The Sorting Hat At Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Whilst queueing for the forbidden journey ride at the WizardingWorld of Harry Potter, the sorting hat is used to give out safety instructions here is its words….

What’s that you say, Sorting Hat?

These benches are not safe for you
If you are still too small.
You must be more than goblin-sized
48 inches tall.

Now rid yourself of objects
That might poke or scratch or fall.
Take jewelry, cell phones or loose change
And stow them one and all.

To keep your treasures safe and sound
Smart lockers are supplied.
Gringotts made them wizard-proofed
For all you need to hide.

Now, a warning:
Do not ride if flying makes you queasy.
If frightened or else sore in back or neck
Then leave. It’s easy.

You’ve come far.
You’re very near.
The waiting’s been long.
But, smoking, drinking and eating while you ride
Are very wrong.

Now thank you all for listening.
Our safety lesson’s done.
We hope you live to tell the tale.
And most of all, have fun.

Source – Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney USA Beaten By Disney International

Some very interesting results coming out of Disney’s full yearaccounts.  With net profit across the board increasing by 19.8%

Overall revenues rose by 5.3% to $38.1bn, while operating income improved by 13.7% to $7.6bn.

Revenues from Disney’s Parks and Resorts group increased by 0.9% to $10.8bn, however operating profit fell 7.1% to $1.3bn.

Disney have stated that the decrease is attributed to a decline in the U.S. market, but was actually added by improved results at its international parks.

Disney attributed this loss to the following

  • 1 less business week compared to last year.
  • Lower hotel occupancy.
  • Decrease at Disney Cruise Line.
  • Lower Disney World Attendance
  • increased operating costs

These reasons  were partly offset by higher visitor spending, primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increased attendance at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim).

Meanwhile, the growth in international operations reflected improvement at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, driven by increased attendance, guest spending and hotel occupancy, and an increase at Disneyland Paris, due to higher guest spending and a real estate sale, partly offset by lower attendance.

Higher guest spending at both resorts resulted from higher average ticket prices and average daily hotel room rates.

For the fourth quarter alone, the group saw net profit slip by 6.7% to $835m, on revenues down 1.3% at $9.74bn. Operating profit fell 7.3% to $1.7bn.

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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