Monthly Archives: September 2015

Carowinds Announces Scholarship Winners, Awards $5,000 to Employees

Carowinds Scholarship ProgramNot only does Carowinds strive to provide their guests with a “best day ever” experience, but they also take the time to offer that same “best day ever” to their associates.  Earlier this month, the Carowinds team celebrated the academic achievements of five Carowinds employees, awarding them each a $1000 scholarship to be applied to their further higher education studies.

The winners of the 2015 Carowinds Scholarship program are:

Mashario Morton

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Christmas Town Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa This November

Christmas_Town_BGTThe Tampa Bay area’s biggest Christmas celebration returns to Busch Gardens Tampa this holiday season.

Christmas Town will take place 20 selects dates between Nov. 27 through Dec. 31.  New this year, the cheer keeps going until 10 p.m. every event night. The event is included with park admission.

Christmas Town creates beautiful family traditions for guests as Busch Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats and holiday shopping.

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Sneak Peek of Insidious: Return to The Further at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015

Halloween Horror Nights Insidious MazeOne of the hottest mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in 2013 was Insidious: Into The Further, based on the popular Insidious film franchise. While I am personally not a huge fan of the movies, I felt the 2013 maze was really well done; it certainly was a fan favorite. When this year’s Insidious: Return to The Further was announced for Halloween Horror Nights, fans reacted very positively to the news.

Recently, Theme Park Adventure was invited along with a handful of other media outlets to get a sneak preview tour of Insidious: Return to The Further by John Murdy, Creative Director and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. Total transparency here – on that same day, we toured Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home. Being a huge fan of Halloween, that was the one maze I was absolutely interested in checking out; Return to The Further was a “whatever” for me, since I am not really into the film franchise itself.

That said, after walking through Insidious: Return to The Further, I have to say that I was beyond impressed – and if the maze looks half as creepy and incredibly well-designed in the dark as it does in the daylight, this could very well be the maze of the season at Halloween Horror Nights. Without doubt, if you are a fan of the films, Return to The Further is going to make your mind melt.

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Sneak Peek of Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015

Halloween Michael Myers Comes Home HHNOne of the most highly-anticipated maze of 2015 at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home. Announced to cheering fans during ScareLA this summer, this marks the second time Myers has been featured as part of the HHN lineup here in Southern California, the first being in 2009.

Creative Director/Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights and Art Director of HHN here in California, John Murdy and Chris Williams, both have a long-standing love of John Carpenter’s Halloween, and have been waiting for the perfect time to bring The Shape back to terrorize the inhabitants of Haddonfield, and the thousands of guests who flock to Universal Studios Hollywood each night during the world-famous Halloween event.

After 6 years, Michael Myers has come home.

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Celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Walt Disney World Resort

Something for Everyone at Walt Disney World ResortWith family-friendly attractions and character dining to exhilarating entertainment and nighttime spectaculars, Walt Disney World Resort is the place for families to bond and celebrate the grandest day of the year – Grandparents’ Day. Multigenerational family vacations at the magical 47-square mile resort allow grandparents to make magical memories and embrace the childlike wonder of a Disney vacation through the eyes of a child.

Here’s a few vacation tips and words of wisdom from grandparents visiting Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Our grandchildren love the [Disney] characters so we try to go to the character breakfasts. And we hit all [four] parks because everybody has their favorite rides.
    Sharon from Mullica, N.J.

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2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Winners From Near and Far

Disneyland Half Marathon 2015James Lander from Fullerton, Calif. ran and won his first runDisney race this morning at the 10th annual Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna. He led the field of nearly 15,000 runners and crossed the finish line more than six minutes ahead of the second place winner from Sao Paulo, Brazil, 35-year-old Valdir Aparecido Bueno.

Lander, 36, used to stand on the sidelines and watch his wife run multiple runDisney races but decided this time, he wanted to get in on the action. So he did. And won, finishing in 1:08:56

“I’ve loved this race, even though I had never done it before, because everyone has an amazing time,” said Lander. “I see people laughing and smiling the entire way versus most races where everyone looks like they are killing themselves. It’s a special thing! It’s really great!”

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Cedar Point Unveils World’s Biggest Dive Coaster for 2016 – Valravn

Valravn Cedar Point 2Cedar Point will change the Lake Erie skyline once again with over 3,400 feet of thrill ride innovation when it introduces Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, in 2016. Valravn is the regal king of birds, swooping in to conquer all other dive coasters on the planet with its powerful and intense maneuvers, massive structure and immense ride vehicles. Valravn will become the 18th coaster to take reign at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World and will claim its rightful place among other record-breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point.

Riders on Valravn are carried more than 20 stories up to the top of the coaster’s 223-foot-tall first hill. Once there, the train is held perilously over the edge of the first drop for approximately four seconds, giving anxious guests unparalleled views of the park before free-falling a record 214 feet at a completely vertical, 90-degree angle, reaching a top speed of 75 mph!

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Worlds of Fun Announces 5 New Family Rides for 2016

World of Fun

Families can glide, fly and launch into 2016 at Worlds of Fun with the addition of five new family rides coming to Planet Snoopy next season:

Woodstock Gliders – Young guests control their own flight with moveable stationary wings.

Flying Ace – Get your aviator glasses ready for a high-flying adventure with Snoopy.

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Universal Orlando Announces Expansion of Cabana Bay Beach Resort for 2017

Universal Orlando?s fourth on-site hotel, Universal?s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open! The retro-inspired hotel features incredible amenities for endless family fun including a 10,000 sq. ft. zero-entry pool with iconic dive tower waterslide, 10-lane bowling alley, the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, family suites that sleep up to six and much more. This summer, guests will be able to enjoy even more family fun, including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando?s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suites and value-priced standard guest rooms. © Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts are excited to announce an expansion of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Four hundred new rooms will be added to the retro-themed hotel due to its tremendous success and positive guest response since opening in March 2014.

Opening in 2017, the expansion will consist of two additional towers that will be located at the south end of the property, adjacent to the Continental and Americana guest towers.

In addition to the remarkable amenities and on-site benefits, select rooms in the new towers will offer spectacular views of Universal’s Volcano Bay – the resort’s third incredibly immersive park that will forever change the perception of water theme parks when it opens in 2017.

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Facebook Fans Vote for the Return of Raven Twins to Howl-O-Scream 2015 at Busch Gardens Tampa

The Raven Twins - Howl-O-Scream 2008Howl-O-Scream 2015 Facebook fans have Unearthed the evil former icon that will be featured inside this year’s event. In addition to a billboard photo opportunity inside the event, the Raven Twins will make select appearances at the photo location throughout Howl-O-Scream, letting fans come face-to-face with their favorite former icons.

The Raven Twins from Howl-O-Scream 2008 reeled in victims with their seductive looks and devilish charm. Those who dared to date these beauties fell into a trap of a tortuous night of unimaginable pain.

Thousands of fans participated in the poll, voting more than 10,000 times, and will be able to see the results in the Nairobi area of Busch Gardens Tampa during Howl-O-Scream 2015.

A bone-chilling, sinister force descends on Busch Gardens Tampa for 19 select nights this fall during Tampa’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream 2015. This year, Busch Gardens joins forces with award-winning horror filmmaker extraordinaire, Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project, to unearth an unimaginable evil.

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