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5 Experiences You Can’t Miss at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean 2019

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As the sun goes down, SeaWorld Orlando comes alive with the excitement of the Electric Ocean, a spectacular nighttime event you can enjoy throughout the summer!

The whole family will explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, nighttime shows, returning summer classics and a host of new food and drink options throughout the park. The fun culminates with a family-friendly dance party before a spectacular fireworks finale.

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Touch the Sky
Featuring beautiful macaws flying overhead and playful bottlenose dolphins, the show inspires guests to join in on SeaWorld’s mission to protect the world we all share. With original, energetic music and an incredible cast of animal ambassadors, the show is an amazing start to an unforgettable night.

Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night
This returning fan-favorite features original music, amazing production elements and a high-energy presentation of SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. Don’t miss Shamu Stadium transform with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a celebratory atmosphere.

Sea Lions Tonite
Guests can laugh along to a hilarious, off-the-wall parody of a trip to SeaWorld through the eyes of sea lion superstars, Clyde and Seamore. The famous SeaWorld Mime returns for the summer in this hilarious show.

Club Sea Glow
As the sun goes down, the party amps up at Club Sea Glow, where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages dance party beneath the waves. Featuring 35 electrifying performers and larger than-life neon sea creatures, Club Sea Glow mesmerizes guests with rhythmic music, dancing lights and fascinating laser displays.

The evening comes to an amazing end when Ignite erupts across the park’s lake. The vibrant firework display includes synchronized water effects that shoot up to 100 feet in the air choreographed to a powerful musical score. The night sky illuminates with brilliant pyrotechnic effects, towering flames and intricate laser projections that dance above the audience.

By Jeff Hyatt

Top Speakers to See at SHRM 2019

Martha Stewart to Speak at SHRM 2019 in Vegas

If you’re headed to SHRM in Las Vegas this year, then you’re in for a real treat when it comes to the speaker lineup. The 2019 schedule includes an impressive roster of luminaries from foodie icons like Martha Stewart to management strategists like Vineet Nayar and Chip Conley. The most groundbreaking thought leaders in the corporate world will be gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 23 to 26. Be part of this inspirational conference that gathers more than 15,000 minds from the human resources world every year. In between speakers, stop by TicketsatWork Booth #1504 to discover how you can save on your next vacation, meet and greet Universal Orlando characters, and enter to win our daily sweepstakes!

To help you plan out your itinerary, here are five speakers not to miss at 2019 SHRM.

Martha Stewart
As the country’s most trusted lifestyle expert, Martha Stewart has been showing Americans how to entertain, cook and take their everyday living skills to a new level for decades. From gardening to crafting, there is no skill that Martha Stewart hasn’t mastered. Her impressive reach includes more than 90 books and licensed products in more than 70 million homes. Whether you’ve seen her on TV or used her recipes from her magazines, Stewart is a true American icon with a global reach. Now she is bringing her talents to kick off SHRM at the Opening General Session.

Brene Brown
The author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brene Brown is an accomplished research professor at the University of Houston. She has broken new ground studying topics like courage, shame, and empathy. Her TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is an audience favorite with more than 35 million views, and her latest book, “Dare to Lead,” is the culmination of a revolutionary study on leadership. Brown will speak to SHRM on the issue of cultivating leaders, a critical topic, whether you work for a small independent business or a Fortune 500 company.

Chip Conley
As the brilliant mind behind the urban boutique hotel brand, JdV (Joie de Vivre), for more than 20 years, Chip Conley is a legendary innovator in the hospitality industry. He turned an old-fashioned motel in San Francisco into one of the hippest properties in the world. Today he continues his journey as the head of Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership covering new territory in the sharing economy. He’ll share his deep knowledge on intergenerational exchange and how this can help shape the modern work place.

Jenn Limm
As the co-founder and CEO of Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh (founder of Zappos), Jenn Limm has been at the forefront of improving company culture for clients all over the globe. Her groundbreaking work of using scientific frameworks to develop workplace happiness has earned her accolades across multiple industries. At SHRM, Limm will be speaking as part of the Change-Maker Series that touches on the brand culture experience of Zappos and Delivering Happiness.

Vineet Nayar
As one of the most revolutionary thinkers in corporate management in the field today, Vineet Nayar is famous for turning around one of the biggest technology companies in India. His work at HCL Technologies saw the company grow from a small-scale operation to a global juggernaut with more than 85,000 employees in 32 countries by the time he left in 2013. His best-selling book, “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down,” is a must-read for anyone involved in human resources today. At SHRM, Nayar will share his innovative wisdom on how to upend the norms in business to help your employees thrive.

Along with these top highlights, there will be dozens of other speakers offering expertise in their fields. To see the full lineup of SHRM 2019, check the conference website for all of the details.

