inline imageAMC’s The Walking Dead will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series take a bite out of Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday 18th September.

Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows.

Following in the footsteps of The Walking Dead cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.

“I couldn't be more delighted to continue and expand The Walking Dead universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show," said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for The Walking Dead. "Halloween Horror Nights is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”

“We love giving fans of The Walking Dead as many ways as possible to experience the series, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating once again with the teams at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando on these mazes that really bring the intensity of the show to life,” said Theresa Beyer, senior vice president of promotion, activation and partnerships for AMC. “We’re excited to have fans come face to face with some of the most memorable and shocking scenes of season 5.”

Universal Orlando’s “The Walking Dead” maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens. The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this year’s maze – even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.

“We’ve been fortunate to recreate many horrific moments over the past few years, and as the series raises its own bar every season, so have we with our environments, said Michael Aiello, Director of Creative Development for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “Faithfully representing season 5 has brought with it all-new elements, and we will literally place our guests in the lead role as they escape hordes of walkers.”

This year, when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces the all-original “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of Halloween Horror Nights. This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.

“Just like the fans who wait anxiously for the next episode or season return of The Walking Dead, this phenom of a show has become a Halloween Horror Nights tradition and our guests look forward to a new ‘Walking Dead’ maze each year,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “We’re fortunate to have the expertise of the show’s creative team working collaboratively with us to create an authentic living representation of the series, and for fans, our maze experience is the next best thing to living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.”

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate in extreme Halloween events. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims of their own horror movie. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are constructed throughout the event, inspired by iconic slasher films, hit horror movies and television series or hauntingly real original stories. Numerous scare zones also infiltrate Halloween Horror Nights, designed to provoke an unrelenting sense of fear and terrorise guests as they navigate the darkness from one frightening maze to another.

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inline imageFollowing complaints that UK customers are being charged more for ticket deals that other countries, Disneyland Paris may face an investigation over it's pricing policy.

The Financial Times newspaper reportedly said UK customers were paying 15% more for one day tickets. The newspaper reported that in some cases French shoppers were paying €1,346 (£952) for a top ticket deal, while British visitors were charged €1,870 (£1,323).

Under EU rules prices can be varied according to nationality if there are objective reasons. Disneyland Paris says that its promotions in local markets are based on booking patterns and school holidays.

The Financial Times Link Here

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inline imageA Night of Blockbusting Burgers
Dine on a mouthwatering menu full of incredible burgers and party to some of the best music of the century!

Dance the night away and enjoy specialty sliders created by our Chefs. These tantalizing burgers and beverages are inspired by recording artists who have left their mark on the world of potables. And while you enjoy these scrumptious treats, a DJ spins their best tracks. Find "your" burger, "your" drink, "your" music, and then vote on your favorite burger of the night!

All of this in a dazzling setting created just for you at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

And on October 8, 2015, for one night only, don’t miss the Emmy-winning talent from the daytime hit The Chew as your block party hosts!

Rockin’ Burger Block Party
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
September 25, October 8 and November 6, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$99-$199 per Guest

Plus tax; gratuity included. Admission to Epcot is required and not included in event price. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Special Ways to Party
Choose reserved seating or a VIP Nosh Pit to make the most of your rockin’ night!

Nosh Pit Seating – Block Party VIP style!
This premium experience includes a private reserved table, entrance in to the World ShowPlace Event Pavilion at 6:45 PM, specialty cocktail toast to start the party, premium bar and more!

Limited Availability
Check-in at Nosh Pit check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Nosh Pit seating: $199 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Reserved Seating
Rock out at a reserved table on the main floor! This experience includes entrance to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion at 6:45pm and a specialty cocktail toast to start the party!

Limited availability
Check-in at Nosh Pit check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Reserved Seating: $119 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot® admission required.

Rockin’ Burger Block Party
Rock out as you enjoy all of the food, drink and music that the Rockin' Burger Block Party has to offer! Limited seating is available to sip and dine your way through the night!

Check-in at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
General Admission: $99 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot® admission required.

Reservations start July 30, 2015 to book your spot at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party—taking place on select days September 27 through November 15, 2015!

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inline imageFriday 6th November 2015 marks the return of the popular seasonal attraction known as the Osborne Lights.

Park visitors can experience the spectacle from around 6pm to 8pm or later depending on park closing times. The nightly entertainment will end on the 3rd January 2016. (Show times do vary so please check on theDIBB Park Hours)

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights brightens the Streets of America area in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida, with a dazzling display of trees, spinning carousels, 3-D and motion-based displays.

Delight in the flying angels, toy soldiers and giant Santa Claus light creations all strung along the high rise strewn backlot cityscape, featuring 'Made With Magic'.

