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VIDEO: Blazing Fury Full Tour with Lights On

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Over the weekend Drew had the opportunity to take a rare walk back stage behind the scenes of Blazing Fury, Dollywood’s classic dark ride roller coaster. Within the video you will learn a lot about how they maintain this attraction and what the future holds for this iconic staple at Dollywood. Join Drew as he shows you around the track of this ride all decorated for a Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Roller Coaster Causes Stroke for a Young Park Guest

A four year old child suffered a stroke after riding a roller coaster. According to the Dr’s treating the boy he suffered a tear to his carotid artery after riding the rides. The 4 year old boy showed no signs of injury after the rides but the next day he was suffering from vomiting and on flight home he suffer from a droop on his left side of the face.  Upon arrival home the boy was unable to walk and had no movement on his left side. Doctors say this is rare and there are only three case in children. The boy has made  an excellent recovery according to Doctors.

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Crow’s Nest Relocating at Holiday World


Holiday World announced today that Sparkler will be renamed and relocated for the 2015 season. Sparkler, a 60 foot tall Zamperla vertical swing ride, was originally located in the 4th of July section of the park This ride will now be located next to Thunderbird’s launch track by the vertical loop.  Located in the Thanksgivng section of Holiday World Sparkler will now be named Crow’s Nest. Paula Werne, Director of Communications at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari stated that Sparkler’s former spot will become a seating area next season and room for new expansion in 2016. Holiday World opens to guests May 15th, 2015.





SeaWorld Announces 2015 Event & Festival Schedule



ORLANDO, Fla (December 5, 2014) – SeaWorld Orlando announces its 2015 schedule of events and festivals, including the all-new Praise Wave®, a two-Saturday series that makes the park come alive with the hottest names in Christian music.

Events and concerts are included with park admission. The best way to experience all the fun, year round, is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card. Get more details at

Wild Days — Saturdays & Sundays, Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8

An immersive event in every sense of the word, Wild Days connects guests to the wild and wonderful world we all share. Wild Days features excitementing and interactive shows, giving guests the opportunity to meet the leaders in the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation, preservation and conservation.

Praise Wave® — Saturdays, Feb. 14 & 21

Experience a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld™s all-new Praise Wave. Enjoy SeaWorld’s thrill rides and amazing shows and attractions, and mingle and meet in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship. Catch live performances by the hottest names in Christian music. The evenings close with an extraordinary, uplifting Shamu show, created just for Praise Wave.

Bands, Brew & BBQ®, Honoring America™s Heroes  — Saturdays & Sundays in March

With special discounts and offers for America™s heroes, including all enlisted men and women and retirees from the military, Central Florida™s favorite BBQ festival is now even better! Bands, Brew & BBQ features live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, the tastiest BBQ from the area’s best local smokehouses, plus SeaWorld™s own Sweet & Smokin™ Barbecue. Proceeds from this event benefit the USO, an organization that has been lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families for more than 70 years. We’re thrilled to partner with SeaWorld and we appreciate their longstanding dedication to honoring the troops and retirees. Working together during Bands, Brew & BBQ, we can make a difference in the spirits of many service members and their families,” said Roland Emerton, executive director of USO Central Florida.

Viva la Musica® — Saturdays, April 25, May 2, 9 & 16

SeaWorld Orlando’s Viva la Musica is a fiery Latin festival for the entire family. Enjoy four weekends of hot concerts by the most popular Hispanic performers, and savor authentic cuisine by SeaWorld’s own executive chef, Hector Colon.

50th Celebration — Summer

There’s a wave of summertime excitement sweeping across SeaWorld Orlando as we celebrate 50 years of family fun.Laugh to a new sea lion show, get thrills on roller coasters like Manta® and Kraken® – and chills at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®. Top off the evening with rides under the stars, a special nighttime Shamu show and a fireworks finale that fills the sky.

Halloween Spooktacular® — Weekends in October

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is silly and spooky fun. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration — Select dates, Nov. 21 through Dec. 31

Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration  Guests of all ages enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, and share a smile with the playful penguins at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!

The best way to take in all of SeaWorld’s events is with an Annual Pass starting at only $13 per month with EZpay. An Annual Pass offers unlimited admission with no blackout dates, free parking and discounts on food and merchandise.  SeaWorld’s Fun Card also is available. Pay for a day and play all year with unlimited admission and no blackout dates.

Get more details and purchase tickets, Annual Passes or Fun Cards at


Event dates and times are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Additional charges apply to all food items. Seating capacity for each concert is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Other restrictions may apply. For more information, visit


About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 86,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which it believes deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the Company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products.


SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment 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 one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 24,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at  Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company’s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.

Jackass Star Fined For YouTube Stunt


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.

Snowspot at Fun Spot

Starting November 21, 2014 and in partnership with Fun Spot America – SnoSpot will provide fun-filled
snow adventures for children and adults alike.
Orlando Florida (November 17, 2014) – In a first-of-its kind outdoor experience in Florida, SnoSpot, a
WinTek, LLC company announces the opening of its snow adventure area at Fun Spot America’s location at
5700 Fun Spot Way in Orlando on November 21, 2014.
“We are thrilled to bring this revolutionary snow making system and the additionof over 30 new jobs to
Central Florida,” said SnoSpot president, Steve Baker. “The excitement that our snow adventure experiences
provide should attract more visitors of all ages to the area.”
“Partnerships of this kind help fuel tourism and the local economy and my expectations are that our guests –
many of whom have never seen real snow before – will be simply delighted by the addition of such a unique
family experience,” said Fun Spot America CEO, John Arie, Sr.
Located within the Fun Spot America’s Orlando location, SnoSpot will provide exciting snow adventures that
include snow tubing, snowball, and snow play areas. Guests three-years-old and up and of all experience levels
are invited to participate in all of the snow adventure activities. Snow tubers can experience the thrill of tubing
down the 24-foot high snow hill with its four, 120-foot slide lanes.
SnoSpot’s hours of operation which is subject to change is Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and
weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. SnoSpot will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
About SnoSpot
SnoSpot is a provider of unique and fun-filled snow adventures created from real snow. SnoSpot’s snowmaking
system is revolutionary and completely different from other snow making systems around the world. SnoSpot
is based in Central Florida and led by Steve Baker of WinTek, LLC. For more information, visit
About Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Founded in 1998, Fun Spot America is the largest privately held theme park in Central Florida. With two
locations, Fun Spot America Orlando and Fun Spot America Kissimmee, it includes multi-level go-karts, roller
coasters, family and thrill rides, HUGE arcades, and much more! For more information, visit

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