Theme Park Apprentice Holliday Spectacular

Edited: December 1, 2017, 4:19 PM ·

Welcome to a special Holiday episode of Theme Park Apprentice. This game is for everyone to play – and for everyone to judge too!

Whether you’re a novice, or an old hand, you’re welcome to play. We have two “Classes” for this game, one harder than the other, you can play in the class level that has the right level of challenge for you.

Background:

Holiday events present an opportunity for operators in the themed entertainment business. Consumers are willing to spend premium amounts to have a unique experience; however with this potential reward comes a lot of risk and event costs – nobody wants to see Santa on the 26th of December.

Remember, for premium prices, customers expect premium experiences.

Rules for both classes

Although its “Christmas time” you may pick any event anywhere in the world – Easter, Octoberfest, Dwalli, St Patrick’s Day etc- your event should of course be appropriate for the market that your event will operate in (eg- A beer-filled Octoberfest probably isn’t appropriate for the Middle East). The day does not need to be recognised as an official public holiday, but there should be major cultural awareness of the event (ie- Mickey Mouse’s Birthday probably doesn’t count).

Because this is a temporary attraction, your operating season for the event is going to be limited. The time that your experience open-season should be appropriate for the event, but can be no longer than 6 weeks.

As a temporary attraction, the business case for structures is different to a permanent attraction. This means you may need to rely on temporary installations; you can have as many temporary installations as you like, but these have to be realistic and have a setup/teardown time of roughly 2 weeks (Yes, technically the Eiffel Tower IS a temporary structure, but it took 2 years to put up, so it’s out). You can truck in portacabins, pre-fab buildings, carnival attractions, etc, as long as realistically they can be set up and removed in that period).

You can have permanent facilities. However, with your event running no longer than 6 weeks building a permanent facility to operate about 10% of the year isn’t likely to make financial sense. As such, you must include in your proposal a brief outline on what the building can/will be used for during the rest of the year in order to make the business case for building it. Feel free to think out of the box, these structures don’t have to be used in the themed entertainment industry – The London Olympics famously earmarked some venues for use as schools and technical colleges.

Rules for the “Additional Experience” class

For those competing in the “Additional Experience” class, you must use an existing and specific theme park, and can be within the bounds of the normal guest operating area.

Your event should be a hard ticketed event, meaning Guests will need to pay to experience your event.

This event cannot be a simple overlay. You may use existing structures and facilities, but you must create something “new”. Eg- You can’t stick a bit of snow, some twigs of holly, and a few pine trees in Hogsmede and call it “Christmas at Hogwarts”. However, if you turned Hogsmede into Santa’s Village at the North Pole, that would be fine (but you’re going to have to do something about those Harry Potter attractions…).

You will need to bear in mind that as a hard ticketed event, anything within the footprint of your event will be inaccessible to anyone without a ticket; for example, if your event is taking the Hogsmede-to-Santa’s-Village concept, you’re going to have a lot of unhappy IoA guests annoyed that Hogsmede is closed (and the attractions therein either re-themed or closed for the event). Obviously if your park is usually closed during the event this isn’t a major problem, you’ll just need to make sure your “value proposition” is big enough to get people in the park.

Rules for “Blank Slate” class

Although you can link your event to a themed entertainment attraction (Theme Park, Casino, History Centre, Themed Resort, “Dungeons” style attraction), you do not have to.

If you’re not linking to an existing attraction then you don’t have to give a specific real world location, but we do need to know the city/state/region it serves. Although this will give you freedom to have the fantasy geography/topography of your choice (provided its reasonable – no real alp-style mountains in Florida please), it is harder to market a standalone event than something linked to a successful attraction.

If you’re linking to an existing attraction, you’ll need to show us exactly where you’re going to put it. Additionally you cannot use any facility that currently exists except beyond basic park infrastructure (ticket booths, gates, etc); you can however level any building/facility which is abandoned/derelict (ie – you can send a bulldozer through River Country/Discovery Island, but the Wonders Of Life pavilion is off limits as its still used for events).

You may place your event in a ground level car park, or what is presently a ground level car park if your long term plans involve ripping out the car park for permanent structures (ie- you can’t use the Mickey And Friends Parking Lot, but you could repurpose the EPCOT lot). You can also use any customer-accessible green space (picnic areas, etc) or event space provided the previous rules on existing permanent structures are met.

