Universal Orlando Resort is celebrating summer with their all-new Summer Concert Series, scheduled for June 13 – July 4 every Saturday night at 9pm. Universal Resort welcomes YOU to join the party at the new Music Plaza at Universal Studios for concerts that are sure to put you in the mood for summer fun.

The Summer Concert Series schedule is as follows:

June 13: Jordin Sparks

June 20: LL Cool J
June 27: Natasha Bedingfield
July 4: The O’Jays
The July 4th Celebration concert will also feature the Universal 360 Show which will include a special, high-tech, patriotic finale complete with a dazzling fireworks display. The Universal 360 Show will NOT be visible from CityWalk or Islands of Adventure.
All concerts are FREE with park admission.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of mankind’s first steps on the moon at Kennedy Space Center.
See the 363-foot long rocket that took astronauts on this historic journey and relive the stories of this great achievement at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. On July 16, 2009, astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) Al Worden (Apollo 15) Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14) and Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7)will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and mark the opening of a new exhibit at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Rarely seen publicly before, the Apollo artifacts in the new exhibit include a rare collection of space suits and other gear used by the Apollo moonwalkers to explore the lunar surface during space walks, featuring Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s space suit.

Astronaut Encounter: Schedule of Appearance
May 29-31 ~ Al Worden
June 1-7 ~ JD Bartoe
June 8 – 14 ~ Roger Crouch
June 15 – 19 ~ John Fabian
June 20 – 21 ~ Winston Scott
June 22 – 27 ~ Hoot Gibson
June 28 – 29 ~ Bob Springer
June 30–July 4~Mike Mullane
And, as always, your Kennedy Space Center ticket is valid for two days of admission within a 7 day period.

Universal Orlando Resort is opening their first new coaster since 2004, when they debuted “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride.” The new attraction, named “Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit,” is so intricate the park has delayed its opening for several weeks to ensure that absolutely every element is working properly and in synch.

The interactive ride will have riders traveling 3,800 feet in one minute and 53 seconds, with the beginning of the ride providing plenty of thrills. The trip begins with a 90-degree ascension to its tallest point – 167 feet straight up. After that, riders are taken on a 65mph journey through six maneuvers, all promising plenty of excitement for park guests.
The “Rockit” element of the ride comes into play from the very start of attraction, as riders get to pick their own soundtrack from a selection of 30 songs from five genres, which are then delivered through a 150-watt system that plays throughout your ride. Literally, every time you come here, you can have a different experience.
The track alone promises excitement, as it includes pretzel loops and music-inspired maneuvers like the “Treble Clef,” as well as a negative-gravity “Jump Cut” that makes riders feel like they’ll be thrown out of their roller coaster cart.
On top of all of that, the ride is equipped with numerous video and still cameras to capture all of the action. After finishing the ride, riders can purchase the unique package of their experience, which promises at least 14 different images of the rider.