Saturday, April 17, 2010

Weekly Rewind 4.17.10

Six Flags Whitewater has been busy working on their new Wiggles Water World attraction. The park has posted plenty of photos and a video of the work on their website. The 45,000 sq. ft. attraction will feature 5 interactive areas featuring all your favorite Wiggles characters.

Sea World Parks & Entertainment is offering free one day entry to any UK, Irish, or Continental European tourists stranded in Florida due to the flights cancelled by the Icelandic volcanic ash. The offer starts April 17th, and is valid at Sea World Orlando, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tampa. Guests may present a valid return airline ticket dated from April 14th to the 17th (or until normal flights resume) to Guest Services at the parks for entry.

Holiday World has released this video of their new water coaster, Wildebeest, doing some test runs. That ride has more air-time than most coasters! Looks like it's going to be an awful lot of fun.

Bad news for anyone looking to ride Battlestar Galactica at Universal Studios Singapore. The coaster has been closed a few weeks now and it looks like it will be a while longer before it reopens. The park is giving no details on what's wrong, only saying that it's a "technical glitch." Rumors are that it was much more serious than a glitch, and involved one of the ride's trains.

Time for another update of the work going on with Cedar Point's new Shoot the Rapids water ride. The park is putting the finishing touches on the attraction, and the webcam shows that the lagoon on the island is now filled with water!

Aquatica has officially opened their new slides, Omaka Rocka, to the public. The Orlando Sentinel has posted a video of a first person trip down the slide, which you can check out here. Seems pretty short, but certainly a fun concept.

We haven't heard much about Shanghai Disneyland since it was announced, but now it seems the land for the development will be turned over by the Government in July. Some 2,000 companies and 300 businesses had to be relocated as part of the plan.

This week's Harry Potter at Universal Orlando media video takes a look at all the filmmakers that were involved in the project. The park is doing a great job keeping us all interested in the mega-expansion at Islands of Adventure.

The last of this year's new Planet Snoopy areas is set to open at Canada's Wonderland on May 2nd. This is also the only version to feature brand new rides in the mix. Check out photos they've posted on their Facebook account.

Six Flags Great America has teamed up with Goodwill to offer buy-one-get-one admission tickets to anyone who brings a bag of gently used clothing for donation. Special "bogo" offers will also be found throughout the park. The offer is valid on opening weekend, April 24th and 25th.

As I expected, Cedar Fair has stepped up their actions against the plan for the 49ers stadium in California's Great America's parking lot. The company actually sued Santa Clara, citing the traffic concerns they have were ignored during the environmental impact report.