Saturday, April 10, 2010

Weekly Rewind 4.10.10

Universal Orlando is keeping the press machine going as the opening of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter nears. This week they've released a video showing off the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. You can check out the video here.

In case you missed it, we've posted a gallery of Carol's excellent Intimidator 305 photos to our Facebook page. Head over and check them out, and why not become a fan of NPN while there?

Kings Island has debuted a fancy new website this week, packed full of great information and photos. The park, along with it's new Planet Snoopy area, opens for the season on April 17th.

The fallout of the Cedar Fair and Apollo deal has spurred another round of rumors that Six Flags and Cedar Fair could eventually be merged. Almost all in the 'know' seem to think the odds of that are a million to one, but could you imagine?

Looks like the former PTC trains from The Voyage at Holiday World have found a new home on the Predator at Darien lake. The park put photos up of the trains on their Facebook page. You can also see shots of the construction work starting on their water park expansion.

The Shanghai 2010 World Expo opens in May, and the American Pavilion is set to open in early July. The $61 million American pavilion will feature "The Garden" film as it's main presentation - for more information and photos check this out.

Cedar Fair has been quiet on the 49ers stadium planned to go in the parking lot of California's Great America for the past few months, but now that the Apollo deal is gone we can expect the park to once again speak up. They previously offered to sell the park to the team, and now I'd expect them to push that more than ever. CGA leaving the Cedar Fair family? I wouldn't be at all surprised.

If you want to see a preview of the new World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure park, then this video posted by Laughing Place is a must. Granted it's filmed form a hotel balcony, but even from there it's pretty spectacular!

Here's a link to an article covering the attempts at selling the Big Dipper from Geauga Lake. The ride is still available for $65,000, a steal in my book. Also of note is that Cedar Fair no longer has Colliers listing the land the park was on, instead they'll deal with inquiries directly.

It appears as though Schlitterbahn still has expansion on their minds - the company recently submitted a proposal to open a "water park/hotel/retail/sports destination" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Things are in the earliest of early stages at this point, read more here.