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Phillip Phillips Performs This Weekend at Universal Orlando

Phillip Phillips HRFlorida’s biggest party is still in full swing this weekend at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras with a musical performance by American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips on Saturday, March 28.

Phillips’ first single, Home, became the best-selling and most successful coronation song of any Idol winner. He has since had other popular singles including Gone, Gone, Gone, Raging Fire and Unpack Your Heart— all of which showcase his rugged, pop-folk vocal style. Currently, the singer-songwriter is preparing for a co-headlining tour with American rock band, O.A.R, this summer, which will feature songs from his latest album, Behind The Light.

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Disneyland Resort Hotels Offer Limited Time Special Savings

Disneyland Hotel roomGuests planning a spring or early summer trip to the Disneyland Resort are invited to take advantage of a new hotel offer. For reservations made at any Disneyland Resort Hotel between March 25 and May 7, guests will save 20 percent on premium rooms and 15 percent on standard rooms, on select nights from April 5 through June 16. The savings, combined with all the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort property, make this an ideal time to plan a vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Whether for business or leisure, any visit to the Disneyland Resort is enhanced with a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each have their own distinctive style, and all three offer the same great benefits exclusive to hotel guests.

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Madonna Returns to MGM Grand Las Vegas in October 2015

Madonna-Rebel-HeartOne of the most successful live performers of all time, Madonna returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 24 for another legendary performance. The Las Vegas show will be the second-to-last stop on the North American leg of Madonna’s highly anticipated Rebel Heart tour.

Tickets priced at $43, $83, $183, $273 and $383 not including applicable service charges, go on sale Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Disney Buttons of Yesteryear – Throwback Thursday

Disneyland-Mickey-ButtonIf you walk onto any Disney property anywhere in the world, what’s one of the biggest-selling souvenirs? Pins. Cloisonne pins by the truckload, commemorating anything and everything Disney can think up; holidays, characters, special events, attractions – you name it, there’s probably a pin for it. And it’s all supplying the demand; Disney pin collectors are ravenous for those things – and unlike in the ’80s and ’90s before pins were really a thing, you could walk in to the Emporium on Main Street and pick up a cool land pin or whatever for maybe a buck or so; probably less. Today, collectors burn entire credit cards on these things – literally – as they go for well over $10 or $15 much of the time; and that’s off the shelf – in the secondary market among these collectors… sky’s the limit. Take out a loan, kids! It’s crazy!

On this Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to the thing that was a thing before these things were things. I’m talking buttons. Disney very early on began seeing the promotional – as well as souvenir – value in buttons that folks would buy, pin onto their clothes or hats, and wear around the parks and beyond. Free advertising, absolutely; but also, it was a cost-effective way of promoting events, seasons, and even attraction openings in the days long before Twitter and other social media platforms. Hell, we’re talking pre-internet in many cases. Buttons, buttons, buttons – by the handful – next to the registers in the Emporium, Star Trader, or any of the larger shops on Disney property. If memory serves, these little gems usually sold for between $.75 and a buck; in later years, we’d see the price jump to something obscene like $1.50. Now, if any exist, I don’t know what they are – maybe $3 or more.

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Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour is a Must-Do Experience

Warner-Brothers-VIP-Tour_0473I’m going to begin this story by stating the obvious, so we address the elephant in the room right off the bat. When you think of Southern California and its movie studios, and the subject of tours comes up, where does your mind instantly land? Universal Studios would be the majority response, without a doubt. Universal has been welcoming guests to its property for nearly 100 years to peer behind the silver screen at movie-making magic. Universal Studios Hollywood has become a world-class theme park destination that successfully combines themed entertainment and a working production facility that is open to the public year-round.

The fact of the matter is, the Greater Los Angeles area is home to many very busy studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Twentieth Century Fox. Just off the 134 Freeway in Burbank, you can see a water tower denoting another incredibly important studio – Warner Bros. Growing up as a Southern California kid, I was always keenly aware that Tinseltown was right in my back yard. And, over the years as an adult, I’ve known that many of the studios do offer behind-the-scenes tours. And, like most Southern Californians, I never checked them out except for Universal’s. Recently, that changed, and Theme Park Adventure paid a visit to the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour to see what it’s all about.

