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ACE Central Europe 2013 – Part 1: Budapest, Hungary

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Part 1: Budapest, Hungary After taking a 10:30 p.m. flight to Amsterdam with my friend Richard Bostic on Wednesday, July 17 and a subsequent connecting flight, we arrived in Budapest around 6:30 Thursday evening. After making it to our hotel, Richard and I had time for a Rick Steves recommended restaurant, Menza, where we got several Hungarian dishes which were very good. After a quick tour of the Train Station, it was time to catch up on sleep. On Friday, July 19, we began our tour of Budapest. Hungarian people are quite different from the other peoples of Europe. Known […]

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Six Flags Over Georgia Announces New Water Park Expansion for 2014

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Yesterday, Six Flags Over Georgia announced the largest single expansion in park history with the addition of an all new water park included within the grounds  for 2014. Dubbed Hurricane Harbor, the area will take the space being vacated by the impending removal of the Southern Star Ampitheatre. Additions to the area include an 800,000 gallon wave pool, a multi slide tower complex, and an interactive water play area for children. The area will also be fully accompanied by standard amenities such as retail, food, and cabanas/deck areas. The park also mentioned in the press release that this will be […]

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Destination South Visits Six Flags Over Georgia

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On 7/14/13, Destination South visited Six Flags Over Georgia for the first time since SkyScreamer Media Day. While the trip was primarily to finally process my Season Pass, I took a couple of loops around the park while visiting. With the threat of rain in the forecast (which would prove right by the end of my short stay), crowds were light other than at Dare Devil Dive. The standout attraction was definitely the Great American Scream Machine. I haven’t been able to ride this classic for several years due to the roughness. I ended up being able to take multiple […]

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Fun Spot America Opens Their New Expansion Area!

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Today just after 5PM Fun Spot America opened their gates to the new back area of their new expansion. Although the coasters are not quite ready, there are new rides, such as the Enterprise (formally the Wheelie at Six Flags Over Georgia), Rip Tide, and Tilt – A- Whirl with new locations for the Paratrooper and the double decker carousel topped with the Statue of Liberty. The new kiddy coaster was also under construction. The area had a midway feel with brick pavers along the path. The Sky Coaster was also not ready, but a new eating/party area was open and […]

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SkyScreamer Opens at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Yesterday Destination South was invited to attend the Media Day preview of Six Flags Over Georgia’s new for 2013 attraction, SkyScreamer. SkyScreamer is billed as a 24-story version of the popular Starflyer style ride. The ride is a tower in which 32 riders swing at 40 miles per hour. SkyScreamer takes the spot formerly occupied by the Wheelie, and will open to Gold Passholders this weekend (May 11-12). The ride will have a second preview for all Season Passholders next weekend (May 18-19), followed by the official grand opening during Memorial Day weekend. Destination South was able to get in […]

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Major Expansion Announced For Universal Studios Florida

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Today Universal finally announced what many in the theme park world have been anxiously awaiting: an all new expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Dubbed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, guests at Universal Studios Florida in 2014 will be able to step into the shoes of Harry Potter as he viewed the Wizarding World for the first time. Potterverse favorites such as the Leaky Cauldron, and Gringotts Bank are sure to be staple must-see experiences in this new area. So far there are two attractions confirmed for the area. The first will be a […]

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The World Visits Dollywood As The 2013 Season Begins!

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- Saturday: March 23, 2013 -  Dollywood opens for the 2013 season by welcoming the World, and the lovely country singer herself!  Here’s what’s happening at Dollywood now as the park kicks off the new season in grand fashion. Festival of Nations 2013:  The start of the new season means the start of the park’s very popular Festival Of Nations, which runs every Spring.  New additions to this year’s F.O.N. include Cirque Shanghai (pictured above) which will be an incredible Chinese acrobatic show.  Other new additions include Mystic India, Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Glass Duo from Poland, and Ugandan Children’s […]

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New Disney World passholder card gets you into parks faster

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LAKE BUENA VISTA –  Getting into Walt Disney World just got easier for annual passholders. Wednesday, Disney unveiled a new card for passholders to replace their current paper passes. The new card takes advantage of the new touch-to-enter feature Disney has been adding to the theme parks’ entrance gates. A photo posted on the official Disney World Passholders’ Facebook account shows what appears to be a plastic card being swiped across a round sensor containing the iconic Mickey Mouse symbol. It sure looks a lot faster than entering your pass into the ticket slot. So, when can passholders get their new card? […]

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End is near for Disney Channel Rocks show, Countdown to Fun parade at Hollywood Studios

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March 21, 2013|By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel Disney World is pulling the plug on two of its live-entertainment options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park next month. The last day for the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade and the Disney Channel Rocks street show will be April 6, a Disney World spokeswoman confirms. Countdown to Fun features characters from animated films such as “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Up,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Ratatouille.” It debuted in early 2011, taking over for a similar presentation known as Block Party Bash. Countdown to Fun reused many of the costumes and altered […]

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces New Park Expansion

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Yesterday, LEGOLAND Florida announced an expansion to the park centered around their Legends of Chima LEGO brand line which will inclue a new attraction. The area, dubbed World of Chima, is set to open this summer. The centerpiece of this new area will be the Quest for CHI interactive water ride. Full details can be found in the press release/video from LEGOLAND:       LEGOLAND® FLORIDA ANNOUNCES MAJOR PARK EXPANSION OPENING SUMMER 2013 – THE WORLD OF CHIMA PRESENTED BY CARTOON NETWORK Immersive new interactive water ride being built simultaneously with roll out of major new product line and […]

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