Jimmy Buffett Brings 2019 Tour to Orlando

2019 Jimmy Buffett High Tide Tour Amway Center 2019

Orlando, the wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band has announced that their Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will make a stop at Orlando’s Amway Center for one night only, Saturday, December 7. 

Tickets for the Amway Center concert will range in price from $33 to $142.50, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 27 at 10 am ET.

Buffett released his famous “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor” long playing (LP) record in 1978, and sang the title track during his only performance on Saturday Night Live following its release. The song was written about his grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, Sr., who was a huge influence in his life. The tour commemorates the album’s 40th anniversary release which kicked off in 2018 with the celebration continuing through 2019. The record also includes the Parrothead-favorite, “Cheeseburger In Paradise” as well as “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle.”

“Jimmy Buffett is a legendary entertainer with numerous hits and incredibly passionate fans,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to Amway Center and we’re looking forward to another sold-out show.”

Jimmy Buffett And The Coral Reefer Band Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 // 8 PM ET
Where: Amway Center // Orlando, Florida
On-Sale: Friday, September 27, 2019 // 10 AM ET

The long-awaited Margaritaville musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” in 2018 world premiered in La Jolla, CA, followed by pre-Broadway stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago and opened on Broadway. The original Broadway-cast recording of the musical was recently released and the tour launches this year including a week-long performance at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 12-17.

For the first time ever, music from the platinum-selling 2004 album, “License To Chill,” was released as a digital and streaming CD worldwide last year. Many musical friends joined Buffett on this record including Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, George Strait, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith.

Keep in mind the following information about ticket sales:

  • All tickets are reserved. 
  • Buy tickets at Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. 
  • All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

Tickets for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will go FAST, so if you would like to go make sure you act quick!!!

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MEGACON Orlando 2019

Know Before You Go: MEGACON Orlando 2019
Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities with Cast Reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions, all-new programming, and more Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19, 2019

MEGACON, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, the show expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend joined by a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include: 

  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
  • Zachary Levi (Shazam!)
  • David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman and Stephen Amell (Arrow)
  • Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
  • Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy and The Tick)
  • Peter Weller (Robocop)Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda)
  • Rose McIver (iZombie)
  • Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)

In addition to over 400,000 square feet of shopping and an incredible celebrity line up, MEGACON Orlando 2019’s programming highlights include: 

MASTERS OF COSPLAY INTERNATIONAL 

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Masters of Cosplay
MegaCon Orlando

Masters of Cosplay International unites cosplayers from all around the world including invited guests from Canada, Italy and Argentina with an all-new cosplay programming track. Practice the art of cosplay in the Masters of Cosplay Grand Prix, a cosplay competition created by FAN EXPO HQ in 2018. Competing with five other shows in five different cities, Orlando’s regional champion will win a trip to FAN EXPO Canada and go to head to head to claim the title of Master of Cosplay. New this year, fans can also stroll through Cosplay Alley, book a personal photo shoot with a cosplay photographer, strut your cosplay on a red carpet and more.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION PANEL

MegaCon Orlando 2019 MMC30
MegaCon Orlando

The Mickey Mouse Club celebrates its 30th anniversary of its debut episode with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the Mouseketeers. On Saturday, May 18, *NSYNC Artist and childhood friend of the Mouseketeers Joey Fatone will host a special reunion panel at MEGACON™ Orlando starting at 12 p.m. followed by a photo and autograph session from 1-4 p.m. The Mickey Mouse Club reunion show is included in a Saturday MEGACON ticket and the panel is on a first-come first-served basis.

CAST REUNIONS

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Back to the Future
MegaCon Orlando 2019

Fans will be amazed by very rare reunions throughout the weekend including Back To The FutureBoy Meets WorldThe GooniesLost BoysSmallville and more.Stars appearing from the Back To The Future cast include Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan. Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Will Friedle and Rider Strong from Boy Meets World will be joining Thursday through Sunday. From The Goonies, Sean Astin, Corey Feldmna and Ke Huy Quan will all appear. 

CELEBRITY PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Back to the Future
MegaCon Orlando

Capture the ultimate fan memory with a photo taken with a celebrity guest of choice. Professional photographers are on-site to capture the special moment in the Photo Op studios. Then, have your photo or favorite memorabilia signed during various celebrity autograph sessions throughout the weekend.  

