MonsterJam Roars into Orlando THIS WEEK

MaxDJump

Talk about exciting! Max-D jumped over three Monster Trucks!

Monster Jam will be in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl this week with free truck viewings in and around Central Florida on Thursday, January 21 (more details below). See and take pictures with the enormous trucks and meet the drivers before the beasts roar in to the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Saturday, January 23 for the Metro PCS, Budweiser, Circle K, & Your Southern Ford Dealers present MONSTER JAM® brought to you by BKT Tires!

family at monster jamWe had an absolute blast last weekend at Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium as guests of Feld Entertainment. If anyone had ever said I’d be a “Monster Jam mom” a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed them. YES, my 8-year-old and his dad have a blast, but each year I find myself as loud as everyone else in the stands. It really is a load of fun.

If you’ve not been before, here’s what to expect:

Cheer for Monster Mutt1. It’s LOUD. If you’re bringing children, or you’re sensitive to sound bring ear plugs or protective ear-wear (like these Monster Jam Tire Ear Muffs that are adorbs!). I wear them and I can still hear some of the roar, LOL.

2. It’s fun before the event, too. Party in the Pits is a pre-event event in and of itself! Meet the drivers, watch cool moto tricks, get autographs, visit vendors and more. You can get a FREE pit pass at participating Southern Ford Dealers while supplies last. Pit passes are also available for $10 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl box office day of show, or in advance online at ticektmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same Day event ticket along with pit pass required for entry.

3. The trucks are HUGE! With 66-inch-tall tires and weighing a minimum of 10,000 pounds, Monster Jam stars trucks called “MONSTERS” for a reason! Be sure to take photos of you and your little ones completely dwarfed by the sheer size of these beasts.

4. The excitement is palpable. From the doughnut competition, to the time trials to the freestyle competition, you can feel the energy in the air. With 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower in those trucks and speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, no wonder there’s a charge in the air!

ElToroLoco Jump attempt

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — Monster Trucks are on Display in Central Florida

Monster Energy®     12– 4p     Wal-Mart 3101 Princeton Ave. Orlando, FL 32808

Soldier Fortune®     3– 7p     Circle K – 700 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL 32825

Stone Crusher®     3– 7p     Gary Yeomans Ford & Lincoln—1420 N. Tomoka Farms Rd. Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Avenger®     3– 7p     Circle K—190 N. HWY 127 Clermont, FL 34711

Max-D®     3– 7p     MetroPCS—1453 Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32809

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Have fun with your kids before the event with this fun activity pack (click the image). My son loves doing mazes, and there are crafts, and a recipe, too. monster jam activity book

Advance purchase SuperValue Tickets are ONLY $15.  $125 Total Access Pass / $45 Platinum / $35 Gold Sideline / $25 Corners.Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Don’t wait – buy tickets in advance as prices go up $5 more the week of show (Jan. 18-23). Get more show information at www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando January 23). The Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium is located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805.

For more information on the Monster Jam, log onto www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook at Twitter, log on to Facebook.com/MJOnline and Twitter.com/MonsterJam.

Disclosure: Our family received tickets to Monster Jam in Tampa in exchange
for posting information about the Orlando show.

Monster Jam Rolls Into Orlando This Weekend

Monster Jam for blogHeart-pounding excitement awaits you at Monster Jam® at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium for a show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, January 24, 2015. Drivers compete in a timed qualifying round, the obstacle course, and the ever-wild freestyle event.

I’m not going to lie. I’m a “girly” girl. I like to get gussied up to go to the Orlando Philharmonic and could spend hours watching the dolphins swim gently by at SeaWorld. With the exception of attending a Magic game, or when my son is too far ahead of me on his bike, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever find me screaming at the top of my lungs…until you get me at a Monster Jam event, that is! Then “the voice” kicks in, and I don’t mean my singing pipes!

