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Holly Jolly Christmas and Holiday Events in Orlando

December 6, 2016
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom (photo by Cory O’Born)

Holiday traditions and joyful celebrations transform Orlando into a holly jolly destination. Here’s a sampling:

Celebrate traditions of the season from around the globe as Epcot hosts another year of Holidays Around the World through Dec. 30, 2016. Taking place three times each day, the Candlelight Processional features a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, set against the inspirational backdrop of a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park plays host to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, held select nights through Dec. 22, 2016. Enjoy live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and a jolly holiday parade with Mickey, Santa and other familiar Disney friends. See Cinderella’s Castle sparkle white lights, as well as a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure: This holiday season, Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the world of Grinchmas, from Dec. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017. Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida: The streets of Universal Studios Florida  fill with floats and balloons straight from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in Universal’s very own Macy’s Holiday Parade, through Jan. 1, 2017. Event admission is included with regular park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration: Included with regular park admission, guests can experience the fun-filled holidays with special shows and attractions, including Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and The Polar Express Experience (select nights, through Dec. 31).

Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida  During the Christmas Bricktacular event  (Dec. 17 – 18, 24 – 25, 26 – 30). kids will enjoy a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations, as well as daily appearances by Santa Claus. Event admission is included with regular park admission.

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‘Christmas Town’ at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

December 6, 2016
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Celebrate the spirit of the season at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™ amid the glow of more than eight million lights ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. The theme park is aglow with eight million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens. season. Additions this year include Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, an entire area where guests can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends. The park will also operate a second major roller coaster, Tempesto®, and will open Sesame Street® Forest of Fun with a special holiday atmosphere. Visit the big man in red at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Keep warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the spirit of the holiday. (Guests who purchase tickets on the day of their visit at the park will pay the full general admission price of $38. Daily ticket prices and availability can be found at www.christmastown.com/va).

For flexibility and the freedom to enjoy Christmas Town multiple days, visitors can purchase the Christmas Town Fun Card, which, for the same price as general admission, allows unlimited visits. The Fun Card is available on the park’s website, or may be purchased the day of visit. Christmas Town is open on select days through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.christmastown.com/va  (1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 800-343-7946).

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LEGOLAND® California Resort Hosts Holiday Snow Days, Winter Nights Celebration Through Jan 3

December 3, 2015

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CARLSBAD, Calif.– Holiday cheer is spreading throughout LEGOLAND® California Resort with more snow play areas than ever before as the Park kicks off its annual winter celebration, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. The winter fun runs through Jan. 3, 2016 with festive treats, holiday entertainment, cheerful décor, family fun activities and nightly fireworks from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, 2015.

The Park’s Fun Town transforms into a winter wonderland with two snow play areas for families to throw snowballs at LEGO® themed targets, build snowmen using LEGO accessories and join in the Holiday Village Build at the LEGO Clubhouse. Plus, guests can enjoy a holiday show from the LEGO Friends, Jingle Jammers and the Holiday Character Dance Party featuring the LEGOLAND elves, Jingle Joe and Tinsel Toe.

SEA LIFE® Aquarium is getting in on the fun with a holiday-themed Daily Dive Show, crafting events and “green” holiday tips. LEGOLAND Hotel is also decking the halls with Holiday décor and themed LEGO building contests. Holiday Snow Days continues with the annual LEGO Christmas tree lighting ceremony and celebrates the New Year with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

On Nov. 30, with the help of Santa and Golden Globe Award winning actress Jenna Elfman, the Resort’s LEGO Christmas tree officially lighted up the night during the 13th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 30-foot tall Christmas tree is created out of more than 245,000 green DUPLO® bricks and is adorned with more than 400 LEGO ornaments including special movie clapper ornaments in honor of “The LEGO® Movie 4D A New Adventure” premiering Feb. 6 at LEGOLAND California. Plus, 11 lucky kids will be selected through LEGOLAND California Resort’s Facebook page to light the LEGO Christmas tree on select nights throughout the month of December.

