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May 18, 2019

NEVADA - NEW SECRET VIP ROOM WEDDING IN THE MOB MUSEUM’S UNDERGROUND SPEAKEASY GIVES NUPTIALS ROARING 20S FLAIR


LAS VEGAS (May 2019) –The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, introduces a captivatingly clandestine new setting for memorable weddings in Downtown Las Vegas: The Underground’s VIP room. This cleverly concealed secret room is located in The Underground, the Museum’s Prohibition history exhibition housing a moonshine distillery and speakeasy.

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY OPENS WITH NEW EXPERIENCES AND INNOVATION


Interactive Events and Less Wait Time Shine in Water Park’s 19th Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, May 15, 2019)—Dive into summer and Dollywood’s Splash Country for the water park’s 19th season! This year features an elevated guest experience, exciting events and new offerings—with a splash of innovation. Opening day is Saturday, May 18.

Guests will be delighted to find more picnic tables and more shade this season. In addition to 6,000 square feet of newly-shaded space on the wave pool deck, there are new structures covering more queue lines which gives guests a cooler wait for their favorite Dollywood’s Splash Country attractions.

May 14, 2019

Rocket Mortgage and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Partner to Honor Apollo 11 Crew


Bronze Memorial to Mark 50th Anniversary of First Lunar Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL (May 14, 2019) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex today announced a new partnership to create a one-of-a-kind bronze statue honoring the legendary crewmembers of the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. The statue will depict Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and will be the focal point of the new Moon Tree Garden, which will be located outside of the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

May 12, 2019

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD OFFICIALLY OPENS LARGEST EXPANSION IN PARK HISTORY


Guests experience $37 million Wildwood Grove for the first time

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, May 10, 2019)— Dollywood again solidified its place among the nation’s premier family destinations as Dolly Parton today officially opened Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in park history. Parton opened the fascinating new land to visitors ready to enjoy its 11 thrilling new experiences. During an early morning media event, Parton shared the inspiration and dreams that led to the creation of Wildwood Grove, calling the area the new standard for Dollywood.

At $37 million, Wildwood Grove is Dollywood theme park’s largest capital investment ever and is the first new area added to Dollywood since Wilderness Pass in 2008. The biggest adventure in Dollywood’s history provides guests of all sizes unique experiences to enjoy together as a family.

May 3, 2019

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Merlin Entertainments Attractions Offers Big Savings with Cinco de Mayo Sale


12 Awesome Months at Five Amazing Attractions for Just $99.99

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 3, 2019) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and its sister attractions are offering a big discount on “Awesomer” annual passes during Cinco de Mayo weekend. Available May 3 - May 5, 2019, Merlin Entertainments is offering the “Awesomer” Annual Pass for $99.99 per person; a $70 discount!

The pass includes 12 months of unlimited access to five fun-filled Merlin attractions; LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, LEGOLAND Florida Water Park, SEA LIFE Orlando, Madame Tussauds Orlando and LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta.

In addition to park and attraction admission, the “Awesomer” Annual Pass includes free standard parking as well as discounts on dining and retail at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. In addition, “Awesomer” Passholders can take advantage of year-round discounts at LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel and Beach Retreat.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s discounted “Awesomer” Pass will be available online and at walk-up admission windows (during operating hours May 3 - May 5) at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando.

Whether you’re looking to hop on the brand new Masters of Flight at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, learn about the world’s most exotic sea creatures at SEA LIFE Orlando or take a selfie with The Justice League at Madame Tussauds Orlando, the “Awesomer” pass allows you to experience them all!

Learn more about the “Awesomer” Pass at www.legoland.com/awesomer.

May 2, 2019

Brevard Zoo releases sea turtle treated for swallowing hook


MELBOURNE, Fla., May 2, 2019 — Yesterday afternoon in Melbourne Beach, Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released juvenile green sea turtle Kernel. This patient was admitted in January after ingesting a fishhook, which required surgical removal.

Kernel—so named for arriving on National Popcorn Day—was nursed back to health with antibiotics, fluids and nutritional support.

