ELECTRIC EEL TO OPEN EVEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
SeaWorld announces that San Diego’s tallest, fastest roller coaster now to open May 10!
WHAT: SeaWorld has an EEL-ectrifying update: Electric Eel, San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, is now set to open May 10! Construction continues to progress extremely well, allowing the park to launch the new, 62-mph, 150-foot-tall coaster even earlier.
WHEN: Electric Eel set to open to the public on May 10, 2018
WHERE: SeaWorld San Diego
DETAILS: Electric Eel will feature an exhilarating triple-launch experience with high-energy twists and heart-pounding loops. This new coaster will EELectrify even the bravest thrill seekers, making them feel like an eel as they slither and dart around the track. Electric Eel will be SeaWorld’s most thrilling ride and San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. The Electric Eel area will also feature an interactive learning experience called Mission: Deep Discovery. A habitat with mysterious moray eels, which was opened as part of the new Ocean Explorer attraction in summer 2017, is adjacent to Electric Eel.
“Time is only an illusion, there is only the now.”
--Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda
…And In the Spirt of Now, Universal Studios Hollywood Announces that Its All-New DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” Will Officially Open on June 15
Universal City, CA, April 17, 2018 – Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”
Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience.
Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.
With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.
Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.
Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests will enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180-degree action.
The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a three-dimensional usher asleep on the job.
As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios onInstagram and Twitter.
Six Flags Great America Launches New Holiday in the Park®
Park to Extend into Winter Season for New Tradition
GURNEE, IL. — April 11, 2018 — For the first time in the park’s 42-year history, Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, is extending its operating season and inviting guests of all ages to be a part of the festivities at the new Six Flags Holiday in the Park® . This spectacular event — making its Six Flags Great America debut — features more than one million LED lights, beautifully adorned Christmas trees, thrilling rides, enchanting shows, delicious seasonal food and dazzling park décor. Holiday in the Park will premiere on Friday, November 23 and run weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31.
“Six Flags is creating a new season of thrills as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a million dazzling lights and all the magical sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays,” said Park President, Hank Salemi. “We are excited to extend our operating calendar and make Gurnee the premier place to spend the holiday season.”
Additional highlights of Holiday in the Park include:
Holiday In The Park® will be the largest holiday celebration in the region and promises to become a time-honored tradition that can only be experienced at Six Flags Great America. Holiday in the Park is included with a 2018 Six Flags Great America Season Pass and Membership. Members can now enjoy priority park entry and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Members also receive skipthe-line passes, sneak previews, and extended ride times on some of their favorite rides and attractions. For more information about the 2018 season at Six Flags Great America, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/newfor2018.
About Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor
Two great parks, one destination! Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with soon to be 16 heart-pounding roller coasters, a 20- acre water park, spectacular shows, four children’s themed areas with over 30 rides and a nighttime parade. Holiday in the Park® is a registered trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.4 billion in revenue and 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 57 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com
SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL EXTENDED: San Diego’s premier food, beer and
wine event, SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, will serve up extra helpings of internationally-inspired gourmet treats, craft beer, wine and live music performances two additional weekends (April 21–22 and 28–29) at SeaWorld San Diego. For the fourth straight year, SeaWorld offers fall-off-the-bone, bite-sized dishes that allow food connoisseurs to taste life to the fullest. Park guests can feast their eyes, ears and taste buds on more than 55 food samples, 70 brews, a dozen wines and a boatload of sweet-tune performances by renowned musicians pulled straight from San Diego’s music scene. For more information, visit
SAN DIEGO’S TALLEST, FASTEST COASTER FIRST RIDERS: With the purchase of a SeaWorld Annual Pass, card holders can be among the first to ride SeaWorld’s Electric Eel coaster. Scheduled to open to the public Saturday, May 12, Electric Eel will propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station at more than 60 mph in seconds, before rocketing skyward nearly 150 feet. To cap all this off, Pass Members receive 12 months of unlimited admission with free general parking, special member-only events,
discounts on in-park purchases and no blackout dates. Plus, every visit to a SeaWorld parkhelps support SeaWorld’s animal rescue efforts, with more than 31,000 and counting.
AQUATICA SPLASH PASS: Now is the time for Aquatica fans to buy and save with a Splash Pass . For less than the cost of a single-day admission, water park enthusiasts can soak up fun in the sun all summer long for just $46! This limited-time offer is bound to end soon! With an Aquatica Splash Pass in hand, visitors to SeaWorld’s waterpark can enjoy rides and slides that combine high-speed thrills or just relax on a sandy beach with the amenities of a beachside resort. Plus, starting this season, the fun will literally be powered by the sun, with the soon-to-be completed elevated solar panel project that will generate 0 to 0 percent of the park’s annual energy use. Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark, located in Chula Vista, opens for its sixth
season May 25. For more information, visit www.AquaticaSanDiego.com.
SEAWORLD CELEBRATES WORLD PENGUIN DAY: On Wednesday, April 25, SeaWorld San Diego will celebrate World Penguin Day with Aviculturist’s Talks. Bird keepers inside the park’s 25-degree, snow-filled Penguin Encounter will be mic’d up to answer questions and share fascinating penguin facts with park guests in the attraction’s viewing gallery. SeaWorld San Diego has the world’s only emperor penguin colony in the western hemisphere, with 21 successful hatching since 1980. World Penguin Day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Check the park’s website for a schedule of Aviculturist’s Talks.
LARGEST LEGO® MODEL INSTALLED AT LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT!
Hiring Continues at the new Hotel as Master Model Builders Work to Install Final LEGO® Models
CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – With just 20 days to the grand opening of the new LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort, Master Model Builders are installing the final LEGO® models for guests to enjoy. There will be more than 2,000 LEGO models in all, with the largest model being a Royal Statue featuring a king, queen, jester, knight, wizard and princess. It took more than 1200 hours to create and is made out of more than 250,000 LEGO bricks.
Knights, Princesses and Wizards aren’t the only ones who will be entertaining guests at the 250-room regal hotel…LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is still hiring for the 250 overall jobs needed. Servers, bartenders, cooks, managers, bussers and more are being hired right now for the Dragon’s Den Restaurant and interested applicants can apply at www.LEGOLAND.com/WorkatCastleHotel LEGOLAND Castle Hotel officially opens to the public on April 27, 2018.
LEGOLAND California Resort is accepting reservations for the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. For more information on booking hotel reservations, please visit: www.LEGOLAND.com/castlehotel.