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  1. The governor of Massachusetts specifically said in this afternoon's press conference (at 5:02 in ): That said, the Mayor of Boston is planning to speak at 4pm today, so it's possible that Boston could go into lockdown. EDIT: Nope.
  2. The collision was actually leaving the station, not entering it. From what I've been hearing, there was a power outage that stopped the whole line for a few minutes, and when the power came back on, the yellow cars were driven into the blue one.
  3. Wow, that intro was cringy. I wonder if Michelin minds being name-dropped like that -- they're usually pretty protective of people claiming they're Michelin starred when they're not. Jersey Devil Coaster looks exciting, although I'm a bit worried that it may be too low capacity for Great Adventure. I guess we'll have to wait and see. Nothing else really stuck out as being worth traveling for, but they should be nice upgrades for the locals.
  4. And Jeddah Tower has been sitting 20%-built with no progress made since late 2017.
  5. Does anyone know if they'll be offering twilight passes in April of this year? I can't seem to find any way to contact the park without knowing Japanese.
  6. That is truly sad. I had a chance to meet him once while passing through Connecticut, and I've never met someone with so much passion for what they do. The man was a walking encyclopedia of nostalgia, and as the family's post on Facebook said, "there was no one quite like Wild Bill, nor will there ever be another". Hopefully his legacy will live on through the store.
  7. Looks like Disney did a preview show for the "Social Media Moms": As someone who actually likes World of Color, this looks incredibly boring. It's like they took World of Color, made it slower, and took out all the energy, excitement, and spectacle (except for the last minute or so). Yes, the floats themselves are somewhat technologically impressive, but they get lost in the scale of the lagoon. It's hard to believe that this came from the same entertainment group that did Fantasmic and Illuminations (or, for that matter, Disney Dreams! and Ignite the Dream in Paris and Shanghai). No one goes to Illuminations just for the Globe segment. It's only a sneak peak, so I suppose that it could be tweaked before the official opening, but I doubt they can do anything in the next week that they wouldn't have done in the last 10 months since the originally scheduled opening.
  8. The media seems to be coalescing around a Velcro failure, for whatever that's worth. From Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park, source says:
  9. The official cause of death, according to Kansas City police, was "neck injury" From http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/07/us/kansas-schlitterbahn-water-park-child-death/
  10. I hate to speculate about such things, but if the child was ejected from his seat, he could've easily become a projectile and his body could've struck the other two women.
  11. Local news is now reporting that the boy was 10 years old, not 12: Questions swirl as grief falls over family of Caleb Schwab, 10-year-old killed at Schlitterbahn The initial confusion seems to be that the boy's older brother Nathan, who is 12, was watching as the accident occurred. Also, a Go Fund Me fundraising page for funeral and other expenses has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/2wrj7w4c
  12. Per http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2014/07/09/verruckt-water-slide-schlitterbahn-park/12411769/ the age limit was removed years ago:
  13. I don't know why Disney felt that the Little Mermaid deserved a 2000 person/hour omnimover attraction, but the highest grossing animated film of all time only got a 900-1000 person/hour ride. Say what you will about Screamscape, the fact is that only 10,000-12,000 people per day will be able to ride even if it never breaks down, which is only 1/3 of the 33,000 people that visit Epcot on an average day (and given that it's the middle of summer vacation, I'd imagine that the next few months are going to see higher than average attendance).
  14. The Verge loved it: Adding virtual reality to a roller coaster sounds dumb, but works amazingly well
  15. Universal Studios Japan is only open for, at most, 810 minutes per day.
  16. Samsung is probably subsidizing it. They want as many people as possible to try GearVR so they'll buy one for themselves. It's the same reason Samsung has been setting up all those mall kiosks that demo their products and give away trinkets but don't actually sell anything.
  17. The "Royal Promenade" concept was first used on another Norwegian ferry, the "Silja Symphony", which was built at Masa Yards back in 1991. Royal Caribbean's "Voyager" class, and later "Freedom" and "Oasis"* classes, all had Royal Promenades inspired by the Silja ships, and were also built at Masa Yards (although Masa was bought out and changed their name to Aker Yards while Freedom of the Seas was being built). Not surprisingly, the Color Line ships with the promenade were also built at Masa/Aker Yards. *To be technical, the second two Oasis-class ships aren't being built at the same shipyard. Aker yards was purchased by a Korean company called STX while Oasis of the Seas was being built, and STX owned it when Allure was built. When it came time to build the next two, STX couldn't get the Finnish government to give them a subsidized loan, so they moved construction of the new Oasis-class ships to another shipyard they owned in France (and got a nice loan from the French government). Presumably STX still owns whatever patents or trade secrets are involved in building ships with a large internal promenade so they can move the construction around as they see fit.
  18. I'll be in California this weekend, and I was planning on spending Friday at Knott's. Is it worth the $55 for the Fast Lane Pass, or will it not be crowded enough this Friday for me to need it?
  19. They were using GearVR headsets, which are a Samsung/Oculus (or technically a Samsung/Facebook) joint venture.
  20. What, no one's mentioned Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad yet?
  21. I think Universal's concern is that if guests see the big tower on the horizon they might head straight to their cars and drive there instead of stopping in CityWalk.
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