Wednesday December 11, 2013
You can count on Six Flags to deliver thrills, and next season the parks will keep the adrenaline pumping. Highlights will include two record-breaking tower rides, the New England SkyScreamer and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, as well as the wood-steel hybrid coaster, Goliath. Read about these and more new attractions (every park will be getting something new) at the 2014 Six Flags Ride Guide.
Photo: Six Flags.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Walt Disney famously said, "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing -- that it was all started by a mouse." While Mickey was indeed integral to Walt's fame and fortune, it really all began in Chicago. He and his older brother Roy were born in a modest wood frame home built by their father, Elias, on the outskirts of the Midwest city. The Walt Disney Birthplace Historical Preservation Project recently kicked off to restore the home and open it to the public. Read More...
Thursday December 5, 2013
The avant-garde, theater-of-the-absurd circus troupe, Cirque du Soleil, will be bringing its traveling show, Kooza, to PortAventura, the Spanish theme park near Barcelona, for the 2014 season. Like other Cirque shows, it will feature feats of derring-do, clowning, and new-agey music in its signature style. The show is loosely based around a narrative about a loner making his way in an offbeat kingdom.
Disney World offers the Cirque show, La Nouba, in residence at a permanent theater in Downtown Disney. The PortAventura show will be staged in one of Cirque's temporary circus tents.
The Spanish park has been on a tear lately. Last year, it introduced one of Europe's tallest water slides at its Costa Caribe water park. In 2011, it debuted the highly regarded Shambhala, the continent's tallest roller coaster. PortAventura officials are promising an additional attraction for 2014, although they have not revealed its name or any details yet. There are plans to add a massive development next to the theme park resort that will include casinos, a retail complex, theaters, and as many as 6000 hotel rooms.
- Furius Baco- PortAventura's wild launched steel coaster
Wednesday December 4, 2013
In 2010, Legoland California opened the world's first Lego-themed water park. Next year, the relatively small park (which is located within the Legoland theme park, but requires a separate admission), will expand with a new Legends of Chima area. Based on the Lego toy line and the TV series it inspired, the park will introduce a wave pool, an interactive water play area, and a build-your-own-boat attraction featuring the distinctive Legends of Chima animal characters.
As with the rest of the park, the new area will be geared to a 12-and-under audience. Read more about Legoland California.
Photo: Legoland. Used with permission.