Orlando Thrill Park To Hit International Drive?

As we mentioned briefly in our Theme Parks To Make Major Announcements piece, developers are looking to open a major new Theme park on International Drive.

According to details submitted to the city of Orlando, the new park could have up to 15 high spec rides. One of the more interesting submissions was the designs of a huge, extreme roller coaster with interlocking loops and vertical, “top-hat” drops.

One ride is described as being 425 feet high! The application would require official FAA approval!

The site for the park is thought to be at 5001 Vanguard St. and would cover roughly 77 acres, which will obviously effect the local community, representatives of I-Drive Investors LLC. OTP Group LLC who own the land and have links to the hospitality company Baker Leisure Group said.

“Although we are in the early stages of development, we will eventually generate several thousand jobs during construction and operations,” Jorge Ortega, manager of I-Drive Investors, said in a written statement. “We are reaching out to the community to assure that we have taken all of their concerns into consideration.”

Hate Cheetah Hunt Name, Prefer Cheetaka? Well Tell Busch Gardens

NB: Guest post from www.usrentacar.co.uk blogger James Thomas

Hi all,

Yesterday Busch Gardens announced their new 3 launch roller coaster Cheetah Hunt, the new ride due to open in Spring 2011,features 3, 0-60 mph seperate launches during the ride and initial videos and descriptions have got people salivating at the prospect.

The launch of this new ride was one of the worst kept secrets in launch history, it felt like we all new ever detail of this ride including  the name Cheetaka or did we….

In the end it appears Busch Gardens got one over on the internet and used Cheetaka as a spoof or working name while actually keeping the real name (Cheetah Hunt) safe for the official launch.

However the great PR has not stopped as an online petition has began to try and convince Busch Gardens to switch the name to Cheetaka. You can sign the petition here

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/cheetaka

I imagine the petition has sighted the recent success of the online petition that convince Gap to shelve plans to alter their logo.

Some cynics (well me) have come up with the crazy concept that perhaps this is a double bluff by Busch Gardens to drum up further PR for their new ride, if it is, I applaud your marketing team!

What do you think?

Is their much in a name?

Regards,

James

NB: Guest post from www.usrentacar.co.uk blogger James Thomas

Discovery Cove Announces New Grand Reef

Discovery Cove have today announced the building of their Grand Reef expected to be opened in June 2011, the new reef will combine a white-sand beach, palm-lined island and underwater grottos filled with moray eels, reef sharks and schools of other tropical fish. Additions to the premium theme park will range from snorkeling with eagle rays to crossing a rope bridge over a shark-filled lagoon.

But the most significant addition will be an underwater walking tour that has been dubbed “SeaVenture,” in which guests will be able to walk along submerged paths while breathing through hoses that rise to the surface. The experience will include views of lion fish and sharks through panoramic windows.

Busch Gardens Unveils New Coaster Cheetah Hunt

Busch Gardens have finally announced the worst kept secret in theme park land, that they are indeed launching a new coaster due to open this spring.

Dubbed “Cheetah Hunt” it will represent the first ever launch coaster at Busch Gardens and will accelerate riders from 0-60 at breath taking speed three separate times during the ride. It will have three separate launch points throughout the ride and a 130-foot initial drop, and may pass over the linked animal encounter named “Cheetah run” it will also pass through a manmade canyon.

It appears that the initial name of Cheetaka has been shelved, which is a shame cos I believe its a lot catchier than Cheetah Hunt.


Launches: Launch 1: 30 mph, Launch 2: 60 mph, Launch 3: 40 mph
Track Length: 4,429 feet – more than three-quarters of a mile
Maximum Speed: 60 mph
Maximum Force: 4G
Height: 102 feet
Ride Duration: Three and a half minutes with loading and unloading, about one minute of ride time.
Vehicle: five trains, 16 passengers per train
Guest Capacity: 1,370 guests per hour
Height requirement: 48 inches

Theme Parks To Make Major Announcements

attraction tickets .info is eagerly awaiting announcements today from two Florida heavyweight theme parks.

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are both expected to announce additions to their arsenal in a joint press conference in London and Orlando.

www.attraction-tickets.info believes Busch Gardens will officially announce the launch date of their new coaster believed to be called Cheetaka.

We also believe that SeaWorld owned Discovery Cove will announce the construction of a new coral or swimming area, to be positioned just to the right of where the dolphin swim takes place…

All of these announcements come on the back of some very interesting news from the Baker Leisure Group who have stated their intention to build a Orlando Thrill Park, the rumored park is billed as 78 acres of roller coasters — some so high an FAA waiver would be required for guests to ride them!! hmmm

Baby Killer Whale Born At SeaWorld

Following the sad death of Kalina the Killer Whale its great to be able to report some good news.

Straight from the SeaWorld twitter account

“It’s official! Big baby whale born to Katina at SeaWorld Orlando.”

They also followed up with this great youtube video

The Whale in question is SeaWorlds oldest Killer Whale Katina. Vets working at SeaWorld said the sex and name of the baby orca, which is 7-foot long and 350 pounds, will be known later. The Whale is born straight in to controversy as its father is Tilikum, who became infamous as the Killer Whale that drowning its trainer in February this year.

Killer Whale Dies At SeaWorld

Sad reports from SeaWorld have confirmed that Kalina the Killer Whale has died of a sudden illness.

Kalina was the first Whale to be successfully born at SeaWorld Orlando and was 25 years old.

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

This year the most eagerly awaited theme park experience had to be The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of adventure however with the park being increasingly busy when is the best time to get the most from your tickets?

 At its height customers were queuing for up to 7 hours for popular rides like Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey! Since its opening these waiting times have decreased however the attraction-tickets.info top tip for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is go mid afternoon around 3 pm onwards, if you happen to be going on a day when the park is open past 6pm then wait until then. The cooler climate combined with Theme park fatigue will result in smaller queues…

 Don’t for get our Theme Park Survival guide

Revenge of The Mummy at Universal Orlando

Revenge of the Mummy is an enclosed steel rollercoaster featured at Universal Studios Florida. The rollercoaster is based upon the popular Mummy movie franchise directed by Stephen Sommers.

The curse is real! The Mummy has arisen…wakened from his centuries-long slumber, the evil Imhotep is once again freed from his wraps, unleashing his wrath on all who dare enter the sacred temple.

Height to ride – At least48″

Ride duration – Approx 3:05

Attraction ticket review – This ride was amazing, really got my heart going – I love the films but this is so real.