AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Returns To Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Don’t Enter…Dead Inside. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This fall, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s hit series, “The Walking Dead,” to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons – all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

 

Guests will walk – or run – in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. They’ll step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as the hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead, the unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3 and the seemingly-safe refuge, Terminus, from Season 4.

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6, where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains, The Wolves, after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.” Click here for a sneak peek of the terror in store for Universal Orlando guests.

A popular “Halloween Horror Nights” staple at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Walking Dead” has turned into an immersive 365-day experience inviting guests to step into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse. Brought to life with immersive detail, the new theme park attraction and “Halloween Horror Nights’’ offering is a collaboration with AMC and series Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero, whose special effects company, KNB Efx, raises the dead on the blockbuster TV series as well as for Universal Studios’ new permanent daytime  attraction.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers. The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

 

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

 

Six Flags Great Adventure The Joker Media Day

Six Flags Great Adventure held a media event for their newest ride, The Joker, and we were fortunate enough to be invited.

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Big Mike is on the scene and ready to check out the amazing new ride.

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And there it is! Gorgeous!

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I really love the theming of the station! The carnival of criminal posters are especially cool.

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Check out the ride in motion!

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It’s not a media day without delicious food being served.

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Six Flags Great Adventure has added an amazing new coaster to it’s already impressive lineup of rides. Make sure you plan a trip here this year to check them all out! 

Special thanks go out to the PR team at Six Flags Great Adventure, Big Mike, and Victor for making this all possible.

Award-winning Bluegrass Musicians, Tangy Barbeque Create Perfect Harmony During Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

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Sweet sounds from the biggest names in bluegrass and the tangy tastes of the greatest barbeque in the South create a perfect harmony for guests during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 13-22).  Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, and The Willis Clan are just a small selection of the talented bluegrass pickers taking to the stage during this annual tradition.

“It always is a special treat to have these great bluegrass performers during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival at Dollywood,” Dolly Parton said. “There is nothing like listening to these award-winning performers when they take the stage to share their talents with our guests. There is only one thing that makes the music better and that is a plate full of our famous southern barbeque—especially the ribs!”

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 15-16) are among the acts to help get the festival started on a high note. An impressive calendar of bluegrass talent performs throughout the event with more than 250 concerts scheduled during the festival. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver set up shop May 18 while Dailey & Vincent take the stage May 18-19. Other Barbeque & Bluegrass artists include Blue Highway (May 20), The Boxcars (May 22) and Balsam Range (May 22). The lineup also includes The Willis Clan (May 15), stars of the TLC show The Willis Family.

Vincent, one of bluegrass music’s most well-known performers, is a mainstay during the park’s annual festival and says the experience is unlike any other for her.

“We always love performing at Dollywood,” exclaimed Vincent. “There’s a special excitement in the air every time we perform there, and it comes through in the show and in the response of everyone in the crowd. We can’t wait to get there!”

All concerts are free and included with park admission. For a complete lineup of concert performances and show times, please visit Dollywood.com.

Dollywood’s award-winning food perfectly complements the sounds of bluegrass music’s finest. The aroma of bold barbeque wafts through the air, thanks to expertly-prepared pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken, and slabs of ribs. Bountiful barbeque entrees are accompanied by Southern favorites like baked beans, corn on the cob and more. Guests also can find a number of sweet treats to put an exclamation point on their meal!

From bluegrass favorites and tangy barbeque at Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass to the park’s award-winning rides and family-friendly atmosphere, every season features amazing new memory-making moments to celebrate.

For more information about Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass, please call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com.

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Mako Opening Date

TWO NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FEED THE FRENZY FOR THE COMING OF MAKO HYPERCOASTER

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The Mako frenzy continues to swell at SeaWorld Orlando with two new announcements today:

1) The new coaster – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest — will strike with full force on a grand opening date of June 10, 2016.

2) Further feeding the Mako frenzy is a new live presentation in the park for guests who want a sneak peek starting now. The new presentation gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience, and also shares interesting educational facts about sharks in the wild that need our help.

The preview presentation, called Mako Rising, is now being shown at Nautilus Theater daily at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Audience members enjoy complimentary snacks as they relax in the cool indoor theater and participate in the informative, interactive experience. All audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation.

