June 29, 2013

Register for Lowes Build-and-Grow Kids Workshops for July

Make sure you register for the FREE Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Clinics for July.

July 13 @ 10 am or July 14 @ 2 pm - Make the Pizza Planet Truck from Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story

July 27 @ 10 am or July 28 @ 2 pm - Make RC from Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story

Celebrate Fourth of July at Busch Gardens Tampa

Extended Hours and Nightly Fireworks Lets Guests Celebrate All Week Long

Summer Nights lets guests celebrate the red, white and blue all day, and even after dark, all summer long with an energetic acrobatics show, live entertainment and much more.  And test your courage as you take on Busch Gardens’ world-class roller coasters in the dark, including Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt®. 
Plus, Busch Gardens lights up the sky during Summer Nights, including July Fourth, with an incredible nightly fireworks display.  The best views are in Gwazi Park, right after the nightly Kinetix show, but the fireworks are visible from all over the park.
Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor™ military salute program. Waves of Honor provides one complimentary admission per year to one of the SeaWorld® or Busch Gardens® Parks, Sesame Place®, Adventure Island® ,Water Country USA® or Aquatica® San Diego (weekdays only) for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents through 2013. 
Any active duty military, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsman representing any of the five service branches is entitled to one complimentary admission to one of the participating parks under the program. For more information and to register for the program, visit wavesofhonor.com.
While you’re at Busch Gardens, take in all the excitement of brand-new shows and animal encounters, including:
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation is Busch Gardens’ newest live musical featuring DreamWorks Animation’s beloved characters Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and everyone’s favorite cohort of penguins. Located in the newly-renovated and air-conditioned Stanleyville Theater, the original musical showcases singers, dancers and a live band that will join the Madagascar characters on their full-throttle Busch Gardens adventure.
Lion Cubs
Busch Gardens roars with excitement this summer with its newest additions.  Three lion cubs, two females and one male, arrived at the park in May, and guests can see them at various times throughout the summer in the Edge of Africa area.  Busch Gardens’ Facebook fans recently voted to name the sisters Shaba, meaning “brazen”, and Shtuko, meaning “twitch”. 
Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m., and Summer Nights is included with daily admission or any annual pass. For more information on Summer Nights and Busch Gardens, visit buschgardens.com or call 1-888-800-5447.
The hottest ticket this summer is the 3-Park Summer Sizzler.  This new, limited-time offer lets guests enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Tampa and unlimited weekday (Monday – Friday) admission to Adventure Island™ and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ Orlando, now through Labor Day for only $99.  Florida’s best resident summer value is valid from the date of purchase through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013. Valid for Florida residents only (photo ID required); price is $99 plus tax.  Take advantage of the Summer Sizzler online at Buschgardens.com, by calling (888) 800-5447, or at the front gates at Busch Gardens, Adventure Island™ and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™.

June 28, 2013

Get Free Tickets to Bubble Palooza in Tampa

You can get FREE tickets to Bubble Palooza on Zozi while supplies last. 

You can check out all the details on the Bubble Palooza 5K event HERE

June 26, 2013

Free Dinner and Show: Best of Broadway

You can sign up for free tickets to see the Best of Broadway which includes Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Mis. The tickets are free and include a free Italian Dinner. All you have to do is GO HERE and in right hand corner click on Best of Broadway or box office to choose date.

Show times include: June 27, 28, 29 July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2013

June 25, 2013

Free Lego Mini-Build on July 2

On the first Tuesday of the month, your child (age 6-14) can build a LEGO model and take it home at participating LEGO Stores

LEGO Crab: Tuesday, July 2 @ 5:00 pm until supplies last

I suggest that you call to make sure they are participating before heading out!


1672 E Buena Vista Dr
32830-8401 Lake Buena Vista FL
Phone: (407) 828-0065

June 24, 2013

Come Experience Gatorland in Orlando

Gatorland has been around for many many years but I really never realized just how much there is to do there until we spent the day there this past weekend.  Between the shows, the water playarea, the petting zoo and the train ride we were busy all day long.

We started the day with Adventure Hour which is an up close and personal time with the gators where we all got to feed them!  This behind the scenes tour requires reservations but is well worth checking out. 

Next we watched the Gator Wrestling show where a Gatorland trainer grabs a 6-8 foot gator by the tail and shows off his daredevil tricks.

