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It's Official: Disney Parks Issue Formal Ban on Selfie Sticks, Effective Today

June 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re going to take credit for this one, as you heard it here first! About a month ago we were taking in the sights and sounds of Disneyland when we noticed that park officials—and possibly Mickey as well—were less than enthused over the use of selfie sticks. Signs were going up that showed the park had banned them from rides.

Well now it’s official: selfie sticks are no longer allowed inside Disney theme parks. According to SlashGear, the formal rules go into effect at Orlando's Disney World parks today; Disneyland, Euro Disney and Tokyo Disney will follow suit over the next few days. Sorry, selfie stick-slingers: you must now leave them at the turnstile. (The BBC elaborates that they can be stored in lockers by the entrance for collection later.)

This is awful or great news, depending on where you stand in the great selfie stick debate. Sure, now it’s a little less convenient to take that group shot of you and your family or friends, but at least there’s always the original selfie stick: an outstretched arm. And obviously safety is pretty darn important when moving parts, roller coasters, and kids are involved — so the ban makes sense. Or maybe it's just a conspiracy to get you to buy more of those PhotoPass pictures?

The truth is out there. Your selfie sticks, however, are now properly stowed.

[Photo: Juliana / Jaunted]

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Speed Beasts: Meet Mako, SeaWorld's Future Hypercoaster

June 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

They haven’t even started counting the summer cash yet, yet the folks at SeaWorld are already looking forward to 2016. We guess that’s necessary when you're building a big, bad new roller coaster, as these suckers don’t just come together overnight.

Rather than take a cue from Shamu this time they’ll be looking towards a little inspiration from sharks: SeaWorld's latest and greatest roller coaster will be called Mako. We can only imagine the final specifications are still being worked out, but the big reveal includes promises of a 73 mph top speed and drops around 200 feet.

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Erupt With Joy, Universal Orlando Fans: 'Volcano Bay' Water Park Is Coming in 2017

June 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you spot Harry Potter shopping for bathing suits in Diagon Alley, there's a good reason: things are scheduled to get soaked and soggy over at Universal Orlando Resort.

If there’s one thing that theme park kingdom was missing it was a water park, but apparently won't be a problem for much longer. Plans are in the work to open up a new water park, Volcano Bay, in 2017.

The scoop from the Orlando Sentinel reveals that the water park will feature some kind of volcano centerpiece — complete with several waterslides running down its slopes. Other details are few and far between at this point, but it sounds like we can expect a lazy river, a rapids ride, and plenty of fun.

Construction is already underway, and 53 acres near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been put aside for this new spot. If this is anything like Universal’s recent additions and upgrades, then we can’t wait!

[Photo: Universal Orlando]

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Official Proof That Disneyland Has Banned Selfie Sticks on All Rides

May 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Move Over, Mickey: An Indiana Jones-Themed Bar is Coming to Disney World

May 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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This Virtual Reality Theme Park is Coming to Utah

May 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.)

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1-Up! Mario, Luigi, and The Nintendo Family Are Headed To Universal Studios

May 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Universal Attempts to Prevent Flying Phones with Roller Coaster Metal Detectors

April 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: jared422_80]

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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 (6)

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]