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A WEEKEND OF SOUL-STIRRING MUSIC AND THRILLS AWAITS GUESTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2008


NEWS SOURCE: Universal Orlando
June 5, 2008

Rock The Universe Orlando, Fla. (June 5, 2008) – It’s a weekend full of faith against a backdrop of theme park excitement as Universal Orlando Resort unleashes Rock the Universe 2008 on September 5th and 6th. Tickets are on sale now for guests to enjoy more than a dozen mega-talented artists who will transform Universal Studios Florida into the ultimate destination for Christian music and unforgettable thrills.

Throughout the two-day event, guests will have the opportunity to see live performances by today’s hottest Christian rock bands and artists, witness moving testimonies from celebrity guest speakers and experience thrilling rides and attractions.

Rock the Universe 2008 features a powerful lineup of music ranging from contemporary Christian and hip-hop to punk. On Friday, September 5th, the event features Grammy-nominated alternative rock band Switchfoot, pop/punk rock group Relient K, contemporary Christian band Newsboys, hard-rock group Skillet, hip-hop groups Grits and Group 1 Crew and up-and-coming artist New Method. On Saturday, September 6th, internationally-acclaimed group Third Day, singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp, Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay, pop-punk group Stellar Kart and rock bands Leeland, This Beautiful Republic and Special D will take center stage at the event.

In addition to music, attendees of Rock the Universe 2008 will hear the life-changing testimonies of celebrity guest speakers AJ Styles and Brian “Head” Welch. Styles is one of TNA’s best high-flying pro wrestlers, and Welch is the former lead guitarist of the popular rock group Korn. Thrill-seekers attending the event will also have the opportunity to enjoy immersive theme park rides and attractions at Universal Studios, including the all-new Simpsons Ride, the psychological thrill ride Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride and Shrek 4-D.

Sunday Morning Worship returns this year with three scheduled services taking place on Sunday, September 7. The non-denominational services, which are free with any Rock the Universe 2008 ticket, feature praise and worship music, a special appearance by Brian “Head” Welch and a speaker from Lifeway Christian Resources.

Tickets for Rock the Universe 2008 can be purchased on-line at www.rocktheuniverse.com. The popular “Rock Your Whole Weekend” package is available this year, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy an entire weekend of uplifting concerts and motivating guest speakers, along with three days free admission to Universal Orlando Resort’s two amazing theme parks. The “Rock Your Whole Weekend” ticket includes daytime park admission Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7 to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, as well as admission to both nights of Rock the Universe. If purchased on or before August 29, guests can get the “Rock Your Whole Weekend” ticket for $69.99 (group rate) or $73.99 (individual rate). After August 29, the price increases to $95.99 for both individuals and groups.

Single-night individual tickets are on sale now for $44.99 in advance and $49.99 for day-of-event tickets. Single-night group tickets are available for $42.99 in advance and $49.99 at the gate. Tickets are non-refundable and will be honored at Universal Studios Florida after 4 p.m. until the park closes at 1 a.m. Select Universal Studios’ attractions will also remain open until 1 a.m. throughout the weekend. For more information about Rock the Universe 2008 or to purchase tickets, visit www.rocktheuniverse.com or call 1-866-RTU-INFO (1-866-788-4636).

About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort has created some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture’s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two exciting theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime entertainment complex; and three magnificently themed on-site Loews hotels – the Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort. Flagship experiences featured in the theme parks include “The Simpsons Ride,” “Shrek 4-D,” “Seuss Landing,” “Jurassic Park River Adventure” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.” More information is available at www.universalorlando.com.

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