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Monthly Archives: May 2015
The Walt Disney Archives has announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. Walt Disney Archives Presents — Disneyland: The Exhibit will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which will be located on the Expo show floor for the first time, will include themed areas that honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland, Club 33, and collectible merchandise, as well as the park’s iconic lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Critter Country/Bear Country. Each area will contain items from Disneyland’s past, including attraction vehicles, costumes, props, and even Audio-Animatronics figures.
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The sun may be hot, but the view is hotter as Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel and Casino has returned for its sixth consecutive season!
Hosted by J.Son of Nakedboynews.com, the casual atmosphere encourages tourists and locals alike to take part in the only weekly LGBT-focused pool party on The Strip from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. DJ Matt Lucio will be the featured DJ this summer and guest DJs will make special appearances throughout the season.
Scheduled events are as follows with additional special events still to be announced:
- July 5: Fourth of July celebration with DJ Morningstar
- August 2: Sixth Anniversary Party and J.Son’s birthday with DJ Axis
- September 13: Las Vegas PRIDE Kickoff with DJ Casey Alva
- September 20: Las Vegas PRIDE Finale with DJ Axis
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On June 29, 1978, Magic Mountain debuted the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster; a wooden behemoth aptly named Colossus. For decades to come, it would serve as an icon to the thrill ride industry and would go on to be featured in more movies and television shows than any other coaster in history, most notably National Lampoon’s Vacation.
While Colossus was fairly well maintained over the years, with some modifications along the way, roller coasters at Magic Mountain as well as around the world got bigger, faster and more thrilling – including wooden coasters. The question always loomed in the back of fans’ minds – how much longer would Six Flags Magic Mountain want to maintain Colossus, and what would its ultimate destiny be?
The answer began to reveal itself last year, when Magic Mountain announced that the famed wooden coaster would close permanently on August 16, 2014. The news created huge buzz throughout the fan community as well as themed entertainment industry. What would become of the legendary Colossus? Would it be destroyed to make room for new rides or a new, modern roller coaster? One rumor that seemed to prevail, was that the coaster would be converted into a hybrid – steel track built on top of the original structure of Colossus. That rumor seemed to make a lot of sense; there are no other hybrid coasters on the West Coast, and one would lend itself nicely to Magic Mountain’s huge selection as the coaster capital of the world. Additionally, it would be cheaper to convert Colossus into a hybrid than demolishing the entire structure and then building something from scratch on its huge footprint. Like everyone else, we waited with great anticipation to see what would take place.
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WhiteWater has collaborated closely with The Looping Group to deliver a new world-class waterslide to Aquaparc in Le Bouveret, Switzerland. Opened to the public in late March, guests now have the opportunity to brave Europe’s first Fusion Waterslide, aptly named the Houla Hoop.
The project posed a unique design and installation challenge of fitting a large amount of new fiberglass into a tangle of waterslide flumes. Squeezed tightly amongst the existing waterslides, the massive and brightly coloured Houla Hoop waterslide had to be carefully positioned by WhiteWater’s skilled slidepath designers.
“Our team developed a detailed complete 3D environment of the site that allowed us to minimize any potential interference with the existing structural supports and waterslides. It was a challenging and fun project,” comments WhiteWater Slidepath Designer Marco Lechuga.
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Theme Park Adventure has bid farewell to its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers with the close of the season, and is now looking forward to an exciting summer season for the months of June, July and August!
Our summer kick-off event will be held on Sunday, June 14th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach (on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach) at 7pm!
TPA’s monthly mixer is open to anyone wanting to join our community of themed entertainment fans, haunt enthusiasts, and industry professionals. There is no cover charge, and there is no age limit – although this is a bar environment; parents are encouraged to consider leaving the kids at home and joining us for an adult night out!
Parking at the iconic Don the Beachcomber is free, and parking staff is always on hand to tell arriving guests where open spaces are.
