Wizarding World of Harry Potter Coming To The UK?

Are Warner Bros gearing up to launch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the UK? Reports state that Warner Bros have completed the purchase of Leavesden Studios near Watford, Hertforshire, which has been used to produce all the Harry Potter films. They have also confirmed that the site will be operated partly as a visitor attraction.

The cost of the purchase is said to be £100 million and covers all of the 170-acre site.

What will happen there?

By pre booking tickets, memebers of the public will be offered the ability to tour several of the original Harry Potter film sets at the studio where all eight movies were produced.

Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. said: “Our purchase of Leavesden and our multi-million pound investment in creating a permanent UK film production base further demonstrates our long-term commitment to, and confidence in, the skills and creativity of the UK film industry.

The group has secured permission for its development plans from the Three Rivers District Council. Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, will open in mid 2012.

Ferrari Consider Theme Park Expansion

Ferrari are said to be considering further Theme Park developments insiders revealed after their successful launch of Ferrari World Abi Dhabi

Pignatti Morano , head of new business for Ferrari said “We started with a white piece of paper developing this project, it is a dream come true for us as Ferrari. This is our first one, we may have plans for more.”

Ferrari World is the largest covered (indoor) theme park in the world and already boasts the fastest coaster at 150mph the Formula Rossa ride is the parks flagship ride and Ferrari believe the park will boost its already impressive brand exposure.

Pignatti Morano added “We are not doing this to sell more cars” leading us to speculate on further Theme Park plans…

We’ll keep you posted…

Disney Theme Park To Open In Shanghai

Disney have signed a deal with the Shanghai government to build a Disney Theme Park , according to reports on Friday the park could be open as early as 2014.

The move is seen as a real boost for Shanghai’s tourism.

Disney stuck the deal on Friday with Shanghai Shen Di Group Co. Ltd. who will act as its joint venture partner. Attraction-Tickets.info has heard that Disney would hold 43% of the equity shares in the joint venture and the rest of the 57% will belong to the new holding company, Shanghai Shen Di.

Disney World in China has for years been a topic of great interest but the idea was sidelined due to the Olympics in 2008. The project was approved by the Chinese government in November 2009 and the new joint venture deal takes the project one step closer to becoming a reality.

Disney said in a statement on Friday that they are still waiting for approval of the Chinese government about the incorporation of the related joint venture companies and also the necessary regulatory processes. The theme will cover a total area of 4 square kilometres and will come up near the new international airport in Pudong. Though Disney has ventured on similar territories before with its theme parks in Tokyo and Hong Kong, none of them have lived up to the expectations of the company.

Shanghai’s Disneyland is expected to cover about four square kilometers and cost about $3.75 billion

Thorpe Park

Thorpe park is a theme park located in Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK. It was built in 1979 on the site of a gravel pit which was partially flooded with the intention of creating a water based theme for the park.

In 2009, the park had 1.87 million visitors, making it the second most visited amusement/theme park in the United Kingdom, after Alton Towers with 2.7 Million Visitors. It was the 11th most visited in Europe.

The rides at Thorpe Park are based loosely around eight themed areas. In 2008, the park expressed their aim to give each ride a stronger identity rather than being part of an area. However, the sections of the park still keep a rough setting and theme.

Port Atlantis

Port Atlantis is a large dome located at the entrance to the park after the bridge and has an underwater theme. This building contains facilities such as guest services, shops, toilets, lockers, a bar and staff areas. It includes the park’s main restaurant called ‘The Glasshouse’ and a Nestle Sweet Shop, which opens on busy days. When the park initially opened the dome was known as the Mountbatten Pavilion. The Coffee Shack opened in 2010 and is a coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. A large arcade is also located in the dome.

Lost City

Lost City is the largest area in Thorpe Park, hosting the majority of the rides in the park. It has a Mayan/Aztec theme. Rides in the Lost city are Colossus, Samurai, Vortex, Quantum, Zodiac, X:\No way out, Rush and Slammer.

Calypso Quay

Calypso Quay is home to – Nemises Inferno, Detornator, Time Voyager and Rumba Rapids.

