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Africa - (1/21/14) Ever been curious abotu what an amusement park in Ethiopia, Africa might look like? The Theme Park Guy has the answer, with a brief review and pictures taken at the Bora Amusement Park during a visit in December.
    (12/10/13) Interlink has signed a new deal at IAAPA to play a key role in the development of a new resort attraction in Nigeria called the Delta Leisure Resorts. The new attraction project will see Interlink install two of their own attractions (a Super Flume and a Panoramic Tower) as well as having them procure 27 other amusement rides for the project from other manufacturers or find suitable attractions on the used-ride marketplace.

 

Argentina - (2/13/14) Holy Land in Orlando wasn’t the first theme park built and themed to religion, it seems one was built in Buenos Aires (Argentina) back in 2000 called Tierra Santa. The park was themed to look like a biblical recreation of ancient Jerusalem, complete with employees all decked out in historical style clothing, dummies hung on crosses and pathways full of beggars, sinners and worshippers. They even perform a recreation of Jesus being crucified with actors, followed by the rise of a 40-foot statue of Jesus frolm inside the mountain ever hour. Lots of odd videos of it on YouTube if you search.
    (8/15/13) I’ve been informed by our friends at ACE South America that the accident in Argentina took place at a small park called Parque Independencia in the city of Rosario. They also tell us that the latest news report say that the two children who died were not on the Ferris wheel itself, but waiting in line to ride it. A video clip posted by the local news shot by someone else standing nearby, shooting a wacky worm style flat ride next to the wheel caught the moment of impact.
    (8/13/13) Sad news from Argentina as two children, age 12 and 14, were killed while riding a Ferris wheel at a local unnamed amusement park. According to the report the car they were riding in broke free from the wheel near the highest point and crashed down in the wheel’s queue area, possibly causing injury to those nearby. The really unfortunate thing is that it sounds like the park had a problem with the car the previous week, but cleared it to run anyway.

 

Australia - (1/13/14) In an interesting development, Business Insider Australia reports that Disney was in talks with government officials in Sydney back in 2007 – 2008 about building a possible Disney resort and theme park there. They called it “Project Lester” but the project failed to move ahead due to huge infrastructure costs that would have been involved that would have cost at least $500 million alone.
    (12/31/13) Another mysterious event took place on the Melbourne Star wheel on Christmas day it seems, as a family reported about their interesting ride experience that involved a tilting car, vibrations during the ride and more to the local news.
    (12/29/13) The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel suffered a minor glitch it seems on Saturday. According to the report, the wheel had stopped to load passengers and then did not restart, as an announcement was made to the other cabins that they would soon remove all passengers to allow for a full inspection after an “isolated incident” had been discovered. According to the wheel’s spokesperson, it continued operation with only a 15-minute delay.
    My Thoughts: I was kind of surprised when the report mentioned that the Melbourne Star had stopped to load passengers in the first place, as the Melbourne Star, like all other giant wheels, run continuously at a slow speed to allow for loading to take place while leaving the wheel in motion. Videos posted on YouTube this week of the newly reopened wheel also confirm this.
    (12/27/13) AusParks confirms that the “World’s longest CannonBOWL water slide” opened yesterday at Funfields (north of Melbourne) and is named The Typhoon. It features a 136-meter long flume section for the riders to accelerate down an 18-meter drop into the Bowl section of the slide.
    (12/20/13) A few pictures and a video of the newly opened Palmersaurus Dinosaur Park in Australia’s Palmer Coolum Resort can be found over at Fearnet this week. The giant animatronic dinosaur park features nearly 200 robotic creations on display, ranging from 8 feet to 72 feet in length, and up to 33 feet high.
    The park is the creation of billionaire Clive Palmer, who also made the headlines early 2012 when he announced his intention to build and sail the Titanic II, a re-creation of the infamous doomed cruiseliner.
    (12/15/13) I’m told that the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is expected to be ready to open in late December. The giant wheel, previously known as the Southern Star, opened for about 40 days back in 2008, but was quickly shut down after some “structural defects” were found. It was dismantled and has been under repair and rebuild ever since, as well as being renamed the Melbourne Star. It stands 120 m (394 feet) tall and will take riders on a 30 minute trip.
    (8/27/13) According to AUSParks, Funfields in Victoria is currently building the world’s longest ProSlide CannonBOWL waterslide, to be called Typhoon.
    (8/19/13) A local developer in Australia wants to build a new version of Wonderland Sydney. No clear timeline as to when it may happen, but they do have some interesting concept artwork to show off.
    (8/2/13) Anyone remember the Fox Studios attraction that was open in Australia for about two years? It featured a pair of walk-through attractions themed to the movie Titanic that were quite interesting, and never copied anywhere else. One tour would send you through the First Class section of the ship, ending with an escape from the sinking ship on a lifeboat, while the other tour took you below decks, through steerage where you were doomed to the depths inside the boiler room. Check out the great collection of pictures showing off both experiences over at ThemeParkUniversity.

 

Austria  - (7/29/13) Check out Big Bang, a new Zierer roller coaster added to “Familienpark Pillarseetal” in Austria.... a park that I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure to report anything about before. This appears to be a very small park out in a beautiful countryside, and the new coaster appears to be nearly as big as the entire park itself.
    (6/11/13) A new Gerstlauer “Bobsled” coaster has opened in Austria at “Familypark Neusiedlersee”. The coaster is named “Rattenmuhle”, with cars themed as giant rats. Some POV footage has already been posted to YouTube. Based on the video, the layout seems quite intense. Check it out below!