ARTIST ALLEY

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Artist Alley
MegaCon Orlando

Fans can meet the rising stars behind the hottest comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and original art and sketches at Artist Alley. Highlights include Batman’s Greg Capullo, Amazing Spider-Man’s Tim Townsend, Wonder Woman’s Cary Nord among others.  

FAMILY FUN

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Floor
MegaCon Orlando

With Family Passes available, MEGACON Orlando is fun for all ages! Families can enjoy costume contests, crafts, group celebrity photo sessions, cosplay meetups and more. Head to www.megaconorlando.com to download a free kids coupon for children 12 and under.

MEGACON Orlando’s four-day passes and single-day tickets are available for purchase at http://www.megaconorlando.com/tickets starting at $20. For a complete list of programming, guest announcements, and tickets, visit: www.megaconorlando.com and for information in Spanish visit: www.megaconorlando.com/en/attractions/ven-a-megacon.html.

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Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Details

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019

Dear Evan Hansen Announces Digital Lottery for Discounted Tickets for Orlando Engagement

Dear Evan Hansen will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance. 

Dear Evan Hansen, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series, opens at Dr. Phillips Center on April 16, 2019 and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
  • The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance in Orlando and will be accepted until 9 a.m. local time the day before the performance.
  • Visit https://www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen/ to register.
  • Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
  • The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
  • All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
  • Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.
Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2018

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

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New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida 2018

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

If you are ready to countdown to 2019 in the theme parks of Central Florida, here is all the fun that you can have!

Walt Disney World

New Year's Eve Theme Parks
Photo: Walt Disney World

MAGIC KINGDOM

Boogie down at a pair of DJ dance parties and catch the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display.

  • Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties : Grab your partner and spin around the dance floor to toe-tappin’ tunes. Or blast into the new year at an upbeat gathering featuring futuristic beats. Both parties will take place on December 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM until midnight.
  • Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: Head to your favorite viewing spot to watch this beloved, fan-favorite light up the night sky— December 31, 2018, beginning at 11:50 PM. Additional shows will take place both nights at 6:30 PM.

EPCOT

Illuminations New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Anticipate an evening chock-full of activities—from revelries across the nations to live music to fireworks shows.

  • Celebrations Around the World Showcase: Who says you can’t ring in the new year more than once? As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear.
  • If you’re looking for lively dance parties, be sure to take a stroll around the World Showcase to encounter a variety of themed events in several country pavilions.
  • Live Music at the America Gardens Theatre: Delight in live music at this al fresco venue, located near the lagoon.
  • Fireworks Shows: Gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at 11:40 PM, followed by a countdown to 2019 and a special New Year’s Eve display one last time.

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Flurry of Fun Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Revel in a midnight countdown to stunning fireworks spectacular.

DISNEY SPRINGS

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival New Year's Eve

  • Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road: Two rousing New Year’s Eve countdowns.  Two blockbuster 10-minute medleys of Irish, holiday and New Year’s tunes.  Thirty musicians and dancers, audio and light technicians.  And don’t forget the complimentary Champagne for all legal imbibers during both countdowns.
    • An Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs will be an unforgettable kickoff to 2019 when the clock strikes midnight in Ireland at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) and again at midnight (ET) says the pub’s production manager, David Hayes, a Dublin native and multi-instrumentalist who’s directed Irish television and musical productions for decades.
    • No Cover Charge

Universal Orlando Resort

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Music Concert Plaza Stage New Year's Eve

  • Universal Studios Florida will host its biggest New Year’s Eve celebration yet – complete with rockin’ party zones at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park, live upbeat music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors, confetti and – of course – pyrotechnics. It’s fun for the entire family and it’s included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.
  • New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage December 31 from 6:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Holiday Parade Character Dance Party
    • Live Band and DJ
    • Ring in 2019 at Midnight with Pyrotechnics and Confetti
  • New Year’s Eve in Central Park December 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • All-New Cinematic Celebration
    • Character Dance Party
    • Live DJ
  • Ring in 2019 with Pyrotechnics and a Fountain and Light display

EVE AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

CityWalk New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Ring in 2019 at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests 21 and up will enjoy signature drinks, feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine, revel in six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs – including DJ M-Squared – and rock out on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor.
  • EVE takes place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • For tickets and event details, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HOTELS

Loews Portofino Bay 2017 Harbor Nights Dates New Year's Eve

The party continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels.  All six will feature special New Year’s Eve festivities for hotel guests to ring in 2019.  See below for details:

LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza will kick off at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and run through a midnight toast on the hotel’s Harbor Piazza. The party includes a DJ, face painter and balloonist, in addition to family fun with dancing and children’s crafts. For tickets and details, call 407-503-1200 or visit HarborNights.tix.com.

