Cheetah Hunt Build Update

Straight off the SeaWorld blog a great look at the construction of Busch Gardens, Cheetah Hunt.

Cheetah Hunt Tower
Cheetah Hunt
Cheetah Hunt

As you can see by these images the ride is really beginning to take shape and is on course for the ambitious spring 2011 launch, rumoured to be in May.

Disney Dream Cruise Ships Vital Statistics

• Port: Port Canaveral

• Tonnage: 128,000 tons

• Length/Beam: 1,115 ft./125 ft.

• Total Staterooms: 1,250

• Total Passengers: 4,000

• Amenities: First water coaster at sea, AquaDuck. Atrium lobby features Enchanted Art: still artwork that comes to life when a guest walks in front of it. Virtual portholes in all inside staterooms which offer a real-time view outside the ship from high-definition cameras. Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab youth areas include living characters: Disney characters appear on a 103-inch plasma screen to talk, joke and play with passengers.Goofy’s Sports Deck, Nemo’s Reef water-play area, Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar for adults only, Pixie Hollow kids area, children’s and teen activities, family pools, various restaurants including three adult-only establishments, spa and salon, and much more.

• Staterooms: Concierge family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe oceanview stateroom verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom, deluxe oceanview stateroom, deluxe inside stateroom, standard inside stateroom, concierge 1-bedroom suite with verandah

• Inaugural Sail Date: Set for January 26, 2011

• Shipyard: Papenburg, Germany

• Country of Registry: Bahamas

• Officer Nationality: International

• Web site: disneycruise.disney.go.com

If you haven’t already seen the amazing images of the Disney Dream just follow this link;

Pictures of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

LegoLand Florida Park Details

Park Details

The Beginning hosts park entry, ticket and pass sales, the Garden Restaurant and The Big Shop.
* The Big Shop – One of the largest retail stores in the world where guests can a huge selection of LEGO and LEGOLAND merchandise
* The Market – Authentic imported Danishes and freshly baked pastries, espresso, milk, juice, fruit, a selection of yogurts and soft serve ice cream

When guests enter Fun Town, they truly get a sense they’ve entered a LEGO
village.

LEGOLAND Florida will feature a variety of retail shops and delicious treats, most notably, Granny’s Apple Fries.
* Factory Tour – A firsthand look at how LEGO bricks are made from factory to finish
* Studio Store – Visit this store to pick-up all your favorite LEGO licensed products, like Clutch Powers, Bob the Builder™ , SpongeBob™, Indiana Jones™, Star Wars™ and Batman™
* Granny’s Apple Fries – The home of our signature dessert item! This must-have snack is made with crisp Granny Smith apples, powdered with cinnamon and sugar and served with a deliciously sweet vanilla cream sauce
* Fun Town Theater – Four different 4-D movies will show throughout the day at LEGOLAND’s largest 4-D theater with seats for 700!

Miniland USA, the heart of every LEGOLAND Park, will be home to seven specially themed areas – Washington, D.C., New York City, Las Vegas, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona and of course Florida.
* Florida encompasses the entire state from Mallory Square in Key West to Bok Tower in Central Florida and antebellum mansions in the Panhandle. Miniland Florida also includes an expanded area for Kennedy Space Center and an interactive Daytona racing experience where guests can race LEGO brick cars.
* Las Vegas features the world-famous Strip including the Luxor Las Vegas, New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Excalibur, Mirage, Treasure Island, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Venetian, Stratosphere tower and two iconic structures of Paris Las Vegas: the balloon sign and Eiffel Tower. “The Strip” at LEGOLAND also features a miniature wedding chapel, monorails and real life sounds recorded in Las Vegas. The architectural landmark is built out of more than two million bricks and represents more than sixteen-thousand hours of creative artistry.
* Washington, D.C. sports faithful recreations of the White House, Capitol Building, Smithsonian, Washington and Jefferson monuments and parts of Georgetown. An animated marching band parades in front of the Capitol and tiny cherry trees blossom every spring.
* New York City features the Freedom Tower years before its completion in the Big Apple. Tiny jets of water shoot up from the fountain in Rockefeller Plaza, while an army of animated yellow taxicabs prowls the streets of Times Square. The Statue of Liberty, a cutaway view of Grand Central Station, The Empire State Building, The Guggenheim Museum and the Bronx Zoo are just a few of the recognizable landmarks.
* A Pirate themed section hosts a full-on swashbuckling pirate adventure as two opposing pirate ships and their “mates” battle it out upon the high seas.