Become part of the show. Purchase ear hats and other items that glow in sync with The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!

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inline imageGuests can now be among the first to book reservations for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall, the new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms to 5,200.

Guests will be captivated by a vivid retreat that evokes a free-spirited, Caribbean sense of ease with a modern yet timeless feel. The unforgettable island escape will feature Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, zero-entry pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.

Dining options will include Amatista Cookhouse, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining; Strong Water Tavern, a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s towering waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu; Drhum Club Kantine, a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails; New Dutch Trading Co., a quick-service marketplace; and 24-hour room service.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will offer incredible guest benefits, including:

  • Early theme park admission
  • Complimentary water taxi service and shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with their room key
  • And more!

Opening Dates: Summer 2016; reservations being accepted for stays beginning July 14, 2016.

Style: Inspired by the free-spirited sense of ease found in the Caribbean, the hotel is reminiscent of a historic island retreat.

Rooms: 1,000 guest rooms, including more than 80 suites, each with a tasteful, relaxed design.

Unique Amenities: Highlights include a 16,000-square foot zero entry pool with a white sand beach, water slide, fire pit, interactive water play area and game room.

Dining: Caribbean-inspired, full-service restaurant with open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining; a tapas-style rum-themed lobby lounge; and pool bar and grill.







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inline imageGround-breaking new research is being conducted with killer whales at SeaWorld California to assess the dynamics of persistent organic pollutant (POP) transfer from female killer whales to their calves during gestation and lactation.

It is hoped that the results of this multi-year study will help scientists understand how pollutant transfer impacts the endangered Southern Resident population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. The salmon that the Southern Resident group feeds on is known to have higher levels of contaminants.

Dr. Dawn Noren, a research fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, is studying milk and blood serum samples from Kalia, a lactating killer whale at SeaWorld who gave birth to a calf in December 2014. By analysing these samples, Noren will be able to assess the transfer of contaminants in milk from females to their calves during lactation. Blood samples from Kalia’s calf, Amaya, are also being analysed.


The high levels of persistent organic pollutants in the endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest may be having a harmful impact on this distinct killer whale population. Blubber samples have been collected from free-ranging Southern Resident killer whales to quantify contaminant levels in individual whales in previous studies and it is known that levels of pollutant in salmon in the Pacific Northwest are increased but there are no empirical data on how body burdens change in killer whale females and calves during gestation and lactation.


The organic pollutants, which include Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethanes (DDTs), Polychlorinated biphenys (PCBs) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), have been linked to reduced immune system efficiency and reproductive failure in other wild animal species. These compounds are transferred from mothers to their offspring during gestation and lactation and have heath implications, particularly to first-born offspring who may receive higher concentrations of pollutants through maternal transfer.

“The dynamics of pollutant transfer over the course of lactation have been studied in live pinnipeds, but are less understood in cetaceans,” said Noren. “Because the life history patterns of pinnipeds differ from cetaceans, studies conducted on cetaceans, specifically killer whales, are warranted.”

“We are aiming to determine when the bulk of contaminants are transferred from the mother to her calf during a one-year lactation period and estimate the proportion of the female’s contaminant body burden transferred to her calf during this period,” said Noren. “We also want to quantify pollutant levels circulating in the blood of the female and calf to assess when during the lactation period young wild killer whales and their mothers might be most susceptible to health effects from contaminant exposure.”

Noren’s research is a crucial, first-of-its-kind study to directly assess contaminant transfer from female killer whales to their calves as well as determining circulating pollutant levels. Repeated access to healthy killer whales at SeaWorld over the course of lactation in a controlled and safe environment is the only way Noren’s research is possible.

“Our killer whales have been trained to participate in their own husbandry care which allows us to assist researchers in a variety of important scientific studies,” said Dr. Todd Schmitt, SeaWorld California’s senior veterinarian. “In the case of this study, even though the pollutant levels in SeaWorld killer whales are lower than that of the Resident whales due to their distinct diets, the results of this study can still be used to develop a clearer picture of the contaminant transfer process from females to their calves.”

While the intent is to gather data from multiple killer whale mothers and calves at SeaWorld over the next several years, the initial information acquired from this study with Kalia can be incorporated into future models that predict contaminant levels in individual whales and will inform risk assessments of pollutant-related health issues to wild Southern Resident killer whales.

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inline imagePrince Harry announces that Orlando, Florida, is the host city for the next Invictus Games in 2016

The Invictus Games which is an international sporting event for injured military members, will be held at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

More than 400 competitors are expected to compete in 10 sports -- archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

The Wide World event is scheduled for May 8-12, 2016. It will feature injured active-duty and veteran service members.

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