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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Kao Corporation Becomes Major Tokyo Disney Resort Sponsor

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Tokyo Disneyland Kao CorporationAs of July 1, Kao Corporation (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; president and CEO: Michitaka Sawada) has begun sponsorship of Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland Park and Toy Story Mania! and Toyville Trolley Park at Tokyo DisneySea Park. Kao Corporation is now a sponsor of both Parks operated by Oriental Land Co., Ltd., (headquarters: Urayasu-shi, Chiba; president and COO: Kyoichiro Uenishi). In addition, Kao Corporation is also sponsoring the new “Hand Washing Areas” in both Parks, for which an opening ceremony was held today.

The “Hand Washing Areas” are new additions to both Parks – one installed in Critter Country at Tokyo Disneyland Park and the other in American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea Park. The “Hand Washing Areas” feature a soap dispenser that releases Mickey Mouse-shaped soap foam by pushing a button or placing one’s hand under the dispenser. Restrooms in both Parks will also feature this unique dispenser. The opening ceremony for the “Hand Washing Areas” was held in Critter Country at Tokyo Disneyland.

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Celebrate the 4th of July at Carowinds

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4th of July Fireworks CarowindsCelebrate Independence Day where the Carolinas come together.  From concerts to fireworks, Carowinds has it all for the July 4th holiday.

Carowinds is honoring our brave service men and women during Military Days once again.

Beginning Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, Carowinds is offering FREE park admission to active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.

Discounted tickets are also available at participating military installations.

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Disney Family Culinary Adventure Offered at Contemporary Resort

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Disney Family Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World ResortEver wonder how to make a buttery pasta noodle or fork-tender filet mignon? Beginning July 8, the new Disney Family Culinary Adventure at Disney’s Contemporary Resort whisks guests backstage for a fun, interactive evening that includes plenty of time with the Disney chefs, hands-on cooking and a festive, five-course dinner with beer and wine served in the kitchen by the professional catering staff.

Aimed at guests 9 and older, the evening starts at 5 p.m. with a friendly introduction to the massive catering kitchen. A maximum of 30 guests put on aprons, hats and gloves and are divided into five cooking groups. And every station has a wow technique, from the ease of making homemade butter (equal parts buttermilk and heavy cream) to a fresh pasta with just three ingredients.

“We want to show them the tricks of the trade,” says Chef Frank Brough. “It’s a guided experience but they do everything from making cheese and butter to rolling out pasta and breaking down a whole beef tenderloin.”

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Making Monsters: The Art of Terror Coming to ScareLA 2015

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Following last year’s very successful Making Monsters panel presentation, ScareLA is excited to announce this summer’s second iteration – Making Monsters: The Art of Terror. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, Making Monsters 2015 will bring together art directors from Southern California’s largest Halloween attractions to discuss the creative process that goes into designing each haunt and the roles they play individually within their teams.

Art directors help create and approve the overall look of a haunted attraction – from facades to individual scenes, monsters, and scare zones. Through concept sketches and highly-detailed renderings, art directors guide teams through production, construction, and installation to ensure the final product turns out just as the team originally envisioned.

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Disneyland Calling on Fans to Dress Dapper for July 17 Anniversary

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Disneyland 1955Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration is officially underway already at the resort – but the true anniversary falls on July 17, 2015.

In honor of the park’s 60th Anniversary, Disneyland is calling on its fans and visitors to show their 1955 Disney Side by dressing up – or dapper – to commemorate the 1955 opening and the attire that men and women of that day and age wore to the park. Chances are, it’s going to be incredibly hot that day – just like it was 60 years ago as womens’ heels sunk into fresh asphalt on Main Street! There won’t be any heel-sinking happening this year, but as the day turns to night, it should be great fun seeing tons of fans showing up in coats, dresses and fedoras to join in the festivities.

While the park hasn’t disclosed what guests can specifically expect to find on July 17, they have said that there will be special entertainment, along with unique photo locations to commemorate the milestone date.

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4th of July Celebrations Scheduled Throughout Walt Disney World

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Magic Kingdom Celebrates a Star-Spangled 4th of JulyGuests can rock their patriotic Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort on July 3 and 4 to celebrate Independence Day. With themed souvenirs, characters adorned in festive attire and breathtaking fireworks bursting in air, it is a magical two-day celebration to honor America’s birthday.

Patriotic firework displays light up the sky the evenings of July 3 and 4:

  • A 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom both nights at 9 p.m. with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party leads up to a Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration fireworks show, a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll trip across America, where the DJ kicks things off at 5:45 p.m. and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 p.m.

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Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost ScareLA Panel Announced

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Hatbox Ghost Panel LogoDisney fans, get ready for an incredible hour of thrills and chills as ScareLA 2015 presents Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost!

Join Disney Legend Tony Baxter and renowned artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily as they take to ScareLA’s Main Stage on Saturday, August 8th at 12 PM to discuss the lore and legend of the Haunted Mansion’s most infamous resident, the Hatbox Ghost.

Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost will be moderated by the owner, producer and host of the Season Pass Podcast, Doug Barnes.

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Celebrate 4th of July 2015 at Busch Gardens Tampa

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4th of July Busch Gardens TampaOn Independence Day, Busch Gardens Tampa celebrates the red, white and blue all day, and even when the sun goes down, with thrill rides in the dark, live entertainment and an incredible fireworks show.

Open until midnight, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities all night long. Challenge Florida’s top thrill rides, like North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury or Florida’s first and only triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt. Plus, fireworks illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m., with the best views in Gwazi Park right after the rock-fueled acrobatics show, Kinetix.

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TPA’s Summer Nights at Don The Beachcomber Begin!

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Summer Nights 1 2015_3484Summer got off to a great start on Sunday, June 14 as Theme Park Adventure fans gathered at Don the Beachcomber for our first Summer Nights mixer of 2015!

Tiki drinks and lots of laughs were in abundance as fans of all ages, haunters, and industry professionals mingled, talking shop while getting to know each other better. All the while, shenanigans were on tap, as music played and guests enjoyed the grab-n-go food station set up by the staff at Don the Beachcomber for us.

This month, we unveiled a brand-new TPA tiki logo by our good friend, Tom “Thor” Thordarson – which he drew in the likeness of Don the Beach himself, straw hat and all! It is a very cool design, and our TPAers love it! We gave 30 Summer Nights buttons away to the first TPAers to show up at 7pm, and will continue to give another 30 away at the beginning of our next mixer in July!

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LEGO Reproduction of Queen Mary Coming to Long Beach

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Queen Mary Lego ShipWhen Britain’s most famous ocean liner was still a dream, the Cunard Lines recruited the John Brown shipyard in Scotland to build what would become the world’s most famous ocean liner. When Britain’s certified LEGO builders, Bright Bricks Inc. decided to commemorate the ship in LEGO Bricks – they never dreamed the huge model would someday come to Long Beach and be displayed on the actual Queen Mary. “The agreement to display our model on the ship is the perfect end to a wonderful LEGO adventure,” said Bright Bricks co-founder, Ed Diment.

The LEGO company certifies only a few official model makers; Bright Bricks is located in England and is a well-established creative resource. “Companies from around the world hire us to interpret their products or brand using LEGO bricks. But, in this case, we decided to build the Queen Mary for our own satisfaction. It required four professional builders and over 250,000 individual LEGO bricks. It took almost four months to complete the project,” Diment added.

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