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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2023

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2023

Completing any competitive race is a joyous accomplishment. However, running through Walt Disney World in Orlando is a magically rewarding experience. This January, join the race in celebration of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend’s 30th anniversary.

Marathon Weekend’s 30th Anniversary

Walt Disney World’s Marathon Weekend runs from Wednesday, January 4, to Sunday, January 8, 2023. During the extravagant, ‘90s-themed event, you can run distances as short as a 5k and as long as a marathon.

Experience the magic of Walt Disney World’s Marathon weekend. Lace up your sneakers for one or more of these races:

  1. Walt Disney World 5k – This 3.1-mile race takes place at 5 a.m. on January 5, 2023.
  2. Walt Disney World 10k – This 6.2-mile race takes place at 5 a.m. on January 6, 2023.
  3. Walt Disney World Half Marathon – This 13.1-mile race takes place at 5 a.m. on January 7, 2023.
  4. Walt Disney World Marathon – This 26.2-mile race takes place at 5 a.m. on January 8, 2023.
  5. Challenges – Some of this year’s special challenge races are:
    1. The Dopey Challenge requires the completion of all four races throughout the weekend.
    2. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge involves the completion of the full and half marathons.

All race finishers are rewarded with a fun, retro Disney medal to showcase their accomplishments.

Run Back to Rosen Plaza

During a long weekend of running around Walt Disney World, it is important to have a relaxing place to rest. Rosen Plaza offers clean, comfortable rooms and affordable luxury. Our hotel puts you close to Walt Disney World and other popular Orlando attractions.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Three Kings Celebration

SeaWorld Orlando's Three Kings Celebration

Close out the holiday season at the Three Kings Celebration: Fiesta De Los Reyes. The annual event takes place at SeaWorld Orlando on January 1, 2, and 6, 2023. Here is what you need to know about this cherished Central Florida tradition.

The Fiesta De Los Reyes

The Fiesta De Los Reyes is a celebration of Latin cultures with a focus on the story of the three wise men. When you visit SeaWorld Orlando during Three Kings Celebration days, you can enjoy these exclusive attractions:

  • A Tale of Three Men

A live Nativity show will be performed multiple times throughout each of the three days of the festival. Whether you’re familiar with the story or not, this will be a wonderful opportunity to see it depicted live.

  • Street Musicians

Live musicians will spread joy throughout the streets of SeaWorld during the Three Kings Celebration. Singing and dancing are encouraged.

  • Festive Food Options

Enjoy Latin treats and drinks exclusive to the Three Kings Celebration. Options like the empanadas, coquito, and tostones are always crowd pleasers.

  • Meet Rudolph

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a beloved holiday favorite. This year, he will light the way to a great holiday at SeaWorld Orlando. Hear his tale through a life-size storybook exhibit. Then, enjoy photo opportunities with Rudolph and his friends.

Comfortable and Clean Orlando Hotel Rooms at Affordable Rates

When you plan your trip to Orlando, Florida, book a room at Rosen Plaza on International Drive. Our hotel has all the amenities you need for a memorable, relaxing, and comfortable stay.

8 Places to Find Marvelous Mocktails in Orlando

Raise a glass — National Mocktail Week runs from January 8 through January 14, 2023.

Mocktail mixologist and blogger Marnie Rae founded the holiday in 2018. Her goal was to prove that zero-proof cocktails could be as refined, inspired, and delicious as any mixed drink. And it seems to be working. In a 2021 survey, over half of respondents said that they were ordering more non-alcoholic (NA) cocktails than they were a year before.

Mocktails in Orlando - Blended Non-alcoholic Beverage

Whether you avoid alcohol year-round, plan to do Dry January, or want to celebrate National Mocktail Week with a zero-proof creation, you’ll find delightful drinks all over Orlando.

This January, quench your thirst with a mocktail at one of these eight Orlando bars.

1.      The BANDBOX

The BANDBOX, a ‘20s-style speakeasy, is one of Orlando’s newest bars.

It’s also the only one on this list that exclusively serves NA drinks.

Since opening in 2022, the BANDBOX has delighted Orlando with its charming craft mocktails. Using unique NA spirits, the BANDBOX serves drinks with all the complexity of traditional cocktails. Just without an unwanted buzz. BANDBOX also serves a variety of NA wines and beers.

