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Six Flags Great America – Goliath also has had its first test run. This thing just looks a lot more dangerous than Medusa. It’s interesting that Medusa seems to be the faster of the two coasters.
Six Flags Magic Mountain – As Robert mentioned yesterday, the park has put out a press release indicating that they are planning on closing Colossus. Based on the last time I had heard anything about Colossus possibly closing was for it to be remade by Rocky Mountain Coasters. Lance Hart at Screamscape is suggesting that Six Flags may go for the record for the longest roller coaster in the world by making the coaster go through both sides of the track before returning back to the station, but with the side by side lift hills, it would still be a racing coaster doing things a standard wooden roller coaster would never even dream of doing.
Six Flags Great Adventure – Zumanjaro is now testing. Hopefully the tests will go better than what is going on over at Busch Gardens.
Six Flags Corporate – Robert, the former journalism professor, says that an article that kisses up to a source is called a "beat sweetener," a piece a reporter writes to win the trust of a source in order to get him or her to open up with juicier information later. Well Forbes should be getting some great insider dish on Six Flags after the diabetes-inducing beat sweetener it just published. If I put my name at the top of that article you would naturally assume that the whole thing was made up. Then again, that's probably not a bad assumption in any case. ;^) I wonder if the Forbes writer could keep a straight face while writing that Six Flags employees are trained “to approach guests and energetically offer assistance in finding food locations, rides, or restrooms,” says Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President & CEO of Six Flags Entertainment. And, Reid-Anderson continues, “if a family or group is taking a group picture, we want our team members to offer to snap the photo.” If an employee at a Six Flags park offered to take a picture for me, I'd either assume he was going to steal the camera, or upcharge me for taking the photo. But at least I can get a cup of water at a Six Flags park. (Did you hear that, Elitch's?) You know, maybe I am being a little mean here — it is possible — and it has been a while since the last time I went to a Six Flags park. Please post below your thoughts on whether or not Six Flags is currently living up to what the CEO is saying or if it is all just steaming piles of bull droppings.
Luna Park (Cony Island) – Some people are just a little too excited about the first test run of Thunderbolt.
Orlando – It looks like the world’s tallest roller coaster will be built in the near vicinity of the giant Ferris wheel that is already under construction.
Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World – A new Junior Ride-Along program is set to debut on June 14th for kids aged 6 to 13 and at least 48 inches tall. Young people will be able to experience going around a track really fast in the passenger seat for three laps in specially designed cars that look like they are fresh off their movie shoot for Cars.
Shanghai Disneyland – Google Earth has updated their maps of Shanghai Disneyland to images that are just a couple of weeks old, if you are interested in seeing how far construction has gotten and which attractions will go where. If you look hard, you can not only see the Tron building, but the track inside the building as well.
Universal Studios Singapore – Construction walls and scaffolding have gone up around the Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster. This seems to lead to the belief that it will not be blown up into little tiny pieces to be recycled into paperclips.
Willis Tower (Chicago) – Formerly known as the Sears Tower, and to all Chicagoans still known as the Sears Tower, the protruding glass on the observation deck cracked while a family from California was on it. The glass deck allows visitors to look directly down to the ground through the floor some 1,353ft up in the air. Later it was found to have just cracked the protective coating and not the glass itself. It will be closed for a short time for inspections and probably cleanup, since if it were me in that situation, I would have said the “s” word and then done the “s” word all over the place.
Hunger Games – While extolling the virtues of their new traveling museum exhibit, the CEO of Lionsgate mentioned that Hunger Games is being shopped around to receive theme park treatment. They didn’t mention if it was going to be an all-Hunger Games theme park, so one would have to assume that it would be part of an existing or currently being built theme park. I can only think of a couple of theme parks that could handle an expensive movie franchise like Hunger Games, so we would have to assume it is going to end up at Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox Park, or Paramount Park. What are your thoughts?
Disney Movies – With the success of the new Maleficent movie, Disney is already starting to work on live action villain oriented versions of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and a weird mishmash of villains called The Reprehensibles. Our friends over at Halloweencostumes.com decided to put together what villains we know are slated to be in the movie and had a little fun with a photo shoot. I’m not quite sure if that will be the actual title of the movie or if that is the current working title.
Star Wars – The next installment of Star Wars to Jedi:Tweet
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