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Six Flags new attractions for 2013 season


Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced that it will introduce another exciting array of thrill and family rides, spectacular stage shows, and extreme water slides in 2013 across its 19 North American parks, including the transformation of Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari in New Jersey into one property, creating the largest regional theme park in the world. Continue reading

New Fantasyland Opening Dates announced!

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

We’re so excited to hear today that the completed Dueling Dumbo’s and interactive queue line along with Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station will open in July, followed by everything else in the New Fantasyland opening by Holiday 2012. The exception being the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is still the wild card. Read all the details below:

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Cars Land at DCA opens June 15…plus more magic!

After five long years of construction, renovation and refurbishment, Disney California Adventure will be debuting 4 new attractions on June 15. The biggest expansion in its history, Cars Land, is set to be the biggest draw. If you haven’t heard, Radiator Springs Racers is the big “E” Ticket attraction, building upon the technology and innovation of Test Track at Epcot. The area is said to be the latest of many “hyper themed” lands at theme parks worldwide, a trend started by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.  In addition, the brand new entrance area of Carthay Circle will showcase Hollywood as Walt would have experienced it in 1923. It’s going to be great to see the park the way it was meant to be, after over 10 years of growing pains. Disney has finally fixed the problems with the park and can now call it a world class destination. The park will be closed to guests on June 14 to prepare for the media event the next day. It should be quite magical! Find out more details below…. Continue reading

Big Red's Disney Bootcamp: 2011 Review and what's new for 2012

‘Tis the season to review what the last 12 months has offered and Theme Park Canuck is certainly not going to be left behind so I am going to take the opportunity to review what amazing and well……magical things Disney has certainly accomplished in 2011 and what exciting things are in store for us in 2012. In no particular order:

1. Star Tours Refurbishment

Star Tours 2.0

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World provided their guests a long awaited referb and update.  Bringing all the magic and thrills of Star Wars back to the forefront. More than 50 stories themes are being offered in 3D.  New characters and worlds will offer the chance to fight alongside of some of our beloved characters.  I actually enjoyed my time in October with Darth Vader who joined me on my quest.
2. Aulani
Aulani
Nestled on the Island of Oahu, the brand new shiny Vacation Club Resort is a masterpiece of all that is Disney. 360 Hotel rooms & 481 Vacation Club suites collaborating the customs and cultures of the Island and the magic of Disney. Aulani is the newest destination offering incredible views, experiencing and a chance to explore the lands.   21 enchanting acres in fact,  filled with snorkeling lagoons, grand villas and an abundance of Pixie Dust.   You may even find Mickey & Minnie in grass skirts somewhere out on a beach as the sun sets if you really look closely.
3. Avatarland
Avatar Land
 James Cameron’s movie about a fantasy world will be joining the Disney family in 2013 but was announced earlier this year causing some major excitement.  Several acres of land  in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will offer attractions, entertainment, the amazing animatronics Disney has been accustom to delighting us with.   With a reported $500 Million dollar budget, Pandora is going to give guests an incredible look inside this fantasyland.
4. The Disney Dream- Disney Cruise Line’s Newest addition
Aqua Duck on Disney Fantasy & Dream
Jan 26,2011 was the maiden voyage for this youngster in the Disney Cruise Lines fleet.  The Dream offers 4000 passengers the opportunity to sail on the state of the art masterpiece. and is, just some trivia for you, is the 10th largest ship in the world currently.  11 night clubs and lounge, kids and teens areas and the most impressive dining in the fleet thus far.  A plethora of sporting options, a basketball court, a mini-golf course and the glowing piece DE la resistance, the Aqua Duck. The 765 foot long water coaster is exhilarating to say the least and everyone will have to take a whirl.
6. Carsland
Cars Land
This brand new, super detailed land is scheduled to debut at Disney California Adventure this coming summer. Look for brand new attractions and ways to interact with the characters from Cars like never before. This is the biggest expansion in DCA’s history, all part of the 1 billion they are spending to fix the former retail & dining oriented park and turn it into a full day park worthy of the Disney name.
5. New Fantasyland
New Fantasyland
In a two stage process, Walt Disney World will offer some fantastic new attractions and restaurants that haven’t been seen in some time. Two new rides, Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.  A new castle which the Beast will inhabit and the second castle for the Park. The 550 seat “Be our Guest” sit down restaurant will also be a welcomed addition. Dumbo will just be moved slightly double in capacity, unofficially dubbed “Dueling Dumbos.”  The expansion has disturbed Fantastyland for much of the year but will be well worth the wait.
All in all, Disney Parks offered more than I could possibly include in this blog but that means that you have more exciting things to see and do at Disney Parks.  As a New Year is about to commence, I wish for prosperity and joy and a lifetime of happiness to all that read this blog.  2012 is proving to be an incredible year with so many things to explore at the Parks so get out there and find your own magic.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a date with the Fairy Godmother and I don’t want to keep her waiting because my slippers are only good for……well, you know the story I’m sure. 😉

Happy New Year’s!!