MISSOURI - Announcing New "Bluegrass Nights" at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

        
Including Grammy-Winners Diamond RioRhonda Vincent

(Branson, Missouri 5/2/2019) - One of the world’s top bluegrass events, the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, announces its biggest lineup ever with all-new “Bluegrass Nights,” beginning today and pickin’ through the month until May 27 at Silver Dollar City. Awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Distinguished Achievement in the festival’s presentation, Bluegrass & BBQ brings together over 70 acts to the Missouri theme park, from award-winning favorites to rising stars, including a three-night concert with Grammy winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, May 10-12, and Grammy winner Diamond Rio on May 26.

May 1, 2019

Tiny “rock star” antelope born at Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 1, 2019 — Brevard Zoo welcomed a new face on Monday, April 15 when three-year-old klipspringer Deborah gave birth to a calf named Clarice. A neonatal exam revealed that the new arrival (who weighed less than two pounds at birth) is a female and is properly nursing from her mother.
“This adorable little girl is doing wonderfully,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs, “Deborah is taking great care of her, grooming her often.”

The newborn, who was sired by four-year-old Ajabu, is currently behind the scenes with her mother and will be introduced to Ajabu before transitioning into the public-facing habitat in Expedition Africa.

After a gestation period of six to seven months, klipspringer typically give birth to one offspring. They are sexually mature at one year and can live up to 18 years in human care. With specialized hooves each roughly the diameter of a dime as an adult, the klipspringer is a skilled climber; it is typically found around mountains, hills and rocky outcrops in its native Africa.

The klipspringer does not face any major threats, but it is sometimes hunted for use as meat or leather.



Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available atwww.treetoptrek.com.

NEVADA - SMOKED BURGERS & BBQ TO BE THE FIRST TO LAUNCH ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BBQ ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

New Special to Begin this May – National BBQ Month 

LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2019)  Beginning tomorrow May 1 and the start of National BBQ Month – Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will become the first restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip to serve All-You-Can-Eat BBQ available every day starting at 11:30 a.m.
Priced at $49 per person, the menu includes:
  • Beef Sliders: Angus beef rubbed with a special house spice mix, smoked house ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese served on a Hawaiian roll.
  • Smoked Chicken Wings: Six smoked chicken wings served plain or buffalo style tossed in signature BBQ sauce.
  • Louisiana Hot Link Sausage: Grilled split pork hot links slathered in a signature BBQ sauce served with a biscuit.
  • BBQ Pork: Pulled pork shoulder slathered in a signature spice blend and mustard BBQ sauce served with a biscuit.
  • BBQ Chicken: Pulled chicken slathered with a signature spice blend and tangy BBQ sauce served with a biscuit.
  • St. Louis Ribs: Tossed in signature smoked spices and BBQ sauce served with a biscuit.
  • Sides: Mesquite Fries; Sweet Potato Fries; Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese; Potato Salad; Cole Slaw and Baked Beans.
ABOUT SMOKED BURGERS & BBQ 
Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace specializes in jaw-dropping burgers, handcrafted cocktails, draft beer, homemade lemonades and sweet teas. The menu takes a twist on BBQ classics while infusing West Coast flare. Designed and operated by Hospitality Boulevard, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor Strip-side dining and live entertainment. Smoked Burgers & BBQ’s emphasis is on creating the ultimate guest experience whether it be for a work lunch, watching the big game or spending a night out on the town in a casual, comfortable environment. Smoked Burgers & BBQ is located next to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace’s Upper Valet. For more information, find and follow on FacebookInstagramor Twitter. Click here to download high-res photos. 

ABOUT HOSPITALITY BOULEVARD
Designed with the customer experience in mind, Hospitality Boulevard is the restaurant and bar conglomerate created by everyday guys, Ryan Klaasen and Joey Pintozzi. From Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York, Hospitality Boulevard’s portfolio of venues includes Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Maxie’s at The LINQ Promenade and The Wellesbourne in Los Angeles. Additional concepts to be announced in 2019. 

