Tuesday 24 March 2015

Theme Park Nut News Update - 24th March 2015

Things have been a little bit quieter in Theme Parks this week. That's good news if you consider the Green Lantern incident last week. I'll come back to that in a minute, but first lets look at a bit of international news from Theme Parks this week.

This week was saw the gathering of the greatest theme park minds in one place for the TEA Gala awards and summit. The awards themselves were announced late last year, so this was more a showcase of the winners than anything else. I won't cover it in much detail, but if you are interested have a look around as there is some great coverage.

Theme Park Insider had a great article this week dampening the expectations around the newly announced "second" park to be opened by the owner's of Universal Studios in Japan. This is going to be an interesting park, but I think Robert it correct to water down expectations. This isn't going to be Islands of Adventure Japan. It's not even going to be near their other park, and it is going to cheap (relatively speaking). I am still intrigued.

Over at Walt Disney World, two interesting events this week Firstly there was a flyover by the Blue Angels at Magic Kingdom. There was no point to this, but it sure made for some cool photos. The second event this week was the announcement Innoventions West at Epcot is going to close.

Returning to the Green Lantern incident from last week, the forums on Parkz.com.au have given an amazing side to this story, where a user called "ThrillSeekerNoMore" has posted her story of being one of the riders on the derailed car. If you have been following this incident, it is worth reading her story as it confirms a couple of aspects that were rumoured. There were injuries. Her father had broken ribs and a punctured lung. Also, the initial responders were not sure what was keeping the car on the track. You cannot help but feel how close these poor people came to a tragic end. I hope they all bought lottery tickets.

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1 comment:

  1. I'd like to check out this theme park when it opens (if it opens) in Japan, sounds like it could be cheap and cheesy?!? :) Glad everyone was okay with the Green Lantern too, I wonder if you'll see less lines on it from now on?