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Iconic Jack Character Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 25 in Orlando

HHN-25-logoUniversal Orlando has released new details regarding its 2015 milestone event, Halloween Horror Nights 25, and horror fans are already buzzing with excitement!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be the biggest, longest and most intense in event history.  Here are the top things you need to know:

  • The event will feature NINE haunted houses – more than ever in event history.

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June 2015 Events at Oakland Zoo

Oakland-Zoo-Entry-GateThe Oakland Zoo has a month full of fantastic events for guests of all ages to enjoy and learn from throughout the month of June, 2015! Here is a list of adventures in store for zoo goers in the Bay Area!

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents: Action for California Condors
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Presented by Ventana Wildlife Society and Oakland Zoo veterinarian Dr. Andrea Goodnight. For more than 20 years, Ventana Wildlife Society has spearheaded efforts to save the California Condor from extinction, by treating condors for lead poisoning caused by ingesting carcasses shot with lead bullets. Oakland Zoo is now partnered with the California Condor Recovery Program to medically treat and release wild condors. Come learn how we work together to help these magnificent birds.  Location: Oakland Zoo’s Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Program Fee: $12.00 – $20.00 sliding scale. Tickets at the door. For more info contact: Amy at 510-632-9525, ext 122 or amy@oaklandzoo.org. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605 www.oaklandzoo.org.

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Tokyo DisneySea Announces New Finding Nemo & Dory Attraction

tokyo-disneysea-finding-nemo-rideOriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that a new attraction will open in Port Discovery at Tokyo DisneySea Park in spring 2017. The new attraction will be themed to the world of the Disney/Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory (to be released in 2016). This indoor attraction will immerse Guests in the underwater world of these popular stories by using a ride system that seamlessly blends visuals from the films with a motion system.

Boarding a submarine that “shrinks” to the size of a fish, Guests can explore the vast underwater world from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory.

Guests can meet different characters and make new discoveries when they ride.

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THE VOID Virtual Entertainment Center Opening in 2016

THE-VOID (1)THE VOID announced today that it will open its first cutting- edge Virtual Entertainment Center (VEC) in early 2016. The first center of its kind, THE VOID will be located centrally in Utah, with plans to quickly expand into other major cities both domestic and international.

THE VOID will feature state of the art proprietary hardware and software. “By combining virtual and physical environments we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the VR pack,” said James Jensen, CTO/Founder of THE VOID. “More then watching a movie or playing a game, THE VOID will allow guests to truly live virtually any adventure.”

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Endangered Species Day Celebrated at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

#Rally4Rhinos Trending Around the World San Diego Global Sparks Campaign to Stop Poaching Students from San Pasqual Union Elementary School in Escondido were among those who lent a hand to help San Diego Zoo Global raise awareness of the plight of rhinos in the wild and the urgent need to protect these iconic endangered species for future generations.  As part of San Diego Zoo Global’s Rally 4 Rhinos campaign, the public was asked to celebrate Endangered Species Day, May 15, by spreading the word about rhino poaching, writing a rhino conservation message on their hand, taking a photo, and posting the photo to social media using the hashtag #Rally4Rhinos. The campaign spread like wildfire, reaching around the world, with postings from San Diego, the Eiffel Tower in France, Vietnam, rhino preserves in South Africa, beaches in Brazil and beyond. There are five species of rhinos – black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan. With all species together, there are less than 30,000 rhinos worldwide. Rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in history, with an average of three rhinos a day being killed in South Africa. At the current poaching rate, rhinos could become extinct in 15 years. Rhinos are poached for their horns, which are made of keratin, the same thing as human fingernails and hair.  Photo taken on May 15 by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Safari Park guests, school children, celebrities and government officials were among those who celebrated Endangered Species Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at a special Rally 4 Rhinos presented by LivingSocial. Rally 4 Rhinos seeks to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos in the wild and the urgent need to protect these iconic endangered species for future generations.

A special Rally 4 Rhinos ceremony took place at the Safari Park’s Hunte Pavilion and opened with a rhino “crash” mob, school children from San Pasqual Union Elementary dancing to a hip-hop “Rhino Romp” created by Flash Mob America. Guest speakers included William C. Woody, Chief of Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who spoke about the challenges of rhino poaching, and Randy Rieches, curator of mammals at the Safari Park, who shared information on San Diego Zoo Global’s rhino conservation efforts and collaboration with the International Rhino Foundation.

