For the past 19 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!

Runners Reflect on Disneyland Half Marathon Victories

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0831ZW_0220JD-1024x667Nick Arciniaga, originally from Fountain Valley, Calif., won the Disneyland Half Marathon in record fashion Sunday, finishing in 1:07:48. Arciniaga, 31, led the field of 16,056 registered runners virtually from wire to wire to win easily after placing 7th in the Boston Marathon earlier this year finishing as the second American in 2:11.47.

“I don’t get very many hometown wins since I don’t race around here very much but running at Disneyland is something that is pretty close to my heart,” said Arciniaga, who currently resides in Flagstaff, Ariz. “My aunt works here. I came here pretty much a couple times a year growing up so Disneyland is a huge place for me.”

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It’s Cool at the L.A. Zoo Event Announced

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Photo courtesy of Tad MotoyamaSummer heat may linger, but IT’S COOL AT THE L.A. ZOO on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm both days, during a weekend of engaging activities at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Among the entertaining ways to “chill out” during these two September days are Cool Zones with misters and fans at locations throughout the Zoo, ice sculpture artists crafting animal masterpieces out of huge ice blocks, fire trucks and firefighters with demos and fire hose sprays, paper sun visors and paper fans that youngsters can customize with their favorite animal to keep shaded and cool all day, the popular Mobile Mural Lab for kids to paint on giant moveable canvases with Zoo residents as inspiration, and free samples of Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Pops available all day while supplies last. From 11 am to 1 pm both days, the Radio Disney Street team will cool things down even more with games, sing-alongs and contests.

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Freaky Fridays Announced for LEGOLAND California

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Brick or TreatThe biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego, Brick-or-Treat and Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, is about to get bigger at LEGOLAND California Resort with Freaky Fridays! The family theme park is adding two Friday nights (Oct. 17 & 24) to its Halloween festivities. Now six nights in October, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features a variety of family activities including the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt, Brick-or-Treat Trail including a LEGO Legends of CHIMA toy giveaway, a new bonus treat station and dance party at SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel is joining in the fun with its own Brick-or-Treat entertainment.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 2014

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uni43Halloween is in the air, but summer is still making things hot, hot, hot at the top of the hill at Universal Studios Hollywood as tourists visit the park from around the world, and locals take one last family trip before school season has settled back in here in Southern California. It’s a weird transitory month, making it an even more interesting time to bring you our latest Universal Studios Hollywood update! There is a lot going on at Universal Studios; the simultaneous growth and expansion that the park is currently undergoing is the most aggressive and large-scale in its history. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again – it’s an exciting time to be a Universal Studios fan!

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Halloween Announced for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

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Halloween at HHN 24Everyone is entitled to one good scare… and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween.

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, IL. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

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Crush’s Coaster, the Game Developed for Disneyland Paris

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Crush's Coaster, the GameA new Disney experience is waiting for you in the waiting line of the Crush’s Coaster ride! What is it about? Crush’s Coaster, the Game is an interactive mobile game for smartphone and tablet, available in French and English.

Visitors do not need to download the game on their smartphone or tablet, they directly play from their web browser.

What is the purpose of the game?

The mission is to help Crush become the best surfer in the East Australian current and avoid obstacles while gathering a maximum of starfish. The program includes 5 levels with increasing difficulty and between each level, riddles to solve with their family or friends.

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Splash Island Coming to Worlds of Fun in 2015

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Basic RGBWorlds of Fun will provide another splash to its Oceans of Fun waterpark with the addition of Splash Island. The 4200-square-foot interactive water attraction opens in the spring of 2015 on Memorial Day weekend and spells fun for the whole family.

“It’s exciting to add an attraction for a third straight season,” Worlds of Fun vice-president and general manager Frank Wilburn said. “We’ve seen many successes combining Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun into one park for one price, and with our guests looking for more activities that could be shared by the whole family we’ve addressed those desires in a major way.”

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2014 Media Preview

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FrightFest2Six Flags Magic Mountain recently offered the media a sneak preview of its 2014 Fright Fest Halloween Event. The evening’s preview was divided into two portions – a multimedia roll-out of this year’s mazes, shows and attractions associated with Fright Fest (which was also open to any Season Pass holders that wanted to attend), and then an on-site tour of one of the new mazes for this year – Vault 666 (which was for media guests only).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that it’s been a long time since Theme Park Adventure has attended a media event of any type at Magic Mountain; even longer when it comes to Fright Fest. Thinking back, I believe the last time I personally attended Fright Fest at Magic Mountain was in 1997; without a doubt, a lot has changed as the event and industry as a whole has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 17 years. With that in mind, I was one of the only attendees who had just about zero knowledge of the event’s history, Fright Fest’s creative team, or park managers that were part of the presentation. It’s beyond rare that TPA is flying blind when it comes to a Halloween event here in Southern California that’s been around and is as high-profile as Fright Fest – but, there you are. I was – and am – a noob when it comes to this particular event.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Unveils Twisted Colossus 2015

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TwistedColossus03_11x17_300dpiSix Flags Magic Mountain, the “Thrill Capital of the World,” and voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park, today unveiled plans for the highly anticipated, world-record-breaking hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, an unprecedented, awe-inspiring four-minute journey through nearly 5,000 feet of track and two lift hills.

Twisted Colossus, the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that thrilled millions of guests in its 36-year reign at the park, will be a unique technological marvel combining an iconic wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track. The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions. Twisted Colossus will feature numerous exciting components including a “Top Gun” element, the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, and a Zero G Roll.

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Dare Devil Chaos Coaster – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2015

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Dare Devil Chaos CoasterWhat goes around, comes around, and in the case of the new Dare Devil Chaos Coaster opening at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, guests will find an exciting new thrill ride guaranteed to get their adrenaline pumping.

Dare Devil Chaos Coaster is a single looping coaster that builds anticipation as riders seated back to back travel backwards and forwards until momentum takes them at top speed revolutions, only to stop upside down at 70 feet high and reverse direction.

“This is a great new addition to our line-up of world class rides and attractions, and is sure to be fun for all,” said Don McCoy, park president. “What appears to be a simple track is really complex and riders will have a great time anticipating the inversion they know is coming.”

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