Twenty century fox theme park: 20th Century Fox World Dubai construction updates

20th Century Fox Outdoor Theme Park – Review of Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, Genting Highlands, Malaysia

We’ll I wish the last one was true; the repeat part. My wife and I flew an-almost-red-eye flight and hopping to get to Genting as early as possible. However the thing is, if you get to KL International Airport you have to take the train or the bus or taxi/online to the city and then from there connect with another bus to Genting. The fast train was the most expensive option, we ditch that, taxi, well we didn’t know how much that will cost nor did we tried on line transport. So we went with the bus, we bought a RM14 /each bus ticket to the city and from there we bought return ticket of bus and cable car to Genting. Make sure you buy around way ticket because, one, its cheaper, two you would not be left up there in highlands with no wheels back to the city. I don’t remember now how much that was but I do remember it was a tiny bit over a RM 100 for both of us.
Genting Higlands is nice, the bus from the city will take you to the bus station up in highlands about an hour. Once you’re there you have the option to shop and dine. We shop a bit, ate some Vietnamese and hope onto the gondola. The gondola or the cable car fits about 8 Asian adult, from inside the bubble you basically could see KL from a distance and a gorgeous view of the mountain. You’ll pass on a temple, great Chinese temple Chin Swee Cave Temple, here you could get off and have a stroll. We’re to excited and went straight on to our main purpose; the casino. We’re not by any means gambler but loving the clinging sound of coins and the roar of the winning tables. So we checked in, not a big room the Genting Hinglands have to offer, but then again who does need the room anyhow, its clean, lack of bottled water, so make sure you buy some before going up. But again the view was phenomenal, we got to choose the view at check in. We chose to mountain view, and its a beauty. It’s not Colorado mountains per say but I loved it, cool breeze and a nice vantage point (even from the tinny room we had).
Moving along to the casinos, we went to SkyCasino this is a more polished, a bit bling, bling establishment than the older Genting Casion. Although for us, we chose the older one, seems more homey… taking your money all the same but some how friendlier. The casinos are not like the one in Las Vegas where the waiter will bring you alcoholic beverages. Here you either buy them yourselves, or if you want the complementary ones then you’ve to go a bit further back and get hot tea or water. Not that amusing that part, but tables that we liked was the Poker table the Caribbean Stud Poker, now days they use the name Genting Poker or s’thing, own name. They also have Texas Holdem Poker, a bit complicated but the bets are interesting and I bet tons of fun. That we’ll try on our next trip. All on all we love the short visit and will, definitely, do it again.

Plans Unveiled for 20th Century Fox World Theme Park, Dubai Blooloop

Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG) and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have unveiled plans for 20th Century Fox World Theme Park , Dubai.

The international licensing partnership between AAHG and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products is to build a Fox-branded theme park and resort in Dubai – the second 20th Century Fox World theme park and the first Fox-branded resort – as well as potentially a roll-out of up to three additional Fox-branded resorts in territories outside Dubai.

20th Century Fox World Dubai, currently scheduled to open in 2018, will be an immersive entertainment destination with themed lands featuring unique attractions, rides and retail outlets inspired by the 20th Century Fox’s iconic film and television franchises.  

Commenting on the announcement, Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, said, “20th Century Fox World, Dubai is the second Fox theme park destination and marks an important step forward in our global theme park strategy. Fox World will be a world-class destination that will help fuel Dubai’s emergence as a global tourism destination.  This park builds on the foundation being laid by 20th Century Fox World, Malaysia, currently under construction.”

Mohammed Khammas, CEO of Al Ahli Holding Group said, “AAHG’s history in the genre of entertainment is replete with successful partnerships with top motion picture studios. We pride ourselves in understanding the pulse of the audience and catering to it with novel and breakthrough projects.  

“Fox’s rich history of great entertainment-based intellectual properties from movies, television shows and animation concepts will help us spearhead this project and add value to our latest offering in the global entertainment space. As part of our international deal with Fox, we look forward to building these attractions and resorts globally starting with Dubai as the first location and additional Fox branded resorts that we hope to open across other territories in the future.”

Highlights of 20th Century Fox World, Dubai theme park will include:

  • Themed lands and attractions based on Fox properties, including, Ice Age, Rio, Planet of the Apes, Aliens, Predator, Night at the Museum and Titanic, The Simpsons and Sons of Anarchy.
  • A range of attractions, from media-based dark rides to thrill rides themed around Fox film and television brands.
  • A themed retail street featuring unique shopping and dining based on Fox properties.
  • In addition, the licensing partnership with AAHG also includes the creation of the first Fox-branded resort, with themed rooms and dining.

