Sounds Like Summer
is an annual live concert series at Epcot theme park
located at Walt Disney World Resort
that brings together a talented collection of tribute bands to authentically recreate the classic hits of legendary musical icons.
The concerts are located near the lagoon side of the America Gardens Theatre—adjacent to the American Adventure Pavilion. Listen to the tunes that inspired everyone’s favorite youthful memories as you celebrate the spirit of summer vacation, day trips to the beach, backyard cookouts and relaxing under a shady tree.
· June 29 – July 8: Slippery When Wet, A Tribute to Bon Jovi
· July 9 – July 17: 52nd Street, A Tribute to Billy Joel
· July 18 – July 26: Sounds of The Supremes, A Tribute to The Supremes
· July 27 – August 2: 2U, A Tribute to U2
· August 3 – August 9: Petty Theft, A Tribute to Tom Petty
Showtimes are schedule for 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m.—except on July 4. On July 4, showtimes are scheduled for 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
There are a lot of things to do in Orlando. Whether you want to explore one of their world-renowned theme parks or discover the other side of Orlando, there is something for everyone to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time visitor or a repeat Orlando explorer, there’s always something new to discover.
1) Visit Walt Disney World: The happiest place on earth has plenty to offer guests. Spread over an area the size of San Francisco, the park encompasses more than 30,000 acres, of which about a quarter is developed. That means there are four fantastic theme parks (Magic Kingdom; Epcot; Hollywood Studios; Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Blizzard Beach; Typhoon Lagoon) and Downtown Disney to treat yourself to while you’re in Orlando.
2) Disney World Extras: Disney World Theme Park Orlando is more than just rides. The great thing about Disney is that at no extra charge, there are theme parades, like “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade” at the Animal Kingdom, and spectacular firework displays like “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” at Magic Kingdom, as well as live shows like “Finding Nemo,” “Festival of the Lion King,” “Illuminations” and “Dream Along with Mickey” to take advantage of. All of these Disney extras make a day at Disney even more magical.
3) Universal Orlando Resort: Orlando’s other major theme parks offers two theme parks – Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure. Islands of Adventure promises plenty of thrills with rides like The Hulk, Dueling Dragons and The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, while also appealing towards younger kids with areas like Seuss Landing, which is a 10 acre are based on the beloved Seuss books. Kids love to see the Seuss characters and take a spin on The Cat in the Hat Ride, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Ride and others.
4) Explore Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk: CityWalk excels at entertainment. Shopping, dining and activities are available at CityWalk and eating at one of their theme restaurants is a must. There is a big nightlife scene at CityWalk, but kids will also love going to the NASCAR Café, NBA City and Hard Rock Café as they have game areas, memorabilia and giants televisions for viewing.
5) Blue Man Group: Located at Universal’s CityWalk, the Blue Man Group is an indescribable mix of mime, percussion and audience participation that is a must-see show when visiting the Orlando area. People of every age will enjoy their show and will leave with a smile on their face once the one hour and 45 minute show is over.
6) Gatorland: When you visit Orlando, you’ll want to take a bite out of this attraction. Located on 110 acres, this gator preserve is home to an incredible display of huge alligators and crocodiles, a train ride, aviary, breeding marsh and bird sanctuary, petting zoo, nature walk, gift shop, and one-of-a-kind shows such as the world famous Gator Jumparoo. Kids will love the Gator Gully Splash Park too, because they can splash around in water sources resembling the parks famous residents.
7) Wet ‘n Wild: This water park is a great combination of thrilling rides and lazy day activities perfect for spending a day in the Orlando sun. With daring rides like The Black Hole, Brainwash. Bomb Bay & Disco H20, as well as a Surf Lagoon, Lazy River and Kids Play area, Wet ‘n Wild promises to be the coolest place to go in Orlando.
8) Orlando Shows: There is a variety of Orlando Shows to see, all of them with something unique and interesting to offer. A few of the top shows to see in Orlando include Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner, Arabian Nights and The Outta Control Dinner Show. Watching an Orlando show is a fantastic way to top off a great day exploring all that Orlando has to offer.
9) Discover the Other Side of Orlando: Orlando is known for its theme parks, but there’s more to explore. When visiting, make time to discover the side of Orlando with activities like the Florida Adventure Tour, where you get to swim with manatees; Florida EcoSafaris, where zip lining and safari’s are available; and Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Tours, where guests get an up close guide of Florida on a private airboat outdoor adventure.
