King Kong Returns to Universal Studios Orlando

King_Kong_1933_Italian_posterComcast Corp.’s executives have recently confirmed a King Kong attraction is set to land at Universal’s Island of Adventure.

 Universal is moving forward with their plans to construct a new King Kong ride, a new resort and a long-rumored water park at Orlando. The company is currently building the new 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which is scheduled to open in 2016 and there are also permits filed for the water park.

 Rumors about a new King Kong ride in one of the parks had been spread by theme park fans for months until last year Universal Orlando filed a permit application with the city of Orlando for a demolition project and they started to clear the space. Continue reading “King Kong Returns to Universal Studios Orlando”

Skyfall, the world’s tallest drop tower, coming to International Drive

polercosterThere’s another ‘world’s tallest’ addition to the SkyPlex, coming to Orlando’s I-Drive tourist corridor- Skyfall and it will be the world’s tallest drop ride, according to Joshua Wallack, managing principal of the Skyplex development. The attraction will join the Skyscraper roller coaster at the upcoming Skyplex complex. The 570-foot tall Skyscraper will be the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017. Continue reading “Skyfall, the world’s tallest drop tower, coming to International Drive”

Legoland to open new land and hotel this year

800px-Lego_Factory_Legoland_FloridaLegoland Florida is continuing its expansion into a multiday resort by offering its guests a couple of new things later this year: the Legoland Hotel and a new Lego Friends area.

The new hotel is expected to welcome its first guests on May 15, announced the Legoland Hotel General Manager Kevin Carr only a few days ago, during a press conference at the hotel site. Continue reading “Legoland to open new land and hotel this year”

The Design of Orlando Skyscraper Unveiled

track1aDetails about the track design of the world’s tallest roller coaster were unveiled, during a news conference, by David and Joshua Wallack, developers of the 495,000 square feet entertainment complex Skyplex, which will be located on 12 prime acres in the attractions corridor, near the northeast corner of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. The Wallacks, father and son, are owners of Mango’s Tropical Café that have licensed the rights to the Polercoaster attractions. Continue reading “The Design of Orlando Skyscraper Unveiled”

Drones coming to Disney World

400px-Disneyworld_fireworks_-_0215Disney is planning to use drones as part of their theme park shows. Last week, the mega-amusement park filed for three drone patents, envisioning flying robots that could animate giant puppet Disney characters, carry large aerial projection screens or act as floating pixels in virtual fireworks shows.

According to the three recently published patent applications, the first one describes the use of multiple drones that pull the strings on super-large marionettes, moving their limbs. In the second patent application, Disney suggests drones that carry flexible projection screens Continue reading “Drones coming to Disney World”

SeaWorld killer whales released back to the ocean?

800px-Killerwhales_jumpingSeaWorld San Diego could be forced to stop its killer whale shows by a California bill that would ban using orcas in performances, keeping them in captivity, end breeding programs, as well as the import and export of the animals. Similar bills are proposed by activists in Florida and Texas where SeaWorld has theme parks. The bill was inspired by the documentary “Blackfish”, a Magnolia Pictures production. The film recalls the death of a SeaWorld trainer caused by a 12,000-pound killer whale in Orlando in February, 2010. Continue reading “SeaWorld killer whales released back to the ocean?”