Monthly Archives: November 2013

REVIEW: Forevermore 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

One of the most highly anticipated new mazes of the 2013 season at Knott’s Scary Farm was Forevermore. In this maze, guests entered the twisted world of the “Forevermore Killer”, an individual who has used the writings of Edgar Allan Poe as thematic templates to his brutal and shocking murders, creating hellish crime scenes for all to see, thanks to the interest of the media, who reports on his every move…

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LEGOLAND Hotel Coming to Florida in 2015

2013.11.21_LEGOLANDFLORIDAHOTEL_001LEGOLAND® Florida General Manager Adrian Jones officially announced the park’s much anticipated LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015. The announcement was made alongside community leaders with a ceremonial groundbreaking moment at the site where the hotel will be built, directly to the left of LEGOLAND Florida’s entrance, just steps from Lake Eloise.

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Manormortis is U.K.’s Newest Scare Attraction

Gourmand in The Wine Cellar at Manormortis EDITEDIn 1913, the old Haxenghast Mansion was burned to the ground amidst mysterious circumstances; now, 100 years later, the house has appeared once again, its parapets and turrets twisting up through the autumn mists in a defiant statement against science, nature and time itself.  Known locally as ‘the dead manor’, Manormortis has awoken from its slumber, and it is hungry…

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TPA’s Autumn Nights at Sam’s a Huge Success

Autumn_Nights_3 136On Sunday, November 17th, Theme Park Adventure held its final Autumn Nights at Sam’s mixer of 2013 at the Disneyland Hotel. In keeping with annual tradition, the November gathering was the largest in TPA’s history, bringing nearly 150 theme park fans, industry folks and serious haunters together in one spot for a night of socializing, tiki drinks and fantastic networking!

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Mystic Motel 2013 Home Haunt

Mystic_Motel_2013_6570We’ve seen a lot of home haunts in our travels, but none have ever been like Mystic Motel in Ladera Ranch, California. Located in a quiet, master-planned community just south of Mission Viejo, Mystic Motel has sprung up in a neighborhood that looks more like Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives than a boardwalk midway, where dark rides such as Mystic Motel have existed for more than 100 years! Yet, there it is!

The creation of slot machine game developer Scott D’Avanzo and his family (primarily his 9 year-old son), Mystic Motel came from a love of dark rides and Scott’s desire to have one in his home. The most likely spot was the family’s 20 x 20 garage, and that is where building began, with the promise to Scott’s incredibly patient and understanding wife that the attraction would not be “permanent”.

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REVIEW: Sinister Pointe 2013

One of the greatest haunted attractions in Southern California is Sinister Pointe, located in Brea, just minutes away from Orange County attractions such as Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium, and the Honda Center. Unlike most SoCal haunted attractions, Sinister Pointe is unique in that it is open periodically throughout the year, giving haunt enthusiasts their much-needed scare fixes every few months. However, each October, power tools, rock music and ghoulish laughter can be heard coming from the industrial warehouse that contains this incredible maze, as the crew preps the haunt for Halloween, reveling with delight at the horrors they’re creating for guests to experience throughout October…

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REVIEW: Delirium 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

One of the most popular mazes at Knott’s Scary Farm is Delirium, which made its debut in 2011. The twisted maze, which is the dreamchild of veteran Halloween Haunt designer Daniel Miller, returned once again this past season to terrify and freak out guests visiting the 41st annual event in Buena Park, California. Absolutely one of the strongest additions to Haunt in recent memory, the big question was, would it remain shocking and elaborate enough to contend with the likes of this year’s new Scary Farm offerings, including Forevermore and Miller’s new maze for 2013, Black Magic?

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REVIEW: Dominion of the Damned 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

Vampires have long been a standing theme at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt. From the “vintage days” of the vampire mazes in the early 1990s to 2013’s Dominion of the Damned offering, the creatures of the night have continued to play a vital role in the overall production of what’s revered as the granddaddy of all Halloween theme park events. Some years have been greater than others, for sure. One thing is undeniable however: guests and fans love the subject and vampires have become a Gothic, hissing cornerstone of the Scary Farm.

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Knott’s Fire and Police Recognition Days 2013

image006As a thank you to all the men and women who assist in protecting life and property, Knott’s Berry Farm theme park is proud to offer Fire and Police Recognition Days. Starting Thanksgiving Day, November 28 through Thursday, January 31, 2014, Knott’s will once again extend free Park admission to all active fire and police personnel and one guest. From November 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $27 each. January 6-31 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $22 each.

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REVIEW: LA Haunted Hayride 2013

Theme Park Adventure has had the privilege of watching the LA Haunted Hayride grow over the past five years from a startup haunt way out in the boonies of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch, to one of Los Angeles’ top haunted attractions that is on our Must-See list each Halloween. The LA Haunted Hayride has evolved into a unique night out – not merely a hayride, but an entire event complete with carnival, multiple attractions, entertainment and hordes of monsters roaming and interacting with guests at every turn!

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