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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BRC Imagination Arts Creates The Golden Ear for Expo Milano 2015

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golden-ear-brcBRC Imagination Arts, an experience design agency that Turns Brands Into Destinations, has completed and delivered The Golden Ear the latest in a long list of successful expo films created by BRC Imagination Arts. The film, a charming, animated story produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Bob Rogers and directed by BRC Imagination Arts Executive Creative Director, Christian Lachel, will appear at Expo Milano 2015.

The film is part of an overall media and asset package created by BRC Imagination Arts. “The EU wanted to provide their main message through a more comprehensive story-driven approach, something that is a lot more fun, with character, heart, and entertainment,” said Christian Lachel Executive Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts.

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Renee West Retires as President & COO of Luxor and Excalibur

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Renee West, President and COO of Luxor and Excalibur – photo by Anthony Mair

I must have been living under a rock to somehow miss this information in the past few weeks as it was coming to light – but one of the greatest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working for has retired today. Renee West has stepped down as the President and COO of both Luxor and Excalibur resorts in Las Vegas.

This hits close to home, because while I lived in Las Vegas, I worked in the casino at Excalibur under Renee’s management, and it was absolutely one of the most exciting, inspiring experiences I have ever had. Renee was a true leader; visionary, exciting, incredibly personable, strong, and passionate as well as compassionate about Vegas, her employees, and the betterment of the resorts she managed.

Renee is one of the greatest “casino bosses” Las Vegas has ever seen. In an industry where CEOs and COOs are mainly male, she broke down barriers and blazed trails during her 15 years with MGM Resorts International. She began her incredible career in 2000, where she worked at State Line as Vice President of Human Resources at Primm Valley Resorts. In a meteoric rise to power, Renee was soon named President of the three Primm casinos; the first time in MGM’s history that a woman had been given the opportunity to oversee any property, let alone several at once. In 2005, Renee was moved to The Strip, where MGM put her in charge of Excalibur. That is when I had the opportunity to be one of her employees, and I absolutely adored her style, skills, and uncommon decency that she showed to everyone, regardless of status or position within the company.

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Time Running out for Frozen Fun Resident Offers at Disneyland Resort

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disneyland-resort-frozen (1)Frozen Fun is one of five great reasons to visit the Disneyland Resort this spring, when guests will enjoy several limited-time events and offers. Southern California residents have an extra special reason to visit now. Chill out with Frozen Fun at Disney California Adventure Park — There’s still a lot of Frozen Fun to be had at Disney California Adventure park! Anna and Elsa are receiving visitors in their elegant greeting location, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome. Guests can sing-along with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff at For the First time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, is ready to give a warm hug to guests of all ages at Olaf’s Snow Fest, which includes a giant play area with real snow. Olaf’s Snow Fest will conclude April 30, 2015, and Olaf will then greet guests in Disney California Adventure, at a location to be announced soon.

Limited-Time Offer for Southern California Residents — Now through May 14, 2015, Southern California residents may purchase two or three days of magic and adventure at special prices, to experience exciting attractions and entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort. The special tickets are exclusive to Southern California residents and expire on May 21, 2015. * The offer has four purchase options: a 2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $139; a 2-day Park Hopper ticket for $178; a 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $169, or a 3-day Park Hopper for $208.

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Alejandro Fernandez to Play Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

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Alejandro-Fernandez-Mandalay-BayLeading Latin pop star Alejandro Fernandez will return to Las Vegas bringing his Confidencias World Tour to the Mandalay Bay Events Center for a Mexican Independence Day celebration Tuesday, Sept. 15. Fernandez, who channels Mexico’s rich tradition through his music and continues to capture the hearts of fans worldwide, is one of the most accomplished vocalists and biggest-selling artists in Latin music history. The concert is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

For fans anxious to purchase seats to highly anticipated concerts and events, M life – MGM Resorts International’s loyalty program – provides members exclusive access to pre-sales for sporting events and concerts. The program also features rewards, benefits and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the incomparable collection of MGM Resorts’ world-renowned destinations. To join, or for more information, visit mlife.com.

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GES and Fox Developing Touring Avatar Exhibition Attraction

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Avatar-Exhibition-Concept-ArtGlobal Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) announced today a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (Fox) to develop and tour an exhibition based on James Cameron’s AVATAR.  The state-of-the-art global touring exhibition, which will kick off in the fall of 2016, is inspired by the amazing creatures and environments of the world of Pandora first introduced in the record-breaking film. Fox and GES are developing the interactive attraction in consultation with James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

“This unprecedented global exhibition will create a truly memorable experience for fans,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Bringing the world of Pandora to life and comparing it to the wonders of our own planet, the AVATAR exhibition will bring together immersive new storytelling and science in a tangible, engaging forum.”

