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Busch Gardens Tampa Offering Extended Hours and Fireworks Over Labor Day Weekend 2015

Fireworks at Busch Gardens TampaBusch Gardens Tampa’s signature summertime event Summer Nights has concluded for 2015, but the park is keeping the excitement going for one more weekend. Guests can enjoy extended hours and three nights of fireworks during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7.

For one weekend only, Busch Gardens will be open ‘til midnight on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6, and ‘til 9 p.m. on Labor Day,Sept. 7. The special holiday fireworks display will take place each night at 9 p.m., and Gwazi Field will open to guests at 8 p.m. In addition to fireworks, music and dancing, guests can also take part in a Lip Sync challenge each night at 8:45 p.m.

For a limited time, visitors can get a FREE Busch Gardens Tampa single-day admission with the purchase of a full-price single-day ticket, a savings of $97 for adults and $92 for children. This is an opportunity for Busch Gardens’ visitors to extend their summer vacation and experience Florida’s top thrill rides, Broadway-style entertainment, up-close animal encounters and much more.

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Grows to 17 Nights at Disneyland in 2015

Haunted Mansion HolidayHalloween Time at the Disneyland Resort receives a Diamond Celebration infusion for 2015, making the season shine as never before as Halloween Time sparkles with Diamond Celebration décor and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind celebration of chilling, family-friendly fun will begin Friday, Sept. 11, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 1, with 17 nights dedicated to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

The popular, separate-ticket Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights beginning Friday, Sept. 25. The after-hours party treats guests to an array of special entertainment, along with traditional Halloween Time fun. For the first time, the Paint the Night parade, new for the Diamond Celebration, will be presented at Mickey’s Halloween Party, along with a new superhero-themed dance party at Tomorrowland Terrace. These offerings are in addition to the Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, a guest favorite that is exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume for the party as they trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland park for a scary good time.

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TPA Mixers Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Halloween 2015

TPA_Summer_Nights_2_4156Theme Park Adventure’s final Summer Nights mixer of the year was held on Sunday, July 19th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. We had a tremendous showing of themed entertainment fans, haunters and industry folks – the vibe was amazing and the party was rockin, despite Florida-like heat and humidity! The weather was crazy, and so, we were thrilled to see so many TPAers brave the freeways in the rain to come join us for the last mixer of the summer.

Last mixer of the summer? Yep. In August, Theme Park Adventure was consumed by ScareLA. If you don’t know, Johanna Atilano and I make up 1/2 of the ScareLA core production team, so our schedules leading up to that convention are pretty wild; the week after ScareLA was D23 Expo in Anaheim, which we attended, and no doubt, many TPAers did, too. So, that pretty much killed August for an official TPA mixer of any kind.

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Evil Twin Studios to Hold Open Casting Call for WARD 13

Evil Twin Studios WARD 13 Haunted AttractionEvil Twin Studios is holding an open casting call on September 12, 2015 for their upcoming haunted attraction, WARD 13. They are looking for volunteer actors and backstage crew who are crazy about scaring people for a good cause!

The casting call will take place at Evil Twin Studios’ new haunt location, 1020 El Centro Street in South Pasadena, CA from 9 AM until 12 PM. Be prepared for a brief interview with one of the haunt producers and have your haunt night availability ready. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Evil Twin Studios WARD 13 haunted attraction will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. Proceeds from WARD 13 benefit the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF). For more information about the haunt, go to their website at www.eviltwinstudios.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @EvilTwinStudios

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Mandalay Bay Convention Center Expansion Opens This Week in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Convention Center ExpansionMandalay Bay Resort and Casino opens the Convention Center’s 350,000-square-foot expansion this week and welcomes its first group into the new space. Creating the most customer-focused convention facility in North America, the $70 million expansion allows Mandalay Bay to grow current shows and attract new groups with the added flexibility.

Based on customer demand, the resort built new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking in this first phase, strengthening its position as a leader in the meetings and trade show industry.  The second and final phase of the expansion will transition existing space into a 70,000-square-foot carpeted ballroom to accommodate new corporate partners and associations as well as achieve greater utilization of the entire facility.

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Iron Man Experience Hits Construction Milestone at Hong Kong Disneyland

Iron Man Experience Hong Kong DisneylandHong Kong Disneyland saw the successful topping out of Iron Man Experience this week, a milestone in the resort’s overall plan to bring more amazing Disney experiences to guests. As part of a new Marvel-themed area slated to open in late 2016, Iron Man Experience will take guests on an epic adventure across Hong Kong alongside Marvel hero Tony Stark —a.k.a. Iron Man — as he flies into battle against the forces of evil in this high-tech, motion based simulation.

