CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks To Celebrate Christmas Week 2017 In Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 in Orlando

Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.

Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:

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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Announce Their 2012 Bands, Brews and BBQ Concert Line-Ups

One of the major annual events hosted by SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park Busch Gardens in Tampa is the spring Bands, Brew & BBQ weekends.

During this event, each park hosts weekend concerts by big name headliners. SeaWorld Orlando’s include both classic rock and country, and run on both Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the list of headliners:

  • Saturday, February 11: Foreigner
  • Sunday, February 12: Gary Allan
  • Saturday, February 18: Trace Adkins
  • Sunday, February 19: Kenny Rogers
  • Saturday, February 25: Doobie Brothers
  • Sunday, February 26: Ronnie Dunn
  • Saturday, March 3: Sara Evans
  • Sunday, March 4: Scotty McCreery

Over at Busch Gardens, the concerts are Sundays only. Here is their line-up:

  • Sunday, February 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Sunday, February 19: Bret Michaels (of Poison)
  • Sunday, February 26: .38 Special
  • Sunday, March 4: REO Speedwagon

All concerts are included in regular park admission, from single tickets to Fun Cards to annual passes, as long as they are valid at that park.

Each park will also be offering BBQ for sale, as well as host a beer garden area with at least 50 different brews for purchase.

Busch Gardens in Tampa Unveils Details of Two New Attractions

Yesterday we reported on a new attraction at Discovery Cove, but it appears that sister park Busch Gardens in Tampa is also announcing not one, but two new attractions for the coming year.

The two are inter-related and inspired by one of the fastest animals known to man – the cheetah.

Cheetah Run is a new area at the park dedicated to the fast cat. Located in the former home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, guests will get the chance to witness Cheetahs in action. Elevated glass-paneled viewing areas with interactive touch screens will allow guests to learn everything about these magnificent animals.

Of course, there has to be a signature ride, and Busch Gardens is covering that with a new rollercoaster called Cheetah Hunt. If you feel the need for speed, this ride is for you.

Using Linear Synchronous Motion, which is basically using the force of repelling magnets to propel the ride, Cheetah Hunt launches riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds – THREE times.

The first launch propels the train out of its station and into the grasslands that surround the new area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60 mph and up into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African landscape before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench. At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station.


I’m looking forward to this new area because cheetahs have always been one of my favorite animals.

Busch Gardens says that Cheetah Hunt and Cheetah Run will be open in spring 2011.

If the company-supplied artist renderings haven’t tempted you, perhaps this video by Busch Gardens will:

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