Author Archives: Rick West

Disneyland’s 59th Anniversary – Love Letters & Memories

Photo-locations-post-Castle-10_06_DL_-3654Today, Disneyland celebrates its 59th Anniversary. On July 17, 1955, what is arguably the most famous theme park in the world was dedicated “to all who come to this happy place” by a beaming Walt Disney. The following day, Disneyland opened its gates to an eager public, and for the next five plus decades, the Happiest Place on Earth would truly serve “as a source of joy and inspiration to all the world” and the more than 600,000,000 guests that have passed through its main gate and through the entry tunnels to Main Street, U.S.A., and the magical lands beyond.

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Face Off: In The Flesh at Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Universal HHN Face Off_LogosThe most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events, beginning Friday, September 19. Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists’ from the show are brought to life!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by season 5 “Face Off” winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist, Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins!

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Rick West Included in USA Today’s 10Best Awards!

10bestresultAfter a month-long online poll, Theme Park Adventure/Rick West has been included in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Theme Park Blogger”. Coming in at #6 in a really close race with the leading industry sites and personalities in the themed entertainment industry, TPA attributes its ranking to its loyal fans and friends – especially those in the haunted attraction community, a part of themed entertainment that the site spends a lot of time and energy promoting throughout the year.

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5 Tips on Enjoying Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios1. Enjoy Summer Fun with Olaf

Guests who snag a take-along Olaf at the park entrance and throughout the park can snap photos of themselves with the silly, summer-loving snowman and use the hashtag #OlafSummerFun for a chance to have their photos featured in the evening’s grand finale. Olaf also appears throughout the day on screen at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, where he will share updates from his summer adventures.

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East African Crowned Cranes – San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Exercise is for the Birds:  Crowned Crane Chicks Take a Walk at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Two East African crowned crane chicks at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park took a walk with their keeper earlier today as part of their daily exercise routine. The younTwo East African crowned crane chicks at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park took a walk with their keeper earlier today as part of their daily exercise routine. The young female chicks, hatched 26 and 28 days ago, need daily exercise to strengthen their feet and long legs and to gain balance before they can join the adult birds in the Safari Park’s African Plains habitat.

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Eat to the Beat Artists 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

The Pointer Sisters to Perform at "Eat to the Beat" Concert SeriesFive new Eat to the Beat musical acts join 17 fan-favorite bands to complete a genre-spanning lineup of pop hit greats during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 19-Nov. 10 at Walt Disney World Resort.

New-to-the-festival bands Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys and David Cook — and 17 returning acts including Sister Hazel, Hanson and Boyz II Men — will rock the America Gardens Theatre stage during concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

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Opening Night Critters – Busch Gardens Tampa

OPENING NIGHT CRITTERS_4Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show Opening Night Critters takes the stage this summer in Pantopia Theater. Featuring rescued domestic and exotic animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo, among others, this theatrical tale follows a couple of stage hands as they haphazardly find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production.

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From Dusk Till Dawn Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2014

hhn 2014 from dusk till dawn webFrom cult horror film to breakthrough television series on El Rey Network, “From Dusk Till Dawn” will add terrifying maze to its credits when filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s acclaimed supernatural show debuts as a menacing new “Halloween Horror Nights” experience at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 19.

This all-new maze, inspired by the critically acclaimed television series, will thrust guests into the deviant world of “From Dusk Till Dawn,” where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the earth for centuries. Residing within the elusive and sinister nightclub, “The Twister,” located just over the Mexican border and above cursed ancient ruins, the “Culebras” prove to be a band of immoral and depraved beasts with a deadly agenda. As guests navigate the maze and venture deep within the bowels of “The Twister,” they will find themselves face to face with a cast of perverse characters, including exotic dancer, Santanico Pandemonium, a mysterious and irresistible “Culebras” femme fatale and Queen Vampire.

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The Matterhorn: History of a Disneyland Icon

Matterhorn-Splash-Landscape_5_14_DL_03644-1024x710Since June 1959, the Matterhorn has been a highly visible landmark for Disneyland Park, a sign to travelers that they are nearing The Happiest Place on Earth. Now part of the Disneyland “Mountain Range of Thrill Rides” – including Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain – Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first Disneyland roller coaster.

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Titanic Exhibit at Luxor Las Vegas

Luxor - Titanic The Artifact Exhibit - Grand StaircaseRe-designed for Luxor, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition brings to life the story of the ill-fated Ship through authentic artifacts, dramatic room recreations and hands-on interactive experiences. See the artifacts, hear the stories, walk the deck and feel the iceberg at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

Beginning its 10-year residency at Luxor December 20, 2008, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has since provided visitors the opportunity to become a passenger and experience the tragic events of April 15, 1912. The Ship’s historical journey is laid out in chronological order: from the construction yards, to her maiden voyage, first and third class room re-creations, the Promenade Deck, the Grand Staircase, the fated sinking to modern day recovery efforts.

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