Judging

TPA has always been a very “Gentlemanly” game rather than a hyper-competitive one, so for this game we’re experimenting with a “Everyone and no one” is the judge model – including competitors

Anyone may submit critiques… but this time around, you can submit a “Favourite” and “Runner Up” for each class. Each “Favourite” a contestant gets nets them 2 points, with each “Runner Up” getting 1 point. Of course, if you’re a competitor you can’t give yourself points.

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Edited: December 11, 2017, 4:32 PM ·

Well, hello there!

I bet you thought you had seen the last of me when the revolving door of the last TPA hit me square in my shapely spandex clad a$$ when I had gone out on a seemingly genius level artistic limb. Surprise! If you have read even a few of my comics, you surely must know that it takes much more than that to get rid of me. In fact, the more you want to get rid of me, the harder it is to get rid of me. Heck of a superpower, eh?

So, anywho…

The most important event in history is coming up on June 1, 2018, and to commemorate it, we are doing a pop-up theme park event around everyone’s local cineplex.

Let me introduce you to Amusepool: The Deadpool Experience. This will start three weeks before my next movie releases and shortly after the goody-goody apple polishers get their Avengers: Infinity Cameos movie out of my way.

There’s not much competition since the only major release anywhere near my movie is something about a red plastic cup that fired their director halfway through and then hired Opie to finish it. As a result of this, we are going to setup what will look like scaled down circus tents in front of the cineplexes (since what is more welcoming than a bunch of clowns?) and then have the theater only show my movie in a bunch of different formats including 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, IMAX, iPAD, smell-o-vision, vibrating seat, and a version where a great big person is sitting right in front of you blocking out most of the screen, tilting back his chair so he is basically in your lap like on an airplane and eating popcorn louder than it should be possible while moaning loudly in pleasure at every bite.

The inside of the tents will be themed as much as a bunch of cardboard cutouts and red paint can actually be called theming (just ask Sally Corp...you can do quite a lot with cardboard cutouts and paint).

The first attraction will be a trampoline/bungie cord hybrid ride called Shootpool. I know we have all seen these things in most malls, but this one will be in front of your local cineplex and not in the mall. And it will be painted red. With cardboard cutouts of me. And there is a game of skill attached to it. If you win, you earn movie tickets to see my movie, Deadpool 2, which incidentally opens on June 1, 2018 (I don’t know if I mentioned that yet or not). The object of the game is to do a similar twisting flip like I had performed in my first movie (as demonstrated below by yours truly) and accurately shoot a small target. Just because we understand a bit about liability, participants below the age of 14 will only be given paintball guns and not real guns with real ammunition.

Mr. Pool

The second attraction is a ride I like to call Coasterpool. We will be bringing in every single mobile roller coaster we can find, and setting them up all at the same time in locations the paltry amount of ride inspectors couldn’t possibly get to all at the same time. These coasters will be built by people who for one reason or another have decided that an anonymous life on the road with assumed names and assumed backgrounds away from any relatable human contact that isn’t on the run from the law or trying to avoid greedy ex-spouses is better than living somewhere consistent where the authorities can easily find you. Just to make these small rides seem a lot more thrilling than what they really are, we will make sure that when these people are building these rides, they will be drunk and hooked on at least 3 different impairing chemicals. If you are in fact injured on one of our rides, you will have earned yourself a free movie ticket to see my movie Deadpool 2, which opens on June 1, 2018.

The third attraction is a ride called Spinpool: Legacy of Metal Fatigue. We’re going to grab a bunch of portable spinning rides and crank these things up to 15 to see what kind of stresses we can induce on our drunk and addict built spinner rides. Like with the coasters, we will see what we can get and then gussy them up with some paint and cardboard. Injuries mean free tickets to see my movie, Deadpool 2, opening June 1, 2018!

The fourth attraction is called Destructionpool: The Hollywood Casting Couch. In this attraction, you will have a choice of several different celebrities, like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, and many others. When the timer starts, the celebrity will encourage you to undress if you want a part in their next project. You are then given a choice of dozens of different weapons to go squirrel poo crazy on the likeness you selected. You are awarded bonus points for the bluntness of the weapon you choose and points for the amount of destruction created. The top 20 scores at the end of the day will get free tickets to my movie, Deadpool 2, which opens on June 1, 2018.

The fifth attraction is called Nutpool. The attraction is very straightforward, much like a feat of strength machine with the hammer coming down to ring the bell thingie, but for this one, you will kick up into a pad instead of hitting it with a hammer in order to ring the bell. There will be a cardboard cutout of Francis (or as you may know him, Ajax, the detergent) straddling the pad that you need to kick. And it will be painted red. You ring the bell and you will get tickets to see the Plastic Cup movie...ha...just kidding, you will receive a ticket to see my movie, Deadpool 2, staring me, which starts its takeover of the world on June 1, 2018.

There will be hotdogs. There is no contest or free tickets in conjunction with the hot dogs. I just like seeing people eat hot dogs. No forks or knives or napkins will be provided. Make that jumbo-sized hotdogs...um...at regular hotdog prices. And, well, I guess we could award some free tickets to the best eating of a jumbo hotdog. And a free napkin. The VIP section of the tent will notably differentiate with a menu that will feature a composition of savory chimichangas and the essence of deconstructed tacos for your indigestional pleasures.

There will also be free face painting where our artists will paint you up to look like me without the mask, so maybe I could wander around the crowd without needing to wear this stuffy mask all of the time. If you want any other painting done, you're paying for it. Triple if you want some other superhero on your ugly mug.

Amusepool: The Deadpool Experience - fun for the entire family, but mostly for my own self interests so I can get the grosses up on this movie and get another movie out of the deal. And then they'll keep sending me checks.

There you have it folks, the winning entry. And done early, too. For those of you wishing to come in second place, make sure you have your entries in by the end of the day on 12/24.

Love & Kisses,

Your neighborhood Poolboy

December 21, 2017, 1:26 PM ·

Look.

I know what I posted was really good and you are scared to death to try your hand at doing this as well. But trust me on this, a competition along these lines is more about your own creativity than attempting to be competitive. So let's get off of our hands and make a game of this.

Losers.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Poolboy

December 24, 2017, 5:38 PM ·

A love as old as time: Valentines on the Isle of the Beast.

Valentines will become the key anchor event for a new development within the Walt Disney World Resort. During its early years, this may be one of the few chances for the average guest to actually visit the new “Ille de la bete” (Isle of the Beast).

The Island:

The Isle of the Beast will take the place of the ruins of Discovery Island, which will be slightly reshaped to emphasise a heart shape (over its current triangle). At the top of the heart (in the inverse peak) sits “La Village du Belle”, consisting of a number of permanent but modular buildings that can be adapted to a number of uses, as well as docks for large and small watercraft. The a fountain depicting Belle sits in the middle of the village, with buildings placed around in a somewhat circular fashion. The buildings are themed as would befit a French village with mock-thatch roofing: those closer to the fountain are themed as shops, those further back as

To the left, and right of the village sit a pair of expansion spaces. Depending on what the island is being used for, these can either be home to a number of temporary buildings or tents, or can have flower gardens “Dropped” into them (whilst the flowers are grown elsewhere).

At the pointed end of the heart sits a new icon for Walt Disney World – Beast’s Castle. As this will involve some significant capital outlay it is designed for having further use outside of the festival. It contains within it a number of hotel rooms, a ballroom and kitchen, and a small amount of retail space, but more details will be given on this as we go on. Beasts castle will meet a demand of the magic kingdom park that Disney has been reluctant to satisfy with Cinderella’s castle – a fantasy venue for weddings.

Between the Castle, and the Village stands the Village Green. The uninviting and hostile forests of the movie have given way to a more inviting village green (as the island is post-movie in the timeline). This space’s immaculately manicured lawn and hedges offers another adaptable space – a perfect lawn, or a place for marquees and tents for other events.

The Event:

Valentines on the Island is held throughout the month of February, from February 1 until 28. The Island can only be accessed by those purchasing either a special hotel package (Guest of the Beast), or a day pass to visit the Island. The Marketing emphasis is on the whole package (the “Standard” package is 6 nights/7 days, Champagne on arrival, including 5 park days, use of an exclusive water taxi to the parks/TTC, one guaranteed reservation to “Be Our Guest” at Beast’s Castle, One guaranteed reservation to “The Ballroom Presents”, Priority reservations to other WDW restaurants, and access to all events on the Island, as well as the usual on site perks (magic shuttle, magicband, etc).). Although Beast’s Castle by its very nature does not have the full range of service as WDW resort hotel does have, the Water Taxi is happy to take you to any other resort hotel for services that cannot be provided locally.

At Beast’s castle:

Guests on the Beast stay within the Beast’s castle. These are some of the most lavish hotel rooms on the property, however, they are all designed for a couple, rather than family occupancy.

In Monday through Thursday this will operate as “Be Our Guest”, with an identical menu and character visits from the stars of Beauty and the Beast – the hottest booking at the resort is guaranteed at least once for guests of the Beast.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will offer something even more special: The home of “The Ballroom Presents: Your Dinner” – This offers a tasting menu showcasing the best dishes across the entire Walt Disney World Resort, as well as a musical theatre show presented by Lumiere himself! Once the show is over, head out to the balcony to catch “Love is in the air”, a fireworks show synchronised to a soundtrack of the most romantic Disney songs. A special extended version plays on February 14 .

Beast’s Castle also is home to Bippity Boppity Too; for those princes and princesses who are upset that Bibbity Boppity Boutique only supplies child sizes, this outlet caters to those whom whilst they might have grown taller, never quite grew up. A full range of Salon services is available, as well as adult sizes of Prince and Princess costumes – although guests are asked not to wear them in the park, they are allowed to wear them on the Island.

In the Afternoon, you can swing by for "A Romantic Disney Afternoon". Graze or dine whilst watching our TV-Inspired floor show. How well do Jasmine and Aladdin know each other? Find out on The Newlyweds game. Will the process go home with a hero, or a villain? The Dating game will reveal all.

At La Village du Belle and The Village Green

La Village du Belle is the centre of festivities. The shops in the centre of the village offer an exhibition space for businesses tailoring their services to couples, such as those whom provide services for weddings, and couples escapes. A step back from the square (in the “houses”), hands-on demonstrations for small groups on food making, chocolate making and wine tasting offers an Epcot-food-and-wine like experience, but with the emphasis on romantic meals for couples and interactivity rather than sampling international cuisine.

In the flanking expansion spaces, the experience continues. Early spring flowers (grown in Disney hothouses over the winter) provide a nice, relaxed space to spend time with your significant other. In the evening, Picnics and portable radios are available to experience “Love is in the air” during the evening.

Out on the green, larger demonstration spaces showcase the finest from Disney Resort kitchens, as well as Epcot-style booths to sample various couple-focused foods and cakes. Unlike Epcot’s food and wine, a “Sampler Passport” is included within the day pass (or for guests of the beast). There’s also a Ferris Wheel, and a number of Carnaval games for princes to impress their princess (or for Princesses to impress their Princes) with their prowess. The Carnaval games are fantasy styled and can, in a pinch, be used as overflow attractions in fantasyland should demand require it

Ongoing sustainability:

Disney has for years faced countless requests for weddings at Cinderella’s castle. Naturally Disney has been reluctant to satisfy this demand – these would require closing a key area of the park to guests for significant amounts of time, either refusing to do these at all, or limiting them to awkward times when guest impact would be minimal, and extracting a huge fee for doing so. By creating a new castle, there is now a place available most of the year to hold these events – and to help manage the costs (and keep guest spending within the Disney complex), packages that include accommodation for your guests to stay on the island are included.

The Ballroom, the Castle Foyer, The Balcony, The Village and the Village Green are all available for your ceremony or reception. In addition to Beauty and the Beast, A Robin Hood, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White, and Pocahontas overlay is also available for the Village; but our Disney Fairy Godmother’s are more than happy to examine other themes if these don’t appeal.

Members of the wedding party are welcome to use Bippty Boppty Too to look their best for the big day (and in the case of a themed wedding, Adult sized costumes appropriate to the theme of the wedding (and of course are more than happy to sell a costume out of theme to take home).

Guests without children are welcome to stay within the Beast’s castle. Buildings within the village are adaptable to any purpose, and can rapidly be redressed as family hotel rooms (rather than single spaces) through the use of modular an removable walls (of course the bathroom is not removable).

During Epcot Food and Wine, La Village du Belle and The Village Greenoffers a “Backup Site” for food and wine experiences beyond the park. Should the future redevelopment and character infusion of Epcot take the park away from its “Grown Up” atmosphere, it also could be a new home for the site (as well as flower and garden).

Conclusion
A love as old as time presents a great opportunity to expand the Disney event calendar, and act as a beachhead for a special events space that customers are screaming out for. It will become a shining jewel in the Walt Disney World crown, expanding it to more than just the family vacation capital, to the any vacation capital.

Edited: December 24, 2017, 9:31 PM ·

Six Flags New England: Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!

Rankin/Bass is the creator of dozens of well-loved Christmas Specials for television, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Year Without a Santa Claus. Many Americans watch these specials as part of their yearly traditions, and the incredible music, theming, and array of characters is perfect for a Christmas overlay of Six Flags New England.

Operation of the park in the winter was proved this year by the inaugural “Holiday in the Park” this year. I personally attended the event, and while it was great fun, some IP would greatly boost the event’s quality, especially one as popular as the Rankin/Bass productions.

These productions provide a huge variety of locations, from the North Pole to Southtown, U.S.A. These wondrous locations give lots of fun, unique experiences for guests who visit in the winter. Each area has been totally transformed into a place from Rankin/Bass, and all of its rides renamed.

This theme is perfect for families. Many adults and teens have nostalgic memories of these shows, while kids will be totally immersed in the wonder of it all. Throughout the park, traditional Christmas music is played, as well as music from the specials that matches the area.

In order to retheme the park, the time between the park’s closing after Fright Fest and it’s opening for Jingle, Jingle, Jingle! will be well utilized to complete a full layover of the park. Facades for this time of year can easily be reused yearly, bringing down costs substantially.

Each land has now become an area from a Rankin/Bass Special, listed as follows:

Main Street Plaza: Southtown, USA
Crack Axle Canyon: Heat Miser’s Volcano
North End: Snow Miser’s Castle
Kidzopolis: Island of Misfit Toys
Rockville Junction: Junctionville, NY
DC Super Hero Adventures: Christmastown
South End: Mountain of the Whispering Winds
Looney Tunes Movie Town: closed for this event

Now, I will give a brief overview of each land and how its major attractions have been updated.

Southtown, U.S.A. (Main Street Plaza

The town of Southtown is featured in the Christmas Special The Year Without a Santa Claus. This is a town in the South where it never snows...until miraculously it does! It all has to do with The Heat Miser and Snow Miser, of course, plus the two elves of the story: Jingle and Jangle. This area maintains much of its current vibe. It feels like small town America, somewhere in the Southeast. The land also features Carolers, just as in the special

Major Attractions

Thunderbolt: Vixen’s Flight--This ride is based off the elves riding on Vixen right between the two Misers, who strike them with a thunderbolt!

Carousel: Remains unchanged. Being over 100 years old, it seems wrong to change any aspect of this ride.


Heat Miser’s Volcano (Crack Axle Canyon)

This is the home of the Heat Miser, the magical being who likes it hot and green. He never wants to know a day that’s under 60 degrees! The Heat Miser is here to meet with the people who he’s sure adore him. Kept clear of snow, this area is supposed to represent the Southwest, a place the Heat Miser certainly controls!

Major Attractions

Tomahawk: Heat Miser’s Flame Thrower

Houdini: The preshow is removed, and the ride is presented with all new projections based on the two misers and their mother, Mother Nature. The spinning is presented as traveling between places.

North End: Snow Miser’s Home

This is the land of the Snow Miser. Covered with lights and false snow in case the weather doesn’t come through, this place is all about the cold. Lots of fun and jingley music here. All the team members are dressed in blues, and so are most of the lights. At night, the place appears to be a sparkling winter wonderland of ice and snow. Don’t forget to Meet the Snow Miser himself!

Major Attractions

Wicked Cyclone: Now called Wicked Blizzard. This top speed fusion coaster is now themed to a blizzard instead of a cyclone, but is mostly unchanged.

Pandemonium: Sleigh Ride. A spinning coaster, this ride is a fan favorite. It is now themed to a crazy sleigh ride with the Snow Miser!


