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THEME PARK ADVENTURE – LATEST NEWS AND FEATURES
The sun has set on Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s mixers for 2015, as the season has come to an end, and a new sun is about to dawn on summer! On Sunday, May 17th, TPA fans gathered once again at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for a fun night of mixing, mingling, tiki cocktails, great food, and good friends during our Spring Nights at Don’s 3 social mixer!
The great thing about TPA mixers, is that you never know who’s going to show up! Theme Park Adventure has a broad fan base of young folks, older folks, theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals – a completely unique mix of characters under one roof for a few hours each month with a level playing field; everyone is open and accessible in the spirit of friendship and community!
Don the Beachcomber, which is on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach (it’s located at Sunset Beach) and is a hot locals spot that rolls out the red carpet for Theme Park Adventure, and turns over its private Hidden Village room, which is a fantastic space very reminiscent of the old Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland back in the day. We love the whole tiki vibe, and it’s always fun to be near the beach here in Southern California, so Don’s is a perfect match for us!
To celebrate greater magic in the second year at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan, a ceremony for the announcement of New Magical Experience and its advance premiere was held May 20th.
The world’s leading attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has been evolved into 3D and opened this week as the first and only in the world.With Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton and Katie Leung, and Universal Studios Japan’s ambassador SMAP, a spell was cast upon the magnificent Hogwarts castle to celebrate the opening of this new experience.
Thunderous cheer was heard from three hundred Harry Potter fans wearing scarves of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at 19:40, when the ceremony started, the members of SMAP, Universal Studios Japan’s ambassadors, appeared on the stage in front of Hogwarts castle, and introduced Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton, who portrayed Harry Potter’s classmate and nemesis Draco Malfoy, and Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang famous for Harry’s first crush, made an appearance with Glenn Gumpel, Chairman and CEO of USJ, Co., when he announced to open Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D, which has been evolved into 3D for the first time. The fans reacted with cheers and surprises.
Disneyland Resort has premiered a spectacular new nighttime parade and innovative fireworks-and-projection show for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration that marks 60 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth.
The event officially opened to guests, starting with a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks that served as a kick-off to Diamond Celebration and to the summer family travel season.
For six decades, the Disneyland Resort has explored the frontiers of immersive storytelling and entertainment technology, bringing exciting attractions and inventive entertainment to life for guests from around the world.
“Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation — one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started. We’re thrilled to usher in Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary and celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has opened a brand-new dark ride; Voyage to the Iron Reef. This 4D “shooter” is housed in the same show building that has been the home to previous dark rides at the theme park – Knott’s Bear-y Tales, which opened in 1975, followed by Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, which took its place in 1987. Over the years, the KOD space also doubled as a haunted attraction for the park’s wildly-popular Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s Vice President and General Manager, Raffi Kaprelyan has wanted a new dark ride at the Farm since he was placed there as part of the executive management team by Cedar Fair several years ago. And, like most theme park executives, Raffi made it clear that he wanted an interactive experience for families to enjoy together; in industry speak, that means a “shooter”, in the same style as Toy Story Midway Mania at nearby Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. In 2014, construction was underway in the space across from the Charles Schulz Theatre; the remnants from Kingdom of the Dinosaurs were completely gutted and once the structure was cleaned up and made ready for the new ride, the project moved forward at a breakneck pace.
Some of the most popular stars from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Radio Disney will be gathering at Walt Disney World Resort to help guests celebrate the Coolest Summer Ever with around-the-clock festivities, during a special event from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 23.
A selection of popular attractions, extra entertainment, dance parties and special event merchandise is on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, guests are invited to come dressed in costume to show their Disney Side.
- Frozen faves Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome park guests at 6 a.m. to Magic Kingdom, following a spectacular opening show and ceremony.
- Festival of Fantasy parade will take place at noon and 3:00 p.m. featuring favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars as the Grand Marshals
- Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m
- Move It! Shake it! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m.
- A DJ will spin tunes as Disney Channel hosts the Club Chill party zone in Tomorrowland from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Some of guests’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars might just stop by.
- A live Magic Cam feed will allow fans from home to join in the celebration to catch glimpses of parades, shows and fireworks at select times during the event.
A brand-new female Masai giraffe at the San Diego Zoo had her first medical exam earlier this week. Veterinarians and animal care staff covered the newborn’s eyes with a soft towel to keep her calm while they confirmed her sex, checked her eyes, ears, tongue and throat, drew blood to ensure she is nursing properly, and checked her umbilicus for proper healing. Initial results determined the calf is healthy and strong, even though she is still getting used to her long, wobbly legs. The lanky youngster weighed in at 136 pounds and stands 6 feet tall; she may weigh as much as 500 pounds and stand 7 to 7 ½ feet tall by the time she is 6 months old.
After the exam, the youngster ventured around the maternity yard with her doting mother, Bahati. The curious calf interacted with her father, Silver, and other members of the Zoo’s giraffe herd from the protective fencing set up by keepers to separate the newborn and her mother from the herd until the calf is strong enough to venture into the larger habitat and interact with the others.
Exciting new high-profile tenants, including fashion retailers Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO and PANDORA, are the latest to sign on as Downtown Disney continues its expansion into Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.
Today, a total of 13 new tenants were announced, including eight retail shops. With new retailers already aboard and new restaurants either open or coming soon, Downtown Disney is transforming into an exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment.
By the time it’s complete in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney and grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. Disney Springs will include four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options. Sophisticated restaurants will provide experiences for families and convention-guests alike.
Evil Twin Studios, the demented team that brought you Theater of Terror and award-winning Raymond Hill Mortuary, returns this October with an all-new haunted experience and location that you’re sure to go crazy about. WARD 13 is an intense, immersive, interactive, walk-through haunted attraction where sanity comes to die.
There have always been dark rumors about the Raymond Hill Sanitarium, but the most disturbing ones center around an undocumented area for the most violent patients where experimentation took precedence over finding a cure. For the residents of the sanitarium, there was one thing they all feared more than death… WARD 13.
Recognized for bringing world-class art exhibitions to the Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) will debut Picasso: Creatures & Creativity on July 3, 2015, featuring 43 works from one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.
Organized in partnership with the Claude Picasso Archives, Picasso: Creatures & Creativity focuses on Pablo Picasso’s favorite theme, the human figure. The exhibition will take guests on a step-by-step journey through the famed artist’s thought progression and creative process behind his painting and printmaking.
The new exhibit will showcase 19 lithographs, 13 linocuts, 8 paintings and three rare plates, each telling a different story.
“Picasso: Creatures & Creativity is a unique exhibit offering visitors the opportunity to dive into the mind and life of Picasso,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “Additionally, guests will be enveloped by the insatiable curiosity and artistic vision of one of history’s most intriguing and iconic artists.”
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens hosts PBS SoCal Kids Day at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm, featuring an opportunity for guests to meet and take photos with The Cat in the Hat from PBS Kids’ The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That and Curious George, as well as live book readings, themed crafts and activities, and a kids’ dance party, all in the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove. The Cat in the Hat will be available for photos from 10 am to 1 pm and Curious George from 1 pm to 4 pm.
As an added bonus this spring, visitors to the L.A. Zoo every day through June 30 receive a Shutterfly promo card good for a free, easy-to-make 8×10″ hard cover photo book to use to capture their adventures. The promo card, courtesy of Shutterfly, is available at the admissions window when purchasing tickets or at the membership entrance. Limit one per household.
The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.