Written by Jeff Elliott
Published: March 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM
Disneyland – Almost like a deadly virus, Starbucks is worming its way into just about every location on the planet. The disease has spread to Main Street USA in Disneyland, in place of the soon-to-close Disneyana, which is moving over to the bank, where it will be able to charge much more money for the same stuff. I’m sure all of the Disneyhead fanboys are going to throw a tantrum about this, but I think this is a pretty mild change. Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go down to my living room to buy a Grande Double Mocha Latte with extra Whip.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – We are getting wind about some extremely early rumors talking about expanding Star Wars out to a mini land of its own. [And Disneyland is now surveying annual passholders about whether they'd like to see a Star Wars land in Anaheim -- Robert.] The rumor mentioned knocking down the parade float building and expanding out in that direction. And maybe we are just getting wind.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg – This week we are all about the special offers. The prize at Busch Gardens is a brand new 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster, to celebrate the first birthday of Verbolten. You will need to log onto Busch Gardens' Facebook page and jump through whatever hoops they want you to in order to win their prize. It is probably something like donating three times the cost of the prize to charity, dating the owner’s daughter, or getting signatures for a petition that says that Mickey Mouse should be thrown out of office. Good luck!
Legoland Florida – Okay, I will be the first to admit that I really don’t understand any of what they are talking about in the below video. I think I picked up on something about a new ride opening up and something about Legos. But I think I am really getting too old to understand the rest of it. Maybe in a couple of years my son can explain it to me.
Thorpe Park – It is probably no secret (assuming that you regularly read this article) that Thorpe Park is doing something very interesting with its Swarm roller coaster that isn’t even a year old yet. It joined the bandwagon of all of the other parks this year and is running the last two rows of the coaster train backwards. With such a change, Thorpe Park wouldn’t be Thorpe Park without some kind of incomprehensible viral campaign making a 90-second roller coaster sound like a terminal illness. I think there is a game associated with it, if you can get your browser to actually display the page correctly, but frogged if I know which one will work. First prize is a lifetime pass for Thorpe Park, which means that after I pay several thousand dollars catching an airplane across an ocean, hotel rooms, local transportation, and meals, they will let me into the park for free. Feel free to play amongst yourselves, since I know that some of our readers know how to rig a whole bunch of unearned clicks. But do keep in mind that Thorpe Park is not in Orlando with all of the other good parks.
Six Flags Over Georgia – The lift chain on Ninja broke due to some of the guests in the park having too large of a breakfast before coming to the park. A replacement chain is on order, but it will be around the middle of May before the coaster is back in action.
The Moment – The USA Network (characters welcome) is currently working on a reality TV show named after a Kenny G smooth jazz album. The concept of the show is very simple, take someone whose goal in life has been derailed for one reason or another and give them a really good chance at landing their dream job. We received a message this week from someone involved in casting for the show asking if anyone that read Theme Park Insider was interested in applying to be on the show for the dream job of Theme Park Designer. I promptly answered for you all with a deep felt apology that no one here was interested, and that we hope for the best for the show. I mean, I really didn’t want you to have to waste all of the time and effort to put together an audition submission and figured that since I am the best candidate here, I could just submit mine in everyone’s name and expect to have all of your votes when the time comes. And free ice cream. And lower taxes. And all of that other stuff you want...consider it yours if you sit this one out. While I don’t want to make it easy on you, if you are really interested, the link for more information is under one of the following links (you only get one try). Curtain #1. Curtain #2. Curtain #3. The Box. The Envelope. The Cash.
Cedar Point – I wanted to point out that one of our own has been quoted in Wikipedia in regards to Cedar Point’s Luminosity show. As currently displaying it says (under Reception): “James Koehl from Theme Park Insider described it as "The kind of show that you can watch over and over from different vantage points and see a different show every time."” Who in the heck let that that guy have the microphone? Apparently they didn’t like my quote: “Jeff Elliott from Theme Park Insider complained that the female dancers were wearing too many clothes.” It kind of makes me mad. I have written probably a hundred thousand words about amusement parks and no one is quoting me on Wikipedia. Although a little bird did tell me that Mr. Koehl has been invited to have a meeting with the General Manager of Cedar Point, which is probably when Mr. Koehl will receive his fat payoff.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas – While not nearly as sexy as watching them weld together a roller coaster. This is still pretty sexy.
Coney Island – Luna Park – There are some early rumors that with the new popularity of Coney Island (which is what happens when you sparkle it up and add some new rides) there is some early talk about rebuilding the Thunder Bolt roller coaster. If it was up to me, I think I would kill this idea and place a call to Rocky Mountain Coasters.
Las Vegas – I really appreciate all of the money that was spent last week to meet the ransom demands. To those of you that gave generously to my captives, many thanks! The rest of the trip was pretty tame after that, even though my basketball teams lost well before they were supposed to. The night before we were knocked out of the tournament, I managed to sneak away from the group I was with and catch up with Penn & Teller’s show at the Rio.
If you are interested in a review, please let me know, it was a really good show! In other Vegas news, I saw the roller coaster track that was formerly called Speed: The Ride sitting in a field across from Mandalay Bay and the work that they are doing on putting up a Ferris Wheel at the Quad. The middle pivot of the Ferris wheel is up with the support beams being worked on, and to tell the truth, the thing is huge, but sitting next to really big buildings, so it looks a little small. I don’t know who chose the placement, but half of the ride is going to be hidden behind buildings.
What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
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