Monday, March 19, 2018

Disney World Adds Parking Charge for Hotel Guests

Disney World Adds Parking Charge for Hotel Guests

Walt Disney World Now Charging Guests New Parking Fee

Guests staying overnight will now have to pay nightly fees to park overnight at their resorts.
Ranging from $13 to $24 per night depending on the resort, the fee's are an unwelcome new charge for on-site vacationers. Gate ticket prices were raised last month as well, something that's becoming all too familiar.

At this time their FAQ website has not updated the change.

However, the following prices are from Disney World themselves:
Overnight Self-Parking
  • Effective for reservations made March 21, 2018 and thereafter, standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.
Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category:
  • Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night
Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.
Valet Parking 
Valet Parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33 per night (sales tax included).
Disney Charges $24 Parking For Resort Guests
Disney's Famous Grand Floridian Resort went from $0 to $24 Parking Overnight.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Drone footage gives us a peek into Star Wars at Disney

Disneyland's Star Wars Land Begins to Take Shape

Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios are both in full swing with Star Wars construction. Today Disneyland released some great drone footage of the new land taking shape.

Star Wars Galaxy Edge Model
Star Wars Model (c)Disney
At the new Star Wars themed land coined "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," guests will transport themselves into a fully immersive Star Wars themed area themed after the Planet of Batuu. Once a busy crossroads, the remote outpost along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes will feature two E-ticket attractions. Take the controls of a Millennium Falcon on a secret mission or be placed right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The area is also rumored to use drones to fly above the area, bringing the immersion to a whole new level.
Check out the incredible video from Disney showing off the amazing detail that can already be seen in the construction area.

Star Wars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are slated to open in 2019. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

World Oldest Roller Coaster to be SBNO another year.

World Oldest Roller Coaster to be SBNO another year.

Lakemont Park to remain closed through 2018.

Lakemont Park's current plans have the park closed through 2018, with a plan to reopen in 2019 under a new operating plan, after renovations planned to be complete for this spring were put on hold. 

The current amusement park plans to turn into a family fun center, offering a miniature golf course, batting cages, and go-karts. 
Changes planned for Lakemont Park include replacing some of the older amusement rides with a new miniature golf course, batting cages, playgrounds, basketball and sand volleyball courts and expanded picnic areas, while keeping and enhancing attractions such as the waterpark, paddle boats, train, roller coasters, antique cars and go-karts. 
“Our vision is to rejuvenate Lakemont Park and have it be a community centerpiece for connecting with family and friends,” said operations partner, Ralph Albarano. “The steps that we are taking to make Lakemont Park a family experience for patrons of all ages will be well worth our time, effort, and investment.” -WJACTV
Renovations will begin this April. 
The oldest roller coaster in the world.
Leap The Dips will be Standing But Not Operating during the 2018 year.
Lakemont Park is currently home to the oldest operating roller coaster. Located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the park is also the eighth oldest theme park in the United States of America.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Six Flags Cancels Snowball Fight Due to Snow

It's No Joke, Six Flags Had To Cancel Their Snowball Fight Due To Snow.

Six Flags Ofer Georgia had to cancel their Holiday in the Park event due to a snow storm. 

Six Flags in Austell had this 1,000-person snowball fight with fake snowballs planned for Saturday, right? But when real snow blanketed metro Atlanta with the real stuff, it got real really fast. And so, Six Flags announced on Twitter that the Cobb County amusement park would not open Saturday and reopen Sunday. The Six Flags tweet came at 1:17 a.m., about 12 hours before the event was supposed to occur. And it really wouldn’t matter because the Georgia Department of Transportation is still asking folks to remain off the roads. 
Six Flags Cancels Snow Ball Fight, Too Much Real Snow on Ground.
(Six Flags Over Georgia)

And it wasn't only Georgia, Six Flags Great Adventure also canceled their record-breaking snowball fight due to the snow storm.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alton Towers New Videos + Time Lapse

Alton Towers has released new videos on their Youtube page. One is another challenge video, with the other being a time lapse. Check them out below! Check out Alton Towers Youtube here.

Time Lapse Video Screenshot

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Park New Indoor Area

Holiday Park New Indoor Area

New Indoor Area from Holiday Park in Germany to Open Summer 2018.

An indoor area is planned to be built at Holiday park for the 2018 season. The 6000-square meter (64,000-square foot) building is 12-meters high and features a family roller coaster, a giant slide, and two carousels. The new area will have a total of 7 new rides and is estimated at a cost of 7.5-8 million Euros. 
CEO Steve Van Den Herkhof said Monday to that the new indoor area is the parks largest investment ever since it was taken over by Plopsa in 2010. Theming of the indoor area will include characters from cartoons and animated films.

Artwork from Holiday Park of the new area.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Interesting Watch: History of Drachen Fire

Busch Garden's Drachen Fire is a coaster loved by enthusiasts that have never ridden the ride. Otherwise, reviews are very much love or hate for the rough ride. Defunctland on YouTube has uploaded a great new video showcasing its history. Take a look below!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Construction, ICON Goes Vertical

ICON at Blackpool pleasure beach is beginning to rise into the Blackpool skyline.

Pictures have surfaced of ICON going vertical!
The 3,750-foot long ride is slated to open for the 2018 season and will be Blackpool's second tallest and second fastest coaster after the Big One.

Theme Park WorldWide, Instagram. 

Pictures are from Autoridecount on twitter.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Holidays Are Showing in Theme Parks Around the Globe.

The Holidays Are Here. Theme Parks Winter Celebrations Begin Around The Globe!

Tis the season, Christmas in the parks are finally here. A time where lights fill the midways and Santa visits his favorite parks.

