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Holiday Drivers Beware: Terrible Tuesday

INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S., with drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. experiencing the most significant delays.

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AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

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RailBlazer, the West Coast’s Only Single Rail Steel Coaster, Debuts at California’s Great America

The wait is over for guests who are ready to ride the groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, at California’s Great America. Opening to the public on Thursday, June 14, the much-anticipated coaster is the first of its kind on the West Coast, featuring a single rail track.

The design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, riders will speed smoothly over the twisting track as they experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns.

Features of the ride include:

  • A maximum height of 106 feet
  • A 90-degree, face-down first drop
  • Over 1,800 feet of track
  • A top speed of 52 miles per hour
  • Three inversions, including a zero-gravity roll

“We know our guests can’t wait to ride RailBlazer, a truly revolutionary roller coaster concept,” said Raul Rehnborg, vice president and general manager, California’s Great America. “This intense and exhilarating attraction kicks off a multi-year transformation of California’s Great America, following the City of Santa Clara’s approval of the park’s new master plan. This world-class attraction will be the first of many exciting and new developments guests will experience in the years to come.”

The design spirit of the ride is reflective of an off-road adventure, with immersive sensory theming that embraces the great outdoors of the Bay Area and Central Coast. Once on board, riders will ascend a 45-degree climb, dive into a ravine and encounter steeped embankments representing an extreme four-wheeling journey. Imposing physical elements during the ride and queue line include a natural waterway, rocky surroundings and a trailhead marquee sign designed to mark the beginning of the journey.

Season Passholders will have early access to RailBlazer, with the exclusive opportunity to ride all week whenever the park is open, before the ride opens to the public on Thursday, June 14.

To learn more about RailBlazer, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit www.cagreatamerica.com.


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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

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Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.

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The Inflatable Run & Festival Comes to Southern California in April 2018

Calling all adults with kids! Or adults who still are kids! The most unique family event ever designed will be in San Diego and Orange County in April. The Inflatable Run is a family-friendly event featuring a 1 mile-long course built of kid-friendly colorful inflatable obstacles to duck under, bounce off, climb through, and slide down. Not only that but the entire area will be packed with live music, food carts, carnival games, face painting, magic shows, inflatable Zorb balls to ride, a massive water balloon battle and fun kid’s activities. The events host approximately 5000 participants. Ideal for families, The Inflatable Run is suitable for all ages, and kids under 12 get in free!

  • San Diego
    DATE: April 14th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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  • Orange County
    DATE: April 21th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: OC & Event Center – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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“Everybody Loves running thru an inflatable obstacle course, right? That’s why we designed an event with inflatables that will keep your family laughing and smiling from start to finish,” said Clark Wayne, The Inflatable Run’s Event Director. “One of the best parts is that kids 12 and under can attend the event and participant in the inflatable course for free!”

As families enjoy themselves, they can feel even better knowing profits from the run will be donated to Just Care More, a charity helping at-risk youth learn life lessons thru the discovery of hobbies and passions.

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • 1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting & temporary tattoo booth
  • Magic Shows
  • Live Music
  • Inflatable Zorb Balls
  • Water Balloon Battle
  • Go Kart Races
  • Carnival Games
  • And Much More

For more information, visit – https://www.theinflatablerun.com


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Record-Breaking Innovations Highlight New Rides and Attractions Coming to Six Flags Parks in 2018

Six Flags Entertainment Company, the world’s largest regional theme park company, announced the most spectacular lineup of world-record breaking roller coasters, rides and first-of-its-kind attractions in its 56-year history, debuting at Six Flags parks from coast to coast for the 2018 season. Six Flags is recognized throughout the world as a leader in innovation—pioneering a long list of industry firsts, including the world’s first hybrid roller coaster and North America’s first virtual reality (VR) coasters. Nobody delivers thrills like Six Flags and next season the thrills are taller, faster and BIGGER than ever.

“Many of the rides and attractions we are introducing are ‘world’s firsts’ and record breakers as we deliver fun-packed innovation at the highest level. Innovation is in our DNA and our guests expect and deserve one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit our parks,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Our strategy of providing something new in every park, every year, continues to delight our guests and has resulted in attendance growing to over 30 million guests annually.”

Six Flags, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is launching a thrilling collection of new rides and attractions themed after the most famous Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the world. Here’s what’s coming to a Six Flags near you…

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Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Google Search Top 10

According to Google’s 2017 Year in Search campaign, Universal Studios Hollywood topped the list of Travel Destination Activities based on their aggregation of trillions of search queries.

Trending searches are defined as having the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017 vs prior year.

According to Google, Year in Search reflects the spirit of the times as they strive to capture the year’s new and exciting search terms. Trending terms generally better identify what people were curious about in 2017 relative to 2016.

As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles and one of the most progressive theme parks anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood inspires guests from across the globe to step into the world of movie-making magic and experience immersive, groundbreaking attractions based on today’s most compelling movies and television shows.


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With its recent unprecedented multi-million dollar investment to reimagine the decades old theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood has undergone a top to bottom makeover resulting in 75 percent of the destination completely transformed. The dramatic changes that have taken place in recent years have substantially altered the look, feel and experience of the theme park to redefine Universal Studios Hollywood as an entirely new destination.

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the top of its game, taking innovation, imagination and inspiration to meteoric levels working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri, Greg Nicotero and JK Rowling—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

As Universal Studios Hollywood looks towards the future, 2018 will offer guests another exciting year of entertainment including the introduction of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda.


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AAA Holiday Travel Headache Hotspots

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reports that based on historical and recent travel trends, they expect drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” says Dr. Graham Cookson, chief economist & head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”

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