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'Peanuts' corn mazes crop up for 50th anniversary of 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'

Get ready for a Halloween treat, Peanuts fans.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," Utah-based The MAiZE Inc. has designed "Peanuts"-themed corn mazes at more than 90 farms across the country, the Washington Post reported last month.

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According to the Post, "several of the mazes will feature political slogans, such as 'Snoopy for Prez'" in honor of the upcoming presidential election. 

Guests also will get a chance to watch the iconic "Great Pumpkin" special, first broadcast in 1966, at the farms. (And if you can't make it to one of the farms, don't fret: The special airs at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on ABC.)

Read more here.

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Tripadvisor halts ticket sales for events with captive animals

TripAdvisor will no longer book attractions that come into contact with captive wild animals or endangered species as a part of a "commitment to improve wildlife welfare standards in tourism," the company announced Wednesday.

"TripAdvisor and its Viator brand will discontinue selling tickets for specific tourism experiences where travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species, including but not limited to elephant rides, petting tigers and swim with dolphin attractions," the company wrote in an official statement

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According to the New York Times, the decision is the first of its kind by a leading travel booking site.

"TripAdvisor's new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections," said Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO, TripAdvisor. "At the same time, we want to celebrate those destinations and attractions that are leaders in caring for animals and those in the tourism industry who help further the cause of animal welfare, conservation and the preservation of endangered species. We want to thank the dozens of trade groups, academics and nongovernmental organizations who helped us design our path forward as a company."

Instead of removing activities that feature captive and endangered animals from the site, TripAdvisor is enacting educational opportunities. Banned activities will still appear on the site, but instead of being able to book them, customers will be able to "learn from experts about responsible interactions with wild, captive, and endangered species and the relationships between tourism and conservation," Conde Nast Traveler reported. Among the groups that will provide expertise are World Animal Protection, Oxford University's WildCRU and PETA.

"We believe the end result of our efforts will be enabling travelers to make more thoughtful choices about whether to visit an animal attraction and to write more meaningful reviews about those attractions," Kaufer said.

Many activist groups praised the move.

"This animal abuse is a hidden by-product of the tourism industry. Millions of people look at TripAdvisor every day to guide what they see and do," Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection, told National Geographic. "This is a significant step towards ending the sale of hundreds of cruel wildlife activities and sends a message to the travel industry and millions of users that wildlife entertainment such as taking tiger selfies or riding elephants is not something you should do."

"TripAdvisor is a leader in the industry, and we understand and applaud that this is a precedent-setting move," Stephanie Shaw, a corporate liaison for PETA, said.

But Conde Nast Traveler pointed out that certain animal attractions, "including activities such as horseback riding and aquarium touch-pools where guests can pet wildlife under the supervision of experts," will continue to be offered through the site. Day-passes to SeaWorld were still available on the site as of Wednesday afternoon.

TripAdvisor's new policy is set to be completely implemented by early 2017.

Read more at TripAdvisor and the New York Times.

What's open? Orlando theme parks respond as Hurricane Matthew shifts toward Florida

Orlando's WFTV is gathering information on Orlando theme parks ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

  • According to Disney’s website, “Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions as we continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Recent forecasts indicate that there could be rain and wind in the Central Florida area as early as Thursday evening.” 

>> Hurricane Matthew: Live updates as storm approaches the East Coast

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is closed through Sunday. Thursday and Friday performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ are canceled.
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Theme Park is canceled for Thursday. For rebooking, refunds and other options, call 407-566-4985, option 5, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ET.
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is open Thursday, but the Learn to Surf experience is closed. The park will be closed Friday.
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has canceled Spirit of Aloha dinner shows for Thursday and Friday.
  • La Vida Health Club at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort; Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort; and Ship Shape Massage, Salon and Fitness at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will be closed from noon Thursday through Saturday evening.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs is closed through Sunday.
  • The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has canceled the 2016 Disney Cross Country Classic and Baseball Canada's games and practice sessions for Friday and Saturday. Baseball Canada's Thursday game has been rescheduled from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m.

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Matthew

  • SeaWorld and Discovery Cove will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday closed Friday. SeaWorld will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday with normal Spooktacular activities from noon-7 p.m. Please check the website for up-to-date information. Aquatica Orlando will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Universal Studios representative said the park is “currently planning to remain open as scheduled through the week. We are obviously monitoring the weather and will always make the safety of our guests and team members our top priority.” Please check the website for up-to-date information.

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  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort will operate as scheduled Thursday, but LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park may close early due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The theme park will remain closed Friday, but LEGOLAND Hotel will be open to admit arriving guests. They expect to operate as scheduled Saturday but will continue to monitor the storm’s projected path and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Thursday and Friday. Visitor Complex officials anticipate reopening at 9 a.m. Saturday after a thorough assessment of the property has been completed.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

America's first 'surf park' to open in Austin, Texas

NLand Surf Park, America's first "surf park," opens Friday, and all skill levels are welcome. The waves can be calibrated from gentle to head-high.

With a pool nine football fields long, visitors can expect the rides to last a long time. 

That's welcome news, since surfers have been waiting months for the park to open. 

First, heavy rains stalled construction, then the county and company had to settle competing lawsuits over how to safely treat the park's water.

With the issue settled, and the park finally opening to the public, the next step may be bringing in professionals. 

