Phoenix, Houston and Darien Lake to be Rebranded Six Flags
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that three of its newest parks will be rebranded as Six Flags parks. Darien Lake, Wet & Wild Splashtown and Wet & Wild Phoenix were acquired from EPR Properties last year. The parks are currently undergoing major renovations and preparing to welcome guests for a thrilling 2019 season.
“The Six Flags brand is recognized throughout the world as an industry leader in creating innovative, groundbreaking experiences for guests of all ages,” said Senior Vice President of US Park Operations Tom Iven. “We are proud to have these incredible parks bear the Six Flags name and we are making major investments in all three properties with record-breaking attractions and extensive upgrades including new theming, paint treatments and branded signage, along with updates to restaurant and retail locations. Additionally, Members and Season Pass Holders will have free, unlimited visits to these parks and Six Flags theme parks throughout North America.”
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.4 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
Mind-boggling 30-second video shows six-hour process of how world’s largest arthropod
essentially outgrows its own shell
WHAT: A time-lapse camera was set up above the habitat of one of SeaWorld’s crab species in the hopes of capturing the animal’s dramatic molt process on video. Team members were thrilled to come in the next day and see the result: a 30-second video that shows a Japanese spider crab—the largest arthropod in the world in terms of leg span—molt out of its shell. While viewers of the video might think they are looking at a creature from outer space, “It’s a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab,” says Aquarium Curator Mike Price. “But for us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that’s a great day at SeaWorld!” Price added that the entire molt process took about six hours.
WHERE: SeaWorld San Diego
DETAILS: Crabs (and other crustaceans) cannot grow in a linear fashion like most animals. Because they have a hard outer shell (the exoskeleton) that does not grow, they must shed their shells, a process called molting. The frequency of molt is in part determined by their growth rate, which is turn dependent on how much they eat. When the animal essentially outgrows its shell, the molt process begins. It can take anywhere from two to 12 hours.
SeaWorld’s video is a unique and fascinating look into the process, and one that inspires ooohs and aaahs from everyone who sees it! Guests can check out SeaWorld’s collection of Japanese spider crabs in an exhibit in the Ocean Explorer realm, an area that is also home to the park’s giant Pacific octopuses.
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Expands to 54 Days of Fun for All Ages, March 1 to April 23, 2019
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) –The popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland ResortMarch 1 to April 23, 2019, with flavors and fare inspired by the Golden State. Guests of all ages will discover the beauty and celebrate the bounty of California with unforgettable cuisine, beverages and entertainment at this culinary festival in Disney California Adventure Park. With experiences happening daily during the limited-time event,* guests will always find something tasty to try and fun to do as they explore the uniquely Disney festival.
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival features tempting items for the whole family to enjoy, including unique food and beverage offerings at 14 different Festival Marketplaces. Each location’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. Guests will also discover locally brewed craft beers, wine and spirits from all across the region. Guests may choose to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass** to get the best value as they taste their way through the Festival Marketplaces and participating locations.
On the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests will discover culinary demonstrations by some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry, who will share their go-to recipes and insider tips for preparing sensational dishes. Family-friendly seminars on these days are presented by Chef Daniella Malfitano, who will demonstrate how preparing and sharing a meal can be a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Guests of all ages will get inspired or even discover a new interest during these presentations.
Another guest-favorite returning to the festival daily is the Junior Chef experience, with hands-on fun led by Chef Goofy, for children ages 3 to 11. Aspiring young chefs follow a recipe and mix a variety of ingredients to create magical treats that end with a tasty surprise. The Junior Chef experience is open for fun several times daily on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land.
Live music, entertainment and special activities will also bring a “California vibe” to each day of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
Guests looking for more palate-pleasing experiences will want to try the festival’s signature events, including new offerings such as the Dinner with Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Favorite signature events are also back this year, including Sweet Sundays. Additional signature events at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival include:
In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, making this an ideal time for guests to visit the park. Guests may find more information at Disneyland.com/offers.
*Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required. Additional fees for select events, demonstrations and seminars may be required. Space is limited for all such ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended. Full payment may be due at time of booking, and cancellation fees may apply. No refunds, credit or date or time changes. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.
