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Fury 325 Announced for Carowinds 2015

1. Fury 325 EntranceFor more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas come together. It’s where the Tar Heel State and the Palmetto State meet. It’s where families and friends bond over thrilling rides and entertainment. Carowinds will now unite its storied history with its future as the standard for thrills by unleashing Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.

Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state-of-the-art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.

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TPA’s 20th Anniversary Bash Announced

image002Next month will mark a very special milestone for Theme Park Adventure – our 20th Anniversary! It’s hard to believe, but TPA was founded by Rick West in September 1994, and has been a leader in themed entertainment coverage both in print and online for the past two decades!

One of the cornerstones of Theme Park Adventure has been its deep ties with Knott’s Berry Farm. Covering just about every event at Knott’s since the grand opening of Mystery Lodge, TPA also pioneered many ways that Halloween Haunt is now showcased each year by fan sites and even internally by the Farm’s management team.

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Turns 40

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Celebrates 40 Years of Food, Fun at DisneyÕs Fort Wilderness Resort & CampgroundWhen Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue launched on June 30, 1974, the high-energy dinner show at Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground was created in the heyday of dinner theaters for Walt Disney World guests with a summer college intern cast. The foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’ musical starred six young actors and offered endless buckets of fried chicken and ribs.

“Hoop-Dee-Doo was upbeat, and guests came for the corny jokes, good food and lots of fun,” said Forrest Bahruth, show director, Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment and the original choreographer for the dinner show. “Forty years later, the heart is still in it, the energy is still there.”

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HAuNTcon 2015 Announced for Baton Rouge

hauntconThe Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, sponsored by DarkLight, is proud to announce that HAuNTcon 2015 will be help in Baton Rouge, LA at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Conference Center February 6-11. HAuNTcon has a group discount at the hotel and they provide free shuttle service to and from the Baton Rouge Airport to the Hotel.

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Baby Gorilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Endangered Gorilla Born at Disney’s Animal KingdomAs they follow the path that winds along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may get a glimpse of one of nature’s most endearing sights – a newborn male gorilla cuddling with his mother. Born Aug. 7 to mother Azizi and father Gino, the healthy infant has already become an integral member of his family group, which includes two other adult females, Kashata and Benga and a four-year-old female named Lilly.

Members of the primate team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are closely watching mother and baby to ensure Azizi is adapting to her maternal duties, such as properly holding the baby and keeping up with his demanding nursing schedule. Most gorilla mothers keep their offspring close for several months as the infants adjust to their environment. Gorillas are typically weaned between the ages of four and five, but begin to eat solids between two to six months.

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Devil Wears Prada to Headline at Rob Zombie’s GAN

pradaThe Devil Wears Prada is set to headline the second night of the Chicago area engagement of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. The acclaimed quintet will be joined by special guests (TBA) as they take over the ultimate Halloween horror event at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL on September 27.

After spending their summer on the main stage of the recently wrapped 2014 Vans Warped Tour, The Devil Wears Prada will help launch the Halloween season in Chicagoland with sounds described as “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone), “gut-wrenchingly brutal” (Alternative Press), and “definitely bleak, harrowing, and f*cking heavy” (Revolver). Tickets are on sale now at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at $25.

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Disneyland Paris’ Halloween Festival to Feature Maleficent

maleficentFrom 1 October to 2 November 2014, Disneyland Paris is the place to be to meet the Halloween gang of Disney Villains. Every day, Maleficent will bring together the Disney Villains in a cheerfully ominous atmosphere, promising Disneyland Paris guests encounters to die (laughing) for. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard will be transformed to welcome the good Disney Villains who will take mischievous pleasure in taking over Disney’s Halloween Festival.

And that’s not all! During this delightfully frightening month, ghosts and “Disney’s Funky Pumpkins*” will take possession of Main Street, U.S.A., astonishing pumpkins will take over the flowerbeds in Central Plaza and Frontierland will be transformed into an autumn garden, where sunflowers and pumpkins will take centre stage. Finally, Mickey and friends will offer guests a special Harvest festival-themed cavalcade, not far from Minnie’s Halloween Costume Corner or the incredible candy-making machine invented by greedy Goofy, all designed to ensure Disney’s Halloween Festival is a laugh a minute!

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Sinister Pointe’s: Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary Tale

Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary TaleFor years, Sinister Pointe Productions has been a major force in the Southern California haunted attraction industry. Owner Jeff Schiefelbein and his team of incredibly talented creatives have taken the art of haunting to new levels, featuring bold and innovative past experiences based on popular franchises such as Saw and Silent Hill. Sinister Pointe is also known for unique, highly-interactive ventures such as Fear, and its extremely over-the-top seasonal adult-themed Not So Very Merry Holiday Haunt. For the 2014 Halloween season, Sinister Pointe presents an all-new exercise in terror: Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary Tale.

Theme Park Adventure discussed this new venture with Sinister Pointe’s Jeff Schiefelbein, as we wanted to learn more details and share some exclusive information with our readers, who are eagerly awaiting their chance to experience Beyond the Mirror! Jeff acknowledges that the theme of Bloody Mary is nothing new to the haunt industry; it has manifested in many attractions around the united states for years, from Trapped at Knott’s Scary Farm, to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, and at smaller haunts everywhere in between. The more Jeff pondered the lore and idea of Bloody Mary, he realized that while most haunted attractions focused on the actual character itself, none of them had really explored the world beyond the mirror – the ghostly, terrifying realm that the vengeful spirit dwells in; that is what he focused on, and that is what Sinister Pointe’s experience will explore in nerve-shattering detail. It’s an exciting revelation, and we agree that it’s a fantastic way to take an existing character and the mythology surrounding it, and making a unique experience faithful to the Sinister Pointe brand.

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Outbreak: Dread the Undead Comes to Myrtle Beach

Zombie Fences Close-UpPale Night Productions unleashes Outbreak: Dread the Undead, a new standard in horror inside the all new Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

You will enter the ruins of ChemaCorp laboratories after a military experiment goes horribly wrong. Alpha Strain, an experimental mutagen designed to enhance soldiers on the battlefield, has turned all the staff and test subjects into flesh eating zombies. You must make your way through top secret laboratories and testing facilities and even wander through the decrepit basements to find a way out. You’ll need to keep your wits about you and stay close together if you have any hope of escaping the hordes of undead.

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Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando to Expand Event Space

-resources-digitalassets-Loews Royal Pacific Resort LagoonBuilding on a year of epic growth, Universal Orlando Resort will soon embark on the largest meeting space expansion in its history.

By fall 2015, Loews Royal Pacific Resort—already the largest meeting hotel at Universal Orlando—will greatly expand its meeting and event space from 85,000 square feet to more than 140,000 square feet.

Inspired by the beauty of the South Pacific, the expanded areas will seamlessly connect to the existing meeting space. Planners will benefit from flawless execution with a local flavor that is the calling card of all meetings at Loews Hotels.

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