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Epcot’s 11 nations will showcase their holiday traditions that include festive sights, flavors, and culture. The holiday celebrations run between November 26 through December 20, 2021. This year the festival includes creative entertainment, a candlelight processional, holiday kitchens, festive merchandise, and holiday-themed videos.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours takes place on select nights from November 8 through December 21, 2021, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This event is packed with holiday spirit from the festive fireworks, special holiday attractions, Disney character sightings, unique festive treats, and decorative projections on Cinderella Castle. Experience the magic of Disney.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida bringing uplifting holiday spirit. Get caught up in decorated floats, jolly performers, an 80-foot Christmas tree, and a visit from Santa Clause. Also, the little minions and characters from Shrek and Madagascar make surprise appearances. Join in on the holiday cheer from November 13 to January 2, 2022.

Dr. Phillips Center

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a powerhouse for quality entertainment.

Taking center stage this December are Broadway shows, ballets, concerts, and stand-up comedy. Make your way to the Dr. Phillips Center this winter and treat yourself to an early Christmas gift. Which “present” will you open early?

Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base

Gary Gulman is an astounding comedian with a strong performance and mightier still at writing.

His recent HBO special The Great Depresh made viewers laugh and offers a different outlook on mental illness. Catch Gulman Born On 3rd Base on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Orlando Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

The holiday season isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the ballet favorite The Nutcracker.

Go on a Christmas journey through the classic story of a toy nutcracker coming to life and taking a girl, Clara, on a magical adventure. Being a holiday favorite, The Nutcracker graces the stage on December 3-5 and 16-19, 2021. Showtimes vary.

The Prom

Presented by Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando, the Broadway hit The Prom takes center stage at the Dr. Phillips Center.

This musical comedy was created by Tony Award winners and nominees. New York Magazine stated it’s “smart and big-hearted” and Variety proclaimed, “it’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” With such great reviews, The Prom is a musical performance you don’t want to miss. Show dates are from December 7-12, 2021. Times vary.

Orlando Opera Presents: The Secret River

Opera enthusiasts are excited about Opera Orlando debuting their new masterpiece The Secret River.

Based on the book written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the show is a one-act chamber that takes place somewhere close to home (yes, Central Florida) during the time of the Great Depression. The story follows a young girl named Calpurnia who goes on an adventurous quest in search of a secret river, which she believes will help her struggling family and her small town. Gather for an engaging, imaginative, and compelling production of The Secret River from December 17-19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Christian Nodal: Botella Tras Botella Tour

Singer/songwriter Christian Nodal sure does perfectly blend norteño and mariachi.

Like most savvy social media users, Nodal used popular platforms to help him gain a following, which resulted in him signing with a record company. Since his online launch, Nodal has won three Latin Grammy Awards, two Billboard Latin Music Awards, and a Latin American Music Award. Experience the Christian Nodal with special guest Gera MX: Botella Tras Botella Tour on November 11 and 12, 2021, at 9 p.m.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson brings expectations back down to Earth regarding how geopolitical, cultural, and economics limit space exploration in his latest talk he calls “Delusions of Space Enthusiasts.”

Tyson is a space enthusiast himself (and famous for it, especially his feelings for Pluto) who earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Yes, he knows his stuff. Enjoy An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour

Watch out Orlando—award-winning comedian Jim Gaffigan is coming to Dr. Phillips with his new stand-up routine Jim Gaffigan The Fun Tour, which is sure to be a side-splitter!

Gaffigan has been nominated for Grammys, won a Daytime Emmy, is a best-selling author and multi-platinum selling recording artist. His unique banter on his personal view of life makes his comedy extra funny and totally relatable. Get ready to laugh until you cry on December 30 and 31, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a Comfortable Stay in Orlando

The Rosen Inn International is in the heart of International Drive and close to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

A short drive from your show at Dr. Phillips, deluxe accommodations and family-fun amenities such as swimming pools, a playground, and an arcade await. Rest assured knowing we are dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety for the well-being of our guests and associates. Our total commitment includes new hotel features such as clear protective borders between you and our front desk staff, frequently cleaned common areas and touchpoints, hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel, and the use of hospital-grade disinfectants in all guestrooms. Read all the details on our Rosen’s Total Commitment page.

To book your room at Rosen Inn International, call 407-996-1600 today, or click “Check Room Availability” at the top of the page.

The Most Magical Place on Earth is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Join Walt Disney World on an 18-month-long celebration that starts on October 1, 2021. Find out what’s going on at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot in our blog. Be prepared for a magical look back on 50 years and stunning new looks for Disney’s future ahead.

Disney I-Drive art installation

Disney plans to install a gargantuan, ribbon-like digital art display on 8050 International Drive which is the Hollywood Plaza garage.

