Monthly Archives: December 2014

Theme Park Adventure 2014 – Year in Review

2014 was a huge year for Theme Park Adventure, as well as the themed entertainment industry as a whole. In addition to crazy new projects such as Diagon Alley opening, some old favorites had big moments as well, including the complete renovation of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. TPA had its own major milestone, as we hit our 20th Anniversary in September and celebrated with a huge bash at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel with more than 200 friends and fans in attendance!

TPA_20th_selfieTheme Park Adventure has gained more momentum in 2014 than in most of its years combined. Our global readership has grown by leaps and bounds, as has our social media presence via Twitter and Facebook. The amount of news and information TPA publishes has risen sharply this past year from a few items per week to 1-3 new stories per day. As co-producers of ScareLA, Theme Park Adventure has also entrenched itself deeper into the Southern California haunt community, and using that platform, we have continued to work at bringing haunters together in unity not just from the region, but from around the world as our coverage of international dark attractions continues to pick up momentum. And then there’s our own Halloween content – that never-ending flow of imagery and video that we collect in October that is so voluminous that there’s just no way we can ever get it up and online as quickly as we’d like to. We surrender! Into the new year our Halloween madness continues – not that any of our TPAers seem to mind!

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Western Lowland Gorilla Birth at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch_Gardens_Tampa_Baby_Gorilla_2014_06A male endangered western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 a.m. The baby is healthy and is currently being cared for by first-time mother Pele, with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely.

This is the second successful gorilla birth at Busch Gardens and brings to six the number of gorillas in the park’s Myombe Reserve habitat, a 3-acre rainforest environment that opened in 1992. Bolingo, the suspected sire, was the park’s first gorilla birth in 2005. The mother, Pele, came to Busch Gardens in February 2010 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. The baby gorilla, along with the rest of the gorilla troupe, can be seen on the Myombe Reserve habitat.

This birth is part of the park’s partnership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. Western lowland gorillas are an endangered species.

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Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops at The Mirage

Ron White PhotoThe Mirage Hotel & Casino will host the seventh annual Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The one-night show will take place at the Terry Fator Theatre with proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation.

Ron White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has established himself as a star in his own right with multiple comedy albums and videos including Drunk In Public, They Call Me Tater Salad and You Can’t Fix Stupid.

“I look forward to spending the evening with some of my closest comedian friends as we do our best to raise these soldiers’ spirits, and at the same time, raise funds for a great cause,” said White. “I consider it an honor and a privilege and I believe that it’s the duty of each of us to give back to those who give so much – the bravest men and women on this planet. My friends and I are thrilled to be able to do it.”

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Universal Studios Singapore at Christmas

SAMSUNG CSCLog Cakes, Presents and Candy Cane. What else do you want for Christmas? A winter wonderland will certainly be great in tropical Singapore, and that is exactly what Universal Studios Singapore has accomplished. Christmas at Santa’s Land is the 2014 edition of this annual event, where guests can experience seasonal shows, food and decorations.

As with Universal Studios Singapore’s Christmas events of years past, the main highlight of Christmas at Santa’s Land is the extended opening hours till 9 PM. In the evening, New York and Hollywood sections are lit up by glittering “stars” and all rides remain open.

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New Year’s Eve at L.A. Zoo Lights 2014

165Christmas may have passed, but L.A. ZOO LIGHTS is going strong, WITH MORE THAN 150,000 TICKETS SOLD SO FAR IN ITS DEBUT YEAR.  L.A. Zoo Lights remains open nightly through January 4, INCLUDING NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Featured on Wednesday, December 31, 6 to 10 pm, is A VERY ANIMATED NEW YEAR’S EVE, inviting guests to ring in the new year family-style with screenings of critter-filled DreamWorks Animation classics including Shrek the Halls, Dragons Gift of the Night Fury, Merry Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda Holiday throughout the evening.  Zoo dining facilities and snack bars are open.

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