Mako Quick Facts:

• Opening June 10, 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.

• Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”

• Orlando’s only hypercoaster lures guests to brave tight turns, stomach steep drops and endure shark-attack speeds.

• Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.

• Mako will be the centerpiece of the new two-acre shark-themed realm which also includes Shark Encounter®, Sharks Underwater Grill®, gift shops, and shark- and shipwreck-themed educational experiences.

 

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Six Flags Great Adventure “The Joker” Construction Tour

Yesterday, March 13 2016, Six Flags Great Adventure was kind enough to invite us out to a special behind-the-scenes construction tour of their new for 2016 roller coaster : “The Joker” . The construction should finish up this week, cars will begin testing mid April, and barring any issues the coaster will open to the public on Memorial Day weekend.

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Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train will be transformed into the “Harley Quinn Crazy Train”

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We checked out the Sky Bar which will serve beer, wine, and snacks as well as a look at where they have completely removed the building from the former Chiller coaster. Speculation is already swirling around this being the site for a 2017 addition, but nothing official was discussed.

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On a final note, the Ferris Wheel will not be running on opening day due to a lengthy refurb.

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Thanks to Victor and Stacy for all of the great photos and information!

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO REVEALS INCREDIBLY IMMERSIVE JOURNEY OF NEXT BLOCKBUSTER ATTRACTION, “SKULL ISLAND: REIGN OF KONG”

Soon, you will be transported to an island shrouded in mystery and legend. It is a lost world where adventure – and the unimaginable – will challenge you in unforgettable ways. 

When it opens this summer at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring the next generation of the King Kong legend to life. You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense – and the wildly entertaining. A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology – and the unexpected – will pull you into one of Universal Orlando’s most massive adventures yet. This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise – all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created.

More first-ever details will be released soon. But today, Universal Orlando unveils details about the incredible journey guests will experience.

The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin –and the legend of a beast still undiscovered. You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine – and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island. Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting. And then – you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend. The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader – and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine. It is Kong. But is he friend or foe?

More details about “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will be revealed soon. To stay up-to-date on all the latest news, visit www.universalorlando.com/ReignofKong.

SeaWorld Orlando Unveils New Coaster Car: Inspired by Sharks, Engineered for Speed

Today, SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the custom-built Mako lead car that will take riders on a thrilling experience this summer – the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando.

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Mako’s design and engineering was inspired by the real Mako shark – one of the ocean’s fastest shark species.  When it opens, Mako will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 mph on a track that’s nearly a mile long. The new ride will be a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling riders get at the top of each hill.

 

Coaster Train Design Facts Include:

 

  • Mako-Inspired Custom Car – In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.

 

  • Fast Wheels Comprised of a special compound that reduces friction — providing a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.

 

  • Upper Body Mobility With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility and “airtime”

 

The coaster will boast a total of 21 cars – including 3 trains of 7 cars per train.

 

For more Mako information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and join the conversation using #NothingFaster.

Schlitterbahn Announces MASSIV — the Tallest Water Coaster in the World

First it was the longest river ride, then the longest torrent (action) river ride, then the tallest waterslide. Now, Schlitterbahn is building the world’s tallest water coaster and putting it in the award-winning Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Galveston Island.

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Called MASSIV, the German word for massive, the water coaster will be in place in time for the waterpark’s 10th Anniversary celebration this summer. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is home to more thrill rides than any other Schlitterbahn Waterpark, making it the perfect home for this record-breaking ride.

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Not only will MASSIV be the tallest water coaster in the world, but it will also have a number of other innovations:

A translucent section that will make riders visible from the river below.
Four uphill sections, with six blaster jets.
A triple-drop ending into a landing pool – a never-done-before thrilling finale to the ride.

The exact height of the water coaster will be announced later this spring.

MASSIV utilizes Master Blaster technology, which was invented 22 years ago by Schlitterbahn’s Wizard of Water, Jeff Henry. This technology was licensed to WhiteWater West, which is the company constructing MASSIV.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this iconic ride to Galveston Island,” said Ron Sutula, General Manager for Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. “It’s a massive anniversary present to all our guests, and is going to be a blast to ride!”

