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  1. I believe the coaster at Australia's Magic Mountain still holds the record of "furthest a bus load of theme park nerds will drive just to ride a Zyklon" !
  2. Sorry Joey - but in most all cases, water dummies do not come free with a ride purchase. Of course, all ride manufacturers are more than happy to supply them, but they can add an unnecessary cost to to the purchase of the ride. Not to mention that if a park gets water dummies for ALL of their new ride systems, there becomes the eventual issue of storage (or disposal) of all of those water dummies after commissioning. It is much more economical for a park to get a single set of water dummies and re-use them for multiple attractions where and when needed. The only downside to this is if a significant number of rides are testing and commissioning at the same time - but that is actually pretty rare, even for new parks.
  3. Not entirely great. The two days we were there a few weeks ago they had two of the three courses closed. Heard from the team that typically one or two of the three courses are closed daily for upkeep and "other" reasons @Looty: Completely agree on your opinions of Tron. It is a beautiful building and fantastic preshow experience - the attraction is sure to be a big hit in Orlando. I also felt the ride experience once you get inside the show building after the launch was a letdown. I swear that Robb's videos made the ride look more amazing then it actually was. I consider my experience after all the "build up" online was total "anticipointment" Pirates is, of course, absolutely incredible. The total experience and ride system blew me away each and every time we rode the attraction. ("boats aren't supposed to do this!!!!!") And don't forget the Pirates stunt show next door. Even though it was all in Mandarin - it is a blast! - the cast is totally into the performance and the audience loved every minute of it. Hilarious fun! The Pirates show was completely refreshing after watching the horrible Tarzan performance nearby (note to readers - this is NOT the same show that was at DAK in Orlando). Learned later that Tarzan is contracted out to a local third party company - I think it's where Chinese acrobats go to die I agree - great park. Immaculately clean. Was impressed with the overall guest behavior (on the two recent days I visited - I swear the guest behavior I observed was better than at the Orlando parks!). Food & Beverage in the park was horrendous - ended up eating most of our meals in Disney Town. And, yes, the BEST Buzz Lightyear anywhere - SO much fun! SO much better then the rest! I swear we rode it and re-rode it to exhaustion!
  4. Ferrari World is never very busy during the weekend of the F1 race. While spectators do get in free with their race pass - most visitors coming to Abu Dhabi for the race are there for the race and race-related events, they are not particularly interested in an amusement park. Locals not going to the race stay away from Yas Island that weekend of the race due to the potential traffic congestion. If you were at Ferrari World the following weekend (UAE National Day) - you would have seen some pretty significant queues. A little positivity and fact-checking goes a long ways!
  5. Wow! SO much incorrect information - really wish you talked to a few more people and got your facts straight before jumping to conclusions! Not paying debts (including not paying staff) is a serious crime in the UAE and rumors like this (and that is nothing more then a rumor) should never be posted on public forums Over at IMG, I give them some credit for their quick-response in installing those smaller "coin-operated" rides (which are free to use and have been there for almost a year now) and the mini-train. All done based on guest requests for in-park transportation and more things for their youngest guests to do. The park listened and delivered what guests wanted. Kudos to IMG! While there are a decent number of vacancies still at Riverland - how has the Cheesecake Factory closed since it hasn't even had it's grand opening yet? The restaurant is still, technically, under construction as they are still finishing the work inside the restaurant before they open to resort guests. The top attractions in the region definitely get hour-long waits. This is especially true during the holiday periods (Eid, National Day, etc) and periods that neighboring countries have extended time off. Even now, the "star" attractions at many of the parks are seeing 45-minute+ waits on Fridays and Saturdays.
  6. My head hurts just reading that post. Holy crap! Speaking of record breakers, I think we have a new winner for "longest run-on sentence"
  7. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Reminds me of most of the coasters we rode with TPR in China!
  8. The thickness of the spine... Don't be too sure of yourself! The thickness of the spine on a Mack Rides section of track also may equate to something as simple as a longer distance between support columns.
  9. Hotels only for tourists. I believe there are some spots to buy it if you have a license provided from the government for home use, but that's a Dubai Dave question. The "only at hotels" rule is a good general statement, but the UAE has, in order to promote tourism, allowed alcohol service at a number of other locations that are not connected to a hotel. For example, most all sporting events and other performances (concerts, festivals, etc) sell alcohol. Even all of the shows at the Dubai Opera House and the Dubai World Trade Center offer alcohol service. Many parks in the region also serve adult beverages. Ferrari World has (I believe since opening) served it in one of their restaurants. Dubai Parks & Resorts has a number of licensed restaurants in it's Riverland area - as well as 2 licensed restaurants in Bollywood. Even some of the water parks (such as Iceland and Dreamland Aqua Park) serve alcohol. There are a pretty good number of liquor and beer stores throughout the Emirates - these are fairly hidden from view and most tourists won't spot them. But, as mentioned, most of these stores require a government-issued license for an individual to make a purchase. There are some stores outside of Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi, though, that do not.
