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!

Howl-O-Scream 2014 Dates Announced for Tampa

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hosThis fall, for 18 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Busch Gardens’ 300 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun.

Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury will keep the screams coming all night long.

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Disney Resorts Offering Military Discounts

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8_12_DL_013642-1024x708Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California are bursting with new attractions and entertainment for the entire family – and America’s military personnel can experience the fun through special theme park tickets and special pricing for accommodations.

At Walt Disney World Resort – from Aug. 25, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

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Jana Kramer & American Young at CityWalk LA

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jana kramerCountry star Jana Kramer and up-and-coming country duo American Young fire up the “5 Towers” stage for Universal CityWalk’s free summer “Music Spotlight Series” Thursday July 24, from 5:30 P.M. to 9 P.M.

“5 Towers” stage at Universal CityWalk is Los Angeles’ free premier open-air concert venue which is host to a multitude of performances by some of today’s most influential artists, including Jason DeRulo, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz.

Triple threat (singer/songwriter/actress) Jana Kramer, known for her role on CW’s “One Tree Hill,” is heating up Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her newest single “Love.” Jana is no stranger to the bright lights with her impressive string of movie and TV roles, but credits her break into the music industry as her most important accomplishment to date. Her debut album, self-titled Jana Kramer, appeared from Warner Bros. in the spring of 2012, with her sophomore album slated for release in the fall.

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Black Rhino Birth at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Black Rhino Baby Takes Charge at  San Diego Zoo Safari ParkA 6-day-old black rhino stayed close to his mother last week at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park while running around and exploring the exhibit. The male calf, born on Saturday July 12, marks a significant birth, since black rhinos are a critically endangered species with approximately 5,000 left in the wild.

“Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” said Julie Anderson, a keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.”

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The Purge: Anarchy Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

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Purge Anarchy scarezone HHN imageAs the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.

“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”

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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2014 Premium Event Booking

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Sweet Treats at Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalFoodies and festival fans can fire up their phones at 7 a.m. on July 31, 2014, to begin booking premium events slated for the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 19-Nov. 10. During this year’s 53-day food, wine, beer and cocktail extravaganza – Epcot’s longest food and wine festival ever — guests can choose from a variety of special culinary and beverage programs like the popular Party for the Senses grand tasting experience and the new “Boot Camp Series” epicurean adventure. These special events have proven to be extremely popular and availability is limited. Guests can book:

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Making Monsters Panel Announced for ScareLA 2014

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makingmonstersHalloween fans are in for a huge treat during ScareLA 2014! On Saturday, August 9th, representatives from four major theme park Halloween events will take to the stage together to discuss the behind-the-scenes logistics of creating an army of undead to unleash each night here in Southern California! Titled “Making Monsters“, this unique panel will feature the individuals who oversee the makeup operations for Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!

This is an unprecedented collaborative presentation that for the first time, sees Southern California’s major theme parks coming together as a collective group to share stories, ideas and engage fans in a Q&A session from the same stage.

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New Experiences Revealed for Dark Harbor 2014

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QM_2014DH_VoodooThe Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will once again rise from the depths of a rich, haunted history to frighten those who dare October 2 through November 2. This year’s Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil a spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new The Voodoo Village, and an Exclusive Encounter on board the infamous ship. Beloved veteran characters including The Ringmaster and all grotesque spirits of the Queen will make a chilling return for 20 nights of delightful terror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

The two new death-defying mazes will take guests through never before visited areas of the ship and will replace the former Hellfire and Containment mazes. Details of each new terrifying maze will be unveiled in the months leading up to the October 2 Dark Harbor opening. Half Hatch Harry will once again emerge from the Deadrise maze, the infamous Captain will return to haunt the Dark Harbor grounds, and The Ringmaster will host the most frightening show on earth at The Circus, located in the outdoor dome just off the ship.

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Kiven, Caroline D’Amore Headline Roaring Nights LA Zoo

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GL-RNKvKiven, the multi-faceted rock band described by Entertainment Weekly as “a remarkable marriage of furious prog-metal and grooves,” and DJ Caroline D’Amore headline the second of three dates in the Los Angeles Zoo’s ROARING NIGHTS summer music series on Friday, July 25, 2014, 7 to 10 pm, featuring a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to Zoo’s new Rainforest Of The Americas plus other animal habitats. Also part of Roaring Nights is a popular “Animal Artistry Paint Party” at which guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Complimentary bicycle valet service provided by Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and plentiful parking are available for the series, open to ages 18 and up. One more Roaring Nights evening takes place with an all-different lineup on Friday, August 22. KCRW is the Roaring Nights series Media Sponsor.

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3D Tech Used to Aid California Condors & Other Endangered Species

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1 (1)A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that, for the first time, combines 3-D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species. One aspect of the study focused on learning more about the range and movements of the California condor using miniaturized GPS biotelemetry units attached to every condor released into the wild.

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