 

Brazil - (2/2/14) Remember Terra Encantada? The Brazilian theme park in Rio closed down forever following the death of a rider thrown from the Mount Aurora coaster when an investigation in to the park revealed many structural and mechanical problems with the park’s attractions. While left abandoned, it seems that the park property is still fairly untouched. While it isn’t much of a view, an explorer decided to walk through the trough of the park’s former river rapids ride for a little look around with a video camera. Check it out below!

 

Canada - (2/13/14) The new FlyOver Canada attraction just took it up a notch with the addition of a second movie for a limited time. Now through to March 2nd riders on FlyOver Canada will also get to experience Flight of the Dragon, a spectacular new flight film over China’s wondrous landscape. Flight of the Dragon was a custom attraction flight film created for the Happy Valley Shanghai theme park that opened in 2011 and was created by our friends at Super78.

Flight of the Dragon - FlyOver Canada from FlyOver Canada on Vimeo.


    (7/1/13) A Screamscape reader was on hand at the opening of the new Flyover Canada attraction and sent in a great report as well as pictures showing off bits of the attraction itself, which has seats that look damn near identical to those used on Disney’s Soarin ride system.

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    We only waited max 30 mins. to get into the pre show which was quite well done.  In the line the employees dressed in old-time aviator costumes and asked us if we had ever been on Soarin Over California to describe what we were about to experience. The pre-show was a mash up many project films of Canadian icons, places, nature, and hockey projected on a multi angular screen which was mirrored in a circular room so it gave the illusion of 360 view with multiple images. Everyone stood in the middle of the room facing the walls and we all got the same view with out having to turn around.
    After the pre show we were all led into a room and got our seat assigned and watched a quick and humorous safety video much like they do in Soarin. Unlike Soaring the seats are on different levels so each group is either led up or down the stairs to the seats. The seats looks almost identical to Soarin but seemed deeper and the hand rails were higher. Once everyone was strapped / seatbelt checked the lights went down, the safety rail in front went down and our seats move forward not up.
    The movie is pretty epic, lots of nature but had elements of Soaring like fireworks, horses, jets fly-by, river rafting, and flying over the ocean. The movement was very similar other than the side-to-side seemed more dramatic. They also added a very cool element, mist! Every time we went over rapids or waterfalls and through clouds we got mist in our faces. They also included smells but didn't notice much wind in the face.
    All and all we enjoyed this ride and it felt like a little Disney in our home town! 


    (6/17/13) Canada Place in Vancouver, BC is opening a new attraction very soon called FlyOver Canada. According to the official website, this is indeed a ride where, “You will take off into a huge domed screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience.”  The ridefilm will take you across Canada from the East coast to the West coast showing off the unforgettable landscape along the way.
    Now I’m curious to know just how similar the ride experience is to Disney’s own “Soarin” ride, so if anyone gets a chance to ride this, please do report in. The official website says you ticket will also include the “Uplift! By Moment Factory pre-show” in addition to the FlyOver Canada ride, with a total experience time of 30 minutes for both.
The opening date announcement will be made on June 19th and there is height limit of 40 inches (102cm) to ride.
    (8/10/12) A reader was asked to take a survey for Clifton Hill where a number of attractions on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls are located. They pitched a few new attraction ideas under consideration which includes: A Spining Coaster (Maurer style pictured), Ghastly Ghost Ship (Haunted attraction), Go-Karts or a Soarin Eagle Zipline.

 

