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When we last heard of Oregon Trail, it was getting a rebirth of sorts thanks to a new handheld game from the folks at Basic Fun! Toys. Indeed, I played the original version on the green-and-black CRT screens of my elementary school circa 1980-something, so the new game has an appeal (I've not yet played it). But for those wishing for a more true-to-life experience with the Oregon Trail, you can now pretend you're an Oregon Trail settler who just spent six months "on the dusty, bumpy and downright grueling journey west" - and you won't even have to die of dysentery to do it! For a limited time, those in Portland, OR can snag a ride in a covered wagon courtesy of Travel Oregon and Lyft Portland. It's a rare chance to enjoy a wagon experience in the Rose City in honor of the Oregon Trail's 175th Anniversary. Check out all the details below...

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Six Flags is going to Hell. When the annual Fright Fest opens for the 2018 season, three of the parks - Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, and Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (one of our local haunts*) - will feature new haunted attractions based on CBS Films' upcoming movie, HELL FEST, which hits theaters Friday, September 28, 2018.

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Several years in the making, the 150-acre LEGOLAND New York Resort will open to visitors in 2020, and this week the crew at Merlin Entertainment have unveiled the first look at the eight themed "lands" that will make up the family theme park. At a ceremony in Goshen, New York (60 miles outside of New York City), a 10-foot LEGO model of the entire theme park was shown for the very first time. Crafted from over 135,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGOLAND New York model took 20 Master Model Builders more than 1,300 hours to design and build. See the unveiling in the Facebook Live stream embedded below, along with all the details on the eight lands. The press conference starts at the 10:00 mark in the video...

Vacationing is one of the greatest aspects of adulting. After working tirelessly for months at a time, spending a week or a long weekend at a tropical paradise can be just what someone needs to replenish and relax. However, for a variety of reasons, millennials aren't using their vacation days as much as other generations, leaving an estimated $1.3 trillion worth of wasted vacation on the table each year.

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At its core, Hotel Transylvania has always been about vacationing. In fact, the first film established that with its titular location - a five-stake resort for all manner of monster. But what happens when the proprietor of said resort needs some time for a vacation himself? Well, that's the story of Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In theaters on Friday the 13th of July, Dracula and the crew hit the seas for a luxury cruise, and from the looks of things, he's gonna need a vacation when he's done with his vacation - something that rings true from my own experience as The Rock Father™. Now, to get your family up to speed before the third film in what can now be called "The Hotel Transylvania Trilogy" hits theaters, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment at yours truly have teamed-up for a double-feature movie night with Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD. I'm coining #DadsForDrac as a tagline!

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As Jurassic Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary ahead of the release of Universal Pictures' Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a familiar predator is making an appearance at the "Raptor Encounter." Blue, one of the most popular dinosaurs from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, is now part of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s exciting “Raptor Encounter” experiences inviting guests to brave the dangerous predator in daring face-to-face standoffs.

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