Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & Adventure Island- Irma update

By | September 8, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — To ensure the safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals during the expected impact from Hurricane Irma, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island will be adjusting schedules as follows:

We have comprehensive weather preparedness plans, and security and zoological staff will remain on property in secure locations as we monitor the storm. Guests are encouraged to check our websites and follow our social media channels for more updates.

Park Details:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 5 pm ET, and will remain closed on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11.
Adventure Island: Adventure Island will be closed Saturday, Sept. 9, Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11

Cancellation policy:
Due to the projected path of Hurricane Irma, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted our Named Storm Policy, also known as the “Peace of Mind” Policy, effective immediately. The parks are rescheduling or refunding any vacation package or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations, DiscoveryCove.com, SeaWorld.com, BuschGardens.com, or the contact center. The parks will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.

SeaWorld Orlando – Hurricane Irma Update

By | September 8, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — To ensure the safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals during the expected impact from Hurricane Irma, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island will be adjusting schedules as follows:

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are currently planning to close by 5 pm ET on Saturday, Sept. 9, pending further updates as we monitor the storm. Both parks will remain closed on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11. Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Sept. 11.Discovery Cove will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11.

We have comprehensive weather preparedness plans, and security and zoological staff will remain on property in secure locations as we monitor the storm. We’re also providing support and temporary housing for animals from other zoological facilities in coastal areas expected to have greater impact. Guests are encouraged to check our websites and follow our social media channels for more updates.

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Irma, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have enacted our Named Storm Policy, also known as the “Peace of Mind” Policy, effective immediately. The parks are rescheduling or refunding any vacation package or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations, DiscoveryCove.com, SeaWorld.com, BuschGardens.com, or the contact center. The parks will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.

LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park will be closed Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11

By | September 8, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the safety of guests and employees, LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park will be closed Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11.

LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open to admit arriving guests; LEGOLAND Beach Retreat guests will be relocated to LEGOLAND Hotel. We encourage guests in need of shelter to seek other accommodations as we cannot guarantee resort amenities or access to electricity during severe weather.

For information about Polk County shelters, call the Citizens Information Line at (863) 401-2234 or (866) 661-0228, or visit www.polk-county.net. Emergency information also is available at www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and www.twitter.com/polkemergency.

Guests wishing to reschedule or cancel a LEGOLAND Florida Resort visit can do so without penalties or fees by calling our Customer Service Center at (877) 350-5346. Live chat is available through our website’s Help Center.

This policy applies only to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park tickets, LEGOLAND Water Park tickets and LEGOLAND Hotel or LEGOLAND Beach Retreat reservations booked directly with LEGOLAND Florida Resort or LEGOLAND Vacations, as well as partner hotel reservations and packages booked through LEGOLAND Vacations, from now through seven days past the announcement of a hurricane warning for Polk County issued by the National Hurricane Center.

If a guest’s travel plans were arranged by third-party suppliers, including travel agents, travel-booking websites, ticket resellers and other businesses independent of LEGOLAND Florida Resort and LEGOLAND Vacations, the guest is responsible for any nonrefundable payments as well as any cancellation or change fees charged by those suppliers.

Likewise, if a guest’s travel plans include products or services provided by third-party suppliers, such as airfare, rental cars or vacation insurance, the guest is responsible for any nonrefundable payments as well as any cancellation or change fees charged by those suppliers.

For up-to-date information about LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/hurricane or our social media channels

Bob’s Space Racers — Hours of operation effected by hurricane

By | September 8, 2017

Due to Hurricane Irma, we will be closed Friday, Sept 8, at 12 p.m. and on Monday, Sept. 11.

For parts and service, please call before 9 a.m.

Past this time, we are unsure, but we will reopen as soon as conditions allow.

 

Florida Facilities Working Together to Protect Animals in Anticipation of Hurricane Irma

By | September 8, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida, five Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins were transported from Dolphin Connection, a marine mammal organization owned by Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key to SeaWorld Orlando. Four team members from Dolphin Connection traveled with the dolphins and are caring for them at SeaWorld’s behind the scenes area.

