November 2014

Sep 19th - Nov 9th
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Food and Wine Weekends

Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts…the perfect complement to the Epcot® Food & Wine Festival, for the serious epicurean.

Designed for those who truly savor the artistry of fine culinary preparations – each plate a canvas for delight and each vintage an invitation for couples to indulge in each other – we invite you to experience Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  Come for an evening, or immerse yourself in a weekend retreat.

Food & Wine Weekends events will be held from September 19 through November 9, 2014.

Nov 27th - Jan 1st
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Holidays at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Spend the holidays with us and experience exciting activities, special dinner menus and festive new traditions.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is the destination to create memories during this magical season. And while in Orlando, enjoy special holiday programming at Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom®, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Holidays Around the World at Epcot®.

From caroling in the lobby to fireworks displays to bed-time stories with Mrs. Claus and more – your holiday getaway at Waldorf Astoria Orlando awaits.

Sep 19th - Nov 10th

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Embark on a grand culinary adventure as you’re welcomed into a food and wine lover’s paradise at Epcot®. Festival-goers will savor food and wine tastings at nearly 30 international food and beverage marketplaces, signature dining experiences with world-renown chefs, exciting culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars, and The Eat to the Beat concert series, featuring nightly performances from popular hit-makers. Ticket purchase required. Daily.

Nov 1st

Neanderthal Ball at Orlando Science Center

Step into the past and support the future at the Orlando Science Center’s Neanderthal Ball. Set amongst the prehistoric setting of “DinoDigs” and the Ice Age theme of “Our Planet, Our Universe” exhibit, guests will enjoy delectable food and wine under under the starlit sky on the outdoor terrace. Dress code is cocktail fun with an accent on “cavemen couture," such as an animal print necktie or leopard pattern cocktail dress. Ticket purchase required.

Nov 7th - Jan 4th

Holidays Around the World at Epcot®

Share in the sights and sounds of some of the world’s greatest holiday festivities during Holidays Around the World at Epcot®. Amid joyful music and seasonal food favorites, time-honored traditions come alive as costumed performers share their country’s holiday heritage throughout the World Showcase.  Nightly.

Nov 7th - Jan 4th

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios®

Marvel at millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Brilliant multi-colored bulbs wrap the buildings, changing hues and brightness throughout the show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. As joyful music surrounds you, a sea of twinkling lights form twirling carousels of heavenly angels, toy soldiers, a spinning Earth, and even Santa and his trusty reindeer. It’s something you have to see to believe! Included with regular park admission. Nightly.

Nov 7th - Dec 19th

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The Magic Kingdom® Park becomes the capital of holiday cheer during this joyful celebration featuring Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, shimmering lights on Cinderella's Castle, festive decorations, special entertainment, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. Special ticket purchase required. Select Nights.

Nov 7th - 8th

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Race through three Disney Theme Parks on the way to a private after-hours party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend offers a series of events the whole family can enjoy, including races for all ages and Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo.

Nov 14th - 16th

Lakeridge Winery's Holiday Open House

This event welcomes the holiday season with hot mulled wine and lots of specials in the wine shop. Local artists and crafters will display their work, just in time to pick out that perfect gift for a loved one. Enjoy live music on the outdoor stage by local popular musicians throughout the weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tastings.

Nov 14th - Dec 29th

Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney® area

Holiday cheer mixes with Disney magic to transform Downtown Disney® area into a twinkling wonderland of festive fun! Celebrate the holidays with live entertainment, photo opportunity and so much more! The Downtown Disney® area invites you to embrace the spirit of the season as you enjoy the twinkling lights, a grandiose tree and yuletide touches at every turn. Be sure to bring your little ones to see Santa Claus and then shop for unique gifts at the specialty shops. 

Nov 16th

Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

The Winter Park Concours d’Elegance has become one of the most highly-regarded, judged exotic car shows in the U.S. Staged in a setting of true elegance, Winter Park closes six blocks of Park Avenue to welcome over 120 of the world’s most prestigious automobiles. Nationally-recognized and ranked automobile judges - many of whom are world-renowned experts in specialty-marquee automobiles, spend the day carefully examining each show car until a final group of handpicked award winners are determined.

Nov 22nd - Dec 31st

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Waves of holiday spirit splash over you during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration®. Carols fill the air, a sparkling sea of trees light up the water, and skaters dance on ice. Here in this wintery, watery wonderland, you can share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. Select dates.

Nov 27th - 30th

Old Spice Classic - Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports

The ESPN Wide World of Sports complex sets the stage for a weekend full of clutch shots and slam dunks. The Old Spice Classic is a 12-game early season Division 1 college basketball tournament that takes place over the Thanksgiving weekend. Each of the 8 participating teams competes in one game per day, advancing through a bracket format. The 2 teams who remain undefeated meet in the championship match on Sunday. Ticket purchase required.

Nov 28th - Dec 30th

Candlelight Processional at Epcot®

Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Listen along while the story of the babe in a manger touches your heart as it has for generations, accompanied by warm and inspiring holiday music. This annual holiday event is one of Disney's most popular. First-come seating is included in the regular cost of park admission, but shows fill to capacity quickly. (Queue begins forming more than two hours before showtime.) Candlelight Dinner Packages are available for purchase and include dinner at one of Epcot's renowned restaurants and guaranteed reserved VIP seating for the show.  Nightly.