HARD ROCK HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Hard Rock Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Buffet is from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 at The Kitchen restaurant. Buffet includes access to ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • ROCK-IN 2019! NEW YEAR’S EVE LOBBY PARTY: Rock the night away at Hard Rock’s ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event’s entertainment will include a DJ, Magic Man, face painter, balloonist and appearances by Universal Orlando characters. Around midnight, enjoy a countdown live from Times Square along with a balloon drop and champagne toast. For tickets and details, call 407-503-2200 or visit bit.ly/ROCK-in2019.

LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Islands Dining Room. Guests will enjoy face painters, balloonists, musicians and hula dancers. Buffet includes access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • JAKE’S “BEST OF 2018” BEER DINNER: The highly anticipated Jake’s “Best of 2018” Beer Dinner will return from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the Clipper Room. Dinner tickets include access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For tickets and details, call 407-503-3200 or visit JakesBeerDinner.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE DESSERT BUFFET: The hotel’s New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet will be on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Tahitian Room. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • WANTILAN NEW YEAR’S EVE LUAU: A special New Year’s Eve presentation of the Wantilan Luau will take place on Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. under the hotel’s outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. The evening’s entertainment will include live music, as well as hula and fire dancers. For tickets and details, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit WantilanLuau.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET: Royal Pacific’s New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1 in Islands Dining Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

LOEWS SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Amatista Cookhouse. Guests will enjoy appearances by beloved Universal Orlando characters, a face painter and a balloonist. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: This New Year’s Eve Celebration at the hotel’s Strong Water Tavern begins at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 2 a.m. This 21 and up event includes live music, dancing, a champagne toast and balloon drop. For tickets and details, call 407-503-5200 or visit StrongWaterTavern.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET IN AMATISTA COOKHOUSE: The New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY SPECTACULAR: This Cabana Bay guest-only New Year’s Eve Party Spectacular begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 12:30 a.m. at the Bayliner Diner. The event will feature a carving dining special, face painters, balloon artists and a midnight balloon drop.

UNIVERSAL’S AVENTURA HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE IN URBAN PANTRY: Universal Orlando’s newest hotel is featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu at its Urban Pantry from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will also be special appearances by Universal Orlando characters in Urban Pantry and the hotel lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information on the menu, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BAR 17 BISTRO: On Dec. 31, Bar 17 Bistro will feature a DJ during the evening, as guests enjoy spectacular views from this rooftop location. Times for entertainment will soon be shared on the Universal Orlando website.

LEGOLAND Florida

New Year's Eve CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR Legoland Florida Resort
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland)

From December now until December 31st, enjoy the holiday décor and more! LEGOLAND Florida’s ‘Kids’ New Year’s Party’ features an amazing nightly fireworks show, dance parties, special building activities, and a brick drop at a kid-friendly hour!

  • Countdown to the New Year Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate jumping into a new year by finding all the LEGO clocks in MINILAND USA and filling in the times on each clock. Here’s a hint: Think about the time zone each city is in!
  • Celebration Mosaic Build: Up for some building? Help build a giant LEGO mosaic to celebrate the New Year!
  • New Year’s Goals: Set some goals for 2019! Draw or write a goal you want to accomplish in 2019 and then display it in the park.
  • Club Brixx Presented by Perfetti Van Melle: Ready to get groovy and dance the night away? Join the brick-tastic dance party with DJ Brixx!
  • New Beginnings Celebration – a Firework Spectacular: End your evening with a brick-tastic bang as LEGO bricks fill the sky during a can’t-miss firework show! On December 31st count down to 2019 with LEGOLAND Florida with some help from our giant LEGO ball! This celebration includes special effects, lights and fireworks viewing glasses and is sure to be a memory you won’t forget!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Summer Nights 2015 New Year's Eve

Celebrate SeaWorld’s connection to the sea, sea life, and the world they share as you ring in the New Year, SeaWorld style.

A spectacular musical celebration and bold fireworks display will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park.

Want to stay home?

