Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ask Shamu!

Why is Shamu black and white?

The coloration of killer whales may enhance their ability to hunt. Killer whales are counter-shaded; they are dark on their dorsal surface andwhite on their ventral surface. The dark side blends in with the murky ocean depths when viewed from above. The light ventral side blends in with the lightersurface of the sea when seen from below. The result is that prey have a difficult time seeing a contrast between the counter-shaded killer whale and the environment.

In addition, killer whales have disruptive coloration, a camouflage in which the color pattern of an animal contradicts the animal's body shape. In the flickering, filtered sunlight of the sea, other animals may not recognize a killer whale as a potential threat.
You can purchase tickets to visit Shamu and friends at SeaWorld by going to
Source: SeaWorld
Posted by: Michael Crandell

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Tickets available for select nights at Kissimmee Guest Services

Kissimmee Guest Services is pleased to announce that for the very first time tickets will be available from for select nights of Disney's "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" at the Magic Kingdom Park.

Tickets are available from Kissimmee Guest Services for the following dates:

November 10, 11, 16, 20, 2008.

To obtain the special pricing of $41.00 adult and $35.00 per child (prices exclude tax) please click on the following link:

We also have specials available for the following premium dates: November 14, 21 and December 4, 2008. Those prices are $46.00 adult and $40.00 per child (prices exclude tax) please click on the following link:

Join in this festive extravaganza sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Be enchanted by the all new Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and thrilled by the fireworks spectacular, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.

This sensational celebration features:
*Castle Dream Lights
*Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
*Live Disney Character stage shows
*Character greetings throughout the Park
*Complimentary Cookies and hot cocoa
*Snow on Main Street, U.S.A.

Plus, you get use of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is everything you love about Christmas plus the unforgettable fantasy of the Magic Kingdom® Park.

Please call us at 1-877-273-5636 or visit us on the web at




Monday, October 13, 2008

It's a boy at Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Male giraffe born at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A male giraffe named Bonsu was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Sept. 28.

The calf weighed more than 150 pounds and measured more than 6 feet tall, which is a little larger than the average size of a newborn giraffe.

Bonsu is the second calf born to adult female Nikki. Her first calf was Rori, who resides at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Bonsu is expected to join Rori there in the coming months.

Bonsu is the latest animal birth celebrated at the theme park. Earlier this year, the park welcomed a male elephant named Tsavo in June.

"We are very excited and extremely fortunate for the success of our giraffe breeding program," said Giraffe Keeper Amy Schulz.

Source: Walt Disney World Company

Posted by: Michael Crandell

Friday, October 10, 2008

Old Town 2008

Tim and Mike (two KGS employees) braved the Leap Frog ride at Kissimmee's Old Town.
Although the kids loved it....

Mike and Tim?

Not so Much!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's a girl!


It's a girl! Discovery Cove's lesser anteater, Cypress, is now a proud mom to the first baby anteater born at the park. The new bundle of joy was born September 16, via the first c-section our vets have ever done on an anteater. Since then, the little girl has been doing well under the intensive care of our animal training staff. 

When the new mom initially showed little interest in the newborn, our animal trainers quickly stepped in to help. They provided the tiny baby additional supplemental bottle feedings around the clock (every four hours) and slowly began introducing the two together. Now nursing full-time, the baby is tipping the scales at less than one pound and is more than 5 inches long. She now spends her days nursing, resting and bonding with mom.

To view a video of the new baby and mom, click here:

Tickets for Discovery Cove can be purchased by going to


Howl-O-Scream 2008 Proves That
Evil Has a New Face… Two to be Exact

Florida’s top-rated Halloween event debuts
a new kind of nightmare with launch of

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks off its ninth season of gut-wrenching scares with the launch of the Howl-O-Scream 2008 website,, and the introduction of exciting new VIP Fear Tour packages, horrifying new haunted houses, and the new faces of evil itself – the lovely Raven Twins. For 17 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2008 will prove that not all nightmares happen while you sleep. 

Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event, priced at $64.95. The event runs select Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during October: Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Howl-O-Scream 2008’s new haunted houses will tease your deepest, darkest fears like never before…

NEW!  Reconstruction: The Doctor Is In – A mad reconstructive surgeon has set up shop, putting human parts back together with mechanical pieces and combining flesh, bone and steel in the most hideous ways.
NEW!  Death Row Vengeance – The inmates at Grey Echo Penitentiary are slated for execution, and they blame you. With their last breath, they curse those who do nothing to save them from the electric chair or lethal injection and vow to haunt those who watched them suffer. Will you make it out alive when they come back to make good on their dying promise?

Some of the most demented houses ever are back by popular demand with some horrible new twists… 13: Eat Your Heart Out, Taste of Blood, Trapped in the Walls, and After Hours – Last Call.

Scare Zones – Eternal Midnight, Zonbie Junction, Wicked Woods

NEW in 2008, you never know where your next scare is preparing to pounce. Just when you thought you were safe, Howl-O-Scream doubles the horror with roaming hordes of clowns, zombies, monsters and more taking their terror to the streets and sneaking up on unsuspecting victims. Who’s watching your back?

After braving bone-chilling coasters in the dark such as SheiKra, Montu, Gwazi and Kumba, you can catch your breath at three twisted live shows:

NEW!  One Wild Night – When a young couple breaks into an abandoned wax museum to steal the perfect costumes, they find themselves at the mercy of the true spirits of Halloween. With “Trick” and “Treat” as their witching-hour escorts, the couple soon learns that it only takes one wild night to change your life forever.  

NEW!  Killer Klownz – All the world loves a clown, but these bloodthirsty bozos are a different breed…  and they want you to join them. Just try to escape as the Killer Klownz reach out into the audience to draw you into their sinister spectacle and turn you into one of their own.

Fiends – Is there a doctor in the house?  These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink."

Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit or call 1-888-800-5447.


Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year's event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.

Purchase tickets for your day at Busch Gardens at

Halloween Spooktacular!

Seaworld’s Underwater “Fantasea” COMES TO LIFE

for Four Weekends in October

From pumpkin fishes to friendly sea witches, Halloween meets the sea this October during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, carving an underwater “fantasea” where children can dance with an ice DJ, learn from a school of fish, and play with a sea fairy.  Offering more than 2 million pieces of trick-or-treat sweets, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular uniquely brings children’s “fantaseas” to life with enchanted pathways and charming sea creatures, providing the utmost in family-friendly trick-or-treating.   

Dates: October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-26 and 31, and is included in a single day’s park admission. The event begins each day at 11 a.m.

Spooktacular Highlights Include:

Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets – Using their Spooktacular maps, costumed youngsters can search for hidden “fantasea” treasures at more than a dozen different stations, all featuring an array of sweet treats.  New for this year is a healthy choice: Chiquita® Mini’s ™ - a sweeter tasting banana that's just the right size! 

Frozen Fun Zone – An ice DJ will melt the ice during a Spooktacular celebration sure to heat up the area with interactive games and activities.

Strolling Entertainment – Gummy Worm Wanda, Salt Water Taffy, and Swedish Fish Suzy are among the 35 fanciful sea creatures that will once again join the “Spook-tastic” fun, welcoming trick-or-treaters as they stroll through colorful, playful schools of pumpkin fish.

Tickets for SeaWorld and other great Orlando area attractions can be purchased at