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This is the End 3D Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2015 at Universal Studios Hollywood

This is the End at HHN 2015In a bold, new approach to bringing iconic horror films to life during Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Hollywood will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze, This is the End 3D, based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Halloween Horror Nights begins on Friday, September 18, 2015.

The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld.  With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, This is the End 3D will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

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Celebration of Harry Potter Expo Announced for Universal Orlando Resort 2016 – Tickets on Sale This Month

Celebration of Harry Potter Expo 2016Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host the third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe. The three-day weekend event will take place January 29 – 31, 2016 and will feature an array of experiences.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo, featuring Harry Potter brand partners such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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SoCal Haunt Directory 2015

SoCal Haunt Directory 2015 Logo

This is a comprehensive listing of haunts throughout Southern California. It features theme park/attractions, stand-alone events, and home haunts. If you own a haunt that should be included on this list, please contact us at TPAComments@gmail.com. To be included in our 2015 SoCal Haunt Directory, a haunt must have a website/fan page and a physical address. We will continue to update this page throughout the Halloween 2015 season, so it is never too late to contact us. If your favorite haunt is not on this list, they either have not updated their information for 2015, or may not be returning this season. When visiting these haunts, be sure to tell them you found them on Theme Park Adventure!

THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

Boo at the Zoo (Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) – 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles CA 90027

Boo at the Zoo (Santa Ana Zoo) – 1801 Prentice Ave., Santa Ana CA 92701

Brick-Or-Treat (LEGOLAND California) – 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008

Dark Harbor (Queen Mary) – 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach CA 90802 – 2014 TPA Review

Fright Fest (Six Flags Magic Mountain) – 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia CA 91355 – 2014 TPA Review

Ghost Train (Los Angeles Live Steamers – Griffith Park)  – 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollywood) – 100 Universal City Plz., Universal City CA 91608 – 2014 TPA Review

Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld San Diego) – 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego CA 92109

Haunted Trails (Crown Valley Community Park) – 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel CA 92677

Knott’s Scary Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm) – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620 – 2014 TPA Review

Knott’s Spooky Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm) – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620

Mickey’s Halloween Party (Disneyland Resort) – 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim CA 92802

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (Descanso Gardens) – 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge CA 91011 – TPA 2014 Review

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (San Diego Zoo Safari Park) – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido CA 92027

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (Santa Anita Park) – 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia CA 91007

Urban Death Tour of Terror (Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group) – 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 – 2014 TPA Review

STAND-ALONE PRO HAUNTS & ATTRACTIONS

Alone: Index of Absorption – Greater Los Angeles area (location revealed only to ticket holders) – 2014 TPA Review

Blackout – Greater Los Angeles area (location revealed to ticket holders)

Coffin Creek Haunts – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Creep Los Angeles – Arts District Downtown Los Angeles

Fear is What we Learned Here – Greater Los Angeles Area (Location revealed to ticket holders)

Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium (The Diamond) – 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore CA 92530

Haunt at Heritage Hill – 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest CA 92630

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Griffith Park Old Zoo) – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.,  Los Angeles CA 90027

Motel 6 Feet Under (Anaheim Business Expo Center) – 1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim CA 92805

Sinister Pointe’s Trust Challenge – FEAR… The Darkness – Orange County area

Reign of Terror (Janss Marketplace) – 197 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks CA 91360

The 17th Door Haunted House (Tustin Marketplace) – 2856 El Camino Real, Tustin CA 92782

The Basement – 12909 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando CA 91342

The Bunker Experience – 20 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena CA 91103

The Empty Grave – 23400 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills CA 92653

The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market St., San Diego CA 92101

The Haunted Trail (Balboa Park) – 6th Ave., San Diego CA 92101

The Red X – Greater Los Angeles area

The Scream Zone (Del Mar Fairgrounds) – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014

The Sinner’s Soiree (Drunken Devil Productions) – 939 Maple Ave. S., Los Angeles CA 90015

Ward 13 (Evil Twin Studios) – 1020 El Centro St., South Pasadena CA 91030

Wicked Lit (Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery) – 2400 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena CA 91001 – 2014 TPA Review

HOME HAUNTS

Beware the Dark Realm – 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita CA 91390

Boot Hill – 16 Goldenrod, Irvine CA 92614

Boney Island – 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks CA 91423

Higgins Manor – 23761 Singapore St., Mission Viejo CA 92691

Hollywood Haunter – 1547 Garden St., Glendale CA 91201

Mourning Rose Manor – 5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley CA 93063

Mystic Motel – 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch CA 92694

Restless Souls Manor – 38143 52nd St. E., Palmdale CA 93552

Rotten Apple 907 – 907 N. California St., Burbank CA 91505

Spooky Hollows – 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys CA 91406

The Backwoods Maze – 1912 N. Pepper St., Burbank CA 91505

The Haunting of Corona – 5415 Brockton Ave., Riverside CA 92506

The Opechee Haunt – 1728 Canada Blvd., Glendale CA 91208 – 2014 TPA Story

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LEGOLAND Florida Dollars Listed on Travelex Currency Exchange

LEGOLAND Florida DollarsLEGOLAND Florida Resort has entered into an exclusive partnership with Travelex, the world’s leading independent foreign exchange business, to list the resort’s official currency, LEGOLAND Dollars, on Travelex’s currency exchange boards at 55  participating Travelex locations.

