Posted tagged ‘Amusement parks’

Disney offers up a look at ElecTRONica

September 2, 2010

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In March of this year Disney revealed that they would be recreating Flynn’s Arcade in the Tomorrowland part of their parks and today they offered up some concept art of what the area will look like. It will actually feature more than just Flynn’s, as they will be transforming the Hollywood Pictures Backlot into ElecTRONica, a TRON themed area that’s about gaming, dancing, live entertainment and experiencing the world of Tron (the dance thing probably helps explain the parts of the trailers where we see some sort of club setting). Flynn’s will be a part of this but we will have to wait and see what kind of game selection they will have on-hand – it will likely be similar to the Flynn’s setup they had going at Comic-Con although if they could recreate Flynn’s exactly as it was seen in the original movie, then that would be a feat worth checking out all by itself. This will be taking place only at the Disney California Adventure Park, and only on weekends this fall, with exceptions taking place during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a lead-in to the release of the movie. If anyone doubted that Disney is serious about TRON as a franchise before, then there’s little room for such doubts now.

While I’ve not had any plans to visit Disneyland in California anytime soon, admittedly they are making it incredibly tempting to make such plans.

full details can be found at the Disney Parks blog.

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The Dragon Quest theme park

August 27, 2010

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While the popular Square Enix RPG series Dragon Quest has been known primarily as a console game, that hasn’t stopped the company from taking the series into the amusement realm. One of the first posts on Arcade Heroes, way back in 2006, discussed the revelation of a new Dragon Quest Arcade game which was released the following year and now a theme park in Japan called Tokyo Dome City has made the Dragon Quest series the main attraction there. In a country where a low birthrate makes life difficult for a business that thrives off of younger customers, they see the Dragon Quest series as a way to break through that problem as adults enjoy the series just as much as kids. The recognizable character Slime greets customers as they arrive at the park and inside he’s been turned into a number of different food items. Other characters and items from the series have been turned into merchandise which is being sold at the park and they’ve converted their rides to fit into Dragon Quest themes (which from the video just appears to be adding graphics of Slime to the sides of the rides). Even a water fountain at the park gushes to the rhythm of popular Dragon Quest songs, which is a nice little touch.

Here is a video giving a rundown of the park

Source: ChannelnewsAsia

Sega Republic celebrates one year of operations

August 19, 2010

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Of the many amusement-related attractions one can find in Dubai, UAE, few are as focused on arcades as the Sega Republic. With 76,000 sq. ft. of space, a wide selection of rides and over 250 games, including some rare Super Deluxe titles, it’s one location worth checking out if you are ever in the area. Now that the location has been in operation for one year and it has received over 700,000 visitors in that time, they are ready to celebrate that success with some promotions involving their Power Pass system. They also will be giving away prizes over the next five weeks which involve iPods, iPads, iPhones, notebooks and a trip to any destination in Europe.

So congratulations to Sega Republic, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be taking a trip to Dubai or not but at least I know some of the things I would check out when I was there.

Source w/ more details on the promotions: Albawaba

ParkR!, the amusement park finder

July 3, 2009

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I never get tired of spreading word of websites like Aurcade.com or ArcadeFly.com, where people can find an arcade near them. I bring it up often simply because too many people don’t know where to look for local arcades. But what if you are looking for an amusment park? Chances are people do know about local amusement parks since those tend to be quite large and advertise often in the states where they are located (or sometimes outside of the states where they are) but if you are taking a trip to an area where you might not be familiar with the surroundings and you want to see if they have an amusement park nearby, there is a new website that has been created to track such places – and not just in the US but all over the world.

Known as ParkR! (the k is supposed to be backwards in the name), the site uses Google maps to register and track amusement parks everywhere. Just zoom in to the area where you want to find a park, and if one has been registered it will have a symbol there that you can click on to get more information. The site is still in beta so I imagine that eventually it will have more features and include reviews of the parks as well. In the meantime, check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Construction photos for the Sega Republic at the Dubai Mall

January 26, 2009

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I don’t recall how long ago it was that we heard that Sega was building some sort of amusement park in Dubai but either way one of the people involved in the construction of said amusement park has begun posting pictures of the construction progress on a forum for theme parks. Called the Sega Republic, it looks like it will be pretty cool when it’s all said and done but I don’t envy the guy who has to put this all together and make it work, it looks like it’s a bit of a headache. There will be roller coaster rides and a drop tower and much more (I believe there will be something like Gameworks there too) so when it’s all said and done in a few years, it should be another fun place to visit if you go to Dubai.

For the full set, click here (the Theme Park Review Forums). Pictures posted by forum user “Dubaidave”.

The Stinger Report – Record Number of Incidents in Amusements in August

September 28, 2007

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This last August was the worst month in history for the international amusement sector, not in terms of sales, but in injuries and deaths as is reported in the lastest issue of The Stinger Report. They document 16 separate incidents that occured in a number of amusement parks, some incidents affecting multiple riders including a couple of families that saw several deaths due to either mechanical failure, rider misadventure or operator misadventure. The issue also discusses the recent recalls of arcade titles such as Arm Spirit by Atlus and a safety harness issue by Raw Thrills.

Overall it is a very distrubing trend and what is equally disturbing is that some parks didn’t even close down after the incidents and continued letting people on the same rides afterwards. This demonstrates both gross incompetence and  apparent indifference by park owners. The amusement industry really needs to do more to ensure that their rides are safe and working if they really want to survive, and safety is something they should be putting first, around the world. Fortunately it is rare that arcades end up injuring someone, many times that is due to the customer misusing the game. Either way, let’s hope that some changes are made and that we never have to see a fatality nor injury rate like this again.

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