Monthly Archives: May 2014

Legends of Chima Opens at LEGOLAND California

ChimaOpening050Recently named the number one theme park for families by Parents Magazine, LEGOLAND California Resort expanded once again this month with the grand opening of the LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network! The new water park opened in style as celebrities, players from the San Diego Padres and community VIPs walked the “green” carpet before enjoying the new three-acre water park with their families.

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D23 Attraction Rewind Update

innerspace2The roster of talent continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. The event will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

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SeaWorld Orlando Enhances Mobile App

AppWant to know how to get from Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin over to TurtleTrek or find out show times for Blue Horizons? Do you remember where that restroom was that you passed a while ago? Exciting, new enhancements to SeaWorld Orlando’s popular park mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices, was announced earlier this week, with interactive park maps and locations featuring GPS navigation. Dive into the new SeaWorld Discovery Guide app that includes a variety of features that are both fun and useful, and can be downloaded free from the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Each park’s Discovery Guide app will save guests time and increase their enjoyment as they navigate through the park using GPS-enabled interactive maps, access real-time updates of show schedules and events and receive broadcast park notifications.

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Falcon’s Fury Opening on Hold

Falcon's Fury concept art from Busch Gardens TampaBusch Gardens’ new thrill ride Falcon’s Fury includes first-of-its kind design elements, systems and parts. Due to a delay in the fabrication of key component parts, neither the manufacturer nor Busch Gardens are able to complete the lengthy testing processes needed to open the ride to the public.

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Aqua Drag Racer Readies for Opening

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando invites local families to help kick off the summer with the grand opening of its newest attraction, the Aqua Drag Racer™ on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Wet 'n Wild Orlando's Aqua Drag RacerStanding six stories tall and featuring four parallel racing lanes, the Aqua Drag Racer is Florida’s tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction of its kind. Guests will take their place at a starting line that is 65 feet high and prepare for a turbo-charged adrenaline rush the whole family can share. Get ready for a full throttle plunge at screaming speeds while powering through enclosed braided, twisting tunnels at fifteen feet per second. It is full throttle acceleration with no brakes allowed and the newest way families share the rush in a head-to-head racing competition at Wet ‘n Wild!

In celebration of the opening of the Aqua Drag Racer on June 12, 2014 the first 500 guests to enter the park on Thursday will be given a pass into the ‘fast lane’ with a one-time Express Pass wristband. The park opens to the public at 9:30AM.

“The Aqua Drag Racer adds to our already exciting lineup of one-of-a-kind attractions,” said Michael Black, Sr. Vice President & GM of Wet ‘n Wild. “We have more rides and more multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark in Central Florida and this new attraction offers yet another way for you and your family to share the rush together.”

Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark, sets the standard for thrills and over-the-top excitement – offering world-class attractions to thrill-seekers of all ages. Families can share a wide variety of waterpark adventure, with more than fifteen themed rides and attractions and more multi-person rides than any other waterpark in Central Florida. Experience a deep space adventure that’s light years from ordinary on The Black Hole: The Next Generation, encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on the Brain Wash™ or boogie down on the retro raft adventure Disco H2O™. At Wet ‘n Wild you’ll find high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person adventures that let you feel the fun and share the rush. Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.

TPAers, are you planning a visit to Wet ‘n Wild Orlando this summer? What are your favorite attractions there? Share your thoughts with other fans below!

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Busch Gardens and SeaWorld’s Weekday Ticket Offers $30 Savings

Cheetah Hunt 1What’s the best thing about kids being out of school for the summer? Celebrating at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando all week long! Both parks are launching an all-new “Select Your Day, Select Your Savings” ticket offer. This new pricing lets guests choose between a weekday visit or an “any day” visit, both offering great savings. Guests have the flexibility of being able to use their tickets up to one year from purchase, but what they might enjoy the most is the convenience – buy online, print tickets at home and go straight through the turnstiles.

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Port Royal Resort Announced in Georgia

12-049 Rendering_FrontView02.psdPort Royal Holdings, LLC, a New York development firm whose principals include famed music and entertainment executive Mathew Knowles, held their first public meeting to unveil plans to develop Port Royal Resort, Jasper, Georgia. Over 400 enthusiastic guests, including government officials, local residents, civic leaders and business owners learned that Port Royal Resort will be the first North American, fully themed, year round, waterpark resort and conference center replicating the historic City of Port Royal, Jamaica – bringing the colorful Caribbean tropics to Georgia year round.

