SeaWorld To Axe 350 Jobs

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are planning to make up to 350 jobs around the country, including 129 in Orlando, redundant.

The cost cutting exercise comes on the back of reported ticket price rise. The Bulk of SeaWorld layoffs will be from its three largest markets: 129 in Orlando (5 at corporate office, 124 in parks), 125 in Tampa and 80 in San Diego.

Rumours have it that SeaWorld were the worst hit by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter launch.

“This restructuring will allow us to operate more efficiently and better position us for long-term growth and independence,” SeaWorld Parks President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison said in a prepared statement. “Our primary goal is to eliminate some of the duplication of responsibility that affects performance, innovation and our ability to execute quickly.”

“It is an unfortunate, but necessary, consequence of a restructuring of this sort that positions will be lost,” Atchison added.

Orlando Thrill Theme Park Unveils 14 Ride Idea’s

14 rides, 8 Roller Coasters!!! Its sounds like music to my theme park ear’s… Its the Orlando Thrill Park

Chuck Bell, spokesman for the Orlando Thrill Park stated that the park would include rides from several manufactures including Intamin, Vekoma, Chance Morgan, Mack, S&S Power, U.S. ThrillRides and Mondial.

If plans are agreed and financing secured the Orlando Thrill Park will be situated on International Drive.

Orlando Thrill Park would have no themed environments, no costumed characters, no dark rides and few if any shows, Bell said. Instead, it would be all about the biggest, tallest, fastest, longest, steepest and greatest thrills.

No price tag has been pinned to the new park, but by my estimate the ride inventory alone would top $100 million. Bell said he hopes OTP would serve as a proving ground for the latest and greatest from the amusement industry, showcasing one-of-a-kind, prototype, record-breaking, envelope-pushing, adrenaline-based extreme rides.

Bell pointed to two parks as inspiration for Orlando Thrill Park: Cedar Point in Ohio and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, both parks are considered to be heavyweights in the battle for the title of  “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

14 Theme Park Rides for the Orlando Thrill Park



Busch Gardens New Show Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Today Busch Gardens are previewing their new show, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, to a selected audience in Tampa.

Jim Dean, Park President for Busch Gardens opened with “We’re bringing a Broadway smash hit back to Busch Gardens”

The Broadway hit, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, created and directed by circus impresario Neil Goldberg, opens December 3 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

This is a breathtaking show filled with incredible feats that will leave you spellbound. But words simply cannot do justice to describe it… so here’s a special visual sneak peak from dress rehearsals this week at Moroccan Palace Theatre:

Ages and Heights for Rides.

Theme parks and attractions in the US are not only for adults there are plenty of things babies and small children can do to. We have put together a list of parks and rides so you can see what your children can enjoy. One’s in Bold- babies from birth plus can enjoy.

Magic Kingdom……….

Ariels Grott0,Astro Orbiter, The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm (ok from around 2, height 35in), Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Carousel of Progress, Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, Country Bear Jamboree, Donald’s Boat, Dream Along with Mickey, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tiki RoomHall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion (although it says babies can ride, I’m not sure I would take a baby on here), It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Liberty Square Riverboat,
Mad Tea Party, Main Street Family Fun Day Parade, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s Country House, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Minnie’s Country House, Peter Pan’s Flight (this is a little dark and quite high), Pirates of the Caribbean, Pooh’s Playful Spot, Snow Whites Scary Adventures, Splash Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, Swiss Family Treehouse, Laugh Floor, Tom Sawyer Island, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Woody’s Cowboy Camp.

Animal Kingdom……..

Boneyard (supervision needed), Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Festival of the Lion King , Finding Nemo – The Musical, Flights of Wonder, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Pangani Exploration Trail, Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Triceratops Spin.

Hollywood Studios aka MGM……

Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!, Backlot Tour, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Beauty and the Beast, Sounds Dangerous, Fantasmic, Star Tours, The Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, High School, Musical Pep Rally, Indiana Jones Stunt,Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Lights – Motors – Action! Stunt Show, Magic of Disney Animation, Muppet Vision 3D, MGM Parades and Fireworks, One Man’s Dream.

Epcot………….

Soarin, Spaceship, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Test track, Innoventions, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Imagination!, Circle of LifeLiving with the Land, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, “Turtle Talk with Crush, Mission: Space.

