Thursday, 30 December 2010

ZipLine opened at Wet'n'Wild Water World

Fly through the air on the ZipLine at Wet’n’Wild*

Your heart will race as you speed acorss 200 metres of extreme ZipLine from the top of Whitewater Mountain to the Wave Pool.

There's no better way to catch a bird's eye view of the park while speeding across Wet'n'Wild's custom ZipLine.

The ZipLine offers great family fun with three lines stretching fromone side of Wet'n'Wild to the other so you can challenge the family to the ultimate ZipLine experience.

To book visit the Clocktower once inside Wet'n'Wild!

*Pay as you play attraction

Rider Requirements:
  • Guests must be a minimum height of 110 cm to participate.
  • Guests must be a minimum weight of 30 kgs and a maximum weight of 110 kgs to participate.
  • For safety reasons, this attraction is restricted by height, weight and physical limitations eg: pregnancy, heart, neck or back disorders,high/low blood pressure, seizures/epilepsy, motion sickness. Eyewear, goggles, hard or fibreglass casts and prosthesis are not permitted.
  • Large jewellery items, watches, necklaces, bracelets, loose items of clothing are also not permitted.
  • Due to the nature of this attraction, expectant mothers are not permitted to ride.
  • Guests must adhere to all operating procedures as directed by staff.
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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Expansion Continues at Disney California Adventure Park

As we look forward to 2011, we are excited to share that we are making great progress on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. The year 2010 has been very exciting. In June, we made a big splash with “World of Color,” the nighttime spectacular that is wowing guests every night. On October 29, we reached an exciting milestone with Cars Land with the topping out of the Cadillac Mountain range – about 125 feet in the air. And, many of you have seen The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Goofy’s Sky School coming to life along the parade route. Both are scheduled to open in 2011 along with new restaurants and shops as we finish the entire Paradise Pier expansion.

Now, as we move toward a new year, expansion continues. In January, our efforts move to the front of the park.

On Jan. 4, we will begin making way for a new entrance modeled after the legendary Pan-Pacific Auditorium. This means, the “CALIFORNIA” letters will be removed, and we plan to save these icons for possible future use. Now’s the time to get your photos!

As this work continues, we are making adjustments to the Disney California Adventure Main Entrance area, including relocation of some Guest service areas. We’ll keep you informed about those here on the Disney Parks Blog as soon as we have specific dates and locations.

Also on Jan. 4, we will begin the transformation of the Sunshine Plaza area into Buena Vista Street inside the Main Entrance. When complete, it will represent Los Angeles as it was when Walt Disney arrived on the west coast in the 1920s.

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Kings Dominion's Intimidator 305 update

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Terminator X opens at Six Flags Mexico

Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation is a themed indoor laser skirmish attraction created by Lynton V. Harris of Sudden Impact Entertainment.

Groups of 30 guests enter a briefing room. Each player is given instructions and battle gear in this room. They are then ushered into the themed arena where the combat takes place. For approximately five minutes two teams of 15 not only battle against each other but also against the intelligent arena and against 12 characters from the Terminator series.

The first Terminator X attraction debuted at the Royal Adelaide Show in Australia in 2009. It was then moved to Adventure World in Perth, Western Australia later that year for the summer season. In early 2010, that particular installation was shipped to the United States. By May 2010, the attraction had opened at both La Ronde in Montreal, Canada, and at Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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Six Flags remove licensed themeing

Six Flags are in the process of removing the licensed themeing from their attractions to cut back on costs.

Six Flags America
  • Thomas Town » Whistlestop Park
    • Thomas the Tank Engine » Whistlestop Train
    • Harold the Helicopter » Whistlestop Whirlybirds
    • Bertie the Bus » Whistlestop Bus Line
    • Thomas Town Play Structure » Whistlestop Park Playground
    • Thomas Town Pop Jet Fountain » Splash Zone
    • Sodor Carnival Ferris Wheel » Up, Up & Away
    • Cranky the Crane Tower Ride » Sky Jumper
    • Diesel Derby » Happy Junction
  • Tony Hawk's Halfpipe » The Halfpipe

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Thomas Town » Seaside Junction
    • Thomas the Tank Engine » Seaside Railway
    • Harold the Helicopter » Air Penguins
    • Bertie the Bus » Merlin's Seaside Tours
  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin » Big Spin

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin » Big Spin
  • Wiggles' World » KIDZOPOLIS
    • Big Red Planes » ZoomJets
    • Wiggly Trail Ride » Buckarooz
    • Big Red Cars » Krazy Kars
    • Romp Bomp a Stomp » Kiddee Koaster
    • Yummy Yummy Fruit Salad » Up, Up & Away
    • S.S. Feathersword's Playship » Splish Splash Zone

Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Wiggles' World » Safari Kids
    • Big Red Planes » Air Safari
    • Bouncin with Wags » Jumpin' Joey
    • Big Red Cars » Safari Tours
    • Dorothy's Balloons » Sky Zooma

Six Flags Great America
  • Wiggles' World » KIDZOPOLIS
    • Big Red Planes » ZoomJets
    • Bouncin with Wags » Bouncer
    • Big Red Cars » Krazy Kars
    • Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cups » Krazy Kups
    • Yummy Yummy Fruit Salad » Up, Up & Away
    • S.S. Feathersword » Pirate's Playship
    • Henry's Splish Splash » Splish Splash Zone

Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Terminator Salvation: The Ride » Apocalypse
  • Thomas Town » Unknown

Six Flags New England
  • Mr. Six's Splash Island » Splash Island
  • Thomas Town » Unknown
  • Wiggles' World » KIDZOPOLIS
    • Big Red Planes » Whirlybirdz
    • Big Red Cars » Krazy Kars
    • Wags' Doggie Copters » ZoomJets
    • Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cups » Krazy Kups
    • Henry's Underwater Swing Band » Zinger Swings
    • S.S. Feathersword Pirate Ship and Henry's Splish Splash » Splish Splash Zone
    • Cold Spaghetti Western Wheel » Unknown

Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Thomas Town » Whistlestop Park
    • Thomas the Tank Engine » Whistlestop Train

Six Flags Over Texas
  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin » Big Spin

Six Flags St. Louis
  • Evel Knievel » American Thunder
  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin » Big Spin

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Europe’s first Ben 10 roller coaster coming to Drayton Manor Theme Park

Ben 10, the smash-hit cartoon hero, is set to make the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, his new home.

In a move that will delight tens of thousands of youngsters, Europe’s first ever Ben 10 roller coaster ride will open at Drayton Manor for Easter 2011, following an exclusive deal between the park and Turner CN Enterprises, the brand’s licensor.

Ben 10 is a hugely popular children’s programme, broadcast on Cartoon Network, which follows the adventures of 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, who is able to turn into a variety of alien superheroes, each with unique powers, thanks to his mysterious Omnitrix watch.

The exciting new roller coaster will be part of an amazing Cartoon Network Street, which will include a fully branded restaurant and shop, selling Ben 10 merchandise and products relating to other shows on Cartoon Network.

Children and their parents will get to revel in the world of Ben 10 even before they get on the ride with queue entertainment. Full details of the ride will be unveiled closer to the launch.

Colin Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Theme Park, said: “Drayton Manor has a reputation for firsts. We opened Europe’s first Thomas Land£ in 2008, and we have Europe’s first stand up rollercoaster (Shockwave), as well as the world’s first stand up tower drop ride (Apocalypse).

“Drayton Manor first opened to the public in 1950. Over the past 61 years we have always invested in first class rides and attractions to ensure our visitors have the best possible day out. This is why I am confident that this new Ben 10 themed rollercoaster will be an amazing and popular addition to the park.”

