This has absolutely nothing to do with theme parks, but it was such a cool video I had to share it. It’s a time lapse video of the six weeks it takes to get the space shuttle prepped for launch.
Horry county officials are changing the name of the road leading to the former hard rock park from the ‘Hard Rock Parkway’ to ‘Fantasy Harbour Boulevard. This actually makes a lot of sense since the area had been known as Fantasy harbour for years. Last time I drove through myrtle beach, I got a chuckle out of having to take the Hard Rock Parkway to get to Freestyle music park.
Amusement today named Cedar Point the best amusement park in the world for the 12th consecutive year. Several other Cedar Fair parks also won awards. Kings Island got an award for the best childrens’ area and Worlds of Fun got the best new ride of 2009 award for the Prowler.
I agree with Cedar Point as the best park for roller coasters, but my vote for the best new ride of 2009 would go to SeaWorld’s Manta.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney is planning a major update for the Fantasyland portion of the Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld. They are doubling the capacity of Dumbo by adding a second copy of it, which is great since that ride consistently has long lines. They are adding a ride based on the Little Mermaid, and they are finally going to update Star Tours with all new video in 3-D. The new & improved Star Tours is expected to be finished in 2011, with the Fantasyland update not being finished until 2013. Below are the concept pictures and blueprints that Disney released.
Concept art for the updated section
Blue prints for the new Fantasyland.
Disney is looking to hire 10 people to answer questions on their web forums. The drawback is no weekly paycheck. They do, however, send you to DisneyWorld for four days of training, so you essentially get a free vacation out of it. Not a bad deal at all, if I do say so myself.
Applications are being accepted beginning this morning at 10 AM and they stop taking applications when they hit 20,000. If you are interested, you would need to apply real quick.
I guess Disney is following the old adage of ‘If you can’t beat them, buy them.’ They are buying Marvel comics in a 4 billion dollar deal. I must admit I wonder what this is going to do long term for Universal with the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man rides.
Carowinds has officially announced that their new coaster for 2010 will also be Dale Earnhardt themed. This one, however, won’t have the height designation in the ride name. I’m not entirely sure of the wisdom of naming two rides the … Continue reading →
I guess Disney really is where dreams come true. At least for this particular park employee who played the part of Snow White. She won 5.2 million dollars and describes feeling more like Cinderella.Continue reading →
They just announced that Kings Dominion is getting a new Dale Earnhardt themed roller coaster, but in this article talking about that they state that carowinds will also be getting a Dale Earnhardt themed ride as well. Did the reporter … Continue reading →
Kings Dominion has announced their new coaster for 2010. It’s a Nascar themed ride named after Dale Earnhardt. The 305 is the height of the coaster and, of course, the number 3 was Dale’s number. It looks to be a … Continue reading →
You can now wander the streets of Lego Land via the internet thanks to Google and their street view application. They’ve even changed the normal icon to that of a little lego figure. Is that not cute, or what? http://www.examiner.com/x-4902-San-Diego-Travel-Examiner~y2009m8d19-LEGOLAND-California-is-first-US-theme-park-on-Google-Street-ViewContinue reading →
That was a short soft opening. Universal has officially declared the ride open, although several sites are reporting that all of the features like cameras to film you riding aren’t working yet. Still… I’m looking forward to my next visit … Continue reading →
Disney has released a video about the haunted mansion in celebration of it’s 40th aniversay. A definite must for fans of the ride. Haunted MansionContinue reading →
Busch Gardens Tampa is now offering the same basic tour as Williamsburg, only it’s less expensive. It’s centered on Montu, and lets you see the mechanical maintenance side of the ride and climb one of the brake towers to see … Continue reading →
A third disney castmember has died in the past month following an accident at the Indiana Jones stunt show. Anislav Varbanov was fatally injured during a rehearsal while doing a tumbling roll. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/disney/orl-bk-disney-death-081709,0,6075527.storyContinue reading →