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Theme Parks

Falcon’s Fury opening delayed

Busch Gardens Tampa has backed off from its previously announced May 1 opening of Falcon’s Fury, a thrill ride featuring a five-second, 60 mph vertical drop, after canceling Tuesday’s Media Day event because of “ongoing construction requirements.”

A Busch Gardens Tampa spokesman provided no indication of when the ride might open to the public.

War of 1812

N.Y., Ontario events mark bicentennial

Battle re-enactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year’s commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the war’s bloodiest battles two centuries ago this year in Ontario, Canada and western New York.

The Canada-based Niagara 1812 Legacy Council earlier this week announced its list of 2014 events, including a July 5 re-enactment of the Battle of Chippawa, followed the next day by a re-enactment of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, both in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The annual Siege of Fort Erie re-enactment will be held the weekend of Aug. 9-10 at Old Fort Erie, across the Niagara River from Buffalo.

The Buffalo History Museum’s War of 1812 centennial exhibit remains on display, while Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown holds its annual re-encampment over Labor Day weekend.

Las Vegas

Casino planning ‘Rock in Rio’ site

A group including casino company MGM Resorts announced plans Monday to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning in May 2015.

MGM Resorts International officials said the “City of Rock” development to be built between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue would serve as home to what they expect will be one of the largest concert festival events in the world.

Rock in Rio began in 1985 in Brazil, where 600,000 tickets for the event last September sold out in four hours, according to organizers.

The organization also produces festivals in Portugal and Spain.

The layout is expected to include five stages, themed streets featuring sights, sounds and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, plus thrill rides and shopping.

Florida

Bogart Film Fest

returns to the Keys

Celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named “America’s greatest male screen legend,” the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival returns to Key Largo Thursday through Sunday, May 1-4.

The event marks 66 years since the premiere of the movie Key Largo, starring Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall.

Endorsed by the Bogart Estate, the event is produced in partnership with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Event information at www.bogartfilmfestival.com.

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