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A Battle is Brewing at Kings Dominion Theme Park

Step into a brand new virtual world at Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia, I-95, exit 98) as the park debuts an interactive, competitive gaming experience – “The Battle for Kings Dominion.”

This immersive gaming app combines augmented reality with traditional gaming and will take the in-park experience to the next level, allowing guests to declare their loyalty to a coaster alliance and then “battle” against each other to take control of the Kings Dominion realm.

“We are excited to introduce our guests to an entirely new digital layer of the park experience,” said Gary Chadwick, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager. “Being able to gamify the park through the Battle for Kings Dominion, from interactive queue lines and midways to the personification of rides, will make for an even more engaging day.”

The cutting-edge Extended Experience game was developed by experiential design experts Holovis. Gamers will be able to choose from five coaster alliances: Dominator, Flight of Fear, Intimidator® 305, Avalanche or Volcano. Each alliance has its own unique character avatar and a custom battle shield. Guests will compete against each other and attempt to defeat the other alliances for dominance of the park throughout the day. Players can earn points in various ways including playing augmented reality mini-games in special parts of the ride queue lines, taking over territory from competing teams, answering trivia and riding roller coasters. Augmented reality moments from the experience will also come to life on the guest’s Apple® or Android™ device and can be shared with friends and on social media.


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“Extended Experiences are the future of entertainment,” explains Amy Steele, VP of Development at Holovis. “This is where every element is connected together allowing guests to discover hidden narratives and gamify what are traditionally passive moments. They can even continue to customize their Coaster Alliance avatar from home as people prepare for their next visit.”

The Battle for Kings Dominion will be available for download on May 19. To complement the game, Kings Dominion has added free park-wide Wi-Fi, making it even easier to play and connect while visiting. A new mobile app complete with an interactive park map and ride wait times is now available. For the full calendar of 2017 operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.


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West Volusia’s Wildlife and Parks: The Best of Florida’s Great Outdoors

Ready for your next road trip? The winter doldrums are gone, replaced by the pleasant temperatures offered by Central Florida’s Great Outdoors. Each year, guests from all over the world flock to the West Volusia area, experiencing the area’s abundant wildlife, tropical plants, natural springs and unique eco-environments and habitats. To help you enjoy the new season, here are just a few of West Volusia’s top spots.

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New Fun Debuting At Dorney Park as it Opens For Its 134th Season

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, will officially open the gates for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM. Season Passholders will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a Special Preview on Friday, April 28th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. New rides, new shows and new fun will debut this season, including two new family rides, new live entertainment, a new catering pavilion, new food & beverage offerings and enhancements to Wildwater Kingdom.

Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests….bumper cars! Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun. Dodgem is located next to Talon and will be ready for riders Opening Weekend!

Guests can also test their thrill level with a spin on the all new Kaleidoscope, a circular ride sending guests on a counter-clockwise trip of weightlessness and acceleration. Riders will experience weightlessness, strong accelerations, and side-to-side movement. This new ride is located on the main midway next to Coasters.


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Guests will be mesmerized as they witness the breathtaking stunts and aerial performances of Cirque Imagine! This thrilling 30-minute live show, perfect for families and guests of all ages, features acts including Trampolines, Cyr wheel, Aerialists, Hand Balancing and Bikes. Performances will begin June 17th in the Good Time Theatre and will run multiple shows per day Thursdays through Tuesdays.

Dorney Park continues to enhance the guest experience by expanding the dining services offered within the park, after all a day at the park can work up quite an appetite! New for 2017, guests can enjoy the Perfect Pretzel every time at Auntie Anne’s, Wildwater Kingdom guests can enjoy fresh-dough pizza made with fresh toppings and Philly Cheesesteaks at Papa Luigi’s, and can quench their thirst at the parks additional Coca-Cola® Refresh Station.

As part of its opening weekend, Dorney Park will open its doors on Friday, April 28th for a special Season Passholders Preview Night, an exclusive benefit to passholders. Our most loyal fans will be able to enjoy their favorite rides and experiences before the park opens to the public. Passholders can also join us for a Preview Night Tailgate, with Season Pass processing to begin at 3:00 PM and plenty of excitement led by the Park Ambassador Team, as well as appearances by the PEANUTS Gang.

Throughout the 2017 season, guests can enjoy an array of special events in addition to all the thrills and spills of the park. Visit Fridays in May (May 5th, 12th and 19th) for a brand new event – Food Truck Fridays, giving guests the opportunity to try unique food offerings from local food truck vendors. Join us May 13th – 14th for Mother’s Day Brunch and celebrate Mom at Dorney Park by treating her to a delicious brunch, and the opportunity to make memories as a family and enjoy world-class thrills all in one place! Dorney Park will offer several special promotions over Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the official start of summer! From May 27th – 29th, guests can chow down at the Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers such as Season Pass Bring-A-Friend and Military Appreciation Days, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display!


