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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!

March 14, 2019

GEORGIA - Final Schedule Announced and for Sip & Savor Spring at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Pine Mountain, GA (March 14, 2019) –The quintessential spring culinary celebration, Sip & Savor Spring, will be taking place once again at Callaway Resort & Gardens March 28-31, 2019. Located just an hour from Atlanta – it’s worth the short drive to see where spring begins.  All tickets include day admissions to the garden. See Callaway’s world-famous azalea gardens, showcasing a dazzling display of native and cultivated azalea varieties, with more than 20,000 azaleas – plus fresh blooms of dogwoods, crabapples, daffodils and tulips.

NEW this year: An outstanding value and a way to see Callaway for the Day:
Saturday, March 30 – S3 Day Pass for $99 includes the following tickets: Waffle House Showdown, Tastings Under the Big Top and Callaway Resort & Gardens Admission for the day.

WHAT’S TO DO IN VERO BEACH FOR VISITORS SUMMER 2019


There are always new gems to uncover along the Florida Treasure Coast

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – Return to Vero Beach this spring/summer and you’ll be welcomed back by the 26 miles of waterfront unobstructed by high rises and thus noted for its sunrises. You’ll also enjoy the tried and true eateries, recreational areas, events and friendly locals.  But there are numerous new treasures to discover too.  Here’s just a sampling:

Dodgertown First Sports Facility Added To U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It’s the first sports facility in the country to be added to the list joining other historic landmarks like Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta. In the late 1940s, a time when schools were still segregated, the Historic Dodgertown complex invited everyone sit together in its stadium seats. Here all players shared the same dormitory, dining room and the recreation facility. Both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers held their spring training camps and games here from 1948 to 2008. Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th St., Vero Beach.

CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW DURING YOUR NEXT NAVARRE BEACH “RELAXATION” VACATION

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – In Navarre Beach we always give a warm welcome back to return visitors to “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.”  We’re also proud to say “hello, we’re glad you’re here” to those just discovering us. Whether you’re a first timer or repeat guest, come check out some of what we’re pleased to share is fresh and different here since last vacation season…

Over $2 million in Navarre Beach Marine Park upgrades will be completed by late April. Key project elements on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the park include additional parking, improved access for individuals with disabilities, and three new boardwalks, including one featuring a canoe/kayak launch. On our Gulf shore side, enhancements include construction of a third pavilion, new picnic area, additional restrooms and parking, plus a new boardwalk.

Also just in time for summer (in mid-June) the nearly million-dollar Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will open. In addition to an educational building, the refuge will feature a state-of-the-art medical facility for rehabilitating native wildlife.  There will be more than 20 specialized outdoor habitats housing “animal ambassadors” as well as those recovering from treatment. Most of the habitats will be viewable via a boardwalk and nature trail. Bald eagles, tortoises, raptors and manatees will be among those housed here. Emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.org. Clopton’s Circle off SR 87, Navarre.

Brevard Zoo sees influx of sea turtle patients


MELBOURNE, Fla., March 12, 2019 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center admitted 13 green sea turtles between Friday and Sunday. The cause of this influx is unknown.
The turtles arrived in a debilitated state, laden with algae and barnacles that interfered with their ability to swim. Some are suffering from additional ailments like inflammation and sepsis. They are being treated with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, nutritional support and a safe place to rest.
Though the Healing Center typically only holds around 12 sea turtles at a time, staff and volunteers creatively reconfigured the space to accommodate an all-time high of 26 patients as other facilities in the state also neared capacity. On Monday, 12 turtles were transferred to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

Seven Manatees Get a Second Chance at Life Following Months of Rehabilitation and Care Multiple Facilities Come Together to Provide Specialized Care


Orlando, Fla. (March 11, 2019) -- Seven rescued manatees are getting a second chance at life after months of rehabilitation, thanks to the dedicated efforts of multiple facilities including SeaWorld Orlando, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium,  the Jacksonville Zoo and GardensSouth Florida Museum U.S Fish and Wildlife and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).   All are a part of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and returned manatees.

All seven of the manatees were tagged prior to release, allowing Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute to monitor their movements, contributing to ongoing research and conservation of the species.

