10/02: VetteFest V from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All Corvettes, all years welcome. There will be a Vette-Only cruise at 3:00 p.m. Door prizes and fun for the Cruisers. Stay at the Seralago Hotel and make a weekend of it. Pre-party on Friday night at the hotel.

10/17: SRT-4 Showdown 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This show features 100 Dodge SRT-4s and has vendors, awards and a DJ.10/23: 32nd Annual B.O.P.C. Show 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This show is an Old Town favorite. This is your chance to see 150 of the best examples of classic Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs and Cadillacs. A swap meet and a car corral with this show. Pre-register at www.oldsclubofflorida.com or the day of the event at Old Town. Check out the photos on their web site of last year’s show.

10/22,10/23 & 10:24: Old Town hosts the Firefighter Combat Challenge National Competition. The Combat Challenge has been described as “The toughest two minutes in sports”. See the brave women and men firefighters as they race against themselves, their opponents and the clock. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors will simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim”. This is a great family event, so bring the little ones to have fun at the Kid’s Firefighter Combat Challenge. This is a scaled down version of the real challenge, complete with miniature bunker gear and inflatable obstacles. For more information and a chance to view a video of the challenge, visit www.firefighterchallenge.com.

10/30: Our good friends The Sunshine State Cougars will be on Trophy Row starting at 10:00 am. They will have a mini swap area set up until 3:00 pm. The first-generation Cougar (1967-70) was one of the performance legends of the muscle-car era. Today, collectors find the 67-73 Mercury Cougar a highly collectible and popular car for any cruise-in or car show enthusiast. The Sunshine State Cougar Club is all about ownership, restoration and driving our cars. But their members say the best part of the club is camaraderie and the people we meet! The Sunshine State Cougars are a state-wide club with members throughout Florida and the Southeastern USA, as well as a great resource for anyone who owns a classic Cat and wants to keep up with articles, tips and happenings of those who own and drive these timeless works of automotive art. For more information on The Sunshine State Cougar Club please visit www.sunshinesttatecougarclub.com.

10/31: Trick-or-Treat 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Children can Trick-or-Treat the Old Town shops. The Grimm Haunted House is offering $2.00 admission for anyone brave enough to visit (ask about the scooby-doo experience for the little ones). This is a “bring your own bag event.” (If you’re over 9 years old, no full-face masks allowed in the stores.)

The Blue Man Group in Orlando Florida is an exhilarating experience that encompasses music, comedy and multimedia theatrics. Located at the Sharp® AQUOS® Theatre at Universal City Walk at Universal Orlando Resort, the show is pure entertainment from start to finish, and right at home at a theme park known for its action-packed entertainment.

When you attend a Blue Man Group performance you’ll experience a unique show that created a party type atmosphere that people of all ages enjoy. Their world-renowned stage shows involve live music, fantastic percussion instruments and unexpected humor, all while the trio remains completely silent. The Orlando show includes interactive plumbing, paint-filled drumming, marshmallow art, mini-cam shenanigans, cereal crunching, a rock concert movement primer, funny sign reading, paint spitting, a romantic Twinkie dinner, and lots and lots of percussion music. Four musicians performing high over the stage look like colorful Day of the Dead skeletons, and complement the onstage percussion.
When I attended the show, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance and was amazed that I could be so entertained by three mute blue men. It is truly a one-of-a-kind show that compliments any Orlando vacation. Plus, when you purchase your tickets online with ReserveOrlando.com you save almost $20 per ticket. That is an incredible low rate on Blue Man Group tickets that you won’t see anywhere else!
Purchase your tickets today to experience the sensation that is the Blue Man Group.

Disney/Pixar fans are sure to enjoy the all-new parade that is in the works for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World.

