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Last week, just before the kickoff to Disneyland's Diamond Celebration for its 60th Anniversary, the theme park officially threw down the gauntlet against controversial selfie sticks by banning the gadgets from use on rides. And indeed, here's what we saw as we climbed up the steps to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster yesterday.
(We applaud Disney's smackdown because that means scenarios like this one will no longer happen.)
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It’s been a while since we discussed the changes to Downtown Disney over at Walt Disney World. Fast-forward two years later, and plenty of developments have been made. But this latest announcement may be the most exciting one of all: Get ready for an Indiana Jones-themed bar.
All together now: "YES!"
Per IGN, this awesome-sounding place will be known as Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Apparently that dude — Jock Lindsey — was the pilot (and snake owner) from Raiders of the Lost Ark. And no, we didn’t remember that either.
For the most part, you know what you’re getting when it comes to theme park technology. Roller coasters and rides in the dark are par for course, and occasionally you might find a slightly different, dazzling attraction thrown your way. ("Ooh, lasers!") However, what one park has planned for Utah might just be the next big thing in high-tech amusement park atmosphere, and it’s kind of creeping us out a bit.
Slated to open in 2016 is The Void, a virtual reality theme park where visitors will wear headsets that immerse them in convincingly rendered other worlds — when in actuality, guests are moving about in mostly-empty, reconfigurable 60x60-foot rooms. (We guess there’s a little bit of reality—the rooms—to the virtual reality.)
Maybe we're overreacting just a little bit — but this might be the best thing to happen to theme parks since the invention of the roller coaster.
A new cast of characters is heading to Universal Studios, and you might recognize among them a certain little plumber on an endless quest to rescue his princess. Yep, it’s happening — at least according to USA Today: Nintendo and Universal are teaming up to create attractions based on the video game maker's titles and characters, so soon Super Mario, Link and all their friends will have their own rides, attractions, and merchandise at Universal theme parks. Let’s just hope that Harry Potter is cool with sharing the spotlight.
Roller coasters are loads of fun, even if you need to pre-game with a little bit of Dramamine before hitting the theme park. What is not fun are flying projectiles launching out of pockets, and that’s why Universal Studios is installing metal detectors before some of the biggest and baddest rides.
We’re pretty sure park officials encouraged storage of personal items in lockers before, but now they’ll know if you’re trying to smuggle that phone onto one of three rides. From the folks over at WESH in Orlando, Rip Ride Rockit, Dragon Challenge, and The Incredible Hulk at Universal Orlando will now all feature metal detectors as part of the line—at least there’s something to do while waiting for your turn.
Lockers are provided for those that need to stash their goodies, and thankfully that’ll be free of charge. If we remember correctly there are already nets in place to catch anything that may become loose during the ride, but hopefully this should prevent any other accidents. We’d imagine one of those big iPhone 6 Plus suckers would hurt pretty badly if it hit you in the head.
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]
[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]
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.
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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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.
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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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]
[Photo of another Legoland: Loozrboy]
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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.