“We are thrilled to partner with Al Ahli Holding Group on this exciting project, ” said Greg Lombardo, Senior Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment for Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “20th Century Fox World, Dubai will provide an ongoing platform for immersive brand engagement with our consumers from around the world, including key international markets of Europe, Russia and China.”

“The synergy created by AAHG’s partnership with Fox will enable 20th Century Fox World, Dubai to offer the consumers in the Middle East and global tourists visiting Dubai to experience world-class facilities with unique attractions and retail outlets that will take themed entertainment to a different level, ” added Manoj Aheeray, Director of Investment and Strategy for AAHG.

Genting SkyWorlds outdoor theme park to open 2Q21, featuring 20th Century Fox attractions

KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): Genting Malaysia Bhd (GENM) is targeting to open its outdoor theme park — which will be named “Genting SkyWorlds” — in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21).

While “20th Century Fox” has been dropped from the name from its multibillion-ringgit outdoor theme park, the new outdoor theme park will still feature movies from 20th Century Fox as well as other unnamed “international class” movie-themed attractions, GENM chief financial officer Koh Poy Yong told shareholders at the group’s 40th annual general meeting that was conducted virtually in compliance with Covid-19-related social-distancing measures.

In reply to questions sent by the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) on why the outdoor theme park’s opening was being delayed by one year, Koh said the movement control order that began on March 18 resulted in a temporary halt in construction works.

There were also travel restrictions on foreign consultants and specialists entering Malaysia to complete the outdoor theme park, she explained, but added that construction works had since been allowed to resume.

The 2Q21 targeted opening date for the outdoor theme park is slightly earlier than the 3Q21 the group has recently guided analysts.

In July 2019, GENM told Bursa Malaysia that it had resolved its dispute with 20th Century Fox Film Corp, Fox Entertainment Group LLC, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and Walt Disney Company over the development of its outdoor theme park.

The settlement reached grants GENM a licence to use certain intellectual properties of Fox.

At the time, GENM said its outdoor theme park would utilise both Fox and non-Fox intellectual properties, without providing specifics.

GENM also said the outdoor theme park would be renamed.

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Will The Disney and Fox Deal Kill Future 20th Century Fox Theme Parks?

TPU Reader Enzo writes in to ask, “Hey any news on how the Disney buyout will affect the planned fox studios theme park in Miami?” Thanks for the question, Enzo!  To be honest, I totally forgot about the Fox Studios Theme Park that was proposed for Miami. Back in 2015, we ran a story about how a developer in Miami wanted to build a theme park and water park complex using 20th Century Fox film franchises.

To be clear, this is not the actual studio who was looking to build this park, but rather a developer who acquired the rights to studio films such as “Ice Age,” which would admittedly make for a pretty cool water park theme. Unfortunately, it seems that the park in Miami (known as Miami Wilds) is dead in the water.  There are many environmental concerns that have been raised and their official Twitter account hasn’t posted anything since 2015. I wouldn’t hold my breath on this moving forward.

Meanwhile, you can certainly ask the same question about 20th Century Fox Malaysia which is already under construction.  As of right now, that park is scheduled to open by the end of 2018 (though it seems like it will be delayed again).  Even so, let’s say the Disney acquisition of Fox will take place by then or even shortly after the park opens. Can they come in, plant a Disney flag and shut the joint down? Not at all.

Keep in mind, when it comes to most movie studio based theme parks outside of Disney and Universal, the movie studio doesn’t actually own the park. Rather, they are being licensed by an outside developer who acquired those rights long ago. So in this case, the developer for both the Miami and Malaysia parks acquired the rights to the 20th Century Fox catalog back around 2013 or 2014.

Just like other Disney acquisitions, those companies still exist such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, etc.  Which means it doesn’t void the contract for the people who already own those theme park rights. Moving forward does this make it harder for developers to acquire 20th Century Fox theme park rights once the Disney acquisition goes through? Absolutely. However, those already either under construction or in existence are legally bound to keep operating. A contract is a contract, regardless of who the parent company is. Thanks for the great question!

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Fox to Build Theme Park in Korea

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Village Roadshow Theme Parks and the Governor of Korea’s Gyeongsangnam-do Province have signed a deal to develop Korea’s first international theme park and resort destination.

The proposed Twentieth Century Fox World theme park will be part of a larger development in the Republic of Korea known as the Ungdong Entertainment Complex.

