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In addition to news and reviews, Theme Park Adventure often takes a closer look at the people and attractions that are shaping the themed entertainment industry. These are our Features…

First Look: Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Preview From Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood always snags the hottest films in the horror industry for its maze and attraction themes; 2017 is no exception, with IPs that include SawThe Shining, and the hit FX show, American Horror Story. HHN brings our favorite films and characters to life in dimensional, fully immersive maze experiences that keep fans buzzing with anticipation. On the afternoon of August 22, Theme Park Adventure had the pleasure of visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, to get a sneak peek at two of this year’s HHN mazes with the event’s Creative Director, John Murdy. Our Horror Nights 2017 preview included Insidious: Beyond the Further, and The Shining.

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Ghost Train Screams Back Into Service for Halloween 2017 in Los Angeles

In 2016, the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum announced that its beloved Ghost Train event would not be returning as one of the city’s only family-centric Halloween attractions after 15 years of operation. Theme Park Adventure covered this unfortunate turn of events closely, raising the ire of the club’s then Board of Directors when public outcry ensued. By all accounts, it seemed like a most unfortunate – and unwanted – end to a spooky event that people across the Southland absolutely adored; the Ghost Train had made its final whistle stop before rolling into oblivion.

We are thrilled to announce that the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum has a new Board, and under the direction of its new leadership, Ghost Train is returning to Griffith Park once again, beginning this year!

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Fans Are a Devoted Community, Preparing to Gather at Midsummer Scream 2017

The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorIn just days, thousands of Halloween and horror fans will pour into the Long Beach Convention Center to experience Midsummer Scream 2017 on July 29 and 30. One of the most-anticipated presentations of the weekend will kick the event off at noon on Saturday – Beyond the 5th Dimension: Creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This hour-long presentation will feature several individuals key to the design of the original attraction in Orlando, as well as the subsequent versions that were installed at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo DisneySea.

What will drive guests to this particular presentation? Their undying love of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and the fact that Midsummer Scream is going to give Southern California fans a truly fantastic way to come together as a community to listen to the attractions creators, and give it a proper farewell together as a group.

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Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Dazzles Universal Studios Hollywood Guests

Most major theme parks have their own “kiss goodnight” – an end-of-day spectacular of some sort designed to keep people around until after dark. Universal Studios Hollywood finally has theirs – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood in April 2016, media and VIPs attending the grand opening party were treated to a stunning projection show on the Hogwarts facade, featuring a live orchestra conducted by John Williams, accompanied by fireworks behind the castle. When all was said and done, many of us in attendance agreed that it was the best projection show we’d ever seen, and that it absolutely needed to become a nightly occurrence in Hogsmeade – minus the orchestra and legendary composer, of course.

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Blood Alley 3 Sinks Its Teeth Into Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group

Blood Alley 3There’s a hot show in town called Blood Alley 3, presented by the extremely dedicated men and women who make up Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood, California. You’ve heard of this team before via Theme Park Adventure; we love their Urban Death productions, as well as other spooky offerings they come up with throughout the year.

As you may have guessed, the “3” in the title indicates there have been previous Blood Alley productions at Zombie Joe’s, and you would be right. The sad fact is, we’d never experienced this particular show until just last week. A ticket and front row seat scratched that itch quickly – and as we arrived, I messaged one of the actors… “It’s our first time… be gentle!”

What came next was a rapid descent into avant-garde, extremely adult theater that blurred the lines of horror, erotica, and other genres that pretty much defy category. What is Blood Alley? If you have seen Zombie Joe’s Urban Death shows, you already know the gist of things – strange vignettes that depict all sorts of gross and frightening subjects, lasting only seconds for the most part before the lights go out and the next scene is readied. This repeats itself for about an hour. Blood Alley 3 is the same type of production – but much, much more intense in every aspect than Urban Death.

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