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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2011) — They say, “To wait for luck is the same as waiting for death.”
Are you waiting for Luck?

You are captivated by an intense desire to tempt fate. Your heart races. Your nails dig into your thigh. The taste of blood is on your tongue as you bite down on your lip. Your eyes shift wildly as you contemplate the risk. Desire seduces you…and you forget that the House always wins.

Luck will run out as you are consumed by Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 21. People from around the globe will be haunted by “the country’s best Halloween event” (Amusement Today) beginning September 23 at Universal Studios Florida. For 25 nights, screams will fill the darkness as guests discover their fate.

So go ahead - take a chance at Halloween Horror Nights 21. Guests can experience the event with the following offers:

Halloween Horror Nights Offers Gory Getaway Vacation Package ~ Entire package starts at $325 per adult, tax inclusive

·         3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel

·         2-day base ticket for admission to both Universal Orlando theme parks

·         Early park admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure

·         1-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights

·         Admission to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk

·         One 5”x7” souvenir photograph

·         On-site accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s three AAA

Four-Diamond hotels are also available

Stay and Scream ~  Starts at $36.99 plus tax

·         Guests visiting the parks can add  Halloween Horror Nights 21 to any Universal Orlando theme park ticket

·         Prices vary per night

Advance tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are now on sale for $81.99 plus tax.

Guests can purchase Halloween Horror Nights 21 tickets at or by calling 1-888-467-7677 (HORROR-7). Because of the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

Event dates: September 23-24 and 29-30, October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23 and 26-31


Event Continues July 2 and Runs Every Saturday through July 16

WHAT: Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series continues this weekend with the smooth R&B sounds of Trey Songz performing live at Universal Studios Florida on Saturday, July 2. With more than two million albums sold in the U.S. , Trey Songz has written and performed smash hits like “Can’t Be Friends,” “Love Faces” and the multi-platinum single, “Bottoms Up” featuring Nicki Minaj. BET chronicled his musical career in 2010 in a widely popular, 10-part docu-series titled, “Trey Songz: My Moment,” which gave fans insight into his headlining music tour and the development of his fourth studio album. Named BET’s “Best Male R&B Artist” in 2010, Trey Songz has also collaborated with other chart-topping hip hop artists like Diddy-Dirty Money, Mary J. Blige and Drake.

With a combined total of 30 platinum albums, this year’s concert lineup features artists who have each led the U.S. music charts and continue to be some of the most popular names in music today. The celebration features the most dynamic musical lineup in the event’s history with chart-topping recording artists taking center stage every Saturday night through July 16. The full lineup can be viewed below.


Summer Concert Series Dates
Musical Talent

Saturday, June 11

Saturday, June 18

Saturday, June 25
Third Eye Blind

Saturday, July 2
Trey Songz

Saturday, July 9
Boys Like Girls

Saturday, July 16

Currently in its third year, Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy world-class thrills by day, and a concert by a chart-topping artist by night. For more information, visit


To save endangered great ape species, a historic collaboration of government officials, national and international nongovernmental organizations and academic researchers, with the goal to determine priority sites and actions required to ensure the survival of an endangered great ape species, has led to the publication of the Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee. The conservation plan, backed by the International Union for Conservation of NatureTM, is the first endorsed by the governments from these nations.

     "The Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon are the only homes of the most endangered form of chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes ellioti, the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee," said Republic of Cameroon Minister of Forestry and Wildlife Professor Elvis Ngolle Ngolle. "Both our governments recognize the great importance of biodiversity conservation in safeguarding our natural heritage, and we have therefore been closely involved in the development of this conservation action plan."

     Following four years of collaboration, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation ResearchTM, Wildlife Conservation Society, State University of New York-Albany, North Carolina Zoo, individuals working with these chimpanzees and conservation practitioners from the region have agreed on a priority list of sites and conservation actions urgently needed to secure the remaining wild populations.

     In addition to identifying priority actions specific to each site, the plan considers region-wide actions, such as improving trans-boundary collaboration and law enforcement, a need for additional conservation research, participation and support of local people, additional recruitment and training of rangers and improving community livelihoods.

     "Our conviction is that the proposed measures to conserve the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, such as the protection of forest habitats and the control of hunting, will generate an increase in the chimpanzee population and also benefit many of the other range-restricted, unique and endangered primates as well as other threatened animals found in the same Gulf of Guinea forests," said Federal Republic of Nigeria Minister of Environment John Odey. "By highlighting chimpanzees as 'flagship' species, we will be protecting much of the remaining biodiversity in these areas."

     The Cross River gorilla, drill, Preuss's monkey and Preuss's red colobus would also benefit from any protection provided to this chimpanzee subspecies, which is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It was in 1997 that the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee was identified as a distinct subspecies. It is estimated that as few as 3,500 animals may remain in these two countries, making the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee the most endangered chimpanzee in the world.

     "The action plans set out the priority sites and actions that need to be instigated if we are to stem the decline in this chimpanzee," said Bethan Morgan, Ph.D., head of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research's Central Africa Program and lead author of the action plan. "Implementation of the recommendations will make a significant difference to the survival of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee by protecting the majority of these populations over the next five years."

     The resulting action plan is a co-publication between San Diego Zoo Global and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. Funding to support this process was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Ape Conservation Fund, the Arcus Foundation, San Diego Zoo Global (through the Offield Family Foundation), IUCN and the Primate Action Fund (Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation).

     "This action plan is the culmination of years of hard work and will hopefully bring attention to this little-known subspecies of chimpanzee, which is restricted to the Guinean forests of West Africa, one of the richest and most endangered places on Earth," said Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier, chairman of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group and president of Conservation International, which helped to fund the action plan.

Fourth of July Weekend at Worlds of Fun

Please Add to Your Calendar of Events!

Worlds of Fun will host amazing fireworks displays the following dates:

    * Saturday, July 2
    * Sunday, July 3
    * Monday, July 4
    * Plus, every Saturday night in July (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30).

Fireworks start at 10 pm. Please add to your calendars of events, thank you!

