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Friday, May 20, 2011


Blockbuster 3-D-CGI Feature “Despicable Me” to Become Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando

Plus, Incredible High-Tech Enhancements Underway for One of the World’s Most Popular Attractions:
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Orlando, Fla. (May 19, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature “Despicable Me,” bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests.  The “Despicable Me” experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal also announced that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, one of the greatest attractions in theme park history, will be completely reanimated in 4K digital high definition – once again redefining the theme park experience.    

Both will open in 2012 and are being developed by the same award-winning Universal Creative team that has brought all of Universal Orlando’s spectacularly themed attractions to life.  Both will utilize brand-new, highly sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection systems designed to make the experience sharper, clearer and more “real” than ever before.


With a worldwide gross of more than $540 million, 2010’s “Despicable Me,” from directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, is the sixth most successful film that Universal Pictures has ever distributed.  It is now the 10th-biggest animated film in U.S. history.  The 3-D animated adventure thrilled audiences across the globe with its outrageous humor, endearing characters and compelling storyline – all of which guests will be able to experience exclusively at Universal Orlando in 2012.

“Despicable Me” will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience.  The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create all-new animation for an all-new “Despicable Me” adventure that places guests right in the center of the action.

Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains, is bringing his high-tech empire – and his three adopted daughters – to Universal Studios, and he is looking for all the help he can get.  First, he will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions.  Then he will train them.  And that kicks off an unforgettable ride experience that creates a hysterical mix of chaos and family fun.

Guests will:

·        laugh as they embark on an entirely-new, high-tech 3-D digital adventure with their favorite characters from the film – Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru’s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions

·        marvel as they explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab

·        shriek as the entire family is transformed into minions

·        celebrate as they are swept into a first-ever, minion-inspired, interactive dance party where they can show off their best moves

“The ‘Despicable Me’ attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture’s most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.  “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”

“As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters,” said Chris Meledandri.  “With the creation of next year’s ‘Despicable Me’ attraction at Universal Orlando, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in Gru’s world for many years to come.”


Already one of the most popular and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure continues to raise the bar for theme park entertainment – combining advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3-D digital film and live special effects to create an unparalleled ride experience.  It is widely acknowledged as one of the best theme park experiences in the world – and it’s about to get mind-blowingly better.

The newly reanimated, high-definition experience will unfold within the attraction’s towering visual spaces – taking on even larger than larger-than-life proportions.  The new digital animation – combined with the new Infitec system and new set enhancements – will transform what is already one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever created into what will feel like an all-new experience.

Facts about the enhanced ride experience:

·         All-new digital animation done in 4K high definition – the highest HD resolution available

·         The new HD animation will allow guests to experience details they’ve never been able to before – from the flames spewing from Hobgoblin’s pumpkins to the electricity arching through Electro’s body to the stitching on Spider-Man’s gloves.

·         To take advantage of new HD clarity and detail, Universal Orlando is adding entirely new details to the film – and leaving it up to guests to find them.

“Guests will not believe their eyes when they experience the new Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of the Universal Creative Studio.  “We are talking about a larger-than-life environment and the HD animation will make it even more remarkable than it has been.  It will seem brand-new.” 

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Happiness Is…..the Summer at Knott’s

Knott’s Debuts New Attraction and New Ice Show for 2011 Summer Season

BUENA PARK, Calif. (Summer 2011) –Knott’s Berry Farm will celebrate the summer season with new shows and a breathtaking new attraction, WindSeeker.

    Making its debut high above Orange County this summer is WindSeeker.  Rising over 300 feet in the air, WindSeeker will take 64 passengers to new heights as it ascends above the theme park and then spins riders for a 60 second ride at a speed of 30 miles per hour.  WindSeeker is slated to open in July.
    Starting May 28, “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” returns for its second season and is bigger and brighter than ever.  When darkness falls over Knott’s Berry Farm, Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular brings Camp Snoopy to life with a continuous light show filled with Peanuts’ figures, themed music, sound effects,  and colorful projections.  In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” guests will see their favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.

    “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” will run every evening the park is open after 8:00 p.m.
Over at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to present “Happiness is….Snoopy” (dark Wednesdays) an exciting ice show debuting June 18. In this musical extravaganza you will fall in love with Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang as they share the simple joys of life with the help of world-class ice skaters in a show that will delight the entire family.  Catchy tunes, elaborate costumes, special effects and show-stopping choreography make this production a not-to-miss experience.