New Year's Eve live stream magic kingdom 2018

The #DisneyParksLIVE will share the New Year’s Eve fireworks live from Magic Kingdom Park on Monday, December 31 at 11:45 p.m. ET on the Disney Parks Blog.

The celebration at Magic Kingdom Park will feature a special performance of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks that includes songs from some of the most beloved Disney films, including “Peter Pan,” “Pinocchio” and “Aladdin,” plus tunes from “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion. Be sure to be on the lookout for a special New Year’s Eve finale.

Want to be a part of the broadcast? Share your family’s Disney Parks “vacation pic of the year” with us on Twitter using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE, and you just may be included in the live stream!

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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA coming to Orlando

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019

Cirque du Soliel brings its iconic Big Top experience to Orlando for the first time with LUZIA

The astounding production LUZIA opens on March 7, 2019 under the white-and-gold Big Top at The Florida Mall

Orlando, Fla.

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Orlando with its delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning Big Top production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico.

From March 7 – 31, 2019, local audiences are invited for the first time ever under the Cirque du Soleil Big Top at The Florida Mall to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, in association with Brigitte Poupart, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

With mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Jaw-dropping highlights include a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the center of a cenote (natural sinkhole), a juggler tossing seven pins at breakneck speed, and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulation.

Since its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been presenting traveling Big Top shows all around the world. The overall excitement of going to the circus, the otherworldly atmosphere of the Big Top, as well as its intimate setting elevate the Cirque du Soleil experience. LUZIA is the company’s 17th show to be presented under a Big Top.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Tickets for Orlando performances of LUZIA start at $54, and are available now online.

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What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is always bustling with activity, and here is the latest news on shows you won’t want to miss!

What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

Tom Jones Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tom Jones

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater

Tickets

Start at $49.50

Description

Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 76—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost SuitcaseSpirit In The Roomand Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.

Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including “It’s Not Unusual”, “Kiss”, “Delilah”, “What’s New Pussycat”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and “If I Only Knew”, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.

Tom was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honour he deeply cherishes. An honour he was able to celebrate once again in 2012 when he performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award. He has been animated as himself in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperors New Groove; other film roles include Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks. In 2012 he landed his first acting role not playing himself, alongside Brenda Blethyn and Alison Steadman, in “Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds” for Sky Arts.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

Jessie James Decker

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jessie James Decker

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $29.50. VIP experience available.

Description

Jessie James Decker is a country music singer/songwriter, style entrepreneur, television personality and New York Times bestselling author. Her album, Southern Girl City Lights, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in October 2017 following the success of her gold certified single “Wanted.” A star of the hit reality show Eric and Jessie, she is the creator and designer of Kittenish, a playful fashion line inspired by her personal style. Decker’s first book, the New York Times Bestseller Just Jessie, is her guide to love, life, family and food, and was released in October 2018 from Harper Collins Publishers.

Presented by

Outback Concerts

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $45.25. VIP experience available.

Description

Jo Koy tours around the world and is currently on his Break The Mold World Tour. He can be heard as a weekly guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. He also hosts the weekly podcast The Koy Pond with Jo Koy on Podcast One. Additionally, Koy can be seen on the Kevin Hart’s LaughOutLoud.com as the host of Inglorious Pranksters. For more info on the podcast and tour dates, please visit: Jokoy.com.

Koy has had two highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. In 2017, Koy released his 3rd stand-up special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle as a Netflix Original.

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Spike TV’s Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live, Celebrity Page TV, VH1, World’s Funniest Fails, Sean In The Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. 

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts American Girl Live

American Girl Live

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $33.75. VIP experience available.

Description

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to Bob Carr Theater! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with The Roberts Group

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org or 407.455.5550.

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Kick Off the Holiday Season with the Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees 2018

Celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Central Florida’s Festival of Trees

‘Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the holidays in Central Florida

Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family – but it’s not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101’s annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando’s finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

“The purpose of this event is two-fold,” said Susan Harris, president of the Council of 101. “The Festival of Trees brings joy and holiday spirit to our community, all while supporting the arts. Each handcrafted piece would make an excellent gift for your loved ones and will benefit your community.”

Over the years, the Festival of Trees in combination with other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses.

Festival of Trees General Admission:

Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 18 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling

407-896-4231 ext. 254, or online through Eventbrite.