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ng returning events include Lemonade Days featuring a Lemon Run 5K and special Everyone Pays Kids admission pricing (proceeds to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation), Food Truck Rally in August and Dollar Days over Labor Day weekend.


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New Theme Park Attractions to Open in 2017

As amusement parks and attractions open for the 2017 season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) releases its annual compilation of what is new at parks and attractions in the United States and Canada. The 2017 list includes more than 170 fresh experiences at 75 amusement parks and attractions, including new parks and land areas, rides, roller coasters, slides, games, and more.

Trends highlighted in the 2017 line up include the additions of water parks and water-based attractions, family-friendly attractions, vintage/classic rides, and the continued merging of technology and attractions…

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Start Planning for an Outdoor Adventure Road Trip on Florida’s Space Coast

With winter having kept most of us cooped up indoors, the idea of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny is coming more into focus for many.

Luckily, the current downtime does provide families an opportunity to start planning their upcoming vacations – trips to more-hospitable locales offering plenty of energizing fun and a much-needed change in the weather.

“Planning your vacation now is a great way to find budget-friendly deals. It also helps you beat the winter blues by giving you something to look forward to,” said Eric Garvey, Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “For families, couples and adventurers who love to have fun outdoors – from sports and recreation to exploring nature – the Space Coast is an out-of-this-world destination.”

The Space Coast’s plentiful beaches are a magnet for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts from parts far and wide. Many of them stop first in Cocoa Beach (known as the surfing capital of the East Coast) to visit the flagship Ron Jon Surf Shop – a 52,000-square-foot store featuring an eye-popping selection of surf boards, swimming attire and other surf-brand apparel. And at the nearby Ron Jon Surf School, anyone can arrange a surfing lesson or rent a stand-up paddleboard.

For nature lovers, the options are as broad as the horizon. The 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to at least 1,500 species of plants and animals, including alligators, manatees and a wide variety of birds. If the time of year is right, guests can take guided nighttime walks to observe sea turtles as they lay their eggs. In addition, both Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach offer nighttime “bioluminescence” kayak tours, allowing you to get close to some of the glowing creatures inhabiting the region’s myriad waterways.

A paradise for birds, the area hosts the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in January each year, which combines some serious birding activities with entertainment, unique dining experiences, special events and more.

Coming soon, Titusville will be the starting point for a Coast-to-Coast Bike Trail that pedals through the region’s vibrant wildlife areas and historic sites. This Coast-to-Coast Trail will connect Canaveral National Seashore on the Space Coast with St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast, a distance of about 250 miles.

To really get your adrenaline pumping, Brevard Zoo’s Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. You can zip line, climb, crawl and careen your way through the courses, which accommodate various skill levels and provide a bird’s-eye perspective of the facility’s wild animals. On certain dates, nighttime zip lining also is available.

Renowned for its ties to the U.S. space program, the Space Coast is one of the few places one can personally witness a breathtaking rocket launch. Come see, hear and feel one of the most dramatic events on earth. Rockets carrying satellites into orbit or transporting cargo to the International Space Station blast off periodically throughout the year. A launch schedule is available at www.SpaceCoastLaunches.com.

To learn more about Florida’s Space Coast and plan a spring or summer getaway, head to www.visitspacecoast.com.


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Why Not Take a Holiday Road Trip to the Miami Seaquarium

Here’s another great holiday road trip… Waddle over to Miami Seaquarium this holiday season for penguin-perfect celebration. The holidays will feature the park’s newest interactive animal experience, a Penguin Encounter, informative presentations at the park’s penguin habitat, ‘Penguin Isle’, daily visits by the park’s new penguin costume character, a free penguin plush with the purchase of an online ticket package and more surprises!

Led by the park’s animal training staff, the new Penguin Encounter program provides a unique interaction with one of the world’s most beloved birds. Guests will experience African penguin behavior up-close and in an intimate setting. The ‘Penguin Encounter’ experience includes an interactive educational segment, penguin feeding and a 15-20 minute individual ‘Meet and Greet’ with the penguins inside the park’s new Penguin Isle exhibit.

“Miami Seaquarium is excited to be able to offer this new and highly-anticipated animal encounter program where visitors can interact with our African penguins in this unique and intimate setting,” said Andrew Hertz, General Manager at Miami Seaquarium.

