SeaWorld Orlando’s All-New Infinity Falls Opening Summer 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 18, 2018) – Construction is coming to a close at SeaWorld Orlando as Infinity Falls – the highly anticipated new attraction opening at SeaWorld Orlando this summer – takes its place in the Orlando skyline. The record-breaking new attraction was “topped off” over the weekend as cranes lifted the final piece of the rides iconic blue and gray tower into place. The whimsical tower structure, blending modern architecture with ancient ruins, reaches a height of 67 feet and surrounds the attractions unique vertical lift. The 41-ton steel tower, made up of 10 pre-fabricated segments, took crews five nights to install. When it opens, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride.
The new attraction brings the thrill of white-water rafting into a new experience the family can enjoy together. Aboard the rides 8-passenger circular rafts, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature dynamic drops and turns, interactive water elements, and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative vertical lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop in just over five seconds.
The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the basecamp and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.
SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can be among the first to ride Infinity Falls when it opens. The park plans to announce an opening date in the coming weeks. Right now, Florida residents can purchase a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass for less than $15 per month with EZpay.
Get the latest Infinity Falls updates by following SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook, Instagram and the SeaWorld Orlando Blog.
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World’s Largest Halloween and Horror Convention Set to Terrify and Thrill More Than 20,000 Guests at Long Beach Convention Center July 28-29 with Biggest Production Yet
LONG BEACH, CA - Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention, returns July 28-29 to the Long Beach Convention Center for a weekend of chilling delights. More than 20,000 fans of all things macabre will descend on Southern California from near and far to witness and participate in Midsummer’s biggest production yet, returning for its third year to Los Angeles.
World-Class Panels and Presentations
Midsummer Scream features unparalleled presentations all weekend on two stages within the convention center, the largest being the Grand Ballroom, which seats 2,000 cheering fans. The show features exclusive productions by Southern California’s major Halloween destinations including Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s Horror Made Here, Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor - as they unveil what horrific surprises they have in store for the Halloween season!
For the first time ever, Midsummer Scream is actively bridging the gap between East and West Coast haunters and fans, with the inclusion of several prominent individuals from the Central Florida community on hand. These special guests include Mike Aiello, Senior Director of Entertainment Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort; Scott Swenson, beloved by fans for his involvement with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream, and Vault of Souls haunted attraction; and Ricky Brigante, Founder of Inside the Magic, and Producer at Pseudonym Productions.
Other presentations for 2018 that will thrill audiences include an Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 30th Anniversary career retrospective with Cassandra Peterson; a 25thAnniversary of Hocus Pocus presentation featuring a panel of creatives responsible for bringing the classic movie to life; various immersive experience discussions with leading industry pros; an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming documentary Epic Home Haunts; exciting presentations by media powerhouses Buzzfeed Unsolved, and Shockwaves LIVE! featuring filmmaker Tom Holland; and much more!
Massive Show Floor
This year’s vendor show floor will feature over 250 spooky vendors and talented artisans selling everything from unique art to clothing, jewelry, decorative sculptures, Halloween decorations, professional haunt props, and everything in between.
In addition to an amazing array of shopping options, the show floor is abuzz with fantastic activations as well, including a children’s arts and crafts area, escape room experiences, virtual reality exhibits, stunning makeup demonstrations, make-and-take classes, photo ops, and even an on-the-spot interview center for Knott’s Scary Farm where they will be seeking numerous souls to hire for this year’s Haunt event.
Thrilling Hall of Shadows
Midsummer Scream’s thrilling Hall of Shadows will return in 2018, taking up residence in its own 80,000-square-foot hall within the Long Beach Convention Center. This extremely popular component of Midsummer Scream is a virtual Halloween theme park set in the dark, where brave visitors can trek through more than a dozen haunted house attractions, check out stunning live performances by the high-energy Decayed Brigade “slider” team, and enjoy a creepy assortment of artists on the Hall’s first-ever performance stage. This year, the Hall of Shadows will also include a hand-picked selection of exhibitors and vendors showing off their wares under very dim, ambient light.
All the thrills and chills of Hall of Shadows take place behind a massive Castle Frankenstein façade and entry experience celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, brought to life by the incredibly talented men and women of CalHauntS.
Ghastly Entertainment Options
Guests attending Midsummer Scream will find all areas of the venue oozing with live entertainment, from the Hall of Shadows to the Theatre Macabre. Force of Nature Productions returns for its second year at Midsummer with a chilling new experience, and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group returns once again to shock and delight with yet another installment of their wildly-popular, adults-only show, Urban Death.
HorrorBuzz.com once again will host Midsummer’s “Screaming Room” featuring short horror films and special programming throughout the weekend.
In addition to live theatre, scary flicks, and twisted performances, Midsummer Scream encourages - and attracts - cosplayers from across the United States dressing up as favorite characters, horror icons, and just about everything else scary or sexy… or both!
