Innovative Topiaries, Fresh Flavors and Captivating Concerts Blossom at EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival March 1 – July 5, 2023
New topiaries, more than 50 new food offerings and exciting new merchandise collections welcome guests to this beloved springtime celebration
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (February 27, 2023) – Spring is in bloom at EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! Beginning March 1 and continuing through July 5, 2023, EPCOT will blossom with innovative topiaries, fresh flavors and high-energy concerts for the whole family to enjoy.
Over 127 days, guests can explore lush gardens, sample sweet and savory bites with refreshing sips, and shop new merchandise collections featuring Orange Bird, Snow White and Figment. Starting at sunset, festival guests can celebrate with a vibrant spectacle of light on Spaceship Earth set to a fresh and fun new soundtrack.
Enchanting Topiaries and Bright Blossoms
Making their debut this year, topiaries of Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning “Encanto” greet guests in the main entrance of EPCOT. Each imaginative topiary features details inspired by each character, including Isabela creating beautiful flowers between her hands and an illuminated butterfly for Mirabel.
A new topiary of Princess Tiana from the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Princess and the Frog” graces The American Adventure in World Showcase featuring a stunning ballgown and illuminated fireflies. In the France pavilion, Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries return with innovative new elements, including lit candles for Lumiere and a working clock for Cogsworth.
More than 200,000 bedding plants are added to the gardens of EPCOT for the festival, including an additional 60,000 bedding plants that create the iconic floral designs that make up the World Celebration East & West Lakes. The Dragon topiary, located in the Japan pavilion, is composed of sun-loving succulent plants, adding bursts of colors to the nearly 20-foot-long display.
Because this year’s festival will be celebrated across two seasons, plant displays will also evolve with the weather, making for true seasonal beauty and detail. Guests visiting during both spring and summer months may see new selections as the season changes.
Find Fresh Flavors at Outdoor Kitchens
With more than 15 Outdoor Kitchens located throughout the park, guests can enjoy the freshest flavors as spring gives way to summer, including more than 50 new food and drink items.
Citrus flavors abound at The Citrus Blossom, now located at the Odyssey, including Orange Sesame Tempura Shrimp with Orange-Chile Sauce; Citrus Baked Brie with preserved lemon marmalade, limoncello-macerated blueberries and spiced Marcona almonds; and a light and airy lemon meringue pie.
Befitting Princess Tiana’s residence nearby, Magnolia Terrace in the American Adventure pavilion features a menu with several new Louisiana-inspired bites and sips, including Muffuletta Panini with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss with olive salad; Crawfish Pie, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Bayou Cocktail, featuring Bayou spiced rum, coconut rum, fruit punch, and orange juice. The crowd-pleasing Spicy Chicken Gumbo with andouille sausage and BEN’S ORIGINAL™ Long Grain & Wild Rice returns to round out the menu.
To showcase the freshest flavors of the season, EPCOT Farmers Feast near Test Track® presented by Chevrolet® will offer a rotating menu, changing three times throughout the festival, featuring the finest local ingredients. Highlights include Spice Cake with cream cheese icing and candied pecans and parsnip on the Early Bloom Menu; Grilled Swordfish with crushed fingerling potatoes, pea and mint purée, grilled asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc on the Springtime Menu; and Sweet Corn Crème Brûlée with corn biscotti on the Summer Solstice Menu.
Guests can also take a tasty tour through the gardens and explore EPCOT with Garden Graze, a fresh food stroll highlighting 11 delicious sweet and savory plant-based offerings – all listed in the Festival Passport.
Captivating Concerts Nightly at Garden Rocks
The ever-popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the America Garden Theatre this spring featuring internationally recognized artists Friday through Monday and local Orlando talent rocking the house Tuesday through Thursday. This year’s lineup includes:
In addition to enjoying the festival, guests can explore the endless possibilities that EPCOT has to offer. Help save the galaxy on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, shrink to the size of Remy on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, dine with Disney Princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and so much more. Now through March 31, guests can also take advantage of their last opportunity to enjoy Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration by hunting for golden statues featured in the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection. Through April 2, guests can finish their day of fun with the sights and sounds of “Harmonious,” a nighttime spectacular celebrating the power of Disney music and stories to inspire and unite us all.
The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is included with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. Guests can visit DisneyWorld.com for more information about planning their visit.
Serengeti Flyer, the World’s Tallest and Fastest Ride of its Kind, Officially Opens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. (February 27, 2023) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest ride, Serengeti Flyer, is now open for all guests. The park’s latest attraction, which opened today, is the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, providing riders with breathtaking views of the park’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain.