10) Spend at Day at Your Resort: A stay in Orlando provides luxury and amenities to make your stay a fun one. Orlando lodging options include standard hotels, luxury condos, upscale resorts, vacation homes and family-friendly condos, all reasonably priced for customer satisfaction. Spending a day at your resort allows time for some relaxation, plus the kids love playing in the pool, of which Orlando has some of the best. A few of the top choices to stay at while in Orlando include WorldQuest Orlando, Excel Management, The Point Orlando Resort, Magical Memories, Regal Palms Resort and Caribe Cove Resort.
The Manta roller coaster has only been open for a month but it’s already making big waves at SeaWorld Orlando. Quickly becoming a favorite of guests, the Manta is a unique ride that combines up-close animal encounters with high energy coaster thrills. SeaWorld describes it a concept that takes guests from “seeing to believing.”
Manta is themed after the manta rays, a creature SeaWorld picked to base its newest attraction around due to their ability to fly and glide through their undersea habitats. SeaWorld hoped they would create a ride that captured the flying motions of the Manta, and if early results are any indicator, they have indeed succeeded.
The ride has been a success not only because of its thrilling design but in part to the dynamic presentation guests are treated to while they are still in the queue line. There are 10 aquariums surrounding the line area, all of which present various forms of sea life. Over 3,000 animals are presented in these aquariums, including 300species of rays and 100 species of tropical fish.
Once riders get to their station and board a manta-shaped train, they get securely strapped in and launch into flight position. From there, they are treated to 3,359 feet of coaster track that reaches 140 feet high with a top speed of 56 miles per hour. At first the ride feels like you are gliding, but it quickly gets faster, and once the pretzel loop has been reached, guests dip 98 feet down the track into a 360-degree in-line twist. A wind dip maneuver splashes the manta-shaped strains into a lagoon surrounding the coaster, splashing riders with water.
The Manta Ride at SeaWorld is a must-ride for coaster enthusiasts and sea life lovers alike.
From an offical Fantasy of Flight Museum Press Release:
Fantasy of Flight
is offering free admission for Dad when accompanied by a paying guest Thurs., June 18 to Sun., June 21. These dates include Fantasy of Flight’s Father’s Day weekend, Sat., June 20 and Sun., June 21, when Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction will offer two days of special high-flying experiences that the whole family – especially Dad – will never forget. The complimentary admission offer for Dad is valid with a full-price paid youth, senior or adult admission and is not valid with any other offers, discounts, annual passes or special events.
“We are pleased to salute and honor hard-working dads, many of whom make sacrifices daily including leaving their families to su
pport our country,” said Weeks. “This weekend is in honor of all that Dads do for their families every day and gives families an opportunity to thank Dad while spending some quality time learning and just enjoying each other.”
The action-packed weekend of fun kicks off with the Fantasy Flyers R/C Club First Annual “The Golden Age of Aviation Fly-In” featuring WWI and Golden Age giant scale remote control planes. The skies will be filled with zooming, zipping, and all manner of rip-roaring remote-controlled fun that is sure to have the whole family breathless with excitement and to appeal to the young boy in every man. The Fly-In is Sat., June 20 and Sun., June 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Mid Florida R/C Club will also be onsite with R/C aviation displays with opportunities for visitors to learn more about the hobby. Sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Officers’ Club at Fantasy of Flight. The Fly-In and related activities are included in the general attraction admission for spectators.
Paper airplane expert Dean Mackey from The Online Paper Airplane Museum will be on hand both Sat., June 20 and Sun., June 21 to offer complimentary demonstrations and instruction on paper airplane crafting for all skill levels and all ages. His website, The Online Paper Airplane Museum
, offers hundreds of designs from an easy-level “Basic Dart” to an intricate-level “1903 Wright Flyer.”
The Second Annual Military Collectors Show will also be held on-site Sat., June 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. as part of the Father’s Day weekend at the attraction’s Orlampa Conference Center. Scheduled to be on-hand at the Military Collectors Show are Robert Roberts, a Combat Media and D-Day veteran and Hiram Mann, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Featuring close to 40 military antiques collectors, military Dads or Dads with an interest in history are certain to enjoy the wide variety of collectible memorabilia showcased from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Guests can see uniforms, medals, insignia and war relics, among other military-related collectibles. The Military Collectors Show is included with the price of regular admission to Fantasy of Flight or guests can pay just $6 for entry to the show alone.
As an added bonus to top off the weekend of high-flying family fun, families are invited to bring Dad to participate in the wildly popular “Open Cockpit Days” for an unforgettable treat.