Canada Creek

Themed around a Canadian creek. This area is home to – Loggers Leap, Rocky Express and Canada creek railway.

Saw Island

Themed around the Saw film franchise, found here is – Saw the ride, Saw Alive and Saw Store

Amity Cove

Themed around a 1950s New Hampshire fishing village devastated by a tidal wave. It has its own park radio station, WWTP Radio, hosted by ‘Big Bob’. The rides in this area include – Tidal Wave, Stealth, Flying Fish, Storm in a tea cup and The Arena.

Ranger County

Ranger County is themed around the old “Thorpe Park Rangers” mascots. It is the smallest area in the park and is all that survives from the original Thorpe Park family areas. Here you will find – Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and Chief Ranger’s Carousel.

Neptune’s Kingdom

Themed around the mythical kingdom of Atlantis. The area is the smallest in the park with only one major ride. The area is home to – Depth charge, Neptune’s Beach, Wet wet wet, Big bashing balls and Battle Beam.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Finally Hits Pole Position

Finally Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is open to the public, one week after the original opening date, the worlds largest indoor theme park has welcomed its first official paying customers.

The original launch date was postponed due to the death of Saqr Bin Mohammed, the park stated at the time, “In respect of the passing of the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today’s soft opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been postponed.”

Ferrari World is the world’s largest indoor theme park and boasts the world’s quickest coaster at 149mph.

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Disney Dream Makes First Public Appearance in Papenburg, Germany

The new Disney Cruise Liner – Disney Dream makes first public appearance! With all the grandeur of a Hollywood premiere, the Disney Dream made her first public appearance when the luxury liner emerged from a massive Meyer Werft shipyard building in Papenburg, Germany, during a gala “float out” ceremony.

A tradition in the cruise ship industry, the float out marks yet another milestone for the Disney Dream. Fittingly, the ceremony was shared with thousands of local residents and shipyard workers who saw the ship magically transformed from tons of raw steel into a luxury liner that gleams in the Disney Cruise Line signature colors of black, red and yellow. For Papenburg, a town steeped in ship building tradition, the event turned into a community celebration to welcome the Disney Dream as she dipped her toes into the water for the very first time.

Work continues inside the ship as the Disney Dream sets her course for a Jan. 26, 2011, inaugural sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla. Testing will take place throughout the ship to ensure smooth sailing in the new year. In fact, a little mouse told me that even in the 40-degree weather in Germany, the AquaDuck — the world’s first “water coaster” at sea — is being tested with brave souls taking the 765-foot, splash’tacular trip through the acrylic tube that winds throughout four decks.

Kumba the ride at Busch Gardens – Tampa, Florida

Kumba the ride can be found at in Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida.

Consistently voted one of the world’s top roller coasters by enthusiasts around the world, this legendary beast takes you from hair-raising heights to absolute weightlessness through seven inversions, all with the grace and speed of this magnificent predator.

It is said that if you can hear the roar of a lion in the distance, you have crossed into his territory.  The natives call his roar the Kumba. And you’ll feel his breath on the back of your neck from the moment you step aboard the mighty coaster that earned his name.

Height to ride – 5″4

Ride Duration – Approx 2:37

Attraction ticket review – This ride is an average rollercoaster like one you would find at home, my son was a bit dissapointed as he couldn’t go on it as he is only 5″0 not sure why the height restriction is quite high

SheiKra the ride at Busch Gardens – Tampa

SheiKra the ride can be found in Busch Gardens.

It’s not a dream – or a nightmare. It’s SheiKra: A fierce, floorless, blazing-fast thriller in the heart of Busch Gardens.

After a 200 foot climb, this cunning coaster takes you just over the edge of a true 90-degree drop. And stops. For 4 seconds, you find yourself looking down – straight down – at the ground below as you’re held suspended above it.

Then, you plunge straight toward the ground, racing at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour. An Immelmann loop and a second vertical dive into an underground tunnel end with a surprise twist for those who look on – because with SheiKra, even they cannot escape.

Height to ride – 5″4

Ride Duration – Approx 2:04

Attraction ticket review – This was AWESOME!!!! Definately one for the thrill seeker’s, every time I watch this one You tube I wish I was back there.