Monthly Archives: August 2014

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 2014

uni43Halloween is in the air, but summer is still making things hot, hot, hot at the top of the hill at Universal Studios Hollywood as tourists visit the park from around the world, and locals take one last family trip before school season has settled back in here in Southern California. It’s a weird transitory month, making it an even more interesting time to bring you our latest Universal Studios Hollywood update! There is a lot going on at Universal Studios; the simultaneous growth and expansion that the park is currently undergoing is the most aggressive and large-scale in its history. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again – it’s an exciting time to be a Universal Studios fan!

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Halloween Announced for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween at HHN 24Everyone is entitled to one good scare… and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween.

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, IL. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

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Crush’s Coaster, the Game Developed for Disneyland Paris

Crush's Coaster, the GameA new Disney experience is waiting for you in the waiting line of the Crush’s Coaster ride! What is it about? Crush’s Coaster, the Game is an interactive mobile game for smartphone and tablet, available in French and English.

Visitors do not need to download the game on their smartphone or tablet, they directly play from their web browser.

What is the purpose of the game?

The mission is to help Crush become the best surfer in the East Australian current and avoid obstacles while gathering a maximum of starfish. The program includes 5 levels with increasing difficulty and between each level, riddles to solve with their family or friends.

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Splash Island Coming to Worlds of Fun in 2015

Basic RGBWorlds of Fun will provide another splash to its Oceans of Fun waterpark with the addition of Splash Island. The 4200-square-foot interactive water attraction opens in the spring of 2015 on Memorial Day weekend and spells fun for the whole family.

“It’s exciting to add an attraction for a third straight season,” Worlds of Fun vice-president and general manager Frank Wilburn said. “We’ve seen many successes combining Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun into one park for one price, and with our guests looking for more activities that could be shared by the whole family we’ve addressed those desires in a major way.”

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2014 Media Preview

FrightFest2Six Flags Magic Mountain recently offered the media a sneak preview of its 2014 Fright Fest Halloween Event. The evening’s preview was divided into two portions – a multimedia roll-out of this year’s mazes, shows and attractions associated with Fright Fest (which was also open to any Season Pass holders that wanted to attend), and then an on-site tour of one of the new mazes for this year – Vault 666 (which was for media guests only).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that it’s been a long time since Theme Park Adventure has attended a media event of any type at Magic Mountain; even longer when it comes to Fright Fest. Thinking back, I believe the last time I personally attended Fright Fest at Magic Mountain was in 1997; without a doubt, a lot has changed as the event and industry as a whole has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 17 years. With that in mind, I was one of the only attendees who had just about zero knowledge of the event’s history, Fright Fest’s creative team, or park managers that were part of the presentation. It’s beyond rare that TPA is flying blind when it comes to a Halloween event here in Southern California that’s been around and is as high-profile as Fright Fest – but, there you are. I was – and am – a noob when it comes to this particular event.

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