The opening of the new ‘Penguin Encounter’ program will launch ‘Penguin Holidays’ at Miami Seaquarium. Starting Dec. 12th through Jan. 8th, when guests purchase a Family Four Pack online, they will receive a free penguin plush. Then in celebration of the holidays, the penguin festivities will continue at the park starting Dec. 24th through Jan. 9th, with Penguin costume character meet and greets, free penguin poster and t-shirt giveaways and daily penguin presentations.

The ‘Penguin Encounter’ program is an addition to the park’s current animal encounters including swimming with the dolphins, Seal Swim and Sea Trek Reef Encounter, an underwater helmet diving experience bringing park guests up close to reef aquarium residents. Beginning December 19th, the ‘Penguin Encounter’ program is offered once daily at 1:45 p.m. The cost is $105-$120 (plus tax) for participants ages 10 and older, and $85-$100 (plus tax) for participants ages 5-9. The program fee includes admission into the park and the penguin encounter. Participants must be five years or older and children under ten years old must be accompanied with a paying adult at all times. For more information or to register for the ‘Penguin Encounter’ program, please call (305) 365-2501.


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Festivities Brighten the Holiday Season in North Carolina

Planning a holiday road trip? I-95 travelers can immerse themselves in parades, fireworks, holiday spirit and small-town moments that will create memories worth reliving this holiday season in North Carolina.

In the season of making lists, the holiday highlights we’ve listed below create a starting point for a holiday road trip… all within a short drive from I-95.

Holiday Flotillas
Nov. 25-26, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach launches the holiday season with the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, an extravagant boat parade on the Intracoastal Waterway. About two dozen boats, from personal watercrafts to yachts, channel their owners’ creativity into delightful light displays against the night sky. The weekend includes a Friday night party, an all-day festival Saturday and then the main event followed by fireworks. Other holiday boat parades include the Swansboro Christmas Flotilla on Nov. 25; the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla on Nov. 26; Edenton’s Dickens of a Christmas Tree Lighting & Flotilla on Dec. 2; the Crystal Coast Holiday Flotilla, running from Morehead City to Beaufort on Dec. 3; the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla at Carolina Beach on Dec. 3; the Cliffs of the Neuse Christmas Tree Lighting & Flotilla in Seven Springs on Dec. 9; the Southport Christmas Flotilla on Dec. 10; and Cornelius’ Lighted Boat Parade at Lake Norman on Dec. 10.



Battleship Ho Ho Ho
Nov. 25, Wilmington, North Carolina
The USS North Carolina, the most decorated battleship of World War II, combines its history and the holiday spirit with an event full of hands-on activities. Visitors can fly an American flag with Santa (he’ll give a certificate of authenticity to those who bring their own), create a retro Happy Huladays e-card, type a wish list on USS North Carolina radio message paper and call the North Pole from the radio room. In keeping with the Battleship’s role as a World War II memorial, Ho Ho Ho’ers can create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. www.battleshipnc.com 

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Colonial Christmas
Dec. 9-10, Edenton, Bath and New Bern, North Carolina
Three North Carolina State Historic Sites have devised a way to travel through time and space to explore holiday sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the 1700s. The route starts Dec. 9 in Edenton with the Wassail Bowl at the Cupola House as well as the Christmas Candlelight Tour. After an overnight stay, history revelers can head to Blackbeard’s stomping grounds for the Historic Bath Christmas Open House. A quick hour away, New Bern welcomes guests to the Tryon Palace Candlelight Celebration with holiday vignettes throughout the site’s historic homes and buildings. Note that additional dates are available in Edenton and New Bern. https://www.ncdcr.gov/things-to-do/trips-travel-ideas/colonial-christmas

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12 Birds of Christmas
Dec. 1-31, Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Get ready for a fresh take on the holidays’ most parodied song with a trip to Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Instead of parroting lyrics, you can scan the 18-acre park for swans a-swimming, geese a-laying and other birds chosen for a holiday scavenger hunt. Sylvan Heights is home to 170 species of waterfowl, many of them rare and endangered, from six continents, and the sight of a Scarlet Ibis alone turns a visit into a festive occasion. shwpark.com




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Must-See Holiday Attractions in Pennsylvania

Ready for a holiday road trip? The holidays have arrived and Pennsylvania has plenty to keep visitors and residents alike in the spirit of the season while providing a break from the usual hustle and bustle. Holiday travelers will find yuletide cheer across the commonwealth, thanks to a new list of unique holiday attractions in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office has released its “Sampling of Must-See Holiday Attractions”. make it a day trip, or plan an extended stay in Pennsylvania for the holidays. Either way, these are great destinations.

