<![CDATA[PARKS AND CONS - Press Releases]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:12:23 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Returns and Introduces a New Lineup of Tasty Boysenberry Treats and Festive Entertainment, March 16- April 8]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:06:51 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/the-knotts-boysenberry-festival-returns-and-introduces-a-new-lineup-of-tasty-boysenberry-treats-and-festive-entertainment-march-16-april-8
Buena Park, CA (Feb 2018) – The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is our annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy drinks and one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival has expanded to 24 days, starting March 16 and running daily through April 8.
 
The historic boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.

Some of the tastiest and most unique food items are rolled out exclusively during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.
 
This year’s appetizing lineup includes the first ever boysenberry quesadilla made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, paired with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream, sprinkled with cotija and mozzarella cheese. Plus, the boysenberry pierogies with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream will be bursting with a combination of sweet and savory flavors. Other flavorful items that will be prepared and served to perfection include the slow cooked boysenberry short ribs, the juicy meat is smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and complete with chopped green onions will leave guests asking for more. The guest favorite and finger-lickin’ boysenberry chicken wings will also be available during the festival; the irresistible wings are smothered in the delicious and popular boysenberry BBQ sauce which is made exclusively at the Farm.  The meaty and boysenberry inspired items also include the very filling boysenberry grilled sausage on a fresh roll prepared with a fresh farm-baked roll, topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard. For guests craving a refreshing drink, Knott’s is offering an all-newboysenberry boba tea which consists of boysenberry milk tea and chewy berry-soaked tapioca balls served over ice.  The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese. The Festival also offers a variety of sharable snacks for the family including a new vegetarian/vegan option like the highly enjoyable boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries. Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling through the park. A great option to indulge in a variety of new and returning food items during the festival is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $30 which offers 8 of the new food options per card; guests can select any 8 items of their choice. Returning and other signature boysenberry items will also be available for purchase a la carte during each day of the festival. Tasting cards are available at Knotts.com or in the theme park.
 
Guest can also take home a taste of the boysenberry festival with limited edition merchandise that can be found throughout the park, such as a new boysenberry bath and body line including soaps, salt soaks, bath bombs, lip balms (introducing three new flavors) and candles. New to the festival this year is Knott’s sugar-free boysenberry concentrate, a low calorie, no sugar version of Knott’s popular drink, a wide selection of boysenberry chocolates including boysenberry versions of milk chocolate bars, truffles, caramel squares, peanut butter and jelly cups. New and exclusive to Knott’s Berry Farm this year is the all-new boysenberry Jelly Belly. The Knott’s Berry Market also features signature boysenberry items like the delicious boysenberry BBQ sauce or the classic jams and preserves. Unique boysenberry inspired products with a homemade twist will also be available as the Craft Fair returns offering a variety of products like boysenberry cashew nut brittle, boysenberry pie shaped homemade accessories and more. 
 
Entertainment:
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers endless entertainment options for the festival goers who have a hankerin’ for some good ol’ country fun:
  • Tied up in Knott’s! – “Tied Up in Knott’s!” is a tribute art show to the rich history of Knott’s Berry Farm, its beginnings as a farm and its standing as a Southern California institution for millions of visitors during its (almost) 100-year history. More than a dozen artists will be contributing pieces to the show, which pays homage to Knott’s Berry Farm’s past, present and future in various mediums including: oil paintings, illustrations and digital mixed media. These original pieces will be hung on display at the Wilderness Dance Hall during the duration of the Boysenberry Festival and Guests will have the opportunity to purchase many of the pieces, as well as prints of some of the art.
  • Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! - Guests are invited to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts Gang in a show that will have families dancing and playing along at the Calico Mine Stage.
  • Old Time Melodrama - Knott’s pays tribute to its past at the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre with a special presentation of the musical comedy melodrama with a surprising boysenberry twist!
  • Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies - A group of krazy talented performers will have guests toe tappin’, vine dancin’ and knee-slappin’ to a comedic country music show at the Wagon Camp stage.
  • Ghost Town Miners – The joy of scrumptious food and country music encompass guests as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun musical performance.
  • Easter Beagle - Spring has sprung all around the park including in Camp Snoopy where guests can meet everyone’s favorite beagle as he celebrates the season.
  • Ghost Town’s Town Hall- In honor of the famous berry that started it all, guests are invited to learn the history of the boysenberry and how Walter and Cordelia Knott started the Farm.
  • Old MacDonald Petting Zoo - Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends.
The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.  Additional costs apply for food tasting experiences within the event. Knott’s will have extended hours on select days March 16 – April 8, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.
 
