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!
I’ve said this over and over lately – the line between home haunt and pro haunt has become increasingly blurred over the past several years, as folks become more savvy and technology becomes more easily accessible to the general public when it comes to Halloween. Such is the case with The Backwoods Maze, a home haunt of epic proportions in a quiet neighborhood in Burbank, California.
On Sunday, December 15th, tune into The Travel Channel at 7pm for “Xtreme Xmas”, featuring Christmas with the Chimps. During this annual event at Lion Country Safari, Santa delivers presents to all the chimpanzees while park visitors watch. Marketing & Public Relations Director, Jennifer Berthiaume looks forward to the event, presented by ChimpanZoo, every year stating, “this segment is a great prelude for those at home, who have not yet been able to experience this WILD holiday celebration. It’s definitely unique and we’re thrilled to be featured on The Travel Channel.”
One of the things that I have said numerous time in the past couple years is how sophisticated and professional home haunts are becoming each passing season. Whether a crazy extravagant tech fest, a highly-detailed yard scene, or an honest to god maze, Theme Park Adventure has seen the art of home haunting improve and mature so greatly in just the past few years that it’s really exciting to see what comes next! One of our favorite home haunts is Perdition Home, located in Yorba Linda, California. This group of haunters constructs a full-scale maze in their driveway each Halloween, and it is nothing but badass!
Actress Elizabeth Banks took time out of her busy schedule to help Santa light the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree at LEGOLAND California Resort at the 11th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carlsbad, California.
Banks, a mother of two, stars as the voice of “Wyldstyle” in “The LEGO Movie” being released on February 7, 2014, and currently stars as Effie Trinket in the hit movie, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” At the ceremony, Banks presented a check from LEGOLAND California Resort for $10,000 to LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) which provides a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles.
One of the most outrageously amazing home haunts Theme Park Adventure has ever seen is The House at Haunted Hill, located in a quiet neighborhood in Woodland Hills, California. As Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is the must-see large-scale haunt spectacle each year in Los Angeles, House at Haunted Hill is the must-see home haunt spectacle in the Greater LA Area every October.
Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the start of the “Grinchmas” holiday “who-bilation” by honoring veteran stage and screen actor, Florence Henderson with the “Who-Manitarian of the Year” Award in support of her charitable work for the City of Hope research and treatment hospital.
The Grinch and his faithful dog Max bestowed the honor in front of an energetic audience from L.A. Family Housing, a non-profit group dedicated to assisting residents transition out of homelessness and poverty through supportive services and a beneficiary organization of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Discover a Star Foundation.
December 5, 2013 (Orlando, Fla.) – The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned two female manatees into East Coast waters this week after receiving treatment and care at SeaWorld Orlando for several months.
As people prepare to head over the hills and through the woods to be with loved ones this holiday season, and the sound of Christmas carols and wafting scent of fresh, hot apple pies and gingerbread cookies fills the air, there is something sinister afoot in Pomona, California. A sprawling 5K monstrosity known as Escape The Nightmares…
On December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born in a small house in Chicago, Illinois. Today, we celebrate the 112th Anniversary of Walt’s birth. Fans and industry professionals alike owe a tremendous amount to Disney’s vision, thirst for excellence, and childlike enthusiasm for doing the impossible. Happy Birthday, Walt!
Los Angeles is a hotbed of events and attractions when it comes to the Halloween scene each year. From world-class home haunts to major theme park scare events, LA has it all – and I will venture to say that no one in the world has a more dense, diverse, and high quality range of haunted attractions than we do right here in Southern California. That said, Halloween in Los Angeles does tend to be adult-oriented, and we are often asked, “What is there for families to do or see?” The answer is always a no-brainer: Everyone of all ages must visit the LA Live Steamers Ghost Train event for an evening of absolutely awesome spooky fun!