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August 16, 2019

TEXAS - LIVE LIKE A EWING WITH NEW OVERNIGHT PACKAGE AT ICONIC SOUTHFORK RANCH


DALLAS (August 2019) – Guests can now spend the night at the famed Southfork Ranch—made famous in the long-running “Dallas” TV series—and live like a Ewing with full access to the entire mansion and pool. 

The legendary Parker, Texas, ranch--home to countless Ewing family showdowns—provides the perfect place to reminisce about the many memorable moments J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and Lucy Ewing delivered to captivated fans around the world during the show’s 1970s and 80s heyday. Of course, this overnight stay makes an unforgettable romantic getaway, proposal, wedding night, anniversary or other special-occasion opportunity.  

August 13, 2019

MISSOURI - The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in the Western Hemisphere 4.5 Stories to The Wettest Splashdown in the Park’s 60-Year History!

(BRANSON, Mo. 8/13/2019) Mystic River Falls will be the highlight of a new themed area of the park, Rivertown, where 1880s townfolk are caught up in a high-spirited celebration, representing Silver Dollar City’s Diamond Jubilee. The all-new Rivertown Smokehouse, the largest dining investment in the corporation’s history, will serve the park’s famous BBQ plus new favorites, providing 450 viewing seats along the banks of the Mystic River. (Investment $4 million)

August 6, 2019

Late Summer is Easy Season on Florida’s Historic Coast


St. Augustine, Fla. (August 5, 2019) - August and September is the perfect time of year for taking life easy and relaxing along Florida’s Historic Coast.  This is Easy Season® in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach - when the crowds thin out a bit, the deals are sizzling hot.

The best part of Easy Season is the free Sing Out Loud Music Festival from September 6-29. Hundreds of performances will take place throughout the greater St. Augustine area over four weekends in September in an epic celebration of local, regional and national singers, songwriters and musicians.

Visit FloridasEasySeason.com for a complete list of concerts and events, and to take advantage of great deals on lodging, attractions, tours and dining.

August 3, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Display Alcatraz Island-Themed Prison Artwork

Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, is opening a new exhibit that features prison art with an Alcatraz theme

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 30, 2019) –Each year, tourists visiting San Francisco make the journey across the water to the must-see Alcatraz Island. Since it’s closing in 1963, the former federal penitentiary continues to intrigue people of all ages, and likewise, there is a huge fascination with the artwork of prison artists. This summer, the two subjects are being brought together at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The new temporary exhibit, called “Alcatraz Art Escape,” will feature artwork inspired by Alcatraz Island and created by incarcerated artists. The exhibit opens to the public on August 23, 2019 and will run through the spring of 2020.  

“Our visitors are always interested in learning more about Alcatraz, so this will be a unique way to combine that with giving them a glimpse of the beautiful artwork created by prisoners from around the country,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We’re excited to share the work of these artists who have discovered amazing talents they didn’t know they had and are doing what they can to give back to the community. Both crime history enthusiasts and art lovers will want to be sure to see this exhibit.”
Alcatraz East Crime Museum has teamed up with the California-based P.A.T.H. (Prison Arts Touching Hearts) to make these artworks available to the public. The organization focuses on providing a platform and voice for incarcerated artists. Their efforts help to support prison art rehabilitation programs and provide opportunities for artists to sell their work to support community causes. The exhibit will also include some never displayed Alcatraz artifacts from the museum’s collection. These objects include handcuffs from Alcatraz, a guard’s ID and prisoner roster pamphlet with handwritten notes, Al Capone’s rosary, and rare artwork made by an inmate while incarcerated at Alcatraz. 

July 29, 2019

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS NOMINATED FOR USA TODAY 10BEST AWARD


Voting for award runs through Monday, Aug. 26

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, July 29, 2019) — Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the region’s premier harvest-time events, has been nominated as part of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Theme Park Halloween Event. The contest, which now is live, runs through Monday, Aug. 26 at noon ET. Winners will be unveiled on Friday, Sept. 6.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) provides fabulous fall family fun with Great Pumpkin LumiNights serving as everyone’s favorite new Smoky Mountain tradition. Dollywood stays open until 9 p.m. every evening allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park.