Plus, active, reserve, and retired Military members receive FREE admission on Monday, July 4. For more information, visit


Videos, Photos, Games Deliver Animal Fun, Facts for Families

There is always something new at the San Diego Zoo - and the same goes for the San Diego Zoo Kids website. The new site is full of photos, videos and interactive games and is designed for children ages 3-11. The format and features include nearly everything a kid could want to know about animals in an easy-to-navigate site. And for fun, kids can switch between a zoo and safari theme as they browse the site.

     "We designed the "San Diego Zoo Kids" site as a way for children to connect to animals and their habitats, even when they're not able to visit the Zoo or the Safari Park," said Debra Erickson, director of communications and interpretation for San Diego Zoo Global. "We expect kids and their parents will visit this site whenever they want to learn something new about creatures and their features or have questions about wildlife."

     The site focuses on different characteristics of animals, with features like "The Nose Knows," which is about all the fascinating types of noses found on animals. The "Fantastic Frogs" feature shares with children the amazing colors and varying sizes of the world's amphibians. In "Precious Pandas," kids can learn about these rare black and white bears and what makes the species so unique, like the fact that they're carnivores but eat mostly bamboo - a plant!

     For those in the mood to play, the newest online game from the San Diego Zoo is "Safari Park Adventure," which challenges players to become a ranger and protect wildlife. Players take a virtual safari and have to collect 30 different cards along the way to achieve the rank of ranger. Once a ranger, they can move on to protect polar bears in the Polar Bear Plunge game or journey through time by playing Elephant Odyssey.

     Each month the site adds new features and videos, including profiles of jobs at the Zoo and the Safari Park, animal-themed arts and crafts projects kids can make at home and information about how to protect and save  threatened and endangered species such as the polar bear and California condor.

     This site is also a great place to watch the animals at the Zoo and the Park in real time - it has links to all the animal cams on grounds so viewers can watch elephants, orangutans, pandas, and polar bears play, eat and sleep any time of the day.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Universal Studios Hollywood Dares Filmmakers to Submit Their Most Twisted Horror Short Films As Part of Annual “Halloween Horror Nights” Short Film Competition

Universal City, Ca -–Universal Studios Hollywood invites aspiring filmmakers to compete in its annual “Halloween Horror Nights” short film competition, offering budding directors an opportunity to have their most disturbing horror short films judged by a panel of industry insiders, including horror film auteur Eli Roth, Daily Variety senior writer, Marc Graser and “Halloween Horror Nights” Creative Director John Murdy.  The winning film will be awarded a premiere showing on Chiller, a posting on, a cash prize of $1,000, and a trip for two to “Halloween Horror Nights’” opening night “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Contest entries will be accepted from June 27 through August 1, 2011. Prospective filmmakers can submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Films will be judged based on storytelling skill, originality and scare factor.  The top 10 horror shorts, as determined by the panel, will be posted online at from August 22 to September 9, 2011 for public voting.  The winning film will be announced on September 12, 2011.

    Eyegore Award recipient and horror filmmaker, Eli Roth said: "As a producer I'm always looking for new talent, and happy to help a first time director get their big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre, and programs like this one can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever makes me lose the most sleep will win."

Returning film contest judge, Marc Graser, Daily Variety, said:  “As a studio known for bringing the horror film genre to life, it’s a thrill to help Universal Studios identify the next generation of filmmakers that will scare audiences.  I can’t wait to see who steps forward with their creepy visions this year.”

John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “Just as ’Halloween Horror Nights’ interprets horror filmmakers’ visions into living horror movies for the most ardent fans, our film competition provides a platform for future horror film directors to showcase their work to an audience of influential entertainment industry professionals.”

Entries must be sent to: “Halloween Horror Nights” Short Film Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the Halloween Horror Nights website.
Last year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Eyegore Award recipient, Eli Roth is a renowned award-winning, horror-genre filmmaker and actor.  His credits include “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel,” “Grindhouse,” “The Last Exorcism” and “Inglorious Basterds.”  For the past 10 years, Marc Graser has been a reporter at Daily Variety covering the entertainment industry. John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director, oversees the theme park’s attractions, including its very intense annual “Halloween Horror Nights” event.

Universal Studios Hollywood hosts the Eyegore Awards annually on opening night of the theme park’s popular “Halloween Horror Nights” event to honor individuals for their significant contributions to the horror film genre.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knott’s Berry Farm Celebrates 4th of July with Tribute to Armed Forces and Loads of Entertainment

Knott’s Berry Farm and all three Southern California Knott’s Soak City water parks –Palm Springs, San Diego and Buena Park 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.

    Additionally, active and retired members of the U.S. military will 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.  The free ticket offer will be available on the Sunday and Monday, July 3-4, with a valid military ID.

Knott’s will also offer non-stop entertainment this 4th of July starting with The Mountain Fifes and Drum Corps who will be marching through the park at 11:30 and 1:30 ending  with a performance and narrative in Calico Square.  The U.S. Navy Band Southwest, a 13 piece show band from San Diego, will be performing at 6:45 pm in the Wagon Camp.

Additionally, guests who have not seen Knott’s ice show “Happiness is….Snoopy!” or had a chance to view “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular,” will want to make these a priority on the 4th of July along with Knott’s special aerial fireworks presentation at 9:15 pm.

For more information on everything that is happening at Knott’s this summer, visit

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Kasi, along with his best friend Mtani, a Labrador puppy, has been making news since he have arrived at Busch Gardens earlier this year. Now, with your help, Kasi has a chance to win the title of cutest zoo baby.

Busch Gardens baby cheetah, Kasi, is one of the three finalists for the’s cutest zoo baby contest. Kasi was in the lead when the national poll launched, but has now slipped into 2nd place, behind an owl fowl from the Cincinnati Zoo. Help Kasi regain the lead by voting for her in the online poll!

Click here to vote for Kasi by July 6, 2011


Kristi Yamaguchi headlines the Annual
ScholarShare Children's Book Festival

Fairytale Town September 24-25

Another story is set to come alive at Fairytale Town during the 11th annual ScholarShare Children's Book Festival, a two day event  on September 24 and 25. On Saturday, September 24, Kristi Yamaguchi, former Olympic athlete, will be at the festival presenting her book, "Dream Big, Little Pig" the story of Poppy the Pig and her journey to follow her dream.