March 11, 2019

Rising Star That Girl Lay Lay to Perform at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on March 27 for THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD Grand Opening

Who: Alaya High, widely known as the 12-year-old hip hop artist That Girl Lay Lay and the freestyle rapper in “The Catchy Song” from the animated adventure sequel THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part.
With 40 million views across her social media channels and a worldwide viral hit from her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Alaya has been writing, producing, rapping and singing since the age of five. Alaya’s viral freestyles raps, filmed straight from the passenger seat of her father’s car, have already dazzled the top echelon of hip hop and pop culture fame with the likes of 50 Cent, Le’V eon Bell, Mindy Kaling and T.I.
At age 12, That Girl Lay Lay is the youngest female rapper to sign a record deal, having recently inked a deal with Fresh Rebel Muzik/EMPIRE.
What: That Girl Lay Lay will perform an abbreviated concert inside THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD to help kick off opening day festivities.
Where: THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD main entrance, inside LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.
Details:
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD opening festivities
  • Vibrant character parade with all of the popular characters from THE LEGO MOVIE 2
  • Fun and energetic performance from That Girl Lay Lay
  • Interview opportunities with Alaya (please send email to confirm)
  • Interview opportunities with LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s GM Rex Jackson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales Gillian Smith and Head of Public Relations Shawn Mikus
About LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:
Built for kids 2-12, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a multi-day vacation destination located just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa. The whimsical resort includes an interactive, 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO brands and characters, plus LEGOLAND Water Park, the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel and the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Coming in spring 2019, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD will take guests from the theater to the theme park with new, fully-immersive rides, character interactions and eateries.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group (LONDON: MERL).For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.

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. (Monday, March 11, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs March 16-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. Season passholders can visit a special preview day event on March 15.

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!

Guests can start their globetrotting adventure by enjoying the great new headline shows visiting this season. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance. Considered to include some of the best performers from Cuba, the group has been together for more than 25 years and has entertained on five continents. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba can be found in DP’s Celebrity Theater.

March 10, 2019

TENNESSEE - FULL ARTIST LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR DOLLYWOOD’S ROCK THE SMOKIES


For King & Country, Zach Williams headline Aug. 24 event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 8, 2019) — Families and church groups looking for an inspirational way to put an exclamation point at the end of summer should circle Aug. 24 on their calendars. Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns with headline performances in DP’s Celebrity Theater by For King & Country (“Fix My Eyes”) and Zach Williams (“Chain Breaker”).

The Smokies will rock with the hit music of several of contemporary Christian music’s biggest names during this extremely popular annual event. Tickets sold out early last season and the same will be true for this year’s fifth anniversary event. Special early bird pricing is available now through June 28 and is available at rockthesmokies.com.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Kicking Off Pool Season with Opening of LEGOLAND® Water Park March 9


Splash, Slide and Build on Fun-Filled Slides, Attractions and Experiences

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Mar. 6, 2019) – On Saturday, March 9, LEGOLAND® Water Park kicks off its newest, and longest, season of family fun in the sun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
Named one of the country’s best outdoor water parks in USA TODAY’s “10Best” poll, LEGOLAND Water Park will be open March through October; making it the longest water park season in LEGOLAND Florida Resort history. For complete operating dates and hours, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/parkhours.

March 3, 2019

REVIEW: Light Haven Motel at Hollywood Beach - The Perfect Dose of SoFla Nostalgia and Tradition

I spent my formative years in South Florida. While I never grew to be a huge fan of the area, I can't deny that I have some wonderful memories from the time I spent there, and I also acknowledge certain aspects of the area that continue to charm me to this day. I appreciate South Florida more now when I return as a tourist, but even when I lived there - I loved any excuse to stay in a little efficiency apartment near the beach... and I always had a fondness for Hollywood Beach specifically. On a recent visit, we discovered a fantastic, quaint little place that checked off all the boxes for a fabulous (and affordable) beach weekend - Light Haven Motel.


We've stayed in vacation homes, mountain cabins, standard hotels, Disney hotels of all levels, and other elaborate resorts. We truly are the type of people who appreciate the variety of accommodation styles that exist in modern-day tourism - but nothing is quite like a cozy little studio when vacationing in a beach town. Light Haven Motel is a small cluster of efficiency apartments and studios. Consider it the pre-Airbnb version of a home-away-from-home, beach bum style! The site is lovingly maintained by local owners and a couple staff members. They went out of their way to be personally welcoming when we arrived, and we noticed immediately that our fellow guests all seemed very fond of the whole crew. Any lodging staff can be attentive, but the staff at Light Haven went beyond that, showing a very thoughtful and friendly side to their hospitality. A crazy close encounter with a member of South Florida's infamous iguana population led to a lively conversation about just how much the ecology of South Florida has changed since we were residents ourselves. 