July 16, 2019

SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego Launch First Responders Salute With Half-Off Admission to Parks

Now through July 31, first responders and three of their guests can share all the parks have to offer this summer

Orlando, Fla. (July 15, 2019) – Now through July 31, SeaWorld Parks are proud to offer first responders and three of their guests half-price admission to its award-winning SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego parks as well as $25 tickets to SeaWorld San Antonio.
We have always taken immense pride in honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping others,” said Gus Antorcha, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “This summer, we’re especially excited to welcome first respondents and their families or friends to parks across the country as they make lifelong memories on our newest attractions. Offering first responders discounted entry is a simple way for us to show just how grateful we are.”

July 10, 2019

NEVADA - ICEBAR TO OPEN AT THE LINQ PROMENADE THIS NOVEMBER

LAS VEGAS (July 2019– ICEBAR, a brand-new project created by Noel Bowman of Minus5 Ice Experience, will open this November at The LINQ Promenade. Replacing Sprinkles Cupcakes next to the Promenade’s fountain, ICEBAR will offer the unforgettable frozen ambience and frosty cocktails familiar to fans of Minus5, while also featuring new, immersive features such as dynamic projection mapping. 

“We are presenting Las Vegas audiences with another exciting ice experience,” said Noel Bowman, owner, ICEBAR. “We know this coveted location will be attractive to leisure visitors strolling the Promenade, as well as corporate groups utilizing the nearby convention facilities, including the new Caesars Forum.”

Construction on ICEBAR begins this week to transform the existing space. ICEBAR will have cool, blue and green décor elements and signage on the exterior, as well as a 1,000-square-foot covered patio facing the Promenade’s fountain and a “warm space” devoted to a warm bar and lobby at the front entrance. Of course, the majority of the space will be devoted to the ice attraction, which will be 1,200 square feet and encompass more than 100 tons of hand-carved ice. The space is maintained at 32 degrees Fahrenheit by a sophisticated, state-of-the-art refrigeration system.

BOCA GRANDE, FL - The Gasparilla Inn & Club Named Florida’s #1 Resort by Travel + Leisure Magazine


Boca Grande, Fla. resort kicks off 106th season with a special package
 to celebrate prestigious honor

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. (July 10, 2019) — The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to announce that it has been ranked the #1 Resort in Florida by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. To celebrate this honor and thank guests, the resort is offering “The Gasparilla Experience Package” that will run October 3-31, 2019. 

Whether seeking outdoor fun or a relaxing escape, guests can select one of the following complimentary experiences each day:

Father and Son Visit All LEGOLAND® Theme Parks Throughout the World In Less Than Two Weeks

LEGOLAND World Tour - Eight Parks, Eight Cities and Seven Countries in 13 Days
WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (July 10, 2019) – Dieter Deussen and his five-year-old son Julian just completed the trip of a lifetime. 

In a span of 13 days, the duo from Germany visited seven different countries and eight different cities on their way to visiting all of the LEGOLAND®  Parks throughout the world!

“The key to this trip was to have fun and enjoy extensive time with my son,” said Deussen while embracing Julian. “It’s a memory that we’ll have forever.”

Deussen simply wanted to create a special experience for his young son before starting school for the very first time in September. Knowing that his son is a big LEGO® fan, Deussen suggested a “LEGOLAND World Tour.”

"It didn’t take more than a few seconds for Julian to say yes," said Deussen.