**Sip and Savor Pass entitlements may only be redeemed during regular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival operating hours, and the Pass expires on April 23, 2019. A Pass has eight (8) coupons and each coupon may be redeemed for one (1) food or non-alcoholic beverage item at participating Festival locations. Excludes novelties including souvenir tumblers. No discounts apply.
Nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash (in whole or in part), no substitutions and no change given. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required.
About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.
Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Pig” with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON and Hello Kitty, Adorned in Custom-Designed Lunar New Year Attire, through February 18
New Event Highlights include an Array of Traditional Cultural Performances, and Specially-Themed “Year of the Pig” Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk
Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal City, CA, February 5, 2019 --Universal Studios Hollywood ushers in the “Year of the Pig” as the movie-based theme park celebrates Lunar New Year with uniquely-themed programs featuring beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress and a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON, now through Monday, February 18, 2019.
This spectacularly-themed Lunar New Year tradition takes place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park. Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.
The centerpiece of the Lunar New Year festivities features DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise and Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda” attraction. The energetic experience is designed to engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event also features seasoned animators teaching guests techniques to draw Po and the Furious Five as keepsake mementos.
Adding to the beauty and excitement of this year’s Lunar New Year festivities are new traditional dance and martial arts cultural performances. Select dates and performers are as follows:
· February 9-10 – Hangzhou Performance Groups
· February 16-17 – Southern Wind Lion Dance
· February 18 – Wong Tai Sen Lion Dance
DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop is back by popular demand serving up delicious culturally-themed food such as Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Bao, Oogway Eggrolls and Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles. Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos.
In addition to Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, guests can feast on an array of Asian fare at various locations throughout the park such as Banh Mi Sandwiches, Baos and dumplings at the Plaza Grill and Asian Entrée Bowls at Hollywood and Dine and Gru’s Lab. Specialty Lunar New Year desserts including a “Year of the Pig” cookie, a Chocolate Matcha Cupcake and a Ginger Cheesecake with fortune cookie can be also found at various carts and restaurants.
Beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, created by the global lifestyle brand Sanrio, further complements this year’s Lunar New Year celebration as she steps out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially-designed Lunar New Year attire. Hello Kitty is available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store.
Keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year tradition, a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON will greets guests at the entry of the festivities. The imposing 12-foot-tall robot leader of the DECEPTICONS interacts with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real time conversation reflective of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”
Illumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme parks’ popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride also join the festivities, stepping out in style and dressed up in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.
Uniquely themed experiences offered in Mandarin include the theme park’s signature Studio Tour and the exclusive VIP Experience, both of which provide two distinctive and revealing looks at an authentic movie and television studio. Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides both opportunities provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world. In-language park maps are also available for guests.
Guests can continue their Lunar New Year celebration at Universal CityWalk where a variety of Asian-inspired foods will be served.
Dongpo Kitchen restaurant features upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.
The ever-popular Voodoo Doughnut is also celebrating Lunar New Year with a specially-created “Year of the Pig” doughnut.
Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen, serving freshly prepared authentic Italian fare in a newly designed modern setting, also invites guests to toast the “Year of the Pig” offering its haute cuisine menu in several languages, including Mandarin.
With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun all year long for $149 when purchased online. Details and restrictions available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn. Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城
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™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and 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 CityWalk entertainment, 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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The World’s Premier Halloween Event Returns September 6 for a Record-Breaking 41 Nights
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Guests can now purchase a limited time ticket offer and vacation package for the world’s premier Halloween event – Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, running for a record-breaking 41 nights this fall. Guests can get double the scares with the purchase of a limited time ticket offer where they can get a second night free when they buy one night. They can also stay in the heart of the screams with a vacation package that includes Universal Orlando hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s three world-class theme parks and more.
See below for more details on the Halloween Horror Nights offers that are available now.
On select nights from September 6 to November 2, the most terrifying names in horror will take over Universal Studios Florida, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill for Halloween Horror Nights. Guests will face 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses and five scare zones, based on everything from cinematic greats and crazed cult favorites to original abominations from the twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team. And when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 will run on select nights from September 6 to November 2. More details about the event and additional ticket offers will be announced at a later date. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.
About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.
Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site 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, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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