Fans of Monster Jam can enjoy some of the show’s biggest stars, as they’re on display in and around Orlando. See the mammoth vehicles up close and take pictures with them, meet the drivers, and cheer them on personally before they roar into the Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 21. And it’s all free to the public!
The trucks aren’t called “monster” for nothing. They’re approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.
As a Feld Ambassador, I had the thrill of getting to see these behemoth vehicles last week in Tampa. This week it’s Orlando’s turn to rev up their metaphorical engines in anticipation.
THURSDAY, JAN. 19 – MONSTER TRUCKS ON DISPLAY in Central Florida
Monster Energy® – Driver: Coty Saucier – 1 to 5p – Wal-Mart #4588, 3101 Princeton Ave. Orlando, FL 32808Over Bored® – Driver: Jamey Garner – 1 to 5p – Circle K, 17503 West 50, Orlando, FL 34760
Wrecking Crew® – Driver: Mike Thompson – 1 to 5p – Circle K, 800 Buenaventura Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34743
Son Uva Digger® -Driver: Ryan Anderson – 1 to 5p – Tropical Ford, 9900 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837
Grave Digger® – Driver: Dennis Anderson* – 3 to 6p – America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, 303 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Bounty Hunter® – Driver: Todd Morey – 3 to 7p – Circle K, 700 S. Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL 32825
Xtermigator® – Driver: JR McNeal – 3 to 7p – Metro PCS, 1453 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809
Jester – Driver: Matt Pagliatulo – 11 a to 2p – Pirtex, 285 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Monster Jam will be performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Gates open at 5 PM, opening ceremonies are at 6:30 PM, and racing starts at 7 PM.
The Party in the Pits on Saturday, January 21, from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. Pit Passes are available for $10.00 at the Amway Center Box office in advance, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party.
The Party in the Pits is one of our favorite parts of the entire experience. You never know who you’ll get to meet in person. I enjoyed listening to Madusa talk about the women of Monster Jam. She was such a class act expressing her gratitude for Dennis Anderson, Grave Digger, and all of the Feld Entertainment team who made it possible for all of the women who came before her and who will follow in her footsteps, er, tire tracks in the years to come.
*Due to Dennis Anderson being hospitalized, it is unknown whether or not his truck will be at its scheduled Orlando viewing destination. I know I for one send him every healing thought and wish.