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Special Offers Light up 4th of July Weekend at Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun 4th of JulySpend this 4th of July making memories at Worlds of Fun! Worlds of Fun will light of the sky with a massive fireworks display on Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 PM. That’s not all! In addition to fireworks all weekend long, enjoy much more this 4th of July weekend:

Dollar Days are back! Hot dogs, grilled corn-on-the-cob and watermelon slices are only $1 each for a limited time. It’s not the Fourth of July without these classic American treats! Dollar items will be sold at specific locations.

Cool down on these hot summer days and enjoy Oceans of Fun until 9 PM on Friday and Saturday.

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Aquatica Hosts World’s Largest Swimming Lesson in Orlando

Aquatica Swim LessonAquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark hosted the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson this month. Aquatica Orlando was among 900 aquatic centers, pools and waterparks that hosted a swim lesson to help break last year’s world record of 36,564 lesson participants and help save lives.

Beating last year’s record at Aquatica, 149 children took part in the record setting swim lesson that took place at Big Surf Shores. After completing the certified swim lesson each participant received an official certificate and admission to enjoy Aquatica for the rest of the day.

U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines was onsite to lend a helping hand with the lesson. “Today was a great day and I was happy to offer a helping hand and kick-off today’s lesson. The goal of this event is to draw attention to accidental drowning’s and to encourage swimming lesson programs,” said Ambrose Gaines.

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Disneyland Paris Announces Inaugural Half Marathon Weekend

runDisney Disneyland Paris Half MarathonDisneyland Paris proudly presents the details of its Inaugural Half Marathon Weekend event scheduled to take place on September 23-25, 2016.

This event never seen before in Europe will take place at Disneyland Paris. It will propose a mix of unique races for kids and adults. The weekend will be organized with support of runDisney and its successful 20 years experience in staging running events at US Disney theme parks.

The new three-day race weekend will involve kids races, a 5K family race and a half marathon, plus several family fun experiences such as the Health and Fitness Expo, a Friday night private party and the Saturday night pre-race Pasta Party.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming runDisney. It will make Disneyland Paris the world’s third Disney destination to host this successful sporting event that offers a whole new running experience for the young and young-at-heart,’’ said Tom Wolber, Président of Euro Disney S.A.S.

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Heartlake City Set to Open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT DEBUTS HEARTLAKE CITYA day ahead of its official opening, LEGOLAND Florida Resort offered media an exclusive preview of its newest land, LEGO Friends Heartlake City. The theme park’s newest expansion is based on the popular LEGO Friends product line and is closely modeled after the five LEGO Friends characters: Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea.

Heartlake City features several signature elements, including:

  • Mia’s Riding Adventure is a brand new ride themed around Mia’s love of horses.  This adventurous ride seats up to 40 passengers on a circular platform with outward-facing horse shaped seats. The disk spins in circles while traveling forward and backward on a wide U-shaped track.

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Fast & Furious Supercharged Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

Fast and Furious Supercharged_3580Universal Studios Hollywood has unveiled its newest attraction, Fast & Furious – Supercharged! On June 23, VIP guests and members of the media were invited to come to the park and witness the grand opening ceremony and experience the attraction itself; of course, we were there and were very interested to see the latest effort from Universal Creative come roaring to life for theme park guests.

The opening ceremony – parks are starting to refer to them as “moments in time” – took place on the Back Lot of the property, in iconic Courthouse Square. A few hundred people were on hand, including special guests, Universal executives and of course, members of the Universal Creative team that produced Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

Part of the opening was a special red carpet arrival area, which we were not part of. What we’ve found, is that if you opt for a spot on the red carpet, you usually get shafted at events when it comes to a good spot to see the actual opening ceremony take place – so we always stake out a spot for the main event and let others have the frenzy of red carpet arrivals to deal with. Arriving on the red carpet were some of the stars from the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as main players in the new attraction, including Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Vin Diesel. Members of the executive team included Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal; Larry Kurzweil, President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood (who arrived in a hot rod in front of the media riser); and of course, Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. The ceremony was also attended by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, who spoke long and bilingually about the economic benefits Universal’s growth is to the region, congratulating them and publicly backing the park’s unprecedented transformation.

