Great Outdoor, Coaster-Riding, Fun-Loving Family Spring Break
Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days Open March 17
(Branson, Missouri, March 4, 2021) With adventure-loving travelers seeking great outdoor activities, Silver Dollar City kicks off the 2021 season revving up 40 themed rides & attractions and tuning up live entertainment on stages throughout the “City.” Silver Dollar City Spring Ride Days run select days March 17-April 11.
Notable rides with world footprints include the towering Time Traveler roller coaster that vaults guests over a 10-story, 90-degree drop in a steampunk-inspired time machine at a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour and is the “Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster in the World.” Outlaw Run, a record-breaking wood roller coaster, inspired by the historical journeys of pioneers heading west into unknown territory, has stagecoach-themed coaster cars mimicking an out-of-control run from an outlaw on this Guinness World Record-holder for “Steepest Drop on a Wooden Coaster.” The newest adventure, Mystic River Falls raft ride features a 4.5-story waterfall drop, earning it the title “Tallest Drop on a Raft Ride in the Western Hemisphere.”
The park is also home to family-friendly rides, with areas designed for smaller children in Fireman’s Landing and in the park’s version of an 1880s World’s Fair—The Grand Exposition.
Performers on outdoor stages range from Bluegrass to Gospel to SpectraPop. Many of the City’s home-style restaurants and artisan shops are to open, adding to a variety-filled getaway.
A new event, Street Fest, follows, running April 17-May 2. This eclectic festival will feature street performers, music, comedy, teeterboard experts, steel drums, trick roller-skating and an array of unique foods with a new “Tasting Passport” for culinary grazing.
The internationally-awarded 1880s theme park in the Ozark Mountains near Branson, Missouri, is celebrating a 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee and is the reigning “America’s Best Amusement Park” as awarded by readers of USA TODAY 10Best. Known as a showcase of the spirit of adventure, Silver Dollar City steps back in time to America’s 1880s with more than 40 rides & attractions, world-class festivals, much heralded and ever changing home-style food offerings, shows on stages throughout the park plus a demonstrating artisan colony 100-strong. Founded above a massive cave six decades ago, Silver Dollar City is the original property of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the nation.
See the 2021 schedule https://www.silverdollarcity.com
For more information on COVID-related operations, see https://www.silverdollarcity.com/PlaySafe.
Limited-time, Reservation-Only Event with Laser Lights, Special Effects, and Music
JACKSON, N.J. — March 4, 2021 — Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, will host a new, limited-time event, Six Flags Rockin’ Drive-In Laser Light Spectacular March 18 to 21.
To coincide with the launch of the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure March 20, and one week before Six Flags Great Adventure’s season kick-off March 27, Six Flags will offer guests a full spectrum of eye-popping laser lights and special effects set to a rocking soundtrack of today’s greatest hits—all enjoyed from the comfort and safety of their cars.
Six Flags Rockin’ Drive-In Laser Light Spectacular details:
The event will take place in the theme park parking lot and guests should enter through the main entrance on Rt. 537 West. Snacks and beverages, as well as glow merchandise, will be available during the show.
Reservations are required and capacity will be limited. Admission tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and will be sold per person for each show. Event-specific tickets as well as 2021 Season Passes and Memberships are available for purchase at sixflags.com/greatadventure Current Members and Season Pass holders can make reservations at sixflags.com/greatadventure/reserve. Ticket sales will not be available at the gate.
Vehicles will park every other space to maintain social distancing. Event requirements include use of masks to purchase food or merchandise and if windows are down, and occupants of a participating vehicle cannot leave their vehicle except for emergency purposes or to use the portable restrooms. These rules and a full list of safety requirements for the event will be available on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
As part of Six Flags’ comprehensive safety procedures, all employees are required to wear masks and are temperature checked and heath screened each day.
Welcoming Guests Back to the Theme Park with the
Dynamic Weekend Outdoor Dining and Shopping Experience, Beginning on Friday, March 12
The Special Event Will Offer First Looks at the All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” Attraction Shop, The Pets Store, and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’s” Minion Cafe, as well as Access to Such Popular Lands as Hogsmeade Village within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,”
and “The Simpsons’ Springfield, U.S.A.”
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Universal City, California, March 4, 2021 – Universal Studios Hollywood takes its first step in re-opening with the introduction of “Taste of Universal,” a lively outdoor dining and shopping experience taking place within select themed lands on weekends--Friday to Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.--beginning on Friday, March 12.
