Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekly Rewind 5.29.10

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! This is a big weekend for park visiting - hope you guys got out there to have some fun!

Liseberg has already announced a new attraction for 2011: AtmosFear. The park will transform their existing observation tower into a new generation free fall tower, where riders will drop from almost 300 ft. Read more from the park.

Same park, new name! At least a little, Disney California Adventure has lost an 's and also received a new logo, presenting a much different feel for the park. In addition to this news, the Disney Parks Blog also posted a look at the new World of Color commercial, which is pretty neat.

No new coaster for Six Flags Magic Mountain this year, after all. The park announced that Mr. Six's Dance Coaster has been delayed until 2011. Citing very vague "construction delays" for the cancellation, the park has said no more. Space was cleared for the ride, but no footers or steel ever went up.

Soft openings and special events are finally starting at Island's Of Adventure's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Reports of the area have been showing up just recently, such as this one by Orlando Attractions Magazine. I'm sure we'll have photos and videos of the rides soon enough.

As of today the new Luna Park at Coney Island is open! The park has launched a full website that's great for a preview of the park. I'm sure we'll be seeing more from the park soon!

Seems that Kentucky Kingdom's former Chang coaster is indeed headed to Six Flags Great America. The park went for zoning approval for a new ride that is being described as Chang. It will sit at the front of the park, using land where the simulator once was, and some parking lot. More details here.

Ferrari World previously had a video on YouTube showing off the attractions that were planned for the new park, but now they've released a new one that's even better. They did some great simulations of the rides and attractions they will offer, and the quality is much better. See it here.

Knott's Berry Farm is debuting Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular this weekend. The new night time light show takes over Camp Snoopy each night. Kings Island's version of the show will begin this weekend as well!

Six Flags Over Texas is celebrating this long weekend with several special events. First, a local man will attempt to give the most hugs in one day - he'll have to do over 5,050 hugs in the 12 hours he'll be at the main gate. The Bamboozle Roadshow also makes it's stop at the park this weekend featuring 12 acts on two separate stages at the park.

The world's tallest and largest "looping water slide" opens this weekend at Noah's Ark in the Wisconsin Dells. Known as the Scorpion's Tail, the slide drops rides through a trap door, sending the falling down and then around the loop. See video of the new attraction here!

Another big attraction to open this weekend is SplashTown at Darien Lake. The park posted a great HD video of the greatly expanded water park on their Facebook. Looks like a great place to spend a summer day.

Universal Studios Hollywood is finally ready to fully reopen the back lot sets they've rebuilt after a fire cleared almost all of them out two years ago. The park's famous tram tour will now be able to move around the sets when real filming is not taking place on them. Up next for the park later this summer is King Kong 360 3-D.

Theme Park Review took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood and got a special look at the Revenge of the Mummy coaster with the lights on. Seeing a dark ride with the lights on is like Christmas morning for coaster geeks! Check out the update here.