While waiting for the next show to start we stopped into the petting area where the kids had fun feeding the goats and other animals.

The Gator Jumparoo Show was really fun to watch.  They had the kids cracking up quite a few times!  The crowd is divided into teams and you help cheer on the gators as they jump out of the water to get chicken dangling above them.

Make sure your kids wear a bathing suit because they will be begging to play in the water-play area.  And if you have an adventurous side, you may want to go on the zip line for an additional charge.

Gatorland is located at 14501 south Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando FL 32837.

Make sure you Like Gatorland on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for special promotions.

Right now thru September 2, 2013, Gatorland is offering a $9.99 Florida Resident special allowing a family of four to visit the theme park for less than $45. Or if you are not a FL resident, there is a $2.50 off coupon you can print.

June 13, 2013

Medieval Times is Free for Dads for Fathers Day (6/10 to 6/16)

Right now dads can go to Medieval Times for free for Fathers Day.  It includes admission to the 2 hour show and a 4-course meal.

*Valid at all shows June 10-16, 2013 only. Dad is free when accompanied by one full-priced adult admission. Limit 1 free dad per full paid adult. Must mention code DFWEB at time of purchase to receive discount.


When the sun goes down at SeaWorld Orlando, a new world of fun and adventure comes to life. Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando is a nighttime spectacular that includes incredible shows, an all-new attraction – Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin – thrilling coasters under the stars, and a nightly Shamu show that ends with a bang. During Summer Nights –- June 22 through August 11 -- SeaWorld is open until 10 pm, providing even more time for guests to play.
Headlining Summer Nights is the all-new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, where guests can experience the epic world of Antarctica through the eyes of a special hero penguin named Puck; Shamu Rocks, a larger-than-life experience where guests watch majestic killer whales perform amazing behaviors choreographed to a rock-n-roll beat; and Sea Lions Tonite, a hilarious, satirical show featuring Clyde and Seamore spoofing the other SeaWorld shows that will have everyone in stitches.

Join the Party with Shamu & Friends as they dance the night away at the Village Square located at the front of the park. The party begins every night one hour prior to park closing with an emcee on stilts who fills the square with music that the whole family can dance to, including popular line dancing songs and party favorites.  With countless bubbles floating overhead and music in the air, this celebration of summer is sure to provide non-stop fun for all ages.  The Party continues 30 minutes after park closing.  

Summer Nights at SeaWorld, plus the epic, new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin – the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando – coupled with amazing admission offers and values, makes the park a must-see for locals and residents this summer. The best admission deals can be found online at SeaWorldOrlando.com.
Summer Nights VIP Tour
Experience the highlights of Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando, VIP-style. This six-hour, guided tour includes an opportunity to feed dolphins, front-of-the-line access to our most popular rides, including Manta and Turtle Trek, and reserved seating at our exhilarating night shows, Shamu Rocks.  Included with the tour is the convenient, all-you-care-to-eat All Day Dining Deal, where you and your family can enjoy all of your favorite foods from your favorite participating restaurants! 
SeaWorld Coasters At Night
Experience an even more extraordinary sensation by riding our many attractions by moonlight, including Manta, Kraken, and Journey to Atlantis. The thrills reach an all time high when the lights go down and the stars come out.

Busch Garden Howl-O-Scream 2013 Tickets On Sale

Once every century, on precisely the thirteenth year, evil comes out to play. This fall, for 14 select nights, Howl-O-Scream® 2013 returns to Busch Gardens® Tampa with tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected terrors. 

Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.  Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday nights and 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Busch Gardens’ 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun and the chance to ride adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2013For a limited time, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2013 is $47.  Or, if you’re scared to go alone, you and three friends can save on a pack of four tickets to Howl-O-Scream on Thursdays for only $30 per person.  Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for only $37. 
Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit HowlOScream.com or call 1-888-800-5447.

June 12, 2013

Dailys Frozen Cocktails Introduce New Tropical and Light Flavors + Prize Pack Giveaway

Daily’s frozen cocktails has come out with 8 new flavors of frozen pouches which include both Light flavors & Tropical flavors.  If you have never tried these before, I highly suggest that you do.  They are so simple to make because the alcohol is already included so you don't need to do anything other than just toss them into the freezer.  Once they freeze you can either squeeze them into a glass or just drink them straight out of the pouch.  They are perfect to take along to the beach and great for pool side where glass is not allowed. 

