Local 6 Theme World: It's Festival Season at the parks

Published On: Jan 28 2013 02:52:28 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 08 2013 03:05:29 PM EST

With the holidays over, and the slower season here, the local theme parks are gearing up for their annual festivals aimed at luring you with special entertainment.

SeaWorld's "Just for Kids" Festival has been underway for a few weeks.

Its final day is this Saturday, February 4th Featuring concerts with the stars of Wild Kratts
From SeaWorld's press release:

The Kratt Brothers are Chris and Martin Kratt and they are the creators and producers of the widely popular children's animated series Wild Kratts that airs on PBS. They are the recipients of the 2012 Parents' Choice Recommended Award.
 
New! Franklin, from the beloved children's show Franklin and Friends™
Franklin will be located near Pelican Preserve, across from Flamingo Point for meet and greet opportunities, autographs and photos at select times throughout the day. Exclusive Franklin-branded merchandise will also be available.


New! Elmo Rocks! (Located at Seafire Inn)
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie for their very own rock concert! Great music, dancing and lots of audience participation are what you'll find when you come see this brand new show.


New! Enhanced Ocean Adventures Kids Program
Children will enjoy a fun, educational, card collecting program, also included with admission. Children will look for the Sea Star icons inside the park (detailed on their event map), where they'll partake in exciting educational activities. 

 

Days after that wraps up, Universal Studios'Mardi Gras Festivalis back starting on Feb. 9:


 

 It of course features a parade, Cajun food, lots of beads & a festive atmosphere.

But for many, the highlight is the Concert Series.

Here's the lineup according to Universal:

    Feb 9: Lifehouse
    Feb 16: Steve Miller Band
    Feb 17: Boys Like Girls
    Feb 23: Trey Songz
    Mar 9: Montgomery Gentry
    Mar 15: Sean Kingston
    Mar 16: Matchbox Twenty     
    Mar 22: Austin Mahone     
    Mar 23: Phillip Phillips     
    Mar 30: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
    Apr 6: Kool & the Gang
    Apr 13: Pitbull
    Apr 20: The All-American Rejects
 

A few weeks after Mardi Gras kicks off, the extremely popular 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival returns from March 6-May 19, 2013.

There are a few things new this year, in addition to the usual topiaries & lush landscaping. Many of those displays will light up at night this year.

Look for a Mini "Food & Wine" fest -- with 12 kiosks offering special food & drink along World Showcase that Disney says will be tailored to the Flower & Garden Fest

  
A new, "Land of Oz" play area will pop up, a play zone for kids based on Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" movie coming out on  March 8.

On weekends -- HGTV hosts will host seminars. And of course the Flower Power concert series will be back. Here's this year's lineup (per Disney's Website) :

 

March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 22-24: The Guess Who
March 29-31: Nelson
April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
April 19-21: The Village People (new!)
April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)
May 10-12: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

 Hope that helps you plan your visit(s) over the  next few months.

 More news coming soon.

And here's a link to previous "Theme World" Entries.

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