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Baby Giraffe at Lion Country Safari!

Kiss from MomLion Country Safari, a leader in giraffe breeding programs in North America with over 60 giraffe births, just welcomed its first giraffe calf of 2014. The baby, named Nafari, which means “first-born” in Swahili, was born June 24th. He was born weighing 141.5 pounds (64.3 kg) and measured 70 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Nafari and his mom are segregated from the herd in the maternity pen to allow bonding time. They are visible in the drive-through preserve (section 7, Hwange National Park) or from the giraffe feeding exhibit at Lion Country Safari. In nearly three months, they will join the remainder of the giraffe herd at Lion Country Safari. Soon enough, Nafari will have younger companions as other female giraffe are expected to give birth in the near future.

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Danity Kane & Moxie Raia Kick Off Music Spotlight Series

DK new photoPop group Danity Kane and emerging pop singer Moxie Raia fire up the “5 Towers” stage for the launch of Universal CityWalk’s free summer “Music Spotlight Series” Thursday, July 10 from 5:30 P.M. – 9 P.M.

“5 Towers” stage at Universal CityWalk is Los Angeles’ free premier open-air concert venue which is host to a multitude of performances by some of today’s most influential artists, including Jason DeRulo, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz and Good Charlotte.

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Anatomy of a Roller Coaster Infographic

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Jon Russo, CEO AreaVibes

An infographic is a great way to communicate a lot of complex visual information in one easy glance. Absorbing a lot of information quickly and clearly can be valuable when exploring your favorite theme park, finding your way to a favorite roller coaster, or even navigating a new city – and these concepts are more similar than they might seem at first.

Did you know that the Colossus roller coaster in Thorpe Park has the most inversions (10) of any coaster yet built? Or, that the Takabisha in Fuji-Q Highland Japan drops at a breathtaking angle of 121 degrees? As a roller coaster enthusiast, you might know these things already – but we didn’t at first.

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Wildlife World Announces 2014 Award Recipients

image (1)Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of its annual animal care & conservation awards. Over the past two decades, Wildlife World has contributed tens of thousands of dollars, as well as, thousands more as in-kind support and staff expertise to dozens of local, national and international organizations working on problems ranging from providing assistance to at-risk families in Arizona to habitat restoration & wildlife conservation all over the globe.

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Job Opportunities at Walt Disney World

1109ZY_0486DR-1024x681With the completion of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park and growth across Walt Disney World Resort, the company is hiring for 1,000 part-time and full-time roles. Positions are available at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney Area and more than 20 Resort Hotels at www.WaltDisneyWorld.jobs.

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Great American Nightmare Update

PM5KRob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced additional onsite experiences for the ultimate Halloween horror event, this year held at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona for select nights from September 19-November 1, 2014.

As in 2013, Great American Nightmare will feature a Rob Zombie museum area displaying memorabilia from the groundbreaking musician and filmmaker’s movie and music career.

In addition, galactic hard rockers Powerman 5000 have been added to the September 19 opening night concert–already featuring headliner Rob Zombie.

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Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" at Disney's Hollywood StudiosThis summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating “Frozen,” the hit animated feature film from Disney, with a daily character procession, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink and a nightly party featuring a live band, all themed to the worldwide phenomenon.

From July 5-Sept. 1, 2014, “Frozen Summer Fun Live!” will bring to life the world of royal sisters Anna and Elsa and their fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle. Most activities are included in theme park admission.

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USH Harry Potter Construction Update July 2014

IMG_9068As theme park fans around the world have watched the opening of Diagon Alley in Orlando this month with huge interest and enthusiasm, eyes shift back to the construction well underway at Universal Studios Hollywood on its own Wizarding World of Harry Potter construction as we blast into the heat of summer!

Rising from behind existing park attractions, the skeletal frames of what will be Hogsmeade dominate the skyline of Universal’s Upper Lot. From Shrek all the way around to the entrance of the Studio Tour, the peaks of Hogsmeade are very visible (not to be mistaken with the new Simpsons/Springfield structures going up as well directly across from that attraction) and have people buzzing.

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New Summer Nights Acts Announced for BGT

CherLloydSummer Nights continues to heat up at Busch Gardens Tampa with Saturday night concerts at Gwazi Park. Concerts start at 8:30pm as the stage sizzles with some of the biggest names in pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music:

July 19 Pentatonix
July 26 Zion y Lennox
Aug. 2 Cher Lloyd
Aug. 9 Taking Back Sunday
Aug. 16 The All-American Rejects

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Remembering Frontier Village

PastedGraphic-1The wild west is still just as popular as ever, or at least it is to the former attendees and employees of the historic Frontier Village amusement park, who visited the old site on the last Saturday of June for the annual reunion picnic in what is now Edenvale Garden Park. While the park may have closed 30-some-odd years ago, hundreds of people still turn up every year to pay tribute to the memories of their friends, and a frontier that no longer exists in the country.

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