Serengeti Flyer features twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher, reaching speeds of 68 mph, a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak and the pulse-pounding thrill of multiple negative-G moments. The park’s new thrill features the capability to adjust the ride’s intensity level, giving guests the opportunity for a milder or wilder experience. Serengeti Flyer allows 40 guests to experience the ride at once, seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas.
“Thrills are in full swing at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with yet another exciting record-setting ride for our guests to enjoy,” said Neal Thurman, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “As the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, Serengeti Flyer joins a world-class portfolio of attractions, offering breathtaking views of the park and a one-of-a-kind experience for all our guests.”
Annual Passes and Fun Cards Offer the Best Way to Play
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Annual Pass is the best way to enjoy an entire year of thrilling attractions and exciting seasonal events. Categorized in easy-to-use tiers, all options provide guests with unlimited year-round admission and unbeatable benefits like free parking, in-park discounts and monthly rewards starting as low as $15.
Additionally, those interested in paying for a day and playing all year can take advantage of the current buy-one-get-one Fun Card offer. For a limited time, guests purchasing a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Fun Card will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE.
Guests can visit BuschGardensTampa.com to purchase tickets and learn more about the Annual Pass program’s benefits and monthly rewards, the current special offer for the 2023 Fun Card and stay in the know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and Twitter.
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, an AZA accredited zoo 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 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.
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Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces New Spring Break After-Hours Haunt Event and All-New Food Festival
New Scream Break After-Hours Event Includes Exclusive Haunted Attractions, Coasters, Entertainment and Food
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — February 23, 2023 — Six Flags Magic Mountain, the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, today announced new and exciting Spring Break events for daily operations from March 9 through April 16. The theme park brings Spring Break to life with thrills and chills for guests all of ages, including the introduction of a unique after-hours haunt event, Scream Break, and an all-new Tacos & Beer Fest.
“We’re thrilled to be introducing exciting new events and celebrations for our guests to enjoy in 2023, starting with two brand-new Spring Break experiences, Scream Break and Tacos & Beer Fest,” said Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President Don McCoy. “These two new events take thrills to the max with unique activities, including exclusive haunted attractions and specialty food items. We’re excited to bring Spring Break to life with the most coasters on the planet and so much more for families and thrill-seekers alike,” he added.
The thrillingly-unique Scream Break after-hours event offers 14 nights of screams and a new, exciting way to experience the park from 9:00pm to midnight from March 18 to April 16, Fridays – Sundays only. Several exciting benefits of attending this event include:
All guests, including Pass Holders, that attend Scream Break will be required to purchase an event-specific ticket. Guests can get an extra dose of vitamin SCREAM with an Extreme Scream Break Pass valid all 14 nights, including parking. For more details, visit sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/scream-break.
The all-new Tacos & Beer Fest provides foodie-lovers even more culinary delights, with an assortment of specialty tacos, exclusive desserts, and unique beverages, daily from March 9 through April 16. With the purchase of a Tacos & Beer Fest Tasting Pass, guests can enjoy a taste of thrills with new offerings including some delicious specialties:
Additional Spring Break festivities include a host of thrilling experiences:
Our 2023 Spring Pass Sale starts on March 17! For a limited time, receive a free upgrade to a Platinum Pass and enjoy thrills all season with visits to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, plus parking, admission to Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park, several new events and celebrations in 2023, and so much more. Visit sixflags.com/magicmountain for details.
Six Flags Jobs
Six Flags Magic Mountain is currently hiring all positions for Spring Break, plus Scream Break event-specific positions inlcuding monsters and scare actors. Team Members receive in-park discounts, rewards and recognitions, exclusive Team Member events, and more. Applicants, age 14 and older, can apply online at sixflags.com/magicmountain/jobs.
About Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, boasts 20 world-class roller coasters—more than any other theme park on the planet—and is home to more than 100 rides, games, and attractions, including roller coaster icons like Twisted Colossus, Tatsu, Full Throttle, and X2. For more information, visit sixflags.com/magicmountain.
BRICK IT HOME! LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT UNVEILS LEGO MODEL OF PETCO PARK, HOME OF THE SAN DIEGO PADRES!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 23, 2023) – Batter, Batter, Swing! Today, LEGOLAND® California Resort unveiled a LEGO® model of Petco Park, the home stadium of the San Diego Padres. The LEGO model, built with more than 150,000 bricks, will reside in the world’s first and only MINILAND U.S.A. version of San Diego debuting at LEGOLAND California on March 23.
