The Guardians of the Galaxy Ride at Epcot will be a coaster

Hey Thrill Seekers,

*me dancing* that’s the dance I do whenever a park confirms an actual coaster and not a 3d ride is being built. So thanks to Disney I was able to brush off the old dancing shoes and celebrate.

Yesterday at the EPCOT 35 media event Vice President of Epcot, Melissa Valiquette, confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy ride will indeed be a coaster making it the first in the parks history.

Theming on this coaster will be key to Disney’s plans to create a storyverse at each of its park, according to the source of all knowledge, the internet, the GOTG coaster will load guests in the former Universe of Energy attraction, launching guests through a tunnel into a 10-story tall show building.

The coaster will reportedly be a first of its kind ride system, but all parks claim this and at the moment we’re not really sure what this means. More info to follow…

However, WE’RE GETTING A NEW COASTER…. YEY!!!

Smiles included…

Jamie

Theme Parks Announce In-Coaster Dining Plans!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

According to recent reports, one theme park in Orlando is planning to offer their visitors ‘In-Coaster’ dining options!

The Park has stated that more and more people that come to Orlando are not getting enough quality time at the parks due to the inconvenience of having to take a break to eat breakfast, lunch or a snack. They have stated that according to research carried out on one of their most popular roller coasters, visitors can save an additional 22 minutes per day by choosing to eat their meals during their ride on a roller coaster.

Some of the dishes already planned for the menu include the following;

  • Soup of the day
  • Rahmen Noodles
  • Curry and Rice
  • Nachos with Cheese
  • Fish and Chips
  • Burgers
  • Ice Cream
  • Custard

The park in question [currently choosing to remain anonymous for commercial reasons] say that although some people may find it difficult to eat a full meal while riding a coaster we hope in time that this will become part and parcel of visiting a theme park.

When asked what they planned to do for riders that exited the ride covered in food the park official stated “We already have a post dinner schedule for clean up, customer can pay an additional $20 to be hosed down after”

Although this does seem a radical idea and many are sceptical of its success, some have even speculated that their is a 1 in 3 chance of people ‘chundering’ during and after the ride, this aside, we are keen to see this food related freak show in operation.

Official opening is planned for 1st April 2018 – so we will be able to provide more information closer to the time. In the meantime if any of our readers have any idea which park this may happen in please leave a comment below.

Happy munching and Smiles included…

Jamie

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Best Seats On The Rides

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s a worldwide assumption that the best seats on any ride are the ones right at the front. There’s always a longer queue and the lucky ones who get to ride at the front always have an annoyingly smug look on their face.. almost as if they’ve been allowed to sit on a throne.

Universal though, have dropped a bombshell and have stated that the front row isn’t always the best row to experience rides and attractions! Dun dun dun…

They have set out to prove this in a blog on their website giving insider information on the best places to sit on various Universal rides within different categories.

Simulators

Universal is well known for its simulator attractions such as TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. Their tip is, the closer you actually are to the screen, the less effective the 3D effects become.  It has been said that the best seats are the ones nearer the back, i’ll bear that in mind!

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Water Rides

The best place to sit on any water ride is always going to depend on how wet you’re willing to get! If you’re a bit hot and sticky or even if you just love the thrill of getting soaked on a ride then the front seats are best and if you want to avoid walking around like a soggy mess then a few rows from the back is the place for you!

Although Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges will get you absolutely soaked wherever you sit!

Dark Rides

On rides such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN ATTACK it is said that the middle seats are the best as it will give you a good front and centre view of whatever’s going on around you. I’m not too sure on this one I still think the front row for rides like these would be the best.

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Roller Coasters

Roller Coasters are definitely the most popular when it comes to people wanting to sit at the front. This is understandable as you will get the best views and it will usually entail a smoother ride. On Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit the left side of the car is highly advised for a ‘truly rockin’ experience. Revenge of the Mummy is said to be best enjoyed at the back.

The Incredible Hulk Coasters most popular row is undoubtedly the last row – row 8. It is said that the back of this coaster is the most ‘extreme and exhilarating experience’.

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Don’t you worry, there is of course coasters where the front row is the best (why would there be a longer queue if it wasn’t). Being an inverted coaster, Dragon Challenges front rows are the best seats in the house.

My favourite seats are either right at the front or right at the back, i’m not really a fan of sitting in the middle, especially on roller coasters.

What’s your preference for different rides?

Smiles Included..

Jess

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Patent Suggests New Disney Ride

Hey Thrill Seekers,

There have been many rumours ‘flying’ around about how Disney are planning to patent a ‘vertical load and launch roller coaster’.

Disney have always been quick to patent loads of idea’s that their clever ‘imagineers’ create. Lots of people have been keeping an eye on what Disney are planning for its next patent which was filed a few years back for a vertical load and launch coaster. Since the U.S Patent and Trademark Office published it back in September it has got everyone’s ears pricked and we are all watching Disney’s every move.