Castle Hill takes kids back to medieval times where spells are cast and many knights, damsels and dragons are found.
* The Dragon – An indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster that features a spirited and humorous view of life behind the scenes within the enchanted LEGOLAND Castle
* The Royal Joust – Kids ride LEGO themed horses through a number of medieval scenes where they encounter other riders in a simulated joust

In Land of Adventure, adventurers of all ages explore hidden tombs and hunt for treasure.
* Coastersaurus – This junior coaster reaches curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs
* Lost Kingdom Adventure – LEGOLAND Florida’s spectacular dark ride invites guests to fire laser blasters at targets and brave the rugged Egyptian landscape in all-terrain roadsters, while attempting to unearth the vast treasures of a forgotten empire
* Pharaoh’s Revenge – This outdoor attraction lets children and parents fire soft foam balls at enemies and explore the complex maze of the Pharaoh’s kingdom
* Beetle Bounce – Launch 15-feet up toward intricate, brightly jeweled LEGO scarab beetles perched atop two monumental obelisks

XTreme
* LEGO TECHNIC® Test Track -Brave guests feel the power of acceleration, braking and maneuverability as they race a life-size LEGO TECHNIC vehicle along a wild roller coaster track.
* AQUAZONE® Wave Racers -Riders zip in and out of waves as they dodge water blasters on this dual water carousel ride

LEGO City, the perfect place where youngsters can live out their dreams in a scaled down town created just for them.
* Fun Town Fire Academy – Families race to put out a “blaze” by piling into a “fire truck” and power it by pumping levers across a paved straightaway. The first family to put out the fire and make it back wins!
* Driving School – A “real-life” driving experience for children ages 6 through 13, where kids receive their official LEGOLAND driver license
* Junior Driving School – A scaled down version driving school course for children ages 3 through 5
* Flight School – An inverted steel coaster that lets kids feel the thrill of flight
* The Big Test – This interactive show uses acrobatics, music and playful fun to teach fire safety as the zany crew of Fun Town Fire Department attempts to conquer the “Big Test” to become official firefighters

Imagination Zone emphasizes exploring and creation, while showcasing seven of the most visually exciting LEGO models in the world, including a replica of Albert Einstein’s head.

* Game Space – Features thirteen game stations where guests can experience LEGO STAR WARS™ and other family-friendly games like LEGO INDIANA JONES™, LEGO BATMAN™ and Monsters vs. Aliens all year round
* Build & Test – Build a LEGO car and test it against the competition on the digitally timed track
* LEGO MINDSTORMS™ – Build and program cutting edge, computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS™ robots
* LEGO Clubhouse – Kids and parents stock up on bulk LEGO brick and Make & Create kits while enjoying ice cream, popcorn, beverages and snacks
* Kid Power Towers – Kids and parents alike hoist themselves up to the top of a tower to get a great view of the entire Park and the lovely Lake Eloise, and then enjoy a fun “free-fall” to the bottom

Pirate’s Cove has been taken over by swashbuckling pirates along the shores
of Lake Eloise at LEGOLAND Florida’s very own live-action water stunt show.

DUPLO® Village is ideal for toddlers and their growing minds. Youngsters
can fly a plane, drive a car or explore a whole town – all designed with their height in mind.

LegoLand Florida

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…