Celebration Art Stroll & Sidewalk Sale

The annual Art Stroll and Sidewalk Sale is taking place in Celebration this weekend! Located on Market Street in downtown Celebration, these events are something to celebrate.

The Art Stroll will feature local artists, not just from Celebration— but from all over the State of Florida. Art booths will display paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. And remember, booths vary each festival. So what you saw last year won’t be what you see this year! (Though the show will feature from returning artists, too.)

The Sidewalk Sale will feature sales on some of the best pieces of the season. From clothing items to decor, you never know what you’ll find! Participating stores are located in downtown Celebration, along Market Street.

While you’re in town, grab a bite to eat at the Celebration Town Tavern or a quick slice of pizza at Upper Crust. Two of our favorites! Then take a scenic walk around the lake. The weather is expected to be beautiful all weekend long.

Mecum Auction 2018 (Kissimmee)

Mecum is returning with another year of auctions. With more than one auction each month, offering more than 20,000 lots per year, Mecum has become the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle and Road Art sales.

The lineup will begin Jan. 5 in Kissimmee, with 3,000 vehicles making this the largest auction of the year. The auctions will continue in cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Davenport, Houston, Indy, Denver, Portland, Harrisburg, Monterey, Louisville, Dallas and Chicago.

This year’s auctions will feature different “Main Attractions” at each show, such as Kissimmee’s 1969 Camaro ZL1, 1970 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/t, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/N03 and 1970 E-Body Pilot Car.

The Kissimmee auction will will take place at Osceola Heritage Park. Tickets are $20 per person (per day) in advance, or $30 per person (per day) at the gate. Children 12 years and younger may enter at no charge. Gates will open at 8am daily. See the full schedule below.

VEHICLES:

Friday through Sunday, January 5-7 at 10 AM
Tuesday through Thursday, January 9-11 at 10 AM
Friday and Saturday, January 12-13 at 9 AM

ROAD ART:

Sunday, January 7 at 9 AM – The Hot Rod Paradise Road Art Collection
Monday, January 8 at 10 AM – Road Art Monday
Sunday, January 14 at 10 AM – The Flexlume Collection

 

 

Celebration Holiday Home Tour

The Celebration Foundation’s Holiday Home Tour will showcase 10 fabulously decorated homes in Celebration, Florida, the town that Disney built.

Guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays with this self-guided home tour on December 2 (3-9 p.m.) & December 3 (1-5 p.m.) in the town of Celebration. The tour that attracts visitors from all over the map has welcomed thousands of visitors in its 19 years of service.

The Home Tour is a perfect way to experience Celebration and all its homes have to offer! It’s also a great way to see Celebration’s New Urbanism home designs and to get decorating ideas for your own home this season.

In addition to this year’s Holiday Home Tour, the Celebration Foundation welcomes you to enjoy the expanded Winter Wonderland of extravagantly decorated themed trees and tablescapes which will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 each and are available in advance online (www.thecelebrationfoundation.org) or on the days of the tour at the Winter Wonderland location (851 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, Florida 34747).

*Please note that this is a self-guided tour that takes approximately 2 hours. Guests can drive to each home. Not all homes are handicap accessible. The Winter Wonderland is handicap accessible.

For more information, please contact the Celebration Foundation at 407-566-1234.

We are so excited for this year’s tour, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Now Snowing Nightly in Celebration, Fl

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! … Well, almost! Celebration will soon be kicking off its annual Now Snowing Nightly event in Town Center.

The 19th annual, monthlong Winter Wonderland Spectacular will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring live music and a special visit from Santa Claus, this event is a perfect way for families to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Now Snowing Nightly will take place November 25 through January 1. Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event features a nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Other activities include an ice skating rink (open daily from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.), Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photo opportunities with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides and the Celebration Express train.

The annual Countdown to Christmas Concert will take place on December 16, presented by Radio Disney.

Admission to the events and parking are FREE and open to the public. Prices of special activities vary.

5 Things to do This Summer in Central Florida

  • Pandora

Pandora is officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Pay a visit — day or night (Now open until 11pm!) — to experience the World of Avatar. The new area features two rides, a quick-service restaurant, a gift shop, live performances and more.

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Grab your wand and head to the Wizarding World this summer. Live like Harry Potter and his friends for a day while riding the Forbidden Journey and wand shopping, at one of Universal’s greatest attractions. Don’t forget to grab a cup of Butterbeer!

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides

Experience Central Florida from above as you take flight on a hot air balloon ride this summer. See miles and miles of Orlando’s most beautiful scenery, from homes and neighborhoods to attractions and nature.


  • Celebration

Visit the town of Celebration this summer. Enjoy some of our favorite restaurants like D’Antonio’s or Imperium Food and Wine, grab a drink with at Town Tavern, or take a sunset nature walk around gorgeous Lake Rinehard.

  • Volcano Bay

Make a big splash this summer at Universal’s new Volcano Bay waterpark. With plunging water slides, kiddy rides and sights of erupting volcanoes, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

 

Wildlife in Central Florida

If you enjoyed our post about Celebration’s Trails, you’ll be sure to love this!

Some of the best places to see wildlife are right here in Central Florida! Whether you’re looking for feathery birds, exotic fish or alligators, Central Florida has plenty of opportunity.

Let’s start right here in our community with Celebration’s walking trails. The trails wind all through the town’s downtown and conservation areas, giving peeks at what furry friends might be around. In Celebration we often see deer, hogs, roosters and chickens, turkeys, alligators and handfuls of beautiful birds.

