Remington College-Nashville Campus Holds Grand Opening for New School of Dental Hygiene

School will provide low-cost dental hygiene services for the public

Nashville, Tenn. – (August 25, 2010) – Remington College-Nashville Campus will hold a grand opening for its new dental hygiene school on Tuesday, August 31 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A ribbon cutting will be held at 5:00 pm.

The new school is part of the Remington College Dental Hygiene Program. Under the supervision of instructors, students pursuing associate’s degrees in dental hygiene will perform low-cost procedures for the public, including:

  • Oral prophylaxis (cleaning) and topical fluoride treatments. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 14.
  • X-rays. $12 for a full mouth series, $5 for bitewing series, $15 for panoramic.
  • Scaling and root planing. $20 per quadrant.
  • ToothPrint child identification impressions. $2 per child.
  • Oral cancer screenings are done at no charge.
  • Dental Sealants – each $1
  • Initial patient registration is $1.

“Our new dental hygiene school provides an option for people to get low-cost, preventive dental treatments,” said Larry Collins, Remington College-Nashville Campus President. “The school allows students to prepare for healthcare careers while serving the needs of the community.”

The Remington College Dental Hygiene Program is a 24-month, accredited program designed to prepare students for careers as dental hygienists.[i] Instructors have real world experience in the dental hygiene field and course offerings include Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice, Oral and Dental Anatomy, Nutrition and Biochemistry and Oral Radiology.

People seeking treatments at the Remington College dental hygiene school can make appointments by calling 615-493-9398. The school hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Payments can be made by cash or credit card.

The school is on the Remington College-Nashville Campus, located at 441 Donelson Pike, Suite 150 in Nashville.

For more information, call 1-800-448-6405.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com


[i] Employment after graduation not guaranteed.

Remington College-Nashville Holds National Night Out Events

Campus joins national effort to promote community safety

Nashville, Tenn. – (July 21, 2010) – Remington College-Nashville Campus will be participating in National Night Out events on Tuesday, August 3 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The community is invited to participate in a variety of activities that promote health, safety and interaction, including:

  • ChildPrint ID’s and toothprints for kids
  • Safety information packets for the public
  • Safety-related coloring books for kids
  • A bounce house and other games for kids
  • Visits with local police, fire and medical personnel
  • Refreshments

Based in Heathrow, Florida, Remington College offers diploma and degree programs at 20 campuses throughout the United States, including a new online campus. Its mission is to provide career-focused education through a variety of programs, including nursing, cosmetology, business office management and criminal justice.

Remington College-Nashville Campus is located at 441 Donelson Pike, Suite 150 in Nashville.

For more information, call 615-889-5520.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Remington College-Mobile Campus Raises Money for Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

Mobile campus unites to collect funds for local organization

Mobile, Ala. – (August 2, 2010) – Remington College-Mobile Campus is doing its part to try and help with Gulf oil spill cleanup efforts.

Remington College-Mobile Campus collected money donations from staff and students to use towards relief efforts. In addition, Remington Administrative Services, Inc. matched the amount the students collected.  In total, $360 will be given to Mobile Baykeeper, a local organization coordinating volunteers to help in the efforts.

The donations will be used to buy digital cameras and handheld GPS units to send out with volunteers. With the new equipment, volunteers on kayaks and canoes can take photos and navigate through impacted areas.

The Mobile Baykeeper is a citizen’s group working to help preserve and protect the Mobile Bay watershed.

Remington College-Mobile Campus offers several degree and diploma programs. Degrees include Computer and Network Administration, Criminal Justice, and Process Control Engineering Technology and diploma include Cosmetology, Computer-Aided Design and Drafting, Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG, Medical Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technician.

The campus is located at 828 Downtowner Loop West.

For more information, call 1-800-448-6405.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/.

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Posted by Wellons Communications on behalf of Remington College.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to Open Two New Attractions on the Ocean City Boardwalk – Sweet!

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory and Ripley’s
Impossible LaseRace to open in time for Memorial Day weekend fun

OCEAN CITY, Md. (May 25, 2010) – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will sweeten Ocean City Boardwalk offerings this week as it opens two new family fun attractions: Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory and Ripley’s Impossible LaseRace.

These new, innovative, fun and tasty attractions will be opening their doors on May 28 in the Pier Building on the Boardwalk, four doors down from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, directly adjacent to the World Famous Thrasher’s French Fries.