Christmastown

This area is the home of all of children’s dreams; it’s the home of Santa Claus, the Elves, and Rudolph himself; The North Pole, referred to as “Christmastown” by Sam the Snowman. This place is designed to look the way it appears in the Rankin/Bass Specials, with some artistic liberties taken. There is a large grey-brown castle in the distance, just as in the specials, but the close area is much more whimsical. Nearly every tree is decorated, and the whole area just sparkles with Christmas magic. Santa, the Kringles (as they appear in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town), the elves from The Year Without a Santa Claus, and Rudolph are all available for Meet and Greets here.

Main Attractions

Superman: Take-off Practice. This attraction speaks for itself, as the old Superman ride is now themed to a crazy ride with Rudolph at his first take-off practice.

Kryptonite: Sam’s Snowstorm. This attraction is themed to the crazy blizzard that Rudolph had to help Santa see through with his bright red nose!

Catwoman: Elf-Way! This is based on something not seen in any of the specials: the elves’ transportation system! They use this crazy family-coaster style attraction to travel around the North Pole!

The Mountain of the Whispering Winds

Featured in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, the Mountain of the Whispering Winds is clearly a place to be wary of. The area has been decorated with trees, to simulate the forest atmosphere. More artificial snow has been brought in should the weather not cooperate.

Main Attractions

The Joker: Winter Warlock. The Winter Warlock is one of the antagonists of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, a sorcerer who practices spells of snow and ice, and is trying his next one out on the guests of the park!

Batman:The Dark Knight: Eon’s Flight. Eon, the villain from Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, is featured in this attraction. The color scheme already fits such an attraction (black and purple) making it a perfect layover.

Mind Eraser: Escape from Sombertown! Surely you remember the time Chris Kringle and his friends all escaped from the Sombertown Prison on the backs of his flying reindeer? Escape From Sombertown! depicts this scene, the first time Santa Claus had his iconic flying reindeer.


Rockville Junction: Junctionville, NY

This area is based off the lesser-known special ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, about clockmaker Joshua Trumbull and his attempts to make Santa come to his town after a letter claiming he doesn’t exist is published in the local paper by a mouse. Trumbull’s Clocktower is on full display here, and plays music on the hour. This area, originally themed to the 50s, now has a more turn of the century feel, as we enter the world of these mice and clockmakers.

Main Attractions

Fireball: Snowball. This ride, which is a single loop, now has blue lights and decals instead of the originals, which were red and orange, to help give it a more wintery vibe.

Kidzopolis: Island of Misfit Toys

I won’t go into details on specific rides in this area because there are too many, but, this area is now based on the classic Island of Misfit Toys. Directed at kids, each ride has had something done to it that makes it a “misfit!” Maybe it’s that it’s themed to African Animals in the winter, or maybe the train has square wheels on its caboose! There’s always a surprise on the island of Misfit Toys!

Overall, Jingle, Jingle, Jingle! is a fun new way to explore Six Flags New England and all of your favorite Christmas Specials. It presents these specials in a way like never before, for the first time allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this submission! I didn’t have a ton of time to put it together, so it’s really just for fun! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

December 24, 2017, 10:39 PM ·

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, to put it frankly, is a joke. The actors aren’t scary, the sets are half-done at best, and in all honesty, people think it’s pretty darn lame. I was scared once all night, and that’s still pretty impressive by their standards. So for 2018, Magic Mountain has completely deconstructed every single maze and scare zone to rebuild this mediocre event as the industry’s gold standard, introducing the newest form of Magic Mountain’s Halloween event… ScreamFest: Terror on the Mountain.

Let’s first break down the 6 all-new mazes:
Terrór De El Sombrerón- The origin of the Boogeyman is terrorizing a Latin Village attempting to pay their respects to the dead on Dia de Los Muertos. The most intense maze at the park will feature bungee actors, a blooded mist room, and a choose your own death experience as El Sombrerón chases you throughout the authentic Mexican chapel. You’ll never expect something this terrifying. =Replaces: Chupacabra=

Campsite of Carnage. A brutal pack of Grizzly Bears has invaded Grizzly Summit Campgrounds, ripping apart the remains of anyone in their path. Try and escape the forest as grizzlies and half torn apart park rangers and campground goers stalk and scare you around every corner!! Head through the ranger’s office, a newly abandoned camper, and through several other terrifying experiences in an attempt to survive =Replaces: Willoughby Manor=

S“Laughter”. The Laughter Comedy Club has taken on a whole new twist, The Joker and Suicide Squad have taken over this recently abandoned club and are using it to extract powerful secrets from the Justice League by mixing the air, a hint of human laughter, with a touch of the highly toxic laughing gas to make a potent so powerful it could wipe out all of Metropolis. Rush through the building equipped with lexbot disabling flashlights and save the Justice League!! =Replacing: Lecter’s Slaughterhouse (Dead)=

Gearworks: Unleashed. The Gearworks Gear Factory was a shining star in the Screampunk District before a supernatural spirit scared the employees away and shuttered the factory, now, the factory has been reopened by Six Flags to bring money and prosper to the town. Welcome to a special preview tour, and welcome inside, get comfortable, because the spirits that originally closed this factory want to close the exit doors… on you. A steampunk themed maze is about to unleash terror. =Replaced: Scream Entrance Walkway and Plaza (Scream will be closed End of Summer - Holiday in the Park 2018)=

Surge- An abandoned boat has just washed up on the Carolina Jetty and it’s been turned by the greedy local tourism board has turned it into a local hotspot. However, the innocent looking boat harbors a dark secret, a biological agent that kills anyone who ventures within. Dare to step aboard because in tonight’s episode, you are the star, and this boat travels directly to, somewhere I guess. =Replaces: Vault 666=

SubaBOO: Car Dealership of Death!! 1998, Portfield, Maine. A carnage scene was discovered when 17 people were found slaughtered in a Subaru car dealership. A thorough investigation took place, however, the culprits were never caught, no evidence was ever discovered, and the case has remained open ever since. However, to twistedly celebrate the 20th anniversary of this tragedy, Urban Explored Inc. is taking a small group of explorers inside to attempt to find the real cause behind the deaths. Venture inside and find out, the cars are alive, and are hungry for blood. Luckily the Helpful Honda Guys are inside and can save you!! (sponsored by Honda) =Replaces: Red’s Revenge=

Scare Zones:
--Full Throttle Zone/Metropolis do not have scarezones, they feature alternative entertainment--
Baja Ridge- La Llorona. A festival of lanterns on Dia de Los Muertos set ablaze to the village, burning it to ashes, leaving the spirits to haunt the living as El Sombrerón captures more souls. Fog is abundant, fear, even more so
Rapids Camp Crossing- Carnage Campground: Grizzly Summit. A pack of grizzly bears has been terrorizing this normally peaceful sleepy town and camping village. Watch as half-torn apart forest rangers and airblasts shoot at you from every corner.
Samurai Summit- Continuation of Carnage Campground (although most actors and sets are congregated in the Ninja Entrance to Skytower location to create easy roll in/out access for the event)
Boardwalk- Shipwreck Caverns. A sea of ghastly pirates have taken over the Boardwalk section, turning the what was peaceful coast side boardwalk into a pirates infested coast side boardwalk
D.C. Comics Land- Suicide Squad: Invasion. The Suicide Squad has invaded D.C. Comics Land once again, and has captured all the members of the Justice League, filling the streets with chaos once more.
Screampunk District- SCREAMpunk District. A steampunk themed zone where various characters that are former employees of the abandoned gear factory inhabit and terrorize
Bugs Bunny Boomtown to Lex Luthor- The Po?tal (Should appear at “The Portal” with a backwards, capital R). Some of the sets from “Twisted- A Nightmare’s Fantasy” props and sets are reused in this blacklite adventure with chloroform bungee actors hiding in the lay, waiting to attack, neon colored flood lights and air blasters add to the terror simulating a portal to the abyss


Shows:
VooDoo Nights- The only thing that hasn't received a major revamp with this dramatic change is VooDoo nights show, featuring all the same great stuff you love and rotating music every night!!
SpooK- This midnight aerobatics show has all the impressive stunts you would expect with a halloween version of Kwerk, with an accompanying halloween soundtrack and extra special theming
Metropolis in the Dark- Metropolis has been turned into a midnight New Orleans inspired themed dance party, if you’re scared of dancing and screaming overstimulated pre-teens, this will be the most terrifying scarezone ever to be created