The celebration concludes on Dec. 31 with Kids’ New Year’s Eve, the biggest kids New Year’s celebration that lets kids to ring in 2016 without missing their bedtime! Like the famous ball dropping in Times Square, Kids’ New Year’s Eve rocks the night with musical performances by Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, Twinkle Time, The Dirty Socks Funtime Band, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players and Grammy -winning artist Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band who will perform on three stages and join in with the guests in counting down the seconds until a huge LEGO brick drops from 22-feet in the air launching a spectacular fireworks display at 6 p.m.

LEGOLAND California Resort is extending its Park hours for the winter holiday during these dates: Dec. 5, 12, 19 – 23 and 26 – 31. LEGOLAND California Resort is also offering a gift for holiday guests; through Dec. 24, 2015, select a date online to visit LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium between Nov. 21, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016 to purchase your one-day hopper ticket for only $90! All Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights activities located inside the Park are included in the price of a LEGOLAND California admission ticket.

For more Holiday Snow Days information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

 

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Dollywood Plans to Add World’s Fastest Wood Coaster for 2016

August 12, 2015

Dollywood, the themepark in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, plans to open Lightning Rod in March 2016, which it claims will be both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster. Lightning Rod adds another groundbreaking roller coaster to the park’s already impressive portfolio of world-class attractions. The thrilling $22 million ride also marks the single largest attraction investment in The Dollywood Company’s history.

Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the daring first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-ft. track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.

“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said with a laugh.

“I’m truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember,” she continued. “Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”

Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction, Lightning Rod rockets riders around its massive wooden structure on an adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood. During the ride, guests experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime. The coaster train is comprised of 12 cars, carrying two passengers each, for a total of 24 people per train.

Lightning Rod is the newest member of The Dollywood Company’s collection of award-winning attractions. In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. The company introduced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013. FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, was added at Dollywood in 2014. Dollywood mainstays Thunderhead, consistently among the world’s top five wood coasters, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury and Tennessee Tornado round out the park’s list of innovative coasters.

A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 24 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today.

Dollywood, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

For more information about Dollywood’s attractions, visit www.Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
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3rd Annual ‘Celebration of Harry Potter’ Fan Event Comes to Universal Orlando Resort Jan 29-31; Vacation Packages Go On Sale Aug 19

August 12, 2015
Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host its third annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter," a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe, Jan. 29-31, 2016 © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host its third annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe, Jan. 29-31, 2016 © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host its third annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe, Jan. 29-31, 2016. The three-day weekend event will feature an array of experiences.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo, featuring Harry Potter brand partners such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition
  • Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories

Additionally, guests will be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, and ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.

Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale at noon EST on August 19. On-site hotel packages start at $235 per adult per night and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter ” Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special guest access to panels and demonstrations. Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations, three-day park-to-park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure, a special welcome parcel and more. For complete package details, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet n Wild, a family water park.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years including new attractions, dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure.  And in 2017, Universal Orlando Resort will open Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience.

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‘Story of Disneyland’ Tourist Collectibles To Be Auctioned

February 25, 2015

 

Tourist photos are included in "The Story of Disneyland" collection to be auctioned.

Tourist photos are included in “The Story of Disneyland” collection to be auctioned.

“The Story of Disneyland,” the largest and most complete collection of Disney collectibles, is coming to auction February 28 and March 1 at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA.

With close to 1,000 pieces, “The Story of Disneyland” – with vintage tourist-related photos, souvenirs, games, toys and collectibles from Disneyland – provides an unprecedented narrative into the story of Walt Disney’s beloved Disneyland theme park. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to his expansions in Florida and beyond, this one-of-a-kind rare collection has been amassed over 30 years and includes an extraordinary glimpse into the life of Walt Disney, his close group of original Imagineers, the initial plans for Disneyland and the amazing legacy he left behind.  Collectors and fans will have the chance to experience the magic of Disneyland through the variety of items being offered while being entertained at the sheer nostalgia some of the original tourist photos from the 1960s and beyond bring to life.

