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Towering above LEGOLAND Florida Resort, created out of more than 445,000 LEGO bricks and weighing approximately 2,800 pounds, the iconic LEGO dragon model has arrived at LEGOLAND Hotel. This marks a major construction milestone ahead of the May 15 opening date at the five-story, 152 room hotel that’s built for kids, and designed to bring imaginations to life.
A construction crew and Master Model Builders worked together to position the iconic dragon, carefully crowning the clock tower. The smoke-breathing dragon, perched atop the clock tower, will both stun and delight hotel visitors upon their entrance to LEGOLAND Hotel.
At the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, leisure and business travelers will find three Disney Hotel properties, each with a distinctive style: the luxurious surroundings and California Craftsman architecture of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the classic Disney magic and recently renovated charm of the Disneyland Hotel, and the sunny California beachfront theme at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Offering 2,452 guestrooms, suites and villas, and a variety of accommodations, surroundings and amenities, all three hotels feature the famous Disney touch for quality, service and hospitality.
As part of the Disneyland Resort, these hotels are just steps away from the eclectic mix of dining, entertainment and recreational features of the Downtown Disney District. Of course, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks are just a short walk away from any of the Disney hotels.
In December of 2014, Theme Park Adventure hosted its Christmas Bash at a brand new meeting spot – Don the Beachcomber, in Huntington Beach, California! Since then, we have formed a tremendous relationship with the team at Don’s, and the iconic tiki restaurant has become the official gathering place for TPAers each month!
On Sunday, February 15, we hosted our final Winter Nights at Don’s mixer of 2015, with more than 100 fans, haunters and industry professionals in attendance to eat, drink and laugh the night away in the Hidden Village, our tropical oasis of thatched tiki huts and hanging string lights! Not that we ever had one, we all gathered to bid farewell to the winter season, and look forward to spring and all of the fun it’s sure to bring with its arrival.
Spring is the perfect time to see new life in the animal and ocean world at the Los Angeles Zoo and at the Aquarium of the Pacific in LA County’s coastal city of Long Beach. You can visit baby sharks and baby penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific this spring. You’ll see a baby hippo, giraffe, and chimps at the Los Angeles Zoo. The aquarium and the zoo are offering visitors the chance to visit both places with a discounted combo ticket, which can be purchased online or at either attraction and used on different days.
In addition to seeing the bounty of babies, visitors to both institutions can enjoy special exhibits and activities. The L.A. Zoo offers a variety of engaging opportunities to learn more about animals with close-up encounters, special feedings and shows, all free with paid Zoo admission, including Elephants of Asia Training Demonstration, World of Birds Show, Marsupial Talk, Hawk Training Demonstration, Keeper Talks and more. At the Aquarium of the Pacific, you can explore the Wonders of the Deep to see animals that live in the dark depths of the ocean, from glowing flashlight fish to moon jellies you can touch. You’ll also be able to touch sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs, and tidepool animals at the aquarium and feed colorful lorikeet birds. Visitors to the Aquarium can also watch feeding sessions with sea otters, seals and sea lions, penguins, and other animals as well as underwater SCUBA diver shows in its largest exhibits. The zoo/aquarium combo ticket is available for $39 per adult (12+), $26 per child, and $38 per senior (ages 62+).
Old Tucson, The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation and the Arizona Civil War Council present Civil War Days at Old Tucson on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. The event will feature a daily flag raising ceremony and presentations by the Arizona Civil War Council including displays and demonstrations illuminating Arizona’s territorial days and its brief tenure as a Confederate territory.
Visitors to Old Tucson will learn about the Civil War and the lives of Union and Confederate troops including talks on topics like the Civil War in Arizona, period weaponry, and life as a soldier. The Council also will present live demonstrations including the firing of period weapons. This family event includes interaction with guests who may be “recruited” to participate in a march through the streets of Old Tucson!
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino welcomes GRAMMY-nominated artist Charlie Wilson to the Events Center Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Wilson will be joined on the Forever Charlie Tour by highly regarded R&B artists Kem and Joe, both of whom will perform their individual sets.
Tickets priced at $50, $90 and $130, not including applicable tax and service fees, are now on sale and available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mandalaybay.com or ticketmaster.com.
Today’s Throwback Thursday feature isn’t a deep dive into history or a wordy recollection of the way it was. However, what is cool about the few images we want to share with you, is that they capture a really interesting moment in Disneyland’s history – as it began its transformation from a theme park to a resort destination.
There are no dates scribbled on the backs of these photos, so I will guess that they are circa 1997 – 1999, as Disney California Adventure’s construction had just started (at least, in one of the shots, it has).
This first photo shows two generations of Disneyland parking lot tram sitting side by side in the parking lot. In fact, I do believe this was the first of the Walt Disney World-style trams that eventually replaced Disneyland’s iconic blue and gold trams, which you can see in the background. Just a neat snippet in time, as the new trams come on the scene and the old ones begin their fade into the history books.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) this week hosted a Chinese New Year celebration with guests in the park, kicking off a month of festivities at the resort for the Year of the Sheep. HKDL also officially announced a HK$2,500,000 grant from both The Walt Disney Company and HKDL for several youth programs this year, which have been created with support from the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and local institutes. The funding aims to encourage creativity in the younger generation and positively impact the community through happiness.
Bill Ernest, President and Managing Director, Asia, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Andrew Kam, Managing Director of HKDL, were joined by a number of officiating guests at the ceremony. They included the Guest of Honor, Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Elina Lee, Director of Partnership, Marketing & Communications, Hong Kong Design Centre; and Andy Ho, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Alongside God of Fortune Goofy, they greeted guests and wished the people of Hong Kong a prosperous Chinese New Year.
Guests will be able to see the baby gorilla on the Myombe Reserve habitat in the coming days, along with the rest of the gorilla troop. Or, check out the Busch Gardens YouTube channel now for a first look!
“The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop, so the Busch Gardens animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of zoological operations for Busch Gardens.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk needs to fill an important role in their 2015 summer television special. They’re looking for someone who is ready to propose marriage to their sweetheart, on camera at the Boardwalk.
“We hear from people all the time who want to propose or take engagement photographs at the Boardwalk because it’s such a special place for them,” said Boardwalk advertising director Sondra Woods. “We know that somebody with a connection to the Boardwalk is already out there, ready to propose. We just want to capture it on camera.”