Seasonal shows and Christmas events scatter the amusement park world during this time, here's a look at our favorites of what's going on where! 

Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure and Hollywood's Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts. From the singing frog choir to The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, there's always something to see or do at Universal during the Holidays. "Using the latest in projection-mapping technology, Hogwarts Castle will completely transform this holiday season. A spell will be cast on the Castle, illuminating it in festive décor, candlelight and moments inspired by the films."

Holiday Lights at Hogwarts Universal
Hogwarts Castle (Universal)
Holidays at Universal are filled with fantastic festivities and seasonal shows including the popular "Macy's Holiday Parade," at Universal Orlando.

Disney Parks go big for the holidays, from resorts to the parks, Christmas-time fills the Disney Resorts with endless activities. Ride's themed to the holidays and shows in the parks make it one of the best places to be for the holidays. From Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there's so much to do at Disney. Check out Disney World's and Disneyland's activities.

Tivoli Garden's is where Walt Disney got many inspirations from for Disneyland, and their Christmas celebration is one of the most beautiful in the world. "Join us for Christmas in Tivoli, where this year you can enjoy a magical Christmas trip from the old station building in Wheelbury. In front of the station, the engine and carriages will be bursting with Christmas food, sweets, and gift ideas, while children can let off steam in Tivoli's Christmas ride, the Winged Wheel, or take a trip on the Elf Train.
You can also enjoy a twilight tour of the Gardens, sparkling as always with thousands of beautiful Christmas lights and snowflakes glittering on the fir trees." -Tivoli. Tivoli is like nothing in the world, right in the middle of a bustling city, the small park takes you out of the city and puts you right into one of the most relaxing and beautiful theme parks in the world.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas is covered with lights strung as far as the eye can see, and has, of course, some of the best holiday shows any park in the world offers, from the "Parade of Many Colors" to "Christmas in the Smokies," Dollywood is unlike an other holiday celebration around. "Gather the family for the Parade of Many Colors! This returning spectacle is sure to become one of your favorite traditions. Catch it nightly on operating days!" Dollywood also brings a Christmas classic to life during the holiday season. "Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, audiences will love this addition to our Christmas season." 

Six Flags Parks around the country are participating in Holiday in the Park, the seasonal celebration with thrill rides, sledding, dazzling lights, special seasonal entertainment, and more! The events run now through December at Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, Discovery Kingdom, Mexico, Magic Mountain, Over Georgia, Great Adventure, St. Louis, America, and New England. Most attractions and shows are included with your 2018 season pass!

Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas featuring Christmas in Midtown. This year's display will be the biggest yet and is expected to see 400,000 visitors from now through December, approximately 1/5 of the expected 2.1 million attending the theme park this year. The park added over 1.5 million lights this year!

Cedar Fair Parks Winterfest takes place with seasonal shows and thrills. "Live shows include a nightly tree lighting, carolers throughout the park, "It's Christmas, Snoopy!" ice show and more. Holiday crafters will design unique creations and guests will interact with the countless holiday characters, including Jack Frost, Candy Cane, and the Sugar Plum Fairy." -Cedar Fair. *Shows are different from park to park and subject to change.

Kings Island Logo - Winterfest 2018
Winterfest at Kings Island is making it's return after a 12-year hiatus! (Kings Island)
The Winterfest celebrations are taking place at Kings Island, California's Great America, Worlds of Fun, and Carowinds. The parks all have different hours from now through December 30, check the park's website for operating hours.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London has the seasonal rides and ice skating right in the center of the city! It's a sight to be seen as Hyde Park is transformed into an amusement park filled with tasty treats and loads of rides! The infamous Munich Looping is back, the world’s largest transportable roller coaster. This famous ride from the popular Oktoberfest in Munich, made its UK debut at Winter Wonderland last year.
Olympia Looping Travelling oOller Coaster
Olympia Looping! 

Phantasialand Winter Dream is a celebration like no other! Or rent a private room for Fantastic Christmas, "Your guests will be left in awe before they have even stepped inside: Winding past an illuminated waterfall, they will reach a huge gateway under a majestic light dome, where the shimmering, secret underground world of Wuze Town will unfold before their eyes.
Fantastical light effects blend with cutting-edge design to create a mysterious, enchanting atmosphere full of splendor and wonder – there is no venue more thrilling than this, the perfect spot for an extra-special celebration!" Either way, Phantasialand will make you enjoy the holidays like you never have before!

Europa-Park Magical Winter Season "Step inside an unforgettable winter wonderland, packed full of festive charm, magical moments, and seasonal surprises - experience Europa-Park at the most wonderful time of the year.  Cobbled pathways twinkle with thousands of fairy lights and sparkling baubles, thick snowflakes float down upon 2,500 local Christmas trees between cozy log fires and magical 3D projections, and the festive aromas of mulled wine and freshly roasted almonds waft through the air.

Whether you are looking for snow-covered adventure or just some cozy Christmas comforts, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Europa-Park’s winter season." The park is open through the 7th of January.

Holidays at Europa-Park Germany
Europa Park

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HangTime Construction Update + POV

Hangtime at Knotts Berry Farm is Taking Shape.

Knotts Berry Farm New Coaster for 2018 is quickly rising into the skyline at the park. The new ride features a 150-foot vertical lift hill with a 96-degree drop.
The first pullout is complete. (@themeparkduo)
Another angle of the pullout (Knotts Berry Farm)
The top of the lift is taking shape nicely. (Knotts Berry Farm)
A full POV of the ride has been released and can be viewed below via the Zachary Strader Youtube Channel. Riders hang at a 60-degree angle for a few seconds before being thrown into the 96-degree drop. 5 inversions follow on the ~2,200 feet of track.