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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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Knott’s Berry Farm Free Military Days Tribute Returns

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knottsmilitaryKnott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 25th annual Military Days Tribute. Knott’s is the only theme park that has continuously offered free admission to veterans and active military personnel in honor of our nation’s Veteran’s Day holiday.

The free-admission offer applies to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and their spouse (or one guest.)  Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 -21 and for $29 each November 22 through January 4, 2015.  Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office.

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Timberlake to Play MGM Grand Las Vegas on New Year’s Day

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timberlakeJustin Timberlake announced today he will bring his two-year epic world tour to a close with two New Year’s week shows Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Jan. 2 at the legendary MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 20/20 Experience World Tour shows will be filmed and directed by acclaimed American filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter Jonathan Demme.

Tickets priced at $89.50, $119.50, $149.50 and $279.50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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Casting Call at Old Tucson for TV Western

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Old Tucson FilmingLionHeart FilmWorks and Old Tucson are pleased to announce that principal photography for a NEW Western-set anthology television series for FOX will begin in early November in the Tucson, AZ area.

CASTING call for All Actors:  A casting call will be held on Sunday, November 2 and Monday, November 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Old Tucson’ s Stage 2 facility.  The production is seeking paid, non-union actors for the new 10-part Western-set series as well as supporting cast and background players.  All roles are compensated.  Casting requirements:

  • Longer hair and facial hair is a plus
  • Thin build men and women who look authentic to the mid to late 19th century

CONTACT:  Amanda Powell at lhfwcasting@gmail.com to arrange an audition Appointment Date/Time. Walk ins welcome, appointments PREFERRED.

Location: Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Rd.

Park in main parking lot and follow signs to Stage 2

Main website: OldTucson.com

MGM Resorts Restaurants Offer Halloween Treats

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MGM Resorts HalloweenMGM Resorts International will welcome Halloween enthusiasts with festive cocktails, spirited decor and sweet treats highlighting the familiar flavors of the season. Accomplished chefs and mixologists from Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York will present a collection of themed specials to celebrate the spooktacular holiday.

With a tempting selection of seasonal flavors, guests can relish every spoonful of ice cream at BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo. New flavors include Cranberry Sorbet, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Spice. For those who enjoy ice cream with an edge, BLVD Creamery has added new alcohol-infused flavors to align with the autumn theme. Flavors include Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Blue Moon Pumpkin Spice, Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, Warsteiner Oktoberfest and Firestone Oaktoberfest.

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HAUNTERS The Movie Hits Kickstarter

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Haunters The MovieHAUNTERS The Movie is a feature documentary by The Brain Factory, about the visionary entertainers who create some of the most popular and notorious haunted houses in the world.

A life-long fan of Halloween and all things horror, Jon Schnitzer (HAUNTERS Director/Producer and co-owner of The Brain Factory) was inspired to document the world of haunting as it becomes increasingly mainstream and spawns a whole new wave of extreme – and sometimes controversial full-contact – entertainment.

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Boo at the Oakland Zoo 2014

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Oakland ZooOn October 25 & 26, Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival team up for Boo at the Zoo. The Halloween and science themed weekend features a spooky scavenger hunt for kids, costume parade, up-close animal encounters, freaky interactive stations, face painting, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals. “Oakland Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun enriching environment,” said Erin Harrison, Senior Manager of Marketing & Events. “From candy consumption to watching animals enjoy pumpkin treats to learning about science in a whole new way, this event has it all – there’s something for everyone to enjoy”

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REVIEW: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2014

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Queen Mary's Dark HarborThe fog has rolled in to Long Beach, and once again, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has opened its sinister gates to the public for a season of thrills, chills, and haunting experiences!

Last year, we fell in love with Dark Harbor’s offerings; if you haven’t read our 2013 review, definitely check it out, because much of it still rings true and applies to this year’s event!

Dark Harbor is a unique, large-scale haunt event in that it is set in and around the Queen Mary, which is a top tourist destination here in Southern California, less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, and minutes away from Orange County. Half of the event’s mazes take place on the famous ship, which give them an already-spooky and authentic environment that set them apart from any other attraction in the world, let alone here in the Southland.

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Hakkasan Las Vegas Heats up Halloween 2014

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Hakkasan Nightclub Las VegasHakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will welcome guests for an unrivaled month filled with non-stop entertainment leading up to the awaited Halloween Weekend celebration Thursday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 2. The renowned nightspot will transform as the Forbidden City returns honoring the Return of the Empress. With four days of entertainment, patrons will be encouraged to show off their tantalizing attire when the hot spot gives away $60,000 in total cash prizes over three days as the sultry Empress searches for Vegas’ sexiest costumes.

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Jabbawockeez Halloween Show Special Offers at Luxor

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Jabbawockeez at LuxorThe world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez is celebrating Halloween with a special 4 p.m. matinee performance and treating locals to a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer to its Friday, Oct. 31 show “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino.  Complimentary candy will be provided to guests who attend the show in costume as well as Jabbawockeez t-shirts awarded to the best costumes.

Locals may purchase tickets online or in person at any MGM Resorts box office with a valid Nevada ID using the promo code “BOGO.”  The special offer applies to select tickets and guests should contact the box office for seating restrictions. Prices do not include tax or service fees.   Please note, masks or facial coverings may only be worn only once guests have entered the showroom and may not be worn inside the casino.

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Universal Orlando 3rd Day Free Offer Returns

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Universal Orlando Resort Diagon AlleyUniversal Orlando Resort has announced the return of the resort’s popular 3rd Day Free Offer for U.S. and Canada residents – giving them a third day FREE with the purchase of a 2-day park ticket. This offer gives visitors even more time to enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and enjoy all-new experiences, including the awe-inspiring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the incredible journey between London and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express, the blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Springfield, home of America’s favorite animated family “The Simpsons.”

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