The new Marvel-themed area is right on schedule for its upcoming launch in Tomorrowland inside the park. Iron Man Experience, a first-of-its-kind attraction at Disney, will be set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. Iron Man will fly all the way from Hong Kong Disneyland to Victoria Harbour, where he will battle along Hong Kong Island’s main roads.

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WhiteWater Introduces the World’s First Triple Fusion Waterslide in Japan

Hasunuma Water Garden - Triple Fusion Waterslide (1)For the first time ever, WhiteWater has combined three head-rushing thrills to create the ultimate recipe for fun. Hasunuma Water Garden in Japan will be home to the very first triple Fusion Waterslide in the world. The unique combination of the Constrictor + Rattler + Boomerango will send guests into high-banking turns, crazy oscillations, down scream-inducing drops and into gravity-defying wall climbs, all in one ride!

“We spent months working back and forth trying to fit the impossibly large into an impossibly small space. After pouring through endless CAD files and iterative designs with our client, we flew to Japan to ensure the glove fit. We spent hours on-site visualizing every detail of the world’s first triple Fusion Waterslide from meticulous measurements to rider viewpoints”, commented Emily Colombo, Slide Path Designer, WhiteWater.

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House at Haunted Hill Home Haunt Fades Away for Halloween 2015

The House at Haunted Hill - Photo Credit: Tours Departing Daily

The House at Haunted Hill – Photo Credit: Tours Departing Daily

Here at Theme Park Adventure, we’re used to announcing new haunts and presenting you with exciting news about attractions as each Halloween season approaches. Once in a blue moon, we have the unfortunate task of reporting a haunt that is closing its doors for whatever reason; and that always sucks, because if you haven’t guessed already – Halloween and all that it brings – is our favorite time of year, and the community that we are part of here in Southern California is like family to us.

The House at Haunted Hill has been a Los Angeles cornerstone of the season for years, delighting thousands of onlookers each season as one of the most elaborate home haunts we’ve ever seen. Personally-speaking, The House at Haunted Hill is something that I look forward to with child-like enthusiasm each Halloween, regardless of how many different haunts and attractions we visit each year; that’s saying a lot, because after the 30th or 40th stop, the entire season tends to blend together in one big orange and yellow blob, like a piece of chewed-up candy corn! The House at Haunted Hill always stands out, and we have great affection for Matt and Lori Merkle Ford, who own the haunt and have been its creators since 2000; in 2007, the show blossomed into what many of us know and love today. If you haven’t seen the show, or are unfamiliar with The House at Haunted Hill, please check out our video that we shot in 2011; the content has changed (and the footage does not do it justice at all in scale, depth or sheer beauty), but it will give you an idea of how utterly badass it is.

Sadly, The House at Haunted Hill will not be operating this year. A huge career step has presented itself that the Fords (they own Magic Lantern Creations, an entertainment lighting company) simply cannot pass up; it conflicts significantly with their Halloween timeline – and so, they had to make an extremely tough decision; something any haunter can totally relate to.

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Halloween Horror Night 2015 Tickets Now on Sale for Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights 2015 Tickets are on SaleTickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s premier Halloween event unveils a slate of new mazes, an exciting hip-hop dance show, a new cutthroat Terror Tram experience and terrifying Scare Zones, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a Killer Deal Nights ticket option with discounts of up to $25 on select dates as well as a Front of Line ticket option which enables guests to enjoy priority access to each Halloween Horror Nights maze, Terror Tram, Jabbawockeez show and theme park attractions.  Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

Halloween Horror Nights dates are: September 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 2015.

Halloween Horror Nights brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.  This year’s line-up includes:

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Brad Garrett’s Annual Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament Returns to MGM Grand

Brad Garrett MGM GrandMGM Grand Hotel & Casino will host comedian and Emmy Award-winning actor Brad Garrett’s annual Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament Saturday, Sept. 19 on the casino floor between Wolfgang Puck and the KA Theatre. The tournament, which will begin at noon, will offer participants the opportunity to play alongside Garrett, other celebrities as well as professional poker players. All proceeds from the event will go to the Maximum Hope Foundation.

“This is my sixth year hosting the poker tournament to benefit Maximum Hope, a small grassroots foundation I started 15 years ago,” stated Garrett. “Eighty-five cents from every dollar we raise goes to helping families who are facing their darkest days as they care for a child with a life-limiting illness. Even the smallest donation can help one of our many families with the daily necessities that so many of us take for granted.”

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