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Warner Bros. Plans To Build Tramway Linking Burbank Lot To Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. has a bold vision for an aerial tramway to transport visitors to and from its Burbank lot to the Hollywood sign. Like a plan that Musk has for a high-tech hyperloop that would shuttle riders between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Warners tramway would alleviate traffic and parking problems that plague the famed landmark.

The studio, now owned by innovation-focused AT&T, on Monday told Los Angeles officials that it will pay the estimated $100 million for the so-called Hollywood Skyway.

“The Hollywood sign is an important historic and globally recognized landmark for the city of Los Angeles. The sign’s fame, however, has created unintended negative effects such as heavy traffic in adjacent residential areas and related safety concerns,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “The concept of an aerial tram as a solution is one that been suggested in the past and was most recently highlighted as a potential solution in the comprehensive strategies report by Dixon Resources Unlimited.”

Warners decided to step up given its close proximity to the north side of the Hollywood sign and wanted to be part of a solution that has the least impact possible on the environment so that Griffith Park and the surrounding residential neighborhoods are left largely undisrupted. 

“We understand there are a number of possible solutions being considered, but we are confident the city’s feasibility study will show our proposal to be the best option — an option that can be built and operated at no cost to the taxpayer and that will provide public benefit to the city of Los Angeles and its residents,” the studio spokesperson added.

The length of the tram route would be more than 1 mile and last roughly six minutes — a far cry from current driving estimates even under the best conditions — traveling up the back of Mt. Lee to a planned visitors’ center near the sign.

Read more HERE.

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Travel Stamps United States Series Album & Guide

This summer, as your family considers making that road trip within your state or across the country, consider this Travel Stamps United States Series Album and Guide as a wonderful keepsake to remember your journey. My 9 year old daughter loves adding a new stamp to her book and learning about our latest destination when we have visited a new state. 

Spiral bound in hardcover, this beautiful new book will accompany you on your journey through the great variety of landscapes, cities, activities and foods this country has to offer. Expert text, helpful maps and a listing of state tourism websites will assist you in planning your uniquely American adventures, while a handy checklist serves as a scorecard for the states you’ve visited and those you have yet to explore.

Also included in these pages are the five permanently inhabited U.S. territories and seventeen spectacular USA road trips that celebrate travel on the open road. Designated stamp spaces accompanying each destination’s description await placement of your colorful Travel Stamps, which beautifully illustrate each state’s welcome sign and iconic features.

Order HERE for $19.99. United States stamps can be purchased as a set or individually. For more info, go to www.travelstamps.com.

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Addicted To Americana By Charles Phoenix

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. 

The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and “theme park” tour of downtown Los Angeles.

This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles’s collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style.

 

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as Phoenix guides us through his action- packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

You can purchase the 176 page book HERE.

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3 Advantages of Pop Culture Tourism

Popular culture or pop culture has a big impact on everything, especially in tourism. Nowadays. traveling to locations that are featured in music, books, movies, or other forms of media is trendy. With so much promotion about a certain country or city, travelers can easily find a way to explore these places on their own.

One of the best travel destinations these days is Australia. Undoubtedly, plenty of tourist spots and thrilling activities are found here. You can try out numerous things while here with your loved ones and have the best time of your lives. Not to mention, a lot of international movies were also shot in The Land Down Under, including The Matrix, Wolverine, Babe, Mission Impossible 2, and The Great Gatsby. Pop culture tourism has been truly influential to people from across the globe.

Here are some good effects of pop culture tourism:

Popularity becomes profit

It is extremely evident that when a hit movie or TV series was shot in a certain location and took the world by storm, fans would want to visit these places. Just like the American series, Game of Thrones, its locations have been visited by its strong following and fan base all over the world. With this, these destinations have gained more profit through marketability, and that’s definitely a great deal for tourism.

Publicized by influencers 

With the use of social media in today’s world, it has been easy for everyone to stay connected and be up-to-date about everything. Numerous books have been turned into movies, events to festivals, and movies to theatre productions. Everything seems to be changing, but with a good effect as it is in pop culture. Since there are bloggers and influencers out there who tell the world how a specific location is worth seeing and traveling because they have experienced it firsthand, people are engaged to do the same. They simply post interesting pictures on their social media accounts or write creative content on their personal blogs and a number of people would see it and probably be influenced in traveling there, too.