Turner CN Enterprises’ UK Licensing Director Graham Saltmarsh said: “We’re thrilled to be launching a Ben 10 roller coaster ride in the UK, which quite literally is set to take the brand to new heights! It’s very much in line with the action and excitement that fans associate with their hero and a fantastic profile-raising event, which enables us to create another touch point for Ben 10 fans to interact with their favourite character.”

Drayton Manor, the UK’s biggest independently owned theme park, welcomes over 1.2 million visitors every year.

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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Legoland Florida Countdown to October 2011 Opening

Using an interactive multi‐media video presentation, LEGOLAND® Florida unveiled detailed plans today mapping out the ten lands of the family theme park
and announcing the sale of advance‐purchase tickets and annual passes. Opening in October 2011, LEGOLAND Florida will be a 150‐acre full‐day theme park geared specifically to families with children ages 2 to 12. There will be more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions including amazing LEGO® models making it unlike any other theme park in Florida.

“With exactly one year until we open, the countdown really begins now, “said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida’s General Manager, to a group of 150 guests at the Park’s 4‐D Theater. “We are thrilled to announce the layout of the Park and give details of what rides and attractions will be housed in each of our ten specially‐themed lands. Much thought and creativity has gone into the design of this fantastic Park and we are excited to present it for the first time today.”

The ten different lands of LEGOLAND Florida are The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, XTreme, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, Pirate Cove and DUPLO® Village.

Jones also announced that one‐day tickets and annual passes are now available at with pre‐opening discounts. For a limited time, LEGOLAND Florida tickets are $65 for adults and $55 for children and seniors. Standard Annual Passes purchased now through the end of the year are available at the children’s prices of $99. A lifetime pass is available for $2,500 and is the perfect gift for the ultimate LEGO fan and includes unlimited admission, discounts on preferred parking, special events, plus discounts on food and merchandise.

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Ferrari World inaugurated

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, last night officially inaugurated Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park, on Yas Island.

Pressing a button in the shape of the iconic Ferrari World Abu Dhabi roof structure, HH Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, “who is keen on turning the UAE into a global magnet of sports and recreational tourism through a diverse portfolio of projects that will have substantial impact on the national economy and social development.”

“The ambitious development projects in progress in Abu Dhabi will help position the Emirate prominently on the global map as a sought after tourist destination. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a quality addition to our tourism industry which is one of the pillars of our national economy,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Hosted by Aldar Properties and Ferrari SpA, the event attracted 2000 VIP guests including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region; Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister; Sheikh Dr HH Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Finance Department; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council; Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority; Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, Secretary General of the Executive Council; and senior government officials.

Guests including Mr Franco Frattini, Italian Foreign Minister; Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE; Mr Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari; and Ferrari Formula 1 team drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were treated to a spectacular show to celebrate the achievement of Aldar and Ferrari in delivering the world’s largest indoor theme park.

The show – titled Power meets Elegance – was inspired by the history of Abu Dhabi and the story of Ferrari. Seen through the eyes of a young boy, the vision-like story weaves these two strands together to the fulfilment of the dream of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The two cultures are blended together through an incredible mix of live action, acrobatics, advanced film projection techniques and original music.

The show starts with an incredible aerial dance of the traditional UAE pearl divers surrounded by a 3D marine world projection. The atmosphere then escalates into a magnificent dance of flying dancers and Ferrari engine pistons arriving to the first climax when Puccini's "un bel di" is sung by an opera singer.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched the grand finale which explodes with an incredible series of gigantic projections, flying pearl divers, live orchestra and a unique and amazing firework display that enhances to the rhythm of the music the whole Ferrari World Abu Dhabi building.

Following the spectacular show, HH Sheikh Mohammed toured the park, intermingling with the guests and congratulating the developers for what he termed as an outstanding achievement.

A record number of more than 140 Ferraris travelled across the United Arab Emirates to join the event guided to Yas Island by Abu Dhabi Police. Ferrari Middle East & Africa in association with Al Tayer Motors, the official Ferrari importer for the UAE, and the Emirates’ Ferrari Owners' Club organized the event as a tribute to the grand opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has already captured the imagination of thousands of visitors from around the globe with a range of unique and thrilling attractions including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, and Speed of Magic, the region’s first four dimensional fantasy ride.

Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman of Aldar Properties:

“We are indeed privileged by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s presence at inauguration of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, an achievement that coincides with our celebration of the UAE National Day. It also gives us great pleasure to welcome His Excellency Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister and the distinguished guests to the grand opening. Aldar’s work with Ferrari was a

meeting of minds with a clear vision to create an experience that is unique, fun and inspirational.

This unique new attraction at the heart of Yas Island is creating excitement, not just here in Abu Dhabi, but around the world. With more than 500 million people watching the final race in this year’s Formula 1 season only three weeks ago, the eyes of the world will instantly recognize this amazing structure.

Yas Island is an integral part of the government’s ambitious strategy to develop tourism in the Emirate. We are extremely proud at Aldar to be able to contribute to this strong vision through our development work here, and across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari:

“I would like to thank all those who made this dream a reality, and in particular our partners and the leadership of Abu Dhabi. The park just 4 years ago was a project, an idea, maybe even a too ambitious idea, and it is now a fantastic reality.

We are very proud of our partners Aldar who share with Ferrari the same passion, the same vision, the same will to go beyond. This park combines innovative technology and tradition; it is dedicated not only to Ferrari fans and car enthusiastic, but to the whole family. It has the real touch of Ferrari: how things really are for us, with our exclusive GT road cars and racing cars, but also our history and our cultural background.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a symbol, built actively on the heritage that Italy represents for the world. But I also like to think that this Ferrari Theme park can be a small contribution to reinforcing the bridge between our two cultures.”

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Penguin Encounter to open Boxing Day at Sea World

Visit Sea World and enter the amazing frozen world of Penguin Encounter.

The stunning new exhibit will be home to the world's second largest penguin species, the King penguin which stands almost one metre tall. As well as the agile Gentoo penguin with its distinctive bright red bill and long tail.

The spectacular new exhibit will feature icy rock formations and a crystal clear pool. Witness the agility and grace of these incredible penguins from spacious elevated and underwater viewing areas.

The new Penguin Encounter exhibit will make Sea World the only place in Australia where you can see King, Gentoo and Fairy penguins in the one location.

  • $12 million
  • 220,000 L
  • 90 Sqm
  • Underwater and above water viewing
  • 6 king penguins
  • 6 gentoo penguins
  • Another 12 penguins to arrive by March 2011

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Jet Stunt Extreme for Sea World

Take your next visit to Sea World to the EXTREME!

Letting loose this summer is Sea World's awesome new Jet Stunt Extreme featuring some of the world's best jet ski stunt performers.

The visually spectacular show will run for a limited season only, 16 December to 23 January 2011, and is sure to wow the holiday crowds.

Jet Stunt Extreme will blow your mind with totally cool aerial flips and jumps during a high energy live performance twice each day at Sea World's Lake.

The show will include some dynamic Jet Stunt sequences as well as land based action and will star some of the industry's top competitors.

Direct from the UK, 19 year old Lee Stone is widely recognised as one of the single greatest freestyle riders the world has ever seen. With three European Titles, three British titles and four World Titles under his belt, it's no wonder Jet Skier Magazine call him 'The most exciting young talent in the world of freestyle.'

Joining Lee on the Sea World Lake will be Jon Cooke, Former X Games Gold Medal Winner and first Australian Flat Water Freestyle Champion. Jon is known in the region as Australia's premier freestyler.

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Join the Summer Funomenon at Dreamworld this summer

Dreamworld, Australia's favourite family theme park turns the big three-o in 2011. To celebrate the history and what is yet to come, the theme park is cranking up the excitement these holidays with the Dreamworld Summer FUNomenon. With ten new shows for this holiday period (27 December to 21 January), the two parks will be bursting with fun and the best way to enjoy the season is with a $69 Summer Passport giving you unlimited access to both Dreamworld and WhiteWater World until 30 June, 2011.

