Monthly Archives: June 2015

Celebrate 4th of July at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld's Fourth of July CelebrationThis Fourth of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays during SeaWorld Orlando’s Fourth of July Celebration.  The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air.

The fireworks display will take place at Bayside Stadium and will include a spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the Navy Band Southeast of Jacksonville, Fla. This patriotic ensemble of musical professionals is one of 11 official U.S. Navy Bands in the country.

The Fourth of July Celebration begins at 10 p.m. and is included with park admission.

While at the park, guests can take advantage of SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Nights festivities including:

Celebrating America Concert Series – Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, guests can enjoy performances from a variety of artists and genres.  Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission. Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for concert lineup, new artists announced each week.

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HorrorBuzz.com Debuts Featuring All Things Horror

HorrorBuzz LogoWith Halloween and horror reaching critical mass, it is time to share the scares throughout the year.  HorrorBuzz.com will bring the latest scary news to a blood-thirsty audience craving more.

HorrorBuzz knows what scares you. They also know scares aren’t just for the sick and twisted.  Spooky isn’t just for kids. HorrorBuzz.com is a website that delivers all flavors of horror to everyone. From extreme haunts to vintage fun, from blood and guts to family friendly, this exciting new outlet will prove that everyone loves Halloween and Horror.

Centered in Los Angeles California, HorrorBuzz.com is the one stop shop for movies, theme park haunts, independent haunts, books, television, games, and the paranormal. Our team of professional and passionate writers, videographers, photographers, online news media reporters, and freelancers are committed to delivering the best and most reliable repository of horror for everyone.

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Discovery Cove in Orlando to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Discovery Cove's 15th AnniversaryThis summer, Discovery Cove in Orlando will celebrate 15 years since its grand opening. When the park first opened on July 1, 2000, it was an anomaly in the world of Orlando theme parks: a reservation-only experience limited to approximately 1,000 guests per day. At 15 acres, Discovery Cove opened with three signature experiences: guests could swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, and hand feed exotic birds. During the last 15 years, the park has flourished in size, earned prestige worldwide for guest service and proved its commitment to conservation and animal care.

Milestones include:

– In 2013 and 2014, rated the “#1 Amusement Park in the World” in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards

– Grew to more than 22 acres

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Nick Swardson to Play Aces of Comedy at The Mirage

Nick Swardson Mirage Las VegasCoincidence or not, comedian, actor, writer and producer Nick Swardson will return to The Mirage on his birthday, Friday, Oct. 9, for a night of hysterical comedy as part of the resort’s Aces of Comedy series. Swardson is best known for co-creating and starring in the sketch series Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. He has co-written and produced movies such as Grandma’s Boy, Malibu’s Most Wanted and Benchwarmers.

Friday, Oct. 9: 10 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $49.99 and $59.99, plus tax and service fees. Visit mirage.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando Celebrates 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary for Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

It’s hard to imagine, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure recently passed its 5th Anniversary milestone!

When Potter was first announced in 2007, Theme Park Adventure began covering its progress, from artwork to construction pictures and updates on its very deliberate, very strong media roll-out. Over the next 3 years, we watched – along with the rest of the waiting world – as Hogsmeade took shape and Universal unleashed a flood of incredibly cool content such as augmented reality maps and sneak peek imagery of the new area and its signature attraction, The Forbidden Journey.

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010, it changed the themed entertainment industry forever – not just for fans, but for professionals in the business as well. No longer was Universal Creative the distant peer of Walt Disney Imagineering and other creative companies designing attractions – it became a major player almost overnight, altering the playing field right in Disney’s backyard into one big quidditch one!

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Frozen Village Debuts at Hong Kong Disneyland

Frozen Village Hong Kong DisneylandThis summer, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is bringing Guests the coolest, most unforgettable experience ever. From June 11 to August 30, 2015, Guests can step into the enchanting Frozen Village to celebrate the Frozen Festival together with friendly villagers. Take your pick from all the wintery activities and enjoy the Frozen Festival Show under the magical softly-falling snow created by Queen Elsa! Sing along to Let it Go with 300 other Guests and relish in the special Frozen refreshments and merchandise, making it the coolest summer ever in Hong Kong!

