Monthly Archives: March 2015

MGM Resorts International Launches MGM Resorts Connections

MGM Resorts Connections LogoTraveling to Las Vegas with your friends or family just got a whole lot easier, especially if you were the person who (was) volunteered to be the social organizer. MGM Resorts International has launched MGM Resorts Connections, a free one-stop-shop for groups to book entire dream vacations, including hotel rooms, restaurant reservations, VIP nightclub access, private spa suites, show tickets and more at 12 iconic resorts across the Las Vegas Strip.

If traveling with a group and reserving at least five guestrooms (yep, only five rooms) – whether for a bachelor or bachelorette party, golf getaway, family reunion, special birthday or just to get away with loved ones or people you like a lot, you can work with a dedicated MGM Resorts Connections professional at no cost to personalize and make all the arrangements for a stress-free, unforgettable vacation.

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Soft Opens at Walt Disney World

Trader Sam's Grog GrottoTrader Sam’s Grog Grotto is the latest addition to the newly reimagined Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  Located off the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge will serve exotic drinks and small plates, while offering scenic views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.

Founded by Adventureland’s famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam, the Walt Disney World Resort version will have some similarities to the original Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Resort. But magical theming will reflect its new resort location.

Guests are welcomed to Trader Sam’s, a South Seas hideaway, to explore a menu full of “magical tropical drinks and food,” and while the Walt Disney World version will share a few exotic cocktails and small plates from the Disneyland location, it will have its own menu, according to Chef Lenny DeGeorge.

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Mercedes-Benz Sponsor of Rock in Rio 2015 in Las Vegas

Rock-in-Rio-Evolution-Stage-MercedesRock in Rio has announced a sponsorship agreement with Mercedes-Benz to serve as official sponsor for the upcoming Rock in Rio USA music festival taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. The agreement includes Mercedes-Benz having naming rights of the Sunset Stage that will be named Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage.

The Rock in Rio partnership represents a natural build on the luxury brand’s involvement in producing consumer-facing music events, which began with last year’s groundbreaking multi-city Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour. This year, Mercedes-Benz will further present consumers with experiences that showcase the evolution of the brand and tap into key consumer passion points.

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Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chicks at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby Bird Takes Baby Bites: Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chick Being Hand-Raised at San Diego Zoo An 11-day-old Dalmatian pelican chick gobbles its morning meal of fish at the  San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. The young chick hatched at the San DiegThe Avian Propagation Center at the San Diego Zoo has two new residents, a pair of Dalmatian pelicans, both less than a month old. The pair arrived at the Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, after their parents were unable to raise them upon hatching. Animal care staff at the Zoo’s off-exhibit Avian Propagation Center will hand-raise the birds for approximately 50 to 60 days, until they are strong enough to return to their flock at the Safari Park. The pelican chicks grow rapidly and should be covered in their downy feathers by three to four weeks of age.

The Dalmatian pelican chicks are part of the first North American breeding program for this vulnerable species. Since the breeding program was started in 2006, 34 chicks have been hatched. Because of the success, the Safari Park has sent some of the birds to the Phoenix Zoo, where a second breeding colony is being established.

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Marini’s Candies Celebrating 100 Years at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

marinis-taffy-santa-cruz-boardwalkMarini’s Candies is celebrating 100 Sweet Years at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a 2015 season full of extra-sweet events. The Marini family has made quality candy on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for four generations. From salt water taffy to caramel apples and chocolate covered bacon, Marini’s is the go-to place for sweet treats on the Boardwalk.

Special events celebrating Marini’s 100 years at the Boardwalk

Marini’s 100th Anniversary SWEETstakes, March 28 – October 25, 2015

Grand Prize winners will receive an invitation to create and name a special salt water taffy flavor and receive that flavor free for an entire year.  Other prizes include a 1-year supply of Marini’s Assorted Salt Water Taffy; Marini’s Caramel Apples; Marini’s Pins; and various treats. Prizes are discovered on scratchcards inside 1 lb. boxes of Marini’s Assorted Salt Water Taffy sold at all Marini’s locations on the Boardwalk from March 28 through October 25, 2015 while supplies last.

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TPA Begins Spring Nights Mixers at Don the Beachcomber

Spring_Nights_Dons_1280On Sunday, March 15, Theme Park Adventure launched its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers in Orange County at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach! Theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals gathered under the tiki lights of the iconic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway.

With the new season, TPA also unveiled a new holiday overlay for its very popular tiki buttons, created by renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson (Tom also creates the seasonal overlays for each design), giving one to the first 30 TPAers to arrive at this month’s gathering! In case you didn’t receive a Spring Nights at Don’s button yet, don’t worry – you still have April and May to get yours!

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Fireman’s Landing Opens at Silver Dollar City

SDC FL FireFallNew for 2015, Silver Dollar City presents Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million all-new themed area with 10 new family adventures, as the park launches its biggest family year ever.

Opened March 14, Fireman’s Landing substantially increases the park’s attractions, adding 10 family adventures in all. The new area has six family rides and four interactive play zones for kids and families in a highly themed area, saluting the spirit and training activities of community volunteer firefighters. The area, with theming recognizing the contributions of community heroes who serve as firefighters, is an 1880s volunteer recruitment fair. The storyline creates the atmosphere of the rides serving as “training” adventures for recruits and community heroes – all seeking to become part of the Silver Dollar City Fire Brigade.

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D23 Announces Upcoming Events for Orlando Disney Fans

cinderella-live-action-disneyD23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

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Phillip Phillips Performs This Weekend at Universal Orlando

Phillip Phillips HRFlorida’s biggest party is still in full swing this weekend at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras with a musical performance by American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips on Saturday, March 28.

Phillips’ first single, Home, became the best-selling and most successful coronation song of any Idol winner. He has since had other popular singles including Gone, Gone, Gone, Raging Fire and Unpack Your Heart— all of which showcase his rugged, pop-folk vocal style. Currently, the singer-songwriter is preparing for a co-headlining tour with American rock band, O.A.R, this summer, which will feature songs from his latest album, Behind The Light.

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Disneyland Resort Hotels Offer Limited Time Special Savings

Disneyland Hotel roomGuests planning a spring or early summer trip to the Disneyland Resort are invited to take advantage of a new hotel offer. For reservations made at any Disneyland Resort Hotel between March 25 and May 7, guests will save 20 percent on premium rooms and 15 percent on standard rooms, on select nights from April 5 through June 16. The savings, combined with all the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort property, make this an ideal time to plan a vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Whether for business or leisure, any visit to the Disneyland Resort is enhanced with a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each have their own distinctive style, and all three offer the same great benefits exclusive to hotel guests.

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