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Speed Beasts: Meet Mako, SeaWorld's Future Hypercoaster

June 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

They haven’t even started counting the summer cash yet, yet the folks at SeaWorld are already looking forward to 2016. We guess that’s necessary when you're building a big, bad new roller coaster, as these suckers don’t just come together overnight.

Rather than take a cue from Shamu this time they’ll be looking towards a little inspiration from sharks: SeaWorld's latest and greatest roller coaster will be called Mako. We can only imagine the final specifications are still being worked out, but the big reveal includes promises of a 73 mph top speed and drops around 200 feet.

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Big Things Are Already 'Happening' at LAX

June 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)



We've told you before how Los Angeles International Airport is "happening" — and we're not just talking about tasings.

Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.

Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:

American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.

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Adventures with Uber in Miami Beach

June 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Usually, there's nothing better than arriving at your destination and finding the airport taxi line completely wide-open. That means there's no waiting; just drop your bags in the car, give the driver the address of where you're headed and you're off.

Usually.

The other day this editor arrived at Miami International Airport at 5:30am after a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. The taxi line was free and clear so I took the first taxi available. Before I got in, I made sure the taxi took credit cards. The taxi line agent assured me this taxi did and the driver himself assured me as well. (It's also a new law in Miami that taxis must be equipped to accept credit cards.)

But once we got moving, the driver asked me if I had cash. "Er, no," I said. "I need to pay by credit card." He sighed and then got on with the driving. During the quick drive (about 20 minutes), he seemed to struggle with keeping his eyes open. Which I could understand since he was probably at the end of a long overnight shift. But he also wasn't wearing a seatbelt and he was driving about 80 miles per hour on a highway. And I thought turbulence was bad.

Once we got over the bridge and into Miami Beach proper, he turned around and told me, "I'll take you to ATM now and you can get cash." There was no way I was going to have a cab driver take me to an ATM at 6am so I could get cash. I responded firmly with "No, I'd like to pay by credit card." When he dropped me off at my hotel, I gave him a cash tip. On the bright side, the fare was just $35, by far one of the cheapest airport taxis we've ever taken. But also, one of the scariest.

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A First-Timers’ Guide to Visiting Yellowstone National Park

June 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (3)

What to Know Before You Go

Yellowstone was the country’s first official national park, set aside and declared as such by President Grant in 1872. It is regarded worldwide for its constant volcanic activity, which manifests itself mostly in the form of thermal geysers, and for its dramatic collection of wildlife, including bison, elk, grizzly bears, and wolves. The Yellowstone Caldera, the underground source and force behind the park’s geothermal features, is the largest super volcano on the planet. When it erupted previously, its ash was found all the way down in Mexico. Earthquakes are quite common in the park, and the general consensus amongst scientists is that Yellowstone is, relatively speaking, “overdue” for another eruption.

Over 95% of Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, with the remaining area crossing over into Montana and Idaho. There are five entrances: The North Entrance in Gardner, MT, open year round; The Northeast Entrance in Cooke City, MT, opens late May; The East Entrance in Cody, WY, opens mid-May; The South Entrance in Jackson, WY, opens mid-May; and the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, opens late April.

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Where To Find Shepard Fairey's New, Huge Mural In Detroit

June 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month Shepard Fairey completed his most ambitious piece, a 185 feet tall by 55 feet wide mural, in the most unlikely of places.

The mural was commissioned Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate firm and can be found on the side of the One Campus Martius, Detroit, headquarters of Quicken Loans, which is also owned by Gilbert. Fairey also created separate pieces on The Z and a water tower on a building near Grand Circus Park, both of which are owned by Bedrock, too.

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Uber Launches On Cape Cod and The Islands, But Needs More Drivers

June 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just before Memorial Day weekend, Uber announced it would be bringing its car share service over to New England's summering spots of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Good news, right? Well maybe if they had enough drivers for all those folks looking for a weekend ride.

According to Boston.com, things came up a little bit short during the service’s summer debut. Bringing up the app seemed to only reveal a car or two at times, not really enough to keep up with demand — especially, we assume, after last call at all those beach bars.

