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Last Week At Your Amusement Park......October 17

A digest of amusement park news and rumors...and a couple of rants...with a sense of humor...

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:40 AM
Occupy Movement - For those of you who live under a rock, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been doing a very good job of taking people who are upset about corporate greed and lack of jobs and making them unqualified for jobs by arresting them and giving them serious rap sheets that stay on their permanent record. But the good news is that there are no jobs and the people that are getting those jobs are the ones that actually paid attention in class, blew the grade curve, and were regularly beaten up during recess for such minor offenses as looking like a wimp, a dweeb, or a dork. Not to get off on much of a tangent, but to make a point, the king of all dorks has a job and is making a killing at the bank, but we can’t all be this guy:

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But at 3 and 3 this season, even his job is on the line, and to make matters worse, he is making $15 million per year, which of course brings us back around to corporate greed and the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Occupy Wall Street movement has become so popular, that many other places are getting their own Occupy movement and sending their own people to jail. Disney World and many other parks are getting in on the movement to fight against corporate greed and against lazy people who are 3 and 3 yet making millions. Even some main theme park icons are not above the movement to get arrested by greedy corporate people who could care less about anything other than the bottom line. The following is a montage of pictures showing just how bad it is getting out there (all swiped from the Facebook groups outlined below).

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To wrap up this story, please log into Facebook and befriend the Occupy Disneyland, Occupy Disney World, Occupy Sesame Street, and Occupy Legoland groups. We have to show our solidarity with those who think it is important to get arrested so that they no longer qualify for jobs and can get on to government handouts for being better than some chucklehead that can only win 3 out of 6 games. I would expect that as Theme Park Insiders, we should create groups for Occupy Universal Studios, Occupy SeaWorld, and Occupy Busch Gardens by the end of the day.

Dorney Park - Stinger has many supports locked into place and starting to go vertical.

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Thorpe Park - The Swarm has topped off. I have a feeling this roller coaster isn’t going to look like much until the theming is done.

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WB Movie World (Australia) - The Green Lantern Coaster has been topped off and with all of its infrastructure in place, this one should complete very quickly.

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Disney World - Monorail Peach took its first passengers over the weekend. It is scheduled to go into a lengthy rehab on Wednesday.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Let me be the first to say that I don’t get this....but I am very apparently not the demographic it is reaching toward, having an IQ higher than a bag of kitten ears. This Thing is called Cubot. While this Thing probably cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars, it gets very irritating and ingratiating after about three minutes, and preys on the very lowest form of brains on the planet. But it is what it is.....here is a video of the Cubot....feel free to trash it below in the talkback.

Six Flags America - Pieces of the former Iron Wolf coaster have started arriving at Six Flags America for a new rebirth as "Apocalypse: My Spleen Hurts".

Dollywood - Wild Eagle has completed its loop, and has posted a new construction video.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Disney is already starting to make plans about how they are going to get Avatar into the Animal Kingdom. First stop is to move the Festival of the Lion King show to a different location and into a new theater. Thoughts are that it will be dropped into the Africa section, but stranger things have happened. Once the Festival of the Lion King has been moved, then real construction and destruction will take place. Not bad for a temporary attraction that was only filling a hole left by an entire land missing, cobbled together with leftover parade parts.

Epcot - In an odd scheduling decision, it is looking like Test Track is going to be down for the entire summer next year to reimagine the whole ride with new cars and a new concept leaning more toward the innovation of GM cars instead of testing them. Early rumors lean toward the entire ride track being taken out of the building and many seminar rooms put in to show how great it is that GM was able to get tons of government money that it has never paid back, have a sitting President of the United States throw out the old CEO, and give half of the company to the Union. Put that one to music and play it.

Legoland Florida - Well, it is open, let the reviews do the talking here. Apparently opening day had a couple of hiccups and some of the rides had excessive waits, some downtime, and some of the concessions ran out of plastic food.

Six Flags Over Georgia - There was a contest (not clear if it is still ongoing or not) at the park where if you eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach in under two minutes, you get a free season pass for next year. To be honest, it is not much worse than the rest of the food offered at the park and at least this time you know you are eating cockroach.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair - In a bit of weirdness that has me already reaching for the aspirin, a lady set the world record for continuous riding of bumper cars at 26 hours beating the previous record of 24 hours. Makes my neck ache just thinking about it.


Create My Caption - In the discussion thread below, post your best caption(s) for the following picture (or any of the other pictures posted):

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If I have missed anything (and I have, so no worries there) please post below. If you have some inside information, more news, more rumors, first rides, please share with the rest of us.

Sources: Screamscape, Amusement Today, and whatever else I happened to read this week...


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM
Caption: Mickey says, "I'm glad the little girl brought dinner!"

From KJ Simpson
Posted October 17, 2011 at 6:55 PM
The OWDW photos rock. Thanks for posting them here!

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:46 AM
@KJ

There were more pictures out there, but I didn't have space for all of them. If you log into Facebook and search for those four groups you can leaf through what else they have. I had a tip about Occupy Disney World, but found the other ones on my own....

......I am pretty certain that they have all been Photoshopped, but they are still funny....

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 18, 2011 at 7:56 AM
^ "Pretty" certain? :)

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM
^ "Absolutely"

From Tim Hillman
Posted October 18, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Jeff, thanks for another great column! The OWDW pictures are hilarious!

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted October 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM
The Mickey Mouse with police photo caption:

You have the right to remain silent... oh wait! you are always silent!

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM
Caption: "We sold our other kid to the circus to afford this trip".

Thanks for the comments everyone.....Fall and the end of the season looming has got me down in the dumps just a bit.....have been thinking about shutting down the column or making it less frequent over the winter, but getting good comments pulls me out of it to go another week.....

For those of you who didn't hear.....My wife and I found out this last week that we are having a baby boy in March, our first!

From Alan Hiscutt
Posted October 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM
Little Girl: "Daddy Where are the Legos?"
dad: "Just smile, or The Mouse will eat you"

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM
^^ Congrats, Jeff!

From Christy Hall
Posted October 20, 2011 at 5:43 AM
Congratulations, Jeff! That is very exciting news. And as for your column, I too look forward to reading it each week. Thank you for all your hard work!

From Andy Milito
Posted October 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Awwwwwwww, a baby!

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