Just like Poppy, Kristi Yamaguchi knows how important it is to dream big. The publication of her first illustrated children's book, "Dream Big, Little Pig" is a continuation of Kristi's philanthropic efforts. As an Olympic gold medalist figure skater, artist, and philanthropist, the motto "Always Dream" has inspired Kristi personally and professionally as the name of her charitable foundation.

The Always Dream Foundation has focused on inspiring children since 1996. In the fifteen years since its creation, the foundation has funded back-to-school shopping sprees for underprivileged children, purchased computers for after-school mentoring programs, and hosts several special events annually.

Kathy Fleming, Executive Director of Fairytale Town says "Fairytale Town is excited to welcome Kristi to the annual ScholarShare Children's Book Festival.   Her story of Poppy the pig echoes Fairytale Town's own narrative of encouraging children to use their imagination and follow their dreams."

In its 11th year, the ScholarShare Children's Book Festival features numerous activities including; presentations from children's authors and illustrators, story-telling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a book swap, and information on literacy-based activities from various community organizations.

Thanks to the generous support of ScholarShare College Savings Plan the two day event is free to the public; making it possible to host an astounding 13,000 attendees last year. ScholarShare commemorates September as College Savings Month by helping families plan for their children's academic futures.   Special thanks to our event sponsors ScholarShare College Savings Plan, Wells Fargo, the River Cats Foundation, IKEA, The Sacramento Bee, KVIE Channel 6, and Mix96. The festival is able to provide informative and entertaining activities that encourage children and parents alike to renew or create a love of reading.

What: ScholarShare Children's Book Festival

When: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 9AM-4PM

Where:  Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822

Cost: Free Admission

Contact Phone: (916) 808-7462


SeaWorld Orlando Releases Three Green Sea Turtles Back into Their Native Waters

June 22, 2011 – (Orlando, FL) Today three green sea turtles were released back into waters of Florida’s east coast. All three turtles were rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando’s animal rescue team.

The first turtle to be released --a quite large, 20-inch turtle-- was brought to SeaWorld’s rehabilitation facility in January of this year with pneumonia. Considered a sub-adult, this female green sea turtle was given around-the-clock care by the Park’s turtle specialists. She was released today in Eddy Creek, and the aquarium team has confidence she will do just fine back in the wild.

A turtle that was recently brought to SeaWorld for a shell infection and barnacles also was released today. Barnacles can cause stress and disable the flippers of the turtle. After carefully removing the barnacles, the aquarium team nursed the young turtle’s shell back to health. Turtle specialists are optimistic about the turtles release back into Cape Canaveral.

The day of turtle releases ended with the third green sea turtle which was rescued in December of 2010 for fishing line ingestion, which is a common injury for sea turtles. SeaWorld’s care team aided this turtle back to health by removing the line and monitoring the turtle’s weight until it reached a healthy benchmark. The fastest of the three turtles took off into the waves, which aquarists say is a good sign.

“Today’s release went well, and we’re happy that the turtle’s are fully recovered and are safely back into their natural habitats,” said Dan Conklin, SeaWorld Orlando’s Supervisor of Aquarium.

Since the sea turtle rescue program began at SeaWorld Orlando in 1980, more than 1,530 sea turtles have been cared for by the park's vets and turtle experts. Each was either rescued by the staff or brought to the park due to cold stress, injuries from nets, fishing line and hooks, ingestion of trash such as plastic bags, boat strikes, natural causes and oil contamination. The team's success rate in caring for turtles with such a wide variety of injuries is amazingly high: 68% of the turtles brought to SeaWorld in the past 30 years have been returned to the wild after hands-on care and TLC.

Coinciding with today’s release is this Friday’s, June 24, launch of "Turtle: The Incredible Journey", the first movie from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s newly formed SeaWorld Pictures division, in theaters across the country and at Pointe Orlando and Oviedo Marketplace in Central Florida.

It's a stunning family documentary and award-winning film that follows the life and migration of a loggerhead turtle from hatchling to maturity on a two-year adventure of more than 9,000 miles guided only by instinct. The film is a remarkable example of wildlife documentary filmmaking and is narrated by Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson.

Be the First to Know What’s Coming to the Park in 2012

Six Flags Great America Partners with Children’s Miracle Network to Announce Plans for Upcoming Season

Gurnee, Ill.  (June 22, 2011)  – Want to find out what’s new in 2012 at Six Flags Great America? Here is your lucky chance to help make miracles happen. The first 100 people who raise $100 or more for A Walk in the Park, a charity walk benefitting Children’s Miracle Network, will receive an email this fall notifying them of Great America’s 2012 plans, before the park makes an official announcement to the public. The person who raises the most money out of the first 100 will receive a personal phone call with the big news from Six Flags Great America’s Park President, Hank Salemi.

How it Works:

·   Visit:

·   Click “Support Me” on right of page

·   Fill out the form (select option to display your donation)

·   Click “Continue to Next Step” and add your payment information

·   The first 100 to raise $100 or more will receive an email notification the first week of July

·   The first 100 will then receive a second email from the park this fall with 2012 details, before the park makes an official announcement to the public

Walk in the Park:

On Saturday, June 25, Six Flags Great America opens its park gates in support of children and families whose lives have been impacted by life-threatening illnesses.  Now in its fourth year, A Walk in the Park has raised over 1 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network. All proceeds from Six Flag Great America’s walk benefit the program at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Participants who raise at least $50 will receive a complimentary ticket to the park following the walk. Those interested in registering for the walk should visit

Celebrating its 35th incredible year, Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers fun for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free 20-acre water park, spectacular shows, a nighttime illuminated parade and three children’s themed areas.




Universal Orlando’s Mobile Phone App Version 1.0

Provides Interactive Maps, GPS Location, Attraction Information and More

App is Available as a Free Download for Apple and Android Mobile Devices

WHAT: For the first time ever, Universal Orlando Resort is launching an official mobile application, designed to help guests effortlessly navigate its two theme parks and entertainment complex.

Available as a free download for iPhone and Android users, the app relies on GPS to provide detailed information relevant to your position – whether you’re in Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure or Universal CityWalk.