Uber promises that they’re adding drivers to their platform, so more cars should be available sooner than later. But if you’re headed out to Cape Cod and the islands any time soon, better program a backup number into your phone — you know, for a traditional taxi — just in case.

[Image from Uber Facebook]

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Erupt With Joy, Universal Orlando Fans: 'Volcano Bay' Water Park Is Coming in 2017

June 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you spot Harry Potter shopping for bathing suits in Diagon Alley, there's a good reason: things are scheduled to get soaked and soggy over at Universal Orlando Resort.

If there’s one thing that theme park kingdom was missing it was a water park, but apparently won't be a problem for much longer. Plans are in the work to open up a new water park, Volcano Bay, in 2017.

The scoop from the Orlando Sentinel reveals that the water park will feature some kind of volcano centerpiece — complete with several waterslides running down its slopes. Other details are few and far between at this point, but it sounds like we can expect a lazy river, a rapids ride, and plenty of fun.

Construction is already underway, and 53 acres near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been put aside for this new spot. If this is anything like Universal’s recent additions and upgrades, then we can’t wait!

[Photo: Universal Orlando]

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Act Fast on Airbnb, and You Might Score an Overnight in Conan O'Brien's Burbank Studio

June 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Conan O'Brien has recently listed the most coveted space in Burbank on airbnb.

Conan is giving one lucky fan and a friend the chance to spend the night of June 3 in the rafters of the Warner Brothers studio where he films his late night talk show. The cost? Just one killer essay explaining "why on earth you'd want to spend five minutes in our rafters, much less a whole night."

Not only will the lucky winner spend the night in the famous studio, they'll also appear on the show. "Conan will talk to you during a real show," the listing states. "So viewers will see you that night on their TVs, and millennials will see you the next day on their infernal devices."

Check out all of the rules and enter your essay here at airbnb.com. But hurry! Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CT on June 1. Yes, today. Get writing.

[Photo: airbnb.com]

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Say Aloha To Hawaiian Airlines' New Website

June 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is a great time to visit Hawaii — but then, who are we kidding? Anytime is a great time to visit. Thankfully, booking your flight just got much easier, as Hawaiian Airlines has updated its website — and it looks pretty darn snazzy if you ask us.

Things are still being tested out, so technically it’s just a beta version of the final project; however, we like what we see. There’s gorgeous aerial imagery of the islands, vibrant colors, crisp fonts — and well, it basically makes us just want to turn over our credit card digits immediately.

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Snap the Skyline: It's Manhattanhenge Weekend in NYC

May 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many were #caughtgramming in this shot? #manhattanhenge2015 #nyc #manhattanhenge

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Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!

Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.

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How To Get Last Minute Tickets To The Governors Ball

May 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

After being hailed the best festival of 2014, The Governors Ball is returning to Randall’s Island Park in NYC on June 5th-7th with a line-up that includes Friday headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Chromeo and The Decemberists.

On Saturday, DeadMau5, Björk, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Flume will take the stage with The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey closing things out on Sunday.

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Man Buns of Disneyland is Our New Favorite Theme Park Instagram Feed

May 28, 2015 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two #manbuns spotted in front of the castle! #manbunsofdisneyland

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Whether you love 'em or want to cut them loose, man buns are here to stay. And this summer, we predict they will be in full effect at theme parks across America. After all, no one likes to let their hair down in the sticky hot sun. (Also, some of us still may be concerned about our hair catching on a roller coaster and leaving us not only bald but perhaps, headless. )

For those of you who still aren't sure what a man bun is, or for those of you men who are confounded as to how best display your man bun, youMUST follow Man Buns of Disneyland on Instagram.

This is an offshoot of DILFs of Disneyland and indeed, some earlier photos on the Man Buns stream were sourced by DILFs (Um, did I really just write that sentence?) But no matter, if you want to see man buns, you will get man buns here. There's a man bun eating at a Disneyland restaurant. Another man bun coming off a ride. Man buns in front of the castle. And so many more.

Below are a few of our favorites. Your welcome.

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