The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. The Administration does not support blowing up planets. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
Plans have been uncovered showing that the Festival of the Lion King building is going to be moved to a location behind the Dawa Bar. The plans also show a path coming out of the Avatar area and giving the Avatar area an second entrance. So when the tall skinny Smurfs start shooting into the crowd with their bows, you now know that you don’t need to follow the rest of the sheeple, you can hook a hard left, hide in the brush until the stampede goes by, and then sneak over to the Lion King show where you can pretend you were the whole time.
Tripsdrill – I know that Tripsdrill is in Germany and who really cares other than it is second place for most messed up park that I really want to visit only behind Bon Bon Land…but there is truly nothing better than the teaser video that they put out. I understand that the video captions are in German and are probably saying something about how rude Americans are or how much they wish they could move farther away from France, but there is something extremely naughty about watching them weld a roller coaster together. It’s like ultrasound pictures of your baby.
Kentucky Kingdom – The Fair Board is still trying to decide what they want to do. At this point I am so frustrated that I say that we should bulldoze the site entirely and let Wal-Mart put in a superstore right there, and maybe a Home Depot and Best Buy right next to it. These people don’t deserve to have an amusement park. And if Ed Hart really wants something to sink his teeth into, there is always the old Hard Rock Park, Joyland, and Six Flags New Orleans parks that need someone with a little bit of passion to take over. Even if this deal goes through, if Ed needs so much as a maintenance crew to fix up a water main break, it is going to be 27 months before the fair board can decide which crew they need to send to do the repair. Pathetic.
Universal Studios Hollywood – The first steps toward building Harry Potter now has a date: May 2013. That is when demolition of the Gibson amphitheater will start. We are also hearing that on the current construction schedule, the Wizarding World will not open until Spring of 2016. It is a good thing that construction of Despicable Me has already started moving forward.
Rocky Mountain Coasters – First there was the New Texas Giant, then the Iron Rattler, and after that…who knows? It just so happens that we are pretty certain that the third roller coaster to get the Iron Horse treatment is… drum roll, please… Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain. While this is a good thing for the park and for the coaster, I was holding out hope that Mean Streak at Cedar Point would be the next. I’m still holding out hope that Cedar Fair can just keep a secret better than Six Flags can and Rocky Mountain Coasters can do two at the same time.
Universal Studios Japan – While everyone in the English speaking world was in awe of how quickly Universal is throwing together the Transformers ride in Florida, Universal Studios Japan is doing the same thing, but in their case, they are doing it with their Harry Potter expansion, and by this point should have topped off their Forbidden Journey ride building… all while in California they are still getting back environmental studies making sure that the Gibson Amphitheater’s blind striped newt will be able to survive relocation to the Hollywood Bowl.
Kings Island – For those of you looking to become a Theme Park Insider but don’t really have what it takes, there is the opportunity to become an Amusement Park insider as a baby step toward a more worthy goal. Kings Island is taking applications for 4,000 jobs that they need to have filled in time for their May 10th opening. It would probably be a good idea to go to their website and check it out.
Six Flags Over Georgia – If you are unfit for the Kings Island gig, you can always try for a Six Flags gig. There is a trick question on the application that you should be aware of. Where it says “pulse”, you do not need to put in your blood pressure numbers, a simple “yes” will do and this concise answer will make you highly qualified for most Six Flags jobs. Oddly enough Six Flags Over Georgia is only hiring 2000 people, which means that are going to work you much harder and longer hours.
Alton Towers – Alton Towers is also recruiting for workers, for those of you in the UK where they don’t even have any theme parks and you have to make do with what you can find.
British Slide Tester – Before the Brits really get on my case, here is the best offer of the article: First Choice, the owner of 20 SplashWorld resorts, is looking to hire a slide tester who is a British citizen and can travel (all expenses paid) to Mallorca, Turkey, and Egypt to rate slides at all of their different resorts and act as a social media outlet. Don’t ever say I didn’t do anything for you.
@FakeThemePark – While I am not going to explain how the whole Twitter thingie works…let’s just say that if you have a Twitter account and need a little bit of surreal humor in your life, connect to and start following @FakeThemePark. Some of their best Tweets in the last week are:
“Cast Members, please cooperate with all FBI agents in the park today. Chaos Coaster ride operators, you can all go home. Please. Right now.”
“Princess Rainbow is at Fairy Tale Castle. Princess Marigold is in front of Dragon Dive. Princess Snowflake just texted us from an Arby's.”
“Due to budget cuts, tonight's fireworks show will consist of Cast Member Eric flashing the high-beams on his Toyota Tundra.”
Oh while you are messing around with your Twitter account, you could always take a moment to sign up for Theme Park Insider Tweets, but don’t touch the furniture, we are very particular about the placement of the furniture.
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Sources: Amusement Today, Screamscape and whatever else I happened to read this week.
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