BANDBOX is in Ivanhoe Village, a trendy lakeside neighborhood north of downtown Orlando.

Several train lines run through the “Ivanhood.” When trains come chugging through, many local bars serve free shots. If you’re at BANDBOX and hear the rumble of a train, expect to receive a shot of one of BANDBOX’s premium NA liquors.

If you plan to sip a mocktail in BANDBOX’s intimate art deco lounge, reservations are required.

Patio seating is first-come, first-served. Since everything is non-alcoholic, you’re also welcome to order a drink to go. A lovingly made mocktail is the perfect complement to a walk around scenic Lake Ivanhoe.

If you’re traveling with kids, keep in mind that BANDBOX is 18+. A few of their offerings may contain traces of alcohol and are only for guests 21 and over. The talented mixologists can help you find the drink that’s right for you.

2.      Tori Tori

Just east of Ivanhoe Village, you’ll find Mills 50. The hip neighborhood is home to many of Orlando’s best Asian restaurants, including Tori Tori. This yakitori (chicken skewer) restaurant won “Best Zero-proof Cocktail” in Orlando Weekly’s 2021 best-of list.

Tori Tori stocks its bar with unique ingredients like kumquat juice, ancho chiles, and rose syrup.

Upon request, Tori Tori’s bartenders will skillfully craft a mocktail based on your favorite flavors.

Mocktails in Orlando - Yakitori Skewers

Tori Tori’s food and ambiance were also a bit hit with Orlando Weekly readers. So be sure to pair your mocktail with delicious Japanese cuisine. In addition to freshly grilled yakitori, you can enjoy skewers of shrimp, beef, pork belly, or veggies. Other options include fried rice, crab croquettes, and fried chicken with citrus-pepper sauce.

3.      Hampton Social

After a busy day exploring International Drive’s amazing attractions, unwind with dinner and a mocktail at Hampton Social.

The Pointe Orlando restaurant boasts a chic coastal vibe and a huge menu. Options like ceviche, avocado pizza, oysters, and lobster rolls pair perfectly with their NA drinks. The popular Carry On mocktail features lemon and pear juices, fizzy ginger beer, and blackberry and thyme garnishes.

You can also enjoy a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling rosé.

4.      Earl’s Kitchen

If your Orlando trip involves a shopping spree at the Mall at Millenia, be sure to stop by Earl’s Kitchen for a tasty NA drink.

The family-run restaurant chain has served unique and flavorful offerings in Orlando since 2016. Mocktails at Earl’s include a sparkling yuzu lemonade with orange essence, plus delicious NA takes on the Moscow mule and Aperol spritz. If you’d rather have a cold beer, try Athletic Brewing’s Run Wild NA IPA.

Earl’s also serves fantastic food, from sirloin steak to shrimp curry to tofu tacos.

5.      Domu

In 2022, Domu became one of seven Orlando restaurants to earn a coveted Bib Gourmand designation from Michelin.

And with good reason: their flavorful ramen bowls and crisp Asian-fusion wings make for an unforgettable meal.

And if you dine at Domu’s flagship location, in Audubon Park’s East End Market, you can enjoy your noodles with an equally mind-blowing mocktail. Their bar menu includes the Lemony Snicket, which pairs lemon juice, orgeat syrup, and soda water. You can also enjoy a mango lychee lemonade with bountiful boba. Or sweeten your meal with a virgin pineapple daiquiri.

Other NA bar options include Topo Chico and a dry-hopped seltzer by the brewmasters at Lagunitas.

6.      The Neighbors

Upstairs from Domu, you’ll find the Neighbors, a colorful lounge and gift shop.

Pick up a delicious mocktail before browsing their superb selection of fun candles, art, and apparel. Sip on a Zephyr, a breezy drink with ginger beer, lime, and cinnamon. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love the Toasted Monkey. It blends papaya milk, banana, cinnamon, and apple spice.

The Ferncreek Farm Refresher cleanses the palate with grapefruit, lime, tonic water, and herbs. Or mellow out with a Lavender Pomojito, which features lavender, pomegranate, mint, and basil.

In addition to a growing mocktail scene, Orlando has a great music scene. You can explore both if you visit the Neighbors on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when they host live performers.

