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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rap and Pop Superstars Sean Kingston and Ne-Yo to Own The Stage This Weekend at Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras

RAP AND POP SUPERSTARS SEAN KINGSTON AND NE-YO TO OWN THE STAGE THIS WEEKEND AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S MARDI GRAS

The Party Continues Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2
While Fat Tuesday may have come and gone in New Orleans , the biggest, best Mardi Gras party outside of The Big Easy continues at Universal Orlando Resort.

On Friday, Jamaican singer and rapper Sean Kingston will bring excitement to Universal Studios with his up-tempo, tropical-infused pop-rap sounds. Kingston – who has sold more than three million digital singles – is known for hit songs, “Beautiful Girls,” “Me Love,” “Take You There,” “Fire Burning,” and for co-writing Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.

Continuing the fun on Saturday, three-time Grammy award-winning singer Ne-Yo will entertain Mardi Gras guests with his smooth and unique musical style – combining R&B, pop, dance, soul and hip hop. Ne-Yo has several hits, including “Because of You,” “Closer” and “Miss Independent.” As a songwriter, he has also penned top songs for other artists, such as  Beyonce Knowles’ “Irreplaceable,” Rihanna’s “Take A Bow,” and “Russian Roulette,” and he has acted in roles for the hit TV series “CSI: NY” and the action film “Battle: Los Angeles.”

This year’s Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R&B. Together, the headliners have had more than 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and more than 20 Grammy nominations.

2011 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP

Mardi Gras Event Dates
Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza )

Friday, April 1
Sean Kingston

Saturday, April 2
Ne-Yo

Saturday, April 9
Lifehouse

Saturday, April 16
The Beach Boys

Saturday, April 23
Thirty Seconds To Mars

At Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, nationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida. This year’s ultimate street party runs every Saturday and other select nights through April 23, and is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

WHEN: Friday, April 1 & April 2, 2011

WHERE: Universal Studios Florida

MARDI GRAS: Friday, April 1, 2011

SCHEDULE:
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers ( New Orleans Band)
7:30 p.m.: Mardi Gras Parade Starts
8:30 p.m.: Sean Kingston

Saturday, April 2, 2011

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers ( New Orleans Band)

7:30 p.m.: Mardi Gras Parade Starts

8:30 p.m.: Ne-Yo

INFORMATION:  Mardi Gras Site: http://www.universalorlando.com/mardigras/

New Photos of Busch Gardens' Baby Cheetah

Busch Gardens’ newest resident is five weeks old! Here are his newest photos.



Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Big-Time News: Nickelodeon's Hottest Music Group, Big Time Rush, To Perform Live at Universal Studios Florida on May 14

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT REVEALS BIG-TIME NEWS: NICKELODEON’S HOTTEST MUSIC GROUP, BIG TIME RUSH, TO PERFORM LIVE AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA ON MAY 14

Guests Can Also Enjoy a Sneak Preview of a Never-Before-Seen Episode of the Hit TV Series, “Big Time Rush”

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 28, 2011) – On May 14, Universal Orlando guests are in for a big-time treat – Nickelodeon stars Big Time Rush will perform live at Universal Studios Florida’s Music Plaza stage.

With millions of fans all over the world, Big Time Rush is one of today’s hottest names in music and entertainment.  Nickelodeon’s hit series “Big Time Rush,” produced in partnership with Sony Music, stars Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan, as four best friends who move to Los Angeles for a chance at music superstardom.  Currently in its second season, “Big Time Rush” had the highest-rated and most-watched live-action series premiere with kids, tweens and total viewers in the history of the network.  In addition, Big Time Rush will be performing at the “Nickelodeon 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards,” where they are nominated for Favorite Music Group and Favorite TV Show.  Their debut album “BTR,” which consists of original songs from the hit series, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has since sold over 400,000 copies.  The group has also sold 1.7 million combined digital tracks to date, including their current single, “Boyfriend,” featuring Snoop Dogg.

Fans at Universal Orlando will also have the exclusive opportunity to watch a never-before-seen episode of “Big Time Rush.”  In the episode, “Big Time Prom,” everyone at the Palm Woods is preparing for the big night, especially Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan, who are all determined to win the title of prom king.  Episode viewings will be held throughout the day at the Animal Actors on Location! theater.

Guests can enjoy Big Time Rush’s performance, the viewing of the never-before-seen episode of the show and the thrilling rides and attractions of Universal Studios for the price of regular admission to the theme park.  For more information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Events/SpecialEvent/Big_Time_Rush.aspx#.

SPRING INTO FUN AT ADVENTURE ISLAND

TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2011) — Adventure Island is now open for the 2011 season, and Busch Gardens’ water park is the go-to destination this spring break.

The best way to join in on the fun is with an Adventure Island Weekday Pass, where you Pay For a Day and Play WEEKDAYS All Season. With a weekday pass, you pay the price of single-day admission and can come back all season long, Monday through Friday, with no blackout dates. The cost of the Weekday Pass is $42.99 for both children and adults, and it is valid any WEEKDAY, Monday through Friday, through Sept. 5, 2011.

For $10 off a single day admission to Adventure Island, visit Domino’s through May 15, 2011, in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando to receive a promotion code. Then redeem the promotion code at AdventureIsland.com by May 15, 2011.

CABANAS Rent a cabana at Adventure Island and enjoy a place for your family and friends to relax all day long. Each cabana includes four chaise lounges, a locker, a mini-fridge with assorted drinks and four souvenir towels. Daily rental prices range from $99.99 to $179.99, based on the time of year.

ADVENTURE ISLAND
From the moment guests enter Adventure Island, they are immersed in a Key West-themed paradise. The 30-acre water park features thrilling slides and tube rides including Riptide, Wahoo Run, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Guests can also kick back on the beach or in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool, play on professional sand volleyball courts, breeze through tropical gift shops or let the current sweep them through a half-mile of lush landscapes and tropical waterfalls on the Rambling Bayou.

Visit AdventureIsland.com for extended hour schedules during Spring Break and summer. Single-day admission tickets for Adventure Island are $42.99 for adults and $38.99 for children. Children ages 2 and younger are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are per person, plus tax. Park hours are subject to change. Visit www.adventureisland.com for more information.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Visits Universal Orlando Resort

Actor and star of the hit TV series, “Modern Family,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson joked around with Woody Woodpecker while being hosted with boyfriend Justin Mikita at Universal Orlando Resort on March 25, 2011. The couple experienced both of Universal Orlando’s theme parks while on vacation, stopping to ride the Incredible Hulk coaster and enjoy lunch at Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

There's STILL ROOM for Our History Hunters Event Today

Come to today’s History Hunters event AND see the Historic Harleys exhibit. We’ve gotten a great response to it so far!

History Hunters
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Noon to 1pm

Next Thursday, March 24, Dr. Bill Wimberly, author of the recently-published book, Hanna’s Town, will discuss his book at the Wabash County Historical Museum . There will be a question and answer period following Dr. Wimberly’s remarks.  The event will take place in the museum’s multi-purpose room from noon – 1 p.m. The History Hunters events, sponsored by Peabody Retirement Community, are free for members or with a paid daily admission. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 260-563-9070. Those attending are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the program.

This event sponsored by Peabody Retirement Community.

Historic Harleys: The Antique Motorcycles of Brandt’s Harley-Davidson

Now through January 7, 2012

The exhibit contains several antique and collectible Harley-Davidsons, most of them carefully restored by Brandt’s. The oldest bike in the collection is a 1910 single cylinder. Also on display are artifacts from the store, which was opened in 1949 by Waldo Brandt. You’ve never seen our Gallery looking like this! Even if you THINK that you aren’t interested in motorcycles, come and have a look. You’ll find the bikes to be works of art, each with a unique story. Don’t miss it!