Among the highly anticipated items to be auctioned are the original audio-animatronic skeleton from The Pirates of the Caribbean, an original Bob Bushman concept drawing for Tomorrowland, an original Cigar Store Indian from Frontierland and many larger scale items, the collection also offers a glimpse into tourists and visitors from an era past, a trip down memory lane through various photographs and smaller collectibles that were available in the early years of the Disneyland park.

“This collection is beyond extraordinary,” said Mike Van Eaton, Founder & President of Van Eaton Galleries. “But the breadth of this vintage collection offers every collector an opportunity to bid and own a piece of Disneyland history. It tells the story of Disneyland from the beginning like we have never seen before and I am sure we won’t ever see again.”

Highlights that will appeal to every tourist and fan of Disneyland include and a rare Upjohn Drugstore Complimentary Vitamins in a Box (Disneyland 1957) which was given away at the Upjohn Pharmacy Drugstore . The original vitamins intact and unused in original box (Estimate: $75-150),  A Fantasyland Souvenir Cigarette Box with four ashtrays (Disneyland 1955) which is a very unusual ceramic 3D cigarette box (Disneyland 1955) featuring an image of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (Estimate:$250-$350), a Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant Food Tray (Disneyland 1957) which is a rare piece from the famous restaurant and features an image of the restaurant on the front (Estimate:$800-$900), an Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House paper placement (Disneyland 1955) which is unused from the Pancake House in what is now the River Belle Terrace (Estimate $100-$200), a Submarine Voyage Bath Toy (Disneyland 1959) which is a rare toy from the opening season of the Submarine Voyage attraction (Estimate: $300-$400) and an Original Disneyland Popcorn Box (Disneyland 1956)  with simple graphics that represented the charm of iconic Disneyland design (Estimate: $200-$300).

Other Main Street tourist related items in the collection include a Randotti Haunted Mansion Souvenir Skull (Disneyland 1970s) made of solid plaster that glows in the dark (Estimate:$100-$200), a Disneyland “Tinkerbell” uncut air-freshener (Disneyland 1956) which is an unusual uncut sheet of images used for hanging in a car to freshen it featuring “Tinkerbell” holding a paper scroll with the Disneyland logo (Estimate: $150-$250), a Jimmy Stewart signed Autopia Driver’s License (Disneyland 1955) signed by the famed actor Jimmy Stewart (Estimate:$200-$400) an Art Corner Souvenir Photograph Mailer from The Jungle Cruise (Disneyland 1958) which was from the park’s section that featured plywood cut-out scenes from around the park where guests could choose a themed cartoon cut out to peek out from and have their photo taken (Estimate:$100-$200) and so many more amazing collectibles. All can be seen via the online catalogue at vegalleries.com.

Hundreds of photographs that bring along the sense of retrospective and a time gone past are available for auction in The Story of Disneyland collection. From quirky and funny to mysteriously interesting the collection of authentic tourist photos offers a story of Disneyland in and of itself. These photographs will be auctioned in group lots and feature various attractions, tourists posing in front of Disneyland landmarks and the candid shots which could only happen in the most magical place on earth – Disneyland.  There are even original photographs showing Walt Disney himself in the park or at various points of building and planning Disneyland.

 

THE STORY OF DISNEYLAND COLLECTION

Van Eaton Galleries

13613 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

(818) 788-2357
PUBLIC EXHIBITION DATES:

February 7 through February 27, 2015

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays

 

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION:
February 28, 2015 11 a.m. PST

Session 2 March 1, 2015 11 a.m. PST

 

HOW TO BID:

Register at http://www.vegalleries.com/storyofdisneyland.html
Online at http://www.icollector.com or through http://www.vegalleries.com/storyofdisneyland.html
The Story of Disneyland Collection Exclusive Catalogs may be purchased at http://www.vegalleries.com
Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s premier original animation and art and collectibles galleries. Established in 1994, the gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans and guests from around the globe.  Van Eaton Galleries has offered such collections as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, The Art of Gris Grimly, The Art of Ragnar and animation artwork from Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera, and Don Bluth. For more information go to http://www.vegalleries.com.