Actual travel by tourists

Experiencing a place and portraying what has been done on a particular scene in a movie you have seen by a celebrated actor creates nostalgia among fans. If you are actually a fan of someone, you will surely want to recreate a memory that has been made by your favorite actor. A movie, book, or series of your favorite characters will have a big impact on you and even make you travel to see and experience such a place.

Many travelers have been prompted to visit some locations because of pop culture. And it doesn’t just stop there. People are actually travelling places to witness what the hype is all about. It draws them curiosity and eventually boosting awareness and learning once they have been to such destination. Pop culture tourism will stay as long as there are influencers, social media platforms, and other forms of entertainment.

To make sure you’ll have a wonderful Australian adventure, visit DriveNow here and book a car that will take you to all the lovely travel destinations around the country.

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Newly Opened LEGO House Is A Tribute To Creative Play

On September 28, 2017, a 12,000-square meter house filled with 25 million LEGO bricks opened its doors to a brand new creative universe. Children and creative souls of all ages can now get the ultimate LEGO experience all year round in the new LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

It has taken four years to build the most unique LEGO experience in the world – LEGO House. The house is located in Billund, Denmark, where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, and was opened at a grand event attended by HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess and their children.

For LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the house is a place where LEGO fans of all ages can find out much more about where LEGO play can take you.

“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities,” says third-generation LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and adds:

“At the heart of all LEGO experiences – from the boxes of LEGO bricks that children have at home to this fantastic LEGO House that we are celebrating today – is the unique and timeless LEGO brick. With LEGO bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”

The heart of LEGO House is the experience zones. Here, you will find two exhibition areas and four play areas where you can explore your creativity in lots of different ways. The zones are based on four different colors, each symbolizing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing,” says Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.

If you wish to visit LEGO House, you need to book your visit in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions. This is to ensure that all visitors get the full experience without having to endure long queues and crowded experience zones.

– LEGO House was designed by the architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and consists of 21 white bricks stacked on top of each other. Its facade is covered with tiles, giving the illusion that the whole building is made of LEGO bricks.The building covers an area of 12,000 m2.

– On the ground floor, you will find three restaurants, a LEGO Store, a conference room and the 2,000-square metre LEGO Square. 

– The experience zones comprise four colored play areas, a large gallery of LEGO creations built by fans and a large exhibition about the history of the LEGO brand – including 200 of the most iconic LEGO boxed sets. 

– The experience zones are based on four different colors, each representing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.  Each color zone has a number of activities that encourage visitors to play.

– In addition to the experience zones, the enormous bricks house a sheltered public space and a number of interconnected outdoor terraces and playgrounds for visitors to explore and enjoy. From LEGO Square, you have free access to three eateries and a big LEGO Store. 

– Visitors arriving by air to Billund Airport are welcomed on approach by eight light beams from the gigantic LEGO keystone brick on top of LEGO House, representing the eight knobs on a 2×4 LEGO brick.

– LEGO House expects to welcome 250,000 paying visitors each year. Visitors are expected to come from all over the world – mainly families, but also school groups, LEGO employees and AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). 

More info HERE.

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My PostCard – Easily Send Postcards With Your Own Photos

Why purchase a cheesy boring postcard with no personality at a gift shop or travel kiosk when you can easily create your own custom postcard with your own images?

MyPostcard allows you to send real physical postcards from your smartphone or your computer.  For the extremely low price of $1.99 per card you can choose that family shot at the Grand Canyon, pictures from an Anniversary party, photos of your last Disney World trip or a memorable image from your last exotic cruise and send a personal greeting on paper versus a boring digital image.

Imagine the joy on your kid’s grandparents face when they receive an actual postcard featuring your children’s smiling faces! Show your girlfriend that you really miss her on your business trip and that you wish she was with you.  It’s easy for people to scroll through forgettable pictures on Facebook and Instagram but a paper postcard leaves a lasting impresssion and shows that you REALLY care!

