▪ 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 www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
▪ 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.
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