7.      The Edison

Light up the night at the Edison, a fan-favorite Disney Springs restaurant.

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the Edison is its steampunk and art deco décor.

The second thing you’ll notice is its impressive mocktail menu. Pay homage to Thomas Edison with the Phonograph, a blend of citrus juice, orgeat, and red bull. Enjoy the fruit flavors of the Smoke & Mirrors, which features pineapple and lemon juice with orgeat. Or pick a freshly made Apple Propellant mocktail with apple cider, lemon juice, honey, and ginger ale.

The Edison also serves unique Sprite-based drinks with fresh fruit syrups and botanicals.

Come with an appetite. The restaurant offers a scrumptious menu of burgers, salads, flatbreads, and mouthwatering ribs. End your meal with an indulgent slice of chocolate cake or cheesecake.

8.      ’39 Poolside

Complete Orlando’s tropical Florida vibe with a frozen drink by the pool.

At ’39 Poolside on International Drive, you can vacation like a boss with a refreshing mocktail. Enjoy a virgin piña colada, daiquiri, or mudslide as you take in gorgeous views of shimmering water. Our outdoor restaurant also offers expertly made poke bowls, sandwiches, wings, and salads.

Mocktails in Orlando - Friends hanging out in swimming pool at '39 Poolside

Our restaurant is in Rosen Plaza, a centrally located hotel known for top-tier hospitality.

We’re a short walk away from the Orange County Convention Center and Pointe Orlando. And we’re a quick car ride away from top Orlando theme parks, attractions, and bars with great mocktails.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is making its grand return to Orlando’s Magic Kingdom. The after-hours event takes place on select nights from Tuesday, November 8, to Thursday, December 22, 2022.

Here’s what you can experience at Walt Disney World’s biggest holiday party.

Meet Your Favorite Disney Characters and Santa Claus

Mickey, Minnie, and all your favorite characters will be available for meet and greets and photos. Santa will also make MVMCP appearances. Be sure to stop by and tell him what you want for Christmas.

Take in a Christmas Parade

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is a Yuletide spectacle. Festive floats will glide through the park as classic holiday tunes play. You’ll also see your favorite Disney characters decked out in dazzling holiday attire.

Experience Holiday-Themed Shows and Rides

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers many ways to bust a move.

Dance the night away at Club Tinsel inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. Get down with Stitch, Mike Wazowski, and Buzz Lightyear at A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. Or head to Storybook Circus to show off your moves at the Disney Junior Jingle Jam. Beloved Disney Junior characters will keep the dance party going.

Popular Magic Kingdom rides like Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain will get holiday overlays. These attractions will come alive with rocking Christmas songs and colorful lights.

Enjoy Exclusive Festival Treats

Exclusive treats are a staple at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Go ahead and try a little of everything. After all, many of these Christmas goodies are around for one year only!

Witness a Festive Fireworks Show

If you’re all about fab fireworks, you’ll love Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime.

During MVMCP, Magic Kingdom injects its nightly fireworks spectacular with holiday magic. Don’t miss this dazzling show set to your favorite festive tunes.

Your Very Merry Christmas Getaway Destination

If you’re visiting Orlando this holiday season, Rosen Plaza on International Drive is the perfect place to stay.

At Rosen Plaza, we prioritize comfort, cleanliness, and affordability. Our luxurious hotel is within walking distance of top Orlando attractions and restaurants. And we’re a short trip from the magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

8 Easy Ways to Stay Fit During Your Trip to Orlando

With December 31 quickly approaching, now is the time to make your New Year’s resolutions.

Nearly half of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions set wellness-related goals, such as adopting an exercise routine or a healthier diet.

Just because you’re on a relaxing vacation in Orlando, enjoying exciting attractions and dining at popular restaurants, doesn’t mean you have to break your resolution to stay fit. When you stay at Rosen Plaza, you have access to  a modern fitness center and healthy dining options.

Here are some effective (and easy!) ways to stay fit during your trip to Orlando and how Rosen Plaza can help.

How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

By the first day of vacation, many travelers give in to the siren call of all-you-can-eat buffets and extended happy hours. And that’s perfectly okay — after all, vacation is a time to enjoy yourself.

