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12 Ways to Have a Cinderella Experience at Walt Disney World

Fit for RoyaltyAs this past weekend’s No. 1 box office smash Cinderella enchants audiences nationwide, the magic of Cinderella plays out on a grand scale each day at Walt Disney World Resort.

Here are 12 ways to have a Cinderella-inspired stay at Walt Disney World Resort.

1. Dine like Royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Meeting Cinderella in her royal castle is a dream come true at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where you can dine with Cinderella and her royal friends. Specializing in feasts fit for royalty, this one-of-a kind dining experience will make you feel like you’re living a fairytale. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered daily. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.

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Vice Versa Patio & Lounge Open at Vdara Las Vegas

vice-versa-patio-lounge (2)Vdara Hotel & Spa brings an intoxicating twist to the Las Vegas social scene with the introduction of its new concept, VICE VERSA Patio & Lounge. VICE VERSA offers dual options such as classic or twisted cocktails, refreshingly light or indulgent bites, as well as intimate indoor or outdoor patio settings.

“As a boutique hotel, Vdara’s lobby is the heart of the property and a place for guests to gather and enjoy a variety of experiences,” said Vdara General Manager Mary Giuliano. “Located center stage, VICE VERSA harnesses the energy of all sides of Las Vegas by creating a lounge where our guests can have two distinct experiences within one destination.”

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Route 91 Harvest Festival Returns to Las Vegas This Fall

route-91-harvest-festivalLive Nation, in collaboration with MGM Resorts International, has announced Route 91 Harvest Festival will return to Las Vegas for a second consecutive year October 2 – 4.  The three-day, two-stage festival, held at the MGM Resorts Village, will be headlined by country music superstars Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban as well as Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more.  Passes are now on sale at rt91harvest.com.

A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Brett Eldredge, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett, Austin Webb and Drake White also will join the all-star lineup with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. The festival’s second stage, Next From Nashville, will return continuing to showcase emerging country artists.

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LEGO 4D Film Coming to Multiple Venues This Year

lego-4D-filmMerlin Entertainments announced it is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group to bring a new 4D animated film based on the popular characters of The LEGO Movie, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S, to guests at LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world later this year. The new 4D animated film will open exclusively at the six LEGOLAND Parks and 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in North America, Asia and Europe.

Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.

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MGM Resorts Restaurants Featuring March Basketball Specials

five50-pizza-bar-mgmLadies and gentlemen…the wait is over. MGM Resorts International introduced its official starting lineup for the March basketball tournament. Restaurants and beverage venues are offering food and drink specials fit for the fans. Expect to see talented dishes earn their spots in the championship as the roster includes ARIA Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Featured players starting for MGM Resorts International are as follows:

Point Guard
First up is FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA. As the team leader, this iconic pizzeria initiates the offense by offering Anheuser-Busch products on draft including Goose Island and Bud Light. Dribble with ease to score a pizza and wing special for $35 and bottomless pitchers for $35 per person.

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D23 Holding Two Design Contests to Celebrate 2015 Expo

D23EXPO_DesignChallenge_LogoTo highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney,D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14­–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Mousequerade* invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: Heroes Unmasked, Once Upon a Costume, The Wonderful Worlds of Disney, Best of Star Wars, and Weird, Wild, and Goofy! The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants.

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Face Off Artists Join The Republic Design Team

Face-Off-GroupBuilding on an already talented team of top theme park attraction designers, The Republic immersive theater experience officially announces makeup effects artists Eric Garcia and David O’Connell have joined the design team. Eric and David appeared on separate seasons of the hit Syfy TV show Face Off, showcasing their skills to a national audience.

Now the pair are bringing their skills to The Republic to develop the looks of two main characters, the Minotaur and Medusa, each inspired by Greek mythology but brought to life in unique ways through an original story.

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A Successful Movie Night for the Great Horror Campout

Movie-Night-Under-Stars-GHC (5)Friday the 13th in Los Angeles has never been so much fun, thanks to the team at Ten Thirty One Productions and their subsidiary, the Great Horror Campout. Under a star-filled sky in the Old Zoo section of Griffith Park, the company held its inaugural Movie Night Under the Stars event, bringing hundreds of horror fans together for a screening of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

This was no ordinary screening however. True to the company’s legacy of live horror events and attractions, Ten Thirty One Productions layered the Movie Night Under the Stars screening with its Great Horror Campout creatures, and unleashed them on the crowd of moviegoers throughout the evening, prompting screams from audience members as monsters lurked and crept up on them in the darkness!

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Butterfly Jungle Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

“Hoo” Is That on My Shoulder: Butterfly Jungle Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park  A giant owl butterfly sits on the shoulder of amused Gabrielle Ortiz, age 12, of Carlsbad, this morning during a preview of Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo SafarThousands of butterflies floated and fluttered around the Hidden Jungle Aviary at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this morning as children and adults alike marveled at the beautiful winged insects. The attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the Safari Park’s annual springtime event, Butterfly Jungle, which opens Saturday, March 14 and runs through April 12.

At Butterfly Jungle, the walk-through Hidden Jungle aviary has been transformed into a temporary home for more than 30 species of butterflies. In the aviary, the delicate and colorful creatures surround guests, fluttering lightly through the warm air to find flowers to feed upon. The aviary is also home to lush greenery and exotic birds including finches, colorful turacos and sunbirds, as well as many others.

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Kool & the Gang, Rodney Atkins at Bands, Brew & BBQ

kool-and-the-gangSeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival takes place four sizzling weekends in March – with new headline acts announced each week.

Announced for this weekend are the headline performers for the second week of the event: award-winning singer/songwriter, Rodney Atkins, on Saturday, March 14, and the longest-performing R&B group, Kool & the Gang, on Sunday, March 15.

Scheduled performances now include:

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