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03-22-2005, 09:12 AM
CityPass Press Release



Want Only the Best on Vacation? CityPass has the 'A' List of Attractions; CityPass is the 'A' List of Museums and Attractions in Nine Cities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--March 21, 2005--Anyone who has ever passed the velvet rope knows the satisfaction of the distinction: the "A" list is the best of the best, the VIP treatment of getting noticed and guaranteed good company. In North America, the "A" list for museums, attractions and sightseeing is CityPass(R). CityPass, the national brand known for assembling the best vacation booklets, delivers nine of North America's biggest cities' "A" list attractions and experiences. Pick the signature spot in CityPass destinations and the "A" List designation is clear: New York's Empire State Building Observatory, Seattle's Space Needle, San Francisco's cable cars, Disneyland in Southern California, The Kodak Theatre on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, The Field Museum in Chicago, Boston's New England Aquarium, Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Science Museum and Toronto's CN Tower. CityPass tickets -- usually six per city -- are a collection of the most-visited and recognized cultural institutions and attractions in major vacation destinations.


Five "A" list reasons why CityPass is the best choice for visitors from around the world or around the corner:

1. "A" list for the company they keep. Each CityPass is designed to reveal the best views, from above the city, on the street, and inside the aristocracy of past, present and future art, science, and culture. Inside a single booklet is the wild divergence of natural history museums, tower observation decks, boat tours, art museums, guided tours, history and imagination. Use each ticket to trace the footsteps of famous explorers who mapped the planet, see a neon world under the sea, dream beyond our galaxy of stars, tour a Concorde, debate what is really art, or survey three states at an on-high glance.

2. Affordable. Deeply discounted, there are no gimmicks or clutter with a bevy of offers too small or time-consuming to chase. CityPass offers only the best of the best, at 50% savings.

3. Advantages. The most-appreciated is breezing past main entrance ticket lines. Most participating attractions have special CityPass entry points or instructions that speed visitors inside. Valid for a minimum of nine days to see a city's star museums and attractions, CityPass is extending validity to encourage greater enjoyment of its cities. For example, Southern California CityPass -- the first collaboration by major theme parks -- is valid for 14 days to soak up SeaWorld and the zoo in San Diego, and Disneyland(R) park, Disney's California Adventure(TM) park, and Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Anaheim. Hollywood Walk of Fame(TM) CityPass, the compact Hollywood version of celebrity sighting and movieland lore, is valid for 30 days from first use. Best of all, Boston CityPass is now valid for an entire year, allowing visitors and New Englanders to make repeat visits to the city on the same booklet.

4. Additional information. Each CityPass ticket contains tips regarding the best time of day to use the ticket at the attraction, directions -- including public transportation options, the Web site for further details and on-site dining. Depending upon the city, other enhancements add unexpected value: New York City's flagship Bloomingdale's features a shopping spree discount. Boston's Union Oyster House, America's oldest restaurant, allows front-of-the-line priority seating and a lobster appetizer to start. In San Francisco, waterfront shopping is invited at Pier 39 and delicious Ghirardelli Square. Hollywood flashes an invitation to designer delights at Hollywood & Highland.

5. Accessible. Buy the booklet at the first CityPass attraction visited. Buy it online from a favorite travel Web site when planning a trip. Or purchase it in advance directly from CityPass at www.citypass.com; (http://www.citypass.com;/) ticket booklets may be shipped to home or hotel via FedEx.

Here's an overview of CityPass icon attractions:

New York -- includes the Empire State Building Observatory, Guggenheim Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, the newly expanded and just-reopened Museum of Modern Art, the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, and a Circle Line Harbor Cruise. Prices: $53 adult, $41 for youth 6-17. (2005 rates now in effect.)

Boston -- includes the Skywalk Observatory city view at Prudential Center, the New England Aquarium, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History on the university campus. Prices: $39 adult, $19.50 for youth 3-11.

Philadelphia -- includes the Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Independence Seaport Museum and an all-day ride aboard the Philadelphia Trolley Works with on-and-off privileges at 18 stops including CityPass attractions and other historic sites. Prices: $39 adult, $24 for youth 3-11.

Chicago -- The Hancock Observatory delivers a view of the region, joining a lineup of Chicago's most treasured museums: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry -- including admission to the OmniMax theater, the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium. Prices: $49.50 adult, $39 for youth 3-11.

Seattle -- CityPass welcomes Emerald City visitors to its icon Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and IMAX, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and an atmospheric harbor tour aboard Argosy Cruises. Prices: $42 adult, $25 for youth 4-13.

San Francisco -- legendary cable cars, light rail and the San Francisco Muni bus system are included in CityPass for unlimited use for seven days, along with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, and a San Francisco bay cruise aboard Blue & Gold Fleet. A new option ticket invites a choice between visiting the California Academy of Sciences & Steinhart Aquarium in its temporary downtown location or the Palace of the Legion of Honor. As an added bonus, CityPass ticket holders who visit the Legion of Honor beginning Oct. 15 will be granted admission to the NEW DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, if visited on the same day. Prices: $42 adult, $34 for youth 5-17. Tickets are valid for nine days from first use.

New Hollywood Walk of Fame(TM) CityPass -- devoted to a single theme, Hollywood CityPass is a thrilling blend of star sightings, behind-the-scenes movie revelations and award-winning locations. In 2005, the Hollywood Walk of Fame CityPass includes the option of a Red Lines Tour -- a walking tour conducted by well-informed guides using wireless headsets so not a juicy word is missed -- or view more than 5,000 displays of history and memorabilia inside the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Visitors also get to step behind the velvet rope inside the most televised theater in America, the Kodak Theatre, a swank modern landmark that is the home of the Academy Awards(R), and be part of the movie set at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Also included is a Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour, a two-hour narrated overview of where the stars live, eat, and shop in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Hollywood Hills. Prices: $49 adult, youth 4-11, $35. This CityPass is valid for 30 days from first use.

Southern California CityPass -- includes a three-day Disneyland(R) Resort Park Hopper(R) -- three days of admission to both Disneyland(R) park and Disney's California Adventure(TM) park with back-and-forth privileges, Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park, and SeaWorld in San Diego, and an option ticket: Select either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. Prices: $185 adult, and $127 for youth 3-9 (a savings of 30%).

Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- CityPass Toronto connects the six must-see attractions: CN Tower, with its Great Lakes, New York state and Ontario vistas; Art Gallery of Ontario; Royal Ontario Museum; Casa Loma, a castlelike home hugging the hills and gardens above the city; Ontario Science Centre; and the Toronto Zoo. Prices: $47 CAD adult, youth 4-12, $19.75 CAD.

For recorded information, call 707-256-0490. Rates are valid from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006. For more information, go to www.citypass.com (http://www.citypass.com/).

Note: Rates are in U.S. dollars unless indicated.

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