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LEGOLAND California Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

Legoland_California_TreeLEGOLAND California Resort is honored to announce Emmy Award-winning actress Sarah Michelle Gellar as this year’s special guest to light the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree at the family theme park’s 12th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Plus, a special, live performance by Grammy Award-winning musical guest Ben Harper leads the Park’s spectacular Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Gellar, a mother of two and married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr., recently starred in the TV series, “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams and is popularly known for her lead role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and as Daphne, in “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”.

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SeaWorld San Diego Announces Blue Friday Sale 2014

seaworld-blue-fridayJust in time for the holidays is SeaWorld’s Blue Friday. SeaWorld’s twist on Black Friday offers the lowest prices of the year on passes and its most exclusive park experiences.

Savings include:

  • 2015 Fun Card + three months of parking (Jan. 1 – March 31, 2015) + a single-day companion ticket

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LEGOLAND California Unveils Holiday Snow Days 2014

Legoland_California_ChristmasShine up your skates and grab your mittens! LEGOLAND California Resort is getting its outdoor gear ready for its annual winter celebration, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. The winter fun kicks off November 22, 2014 and runs through January 4, 2015 with more than 50 tons of real snow, a new ice rink, festive treats, holiday entertainment and family fun activities.

During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, the Park’s Fun Town transforms into a winter wonderland featuring 7-foot tall snow-covered tube runs for children to slide down and a snow-play area where families can throw snowballs at LEGO themed targets and build snowmen using LEGO accessories. Plus, new this year, guests can enjoy gliding on ice at the Resort’s ice rink located in front of the ticket plaza for additional fee. Park guests can also sing along with holiday entertainment including live music featuring LEGO Friends Live, Jingle Jammers, the Big Test Holiday show and the Holiday Character Dance Party. Holiday Snow Days continues with the annual LEGO Christmas tree lighting event and concludes with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

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December 2014 Events at Fairytale Town

One of Northern California’s most beloved family parks is rolling out their December events, so that families can begin planning the most festive time of the year!

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town 3Winter Wonderland
Thursday – Sunday, Dec. 11-14 & 18-21
1 – 7 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town! The storybook park will be trimmed with festive holiday décor. A dazzling display of lights will light up the park at night, and a flurry of snow will fall nightly at 7 p.m. On weekends, enjoy more holiday cheer with craft activities, vendors and more. Meet two of Santa’s reindeer on December 13-14. Visit with Santa in his workshop on December 13-14 and 20-21 from 3 to 6 p.m. This program 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. Please note: During Winter Wonderland, Fairytale Town’s operating hours are from 1 – 7 p.m. Visit www.fairytaletown.org for more information. Sponsored by the Loveall Foundation for Children and SMUD.

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IAAPA 2014 Largest in More Than 17 Years

IAAPA_logo.svgAn estimated 30,500 amusement park and attractions industry professionals from 116 nations crowded the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Nov. 17-21, making it the largest in more than 17 years and third largest in Expo history.

The show caps off back-to-back years of record-breaking growth for all three of IAAPA’s Expos. More than 50,250 people, including 32,600 buyers, participated in IAAPA’s expos around the world: Asian Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and IAAPA Attractions Expo.

The who’s who of the worldwide attractions industry gathered at IAAPA Attractions Expo to discuss future guest experiences.  More than 19,400 buyers, including attractions industry owners, presidents, general managers, directors, and managers connected with leading innovators and creative masterminds throughout the week to announce new products, test the latest technologies, discuss trends and hot topics, learn from experts, and try new food and beverage options. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry and serves as the one-stop-shop for the industry.

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PRiSM Holiday Ticket Deal for Jabbawockeez at Luxor

Jabbawockeez in PRiSM at LuxorThe world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez is treating locals with a limited time “Buy One, Get One Free” holiday ticket offer for its show “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Locals may purchase tickets November 28 – December 22 at any MGM Resorts box office with a Nevada ID or by calling (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400 and requesting the locals offer.  The special offer applies to select tickets and guests should contact the box office for seating restrictions.

“PRiSM” is a celebration of imagination that takes audiences on a journey of dance, music and inspiration. The show is a dynamic mix of awe-inspiring choreography, enchanting storylines and stunning special effects, forming a production that challenges audiences to embrace the unexpected.

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Hot Butterbeer Comes to Universal Orlando!

Hot Butterbeer Comes to Universal OrlandoGuests have tried it cold, frozen – and even as an ice-cream flavor. Beginning this weekend, Universal Orlando Resort will now offer hot Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. To celebrate this new addition, some of the first guests at Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley and Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade were surprised with complimentary cups of the new drink.

Hot Butterbeer is a smooth, hot beverage reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch served year-round with a whipped topping. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, it will be served at Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot, and The Fountain of Fair Fortune. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, it will be available at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub.

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Francois’ Langur Makes Its Debut at San Diego Zoo

Bright-Orange Francois’ langur Born at San Diego ZooA week-old baby Francois’ langur was held by two-year-old langur female Meili de Hua this week at the San Diego Zoo. The bright-orange baby, born on Nov. 14, is the newest addition to the Zoo’s langur troop and all five members of the troop have been taking turns caring for the youngster.

Francois’ langurs, also known as Francois’ leaf monkeys, practice alloparenting, which means every family member participates in raising the infant. The youngster can often be seen being passed around as each of the monkeys take turns holding the newest addition.

Langurs are born with bright-orange hair while their parents are black in color. It’s thought this color distinction makes it easier for the whole troop to identify and look after the infants. The youngster’s color usually changes within the first six months when the juvenile becomes an almost perfect copy of the adults.

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Santa Ana Zoo Presents Winter Zoobilation 2014

winter-zoobilationCome one, come all and enjoy the holiday spirit at the Santa Ana Zoo.  Every day during the month of December from 10 am to 4 pm, the Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with magical decorations, faerie lights and falling snow. Guests will be treated to beautiful, original hand-crafted decorations that are perfect for pictures and depict many holiday favorites including Santa’s Workshop, Sweet Shop and Post Office cut outs of 3-dimensional wood and individually designed and painted by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) Board Member Rip Ribble. The Zoofari Express Train ride and Conservation Carrousel will also be lit up in holiday regale and the Treetop Toys Zoo Gift Shop will be filled with great stocking stuffers and gifts.

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Merlin Unveils Orlando Eye, SEA LIFE, and More at IAAPA

2014.11.19_MERLINENTERTAINMENTS_LEGOMODEL_0002Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world, is expanding rapidly in Central Florida. This week, at IAAPA Attractions Expo, the company revealed a LEGO model that spans more than 9-feet across and is nearly 8-feet tall, showcasing three iconic brands coming to Orlando: The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. The model will be installed inside LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Miniland U.S.A attraction. “This is the first 3D visual representation of the complex,” said Head of Marketing for The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Todd Andrus.  “We are excited to unveil this expansive and comprehensive LEGO model as we move toward opening in spring 2015.”

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