Monthly Archives: February 2015

Okapi Calf Explores Habitat at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Strutting His Stripes, Baby Okapi Steps Out in New HabitatA four-week-old okapi calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is ready to explore his outdoor habitat. Until now the male calf, born on Jan. 18, has been spending time in the okapi barn and outside yard. But after showing signs of curiosity, staff provided the calf and his mother, Makini, access to the main forested habitat, which is viewable by guests.

The young okapi, named Amaranta, cautiously explored and walked around his shady habitat with his mother as he experienced the excitement of being in the new environment. The calf, which now weighs around 100 pounds, observed as his mother ate hay and acacia browse that keepers had placed in feeders around the exhibit, simulating grazing opportunities that okapi would experience in the wild.

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Neil Patrick Harris to Co-Host New World of Color Show at DCA

neil-patrick-harris-DCAThis past Sunday night, award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted The Oscars on ABC. So, where will his next big hosting gig take place? The Disneyland Resort!

Harris will be joining Mickey Mouse as host of the all-new World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney, opening May 22 at Disney California Adventure park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Harris, a fan of Disney Parks, will bring his unique style of humor and charm to this special edition of the popular World of Color show.

World of Color – Celebrate! illuminates the night in a celebration of the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse and Harris will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey, exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park, all culminating in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before.

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The Basement – a Dark Escape Room Experience in Los Angeles

the-basement-escape-roomThis past weekend, Theme Park Adventure and members of the ScareLA team, along with some invited guests, converged on Sylmar to experience The Basement – Southern California’s hottest new escape room attraction, brought to you by Dark House Entertainment.

If you’re not familiar with the terminology, an escape room is an attraction where a group (sometimes guests are alone, but that’s not often the case, simply for sake of capacity) of people are “locked” in a space, and are given a defined amount of time to figure out puzzles, locate secret doors, interact with characters, or manipulate props in order to find their way out before the timer reaches zero and the game is over.

While the platform certainly lends itself to horror and the macabre, there are surprisingly very few horror-themed escape room attractions around the world. Themes vary from Egyptian tombs to pirate treasures and whodunit crime scenarios, all with different degrees of interaction, time allotments and difficulty levels.

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Pantry Unveils Golden Jackpot Pancakes at Mirage Las Vegas

pantry-miragePantry at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will offer pancake enthusiasts a unique breakfast experience with its exclusive Golden Jackpot Pancakes. Priced at $27.77 and topped with glittering gold flakes, this lavish dish will be available on the 7th, 17th and 27th of each month, beginning Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, March 27.

Following the lucky seven theme, the Golden Jackpot Pancakes will include seven types of delicious chocolate to choose from such as milk, white, caramelized white, dolce white, caramel, 64 percent dark and 66 percent dark. Guests will strike it rich with this delicious dish as seven pancake layers are served with a generous pouring of flavorful orange marmalade, topped with a silky dollop of whip cream and sprinkled with glittering 23-karat gold flakes. Created by Executive Sous Chef Bert Coats, this ultimate pancake dish presents the nostalgic flavors of a traditional breakfast coupled with luxurious ingredients, providing a sweet treat at any time of the day.

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Universal Orlando Unveils Stylish New Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel

hard-rock-hotel-orlandoInspired by music and the hotel’s on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the newly renovated guest rooms at Hard Rock Hotel capture the vibe of rock against a backdrop of clean and contemporary surfaces. The new look features a mix of retro-inspired shapes, patterns and colors paired with sleek-lined details in the place where Hotel California became a reality.

“We are excited to reveal a totally new and distinctive look for our guest rooms and corridors,” says Managing Director Carlton Hudson. “Guests are already telling us the transformation is off the charts.” Check out the total transformation of one room from start to finish below in a time lapse video!

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Colossal Curl to Open March 7 at Adventure Island

Colossal Curl construction shot from Adventure IslandAdventure Island’s newest family thrill slide Colossal Curl will open on March 7 for the start of the 2015 season. Construction on Colossal Curl has been ongoing since the end of last season and will be wrapping up in the coming weeks.

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide will stand at 70 feet high and deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide. Riders will hurtle high above Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun and experience a feeling of weightlessness before diving back in to the splash pool.

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Great Horror Campout Launches Movie Night Under the Stars

great-horror-campout-movie-nightThe Great Horror Campout which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure is debuting it’s first outdoor horror movie night hosted by none other than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.  The first event will feature Friday the 13th on Friday, March 13th, for $13 with an additional bonus of $13 OFF your Great Horror Campout ticket when you buy anytime until prior to screening and use PROMO CODE: Friday.  All ticket proceeds will benefit Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

Positioned as “The Headmaster is getting bored waiting until the summer for Campout and wants to have a little fun now,” the tone of the movie night will be on brand with the Headmasters overly confident and comedically condescending demeanor.

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A Look at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar-New-Year-USH (6)The folks at Universal Studios Hollywood have ushered in the 2015 Lunar New Year, and have decorated Universal Plaza very nicely for the popular Chinese holiday! Between the construction walls and Upper Lot attractions such as Shrek and Despicable Me, guests will find Universal Plaza packed with plum blossom trees, golden coins, festive characters and more!

Obviously, Southern California has a very large Chinese population, and the theme park definitely attracts thousands of Asian tourists each day as they visit the Los Angeles area. More so each year, theme parks are going up and beyond to acknowledge the Lunar New Year and make a big deal out of it for their guests. This is something major resorts and casinos in areas such as Las Vegas have done for years, spending a great deal on elaborate displays and entertainment to mark the Chinese holiday.

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Zoos Work with Primary Children’s Hospital & Ronald McDonald House

San Diego Zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House CharitiesThis month, a unique collaboration designed to entertain and educate patients and their families about wildlife was announced through a partnership between the San Diego Zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area. Funded through a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, Primary Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, the Utah’s Hogle Zoo and San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids in Salt Lake City.

San Diego Zoo Kids is a television broadcast channel that features programming about unique and endangered animal species. It is now available on TV monitors in every patient room at Primary Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Has 5th Consecutive Record-Breaking Year

Hong-Kong-Disneyland-FiscalHong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) last week reported its results for fiscal year 2014, marking the fifth consecutive year of record revenue, attendance, and guest spending. Revenue hit HK$5,466 million, up 12% from the prior year, and net profit increased HK$88 million to HK$332 million, up 36% from the prior year.

Following the successful expansion of the resort, HKDL continued to enrich guest experiences through magical new entertainment experiences and classic Disney franchises and storytelling, which were key factors contributing to strong results.

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