|The Blue Angels will end their 2015 season with air show performances in Pensacola.
▪ Universal Studios
closed its Twister ride over the weekend, making room for “Race Through
New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” a 3-D ride scheduled to open in 2017.
The location is in the New York section of the park, making more sense
for the new ride than it did for the old one, which opened in 1998,
based on the movie of the same name. On the Fallon ride, “You’ll rocket
through the streets — and skies — of New York City, from the deepest
subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers, encountering colorful
characters, famous landmarks and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s
mind,” Jason Surrell of Universal Creative said on the park’s blog. He
said the creative team “found inspiration in the outrageous celebrity
races that have become one of the most popular segments of Jimmy’s Tonight Show.”
▪ The Navy’s Blue Angels will
wrap up their 2015 performance season on Friday and Saturday in
Pensacola at the annual 2015 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. The Blue
Angels, elite pilots who perform aerobatics and precision flying in
F/A-18 Hornet jets, have been traveling to air shows since March. The
weekend will mark their final performances of the season. The air show
also will include the GEICO Skytypers, a squadron of six World War
II-vintage U.S. Navy SNJ trainers; a display of more than 50 different
types of aircraft on the ground; Kids’ Zone; and a nighttime air show
with fireworks. The shows are free and open to the public, although
preferred seating tickets can be purchased. Details: www.naspensacolaairshow.com.
▪ The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame closed
Monday in preparation for a next-generation attraction at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex. The hall of fame, which opened in 1990 six
miles west of Kennedy, will reopen in late 2016 as Heroes and Legends.
The visitor complex broke ground on Heroes and Legends in May. The new
facility will allow guests to interact virtually with nearly 100
astronauts inducted to date. The highlight of the new hall of fame will
be a 3D omnidirectional theater that was designed to make guests feel as
if they are floating in the vastness of space. Details: 877-313-2610 or
▪ Two Florida theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens,
raised admission by $2 this week. At both parks, the price for adults
is now $99, children 3 to 9 are now $94. Various discounts and annual
passes are available at www.seaworldorlando.com and www.buschgardens.com. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando raised ticket prices earlier this year.