UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT SERVES UP MARDI GRAS 2021: INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL, TAKING PLACE DAILY FROM FEBRUARY 6 THROUGH MARCH 28
AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
Guests can Take Their Taste on a Culinary Journey around the Globe as They Sample the Authentic Flavors of Iconic Carnaval Dishes from New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, Brazil and More
ORLANDO, Fla. (January 13, 2021) – Universal Orlando Resort celebrates Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval featuring authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe. This first-ever, dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment will take place daily at Universal Studios Florida from Saturday, February 6 and continue through Sunday, March 28.
Guests will enjoy an eclectic global food fest with more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe. Plus, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park. They’ll also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.
This culinary journey will feature iconic Cajun fare and traditional Carnaval flavors from across the globe, including:
And that’s just a sampling of what Universal Orlando’s culinary team has created for this year’s epic celebration of savory delights. There will also be Carnaval-themed menu options at Universal CityWalk and at the Universal Orlando Resort hotels. To learn more about Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.
Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity and increasing the already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures. Guests may remove their face coverings while actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary and maintain appropriate social distancing.
All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass. Guests can take advantage of special offers to enjoy the celebration and all of Universal Orlando’s incredible experiences. Right now, any guests who purchase a 2-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass will receive three extra months free to enjoy all that Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have to offer. Blockout dates apply on select passes. Florida residents can also take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket and receive three extra days free to experience both parks. Guests can also take advantage of a special offer to save up to $200 on 4-day tickets for a family of four. For more information and to book these offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
With exclusive theme park benefits available to hotel guests, staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination. Currently, Florida residents can take advantage of nightly rates as low as $94 per night, plus tax at the all-new value property Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites. Passholders save even more with exclusive nightly rates as low as $89 per night, plus tax, while non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites for as low as $116 per night, plus tax based on a four-night stay. For more information about these offers and other hotel options, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/hotels.
Let Yourself Woah at Universal Orlando Resort
When you’re ready to Let Yourself Woah, the place to go is Universal Orlando Resort.
For more than 30 years, Universal Orlando has immersed guests in amazing “woah” moments that free them from the stress of their worlds. Across the award-winning destination, they can let go and live in the moment with those they care about most as they embark on incredible theme park adventures, like causing mischief with the Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me,” coming face-to-face with ferocious dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, walking the corridors of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.
Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world’s most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal’s Volcano Bay - a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando.
Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, and more. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, January 7, 2021) — Dolly Parton and The Dollywood Foundation announced today she has tapped David Dotson, the current foundation CEO, to pursue important future projects for her and her companies.
“I have worked with David for 21 years, so he certainly has a special place in my heart,” Parton said. “I know he will help my companies create programs that will inspire children and their families. I have often said that my songs and everything I do is to help make others feel better and to encourage them to be more. This mission will be even more important when I am no longer on this earth.”
Dotson has been instrumental in shaping the Dollywood Foundation, especially the Imagination Library program which currently gifts a book each month to 1.8 million children. Since its inception, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 150 million books to children in five countries.
“My role at the Dollywood Foundation and the Imagination Library has been a dream come true,” said Dotson. “Leading the Imagination Library from Sevier County to being a worldwide inspiration for children has given me great joy, however I look forward to this new role and new challenge with great anticipation.”
Ted Miller, Vice Chairperson of The Dollywood Foundation, said, “Our past and current success has been due to special people like David who have committed their careers to its excellence and growth.”
Parton and the Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Jeff Conyers, the current President of The Dollywood Foundation, to assume the leadership role of the organization. Parton said, “Jeff has been with us for 10 years and has proven he has the leadership skills to take over the reins. You will be hearing a lot from him as he takes us to the next level.”
Dotson will continue his support of The Dollywood Foundation by becoming the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
About The Imagination Library and The Dollywood Foundation:
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. The first books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of more than 150 million books currently gifted to children around the world. Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.