Special thanks to Brandt’s Harley-Davidson for all of their efforts and to our sponsors, First Merchants Bank, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Family Fun Day

Thursday, April 7, 2011

10am-4pm

Those of you that have attended previous Family Fun Days know that you should mark your calendars NOW for this great event. The theme will be Fun and Games in Wabash County ! Come and participate in a variety of sports and games through the ages! This event will take place from 10am-4pm on April 7th. It is included in your regular daily admission or FREE for members. This event sponsored by 105.9 the Bash.

Red Carpet Club

Thursday, April 28, 2011

6pm-8pm(ish)

Local author Gene Stratton-Porter’s books have been made into numerous films over the years, and some of these films are no longer available to the public. On April 28th, we be hosting Stratton-Porter expert Eric Grayson who will presenting the 1940 film version of Laddie. This was the third cinema adaptation of the heartwarming story by Stratton-Porter, following versions filmed in 1926 (in which Stratton-Porter herself played the role of “Little Sister”) and 1935. In the story, Laddie, a good-natured Indiana farmer falls in love with immigrant English girl Pamela. Though Pamela's irascible father intensely dislikes Laddie and his parents, hero and heroine manage to keep romance alive with the help of Laddie's hero-worshiping kid sister.

The character of Laddie is modeled after Stratton-Porter’s beloved brother, Leander, who drowned in the Wabash River when he was 18 years old. Copies of the book are available in the gift shop if you want to read it before the presentation. This event costs $5/person. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 260-563-9070.

We hope to see you at the Museum soon!

HOT TICKET! Jackie Greene In Concert-Tickets On Sale

HOT TICKET! JACKIE GREENE live at FAIRYTALE TOWN Saturday, June 4, 2011
TICKETS ON SALE April 1!

Back by popular demand - Sacramento native, Jackie Greene, will perform at Fairytale Town's Mother Goose Stage on Saturday, June 4.  Online ticket sales begin April 1. Tickets are available at www.fairytaletown.org.

This event is expected to sell out quickly; fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets NOW!  Gates open at 6:30PM and the concert begins at 8PM.

Tickets for this concert are $25 when purchased in April; $30 in May; and $35 in June, while supplies last. Seating will be intimate and limited. Blankets are welcome, and beach style chairs 10 inches tall or less will be permitted. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Outside food or beverages, including ice chests or picnic baskets will not be admitted.  Please see complete concert rules and restrictions at www.fairytaletown.org.

Jackie Greene's return to Fairytale Town is a fundraising event for the non-profit organization who is delighted to have him back. In 2009 and 2010, Greene played to sold out audiences.  A Sacramento favorite, Greene has toured with well known musicians such as B.B. King, Phil Lesh,  The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy. Greene has played in many high profile festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, Bonaroo, Summer Fest, Gathering Of The Vibes, Wakarus, and many more. Greene also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on three separate occasions and his music has been featured on many TV shows including Men In Trees, Nurse Jackie, Eli Stone, and One Tree Hill. He most recently wrote and recorded the title tune for the Curious George Follow That Monkey CD Soundtrack. His latest CD's include Till the Light Comes, Giving Up The Ghost, and Small Tempst.

For more information about the Jackie Greene concert at Fairytale Town, please call 916-808-7462 or visit www.fairytaletown.org.

EVENT DETAILS:
WHAT: JACKIE GREENE in CONCERT at Fairytale Town
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2011
TIME: Gates open at 6:30PM / JACKIE GREENE at 8PM
COST: $25 for the month of April; $30 in May; $35 in June.
Tickets available online at: www.fairytaletown.org, or in person at the Fairytale Town box office

PARKING: Free
SEATING: Lawn seating. Low beach style chairs 10 inches tall or less will be permitted.

RULES & RESTRICTIONS: For detailed concert rules and restrictions, please visit www.fairyatletown.org.  No outside food or beverages will be allowed. No photography, or video recording devices will be allowed.

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA 95822
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Contact e-mail: mail@fairytaletown.org
Website: www.fairytaletown.org

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LEGOLAND Florida offers sneak peek of new park construction

LEGOLAND® Florida today provided area media a behind-the-scenes look at construction taking place at Central Florida’s newest theme park.  LEGOLAND officials released aerial footage that shows the size and scope of the 150-acre park, unveiled a conceptual map outlining the 10 themed zones and reiterated that construction is on target for an October debut.

Currently LEGOLAND Florida annual passes during the park’s inaugural year are available for $99, but pricing for the 15-month ticket will increase May 1.

LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12.  The largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, it features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and beautiful botanical gardens.




The Best Egg Hunts in Town!

Fairytale Town Celebrates Spring with Egg Hunts, Puppet Shows, and hands-on Art Activities

Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24
11 AM to 3 PM
Hop down the bunny trail with Peter Cottontail and celebrate spring with family and friends at Fairytale Town's annual Spring Eggstravaganza. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 from 11AM to 3PM, and offers egg hunts, puppet shows, hands-on art activities - and photos with the big Rabbit himself!

Egg Hunts will be held promptly at 12PM, 1PM, and 2PM each day and guests are encouraged to bring a basket for collecting eggs. The Egg Hunts are separated by age groups, 3 and under, 4-6, and 7-12. Each child will return their eggs to Mr. McGregor's Garden to receive a small prize - no matter how few or how many eggs they find! (This activity is included in paid park admission.)

After the Egg Hunts, guests are invited to the Children's Theater to see the puppet show, Bunny Boot Camp. The zany comedy includes heroic characters, devious villains, and madcap chase scenes. Most activities for the Spring Eggstravaganza event are included in paid park admission. Tickets for Puppet Art Theater performances are a small added fee and can be purchased at the Theater doors.

After seeing a show, head on over to the Mother Goose Stage where you can take a photo with the Big Bunny ($5 additional charge), or participate in a variety of age-appropriate spring art activities, which you can take home as a souvenir.

Fairytale Town is open 9AM to 4PM daily (weather permitting), and event activities take place from 11AM to 3PM. Park admission is $4.50 per person, ages 2 and up. Children 1 and under are free.
 
For more information, please call 916-808-7462 or visit our website at www.fairytaletown.org.  

What: Spring Eggstravaganza
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 - 11AM to 3PM
            Park Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM daily (weather permitting)
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Cost:   Admission Fees: $4.50 weekends & holidays.
            Puppet show tickets are $1 for members $2 for nonmembers.          
            Children 1 and under are admitted free
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Website: www.fairytaletown.org

“Ride Envelope” Testing Begins On Cheetah Hunt

With Track Construction Complete, Cars are Slowing Making Their Way Around

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (Tampa, FL) – After bolting in the final piece of Cheetah Hunt’s 4,429’ track just last week, Busch Gardens’ design & engineering team are losing no time in getting the mega-attraction’s trains on the track for the first round of testing.

Yesterday, crews began the slow process of using cranes and pulleys to drag the car around the track. This initial testing is the park’s way of making sure the car glides smoothly along the entire length of the ride, as well as checking that the “ride envelope” – the space around the car and rider with arms fully extended – has plenty of clearance.

This drag testing will take an estimated 3 to 4 days to complete and is the first step to having Cheetah Hunt ready to pounce on Friday, May 27.