Back by popular demand, Knott’s “All Wheels Extreme” returns to the Calico Stage on June 18.  Guests will be amazed by the skills of gravity defying BMX bikers, in-line skaters, a trials rider, gymnasts and even a skateboarding canine in a fast paced, action packed production.
For the younger set, “Hooray for Hollywood” tells the story of the Peanuts® Gang as they try to make it big in Tinseltown.  Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and their friend JT pay homage to the golden days of Hollywood in a show that’s sure to delight kids of all ages.

At twilight the Calico Square Stage becomes the place to learn the latest dances at “Country Dancin’ U.S.A.” (selected dates) with Knott’s line dancing aficionados, J.T. and Dusty.
The summer really heats up with “Fiesta Folklorico.”  Guests in Fiesta Village will be treated to beautifully costumed dancers as they present culturally-rich performances filled with intricate choreography.

Weekends were made for BBQs and Knott’s is firing up the grill May 21-22, 28-30, June 4-5 then daily through September 5.  For just $43.99 for Regular, $32.99 for Juniors and Seniors (62+), guests receive admission into Knott’s Berry Farm as well as an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ served from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. 

One of the best reasons to visit Knott’s Berry Farm during the summer is that Knott’s is open late, and guests can get in after 4 p.m. for only $28.50 for 
Regular admission and $24.99 for Juniors (3-11) and Seniors (62 years and
older).  All-day tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm are $56.99 for Regular admission and $24.99 for Juniors (ages 3-11) and Seniors (62+).  Children under three are free.  Discount tickets to Knott’s will be available at Ralphs stores starting June 8 through September 6 and are valid through October 31 (excludes Knott’s Halloween Haunt).

Just across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City is ready for another fun-filled season.  Cool off in Tidal Wave Bay or take a ride on Pacific Spin, Soak City’s newest ride.  Pacific Spin riders are blasted down into
a 132-foot long tunnel, then drop a stomach-churning 63 feet into the mouth of a six story funnel.  This thrilling escapade culminates in a waterfall splash that deposits riders into a cool catch pool.  Tickets to Knott’s Soak City Regular admission is $31.99, Juniors (3-11) and Seniors are just $21.99.  Discount tickets are available at

Knott’s Soak City Orange County will be open May 21 and 22, then daily
May 28 through September 5, then weekends only September 10 through 18.    
Knott’s Soak City San Diego will be open May 21 and 22, then daily May 25 through September 5, then weekends only September 10 through 25.

Knott’s Soak City Palm Springs is open weekends now until May 27 when it will be open daily through September 5 and then weekends through October 2. 

For hours on the day you plan to visit call (714) 220-5200 or check the Knott’s Berry Farm website at, where you can also save time and money with Knott’s Print@Home tickets.
Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Universal Orlando Resort Celebrates New Attraction Announcement

As you know, Universal Orlando Resort announced this morning the opening of a new attraction based on the blockbuster film, “Despicable Me.”

To celebrate this big announcement, Universal Orlando Team Members and some surprise guests got together for a one-of-a-kind performance in front of Universal Studios.


SAN PASQUAL VALLEY, CA - On the 900-acre Biodiversity Preserve at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, away from tourists, a group of scientists listen intently for the distinctive song of the cactus wren, a call that sounds like a sewing machine. In the name of conservation, they keep an eye on nests and wait for a bird to surface.

     U.S. Geological Survey, Nature Reserve of Orange County and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research scientists were at the Safari Park as part of an ongoing study focusing on habitat restoration and understanding population dynamics of a species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and is listed as a California Species of Special Concern. The research conducted at the Safari Park will contribute to an ongoing USGS effort investigating how habitat fragmentation impacts wildlife populations throughout Southern California and Nevada.

     "Our goal in this research is to determine how connected cactus wren populations are to one another and to be able to use this information to inform cactus wren habitat restoration projects," said Barbara Kus, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center research ecologist. "We can then determine where additional connectivity is needed and make recommendations to guide cactus-planting scenarios that will eventually connect patches."

     In 2007, the Witch Creek wildfire that devastated San Diego County also wreaked havoc on the coastal cactus wren's habitat. At the Safari Park alone, 600 acres burned, reducing the available cactus scrub, a rare habitat this wren species relies on year round. In Southern California the cactus wren is declining and becoming isolated due to urbanization and habitat loss.