The entertainment team at Disney World is creating a new parade that will feature characters not currently seen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Remy and Emile from “Ratatouille” and Carl and Russell from Disney/Pixar’s “Up” will be added to the line-up.
This all-new parade will replace Block Party Bash, will perform for the last time on January 1, 2011. The new parade is scheduled to open on January 16, 2011.
The 15th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is celebrating 15 years of delicious discoveries. From October 1 to November 14, 2010, guests can indulge in all things food and wine, including tasting events, seminars, nightly concerts, celebrity-chef cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and the talents of street performers from acrobats to musicians. Epcot admission is all you need to participate in this popular event, although some of the features do cost extra.
The six-week festival will showcase tastes from countries on six continents. More than 25 international marketplaces will serve tapas-sized portions of regional specialties at $2-$5 each, and recommended wines and beers make perfect pairings at each kiosk. Over the course of the festival thee will be 1,200 beer and wine seminars scheduled with complimentary samples, as well as tasting events and delicious dinners overseen by chefs like Warren Brown, Cat Cora, Todd English, Gale Gand, Andrew Zimmern and more.
The following line-up of performers is scheduled for the 2010 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series:
10/01 – 10/03 – Taylor Dayne
10/04 – 10/05 – Kool & The Gang
10/06 – 10/08 – Sugar Ray
10/09 – 10/10 – Taylor Hicks
10/11- 10/12 – Air Supply
10/13 – 10/15 – Sister Hazel
10/16 – 10/17 – Howard Jones
10/18 – 10/19 – Expose
10/20 – 10/21 – 38 Special
10/22 – 10/24 – Night Ranger
10/25 – 10/27 – Billy Ocean
10/28 – 10/31 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
11/01 – 11/03 – Boyz II Men
11/04 – 11/05 – Roger Hodgson
11/06 – 11/07 – Jon Secada
11/08 – 11/09 – Hanson
11/10 – 11/11 – Rick Springfield
11/12 – 11/14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Performances are at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 at the America Gardens Theater.
Disney tickets are on sale now.

Busch Gardens is offering an all-new experience at their Howl-O-Scream event, with eight haunted houses, five scare zones, three shows and a nightly rock concert put on by the “rock stars of horror” – Sylvie and her killer band, My X.
Howl-O-Scream takes place during 18 nights in September and October and features more haunted houses than ever before, including one unique adventure where you’re all alone.

“Alone” is a new, unique haunted maze in which Busch Gardens is inviting guests to wander through – all alone – if they dare. Guests can also choose to go with up to three companions if they are too scared to go solo. Described as a lunatic’s labyrinth, “Alone” is a house you must escape in order to not become part of Master Alexander Daedalus stockpile of “cultural remains.”

The other new haunted house for Howl-O-Scream 2010 is My X: Revenge Rocks. Visitors try to get backstage to see Sylvie and her killer band, only to be faced with a life-or-death race.Returning this year are five favorite haunted houses from the past, including Nightshade Toy Factory: Son of Nightshade; Delta Epsilon Delta: Extreme Rush; Deconstruction: The Doctor is out of Control; Death Row Vengeance: No Escape; Taste of Blood: A Different Vein; and Trapped in the Walls: Ghostchasers

Five all-new scare zones will be featured at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, including Xtreme Fanatics, Road Trip, Crazed Love, Spiders and Snakes and Light of Doom.
There are two new shows plus one returning favorite for this year’s event. My X Live will rock all 18 nights of Howl-O-Scream, with performances at 10:30pm and Midnight every night on the Gwazi Plaza stage. Blood Relations is a sinister musical package with sadistic humor and a family of relatives with more than just skeletons in their closets. It performs nightly at the Desert Grill. Fiends is a deranged dance party featuring Dr. Freakenstein. It performs nightly at the Stanleyville Theater.
Howl-O-Scream is not included in the price of regular Busch Gardens tickets. General admission to Howl-O-Scream 2010 is $74.95.
The event runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning September 30. Dates include September 30-October 2, October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 and October 31. Operating hours are 7:30pm to 1:00am on Thursdays, with Friday and Saturday hours 7:30pm to 2:00am.

There are several changes underway at Disney World in Orlando.

The long-standing Star Tours ride, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is undergoing renovations and once complete it will include a new story line and setting, plus the addition of 3D effects. The new ride will reopen in 2011 with a new tag line – Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
Storytime With Belle, a character interaction that takes place near Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom, is being replaced with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder, characters from the new Disney animated movie “Tangled.”
The Disney Hollywood Studios street show “High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here, Right Now!” wraps in early October. A show called “Disney Channel Rocks!” will replace it. It will incorporate TV favorites and retain some High School Musical action.
Disney World tickets are on sale now.

Busch Gardens is adding a new show to their entertainment line-up. “Katonga,” a Broadway-style show, will be replaced by an exciting new show called “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.”
This production has been lauded as “The grandest circus spectacle east of Las Vegas” by New York Magazine. The show debuted at the Broadway Theatre in June 2008. This groundbreaking theatrical, acrobatic and musical adventure remains a must see for audiences of all ages.
Created and direct by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Spectacular costumes and a fantastical jungle setting combine to create striking visual effects.
Busch Gardens tickets are on sale now.