February 27, 2019

NEVADA - MAXIE’S, LAS VEGAS’ NEWEST DINING HOTSPOT, TO OPEN AT THE LINQ PROMENADE ON MARCH 15


LAS VEGAS (February 2019) – Maxie’s at The LINQ Promenade will debut on March 15, becoming Las Vegas’ newest hotspot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maxie’s menu will feature ostentatious breakfast and lunch classics, as well as a collection of contemporary deli dishes.Operated by Hospitality Boulevard, Maxie’s will be located next to the base of High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Who is Maxie? Ryan Klaasen, co-founder and chief executive officer, Hospitality Boulevard explains the idea of the name. 

“Food carries so many wonderful memories from our childhoods. The name Maxie is the idea that she’s ‘Grandma Maxie’ and her food brings back warm and happy memories. We talk about these wonderful memories as we eat the food and these memories are strong because they touch our senses of taste, touch, smell and the sense of love and happy familiarity in our hearts,” says Klaasen. 

NEVADA - THE MOB MUSEUM TO HOST DISTILLERY TOUR, SPEAKEASY TASTING INSIDE THE UNDERGROUND DURING VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT

WHAT:
The Underground at The Mob Museum returns to the lineup of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétitfor its second annual engagement, hosting an intimate evening of libations and tempting hors d’oeuvres surrounded by authentic, 1920s-inspired ambience. Attendees at this year’s event, titled “Raise a Glass to the Past: A Speakeasy Tasting and Distillery Tour at The Mob Museum,” will be transported back in time with the opportunity to sample an array of Prohibition-era classic cocktails as well as house-distilled moonshine from The Underground’s onsite distillery. The Underground’s atmosphere provides the quintessential Prohibition-era experience complete with historic artifacts and live jazz music. Guests will explore exhibits and learn from expert educators how illegal bootlegging enriched the Mob and greatly expanded its influence. Every detail at The Underground has been designed and extensively researched to offer each visitor the most memorable Prohibition-era experience possible. 

Tickets are available at vegasuncorked.com

WHEN:
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

WHERE:
The Underground at The Mob Museum 
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

MISSOURI - Showboat Starts Spring Break With a Boom


Spring Break Fireworks New for 2019, First Cruise March 7

(Branson, MO 2/26/2019)    The Showboat Branson Belle, America’s Most Entertaining Lake Adventure, cruises on March 7 to start the 2019 season, featuring specialty cruises and events, plus fireworks on select days.  All cruises offer a unique experience aboard the 700-passenger, historically-inspired paddle-wheeler, with multi-level decks for viewing scenic Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. New for 2019, fireworks cap the evening cruises during spring break on March 15–16 and 22–23.

Inside, in a dining theater that spans three stories, the ship’s performers deliver on the promise of “most entertaining” with new songs, dances and comedy in a variety show featured on noon and dinner cruises. Music genres include classic favorites like Elvis hits; ‘70s and ‘80s classic rock from artists such as the Eagles, Journey and Fleetwood Mac; and movie soundtrack hits from Grease, Footloose, and even Star Wars. The show also features the Deckhands dancers, award-winning comedy and magic, and a live band.

February 24, 2019

REVIEW: Bokampers Plantation Did WHAT To Hamburgers??

Photo: Bokampers
I spent my adolescence in South Florida, and it's one of the places I call home. A lot has changed there over the years, like most places. Many of my favorite restaurants that were not expansive chains are now gone, but the upside to that is the chance to discover something new when I visit. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill launched in Plantation in 2008. It has grown to six locations in the south and southwest Florida areas, including Miramar, Estero, Naples, and two Fort Lauderdale outlets, with Bo's Beach now open at Fort Lauderdale Beach. If the name Bokamper sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that. The restaurant was founded by former Miami Dolphins linebacker, Kim Bokamper - a member of the team's famed "Killer B's" defense that led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl in 1982.

February 22, 2019

NAVARRE BEACH - UNHURRIED, UNCROWDED SPRING BREAK IN FLORIDA’S MOST RELAXING PLACE

 SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (February 22, 2019) – Spring break is quickly approaching and it’s time to escape and enjoy all that Florida has to offer, from relaxation under the sun to exotic experiences in nature. Navarre Beach, also known as “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place,” offers restorative activities and excursions for everyone, especially those who are seeking a serene vacation that won’t over stimulate the children. Here are a few of our favorite relaxing (or not!) activities for the entire family to enjoy on their spring break trip:

Adults and kids alike will find the Gulf Breeze Zoo a wonderful place to spend a day. Here they can enjoy a variety of attractions that take the traditional zoo experience to the next level. Some of the highlights include hand-feeding the giraffes or hopping on the Safari Express Train Ride for a closer look at the exotic animals, such as the gorillas and Nile hippos who call this 500-acre reserve home. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

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