Now that the Halloween festivities have ended and the holiday rush is still a few weeks away, the theme parks are a bit more quiet. One of the best known ways to save money on an Orlando theme park vacation is to visit during an off-peak season like right now. For even more ways to save some dough on your trip to the parks, read Mommy Frog’s Top 10 Money-Saving Tips for Theme Parks (blog).
Isolated thunderstorms are expected this Friday, but it looks like partly cloudy skies and almost no chance of rain for the rest of the weekend. Daytime temperatures will climb to the high 70s with nights cooling down to the mid 60s. For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
What’s Happening This Weekend…
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Sample tasty tapas and refreshing beverages from over 25 International Marketplaces, enjoy a concert or two and take in a home improvement seminar during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this weekend. Returning favorite Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) will perform each night at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show times are 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. HGTV star Lisa LaPorta (“Designed To Sell”) will share some of her best design tips on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Festival Center. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Nov. 13.
Planning to attend? We’ve got you covered with these helpful resources:
- Read tips for making Epcot International Food & Wine Festival fun for the whole family (blog).
- Take a video tour of the entire event.
- Look at pictures from the festival here.
- Preview menus from all of the International Marketplaces.
Hard Rock LIVE Concerts @ Universal Orlando Resort
Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Resort welcomes Chris Cornell (lead vocalist of Soundgarden) this Friday, Nov. 4. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $37.
Poison will take to the stage this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. for its “Stand For What You Believe In” concert which benefits the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida. Tickets start at $75. Click here for more information about both concerts.
Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Events
From soccer to basketball to Special Olympics, there are lots of exciting sporting events going on this weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The 2011 MAAC Men’s Soccer Championships are under way with games taking place through Monday, Nov. 7. Click here for more details. Disney’s Division II Men & Women Tip-Off West Coast Classic, which features some of the nation’s most exciting and competitive college basketball, is this Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6. Click here for an event overview. The 2011 Special Olympics Florida Fall Classic is the 2nd largest Special Olympics event held in Florida each year and is this Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Click here for more information.
Admission to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex is included on the Water Park Fun & More ticket. Buy discounted tickets here.
Nighttime Entertainment @ Walt Disney World Resort
There are always plenty of exciting nighttime shows and parades to enjoy at the Disney parks. Here’s the schedule for this weekend:
Magic Kingdom: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (watch video) (Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday @ 10 p.m., Sunday @ 8 p.m.); Main Street Electrical Parade (watch video) (Saturday @ 9 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
Epcot: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (watch video) (Friday & Saturday @ 10 p.m.; Sunday @ 9 p.m.)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Fantasmic! (watch video) (Friday @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Sunday @ 6:30 & 8 p.m.)
All shows and parades are included with regular theme park admission.
Downtown Disney Bridal Stroll
The Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels will host the first-ever Downtown Disney Bridal Stroll this Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are invited to experience wedding opportunities available at all seven participating hotels including the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa and the Hilton Orlando Resort – Lake Buena Vista. Each hotel will feature wedding decorations, menu samplings, planning assistance and prize drawings. The registration fee is $10 per attendant with up to 3 guests. For more information, click here. (Pre-registration is required to be eligible for prizes and giveaways.)