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STK Orlando by The ONE Group Coming to Disney Springs

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STK-Orlando-LogoThe ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (The ONE Group), known for developing upscale, high-energy restaurants, has announced plans to open a STK in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. STK Orlando is expected to open in The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015, with the full completion of Disney Springs expected in 2016.

The new STK will be located within the waterfront setting of The Landing at Disney Springs, a completely re-imagined shopping, dining and entertainment complex that will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney. The Landing is the first phase of Disney Springs and will be home to unique and memorable dining experiences such as STK, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, plus a number of still-to-be-announced innovative restaurants and boutique shops.

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Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration Broadcast

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Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV SpecialThis holiday season, Disney will put a Frozen twist on its 31st annual Christmas Day telecast, appropriately renamed the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration airing Dec. 25, 2014 on ABC-TV.

Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America will host the reimagined television special inspired by the blockbuster hit’s message of uniting family and loved ones. Roberts will lead the telecast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with support from GMA Contributor and ESPN and SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow.

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Santa’s Village Opening Delayed Until at Least Summer 2015

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sv4In May when we posted a story regarding the purchase and planned re-opening of Santa’s Village in the Lake Arrowhead area of the San Bernardino Mountains, we never in a million years would have guessed that it would immediately attract hundreds of thousands of readers to the site, let alone go on to become our single most popular story ever since Theme Park Adventure has been online. It did, however, demonstrating the love and enthusiastic nostalgia people everywhere have for the long-closed little theme park here in Southern California.

To review, in spring of 2014, it was announced that 154 acres of land in Skyforest had been purchased for upward of $6 million by local businessman/realtor Bill Johnson; either in a solo effort, or with silent partners, Mr. Johnson had bought Santa’s Village, a shuttered theme park that had operated near Lake Arrowhead from 1955 to 1998. Soon after the purchase went through, Mr. Johnson went public with news that the theme park would be re-designed and re-opened by Mother’s Day 2015 – a highly-ambitious timeline, given the current state of the property and the fact that Santa’s Village was no longer zoned as an operating attraction. Yet, enthusiasm drowned out doubt for the time being, and TPA just like everyone else, was really excited to see an icon from our childhood come back to life – something that doesn’t happen very often in the theme park world.

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Holiday Food Tips from Epcot’s Chef Charles Dolson

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Holiday food tips from Epcot Chef Charles Dolson of The Land Pavilion Whether you’re experiencing the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort, or waiting until after the snow on Main Street U.S.A has passed, Walt Disney World Chef Charles Dolson, area chef of The Land Pavilion at Epcot, shows you how to show your Disney Side at home for your festive food and beverages.

Chef Dolson and team often use fresh produce grown in Epcot’s on-site greenhouses to make thousands of meals each week, but fun touches at home can add magic to your meal, with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. “Simply adding one extra ingredient can change a dish completely,” says Chef Dolson.

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Christmas Dining at Universal Orlando Deluxe Hotels

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portofino_bay_trattoriaThe deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort are featuring a festive lineup of holiday celebrations for 2014. From tree-lighting ceremonies and ornament decorating to holiday buffets with entertainment, the resorts will sparkle with holiday decorations and the spirit of the season.

Christmas Day Buffets

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Islands Dining Room
Dine in our tropical paradise on Christmas Day from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm for a holiday buffet featuring sour orange brined turkey with sage and fig-cornbread stuffing, pesto crusted prime rib, apple cider roasted pork loin, pan seared snapper, sushi and stir fry station, omelet station, raw bar and smoked fish display, plus desserts. Entertainment will include a musician, hula dancer, face painter and balloonist. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book on-line for Islands Dining Room.
Adults: $56
Children (ages 3 – 9): $24

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Holiday Wreaths for Meerkats at San Diego Zoo

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HolidayMeerkat_002_WebSix meerkats tussled over wreaths placed in their exhibit this week at the San Diego Zoo. The wreaths were part of the regular animal enrichment activities planned by the animal care staff during the Zoo’s annual event Jungle Bells, presented by California Coast Credit Union.