The Marvelous Mirror Maze features hundreds of mirrors, music, mysterious sounds and colorful lighting effects. The spectacular and colorful candy store has a splendiferous variety of candies of all kinds – from old fashioned root beer barrels to the most current confections, all set in a fantasy candy factory surrounding.

Imagine playing INSIDE a video game. At Ripley’s new Impossible LaseRace, players step inside a laser-filled chamber and become part of the game as they jump, crawl, and straddle a gauntlet of laser lights.  The player’s mission is to beat the clock and reach the end without breaking a single laser beam.

“Both of these attractions are fun and wonderful activities for the entire family to enjoy together,” said Desi Knaub, general manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “They are different from any other attractions now offered in Ocean City.”

The new attractions are located just south of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in the Pier Building on the boardwalk at 401 South Atlantic Avenue. All three Ripley’s are open daily, 9 a.m. to Midnight.  A combo ticket that includes all three Ripley’s Boardwalk attractions is available and offers great savings for all family members.

The Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy Factory and Ripley’s Impossible LaseRace are the newest members of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family, which includes more than 80 family attractions in 11 countries, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museums, Ripley’s Aquariums, Ripley’s Haunted Adventures, Ripley’s Moving Theaters, Ripley’s Mini-Golf, and the Guinness World Records Museums.

A short video of the Mirror Maze, along with high resolution photos are available for download from the Ripley’s Newsroom.

Ocean City Media Contact:

Desi Knaub, General Manager
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
410-289-5600
Knaub@ripleys.com

Ripley Corporate Media Contact:

Tim O’Brien, VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment
615-646-7465
Obrien@ripleys.com

World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids Set to Return to Ripley’s Aquarium in July

Finned beauties to prove that mermaids are more than just figments of fantasy and imagination as they perform 12 shows, July 23-25

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 7, 2010) – Following 12 commanding performances at Ripley’s Aquarium last summer, the world famous mermaids of Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, known for their grace and beauty for the past 63 years, will be returning to Myrtle Beach once again later this month.

You’ll see mermaids as you have never seen them before – live and in front of you!

The finned beauties will grace the aquarium’s waters for 12 shows, July 23-25, 2010. Free with admission to the aquarium, it was standing-room only for last summer’s critically acclaimed performances. “Reservations for the shows are not offered. My advice is to arrive early in order to secure the best view.” noted Peter MacIntyre, the aquarium’s GM.

The mermaids will perform each day at 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. and will be available to meet and greet guests following each show in the shallows of Friendship Flats. The stage at Ripley’s Aquarium will be Ray Bay, a 15 foot deep, 85,000 gallon saltwater tank, populated with sharks and stingrays.

Special photo opportunities and several interactive programs will be offered in conjunction with the mermaid’s visit, including a “Mermaid Splash,” where guests can join a mermaid in the water and splash, pet and frolic with the friendly stingrays. Availability for these interactive programs is limited and reservations are required. For further information about the interactive mermaid programs contact Mary Clark at 843-916-0888, extension 3226.

This year, the popular and enchanting mermaids Daniella Demonaco, Shannon Tooker and Ashley Beadleson will be traveling to Myrtle Beach from their home waters at Weeki Wachee to swim among the sharks and rays.

“We are absolutely delighted the girls are coming back,” said MacIntyre. “For the past two summers, their shows have been very well received by our guests. Watching their underwater ballet is truly a joy. It’s something you can’t see just anywhere.”

A Brief History of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, also called The City of Live Mermaids is truly an original piece of Florida’s rich heritage and one of the state’s earliest roadside attractions.

The Weeki Wachee Springs underwater theater opened on Oct. 13, 1947. The mermaids performed synchronized ballet moves 20 feet underwater while breathing through special air hoses hidden in the scenery.

In the 1950s, Weeki Wachee, located north of Tampa on Florida’s west coast, was one of the nation’s most popular tourist stops. The attraction received worldwide acclaim and several movies were filmed at the spring.

Weeki Wachee’s heyday began in 1959, when the spring was purchased by the American Broadcasting Co. (ABC) and was heavily promoted. The ABC creative team developed themes for the underwater shows, with elaborate props, lifts, music, and story lines.

In the 1960s, the glamorous mermaids performed eight shows a day to sold out crowds – as many as half a million people a year came to see them. The mermaids were treated like royalty wherever they appeared in Florida and stars of those days, including Elvis, Don Knotts, Esther Williams, and Arthur Godfrey, stopped by to see them perform live.

