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Universal Studios Singapore Debuts Two Shows

CIMG0293It was a typical visit to Universal Studios Singapore (USS), and I found myself walking by the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, as I have done a dozen times before. I usually skip this attraction completely. Yet, on this very day, I felt a very strong urge to go in and watch the show. I later learned that Monster Rock, a rock and roll-themed musical was closed on 1 September.

It is notable that USS did not make any major announcements about this closure, except a small excerpt on its website. Perhaps it is because USS has bigger plans in store for the theatre and the Sesame Street show is just an interim.

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New Military Offers at Universal Orlando Resort

Cabana Bay Beach ResortUniversal Orlando Resort has revealed an all-new offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military. Military personnel can now purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and heart-warming moments that can only be found at Universal Orlando Resort. Plus, they can also upgrade with a 3-nights stay at the brand-new Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.

These all-new military offers are available with valid identification on participating bases at ITT or Leisure Travel Service Offices. For additional details on these offers, see below or visit www.universalorlando.com/military.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014 by the Numbers

Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalWalt Disney World Resort guests can taste the cuisine of six continents, sip beverages from around the globe and eat to the beat of live entertainment at the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, 2014.

The 53-day festival at Disney’s Epcot theme park – longer than last year’s 46-day event — serves up authentic dishes to pair with wine, beers, cocktails and other beverages; nightly Eat to the Beat! concerts with entertainment ranging from rock and soul to funk and blues; cultural exhibits of more than 25 international regions; and regularly scheduled performances by acrobats, musicians, dancers and comedy troupes.  Exotic marketplaces from Puerto Rico to Patagonia offer exciting taste treats.  The festival is believed to be the largest food and wine event of its kind in the world, beginning at the Festival Welcome Center in Future World and fanning around the promenade encircling World Showcase Lagoon.

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Huge Cake Replica Coming to Queen Mary for Anniversary

Queen Mary Cake SketchA famous Queen reportedly said: “Let them eat cake!” She must have heard about the Queen Mary’s upcoming 80th Anniversary party and press conference, Sept. 26. To celebrate, the Queen Mary has commissioned what may be the world’s largest ship replica cake designed by TV celebrity baker and pastry chef, Jose Barajas. The 20 foot long cake can serve over 1000 guests. There’s another good reason to celebrate the ship’s 80 years of public life.

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Delusion: Lies Within New Tickets Released

delusionDelusion: Lies Within is quickly approaching and most dates have already sold out, so they are offering their devoted fans an additional opportunity to discover what lies within the walls of Elena Fitzgerald’s Manor.

Oct 2nd tickets are now released! Click here to purchase tickets.

The shadows stir as time is running out. Play Your Part on a dark journey like no other as Delusion takes you by the mind and drags you away from your world to theirs. Embark on an epic adventure as you play your part in uncovering the mystery of the great author Elena Fitzgerald.

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Alone Returns to Los Angeles for Halloween 2014

Alone - an existential hauntingOn October 17 through November 1, ALONE [an existential haunting] subverts once more the “haunted house” experience with an even more terrifying, immersive, psychological journey.

ALONE remains a 30-minute individual, tour where participants become a part of their own nightmare. Unlike haunted hayrides and scary houses, ALONE ditches the typical Halloween trappings of fake blood, gore, sexy vampires and screaming psychopaths. It is only you, in the dark, with us. Each guest is left to wander through the darkness, completely ALONE.

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Lights On Costume Party at Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunt

Raymond Hill MortuaryEvil Twin Studios invites you to be among the first living souls to experience the Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunted House at the LIGHTS ON Costume Party on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6:30 P.M. – 11 P.M. We’re turning the Fremont Center Theater back to its original mortuary roots where the proprietor is not treating the deceased with the respect they deserve… and the dead are coming back for revenge!

The mortuary will only be open to party guests on this ghostly evening. Those that survive the haunt will then be treated to a backstage tour with the lights on to see the magic behind the madness!

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Cheetah Cubs on Display at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Cheetah Cubs Snuggle Close at San Diego Zoo Safari ParkTwo cheetah cubs being hand raised by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are receiving around-the-clock care and bottle feedings at the Park’s Animal Care Center. The female cubs were born to a cheetah at the Safari Park’s Cheetah Breeding Facility. As the mother, Allie, has been unsuccessful raising her previous litters, animal care staff made the decision to hand rear these littermates, born on Sept. 1.

The nearly three-week-old cubs are growing quickly and now weigh around 3 pounds each. They are becoming increasingly active now that their eyes are open and their vision is becoming clearer. Animal care staff says that these cubs are full of personality, noting that at only a few days old, the youngsters were already swatting and interacting with each other.

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Theme Park Adventure Celebrates 20th Anniversary

TPAOn September 14th, more than 200 fans, haunters, and themed entertainment industry professionals attended Theme Park Adventure’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, which was hosted by Knott’s Berry Farm at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park. The occasion marked a huge milestone for TPA, the internet’s first themed entertainment fan site, and one of the very first theme park publications ever in print in the mid-’90s.

“To give you an idea of what was happening in the world when we started TPA,” said Rick West, Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, “Forrest GumpInterview with the Vampire, and The Lion King were in movie theaters. Treasure Island, MGM Grand, and Luxor were each celebrating their first anniversaries on The Strip in Las Vegas. The original Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had just opened in Florida, construction had just begun on Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Mystery Lodge had just opened at Knott’s Berry Farm and Jaguar had been announced, and construction was well underway a few miles away at Disneyland on The Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.”

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Haunted Mansion Holiday Fun Facts 2014

9_10_DL_044112-1024x766Disneyland Resort Halloween Time 2014 marks the 14th time that Jack Skellington has visited the 999 Happy Haunts who dwell in the Haunted Mansion, transforming this attraction into Haunted Mansion Holiday.  Each year, Jack dresses up as “Sandy Claws” as he and his ghost dog Zero bring ghoulish delights from Halloween Town to visit Disneyland Park.

One of Jack’s holiday traditions is leaving a special treat for the ghosts who dance around the Haunted Mansion’s Grand Hall.  The annual centerpiece for this “waltz of the weird” is always a huge, creepy gingerbread creation. Jack delivers new and thrilling surprises every year.

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