Monthly Archives: March 2015

Madonna Returns to MGM Grand Las Vegas in October 2015

Madonna-Rebel-HeartOne of the most successful live performers of all time, Madonna returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 24 for another legendary performance. The Las Vegas show will be the second-to-last stop on the North American leg of Madonna’s highly anticipated Rebel Heart tour.

Tickets priced at $43, $83, $183, $273 and $383 not including applicable service charges, go on sale Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Disney Buttons of Yesteryear – Throwback Thursday

Disneyland-Mickey-ButtonIf you walk onto any Disney property anywhere in the world, what’s one of the biggest-selling souvenirs? Pins. Cloisonne pins by the truckload, commemorating anything and everything Disney can think up; holidays, characters, special events, attractions – you name it, there’s probably a pin for it. And it’s all supplying the demand; Disney pin collectors are ravenous for those things – and unlike in the ’80s and ’90s before pins were really a thing, you could walk in to the Emporium on Main Street and pick up a cool land pin or whatever for maybe a buck or so; probably less. Today, collectors burn entire credit cards on these things – literally – as they go for well over $10 or $15 much of the time; and that’s off the shelf – in the secondary market among these collectors… sky’s the limit. Take out a loan, kids! It’s crazy!

On this Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to the thing that was a thing before these things were things. I’m talking buttons. Disney very early on began seeing the promotional – as well as souvenir – value in buttons that folks would buy, pin onto their clothes or hats, and wear around the parks and beyond. Free advertising, absolutely; but also, it was a cost-effective way of promoting events, seasons, and even attraction openings in the days long before Twitter and other social media platforms. Hell, we’re talking pre-internet in many cases. Buttons, buttons, buttons – by the handful – next to the registers in the Emporium, Star Trader, or any of the larger shops on Disney property. If memory serves, these little gems usually sold for between $.75 and a buck; in later years, we’d see the price jump to something obscene like $1.50. Now, if any exist, I don’t know what they are – maybe $3 or more.

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Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour is a Must-Do Experience

Warner-Brothers-VIP-Tour_0473I’m going to begin this story by stating the obvious, so we address the elephant in the room right off the bat. When you think of Southern California and its movie studios, and the subject of tours comes up, where does your mind instantly land? Universal Studios would be the majority response, without a doubt. Universal has been welcoming guests to its property for nearly 100 years to peer behind the silver screen at movie-making magic. Universal Studios Hollywood has become a world-class theme park destination that successfully combines themed entertainment and a working production facility that is open to the public year-round.

The fact of the matter is, the Greater Los Angeles area is home to many very busy studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Twentieth Century Fox. Just off the 134 Freeway in Burbank, you can see a water tower denoting another incredibly important studio – Warner Bros. Growing up as a Southern California kid, I was always keenly aware that Tinseltown was right in my back yard. And, over the years as an adult, I’ve known that many of the studios do offer behind-the-scenes tours. And, like most Southern Californians, I never checked them out except for Universal’s. Recently, that changed, and Theme Park Adventure paid a visit to the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour to see what it’s all about.

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Kathy Griffin Returns to The Mirage July 3, 2015

Kathy-Griffin-Aces-of-ComedyThe witty Kathy Griffin will return to the Aces of Comedy lineup at The Mirage Friday, July 3. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and three-time GRAMMY nominee has made audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. Griffin starred in her own reality show My Life on the D-List, which aired for six seasons on Bravo. She also is the newest commentator on Fashion Police.

•    Friday, July 3 at 10 p.m.

Tickets prices start at $59.99 plus tax and service fees, are now on sale. Visit mirage.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood Gets Fast & Furious

furious-7Universal CityWalk revs up for a turbo-charged takeover with Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, featuring a flurry of activity in support of the film’s April 3 release, including a Fast & Furious movie marathon at the AMC Theatres, an exclusive first-look at Furious 7’s 1967 Camaro and an original costume display, including attire worn by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in the new action thriller.

As the choice L.A. destination to see the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatres will jump-start the excitement with advance screenings of Furious 7 starting at select times every seven minutes after the hour beginning on Thursday, April 2.  The AMC Theatres will also bridge the gap to this latest film with an exciting two-day movie marathon at CityWalk, featuring all previous six Fast & Furious films on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2.

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