Enjoy all your favourite thrills, test out the reloaded and reversed Tower of Terror II, spot our tiger cub Pi, and take in the brand new line-up of summer fun entertainment.

Dorothy the Dinosaur Show
Enjoy some time with your mini wigglers as they dance with Dorothy and shake their hips with Wags the Dog. Fairy Clare goes on a journey to deliver a letter to Dorothy inviting her for rosy tea.

The Wiggles Hits Show
Dreamworld welcomes a never-before-seen Wiggles show featuring characters based on the famous four. Join in all the Wiggly moves as they sing, dance and play guitar to their favourite hits from the past 20 years.

The Goldie Show
The Goldie Show will entertain all the family with gags, jokes and clowning around. This summer, Goldie will show off his magic tricks and juggling skills in a series of fun, interactive games with prizes to be won.

The Kenny Koala Show
Throughout Dreamworld’s 30 years Kenny Koala has made millions of children smile. Reminisce as Kenny joins his friends, Belinda Brown and Cooee the Gumnut Fairy as they perform songs and dances from throughout Dreamworld’s 30 years.

Mass Sliming
Have the slime of your life at WhiteWater World this summer for the nation’s only Mass Sliming. Get messy and mucky as kids literally turn ‘green’ when Nickelodeon’s Pipeline Plunge dumps 1000 litres of green goop.

Spongebob 3D
SpongeBob SquarePants will draw you into his underwater home at Bikini Bottom in the new SpongeBob 3D movie. Stop into the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty, visit the Jelly Fish fields and fall into Rock Bottom as SpongeBob tries to find out why Patrick Starfish stole his pickle.
- Replaced at the last minute by The Curse of Skull Rock in Digital 3D.

The Curse of Skull Rock in Digital 3D
In the cutthroat world of Pirates one rule holds fast ‐ "No Girls!" Too bad for would‐be cabin girl JILL HOPKINS, who longs to become a real Pirate like her long lost father. But when she discovers a map to his lost treasure she is taken aboard by the meanest, fattest, stinkiest Pirate on the seven seas: CAPTAIN SCABB; and together they set sail on a swashbuckling adventure to find the legendary Skull Rock. But can Jill trust the treacherous Scabb to help her find fame, fortune ‐ and her father?

The Illusion Show featuring Matt Hollywood
Each evening, one of Australia’s most renowned Comedy Magicians, Matt Hollywood will wow Dreamworld guests with a line-up of unforgettable illusions.

Australian Sheep Shearing Show
The brand new Dreamworld Woolshed is now home to a variety of farm yard animals, and the brand new Australian Sheep Shearing show.

30 year Jukebox Show
Take a roller-coaster ride through the pop-culture that has made waves since Dreamworld first opened at the 30 Year Jukebox Show. Live musicians will interact with the audience to generate a medley of songs that wrap up the last three decades of movie and music hits.

Dreamworld Dreamtime
Long long ago when the Dreamtime first began, the Koombamerri people roamed the area of the Gold Coast and gathered around the Coomera River, creating stories, songs and dances that echoed every occasion: stories about hunting, songs about animals, and dances that celebrate the spirituality of the land and its legends. Today the descendants of the Koombamerri people will bring their magic to Dreamworld

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Dreamworld Celebrates 30 years with a Massive Summer FUNomenon

Dreamworld turns the big three-o in 2011 and to celebrate the history and what is yet to come, the theme park is cranking up the excitement these holidays with the Dreamworld Summer FUNomenon.

The two parks will be bursting with fun and the best way to enjoy the season is with a $69 Summer Passport which gives the holder unlimited access to both Dreamworld and WhiteWater World until 30 June, 2011. Enjoy all your favourite thrills, test out the reloaded and reversed Tower of Terror II, spot our tiger cub Pi, or take in the brand new line-up of summer fun entertainment.

Ten new shows will be launched this holiday period and are set to make crowds of all ages laugh, gasp and cheer, from the tiniest tot to the biggest kid in the family.

Starting with the littlies, a touch of Wiggles World will appear in Main Street twice a day with the Wiggles Hits show which will feature brand new Wiggles characters based on the famous four and all their favourite songs for mini wigglers to move their feet. Plus, back by popular demand is the Dorothy the Dinosaur Show featuring Wags the Dog, Captain Feathersword, Fairy Clare and of course, Dorothy.

For those who enjoy plenty of gags, jokes and clowning around, the Goldie the Clown Show, featuring Dreamworld’s resident clown, will appear in Main Street each day and is bound to result in side-splitting laughter.

The perfect place to enjoy a cool drink and a spot out of the summer sun is in the recently renovated Dreamworld Cinemas where 3D short films will play throughout the day. Featured titles and session times are available in park.

Millions of Aussie kids have visited Dreamworld through its 30 years and someone who has made each one of them smile is Kenny the Koala, Dreamworld’s original mascot. Bringing back the memories, Kenny will be sporting his vintage outfit from the 80s and will welcome back Cooee the Gumnut Fairy for a special highlights show from Kenny’s 30 years.

Extended opening hours allow guests to catch more of the FUNomenon and as day turns to evening the real magic begins with an Illusion show featuring renowned comedy magician Matt Hollywood.

Last but not least is the 30 Year Jukebox Show which caps off the perfect day at Dreamworld. Live musicians will interact with the audience to generate a medley of songs that wrap up the past three decades of music hits. Reminisce about your first date back in ’92 or name the year you were born and the talented ensemble will perform the hits that were hip in that year.

Guests will also be able to take in the park’s Big 6 thrill rides, and WhiteWater World’s waterslide spills plus the Dreamworld Dreamtime show and the Australian Sheep Shearing Show in the all new Dreamworld Woolshed. Plus, duck into WhiteWater World for mass Slimings at the Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge each day at 4pm and 5pm.

Dreamworld’s Summer FUNomenon kicks off from 27 December through to 21 January.

Blame Dreamworld for this Summer's Most Catchy Anthem

Dreamworld has enlisted the creativity of one of Brisbane’s most exciting up and coming bands, Blame Ringo, to write the anthem that is the soundtrack for the park’s Summer FUNomenon.

In celebration of the themepark’s 30th birthday in 2011, Blame Ringo have given new life to the park’s memorable 1980’s advertising jingle “Dreamworld One Day Holiday”, creating a brand new tune that is inescapably catchy and currently sweeping televisions throughout Australia.

Guitarist Jessiah Cocks explains that the song took just a few days for the band to create with each member writing their own variation of the concept before the team came together to decide on the final version.

“We tried to make the song a good reflection of what Dreamworld is, so it’s light and fun and full of energy,” said Jessiah.

Complete with a music video filmed onsite at Dreamworld, the song is the promotional track for Dreamworld’s Summer FUNomenon, a campaign which encompasses a massive offering of ten new shows designed to entertain the whole family and two brand new attractions; the Dreamworld Woolshed and the Dreamworld Cinema.

Having each grown up in Brisbane, the group spent time reminiscing about previous Dreamworld experiences to create a song that reflects the emotion and fun of a family trip to the park.

Drummer Jack Parkes said, “It’s a fun and lively tune and we created it to feel like you would listen to it driving down the highway on your way to Dreamworld with the windows down and the sunnies on.”

“Some great memories of mine have been from trips to Dreamworld, especially the latest visit when we filmed the video clip and we all became men and braved the Tower of Terror II”

‘Blame Ringo’ formed in late 2007 finding each other through newspaper ads, local gigs and football teams and in October released their second album ‘Too Strange For Avery’.
Rave Magazine recently reviewed the band writing, "These locals have found an appealing balance – a pop group who don’t take themselves too seriously, but seriously enough to write superb songs."

