Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unbelievable RipCycle Art Contest

Ripleys-King-KongThey say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s the challenge behind the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unbelievable RipCycle Art Contest.

Ripley’s is in search of artwork made from recycled or upcycled materials. Media could include metal, aluminum cans, cardboard, toilet paper, coffee filters, staples, toothpicks, wrappers – anything that might normally end up thrown away.

This King Kong was created from old tires! The goal? Turn that garbage into gold.

“We’re out to find amazing pieces – especially three-dimensional sculptures – that bring a smile to your face and make you say WOW! The more unusual the medium used, the better,” said Edward Meyer, Ripley’s VP of Exhibits and Archives. “This contest is a great opportunity for an artist to get worldwide exposure for their work.”

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Volcano Bay Waterpark Announced for Universal Orlando 2017

Volcano-Bay-Universal-OrlandoUniversal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and become the resort’s third incredibly immersive park.

Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a place for the entire family. It will be a whole new generation of experience that reimagines what it means to be a water park.

Imagine a place that offers radically innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an inspired guest experience that will forever change the perception of water theme parks. It will be set in a highly themed, completely immersive environment inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. And it will be the kind of special place that only the Universal team – the same team that has changed the face of Universal Orlando Resort in recent years – can envision and create.

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Specialty Kikusui Funaguchi Sake Can Unveiling at Yusho Monte Carlo

yusho-monte-carloYusho Japanese Grill and Noodle House at Monte Carlo will unveil a Kikusui Funaguchi sake can designed specifically for the restaurant at Yusho After Dark Tuesday, June 2.

Yusho Executive Chef Brian Lhee and SUSHISAMBA Chef Bobby Silva will treat the crowd to two creative dishes prepared just for the evening’s festivities as well as a variety of Yusho’s signature appetizers and ramen bites.  A DJ spinning upbeat hip hop music will set the tone as local Las Vegas street artist, Mowgli, creates a work of art right before guests’ eyes. Wirtz Beverage Sake Director Eric Swanson will be on-hand to share tasting notes and his sake expertise with the crowd.

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Western Heritage Summer Camp at Old Tucson

Old Tucson Western Heritage Summer Camp

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation will host a one-week specialty summer camp at Old Tucson the weeks of June 1-5, and June 8-12, and a one-day camp on June 15, 2015.  The camp will offer youth authentic, experiential, fun and educational programs on the people and cultures during the southern Arizona and northern Mexico Territorial period of 1850-1912.

The Foundation and Old Tucson are pleased to announce that Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks to the campers on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Campers from the Northwest and Jacob YMCAs and the Jewish Community Center will attend this unique specialty summer camp.  Working in partnership with representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Mexican community, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Buffalo Soldiers, Mormon Battalion, Tucson Jewish Community Center, African American community and others, the Foundation has created a multi-cultural experience for the campers aged 6-12.

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Cobra’s Curse Announced for Busch Gardens Tampa 2016

Cobras-Curse-Busch-Gardens-Tampa-artBusch Gardens Tampa puts a spin on family thrills in 2016 with a brand new family thrill ride – Cobra’s Curse. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.

Located in the Egypt area of the park, explorers will come face-to-face with an 80-foot snake icon, trek over the park’s Serengeti Plain and discover the mysteries of an Egyptian archaeological excavation.

“This isn’t your ordinary spin coaster. In true Busch Gardens style, we’re putting a twist on this attraction and taking riders on an unforgettable and exciting journey,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean.”

“The addition of a family spin coaster complements the selection of thrill rides Busch Gardens offers, and we know it’s an attraction that guests from across the globe will enjoy,” Dean added. “We continue to find new and exciting ways to offer thrills for the entire family, and we know Cobra’s Curse will even further solidify Busch Gardens as Florida’s Thrill Leader.”

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California Condor Speaker Series at Oakland Zoo

oakland-zoo-condorOn Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a Conservation Speaker Series about California condors – a bird that nearly became extinct in the 1980s, when the last living wild condor was taken into captivity and put into a breeding program to save the species. Today, there are more than 200 California condors living in the wild, with a large population near the Big Sur coastline.