Tropical Flavors include:
  • Pina Colada
  • Bahama Mama
  • Hurricane
  • Blue Hawaiian

Light Flavors include:
  • Light Strawberry Margarita
  • Light Pink Lemonade
  • Light Mango Passion Fruit Daiquiri
  • Light Margarita
My personal favorite of the new flavors was the Blue Hawaiian because I love the coconut flavor but the Hurricane was a close second !!!

To make the release of the new Daily’s frozen pouches even more exciting, they are doing a “Choose Your Happy Taste Sweepstakes” where you can have a chance at winning a $5,000 travel gift card or one of 7 weekly $100 travel gift card prizes.

Plus one Orlando-DailyDeals reader (21 years or older) will win a prize pack that includes:
  • A $10 gift card to purchase some of the New Tropical Frozen Pouch flavors AND the New Light Frozen Pouches
  • A Daily’s branded tumbler, beach towel and inflatable beach ball
  • A sizzling pair of sunglasses and colorful beach bag so you can be ready for tons of sunshine-filled fun
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment stating which flavor you think you would like best.

I will give you a second entry if you "Like" Orlando-DailyDeals on Facebook and then leave a comment stating that you did so.

I will give you a third entry if you subscribe to Orlando-DailyDeals via email (look on the right side of my page to subscribe) and then leave a comment stating that you did so.

I will end this giveaway on 6/26 at 5 pm EST.

Disclosure: I was given a prize pack for my participation in this post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

June 11, 2013

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Falcon's Fury Coming in 2014

Today Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced their what their newest ride will be...

Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 feet and take riders soaring 60 mph straight down. Located in the Timbuktu™ area, Falcon’s Fury will be visible from any location in the park and even across the Tampa Bay area. 

At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise.  Like its bird of prey namesake, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they'll plunge 60 mph at 3.5 Gs straight down with speed and power like they’ve likely never experienced before.

Construction in the Timbuktu area of the park has already begun, and Falcon’s Fury is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.  For more updates about Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, go to FalconsFury.com or drop in to BuschGardensTampaBlog.com

Blood Mobile at Florida Hospital Orlando on 6/12

Blood Drive @ Florida Hospital Orlando
(Big Red Bus located in front of the hospital)
Tomorrow, Wed, June 12
8:00am - 7:00pm

All donors will receive a voucher for a FREE movie ticket, a coupon for $5 off two entrees from Outback Steakhouse and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

Florida Resident 3 Park Summer Sizzler Special - Only $99

Thru Labor Day, you can get a 3 Park Summer Sizzler Pass with unlimited admission to 3 theme parks for ONLY $99

-Unlimited admission to Busch Gardens® Tampa
-Unlimited WEEKDAY (Monday – Friday) admission to Adventure Island®
-Unlimited WEEKDAY (Monday – Friday) admission to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Orlando
Valid for Florida Residents only. Photo ID required. Weekends are not included at Adventure Island and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ Orlando.  Does not include admission to certain events (including Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens), parking or discounts on food or merchandise.

June 6, 2013

CoCo Key Special Rate for Father's Day (book before 6/20)

Thank Dad with a "stay-cation" while experiencing Orlando's most unique hotel and canopy-covered/outdoor water park.  

This is the best time to experience CoCo Key and all that Orlando has to offer!
  • 1-2 Nights at rates from $99/night+2 Welcome Drinks! + Poolside Upgrade Room
  • 3+ Nights at rates from $89/night +2 Welcome Drinks! + 15% off F&B on-site + Poolside Upgraded Room.
    GO HERE and use Promo Code: DADS
CoCo Key is located at:

7400 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Book between 06/01-06/20/13, stay window 06/01-08/31/13. Rate does not include taxes nor the mandatory $19.00 per room per night resort fee.  Resort fee will be charged regardless of amenity usage.  These special rates are based on availability and subject to change.  Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.  Not valid for groups, holidays, or special events.  Drink Vouchers will be provided at Check-in. Not valid for existing reservations. 1 nights non-refundable deposit due upon booking! Some restrictions may apply.

June 4, 2013

Free Men's Health Screenings at Sams Club on June 8

This Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam’s Club will host free men’s health screenings in honor of Men’s Health Month. The screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. While the health screening event focuses on men’s health, the screenings will offer tests for both men and women.

The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $150, including:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men
  • TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test for women
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Vision
**I recommend calling the Sams Club store near you to see if they are participating.

