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KISSIMMEE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Gaylord Palms Resort guests can beat the heat this summer at Cypress Springs Water Park, a 3-acre water wonderland with seven water slides, two swimming pools, multi-level playground, surf simulator, action river and more. An exclusive experience for overnight guests, the water park is in the heart of the 64-acre resort which is located minutes away from central Florida’s famous theme parks.

Gaylord Palms guests visiting Florida can cool off and beat the heat in Cypress Springs Water Park, a 3-acre water park with seven water slides, two swimming pools, a multi-story water playground and an action river attraction. Gaylord Palms Resort is located in Kissimmee, Fla., just minutes away from central Florida’s popular theme parks. (Douglas Scaletta, photographer)

“Our guests tell us our water park is one of the key reasons they enjoy staying with us,” said Johann Krieger, general manager of Gaylord Palms Resort. “Many guests spend all day at Cypress Springs and enjoy everything it has to offer – the great pools, water slides, action river and more. It’s fun for the whole family.”

Gaylord Palms Resort guests can beat the heat this summer at Cypress Springs Water Park, a 3-acre water wonderland.

Here’s a look at the attractions in Cypress Springs Water Park:


Guests can enjoy two pools at Cypress Springs Water Park – a zero-entry pool and the South Beach Pool. The zero-entry pool brims with excitement including children’s activities, a giant video wall and full-size basketball hoops. The adjacent South Beach Pool, inspired by narrow, tree-lined pools found in Miami, is perfect for guests who want to swim laps or relax poolside in the tropical environment.


Thrill-seekers flock to Big Cypress Tower, which is home to three water slides. Florida Free Fall is a towering drop slide – riders drop 35 feet through a trap door before spinning to the finish in the slide’s giant basin. Directly below Florida Free Fall stands Tamiami Twister (a combination of “Tampa” and “Miami”), a two-lane racing slide. Guests choose either the Tampa or Miami slide and compete in a race to the finish.


A large play area for children features four water slides designed for smaller swimmers. The centerpiece of the children’s area is a multi-level, treehouse playground with interactive water elements on three floors. Perched atop the treehouse is a tipping bucket that fills a dozen times an hour and sends 317 gallons of water cascading below. Kids find even more adventures on an unpredictable geyser, splash pad and shell-shaped mini-slide.


Crystal River Rapids is an “action river” that whisks guests along currents at nearly four feet per second, winding through waterfalls, caves and oversized, sprinkling leaves. The river also features alcoves where guests can relax and soak in the sun. The attraction, which opened in 2021, is inspired by Florida’s clear, spring-fed waterways.


The surf’s always up at Gaylord Palms with The Wake Zone FlowRider. For an added fee, guests can bodyboard or surf under the guidance of an expert trainer. The surf simulator is designed for all levels of experience – from someone who has never surfed to experienced enthusiasts. Reservations are needed.


Cypress Springs offers reserved seating, allowing guests to head to the water park at their leisure instead of rushing early to secure a spot. Three types are available, and guests need to make reservations online prior to visiting:

  • Premium poolside chairs are available near the water playground, around the zero-entry pool, along the shores of Crystal River Rapids, and by South Beach Pool.
  • Day beds are available near Crystal River Rapids. Day beds accommodate up to two adults comfortably, with a maximum of four per bed, for a day of riverside relaxation.
  • For added luxury and convenience, guests can reserve a private cabana. Each cabana comes with amenities needed for poolside enjoyment including a spacious seating area, assorted snacks and beverages, mini-fridge, security safe, television and ceiling fan. Poolside servers make ordering additional refreshments simple and convenient.


Guests don’t have to go far for a cold drink or tasty snack. SandBar, located inside the water park, features refreshing salads, flavorful flatbreads, sandwiches and a children’s menu. There’s also a wide selection of tropical cocktails, mocktails, wine, ice-cold beer and soft drinks.

Book Your Visit

For more information about Cypress Springs Water Park, or to book a room, dining reservation or reserved seating at the water park, guests may visit GaylordPalms.com and gaylordpalms.ipoolside.com/.

SOURCE Gaylord Palms Resort

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Regal announces Family Ticket offer for all G, PG, and PG-13 rated movies



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — With affordable bundles trending, Regal wants to share the love of family friendly movies by offering four tickets all at child prices with the Regal Family Ticket. Available at all Regal theatres, the ticket offer provides a discount on the overall price, cheaper than the four tickets purchased individually for the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

“Family friendly movies appeal across generations, and Regal is excited to offer an affordable option for small groups to visit the theatre to enjoy these titles together,” said John Curry, Chief Commercial Officer at Regal. “With current and upcoming movies like Trolls Band TogetherWishWonka, and Migration, the Regal Family Ticket offer makes the most wonderful time of the year even better.”

The family ticket bundle is available to groups of four consisting of up to two adults and two children or one adult with three children. Additionally, all four attendees must attend the same movie (no R-rated titles) and same showtime to meet the terms of this offer. Ticket pricing is based on the child rate for the Regal location being attended and will be available for a limited time.

