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Viva La Musica returns to SeaWorld Orlando in May

by Susan and Simon Veness

SeaWorld Orlando will be celebrating its annual Latin festival, Viva La Musica, for the next two weekends, bringing regional sights, sounds, and tastes to life throughout the park.

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Photos courtesy of SeaWorld

The fiesta will kick off on May 14-15, 2022, and continue on May 22-23, 2022, with red-hot local entertainment and favorite food items from the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America.

The music of salsa, bachata, reggaeton and more will hit the stage twice a day at the Nautilus Theater (2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) while guests will be free to discover authentic cuisines featuring seafood paella, mojo-roasted pork, empanadas, and mojitos.

Family-friendly cultural activities will also be sprinkled around at other feature points in the park, ensuring a genuine carnival atmosphere over all four days.

The party-style live concerts will feature Grupo Mania (May 14), El Gran Combo (May 15), Poncho Sanchez (May 21), and Proyecto Uno (May 22).

The festival flavors will be highlighted at eight limited-time Viva La Musica booths, with a tempting array of regional treats, including specialty cocktails such as the new mangonada, a sweet Mexican smoothie that can be served in a pineapple.

The Paella Stand will offer saffron rice-rich dishes made with mussels, clams, shrimps, and chorizos, along with stuffed ropa vieja arepas.

Among other succulent specialties are Bacalaitos, featuring savory dishes like crispy fried codfish with mojo aioli, chicken and salsa verde tamales, and tasty churros.

But the best thing about Viva La Musica is that it is completely free with general admission. Once through the gates, guests are welcome to enjoy the festival as they wish. There is also a concert upgrade, with reserved seating at the Nautilus Theater starting at $9.99 per person.

For more details, visit SeaWorld.com.

The celebratory Latin vibe is also available this month at SeaWorld San Diego.

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