2012 – What have you learned?

A Trivia Challenge

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM
This is a simple trivia challenge where I name a park and you supply what was newly opened this year. Bonus points will be awarded for completeness (as in including not only the main attraction, but the name of the shop, restaurant, description of the new theming) but also your thoughts on how well the new attraction works with the rest of the park/land and whether or not it was worth the cost/effort.

1. Hershypark
2. Holiday World
3. Disney’s Magic Kingdom
4. Thorpe Park
5. California Adventure
6. Universal Studios Hollywood
7. Elitch Gardens
8. Universal Studios Florida
9. Dollywood
10. Sea World Orlando

Even if someone has already posted their answers, feel free to post your own, you might have a better insight into the new attractions. Please let us know if you have experienced the attraction, or if you are basing an opinion off of other’s reports, as I highly doubt someone has been to all ten of the parks listed above this year.

If we get enough participation, I have no problems doing more trivia challenges throughout the off season, but if you don’t care, I don’t care. This one is a bit of a softball to see if anyone is interested, obviously the difficulty in this can be notched much higher.

If you have trivia concepts that you have enjoyed in the past, please let me know and I will see about assembling it (I’m personally a big fan of the satellite image one, but let me know).

From Dominick D
Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM
1. Skyrush, the tallest, fastest coaster in Hersheypark. It was probably worth making considering it's the park's biggest.

2. Mammoth, a water coaster at Holiday World. I'm not sure it was worth the money since it's only seasonal.

3. Ahem,

3a. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a great interactive game in the park.

3b. Journey of the Little Mermaid, a relaxing dark ride with a great queue.

3c. Gaston's Tavern, a quick service with LeFou's Brew and Pork Shanks. No one like Gaston!

3d. Enchanted Tales With Belle, an interactive expierence. IMO, great AAs and themeing, but the meet and greet is eh.

3e. Ariel's Grotto, a meet and greet with Ariel in mermaid form.

3f. Bonjour! Village Gifts, a gift shop based on the book store in BATB.

3g. Storybook Circus, including Dueling Dumbos, Barnstormer, Pete's Silly Sideshow, Big Top Souvenirs, and Casey Jr. Splash Zone.

Overall, great additions and worth the money!

4. The Swarm, Europe's tallest wing coaster. Worth the money due to a record breaker.


5a. Carsland, a land based off of Cars featuring Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi's Flying Tires, and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Also featuring Cozy Cone Motel, Flo's V8 Café, and Ramone's.

5b. Buena Vista Street, a tribute to the classic Hollywood era with Carthay Circle.

Overall, the DCA expansion was worth it!

6. Transformers, a Spiderman style dark ride. It looks great and I can't wait for it to come to USF!

7. Kiddie land! Worth it? Not sure.


8a. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, a great replacement for Jimmy Neutron and a must ride!

8b. Universal's Cinematic Spectacular, a celebration for 100 years of Universal. Good, but it's a see it if you have time thing.

8c. Universal's Superstar Parade, an obvious attempt at Block Bash Party (R.I.P.)

8d. Spongebob Storepants, a store based on the classic cartoon (and by classic I mean pre 2004)

Overall, great improvements!

9. Wild Eagle, America's first winged coaster! Worth the money!

10. Turtletrek, a 360 degree 3D film. This is just a hold up for Antartica.

Out of the things I mentioned, I've only been to Storybook Circus, Sorcerers, and everything USF has (I plan on seeing FL when CM previews are done)

From Matt Babiak
Posted October 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I'd love to participate, but 2012 hasn't been my year for theme parks, as I have been to a whopping 0. All money is being saved for next year- WDW, USF, Hersheypark, Six Flags, maybe Sea World

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Matt, this sort of quiz has nothing to do with how many (or how few) parks you've been to. It has everything to do with how much attention you pay to TPI and other sites. Look at Dom's Disney answers. I know a ton about what goes on at theme/amusement parks, but I couldn't even APPROACH the information he gave in his answers.

From Dominick D
Posted October 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM
Thank you Mike, which goes for the parks I haven't visited. I just pay attention to them.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM
It is a little disturbing that the very first answer was so good.

Been working on another one. Checking it out.....hopefully it is a little harder.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM
If it makes you feel any better, Matt, I was able to get to exactly one park this season.

From Karly Tenney
Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM
1. Sky rush
2. Sparkler and Mammoth
3. I'm just listing one of many the little mermaid.
4. Swarm
5. Cars land and many others
6. Transformers
7. I don't know
8. Despicable Me
9. Wild Eagle!!! Love that ride
10. Turtle Trek and Antarctica is opening next year.

From Jay R.
Posted October 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM
Dom's answer seems like it kinda ended the thread, I'm not even going to answer, lol

From Dominick D
Posted October 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM
*Does evil smirk*

From robert morris
Posted October 20, 2012 at 1:53 AM
8e. Simpsons Midway Expansion at USF fronting their ride, minimal expenditure compared to most theme park cost. And benefit could be two fold

1. First midway cames that actually fit the theme instead of just thrown in : See IOA's, Animal Kingdom's and Sea World's

2. Hopefully eliminates long term the clutter of random games throughout USF

8f. London Waterfront: two years before the rest of "the land can not be named" opens half the walkways walls are gone and additionally preimuim viewing for USF's nightshow is open

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