MIDSUMMER SCREAM UNLEASHES BIGGEST HALL OF SHADOWS EVER AT LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER THIS SUMMER
Terrifying Dark Zone Expands in 2018 to Include More than 15 Haunted Attractions, and Scare Zone by Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest
LONG BEACH, CA - Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention, is thrilled to announce a larger Hall of Shadows dark zone than fans have ever experienced before. Throughout the July 29 - 29 weekend, guests will have the opportunity to explore the enormous Hall of Shadows dark zone, which will include more than 15 haunted attractions and displays, a scare zone bursting with monsters from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, a live performance stage, and more than 30 specialty vendors.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, CalHauntS is returning once again to create an elaborate entry façade for Hall of Shadows; this year, guests will venture into the crumbling ruins of Castle Frankenstein, featuring a pair of 14-foot-high turrets, a sinister laboratory, and classic monsters lurking in the shadows, ready to frighten guests brave enough to enter their domain.
Once inside the Hall of Shadows, fans will find more than 30 exhibitors, showing off their companies and wares in the dark - Light Up Masks, Haunted Orange County, The Cromwell Estate, and Stroke of Midnight Studios, to name just a few.
A performance stage has been added to Hall, which will feature variety acts throughout the weekend, from Twirly the Clown, and Mudd the Magnificent, to a titillating Horror Fashion Show by Ama Lea's Poltergeists and Paramours.
For the first time at Midsummer Scream, the Hall of Shadows will feature a scare zone from a major theme park. Leaving the vendor and performance stage area, guests will venture through the fog and navigate 50 feet of the most frightening monsters Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest can conjure under the direction and expertise of makeup master Scott Ramp and his team of talented artists.
Beyond the Fright Fest scare zone, Midsummer Scream visitors will find more than 15 haunted attractions and displays waiting in the 76,000 square feet of darkness. Several popular haunts will be returning to the Hall of Shadows, including Mable’s 6 Feet Under, Dead Zone 805, and Hyde Street Massacre. The Hall will feature many new experiences and participants as well, including the home haunt by Murder House Productions from Thousand Oaks that took the community by storm last Halloween - a highly-detailed fan tribute to the cult classic film Trick ‘r Treat.
Gantom Lighting & Controls has partnered with Midsummer Scream, offering lighting assistance for many of the on-site haunts, as has Fog It Up!, which is supplying complimentary fog juice to each of the attractions in the Hall of Shadows; both companies will help in giving fans a theme park-quality experience they won’t soon forget.
“Hall of Shadows has become a cornerstone of Midsummer Scream,” says Rick West, the convention’s Creative Director. “The lineup of not just amazing haunted attractions, but live entertainment and dedicated artisans we have for our expanded Hall this year is truly exciting. Returning guests will be wowed by how much bigger the Hall has become as we continue to create Halloween Night in Southern California inside the Long Beach Convention Center in the middle of summer. This is our love letter to haunt fans and the community!”
Among the creatures that will be lurking in the darkness within the Hall of Shadows are members of the Decayed Brigade, which returns for its third year at Midsummer Scream to delight audiences three times daily with “sliding” shows that demonstrate their incredible agility as scareactors at several of the Southland’s major Halloween events each fall.
Guests holding Gold Bat Weekend Passes get early access to the Hall of Shadows each morning at 10am, an hour before the venue opens to the general public. Gold Bat Passholders will also enjoy priority access to each walk-through attraction in the Hall, bypassing the standby queues.
More detailed information regarding Hall of Shadows can be found here, on the official Midsummer Scream website at MidsummerScream.org.
Midsummer Scream’s 40% off pre-sale ticket discount is available through April 30. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, now is the time, because once the sale is over - the deep discounts for this year’s Midsummer Scream will forever rest in peace! Hardcore fans also have a VIP ticket option - the Gold Bat Weekend Pass, which is only $85.00 while supplies last (not discounted). The Gold Bat Weekend Pass grants early entry to the Midsummer Scream vendor show floor and Hall of Shadows an hour before the public each day, a collectible credential and lanyard, and a limited-edition Gold Bat enamel pin. It also gives passholders priority entry to Main Stage, Hall of Shadows haunts and attractions, and other components of Midsummer Scream all weekend-long. Supplies are limited, and the Gold Bat Weekend Pass option will sell out.
Midsummer Scream is expected to draw more than 20,000 fans to Southern California during its July 28 - 29 run at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show will feature more than 250 artisan vendors on a massive show floor, the beloved Black Cat Lounge adoption and cuddle area, live entertainment throughout the venue, world-class panels and presentations, educational seminars and classes, a large-scale Saturday night costume party, a bigger Hall of Shadows haunted attractions experience zone than ever before, and thousands of spooky cosplayers in elaborate costumes!
