When it came to creating authentic live entertainment for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, the folks at Universal Orlando Entertainment really went by the book.
"Which book?" you ask. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -- a single sentence from that 1998 J.K. Rowling novel, to be exact. As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow (i.e., the Weasley family home), he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'"
Many of the roller coaster attractions at the Parque Nacional de Diversiones (National Amusement Park) in Costa Rica have already thrilled and entertained thousands of riders in other countries. Such is the case of Boomerang, a thrilling roller coaster designed and built by the dependable Dutch firm Vekoma.
Boomerang was rescued from Playcenter, a Brazilian amusement park located in the outskirts of the gargantuan metropolis of Sao Paulo. Sadly, Playcenter stopped operating after nearly 40 years, and many Brazilian fans hoped that Boomerang would be relocated within their country. Sadly for them, but to the advantage of Costa Rica, the National Amusement Park acquired Boomerang, which was shipped in various pieces during 2012. Back then, The Costa Rica Star reported on the reaction of a young Brazilian girl upon learning that her favorite amusement ride would be leaving her country:
Imagine strolling alongside a sandy shoreline as mammoth killer whales no further away than 20 feet glide through shallow water, its perimeter lined with plants and rocky formations. That’s just the teaser for an interactive experience that will ultimately guide visitors to SeaWorld along a 40-foot descent into a wide-open underwater vista of orcas swimming and frolicking overhead.
Blue World, as it’s being called, is a $300 million initiative that SeaWorld Entertainment hopes will captivate and educate its patrons while recognizing it is unlikely to silence its harshest critics.
Something hectic is happening in Gotham City. It’s almost as if the entire city has been turned upside down and not even the caped crusader himself can stop it!
For a limited time, dare to take on an all-new experience — BATMAN™: The Ride BACKWARDS! As one of our guest favorites and most adrenaline-charged coasters, this steel beast will now be even more intense with this gravity-defying role reversal. Get ready to step onto your favorite inverted steel coaster and feel the thrill of flying 50 mph through relentless loops and zero-G turns that you will never see coming!
Step right up through the tall carved gates of Bruce Wayne’s favorite little town: GOTHAM CITY. You’ll journey deep into bat cave, tricked out with all the latest high tech gear of Bruce Wayne Industries.
However, there’s only one piece of equipment that matters right now, and that’s the reversed steel inverted beast you are about to board, blasting off backwards into the sky over GOTHAM. As you load into your chair hanging from an overhead track, you’ll really take notice that you’re about to fight crime with your feet just dangling free in the air backwards. Following a 10 story lift to the top of the world, brace yourself for a full 360 degree loop right off the bat backwards. You’re a global Super Hero, you don’t need to warm up. You can even do it backwards!
After escaping that obstacle, now there’s a backwards zero-G roll that you won’t see coming, then a second loop waiting for you about ten seconds later, which you’ll experience backwards. Okay, you’re starting to get the hang of this. Next you’ll be blindsided by a double set of corkscrew descents with enough G-force to make you scream in slow motion. All told, you’ll face a mind-warping five inversions and you will never see them coming.
Be sure to visit Six Flags Over Georgia starting March 14, because this steel beast will only be backwards for so long before the masked hero saves the city and turns it around back to normal again. BATMAN™: The Ride BACKWARDS is waiting for you this spring!