So until next time, TTFN!!

Tracey

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter goes Hollywood…and expands in Orlando

Major updates for Harry Potter fans. Universal Studios Hollywood is expected to announce a major Harry Potter attraction/expansion similar to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. They are holding a media event tomorrow to officially announce the project. In addition, we also hear of the possible expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Read on for details.

First, the Universal Studios Hollywood News from the Los Angeles Times:

“Harry Potter is making his Los Angeles debut on Tuesday. Executives from Universal Studios and Warner Bros. will unveil and for the first time publicly discuss their plans to build the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood at a late-morning news conference.Universal announced the event, stating in an email that it would be “hosting a Butterbeer toast to celebrate a very special announcement.” People close to the matter but not authorized to discuss the event beforehand confirmed it would be the unveiling of plans to duplicate the massively successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction from Universal Studios Orlando at the L.A. theme park. Top executives from Warner Bros., which made the “Potter” films and controls licensing rights to author J.K. Rowling’s books about the boy wizard, will be in attendance along with those from Universal. They will include the leaders of both companies: Warner Chairman Barry Meyer and Universal President Ron Meyer (no relation). In addition, demonstrating the significance of what will likely be a huge investment in building the Potter-themed rides and shops, along with the longer-term boost to tourism, California Gov. Jerry Brown will be in attendance.The Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter has brought in more than 7 million people in its first year and was the main driver in a 36% increase at Universal’s park there in the first three months of 2011. The attraction isn’t expected to open at Universal’s Los Angeles location — right next to its film and television studio in Universal City — until 2015 at the earliest.”

The Hogwarts Express Station

Now to the juicy Orlando details:

The second item of Harry Potter news are the rumours about the expansion for the original Wizarding World at Universal Orlando which is located in Islands of Adventure. We’ve heard from multiple reliable sources that the reason the JAWS Ride and entire Amity section of Universal Studios Florida is being closed is to prepare for a Phase 2 expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The concept here will be that you can visit London, Diagon Alley, Gringott’s Bank and The original Ollivanders Wand Shop before boarding the Hogwarts Express to the existing themed side of Islands of Adventure. These are wild rumours, but with the sucess the park has seen with the first Phase, we’re sure they are rusing to get the expansion built and ready to open as soon as possible. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more!
What do you think about possible copycat attractions in Hollwood? And how do you feel about JAWS being replaced with more magic from the realm of Harry Potter?

Transformers Ride opening soon in Singapore

We’re so excited that Transformers: The Ride that is opening in less than a month at Universal Studios Singapore. It’s going to take the technology and concepts of the Spiderman ride from Islands of Adventure and inject it with steroids. The Grand Opening is slated for December 3, and while many details are still unclear, they keep posting teasers for us. We’ll be sure to post updates and pictures as soon as we recieve them. Until then, check out this preview of the pre-show that the Resorts World Sentosa blog has posted:

They also have a great blog to follow for the latest updates on the ride. Check it out at HERE
Sadly, we won’t be able to check out the overseas version of the ride, but Spring 2012 will bring the U.S. version of the Transformers ride to Universal Studios Hollywood, and we hope to make it there for a visit when it opens.

Dinosaurs Alive! revealed for Canada's Wonderland in 2012


Next season, visitors to Canada’s Wonderland will be transported back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in one of the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur parks; Dinosaurs Alive! More than 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs set in a seven acre outdoor Jurassic themed environment will make up this first class interactive exhibit.

The multi-sensory dinosaur park will bring inspiration, science and technology together in a unique setting where guests will encounter handcrafted, life-like creations made to replicate nearly every feature of dinosaurs, right down to their skin-like exteriors. Dinosaurs Alive! will feature five main scenes that will allow guests to see where dinosaurs lived, how they protected themselves, and many other aspects of their prehistoric existence.
The Dinosaurs Alive! journey will include a gigantic Ruyangosaurus towering at 42 feet (12.8M) tall, and a vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex at over 60 feet (18.3M) in length. Several dinosaurs will feature interactive consoles allowing guests to guide dinosaur movement; mimicking what scientists believe to be the way they moved their arms, tails, mouths and eyes. There will also be a kid’s paleontological dig site where guests will be encouraged to help uncover the skeleton of a large predator that will lay buried in the sand. Dinosaurs Alive! will add another dimension of excitement for our guests in 2012, Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland Vice President and General Manager said. “This new attraction will present a unique educational experience, while offering thrills of a new kind for guests as they interact with these life-like dinosaurs.”
Dinosaurs Alive! is being installed by Canadian based Dinosaurs Unearthed; a traveling dinosaur exhibition company that specializes in creating outstanding dinosaur experiences. Since 2005, their exhibitions have opened to great success across North America and delighted audiences in museums, science centers, zoos and other venues.
Dinosaurs Alive! at Canada’s Wonderland will open in May, 2012. The admission to the Dinosaur Park will be $5.00. For more information onDinosaurs Alive! log onto the website at http://dinosaursalive.canadaswonderland.com