Snakes alive at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, has completed construction on the two highest points of Cobra’s Curse, a ‘snake king’ ride due to open this summer.


Weighing more than 13,000 kilograms and with a 70-foot vertical lift, it will take riders within inches of the snake’s four-foot-long fangs.

The three-and-a-half-minute ride will also feature a second inclined lift that sets up for the free-spin finale of the ride.

The trek will cover more than 2,100 metres of track at 40mph.

Guests will be just inches away from the ride’s snake exhibit, which will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers.

The best-value ticket for visiting SeaWorld Parks in Florida is the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package and the three-park SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Ticket – now including free parking. It offers 14 days of unlimited entry to three parks for the price of two – SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando AND Busch Gardens Tampa.

SeaWorld will bring oceans alive

SeaWorld California will unveil a major new attraction in 2017 that promises to create an “expedition of wonder across the seven seas”.


Ocean Explorer will combine multiple aquariums, rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure inspiring them to protect the bounty of the oceans.

The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals.

As adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, guests at the San Diego theme park will travel to Ocean Explorer’s undersea animals aboard submarines, the signature ride of the attraction. By climbing aboard these mini-submarines, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals.

They will also go eye-to-eye with animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and hundreds of colorful jellies – some of which have never been seen at the park before.

Ocean Explorer will also feature an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will literally fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three family-friendly rides will round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.

The attraction should be open by the late spring of 2017.

Houston Galleria set to beam up shoppers

Those heading to Houston this spring will be among the first to enjoy a brand-new state-of-the-art Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store.


The iconic New York superstore will be one of the highlights at the newly-renovated Houston Galleria, the Texas city’s premier shopping and tourist attraction for the past 40 years and the fourth-largest retail space in the USA.

The shopping centre, a Simon property, offers visitors over 190,000 sq ft of luxury tax-free shopping in 400 stores and features restaurants and two high-rise hotels.

The mall also features a plethora of other amenities, including a full-size ice rink for recreational and figure skating and a state-of-the-art children’s play area.

Saks Fifth Avenue will line up alongside the likes of BVLGARI, Neiman Marcus, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Versace and Valentino.

The Galleria is located in the heart of Uptown Houston.

Orlando kids card an earner for agents

Agents can earn themsleves 10% commission by selling the Kids Eat Free Card +PLUS Orlando.


The value-added card, now 10 years old and with several recently added features, offers significant savings on rides, attractions, restaurants and more.

The card is valid at over 120 restaurants in Orlando and Kissimmee and offers qualifying kids a raft of free extras at a number of Orlando and Kissimmee attractions.

Priced at £10 per child, a family will typically enjoy on average $250 in free meals per child using the card over a 14-day holiday – a saving that equates to the equivalent of a Universal or Disney theme park ticket.

Deals available on the new card include: Fun Spot America Theme Parks: buy one Fun Spot popcorn souvenir cup and get one free; Gatorland: free train ride (buy one get one free); Boggy Creek Airboat Rides: free drawstring backpack with purchase of child’s ride; Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf: buy one get one free; Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena: buy one get one free; Revolution Off Road: one free child’s T-Shirt per card on Mucky Duck experience; WonderWorks: free kids game of Lazer Tag with adult purchase; or free Science Temporary Tattoo.

In addition, when visitors present their Kids Eat Free Card +PLUS at Artegon Marketplace Orlando they will receive a free membership card which offers dozens of shopping, dining and attractions savings and discounts.

Agents can buy the card through DoSomethingDifferent and Attraction World.