STEP INTO THE SURF LIFESTYLE: UNIVERSAL’S ENDLESS SUMMER RESORT – SURFSIDE INN AND SUITES WILL WELCOME ITS FIRST GUESTS ON JUNE 27, 2019
Universal Orlando Resort’s most affordable hotel option, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, will open on June 27, 2019.
This all-new Value category hotel will be the perfect space for the entire family to kick back and relax with both standard rooms and 2 Bedroom Suites available. Plus, guests will enjoy the exclusive benefits that come with staying at a Universal Orlando hotel, including Early Park Admission, complimentary shuttle bus transportation to and from the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more, creating a seamless vacation experience.
For more information and to book a stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Surfside.
NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST LEGOLAND® THEME PARK TURNS 20 AS LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA CELEBRATES A BRICKTACULAR BIRTHDAY!
First 1,000 Kids to Receive LEGO® Minifigure Hands in Honor of Park’s Birthday!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 20, 2019) –Let the party begin! LEGOLAND® California turns 20 years old today. The family theme park in Carlsbad, CA celebrated the historic day with a special Park opening ceremony filled with entertainers, LEGO® characters, stilt walkers, and a one-of-a kind 10-foot LEGO® birthday cake. Since opening its doors in 1999 with 12 rides and Miniland U.S.A., North America’s first LEGOLAND® theme park has grown into a multi-day destination with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, a 10-acre water park, two-story aquarium and two interactive LEGO® themed hotels.
In honor of the special birthday, LEGOLAND California is handing out free child-size Minifigure hands to the first 1,000 kids entering the Park. The LEGO birthday cake, created out of more than 100,000 LEGO bricks, will also be on display showcasing the many attractions that have been added to the family theme park since it opened 20 years ago including a LEGO submarine, representing the Park’s newest ride, LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride.
The birthday kicks off a year-long celebration that includes a new interactive Birthday Dance Party, LEGO Friends birthday show, exclusive birthday desserts, pop badges and more. The new shows can be seen daily now through Sept. 1 and are filled with singing, dancing and characters for all families to enjoy. Plus, LEGOLAND California is paying the birthday fun forward to its younger guests – all children ages 12 and under get free admission on their birthday all year long!
All 20th birthday activities are included with the price of admission into LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt Available in Yogurtland Stores Nationwide Starting March 18th
WHAT: For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and arrives in stores nationwide starting Monday, March 18, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th.
Plus, guests visiting Yogurtland can also pick up a coupon good for up to $30 off one admission to Knott’s Berry Farm to redeem online.
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2019
WHERE: Yogurtland Stores Nationwide
For more information on Knott’s Boysenberry Festival please visit knotts.com; or join the conversation by using #BoysenberryFestival onFacebook, Twitter or Instagram
BREAK RECORDS HEAL KIDS.
Canada’s Wonderland and Sick Kids launch Yukon Striker First Ride Fundraiser
(VAUGHAN, ON) March 14, 2019 – Canada’s Wonderland, in partnership with SickKids Foundation, is challenging ride enthusiasts and child health supporters alike to “Break Records and Heal Kids” by fundraising for a chance to be first to ride the world-record breaking dive coaster Yukon Striker.
Beginning today, March 14, participants in the fundraiser will receive one entry for every $100 they raise in a contest to win one of 72 seats on the first public ride of Yukon Striker, the world’s longest, tallest and fastest dive roller coaster. The more raised, the more entries a participant receives and the better their chances of winning. Individuals, groups, school classes and companies are invited to fundraise for a chance at one of those seats, up until Tuesday, April 16 and can start their campaign here.
All proceeds go directly to SickKids Foundation, to support world-class research, learning and care and to help build a renewed, reimagined SickKids in Toronto, ON.
After the contest closes, SickKids will conduct a random draw for the 72 riders who will be invited, along with a guest, to an exclusive ceremony on Wednesday, April 24 at noon for the official first public ride on the roller coaster. Winners will also receive lunch, a commemorative gift from Canada’s Wonderland and on-ride photo. Following the first ride, winners and their guests can continue to ride Yukon Striker that afternoon.