China - (1/28/14) I’ve been sent a link to a great video from one of our readers showing off their own visit to China’s Canton Tower, the thrill rides and a little something called the Spider Walk, a spiral staircase that goes from the 32nd to 64th floor.
    (1/27/14) Check out the amazing pictures of China’s Canton Tower, which was the world’s tallest tower up until last year, and still maintains the world’s highest observation deck. It features a weird ride around the perimeter of the tower’s top edge and a pair of Intamin drop towers at the top (sitting and standing/tilting). With a top height of 1,969 feet, this makes these the highest drop tower rides on the planet I believe.
    Scroll down a bit lower on the same page at CoasterForce to see pictures of Chuanlord Holiday Manor which has an odd assortment of coasters, including a Chinese knockoff of a Maurer SkyLoop.
    (1/14/14) Reuters reports that a life-sized recreation of the Titanic will be used as the centerpiece of a new Chinese themed attraction to be built in the province of Sichuan. From the sound of things the attraction will be half museum and half a simulated recreation of the disaster that sunk the ill-fated Titanic. Built at a cost of $165 million, guests will feel the ship hit the iceberg, shake and tumble as the icy cold water beings to flood in. Look for this to open by 2016.
    (1/9/14) VHCoasters has uncovered a report from the Wanda Group who claim to have purchased a new B&M Flying Coaster for their new Xishuangbanna Interntional Resort. Concept artwork for the new Flyer was found a few days later, as well as other more concept artwork for the rest of the Xishuangbanna Interntional Resort.
    (1/7/14) A third version of the popular Atlantis resort concept is on the way… this time it will go into Sanya, China. You can see the preview website for the new hotel, which offers a brand new architectural style from the previous two Atlantis resorts in the Bahamas and Dubai.
    (11/12/13) A new themed attraction will soon open at the former World Expo 2010 site in Shanghai called The Aviator Theme Park. Calling it a “theme park” is a bit strong… it’s more of an aviation collection / museum experience, but with the added attraction of three different kind of flight simulator attractions to experience, as well as an air-traffic controller tower simulator. It will open to the public this month and feature more than 500 aircraft, tanks and ships on display in the exhibit hall, some on loan from private collectors. The display even includes a massive Boeing 747 that was tore down into pieces for shipping and reassembled on site.
    (10/29/13) Goddard Group has announced that they have been working on the new “Shanghai Bund” Studio Theme Park Resort project that broke ground back in September. The studio / theme park project, to be built a couple of hours from Shanghai is on track to open in 2016. According to this article, one interesting attraction being shown off is called Shanghai Triad Chase, taking guests on a wild adventure ride into Shanghai’s dark underworld.
    (9/25/13) ThemeparkX reports that a third Atlantis resort will join the small chain’s Bahamas and Dubai locations with the pending construction of an all beach-side resort location in Sanya, China, on the southern tip of the Hainan island.
    (9/23/13) Ever thought about visiting China and all their new theme parks and other attractions? Then you’ll want to check out Malcom’s blog detailing his own 3 week trip to China, simply called Malcom’s Second Trip To China.
    (9/18/13) According to this news report a ride in China at Qinling Amusement Park has been shut down after three riders were serious injured after being thrown from a high speed “windmill-like” thrill ride.  According to witness reports the ride ops did not have their restraints checked or locked down by the staff, and before anyone could alert them, the ride started to move, eventually throwing them to the ground. So far the investigation has claimed this was due to a mechanical failure, as I suppose the ride should not have allowed itself to start with restraints left unlocked.
    In other news, Jackie Chan has announced that he is working with a group to build a new theme park in the Beijing area that will feature a lot of his memorabilia and items he has collected over the years. According to the article the park will be named, Jackie Chan World and will also feature four antique Chinese buildings that Chan is donating to the park.
   Before you get too excited however, it sounds like Jackie Chan World may be more of a museum than an action theme park. Chan’s collection will feature lots of furniture, jewelry and antiques and different cultural experiences. Admission to the park itself will be free, but select attractions within will require a separate admission fee, with the money to be used to maintain the park and antique buildings.
    (9/16/13) Goddard Group has posted a new picture to their Facebook page showing off the incredible looking DreamWorld castle themed resort hotel under construction in Fushun, China.
    (7/14/13) According to this report Dreamworks Animation has teamed up with Chinese partners to build an indoor ‘theme park’ attraction somewhere in China that will feature attractions based on the various Dreamworks Animation characters. No timetable has been set, but the attraction is planned to be built in a unannounced “major city” in the Yangtze River Delta area.
    (2/25/13) Actor / Director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) has announced that he will have a 25% stake in a new 173-acre amusement park to be built in Wuzhen (just outside Shanghai) that will be themed to his “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” feature film. The tentative name for the park is “Journey to the West Film City” and will also borrow themes from his “A Chinese Odyssey” films. Set to begin construction in the second half of 2013 and first phases are expected to open in 2015.

    (12/18/12) A new park in China has been announced for Chongqing with a $560 million budget. The new theme park hopes to open in 2016 and will feature an assortment of animated characters and themes from the Chinese produced 3D cartoon “Xiha Youji”.
    It wasn’t long ago that the Chinese government was trying to curb the nearly endless development of new theme parks across their nation, but through various loop-holes, new parks are still popping up at a record pace. I do have to wonder how long it will be before we start to see the bottom drop out on some of these projects. Perhaps those built in areas that are unable to support them, or older parks left in the dust as guests favor the steady stream of new parks, rather than investing in the older parks to keep them fresh.
    (12/14/12) Chongquing Safari Park in China is said to be adding their first coaster to the park in 2013. It will be an Intamin 10 inversion megalooper.
    (12/12/12) VHCoasters has a new update showing off concept art for a new park in China called Romon World. The project which will feature an indoor / outdoor amusement park mixed with an indoor shopping mall appears to have been inspired by South Korea’s Lotte World. Already on the books are an indoor Intamin coaster and an outdoor launched coaster from Maurer Sohne, said to be similar to Freischutz at Germany’s Bayern Park.
    (10/25/12) Wuhan, China is planning to build a 200 meter tall Giant Wheel in five years. It will be called the Hanjiang Eye, and stand over 65 meters taller than the London Eye in England.
    (9/9/11) In an interesting news story, Shanghai OCT (owned by Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town) is in talks with Universal Studios Japan over a possible joint venture which would give USJ a 49% stake in the partnership and allow for them to help better the performance of the Shanghai theme park.
    (5/17/11) In Park Magazine has posted an interview with Phil Hettema of The Hettema Group, where they chat all about the new Hello Kitty theme park being designed by his company to open in China in 2014.
    (5/10/11) According to this article, China now has plans to build a theme park based on Hello Kitty in the city of Anji, in east China’s Zhejiang province. The project will cost an estimated $215 million, with construction to start later this year and open in 2014. The 150 site will contain the theme park and a hotel.