But if you’re worried about losing months of progress in a single week, there are many ways to eat healthier and stay fit during your Orlando vacation, including:

Choose Your Splurges Wisely

Before you arrive in Orlando, research local restaurants and choose your must-tries.

Perhaps you had the cheddar soup at Le Cellier as a kid and have been dreaming about it for decades. Or you want to go all out at one of Orlando’s recent Michelin Star recipients. Maybe you’re determined to explore Orlando’s growing craft beer scene.

When not enjoying your splurge items, choose healthier dishes.

Stay Fit on Vacation - Salad at '39 Poolside

Rosen Plaza has plenty of great on-site dining options. Visit ’39 Poolside for fresh poke bowls or salads. Or, if expertly cooked steak is on your splurge list, have a seat at Jack’s Place.

Pack Healthy Snacks

When staying at the parks from dusk to dawn, snacking is essential.

Tasty but unhealthy snacks abound at Orlando’s theme parks. If you put Mickey Bars or turkey legs on your splurge list, then snack away. Otherwise, stick to healthy bites between meals.

While you can get things like fresh fruit and hummus in the parks, you can save money by bringing your own nutritious snacks.

Guests are welcome to bring their own eats to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Before you leave Rosen Plaza, you can stop by Lite Bite Express to stock up on snacks. When packing your bag, avoid glass bottles, loose ice, and anything that needs heating.

Eat Smaller Portions

When trying to stay fit on vacation, make “everything in moderation” your motto.

Enjoy your favorite foods by eating smaller portions of them.

Of course, restaurants often serve massive plates of food. To keep yourself from overindulging, see if anyone at your table wants to split a dish with you. This strategy is especially useful if you’re eyeing an appetizer or dessert.

Another option is to box up half your dish and enjoy it later in your vacation.

That way, you can stick to your wellness goals and enjoy two meals for the price of one. The guestrooms at Rosen Plaza have minifridges and microwaves, making it easy to save food for later.

Stay Hydrated

Given Orlando’s hot, humid weather, everyone should drink lots of water here.

If you’re watching what you eat, staying hydrated can have extra benefits. The human brain often mistakes thirst for hunger, leading us to eat when we’re not actually hungry. Studies also suggest that water boosts your metabolism. And it can help you slow your pace at happy hour, making you less likely to go overboard with carb-heavy beers and sugar-laden cocktails.

There are water refill stations throughout the theme parks, so pack a reusable bottle.

How to Stay Active on Vacation

One of the best things about vacationing in Orlando is that there are many fun ways to stay fit. As you explore the city, you may not even realize that you’re exercising. Consider the following options:

Set a Daily Step Goal

Walking is a wonderful way to burn calories, relieve stress, and boost your immune system.

While on vacation, use your phone, pedometer, or smartwatch to keep track of how many steps you take. The results may surprise you. When exploring Orlando’s theme parks, it’s common for guests to take tens of thousands of steps each day.

To give your step count even more of a boost, take stairs instead of elevators whenever possible.

Unless there are attendants directing traffic when you arrive, you can also park your car further from the theme park gates and walk instead of taking the tram.

Plan Active Excursions in Orlando

Theme park steps aren’t the only way to stay fit in Central Florida.

Stay Fit on Vacation - Surfer at Cocoa Beach, Florida

Thanks to our mild winters and gorgeous natural areas, you have many options for staying active. Go kayaking through one of Orlando’s natural springs, surfing in Cocoa Beach, or hiking on the Shingle Creek Trail. In the event of rain, take a walk around the Florida Mall or Mall at Millenia.

Take Advantage of the Hotel Gym

One of the easiest ways to stay fit during your trip to Orlando is to take advantage of your hotel’s amenities, such as the fitness center and pool.

When wanting to stay fit, it is important to consider a balance of weight training and cardio. Rosen Plaza’s hotel gym and on-site pool can help you with both styles of workout. Our hotel gym is great for keeping your muscles toned by lifting weights, and our pool is the perfect place to get your blood pumping while swimming laps.

Visit the Nearby Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center

Looking for greater fitness resources than what our hotel gym can offer? Check out the nearby Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center (RAFC).