By Craig Nelson

The Top 5 Tony-Winning Shows to Book Now

The 2019 Tony Awards have come and gone, and many shows of the 2018-2019 Broadway season have now been bestowed with the most distinguished honor in the world of American theater. Now that the Tonys have been awarded, it’s high time for you to see what all the hype is about. We’ve rounded up a list of our five favorite Tony Award-winning shows that you shouldn’t wait to book if you want to catch Broadway’s best and brightest this summer.

Ain’t Too Proud
Ain’t Too Proud (officially titled Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations) is the latest in a line of jukebox musicals that follow the lives and careers of hitmakers. Ain’t Too Proud chronicles the history of The Temptations, which many consider to be the greatest R&B vocal group ever. Featuring some of The Temptations’ greatest hits, including “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready,” “Since I Lost My Baby” and “Don’t Look Back,” Ain’t Too Proud received the Tony Award for Best Choreography, which was given to choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown was the biggest winner of this year’s Tony Awards. The show won 8 of their whopping 14 nominations. Based on Mitchell’s concept album of the same name, Hadestown is a modern-day retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that sets the tale of the divinely doomed lovers in a Great Depression-era, post-apocalyptic setting. At the Tonys, the musical won Best Musical, Best Original Score for Mitchell, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for André De Shields as Hermes, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Rachel Hauck, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Bradley King, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose. Hadestown is also unique and groundbreaking in that it is the only Best Musical recipient ever to have an all-female writing and directing team.

Oh, what a beautiful Tonys night for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Considered to be the first “book musical,” Oklahoma! was the show that, 75 years ago, combined dialogue, music and lyrics together to tell an integrated story with real character motivation and human emotion. This Oklahoma! is an even more authentic, immersive experience than the beloved original. The costumes have been modernized, and the score has been reworked to reflect the modern influence of rock and country genres. Additionally, cornbread and chili are served to audience members at intermission. Oklahoma! garnered two wins at the Tonys: Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Ali Stroker as Ado Annie Carnes, who is the first actress who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

The Cher Show
The beat will definitely still go on for The Cher Show. This jukebox musical follows the life of Cher, the girl who went from being a social outcast in childhood to the Goddess of Pop. Taking a cue from last season’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Cher Show features three actresses in the title role of Cher, each representing her at different points in her life. With a score that includes some of Cher’s most popular songs, such as “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe,” “I Got You Babe,” “The Beat Goes On” and “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” The Cher Show was honored with two awards at this year’s ceremony. Stephanie J. Block won her first Tony, the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Star, the oldest of the trio of Chers. Bob Mackie, Cher’s original costume designer, won the Tony for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

Tootsie proved itself to be unstoppable at this year’s Tony Awards. Based on the 1982 film of the same name, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie is the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented actor who is so hard to work with that he decides to assume a female persona, Dorothy Michaels, in order to stay in the business. Dorsey (in disguise as Michaels) ends up vying for the coveted role of the Nurse in Juliet’s Curse, a Broadway musical serving as a sequel to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With a score by David Yazbek (whose musical The Band’s Visit swept the Tonys last year), Tootsie ended the night with two awards: Best Book of a Musical for Robert Horn, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Santino Fontana, who plays both Michael and Dorothy.

By Mikey Miller

6 Exciting Things You Can’t Miss on ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Summer fun is heating up in Orlando! The all-new thrill ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is now open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The awesome addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features twists and turns, and speedy thrills as visitors fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle.

To celebrate the grand opening, here are six exciting things you can’t miss on the new attraction:

Fly into the Forbidden Forest
And flying you will go because this ride zooms! The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length, hits speeds up to 50 mph. It’s also only the second coaster in the nation to feature a vertical drop – a 17-foot free fall.

In between the magical creatures and flying motorbikes, the new ride features a record-setting seven launches. Riders are catapulted 65 feet in the air at more than a 70 degree angle and immediately dropped backwards in motion.

As you twist past towering trees, magical creatures and wondrous surprises surround you. With Hagrid as your guide, you fly far into the dark forest. Hurl past impossible obstacles and dodge fierce beasts on a freewheeling coaster flight that will bring you close to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

Guests may choose to sit on Hagrid’s motorcycle, or in the adjacent sidecar, which moves at speeds of up to 50mph. You’ll be ready for a second trip around because the experience is different depending on where you sit. Fans of J.K. Rowling’s popular book and film series will know that the motorbike originally belonged to Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black.

Story Coaster
The fun starts even before you jump on a motorbike with Hagrid. The Motorbike Adventure is known as a ‘story coaster,’ where the show starts when you step into line. You’ll see a pre-show that begins at the edge of the forest, featuring characters Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and Hagrid’s dog. Then you hop on the motorbike for more adventure.

As you can imagine, the ride is already a massive hit and visitors are lining up for the adventure. To better ensure your place in line try Universal’s Virtual Line system on their official App. You select a time and a number of riders. While waiting for that time, you can explore the park and other attractions.

Visit Universal Orlando Resort this summer!

By Jeff Hyatt

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