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THEME PARK ADVENTURE – LATEST NEWS AND FEATURES
Carowinds has unveiled plans to bring a fresh and exciting Carolina coastal experience to guests with a historic waterpark expansion in 2016. The transformation is part of the park’s commitment to celebrate Carowinds’ heritage as the place where the Carolinas come together, creating an “aquatic playground” with thrilling new attractions, new amenities and a new coastal name – Carolina Harbor.
Carolina Harbor Waterpark will be included with park admission and will offer guests relaxing moments of tranquility and refreshing thrills by the “shores”, plus delivers a best day ever guest experience. The addition is the latest phase in a $50 million plus multi-year expansion at Carowinds, an effort kicked off by building the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325, as well as new park food offerings which are regionally relevant.
“We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor – a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put the park on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”
This week, Knott’s Berry Farm revealed all that fans can expect when they pass through the gates and into the fog-filled scare zones of Knott’s Scary Farm 2015. Tons of media outlets were in attendance, Theme Park Adventure included, and reports of the new attractions are abundant online.
What I would like to do here is simply jot down in post format, what I’ve been discussing with fans on our Periscope broadcasts of late – some personal opinions, thoughts and ponderings regarding Scary Farm 2015’s lineup. In no way is this a definitive break-down of all that in store at Knott’s this Halloween; I am simply going to comment on a few of the most talked-about additions, and then wait patiently like the rest of you for opening night, September 24th.
The 43rd annual world renowned event, Knott’s Scary Farm, returns for 24 horrifying nights September 24 – October 31 and conjures up never before seen experiences and show-stopping entertainment including three new bloodcurdling mazes, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, in an all-new stage show and the return of the groundbreaking Special Ops: Infected – Patient Zero.
Three new terrifying attractions will debut this year, with more astounding special effects and richer back stories than ever, including:
This year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will celebrate 25 years of scares, screams and terror by bringing back some of the most iconic and blood-curdling stories from event history. This year’s event will feature nine disturbingly-real haunted houses, including one of the highest-rated houses ever, An American Werewolf In London. Guests will also relive their favorite sinister stories from Universal’s Entertainment Team in horrific new ways. Here’s what to expect at this year’s event:
- The return of the fan-favorite house, based on John Landis’ critically-acclaimed horror film, An American Werewolf in London – a fiercely-immersive experience that pays homage to one of the greatest lycanthropic stories ever told. This year, the wolves are more ferocious and hungry for human flesh… and their pack has expanded.
Uplifting music and soul-filled harmonies fill the stages when the chart-topping performers in Southern Gospel music gather for Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, one of America’s premier Southern Gospel events. The festival features top groups from traditional to contemporary plus newcomers in the genre at the Branson, Missouri theme park, August 27 – September 7.
“Southern Gospel fans will find most of the chart-topping groups here, including Dove award winners and legendary bands,” said festival coordinator D.A. Callaway. “We also look for new artists coming up in this industry, adding new sounds to the rich heritage of Southern Gospel music.” The variety of performers and styles adds depth to the lineup of 64 groups featured during the festival, from The Booth Brothers to emerging artists like The Browders, he said.
Knott’s Berry Farm offers special Labor Day weekend entertainment and family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including a spectacular Labor Day Sunday fireworks show. On September 6, the Park’s skyline will glow with a brilliant fireworks show at 10pm – TIP: the best view in the Park is in Boardwalk and Calico Square. Guests can also take a journey on the spectacular new 4D interactive ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef; stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town or hang with the PEANUTS gang in a fresh Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun!
There’s live entertainment everywhere you turn. The Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – Sept. 7, is the last time guest can enjoy the following line-up of can’t miss shows and entertainment:
One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort has announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its incredible lineup of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination.
Guests will experience a high-octane journey that fuses an original storyline and incredible ride technology with everything that fans love about the films—popular characters, exhilarating environments, nonstop action and, of course, high-speed cars.
Led by film stars Vin Diesel (Dom Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman), guests will feel like part of the “Fast family” as they embark on a thrilling new Fast & Furious adventure. They will be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films, explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team and even get to check out some of the supercharged cars they’ve seen on the big screen. Then, guests will board specially-designed vehicles and take off on an adrenaline-pumping ride with their favorite stars from the films.
The season is off to a mixed-bag start, with the announcement of some really exciting new haunts, and at the same time, others that we really love fading away this year. Sadly, another home haunt – a phenomenon here in Los Angeles, honestly – Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare will not be making an appearance for the 2015 season.
What’s taken place with Sherwood Scare is honestly, very similar to what we wrote about a week ago regarding The House at Haunted Hill going on hiatus this year. Jacob Chase, the creator and lead creative force behind Sherwood Scare is an accomplished writer that is involved with the film industry here in Los Angeles. The good news is, he’s been made a potentially career-changing offer than he simply cannot pass up; the down-side is, it conflicts with putting on the haunt this season.
As the back to school buzz and fall festivities approach, The Vault of Souls has launched a YouTube channel and released a sneak peek video into their cavernous basement to give anxious guests a glimpse of the sinister souls waiting to terrorize them.
The Vault of Souls is an all-new Halloween concept that crosses theatrical performance art with a non-traditional haunt experience, wrapped in a paranormal 1920s theme. Guests are encouraged to explore the cavernous crypt without abandon to seek clues and insights into The Vault’s dark and sordid history.
In addition to the bone-chilling basement show, The Vault of Souls features three nightclub experiences ranging from modern elegance in The Vault, a raucous 1920s Gin Joint and a subdued spiritualist bistro featuring psychics and tarot readers that will offer guests insights to the future.
Pretzel connoisseurs can now savor sweet and salty pretzel combinations while sipping on a variety of local and seasonal craft beers, frozen cocktails, wines and beverages.
The menu features a selection of both original and unusual soft pretzel creations, with mouth-watering options such as the:
Mama’s Meatball Pretzel Twist – A SeaWorld Orlando exclusive, three juicy meatballs woven in pretzel dough, baked and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese.
Bacon Pretzel Twist — two strips of cherry-wood-smoked bacon packed inside a soft, buttery pretzel.