THEME PARK ADVENTURE – LATEST NEWS AND FEATURES

Theme Park Adventure has been an industry standard for fans and professionals alike for the past 20 years. Predating the internet, TPA began as a printed newsletter that reached enthusiasts around the globe as we covered such stories as Luxor Las Vegas’ First Anniversary, the construction and opening of The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Resort, the creation of Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World, and the Farewell Season of the Main Street Electrical Parade in Anaheim. At the same time, Theme Park Adventure was also unintentionally becoming the pioneer of covering Halloween events, such as Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California. Over the past two decades, TPA has indulged in the haunted attraction industry, from small home displays to professional stand-alone Halloween events and major theme park productions such as Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights! Our fan base consists of many haunt enthusiasts and producers – an unintentional portion of the themed entertainment industry that we are thrilled to be a part of on an on-going basis! TPA owners Rick West and Johanna Atilano are both professionals within the themed entertainment industry, making this site not only an incredibly fun hobby, but a valued and important part of their lives; a creative and informative extension of who they are and what they do professionally. Each month, Theme Park Adventure hosts large mixers, which fans and themed entertainment professionals attend in a virtual who’s who that is absolutely open to everyone! Theme Park Adventure has become more than just a magazine or fan site; we are a community of creative individuals who share a love of entertainment, theme parks and the spookiest season of them all – Halloween! We invite you to sit back and enjoy all that we have to offer here, from stories and reviews to videos and image galleries; partake, discuss, and become part of the TPA community we we take you on a ride through the past, present, and the future!
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Whitewater Attractions Brings Fun to Fireman’s Landing

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Preview of Fireman's Landing at Silver Dollar City.Silver Dollar City has been expanded into a previously undeveloped region of the park to make way for Fireman’s Landing, a themed area with 10 family adventures, 3 of which are new interactive play zones supplied by WhiteWater Attractions. Themed as an 1880s volunteer recruitment fair, Fireman’s Landing recognizes the contributions of community heroes, honoring the service of firefighters and stressing the importance of volunteering.

The three play zones include Firefighter’s Fire Drill, which is a Foam Factory that features interactive blasters, vacuums and cannons that propel, throw and dump thousands of foam balls to put out mock fires; Firefighter’s Fire Escape, a Contained Play with fun play elements to climb, jump on, slide down and explore and the Firefighter’s Junior Fire Escape, a soft play area for toddlers. The three attractions offer endless exploration for kids and parents of all ages, allowing the family to play together. All three immersive areas reside inside Fire Station No. 3, the main building within Fireman’s Landing.

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Party for the Planet at Los Angeles Zoo This Weekend

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PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie PhamThe Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens takes part in the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting PARTY FOR THE PLANET: AN EARTH DAY CELEBRATION providing guests with information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling and how to make Earth a better place to live on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.

Among the opportunities to explore and learn are a California condor station which illustrates the Zoo’s critical efforts to bring the largest bird in North America back from the brink of extinction and how we can help by cleaning up microtrash; a Backyard Safari, where visitors discover the range of critters living in their own backyards; an opportunity to get up close to a desert tortoise, California’s state reptile, and an interactive puzzle explaining how it has survived for so long as well as what challenges it faces today; Plant It and They Will Come, showing how to plant native vegetation that encourages native wildlife; an interactive diorama by Enviroscape, which explains what happens to water, fluids, or chemicals we dump on the ground and where they end up as they travel from homes to the ocean; and a Bat Station, which highlights the different species of bats that visit the zoo.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Tour Guide Casting Call

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Universal-Studios-Tour-BacklotThe race is on as Universal Studios Hollywood casts a wide net in search of Studio Tour guides as the theme park prepares to introduce Fast & Furious—Supercharged, the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour and the all-new Nighttime Studio Tour this summer in celebration of the theme park’s 50th anniversary.

Open call auditions will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 4 from 2-4pm.

As one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, Universal’s Studio Tour invites guests to enjoy a front row seat with behind-the-scenes access to one of the world’s largest movie and television production studios, led by expert Studio Tour guides, knowledgeable on the inner-workings of Hollywood.

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Country Artists Added to Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series 2015

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randy-houser-beach-concert-seriesRandy Houser with Dustin Lynch – Friday, Aug. 28
American country artists Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will break off from Luke Bryan’s wildly popular That’s My Kind of Night Tour to bring their distinctive sounds to the stage at the Mandalay Bay Beach for a performance Friday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.

With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Houser has racked up four smash hits and more than three million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, Runnin’ Outta Moonlight and Goodnight Kiss, which was his first No. 1 as a songwriter, and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 hit, Like A Cowboy. Houser is currently headlining his own dates and touring with Luke Bryan on the That’s My Kind of Night Tour and the Kick The Dust Up Tour, scheduled to launch in May.

