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NICK HOTEL CELEBRATES FIFTH BIRTHDAY WITH FIVE NEW REASONS TO STAY
Nickelodeon Suites Resort…For the SLIME of your Life

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 25, 2010) – Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the only hotel of its kind in the world, is celebrating its fifth birthday with five new reasons for you to take the Ultimate Nickelodeon Vacation. In celebration of the occasion, the hotel is rolling out these FIVE new interactive attractions:

• New Studio Nick LIVE Shows: Slime Time Live and Sponge Bob’s Krabby Patty Celebration!
• Code 9 Teen Lounge: A hotspot hangout dedicated entirely to teens. It’s a great place to relax, listen to music, play video games and make new friends.
• Splat Pack Dinner: New dining experience in Nicktoons Café. It’s dinner with a side of wacky antics served up by the Splat Pack, our wildly hilarious and one-of-a kind improv group!
• Meet our new residents: Thrill-seeking action girl and SpongeBob’s favorite gal pal, Sandy Cheeks and Nickelodeon’s resident Boy Genius himself, Jimmy Neutron.
• Two new 4-D Movies: Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure – A high-speed journey geared towards our little guests and one you can’t see anywhere else in Florida. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie at Happy Feet 4-D.

“Our guests have been a big part of our success over the last five years and we are excited to celebrate our fifth birthday with them,” said Jim Struna, director of marketing and revenue management for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. “Nick Hotel is all about fun and families and we are thrilled to be unveiling these new attractions on property.”

As part of Nick Hotel’s birthday celebration, special Celebrate! Vacation Packages will be available to guests including; a complete in suite celebration including pizza, balloons and of course, cake as well as keepsake lanyards and card inserts to personalize and share their reason to celebrate!

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Ride Coasters in the Dark, Stay for an Awesome Night-Time Finale

TAMPA, Fla. (May 28, 2010) — Busch Gardens amps up the fun in 2010 during Summer Nights with MORE contemporary entertainment, MORE special effects and MORE reasons to stay and play each night from June 11 through Aug. 15. This year, the rides are even wilder and, each night, Busch Gardens goes out with a big, rock-style bang when Kinetix explodes onto the stage in Gwazi Park at 9 p.m.

Kinetix brings together live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world for an original, non-stop 30-minute contemporary rock experience that delivers awesome lighting effects, modern music and high-energy performances.

Also in 2010, Busch Gardens’ world-class rides are amplified with pulsating sights and sounds to intensify each experience. Thrill rides, such as SheiKra, incorporate strobe lights, black lights, music and other special effects for an even bigger thrill. Even the carousel is amped up with a disco ball, and the Serengeti Express is aglow as it chugs around the park.

Jeff Civillico returns to Marrakesh Theater with his amazing blend of comedy, juggling, balancing, athleticism and audience participation. On July 3 and 4, catch an illuminating fireworks display at Busch Gardens.

DJs up the energy each night throughout the park, playing party songs and inviting families to dance and play along. Every Friday and Saturday night, guests can bust their most impressive moves in the Dance Challenge. The best dancers will be selected throughout Friday and Saturday nights to compete in a dance off at 7 p.m. in Desert Grill – three rounds that challenge them to a variety of dance styles. First place winners each night receive 4 tickets to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island or SeaWorld.

Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Summer Nights is included with a day’s paid admission or any annual pass.

While you’re at Busch Gardens, discover all that the park has to offer this summer – day and night. That includes Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a new sunny, funny play land filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun and plenty of memorable adventures. Dip and dive through the desert on Air Grover junior coaster. Climb and play in Elmo’s Treehouse Trek. Splash and refresh in Bert and Ernie’s fun-filled water play area. Watch your Sesame Street friends in African-inspired shows. In Sesame Street Safari of Fun, imaginations run wild, and there’s fun or everyone.

Also new is Walkabout Way, where guests can encounter unique animals indigenous to the Land Down Under. Hand feed kangaroos and free-roaming wallabies in Kangaloom during scheduled feedings throughout the day. Laugh along with a kookaburra and other Australian birds in the free-flight aviary, The Kookaburra’s Nest

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ORLANDO, Fla. (May 18, 2010) –- This summer at SeaWorld, the nights are cooler and the atmosphere is hotter! SeaWorld AfterDark transforms daytime favorites into nighttime spectacles.

SeaWorld AfterDark showcases the park in a whole new light, with a nighttime rock n’ roll extravaganza, a high-energy Shamu show, a hilarious sea lion show and a mystifying fireworks finale. That’s in addition to being able to experience all that’s awesome day and night, like Manta, up-close animal encounters and spectacular shows. SeaWorld AfterDark begins May 29 and continues through August 15.

Whether day or night, SeaWorld is the place to be this summer for a one-of-a-kind experience, including:

MANTA
Experience what it’s like to spin, glide, skim and fly with the largest of rays when riding Manta – by moonlight, an even more extraordinary sensation. A seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down flying roller coaster thrill ride, Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create.

SHAMU ROCKS
Shamu Rocks is a spectacular rock ’n roll killer whale show that wows audiences of all ages. This show is a high-energy concert of unprecedented proportions, combining awe-inspiring killer whales with a stunning light show and music from some of the hottest rock stars in the industry.

SEA LIONS TONITE
SeaWorld’s popular sea lion comedic duo takes the laughs into the night. Hilarious hijinks ensue in this evening show as the park’s talented sea lions, otters and walrus parody other favorite SeaWorld shows and attractions.

