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TPA Announces Don the Beachcomber for November Mixer!

Don the BeachcomberAs the Halloween season hits full stride and the 2014 season of screams is in high gear, we can all see the faint glow of the “finish line” beginning to appear through the fog, promising rest, relaxation, and recuperation once November arrives! With November comes Theme Park Adventure’s most-anticipated and best-attended mixer of the year, our Post-Halloween Bash, where haunters and fans alike come together for a night of sharing war stories, amazing memories, and a celebration of Southern California’s amazing haunted attraction community!

With November also comes great change for TPA, which we are extremely excited to share! We’ve been teasing it via social media over the past 24 hours, and now it’s time to shed light on what’s going on. Theme Park Adventure and Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach have formed a new partnership, and are thrilled to announce that TPA’s Post-Halloween Bash 2014 will be held at the iconic restaurant in an incredibly immersive space straight out of the richest pages of tiki culture lore!

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The Light Group Nightclub Events Halloween 2014 in Vegas

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Las VegasThe Light Group’s premier nightlife venues, HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino, The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Resort & Casino and 1 OAK Nightclub and The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, have announced a killer lineup of Halloween parties beginning October 28 and continuing through November 1. Events include costume contests with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and unforgettable live performances.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Headlines Fright Dome 2014

Fright Dome at Circus Circus Las VegasFright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time. Beginning Friday, Oct. 3 Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house will immerse guests in scenes from the iconic film, leaving them to fend off the attacks of one of the most notorious chainsaw-wielding killers ever created, Leatherface. No corner is safe as guests fight their way through in hopes of escaping the cannibals in pursuit. Will they survive… or become the next sliced and diced item on the dinner menu?

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Great American Nightmare Announces Expanded Hours

Rob Zombie's Great American NightmareAs Halloween approaches, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has an expanded schedule in both Scottsdale, AZ and Villa Park, IL. The ultimate Halloween horror event will continue to celebrate the season October 16-19, 23-26, 30-31 and November 1.

Great American Nightmare features attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films.

At WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ, patrons take a sensory-deprived journey through The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out before witnessing the debut of Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects.

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Reality Shock! Getaway Contest From Ripley’s Announced

Reality Shock! Ripley's Believe It or Not!Readers of the new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book Reality Shock! know the strange stories, fun facts and bizarre bits are good for hours of entertainment. But now knowing some of those stories could win people some awesome prizes as well.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has launched the Reality Shock! Getaway contest, featuring weekly prizes and an unbelievable grand prize.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out the entry form on the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Facebook page
  • Take the weekly book quiz and pick the “Believe It” story that comes from the pages of Reality Shock!

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Serengeti Safari Ride to Debut at Oakland Zoo

Serengeti Safari at Oakland ZooOn Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:00am, a brand-new ride will be unveiled at Oakland Zoo’s Adventure Landing (formerly referred to as the Zoo’s Rides Area). Over the summer months, Adventure Landing underwent renovations, which includes a new family-friendly jeep adventure called Serengeti Safari. “The re-branded Adventure Landing area offers interconnected family entertainment in a themed environment,” said Nancy Filippi, Managing Director of Oakland Zoo. “The new Serengeti Safari ride allows the whole family to ride together.”

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Annabelle Doll to Visit Nightfall October 16, 2014

Annabelle at NightfallThe “star” of the 2014 American supernatural thriller “Annabelle” (in theaters now) will make an appearance at Nightfall on Thursday October 16th.  The film, presented at the event by New Line Cinema and Evergreen Media Group, reunites director John R. Leonetti and producers Peter Safran and James Wan.  “Annabelle” tells the story of a young couple and their encounters with a possessed vintage doll.

Annabelle the doll will make her exclusive Tucson appearance at Nightfall from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. She will be accompanied by her entourage to help guests understand how to protect themselves from the dangers Annabelle may present.  Photo opportunities with Nightfall guests will be available.

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Adventure Island Unveils Colossal Curl for 2015

Colossal Curl at Adventure IslandAdventure Island guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride Colossal Curl, set to debut at Tampa Bay’s premier waterpark in 2015.

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide delivers a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide and adding to the waterpark’s unrivaled combination of corkscrews, waterfalls, high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.

“We’re excited to continue in our tradition of offering thrilling rides, and slides, at Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa,” said Park President Jim Dean.

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Fairytale Town Debuts Renovated Farmer Brown’s Barn

Farmer Brown's Barn at Fairytale TownFairytale Town unveiled a renovated and improved Farmer Brown’s Barn on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Barn is one of the storybook park’s original play sets and the home of Eeyore, Charlotte the spider, Daisy, the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon, and more members of Fairytale Town’s animal family.

Improvements to Farmer Brown’s Barn include the expansion of Eeyore’s stall, new stall doors for both Eeyore and Daisy, repainting the interior and exterior, updating the barn loft, and more.

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Disneyland 101: Frontierland

Frontierland at DisneylandWalt Disney on Frontierland: “Here we experience the story of our country’s past … the colorful drama of Frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach … the advent of the railroad … and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America.”

Overview: Frontierland, representing the “Frontiers of America,” opened as one of five original lands at Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955. The rough and tumble nature of America’s pioneer days comes to life in the streets and unspoiled wilderness of Frontierland. It’s a land of riverboats, stagecoaches and railroads, where trappers, cowboys, farmers and miners all traveled west to fulfill their own dreams of gold. Frontierland brings to life the natural beauty, excitement and promise of the American West in the 1800s.

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