Sing along to your favorite songs among 300 Guests at the Frozen Festival Show

The Frozen adventure commences with a special musical performance at the Crown Jewel Theater. You will meet Erik and Aria, two townspeople who will lead you through the Frozen Festival Show and gather everyone together to sing along to your favorite and most memorable songs from the movie including Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Love is an Open Door and In Summer in this 20 minute experience. Under the magical snow created by Queen Elsa, an exciting finale of Let it Go to complete this emotionally charged experience will be performed by Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Kristoff.

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ALONE: Unweave the Rainbow Debuts June 25th in Los Angeles

Alone 2015ALONE (an existential haunting), the infamous Los Angeles October haunt, has expanded its showings to include 3 additional separate, but inclusive, experiences in 2015: Diffusion (in June), Refraction (in August), Reflection (in September) and their grand finale Absorption (in October).   ALONE was named “Scariest Haunt” – 2013 Golden State Haunts and Events, called “a stroke of genius” – L.A. Weekly, “truly a personal experience … a winner” – Fangoria and “beautifully constructed” – LAist.

This year’s theme for ALONE is Unweave the Rainbow which is four experiments in human emotion that explore interaction. When light encounters an object, one of four actions occur; diffusion, refraction, reflection and absorption. The experiences will proceed through the Index of Diffusion in June, to the Index of Refraction in August, then to the Index of Reflection in September. After the three Indices constitutive of a rainbow occur, light is finally consumed within the Index of Absorption in October.

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Queen Mary to Host All-American 4th of July Celebration

Queen Mary 4th of July 1The Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-age party presenting 100 years of American spirit and tradition.  The decades will come alive through entertainment, music, activities, food and fun the whole family will enjoy.  As night falls, The Queen Mary’s decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California.

A turn-of-the-century Traveling Circus tops the list of attractions and includes vintage performers, carnival games and train rides.  Visitors can flap and Lindy Hop through the 1920’s at the Gatsby Garden Party where professional dancers will set the stage.  Step into a prohibition speak-easy where a secret password is the ticket to Crazy Rhythm live jazz and cabaret featuring the Satin Dollz.  The Queen Mary’s salute to the 1940’s and WWII will showcase Peter Jacobs Wartime Revue and live performances by the USO Dollz and the Swingin’ Hollywood Hot Shots.

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Life… and Laughter will Find a Way – Amber Dreams

Amber Dreams Devin FlaniganShow writers are a quirky, odd bunch in this industry; I should know – I’m one of them! We tend to see the world a bit differently, and often find humor in most everything. We’re generally pop culture sponges, and nerds to the nth degree when it comes to movies, theme parks and all things fun and odd. That makes something like Jurassic World a prime weenie for us – a dangling carrot that’s begging to be chased and admired on multiple levels of fandom.

Devin Flanigan is a friend and a peer of mine in the themed entertainment industry; we worked together in the past at Thinkwell, and he’s since moved on to work with other groups, including Riva Creative USA. He’s a great guy with a huge heart, a fantastic drinking buddy (maybe we do our best work that way), and all-around great creative. Naturally, his sense of humor kicked in big time with the release of Jurassic World this month. In fact, I don’t know many folks in this industry that could resist the moth-to-a-flame appeal of the film’s theme park premise; it certainly played a huge role in me being interested in seeing it. Well, and dinosaurs; because… dinosaurs.

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Tokyo DisneySea Prepares for its 15th Anniversary in 2016

Tokyo DisneySea Anniversary ArtTokyo Disney Resort announced that to mark the 15th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea Park, a major celebration will be held at the Park from April 15, 2016, through March 17, 2017, entitled Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes.

Since Tokyo DisneySea opened on September 4, 2001, as the only Disney Park themed to the sea, millions of Guests have enjoyed the unique atmosphere and adventures offered at the Park. And for this anniversary year, Guests will be able to share a wide variety of new experiences. “Wishes” are people’s dreams for the future and give a feeling of hope and excitement. During the anniversary, Guests will find that their wishes will shine even brighter with the help of their navigators – Mickey Mouse and the Disney friends – as well as all the Tokyo DisneySea Cast Members.

During the event, crystals of various colors symbolizing individual wishes will decorate the Park. The crystals will even sparkle on the Disney characters’ costumes and merchandise, creating an atmosphere of hope and dreams throughout the Park.

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