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Forever Charlie Wilson Tour Coming to Mandalay Bay

CharlieWilsonJohnMandalay Bay Resort and Casino welcomes GRAMMY-nominated artist Charlie Wilson to the Events Center Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Wilson will be joined on the Forever Charlie Tour by highly regarded R&B artists Kem and Joe, both of whom will perform their individual sets.

Tickets priced at $50, $90 and $130, not including applicable tax and service fees, are now on sale and available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mandalaybay.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Chinese New Year

hong-kong-disneyland-chinese-new-yearHong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) this week hosted a Chinese New Year celebration with guests in the park, kicking off a month of festivities at the resort for the Year of the Sheep. HKDL also officially announced a HK$2,500,000 grant from both The Walt Disney Company and HKDL for several youth programs this year, which have been created with support from the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and local institutes. The funding aims to encourage creativity in the younger generation and positively impact the community through happiness.

Bill Ernest, President and Managing Director, Asia, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Andrew Kam, Managing Director of HKDL, were joined by a number of officiating guests at the ceremony. They included the Guest of Honor, Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Elina Lee, Director of Partnership, Marketing & Communications, Hong Kong Design Centre; and Andy Ho, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Alongside God of Fortune Goofy, they greeted guests and wished the people of Hong Kong a prosperous Chinese New Year.

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Another Lowland Gorilla Birth at Busch Gardens Tampa

Gorilla_Birth_At_Busch_Gardens_TampaBusch Gardens Tampa has welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla. The female gorilla was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary.

Guests will be able to see the baby gorilla on the Myombe Reserve habitat in the coming days, along with the rest of the gorilla troop.  Or, check out the Busch Gardens YouTube channel now for a first look!

“The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop, so the Busch Gardens animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of zoological operations for Busch Gardens.

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Seeking Marriage Proposal

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - looking for a special marriage proposal!The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk needs to fill an important role in their 2015 summer television special. They’re looking for someone who is ready to propose marriage to their sweetheart, on camera at the Boardwalk.

“We hear from people all the time who want to propose or take engagement photographs at the Boardwalk because it’s such a special place for them,” said Boardwalk advertising director Sondra Woods.   “We know that somebody with a connection to the Boardwalk is already out there, ready to propose. We just want to capture it on camera.”

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Wild Wild West Con 4 Steampunk Fest Coming to Old Tucson

old-tucson-steampunk-conOld Tucson and the Arizona Steampunk Society present the Wild Wild West Con 4 Steampunk Convention & Festival on Friday, March 6 thru Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Wild Wild West Con is America’s first and only Steampunk convention/festival to take place in a western-themed town and is the largest Western-style Steampunk Convention in the United States!  Hundreds of devotees will descend upon Old Tucson outfitted in full Steampunk regalia. The Con’s Mad Science theme is sure to be reflected in Steampunk fashion and accessories.

Visitors to Old Tucson will get a glimpse of this growing phenomenon where it belongs – in an Old West setting.  The unique atmosphere of Victorian sensibilities combined with retro-futuristic technology presents Old Tucson guests with fabulous photo opportunities as well as access to selected Con activities including the WWWC4 Steampunk Costume Contest, a Kids Zone, an absinthe tasting ($20 charge – limited capacity), performances by Loop Rawlins, a Steampunk vendor village with more than 60 vendors, street performers and Old Tucson shows and activities.  Old Tucson admission is $17.95 for adults and $10.95 for children ages 4 to 11 (children 3 and under are admitted free).

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Okapi Calf Explores Habitat at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Strutting His Stripes, Baby Okapi Steps Out in New HabitatA four-week-old okapi calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is ready to explore his outdoor habitat. Until now the male calf, born on Jan. 18, has been spending time in the okapi barn and outside yard. But after showing signs of curiosity, staff provided the calf and his mother, Makini, access to the main forested habitat, which is viewable by guests.

The young okapi, named Amaranta, cautiously explored and walked around his shady habitat with his mother as he experienced the excitement of being in the new environment. The calf, which now weighs around 100 pounds, observed as his mother ate hay and acacia browse that keepers had placed in feeders around the exhibit, simulating grazing opportunities that okapi would experience in the wild.

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Neil Patrick Harris to Co-Host New World of Color Show at DCA

neil-patrick-harris-DCAThis past Sunday night, award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted The Oscars on ABC. So, where will his next big hosting gig take place? The Disneyland Resort!

Harris will be joining Mickey Mouse as host of the all-new World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney, opening May 22 at Disney California Adventure park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Harris, a fan of Disney Parks, will bring his unique style of humor and charm to this special edition of the popular World of Color show.

World of Color – Celebrate! illuminates the night in a celebration of the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse and Harris will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey, exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park, all culminating in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before.

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Pantry Unveils Golden Jackpot Pancakes at Mirage Las Vegas

pantry-miragePantry at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will offer pancake enthusiasts a unique breakfast experience with its exclusive Golden Jackpot Pancakes. Priced at $27.77 and topped with glittering gold flakes, this lavish dish will be available on the 7th, 17th and 27th of each month, beginning Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, March 27.

Following the lucky seven theme, the Golden Jackpot Pancakes will include seven types of delicious chocolate to choose from such as milk, white, caramelized white, dolce white, caramel, 64 percent dark and 66 percent dark. Guests will strike it rich with this delicious dish as seven pancake layers are served with a generous pouring of flavorful orange marmalade, topped with a silky dollop of whip cream and sprinkled with glittering 23-karat gold flakes. Created by Executive Sous Chef Bert Coats, this ultimate pancake dish presents the nostalgic flavors of a traditional breakfast coupled with luxurious ingredients, providing a sweet treat at any time of the day.

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Universal Orlando Unveils Stylish New Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel

hard-rock-hotel-orlandoInspired by music and the hotel’s on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the newly renovated guest rooms at Hard Rock Hotel capture the vibe of rock against a backdrop of clean and contemporary surfaces. The new look features a mix of retro-inspired shapes, patterns and colors paired with sleek-lined details in the place where Hotel California became a reality.

“We are excited to reveal a totally new and distinctive look for our guest rooms and corridors,” says Managing Director Carlton Hudson. “Guests are already telling us the transformation is off the charts.” Check out the total transformation of one room from start to finish below in a time lapse video!

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Colossal Curl to Open March 7 at Adventure Island

Colossal Curl construction shot from Adventure IslandAdventure Island’s newest family thrill slide Colossal Curl will open on March 7 for the start of the 2015 season. Construction on Colossal Curl has been ongoing since the end of last season and will be wrapping up in the coming weeks.

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide will stand at 70 feet high and deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide. Riders will hurtle high above Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun and experience a feeling of weightlessness before diving back in to the splash pool.

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