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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