Dolphin Connection is a renowned marine life educational facility with interactive dolphin conservation programs. The institution is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) and the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA).

The decision to conduct an emergency evacuation of the Dolphin Connection animals was made as a result of Hurricane Irma’s current projection and anticipated impact on the Florida Keys. Each year, marine life institutions across the state convene to evaluate emergency plans and procedures for severe weather situations like this.

The five male dolphins range in age from 13 to 43 years old and are expected to stay at SeaWorld Orlando until they can be safely returned to their home in the Florida Keys. Staff members from Dolphin Connection are staying in the Orlando area to monitor the animals during the storm.

Hurricane notices, Round 2: Legoland Florida

By | September 6, 2017

As Legoland Florida Resort prepares for Hurricane Irma, we have posted our Hurricane Policy, which is available on our blog in Q&A form and will be published to our website (legoland.com/florida) as soon as possible.

In summary, in the instance that a Hurricane Warning is issued for our area, or the area our guests are traveling from, within seven days of their visit, we will allow cancelation or changes to their tickets or vacation packages.

Based on the storm’s trajectory and any warnings issued for our area, we will continue to post updated communications on our website and social media channels.

Splashway to Donate ALL Waterpark Admission Proceeds to Hurricane Relief

By | September 1, 2017

SHERIDAN, Texas — Splashway Waterpark and Campgrounds in Sheridan, Texas has made the decision to remain open this weekend. “The decision to open the waterpark was not an easy one but we feel like we have an opportunity to use our park even more to help in relief efforts,” says general manager Carl Blahuta. “We have been housing evacuees in our campgrounds and cabins, but we can still do more.” All admission profits from Labor Day weekend will be going toward Hurricane Harvey devastation and flood relief. Splashway understands that everyone has been affected by this tragic event and may not be able to come out this weekend. “Part of our goal in opening is to provide a place for people to come, if they are able, and spend some time with their family to get away,” says Blahuta. The main goal of this weekend is simple, Splashway wants to give families of Texas a fun place to get away, if you can, and to make a difference at the same time. If you would like to give back and are unable to visit the park, Splashway has set up an online funding account. Every dollar that we raise from donations will be given to the gulf coast relief efforts. To donate and/or purchase tickets for this weekend, visit splashway.com or www.splashwaywaterpark.com/hurricane-harvey-donation/

This decision by Splashway is a huge opportunity to raise funds for relief efforts. “The more people that know about it and come out, the more people it will help. This is our opportunity to really give back to the entire gulf coast community who has helped us to become the business we are today. People have been asking what they can do to help. The answer is, come to Splashway with your family this weekend,” Blahuta said.

Splashway Waterpark, located in the heart of south Texas, sits just south of I-10 between Houston and San Antonio and just north of Victoria. Visit www.splashwaywaterpark.com/hurricane-harvey-donation/ and help them make a difference.

La Ronde Celebrates Families with New Carnaval en Folie

By | August 31, 2017

Montreal, Quebec — La Ronde is taking family entertainment to the next level for its 2018 season, with Carnaval en Folie—a carnival-themed family zone, complete with three exciting new rides sure to delight the young and young at heart.

“La Ronde is the Thrill Capital of Quebec and well known for its impressive mix of innovative thrills for all ages,” said Park President Phil Liggett. “We are committed to adding new rides every season and with the addition of Carnaval en Folie, La Ronde further enhances its position as Quebec’s favorite family and thrills destination.”

Carnaval en Folie is a brand new zone dedicated entirely to families. Guests will be fully immersed in an atmosphere inspired by fairs and carnivals of yesteryear with rich, bright colors, dazzling lights, festive music, and crackling popcorn. Extravagantly decorated, Carnaval en Folie features three new family-friendly rides.