Guest Speaker Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director of Ventana Wildlife Society, has been working to save these birds, with a nine and a half foot wingspan, since 1995. “Over the last twenty years, we’ve discovered condors are resilient, but we also learned about their greatest threats,” said Kelly Sorenson. Through field work, constant monitoring, nest watching, pair tracking, lead testing, and releasing condors back into the wild, he and his team have invested their careers into helping save this species.

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Something NEW Has Gotten Into the Matterhorn at Disneyland

matterhorn-ad-1978The Matterhorn Bobsleds has been one of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions since it first opened in 1959. Arguably, it is just as recognizable as Sleeping Beauty Castle, as no other Disney park in the world has a Matterhorn mountain dominating its skyline.

Over the years, the Matterhorn has seen many changes, the most notable coming in 1978, when Imagineers filled in the mountain, creating icy caverns, show scenes, and a new resident moved in – the Abominable Snowman. You kids old enough to remember certainly recall the company’s very successful “What’s Gotten Into The Matterhorn?” marketing campaign that was on television ads, billboards, and in print. Those Disneylanders born in the ’80s, ’90s or after, the Abominable Snowman has always just been there. Regardless, the monster (lovingly referred to as “Matterhorn Harold” by Cast Members and fans alike) in the mountain is one of the most popular and well-known attraction-based characters at any Disney park. And, he’s undergone a huge change in the past several weeks.

In the shadow of other Disneyland 60th Anniversary components, especially the new Paint the Night, Disneyland Forever, and World of Color – Celebrate! shows, the Matterhorn’s recent rehab/renovation has gone virtually unnoticed on everyone’s radar, despite the fact that the entire show inside the mountain has been changed. Even the long-anticipated return of the Hatbox Ghost at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has completely eclipsed what’s taken place inside the Matterhorn. The ride is no longer exactly “kid-friendly”, nor is it your daddy’s Matterhorn anymore…

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The Basement Escape Room Featured on The Bachelorette

basement-escape-roomThe Basement will be featured in an upcoming episode of The Bachelorette. The episode will feature a one-on-one date that is sure to terrify one lucky suitor and the newest Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe. But will this one-of-a-kind experience bring the couple together?  The episode is scheduled to air Monday, June 1, 2015, at 8/7c on ABC.

Kaitlyn is truly one of a kind. She’s beautiful and fun-loving with an irreverent sense of humor. In the past, however, her playful demeanor has often kept her from opening up and being vulnerable to love. It was her experience on The Bachelor with Chris Soules that helped her finally tap into the dormant part of her heart and open herself up to the possibility of love. Although she went home without the love she desperately hoped for, Kaitlyn is thankful for her time with Chris. And now — more than ever — she is ready to let down those walls and find love again. A huge fan favorite from the beginning, Kaitlyn is excited to share this once-in-a-lifetime journey, and she is certain she’ll find her husband as the Bachelorette. Follow Katilyn’s search for her soul mate in the 11th edition of The Bachelorette, Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

The Basement is an immersive escape room experience in Sylmar, California where you and up to eleven of your friends will be locked in a room. You will then have 45 minutes to find your way out using the hidden clues, items, and trap doors within the space. Various events will “distract” you throughout your journey and make the task of escaping slightly more difficult.

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Jimmy Buffett to Play MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas

Jimmy-BuffettThe wait is over for Las Vegas! Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at MGM Grand Garden Arena for one night only on Saturday, October 17th at 8pm, as part of Jimmy Buffett’s Workin’ n’ Playin’ Tour 2015.

“In Las Vegas, Jimmy Buffett shows take on a life of their own – it’s the ultimate party atmosphere at the MGM Grand and throughout the city. We know this Parrothead pilgrimage to Las Vegas will be another one of Jimmy’s legendary concerts on The Strip!” said promoter Greg Siegel of Live Nation.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jimmy’s A1A album, his first Top 40 record, which includes the hit, A Pirate Looks At Forty, a perennial concert favorite.

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Mako Hypercoaster Announced for SeaWorld Orlando 2016

Mako-SeaWorld-Orlando-Concept-Art5Surfacing summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless.  Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.

“On Mako, you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s attraction creative director. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality.  Mako sharks — also called “blue pointers” — are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.

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