THEME PARK ADVENTURE – LATEST NEWS AND FEATURES

Theme Park Adventure has been an industry standard for fans and professionals alike for the past 23 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. Rick and Johanna also co-produce Midsummer Scream Halloween Convention. 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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Boney Island Major Expansion Set for Halloween 2017 Season in Los Angeles

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As surprising as it is, when it comes to Halloween events and attractions in the Greater Los Angeles region, there aren’t that many offerings to be had. Fortunately for fans of all ages, Boney Island, which has become a Halloween staple here in Southern California, is set to return this year in a big way – a major expansion, which has just been announced by the home haunt’s owner and creator, Rick Polizzi.

For the first time ever, Boney Island is going to expand to the front yard of one of Rick’s neighbors, almost doubling the footprint of the beloved spectacle! It’s an undertaking of epic proportions, and a huge win for Halloween fans, as mounting costs and local municipality involvement in recent years have threatened to end this Southland tradition.

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Creep LA: Lore Announced for Halloween 2017 Season

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For fans of the macabre and bizarre, the announcement that Creep LA and the team behind Lore podcast have teamed up for an intense walk-through experience here in Los Angeles for Halloween 2017 is nothing short of really freaking rad and exciting!

Theme Park Adventure has long admired the work of Justin Fix and his team at Just Fix It Productions, whether it be their trademark Creep LA hauntings, or their more theatrical endeavors, such as The Willlows. What JFI brings to the community is always fresh, exciting, and unnerving – all without making guests feel as though they are being put in uncertain or precarious situations – and that is something that is very important to us as fans of this type of entertainment; we appreciate knowing that Justin and his crew understand where that line between safety and perceived danger lies, never taking us beyond it into iffy territory. Each of their past Creep productions have been stunning, and The Willows was simply remarkable this year.

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SLASHED! The Musical Returns to Los Angeles for Halloween Encore

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The extremely popular horror comedy musical SLASHED! is returning to Los Angeles for 8 blood-soaked performances this Halloween season at the Ruby Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood beginning October 5th!

SLASHED! The Musical premiered this summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and received rave reviews all around, and accolades from various blogs, industry personalities, and fans for being a really fun romp, modeled after classic ’80s camp slasher horror films. Following its tremendous success at the Fringe Festival here in Southern California, the group performed highlights of their production at Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, to the delight of fans.

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First Look: Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Preview From Universal Studios Hollywood

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood always snags the hottest films in the horror industry for its maze and attraction themes; 2017 is no exception, with IPs that include SawThe Shining, and the hit FX show, American Horror Story. HHN brings our favorite films and characters to life in dimensional, fully immersive maze experiences that keep fans buzzing with anticipation. On the afternoon of August 22, Theme Park Adventure had the pleasure of visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, to get a sneak peek at two of this year’s HHN mazes with the event’s Creative Director, John Murdy. Our Horror Nights 2017 preview included Insidious: Beyond the Further, and The Shining.

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Knott’s Scary Farm 2017 Lineup Reveals Strong 45th Haunt

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On the evening of August 31st, thousands of fans flocked to Knott’s Berry Farm for its annual Scary Farm reveal event, where the veil is lifted and every aspect of Halloween Haunt is discussed in detail by the designers and park management. The Scary Farm 2017 lineup was met with great enthusiasm and genuine excitement; as well it should be, because what Knott’s has planned for this year is very impressive.

Theme Park Adventure was there, and we have all of it right here for you – the event in its entirety as it appeared on our Periscope live stream, a media-only Q&A discussion following the presentation, and our own exclusive discussions with many of the key creators of Knott’s Scary Farm in a 40-minute one-on-one video that no fan is going to want to miss!

Let’s get right into it as we reiterate what Knott’s announced and share our own thoughts along the way!

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Ghost Train Screams Back Into Service for Halloween 2017 in Los Angeles

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In 2016, the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum announced that its beloved Ghost Train event would not be returning as one of the city’s only family-centric Halloween attractions after 15 years of operation. Theme Park Adventure covered this unfortunate turn of events closely, raising the ire of the club’s then Board of Directors when public outcry ensued. By all accounts, it seemed like a most unfortunate – and unwanted – end to a spooky event that people across the Southland absolutely adored; the Ghost Train had made its final whistle stop before rolling into oblivion.

We are thrilled to announce that the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum has a new Board, and under the direction of its new leadership, Ghost Train is returning to Griffith Park once again, beginning this year!

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Fans Are a Devoted Community, Preparing to Gather at Midsummer Scream 2017

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The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorIn just days, thousands of Halloween and horror fans will pour into the Long Beach Convention Center to experience Midsummer Scream 2017 on July 29 and 30. One of the most-anticipated presentations of the weekend will kick the event off at noon on Saturday – Beyond the 5th Dimension: Creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This hour-long presentation will feature several individuals key to the design of the original attraction in Orlando, as well as the subsequent versions that were installed at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo DisneySea.

What will drive guests to this particular presentation? Their undying love of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and the fact that Midsummer Scream is going to give Southern California fans a truly fantastic way to come together as a community to listen to the attractions creators, and give it a proper farewell together as a group.

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor New Maze and Spirit to be Announced at Midsummer Scream 2017

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Queen Mary's Dark Harbor new maze and character to be revealed at Midsummer Scream 2017As the excitement builds in anticipation of next weekend’s Midsummer Scream convention in Long Beach, the Queen Mary has just announced that it will be revealing a new Dark Harbor maze and character to fans during its hour-long presentation on Saturday, July 29 in the Terrace Theater (main stage).

Typically, each of the major theme parks and attractions that participate in Midsummer Scream thrill guests with enticing presentations and discussions of what’s to be expected come Halloween time. The biggest moments come when the attractions unveil a new maze or major component – that is the pièce de résistance as far as fans are concerned; it’s what they line up for, and it’s what they hope to witness when they pour into the theater each summer.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Offers Free Admission for DC Comics Cosplay on July 12

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Magic Mountain calling on DC Comics cosplay fans!Six Flags Magic Mountain is putting the call out for all DC Comics superheroes – and villains – to celebrate the opening of its brand-new attraction, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis! This widespread call for DC Comics cosplay at Magic Mountain is your ticket – literally – to get into the park and experience the new ride on July 12!

Magic Mountain isn’t wanting people to dress up just for fun – they’re going to attempt to break a world record for most cosplay participants in a theme park.

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Legacy of the Hallowed Haunting Grounds Panel Announced for Midsummer Scream 2017

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The history of home haunting in Southern California is long and storied. However, one home haunt in particular – the Hallowed Haunting Grounds – changed the playing field dramatically in 1973, when a group of creative kids led by Gary Corb took to the front yard at 4343 Babcock Avenue in Studio City.

Over the course of 32 years, the Hallowed Haunting Grounds grew into the most elaborate and detailed Halloween yard display anyone had ever seen. What started out as a simple homage to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, became a must-see roadside attraction each October; a virtual who’s who from the entertainment industry showing up nightly to gawk and whisper with the masses as they journeyed “beyond the graveyard of desolate souls”. The Hallowed Haunting Grounds was more than a spectacle; it became a cornerstone of Halloween in Los Angeles, attracting thousands from near and far to experience its subtle complexity – mournful spirits, crumbling church ruins, undulating graves, floating lanterns, and displaced ghosts.

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