The first round is where drivers vie for the quickest qualifying time. Monster Jam events happen concurrently around the country, so there are drivers aiming for the shortest times and those all-important points. It’s kind of like compulsory figures in ice skating, that athletes have to do well to be in good standing. (Showing my “usual” interest and my *cough* age.) In the Tampa Monster Jam event we attended, Monster Energy “skated” through the course in 25.173 seconds with El Toro Loco “gliding” in at 25.492.

In between the events, young ATV drivers show their stuff as they race around the track. Color me impressed with the skill and determination of the young racers!

Monster Jam Obstacle Course was next where Monster Mutt won with Hooked right on his heels. In Freestyle, however, I did my most shouting. Some of it was willing the behemoth vehicles NOT to flip over (and if they did, to flip BACK to their wheels-on-the-ground position). At other times, it was “at” the judges (who did not—IMHO— give Madusa and  Monster Mutt their due after being the only two drivers to attempt the huge ramp backflips).

Suffice it to say, if you “think” Monster Jam isn’t your thing, give it a try. If you have kids who love racing excitement (and Hot Wheels!)… take them. And if you have a husband or partner who wants some loud racing, truck flipping, dirt flying excitement…. Well, you get the picture!

Trucks appearing in the all-new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium are:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler
  • Scooby-Doo™ driven by Brianna Mahon
  • Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents
  • Son-uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson
  • Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Rod Schmidt

    Monster Mutt Rotty in air

    Monster Mutt® Rottweiler

  • Grave Digger the Legend® driven by Adam Anderson
  • Soldier Fortune driven by Chad Fortune
  • Gunslinger® driven by Scott Hartsock
  • Black Stallion® driven by Mike Vaters
  • Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters Jr.
  • Higher Education driven by Jim Tracey
  • Iron Warrior® driven by Matt Cody
  • The Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal
  • Razin Kane driven by Buddy Thompkins
  • Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon
  • Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo
    Subject to change without notice.

Ticket Information
Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Citrus Bowl Stadium Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.monsterjam.com.

Party In The PitsSaturday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
ford dealersBefore the event is the ever-popular Party In The Pits. The Pit Party is a HUGE attraction for kids and families. You can score FREE Pit Passes at your Orlando area Southern Ford Dealers from 12/29/14 – 1/24/15! While supplies last.

Pit Passes are also available at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Box Office, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000.

Saturday, January 24 – 7:00 PM event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

Can’t wait until the weekend?
Four of the Orlando show’s biggest stars will be on display in this week. Take pictures with the enormous trucks and meet the drivers, before the show in the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Saturday, January 24. Best part, it’s free to the public.

Trucks will be on display Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23 at these times and locations:

Overkill Evolution | Thursday, Jan. 22 |  3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 190 N. Hwy 27 | Clermont, FL 34711

Son Uva Digger | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Metro PCS | 1453 Sand Lake Road | Orlando, FL 32809

Max D | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 700 S. Kirkman Road | Orlando, FL 32811

Grave Digger Legend | Friday, Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Universal Technical Institute | 2202 West Taft-Vineland Road | Orlando, FL 32837

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Monster Jam Orlando Trivia:


A crew of eight works 18-20 hours a day for three straight days to construct a monster truck course!

For the Orlando show, work begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

The entire surface of turf at the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be covered with a wall-to-wall protective polyurethane product. Each sheet of product is 20’ long, 5’ wide and ¼”
thick, and weighs 130 pounds. The work team uses a carpet-pulling device to make a tight seal above the turf.

Dump trucks make more than 200 trips to deliver the dirt

Stadium officials and architects consulted Monster Jam in the development of the $3 million+ Orlando Citrus Bowl’s all-new South End tunnel, which provides Monster Jam with easier access in and out of the stadium.

Each year 700,000 cubic yards of dirt are used to put on Monster Jam events.

The Orlando Citrus Bowl track is approximately 230’ wide by 360’ long.

