Monthly Archives: January 2015

Queen Elizabeth to Dock Near Queen Mary

xxxThe Queen Mary will receive her sea-going “niece”, February 5, 2015. This will mark the first time a modern Cunard liner will dock and disembark passengers in the Long Beach harbor. The QE is today one of the world’s most advanced passenger vessels and is currently on a global cruise. The original Queen Elizabeth was the sister-ship to Queen Mary and together made over 2,000 trans-Atlantic voyages when in active service for Cunard.

“The Elizabeth will berth adjacent to the Queen Mary and her arrival will begin a day-long series of events and activities to celebrate the unprecedented meeting of ships. Admission to the Queen Mary will be complimentary that day from 10am to 8pm. Public guests are encouraged to come aboard and take advantage of special tours, discounted attractions, and live entertainment” said Queen Mary General Manager, John Jenkins. The Elizabeth is expected to dock early February 5th and will depart the same day at sunset.  There will be no public access to the Queen Elizabeth.

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Fast & Furious Attraction Ad to Air During Super Bowl

Fast-and-Furious-Supercharged-Concept-ArtUniversal Studios Hollywood shifts into high gear with the debut of an innovative, national 30-second commercial for its summer 2015 launch of the Fast & Furious—Supercharged thrill ride during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The gripping spot will jump-start Universal Studios Hollywood’s campaign for the eagerly-anticipated opening of Fast & Furious—Supercharged, a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride and new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

“What better place is there than the Super Bowl to launch a campaign where millions of viewers huddle for non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense,” said Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood.  “In just 30, thrilling seconds, our compelling spot resonates with the exhilaration this immersive thrill ride will deliver when it opens at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer.”

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Ripley’s to Celebrate World Sword Swallower’s Day

unnamedRipley’s Believe It or Not! will once again pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 28.

Ripley’s will showcase sword swallowers from all over the world at its Odditoriums in New York City, Hollywood, San Francisco, Baltimore, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Branson, Atlantic City, Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, Key West and Grand Prairie.

Sword swallowers will include:

  • The very tall – 7-foot-3 inch tall George the Giant will again thrill audiences in Hollywood, swallowing a very looooonnngg blade
  • The very young – Haley Hall, just 16 years old and perhaps the youngest sword swallower in the world, will perform at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium

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Remembering Lion Country Safari – Throwback Thursday

Lion-Country-Safari-Irvine (2)People who grew up in Southern California fondly remember the theme parks of their youth – including Lion Country Safari. The original Lion Country park opened in Loxahatchee, Florida in 1969 near West Palm Beach. The drive-it-yourself safari park was an instant success; so much so, that additional locations across the United States were scouted by the company, and the second park opened just a year later in 1970, in the foothills that create the Irvine/Laguna Hills border in Orange County.

Lion Country Safari in Irvine thrived for many years and was welcomed by neighboring attractions such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Movieland Wax Museum, and the Japanese Village and Deer Park. The company itself experienced extremely aggressive growth, and other LCS parks opened around the US, including properties in Texas, Virginia, and Ohio.

Shortly after opening, Lion Country Safari purchased an old lion from a travelling Mexican circus, and in a brilliant twist of fate, a character that at one time, rivaled Mickey Mouse’s celebrity was the center of attention in Irvine – Frasier, the Sensuous Lion! Frasier was old, and was missing most of his teeth; this caused his tongue to hang out of his mouth most of the time. Yet, he was a lover not a fighter – and the company’s Vice President and PR guru, Jerry Kobrin, developed Frasier’s hot-blooded persona as a mean, lean sex machine! In part, it was truth – and even lionesses would help prop Frasier up while the big cat mated with his pride; he sired many offspring.

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Disneyland Diamond Celebration Details Revealed!

Disneyland-Paint-The-Night-TinkThree sensational new nighttime spectaculars will dazzle guests at the Disneyland Resort when the Diamond Celebration begins Friday, May 22, 2015. Nighttime will glitter as never before when the latest technology and immersive special effects lift the Paint the Night parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular beyond anything seen in the past at Disneyland Park. In Disney California Adventure Park, a new World of Color show featuring Mickey Mouse will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth through fountains, film, animation, a stirring musical score and amazing visual surprises.

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FAN MAIL: TPA Knott’s Haunt Maze DVD & Rufus Mystery

Special Ops: Infected 2014Hi,

Can I buy a DVD, or better yet, a Blu-ray of your 2014 Knott’s Halloween walk-throughs of all the mazes, without the big white TPA logo in the lower right ?

How much would that be?

Thanks,
Dave

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The Darkness to Open for TransWorld 2015

darkness-haunt-tourThe Darkness Haunted House located in St. Louis, Missouri, is set to open for the haunted house industry during TransWorld’s Halloween & Attraction Show March 19-22, 2015.

Take one of three different tours through one of the most detailed haunted houses in America. Go behind the scenes Thursday, March 19th and take photos, videos, and experience seminars on how to build amazing sets.

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Celebrate Harry Potter This Weekend at Universal Orlando

CoHP Release ArtworkThis weekend, fans from around the world will come together to celebrate Harry Potter’s adventures at the second annual A Celebration of Harry Potter. Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three-day event will allow fans to enjoy incredible experiences from Q&A sessions with some of their favorite Harry Potter film talent to exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more.

The event will include unforgettable experiences, such as:

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Big Game Celebrations Planned at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

ThePubAtMonteCarloRestaurants at MGM Resorts International will offer football fanatics a celebratory lineup of Big Game specials. Guests at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York are invited to enjoy a front row seat in Las Vegas to cheer on their favorite team.

The Big Game is even bigger at Bellagio. With multiple VIP seating packages and a full menu of delicious food, guests can experience the ultimate viewing party at Hyde. Cheering fans at Lily Bar & Lounge can enjoy limitless signature cocktails, prime seating and a satisfying spread of delicious food offerings.

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Baby Gorilla Named by Fans at Busch Gardens Tampa

Baby Gorilla at Busch Gardens TampaBusch Gardens Tampa Facebook fans have spoken, and the name of the baby male gorilla is Enzi. The name was chosen after nearly 2,000 votes were submitted in a Facebook poll.

Enzi means “power” in Swahili, which is spoken by various communities living in Eastern Africa. The other name options were Birungi, meaning “bringer of good things,” and Bem, meaning “peace.”

The baby gorilla was born on Dec. 16 at Busch Gardens to 12-year old endangered western lowland gorilla, Pele. Both Pele and baby, along with Busch Gardens’ other gorillas, can be seen in the Myombe Reserve habitat at select times throughout the day.

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