The best way to savor every day of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and all of the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2018 Season Pass. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the recently expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Regular passes are just $94 or six easy payments of $15.66 and Gold Passes are $113 or six payments of just $18.83. These offers end April 8, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. For all current Knott’s Boysenberry assets please visit the event’s electronic press kit.  Join the conversation using the hashtag #Boysenberry Festival
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<![CDATA[Universal Studios Hollywood Debuts the All-New DreamWorks Theatre With the Technologically-Advanced, Immersive Attraction “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” in Summer 2018]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:40:41 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/universal-studios-hollywood-debuts-the-all-new-dreamworks-theatre-with-the-technologically-advanced-immersive-attraction-kung-fu-panda-the-emperors-quest-in-summer-2018 Picture
Universal City, CA, February 8, 2018 – On the heels of the recent acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios Hollywood is setting the stage for the Summer 2018 debut of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre presenting the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”
 
Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience. 
 
Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot-filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.
 
With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.
 
Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.
 
Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests will enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180-degree action.
 
The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a three-dimensional Pinocchio character asleep on the job.
 
As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.
 
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.
 
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

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<![CDATA[JOURNEY BEHIND THE SCENES OF DISNEY’S NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL, FROZEN,  WITH DISNEY TWENTY-THREE]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:26:58 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/journey-behind-the-scenes-of-disneys-new-broadway-musical-frozen-with-disney-twenty-three
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE STARS AND CREATIVE TEAM TAKE READERS INSIDE THE MAKING OF THIS SPECTACULAR SHOW
 
PLUS, RYAN COOGLER REVEALS THE SECRETS BEHIND BLACK PANTHER; VISIT THE SET OF A WRINKLE IN TIME; AND LEGENDARY IMAGINEER JOE ROHDE CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

BURBANK, Calif. – February 6, 2018 – This winter, audiences will be able to experience the worldwide phenomenon that is Frozen in a completely new way when Frozen: The Broadway Musical opens in New York City. Disney twenty-three spoke exclusively with the company bringing this magnificent musical to the stage, including the Tony® Award-winning creative team of Michael Grandage, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Rob Ashford, and Christopher Oram and its stars Caissie Levy (Elsa) and Patti Murin (Anna). The group spoke about their excitement for expanding the show’s story, score, and characters—including a dazzling, all-new opening number.
 
This month, Black Panther hits theaters, and director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore whisk readers off to Wakanda to get the inside story behind the making of the thrilling Marvel film. Disney twenty-three also visited the set of A Wrinkle in Time, speaking with director Ava DuVernay about her dazzling adaptation of the exhilarating adventure which opens this March.
 
Plus, in honor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary, legendary Imagineer Joe Rohde shares 20 ways this innovative theme park—which he has worked on since its inception—broke the mold.
 
Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • A look inside D23’s 2018 Gold Member Gift, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse
  • The imagination and origination of Tokyo Disney Resort
  • The inside-the-nursery story of Disney Junior’s all-new Muppet Babies
  • Spectacular artwork that inspired Peter Pan, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year
  • A visit to the office of Disney’s Animal Kingdom vice president Djuan Rivers
  • Regular features including Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave
 
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-February.
 
About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website atD23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
 
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and atshopDisney.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
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<![CDATA[Peyton Manning Becomes Vacation Quarterback in Universal Parks & Resorts Super Bowl Ad]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/peyton-manning-becomes-vacation-quarterback-in-universal-parks-resorts-super-bowl-ad
Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Helps Family Raise its Vacation Game
Orlando, FL, January 30, 2018 - Peyton Manning becomes vacation quarterback to America in a new Universal Parks & Resorts commercial set to air during the Super Bowl – coaching families to take their vacation to the next level at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.
 
An extended version of the spot will air in the NBC pre-game show and a thirty-second version of the commercial will air during the Super Bowl. 
 
“This is your moment,” Peyton coaches a family starting its day at a Universal theme park in the extended version of the spot.  “You are more than a team.  You are a family.  Now let’s get out there and play.”
 
Manning joins the family during both spots to ensure they really do take fun to the next level.  He screams on a roller coaster, scrambles away from a Raptor showing its “game face,” and has a churro intercepted right out of his hands – and more.
 
Click here for the extended pre-game version: https://youtu.be/IbreHZSmqLA.
 
Click here for the thirty-second Super Bowl spot: https://youtu.be/xcmP4llwNS8.
 
About Universal Parks & Resorts: Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, its theme parks are known for immersive experiences that feature some of the world’s most thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions. 

