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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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Art Deco Festival Returns to Queen Mary in September 2015

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Art Deco ImageDuring its peak of popularity the Art Deco mode expressed luxury, glamor, and a profound social faith in technological progress; attributes shared with the Queen Mary and its breakthrough engineering and artistic design.

The Art Deco movement embraced technology; a distinct comparison to the earlier Art Nouveau school and its focus on the organic. Art Deco combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials; these and other design platforms were abundant as the John Brown shipyard made ready what would become the world’s most advanced ocean liner.

It is no wonder that the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles makes an annual return to the Queen Mary to host a weekend festival to celebrate the vibrance of design and the merging of technological innovation with bold artistic demonstration. The Art Deco movement began after WWI and peaked as the world exited WWII; the Queen Mary’s launch and sea-going presence on the world stage coincided with the movement’s brash embrace of the new while reminiscing about the grandeur of the past. Arguably, the Queen Mary remains the world’s greatest example of mobile Art Deco design.

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Celebrate Old Tucson’s Final Bash of Summer 2015

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Old Tucson ShowOld Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation invite you to join the end of season “thank you, Tucson” bash on August 15th and 16th!  Your next chance to enjoy Old Tucson will be after summer, in October.  So bring the whole family for an old-fashioned outing with special features:

  • Get a great deal on admission – Buy one admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value free!
  • Join the flag-raising ceremony
  • Bring the kids to interact with barnyard critters at the petting zoo.
  • Enjoy games for kids young and old
  • Get your 2015-2016 Wagon Wheel Season Pass! Save on admission, merchandise, and food!

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Last Chance for Howl-O-Scream Summer Ticket Discount for Busch Gardens Tampa

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Howl-O-Scream discount tickets are only available for a short time!Howl-O-Scream 2015 has Unearthed a new evil and Busch Gardens Tampa’s 300 acres will be overgrown with new dark, sinister and adult-targeted fun for 19 select nights this fall. Don’t miss the limited-time summer deal that is sure to get your heart pounding early this year.

For a limited time, get a Freaky Preview single-night admission (Sept. 25 & 26) for only $35, and any single-night admission from October 1 to 31 for only $45. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-night admission to Howl-O-Scream 2015 for only $35.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Africa Rocks Expansion Coming to San Diego Zoo in 2017

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Africa Rocks South PlazaAn African crested porcupine had the honor of taking the first dig this week, when the San Diego Zoo broke ground on the largest expansion in its 99-year history. Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks is a $68 million project that will transform eight acres of the Zoo and replace 1930s-era grottos and enclosures (formerly known as Cat and Dog Canyon) with new habitats for African plant and animal species that range from savanna to shore.

When the exhibit opens in 2017, Africa Rocks will entirely transform the area that was previously a steep canyon. Africa Rocks’ gently winding, ADA-accessible pathway will lead guests through different types of African habitats—including a West African forest, acacia woodlands, Ethiopian highlands, kopje gardens and a Madagascar habitat.

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The Walking Dead Returns to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles and Orlando for 2015

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The Walking Dead Halloween Horror Nights 2015The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s The Walking Dead will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television series take a bite out of Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows, The Walking Dead.

Following in the footsteps of The Walking Dead cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand The Walking Dead universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for The Walking Dead.  “Halloween Horror Nights is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”

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Universal Studios Singapore Announces Halloween Horror Nights 5

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Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 5Universal Studios Singapore is set to bring your scariest nightmares to life once again, with a unique touch of Singaporean flair this year. Taking center stage at Halloween Horror Nights 5 will be a new chapter of True Singapore Ghost Stories inspired by horror stories on the train, an epidemic-stricken HDB block, a hell house featuring paper effigies, as well as the event’s first ever dark house. Starting from 2 October 2015, Halloween Horror Nights 5 will run for 14 nights across five weekends. Tickets are now on sale.

Ms Andrea Teo, Vice President of Entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa, said: “We are excited to be back with Halloween Horror Nights 5, Singapore’s only fully-immersive Halloween experience. We heard our fans, and this year’s event will take even more of a local twist, bringing fear even closer to heart. Expect to see familiar scenes and folklore in three locally themed haunted houses with the fourth house featuring an intense underground experience. The theme for Southeast Asia’s iconic Halloween event this year surrounds the rise of the blood moon, which will spread destruction to life as we know it.”

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BloodMoon Faire Coming to Los Angeles Halloween 2016 – Materializing First This Summer at ScareLA

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BloodMoon FaireHalloween is about to get so much spookier! A mysterious nomadic clan called The Travelers are coming, and they’re bringing their magical BloodMoon Faire to the Los Angeles area in October 2016! First, though, they’re making a stop at next week’s premier Halloween and Haunted Attraction convention to showcase the event to the press and public: ScareLA, August 8th & 9th at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The BloodMoon Faire will be a magical event similar to a Renaissance Faire, but with an immersive Halloween theme. It will feature staged entertainment, nightly parades, ghosts and goblins, and most exciting of all: The Gothic Hills Manor – The World’s First Crowdsourced Haunted Attraction.

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Disney Offers First Glimpse of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters for Cars Land 2016

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Luigis Rollickin Roadsters California Adventure

The Walt Disney Company has been quickly working on a replacement for the ill-fated Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction which opened with Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in 2012, and closed permanently in February this year. It doesn’t happen too terribly often, but once in a while, Disney does have a misfire with attractions for any number of reasons. We saw it happen with Rocket Rods in Tomorrowland (May 1998 – September 2000), and before that, the predecessor of Luigi’s Flying Tires – the Flying Saucers (August 1961 – August 1966).

As curious as it may be (and yeah – there’s always been a lot of head scratching over this one), Walt Disney Imagineering pushed forward with the Flying Tires concept – a charge reportedly led internally by John Lasseter, Principal Creative Advisor for WDI – regardless of the fact that arguably the finest Imagineers of all time couldn’t get the smaller, earlier version of the attraction to ever operate adequately in the ’60s. Typically, you duplicate and plus successful attractions – however, the story goes that John had very fond memories of the Flying Saucers at Disneyland as a child and so, he insisted on a bigger, bulkier (heavier) design for Cars Land. As predicted, the bigger, slower brother of Disneyland’s Flying Saucers attraction opened and closed with little fanfare at Disney California Adventure – the minute we took our first lackluster ride when Cars Land opened, we knew without a doubt that the clock was ticking for Luigi’s Flying Tires; the writing was on the wall.

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Walt Disney World Offers Excellent Pet Care for Guests Visiting During the Dog Days of Summer

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Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World ResortNo bones about it: Mickey Mouse’s pal Pluto loves to run and play at Walt Disney World Resort. Canine visitors to the Florida Vacation Kingdom deserve a tail-wagging good time as well. Guests can treat their special four-legged family member to an experience that will last a lifetime (which in dog years could be a very long time!).

Here are a few ideas for the perfect dog day at Walt Disney World:

1. Every great day starts with a good night’s sleep. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is the only pet-friendly resort at Walt Disney World Resort where guests and pets can rest up before a day of adventures. With site-specific camping loops that welcome pets and premium, full-hookup campsites, guests and their furry buddy will both be happy campers. For more information and to book reservations, guests may call 407/W-DISNEY.

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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Returns to Illinois for Halloween 2015

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Great American Nightmare 1Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween horror event — returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1. Tickets go on sale for all Great American Nightmare dates on Friday, July 31.

October 2 & 4 will also feature two special concerts with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

“I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After last year’s overwhelming response we’ve decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It’s more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun.”

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