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Boot Hill Home Haunt in Orange County Looking for Faithful Spooks

Boot Hill SpooksThere’s no denying or holding it back; Halloween is in the air, despite 100-degree temperatures and lazy summer days. Haunted attractions are already hosting auditions, and pro/home haunters are in the midst of amassing and building their works of terror.

Boot Hill, one of the most elaborate and popular home haunts in the Southland, is gearing up for yet another materialization in Irvine (Woodbridge, to be exact), and this year promises to be the attraction’s biggest and spookiest year yet! To pull it off, the team behind Boot Hill are looking for some dead-icated volunteers to help this Halloween, from build to scaring the daylights out of guests this October!

2015 will be Boot Hill’s 16th season in operation. The home haunt, themed to the Old West, attracts thousands of visitors each year and has become a whistle stop for Halloween fans of all ages. Boot Hill is a large-scale yard display that features sets, elaborate special effects, and creeping ghouls lurking in the fog.

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Drunken Devil Productions’ The Sinner’s Soiree Coming to Downtown Los Angeles Halloween 2015

Drunken Devil Logo - The Sinner's SoireeDrunken Devil Productions, a new entertainment startup with a focus on live horror attractions and media, is preparing to bring scares to the burgeoning downtown Fashion District for fourteen days during the month of October.

Drunken Devil Productions was conceived by Matt Dorado, an entrepreneur and horror enthusiast who previously worked as a haunt producer in Santa Barbara.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources – New Orleans culture, vintage alcohol artwork and design, mythology, and horror cult classics – he imagined a company that would produce upscale haunted house experiences, designed to engage a modern audience.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Perform at SeaWorld Orlando at the Celebrating America Concert Series

Oak Ridge BoysThis week, the Celebrating America Concert Series at SeaWorld Orlando announces The Oak Ridge Boys for the August 1 – 2 weekend.

The Oak Ridge Boys are one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry with their hits Elvira, Thank God for Kids, American Made and Y’all Come Back Saloon. Their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards, and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. The Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a music performance widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.

During the summer series, every Saturday and Sunday guests will enjoy musical performances and daily happy hours. Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Returns to Africa for First Time Since 1933

Robert Ripley Victoria Falls

Robert Ripley at Victoria Falls 1933

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has returned to Africa for the first time since Robert Ripley – the modern day Marco Polo –  travelled the continent in 1933.

Ripley’s, in conjunction with Word4Word Marketing in South Africa, is opening a year-long, 12-city travelling show on July 31. The new show will visit a dozen shopping malls in several provinces.

Visitors will be able to explore 15 different pods, each with a unique theme and packed with artifacts, interactive exhibits and infographics. All together there are more than 130 exhibits from the Ripley’s collection.

The show even has some of the artifacts Robert Ripley acquired on his 1933 trek through Africa from Cairo to Durban, as well as original artwork that he drew when he was there.

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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Coming to San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2015

Rise_Lanterns_2014_4518The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking lot will be glowing orange every weekend during October, when it hosts Rise of the Jack O’lanterns. This is the first year the Safari Park has hosted this experience, which features more than 5,000 intricately hand-carved jack o’lanterns, crafted by artists into striking displays—along a winding trail that spans a third of a mile.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is a family friendly event featuring themed carvings that include enormous dragons, larger-than-life crabs, classic cars, favorite characters and, of course, animals. The event also features music scored exclusively for The Rise, delivering a multi-sensory experience for participants.

In addition to viewing the completed displays, guests can watch as top sculptors for The Rise transform 100-pound pumpkins into artistic creations during a live carve. The surface of the trail where the event takes place is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

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Raptors Encounter Thrilling Guests at Universal Studios Hollywood

Raptor Encounter Universal Studios HollywoodThe ferocious predatory Velociraptors that gained notoriety in the Jurassic Park blockbuster movies and sprang to life in Jurassic Park—The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will be unleashed in an all-new exciting Raptors Encounter experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. that pits guests in a daring face-to-face standoff with these terrifying, now free-roaming carnivores.