Comcast NBCUniversal wholly owns Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood. It also owns Universal Orlando Resort, a destination resort with three theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and now open, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience), five (soon to be six) on-site resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando. In addition, Comcast NBCUniversal owns Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. The company is also developing a theme park destination in Beijing called Universal Beijing.
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<![CDATA[LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL OFFICIALLY OPENING APRIL 27, 2018  AT LEGOLAND®  CALIFORNIA RESORT!]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 04:44:07 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/legolandr-castle-hotel-officially-opening-april-27-2018-at-legolandr-california-resortHard Hat Tour Gives Media First Look at Hotel’s Grand Hall, Royal Courtyard, Dining Options and More
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CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2018) – Hammers pounding, saws cutting and drills buzzing were some of the sounds heard by the media in front of LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND®California Resort as Merlin the wizard unraveled his scroll officially declaring the Hotel’s opening day: April 27, 2018. LEGOLAND® California’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti and LEGOLAND® Hotel Manager Frank Idris also addressed the crowd providing Resort updates and new details about North America’s first LEGOLAND Castle Hotel.
 
“It’s hard to imagine that just five years ago we were standing on a construction site just like this announcing North America’s first LEGOLAND Hotel which has proven to be extremely popular with our guests,” said Idris. “In fact, it was just named one of Trip Advisor’s top 25 Hotels for families in the United States! And, we achieved our goal of becoming the first hotel in Carlsbad to achieve the Environmentalist level from the California Green Lodging Association thanks to all of the additional conservation efforts that were implemented this past year.“
 
“Staying in a LEGOLAND Hotel is an adventure in itself and only adds to the overall experience families are treated to when they visit LEGOLAND California Resort,” said Ronchetti. “Adding LEGOLAND Castle Hotel proves how much LEGOLAND California Resort has become a multi-day destination for families with children ages 2-12 wanting to be fully immersed into the world of LEGO®.”
 
During the hard hat tour, guests received a first look at the 250-deluxe-themed room Hotel as they walked through the Grand Hall, Dragon’s Den Restaurant, Royal Courtyard and got a sneak peek at the three room themes: Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. While in the Grand Hall, Idris and Ronchetti provided an overview of the Hotel, described key features and discussed the economic impact created by the 200 new job openings for LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. Details were also shared about the large LEGO Wizard model that will greet guests as they enter the Grand Hall, a slide that will connect the lobby to the first floor and a knock knock door created to entertain guests.
 
Inside Dragon’s Den, the head chef shared insight to the dining options available at LEGOLAND California Resort’s only full-service sit down restaurant. Dragon’s Den will include an open kitchen for guests to watch chefs preparing their food, LEGO models, entertainers and locally-sourced food creating a unique dining experience. Breakfast will be included with each guest’s stay and includes made-to-order items along with a buffet.
 
The Royal Courtyard outside is designed to immerse children in a fairy tale of their own creation with a DUPLO play area for the younger kids, larger play structures for the older kids, giant movie screen for nighttime movies, a stage for live plays and shows, a gradual incline pool and hot tub. The pool bar and grill will offer smoothies, sandwiches and salads prepared fresh to order.
 
Guests also explored each room theme and had a chance to view one of the 20 suites available. A Resort Master Model Builder greeted guests in the Magic Wizard theme room and treated them to a sneak peek of a few of the 2,100 LEGO models made out of more than three million LEGO bricks that will be featured inside the rooms and throughout the Hotel.
 
LEGOLAND California Resort is accepting reservations for the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. For more information on booking hotel reservations, please visit: www.LEGOLAND.com/castlehotel. To discover job opportunities for LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, please visit:www.LEGOLAND.com/jobs.

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<![CDATA[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces Los Angeles Premiere of BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/warner-bros-home-entertainment-announces-los-angeles-premiere-of-batman-gotham-by-gaslightFebruary 5, 2018 at The Paley Center for Media
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment proudly presents the Los Angeles premiere of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on February 5, 2018. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Please note that Batman: Gotham By Gaslight is rated R for “some violence.” Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on February 5 must RSVP via email to GaslightLA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

Bruce Wayne
2 tickets
DarkKnight@gmail.com

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email. Please do not submit more than one request.

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman enacts his own detective work – with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle – to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Witness a world in flames as the notorious serial killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight.

