This summer just got a lot hotter with SeaWorld AfterDark. Through September 7, SeaWorld visitors can stay at the park, after the sun goes down, for a nighttime rock ‘n roll extravaganza featuring special attractions like Shamu Rocks, an all-new fireworks celebration named “Reflections,” and they can experience SeaWorld’s newest ride, Manta, under the glow of the stars.

The Shamu Rocks shows is a fantastic rock ‘n roll killer whale show that combines killer whales with a stunning light show and rockin’ music from some of the best artists today. Reflections is a beautiful celebration of soaring fountains and impressive fireworks that lights up the night sky in spectacular fashion.
There is also the Sea Lions Tonight show, featuring the comedic sea lion duo of Clyde and Seamore, who act out hilarious antics and parody other favorite SeaWorld shows.
While at SeaWorld AfterDark, enjoy some scrumptious cuisine at the Makahiki Luau Dinner & Show. This Polynesian themed extravaganza includes live entertainment, like fire dancing, a complimentary lei, tropical welcome drink, and, of course, a delicious meal.
Buy your SeaWorld tickets today to experience SeaWorld AfterDark before this event ends!

Disney World Theme Parks are hosting Night of Joy, a contemporary Christian music festival September 11-12, 2009 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Each night, from 4pm-1am, visitors will get to hear live performances from some of today’s top artists in Christian rock, pop and gospel, all while having access to Hollywood Studios’ fantastic attractions.

The Night of Joy artists will perform on several stages throughout Hollywood Studios theme park, which means there is always someone different to see, and something to appeal to every musical genre.
Artists scheduled for Friday, September 11:
Chris Tomlin
P.O.D.
NewsBoys
Kutless
NeedtoBreathe
Leeland
Superchick
Francesca Battistelli

Artists scheduled for Saturday, September 12:

MercyMe
Flyleaf
Skillet
Jars of Clay
Family Force 5
GRITS
Mandisa
ReviveArtists scheduled for BOTH September 11 & 12:
Abandon
Above the Golden State
Josh Wilson

While at the park, be sure to enjoy the cinematic thrills found only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Spectacular attractions like The American Idol Experience, The Great Movie Ride, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith are great ways to enjoy Disney at night.

The Night of Joy event is priced separately from daytime admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating its 50th anniversary every night this summer with a special event called “Summer Nights.” The “Summer Nights” event offers extended hours at the park, special entertainment and unique food and drink, every night through August 16. The party starts each night at 5pm, when DJ stations situated throughout the park draw crowds with dance music, hula hoop contests and other various entertainments.

There is also a new show at Busch Gardens Tampa during its Summer Nights Celebration. “Siegfried and Roy present Darren Romeo the Voice of Magic” is a Vegas-style production that mixes magic and music to create a distinctive show that has Romeo levitating his assistant while singing selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” among other amazing tricks and song selections. The show performs at the Moroccan Palace Theater every evening except Wednesdays.

There’s also a new exhibit that honors Busch Gardens 50th birthday. Hundreds of items, including photos, souvenirs and artifacts from the park, are on display. A 70-foot timeline features photos dating from the park’s beginnings as a bird gardens and brewery tour to its present status as a world-renowned adventure park. The exhibit is located between the Crown Colony House Restaurant and the Clydesdale Hamlet. It is open during regular park hours and is included in park admission.
Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Busch Gardens tickets are on sale now.
Fantasy of Flight is celebrating the tradition of Barnstorming in July with an event that pays tribute to the Barnstormers of the Roaring ‘20s. Scheduled for July 25 & 26, “Barnstormers of the Roaring ‘20s” will feature a multimedia presentation, a storytelling tour of vintage aircraft, and a screening of “The Great Waldo Pepper” in the cozy Fantasy of Flight Officers’ Club. Aviation heroes, incredible flying machines and Jazz were all an indelible part of the ‘20s, and this Fantasy of Flight event will spotlight all three.The full schedule of events includes:

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m:
“Barnstormers of the Roaring ‘20s” Multi-media Presentation in Officers’ Club, followed by Barnstormers Walking Tour of vintage aircraft

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.:
Step into the fuselage of a Barnstorming aircraft treasure, the Ford Trimotor

1:30 p.m.:
Aircraft of the Day Barnstorming demonstration

3:30 p.m.:
Watch “The Great Waldo Pepper” in the Officers’ Club

The program is free with regular admission and for all Fantasy of Flight Annual Pass Holders.

