Disney Theme Park To Open In Shanghai

Disney have signed a deal with the Shanghai government to build a Disney Theme Park , according to reports on Friday the park could be open as early as 2014.

The move is seen as a real boost for Shanghai’s tourism.

Disney stuck the deal on Friday with Shanghai Shen Di Group Co. Ltd. who will act as its joint venture partner. Attraction-Tickets.info has heard that Disney would hold 43% of the equity shares in the joint venture and the rest of the 57% will belong to the new holding company, Shanghai Shen Di.

Disney World in China has for years been a topic of great interest but the idea was sidelined due to the Olympics in 2008. The project was approved by the Chinese government in November 2009 and the new joint venture deal takes the project one step closer to becoming a reality.

Disney said in a statement on Friday that they are still waiting for approval of the Chinese government about the incorporation of the related joint venture companies and also the necessary regulatory processes. The theme will cover a total area of 4 square kilometres and will come up near the new international airport in Pudong. Though Disney has ventured on similar territories before with its theme parks in Tokyo and Hong Kong, none of them have lived up to the expectations of the company.

Shanghai’s Disneyland is expected to cover about four square kilometers and cost about $3.75 billion

Thorpe Park

Thorpe park is a theme park located in Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK. It was built in 1979 on the site of a gravel pit which was partially flooded with the intention of creating a water based theme for the park.

In 2009, the park had 1.87 million visitors, making it the second most visited amusement/theme park in the United Kingdom, after Alton Towers with 2.7 Million Visitors. It was the 11th most visited in Europe.

The rides at Thorpe Park are based loosely around eight themed areas. In 2008, the park expressed their aim to give each ride a stronger identity rather than being part of an area. However, the sections of the park still keep a rough setting and theme.

Port Atlantis

Port Atlantis is a large dome located at the entrance to the park after the bridge and has an underwater theme. This building contains facilities such as guest services, shops, toilets, lockers, a bar and staff areas. It includes the park’s main restaurant called ‘The Glasshouse’ and a Nestle Sweet Shop, which opens on busy days. When the park initially opened the dome was known as the Mountbatten Pavilion. The Coffee Shack opened in 2010 and is a coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. A large arcade is also located in the dome.

Lost City

Lost City is the largest area in Thorpe Park, hosting the majority of the rides in the park. It has a Mayan/Aztec theme. Rides in the Lost city are Colossus, Samurai, Vortex, Quantum, Zodiac, X:\No way out, Rush and Slammer.

Calypso Quay

Calypso Quay is home to – Nemises Inferno, Detornator, Time Voyager and Rumba Rapids.

Canada Creek

Themed around a Canadian creek. This area is home to – Loggers Leap, Rocky Express and Canada creek railway.

Saw Island

Themed around the Saw film franchise, found here is – Saw the ride, Saw Alive and Saw Store

Amity Cove

Themed around a 1950s New Hampshire fishing village devastated by a tidal wave. It has its own park radio station, WWTP Radio, hosted by ‘Big Bob’. The rides in this area include – Tidal Wave, Stealth, Flying Fish, Storm in a tea cup and The Arena.

Ranger County

Ranger County is themed around the old “Thorpe Park Rangers” mascots. It is the smallest area in the park and is all that survives from the original Thorpe Park family areas. Here you will find – Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and Chief Ranger’s Carousel.

Neptune’s Kingdom

Themed around the mythical kingdom of Atlantis. The area is the smallest in the park with only one major ride. The area is home to – Depth charge, Neptune’s Beach, Wet wet wet, Big bashing balls and Battle Beam.

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 🙂