• Magic Castle Halloween

    Disney’s MagicBands Inspires Hollywood Magic Castle To Spring Into The 21st Century

    In April 2014, Josh Stern visited Walt Disney World on vacation and became enamored with their new RFID technology which had just debuted. His MagicBand not only allowed him to open his room, enter the park and redeem FastPasses, but also allowed him to use the band on interactive games like A Pirates Adventure – […]

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    Magic Mansion Brings Even More Close-Up Magic In 2014

    If you find yourself in Orlando during the fall, you’ll find that there is a smattering of offerings from Halloween events at the theme parks to food truck rallies to independent haunted houses.  Personally, the one I look forward to the most is the Magic Mansion, back for its second year in downtown Orlando. I […]

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    The Magic Castle Hides A Piece of Disney Haunted Mansion History Most Have Never Heard Of

    Being a theme park fan, in my humble opinion, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is the gold standard in dark rides found anywhere in the world. Sure, there are more high tech rides that can do some incredible things, but the Haunted Mansion raised the bar in what an attraction could be and still holds up over […]

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    Spooky Empire 2014 Features Nightmare Before Christmas Stars

    Across the street from Universal Orlando Resort from October 24 through the 26th was the annual Spooky Empire convention held at the Doubletree Hotel. Every year, thousands of people descent on the convention halls for all kinds of things. From makeup demonstrations… From makeup demonstrations… To buying just about anything horror related you can think […]

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    Remembering Phantom Theater At King’s Island

    Welcome to Part 2 of our coverage of what is arguably Kings Island’s most missed attraction: Phantom Theater.  The story of the attraction loosely was based on “Phantom of the Opera” with original characters. As guests went through the queue, they would encounter posters of the theater stars such as… Houdelini… The Great Garbonzo… … […]

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    Designing Phantom Theater for Kings Island With R&R Creative Amusement Designs

    Dark rides help define the heart, soul and character of a theme park. Personally, one of my favorites was The Phantom Theater, created exclusively in 1992 for Kings Island. Recently I got a chance to chat with President of R&R Creative Amusement Designs Rick Bastrup on what it was like to create this one-of-a-kind attraction. […]

  • Fright Dome Creator Jason Egan
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    An Inside Look At Fright Dome With Jason Egan

    Halloween is a special time in Las Vegas.  The city embraces the season with a furious passion.  Haunted attractions pop up all over town including Asylum, the new Project X, and the infamous Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror.  Arguably, the centerpiece of Halloween in Las Vegas lies in an unlikely location: the classic Las Vegas […]

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    Can You Escape The Basement?

    As we have reported on several times in the past year, escape rooms are becoming the latest themed entertainment trend to take America by storm. The concept, where two or more people are trapped in a room left only to their wits and skills to solve puzzles in order to escape in less than an […]

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