 

France - (3/27/13) According to AMEWorld, Vulcania (a small attraction in France) will build a new dark ride featuring a trackless ride system from ETF and themed by Jora Vision. A preview video is below, followed by a longer “Making Of” video about the attraction themed all about Volcanos. They’ve got some very cool fotoage showing off the trackless cars making test runs around the ride with the lights on.


    (3/11/13) Heading to France and want to hit up some theme parks, but not sure which ones?  A quick read of the France Roadtrip blog may be in order, covering most of the parks in France other than Disney, along with a few lesser-known parks you may have never heard of.

 

Germany - (3/28/14) Spreepark, the abandoned theme park just outside Berlin, Germany that was for sale on Ebay not long ago now has a new owner, as the city of Berlin itself has purchased the park. Since the zoning for the site will only allow it to be used as a theme park until after 2061, we can only hope that the city is planning on restoring and reopening the park.
    (2/26/14) Anyone want to buy their own theme park? For just 1.62 million Euros (or $2.2 million US) you can buy the abandoned Spreepark in Berlin, Germany on Ebay. Spreepark has been closed for well over a decade now and has fallen into disrepair, but terms stating that the property must remain in use as an amusement or recreational park until 2061 is keeping land developers away at least. Take a look here.
    (2/10/14) Morgan’s very un-Official Travel Guide takes us to visit the Reisen Messe in Hamburg (Tourism Convention) to see how tourism is promoted in Germany. Unfortunately it looks like the show is not something the local major theme parks get involved with at all. Seems they are more interested in promoting… RVs. Huh?  Yep… along with mountain biking adventures, a ropes course and more.  Its good for a few laughs… so check out the video report below. Thanks Morgan!

 

Grand Bahama - (1/21/13) According to this article a “mega” waterpark project is planned for Freeport (Grand Bahama Island) that will create 100 new jobs and begin construction in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Hungary - (10/7/13) The citizen of Hungary have now lost their primary amusement park, Vidampark. After 175 years Vidampark was forced into closure due to economic problems on September 30th.  The only good news from this is that Hullamvasut, the park’s classic Scenic Railway wooden coaster, complete with a brakeman position, will continue to operate under the supervision of the nearby Budapest Zoo which I believe is right next door to the Vidampark site.
    Our friends at CoasterRadio were lucky enough to experience and shoot a video of Hullamvasut two years ago which you can see below. You’ll quickly notice the rapid fire loading procedure as guests jump onto the train while it slowly crawls through the station.

 

India - (2/21/14) ThemeParkReview has posted a video of a rarely seen coaster in India this week… the Cyclone at Nicco Park in Calcutta. I’m told that this is a clone of the demolished Southport Cyclone from the UK.

    (7/5/13) According to this news article a park called Balvatika (or Bal Vatika) in Kankaria, India will open what seems to be a new new Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster by this December. While the article fails to say that this is a Giant Inverted Boomerang, it describes the layout as having vertical lifts where riders legs are dangling, and hits a top speed of 105.6 kph (65.6mph) which also matches up with the stats of a GIB.
    While the first three GIBs came out in 2001 and a 4th in 2002, the design seemed to have fallen out of favor due to the troubles Six Flags had with the first three. As of late however, more have started to appear following the opening of a new one in China in 2011, the relocation of one from SFMM to SFNE in 2012 and Sochi Park expected to open one as early as late 2013 as well near the site of the next Winter Olympic games in Russia.
    (4/10/13) The latest update on the Zoomerang coaster heading to India is that it will actually be going to a park called “Wonder La”. According to RCDB, there are currently two Wonder La parks in India, one in Ernakulum and one in Bangalore. No one seems sure which of the two parks will get the new coaster.
    (4/9/13) One of our readers came across a truck hauling a section of old yellow Arrow / Vekoma style track across Georgia (USA) this past week. One of the dark colored support pieces below it had some interesting words spray painted on it as well... “Mumbai” (as in India) and what looks like “Wonderland”.
   The identity of the track was a mystery to me for most of the day. At first I could only think of two old retired Arrow coasters that had yellow track and dark supports: Double Loop at Geauga Lake and Python at Busch Gardens Tampa, both of which were torn to pieces and sold for scrap.
    With a little help the identity of the coaster was discovered as being the Zoomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang, at the former Alabama Adventures park, since renamed Splash Adventure when they closed the amusement side of the park after the 2011 season. This coaster has some serious miles on it… and may be the most well traveled coaster in the world. It started out at World Expo Park in Australia back in 1988 where it was known as Titan, then it moved to Wonderland Sydney as Demon from 1992 to 2004. From there it make the journey to America to become Zoomerang from 2005 to 2011.
    As for the new destination of the coaster... while there is a Wonderland park in India, it is located far inland about 850 miles to the North-East from Mumbai. Mumbai however is just the port city and Nhava Sheva is the largest container port in all of India. In the meantime… if you are traveling the highways of Georgia, keep your eyes peeled for more track. Another piece on a different truck was spotted again just a few hours ago.

 

Indonesia - (3/18/14) The latest update to TheThemeParkGuy will take us on a visit with him to the Trans Studio Bandung indoor theme park in Indonesia. If the park sounds vaguely familiar, you may recall reading that Premier Rides built a large new launched shuttle coaster there in 2001 with a motorcycle theme called Yamaha Racing Coaster.
    What I didn’t know is that the park has since removed the Yamaha motorcycle theming from the front of the train for some reason. He has posted an excellent batch of pictures showing off many of the park’s unique indoor rides.

