I'm not a card-carrying member of Mensa, the organization whose members score absurdly high on IQ tests, but I know a thing or two about parks. It doesn't take a genius to realize that the just-released list of top 10 amusement parks as chosen by Mensa members is, well, kinda dumb.
At the top of the list is Walt Disney World. Read More...
In what has become a recurring annual event, Disney will open some of its parks around-the-clock this Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season. Scheduled for Friday, May 23, guests will be able to visit the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in California starting at 6 a.m. and hang out for a full 24 hours until Saturday, May 24 at 6 a.m. That could be lot of rides on Space Mountain.
Themed to this year's promotion at the Disney resorts, "Show Your Disney Side," the all-nighter will be called "Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours." Guests are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite Disney characters.
Speaking of characters, Disney announced the event with what it called a "Mega Tweet." The Twitter post included a cute (and clever) photo of 140 characters -- as in Mickey and his pals -- forming the shape of a hashtag. Disney has more info about the event, including details about a sweepstakes to win vacations to both of its U.S. resorts.
Photo: Disney. Used with permission.
Two water slides are set to open this year that will be taller than any slides at any other water park in North America. One of them will raise the threshold by a considerable margin and will earn its place in the record books as the tallest water slide in the world. That got me wondering. What are the tallest slides and where can they be found? If you share my curiosity, wonder no more. Just mosey on over to my rundown of the tallest water slides in North America.
Photo: © Arthur Levine.
If you want to see Shrek, the lovable green ogre from the highly popular film series, you could always go to Universal Studios in Hollywood or Florida. The Shrek 4-D attraction, which is offered at both parks, is a real hoot.
But would you visit a standalone attraction devoted to Shrek and his pals? DreamWorks Animation, the folks behind the movies and characters, hope that you would. According to NBC News, the Shrek creators, along with Merlin Entertainments, the company that operates the Legoland chain, the London Eye, and other parks and attractions, are planning Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure. The first of at least five planned Shrek-themed locations is scheduled to open in 2015 in London.
Not a theme park, per se, the 20,000-square-foot indoor facilities are being described as interactive walkthrough adventures. Other DreamWorks characters from movies such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon would also be part of the mix.
It is unclear how the concept might be received. Standalone theme park-like attractions have had a rocky history. Disney had planned to open a chain of DisneyQuest centers but closed its underperforming first location in Chicago soon after it opened. Merlin has done better with its successful London Dungeon and Legoland Discovery Centers.
So, the question remains. Would you visit Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure if one was located near you or was in a city in which you were on vacation? Click on "Comments" below and join the conversation.
Photo: Universal Orlando.