“For those who want to give their father a truly memorable experience, we can completely drop the rope and hoist them right up into the pilot’s seat of these historic beauties,” said Weeks. “Or, if they choose, the whole family can take turns getting behind the controls and imagine what the pilots experienced when they crawled into these gorgeous beasts.”
Weeks noted that Fantasy of Flight will roll out some classic airplanes from his prized collection – including the Grumman Wildcat, Grumman TBM Avenger and the Corsair — to allow guests the photo opportunity of a lifetime as they climb into and claim the cockpit of some of America’s most rare vintage aircraft. “Open Cockpit Days” are Sat., June 20 and Sun., June 21 from 3-5 p.m. and are free to annual pass holders and available to single day admission guests for an additional fee per person including 7 percent sales tax.
Old Town is host to an array of weekly events. Here’s what to expect when you visit Old Town Orlando:
· The Friday Nite Cruise
This car show, now in its 12th year, features 1975 – 1987 cars and trucks on display beginning at 5 pm. Now accepting custom cars 1987 and newer with at least 4 after factory modifications (qualifying list available by request). Cruise begins on the brick streets at 9 pm. Live rock n’ roll band on main stage beginning at 7:30 pm.
· Saturday Nite Cruise
Over 300 Classic cars, Hot Rods, Street Rods and Antiques – all 1974 and older and on display every Saturday at 1:00 pm. The cars cruise through Old Town beginning at 8:30 pm. Live music on the main stage begins each Saturday at 7:00 pm! In it’s 20th year, the Saturday Nite Cruise is one of the largest weekly car events in the world!
· Thursday Nite Bike Nite
Bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts gather for a weekly rally on the brick streets of Old Town. Bike Nite averages 700 bikes each week. Since started in January 2006, Bike Nite has become one of the signature Old Town events.
· Wednesday Rock At The Clock, The Duke Davis Memorial Cruise – In
Old Town’s newest classic car show! All cars 1987 and older are welcome on Wednesdays starting at 5:00 pm. This mixed year show gives our Friday and Saturday Nite cruisers a chance to mingle while showing off their classic beauties. Every Wednesday starting at 7:00pm Dwight Icenhower* and the Blue Suede Revue perform their “Tribute To The King”
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disney World Orlando is scheduled for September 25-November 8. This year’s event features a lineup of popular music acts, including several Grammy-winning bands, all ready to rock the night away during this fall festival, which transforms the worldly Epcot into a food and wine lovers paradise. Specialty food items, culinary events, parties and music and more make this Disney event a great place to eat to the beat!
The Eat to the Beat! concert series will bring 17 acts – showcasing everything from rock to jazz, funk to pop – to the America Gardens Theatre stage during the 45-day festival. The lineup includes five performers playing the festival for the first time: Richard Marx, Better Than Ezra, Vanessa Carlton, John Waite and Billy Ocean.
Epcot theme park admission is required. Some Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events require ticket fees in addition to admission to Epcot theme park. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.
Concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, begin at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 pm daily.
The lineup (subject to change) includes:
September 25-27 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3”)
September 28-29 Richard Marx (“Hold On to the Nights”)
September 30-October 3 Starship starring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)
October 4-6 En Vogue (“Free Your Mind”)
October 7-8 Better Than Ezra (“Good”)
October 9-11 Sister Hazel (“All for You”)
October 12-13 Kool & The Gang (“Celebration”)
October 14-16 Spyro Gyra (“Morning Dance”)
October 17-18 Jon Secada (“Just Another Day”)
October 19-20 Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”)
October 21-22 Vanessa Carlton (“A Thousand Miles”)
October 23-25 Taylor Dayne (“Tell It to My Heart”)
October 26-28 Boyz II Men (“Motownphilly”)
October 29-31 John Waite (“Missing You”)
November 1-2 Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”)
November 3-5 Billy Ocean (“Caribbean Queen”)
November 6-8 Los Lobos (“La Bamba”)
Guests nibbling and sipping their way around World Showcase can see performers from many countries weave music, dance, acrobatics, comedy and other acts into the festivities. A sampling of World Showcase entertainment includes:
High-energy Celtic music of Off Kilter (Canada)
The Arabic rhythms of Mo’Rockin (Morocco)
Perfect harmony of Voices of Liberty (American Adventure rotunda)
Infectious beat of internationally acclaimed Mariachi Cobre (Mexico)
Retro British hits by The British Invasion (United Kingdom)
Jaw-dropping stunts by Dragon Legend Acrobats (China)
Hilarious antics of World Showcase Players (Italy and United Kingdom)
“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” lights up World Showcase with lasers, music and fireworks to provide spectacular ending to each festival evening.