SeaWorld Orlando Thanks Florida Teachers with Free “Study Pass”

Pass includes unlimited admission for teachers plus big discounts for family and friends

ORLANDO, FL (March, 2011) – SeaWorld Orlando thanks teachers by offering a “Study Pass” to all active and certified K-12 grade school instructors.  It’s a free 2011 Fun Card allowing unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando now through year’s end, with no blackout dates.
For even more savings, until May 31, teachers can purchase up to six additional tickets at $20 off each admission, sharing the SeaWorld Orlando fun with family and friends. 

More details can be found at SeaWorldOrlandoTeachers.com

The “Study Pass” is intended to be an inspiration, too. Whether it’s visiting Penguin Encounter to prepare for a classroom session on environmental issues in the southern hemisphere or riding Manta, the flying roller coaster, to help explain physics and gravity, the park’s experiences give teachers the unique opportunity to use their SeaWorld visit to help enhance their curriculum.
In fact, SeaWorldOrlandoTeachers.com is a starting point for teachers to learn about all SeaWorld has to offer. 

Getting the “Study Pass” is easy. Teachers simply bring their Florida teaching certificate, recent paystub and photo ID to any ticket window at SeaWorld Orlando’s front gate. Right then, they can purchase discounted admission for family and friends.

“Sharing marine life knowledge with students is one of our core values,” said Terry Prather, SeaWorld Orlando’s president.  “At SeaWorld Orlando alone, more than 100,000 students pass through our camp and field trip programs every year.  We know how important a strong educational foundation is for our youth and we want to thank teachers for their years of devotion and passion.”

SeaWorld – through fun and affordable educational programs – has helped schools, teachers, children and adults explore the ocean environment and all its inhabitants. In one year alone, the park’s award-winning education programs included 600,000+ hours of structured teaching, and reached more than half a million people. In addition to that remarkable figure are the countless informal teaching experiences inside the parks including educators, show and exhibit narrations, and interpretive and interactive graphics.

The parks also host one of the largest and most-used animal databases on the Internet.  SeaWorld.org features more than 4,000 pages of zoological, ecological and conservation-minded material, including species reference sources, classroom curriculum, conservation project calls-to-action, career information and environmentally focused family activities.

Puppet Mania at Fairytale Town

Ten weeks of matinee shows Wednesdays-Sundays.

Delighting the hearts and spirits of children of all ages, The Annual Puppet Festival, is returning to the Children's Theater at Fairytale Town, beginning April 20.  For more than twenty years, Puppet Art Theater has been performing at Fairytale Town. During the ten week series, five unique puppet shows will be presented by Art Grueneberger's, award winning,  Puppet Art Theater. Don't miss your chance to see classic fairytales retold in an artful and hilarious manner.

Each of the five shows will run as follows: Bunny Boot Camp runs April 20-24; The Three Little Pigs, April 27- May 8; Tommy's Train Troubles, May 11-22;  of The Boy Who Cried Wolf May 25-June 5, Jack & the Bean Stalk, June 8-26.

Performances are offered, Wednesdays through Sundays. Weekday show times are: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, and 12:30PM. Weekend show times are: 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM. In addition to paid park admission, tickets are $1 members and $2 nonmembers. Children 1 and under are free.

About the Shows

April 20-24, Bunny Boot Camp
Lieutenant Longears and his Battalion of Bunnies must complete the final delivery of Easter eggs before Sergeant Cottontail blows his top. However, the Big Bad Wolf has other plans for the eggs.

April 27-May 8, The Three Little Pigs
Three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks, and a huffing and puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation of the classic story, "The Three Little Pigs."

May 11-22, Tommy's Train Troubles

Tommy has never been more bored! He thought his train trip to his aunt's house would be quite an adventure but so far it was nothing like he had expected. That is until an Old Conductor tells Tommy the train they are traveling on is carrying a load of gold to Fort Knox! Join Tommy as he tries to protect the gold from the infamous train robber, Stinky Cheese Velveeta.

 May 25-June 5, The Boy Who Cried Wolf

An updated zany version of a classic tale. The boy is bored watching his lamb and decides to make things more exciting by turning on his dad's wolf alarm, the "Wolf Alert 3000." Tricking his dad is all fun and games until a real wolf shows up. Will the audience help the boy escape from the wolf? Find out in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."

June 8-June 26, Jack & the Bean Stalk

Jack has traded his cow for magic wishing beans much to his mother's dismay. In frustration, Jack's mom tosses the beans out the window where they grow into a huge beanstalk. Jack goes up the beanstalk and the adventure begins!

About Puppet Art Theater
Puppet Art Theater Co. was founded in 1994 by Art Grueneberger who Puppet Art Theaterserves as Artistic Director.  Grueneberger has puppeteered for many film, television and video projects. His puppet productions have been seen by thousands of audiences across the United States. His shows have toured internationally and also include adult productions seen in local venues such as Zeum Theater in San Francisco, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. For more information about Art Grueneberger and Puppet Art Theater, please visit www.puppetarts.com.
What: Annual Puppet Festival

When: Wednesdays - Sundays,  April 23-June 26
Time:  Weekdays at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM
             Weekends at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA  95822
Cost:  General Admission $4 weekdays/ $4.50 weekends & holidays
           (Additional charge for Puppet Art Theater: $1 members/$2 nonmembers)
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Website: www.fairytaletown.org

KNOTT’S GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS WITH A DOWN HOME COUNTRY FAIR

BUENA PARK, Calif. – It’s time for a good old fashioned Country Fair at Knott’s Berry Farm this spring.  From pig races to pie eating contests, Knott’s Berry Farm will bring back the best of what everyone loves about country fairs.

    Starting April 16th and running through Easter Sunday, April 24, Knott’s Country Fair will include competitive games, unique exhibits, and contests that the whole family will enjoy.

    As guests enter the park they will be greeted by Knott’s Berry Farm’s own Jug Band “The Jugger-Knotts,” and as they make their way through Knott’s Ghost Town they can take in special demonstrations including blacksmithing, woodworking, and weaving and spinning.  Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall will be filled with a HO model railroad exhibit for all the train enthusiasts as well as cooking and gardening demonstrations.  Kids can also participate in Cowboy 101 and learn the ropes of being a real cowboy.

Guests will hear the squealing coming from Calico Square as Knott’s welcomes the Alaskan Racing Pigs (April 16-19) as well as learn what it takes to raise farm animals from local high school agricultural departments (April 21-24).  Also in Calico Square, guests can take part in some friendly competitions with the egg and spoon race, pie eating contest and the delicious cake walk.  Guests will also have the opportunity to try their skill at horse shoes and milk can toss.
For those who want to travel back in time, Knott’s will have on display antique  farm equipment from the turn of the century including such industrial equipment as a corn grinder, hack saw and even ringer washing machines.

In the evening Calico Square will have guests kicking up their heels with line dancing, square dancing demonstrations and the Big Fat Steve Band performing their unique blend of rockabilly and Western swing.

The best of fair food will also be available including roasted corn, delicious ribs, fresh kettle corn and of course Knott’s famous funnel cakes.  For a great meal and a great deal guests can purchase the Backyard BBQ which includes an all-you-can eat meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and more as well as a ticket into the park for only $43.99 for adults and $32.99 for juniors (3-11) and seniors (62+).  Dates of Backyard BBQ are March 26, 27, April 9, 10, 16-24, 30 and May 1.