     On Monday, a biologist's hands swiftly affixed tiny metal bands on a cactus wren while feathers were collected for a genetic analysis of the population. Understanding the biology and habitat requirements of this species is an important part of ensuring proper habitat restoration and the cactus wren's ability to rebound.

     San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research scientists have been meticulously restoring cactus scrub at the Safari Park Biodiversity Preserve while monitoring the bird's abundance, distribution, survivorship and productivity. The natural recovery of the cactus scrub habitat has been very slow and in some areas has been further hampered by the invasion of nonnative grasses.

     "Cactus wrens only make nests in prickly pear or cholla catcus greater than 3 feet in height. Without it, they cannot survive," said Bryan Endress, Ph.D., San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research director of Applied Animal Ecology. "Native cactus and coastal sage scrub habitat is not only beneficial to cactus wrens but also supports a wide range of other native wildlife, and this is one of the reasons San Diego County is globally known as a biodiversity hotspot."

     The multi-disciplinary and multi-agency study's goal is to add to the knowledge of this species before it becomes endangered. Little is known about the coastal cactus wren and its habitat needs or best practices for restoring cactus scrub habitat.

     "Through this collaborative effort, we hope to determine the needs and requirements of this species to aid in its recovery," said Lisa Nordstrom, Ph.D., San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research scientist. "We are also monitoring cactus wrens at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Biodiversity Preserve to confirm that our restoration efforts are having a positive effect on their population."

     The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is dedicated to generating, sharing and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants and habitats worldwide. The work of the Institute includes onsite research efforts at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as Wild Animal Park), laboratory work at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation Research, and international field programs involving more than 235 researchers working in 35 countries. In addition to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, the Institute also operates the Anne and Kenneth Griffin Reptile Conservation Center, the Frozen Zoo(TM) and Native Seed Gene Bank, the Keauhou and Maui Hawaiian Bird Conservation Centers, Cocha Cashu Biological Research Station, and the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which includes a 900-acre biodiversity reserve, and the San Diego Zoo. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.


Enjoy Island Music, Entertainment and Food Three Nights a Week and Play Late Every Night this Summer at Busch Gardens’ Water Park

TAMPA, Fla. (May 16, 2011) – This summer at Adventure Island, when the sun goes down, the fun heats up during Island Nights. From June 9 to Aug. 13, it’s a vacation from the everyday as Busch Gardens’ water park transforms into a celebration of island life with live music, authentic entertainment and inspiring cuisine.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 9 p.m. exotic birds and larger-than-life stilt walkers greet guests, and a steel drum band strolls throughout the park. Family-friendly DJs lead the party with games and music on the beach.

Polynesian dancers and a skilled fire performer captivate guests on the main beach during two shows each event night. And at Duval Street Market, live bands perform a variety of styles, from Latin and beach party music to Reggae. Guests can also sample the tastes of the islands with unique offerings added to the daily menu, such as coconut shrimp and conch fritters, sangria and frozen drinks.

NEW Open Late All Summer Long
New in 2011, Adventure Island will be open late every night this summer! From June 9 to Aug. 14, hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The best way to escape to Adventure Island every night this summer is with an Adventure Island Weekday Pass. Pay for a day and come back any WEEKDAY – that includes any Thursday or Friday of Island Nights – all season long.

Island Nights is the perfect night-time escape for all ages, and admission is included with any daily park admission or Adventure Island Pass. Visit for more information.

About Adventure Island
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.

Thrilling slides and tube rides include Riptide, Wahoo Run, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Guests can also stretch out 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.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Opens Saturday and Announces Special Events

The park is now open weekends with daily operation beginning May 28.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Schlitterbahn declares this weekend as the official beginning of summer. It is time once again for guests at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., to splash and play throughout a tubing adven­ture that combines slides, rivers, chutes and beaches as the park opens for the season on Saturday, May 21. The park also kicks off the season on this day with LIFTED UP: Faith & Family Day, the first of many special events included with admission to Schlitterbahn this year.

Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark features a thrilling uphill water coaster, two mammoth tubing rivers includ­ing the world's longest tidal wave river, three huge slides, a white water tube chute, 13 mini slides for kids, three relaxing beach areas and a giant hot tub with swim-up refreshment bar. The Transportainment™ River System allows guests to float from one end of the park to the other through a series of attractions without ever leaving the water.

On May 21, Schlitterbahn Waterpark also presents LIFTED UP: Faith & Family Day, the first of many special events planned for the season. Area church bands perform live music all day, and the festivities end with a con­cert featuring 33 Miles, Jonny Diaz and SameState. Entertainment for all special events is included with park admission.

“We are excited to open our doors for the new season,” said Keith Fontenot, general manager for Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. “Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark offers a fantastic value with amenities like free parking and tubes, and we are thrilled to enhance the value to our guests with the addition of many special events this year. We look forward to entertaining legions of fans all summer long.”

2011 Schlitterbahn Special Events Schedule

May 21

LIFTED UP: Faith & Family Day—Live music all day long. Discounted tickets are available in advance at schlit­

May 21, 22, 28-31

Military Appreciation Days—Card-carrying members of the military are eligible to buy All-Day Admissions at the park for $17.99 + tax on any operating day, May 21-31, 2011.

June 14

World’s Largest Swim Lesson—Be a part of an attempt to break the Guinness world record for the World's Largest Swim Lesson at 10 a.m. Ticket package includes All-Day Admission, a limited edition souvenir Water Safety drink bottle with one free fill and $.99 refills, early entry to the park and the swim lesson for just $29.99. Advance purchase and registration are required at  

June 15-30

Water Safety Days—Acknowledge the importance of water safety at Schlitterbahn on any operating day, June 15-30, 2011. Ticket package includes All-Day Admission and a limited edition souvenir Water Safety drink bottle with one free fill and $.99 refills for just $29.99. Advance purchase and registration required at

June 17 & 24

Swim Team Tube-O-Rama—Swim teams receive exclusive use of the entire waterpark before it opens to the public on these special days. Advance purchase required.

June 19, 2011

Verano Muy Padre Latin Festival—Enjoy live entertainment all day long, including  DJ Piwi and the Kontro­lando Show.

Details about all special events and how to purchase tickets are available at Click on Kansas City and then click on Special Events.

Guests take advantage of Schlitterbahn’s family-friendly amenities such as FREE parking and FREE use of tubes and lifejackets. Guests are welcome to bring a family picnic basket or cooler into the park to save even more. Throughout the season, General Admission for guests ages 12-54 is only $35.99 plus tax and Child/Senior Admission for guests ages 3-11 and 55 & older is only $26.99 plus tax.

Guests save $5 on Season Passes when they buy them at or at the park by May 31. The park is open Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, then daily starting Saturday, May 28. Visit for the complete operating schedule, additional park information and discounted online admission tickets.

Early Season Attractions Include:

Bahnzai Pipeline – Climb to the top of a 42-foot-tall tower and take an open-air tube ride down a twisted path of water wrath…BAHN-style.

Black Knight – Plunge in a tube down a fully-enclosed dark and coiled slide.

Henry's Hideout Hot Tub Bar – Unwind in a giant hot tub that incorporates a swim-up refreshment bar and in-water seating to create the perfect place to break from the action.

Kinderhaven Kids’ Area – Splash and play in an area designed especially for families with smaller children. This shallow water playground includes nine mini-slides for kids.

Pirate Ship – Kids play on a giant pirate ship that is equipped with climbing ropes, four mini-slides and sprayers.

Torrent Beach – Frolic in the waves on the best beach in Kansas! Catch rays, cool off in the surf or embark on a journey through the mammoth Torrent River.

Torrent Cove – Relax on an island surrounded by the Torrent River.

Torrent River – Float the world’s longest tidal wave river! In this continuous, endless tubing river, ocean-sized waves surge through a serpentine waterway.

Wolfpack – Take a tube and skid through an extra-wide pipeline of wild water. This oversized slide provides an experience that is a different every time you ride.

Kristal Beach – Cool off in the shade along the shore of the Kristal River. This calm beach provides refreshment beneath the Storm Blaster uphill water coaster.

Kristal River – Relax on a tube, alligator or log on an endless, slow-flowing river during a hot summer day in Kansas.

Raging River Tube Chute – Ride through an exciting series of white water rapids.

Storm Blaster – Experience the up and down thrills of a roller coaster combined with the unique experience of being propelled upward by jets of water.

