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Disneyland 101 – Tomorrowland

tomorrowlandWalt Disney on Tomorrowland, in 1955: “A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements … a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals: the Atomic Age, the challenge of outer space and the hope for a peaceful, unified world.”

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at WDW

haunted-mansion-00Not-so-spooky ghosts and goblins return this fall – while dastardly villains unleash some mischief — during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, delighting fun-seekers of all ages in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

On 26 select nights from September 1 through Halloween night October 31, the Magic Kingdom will host this spooktacular after-hours party from 7 p.m. – midnight.

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Condor Chick Named at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

condorbabyThe young condor chick who hatched on April 29 and is visible on San Diego Zoo Global’s Condor Cam now has a name: Su’nan, which means “to continue to or to keep on” in the Chumash language.

An online naming contest conducted by San Diego Zoo Global’s Wildlife Conservancy announced that Su’nan was the final winner, with 900 votes. In second place was the name Antik, which means “to recover,” with just over 600 votes.

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Disney California Adventure 101 – Pacific Wharf

Pacific-Wharf1-1024x673Walt Disney on new places: “Always, as you travel, assimilate the sounds and sights of the world.”

Overview: Ever since the Gold Rush, California has been home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. The Pacific Wharf is a richly themed culinary showcase for these cultural influences, recreating the atmosphere of a “cannery row” area seen in such cities as San Francisco, Monterey and San Diego. Here, guests may tour the working bread factory at Boudin Bakery to watch the creation of sourdough bread and receive a tasty sample. Elsewhere, charming restaurants offer a variety of foods that provide a taste of California’s diverse culinary heritage. Pacific Wharf is also the home of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Blue Sky Cellar, which occasionally has special exhibits or previews of upcoming attractions.

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AVP Coming to HHN 2014 in Hollywood and Orlando

Alien vs. Predator Comes to HHNIn collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are putting Halloween Horror Nights guests in the middle of an epic and primal war between the universe’s most deadly species in an all-new, horrifying maze inspired by the cult sci-fi franchise AVP: Alien vs. Predator, beginning Friday, September 19, 2014!

AVP: Alien vs. Predator is a sci-fi horror franchise that brings together the two iconic species spawned from two blockbuster films, Alien and Predator, to create a terrifying crossover of eponymous monsters in a raging battle against mankind struggling to survive amid the chaos that ensues from these two vengeful creatures. To mark the 35th anniversary celebration of Alien, and the 10th anniversary of AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Halloween Horror Nights guests and fans of these celebrated films will have a chance to live the horror of these diabolical beasts as they come face to face with the terror of Aliens and Predators.

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Disney California Adventure 101 – Paradise Pier

Paradise-Pier1Walt Disney on creating an amusement park: “We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun – together.”

Overview: Paradise Pier celebrates the lure of the Pacific Coast, which has welcomed countless visitors to its sandy shores. The pier pays tribute to the classic amusement parks that populated the California coast from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1940s. Paradise Pier features vintage-style rides and games, as well as many Victorian-inspired shops and restaurants and is located at Disney California Adventure Park.

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Roaring Nights in August – Los Angeles Zoo

GL-RNJuly14The Los Angeles Zoo’s popular Roaring Nights 2014 series concludes on Friday, August 22, 7 to 10 pm, with headliner We Are Twin, providing rock ‘n’ roll soul sounds with R&B and pop touches, and DJ V Money, dancing, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to Zoo’s new Rainforest of the Americas plus other animal habitats. Also part of Roaring Nights, which has attracted large crowds during its two earlier dates this summer, is a popular “Animal Artistry Paint Party” at which guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Complimentary bicycle valet service provided by Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and plentiful parking are available for the series, open to ages 18 and up. KCRW is the Roaring Nights series Media Sponsor.

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Surviving (Or Not) The Purge: Breakout

breakout1There is a new phenomenon that has taken the interactive experience industry by storm. They’re called “escape room” games or challenges. The latest and definitely most talked-about escape room game to hit the United States has been The Purge: Breakout. With a national tour that included stops in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, fans of the film franchise got a unique marketing experience to whet their appetites for the upcoming release of The Purge: Anarchy, which is of course, has been playing in theaters everywhere.

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Western Pond Turtles Released by San Diego Zoo

Turtles Fitted with Transmitters Released into WildFive juvenile western pond turtles were released into the Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve today by a team of federal, state and zoo scientists. The released turtles are part of the “headstart” program, which involves raising hatchlings at the San Diego Zoo to a large enough size and then releasing them into the wild, giving them a better chance of surviving and fending off natural predators.

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Mr. Wu Turns Two at the San Diego Zoo

Look Who’s Two, Xiao Liwu! Giant Panda Cub at San Diego Zoo Enjoys Birthday CakeXiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo), a male giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, turned two years old today and received a birthday party, complete with cake and presents. The young panda, whose name means little gift, came out of his den this morning to find a festive, four-foot-tall ice cake, topped with a big ice “2″ and filled with some of his favorite treats: apple, carrot and yam slices.

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