A female prehensile-tailed porcupine was born Feb. 25, 2020, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The baby porcupine, known as a porcupette, is covered in a fine red fur coat with tiny quills underneath that begin to harden in the hours after birth. Disney has not yet named the baby, which is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to ensure responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. (David Roark, photographer)
As we continue to make the health and safety of our guests and team members our top priority and be responsive to current conditions, we have additional operational changes to announce at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Hollywood:
We are working hard to take care of the needs of our team members and guests and have created flexible options to accommodate all guests who have purchased tickets to visit our destination. For further assistance, guests can call 866-258-6546 for more information. We will continue to monitor this ongoing situation and follow the guidance of appropriate health agencies. We recommend that you check back with us prior to visiting. Updates will be posted atwww.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com
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Florida’s Biggest Party Continues with a Nightly Mardi Gras Parade and Entertainment, Authentic Cajun Cuisine and Live Concerts on Select Nights
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2, 2020) – Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration continues through April 2 with a star-studded lineup of musical artists performing live this month, including the multi-platinum international star behind global smash-hits “Despacito” and “Échame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi (March 13), GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award-winning musical icon, Diana Ross (March 15), and world-renowned, chart-topping DJ and producer, Marshmello (March 22). See below for other headlining acts throughout March.
As part of this family-friendly version of the renowned New Orleans celebration, guests can enjoy a spectacular nightly parade that runs throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida inspired by the all-new Treasures of the Deep theme, as well as sample new and returning authentic Cajun cuisine available in the French Quarter Courtyard. And with the purchase of a Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard, guests can sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Guests can also add-on the Bayou Boil Dining Experience, a delicious Louisiana-style crawfish boil, and the Feast & Floats Dessert Party, which both include an exclusive Mardi Gras parade viewing area.
Guests can also enjoy the all-new Mardi Gras Tribute Store, which made its debut in Universal Studios Florida for the first time in the event’s 25 year history. Located just outside the French Quarter inside the New York area of Universal Studios Florida, the immersive Tribute Store serves as a homage to authentic New Orleans tradition. It offers exclusive photo opportunities and specially-designed Universal Orlando Mardi Gras merchandise available for purchase.
All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual or Seasonal Pass (blockout dates apply). And through August 13, 2020, guests who purchase a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $234.99 per adult) will receive TWO EXTRA DAYS FREE to enjoy the thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And for only $40 more per adult, guests can upgrade their ticket to include Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, giving them four days of access to all three of Universal Orlando’s theme parks.
To take advantage of this offer and for more information on Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For nearly 30 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures brought to life in some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and so much more.
Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice as the #1 Amusement Park in the World five years in a row – Universal Studios Florida, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis like no other. Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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Global culinary voyage will feature more than 30 new food items, 150 beers and four new countries to explore
SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2020) – SeaWorld San Diego is preparing to launch its annual Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival on March 7, a premier food event that will sail on for nine weekends through May 3, 2020. With more than 40 food items (including 32 that are NEW to this year’s lineup), 150 beer options, four NEW regional realms including a German beer garden, nearly a dozen wine varietals and live entertainment on three stages, this festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the senses where epicurean adventurers can go on a culinary voyage around the world without ever leaving the park!
Also NEW this year is the inclusion of SeaWorld’s Waterfront as the ideal backdrop for the California realm, featuring a laid-back SoCal vibe, live music and a stunning view of Mission Bay to enjoy while sipping and sampling. All you need to join this gastronomic trip is park admission and an appetite the size of an ocean! Plus, SeaWorld Annual Pass Members can take advantage of an exclusive offer to receive 18 samples for the price of 15!
How it Works: Check out the menu online before visiting to plan your own unique culinary trip, or just arrive at the park and wing it! Food samples can be purchased à la carte (ranging from $5 to $7.50), or with a Food and Drink Sampler card. The 10-item card is $52.00 and the 15-item card is $67.00.
What’s NEW for Food: A lot! Seven Seas, in its sixth year, has four new countries to explore giving guests the opportunity to taste a total of nine culinary worlds:
Come and try bratwurst and homemade pretzels from the German Beer Garden or a Pork Belly Bao Bun from China. Travel to Baja where Seven Seas adventurers will find three new Latin-inspired treats: Shrimp Taco al Carbon, Baja Ceviche and Carne Asada Tacos, or venture to Oaxaca for Chicken Mole and Tamales Oaxaqueños. In the realm dedicated to Greece, foodies will discover new finds such as falafel and hummus with naan. In Italy, new items include Cavitappi Bolognese, Buffalo Mozzarella Salad and Gnocchi. And finally, in France, Coq au Vin and the Jambon de Paris Baguette will offer up a certain je ne sais quoi.
What’s on Tap: SeaWorld is proud to partner with local craft beer makers for Seven Seas, offering up a total of 150 beer options throughout the festival, and the opportunity to meet different featured brewers each weekend. From IPAs to ales and stouts to porters, there’s a beer for every palette. SeaWorld’s website includes a complete list of options and schedule of brewer visits.
Wine and Specialty Drinks: SeaWorld will feature nearly a dozen wines this year, complementing delicious food items in California, Baja, Italy, France, Spain, Argentina and Germany. A Juggernaut Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon will pair nicely with a quinoa black bean slider in the California realm, while over in France, the E. Guigal Rouge Cotes du Rhone will go alongside the Lamp Chop quite nicely. In addition to wine, the park will offer up five different specialty drinks, such as the Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri in Polynesia, Margaritas in the Mexican realm at the Baja and Oaxaca Beer Hub and Mai Tais at the Tiki Bar & Polynesian Stage.
Sounds to Savor: While guests are sampling and sipping from the Seven Seas menu, they can also savor live music performed on three stages: the California Stage at SeaWorld’s new Waterfront will offer the rich blend of award-winning musicians homegrown in San Diego, all with the stunning backdrop of Mission Bay; the Mediterranean Stage (near Italy, Greece and France) will feature savory sounds and sweet melodies as local bands play the best of European café music; and the Polynesian Stage, at SeaWorld’s outdoor Nautilus Amphitheater, will bring the spirit of the islands to life on stage, with cultural dances, music and, at the end of the day, a fire dance finale.
Best Way to Play
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas & Craft Beer Food Festival is included with park admission. The best way for guests to experience SeaWorld San Diego and all of the park’s seasonal events is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card. Annual Pass Members receive 12 months of unlimited visits, FREE parking, priority access to Emperor (the tallest, fastest, longest and only floorless dive coaster on the West Coast), merchandise and dining discounts, and special limited-time perks throughout the year. Or, guests can purchase a Fun Card to receive unlimited access to the park until December 31, 2020.¹
For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com
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 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. With every ticket and visit to a SeaWorld park, guests help fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protection programs, and ocean health initiatives. To date, SeaWorld has rescued 36,000 animals and counting.