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Reality Shock! Getaway Contest From Ripley’s Announced

Reality Shock! Ripley's Believe It or Not!Readers of the new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book Reality Shock! know the strange stories, fun facts and bizarre bits are good for hours of entertainment. But now knowing some of those stories could win people some awesome prizes as well.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has launched the Reality Shock! Getaway contest, featuring weekly prizes and an unbelievable grand prize.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out the entry form on the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Facebook page
  • Take the weekly book quiz and pick the “Believe It” story that comes from the pages of Reality Shock!

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Serengeti Safari Ride to Debut at Oakland Zoo

Serengeti Safari at Oakland ZooOn Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:00am, a brand-new ride will be unveiled at Oakland Zoo’s Adventure Landing (formerly referred to as the Zoo’s Rides Area). Over the summer months, Adventure Landing underwent renovations, which includes a new family-friendly jeep adventure called Serengeti Safari. “The re-branded Adventure Landing area offers interconnected family entertainment in a themed environment,” said Nancy Filippi, Managing Director of Oakland Zoo. “The new Serengeti Safari ride allows the whole family to ride together.”

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Annabelle Doll to Visit Nightfall October 16, 2014

Annabelle at NightfallThe “star” of the 2014 American supernatural thriller “Annabelle” (in theaters now) will make an appearance at Nightfall on Thursday October 16th.  The film, presented at the event by New Line Cinema and Evergreen Media Group, reunites director John R. Leonetti and producers Peter Safran and James Wan.  “Annabelle” tells the story of a young couple and their encounters with a possessed vintage doll.

Annabelle the doll will make her exclusive Tucson appearance at Nightfall from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. She will be accompanied by her entourage to help guests understand how to protect themselves from the dangers Annabelle may present.  Photo opportunities with Nightfall guests will be available.

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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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