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  1. Disney has announced the return of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2022! https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/04/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-returns-to-walt-disney-world-resort-this-fall/?CMP=SOC-DPFY22Q3wo0428220001A Here at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re celebrating #HalfwaytoHalloween with all treats and no tricks! In honor of the #HalfwaytoHalloween festivities taking place across Disney Parks this week, we’ve teamed up with “Hocus Pocus 2” star Doug Jones to make a very exciting announcement. There you have it! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning to Magic Kingdom Park this fall during the resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Keep reading for details about this fall-favorite event and learn how you can get into the spirit early by taking part in the #HalfwaytoHalloween festivities. This fall, ghosts and ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and celebrate all things haunted during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Taking place on 37 select nights Aug. 12 through Oct. 31, 2022, this special event haunts Magic Kingdom Park after normal park operating hours from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party may be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240 beginning May 18. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can begin purchasing tickets as early as May 12. Ticket prices will range from $109 – $199. The event dates are: August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members may purchase specially priced tickets for select dates.
  2. Disney has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind will open on May 27! disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/04/guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-opens-may-27-at-epcot/ Well plant me in the ground and call me Groot, cause Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is set to officially debut May 27 at EPCOT! What do we already know about this awesome new family-thrill coaster attraction at Walt Disney World Resort? Well, we know people from the planet Xandar are coming to Earth and creating the first “other-world” showcase at EPCOT – the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. We know we’ll learn more about their technology and culture as we move through the pavilion, and discover how our two worlds are similar in so many ways. -- The Guardians of the Galaxy are on their way to EPCOT, and we better be ready for an intergalactic chase through time and space. It all begins May 27 when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind releases its awesome mixtape of an attraction to the world. This is another big, magical moment in the transformation of EPCOT and the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration currently underway, which we’ve been covering here on the Disney Parks Blog. Be sure to keep following along as we prep to save the galaxy with the Guardians. Until then … I am Groot.
  3. You all can discuss this but please don't resort to any personal attacks. This incident is a big deal and there are too many variables at play to make a definitive decision about the cause. There's definitely an issue with the harnesses not having seat belts and potential verify limits, but there's also an issue with the behavior of the operators as evidenced by the video, and the Sling Shot group's general operational attitude. Please stick to "I think that" or "I believe that" until details are officially released from the investigation.
  4. Universal Parks & Resorts has announced that Super Nintendo World will be opening in 2023, with Nintendo merchandise coming to the Feature Presentation store in 2022! https://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/interactive/2929fed4187b40648b79a9839e70e91fproduct169208/index.html#/brand/25dc392f-2f08-452b-9b31-52704ab0689e/press-releases/775aaed4-7ad8-4784-8828-8908d40a5b95 It’s official! SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, the innovative, immersive and highly-anticipated themed land, will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023, and will be the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD opened first at Universal Studios Japan to rave consumer and critical reviews in 2021. The U.S. debut of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood will transport theme park guests and Nintendo fans into the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to become part of their compelling universe. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD was conceived in partnership with Nintendo and the visionaries at Universal Creative to deliver exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to generations of Nintendo fans for over 40 years. The immersive land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of the theme park, featuring a groundbreaking ride and interactive areas, to be enjoyed by the whole family. Themed shopping and dining will enhance the entire experience. To mark the occasion as the countdown begins to the land’s exciting debut, Universal Studios Hollywood will unveil a takeover of its popular Feature Presentation retail store with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD theming, opening soon. Located just inside the theme park’s main entrance, guests will have a chance to share their excitement for the land’s 2023 arrival by gearing up with merchandise such as Mario and Luigi themed apparel and iconic character hats. A selection of plush characters, including Yoshi, Mario, Bowser and Luigi in a variety of sizes, will also be among the many fun items available for purchase.
  5. Without giving away all the info, I will say that VelociCoaster had significantly more riders than Ride To Happiness. Next year, we will probably see VelociCoaster move less and Ride to Happiness move more in terms of rankings.
  6. Yes, your enthusiast friends might have ridden it, but this year, we also made significant outreach to Theme Park Review's social media followers and casual readers, which absolutely affected the results. We anticipated that there would be some volatility in the two new big debuts - VelociCoaster and Ride to Happiness, both of which made huge impacts in their home continents. The top 100 or so are especially volatile each year and big swings / upsets can happen because, outside of the numbered rank, the difference in preference is very small. People having more non-VelociCoaster coasters in their results, for example, also lowers VelociCoaster's ranking by no fault of its own. As more people get down and ride it, its ranking will become more accurate. Same with Ride to Happiness. We are internally discussing strategies for next year's poll.