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Disneyland Diamond Celebration in Their Own Words

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Castle-Disneyland-Diamond-CelebrationStorytelling: “I love that fact that we are really pushing the storytelling envelope on all the entertainment offerings for the Diamond Celebration. It’s great fun to research and use technology to create these immersive worlds, knowing guests will see our classic stories in mesmerizing new ways. It’s going to bring Disneyland to life in ways they couldn’t even imagine.” – Steve Davison, Executive Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

Guest Service: “Our Cast Members are the stewards of an incredible legacy that Walt Disney bestowed upon us. They are the storytellers who bring our amazing experiences to life, and they are the heart and soul of every meaningful interaction that takes place at the Disneyland Resort.  I’m looking forward to watching them shine throughout our Diamond Celebration.” – Michael Colglazier, President, Disneyland Resort

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Celebrate Earth Day 2015 at Oakland Zoo This Weekend

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oakland-zoo-earth-dayOn Saturday, April 18, 2015, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay. From 10:00am – 3:00pm, more than fifty local environmental organizations are taking part in the child friendly festivities. The public is invited to join the party, while touring dozens of interactive Earth Stations throughout Oakland Zoo.

This Earth Day event is sponsored by Taiwan Tourism, the Heart of Asia and will include animal presentations, flying trapeze demonstrations by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland, an earth ball game, animal trivia, and live entertainment. Highlights also include a giant community art wall with Artismobilus and a mobile fish unit from East Bay Regional Park District. Guests may donate an old cell phone for a free train ride. Recycling your cell phone helps conserve the habitat of great apes in Africa.

“Humans around the globe have been celebrating their connection to and reverence of the planet for centuries,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “It makes sense that our modern society would create a day such as Earth Day: a special day set aside to appreciate and take action for our one precious planet. Earth Day has been celebrated for forty-five years and in nearly 200 countries and Oakland Zoo joins in the celebration by producing one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay. It is our pleasure to bring together our visitors and community to connect with over fifty wildlife and nature-based organizations. We hope our guests have a ball while learning that each of us truly matter, and that we can all take action for wildlife. It will be a wonderful day and a genuine party for the planet!” Besides being entertaining, this day-long event is an opportunity for families to connect with nature and their favorite animals. Action for Wildlife is at the heart of Oakland Zoo’s conservation efforts. Find out how everyone can take action to help wildlife around the planet.

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Wild Days With Jack Hanna 2015 at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Jack_HannaJoin “Jungle Jack” Hanna at Busch Gardens Tampa on April 18 and April 19 for Wild Days, a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets.

The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows in Stanleyville Theater at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  All shows are included with any annual pass, Fun Card or paid admission.

NEW! Jack Hanna’s Wild Days VIP Experience 
Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Meet “Jungle Jack” himself and get up-close to some of his favorite animal ambassadors. This exclusive VIP experience includes a private meet-and-greet, commemorative Wild Days photo, a personalized autograph and even reserved seating for the Wild Days show. The Jack Hanna VIP Experience is $19.99, with Pass Member discounts available.

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Tickets Now on Sale for The Republic in Orlando

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republic-tickets-saleTickets are now on sale for The Republic, an immersive theater experience that brings the world of video gaming to life through an interactive, innovative performance. Set to run 11 weeks in Orlando, Florida, The Republic will allow players (guests) to take on an important role in a conflicted society with their actions determining how the rich story ends.

Just 30 players will experience The Republic at a time, interacting with 12 performers across more than 25 individually designed spaces, created inside an 18,000 square-foot warehouse near downtown Orlando.

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Men Without Hats to Play Velvet Sessions at Universal Orlando

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Men-Without-HatsHard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series continues on April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm, with Men Without Hats, performing hits The Safety Dance, Pop Goes The World, Living In China and more!

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). Log onto velvetsessions.com to buy your tickets and to receive monthly updates on who’s playing.

All Velvet Sessions tickets include: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking*.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event and are held at the Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge inside the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

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United26 Tour Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa

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united26-tour-logoOn Saturday, May 16 Busch Gardens Tampa will host DigiTour Presents: United26 Tour, bringing some of the biggest YouTubers and Vine stars together in one location. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven social media stars will take the stage to entertain thousands of fans:

Hayes Grier

Hayes Grier started making Vines with his older brother Nash, but since striking out on his own he has climbed to the top 50 of the Vine Charts. At just 14 years old, he has more than 3.5 million followers on Vine, 3.5 million followers on Instagram and 2.5 million followers on Twitter. He is a rising star in the social media world, and right now he is touring the world with his brother and friends to perform live and meet his loyal fans.

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