How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. First you download the MyPostcard app in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can even use your home computer or tablet.

There are many templates to choose from. Once your favorite photo has been uploaded you can add a personal message (Up to 450 characters) on the back of the card. Type in the recipient’s name and address and you are good to go!

MyPostcard will take care of the rest…They will produce the cards and mail them anywhere in the world for you quickly, affordably and efficiently. The cards are sent out within 24 hours. Pay with a credit card or PayPal.

The postcards are made in the traditional postcard format and measure 4.1 x 5.8 inches. The postcards are digitally printed on 300g thick paper or postcard cardboard. The front side of the postcard receives a high quality gloss lamination.

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a postcard in the mail and the personal touch of actual pictures will make it a special keepsake! Try MyPostcard on your next family vacation and truly surprise your loved ones!

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Check Out The Amazing LEGO London Flagship Store

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LEGO has officially opened its new UK flagship store in central London’s popular tourist hot-spot, Leicester Square.

The Leicester Square store is the 131st  LEGO Brand Retail store globally and is pushing the boundaries with many unique LEGO firsts. The largest LEGO store in the world boasts exciting new experiences, such as a ‘Mosaic Maker’, which offers LEGO fans of all ages the opportunity to purchase their very own, one of a kind, personalized LEGO mosaic portrait. The machine captures your image and in under ten minutes, printed instructions and the bricks required to complete the LEGO portrait are supplied to the customer. The London store is the first in the world to make this unique experience available.

John Goodwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the LEGO Group said:

“We are excited to have finally opened the doors to the world’s largest LEGO store here in London. We want to inspire and develop children through creative play experiences – and this store is all about that. Here, parents and children can explore the many different LEGO products while at the same time getting a truly immersive experience of the LEGO brand.”

Inspiring creativity and developing the builders of tomorrow is a central theme for the store and this is encouraged with unique hands-on interactive brick experiences. These  include ‘Master Builder Playtables’, where children will be free to build whatever they can imagine – inspired by iconic London landmarks and a range of exciting LEGO themes.

There will also be a timetable, when Certified LEGO Master Builders will visit the store sharing tips and tricks to help visitors build LEGO models and help inspire children to think outside the box when building their creations.

Through a partnership with Transport for London LEGO has created a life-sized London Underground tube carriage. The tube is the largest LEGO build in the store, made up of 637,903 bricks and it took 3,399 hours to build. The carriage offers fun photo opportunities and will be a must see for all the family.

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Other highlights within the new London LEGO Store include:

-Build a Minifigure Tower with Talking LEGO Minifigures – includes four different talking LEGO Minifigures including Lester, Royal Guard, Bobby the Policeman and Sherlock Holmes

-LEGO Minifigure Scanner – an interactive experience available from outside the store where people can find out which LEGO Minifigure they are

-Digital window display  – state of the art screens that will show LEGO movies and clips

-Lester’s room housing a model of store mascot Lester for photo opportunities both inside and outside the store

-Brickadilly corner – an interactive information center informing shoppers including in-store event schedules and highlighting retail experiences within the store;

– Digital endless isle – a digital experience allowing shoppers to browse a digital catalog of all LEGO sets available in store. It also calls for assistance by sending a message to the smart watches of store staff

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Black Rabbit Rose
1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat

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If you’ve got the cash, there’s no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it’s like your own hotel room in the sky.

YouTube Personality and Filmmaker, Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

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With decades of experience making strollers, Bugaboo knows about mobility. Now they’re applying that know-how to travel. The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System ($1,030+) is more than just a set of bags. At its core is a versatile folding chassis that lets you push your bags like a stroller or pull them behind you. For longer trips, click the check-in sized Travel Case onto the chassis then slide the carry-on friendly Travel Case on top. For shorter excursions, attach the smaller bag to the chassis and go. An Organizer pouch sits on the back keeping essentials like your wallet, phone, and passport handy, while the Inner Bag of the Cabin Case helps keep you organized and doubles as a daypack once you’re reached your destination.

The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System will be available on September 26, 2016.

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