New for 2011
This summer, Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark introduces a multi-million dollar expansion including the 3,000-foot King Kaw Rapids River, Kansas City’s only surf ride, two head-first mat slides, a totally enclosed dark slide, the Mighty Mo fast flow tube chute and other attractions and guest amenities. All new attractions are scheduled to open summer 2011.

For more information, contact the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark office in Kansas City, Kan., at 913.312.3110 or visit

SeaWorld's New Blog Post -- Beneath the Surface: The Making of "One Ocean" - Whales and Trainers


TAMPA, Fla. (May 16, 2011) – It was nearly a year ago that Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean donned a hard hat and stood on a pile of dirt to record a YouTube video teasing the park’s new attraction.

Today, Dean had the opportunity to ride Cheetah Hunt for the first time with Busch Gardens’ VP of Marketing, Gerard Hoeppner. Following their front-row ride, Dean commented “We have another winner here.”

Cheetah Hunt opens to the public on Friday, May 27.

Universal Orlando Resort Announces All-New Hollywood Drive-In Miniature Golf Experience Coming To CityWalk

Guests Can “Hit the Links” by Early 2012 With Two 18-Hole Courses Based on the Classic Drive-In Movie Era

Orlando, Fla.  (May 11, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced plans to premier an all-new, 36-hole miniature golf experience – Hollywood Drive-In Golf – at CityWalk by early 2012. The experience is being designed by Universal’s creative team to do for miniature golf what a blockbuster theme park attraction does for a movie:  bring it alive in an entirely new way. The two state-of-the art 18-hole courses will be unlike any other mini golf experience.

Inspired by the classic drive-in movie era, guests will be whisked into an elaborately-themed environment based on the vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films of the 1950s. As they experience two family friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt,” guests will putt their way through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, through a flying saucer and into the basement lab in a haunted house. Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects will immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and with LED course edge-lighting they can play day, night and late night.

The new experience is being developed to complement Universal CityWalk’s role as an entertainment hub with something for everyone.

“We created Hollywood Drive-In to be fun and different and something everyone can enjoy,” said Ric Florell, senior vice president and general manager of resort revenue operations. “We used creative theming and state-of-the-art technology to take the experience to the next level. It’s perfect for Universal CityWalk – whether you are playing at 11am or 11pm.”

Situated just below the first level of CityWalk and next to the AMC Cineplex, guests will see the miniature golf courses as they are entering CityWalk from the parking garages. Construction on Hollywood Drive-In Golf is scheduled to begin this summer and the venue will open by early 2012.

"Snow White & the 7 Pirates" @ Fairytale Town

Live on the Mother Goose Stage!
Saturday & Sunday Matinees
June 11 to June 26, 2011

AARGH! It's the same old story you know so well--an evil queen, a poisoned apple, a beautiful princess--but with a few new twists: a mirrored magician, some mysterious mermaids, a zombie army, and seven eccentric ...pirates? Climb aboard for some swashbuckling fun in the summer sun -but mind the apples... AARGH!

Fairytale Town  is proud to present "Snow White & the 7 Pirates", the latest production from their popular and successful Fairytale Town Troupers program. Young actors aged 5 to 17 will present this exciting and original new stageplay live on the Mother Goose Stage. Laughter, swordplay and silliness abound and, best of all, performances are free (with paid park admission). Performances of  "Snow White & the 7 Pirates!" will be offered Saturdays & Sundays on the Mother Goose Stage at Fairytale Town on June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2011. Showtimes are 12PM and 1PM.

Please Note: Due to a City Ordinance, adults cannot be admitted to Fairytale Town unless accompanied by a child.

Event Details
What: The Fairytale Town Troupers in "Snow White & the 7 Pirates!"
When: Saturdays & Sundays, June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM & 1:00PM
Cost: Performances are free (with paid park admission).
Weekend General Admission to Fairytale Town is $4.50 / Fairytale Town Members and Children 1 and under are admitted free.

Where: 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA 95822

Contact phone: Box office: 916-808-7462 / Theatre Arts Dept: 916-808-8884

Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak Cities Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel

Knott’s Berry Farm and two of Southern California Knott’s Soak City water parks, San Diego and Buena Park, are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel on Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day (May 29-30) weekend.  Additionally, all three of Knott’s Soak City Water Parks - San Diego, Buena Park and Palm Springs - will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel on Sunday and Monday of Independence Day (July 3-4) weekend as part of their Tribute to the Armed Forces Program.  A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.