Stay Fit on Vacation RAFC Gym

This state-of-the-art fitness center gives you a comprehensive exercise experience while on vacation in Orlando. Their fitness center is equipped with over 60 machines, including:

  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Stationary bikes
  • Arm, back, chest, and leg machines
  • Free weights and squat racks

If you need external motivation to stay fit, RAFC offers several group fitness classes. Activities like Zumba, tai chi, and HIIT offer a more focused workout with an instructor who will help you stick to your fitness goals.

If you’re worried about other guests interrupting your laps at the Rosen Plaza hotel pool, RAFC offers two Olympic-sized pools, equipped with private lanes and diving boards.

Super-low Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center Guest Rates

A major advantage of staying at Rosen Plaza is that hotel guests get deeply discounted hourly, daily, and weekly rates at RAFC.

Book a room at our Orlando hotel for your vacation and enjoy RAFC rates starting at:

  • $5 for two hours
  • $10 for one day
  • $30 for a one week

Discounts are also available for employees in the hospitality industry.

Stay Fit During Your Stay at Rosen Plaza on International Drive

One of the best things about staying at Rosen Plaza and working out at RAFC is that they are both located on International Drive, only a 6-minute drive apart. That distance is a brisk 1.2-mile walk — if you don’t have a vehicle or are looking for a way to boost your step count.

Between our world-class workout facilities, walkable location, and healthy dining options, our hotel has everything you need to stay fit during your Orlando vacation.

4 Ways Rosen Hotels Makes Every Day GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is coming up on November 29, 2022.

The day is a time to give what you can — be it time or money — to causes you care about.

It’s no coincidence that it comes a few days after the chaos of Black Friday. GivingTuesday is a chance to slow down and remember that the holidays are all about giving. And the day isn’t just for individuals. Companies worldwide use the day to boost their corporate social responsibility (CSR) work.

At Rosen Hotels & Resorts, we don’t limit giving to a single day. Rather, we embrace the spirit of GivingTuesday all year.

Here are four ways our company gives back on GivingTuesday and every day.

1.      We support community spaces in Orlando.

Harris Rosen, founder and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, is an avid swimmer. He has swum at the same gym on International Drive for decades.

One day in 1992, he arrived for a dip in the pool. But a lending company had shuttered the facility. Mr. Rosen learned that the closure left local Special Olympians heartbroken and without a place to train. So, he took action, leading local fundraising efforts. The space became a YMCA.

Today, it is a thriving swim club known as the Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

In 2009, Harris Rosen revitalized another community space, a nearby Jewish community center.

When the JCC needed a larger facility, Harris Rosen stepped in with a generous donation. Today, the Rosen JCC hosts a preschool, gym, after-school clubs, and camps.

2.      We uplift those battling cancer.

In November 2018, Harris Rosen’s son, Adam, died of brain cancer at age 26.

The Rosen family turned their grief into action. And the Adam Michael Rosen (AMR) Foundation was born.

This nonprofit honors Adam’s legacy by aiding others battling the disease. Patients and their families can apply for help with living expenses. Harris Rosen has also raised funds for cancer research at UF Health, where Adam went for care.

GivingTuesday - Rosen family and associates outside theAMR Oncology Lab at UF

The AMR Foundation proudly works with local nonprofit Runway to Hope. Together, they plan well-attended fundraising events for childhood cancer.

They’ve raised as much as $1.5 million at a single event.

3.      We empower young people through education.

When he was growing up, Harris Rosen’s family stressed the value of education. This guidance led him to study at Cornell University. But Mr. Rosen realized that many children lacked access to quality schooling.

So, in 1993, he started the Tangelo Park Program.

GivingTuesday - Cornell Students at Rosen Preschool

Children in the underserved Tangelo Park neighborhood can attend preschool for free. Upon graduating high school, they can also go to college at no cost. Today, nearly every child in Tangelo Park finishes high school. In the early ‘90s, the area’s dropout rate was almost 25%.

In 2017, Harris Rosen started a similar program in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.

These programs gave Mr. Rosen a chance to engage students at his alma mater. Every spring break, Cornell students volunteer at the preschool.

Harris Rosen has also worked to foster the next generation of hospitality leaders. In 2004, UCF founded the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Thanks to a donation from Mr. Rosen, the college could open its own campus near Orlando’s top attractions.

In 2022, the college was named the country’s best hospitality school and one of the best in the world.

4.      We give back to the global community.

At Rosen Hotels & Resorts, we believe that generosity knows no borders.