  7. The 2021 TPR Coaster Poll results are now LIVE!
  8. The big, bad disclaimer section Regarding the rankings of brand new coasters Roller coasters such as Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Ride To Happiness are brand-new for the 2021 season and their rankings should be treated as such. They have significantly less ridership than their peers, and it may take several years before their rankings "settle" in the poll. If you feel that a coaster's ranking is inaccurate, but you have not ridden that coaster, you should go ride it and participate in the poll. This is true for all coasters with lower ridership - the more people that rank a coaster, the more accurate its ranking will be. Regarding differences in ranking between the "Overall" and the "Wooden / Steel" rankings The Top 25 overall rankings may not be consistent with the Top 25 wooden and steel coasters - the wooden results only count wooden coasters, and the steel results only count steel coasters. Some steel coasters are preferred over high-ranking wooden coasters, and vice versa. Regarding the increase in completed ballots Some results may be different from previous years due to the large increase in completed ballots this year. This is due to outreach, social media demographics, etc and does not invalidate any posted result. Coasters that did not meet the ridership requirements The TPR Coaster Poll requires a coaster to have twelve (12) rankings, or "riders", to qualify in the results each year. This is to help get to a consensus - and to prevent single ballots from skewing results in one direction or the other for a particular coaster. Coasters that do not meet this requirement are given a provisional result but are not included in the official ranking. If you want to see any of these coasters ranked on the poll, be sure to go out and ride them next season! Notable coasters that did not meet the requirements for 2020 include but are not limited to: Python in Bamboo Forest - Nanchang Sunac Land Starry Sky Ripper - Joyland Junker - PowerLand Ultra Twister - Rusutsu Resort OCT Thrust SSC1000 - Happy Valley Wuhan Gravity Max - Lihpao Land Bullet - Selva Magica Extreme Rusher - Happy Valley Beijing Soaring With Dragon - Hefei Sunac Land Wood Coaster - Knight Valley Jungle Dragon - Happy Valley Chongqing Coaster Through the Clouds - Nanchang Sunac Land Wood Express - Parc Saint Paul Timber - Walibi Rhone-Alpes Jungle Trailblazer - Oriental Heritage Wuhu Wild Train - Fantasiana Phaethon - Gyeongju World Jungle Trailblazer - Fantawild Dreamland Zhengzhou Mystic - Walibi Rhone-Alpes Fjord Flying Dragon - Happy Valley Tianjin More top lists are coming soon! Now... DISCUSS!
  9. 2021 Top 25 Wooden Coasters El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure (even) Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City (+1) Wildfire - Kolmården Wildlife Park (+2) T Express - Everland (even) Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort (+1) Voyage - Holiday World (+2) Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce (even) Colossos Kampf der Giganten - Heide-Park Resort (+1) Balder - Liseberg (+1) Dauling Dragon - Happy Valley Wuhan (new to top 25) Mystic Timbers - Kings Island (+3) Goliath - Six Flags Great America (even) Wooden Coaster Fireball - Happy Valley Shanghai (+2) Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer Water World (-3) Coaster - Playland (at the PNE) (-2) Renegade - Valleyfair (+2) Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure (even) Tremors - Silverwood Theme Park (+1) Mine Blower - Fun Spot America Kissimmee (-3) GhostRider - Knott's Berry Farm (even) Gold Striker - California's Great America (+1) Cú Chulainn - Tayto Park (-1) Troy - Toverland (even) Wodan Timbur Coaster - Europa Park (+1) Prowler - Worlds of Fun (new to top 25) 2021 Top 25 Steel Coasters Lightning Rod - Dollywood (new to top 25, changed from wooden coaster) Untamed - Walibi Holland (-1) Skyrush - Hersheypark (even) Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion (+3) Maverick - Cedar Point (even) Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain (+3) Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park (-3) Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point (-6) Fury 325 - Carowinds (+2) Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion (+3) Helix - Liseberg (-1) Taron - Phantasialand (even) Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England (+3) Zadra - Energylandia (new to top 25) Hyperion - Energylandia (+9) Millennium Force - Cedar Point (-2) Taiga - Linnanmäki (new to top 25) Jurassic World VelociCoaster - Islands of Adventure (new to top 25) Ride to Happiness - Plopsaland De Panne (new to top 25) Twisted Cyclone - Six Flags Over Georgia (-2) Hakugei - Nagashima Spa Land (new to top 25) Lech Coaster - Legendia (new to top 25) Superman The Ride - Six Flags New England (-1) Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico (-18) Nemesis - Alton Towers (new to top 25)
