streets of America glow with millions of dancing lights and animated displays through Jan. 4, 2010. Amid gently falling snow, guests will bask in the glow as twirling carousels, melodic angels, colorful wreaths, marching toy soldiers and Santa and his reindeer move to high-energy music and 3-D effects, creating a dazzling symphony for the senses.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade – This whimsical spectacle is a theatrical showcase of characters, floats and puppetry with a holiday world-beat twist. Guests can meet Disney characters decked out in their holiday best at Camp Minnie-Mickey, which also features live seasonal entertainment, holiday photo opportunities and decorative Christmas trees.
Outside the Orlando theme parks
Busch Gardens – Christmas on Ice at the Stanleyville Theater.
ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort – It’s rooms full of hand carved Ice. Tag along on Santa’s journey, beginning with an encounter with Old Man Winter, through an arctic forest, and into the middle of a Christmas Carnival, complete with a life-size carousel. Next, chill-seekers will explore Santa’s ornament room, climb onto his oversized knee, and watch as he and reindeer take flight (yes, the ice slides are back) Then view the Nativity finale, hand carved from crystal clear ice.
Now Snowing in Celebration, Fla. – This “Snowing” event, offers an all new ice rink this year. Now Snowing is a month long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
Bok Tower Gardens Christmas at Pinewood – Designers will deck the halls of the 20-room, 1930s Pinewood Estate with elegant and elaborate decorations.
Holiday Lights Zipline Safari – Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida has announced their new Holiday Lights Zipline Safari that takes guests through the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area fifty‐five feet off the ground amid dancing colorful lights and music.
Wild Wonderland at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – Millions of twinkling lights and glimmering holiday displays light up the night. Meet Santa and his real reindeer. See a Frozen Forest with crystal animals, trees and dancing fountains set to the sounds of festive music. Hear the jingle bells ring on a special holiday horse-drawn carriage ride.
Silver Spring’s Festival of Lights – More than a million twinkling lights and neon displays will be on display throughout the park from dusk until 8:30 p.m. Nightly activities will include Miss Molly’s Storytelling (Except Dec. 24) in the Silver River Theater, local choirs on the weekends singing songs of the season, strolling carolers, the famous lighted boat parade, shopping in the Silver Springs specialty stores, and of course don’t forget to visit with Santa Clause (through Dec. 24).
Holy Land Experience Festive musicals and engaging presentations unfold throughout the day and help tell the tender story of the birth of the Christ child. All new for 2009 “Eyewitness to His Glory” is the Christmas story as you’ve never seen it before. Other shows include Come To The Manger, The True Story of St. Nicholas, Ye Olde Christmas Carols and Glorious Impossible.
Light Up UCF – The area’s biggest free holiday light show, free outdoor Holiday Film Festival and Orlando’s largest outdoor skating rink. For 2009, Light Up UCF is offering all-new rides and attractions including Santa’s Village, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide, Kris Kringle’s Carousel and McDonald’s Ferris Wheel.
Holy Land Experience will be offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009). All of their exhibits, live shows and presentations will be available throughout the day. Visitors will be among the first to see their new shows, “The Women at the Well”, “Forgiven”, “The 4 Women Who Loved Jesus” and the new finale of the “Passion” drama featuring Jesus’ return.
The park offers free admission one day each year to maintain their property tax exemption. They’re classified as a church rather than a business.
You can read all about Orlando’s Christian-based theme park in Vol. 2, Issue 3 of Orlando Attractions Magazine.
Here’s what’s happening around the tourist areas of Central Florida for July 4 this year.
“Celebrate America Fireworks” will fill the sky at 9 pm. July 4 (guests who’d like to begin the celebratory weekend a day early can enjoy the special fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.). After the fireworks, guests can enjoy a performance of Disney’s “SpectroMagic” parade of lights, music and magic at 10:30 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
Special fireworks will be presented at 10 p.m. on July 4. Fantasmic! will also be performed at 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” becomes more dynamic on July 4 as the normal show is supplemented with a patriotic finale. The performance begins at 10 p.m.
On July 3, SeaWorld will feature a special tribute performance by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus and dazzling fireworks display. The celebration continues July 4 with a patriotic presentation of red, white and blue fireworks immediately following the new fountain and fireworks finale – “Reflections.”
The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers the O’Jays will perform at 9 p.m. as the last of Universal’s Summer Concert Series. After the concert, guests can enjoy a special Fourth of July version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular – a high-tech lagoon show featuring famous scenes from more than 100 Universal Pictures films projected on four-story-tall, 360-degree “cinespheres,” along with original music, lasers and pyrotechnic effects.
Cypress Gardens will hold a special “Nighttime Ski Show” at 8:45 p.m. The Fletcher Cane Band will play at The Lakeside Stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fireworks on the Lake will immediately follow the ski show at 9:15 p.m.
See David Cassidy in concert on July 3 and Starship on July 4. Each night’s concert starts at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks presentation at 9:30 p.m.
The town of Celebration will be holding a Flashback Forth of July Tribute to the ’70s. The event begins at 5 p.m. and the ’70s themed fireworks show will get under way at 9:30 p.m. The Reflections Band will perform starting at 6 p.m. A KidZone will be set up and additional music will be offered by The Dixieland Jazz Band. There will also be a ’70s Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m.
Live music begins at 3 p.m. with Jimmy Buffett tribute band “Live Bait”. Then ’60s pop artist The Lovin Spoon and award winning country music staple Terri Clark will eluminate the Twin Oaks Mansion concert stage. Fireworks will take place after the concerts.
Holy Land Experience
A special July 4th concert will be held 7:15 to 8 p.m. with Grammy Award-winning Inspirational artist Larnelle Harris.