At a media event this weekend, LEGOLAND Florida announced the official opening date for the LEGO NINJAGO attraction would be January 12, 2017.
Assisted by Kai and Nya, LEGOLAND Florida Resort General Manager Adrian Jones announced the land’s grand opening date on the eve of the resort’s fifth birthday, continuing the largest period of growth and expansion in its history.
In a synergetic move, NBC late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon will soon be getting his own attraction at Universal Orlando.
“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the name of the attraction that will give guests a full “Tonight Show” experience in the famous Studio 6B…until Fallon challenges the audience to the ultimate race through New York City.
Hot on the heels of announcing Skull Island: Reign of Kong is coming to Universal Orlando, Universal Parks & Resorts has announced they will be partnering with Nintendo on future theme park attractions.
The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.
This past weekend, Busch Gardens Tampa soft opened its new Falcon’s Fury attraction to guests in the park, after a few days of employee testing.
Among the first riders were the band The All American Rejects, who were playing the park as part of its summer concert series. Then the ride opened for guests to experience.
Falcon’s Fury was supposed to open in May, but delays in construction and testing delayed that. This all-new drop tower is a first of its kind as it not only takes riders up 335, but it tilts them facedown to the ground before they drop.
No word on when there will be a grand opening for the ride, but since they’re doing soft openings, I would guess it’ll be in the next month or so, barring any complications. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear a date.
Finishing up the expansion of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open in Spring 2014. It is a highly-themed family coaster, which tells the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in both indoor and outdoor sequences. The ride vehicles are styled like mine cars mounted on a cradle-like pivot, allowing the cars to swing back and forth around the various bends and turns of the track
Here is a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the ride:
This weekend, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, sent out an email teaser about a new attraction for the park.
It was accompanied by an image of a height-test balloon, which is used by theme parks to check sight lines for new attractions. It was tagged 105 feet.
According to the email, the new attraction, as yet unnamed, will be “the tallest water thrill ride of its type in Orlando.” No further information on what type of water thrill ride it will be.
It sounds like it might be one of those tall drop slides, similar to Summit Plummet at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach. though that one is said to be 120-feet-tall, so if Aquatica’s is the tallest of its type, it will have to be different in some way.
The two are inter-related and inspired by one of the fastest animals known to man – the cheetah.
Cheetah Run is a new area at the park dedicated to the fast cat. Located in the former home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, guests will get the chance to witness Cheetahs in action. Elevated glass-paneled viewing areas with interactive touch screens will allow guests to learn everything about these magnificent animals.
Of course, there has to be a signature ride, and Busch Gardens is covering that with a new rollercoaster called Cheetah Hunt. If you feel the need for speed, this ride is for you.
Using Linear Synchronous Motion, which is basically using the force of repelling magnets to propel the ride, Cheetah Hunt launches riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds – THREE times.
The first launch propels the train out of its station and into the grasslands that surround the new area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60 mph and up into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African landscape before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench. At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station.
I’m looking forward to this new area because cheetahs have always been one of my favorite animals.
Busch Gardens says that Cheetah Hunt and Cheetah Run will be open in spring 2011.
If the company-supplied artist renderings haven’t tempted you, perhaps this video by Busch Gardens will:
SeaWorld’s sister park Discovery Cove has announced plans for a new interactive area of the park called Grand Reef.
Inspired by reefs from around the world, the experience will offer different levels of exploration for guests.
For the timid, simply stepping into the water will offer a chance to interact with the fish. Explore a little further by snorkeling in the deeper areas.
But for the full experience, guests will have the opportunity to take the optional underwater walking tour called SeaVenture.
Guests who pay an additional fee will be able to strap on dive helmets and walk underwater. They’ll come across lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows), one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by.
Plans are to have Grand Reef open for guests in 2011. No word if admission prices will raise when this new attraction opens.
Discovery Cove announced the Grand Reef with this video on YouTube: