▪ Only a few days are left to see the original Soarin’ simulator ride at Epcot at Disney World. The attraction will close on Jan. 4 and reopen in the summer with a new show. The current show suggests guests are hang-gliding over California. The new show, Soarin’ Around the World, will fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders. The ride also will be expanded from two theaters to three, and will get a technology upgrade with new digital screens and projection systems.
▪ More than 100 craft and specialty beers will be available for tasting at the main event of Brew on the Bay, Key Largo’s craft beer festival. The tasting will be held along the waterfront at Rowell’s Marina on Jan. 9, and will be accompanied by 40 local seafood and specialty vendors, games, raffle drawings and live music. There’s also a home brew competition on Jan. 8. Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the gate. Money raised benefits the Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarship fund and other efforts. Details: www.keylargobrewonthebay.com.
▪ David Rogers’ Big Bugs will invade Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando later this month. Bug Bugs Invasion! is an exhibition of gargantuan scale bugs created by Rogers from all-natural materials such as trees, saplings and branches. Rogers, who lives in Long Island, New York, created his first big bugs in 1994. They debuted at the Dallas Arboretum. The Big Bugs exhibition has grown since then and toured public and private botanical gardens and nature centers throughout the United States. The exhibit runs from Jan. 15 to April 15. Details: www.leugardens.org/bigbugs.
▪ The International Polo Club Palm Beach kicks off its “Lucky 13” winter polo season on Sunday. The winter season runs for 17 weeks, ending with the U.S. Open Polo Championship final on April 24. Opening day will kick off SuperCar Week, featuring Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. Details: http://internationalpoloclub.com.