 

Iran - (6/6/13) New reports at ThemeparX show pictures from the site proving that construction has indeed started on the new theme park in Tehran. There was also an Anonymous posting from someone saying that the previous list of ride manufactures is incorrect, as negotiations are still ongoing with the various parties.
    (6/3/13) Consider me skeptical about this one, but according to a report at ThemeparX, the first theme park in Iran is said to have begun construction. They call it the Shahre Ghese (Story City) and it is going into Tehran with the hopes of opening by 2015. Concept artwork and design have been posted from Forrec and rides in the park will be delivered by Intamin, Mack and Zamperla.
    The park’s layout shows off six themed areas inside the park. Upon entering the park through the “Creation Plaza” and into a central hub like area called History Plaza. From there guests can pass to Storybook Gardens, a Science Fiction themed area, or areas referred to as The Silk Road, Adventure or The Modern.

 

Italy - (11/4/13) Zam2013_1104_ZamperlaVeniceParkArtperla may have been bitten by the theme park bug after building and running the new Luna Park at Coney Island, New York. The company has now pitched a concept to transform the small abandoned San Biagio island in Venice that was once home to an incinerator facility into a new family attraction for $110 million for the city. While it wont be simply an amusement park, the project would feature a 55 meter Ferris wheel, roller coaster and many other rides along with numerous cultural installations that would detail the long history of the city as well as “illustrating the Venetian lagoon’s fragile ecology.”
    The project, which includes a promise to clean up the toxic site, will create 500 new jobs, could be open in 2 years if all goes smoothly. But this is Venice and things like this rarely go unopposed, so we’ll have to wait and see where the wind blow on the “L’isola San Biagio” project.
    (10/23/13) Somewhere in Italy, deep in a forest, a man named Bruno built his own little restaurant and a whole line of self-made amusement style rides all by hand. You can find a few great pictures, and a documentary style video of Bruno here. And before you ask… yes… Bruno has even built his own roller coaster style creations. Check it out!

 

Japan - (2/14/14) Readers know that Screamscape loves to peek into the world of closed and abandoned amusement parks, and today we’ve got a new one for you. An extensive set of pictures from the closed Gulliver’s Kingdom in Japan (in the shadow of Mt. Fuji) were posted are fascinating to see. The park was only open a handful of years, opening in 1997 and closed in 2001, and features a gigantic statue of the giant Gulliver tied and bound to the ground around the human sized Lilliputian village.
    (9/5/13) According to Wired a plan is in place to build the world’s tallest giant wheel in Japan in the near future. According to this article the true height of the “Nippon Moon” giant wheel is currently undisclosed, but it has been hinted that it could end up being twice as tall as the London Eye which is 135 meters (443 ft) so the Nippon Moon could be upwards of 270 meters (886 ft) tall!
    The wheels 32 capsules will be unique as well, some with two levels, and glass with augmented reality views of the city landscape surrounding it. Each capsules is also expected to have a different theme inside as well, allowing for a slightly different experience depending on which capsule you get to ride inside during your 40 minute round trip. The exact city in Japan that the Nippon Moon will call home is also a carefully guarded secret at this point as well.
    (8/21/13) SEGA and the BBC have teamed up to open the first “Orbi” attraction in Yokohama, Japan. Essentially it’s a mixture of the BBC Earth’s nature coverage mixed with SEGA style technology to make it interactive. Click here to read all about it over at InParkMagazine.
    (8/15/13) Osaka, Japan now has plans to build a 130 meter tall Giant Wheel, which would be the tallest in Japan when it opens in 2015. It would be built on a site near the former Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park along with an assortment of retail and dining opportunities.
    (7/29/13) The new walk-through horror attraction at Tokyo Joypolis "Sadako 3D 2: Sadako no Ko" (Sadako 3D 2: Child of Sadako) just opened. A ticket to experience the attraction where you journey through with a camera to take pictures as a reporter will cost you about $6. As part of the themed experience they also have some themed food items, such as Sadako’s Hair Dog.  Check out some pictures and a video here. Given the timing, did this replace the previously Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney attraction, or is this the same thing?
    (7/6/13) Tokyo Joypolis just announced a few days ago that they would team with Capcom to create a live action mystery attraction called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, based on the Nintendo 3DS video game series. Players must solve mysteries to complete missions and find out the truth behind crimes to catch the true criminal. The live action attraction is expected to take about an hour to complete. It will only last for a limited time, between July 27th and September 1st.
    (5/16/13) Opening on July 11th a new indoor attraction known as J-World Tokyo will open on the third floor of Sunshine City’s World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro. The indoor attraction will feature three large themed areas to three very popular Japanese Anime shows from Shonen Jump: One Piece, Naruto and Dragon Ball. In addition to games and themed food items there will be five attractions: The One Piece Soldier Dock Adventure Ride (dark ride), The One Piece Carousel Ride, a Naruto challenge maze, and two Dragon Ball interactive attractions.

 

Malaysia - (2/12/14) some video footage of the new Space Mission attraction at I-City can be found on the video news report below. Check it out!