Islands of Adventure……

Marvel Superhero Island –

The Incredible Hulk Coaster (You must be 54 inches tall to ride),
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (You must be 40 inches tall to ride) ,
Storm Force Accelatron (this is like the teacups),
Dr. Doom’s Fearfall (You must be 52 inches tall to ride).

Toon Lagoon

Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges (You must be 42 inches to ride),
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (You must be 44 inches to ride), Me Ship, The Olive Playground Area.

Jurassic Park –

Jurassic Park River Adventure (You must be 42 inches to ride),
Pteranodon Flyers (You must be taller than 36 inches or shorter than 56 inches to ride. Adults can only ride when accompanied by a child.) ,
Camp Jurassic Playground Area with Dinosaur Noises,
Discovery Center.

The Lost Continent –

Dueling Dragons (You must be 54 inches to ride), Poseidon’s Fury (no height restriction but loud noises and darkness may make it unsuitable for nervous toddlers), The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad.

Seuss Landing –

The Cat in the Hat Ride Inside (No hand-held infants are allowed on the ride), One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Caro-Seuss-el, The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride (34 inches),  GrinchMas (seasonal).

Universal Studios……….

Revenge of the Mummy – Must be at least 48″

Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast -Must be at least 40″ (persons under 40″ can experience this attraction from an adjacent stationary location.), Shrek 4-D No height, but can be scary, Fear Factor Live – No height restriction but consider subject matter carefully, Terminator 2: 3D – Battle Across Time – No height but consider subject matter carefully,  Men in Black Alien Attack – Must be at least 42″,  E.T. Adventure (possible height requirement of 40in, not for small babies) Probably ok for toddlers, but it is dark and mildly scary, Jaws – No height but consider subject matter carefully. I have read reviews where kids screamed and cried all the way through.  Twister: Ride it Out. Animal Planet Live!, Earthquake: The Big One.

Nickelodeon Studios…………

Curious George Goes to Town play park, A Day in the Park with Barney great show for little ones, Fievel’s Playland play park with water, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster -Must be at least 36″ Good for toddlers, Universal Horror Make-Up, Beetlejuice Graveyard Review No height restriction, but consider subject matter carefully, The Blues Brothers, Simpsons Ride – 40 inches.

SeaWorld………….

Shows:

Believe
Blue Horizons
Clyde and Seamore
Mistify
Odyssea
Pet’s Ahoy

Animal Attractions

Dolphin Cove
Manatee Rescue
Pacific Point Preserve
Penguin Encounter
Shark Encounter
Wild Arctic
– there is a ride Height Restriction: 42 inches or a walk through option.

Rides at Seaworld –

Journey to Atlantis – Height Restriction: 42 inches.
Kraken -Height Restriction: 54 inches
Shamu Express – Height Restriction: 38 inches with an adult or 41 inches without an adult
Shamu’s Happy Harbor playground

Celebs Ride Flight Of The Hippogriff

A great picture taken at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children, riding the Flight of the Hippogriff.

Flight of the Hippogriff

Thinks this proves regardless of age, everybody loves The Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

What Do You Do If You Are Stuck On A Roller Coaster?

Hi Thrill Seekers,

What do you do if you are stuck on a Roller Coaster?

Here’s a few tips to help stay calm in the event you’re ever stuck on a ride, whether it’s a dark ride or a roller coaster.

  • Don’t panic – Panic and you’ll make the situation worse. Don’t scream for help because you’re wasting your breath. The ride operators know you are out there and they will bring you down whether the ride can be restarted or not.
  • Think positive – You aren’t alone. You’re probably stuck with your friends, so chat about things to get your mind off the fact you’re stuck and to make time pass by.
  • Pay attention – If you do get evacuated from the ride, follow the employee’s directions. If the employee tells you to remain seated until they get to your seat, don’t stand up.
  • Stay cool – Once you’re off the ride and back on the ground, chances are the park will give you something to “reimburse” you for the time you were stuck on the ride, however it’s not a guarantee.
  • Keep a level head and don’t blow up and blame the employees because you got stuck. Mechanical shut downs happen all the time.

We hope you never get stuck on a coaster but its always handy to know what to do.