Festival of Trees Ticket Costs:

  • $15 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 3-11
  • $10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders, and military with official ID

Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 9

  • Tree Lighting, Champagne Reception and Gala, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $200 per person
  • Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $175 per person, reserved table seating is available for purchase

Saturday, November 10

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Havana Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $45 for adults

Tuesday, November 13

  • Festival Salutes Seniors,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $10 for seniors

Wednesday, November 14

  • Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $20 for all ages

Friday, November 16

  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $30 for adults

Saturday, November 17

    • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • $30 for all ages

Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.

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Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

The EXTREMELY popular Broadway Musical Hamilton is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for 24 performances from January 22 – February 10, 2019.

I had the opportunity, as a partner of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to find out more about the ticket purchasing process.

Before we get into it let’s go ahead and get this out of the way…I DO NOT have an on-sale date or pricing for the upcoming run of Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. But I CAN tell you that the information is coming soon!

UPDATE:

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announce today that single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 16 at 9 a.m. (ET).

Guests are encouraged to purchase online at drphillipscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Dr. Phillips Center.

Tickets will be available for performances January 22 – February 10, 2019.

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per person for the engagement.

When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $76.50 to $199.50 with a select number of $429.50 premium seats available for all performances.

Online ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

I am just as anxious as you are for this information thanks to my twelve year old daughter who is asking almost every day!!!

However there are some important tidbits I CAN share about the Hamilton ticket buying process at the Dr. Phillips Center to **hopefully** make the endeavor more successful for you.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton
Hamilton
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively.
Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Marcus Choi as George Washington; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George.
The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.

Understanding the number of Hamilton tickets that will be available for the show’s run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The tickets that will be going on sale for Hamilton are for the seats left over after subscribers have chosen their show, and unfortunately it is too late to become a subscriber for the season.

While we didn’t get any official number of seats available, we were told that the first week of the show’s run is subscriber heavy. So that’s something to definitely keep in mind (more on this in a few paragraphs).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Where to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A vast majority (they’re aiming for as close to 100% as possible) of the ticket sales for Hamilton will be online.

Please take note that there will be NO ticket sales over the phone for this show.

You could also queue up outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but there are no tickets designated for sale at the venue. So if you choose this option, you’ll be waiting in line to walk up to the ticket window already behind everyone who is in the virtual purchasing waiting room. Not your best option.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a variety of technological checks and balances to help ensure that bots won’t get in & buy all the tickets.

Also, to take things a step further, the facility will be monitoring the process in real time flagging any suspicious sales.

But please be aware of scams!!! You will want to ONLY purchase tickets from drphillipscenter.org to ensure that they are legitimate tickets.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

The fine print on Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Here are a few things you’ll definitely want to keep in mind when you are planning your Hamilton ticket purchase:

  • Ticket transactions are limited to one per person,
  • The ticket limit per purchase is 4 per person, there are no exceptions for larger groups or families,
  • There will be no ticket discounts,
  • There will be no ticket presales,
  • There will be no Student Rush ticket sales,
  • Tickets will be mailed to your provided address or sent digitally to your phone with a text message, and
  • If you are using Will Call to pick up your tickets you will be required to show a photo ID (such as a Florida Drivers License).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

How the process will work for purchasing Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

First things first please know that some of the process to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is random, so don’t feel like you have to wake up at 3am to log into the online system.

With that in mind, here is an overview of the how the process will go:

  • First you will log onto to drphillipscenter.org between 15-30 minutes in advance of the sale’s start time,
  • After logging on you will be placed in a Virtual Waiting room, and
  • Once the Virtual Waiting room has reached a certain capacity a select number of people will be randomly chosen to be placed into the purchase queue to complete the transaction.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Three things to best position yourself to get Hamilton tickets for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

  1. Create an account online (including storing payment information) on drphillipscenter.org
  2. Follow the Dr. Phillips Center on social (here are their links for Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) & sign up for their email newsletter
  3. Know the best dates that work for you before you go to buy tickets with back-up dates in mind just in case shows are sold out when you get into the purchase queue.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Didn’t score tickets? Don’t fret!

There will be a digital lottery through the show directly & last minute sales, but only for social media followers. More on this soon!!!

I hope that all of this helps make your adventure to purchase Hamilton tickets for its run at the Dr. Phillips Center more successful, and I’ll be sharing more information as it becomes available.

