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.

Rip Ride Rockit Play List

As we reported yesterday the Rip Ride Rockit is now back open at Universal Orlando, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap this great ride.

Riders of the Rip Ride Rockit have access to a touchpad mounted on the lap bar, which allows you to select your own music. Riders can choose their favorite genre – Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco or Country – and then pick a song. Each seat is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so guests can rock out to 90 decibels of music – and yet never hear the songs playing for other riders. Your song pick will be the soundtrack to your ride and to a music video you can purchase that uses on- and off-board cameras to mix music, moves and special effects.

Music List

Classic Rock/Metal

  • “Born to Be Wild” – Hinder
  • “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
  • “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – ZZ Top
  • “Kickstart My Heart” – Motley Crue
  • “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
  • “Rollin’” – Limp Bizkit

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill
  • “Pump It” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Rock Star” – N.E.R.D.
  • “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
  • “Stronger” – Kanye West

Club/Electronica

  • “Busy Child” – The Crystal Method
  • “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
  • “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys
  • “Keep Hope Alive” – The Crystal Method
  • “Le Disko” – Shiny Toy Guns
  • “Pump Up the Volume” – MARRS

Pop/Disco

  • “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
  • “Glamorous” – Fergie
  • “Hella Good” – No Doubt
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “That’s the Way (I Like It)” – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer

Country

  • “All Night Long” – Montgomery Gentry
  • “Guitars, Cadillacs” – Dwight Yoakam
  • “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” – Jason Michael Carroll
  • “Living in Fast Forward” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Midnight Rider” – The Allman Brothers
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band

Rock a Doo Wop – Busch Gardens, Tampa

Rock a Doo Wop is a show that can be found at Busch Gardens

They roll up their jean legs and slick down their hair daily to put on the coolest show in the park. Staged at Stanleyville Theater, this rollicking rock show features the greatest hits of the ’50s and ’60s.
Guests will enjoy favorite songs like “This Magic Moment” and “Sherry” as they travel back in time to the doo wop era.
Eight singers and dancers bring it all to life with fun costumes and entertaining routines.
The stars of Rock A Doo Wop perform at the Marrakesh Theater.

Show Schedule times – 10:30, 12:00, 1.30, 3:00, 4:30

Review – This wasn’t my cup of tea, but if you want to inpress your grandma or grandpa take them to this show – they will love a good dance along 🙂

Merlin unveils latest plans for Legoland Florida

Merlin Entertainments Group has announced details of the attractions and prices at LEGOLAND Florida, which opens in October 2011.

The 150-acre venue is located in Winter Haven, 45 minutes southwest of Orlando, on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park.

It will offer ten different lands – The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, XTreme, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, Pirate Cove and DUPLO Village – featuring 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions aimed at families with children aged two to 12.

Pre-opening discounted tickets are available for a limited time at $65 for adults, a saving of $10 from the standard price, and $55 for seniors and children aged three to 12, with children under three free.

Also available is a lifetime pass costing $2,500, which includes unlimited admission, discounts on preferred parking, special events and discounts on food and merchandise.

There are currently four LEGOLAND parks worldwide: Billund, Denmark, which opened in 1968; Windsor (1996); Carlsbad, California (1999); and Günzburg, Germany (2002).

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Ferrari Theme Park Abu Dhabi

Opening on the 28th October 2010 Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi will become the worlds first Ferrari theme park.

Featuring more than 20 rides and attractions spread out over 200,000 square metres all covered by a Ferrari red roof shaped like a futuristic space ship, Ferrari World will have everything from roller coasters, to interactive exhibits as well as restaurants and a shopping mall.

Rides

Rides will include the Speed of Magic, a 4-D adventure whichdrives visitors through deep green jungles, icy cavern and ravines.

Formula Rossa, build as the worlds fastest roller coaster, pushing riders to 150 mph in less than five seconds.

Junior F1 is a scaled down track designed for children.


Viator buys OurExplorer

Viator , which operates a one-stop-shop for researching, planning and booking tours and activities all over the globe via Viator.com, has moved to acquire Sydney-based OurExplorer.com , an online resource for discovering and booking private tour guides around the world. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2008, OurExplorer.com has grown into a global online network of professional tour guides who specialize in destinations like London, New York and Paris, as well as more off-the-beaten-path destinations.

OurExplorer says it has gathered information on more than 2,000 registered tour guides in more than 500 destinations to date, enabling travelers to quickly locate local guides in the destinations they are visiting.

Each registered OurExplorer guide has a personalized profile that details their destination of focus, areas of expertise, years as a guide, licensing and pricing information and ratings by customers. Travelers seeking out a customized local experience in their destination can use the OurExplorer network to find a local expert that will meet their personal preferences and craft a private tour that will complement their activities itinerary.

The OurExplorer brand will continue to operate under its existing name.

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