“Korea provides a unique opportunity for an international theme park destination that will be incredibly attractive to both a thriving domestic consumer as well as a quickly growing tourist market from China, Japan and across Asia,” says Jeffrey Godsick, president, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Our efforts in working with the Gyeongsangnam-do provincial government for a Twentieth Century Fox World theme park in the Republic of Korea illustrate our commitment to growing our global entertainment destination brand and a monumental step to further engage and connect with our audiences in key markets.”

Twentieth Century Fox World Korea will feature a theme park spanning more than 75 acres that will be part of a 700-plus acre leisure resort and development.

Designed to bring to life a fully immersive entertainment experience featuring some of Fox’s most recognized film and television brands, the park will be located in the Ungdong Area of the Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone, Jinhae-gu, Changwon City.

Operating partner Village Roadshow will serve as a design and development consultant and manage the theme park.

“Village Roadshow Theme Parks is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Gyeongsangnam-do provincial government and Twentieth Century Fox on the planning, design, development and operation of the theme park,” says Tim Fisher, chief executive officer, Village Roadshow Theme Parks. “With properties like Alien, Ice Age and Planet of the Apes, we believe this studio theme park will offer consumers in Korea and Asia the best theme park experience in the history of the industry.”

Fox Consumer Products also recently announced plans for Fox’s first-ever theme park, Twentieth Century Fox World, set to open in Malaysia in 2016, as well as an expansion of Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood, Calif., coming in spring 2015, similar to the one that was just completed at The Simpsons at Universal Orlando, Fla., resort.  

Genting Malaysia to launch 20th Century Fox theme park

Twentieth Century Fox/Resorts World Genting

Genting Malaysia, controlled by the Lim family, has joined forces with Twentieth Century Fox, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire, to launch a $300-million (€218 million) theme park in the south Asian nation.

To be built as an extension to Resorts World Genting, it is the first park to be launched by Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, a division of 21st Century Fox that markets and licenses properties on behalf of the company’s film and television arms.

The 25-acre park, to be called Twentieth Century Fox World, is set to open in 2016, and will include rides based on the films Ice Age, Alien vs. Predator and Night at the Museum.

At a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, vice president of global location based entertainment at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Greg Lombardo said opening in a “vital market like Asia” was a landmark step for the company’s global theme park strategy.

Lombardo said the move would extend the company’s brand and engage new audiences.

Chairman and chief executive of Genting Malaysia Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said the resort would be a “next-level family entertainment experience, which will attract tourism dollars to Malaysia”.

Malaysian prime minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak was also at the ground-breaking ceremony, indicating the significance of the attraction for the country.

Twentieth Century Fox World will feature 25 rides and attractions including thrill rides, children’s rides and water rides, as well film merchandise and food outlets.

Resorts World Genting is the flagship property of the Lim family’s resort and gaming empire, Genting Group, which was founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong in 1965.

It consists of entertainment attractions, dining and retail outlets, convention facilities, and over 9,000 rooms spread across six hotels.

Lim’s son, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, has been chief executive of the family empire since 2003.

Twentieth Century Fox World set to open in Dubai in 2018

The latest theme park project to be built abroad by a U.S. media giant will be in Dubai and will feature attractions based on movies such as “Aliens,” “Titanic,” “The Simpsons,” “Ice Age” and “Planet of the Apes.

20th Century Fox announced Tuesday that it is teaming up with Al Ahli Holding Group, a conglomerate based in the United Arab Emirates, to build a 75-acre theme park valued at more than $850 million outside Dubai.

The park, to be dubbed 20th Century Fox World, would be the second of its kind for the U.S. media company, which is building a 20th Century Fox World in Malaysia.

The project reflects U.S. media giants’ growing interest in investing in Asia and the Middle East, where disposable income and demand for American-themed entertainment is on the rise. As many as 59 theme parks are under construction in China alone, according to Los Angeles-based engineering firm Aecom.

The $4-billion Shanghai Disney resort is expected to open late this year with two hotels and a Downtown Disney shopping center. The $1.8-billion Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005. Universal Studios is scheduled to open its own $3.3-billion movie theme park in Beijing in 2019.

“It is where consumer spending is beginning to meet the appetite for entertainment,” Greg Lombardo, senior vice president of global live and location based entertainment for 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, said of Asia and the Middle East.

He declined to discuss details about the attractions that will be built in the new theme park but an artist’s rendition of the project shows more than a dozen rides plus a Fox-themed resort hotel.

