Legendary Rockers KISS to Headline ArenaBowl XXVI At The Amway Center


 KISS to Headline ArenaBowl XXVI At The Amway Center




WHEN:          FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 | 7:30 P.M.




ON SALE:     FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013 | 10 A.M.

Legendary rock band KISS headlines ArenaBowl XXVI weekend festivities and celebrates their 40th anniversary with the Champions of the Arena Football League on Friday, August 16 in Orlando, Florida at the Amway Center.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

KISS, known for their elaborate explosive stage shows, iconic black and white face paint and never ending love of helping fans remember to “Rock and Roll All Nite,” return to Orlando for the first time since 2006.  Lead by the founding partners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide over the last four decades and attained eight Top 10 albums, highlighted by hit songs such as “Rock and Roll all Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love.”  The recently released number one “Monster” album has been hailed by critics as the band’s greatest studio album in decades.

ArenaBowl XXVI is set for Saturday, August 17 at the Amway Center.  The game will be broadcast live on CBS Television Network at 1 p.m. as part of the three-day ArenaBowl XXVI celebration.

Visit Tickemaster.com for KISS and ArenaBowl XXVI VIP packages.

TICKETS: $35, $49, $75 & $95 – 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.  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. 



Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased their fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country.  CBS Sports Network broadcasts an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the regular season and postseason through the semifinal rounds.  The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game airs on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.



The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.  Awarded 2012 Sports Facility of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.



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Cheering for a runDisney Event


My addiction to running didn’t start with the running itself, it started with the cheering.  Back in 2009 I made some friends, and not long after I learned that they were running in a race.  A race at Walt Disney World.  I honestly had no real concept of what this meant, but I had always had it in the back of my head that running was something I wanted to try.  So I made a decision to seek a little inspiration, and go cheer for them. That day I learned one solid thing: cheering for a race isn’t easy. Now that’s not to say that it can’t be, like anything else it’s all about how much, or how little you want to throw yourself into it.

This upcoming weekend, February 22-February 24, 2013, runDisney is hosting Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  There are two races that you could be cheering for, the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K, and the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon.

Some Fun RunDisney Facts about Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend:

  • More than 26,000 runners in the half; 8,000 in the 5K and 1,700 in Kids Races; many from throughout Central Florida

  • The half marathon includes more than 24,500 female runners and 1,700 male runners

  • Runners represent all 50 states and 32 countries

  • The youngest participant is 14 and the oldest woman is 78

  • There are 98 RunDisney runners celebrating their Birthday during the race

If you have runners running either of these races you should sit down with them and talk with them to find out some information that will make cheering for them easier:

What corral are they starting in?  For each race, runners are split up into corrals that have staggered starting times.  These corrals are typically lettered.  Runners in B will start the race before runners in C.

What is their pace per minute? Runners don’t all run at the same speed. You’ll need this knowledge for longer races if you’re going to travel between points to cheer.

Will they be stopping? Disney races are designed for fun. Along the course there will be various special areas, characters, and photo opportunities for runners to participate in.  This means that despite their pace, your runner can take longer if they’re planning to stop to take a picture and have to wait in a line.  If you didn’t expect your runner to be stopping you might find yourself getting worried when they don’t show after an expected period of time.

What will they be wearing? In case you’re not going to see your runner before they enter the corral in the morning, they should definitely send you a photo of what they will be wearing so you can easily spot them on the course.

Regardless of which race you’re cheering for, I can’t stress enough that the right time to head out to cheer is when the runners head out to run.  The 5K starts at 6:30 am on Saturday, and I recommend getting to the starting line of the race no later than 5:45 am.  This will give you time to meet up with friends, watch your runner head to their corral, and find a good place to cheer from at the Start.  By contrast, the Half starts at 5:30 am, though depending on where you’re cheering from (more on that below), you might have some wiggle room.  Transportation options are explained in the Official Race Program.  Whether you’re busing, taking the monorail, or driving yourself – everything you’ll need to know is in there.  Just turn to page 42.

Cheering for the 5K itself is fairly easy.  If you look at the course map you’ll see that the race starts and ends in Epcot.  In fact, it starts and ends in the parking lot of Epcot.  Spectators will not be allowed into Epcot during the race, this means you will only be able to see your runners at the start and end of the race.  Knowing their pace is important here.  A 5K race is approximately 3.1 miles.  This means that when you see your runner at the start of the race, and their pace is 10 minutes per mile, that you can expect them to reach the finish line in about 30 minutes.  If they’re planning to stop, even one photo opportunity can increase their time by 5 minutes or even more.

For the Half Marathon, cheering can be a bit more involved, or relatively the same.  The Starting line for the race is out on Epcot Center Drive, you can actually walk out to the road from the parking lot through the woods.  Just look for the signs when you’re there.  The Finish line is in the Epcot parking lot.  Many people never go out to the starting line, because it is extremely difficult to spot runners at this point.  The Platinum level ChEAR Squad Race Retreat spectator package might be a good, albeit expensive, option.  You can relax in luxury while your runner is rounding the corner in Tomorrowland.

