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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Europe’s First Fusion Waterslide Opens at Aquaparc

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Fusion Constrictor-Rattler - Aquapark Le Bouveret  (3)WhiteWater has collaborated closely with The Looping Group to deliver a new world-class waterslide to Aquaparc in Le Bouveret, Switzerland. Opened to the public in late March, guests now have the opportunity to brave Europe’s first Fusion Waterslide, aptly named the Houla Hoop.

The project posed a unique design and installation challenge of fitting a large amount of new fiberglass into a tangle of waterslide flumes. Squeezed tightly amongst the existing waterslides, the massive and brightly coloured Houla Hoop waterslide had to be carefully positioned by WhiteWater’s skilled slidepath designers.

“Our team developed a detailed complete 3D environment of the site that allowed us to minimize any potential interference with the existing structural supports and waterslides. It was a challenging and fun project,” comments WhiteWater Slidepath Designer Marco Lechuga.

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TPA’s Summer Nights at Don’s June 2015 Mixer Announced

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Spring_Nights_3_2072Theme Park Adventure has bid farewell to its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers with the close of the season, and is now looking forward to an exciting summer season for the months of June, July and August!

Our summer kick-off event will be held on Sunday, June 14th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach (on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach) at 7pm!

TPA’s monthly mixer is open to anyone wanting to join our community of themed entertainment fans, haunt enthusiasts, and industry professionals. There is no cover charge, and there is no age limit – although this is a bar environment; parents are encouraged to consider leaving the kids at home and joining us for an adult night out!

Parking at the iconic Don the Beachcomber is free, and parking staff is always on hand to tell arriving guests where open spaces are.

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TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 3 Mixer Bids Aloha to the Season

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Spring_Nights_3_2132The sun has set on Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s mixers for 2015, as the season has come to an end, and a new sun is about to dawn on summer! On Sunday, May 17th, TPA fans gathered once again at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for a fun night of mixing, mingling, tiki cocktails, great food, and good friends during our Spring Nights at Don’s 3 social mixer!

The great thing about TPA mixers, is that you never know who’s going to show up! Theme Park Adventure has a broad fan base of young folks, older folks, theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals – a completely unique mix of characters under one roof for a few hours each month with a level playing field; everyone is open and accessible in the spirit of friendship and community!

Don  the Beachcomber, which is on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach (it’s located at Sunset Beach) and is a hot locals spot that rolls out the red carpet for Theme Park Adventure, and turns over its private Hidden Village room, which is a fantastic space very reminiscent of the old Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland back in the day. We love the whole tiki vibe, and it’s always fun to be near the beach here in Southern California, so Don’s is a perfect match for us!

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Forbidden Journey Goes 3D at Universal Studios Japan

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Universal-Studios-Japan-HogwartsTo celebrate greater magic in the second year at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan, a ceremony for the announcement of New Magical Experience and its advance premiere was held May 20th.

The world’s leading attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has been evolved into 3D and opened this week as the first and only in the world.With Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton and Katie Leung, and Universal Studios Japan’s ambassador SMAP, a spell was cast upon the magnificent Hogwarts castle to celebrate the opening of this new experience.

Thunderous cheer was heard from three hundred Harry Potter fans wearing scarves of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at 19:40, when the ceremony started, the members of SMAP, Universal Studios Japan’s ambassadors, appeared on the stage in front of Hogwarts castle, and introduced Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton, who portrayed Harry Potter’s classmate and nemesis Draco Malfoy, and Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang famous for Harry’s first crush, made an appearance with Glenn Gumpel, Chairman and CEO of USJ, Co., when he announced to open Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D, which has been evolved into 3D for the first time. The fans reacted with cheers and surprises.

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Disneyland Resort Launches Diamond Celebration

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Disneyland-Diamond-celebration-Bob-IgerDisneyland Resort has premiered a spectacular new nighttime parade and innovative fireworks-and-projection show for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration that marks 60 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth.

The event officially opened to guests, starting with a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks that served as a kick-off to Diamond Celebration and to the summer family travel season.

For six decades, the Disneyland Resort has explored the frontiers of immersive storytelling and entertainment technology, bringing exciting attractions and inventive entertainment to life for guests from around the world.

“Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.  “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation — one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started.  We’re thrilled to usher in Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary and celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”

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A Deep Dive Look at Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott’s Berry Farm

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Knotts_Iron_Reef_1978For the first time in nearly 30 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has opened a brand-new dark ride; Voyage to the Iron Reef. This 4D “shooter” is housed in the same show building that has been the home to previous dark rides at the theme park – Knott’s Bear-y Tales, which opened in 1975, followed by Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, which took its place in 1987. Over the years, the KOD space also doubled as a haunted attraction for the park’s wildly-popular Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Vice President and General Manager, Raffi Kaprelyan has wanted a new dark ride at the Farm since he was placed there as part of the executive management team by Cedar Fair several years ago. And, like most theme park executives, Raffi made it clear that he wanted an interactive experience for families to enjoy together; in industry speak, that means a “shooter”, in the same style as Toy Story Midway Mania at nearby Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. In 2014, construction was underway in the space across from the Charles Schulz Theatre; the remnants from Kingdom of the Dinosaurs were completely gutted and once the structure was cleaned up and made ready for the new ride, the project moved forward at a breakneck pace.

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Walt Disney World Kicks Off Coolest Summer Ever

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The Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort Kicks Off May 22 with Special 24-Hour EventSome of the most popular stars from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Radio Disney will be gathering at Walt Disney World Resort to help guests celebrate the Coolest Summer Ever with around-the-clock festivities, during a special event from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 23.

A selection of popular attractions, extra entertainment, dance parties and special event merchandise is on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, guests are invited to come dressed in costume to show their Disney Side.

  • Frozen faves Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome park guests at 6 a.m. to Magic Kingdom, following a spectacular opening show and ceremony.
  • Festival of Fantasy parade will take place at noon and 3:00 p.m. featuring favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars as the Grand Marshals
  • Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m
  • Move It! Shake it! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m.
  • A DJ will spin tunes as Disney Channel hosts the Club Chill party zone in Tomorrowland from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Some of guests’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars might just stop by.
  • A live Magic Cam feed will allow fans from home to join in the celebration to catch glimpses of parades, shows and fireworks at select times during the event.

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A Healthy Baby Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

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Giraffe Calf at San Diego ZooA brand-new female Masai giraffe at the San Diego Zoo had her first medical exam earlier this week. Veterinarians and animal care staff covered the newborn’s eyes with a soft towel to keep her calm while they confirmed her sex, checked her eyes, ears, tongue and throat, drew blood to ensure she is nursing properly, and checked her umbilicus for proper healing. Initial results determined the calf is healthy and strong, even though she is still getting used to her long, wobbly legs. The lanky youngster weighed in at 136 pounds and stands 6 feet tall; she may weigh as much as 500 pounds and stand 7 to 7 ½ feet tall by the time she is 6 months old.

After the exam, the youngster ventured around the maternity yard with her doting mother, Bahati. The curious calf interacted with her father, Silver, and other members of the Zoo’s giraffe herd from the protective fencing set up by keepers to separate the newborn and her mother from the herd until the calf is strong enough to venture into the larger habitat and interact with the others.

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Downtown Disney Doubles in Size Transforming to Disney Springs

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Disney SpringsExciting new high-profile tenants, including fashion retailers Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO and PANDORA, are the latest to sign on as Downtown Disney continues its expansion into Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Today, a total of 13 new tenants were announced, including eight retail shops. With new retailers already aboard and new restaurants either open or coming soon, Downtown Disney is transforming into an exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment.

By the time it’s complete in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney and grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. Disney Springs will include four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options. Sophisticated restaurants will provide experiences for families and convention-guests alike.

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Evil Twin Studios Announces WARD 13 for Halloween 2015

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WARD-13-LOGOEvil Twin Studios, the demented team that brought you Theater of Terror and award-winning Raymond Hill Mortuary, returns this October with an all-new haunted experience and location that you’re sure to go crazy about. WARD 13 is an intense, immersive, interactive, walk-through haunted attraction where sanity comes to die.

There have always been dark rumors about the Raymond Hill Sanitarium, but the most disturbing ones center around an undocumented area for the most violent patients where experimentation took precedence over finding a cure. For the residents of the sanitarium, there was one thing they all feared more than death… WARD 13.

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