On Sunday, March 16th, Theme Park Adventure held its final Winter Nights gathering at Trader Sam’s in Anaheim. Approximately 80 TPAers showed up for the final mixer of the season – a respectable-sized crowd that mingled under the tiki torches for several hours at the popular Disneyland Resort bar/restaurant!
In attendance were theme park fans, themed entertainment industry professionals, and of course – oodles of haunters and haunt fans representing some of the best haunted attractions in the world! It was also fantastic to see many new faces – first-timers that came alone or with friends to join the TPA family; we love that, and always encourage it – it’s naturally a bit awkward at first to jump into a large group that seems to know each other well. However, as we say time and again, newcomers instantly are made to feel welcome, and find themselves conversing with like-minded individuals over delicious tiki drinks until late in the evening!
Being just days after Valentine’s Day, TPA’s Rick West raffled off a lot of candy – including the biggest freaking box of chocolates you’ve ever seen – because our peeps need to be hopped up on sugar and booze… D-Student Productions kicked in some cool promo swag, which we appreciated and loved handing out! Another great raffle contribution was a large print from Dstar Photography! If you haven’t yet gotten to know Dave’s work, be sure to head on over to their site and check it out – they are regulars at many haunt events and were shooting guests last year at Reign of Terror’s location at ScareLA!
Giovanni and Bear D’Egidio from Haunted Hollywood Sports came bearing prize gifts; it was their first time at a Theme Park Adventure gathering, and their numerous donations – from paintball team tickets to a massive gift basket – were truly appreciated and created quite the stir of excitement as they were announced! Look for Haunted Hollywood Sports to return bigger and better in 2014, as well as at ScareLA this summer!
Speaking of Haunted Hollywood Sports and ScareLA… Very soon, the two entities are going to combine to host a spring paintball event hosted By Gio and the team at Hollywood Sports! Details are still being finalized, but April 5, 2014 is the date to mark in your little black book – and click here for all of the pertinent information! Blast your pals all day and enjoy a fantastic after party for networking and good times with ScareLA and TPA!
And speaking of ScareLA… each month, we move closer to our second annual convention in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Park Adventure will begin rolling out information at each TPA gathering between now and August so that those in attendance get the news hot off the press! While news is fairly scarce at this point, Rick did announce that ScareLA would be August 9th and 10th and that discussions are already underway with multiple groups regarding participation this year. One company that is 100% all-in is Larry Bones and Boneyard Effects; they have been fantastic supporters of ScareLA and we cannot wait to have Larry and his team back once again! During the March 16th TPA gathering, more announcements will be made regarding this year’s convention that we cannot wait to share with you!
This month, we begin our Spring Nights series of mixers at Trader Sam’s. With a new season, comes a new TPA tiki overlay by our dear pal, Tom “Thor” Thordarson; we’re not going to give anything away, so as a reminder of how this madness works – the first 30 TPAers that come see Rick West as the event gets underway at 7 P.M. will receive a complimentary Spring Nights button!
When is the next gathering, you ask? That would be March 16th from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. at the Disneyland Hotel on the patio between Trader Sam’s and Tangaroa Terrace! Please take a moment if you haven’t already to RSVP on our Facebook page, so that we and the Cast Members at Sam’s have an idea of how many folks will be converging on the hotel for the event.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th – it’s going to be a fantastic night of networking and relaxing under the glowing tiki torches of Trader Sam’s!