The Blog Flume Filter: The Return of the Flume
Islands of Adventure – King Kong – While this should still be classified as a rumor, it looks like they are going to start digging behind the Thunder Falls restaurant any day now. As of a couple of days ago, trees have been marked, presumably deciding which ones will go and which ones will stay. There have also been trees marked around the Triceratops Encounter.
Disney’s California Adventure – The line for Soarin’ are going to act twice as long for the near term. They have one of the two theaters closed for rehab.
In other news, this park just turned 13 and managed to not burn down or have some kind of weird tragedy happen to it. I’m sure some of you are amazed that it wasn’t turned back into a parking lot after the first ten years, but it looks like Universal has learned from Disney.
Universal Studios Japan – This video is a couple of months old, but it shows the progress that they are making on Harry Potter Land
Epcot – According to the latest rumors (as in we won’t know if this is anywhere close to the truth until we see shovels in the ground) Imagineering has been working on some idea that would bring Frozen to the Norway Pavilion, with the intention of replacing Maelstrom. Just Blue Sky designs at this point…but it is nice to see them thinking about it. Disney was very quick to react to how popular Frozen has been. The characters from Frozen have seen crazy long lines since their first appearances at the parks.
Disneyland – I know this is old news, but I fear that if it is not mentioned here, it doesn’t exist. Thor: Treasures of Asgard opened up right next to the Iron Man exhibit in Innoventions.
Captain America – This Innoventions exhibit should open on March 7th in the general area of Thor and Iron Man.
Big Thunder Mountain is getting ready to open back up after a 6 month rehab that actually lasted 14 months. Cast Members should be performing on-ride testing by March 7th and it should open up to the rest of us by the end of March.
Tomorrowland Star Wars – Chalk this one up to a rumor, but there is talk about knocking out the Autotopia and Subs to put in a large Star Wars Land with a Speeder Bike attraction on the spot that Autotopia currently occupies.
Here is another installment in the Every Role is a Starring Role series:
Disney’s Magic Kingdom – Seven Dwarves - It looks like they only have a few final finishing touches to put on this ride. So it will open in time for Christmas.
Universal Studios Hollywood – Apparently the Terminator 2 building had enough room in it that the Despicable Me attraction will have two different pre-show areas and two different theaters. After the show, both theaters will dump out into the same Minion Dance Party and then into Super Silly Funland.
Here’s a Harry Potter Update for the West Coast:
Star Wars Weekend @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios – There has been a plus and a cut. The good news is that it will run for an extra week, from May 16th to June 15th on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The bad news is that the Hyperspace Hoopla has been cancelled. We have not forgotten you Hoopla!!
Busch Gardens Tampa – Falcon’s Fury – We have new video and a rare look inside of a drop tower.
Six Flags Great America – We have new videos for the new Goliath coaster from Rocky Mountain Coasters
Kings Island – Banshee has coaster cars on the track and the retheming of Flight Deck to The Bat is progressing well. If the public likes this change, then you can expect the names all of the rides in the park to change every few years.
Knoebels – This park has already announced what they are installing for the 2015 season, and steel is making a comeback. The new attraction will be called Impulse, a steel looping Zierer Tower Coaster.
Jazzland – In a prime candidate for the news of the unfathomable, a new proposal has been submitted to turn the former Six Flags New Orleans site back into Jazzland. Consider me very skeptical at this point. Considering how much Six Flags hated being there and how quickly they hit the door, I wouldn’t consider this proposal anything other than a wild dream until the shovels are in the sand.
Sochi Park – Showing a remarkable burst of speed right when it counted, Sochi Park at the Olympic Village in Russia just barely - crap we missed it…
Dollywood – Firechaser Express should start testing soon.
Lost Parks of Northern California – Santa’s Village – This is the ongoing history series by ACE of Northern California.
Star Wars Universe – It looks like we’ve gained access to some of the first footage from the new JJ Abrams Star Wars movie.
Ride of the Week – I have never seen a full video post of this ride, so it is going to get the first Ride of the Week for 2014: Sum of All Thrills at Epcot
Great to finally see you back, Jeff. I hope those months off gave you fresh material. However, if you don't mind my asking, did you decide to cut back on some of the snark you're famous for?
Falcon Fury's comment about being able to see Miami on a clear day is a hyperbole.
The Star Wars parodies must end. They were fun, but they appear disrespectful to the source material.
Count me as someone who doesn't understand the appeal of Jeff's "humor". I have no idea what this paragraph is even supposed to mean: "In other news, this park just turned 13 and managed to not burn down or have some kind of weird tragedy happen to it. I’m sure some of you are amazed that it wasn’t turned back into a parking lot after the first ten years, but it looks like Universal has learned from Disney."
Welcome back, Jeff! I missed the "tongue in cheek" commentary on theme park news.
Great to see you back. Love that tongue in cheek humor. It's good to have some diversity in writing style.
Since there was so much news to get caught back up on, I thought I was taking it easy on the sarcasm, but I got a complaint, so I guess there was some in there.
As someone who saw the original Star Wars movies in the theaters (and knows Han fired first and is certain he did the right thing), I am very happy that Hyperspace Hoopla is gone. I never liked it even though I can see the appeal as spectacle. It has only been performed for 4 years, so it's not like it is a cherished childhood memory. I did like seeing Slave Leia and ripped shirt Padme dirty dancing with Lando last year, weird mother-daughter imagery.
Count me as someone who doesn't understand the visceral dislike that Annette Forrest has for Jeff's "humor". I had no trouble understanding Jeff's comments about DCA and its long history of problems over its first thirteen years. Annette's constant complaints about Jeff's writing comes off as very hateful and angry to me. It's just not productive at all. Her constant complaints about all-things-Jeff is just so disturbing to me.
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