Experts estimate that the park could draw as many as 3 million visitors in the first year. In comparison, Disneyland in Anaheim drew an estimated 16.7 million visitors last year while Universal Studios Hollywood took in nearly 7 million visitors, according to an Aecom estimate.

Lombardo pointed out that the new park will enjoy many built-in advantages, including proximity to Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports with more than 70 million passengers per year.

“It’s a truly international destination,” he said.

Schematics for the park have already been drawn, with construction expected to begin within a year. The theme park is expected to open in 2018.

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90,000 What Can Be Done in Studio Ghibli Park: First Sketches

Originally scheduled for 2020, the opening of a theme park from the Japanese animation studio Ghibli near the Japanese city of Nagoya was postponed to 2022, but the company showed sketches. Judging by them, the park will have both natural landscapes based on Hayao Miyazaki’s cartoons, as well as many different buildings and attractions. And the main style is an imaginary European country at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The plans of Studio Ghibli management and the Japanese authorities to open a new amusement park for anime fans were told by Tokai News 1.

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Aichi Prefecture revealed the main design for Ghibli Park, which will be located next to Nagakute. The park will open to visitors in February 2022. There are plans to build a house for Kiki’s parents (from the cartoon “Witch’s Delivery Service”) and an antique shop from “Whisper of the Heart” in the park.

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Design by Ghibli Studio.

The head of Aichi Prefecture himself spoke at a press conference on the foundation of the park. Ghibli Park will be located near the city of Nagoya. Its area will be 200 hectares. Now there is a forest and several small buildings on this site, and developers will try to save as many trees as possible.

What this area looks like now can be seen in the CBC report.

So far, of all the elements of the future park, only the house of Satsuki and Mei from the film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki is here. But he is not drawn, but quite real.

There is a lot of this in the sketches presented by Studio Ghibli. You can see Howl’s walking castle from the cartoon of the same name.

It looks like the result will not be very similar to the abandoned amusement park from Spirited Away (which is a pity).The drawings clearly show European motives that are characteristic of many of Miyazaki’s works.

The film “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Porco Rosso” take place in the fictitious Italian Mediterranean of the 1920s. Howl’s Walking Castle looks like an imaginary Europe at the turn of the century before World War I. Steampunk films such as Laputa Heavenly Castle also take a lot from the era of coal and airships.

Several detached buildings will be located in the park, where you can not only go on an excursion, but also immerse yourself in an imaginary world – buy a trinket, dine, relax, play.There will also be a domed play space designed in the style of the films of Miyazaki and other directors of the studio.

Maybe the cafe will serve food from Japanese cartoons? We would have liked the soup with meatballs from Laputa Castle. And here’s what the plan for this play space looks like. These are only preliminary sketches so far.

It has been a long time since Studio Ghibli is going to build a park. At first they were going to open it in 2020, but the approvals were delayed and the final decision was made only now.So you have to be patient: wait almost four more years.

In addition to the pavilions in the park, there will be natural landscapes from anime. Here, for example, is a model of a village from the cartoon “Princess Mononoke”: we see a werewolf boar, a Tatarigami, on which children are jumping carelessly. I wonder if the Japanese will be able to make a Tatarigami-robot?

Meanwhile, while the Japanese have been harnessing their magical red antelopes for a long time, Disney has already begun building an amusement park based on Star Wars. The first sketches were posted long ago. The idea is the same: immerse guests in the atmosphere of films, create not a museum, but a living world where you can stock up on local strange food in the market, go to a bar on Tatooine, fly a starfighter and chat with a droid.

The visuals created by Studio Ghibli are so compelling that even the Oregon Tourism Board decided to do an anime-style ad for themselves. Alluring valleys, mountains in the haze, the ocean, wild forests and gorges with turbulent streams – all this is enough in Oregon.Add a couple of giant pink bunnies and a city of airships, and the perfect travel video is ready.

90,000 10 most grandiose amusement parks in the world :: City :: RBC Real Estate

Walking through the theme park is a classic way to diversify your trip and have fun with your family. We tell you about the ten largest amusement parks in which even adults will not get bored

Photo: portaventuraworld.com

The prototypes of modern amusement parks appeared at the end of the 16th century. During fairs, Europeans exhibited ice slides or swings in the squares. Much has changed since then: modern amusement parks are reminiscent of fabulous cities. Carousels, water slides, animated cartoon characters, fast food and sweets – for many, an ideal family vacation looks like this.Today, theme parks are incredibly popular all over the world. To maintain the status of one of the most attractive segments of the entertainment industry, the creators of amusement parks are constantly improving their projects. Iron carousels are being replaced by augmented and virtual reality technologies.