July 6, 2019

NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola Celebrates Independence Day With Visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Popular NASCAR Winner Enjoys Family Time at the Theme Park Built for Kids
WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (July 5, 2019) – NASCAR driver Aric Almirola typically enjoys life in the fast lane. However, the two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and Florida native slowed down this week to spend some much beloved family time at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

With his wife and two young children by his side, Almirola took in the sights and sounds of the park’s newest expansion, THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. The family took to the skies on their triple decker couch while riding THE LEGO MOVIE: Masters of Flight, bounced in delight on Unikitty’s Disco Drop, climbed to the top of Benny’s Playship and finished with a family portrait taken directly from inside Emmet’s Super Suite.
“The new LEGO MOVIE WORLD was incredible. It makes you feel like you’re in the movie,” said Almirola. “That was one of my personal favorites and the kids loved it too.”
This weekend Almirola will be racing in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway against many of the world’s best drivers. And while the winning driver will live in triumph, Almirola will forever have the glory of placing ‘minilanders’ alongside his family inside the Daytona Speedway model.

Tickets on Sale Now! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Final Roster of Apollo 50th Celebrations and Events

CAPE CANAVERAL (July 5, 2019) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – What do Moon Trees, Corvettes and Duran Duran have in common? They will all be part of the exciting roster of events, celebrations and activities planned at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to commemorate one of the most important human accomplishments in history:  the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission.  To honor the historic 50th anniversary launch, Moon landing and successful return to Earth, guests will have the chance to re-live the events through exciting live programing, archival footage viewings, interactive exhibits, astronaut appearances, never-before-seen artifacts and much, much more! Tickets are now on sale for general admission and these once-in-a-lifetime celebration events.

July 12, 2019  Moon Tree Garden Opening at Apollo/Saturn V Center
10 a.m.

Almost 50 years ago, when Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa carried seeds from loblolly pine, sycamore, sweet gum, redwood, and Douglas fir trees around the Moon as part of a joint U.S. Forest Service/NASA project, his dream was to have the seeds germinated on his return and planted throughout the United States. Now known as "Moon Trees" and in their second generation, they have been planted around the world. On July 12th, 12 of the trees will be unveiled at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of the Apollo 50 celebrations. The Moon Tree Garden at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will include the 12 trees, each of which represents a crewed Apollo mission to the Moon. The trees will form a crescent around a stunning bronze statue honoring the legendary crewmembers of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The seven-foot-tall statue, set upon a four-foot-tall concrete base, is a gift to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Rocket Mortgage.  The event is included with daily admission, and tickets can be purchased here 

Brevard Zoo News - New Life & New Releases!


Rock hyrax pups born at Brevard Zoo
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 5, 2019 — Brevard Zoo welcomed two rock hyrax pups on Wednesday, June 19 to mother Buffy and father Fangs. The newborns have been named Turnip and Radish by keepers, and their sexes are unknown at this time. They are not yet visible to Zoo guests.
“Last year, Buffy and Fangs gave us babies Gnocchi and Hashbrown,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “This year, they’ve given us two more furballs, both of whom appear to be in excellent health.”
Gestation for rock hyraxes lasts six to eight months and females can give birth to up to four pups per litter.
Although hyraxes only weigh about eight pounds as adults, their closest living relatives are elephants and manatees. This species is found in rocky, arid habitats throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Human hunting has led to population decline in some areas.

 Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 6, 2019 — Following a stay at Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center, juvenile green sea turtle Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on TuesdayJuly 9 at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center.
Upon admission to the Healing Center on April 7, Kona appeared lethargic, was covered in barnacles and had trouble staying underwater. This sea turtle was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by Zoo staff and volunteers.
This event is open to the public, and a filming and viewing area will be reserved for media. All media personnel are asked to check in with a Healing Center volunteer upon arrival. Accessibility mats will be in place for wheelchair, walker and stroller users.
More information about Kona is available at www.brevardzoo.org/meet-the-patients-kona.
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.

July 2, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Host Conversation with True Crime Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen

 Billy Jensen, renowned true crime journalist, will be speaking in a rare opportunity at Alcatraz East Crime Museum 

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 3, 2019) – He’s been called the Facebook detective and a citizen sleuth and has built a solid reputation for helping to solve true crimes. For the last two decades, Billy Jensen has become a household name within the true crime genre. Fans now have a chance to hear from the “consulting digital detective” in an intimate setting at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Jensen will be speaking at a special event on SaturdayJuly 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free with the paid general admission to the museum, but advance reservations are required to attend.