The art installation will weigh 114,671 pounds, be 30 feet high, and 337 feet long. To put it into a better size perspective, the art display will be bigger than a football field. The cost is estimated to be around $1 million, but it could exceed that amount. Acomb Ostendorf & Associates of Winter Park, the developer, and Hollywood Plaza Garage Realty, the parking garage owner, are working together to make this project a reality. Disney is also partnering with Mitsubishi, a Japan-based company, to install and maintain the art display.

It is reported that construction is expected to last less than a year and the screen should be turned on in 2022.

A New Level of Advertising

Disney creators said the display will be able to change or move and will show artwork including Disney’s iconic characters, franchises, and famous attractions.

There are conceptual examples that show the image of Disney World’s Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster in Hollywood Studios. The screen will face Orlando’s main highway Interstate 4 and look north toward downtown. Just on Interstate 4, more than 200,000 cars pass by daily and in the future, the cars will be passing the digital display. International Drive alone attracts more than 15 million tourists annually. In the future, the screen can be used as an advertising tactic showing tourists new Disney attractions, events, or even just creating the want of visiting Disney.

The goal of the digital art display is to gain more exposure and bring more guests to the Walt Disney World Resort.

On top of the new art display, Disney will open a retail store on the bottom floor of the Hollywood Plaza garage. Although there isn’t a description of what the retail store will look like, we can all expect something fantastic because Disney never shoots for anything less than impressive.

Disney’s new art display will most likely inspire others to pursue the same venture, especially north of Sand Lake Road and near the Convention Center. Similar digital displays can market towards visiting conventions or even be used as a welcome sign for attendees around the convention district.

The History

Disney predicts the new technology will be an I-Drive icon at the beginning of Sand Lake Road and will advance the Orange County Dynamic Art Program’s plan to promote works of art to the public.

The art display has been in the talks for years, with supporters comparing it to installments at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Sydney Opera House. The application for the digital art project was filed with Orange County and was approved earlier this month. Now the project is seeking building permits. The display is projected to further the I-Drive 2040 plan which is a commitment to maintaining I-Drive as the world’s premier global destination for tourism and family entertainment.  Orange County hopes that the broader scale works of art will encourage creativity and develop a strong sense of place in the county.

In January 2020, Orange County voted to allow users on International Drive to have large video screens with art or graphics, but 10% or less of the screen can be used for advertising texts.

Other rules include the screens being at least 600 feet from I-4 and only buildings that exceed two stories in height can have screens. Walt Disney World resort jumped on the opportunity to advertise their company and the screen can be used to generate revenue from selling sponsorships if Disney chooses to do so.

Planning on visiting I-Drive? Book the Perfect Stay.

Reserve a room with the Rosen Inn International.

Our luxurious amenities are friendly for participants and attendees of all ages, and they include on-site swimming pool access, video arcade gaming, and a children’s playground. To book your room, click the “Check Room Availability” button at the top of the page or give us a call at 407-996-1600.

Tea kettle and cup of tea

Vacation is a time to try new things, but there are moments where you simply need the comfort of daily traditions, such as tea time. Even if tea time isn’t part of your daily routine at home, make a special occasion of it while on vacation in Orlando. The time spent sipping tea may offer an opportunity to reflect on your time off or meditate on thoughts or plans you have for the future. The best part about tea time in Orlando is our diverse cultures and how they impart flavor onto tea time, so there is a tasty, relaxing way to try something new within an old tradition.

The Tea Room Experience

420 E. Church St., Orlando, FL

Let’s start with Orlando’s style of traditional tea with a modern, Floridian twist. The Tea Room Experience offers a cozy place filled with fanciful tea cups and teas, and a menu appropriate for a light meal with your afternoon (or midday) tea. The Tea Room Experience does draw on Orlando’s general vacation appeal by hosting themed parties throughout the year. Visit their website for menus and a list of tea selections chosen by their certified tea sommelier. If you’re in Orlando for a special occasion, The Tea Room Experience hosts special intimate events and small parties in their modern vintage tea room.

Infusion Tea

1600 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804

Vegetarians and tea lovers will delight in this quaint and hip location. All of the popular and rare teas here are brewed from whole leaves to impart the tea’s full oils and aroma into each cup. The menu features classic options expected during a traditional afternoon tea break with options big enough for a meal. Everything is vegetarian and everything can be made vegan or gluten free for no extra charge. The tea menu enlightens your senses with options like Pineapple Bliss, a Japanese green tea infused with pineapple, papaya, and blue cornflower; or Weekend in Provénce, a rooibos combined with lavender, rose, and elderberry—a customer and employee favorite. Speaking of the employees and this employer, the curation of teas reflects the business owner’s values of giving back. Orlando native Christina Cowherd started Infusion Tea in 2004 after serving in the Peace Corps. She stocks the store only with ethically sourced and conscientiously grown teas. A portion of all profits go to serve Faith Project International, a missionary that builds stoves and improves the health of the Maya in Guatemala.

