Florida residents wanting to visit Orlando’s Discovery Cove will get discounted rates this fall, plus the added benefit of unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Waterpark through January 31, 2017.
When it opens to the public today at SeaWorld Orlando, Mako, a 200-foot-tall coaster reaching speeds up to 73mph, will become the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster among Orlando’s theme parks.
Mako is one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.” As the sleek coaster cars crest each hill, riders — secured only at their laps — float out of their seats, nearly weightless.
In the wake of recent world events, new security measures have been put into place at the three Orlando theme parks.
Walt Disney World has enacted the strictest changes. In addition to metal detectors at the entrance gates to all four parks, Disney will also stop selling any items that resemble guns, and require guests bringing toy guns to the parks to check them at guest services.
We’re getting closer to the opening date of Mako, the newest coaster to thrill guests at SeaWorld Orlando, and the theme park has revealed the official logo:
When it opens in 2016, Mako will be the tallest, longest, and fastest coaster in Orlando. It is a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph as it traverses 4,760 feet of steel track (almost a mile long).
In a synergetic move, NBC late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon will soon be getting his own attraction at Universal Orlando.
“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the name of the attraction that will give guests a full “Tonight Show” experience in the famous Studio 6B…until Fallon challenges the audience to the ultimate race through New York City.
The video is only 10 seconds long and features a a young woman from shoulders up, arms crossed. She appears to be on a water slide and looks down. Then she suddenly falls down out of view, as if a door opened under her feet. She plummets, laughing and screaming.
The ride, which has not been named yet, will open in 2014.
It’s one of the longest music festivals in Orlando, and Night of Joy is returning to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for its 30th year.
September 7 and 8 are the dates for this year’s contemporary Christian music festival. Sixteen artists will take to the three stages set up – the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, the Galaxy Stage, and the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
Friday will offer Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Brandon Heath, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Royal Tailor, and Disciple.
Saturday’s line-up is MercyMe, Third Day, Lecrae, Theresa Bailey, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch, Kutless, Dara Maclean, and Chris August.
Night of Joy is an after-hours event, running from 7:30pm to 1am each evening. In addition to the music, many of the Magic Kingdom’s attractions will be open, as well.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $52.95 (plus tax), for each day. If still available, tickets may be purchased day of at the park’s ticket windows for $62.95 (plus tax). This is a separately ticketed event – regular admission tickets and passes will not work.
[photo courtesy Walt Disney World/Gene Duncan, photographer]
The beginning of September will see thousands of Christian music fans visiting Universal Orlando to see their favorite bands in concert.
Rock the Universe is the theme park’s annual Christian music festival and this year it features some of the most popular names in the genre, performing over two days.
On Friday, September 7, Skillet, Newsboys, and Jeremy Camp will headline a line-up that also features For King & Country, Family Force 5, Robert Pierre, Group 1 Crew, We As Human, and Everfound.
Saturday, September 8, sees tobyMac, Switchfoot, and Reliant K headlining, with Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Rhett Walker Band, Group 1 Crew, We As Human, and Everfound also on the bill.
Saturday night there will also be a candle lighting service featuring Tenth Avenue North, guest speakers and more.
Both nights, guests can also enjoy a Fan Zone presented by Coca-Cola including live music by up-and-coming acts Everfound and We As Human, autograph sessions with the bands, karaoke and band merchandise.
Oh, yeah, and you can also do all the normal park attractions and rides, since the festival takes place inside the Universal Studios park.
Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event. A two-day pass is $85.99, and a one-day pass is $52.99. There are discounts for ticket buyers with a Universal Orlando annual pass. Buy online to see other ticket options.
Hours for the festival are 4pm to 1am each day.
For more details about Rock the Universe 2012, visit RocktheUniverse.com or call 1-866-RTU-INFO (1-866-788-4636).
The Disney Parks blog revealed that plans are in the works to bring popular cofee joint Starbucks to the four Disney parks in Florida, as well as the two California parks.
The first one will open in June at Disney’s California Adventure. The blog states that each location – one for each park – will be themed to fit in with its surroundings.
Each café will serve Starbucks items, including coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages, and signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
No word on when the first one will open at the Florida parks, but here’s hoping they utilize the FastPass system or you may be waiting in long lines if the number of blog comments are anything to judge the news by.