Undercover Tourist, an Orlando, Fla.-based discount travel company, is launching a free iPhone and Android application that cuts the wait time for theme park rides at Universal Orlando. App users receive a simple, real-time traffic light feature, equating a green with fast access, yellow with short waits and red with long lines for theme park rides. Data is compiled from over 460,000 wait time data points enhanced by real-time users' submissions.
To help visitors plan their day and create a ride schedule, the new app will feature detailed theme park ride descriptions, including photos, ratings and height and age requirements.
The new app can be used with any iPhone that has network coverage, including offline capabilities for iPod Touches. On the Android, the app is fully functional with version 2.0 or higher.
Toronto music festival
The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will launch its inaugural season at the Rexall Centre on the grounds of York University in Toronto on June 4, with Placido Domingo in concert. The 2011 season spans 14 weeks and includes such artists as James Taylor, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival is intended to become an important cultural destination for the city of Toronto and southern Ontario.
Tickets for the Domingo concert go on sale at 10 a.m. March 5 and can be purchased online at www.blackcreekfestival.com or by calling 1-888-860-7888.
The first shots
To start the 150th Anniversary Civil War celebrations, Greater Williamsburg (Va.) hosts its annual weekend-long "Military Through the Ages" reenactment March 19-20 at Jamestown Settlement.
Hundreds of military performers in 35 units will showcase infantries spanning from medieval to Colonial to present day with the Virginia Army National Guard. The assemblies illustrate the chronological evolution of military tactics through the centuries. The weekend includes a children's parade on Saturday, and military pass-in-review on Sunday. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $15.50; $7.25 for ages 6-12. For more information, visit www.historyisfun.org.