Saturday 4 March 2017

News Update - 19th March 2017

Its been almost three weeks since my last update. Life can be overwhelming! Sorry about that! On to a long news update!

One of the strangest Theme Park stories this week was an English mum who set up GoFundMe page for a trip to Walt Disney World. Now this wasn't illegal but the GoFundMe has morphed into largely a charitable fundraising platform, rather than the personal fundraising platform it started as, so acts like this are now poor form.  Personally  I don't have a problem with people doing this. I won't pay for your holiday, but i won't stop you asking. Anyway!

At Walt Disney World itself, it was announced earlier this month that the Cirque Du Soliel show La Nouba which has a permanent residence at Disney Springs, is due to close at the end of the year. Nothing has yet been announced as the replacement, but I really hope that it is another Cirque show.

The focus at WDW has turned to Animal Kingdom where we've seen more details released on Pandora: The World of Avatar. While I'm excited for this, if I hear the word bioluminescence much more I'm going to scream. If you are interested you can see everything we know about Pandora here. We also saw the full opening of Rivers of Life nighttime show.

At Universal Orlando, the Race through New York featuring Jimmy Fallon soft opened earlier this month. Theme Park Insider had a review of this new attraction, showing that this ride is much more than just another flying cinema ride.

Going further north, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced this week they are adding US's first VR Motion Simulator. We've seen many VR coasters in the last year but this is the first specialist VR attraction being constructed during this new VR boom. So it'll be good to see what it's like!

At Disneyland Star Wars fans are getting pretty excited as two Imperial AT-AT Walkers under construction. They also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean this week.

If you can't wait for Star Wars Land, Legoland California has expanded it's  Star Wars miniland to include new scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These look seriously cool but no doubt you all know that I love Lego and Star Wars.

Outside of the US, Efteling in the Netherlands is deep in construction of its 4th dark ride Symbolica at the moment and this week gave a sneak peak of the ride vehicles.

At home, Movie World has released the second in their series of Ride Safety videos, which detailed why rides have emergency stops. The video was even picked up by Theme Park Insider! Of course they say what we've been saying for a while, E-Stops are a necessary evil in a well designed attraction.

That's it for this week's News Update . For more Theme Park coverage, follow me on Twitter @themeparknut. Until next time, Cheers!


  1. It's a hard concept to get around that ride stops are a good sign of safety and my heart feels slightly bad for the go fund me lady, I definitely think it's okay to ask :)

    1. I feel for her a little too! The online world is incredibly harsh in situations like that. There are a lot of worse things that people ask for that I think is more selfish. But I am a bit biased. :)