For decades, we have reached out to help international communities in need.

The Harris Rosen Foundation first sent school and medical supplies to Haiti in the 1990s. In 2005, the foundation helped raise funds for water filtration systems. They raised enough for 250 filters and distributed them across rural Haiti.

The foundation sent more supplies after the 2010 earthquake. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the organization helped rebuild homes in Haiti.

GivingTuesday - Mr. Rosen in Haiti

When an earthquake hit Japan in 2011, the Harris Rosen Foundation again got to work. The foundation worked with local students to raise over $86,000. This money was sent to the Tōhoku region and to Urayasu, one of Orlando’s sister cities.

In 2022, we again reached across oceans, this time in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

The AMR Foundation hosted Feeding Ukraine in May 2022. More than 600 people came out to support the World Central Kitchen. That August, Rosen Hotels co-sponsored a National Ballet of Ukraine performance.

Proceeds from the sold-out show went to nonprofits working to support Ukrainians.

GivingTuesday Every Day at Rosen Plaza

On GivingTuesday and all year, a stay at Rosen Plaza on International Drive helps us help others.

Just as we’re dedicated to serving the world, we’re dedicated to serving our guests.

From the moment you check in, you’ll experience our world-class hospitality. Our Orlando hotel features spacious guestrooms and top-tier amenities. Our location makes it easy to get to the convention center and area attractions.

To read more about our CSR initiatives and how they align with GivingTuesday, visit Rosen Gives Back.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet at Rosen Plaza

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet at Rosen Plaza

Want a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Orlando without the hassle of cooking? Look no further than the Thanksgiving Day buffet at Rosen Plaza Hotel. We’ll serve a generous menu of classic holiday food from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tasty Appetizers

Start your meal off right with our soup and salad stations. Enjoy spicy blue Hubbard squash soup and old-fashioned split pea soup with ham. Refresh your palate with our three salad offerings:

  • Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad with basil
  • Shaved fennel and blood orange salad
  • Charred Brussels sprout, pomegranate, and Parmesan salad

You can also snack on an antipasto display, fresh fruit, and international cheeses. Of course, no meal is complete without our signature dinner rolls and butter.

Warm Entrées and Steamy Sides

This year, Rosen Plaza is pairing delicious entrées with unique Thanksgiving sides:

  • Pan-seared mahi-mahi with tamarind glaze and tropical fruit relish
  • Sliced turkey thighs with roasted shallot gravy
  • Roasted pork tenderloin with whole-grain mustard sauce
  • Grilled picanha steak with chimichurri sauce
  • Sautéed haricots verts, shiitake mushrooms, pearl onions, and sweet drop peppers
  • Jalapeño cornbread stuffing
  • Lemon chive mashed potatoes
  • Arabic rice

International Cuisine Stations

Our food stations will satisfy your every craving this Thanksgiving:

  • Our seafood station includes peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels, oysters, and seafood salad. Top your selections off with cocktail sauce or remoulade.
  • Create a custom culinary experience at our make-your-own pasta station. Choose from three types of noodles, three sauces, and assorted toppings.
  • The carving station will feature pumpkin seed pesto-crusted turkey breast. Enjoy it with grilled French bread and orange cranberry sauce.

Finish Strong with Dessert

End your Thanksgiving meal with our chef’s selection of decadent holiday desserts. We’ll serve cakes, pies, cheesecakes, soft-serve ice cream, and French pastries. Coffee and tea will also be available.

Thanksgiving Buffet Pricing

Our award-winning chefs have curated a menu with something for everyone. The Thanksgiving buffet costs $55.95 for adults and $23.95 for children ages 4-11. Kids 3 and under eat free, and free self-parking is available.

Eat and Sleep at Rosen Plaza This Thanksgiving

Complete your Orlando Thanksgiving vacation with a stay at Rosen Plaza. This Orlando hotel provides affordable, luxurious amenities. Our location on International Drive puts you close to Orlando’s top attractions.

Celebrate Orlando’s Cultural Diversity at FusionFest 2022

Get ready to travel the world at FusionFest — no passport required!

The event celebrates all the cultures that have made Orlando the magical place it is today.