With the new app, you can…

·         Pinpoint your exact location on the app’s highly-visual interactive maps

·         Discover nearby attractions, dining locations, guest services and more using the application’s GPS-based carousel navigation

·         Learn fun facts about the destination’s unique and exciting attractions as you get ready to experience them firsthand

·         Update your friends and family about your adventures in real time on Facebook and Twitter using the app’s check-in feature

·         Reserve a table at your favorite Universal Orlando restaurant with the click of a button

Guests can also play a check-in game that highlights some of Universal Orlando’s most popular attractions and gives guests the opportunity to “check-in to win” a savings guide worth up to $150.

Created by Universal Orlando in partnership with Geodelic, the Universal Orlando Resort Mobile Phone App Version 1.0 will be available as a free download in Apple and Android app stores beginning June 22. A Blackberry version of the app is currently being developed. For more information, visit

WHEN:        Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WHERE:      Apple and Android mobile app stores



Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Event Continues June 25 and Runs Every Saturday through July 16

WHAT: Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series continues this weekend with award-winning rock band Third Eye Blind live on stage on Saturday, June 25. Originally from San Francisco , the alternative rock band Third Eye Blind has sold more than seven million copies of its debut, self-titled album, which includes popular songs such as, “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “How’s It Going to Be.” Their most-recognizable hit single, “Semi-Charmed Life,” earned the band a Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Track of the Year, and many of their hits have also appeared on soundtracks to popular films like, “Varsity Blues,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” and “American Pie.”

With a combined total of 30 platinum albums, this year’s concert lineup features artists who have each led the U.S. music charts and continue to be some of the most popular names in music today. The celebration features the most dynamic musical lineup in the event’s history with chart-topping recording artists taking center stage every Saturday night through July 16. The full lineup can be viewed below.


Summer Concert Series Dates

Musical Talent

Saturday, June 11

Saturday, June 18

Saturday, June 25
Third Eye Blind

Saturday, July 2
Trey Songz

Saturday, July 9
Boys Like Girls

Saturday, July 16

Currently in its third year, Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy world-class thrills by day, and a concert by a chart-topping artist by night. For more information, visit

WHEN:                       Saturday, June 25, 2011

9:00 p.m.: Third Eye Blind Concert Starts

WHERE:                    Universal Studios Florida; Music Plaza stage

INFORMATION:       Summer Concert Series Site:

James and Oliver Phelps Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Oliver and James Phelps (L to R) – who portray the mischievous Weasley brothers, George and Fred respectively, in the Harry Potter films – stopped to greet fans and take photos with eager guests in Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter while visiting Universal Orlando Resort on Thursday, June 9, 2011. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which celebrated its grand opening nearly one year ago, is the most spectacular-themed environment ever created.

Universal Orlando Resort Celebrates The One-Year Anniversary Of The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Yesterday, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The milestone was marked at 9:23 a.m. – the exact time that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010.

Click here to watch a video of this special event, and feel free to share with your readers. We also welcome you to join in our virtual celebration on our Facebook page at, which includes:

    * A new “Share Your Story” tab where guests can share their favorite memories from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and get a chance to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort
    * A new “WWoHP Anniversary” tab which looks back at some of the finest moments from the inaugural year of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Grand Reef is Now Open at Discovery Cove

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 10, 2011) -- Discovery Cove - the ultimate, all-inclusive tropical retreat where guests swim with dolphins - has taken immersion to new depths with the opening of The Grand Reef.

The new reef – an all-new area of Discovery Cove – features multiple levels of exploration, from shallow waters to deeper swimming adventures and white sandy beaches, to snorkeling among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world. 

“The Grand Reef takes Discovery Cove’s world-class animal encounters to an all new level -- several, actually,” said Stewart Clark, the park’s vice president. “It’s what our guests expect from us, unforgettable connections with the sea and making memories that will last forever.  This could only be created by Discovery Cove.”

Visitors just need to get their feet wet to enjoy The Grand Reef, or they can choose to go deep.  They can step into tranquil, shallow waters to discover a below-the-surface world teeming with sea life, or they can snorkel in deeper waters as thousands of exotic fish and graceful rays swim around them. 

Surprises abound.  Families can seek discoveries along the water’s edge or cross a bridge to see sharks swimming below.  They’ll play hide-and-seek with thousands of beautiful fish, from small colorful wrasses to large spotted eagle rays. Further out in the reef, stunning habitats create the feeling of swimming right alongside venomous lionfish and sharp-toothed reef sharks, each safely behind glass.  Guests can take paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos as they delve into the reef from above, around and below.

Those looking for an even more exhilarating adventure can take part in The Grand Reef’s innovative experience, SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour.  Wearing dive helmets, guests find up-close excitement around every corner, each step yielding a new discovery.  They’ll come across lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows), one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by. SeaVenture is a once-in-a-lifetime, undersea experience available for a nominal fee.

The Grand Reef is the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, a fully immersive tropical escape, new to discover in Orlando this summer and beyond.


Universal Orlando Resort Brings Home Two of the Internet’s Highest Honors

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 13, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort’s website for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has received two of the highest honors for excellence on the Internet – The Webby Award and the People’s Voice Award for “Best Tourism Website.”

The website, found at, has helped guests around the world learn more about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films come to life. The site features ground-breaking interactive elements, including:

·         A photo-realistic, fly-through tour of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts castle

·         The Wizarding World News, where you can learn more about this spectacularly themed environment through news articles, video and other multimedia tools

·         A virtual Owl Post, where you can send e-cards to friends and family

·         An augmented reality map, which appeared online throughout 2010 and allowed guests to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a unique way by blending real-life environments with computer animation

“From the very beginning, our Interactive and Creative teams strived to imagine beyond normal boundaries and assume anything was possible with this website,” said Al Callier, vice president of interactive development and web production. “These awards are an outstanding honor and a testament to the hard work of many extraordinary creative minds.”

This year marks the 15th Annual WEBBY Awards, and the leading international award association received more than 10,000 entries worldwide in more than 100 categories. Two awards are presented in each category – The Webby Award and the People’s Voice Award.

The Webby Award-winner is selected by members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes more than 750 of the world’s leading Web experts, business professionals and creative celebrities. The People’s Voice Award is determined by the online community, and the winners receive hundreds of thousands of votes.