    (2/10/14) An unusual new attraction has opened in Shah Alam, Malaysia’s I-City named Space Mission. According to the local news the attraction takes guests on a fictional space travel adventure that is divided into several sections. One is called Starship Explorer and guests are put on Segways and set off on a course through a mock spaceship and research station that is under attack by escaping aliens. Disembarking your Segway you then walk through a “wormhole” effects tunnel  and arrive on the surface of “Planet Pandora” where they board a small dark ride vehicle and explore the alien world. After this you return to the Base Station where you can interact with display stations and play trivia games on touch-screens to answer questions. If any of our readers are in the area, I’d love to see a review along with video / photos showing off what the rest of this attraction looks like. For now, check out the local news article which has posted a few pictures of the experience.

 

Mexico - (5/7/14) A great new video of Tsunami, formerly known to the world as Thriller, one of Anton Schwarzkopf’s greatest traveling creations, has been posted by our friends at MontanaRusa. It includes off ride footage and a high quality POV of the coaster running at Isla San Marcos. From what they tell us, the rumors about it returning to Germany to Skyline Park are no more, leaving the future fate of the coaster unknown.

    (1/10/14) Parque La Loma in Mexico will have new capital poured into it to fix up the park for this summer, as well as add new rides and attractions. The biggest new ride on the way will be a new roller coaster. Nothing was said about what kind of style of coaster it will be however.

 

North Korea - (10/21/13) Kim Jong-un appears to be back on his theme park kick, as North Korea is said to have opened a new amusement park this past week, featuring a few rides, waterslides, games and a 3D simulator ride. They call it Pyongyang Pleasure Park. You can find a few pictures from the opening events posted here.
    (5/6/13) While Kim Jong Un has been hitting the headlines more lately for North Korea’s nuclear efforts, previous it was known that he also shared an interest in theme parks and wanted to see more in his native country. Now it seems that he is moving ahead for a new park project that will feature miniature replicas of famous world landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.

 

Poland - (5/14/13) ThemeparX has had some interesting updates posted on their site that seem to indicate that the Adventure World Warsaw park project is still moving forward, and new building permits are still coming out.
    (2/6/13) Concern over the Adventure World Warsaw park project and other matters has sent the stock price of Royal Imtech, down to almost half of what it was previously. (Correction: Imtech is not the parent company behind Adventure World, but rather a multi-national construction company with a subsidiary who is a contractor on the project.) Read more over at InParkMagazine.
    (10/16/12) I’m not quite sure what is happening, but a group of people in suits were assembled in front of cameras to sign documents in front a huge doorway for Adventure World Warsaw, that said, “Opening 2015” at the top.  Could they be ready to begin construction?  Check out the pictures over at The Theme Park Guy.
    On a related note, BlooLoop reports that supplier contracts wit Mack Rides and Vekoma Rides were signed at a press conference with a new opening date of May 2015.
    (8/3/12) A nice photo update all about Adventure World Warsaw (Poland), including pictures taken on site at the future park, has been posted to TheThemeParkGuy this week.
    (12/30/11) InPark Magazine has posted an exclusive update regarding the Adventure World Warsaw theme park in Poland.
    (7/29/11) According to BlooLoop, Poland will open it’s own theme park in 2014 called Adventure World Warsaw. Details and concept artwork for the proposed theme park can be found here.

 

Qatar - (3/21/14) Premier Rides has confirmed than they are the company who will build the Dragonfire coaster designed for the indoor Adventure Island theme park in Qatar, part of the Doha Oasis Mall project. A few more details of the project were also released, as Premier Rides calls it a dark ride / coaster project, that will feature magnetic launch technology, cutting-edge track design, high speed switches, multi-directional movement of the vehicles and the backwards launch where riders “are shot up an extremely high vertical twisting spike that rises dramatically above the mall and is fully encapsulated to allow guests to take in the view and to appreciate just how high above the building they are while remaining in a climate-controlled environment.” The project is slated to open in 2017.
    (3/20/14) ITPS (International Theme Park Services) has been hired to help design and build a $300 million theme park project in Dohar, Qatar called Adventure Island. The theme park will be crammed into a 7-acre indoor structure and feature a number of state-of-the-art thrill rides.
   One in particular they are proud of will be called Dragonfire, a roller coaster that will launch backwards out of the station and up “hundreds of feet” before gravity brings them back down through the mouth of a Dragon and into a series of twists and inversions, including a corkscrew that will break through the roof of the building.
   The theme of the park is about a mysterious island once inhabitated by a society that has long since vanished, leaving behind a number of interesting structures (aka: rides) powered by crystals that glow and activate when people are near.
   Other attractions include a 4D theater with hanging gondolas as seats, a sky tram around the park, Starchaser (Chance Unicoaster) and Gorilla’s Revenge, a 40 ft tall animatronic Gorilla who picks up a car full of guests which I’m guessing is the rarely seen Huss/Heimo King Kong ride. (See video below) There was no word on a timeline to begin construction or when the park might open however.

 

Romania - (6/11/14) Want to see something really wild?  Even I’ve never heard of this place before, but it seems an old Salt Mine in Romania that closed down in 1932 was used for a few other unique uses over the decades, ranging from bomb shelter to a storage place for cheeses, but somewhere in the 1990’s it was transformed into something entire new.
    Would you believe they have turned this underground cavern into a small amusement park?!  Guests are sent down nearly 400 feet by elevator from the surface into the huge cavern that now contains an amphitheater, tennis court, mini bowling alley, mini-golf, playground, a ferris wheel and an underground lake you can go ride around in a rowboat. Click here to see pictures of this unique attraction inside the former Sala Turda mine (Turda, Romania).

