If there are silver linings to find during the global pandemic, one would be the opportunity for creative people to think outside the box.
The engineers and management at S&S Worldwide knew this was an ideal time to offer something new, but also be cognizant of park operators’ financial challenges during the health crisis.
“With the devastation caused by the pandemic, I challenged our team to come up with an attraction that our customers could offer their guests,” said Tim Timco, president and CEO. “It had to be something that was exciting but didn’t break the bank. I think our guys knocked it out of the park. I am beyond excited to bring this attraction to the market.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that new guidelines on theme parks and team sports events are coming tomorrow.
“We are going to break up the theme parks,” the governor said in his COVID-19 and wildfires update this afternoon. “Not just one or two brands, it is many different parts of the theme park industry.”
Teasing out the results that Bob Iger and Jeff Shell have been seeking for months, Newsom said that the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly will reveal the new guidelines on Tuesday at noon PT.
As if this year couldn’t get spookier, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has added more dates to their Halloween Harvest limited capacity event.
The event replaces the renowned Howl-o-Scream event. But whereas Howl-o-Scream lasted through the month of October, Halloween Harvest now stretches into November.
The newly added dates are as follows:
The future Legoland New York is steadily progressing toward a 2021 opening, even as the park’s parent company negotiates with regulators over new penalties for serial pollution and the pandemic wallops its finances.
Workers have erected all of Legoland’s main buildings and its 250-room hotel, while interior and façade work are being done, road work on a new Exit 125 for state Route 17 is nearing completion and rides are being installed, Legoland New York spokesman Matt Besterman said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA, CA
California’s Great America officials were hoping to unveil the Santa Clara theme park’s new water park area to visitors earlier this year, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and resulted in the entire 2020 season being canceled.
Instead, water park fans will have to wait until 2021 to experience South Bay Shores, which takes the place of the park’s old Boomerang Bay. On Wednesday, however, officials gave the Bay Area News Group an exclusive first look at the progress being made on this major new attraction, which officials estimate is approximately 75 percent complete.
t’s been a summer of silence at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Seven months after their normal opening date, the theme park has been granted approval to open to guests.
Great America will reopen on November 27th with their third season of Holiday in the Park. They are calling this year’s festivities “Holiday in the Park Lights” – and it will be a bit different this season.
“Due to Illinois safety guidelines, rides won’t be operating at Holiday in the Park Lights,” Caitlin Kepple, Six Flags Great America’s Communications Manager, says. “It’s strictly a holiday lights experience.”
Darting around the pool as a group of swimmers stands in the shallow end, the dolphin looks much like those that jump through hoops and perform acrobatics at theme parks.
But this marine creature is a robot.
“When I first saw the dolphin, I thought it could be real,” said a woman who swam with the remote-controlled creature.
Edge Innovations, a U.S. engineering company with an animatronic and special effects division in California, designed the dolphin, which cost $26 million.
If you are as excited as all of us at Inside The Magic for Universal’s upcoming VelociCoaster, get ready to freak out. Since we received the news of the VelociCoaster being the official name of Universal’s Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park franchise themed coaster, construction has ramped up significantly. The roller coaster began pull-through testing, rock work is really taking shape, and were able to see the official Universal VelociCoaster trailer which gave us our first real look into what this beast was going to look like.
There are going to be incredible thrills on this coaster like a dive spiral, two launches, and most exciting of all, a 155-foot drop that peaks high enough for all of Islands of Adventure to be seen. The blue lighting on the inGen ride vehicle is expected to zoom by so fast we will only see the lighting flash by at night as we ride along with the velociraptors of Jurassic World.
LAKE PLACID, NY
Bobsledding is no longer just a wintertime activity here. Well, sort of at least.
The new Cliffside Mountain Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg travels alongside the 1980 Olympic bobsled track and is the latest year-round attraction at the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. The state says it's the longest mountain coaster in America.
Legoland is testing the ride vehicles for its upcoming trackless motion-base attraction.
The ride vehicles from Dutch manufacturer ETF will take visitors through the Lego Factory Adventure at the new Legoland New York theme park when it opens next year. On the ride, visitors will be shrunk down to the size of a Lego Minifig for a "brick’s eye view" of the creation of Lego bricks. You can see that process for the first time after the test footage in the video below.