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Great American Nightmare Coming to Chicago in 2014

ChicagoGAN724Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The ultimate Halloween horror event will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26-November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL.

Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” said Zombie. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”

The Great American Nightmare’s second city will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013 GreatAmerican Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.

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Mike Williams – A Knott’s Legend Rides Into the Sunset

Knotts_Dusty_1429Mike Williams is a name that most casual Knott’s guests or even fans won’t readily know. However, if you’ve ever had a brush with a fast-talking wiseguy robbing the park’s steam train, or stumbled upon a kooky old miner shuffling around in the fog during Halloween Haunt berating people with his bullhorn, chances are, you’ve crossed Mike Williams’ path, or even been a target in his sights.

For nearly 30 years, Mike worked in varying capacities at Knott’s Berry Farm, from a cook at Captain Kelly’s Cafeteria, to a train robber in Calico, to a performer in multiple entertainment productions at the Farm. While he’s been an asset to Knott’s in each of those roles, none stand out quite as much as his reign as “Dusty Geezer” during Halloween Haunt for more than two decades. Outrageous, hilarious, and in the end, a friend to everyone, Mike’s contributions to Knott’s for the past 30 years have been the stuff legend is made of.

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Alfresco Tasting Terrace a Hidden Gem at DCA

Charcuterie-Plate-with-WineThe Alfresco Tasting Terrace, on the second floor of the Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure Park, offers small plates of classic Mediterranean favorites complemented by wines from the “Disney Family of Wines,” a collection whose vintners have a personal connection to the Disney name. The open-air veranda offers signature food items, such as the Fritto Misto (calamari, mussels, green beans and artichoke hearts with pepperoncini aïoli) and the flatbread “two ways,” which features seasonal flavors.

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Knott’s Offers New Ride & Slide Ticket

Side View Log Ride NewThis summer, guests can enjoy all of the excitement of Knott’s Berry Farm plus all of the water park thrills at Knott’s Soak City on one unbelievably fun day. This new single day Ride & Slide ticket allows guests unlimited back-and-forth admission to both theme parks on the same day and can be purchased online at knotts.com for just $60 (all ages) through September 14.

At Knott’s Berry Farm, summer fun begins daily at 10:00am and continues until 10:00pm or later, with tons of rides, shows, and special live entertainment just for the summer! New for summer 2014, guests can take a wondrous and exciting journey through the newly refurbished caverns of Calico Mine Ride, or head to Camp Snoopy for three new High Sierra-inspired adventures. With a newly expanded Boardwalk and historic Ghost Town rounding out the park’s five themed lands, guests will need at least an entire day to take in all of the fun at Knott’s Berry Farm.

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10th Annual Art Deco Festival at Queen Mary

Art Deco ImageThe Queen Mary, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA), celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Art Deco Festival with a robust program of activities extended to five days. Largely influenced by the architecture and design of its time, the Queen Mary is the world’s largest floating collection of Art Deco. The illustrious salons are replete with elegant woodcarvings, elaborate murals, priceless sculptures and lavish interiors, offering a matchless backdrop for a festival like no other.

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Mary Murphy Hosts Flash Mob at CityWalk LA

Mary Murphy to host flash mob at CityWalk LAMary Murphy, judge and choreographer from the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the leaders of Flash Mob America will teach guests dance steps to “Get My Name” from singer/dancer Mark Ballas (“Dancing with the Stars”) to orchestrate the largest flash mob ever seen on “5 Towers” Stage at Universal CityWalk on Saturday, July 26, at 5:30 P.M. The dance competition series will film the flash mob for possible inclusion in an upcoming episode. Following the dancing, Ballas will take to the stage to perform his new music.

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Brew at the L.A. Zoo Coming in August 2014

GL-BRThe 4th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo, one of summer’s most popular events for guests 21 and over, returns on Friday, August 8, 2014, 7 to 11 pm, featuring an after-hours visit to the Zoo with beer samples from 30 local craft and microbreweries, music by three local bands — Indian School, The Spazmatics and Jug or Nots Jug Band –, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, pub-style grub for purchase and visits to Zoo exhibits including Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), the new Rainforest of the Americas and more. With sell-out crowds at the three previous Brew at the L.A. Zoo evenings, advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested.

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Zoofari Monkey Magic Event at Santa Ana Zoo 2014

IMG_0021The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, is pleased to announce ticket sales and media and sponsorship opportunities for its 22nd annual Zoofari “Monkey Magic” fundraising event are now generally available for purchase online or by calling (714) 953-8555 x10.

Tickets to this year’s exclusive black-tie gala under the stars are $250 each or $2,500 for a private table of 10. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event, which will take place Saturday, August 23, from 5:30 pm to midnight at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park located at 1801 Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

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New Enhancements to Discovery Guide Mobile App

Busch Gardens Discovery Guide App 2SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) today announces additional enhancements to its popular park mobile apps, available for iPhone and Android devices. The latest update to the SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place Discovery Guide mobile apps allow guests to make unique purchases and redeem offers on their mobile devices while in these parks.

The new commerce features include:

· Quick Pay, which allows guests to use their devices as a payment method. Once guests have connected their account to a credit card they can pay for culinary and merchandise directly with their mobile device throughout their visit to SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Sesame Place.

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Howl-O-Scream 2014 Dates Announced for Tampa

hosThis fall, for 18 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Busch Gardens’ 300 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun.

Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury will keep the screams coming all night long.

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