The Blog Flume Filter for May 9, 2013
Written by Jeff Elliott
Editor's note: Before Jeff goes on his weekly rant, I should note that Cedar Point's Gatekeeper had its preview day today, so the coaster now open for rating and review on our Gatekeeper listing page. We featured POV video from the ride on the Flume earlier this week. Now, take it away, Jeff!
Tokyo Disneyland – According to the video below, Darth Vader’s ship has found the Earth, landed here someplace, and taken over a ride at Tokyo Disneyland. This news story oddly seems to correlate to several people who saw a bunch of space ships that look similar to the X-Wing Fighters from the Star Wars movies that were attempting to drop photon torpedoes though open manholes several miles away.
Shanghai Disneyland – Plans for a large transportation hub for this new park have been released. In the press release, they mention that: “The hub at the west gate of the amusement park will comprise five bus terminals, car and taxi parking lots, a large toilet and six lounges.” Hmmmm. A large toilet? That will make needing to make a pit stop really interesting.
In other news, more actors are lining up to get in the good graces of the Mouse before the new movies start filming by making guest appearances at Star Wars Weekend. The original actors who played Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Wicket the Ewok, Admiral Ackbar, Lando, Chewbacca will be at Star Wars Weekends at various times trying to show how much the public loves them and demands that they should be in the newest movie.
Jurassic Park 4 – The fourth entry into the Jurassic Park movie series has hit a snag and is now on hold. Depending on whose Twitter feed you read, the project has completely closed down or it is just on hold for the time being. My thought is that this early in the game it is a problem with the story. And shutting down production until the story is just right sounds like a prudent move. Especially since, for $20 and a case of PBR, I’ll rewrite the script for you. Jurassic Park is about a theme park… and where do you think would be a good place to find experts on theme parks? I rest my case.
Hersheypark – The Great Chocolate Factory Mystery has opened, and from the reviews that we have heard is that it is a combination of Turtle Talk combined with a Mystery. The show has over a hundred variations and interacts with the audience singling out people in the audience and naming people who are watching the show. I didn’t realized this, but they worked with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to get this made, so despite the animations in the preview movies, it looks like there is a much better product inside the theater and well worth the money.
Djurs Sommerland – Apparently in Denmark a twice-launched coaster is what they call a family coaster. The short-in-height ride certainly makes up for it in the way it hugs the ground and just eats the track, which it has quite a bit of. The only thing this coaster needs is a bunch of trees to do flybys with and you will have a great coaster.
Theme Park Apprentice: Season 5 – There are hints being dropped around the office that the new season of Theme Park Apprentice is at hand. While nothing is firm at this point, it sounds like an overall theme to do battle with has been thrown out the window and you will be given a lot more freedom to create rides on your own whim. If you haven’t played before, now is the time to get some research done in preparation of the competition by searching Theme Park Insider for old challenges and entries. I do believe that auditions will be held starting in another week or so. If you have questions, feel free to transfer over to the discussion board at this point. Good luck!
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