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Red Bull hosted a surf competition last year at NLand's sister park in Wales.    

For those who aren't very experienced, NLand has a training center to help surfers develop their skills.

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Man's comment card echoes thoughts of many at art museum

For some, a trip to the art museum means and experience filled with wonder and majesty. For others, it is the most boring way to spend a day, and that's the sentiment that one man expressed on a comment card of a London-area museum.

Reddit user mar480 posted an image of a comment card he found at the Tate Modern in London, which read, "My wife made me come here, and I'm not convinced this isn't a joke."

Other Reddit users chimed in with experiences of their own at art museums.

"When I was in the Saatchi Gallery a few months back, there was one exhibit which was literally just boxes and ladders laid out to look like it was an exhibit, which was waiting to be put together," Reddit user Gisschace wrote. "I am pretty sure the artist was taking the (expletive) with that one."

Another user said that the user should "frame the note, and boom, you got yourself another piece of modern art!"

Not all users were against the piece.

One man wrote that "some people would argue that since it provoked a reaction of emotion," -- even though negative -- "it must be good art."

Read more at Reddit.

Comment card at the Tate Modern today

Zoo Atlanta's giant panda, Lun Lun, expecting twins – again

Lun Lun, the prolific giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, is expecting twins – for the second time.

Zoo officials recently announced that Lun Lun was pregnant. An ultrasound on Monday confirmed that Lun Lun is carrying two fetuses.

As of Aug. 22, those two fetuses measured 2.68 centimeters and 2.19 centimeters.

Lun Lun, who turns 19 on Thursday, is the mother of the only pair of giant panda twins in the U.S., 3-year-olds Mei Lun and Mei Huan. While giant pandas often give birth to twins, usually only one cub survives because the mother tends to nurse only one of the pair.

>> Watch a video about the panda cubs' first 100 days

After the birth of Mei Lun and Mei Huan, Zoo Atlanta’s veterinary team performed a miraculous sleight of hand, by steadily replacing one cub with the other in their mother’s embrace, giving each a chance to nurse and bond.

>> PHOTOS: Zoo Atlanta panda twins getting cuter

The result: Atlanta has the only pair of panda twins in the U.S.

The zoo hopes to perform the same miracle with these two, but there are many obstacles ahead, including a successful birth.

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Round-the-clock birthwatch began on Monday, but there is still no certainty. The zoo said in a statement, “fetal reabsorption is not uncommon in giant pandas.” Lun Lun has given birth to five cubs, three of which live in China at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Lun Lun has been trained to participate in ultrasound exams, but her participation is “voluntary,” the zoo points out, so additional ultrasounds aren’t a sure thing either.

The twins could arrive any time in the next few weeks.

Video: Dolphin snatches woman's iPad at SeaWorld

A woman got a shock while at SeaWorld in Orlando over the weekend when a dolphin swam up to her, snatched an iPad out of her hands and dunked it in the water.

Another guest caught the incident on video while the dolphins were interacting with people around their swim tank, WTVT reported. 

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Kuadiel Gomez, a SeaWorld season pass holder from Wesley Chapel, was visiting the theme park with his family and recording the dolphins interacting with people when he caught the incident.

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"That dolphin just lunged and reached the lady, which was unbelievable," he told WTVT.

"As you can see, the dolphins can reach your loose items,” a SeaWorld worker remarked. 

Read more at WTVT.

Swim in a pool of sprinkles at New York's new Museum of Ice Cream

Looking for some sweet summer fun? 

A new attraction in New York City may be just the thing.

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The Museum of Ice Cream will open in the heart of the Meatpacking District on July 29, according to the attraction's website.

Visitors can expect a "lick-able, likable, shareable ice cream-centric experience" where they can indulge in a "swimmable rainbow 'sprinkle' pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a collaborative massive ice cream sundae."

A photo posted by MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM (@museumoficecream) on Jul 2, 2016 at 10:06am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

There will also be an ice cream sandwich swing and an ice cream scooper seesaw as well as an opportunity for guests to "find their match/favorite flavor on a custom app in Tinder Land."

Visitors can purchase an adult ticket, or "single," for one or a "double" package for two for $18. The price of the ticket includes the opportunity to "indulge in an exclusive, one-of-a-kind ice cream tasting created." 

In anticipation for the attraction's pop-up opening, the museum has posted photos on an Instagram page, many of which feature facts and history regarding ice cream. 

The museum will be open until August 31.

The average american eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year @brittnimehlhoff #MOIC #museumoficecream #nationalicecreammonth #icecream A photo posted by MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM (@museumoficecream) on Jul 12, 2016 at 8:41pm PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream @museumoficecream #MOIC #icecreamfactoftheday #museumoficecream A photo posted by MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM (@museumoficecream) on Jul 11, 2016 at 5:03am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

The tallest ice cream cone was over 9ft tall! @jaimesanchezart @museumoficecream #MOIC #museumoficecream #icecream #icecreamfactoftheday #nationalicecreammonth A photo posted by MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM (@museumoficecream) on Jul 12, 2016 at 1:34pm PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

John Harrison, the official taste-tester for Dreyer’s Ice Cream, has his tongue insured for $1 million @museumoficecream @ice_cream_books #museumoficecream #MOIC #icecream #icecreamfactoftheday A photo posted by MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM (@museumoficecream) on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:40am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

Massive $91 million Noah's Ark replica to open

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