Basically, from what we know, the patent will allow for improvement on existing flying coaster technologies which will be done by adding multi-level loading bays for visitors to enter the ride from different levels. The cart will be stationed vertically making it heaps easier to position yourself ready for the ride.

“The flying roller coaster is a relatively new ride for amusement parks, and ride designers have faced several challenges including how to load and unload the vehicles and then place the passengers/riders in a prone or flying position.”

There are quite a few flying coasters around a great example being Manta at SeaWorld – guests board this coaster by sitting down in a seat, restraint harnesses come down and then the seat is pulled up resulting with it being parallel to the track.

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Some issues that have been raised in a snippet from the patent:

First, the loading and unloading positions can be quite uncomfortable as some existing designs require the passengers to lie down in the vehicle. Second, many flying roller coasters have vehicles with complex actuator assemblies that are used to position the vehicles or seats in a flying position after passenger loading is completed. This increases manufacturing and maintenance costs for these rides. Third, all of the passengers load the vehicles or cars of the coaster train from a single station (or single horizontal platform) — such an arrangement fails to provide any privacy for the vehicle passengers during loading and unloading. For example, each passenger has to share the pre-ride experience with a large number of people (i.e., the entire capacity of the train rather than just those in your family or group that may be entering a car or vehicle to experience a ride).

The patent hints at the coaster being launched vertically from the get go. Instead of having to lay down to get in position for a flying coaster ride Disney seem to be re-designing the whole experience. Riders would be required to just sit down in the seat and lean back against the (hopefully a padded) back of the seat. Sounds a lot more comfortable to me than sitting down, being flung forwards or backwards to get in position.

The patent documents also stated that

“Also, the loading can be much more private or intimate for those entering each vehicle as each vehicle is provided its own loading platform,”

There has also been lots of speculation around this new patent such as does this mean a new attraction? Are they going to incorporate it into a existing attraction? Who knows! Unfortunately we are just as much in the dark as you are until Disney officially announces anything.

Disney have not yet announced anything to support the rumours regarding this particular patent and a lot of Disney patents are never acted upon but this idea seems to good to just chuck in a pile don’t you think?

Smiles Included…

Jess

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Top 10 New Attractions For 2012

Below are the 10 most anticipated new USA theme park rides set to open in 2012.

In no particular order –

  • Universal Studios Florida will replace Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast motion simulator ride with a digital upgrade themed to “Despicable Me,” for which a movie sequel is already in the works.
  • The Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom drop tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be attached to both sides of the park’s 415-foot-tall Superman: Escape from Krypton coaster tower. The new thrill ride will rank as the world¿s tallest (400 feet) and fastest (85 mph) drop tower.
  • Hersheypark will add a first-of-its-kind $25-million steel roller coaster in 2012 that will be the tallest, fastest and longest at the Pennsylvania theme park. The 200-foot-tall Skyrush coaster will feature a near-vertical 85-degree first drop followed by four high-speed banking turns and five airtime hills at speeds reaching 75 mph.
  • SeaWorld San Diego will add the $10 million-plus Manta roller coaster in 2012 that marks the U.S. debut of a highly anticipated prototype ride. SeaWorld San Diego’s 30-foot-tall Manta will feature dual launch zones, a 54-foot drop into a subterranean trench and a dramatic wing dip into a shallow lake over a 2,800-foot-long track. Launched from a tunnel filled with manta ray projections, the inversion-less family coaster will reach a top speed of 43 mph and pull 4 Gs during the two-minute trip.
  • The Superman: Ultimate Flight launch coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will rocket riders at 60 miles per hour through a towering 150-foot-high inversion and a pair of vertical twists.
  • The Verbolten multi-launch roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will take riders on a high-speed drive along the German autobahn before detouring through the forbidden Black Forest. The themed family coaster will feature two launch zones and an indoor section of the ride with special effects and a free-fall platform.
  • Six Flags Great America (X-Flight) and Dollywood (Wild Eagle) will both add similar wing coasters by Bolliger & Mabillard in 2012. With riders sitting on either side of a 3,000-foot-long track in a winged formation, both coasters will feature multiple inversions and high-speed drops.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood will add a Transformers dark ride featuring 3-D high-definition footage with special effects and robotics.
  • The Magic Kingdom will transform Fantasyland into a magical fairy tale forest with character meet-and-greet areas, a themed restaurant and several new attractions, including the Little Mermaid dark ride.
  • Cars Land, the 12-acre themed land under construction at Disney California Adventure, will feature three new rides set amid a faithful re-creation of the isolated red rock desert town populated by Lightning McQueen and other animated vehicles in the Pixar movie “Cars.”