All this fair fun is included in the price of admission of only $56.99 for regular admission and $24.99 for juniors (3-11) and seniors (62+), or guests can purchase a season pass for only $59.99. Park hours April 16-24 are from 10 am to 10 pm daily.  For more information on all Knott’s has to offer, visit knotts.com or call (714) 220-5220.

SPRING INTO BUSCH GARDENS ON MARCH 26

36th Season Features Rejuvenated Oktoberfest, New Shows And Dining Options
Online Ticket Offer Lets Guests Bring A Friend For Free

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 22, 2011) – It must be spring: the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and Busch Gardens is opening to another exciting year Saturday.

    “This year is going to be one of our best,” said Park President Carl Lum. “We’re offering guests extraordinary values, new entertainment and heart-pounding thrills.”
The fun begins when a team of chef-inspired musicians cook up fabulous fun in the debut of Mix It Up!, a new show in Italy’s Il Teatro di San Marco. Exciting sounds fill the air daily as Busch Gardens’ amazing musicians perform some of Italy’s most popular songs. Watch the plot thicken as our crazy chefs and waiters compete to serve up their musical menu. It’s a fast-paced feast for the ears and the eyes.

 Also this spring, a special fluffy guest is calling Busch Gardens home. The Easter Bunny is hopping into town beginning March 26 through Easter Sunday for exciting photo opportunities and appearances at Der Marktplatz, situated in the park’s rejuvenated Oktoberfest village. The village has been transformed and now features a new pretzel bakery, additional games and a new performance space, all of which capture the look and feel of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration.
Guests will notice a few more changes in the rejuvenated Oktoberfest village, including the relocation of Der Katapult. The scrambler-style ride, known now as Le Catapult, has moved to the New France section of the park. In its place is the massive new spire known as M├Ąch Tower, a nearly 240-foot-tall tower ride that is set to open later this spring.

For guests looking to spend time at the park with a friend, Busch Gardens recently announced an offer for Virginia residents unlike any other in the park’s 36-year history. Virginia residents who purchase a single-day ticket online at www.buschgardens.com/friendforfree can receive a second ticket free. The Bring a Friend for Free promotion is a great way for friends and families to experience all the park has to offer – together.

CHANGE IS IN THE WIND FOR CALIFORNIA CONDOR CONSERVATION

CHANGE IS IN THE WIND FOR CALIFORNIA CONDOR CONSERVATION
First Two Chicks of the 2011 Season Hatch at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

     An exceptional sighting was caught on video at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as a California condor chick hatched last week with the assistance of its parents. In years past, the practice of the California Condor Recovery Program was to hand raise the first egg laid by a condor pair, but the conservation program's goals are changing. Today, more condor eggs laid are being left with the parents so they can raise and mentor the chicks.
     Two chicks have already hatched at the Safari Park this year, on March 14 and 16 respectively, and each is being raised by its parents. Two other eggs are in incubators. Whether raised by parents or by zookeepers using puppets, all condor chicks are candidates for release in Arizona, California or Baja California, Mexico.
     Since the recovery program began in the 1980s - when there were only about 22 condors left in the world - the Park has hatched 165 chicks and released 80 birds in the wild. There are now more than 370 condors, and the number is growing as eggs are laid and hatched at the breeding centers at the Safari Park, Los Angeles Zoo, World Center for Birds of Prey, and Oregon Zoo. Eggs have been laid in the wild as well.
     In addition, in 2011 the breeding centers are exchanging eggs to increase the gene pool of each population. One week ago, two condors that hatched and fledged at the Safari Park last year were sent to Arizona for release.

     A California condor egg hatches after 56 days of incubation. The emerging chick hatches with white down and a light pink bald head. When the chick fledges at 6 months old, it is fully grown with black-and-white feathers and a black head. When it reaches maturity, the bird's head turns pink once again.
     The California Condor Recovery Program is implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, zoos in the U.S. and Mexico, and U.S. and Mexican government agencies. Although listed by the federal government as an endangered species in 1967, the California condor population continued to decline, reaching a critical low of less than two dozen birds. In 1982, the condor breeding program was successfully established at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Los Angeles Zoo. Today, two additional breeding centers are assisting with the recovery of the species at The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey and the Oregon Zoo. In addition, condors are part of an education program that allows guests at the San Diego Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo and Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo to see North America's largest bird up close.

Be Among the First to View Universal Orlando Resort's New National TV Ad Campaign

Universal Orlando Resort is excited to announce that it will debut a new national TV ad campaign next week. We offered a first look to our Facebook fans just minutes ago and we wanted you to also be among the first to view the ad before it airs. Whether it’s because of the two amazing theme parks, because of the countless, exhilarating entertainment options or because of the quality time that families and friends can spend together here, our guests enjoy coming to Universal Orlando! You can view the official “Because” TV ad – which will begin airing on Monday – by clicking here. Enjoy!

The Harley Show Ends in the FUTURE, Not the Past

Happy (very nearly) Spring!

It has been a busy time here at the Museum as we have been preparing to open our BRAND NEW EXHIBIT! Historic Harleys: The Antique Motorcycles of Brandt’s Harley-Davidson opened Tuesday to rave reviews. Haven’t had a chance to see it yet? We’ve got some upcoming events that would be the perfect opportunity to do so!

Historic Harleys: The Antique Motorcycles of Brandt’s Harley-Davidson

Now through January 7, 2012

The exhibit contains several antique and collectible Harley-Davidsons, most of them carefully restored by Brandt’s. The oldest bike in the collection is a 1910 single cylinder. Also on display are artifacts from the store, which was opened in 1949 by Waldo Brandt. You’ve never seen our Gallery looking like this! Even if you THINK that you aren’t interested in motorcycles, come and have a look. You’ll find the bikes to be works of art, each with a unique story. Don’t miss it!

Special thanks to Brandt’s Harley-Davidson for all of their efforts and to our sponsors, First Merchants Bank, without whom none of this would have been possible.

History Hunters

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Noon to 1pm

Next Thursday, March 24, Dr. Bill Wimberly, author of the recently-published book, Hanna’s Town, will discuss his book at the Wabash County Historical Museum . There will be a question and answer period following Dr. Wimberly’s remarks.  The event will take place in the museum’s multi-purpose room from noon – 1 p.m. The History Hunters events, sponsored by Peabody Retirement Community, are free for members or with a paid daily admission. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 260-563-9070. Those attending are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the program.

This event sponsored by Peabody Retirement Community.

Family Fun Day

Thursday, April 7, 2011

10am-4pm

Those of you that have attended previous Family Fun Days know that you should mark your calendars NOW for this great event. The theme will be Fun and Games in Wabash County ! Come and participate in a variety of sports and games through the ages! This event will take place from 10am-4pm on April 7th. It is included in your regular daily admission or FREE for members. This event sponsored by 105.9 the Bash.

Red Carpet Club

Thursday, April 28, 2011

6pm-8pm(ish)

Local author Gene Stratton-Porter’s books have been made into numerous films over the years, and some of these films are no longer available to the public. On April 28th, we be hosting Stratton-Porter expert Eric Grayson who will presenting the 1940 film version of Laddie. This was the third cinema adaptation of the heartwarming story by Stratton-Porter, following versions filmed in 1926 (in which Stratton-Porter herself played the role of “Little Sister”) and 1935. In the story, Laddie, a good-natured Indiana farmer falls in love with immigrant English girl Pamela. Though Pamela's irascible father intensely dislikes Laddie and his parents, hero and heroine manage to keep romance alive with the help of Laddie's hero-worshipping kid sister.