Blame Ringo will make several appearances with Dreamworld over the summer and agree that the partnership has presented a spring board for future opportunities.

Lead Vocalist Peter Kilroy said, “The opportunity has allowed us to widen our audience and it feels like we have really stepped into something new.”

“Every band looks to develop their sound and this has been a good exercise for us to be able to do that. We’re looking forward to a fun summer.”

Fair Dinkum Fun at Dreamworld's Australian Sheep Shearing Show

If you’re looking for a laugh and some good old fashioned, fair dinkum fun then head to The Australian Sheep Shearing Show at Dreamworld.

It’s a light hearted look at life on an Australian farm where guests can learn to pat a llama, crack a whip, shear a sheep and experience an Aussie favourite, delicious scones and billy tea.

Showcasing the very best of Australia in one great location, The Australian Sheep Shearing Show is held in the newly built Dreamworld Woolshed which comfortable fits 400 guests with perfect views of the larrikin lads and all their farmyard friends.

The stars of the show are real life shearers who give guests a tongue-in-cheek taste of our unique Australian bush culture and a lesson on life in the outback. Not to forget the sheep, cattle dogs, python, and swooping owl.

For a whip-cracking good time, the Australian Sheep Shearing Show is a must-see, with three shows daily at 10.00am, 11.00am, and 2.00pm.

The Australian Sheep Shearing Show is part of Dreamworld’s Australian Wildlife Experience, home to over 450 native animals and birds. Cuddle a koala, relax with the kangaroos and get up close to gigantic crocs, emus, dingoes, wombats, Tasmanian devils, cassowaries and other Aussie icons.

Dreamworld is located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, 30 minutes north of Surfers Paradise and 45 minutes from Brisbane. The park is open from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day and Anzac Day morning (25/4).

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Movie World gets ready to celebrate a White Christmas

Celebrate a 'White Christmas' at Warner Bros. Movie World this December when your favourite theme park transforms into a winter wonderland over eight magical nights. Experience a spectacular display of one million fairy lights, rides, Polar Express 4-D experience, Santa and a dazzling Christmas Parade under a glistening white snowy sky. Plus all VIP Pass holders will be entitled to one free entry into White Christmas.

There are a limited number of admission tickets available for each night of the Warner Bros. Movie World White Christmas event.

White Christmas will operate from 6pm until 10pm on 9-12 December and 16-19 December.

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B&M Prototype for Gardaland - Raptor

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Six Flags Magic Mountain announce 3 new coaster experiences for 2011

Six Flags Magic Mountain Recaptures Coveted World Record of More Coasters than Any Other Theme Park on the Planet!

THREE New Coaster Experiences for 2011

Six Flags Magic Mountain, in celebration of 40 years of thrill ride innovation, today announced an unprecedented year of capital expansions with three new roller coaster experiences slated for the Valencia theme park in 2011. With these additions, Six Flags Magic Mountain regains the coveted “Coaster Capital of the World” crown - with a total of 18 roller coasters – more than any other theme park on the planet.

Adding to the Park’s “thrills for all ages” coaster dynasty are two unique coaster experiences: the GREEN LANTERN coaster, designed for the bravest of thrill seekers, is a first-in-the-U.S. vertical track, spinning coaster; and the park’s popular SUPERMAN The Escape will fly again in spring 2011 as SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton, taking the record-breaking 100-mph-in-seven-seconds feature and elevating it to the next level of extreme by reversing the direction of the vehicles and sending riders backwards. In addition to those two exciting rides, a new thrill-seeker-in-training coaster, designed for the entire family, will premiere as well.

“Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills. And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack, offering the biggest and the best,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. “As we mark our 40th anniversary of operation, we’re ready to take Southern California by storm with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world.”

Reaching far beyond traditional thrills, the DC Comics Super Hero GREEN LANTERN will focus the might of his Power Ring and take the coaster riding experience to another galaxy with the GREEN LANTERN coaster. Fearless riders will brave a never-been-done-before completely VERTICAL zigzag pattern sitting in eight-person vehicles, four abreast and back-to-back, each rotating independently. The two-minute thrill begins with riders going up the 107-foot lift hill before spinning their way down through 825-feet of twisted vertical track, featuring three, 360-degree head-over-heel spins. The GREEN LANTERN coaster will be located in the newly themed section of the park.

Guardians of peace and justice, the GREEN LANTERN CORPS is a group of intergalactic police officers charged with the protection of the universe. A GREEN LANTERN must be someone who has the fortitude and willpower to overcome great fear. Recognized as the greatest member of the GREEN LANTERN CORPS, HAL JORDAN was the first Earthman ever inducted into the Corps. and also became a founding member of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Green Lanterns are outfitted with a weapon unlike any other in existence, a ring that channels pure willpower in the form of solid green energy that can manifest any construct the bearer imagines. First published by DC Comics in 1941, GREEN LANTERN currently appears in over 100 comic books distributed worldwide annually. GREEN LANTERN has also appeared in Warner Bros. animation, home videos and interactive games, and will star in his first feature film, “Green Lantern,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively slated for release June 17, 2011.

Designed and engineered exclusively for Six Flags Magic Mountain by Intamin, the GREEN LANTERN coaster is the perfect addition to the park’s coaster collection, joining other adrenaline-pumping coasters, including the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster in the world, Tatsu; the world’s first and only 5th dimensional coaster, X2; the next generation of wooden coasters, Terminator® Salvation™: The Ride; and mega coaster Goliath. The GREEN LANTERN coaster will make its debut in spring 2011.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain personifies the powerful thrills our parks have offered for 50 years,” said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. “The GREEN LANTERN coaster is a tremendous addition and brings a new dimension of excitement to the park’s already remarkable coaster collection. In addition, we’re fortunate to be able to partner with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment to bring together two powerhouse brands.”

Unlike traditional coasters, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton will blast riders at 100 mph backwards in newly-designed sleeker cars on a dual track that spans 900 feet and looms 415 feet in the air, forming a gigantic “L” shaped superstructure. Riders will hang face first with a birds-eye-view of the entire Santa Clarita Valley before plummeting back down to earth. SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton will launch in early 2011.

“Since it opened in 1995, SUPERMAN The Escape, with its prototype Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) sending riders on a 100 mph journey straight up its 41-story tower, has been one of the most popular thrill rides on the planet,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. “With the redesign of the cars and turning them backwards, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton will take even the most daring riders on a journey to a unique and unchartered dimension of extreme that only Six Flags Magic Mountain can deliver.”

For those who like milder thrills, the all-new kid’s coaster is designed for the entire family. The steel coaster is 679 feet long with a 28-foot lift hill, reaching speeds up to 21 miles-per-hour. A single train features eight cars where riders sit two across in a single row for a total of 16 riders for the just under one minute ride duration. It will debut in the spring and will be located adjacent to Bugs Bunny World.

Guests can experience this epic year of thrills, the GREEN LANTERN, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton and the new kid’s coaster, by purchasing a 2011 Thrill Pass. On sale now, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s new season pass program, Thrill Pass, is designed to bring the millions of thrill-seeking Southern California consumers the best value-priced entertainment package!

