New Year’s Eve Festivities in Orlando

On December 31, 2016, from the daylight hours until the clock strikes midnight, there will be New Year’s Eve festivities throughout Orlando and in all of the area theme parks. Join the fun and celebrate the New Year late into the night or at a family-friendly event.

Ring in 2017 in Orlando

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This adults-only party is taking place in Universal®’s bustling CityWalk, which is lined with shops, dining options, clubs, and entertainment. Admission to the event includes an LED light show, unlimited gourmet food, six clubs that are open late, a huge outdoor dance floor, a dazzling display of pyrotechnics, and a midnight toast with a glass of bubbly.

New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

Start the new year in Orlando at Walt Disney World®, where lots of special holiday events will be taking place. A selection of restaurants at the resort will be serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner, including Victoria & Albert’s, Monsieur Paul, California Grill, Chef Mickey’s, and more (reservations are recommended).

Meanwhile, the parks will be celebrating 2017 with the Disney Countdown to Midnight. Held at the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, an all-inclusive ticket gets you a packed night of fun. This party is for all ages, and will feature drinks and dancing, small bites and wine pairings from Disney World Resort restaurants, musical entertainment, and a front-row seat to the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show happening over Magic Kingdom® park.

LEGOLAND® Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party

Kids will love this party for New Year’s Eve in Orlando that is tailored just for them. They’ll get to dance their socks off, countdown to the New Year and watch a “brick drop” well before midnight, and see a show featuring sparkling, LEGO®-themed fireworks.

For an exhilarating way to ring in 2017 in Orlando, book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld when visiting Central Florida to celebrate the holiday season.


Florida Residents Discount at SeaWorld

Visitors to Florida can have a blast at all the theme parks, but did you know about the Florida residents discount at SeaWorld and their family of parks?

Floridians, this is the perfect opportunity to try out a staycation and have fun playing in your own backyard.

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Just one great discount for Florida residents is the Fun Card. This can be purchased for each of SeaWorld’s parks. Pay for one day of admission at the park of your choice, and get unlimited admission for the rest of the year, until December 31, 2017.

If you plan on visiting the parks more than once, this is a great savings. The parks that are part of the offer include:

SeaWorld Orlando

This is the original park, full of both marine animals to discover and fun rides, including ones that make a splash. This is also the home of the world-famous Shamu the Killer Whale. The under-the-sea adventure includes sharks, manatees, dolphins, penguins, sea turtles, and more.


This waterpark is devoted to fun in the sun. Ride plenty of waterslides and raft rides, splash in fountains and sprinklers, and relax on the lazy river. The park’s most popular ride even plunges you past a world of dolphins.

Discovery Cove

This day resort offers a relaxing getaway where your family can encounter marine animals like dolphins, otters, tropical birds, and the denizens of a saltwater reef. It all happens in a lush, tropical environment that feels like a hideaway.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Animals and thrilling rides meet up here, where you can ride a rollercoaster and then hop over to check out cheetahs, gorillas, giraffes, elephants, and other tropical and African beasts.

Finally, stay with us at the Official Hotel of SeaWorld and get an extra bargain. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has discounts for Florida residents that get you Wi-Fi access, breakfast each morning, and 5 percent off any stay in Florida.

Check out Cheer-filled Events for the Holidays in Orlando

There’s so much going on in the Central Florida area for the 2016 holiday season, it can be tough to keep track. For help finding events that are worth your time, we have gathered some of the most anticipated activities for the holidays in Orlando.

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Central Florida Ballet’s 16th Anniversary Nutcracker Performance

See the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic performed by the Central Florida Ballet on December 17 and 18, 2016. The show features the well-loved music and dance with a few twists, which include acrobatic moves and pyrotechnics. Events in Orlando this holiday season wouldn’t be complete without this iconic and nationally-renowned ballet performance.

LEGOLAND® Florida Christmas Bricktacular

LEGOLAND® gets decked out for the 2016 holiday season at their Christmas Bricktacular, running December 17-18 and December 24-30. The event features a 30-foot Christmas tree made entirely of LEGO® bricks, a scavenger hunt with a holiday theme, building opportunities with Master Builders, and a fireworks show set to holiday music to cap off each night of the event.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village

This yearly winter festival held at Waterford Lakes Town Center is full of holiday magic. Visit Santa’s Workshop right here in Central Florida, take in thousands of colorful lights, ride European holiday-themed rides at the carnival, eat delectable holiday treats, and more. The event opens December 2, 2016 at 5 p.m. and runs on weekends until December 19, when it opens on weekdays through January 1, 2017.

Holidays with the Highwaymen

A free event, Holidays with the Highwaymen is a holiday celebration thrown by The Orange County Regional History Center. Featuring games, crafts, holiday food, and entertainment, the event also showcases Florida Highwaymen artists, their stories, and their work, which will be available for purchase. Join in on December 11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visiting Orlando or the Central Florida area for the holidays? We have the perfect accommodations for you at our resort for celebrating Christmas in Orlando. Book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.


