Monthly Archives: November 2013

Universal Studios Hollywood Update November 2013

One of the many construction walls now up at Universal Studios Hollywood in preparation for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016

One of the many construction walls now up at Universal Studios Hollywood in preparation for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016

It’s been a while since Theme Park Adventure visited Universal Studios Hollywood for an update on things other than Halloween Horror Nights, which was a huge success this season. Again, kudos to John Murdy, Chris Williams and the entire cast/crew of HHN 2013 on a job very well done!

As many of you know, Universal Studios Hollywood is in a massive renovation phase, as the entire property is updated from the infrastructure up in preparation for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, set to open in 2016. This is the biggest growth spurt that USH has ever undergone, and naturally, there is a lot to do between now and then. We thought it would be nice to take you on a quick tour of Universal Studios Hollywood and show you the very latest!

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Christmas Town by the Numbers

BGCT_Logo_Horiz_P_CMYKWith the help of talented team members, thousands of candy canes, cookies, and poinsettias transform Busch Gardens® Tampa into a holiday masterpiece. Take a look at the sleigh-stopping numbers that bring Christmas Town to life:

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The Passing of Diane Disney Miller

dianedisneymillerNovember 19, 2013, San Francisco, California—Diane Disney Miller, oldest daughter of Walt and Lilly Disney, has died in Napa, California at the age of 79 from injuries sustained in a fall.

At the time of her death, she was president of the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio in San Francisco. The museum, which opened in 2009, was established to promote and inspire creativity and innovation and celebrate and study the life of Walt Disney.

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Knott’s Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy 2014 Renovations

image006Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to announce two major projects for 2014 that continue reinvestment in the park’s rich history and heritage. Camp Snoopy celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the revitalization of the entire land of High Sierra fun. The classic Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s first major attraction and theme park industry icon, will undergo an all-encompassing refurbishment complete with new state-of-the-art animatronic figures and enhanced scenery. Camp Snoopy’s area beautification and the revitalized Calico Mine Ride are slated to open early summer of 2014.

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Christmas at PortAventura 2013

Christmas Adventure 02Christmas is coming to PortAventura. From November 23rd the resort will transform into a fantastic winter dreamscape where young and old alike can enjoy a truly magical Christmas. With spectacular lighting, fir trees and festive decorations, plus 17 daily shows created especially for the season, PortAventura will become the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable Christmas getaway or family holiday.

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REVIEW: Great American Nightmare 2013

ROB_ZOMBIE_3313EDITOR’S NOTE: As would be expected with anything having to do with Rob Zombie or his film IPs, Great American Nightmare was a haunt loaded with X-rated imagery and at the very least, content that is definitely not appropriate for everyone. Theme Park Adventure attended the opening night of this attraction in Southern California, and while we attempted to shoot video, it became apparent very quickly that none of it could be used due to extreme language and overt adult content. The following review is not suitable for the workplace or anywhere children may have access to the screen. We have edited out many images that we took during the event. That said, it would be impossible to review the Great American Nightmare without a fair visual documentation to go along with our thoughts. Read/view at your own discretion…

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Knott’s Scary Farm Street Monsters 2013

In 1973 at Knott’s Scary Farm, a new breed of talent was born – street monsters. Not confined to the rooms and corridors of mazes, or waiting in the peek-ins that line Ghost Town, this new type of scare tactic was unleashed on unsuspecting guests in the 1970s, and became a cornerstone of not just Knott’s Scary Farm, but haunted attractions and events everywhere.

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REVIEW: Endgames 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

It’s loud! It’s bloody! It’s in-your-face action! Endgames: Warriors of the Apocalypse at Knott’s Scary Farm is definitely one of the most gritty, strange mazes that has been part of the Halloween Haunt lineup over the years. 2013 saw the return of the Brooke Walters/Gus Krueger spectacle that can only be described as the love child of Max Max Beyond Thunderdome and The Book of Eli. Fans love Endgames for its brash style and frenzied theme; the real question is, after this past season, is the fight-till-the-death maze down for the count, or can it last another round?

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REVIEW: Trick Or Treat 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

In 2012, Knott’s Scary Farm designer Brooke Walters stunned fans and Theme Park Adventure with her then-newest maze creation, Trick Or Treat. It was our favorite addition to the event as it celebrated its 40th Haunt, with a classic old school Halloween theme combined with the current Green Witch character push that Knott’s has placed front and center now for the past two seasons. Knowing that Trick Or Treat hadn’t changed much between 2012 and 2013, we were eager to experience it again for a second year in a row at the Scary Farm!

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REVIEW: Delusion: Masque of Mortality 2013

IMG_4249There’s no question; Delusion: Masque of Mortality was one of Southern California’s most highly anticipated attractions of 2013. When it was showcased this summer at ScareLA, fans went nuts as owner Jon Braver described what the elaborate theatrical experience would become for its third year. Ironically, the production’s setting – an old church – would prove to be the most challenging and ultimately, unforgiving venue that Braver has dealt with since Delusion began in Los Angeles several years ago…

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