“We are honored to have Billy Jensen visit the museum and share his experiences and expertise with our visitors,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “He is doing important work and is so open with the true crime community about his journey.”

Those attending will be treated to hearing him speak about such things as the Golden State Killer Case, his podcast, his new book that is coming out, how he got started in the field, and what he’s currently working on. The small group setting will also provide an opportunity to ask questions. 

June 29, 2019

Duran Duran to Rock the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with Concert and Choreographed Drone Light Show


Spectacular Late-Night Show Highlights Apollo 50th Celebrations on the Space Coast

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. (June 28, 2019) – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Aldrin Family Foundation today announced that the iconic British band Duran Duran will play a unique show amidst the spectacular Rocket Garden with an out-of-this-world drone performance by Studio Drift. Tickets are now on sale at KennedySpaceCenter.com for the show which will immediately follow the sold-out Apollo 50th Gala on July 16, 2019.

Speaking from Europe, where the band is currently on tour, keyboardist and Duran Duran co-founder Nick Rhodes said, “In July 1969 an entire generation, around the world, was ‘Moonstruck'. I was one of those kids watching in complete amazement on TV as the Lunar Module touched down, and Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the Moon. I remember rushing outside immediately after the broadcast to just stare up into the night sky. It was surreal and awe inspiring - science fiction unfolding before us. I tried to picture what it must be like for the astronauts who were up there – but it was all so utterly unimaginable. We’d simply never witnessed anything like it before. It felt like a new beginning. Everything was encapsulated in that one moment, nothing was ever going to be the same again. It represented hope, belief and opportunity - opening our minds to what mankind was capable of achieving.”

June 21, 2019

THE LEGO® MOVIE™ DAYS at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Kicks Off July 13 With Four Weekends of Family Fun


Brand-New Event  to Feature New Character Experiences, Themed Dance Parties
and LEGO® Builds

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (June 19, 2019) – On eight select dates in July and August (July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 and August 3-4), guests visiting LEGOLAND® Florida Resort can revel in the ultimate The LEGO® Movie™ experience at the theme park’s newest event, THE LEGO® MOVIE™ DAYS. Included with theme park admission and select Annual Passes, fans of Emmet, Lucy, Unikitty and Benny can enjoy a complete theater to theme park experience walking the streets of Bricksburg in the park’s latest expansion, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD.

In addition to experiencing three new rides and numerous attractions, guests attending THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS will also have the exclusive opportunity to meet and take pictures with a brand-new The LEGO Movie character, Rex Dangervest.

The special summer event will also feature more than 15 exclusive interactive activities, specialty food options and creative LEGO builds.

Critically endangered lemurs arrive at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2019 — Three-year-old red ruffed lemur sisters Julienne and Juniper have debuted at Brevard Zoo. This playful primate pair—the first members of their species ever housed at the Zoo—has taken up residence in a newly renovated habitat that formerly held rock hyraxes and turacos.
“Like all lemurs, they’re incredibly playful and fun to watch—especially in the morning before the heat sets in,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “They’re amazing climbers, like little daredevils.”
Red ruffed lemurs are herbivorous, known to feed on fruit, leaves and seeds in their native Madagascar.
The Zoo hopes to introduce Julienne and Juniper to a male in the coming months. Baby red ruffed lemurs would be welcome news as the species is considered critically endangered due to deforestation and hunting. Since 2016, the Zoo has donated more than $23,000 to lemur conservation through its Quarters for Conservation program.
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.

June 11, 2019

SOUTH CAROLINA - 10 Things Not to Miss at WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

Photo: WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – (June 10, 2019) – As the summer temperatures heat up, many families will be looking for ways to keep cool. They will also want to entertain, make memories and keep their kids active. One good way to do that is to visit WonderWorks Myrtle Beach, where parents can find four levels of indoor nonstop fun, offering plenty of opportunities for people of all ages.

