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Everything posted by jedimaster1227

  1. On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still managed to offer modified holiday experiences (including a few new ones) that keep the holiday season alive in fun and delicious ways. Over at Islands of Adventure, along with the holiday fun, Jurassic World Velocicoaster nears completion as theming installation is winding down. A familiar sight... Construction on the new retail expansion in the former Fossil/PiQ!/Island Trader
  2. Universal Orlando has announced the grand opening date of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, as well as the reopening of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel! Dockside Inn and Suites will open to guests on December 15th and Portofino Bay will reopen on December 1st! Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, the newest hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, will open to guests for the first time on December 15, 2020 with an impressively low starting rate of $79 per night. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando will also resume operation
  3. Qiddiya Investment Company has announced that Philippe Gas has been appointed as their CEO effect November 29th, 2020. Philippe Gas comes from a 30-year tenure with The Walt Disney Company, most notably holding executive leadership roles overseeing Euro Disney/Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disneyland. Qiddiya is the company behind Six Flags Qiddiya in Saudia Arabia, which is slated to open as part of the first phase of Qiddiya in 2023. Qiddiya Investment Company announces the appointment of Philippe Gas to the position of Chief Executive Officer effective 29 November 2020. Qiddiya i
  4. The Six Flags Qiddiya (Saudi Arabia) Discussion Thread has been added to the directory!
  5. Merlin Entertainments has announced that they are moving forward on the development of LEGOLAND Shanghai and are now expecting the resort to open in 2024. https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/newsroom/news-releases/2020/legoland-shanghai-cooperation-agreement/ Merlin Entertainments today announces that it has entered into a formal co-operation agreement with the Shanghai Jinshan District Government, CMC Inc. and KIRKBI to develop a LEGOLAND® Resort in the Jinshan District of Shanghai, China. This follows the signing of a framework agreement in November 2019, announced as part o
  6. Walt Disney World has announced a variety of holiday offerings across property that will be available to guests beginning today! https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/11/happy-holidays-festive-fun-begins-today-at-walt-disney-world-resort/?CMP=SOC-DPFY21Q1wo1105201111200008C The holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort starts today, and we’re unwrapping more details about the magical experiences happening across our theme parks and Disney Springs, including special pop-up appearances by Santa Claus. Read on for all the festive fun! Magic Kingdom Park Your
  7. Universal Orlando has announced details for their celebration of the holiday season including the new "Universal's Holiday Experience featuring Macy's Balloons." Plenty of merry and all kinds of mayhem will take over Universal Orlando Resort as it unwraps its 2020 Holidays celebration from November 14 through January 3, 2021. Guests can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as Universal’s most beloved holiday traditions and characters come to life in reimagined ways that align with the destination’s enhanced health and safety procedures – from the all-new “Universal’s Holida
  8. Zach Riddley from Walt Disney Imagineering has shared this new sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster trains! https://www.instagram.com/p/CHN7LPLB_5C/ Here is an exclusive sneak peek of two of our ride engineers as they prep some of EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind vehicles at our warehouse in Florida. If you look closely at the colorful paint design on the vehicles (called coaches in roller coaster engineering parlance), each one is unique with different wear patterns and impact marks. Imagineers were inspired by markings that appear on
  9. It has been announced that this year EPCOT will host the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth from November 27th - December 30th, 2020. https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/10/celebrate-the-season-with-the-taste-of-epcot-international-festival-of-the-holidays-presented-by-adventhealth-nov-27-dec-30-2020/ Looking for sights, sounds and flavors from holiday festivities around the world this year? Then be sure to check out the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth, taking place Nov. 27-Dec
  10. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced the launch of its 15th anniversary celebration and the opening of the Castle of Magical Dreams, both starting on November 21st, 2020! The resort will also launch the "A Disney Christmas" special event on the same day. Starting November 21, 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will enter a magical milestone, as it officially celebrates its 15th anniversary with the opening of the reimagined castle – the Castle of Magical Dreams. On the same day, the resort’s “A Disney Christmas” special event will kick-off to bring even more happiness to gue
  11. Idlewild Park & SoakZone has announced that several attractions will be retired before the 2021 season. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHI9jtAlFJO/ One thing that is a constant in life is change. At Idlewild & SoakZone, part of our evolution over the last 143 years has been a continuous examination of the sustainability, capacity and popularity of our attraction lineup. As part of that process, the following attractions will be retired prior to the start of our 2021 season: the Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon, Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin' Jungle, and the current Ferris
  12. The official announcement has come from Kennywood that Kangaroo, Paratrooper, Bayern Kurve and Volcano are all being retired. No information has provided on what will replace these attractions.