Carnaval en Folie highlights include:

  • Classic fun on Torsade, a spinning tilt a whirl where parents can ride with their kids;
  • A fun-size ferris wheel, Petite Roue, for the best view of the Carnaval;
  • Stepping up the thrills with Tourbillon, a dizzying new ride for thrill seekers in training; and
  • A dedicated place for parents, grand-parents and children of all ages

Carnaval en Folie will begin its operation on opening weekend of the 2018 season.

RWS Entertainment Group Presents “The House of Burlesque: A Night at the Circus” for Amusement Today’s 20th Annual Golden Ticket Awards Ceremony

By | August 31, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. — RWS Entertainment Group, a New York City based full-service production company that creates award-winning custom entertainment, live events, and branded experiences worldwide, announces today “The House of Burlesque: A Night at the Circus,” a custom-designed entertainment experience for Amusement Today’s 20th Annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. The distinguished awards, which honor the best of the best in the amusement park industry, will take place Saturday, September 9th at Lake Compounce’s historic Starlight Ballroom in Connecticut.

Fully produced by RWS Entertainment Group, “The House of Burlesque: A Night at the Circus” will transport attendees at the Golden Ticket Awards Ceremony into a vintage, circus-themed burlesque club experience complete with everything from captivating performers, such as contortionists and Burlesque dancers, to dazzling show acts throughout the night. Guests will feel as if they are the club’s patrons stepping through the velvet curtains and entering a real time, vintage world full of circus memorabilia and theatricality. The ballroom will be transformed through scenery, décor and lighting to become an alluring 360-degree spectacle to showcase the glamorous costumes while highlighting the prestigious awards ceremony.

“RWS has a deep relationship with Amusement Today and we’ve been a proud supporter of the Golden Ticket Awards for years,” says Ryan Stana, CEO and Founder of RWS Entertainment Group. “For this we wanted to create an experience that is truly special and never been done before. We hope guests feel immersed in the show within the show.”

RWS Entertainment Group is an Emmy Award-winning, New York-based live entertainment production company that creates custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences for top resorts, cruise lines and theme parks. In 2015, RWS opened the largest facility of its kind in New York City – a 40,000 sq. ft. studio and office complex that houses three large rehearsal studios, vocal rooms, wardrobe and casting departments along with an in-house design lab. All hired performers are housed in fully furnished RWS Apartments adjacent to their office. In 2016, RWS acquired Broadway, film, and TV casting firm, Binder Casting, further expanding RWS’ services. In 2017, RWS announced global expansion with an emphasis on business growth in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster to Debut at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

By | August 31, 2017

VALLEJO, Calif. — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, today announced its newest thrill machine—HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster, set to open in spring 2018. This world’s first of its kind inverted looping coaster features continuous inversions along a vertically stacked figure eight track. The ride features multiple head-to-head high flybys at combined speeds of 70 miles per hour for the ultimate dueling adventure ride.

“Six Flags is the leader in thrills and opens new rides and attractions every year, at every park. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will debut a world’s first of its kind coaster and it will be our first to be themed after one of the world’s most iconic female Super-Villains, HARLEY QUINN,” said Park President Don McCoy. “Located next to THE JOKER—our popular hybrid coaster, the over-the-top personality of HARLEY QUINN will be the perfect addition as the world’s most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains battle it out for dominance.”

HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster takes thrills to a whole new level, as two trains race forward and backwards then charge each other head-to-head to create a dueling riding experience that only Six Flags could deliver. The dueling trains with 32 riders seated face-to-face, race repeatedly around a 360-foot circuit of lemniscate (figure eight) track.

HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster highlights include:

  • Riders experience up to 12 head-over-heels inversions;
  • After the two trains travel back and forth, the ride does three forward rotations and another three in the opposite direction;
  • A tantalizing “High Five” moment – when the two high speed trains pass each other at a combined speed of 70 miles per hour giving the illusion that riders can actually reach out and “high five” the other riders as they careen by.

HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster will be located across from THE JOKER and adjacent to SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight.