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

Universal’s Mardi Gras Food, Carnaval & Music Lineup 2023

Feb 3, 2023 | by Jena Pugh

From February 4 through April 16, 2023, Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up for Mardi Gras with its very own festive celebration that will transport you to New Orleans and beyond.

Plan with Busch Gardens Tampa Special Events Calendar 2023

Jan 17, 2023 | by Jena Pugh

Concerts, Holidays, Food Festivals, and more on the Busch Gardens Tampa Special Events Calendar 2023.  

Avatar: Way of Water Comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Dec 23, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

In celebration of the newest Avatar film, “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” Walt Disney World is further immersing guests into the world of Pandora with new experiences, food and drink, merchandise and more.

Orlando Theme Parks Celebrate 2023 with Extended Hours & More

Dec 23, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

During the day you can enjoy all of the rides, shows and entertainment. Then when night falls enjoy the parks in a whole new way with food, drink, music, dancing and of course fireworks.  

Guide: After Hours at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Dec 21, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Start the new year at Magic Kingdom from 7pm to 1am in a special event which you can expect low lines and all the magic.

Last Chance to Ride Splash Mountain in 2023

Dec 20, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Catch one more ride through the briar patch before the ride permanently closes at Disney World; Splash Mountain’s last day of operation will be January 22nd.

5 New Rides Coming to Orlando Theme Parks in 2023

Dec 20, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

From new roller coasters and lands to escape rooms inspired by blockbuster films you won’t want for fun and adventure in Orlando in the New Year.

Villain-Con Minion Blast Ride Opening at Universal Orlando 2023

Dec 20, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Universal Orlando’s newest attraction - Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast will let guests tap into their villainous skills as they compete against each other in a bid to join the franchise’s most infamous supervillains.

Guide to Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando

Nov 15, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Now through Jan 3, experience a winter wonderland full of more than 3 million beautiful lights, thrilling attractions including new holiday experiences at Wild Arctic Plaza, shows and all-new delicious holiday treats.

What to do When Orlando Theme Parks Close Early

Nov 15, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Orlando theme parks do occasionally close earlier than usual due to special events or seasonality, but here are some fun activities to pack your family evening!

Holiday Food and Drinks at Universal Orlando Resort

Nov 14, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Universal Orlando guests will be able to indulge an array of new and fan-favorite holiday-inspired menu offerings throughout the park.

Holiday Guide: Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2022

Nov 9, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa from Nov. 14 through Jan. 9 ushers millions of twinkling lights, shows, sweet treats and the amazing thrill rides.

Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero Has Record Breaking Debut Game

Nov 10, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

Paolo Banchero, Magic’s #1 overall pick proved why he was the top selection during season opener against the Detroit Pistons, where he not only impressed but made Orlando history.

Epcot Turns 40: A Look Back, Forward and Beyond

Oct 20, 2022 | by Jena Pugh

On October 1, 1982, the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” otherwise known as EPCOT opened. Today, the park celebrates its 40th birthday and with it comes some new magic.

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?