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Warner Brothers Movie World (Australia) – I get the feeling that whenever there is an off season where no major rides are being built at a park, someone in the marketing department hyperventilates until the managers throw something together before the entire marketing department passes. And then, usually, a character meet-and-greet or a parade is announced, with all of the pomp and circumstance that a major record breaking attraction would normally get. This year, WB Movie World, has announced their new
parade event, Carnivale. It is going try to hit that middle ground between the New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro parades. What they forgot is that audience participation before, during, and after the event is what makes it so cool. And the incredible amount of alcohol consumption, don’t forget about the alcohol. And earning beads. And don’t forget drinking… But the parade that WB Movie World is putting on is “family friendly”, so I would naturally assume that all of the things that make Carnivale a not-to-be-missed bucket list item will all be stripped out so that little Johnny’s eyeballs are not seared open and little Susie’s self-esteem is not dashed to pieces.
Jazzland / Six Flags New Orleans – The development board is (again) looking for people do develop the plot of land formerly housing a major theme park. Here is a hint: If you expect someone to have completely built their idea on the actual site before you approve it, expect to be disappointed. How hard is it to work with someone? Tell them that they have conditional approval that expires after a certain amount of time in order to solidify plans and get investors. If someone already had enough money to do the project in their back pocket, then they have enough money to tell you to go piddle on yourself.
ValleyFair! – And I quote, “From a brand-new ride that sends guests soaring 42 feet up in the sky to a new food truck that serves gourmet hotdogs, Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee is revealing new summer features”. And then my questions are: Can you get up to the food truck without going on the ride? Like steps or something? Or is that an exclusive food choice to the attraction? Or maybe someone left out a crucial comma?
Schlitterbahn Kansas City – Verruckt is opening has been delayed until June 5th for more testing. Apparently the sand bags and plastic dummies are too scared to ride the thing. Or it is a heck of a lot of work to carry the sandbags up to the top of the ride…
Kentucky Kingdom – The park opens on May 24th. It is not clear if Lightning Racer will be ready in time, but soon. Soon. We know that people have already been on it as a preview…
Walt Disney Studios (Paris) – The Ratatouille ride press event is scheduled for June 22. The theory is that the ride should open soon thereafter, but you never know these days. If it was Universal, the ride would have opened two years ago.
Six Flags Great Adventure – Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom has been a bit delayed which is keeping Kingda Ka from opening until the drop tower is ready to roll. If that disappoints you, Top Thrill Dragster is open and ready for your business.
Star Wars Weekends – I couldn’t pass up the following videos.
Star Wars Episode VII – Ever want to be in a Star Wars movie? Here is your chance. As a fund-raising effort in conjunction with UNICEF, LucasFilm is raising money for charity in a tiered reward system. This means that the more money you give, the more stuff they are going to give you, up to being invited to a private screening of Episode VII.
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