If you want to be more active you’ll need to consider using the Online Spectator Tool.  With this tool you can try to determine the best places to watch your runner along the path.  There are many options to choose from.  But my preferred choices are: Mile 0 at the Starting Line, Mile 5.3 on Main Street, USA in Magic Kingdom, Mile 12 at the bus depot in Epcot, and Mile 13 which is just before the Finish.  Other popular places to cheer from are at the TTC, at the Contemporary across from the Magic Kingdom bus depot, and on the Western side of Polynesian Resort.  The runners will run by (or through in the case of the TTC) all three of these. You can find this information on page 43 in the program.

In this era of high tech, you’ll want to consider one of a few options for tracking your runners.  For starters, each runner is tagged, and runDisney provides a means to track your runners via this tag using the Runner Tracking tool for the event (tool changes per event, but your account will remain between events, and be good at all future races).  Here you can receive alerts via text or email and auto-post updates to Facebook or Twitter.  I will be honest, this tool is not the most reliable of systems, but it has gotten better than it used to be.

There are plenty of other ways you can track your runner.  For example, if they take walk intervals, and have their phone with them, a simple text message stating where they are can work wonders.  If you and your runner both have an iPhone I suggest using the Find My Friends app that Apple puts out.  You’ll want to set it up before the race, but with it you’ll be able to use the mapping features of your iPhone to locate your runner.  If a runner wants to broadcast their location to multiple people across multiple devices, I suggest using a WhatsApp group to do so as it’s available across multiple phone types.  Applications like RunKeeper are very popular with runners for tracking their runs also have additional functionality that lets others track the runner on their phone.

The last, and most important thing, is that the person you’re there to cheer for isn’t the only person out there running that day.  While you’re out on the course waiting for your runner, you might notice that most bibs will have a name on them.  If you can read a name, shout it out and cheer for that person too.  I can not begin to tell you how much it will mean to that person.  There are plenty of people out on the course who otherwise have no one to cheer for them.  And who knows, you might end up cheering for one of us here.

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2013 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card Available Now

SeaWorld Orlando


2013 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card Available Now 

Florida residents pay for a day, get the holidays and all of 2013 to enjoy the park’s great events
and the opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

The popular SeaWorld Fun Card is back. Florida residents pay for a day and come back again and again for the rest of 2012 AND all of 2013 to enjoy SeaWorld’s amazing shows, thrilling rides and special events all year long, with no blackout dates.

And buying a Fun Card now finds an even better value: Pay for a day and get the rest of 2012, including SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, and all of the great events and concerts throughout 2013. From Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration inspires lifelong family memories and traditions as waves of holiday spirit splash over the park in a watery, wintery wonderland.

2013’s Fun Card comes with an extra cool perk, too. It’s the best way to experience the largest expansion in SeaWorld history — Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

When Antarctica opens next spring, guests will be transported into an icy world like they’ve never seen before. They’ll explore the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, they’ll step out and explore a penguin colony in an expanse that’s enveloping in cool extremes: bringing families above and below the penguins’ icy world. It’s
a one-of-a-kind experience families won’t forget.

Plus Fun Card members can enjoy all of SeaWorld’s incredible 2013 events:

• Just for Kids! (Saturdays, Jan. 12 – Feb. 2)

Spend super-silly Saturdays at this amazing festival that’s just for kids! This fun-sized festival of
family-friendly excitement and activities also includes live shows featuring the best in children’s
entertainment, including Imagination Movers and Choo-Choo Soul featuring Genevieve.

• Bands, Brew & BBQ (Weekends, Feb. 9 – March 3)

Enjoy four weekends of smokin’ hot concerts Saturdays AND Sundays with hot acts like Big
& Rich, sizzling BBQ from favorite local restaurants and BBQ experts, and an array of thirst-
quenching beer in an amazing atmosphere.

• Viva La Música (Saturdays, April 13 – May 4)
Spice up your Saturdays with the hottest Hispanic festival in town. Enjoy a variety of delicious Latin
cuisine and specialty drinks along with fiery performances from some of the finest acts in Latin

• Summer Nights (Summer 2013)

Beat the heat and celebrate the fun of summer at this nighttime spectacular. Rock out with Shamu
at the summer favorite, Shamu Rocks and see the always entertaining Clyde and Seamore at Sea
Lions Tonite. Then, head over to Bayside Stadium to end your night with the marvelous fireworks
and fountains finale, Reflections.

• Halloween Spooktacular (Weekends in October)

Bring the little ones out to experience the ultimate, family-friendly Halloween event in town. Enjoy
this underwater “fantasea” experience that includes trick-or-treating, splashy sea-like characters
and sea-themed arts-and-crafts.

• SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration (Select dates in November/December 2013)

Experience the waves of holiday spirit that will splash over you during this incredible holiday event.
Celebrate the season with the whole family at this wintery, watery wonderland. Enjoy the beautiful,
festive atmosphere while catching some of the amazing shows that are only offered during this
special celebration.

• New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld (Dec. 31)

Ring in the New Year with our fabulous display of bold fireworks accompanied by a musical

celebration that is sure to send a wave of welcome to the New Year ahead.

Fun Cards are on sale now to Florida residents for the cost of a single-day SeaWorld admission ($89 for adults and $81 for children ages 3-9). The Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase and good throughout all of 2013 with no blackout dates. Fun Cards are available at the park’s front gate, at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.

Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch
Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. The 10 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit SeaWorldParksandEntertainment.com or call toll-free 1-888-800-5447. Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment created the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide. Learn more at SWBG-ConservationFund.org.

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