To experience the award-winning website and learn more about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit

Mix 93.3 and Worlds of Fun Team Up for Huge Summer Concert

KANSAS CITY, Mo. − The screams at Worlds of Fun usually come from the world-class thrills of the park, on July 23, 2011, thousands of music fans will be providing the noise as they enjoy one of the summer's biggest family concerts! Kansas City's number one hit music station and number one summer attration team up to present Red, White and Boom!

Presented by Mix 93.3, this huge show features Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, whose four members comprise one of the hottest artists in the nation. Plus, the lineup features a trio of outstanding female artists including Shontelle, Sarah McMullen, and Ashlyne Huff, with additional acts to be announced soon. Plus, cap off a perfect day at the park with a huge fireworks display after the show.

Tickets are on pre-sale beginning today, Monday, June 13, and will be available to the general public beginning Monday, June 20. Fans of the park’s Facebook page and FunTimes E-News service, and those listening to Mix 93.3 on Monday will be the first to have the pre-sale password. Tickets including park admission and the concert start as low as $24.99, and VIP packages as low as $69.99. Season pass holders, or anyone with any other park admission can enjoy the show for only $9.99.

For Red, White and Boom show and ticketing information, including the option to purchase with no additional service fees, visit Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are now open daily. The summer concert season kicks off at Worlds of Fun on July 16 with HeartFest, featuring TobyMac, Skillet, 10th Avenue North, and more.

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are 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 Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, five other waterparks, one indoor waterpark resort, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California, under a management contract.

“Turtle: The Incredible Journey” Debuts in Orlando on June 24th

Orlando, Fla., June 14, 2011 -- Turtle: The Incredible Journey, a family documentary directed by National Geographic Explorer’s Nick Stringer and distributed by SeaWorld Pictures, debuts Friday, June 24th in Orlando.

Turtle: The Incredible Journey is an award-winning film that follows the life and migration of a loggerhead turtle from hatching to maturity and a return to its original Florida nesting grounds.  The loggerhead turtle, a threatened species, has one of the longest and most difficult migratory patterns of any marine animal: Sea turtles newly hatched on the East Coast of the United States (usually in Florida) make their way from the sand into the ocean, and then begin a voyage that can span the entire Atlantic Ocean, only to return decades later to that same beach.

The movie is playing at Pointe Orlando and Oviedo Marketplace.  Check listings for show times.

The movie’s trailer can be downloaded here:

The movie’s poster can be downloaded here:

“This is a remarkable story crafted by one of the world’s most gifted documentary filmmakers,” said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  “Turtle: The Incredible Journey does what our parks have been doing for more than five decades: inspire, enrich and entertain.  Helping bring this film and its powerful message of the fragility and beauty of our oceans to the public is what SeaWorld is and what we have always been about.”

Stringer’s documentary team follows the loggerhead turtle on an adventure of more than 9,000 miles guided only by instinct. Stringer and his camera crew spent two years following loggerhead turtles on their trips across the ocean, and have captured on film the remarkable life cycle of a beautiful creature that struggles to survive in an increasingly unforgiving environment.

The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson, and will be released to theaters in both standard theatrical formats as well as 3D in selected locations. 

Universal Orlando Resort Adds New Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse Experience To Latin Quarter At CityWalk

Guests Can Now Enjoy Gourmet South American-Style Rotisserie Within Latin Quarter

Orlando, Fla.  (June 16, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort guests can now enjoy even more delicious dining options at CityWalk with the addition of churrascaria menu offerings at a brand new Brazilian steakhouse experience now open within Latin Quarter . The new savory main courses are served “rodizio” style, which means a continuous service of South-American rotisserie skewers full of exquisite meats brought directly from the grill and sliced tableside throughout the entire experience.

Conveniently located in the upper level of Latin Quarter , churrascaria dining is a totally new experience housed within the favorite, award-winning cantina and club. Not only can guests enjoy a variety of mouth-watering main courses, such as filet mignon, roast beef, short ribs, lamb, pork and the house specialty picanha (top sirloin), but there is also a decadent buffet and gourmet salad bar filled with American favorites and authentic Brazilian side dishes.

“The churrascaria offerings at Latin Quarter capture a piece of Brazilian culture by providing guests with an authentic rodizio dining experience here at Universal CityWalk,” said Ric Florell, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Resort Revenue Operations.

Whether enjoying the new churrascaria experience upstairs, or the main dining room, all guests to Latin Quarter will experience the delicious delicacies of Latin America amidst the restaurant’s unique d├ęcor of a star-filled sky near an ancient Mayan temple. Reservations for churrascaria dining are suggested. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call (407) 224-2691.

Knott’s Invites Families to Join the Cartoon Network “Move It Movement”

BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm and Cartoon Network (in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition) invites kids ages 6-14 to be a part of the “Move It Movement Tour,” on Saturday, June 25.

    The tour features multiple stations with a host of activities including:

•    Soccer Shootout Challenge, where kids can take aim and test their shooting skills;
•    NBA/WNBA FIT Activity Zone, letting  kids test their fitness level through basketball;
•    PGA Chipping Challenge, letting kids test their golf skills on a mobile putting green;
•    Skate Park Challenge, featuring skateboard experts performing  high flying demonstrations;
•    Crayola, where kids can use their imagination by creating outdoor art;
•    Zookeeper™ Leapin’ Lions Challenge, testing focus, balance, and strength.

All these activities and more will take place from 11 am to 3:00 pm in the Charleston Circle area of Knott’s Berry Farm and are included with park admission.  To find out about all the summer activities at Knott’s Berry Farm, visit

SeaWorld's "Best Dad" Award Goes to Simon the Otter

SeaWorld is home to many finned, feathered and furry fathers that have had a role in more than 18,000 animals born or hatched at our parks over four decades. This year, SeaWorld announces our “Best Dad” award recipient, Simon the otter, in this heartwarming video, and also the runner-ups in a fun sheet dads and kids can read together.

Animal video -- “Best Dad” Award: Simon, the Little Otter with a Big Heart
Simon the Asian small-clawed river otter is one of the most helpful fathers at SeaWorld Orlando, demonstrating an amazingly sensitive side when it comes to caring for his young. He protects his pups, plays with them, brings their mother food, and takes over to cuddle them when their mother takes a break. Simon even helps with swimming lessons: mom pushes the pups into the water and he scoops them out if they appear to be struggling.

