Month: January 2017

The rumors about Knott’s Berry Farm are true!

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VRstudios, global virtual reality (VR) company offering commercial entertainment and enterprise solutions, announced today, a partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm and parent company, Cedar Fair, to design and install a specialized VR experience at the Southern California-based theme park.

 

Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair are recognized in the entertainment industry for their leadership in creative application of technology in their attractions. Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth, Christian Dieckmann, is leading the company’s pursuit of immersive and unique experiential technology through their relationship with VRstudios.

 

“Our collaboration with VRstudios to develop a new custom-built, immersive amusement experience at Knott’s Berry Farm is exciting for our customers and consistent with the memorable experiences they expect from our parks,” said Dieckmann. “We chose VRstudios for our inaugural free-roaming VR installation because of their successful track record providing VR globally for other location-based entertainment venues.  No other VR company can offer a truly untethered multi-player experience.  We believe the planned attraction will amaze our guests and encourage repeat visits.”

 

“It is rewarding to partner with entertainment visionaries who want to do something amazing with the new VR technology,” added Charles Herrick, Chief Executive Officer of VRstudios.  “When clients want to push the limits beyond what is commonly available, it gets our entire team motivated because they know there will be an outlet for their innovation.”

 

Knott’s Berry Farm visitors will be able to enjoy the new VR experience for a small fee in addition to admission, beginning the second quarter of this year.

 Knott’s Berry Farm is Southern California’s original theme park; featuring world-class rides, shows, attractions, the Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: “FUN”), a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world.  Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

Orlando Eye too close for annual maintenance

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The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye will be closed for annual maintenance Jan. 30 – Feb. 8 and reopen on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.

 

Although most of our regular planned maintenance and engineering work takes place overnight after we have closed to the public each night, we will close for a 10-day period to perform larger maintenance projects. 

 

Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will remain open during that time, as will the admissions desks for all three attractions. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S 2017 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

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Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headliners taking the stage for the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration– a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans bash that features Cajun-style cuisine, authentic New Orleans flare, a spectacular parade, and – on select nights – live concerts by a star-studded lineup of musical artists covering everything from pop and R&B to rock and disco.

 

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2017 will run daily from Feb. 4 through March 25 – giving guests 50 nights to join the celebration. For 12 select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by nationally-recognized musical acts including award winning-multiplatinum selling Fifth Harmony, three-time GRAMMY Award winner NE-YO, superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith and rock band Collective Soul. For the complete line-up and performance schedule, see below.

 

The celebration also includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats – complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads. This year’s parade will feature six all-new Mythical Creatures Themed floats including, The Dance of the Dragon, The Flight of the Pegasus, and The Rise of the Garuda. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has hand crafted floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.

 

Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

 

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios 

 

 

2017 MARDI GRAS HEADLINERS LINE-UP

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

Feb. 4

Trace Adkins

Feb. 11

NE-YO

Feb. 18

Collective Soul

Feb. 19

X Ambassadors 

Feb. 25

Fifth Harmony

March 4

Kool & the Gang

March 5

Olivia Newton-John

March 11

UB40

March 12

Toby Keith

March 18

Jason Derulo

March 19

Earth, Wind & Fire

March 25

The All – American Rejects

 

Fuller House & Designated Survivor’ Stars Celebrate Grand Opening of LEGO NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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Stars of the Netflix Original Series “Fuller House,” including Jodie Sweetin, Michael Campion, Soni Nicole Bringas, Ashley Liao and Elias Harger, and Mckenna Grace, star of ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” visited LEGOLAND Florida Resort 

This morning for the grand opening of LEGO NINJAGO World.

 

The all-new theme park land is filled with several hands-on, outdoor activities where kids can sharpen their ninja skills before the ultimate showdown on LEGO NINJAGO [NIN-JAH-GO] The Ride, a dazzling new attraction that blends 3D computer animation, “4D” effects and groundbreaking technology never seen outside a LEGOLAND theme park.

 

During a lavish grand opening ceremony attended by nearly 200 journalists and VIPs, the stars demonstrated several ninja hand moves kids can use to fight villains on the state-of-the-art “dark ride” where guests score points while blasting animated fireballs, lightning and more at waves of 3D villains. Joining the festivities were sibling ninja Kai and Nya [NEE-AH].