April 30, 2019

TENNESSEE - New Temporary Exhibit Memorializes Nicole Brown Simpson, Highlights Domestic Violence

Alcatraz East Crime Museum will have a 25th murder anniversary memorial exhibit for Nicole Brown Simpson, beginning May 17, 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 29, 2019) – Murdered 25 years ago this June, Nicole Brown Simpson would have celebrated her 60th birthday on May 19, 2019. In her memory, Alcatraz East Crime Museum is turning the focus on domestic violence, offering a temporary exhibit dedicated to who Nicole was as a daughter, sister, and mother, and the devastating impact of domestic violence. The exhibit will open on May 17, 2019 and will run for three months.

“Domestic violence is a major problem that doesn’t get the attention it should,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We wanted to turn the focus back on Nicole’s story, and how devastating the fear of domestic violence can be, as well as celebrate the special person she was to so many.” 

April 8, 2019

Brevard Zoo opens bear habitat


MELBOURNE, Fla., April 8, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests can now visit the Florida black bear habitat in the Wild Florida section of the Zoo.
The 5,000-square-foot space, which features pools, trees, boulders and other elements that encourage natural behavior, houses a two-year-old female. She represents the beginning of the Zoo’s commitment to providing a permanent home for rescued bears, and the habitat can accommodate an additional two to three individuals should the need arise.

April 2, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Hold 2nd Annual Graffiti Art Contest


Graffiti artists are invited to compete for prizes and to have their work on exhibit

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 2, 2019) – Drive through any city in America and you are bound to see some graffiti. Some people love it, while others hate it. These images, letters and paintings found on buildings, bridges and other surfaces can often signal decay and bring property values down. This has prompted many cities to create designated graffiti art spaces, and many businesses have commissioned artists to create murals to deter graffiti on their walls. Putting graffiti art into the spotlight, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be holding its 2nd annual Graffiti Art Contest on Saturday, June 1, 2019. All graffiti artists are invited to compete for cash prizes and the chance to have their work on exhibit in the museum. 

April 1, 2019

Earth Day celebration returns to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., April 2, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests are invited to “Spring into Action” at the Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Party for the Planet is the Zoo’s way of celebrating Earth Day,” said education programs manager Andrea Aubert. “We invite guests to come learn about sustainable living and conservation, and celebrate our world in a fun, family-friendly way.”
Brevard Backyard Beekeepers, Brevard County Natural Resources, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Recycle Brevard and Sea Turtle Preservation Society will be present with hands-on nature play and science activities. Other festivities include a sea turtle obstacle course, recycling workshops, games, crafts, live music, mangrove adoption, native seed giveaways and the opportunity to create enrichment items for Zoo animals.
All activities are included with Zoo admission. The event is presented by the Zoo’s corporate partners.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

March 28, 2019

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Debuts Newest and Largest Expansion With Opening of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD


Complete Theater to Theme Park Experience with Iconic Characters, Imaginative Rides and Tasty Tacos

WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (Mar. 27, 2019) – THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD opened to enthusiastic visitors for the first time today at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, taking guests on an immersive journey from the theater to the theme park!

Created in partnership with Warner BrosConsumer Products and LEGO®, the newest expansion features three new rides and numerous attractions, all inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO® MOVIE™ and the exciting big-screen animated adventure sequel THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part.

“We couldn’t be more excited to officially open THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD,” said Rex Jackson, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort. “THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD is a key piece to our expansion and growth as we further cement ourselves as a multi-day destination.”

March 26, 2019

The Lunar Module Has “Landed” at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex


Enhancements are underway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Lunar Module 9 will be displayed under the Saturn V rocket.

CAPE CANAVERAL (March 25, 2019) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Lunar Module 9 (LM-9) has “landed” at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Apollo/Saturn V Center. This summer, guests will be able to get a closer look at LM-9, one of only three remaining Lunar Modules designed for mission use. Previously suspended from the ceiling, the relocation of the module is part of an initiative to reimagine the Apollo/Saturn V Center as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex gears up for the 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11.