The four wreaths were made from gravura plants grown at the Zoo and were accented with red hibiscus flowers. One wreath also featured a bow created from parts of a palm tree. To encourage the meerkats’ natural behavior of foraging and digging, each wreath was “trimmed” with mealworms, a staple of the meerkats’ diet at the Zoo.

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Monocled Cobra Examined at San Diego Zoo

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Monocled Cobra at San Diego Zoo Placed in Protective Tube in Preparation for Medical Exam 	A monocled cobra at the San Diego Zoo is held in a protective tube by reptile keeper, Joey Brown. The cobra, which has been in a 90-day quarantine at the Zoo sinceA monocled cobra at the San Diego Zoo received an extensive medical exam earlier this month in preparation for its release from quarantine. With safety as a main priority, reptile keepers carefully took the venomous animal from its quarantine holding area, placed it in a container, and transported it to the Zoo’s veterinary hospital.

Once at the veterinary hospital, a great example of teamwork was exhibited as keepers diligently worked to place the venomous snake in a plastic tube which immobilized the snake’s head, allowing the medical team to safely work with the animal. While keepers kept a continued, watchful eye on the snake, Dr. Beth Bicknese, San Diego Zoo veterinarian and Marianne Zeitz, senior veterinarian technician, worked to anesthetize and intubate the animal, allowing them to draw blood, take radiographs (x-rays), check its fangs, venom glands, heart and determine its sex.

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Yoga In the Plaza Offered at Monte Carlo Las Vegas

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monte-carlo-yogaMonte Carlo Resort and Casino invites guests to start their Saturdays  with stretches and salutations with its newly launched Yoga in the Plaza. The Strip-side location provides a  revitalizing setting for participants to connect with their body and breath while embracing the refreshing morning  air.

Taking place each Saturday at 8 a.m., the hour-long class is designed to accommodate all skill levels and is  complimentary for Monte Carlo hotel guests.

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Christmas with the Chimps at Lion Country Safari

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Christmas with the ChimpsOn Thursday, December 18th at 10:30a.m., Lion Country Safari will celebrate the annual Christmas with the Chimps.

For 30 years now, Santa Claus has taken a hiatus from the North Pole to deliver presents to a very special group of chimps. This holiday celebration is open to the public and is the only opportunity where guests are allowed out of their vehicles to observe the chimps while in the Safari Preserve.

Once Santa’s boat/sleigh is loaded with wrapped presents including edible treats, stuffed animals, clothes and enrichment-themed activities, he will make his delivery to the chimps ages 9 and older. Little Mama, who according to Dr. Jane Goodall, is the oldest living chimp estimated to now be in her mid-70s, is always a crowd favorite to watch. “The chimpanzees are as excited as you or I about receiving their Christmas presents. The fact that they are such intelligent primates makes it necessary for us to always go that extra mile to provide them with stimulating environmental enrichments. This is a benefit for the staff and chimps,” says Wildlife Director Terry Wolf.

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Chimpanzee Babies at the Los Angeles Zoo

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Baby Oliver Chimp by Tad MotoyamaThe Los Angeles Zoo is extra thankful this holiday season after recently welcoming two male baby chimpanzees to the troop at Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, which now includes five endangered chimp babies under the age of three years old.

“It’s pretty rare to have this many babies in one troop at a Zoo,” said Jennie Becker, Curator of Mammals at Los Angeles Zoo. “Our current situation mimics that of the wild which is hard to do in captivity because most Zoos don’t have the space to have this many chimpanzees which allows for this many babies.”

While the two babies were born months apart, their lives and daily experiences up to this point have been drastically different. Johari, whose name means Jewel, was born on Oct. 27 to first time mother Zoe. Currently, he can be seen in the habitat being raised by his mother and the rest of the troop. However, Oliver, born on Aug. 23 to first time mother Julie, is currently off-exhibit being hand-reared by animal care staff.

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