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United26 Tour Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa

united26-tour-logoOn Saturday, May 16 Busch Gardens Tampa will host DigiTour Presents: United26 Tour, bringing some of the biggest YouTubers and Vine stars together in one location. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven social media stars will take the stage to entertain thousands of fans:

Hayes Grier

Hayes Grier started making Vines with his older brother Nash, but since striking out on his own he has climbed to the top 50 of the Vine Charts. At just 14 years old, he has more than 3.5 million followers on Vine, 3.5 million followers on Instagram and 2.5 million followers on Twitter. He is a rising star in the social media world, and right now he is touring the world with his brother and friends to perform live and meet his loyal fans.

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Southern White Rhino Born at Lion Country Safari

Lion-Country-Safari-baby-rhinoLion Country Safari welcomes Spring with a ton of fun. A female Southern White Rhinoceros was born in front of guests on safari March 18th at 11:30am. Both the calf and mom are located in rhino maternity area, visible in the drive-through safari.

The baby, named Blossom, was born to mom Bloom after 16 months of gestation. She is Bloom’s 3rd baby. It’s unusual for a white rhino to give birth during the day; they are usually born at night. It is expected for Blossom to gain 3-4 pounds a day from her mother’s milk, and will gain about a thousand pounds a year for the first three years.  Baby rhinos nurse for almost two years.

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Scalloped Hammerheads Now at Shark Reef in Las Vegas

shark-reef-mandalay-bayTwo new curious creatures are lurking beneath the surface at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The attraction’s newest residents, a pair of Scalloped Hammerheads, were recently introduced into the 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck exhibit.

Distinguished by the unusual shape of their heads, Scalloped Hammerheads reside in coastal warm temperate and tropical seas, and can grow up to 14 feet in length, weighing over 300 pounds. Shark Reef Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the United States that Scalloped Hammerheads call home.

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Rock in Rio USA Single Day Tickets Now Available

taylor-swiftRock in Rio USA has announced the availability of single day general admission tickets for the upcoming festival taking place May 8-9, 15-16 in Las Vegas.  Single day general admission tickets are available for $169 for each date at rockinrio.com/tickets, while supplies last. Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, will make its U.S. debut by welcoming full-set performances from some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Maná, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Jessie J, among others.

Rock in Rio USA: Complete Lineup

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Delusion Seeking New Location for 2015 Show

Jon Braver, creator of Delusion

Jon Braver, creator of Delusion

To our most illustrious Delusion fans,

The Eternal Struggle. No, that’s not the title for a new show, sorry! Rather, it represents the search for that key character in any Delusion tale: The Venue. We spend many months scouting, negotiating, hoping to lock down a place. We’ve been fortunate in the past. Delusion has existed in some very memorable places. This year… the search goes on.

We’ve put so much trust in our audience during the show, so why not here as well Hopefully, we’ll be closing soon on a place we’re looking at, but I have a feeling someone out there knows about someplace else that is Delusion-worthy? If you’ve been to previous shows then you know our style. Please join in the search. Here’s the short list, and keep in mind we already work with a broker:

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A Baby Hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo

PHOTO NEWS RELEASE Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hippopotamus Born at San Diego Zoo  	A three-day-old river hippopotamus pokes its head out of the water under the watchful eye of its mother at the San Diego Zoo. The calf was born on Monday, March 23 to mother,The newest river hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo is just a few weeks old and already has an online following. The calf was born on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m. with animal care staff observing. Mother Funani has had the main hippo exhibit to herself the last several weeks in anticipation of the calf’s birth.

Mom and baby are doing fine and animal care staff witnessed the calf nursing on several occasions. Funani, who is 30 years old, has raised four other hippos at the San Diego Zoo – three females and most recently a male, named Adhama, born January 26, 2011. The sex of the newest calf has not yet been determined, as keepers and vets have not been able to get a close enough look at the animal.

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Hatbox Ghost Returns to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in May

Hatbox-Ghost-Rendering-DisneylandThe Disneyland Resort has announced something that there has been major speculation about over the past several months, and something that has been rumored for years… the return of the infamous Hatbox Ghost character to The Haunted Mansion!

When the attraction opened in 1969 in New Orleans Square, one of the 999 Happy Haunts in the foreboding mansion was a ghoulish character – a specter with a walking cane holding a large hat box. As riders would pass by in their Doombuggies, the apparition’s head would vanish – and reappear inside the box it was holding!

Conceived by Marc Davis and Yale Gracey at WED, the Hatbox Ghost worked well enough when mocked up in Glendale. However, when it was transported to Disneyland, the effect didn’t work as well, and disappointed the Imagineering team. Lighting was adjusted, but to no avail – the spirit was removed from the Haunted Mansion just weeks after the attraction’s debut, setting off a legend that would last decades. Indeed, the Hatbox Ghost is arguably the most famous character from The Haunted Mansion, despite the fact that most fans have never actually seen it, aside from concept art, a few very rare photos, and a brief home movie clip that can be found on YouTube.

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The Band Perry at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras This Weekend

The Band Perry Coming to Universal Orlando's Mardi GrasUniversal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras continues this weekend with a musical performance by award-winning country group The Band Perry on Saturday, April 11.

The Band Perry, comprised of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry, rose to fame with their quadruple-platinum song If I Die Young, their platinum song You Lie, and their No. 1 Billboard Hot Country song All Your Life. Combining country, pop and rock sounds, the musical trio has continued their success by winning multiple CMT and CMA awards, receiving Grammy and Billboard award nominations and selling out worldwide tours. Their second album, Pioneer, was released in April 2013 and produced the No. 1 singles, Better Dig Two and DONE.

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Los Angeles Zoo Invites Guests to Name Their Baby Roo

Help the LA Zoo name their baby roo! - Photo: Jamie PhamIf you had a chance to come up with a name for the Los Angeles’s Zoo’s adorable baby kangaroo, what would it be?  No need to wonder – just head over to the Zoo, snap a photo of the Western gray kangaroo baby, and enter the Zoo’s first-ever contest for the general public to vie for “naming rights.”

This spring, L.A. Zoo guests are invited to enjoy an unusual opportunity to “MEET OUR BABIES,” including the soon-to-be-named baby kangaroo as well as Rosie, the near-legendary baby hippo, a baby giraffe, five baby chimpanzees, two baby otters, a baby howler monkey, baby koala, baby pronghorn, baby sifaka, and even baby piranha.  An Activity Guide with a special map is available at the Zoo’s entrance to help visitors locate all the heart-melting young ones while learning more about these animals and the zoo’s breeding programs that are so vital to saving endangered and vulnerable species by serving as a hedge against extinction in the wild.

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Walt Disney World Solo Trip? No Problem!

epcot-walt-disney-worldIf visiting Walt Disney World Resort solo never crossed your mind, think again. There are myriad ways to enjoy Disney’s world-class theme parks, resorts and more all by yourself.

Ride your favorite attraction more than once, shop till you drop, indulge in over-the-top treats, learn something new and make friends along the way.

Here are 25 ways you can discover another side of the magic on your own:

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