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Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights – Those of us who could never get a date during high school turned to hobbies that would ensure that we never felt the soft, warm embrace of a companion. And these people have quite the hobby. On the second video, I think I would be more scared if I knew more than about three words of Spanish.
Islands of Adventure – One of the people in our spy network just came across a permit to put in a construction trailer in the Jurassic Park area for 18 months. The little games area that I have heard about in the Jurassic Park area is certainly not an 18-month project, and I have heard nothing about a refurbishment of the existing Jurassic Park River Adventure. I wonder what they are up to?
Universal Studios Florida – Some of us don't live close enough to go to these parks often enough. For those who do live close enough, I am proud and happy to know that they sell cameras to those lucky few people. The following video shows quite a bit of what the food offerings are…as if you were there for the food. Speaking of people living near the parks, if you want a glimpse of the new Hogwarts Express passenger trains, go for a ride on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
Disneyland – As the assistant director of the University of Denver Pep Band, I just want you all to know that the conductor is the person that stands out in front of all of the really talented people, waves a stick, and kisses babies. The real workhorse in any band is the assistant director. Just saying…
Disney's Magic Kingdom – I really really really like the remote control fire hydrant. I can only imagine how frustrated my dog would get if he lifted his leg and the hydrant took off on him. He would proba- SQUIRREL!
Disney's Animal Kingdom – There is some work going on out in the middle of the pond. What the spy network tells us (read as wild speculation) is that they are looking into a nighttime show similar to but not an exact copy of World of Color. Although it could also be them clearing an area for the branches of the tree to carefully fall, who knows?
Disney's Hollywood Studios – For those of you who have always wanted a villain's park or villain's land, here is a special treat for you. The Disney villains are taking over the park on September, Friday the 13th, 2013, between 8pm and 1am.
SeaWorld – While there was an article talking about how low attendance at the SeaWorld parks this year is a blessing in disguise, the chain is still freaking out. The Orlando park has slashed its midweek ticket prices by 50% and the San Diego park is doing a free kid's ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Cedar Point – Other people on TPI have stolen my thunder about what the new attractions are going to be, but there are some other things going on. Mean Streak is probably going to close before the end of the season to start maintenance. Hopefully the maintenance will reimagine this roller coaster into a churro stand. At least a churro stand is easier on my back. Shoot the Rapids has water in it and may reopen soon. It also looks like they have the last parts for SkyHawk in the mail and might be able to get it open soon. There are also some rumors about Gatekeeper testing some new restraints.
Carowinds – This park announced a $50 million expansion plan, probably utilizing the new land that they bought. While at Disney $50 million buys you a construction wall and a big hole, I think Carowinds will be able to do a lot with their budget. The park is being a little cagey about what exactly they are going to install.
Kings Dominion – The park has stated that they hope to have Intimidator 305 open before the end of the season. Hopefully it's not just for walking tours.
Six Flags – Check out the list of new attractions for the Six Flags chain.
Lost Parks of Northern California – Kris Rowberry & ACE have just posted their trailer for the next installment of this wonderful series. I can't wait until September. Good thing it's next week.
Action Park - Until we get the next installment of Lost Parks here is a good part one of a documentary on a completely crazy amusement park. This water park sounds like a heck of a lot of fun, assuming you took all of your limbs home with you at the end of the day. FYI, for those of you with a gentle disposition, there are a couple of lightly objectionable words, so put your headphones on.Tweet
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