The character of Laddie is modeled after Stratton-Porter’s beloved brother, Leander, who drowned in the Wabash River when he was 18 years old. Copies of the book are available in the gift shop if you want to read it before the presentation. This event costs $5/person. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 260-563-9070.

We hope to see you at the Museum soon!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Universal Orlando Resort


On April 1, Universal Orlando Resort will close the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction at Universal Studios Florida and immediately begin work on an all-new experience based on an amazing concept.  The new attraction will be a natural fit for Universal Orlando and is just one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years.  We can’t wait to share more details with you in the future.  Meanwhile, Boy Genius fans will be excited to know that the attraction will re-open for limited periods during the spring and summer before closing permanently on August 18.  Stay tuned to www.UniversalOrlando.com and our Facebook page for updates.

What's New at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove for Spring and Summer Travel

ORLANDO’S THE PLACE TO BE FOR SPRING & SUMMER VACATIONS
SeaWorld and Discovery Cove have all-new shows, adventures and experiences

At a glance:
•    SeaWorld Orlando has two must-sees: an all-new Shamu show and nighttime-only spectaculars
•    Discovery Cove debuts a new expansion with saltwater reef and an innovative, underwater walking tour
•    Staying at one of the park’s official hotels now provides unique & exclusive benefits
•    Booking a getaway through SeaWorldVacations.com brings even more value, including free all-day dining deals

ORLANDO, FL (Spring 2011) – Orlando is sure to be this spring and summer’s most popular getaway destination for Florida residents.  And, all-new shows, experiences and adventures at both SeaWorld and Discovery Cove top Orlando’s must-see list.

New at SeaWorld Orlando
“One Ocean” features SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and the ocean as the center of our natural world, sharing a message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and its future is in our hands to cherish and protect. Shamu Stadium’s three-story set, panoramic LED screens and hundreds of surround-sound speakers envelop guests in the show experience. Brilliantly colored lights, soaring fountains, stunning underwater imagery are set to an original, contemporary musical score with global rhythms. “One Ocean” opens late April.
Summer Nights at SeaWorld is a nighttime spectacular and the only place to celebrate when the sun sets over Central Florida’s theme parks. The park’s daytime favorites change to nighttime spectacles, showcasing the park in a whole new light with Shamu Rocks, a Shamu show driven by a larger-than-life, rock-n-roll beat. Summer Nights also includes a sky-filling fireworks finale, an all-new, uproarious sea lion show and hottest of all, Manta, Orlando’s most unique roller coaster, under the stars.  Catch “Summer Nights at SeaWorld” every evening, June 25 – August 14.



New at Discovery Cove
The new Grand Reef takes a day at Discovery Cove – an all-inclusive tropical retreat in the heart of Orlando where guests swim with dolphins, hand-feed exotic birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches - to another level. The all-new saltwater reef is filled with thousands of tropical fish in shallow and deeper waters leaving guests to explore where they feel most comfortable. Snorkeling takes place among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world and guarantees sights of amazing exotic sea life ranging from spotted eagle rays and zebra sharks to lionfish and eels. For the daring, SeaVenture is an innovative, underwater walking tour where guests – wearing dive helmets – will feel right at home under the sea, getting up close to sharks and lionfish (safely behind glass), velvety rays and even star fish or sea urchins. 

New for 2011 -- Official hotels include free benefits 
For the first time ever, staying at one of SeaWorld’s official hotels includes incredible benefits for free.
  
•    Complimentary transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Orlando
•    Complimentary front-of-the-line access to SeaWorld’s thrill rides
•    Early entry to SeaWorld and Aquatica and exclusive access to the SeaWorld Rescue Tour on select days during peak seasons 
•    Discounts on select food and gift purchases at SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark

All guests staying at an official SeaWorld hotel have access to the exclusive benefits.  Families need only visit the hotel’s guest service desk – staffed by knowledgeable staff from Expedia Local Expert – for details. 

SeaWorld Orlando’s Official Hotels represent a broad spectrum of lodging types, from affordable “select service” brands, to full-service resorts and even fully furnished vacation villas.  Each of the six Official Hotels will offer the exclusive benefits and each hotel is within walking distance of SeaWorld.  SeaWorld Orlando’s Official Hotels include the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Doubletree Orlando by Hilton at SeaWorld, Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld, Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld, SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld and the Fairfield Inn Orlando at SeaWorld. 

Book a getaway package and eat for free, all day
SeaWorldVacations.com is the one-stop vacation shop to find out what’s new, book hotel rooms and purchase theme park tickets. For a limited time only, each trip booked through SeaWorldVacations.com with any of 25 hotel partners includes free all-day dining deals at SeaWorld and an opportunity to buy admission to Aquatica and/or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for only $39 each. And, guests buying admission to those parks eat free all-day, too. Guests also can find more information on the special benefits and the entire collection of SeaWorld Hotel Partners (25 in total). 

For more information, to see a complete list of SeaWorld Orlando’s official hotels and to book a getaway, go to SeaWorldVacations.com.   To learn more about The Grand Reef and to make a reservation, go to DiscoveryCove.com

CELEBRATE BIG BIRD’S BIRTHDAY AT SESAME STREET SAFARI OF FUN

TAMPA, Fla. (March 14, 2011) — Join your family’s favorite Sesame Street friends and some of Busch Gardens’ feathered friends to celebrate Big Bird’s birthday on Saturday, March 19 at Sesame Street Safari of Fun.

WHAT:    Join Big Bird and his friends from Sesame Street to celebrate his birthday party with a special lunch on Saturday, March 19 at Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street Safari of Fun. During the party, families will sing “Happy Birthday” to the bird of honor, meet Busch Gardens’ other feathered friends and enjoy delicious food served buffet-style.

DATE:  Saturday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PRICE:   Lunch is $22 for adults and $15 for children. A 6x8” photo is included per family. Pass members receive a 10 percent discount. Admission to the park is required, but not included.

RESERVATIONS:    Visit SesameStreetSafariofFun.com and click on
Dine with Elmo or call 1-888-800-5447

After enjoying the birthday festivities, enjoy family time together playing in Busch Gardens’ new Sesame Street Safari of Fun. The all-new, Sesame Street-themed play land is filled with kid-size rides and cool water fun. Take a dive on Air Grover, the new junior coaster for parents and kids to ride together. Splash in Bert & Ernie’s Watering Hole, a wet adventure filled with bubblers, geysers, jets, dumping buckets and more. A photography studio offers photos with characters daily, and a musical stage show brings safari tales to life in a celebration of imagination and the spirit of adventure.

Busch Gardens has fun for the whole family to enjoy all day. With thrilling rides, award-winning shows and exotic, up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

Last Section Of Cheetah Hunt Track Installed at Busch Gardens

With the Tightening of A Few Final Bolts, the Cheetah Hunt Track is Complete

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (Tampa, FL) – Construction crews worked into the evening on Monday to install the final piece of track that completes Cheetah Hunt’s epic 4,429-foot run – a record length among Busch Gardens Tampa’s coasters. The final section, which completes the “jump” over the Skyride’s cables, was bolted into place just before 9:30 p.m.

Even with the completion of the track, however, the work is far from over in preparing the new mega-attraction for its May 27th grand opening. Crews will spend the next two months finishing the intricate sculpting – or “theming” – of the coasters’ surrounding architecture.

Construction also continues on innovative Cheetah Run habitat, which will house more than a dozen of the highly endangered cats and offer guests unique opportunities to get up-close and witness a cheetah’s speed first-hand during daily sprints.

