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First Rider Auction for Fury 325 Announced!

The worlds tallest and fastest giga coaster is set to open very soon but first, you can bid on the chance to be one of the first public riders on this amazing new coaster.  All proceeds going to the Cam Newton Foundation.

In addition there will be prizes for all winners as well:

Each auction winner will receive the following:

  • Fury04_revisedInvitation to the private media opening for Fury 325 for one (1) person on Wednesday, March 25, 2015* to ride in the seat you bid on.
  • Two (2) Regular Single Day admission tickets valid any public operating day of the 2015 season.
  • One (1) Large Fury 325 First Rider Charity Auction T-shirt.
  • One (1) Fury 325 First Rider Auction Hat.

Winners in the first row of each train will also receive:

  • One (1) Autographed football by Cam Newton.

For more information head to  https://www.carowinds.com/what-s-new/fury-325-first-ride-auction

BUSCH GARDENS DEBUTS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL MENU

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2015) – Guests can now explore the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival menu online and prep their palettes for the inaugural spring event debuting on March 7. From comfort classics like bacon mac & cheese to decedent desserts like passion fruit flan, the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival feeds guests’ appetite for adventure with wild flavors for every taste:

  • Gourmet Lodge: Explore the exotic flavors of Gourmet Lodge, featuring duck confit, venison chili and other exciting dishes.
  • Savory Tavern: Tempt taste buds with the rich flavors of Savory Tavern, including coconut shrimp cigars, braised lamb shank and passion fruit flan.
  • Chef’s Plantation: Pan-seared salmon cakes, a griddled cheese cake sandwich and more await your palette at Chef’s Plantation.
  • Coast to Coast Cookery: Flavors of the land and sea come together at Coast to Coast Cookery, featuring hangar steak, bacon-wrapped prawns and more.
  • Field House Eatery: The Field House Eatery is the Festival’s biggest location, offering pan-seared scallops, roasted pork belly and mango éclairs right on Gwazi Field.
  • Southern Station: Southern Station tantalizes taste buds with shrimp & grits, pan-fried cod and beef short rib.
  • Comfort Kitchen: The Comfort Kitchen fuses classics like bacon mac & cheese with contemporary eats like habanero shrimp salad.
  • Light Fare Canteen: Freshen up your palette at the Light Fare Canteen with scallop ceviche and an heirloom tomato & goat cheese salad.
  • Blazin’ Bistro: Blazin’ Bistro breaks out the grill for fire-braised pork chops and jerk chicken sliders.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 7 through April 26. Plus, raise your glass to live concerts at 6 p.m. on Gwazi Field. The Festival is included with any pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverages are available for purchase at an additional fee.

For more event information, including detailed menus and a full list of wine, craft brews and cocktails, visit buschgardens.com. Stay connected and join the conversation by using #corksandcoasters on Busch Gardens’ Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

DREAMVISION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT THEME PARKS

Ft. Worth, TX (February 9, 2015) — The DreamVision Company, a Fort Worth-based privately owned entertainment and media enterprise, today announced plans for two multi-billion dollar theme parks and the addition of executive Dave Goodman as president of DreamVision Theme Parks and Resorts. DreamVision CEO Rick Silanskas says the parks are being developed in partnership with Bryan Robinson, CEO, Provident Global Capital, LLC.

“We are very excited about our partnership with DreamVision and their team of proven industry leaders. Even more compelling is how DreamVision aligns with Provident Global Capital’s core values and our mission of investing in companies that have a positive impact on society,” said Robinson.

Located in Fort Worth’s Metroplex region and slated to open in 2020, DreamVision Mountain/DreamScape, Texas will transport guests through multiple themed lands and attractions. Rising up in the center of the park will be the iconic DreamVision Mountain, a towering winter wonderland and one of the largest indoor winter snow experiences in the world, featuring winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding. The realistic winter landscape, inspired by the artwork of Thomas Kinkade, will be created by technology developed by Malcolm Clulow, the foremost expert in indoor snowmaking. Themed lands, including Dreamscape Tinsel Town, Nadia’s Storybook Land and Dreamscape Metropolis, will surround DreamVision Mountain, each offering unique attractions, rides and adventures.

Plans for a second theme park in Muscle Shoals, Alabama will be announced February 11 at an 11 a.m. CST press conference at the Marriott Shoals Hotel.