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Waitress Is Coming To Orlando And Holding Auditions

Waitress the Musical Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando
photo: Joan Marcus

Local auditions for “LULU” in WAITRESS will take place Wednesday, February 28 at Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts

Two little girls are about to get their big break as the critically acclaimed Broadway musical WAITRESS rolls into town next month. Casting directors are looking for two aspiring actresses under age 5 (and three months) to play a “sweet, carefree” young girl in the finale scene of the Tony-nominated show.

Here are the WAITRESS audition details:

WHAT:  Live audition for the role of “Lulu” in WAITRESS, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series.

WHO:  Dr. Phillips Center Director of Education Dana Brazil and a creative team member from the New York production of WAITRESS will interview up to 36 young actresses.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Actresses must be registered to receive a scheduled appointment time.

WHERE:  Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts – Second floor of the Dr. Phillips Center – Anderson Street Entrance

AUDITION INFO:  Registration is open NOW at drphillipscenter.org/lulu. Applicants must be under the age of 5 and three months and shorter than 4’2”. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Once registered, qualified applicants will receive an email with their appointment time or notification of being waitlisted. The audition will consist of the child reading two lines from the show. Prior acting experience is not required. If headshots and resumes are available, parents should bring them but they are not required. Two girls will be selected to share the role; each will perform in four performances during the six-day engagement.

WAITRESS debuts in the Walt Disney Theater Tuesday, March 20 and runs through Sunday, March 25. Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.” Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Tickets are now available for WAITRESS and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

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Steve Harvey Bringing His Daytime Talk Show To Walt Disney World

On the heels of the show’s second season pick up, Steve Harvey daytime series “STEVE” is traveling to Walt Disney World Resort for an all-new week of exciting shows set to air March 19 – 23, 2018.

Steve Harvey Tickets Walt Disney World 2018

The week will feature celebrity families and couples including The Bella Twins, Eric Christian Olsen and Sarah Wright Olsen, Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker as well as celebrities Josh Henderson, Terry Crews and more.

True to “STEVE” form, these special episodes will be filled with exciting games, prizes and giveaways. Viewers will learn about an incredible summer in store for Walt Disney World guests, which includes the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

One deserving couple will even get the wedding of a lifetime after their hometown wedding landed the bride in the hospital. Throughout the week, the couple’s family and friends will help celebrate with all things Disney to make the couple’s dreams come true.

Steve will also proudly honor students from the 2018 Class of Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. Disney Dreamers Academy is an annual empowerment program featuring 100 select high school students from across the country who are looking to dream big and learn how to put dreams into action. The academy aims to prepare students for the future by developing networking and interviewing skills and showcasing a variety of career opportunities.

“STEVE” will tape March 9 -11 before a live studio audience from Epcot at Walt Disney World. This is the first time the show has visited Walt Disney World and the first time the show has taped from a remote location since its premiere this past fall.

To attend a “STEVE” taping at Walt Disney World, visit www.getstevetix.com.

 

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2018 LEGOLAND Florida Brick Dash Details

Registration is now open for 2018’s Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix, the popular Central Florida run/walk set for Saturday, April 14 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

LEGOLAND Florida 2018 Brick Dash 5K

The fun begins at 7 a.m. with a 5K race that sends runners winding their way through LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including the famous Cypress Gardens area, followed at 8 a.m.with a half-mile “fun run” for kids. Favorite LEGO characters like Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, Kai, Nya and Master Wu will cheer runners and walkers of all ages during both races.

Online registration is $35 per person (plus processing fee) for all 5K participants and “virtual” runners. Fun run registration is limited to children 3-12 and is $25 per person online (plus processing fee). A special family registration option is available by mail for $99, and includes 5K registration for two adults and fun run registration for two children.

To register online or to obtain the family registration form visit this website. A course map will be available soon using the same link.

All 5K participants and virtual runners will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a special LEGO brick medal designed by LEGOLAND Master Model Builders.

LEGOLAND Florida 2018 Brick Dash 5K
Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Fun run participants will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a collectible LEGO brick commemorating the event. T-shirts and medals are guaranteed only for registrations received by March 30. Winners in each division also will receive a one-of-a-kind LEGO trophy.

Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix benefits Merlin’s Magic Wand, a worldwide charity that helps seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 120 Merlin Entertainments attractions around the globe. For those unable to visit a Merlin attraction, the organization creates whimsical Merlin’s Magic Spaces in community facilities that serve the needs of children.