The Regal Family Ticket purchases also add credits to Regal Crown Club accounts where active members earn rewards including free popcorn, soft drinks, movies and merchandise. Free program membership is available in the Regal mobile app and at Regal’s website: REGmovies.com. Members can program their favorite theatres, purchase tickets and redeem reward credits all from their mobile devices.

About Regal:
Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 5,808 screens in 428 theatres in 41 states along with the District of Columbia and Guam as of October 31, 2023. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the company’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable moviegoing experience. We are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” Additional information is available on Regal’s website: REGmovies.com.


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LOS ANGELES – Metrolink’s Holiday Express Train will return this fall, spreading holiday cheer across Southern California with an interactive, family-friendly experience unlike any other. Holiday Express Trains are specially ticketed round-trip rides featuring festive decorations, recognizable holiday-themed characters, carolers and onboard and host-station activities for all ages.  

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“We received an extraordinary response from riders when we first introduced the Holiday Express Train in 2019, and we’re thrilled to announce its return this fall,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “Not only is the Holiday Express Train back, it’s bigger and better. We’re adding four extra trips, including first-time service on the 91/Perris Valley Line, and increasing our capacity from six to eight passenger cars so that more riders can join in the festivities.”

In total, eight Holiday Express Train trips, ranging in length from 60 to 100 minutes, will take place over four Saturdays in November and December, leaving from Metrolink stations in Perris, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Burbank and Laguna Niguel. Routes and times are listed below.

Saturday, Nov. 25 – 91/Perris Valley Line

  • Perris-South Station to Riverside-Hunter Park/UCR Station and back, departing at 10 a.m. and returning at 11:10 a.m.; host-station activities beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Perris-South Station to Riverside-Hunter Park/UCR Station and back, departing at 1 p.m. and returning at 2:10 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at noon.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – San Bernardino Line

  • Rancho Cucamonga Station to Covina Station and back, departing at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 1:30 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Rancho Cucamonga Station to Covina Station and back, departing at 3:30 p.m. and returning at 4:30 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 – Ventura County and Antelope Valley lines

  • Simi Valley Station to Oxnard Station and back, departing at 1:15 p.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at noon.
  • Burbank-Downtown Station to Newhall Station and back, departing at 4:20 p.m. and returning at 5:35 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Orange County Line

  • Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station to Oceanside Station and back, departing at 9:20 a.m. and returning at 11 a.m.; host-station activities beginning at 8:15 a.m.
  • Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station to Oceanside Station and back, departing at 12:50 p.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m.; host-station activities beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Holiday Express Train tickets are on sale now at $25 per person. Children 2-years-old and younger ride free provided they sit on a parent’s lap. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold onsite at the host stations. Only passengers with valid Holiday Express Train tickets will be permitted to board. Each car will have assigned seating, and riders can choose their seats at the point of purchase.

Ticketholders should arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to receive their wristbands. Festive, family-friendly activities, including musical performances, holiday-themed balloon twisters and crafting tables, will be available onsite at the station for attendees to enjoy ahead of boarding.

In the spirit of the season, Metrolink is partnering with the County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy Drive. Holiday Express Train riders are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Collection bins will be marked at all host stations.

Visit metrolinktrains.com/holidaytrain to learn more and purchase tickets.

Source: Metrolink

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Amusement Park Giants Cedar Fair and Six Flags Merge, Creating $8 Billion Company

Amusement park giants Cedar Fair and Six Flags merge to create a $8B company, offering thrilling entertainment experiences and diverse attractions.



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In a groundbreaking move, amusement park giants Cedar Fair and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation have announced a “merger of equals” that will create a combined company valued at approximately $8 billion. This merger will solidify their position as one of the largest amusement park companies in North America, boasting a portfolio of 27 amusement parks, 15 water parks, and 9 resort properties across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Great America owner Cedar Fair and Six Flags to merge

Notable attractions included in this merger are the beloved Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. With shared entertainment partnerships and intellectual property rights for iconic brands like DC Comics and Looney Tunes, the newly formed company is set to deliver even more engaging experiences for guests.

This merger is expected to generate significant cost savings and synergies, with an estimated $120 million in savings within two years of closing the deal. Cedar Fair shareholders will own a majority stake of approximately 51.2%, while Six Flags shareholders will own around 48.8% of the combined company.

Richard Zimmerman, President and CEO of Cedar Fair, will lead the combined company, while Selim Bassoul, President and CEO of Six Flags, will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the board of directors. Both leaders expressed excitement about the merger and highlighted the shared commitment to providing thrilling experiences for consumers.

The merger is anticipated to be finalized in the first half of 2024, paving the way for an exciting new chapter in the amusement park industry. Guests can look forward to an expanded and diverse array of attractions and entertainment as these two iconic companies join forces.

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