Head to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for Summer Nights!  From June 28 through August 17, 2014, you can experience amazing firework displays, along with an end-of-night show – Kinetix – featuring live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world.  

Spend the day at Busch Gardens riding thrilling coasters like Cheetah Hunt, Sheikra and Montu, plus experience the all-new thrill of Falcon’s Fury.  Be sure to cool off during your day at the park with attractions such as Congo River Rapids and Stanley Falls.  Don’t miss out on the entertaining shows available either!  Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation is a park-goer favorite.  Animal attractions add to the African safari theme of Busch Gardens.  Explore Edge of Africa to get up-close to hippos and lions, while the Myombe Reserve is home to gorillas and chimpanzees. 

When the sun sets you can look forward to an amazing fireworks finale every night.  The sky lights up with an incredible aerial display set to popular music.  The best views are from Gwazi Park but you can see the fireworks show from any place in the park.  A nightly performance of Kinetix adds to the Summer Nights entertainment.  

Grab a craft beer and sit back and listen to your favorite tunes from pop, R&B;, alternative and Latino music artists.

  • June 28: ZZ Ward and Hot Chelle Rae
  • July 5: Bridgit Mendler
  • July 12: El Gran Combo
  • July 19 – Pentatonix
  • July 26 – Zion y Lennox
  • Aug 2 – Cher Lloyd
  • Aug 9 – Taking Back Sunday
  • Aug 16 – The All-American Rejects

 

Concerts are included with Busch Gardens Tampa tickets.  Concerts take the place of Kinetix on Saturday nights only. All concerts are held at Gwazi Park at 8:30pm.

All of the Summer Nights entertainment is included with the purchase of Busch Gardens tickets.

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Rev up your engines Cars fans as Car Masters Weekend returns to Disney World Orlando June 14-15, 2014.  The Downtown Disney event celebrates everything Cars.  Meet and greets with Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile are planned, as well as a movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney with showings of Cars and Cars 2.

Fans can test drive Ridemakerz model cars and enjoy a car show presented by Hess that will feature more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars.  This year’s Car Masters Weekend will include an appearance by automotive designer Chip Foose, Disney-Pixar Cars filmmaker Jay Ward, as well as numerous other auto personalities.  Live entertainment and themed food will also be available.  We’ll fill you in on the detailed schedule once Disney World has finalized it.
Come out to Downtown Disney for a winning weekend of Cars. 

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This Summer is going to rock at Epcot!  Starting June 8 Epcot will host their annual Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, featuring seven of the most popular tribute bands.  They will recreate classic hits like “Take it Easy,” “Desperado,” “Pride,” “Vertigo,” “With or Without You,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Stayin’ Alive” and many more. 

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Performers for 2014:
  • June 8-14: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagle
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations – A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back – Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

All of the concerts are included with the purchase of Epcot tickets.  Concerts are held at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre. Make a vacation out of your visit to Orlando, Florida by purchasing a Disney Tickets Vacation Package.

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rsz_frozen_princessesIf you’re like the rest of the world, you’ve fallen in love with the movie Frozen.  The characters in the movie, sisters Anna and Elsa, have quickly became the coveted characters visitors seek out for meet and greets at Walt Disney World.  Currently greeting guests at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion, the demand has been such that lines can stretch for several hours.  Luckily, though, Disney has confirmed Anna and Elsa will be moving to Princess Fairytale Hall on April 20, 2014
The new meet and greet area will be able to accommodate more guests, as well as allow for guests to use FastPass+ for the experience.  I highly recommend reserving a time with the princesses via FastPass+ as the lines are sure to be at least an hour or more otherwise.  You can easily add the FastPass+ experience to your Magic Band via My Disney Experience or you can grab a FastPass once you arrive at the park. 
The Magic Kingdom Princess Fairytale Hall location will be open to greet guests from 8am-5pm, every day.  Anna and Elsa join Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall.  While all four princesses will meet with guests during the day, after 5pm Anna and Elsa will retire for their beauty sleep while other Disney Princesses, such as Jasmine and Aurora greet guests in their place.

