Wizarding World; Toy Story 3; Main Street Disneyland Hong Kong; Classic Revolution
by, 06-18-2010 at 08:56 PM
Can it really be summer already? The signs are all around me. I tried to hop onto the I-5 this afternoon to go to the bank and was met with bumper-to-bumper traffic heading to San Diego. Then when I got back to work, there was no parking to be found. All the beachgoers had pretty well locked up the available spaces. I have a sneaky suspicion that the parking lots at our local theme parks are going to be "locked up" as well starting this weekend.
Your Weekend Update continues to have late-breaking theme park news for you. This week we have photos from Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you read last week's Update, you already know that a group of us were in Orlando recently. CaptPhoebus was lucky enough to gain entry to this new land at Islands of Adventure during a soft opening day and he has the photos to prove it.
sir clinksalot brings us an early report on Toy Story 3 and the Toy Story 3 FunZone at the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood. I know that the Clinks family likes to get up early, but this is ridiculous!
We continue our stroll down Main Street at Hong Kong Disneyland with HKDLFAN. I'm really enjoying spotting the similarities and the differences compared with our domestic Disney parks.
Finally this week, sir clinksalot has another entry in his SoCal Classic Attractions series. I have a lot of nostalgia for this great old ride and I'll bet some of you do also.
Thanks for visiting the Weekend Update. Now go out and explore!
CaptPhoebus gives us a look at the fabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter
On my recent visit to Central Florida, I was able to get to take a quick peek into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter land over at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. Here is a just a small peek at what Hogsmeade has to offer.
The New Bridge (to go around Hogsmeade)
Gates to Hogsmeade
Welcome to Hogsmeade
Hogwart's Express Train
Three Broomsticks Restaurant
Interior of Three Broomsticks
Hog's Head Pub
Owl Post Exterior
Owl Post "Interior"
The Sign at Ollivanders (The Wand Shop)
On to Hogwarts
So that's where Hogwarts really is....It's right next to Jurassic Park
The School's Choir
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opened yesterday, June 18th. For more photos and a review of the ride, Check out Fishbulb and Dusty's review thread: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photos and Ride Review
sir clinksalot gives us an EARLY look at Toy Story 3 at the El Capitan
Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 3 FunZone at the El Capitan in Hollywood
I had the privilege to attend an early screening of Toy Story 3 on Friday ... and by early I mean the movie started at 6am.
For those of you who didn't know, this is what the El Capitan looks like at 5am.
The movie is playing at the El Capitan for more than 2 months
Inside the amazing El Capitan theatre
After the movie, everybody is invited to check out the Toy Story 3 Fun Zone
The fun zone is actually located on the Hollywood High School football field.
The Fun Zone features Toy Story themed games
A Tricycle race
Andy's Game Room where you can play the Xbox Toy Story 3 game
Lotso's Lounge where you can have birthday and other parties
Buttercups Crafts and a Ferris Wheel
Inside the main tent you can play with a slinky
Make your own Mr. Potato Head
Get your picture taken with Barbie and Ken
Or Jessie, Bullseye and Rex
Outside the main tent they have a set-up for Sunnyside
In the playground area you will fund the Escape from Sunnyside Maze
Big Baby's Bumpers
A Toy Store is also on site
You can purchase various Toy Story 3 merchandise as well as make your own Mr. or Mrs. Potato head.
If you get the chance, check out Toy Story 3 at the El Capitan, you won't be dissapointed.
Just in case you missed it, MiceAge's Sue Kruse has a review of the movie HERE.
Our stroll down Main Street at Hong Kong Disneyland continues courtesy of HKDLFAN
Next time, Adventureland!
Here's another installment in sir clinksalot's series of photo reports on classic Southern California amusement park attractions.
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Revolution
The Revolution is located in the Baja Ridge area of Magic MountainThe Revolution, formerly known as Great American Revolution and La Revolución, is a steel roller coaster manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf of Germany and designed by Werner Stengel. The coaster is located in the Baja Ridge area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It opened on May 8, 1976 and was the world's first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop. It is an ACE Coaster Landmark.
The coaster was named after the American Revolution, which began in 1776, 200 years before the ride opened. Unlike almost all of the previous attempts to create looping roller coasters in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Revolution's loop was clothoid loop-shaped instead of a completely circular. Eight days later, Corkscrew opened at Cedar Point on May 15, 1976 with a vertical loop and two corkscrews for a total of three inversions.
The rides entrance is surrounded by lush trees and waterfalls. Of course, this wasn't the original entrance to the ride.
The original entrance is located on the other side where X2's bridge is now located. This spot was made famous in National Lampoon's Vacation
In 2002 the ride became an ACE RollerCoaster Landmark for being the first modern coaster with a vertical loop.
Even though the ride is no longer named La Revolución, it does have a distinctive southwestern feel to it.
Taking a ride on the Revolution gives some great views of the park.
Make sure you put your head back for the loop
A train full of riders come barreling through the trees
One of the most iconic views of any amusement park
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