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Universal Orlando 25th Anniversary Concert Series Announced

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prince-royce-universal-orlandoUniversal Orlando Resort has revealed the lineup for a special concert series taking place later this spring to help mark Universal Orlando’s 25th anniversary year. On select nights May 23 through June 20, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse lineup of award-winning, chart-topping artists.

The concert series features an array of talent with something for everyone, from the internationally-renowned artist Pitbull – whose global hit single, Timber, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, to the chart-topping band Goo Goo Dolls, which has sold more than 10 million albums and has 14 Top Ten hits. Also performing is teen sensation Shawn Mendes, and award-winning Latin idol Prince Royce – whose latest album, Soy el Mismo, debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album charts.

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The Producers Group Names Brian Paiva as VP Business Development

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The Producers Group’s new Vice President, Business Development, Brian Paiva (right), seen here with TPG Co-CEO/Executive Producer Edward Marks (center) and Project Coordinator Patrick Zou Li (left).

The Producers Group, LLC recently announced the hiring Brian Paiva as Vice President, Business Development. The Texas-based Mr. Paiva brings over 25 years of experience to TPG as part of an ongoing company-wide expansion. Most recently with FUNA International in a similar capacity, Paiva will help TPG continue to expand their global presence as world-class international attraction development and production specialists.

“With Brian’s resources and connections in both Asia and the Middle East, as well as here in the United States, we are looking forward to continued expansion in all three markets,” said Edward Marks of TPG’s newest hire.

“We’ve known Brian for several years now, and have seen the dedication he brings to every project he finds,” said Bob Chambers. “We’re excited to see the kinds of projects he’ll be bringing through the door.”

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Lance Bass Among Honorees at 45th Annual Beastly Ball at LA Zoo

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LA Zoo Lance Bass PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie PhamThe Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball honors Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge (District 4) and 99 Cents Only Stores, led by President and CEO Stéphane Gonthier, while bestowing the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award on singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, author and philanthropist Lance Bass, who shot to fame as a member of pop band ‘NSYNC, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6 pm, under the stars at the Los Angeles Zoo.  LaBonge is being celebrated for his 14 years of advocacy for the Zoo, its animals and the people it serves.  99 Cents Only stores is being recognized for their exceptional support of the Zoo and the spirit in which the company and its employees participate and work collaboratively with the Zoo to meet community needs.

Bass’ accomplishments epitomize the spirit of the Mankiewicz award, which recognizes entertainment industry professionals for outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation or for efforts to promote civic pride and harmony in our multi-cultural community.  A passionate philanthropist, he is equally passionate about pet adoption and a huge animal lover, while his foundation, The Lance Bass Foundation, meets the health needs of low-income children.  He is the fifth recipient of the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, following entertainment industry attorney Ken Ziffren (2014), actresses Pauley Perrette (2013) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (2012) and rock icon Slash, a GLAZA Trustee (2011).

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Great Horror Campout Movie Night 3 Tickets Now on Sale

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Great-Horror-Campout-Movie-Night (2)The Great Horror Campout which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure will feature the mega-horror classic Nightmare On Elm Street, Dream Warriors at their recently launched outdoor horror movie night hosted by none other than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.

The Great Horror Campout Movie Nights have been a smashing success with the prior two events selling out in a matter of days.  The company has also announced that this third event will change venues to Elysian Park in an effort to keep the environment interesting and repeat movie goers, engaged.

“We want guests who have attended a prior event to be surprised, startled, and scared.  Changing the environment periodically allows us to keep the fun unpredictable.” says Melissa Carbone, Ten Thirty One Productions / CEO.

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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights for UK Travelers

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Universal Orlando Resorts UORBy day, guests at Universal Orlando Resort are propelled into some of pop culture’s most iconic and beloved stories – laughing as they experience cutting-edge attractions and screaming as they brave plummeting roller coasters.

But there’s another, darker side to Universal Orlando.

On select nights in September and October, guests sprint away in paralyzing fear. They scream uncontrollably. Their nightmares come to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Now, UK travelers can buy tickets that combine the excitement of Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks by day and heart-pumping horror of Halloween Horror Nights by night.

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