Black Cat Adoptions
Midsummer Scream proudly partners with Kitten Rescue Los Angeles once again, creating the fan-favorite Black Cat Lounge - an adorable free-roam kitty zone where guests can play with, cuddle, and adopt very special pets in need of forever homes. While the Midsummer Scream team loves everything scary, they firmly believe no animal in need of love should live in fear, which is why they invite guests to open their hearts and homes to these wonderful kitties each year.
Special Guest Appearances
While Midsummer Scream isn’t an “autograph show” and it doesn’t feature a “celebrity row” like other conventions, the show does attract celebrities who often appear with vendors at their booths on the show floor. In some cases, celebrities attending Midsummer will sign autographs and take photos with fans for an additional fee. Confirmed special guests for 2018 include Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Bela Lugosi Jr., Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses, Westworld), Philip Friedman (Insidious), LeeAnna Vamp (actress, cosplay queen), Kimberly J. Brown (Halloweentown), Barbara Magnolfi (Susperia), and more. Keep your eyelids peeled… you never know who you’ll bump into at Midsummer Scream!
Midsummer Scream After Dark
When the sun goes down on Saturday, July 28, things really get wicked at Midsummer Scream After Dark. This after-hours party for guests 18+ will include a live DJ spinning a ghoulishly fabulous catalog of dark wave and goth favorites in the Grand Ballroom, a costume contest where the winner will crawl home with a $500 cash prize, a special screening of Child’s Play with director Tom Holland giving live commentary, an extra-naughty magic show by Mudd the Magnificent, and ample space to chill with a cocktail and network the night away with friends old and new.
Tickets for Midsummer Scream 2018 are now on sale at MidsummerScream.org, including a special Gold Bat Weekend Pass, which gives guests priority entry to all panel presentations, front of line access to each of the haunts in Hall of Shadows, an hour early entry each day at 10 AM to the show floor and Hall of Shadows, and complimentary admission to Midsummer Scream After Dark!
Halloween 2018 begins July 28 in Long Beach - we’ll see you there!
About Midsummer Scream
Midsummer Scream is presented by David Markland and Claire Dunlap of Black Cat Orange (formerly CreepyLA Productions), Gary Baker, Johanna Atilano, and Rick West of Theme Park Adventure. Its goal is to showcase the diversity of Southern California’s haunt and horror community as a welcoming beacon for fans around the world to converge on Los Angeles for a weekend of excitement, networking and non-stop spookery! Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope for breaking updates and information.
Universal Orlando Resort’s all-new nighttime lagoon show – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – officially opens tonight at Universal Studios Florida. Guests now have a brand-new way to cap off their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an “epic cinema under the stars” in the heart of the theme park.
The show seamlessly blends panoramic water screens accented by multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics, lasers, projection mapping and more than 120 dancing fountains to transform the lagoon and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of beloved characters from Universal attractions and some of the world’s biggest films. And guests will watch it all come to life in an all-new dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show.
Guests will witness moments from the Harry Potter film series conjured by way of spells, terrifying roars from Jurassic World dinosaurs, high-octane action from the Fast & Furious films, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and more come to life each night in the heart of the Universal Studios lagoon.
Click here to get a glimpse of the new show.
Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration runs select nights this summer. Guests can now enjoy two spectacular nighttime shows during their visit to Universal Orlando Resort this summer – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Universal Studios Florida and The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
For more information, dates and times for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Continues to Spellbind Guests with Exciting Wand Magic Experiences,
Wizarding Apparel, All-New Butterbeer Ice Cream and the
Highly-Anticipated Return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle”
Universal City, CA, July 12, 2018 -- From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which has introduced new wand magic experiences, authentic apparel and costume replicas, the return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and all-new menu items including Butterbeer™ ice cream, arriving just in time for summer.
❖ With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.
❖ Butterbeer Ice Cream is now being served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™. The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge. Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat.
❖ Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:
o Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard
o Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges
o Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges
❖ Guests can channel their inner wizards at GladragsWizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms,including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase. New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes. Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.
❖ Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin's Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.
❖ “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” have returned for a limited time only.
As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The NighttimeLights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.
From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streetsto the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.
The architecturally stunning land also includes thecaptivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.
Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalkentertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
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JACKSON, NJ – July 16, 2018 – Six Flags Great Adventure welcomes three new Eurasian lynx cubs. The two female and one male bouncy cubs weighed just two pounds each upon arrival, but will grow to an average of 30 to 50 lbs. Females “Patches” and “Laila” and male “Ovi” can be seen at Camp Aventura on the Safari Off Road Adventure.
Eurasian lynx are born with dark ear tufts, signature to their species. The fuzzy felines are native to cold climates and have webbed feet to help them walk on snow. This medium-sized wild cat is regarded as a solitary, powerful predator.
Six Flags Great Adventure, home to more than 70 different species of animals, features other big cats such as Bengal and Siberian tigers and African lions.