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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Mercedes-Benz Sponsor of Rock in Rio 2015 in Las Vegas

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Rock-in-Rio-Evolution-Stage-MercedesRock in Rio has announced a sponsorship agreement with Mercedes-Benz to serve as official sponsor for the upcoming Rock in Rio USA music festival taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. The agreement includes Mercedes-Benz having naming rights of the Sunset Stage that will be named Mercedes-Benz Evolution Stage.

The Rock in Rio partnership represents a natural build on the luxury brand’s involvement in producing consumer-facing music events, which began with last year’s groundbreaking multi-city Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour. This year, Mercedes-Benz will further present consumers with experiences that showcase the evolution of the brand and tap into key consumer passion points.

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Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chicks at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Baby Bird Takes Baby Bites: Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chick Being Hand-Raised at San Diego Zoo An 11-day-old Dalmatian pelican chick gobbles its morning meal of fish at the  San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. The young chick hatched at the San DiegThe Avian Propagation Center at the San Diego Zoo has two new residents, a pair of Dalmatian pelicans, both less than a month old. The pair arrived at the Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, after their parents were unable to raise them upon hatching. Animal care staff at the Zoo’s off-exhibit Avian Propagation Center will hand-raise the birds for approximately 50 to 60 days, until they are strong enough to return to their flock at the Safari Park. The pelican chicks grow rapidly and should be covered in their downy feathers by three to four weeks of age.

The Dalmatian pelican chicks are part of the first North American breeding program for this vulnerable species. Since the breeding program was started in 2006, 34 chicks have been hatched. Because of the success, the Safari Park has sent some of the birds to the Phoenix Zoo, where a second breeding colony is being established.

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Marini’s Candies Celebrating 100 Years at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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marinis-taffy-santa-cruz-boardwalkMarini’s Candies is celebrating 100 Sweet Years at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a 2015 season full of extra-sweet events. The Marini family has made quality candy on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for four generations. From salt water taffy to caramel apples and chocolate covered bacon, Marini’s is the go-to place for sweet treats on the Boardwalk.

Special events celebrating Marini’s 100 years at the Boardwalk

Marini’s 100th Anniversary SWEETstakes, March 28 – October 25, 2015

Grand Prize winners will receive an invitation to create and name a special salt water taffy flavor and receive that flavor free for an entire year.  Other prizes include a 1-year supply of Marini’s Assorted Salt Water Taffy; Marini’s Caramel Apples; Marini’s Pins; and various treats. Prizes are discovered on scratchcards inside 1 lb. boxes of Marini’s Assorted Salt Water Taffy sold at all Marini’s locations on the Boardwalk from March 28 through October 25, 2015 while supplies last.

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TPA Begins Spring Nights Mixers at Don the Beachcomber

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Spring_Nights_Dons_1280On Sunday, March 15, Theme Park Adventure launched its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers in Orange County at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach! Theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals gathered under the tiki lights of the iconic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway.

With the new season, TPA also unveiled a new holiday overlay for its very popular tiki buttons, created by renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson (Tom also creates the seasonal overlays for each design), giving one to the first 30 TPAers to arrive at this month’s gathering! In case you didn’t receive a Spring Nights at Don’s button yet, don’t worry – you still have April and May to get yours!

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Fireman’s Landing Opens at Silver Dollar City

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SDC FL FireFallNew for 2015, Silver Dollar City presents Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million all-new themed area with 10 new family adventures, as the park launches its biggest family year ever.

Opened March 14, Fireman’s Landing substantially increases the park’s attractions, adding 10 family adventures in all. The new area has six family rides and four interactive play zones for kids and families in a highly themed area, saluting the spirit and training activities of community volunteer firefighters. The area, with theming recognizing the contributions of community heroes who serve as firefighters, is an 1880s volunteer recruitment fair. The storyline creates the atmosphere of the rides serving as “training” adventures for recruits and community heroes – all seeking to become part of the Silver Dollar City Fire Brigade.

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D23 Announces Upcoming Events for Orlando Disney Fans

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cinderella-live-action-disneyD23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

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Phillip Phillips Performs This Weekend at Universal Orlando

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Phillip Phillips HRFlorida’s biggest party is still in full swing this weekend at Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras with a musical performance by American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips on Saturday, March 28.

Phillips’ first single, Home, became the best-selling and most successful coronation song of any Idol winner. He has since had other popular singles including Gone, Gone, Gone, Raging Fire and Unpack Your Heart— all of which showcase his rugged, pop-folk vocal style. Currently, the singer-songwriter is preparing for a co-headlining tour with American rock band, O.A.R, this summer, which will feature songs from his latest album, Behind The Light.

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Disneyland Resort Hotels Offer Limited Time Special Savings

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Disneyland Hotel roomGuests planning a spring or early summer trip to the Disneyland Resort are invited to take advantage of a new hotel offer. For reservations made at any Disneyland Resort Hotel between March 25 and May 7, guests will save 20 percent on premium rooms and 15 percent on standard rooms, on select nights from April 5 through June 16. The savings, combined with all the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort property, make this an ideal time to plan a vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Whether for business or leisure, any visit to the Disneyland Resort is enhanced with a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each have their own distinctive style, and all three offer the same great benefits exclusive to hotel guests.

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Madonna Returns to MGM Grand Las Vegas in October 2015

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Madonna-Rebel-HeartOne of the most successful live performers of all time, Madonna returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 24 for another legendary performance. The Las Vegas show will be the second-to-last stop on the North American leg of Madonna’s highly anticipated Rebel Heart tour.

Tickets priced at $43, $83, $183, $273 and $383 not including applicable service charges, go on sale Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Disney Buttons of Yesteryear – Throwback Thursday

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Disneyland-Mickey-ButtonIf you walk onto any Disney property anywhere in the world, what’s one of the biggest-selling souvenirs? Pins. Cloisonne pins by the truckload, commemorating anything and everything Disney can think up; holidays, characters, special events, attractions – you name it, there’s probably a pin for it. And it’s all supplying the demand; Disney pin collectors are ravenous for those things – and unlike in the ’80s and ’90s before pins were really a thing, you could walk in to the Emporium on Main Street and pick up a cool land pin or whatever for maybe a buck or so; probably less. Today, collectors burn entire credit cards on these things – literally – as they go for well over $10 or $15 much of the time; and that’s off the shelf – in the secondary market among these collectors… sky’s the limit. Take out a loan, kids! It’s crazy!

On this Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to the thing that was a thing before these things were things. I’m talking buttons. Disney very early on began seeing the promotional – as well as souvenir – value in buttons that folks would buy, pin onto their clothes or hats, and wear around the parks and beyond. Free advertising, absolutely; but also, it was a cost-effective way of promoting events, seasons, and even attraction openings in the days long before Twitter and other social media platforms. Hell, we’re talking pre-internet in many cases. Buttons, buttons, buttons – by the handful – next to the registers in the Emporium, Star Trader, or any of the larger shops on Disney property. If memory serves, these little gems usually sold for between $.75 and a buck; in later years, we’d see the price jump to something obscene like $1.50. Now, if any exist, I don’t know what they are – maybe $3 or more.

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