Theme Park of the Day: Knott's Berry Farm

The Blog Flume Filter for July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013, 12:05 PM · Update from Robert: This just dropped today, so I'm adding it to the Filter now. It's the first official trailer for "Saving Mr. Banks," the movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, and filmed, in part, at Disneyland.

Now back to the rest of Jeff's Blog Flume Filter -- Robert

Disney Fireworks – Apparently there is much more to a fireworks show than lighting a match and a boom. I wouldn't have thought about any other steps other than maybe: throw it and run for cover.

Epcot - Mickey's America Streetbeat – I am always fascinated with the talking character heads, blended with live music and live actors. I am also impressed with how the characters are able to do their routines with a big heavy animatronic head on and not be huffing and puffing at the end of it. I wonder if those costumes smell like rotting fish wrapped in month old gym socks by the end of the day. Or does Disney Pixie Dust magically make performers' sweat glands disappear?

Disneyland – Back before the paint dried in 1955, this was a completely different park than what you have today. Before some of you younger readers get bored, you need to hang on until the end where they show arguably the most abused/enjoyed ride at the park: Jungle Cruise.

The Optimist – There is a new online game that just started up in the last week or so that is supposed to run until the D23 Expo. Apparently it takes on an alternate reality in regards to Walt Disney. Here's where to get started. It really is hard to suspend disbelief when every single page is tagged at the bottom with a huge disclaimer and a Disney copyright. Looks like you will need to play this game and then read TH Creative's book and figure out which one is better. And just for the record I did finish TH's book, it was very intriguing and well worth the time…and where is Book 2?

Shanghai Disneyland – Construction on the castle is underway. If you look further back on the picture, it is impressive to see the number of cranes that they have on the site. That's almost as many as Universal Orlando had!

Shanghai Disneyland
Photo courtesy Disney

Disney's Magic Kingdom – The first mine car for the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster has just been delivered. The Imagineers were so proud that they had to take a picture.

Imagineers on the Mine Car
Photo courtesy Disney

Universal Studios Florida – The Rip Ride Rockit coaster has its newly-refurbished trains on site. It sounds like the new train is giving this troubled coaster a much-needed smoother ride. Let's hope we can get the other trains fixed soon. In Potter news, they are starting to enclose the bones of the buildings that they have up, giving us a good idea what the shape of the buildings are taking.

Grand Texas Theme Park – This park just made the first step in going from an "idea" to a "plan". They have purchased 600 acres of property in New Caney, Texas, and have plans to start construction by the end of the year with a 2015 opening.

New York – There is a good article here that shows a history in pictures of what amusements New York lost and wants back.

Tripsdrill – Hier ein Onride vom neuen Gerstlauer Launch Coaster Karacho in Tripsdrill. Möglicherweise möchten Sie Stick um und werfen Sie einen Blick auf die kühle besondere Wirkung auf der Rückseite der Achterbahn wagen. (Translated as: You might want to stick around and take a look at the cool special effect on the back of the coaster car.)

Kentucky Kingdom – This park has all of the paperwork signed and is slated to open next summer with a new roller coaster and doubling the size of the waterpark. T2 and Twisted Twins will remained closed for the time being, needing extra work before they can open. The newest rumor (classified as an "idea" or "wild idea") is that Rocky Mountain Coasters will be called in to Iron Horse the Twisted Twins.

Nurburgring – The Ring-Racer coaster is now doing test runs to open in the near future. I think I understand now why all of the videos have only shown the launch and the turnaround but little else. It is because there is actually little else to this coaster.

Replies (7)

July 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Somewhere, Dee Snider is smiling.
July 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM · Dee Snyder is the one who made them change the name from Twister Sisters to Twisted Twins...

I can't imagine him doing anything more than cashing a check and lounging at the pool...after his racquetball match...

July 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM · Jeff: Congrats on another excellent article. I loved the Disney circa 1955 video. What really stands out is the absence of the lush landscaping we now take for granted. The berm is basically bare and the park looks OK but not beautiful yet. This is a much better video than the opening day telecast.
July 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM · Thanks Jeff!
July 12, 2013 at 5:58 AM · "Dee Snyder is the one who made them change the name from Twister Sisters to Twisted Twins..."

Actually, you're wrong. Dee Snyder has gone on record - no pun intended - as saying he would have loved the coaster to be called "Twisted Sisters", but he doesn't own the rights to the name.

July 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM · This looks really good, I may have to see it. Tom Hanks is always amazing.
July 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM · The hazy background of the Shanghai Disneyland castle construction is not making me feel optimistic. What a disappointment. Not sure if the hazy appearance was from fog, pollution, smog, or any other combination.

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