SAN DIEGO’S TALLEST, FASTEST COASTER TO OPEN AT SEAWORLD MAY 12
With SeaWorld’s Annual Pass, fans can visit for a year and be among first to ride Electric Eel, all for less than $10 a month
SAN DIEGO (March 29, 2018) -- Electric Eel—San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with astounding loops, twists and airtime—opens to the public on May 12! Electric Eel features multiplelaunch experiences that propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 mph in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as they crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station.
Plus, Electric Eel will offer riders the only upside-down view of Mission Bay! With the purchase of a SeaWorld Annual Pass between now and May 12, members can be among the first to ride Electric Eel, and enjoy unlimited SeaWorld admission for a year, all for less than $10 a month.
“Electric Eel will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” said SeaWorld San Diego’s park president, Marilyn Hannes. “This new, first-of-its-kind coaster at SeaWorld will give riders the rare opportunity to feel what it’s like to move like an eel, twisting and flipping along nearly 900 feet of undulating track.”
Complementing the coaster are a hypnotic live eel habitat featuring a collection of California moray eels, and an interactive educational experience called Mission: Deep Discovery, which will allow a team of one to four players to embark on a virtual deep sea adventure aboard a manned-vehicle while they encounter the marvels of the deep ocean.
“We always strive to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld and give our guests experiences that matter with a blend of exciting rides and incredible animal and educational experiences,” SEAWORLD’S ELECTRIC EEL SET TO OPEN MAY 12 Page 2 added Hannes. “We want our guests from around the world to not only have a great time, but be inspired to care about the ocean and the animals that live there.”
Electric Eel will definitely get guests “charged up,” but it’s not the only electrifying experience at SeaWorld this summer: SeaWorld will debut the all-new Sesame Street Party Parade, starting May 5 and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays through July 1; and Electric Ocean, the award-winning nighttime entertainment extravaganza inspired by the bioluminescence of the ocean, returns June 16 and runs on select dates through Sept. 3. The best way to enjoy all that SeaWorld has to offer is with an Annual Pass, which is the greatest theme park value in Southern California, hands down. Priced at less than $10 a month, the SeaWorld Pass includes loads of benefits: 12 months of unlimited admission with no blockout dates, free general parking, special member-only events and discounts on in-park purchases. Plus, every visit to a SeaWorld park helps support SeaWorld’s animal rescue efforts, with more than 31,000 and counting.
SeaWorld is open 365 days a year and is located on SeaWorld Drive off of I-5. Park admission is $89.99 for ages 10 and older; $84.99 for ages 3–9. For more information about SeaWorld, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.
About SeaWorld: SeaWorld San Diego is one of the most popular marine parks in the world and is a global leader in marine animal care and welfare, education, conservation, research and rescue. Through exciting and educational attractions, shows and exhibits, SeaWorld creates fun and meaningful experiences—experiences that matter—where guests can explore, become inspired to care about animals and wild wonders of the world and to act to help protect them. SeaWorld San Diego, which opened in March of 1964, is one of 12 parks operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
NEW LIMITED-TIME OFFER FROM UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT – ENJOY TWO PARKS FROM JUST $45 PER DAY
CLICK HERE to take advantage of this unprecedented limited-time offer today
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 28, 2018) – A vacation to the ultimate vacation destination just became a bit more epic. Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new limited-time offer for U.S. and Canadian residents, allowing guests to save big on their next-level vacation.
From just $45 per day for a 2-park, 5-day ticket, guests can enjoy some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and Universal Studios Florida’s newest ride, Fast & Furious – Supercharged (opening Spring 2018).
Available for immediate purchase and valid for use through September 17, 2018, guests who take advantage of this limited-time offer can also witness two state-of-the-art nighttime experiences – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, running select nights at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and an all-new nighttime lagoon show, debuting this summer at Universal Studios Florida.
CLICK HERE to take advantage of this limited-time offer today. To learn more about Universal Orlando’s current ticket offers and vacation packages, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
SEAWORLD’S SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 29
Event Introduces Sizzling New Flavors and Latin Entertainment to Festival Lineup Starting Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 27, 2018) – Starting this weekend, SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Seven Seas Food Festival will be turning up the heat with new Latin-inspired menu items. The event will also feature performances from the hottest Latin artists every Saturday and Sunday starting with headliners Eddie Palmieri on March 31 and El Gran Combo on April 1. From authentic savory cuisine to upbeat Latin tunes, this event is a must-do in Central Florida that celebrates everything the Latin culture has to offer.
By popular demand, SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival has been extended through April 29, offering guests an additional two weekends to explore the 60 unique eats, 70 craft brews, and 50 wines and spirits.
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While new flavors tempt guests’ taste buds throughout the park, live entertainment will have guests out of their seats, dancing and singing to the beat. Popular reggaeton, salsa, Latin pop and merengue concerts will excite attendees each weekend at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium.