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The sun has set on Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s mixers for 2015, as the season has come to an end, and a new sun is about to dawn on summer! On Sunday, May 17th, TPA fans gathered once again at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for a fun night of mixing, mingling, tiki cocktails, great food, and good friends during our Spring Nights at Don’s 3 social mixer!
The great thing about TPA mixers, is that you never know who’s going to show up! Theme Park Adventure has a broad fan base of young folks, older folks, theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals – a completely unique mix of characters under one roof for a few hours each month with a level playing field; everyone is open and accessible in the spirit of friendship and community!
Don the Beachcomber, which is on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach (it’s located at Sunset Beach) and is a hot locals spot that rolls out the red carpet for Theme Park Adventure, and turns over its private Hidden Village room, which is a fantastic space very reminiscent of the old Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland back in the day. We love the whole tiki vibe, and it’s always fun to be near the beach here in Southern California, so Don’s is a perfect match for us!
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To celebrate greater magic in the second year at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan, a ceremony for the announcement of New Magical Experience and its advance premiere was held May 20th.
The world’s leading attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has been evolved into 3D and opened this week as the first and only in the world.With Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton and Katie Leung, and Universal Studios Japan’s ambassador SMAP, a spell was cast upon the magnificent Hogwarts castle to celebrate the opening of this new experience.
Thunderous cheer was heard from three hundred Harry Potter fans wearing scarves of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at 19:40, when the ceremony started, the members of SMAP, Universal Studios Japan’s ambassadors, appeared on the stage in front of Hogwarts castle, and introduced Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton, who portrayed Harry Potter’s classmate and nemesis Draco Malfoy, and Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang famous for Harry’s first crush, made an appearance with Glenn Gumpel, Chairman and CEO of USJ, Co., when he announced to open Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D, which has been evolved into 3D for the first time. The fans reacted with cheers and surprises.
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Disneyland Resort has premiered a spectacular new nighttime parade and innovative fireworks-and-projection show for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration that marks 60 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth.
The event officially opened to guests, starting with a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks that served as a kick-off to Diamond Celebration and to the summer family travel season.
For six decades, the Disneyland Resort has explored the frontiers of immersive storytelling and entertainment technology, bringing exciting attractions and inventive entertainment to life for guests from around the world.
“Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation — one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started. We’re thrilled to usher in Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary and celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”
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For the first time in nearly 30 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has opened a brand-new dark ride; Voyage to the Iron Reef. This 4D “shooter” is housed in the same show building that has been the home to previous dark rides at the theme park – Knott’s Bear-y Tales, which opened in 1975, followed by Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, which took its place in 1987. Over the years, the KOD space also doubled as a haunted attraction for the park’s wildly-popular Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s Vice President and General Manager, Raffi Kaprelyan has wanted a new dark ride at the Farm since he was placed there as part of the executive management team by Cedar Fair several years ago. And, like most theme park executives, Raffi made it clear that he wanted an interactive experience for families to enjoy together; in industry speak, that means a “shooter”, in the same style as Toy Story Midway Mania at nearby Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. In 2014, construction was underway in the space across from the Charles Schulz Theatre; the remnants from Kingdom of the Dinosaurs were completely gutted and once the structure was cleaned up and made ready for the new ride, the project moved forward at a breakneck pace.
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Some of the most popular stars from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Radio Disney will be gathering at Walt Disney World Resort to help guests celebrate the Coolest Summer Ever with around-the-clock festivities, during a special event from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 23.
A selection of popular attractions, extra entertainment, dance parties and special event merchandise is on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, guests are invited to come dressed in costume to show their Disney Side.
- Frozen faves Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome park guests at 6 a.m. to Magic Kingdom, following a spectacular opening show and ceremony.
- Festival of Fantasy parade will take place at noon and 3:00 p.m. featuring favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars as the Grand Marshals
- Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m
- Move It! Shake it! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m.
- A DJ will spin tunes as Disney Channel hosts the Club Chill party zone in Tomorrowland from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Some of guests’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars might just stop by.
- A live Magic Cam feed will allow fans from home to join in the celebration to catch glimpses of parades, shows and fireworks at select times during the event.
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