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Opening Day at Coney Island's Cyclone Didn't Go as Planned

March 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the temperature where you call home might not be supporting the concept, spring has finally arrived across the top half of the globe. That means more time outdoors, more sunshine, and most importantly theme parks and roller coasters opening their turnstiles for the first time in months.

Over in New York some of the rides and attractions at Coney Island starting doing their thing for the first time in 2015; however, apparently there are still quite a few kinks to still work out. On Sunday the famous Cyclone got stuck at the top during its opening day, and riders had to climb down the lift hill to get back to the ground.

The roller coaster is celebrating year 88 of doing its thing, and we’re hopeful that this opening day mishap is only a hiccup in Luna Park’s—and the coaster’s—summer season. All in all there were 24 riders that were forced to take a different way down, and thankfully no one was injured. So a good story for those involved albeit a scary one in the moment!

[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]

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If You're Looking For a Disney Monorail Just Check With eBay

March 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Theme park fans need to monitor eBay and other online auction sites, as every once in a while a true gem comes up for sale. Just recently this was the case, as a pretty big piece of Walt Disney World had a chance of finding a place in your backyard or garage.

You know the monorail down in the Orlando area that whisks tourists from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom and then over to Epcot as well? Well one of the cars was recently posted for sale on eBay, as the collector who previously purchased needed to get rid of it to raise some funds.

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Wait, What? Tickets for Disney World and Disneyland Now Cost How Much?

March 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (5)

Your kiddos better start picking up extra chores, tasks, and assignments around the house, as they’re going to need some additional funds if they’re looking to visit one of the Disney parks here in the nifty fifty.

The folks responsible for the theme parks—we assume that’s Mickey and friends—have increased admission prices once again, so that visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World is going to cost you that much more cash.

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Should Selfie Sticks Be Banned from Theme Parks? (And Life In General?)

February 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (2)

Seen last weekend at Disneyland. This was only two of the four selfie sticks we spotted on the Luigi's Flying Tires ride.

Last month we offered a (cautious) defense of the Selfie Stick, that increasingly ubiquitous cane used to extend your iPhone outward for perfectly framed self-portraits. Well, the debate over their level of usefulness versus annoyance continues to rage on. And what’s ground zero for the debate?

Here’s a hint: Mickey and Minnie won’t be debating their favorite Instagram filters anytime soon.

Theme parks and their attendees are putting their foot down about Selfie sticks. The Orlando Sentinel chatted with Magic Kingdom guests on both side of the divide, and got some official word from park reps. (Short version: stow them like you would any gadget, according to a Disney World spokesperson.) A recent survey from a theme park industry website revealed that 79% of park enthusiasts would like to see them banned.

And maybe it’s only a matter of time before theme parks ban them outright. After all, museums have already started, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, among others,.

Not to reopen old wounds, but we have to ask: what do you think about theme parks and selfie sticks? Leave them at home, or take them for a ride? Leave your 2 cents (or 5, even!) in the comments.

[Photo: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Feeling Blue? Good, Because The Smurfs Are Building a Theme Park in Spain

Where: Júzcar, Spain
January 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

In 2011, a small Spanish town, Júzcar, blue itself, quite like Tobias in Arrested Development. The whitewashed buildings, including churches and gravestones, formerly of the White Towns of Andalusia, opted for a makeover by Sony Pictures to celebrate the premiere of the The Smurfs movie.

Why the cozy town of Júzcar? Oddly enough, the Spanish village maintains an interesting relationship with the fungi, something smurfs are known to crave.

The mycological roots in Júzcar bloom in autumn, at which point the town toasts to the delicious fungi sprouting throughout the city. Better yet, the townspeople embraced the blue better than anticipated, voting—141 to 33—to keep the blue exterior even after the film’s premiere.

Today, Júzcar continues to attract hoards of tourists, over 400,000 since the makeover, which is an insane number for a town of under 300 people. That’s over 100,000 tourists per villager. But now, the city will receive a $56 million donation to dive further into Smurfdom and build an official Smurf theme park.

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South Korea Keeps Crushing It, Announces New Legoland

Where: Korea
December 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Start looking under the bed and between the couch cushions for those missing pieces, as construction crews are going to need each and every bit of plastic for this project.

Another new Legoland is on the docket, and this time the Danish blocks will call South Korea home. The folks behind the project are Britain's Merlin Entertainments, and they’re planning to spend roughly $270 million to construct the amusement park, along with local investors. Building a Legoland honestly sounds like a dream for a contractor; just follow the instructions, right?

As for the opening date—the schedule right now puts the first visitor to pass through the turnstiles in 2017. The park will be situated in Chuncheon—up in the Gangwon Province. WikiTravel has good things to say about the area, least of all this: "For travelers weary of Seoul's crowds and big city atmosphere, Chuncheon can be an ideal place to spend several days."

The South Korea Legoland will join other Legolands in Florida, California, Windsor (UK), Germany, Denmark, Dubai, and Malaysia.

[Photo of another Legoland: Loozrboy]

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Disney's Perpetual Florida Summer to Frost Over with New 'Frozen' Attractions

November 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.

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Why Billions and Billions of Disney Dollars are Bound for Japan

Where: Tokyo, Japan
November 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

In the wild world of theme parks the offerings by Disney over in Japan are often considered to be the best of the best. Sure Disneyland and Walt Disney World here at home are great spots to visit, but it seems like over in Japan they have all the best rides, newest attractions, and the biggest budgets—they spare no expense.

Now things are going to get even better, as it sounds like the folks behind the parks in partnership with Disney are spending around $4.6 billion to upgrade, improve, and expand the parks in Tokyo. Both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are set to receive the influx of cash and construction, as the renovations are expected to take place over the next ten years.

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Will Harry Potter Move to China? Universal Studios Announces Beijing Park

Where: Beijing, China
October 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pack your best roller coaster riding pants, as China is all set to welcome the thrills and chills of a major new attraction. The folks over at Universal Studios have been running the numbers, preparing the PowerPoint presentations, and now it’s time to start about building a new park over in Beijing.

The opening date of the park hasn’t been announced, but you can bet on it being a few years from now; the bulldozers haven't even arrived on scene yet. The planned park will take up around 1,000 acres, and will likely feature all kinds of superheroes and movie favorites from Spider-Man to Transformers.

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What's Old is New Again at Disney's Epcot

September 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you’re not too familiar with the movies that Disney has been releasing into theatres there’s a pretty good chance you know about Frozen. That’s especially the case if you have turned on the radio at all this year, as that Let It Go tune has been pretty much everywhere.

Of course there’s plenty of money to be had in the marketing and promotion surround the movie, and now Disney is bringing its cash cow even further into the theme parks.

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Will Drones Soon Be Buzzing Overhead at Disney Theme Parks?

September 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

It sounds like Disney is hard at work thinking of the latest and greatest in theme park technology, but this time things aren’t exactly related to new rides, attractions, or roller coasters.

Disney recently filed a few patent applications for some of their new ideas, and they have a lot to do with drones. Specifically, the plans sound like the theme parks are planning to put unmanned flying devices to work in the name of sharing a little more entertainment with visitors.

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Coming to a Museum Near You: 'The Hunger Games' Exhibition

August 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of The Hunger Games are going to have one more way to immerse themselves into Katniss Everdeen's dystopian world.

During a conference call with investors last week Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the studio is still working on a traveling exhibition that will feature props, costumes, and other fun stuff featured in the movies. The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will travel to major museums and institutions across the country next summer.

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