Viva la Musica at SeaWorld
There are two bars set up where you can get mixed drinks and more varieties of beer. All of the food booths sell Bud, Bud Light & Bud Light Lime.
Budweiser - $5.49
Bud Light - $5.49
Bud Light Lime - 16oz - $5.99
Corona - $5.29
Presidente - $5.29
Negra Modelo - $5.29
Tecate - $5.29
Dos Equis - $5.29
Turning Leaf Wine - $6
Cocktails - $7
Frozen Drinks - Margarita, Pina Colada or Strawberry Daiquiri - $5.99
Pour Quality: Average
Food: The food offered here is probably the best value for your money at any theme park. The portions are often ridiculously huge, spilling over the plate and piled high. The quality and flavor is what has improved with this festival over the last few years (and it started pretty good to begin with!) You'll find Ropa Vieja, Flank Steak, Seafood Paella, Picadillo, Plantains, Lechon Asado and more. Everything is cooked fresh, the steaks right before your eyes. I dare you to pass by the chimichurri flank steaks sizzling on an open grill without your mouth starting to water.
The prices have slowly creeped up over the years, but thankfully so has the food quality, which I can't say for their Bands, Brew & BBQ event. Prices run around $6-$8 per plate, and Annual Passholders get a pretty good discount on the food - and beer. I would almost prefer much smaller appetizer-sized & priced plates so you can try multiple items.
Atmosphere: SeaWorld has always been great at throwing a party, and this event is no exception. Even if you're not into the Latin music, you can't help but to be caught up in the fun of this event. Everyone is in a good mood, chowing on ropa vieja and washing it down with a Tecate. This event is held on the back walkway path connecting The Waterfront area up to Bayside Stadium, where the concerts are held. This walkway provides a nice view of the park over the lagoon.
Along with the main concert of the day, which is usually around 4pm, there is another smaller stage set up with a variety performers throughout the day. If you've got the itch to do the Cha Cha Slide, this is your place. There are art-deco-y white tables set up around the path some with chairs, others as high-tops. An empty chair and table is scarce during lunch, but in the afternoon it's more open. There's some additional seating in the grass facing the concert stadium, with a couple large screens with projection of the concert playing. Also a few merchandise booths selling Latin-inspired products.
It's not unusual to find families pulling up a patch of grass and camping out for a while. It's a great area to grab some food, beer and relax enjoying the sights for the afternoon. I'm not a big latin music fan, so I've never actually sat at the stadium to watch a concert, but I love the energy it pumps into the park and enjoy casually watching from my spot out in the grass (close to the food!) You can compare this to going to your local city park and lounging for the afternoon.
Review: This a must-do if you'll be in Orlando while this event is going on, or if you've been to SeaWorld a few times before and want to see something new. If the food prices go much higher (prices jumped by almost $2 last year!), this review may have a different tone for next year. At least you do get an excellent amount & quality of food for the money. Most of the employees working these food booths are completely clueless as to what is going on and what they are supposed to be doing, so long lines can form quickly. This turns into a very crowded and congested area around lunch time, so if you have no interest in partaking, I would avoid this path.