My favorite part of Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando is the food because Latin is my favorite ethnic cuisine (read more about the dining here), but there's another exciting part of the event. After all, with the world "musica" in the name, you know that bands and concerts must be involved.
You can see local bands and headliners every Saturday of the event, and their performances are included with your regular admission ticket. Just head out early to stake out the best possible spot. The music sets up the lively atmosphere and makes you want to get up and dance, but it's not the only attraction. The photos below show some of the overall entertainment you'll enjoy at Viva La Musica. It's fun, and you just might learn something, too.
Viva La Musica wouldn't be a party if Shamu weren't on hand to join in the celebration. I stopped by the stage to dance with him; he's quite a talented performer, even on land. Be sure you have your camera because he's not the only character you're likely to run into.
Dolly the Dolphin also comes out to dance and greet guests at Viva La Musica. You can usually find both Dolly and Shamu near the stage in the festival area among the food and drink kiosks. You can snap photos, and she also loves to interact with the kids and join them in cutting the rug.
What would a Latin-themed festival be without Rosita from Sesame Street? SeaWorld Orlando has Sesame Street shows at certain times of the year, and Rosita comes out to meet her fans during Viva La Musica. Like Shamu and Dolly, she's usually near the lakeside stage.
The stage along the lake near the food kiosks keeps things lively throughout the day. You'll start moving to the music from the moment you approach the festival area and the beat hits your ears. These local bands are very talented and love to get the crowd involved, so spend a little time enjoying their music.
No SeaWorld festival would be complete without an educational component. Stop by the education table at Viva La Musica to learn about animals like turtles, sharks, and manatees. I actually learned something new on my visit: did you know that manatees have migrating molars? If you'd like to learn what that means, ask next time you're at SeaWorld Orlando.
Of course, the main attraction for Viva La Musica is the main stage bands that appear over in Bayside Stadium. Chino y Nacho kicked things off on April 26. They'll be followed by La India on May 3, Victor Manuelle on May 10, and Olga Tanon on May 17. Concerts are included with your admission, but you can buy a preferred seating package if you want to ensure a great seat.