 

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Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Williamsburg VA Launch Online Offer for Free Pass for 3-5 year Olds

February 9, 2014

Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA®  in Williamsburg, Virginia, are making it extremely affordable for parents with young children to visit, using a Free 2-Park Preschool Pass. Through this online-only offer children ages 3 to 5 can get a preschool pass this spring and enjoy unlimited admission to both Virginia parks through Sept. 1.

Busch Gardens offers more than 50 KIDsiderate® attractions, including Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons®, which are celebrating big anniversaries this spring. Kid-sized roller coasters like Grover’s Alpine Express at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA’s Kritter Korral™ are among the can’t miss kid-friendly attractions waiting for families to enjoy this spring.

Visit http://www.buschgardens.com/bgwpreschoolpass before May 31 to register for a Free 2-Park Preschool Pass. Proof of the child’s age is required at the time the passes are redeemed and the passes must be redeemed at either park by May 31, 2014. Children ages 2 and younger receive complimentary admission and do not need to register.

Visit http://www.buschgardens.com/bgwpreschoolpass for complete details.

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Palace Entertainment Parks Collect Donations for Red Cross Oklahoma Tornadoes Relief Fund

May 24, 2013

In light of the recent tornadoes that occurred in Moore, Oklahoma this past week, all Palace Entertainment parks will collect donations on behalf of the Red Cross for the Tornado Relief fund.  Guests will be able to make donations at registers upon entering the park beginning Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, June 2.  All donations will be sent directly to the American Red Cross for the Oklahoma Disaster Fund specifically.

“We know people want to help and don’t always know how.  This is our way to facilitate.  Guests can donate as little as $1, every little bit we can collect will help the victims in the Moore community,” said Palace Entertainment President and CEO, Fernando Eiroa.

Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 amusement parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Raging Waters, Kennywood, Idlewild, Boomers, Speedzone and Story Land. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US.  For more information, or for a park nearest your location, visit palaceentertainment.com.

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Busch Gardens offers Prize of Free Landscaping in Facebook Sweepstakes

March 2, 2013

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s’ team of expert horticulturalists will take their shovels, mulch, flowers and their creativity on the road this spring for  the Busch Gardens’ Landscaping Giveaway. For the first time ever, Facebook fans will choose one lucky winner to have their yard landscaped by the same team responsible for Busch Gardens’ award-winning beauty. For the past 22 years Busch Gardens has won the “Most Beautiful Park” award from the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The giveaway starts today, March 1. To enter and to vote, visit the Busch Gardens’ Facebook page at facebook.com/buschgardens. The winner will be notified on March 18. The giveaway is open to legal residents of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC and Delaware.

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iPlay America Announces New Admission Prices, Promotion Specials and Holiday Hours

December 21, 2011

iPlay America, an innovative indoor theme park located in Freehold, N.J., announced its new pricing structure for guests to enjoy the upscale facility for an economy-friendly price. In addition, iPlay America will offer weekly specials on Sundays through Thursdays.

iPlay America now offers an iPass, which grants entrance to the facility for $4.95 and includes a $5.00 iPA card that can be used throughout the park towards food, games, rides, or attractions. For those guests who are ready to play, a Danny’s Pass is available for $20 which includes complimentary admission fee, a $5 bonus play card and a $20 iPA card that can be used for any and all of the park’s features and activities, including Cosmic Battle laser tag, 4-D theatre, games, rides, iPA Speedway go karts and restaurants. There is also a smaller scaled pass called the iPass which includes complimentary admission and a $5 iPA game card.

