Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation coming to Busch Gardens Tampa

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Launches

Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation

at California and Florida Parks

Madagascar Live

— New Live Show Debuts at Busch Gardens Tampa® and SeaWorld San Diego in 2013 —

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment today announced it will premiere Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation, an original live musical show featuring the characters from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) beloved Madagascar franchise, at two of the company’s parks this summer.

Celebrating the box office success of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which has grossed more than $740 million at the worldwide box office, Alex the Lion and friends will party while on vacation with guests at Busch Gardens Tampa® and SeaWorld® throughout 2013.

The 20-minute musical show follows the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins during a vacation adventure. The show will feature rock/pop music performed by a live band and include both classic and original songs. The characters also will conduct meet and greets with park guests. Additionally, special co-branded merchandise exclusive to the parks, will be available.

These two locations will be the only theme parks in the U.S. where fans can see the characters of Madagascar live. The new show “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” premieres in the following locations:

The company also has the opportunity to expand the show to other parks in the SeaWorld family in the future.

“Audiences around the world have embraced the characters of Madagascar, and SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks are the ideal places for families to enjoy this immersive live entertainment experience,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Worldwide Licensing & Consumer Products, Kerry Phelan.  “The entire creative team behind this uniquely original version of “Madagascar Live!” has done an impressive job of translating the beloved world from screen to stage, bringing it to life for young park guests and family audiences alike.”

“Our parks both entertain and inspire guests to care about animals,” said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Likewise, the Madagascar movies also inspire animal lovers, but in a different way with their inimitable charm and humor. We welcome these characters to our family with open arms and look forward to working with DreamWorks Animation on this incredibly funny and engaging new show.”

Madagascar is one of the most successful CG animated movie franchises of all time, grossing more than $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office. In 2012 “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” grossed over $740 million at the global box office, becoming the highest grossing film of the series.

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Coalition For The Homeless of Central Florida Hearts of Gold Concert Featuring 38 Special

Coalition For The Homeless of Central Florida
Coalition For The Homeless of Central Florida

20th Anniversary Hearts of Gold
Presented by Bright House Networks

Featuring Southern Rock Classic 38 SPECIAL
MARCH 1, 2013
Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando

The Coalition For the Homeless of Central Florida 20th Annual Hearts of Gold concert be Friday, March 1, 2013, at Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando, and the concert will feature a performance by Southern Rock classic 38 Special!

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2013
WHERE: Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando
WHAT: Concert event benefiting Coalition for the Homeless. Includes:

:: 6 PM | All-Access VIP Reception
:: 6 PM | Special Reception
:: 7:30 PM | General Admission

Guests will not only enjoy a phenomenal concert, but may choose to attend either of our pre-event receptions or take advantage of an enticing silent auction.

The elite All-Access VIP Reception in Hard Rock Live’s Lennon Room includes an exclusive meet n’ greet with the band, complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, premium concert seating, and early access to the silent auction.

The Special Reception includes complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, premium concert seating, and early access to the silent auction.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Exclusive.

Sale. One-Time Offer. Special.

In a word, you don’t want to miss this: Two (2) Special Reception tickets to the 20th Annual Hearts of Gold featuring Southern Rock classic, 38 Special, for just $138.  It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Show someone special you have a heart of gold — your ticket purchase will literally transform lives.  Special Reception guests will enjoy early access to the Silent Auction, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres until 7:30 PM, and great seats for the concert.

The Special Reception: 6:00 PM, Concert: 8:00 PM

Tickets to this Special Reception will not be available at any other time. Offer ends 2/14/13 at 5:00 PM (or while supplies last).

After 2/14/13 you can still get concert tickets or upgrade to All-Access VIP Passes for an incredible red-carpet experience including a meet ‘n greet with the band and complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Hearts of Gold is their largest fundraising event of the year.  Your ticket will literally change someone’s life.

Additional details about the concert can be found at Coalition For The Homeless Central Florida website.

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Orlando City Ties Philadelphia Union in Game 1 of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic

Orlando City

The Walt Disney World® Resort is teaming up with Major League Soccer to bring you the Walt Disney World® Pro Soccer Classic set to take place February 9 through February 23, 2013.

This action- packed event will feature eight professional teams competing in pre-season soccer tournaments at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. In 2012, Fans traveled from across the U.S. and Canada to get up close and personal with their favorite teams at this premiere spring training soccer event.


The participating teams are Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, DC United, Montreal Impact, Orlando City, Tampa Bay Rowdies.

And Shalon and I were THERE this past Saturday to support our favorite home town team Orlando City Lions while they faced the Philadelphia Union.

While the game ended in a tie, the energy at the pitch was fantastic! Iron Lion Firm showed up to cheer on the guys and lots of fans of the other teams participating showed their support as well! Orlando City Played a fantastic game and while they didn’t come out with the win, the tie was totally fine with us!

The Disney Pro Soccer Classic runs through February 23, 2013 at ESPN Wide World of Sports! Orlando City’s next game against the Toronto FC is Wednesday, February 13th at 8 pm at ESPN Wide World of Sports. You can find a match preview of the game here.

PLEASE make sure you follow along with us on Twitter @OnTheGoInMCO for live tweeting of the games! The next Orlando City Game is Wednesday night against the Toronto Football Club!  And you KNOW We will be there!!!!!

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