Author Archives: Rick West

Wings of Time Dazzles at Sentosa Island

ECA2_SEN14_Photos_VeryBestOf-2After an unprecedented run of 7 successful years, ECA2 was secured by Sentosa Development Corporation to replace Songs of the Sea with Wings of Time. This new nighttime sensation was entirely created, designed and produced by French-based ECA2.

The tourist destination of Sentosa Island, Singapore, now hosts a brand new permanent show like no other. The production team behind it is none other than ECA2, one of the only companies on the planet capable of putting together such an ambitious project.

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Universal Hollywood Eyegore Awards Tickets on Sale

eyegore_headerUniversal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of Halloween Horror Nights on Friday, September 19, with the annual Eyegore Awards, honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. And, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 Halloween Horror Nights fans a chance to attend the coveted Eyegore Awards, which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.

The 2014 Eyegore Award recipients include multiple Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Django Unchained), with the award presented by Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of AMC’s Talking Dead and Robert Kirkman, Creator and Executive Producer of The Walking Dead and Outcast.

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Oakland Zoo, Oregon Zoo, and FedEx Help Condors Take Flight

DSC_0033On Thursday, August 21, 2014, six young California condors boarded a FedEx plane and began a journey that led them a step closer to the wild. The precious cargo began their flight in Portland, changed planes in Oakland, and had a final flight destination of Los Angeles.

The highly endangered birds were hatched and raised at Oregon Zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, located in rural Clackamas County.

“At this point, each egg that arrives, every chick that hatches, and every bird we can release into the wild is vitally important to the survival of this species,” said Kelli Walker, senior condor keeper at the Oregon Zoo. “These chicks were down in the pre-release pen with several adults, and all of them showed very good ‘wild’ behaviors. They are still very young, although No. 645 has proven to be a handful when catching her up.”

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Talk Like a Pirate Day at Fairytale Town

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFamilies are invited to Fairytale Town for swashbuckling fun in celebration of international Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday, Sept. 19. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., adults and children can enjoy talking like a pirate plus pirate fun and games inside Fairytale Town’s storybook park.

Young sailors can learn pirate vocabulary, songs of the seas, and stories of adventures on the high seas at “Pirate Skool,” presented by the Pirates of Sacramento. Pirate-themed craft activities and relay games will add to the fun day. And Fairytale Town’s Pirate Ship play set is available for imaginative adventures throughout the day.

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Jack Hanna at Busch Gardens Tampa’s Wild Days

hannaJoin “Jungle Jack” Hanna at Busch Gardens Tampa on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 for Wild Days, a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows in Stanleyville Theater, as well as make special appearances at a family sleepover that on Saturday night.

Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer. He is best known as the star of the Emmy Award-winning television series “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” where audiences are invited to join him on expeditions around the globe.

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Tortoise from San Diego Zoo Arrives at Toledo Zoo

T14_0484_002Emerson, a male tortoise approximately 100 years old and weighing about 400 pounds, arrived at the Toledo Zoo from the San Diego Zoo late on Aug. 27 and is scheduled to be on exhibit at the zoo’s Tiger Terrace area. The species is native to the Galapagos Islands, near Ecuador and off the western coast of South America. Galapagos tortoises can live for 150 or so years, with males measuring up to 6 feet long and weighing as much as 500 pounds (females are smaller).

This species was among the animals that Charles Darwin observed when he traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835. The information Darwin gleaned from that trip helped shape his resulting theory of evolution by natural selection, which has become the cornerstone of modern biological science.

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Disneyland 101: Main Street U.S.A.

Main-Street-U.S.A1Walt Disney on Main Street, U.S.A.: “Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the [20th] century – the crossroads of an era, the gas lamps and the electric lamp – the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown . . . the heart line of America.”

Overview: Main Street, U.S.A., recreates the unique charm of small-town America at the turn of the [20th] century, filled with hope and optimism for the future. Main Street, U.S.A. serves as a vast entrance corridor and the “opening scene” for the Magic Kingdom experience. It provides a transition between the outside world and the themed experiences of Disneyland Park, drawing guests in to discover more.

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Knott’s Announces All Season Dining Plan

allseasondiningplan_logoKnott’s Berry Farm Season Passes – one of the best entertainment values in all of Southern California – are now on sale for 2015 at the best price of the season. This year, Passholders can add the new All Season Dining Plan to their Pass and enjoy endless dining options all season long.

The All Season Dining Plan allows Season Passholders the opportunity to enjoy an entree and a side twice daily, every four hours, at one of Knott’s Berry Farm’s participating restaurants for as little as $99.00, or with nine Easy Pay payments of just $11.00, when purchased in the same transaction as your 2015 Season Pass; that’s over 700 meals per year for one unbeatable price! The convenient All Season Dining Plan can be purchased by simply adding it to a new or renewed Season Pass while shopping online or by purchasing it separately at the theme park. Passholders can begin satisfying their hunger for savings when Season Pass Dining debuts on January 1, 2015.

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Walt Disney World Tips for Dog Lovers

U16-5650212355-1024x682They say every dog has its day. Here are 10 ways guests can celebrate their love for their four-legged friend at Walt Disney World Resort:

1. Pets can romp and play while you’re away at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort. Furry friend deserve the very best, and that’s what they’ll get as guests at this luxury boarding facility. VIP packages include a private room and relief area, a bedtime story, flat panel TV for movie watching, and much more for purchase. For more information about Best Friends Pet Care, call (877) 4 WDW-PETS.

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The Sun Kings to Perform at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Sun KingsThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s popular Free Friday Night Concert series wrapped up last Friday, but music fans have one last chance to enjoy a free beach concert.

The Boardwalk is inviting the public to a free 90-minute concert with The Sun Kings on Friday, September 5 at 8pm. The popular Beatles tribute band will perform the Beatle’s greatest hits on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand. Parking will be free in the Boardwalk’s main parking lot, across the street from Neptune’s Kingdom.

The concert is part of Camp Out for Cancer, a new fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. While other Camp out for Cancer events are for registered attendees only, the Sun Kings concert and evening program are both free and open to the public.

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