This video shows Simon receiving his special award and also him being a great dad through the years. It even includes rare footage -- shot two years ago with a tiny night-vision camera concealed inside the otter’s den -- of Simon cuddling and playing with his youngsters.

Our “Best Dad” winner has fathered several litters through the years, showing these amazing parenting skills each time. Simon and his offspring are all doing great and can be seen in the SeaWorld shows.


Universal Creates Special Moment for Guests in Hogsmeade

Plus, All-New “Share Your Story” Facebook Tab Allows Guests to Share their Favorite Memories and Get a Chance to Win a Trip to Universal Orlando Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2011) – Today, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventures of the Harry Potter books and films come to life.

Universal Orlando commemorated the anniversary at 9:23 a.m. – the exact time The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010.  After taking part in a countdown led by the Hogwarts Express conductor, guests and team members celebrated in the streets of Hogsmeade while “snow” confetti and gold streamers fell from the sky.  Guests also enjoyed complimentary Butterbeer, cauldron cakes and Chocolate Frogs.

“We’re so excited to celebrate this milestone with our guests,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort.  “It’s been an incredible year for us and our guests, and we look forward to creating more exciting memories with them in the years to come.”    

Universal Orlando is also creating a virtual celebration by launching today a new “Share Your Story” tab on its official Facebook page.  The all-new tab gives fans the opportunity to interact with one another and share favorite memories and photos from their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – whether it’s tasting Butterbeer for the first time, watching their daughter as she’s selected by the perfect wand or soaring above Hogwarts with their family.

If fans have not been able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they can share why they aspire to on the “Share Your Story” tab as well.  U.S. residents who share their stories on the tab will be automatically entered into a contest where they can win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort this fall.  To take part in the virtual celebration, share their stories or read other fans’ stories, guests should visit

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all faithful to the films.  For more information about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Orlando Resort, visit


CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 18, 2011) –   Thousands of people found the Force at LEGOLAND® California during the first day of the popular LEGO® Star Wars Days at the family theme park in Carlsbad June 18 and 19. Park guests of all ages dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters and spent the day interacting with members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion.  Throughout the day, guests participated in out-of-this-world activities like the Droid Hunt, video game battles, Darth Vader meet-and-greets, Jedi trivia competitions and a costume contest.

LEGOLAND California’s newest addition, Star Wars Miniland, was a bonus to the themed event featuring six scenes from the live-action Star Wars movies and a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars all in 1:20 scale. More than 1.5 million LEGO bricks were used to create the 2,000 LEGO models seen in the planets Naboo, Geonosis, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Endor and Christophsis.

Also new this year, LEGOLAND California gives Park guests an exclusive preview to the amazing sand sculpture honoring Star Wars Miniland in The Beginning of the Park . Created by six of the world’s best sand sculptors, the detailed sand sculpture includes a sand version of the iconic Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader, Yoda and Luke Skywalker. The sand sculpture and it’s progress from start to finish can be seen on the new television show “Sand Masters” airing on Travel Channel June 19 at 10 p.m.

The popular Droid Hunt returned this year as guests of all ages received collectible “droid badges” if they were among the first in line at The Beginning of the Park. When guests wearing the collectible droid badges were “caught” within the Park by members of the 501st Legion, they had to respond to the question “How long have you had these droids?” to receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win fantastic LEGO Star Wars and LEGOLAND California merchandise.

Other features and attractions include the LEGO Star Wars Fan Gallery, highlighting LEGO Star Wars creations built by local fans and LEGO Club members; Jedi Trivia contests, which allow guests to use their Star Wars knowledge to compete for fabulous prizes; and a Miniland U.S.A. word scramble activity to discover scrambled letters hidden next to ARF trooper mini-figures. Those who locate all the letters and decode the secret phrase are entered to win an exclusive LEGO Star Wars Prize Package.

Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters and participate in the daily costume contest.  Prizes are awarded in two age categories each day: 8 and younger and 9 to 15.  Each prize package is valued at more than $500 and includes exclusive LEGO Star Wars toys, collectible gear and tickets to LEGOLAND California Resort.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Petrified TV presenter is first in UK to ride Cheetah Hunt – a new mega high speed attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida

This Morning’s showbiz and film expert Alison Hammond - who is also scared of roller coasters - is the first person in the UK to ride Cheetah Hunt, the world’s first triple launch roller coaster.

The high speed ride, which officially launches to the public on Friday (today) in Tampa Bay, Florida will attract thousands of Brits over the next three months, as the ride launches for the busy summer holiday season.

With fast twists and super turns - plus three high speed accelerations - Cheetah Hunt is guaranteed to make riders scream for the entire 90 seconds, much like the terrified TV presenter Hammond did when strapped in to the front row of the roller coaster yesterday at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Hammond, the 36 year old Brummie who was a holiday rep in a former life, admitted that she has been petrified of roller coasters since she was a little girl. Pleasantly surprised once she’d come off Cheetah Hunt, Alison said, “It is officially the fastest ride I have ever ridden and was actually a much smoother ride than expected. I screamed all the way round but would recommend it to everyone... all I can say is awesome!”

Carefully engineered to create thrills for roller coaster riding holiday-goers, the world’s first triple launch roller coaster literally replicates the movement of a Cheetah, pairing man-made thrills with nature’s fastest land animal. By moving at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, the exciting triple launch coaster moves just as a cheetah would, leaving riders feeling exhilarated from the thrill of the chase.

Cheetah Hunt* isn’t just for thrill-seekers…visitors to the attraction can also get up-close to these beautiful cats and marvel at their awesome speed just a whisker away at Cheetah Run, the expansive cheetah habitat where trainers will carry out daily sprints with these high speed animals.

Alongside the new Cheetah Hunt roller coaster, families can also get closer than ever before to the cheetah, literally eye to eye through elevated, glass-panelled viewing areas at Cheetah Run part of the all new ancient realm. Here guests can also explore interactive touch screens to learn even more about these big cats and how the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has been helping endangered cheetahs in the wild since 2005.

