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You might have heard that they’re working on yet another film in the Star Wars series. There’s pretty few details about the storyline, but we do know one thing about the arrival of the next films—the theme parks are interested.
The plot is probably still being figured out, but Disney is already planning to cash in on the franchise even more that it has done in the past. Things are still very much a rumor at this stage, but the head honcho at Disney recently hinted that some expansions related to the movie franchise might be on the horizon. Specifically the futuristic Tomorrowland section of Disneyland might get some kind of Star Wars addition or overlay, and down at the parks in Orlando something similar would be added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Given the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was just a matter of time before other movie franchises started jumping on the amusement park bandwagon.
Case in point, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer recently admitted the studio has been approached about building Hunger Games theme parks in two territories. Feltheimer didn't given any details about the proposals, except to say they are considering the possibility. But, many think a deal is inevitable considering the profitability of other Hunger Games tie-ins, like the Capitol Couture line.
Venice is known for its architecture, its gondolas, and of course its water, but if one group gets their way the city will soon be known for its theme park. Apparently, one developer is eager to build something else where tourists can head after they’re done filling their carry-ons with Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks.
The group behind the idea is Zamperia, and they’ve released their plans to shell out around €80 million to set up an amusement park on the artificial island of Sacca San Biagio, including plans for a 160-foot Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster. The island is currently made up of landfill waste, so on the bright side they really can’t make things worse.
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We are about to see how much good stuff $1 billion gets you, as the airport in Orlando just scored that kind of funding to upgrade and improve its offerings within the terminals and concourses.
All the theme park traffic and other tourist attractions in the area made Orlando the 13th busiest airport in the country last year based on passenger numbers. Airport officials only imagine the place getting even busier in the future as, after the renovations are complete they expect as many as 45 million passengers to come and go through the place each year.
We knew that Mickey Mouse was getting a new neighbor down in Orlando, and now it looks like things are pretty much official. Disney recently released some initial details—and snazzy renderings—regarding their plans for bringing the wonderful world of Avatar into their theme parks. Specifically the plan is to do the Pandora thing as a separate land within their Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Right now things are just a tease, but Disney is promising stuff like floating mountains, nighttime jungles filled with bioluminescent plants, and they’re even giving guests the chance to see how it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
You know we’re all about roller coasters, theme parks, and all the other rides and attractions that come with them. This week there’s some new theme park news, as it sounds like there’s a park in development to be dedicated to one man and one man only.
Apparently it’s Jackie Chan who will soon be having business lunches with Mickey Mouse to discuss the amusement park business, as there are plans to hook him up with his very own park. Roller coasters, martial arts stuff, and plenty of t-shirts have already been planned, as the park—JC World—is scheduled to open over in Beijing.
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For theme park fans it’s one of the best times of the year, as before the rides and attractions go into hiding for the winter it is time for the scary stuff. Theme parks around the country are heading into the attic to bring down the spooky ghouls, ghosts, and other Halloween decorations in preparation to scare you silly.
Some of the stuff is pretty darn intense from movie scenes gone wrong to mazes that you just can’t escape, but once you stop and catch your breath—it’s all in good fun. As the season is just beginning to do its thing we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of five spots where things are going down and when. So here’s five picks with prices, dates, and links to the action—start planning those sick days accordingly.
When To Go: Weekends—as in Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays—between Friday, September 20 and Sunday, October 27
It'll Cost You: Tickets run as low as $38 on Friday nights, and as much as $47 on Saturday nights
At this point there’s more than a few rental car companies offering up electric cars to get you and your crew from here to there, but now there’s an entire city that’s going all in with the electric movement. The theme capital of the world—AKA the greater Orlando area—is looking to link visitors with some of these voltage vehicles, and they just announced a whole new program to do so.
Drive Electric Orlando is a friendship between the area’s rental car companies and the city, as both look to make utilizing an electric vehicle just another slice of vacation fun. Those who choose to skip the pumps will enjoy all kinds of perks like free valet parking at the hotel, preferred parking in the area, and plenty of places to conveniently charge your car—even at the theme parks.
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Despite the fact that the calendar has shifted from August into September theme park season is still going strong for a few more weeks. However, many spots are already looking towards the future with a focus on new rides, attractions, and construction. One such place is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, as they just announced plans to bring the world’s tallest drop ride to the park.
The new track will bring passengers way up into the sky, and then drop them quickly back towards the earth. In total, the coaster will rise 415' into the air, and the free-fall will accelerate riders to roughly 90 miles per hour—oof. The ride will be located right under the park’s Kingda Ka roller coaster and, to terrify further, both rides will launch their riders in the same direction.
Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse better watch their backs, as there’s a theme park planning quite a big expansion. Dollywood is preparing to go all in with their offerings, as it sounds like they’re looking to throw down around $300 million to improve, expand, and upgrade.
All the goodies aren’t happening all at once, as the big influx of cash will be spent somewhat slowly—like over the next ten years or so. Namesake Dolly Parton recently spilled the beans, as she revealed that the theme park would be finally expanding into a full-fledged resort. She expects that a 300-room hotel and more will be just part of the new look of Dollywood—something they’re calling Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.
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Like it or not the summer is starting to wind down, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the cooler temperatures and spooky stuff that comes with the fall. As far as the marketing teams are concerned Halloween is like right around the corner, and the folks over at Universal Studios Hollywood are busy announcing this and that regarding another year of Halloween Horror Nights.
This year it looks like there’s plenty of haunted hijinks coming to the park, and one of the best pieces of entertainment comes from Black Sabbath. For the first time the band is bringing their darkest lyrics from their biggest hits to one of the park’s annual mazes, and it’s all set to debut on September 20. Park officials are promising graveyards, madhouses, and plenty of other spooky stuff. Black Sabbath: 13 3D will feature a 3D video, and of course plenty of loud music led by Ozzy Osbourne’s vocal—uh—talents.
When it comes to controlling the world of theme parks it’s pretty clear that Disney is on top of things. Beyond that their engineers—we mean imagineers—do a pretty good job at making the impossible seem possible. Their latest trip into the Disney laboratory seems to have gone pretty well, as Mickey and friends might soon be able to control the air.
Engadget has the full scoop, but basically Disney has figured out a way to bring live feedback to the air around you. The magic is contained within something known as AIREAL, as the system can send out punches of air to here and there. The goal is to bring touchy feely feedback to all three dimensions of space and your surroundings.