Media and content are such high-profile pieces of the Disney entertainment empire puzzle that it’s easy to hold them in outsized regard. The fact of the matter is, however, that when it comes to a breakdown of what does the best and most consistent job driving the money-making machine inside the Magic Kingdom, it’s something pretty old-school — the company’s amusement parks.
Consider this, for example, for some context around how important parks and resorts are to Disney’s corporate empire. According to a New York Times article published Friday, the company is planning to pump more money into its parks by way of expansion and planned investments than the company spent to acquire Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. Combined.
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The folks at COASTER-net want to wish you & your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Enjoy some time around the table with friends and family, but don't argue about politics, how to prepare the feast, or who is hosting the next holiday. Instead argue about what the number one wood and steel coasters will be in the Ride Warrior Choice Awards, as a family.
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A company that helps theme parks figure out how much to charge visitors is now suing SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment for breach of contract and alleging it’s owed about $157,000.
Pricetag USA, based in Atlanta, filed the lawsuit seeking more than $15,000 in Orange Circuit Court earlier this month.
According to a 2017 agreement, Pricetag was to help SeaWorld with its dynamic prices at five of its parks across the country. A second agreement in 2018 was reached for Discovery Cove in Orlando, the lawsuit said.
However, SeaWorld suspended the work for the five parks without formally terminating the agreement, according to the lawsuit.
Cedar Point could already have a plan for the properties it has acquired along the Cleveland Road corridor, leading up to the causeway, but park representatives aren’t saying what it might be.
The park recently acquired more properties in the area.
Its most recent acquisition is a portion of Farwell Street on the south side of Cleveland Road, which happened after Sandusky city commissioners granted a request to vacate that part of the street. It’s near several other properties the park bought about a year ago.
LAKE GEORGE, NY
Magic Forest, an amusement park in Lake George, NY has been around since the 70s and since that time they have collected a massive amount of fiberglass. Magic Forest is well known in the roadside attraction world and to travelers. They probably have one of the largest collections of original fiberglass figures from the 1960s. Much of their collection was made by Bob Prewitt, International Fiberglass and FAST. Many of these giant figures and animals came from the Great Danbury Fair auction of 1987. Magic Forest recently sold their park and the new owners will be going with a new theme and are not interested in the current collection of animals and figures.
For those who collect old fiberglass giants and figures this is like hitting the jack pot. Included in their massive inventory are many sought after and well known figures like the Esso Tiger, Sinclair Dino, A&W figures, Muffler Men and the large Santa in the front parking lot. A few items have already sold and sadly the giant Uncle Sam figure is not for sale but returned to Danbury but most of this massive collection is for sale and waiting for you to check it out.
The company that's worked to distance itself from the controversial film "Blackfish" may be less of a bargain now than a few years ago.
A sure sign Christmas is just around the corner? WinterFest opens this weekend.
Kings Island kicks off the 2018 season of WinterFest on Friday. The park is open through New Year's Eve on select nights.
The amusement park’s seasonal makeover includes the skating rink on the Royal Fountain, the transformation of the replica Eiffel Tower into a 314-foot-tall Christmas tree and decoration of the park with 5 million lights.
There’s a hidden bar with a secret entrance at Disney California Adventure that almost nobody knows about — until now
Disney California Adventure has quietly opened a hidden outdoor patio cocktail bar with a secret back entrance at the Carthay Circle restaurant that’s available to those who know to ask.
Located on the second floor of the fine dining restaurant, the Terrace Lounge is accessible to visitors who are escorted by a restaurant host through a locked rear entrance along an out-of-the-way colonnade breezeway.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Among the enduring mysteries of local lore that may never be given a definitive answer: What happened to the B-25 Mitchell Ghost Bomber ditched in the Mon in 1956? Is the Mothman of West Virginia real? Did Frenchy Fuqua touch the ball on the Immaculate Reception, and did Franco scoop it up before the tip hit the ground?
And, why in the good name of Cowboy Joe do people say “Kennywood is open?”
That’s what Becky Yanak of Upper St. Clair wanted to know when she asked, “How did the comment ‘Kennywood is open’ to someone whose fly on their pants is open, originate?” Many others wanted to know, too, and their votes made Becky’s question No. 1 in our most recent Neighborhood voting round.
Triotech and Ubisoft partner to develop next generation interactive attraction – Rabbids Team Battle
Ernest Yale, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIOTECH announced a new breakthrough in high-capacity interactive attractions with Team Battle. This innovative experience features interactivity, both team and individual play, and ride elements with full 4D effects.
Triotech partnered with Ubisoft, leading creator and publisher of interactive entertainment, to develop the first software to be played with the ride: an epic robot showdown orchestrated by Ubisoft’s fun, irreverent yet irresistible Rabbids. The two industry leaders collaborated closely on developing this interactive experience with Ubisoft leveraging its long-standing expertise in game design and 3D animation.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring an all-new experience for the entire family. Up to now, interactive motion simulators have been limited in the number of players due to screen clutter,” said Ernest Yale, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIOTECH. “We feel that with Team Battle, Triotech has broken that barrier and we can offer much higher THRC than previously possible while still delivering an amazing guest experience for park visitors.”