  10. Hey everyone! We are happy to announce that the results for the 2021 TPR Coaster Poll are now IN! https://coasterpoll.com/ The Theme Park Review Coaster Poll is an ongoing effort by myself (A.J.), Chase (Comeagain?) and Robb (robbalvey). We're continuing to work hard to develop THE definitive annual ranking of the world's roller coasters! The reason why this poll exists is because the Mitch Hawker poll, which was considered by many to be the quintessential roller coaster poll for nearly 20 years, had kind of fallen into a black hole leaving few polls or awards that exist that we would put real faith into the results. Theme Park Review is proud to have been the first website to hold a "Hawker-style" poll since the original Mitch Hawker poll ended, with the first TPR Coaster Poll being held in 2017. We are also proud to say that this year, we received over one thousand ballots for our poll! We would like to thank everyone who participated in what is the best year in the TPR Coaster Poll so far! The way the Hawker-style poll works is that instead of being a “popularity contest” of “he who gets the most votes wins”, it actually ranks and weights people’s real life riding experience against each other. It takes into account how many coasters you’ve ridden and how those rankings compare against others with similar experiences. It also means that no matter if you’ve ridden 50 or 500 coasters, the results are “fair and balanced.” There have been two significant changes to the poll listings this year. They are as follows: Despite RailBlazer at California's Great America and Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas being "prototype" models for the Rocky Mountain Construction Single Rail Coaster, their layouts are similar enough to Stunt Pilot at Silverwood that we will be classifying all three together as a single clone entry. We are doing this to allow for more diversity in the top rankings and we will not be entertaining any questions or complaints about it. More significantly, Lightning Rod at Dollywood was given a major re-tracking by Rocky Mountain Construction for the 2021 season, which replaced the majority of the existing Topper Track system with I-Box track. The Roller Coaster Database now considers Lightning Rod to be a steel coaster. As such, Lightning Rod is now classified as a steel coaster on our poll. Unless more coasters begin to adopt this method of renovation, we will strictly be keeping the poll to wooden / steel / combined. We will not be adding a "hybrid" category at this time. As a refresher, these are the rules: To qualify for the poll, a coaster has to be the size of a wild mouse or larger, with a select few exceptions To receive a numbered ranking, a coaster must have been marked "ridden" and ranked by at least 12 (twelve) people; any with less than that are given a provisional ranking and not included in the "top" lists Individual installations of roller coaster clones (Vekoma SLC, Mack Blue Fire, etc) do NOT count in rankings; Instead, their votes are all averaged together, and they are ranked as a single entry; A clone is defined as any coaster with three near-identical installations or more Any coaster that is standing but not operating (SBNO) is not ranked To qualify for the poll, a coaster must have operated for the majority of the previous operating season (in this case, 2021) Theme Park Review reserves the right to make any exception(s) to these rules. Are you excited yet? Here come the results! 2021 Complete Results 2021 Wooden-only Results 2021 Steel-only Results 2021 Top 25 Coasters Overall El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure (even) Lightning Rod - Dollywood (even) Untamed - Walibi Holland (+1) Skyrush - Hersheypark (+3) Maverick - Cedar Point (+1) Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion (+3) Wildfire - Kolmården Wildlife Park (+3) Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point (-5) Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain (+7) Fury 325 - Carowinds (+7) Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park (+1) Helix - Liseberg (+1) Taron - Phantasialand (+6) Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion (+6) Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England (+8) Zadra - Energylandia (new to top 25) Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City (-12) Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort (-4) Millennium Force - Cedar Point (-1) Ride to Happiness - Plopsaland De Panne (new to top 25) Taiga - Linnanmäki (new to top 25) Hyperion - Energylandia (new to top 25) Jurassic World VelociCoaster - Islands of Adventure (new to top 25) Hakugei - Nagashima Spa Land (new to top 25) T Express - Everland (-17)
  11. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced that Pantheon will open on March 25! https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/roller-coasters/pantheon/ Pantheon™, the world’s fastest multi-launch roller coaster, is officially launching at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg on March 25, 2022. Members will have exclusive opportunities to ride starting March 4! Harnessing all the speed and strength of five of the greatest Roman gods, this record-breaking coaster stands 180 feet tall with a top speed of 73 mph, and features a 95° drop, 4 launches, 5 air-time hills and 2 inversions. One of the world’s most anticipated coasters of 2022 will open in the park’s Festa Italia village, elevating Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s portfolio to eight world-class coasters that are sure to delight even the most daring thrill-seekers.
  12. SeaWorld San Diego has announced that Emperor will be opening on March 12th! https://seaworld.com/san-diego/rides/emperor/ Emperor, the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in all of California, will open on March 12. Get ready to plunge 90 degrees and soar up to 60 miles per hour through exhilarating loops on this exciting Emperor penguin-inspired thrill ride, feeling your feet dangle above the track on the state’s only floorless dive coaster!
  13. Voting in the 2021 TPR Coaster Poll is now closed! We'll be compiling the results over the next few weeks... We have great news to share. Thank you for participating!
  14. No, it's not too late! Since I believe there is indication it will be back, we'll mark it as SBNO for now. Thanks!
  15. People still love Psyke Underground and it got a linear motor retrofit and new trains from Gerstlauer. Montezooma's Revenge will be fine.
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