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THEME PARK ADVENTURE – LATEST NEWS AND FEATURES
Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation invite you to join the end of season “thank you, Tucson” bash on August 15th and 16th! Your next chance to enjoy Old Tucson will be after summer, in October. So bring the whole family for an old-fashioned outing with special features:
- Get a great deal on admission – Buy one admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value free!
- Join the flag-raising ceremony
- Bring the kids to interact with barnyard critters at the petting zoo.
- Enjoy games for kids young and old
- Get your 2015-2016 Wagon Wheel Season Pass! Save on admission, merchandise, and food!
Howl-O-Scream 2015 has Unearthed a new evil and Busch Gardens Tampa’s 300 acres will be overgrown with new dark, sinister and adult-targeted fun for 19 select nights this fall. Don’t miss the limited-time summer deal that is sure to get your heart pounding early this year.
For a limited time, get a Freaky Preview single-night admission (Sept. 25 & 26) for only $35, and any single-night admission from October 1 to 31 for only $45. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-night admission to Howl-O-Scream 2015 for only $35.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
An African crested porcupine had the honor of taking the first dig this week, when the San Diego Zoo broke ground on the largest expansion in its 99-year history. Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks is a $68 million project that will transform eight acres of the Zoo and replace 1930s-era grottos and enclosures (formerly known as Cat and Dog Canyon) with new habitats for African plant and animal species that range from savanna to shore.
When the exhibit opens in 2017, Africa Rocks will entirely transform the area that was previously a steep canyon. Africa Rocks’ gently winding, ADA-accessible pathway will lead guests through different types of African habitats—including a West African forest, acacia woodlands, Ethiopian highlands, kopje gardens and a Madagascar habitat.
The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s The Walking Dead will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television series take a bite out of Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.
Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows, The Walking Dead.
Following in the footsteps of The Walking Dead cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand The Walking Dead universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for The Walking Dead. “Halloween Horror Nights is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”
Universal Studios Singapore is set to bring your scariest nightmares to life once again, with a unique touch of Singaporean flair this year. Taking center stage at Halloween Horror Nights 5 will be a new chapter of True Singapore Ghost Stories inspired by horror stories on the train, an epidemic-stricken HDB block, a hell house featuring paper effigies, as well as the event’s first ever dark house. Starting from 2 October 2015, Halloween Horror Nights 5 will run for 14 nights across five weekends. Tickets are now on sale.
Ms Andrea Teo, Vice President of Entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa, said: “We are excited to be back with Halloween Horror Nights 5, Singapore’s only fully-immersive Halloween experience. We heard our fans, and this year’s event will take even more of a local twist, bringing fear even closer to heart. Expect to see familiar scenes and folklore in three locally themed haunted houses with the fourth house featuring an intense underground experience. The theme for Southeast Asia’s iconic Halloween event this year surrounds the rise of the blood moon, which will spread destruction to life as we know it.”
Halloween is about to get so much spookier! A mysterious nomadic clan called The Travelers are coming, and they’re bringing their magical BloodMoon Faire to the Los Angeles area in October 2016! First, though, they’re making a stop at next week’s premier Halloween and Haunted Attraction convention to showcase the event to the press and public: ScareLA, August 8th & 9th at the Pasadena Convention Center.
The BloodMoon Faire will be a magical event similar to a Renaissance Faire, but with an immersive Halloween theme. It will feature staged entertainment, nightly parades, ghosts and goblins, and most exciting of all: The Gothic Hills Manor – The World’s First Crowdsourced Haunted Attraction.
The Walt Disney Company has been quickly working on a replacement for the ill-fated Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction which opened with Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in 2012, and closed permanently in February this year. It doesn’t happen too terribly often, but once in a while, Disney does have a misfire with attractions for any number of reasons. We saw it happen with Rocket Rods in Tomorrowland (May 1998 – September 2000), and before that, the predecessor of Luigi’s Flying Tires – the Flying Saucers (August 1961 – August 1966).
As curious as it may be (and yeah – there’s always been a lot of head scratching over this one), Walt Disney Imagineering pushed forward with the Flying Tires concept – a charge reportedly led internally by John Lasseter, Principal Creative Advisor for WDI – regardless of the fact that arguably the finest Imagineers of all time couldn’t get the smaller, earlier version of the attraction to ever operate adequately in the ’60s. Typically, you duplicate and plus successful attractions – however, the story goes that John had very fond memories of the Flying Saucers at Disneyland as a child and so, he insisted on a bigger, bulkier (heavier) design for Cars Land. As predicted, the bigger, slower brother of Disneyland’s Flying Saucers attraction opened and closed with little fanfare at Disney California Adventure – the minute we took our first lackluster ride when Cars Land opened, we knew without a doubt that the clock was ticking for Luigi’s Flying Tires; the writing was on the wall.
No bones about it: Mickey Mouse’s pal Pluto loves to run and play at Walt Disney World Resort. Canine visitors to the Florida Vacation Kingdom deserve a tail-wagging good time as well. Guests can treat their special four-legged family member to an experience that will last a lifetime (which in dog years could be a very long time!).
Here are a few ideas for the perfect dog day at Walt Disney World:
1. Every great day starts with a good night’s sleep. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is the only pet-friendly resort at Walt Disney World Resort where guests and pets can rest up before a day of adventures. With site-specific camping loops that welcome pets and premium, full-hookup campsites, guests and their furry buddy will both be happy campers. For more information and to book reservations, guests may call 407/W-DISNEY.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween horror event — returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1. Tickets go on sale for all Great American Nightmare dates on Friday, July 31.
October 2 & 4 will also feature two special concerts with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.
“I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After last year’s overwhelming response we’ve decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It’s more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun.”
There’s no denying or holding it back; Halloween is in the air, despite 100-degree temperatures and lazy summer days. Haunted attractions are already hosting auditions, and pro/home haunters are in the midst of amassing and building their works of terror.
Boot Hill, one of the most elaborate and popular home haunts in the Southland, is gearing up for yet another materialization in Irvine (Woodbridge, to be exact), and this year promises to be the attraction’s biggest and spookiest year yet! To pull it off, the team behind Boot Hill are looking for some dead-icated volunteers to help this Halloween, from build to scaring the daylights out of guests this October!
2015 will be Boot Hill’s 16th season in operation. The home haunt, themed to the Old West, attracts thousands of visitors each year and has become a whistle stop for Halloween fans of all ages. Boot Hill is a large-scale yard display that features sets, elaborate special effects, and creeping ghouls lurking in the fog.