SeaWorld Orlando Partners With Lauren Alaina For Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

SeaWorld Orlando Annouces Partnership with Lauren Alaina to promote new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

 SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has partnered with award-winning country artist Lauren Alaina to perform the official theme song for the new attraction at SeaWorld OrlandoAntarctica: Empire of the Penguin™, opening May 24, 2013.

Alaina recorded two songs for SeaWorld, including the theme song for the ride in Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, and a remix version called “Antarctica: One World, One Family.” Alaina also will be performing the song live at SeaWorld Orlando for the attraction grand opening the week of May 24th. The remix version will be available for free download starting May 9.

Alaina is currently in the studio working on her forthcoming sophomore album, and is scheduled to perform her new single “Barefoot And Buckwild” on American Idol Thursday, May 9, airing nationwide on Fox networks.

“I have such great memories of growing up and going to SeaWorld with my family, so being a part of the theme park and their new attraction is so exciting,” says Alaina.  “Recording the official theme song for the ride was so much fun – SeaWorld even brought a penguin named Pete to the studio to help inspire me!”

Georgia native Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol.  Her first album, Wildflower, debuted at no.1 on the iTunes Country chart and no.2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2011, and was the best-selling digital album by a debut country female. Alaina has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards, and recently took home the Artist of the Year: New Artist trophy at the 2012 American Country Awards.

Alaina is also the Special Olympics Project UNIFY® Ambassador for North America and traveled to   Pyeongchang, South Korea in January for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. In celebration of this partnership and their mutual support, SeaWorld will make a donation to Special Olympics. A Special Olympics athlete and family members also will receive a special visit to SeaWorld Orlando for the grand opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, courtesy of Lauren Alaina.

“We’re excited to continue our strategy of expanding beyond family theme parks into different types of entertainment enterprises,” said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “We’re so thrilled to welcome Lauren into our family and look forward to working with her on this project and many more into the future.”

For the behind-the-scenes story of Lauren Alaina recording the theme song for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, watch an exclusive webisode at www.SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica .

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50 year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 67,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products.   SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at www.seaworldentertainment.com.  Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company’s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.

About Lauren Alaina

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol.  Her first album, Wildflower, debuted at no.1 on the iTunes Country chart and no.2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2011, and was the best-selling digital album by a debut country female.  She was also the youngest female to have her album debut that high since LeAnn Rimes 15 years prior.  Alaina has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards, and recently took home the Artist Of The Year: New Artist trophy at the 2012 American Country Awards. She has toured with superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Sugarland. She is also the Special Olympics Project UNIFY® Ambassador for North America, and traveled to   Pyeongchang, South Korea in January for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.   Lauren is currently in the studio working on her forthcoming sophomore album.  For more information, visit www.laurenalainaofficial.com or follow her on twitter @Lauren_Alaina. Lauren Alaina has partnered with SeaWorld to promote their new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, by recording the ride’s official theme song. Lauren Alaina appears courtesy of Mercury Nashville / 19Recordings / Interscope Records.

 

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Cedric The Entertainer At Bob Carr In July

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WHO:        Cedric the Entertainer

 

WHEN:      Saturday, July 20, 2013 | 8 P.M.

 

WHERE:    Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre | Orlando, Florida

 

ON SALE: Friday, May 10, 2013 | 10 A.M.

Cedric the Entertainer

 

A man with a gift for wringing laughter from commonplace situations, Cedric the Entertainer has parlayed a career as one of the top stand-up comics in America into a steadily growing résumé as an actor in film and television.  Cedric is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “Madagascar,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Johnson Family Vacation” and “The Original Kings of Comedy.”  Now, Cedric steps away from the camera and on to the live stage to share his comedic craft at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, July 20.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

Cedric’s most recent on-screen appearances include co-starring with Marlon Wayans in the box office hit “A Haunted House” and in 2011,  starring opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the comedy feature “Larry Crowne.”  He will next lend his voice to Disney’s “Planes” in theaters August 9, 2013.

Several career highlights for the multi-talented, funny man include earning the Aftra Award of Excellence in Television Programming for Cedric’s Fox Television series “Cedric The Entertainer Presents,” a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” on the WB’s number one rated “The Steve Harvey Show” and receiving The Richard Pryor Comic of the Year
Award from Black Entertainment Television for his ground-breaking work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET’s “Comic View.”