Acclaimed for his performance in Batman: Under The Red Hood, Bruce Greenwood (American Crime Story, Star Trek, iRobot) reprises his role as the voice of the Dark Knight in Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Limitless) makes her DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Selina Kyle. The voice cast also features Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Justice League Unlimited) as James Gordon, Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Merlin) as Alfred Pennyworth, Yuri Lowenthal (Batman Unlimited, Young Justice) as Harvey Dent, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) as Chief Bullock, William Salyers (Batman vs. Two-Face) as Hugo Strange, and Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Sister Leslie. The cast also includes notable voice actors Tara Strong, Bob Joles, David Forseth, Chris Cox, Lincoln Melcher and Kari Wuhrer.

Producer Sam Liu (Batman and Harley Quinn, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) also directs Batman: Gotham By Gaslight from a script by Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Alan Burnett is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are executive producers.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight will be distributed February 6, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting January 23, 2018.
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<![CDATA[DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress Headline Universal Studios Hollywood’s All-New Lunar New Year Event as The Theme Park Ushers in the “Year of the Dog” with a New Dragon Warrior Training Show, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop and More]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:12:41 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/dreamworks-kung-fu-pandas-po-and-tigress-headline-universal-studios-hollywoods-all-new-lunar-new-year-event-as-the-theme-park-ushers-in-the-year-of-the-dog-with-a-new-dragon-warrior-training-show-mr-pings-noodle-shop-and-more-from-f
The Return of Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Joins the Celebration for Real-Time Conversations
 
Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Park Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal City, CA, January 11, 2018  —  Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Pandamasters Po and Tigress to its all-new Lunar New Year event as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the “Year of the Dog” from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

This spectacularly themed Lunar New Year event will take place within Universal Plaza, a polygon-shaped piazza that sits at the heart of the theme park.  Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

New to this year’s celebratory event, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut the all-new DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The all-new Kung Fu Panda experience will engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature veteran DreamWorks animators who will demonstrate practical techniques of drawing their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters as keepsake mementos.

The completely reimagined event will also serve up a replica of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, including Mr. Ping himself who will invite guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages.

A returning favorite among Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year traditions, Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON marks a highlight of the annual event, as the imposing leader of the DECEPTICONS returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities.  The ominous 12-foot-tall sentient robot will once again interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real-time conversation characteristic of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination’s Minions from Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will join the festivities this year, stepping out in style dressed in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.


As a complement to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome Hello Kitty, the beloved global pop icon created by the renowned Japanese company Sanrio to the entertainment destination. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow will make special appearances to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store opening Spring 2018.


Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin.  Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world.  In-language park maps are also available for guests.


Guests can also celebrate the spirit of Lunar New Year at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.


More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  Information is also available on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube and Weibo @
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Universal Studios Hollywood
 is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” andFlight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

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<![CDATA[D23 GIVES MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS ALL YEAR LONG WITH DISCOUNTS AND OFFERS FROM DISNEY AND BEYOND]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:02:35 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/d23-gives-members-exclusive-savings-all-year-long-with-discounts-and-offers-from-disney-and-beyond
Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Save at shopDisney, Select Restaurants and Shops in Downtown Disney and Disney Springs, and More!
BURBANK, Calif. — January 10, 2018 — Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club receive exclusive discounts year-round on shopping, entertainment, and Disney adventures when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes.

D23 Members can enjoy savings throughout the worlds of Disney including:

  • 15% off all purchases of $60 or more at shopDisney.com and in all Disney Store locations through March 31, 2018
  • 10% off food and nonalcoholic beverage purchases at TerralinaPaddlefish, and Wine Bar George (opening 2018) in Disney Springs and Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion
  • Dining discounts in and around Disneyland Resort, including Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal Restaurant, Uva Bar, Naples, Tortilla Jo’s, and ESPN Zone
  • Discounted rates at Howard Johnson Anaheim and Anaheim Hotel located near Disneyland Resort; as well as at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena VistaHilton Orlando Buena Vista PalaceWyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, located near Walt Disney World Resort
  • Discounts on purchases from select stores in Disney Springs, including Alex and AniBasinLevi’sVolcomUnder ArmourArribas Bros., and Sugarboo & Co.
  • 10% savings on activities at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre and on merchandise at  CURL® by Sammy Duvall in Disney Springs
  • Sweet savings at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company online and in its two Disney Parks shops
 
In addition, D23 Members can take advantage of a host of ongoing and limited-time offers developed just for them, including savings on tickets to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo., and special offers from The El Capitan Theatre, including discounted tickets to its upcoming screenings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Lady and the Tramp.
 
Complete details on all D23 Member discounts and offers, as well as a full list of all the latest specials, can be found online at http://D23.com/Discounts. All offers are available to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members; D23 General Members receive access to a select number of discounts.
 
