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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHH5EZsLpFs






    So apparently a hit indie film going around festivals was secretly shot inside Disneyland without permission, and is some kind of twisted, dark horror flick shot in black and white.


    Apparently Disney is deciding not to take any legal action out of fear that it would cause too much publicity for the film, although I'm sure their not happy about it at all


    Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last January, many assumed the horror flick Escape from Tomorrow would never unspool inside your local multiplex.


    The controversial micro-budgeted indie was filmed surreptitiously inside Walt Disney World without Disney’s permission and uses Disney copyrighted images (see the bloody Mickey Mouse hand and the iconic Disney cursive in the poster) in its promotional materials. What’s more, the plot morphs Disney World’s “Happiest Place on Earth” mantra into a twisted tale of a father going mad inside a seedy version of the park: Disney princesses turn into prostitutes and kidnappers in the film. It’s exactly the kind of Magic Kingdom-bashing that would get Mouse lawyers scrambling to the nearest courthouse.


    And yet Disney has decided to take no legal action, and Escape from Tomorrow will premiere (albeit in a very limited release in 32 cities) on Friday, Oct. 11. The media giant has decided that giving attention to the low-budge flick would only create a David vs. Goliath-like narrative that would help the horror movie at the box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


    It’s probably the right strategy. Though the horror film has garnered a decent amount of attention online (thanks, in part, to its very creepy trailer which premiered in mid-September), the film would have received more press had it incurred the official wrath of Disney.


    Though John Sloss—sales agent, legal counsel and manager for Producers Distribution Agency, who is distributing the film—told the Los Angeles Times that he never wanted Disney to sue, he admitted, “Ok, maybe a small reaction would have been nice. We could have some fun with that.”


    Producers Distribution Agency also released the similarly controversial Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film about graffiti artist Banksy that earned an Oscar nomination. But that film only earned $3.3 million at the box office, and with less critical hype, Escape from Tomorrow is likely to rake in even less.


    Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/10/11/disneys-strategy-against-a-controversial-indie-film-ignore-it/#ixzz2hYsgwyhq


    Has anyone seen this yet?






  2. Habbo Style!!!!! Now that is sexy!!! Mega props to Alton Towers on that one!


    Hopefully parks will start doing creative things with their maps. Six Flags maps are usualy confusing disasters that look like they were done in Microsoft paint by a volunteer graphic design intern, and Although Cedar Fair is a little better and has an established Illustrative style in their maps which works fine, having about 15 maps in the same style is as redundant and boring as watching Dreamworks sequels.

  3. For what it's worth... Speaking with a few different members of park management this morning about the planning of this ride, it appears this ride was always intended to end up at Canada's Wonderland. Each of them mentioned that the planning stages of this coaster basically started around the year Behemoth opened. Whether you want to believe or not, that's the info I was provided with this morning.


    I can kind of see this, but only in a very basic sense, as in " We were hoping to add a "Milennium" to our collection in a few years, now that we have a hyper". Other than that, i think the specifics of how cooperate went about fulfilling that were more like Robb said, otherwise we probably wouldn't be looking at this whole "Behemoth 2" debate.


    I highly doubt the management would be able to say " we want a bigger, faster version of the last ride, please give us 28 million dollars, kthxbia"


    Clearly a ride of this scale was mostly a cooperate plan, aided by input by park management over how the last ride went. And judging by how well Behemoth went over at the park, i could see management making plans for a Giga coaster in the future, and after CF made I305 they were obviously one of the possible parks CF was looking at for the next giga. What probably happened was Cedar Fair was pleased with i305 but happier with their past three installations of B&M mega coasters, so they approached B&M to make their next Giga coaster and B&M worked with this request while cooperate figured out which of several parks needed it most.

  4. Maybe Storm Runner and Fahrenheit at Hersheypark?

    They of course aren't nearly as similar as Behemoth/Leviathan, but they are both red/orange looping intamin coasters, with nearly identical restraints and trains, both with a vertical (or beyond vertical) ascent and descent, 2600ft/2700ft long, and built just 4 years apart. That's the closest example I can think of.


    That's actually a really good example. Even though the launch vs lift clearly distinguishes both rides, The fact that they have similar colors, the exact same train and track and both feature an eye catching vertical up, vertical down top hat type element as a signature cause allot of GP to get confused because of the similarities. plus they were also four years apart

  5. If KBF was going to build it outside the park, like they did with GhostRider, or like they are doing with the installation at CW, they could have made it work.


    And yes, it would have been more redundant at other CF parks, but would have made more SENSE at at park like Valleyfair, Dorney, or Worlds of Fun, who got their last "non-looping mega coaster" more than 10 years ago.


    Touché.............VF would have been a good choice.

    Dorney is getting a quality Vekoma....they shouldn't need for much more


    If it weren't for the noise problems, Dorney would be far and away the best location for this ride, simply because of it's proximity to two major US cities (NY and Philly) and it's park competitors, Gadv and Hershey. With Gadv's world class coaster selection, Dorney cant compete when new yorkers look for the park with the "biggest baddest" coasters. Also with Hershey getting Skyrush, i can't image people will be flocking to try Dorney's relocated Vekoma boomerang next year.


    Ive always pictured Dorney getting a world class giga coaster on the top of the hill at the end of the midway, so that it both dominated the skyline as you enter, and could pull a Hercules and have the drop extend over the hill and have a lake turnaround. If B&Ms weren't so loud, id say a B&M giga would be the perfect ride to pull that off.

  6. Riddler's Revenge 1998


    B&M Standup

    Length: 4370'

    Height: 156'

    Drop: 146'

    Inversions: 6

    Speed: 65 mph

    Duration: 3:00


    124' tall Loop

    Dive Loop

    Dive Loop

    Inclined Loop





    Scream 2003


    B&M Floorless

    Length: 3985'

    Height: 150'

    Drop: 141'

    Inversions: 7

    Speed: 63 mph

    Duration: 3:00

    Elements: 128' tall Loop

    96' tall Dive Loop

    Zero-G Roll

    78' tall Cobra Roll

    Interlocking Corkscrews




    Also, for what it's worth, Scream and Leviathan are both parking lot coasters.

  7. I'm glad to see B&M jump into the giga game. What an expensive game though. $28 million?!


    I'm also amazed by this, not even Millennium cost that much! This ride is really going to have to haul ass to justify a price tag like that, I had a feeling a B&M giga would be pretty expensive because of how heavy it would be. Im starting to think that they should have just stuck with Intamin, saved the cash and avoid the whole Behemoth confusion.



    Not that my opinion actually matters now, im just glad im not paying for it.

  8. While I don't want to jump on the bitching wagon that says "I am disappoint! MER!!!" i will say im pleased with all the speed maneuvers and the giant camel back, but i was kindof shocked with the height cop out. Come last night i was sure that since they were going with a giga again, they would have to be insane not to grab the height record since its only a mere 20 feet or so higher. I really hate to come to this conclusion, but is CF seriously so proud of Cedar Point that they wont build a coaster which surpasses Millennium's "Not-even-a-record-anymore" Height stat?

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