Although Cedric has devoted much of his energy in recent years to his television and film roles, he insists that stand-up will always be an important part of his career. “You are the conductor and [the audience is] the symphony,” he explains. “It’s a symphony of laughter, if you will, and you’re trying to make sure everybody is hitting some good notes and you’re making this whole, full orchestrated sound of laughter.”

 

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [May 6, 2013] – A man with a gift for wringing laughter from commonplace situations, Cedric the Entertainer has parlayed a career as one of the top stand-up comics in America into a steadily growing résumé as an actor in film and television.  Cedric is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “Madagascar,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Johnson Family Vacation” and “The Original Kings of Comedy.”  Now, Cedric steps away from the camera and on to the live stage to share his comedic craft at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, July 20.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

TICKETS: $33, $43, $53 & $63. All seats reserved.  Tickets are available through OrlandoVenues.net, Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 and at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For box office and ticket information call 407.440.7900.

ABOUT ORLANDO VENUES

Since 1989, Orlando Venues has served as Central Florida’s epicenter of sports and live entertainment. Orlando Venues includes the Amway Center, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Florida Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and Mennello Museum of American Art.  Orlando Venues’ mission is to present the Central Florida community with an extensive collection of live sports and entertainment and deliver a standard which results in the ultimate experience for our visitors.  Amway Center is home to the NBA’s 2009 Eastern Conference Champions, the Orlando Magic, the East Coast Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears and the Arena Football Leagues’ Orlando Predators.  The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre is the principal theatre for Fairwinds Broadway Across America-Orlando, Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic.  Annually, the Florida Citrus Bowl hosts the historic Florida Classic and two of the NCAA’s premier bowl games – the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl.  Tinker Field, built in 1914, is on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a recurrent venue for outdoor music festivals.  Harry P. Leu Gardens features 50 acres of lush landscapes and has one of America’s largest collections of camellias.  The Mennello Museum of American Art enriches the community with special exhibitions and showcases a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham.  The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program which includes the City Hall Gallery and Mayor’s Gallery.

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Historic Spanish Ship El Galeón Sails Florida Coast for Viva Florida 500

Historic Spanish Ship El Galeón Sails Florida Coast for Viva Florida 500

Galleon replica visits from Spain for 500th anniversary of Ponce de León landing

El Galeón

Marking the 500th anniversary of the landing in Florida of Juan Ponce de León, the historic replica ship El Galeón sailed from Spain for a four-port tour of La Florida, and we had the really unique opportunity to explore the ship on its visit to Cape Canaveral.

El Galeón

The Viva Florida 500 Voyage tells the story of this 16th Century vessel, its importance in Florida history and U.S. history, and plans for visitors to come aboard through June 3 in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, and St. Augustine.

El Galeón

Ponce de León was a Spanish explorer who claimed Florida for Spain 500 years ago after landing on Florida’s northeast coast. His ship’s last known navigational reading was 30 degrees, 8 minutes, off the coast of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.
El Galeón began its historic Viva Florida 500 Voyage in Spain and recently departed from Puerto Rico, where Ponce de León was a governor. The ship’s route is similar to the one Ponce de León sailed 500 years ago and is being sailed using technology of that past era.

 

Ponce de León’s arrival in Florida in April 1513 marked the beginning of a European presence in what is now the U.S. mainland. He also is credited with discovering the Gulf Stream, which led to development of the early trade routes between Spain and the Americas that brought galleons filled with treasures close to Florida’s shores.
El Galeón is a 170 foot, 495 ton, detailed wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet.  In the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, it will cover more than 900 nautical miles, with 28 crew members aboard, maneuvering more than 9,600 square feet of sail area, as it was done in the 16th century. The ship is owned by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Sevilla, Spain.

 

At each port, visitors can come aboard to learn about the ship and crew, the important time in Florida history the El Galeón represents, and how these events five centuries ago shaped the Sunshine State of today.

El Galeón

It was beyond awesome to take in all the details of this amazing ship, and to take in all the information we could! We especially loved the video of El Galeón as it was sailing with dolphins swimming along side of her!

El Galeón

If you have the chance to catch El Galeón during the Viva 500 Celebration, I definitely would!!!

El Galeón

El Galeón Information

Public tours April 15 – June 3
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

— The Cove at Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral: Wednesday, May 1 – Sunday, May 12
— Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale: Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, May 19
— City Marina, St. Augustine: Thursday, May 23 – Monday, June 3

For More Ticket information visit VISITFLORIDA.showclix.com

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