According to Rick Silanskas, the company has already begun pre-development on the parks. “Although they are being built simultaneously, each has separate themes, rides and attractions that embody the DreamVision family brand,” he said.

Since 2002, Silanskas, a producer, musician and composer, who has created award winning work for the motion picture, television and animation industries, has assembled a team of top entertainment industry professionals, among them chief creative officer Ron Logan, previously executive vice president and executive producer for Walt Disney Entertainment and the force behind the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast,” and president Vince Silanskas, a former Walt Disney World executive.

DreamVision has added Dave Goodman, a longtime entertainment executive, to head up the theme park division. Goodman is a former vice president of entertainment and executive producer at Disneyland Resort and has held executive level positions at Walt Disney Special Events Group and Busch Entertainment Corporation.

“We are thrilled to have Dave take charge of the theme park division,” Silanskas said. “With his expertise, DreamVision has the best team to launch these two family-oriented theme parks. Both parks will include golf courses, water parks, hotels, concert venues, retail and more.”

Pioneering a new breed of family entertainment, DreamVision also announced an extensive partnership with The Thomas Kinkade Company; a music division and label called DREAMVISION MUSIC; a CGI film “NADIA” (in production); and the Broadway adaption of “NADIA.”

About The DreamVision Company

The DreamVision Company is an entertainment and media enterprise focused on developing emotionally driven and technologically advanced family attractions and entertainment. www.thedreamvisioncompany.com

About Provident Global Capital

Celebrating 20 years of “investing outside the numbers,” Provident Global Capital is a private equity asset management firm focused on generating profit through investments that are purpose- driven. www.providentglobalcapital.com

logofsFun Spot America in Orlando, Florida today announced the closing of their new ride Air Raid. Air Raid, a Crazy Flipping Spinning Flat Ride by Zamperla was added in November, 2014 is all ready being taken out. According to the Fun Spot America Facebook page the ride was having mechanical  problems causing safety issues, “It has given us many maintenance problems and for the safety of our guests we are taking it out”.  The go on further to talk about potentially getting a permanent version of the ride, ” We’re keeping an eye out for a more in-ground permanent model instead of a portable one”.  Space Invader an S&S swing ride will be opening on in the park soon though.

THE HITS CONTINUE AT THE BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

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Tampa, Fla. – Busch Gardens® Tampa keeps the hits coming during the Food & Wine Festival this spring with concerts for every taste. In addition to music superstars Pentatonix, Gavin DeGraw and Fifth Harmony, live concerts include:

  • Saturday, March 7 – Gavin DeGraw
  • Sunday, March 8 – Fifth Harmony
  • NEW! Saturday, March 14 – Kool & The Gang
  • NEW! Sunday, March 15 – Boys Like Girls
  • NEW! Saturday, March 21 – Kenny Rogers
  • Sunday, March 22 – Pentatonix
  • NEW! Saturday, March 28 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • NEW! Sunday, March 29 – El Gran Combo

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 7 through April 26 and is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. For more information, visit buschgardens.com.

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.

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Disney linked to measles outbreak

Guest that attended Disney parks in California during the month were exposed to Measles. According to data from the CDC measles was irradiated from the US in 2000. The 7 individuals that have come down with measles all visited Disney in December the CDC believes they caught he virus from a foreign visitor as measles outbreaks occur in several European countries.

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica Welcomes Eight Penguin Chicks

seaworld logoORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2014)  In the last 10 days, eight penguin chicks hatched at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction that features a colony of more than 250 penguins from four species  king, Adelie, gentoo and rockhopper.

At the state-of-the-art habitat, rocks were put out a few months ago to get the birds ready for breeding season, which starts at the end of October and lasts through January.  Of the eight chicks hatched, two were gentoo, four Adelie, and two rockhopper, and they ranged in weight from two to four ounces (the equivalent of about two to four slices of bread). The chicks are currently being raised by their parents inside the attraction with routine check-ups from the SeaWorld Orlando Aviculture Team, who monitor the chicks’ weight and overall development.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin transports guests into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, and then, connect with a colony above and below the water, and be inspired to make a difference.

For more information, contact: SeaWorld Communications:SWO.PR@seaworld.com or (407) 363-2280.