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Winter Nights at Don’s Kicks Off 2015 TPA Mixers

Winter-Nights-2015-2_0221On Sunday, January 18th, Theme Park Adventure hosted its first mixer of 2015 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach! Our Winter Nights at Don’s event was attended by many fans, haunters and themed entertainment industry professionals as we ate, drank and laughed the night away!

There were many new faces this month, in addition to familiar “regulars”, signalling a very positive increase in support and growth for the TPA community; we love that, and are thrilled that we met so many new friends this month at our Winter Nights gathering!

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Bardot Brasserie Now Open at Aria Las Vegas

bardot-aria-las-vegasBARDOT Brasserie, Las Vegas’ debut French concept from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, is now open for dinner and weekend brunch at ARIA Resort & Casino. Paying homage to the skillful culinary techniques, celebrated libations and sexy atmosphere for which The City of Light is renowned, Chef Mina has created a stylish and unforgettable interpretation of a Parisian brasserie in the center of The Strip.

“Upon entering BARDOT, every detail transports guests to a café along the Champs-Élysées in the 1920s,” said Mina. “I am thrilled to introduce this restaurant to Las Vegas and for it to be a part of one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the world.”

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Jurassic Park & Easter EggMazeMent – Throwback Thursday

Jurassic-Park-Opening-USH (2)This week, we put our Throwback Thursday content to our TPAers via our Facebook page, as well as Twitter: did they want to see images from the opening of Jurassic Park: The Ride from Universal Studios Hollywood, or Easter EggMazeMent at Knott’s Berry Farm, circa 1996? What we ended up with, was a dead heat among our theme park fans – and so, we will combine the two this week, and instead of four images, we’ll present three from each event – you get two bonus images this Throwback Thursday! Amazing!

On June 21, 1996, Theme Park Adventure attended the red carpet media/VIP opening of Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. It was hot that day, and it was very crowded with media; in fact, it was one of the very first (if not the first) large-scale media events that TPA ever attended. A red carpet extended between sound stages on the property’s Front Lot, and into the lower part of the park, where the attraction was waiting, all shiny and new! Celebrities and Universal’s invited guests arrived by walking the carpet, past at least 100 media cameras and reporters – probably more like 150 media reps.

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African American History Celebration at Los Angeles Zoo

Dancer from the Lula Washington Dance TheatreThe Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens observes African American History Month and the rich diversity of African American culture with AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY CELEBRATION AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm, featuring programing co-curated by the research library at the California African American Museum (CAAM); a vibrant array of music and dance entertainment; crafts; and animal feedings, keeper talks and up-close visits with small animals, all spotlighting animals from Africa.  Selections from the museum’s permanent collection will be highlighted with educational signage adjacent to related animal exhibits and landmarks.  Also on hand are Ragin Cajun, Sista Soul Food and Peaches Truck food trucks offering authentic flavors.

Throughout the weekend, guests will find photographs of paintings, sculptures, masks and head dresses depicting animals displayed next to their inspirations (or similar animals) and other figurative art from CAAM’s collection with information and a QR code through which to access more via the STQRY app.  Performances by the Lula Washington Dance Theatre take place from 10:30 to 11:30 pm both days; by Michael D. McCarty, Storyteller – Have Mouth. Will Run It! from 12 noon to 1 pm both days; by African Soul, the African dance company, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm both days; and by blues band Leo Key & The Company from 3:15 to 4 pm both days.

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George Lopez Returns to The Mirage in March

George Lopez Returns to The MirageGeorge Lopez will return to the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage March 13 – 14. Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, stand-up comedy and late-night television. Throughout his career, Lopez has made more than 200 television comedy, talk show and hosting appearances including co-hosting the Emmy Awards and twice hosting the Latin GRAMMYs.

•    Friday, March 13:  10 p.m.
•    Saturday, March 14:  10 p.m.

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Reign of Terror Opens Friday the 13th to Fight Cancer

Reign-of-TerrorReign of Terror haunted attraction in Thousand Oaks, California, has announced that it will open its doors on Friday, February 13th this year for a very special cause – to help one of its own fight cancer. To be clear: this is a call to action for the entire haunt community here in Southern California (and beyond) to come together as a family and speak loudly with our hearts and wallets to help one of ROT’s team members and his family in this time of great financial and emotional need.

One of the most elaborate haunted attractions in the world, Reign of Terror is known throughout the Southern California haunt community not only for its legendary theming and immersive environments – it’s also admired for its generosity. What many in the general population may not be aware of, is that Reign of Terror donates 100% of its annual haunt profits to two local charities – The Young Artists Ensemble’s Conejo Theatre for Everyone Program, and The Thousand Oaks Teen Center. Over the past six years, Reign of Terror has donated nearly $90,000.00 to these organizations. On February 13th, ROT will focus its attention and financial might inward, for one of its own.

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Garden Rocks Concert Series 2015 Announced for Epcot

En Vogue to Perform at "Garden Rocks" Concert SeriesEleven pop bands with hits spanning several decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17, 2015. The Garden Rocks Concert Series debuts in 2015 to span a broader range of decades and popular artists.

Pablo Cruise and Little River Band will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Jon Secada, Taylor Dayne and En Vogue, fan favorites who’ve played the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will make their Flower & Garden Festival debuts. And 1990s chart toppers Gin Blossoms, also new to this spring festival, kick off the concert series March 6-8.

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MGM Resorts Awarded Seven AAA 2015 Five Diamond Ratings

Fountains Of Bellagio Programmed By TiestoRecognizing exceptional service and accommodations, AAA has awarded MGM Resorts International seven 2015 Five Diamond Awards for its resorts and restaurants. Included on this prestigious list are Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, ARIA Sky Suites and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand. Renowned restaurants Picasso and Le Cirque, both at Bellagio, and Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand also received the accolade.

Bellagio, the first resort in Las Vegas to achieve this milestone received its 14th consecutive AAA Five Diamond this year. Two of the resort’s restaurants were also bestowed Five Diamond status: Chef Julian Serrano’s celebrated Picasso received the distinction for the 15th consecutive year and Le Cirque for the 13th year.

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2015 Florida Resident Discount Ticket Offer for Walt Disney World

Florida resident discount ticket offer 2015From Frozen fun, to exploring the mine “where a million diamonds shine,” to blooms abounding, Florida residents can take advantage of all that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer with the Discover Disney Ticket.

Guests can enjoy three days of new and classic attractions and experience the Walt Disney World theme parks for the discount price of $139 per person plus tax from January 3 to June 5, 2015. Add a fourth day for just $20 more.

Enjoy a weekend or spread out the magic, as the Discover Disney Ticket can be used on non-consecutive days. Disney FastPass+ is included at no extra charge with valid theme park admission. With FastPass+, guests can reserve their favorite must-do attractions right from home, with the flexibility to change plans on the go.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook Poll – Name the Gorilla!

Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook Poll to Name Baby GorillaBusch Gardens Tampa continues to celebrate the successful birth of a baby male gorilla by giving Facebook fans a chance to participate in a naming poll.

Fans will help choose from names that were inspired from dialects spoken around the world. Potential names for the one-month-old baby gorilla are Birungi, meaning “bringer of good things”, Bem, meaning “peace”, and Enzi, meaning “power.”

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