Special Notes:
-The path from Tatsu to Cyclone Bay, and all of Cyclone Bay (Jet Stream, Go Karts, Apocalypse, Slingshot, Dippin Dots, SkyCoaster etc.) are closed for this event
-Due to the event’s graphic nature that wouldn’t be suitable for daytime audiences, each scare zone features props that can be rolled in and mounted during the transition period
-Due to Magic Mountain’s limited budget, the event deploys air blasters, invisible wire, colored floodlights, audio, blacklight, and other sensory techniques to assist actors in scaring
-The event dates are the same as Fright Fest 2017
-Since all but one scare zone corresponds with the area’s daytime theme, extra “non scary” theming that helps strengthens the land atmosphere can stay up during the daytime
-The park will now close during the transition from 6:00 to 7:30 every night, and this event will become a hard paid ticket event (platinum passes excluded). $29, all inclusive. The New Revolution, Full Throttle, Grand American Carosuel, and Main Street will stay open for people with wristbands who would like to remain in the park during transition time


Thank you so much for reading, and I really hope you enjoy the new look that is ScreamFest: Terror on the Mountain.

December 28, 2017, 12:11 PM ·

Since NOBODY has made any comments on any of the proposals, I thought I would get the ball rolling. Please note, I did submit, but I will be 100% non-biased in my judgements.

Deadpool:
--The Good--
-Lots of good theming ideas for a deadpool based attraction
-Seems to have a lot of appeal to thrill seekers while still having stuff to do for kids
-This is the best non-troll trolling i've seen in a long, long time

--The Bad--
-Food needs a bit of work on variety
-Not a lot of people have pools, so not a lot of people are going to connect with your rides
-Can you say lawsuits?!
-Even if you gave out free tickets to Deadpool, nobody is going to go see it #Deadpool=Trash


Valentines on Isle of the Beast
--The Good--
-Fantastic way to make money, as diehard Disney couples would love it
-Diehard Disney couples would pay JUST to get on Discovery Island which is a Disney legend
-Perfect solution to the Disney wedding castle issue

--The confusing--
-I'm a bit confused on how the hotel situation works. There wasn't any lodging on the island when it was running, and I'm pretty sure you couldn't set up a hotel/castle/make the grounds great again for 30 days then take it all down

--The "Needs Work on Concept"--
-While the island concept is great, the waters are especially known for 12ft vicious alligators, as Disney starkly learned when a 3 year old was dragged into the water and murdered. How would you explain to guests to stay away without scaring them off, as couples on a romantic vacation would surely love to wade knee deep in the water
-If the rumors about brain eating amoeba are true, that's a slight issue (although since it's unproven I can't hold it against you)
-What are you going to do about all the waterpark equipment, as certain areas like the tiki bar are refurbishable, while the slides that have been SBNO for over a decade would be an eyesore
-Would the island be rethemeable as this is a 2 week setup, 30 day run challenge, and these facilities sound rather permanent


Jingle Jingle Jingle:
--The Good--
-Great selection in rides
-Unique themed areas that are distinguishable
-Even though it's very similar to Holiday in the Park, it's unique name and marketing help it stand out for people visiting the area around Christmas time that have already done it at their home Six Flags park

--The Bad--
-The rides seems to be oriented towards older kids, I know that not a lot of very young kids would be attending, but having part of Looney Toons Movie Town open would be great
-Maybe get a couple indoor attractions (besides Houdini) open, a show, an indoor craft station, and one or two other things would be great for those 20* nights


Screamfest: Terror on the Mountain (my own proposal):
--The Good--
-Makes Magic Mountain a serious contender in the Halloween industry, and SoCal residents who thought it was a joke would most likely give it another chance
-Unique and solid themes for mazes
-Shutting off Cyclone Bay makes the event much stronger as now there's wayyyy less dead space and all the Aftermath actors are now spread throughout the park, giving each scare zone and maze an extra 3-4 actors, which can really help

--The Bad--
-6 brand new from scratch mazes and 1 new show are going to be a lot to get through in 1 night without an express pass, so you'd have a lot of people who were unhappy that they only got through half the stuff
-The carryover pass is great, however, only having 4 things to do during that time will lead to people getting bored


The awards:
Best lawsuit magnet- Deadpool's carnival of free tickets to go see his new Deadpool move June 1st, 2018
Best themed- Valentine's on Isle of the Beast
Best thrills- Jingle Jingle Jingle
Best "that was way better than last year"- Screamfest: Terror on the Mountain


Hope this encourages some other contestants to submit critiques!! Enjoy!!

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