FusionFest Flag Hand

Orlando is the 15th most culturally diverse city in the country. So, it’s no surprise that FusionFest attendees can learn about over 100 countries and regions. Head to Seneff Arts Plaza for a day of art, food, and fun.

The 2022 festival will take place on Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 27, from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

What can I do at FusionFest?

The arts and culture take center stage at FusionFest.

World music will fill the air in downtown Orlando. Savor the rhythm of African drums, jangle of Indian sitars, and hum of Scottish bagpipes. FusionFest even has its own theme song. A choir of diverse voices will sing “My Colors” on both days.

Other attractions  include:

  • A showcase of short films that explore cultural identity
  • Folk dances from around the world
  • An art contest themed around artists’ hometowns
  • A runway show that weaves fashion and culture together
  • A spoken word contest with poetry, storytelling, and hip-hop categories

How much are FusionFest tickets?

Admission to FusionFest is free.

FusionFest Pho

But don’t put away your wallet yet. The festival is full of fabulous food and merchandise vendors. In 2021, you could eat savory Guyanese roti, sweet Italian gelato, and spicy Vietnamese pho. Last year’s vendors sold local candles, African art, and leather bags from Colombia.

I can’t make this year’s event. Do I need to wait until next November?

The two-day festival only takes place once a year on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

However, the organizers host fun and enlightening events all year, including:

  • Cultural parades throughout Central Florida
  • An East Asian lantern festival
  • A fusion cuisine cooking contest

FusionFest Asian Lantern

FusionFest also hosts a dining series, Diversitastic!

The event takes place at a different venue each month. Dinner is served with an extra helping of culture via chef talks and live entertainment.

Previous meals have included Nigerian jollof, Ukrainian dumplings, and Texan barbecue.

Where should I stay during FusionFest?

If you’re coming to Orlando for FusionFest, book a room at Rosen Plaza. Our hotel is close to major highways, making getting to downtown Orlando a breeze. After your whirlwind trip around the world, unwind in your spacious guestroom.

Want to keep globetrotting?

Head across the aptly named International Drive to Pointe Orlando. You can enjoy Greek, Cuban, Brazilian, and Italian food in this entertainment district.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 31

Halloween Horror Nights 31 at Universal Orlando

Terrifying screams will engulf Universal Studios as the park celebrates its 31st frightful year of Halloween Horror Nights. Fearless guests can find thrills at 10 new haunted houses, five scare zones, and exclusive shows.

HHN 31 will run on select nights from September 2 to October 31, 2022. Here’s a look at some of the attractions that await you at Halloween Horror Nights 31.

2022 HHN Haunted Houses

Each year, Universal Orlando designs terrifying haunted houses based on popular horror franchises. Universal Orlando has confirmed these 10 themes for Halloween Horror Nights 31:

  • Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

Work up the courage to meet three iconic Universal monsters: The Mummy, The Wolf Man, and Dracula. You’ll find yourself in the middle of their race to claim the amulet that will destroy their wretched curse. The villainous trio won’t hesitate to get rid of anyone who gets in their way.

  • Halloween

Michael Myers is evil personified. His HHN house is set in 1978, as he’s about to start his first brutal spree in Haddonfield, Illinois. Going into this haunted house alone is not recommended. So grab your bravest companion and travel back in time for a walk through the original horror classic, Halloween.

  • The Horrors of Blumhouse

This double-feature haunted house is inspired by two Blumhouse horror films, Freaky and The Black Phone. In one section, you must outrun a serial killer who has swapped bodies with a teenager. Then see if you can escape the dark, tormenting basement of The Grabber before you become his next victim.

  • The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Enter the twisted world of the Weeknd. This haunted house brings his bestselling album, After Hours, to life. Watch out for heartless monsters as you brave the maze of blinding lights.

  • Descendants of Destruction

The world is ending, so you take refuge in an abandoned subway station. But the station is not the safe haven you were hoping for. Now, you must make your way out before a mass of mutant MTA riders get to you.

  • Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake

What seems like a quaint New England fishing town is actually a breeding ground for undead fishermen. Outrun the zombies before they get their hooks in you.

  • Hellblock Horror

This Halloween Horror Nights 31 house puts you behind bars at a prison full of monstrous jailbirds. Escape the grasp of your supernatural cellmates before you wind up serving a life sentence.