Vote on a medal design

Brick Dash fans can vote for the final medal design on the official LEGOLAND Florida Resort Facebook page.

Stay, play and save!

Brick Dash participants who want to stay overnight can save up to $260 on a LEGOLAND Florida vacation package now through Feb. 28*, including:

• An overnight stay at any LEGOLAND Vacations accommodations, including the on-site LEGOLAND Hotel and adjacent LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

• Two-day theme park/water park combo tickets for all adults on the reservation.

• A free, two-day child’s theme park/water park combo ticket for every adult on the reservation. That means a booking with two adults and two children will include two-day tickets for both adults and free two-day tickets for both children.

• Free breakfast for guests of LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat (not including the day of arrival).

*Restrictions apply. For complete details or to book online, visit, and look for the “Kids Stay & Play Free” package.

Awesome awaits

LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO and DUPLO® brands, including awesome experiences based on “The LEGO Movie™,” “LEGO NINJAGO®: Masters of Spinjitzu,” LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends, plus LEGOLAND Water Park and on-site accommodations at the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel and the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.

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Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour coming to Orlando

After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape, Elton John announced details of his final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road that will come to Orlando’s Amway Center on Tuesday, November 27. 

“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Amway Center 2018

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 am, but there are other ways to purchase your tickets in advance for this can’t miss concert.

American Express card members may purchase tickets in advance until Monday, January 29 at 10 p.m. EST. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages are available now, and these exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more. Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased at EltonJohn.com.  

The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pre-sale is powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan (Ticketmaster’s fan-first technology, built to help artists combat ticket bots and get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to go to the event). Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan until Saturday January 27. The pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30 at 10 a.m. EST and run through Wednesday January 31 at 10 p.m. EST; supplies are limited. Registration is required to participate in the TM Verified Fan Pre-sale. For more information and to register, visit EltonJohn.com.

Tickets for Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pricing has not been released yet, but you can buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at ticketmaster.com

And now for the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour fine print:

  • Limited on-ice seating is available upon request.
  • Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. 
  • All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. 
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). 
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

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See Monster Jam Trucks Around Orlando Tomorrow

Seven of the biggest stars, the giant monster trucks from Monster Jam, will be on display in Orlando this Thursday, January 18. For fans, it’s a chance to see and take pictures with the enormous trucks before these beasts roar into Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 20. Best part, it’s all free to the public.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 – MONSTER JAM TRUCKS ON DISPLAY in Central Florida 

Max-D Driver: Tom Meents 2-6 p.m. Circle K, 8979 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819
Bounty Hunter Driver: Jimmy Creten 2-6 p.m. Circle K, 3820 Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud, FL 32819
Black Pearl Driver: Cole Venard 3-6 p.m. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, 4652 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839
Team Hot Wheels Driver: Scott Buetow 3-7 p.m. Toys R Us, 4607 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Driver: Candice Jolly 3-7 p.m. Metro PCS, 1453 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando 32809
Scooby-Doo Driver: John Gordon 3-7 p.m. Circle K, 700 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32825
El Toro Loco® Driver: Chuck Werner 5-8 p.m. Frogger’s, 1601 Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL 32712

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Monster Jam will be performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Gates open at 5 p.m., opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m.

The Monster Jam Pit Party, which will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives fans access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.

New in 2018, the Pit Party Early Access Pass is available to every fan who purchases a ticket to the event. The pass provides early entry into the Pit Party from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and serves as the regular Pit Party pass from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monster Jam drivers will depart from the Pit Party at 5 p.m. The Pit Party Early Access Pass must be accompanied by an event ticket, and quantities are limited.

Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at the Amway Center Box office in advance, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Camping World Stadium is located at One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805.

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Tips For Visiting the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts With Kids

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to see a performance of ‘School of Rock’ with my daughter, but all opinions are my own

I have always loved going to the theatre, and I even majored in it and met my husband at the Theatre Arts program at Virginia Tech.

So when Zoe finally started expressing an interest in seeing a musical, I wanted to make sure that she was both able to fully enjoy the experience as well as respect the experience of others.