“We are in midst of the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian healthcare history and we’re grateful to Canada’s Wonderland and their supporters for going big to help us reach our ambitious goal,” says James Powell, Director, Cause Marketing, SickKids Foundation. “The funds raised from this initiative will help SickKids continue to fund the fight against the greatest challenges in child health.”
Yukon Striker will be the 17th roller coaster built at Canada’s Wonderland and promises an exhilarating ride as the longest (1,105m), tallest (75m) and fastest (130km/h) dive coaster in the world. Riders will be held for three breath-taking seconds over the summit of a 90-degree drop before diving down through an underwater tunnel. It also features floorless, stadium-style seating and the only 360-degree loop for a dive coaster in the world.
Visit the official Yukon Striker First Ride page here.
About Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland, located in Vaughan, Ontario, is a 300-acre theme park with more than 200 attractions including 17 rollercoasters, and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com
DOLLYWOOD BEGINS SEASON-LONG CELEBRATION OF BIGGEST YEAR IN PARK HISTORY
Dolly Parton surprises guests during annual tradition
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 15, 2019)— Dollywood’s 34th season—and undoubtedly the park’s biggest ever—opened today with a special preview day for season passholders and a surprise visit from Dolly Parton. In a year that also includes the opening of the largest addition in Dollywood history later this season—the $37 million Wildwood Grove—the award-winning park’s range of unique festival offerings, spectacular shows and memorable experiences make this the best year yet to experience the spirit of the Smokies.
Veteran Dollywood guests know each season offers a completely new atmosphere for families to enjoy. With Wildwood Grove’s thrilling new attractions, award-winning entertainment and fabulous festivals, 2019 is the perfect year to take advantage of a Dollywood season pass or multi-day ticket.
Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (now-April 14) allows guests to travel the world without leaving the Smokies. Cultures from around the globe come together in this festive event which offers the excitement of traditional music, dance, food and art from a wide array of countries. A number of internationally-recognized performing groups come to Dollywood for the first time in 2019. Headliners Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba and Drum Struck bring unique, high-energy shows to Dollywood’s stages, while a number of returning favorites allow guests to reconnect with old friends. Festival of Nations is a fun, educational and uplifting experience for families to enjoy. The Passport to Food features authentic international cuisine, while daily celebrations by visiting nations throughout the park provide an exceptional escape to another world.
Bluegrass fans know Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S® (May 24-June 2) provides them with 10 days of toe tappin’ music served up alongside some of the tastiest pulled pork, barbequed chicken and traditional sides anywhere! This year’s festival features an impressive bluegrass lineup with a heaping helping of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of talented performers. Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, IBMA winners Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Dailey & Vincent are just a few of the headliners who make this annual tradition music to the ears! With the tantalizing treats from Dollywood’s award-winning chefs and the sweet sounds of bluegrass, Dollywood guests have the perfect recipe to kick off the summer!
Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 22-Aug. 4) is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event gives families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night! With the opening of Wildwood Grove, families can bask in a colorful kaleidoscope of summer fun as the area glows to life when the sun sets. Each evening ends with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza that lights up the night sky. High-energy music and shows like Dreamland Drive-In make dancing in the aisles acceptable and bring out the kid in everyone. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a great reminder that some of the best family memories are made after the sun goes down.
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) provides fabulous fall family fun with the new Smoky Mountain tradition, Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood stays open until 9 p.m. every evening allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. Several hundred performances by award-winning Southern gospel artists make the Harvest Festival’s Southern Gospel Jubilee the genre’s largest event in America. Grammy nominees The Isaacs and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound already are set to perform. Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country, or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!
Named the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide for more than a decade, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 9- Jan. 4, 2020) provides the perfect holiday atmosphere to put families in to the Christmas spirit. Wander through the park’s more than five million holiday lights, enjoy the festive holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, or taste the holiday-themed food, and it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helps families create memories to share for a lifetime. Glacier Ridge returns to transport guests to the arctic with the Northern Lights, the Arctic Passage and a 50-ft. tall animated tree. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in this merry environment. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas.
For more information about multi-day ticket options or 2019 Dollywood season passes, visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-Dollywood.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 35 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and has been named a top three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open nine months a year (mid-March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-Dollywood or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.