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Next month, Lady Gaga will be in 9 places at once. There'll be herwherever she isplus eight life-size wax figures of her debuted at eight different Madame Tussauds. Gaga will join a range of other pop stars made into wax, like Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. The official unveiling happens December 9, so all the "Little Monsters" better get themselves to a big city with a Tussauds for the occasion.
Already the wax museums are calling the event "the biggest and most ambitious figure launch in Madame Tussauds history." According to the press release, the figures are all being made in London before being sent to the eight Madame Tussauds, in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Each figure costs 150,000 GBP ($238,335) to create, meaning that the whole project is a whopping 1.2 million GBP ($1.9 million). For that, the fake Lady Gagas better bring in a whole bunch of tourist dollars.
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What to buy when you’re in Dollywood? A hoodie? Booty shorts? A Dollywood license plate? Well, if you do as we did, you could buy all three and then be walking out when you see the perfect Dolly souvenir willing you to buy it.
Reader, we bought it. “It” being a four foot Dolly blanket with “I will always love you” scrawled on it in lipsticky red by Dolly’s own fair hand.
Our friend thought we were mad – it was $29.99, after all, and that’s a lot to pay for a joke – but we knew we were right. Also, it’s entirely practical – winter is coming and we could do with some kind of throw on our bed. And it may as well be Dolly as some hideous garish patterned thing that we’d find in Target.
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This goat, the very one you see above, resides in a treehouse-type pen in a farm field outside of Montpelier, Vermont. He doesn't go anywhere and do much, and yet the busloads of tourists come to him. Why? Because this is a goat that can do a stupid animal trick, and apparently people will travel to see that, and pay a quarter to participate.
He happens to live at Morse Farm a maple syrup producer locally famous enough to attract the fall foliage bus tours, especially the ones full of Europeans eager for a peak at traditional Americana. Maybe the goat helps souvenir sales? Anyways, here's his gig: you walk out to his pen in the field, put a quarter in an old gumball machine to retrieve goat feed. You put it in a cup at the end of a rope, and the goat hears the food drop into the cup and he begins to frantically bite at the rope, quickly raising the cup up his treehouse perch and to his lips. He quickly gobbles it down and the tourists go crazy. It'd be kind of cute if goats didn't have freaky, horizontal rectangle-shaped pupils.
This year is the 25th anniversary of one of our favorite movies—Back to the Future. Michael J. Fox and company reunited last night on the Spike network to celebrate the occasion, and they’re stamping out plenty of Blu-ray Discs in advance of the movie’s release in high definition next week. Since we can’t travel back to 1955 to see some of the movie’s filming locations, we’re suggesting a visit to Doc Brown’s mansion instead.
Doc Brown’s Arts and Crafts style home isn’t really in Hill Valley, but it’s actually in the real life town of Pasadena. It was famous before the movie, as it is The Gamble House, and it is listed as a National Historic Landmark. If the name of the house sounds familiar—that’s because it should—it’s Gamble as in Procter and Gamble.
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We’ve taken some time to look at where the Concorde has landed all over the globe, but one of the supersonic birds might be on the move. No longer will visitors need to plan a side trip to visit a piece of aviation history, as one of the planes might be taking up a prime slice of tourist trap real estate in London.
Yes, it's true - one of the jets is sitting at London-Heathrow airport, not really doing anything right now, so fans of the plane are looking to move it onto the Thames next to another tourist hotspot: the London Eye. And when we say "onto the Thames", we mean it - it'd be fixed up on a floating pontoon in the river itself.
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If you've been pining for some China travel or Thailand travel, but have been holding off because they're too unique or interesting or exciting, you might want to start looking at some of those exciting Asian LCCs that we've been writing so much about. News on the hotel and entertainment front has it that the countries are getting some of the West's most refined tourist traps, the better to enhance the region's cosmopolitan flavor. Charming.
China is getting a new Hard Rock Cafe, to be attached to Macau's existing Hard Rock Hotel and its casino. This will be the second Hard Rock in China, presumably part of our plan to bankrupt the Chinese by tricking them into buying overpriced plates of fries. That's assuming that the people who dine at the establishment will be local, and that they'll also be the ones purchasing merchandise from the shops and gambling in the casino. If it's American tourists doing that, it won't do much good for our currency imbalance at all. More the opposite.
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If you have a chance to go to Nova Scotia's tiny fisherman's hamlet of Peggys Cove, about an hour's drive outside of Halifax, then you must go. It's a town that fulfills your desire to spend time in a quaint maritime town, but as much as we loved our recent stop there, there is a major issue with Peggys Cove. Tourists are bussed in and out, with maybe 1 solid hour to enjoy the place.
The entire population of Peggys Cove numbers only something like 50 people, but they spend the warmer months raking in the dough from the thousands and thousands of tourists who visit every week, both by road tripping on their own or by big bus tour. The majority visit thanks to the latter, but with typically only one hour to run a marathon over the rocks, seconds to take in the views, and split seconds to capture each perfect photograph.
It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the ninth anniversary, and as New York City has done every year around the date since 2003. Officially the installation is called "Tribute of Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Next year will be the lights' final year to appear, marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Yesterday we showed you the real reason that tourists ride the free Staten Island Ferry from the tip of Manhattan: the view of the Statue of Liberty. However, since a few days ago and continuing through this upcoming weekend, the tourist hordes will be attracted by the World Trade Center lights, which are perfectly visible and photographable from the ferry. Our friend @the_vole was on the ferry just last night, shooting these images with his iPhone.
We already know that Mickey Mouse is the king when it comes to theme park characters, but another world icon may be edging in to share the spotlight. Hello Kitty is scheduled to get her very own theme park later this year. There’s already Sanrio Puroland which focuses on all the characters in the Sanrio universe, but this new spot is all kitties, all the time.
The new park will be situated within the Odaiba section of Tokyo, and it will be known as Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise. Technically we guess you could call it an amusement park, but don’t think that people will be picking it over Tokyo Disneyland anytime soon. This new amusement park will be all indoors within the Venus Fort shopping mall, so we’re pretty sure the possibility of crazy tall roller coasters is out of the question.
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Like it isn't bad enough that the coast of Lake MIchigan freezes over during the winter, Chicago's John Hancock Center has announced that they'll have an ice skating rink installed on the 94th floor. This news comes from TimeOutChicago, who doesn't neglect to point out that an ice rink more than 1,000 feet up makes it the world's highest ice skating rink.
Expect to rent ice skates and do some figure-eights as soon as January 2011. The rink will be the newest entry in a list of recent upgrades at the Hancock's Observatory: "Over the last couple years, the observatory has rolled out a cafe and full bar, augmented reality telescopes, and a sleek design." Perhaps to compete with the
Sears Willis Tower's tourist-attracting glass ledges on their 103rd floor? We bet!
We love the response of our friendwho lives in the John Hancock Buildingto the new ice skating rink plans: "WTF that is insane. What are weDubai?"
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor sure has had some ups and downs lately. After being closed following the tragedy of September 11, the Statue's crown observation area reopened to great fanfare and sold-out tickets last July. Almost immediately, tourists from around the world were logging on to the Statue's website to snatch up the limited availability trips to the top, and spots were booked up through the fall.
Now that Lady Liberty has enjoyed her first full summer back and the tourists have roasted in her 100-degree-plus insides, she's about to take yet another long break. The Statue of Liberty will close next fall for a year, for $26 million in security upgrades, and that means no access to the crown, base or pedestal. Nothing. You can go stand on Liberty Island and look up at her, but you won't be touching her, no way.
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Neverland Ranch has been in a state of turmoil long before Michael Jackson’s death, but now it looks like it might be coming back for a finale.
State Assemblyman Mike Davis thinks that the California Department of Parks and Recreation should take over the estate and open it as a state park. It sounds like a great idea, but California probably doesn’t have the cash to buy a 2,500-acre mega mansion right now. Maybe the state’s governor can chip in a few bucks before he leaves office.