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, located in downtown Orlando, is a beautiful venue that is the perfect place for families in this same position since it is grand while not being intimidating and offers a diverse season of shows, concerts, and traveling productions.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Here are some of the ways that I prepared Zoe for our outing to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Tips For Visiting Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts With Kids

Pick the right show for your family

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has a variety of performances (you can see the schedule here), and the next FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando is Disney’s The Lion King that will have performances February 14 to March 11, 2018, and tickets start at $35.25.

Make sure that younger ones can stay up late

While most shows offer weekend matinee shows, most performances happen on the later side of the evening which means that dinner and bedtimes will need to be shifted some.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Familiarize your little ones with the show that they’ll be seeing

Kids tend to do better when they understand the premise of the show that they are going to go see, and a nice way to do that is by talking about the show that you will be seeing, watching a movie version of the show, or reading the book that the show is based on to give them an idea of what they can expect to happen during the show.

Don’t be afraid to also keep reviewing what they’ll be seeing and experiencing, especially when you are on your way to the theatre, so you can answer any additional questions they may have.

Talk about expected behavior at the theatre

While it can be overwhelming thinking of taking a child to the theatre to sit through two to three hours with a small break when they need to be able to sit relatively sit still while having good etiquette, but if you look at it theatre etiquette is really a lot like movie theater etiquette!

  • Pay attention to announcements that are made prior to many shows about the rules of the theater you are attending and the location of the fire exits.
  • Speaking during the performance impacts those around you, so make sure that if it is an emergency that you speak in a whisper.
  • Remember that the Overture (introductory music) in Musical Theater is part of the performance, so be quiet when it begins.
  • Pictures during the performance can be very distracting to the actors and can cause a mishap, so try to take them before/after the performance or during intermission.
  • Keep in mind that the seats are close, so please keep your feet on the floor and refrain from kicking the seats in front of you.
  • Do laugh and applaud when it is appropriate during the performance. While the lights on the stage are bright and the actors may not see you, they appreciate your interaction.
  • Make sure to applaud at the end of the show to let the performers and crew know that you appreciate their work, and you can even stand and applaud if you really thought the show was great.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Make going to the theatre an event!

Who doesn’t love getting gussied up to go to a fancy place?

Use your time at the theatre as an excuse to get dressed up to show that this is an important and special outing.

Arrive early to the theatre

Since the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Orlando (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801), so you will want to factor in time for traffic, parking and walking to the venue , and going through security so it is best to give yourself some extra time to cut out some of the stress of getting to the venue.

Once you arrive, I also suggest taking a few moments to take in the beautiful building and use the facilities.

For directions, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has great information on their website.

As for a little boost for shorter ones to see

If you are going to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with a child on the shorter side, you can visit the information desk, located under the staircase towards the back left of the lobby, to receive a free booster for them to see the show better.

Take a walk around the lobby during intermission

A good way to get the jitters out from sitting still during the first act is to take a walk around the lobby during the intermission.

Intermission typically lasts 15 minutes, so keep an eye on the lines at the concessions area and the restrooms to make sure if you need to visit either you have time to do so without rushing too much.

If they have a blast, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers a large variety of classes.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers classes for children as young as two, and you can find information here.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Zoe and I had an absolute blast at the fantastic performance of School of Rock,  but should I worry that I asked her to clean her room & she started blasting ‘Stick it to the Man’?

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Vice President Joe Biden Brings American Promise Tour to Orlando

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Bill Blumenreich Presents announced that Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour will be at the venue’s Walt Disney Theater on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7 pm.

Vice President Joe Biden Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

During his American Promise Tour events, Vice President Biden has discussed the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges often with guest moderators.

PROMISE ME, DAD chronicles 2015, the most momentous and challenging year in Vice President Biden’s extraordinary life and career. For twelve months, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his family while his son Beau battled brain cancer. Never far away was the insistent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Vice President Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward, as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

Tickets start at $68 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 am and include a copy of his new book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (on sale now, $27, Flatiron Books). VIP Meet & Greet tickets are also available. General audience tickets and VIP tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 am and 4 pm. Monday through Friday, or 12 pm and 4 pm Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

“Over the last month I’ve traveled around the country to share the story of my son Beau. I have been incredibly touched by countless stories of resilience and hope that so many people have shared with me – stories of enormous loss, and yet, in defiance of that loss, they get up every morning and summon the strength to live a life of purpose. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue this tour and hear from so many more people,” says Vice President Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which developed and will continue to oversee the American Promise Tour.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram