April 25, 2013 |
During a honeymoon trip to Los Angeles, Chris Hansen and his new wife, Shoni, decided not to skimp on their visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. They booked a pricey tour for the theme park that included a buffet lunch, an escort to the front of the line of every ride and a behind-the-scene visit to the property and wardrobe departments on the studio's television and movie lot. The experience set the couple back $299 each, compared with the regular $80 admission price. But they didn't complain.
April 9, 2013 |
This summer, a Belgian theme park will add an $8-million Viking land based on a television cartoon and movie series with two rides and a restaurant set in a lakeside village. The 12-acre Vicky the Viking themed land will be built on the location of a former theater at Belgium's Plopsaland De Panne, located along the North Sea about 90 minutes west of Brussels. A clever but timid 10-year-old boy who lives in a Viking village, Vicky is the star of a German-Austrian television cartoon series and the "Wickie the Viking" live-action films.
April 4, 2013 |
Travelers can go rolling on a river without leaving land at a new theme park that opened this week in Singapore . River Safari, the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore , showcases eight of the world's best known river habitats, including those of the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers. The park is home to 5,000 animals, including one of the world's largest collections of freshwater animals. “We look forward to bringing visitors up close to the fascinating wildlife that live in river habitats, which are disappearing faster than forest and marine environments,” said Claire Chiang, chair of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
March 26, 2013 |
It's safe to say the Kitt Super Jet boat ride set to open Friday at Italy's Movieland ranks as the craziest and strangest theme park attraction debuting anywhere in the world this summer. Photos: Kitt Super Jet boat ride at Italy's Movieland The one-of-a-kind ride at the movie studio theme park outside Verona combines the extreme tourism of jet boating popularized in New Zealand with a theme based on the 1980s "Knight Rider" TV show starring David Hasselhoff and an artificially intelligent crime-fighting car named Kitt.
March 22, 2013 |
Is the Walt Disney Co. considering adding a "Star Wars"-themed land at one of its parks in Anaheim? That question has been on the lips of Disneyland guests and annual pass holders who in the past few weeks began receiving a survey by Disney, asking them about their interest in "Star Wars. " On Twitter, at least one Disney guest posted a screen grab of the survey, which asked: "How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at Disneyland Resort?" Other questions included: "Which Star Wars characters would you definitely not want to see or meet in person?"
March 22, 2013 |
The gig: Tim Burkhart, 54, is corporate vice president of maintenance and construction for Six Flags Entertainment Corp. , the parent company of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and 17 other parks in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Burkhart's resume is pretty short. He has spent his entire career at Six Flags, starting in 1977 when he was in high school and worked as a ride operator on Revolution, the first looping roller coaster. It was meant to be a temporary job to raise money for some senior-year fun. Instead, Burkhart said, he fell in love with the park and its employees.
March 19, 2013 |
The days when parents could drop kids off at Disneyland for the day, leaving it up to Mickey and Goofy to watch over the youngsters, are over. Walt Disney Co. has unveiled a new admission policy requiring that children entering any of its U.S.-based theme parks be accompanied by a visitor at least 14 years old. In years past, parents living near theme parks would often use them as day-care facilities during summer vacation and spring break....
March 18, 2013 |
All Disney theme parks in the U.S., including Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, will soon require that youngsters entering the parks be accompanied by someone at least 14 years old. The new admission policy takes effect March 23. Disney officials said the change was not made in response to a particular incident. Disney's admission policy has varied from park to park and Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the company decided to adopt a consistent policy throughout its theme parks.
March 12, 2013 |
A $12-million roller coaster at a Scandinavian theme park will take riders on an off-road trek aboard all-terrain vehicles through a Mayan jungle in search of lost treasure. Photos: Juvelen launch coaster at Djurs Sommerland The dual-launch coaster themed to look like 4x4 quads is set to debut May 4 at Djurs Sommerland in Denmark. Juvelen, Danish for jewel, will take coaster riders on a four-wheeler journey in a hunt for lost gemstones. Reaching speeds of 50 mph along 3,330 feet of track, the ATV-style coaster trains will travel through a jungle setting dotted with waterfalls, stone totems and Mayan temples.
March 2, 2013 |
The brief announcement that Disney plans to add a Marvel-themed land to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017 raises a host of questions: Will Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men be getting their own rides? When will the Marvel characters be coming to Anaheim, Paris, Tokyo or Shanghai? And why, of all places, Hong Kong? Many of the most basic questions remain unanswered, in part because the announcement was made by a Hong Kong government official rather than Disney.