The life-like ballpark took a team of four Master Model Builders a total of 1,200 hours to complete. The stadium is full of more than 1,000 colorful Minilanders cheering on the Padres and features a working video board displaying animated scenes. Earlier this week, before settling into its home at LEGOLAND California, the Petco Park model stopped by its namesake to enjoy spectacular ballpark views as the Padres’ grounds crew prepared the field for another fun-filled season of baseball.
Petco Park is an iconic addition to the world’s first LEGO version of San Diego at LEGOLAND California. For the new city, Master Model Builders drew inspiration from top San Diego neighborhoods and landmarks including the Rady Shell, Hotel Del Coronado, California Tower at Balboa Park, Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, and San Diego’s incredible coastline. The new addition – which is in the final stages of construction – will feature prominent scenes, settings and themes that make up the city’s DNA. The new San Diego attraction joins New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and San Francisco, all located in MINILAND U.S.A., the heart of the Park.
About LEGOLAND California Resort
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 The LEGO MOVIE WORLD based on the blockbuster films The LEGO® Movie™ and The LEGO® Movie™ 2: The Second Part. The new land fully immerses guests into the LEGO® Movie universe and places them onto the streets of Bricksburg. 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).
About Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates more than 140 attractions, 23 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its millions of guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its employees.
See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews.
California’s Great America invites guests to the all-new
PEANUTS Celebration, taking over the park April 1st - 30th
SANTA CLARA, CA – The brand-new PEANUTS Celebration welcomes beloved fans of all ages to join the PEANUTS gang for memorable, family-friendly fun starting April 1 through April 30. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, and your favorite characters as they take over the park, bringing joy and laughter for the young and the young at heart. An enticing menu of PEANUTS-inspired cuisine with exciting flavor combinations are sure to make happy bellies. Incredible photo ops have guests stepping into the iconic Charles M. Schulz comic strips, experiencing California’s Great America like never before!
Guests will not want to miss Happiness Is…, taking place at Celebration Plaza. The PEANUTS characters star in the musical surprise that teaches a lesson of self-discovery, the true bond of friendship, and the differences that make everyone special. Then, make way to Great America Theater where the PEANUTS gang jams out with the family-friendly indie band, The Jelly of the Month Club, for Snoopy’s Legendary Rooftop Concert. The fun continues at Planet Snoopy. Sally and Schroeder will host a collection of melodies in Music Goes ‘Round and Around, where they’ll have the audience dancing in the aisles. The perfect masterpiece can be drawn at PEANUTS Sketch School, also located in Planet Snoopy. Our resident art teacher offers step-by-step instructions to draw your favorite PEANUTS characters. The celebration keeps going at the Theater Royale for Spike’s Silent Disco. Snoopy’s brother, Spike, will be hosting a party bound to be the most fun guests can experience, dancing to upbeat tunes while wearing a set of headphones. Guests will get a chance to sing along with the characters as they ride in a cavalcade of cars for PEANUTS On the Go located at the 50s Gazebo. Afterwards, guests can get an opportunity to meet and take photos with their favorite characters.
With adventurous flavors and presentation, the food menu for PEANUTS Celebration is an experience in itself. American Café will offer four specialty hot dogs, including a taste testers’ favorite, “The Andy Dog.” This bacon-wrapped hot dog with caramelized onions, jalapeños, cotija cheese and chipotle aioli is served on a warm brioche bun. The Snack Shack will be the spot to try the Pulled Pork Mac ‘n’ Cheese, the Fried Pickle Chips with Honey Mustard, or both. Sweet Treats offers desserts such as the new “Tooty Fruity Funnel Cake” that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Or satisfy your craving with a twist on the classic PB&J by trying it deep fried in a funnel cake batter, topped with a generous amount of powdered sugar and yummy chocolate drizzle.
The five-week PEANUTS Celebration will have its opening weekend Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, and include special Thursday and Friday operational days throughout the month until April 30. The park will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in April, and 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, operational days.
The best way to enjoy the brand-new PEANUTS Celebration plus all of the other Seasons of Fun in 2023 is with a Season Pass. It includes unlimited visits throughout 2023, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. For tickets and more information about California’s Great America, please visit cagreatamerica.com or download the California’s Great America app for your smartphone. Join the conversation using the hashtag #CGAPeanutsCelebration
About California’s Great America and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:
California’s Great America is a 115-acre theme and waterpark located in Santa Clara, California. As Northern California’s premier amusement park, featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, and South Bay Shores waterpark, California’s Great America is the top destination for thrill-seekers and families alike. California’s Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive, and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Cedar Fair’s parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario.