Universal Orlando revealed the scares zones for this year's Halloween Horror Nights, which starts Sept. 15 at Universal Studios Florida. This year's zones will include Trick ‘r Treat, The Purge, Altars of Horror, and Invasion!, as well as the Roaming Hordes of scary, chainsaw-wielding clowns. Academy of Villains: Afterlife will return with its show, too.
Walt Disney World confirmed that its new Grand Avenue land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be a reskin of the Muppets Courtyard area. The Muppets 3D theater is now known as the Grand Arts Theatre and the Muppets Courtyard becomes Grand Park. The upcoming BaseLine Tap House will join PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano as the revamped area's food and beverage locations. From Disney's press release:
Inspired by the revitalization and the vibrant culture of present-day downtown Los Angeles, Grand Avenue is where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will soon see facades for “merchants” appearing in this area for a music shop, loft apartments, a tailor and more, with each window on the street featuring charming displays.
Also at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney has opened reservations for its new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience. For $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 3-9, you get a dessert box, a light-up credential, a drink in a souvenir light-up cup, and access to a reserved seating area for Fantasmic! The adults' dessert boxes include chocolate-covered strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, trail mix, and cheese and crackers, while the kids get worms-in-dirt, confetti popcorn, grapes, and a Sorcerer Mickey vanilla cake bite.
Backing up one item and returning to the topic of The Muppets in Los Angeles, fans in the Los Angeles area might want to check out The Muppets Take the Bowl, a live show featuring The Muppets running Sept. 8-10 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
The show will feature Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Sam Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, and many other characters, in musical performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of conductor Thomas Wilkins. The show also will include new sketches of Pigs in Space, Veterinarian's Hospital, and Muppet Labs, as well as a fireworks finale.
And, finally, one for the insiders. The Themed Entertainment Association has opened registration for its TEA SATE 2017 Los Angeles event, Oct. 5-6 at the CalArts, located just down the road from Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. SATE (Storytelling + Architecture + Technology = Experience) is the TEA's conference series on experience design and includes opportunities for industry professionals as well as "NextGen" students and recent graduates looking to get into the industry.Tweet
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