Rock the Universe, a Christian rock festival, is coming to Universal Studios in Orlando for one weekend only – September 10 & 11, 2010.

From two stages throughout the park, including the new Music Plaza, the top Christian rock bands will play into the night. Between the musical acts, visitors can enjoy the thrilling rides available, including Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® roller coaster, Revenge of the Mummy®, MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™ and more. Rock the Universe rules the park from 6pm – 1am each night.
The line-up for the Universal Orlando Resort event is as follows:
September 10, 2010:
· Newsboys
· Skillet
· Jars of Clay
· Hawk Nelson
· Decyfer Down
· Chuck Tocco
· Kutless
September 11, 2010:
· Jeremy Camp
· Relient K
· TobyMac
· NeedtoBreathe
· Fireflight
· Regie Hamm
· Grits

Plus, professional surfer, humanitarian, TV Correspondent and model Will Tant will share his stories of spiritual faith on September 10 & 11. Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit group for those who suffer from depression and addition, will be speaking on September 11. Renee Yohe, the inspiration begin the global To Write Love On Her Arms movement, will appear on September 10.

Universal Studios tickets are on sale now. Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event that includes admission to Universal Studios after 4pm for the date stated on the ticket. The Rock the Universe ticket does not include entrance to Universal Studios before 4pm or entrance to Islands of Adventure.
Disney World is hosting Night of Joy, a Christian music festival, on September 10 & 11, 2010 in Orlando. Night of Joy will be held at the Magic Kingdom and guests will be able to ride, rock and rejoice and the two-day event.
Each night, from 7:30pm – 1:00am, contemporary Christian superstars in rock, pop and gospel will perform live. Plus, guests will be able to ride some of the park’s most popular attractions. There will be several different stages set up throughout Magic Kingdom, so visitors will be able to choose from different performances and locations throughout Night of Joy.
The following is the musical line-up for the event:
Friday, September 10, 2010:
• Chris Tomlin
• David Crowder Band
• Casting Crowns
• Barlow Girl
• Thousand Foot Krutch
• Chris August
• Group 1 Crew
• Tenth Avenue North
• Sidewalk Prophets
Saturday, September 11, 2010:
• Mercy Me
• Third Day
• Family Force 5
• Smokie Norful
• Red
• LeCrae
• Day of Fire
• Britt Nicole
• Mike’s Chair
Disney vacation packages and Disney tickets are on sale now. The Night of Joy event is priced separately from daytime admission to Magic Kingdom park. Admission to the theme park does not provide admission to this event. Tickets are non-transferable and valid for event dates only. Event ticket does not provide theme park admission prior to 4:00 p.m.

The highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort has been open for a little over a month now, and it continues to amaze fans. There is a lot to see and do at the new Potter area, located in the Islands of Adventure portion of the theme park.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is divided into two sections: Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village. Hogsmeade Village is home to a variety of stores dedicated to the all things Harry Potter. At the Hogsmeade entrance to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visitors immediately see the Hogwarts Express engine and are transported to a world they’ve only read about or seen in the movies. Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Dervish and Banges, the Owl Post Office and Honeyduke’s Sweet Emporium are all located here. The Three Broomsticks is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner where British fare is served, and of course, butterbeer. The non-alcoholic butterbeer was meticulously researched and the recipe was approved by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling.

The featured ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is the Forbidden Journey Ride, located at the enormous Hogwarts Castle. Universal Theme Park knew the lines for the ride would be long, so the queue for the line includes animated paintings, a lecture from Headmaster Dumbledore and other unique features that make the wait time much more interesting. The ride itself is a simulated virtual rollercoaster ride, in which a huge screen recreates the Castle and lake beyond as Harry Potter flies ahead of you on his trusty broomstick. The ride takes you to the Forbidden Forest, to a Quidditch pitch match and you try and outrun the Dementors of Azkaban, among many other ride elements.

Harry Potter Universal Orlando Tickets are on sale now.

Universal Orlando Resort is offering a whole new challenge to theme park guests – a game show. Family Feud is now being taped at Universal Studios before a live studio audience.