For the lowest price of the season, just $59.99, guests who purchase the new Thrill Pass can enjoy the Thrill Park all day, every operating day, for 15 months, now – through the end of the 2011 season - with no blackout dates. Plus, as an unprecedented, limited time offer, guests who purchase four Thrill Passes will receive four 2011 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Season Passes absolutely free! Thrill Passes can be purchased online at or at the park’s Main Gate ticket booths.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, in Valencia, north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The Park is currently open Friday through Sunday for Fright Fest. For information call (661) 255-4111 or visit us online at

About Six Flags: Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is a publicly traded corporation headquartered in Dallas, Texas with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Six Flags Over Texas, the company’s flagship location, was founded in 1961 and will mark its 50th anniversary season in 2011.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products: Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment: DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine and Fables, is a creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its super-heroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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US Thrill Rides Announce Sale of SkyQuest Attraction Ride to the Indianapolis Zoo at the IAAPA Convention

Master attraction ride inventor, Bill Kitchen has done it again! He unveiled his new ride, SkyQuest, during the 2010 conference and expo of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Kitchen, who is no
stranger to the attraction industry, has delivered over 200 rides in the past 20 years. His first invention was SkyCoaster, a large high-thrill swing, which became the world’s best-selling ride and was installed at Six Flags, Paramount, Cedar Fair Parks, MGM Grand and at independent operations world-wide. His next invention was SkyVenture, an indoor skydiving attraction, which became profitable within the first year of business and sold world-wide.

Scheduled to break ground sometime next year and be completed in 2012 at the Indianapolis Zoo, the two-acre SkyQuest people mover will crown the new, innovative Orangutan exhibit and will give each rider a chance to be “up close and personal” with these beautiful animals and to also get a bird’s eye view with ride heights ranging from 10 to 40ft. up in the air. Guests will embark and disembark the 15 to 20-minute ride through a covered loading platform. Up to four riders can ride in the gondolas, (similar to hot-air balloon baskets), moving at a pace of 1mph.

The two-million dollar ride can hold 1,000 riders per hour and is expected to be a highlight of the zoo. “We are thrilled to bring a quality ride to the Indianapolis community,” states Bill Kitchen, CEO of US Thrill Rides LLC. “We pride ourselves in offering the best entertainment and SkyQuest will deliver fun for all ages.”

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Off to a Flying Start - World’s first Ferrari Theme Park welcomes thousands of guests

The world’s first Ferrari theme park, and largest attraction of its kind, got off to a roaring start today with thousands of families and fans flocking to experience the passion, exhilaration and technical innovation so worthy of the Ferrari name. After three years of construction and preparation, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi had its soft opening welcoming the general public at midday.

The much anticipated theme park, and the first attraction of its kind in the Middle East, has already captured the imagination of thousands around the globe with a range of unique and thrilling attractions including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, and Speed of Magic, the region’s first four dimensional fantasy ride. Today, families in the UAE and theme park enthusiasts from around the world ventured to Abu Dhabi to be among the first to experience this attraction.

“Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a completely unique concept, we just had to be here,” said Ahmed Sallam, one of the first visitors to the park. “There is so much to see and do. We love the variety for the whole family. It is a great experience for all of us.”

Today’s soft opening marks the start of an inaugural period which will continue throughout the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and culminate with the Grand Opening ceremony on 30th November 2010.

Andy Keeling, Park Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said: “We are so excited to finally share the thrill and excitement of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with our guests. From more than twenty years in the theme park industry, I personally feel that there is nothing more rewarding than watching people’s reactions as they experience the rides for the first time and today was a truly momentous day for all of our guests.”

“Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a truly amazing experience for every member of the family and I look forward to welcoming our visitors in the weeks and months to come,” he added.

Tickets can be purchased from the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ticket offices with prices ranging from AED 225 for guests above 1.5m, and AED 165 for guests below 1.5m, and free of charge admission for kids under 3 years of age. Guests can upgrade their experience with a Premium Ticket, which will give them priority on all attractions and access to an exclusive lounge with refreshments, as well as other benefits. All tickets provide unlimited use of rides and attractions inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Discovery Cove announces The Grand Reef

In Orlando, Discovery Cove takes immersion to new depths when it opens an all-new area -- The Grand Reef -- in June 2011. The new reef features multiple levels of exploration, from shallow waters to deeper swimming adventures, from white sandy beaches and hammocks swaying in the breeze, to snorkeling among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world.

“The Grand Reef takes Discovery Cove’s world-class animal encounters to an all new level -- several, actually,” said Stewart Clark, the park’s vice president. “It’s what our guests expect from us, unforgettable connections with the sea and making memories that will last forever. This could only be created by Discovery Cove.”

Visitors just need to get their feet wet to enjoy The Grand Reef, or they can choose to go deep. They can step into tranquil, shallow waters to discover a below-the-surface world teeming with sea life, or they can snorkel in deeper waters as thousands of exotic fish and graceful rays swim around them.

Surprises abound. Families can seek discoveries along the water’s edge or cross a bridge to see sharks swimming below. They’ll play hide-and-seek with thousands of beautiful fish, from small colorful wrasses to large spotted eagle rays. Further out in the reef, stunning habitats create the feeling of swimming right alongside venomous lionfish and sharp-toothed reef sharks, each safely behind glass. Guests can take paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos as they delve into the reef from above, around and below.

Those looking for an even more exhilarating adventure can take part in The Grand Reef’s innovative experience, SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour. Wearing dive helmets, guests find up-close excitement around every corner, each step yielding a new discovery.

They’ll come across lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows), one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by. SeaVenture is a once-in-a-lifetime, undersea experience available for a nominal fee.

The Grand Reef is the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, a fully immersive tropical escape, new to discover in Orlando in 2011.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces Cheetah Hunt

For more than five decades, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has found inspiration in its animals. Animal care experts have turned that inspiration into adventure with immersive natural habitats like the Serengeti Plain and Myombe Reserve. Engineers have also turned it into adrenaline, capturing the spirit of the animals in wood and steel with coasters like Kumba, Gwazi and SheiKra.

Now, the next generation of thrills emerges from the crossroads where up-close animal encounters and awe-inspiring rides come together. Spring 2011, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay introduces a mega-attraction that invites guests to feel the spirit and feel the speed of the cheetah.

Cheetah Hunt
The centerpiece of the new attraction is Cheetah Hunt, a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster that uses the force of repelling magnets to launch riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds – not once, but three times.

The first launch propels the train out of its station and into the grasslands that surround the new area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60 mph and up into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African landscape before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench. At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station in a thrill-ride experience unlike anything Busch Gardens’ guests have ever experienced.

Cheetah Run
But this one-of-a-kind coaster experience is only a portion of the new realm. Building on Busch Gardens’ unrivaled ability to combine thrills with immersive animal encounters, Cheetah Run will set a new standard for bringing nature and humans together in a really unique way.

Located in the area that formerly housed the Budweiser Clydesdales, this expansive new habitat will give visitors the opportunity to get closer to cheetahs than ever before with elevated, glass-paneled viewing areas. Even more exciting will be the chance to witness the world’s fastest land animal in action. Busch Gardens’ trainers will conduct daily sprints with the cheetahs for an awesome opportunity to see one of nature’s true wonders in full form!

Families can also explore interactive touch screens to learn even more about these big cats and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s work on their behalf. Through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, the adventure parks have been helping cheetahs in the wild since 2005.

Cheetah Hunt and the Cheetah Run open in spring 2011. Together, they form a unique experience – the kind you’ll only find at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Cheetah Hunt Facts
  • Type of ride -- Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster
  • Launches -- Launch 1: 30 mph ... Launch 2: 60 mph ... Launch 3: 40 mph
  • Other elements -- 130-foot drop into an underground trench ... over-banked turns ... "air time" parabolas ... heartline roll inversion.
  • Track length -- 4,429 feet -- more than three quarters of a mile!
  • Maximum speed -- 60 mph
  • Maximum force -- 4 G
  • Height -- 102 feet
  • Ride duration -- 3 1/2 minutes (including loading and unloading)
  • Seats/Train -- 5 trains, 16 passengers per train
  • Guest capacity -- 1,370 guests per hour
  • Height requirement -- 48"
  • Location -- Crown Colony Plaza, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Manufacturer -- Intaride LLC, exclusive U.S. supplier of Intamin rides.

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces SkyScreamer for 2011

Experience the newest sensation in tower rides, SkyScreamer comes to Six Flags
Discovery Kingdom in 2011. This new swing ride will take you up, up and away high over the park, with your feet dangling and hair blowing.

