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

Legoland Florida recycles old sidewalks into new foundations

Legoland Florida is putting its teeth into a recycling effort. The theme park, under construction in Winter Haven, is grinding up sidewalks and foundations from its Cypress Gardens predecessor. An outside company will use a 15-ton machine to chew up the concrete into different size bits to be used as a base layer for new sidewalks in the park, set to open in October 2011.

“By recycling and reusing the concrete already on the property, we’re not only saving 18,000 tons of slab from area landfills, but doing what’s right for our business,” general manager John Ussher said.

Legoland has also transplanted 660 oaks and palm trees from the property during the construction. They will return to the park once work is complete.

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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Raise Prices

On Friday SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment confirmed that they will be increasing price of admission in to their SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Parks.

The adult price of a basic single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando inches up $1 to $79.99, before tax. That is about $2 less than base-ticket prices at Disney World and Universal, which each raised prices in August.

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Walt Disney World Wait Times On Your iPhone

One of the most annoying things in the history of the world (well, to me anyway) is queuing! I just hate standing in line waiting….and waiting….and annoying everyone I’m with by constantly complaining about waiting…and then waiting some more….you get the picture right? Well, I have some good news for fellow ‘queue haters’ There are a few decent iPhone Apps out there that can help. They won’t eliminate the queues but they do the next best thing; they let you know the average ‘wait time’ for all the major rides at Walt Disney World Orlando.

I have reviewed a couple of these iPhone Apps below which I might add are FREE to download. The way these Apps work is pretty genius. People that are already standing in line have this App and submit their wait times. This makes each wait time relevant to that particular point in time….good eh?

FREE WDW Waits App

This was the first app I downloaded. It’s very easy, right off the bat you can download this App and understand how to use it.  FREE WDW Waits uses your ‘current location’ via GPS to let you know where the nearest ride to you is. You can see and submit wait times and add rides and add rides to a ‘favourites’ section.

Displayed wait times are based on app user submitted times and park crowd levels. Now with hundreds of thousands of users.

FEATURES
✓ Ride wait times for all 4 Disney World parks
✓ All times for each park displayed on the same screen
✓ See recent times submitted for each ride
✓ Submit a ride wait time if you are in the park
✓ See rides nearest to your GPS position
✓ Time displayed in minutes, a CL if closed, or dashes if unavailable

Visit VersaEdge.com for more info and demo video.

WDW FREE Wait Time Opening App Screen
Wait time displayed
submit your waiting time

Pros: It’s simple to use, it’s free, and it does exactly what you need it to do. Three awesome reasons to go and download it right now!

Cons: The refresh rate is slow (it’s around every 4 minutes; I hate to wait!) Personally I would add a ‘refresh button’ The ‘Near me’ option needs to encourage people to use it – if you don’t set it up when you first download the app but you later click on it you get the following message ‘Error Acquiring Location’ It should then offer you the chance to allow the App to ‘use your current location’ to enable the function to work but it doesn’t – This App has adverts on it – Graphics are basic.

Verdict: It’s a good App, its simple and it’s FREE! The pros definitely out way the cons with this App. I would recommend you go get this if you’re off to Walt Disney World Orlando.

More info: iTunes

Undercover Tourist – Walt Disney World Wait Time App

There is a lot going on with this iPhone App. Its main function it to provide wait times at WDW which it does in the same way as the App above. The eye pleasing graphics make the user experience just that little bit more fun as it has a ‘game type’ quality to it. But this App is more than just wait times. It gives you lots of extra information like a review of the rides, user ratings, parade times, where to eat, a 10 day crowd forecast a planner and it also has a little game on it to keep you amused when you’re in the queues.

FEATURES

. Detailed Maps and GPS Locator – Enjoy accurate wait times, integrated in real-time, with park maps for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All of these locations can be found in just one App!

. Real-Time Data Points – Save time with over 2,000,000 wait time data points, all enhanced by real-time user submissions.

. Rides – Pre-plan with detailed information, including photos, descriptions, ratings and height / age requirements. The App filters the rides by age, family and Fast Pass. It also allows for rides to be added to your touring plan and marked as one of your favorites.

. Disney Dining – Cruise through menus for Disney World and Downtown Disney restaurants with new Disney World Resort restaurants added weekly to the App. Restaurant ratings, cuisine, cost and photos are also at your fingertips and can be added to your Favorites list or inserted into your Activities Scheduler.

. Export and Import Scheduling Information – You can plan your entire day at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. The Schedule can also be e-mailed to your
family and friends.

. Planner – You can see opening hours, parade times, recommended parks and other special events up to 10 days in advance.

. Traffic Light System – You can choose the best parks and rides with the lowest crowds for each day of your trip.

. GPS Tools – After a long day at the parks, you can locate your vehicle, yourself or members of your group … fast.

. Ticket Purchase – You will have the exclusive ability on mobile to purchase discount attraction tickets through Undercover Tourist, the most trusted name in discount attraction tickets.

. Ticket Copy – You can take pictures of all your theme park tickets to keep track of everyone’s tickets in your group. Note: This feature is not a guarantee for having your tickets reissued. Officially, theme parks do not have to reissue lost tickets; it remains at their sole discretion, so be sure to be careful!

. Play a Game – You can pass time while waiting with a fun tile match memory game for kids of all ages.

Undercover Tourist Walt Disney World Wait Time App Opeing Screen
Current wait times displayed
More information on rides

Pros: It’s FREE. This App is packed with great things to do. Its fun to use and gives you lots of extra ‘added value’ information. Its obvious the developers of this App have spent a lot of time thinking about what users would find useful.

Cons: It’s packed with adverts. You can ditch the adds by upgrading to a paid version of this App. If current location is not set up when you download the App it doesn’t point you in the direction of how to set it up if you then click on the ‘Location’ function later. No instructions on how to use some of the functions.

Verdict: Download this App. Its FREE damnit! Its packed with useful features and its fun to use – just how an App should be.

More info: iTunes

So there you have our pick on a couple of really useful Apps. Let us know if you have used either of these Apps by leaving us a comment or if there are any other similar Apps you’d recommend we’d love to hear about them.

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