  13. We have been sent a press release announcing the formation of the Orlando Entertainment District, a collection of attractions, restaurants, bars, night clubs and experiences on International Drive in Orlando, FL that have come together to promote themselves under a unified banner. Locals have reconnected with an old friend and are hanging out on International Drive. Now, top attractions, bars, restaurants and night clubs which have sprung up in the past decade on I-Drive are looking to amplify the trend by creating the Orlando Entertainment District and increasing communication with
  14. SeaWorld San Antonio has sent us a press release about the new Fiesta del Mar event that will be hosted at the park over the next two weekends! San Antonio’s rich Hispanic culture meets the sea at the all-new Fiesta del Mar! This NEW SeaWorld tradition will come alive every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the vibrant colors, lights, smells, and sounds of old Mexico, while keeping guests safe with the park’s enhanced health and safety measures including physical distancing, additional cleaning and sanitizing, face covering requirements, temperature screenings, and a ticket reservat
  15. Merlin Entertainments has shared a new look at LEGOLAND New York, the newest LEGOLAND park which will open in 2021! https://backstage.merlinentertainments.biz/2020/legoland-new-york-update/ The team at LEGOLAND New York are working hard to build hopes and dreams of bricktastic fun for 2021! LEGOLAND New York will be the largest of the eight global LEGOLAND Parks, with 50 rides and attractions across a 500 acre site. The 250-room hotel and key buildings have now been built and the rides are being installed including the brand-new LEGO Factory Adventure Ride! On thi
  16. The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort has announced that the park will gain its largest investment in the history of the resort with the addition of LEGO MYTHICA: World of Mythical Creatures. https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/newsroom/news-releases/2020/legoland-windsor-lego-mythica/ The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort has today revealed it will open a multi-million-pound new land where mythical LEGO creatures come to life. Opening in spring 2021, LEGO MYTHICA: World of Mythical Creatures will feature thrilling new attractions and experiences, including a never-before-seen UK ride. Crea
  17. ^Sea World Gold Coast is a Village Roadshow park, not owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment or Miral, who is responsible for the Yas Island theme parks.
  18. Miral has announced that construction is over 40% complete on SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the first international SeaWorld theme park located on Yas Island. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/miral-announces-over-40-construction-completion-of-seaworld-abu-dhabi-301145519.html Miral, Abu Dhabi's leading curator of experiences, has announced over 40% construction completion of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. In collaboration with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, this landmark project will bring the next generation of marine life theme parks to Yas Island and will be home to the UAE's first
  19. The land that formerly hosted Geauga Lake, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure and SeaWorld Ohio has been sold to Industrial Commercial Properties, who intends to develop retail, restaurants, residential and other commercial uses for the plot. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/industrial-commercial-properties-purchases-former-geauga-lake-and-sea-world-property-from-cedar-fair-301164766.html?fbclid=IwAR1wzjhK-ePJoMxnMcigrxas25yXC31jRCTyEzHrPbrKg9SLgum4W_pr2q0 Industrial Commercial Properties LLC (ICP) has acquired the 377 acre property that was the former home of Geauga Lake Amusemen
  20. Disneyland Resort has sent us a collection of statements in response to the State of California's newly-released guidelines limiting park operations and capacity. STATEMENT FROM KEN POTROCK, PRESIDENT, DISNEYLAND RESORT We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world. Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopene
  21. ^I think Jurassic World has the potential to have some really unique experiences compared to the other Universal parks.
  22. Universal Beijing Resort has announced new details about the lands and experiences guests will find when they visit the park next year! Universal Beijing Resort today unveiled jaw-dropping details of the multiple entertainment experiences available for guests at its expansive destination resort. Universal Beijing Resort features the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, Universal CityWalk Beijing and two extraordinary hotels, The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel. The widely anticipated resort has now revealed even more exciting details for guests.
  23. LEGOLAND Florida has announced that the resort will celebrate their tenth anniversary with ten new reasons to visit! https://visitcentralflorida.org/blog/legoland-florida-resort-special-events-calendar/ In honor of LEGOLAND Florida Resort celebrating it’s 10th birthday in 2021, we’re giving you the top 10 reasons to visit LEGOLAND Florida in 2021. In addition to 10+ reasons to party, LEGOLAND will bring back its original Annual Pass pricing to commemorate the Park’s milestone birthday. Florida residents can snag a New! Play & Party Pass at the throwback price of $
  24. S&S – Sansei Technologies has sent us a press release announcing their new Spin Shot Tower concept, which can be built new or retrofit on any existing S&S tower! S&S – Sansei Technologies is excited to announce the new Spin Shot Tower! The Spin Shot takes the thrills and excitement from our 4D Free Spin coaster seat and puts it on our world-famous tower rides. For a modest investment, the Spin Shot can be retrofit on any S&S tower. Custom ride profiles can be programmed to orient the rider, face-up, face-down or even upside down during the tower
  25. A new Virtual Reality experience, SoReal will open in Shanghai Disney's DisneyTown in 2021, taking over the Lakeshore building where the Boathouse Restaurant previously operated. SoReal Shanghai Disney DisneyTown Announcement Today, management representatives from Shanghai Disney Resort and SoReal attended a special celebration ceremony. Joe Schott, President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, became the founder of Beijing Qitian International Cultural Technology Development Group Co., Ltd. , CEO Qi Xiao presented the golden key representing the lakeside architectu
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