Towering at 150 feet above the ground, SkyScreamer will be as high as the park's tallest roller coaster, Medusa. Grab a friend and sit two across in an open air swing as you climb to the top of SkyScreamer tower while spinning round and round. At full swing, you'll soar in a 98-foot circle at speeds over
43 mph. By day, you'll have a bird's eye view of Shouka the killer whale in her pool or the tigers lounging in their exhibit. By night, SkyScreamer will light up the night as its lighted arms whirl high above the park.

SkyScreamer will open in Spring 2011.

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Pleasure Beach Blackpool announces Nickelodeon Land

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, is delighted to announce the launch of Nickelodeon Land which will open at Britain's favourite tourist attraction in April 2011. Nickelodeon Land represents an investment of £10.3m.

This collaboration between Pleasure Beach, Blackpool and Nickelodeon, the number one entertainment brand for kids, will see a 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach transformed into Nickelodeon Land, which will feature 14 rides, 9 are brand new and 5 are extensively re-themed existing rides. Nickelodeon Land also includes themed retail and catering outlets.

New rides include SpongeBob's Splash Bash, which is an interactive ride where riders have the opportunity to turn the jets onto their friends and blast pesky jellyfish with jets of water for a splashing time. Avatar Airbender allows riders to join Aang on an amazing adventure, spinning and soaring through the air on a giant disk. The Rugrat's Lost River is a rollicking flume ride where you join the Rugrats on their quest to find the mythical Temple of Spoon.

Amanda Thompson, Managing Director of Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, comments, "We are delighted to welcome Nickelodeon to Pleasure Beach. Both of our brands represent fantastic family fun and Nickelodeon Land will combine Pleasure Beach's reputation for amazing rides and attractions with Nickelodeon's favourite fun characters to produce a wonderful attraction, which will wow visitors to the park."

"Pleasure Beach is a first-class amusement park and popular destination for families in the U.K." said Gerald Raines, Senior Director, Nickelodeon Theme Parks and Attractions. "This is an ideal location for Nickelodeon and a great opportunity to expand our global presence. We look forward to offering Pleasure Beach patrons experiences that are unique to Nickelodeon and based on fan favourites like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer."

Work on Nickelodeon Land will commence in the Autumn of 2010 and is scheduled to open in April 2011.

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Dollywood announces Barnstormer for 2011

High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood for the 2011 season with the new Barnstormer ride, a $5.5 million family thrill ride situated in a barnyard-themed area which also includes play areas for younger guests.  

“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” Dolly Parton said.  “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood.  And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!”

Taking its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s, the Barnstormer features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders.  Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation.  At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops.  Situated in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Barnstormer rests amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing.     

While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children’s play areas dot the landscape around the barn.  With a fun, barnyard theme, children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area as well as a pig pen water play area.  

The Barnstormer has a ride capacity of 450 passengers per hour, and a 48-inch minimum height requirement.  
   The Barnstormer is adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of the park’s most popular rides which opened in 1987.  

The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood’s 26th operating season.  

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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Six Flags Great America's Hurricane Harbour announces Riptide Bay for 2011

The Best Water Park in the Nation...Just Got Bigger
Coming in 2011 — Riptide Bay at Hurricane Harbor! Catch a wave
at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan. The newly expanded
water park will boast more slides and attractions than any other
in the state.
Splash into three more acres of fun featuring:

  • Double-sided surf simulator
  • Caribbean-inspired activity pool
  • Thrilling waterslides
  • Luxury cabanas and more!

The Riptide Bay expansion will complement Hurricane Harbor's tropical-inspired paradise boasting hundreds of wet and wild water activities for all ages. Best of all, you can enjoy the water park for FREE with your Six Flags Great America daily admission or Season Pass. Get two parks for the price of one!
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Six Flags Over Georgia announces Dare Devil Dive for 2011

Calling all daredevils. In 2011, Six Flags Over Georgia will introduce Dare Devil Dive,
a "euro fighter" coaster with an amazing drop that's BEYOND vertical.

Dare Devil Dive's mission begins as you're pulled straight up to the sky on a special vertical chain lift, then slowly roll to the top of the tower nearly 100-feet in the air. After an agonizing pause at the crest of the summit, you plummet downward at an angle that is beyond straight down — it actually angles inward at a blistering 52 mph. it is the country's first PAUSE element before the beyond vertical drop.

Then you careen through a thrilling combination of diving loops while executing three inversions before you catch air on a zero gravity hill and swoop across the dreaded Immelman vertical U turn stretched high above the ground. The crescendo builds as the car dives toward the ground and up into a Heartline roll before being slowed by the magnetic brakes. Whew!

Dare Devil Dive will be the 11th coaster in Six Flags Over Georgia's already stellar coaster line-up.
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Six Flags St. Louis announces SkyScreamer for 2011

Experience the newest sensation in tower rides, SkyScreamer comes to Six Flags
St. Louis in 2011. This new swing ride will take you up, up and away high over the park, with your feet dangling and hair blowing.

Towering at 236 feet above the ground, SkyScreamer will be the tallest ride in the park, located near the Screamin' Eagle. Grab a friend and sit two across in an open air swing as you climb to the top of SkyScreamer tower while spinning round and round. At full swing, you'll soar in a 98-foot circle at speeds over 43 mph. By day, you'll have a bird's eye view for miles away. By night, SkyScreamer will light up the night as its lighted arms whirl high above the park.

SkyScreamer will open in Spring 2011.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces 2011 and 2012 plans

As you enter Oktoberfest and pass by the fun-filled halls of Das Festhaus, you see it rising into the sky – the massive spire known as Mäch Tower.

Craning your neck to see the top, you notice a group of revelers being lifted and spiraling into the stratosphere. Suddenly, in a rush of wind and screams, they drop. So does your jaw.

This is Mäch Tower, the highest ride in Busch Gardens. It’s 245 feet of adrenaline-pulsing thrills with a view of the park and surrounding countryside you have to see to believe. That is, if you can keep your eyes open.

Mäch Tower – Heart racing. Jaw dropping. Spring 2011.

Then in 2012, we unveil our next attraction ... a multi-launch roller coaster featuring many "firsts".
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Water Country USA announces Vanish Point

Get ready for the slide of your life on Water Country USA’s epic new drop slide: Vanish Point. Inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, this summit supplies two wicked wet ways to drop out of sight.

The crest of this 75-foot tower challenges you with two wave paths. You can step into a skybox where you drop down when the floor drops out. Or get horizontal on the 300’ speed slide where you drop down as soon as you flop down … straight down.

Brace yourself for pure liquid adrenaline.

Vanish Point. Coming in 2011, only to Water Country USA.
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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Halloween Fright Nights 2010 at Movie World

This October ‘Fright Nights’ at Movie World will be the scariest yet… your favourite theme park will be transformed into a playground of nightmares when two of the world’s most popular horror film franchises; SAW and A Nightmare on Elm Street, will come back to life. For the first time in Movie World history, these two iconic movies will be recreated as mazes for the return of the highly acclaimed 2009 Fright Nights. In 2010, Fright Nights at Movie World will up the ante on all previous horror experiences and totally blow your mind… every waking moment will be filled with unexpected fear and even shadows in the darkness will play on your subconscious – “Was that Freddy lurking in the dark, or… did you just see Billy the Puppet hiding around the corner…?”

Fright Nights will be held at Warner Bros. Movie World on the 8th, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th and 31st of October 2010 from 6:00pm - 11:00pm. SUPERMAN ESCAPE, BATWING Spaceshot, LETHAL WEAPON and Wild West Falls will operate from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. All other attractions operate until 11:00pm.