ROYALTEA US

714 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

This popular Chinese franchise opened its first US location on the outskirts of Orlando’s Little Saigon neighborhood. Here tea masters focus on freshness as they believe it is the key ingredient to a quality product and experience. Each order is made freshly, so expect to wait about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the volume of customers. ROYALTEA focuses more on Asian influence when it comes to tea. Their menu reflects the strong roots to its franchise chain in China. Fresh brewed teas are infused with the freshest fruits in season. Their signature drink is the cheese mousse tea. Second favorite is the Royal Bubble Tea. Orlandonians have a unique love for bubble tea and a large Asian community, so you’ll find this option at many places. Uji matcha tea are also brewed here and is featured in house-made desserts such as matcha crème brulée.

KrungThep Tea Time

1051 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

As the name suggest, this tea room has a heavy Thai influence. KrungThep is an alternative name for the Thai capital city, Bangkok. Here tea masters take their time to brew you a fresh cup (or pot) of tea, which you can order hot or cold. The tea menu has a delectable and apothecary approach which can be seen in the description for its hibiscus tea that helps support a healthy heart and lowers cholesterol. Then there are award-winning selections such as Lychee Peach, Passion Fruit Jasmine, and White Coconut Crème that highlight Thai influences. Speaking of influences, the food menu, a fascinating list of sandwich creations and naked sandwiches (aka salads), is rich with Thai favorites. You’ll find green curry, tomyum goong, pa-nang, larb, and satya satay. Last but definitely not least, KrungThep features a fanciful dessert menu that begs for second serving of tea.

Tea at Rosen Inn International

You can enjoy tea time in your guestroom. Our amenities make it easy to enjoy a hot cup of freshly steeped tea for tea time any time. An assortment of treats in Lite Bite add the perfect snack. Our low rates will leave you with more downtime for tea time. Click the button at the top of this page to find out more or call us at 407-996-1600.

Christmas lights, Snowman, Christmas Tree, Ornaments

Christmas time is here! Well, at the time of this post, the holiday is still months away. That hasn’t stopped us from already starting to plan reindeer games for the kids, movie night for the family, karaoke and cocktails for the adults, and a Christmas dinner for everyone.

For the Elves in Training

There’s more to Christmas than presents and eggnog—think games, fun, and writing letters to Santa. How else is he going to know what we want for Christmas? We bring the reindeer games to the Elves in Training right here in the lobby!

Holiday Balloon Artist

Ever wonder how a long, skinny balloon twists and turns into a dog? We’ll see, step by step, how the magic happens when a balloon artist comes to visit. I hope the artist makes some cool giraffes and a cutlass (a pirate’s sword). What’s your favorite balloon creation?

Face Painting and Photo Booth

These two activities are being paired together because you will want pictures of the face painting. As soon as your little ones transform into an animal, superhero, or mythical beast, step into the booth or click a selfie on your cell phone! The memories will sure to bring smiles for years.

Letter Writing Station

One of our favorite memories as kids was writing letters to Santa. You sit down to carefully list what it is you want for Christmas because, according to you, you’ve been good all year long. So, yes, I deserve all the toys listed in this letter. Mom and Dad will back me up, right?

Sparkle the Elf

Sparkle has become somewhat of a legend here at the hotel. She’s the ringmaster of reindeer games. Make sure the kids DO NOT miss a visit from this playful elf! After the kids have their fun, Sparkle takes all the letters written to Santa and delivers them.

For Adults Who Love Singing and Getting Jingled

Of course, we’re assuming you’re old enough to drink AND staying at our hotel. If both apply, then this suggestion is for you. Also, if you’re wondering what it means to get jingled, it is slang for mildly intoxicated. Thankfully with karaoke, the song’s lyrics are provided so there’ll be no excuse to ramble through a song. All you’ll need is effort that is pot-valiant (a fancy term for “liquid courage”).

Fun for the Family

Christmas Movie Night

For one night we slow festivities down so families can gather and enjoy a Christmas-themed movie. Weather permitting, we host this movie night outside. If you haven’t been outside at night in Florida in December, the weather is typically divine. All the movies we’ve ever shown are family friendly.

A Christmas Feast for All

Rosen Inn International is a fun hotel to stay at during the holidays. We love the holidays and the joy it brings. Knowing you’re probably far from home when you stay with us, we love to create an environment that feels like home, which, of course, includes a hot, special Christmas buffet. Every year in the Fountain View Café we host a Christmas buffet in the afternoon. No reservations are needed. Simply show up, grab a plate, and enjoy a cornucopia of holiday favorites including meats, seafood, a smorgasbord of sides, and tasty sweets.

