What to expect with May's new ride debuts at the nation's top theme parks
By Robert NilesLet me bring you up to date on this month's major ride debuts around the country.
Published: May 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM
Theme Park Insider's Domenik Jost will be on the scene at Disney's Hollywood Studios on May 19-20, when Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opens to the press, then public. Star Tours has been in cast previews on the west coast at Disneyland and details are leaking about the ride's plot.
Disney's revamped the industrial-themed pre-show area to make it feel more like a galactic spaceport. And if you've been in an Earth airport recently, you'll know that means... security lines. "DSA" (Droid Security Agency) droids will be "screening" you before you board your starspeeder for a 3D motion simulator adventure.
From there, multiple reports have four places within the movie where the ride system can select different options for your trip, with 54 potential combinations. Think of it as a "choose your adventure" show, with the computer calling the shots. Two of those selections will be destinations for your trip, each time from one of three options - Hoth, Kashyyyk or Tatooine the first time, and Coruscant, the Death Star or Naboo the second. (The other two selections involve characters that you'll encounter along the way. Click the link above and scroll down if you want the full spoiler.)
Domenik will file his report from the Walt Disney World opening, then I'll post my take on the new Star Tours when the ride opens at Disneyland on June 3.
The day before, I'll be at Disney California Adventure for the press debut of The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Today, Disney released another promotion video for the dark ride, showing it off for three animators who worked on the 1989 Disney film.
Watch the front-page Blog Flume for my report the evening of June 2, and the Theme Park Insider Twitter feed for live reports from the event.
Domenik will also report from Busch Gardens Tampa for the press debut of Cheetah Hunt on May 26. We're planning for some on-ride video of the new roller coaster, as well as a look around the new surrounding habitat. And I believe that we have Russell Meyer on board for a report on the opening of the Mach Tower at Busch Gardens Williamsburg later this month, as well.
Finally, it looks like from signage in the park that Six Flags Magic Mountain is pushing the debut of the Green Lantern Intamin ZacSpin roller coaster into June. When it opens, we're planning to be there for that media day, as well.
As always, early reports from employee previews and soft openings are welcomed on the site. Just submit a post to the Flume, using the button on the home page, or e-mail it to me. (Anonymity is available, if you need it as a park employee.)
Thanks again for reading Theme Park Insider, and here's looking to a great summer of new rides!
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