Haunted Attractions

One area of themed entertainment that is near and dear to our hearts as fans has always been haunted attractions. Since 1994, Theme Park Adventure has devoted much of its time and energy on showcasing haunts, from yard displays to major theme park productions; we love it all, and always tell our readers that Halloween isn’t just a holiday for us – it’s a lifestyle…

Howl-O-Scream 2014 Dates Announced for Tampa

hosThis fall, for 18 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Busch Gardens’ 300 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun.

Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury will keep the screams coming all night long.

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The Purge: Anarchy Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Purge Anarchy scarezone HHN imageAs the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.

“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”

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Making Monsters Panel Announced for ScareLA 2014

makingmonstersHalloween fans are in for a huge treat during ScareLA 2014! On Saturday, August 9th, representatives from four major theme park Halloween events will take to the stage together to discuss the behind-the-scenes logistics of creating an army of undead to unleash each night here in Southern California! Titled “Making Monsters“, this unique panel will feature the individuals who oversee the makeup operations for Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!

This is an unprecedented collaborative presentation that for the first time, sees Southern California’s major theme parks coming together as a collective group to share stories, ideas and engage fans in a Q&A session from the same stage.

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New Experiences Revealed for Dark Harbor 2014

QM_2014DH_VoodooThe Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will once again rise from the depths of a rich, haunted history to frighten those who dare October 2 through November 2. This year’s Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil a spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new The Voodoo Village, and an Exclusive Encounter on board the infamous ship. Beloved veteran characters including The Ringmaster and all grotesque spirits of the Queen will make a chilling return for 20 nights of delightful terror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

The two new death-defying mazes will take guests through never before visited areas of the ship and will replace the former Hellfire and Containment mazes. Details of each new terrifying maze will be unveiled in the months leading up to the October 2 Dark Harbor opening. Half Hatch Harry will once again emerge from the Deadrise maze, the infamous Captain will return to haunt the Dark Harbor grounds, and The Ringmaster will host the most frightening show on earth at The Circus, located in the outdoor dome just off the ship.

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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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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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Melissa Meyer Named COO of Ten Thirty One Productions

Meyer headshotMeyer headshotTen Thirty One Productions, an entertainment company that creates, owns and produces live attractions in the Horror genre, has officially announced the promotion of Creative Director, Melissa Meyer, as the Chief Operations Officer of the company. After six year tenure with Ten Thirty One Productions, Melissa will work closely with CEO/President, Melissa Carbone, as the company continues to grow as the premiere leader in the horror attractions industry.

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Great American Nightmare Update

PM5KRob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced additional onsite experiences for the ultimate Halloween horror event, this year held at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona for select nights from September 19-November 1, 2014.

As in 2013, Great American Nightmare will feature a Rob Zombie museum area displaying memorabilia from the groundbreaking musician and filmmaker’s movie and music career.

In addition, galactic hard rockers Powerman 5000 have been added to the September 19 opening night concert–already featuring headliner Rob Zombie.

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Disneyland Halloween Time Details 2014

12_09_DL_008212-1024x710Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort transforms Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks into cheerfully spooky, family-friendly Halloween environments beginning Friday, Sept. 12. Highlights include the seasonal re-theming of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, and a special focus on Disney Villains.

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