I love when things I love come together! On Sunday, August 9, my favorite sport (Baseball), my favorite team (Red Sox) and my favorite Mouse (Mickey) will all come together to celebrate the second of three “Team Mickey All Star Baseball Tour”. The Red Sox will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Tigers. At this game, they will have giveaways, celebrations, Mickey Mouse themed activities and MORE! The first game was on July 26 when the Atlanta Braves played in St. Louis. The final game will be the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies on August 16.
If you purchase a special ticket package, you’ll receive a limited edition co-branded Mickey Mouse hat from New Era and be able to watch Mickey Mouse entertainment! You can visit these links to purchase:
Fans are also invited to enter a national sweepstakes to try for a chance to win a trip to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World for a youth baseball team of up to 15 people to play in a tournament! You can enter at www.Disney.com/teammickey. Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2015*.
* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons who are legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. or D.C. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), who are not minors as defined by their state of primary residence and associated directly with an 8U to 18U youth baseball team. Sweepstakes starts 12:00 AM (PT) on 6/26/15 and ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 8/31/15. Limit one (1) Entry per day, per Member/person. See Official Rules for entry details and full eligibility requirements.
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Spring Training starts next week, on February 26! The Braves will kick off their 17th season of training at WDW against the Tigers. If your family is planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the next few weeks, and you love baseball, I would suggest planning an afternoon (or occasional evening) to catch a baseball game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Below, you will find the details about the games and the venue from the ESPN Wide World of Sports web site.
Here is the Braves schedule for 2014:
- Wednesday, February 26- Detroit Tigers 1:05pm
- Friday, February 28- Houston Astros 6:05pm
- Sunday, March 2- Detroit Tigers 1:05pm
- Monday, March 3- New York Mets 1:05pm
- Tuesday, March 4- Washington Nationals 1:05pm
- Thursday, March 6- Washington Nationals 6:05pm
- Saturday, March 8- Miami Marlins 1:05pm
- Tuesday, March 11- Philadelphia Phillies 1:05pm
- Wednesday, March 12- Washington Nationals 1:05pm
- Friday, March 14- Tampa Bay Rays 1:05pm
- Saturday, March 15- St. Louis Cardinals 1:05pm
- Wednesday, March 19- New York Yankees 1:05pm
- Friday, March 21- Detroit Tigers 1:05pm
- Saturday, March 22- Boston Red Sox 1:05pm
- Sunday, March 23- New York Mets 1:05pm
- Monday, March 24- Houston Astros 6:05pm
- Wednesday, March 26- Miami Marlins 1:05pm
- Lower Reserved $39-$52
- Upper Reserved $27-$39
- Bleacher Reserved $27-$39
- 3rd Base Lawn General Admission $19-$24
- Pennant Berm General Admission $12-$17
no outside food or drinks
no lawn chairs
NOTE: ALL bags will be inspected prior to entering the park.
All ages are welcome. Ages 0-2 admitted free on ticket holder’s lap (no ticket required). A ticket is required for all children 3 and older.
Box Office Hours
Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
From I-4 East & West: Take exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West); take a left into ESPN Wide World of Sports® at Victory Way and follow signs.
General parking is complimentary. Valet parking will be available for $20.
Recently on Facebook, someone mentioned “things to do in FL besides theme parks.” Obviously, my first love in Florida is Walt Disney World, but that does fall in the “theme park” category. So, I’ll share a few other things to do in Florida that don’t have anything to do with Disney theme parks. *note- this is hard for me, but I’ll try! 🙂
Obviously, there are beaches on 3 sides of the state- East, South and West. Every age in life can find a beach in Florida where they will feel comfortable and one that will provide what they need in a vacation. Being from Alabama, we go to the panhandle area of Florida. Growing up, we had family that owned cabins in Panama City, so that’s my beach of choice! But, if I could choose any beach to visit, I would choose Vero Beach!! There isn’t a theme park there! 😉
Just a short drive from Orlando (if you are visiting theme parks) is the Kennedy Space Center. Once upon a time, you could view space shuttles taking off here. Being only 20 minutes from Huntsville, AL where the Marshall Space Flight Center is located, I think a visit to the Kennedy Space Center would be fabulous! I would love to compare the two.
Daytona International Speedway is another option if you are into NASCAR. While I’m not a NASCAR fan, I am familiar with Talladega! My parent’s lake house is very close to ‘Dega and we avoid the lake on race weekends.
One place I do want to visit in my lifetime is the Florida Keys. My parents went there recently for a day trip and had a blast. While I was on my way to Costa Rica, we flew over the Keys and I took a picture from the plane window!
St Augustine is another great city to visit! I’ve been twice and had a great time. There is a great blend of history, fun, beauty and beaches. The restaurants and shopping were so much fun. I think it’s a great destination for all ages.
Finally, there are PLENTY of sports teams for you to visit and cheer for- especially if they are playing the Red Sox, Celtics or Steelers! 🙂
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Florida Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays
So, there ya have it! A post about a few things to do in Florida that don’t involve theme parks!
Last month I was given 4 tickets to an Atlanta Braves game so my husband and I took our friends Sara and Jim. It was the game between the Braves and Mets that ended in the 10th inning when the Mets pitcher balked in the winning run. Very anticlimactic win, in my opinion, but we still had a blast!
Before the game, we watched a little BP and ventured around the stadium. Even though we had all been there many times before, we still took the time to walk all around and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the ball park. To me, it’s one of the best things ever! I LOVE a good baseball game- little league, middle school, high school, college, minor league and major league! I love me some baseball! (this would have been even better had we been at Fenway!)
While we were walking around, I spotted an old, familiar friend!