Once the event ends, the dirt move-out process starts immediately.  All dirt and field protection product is generally completely removed within 20 hours after the Monster Jam event concludes.

Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets to attend the
Tampa Monster Jam show in exchange for this honest review.

Monster Jam Coming to Orlando Next!

This past weekend our family went on an exciting adventure: Our first Monster Jam® event. We received complimentary tickets courtesy of Feld Motor Sports in exchange for an honest review.  It was my husband’s birthday, and both he and my son were “beyond” thrilled that THIS would be how we’d celebrate. Having never even seen even a Monster Jam video prior, I was a little less excited. I should have been!

MonsterJamcollageSWM On left: Two Grave Digger trucks wowed the crowd with a little off-book freestyle-a-deux; In center: Iron Man flies through the air; Iron Man driver Dustin Brown; Captain America mid flip; Far right: Marc McDonald and El Toro Loco doing a “head” stand.
Hooked driver signs shirt at Monster Jam event Hooked driver Bryan Wright signs his autograph on my kiddo’s shirt.

Before the main event, we got to meet and greet lots of drivers and see the trucks up close at the “Party in the Pits” (a separate event with tickets distributed at area sponsors or on race day, if available, for a fee).

I knew the trucks would be huge, but seeing my child (who’s tall for his age) come up “short” next to just the tires was quite amazing. The festival-like atmosphere was great fun and tons of families waited in lines to either get autographs, experience truck rides or bounce in a bounce house (the kids, not the grownups!).

parade of monster trucksWe caught the parade of trucks as they rumbled past us into the stadium. My son grinned from ear to ear as he reported how his chest “felt” them go by.

After the Monster Jam Party in the Pits we went into the stadium. The excitement was palpable, and fans eagerly awaited the racing and freestyle.

The 16 Monster Truck racers paired off two at a time, with the winner going to the next round. Newby here did not quite follow who was doing what, but it was fun to watch and in the end Dennis Anderson drove Grave Digger to win his third straight racing championship on the Road to Monster Jam World Finals XV in Las Vegas, March 20-22, 2014. (Now THAT’s a competition I’d love to see!)

The BEST part was the freestyle. I kid you not, I was holding my hand over my mouth at half the stunts, a worried look in my eyes. (Hey, I put the “mommy” in SeaWorld Mommy and I thought for sure someone was going to get hurt!) Amazingly, though, all drivers triumphantly exited their bashed in, banged up, and crushed down trucks. Can you believe THIS guy driving the Phantom truck remained unscathed.

Phantom-Flip-Monster-Jam-SeaWorld-Mommy The Phantom FLIPS at Monster Jam! Photos courtesy SeaWorld Daddy!

This Saturday, January 25, MONSTER JAM® will be in Orlando at the  Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Advance purchase SuperValue Tickets are $15. $35 VIP / $25 Sideline. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Amway Center Box Office, or charge by phone
at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available day of show at the Citrus Bowl. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Don’t wait – buy tickets in advance as prices go up $5 more the week of show. Get more show information at http://www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando January 25th).

Special Free Events:

Many of the trucks appearing in Monster Jam will be on display around Central Florida on Friday, January 24th, free and open to the public.

Mohawk Warrior will be on display from 10 am to 2 pm at  Universal Technical Institute, 2202 West Taft-Vineland Road, Orlando, 32837.

See War Wizard from 3 pm to 7 pm at Kangaroo Express, 17503 W State Road 50, Oakland, 34787.

Monster Mutt Rottweiler will visit Metro PCS, 1453 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 32809 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

And Stone Crusher will be at Tropical Ford, 9900 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 32837 from 3 pm -7 pm.

My boys are already talking about making Monster Jam a yearly pilgrimage. Although usually a “girly girl,” I, too, have caught the monster truck bug and can’t wait to see another show. From the Party in the Pits fun and all through to the last crushed vehicle, we had a roaring good time!