            Active and retired members of the U.S. military will also be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) for Knott's Berry Farm for only $31.99 for each Regular ticket and $25.99 for each Regular Knott's Soak City ticket.

            “Our men and women in the military work tirelessly to protect and serve our country,” said Marty Keithley, General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, “this is just a small way in which we can thank them for their efforts.“      

            Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN”.

For more information on everything there is to do at Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City go to

Nickelodeon's Hit Band, Big Time Rush, Spotted Having Big-Time Fun at Universal Orlando Resort

Nickelodeon’s hottest band, Big Time Rush, experienced big-time thrills at Universal Orlando Resort over the weekend while they were in town to perform live for fans at Universal Studios Florida on May 14. The hit series, “Big Time Rush,” stars Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr. and Logan Henderson as four best friends who move to Los Angeles for a chance at music superstardom. During their visit to Universal Orlando, they toured both world-class theme parks and soared above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Friday, May 13, 2011


BUENA PARK, Calif. (May, 2011) – The Old West is going high tech as Knott’s Berry Farm introduces the MyPark App.  The MyPark App designed for iphones, ipads, and droids will help you plan and navigate you way through Ghost Town and beyond.

    The MyPark App is loaded with valuable information including:
•    Admission ticket and season pass prices.
•    Operating hours and directions to the park.
•    Information on Knott’s world-class rides and attractions.
•    Dining options
•    Locations of restrooms, atms, and other locals and you relation to them.
•    Friend finder to help you keep track of your group.
•    Park  map
•    Entertainment schedules

All this and more will be available on MyPark App which aims to make the guest experience at Knott’s even better.

Guests to Knott’s Berry Farm this summer will want to locate Knott’s newest ride WindSeeker on their MyPark App.  Rising over 300 feet in the air, WindSeeker will take 64 passengers to new heights as it ascends above the theme park and then spins passengers for a ride like no other. 

Knott’s is located 10 minutes from Disneyland Resort and 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.  Visit us online at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beneath the Surface: The Making of "One Ocean" - Whale Behaviors


SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo Honor Finalists in Project Polar Bear Contest

April 29, 2011 (SAN DIEGO) Four teams of conservation-minded teens from across the country will gather in San Diego on April 30th for an Awards Ceremony for Project Polar Bear, a national contest hosted by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world’s leading polar bear conservation group. The four teams—from North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—are finalists in a contest that encourages teens to create and carry out projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The Grand Prize team and their advisor will win a trip to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, to see polar bears in the wild, but the teens’ passionate commitment to CO2 reductions goes far beyond that.  As one of the contestants said, “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose—what we’re doing is so important.”

This year competing teams rallied their communities to prevent more than 30 million pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Along the way, they raised awareness about the importance of reducing greenhouse gases to help save polar bear habitat and inspired entire communities to reduce their carbon footprint.

·       The AHS Zoo School of North Carolina conducted energy audits to help individuals and businesses cut back on power usage, rewarding participants with donated packs of CFL bulbs.

·       The Care Bears of Ohio created a My Actions website that promotes simple CO2-reducing actions and calculates their impact.  They collected hundreds of pledges from as far away as Hungary, plus from local residents and 33,000 boy scouts.

·         The Earth Club of Wisconsin focused on recycling and planting trees, attracting more than 200 volunteers for a tree-planting day and distributing their distinctive Polar Bearrels (used Coca-Cola barrels turned into recycling bins) around town.

·         The Energy Angels of Pennsylvania raised money for CFL light bulb giveways (more than 2,000 total) and energy-saving kits; they also held numerous outreach events to inform and inspire audiences, collect pledges, and distribute bulbs and kits.

“These teens know that the fate of our iconic polar bear is up to each of us,” says PBI President Robert Buchanan. “Their actions and attitudes have already helped reduce carbon emissions and motivate change—and that makes everyone who competed a winner in our book.”

The four finalist teams and their adult advisors earned a trip to San Diego for the Awards Ceremony In recognition of their accomplishments. It will be held at SeaWorld San Diego on April 30, 2011. During the ceremony, PBI will announce the Grand Prize and Second Place winners. Grand Prize is a trip to Churchill to see polar bears. Second Prize is a Beluga Encounter at SeaWorld. All finalists will receive free admission and a VIP Tour at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.

The contest was hosted by PBI, sponsored by Lowepro, and supported by regional zoos and aquariums including the North Carolina Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. These zoo are part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos, centers that focus on animal well-being and enrichment, take a leadership role in stewardship and carbon-reduction efforts in their communities, and participate in PBI polar bear research efforts. Many also help support polar bear conservation through the PBI Polar Bear Sustainability Alliance.

PBI received dozens of contest entries from across the nation. Registration for the 2011 contest is October 1-31, 2011. To learn more about the contest and to read the blogs of competing teams, visit www.polarbearsinternational/programs/project-polar-bear.


Bacterial Infection Blamed

WILLIAMSBURG (April 30, 2011) – Tristan, a Clydesdale colt born at Busch Gardens on April 5, died at 8:30 p.m. on April 29 from a highly resistant bacterial infection.
    As early as Friday morning, Tristan had been responding well to treatment for several equine-related ailments at an off-site veterinarian facility. By late afternoon, the foal's condition took a turn for the worse and deteriorated considerably.
    “Tristan was under veterinarian care from the the time he was born. From the moment we thought there was an issue with his health, we transported him to an off-site veterinarian facility that was prepared to deal with any health issues. His death is unfortunate, and he will be missed,” said Jay Tacey, Busch Gardens manager of zoological operations.
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. 
    The 10 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit or call toll-free (888) 800-5447. Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment created the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide. Learn more at

Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Prepares a Meal For His Biggest Fans at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (May, 2, 2011) — Chef Robert Irvine, host of The Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, celebrated his daughter, Talia’s, 10th birthday at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, where they prepared fruits and vegetables, then fed the park’s Asian elephants. After coming face-to-face with the herd, Irvine, his girlfriend, WWE wrestler Gail Kim, and his daughters, Annalise and Talia, enjoyed conquering all of the park’s legendary coasters.

In Dinner: Impossible, Irvine creates and serves dishes for intimate gatherings and large crowds at a moment's notice. He has also hosted Restaurant: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America.

Photo credit: Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance Visit Universal Orlando Resort

Thirteen-year-old singer and pianist Greyson Chance, whose cover performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at his sixth grade music festival caught the eye of millions, stopped to enjoy a frozen Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter while visiting Universal Orlando Resort on May 2, 2011. Hosted by Universal Orlando, Chance and his family and friends also made a trip to Ollivanders wand shop and toured Hogwarts castle at Universal Orlando while in town for a concert performance.


New State of the Art Facility Educates Guests,  Offers One-Of-A-Kind Access To Park’s World-Class Animal Care

TAMPA, Fla. (May 4, 2011) – Busch Gardens will welcome guests to closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience when the Tampa park opens its new Animal Care & Nutrition Center this winter. From nutrition to treatments, X-rays to surgeries, much of Busch Gardens’ animal care will be conducted in guest view in this new state-of-the-art facility.

“We are proud of the care we provide our animals,” said Mike Boos, vice president of zoological operations. “We welcome the opportunity to share our level of care with our guests, and to continue our mission of connecting guests to animals and the natural world. No other zoological facility will offer the unique, up-close experience that this new facility will offer.”

The new, nearly 16,000 square-foot facility will be built where the rhino exhibit is currently located in the Nairobi area of the park. The park’s current animal care center is located behind the scenes.

“What many people probably don’t realize is that our veterinarians, technicians and animal care staff spend most of their day confirming the health of our animals by doing preventative efforts such as annual physicals and checkups,” said Bill Street, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Corporate Curator of Conservation and Education. “There are great lessons we can share with guests by offering this up-close look at our high level of animal care.” 

The two major guest components of the new facility will be a nutrition center and treatment rooms. The nutrition center will feature a kitchen similar in set-up to a cooking show on television. Educators will lead demonstrations several times a day on the planning and preparation of animal diets.  Guests will even have the chance to assist in preparing and doling out the range of food the park provides its animals, from fruits and vegetables to crickets and mealworms.

The treatment center will allow guests to watch as Busch Gardens’ skilled vets do preventative checkups, treatments and surgeries on animals. Guests will be able to see into the rooms through glass walls, and audio capabilities will allow guests to talk to vets working behind the glass. Cameras placed over the exam table will show unique vantage points to guests who can watch on monitors. During treatments and surgeries, zoo educators will also be on hand to talk about what’s taking place.