WARNING: The event contains intense and explicit experiences and is not recommended for children under the age of 14 years.

No face coverings, masks or make-up that prevents facial identification are permitted. Costumes and light facial make-up only is permitted.

  • SAW Maze - Are you brave enough to enter the SAW maze… the game has moved to the next level… jigsaw is waiting for you! Located behind Wild West Falls.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street maze – ‘Freddy’s Nightmare Maze’ - Welcome to your new nightmare. A nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger lurks within… but where? Located inside the Show Stage.
  • Psycho 3D maze - Will you lose your sanity in a world of moving walls and 3D illusions? Located inside the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster queue.
  • Zombie Motor Cross Live Show - 7pm and 8:30pm - An action packed live freestyle motocross show goes wrong when zombies attack! What starts out as a simple Free Style Motor Cross show goes very wrong when Zombies attack. The Cheerleaders put up a fight but the Zombies just won’t stop. Action packed Free Style Motor Cross jumps mixed with some fully sick gore. Located inside the Hollywood Stunt Driver arena.
  • The Offering - 10pm - The Priestesses of an ancient cult are performing their ritual dance but they need to find a sacrifice. They send their warriors find their quarry, after a short but bloody battle the ritual commences. Located in the Main Street Plaza.
  • Live Freak Show - This live show of grotesque and bizarre feats will have you hooked and wanting more. Located in Main Street.
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Announces Opening Plans

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has revealed its launch plans of the world’s largest indoor theme park with an opening celebration a day earlier than anticipated.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open to the public for the first time, starting at seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday 27th October 2010. Guests will be able to experience a wide variety of rides and attractions and join in the special festivities with shows, dedicated entertainment and free souvenirs.

“We are excited to open our doors to the public earlier than previously anticipated, on Wednesday 27th October 2010 and we look forward to welcoming many guests to mark this historic day,” said Claus Frimand, General Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. “This will be the beginning of an exciting Inaugural Period, with the start of operations at the world’s first Ferrari theme park.”

“The Inaugural Period will continue throughout November, leading up to a Grand Opening in December with the official launch of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi,” he added.

During Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Inaugural Period, families and racing fans will be able to experience the legendary Ferrari passion, history and culture through various rides and attractions, in addition to unique shopping and dining experiences. From the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa; the region’s first dueling roller coaster, Fiorano GT Challenge and the 4-D experience inside Speed of Magic; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will offer a truly amazing experience for every member of the family.

Ticket prices range from AED 225 for guests above 1.5m, and AED 165 for visitors below 1.5m. Guests can upgrade their experience with a Premium Ticket, which will give them priority on all attractions and access to an exclusive lounge with refreshments, as well as other benefits. Premium Tickets cost AED 375 for guests above 1.5m and AED 270 for visitors below 1.5m. All tickets provide unlimited use of rides and attractions inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The park will be operating on a six-day a week schedule from Tuesday to Sunday, welcoming visitors from 12 noon each day.

"Our operations team of nearly 850 dedicated staff is currently conducting comprehensive ride testing,” added Frimand. “They have all successfully completed extensive training programs on safety procedures and are passionately working round the clock as we count down the days to the Public Opening date.”

“We are on schedule to open the park with a wide selection of rides and attractions. We have managed to turn one of the world’s most exclusive brands into an extraordinary experience which families and fans will come back for time and time again,” concluded Frimand.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will feature many Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions that range from speed thrill rides to the world’s most advanced simulators and family-friendly attractions.
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Six Flags Great Adventure announces The Green Lantern for 2011

DC Comics' Super Hero GREEN LANTERN will focus the might of his Power Ring at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2011 with the launch of an exciting new thrill ride. Towering 15 stories high with over three quarters of a mile of twisting green steel, this new stand-up coaster will take you on a journey of epic proportions.

Standing 154 feet tall and reaching speeds of 63 mph, GREEN LANTERN will rank among the tallest and fastest roller coasters of its kind anywhere in the world. Unlike traditional seated coasters, GREEN LANTERN allows you to stand throughout the entire course of the ride that delivers a ride experience unlike any other. The two minute and thirty second thrill begins with a pulse-quickening
45 degree vertical drop before rocketing you through five inversions – including a 121-foot-tall loop, a 103-foot dive loop, a 72-foot inclined loop and twisted double corkscrews.

Guardians of peace and justice, the GREEN LANTERN CORPS is a group of intergalactic police officers charged with the protection of the universe. A GREEN LANTERN must be someone who has the ability and willpower to overcome great fear. Recognized as the greatest member of the GREEN LANTERNS CORPS, HAL JORDAN was the first Earthman ever inducted into the Corps. and founding member of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Green Lanterns are fitted with a weapon unlike any other in existence, a ring that channels pure willpower in the form of solid green energy that can manifest any construct the bearer imagines.

GREEN LANTERN is guaranteed to deliver a smooth, white-knuckled adventure – but this time standing up while upside down!
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FlowRider now open at Wet'n'Wild Water World

Endless Waves at Wet’n’Wild*

Wet’n’Wild has opened an amazing new FlowRider located next to the Wave Pool.

Guests can ride the endless waves, rushing down the man-made torrent of water on a specially designed board.

Wet’n’Wild offers a mix of Body Board sessions for less experienced riders and stand-up Flow Board sessions for those who know how to ‘Flow’.

See how long you can survive the deluge!

*Pay as you play attraction

Rider Requirements:
  • Guests must be a minimum of 110 cm to participate in a Body Board session and a minimum of 140 cm to participate in a stand-up Flow Board session.
  • For safety reasons, this attraction is restricted by height, weight and physical limitations eg: pregnancy, neck or back disorders. Eyewear, goggles, hard or fibreglass casts and prosthesis are not permitted. Large jewellery items, watches, necklaces, bracelets, body piercings hairclips clips or pins or religious and cultural ornamentation are also not permitted.
  • Due to the nature of this attraction, expectant mothers are not permitted to ride.
  • Guests must adhere to all operating procedures as directed by staff.
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Happy Feet 3-D now open at Sea World

Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with Mumble in the Happy Feet 3-D Experience at Sea World. Join Mumble on a journey of courage and bravery as he discovers that his toe-tapping talent isn’t a burden, but a gift to be treasured - and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony! Featured in digital 3-D, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy.
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Castaway Bay now open at Sea World

Visit Sea World this September and experience a world of family fun in the all new Castaway Bay interactive adventure zone.

The exciting new $6 Million family attraction will cater for kids of all ages and feature an amazing themed ride and fun filled child friendly play areas. The kids will love the splashtacular Battle Boats ride with over 80 awesome water cannons. The little ones can climb, crawl and clamber their way through The Sky Fortress featuring five fun filled levels of rope bridges, tunnels and much more. And for the dare devils, the Sky Climb* will test bravery and balance on a thrilling course 12 metres above the ground. Sea World’s Castaway Bay will be an adventure for the whole family.

*Pay as you play attraction

Rider Requirements:
  • Battle Boats - Guests less than 120cm must be accompanied by an adult who is 14 years or older.
  • Sky Fortress - Guests must not exceed the maximum weight restriction of 130kgs.
  • Sky Climb - Minimum height requirement is 120cm. Guests between 120cm and 140cm must be accompanied by an adult who is 14 years or older. Guests must not exceed the maximum weight restriction of 130kgs.
  • Safety restrictions prohibit guests with certain medical conditions from entering. Please check signage at the entrance to the queue area.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure now open at Movie World

Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D is an exciting adventure based on the classic Film, and stars Brendan Fraser as Dr. Trevor Anderson, a science professor whose untraditional hypothesis have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. Following an intriguing lead on an expedition to Iceland, Trevor and his accompanying nephew, stumble upon a mystery that leads them on an explosive discovery and a thrill ride adventure that brings them face to face with never before seen worlds and creatures beneath the Earths surface. Plummeting deep within, they find a world where pre-historic dinosaurs and man eating plants exist: and danger lurks in deep mysterious caves, but somehow they must find their way home.
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AquaLoop now open at Wet'n'Wild Water World

Four New Full-Loop Slides

Not one, Not two… but FOUR new transparent slides will open at Wet’n’Wild this September.