“Most people are familiar with the outside of our building, but they are not familiar with what goes on inside it,” says Robert Stinnett, regional manager at WonderWorks. “The neat thing is that what we offer on the inside is every bit as interesting and unique. We are here for all ages to experience laughter, fun and joy by diving into history, science and releasing energy with our interactive exhibits!”

June 9, 2019

TENNESSEE - PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER & SHOW CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN PIGEON FORGE


Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Friday, June 7, 2019)  – The swashbuckling adventure that is Pirates Voyage officially opened during a mid-day media event today in Pigeon Forge, with Dolly Parton on hand to introduce the thrilling dinner and show. She shared her excitement about her latest entertainment offering for families.

In addition to the initial investment in the property, the Pirates Voyage construction phase for the new show was $9 million, bringing the investment in the property to a total of $28 million. The dinner and show truly is an unbelievable adventure with sword fights, cannons and pirates scaling high above two pirate ships fighting to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure. A rowdy crew of characters combines heroics and high-flying fun that will have guests cheering and experiencing thrills around every corner in an epic battle for lost treasure on land, on deck, and in the water of the show’s 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.

Since its soft opening on May 24, the crew has performed three sold out shows every day with extraordinary guest feedback. “Our guests have been telling us that Pirates Voyage is unlike any other family fun attraction they have experienced,” said Leah Hicks, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pirates Voyage. “Where else can families have fun together creating memories of a lifetime – with ship-to-ship battles, cannons blazing, acrobatics and a delicious feast? It’s perfect for swashbucklers, pirates and mermaids, and the food alone makes the show one-of-a-kind!” 

The adventure actually begins in the Pirates Village, where younger swashbucklers as well as parents and grandparents can “Join the Crew” and be transformed into mermaids and pirates before the main show begins. The four-course pirate feast straight from Captain Blackbeard’s galley makes Pirates Voyage the most unique place to eat in the Smokies. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and a buccaneer biscuit. The feast fit for a pirate continues with cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, a bone-in pork chop, matey’s mac ‘n’ cheese, and Jolly Roger sweet potato souffle. Walk the plank peach turnover and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available by request.

Show times and reservations are available by calling (865)505-2469 or visiting www.piratesvoyage.com.

About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

Fifty-Five Years and More Than 35,000 Rescues in, SeaWorld Experts Reveal Threats To Marine Wildlife Are Accelerating

SeaWorld Rescue Launches Instagram Channel Ahead of World Oceans Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2018) – Since 1964, the same year SeaWorld first opened its gates, SeaWorld’s rescue teams have been on the frontlines of giving ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned animals a second chance at life.  Today, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced that SeaWorld Rescue has now come to the aid of more than 35,000 marine and terrestrial animals in its 55-year history. Trends in rescue data suggest that the impact of human activity on our oceans, such as plastic pollution, is taking an increasing toll on marine wildlife in recent years.

To grow awareness of the threats facing wildlife, the company also launched a new SeaWorld Rescue channel on Instagram ahead of World Oceans Day that tells the story of rescue, rehabilitation and release, as seen through the eyes of those on the frontlines of saving animals.

“As an organization, we want to get to a place where we conduct fewer rescue operations, not more, but right now there are a lot of ill, distressed or stranded wild animals in need,” said Jon (JP) Peterson, Senior Leader of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando, who has personally assisted thousands of distressed animals. “We’re not there yet, but there’s much more awareness now of the impact that humans are having on the ocean’s health and the animals that live in the ocean than there was when I started on the rescue team, and that gives us hope. Part of SeaWorld’s mission is to increase awareness and education of the true impact humans are having on our oceans and the detrimental effects on marine wildlife.”