  • Fiesta de Chupacabras

In this haunted house, you play the role of a tourist in a scenic Latin American town. Unluckily for you, the village is home to a chupacabra that happens to love the taste of tourists’ blood.

  • Bugs: Eaten Alive

You’re invited to tour a futuristic ’50s house with a cutting-edge bug control system. But when the system fails, prepare to outrun a legion of icky insects.

  • Spirits of the Coven

While this 1920s speakeasy may look like the bees’ knees, something sinister is brewing. Get out before the bewitchingly beautiful barkeepers cook you in their cauldron.

Terrifying Scare Zones

If you thought you could walk from one haunted house to the next in peace, you are terribly mistaken.

During Halloween Horror Nights 31, you’ll find five scare zones scattered around Universal Studios. Scareactors roam through the foggy streets, ready to spook guests. This year, watch out for sinister scarecrows and squads of sorceresses.

Other Fun Halloween Horror Nights 31 Activities

When you want a break from screaming, enjoy some epically eerie entertainment at two live shows. At Halloween Horror Nights 31, you can also experience exhilarating Universal Studios rides and attractions at night.

End Your Night at a Comfortable Orlando Hotel

After a terrifying night at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 31, escape to a peaceful hotel room at Rosen Plaza.

Located on International Drive, Rosen Plaza provides affordable luxury and great amenities. The hotel is conveniently close to Universal Orlando and top restaurants, bars, and attractions.

OCCC Events in October

OCCC Events

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will host a huge lineup of conferences in October 2022. If you’re attending one of these Orlando events, stay close to the action in a hotel room at Rosen Plaza.

AABB Annual Meeting

The Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies brings blood bank professionals together at its annual meeting. The international networking event takes place from October 1-4, 2022.

Hotel room blocks are available at Rosen Plaza.

UPCI General Conference 2022

The United Pentecostal Church International will hold its annual conference from October 4-7, 2022. Admission is free and includes seminars, exhibits, and worship sessions.

Rosen Plaza has room blocks available for this OCCC event.

2022 FACCS Christian Educators’ Convention

The Florida Association of Christian Colleges & Schools gathers in Orlando from October 6-7, 2022. Educators can attend workshops on topics like early education, administration, and mental health.

Room blocks are available at Rosen Plaza during this event.

Orlando Home & Garden Show – Fall 2022

Central Florida homeowners will convene from October 7-9, 2022, at the annual Home & Garden Show. This expo features exhibits, seminars, and vendors. The event is a must for anyone looking for help with home improvement or outdoor living projects.

FNCE 2022: Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo

Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts. This year’s event will take place in Orlando from October 8-11, 2022.

Attendees will address key issues affecting American health, and explore the latest trends and innovations in food and nutrition.

Rosen Plaza room blocks are available for this event.

Florida Bridal & Wedding Expo 2022

The Florida Bridal & Wedding Expo is the perfect place to plan your perfect day.

On October 9, 2022, attend a fashion show, enjoy live music, and network with wedding professionals. Admission to this exciting event is free for guests who register online.

2022 EMS World Expo

EMS World Expo is the largest emergency medical services event in the world.

Each year, more than 6,000 professionals gather to set the standard in EMS education and training. This year’s expo takes place from October 12-14, 2022. It features classes, workshops, and special events.

Room blocks for this event are currently available at Rosen Plaza.

Orlando Condo & HOA Expo 2022

Condo owners and HOA members will meet on Monday, October 17, 2022, at the Orlando Condo & HOA Expo. Attendees can gain legal advice, financial insights, and management solutions for their properties.

2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention

The National Business Aviation Association is hosting its annual conference from October 18-20, 2022. Business aviation professionals can find the products and knowledge they need to succeed.

Room blocks are available at Rosen Plaza for this convention.

Spooky Empire 2022

Get ready for the thrilling weekend of a lifetime.

Florida’s premier horror convention happens from October 21-23, 2022. Horror fans will love this convention’s vendors, costume contests, and film festival. Spooky Empire also offers meet-and-greets with horror icons.

Book Your Convention Stay at Rosen Plaza

Rosen Plaza provides affordable, luxurious amenities near the Orange County Convention Center.

Our International Drive hotel is also close to other top-rated Orlando attractions. Reserve a hotel room for your October OCCC event today.


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