San Diego’s premier Halloween festival kicks off Sept. 21 and runs for six weekends
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2019) —The most spooktacular time of the year is upon us, and SeaWorld is the place to be, with the most spectacular, spooktacular celebration in San Diego! SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular —featuring a hilarious sea lion and otter show, costume dance party, a toe-tapping Sesame Street-themed parade and the safest trick-or-treating in San Diego—kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 21 and surfaces every weekend through Oct. 27.
In addition to all the returning favorites this year, SeaWorld is unveiling its all-new Fall Festival at the Waterfront and a new special map kids can use to find animal-themed pumpkins throughout the park.
And how’s this for the ultimate treat without a trick: SeaWorld is offering one child, aged 3 to 9, free admission with one full-paid adult admission through October! Plus, the park’s new Annual Pass pricing—allowing for unlimited admission to Halloween Spooktacular and much more— offers incredibly low monthly payments, making SeaWorld an excellent value.
NEW FOR 2019
Fall Festival at the Waterfront will feature a hay maze, wine and seasonal beers, sweet treats including pumpkin pie and s’mores-flavored ice cream sandwiches, and themed décor to put visitors in the fall frame of mind. SeaWorld’s Waterfront is a new outdoor oasis at the park, providing a place to chill out, play games and enjoy refreshments, all amidst the stunning backdrop of iconic Mission Bay!
Spooktauclar Pumpkin Hunt: Kids can use their special purchased map to find five hidden SeaWorld animal-themed pumpkins throughout the park, then collect an exclusive Halloween pin!
Treats, treats and more treats! Free candy at 10 ocean-themed trick or treat stations (2:30 p.m. to park close) making SeaWorld the safest place to trick-or-treat.
Dress up and dance: Kids of all ages can dress up in their Halloween best and join in the fun at SeaWorld’s underwater-themed Spooktacular Spectacular Costume Party, where they can dance with a cowboy and tango with a superhero.
Who doesn’t love a parade? The Sesame Street Halloween Parade is back with favorites like Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and more dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Featuring nine larger-than-life floats and a cast of high-energy dancers, this parade will surely have kids and kids at heart tapping their toes and dancing into the Halloween spirit! (parade takes place at 1:30 p.m.)
Clyde, Seamore and their old pal O.P. Otter: SeaWorld’s prank-loving pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore and the always-mischievous O.P. Otter get in the Halloween spirit during Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash performances at the park’s Sea Lion and Otter Amphitheater.
Manta Madness: Ghostly special effects and creepy sounds inside the launch station transport riders in the middle of madness —Manta Madness—on SeaWorld’s double-launch roller coaster.
Dia de los Muertos: Back by popular demand is the celebration of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Large, beautifully dressed Catrina statues will welcome guests as they discover ofrendas (offerings) of mementos and flowers honoring loved ones who have left us.
More than 125 jack-o-lanterns in the Shark Encounter
Underwater Pumpkin Patch features fish-themed pumpkins under the Skytower
o Yes, those pumpkins are singing! As the sun starts to set, SeaWorld’s underwater pumpkin patch comes to life with a trio of singing jack-o-lanterns.
Floating pumpkins: See how many of them you can spot floating from the ceiling at Aquaria: World of Fishes, home to piranhas, leopard sharks, coral reef fish and more.
Kids Free in October: In addition to taking advantage of SeaWorld’s free single-day child ticket with one full-paid adult admission, parents can unwrap the same offer at Dine With Orcas where each child dines free with the purchase of a full-paid adult, all at poolside tables near SeaWorld’s family of killer whales. Plus, a child age 10 to 12 can participate for free in SeaWorld’s Dolphin Interaction Program (DIP) with one full-priced adult participant per interaction (children must be at least 4 feet tall to participate).
ANNUAL PASS EQUALS UNLIMITED SEAWORLD FUN: SeaWorld just unveiled its new Annual Pass pricing allowing for endless fun during Halloween Spooktacular and much more, all with low monthly payments making SeaWorld one of the best theme park values around. The Silver “SoCal” Annual Pass is just $8.75 a month, and includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates, free general parking, in- park discounts and many more benefits. Gold and Platinum Passes with additional benefits are also available, as well as a two-park Pass that includes both SeaWorld and Aquatica.
SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. Park hours vary by season. Visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA for more information.
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 Entertainment, Inc.
Time to Rewind!
“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood Goes Retro with Throwback Thursdays to Celebrate Its Many ‘80s-Inspired Mazes, Inviting Guests to Sport their Favorite ‘80s Attire and Get Rad to the Max
“Halloween Horror Nights,” Like, Continues on Select Nights through Sunday, November 3, 2019
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Universal City, CA, September 18, 2019 – This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, like totally, time travels to the 1980s with Throwback Thursdays in celebration of the decade’s bad to the bone darker side featured in a host of all-new terrifying mazes.
From classic 1980s movies such as Ghostbusters, Creepshow and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to contemporary shows and films inspired by the decade, including “Stranger Things” and Us, there is something totally gnarly about this era that comes to life during “Halloween Horror Nights.”
Highlights of Throwback Thursdays include a not-so-friendly welcome from Chucky himself, live tribute band and DJ dance party hosted by Beetlejuice, classic ‘80s music videos and songs played throughout the event as well as themed food that will have guests spazzing and saying, Eat my Shorts!
To help guests capture the spirit of the ‘80s, they are invited to sport their finest decade-worthy attire trends, from leg warmers and high waisted jeans to scrunchie hair ties, fanny packs and shoulder pads.
Throwback Thursdays will take place every Thursday night during “Halloween Horror Nights” and is included as part of admission to the event. All dates are: September 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.
Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out. Following are the various tickets options:
· After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, and
remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” maze and attraction lineup includes:
For updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram and Twitter; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Offers Scare-Fans a Backstage Look with Dark Hour: A Look Behind the Screams
Tickets Available for October 11, 18, 25 and 31, 2019 at QueenMary.com
[Long Beach, CA] - The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt, will once again resurrect the legendary ghost stories from the infamously haunted ship September 26 – November 2, 2019. Returning to the 10th annual Dark Harbor by popular demand, the wickedly exclusive backstage experience Dark Hour – A Look Behind the Screams! offers thrill seekers and haunt enthusiasts a special inside glimpse into the spine-chilling event.
On select nights, brave fans are invited to mingle with the signature monsters of Dark Harbor for photo ops and conversation while indulging in devilishly delicious hors d'oeuvres, meat selections, and spellbinding specialty cocktails are available for purchase. Attendees are invited to go beyond the regular guest experience and enter the ghostly realm of the creature creators during a Q&A session with the producer of Dark Harbor for insight into fan-favorite mazes, lead monsters, and world-famous ghost stories.
Following the VIP cocktail hour, a private escort will lead Dark Hour guests to an exclusive patio to witness a behind the scenes viewing of the Dark Harbor opening ceremony. Upon watching the ceremony from a monsters view, attendees can test their fears with Evil Express passes to all six mazes including the newest maze, Rogue. This hauntingly terrific ticket is only offered on select nights, October 11, 18, 25, and 31, from 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Dark Harbor opening ceremony starts at 7:00pm. Dark Hour tickets are for guests 21+ only and are priced at $180 per person. Very limited tickets are available per night, and thrill-seekers are encouraged to purchase tickets before they run out.
A Dark Hour – A Look Behind the Screams ticket includes:
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 347 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
Innovative gondola system will fly guests in style from four Disney resort hotels to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2019) – There will soon be magic gliding above the treetops of Walt Disney World Resort when the new Disney Skyliner takes flight Sept. 29, 2019. As much a magic carpet as a complimentary transportation system, Disney Skyliner will soar above waterways and wooded areas alike on its way to theme parks and Disney resort hotels, while wide-eyed guests will be treated to views never before seen.
This “most magical flight on Earth” connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort that will open Dec. 16, 2019. With approximately 300 vacation homes, including various accommodation types, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be available for traditional hotel reservations as well as membership sales.
Nearly half of the approximately 300 Disney Skyliner cabins will be wrapped in whimsical Disney scenes – with beloved characters, fan-favorite movies, attractions and more – giving the appearance that Disney pals are riding along with guests. The cabins will be easy to spot overhead, because each gondola will shimmer in one of eight vibrant colors and feature sleek curved lines.
