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Legoland Florida Construction Details

Merlin Entertainments Group, which owns Legoland, purchased Cypress Gardens in January 2010 and plans on building Legoland Florida on the property to open in October 2011. Check out images of construction:

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Best Theme Park Attraction of 2011-Details and Battle 1

Welcome to the Best Theme Park Attraction of 2011! The newest tournament at Theme Park Central! The tournament works like any other single elimination tournament. There are 32 themed attractions (no plain roller coasters) that face off in pairs. You vote on your favorites. The winner moves on, while the loser is eliminated. Each poll lasts 5 days. Here is the bracket:

#20 Kiliminjaro Safaris vs. #28 It’s a Small World

#8 Indiana Jones Adventure vs. #1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

#15 Space Mountain vs. #7 Jaws

#29 Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage vs. #12 Splash Mountain

#10 Jurassic Park River Adventure vs. #21 Expedition Everest

#32  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride vs. #26 Peter Pan’s Flight

#18 Soarin’ Over California vs. #22 Star Tours

#5 Men in Black: Alien Attack vs. #30 Test Track

#9 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man vs. #19 Rock ‘N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

#25 Jungle Cruise vs. #11 E.T. Adventure

#2 Pirates of the Carribean vs. #14 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

#13 Haunted Mansion vs. #16 Dinosaur

#23 The Great Movie Ride vs. #6 The Simpsons Ride

#3 Revenge of the Mummy vs. #24 Escape from Pompeii

#27 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin vs. #31 Mission SPACE

#4 Toy Story Mania vs. #17 Curse of DarKastle

And now, Battle 1:

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Review

On February 18th, 2011, I took a trip down to Orlando to visit what seems to be the most talked about theme park-subject, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

ATTRACTIONS

There are 3 attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. One is Flight of the Hippogriff, a mini roller coaster that is themed around one of Hagrid’s magical creatures from Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s not large, so roller coaster haters (like me) don’t have to worry.

The second is Dragon Challenge. Based on the first task from Goblet of Fire, this is the same dueling coasters with a new theme and name. It’s a big, fast, terrifying roller coaster, designed for adrenaline junkies.

The final attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located inside Hogwarts. This is the ride that everyone is talking about. the ride mixes live sets, Animatronics, and video screens, all while using Kuka Arm technology. I experienced it first hand, and when I say it’s the best theme park ride ever, I’m not exaggerating AT ALL! It’s very smooth (only one part has you on your back, and it’s not even that bad), so roller coaster haters won’t find it making them queasy.

Overall, the attractions at WWoHP are very good, HPFJ adds extra appeal to Islands of Adventure.

SHOPS

What WWoHP doesn’t have in attractions, it has in shops. Hogsmeade, the small village from the books, is replicated in WWoHP, and has plenty of shops for Harry Potter fanatics like me.

First off, you have Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. Located at the exit of HPFJ, the shop has plenty of HP merchandise. T-shirts, trading pins, mugs, stuffed animals, and more memorabilia can be bought here. I bought a Hogwarts T-shirt and Hogwarts crest pin while I was there.

Next up is Dervish and Banges. All your favorite Harry Potter merchandise can be bought here, including Sneakoscopes, Golden Snitches, Hogwarts House journals, and even deluxe brooms.

Honeydukes features all the wacky and wild candy from Harry Potter. Here, you can buy Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Fudge Flies, and Chocolate Cauldrons.

At the Owl Post, you can buy your wands, after Ollivanders if you go to that show. You can also send out postcards to your jealous friends, with a Hogwarts stamp. You can also get mugs and stuffed animal owls.

Lastly is Zonko’s Joke Shop. At Zonko’s, you can get all sorts of gags and pranks. Some of these include Screaming Yo-Yos, Fanged Flyers, Chattering Teeth, Extendable Ears (from Order of the Phoenix) and Pygmy Puffs.

RESTAURANTS

There are two dining facilities in WWoHP.

The first is The Hog’s Head Pub. At the Hog’s Head, you can buy all sorts of alcoholic drinks. Of course, most HP fans come for something else- Butterbeer! You can buy regular or frozen Butterbeer, in a cup or collectible mug.

The other is The Three Broomsticks. Here, you can find traditional English meals served, like Fish and Chips, Cornish Pastries, and Shepherd’s Pie. You can also get your Butterbeer here.

OVERALL

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just plain magical (pun intended). It makes a great park like Islands of Adventure even more freakin awesome than it was without it. A must-do for HP, theme park, or HP theme park fans!

Universal To Replace Jimmy Neutron

On Monday, Universal Orlando announced that they will shut down the Jimmy Neutron-themed simulator ride to make way for a new attraction.

Universal said “Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast” in the Universal Studios Florida theme park will close April 1 so crews can begin work on a replacement attraction. The ride will briefly reopen during the peak spring and summer travel periods, before closing permanently on Aug. 18.

Universal didn’t provide any details about what will replace the Neutron-themed ride, other than to describe it as “an all-new experience based on an amazing concept.” A spokesman for the resort also would not elaborate.

Universal calls its replacement “one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years” but has not yet elaborated. Rumors point to the film “Despicable Me” becoming the new theme for the attraction. Universal previously featured a popular meet-and-greet with that film’s Minion characters in the park, but has not made any indication that the film will replace Neutron.

Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast is a motion simulator attraction that not only features Jimmy Neutron but also the popular characters from Rugrats and Spongebob Squarepants. It replaced The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera in 2003.

Universal Adds “Hop” Chracters To Park

Universal Studios has decided to add characters from the upcoming live action/animated film “Hop” to its theme park lineup.


Through April 5, characters will perform on the French Quarter stage then meet-and-greet theme park guests. The Universal Pictures film, which debuts April 1, stars James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco and Russell Brand as the voice of the Easter Bunny. Also listed among the stars is David Hasselhoff “as himself,” according to the International Movie Database.

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