Park Meets and Exceeds Standards Set for Animal Care
VALLEJO, Calif. — September 16, 2019 — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, in association with the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), one of the largest nonprofit wildlife organizations in the country, today announced that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom received ZAA accreditation for demonstrating the highest level of professional standards in animal welfare, safety, and ethics for the animals in their care. This includes dolphins, sea lions, alligators, sharks, giraffes, tigers and many other exotic wildlife species.
“I would like to congratulate Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on the successful completion of their ZAA facility accreditation assessment and audit!” said John Seyjagat, ZAA Executive Director.
“Accreditation is an important part of ZAA’s facility membership program and exemplifies our organization’s commitment to excellence in animal husbandry, and facility operations. Six Flags continued support in promoting the responsible ownership, management and propagation of animals in their accredited facility has continued to meet the objectives of ZAA.
“As a unique combination animal and thrill park, it is incredibly special and important to receive this designation from ZAA.” said Dianne Cameron, Animal Care Director, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. “This accreditation further establishes our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for the animals at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.”
ZAA is a non-profit membership-based accrediting organization dedicated to responsible wildlife management, conservation, and education. Member facilities range in size from 2 to 1,800 acres, each with 10 to 8,000 animals in their care and are composed of wildlife educators, rescue facilities, TV and film industry animal experts, wildlife preserves, small community zoos, large zoological facilities, and conservation organizations.
As a result of meeting and exceeding the high standards involved in receiving this accreditation, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is joining a select group of more than 60 leading member facilities to qualify for this prestigious designation.
The accreditation process through ZAA includes evaluation of animal care and husbandry, vet care, nutrition, enrichment, security and safety, facility aesthetics and maintenance, record keeping, and a thorough review of policies, procedures, and protocols. The intensive and comprehensive review process is widely recognized by federal, state, and local government agencies.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom features more than 60 rides and attractions, including unique, up close and interactive animal experiences. For more information, visit: sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.
Six Flags 2020 Memberships and Season Passes are currently on sale. Members can now enjoy priority park entry, preferred parking and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Elite levels are available featuring all the perks of a Season Pass plus other benefits including admission to all Six Flags branded theme and waterparks, skip the line passes, unlimited soft drinks and much more! For more information, visit the Membership Sales Center or go online tosixflags.com/discoverykingdom and sign up.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visitwww.sixflags.com.
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About Zoological Association of America (ZAA)
Formed in 2005, the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) is the second largest trade association in the zoological sector; counting among its members some of the finest facilities in the United States. Along with accreditation for facilities that promote the highest standard of animal welfare, other key values of the non-profit organization include animal husbandry, conservation, education and research. For more information, please visit www.zaa.org.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT TO HOST INAUGURAL RUNNING UNIVERSAL EPIC CHARACTER RACE WEEKEND IN FEBRUARY 2020
Runners Will Race Through Two of Universal Orlando’s Incredible Theme Parks During First-Ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Ready… Set… Universal! On February 1 & 2, 2020, Running Universal comes to Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort will host its first-ever Running Universal Epic Character Race 5K and 10K and give runners a first-ever opportunity to race through Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure during an action-packed race weekend surrounded by some of the most iconic characters in pop culture.
Built on the success of the Running Universal races at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando’s Epic Character Race will provide runners with the chance to race surrounded by their favorite characters within some of the most immersive theme park environments ever created. Runners in this historic race will have the option to run multiple course lengths, including a 5K and a 10K, through two of Universal Orlando’s theme parks, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.
Along with earning an Instagram-worthy medal, runners in each race will have the opportunity to participate in unique photo opportunities with their favorite characters along the race routes, earn exclusive swag to commemorate their experience and more.
Registration, theme park tickets and vacation packages go on sale in October but training begins now. For more information on Running Universal’s Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/RunningUniversal.
The Hit Series Featured at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Expands to the Hotel With a Special Pop-Up Photo Experience
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just got a whole lot stranger. From now until October 31, guests can go further into the Upside Down as Netflix’s “Stranger Things” springs to life in select areas of the hotel.
Guests will get an exclusive look inside the iconic Byers’ living room from season one, and fan-favorite ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy, from season three of the hit sci-fi series through special photo pop-ups in the hotel. The pop-ups will be open daily from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. (hours may vary) on the second floor of Cabana Bay Beach Resort and are exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests. Guests must show a room key to gain access to this exclusive pop-up experience – Cabana Bay guests will receive priority access, while guests of the other Universal Orlando Resort hotels will queue in a standby line.
“Stranger Things” will also come to life in the hotel with unique theming and décor inspired by the series, including Will’s iconic sprawling tunnel map adorning the staircase in the lobby and specially-themed pizza boxes from Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Delizioso Pizza that guests can receive when ordering a late-night snack.
“Halloween Horror Nights” runs on select nights until Saturday, November 2, bringing the most terrifying names in horror to life in 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Universal Orlando guests who stay at one of the resort’s seven hotels will receive complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk in addition to special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate, each event night until 8 p.m.
For more information or to book a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, click here.
Major Changes, All New Experiences Join Fan Favorites for 2019 Haunt Season
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 --- THOUSAND OAKS, CA --- Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the most highly-acclaimed, award-winning walk-through Haunted Houses in California and across the entire U.S., reveals thrilling additions and all-new effects to create an astounding production for its 20th consecutive season in 2019. Featuring a record-breaking 115 bone-chilling rooms, 9 inter-connected horror themed attractions, all indoors and covering 25,000 square feet of floor space in the single largest indoor haunted house in Southern California, Reign of Terror will open 16 nights, starting September 28, and running October 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 and November 2 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 - 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 - 11 p.m. on Saturdays. On average, it takes 25 minutes or more to complete a walk-through of thismassive haunted house.
