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SeaWorld Orlando – Home to Really Cute Chicks

Flamingo_Chick_Hatches_at_SeaWorld_OrlandoThe SeaWorld Orlando Aviculture Team recently welcomed two new additions to their family – a Caribbean flamingo and a tawny frogmouth chick.

The flamingo chick hatched on August 16, weighing just a pound.  Although today it stands about 18 inches tall and weighs three pounds, when fully grown it will be five feet tall and double its weight. Its characteristic pink feathers start developing at three months, but the chick won’t gain its full color until it’s about three years old.  Flamingos’ bright pink feathers come from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of the crustaceans found in their diet.

Guests can see the chick with its parents in the flamingo habitat located near Manta. Did you know that both flamingo parents share feeding responsibilities?  The chick is fed crop milk that comes from the parents’ upper digestive tract.  As the parents feed the chick, they actually lose their pink color – and their feathers turn a pale pink or even white.  Their color is regained as the chicks become more independent.  Caribbean flamingos, native to South America and the Caribbean, are by far the brightest and one of the largest of all the flamingos.

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25th Annual L.A. Zoo Photo Day Announced

Photo: Sherry Yuen-RuanThe 25th Annual L.A. Zoo Photo Day on Sunday, November 9, 2014, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Paul’s Photo, features one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for film and digital photographers of all ages and skill levels.  Among activities for participants in the event, from 7:30 am to 4 pm, are hands-on workshops with instruction for novices on the basics of wildlife and nature photography as well as opportunities for accomplished shutterbugs to explore new horizons while focusing on the art and science of outdoor photography.  Also included in the admission price are use of loan equipment from major manufacturers, one-on-one time with manufacturers’ representatives, catered lunch, guest speakers, t-shirt, early admission to the Zoo, animal close-ups for photography, and a photo contest with prizes.  Experts from Paul’s Photos, based in Torrance, and representatives from the top brands in photography provide participants with a full day of photography and education.  The deadline to register is October 15.

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Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party at Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads' Thomas and Percy's Halloween PartyAmerica’s favorite No. 1 engine is chugging into Roaring Camp alongside his pal Percy for a special event: Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party. Junior engineers  are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and bring the entire family for a fun-filled day at Thomas and Percy-themed activities.

Entertainment includes Thomas & Friends storytelling, magician, juggler, bounce houses, an Imagination Station with face painting, temporary tattoos, and more!

The roundtrip Thomas The Tank Engine and Percy train excursion travels along the scenic San Lorenzo Valley River Gorge and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Trains depart from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Tickets: $24 for guests ages 2 and up.

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Safe and Super Halloween 2014 at Fairytale Town

Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town 6The mythological world of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will come to life at Fairytale Town’s annual Safe and Super Halloween event. Families can enjoy three nights of fun and trick-or-treating at the storybook park on October 24, 25 and 26 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Young heroes can go on a quest to Mount Olympus to meet the infamous Olympian Zeus. Families will enjoy exploring the lair of Polyphemus the cyclops, the replica Parthenon, the Oracle of Delphi and Medusa’s garden. Seventeen candy stations will be scattered throughout the park for trick-or-treaters to visit. The evening also features a nightly costume parade at 8:30 p.m. and hands-on activities inspired by the books and Greek mythology.

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Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost Train 2014

Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost TrainRelive “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” this Halloween at Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost Train as you ride vintage railway cars through a Redwood forest; named one of the top 10 Halloween events by USA Today. Costumed actors re-enact scenes from hillside stages as the story is narrated during the one-hour and fifteen minute ride. Designed for young children and the young-at-heart, the event is a light and lively adaptation of the famous tale.

Ghost Trains depart at 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Ticket prices are $28 adults and $20 children (2-12 years). Parking is $8. For tickets and information, call 831-335-4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com.

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Zombie Joe’s Urban Death Tour of Terror 2014 Announced

URBAN_DEATH2On Friday and Saturday nights, October 10 – November 1, the doors to Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater will creak open once again to bring guests inside to experience URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR.

Now in its second year, TOUR OF TERROR takes ZJU’s signature show, URBAN DEATH, and transforms it into an immersive haunted experience designed to explore the deepest and darkest terrors fathomable.

Last year’s inaugural event was heralded by fans and critics alike for the imaginative quality of the scares and the talent of the performers within the maze.

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Disney California Adventure 101: Grizzly Peak

Grizzly-Peak1Walt Disney on respecting nature: “Physical America — the land itself — should be as dear to us all as our political heritage and our treasured way of life. Its preservation and the wise conservation of its renewable resources concerns every man, woman and child whose possession it is.”

Overview: Grizzly Peak takes Disney California Adventure Park guests to rugged Gold Rush country. The rocky mountain summit looks like a grizzly bear roaring into the sky, but the beast is much more than a pretty face. The history of the mountain is a combination of legend and Disney imagination. The tale goes like this: A long, long time ago, a coyote met a grizzly bear at the top of the mountain and asked the bear to protect the land. One day, people came to the mountain to chase the grizzly bear down, but the bear held his ground. The coyote turned the grizzly bear into stone so that the bear could never be driven away. Today, some observant mountaineers claim they can hear the bear’s spirit when rafting through the windy caverns of Grizzly Peak.

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Roaring Camp Railroads Steam Fair & Harvest Festival 2014

Roaring Camp Railroads Steam Fair and Harvest FestivalIn the spirit of pioneers of the old and new west, Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads present The Steam Fair and Harvest Festival on October 4 and 5.

View steam-generated displays and gadgets that showcase the creativity and imagination of inventors, tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. Engage in heritage activities such as gold panning, candle making, or scarecrow making.  Visit the Marshall’s office, blacksmith, print shop or Box Car Theatre.  Sit for an old-fashioned family picture at the Photo Shoppe.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Launches PhotoKey

PhotoKey at Busch Gardens TampaBusch Gardens Tampa has launched PhotoKey, a new photo sharing program that allows guests to collect, view and share their unforgettable in-park experiences. Users can collect photos using their PhotoKey card and view and share photos instantly with the mobile app.

Guests can purchase PhotoKey online at buschgardens.com or at any photo station inside the park and take advantage of photo opportunities at most roller coasters, the park entrance, with roaming photographers or even on a Serengeti Safari.

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Universal Studios Singapore Debuts Two Shows

CIMG0293It was a typical visit to Universal Studios Singapore (USS), and I found myself walking by the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, as I have done a dozen times before. I usually skip this attraction completely. Yet, on this very day, I felt a very strong urge to go in and watch the show. I later learned that Monster Rock, a rock and roll-themed musical was closed on 1 September.

It is notable that USS did not make any major announcements about this closure, except a small excerpt on its website. Perhaps it is because USS has bigger plans in store for the theatre and the Sesame Street show is just an interim.

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