Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet Kenai, the Newest Beluga Calf at SeaWorld San Antonio

On August 11, 2016, a new addition joined the SeaWorld San Antonio beluga whale family. Named, Kenai, after the Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, this male beluga has been busy growing and developing over the past few months, as well as developing a strong relationship with the animal care staff.
Kenai was 155 pounds when he was born and is now more than 350 pounds. He is healthy and nursing from his mother Luna., who is doing a great job caring for him. Kenai will nurse from and be cared by his mom for about the first two years of his life before he becomes independent. Once weaned,  Kenai’s diet will be similar to the other beluga whales...and in case you weren’t sure about what beluga whales eat, it includes fish and mollusks.
SeaWorld’s trainers and animal care staff have spent day and night with this amazing animal over the past few months, and are seeing Kenai’s personality really develop.
According to the team, he is a very curious beluga who enjoys playing and interacting with his trainers, as well as various Environmental Enrichment Devices (let’s face it, he loves playing with toys!). Kenai is also developing relationships with other belugas in the SeaWorld San Antonio pod and spends time with his brother, 3-year-old Samson, as well as the female beluga whales.
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New Ride - Knott's Berry Farm

Exciting New Details about Next Year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, The Return of Ghost Town Alive! And Expansion of Knott’s Soak City Waterpark

Buena Park, Calif. (November 2016) – There’s farm fresh fun for everyone coming to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2017 with a brand new thrill ride, an extended Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, the exciting return of Ghost Town Alive! next summer, and the expansion of Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.
 Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area of the park next season. The new ride will send brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Sol Spin will be the newest addition to the theme park’s world-class line up of more than 40 rides and attractions when it opens in spring 2017.
But that’s not all! Knott’s Berry Farm is also expanding the park’s Seasons of Fun. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, exclusively dedicated to celebrating Knott’s delicious roots, will be expanded to 23 days. Celebrate the historic berry with countless one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus limited-time live entertainment the whole family will love!
            This past summer to celebrate Ghost Town’s 75th anniversary, Knott’s debuted the one-of-a-kind interactive experience Ghost Town Alive! The extremely popular interactive experience returns for a second year packed with new characters and even more interactive old west fun. The citizens of Calico return to take guests on an immersive journey back in time to the old west of the late 1800s when bandits and cowboys battle for control of the west.  This summer the wild- west gets a little wilder, as new story lines and plot twists will be revealed throughout the season insuring guests will never experience the same adventure twice. Ghost Town Alive! offers something for everyone in your posse.
            Also, coming to the park next summer, is the all new Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator. This new fast-casual dining location will offer various BBQ favorites including smoked pork ribs, tri-tip and rotisserie chicken along with a selection of sandwiches and side dishes. Boardwalk Barbecue will also be featuring a selection of local and well known craft beers. The restaurant will include a new covered seating area with a stage for live entertainment. The location will replace the existing Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant. Construction is set to begin this year.
            Next year’s new enhancements also include an extensive expansion, renovations and new additions in store for Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, which were announced earlier this summer. Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers offering exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the tower will feature an Aqua-Launch chamber which will innovatively launch guests as the floor under their feet drops them into an almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches.  The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and unexpected drops. The minimum height requirement is 40 inches and 40 – 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person. The expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboards’ Grill. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Waterpark opens for the summer season in May 2017.
A 2017 Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the new additions coming to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark next year. A Knott’s Regular Pass includes unlimited 2017 admissions to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Pass includes unlimited 2017 admissions to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark. Right now you can get either a Regular or Gold Pass at the lowest price of the year: a Regular Pass for as low as 6 payments of $15, or a Gold Season Pass for as low as 6 payments of just $17.62.  And when new passholders purchase before 12/31/16, you get one free admission during 2016 season to Knott’s Berry Farm.  Hurry, offers end Jan 8, 2017. Applicable taxes and fees apply. The payment plan is only available online at
For More information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the conversation about the new ride using the #Knotts

Friday, January 20, 2017

Newport Whales - Types of Ships

Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. There are 5 ships used to conduct these tours. 

Newport Legacy

The Newport Legacy is our new 2016 catamaran whale watching ship with two levels, huge bow with stadium seating, huge indoor salon with full bar, snack bar, 2 full sized restrooms, and windows throughout.

Western Pride

The Western Pride is our auxiliary whale watching vessel. This 85' vessel has a full walk around main deck and an elevated seating platform. The Western Pride is equipped with a snack bar and two restrooms.

The Nautilus is our secondary whale watching vessel. This 75' vessel has two decks and ample seating. The Nautilus is equipped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.

Ocean Explorer 

The Ocean Explorer is our primary whale watching vessel. This 70' vessel has two full walk around decks making it perfect for whale watching. The Ocean Explorer is equipped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.


80ft. 90 Passenger Max. Spacious and comfortable galley/snack bar with seating for 30. Ideal for large groups and company outings.