An entirely new section, called “Containment”, premieres as Reign of Terror’s 9th haunted attraction. All hope is lost for the residents inside Containment, who managed to avoid the horrible mutations of Quarantine, yet are doomed to forever be restrained from the public, until outsiders unwittingly provoke the worst. Also new for 2019 is “Widow’s Den”, an eerie experience that lures a special kind of dreadful anticipation for visitors. New hair-raising special effects, spectacular props and a massive horde of new live action characters add to frightful thrills galore. The existing “Asylum” attraction has also been re-imagined and re-organized as never seen before.
Reign of Terror’s incredible high level of detail, theming and overall fun will be evident again across all the changes made to existing attractions: Miner’s Revenge, Asylum, The Victorian Haunted Mansion, Inbred, Casa Blood, Infected, Quarantine and Fun House. Fan favorites, including “The White-Out Experience”, “Slime Bog”, and the “Vortex Tunnel” return, each creating uniquely disturbing encounters.
In addition, due to popular demand, a “Lights OUT” special event, will run on Saturday, November 2. Visitors to “Lights OUT” walk through all 115 rooms in total darkness, lit only by one small glow stick per group. It is highly recommended for visitors to come to Lights OUT as their bonus, end of season extra visit, only after visiting Reign of Terror’s regular production where all lighting and special effects run as usual. This will allow visitors of Lights OUT to truly appreciate and enjoy how different it is.
For a preview of the haunted house, visit www.ROThauntedhouse.com
Ticket prices range from $17 to $25 for general admission and $30 to $40 for express entry admission. Tickets are available for purchase with credit cards now online at www.ROThauntedhouse.com . Tickets can be purchased at the event as well at the Reign of Terror Box Office at Janss Marketplace starting 6:30 p.m. each night. Box Office sales are cash only, and an ATM is located nearby for convenience. Anyone holding a ticket and in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.
Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill-seekingfans over 13 years old. It is not designed for small children or sensitive adults. However, it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with children under 13, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 19 and October 26 from 1 - 4 p.m. Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular, white lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults, payable in cash only at the Box Office on the day of the tour.
Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than good scares and fun times, by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 25,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.
Each year, Janss Marketplace’s annual donation benefits the District's Thousand Oaks Teen Center, Young Artists Ensemble programs, and the Conejo Theatre for Everyone, which gives special needs youth the opportunity to perform. Over the past ten years Reign of Terror at Janss Marketplace has generated over $300,000 in donations.
Reign of Terror Haunted House 2019 Quick Facts
- 20th year in consecutive operation
- Open 16 nights
- Over 115 custom horror themed rooms to walk through
- 9 different, interconnected attractions target a different type of fear
- Covers 25,000 sq feet of indoor floor space, making it the single largest indoor haunted house in all of Southern California.
- New Characters: A horde of new gruesome characters will join our army of scare actors to lurk among our rooms
- New Attraction: “Containment” – See how these restrained victims react to your unwelcome presence
- New Experience: “Widows Den”- Avoid being wrapped up in a point of no return
- New Props, New Effects: Upgrades and new effects have been added throughout.
- Special Event Adventure: “Lights OUT” – After you see Reign of Terror once, come back again on November 2 to be terrified all over again, this time in TOTAL darkness.
Reign of Terror Haunted House won numerous haunt industry awards including,
- "Oscares Award, Best Haunt", from The Haunted Attraction Association(National)
- "Must See Haunt in the U.S. (one of 31 nationwide)" from Haunted Attraction Magazine
- "Best Professional Haunt", from CreepyLA
- "Best Halloween Attraction in Los Angeles", from Hollywood Gothique
About Janss Marketplace
Janss Marketplace is a community destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Conejo Valley, located at 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Anchor tenants at Janss Marketplace include Burlington, DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports, Old Navy, Regal Movie Theater, Buca di Beppo and more. Please visit Janss Marketplace Facebook page or JanssMarketplace.net for more information.
About NewMark Merrill Companies
NewMark Merrill Companies, LLC owns or manages a portfolio of over 70 shopping centers valued at more than $2 billion. Since 1987 President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Sigal has led the company of shopping centers representing over 1,500 tenants and 10 million square feet in California, Colorado and Illinois. The Company has founded and invested heavily in BrightStreet Ventures, its technology company, which is working on leading edge solutions for landlords and tenants to succeed in today’s retail environment. For more information, visit NewMarkMerrill.com.
Tickets available for 24-hours only at DarkHorizonOrlando.com
Florida’s most anticipated pop-up haunt, Dark Horizon: Point of No Return, is offering a frighteningly good flash sale in celebration of Friday the 13th. For 24-hours only, guests can purchase tickets to select nights of Dark Horizon for only $13 each.
Starting at 12:00AM EST through 11:59PM EST on Friday, September the 13th, thrill-seekers and haunt-fans can purchase a ticket to Dark Horizon for $13 each. Use promo code FRIDAY13 for general admission to the inaugural event on select nights, including opening night October 10, 2019.
Dark Horizon: Point of No Return
14500 Continental Gateway Dr.
Orlando, Florida 32821
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.darkhorizonorlando.com/. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online with Happy Haunting Hour, Fast Fright, Evil Express, Ultimate Scream tickets and Storm Cellar R.I.P. Lounge keys available.