Attraction briefs: Nov. 8-14

November 8, 2012 


Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms "Farm Fun" season features guided farm tours, hayrides and "old-fashioned country picnics" under the 5-acre oak hammock. Bring your own blanket or use their picnic tables. Picnic includes slow-roasted pulled pork, an "It's All About The Cheese" menu, chili, Angus hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over a campfire, ice cream and more. Enjoy free the 5-acre Farm Fun Play Area with purchase of picnic. "It's a Country Christmas" featuring Christmas Carol Hayrides, a "live" manger, family photo opportunities and more from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Costumes will be availabe. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, October-April. Farm tours cost $10 are are at noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays. A 7-acre corn maze is open until 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22; $7. The farm is at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Information: or Call (941) 322-2802.

"ICE! Featuring Dreamworks' Merry Madagascar": ICE! Florida's favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures will be open daily Nov. 10-Jan 1, including the holidays. Featuring two-story tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of ice and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks' Animation TV classic Merry Madagascar. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is kept at a frigid 9° Fahrenheit. Be sure to dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop. Event hours vary. Tickets: $18.99 and up for adults, $9.99 and up for children. Florida residents save an extra $4 per ticket. Information: 407-586-2000 or visit Gaylord Palms is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: Epcot's 17th annual International Food and Wine Festival is ongoing through Nov. 12 with beer and cocktails joining wine at the center of the festivities, along with over 25 marketplaces with eclectic small tastes. Dozens of dishes will be served at the new Florida Local Marketplace, the Canada Marketplace, for vegans Terra Marketplace, and the Dessert and Champagne Marketplace. There are more than 70 tastes, ranging from $3-$8 each. Beyond food and drink, the popular Ocean Spray "Discover the Cranberry Bog" returns, new and also fun for kids is the Watermelon Patch, and "Eat to the Beat" is back with live entertainment at the American Gardens at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. nightly during the festival with new bands Blues Traveler performing Nov. 5-6, and Dennis deYoung Nov. 7-8. For ticket prices and a full schedule of events, visit The park is at 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.

Big Cat Habitat: Big Cat Habitat has changed to its winter schedule. Visitors can have a up-close view of exotic and other animals at the sanctuary with special encounters daily and on Sunset Safaris 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Fun and educational animal demonstrations are at 1:30 p.m. daily. The habitat will close at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 22. Admission: $15 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 941-371-6377 or visit

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is inviting guests to travel back to the 11th Century with its new show. While some of the most popular traditions remain such as live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry, the show offers many new elements and a new story, battle scenes, costumes, new horse dressage, equine presentations by pure Spanish horses, Quarter horses, Friesians and Menorcans, a new musical score and an upgraded menu for the utensil-free meal. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is at 3707 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. For a full schedule, hours and ticket prices, call 888-935-6878 or go online at

Cirque Italia "ACT XII" at MOSI: Cirque Italia comes to MOSI's adjacent property now through Dec. 2, to perform "ACT XII," its 2012 opening show with talented artists from across the world and will feature unique aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, contortionists, hula hoops and many more stunning performances under a customized traveling tent. Tickets: $10-$40. For performance times and dates, call 813-987-6100 or visit MOSI is at 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Lowry Park's Fisher-Price Little People Live Holiday Show: Join the fun with singing, dancing and surprises as the Fisher-Price Little People friends discover the true meaning of the holiday spirit in this live 40-minute musical show. Performances will be 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18 in the Zoo's Safari Lodge. The shows are on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached and are included free of charge with Zoo admission. The park is at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa. Information: 813-935-8552 or visit

New "Christmas Town" at Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens theme park is producing its first-ever after-hours Christmas event "Christmas Town," beginning Nov. 30. Spotlight will be on Christmas lighting, but also included will be special holiday decorations, shows, shopping and musical guests. The park will have distinct zones of decorations such as animal pattern decorations in the Cheetah Hunt walkway, and children's TV characters decked out in holiday great at Sesame Street of Fun, and pink, twinkling lights in the flamingo area. Some popular rides and coasters will be open on event nights, and Christmas Town visitors will also be able to experience many attractions not available during the day. Guests will board a steam locomotive for a carol sing-along, encounter penguins and visit Santa's house, experience real snowdrifts and other snow-related activities, and enjoy its traditional Christmas shows such as Christmas on Ice, Christmas from the Heart, Christmas Celebration and some added shows such as Jimmy Osmond's Christmas Jukebox, with nightly performances, and a Jars of Clay concert at Gwazi capping off the evenings. Christmas Town programming will be held 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Nov. 30-Dec. 23. General admission: $39.99 per person. The park is located at 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. Information: 888-800-5447 or visit

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