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Hot Attractions for Summer 2013

This week, our focus is on the brand new and exciting attractions opening Summer 2013. Summer is the time of year when parks across the world battle for the attention (and dollars) of tourists and visitors, by debuting their new attractions. These are the coasters, dark rides, water slides and more that will be coming to a park near you. Each year the competiton gets more fierce as coasters go higher and faster, and dark rides get more intense and technologically advanced. Here’s what you can look forward to this summer:

Cedar Point: Gatekeeper

Cedar Point Gatekeeper

Riders will enjoy the sensation of flight as they climb the 170-foot lift hill along the beach, then charge toward the main gate at speeds up to 67 mph. Their seats will be suspended from the car, allowing them to soar with nothing above or below them. Throughout the 2-minute, 40-second adventure, they’ll undergo six spine-tingling inversions and roll through the two keyholes, flying directly over the approximately 3 million guests who enter the park each year.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto

Ripleys Aquarium Logo

No official opening date has been set for this brand new aquarium at the base of the CN Tower in Toronto, but construction has been progressing quickly so a late summer opening looks to be possible.
Aqua Twist at La Ronde

aqua-twist-la-rondeThis circular attraction is comprised of nine boats that can seat up to six passengers. Just after boarding and before the ride starts, the floor disappears and is entirely covered with water, allowing each boat to flow and rotate. Boats are equipped with six water pistols so passengers can interact with guests aboard the other boats and with bystanders.

Hong Kong Disneyland: Mystic Manor

Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor Poster

A brand new take on the world-famous Haunted Mansion, this new attraction provides a richly detailed new back story and ditches the traditional Doom Buggies for wi-fi and GPS enabled trackless vehicles. Using the latest technology, this looks to be one of the most technologically advanced attractions Disney has ever created.
Universal Orlando: Transformers: The Ride
Transformers: The Ride
A clone of the mega-awesome attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood an Universal Studios Singapore, except this time it’s two storeys to fit within the confines of New York Street. Expect high-definition 4D projections combined with animatronics, pyrotechnics and pulse pounding soundtrack.
Springfield at Universal Studios Florida

Simpsons Springfield Map

Not yet officially announced, this is another hyper-themed land Universal is adding to the park. You’ll be able to visit the Android’s Dungeon comic shop, Moe’s Tavern and more. A brand new spinning ride will be included in this area of the park themed to Kang & Kodos, the popular aliens from The Simpson television show.
Seaworld Orlando: Antarctica

Antarctica-Empire-of-the-Penguin Poster

Another Hyper Themed Land is opening in Orlando, this time at the gorgeous Seaworld. With a breathtaking new dark ride experience that allows you to get up close and personal with penguins, along with themed merchandise and food locations, it promises to be the “coolest” attraction on earth!
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Full Throttle
Six Flags Full Trottle Coaster
Full Throttle will feature the world’s tallest vertical loop on a roller coaster, in addition to three linear synchronous motor launches both forwards and backwards through tunnels and along the hilly terrain.
World of Chima at Legoland Florida

World of Chima boat ride

The fantastical new World of Chima will immerse guests in the only place in the world that brings the LEGO Legends of Chima to life. Amidst dramatic landscapes and the magical waters flowing from Mount Cavora, families will embark on an interactive water ride, The Quest for CHI. In this epic adventure, families will unleash the power and battle with water cannons in a journey through the diverse world of Chima where they will meet some of the highly advanced animal tribal habitats to help their hero Laval the Lion Prince defeat Cragger the Crocodile King in his quest to steal the mystical energy source, CHI.

Parks of the Future- Fastpass Weekly

Welcome to the this week’s edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we want to share with you.

This week, our focus is on Parks of the Future. From Middle Earth (The Lord of The Rings park) to the 5th gate at Walt Disney World, here are some interesting parks that could (or will) open in the future:

Disney’s Dark Kingdom

darkkingdomProposed as a new theme park for the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the theme was to be based on the Disney Villains. It was to pre a reverse of the Magic Kingdom as it would be the Disney Villains who would be in charge. The park’s centerpiece was to be Malificent’s castle and the park would have included rides based on Captain Hook, Ursula, and other villains.

Middle Earth

Unconfirmed rumours are circulating that Universal is talking with Tolkien Estate about creating a Middle-earth theme park. The rumours emerged on New Year’s day on the Orlando United forum where a user reported claims that Universal Studios asked Warner Bros. to raise the topic with Tolkien Estate. At this point, it is unclear whether the user has insider knowledge, or is simply reporting what others have said
Check out the forum thread here and join the conversation!

Paramount Theme Park

Developers have unveiled plans for a new £2billion Paramount theme park in Britain to rival Disneyland Paris.

Marvel Theme Park

Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and more come to life in this possible future park in Dubai! Think Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure, times 5!

Shanghai Disneyland

The super top-secret park currently under construction will feature brand new shows and attractions never seen in any other park!

Third Theme Park in California

disneythirdthemeparkFor years there have been rumours swirling of a third gate in Anaheim, even once confirmed by Disney on a now defunct site called Third Theme Park. And if you go way back in time, you can learn about Westcot, what was supposed to be the second gate before California Adventure opened with a thud.

Lost Parks- Fastpass Weekly

Welcome to the this weeks’ edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we want to share with you, our readers!

This week, our focus is on Lost Parks. Either closed down, abandoned or destroyed. There’s something quite eerie about places that were once filled with laughter and fun, and now sit decrepit and abandoned. We hope you enjoy these posts, and let us know what you’d like to see next!

Who knew China had its very own Disneyland, now rotting and abandoned?
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Fictional Theme Parks – Fastpass Weekly

Welcome to the this week’s edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we want to share with you, our readers!

This week, our focus is on Fictional Theme Parks. These are the parks in movies, television shows, books and in the imagination of people around the world.

We hope you enjoy these posts, and let us know what you’d like to see in the next edition! Continue reading

Fastpass Weekly- Theme Park Design & Operations

Welcome to the first edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we feel are so incredible and amazing we want to share them with you!

Each week, we’ll focus on a different theme that relates somehow to the wondrous world of theme parks. This is the ultimate collection of random things for the theme park fan 🙂

From the Making of Islands of Adventure to how to get a job at Disney if you’re not American, our inaugural collection of interesting things is focused on theme park design & operations:

If you haven’t read them already, here are some fantastic articles about The Making of Islands of Adventure from way back before the park opened in 1999.

A very interesting article about the lighting fixtures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s all in the details

Thanks to Screamscape for pointing this out, here is some concept art for a proposed jeep ride for Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

Ever wondered who helped bring to life Spiderman, Men in Black, The Little Mermaid, The Cat In The Hat and many other amazing characters in a theme park near you? The answer: ITEC Productions
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Jim Hill Media shares with us how Universal Creative turned “Jimmy Neutrons Nicktoon Blast” into “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem”
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
If you’ve ever even toyed with the idea of wanting to design theme parks or entertainment for a living, take a tour around Thinkwell Group. They’ve created some of the most amazing themed experiences around the world, including the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London and many Cirque du Soleil shows.
thinkwell group
Feel like running your own theme park? Just apply to the University of Central Florida Hospitality Management Program with the Theme Park & Attraction Management Track. 
Are you an international reader whose dream is to work at Walt Disney World? It can happen with the Disney Cultural Representative Program.
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