Minion Mayhem is about to take over Universal Orlando Resortas the eagerly anticipated Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D ride opens on July 2.  The new attraction is based upon the film Despicable Me and includes the latest in ground-breaking 3D technology.  Guests will go on a fun-filled adventure with the stars of the film – Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes – and a host of mischievous minions.

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Guests will go on an unforgettable 3-D adventure with their favorite characters from the hit film – Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous minions. The experience begins when guests enter Gru’s home, where they learn that they’re being recruited to become minions and undergo “minion training.” Things don’t go as planned, and guests find themselves on a wildly hysterical journey with Gru and his daughters. Once guests make it through training, they join an interactive, minion-inspired dance party where they can show off their best moves.

Get your Universal Orlando tickets now to boogie with the minions!

One of the highlights of the holiday season at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the Candlelight Processional.  The event is a holiday tradition for many.  The Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator retelling the traditional Christmas story accompanied by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra. The event is located at the America Gardens Theatre and is performed three times nightly, at 5:00pm and 6:45pm and 8:00pm. Plus, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is included with the purchase of a Disney ticket.

Here is a sneak peak at the line-up for this year’s event.  It is a partial list, with more dates and narrators being still being added. 
Nov. 23–25: Geena Davis
Nov. 26–29: Neil Patrick Harris (Emmy Award-winner, Broadway star and TV host)
Nov. 30–Dec. 1: Whoopi Goldberg (television host, actress and comedian)

Dec. 2–Dec. 4: Andy Garcia (actor)
Dec. 5–Dec. 7: Blair Underwood (actor)
Dec. 8–Dec. 9: James Denton
Dec. 10–13: Jodi Benson (singer and actress)
Dec. 14–16: Lea Salonga

Dec. 17-19: Alfre Woodard
Dec. 20–22: Trace Adkins (Award-Winning Country music artist)
Dec. 23–25: Gary Sinise (actor and musician)
Dec. 26–Dec. 28: Amy Grant (singer)

Dec. 29–30: Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actor and TV star)

It’s never too early to start planning your Disney World Christmas vacation.  All of the parks get into the spirit of the holidays and have something spectacular to experience.
Kennedy Space Center is hosting a limited time special behind the scenes tour of NASA’s Launch Control Center.  Visitors gain rare access to an area where NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs.  This is the first time in more than 30 years this tour has been offered. 
During this special access tour guests are taken inside Firing Room 4, one of the Launch Control Center’s four firing rooms and the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled.  Along with viewing the computer consoles engineers used to monitor system checks and the main launch countdown clock, visitors will enter The “Bubble Room, “with its wall of interior windows through which the KSC Management team viewed al of the proceedings below. 
The Launch Control Center Tour is led by a trained space expert, giving visitors an insider’s view of the space program from launch preparation to liftoff. The tour also includes drive-by views of Launch Pad 39 and culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where visitors can resume the regular tour. Price is $25 for adults and $19 for children ages 3-11 plus tax, in addition to regular Kennedy Space Center admission.
The tour will also showcase the Launch Control Center’s lobby, which features 153 wall plaques – one for every mission guided there since the first, the unmanned Apollo 4 in 1967. Included are the manned Apollo moon missions, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, the Saturn V launches for Skylab in the mid-1970s, and the launches for the 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
Access to the Launch Control Center will be available through 2012. 

A new extreme water sports festival is coming to Orlando September 7 and 8, 2012.  The festival – dubbed “Soaked” – combines extreme sports, family-friendly entertainment and music all located at the world’s capital of water skiing – Orlando, Florida

Freddy Krueger catching major air at the Soaked Orlando press release. Photo: Facebook
Lake Eola, downtown’s iconic centerpiece, will be the headquarters for Soaked.  World champion water skiers, competing for the sport’s largest purse – $100,000 – will be the featured entertainment.  Live music on three stages, car and motorcycle shows, skate park, carnival rides, food and more will round out the festival’s things to do. 
Daytime activities include wake boarding and slalom skiing competitions, while in the evening a spectacular Night Jump, set on illuminated Lake Eola, shines as the grand finale.  During the Night Jump jumpers brave speeds up to 35mph and execute soaring leaps that can reach over 200 feet high. 
Tickets for Soaked are $15 per day and can be purchased here.
July 4:  Red, Brick & Boom
LEGOLAND Florida’s first Independence Day celebration won’t be one to miss. 3D glass will turn fireworks into millions of exploding bricks.
July 4:  Fourth of July Celebrations at Disney World
There will be special fireworks displays at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Epcot on July 4.
July 4:  Universal 360 at Universal Orlando
The Fourth of July Cinesphere show will feature a special patriotic finale along with brilliant fireworks. Show begins at 10 p.m.
July 4:  Fireworks at the Fountain
There will be a patriotic celebration at Lake Eola Parkin Orlando with food, games, and fireworks.
July 7:  Coke Zero 400
The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Daytonato celebrate Independence Day.
July 7, 14, 21, 28:  Lakeridge Winery Summer Concert Series
Every Saturday in July hear live bands on the outdoor stage at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase. Shows are from 1-4 p.m.