 

icon_STOPRussia - (6/26/14) The first Angry Birds themed mini theme park in Russia is set to open in either late 2014 or early 2015 in St Petersburg. According to this article it will be built into the 3rd floor of the new Evropolis shopping center currently under construction with the goal of hosting a modest 2,800 visitors a day.
    (12/2/13) Ever wanted to know about the roller coasters of Russia?  A new coaster blog has launched called Flying Pirouettes, which starts off with an introduction to Russia followed by update after update about the parks and attractions of the country, with a focus on the coasters. For example… check out the unique Pax made Cobra shuttle loop at Attractionmania, or an visit to the infamous Divo Ostrov park that has one of the oddest S&S Screamin’ Squirrels plus the insane Funtime Rocket ride. Seriously… scroll through all the pages… the little parks, the bigger ones and the ones that try to share a little culture… maybe try a Crapdog along the way for a laugh. Good stuff… and a good primer if anyone else has thought about visiting the parks and attractions of Russia.
    (10/16/13) Dreamworks is moving ahead with talks to open three indoor parks in Russia themed to their animation characters in St. Petersberg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg, which are set to become the largest indoor parks in all of Europe. A new signed agreement will “support in creating favorable conditions for the project implementation, development and issue of permits in accordance with the Urban Development Code of the Russian Federation, as well as optimization of the procedure of getting approvals for technical documentation developed by the investor.“ Construction on the first site could be completed by late December 2016.
    (8/15/13) According to ThemeParx, the final fate of the Dreamworks park project in Russia is to be decided as the developer waits to see if they get final approval on the requested zoning change from St. Petersburg.
    (3/12/13) Time and again The Theme Park Guy has proven that he will travel to the ends of the Earth to get a story. Fresh from a visit to the site of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, which will be home to it’s own new theme park, he ventured forth into Moscow to check on the site where the future Universal park in Moscow will be built in 2018 as part of Galaxy Park, which itself is planning to start construction in 2014. While there may not be a lot to see right now, he does give us a great look at the beautiful Moscow of the 21st century.
    (2/20/13) The head of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg has announced to the media in Russia that they will open THREE DreamWorks Animation themed “parks” in 2015 (near Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg), pointing out that these will open about 3 years ahead of Universal’s project in Moscow’s Galactica Park which is aiming for a 2018 opening date.
    These will be year-round parks (indoor) that will be built along with a 400-room hotel, concert hall, 4-D Theater, a retail mall and more in each location. The cost of building all three projects is estimated at $1.5 billion. Each park will have 5 of 6 different themed zones representing different popular DreamWorks Animation characters and featuring various rides, shows, attractions and character interactions.

 

icon_STOPSouth Korea - (7/17/14) 20th Century Fox has teamed up wtih Village Roadshow to build a new Fox World theme park in South Korea. The plans for the new project were announced on Wednesday, to be located in Changwon City as part of the larger Ungdong Entertainment Complex development, and hopes to open by 2018. Few details were given about the actual park itself, as they stated that it was still too early to say what attractions it will feature.
    Meanwhile a report on ThemeparX, Universal Parks & Resorts CEO, Tom Williams, confirmed that the once proposed Universal Studios Korea park has been cancelled.
    (2/1/14) While Screamscape has mentioned the “Robot Theme Park” project planned for South Korea in the past, the project seemed to have stalled out over the past couple of years and fell off the grid. No longer, according to this article the developers are pushing ahead with the $660 million project and hope to open Robot Land in 2016, with construction crews beginning work on the site last month.
    (10/22/13) Fun artwork showing off the possible look of the new Robot Land park coming to South Korea has been posted to ThemeparX this week. One item of interest in what looks to be an S&S FreeFly coaster, with the riders seating in little rocket ships being carried by a giant flying robot with outstretched arms.
    (10/2/13) According to a report on ThemeparX, the Robotland park project for South Korea may have broken ground last week.

 

Spain - (12/31/13) Take a photo tour of one of the most highly themed waterparks of all time, the Asian themed Siam Park, located at Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Check it out at ElBlogDeDream.

 

Thailand - (6/4/14) A huge construction update from the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark. Has been posted to ThemeParx that shows off the park’s very unique collection of waterslides. Many of which I don’t think we have seen before, like the giant Ben 10 themed sphere.
    (1/28/14) Concept artwork for a new waterpark on the way to Thailand called Dino Waterpark have been posted to the TPR Forum. All of the slides here will come from Polin. From the look of the last two pictures site clearing is well underway.
    Meanwhile another waterpark in the Hua Hin beach resort area called the Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle is supposed to open in 2014. The slides here are supposed to be from Whitewater West, however I’ve been told that it looks like very little work has been done since the groundbreaking took place in June 2013. The concept artwork for the park, which they are calling Asia’s First Water Jungle, shows off a very well themed and lush tropical landscape, so they’ve got a lot of work left to do.