LEGOLAND® California Kicks Off Summer with Wild Splash Zoo Opening

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 27, 2011) – A wall of soft LEGO® bricks spelling out “Splash Zoo” came crashing down at LEGOLAND® California today as two dozen toddlers from military families rushed in to the newest area at LEGOLAND Water Park. The toddlers, who have parents based at MCAS Miramar, were invited to help the family theme park kick off Memorial Day Weekend with the opening of Splash Zoo, an interactive water play area designed especially for children ages 1 to 3.

“We talk a lot about heroes here at LEGOLAND California - it is a great honor to have some real life heroes and their families here with us today,” said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort during the ceremony.

The military families had the Water Park to themselves for nearly an hour before it opened to the public. Splash Zoo features interactive spray pads, fountains, a teeter totter and giant interactive DUPLO® animals. The lion, polar bear, giraffe, zebra and penguins in Splash Zoo are scale replicas of the animals in the popular LEGO DUPLO Zoo product line. Each animal has a unique interactive element where children push buttons or turn levers to splash and spray water.

“We listen to feedback from our guests and one thing we heard a lot from the moms in particular was they wanted more activities for their young children,” Ronchetti said as he described the inspiration for Splash Zoo, which was designed by Park Project Designer Lindsay Burroughs.

LEGOLAND Water Park is the world’s first LEGO themed Water Park and opened last summer. It includes 7 slides, the Build-A-Raft River, Imagination Station and DUPLO Splash Safari. Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of summer at LEGOLAND Water Park which will be open seven days a week now through Sept. 5. LEGOLAND Water Park is a $12 upgrade from LEGOLAND California tickets and is included in the price of Resort and Water Park Hopper tickets. For more information, find us on FaceBook or visit

Fairytale Town's July & August Program Calendar

Summer Fun on the Horizon


International Celebration

Saturday, July 2
11AM - 3PM
Celebrate diversity as Fairytale Town welcomes cultures from around the world to perform on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. Enjoy back to back performances from some of Fairytale Town's favorite performing artists including Sangeet Bharati, Minyo Tanoshimi Kai, Kyla's School of Highland Dance, Fenix Drum & Dance, Folklorico Aztlan de Sacramento, Hula 4 Fun, and Eastern Ways Martial Arts (program subject to change). This event is free with paid park admission. Weekend Admission is $4.50 per person and children 1 & under are free. Information at 916.808.7462 or
Twilight Concert: Sacramento Taiko Dan

Wednesday, July 13
6PM - 8PM 

For 22 years, the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of Japanese taiko drumming have graced Sacramento and beyond through the heart and vision of the Sacramento Taiko Dan. This Japanese style of percussion combines music and movement, creating a dynamic and visually exciting art form. The group promotes traditional and contemporary styles of taiko drumming. Doors open at 5:30PM; concert begins at 6:00PM. Tickets are $10 each, Fairytale Town and Capital Public Radio members receive a 2 for 1 discount. This event is sponsored by Capital Public Radio. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 916.808.7462. 

Please Note Fairytale Town's Concert Policy: No outside food, beverage, or cameras allowed.


Saturday, July 16
11AM - 3PM

Very Special Arts Day (VSA Day) is a one-day event for children of all abilities, featuring high-quality performances by very special artists, displays of visual artwork created by VSA arts of California-Sacramento students, plus several Funshops (hands-on workshops) such as collage, mobiles, yarn painting, block print-making, and ink-blot butterflies. This day is designed to allow kids of all backgrounds and abilities to interact, create, have fun, and to enhance community acceptance and awareness of the talents and capabilities of all children. For further information on VSA Day at Fairytale Town call 916.277.6747.
Family Camp Out

Saturday, July 23
5:30PM - 7AM

Bring your sleeping bags & tents to Fairytale Town and sleep under the stars! This fun filled sleep over includes a special theater performance, a hands-on activity, a Fairytale themed scavenger hunt, group sing-a-long and bedtime story. This is a special event, prices range from $20 - $30 per person, fees include all activities, an evening snack and a light breakfast the next morning. Registration is available online at or call 916.808.7462.

Children's Concert Series

Sundays in July - 2PM

Matinee performances will feature favorite local children's artists. All performances will be held on the Mother Goose Stage and are free with paid park admission.  Scheduled performers include: July 10 - Francie Dillon; July 17 - The Hipwaders; July 24 - Mister Cooper; July 31 - Octopretzel. These performances are free with paid park admission. Weekend Admission is $4.50 per person and children 1 & under are free. These concerts are sponsored by the Loveall Foundation for Children. Information at 916.808.7462 or

Moonlight Costume Ball: Arabian Nights

Saturday, August 6
7PM - 11PM

Join Fairytale Town for the second annual Moonlight Costume Ball, it will be an enchanted evening filled with costumes, live music, entertainment, dancing and fun! Costumes are required. Ticket holders be at least 18 years of age or older. Food & adult beverages will be available for purchase. For additional information and tickets contact 916.808.7462 or
Family Camp Out

Friday, August 19
5:30PM - 7AM

Bring your sleeping bags & tents to Fairytale Town and sleep under the stars! This fun filled sleep over includes a special theater performance, a hands-on activity, a Fairytale themed scavenger hunt, group sing-a-long and bedtime story.  Prices range from $20 - $30 per person, fees include all activities, an evening snack and a light breakfast the next morning. Registration is available online at or call 916.808.7462.
Fairytale Town Troupers Present: A Princess of Stars - Episode 2, Drakko Strikes Back!