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Educational Activities at Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Educational Activities at Out of Africa Wildlife Park 

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African Bush Safari

No passport needed! You may be in Arizona, but you’ll feel like you’re in Africa when hitching a ride on your own African Bush Safari Tour. This unforgettable experience is included with general admission.
Imagine yourself surrounded by some of the world’s most exotic free-roaming animals as you ride in our safari vehicle, complete with expert guide and narration. Get closer than you ever thought possible to giraffes, zebras, sable antelope, gemsbok, and so many more inhabitants of our spacious Serengeti preserve. Maybe even steal a kiss from a giraffe while feeding the treats we provide.
Each animal has a name and a story to tell. Discover how these beautiful, majestic creatures will touch your life and provide memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture all the priceless safari moments!
Good to know:  Narrated tours run throughout the day beginning at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m.*, 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.  No reservation required. Average tour runs 35 minutes.
*2:00 p.m. safari subject to change and availability.
Predator Feed

It’s one thing to read about the ferocity of predator animals when they assail, possess, and devour their food. It’s quite another to see it for yourself and hear the fearsome sounds that come through those menacing teeth. Don’t miss your chance to witness the power of lions, tigers, hyenas, and more at the Predator Feed, one of Out of Africa Wildlife Park’s most popular events.
As the feeding crew arrives, arms heavy with huge slabs of meat, you’ll observe firsthand the predator instinct of food possession. With great effort, meat is flung over the fence where watchful and anxious predators prepare to gorge themselves in dominating fashion. Watch these powerful masters of the wild display their catch as if they were proudly showing off the fruits of a treacherous hunt.
As you follow the animal caretakers on this walking tour, you’ll observe a variety of different predators that will display their own individual personalities. With nearly 800 pounds of raw meat delivered to a variety of animals, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures while bears chow down, hyenas laugh, and lions roar.
This spectacular adventure happens 3 days a week, so you won’t have to rely on happenstance to catch our Predator Feed event.
Showtime: 3:00 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Good to know: This show is a walking adventure that begins at Tram Stop 2. Some trams are available on a first-come, first-served basis and for those with walking restrictions. Average tour time is approximately 40 minutes. The Predator Feed show is included with general admission.
Wildlife Preserve

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mingus Mountains of Camp Verde, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is nestled on over 100 acres of rolling hills and valleys. This setting is home to hundreds of exotic mammals, birds, and reptiles from all over the world. It’s the perfect place to raise the awareness of our exotic neighbors while promoting understanding through in-person contact. It truly is an awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild.
There are several ways to engage the splendor of the Wildlife Preserve, which actually encompasses all aspects of the park, from the free-roaming Serengeti to the entertainment arena and courts, even to the spacious habitats located throughout the park. Each element was designed to give you a chance to see these beautiful creatures and their natural behavior up-close. For your benefit, many of these habitats have unobstructed photo platforms, so you can photograph the animals in the purest sense – fence free.


Trams run throughout the park until 4:00 p.m. daily. Feel free to take advantage of this courtesy service, and enjoy your friendly driver narrating throughout the loop. It’s a great way to get the lay of the land, and with five separate stops along the way, there are plenty of chances to hop on or off, depending on your preference. Tram(s) are wheelchair accessible.


You can also walk the park at your leisure. Along the way, you will often observe caretakers inside various habitats, interacting and answering questions about the animals. We encourage you to ask questions to gain an understanding and awareness of many of the struggles that these beautiful creature face in today’s world. For the sake of their survival, we speak as ambassadors for those without a voice.

Groups or Private Tours

Out of Africa is delighted to welcome your group. Trams and trolleys are available for private groups of 20 or more people at special rates. Please contact Sydney Raitano at reservations for more information, scheduling, and rates at 928.567.2851 or email Whatever your special occasion, don’t miss out on this coveted opportunity.
Reptile Resort
Take a peak at our reptilian friends on full display at our most recent addition – Reptile Resort. Not a show, but a spectacular and diverse reptile collection. Reptile Resort includes exotic snake and lizard species from around the globe.
Each exhibit provides our cold-blooded inhabitants the ability to move freely between outdoor and indoor spaces, so they can navigate their way to a favorite basking spot. The exterior sanctuary, scheduled for completion in spring 2013, will be equally rich and stimulating with vegetation, trees, and water features. Meanwhile, the interior structure is open for your viewing pleasure.The Reptile Resort exhibit integrates spacious climate-controlled enclosures, live plants and substrates, and a passionate crew of keepers, all for the purpose of enriching the lives of our scaly friends. This new structure provides a vital establishment for the park’s reptile- and amphibian-focused conservation initiatives.
Large glass windows provide you with the perfect vantage point to observe the wonderment of the reptile world. Get even closer through our floor dome, a clear portal at ground level for that eye-to-eye engagement with a reticulated or Burmese python. Whether you are enthralled by the viperids, like a Black Forest cobra or Gaboon viper, or captivated at the magnificent colors and behavior of our four-legged friends, such as a rhinoceros iguana and giant tegu, this is one exhibit not to miss.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Universal Studios - Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

Universal Studios Hollywood
Celebrates the Year of the Rooster January 21 – February 5 at Universal Plaza!

  • Come meet our newest characters, Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, this Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Face off with Mandarin-speaking Megatron from TRANSFORMERS
  • Take photos with Curious George and Woody Woodpecker, both dressed in traditional Chinese attire
    for the festivities
  • Be sure to share your new year wishes at the Wishing Trees
  • Find your zodiac animals to see if your personalities match
  • Plus, enjoy food and activities for this unique cultural experience

Information from Universal Studios website.