This partnership represents the first theme park to have an official currency listed on a currency exchange board. The LEGOLAND Dollarwill be available for purchase at a 1:1 exchange rate to the US Dollar, with a minimum exchange of $5 USD. LEGOLAND Dollars will only be available for purchase with US Dollars. LEGOLAND Dollarscan be purchased through select Travelex locations for the summer 2015 season.

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Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Now Accepting Applications for 2016

Mickey Mouse Draws Up Fun with Students at 2015 Disney Dreamers AcademyHigh school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the- classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.

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Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day in Las Vegas

Roller coaster at New York New York in Las Vegas

Calling all theme park lovers and roller coaster enthusiasts! Prepare to board Las Vegas’ favorite thrill rides on August 16 in celebration of National Roller Coaster Day.

The roller coasters at New York-New York and The Adventuredome at Circus Circus challenge guests to experience thrills to the max on this special day with exciting promotions and heart-pumping adventure rides!

The Roller Coaster at New York-New York

What:  
Take advantage of a coaster lover’s dream deal with buy-one-get-one-free passes to the 67-mph thrill ride that ascends 203 feet to its highest peak before rushing down 144 feet into gravity defying twists and turns. Guests must be at least 54 inches tall to ride.

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Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home Announced for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015

Halloween Michael Myers Comes Home HHNMichael Myers, aka “The Boogeyman,” takes a stab at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights beginning Friday, September 18, 2015 in a startling and terrifying new maze, Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home, inspired by the unparalleled, original classic slasher film, Halloween, directed by renowned horror filmmaker John Carpenter.

Halloween, hailed as one of the greatest horror films of all time and starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her acting debut, will come to life in the demented new experience: Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home.  The haunted maze will take guests through the tormented town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where on one fateful Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old child by the name of Michael Myers inexplicably and brutally stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. Guests will relive the terror that a maniacal Michael Myers inflicted upon the once quiet town after his escape from a psychiatric hospital to take bloody revenge on new and unsuspecting victims.

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Scare Kingdom in the U.K. Celebrates 7th Season with Seven Deadly Sins

Scare Kingdom Seven Deadly SinsFamous for terrorising individuals and pushing the boundaries, Scare Kingdom Scream Park celebrates its seventh season with a complete renovation, a massacre of characters, a brand new website and to cap it all off they’ve released their highly anticipated trailer for the upcoming Halloween season. Filmed at the eerie Townley Hall, the trailer gives a glimpse of the exciting changes ahead of the Halloween season.

Following six years of terror, Scare Kingdom Scream Park has been seized by The Minister of Fear for the 2015 Halloween season. Eschaton, The Minister of Fear, has a manifesto to destroy humanity and has summoned the seven infernal Goetic demons of pride, envy, sloth, greed, wrath, gluttony and lust and only the bravest shall survive and join the ‘Helluminati’, Eschaton’s elite new world order.

On your arrival you will the enter Sanctum, for an appointment with Eschaton. You will break into the Hole and explore an abandoned jail. Pay a visit to the priory of Manormortis Monastery, for an insidious nightmare. Enter Arcanum and meet the sinister Captain Vernot. Face the wrath of Satan himself in Hell. Experience a one-way trip to hell in Panic Chambers.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Launches Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant

Hong Kong Disneyland Disney Friends for ChangeHong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the last decade, HKDL has grown with the city’s younger generation, encouraging them to impact society with their creativity, happiness and energy. Hand-in-hand with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the resort yesterday kicked-off this year’s Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant at a launch ceremony in HKDL. The grant supports youth who want to shape their community in a positive way and assist others through volunteering.

The Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant supports community service projects led by youth aged 12–25. Projects are selected based on their potential for spreading happiness, promoting harmony in families and cultivating a strong caring culture between neighbors. As part of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ Neighbourhood First program, the grant has been overwhelmingly received this year, with a total of 110 proposals submitted. Fifty winning proposals that demonstrate creativity and love have been selected; each with financial assistance of up to HK$4,000 from HKDL to implement these community-improvement ideas during July to October this year.

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Old Tucson to Hold Job Fair for Nightfall 2015 Event

Old Tucson NightfallOn Sunday, August 23rd, Old Tucson will host a job fair in support of its Halloween-themed evening Nightfall event as well as seasonal daytime re-opening and operations.  Old Tucson anticipates approximately 100 job openings for the Nightfall event.

The job fair will be held on Sunday, August 23 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Rd, Tucson AZ.  Candidates should park in the main guest parking lot (not the Employee lot) and enter through the admission gate.  From there, applicants will report to the Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon to submit completed employment applications and then directed to interview locations for specific departments.

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