The Full Details

We’re still working on the details, so please check back soon. We’ll link to the list of events and menus from this blog as our plans solidify.

For now, if you plan on being in Orlando this Christmas holiday, stay with us at Rosen Inn International. Check availability by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling 407-996-1600. Rooms book fast during the holiday, so book early!

Image via https://www.altamonte.org/701/Red-Hot-Boom

Red Hot & Boom is one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the state—and one of the most popular, too. The City of Altamonte Springs and local radio station XL 106.7 host Red Hot & Boom at the beautiful Cranes Roost Park. Rather than competing with nearly every other holiday celebration on July 4, this event takes place on July 3 so you can enjoy even more Independence Day festivities. This year’s 24th edition of the annual event kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until 11:00 p.m. Live music from radio-friendly performers lasts through the evening, culminating in one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the area.

What to Bring to Red Hot & Boom

Naturally, such a fantastic event draws plenty of fans. Last year’s event is estimated to have drawn more than 100,000 people (free admission helps with that). If you are planning to attend, please note that the festivities take place rain or shine, so come prepared. You are welcome to bring small tents, folding lawn chairs, small soft-sided coolers, and blankets, but please avoid large coolers, drones, glass containers, and alcohol as these items are prohibited. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite so you can sample some of the area’s best eateries.

Past musical guests have included Echosmith, Lauv, the Jonas Brothers, and other major pop acts. Information on this year’s concert lineup and other announcements about the event can be expected as we move nearer to July. For more information, as well as photos from Red Hot & Boom celebrations in previous years, visit https://xl1067.iheart.com/featured/red-hot-and-boom/.

Local Tip For Viewing the Fireworks

Show up early and plan to spend your entire afternoon/evening at the event. Red Hot & Boom always brings large crowds, so you will want to arrive before it gets too densely packed. This way, you also can find a great spot near the water to view the fireworks.

Stay Close to the Fun at Rosen Inn International

Rosen Inn International is the perfect home base for your summer Orlando vacation. You are in for a safe and comfortable stay with us. Book your stay today by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling (407) 996-1600.

This article is a part of a series about Independence Day celebrations taking place in and around Orlando. You can find more information about other events below:

Lake Eola

Disney Springs

Kissimmee

June is a fairly slow month for the Orlando City Soccer Club and for the MLS as a whole, as the league takes a break in the middle of the month to allow for national team play. The Lions play just three matches this month, and all of them are away from home. However, the women’s soccer team, the Orlando Pride, takes the field at Orlando City Stadium twice this month.

OCSC at Montreal Impact

Saturday, June 1 | 4:00 PM

Montreal opened their 2019 season in good form. At the time of writing, they have come off of an undefeated preseason and kicked off their season with a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes. They look posed to rebound this year after just narrowly missing out on the playoffs last year. Watch this away game from the Topsy Turvey Lounge.

Pride vs. North Carolina Courage

Saturday, June 1 | 7:30 PM

The Orlando Pride open the month with a tough matchup against last season’s reigning champions. The North Carolina Courage finished the 2018 season 16 points clear of the second place Seattle Reign FC. They were the only team to have 10 or more wins last season (with 14 total!), and they seem prepared to repeat again this year. This game is one of the premier matchups in the entire league and definitely worth watching in person from Orlando City Stadium.

National Team Break

Friday, June 14 – Friday, June 21

OCSC at D.C. United

Wednesday, June 26 | 8:00 PM

D.C. United’s preseason fixtures didn’t appear to be much of an indicator for their current form heading into the 2019 season. They stand to make the playoffs again this year. Orlando City will have a fairly tough matchup when they travel to the nation’s capital for this away-game matchup.

OCSC at Columbus Crew

Saturday, June 29 | 7:30 PM

Much like the aforementioned D.C. United, there is little to learn from Columbus’s preseason matches. They drew twice, and beat recent expansion team FC Cincinnati 3-0 before officially opening their 2019 season with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls. This will be another test on the road for Orlando City, but it is definitely a winnable match.

Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars

Chicago and Orlando are just about as evenly matched as you can get in the National Women’s Soccer League if you go by last year’s standings. Both teams finished with 28 points on the season, with Chicago taking the third spot due to a better goal differential, despite Orlando having one more win.

Your Orlando Hotel Near the Orlando City Stadium

The Orlando City Stadium is just 9 miles from your room at Rosen Inn International, making it easy to enjoy the thrilling excitement of a live game. Feel like staying in? Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying some comfort food at Topsy Turvey Lounge, just off the lobby. To reserve your room at Rosen Inn International, call 407-996-1600.

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