Get up close and personal with birds at Lakeland’s Circle B Bar Reserve— a 1,267-acre reserve of cypress swamp and oak hammock. It’s home to thousands of wading birds, ibises, ducks, shorebirds and even bald eagles! Circle B Bar Reserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Greatest Places to See Wildlife.

But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an airboat tour and experience the real Florida that isn’t often seen. Airboats are fast, flat-bottomed boats that often tour through the swampiest areas of Florida. You can spot alligators, birds and plant life as you travel right through the heart of their home.

Information source: VisitCentralFlorida.org

Wildlife in Central Florida

If you enjoyed our post about Celebration’s Trails, you’ll be sure to love this!

Some of the best places to see wildlife are right here in Central Florida! Whether you’re looking for feathery birds, exotic fish or alligators, Central Florida has plenty of opportunity.

Let’s start right here in our community with Celebration’s walking trails. The trails wind all through the town’s downtown and conservation areas, giving peeks at what furry friends might be around. In Celebration we often see deer, hogs, roosters and chickens, turkeys, alligators and handfuls of beautiful birds.

Get up close and personal with birds at Lakeland’s Circle B Bar Reserve— a 1,267-acre reserve of cypress swamp and oak hammock. It’s home to thousands of wading birds, ibises, ducks, shorebirds and even bald eagles! Circle B Bar Reserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Greatest Places to See Wildlife.

But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an airboat tour and experience the real Florida that isn’t often seen. Airboats are fast, flat-bottomed boats that often tour through the swampiest areas of Florida. You can spot alligators, birds and plant life as you travel right through the heart of their home.

Information source: VisitCentralFlorida.org

What’s new at Walt Disney World?

Tonight we say farewell to Wishes— Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show that has been a staple to the theme park since it replaced Fantasy in the Sky in 2003. But don’t fret, Disney’s Happily Ever After fireworks show will begin tomorrow (Friday, May 12).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is adding two huge lands to its map!

Toy Story Land will be making its way to the park with the release of Disney’s Toy Story 4 film. Inspired by guests’ response to Cars Land and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort, the Disney Parks Blog says the new land will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard. Toy Story Land will include a family-friendly roller coaster, an alien saucers attraction and an updated Toy Story Mania.

A Star Wars-inspired land is currently under construction and measures at 14 acres. It will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet and a remote trading port. Star Wars characters and their stories will come to life in this new land. In the meantime, visit the park to catch “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show and enjoy some Darth Vader waffles at Backlot Express.

Hollywood Studios isn’t the only theme park to get a makeover! Pandora— The World of AVATAR is set to open THIS MONTH (May 27) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The new land will include two new rides: AVATAR Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. The Satu’li Canteen restaurant, Pongu Pongu drink location and Windtraders merchandise shop will also add to the fun of Animal Kingdom’s new World of AVATAR.

Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs will change is La Nouba show in 2018, which has been a staple to the entertainment attractions for nearly 20 years. The show has welcomed many acts in its 8,500 shows for more than 10 million guests, but will come to a close on December 31.

Information source: Disney Parks Blog.

What’s new at Walt Disney World?

Tonight we say farewell to Wishes— Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show that has been a staple to the theme park since it replaced Fantasy in the Sky in 2003. But don’t fret, Disney’s Happily Ever After fireworks show will begin tomorrow (Friday, May 12).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is adding two huge lands to its map!

Toy Story Land will be making its way to the park with the release of Disney’s Toy Story 4 film. Inspired by guests’ response to Cars Land and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort, the Disney Parks Blog says the new land will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard. Toy Story Land will include a family-friendly roller coaster, an alien saucers attraction and an updated Toy Story Mania.

A Star Wars-inspired land is currently under construction and measures at 14 acres. It will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet and a remote trading port. Star Wars characters and their stories will come to life in this new land. In the meantime, visit the park to catch “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show and enjoy some Darth Vader waffles at Backlot Express.

Hollywood Studios isn’t the only theme park to get a makeover! Pandora— The World of AVATAR is set to open THIS MONTH (May 27) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The new land will include two new rides: AVATAR Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. The Satu’li Canteen restaurant, Pongu Pongu drink location and Windtraders merchandise shop will also add to the fun of Animal Kingdom’s new World of AVATAR.

Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs will change is La Nouba show in 2018, which has been a staple to the entertainment attractions for nearly 20 years. The show has welcomed many acts in its 8,500 shows for more than 10 million guests, but will come to a close on December 31.

Information source: Disney Parks Blog.

OIA Terminal Expansion & New Check-In Service

Orlando International Airport is in the process of a $1.8 billion expansion. The airport welcomed nearly 42 million visitors last year, though its current infrastructure is built to accommodate only 40 million travelers.

The project includes an expansion of the Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) and an Automated People Mover Complex (APM). Development of the South Terminal Facility — which will include a 16-gate airside terminal to serve international and domestic flights — is in its early stages, and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The APM is being built to connect to three different services: SunRail, a light-rail service to the International Drive area and the planned Brightline to South Florida.

Additionally, leaders at the airport just approved a one-year contract with Bags Inc. to offer remote airline check-in services. The main terminal handles an average of 60,000 pieces of luggage on its busiest days. This service, which can begin as early as next month, is designed to help alleviate congestion within the airport’s baggage system. It is already offered at other airports, hotels and cruise ship terminals around the country.

The new check-in service is expected to provide passengers with boarding passes and luggage aid on the first two levels of the airport’s A and B parking garages. Passengers will, reportedly, not have to pay a fee to use the service.