Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Skyscraper - The World's highest roller coaster - well soon to be!

Great news for those that find the current world’s tallest roller coaster a little too, well low!  The current title holder, Kingsa Ka in SixFlags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA is a paltry 456 feet high. 

The world is hence crying out for something a little taller – well as luck happens it looks like we have an answer to this pressing problem!  

Skyplex, a new $250 million entertainment complex planned to open on Orlando's International Drive in 2017, have just announced ‘The Skyscraper’.

As well as being the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017, Skyscraper will take a host of other world firsts!

Riders will board in air conditioned comfort, whilst being entertained with a host of video media, before taking a 90 second spiral cable lift ride to the top of the tower, here they will exit through the roof of the building some 90 seconds after take off!

From here, reputedly 535 feet up in the air (in the video they seem a little coy about the actual height – in case anyone is watching and planning a bigger coaster!) guests will enjoy another 2.5 minutes of free fall high adrenalin fun (well I guess most guests will enjoy it!).  At least three world records will be experienced on this part of the ride!

Things to enjoy on the way down!  The first being the world’s highest inversion on the first barrel roll at the top of the tower, at over 500 feet.  Next up is the world’s highest dip at again over 500 feet, dropping at 123 degrees!  The first of two such 90+ degree dips, which is another world’s first!

What included in in your 4 minutes of fun:

7 inversions
Bunny hops
Raven turns
Zero G’s
60mph+ speeds!

Take a look at the ‘video simulation’.  You can tell it’s a simulation as no one is swearing! 

Orlando - way too much fun!  Another great Orlando experience!  You just have to keep going back!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Theme Parks Rides and Attractions for 2014

A few very notable new additions to add to your the theme parks bucket list rides for Summer 2104. Some great new rides and attractions have been opened in the past few weeks, heres our pick of a few of the best.

Starting with the scream inducing high adrenalin stuff.

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom

4th July (of course, being in the USA!) saw the opening of the world record breaking Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom ride, in Six Flags Great Adventure, become the latest addition to the world's largest theme park. This new ride is the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride. I think the image shown here certainly paints 1000 words!

Up to 24 riders at a time, climb 415 feet up the face of the also record-breaking Kingda Ka coaster ride in around 30 seconds. Here 41 stories up in the air (that’s higher than the iconic Big Ben in London and twice as tall of New York’s Statue of Liberty) riders get to pause momentarily to take in the stunning views, including Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers some 52 miles south. Then it’s back to earth with a bang – riders drop over 400 feet is just 10 seconds, reaching speeds up to 90 mph.

Six Flags Great Adventure is located in Jackson, New Jersey.


Another new addition to the scream scene for this summer is Goliath. This new ride, which opened in June 2014, is located within the Six Flags Great America park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As you would expect it’s a record breaker, breaking no less than three previous world records.

A ‘traditional’ wooden roller coaster, Goliath elevates riders to 165 feet before plunging them down a 180 foot, 85 degree (almost vertical) drop. Riders reach speeds of up to 72 mph whilst being catapulted into a variety of breath taking ride features like the triple over-banked turns and double upside-down manoeuvres. YOLO so experience a a 180-degree Zero-G roll straight into an inverted drop with an inverted Zero-G stall just to make it even more fun!

And those three world records? At 72mph Goliath is the World's fastest wooden coaster, taking in the 180 feet drop which is the World's tallest drop for a wooden coaster, and at 85 degrees (near vertical) it includes the World's steepest drop for a wooden coaster.

Diagon Alley adds to Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For worldwide fans of Harry Potter this new attraction came to life even further today (July 8th 2014) with the grand opening of Diagon Alley which complements the previously opened Hogsmeade to complete the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Hogsmeade allows potter fans to explore the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts castle. Visitors can sample the famous Butterbeer and meet many of the magical Harry Potter creatures on the ground breaking ride.

The newly opened Diagon Alley is reached by taking a ride on board the iconic Hogwarts Express locomotive (of course!) from Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. Just the ride to the park on the Hogwarts Express is quite an adventure. Ticket holders experience powerful storytelling and a range of live special effects. During this journey of a lifetime passengers see the Weasley twins mounted on their brooms and up to their usual tricks, witness Hagrid riding alongside the train on his flying motorbike and see the Knight Bus swerving through the London traffic, as well as a host of other special moments and surprises.

Diagon Alley features a new generation of thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Guests take in a host of new experiences as they travel around the famous London sets from the Harry Potter books and films. During their stroll through London, fans of Potter can see the Knight Bus, walk the streets of Diagon Alley and explore iconic shops like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, before dining in the Leaky Cauldron, or setting of on the thrilling adventure through the Gringotts bank vaults. \&p|

CBeebies Land

For those with youngsters, Altons Towers Resort in the UK has opened it’s new CBeebies Land, an interactive area which encourages learning through play.
CBeebies Land features some of the best-loved characters from the TV channel, including Something
Special, In the Night Garden, Tree Fu Tom and Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

A fun and safe environment where pre-schoolers can play and learn whilst enjoying a host of rides, immersive play areas, live experiences and character appearances.
Set sail with your little ones through the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride, where you are looking out for Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka. Or pop into Justin’s House where Justin and Robert need help to put the cherry on top of the perfect custard pie with the Pie-o-matic 5000.

