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Adventure Island Unveils Colossal Curl for 2015

Colossal Curl at Adventure IslandAdventure Island guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride Colossal Curl, set to debut at Tampa Bay’s premier waterpark in 2015.

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide delivers a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide and adding to the waterpark’s unrivaled combination of corkscrews, waterfalls, high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.

“We’re excited to continue in our tradition of offering thrilling rides, and slides, at Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa,” said Park President Jim Dean.

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Fairytale Town Debuts Renovated Farmer Brown’s Barn

Farmer Brown's Barn at Fairytale TownFairytale Town unveiled a renovated and improved Farmer Brown’s Barn on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Barn is one of the storybook park’s original play sets and the home of Eeyore, Charlotte the spider, Daisy, the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon, and more members of Fairytale Town’s animal family.

Improvements to Farmer Brown’s Barn include the expansion of Eeyore’s stall, new stall doors for both Eeyore and Daisy, repainting the interior and exterior, updating the barn loft, and more.

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Disneyland 101: Frontierland

Frontierland at DisneylandWalt Disney on Frontierland: “Here we experience the story of our country’s past … the colorful drama of Frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach … the advent of the railroad … and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America.”

Overview: Frontierland, representing the “Frontiers of America,” opened as one of five original lands at Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955. The rough and tumble nature of America’s pioneer days comes to life in the streets and unspoiled wilderness of Frontierland. It’s a land of riverboats, stagecoaches and railroads, where trappers, cowboys, farmers and miners all traveled west to fulfill their own dreams of gold. Frontierland brings to life the natural beauty, excitement and promise of the American West in the 1800s.

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LEGOLAND Florida to Offer Free Admission to Military Vets

LEGOLAND Florida ResortLEGOLAND Florida Resort is proud to offer free admission to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces with appreciation days leading up to Thanksgiving in the month of November. From Nov. 1-23, veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50 percent off tickets for up to six accompanying guests to experience the Park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

“We are proud to honor our Veterans here at LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort General Manager Adrian Jones. “This is a great way for LEGOLAND Florida to say ‘thank you’ to our military men and women for their service.”

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Night of the Living Zoo 2014 in Los Angeles

Night of the Living Zoo Photo Courtesy Jamie PhamFor a howling good time this Halloween season, claw your way to the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, October 24, 7 to 11 pm, for NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO, a “to die for” costume bash open to ages 18 and up.

The second annual event transforms Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “terrifying” keeper talks, feedings of “fearsome” animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark, known for their sold-out work at past Huntington Library Halloween bashes.

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Justice League: Battle For Metropolis Coming to Six Flags

Justice League: Battle For MetropolisSally Corporation’s new action-packed interactive dark ride, Justice League: Battle For Metropolis, is set to open in 2015 at both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis.  This thrilling new attraction will bring the world’s most famous super heroes to life…battling alongside park guests in an epic fight to defeat two of the most feared villains in the DC Universe, The Joker and Lex Luthor.

Created in partnership with Six Flags, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, this dynamic adventure features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Supergirl in a fight to save the city of Metropolis from chaos. They are aided by the amazing Cyborg who recruits guests for the volunteer force and demonstrates how to defeat the menaces at hand with powerful laser blasters.

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Pumpkin Day at San Diego Zoo Intrigues and Enriches

San Diego Zoo Pumpkin DayPumpkins with peanut butter and hollowed-out gourds with fish inside were given to the animals in Ituri forest last week at the San Diego Zoo as a special enrichment surprise. The animals enjoying the enrichment live in a mixed-species exhibit, which houses Allens swamp monkeys, Schmidts red tailed guenons, African spotted-necked otters, red river hogs and a forest buffalo. These unique animals are all species native to Africa and pair well together.

The otters and the monkeys were particularly interested in the enrichment and spent the morning chasing rolling pumpkins, swimming around floating gourds and picking out pumpkin seeds. Keepers had carved some of the pumpkins to make it easier for the animals to reach in and dig for seeds but left a few pumpkins solid so the animals would need to work to break them open. Some of the swamp monkeys kept busy trying to roll the pumpkins around and push them off ledges in hopes of cracking them open. Enrichment items such as these give animals the opportunity to exercise control of their actions and chose which items they want to play with.

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New Asian Leopard Habitat Coming to San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Asian LeopardThe San Diego Zoo broke ground for its newest habitat area for critically endangered Asian leopards Wednesday night during a small, after-hours ceremony for donors who contributed major gifts to the project. Adjacent to Panda Trek, the new habitat will be home to Amur leopards and snow leopards. Opening on Memorial Day Weekend 2015, the new habitat will allow the Zoo to increase its participation in the breeding programs for these big cats.

“One of the exciting aspects of this Asian leopard exhibit is that it puts us in a position to be in breeding programs for all five of the big cat species,” said Stacey Johnson, director of collections for San Diego Zoo Global. “We’re breeding lions and tigers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and we’ll be set up to have jaguars, Amur leopards and snow leopards in breeding groups here at the San Diego Zoo.”

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The Marvel Experience Tour Announced

Marvel ExperienceHero Ventures, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, revealed details behind “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour;” with the first four tour stops and ticket availability being announced at a press conference held at New York Comic Con.  Joining The Marvel Experience’s executive team for the announcement at the Marvel Booth was Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada.

The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind, hyper-reality attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes, a life-size Avengers Quinjet, the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome attraction and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride.

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REVIEW: Knott’s Scary Farm New Mazes 2014

Knott's Scary Farm 2014Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt is the granddaddy of all theme park Halloween events. All theme park haunts and many industry firsts – such as the technique of “sliding” – can trace their roots to the age-old streets of Ghost Town in Buena Park, California. It is with great anticipation that fans wait for opening night each year, and as the fog billows and the wind begins to howl in the eaves of the Calico roofs, the excitement is almost palpable!

Due to the size and scope of Knott’s Scary Farm, the matrix of shows and attractions constantly evolves, with many mazes staying put for anywhere from two to five seasons. Each Halloween Haunt brings brand-new experiences as well, which fans get really excited about in the months leading up to the event. In fact, it’s become so popular for Knott’s to announce the new mazes each year, that they host a large-scale fan preview at the park itself to unveil all of the Haunt offerings during summer; it draws hundreds of the Scary Farm’s biggest fans, as well as a ton of media.

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