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Revel in Romance’s NEXT 2 EVENTS… BOTH for Children. Walmart (Woodstock, GA) 1PM THIS SATURDAY (June 1) performing for THE CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK... Then Six Flags (June 7) we’ll be riding the Mind Bender roller coaster for 9 hours straight to raise funds for CHILDRENS HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA.
Come on out and join us for a good time and and great cause!!

You can donate to the band members seats by clicking on the name. Each member needs to collect $150 to ride.

By Deborah Fitts


Brush Fire Getting Dangerously Close to California Amusement Park

Brought To You By The “Coasterthon For Children” Held June 7, 2013 at Six Flags Over Georgia
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California is facing another spate of brush fires this week. Crews are battling a 1,800 acre fire in Santa Barbara County that began yesterday, and now another fire is closing in on the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park near LA.

More than 190 firefighters are at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Times. The fire spread to about 25 acres in 40 minutes with the help of high winds.

No structures are currently in danger and the park is open for visitors today.

By Deborah Fitts

Simpsons Theme Park to Open in Orlando!!

FOX's 'The Simpsons" - Season Tweny Four
May 29, 2013–

Forget Springfield. The Simpsons are making a new home in Orlando, Florida. That’s right. Homer, Marge and the kids are getting their own mini-theme park inside Universal Orlando Resort this summer, according to the New York Daily News.

The new area within Universal Studios will include the pre-existing Simpsons Ride as its centerpiece in addition to a new outdoor, “intergalactic” spinning ride called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ’n’ Hurl, Universal Orlando said in a press release.

There will also be plenty of hometown eats in the park’s “Fast Food Boulevard.” That includes Krusty Burger, Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza and Lard Lad. Visitors can also throw back a few pints of Duff Beer – brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando – at Homer’s favorite watering hole: Moe’s Tavern.

While billed as an entirely new theme park, the Simpsons-themed attractions are more of an expansion on the existing Simpsons franchise at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood since 2007, Mashable points out. The Simpsons Ride was launched at both locations in 2008.

This isn’t the first time Universal Orlando Resort has based thematic events and rides around film and TV institutions, Variety noted. ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ made its debut at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando in 2010, and has since garnered much success with its replica of J. K Rowling’s imagined world. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal has profited nicely from visitors’ spending habits at the boy wizard’s world, which includes a collection of shops and eateries found in the Harry Potters books and movies
By Deborah Fitts

Six Flags Coupon To Benefit CHOA!!!

May 29, 2013–
School is out, so let the fun begin!

Anyone can use the attached coupon voucher to receive a discounted Six Flags ticket in which $3 from every ticket benefits Children’s. It is valid the entire month of June. Share the savings!

**This coupon can be presented at the gate in order to receive the $36.99 price OR you can buy online with the promo code “CHOA13”

By Deborah Fitts

Six Flags Coupon to Benefit CHOA

May 29, 2013–
School is out, so let the fun begin!!

Anyone can use the attached coupon voucher to receive a discounted Six Flags ticket in which $3 from every ticket benefits Children’s. It is valid the entire month of June. Share the savings!

**This coupon can be presented at the gate in order to receive the $36.99 price OR you can buy online with the promo code “CHOA13”
By Deborah Fitts

Discover Universal Orlando Studios

Brought To You By The Coasterthon For Children Held June 7, at Six Flags Over Georgia
May 29, 2013–
Rock out this summer at Universal Studios®! Saturday nights from June 1 – July 6 you can catch some of music’s biggest acts performing live in the Summer Concert Series, right next to Orlando’s most exciting, cutting edge rides and attractions.
Spend the day swinging high above the city streets with Spider-Man™, joining Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, joining Gru and the Minions in a hilarious super villain scheme, and so much more.
•New TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D – Opening Summer 2013
•Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
•Universal’s Superstar Parade
•Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular
Explore both parks with a 2-park ticket and enjoy the rides at
•The Wizarding World of Harry Potter®
•The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®
•Jurassic Park River Adventure®
•Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls®
•Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges®
By Deborah Fitts

SeaWorld Opens Ice Palace for 230 Penguins With Blackstone Money

Brought To You By The “Coasterthon For Children” Held June 7, at Six Flags Over Georgia
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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS)’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction, opening today at the company’s namesake theme park in Orlando, features 50-foot glaciers, 2,500 glass icicles and up-close encounters with 230 penguins, dusted daily with 6,000 pounds of snow.
“It is the coolest attraction in the world,” President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison said in an interview. “You kind of check out of the rest of SeaWorld and find yourself in Antarctica.”
To Atchison, it’s also an example of how private-equity firms, often criticized for dismantling the companies they buy, can jumpstart a business like SeaWorld. Blackstone Group LP (SEAS) bought the company, which owns 11 parks in five states, for $2.3 billion from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) in December 2009. As a small part of the world’s largest brewer, SeaWorld was starved.
Atchison, who took Orlando, Florida-based SeaWorld public last month in an $807 million share sale, called the last years under the brewer’s ownership “a drought period.”
Blackstone, the world’s largest private-equity firm by assets, with $218.2 billion under management, had an inside view of the industry. It owned half of the Universal Orlando resort, a stake sold to Comcast Corp. in 2011, and Merlin Entertainments Group, parent of Legoland. Universal’s Islands of Adventure park in Orlando increased attendance by 66 percent from 2009 to 2011 after opening the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, according to the Themed Entertainment Association.
The new owners gave Atchison, who has held executive roles with SeaWorld since 1998, the go-ahead to crank up capital spending — from $120 million in 2010 to $225 million the following year and $192 million in 2012. That let SeaWorld add 11 attractions last year, filings show.
Stingray Falls
Those include Aquatica San Antonio, a water park where the signature ride, Stingray Falls, takes guests on a raft to view tropical fish in an underwater grotto. It also paid for Verbolten, an indoor-outdoor roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, that ends with an 88-foot drop toward the park’s version of the Rhine River.
At the Antarctica exhibit, guests glide past glaciers to the penguin colony. It is the largest expansion in the company’s history, Atchison said, without providing the price.
Spurred by new attractions, such as the refurbished Fantasyland at Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s Magic Kingdom and Harry Potter, travel to Orlando has risen annually since 2009, hitting a projected record of 56.8 million last year, according to Adam Sachs, president of Tourism Economics Inc., a forecaster in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Higher Prices
Increasing tourism will let Orlando theme-park operators raise prices faster than visitor growth, which Sachs estimates at 1.5 percent this year. SeaWorld’s five Florida parks accounted for 55 percent of the company’s $1.42 billion in revenue last year.
With crowds growing, Atchison is curbing discounts, such as one giving visitors a second day free, and moving away from lower-margin sales through grocers. He raised the price of an annual pass by 24 percent to $149 this year at Orlando’s SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in Tampa.
SeaWorld’s admissions revenue rose 7.2 percent to $884.4 million last year, thanks to a 3.2 percent increase in attendance and a 4 percent rise in average ticket price to $36.26, according to a company filing.
By Deborah Fitts