Christmas gifts for theme park fans
Written by Robert Niles
Crunch time approaches in the Christmas holiday season. If you're a regular reader of this site who blanks when someone asks what *you* want for Christmas (like me!), here's a handy holiday shopping list with items that should make any theme park fan happy.Tweet
And if you are a friends of relative of a theme park fan, who found this site through a search, here are the answers you've been looking for -- what to get a theme park fan for Christmas!
Universal Studios Hollywood is offering a particularly sweet holiday deal: Buy a special one-day ticket, and you'll get a 2008 annual pass free (with blackout dates). Consider this a must-have for any SoCal-area Simpsons fan, as Universal's new Simpsons Ride debuts at the park in the Spring.
Stuff for your trip
If you want to help your favorite theme park fan get around the park in over-the-top style, load 'em up with a Pal Mickey, Disney's talking Mickey Mouse doll that dispenses advice as you move around the parks. Pal Mickey is available via phone from Walt Disney World's Merchandise hotline, 407-363-6200.
A theme park video game
Otherwise, go straight for this year's must-have game for theme park fans: Thrillville: Off The Rails, from LucasArts (available for Wii, Xbox 360 and PC). The LucasArts team amplifies theme park simulation with track-jumping coasters and animatronic-filled lands.
A theme park guidebook
Donate to a good cause
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research funds important research into cures for this debilitating disease, research that's been undercut in the United States by religious fundamentalist politics. Why is this cause of interest to theme park fans? Because this disease is affecting some of the folks who helped turn this industry around over the past decade. Spend a few bucks to honor those who work to make theme parks better, with a contribution to the Fox Foundation.
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