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Kathy Griffin Returns to The Mirage July 3, 2015

Kathy-Griffin-Aces-of-ComedyThe witty Kathy Griffin will return to the Aces of Comedy lineup at The Mirage Friday, July 3. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and three-time GRAMMY nominee has made audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. Griffin starred in her own reality show My Life on the D-List, which aired for six seasons on Bravo. She also is the newest commentator on Fashion Police.

•    Friday, July 3 at 10 p.m.

Tickets prices start at $59.99 plus tax and service fees, are now on sale. Visit mirage.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood Gets Fast & Furious

furious-7Universal CityWalk revs up for a turbo-charged takeover with Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, featuring a flurry of activity in support of the film’s April 3 release, including a Fast & Furious movie marathon at the AMC Theatres, an exclusive first-look at Furious 7’s 1967 Camaro and an original costume display, including attire worn by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in the new action thriller.

As the choice L.A. destination to see the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatres will jump-start the excitement with advance screenings of Furious 7 starting at select times every seven minutes after the hour beginning on Thursday, April 2.  The AMC Theatres will also bridge the gap to this latest film with an exciting two-day movie marathon at CityWalk, featuring all previous six Fast & Furious films on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2.

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April 2015 Events at Fairytale Town

Spring Eggstravaganza 6_Photo by Karen IddingsSpring Eggstravaganza
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 4 & 5
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities and visits with Peter Cottontail. Daily egg hunts are held promptly at 12, 1 and 2 p.m. Hunt areas are separated by age group: 0 – 3 years, 4 – 6 years, and 7 – 12 years. Magical Moonshine Theatre will perform “Tales of Br’er Rabbit” in the Children’s Theater at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Theater tickets are $2 for nonmembers and $1 for members. Spring Eggstravaganza is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored by Extra Self Storage.

Theater Performance: “Tales of Br’er Rabbit”
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 4 & 5
12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Magical Moonshine Theatre brings the traditional African American tales of Br’er Rabbit to life with humor, large table-top puppets, a live banjo and singing! Br’er Rabbit may be small, but he has his wits. That doesn’t keep him out of trouble, but does tend to get him out of it, once he gets into it. When he comes up against the likes of Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, it turns out they are no match for the clever rabbit. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

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Flock of Parrots Receive Vaccine at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

parrot-san-diego-zoo-safari-parkA flock of small parrots living in the Lorikeet Landing habitat of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is back in their aviary and ready to greet guests. The aviary was closed and the group of nectar-feeding birds had been residing in a behind-the-scenes enclosure as animal care staff completed thorough medical exams and an upgrade to the habitat.

Twenty out of the flock of 60 birds received both an oral and injectable vaccine at the hospital. The newly developed vaccine, technically an autogenous bacterin, was administered to help protect the birds from future effects of salmonella infections.

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Rock in Rio Partners with FansTang to Stream Concerts in China

rock-rio-chinaRock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, announced that it has formed a long-term exclusive relationship with FansTang, a China-focused cross-platform media and analytics company.   FansTang will stream every ROCK IN RIO festival (USA, Brazil and Portugal editions presented within the agreement) in mainland China through 2021.  Thanks to this new collaboration, music fans in China will enjoy live-streamed performances by global super stars including Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, Mana, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Big Sean and Metallica.

Custom video packages produced by FansTang will give Chinese fans watching via streaming media a taste of the festival’s custom-built 40 acre location, The City of Rock in Las Vegas.  Fans will also enjoy watching performances and sponsor activities taking place across three Rock Streets – themed streets that will give viewers unique cultural and entertainment experiences.

The Rock in Rio USA concert stream and custom video packages will also feature Chinese and global sponsor brand messages.  Sponsorship packages associated with the FansTang concert stream delivered in China will be sold and managed exclusively by FansTang. This agreement is also a first step into a possible expansion into the Asian market, as Rock in Rio continues to expand in the future.

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