Tropical Smoothie - Free Jetty Punch Smoothie on June 21

Stop by Tropical Smoothie on June 21st between 2 pm and 7 pm wearing a pair of flip flops and get a FREE 24 oz Jetty Punch Smoothie.

June 3, 2013

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Brings Back Summer Nights Nightly Fireworks

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights amps up the excitement year-after-year, and 2013 promises to offer even more after-dark entertainment and fun for the whole family with a new rock-n-roll musical production at the Desert Grill and the return of guests’ favorites, including an energizing acrobatics show featuring Kinetix, and an amazing fireworks finale every night of the event.

Starting this Saturday, June 8 through Aug. 18, guests will experience extended park hours, special entertainment, high-energy DJs, and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark, including Busch Gardens’ triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt®.

The award-winning Kinetix show returns to Summer Nights with nightly performances of its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. The show’s energizing performances include live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance, along with modern music and pyrotechnic effects, will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park at 9 p.m.

Gates open at 8 pm so arrive early to ensure a good spot and enjoy the Party Starters’ pre-show interactive games and dancing.

NEW! Born to Rock

Feel the beat and get ready to let loose with Busch Gardens Tampa’s Born to Rock! Follow along with Arvin as he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of a rock-n-roll musical production, filled with mash-ups of contemporary music and high-energy choreography. A live guitarist, belly dancers and a top-notch circus round out this excitingly wonderful whirlwind of color and music.

Fireworks Light Up the Sky Every Night

Celebrate the perfect end to the evening with an amazing fireworks finale. Busch Gardens lights up the sky every night of the event with an incredible aerial display set to popular music. The best views are in Gwazi Park, right after the nightly Kinetix show, but the fireworks are visible from all over the park.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the Party Starters will host dance challenges all day throughout the park and pick the most outgoing guests to compete in the Dance-Off competition that evening. The Dance-Off will be a three-round competition starting at 7 p.m. in the Desert Grill. The audience picks the winner with “the best moves” by applause, and first prize is four tickets to come back to Busch Gardens Tampa.

Don’t forget that Busch Gardens is the place to be this summer ­– both day AND night – with brand-new attractions that offer exciting entertainment for everyone. See Busch Gardens’ biggest ice show ever, Iceploration, bringing to life an all-new adventure filled with world-class skaters, original costumes, amazing aerial performances, master puppetry and live animal stars. The park’s Animal Care Center welcomes guests to closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience in this new state-of-the-art facility. And the park’s mega-attraction and Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt®, launches riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds. If going from zero to cheetah is not your speed, guests can watch as Busch Gardens’ cheetahs sprint several times a day in Cheetah Run.

Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Summer Nights is included with daily admission or any annual pass.

For more information on Summer Nights and Busch Gardens, visit buschgardens.com or call

NEW! The hottest ticket this summer is the 3-Park Summer Sizzler.  This new, limited-time offer lets guests enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Tampa and unlimited weekday (Monday – Friday) admission to Adventure Island and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ Orlando, now through Labor Day for only $99.  Florida’s best resident summer value is valid from the date of purchase through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013. Valid for Florida residents only (photo ID required); price is $99 plus tax.  Take advantage of the Summer Sizzler online at Buschgardens.com or AdventureIsland.com, by calling (888) 800-5447, or at the front gates at Busch Gardens, Adventure Island™ and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Reintroduces After 2 pm Unlimited Admission Pass

For the cost of a single day’s admission*, guests can enjoy Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, after 2 pm throughout the rest of 2013 with no blackout dates.  This one-of-a-kind waterpark, inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Whether it's tiny tots splashing around in Kata's Kookaburra Cove®, teens sliding down Taumauta Racer® or adults relaxing on the laid-back beaches, guests can enjoy Aquatica all year long. 

*Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM, After-2 pm Pass is $50 for children, ages 3-9, and $55 for adults. To learn more about Aquatica or to buy your After 2 pm pass, visit AquaticaOrlando.com, call 888-800-5447 or visit our ticket counters.

Kids Bowl Free at Boardwalk Bowl Summer 2013

Boardwalk Bowl is doing free bowling again this year but sadly shoe rental is NOT included like it was in past years.
Kids 15 and under can bowl 2 games free each day M-F starting today 6/3 til 8/16.  Just sign up HERE (Registration must be completed online before your first visit!).