Tuesday afternoon Holiday World put the last piece of Thunderbird track in place. The whole crew signed the last piece before it was lowered in to place. The coaster is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015
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Steve-O from Jackass fame has been charged with a traffic infraction and fined for defacing a freeway sign in San Diego California. In May of 2014 Steve-O climbed a freeway sign that directed people to SeaWorld San Diego, and wrote “SUCKS” next to the parks name. He later posted a YouTube video of himself committing the crime. Monday he was issued a traffic citation for $239 and lawmakers argue he was a distraction to other drivers who could have caused an accident.
Meanwhile SeaWorld Entertainment stocks traded at an all time low midday Tuesday trading as low as $16.09 a share. The theme park and entertainment company has been on a down slope since November 12th when the company released its latest earnings data.
SeaWorld Orlando recently introduced Express Dine at its Seaport Pizza eatery to help cut wait times, especially during the busiest time of the year. An industry-pioneering feature, Express Dine is solely accessible from the SeaWorld Discovery Guide park app, furthering the app’s interactivity and maximizing its technology to allow guests to order lunch or dinner in advance.
By accessing the SeaWorld app from their smartphone, guests have the option to select from any of Seaport Pizza’s family-style pizzas, salads and soft drinks from anywhere in the park. Following the order, guests choose their preferred pick-up time and can then stop by to enjoy their meal at their convenience.
Express Dine is designed to maximize convenience for families by allowing them to plan their meals ahead of time in a fun, interactive and user-friendly way. With this new feature, families can expect shorter wait times so they can make the most of their day in the park.
Seaport Pizza serves delicious pizza baked to perfection for rich taste and texture featuring only the freshest ingredients, including sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh herbs, pepperoni and sausage. This is a great one-stop-shop to satisfy every member of the family.
SeaWorld Discovery Guide Park App
The SeaWorld Discovery Guide mobile app saves guests time and increases their enjoyment through GPS-enabled interactive maps, real-time updates of show schedules and events, up-to-the-minute attraction wait times (with information on required heights), insider park tips, fun photo frames, and park notifications.
The SeaWorld Discovery Guide app can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Google Play app stores.
For more information, please visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.
The full gang is back! Drew talks about his great trip to Jamaica, The Legend went to the final days of Food and Wine Festival, and Clint talks about how Best Buy screwed him over. There is some coaster news in there as well.
The Legend is back from his cruise, and Drew left for Jamaica. Clint quits his job and becomes a professional podcaster (does not make the show better). We talk about Kings Islands new ride, Wild Adventures new ride, Skline Attractions new ride, Toyko Disneylands new rides. We talk a lot about new rides.
From world-class rollercoasters and Broadway-style entertainment to one-of-a-kind, up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens® Tampa continues to deliver some of the biggest thrills found anywhere! In 2015, Busch Gardens is taking those thrills and experiences to new levels with brand new events and exciting entertainment.
You can see it all with a 2015 Fun Card, which lets you Pay for a Day, and get now through 2015 FREE! It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing thrills Busch Gardens has to offer. Plus, if you buy your 2015 Fun Card now, you can enjoy visiting Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2014 for no additional cost, including Christmas Town™!
Christmas Town: 23 Select Dates, Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 2014
Christmas Town transforms Busch Gardens into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas for 23 select dates, Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, 2014. Live entertainment, shopping and more than a million lights will fill guests’ senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, creating a beautiful tradition for families.
Real Music: Jan. 5-March 6
Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series returns Mondays through Fridays from Jan. 5 to March 6 with incredible live music spanning from the 1950s to today, including swing, blues, pop, jazz and rock ‘n roll:
January 5-9 Cornell Gunter’s Coasters
January 12-16 The Grass Roots
January 19-23 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
January 26-30 The Diamonds
February 2-6 Fernando Varela
February 9-13 The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
February 16-20 Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
February 23-27 Shirley Jones
March 2-6 Exile & Juice Newton
NEW! Food & Wine Festival: Saturdays and Sunday, March 7-April 26
Busch Gardens is introducing some flavor to its event lineup in spring 2015 with the Food & Wine Festival. The park will be tempting taste buds with a variety of Florida-inspired food, wine and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays from March 7-April 26. Food and beverage is not included and available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
Wild Days with Jack Hanna: April 18-19
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens on April 18 and 19. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.
Summer Nights: June 27-Aug. 16
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens is back and hotter than ever with an end-of-night show packed with energizing live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and fire effects – will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park. Adding to the amazing coasters-after-dark lineup, guests dive facedown throughout the night on North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury™.
The 2015 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2015. Prices are $95 for adults and $90 for children ages 3 to 9. Guests can also purchase a SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens Fun Card for $165.
Fun Cards, annual passes and single-day tickets are available online at buschgardens.com, at the Busch Gardens’ front gate or by calling (888) 800-5447. Performances are included with any Fun Card, annual pass or daily admission and event dates, times and artists are subject to change.
Visit buschgardens.com for more information, or be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.
Six Flags Great Adventures roller coasters may be closed, but they are still holding events in there Safari Tour! They will be hosting a weekend long Wine Festival called Six Flags Grape Adventure. The 5th Annual Grape Adventure sponsored by Santander and Kitchen Magic features 14 wineries & vineyards, Live Music, Food and Craft Vendors. They have limited Safari Packages available for a special tasting of reserve wines at Camp Aventura in the African Plains!
The Legend is on a cruise this week so we welcome Pete Owens from Dollywood to stop by and talk about A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dreammore, and IAAPA. Clint talks about how someone born today may never drive a car. Drew and Clint talk some news, and we read listener mail.
Holiday World may be closed for the season, but fans can tune in to see the park featured in this week’s episode of “All-American Amusement Parks” on the Great American Country channel.
This new travel show is hosted by J.D. Scott, one of the “Scott brothers” featured on several HGTV shows. Scott visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in August along with a family of park fans from Lexington, Kentucky.
“When the producers asked us to post on our Facebook page that they were looking for a ‘super-fan with a deep connection to the park,’ they were amazed to immediately receive many hundreds of emails,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Ultimately, they selected Gwen Lehmkuhler – who worked here seasonally as a teenage back in the 1990s – and two of her children to introduce Holiday World to J.D. Scott and the viewing audience.”
While at Holiday World, Scott and the Lehmkuhlers visited with Santa Claus and then rode Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster, plus HallowSwings and The Voyage wooden roller coaster. Scott, who’d spent his summer visiting dozens of amusement parks for his show, declared The Voyage to be his favorite wooden roller coaster.
Great American Country satellite and cable TV channel is available in more than 62 million U.S. households. The “Themed Parks” episode of All-American Amusement Parks will premiere this Thursday at 8pm ET (7pm CT) and will air again on Friday at midnight plus Saturday at 4:30pm ET.
Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™. Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, then share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!