Originally intended to fly on Apollo 15, LM-9 was replaced with an Extended Lunar Module when the Lunar Rover was added to the mission. In 2017, this American relic was completely refurbished to preserve for generations to come. The careful relocation of the historic artifact took place over several hours to ensure its safety. Visit the following link to view a time-lapse of the move.

March 22, 2019

TENNESSEE - PIRATES VOYAGE TAKING SHAPE IN PIGEON FORGE AS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES



PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 22, 2019) — Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue.

Construction on the Pirates Voyage building, located on the Parkway adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, began the first week in January.  The first – and biggest – task was to “build” the lagoon, the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place. The digging of that foundation required removing more than 281 loads of dirt via dump truck for more than a month (that’s 4,500 cubic yards or 7,500 tons of dirt!); that part of the project was completed on Feb. 22. That 15-foot lagoon soon will hold 300,000 gallons of water.  The installation and finishing of 600 cubic yards of concrete and 50,000 lbs. of steel in the 30,000 square foot arena began the week of Feb. 25.

Delaware North announces new Courtyard by Marriott to open on Florida’s Space Coast

 

Opening in fall 2020, property will be the closest hotel
to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and launch complexes

BUFFALO, N.Y., and TITUSVILLE, Fla. – (March 21, 2019) – Delaware North today announced that it will develop and operate a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on th former site of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® in Titusville, Fla.
The five-floor, 152-room hotel will include 14 extended and one-bedroom guest suites, a large outdoor pool and a rooftop deck with bar for an elevated evening experience and for viewing the increasingly frequent rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The hotel’s Bistro will serve full breakfast and dinner menus and feature Starbucks® products. The property will also have 800 square feet of meeting space for conferences and special events.

March 20, 2019

CALIFORNIA - Movie Location Shoot Package, In May, Find You Will Be, at Oasis in Death Valley

Photo credits: The Oasis at Death Valley / Xanterra Travel Collection

A Long Time Ago (1977) 
In Death Valley (Not That Far, Far Away)
A Director Introduced Us To

 A Film That Became A Cultural Phenomenon
While Much Of The Galaxy Was In Studios
Some Of The Movie Was Filmed On Earth 
And It’s Still There.

In Death Valley National Park, U.S.A.

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – May The Fourth – March 18, 2019  When families and people watch the 1977 movie Star Wars is at The Oasis at Death Valley, it starts inevitable tales of when the movie’s director came to this true American Oasis in 3.3 million square miles of desert, oasis and mountain national park to film and transport people to another galaxy.

Past generations of employees have shared stories with newer generations and certainly know where the movie locations are. These include the breathtakingly and picturesque locations throughout Death Valley National Park including Dante's View, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Desolations Canyon, Artist's Drive and Golden Canyon – all just a quick 20 to 40 minute drive from the Resort.

March 16, 2019

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD BEGINS SEASON-LONG CELEBRATION OF BIGGEST YEAR IN PARK HISTORY


Dolly Parton surprises guests during annual tradition

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 15, 2019)— Dollywood’s 34th season—and undoubtedly the park’s biggest ever—opened today with a special preview day for season passholders and a surprise visit from Dolly Parton. In a year that also includes the opening of the largest addition in Dollywood history later this season—the $37 million Wildwood Grove—the award-winning park’s range of unique festival offerings, spectacular shows and memorable experiences make this the best year yet to experience the spirit of the Smokies.

Veteran Dollywood guests know each season offers a completely new atmosphere for families to enjoy. With Wildwood Grove’s thrilling new attractions, award-winning entertainment and fabulous festivals, 2019 is the perfect year to take advantage of a Dollywood season pass or multi-day ticket.

TENNESSEE - FESTIVAL OF NATIONS KICKS OFF DOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST SEASON EVER!


Two new headline acts, World Passport to Food highlight season opener

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 15, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs now-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes.

Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures. It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!

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