Monday theme park news: Orcas, Safaris, and a Grand Day Out in England
There's a new whale in town at SeaWorld San Diego. The park welcomed a new orca
on Monday when the 19-year-old female, Shouka, arrived from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Speaking of Six Flags parks and wildlife, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey announced today that it will no longer allow visitors drive their cars through the park's Wild Safari exhibit, after this season. The park will announce on August 30 how the Wild Safari exhibit will operate in the future. (h/t Mike Gallagher)
Saving the best news for last, of course, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed that it will replace its old Gold Mine ride, which closed last year, with a Wallace & Gromit themed-ride: The Thrill-O-Matic.
"The four minute Thrill-O-Matic ride is set to open in 2013 and will feature many of the best know characters and scenes from A Grand Day Out, visit The Wrong Trousers, take A Close Shave and deal with A Matter of Loaf and Death. Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman features are working with Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s design and engineering team on the £5.25m ride."
Sounds like a good enough reason for a trip back to England for me!
Is this the first Wallace and Gromit attraction to show up at a theme park? If so, what took so long?
And what did Six Flags get from SeaWorld in return? An exec to be named later?
h/t means "heard through" or "hat tip" - just acknowledging that you submitted that link to the blog (though I ended up folding into a round-up instead of leaving it as a stand-alone piece).
Robert, thank you for enlightening this Internet-challenged coaster nut.
It is surprising that a Wallace and Gromit attraction hasn't happened sooner. The property has a lot of potential for a variety of attractions that could make up an entire themed area, from play structures to rides and shows. I think they are pretty timeless characters, so their shelf-life should be considerable.
If I ever leave the US for a theme park, mark my words it will be to Blackpool, and the sole reason is for Aardman and Wallace and Gromit. They could make a whole park from Aardman. Get Flushed Away in Aardman Park. Visit the North Pole with Arthur, watch a Chicken Run, take a drink from the Barnacle's Face, or check out our Creature Comforts in our zoo.
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