About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
 
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($104.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at shopDisney.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
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<![CDATA[CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS WITH A HORROR-THEMED UNDERGROUND SOIRÉE]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/celebrate-mardi-gras-with-a-horror-themed-underground-soireeJAN 10, 2017, LOS ANGELES - Drunken Devil is proud to present its second annual Bloody Gras, a terror-tinged, one-night-only fête celebrating Fat Tuesday. Last year’s inaugural event featured the the Axeman of New Orleans, a jazzy angel of death who stalked guests much like he did during his reign of terror in the Crescent City. This year, guests will step back in time to 1915, where they’ll enter a seedy brothel in Storyville, New Orleans’ red light district, in Bloody Gras: Tales of Storyville.

“Upon entering this year’s Bloody Gras, you’ll be thrust into a world of temptation, pleasure, and debauchery,” says Executive Producer Matt Dorado. “But underneath the masks, something sinister lurks.” As the evening progresses, guests will have the chance to interact with a host of characters - brothel regulars and residents alike - and piece together a terrifying narrative.  

“2017 was an experiment; we figured out what worked in our party atmosphere,” Dorado continues. “Using that knowledge, we decided to dig in and focus on the company’s mission to produce ‘horror nightlife,’ and Tales of Storyville will be no exception. We’ve dipped deep into New Orleans’ gothic history, pulling inspiration from urban legends and myths. All in all, this will likely be the darkest, and scariest, Drunken Devil event to date.”

In addition to the interactive portion, Bloody Gras will feature Drunken Devil’s signature open bar, with beer, wine, and cocktails flowing freely throughout the evening. The entertainment lineup will feature Alligator Wine, a unique, improv burlesque experience featuring Olivia Bellafontaine, Donna Hood, and Skylar Benton, along with live swampy blues by the Dave Cavalier Trio. Guests will also experience roaming marionette performances by Rasputin’s Marionettes, as well as an interactive photo booth, and special Mardi Gras tricks and treats throughout the night. The experience ends with a dance party, featuring DJs Chris Bowen (Bears in Space) and Dirty Dave (dublab), spinning back-to-back sets of sinister disco that will carry into the dark hours of the morning.

Tickets, which are all-inclusive, are $75.00. Due to the intimate nature of this event, limited tickets are available, and can be purchased at www.restlessnites.com/bloodygras. Dress to impress: costumes and extravagant attire, reflective of the hedonism of Mardi Gras, are highly encouraged. Location will be revealed in the days before the event.

Drunken Devil is an entertainment company with an emphasis on horror-infused nightlife, dining experiences, and special events. After an incredibly successful season, including several large-scale parties, intimate, interactive dinners and brunches, and numerous other projects, they are confident that the 2018 will be their best yet.
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<![CDATA[Neal Thurman Named New President of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://parksandcons.com/press-releases/neal-thurman-named-new-president-of-six-flags-magic-mountain-and-hurricane-harbor Picture
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — January 4, 2018 — Neal Thurman has been named Park President of Los Angeles-based theme parks Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. He succeeds Bonnie Sherman Weber who is joining the Six Flags corporate team in Texas as SVP, In-Park Services. The announcement is a homecoming for Thurman as he spent seven years at Six Flags Magic Mountain beginning in 2007 as the Director of Operations.

“Neal is one of the best and brightest minds in the theme park industry. He is an outstanding leader, whose knowledge of park operations is unmatched,” stated Six Flags Senior Vice President of U.S. Park Operations, Thomas Iven. “He is already very familiar with Magic Mountain—the employees, and the culture, so he is very well-suited to lead this park.”

Thurman, most recently the park president of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, has been with Six Flags for more than 22 years. “I am very excited about rejoining one of the leading theme park properties in the world,” said Thurman. “Having worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor previously, I look forward to ‘coming home’ and contributing to the park’s exciting future.” Thurman comes to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor with a focus on the team member experience and a passion for providing outstanding guest service.

​Prior to relocating to Jackson, NJ in 2016, Thurman was the park president at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. His Six Flags career started in 1995 at Six Flags Over Georgia gaining expertise in Operations, Human Resources, Guest Relations and Safety Management. He then relocated to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in 2003 as the Operations Manager before becoming the Director of Operations and Administration at the Six Flags park in Louisville. Relocating to Dallas Texas, Weber in her new position as SVP, In-Park Services, will be leading the company’s in-park revenue generating departments, including culinary services, retail, games, attractions, rentals, and parking.

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