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Celebrate 4th of July at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld's Fourth of July CelebrationThis Fourth of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays during SeaWorld Orlando’s Fourth of July Celebration.  The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air.

The fireworks display will take place at Bayside Stadium and will include a spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the Navy Band Southeast of Jacksonville, Fla. This patriotic ensemble of musical professionals is one of 11 official U.S. Navy Bands in the country.

The Fourth of July Celebration begins at 10 p.m. and is included with park admission.

While at the park, guests can take advantage of SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Nights festivities including:

Celebrating America Concert Series – Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, guests can enjoy performances from a variety of artists and genres.  Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission. Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for concert lineup, new artists announced each week.

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HorrorBuzz.com Debuts Featuring All Things Horror

HorrorBuzz LogoWith Halloween and horror reaching critical mass, it is time to share the scares throughout the year.  HorrorBuzz.com will bring the latest scary news to a blood-thirsty audience craving more.

HorrorBuzz knows what scares you. They also know scares aren’t just for the sick and twisted.  Spooky isn’t just for kids. HorrorBuzz.com is a website that delivers all flavors of horror to everyone. From extreme haunts to vintage fun, from blood and guts to family friendly, this exciting new outlet will prove that everyone loves Halloween and Horror.

Centered in Los Angeles California, HorrorBuzz.com is the one stop shop for movies, theme park haunts, independent haunts, books, television, games, and the paranormal. Our team of professional and passionate writers, videographers, photographers, online news media reporters, and freelancers are committed to delivering the best and most reliable repository of horror for everyone.

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Discovery Cove in Orlando to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Discovery Cove's 15th AnniversaryThis summer, Discovery Cove in Orlando will celebrate 15 years since its grand opening. When the park first opened on July 1, 2000, it was an anomaly in the world of Orlando theme parks: a reservation-only experience limited to approximately 1,000 guests per day. At 15 acres, Discovery Cove opened with three signature experiences: guests could swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, and hand feed exotic birds. During the last 15 years, the park has flourished in size, earned prestige worldwide for guest service and proved its commitment to conservation and animal care.

Milestones include:

– In 2013 and 2014, rated the “#1 Amusement Park in the World” in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards

– Grew to more than 22 acres

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Nick Swardson to Play Aces of Comedy at The Mirage

Nick Swardson Mirage Las VegasCoincidence or not, comedian, actor, writer and producer Nick Swardson will return to The Mirage on his birthday, Friday, Oct. 9, for a night of hysterical comedy as part of the resort’s Aces of Comedy series. Swardson is best known for co-creating and starring in the sketch series Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. He has co-written and produced movies such as Grandma’s Boy, Malibu’s Most Wanted and Benchwarmers.

Friday, Oct. 9: 10 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $49.99 and $59.99, plus tax and service fees. Visit mirage.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando Celebrates 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary for Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

It’s hard to imagine, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure recently passed its 5th Anniversary milestone!

When Potter was first announced in 2007, Theme Park Adventure began covering its progress, from artwork to construction pictures and updates on its very deliberate, very strong media roll-out. Over the next 3 years, we watched – along with the rest of the waiting world – as Hogsmeade took shape and Universal unleashed a flood of incredibly cool content such as augmented reality maps and sneak peek imagery of the new area and its signature attraction, The Forbidden Journey.

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010, it changed the themed entertainment industry forever – not just for fans, but for professionals in the business as well. No longer was Universal Creative the distant peer of Walt Disney Imagineering and other creative companies designing attractions – it became a major player almost overnight, altering the playing field right in Disney’s backyard into one big quidditch one!

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