“San Diego Zoo Global has been working steadily for decades to help rhinos,” stated Rieches. “Today, we are facing a world where we may lose rhinos. Rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in history, with an average of three rhinos a day being killed in South Africa. At the current poaching rate, rhinos could become extinct in 15 years. San Diego Zoo Global is committed to preventing this from happening on our watch. We are asking everyone to spread the word that rhinos need our help – we can all be part of saving a species from extinction.”

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Summer Round Up at Old Tucson Memorial Weekend

FamilyplusRVatcampground-prnOld Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation invite you to Summer Round Up at Old Tucson over Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, May 23rd thru Monday, May 25th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Explore ideas for summertime fun and join a salute to our military, past and present.

Special Admission:  Visitors who present their military ID and buy one admission will get a second admission of equal or lesser value free!

See displays related to summer activities like RVs, camping, and hiking.

Daily recognition of the defenders of freedom with a daily posting of the Colors and a special musical salute to our military.

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SeaWorld Orlando Mother and Calf Manatee Rescue on Mother’s Day

SeaWorld Orlando Rescues Mother & CalfThis past Mother’s Day, the SeaWorld Rescue Team responded to rescue a distressed mother manatee – and her still-nursing calf – near Satellite Beach, Fla. and brought the pair to SeaWorld. The mother has a collapsed lung, which creates buoyancy issues, so SeaWorld outfitted her with a “manatee wetsuit” the park designed for such rescue cases. The wetsuit helps assist the manatee with floating and allows the team draw out trapped air and fluids.

The mother manatee weighs 1,070 pounds, is 9 feet long and is estimated to be 10 years old. It was determined that her injuries were caused by a water craft strike.  The calf is estimated to be 2-3 years old and, although he was unharmed by the water craft, he is still nursing and dependent on his mother. It is important that the pair remain together as the calf continues to grow and learn from its mother.

Over the next several weeks, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team will closely monitor the manatee’s progress.

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Monty the Monorail Visiting Disney Barn at LA Live Steamers Museum

monty-monorailToday, Sunday, May 17, Monty the Monorail will pass through the Los Angeles area and make a whistle stop at Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum in Griffith Park!

Besides the LALS displays, Monty the Monorail will be accompanied at the museum by an old friend – Disney Legend Bob Gurr, who helped design the vehicle that once operated as part of the Walt Disney World Monorail fleet in Orlando. Monty’s new owner has been touring the country with this piece of Disney history; stopping at the LA Live Steamers property is a big opportunity for Southern California Disney fans to see Monty up close and meet Bob Gurr!

Monty the Monorail is too large to take through the gate into the LA Live Steamers property, so it will be displayed in the parking lot outside, and a large tent will be set up to provide shade for Bob Gurr and Monty’s owner, so that they can mingle with guests in the shade. Guests likely will not be able to access the Monorail while it is on display.

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LEGOLAND Hotel Opens at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND FLORIDA HOTEL OPENSLEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort opened this week, marking the expansion of the resort to become an immersive, multi-day experience for families. The grand opening was honored with thousands of colorful LEGO minifigures blasting out of cannons atop the hotel and a child discovering a key to open the hotel built for kids.

The new LEGOLAND Hotel debuts several features unique to LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

The Hotel offers the only LEGO Friends themed guest rooms in the U.S., and the only LEGO Friends themed suite in the world. Based on the popular LEGO Friends product line, this room theme is closely modeled after the five LEGO Friends personalities: Olivia, Stephanie, Emily, Mia and Andrea.

LEGOLAND Hotel is also offering Hotel guests exclusive access to a Master Model Builder Workshop by being the first LEGOLAND Resort to move its Model Shop inside the Hotel. Hotel guests will be able to build side-by-side with a Master Model Builder during daily build sessions.

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Endangered Species Day Marked by Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Parks

2014_BUSCH_GARDENS_TAMPA_TWO_CHEETAHS_LAYING_01This week is the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks are working with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to highlight species threatened with extinction.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are partnering with AZA, as well as AZA-accredited facilities around the country, to raise awareness for the Saving Animals From Extinction, or SAFE, program on Endangered Species Day.  This new collaboration builds on the existing conservation efforts by the nation’s 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

In 2015, SAFE will focus on 10 species, including the sea turtle, sharks, African penguins, cheetahs, Asian elephants, black rhinoceros, gorillas, vaquita porpoises, western pond turtles and whooping cranes.

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