Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ride Roundup

Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro gave an interview outlining his vision for the future of the chain's parks, which involves shifting the focus away from thrill rides. "We need to diversify. We have 17 roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain--that's too many. It's become like a drug." What is he, on crack? Shapiro's master plan for improving the parks? "You're going to see Bugs Bunny and a lot more Loony Tunes characters walking around... We're going to be moving more into name brands, from pizza to burgers to soda... I might try and bring in Papa John's pizza." Oy vey.

Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom (Orlando, FL) is previewing Expedition Everest, a steel indoor-outdoor coaster. The largest, most expensive attraction ever built at the Magic Kindgon, it also features the largest animatronic creature ever created for a Disney attraction: the giant Yeti stalking the riders.

Disneyland (Anaheim, CA) has confirmed their Pirates of the Carribbean attraction will be modified this spring to add movie characters from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, CA) has begun construction on Survivor: The Ride. The "world's first reality coaster" is a Zamperla Disk'O with elaborate theming and a longer track.

A 13 year old boy was ejected from the Triple Hurricane coaster at Cypress Gardens (Cypress Gardens, FL) after standing up on a dare.