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Theme Park Adventure Launches Official Instagram Feed

Instagram-LogoFurther expanding its global community, Theme Park Adventure will join Instagram beginning Friday evening, March 13, 2015! TPA’s Instagram address is instagram.com/themeparkadventure/.

“Theme Park Adventure has materialized in many shapes and forms over the past 20 years,” said Rick West, Founder/Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Theme Park Adventure. When we started TPA in 1994, we never dreamed of the Internet, let alone the various forms of social media the Digital Age would bring. In recent years, we have ventured out across the interwebs in various forms, and we believe the time is right for TPA to join the ranks of Instagram and its nearly 300 million users world-wide.”

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Theme Park Adventure Celebrates 20th Anniversary

TPAOn September 14th, more than 200 fans, haunters, and themed entertainment industry professionals attended Theme Park Adventure’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, which was hosted by Knott’s Berry Farm at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park. The occasion marked a huge milestone for TPA, the internet’s first themed entertainment fan site, and one of the very first theme park publications ever in print in the mid-’90s.

“To give you an idea of what was happening in the world when we started TPA,” said Rick West, Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, “Forrest GumpInterview with the Vampire, and The Lion King were in movie theaters. Treasure Island, MGM Grand, and Luxor were each celebrating their first anniversaries on The Strip in Las Vegas. The original Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had just opened in Florida, construction had just begun on Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Mystery Lodge had just opened at Knott’s Berry Farm and Jaguar had been announced, and construction was well underway a few miles away at Disneyland on The Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.”

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Summer Nights at Sam’s 2 Mixer Recap

TPA's Summer Nights at Sam's 2 MixerOn July 13th, Theme Park Adventure hosted its Summer Nights at Sam’s 2 mixer at Trader Sam’s, located at the Disneyland Hotel. TPA’s monthly gatherings are free and open to all themed entertainment fans, haunters and industry professionals – and there is always a fantastic blend of each representing! July’s gathering was no different, as everyone socialized and mingled under the tiki torches on the patio outside of Sam’s and Tangaroa Terrace! Our Summer Nights 2 gathering was the final mixer before ScareLA 2014, so the crowd was extra-excited and pumped by the up-coming Halloween convention, which was held August 9th and 10th in downtown Los Angeles. So, there were lots of really excited Halloween fans in attendance, as Theme Park Adventure makes up 1/2 of ScareLA’s production team.

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Opening Night Critters – Busch Gardens Tampa

OPENING NIGHT CRITTERS_4Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show Opening Night Critters takes the stage this summer in Pantopia Theater. Featuring rescued domestic and exotic animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo, among others, this theatrical tale follows a couple of stage hands as they haphazardly find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production.

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New Summer Nights Acts Announced for BGT

CherLloydSummer Nights continues to heat up at Busch Gardens Tampa with Saturday night concerts at Gwazi Park. Concerts start at 8:30pm as the stage sizzles with some of the biggest names in pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music:

July 19 Pentatonix
July 26 Zion y Lennox
Aug. 2 Cher Lloyd
Aug. 9 Taking Back Sunday
Aug. 16 The All-American Rejects

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Hot Dog Hall of Fame Open – Orlando CityWalk

_Hot Dog Hall of Fame Photo SelectHot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened this week at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year’s historic expansion to the entertainment complex.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame, located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across the nation, including the loaded Chicago dog and Milwaukee brat. Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind the popular Rain Forest Cafe, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk.

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New LEGO Globe at LEGOLAND Florida

2014.06.19_TECOGLOBE_0009LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO bricks, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida’s efforts on green energy education.

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Summer Nights at Sam’s Kick-Off a Huge Success!

TPA_SummerNights2014_1328On Sunday night, June 22nd, Theme Park Adventure hosted its first Summer Nights at Sam’s fan mixer of 2014. More than 140 enthusiasts, haunters, and industry professionals gathered under the watchful eyes of the tikis at Trader Sam’s and Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel and did what we all do best – eat, drink, and network! It was one of the largest gatherings that we have had at Sam’s, and we were thrilled by the number of folks that showed up, including many first-timers, which is always fantastic!

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Red, White and BOOM! LEGOLAND California

News Years CelebrationLEGOLAND California’s annual Red, White and BOOM! Fourth of July event presented by EasyTurf is fast approaching and families are gearing up to visit the family theme park to participate in all the festivities.

The family fun event features a one-of-a-kind stroller parade competition, lawn games, musical performances by LEGO Friends Live and Hullabaloo, amazing entertainment including the popular character dance party and much more. LEGOLAND Water Park guests are also joining in the fun as they get a chance to enjoy relaxing island music performed by Hawaiian band, Nalukai. The fun doesn’t stop there… guests will get to end their amazing day with a fabulous fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day.

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Summer Music Entertainment at CityWalk

Summer_Series_2014_-_CW_homepage_image_790x405Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s ultimate summer destination for free, live entertainment as the “5 Towers” stage heats up with an array of musical performances and dance nights every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning Thursday, July 10 and continuing through Sunday, August 31, 2014.

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