Monthly Archives: April 2015

Opechee Way Haunt 2014 – The Sum of All Scares

Opechee_Way_2014_7834The Opechee Way Haunt is a home haunt located in the hills of Glendale, California. Tucked away in this quiet, cozy neighborhood, Sam Kellman and his spooky cohorts have been creating the home haunt for the past several years. What sets Sam aside from your average haunter is that he’s 12. His team of fellow haunters are also pre-teens that have an incredibly strong sense of staging and production.

2014’s presentation of The Opechee Way Haunt was subtitled The Sum of All Scares, and featured small sets and scenes constructed and arranged around the perimeter of Sam’s home. Small groups are let in at a time; the attraction is pulsed, and those waiting do so in a professional switchback queue that is set up on the home’s driveway, next to a makeshift cemetery filled with leaning tombstones and glowing Jack O’Lanterns.

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Twisted Colossus Final Construction Tour and Opening Date

Twisted-Colossus-Final-Tour-Magic-Mountain (23)Arguably, the most highly-anticipated ride opening this year in Southern California is Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The massive hybrid coaster (wooden structure/steel tracking) has been under construction at Magic Mountain for the past months, with the park offering media tours throughout the process to keep fans updated about its progress.

On Wednesday, April 29th, bloggers and members of the media were invited to take one final tour of the Twisted Colossus construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The weather was fairly nasty – close to 95 degrees, as we put on our hard hats and followed Construction Manager Bruce Thompson one more time onto the site for some very up-close and personal shots of the massive coaster.

This week, Magic Mountain began testing one of the Twisted Colossus trains. Unfortunately, the park had wanted to cycle the train while we were all there – but work needed to be done with track and brake adjustments, so it simply wasn’t in the cards for our tour. The trains are all on the tracks, however – and they look fantastic.

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Western Music Showcase at Old Tucson 2015

jon-messenger-stage-no-micOld Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation are pleased to present Western Music Association artists from Southern Arizona at the Western Music Showcase at Old Tucson!  This fun and inspiring event will be held on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 throughout the day during park hours, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Western music celebrates the life of the cowboy on the open ranges and prairies of Western North America.  Local musicians dedicated to preserving and promoting this legacy will perform original as well as traditional western music and poetry.  Artists scheduled to appear include:

Jon Messenger (Saturday only) – is a singer/songwriter whose music is a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, Jon’s original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West. These songs reflect Jon’s love of the myth, beauty, spirit and truth of the American West. Jon’s vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend together to bring a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life, past and present. Jon also shares selections of Cowboy Poetry from both traditional authors and his own pen. Jon’s voice has been called the “best story-telling voice in contemporary western music”. Rich, warm, and evocative of whatever feeling is in the heart of the tune.

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San Diego Zoo Takes in Two Asian Elephants en Route to Oklahoma Zoo

One of two Asian Elephants taken in by the San Diego Zoo this month.

San Diego Zoo animal care staff received two additional guests at the Conrad Prebys Elephant Care Center this month. The two Asian elephants were en route from the Woodland Park Zoo to the Oklahoma City Zoo but plans changed due to veterinary concerns.

Female elephants Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, arrived at the San Diego Zoo early this month, and have been placed into quarantine while animal care staff evaluate their condition.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Unveils Major Expansion Plans

Tokyo-Disney-Resort-Expansion-PlansOriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that several themes for the further expansion plans of the Disney parks at Tokyo Disney Resort have been decided. For Tokyo Disneyland Park, two of the areas within the Fantasyland redevelopment plan will be themed to the Disney films Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland.

The overall theme for the new themed port at Tokyo DisneySea Park will be Scandinavia with a portion of the area being themed specifically to the world of the Disney film Frozen.

These new areas will include attractions, restaurants and other facilities filled with enchantment that will enhance the Guest experience at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Fast & Furious – Supercharged Behind the Scenes Look at USH

Behind the scenes at Fast & Furious - SuperchargedUniversal Studios Hollywood shifts into high gear for the June 25 opening of Fast & Furious—Supercharged with the launch of Road to Fast, a dynamic campaign featuring a series of original images and an engrossing behind-the-scenes video, including interviews with the cast of its new thrill ride: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans.