Saturdays & Sundays  - August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21
12:30, 1:30PM & 2:30PM

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far, away Flax Spindel has been destroyed, but Planet Frazetta is still under siege by the evil Drakonian Empire. The pride of the space fairies, Princess Deja, has trained Captain Carter, Prince of Earth, in the expert use of the laserlight star sword, just as Drakko sends their most powerful warrior to recapture the lost planet. Good must face Evil once again! Performances will be held in the Children's Theater, tickets are $2 Nonmembers/ $1membersm and children 1 and under are free, in addition to paid park admission. (Subject to change) Information at or 916.808.7462.
Twilight Concert: Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band

Wednesday, August 24
6PM - 8PM

This five-piece ensemble from Sacramento has been entertaining Northern California audiences since 1995. The band has issued two critically acclaimed CDs, The Flower of Berezin (1998) and And I in the Uttermost West (2005), and just released is a third album, Klezmer at the Confluence (2010). They have defined what may be called "the Sacramento sound" in klezmer and Sephardic Jewish music, using a particularly infectious blend of strings and reeds, with vocals in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and English. Doors open at 5:30PM; concert begins at 6:00PM. Tickets are $10 each, and Fairytale Town and Capital Public Radio members receive a 2 for 1 discount.  This event is sponsored by Capital Public Radio. Please Note Fairytale Town's Concert Policy: No outside food, beverage, or cameras allowed. Tickets and information at 916.808.7462 or
Fairytale Town's Movie Night Under the Stars

Sunday, August 28
Gates Open at 6:30PM - Movie TBD

Get the popcorn ready, and join us for a classic family movie on the giant outdoor screen.  The movie begins at sunset! Tickets are $5 each and Fairytale Town members receive a 2 for 1 discount. Tickets and information at 916.808.7462 or

Headline Performers Announced for Humpty's Western Round-Up

June 11, 2011 - 6PM to 10PM

Hitch up the wagon and mosey on over to Fairytale Town. Fairytale Town, a nonprofit organization, announces their featured entertainment and activities for their annual fundraiser, "Humpty's Western Round-Up" on June 11, 2011 from 6PM to 10PM.

Trick Roper & Whip Master - James Barrera
Every good cowboy can rope a steer, but a great cowboy can delight the crowds with whirling roping tricks! Watch as trick roper, James Barrera, entertains with his roping wonders. Barrera explodes on stage performing a whirling dervish of flying lariats and cracking whips. His riveting stage presence and incredible physical talents have earned him legions of fans across California. Unlike your typical Hollywood "action star" or stuntman, Barrera doesn't need to hide behind computer graphics, wire work, slow-motion camera tricks or stunt doubles.  Fans call Barrera a walking, talking, special effect, and he does it all live. During his shows he might demonstrate his jaw-dropping double-handed bullwhip routine. Where he uses two seven-foot black bullwhips to snap out rhythms to accompany a live singer. A routine he calls the black mamba dance. He might lasso and hogtie an audience member in the middle of a performance. 
The Dave Russell Band

Providing tunes to stomp your boots to is The Dave Russell Band. A "Down home, good ole' boy from North Carolina," Russell has toured the country performing sold out shows in Nashville, San Antonio, Reno, Biloxi, and all over California. He is now based out of Sacramento, CA. The combination of Dave's Southern Inspired, born and bred, "Country-fied" voice and some of the best musicians the west coast has to offer, will have you up on your feet, out on the floor and screamin' for more. He's sure to raise a ruckus!

Miniature Horses

Visit with the miniature horses from the Sacramento County 4-H Mini Equine Program. Children will have the opportunity to touch and interact with the horses and the  4-H staff volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions and share information about the horses and their program. The purpose of the 4-H Youth Development Program is to help young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens. They provide learn by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs. These programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills.

Fun Activities & Crafts

Interactive children's activities will include a chance to practice skills every good ole' cowboy or cowgirl should have. Children can rope and wrangle faux ponies, and knock down the bottles from the fence post using precision aim. When it comes time to ride off into the sunset, children can make a craft picture of the setting sun so they too can ride off with their imagination. And no western scene is complete without a rattle snake, this fun craft puts the rattle in rattler!

Families are invited to get gussied up in your cowboy duds and boots and ride into town to explore "Humpty's Western Round-Up."  Ticket prices are $25 for adults, and $10 for children in advance.  The day of event prices are $30 adult and $15 child. Tickets include park admission, all live entertainment and themed activities, a BBQ dinner from Red Oak BBQ, and Crystal ice cream. Humpty's Saloon will also be serving beer and wine for purchase.
This event is possible through the support of KNTY The Wolf, Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, Foster Farms Dairy,Crystal,  Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento Coca Cola, Union Bank, Jordan Blair, Merchants National Bank, Otto Construction, Securitas Security Services, Hoppy Brewing Company, Wendy Holmquist and Jeff Chenu, Southwest Airlines, Tony's Fine Foods, CalVada Foods,  and Scott Naake Paper Company.
Tickets are available at


What: Humpty's Western Round-Up
When: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time: 6PM to 10PM
Cost: Advance Tickets: $25 for Adults/$10 Child (ages 2 -12)/ Free Children 1 & Under
(Day of event tickets: $30 Adult/$15 Child)
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA 95822
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Contact e-mail:


Central Florida’s Newest Theme Park To Hire 800 Remaining Employees Before October 15 Opening

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (June 1, 2011) – Imagine being one of LEGOLAND Florida’s Model Citizens (the Park’s affectionate term for its employees) poised at the front gate on October 15 welcoming the very first guest through the turnstiles at the 150-acre family-fun theme park. That person could be one of the remaining 800 Model Citizens selected in the massive hiring spree starting at LEGOLAND Florida, Central Florida’s newest theme park.  Those interested in positions in operations, food service and retail may apply online at starting now.

LEGOLAND Florida will have more than 50 rides, shows and attractions when the family theme park opens on October 15.  From ride operators who safely launch the iconic Dragon Coaster to line cooks who create delicious Granny’s Apple Fries, the Park will be filled with a total of 1,000 employees at opening.  With the Park being focused on entertaining families with children ages 2-12, hiring responsible and friendly employees is a top priority.

“Customer service and a kid-focused approach are two key attributes we’re looking for in a LEGOLAND Florida ‘Model Citizen,’” remarked Teresa Vaughn, director of Human Resources. “We call our employees ‘Model Citizens’ because that’s what we expect.”

“With the unemployment level in Polk County at 10.8% as of April 2011, we are thrilled that LEGOLAND Florida has decided to call Winter Haven home,” Paula Bohnstedt assistant director for Polk Works. “I truly believe LEGOLAND Florida will be the catalyst we need to launch continuous growth and success in Polk County.”

Due to the high number of jobs being offered, all applications must be submitted on-line through the jobs portal. For applicants without computers, Polk Works or local libraries are great options for publicly accessed computers. Once selected, candidates will participate in assessments to evaluate how well they work in a team. For more information:; and Twitter @LEGOLANDFlorida.