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 Orlando, Florida Haunted Attractions: Fall 2014 Disney Haunted Mansion merchandise (Haunted Mansion Dooney and Bourke bag is back plus more bags!)

Hopefully they finally got the hint that we want this kind of stuff all the time… Apparently there will be more than 100 items added to Disney’s Haunted Mansion merchandise in the parks. Normally they have like, 2 things. So this is good news!

The Haunted Mansion Dooney and Bourke that they made last year sold out in 15 minutes, leaving me and many others quite angry.

I am happy to say that the bag will be made again this Fall. YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!

There will also be 2 NEW Dooney and Bourke Haunted Mansion bags. One is a tote, which you can see below. They are now using a purple lining instead of red. I heard reports that the red looked not so great. It also stained people’s hands. This change is also good news.

There will be lots of jewelry, drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses, BAT ICE CUBE TRAYS!!!), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more.


No release dates yet but last year they started coming out mid September.

More info here omg.


 Orlando, Florida Haunted Attractions: The Purge: Anarchy comes to Halloween Horror Nights for 2014

The Purge: Anarchy will be one of the street experiencea at Halloween Horror Nights 24 in Orlando, Florida.

I love the idea of themed scarezones that are treated like an actual haunted attraction! :D

“We’re actually going to be bringing a combination of both the first movie and the new movie to life in this scare zone, so you’ll be met face-to-face with the iconic masked characters from both films. You’ll find yourself in the middle of the turmoil and chaos of The Purge taking place.

Everyday citizens will be transformed into violent psychopaths, chainsaw wielding paramilitary men and an elegant women ready to auction off the unsuspecting during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. But be careful… for you might find yourself becoming the target of those looking to Purge.”

For more details click here.


 Tampa, Florida Haunted Attractions: Busch Gardens Howl O Scream tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa. I haven’t heard much about what is going on yet, so stay tuned for that. So far they say the following:

“Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury™ will keep the screams coming all night long.

Freaky Preview is Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For a limited time, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 is $47. Also you and three friends can also save on a pack of four or more tickets to Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Thursdays, starting at $35 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can get a limited time exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 for only $42.

More details will be at HowlOScream.com.


 Success means you are going to be called a “pompous jerk” and that’s OK

For my entire life I’ve been the person who would politely deny every comment given to me. I was painfully shy because the second I said anything someone was always there to tell me to be quiet.

Everyone encounters this but traditionally women are usually hit harder by this. Hey, I was raised Catholic. It’s practically built into the curriculum.

I remember the first year of Intervention. I walked into the large panel room and about 100-200 people erupted into applause. I had done it. I had made an event that no one thought would work into something that everyone there loved – both the attendees and the staff. Someone called out for everyone to applaud me. The sound was thunderous.

I made an awkward face, ducked my head, and slinked out of the room as if I had just committed the worst failure of my life.

Sometime later in the year I broke down into tears and wailed for hours non-stop. Hours. I was inconsolable. Why? Because I was convinced that I was a loser. All Harknell could do was hold me until I finally had no energy left to make another anguished squeak. My entire torso hurt for days.

But still.

Against opposition and personal financial hardship and everything else – we still made it happen again. And again. Most events don’t get more than 1 year. This year is our 5th anniversary. We are already planning Intervention 6 and I just started my second event – (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation.

For my entire life I’ve been told to minimize my accomplishments. That’s why I still walk around feeling like a loser. I know it’s wildly insane, but there it is.

I have been trained to set goals that make no sense and always equal failure because I never accept the success. It’s impolite. Of course I was also trained to never accept a compliment and always minimize anything that I do.

This is over.

I am not doing it anymore.

At this point in my life I would rather be up front with everyone about who I am and what I do than take one more step toward belittling myself at my own expense. It’s old.

I’ve beaten myself until bloody. I’ve been harder on myself than any person has a right to ever be to anyone. I’ve literally injured myself and pushed myself into debilitating depression over it.

I am going to relax and be a confident, successful business owner. This means that inevitably people will come out of the woodwork trying to cut me down. Women aren’t supposed to be confident or accomplished. I can actually tell you that the first day I tried this it happened within hours.

I didn’t give a fuck.

My response is simple – tough shit. I refuse to beat myself up anymore. I will not let anyone convince me otherwise. I am going to try and take compliments correctly and own the success that I have earned.

Not bought. Not given. EARNED.

It’s about being able to say, “I did this. I’m proud of it. Thank you.”

That’s hard for me.


 Late Movie Review: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: It feels like nothing is happening in reverse in this film

I either wasn’t allowed to or couldn’t afford to see most popular movies when they came out. I am catching up and reviewing them today.

Since my college years people have always told me that I should watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. There’s entire stores dedicated to merchandise for it at the Disney parks, so I have to imagine it’s very popular. It has probably a thousand times more merchandise than Disney’s Haunted Mansion itself.

Netflix finally had it on streaming so I watched it today. Or rather I tried to. I got 52 minutes in before I rage quit.

The Nightmare Before Christmas looks gorgeous and is technically stunning, but the film itself is like a paint by numbers of everything that I absolutely can’t stand. I personally loathe musicals where the people never or rarely speak to each other like actual human beings – and that’s exactly what happens in this film. The music almost never stops the irritating singing and honestly, the best thing that I can say about the music is that it’s boring. The truth of the matter is that the songs are repetitive, flat, and uninspiring. It’s like being clubbed on the head with a music box that smoked too much pot.

The film centers around Jack Skellington, who is surprisingly voiced by Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo. Jack is bored for no real reason that is illustrated visually to us – it’s all told to us in the laziest speak-singing possible. Sally, a sewn together creature girl of some kind looks on passively from the shadows. To me she is neither interesting or compelling. She’s boring and wishy-washy. It’s obvious immediately that what is going to happen over the next hour and a half is that Jack is going to learn a Christmas lesson when trying to take over Christmas Town and fall in love with Sally.

Who gives a shit?

Perhaps if I had seen this when it came out or as a child my opinion would be different. Tim Burton has done the same ideas over and over again such that he has almost become a cliche. Watching this film in 2014 for the first time – it is impossible not to view it through eyes that are really damn tired of seeing the same flowy dark shit thrown together with the music box sounds. All this film needs to fit with Burton’s last billion films are Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter farting out some steampunk. Again.

This is the first film that I have seen recently that I had to stop. I could make it all the way through Hostel 1 and 2 which are films that I feel robbed me of hours of my life that I will never get back. I just couldn’t make it through this. The key here is that there was no carrot of curiosity that inspired me to stick it out. I don’t even care what happens in it or how it ends. That might be because the ending and entire plot is obvious from the first 2 minutes of the film. It feel more like a tech demo that should have been made into a single music video for perhaps the actual Oingo Boingo band than a standalone film rooted in narrative.

It feels like nothing is happening in reverse in this film. If I hadn’t been doing my nails during it I would have shut it off sooner.

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