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For the past 20 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!
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GAN Rob Zombie Performances Halloween Night on SiriusXM

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rob_zombieHighlights from Rob Zombie’s two performances at his Great American Nightmare Halloween attraction will be heard Halloween night–Friday, October 31–from 9:00-10:00 PM Eastern Time on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM channel Howard 101.

The concerts were recorded at the September 19 opening night for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona and the September 26 GAN opening night in Villa Park, Illinois.

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A Monstrous Halloween Wedding at Nightfall

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Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride courtesy of Nightfall and UniversalWhat better place for Frankenstein’s Monster and his bride to tie the knot than Nightfall? The couple, also known as Fred Curtis and Terry Rojas, will exchange vows on Halloween night, Friday, October 31st at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will be officiated by Joe Camarillo of Old Tucson who is coordinating the event for the couple.  Following the nuptials, the newlyweds and their guests will enjoy the remainder of the evening celebrating the occasion at Nightfall.

Mr. Curtis has been playing Frankenstein’s Monster and making appearances as the popular icon at area malls for the last 20 years.  “I love doing it for the children. They get a big kick out of a 7-foot tall green guy,” he says.  The future Mrs. Frankenstein is credited with coming up with the idea to wed at Tucson’s oldest and biggest Halloween themed event.

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TPA Haunts on Halloween at Chambers of the Mausoleum

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chambers_halloweenHalloween is the busiest time of year for Theme Park Adventure, hands-down. In 2014, we have clocked 39 haunt stops into our schedule, from the end of September to November 2nd. Usually, we spend a quiet Halloween night having dinner out and enjoying “the finish line” aspect of our exhausting terror trek. However, once in a blue moon, Johanna and I slip out into the darkness somewhere to do some spooking of our own on Halloween night! Such is the case this season. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be joining our dear friends for a night of thrills and chills at Chambers of the Mausoleum in Corona, California!

Chambers of the Mausoleum is a unique, wildly-creative haunted attraction that is outstanding in the way of creativity, makeup and character design, and immersive environment fabrication. Operated by the amazing folks from Figment Foundry and Garner Holt Productions, Chambers of the Mausoleum is our haunt of choice to call “home” for Halloween night 2014!

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Start Some Good Campaign – Walt Disney Birthplace

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walt_disney_birthplaceThe Walt Disney Birthplace kicked off its “Start Some Good” fundraising campaign on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and will run until Walt Disney’s birthday on December 5, 2014.  The fundraiser, www.startsomegood.com/WDB, will support costs associated with the Phase one exterior restoration efforts.  A variety of special events will also be a part of the campaign.

Walt Disney fans worldwide are rejoicing that the landmark home in Chicago, IL where Walt and Roy Disney were born has been privately purchased and is in the process of being restored. The modest home, built in 1893 by Elias and Flora Disney for their growing family, will become a museum and cultural space. The target date for completion of Phase 1 of the exterior restoration is December 2014.

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Sees Record-Breaking Growth

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Dark_Harbor_2014_0740On Thursday, October 2, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor unleashed a spectacle of new haunted spirits, mazes and attractions that landed the annual festival on the Travel Channel’s list of the top ten haunts in the world. Nightly Dark Harbor attracts thousands of brave thrill seekers and continues to experience record-breaking attendance growth annually making it the fastest growing haunt in Southern California.

This year the annual haunt unveiled three new terrifying mazes. B340 and Soulmate depict the true torrid tales of two unfortunate Queen Mary passengers of the past. Samuel the Savage and Graceful Gale both haunt the cruise liner and take Dark Harbor guests on a horrific journey through their insanity and demise.  The new Voodoo Village maze summons the Voodoo Priestess to arise from the swamps with her band of gypsies and witch doctors to taunt guests and control all mortal and spirit souls.

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Morimoto Asia Opening Summer 2015 at Disney Springs

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New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World ResortChef Masaharu Morimoto is teaming up with Patina Restaurant Group to open Morimoto Asia as Walt Disney World Resort brings to life Disney Springs, an entertainment-dining-retail district re-imagined from Downtown Disney. To open in summer 2015 at The Landing, in the heart of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia is the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.

Morimoto Asia’s extraordinary, 36-foot tall, two-story layout includes a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. The restaurant is being designed by STUDIO V Architecture.

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FAN MAIL: Trapped at Knott’s and Thrilled to Death in Pasadena

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Raymond_Hill_7188Did you do Pasadena Raymond Hill Mortuary. Even better than last year! More interactive and super fun!

Christine B.

Editor’s Reply:

Hi Christine!

It sounds like you’re having a great Halloween season, just like we are! Yes, we visited our friends at Raymond Hill Mortuary in South Pasadena. Evil Twin Studios knocked it out of the park this season, and we can’t wait to share our review, images, and video clips with you in the weeks to come! 

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REVIEW: Wicked Lit 2014 Halloween Production

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John-T.-Cogan-and-Angie-Hobin.-Wicked-Lit-2014.-Photo-by-Daniel-Kitayama.Wicked Lit’s 2014 Halloween show which takes place at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California, is just about as creative and unusual as any Halloween event or attraction we’ve ever visited. By no means a “traditional” Halloween show, Wicked Lit offers a highly-immersive theatrical experience that is both beautiful and haunting.

Formed in 2009 as an off-shoot of Unbound Productions, Wicked Lit is a theatrical group that adapts classic horror literature into dynamic, highly-engaging productions. Usually, these performances are held in and around cemeteries. In 2013, Wicked Lit appeared at ScareLA, where they performed their version of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, The Tell-Tale Heart, which was a major hit with our convention guests. After seeing the group at ScareLA, we knew that sooner than later, we’d be seeing one of their full-length productions. That moment came this Halloween season, and wow – what an amazing experience we had!

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The BOATHOUSE Coming to Disney Springs in 2015

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Schussler Creative Restaurant, The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats, to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in 2015Schussler Creative, specialists in the creation and consultation of attractions, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues worldwide, today announced their latest project: The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats – located at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Schussler Creative also is the creator of other restaurant/retail attractions at Walt Disney World Resort including Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe (located at Downtown Disney), and Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti (located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park).

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Rare Kiwi Bird Hatches at San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo Kiwi ChickAfter undergoing a 78-day incubation, one of the longest of all birds, a rare kiwi chick hatched last week at the San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. Animal care staff made the decision to intervene with the hatching of this newest chick when it didn’t proceed as it should.

Unlike most birds, it is the father kiwi that incubates the enormous egg. The female is nearby and will sometimes lay a second egg a few weeks later. When hatching, a kiwi chick typically pokes a ring at the top of the egg with its beak, allowing it to emerge from the top of the egg. This chick accidentally poked its legs through the bottom of the egg, making it difficult to emerge. Staff monitoring the chick carefully taped the bottom of the egg to give the chick the opportunity to hatch on its own, but after the chick was still unsuccessful, keepers peeled back part of the shell to assist with the hatching.

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