West U.S. Travel Update: Disney Park to Celebrate Lunar New Year, Holocaust Museum Houston Gets Major Expansion

West U.S. Travel Update: Disney Park to Celebrate Lunar New Year, Holocaust Museum Houston Gets Major Expansion

Disney Park to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

California

The Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim will return in 2019. Year of the Dog festivities from January 26 to February 18 will include a wide variety of foods, live performances and other events inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Popular favorites that are coming back: “Hurry Home,” an evening water show at Paradise Bay; Lucky Wishing Well, a special place to add your own wish for the New Year; an area for guests to try their hand at arts and crafts with local artisans; and Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, where you’ll have the chance to welcome the New Year with Disney warrior-princess Mulan. (disneyland.disney.go.com)

Denver Area Awaits Fall Debut of Outlet Mall

Colorado

A new outlet mall is under construction in the Denver metro area and will open this fall. Denver Premium Outlets will be located near the intersection of Interstate 25 and 136th Avenue in Thornton, Colorado, 15 miles north of downtown Denver. The open-air, village-style mall will feature about 80 stores and restaurants, with designer and name-brand retailers offering savings of 25 to 65 percent. It will be the first Premium Outlets location in Colorado and surrounding states. (premiumoutlets.com)


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Top of Seattle

Washington

Sky View Observatory, located on the 73rd floor of Seattle’s Columbia Center, just completed a relaunch that includes interactive technology, a new elevator experience, and enhanced food and beverage options. Guests now have a single, direct-access elevator to the observation deck from the newly remodeled 4th Avenue atrium entrance. This new pathway bypasses the tenant elevators and features a visual journey of the Pacific Northwest. The tallest public observatory in the region offers sweeping 360-degree panoramic views at 902 feet. Large-screen monitors highlight top Seattle attractions like the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Mariners and Ride the Ducks. New food items touch on regional trends like pork belly bao buns and gruyere mushroom puffs. Small sharing plates have been created to complement a selection of craft beers, wines and spirits. Included is Sky View Observatory’s signature cocktail, the Seattle 73, which features Copperworks gin, lemon, huckleberry and sparkling wine. (skyviewobservatory.com)

Houston Museum to Complete Expansion in 2019

Texas

One of the largest expansions of a Houston museum in recent history will more than double the size of Holocaust Museum Houston when completed in spring 2019. The new Lester and Sue Smith Campus will make it the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the nation. The enlarged museum will include a 200-seat theater, an expansion of the Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers permanent exhibit that includes testimony and artifacts from Houston-area survivors, and new exhibit space for the German World War II railcar and Danish rescue boat. (hmh.org)

LA Car Museum Spotlights the Porsche

California

Through January 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is featuring one of Germany’s most famous exports in its exhibition The Porsche Effect. The exhibit follows the history of the car from its conception after World War II and how the brand’s style, development and growth evolved. Five main sections comprise the exhibit, which showcase various artifacts, cars and film. (petersen.org/porscheeffect)

Las Vegas to Welcome Asia Attraction

The Linq Promenade

The Linq Promenade

Nevada

The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, an open-air entertainment district anchored by Las Vegas’ tallest observation wheel (the High Roller), in 2019 will open Kind Heaven, an attraction featuring Southeast Asian themed food stalls, music and shopping. It will use leading-edge technology and Hollywood-style storytelling to take visitors on a sensual, exotic journey. Mastermind behind the development is Perry Farrell, whose Lollapalooza franchise has revolutionized the modern music festival. Also coming to the Linq Promenade is the LINQ zipline, Vegas’ highest (122 feet). (caesars.com/linq)

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