Disney Skyliner guests will discover bird’s-eye views of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
Approaches to Epcot are equally eye-catching, as the countries around World Showcase Lagoon come into view with iconic Spaceship Earth in the distance.
In addition to convenient theme park access, guests staying at Disney resort hotels accessible by Disney Skyliner will have quick-and-easy transportation to a world of other dining and entertainment options. These include all the fun of Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, access to Epcot through the International Gateway station, and restaurants and recreation found at the resort hotels serviced by Disney Skyliner
Disney Skyliner Stations Are Artful Connection Points
The artful stations along the Disney Skyliner route will feature uniquely Disney designs that reflect their surroundings:
Cast Costuming Takes Flight
Disney Skyliner cast members will sport stylish costumes that reflect the sleek, contemporary lines of the transportation system. Costume designers created a mid-century design that recalls 1960s airline travel marking a new era of flight. Clean, streamlined designs of the gondolas are incorporated into the costumes as style elements.
The Newest Way for Guests to Travel Around Walt Disney World Resort
Disney Skyliner joins the network of complimentary Walt Disney World transportation benefits for resort hotel guests allowing them to travel effortlessly around Walt Disney World with a touch of Disney magic. The gondolas join other favorite options such as the world-famous Walt Disney World monorail system along with ferry boats and water taxis, and one-of-a-kind motor coaches.
Fun Facts: Disney Skyliner
Park Meets and Exceeds Standards Set for Animal Care
VALLEJO, Calif. — September 16, 2019 — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, in association with the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), one of the largest nonprofit wildlife organizations in the country, today announced that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom received ZAA accreditation for demonstrating the highest level of professional standards in animal welfare, safety, and ethics for the animals in their care. This includes dolphins, sea lions, alligators, sharks, giraffes, tigers and many other exotic wildlife species.
“I would like to congratulate Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on the successful completion of their ZAA facility accreditation assessment and audit!” said John Seyjagat, ZAA Executive Director.
“Accreditation is an important part of ZAA’s facility membership program and exemplifies our organization’s commitment to excellence in animal husbandry, and facility operations. Six Flags continued support in promoting the responsible ownership, management and propagation of animals in their accredited facility has continued to meet the objectives of ZAA.
“As a unique combination animal and thrill park, it is incredibly special and important to receive this designation from ZAA.” said Dianne Cameron, Animal Care Director, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. “This accreditation further establishes our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for the animals at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.”
ZAA is a non-profit membership-based accrediting organization dedicated to responsible wildlife management, conservation, and education. Member facilities range in size from 2 to 1,800 acres, each with 10 to 8,000 animals in their care and are composed of wildlife educators, rescue facilities, TV and film industry animal experts, wildlife preserves, small community zoos, large zoological facilities, and conservation organizations.
As a result of meeting and exceeding the high standards involved in receiving this accreditation, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is joining a select group of more than 60 leading member facilities to qualify for this prestigious designation.
The accreditation process through ZAA includes evaluation of animal care and husbandry, vet care, nutrition, enrichment, security and safety, facility aesthetics and maintenance, record keeping, and a thorough review of policies, procedures, and protocols. The intensive and comprehensive review process is widely recognized by federal, state, and local government agencies.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom features more than 60 rides and attractions, including unique, up close and interactive animal experiences. For more information, visit: sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.
Six Flags 2020 Memberships and Season Passes are currently on sale. Members can now enjoy priority park entry, preferred parking and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Elite levels are available featuring all the perks of a Season Pass plus other benefits including admission to all Six Flags branded theme and waterparks, skip the line passes, unlimited soft drinks and much more! For more information, visit the Membership Sales Center or go online tosixflags.com/discoverykingdom and sign up.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 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, visitwww.sixflags.com.
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About Zoological Association of America (ZAA)
Formed in 2005, the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) is the second largest trade association in the zoological sector; counting among its members some of the finest facilities in the United States. Along with accreditation for facilities that promote the highest standard of animal welfare, other key values of the non-profit organization include animal husbandry, conservation, education and research. For more information, please visit www.zaa.org.