A collection of six images, each featuring the stars of the ride depicted in a variety of action sequences, will be unveiled sequentially beginning today with a group shot of the characters racing alongside a Studio Tour tram.  A lengthier, more complex look at the making-of this revolutionary new attraction, featuring insightful perspective and commentary from the cast and producers, has also being released.

Fast & Furious—Supercharged is a technologically advanced, epic ride that reunites stars from the Fast & Furious series in a groundbreaking mega-attraction designed to catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of street racing at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour.  This high-octane ride is conceived as a new installment to the Fast & Furious franchise and will debut as the grand finale to Universal Studios Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes Studio Tour that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Las Vegas

Nathan's hot dog eating contest at New York-New York Las VegasEating competitors were crowned this past weekend at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in the 18th annual qualifying competition for the 100th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.

Matt Stonie and Michelle Lesco earned the title of Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions securing a spot to compete in the legendary Coney Island competition on July 4. During the 10-minute challenge, Stonie earned top male honors, finishing 48 hot dogs while Lesco won the female division, eating 27 hot dogs.

In the local heroes competition, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department defeated Nellis Air Force Base, Clark County Fire Department, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Sean E. Cooper of FANTASY at Luxor by eating 30 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Injured Police Officers Fund.

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TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 2015 Brings Fun and Prizes

Spring_Nights_Dons_2_1770Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 mixer at Don the Beachcomber brought out lots of fans this past weekend, as we all mixed and mingled the night away in Huntington Beach! Celebrating the mid-way point between winter and summer, TPAers gathered in the mystical Hidden Village at Don’s with potent tiki cocktails in hand – including several first-timers to the event, which we are always thrilled to see!

As the Mai Tais flowed like lava from the Coconut Bar, the evening was a buzz of activity – fans, haunters, industry professionals and everyone in between laughed and chatted, as the playing field is always level at our mixers and you never know who you’re going to meet!

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LEGOLAND Hotel in Florida Nears Completion

LEGOLAND HOTEL NEARS COMPLETITIONIn less than three weeks, the first LEGOLAND Hotel on the East Coast will officially open.  The final bricks are being put in place ahead of the grand opening celebrations on May 15.

The Hotel is built for kids and invites them to take the lead from the moment they arrive.   A special “kid check-in” takes place in front of the minifigure wall, which is made of 5,000 minifigures.  The lobby is also home to a Castle Play area complete with a pirate ship surrounded by a moat filled with LEGO bricks.

LEGOLAND Hotel offers many unique experiences, exclusive to its guests.  Kids can build with Master Model Builders in a workshop setting, go on a scavenger hunt to crack the code on a LEGO treasure chest and uncover special prizes. There’s even a Disco Elevator, where riders can dance under the light of a disco ball as the floor appears to flow under their feet. Each night, Hotel guests can enjoy nightly entertainment including LEGO building contests, or take a stroll on the boardwalk overlooking Lake Eloise.

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Aureole and Famille Perrin Team up for Mandalay Bay Pairing Dinner

Aureole-Mandalay-BayCharlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay will team up with Famille Perrin, the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhone Valley, for an exclusive pairing dinner Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Mandalay Bay’s Director of Wine Harley Carbery, along with Proprietor Marc Perrin, will host the event guiding guests through each course with insights into the inspired thinking behind each pairing.

The event will tantalize guests’ taste buds as they enjoy elegant fare from Aureole and exquisite Famille Perrin selections. A six-course menu created by Aureole’s Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel will begin with a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres paired with Chateau Miraval, Rose, Cotes de Provence 2013. The next five courses will include:

  • Grilled White Striped Bass and Sauteed Chipirons with young artichokes, fava beans and squid ink reduction; paired with Famille Perrin “Les Cornuds” Vinsobres 2011

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