Zumba Flume was a classic log flume ride that was located in the Grande World Exposition of 1890. It was removed to make way for Flight Deck (Top Gun).
The ride was one of the original attractions in the Park when it opened in 1981, and entertained over 14 million riders in its 15 years of operation. Zumba Flume was removed to make room for Top Gun (now Flight Deck), which opened in 1995.
I remember riding this on my very first trip to Canada’s Wonderland in the early 90’s. We got to skip school, and it was wicked awesome! As we were waiting to unload on the turntable, a kid got his leg stuck between the platform and the log. They had to call the Paramedics to pry his leg out and unfortunately it was broken. Maybe this happend a few too many times? Who knows! Either way, the ride was pretty awesome. Look for a shot of it in this classic Wonderland ad:
What’s your favourite lost attraction at Canada’s Wonderland? Comment and let us know!
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:
Proposed 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.
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!
As we sit here in chilly January, the summer season of rollercoasters, thrill rides and outdoor parks seems like it will never arrive. For those of us that live in colder climates with seasonal parks, this is prime time for getting a position in a park. Many seasonal amusement and theme parks have begun their recruitment campaigns for the summer. Don’t worry if you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate with parks open year round, they’re recruiting too as summer is peak season.
If you’ve ever thought of working in a park, DO IT! It’s one of the best experiences you can have. You meet a lot of great people, get to work outside and best of all: go to a park every day! Here’s a listing of some parks that have started their hiring for the 2013 season and a couple of resources for amusement industry jobs. Let us know if we’re missing a resource our readers would be interested to hear about!
Universal Orlando has unleashed its new advertising campaign for 2013, with the tagline “Vacation like you mean it.” It’s a great campaign that gets use excited for our next trip! We must mention our favourite ad campaign was the “Be courageous. Be Outrageous. Be Extraordinary” that debuted with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What’s your favourite Universal Orlando ad campaign?
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 →
For those of you that enjoy the Halloween season as much as we do, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Halloween attractions across the country. This is an ever evolving list, so check back often. If we missed any, let us know! Continue reading →
The Walt Disney Company hosted its annual Shareholders meeting today in Kansas City, Mo. The important news today was that Avatar land is still happening and Disney plans on integrating Marvel into the parks. Not much else was revealed, except that the Avatar themed land will start construction sometime in 2013, with a planned opening for 2015. No one is sure what role Marvel will play in the theme parks, but preliminary design work has been completed.
The Walt Disney Co. has done preliminary work on introducing Marvel’s superhero characters to the happiest place on earth: Disney’s theme parks.
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending an annual meeting that the company has had a number of discussions and done preliminary design work that it hopes will one day lead to Marvel characters appearing, as Disney’s other familiar faces do, in the theme parks.
“We haven’t announced anything yet,” Iger said Tuesday, in response to a question posed by a shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. “But we’re working on some concepts.”