  10. The relocation of Wild Wadi has been rumored for awhile. If you take a close look at that specific resort area of Dubai - including the Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the new Jumeirah Al Naseem - it's obvious that the land the park sits on is far more valuable than the water park itself. Especially knowing that a significant number (way way more than half) the park's attendance are free admissions.
  11. Motiongate Dubai is beginning the technical rehearsal period today for their brand new How to Train Your Dragon area. The entire new "world" is absolutely breathtaking - photos just don't do it justice! I'm sure DubaiDave will be posting lots of photos soon. In the meantime, will give everyone a few photos of the beautiful trains from the new headliner attraction, Dragon Gliders - an inverted powered coaster from Mack Rides
  12. For Motiongate - keep an eye on their website. They just announced some AMAZING "Summertime" deals that should be in effect when you are visiting - just need to purchase them through the park's webstore. http://www.motiongatedubai.com
  13. Sorry - but the privilege of shooting a POV is being "reserved" until our friends at Theme Park Review visit us in March!
  14. The buses are, actually, just temporary. There is a very cool fleet of air conditioned trams already in testing at the resort to bring guests from the main (general) car park to the parks. There are multiple stops on the tram route - depending on what is most convenient to the park you are visiting. The VIP parking area (and Valet) are directly adjacent to Riverland - so no transport needed for this separate car park.
  15. Hollywood Tour is an amazing experience - the ONLY ride that even comes close to the awesomeness of Hollywood Tour is the shining star of Singapore known as Treasure Hunters!
  16. I'm not surprised it won best new concept. The model is based on using the exact same Dynamic Attractions system installed at the "Hulk Epsilon Base" attraction at IMG Worlds of Adventure here in the UAE. First time I experienced it I was completely blown away by the crazy unique and VERY cool ride system we were on!
  17. Take a look at the below link. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) continues to be the largest source of tourists to Dubai - and, for those tourists, Dubai is very much a family destination. http://www.visitdubai.com/en/tourism-performance-report The report also breaks down the massive tourist numbers coming in from India, Oman, and the growth of visitors coming of China.
  18. Hey Larry - the clocktower you see in the photos is, as you said, theming to conceal one of the building supports. To be honest, the design team for IMG did an exceptional job using themed structures around the park to make sure that most of the building supports "disappear" from guest view
  19. Absolutely true! For example, they have three HUGE spaces inside the building that are available for expansion. Each one large enough for an entirely indoors major new attraction.
  20. All of the coasters at the park are, actually, clones Velociraptor = Blue Fire (of course) Predator = Mirror image of Rage at Adventure Island (UK) and Canobie Park Spider-Man = Sierra Sidewinder at Knott's Berry Farm
  21. Great to finally meet you today, Dave! The park completely exceeded my expectations. Absolutely fantastic products with a great mix of attractions. Three solid coasters and some absolutely unique and fun dark rides - plus tons more. Hulk was incredible and unexpected. It's rare that an attraction completely surprises me - with a totally unique ride system and totally cool show - I can't wait to get back and experience it again!
  22. They still offer a bunch of "UAE Resident" discounts to most of the parks and water parks in the region. It's very similar to how the parks in the Orlando/Tampa area offer Florida Resident discounts - particularly during the slower months. A great example is the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm that costs 260 AED ($71) for a day's admission - but the rate for UAE Residents is 195 AED ($53). The parks here (just like the ones in Central Florida) take great care of the local residents!
  23. Awesome TR so far, Aaron! Spot-on comments! Sorry I missed you when you were in town - my travel schedule has been crazy the last 2 years. Really looking forward to seeing you next time you're in the region. Trust me, Nolan and I will have a lot of VERY cool stuff to show off! And how can you even begin to compare Bell'Italia to Treasure Hunters...which is THE MOST INCREDIBLE ATTRACTION AT USS! Seriously. My greatest disappointment with Dubai has NOT being able to bring the magic and incredible special effects of Treasure Hunters to DPR!
  24. I agree that this is probably just a re-theme using the existing ride. Especially with the recent investment on the ride system itself. Chessington just completed a major refurbishment on the ride components. Garmendale Engineering, an engineering firm in the UK that does a lot of work for Merlin (including on the London Eye) was contracted for the work. Here are some details of the refurbishment on the firm's website: http://www.garmendale.co.uk/blog/bubbleworks-refurbishment-chessington-world-of-adventures/
  25. I would assume the longer track length may allow the attraction to have one or two additional boats online during normal operation, however, the hourly capacity of the ride is, more than likely, identical to Maelstrom. The challenge are the two track switches on the upper level of the ride that switch between forward/reverse motion - which are, for the most part, the same track switches from Maelstrom. The hourly throughput of the attraction can't be increased any more than the speed of those two track switches - since both have a mechanical limit to the number of boats they can "process" each hour. Unless the engineers at Disney were able to make the track switches move faster, the THRC of Frozen would be exactly the same at Maelstrom.
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