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Are you a Whale Nerd? Don't be ashamed to admit it. Instead, stand tall and proud and head to Langley, Washington this weekend to Welcome the Whales.
The super fun annual cetacean celebration welcomes the spring arrival of the Saratoga Gray whales to the Puget Sound and Salish Sea.
In early spring, the barnacled mammals start to arrive in Pacific Northwest waters, fresh from their winter migration. The 30 ton giants come to feast on the mudflats, which are rich with shrimp and worms. According to Orca Network, there are 200-300 “seasonal resident” Gray whales that spend the spring, summer and fall feeding from California to Southeast Alaska.
Vikings in York? Who goes to the historical, quintessential British town to experience… Norway? Well, to be fair, the vikings dominated Britain a millennium ago, and Jorvik, modern day York, was among the vikings’ largest cities—and if they weren’t defeated by by the Anglo-Saxons a certain city might be called “New Jorvik.”
Although many Brits blame the vikings for pillaging, stealing their women and supposedly burning down London Bridge (none of which are true), York celebrates their viking heritage and each year holds a viking festival at the city-famous Jorvik Viking Center, which you can visit any time of the year.
We recently attended the festival (₤10 admittance to the Viking Center or ₤18 to participate in all city-wide attractions), and here’s what we loved:
Soon, Hobbiton will have some competition for those coveted Lord of the Rings tourism dollars.
After the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and other movie theme parks, it comes as no surprise that Middle Earth is getting a park of its own.
The attraction, which will be called “La Comarca,” or "The Shire," is set to be built soon in Rincon de la Victoria, Spain. The park won't be very big, it will be set on about 20 acres of land and is estimated to cost less than $2 million, but the town's mayor, Francisco Salado, insists that when it comes to fun, size doesn't matter.
Watch out San Diego Wellington, New Zealand is is launching a Comic Con of its own.
New Zealand is already a top destination for geeks who love Lord of the Rings, and now Wellington is ready to launch the first NZ Comic Con.
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Yesterday we gave you three fun, free things to do at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but that just wasn't enough. So, here are three more unique events taking place for everyone (and not just badge holders):
Get a Marge Simpson Makeover
The M·A·C Cosmetics Gaslamp store will be selling the highly anticipated Simpsons collection for one day only on Saturday. Fans will be able to get the line before its official launch in September and receive a Marge Simpson-inspired makeover by a M·A·C Artist. The store is located at 234 Fifth Ave.
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Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this week? If you've been before you'll know how exhausting it can be fighting the crowds, waiting in lines, and carrying around all that new swag. Coming to the rescue is the Marriott Rewards program, which will be offering SDCC attendees the chance to perk up at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Perk Up! Lounge.
To receive your free invite, just download the Marriott Guest Services App and find a LocalPerk, which will direct you to the hotel's Perk Up! Lounge. The lounge will have everything you need to relax, charge your phone, or refuel.
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While the world is still buzzing from last month's debut of the new Diagon Alley park at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Japan is celebrating their own piece of the pie.
On July 15, 2014, Universal Studios Japan opened their own version of the original Harry Potter park, Hogsmeade, which first swung open its doors in 2010 in Orlando.
All told, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter cost Universal Studios Japan ¥45 billion ($442.2 million) to construct, but they're hoping it'll rake in ¥5.6 trillion ($55 billion) over the next 10 years.
Universal Studios Japan debuted in 2001 and quickly became the second most visited amusement park in Japan, after Tokyo Disneyland. This Hogsmeade addition may be missing one or two things (like the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster) from the Orlando park, but it makes up for the edits with a few new additions (and the park's "Jaws" area is still intact!).
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This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.
YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.
The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.
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Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.
Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.
BBC has some big news for Whovians around the world.
For the first time in the show's 50-year history, Doctor Who is going on tour.
The global jaunt will introduce Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. Co-star Jenna Coleman and the show’s executive producer Steven Moffat will join him in 7 cities across 5 continents over 12 days for a series of media and fan events.
Tunisia is trying to save one of its most important landmarks and they need your help.
The site in question is the set that served as the fictional city of Mos Espa, located on the planet Tatooine, in the Star Wars films. Since being built for the movies in the 1970s, the location has become such a popular tourist destination there is a hotel built right inside.
Tickets are still available for 2014's WonderCon Anaheim, but apparently they're going fast.
The pop culture expo, taking place April 18-20, is put on by the same folks behind San Diego International Comic-Con and recently made the move to the Anaheim Convention Center from the Bay Area to accommodate more fans. As the Con has grown, so has its roster of movie and television panels, comic previews, autograph sessions, book-signings, and screenings.