 

Kids can “become the ninja” in their very own LEGO NINJAGO adventure when they enter the martial arts kingdom inspired by the popular LEGO building sets and the “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” TV show.

 

After the special effects-filled ceremony, the television stars joined social media celebrities stars Eh Bee Family and EvanTubeHD to greet media and excited fans along a red carpet within the lushly landscaped theme park land, including the kid hosts of LEGOLAND Florida Resort TV, an exclusive online video series.

 

LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by the LEGO and DUPLO brands, including experiences based on “The LEGO Movie,”

 LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends.


Our very own Jeanie Gallo from The Princess Papers was among one of the first to experience this amazing attraction one of the things that she was able to notice was that guests will not be able to use an ecv on the attraction. guest we’ll have to transfer to a wheelchair,  however for bigger guests you pull the lap bar up to you for your comfort there is no clicking restraint that you have to meet. Legoland resort continues to grow with all kinds unique opportunities for kids. For tickets and Legoland resort hotel reservations contact Mary Morales.

Orlando celebrity and SeaWorld super star passes away

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Early this morning SeaWorld Orlando celebrity Tilikum “Tilly” passed away he was surrounded by Veterinary staff and caregivers from SeaWorld Orlando . This is a huge loss for the amazing team at SeaWorld Orlando  as they are truly dedicated to each and every one of their animals but Tilly  has a special place in their hearts.  Our very own Jessyca Carr  and her daughter Lily offered some of their very personal pictures for this blog. Lily is an aspiring marine biologist who is home-schooled and has spent many days learning about orcas and other animals at SeaWorld. 


 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire staff as well as every guest that has ever encountered this amazing orca.


 This is the official statement from SeaWorld from this morning.

The SeaWorld family is deeply saddened to announce that one of its most well-known orcas, Tilikum, has passed away. Tilikum passed away early this morning, January 6, surrounded by the trainers, care staff and veterinarians that provided him around-the-clock world-class care.

Like all older animals, Tilikum had faced some very serious health issues. While the official cause of death will not be determined until the necropsy is completed, the SeaWorld veterinarians were treating a persistent and complicated bacterial lung infection. The suspected bacteria is part of a group of bacteria that is found in water and soil both in wild habitats and zoological settings. 

Tilikum’s veterinarians and caretakers delivered various treatment regimens over the course of this illness, which consisted of, among other things, combinations of anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterials, anti-nausea medications, hydration therapy and aerosolized antimicrobial therapy. 

While today is a difficult day for the SeaWorld family, it’s important to remember that Tilikum lived a long and enriching life while at SeaWorld and inspired millions of people to care about this amazing species.

Tilikum’s life will always be inextricably connected with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dawn Brancheau.  While we all experienced profound sadness about that loss, we continued to offer Tilikum the best care possible, each and every day, from the country’s leading experts in marine mammals.

“Tilikum had, and will continue to have, a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” said President & CEO of SeaWorld Joel Manby. “My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”

Tilikum became a part of SeaWorld’s family 25 years ago. Estimated to be about 36 years old, Tilikum was near the high end of the average life expectancy for male killer whales according to an independent scientific review.

Tilikum was not born at or collected by SeaWorld. He came to us from Sealand of the Pacific in Canada. SeaWorld has not collected a whale from the wild in nearly 40 years, and this past March we announced the end of the orca breeding program effectively making the whales currently at SeaWorld the last generation of orcas under human care

It is kind of strange but yesterday was the last performance of orcas in SeaWorld San Diego

Legoland Resorts presents two week weekends of Star Wars excitement

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Legoland Resort in Florida has announced  extended dates for this year’s Star Wars  event. LEGO Star Wars™ Days – May 6-7 & 13-14 has been extended adding an extra weekend of excitement. Families are encouraged to visit a galaxy far far away during this lucasfilm authorized event, which will feature some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars saga made out of 1.5 million Lego bricks in their very own Lego Star Wars miniland model display. The resort will host appearances by costumed Star Wars fans Lego building activities inspired by Star Wars and stories and Star Wars themed costume parade for kids. 


Officials from Legoland resort say that this is the only Lego themed Star Wars event in Florida. The Lego Star Wars event will be available to guests who purchase a regular daytime tickets.

 To make hotel and ticket reservations you can contact Legoland or supersize Orlando’s preferred travel agent Mary Morales for the most up-to-date discounts and specials to Legoland Resorts!