Published: October 2, 2013 at 12:57 PMI know its not strictly all theme park... But you could do a version owned by merlin Entertainment.
So you'd have all of the Legolands (Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, UK and the two US parks, plus a Japanese and Korean park to come), Alton Towers Thorpe park and Chessington in the UK, Gardaland Resort in Italy and Hide park in Gemrany
spacing it out you have a huge number of extra attractions that you can focus on...
The Sea Life Centre brand is in 18 different countries, with many countries home to more than one of those.
Madame Tussards is in 9 countries, with three to follow soon. The Historic London site could be a finnisher...
There are "Dungeons" in three countries (Uk, Netherlands and Germany), and "Eye" attractions in both Australia and the UK (The Iconic Sydney and Blackpool Towers), and treetop adventures and Ski resorts in Australia.
Must be enough content there to sell a few annual passes...
Published: October 2, 2013 at 1:56 PMAre you kidding me??? OMG - I would almost kill to be part of a game that brings two of my favorite things - theme parks and The Amazing Race - together! Not to mention the exciting travel element. What an awesome idea you have come up with. Are you sure you couldn't just sell this idea directly to the Amazing Race people? Ya never know...
Anyway, in answer to your question, YES. I would love to see this (if I couldn't somehow manage to be a contestant, that is.
I'll leave the brilliant ideas for destinations and challenges to everybody else, as I don't get around to different parks anywhere near as much as most of your readers clearly do (or nearly as much as I would like to, for that matter). But the possibilities are mind-boggling.
Thanks for tossing out such an exciting idea. Can't wait to see others' responses.
Published: October 2, 2013 at 2:34 PMOff topic, but similar.
When we werewas flying home from Hong Kong Disney a few years back, we had a idea for a crazy challenge or possibly a charity event.
Would it be possible to visit all the Disney parks in one day?
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Orlando,L.A, from sunrise to sunset.
I can never remember if there's a common ride at all of the,pm but you would need to ride that ride in each park.
Rough calculations say its possible.
You would need your own plane, something big that can fly a long way fast! Sponsorship by an airline would help (Richard Branson, if you're reading)
Disney would need to let you in by a back door and push you to the front of the queue.
More dofficult. You'd need assistance from border control and the airports in 4 countries. Buses meeting planes, fast routes to and from the park and most importantly government that will let yu skip the border control or process everyone as a batch.
If you could arrange that I think it would be an experience that 300 odd Disney fans would give an arm and a leg for, and if it's all for charity, then it helps someone else.
If anyone what's to have a go at organising me give me a call and I'll give you a hand
Published: October 2, 2013 at 6:07 PMSearching flights on Orbitz, I found how much time you'd need "on the clock" flying between each of the cities with a Disney theme park. These aren't flights time (those are much longer), but the flight times minus the time changes as you fly west, which minimizes your lost time on the clock while you are in the air. All flights are non-stop.
Tokyo -> Hong Kong ~ 4 hours (5 hours flight time minus 1 time zone)
Hong Kong -> Paris ~ 6 hours (13 hours minus 7 time zones)
Paris -> Orlando ~ 6 hours (6 hours minus 6 time zones)
Orlando -> Los Angeles ~ 2 hours (5 hours minus 3 time zones)
So that's 18 hours of the day just in the air, not including time for getting to and from airports, security checks, etc. If you had a private plane and could skip the security checks and minimize customs while flying between the cities at will (instead of meeting a commercial airline's schedule), you might be able to get to each of the parks in one 24-hour period. But there's no guarantee that they'd be open when you got there, and you certainly wouldn't have the time to go in and do anything.
On a commercial flight schedule, I'd suggest you could do all 11 parks in one week without too much scheduling hassle, though you might never want to travel anywhere else for a very long time after that haul. (Not to mention paying the cost.)
Published: October 2, 2013 at 9:25 PMThat... is one very cool idea! C'mon now CBS get it done!
Published: October 3, 2013 at 1:15 AMIf The Amazing Race won't come on board...you could always make some modifications and turn it into something for the the Travel Channel -- either network should be eager to develop this idea! And why not? People have been doing this in thier own families (on much MUCH smaller scales) forever! :)
Great idea -- let us know when the premiere is!!!
Published: October 3, 2013 at 3:06 AMBy parks I meant resorts not gates.
You would probably need Tokyo and Hong Kong to open up and let you in a bit early.
A "private" plane would be a requisit. Preferbly something pretty big.
I never said it would be easy or even physically possible, but it's a fun concept and I'd love to give it a try
Published: October 3, 2013 at 5:20 AMI'd watch it and don't usually watch TV.....
Published: October 3, 2013 at 9:35 AMI will defined want to be part of this race! International people can join the race too! What about Africa! There are few theme parks to in South Africa alone. Maybe not as big as in the other countries.
So how can I join in & when is this race starting!
Published: October 4, 2013 at 12:40 PMKudos Robert, that is an awesome idea. Contact the producer Bertram Van Munster and pitch the idea. FYI,Amazing Race Productions and ABC studios are the authors of the program. Myself, have been thru the rigorous casting process of The Amazing Race, and making it to L.A. as a finalist, but being cut at the last minute and not getting on the show, would love to see this spin on the main show idea. I can speak for my teammate when I say, I(we)would love to get involved in this version if it happens.
Published: October 4, 2013 at 6:32 PMAwesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Now, back to your regularly scheduled program...
Published: October 5, 2013 at 1:33 PMThis is a cool idea, and I'll admit that I've thought about it a lot over the years. What's odd is that when The Amazing Race goes to parks in other countries, the tasks are usually lame and easy. So it would take some cool planning for this race to be challenging yet still fun and not impossible.