REFLECTIONS: FIREWORKS AND FOUNTAIN SHOW FINALE
SeaWorld comes to life in a spectacular celebration of soaring fountains and dazzling fireworks. Through the thrilling and inspirational music of SeaWorld’s most popular shows, families and friends will experience a wondrous connection that lights the night like never before

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At the edge of the pool, 9-year-old Rebecca Borcelian leaps into the water, clambering into the shoulders of Dr. Chad Perlyn. Perlyn swims around the Orlando hotel pool, ferrying Rebecca on his back.

Meanwhile, a gaggle of 17 laughing, splashing Haitian children surround Perlyn, their pied piper. When he heads toward the giant water slide at the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel, the kids – some with scars that bisect their hairlines, one with an amputated arm, others with less obvious wounds – follow.

The kids, who have spent the past five months being treated at Miami Children’s Hospital and living in extended-stay hotels, arrived in Orlando on Wednesday for a treat: their first vacation.

“Today is about stopping being patients and started to be kids again,” said Perlyn, a plastic surgeon who, along with a team of doctors and nurses from Miami Children’s Hospital, was among the first medical teams in Haiti after the nation’s devastating earthquake in January.

There’s cause for celebration. Five months ago, the 17 children arrived in the United States in terrible condition. One had gaping facial wounds infected with maggots; Rebecca developed an infection from a flesh-eating bacteria. Some children had severely broken limbs and doctors discovered another child had undiagnosed leukemia.

On Wednesday, they were just like the other kids at the hotel pool.

“In Haiti, you encounter one obstacle after another,” Perlyn said. “We just wanted one day where the water slide is their biggest obstacle.”

So Perlyn and a team of nurses have brought the children to Orlando – where they will spend two days splashing in pools and heading to Universal Orlando. For the children, whose only experience has been in Haiti or in a hospital and hotel rooms in Miami, the sights are unfathomable.

“I haven’t ever seen anything like it,” said 9-year-old Exais Peterson, looking around at the Nickelodeon pool, where a team of entertainers douses people with green slime – and where Sponge Bob rules over the pool. Asked what he likes most about his vacation, Peterson, through a translator, said, “everything!”

Each child has his or her own devastating experience. Exais – whose family calls him Peterson – was watching television with his cousin when the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince. The ceiling collapsed on them, killing Peterson’s cousin and burying him in mounds of rubble. After four days, neighbors dug Peterson out of the wreckage and took the boy to a nearby convent. There, he was given first aid, then sent home.

Days later, when his mother brought him to the University of Miami’s makeshift field hospital, Perlyn unwrapped the boy’s bandages and discovered hundreds of maggots. “He lost most of his cheek and scalp,” Perlyn said. “His whole body was infected.”

Perlyn operated on him four times in Haiti, then Peterson and his mother were flown to Miami, where he underwent seven more operations.

Today, Peterson’s story has a happy ending. Though his left ear is missing its lower lobe and his cheek looks pockmarked, he is healthy and well. And thrilled to be dashing about in the pool.

The doctors and staff at Miami Children’s Hospital decided that Peterson and his fellow patients deserved a break from their hospital routines and dubbed the two-day trip “The Haiti to Orlando Adventure.”

Each child and a parent or relative, along with a team of hospital staffers, boarded a bus in Miami on Wednesday morning for the trip. Universal Studios donated tickets to the group and the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel provided complimentary rooms. Wal-Mart donated bathing suits for each child and the remaining expenses were paid by donations to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Yet on this trip, everyone has a chance to think about something other than hospitals.

“For many of them, this is the first time out of their hotel rooms,” said Carolyn Domina, a nurse who first met the patients in Haiti and volunteered to chaperone this trip. “You can see the joy on their faces.”

To see pictures and see the full article please go to http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/os-haiti-orlando-adventure-20100512,0,1428104.story

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TRAIN, PITBULL, ROB THOMAS AND MORE TO ROCK THE STAGE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S 2010 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Six-Night Series Features Live Performances by Seven of Music’s Most Popular Artists

Florida Residents Can Take Advantage of a Variety of Value-Driven Summer Offers

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 5, 2010) – Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series is returning to Universal Studios this June with more concerts and top-name musical talent than before. Starting June 12 and running every Saturday night through July 17, guests can top off their day of thrills in the parks with an exciting concert by a multi-platinum selling artist.

This year’s Summer Concert Series lineup showcases some of music’s most popular superstars. Each artist has scored top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, sold millions of albums worldwide and produced some of today’s most recognizable songs. Headliners include Train – the voice behind the international hit, “Hey, Soul Sister;” Pitbull – the hip-hop/reggaeton artist known as “Mr. 305;” Pat Benatar – one of the top-selling female artists of all time; Rob Thomas – the front man of award-winning rock band Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows – the chart-topping band whose songs have appeared in films like Shrek 2 and Clueless.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 2010 LINEUP
June 12 ~ Train
June 19 ~ Pitbull
June 26 ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
July 3 ~ Pat Benatar & REO Speedwagon
July 10 ~ Rob Thomas
July 17 ~ Counting Crows

All concerts will take place at the Music Plaza, the state-of-the-art outdoor music venue located in front of the new Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios.

Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series is included with admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of a variety of offers to make the most of their summer experience at Universal Orlando.

FLORIDA RESIDENT SUMMER OFFERS
- 2-Park Annual Power Pass
• Access to all seven Summer Concert Series performances
• Admission to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for an entire year (limited blockout dates apply)
• $139.99 plus tax
• Available at www.universalorlando.com

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