Magical DIStractions is looking forward to the fun and excitement coming from May 8th – May 12th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort as it hosts the 2016 Invictus Games. For those not familiar with the Invictus Games, it is an International Sporting Event that was founded by HRH Prince Harry after he visited the Warrior Games in 2013. By attending the Warrior Games, Prince Harry was able to see first-hand how the power of sport helps people physically, psychologically and socially. The idea for the Invictus Games was born, and Prince Harry dedicated himself to the cause with the inaugural games being held in London, England in 2015. The “Invictus” (meaning “unconquered”) Games are for wounded, ill and injured military service men and women, both active duty and veteran.
Please watch this video to hear Prince Harry explain about the Invictus Games and announce Orlando as the host for the 2016 Games.
Training for the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex begins on May 6th, with the Opening Ceremonies being held on May 8th. Expected performers are James Blunt, and Laura Wright. Appearances during the games are expected to be made by Prince Harry and First Lady Michelle Obama as well as Celebrity Ambassadors Actor Morgan Freeman, Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson, and Dancing With the Stars Pro Derek Hough. The games will feature more than 500 injured military veterans and active duty personnel who will be representing 14 countries, and will be competing in 10 events.
The Closing Ceremonies will be held on May 12th, and will feature world-renowned artists and “uplifting performances”. The Closing Ceremonies will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and co-presented by the Walt Disney Company and Jaguar Land Rover. Musical Acts that will be featured include:
- International Pop Star Rachel Platten (Fight Song)
- Award Winning Country Vocal Group Rascal Flatts (Life is a Highway from Disney/Pixar’s Cars)
- Former American Idol Winner Philip Phillips (Home)
- Florida Native and Grammy-Nominated star Flo-Rida (My House)
- “The Voice” Season 9 Winner Jordan Smith
- Vetted – The first nationally-recognized wounded warrior band
Tickets for the 2016 Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets and at www.invictusgames2016.org/tickets. Event tickets are priced starting at $18 for adults (10-over) $13 for children, (ages 3-9) seniors, (60-over) and military personnel. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Closing Ceremony tickets are $65 for adults, $45 for children, seniors and military personnel.
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