Friday, October 17, 2008

Enjoy Seasonal Fun at Cypress Gardens Fall Festival

Just because you have gone to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, or Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, it doesn’t mean you have had all the Halloween fun you can have in Orlando. On October 31st and November 1st, Cypress Gardens theme park will be holding a Fall Festival with trick or treating, fall activities, and live entertainment. It’s a great event for the whole family, and it’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy some Halloween fun if you’re booked with work on Halloween night.

During the Fall Festival, kids age 9 and under get in free, and adults only have to pay the normal admission. Be sure to bring your costume; those in Halloween gear (no masks) will receive a free ice cream. The Halloween fun begins at the festival with trick or treating from 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday and 4 pm to 6 pm on Saturday. Kids will love going from store to store at the Village for treats, and vendors will also be posted all over the park with their own trick or treat stands.

And at Cypress Gardens, even the animals will get into the festivities with the Trick or Treat for the animals of Nature’s Way. Normally, the park’s animals are fed before or after park hours, but during the Fall Festival, guests will be able to watch as the animals are fed pumpkin by the animal handlers. Jaguars and wallabies will be fed at 11:30 am, and goats, lemurs, and tortoises will be fed at 3:30 pm.

On both days of the festival, there’ll also be plenty of children’s activities and live entertainment. A Gypsy will be fortune telling and reading palms on Friday and Saturday (for $3), and there will be street performances at the gazebo. Look for jugglers and balloon artists on Friday and jugglers, a magician, and a comedian on Saturday. Kids will also love the arts and crafts table, where they’ll be able to make a trick or treat bag or a Halloween mask.

Also, be sure to check out some of the special attractions during the festival. Find out the spooky history of the Magnolia Mansion and Plantation Gardens during the Haunted Tours, or take a Spooky Boat Tour through the canal on Friday Night. And for a haunted house experience that’s not too spooky for kids, stop by the Boo House where the old candle house used to be.

There’ll also be dance performances by the local schools, and plenty of tasty fall treats such as caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and apple cider. Moreover, during the festival, visitors can still enjoy all their favorite dining spots, shows, and rides, such as the Triple Hurricane wooden roller coaster, the boardwalk-style Paradise Sky Wheel, and the tot-friendly Rio Grande Train.

With all the additional fun coming to the already-fun Cypress Gardens, it’s definitely time to take a break from school or work and head down to Winter Haven. And take advantage of huge savings when you get your discount Cypress Gardens tickets here at See you at the Festival!


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