May 4, 2012 |
Billed as the world's tallest water ride, the $26-million Divertical at Italy's Mirabilandia theme park will combine a shoot-the-chutes flume and a roller coaster track with an offshore powerboat racing theme. PHOTOS: Divertical water coaster at Mirabilandia Debuting June 16, the Divertical water coaster will feature an innovative elevator lift system that carries the 10-person boats to the top of the 197-foot-tall ride. From there, riders will descend a 45-degree water flume at speeds topping 65 mph. After a tidal wave-like splash, the train will continue along a coaster track over air-time hills and hairpin turns before dropping into a second splashdown pool.
February 29, 1988 |
On a large construction site near Seoul, South Korea, workers and machines are racing to finish a fantasy land complete with a 15-story fairy tale castle and a 60-foot-long fire-breathing dragon. Welcome to Lotte World--a $750-million project with indoor and outdoor theme parks, a 350-store shopping mall and a 500-room hotel--that is scheduled to open in time for the Summer Olympics in Seoul.
September 5, 2004 |
Production designer Ron Volz got an early start on his flair for props as well as his obsession with pirates. As a child growing up in Cincinnati, Volz "dreamt of seeing the ocean and finding a treasure of jewels and gold doubloons." By age 4 he was hoarding seashells brought back by neighbors from Florida and making clipper ships out of carved tree limbs and his grandmother's hatpins.
October 20, 2010 |
It was a bold, in-your-face corporate strike underscoring the bad blood between South Korea's two biggest retail titans. In an Asian version of the old Macy's versus Gimbels death match, Shinsegae Group last year opened its latest luxury department store on the home turf of archrival Lotte Group. Not just any new branch, this was a monster retail space that eclipsed Macy's New York City flagship store in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest department store.
June 2, 2012 |
China's Jurassic Dream is racing toward a 2013 grand opening with plans to double the size of the dinosaur-centric indoor theme park within three years of the fast-tracked debut. PHOTOS: Jurassic Dream theme park in China Designed by Burbank-based Thinkwell Group, the 20-acre theme park will be located in Daqing, a petroleum-rich city of 3 million people in northeast China that has been the site of numerous dinosaur fossil finds. "Kids all over the world love dinosaurs, but in China they have an emotional connection to dinosaurs because they are right in their backyard," said Thinkwell creative director Dave Cobb.
December 26, 2012 |
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.