Monthly Archives: November 2014

IAAPA Lists New Rides & Attractions for 2015

IAAPA_logo.svgThe International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released its preview of major new rides and attractions opening in 2015 at amusement parks, attractions, water parks, family entertainment centers, science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums around the world.

IAAPA showcased the compilation during IAAPA Attractions Expo, the largest annual gathering for the worldwide attractions industry. The Expo took place Nov. 17-21, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 27,000 attractions industry professionals took part in more than 80 education sessions, five days of networking, and shopped for the latest innovations displayed by 1,000 companies across a 540,000-net-square-foot trade show floor. A number of amusement parks and industry suppliers made announcements at the event related to 2015 attractions.

Below are some of the exciting thrills guests will enjoy next season, organized by continent and, for the United States, by state:

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New Year’s Eve Offerings From MGM Resorts In Vegas

Bellagio Hotel Fireworks The “Entertainment Capital of the World” and MGM Resorts International properties along the Las Vegas Strip will be the place to ring in 2015!  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with spectacular nightlife, exciting shows and extraordinary restaurants – all topped off with one of the world’s premier fireworks shows.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND PACKAGES

Bellagio Resort & Casino
Resort King accommodations are available at Bellagio starting at $649 Wednesday, Dec. 31 and $299 Thursday, Jan. 1 (not including applicable taxes and service fees). Prices and availability are subject to change. A two-night minimum stay is required for guests arriving Tuesday, Dec. 30 or Wednesday,
Dec. 31. For reservations, call (888) 987-6667 or visit bellagio.com.

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Mila Celebrates First Anniversary at San Diego Zoo

Mila_001_WebThis month, Mila, the African elephant from New Zealand, celebrated the first anniversary of her arrival to the San Diego Zoo with some special edible treats. The 42-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2013, through collaboration with the Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust. Animal care staff celebrated by providing Mila treats of pineapple, flowers and banana stalks.

Mila had been living at the Franklin Zoo since 2009. As the only elephant in New Zealand, Mila had not been around another elephant for decades. Animal care staff successfully introduced her into the herd at the San Diego Zoo and she is doing well.

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Old Time Holidays at Old Tucson 2014

Old Time Holidays Logo_ ColorBeginning Friday, November 28 and continuing through January 1, Old Tucson, Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation, and Casino Del Sol Resort will present a holiday-themed event, Old Time Holidays.

This seasonal celebration will include a food drive for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  In addition to Old Tucson’s daily programming, Old Time Holidays will feature:

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SeaWorld Orlando Rolls Out Express Dine

Express-Dine-SeaWorldSeaWorld Orlando recently introduced Express Dine at its Seaport Pizza eatery to help cut wait times, especially during the busiest time of the year. An industry-pioneering feature, Express Dine is solely accessible from the SeaWorld Discovery Guide park app, furthering the app’s interactivity and maximizing its technology to allow guests to order lunch or dinner in advance.

By accessing the SeaWorld app from their smartphone, guests have the option to select from any of Seaport Pizza’s family-style pizzas, salads and soft drinks from anywhere in the park. Following the order, guests choose their preferred pick-up time and can then stop by to enjoy their meal at their convenience.

Express Dine is designed to maximize convenience for families by allowing them to plan their meals ahead of time in a fun, interactive and user-friendly way. With this new feature, families can expect shorter wait times so they can make the most of their day in the park.

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