Rarely do American theme park and entertainment firms and their European parks achieve success. However, managing theme parks in varied markets no longer appears to be as challenging as it once was. Recent speculation, particularly in the Spanish and European theme park communities, suggests that Universal may return to the resort it operated from 1998 to 2004. Let’s examine what is known and what is rumored about the potential return of Universal’s PortAventura/Universal Mediterranea.Continue reading “Will Universal Return to PortAventura?”
There’s nothing more coveted by coaster enthusiasts than an amazing night ride on one of their favorite coasters. As we get into the Halloween season many parks are staying open later. So we thought we’d rank what we consider the ten best parks for night rides. Get ready to add some evening park visits to your bucket list!Continue reading “The Ten Best Parks for Night Rides”
Halloween Horror Nights has returned to Universal Studios Hollywood and they have returned with a clear goal in mind – to scare the living daylights out of us! But how is this event holding up after last year’s absence? With many old mazes and a few new, explore the frights with us as we delve into this year’s haunt!Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Review”
After a little break, today we’ll continue our series about the Spanish Theme Park History with the fifth article. Every two weeks we’re publishing one of eight articles about the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist, but some others are still operating and receiving guests nowadays. In this series, we travel in time through 168 years in theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. In this article we’ll focus on PortAventura, the very first theme park of Spain and the only Universal park that has ever existed in Europe.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 5: PortAventura”
Today we’re starting a new series about Spanish Theme Park History. This eight part series will be released bi-weekly. Come back every other week for another article! We’ll be covering the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist and others are still operating and receiving guests. In this series, we’ll travel through 168 years of theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. Today we’ll focus on Camps Elisis, the first Spanish amusement park.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 1: Camps Elisis”
We’ve got a few exciting new things to share with you since our update last weekend! While we welcomed new raptors to the entrance plaza last week, we’ve now got a ride marquee (entrance/sign) as well as active water features. In this update we’ll also look at changes added to Wizarding World of Harry Potter to hide the new Jurassic World coaster.Continue reading “VelociCoaster Marquee, Water Features and More! – Late January, 2021 Update”
Like many, we got quite surprised after hearing the name of Plopsa’s coaster for 2021: The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland. Although a music festival might seem weird to theme a ride and area, the aesthetic of the Tomorrowland brand does actually fit. It did get us thinking, what other brands or franchises haven’t we seen in theme parks yet and could be interesting to see? Let’s talk about 10 themes not yet seen!Continue reading “Major Brands and Franchises Not Yet In Theme Parks”
As you may have noticed, Jurassic World: VelociCoaster has now starting testing with functioning lights! We’ll have some pictures of that in today’s VelociCoaster update! This update will also cover some changes around the area and additional shots of daytime and sunset testing. Enjoy!Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Lights/Testing – Mid-January 2021”
The first Asia Coaster News update of the year is filled with exciting news from several countries! We’re excited to continue offering timely coverage of an array of notable projects throughout the continent!Continue reading “Asia Coaster News – Early January 2021”
It’s been two years since our last Florida Coasters Top 10 – needless to say a lot has happened in these two years. We planned on holding off on our next Florida Top 10 until Iron Gwazi and VelociCoaster had opened; with the way 2020 unfolded, we ultimately decided to sound off on the region’s current collection of coasters without them. The next two years promise a dramatic shuffle in Central Florida coaster hierarchy, so let’s consider this 2020 countdown the foundation upon which we’ll judge the region’s variety of new coasters.
Though we had an update just two days ago, we went back to Universal’s Islands of Adventure to capture more testing of the new Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! In this update you’ll find an array of pictures and videos of the new coaster, slated to open in the Summer of 2021. Continue reading “Jurassic World: VelociCoaster Daytime Testing Footage – December 9, 2020”
We’re back with a new VelociCoaster Update! As the coaster has started daytime testing, we now also have testing footage to share with you, along with progress on infrastructure and theming! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – With Testing Footage – Early December 2020”
We’re so excited for what looks like the new standard for immersive story telling in the themed entertainment industry! Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is opening their highly anticipated new Super Nintendo World on February 4th of 2021! Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see in this new land! Continue reading “Super Nintendo World – First Look”
Today’s Islands of Adventure update will again focus on the park’s new headliner attraction: Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! This week we’ve got more theming, more nets, more details on the queue and ride experience, etc! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure & VelociCoaster Update – November 10, 2020”
I just love how quickly the entire Jurassic World: VelociCoaster project is coming together! This week we’ve got another detailed picture report of the new-for-2021 massive roller coaster coming to Universal Orlando Resort! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure & VelociCoaster Update – Early November 2020”
Another week, another exciting update on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in the summer of 2021! While projects at Walt Disney World down the street seem to be delayed or pushed back. Universal’s coaster is looking more ready by the day! Join us for this new construction update! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – October 26, 2020”
Another week, another update! This time we’re getting to the exciting phase in which Universal Orlando Resort’s new launch coaster comes to life. In this update we’ve got landscaping, infrastructure, reveals, and much more! Enjoy this photo update of Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Late October 2020”
Airtime, a solid mix of forces, stellar inversions, launches, drops, etc. There are so many ways to really make a good coaster. What makes an overall good experience, however, often depends on the surrounding infrastructure. In this article we’re highlighting some of the best coaster queues in the world that really elevate the overall experience of the attraction.
The United States remains one of the most important countries for roller coaster and theme park enthusiasts around the world. A country the size of the United Sates can be overwhelming for visitors trying to decide which parks to go to. This list seeks to focus in on 10 American parks I think are essential for international visitors to experience. Note that this isn’t intended as a ranking of the best parks in the U.S., rather it is a list of parks that encapsulate the landscape of the American amusement industry.
Another few days have passed since our previous update of the Jurassic World coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This week we’re seeing the track pull-through, development of queue infrastructure, touches of theming, and changes to the supports for potential netting being added. That and more in today’s update! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020”