SeaWorld cites changes in sea surface temperatures, urban development and resulting habitat loss, along with ocean pollution, as primary causes and concerns impacting marine wildlife. According to SeaWorld Rescue data, for example, approximately half of the manatees rescued along Florida’s coast since 2015 were in danger from human-impacted activities, including paralysis caused by cold stress or red tide as seawater temperatures dramatically change with the climate, injuries caused by boat strikes, or entanglement in marine debris.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to express our sincere gratitude to SeaWorld on behalf of the West Indian manatee on World Oceans Day and every day,” said Jay Herrington, field supervisor for U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Florida Ecological Services Office.  “The rescue team and veterinary staff have always gone above and beyond for these animals, pairing a love for Florida’s beloved state marine mammal with a desire to contribute to manatee conservation and recovery. This dedication by the SeaWorld team to help save the species has extended across the Florida border, as they have led manatee rescue operations from Massachusetts to Texas with many other partners in marine conservation.”

SeaWorld’s rescue team is on call 24/7, 365 days of the year, partnering with multiple government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to rescue and rehabilitate animals, with the ultimate goal of restoring them to full health so they can return to their natural habitat.In cases where a rescued animal is deemed non-releasable by NOAA or another federal agency, however, SeaWorld is one of many facilities on call nation-wide to provide world-class care from its dedicated team of animal specialists and veterinarians.
"SeaWorld has been a long-standing valuable partner in promoting marine conservation, and rescuing and rehabilitating stranded, entangled or imperiled marine wildlife," said Donna Wieting, Director of NOAA Fisheries' Office of Protected Resources. "On World Oceans Day, NOAA and SeaWorld remind the public that they, too, have an important role in reporting stranded or injured marine animals.”
In addition to SeaWorld’s rescue efforts, the company’s team of experienced zoologists and researchers are working on the frontlines of conservation around the globe to help some of the estimated one million species that are being driven toward extinction. From developing new tools at its Species Preservation Laboratory in California to help repopulate threatened species, to conducting critical killer whale research within its parks that aids in the conservation of threatened southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest, to practicing conservation medicine to rehabilitate endangered species like the Guadalupe fur seal, the various species in SeaWorld’s care are providing a trove of scientific data that scientists can tap to better diagnose and understand threats to the health of their wild counterparts.
“For SeaWorld, our commitment to conservation runs deeper than saving a single animal on a beach,” said Peterson. “We want to save and support their entire species, the ecosystem that they live in, and the food sources that they feed on.”

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 35,000 animals in need over the last 55 years.  SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 55-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at www.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company's press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail by registering at that website.
How You Can Help
The number of animal rescues has increased in recent years in part because more and more people are calling in animal injuries or strandings, enabling the rescue team to respond more quickly and efficiently. If you come across an ill, stranded or injured animal, contact animal rescue teams in the following regions:
·        West Coast: SeaWorld San Diego is part of the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Members of the public, lifeguards and other individuals can report strandings to SeaWorld's rescue hotline (800-541-SEAL).
·        Florida & the East Coast: Stranded animals in Florida and along the East Coast can be reported by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cellular phone users can call *FWC or #FWC.
·       Texas: SeaWorld San Antonio is part of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The hotline is 800-9MAMMAL (800-962-6625). To report a stranded sea turtle, call the Texas Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network at 361-949-8173 ext. 226.

June 5, 2019

MISSOURI - Countdown to Million-Dollar Musical in Branson on Saturday

Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure Kicks Off Summer at Silver Dollar City 
(Branson, Missouri 6/5/2019)        Family fun and lifelong memories abound beginning Saturday with the opening of Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer festival. Open daily, the festival marks the unofficial beginning of summer at the internationally-awarded 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri. 

An integral part of the park’s The Year of Shows & Festivals, new productions and entertainment will join the summer lineup, capped by an all-new million-dollar production show, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure. This Broadway-style musical, created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, joins America’s Got Talent-featured Kid Magic show, featuring the world’s youngest professional magician Kadan Bart Rockett and his sister, Brooklyn. Coupled with even more summer entertainment in support of The Year of Shows & Festivals and the park’s award-winning 40 family-friendly rides and attractions, families will have more than one way to enjoy the summer sun.

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