Special Events at Old Town for May 2009 in Orlando

Latin Sundays – (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th): Join us for all the first four Sundays in May from 2:00 – 8:00pm when we celebrate with a live Latin band on the main stage in Old Town. Catch the party beads and enjoy authentic Spanish food. Wristband specials for Old Town’s rides! Fun for the whole family!

Suncoast Smart Car Club – May 2: The Smart Car was started by Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch , was nicknamed the “Swatchmobile.” The name Smart is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART. This little car has innovative features such as a hybrid engine and is affordable to most everyone. There will be judging with this show. Contact Ken Wager at kwager@tampabay.rr.com for more information about this show.

Florida J-Bodies – May 16: Florida J-Bodies will be on the 4th block from 12-4pm. The J platform, or J-body, was General Motors ‘ inexpensive front-wheel drive automobile platform
from the 1980s and 1990s. For more information on this show contact Steve at xh2lowx@aol.com.

Firefighter Combat Challenge Regional Competition – May 29 & 30: See the brave women and men firefighters as they race against themselves, their opponents and the clock! Wearing “full bunker gear” and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors will simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim.” The Challenge encourages firefighter fitness and demonstrates the profession’s rigors to the public. For more information, visit http://www.firefighter-challenge.com

The much-anticipated Manta Roller Coaster was scheduled to open May 22, but the resort says it is ahead of schedule – so much so that guests may get to start riding the new coaster as early as next week.

SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said water has already been pumped into the aquariums around the attraction, and the testing and safety checks of the inverted-flying coaster are complete. The park is now populating the aquariums with rays. It has been allowing employees to ride Manta for the past couple of weeks.

The Orlando attraction plans on having a three week “soft opening” of the ride before the formal grand opening is held on May 22.

Universal Orlando Resort‘s new roller coaster “Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit” is now scheduled to open in Summer 2009, as opposed to their previously stated opening date of Spring 2009.

The ride is unique in that it combines audio and special effects engineering that will fly riders at 65 mph and 17 stories over Universal Studios.

The interactive ride allows riders to select a song to play during their ride and their entire riding expereicne will be captured on video. Once the ride is over, guests can edit their video and share it with friends and family. It is the perfect combination of the digital age and theme park thrills.

The Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort is an exhilarating experience encompassing music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a blissful party atmosphere.
World-renowned for their live stage shows, Blue Man Group now brings their eclectic mix of live music, fantastic percussion instruments, unexpected humor and so much more to Orlando—and the only place in town you’ll find a show as astounding as this is at Universal Orlando Resort.
The Blue Man Group Show is One hour & 45 minutes long with no intermission.
For Blue Man Group tickets in Orlando, Florida visit ReserveOrlando.com.

From SeaWorld Orlando’s Media Press Release:

This summer, visitors to SeaWorld Orlando find out what it’s like to spin, glide, skim and soar like a giant ray as they experience the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world.
A seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride, Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Manta opens May 22.
Right from the start, Manta provides a glimpse into the incredible underwater worlds of tropical fish and rays. Floor-to-ceiling aquariums showcase rare leafy sea dragons and thousands of schooling fish. Kids get a unique 360-degree underwater view by climbing into a pop-up aquarium and coming face-to-face with nearly 300 colorful clownfish and mysterious sea anemones. A massive Pacific octopus slinks back and forth between habitats through an underwater tube. Three hundred rays – their group known as a “fever” – swim/fly past guests and even over their heads. There’s a sense of being immersed and surrounded by thousands of mysterious creatures.
And that’s just the queue line.
Turning a corner, guests peer through a waterfall then feel the punch of air as something huge zooms by, just inches away. It’s a giant manta ray. On steel rails. A manta ray roller coaster, ride flying, soaring, gliding and spinning at highway speeds. And secured to the manta’s belly are 32 riders, each one lying prone, going for a ride on the biggest and grandest ray of all.
“Manta takes what SeaWorld does best – animal encounters and thrill rides – and blends them to create something you can’t find anywhere else in the world,” says Dan Brown, SeaWorld Orlando’s general manager. “Manta’s actually the next generation of what makes Orlando so much fun. Orlando is the must-do vacation this summer, and Manta is the must-see.”
Manta’s excitement is for everyone
SeaWorld ride and animal experts designed Manta to have thrills for the whole family, at every age level. For guests too young to ride roller coasters – or those who like their adventures a little less extreme – the Manta experience includes incredible views into 10 stunning and all-new aquariums, which are home to 100 species of fish, hundreds of rays and other sea life, more than 3,000 creatures in all. Never before has SeaWorld had such a diverse display of ocean animals. And never before have non-riders been so much a part of a thrill ride’s experience.
Those who take their excitement flying head first at 56 mph will crown Manta as one of the world’s top coasters. A track-twisting pretzel loop, in-line spins, a waterfall close call and a wing dip just inches from the water add up to a flying roller coaster ride never before seen, let alone experienced.
There are only a handful of “flying coasters” in the world. Climbing into what look like traditional seats and harnesses, riders soon notice what makes this kind of coaster so special: The entire seating assembly rotates forward, positioning riders horizontally, or face down in a prone position. It’s like flying. Or even better, it’s like riding on the belly of a massive 12-foot-wide manta ray as it glides and twists and soars above the ocean.
For thrill ride fans, Manta is sure to be the final notch on their coaster belt. For lovers of up-close encounters with the mysteries of the sea, it’s what they love about SeaWorld.
SeaWorld immerses guests in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions and rides and unforgettable performances. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld.
And each summer evening, SeaWorld’s AfterDark sparks the night with all-new shows and fireworks filling the sky.

Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, will welcome guests in May at its location in Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney.

The lakeside eatery will offer a variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

The Downtown Disney restaurant will feature nightly entertainment and will be open daily from 11 a.m. until late night.

• Through April 05, 2009: Florida Film Festival
Preview the best in cutting-edge current cinema at this 10 day event held in Central Florida. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival welcomes more than 25,000 guests each year and host more than 100 visiting directors, producers, and award-winning talent.
More info: 407-644-5625
Admission charge

• April 02, 2009: 1st Thursday’s
Themed happy hour on the first Thursday of each month at the Orlando Museum of Art from 6pm – 9pm.
More info: 407-896-4231 x 260.
Admission charge.

• April 03, 2009: Date Night at Leu Gardens
Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy a movie under the stars at beautiful Leu Gardens.
More info: 407-246-2620
Admission charge: $7 for adults, $2 for children

• April 03, 2009: Friday Night Live
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• April 04, 2009: Jazzed in Sanford
Monthly Jazz Concert series held the first Saturday of the month in Magnolia Square, downtown Sanford from 4 – 7pm.
More info: 407-688-5004
Free admission

• April 04 – 05, 2008: Celebration Spring Art Festival
Celebration Town Center from 10am – 5pm. The creations of more than 120 fine artists will be on display. There will be paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more for sale as well as entertainment, kids crafts and more for the whole family. More info: 407-566-1200
Free admission

• April 04 – 05, 2008: Sail Boat Regatta
The Mount Dora Yacht Club’s annual Sailing Regatta on Lake Dora.
More info: 352-383-3188
Free admission

• April 09, 2009: Movie in the Park
Enjoy a family movie on the second Thursday of the month at City Hall in Lake Mary.
More info: 407-585-1400
Free admission

• April 09, 2009: Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Each month the Enzian Theater features free movies on the second Thursday of the month at Central Park.
More info: 407-629-1088
Free admission

• April 09, 2009: Alive After Five
The second Thursday of each month in downtown Sanford, enjoy themed entertainment and activities.
More info: 407-302-2586
Admission charge

• April 10, 2009: Movie in the Park
On the second Friday of the month, the city of Sanford presents a free outdoor movie at Donnelly Park on the corner of Donnelly Street & 5th Avenue.
More info: 352-735-7183
Free admission

• April 10, 2009: The Mount Dora Art Stroll
A festive evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres designed to showcase regional art at several walkable venues through out Downtown Mount Dora.
More info: 352-383-2165.
Free admission.

• April 10, 2009: Music in the Galleries
In addition to free admission to the Morse Museum of American Art every Friday evening from 4 – 8pm from the beginning of November till the end of April, each month the museum will also feature live music in the galleries. Tonight’s performance: Beautiful Music Muse Trio (violin, cello, and flute)
More info: 407-645-5311
Free admission

• April 10, 2009: Friday Night Live
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• April 10 – 12, 2009: Ron Jon Surf Festival
At this annual Cocoa Beach event, watch championship surfers from ages 12 to 80 compete.
More info: 321-783-7549
Free admission

• April 11, 2009: Annual Hibiscus Show & Sale
Leu Gardens is open to the public as they present their annual hibiscus sale starting at 9:00am. Hibiscus show starts at 1:00pm.
More info: 407-246-2620
Free admission to the gardens during the sale

• April 13 – 19, 2009: Ginn Open
The only full-field LPGA Tour event in the state will be held at the Legacy designed by Arnold Palmer and the Independence by Tom Watson.
More info: 407-662-1700
Admission charge

• April 16 – 26, 2009: Central Florida Fair
Held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. Enjoy rides, arts and crafts, food, music and much more.
More info: 407-295-3247
Admission charge varies by day

• April 17, 2009: Cinema in the Park
Family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:00pm showing of this month’s movie.
More info: 407-688-5004
Free admission

• April 17, 2009: Movie in the Park
Free family movies on the third Friday of each month at Candyland Park in Longwood. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:00pm showing of this month’s movie.
More info: 407-260-3484
Free admission

• April 17, 2009: Friday Night Live
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• April 18 – 19, 2009: Celebration Exotic Car Festival
For three days, the Ferrari Club of America will host a collection of exotic cars. The show will be held at the Celebration waterfront.
More info: 407-566-2200
Free admission

• April 18, 2009: Rose Show
Leu Gardens is open to the public as they present their annual rose show from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Public may enter blooms for judging starting at 6:00 am till 10:00 am.
More info: 407-246-2620
Free admission to the gardens during the sale

• April 20, 2009: Storytelling at Leu Gardens
Stories at 3 times for different aged children on the third Monday of the month.
More info: 407-246-2620
Free admission

• April 24, 2009: Friday Night Live
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• April 25, 2009: Dark Sky Festival
This outdoor festival at Harmony in St. Cloud from 7 – 11pm will include stargazing through telescopes with knowledgeable guides to explain what guests are seeing, informative speakers, live entertainment and a kid zone with hands on interactive exhibits.
More info: 407-957-0207
Free admission.

• April 25 – 26, 2009: Blues at the Winery
Event held at Lakeridge Winery features live music, food and wine.
More info: 1-800-768-9463
Admission charge: $2.00

• April 25 – 26, 2009: The Great American Pie Festival
Celebration Town Center Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm & Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm Enjoy a weekend all about pies. The will be plenty of entertainment, children’s pie making sponsored by Crisco and cooking Demonstrations. Make sure not to miss the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award winning pies, ice cream, toppings and beverages.
Free admission

• April 30, 2009: Velvet Sessions
Rock & Roll Happy Hour held the last Thursday of the month at the Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando.
Admission charge varies according to the month’s theme.