Today, tiny Weeki Wachee is one of the nation’s smallest cities, with a population of nine, including its mayor, Robyn Anderson, a former mermaid. It is also a Florida State Park. www.weekiwachee.com

About Ripley’s Aquarium

The world class Ripley’s Aquarium (http://myrtlebeach.ripleyaquariums.com/ is part of the Ripley Entertainment family of worldwide entertainment facilities including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, a second world class aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  More than 13 million people visit Ripley’s 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third largest privately held company in Canada

High resolution photos available at: http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/mermaids-2010/

Media Contact:

Jessica Mula

Ripley’s Aquarium

(800) 734-8888

jessmula@ripleysaquarium.com

Tim O’Brien, VP Communications

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

(615) 646-7465 – office

(615) 496-5949 – cell

Obrien@ripleys.com

World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids Set to Return to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Finned beauties to prove that mermaids are more than just figments of fantasy and imagination as they perform 12 shows, August 6, 7 & 8

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (March 26, 2010) – Following standing-room only performances at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies last summer, the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida, known for their grace and beauty for the past 63 years, will be returning to Gatlinburg once again this summer.

You’ll see mermaids as you have never seen them before – live and in front of you!

Due to the popularity of the performances last summer, three extra shows have been added to accommodate the mermaid-loving crowds. The finned beauties will grace the aquarium’s waters for 12 shows, August 6, 7 & 8. Their performances last summer were critically acclaimed and there was standing room only for every show. “Get there early and grab yourself a spot,” is the advice Ryan DeSear, the aquarium’s GM, has for anyone who wants to experience the show. “These shows are awesome, especially for the children. They are totally mesmerized.”

The mermaids will perform each day at 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. and will be available to meet and greet guests following each show in the shallows of Friendship Flats. The watery stage at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be Ray Bay, a 15 foot deep, 85,000 gallon saltwater tank, populated with sharks and stingrays.

Special photo opportunities and several interactive programs will be offered in conjunction with the mermaid’s visit, including a Mermaid Splash, where guests will join a mermaid in the water and splash, pet and frolic with the friendly stingrays.

This year, the popular and enchanting mermaids Lauren Dodson, Stayce McConnell and Carli Goodworth will be traveling to Gatlinburg from their home waters at Weeki Wachee to swim among the sharks and rays.

“We are absolutely delighted the girls are coming back,” said DeSear.  “Their underwater shows have been received very well by our guests and experiencing their underwater grace and poise is truly a joy. It’s something you can’t see just anywhere.”

The mermaid shows are free with paid admission to the aquarium. For further information about the interactive programs with the mermaids (which require a reservation) or to reserve a spot, contact Courtney Thompson at 888-240-1358, ext. 2142.

A Brief History of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, also called The City of Live Mermaids is truly an original piece of Florida’s rich heritage and one of the state’s earliest roadside attractions.

The Weeki Wachee Springs underwater theater opened on Oct. 13, 1947. The mermaids performed synchronized ballet moves 20 feet underwater while breathing through special air hoses hidden in the scenery.

In the 1950s, Weeki Wachee, located north of Tampa on Florida’s west coast, was one of the nation’s most popular tourist stops. The attraction received worldwide acclaim and several movies were filmed at the spring.

Weeki Wachee’s heyday began in 1959, when the spring was purchased by the American Broadcasting Co. (ABC) and was heavily promoted. The ABC creative team developed themes for the underwater shows, with elaborate props, lifts, music, and story lines.

In the 1960s, the glamorous mermaids performed eight shows a day to sold out crowds – as many as half a million people a year came to see them. The mermaids were treated like royalty wherever they appeared in Florida and stars of those days, including Elvis, Don Knotts, Esther Williams, and Arthur Godfrey, stopped by to see them perform live.

Today, tiny Weeki Wachee is one of the nation’s smallest cities, with a population of nine, including its mayor, Robyn Anderson, a former mermaid. It is also a Florida State Park. www.weekiwachee.com

About Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com), the second most attended attraction in Tennessee, was Voted The Number One Aquarium in America by TripAdvisor.com and Forbes Traveler has named it one of America’s best aquariums. More than 100,000 exotic sea creatures live in its 1.4 million gallons of water. The aquarium is known for its shark exhibit that features 11-foot sharks and one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family of worldwide entertainment facilities that includes another world class aquarium – Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, S.C. More than 13 million people visit Ripley’s 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third largest privately held company in Canada.

