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An American Werewolf in London Maze Preview 2014

Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors… That warning lives on in the hearts of An American Werewolf in London Fans everywhere. And in just a matter of days, fans of the John Landis film will get a chance to live the American Werewolf experience at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights!

An American Werewolf in London at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights 2014On Friday, September 12th, Theme Park Adventure joined Creative Director/Executive Producer of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, John Murdy, for a special behind-the-scenes look at arguably the most highly-anticipated maze this year at the theme park’s event, An American Werewolf in London. A handful of selected media outlets piled into a waiting van and were driven to the park’s Lower Lot, where the maze has been built in the extended queue of the Jurassic Park attraction.

While Halloween certainly hangs heavy in the air, it was hard to ignore that it was over 90 degrees here in Los Angeles as we stood outside the facade of the maze – a perfect reproduction of the Slaughtered Lamb pub, as featured in the movie. Inside the maze, temperatures rose to probably close to 110 degrees as the finishing touches were being put on the attraction. We have utmost respect for the folks that have put the Halloween Horror Nights mazes together in really nasty heat the past several weeks; there are no fans, no ventilation, or reprieve from the oppressive temperatures within each maze.

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SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular 2014

seaworldWhere can kids meet some fun and funny Halloween characters, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere?  It’s all happening at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea.  Also, kids can visit the park for free in October with the purchased of a full-priced adult admission.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating and colorful costumed characters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following weekends:  Sept. 27–28, Oct. 4–5, Oct. 11–12, Oct. 18–19 and Oct. 25–26, 2014.  Youngsters can also take in some Halloween-themed shows, including one starring SeaWorld’s prankster-loving pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore.

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Baby Rhino Makes Debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Greater one-horned rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari ParkA 4-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf and her mother explored the Asian Plains exhibit this week at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The female calf, named Petunia, stayed close to her mother while venturing out and exploring the 40-acre exhibit.

Petunia, born on August 1 to mother Tanaya, weighed only 128 pounds (greater one-horned rhino calves usually weigh between 132 and 176 pounds at birth), so animal care staff had to keep a 24-hour watch on the newborn rhino. After growing and gaining some strength, Petunia was ready to leave her protected yard and meet the rest of the rhino family.

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Dental Day for Giant Panda at San Diego Zoo

Giant Panda Undergoes Dental Procedure at San Diego ZooVeterinary staff at the San Diego Zoo performed a dental procedure on giant panda Bai Yun this morning at the Zoo’s Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine. Keepers had noticed a chip in one of Bai Yun’s lower canines. After a dental exam was performed and X-rays taken, the Zoo’s veterinary team proceeded to repair the chipped tooth on the anesthetized panda.

A dental composite was used to fill in the damaged tooth, which was then cured with a light to seal the filled part of the tooth. After the tooth was smoothed and cleaned, the veterinary team performed a dental cleaning and took some images of Bai Yun’s teeth.

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HalloWeekends 2014 at Cedar Point Begins TONIGHT!

HalloWeekends 2014 at Cedar Point“Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble.” If the thought of a group of wicked witches working on a mystical brew sends shivers down your spine, you may want to stop reading now. However, those with no fear of flying broomsticks will delight in the announcement that Cedar Point’s annual festival of fright, HalloWeekends, kicks off its 18th season of thrills and chills this weekend. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with even more family friendly fun during the day and frightfully haunting experiences after the sun goes down.

Highlighting the lineup of scares this year will be Hexed, Cedar Point’s new witch-themed haunted house. Decrepit witches and their gaggle of small minions roam around this sinister new attraction working on spells and potions that have gone horribly wrong. Hexed will be located next to the exit of the GateKeeper roller coaster and will be Cedar Point’sfifth haunted house, joining Zombie High School, G. A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Eternity Infirmary and Eden Musee.

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Los Angeles Zoo

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Los Angeles Zoo PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie PhamThe Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens shines a spotlight on animals from Latin America, South America and Mexico at its Hispanic Heritage Celebration weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm, that also features live performances by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas, Latin American-inspired craft projects for youngsters, up-close “Animals and You” visits with Latin American animals, and mini tours and animal enrichment activities in the Zoo’s South America area and the new Rainforest of the Americas.  Other musical and dance entertainment includes performances both days by Salvadorian Folklorico group ASOSAL, Music Center on Tour artist Ballet Folclorico do Brasil, and Ballet Folklorico Maria Felix, the Mexican community group.  Author Cecilia Velastagui is featured on Saturday with a presentation and reading from her popular Olinguito Speaks Up book for children, and a giant, 21-foot iguana statue for fun photo ops greets visitors in the Zoo’s entry plaza.

The events, highlighting the diversity of Latin American cultures and animals native to the Americas, are held amid Latino Heritage Month. “The Los Angeles Zoo has one of the most diverse collections of reptiles and amphibians in any Zoo, and we are especially proud of our work in Latin America, resulting one of the largest collections of Latin American reptiles in the world,” notes Ian Recchio, LA Zoo Curator of Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish. “Mexico has more species of reptiles that any country on earth, and because of that we work with our neighbors to preserve its unique reptile species and display many of them at our LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit.” The Zoo’s Rainforest of the Americas, which opened earlier this year, features an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians that inhabit the rainforests of Mexico, Central America and South America.

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Boo at the Zoo 2014 at Santa Ana Zoo

Boo at the ZooMark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual “merry not scary” Boo at the Zoo! The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and B.P.O. Elks Santa Ana Lodge #794 present the 24th Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys.” The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; Sunday, October 26; and Thursday, October 30, rain or shine.

Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County’s longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit!

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Ed Alonzo Headlines Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt 2014

ed_1_webWorlds of Fun is thrilled to debut a new show for the upcoming Halloween Haunt season, Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem. The comedy and magic show will horrify and make audiences laugh with its staggering stunts and bizarre shock magic that is only offered at Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt.

Alonzo is known for his role on the hit television sitcom Saved by the Bell (1989 to 1990) as Max, the proprietor/magician of the local restaurant hangout ‘The Max.’ Alonzo is currently on the CW’s Masters of Illusion set to premier this fall. The self-proclaimed “Misfit of Magic” is a two-time recipient of the “Stage Magician of the Year” and “Comedy Magician of the Year” awards from the internationally recognized Academy of Magical Arts (AMA).

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Baby Aardvark at Busch Gardens Tampa

Baby_Aardvark_at_Busch_Gardens_Tampa_3Busch Gardens has welcomed its newest resident: an adorable aardvark born Tuesday, Aug. 5. The healthy baby is expected to grow to more than 120 lbs. within its first year of life.

Aardvarks are solitary by nature, and aardvark births are not common. The animal care team at Busch Gardens is very proud to announce this birth as the fourth baby born to parents “Izzy” and “Friz” – “Kiazi” was born Feb. 6, 2013, “Adazee” was born on March 26, 2012 and “Zawadi” was born April 10, 2011.

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Sapphire Falls Resort Announced for Universal Orlando

Sapphire Falls RenderingWhen it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall.

The new hotel, announced today by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will be located across Adventure Way from the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It will become the destination’s fifth resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200.

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