Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Eat to the Beat Concert Series 
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat concert series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, pop and swing hit-makers during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 through November 12, 2012.
Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase
Show Times: Daily at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Please note that Epcot Theme Park admission is required. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. All songs listed below are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.
Night Ranger

Night Ranger

Dates: September 28 – 30, 2012
"Sister Christian"
An American rock band, Night Ranger rose to popularity during the 1980s with hard rock hits like the power ballad "Sister Christian," which reached #5 on the Billboard Top 10 list in 1984.
Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

Dates: October 1 – 3, 2012
After rising to fame in 1997 with the release of "Fly," Sugar Ray gave rock music a pop twist. Fronted by singer Mark McGrath, the band's sunnier sounds marked a shift from the grunge music trend of the 1990s.

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas

Dates: October 4 – 7, 2012
"We Built This City"
Starship topped the charts in the 1980s with hits like "We Built This City." Today, the band is revamped—led by 30-year Starship veteran Mickey Thomas—and performs the multiplatinum hits of its predecessors.
Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Dates: October 8 – 10, 2012
"End of the Road"
Most popular in the 1990s for their ballads and a capella harmonies—like "End of the Road"—Boyz II Men is considered the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth – NEW!

Dates: October 11 & 12, 2012
"Walking on the Sun"
Smash Mouth topped the music charts with hits like "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star." Their 1960s surf and garage influences combine with modern pop sounds—for a sound that's often described as a "non-stop party."
Javier Colon

Javier Colon, winner of The Voice – NEW!

Dates: October 13 & 14, 2012
"A Drop in the Ocean"
With his spellbinding voice and acoustic-soul style, Javier Colon shot to stardom after winning the first season of the hit NBC show The Voice. His captivating stage presence has won him millions of fans worldwide.
Air Supply

Air Supply

Dates: October 15 – 17, 2012
"Lost in Love"
For more than 30 years, Air Supply has entertained with soft rock hits, like "Lost in Love." This Australian duo went on to even greater worldwide success—and had 8 Top Ten hits in the U.S. in the 1980s!
Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms

Dates: October 18 & 19, 2012
"Hey Jealousy"
A popular pop rock band of the 1990s and today, the Gin Blossoms have produced several hits, including "Hey Jealousy".


Dates: October 20 & 21, 2012
"Eye of the Tiger"
For more than 30 years, Survivor has entertained audiences with a string of rock and classic rock hits, including "Eye of the Tiger," the popular song from the Rocky III soundtrack.


Dates: October 22 & 23, 2012
"Give a Little"
A trio of brothers, Hanson first gained popularity with their pop hits in the late 1990s, including "I Will Come to You." Since then, their style has evolved—evident in their 2011 rock single "Give a Little."
Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters

Dates: October 24 & 25, 2012
"He's So Shy"
This R&B recording act achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. For more than 3 decades, these sisters have entertained with soulful hits such as "Slow Hand."
Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Dates: October 26 – 28, 2012
"All For You"
This alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida gained popularity with such hits as "All For You." Their music blends elements of pop, Southern rock and a capella—for a sound that offers multi-generational appeal.
Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean

Dates: October 29 – 31, 2012
"Caribbean Queen"
The most popular British-based R&B singer of the early 1980s, Billy Ocean is known for such hits as "Caribbean Queen." His tunes topped charts in Britain, the U.S. and beyond.
38 Special

.38 Special

Dates: November 1 & 2, 2012
"Hold On Loosely"
For more than 30 years, this Southern rock band has entertained with such hits as "Hold On Loosely." Their unique brand of music blends 'muscle and melody' into classic rock entertainment.
Howard Jones

Howard Jones LIVE

Dates: November 3 & 4, 2012
"No One Is To Blame"
This Welsh musician regularly topped the charts in the mid-1980s with such hits as "No One Is To Blame." His synthpop style merged the technology-heavy sounds of new wave with the cheery pop sounds of the late 1960s.
Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler – NEW!

Dates: November 5 & 6, 2012
After more than 20 years, this blues-rock band is still drawing crowds with high-energy, spontaneous live shows. Their best-known single, "Run-Around," was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.
Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX – NEW!

Dates: November 7 & 8, 2012
"Come Sail Away"
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group Styx, with hits such as "Mr. Roboto" and "Babe." As a top-selling solo artist, he's recorded 7 albums, and written and performed many songs for TV, film and Broadway.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dates: November 9 – 12, 2012
"Go Daddy-O"
A contemporary swing revival band from southern California, this band gained popularity in the late 1990s for such hits as "Go Daddy-O"—and even performed at the Super Bowl half-time show in 1999!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

SeaWorld’s epic new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, transports you into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins’ eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, connect with a colony above and below the water and be inspired to make a difference. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opens at SeaWorld Spring 2013.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Force is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida
LEGO® Star WarsTM Miniland Cluster Announced as Newest Expansion

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (September 6, 2012) – The Force is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida with a new expansion to the park, LEGO®Star WarsTM Miniland Cluster. The expansion plans revealed the new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Cluster will include a scene from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ all created from more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale. Following a chronological path through the Star Wars™ timeline, guests will retrace the major events of the beloved Saga. Some of the 2,000 LEGO® models will be more than 6-feet-tall. Interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes.

“Today, less than a year after our grand opening and only three months after opening the all-new water park, we are thrilled to announce yet another expansion this November. This new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Cluster will add to our 150-acre family theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and interactive attractions,” said General Manager Adrian Jones.

During the event, Jones also outlined the many successes of the park since its opening. Among the achievements include the successful grand opening of LEGOLAND Florida, surpassing attendance projections, opening the LEGOLAND Water Park, setting a World Guinness record and making a huge economic impact with creating more than 1,300 new jobs. In addition to the amazing LEGO models found in the park, Central Florida’s newest theme park provides a full two day experience for families with children ages 2 to 12. The latest expansion of the LEGO Star Wars Miniland is scheduled to open in November.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The event is held on select nights in September - 2012.
During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.
In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:
  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollow.
The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary", and is appropriate for children of all ages.