Just a few of the options on offer!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great new tourist atractions for Andalucia

A few announcements in the past few weeks for new activities and experiences in Andalucia in the south of Spain.

The New Kings Walk at El Chorro

First the ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Walk’, el Caminito del Rey, or the Kings Walk as it is also known is about to become ‘possible the worlds most spectacular but very safe walk’!

The current old walkway was officially closed to all but ‘climbers’ in 2001 and unfortunately has been the scene of many deaths in past years. That said its a truly amazing experience if you go with some qualified guides!

Now afters years of talks we are delighted to hear that the work has finally started on the complete renovation of the Kings Walk and the new safe version will be opening to the public in 2015.

For those that do not know the Kings Walk it is a stunning, currently crumbling, walkway set high up on the cliff walls in the dramatic gorge at El Chorro. A stunning part of Andalucia with amazing scenery. The mountainous area of El Chorro is home to several scenic lakes created through the implementation of several dams for water retention and hydroelectricity. These make the area a superb spot to visit for mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.

The new walk way will feature a glass bottom in places allowing visitors to 'walk on air' hundreds of meters above the cliffs and waters below.

El Chorro is located about a 90 minute drive north of Malaga between the towns of Alora and Ardales. It’s a superb place for a day out. The hillside town of Ardales has some great restaurants and bars and there is a great hotel and spa in El Chorro itself, located opposite the small train station.

Malaga's New Big Wheel and Aquarium

For those looking for something a little more serene try the town of Malaga, often overlooked as a great place to visit. In recent years it has really worked hard to succesfully put itself more prominently on the tourist map with a host of great new attractions and events including the annual feria, Easter parades and film festival.

Malaga is a superb place to visit. Just this week they have announced that two new major tourist attractions are to be built in the recently renovated port area. A big wheel, Malaga’s equivalent of the London Eye, will give tourists superb views out over the port, the castle, surrounding mountains, the Mediterranean, the cathedral and the old town.

The port area will be further boosted with the building of a new aquarium just a short walk away.

These two new Malaga attractions will superbly complement the recently opened Muella Una port side area, which is a great place to stroll, dine and shop by the water. This area is the bridging point between Muella Una and the pretty old town shopping and dining areas around the famous Calle Larios.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ferrari Land Spain

Ferrari have today announced the exciting news that they will be developing a new Ferrari Land to be located near Barcelona at the existing PortAventura resort and theme park.

Ferrari and Entertainment S.A.U., which is a subsidiary of Investindustrial, have signed a licencing agreement to build Ferrari Land, a new Prancing Horse theme park on 75,000m2 of land housing a range of new and exciting rides and attractions for Ferrari enthusiasts of all ages.

Rides will include the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe. A new Ferarri themed theme park, allowing the whole family to experience and discover the world of the world's most famous sports cars.

A Ferrari-themed hotel, the first in the world, will also be built inside PortAventura, offering 250 luxury five-star rooms, with Ferrari themed restaurants and a driving simulator.

100,000,000 euros will be invested and the Ferrari theme park will open in 2016.

Having been lucky enough to have experienced Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi I can't wait! Bring it on.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dream Property Cruising

A strange, but kind of fun, thing to do when visiting any amazing destination is to enjoy a spot of Dream Property Cruising. It may start with a spot of casual window shopping in the areas upmarket Real Estate Agency windows. Buts it’s more fun to indulge yourself in a spot of walking, cruising, cycling and driving around some of the world’s best luxury property locations, whilst day dreaming along the lines of ‘if I won the lottery I would buy that one’.

A fun escape looking at some the best properties in the area – Wow look at that roof terrace, pool, what amazing views, gardens, etc.

Looking out over the Hong Kong skyline from the top of the Peak Tramway allows you to view some of the world’s most expensive (in terms of price/m2!) apartments. Similarly New York’s skyline when viewed from attractions like the Empire State building, offers visitors great glimpses of the luxury high life with stunning rooftop gardens and penthouses on top of the city’s best skyscrapers!

Walking around the Mayfair area of London gets you wondering who owns these amazing old characterful multi story terraced properties, in an area made so famous by the game of Monopoly!

At the other end of the world try cruising the waterfront area off Point Piper, Valcause, Rose Bay, Balmoral, Centennial Park, Watson’s Bar and Darling Point in Sydney to see some of the most amazing Oz Real Estate.

In LA it’s fun to take the bus, enjoying a celebrity homes tour of Beverly Hills where your guides will happily point out who owns the amazing homes you see.

In Miami you can enjoy property cruising on a real cruise, out on the intra-coastal waterways in the sun looking at the prestigious water front homes, built on the small islands just off the coast. For example those on the imaginatively named Star Island in Biscayne Bay!

The high spots of Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa observation deck in the world’s tallest building, offer visitors excellent views of the luxury properties built on the famous Palm Island.

In Spain visitors can walk along the Golden Mile, on the seafront promenade which links Marbella and Puerto Banus, to view some of Marbella's best luxury properties, or take a drive around the exclusive property hot spots like Sierra Blanca looking at the amazing villas on the mountain overlooking Marbella.

Always fun – what are you going to spend your fantasy multi million lottery win on – contemporary, traditional, rooftop apartment, multi acre ranch or maybe a dream sea front villa.

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