High resolution photos can be downloaded from www.ripleysnewsroom.com/gatmermaids-2010

Media Contacts:

Mary Phillips

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

(865) 430-8808, ext. 2152

Phillips@ripleys.com

Tim O’Brien, VP Communications

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

(615) 646-7465 – office

(615) 496-5949 – cell

Obrien@ripleys.com

“Lizardman” Captured by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s is creating life-size figures of a man who has transformed himself into a reptile

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2010) – The headline sounds as if it’s been ripped from the Weekly World News: “Caught on video: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! creates wax figure of half-man, half-lizard!”

But this is a true story.

The F/X experts at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! are creating wax figures of Erik Sprague – aka “Lizardman.”

Sprague is a performance artist who has turned himself into a reptile. He has a forked tongue, pointy teeth and is covered in scales, thanks to several hundred hours of tattooing. He says his body-based performance art has been to explore what it means to be human and differentiate himself from other humans.

The Ripley’s F/X team is taking body casts of Sprague this week, the first step in creating Lizardman life-size figures for several Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums.

To view downloadable images and videos of the casting process, as well as Sprague talking with Edward Meyer, Ripley’s VP of Exhibits & Archives, about why he has turned himself into a human lizard, go to http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/lizardman-wax/

Media contact:

Tim O’Brien

VP Communications

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Obrien@ripleys.com

Office – 615-646-7465

Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Acquires Lady Gaga Portrait Made from 61,509 BB’s

One-of-a-kind BB face will hang in
Ripley’s Hollywood Odditorium

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2010) – Her poker face may be tough to read, but there will be no mistaking the face on a new Lady Gaga portrait acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The portrait is a mosaic made from 61,509 Airsoft BB’s – the plastic balls used in a popular type of BB gun.

The artwork was created by Gainesville, Florida artist John O’Hearn, who is primarily a sculptor, but has spent the last few years experimenting with Airsoft BB’s as a medium. The BB’s act as pixels in the mosaics he creates. O’Hearn says he can recreate any picture or portrait from just 5 colors of BB’s – red, yellow, blue, black and white. This project took about a month to finish.

The Lady Gaga mosaic is 4 feet high and is 8 feet wide.  It contains:

  • 303 plastic tubes
  • Each tube contains 203 BB’s
  • 61,509 BB’s in all

“This is a spectacular work of art,” said Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits and Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “O’Hearn uses computer technology and an unusual medium to put a modern-day spin on pointillism.”

Unique Celebrity Portraits at Ripley’s

Lady Gaga joins an exclusive list of unique celebrity portraits that hang in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditoriums worldwide, including President Obama, Michael Jackson and Dean Cain all made from gumballs, Eminem and Elvis made from M&M’s, Princess Diana made from dryer lint, Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe and Mo’Nique made from licorice and gummy bears, Taylor Swift made from pink and white Good N’ Plenty candies and the Beatles made from chicken wire.  Another John O’Hearn creation hangs in Ripley’s St. Augustine, Florida Odditorium – a portrait of football quarterback Tim Tebow made from 46,000 BB’s.

The Lady Gaga portrait will go on display in Ripley’s Hollywood Odditorium in Spring 2011 following an extensive museum renovation and remodel over the winter months.

To view downloadable high-resolution images of the Lady Gaga portrait, go to Ripley’s Newsroom.

Media contact:

Tim O’Brien

VP Communications

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Obrien@ripleys.com

Office – 615-646-7465

Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Great Wolf Lodge Throws Big Bash for “Canada’s Birthday”

July 1celebration includes giant cake cutting and fireworks

NIAGARA FALLS, ON. (June 9, 2010) – It’s time for Canada to blow out those candles again and Ripley’s Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls knows just how to celebrate, with an array of special activities and prices for Canada Day.

Families can enjoy from a range of different events at the Great Wolf Lodge for Canada Day and the weekend that follows, including:

  • Giant Cake Cutting (July 1): Join us on the outdoor pool deck as we cut Canada’s birthday cake.
  • Fireworks (July 1): Wrap up a day of resort activities by watching some spectacular fireworks.

  • Story Time Under the Stars (July 1): Join us at the outdoor pool for a special story time under the stars.

  • Family Dance (July 2): Put on your dancing shoes and come to the Grand Living Room to show us your best dance moves. Join in on the Great Wolf Family fun.

