The holidays are over, but Orlando theme parks aren’t stopping with wild entertainment, festivals and concerts. Here’s what’s new in January in Orlando:
Walt Disney World
Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Celebrate art, entertainment, and food at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts January 17 - February 24. The annual art event features everything from culinary art with an original menu of culinary masterpieces, performing arts including the popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series, visual arts in a number of hands-on workshops and you can even learn the inspiration behind the art through the artists themselves.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Real Music Real Masters at Busch Gardens Tampa - Busch Garden Tampa’s longest running music festival, Real Music Real Masters has returned running now through March 15. Tuesday through Sunday guests can enjoy unique acts at the Stanleyville Theater. January acts include:
Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: Former lead vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters - Jan. 7 – 12
The Diamonds - Jan. 14-19
BJ Thomas - Jan. 21-26
Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute - Jan. 28 - Feb. 2
Inside Look - From January 10 - 26, come enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day care of SeaWorld Orlando’s animals, as well as the operations of the Rescue Team. Learn more about dolphins, sea lions, manatees and more. Interact with SeaWorld’s veterinarians and animal experts and get exclusive access to areas of the park not visited by guests! This event will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between January 10th through 26th and is included with park admission.
Rescue Run - On January 25, SeaWorld Orlando will host its inaugural Rescue Run through the park. During the run, participants will enjoy picturesque pathways and catch glimpses of SeaWorld’s animals before crossing the finish line at Shamu Stadium. The run benefits the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Jack Hanna Weekend - Jack Hanna returns to SeaWorld Orlando Jan. 25-26. The animal expert will share animal facts and travel tales from his adventures around the world during animal shows at Nautilus Theater. Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy special meet-and-greets and autograph signings.
Elmo’s Birthday Celebration - It’s Elmo’s birthday! And SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating with a weeklong celebration Jan. 27 - Feb. 3. Come give Elmo a Happy Birthday and enjoy interactive DJ dance parties, crafts and a scavenger hunt.
Rock the Universe - Rock, ride and rejoice at Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando January 24 and 25. The annual Christian event features artists such as TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys United, and Switchfoot. It all kicks off with a Saturday Ceremony at 11:45 with a special message and music by one of the headliners. On Sunday there will be a Morning Worship Service. In between, guests can enjoy Universal’s many rides, concerts and the FanZone with live music and autograph sessions with select artists.
LEGO NINJAGO DAYS - Celebrate your favorite ninja heroes during LEGO NINJAGO DAYS at LEGOLAND Florida Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2 and 8-9. Enjoy in-park activities as well as the chance to meet Kai, Nya and Master Wu. Then take your skills inside LEGO NINJAGO WORLD and see what it’s like to be a LEGO Ninja on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.