The Candlelight Processional at EPCOT® is a Glowing Christmas Tradition

Experience the Christmas story in a whole new way with the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT®. Hear the story of Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, and the manger amid a chorus of songs and orchestra performances in Orlando.

See and Hear the Story of Christmas at EPCOT


In 2016, The Candlelight Processional will run from November 25 to December 30 at American Gardens Theatre at EPCOT®. There will be three performances a day: 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m.

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The event will feature the Christmas story narrated by various celebrities, interspersed with music and songs from a full, 50-piece orchestra and holiday choirs from Orlando.

Guest narrators will include Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Meredith Vieira, and Cal Ripken, Jr., to name a few.

Holiday Dining Specials

Grab a Candlelight Processional Dining Package and get a delectable meal along with a reserved spot for the event.

Pick your favorite dining spot at EPCOT® and choose either lunch or dinner, a three-course meal or a full buffet. A three-course meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert, plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Enjoy a relaxing, delicious meal with family before you take in the show.

Holiday events in Orlando sell out fast, and 2016 will be no different, so reserving a dining package is a perfect way to make sure you get to see this beloved seasonal tradition.

If you’re planning on visiting the Central Florida area for all the awe-inspiring holiday events in Orlando, book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to be close to it all.

Make Some Memorable Magic at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

The Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World® will light up with magic and cheer in the 2016 holiday season.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be where festive memories are made with live shows, fantastic fireworks, and a jolly parade. The festivities have already started and are scheduled for select nights in November and December.

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The party will be held on special nights and Magic Kingdom Park will be decked out in the merriest garb for Christmas in Orlando.

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Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is the ultimate holiday stage show. Watch Mickey gear up for the special days ahead and invite all of his friends along for the fun, including Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy, and Pluto. Surprise guests will be showing up too, like Peter Pan, Snow White and Dopey, and Woody and Jessie from Toy Story.

Plus, Cinderella Castle will be lit up for the occasion, and there will be lots of holiday songs and carols from your favorite characters.


Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will feature the mouse and all his friends dressed in their holiday best. Mickey will lead the way as this holiday parade takes over Main Street, USA. You might even see jolly old St. Nick!

Holiday Dining Specials

As a special feature for Christmas at Walt Disney World®, the park is offering guests a Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package.

This package gets you a prime, reserved spot to watch the parade, a private dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrance Restaurant including cupcakes, desserts, and treats like ice cream and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and the perfect seat to watch the fireworks show above Cinderella Castle.

If you’re spending the holidays in Orlando or the Central Florida area, we would love to host you at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld while you’re visiting the Disney parks.


Thanksgiving Events in Orlando to Liven Up Your Holiday Weekend

There is plenty to do around the holidays in Central Florida.

Thanksgiving events in Orlando for 2016 include festive meals, running and walking for a good cause, a fun auto show, and theme park events. Here is your guide to Thanksgiving weekend fun in Orlando!

Fun Events for Your Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando

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Thursday, November 24, 2016 through Sunday, November 27, 2016 the Orange County Convention Center will fill up with new cars, SUVs, and trucks at the Auto Show. Check out the newest models and even test drive a few.

Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K

Lake Eola in downtown Orlando will host the Seniors First Turkey Trot. Join other walkers, joggers, and runners Thanksgiving morning, where lots of folks will be dressed up in costumes and turkey hats for this festive event (there’s even a costume contest). This fun event will also help raise money for Meals on Wheels and more!

Light Up UCF

Opening on Thanksgiving Day and all weekend long, this event features an outdoor skating rink right outside CFE Arena. There will also be rides and a light show.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016

This party starts with Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World Resort® in a winter wonderland, featuring a holiday parade, live stage events, and spectacular fireworks. Spend Thanksgiving weekend in the theme parks to start the holiday season!

Thanksgiving Dining

Orlando restaurants will have special Thanksgiving dining options for the big day. Here are a few worth trying:

The Capital Grille – This steakhouse will be offering new twists on Thanksgiving favorites from the Executive Chef.

Bucca di Beppo – Eat an Italian family-style meal or try the Thanksgiving special, which includes spicy Italian sausage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and more.

Landry’s Seafood House – Enjoy a turkey dinner buffet and kids’ plates for a flat price.

If you’re spending Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando or Central Florida, be sure to book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld!


The Holiday Season Comes to Life at the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration 2016

As it turns out, Santa visits the sea, too.

If you’re looking for a new way to experience holiday cheer, then check out the 2016 SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. The mystery and wonder of underwater worlds are heightened when you add the magic of the Christmas season in Orlando.

There’s plenty for your family to see and do at this event. Find out all you need to know below.

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The SeaWorld Christmas Celebration will be held on select dates from November 25 to December 31, 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando.

1. Shows

Christmas and winter-themed shows will be something the whole family can enjoy during the holiday season in Orlando. O Wondrous Night tells the Christmas story with carols, puppets, and a Nativity scene with real animals, while Winter Wonderland on Ice is a stunning holiday ice skating extravaganza, complete with fireworks.

2. Special Guests

Of course, Shamu will make an appearance in Shamu Christmas Miracles, but you can also see Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas with the two eponymous seals.  Elmo’s Christmas Wish comes to SeaWorld in 2016, as well.

