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For the past 20 years, Theme Park Adventure has been an industry standard for fans and professionals alike. 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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Tim Allen Returns to Aces of Comedy at The Mirage

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Tim Allen Aces of Comedy at MirageRenowned comedian Tim Allen will return to The Mirage in 2015 bringing his stand-up comedy to the Terry Fator Theatre for five scheduled performances. Allen recently announced his upcoming schedule on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

The award-winning actor stars on the ABC hit sitcom “Last Man Standing” and was the star on the long-running ABC television series “Home Improvement.” His film credits include leading roles in “The Santa Clause,” “Toy Story” “Galaxy Quest,” and “Wild Hogs,” among many others.

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Leftover Pumpkins Leave Oakland Zoo Critters Thankful

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Leftover pumpkins a treat at  Oakland ZooThousands of donated leftover pumpkins turned into treats for Oakland Zoo’s animals this week! Truckloads of large, medium, and mini pumpkins from local patches were sorted and unloaded. Besides being added to many animal diets, zookeepers have creatively crafted the orange vegetables into enrichment items such as pumpkin kabobs, gourd bowls filled with meat treats, puzzle feeders, and even frozen delicacies.

“The pumpkin is amongst the favorite of treats for elephants,” said Gina Kinzley, Lead Elephant Keeper. “Not only used for chopping up into small bits to spread, the pumpkins are also fed out whole, frozen, and on kabobs for the elephants to discover in their habitat. If they can’t fit a pumpkin directly into their mouth, they puncture it with their tusks or stomp it open with their foot. Most of these leftover pumpkins would otherwise we thrown out or tilled back into the land. The donations provide a fun and healthy food source for our animals at Oakland Zoo.”

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TPA’s Post-Halloween Bash a Monstrous Success!

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Post_Halloween_2014_9753On November 9th, more than 150 TPAers gathered together to celebrate the close of the haunt season together at our Post-Halloween Bash, making the event an incredible success! Not only was everyone anxious to get together and hang out, sharing stories of their own Halloween adventures, Theme Park Adventure was excited to host the big shebang in our new digs at Don The Beachcomber!

The move from Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel to Don The Beachcomber wasn’t one that was a flip decision. For 2 1/2 years, TPAers have gathered under the tiki torches at Sam’s each month in a show of community that has grown – and outgrown that particular venue. And quite honestly, we were fairly nervous about moving our gathering spot, not knowing what impact it might have on the group and peoples’ decisions to join us. Fortunately, our amazing group has become so large and so dedicated to the spirit of community, they came in droves to Don The Beachcomber – and were really excited by what they found waiting at the new location!

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SeaWorld Orlando Unveils Blue Friday 2014 Offers

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Seaworld-Orlando-Blue-FridaySeaWorld Orlando today announced the return of its popular Blue Friday deals on many exclusive park experiences, including special pricing on admission and packages. Blue Friday deals jump start the holiday shopping season by providing the best value to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and allow the fun to continue well into 2015.

Online-only deals include the following buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) offers:

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Holiday Dining Options at Knott’s Berry Farm

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image010When it comes to holiday dining, no one does it better than Knott’s Berry Farm!  Starting Thanksgiving Day, a bounty of delectable choices await hungry guests, from an all-you-can-eat champagne buffet at the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant; an elegant Thanksgiving meal at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel or freshly made Thanksgiving Take Home Dinners. The Thanksgiving holiday is only the start of delicious dining on the farm, the Winterfest Buffet and Breakfast With Santa are available throughout the month of December.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Wild Friday Sale 2014

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Busch Gardens Tampa Wild Friday SaleIt’s the best time of year to score great deals and Busch Gardens Tampa is excited to offer wild savings on Nov. 28 during the Wild Friday sale.

The Wild Friday sale will include special online ticket offers, merchandise discounts and deals on exclusive park experiences. These email-only deals will end on Monday, Dec. 1 at midnight, and those interested should visit BuschGardensTampa.com or sign up for the Busch Gardens Tampa email.

Plus, get Wild Friday updates by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, connecting with us on the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and following @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

LEGOLAND California Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

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Legoland_California_TreeLEGOLAND California Resort is honored to announce Emmy Award-winning actress Sarah Michelle Gellar as this year’s special guest to light the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree at the family theme park’s 12th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Plus, a special, live performance by Grammy Award-winning musical guest Ben Harper leads the Park’s spectacular Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Gellar, a mother of two and married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr., recently starred in the TV series, “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams and is popularly known for her lead role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and as Daphne, in “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”.

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SeaWorld San Diego Announces Blue Friday Sale 2014

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seaworld-blue-fridayJust in time for the holidays is SeaWorld’s Blue Friday. SeaWorld’s twist on Black Friday offers the lowest prices of the year on passes and its most exclusive park experiences.

Savings include:

  • 2015 Fun Card + three months of parking (Jan. 1 – March 31, 2015) + a single-day companion ticket

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LEGOLAND California Unveils Holiday Snow Days 2014

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Legoland_California_ChristmasShine up your skates and grab your mittens! LEGOLAND California Resort is getting its outdoor gear ready for its annual winter celebration, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. The winter fun kicks off November 22, 2014 and runs through January 4, 2015 with more than 50 tons of real snow, a new ice rink, festive treats, holiday entertainment and family fun activities.

During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, the Park’s Fun Town transforms into a winter wonderland featuring 7-foot tall snow-covered tube runs for children to slide down and a snow-play area where families can throw snowballs at LEGO themed targets and build snowmen using LEGO accessories. Plus, new this year, guests can enjoy gliding on ice at the Resort’s ice rink located in front of the ticket plaza for additional fee. Park guests can also sing along with holiday entertainment including live music featuring LEGO Friends Live, Jingle Jammers, the Big Test Holiday show and the Holiday Character Dance Party. Holiday Snow Days continues with the annual LEGO Christmas tree lighting event and concludes with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

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December 2014 Events at Fairytale Town

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One of Northern California’s most beloved family parks is rolling out their December events, so that families can begin planning the most festive time of the year!

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town 3Winter Wonderland
Thursday – Sunday, Dec. 11-14 & 18-21
1 – 7 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town! The storybook park will be trimmed with festive holiday décor. A dazzling display of lights will light up the park at night, and a flurry of snow will fall nightly at 7 p.m. On weekends, enjoy more holiday cheer with craft activities, vendors and more. Meet two of Santa’s reindeer on December 13-14. Visit with Santa in his workshop on December 13-14 and 20-21 from 3 to 6 p.m. This program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. Please note: During Winter Wonderland, Fairytale Town’s operating hours are from 1 – 7 p.m. Visit www.fairytaletown.org for more information. Sponsored by the Loveall Foundation for Children and SMUD.

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