Friday, March 1, 2024

VIDEOS for the week of March 3 – 9

Space Shuttles, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
NASA released this video showing the power down of space shuttles Discovery and Atlantis.  Discovery will fly to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington, DC, USA next month while Atlantis will go on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex next year.  Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex were able to view the two shuttles during the decomissioning and refurbishment process.

The Art of Video Games, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, USA
The American Art Museum released this video which will be part of the new traveling exhibit, The Art of Video Games, opening next month in Washington, D.C.

Cheetah Run, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL, USA
On Friday, March 9, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will broadcast the most recent installment of its Saving a Species series, which features some of Busch Gardens Tampa’s most popular new residents — the cheetahs — and St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field.

With the stadium closed to outside visitors and the turf marked for the St. Petersburg Bowl football game, the cheetahs were encouraged to run the length of the field, chasing a lure system identical to the one in their Cheetah Run habitat. The cats’ efforts were captured by high-definition and slow-motion cameras.

Verbolten, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Verbolten, Busch Gardens’ thrilling new indoor/outdoor roller coaster, takes shape in the Oktoberfest section of the Williamsburg, Va. theme park. When construction is complete, guests will experience a multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest that ends with an indoor free fall and a terrifying 88-foot plunge toward the Rhine River.

Cars Land, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA, USA
Disney California Adventure Park’s finishing touches keep on coming. The finishing touches include large neon signs too.

Kings Island, Mason, OH, USA
Don Helbig sits down with Greg Scheid, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Island to discuss highlights of the upcoming 40th anniversary season.

CLAWS, LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad, CA, USA
SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort launches its newest exhibit, “Claws”. The interactive attraction introduces families to the fascinating world of clawed creatures — from Japanese spider crabs to an America lobster, these amazing animals have extraordinary characteristics including super-strength, armored shells and big pincers.

ACM Experience, Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Academy of Country Music – THE ACM Experience at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. FREE to the Public at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, March 30th – April 1st, 2012.

London Dungeon, London, England
Merlin Events recently held a Twilight-themed dinner in the London attraction.

Transformers Cybertron Con 2012, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Respected AUTOBOTS leader OPTIMUS PRIME and his trusted lieutenant BUMBLEBEE took time off their busy schedules to drop by the resort to prepare for the largest gathering ever of TRANSFORMERS fans in Southeast Asia.

TurtleTrek, SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA
Manatees will make their home at TurtleTrek, showcasing all that SeaWorld Orlando does to rescue, rehabilitate and return manatees back to their natural environment.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL, USA
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man — one of the world’s most popular theme park experiences — is now even better. Mind-blowingly better.

The attraction reopened on March 8 with all-new 4K digital high-definition animation, a new highly-sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection system, a new music score and new high-tech 3-D glasses so that you can experience the improvements the way the attraction’s creators envisioned. The attraction’s sets, audio system and lighting have also been upgraded.

The Swarm, Thorpe Park, Chertsey, UK
First came the noise, then the crazed news reports. Have you got the guts to brave THE SWARM? WAR HAS BEGUN!

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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