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Orlando Florida is serving up some delicious ways to explore the culinary arts in September.

The Downtown International Beer & Food Festival is scheduled for September 19, from 6:30pm-11pm, and will showcase the delectable creations of 11 restaurants and bars throughout Cape Coral. Participants can dine on appetizers like sushi and pierogis and taste beers from Germany, Jamaica, Holland, Italy, Belgium and other locales from around the world. Tickets are $10 and guests must be 21 years old and older.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disney World Orlando offers a global experience to guests as they dine on delicious items from over 25 international marketplaces. This years event, scheduled for September 25- November 8, will spotlight cities from Italy, Thailand, New Zealand, Morocco, China and America. Daily wine and beer tastings will also serve up drinks from around the world.
Culinary demonstrations by some 250 chefs including such guest chefs as Todd English and Cat Cora are also scheduled. During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival the “Eat to the Beat!” concert series will present artists like Kool & The Gang, Jon Secada and Spyro Gyra, among others.
The festival is included in regular Epcot admission.
September is also the time for Orlando Magical Dining Month. Held from September 1-30, this festival highlights local dining establishments while offering great prices to guests. Participating restaurants, including Emeril’s Tchoup Chop and BICE Ristorante, will offer three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $20 or $30 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity).

Universal Orlando Resorts new Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster is an entirely new kind of ride. It features first-ever maneuvers, high tech innovations and a unique new way to experience music. The coaster’s playlist features over 30 hits from artists that span five genres of music. The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster is the only ride of its kind that combines music and thrills in such a manner, creating an interactive experience set to a playlist that is all your own.

Guests will use a personal touchpad mounted on the lap bar to make their music selection. They will choose their favorite genre – Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco or Country – and then pick a song. Each seat is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so guests can rock out to 90 decibels of music – and yet never hear the songs playing for other riders. Their song pick will be the soundtrack to their ride and to a music video they can purchase that uses on – and off -board cameras to mix music, moves and special effects.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit will feature the song list below.
Classic Rock/Metal
“Born to Be Wild,” Hinder
“Bring Me to Life,” Evanescence
“Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top
“Kickstart My Heart,” Mötley Crüe
“Paralyzer,” Finger Eleven
“Rollin’,” Limp Bizkit

Rap/Hip-Hop
“Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” Black Eyed Peas
“Insane In the Brain,” Cypress Hill
“Pump It,” Black Eyed Peas
“Rock Star,” N.E.R.D.
“Sabotage,” Beastie Boys
“Stronger,” Kanye West

Club/Electronica
“Busy Child,” The Crystal Method
“Harder Better Faster Stronger,” Daft Punk
“Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys
“Keep Hope Alive,” The Crystal Method
“Le Disko,” Shiny Toy Guns
“Pump Up the Volume,” MARRS

Pop/Disco
“Bad Girls,” Donna Summer
“Glamorous,” Fergie
“Hella Good,” No Doubt
“I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
“That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
“U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer

Country
“All Night Long,” Montgomery Gentry
“Guitars, Cadillacs,” Dwight Yoakam
“I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Jason Michael Carroll
“Living in Fast Forward,” Kenny Chesney
“Midnight Rider,” The Allman Brothers
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” The Charlie Daniels Band

New details have been released regarding Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Orlando Sentinel recently printed an article on the highly anticipated attraction. The attraction, which will be located in Islands of Adventure, will feature a “robocoaster,” recreations of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, Hagrid’s Hut and the Forbidden Forest. The plans for the area show it being 20-acres large with more than a dozen buildings. At least three shops, a restaurant and many decorative buildings are planned. An elaborate pre-show/pre-ride queue is also planned and will feature special effects such as floating candles and snow falling indoors.

Hogsmeade Village, an old-European-style town from the Harry Potter novels, will feature the Three Broomsticks Restaurant and stores such as Dervish & Banges, which will sell & repair magical equipment, and Honeydukes, a sweet shop with delectables like chocolate-covered frogs.
The “robocoaster” is a ride system in which guests sit in seats suspended from a robotic arm that can swivel and swoop in multiple directions while it advances along a track. Universal also plans to add a large tent to the entrance of the “robocoaster” which fans have speculated will ultimately be converted into a recreation of a wizarding tournament from the books.
The Wizarding of World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is scheduled to open sometime in 2010.