Orlando is exploding with places to catch a 4th of July celebration. The area theme parks – including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld – are all hosting special events and firework displays for America’s Independence Day.
There are also several Independence Day Celebrations in Orlando, including:
Fireworks at the Fountain in Downtown Orlando: This event takes place at Lake Eola Park and starts at 4pm, with the fireworks show starting at 9:30pm. Fireworks at the Fountain is a patriotic celebration of fun, food and fanfare. Guests can enjoy live entertainment and an area just for kids featuring Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Invasion characters, prizes and giveaways presented by Cartoon Network and Bright House Networks. This year the event will also feature free health screenings and back massages at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida mobile health display unit.
City of Kissimmee July 4th Celebration: One of the most popular annual events in Osceola County, the July 4th Celebration attracts more than 45,000 people and features live entertainment, karaoke, arts and crafts, bingo, a food festival, water-ski show and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free.
A Flashback 4th of July at Celebration Town Center: Come experience the 50’s all over again as Celebration Town Center celebrates July 4th with A Flashback 4th of July-An All-American Sock Hop. The event begins at 5:30 PM and the 50’s themed fireworks show will get under way at 9:30 PM. There will be games, food, entertainment, music and admission is free.
Red Hot and Boom! At Uptown Altamonte: Festivities start at 4:00pm on July 3 and run till the completion of the fireworks display at 11:00pm. There will be live music, entertainment, food and drinks. Plus, a live broadcast and music by XL106.7FM is scheduled. The 25 minute fireworks display, synchronized with a mix of patriotic and today’s musical hits.
4th of July Celebration at the Lakefront in St. Cloud: The Chamber of Commerce presents an all day celebration on the 4th of July. Festivities run from the opening ceremony at noon. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm. This annual event that started in the 1930’s represents a community get-together culminating with a dynamic fireworks display. Festivities include local bands, games, contests, patriotic singing, and arts and craft displays.
FantasyWorld Resort in Orlando, Florida will bring indoor surfing to the area come October.
The indoor-aquatic recreation facility is currently under construction and will feature the FlowRider system. The FlowRider system provides a controlled environment to showcase moves from the sports of wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding. The system will be 32 feet wide by 49 feet long, have padded walls and include a three-inch sheet of water to create surf-like conditions.
The 14,000 square-foot-facility, which will be called Fantasy Surf, will include a dining area and surf shop. It will be open seven days a week.
Wet ‘n Wild
is heating things up this summer in Orlando
with their Summer Beach Bash. Now through August 20 guests can participate in the a Summer Beach Bash, which will feature a live DJ, music, contests, dancing and daily prizes. It’s fun for the entire family and gives guests the chance to experience their favorite Wet ‘n Wild attractions all day long and into the night.
The park will be open daily from 9:30am-9:00pm.
The Orlando theme parks get into the spirit of the 4th of July holiday with spectacular firework displays. Many of the Orlando attractions have announced their displays for this year’s event, all of which plan to fill the night sky with fantastic spectacles.
The Magic Kingdom
at Disney World
will present “Celebrate America Fireworks” at 9pm on July 4. After the fireworks, guests can enjoy Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade,” scheduled for 10pm and midnight. Disney has extended hours on July 4, with the park remaining open from 8am-1am. For guests that want to beat the crowds, Disney is also blasting off a special firework display on July 3 at 9pm, with the “Main Street Electrical Parade” scheduled for 10:30pm.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios firework display will be presented at 9:50pm on July 4 and will be set to a rock ‘n roll soundtrack. “Fantasmic!” will complement the firework extravaganza, with show times at 9pm & 10:30pm.
Epcot will add a special patriotic finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which features special effects, colorful lasers and fireworks choreographed to a musical score. The performance will begin at 10pm. The Voice of Liberty 4th of July Concert will take place earlier in the day at Epcot, at 12:30pm, 1:45pm & 3pm, on the American Gardens Theatre stage. It will feature an expanded cast plus the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney Characters. Park hours will be from 9am-10pm.
is hosting AfterDark
all summer long, and on July 4 they add to the excitement with some patriotic flourishes. The 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard will perform at Bayside Stadium prior to the fireworks finale at Sea World
. This band, known as the Governor’s Own Band, will play classic and current tunes, before the special 4th of July Reflections show, which will be timed to patriotic music. The performance begins at 9:45pm. Park hours will be from 9am-11pm on July 4. Sea World tickets
are on sale now.
Over at Universal Studios
, the 4th of July will be celebrated with a special Universal 360 – A Cinesphere Spectacular. Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular is a high-tech lagoon show at Universal Studios Florida 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 show begins at 10 p.m. Universal Studios tickets
are on sale now.
The highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to open tomorrow, June 18, 2010. Universal Orlando Resort is expecting an extremely large crowd for the opening day as many fans are eager to taste Butterbeer, ride the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and walk the streets of Hogsmeade Village.
The public grand opening festivities at the Orlando
theme park are scheduled to begin at 9am and will last around 30 minutes. To prepare for the much-publicized grand opening Universal Orlando is opening its parking garage at 5:30am with the Islands of Adventure
theme park, the location of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening promptly at 9am.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride combining 360-degree filming techniques and sophisticated robotics to create the illusion of a magic adventure in flight with Harry Potter and his pals, plus there will be two outdoor roller coasters on the 20-acre Harry Potter attraction.
A vacation in Orlando, Florida combines fun, sun and theme park thrills. One of the can’t miss Orlando attractions is Disney World. Families flock to this magical theme park year after year to explore the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
To help get the most bang for your buck, here are five fun ways to spend time at Disney that are absolutely free.
1) Downtown Disney: This area is a great place to window shop, plus its home to the House of Blues, which features almost daily live shows and the Lego Store, complete with huge, intricate Lego sculptures that are a sight to see. The modernized Westside is home to a new store – RideMakerz, as well as a newly renovated movie theater named Pleasure Island 24. It recently became one of the first multiplexes in the country to offer the Enhnaced Theater Experience (ETX), meaning the theater now features a 20% larger, floor-to-ceiling screen, 12 channel audio and 3D digital projection.
2) The Boardwalk: Located just a short walk from Epcot or a Disney bus ride away, The Boardwalk is modeled after the East Coast Boardwalks and is a sight to see. It is a quarter of a mile long and borders Crescent Lake. It is a great place to people watch, catch street performers and live entertainment.
3) Celebration: The planned community of Celebration is located just a short drive from the Disney theme parks. It has a small town atmosphere and quaint downtown area featuring early 20th century architecture.