The show has a new host, Steve Harvey, but the games and the rules remain the same. The shows are taped in sets of two and audience members are told they must dedicate a block of 2 ½ hours to the activity. The shows will start airing in September.
The soundstage is located near Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster, and seats about 250 people.
Park goers who would like to see a taping of the Family Feud should check into the Studio Audience Center on taping mornings. Visitors who are not entering the Universal theme parks should go the Blue Man Group theater area at Universal CityWalk and follow the Family Feud signs. There is no cost to attend a taping.
Show dates are:
July 23, 24, 25; August 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22; September 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove has big plans on the horizon for 2011.
It has not yet been formally announced, but an all-new, multimillion dollar, 875,000-gallon saltwater reef is in the development stages at SeaWorld headquarters. The new attraction will allow guests to swim among the park’s sea life, including sharks, tropical fish, rays and eels. A new nature trail will allow guests to experience the area above water.
More details will be released regarding the Orlando attraction, and a formal announcement is expected, in the fall of 2010.

LegoLand Florida has unveiled more of its plans for its new park, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2011. The attractions planned will emphasize interactive amusements for young children.

Some of the signature attractions planned includes the Land of Adventure, with a dinosaur-themed wooden roller coaster, and the Factory Tour, which will show guests how Lego plastic building blocks are made. The new park is supposed to feature more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including thousands of large Lego models. Elements from the LegoLand in Southern California will also be present, including the Fun Town Fire Academy, a Duplo play area for younger guess and a medieval-themed LegoLand Castle.

The LegoLand Orlando theme park is located at the old Cypress Gardens location.

Orlando is hosting the biggest Stars Wars fan event of all time from August 12-15, 2010. Located at the Orange County Convention Center, this celebration will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It will also feature celebrities, costumes, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and mores. Star Wars Celebration V is the official Lucasfilm convention.

A main feature of the event will be when The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart interviews director George Lucas. The hour-long conversation will focus on the Star Wars fans and the elements of Star Wars that have helped it endure for more than 30 years. In addition to The Daily show’s Jon Stewart, other celebrity guests will include Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew and several other Star Wars alums.
There are many things to see and do at the Star Wars Celebration.
Star Wars Stories Project – This project spotlights the fan experience and encourages fans to contribute to the Lucasfilms video archive. Movie memories and fan nostalgia will all be compiled, through taped testimonials, and become part of the ongoing Stories Project.
Star Wars Laser Tag – Play Stars Wars themed laser tag with friends and family, where you can try to out-shoot Imperial Stormtroopers.
Costume Contests – There will be four Stars Wars costume contests, two for everyone and two for kids.
The 501st Experience – Fans will have the opportunity to visit Tatooine, see a replica display of all six bounty hunter costumes from The Empire Strikes Back, sit in the Emperor’s throne, meet the pink imperial droid R2-KT and see rare display items from the 501st legion archives.
Build Echo Base – Frank D’lorio, the master diorama builder, is back to lead fans in building the Rebel encampment on the ice planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Kid Fun – Arts & crafts, interactive games, and the popular Jedi Training Academy will all be available to the young fans of Star Wars.
501st Flashmobs – The 501st Flashmobs will recreate some favorite Star Wars scenes, unexpectedly and sporadically, throughout the celebration.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Fans of this animation series will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes with the cast and crew. Guests will also be able to see never-before-seen glimpses into the making of the animated series, as well as get a sneak peek of Season Three.
Star Wars Video Game Universe – Almost every Stars Wars based video game will come together and be available to play throughout the Stars Wars Celebration weekend.
Troop-Athlon – Putting an imperial spin on traditional triathlons, the Stars Wars themed Troop-Athlon will feature competitions between costumed members during which fully armored troops from around the world compete in tests of athleticism, accuracy and mental sharpness.
There are many other great exhibits, panels and interactive areas planned for the Stars Wars Celebration V.
The hours for the Orlando event are 10am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
If you plan on attending, reserve from a great selection of Orlando hotels now for the guaranteed lowest rates.