Update:  As of June 1, 2014, Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet will be open from park open to park close.  Fastpass+ will be available for use during these extended hours.

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SeaWorld is spicing up the music scene at the Orlando theme park with Viva La Musica, a Latin festival featuring hot Latin music and authentic Latin cuisine. Dance to the beat April 26 – May 17, 2014.

Every Saturday in April Sea World Orlando is hosting Festive Saturdays. The festival will start at 12pm & concerts begin at 3pm. Visitors can look forward to:

Hot Latin concerts:  Live performances from award-winning Latin artists and a side stage showcasing local Latin bands heat up the atmosphere of Viva La Musica.  The concert line-up for the event has not been announced yet.  However, past performers include Daddy Yankee, Willie Collon, Grupo Niche and Gilberto Santa Rosa, among many others.  We’ll let you know this year’s entertainers as soon as the information is available

Savory Latin cuisine: With more than 20 years experience – and a lifetime enjoying countless Caribbean and Latin dishes – SeaWorld’s own Executive Chef Héctor Colόn is a well respected culinary master who will bring Latin flavors to the forefront of menu selections.

Festive Saturdays are included with the purchase of SeaWorld ticketsThis is just one of the many festivals SeaWorld Orlando hosts throughout the year.  SeaWorld Summer Nights follows this festival, with an opening date of June 21.

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RD_CalendarCheck out these events in Orlando happening May 2014:

May 1-17: Viva La Musica at SeaWorld
Celebrate the food, fun, sights and sounds of Latin culture at this annual Hispanic festival for the entire family, featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists and savory Latin cuisine – only at SeaWorld Orlando.

May 1-18: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot’s 21st annual Epcot International Flower &Garden; Festival features plenty of new things to see in 2014. Throughout the festival, which began March 5, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Flower Power Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

May 2: Universal Grad Bash
Graduating High School Seniors are invited to celebrate their accomplishment at Universal Orlando’s Grad Bash.  Highlights include street entertainment, karaoke, DJs, dance parties and live performances by some of today’s hottest artists. Attendees also get exclusive access to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
May 3: Waves of Glory at Wet ‘n Wild
Wet n’ Wild’s premiere contemporary Christian music event features a Battle of the Bands where Christian rock bands, praise bands, singers, rappers, and choirs compete for cash prizes.
May 3-4: Jazz on the Vineyard Green
Lakeridge Winery will be hosting jazz musicians on their outdoor stage all weekend. Food, beer, and wine will be available along with complimentary winery tours and tastings.
May 14-27:  22nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Festival
This 13-day festival offers theatre, music, dance, and art to all ages. 100% of box office sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The cost and venue of shows vary. See the Fringe website for more details.

May 16-June 15:  Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This annual event celebrates the Star Wars saga Friday-Sundays each weekend. Join celebrities and Star Wars characters for specials shows, panels, and presentations.

 

The line-up of performers for Waves of Glory at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been announced. Attendees can expect a day of fun, faith, and fellowship with the next big names in Christian music. Mark your calendars for May 3, 2014.

Headlining this year’s event is two-time Dove award-winning artists Tenth Avenue North.

The full schedule of performers/events includes:

  • 7th Surrender
  • B. Andrews
  • Liber8te
  • Crystal Padilla Music
  • Eva Kroon Pike
  • Heirs in Exile
  • Jericho
  • Lady at the Well
  • Laura Figueroa
  • Revive
  • The Band Justice

All of the performers, except Tenth Avenue North, are competing in Waves of Glory’s battle of the bands. The musicians will perform on a stage set up on the park’s lakeside beach. Bands compete for cash prizes, half of which goes to charity. First prize is $1,000 plus, for the first time, the opportunity to appear at Universal Studios’ Rock the Universe event this fall.

Waves of Glory tickets are on sale now. The park’s water slides and attractions stay open during the event. Hours for Waves of Glory are 10am-7pm.

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