Jack Hanna Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Celebrity wildlife expert Jack Hanna returns to SeaWorld Orlando on September 14-15 for Jack Hanna Weekend, accompanied by many of the world’s most amazing animal ambassadors.

Jack Hannah with Penguin at SeaWorld

Included with park admission, this special limited-time series takes place at Nautilus Theater on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15. Shows will be at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Recognized around the world for his boundless enthusiasm for animals and conservation, “Jungle Jack” helps us share in his wondrous connection to wildlife and the world we share. Hanna’s past “co-stars” have included clouded leopards, chatty kookaburras, penguins and majestic eagles.

NEW: Dinner with Jack Hanna – September 14 & 15, 5:00 p.m.

Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at Dine with Shamu®, where they will mingle with Jack Hanna and meet his animal friends up-close. This VIP dinner offers a delicious menu, while “Jungle Jack” entertains guests with animal facts, tales of his adventures and answers questions from attendees.  Additionally, guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack, one complimentary adult beverage (for guests 21 and over) and special reserved seats at the 3:15 p.m. show.  Cost is $59 for adults, $49 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. Pass Members receive 10% discount.

Breakfast with Jack Hanna at Sharks Underwater Grill® – September 14 & 15, 9:00 a.m.

Meet Jack Hanna and his animal friends up-close during a special breakfast at Sharks Underwater Grill®.  This VIP experience features a hearty breakfast, while “Jungle Jack” teaches guests about some of his animal friends, speaks about his animal encounters and answers questions from those in attendance. Guests will receive one complimentary family photo with Jack and special reserved seats at the 1:15 p.m. show.  Cost is $49 for adults, $39 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. Pass Members receive 10% discount.

To learn more about Jack Hanna Weekend and all of SeaWorld Orlando’s events, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and follow us on Facebook.

About Jack Hanna

Animal expert Jungle Jack Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, conservationist, author, television personality, and lifelong adventurer. Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Talk, The Maury Show, Fox News Programs, and CNN News Programs. He is the host of TV’s Emmy award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. For more information, visit www.jackhanna.com

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Springfield Revisited

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DanaWalk: Springfield Revisited

I revisited Springfield to see the almost completed other side of the street, and I say almost completed because we were still waiting for Kang and Kodos’ Twirl ‘N’ Hurl ride to open when I was there.

Across from Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s Tavern, and Krusty Burger you can now find Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, Lard Lad Donuts, Duff Gardens, and plenty of Springfield’s finest to take a photo with.

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Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck

Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is probably my favorite because of the food truck craze that is going on right now.  The tacos sound amazing and the next time I go to Springfield, I will either try the Chicken taco or the Carne Asada taco.  Anything with guacamole is a must for me!

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A closer look at the Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck Menu

Lard Lad Donuts is next door.  I love the Lard Lad statue, but I wish they would have made it more than just a walk-up window/cart.  I was a tad underwhelmed by it.Simpsons Universal Orlando

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Simpsons Universal Orlando
Lard Lad Donut Menu

Chief Wiggum is hanging out by Lard Lad Donuts, as usual, with his police car that he’s run into a fire hydrant.  The fire hydrant is also a small water feature for kids to play in on a hot day.  It was not working when I was there, but it was up and running the next day.

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Next to the Chief, and before you get to Duff Gardens, is the statue of Jebediah Springfield.  If you visit him, make sure to notice the real grass that surrounds him.  I loved that they used real grass instead of the fake grass that resides over by Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.  Some of you might not know, but I am a Kentucky girl and I miss my bluegrass and this was pretty close to it!

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Real grass!!!

For all of you Simpson fans, the plaque on the back of the Jebediah statue reads, “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.

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Duff Gardens is an open-air bar that serves up three different Duff beers, the Flaming Moe, Squishees, as well as fountain beverages and bottled water.  They have a few small food items such as a fruit cup or nuts that you can purchase here as well.

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Simpsons Universal Orlando

Out in front of Duff’s are the Seven Duffs, which forgive me, I had to look up because I am not too familiar with the whole Simpsons series.  I found out that their names are Tipsy, Queasy, Surly, Sleazy, Edgy, Dizzy, and Remorseful.  They are a parody on Disney’s the Seven Dwarfs in that they are complete opposites.

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On the side of Duff’s where the “brewery” is, is a Duff gift shop with Duffman hanging out right beside it for you to snap some photos with.

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The whole place is colorful and fantastic, but I personally feel like the focus is on too much of the food aspect of the Simpsons.  I realized this last trip to Springfield, that I want something more than just food, like a walk-through Simpson house.  Would that not be cool?

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Simpsons Universal Orlando

Simpsons Universal Orlando

One last thing I noticed…Barney is back!  His beer stein is back to looking like he only has a drop of beer left in it and it’s great. Glad to have him back where he belongs in Moe’s.

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Simpsons Universal Orlando

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