Seven Seas Food Festival Coastal Cuisine:
Beginning Saturday, March 31, the event takes delicious inspiration from Latin American flavor and tradition. Brand new menu items, prepared exclusively by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef Hector Colon, bring the distinct flavor of Latin American cuisine to life. Guests can savor:
The new menu items complement the Festival’s existing 12 culinary markets and their unique Asian, Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Polynesian and locally inspired dishes. To accompany each plate, guests can also enjoy 70 local and international craft brews and 50 wines and spirits including flavored mojitos, margaritas and sangria. A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival delights can be found online at SeaWorldOrlando.com/SevenSeas.
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival begins at select markets around the park at 11:00 a.m. with all locations in full operation by 12:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April 29.
Like all special events at SeaWorld, the Seven Seas Food Festival is included with park admission – including the festival’s concerts and performances at Bayside Stadium.
Best Way to Play:
The best way to experience the Seven Seas Food Festival all season long is with an Annual Pass. For a limited time, guests who purchase a SeaWorld Annual Pass receive Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, for free.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Seven Seas Food Festival details and information.
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About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, behavioral training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more information.
Scaling Adrenaline Peak
Oak’s Park New Euro-Fighter Thrills The Northwest
Portland, Oregon (March 24, 2018) – On a rainy Saturday guests lit up as they enjoyed their first ride on “Adrenaline Peak”, the new roller coaster at Oaks Amusement Park.
The attraction is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter 320 that stands 72 feet tall, sports a beyond-vertical first drop, and three inversions.
The park feels the new ride is taking them to new heights. Interim CEO George Kolibaba said, “I am pleased to announce a very successful implementation of the new roller coaster. This is a major step for our park and the success was due to many people’s hard work and commitment. We met our opening date, even with marginal weather, it was a true success. The site preparation was key and under the direction of Martin Daexle of Gerstlauer, WBF the setup company, and the local iron workers, [our team achieved] a new record for setup time. The Gerstlauer team of Martin and Tobias made us a winner. Thank you [also] to Ride Entertainment, Adam was always there to help us. We are looking forward to a great season.”
“This Euro-Fighter was a fantastic project and in many ways took us back to our roots,” said Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. “Our company began making unique, marketable roller coasters for small parks and Adrenaline Peak certainly fits that bill,” he said.
The coaster was certainly a media darling for much of the weekend. Reporters from around Oregon visited the park Friday to go for a ride, with some of the segments being repeated three or four times and registering as some of the most popular segments online. The brightly-painted coaster captured the attention of Oregonians of all ages.
“When a park like Oaks gets a new coaster it really is a reason to celebrate,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer at Ride Entertainment. “With its traditional rides and unique roller skating rink Oaks is iconic and what we think of as a classic American amusement park. Adrenaline Peak provides a new anchor for the property and a marketable asset that will be a draw for decades.”
Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides (Germany)
Model: Euro-Fighter 320
Height: 72 feet (22 meter)
Track Length: 1,049 feet (320 meter)
Number of Vehicles: 3
Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a renowned German manufacturer of amusement rides located in Munsterhausen, Germany. The company’s decades of experience creating amusement rides makes Gerstlauer the manufacturer of choice for amusement parks throughout the world.
About Ride Entertainment
Ride Entertainment is the sales partner for Gerstlauer and a world leader in providing Sales, Operations, Financial Partnerships, and Installations to the attractions industry. Find out more at www.RideEntertainment.com.
ALL OF DISNEY’S WONDERFUL WORLDS COME TOGETHER AT D23 EXPO—THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT — AUGUST 23–25, 2019, IN ANAHEIM, CALIF.
Advance Tickets on Sale August 23, 2018, for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever.
BURBANK, Calif. – March 26, 2018 – All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of August 23–25. Each of Disney’s magical worlds—including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars—will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from Disney theme parks, television, music, products, and films.
Highlights planned for D23 Expo include more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; a daily parade down the middle of the show floor; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade will be forthcoming.)
D23 Expo 2019 will feature a massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Guests can enjoy numerous shopping opportunities with D23 Expo-exclusive collectibles and more at an assortment of Disney and partner merchants, including the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more. All of the popular presentation venues will return, including Hall D23, the Expo Arena, Stage 28, and Center Stage.
D23’s sixth Expo follows the success of D23 Expo 2017, which drew tens of thousands of Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Guests were treated to appearances by such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jordan Fisher, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Hamill, Kristen Bell, Chris Hemsworth, Mandy Moore, and the stars of Disney’s Descendants. Guests had the chance to take a jump into a life-sized DuckTales money bin; were the first to see a full-scale model of Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts; and were able to enjoy a full-length concert from Disney Legend Alan Menken. They also enjoyed a look back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products coming from Disney.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 will go on sale at D23expo.com beginning August 23, 2018. Special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event—including an Early Bird Discount—will be exclusively available to D23 Gold Members. Additional special benefits will also be available to D23 Gold and Charter Members at the 2019 Expo. D23 Gold Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities. Ticket prices will be announced later this summer.
About D23 Expo
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, products, theme parks, and celebrities. Presentations, talent, and schedules are subject to change. For the latest D23 Expo news, visit D23expo.com. To join the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney with member-exclusive discounts; a collectible annual member gift; special events around the country; its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a member-exclusive website at D23.com; and access to the latest breaking Disney news and exciting opportunities throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at shopDisney.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.