Regards,

Jamie

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Theme Parks and Augmented Reality

Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough blogs about Theme Park related Iphone Apps another one turns up.

Realparx claims to be the first company to mix augmented reality with Theme Parks to allow the customer an alternative way to navigate theme parks without having to constantly refer to a map.

The realparx app claims it will allow users to locate rides, shows, restaurants, toilets and shops by simply scanning their surroundings with their mobile.

Users will also have the ability to store locations that they wish to visit at a later date, for instance a ride that had a long queue. The app will also have integration with Facebook and Twitter allowing the user to share information with friends.

REALPARX for Guests

REALPARX lets users:

  • Navigate parks and attractions using AR. After launching the REALPARX app, users scan the surroundings. Digital titles appear and change in real time to match what the camera captures, allowing users to locate facilities and points of interest such as rides, show locations, restaurants, restrooms and shops.
  • Capture photos with AR data tags and geotags. With REALPARX, instead of a photo of someone simply standing in front of a rollercoaster or a water slide, users can include the name of the attraction in the photo without the physical sign.
  • Post pictures with AR data tags to Twitter and Facebook. Guests can share pictures and comments immediately.
  • Geotag an item—give it a title and description—to find it again later or show in a photo. Throughout the day, the geotag will appear in the viewfinder so guests can see where they are in proximity to the tagged item. Popular items to geotag include a car in a parking lot, a hot spot to meet for lunch, a favorite ride or a store with a favorite souvenir to purchase later in the day.

Universal Studios Hollywood lays out 20-year plan for future theme park attractions

A long-term plan for Universal Studios Hollywood envisions adding seven new theme park attractions over the next two decades while removing or relocating several studio backlot tour favorites, including the “Jaws” lake, the “War of the Worlds” disaster scene and the famed “Psycho” house and Bates Motel.

The $3 billion NBC Universal Evolution Plan lays out a proposed blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property in the San Fernando Valley, including new movie studio production facilities, CityWalk retail space and a residential neighborhood.

Additionally, the plan calls for 146,000 square feet of new attractions at the movie and television theme park. Inside the park, the 20-year plan also calls for three current attractions to be replaced: the “Terminator 2: 3D” special effects show, the “WaterWorld” stunt show and former “Fear Factor Live” theatre.

Both the “T2” and “WaterWorld” shows, based on 1990s movies, have long been candidates for replacement. The former “Fear Factor” stage, which currently houses the relocated “Special Effects Stage,” has played host to a number of theatrical duds over the years, including “Spider-Man Rocks” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Musical.”

The theme park plan also calls for the eventual removal of the Flintstones carnival midway games. No replacements for any of the theme park attractions have been announced. The “King Kong 360 3-D” drive-through movie, which made its debut this summer, and the Transformers special effects dark ride, scheduled to open in 2012, are not part of the growth plan.

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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Facts

  • SeaWorld’s animal care staff feeds roughly 400,000 pounds of Romaine lettuce related to the successful rescue and rehabilitation manatee program.
  • SeaWorld receives a truckload with approximately 20-30 thousand pounds of fish every Wednesday morning.  The variety of restaurant-quality fish includes: mackerel, squid, herring, white bait, silversides, sardines, krill, capelin, clams, shrimp and salmon.
  • Once the fish is thawed it is kept on ice and must be fed out within a 24-hour period. The typical grocery store keeps fish on ice for up to a week or 10 days so we’re not joking when we say it’s fresh!
  • SeaWorld feeds out approximately 4,000 pounds of fish every day, 1,000 of which is fed to the killer whales.
  • The five Asian elephants at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay each eat 250-300 pounds of food daily. That includes 1 1/2-2 bales of hay, 5 gallons of a special elephant diet, 80 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of browse, including oak branches, banana trees, palm fronds, bamboo, sugarcane or hibiscus, and occasionally some sweet feed, such as popcorn, Jell-O, Gatorade, popsicles and even Skittles. Some food even gets a schmear of peanut butter, molasses or honey. Whew!
  • The Bengal tigers at Busch Gardens eat upward of 8 pounds of meat each day. In summer months, the tigers enjoy cool blood popsicles, wasting no part of their daily diet.

Source – SeaWorld Blog