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HEX Halloween Expo Cluster Event in July

On Thursday 10th July 2014, representatives from Europe’s ‘scare entertainment’ industry will convene at Hunton Park, Watford, England for the first of several events hosted by ‘HEX’ – Halloween Expo Europe.

HEX is Europe’s only scare entertainment and Halloween attraction industry collective. It was founded in 2014 by Sally Duguid of the former ‘Halloween & Scare Attractions Show’, Richard Cottier of ‘Farmaggedon’ and Jason Karl of ‘AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment’ to steer the growth of the scare entertainment industry and present the sector as a united voice

This ‘cluster’ event is the first of many, aimed at professional scare attraction operators and Halloween entertainment industry specialists, with a varied line-up of speakers and the opportunity to network with potential new business colleagues. The daytime event will be hosted at Hunton Park in Watford and continue later in the day Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Sally Duguid, of HEX, said “this will be the first time in Europe that an event of this type has been made available to the market, and we have been working ‘behind the screams’ for some time to ensure we can offer a unique event that will inspire and educate those already operating in this burgeoning sector, and those who are thinking of starting up in ‘scare’.”

The event includes a line-up of professional speakers from a variety of amusement industry sectors and includes:

DR TONY JOHNSON – ‘The Fascination with Fear’

Dr Tony Johnson is a lecturer in Ecotourism at the Buxton Campus of The University of Derby. He is also the Programme Leader for the BSc (hons) Ecotourism and Joint Honours Ecotourism courses, and teaches on a number of programme modules. A key area of interest in ‘dark tourism’, also known as ‘Thanatourism’.

MADELON HOEDT – ‘Creating the Fear’

Madelon Hoedt is a part-time lecturer for the Faculty of Creative Industries of the University of South Wales. She has been researching horror in performance for a number of years, and has published and presented on numerous topics, from scare attractions and zombies to sound and stage design.

JACKIE MULLIGAN & MICHELLE LANHAM – ‘It’s Not Quidditch; Creating New Rules for Your Social Media Engagement’

A focused and interactive one hour session designed to explore the future of social networks and the magic power they hold for organisations. Using examples of innovative practices on social media as well as the latest research insights into why and how we will share, the session will leave attendees with some fresh ideas, tips, rules, strategies and insights into how to engage audiences in the now and in the future.
Tickets for the event are now available and priced at £125.00 per delegate including all seminars, buffet lunch and soft drinks, coach transfer and the VIP Tour of the Warner Brothers Studios. Tickets can be purchased online at

Discounts for delegates wishing to stay on site at Hunton Park are available at £95.00 per room by calling 0871 222 4808using the code HEXEVENT01.

For all the latest developments you can visit our website at, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @HALLOWEEN_EXPO

TPAers, will any of you in the U.K. be attending this special event? If so, what are you most looking forward to about it, and what do you hope to take away from this HEX Halloween Expo event? Share your thoughts below with other fans!

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Shrunken Heads by Thor Now Available!

Tom ShrunkenTom “Thor” Thordarson is a highly-respected artist and senior creative director within the themed entertainment industry working for companies such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Creative, Thinkwell, and BRC Imagination Arts. His work has been featured in Hawaiian galleries, and can be found adorning the walls of some of the world’s most famous tiki restaurants and bars, including Damon’s Steakhouse, in Glendale, California. In fact, Theme Park Adventure fans may also know that Thor is the creator of our TPA Tikis that are featured each month on our Trader Sam’s mixer buttons. His style is extremely vibrant, and the attention to detail even in Thor’s more cartoonish works is fantastic.

What fans may not know, is that since 2005, Thor has produced and sold astounding shrunken heads that are considered to be the best models money can buy. Enthusiasts from all over the world seek out these carefully hand-crafted oddities for personal collections, tiki bars and other bizarre showcases.

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Roaring Camp Railroads 50th Anniversary

RCR_DepotSteamTrain_lrRoaring Camp Railroads has taken visitors through the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1963 and has the engines stoked to celebrate its 50th anniversary. For decades, its mother-daughter railroad team has operated two lines with trains departing daily from its historic station and re-created 1880s mill town, Roaring Camp. Whether steaming up narrow-gauge tracks past rare groves of old-growth California redwoods or rambling along the San Lorenzo River to the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads invites passengers to come and celebrate its 50th anniversary with a year-round lineup of historic reenactments, music festivals, themed rides and a Silver Anniversary Celebration June 8 – 9, 2013.

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