The new ride ‘AquaLoop’ begins when the trap door is released and the rider plummets, accelerating into a massive vertical free fall drop and then up into a transparent looping slide! The slide is gut wrenching, heart-pounding and gravity-defying and takes riders to speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour!

Rider Requirements:
  • Guests must be 120 cm tall to ride AquaLoop.
  • Guests must be a minimum of 40 kgs and a maximum of 130 kgs to ride AquaLoop.
  • Guests with recent surgury, illness, limb injuries, prosthetics, heart disorders, seizures or epilepsy, neck or back conditions are not permitted to ride.
  • Due to the nature of this attraction, expectant mothers are not permitted to ride.
  • No t-shirts, rash vests, loose clothing, eyewear, footwear, hats, large jewellery, watches, loose items or sharp objects.
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Friday, 17 September 2010

Wet'n'Wild Sydney announced

Wet'n'Wild Sydney will be a water park to be located in Prospect, New South Wales, Australia. The park was announced on 11 September 2010. It will be the fourth Wet'n'Wild water park to be owned by Village Roadshow Theme Parks who own a Wet'n'Wild water park on the Gold Coast, as well as two in the United States: Hawaii and Phoenix.

On Saturday, 11 September, 2010, Wet'n'Wild Sydney was announced. New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, joined Village Roadshow Theme Parks' Chief Executive Officer, Tim Fisher, to announce the project. The proposal is for a 25-hectare (62-acre) water park in Prospect, New South Wales. Set to be one of the top ten water parks in the world, Wet'n'Wild Sydney will play host to a variety of attractions including:
  • Boomerang Bay - a surf wave pool
  • Two lazy river attractions:
    • First featuring a standard river in addition to a river rapids loop
    • Second described as an extreme river
  • WhiteWater West dueling master blaster tube slides
  • Shark Lagoon - teen activity pool
  • WhiteWater West Whizzard six-lane mat ride
  • Two spa locations:
    • A hot spa pool
    • Starfish spa pad
  • WhiteWater West Family Boomerango
  • WhiteWater West Family Python slide
  • WhiteWater West Giant AquaPlay structure
  • Platypus toddlers pool
  • Two beach volleyball courts
  • Pretzel - two WhiteWater West AquaLoops
  • Six inner tube slides with WhiteWater West Super Bowl
  • Single high speed body slide
  • Family raft ride
  • WhiteWater West Abyss Master Blaster

At a cost of AU$80 million, Wet'n'Wild Sydney is set to deliver numerous economic benefits. During the construction and operation of the water park, more than 300 jobs will be created. Due to the expectation that Wet'n'Wild Sydney will be host to almost a million visitors in the first eight month season, the Western Sydney economy will benefit. It is estimated that a contribution of over AU$500 million in turnover within the first ten years of operation as well as over AU$320 million added during construction and the first ten years of operation will be injected into the Western Sydney economy.

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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Disney California Adventure Park Expansion Continues with Goofy’s Sky School and Cars Land

Exciting changes continue at Disney California Adventure park. In June, “World of Color” began making a nighttime splash at the park and Silly Symphony Swings began offering a musical ride in Paradise Pier.

As you might already know, Goofy’s Sky School will add even more fun to Paradise Pier in 2011. The attraction is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, “Goofy’s Glider.” It’s a flying academy that follows Goofy’s attempts to teach a group of novice pilots how to fly.

While you might have heard about the attraction, I know there’s one thing I know you haven’t seen … and that’s Goofy dreaming about the new attraction that’s being created in his honor. Take a look at this video and let us know what you think in the comments.

In order for Mickey and Goofy to get ready for this transformation, Mulholland Madness will close October 12, and the last time guests can go for a spin on Disney’s version of Mulholland Drive is October 11. For those who want to get a final scream on Maliboomer, you better hurry. Guests will blast off for the final time September 6, as the attraction will be closed on September 7.

We’ve also shared news here on the Blog about the 12-acre Cars Land expansion due in 2012. You might be interested in knowing that the last day to experience Bountiful Valley Farms will be September 7 as it will close September 8 to help pave the way for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.

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Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris

Today (August 17th) is a big day at Disneyland Paris, where we welcomed our latest addition to Walt Disney Studios Park – Toy Story Playland.

Thanks to the creative minds of Pixar Studios and our Disney Imagineers, Guests of all ages can now feel what it’s like to be shrunk to the size of a toy and to become literally part of the Toy Story universe in Andy’s backyard.

Once again these new attractions prove our capacity to reinvent ourselves and to create new experiences for all our guests. They should be thrilled by the great attention to detail that makes Toy Story Playland a truly larger than life experience.

Guests venturing through the over-sized landscaping of Andy’s yard discover three play areas, each featuring an exclusive attraction. With Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Guests are invited to join Andy’s Little Green Army Men in a simulated fall from the sky. Guests of all ages can climb aboard Slinky Dog on Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin as our four legged friend chases his tail. And in Andy’s most dare-deviling set up, RC Racer will give a feel for what it’s like to zoom along a Hot Wheels half-pipe track.

Introduced as part of our year-long Disney new generation festival, Toy Story Playland expands the park’s Toon Studio, where guests can already enjoy attractions inspired by Disney-Pixar blockbusters Finding Nemo and Cars.

All the Disneyland Paris Cast and myself are particularly proud of this development and hope that it will bring much magic to our guests for years to come.

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Disney's California Adventure announces ElecTRONica

As they say in the digital world of TRON, “Greetings, Programs!” Today, we’re sharing concept art that gives you a first look at the new party we’re calling ElecTRONica. I’m told it’s the greatest nighttime dance party to ever rock Disney California Adventure park.

Beginning October 8, the interactive, digital world of “TRON: Legacy” will light up Hollywood Pictures Backlot as we gear up for the film’s release on December 17. This will be a cool opportunity to peek inside the world of this movie, and it’s available only to visitors of Disney California Adventure park.

It’s an “electrifying” experience for the entire family, filled with music, lights and some of your favorite food and beverage, all set amidst the captivating world of “TRON: Legacy!” From a dazzling dance club under the stars to an authentic recreation of Flynn’s Arcade to some radical gaming, it’s like nowhere else on the grid! Each night, we’ll feature live entertainers, complete with lasers, glow accessories and the hottest music ever to rock the grid. ElecTRONica is “the” place to dance the night away in a fantastic world that only Disney can create. Highlights for the entire family will definitely be Flynn’s Video Arcade, face painting and the TRON: Evolution video game area.

ElecTRONica will transform Disney California Adventure park Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this Fall. TRON fans and families can also enjoy the party seven days a week during Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.

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WindSeekers for Cedar Fair

WindSeekers will open at four Cedar Fair parks in 2011 including Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point, Kings Island and Knott's Berry Farm.


WindSeeker will be designed and manufactured by Mondial, a company based in the Netherlands that has been creating thrill rides for the amusement park industry since 1987. Mondial is known for their innovative and unique rides and maintains the highest standards in regards to quality and safety.

WindSeeker will feature 32, 2-person gondolas that will ascend to a height of 301 feet. Once it has reached the top of the tower, WindSeeker will spread it’s metal arms swinging riders for a 60 second flight at a 45 degree angle at a speed of 8 rotations per minute.

“Due to the long airtime, riders will experience a spectacular sense of weightlessness. This, combined with the fact that riders legs will be unrestrained, will create a sense of exhilaration which will enhance the feeling of free flight,” said Knott’s General Manager, Marty Keithley.

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