August 11, 2011

Universal Orlando Resort’s Rock the Universe Returns This September With Some of the Most Popular Names in Christian Rock

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 9 and 10, Rock the Universe 2011 - Florida's biggest Christian music festival - will take place at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests will enjoy a faith-filled weekend featuring performances by 17 hit artists, an all-new fan zone, inspiring guest speakers, nightly candlelighting ceremonies, access to some of the world's best theme park experiences and more.

This year's sensational lineup features some of the biggest names in Christian rock, laying claim to a combined total of 71 Dove awards and 39 No. 1 singles. More than a dozen hit bands will take the stage, including Switchfoot - who was named "Best Christian Band" by the 2009 Top in Rock awards; Grammy award-winning group and Daytona Beach natives Casting Crowns; rock group Relient K who have sold more than two million albums; and Third Day who have topped the Christian music charts with 14 No. 1 singles. The full lineup is below.

                  ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2011 LINEUP
         Friday, September 9         Saturday, September 10
    Switchfoot                    Casting Crowns
    David Crowder Band            Third Day
    anberlin                      Relient K
    Grits                         RED
    Family Force 5                Tenth Avenue North
    Rhema Soul                    Brandon Heath
    Hyland                        Live Fish

            ** Names in bold indicate headlining acts.

Click here to see a special video message from Relient K, one of this year's headline acts.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, this year's event features guest speakers who survived the attacks that day. Retired Navy Captain Tom Joyce, who survived the attack on the Pentagon, and Sujo John, who worked on the 81st Floor of the North Tower in New York City, will share their inspirational stories about how their faith helped guide them through that tragic time.

Rock the Universe guests will also get to experience an all-new fan zone, featuring autograph sessions with performing acts, band merchandise, and a first-ever New Artists' Stage where they can enjoy live performances by three emerging artists: former American Idol contestant Jason Castro, for King & Country and Dara Maclean.

Plus, guests can enjoy the thrilling attractions found only at Universal Studios. They can rock out to hit songs at 65 mph on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, laugh along with America's favorite animated family on The Simpsons Ride and speed through darkness on the world's first psychological thrill ride - Revenge of the Mummy.

There are a variety of ticket options for Rock the Universe 2011. The best value is the "Rock Your Weekend" ticket, which includes admission to both nights of the event and three days' admission to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. This ticket is only available until Sept. 2 and will not be sold at the front gate.

                       ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2011 OFFERS
                        (prices do not include tax)
                                                    --Three days' admission
                                                    to Universal Studios
                                                    and Islands of
                      Must Be Purchased On or       Adventure to use
    BEST OFFER        Before Sept. 2                throughout the event
    ----------        -----------------------       -----------------------
    "Rock Your                                      --Admission to both
     Weekend"         --Groups of 10 or more:       nights of Rock the
     Ticket           $95.99 per person             Universe 2011
    ----------        -----------------------      --------------------
                                                    --Access to Sunday
                                                    Morning Worship
                     -- Individuals:  $105.99       services
                     ------------------------      -------------------
    Rock the                                        --Admission to Rock the
     Universe 2011                                  Universe 2011 on both
     Two-Night                                      Friday, September 9 and
     Ticket          Advance Pricing:               Saturday, September 10
    --------------   ----------------               -----------------------
                      --Groups of 10 or more:
                      $71.99 per person
                     -- Individuals:  $84.99
                     Day-of: $85.99 for both
    Rock the                                        --Admission to Rock the
     Universe 2011                                  Universe 2011 on either
     One-Night                                      Friday, September 9 or
     Ticket          Advance Pricing:               Saturday, September 10
    --------------   ----------------              ------------------------
                      --Groups of 10 or more:
                      $46.99 per person
                     -- Individuals: $51.99
                     Day-of:  $59.99 for both

For more complete details about Rock the Universe 2011 and to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-866-RTU-INFO (1-866-788-4636).

Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation - but there is only one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained - you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. You can be courageous, be outrageous - and be extraordinary.

SOURCE Universal Orlando Resort