 
 
 



Universal Orlando Resort Features Live Performance By "Hop" Characters for a Limited Time


Now through April 5, guests at Universal Studios Florida can be among the first to meet the characters from “Hop,” Universal Pictures’ new animated film about candy, chicks, and rock ‘n’ roll. They’re performing live at the French Quarter stage within the New York area of the theme park, followed by a meet-and-greet where guests can snap photos with the characters. Universal Studios is one of two amazing theme parks within Universal Orlando Resort featuring cutting-edge attractions and some of the most revolutionary rides ever created.

** Performance schedule is subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Last Section Of Cheetah Hunt Track Installed at Busch Gardens

With the Tightening of A Few Final Bolts, the Cheetah Hunt Track is Complete

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (Tampa, FL) – Construction crews worked into the evening on Monday to install the final piece of track that completes Cheetah Hunt’s epic 4,429-foot run – a record length among Busch Gardens Tampa’s coasters. The final section, which completes the “jump” over the Skyride’s cables, was bolted into place just before 9:30 p.m.

Even with the completion of the track, however, the work is far from over in preparing the new mega-attraction for its May 27th grand opening. Crews will spend the next two months finishing the intricate sculpting – or “theming” – of the coasters’ surrounding architecture.

Construction also continues on innovative Cheetah Run habitat, which will house more than a dozen of the highly endangered cats and offer guests unique opportunities to get up-close and witness a cheetah’s speed first-hand during daily sprints.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ’S GRAD BASH 2011 FEATURES LIVE PERFORMANCES BY TODAY’S HOTTEST MUSIC STARS – JASON DERULO, PITBULL, B.O.B., AND DJ KHALED

High School Seniors Can Also Enjoy Exclusive Access to Two World-Class Theme Parks, Nonstop Entertainment and More

Tickets on Sale Now with High School Student Advisors for Orlando’s Hottest Grad Party

Universal Orlando ’s Grad Bash 2011 is Orlando ’s hottest high school graduation event where graduates can celebrate with exclusive access to two world-class theme parks, street entertainment and live performances by some of today’s most popular musical artists.

This year’s talent lineup includes Jason DeRulo – the artist behind smash hits like “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head;” Reggaeton rapper Pitbull, also known as “Mr. 305;” five-time 2011 Grammy award nominee B.o.B.; and BET’s 2008 “DJ of the Year,” DJ Khaled. Together, this dynamic group of acts lays claim to 11 platinum and multi-platinum singles and will be performing live for high school graduates on the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios Florida. Performance dates are listed below.

GRAD BASH 2011 TALENT LINE-UP
Performing at Universal Studios’ Music Plaza Stage

Grad Bash Event Dates
   
Live Talent Performances By:
Friday, April 15
·         Jason DeRulo

·         B.o.B.

·         DJ Khaled

Saturday, April 30
·         Jason DeRulo

·         B.o.B.

·         DJ Khaled

Friday, May 6
·         Pitbull

·         B.o.B.

·         DJ Khaled

Saturday, May 7
·         Pitbull

·         B.o.B.

·         DJ Khaled

Students also get late-night access to pulse-pounding rides and attractions at both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. They can soar above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, speed through darkness on Revenge of the Mummy and rock out at 65 mph on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

High school seniors are encouraged to book their spot at Universal Orlando’s Grad Bash with their student advisor. For more information on the event, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/GradBash.

April 15, April 30, May 6, May 7
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL JOINS EFFORT TO CONSERVE THE AMAZONIAN RAIN FOREST THROUGH PERU FIELD STATION

   San Diego Zoo Global will play a key role in helping to conserve the Amazonian rain forest by taking on management responsibility for a conservation and research station located in the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru. This will be the first South American-based field station for the San Diego Zoo and marks a significant extension of its commitment to the region.

     Manu National Park is located in the western Amazon and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and, as such, is protected as a biosphere preserve. It is one of the most biodiverse lowland tropical forests in the world and is considered one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet.
     "Cocha Cashu Biological Station, which is part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, represents a significant expansion of our conservation efforts," said Allison Alberts, Ph.D., chief conservation and research officer for San Diego Zoo Global. "We are inheriting a legacy of inestimable value and look forward to the challenge of understanding and conserving the unique and important biodiversity of Manu."
     Through the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation ResearchTM , San Diego Zoo Global currently manages field programs in more than 35 countries around the world. The new Peruvian-based station will be an important addition to the organization's existing conservation research stations, including three field stations in Cameroon's Ebo Forest, a California condor release site in Mexico, endangered bird breeding centers in Hawaii and San Clemente Island, and the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada.
     Encompassing almost 6,000 square miles, the Manu Biosphere Reserve is protected as a national park by the Peruvian Department of Protected Areas in the Ministry of Environment. San Diego Zoo Global, which will officially take over management of the field station at the
beginning of summer, will be working with an existing team of Peruvian scientists in a collaborative effort to develop conservation science-based projects that study the many high-profile species that live in the Amazonian ecosphere.

     "Manu is unrivaled in its biodiversity," said Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., director of applied animal ecology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation ResearchTM.  "This project will allow us to expand our conservation efforts and develop partnerships with some of the key organizations and scientists working in the area."
     The Park is estimated to be home for more than 1,000 bird species, 200 species of reptiles and amphibians, 125 species of mammals and 40 species of fish. Living in the area of the field station are such rare and charismatic species as jaguars, giant river turtles, Goeldi's monkeys, black caimans, lowland tapirs, and giant river otters. The only human inhabitants of the region are indigenous groups including the Machigenga tribe and five other tribes that remain "uncontacted" by Western society.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Multi-Million Dollar Expansion At Schlitterbahn Waterpark In Kansas City Means More Summer Jobs

Schlitterbahn is now accepting applications to hire more than 500 seasonal staff members to fill summer jobs.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Schlitterbahn Waterpark is currently accepting seasonal employment applications for the 2011 season. A multi-million dollar 2011 expansion which includes the region’s only surf ride, a mammoth rapids river, two head-first mat slides, an totally enclosed tube slide, a whitewater tube chute and ride-up Aqua Veyer, requires more than 150 additional staff members than last season.

500 seasonal staff members are needed to fill open positions which include food and beverage personnel, lifeguards, cashiers, retail assistants, maintenance workers, landscaping crew and more. Potential staff members should be at least 16 years of age and able to work throughout the summer months, including weekends and evenings.

“We are excited about assembling our largest summer team to date as we prepare to introduce six major new attractions and other guest amenities for the 2011 season,” said Keith Fontenot, general manager for Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. “We strive to offer our staff members the best work experience and a competitive compensation plan including an end of the season bonus program.”

Those interested in job opportunities are encouraged to apply online in the Jobs section at schlitterbahn.com starting Monday, March 7. Those who prefer to apply in person may do so Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Staff Services office at 1709 North 98th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66111. Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed by Schlitterbahn staff and applicants are contacted to schedule interviews.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Please email SKCJobs@schlitterbahn.com for more information or questions regarding employment.

Schlitterbahn is Kansas City’s only river tubing adventure and is likened to a float trip excursion inside a waterpark. The Transportainment River System™ allows guest to float in tubes throughout the park without leaving the water. Attractions include an uphill water coaster, a surfing ride, the world’s longest tidal wave river, a record-breaking rapids river, six huge slides, whitewater tube chutes, Aqua Veyers, two areas for kids with 13 mini slides, relaxing beach areas and a giant hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar.

Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark is open May 21 & 22, then daily May 28-August 21 and weekends through Labor Day. The park offers fantastic family amenities that include free parking and free use inner tubes and life jackets. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets and coolers inside the park (no grilling, glass containers or alcohol).

Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979.  In addition to the Kansas City property, Schlitterbahn currently operates three Texas waterparks – Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark in Galveston Island, and the award-winning flagship waterpark at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels.

For more information, please visit www.schlitterbahn.com.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Studio K and Cloud 9 Reunion Turns the Clock Back to the ‘80’s

Buena Park, CA – Knott’s Berry Farm will be partying like it’s 1984 with the one night only return of Studio K and Could 9.  These dance clubs, formerly inside the Knott's Berry Farm amusement theme park, were the place to be for many Orange County teens from 1984 to 1991 and were known as two of the most successful dance facilities in the nation.

Now, after 20 years, both Cloud 9 and Studio K are returning for a one-night-only reunion party set to take place on April 1 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Two full bars, original DJs from the clubs, the hosting services of ex-KROQ personality Richard Blade, and access to some of the theme park’s most popular rides and attractions are expected to draw thousands who were regulars during their teen years.

Tickets for the event are $26.99 and can be purchased at Knott’s Berry Farm’s ticket booths as well as online at www.knotts.com. For more information, call (714) 220-5200.

FAIRYTALE TOWN APRIL & MAY EVENTS

Family Friendly Fun this Spring
The Fairytale Town Troupers - The Frog Princess

April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 (Saturdays & Sundays)

Two Show times: 12:30PM & 1:30PM
The Fairytale Town Troupers are back with their first show of the season, the Frog Princess. Belazar Jette' is labeled the "Crown Prince of College Basketball" by sportscasters everywhere. The week before his first major NBA draft, Benny reluctantly agrees to visit his great-great grandmother in the deep, deep South, an extremely isolated little bayou town known only as Nola. Benny brings along his "Golden Ball," a national college basketball trophy topped off with a solid gold basketball, to try and impress her. When he loses his "Golden Ball" in the swamp, he is devastated, but help comes along in the most unexpected form: a talking frog. Rollicking Zydeco coupled with Mardi Gras Magic makes it a joyous Cajun Carnival for all ages. Performances will be held in Fairytale Town's Children's Theater. Tickets are $1, members and children 1 and under are free, in addition to paid park admission (show subject to change).

The Annual Puppet Festival - Five Unique Puppet Shows

April 20 - June 26 (Wednesdays - Sundays)
Show times: Weekdays at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM
Show times: Weekends at 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM

Puppet Art Theater is back this Spring for another season filled with music, puppetry chase scenes and fun! Five original shows will be performed in the Children's Theater. Puppet Show tickets are $1 members and $2 nonmembers, children 1 and under are free, in addition to paid park admission. All shows are performed by Puppet Art Theater Company. 

This year's line-up is as follows:

April 20 - April 24 - Bunny Boot Camp
April 27 - May 8: The Three Little Pigs
May 11 - May 22: Tommy's Train Troubles
May 25 - June 5: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
June 8 - June 26: Jack & The Beanstalk

Spring Eggstravanganza

Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24
11AM - 3PM

A fun-filled family weekend with egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands on activities, and pictures with Peter Cottontail (additional cost). Daily egg hunts will be held at 12PM, 1PM, and 2PM. Hunt areas are separated by age group. Children can also participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities. The Bunny Boot Camp puppet show will be performed in the Children's Theater for a small fee. Weekend park admission is $4.50 per person and children 1 and under are free. 

Farms, Friends & Fairytales

Saturday, May 21, 2011
11AM - 3PM

Celebrate agriculture awareness at the fourth annual Farms, Friends & Fairytales event! Arrive early to watch the twin Babydoll sheep, Lucy & Ethel, get sheared, then watch as a wool spinner spins the wool into thread using an old fashioned spinning wheel! Enjoy agriculture themed hands on activities, a mini-farmer's market and visit with local area farms and organizations to learn more about California's rich agricultural history. Weekend park admission is $4.50 per person and children 1 and under are free.

Knott’s Welcomes Kathy and Janet Lennon for “Best Pals” Doll Signing Event

BUENA PARK, Calif. –Kathy and Janet Lennon will be signing their award-winning product line, “Best Pals,” at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Virginia’s Gift Shop on Saturday, March 12.

    The celebrity sisters, who still perform in Branson and select venues throughout the year including the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, developed their doll line based on their lifelong friendship and their love for a pair of ragdolls handmade for them by their mother and their Nana in 1949.   These wholesome toys, with a nod back to their 1950’s childhood, were developed especially for parents and grandparents looking to provide their children and grandchildren with high quality toys at affordable prices.

    Knott’s “Best Pals”  Doll Signing Event will take place at Virginia’s Gift Shop located in Knott’s Marketplace from 11am – 1pm.  Knott’s Marketplace is open to the public and does not require park admission.  Three hours of free parking is also available.

    To find out all the summer activities at Knott’s Berry Farm and to download a money-saving flyer for the Doll Event, visit www.knotts.com.

Adventure Island Opens for the 2011 Season on March 12!

TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2011) – Adventure Island kicks off another season of fun in the sun with preview weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, and daily operation beginning Saturday, March 19. New this year: Summer hours are extended until 9 p.m. every night from June 9 through Aug. 14.

BEST OFFERS: The best value to visit all season long is the Adventure Island Weekday Pass.

    * Pay for a Day, and Play Weekdays All Season. Enjoy unlimited weekday access to Adventure Island during the 2011 season with no blackout dates.
    * Valid Mondays through Fridays, March 21 through Sept. 5, 2011
    * Purchase at AdventureIsland.com, 1-888-800-5447 or at Adventure Island or Busch Gardens front gates
    * The Adventure Island Weekday Pass is $42.99 for adults and children

You can also visit Domino’s stores through May 15, 2011, in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando to receive a promotion code to save $10 off a single day admission ticket to Adventure Island. Promotion code must be redeemed at AdventureIsland.com by May 15, 2011.

NEW! EXTENDED HOURS ALL SUMMER LONG
This summer, Adventure Island is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ALL SUMMER LONG -- not just during Island Nights. That’s more time to enjoy the thrills, water attractions and family fun offered at Adventure Island.

And Island Nights returns this summer as well, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m., June 9 to Aug. 13. It’s a vacation from the everyday with live music, authentic Polynesian dancers, inspiring cuisine and family friendly beach activities in addition to all the thrilling slides, tube rides and water-drenched fun of Adventure Island.

CABANAS To make the most of your Adventure Island visit, rent a cabana for a shaded, exclusive spot for your family and friends to gather throughout the day. Each cabana includes four chaise lounges, a locker, a mini-fridge with assorted drinks and four souvenir towels. Daily rental prices range from $99.99 to $179.99, based on the time of year.

Visit AdventureIsland.com for extended hour schedules during Spring Break and summer. Single-day admission tickets for Adventure Island are $42.99 for adults and $38.99 for children. Children ages 2 and younger are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are per person, plus tax. Park hours are subject to change. Visit www.adventureisland.com for more information.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS CONFIRMS TALKS WITH CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT

Orlando, London (9am EST Wednesday March 2 2011) Global visitor attraction operator Merlin Entertainments (‘Merlin’) confirmed today that it is working with entertainment company Circle Entertainment, Inc. (Cexe.pk) and developer Unicorp, to bring at least three of its best known global attraction brands to Orlando including  Madame Tussauds and the Orlando ‘Eye’ – a sensational 425 ft high wheel! Talks are well advanced, and if agreed, the attractions will form a key part of Circle and Unicorp’s exciting plans for I-Walk Orlando – a new high quality development of retail, restaurant and bars and entertainment facilities scheduled to open in 2013 in the centre of International Drive at the old Mercado location.

