Weekend theme park news round-up: Ferrari World, Gardaland, and more

November 10, 2013, 2:58 PM · Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- Ferrari World, recently in the industry news for a proposed theme park to be constructed in South Korea, has announced a new attraction for 2014. The announcement, made at the 2013 World Travel Market event in London, details plans for the first electric go-karts in the region. Says Bruno Wiley, sales director at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, "We return to WTM [World Travel Market] this year with more to showcase... We’re preparing to launch a brand new attraction later this year. Karting Academy will be the first electric powered go-karts in the region." Last month, Ferrari World announced a new 7-day operating schedule to meet rising attendance.

Gardaland, Italy-Gardaland's new roller coaster, expected to arrive in 2015, is now believed to be a dive coaster. TheParks.it (be forewarned, the source material is in Italian) informs us that the coaster is expected to reach a height of 42 meters (about 138 feet). Merlin Entertainments, the proprietor of the park, who, in unrelated news, recently had a successful London Stock Exchange IPO, has constructed dive coasters in both Heide Park and Alton Towers, in both instances contracting B&M.

Chuncheon, South Korea-It seems as though the awaited Legoland South Korea proposal has been green-lighted, at least according to this news source. The development, expected cost around USD 470 million, will be jointly funded by Merlin Entertainments (yes, again) and the local government. Once completed, the park is estimated to draw 2 million visitors per annum.

Shanghai, China-Finally, as reported by Xinhua, the Shanghai Metro has released the artwork of 6 proposed artistic design plans for the Disneyland metro station. The decoration plans, which are not visible on the source page, are to contain elements of Chinese design, Shanghai culture and Disneyana, as it is known.

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