  • Family Quest (July 3): Rally the family and join us on a Scavenger Hunt throughout the Lodge. There are great prizes for the top three teams.

There will also be poolside entertainment at the Lodge’s 60,000 square feet outdoor waterpark. If that isn’t enough, families can also enjoy the indoor waterpark complex, which is made up of 13 waterslides, three pools, two whirlpools, a giant wavepool, a lazy river and a huge tipping bucket carrying 4,000 liters of water.

Rates for Canada Day start at $369.95 and includes 2 Days Play with 1 Night Stay. For reservations at the Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, visit http://www.greatwolf.com /niagara/waterpark or call (800) 605-9653.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Keith Simmonds

General Manager Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls
Ph: 905.354.4888, email: simmonds@ripleys.com

About Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

Great Wolf Lodge (www.greatwolf.com) Niagara Falls, Canada, is owned by Ripley’s Niagara Water Park Resort, L.P., a Jim Pattison Group company, through a license from Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

Great Wolf Lodge captures the adventure and the intrigue of the Northwoods with nature-inspired accommodations, multiple family-themed restaurants, Elements spa, an arcade with over 100 games and an interactive miniature golf course. Measuring more than 100,000 square feet with 2.5 million litres of water, the indoor waterpark complex includes 13 waterslides, three pools, two whirlpools, a large outdoor heated spa experience, a giant wavepool, a 500,000 litre lazy river, a 4,000 litre tipping bucket and more.  Well known for its environmental programs, Great Wolf Lodge Niagara  Falls has been awarded four leaves in the Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating program.

About Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc®. (NASDAQ: WOLF), Madison, Wis., is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, and, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge® and Blue Harbor Resort brands.  Great Wolf Resorts is a fully integrated resort company with Great Wolf Lodge locations in: Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Sandusky, Ohio; Traverse City, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Williamsburg, Va.; the Pocono Mountains, Pa.; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Mason, Ohio; Grapevine, Texas; Grand Mound, Wash.; and Concord, N.C.; and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wis.  Through Great Wolf Resorts’ environmental sustainability program, Project Green Wolf, the company is the first and only national hotel chain to have all US properties Green Seal Certified – Silver.

The company’s resorts are family-oriented destination facilities that generally feature 300 – 600 rooms and a large indoor entertainment area measuring 40,000 – 100,000 square feet.  The all-suite properties offer a variety of room styles, arcade/game rooms, fitness rooms, themed restaurants, spas, supervised children’s activities and other amenities.  Additional information may be found on the company’s Web site at www.greatwolf.com.

Believe It or Not! Ripley’s to Open the Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory in The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso -Sweet!-

EL PASO, Texas (May11, 2010) – Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Candy Factory, the most innovative, fun and tasty attraction to open in this city for years, will be opening  its doors this summer at The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso.

The attraction features hundreds of mirrors with an amazing surprise at every corner, twist and bend. Plus, the spectacular and colorful candy store has a splendiferous variety of candies of all kinds – from old fashioned root beer barrels to the most current confections, all set in a fantasy candy factory surrounding.

The Mirror Maze features nearly 2,000 square feet of mirrored paths, surprising corners, dead ends and rotating mirrors! Music, mysterious sounds and colorful lighting effects make the experience even more daunting – and FUN!

If a person stops and looks around all they will see is themselves looking back. There appears to be no clear path for escape! With so many choices – it is never the same experience twice. One ticket is good for unlimited play all day which makes it one of the area’s most affordable attractions as well!

“It’s different, it’s fun for everyone in the family and it’s certainly much cooler than the glass and mirror mazes I went through as a kid!” said, Clay Stewart general manager of the three Ripley’s facilities in San Antonio.

The Maze and Candy Factory will be located at The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, I-10 and Exit 6 (Trans Mountain Loop/Hwy 375).

The Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy Factory is the newest member of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family, which includes more than 80 family attractions in 11 countries, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, Louis Tussauds Wax Museums, Ripley’s Aquariums, Ripley’s Haunted Adventures, Ripley’s Moving Theaters, Ripley’s Mini-Golf, and the Guinness World Records  Museums.

El  Paso Media Contact:

Clay Stewart, General Manager San Antonio
210-224-9299
stewart@ripleys.com

Ripley Corporate Media Contact:

Tim O’Brien, VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment
615-646-7465
Obrien@ripleys.com