Fun Spot America welcomes Gatorland Attraction to International Drive Location

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Fun Spot America and Gatorland, two of Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, are teaming up to open Gator Spot, a new attraction that will bring some of Gatorland’s world famous animals to the International Drive tourism district in Orlando.

Here are highlights from the ground breaking ceremony

Gator Spot will be 15,000 square feet of unique central Florida fun. It will features the rarest of white alligators, the leucistic gator (not albino), along with pools of Florida Alligators and Crocodiles. As at the original Gatorland, there will be up-close encounters and photo opportunities as well.

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“The Gator Spot at Fun Spot America Theme Parks is estimated to cost more than $1 million and will be the only location on I-Drive to showcase alligators up to 12 feet,” said a statement. Those are some of Gatorland’s largest gators. Continue reading

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads to Cast Members

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It’s like the B-movie villain that just won’t die, Disneyland just can’t escape the clutches of the Measles outbreak. It started in late December when a guest who carried the disease visited the park. Since then, dozens of cases have popped up tied to that guest and now, some of those cases are Disneyland cast members.

According to the park, five employees have been diagnosed with measles in the last week. Disneyland is asking all employees who could possibly have had contact with those five to provide vaccination records or otherwise show immunity (usually a blood test to show antibodies). If they can’t prove vaccination, they’ll be given paid-leave until their status can be confirmed.

In a statement from Disneyland Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said:

“As soon as the OC Health Care Agency notified us on January 7, we immediately began to communicate to our Cast to raise awareness. In an abundance of caution, we also offered vaccinations and immunity tests.”

Sounds like Disneyland and California health officials have their work cut out for them corralling this outbreak.

The good news is that if you’ve had the vaccine for measles, you’re probably not in danger of catching the disease. Visit the CDC’s page on Measles if you have any questions. They have a good section for travelers.

Update: The California Public Health Department has also issued some suggestions in a press release related to the measles outbreak.

What’s really frightening is that 2014 saw three times as many cases of Measles than in 2013 and more than 10 times the cases in 2012. Measles spreads easily when it reaches a community where groups of people are un-vaccinated. Which is likely the cause of this outbreak. There were 23 total outbreaks in 2014, so Disneyland is just unlucky to have on land on Mickey’s Doorstep.

Even with the 60th anniversary celebration right around the corner, I think it’s too early for Disneyland to panic, but that time may come soon if the outbreak is not put down.

How do you feel Disneyland has been handling this potential health and marketing crisis?

(photo courtesy Disneyland. Paul Hiffmeyer Photographer)

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Marvel News Round Up: Comics Edition

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With Agent Carter taking a break this week, I thought we’d turn to the comics to see what Marvel has been up to lately.

First off, Marvel introduced a new S.H.I.E.L.D. comic title that stars Agent Coulson. And, while the comic doesn’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it does introduce characters like Agent May and Fitz-Simmons to the main Marvel universe. What I love about this title (aside from getting more Agent Coulson) is that, though there is an over-arching mystery to be solved, each issue tells a self-contained story.

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Marvel also kicks off the year of Star Wars by releasing the first of three Star Wars titles. Star Wars #1 hit shelves last week, reuniting us with some of our favorite characters. Next month begins the Darth Vader series and after that comes the Princess Leia series. For now, they all take place in between Episodes IV and V just after the destruction of the Death Star. The art is good and they nailed the characters perfectly. I could hear their voices in my head as I was reading it.

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I’m looking forward to following both of these series.

If you thought that Disney’s synergy couldn’t go any farther, between the Disney Kingdom series, Star Wars, S.H.I.E.L.D. spin off and ESPN documentaries, just wait.

This week on Twitter, Marvel has begun to tease a new project:

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Yep. It looks like Marvel is about to tackle Storybrooke. This isn’t the first time Marvel has released a story based on Once Upon A Time. Back in 2013, they released a stand alone graphic novel called, Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen but I wonder if this time they will introduce an ongoing series.

What do you think? If you’re a comic reader, are you going to follow any of these titles? If you’re not a comic reader, do any of these titles entice you to start?

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Instapic: Maleficent treats from DHS Beverly Sunset

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Maleficent treats 3-ways. Looks too good to eat, right? But if you were to indulge, which would you prefer?
1 – Candied Apple,
2 – Cake Pop, or
3 – KRISPIE Treat?

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Starbucks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Update

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Since we were in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check up on the hat, we were kinda of hoping Starbucks would be open a bit earlier than predicted. Well, the walls were down, but the shades were still drawn and the Starbucks logo covered. Looks like it really could be February before this location opens.

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We were able to get another peak inside the windows which also gave us a better feel for how the location will operate.

The main entrance will be off Hollywood Blvd via the ramp or small stairway. Once inside you’ll find a similar layout to Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom with two sides to order from and a baked goods case in the middle.

The interior is themed to a renovated repair shop for a red-car trolley. Like the there is no room for tables inside, but there may be some places to rest your drinks outside.

When will it open? If you look closely you can actually see that they’re stocking the location. Yes, there will have to be some training, but they should be able to bring over employees from the other Starbucks locations on property to get going while training new cast members as needed.

With Starbucks opening right across the street, do you think Disney should keep the Starring Rolls Cafe?

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