The Dollywood Foundation was created in 1988 by Dolly Parton to inspire the children in her home county to achieve educational success. Initial efforts focused on decreasing the dropout rate in the county’s high school. In the early 90’s, Dolly promised every 7th-grade and 8th-grade student she would personally give them $500 if they graduated from high school. This effort, called the Buddy Program, reduced the dropout rate for these two classes to 6%. More importantly, the program catalyzed the community to provide additional resources to sustain this improvement in the dropout rate. In 2016, The Dollywood Foundation led Dolly's efforts to assist families who lost their homes during the devastating wildfires which swept through her home county. The Foundation's My People Fund distributed over $12,000,000 in direct assistance to over 900 families in Sevier County.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 1, 2021) – Walt Disney World Resort is ready to help guests make the new year magical. From new and classic attractions to culinary experiences to character interactions and more, The Most Magical Place on Earth has plenty to offer those wanting to immediately turn the page on 2020. Here are 21 reasons to be excited about a visit to Walt Disney World in early 2021:
For more on Walt Disney World, visit WDWNews.com and DisneyParksBlog.com.
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL IN 2021 WITH MARDI GRAS AND MORE LIMITED-CAPACITY SPECIAL EVENTS RETURNING TO BUSCH GARDENS WITH ENHANCED HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
Celebrate all year long with a Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Fun Card!
For a limited time buy a two-park Fun Card for the price of a Single-day ticket to Busch Gardens
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2021) – Welcoming 2021 with high spirits and high thrills, exciting events will safely return to Busch Gardens starting with the park’s Mardi Gras event, now expanded to weekends and select dates from January 16 to February 16. The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations. All seasonal events feature open-air entertainment throughout the park’s more than 300 spacious acres as well as enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements and physical distancing. Reservations are required and limited and can be made at www.BuschGardensTampa.com.
Let the good times roll with an expanded Mardi Gras celebration!
Weekends and select dates, January 16 – February 16
Enjoy TWO parks all year for the price of a single day Busch Gardens ticket with a limited-time Fun Card offer!
With so much to look forward to in 2021, Florida families can start the year with incredible savings on year-round park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island! For a limited time, guests who purchase the Busch Gardens Fun Card for $113.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE. Save over $60, more than 35% off of the normal price and the same price as only one day of fun for unlimited visits in 2021¹! Buy now before prices go up!
For more park benefits, guests can upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member-exclusive ride events for the NEW Iron Gwazi opening in spring and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more!
Visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes.
Expanded Health and Safety Measures:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety
Be the first to know about event details and special offers by visiting www.BuschGardensTampa.com and following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
*Some restrictions apply
¹ Block-out dates apply
Master Model Builders Create a Scene of LEGO® Revelers Celebrating in Miniland New York Complete with Toilet Paper and Vaccine Distributions
CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 17, 2020) – Needless to say, this has not been the “bricktastic” year we were hoping for … so before Christmas even arrives, Master Model Builders Tim Sams and PJ Catalano are ringing in 2021 early at LEGOLAND® California Resort with a classic LEGO® brick drop in Miniland New York!
The family theme park in San Diego has been closed since mid-March and while guests and Park staff will have to miss the traditional and popular Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration, hundreds of LEGO Minilanders are already ringing in the new year in a way that’s all too appropriate. The LEGO Miniland revelers are standing six LEGO studs apart (as close to 6 feet in Miniland terms as possible) as they wait in line to receive toilet paper and vaccine shots – the perfect party favors to end 2020
The scene includes a nearly 9-inch long LEGO brick cascading down into Times Square as the partying Minilanders – wearing masks, of course – await a merciful end to 2020 and make their New Year’s resolutions including seeing guests back in the Park in 2021! Last-minute holiday shoppers can stroll into Miniland U.S.A. to view the scene as they come to the Big Shop for the widest selection of LEGO products on the west coast! Check out the DIY mixed-up LEGO Minifigure station with specialty pieces never-before-seen in the Park and sets that have sold out at other retail locations. For online shopping and in-store pick up, visit www.legoland.com/california/things-to-do/lego-retail
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride where guests experience more than 2,000 real sea animals including real sharks, rays and tropical fish. SEA LIFE aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River plus Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park comprising 10 acres of water fun! The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, kingdom, LEGO® Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO™! North America’s first LEGOLAND Castle Hotel features 250 rooms, fully themed as Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 130 attractions, 19 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more than 67 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.