Tipping the scales at a hefty 750 pounds, towering 15 feet in height and 13 feet from tail to snout, the aggressive Cretaceous-era dinosaurs will each succumb to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide them to within feet of guests in a specially themed area of the park, located adjacent to Jurassic Park—The Ride.

Highly intelligent creatures, Raptors—short for Velociraptors—are notorious hunters, who in recent years have undergone intense training by adept handlers as part of these unusual guest interactions. This Universal Studios Hollywood introduction marks their first West coast theme park foray with guests.

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Rockin’ Round the Zoo at Zoofari High at Santa Ana Zoo Tickets on Sale

Santa Ana Zoo ZoofariThe Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, are pleased to announce tickets sales, media and sponsorship opportunities for its 23rd annual Rockin’ Round the Zoo at Zoofari High fundraising event are now generally available for purchase online or by calling (714) 953-8555 x10.

Tickets to this year’s exclusive black-tie gala under the stars are $250 each or $2,500 for a private table of 10. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event, which will take place Saturday, August 29 from 5:30 pm to midnight at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park located at 1801 Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

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Savage House Haunted Attraction Returns to San Diego This Halloween

Savage House Haunted Attraction LogoSavage House Haunted Attraction in San Diego is returning for its second year! Unlike most haunted attractions filled with multiple themed rooms, Savage House has put a unique twist on the old recipe by creating San Diego’s ONLY themed haunt.

Savage Productions, the masterminds behind Savage House, immerse you in a storyline complete with a plot that begins from the moment you’re in line until you exit the last room. From the characters to the sets, costumes and makeup, Savage House is a unique and impressive experience. What’s even more impressive is that Savage Productions has found a way to contain this experience in a free standing structure in a public space.

Unlike most other haunted attractions that are in permanent locations year round or a vacant building that’s been temporarily converted, Savage Productions has found a way to create this experience in a temporary structure while still meeting all local building codes including earthquake and wind requirements as well as fire safety requirements, and also meet all ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements, an impressive task considering they construct the entire haunt in 14 days, operate for the month of October, and then tear down in 14 days leaving the site looking as though they were never there.

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Walt Disney World Offering Fall Kid-Size Package Vacation Getaway

Fun with Little Ones at Magic KingdomDisney makes little dreams come true in big ways with the Fall Kid-Size Package ideal for preschool families. The vacation package provides special savings to experience all the fun of stories, characters and attractions that little ones love at Walt Disney World Resort, including the fun of Disney Junior during the golden days of the harvest season.

The fall Kid-Size Package includes three nights at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and two-day theme park tickets for a family of three for $903*. Guests can book this package beginning July 20 through September 18. This package is available for Sunday – Thursday nights during select travel dates: Oct. 4- 8, Oct. 12- Nov. 5, Nov. 9-19, and Nov. 29- Dec.10, 2015.

There’s a bounty of festive offerings just right for preschool families. Guests can play along with favorite experiences including many Disney Junior offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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Old Globe Way Project Complete, Connecting San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park

Old Globe WaySan Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Todd Gloria joined San Diego Zoo Global staff this week to officially open the newly renovated Old Globe Way, on the south side of the San Diego Zoo. The widened and landscaped roadway leads to the Zoo’s new employee parking structure and the Old Globe, past the Casa del Prado and the San Diego Museum of Art.

“This Old Globe Way project is a gift to all of San Diego, creating a wonderful connection between two of the City’s most cherished landmarks: historic Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo,” said Mayor Faulconer. “It’s fitting that the project opens during the Balboa Park Centennial as we elevate, celebrate and promote the park for 2015 and beyond.”

The Old Globe Way project—including a renovated roadway that leads to the Old Globe theater complex and Village Place (an improved turnaround and unloading zone that serves the Casa del Prado)—cost more than $2 million to build.

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