“Nothing shines like Pennsylvania during the holiday season. From lighted walking trails to glimmering shops, holiday spirit is bright across the Keystone State,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film, Department of Community and Economic Development. “So bundle up, hit the road, and pursue your happiness at the various charming attractions open now across the state.”

A sampling of Pennsylvania’s must-see holiday attractions includes:

Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights; York, York County

This half-mile walking trail – accessible to anyone – wanders through a forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop and includes 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes, train displays, and more. The event runs through Dec. 31, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Find your perfect hotel in York, Pennsylvania.

Shadrack Christmas Wonderland; Prospect, Butler County

The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Featuring hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly LED Christmas lights, guests can sync their radio with the show. Shows are held nightly through Jan. 8, 2017. Find your perfect hotel near Shadrack Christmas Wonderland.

Winter Lights Spectacular; Schnecksville, Lehigh County

This winter wonderland boasts giant snow globes, “snowballs” for children to toss, and milk and cookies with Santa. The event is open Wednesday to Sunday through Jan. 1, 2017, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Hershey Sweet Lights; Hershey, Dauphin County

NOEL in Hersheypark, is a light show featuring more than 200,000 dancing lights synchronized to Christmas music. Nightly shows take place every half hour starting at 5 p.m. in The Hollow of Hersheypark. Hershey Sweet Lights is a two-mile wooded driving path with more than 600 animated displays. Find your perfect hotel in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Illuminaire Nights in Scenic Skippack Village; Skippack, Montgomery County

Hundreds of candles line the pathways and retail spaces of picturesque Skippack Village and are joined by carolers. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays until Dec. 23.

Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory; Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

This holiday light display takes places throughout the Conservatory, and includes holiday decor illuminating the Outdoor Garden. The site is open until Jan. 8, 2017. Find your perfect hotel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village; Bernville, Berks County

Koziar’s Christmas Village is a seasonal attraction that includes displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and thousands of twinkling lights. It is open seven nights a week through Jan. 1, 2017. Find your perfect hotel in Bernville, Pennsylvania.

Overly’s Country Christmas; Greensburg, Westmoreland County

This event features a Christmas Village that includes an array of old-fashioned traditions like carolers, a bonfire, a model train display, shopping, and a horse-drawn sleigh. Greensburg Area Lodging.


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Zoo Miami to Open “Florida: Mission Everglades” December 10

Locals and tourists alike will want to visit Zoo Miami to experience Florida: Mission Everglades and the grand opening festivities on December 10 & 11, 2016. This new, 4.5 acre, $33 million permanent addition will encourage residents, as well as out of town visitors, to connect with approximately 60 species of wildlife from our own backyard, many of which are endangered or threatened.

Florida: Mission Everglades will encourage residents, as well as tourists, to take a deeper look at wildlife and conservation efforts in our own backyard. This exhibit will be a unique “gateway” to experiencing the Everglades. Guests will journey through habitats of iconic Florida animals like the roseate spoonbill, the Florida panther, black bear, burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, American crocodile, American alligator, Florida box turtle and more. About 60 species of animals will be represented, and the exhibit will highlight the importance of conservation for animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild. Adding entertainment to education, the exhibit will also feature a special Lostman’s River boat ride as well as interactive exhibits designed to give visitors an up-close look at the animals, such as a crawl-through “tunnel” at the crocodile habitat, a slide-through the North American river otter exhibit, a pop-up blind at the Florida panther/black bear exhibit, a brown and white pelican encounter, and a new children’s Cypress Landing Playground.

The goal of the Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit is to give our visitors a deeper understanding of the importance of the Everglades and to engage visitors in helping us save it. This exhibit will make visitors want to go out and visit the actual Everglades.


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Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach Celebrates Grand Opening

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. celebrated the Grand Opening of Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach with an official ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. ET today. The event was hosted by Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Outlets, Drew and Jonathan Scott from the hit show, Property Brothers, as well as local community leaders.

“We are thrilled to officially open our 44th center today in the greater Daytona market,” said Steven B. Tanger President and CEO of Tanger Outlets. “Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach will create new jobs and drive economic growth by offering a world-class shopping experience for local, national and international visitors looking to shop brand names at value prices.”

The ceremony was followed by festivities that will go through the weekend with the Frosted Fun Zone inviting families to take part in holiday themed activities, entertainment and more. On Friday Nov. 18, Tanger will offer shoppers a chance to meet real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott from noon to 2 p.m. during an exclusive design presentation, where the brothers will share their design-on-a-budget secrets with the audience.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach will host a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., featuring social media sensation and teen music star Jacob Whitesides, followed by a Holiday Fireworks Spectacular show at 9 p.m.

For more information on Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach including store listings, hours and location, visit: Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach


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