You can also meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while you’re at the park.

3. Special Events for Holiday Celebrations in Orlando

See the festive Sea of Trees, a lighted forest of Christmas trees on the water, and stuff yourself with holiday cheer at Santa’s Fireside Feast, where you can dine on a festive meal and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus right here in Orlando. There will be holiday favorites as well as delectable desserts.

Remember to book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld when you’re visiting the Orlando/Central Florida area for the holidays. As the Official Hotel of SeaWorld, our guests will also receive many perks when visiting the park.

For Premium Wines, Wend Your Way to Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

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Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards bottles the taste of muscadine and hybrid grapes from their picturesque fields of grapevines. This sprawling 127-acre vineyard, located just 25 miles from Orlando, is one of the premium wineries in Florida.

The winery additionally boasts yearly festivals as well as a tasting room and gift shop. When you visit the vineyard you can enjoy tours, tastings, wine selecting, and even a picnic area.

Florida Vineyards: Wines, Tours, and More


Many varieties of wine are offered at Lakeridge. Try a classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or a Southern Red or White. There’s also Chablis, Blanc du Bois Reserve, Proprietor’s Reserve, and Stover’s Reserve, along with specialties like Sunblush and Pink Crescendo.

Florida Wine Tours and Tastings

Tour the facility and taste the wine seven days a week. Monday through Saturday, you can visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays, tours and tastings are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tours include a video presentation about wine-making, a tour of the production facility, and a view of the vineyards.

Tastings usually include a range of wines, from sweet to sparkling to dry. Both tastings and tours are complimentary.


Seasonal events are coming up at the winery in November and December.

The 26th Annual Holiday Open House is a three-day event from November 11-13. You can purchase art and gifts from local crafters, sip on mulled wine, and enjoy live music in addition to tours and tastings.

The 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival happens December 10th and 11th. Come for local arts and crafts, live music, wine, chocolate, and lots of delicious food.

If you’ll be visiting the Orlando/Central Florida area and exploring Florida's vineyards, be sure to book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

The 2016 Orlando Beer Festival Offers a Taste of Fine Brews

For some bubbly, buzzy fun, head to an event that will tickle your taste buds. Hands holding beer mugs and toasting

The 2016 Orlando Beer Festival is the place to go to taste craft beer, sip on wine, eat some delicious food, and treat your ears to live music.

The party for beer sampling in Orlando lasts all afternoon on Saturday, November 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Festival Park.

VIP tickets for early entry (and dibs on some of the best beer) are available along with general admission tickets. A VIP ticket gets you in to the event an hour early and grants you access to the VIP area. You’ll also receive a complimentary beer glass and free parking.

The festival sold out last year, so buy your tickets early!

To find out more, keep reading!

Be Ready for Beer Tasting in Orlando

Beers, Breweries, and Bars

A large number of craft beers, breweries, and bars will be represented at the Orlando Beer Fest including Black Cauldron Brewing, Orlando Brewing, Green Flash, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Odd Elixir, Rogue Pub, Kona Brewing Company, Broken Strings Brewery, and many more. Additional beers and breweries are continually being added.


Besides Orlando craft brews, most of which will be local and regional, there will be a lot going on at the festival. Interactive games (last year's fest featured an “adult play zone”), wine tasting, and live music will be featured at the event as well.

Festivals in Orlando are always a blast. Book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld when visiting the area for more fun events like outdoor parties, festivals, and beer tasting in Orlando.



Don Your Costume for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

For a Halloween bash that is more fun than spooky, grab the kids and head to Walt Disney World®.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the perfect destination this October for haunted Halloween fun for the entire family. Scare up some fun on select nights now through October 31.

Read more for activities, attractions, entertainment, and all the fun you’ll have when you attend this seasonal event in 2016.

Have a Happy Halloween at Walt Disney World®


One of the great things about this event is that there will be trick-or-treating throughout the park. Travel from station to station and collect all the candy you can hold. There are even treats and snacks for those with allergies!

Plus, lots of Disney® characters will be wandering the park dressed in fun costumes. See what Mickey and Minnie are wearing for Halloween in Orlando this year. You can also find and greet Tinkerbell, Aladdin, Goofy, Cinderella, and many more of your favorite characters.


Tons of Magic Kingdom® attractions will be open during the party, including those that are perfect for Halloween. For instance, visit the Haunted Mansion, or make your way to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.


One of the biggest shows at the event in 2016 is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. The Sanderson Sisters from the movie Hocus Pocus will be hosting nefarious Disney Villains™ as they cast a spell over the entire Halloween party. The show is full of special effects and eye-popping visuals, and is a treat that’s not to be missed.

Don’t forget the eerie fireworks show and the spooky Halloween parade too!


Guests are welcome to dress up in costume for the occasion. Just make sure you follow the guidelines for approved costumes – they should be family-friendly, not include any fake weapons, or contain sharp objects.

Halloween at Walt Disney World is quite the affair! Don't forget to book your stay here at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to make your visit to Orlando even more special.