SeaWorld Orlando – While guests may still be flocking to SeaWorld to check out the new Antarctica area, apparently one of the penguins already has had enough and tried to follow the visitors out. According to SeaWorld, the penguin was caught quickly and returned back to its habitat after jumping over the short glass barrier that separates it from the Antarctica ride upload area. But we've heard word that a penguin later was seen in the back of a refrigerated truck traveling west on Interstate 4. Was the penguin trying to rendezvous with his comrades at Busch Gardens? SeaWorld officials also are said to be puzzling over a large open bar tab for slushie drinks and herring cocktails, as well as several collect calls made to McMurdo Station, all billed to someone calling himself "Puck."
Disney's Animal Kingdom - For years, scientists have theorized that a massive asteroid collision wiped out the dinosaurs. Today, we know the truth -- it was gun violence. The truth was revealed when a Disney World visitor found a loaded handgun in a ride vehicle at the Dinosaur ride in Animal Kingdom, left behind by whoever apparently did the terrible deed of shooting all the dinosaurs in the past. Who brings a loaded gun to a theme park? I mean, other than Jungle Cruise skippers, but we've always wondered about them, haven't we?
Knott's Berry Farm - Continuing "Theme Parks Gone Wild" week on the Blog Flume Filter, Knott's Berry Farm this morning hosted local media for an event to reopen a ride that's not actually open. The Timber Mountain Log Ride was supposed to reopen this morning after a $1-million-plus refurb, but, apparently, a million bucks doesn't buy what it used to, such as water to fill the flume.
Knott's still brought out Ethan Wayne, the son of acting legend John Wayne, who originally dedicated the Log Ride in 1969. The younger Wayne reminisced about the original opening day, and then… just left, as there was no log to christen and no ride to ride.
It sure looks pretty, though.
Knott's officials said the ride might be open later today. Or tomorrow.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas – The decorations are already starting to fall off the Iron Rattler, namely the Iron Rattle itself. Maintenance crews immediately removed the rattle from the other train as a precaution before reopening the ride. So the Iron Rattler is now the Iron Rattlerless, which is not really a word and kind of hard to say. Park employees are now looking for another 50-foot rattlesnake to pull the rattle from, as well as enough duct tape and Gorilla Glue to attach it to the coaster train so it won't fall off this time.
Universal Studios Hollywood – Over the last week, an interactive Optimus Prime and Megatron debuted. I don’t know about you, but I keep thinking that he is going to fall over on the kids. I think largely the Optimus Prime works, but the Megatron is just trying too hard to be a bad guy. Maybe if he softened his approach to be more funny instead of insulting it would work better, like if he was out there recruiting instead of menacing. Lines like “Join the Decepticons, we have cookies” would go over really well.
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