In addition to the guest views, the new facility will also include animal recovery rooms, vet offices and research stations.

Guests can also participate in a diagnostic exercise by scanning an interactive activity card at several stations as they follow an animal from diagnosis to treatment to blood and lab work to a final outcome.

Busch Gardens, and its parent company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, are world leaders in animal care. We care for more than 60,0000 animals, one of the world’s largest zoological collections. Busch Gardens Tampa cares for more than 2,000 animals representing 307 species.

Knott’s Turns Up the Heat with the Latin Music Festival

BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s will be sizzling with the sounds of some of today’s most popular Latin artists on Saturday, May 14th and 15th.

            Starting off the weekend will be a performance hosted by Univision Radio and  featuring singer, actress and songwriter Dulce Maria whose album “Ya No” was released in February.

            Sunday’s line-up, hosted by KIIS FM, will feature Latin recording artist Baby Bash who will be performing hits from his 2011 release “Bashtown.”  Additional performers include the unique Latin-infused Urban/Pop sound of LaLa,  and rap artist Sabi, who was featured on Britney Spears’ album “Femme Fatale.”

            All performances are included with Knott’s Berry Farm Park admission.  Guests can take advantage of special discounted Knott’s pricing online at where they can purchase an all day regular Knotts admission for only $33.99 or a junior or senior admission (ages 3-11 and 62+) for only $22.99.

          Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

 To receive more information on all Knott’s Berry Farm has to offer visit

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Nickelodeon's Hit Band - Big Time Rush - Shares Special Video Message About Upcoming Performance at Universal Orlando Resort

Nickelodeon’s hottest music group, Big Time Rush, will perform live at Universal Orlando Resort on Saturday, May 14, and they’ve got a special video message for their fans.

Click here to watch the video, and feel free to share with your readers to get them excited about the band’s upcoming performance.

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Aviculture Team Pair Orphaned Chick with Rescued Sandhill Crane

A Cute Story of Sandhill Surrogacy

(Monday, April 25, 2011) Orlando, FL – While caring for two rescued sandhill cranes – an injured adult and an orphaned chick – SeaWorld’s aviculture team put their problem-solving skills to work to create a successful surrogacy.

A few weeks ago, an adult sandhill crane was brought to SeaWorld with a rubber gasket around his bill. Not only was the crane incapable of eating, but the proper growth of its bill was also in jeopardy.
Once SeaWorld’s veterinarians removed the gasket, the aviculture team spent weeks giving the sandhill around-the-clock care. Thankfully, the adult sandhill crane has had a right-on-schedule recovery, and he just so happened to make a friend while doing so.
While caring for the adult crane, SeaWorld’s team rescued a newly hatched sandhill crane chick. Years of experience told the team that if a chick isn’t around other cranes during its early months, the possibility of imprinting on a human increases, making it difficult to return the chick to the wild when ready.   

The team came up with a unique solution:  Pair the two birds together.
It is sometimes difficult for orphaned chicks to be tolerated by older cranes that are not familiar with them, but when the adult crane was placed with the orphaned chick, they took an instant liking to each other. The adult sandhill is currently acting as a surrogate, and the fuzzy chick is mimicking and learning crane behaviors, just like it would in the wild.
Eric Reece, SeaWorld’s Supervisor of Aviculture, adds, “The fact that the adult crane took to the chick bodes well for the development of the chick. It is now growing and doing well.”
So what does the future hold for these two pals? SeaWorld Orlando’s Aviculture Team plans to release the adult and chick together, once the chick learns to fly and the adult is fully recovered.

The Cuban sandhill and Mississippi sandhill are both subspecies of cranes that are listed as endangered and are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
SeaWorld's animal rescue team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals.

Picture #1:  *Picture of chick and adult sandhill* If orphaned sandhill chicks aren’t around other sandhill cranes during their early months, they could imprint on humans. This dramatically decreases their chances of survival when they are released back into the wild. .
Picture #2:  *Picture of chick pulling on adult sandhill crane’s feathers* These two took an instant liking to each other, which means great things for the chick’s development.
Picture #3: *Picture of chick alone* This orphaned chick needed to be around other cranes in order to learn specific crane behaviors.