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island has won numerous awards, including the world’s best indoor waterpark for eight straight years from theme and waterpark enthusiasts worldwide. MASSIV will be twice as long as any waterslide in the park and the tallest slide.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 30 – February 14 featuring Special “Year of the Monkey” Festivities, Asian-Inspired Food, and a Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Character from the Park’s “Transformers: The Ride-3D” Thrill Ride

 

Universal City, CA, January 25, 2016 — Universal Studios Hollywood marks Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Monkey” with a traditional celebratory event featuring Shenzhen performances, Asian-inspired food, thematic décor and a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from the park’s popular thrill ride, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D.” The special Lunar New Year celebration begins on Saturday, January 30 and continues through Sunday, February 14, 2016.

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Lunar New Year comes to life within Universal Plaza, a grand courtyard situated at the heart of the theme park, where guests will be ushered in to celebrate the “Year of the Monkey” under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and a stunning plum blossom arch.  The polygon-shaped piazza will also display a dozen lampposts each featuring banners of the twelve zodiac animal signs along with three symbolic attributes.

A highlight of the time-honored tradition will feature the annual appearance of a Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON who will engage guests in conversation characteristic of his DECEPTICON TRANSFORMER’s persona.  MEGATRON – an ominous 12-foot-tall figure – is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s award-winning thrill ride, “Transformers: The Ride-3D” designed to immerse guests in the 3D action-packed robotic world of the TRANSFORMERS.

Unique to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome an exciting Shenzhen performance. “The Five Continents Arts Troupe” from Shenzhen, China entertainment will take place periodically throughout the afternoon for one day only on Saturday, February 13.

In honor of this multi-cultural celebration, favorite Universal character, Curious George will dress in festive attire to meet guests and take photos in front of a traditional Chinese gong.  Asian-inspired treats along with customary music resonating throughout the Plaza will help commemorate another memorable Lunar New Year.

Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin.  Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest film studios in the world.  The theme park also provides in-language park maps.

Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Mandarin speaking guests can learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  They can also follow us on Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

Guests are invited to share their zodiac animal signs with at @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter and “Like” the Universal Studios Hollywood Facebook page.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s newly introduced Annual Passes add to the celebration by giving visitors a chance to experience the park multiple times.  For more information or to purchase one of three new passes: the Gold Pass, the California Resident Plus Pass or the California Resident Pass, please visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets.

The excitement continues when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016, marking the highly-anticipated arrival of the West Coast’s dynamic new immersive experience. More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, the land will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense “King Kong 360 3-D” attraction and the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride as the Studio Tour’s grand finale.  Other popular rides include the 3D adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour” which runs on select evenings.

NAME OF DOLLY PARTON’S NEWEST PIGEON FORGE DINNER SHOW REVEALED

Dolly Parton today announced the name of her newest dinner show set to launch this May in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show features a captivating storyline, a cast of talented performers and family entertainment only Parton can deliver. 
  
 “I’m truly excited to be working on a new show for families to enjoy while they are in town,” Parton said. “We did a lot of work to come up with the name of the new show and I think we found the perfect fit. My creative team has been working to produce an exciting show which will showcase the amazing competitive skills of our cast. We have a few surprises that will certainly make this an ‘adventure’ for every member of the family.”
Jim Rule, Chief Executive Officer of World Choice Investments, LLC, noted construction on Lumberjack Adventure’s facility is on schedule.
“Facility construction is well underway and we are extremely pleased with the progress to this point,” Rule said. “We currently have a number of renovations planned for both the interior and exterior of the facility.”
Plans also are in place to remove the former Regency Inn to provide additional parking and to make the dinner attraction more visible from the Parkway, the major thoroughfare in Pigeon Forge.
Much like the fabulous meals at Parton’s other dinner attractions, guests will be served a hearty meal truly fit for a lumberjack. Numerous new meal items currently are being tested to create an entirely new menu.
“This completely new and unique production will reflect the same quality, attention to detail and overall entertainment value as our other dinner attractions around the country,” added Rule.
                Follow the progress at www.lumberjackadventure.com