Special Events at Old Town for June 2009 in Orlando:
The Saturday Nite Cruise 19th Anniversary!: June 6
This is the BIG one. Come out early and join us as we celebrate our signature event.
Registration opens at 9:00 am. Collectible license plates will be given out to the first 800 cars. We have two great bands playing on the Main Stage, Steam will rock out while the cars roll in and then Wildlife With Jungle Brass will keep the party going throughout the night. Special prize give-a-
ways and extra Checkered Flag winners!
The Friday Nite Cruise 11th Anniversary!: June 2
It’s Friday’s turn to be in the spotlight. Come out and join us for what is the best night in town for custom car enthusiasts. Registration opens early at 3:00 pm and the first 400 cars will receive a commemorative license plate. Steam will be heating up the crowd on the main Stage! Lots of prizes! Extra Checkered Flag Winners!
Street Showdown: June 19-June 21
OLD TOWN in conjunction with Fast Sports is proud to present Central Florida’s Premiere 3 on 3 street basketball event, the “Street Showdown.” Registrations for both male and female, youth and adult teams have begun at http://www.3on3showdown.com/
. Get your team together and show your talents on the streets of Old Town.
Sing It To Win It: June 28
Sing It To Win It finals on the Main Stage 6:00 p.m.
Universal Orlando Resort offers guests three exciting ways to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. From an innovative lagoon show and extended theme park hours to summer foods and live entertainment, there’s something for all holiday revelers to enjoy.
At Universal Orlando Resort
, visitors may take in a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, complete with patriotic finale and fireworks display. The show is included in regular park admission.
The Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular is a high-tech lagoon show at Universal Studios Orlando
featuring famous scenes from more than 100 Universal Pictures films. The show uses four-story-tall, 360-degree projection “cinespheres,” original music, outdoor speakers, lasers and pyrotechnic effects to place guests in the center of their favorite films. The Fourth of July Cinesphere show will also feature a special, high-tech, patriotic finale, complete with a dazzling fireworks display. The show begins at 10 p.m. and is included with Universal Studios park admission.
Home to the most innovative and technologically advanced rides and attractions, Universal’s Islands of Adventure will remain open until 11 p.m. for those guests wanting to experience extended theme park entertainment.
Additionally, guests can indulge in summer food favorites, a live band and street performers at an All-American Barbecue Celebration at Universal CityWalk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All CityWalk venues will also be open throughout the day.
The only fireworks display guests will be able to see will be at the conclusion of the Cinesphere show inside Universal Studios. Fireworks will no longer be visible from CityWalk or Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This is because development of new attraction experiences is underway across areas of the resort previously used to support fireworks displays.
All four Walt Disney World theme parks present special shows to mark July 4. Most notable perhaps are the celebrations at the Magic Kingdom presenting SpectroMagic (lighted parade) and Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky on July 4. Incidentally, the park’s Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama is currently slated to be in place at the park’s Hall of Presidents “in early July,” according to Disney, so it could be that it is available to be viewed on the Fourth. For its part, Epcot presents a special holiday fireworks display along with its laser/music/fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations on July 4. The festivities are included in park admission.
Magic Kingdom: A Fourth of July “Concert in the Sky” will light up the night at Magic Kingdom in honor of Independence Day. Featuring a magnificent display of aerial fireworks, dazzling pyrotechnic effects and dynamic music, the show, entitled “Disney’s Celebrate America!-A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” is a grand tribute to the United States, its people and traditions. The special show is scheduled for 9 p.m. Magic Kingdom also will feature two performances of the “SpectroMagic” nighttime parade, first at 10:30 p.m. and then again at 12:30 a.m. that same night.
A holiday-inspired finale will be added to Epcot’s nightly fireworks extravaganza, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”
The park’s American Adventure pavilion also will feature enhanced entertainment throughout the day, with visits from historic characters who will share their stories. American Adventure also will feature additional performances of its signature musical group, Voices of Liberty, performing patriotic classics.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a special July 4th fireworks show at 9 p.m., with skyrockets and patriotic music filling the air at the showbiz-themed park. The park’s popular “Fantasmac!”
show, featuring fireworks, animation, dancing waters and Disney characters, will be presented on July 4 at 10:30 pm.
Downtown Disney: Downtown Disney will present July 4th fireworks at 10:30 p.m. for the revelers, shoppers and diners enjoying the nighttime entertainment district.