Jena Pugh - Contributor at BestofOrlando.com

Jena Pugh

Contributor

Raised in Deltona, Florida, just 45 minutes from Orlando, Jena grew up frequenting Walt Disney WorldUniversal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando on a regular basis. Her love for all things Orlando theme parks began on a trip to Walt Disney World in middle school where she camped with a friend at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Since then she has made sure to visit all Orlando theme parks on a regular basis, especially during the holidays.

When she’s not writing about Orlando parks and attractions, Jena is busy chasing after her three daughters with her husband, Paul, teaching outdoor fitness bootcamp classes to other mamas, and running marathons, one of which she did through Walt Disney World!

For more updates on Jena, follow her on Google Plus.

Posts

Preview: Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2022

Sep 8, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Soon, Busch Gardens Tampa will go from world-renowned thrill park to a park of terror as the annual Halloween event.

Preview: SeaWorld Orlando's Howl-O-Scream 2022

Aug 30, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Find out what to expect this year from haunted houses to scare zones to shows at SeaWorld Orlando’s 2nd Howl-O-Scream.  

Preview: Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Orlando

Aug 30, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Find all the details about the 10 haunted houses, the scare zones, the shows, and other HHN areas.

Craft Beer Festival During Final Weeks of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld

Aug 19, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Offering 100 beverage choices including local, domestic and craft beers, as well as wines, and frozen cocktails, not to mention 15 unique food items.

Oktoberfest at Busch Gardens Tampa with Bier Fest 2022

Aug 18, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Now serving more than 50 drinks options, including seasonal, local and international brews as well as non-beer options and an all-new Oktoberfest-inspired menu.

All about Ice Breaker, Family Roller Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando

Aug 5, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Ice Breaker Roller Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando is an exciting ride perfect for families seeking your kids’ first coaster experience.

After Hours Inclusive Concert Event with Maroon 5 at Universal Orlando

Jul 26, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Music After Dark, a Special Concert Event with access to Universal Studios Florida from 7:30pm-1:00am with complimentary Food & Drinks!

SeaWorld Orlando announces 7th Roller Coaster

Jul 8, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

SeaWorld Orlando invites guests to prepare for the newest thrill ride that will bring the power of the Pacific to Florida in a unique ocean-like adventure. 

MyDisney Experience App vs. Disney Park Reservation System vs. Disney Genie & Disney Genie+

Jun 30, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

The difference between some of Disney’s systems including Disney World Reservation System, My Disney Experience App, and Disney Genie, which features Lightning Lane and Disney Genie+.

Iron Gwazi - Busch Gardens Tampa Newest Coaster

Jun 30, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Busch Gardens Tampa will welcome its 10th coaster and North America’s tallest hybrid coaster opened on March 11, 2022.

Free Beer & More Fun at Busch Gardens’ Summer Nights

Jun 16, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Now through August 7, Tampa gets in even more thrills than usual as the park celebrates the season with music, food, fireworks and more.

SeaWorld Surpasses 40,000 Animal Rescues

Jun 9, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

SeaWorld Orlando has been dedicated to rescuing sick, injured and orphaned animals since 1965.

H2O Glow After Hours Returns to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon May 28

May 23, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Get ready to glow, Orlando! After a two-year hiatus, Disney H2O Glow After Hours returns to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for a colorful nighttime.

Rapids Racer & Wahoo Remix Open at Adventure Island Water Park

May 10, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Adventure Island water park in Tampa will increase its thrills with the opening of not one but two new water slides - Wahoo Remix and Rapids Racer.

May the Forth be with You! Star Wars Day at Walt Disney World

May 4, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Happy May the 4th! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the special Star Wars-themed day, look no further than Walt Disney World.

Indulge Mom at Discovery Cove with these Upgrades

May 2, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

May 8th is Mother’s Day and if you’ve given your mom enough bouquets, manicures, and massages to last her a lifetime, why not shake things up this year and treat mom to something a little different; something a little more tropical?

All About Peppa the Pig Theme Park Florida

Mar 31, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Calling all Peppa the Pig fans! All you need to know about Peppa the Pig Theme Park Florida with LEGOLAND Florida combo tickets.

24 Milestones for 24 Years of Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mar 17, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened its gates 24 years ago on April 22, 1998. Let’s take a look back at some of the park’s most memorable moments.  

New Reef Plunge Water Slide at Aquatica Orlando!

Mar 10, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Aquatica Orlando celebrates the grand opening of Reef Plunge on March 14. Guests plunge through clear fiberglass tube to see Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and a variety of other cold-water fish.

All-New Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade Parades down Magic Kingdom

Mar 8, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom features Moana, Miguel from “Coco,” Clarabelle Cow, Baloo and King Louie, Mulan, Elena, José Carioca, Panchito, Stitch, and many more.

Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch Schedule

Mar 4, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Rockets are going up into space. If you haven’t seen this first-hand, it’s really a once-in-a-life-time opportunity.

SeaWorld Orlando - Seven Seas Food Festival, Vanilla Ice & More!

Feb 18, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

From now through May 8, SeaWorld Orlando invites guests to enjoy eats and sips inspired by cultures from across the Seven Seas, plus concerts includeing Vanilla Ice and More!

5 Days at Universal Orlando - What to Do!

Feb 15, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

What’s better than 1 day at Universal Orlando Resort? How about 5 days? This itinerary allows guests to enjoy everything from the 3 Universal parks to CityWalk’s popular dining and entertainment, and everything in between.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Harmonious Show at Epcot

Feb 8, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Here are five things you might not know about Epcot’s new nighttime spectacular, “Harmonious”.

Iron Gwazi Coaster Opens March 11 at Busch Gardens Tampa

Feb 1, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Roller coaster fans get ready. It’s finally time. After 2-long years, Busch Gardens Tampa will welcome its 10th coaster and North America’s tallest hybrid coaster.

Diana Ross, Khalid & More Headline Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Jan 26, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Florida’s biggest party - Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando -  returns February 5 through April 24 with even more beads, bands and beignets than before.

Top 5 Reasons Why to Water Park in Winter in Orlando

Jan 13, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

The thought might sound ludacris (and chilly) but hear us out. Heated pools, lower wait times, 70 degree weather. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Those are just a few of the reasons why hopping in a pool in winter in Orlando is an excellent idea.

Top 5 New Orlando Roller Coasters Opening in 2022

Jan 10, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and LEGOLAND Florida are kicking off the New Year with some big thrills. From dark coasters to revamping old favorites, there will be lots to scream about in the New Year. Here are the top 5 new roller coasters opening in Orlando in 2022.

What’s New for Disney World Holidays 2021

Dec 23, 2021 | by Jena Pugh

It’s a holly jolly good time at Walt Disney World! The Orlando theme park is back in full festive swing this year as all four parks welcome the season with entertainment, bright lights, characters dressed in their best holiday garb and of course the big guy himself.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort 2021

Dec 23, 2021 | by Jena Pugh

If you’re looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate the holidays look no further than Universal Orlando Resort. The Orlando theme park promises nothing but incredible experiences this December with the return of some of your favorite characters, dazzling decorations and unforgettable entertainment.