About Midsummer Scream
Midsummer Scream is presented by David Markland and Claire Dunlap of Black Cat Orange (formerly CreepyLA Productions), Gary Baker, Johanna Atilano and Rick West of Theme Park Adventure. Its goal is to showcase the diversity of Southern California’s haunt and horror community as a welcoming beacon for fans around the world to converge on Los Angeles for a weekend of excitement, networking and non-stop spookery! Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope for breaking updates and information.
#BEERISBACK AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
TAMPA, Fla. (April 30, 2018) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is going back to its roots with the return of free beer all summer long, and the introduction of a new Busch Gardens Brew Club program. From complimentary seasonal offerings to brand new featured programs, guests age 21 and older can toast to new adventures each time they visit the park.
NEW! Beer is Back! Starting May 1 through Aug. 5, guests can get a taste of the park’s beer garden history when they visit the former Hospitality House, now called the Garden Gate Café, to receive two complimentary beers during every visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Every two weeks, new featured beer brands will be highlighted with Corona kicking off the promotion just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Guest favorites will be on rotation throughout the summer, including Bud Light, Founders All Day IPA, M.I.A 305, Miller Light, Shock Top and Yuengling. Guests can return to the park each day through August 5 to enjoy two complimentary 7-ounce beers, included in their park admission.
NEW! Tapping into the growing Tampa beer culture, guests can sign up to join the Busch Gardens Brew Club, an all-new beer stein program featuring memberships that include a reserved Stein on display at the park, and 5 dollar refills from more than 20 on-tap brews all year-long!
NEW! Beer appreciation reaches new heights in August with the Busch Gardens all-new Bier Fest event, bringing more than 200 years of Oktoberfest and Tampa Bay’s hottest beer culture to life each weekend from Aug 25 to Sept 16. The festival selection features 100 brews from local and global breweries along with traditional German cuisine and festive music. Guests can join in the celebration of Bier Fest with their regular theme park admission.
Florida residents can experience the best of Busch Gardens all year with an annual pass starting as low as $14 per month. To learn more and purchase tickets, guests can visit BuschGardensTampaBay.com.
Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or join the conversation using #BeerIsBack and #BuschGardens on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States. The company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal, which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more.
START YOUR ENGINES: UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S NEW IMMERSIVE, FAMILY ATTRACTION, FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED, IS NOW OPEN
Fast & Furious Franchise Stars to Attend Opening Celebration and Invite All Universal Guests to Join the Family for an Authentic Ride-Along with the Crew
Orlando, Fla. (April 23, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort’s new attraction, Fast & Furious – Supercharged, is now open at Universal Studios Florida. Now, guests and their families can join the Fast family on an authentic and immersive experience that places them right in the middle of the action.
With a worldwide box-office of more than $5 billion, the Fast & Furious film franchise is one of the highest-grossing of all time and has become a global phenomenon that captivates audiences from around the world with action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. Now – Universal Orlando guests can step into the blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the Fast & Furious films right alongside the Fast & Furious crew – including Dom, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Roman and Mia – all played by the series’ superstars.
During the experience, guests will:
Universal Orlando will celebrate the opening of the attraction on May 2 with a special evening event featuring several superstars from theFast & Furious series. The star-studded celebration moment will be streamed live. Stay tuned to the Universal Orlando blog for updates.
For more information on Fast & Furious – Supercharged, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Fast.
About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.
Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
Universal Orlando Resort consistently unveils all-new guest experiences, including powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park, and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, an immersive and interactive attraction in Universal Studios Florida.
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ELECTRIC EEL TO OPEN EVEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
SeaWorld announces that San Diego’s tallest, fastest roller coaster now to open May 10!
WHAT: SeaWorld has an EEL-ectrifying update: Electric Eel, San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, is now set to open May 10! Construction continues to progress extremely well, allowing the park to launch the new, 62-mph, 150-foot-tall coaster even earlier.
WHEN: Electric Eel set to open to the public on May 10, 2018
WHERE: SeaWorld San Diego
DETAILS: Electric Eel will feature an exhilarating triple-launch experience with high-energy twists and heart-pounding loops. This new coaster will EELectrify even the bravest thrill seekers, making them feel like an eel as they slither and dart around the track. Electric Eel will be SeaWorld’s most thrilling ride and San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. The Electric Eel area will also feature an interactive learning experience called Mission: Deep Discovery. A habitat with mysterious moray eels, which was opened as part of the new Ocean Explorer attraction in summer 2017, is adjacent to Electric Eel.
“Time is only an illusion, there is only the now.”
--Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda
…And In the Spirt of Now, Universal Studios Hollywood Announces that Its All-New DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” Will Officially Open on June 15
Universal City, CA, April 17, 2018 – Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”
Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience.
Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.
With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.
Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.
Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests will enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180-degree action.
The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a three-dimensional usher asleep on the job.
As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.
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