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Most fans dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles world record smashed at Nick Hotel

Most fans dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles world record smashed at Nick Hotel

As Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took over movie theaters nationwide this past weekend, Nick Hotel in Orlando held its own special event gathering more fans dressed in TMNT gear than ever before.

The previous record for most people dressed as Ninja Turtles in one location was 836 people at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, set on March 17, 2012. But this weekend Nick Hotel broke it by a long way with 1,394 people.

All attendees were given a T-shirt and mask as the walked in to the hotel’s pool area. Characters also appeared – April O’Neil, Foot Soldier, and the four turtles.

A representative from Guinness World Records was there as everyone gathered by noon, ending with a countdown to mark the moment. A certificate was presented to the hotel to make it official. There’s no doubt Orlando has plenty of Turtle Power.


Video: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guinness World Record Breaking at Nick Hotel

More photos from the TMNT record event at Nick Hotel:
(Photos and video by Daniel Andersson and Corinne Andersson)


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Knott’s Scary Farm announces headless horseman, details zombie shooting experience for Halloween Haunt 2014

Knott’s Scary Farm announces headless horseman, details zombie shooting experience for Halloween Haunt 2014

At this past weekend’s ScareLA convention, Knott’s Berry Farm featured a follow-up presentation to last week’s big Halloween Haunt 2014 reveal event, adding more details about this year’s lineup of mazes, scare zones, and special events.

Knott's Scary Farm 2014 panel at ScareLA

The full panel video is below, including a lengthy informative and entertaining Q&A session at the end.


Video: FULL Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt panel at ScareLA


The reason Knott’s Scary Farm will only feature two live shows this year, The Hanging and Elvira’s Big Top (ahem), is because of the addition of their new massive six-acre zombie shooting experience called Special Ops: Infected.

Knott's Scary Farm 2014 panel at ScareLA

Knott's Scary Farm 2014 panel at ScareLA

A full map of that experience’s layout was revealed at ScareLA along with the announcement that the Headless Horseman is coming to the event, encouraging fans to take photos of him and post them with hashtag #HeadlessHorseman to possibly win prizes.

The final announcement of the presentation was that Knott’s Scary Farm season passes, available for the first time ever this year, will reach beyond Knott’s Berry Farm passholders later this month at a cost of $75, if there are still any remaining. There are limited quantities available and existing passholders have first dibs.


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An American Werewolf in London haunted house announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood

An American Werewolf in London haunted house announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood

At the ScareLA convention, Universal Studios Hollywood announced An American Werewolf in London is coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2014.

After successfully being the highest rated haunted house at Universal Orlando last year, Hollywood is now partnering with director John Landis to bring the iconic film to life at the Halloween event. Landis appeared at ScareLA alongside Horror Nights masters John Murdy and Chris Williams to discuss the event.


Video: American Werewolf in London announcement & panel for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at ScareLA


Halloween Horror Nights 2014 panel at ScareLA

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 panel at ScareLA

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 panel at ScareLA


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Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary celebrated outside Disneyland, panel discussions featured Disney Legends

Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary celebrated outside Disneyland, panel discussions featured Disney Legends

Since Disney opted to not host a big birthday celebration for The Haunted Mansion this year, one of the world’s biggest fans of the attraction decided to create his own.

At this weekend’s ScareLA convention on August 9, 2014 – The Haunted Mansion’s 45th anniversary – Jeff Baham, who runs the best and biggest Haunted Mansion fan site DoomBuggies.com, hosted a wonderfully entertaining and informative presentation with Disney Legends Bob Gurr (who designed the Doom Buggy and Omnimover system) and Alice Davis (wife of the great Marc Davis, whose artistic style and sense of humor influenced so much of the ride).

The panel discussion was more than an hour long, showing historical photos and concept art that was created but never turned into part of the attraction. Plenty of great stories were shared by Davis and Gurr as well, with Gurr being a particularly humorous character.


Video: FULL Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary presentation with Bob Gurr, Alice Davis at ScareLA


Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary panel at ScareLA

Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary panel at ScareLA

Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary panel at ScareLA

Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary panel at ScareLA


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Interview: Gris Grimly lending his dark art style to Disney’s upcoming animated Haunted Mansion TV special

Interview: Gris Grimly lending his dark art style to Disney’s upcoming animated Haunted Mansion TV special

When Disney debuts their upcoming TV special based on the famous Haunted Mansion theme park attraction, its animation will have a unique style, reflecting that of horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly.

Grimly is executive producing and art directing the special, bringing his own love for the classic Disney ride to TV screens. Though Disney won’t allow him to reveal too much about the special just yet, he did offer some hints as to what it will be like whenever it airs (no date announced yet).

ITM: How did you get involved with the Haunted Mansion project? What drew you to it? Are you a big Haunted Mansion fan?

GRIMLY: I’m a huge Haunted Mansion fan. So when I was asked to develop a Halloween Special for Disney Television, it didn’t take much convincing.

What’s your art background? How did you develop your style?

I grew up wanting to illustrate comic books. But I found myself in a career as a children’s book illustrator instead. So I had to adapt. I guess my style was developed because I had comic book influences that I altered to fit in the confines of what is appropriate for young ages. That is why I have a dark yet whimsical style.

How much of of your style will be recognizable in the Haunted Mansion series?

My work is appropriately creepy and compliments the tone of the ride.

You’ve appeared at Downtown Disney for your ACME Star Wars pieces – What feedback did you get from Disney and Star Wars fans?

Some people love my interpretations and some people think they’re weird. But that has always been the response I get when I alter popular characters.

Your web site has a disclaimer that some themes may not be suitable for younger children. How have you had to modify your style to meet Disney’s family friendly standards?

I’ve been really impressed with what Disney Television Animation has been doing and where they are heading. They are bringing back that artistic edge that made them who they are today. My style fits perfectly here.

What art project that you have completed are you most proud of?

Everything has been a milestone in my growth as an artist. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one.

Find more of Gris Grimly’s work on his web site, Mad Creator Productions, and meet him in person this weekend, August 9 and 10, at the ScareLA convention in Los Angeles.


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