    (1/17/14) A great photo report of Siam Park City in Thailand was posted to CoasterForce this week. Some of it you really just have to see to believe, especially the pictures of the African Adventure attraction near the end of the report. Just crazy…
    (12/17/13) Several new pictures of the new Cartoon Network Amazone themed waterpark project under construction in Thailand can be found over at Theme Park Review this week.
    (10/3/13) Fairly recent construction pictures of the new Ramayana Water Park in Thailand have been posted to the official website this week. So far it is all in the concrete work phase for the pools and such, and no sign of slide pieces anywhere yet. It’s going to be awhile until this park is ready to go from the look of things.
    (9/25/13) According to ThemeparX, the opening timeline for the new Cartoon Network Amazone themed waterpark project in Thailand is now set for early 2014. New pictures show off the slides set in place for the Ben 10 themed Omniverse section of the park which appears to have a number of new unique slide creations from Polin.
    (5/13/13) ThemeparX has posted a new update showing off a layout of the new Ramayana waterpark now under construction in Thailand that will offer all the latest products fro WhiteWater West. According to the park’s official preview website, it is located about a 90 minute drive from the heart of Bangkok. They hope to open the park in early 2014.
    (5/3/13) Polin reported on Facebook that they have almost finished installing the slides at the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark (Thailand), along with a nice picture of a unique looking slide complex. You can see even most over at the waterpark’s official Facebook page.
    (11/27/12) BlooLoop reports that Polin will build the slides for a major new waterpark opening in Thailand in 2013 called Santorini Water Fantasy. The new waterpark will open next to the Santorini Amusement Park located near the Cha-AmPremium Outlet Mall and will feature a virtual catalog of Polin products. Check out the details here.
    (5/29/12) Cartoon Network Amazone, a new Cartoon Network themed waterpark experience will open in 2013 in Bang Saray near Pattaya, on the East Coast of Thailand. According to the press release, the park is already well under construction at this point, but this is because the park was first announced as Amazon Falls and was to have opened a couple of years ago, but has been suffering from delays. With a new identity in check, and I’m assuming new funding in the accounts to complete the project at last, the park will finally open better than ever.

 

UAE News - (1/16/14) Empire Industries Ltd has announced that their Dynamic Attractions division has signed two new major ride contracts, both for the United Arab Emirates, but each for a different customer. One is to deliver one of their Dynamic Flying Theater attractions (like Disney’s Soarin’) and the other is for a new “special effects indoor roller coaster” attraction. (Note: Dynamic Attractions provided the hardware when Disneyland rebuilt their Space Mountain coaster in 2005 and was confirmed as the fabricator for the new track system installed on Big Thunder Mountain reopening in 2014.) Both contracts will be executed over the next 18 months.
   Any ideas who these may be for? Dynamic already built a Flying Theater at Ferarri World that opened back in 2012 called Flying Over Italy, so perhaps they will return for an indoor coaster, or perhaps the indoor coaster could be for the IMG Worlds of Adventure park, who also appears to have bought a second attraction from Dynamic as well.
    (10/22/13) Rumor has it that a proposed Warner Bros. Theme Park project for Abu Dhabi may be getting a second chance.  Anyone know more?
    (6/28/13) Consider me entirely and completely un-surprised by this announcement. According to a report posted at ThemeparX, the proposed Real Madrid Resort Island planned for the UAE has now been “put on hold indefinitely due to a lack of funding”. Yep… who didn’t see that one coming?
    (5/7/12) Empire Industries has announced that their Dynamic Attractions unit has signed a contract to design, engineer and manufacture a “media based attraction for a theme park in the United Arab Emirates.” The contract is valued “in excess of  $3.8 million” and “will be executed over the next twelve months.”
    Just two months ago, the group also announced another deal worth $30 million to build another ‘media based attraction” over the next 2 years, which is assumed to be the new Harry Potter ride system going into Universal Hollywood. That said… I’ve got to wonder just who in the UAE is working on their own media based attraction to open next year? Any thoughts?

 

UK - (5/14/14) Drusillas Zoo Park, a small UK attraction that previously has featured only playground style attractions and slides along with animals exhibits for small children will open a new Hello Kitty themed area on May 18th. The new area is called Hello Kitty Secret Garden and will feature three Hello Kitty themed rides: a car ride, tea cups and a “Reach for the Sky” frog-hopper ride.
    (5/3/14) Creepy pictures taken inside the former Camelot theme park in the UK that has only been closed for a couple of years can be found here.
    (3/6/14) A new online publication, Airgates Magazine, hopes to spread the latest news about the UK’s amusement parks and themed attractions. You can read through the first issue here.
    (2/26/14) Merlin Entertainment has unveiled their next attraction planned for London as their first Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure attraction. Look for this stand-alone attraction to open on Summer 2015 at the County Hall alongside
Merlin’s other attractions: London Eye, London SEA LIFE Aquarium and the London Dungeon.
    Guests will be transported to the world of Far Far Away and go on a new walk-through adventure based on a new story being written by the DreamWorks team and will feature interactive characters you meet on your adventure along with appearances by other popular Dreamworks characters from Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. Merlin says that this will just be the first such attraction, as they are planning on making 5 more copies over the next nine years.
    (1/16/14) Merlin are planning to add a new and unique attraction to London in the same County Hall building structure where the SeaLife Aquarium and London Dungeon are located. The new unknown attraction will take groups of 40 guests on a tour through a series of 10 show rooms, with each experience to last approximately 6-minutes, one of which will also include a simulator ride to be located in the “Rotunda space”. The space they are taking over was formerly home to the London Film Museum.
    (1/9/14) ThemeParkTourist has posted a new look inside the former Camelot theme park that closed in 2012. While it hasn’t been closed all that long, time is already starting to take a toll on the place.

 

 

 
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