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Orlando is the theme park capital of the world! With 10 theme parks in the central Florida area, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you're a thrill seeker looking for the latest and greatest attraction news, a foodie trying to find a brand new savory concoction from Disney, or looking for the history of Orlando's theme park, We've got your back. The Orlando Real is your home for theme park news.

by Marissa Potts

Take a stroll through Disney Springs and take in the sights and smells of the Holidays with this free event! Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll is a fun activity for the whole family to partake in this holiday season.

Christmas Tree Stroll

The Christmas Tree Stroll takes place any day and time that Disney Springs is open, from November 11 to December 30 this year. The goal of this event is to find every themed Christmas tree throughout Disney Springs! The best part about this event is that there is no cost and it can be done completely at your own pace! Simply get a map from any of the stores or locations with a sign outside marking it as Map Distributor.


Some of the locations are City Works Eatery & Pour House,…

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by Ken Pozek

Are you an escape room fan? How about a Back to the Future or Jurassic World fan? Well Universal Orlando has you covered on all three! Today we had the opportunity to preview The Great Movie Escape, and it was fantastic! 

Opening up December 9th, 2022 over in City Walk on the same spot “The Groove” used to sit, Universal has repurposed the space for these two immersive escape rooms. 

What is it?

Let’s break it down. 

The Great Movie Escape is a multi-level escape room experience that is separated into two choices. Back to the Future and Jurassic World. 

As you walk underneath the mammoth marquee through the front door, you enter into a room that offers a nod to old Hollywood. There’s movie props, a full Gatsby style bar…

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by Jessica Hristov

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned to Magic Kingdom after a three year long hiatus!  This seasonal Magic Kingdom event has forever been a fan-favorite! The Christmas Party requires a separate ticket to enter and comes with tons of fun perks. Here is what you need to know about this year’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

About the Party

The 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs on select nights at Magic Kingdom from November 8th- December 22nd. Guests do not need to purchase a park ticket for the day and will be able to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm. Guests do, however, need to purchase a separate ticket for party admission. Depending on the date, ticket prices range from $149-$199 (pre-tax) for guests…

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by Jessica Hristov

It’s officially the holiday season at Walt Disney World – Santa Claus, festive lights, Christmas trees at every park, lots of sweet treats, and now sleigh rides! Yes, you read that right! Sleigh rides are back at Walt Disney World for a limited time. Here’s what you need to know!

Holiday Sleigh Rides

One of our favorite Disney holiday activities is back again! Located by the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, guests can take a horse-drawn carriage sleigh ride! Each ride costs $75 (before tax) and will run about 25 minutes. Guests will be magically whisked around starting at the Tri Circle D-Ranch Barn and taken through the beautifully decorated festive campground and woodland beauty! Each sleigh can fit up…

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by Jessica Hristov

The holiday season is upon us! Universal kicked off their holiday celebration on November 12 this year. We can’t think of a better way to ring it in than by eating some sweet treats and buying some new festive merchandise. Universal Orlando has just released their seasonal lineup which includes new holiday merchandise and treats! Here’s a look at what you can get!

Festive Treats

There are a lot of great seasonal sweets and treats coming to Universal Orlando. From cookies to cakes and everything in between – there is something for everyone! Here is where you can find all the new holiday treats!

Islands of Adventure

Hop on Pop (Seuss Landing)

  • Grinch’s Heart on a Pillow $6.49
  • Grinch…

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by Jessica Hristov

Blizzard Beach has been undergoing a hefty refurbishment since January 2022. Many speculated that it would be a regular refurbishment or that it was being rethemed due to its over 10-month long closure. However, Blizzard Beach reopened this past Sunday (November 13, 2022), with select parts of the popular water park now Frozen themed!

Blizzard Beach - Tike's Peak

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Frozen Areas

Frozen is now part of the Tike’s Peak kid’s area. Some of the notable changes include statuettes of Olaf and his snowgie friends in the warm wading pool, and Anna and Elsa have an igloo castle there as well!

Blizzard Beach’s theme has been largely unchanged since it opened in 1995. As you may know, Blizzard Beach is themed…

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by Jessica Hristov

After Hours Events are returning to Walt Disney World beginning January 2023! These events are a fun way to experience even more Disney magic! If you are a thrill seeker and want to ride all your favorite rides with lower than usual wait times, this is the event for you! Interested in learning more? Here is what you need to know about the return of Disney’s After-Hours Events!

What is it?

Disney’s After Hours are a late-night special event that lets you enjoy the parks for three additional hours after the parks close! It is a separately ticketed event, so you will need to purchase tickets to participate in the fun. Included with your ticket are special treats, including ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages. In…

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by Jessica Hristov

The Food & Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin will kick off its 13th year this November on the 11th and 12th. There will be incredible food and drinks prepared by award-winning chefs, some of which you’ll be able to meet! The highly anticipated event is held on the Causeway (between the two hotels) at the Swan and Dolphin. You do not have to be a guest of either resort to attend, but you will have to purchase a ticket.

Food & Wine Classic Tents


This year’s themes for the Food & Wine Classic will include The Beer Garden, Hang Ten, The Pig & The Poke, Carnival Corner, and Chinatown. 

  • The Beer Garden – Bavarian Warm Pretzel with German Mustard and Large Beer Sauce, Crispy Buffalo Wings, and Crispy Cauliflower with Sweet & Spicy…

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‘Tis the season for all things ominous and spooky! What better way to celebrate than to go to Universal and see what happens when darkness falls on Hogwarts Castle. During the Halloween season, you can expect to see the Dark Arts throughout Hogwarts with Dementors, Death Eaters, and more lurking around every corner.

Dark Arts Show Hogwarts - Universal

Hogwarts Castle Show

Once the sun goes down in Hogsmeade, chaos erupts! Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is a fan favorite show that uses projections, pyrotechnics, and fireworks to tell a spellbinding tale of good vs evil. As the show begins, a slow, ominous mist rolls in and covers the majestic castle. Once the mist starts to fade, the towers show Borgin and Burkes, the infamous shop in Knockturn Alley that is home to objects that…

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It has been a few years now since The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to 21st Century Fox, and many of its assets. Some of these include 20th Century Studios, FX Networks, National Geographic, Family Guy, and The Simpsons. As you may know, Universal Studios in Orlando has a whole area of their park dedicated to The Simpsons. Once the contract comes to an end for The Simpsons Ride at Universal, there is only one question. Will they renew it now that Disney owns it?

The Simpsons Ride Logo

Contract Renewal?

Universal’s contract with FOX is supposed to expire in 2025. So far, Universal has made no steps toward renewing it. The Simpsons Ride replaced the Back to the Future ride in 2008, and the rest of “Simpsons Land” was finished very shortly…

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