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Six Flags to buy Seaworld Parks & Entertainment?

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In what is the worst news we’ve heard in a long time, we’ve learned that Six Flags may be interested in buying Seaworld Parks & Entertainment. While Six Flags builds great coasters and thrill rides, they are known for lacking the quality & themed experiences of theme park owners like Seaworld Parks & Entertainment, Disney and Universal. Let’s cross our fingers that this deal doesn’t happen. Read the full article below: Continue reading

5 Official Theme Park Apps to enhance your trip


One of the best parts of heading out to a theme park is the moment you walk through the front gate and are handed a park map. This is your key to directional support, fun, showtimes and memories. I love reading park maps, and usually have the thing memorized by the end of the day. I read it standing in line, eating and even sometimes in the bathroom. This is all great, but sometimes you’re looking for a little more entertainment in line. Here are a few theme park apps developed by the parks for guests that take the park map to new technological levels. One of the best features in these apps is wait time updates, no more running around to find how long the lines are. After all, that information can’t be printed on paper. The best part is, these apps are just the beginning of the next generation of technology that theme parks are integrating. But that’s a topic for another day.

The Universal Orlando Resort App

This theme park app looks great, unfortunately it’s not available in the Canadian iTunes Store.
The official Universal Orlando® Resort Mobile App version 1.0 is the perfect companion for your visit to our two theme parks and CityWalk entertainment complex! Available as a free download, the app features GPS location tracking, highly visual interactive maps, attraction fun facts and photos, guest services and restaurant information, search functionality and more! Using the app you can also play a check-in game that highlights some of Universal Orlando’s most popular attractions and gives you the opportunity to “check-in to win” a savings guide worth up to $150.
App includes three custom GPS-based guides:
•Universal Studios Florida®
•Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
•Universal’s CityWalk®
FEATURES
•Carousel navigation, showing nearest points of interest such as attractions, guest services and more
•Interactive map interface with GPS location tracking so you can easily pinpoint your location
•Attraction information, fun facts and photos
•Dining and reservation information
•Check-in to Facebook and Twitter accounts
•Check-in game featuring opportunity to win a savings guide worth up to $150
•Search tool

Disney Parks Mobile Magic
Play games, check wait times, find your favourite characters. This free app does a great job of all of that, if you’re a Verizon customer running Android. This shuts out millions of people from having the ability to use this amazing app, including us Canadians. Were always left out, aren’t we? The alternative is to visit m.disneyworld.com on your device to explore theme park information and wait times (although not as specific as the app, attractions are noted as “See Now” “High Demand” or “Moderate”. It’s also not as nice to look at, it’s a simple mobile optimized site. Better than nothing I guess.

Busch Gardens Official App

These are in the Canadian iTunes store, so bravo to Busch Entertainment!
Busch Gardens’ first official park app is a must-have for your visit. This app is specially designed for both Busch Gardens parks.
Features:
– Includes Florida and Virginia locations.
– True GPS navigation provides a highlighted path to your destination.
– Interactive park map with search. Find nearest restroom, place to eat, ATM and more.
– Up-to-date wait times on rides, plus ride-height requirements.
– Features show times for each park’s spectacular shows.
– Get basic park info, calendar with operating hours, weather forecast and driving directions.
– Stay up-to-date with each park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
– In-app camera. Take pictures of your trip without leaving the app.
– Learn about our animals and their conservation status then get directions to connect with them in person.
– Personalize your day with guided tours and more.

Seaworld Official App

SeaWorld’s first OFFICIAL park app – a must-have for your visit. This app is specially designed for all three SeaWorld parks.
Features for iPhone:
– Includes San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando locations.
– True GPS navigation provides a highlighted path to your destination.
– Interactive park map with search. Find nearest restroom, place to eat, ATM and more.
– Up-to-date wait times on rides, plus ride height requirements.
– Displays next show times for each park’s SeaWorld’s spectacular shows.
– Get basic park info, calendar with operating hours, weather forecast and driving directions.
– Stay up-to-date with each park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
– In-app camera. Take pictures of your trip without leaving the app.
– Learn about our animals and their conservation status, then get directions to connect with them in person.
– Personalize your day with guided tours and Quick Queue.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks App

Another Canadian friendly app. Not sure what you do with your phone when you head into the water though!
America’s first family of world-class waterpark destinations and resorts, is proud to offer a FREE App that will enhance your trip planning and your next visit to Schlitterbahn. All Schlitterbahn Waterparks offer five-star family amenities including free parking, free use of inner tubes and free life jackets. Guests are also welcome to bring their picnic meals directly into the parks (no glass or alcohol please).
Interactive App features include:
– Family and Friend Finder – keep track of your family and friends throughout the park
– Interactive Park Maps – with locater and “what’s near me” features including attractions, food locations, lockers, restrooms, shopping and additional guest services
– Schlitterbahn Twitter – follow SchlitterTweet’s updates on insider park events and information
– Social Media – send your friends and followers instant updates through Facebook and Twitter
Additional App features include:
– Admission Prices and “purchase your tickets now” feature
– Attraction descriptions, photos, in park locations and safety ratings
– Common Questions
– Driving Directions
– Food locations
– Guest Amenities
– Hours of Operation
– Park Weather and Forecasts
– Phone Numbers
– Shopping

While I think these apps are great, I still love grabbing a park map when I get to the park and reading it over throughout the day. It also makes a great souvenir. Regardless it will be interesting to see the future of how mobile devices and technology enhance the theme park experience. Disney is the leader with its Next Generation technology being installed in their parks, and I’m sure the rest of the industry isn’t too far behind. What are some of your favourite apps to navigate the parks?