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Disneyland Resort Hotels Offer Limited Time Special Savings

Disneyland Hotel roomGuests planning a spring or early summer trip to the Disneyland Resort are invited to take advantage of a new hotel offer. For reservations made at any Disneyland Resort Hotel between March 25 and May 7, guests will save 20 percent on premium rooms and 15 percent on standard rooms, on select nights from April 5 through June 16. The savings, combined with all the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort property, make this an ideal time to plan a vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Whether for business or leisure, any visit to the Disneyland Resort is enhanced with a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each have their own distinctive style, and all three offer the same great benefits exclusive to hotel guests.

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Madonna Returns to MGM Grand Las Vegas in October 2015

Madonna-Rebel-HeartOne of the most successful live performers of all time, Madonna returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 24 for another legendary performance. The Las Vegas show will be the second-to-last stop on the North American leg of Madonna’s highly anticipated Rebel Heart tour.

Tickets priced at $43, $83, $183, $273 and $383 not including applicable service charges, go on sale Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Kathy Griffin Returns to The Mirage July 3, 2015

Kathy-Griffin-Aces-of-ComedyThe witty Kathy Griffin will return to the Aces of Comedy lineup at The Mirage Friday, July 3. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and three-time GRAMMY nominee has made audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. Griffin starred in her own reality show My Life on the D-List, which aired for six seasons on Bravo. She also is the newest commentator on Fashion Police.

•    Friday, July 3 at 10 p.m.

Tickets prices start at $59.99 plus tax and service fees, are now on sale. Visit mirage.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood Gets Fast & Furious

furious-7Universal CityWalk revs up for a turbo-charged takeover with Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, featuring a flurry of activity in support of the film’s April 3 release, including a Fast & Furious movie marathon at the AMC Theatres, an exclusive first-look at Furious 7’s 1967 Camaro and an original costume display, including attire worn by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in the new action thriller.

As the choice L.A. destination to see the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatres will jump-start the excitement with advance screenings of Furious 7 starting at select times every seven minutes after the hour beginning on Thursday, April 2.  The AMC Theatres will also bridge the gap to this latest film with an exciting two-day movie marathon at CityWalk, featuring all previous six Fast & Furious films on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2.

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April 2015 Events at Fairytale Town

Spring Eggstravaganza 6_Photo by Karen IddingsSpring Eggstravaganza
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 4 & 5
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities and visits with Peter Cottontail. Daily egg hunts are held promptly at 12, 1 and 2 p.m. Hunt areas are separated by age group: 0 – 3 years, 4 – 6 years, and 7 – 12 years. Magical Moonshine Theatre will perform “Tales of Br’er Rabbit” in the Children’s Theater at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Theater tickets are $2 for nonmembers and $1 for members. Spring Eggstravaganza is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored by Extra Self Storage.

Theater Performance: “Tales of Br’er Rabbit”
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 4 & 5
12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Magical Moonshine Theatre brings the traditional African American tales of Br’er Rabbit to life with humor, large table-top puppets, a live banjo and singing! Br’er Rabbit may be small, but he has his wits. That doesn’t keep him out of trouble, but does tend to get him out of it, once he gets into it. When he comes up against the likes of Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, it turns out they are no match for the clever rabbit. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

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Flock of Parrots Receive Vaccine at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

parrot-san-diego-zoo-safari-parkA flock of small parrots living in the Lorikeet Landing habitat of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is back in their aviary and ready to greet guests. The aviary was closed and the group of nectar-feeding birds had been residing in a behind-the-scenes enclosure as animal care staff completed thorough medical exams and an upgrade to the habitat.

Twenty out of the flock of 60 birds received both an oral and injectable vaccine at the hospital. The newly developed vaccine, technically an autogenous bacterin, was administered to help protect the birds from future effects of salmonella infections.

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Rock in Rio Partners with FansTang to Stream Concerts in China

rock-rio-chinaRock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, announced that it has formed a long-term exclusive relationship with FansTang, a China-focused cross-platform media and analytics company.   FansTang will stream every ROCK IN RIO festival (USA, Brazil and Portugal editions presented within the agreement) in mainland China through 2021.  Thanks to this new collaboration, music fans in China will enjoy live-streamed performances by global super stars including Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, Mana, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Big Sean and Metallica.

Custom video packages produced by FansTang will give Chinese fans watching via streaming media a taste of the festival’s custom-built 40 acre location, The City of Rock in Las Vegas.  Fans will also enjoy watching performances and sponsor activities taking place across three Rock Streets – themed streets that will give viewers unique cultural and entertainment experiences.

The Rock in Rio USA concert stream and custom video packages will also feature Chinese and global sponsor brand messages.  Sponsorship packages associated with the FansTang concert stream delivered in China will be sold and managed exclusively by FansTang. This agreement is also a first step into a possible expansion into the Asian market, as Rock in Rio continues to expand in the future.

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TPA Announces Spring Nights at Don’s 2 for April 2015

TPA Spring Nights webSpring is in the air! Theme Park Adventure is excited to announce that our next mixer – TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 – will take place Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach!

The event, which is open to anyone and everyone that is a themed entertainment fan, begins at 7pm in the Fugu Bar at Don the Beachcomber, which is just on PCH near Sunset Beach in Orange County. TPA’s mixers are free to attend; food and drinks are available in abundance at the venue for an extra charge. Parking is free, and attendants in the lot will direct you where to go when you arrive, to parking spots next to or behind the restaurant.

Each season of mixers brings a brand new TPA tiki button, designed by world-renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson. If you missed last month’s Spring Nights button, you have another opportunity this April! The first 30 TPAers that still need the spring button can get one free on a first-come/served basis when Rick West begins handing out complimentary raffle tickets for the evening! The raffle will begin at 9pm!

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Neil Diamond to Play Mandalay Bay on May 17, 2015

neil-diamond-mandalay-bayLegendary musician Neil Diamond will make a stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, May 17 as part of his NEIL DIAMOND TOUR 2015. Fans can expect to hear Diamond perform many of his classic hits as well as songs from his newest studio album Melody Road. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets priced at $59.50, $89.50, $129.50 and $174.50, not including applicable service charges, 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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Nola the Rhino Gets a Pedicure at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Feeling Better and Getting Her Nails Done: Northern White Rhino at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Gets PedicureNola, a critically endangered 40-year-old northern white rhino, received some pampering and a pedicure by her keepers recently at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. While most rhinos don’t receive regular nail trims, let alone allow keepers to work on their feet, Nola is a special animal, in more ways than one.

“We have been attending to Nola’s nails for many years. Because she has been interacting with keepers from an early age, her behavior is docile,” says Jane Kennedy, lead keeper, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We approach Nola when she’s lying down. Two keepers provide lots of tactile reinforcement in the form of rubbing her with a brush and scratching her ears, while two other keepers trim her nails. She loves all the attention, and when she’s done, she gets one of her favorite treats, either alfalfa or an apple.”

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