Commenting Paul Kanavos, President of Circle Entertainment, said “I-Walk Orlando will be a very exciting addition to International Drive, providing a unique mix of leisure and retail activities. When we were looking for a partner, Merlin was the obvious place to start and we welcome them to I-Walk.  Merlin has a unique portfolio of indoor visitor attractions all with global reputations; but most importantly they are the owners and operators of the world famous London Eye observation wheel in the UK. They are also the second largest attraction operator in the world and are expanding very rapidly here in the USA. Circle Entertainment is committed to building and owning the Orlando Eye at I-Walk Orlando and is seeking other preeminent domestic and international locations for its Observation Wheels under its exclusive worldwide license agreement with US Thrill Rides and Bill Kitchen, its founder."

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall is excited about the project and his development joint venture with Circle Entertainment. 'We are so pleased to undertake this extraordinary new development opportunity that will re-shape the landscape of International Drive.  We waited patiently for four years to create the ideal retail and entertainment destination.  This is it and will be a world wide destination. I-Walk Orlando has secured all necessary zoning and entitlements.”

Commenting Merlin Entertainments’ CEO Nick Varney said “I-Walk Orlando is destined to be a ‘must visit’ destination for Orlando’s millions of visitors. With this project we believe Merlin, Unicorp and Circle Entertainment will be bringing an exceptional group of new attractions to what is undoubtedly the best and most exciting location for family entertainment any where in the world.  More than that, in October we are opening LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven, our second LEGOLAND theme park in the USA and fifth in the world underlining the importance of North America, and Florida in particular, as key development areas for Merlin.”

Create a Roller Coaster out of Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels and Win!!

HANOVER, PA ¬( March 3, 2011) – Pretzel lovers, roller coaster enthusiasts and crafters, be on alert. The ultimate test of skill and creativity is about to commence.  It’s time to gather your supplies - Snyder’s of Hanover® pretzels and a glue gun - dream up your plans, and start creating!  Creating what, you ask? Why, an ENTIRE roller coaster made only of pretzels of course!

Entering its third year of competition, the Pretzel Coaster Build-Off Contest sponsored by Snyder’s of Hanover and Busch Gardens® is calling for creative pretzel coaster entries.  Eligible participants from select states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina) are invited to build a miniature roller coaster out of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and submit pictures of their pretzel coaster creations to www.snydersofhanover.com. All entries must be submitted between March 14th and June 3rd.

In a new twist to the rules, judges will select four semi-finalists and then give fans the power to vote for the fifth semi-finalist online. Those five semi-finalists and the 2010 defending champion will be awarded an all expense-paid family trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for the final round of competition on July 14th. Each semi-finalist prize includes gas, lodging, tickets to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA and meals for a family of four. The estimated value of each semi-finalist prize is $1,065.96.

In the final showdown on July 14th the five semi-finalists will race against each other, the clock and returning champion Jennifer Westcott of Wayne, N.J. to create a pretzel coaster replica of one of Busch Gardens’ exciting coasters. The grand prize winner will be awarded a four-pack of two-year, 2-Park passes for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA and a year’s supply of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, among other prizes. Estimated retail value is $1,307.96. Second and third prizes will also be awarded. For full contest rules, visit www.snydersofhanover.com.

        SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. 

    Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels have been America’s favorite since 1909. They have been recognized for their creative new products and their assortment of delicious pretzels. For recipes and amusing facts about pretzels visit www.snydersofhanover.com

Friday, March 4, 2011

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM GETS KIDS IN SHAPE DURING SNOOPY’S SPRING TRAINING

WEEKENDS March 19-April 24

BUENA PARK, CA – It’s “game on” at Knott’s Berry Farm this spring!  Guests to the park can join Snoopy and all the gang as they get out in the fresh air and get in shape with all their favorite sports activities.  Kids ages 3-11 will be given a score card upon entering Camp Snoopy and will have the opportunity to try their skill at some of our country’s most popular pastimes.  You can take a turn running the bases, kicking a soccer ball, shooting a few hoops, even doing a little victory dance.  After completing all the stations, everyone goes home a winner with a special prize.

After you get a little exercise you may want to take it down a notch with “Team Charlie Brown,” the live musical revue starring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts’ Gang at the Camp Snoopy Theatre.  Peanuts’ pal J.T. will take everyone out to the ball game with this antic-filled show which includes audience participation and some catchy tunes.

When you are ready to take a break from the action, don’t miss Knott’s Spring Crafts Fair located throughout Ghost Town which runs daily April 1-May 1.  Artisans from throughout Southern California will be on hand selling a unique mix of crafts, jewelry, clothing and other gift items.  

Make your Easter celebration extra special by booking your reservation for the all-you-can-eat Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch featuring glazed ham, roast turkey, smoked salmon, and carved beef at  Knott’s Berry Farm’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  Brunch includes special appearances throughout the day by Snoopy and the Easter Bunny himself!  Guests can make reservations by calling, (714) 220-5055.

    Snoopy’s Spring Training runs weekends March 19-April 24. Though Knott’s Theme Park closing times vary, Snoopy’s Spring Training ends at 5:00 pm each day. Training session is included with regular park admission of $56.99 and junior rate (ages 3-11) and seniors (62 and older) are only $24.99.  Take advantage of the discounted online regular ticket price of only $33.99 and $22.99 for juniors and seniors.  For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, call (714) 220-5200 or visit on the web at www.knotts.com.

Universal Orlando Resort Joins Read Across America's Celebration


Orlando Magic’s Community Ambassador and former player, Nick Anderson, was all smiles at Universal Orlando Resort while reading Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” to local schoolchildren in celebration of the National Education Association’s Read Across America day on March 2, 2011. As part of NEA’s 16th annual reading party and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Universal Orlando hosted two elementary classes from a local school to Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a day of Seussian storytelling and celebrations.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO BRING SOUTHERN STYLE ROCK THIS WEEKEND AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S MARDI GRAS

The Biggest Mardi Gras Party Outside of New Orleans Continues Saturday, March 5

WHAT:  This Saturday night, Lynyrd Skynyrd – one of the most legendary rock’n’roll bands in history – will take center stage at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration. The band’s southern style, sound and all-American spirit have made them one of the most widely-recognized names in rock.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has produced more than 60 albums and sold more than 30 million copies since the band first began in Jacksonville , Fla., 35 years ago. They remain a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame powerhouse with top hits including, “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps” and one of the most famous rock songs of all time, “Free Bird.”

This year’s Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R&B. Together, the headliners have had more than 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and more than 20 Grammy nominations.

2011 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP

Mardi Gras Event Dates
Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)

Saturday, March 5
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday, March 12   
Foreigner

Friday, March 18
Neon Trees

Saturday, March 19
The Roots

Friday, March 25
OneRepublic

Saturday, March 26
Blake Shelton

Friday, April 1
Sean Kingston

Saturday, April 2
Ne-Yo

Saturday, April 9
Lifehouse

Saturday, April 16
The Beach Boys

Saturday, April 23
Thirty Seconds To Mars

At Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, nationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida. This year’s ultimate street party runs every Saturday and other select nights through April 23, and is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

SCHEDULE: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Grady Champion (New Orleans Band)

8:00 p.m.: Mardi Gras Parade Starts

8:30 p.m.: Lynyrd Skynyrd