Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Theme Park Nut News Update - 10th March 2015

Here is a quick update from the last week in theme parks.


Walt Disney World announced two anticipated expansions this week. Soarin' at Epcot is officially adding a 3rd theatre, although that was kind of obvious since they had already started building it. The long rumoured 3rd track is being added to Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Both of these expansions will add much needed capacity to headline attractions at these two parks. It is funny that both of these rides have a greater demand on the east coast than the west coast where they both originated, but DCA is a very different park these days to compared to any of the WDW parks.


Speaking of DCA, Disney has announced that the remodelled Condor Flats will reopen as Grizzly Peak Airfield on the 20th of March. The retheme includes replacing Taste Pilots Grill with Smokejumpers Grill. Whether there will be any difference other than the name, no one is sure. However, we don't have long to wait!

Earlier in the week, LEGOLAND California opened their latest addition - The Lego Death Star. There is nothing that I don't like about that sentence. Nothing.


On the west coast, we have a construction update from LEGOLAND Florida from Orlando Park News. There is a lot of little work going on over there, but I'm most interested in the LEGOLAND Hotel being constructed.


Orlando Park News also gave us an update from Epcot where the Frozen makeover of Norway is underway. WDW also announce the closure of Pirates of the Caribbean for an extended maintence this week. This could mean a number of things for the ride, but a maintenance that long must be good news.


There was also a video on YouTube this week of Fury325 at Carowinds in North Carolina going through it's first test runs.

In Australia it has been pretty quite. At Dreamworld Zombie Evilution  has closed, to be re-opened as a pure scare maze on the 2nd of April. There is continual rumbling about the Eureka Mount Mine Ride, but we still have nothing official on this.

In an update to last week's story about Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast, there have been further updates to the Pub building this week, now showing a sign on the front "PUB OPEN EVERY DAY!" That certainly clears up people who wouldn't have known what that building was for, but it's a touch tacky in my book. However, it is clearly only a temporary measure. I'll keep my eye on this for you.

Finally this week, the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour has announced as part of it's 50th anniversary that it will be spending $1.6 Million on a new Water Park for the complex. While it's not going to be as huge as the Gold Coast water parks, it will be a great addition to one of our Australian Big things! And if you want to know more about Australia's big things, you should check out my friend Fee's blog the Big Things of Oz! Actually, you should check that blog out anyway because it is super cool.



For more Theme Park coverage, follow me on Twitter @themeparknut. Until next week, Cheers!

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