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Antartica comes to Orlando details revealed


SeaWorld Orlando has revealed more details of its largest-ever attraction, Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin. Scheduled to open in 2013, this first-of-its-kind family boat ride will utilise new technology to provide an experience that can change from visit to visit. Guess in each eight-seater car will be able to choose the level of thrill they experience on the ride, with a young Gentoo penguin as their guide. The ride supplier is not yet known.


SeaWorld says that by immersing guests in the penguin’s environment, Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world. The footprint for the new attraction is the biggest of any at a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park. Considered as a new area of the Orlando park, rather than a single ride, Antarctica will also include the penguin habitat, a gift shop and restaurant.


Djurs Sommerland reaches for the sun


Solguden


The Danish amusement park Djurs Sommerland was due to start its new season on May 4. The big news for 2012 is the addition of a heavily-themed Flying Fish ride from Zierer. Solgunden (Sun God) features a Mayan Aztec theme and is located, fittingly enough, in the park’s Mexicoland area.


Each of 12 plane gondolas is controlled by the passengers within it. A special song plays during the ride, alerting riders to which sun statues around the ride are about to shoot streams of


water. It is then up to passengers to manoeuvre their plane in time to


avoid getting wet. “Our goal is to continue the high level of theming that has characterised the development of our popular Piratland the last few years into the rest of the park,” notes Djurs Sommerland spokesman Andreas O Hansen. “I think we have managed that quite well.” Djurs Sommerland is located in Nimtofte, about 50km north of the city of Aarhus. Also new for 2012 is a fleet of Buffalo-themed bumper cars from Bertazzon.


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One of the new bumper cars from Bertazzon


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Fishy fun at Familypark Neusiedlersee


Austria’s Familypark Neusiedlersee has unveiled a Flying Fish ride courtesy of Zierer. With a giant octopus as its centre, the new 12- gondola attraction is surrounded by fountains that spray wild jets of water at various intervals. To ride, passengers must be at least 1.2 metres tall or accompanied by an adult. Each car seats two riders or three children, providing an hourly capacity of approximately 720 based on a 90-second ride time and 30 seconds for loading/unloading. The attraction occupies a 17.3-metre diameter footprint. Flying Fish forms part of the new Abenteurinsel (Adventure Island) area of the park, which also includes the Fischerhütte restaurant. The park is located in the beautiful Burgenland area of Austria, close to Neusiedlersee lake.


Lake Winnie adds tower ride


Tennessee’s Lake Winnepesaukah (“Lake Winnie”) amusement park has opened for the 2012 season. Towering over the tree line is Oh-Zone!, a new 14-storey freefall tower from ARM/Larson International. And that’s not all: “We’re unveiling a thrilling new surprise later this spring,” reveals the park’s Talley Green. “We’ll be sending our guests head- over-heals with excitement with the new addition." Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lake


Winnepesaukah has been entertaining families for over 95 years.


Dragon's Den at the Sandcastle


The Sandcastle in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, has added Dragon's Den, a ProSlide CannonBowl, to its family of water slides. The attraction represents the biggest addition to the waterpark in nearly 10 years.


Guests catapult through a dark 45tt tunnel slide, which then plummets into a 35ft bowl where they encounter a 9ft-tall dragon that spits mist at its riders. After completing two to four revolutions in the mist-shrouded abyss, riders suddenly disappear from sight, splashing down in a landing pool.


The 2012 Sandcastle season starts on May 26.


MAY 2012


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