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Orlando, Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, especially for fun-loving vacationers. This can be attributed to the dozen plus theme parks and water parks within Orlando’s borders. Although most of central Florida is filled with lowland wetlands such as lakes and swamps, Orlando’s sub-tropical climate with characteristically mild winters and sunny summers makes it ideal for visitors. To learn more about how music plays into Orlando’s entertainment pantheon, read more below.
In Orlando, music is another element of entertainment, enhancing theme park and water park experiences
Some theme and water park music plays on recording, such as iconic entrance songs to places such as Magic Kingdom and Islands of Adventure. Bringing up memories of childhood, innocence, and awe, music teleports park-goers to a different time and place. The live music experience kicks in the further visitors wander into various parks. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—part of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida—trios and quartets wander around, dancing and singing, bringing spontaneous concerts to tourists throughout the day. That is just one example of many. Live music is used to enhance the immersive experience that guests desire.
Orlando’s many theme parks and water parks serve as venues, accommodating large crowds
In addition to using live performance to embellish existing attractions, many parks in Orlando host stand-alone concerts and concert series throughout the year. This past year, SeaWorld hosted its annual Praise Wave concert series, bringing Christian worship music to its Nautilus Theater for a month. Performing artists included Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfood, an MercyMe.
The Universal Orlando Resort brings a slightly more scandalous concert series to its audience during its Mardi Grad season, from February 9 through April 4. In addition to street performers throughout the week, weekends are filled with national acts such as Macklemore, Fifth Harmony, and Sean Paul.
Disney has its fair share of concerts and festivals, too. Last year, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival had its 25th annual run, celebrated with 17 acts spread out from March 2 through May 28. Last year’s itinerary included Rick Springfield, Little River Band, Survivor, Simple Plan, Starship, Lonestar, Village People, The Spinners, Jo Dee Messina, Night Ranger, Foghat, Electric Light Orchestra, Don Felder (Eagles), The Guess Who, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Orlando’s music scene is more than a playground for national artists
Orlando is a magnet to incredibly talented performers in all of the arts; however, most opportunities are in the tourism industry. This means that the concentrated mass of talented artists rarely explore facets of their craft with freedom, playing what they want to play. Local music industry expert Benoit Glazer identified this shortage of self-directed performance opportunities, answering the call to host free living room concerts. What original started as a small affair of a few concert per year and audiences of 20 to 40 listeners grew to 70 concerts per year to audiences of 125 listeners. In 2004, Glazer founded the Timucua Arts Foundation, aimed at raising money to host these types of local gigs year-round, bringing the underground to the forefront of insiders’ minds.