Universal Studios Hollywood is working closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings.
This eagerly-awaited experience will invite guests to once again feel the thrill of strolling along the park’s signature red carpet as they pass through its iconic gates to enjoy some of the theme park’s best culinary offerings and premium shopping options along with physically distanced photo opportunities with some of their favorite characters.
Admission tickets to “Taste of Universal” include access to select themed areas of the park along with a wide selection of nearly 70 choice culinary options, of which 30 are new to the event. Adults can choose five options and kids can choose three with additional food offerings available for purchase. Tickets start at $44 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for kids ages 3-9 years. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
While rides, shows and attractions will not be operational during this experience, guests will be able to take in the incredible environments that surround them as they enjoy the scrumptious food, including vegan and vegetarian options, served within these areas. This includes:
A highlight of the experience will invite guests to preview the very exciting “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” attraction shop, The Pets Store, where guests can purchase favorite The Secret Life of Petsthemed goodies. Minion Way and Pets Place perpendicular streets located adjacent to Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” rides will take guests on a stroll through the film’s scenic New York City streets as they explore the themed environment.
The Animation Store, home to Hello Kitty®and her friends from Sanrio®, including My Melody™, Keroppi™ and Chococat™, as well as Minions merchandise from Illumination’s, blockbuster Despicable Me film franchise, and DreamWorks Animation franchises including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda, will be among the park’s exciting shopping options.
Physically distanced photo opportunities with select favorite characters will offer guests the chance to reconnect with Universal Studios Hollywood and share their experiences with friends and family via social media.
In addition to this exciting “Taste of Universal” event, guests can extend their day with more shopping and dining at the adjacent Universal CityWalk.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s new health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in thisvideo and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is available atwww.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram@UniStudios.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 3, 2021) – The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival blossoms to life today at Walt Disney World Resort, continuing for 125 days until July 5, 2021. The park-wide event features fun for the whole family inspired by the season, from spectacular Disney character topiaries to lush gardens to fresh flavors from Outdoor Kitchens and more.
Discover Topiaries Full of Disney Character
Nearly 100 individual topiaries bloom across the park, including floral sculptures of Disney characters as well as fanciful gardens. Highlights include:
Gardens Are Flowering and Ready to Explore
Guests can soak in the sights of spring in 20 different garden areas all across EPCOT, including:
Outdoor Kitchens Feature Fresh Food and Drink
Guests can embark on a mouth-watering journey around the park to experience a smorgasbord of options, with more than 20 delectable stops to choose from. Each Outdoor Kitchen offers a specialty menu of creative cuisine and libations to savor and sip. New options this year include:
Live Music Abounds Throughout the Festival
Fans of live entertainment will have plenty to enjoy this year as music springs to life around World Showcase.
Scavenger Hunts Offer Family Fun
Special themed scavenger hunts encourage guests to explore the festival and provide a fun way for families and friends to spend their day at the park.
Festival Merchandise Showcases Favorite Characters
Guests can commemorate their visit with official event merchandise, including apparel, headwear, drinkware and more.
The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is included with park admission (Disney Park Pass reservation required for entry). For more on the festival, visit FreshEPCOT.com, WDWNews.com, DisneyParksBlog.com or follow #FreshEPCOT on social media platforms.
UNIVERSAL’S EPIC UNIVERSE IS BACK
WORK RESUMES ON UNIVERSAL’S FOURTH ORLANDO THEME PARK
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2021) – Work is resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe – the widely anticipated theme park that will create an entirely new level of theme park entertainment.
Work on Epic Universe paused in July 2020, as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately – but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal re-staffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.
Restarting Epic Universe will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across Central Florida. These positions include highly skilled professional positions, all levels of construction jobs and beyond.
The Epic Universe project will infuse billions of dollars into the Florida economy – and also create more than 14,000 permanent jobs in addition to the thousands of jobs that will be created during its development.
“The restart of construction of Epic Universe is a terrific moment for our employees and for our theme park business in Florida,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. “It is our single-largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.”
“We are excited to begin work on Epic Universe again and for what this moment means for our industry, our community, our business and our team members,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”
“The resumption of the Epic Universe project couldn’t come at a better time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Our community has so many talented workers who will benefit from this massive project. I am confident it will deliver a huge economic boost to Orange County.”
Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. It will be located on a 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida. It will be located a few miles from Universal Orlando’s current theme parks in Southwest Orange County – specifically, south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.
“Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” Mr. Williams said at the time the project was announced. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”