In addition to Danny’s Pass and the iPass, iPlay America is offering other larger scaled pass deals:

  • · The iRide deal includes complimentary admission and unlimited rides on: Kite Flyer, SkyScraper, Spin Zone, Happy Swing, Jump Around, Dizzy Dragons, Just iKidz and the 4D Theater. This is available for $17.95 Monday through Thursday and $26.95 Friday through Sunday.
  • · The iRide Plus, a step up from the iRide deal, includes all elements in the iRide deal in addition to complimentary admission, one Cosmic Battle play and one ride on the iPA Speedway. On Monday through Thursday this deal is available for $25.95 and on Friday through Sunday it’s available for $36.95.
  • · The Power Play Pass includes all elements of the iRide Plus deal in addition to a Danny Pass and complimentary admission. This pass is available for $39.95 on Monday through Thursday and $54.95 on Friday through Sunday.
  • · The Laser Tag deal includes unlimited Cosmic Battle play and complimentary admission. This is available only Monday through Thursday for $21.95.
  • · The Go Karts deal includes unlimited iPA Speedway rides and complimentary admission. This is only available on Monday through Thursday as well as on Sunday from 6 p.m. to close for $14.95.

All monetary value is kept on the iPA cards that are easily swiped for use so that guests do not have to worry about carrying cash around the park.

“We encourage guests to come to iPlay America not only on the weekends but on all days of the week. The daily weekday promotions will inspire people to break up their week by enjoying a fun-filled afternoon or evening at iPlay America,” said Marcy Edwards, Director of Marketing and Promotions.

iPlay America also debuted new food and fun deals for guests:

  • · At City Square Grill on Monday through Thursday you can get your choice of a 10” cheese pizza or an order of wings, a large fountain beverage, $4 Mixx voucher, $15 bonus play card and complimentary admission for $19.95.
  • · At Sonny’s you can get a hot dog, regular order of fries, a large fountain beverage, $4 Mixx voucher, $15 bonus play card and complimentary admission for $19.95.

Any of these above food and fun deals can be combined with the iRide deal for $34.95 and the iRide Plus deal for $41.95 from Monday to Thursday.

Additionally, during this holiday season, iPlay America will have extended hours:

  • · Friday, December 23rd the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • · Saturday, December 24th the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • · Sunday, December 25th the park will be closed.
  • · From Monday, December 26th to Thursday, December 29th the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • · Friday, December 30th the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • · Saturday, December 31st the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will reopen at 8 p.m. for the New Year’s Eve Celebration until 1 a.m.
  • · Sunday, January 1st and Monday, January 2nd the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After January 2, 2012 iPlay America will operate at its normal winter hours.

No matter what day of the week you choose to experience iPlay America, there will be great deals and plenty of fun to be had. This one-of-a-kind indoor theme park will exceed your expectations and will have you and your family wanting to come back every day of the week. A detailed list of hours and admission packages can be viewed at www.iPlayAmerica.com.

About iPlay America and Encore Event Center:

iPlay America and Encore Event Center is an entirely new entertainment and event concept opening in Freehold, N.J. iPlay America and Encore is among the most ambitious, exciting and upscale family entertainment and event centers anywhere. Constructed with theme park inspired detail and boardwalk styling, iPlay America offers an incredible variety of rides and entertainment, games and attractions geared to all ages.

Encore Event Center offers guests a unique venue for life’s milestone events including weddings, birthday parties, and bar mitzvahs as well as corporate meetings, team building events and celebrations. The venue’s centerpiece is a 12,000-square-foot multi-purpose event facility that can accommodate up to 1200 guests or meeting attendees, and smaller gatherings are served through luxury VIP suites and two expansive banquet rooms. Encore creates a distinct experience for any special occasion or celebration.

For more information about iPlay America and Encore, visit www.iPlayAmerica.com, or call 732-577-8200.

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