RBC Real Estate talks about ten of the most spectacular amusement parks that are worth visiting not only for children.

Thorpe Park, UK

There was once a gravel pit on the site of London’s Thorpe Park.It now houses one of the five most extreme European amusement parks. There are not many interesting things for kids: slot machines and the Angry Birds zone. The park is designed more for an adult audience. For thrill-seekers there is the Saw ride. It is based on the horror movie of the same name and requires a special attitude. Those who dare will travel through a gloomy tunnel and fall from a 30-meter height straight onto the rotating sharp blades. After the Saw, you can ride a 35-meter free fall tower or a roller coaster with ten loops.A new attraction – a ghost train, developed using augmented reality technologies. It also hosts Fear Nights every year on Halloween. At this time, you can see a mystical masquerade and ride on temporary attractions.

Photo: thorpepark.com

Europa-Park, Germany

Europa-Park is the largest entertainment project in Germany. The name reveals its concept: it is a miniature Europe that can be walked around in a day. Traveling from one zone to another, visitors enter 13 “countries”. On the territory of each, you can learn about local customs, get acquainted with the peculiarities of the national costume and try traditional cuisine.A separate area is dedicated to Russia. Sunflowers are blooming here, there is a model of the Mir space station, a model of GUM and roller coasters. In total, there are about a hundred attractions and shows in the park. Anyone can take a ride on a Venetian gondola, take off in a hot air balloon or arrange rafting down a mountain river. Among the favorite entertainment of tourists is the Silver Star attraction. This is one of the fastest and highest roller coasters around. Its cabins rotate around their axis, reaching speeds of up to 130 km / h.And all this – at an altitude of 78 m.

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Port Aventura Spain

PortAventura is located an hour’s drive from Barcelona.The park is divided into six thematic zones. You can get to any of them by boat or a special tourist train. Adults will appreciate the 76-meter Shambhala roller coaster in the China zone. Already on the first descent, its speed reaches 134 km / h. In the “Medieval” zone there is another extreme attraction – Furius Baco, or “crazy monkey”. It accelerates to 135 km / h in 3.5 seconds. Younger visitors will find quieter entertainment in the Sesame zone and a 50,000 sq. M water park. m in the Caribbean style.Buying a ticket for € 55, you can ride any attractions without restrictions. And for those who plan to stay longer, season tickets are sold for a period of two to seven days. PortAventura has a golf course, several hotels, numerous shops and restaurants. It is not surprising that 4 million people come here every year.

Photo: portaventuraworld.com

Ferrari World Amusement Park is built on the artificial island of Yas in Abu Dhabi. You can get there from the center of the capital in half an hour. The park covers an area comparable to six football fields. Its sleek, solid roof follows the profile of the iconic Ferrari GT and features the world’s largest brand logo. Downstairs there are two dozen racing attractions, innovative simulators, electric karting, a Ferrari brand boutique, a car museum and Italian cafes. All rides are located in a giant glass tunnel. One of the most extreme is Formula Rossa. It is a pneumatic roller coaster that reaches a speed of 240 km / h in five seconds. Acceleration takes place with the help of a hydraulic catapult, and before the start, all passengers wear special goggles. The design of the cabins is appropriate – they are made in the form of famous racing cars.

Photo: ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Mirabilandia, Italy

The largest Italian amusement park is located on the Adriatic coast – between Rimini and Ravenna. Territory of 850 thousand sq. m includes five thematic zones and about 40 attractions. Among the scariest are an inverted roller coaster, a horror house, the world’s tallest water slides, and an extreme iSpeed.Tourists’ attention is invariably attracted by two 60-meter “oil rigs”. This is another “black” attraction. The first tower at a speed of 80 km / h “shoots” you up, the second – swiftly lowers you down. For kids, there is a special Bimbopoli zone with more harmless entertainment. Nearby there is a water park, an artificial beach and a 90-meter Ferris wheel. In addition, circus shows, night fireworks, laser shows and ice shows are often held in Mirabilandia. The most popular is the “Police Academy” car show.

Photo: mirabilandia. it

Tivoli Denmark

One of Denmark’s oldest parks is located in the center of Copenhagen.Since its opening in 1843, it has been rebuilt several times. After the terrorist attack in 1944, the entire southern part of the Tivoli was destroyed. Despite this, the modern design of the park has retained its coziness and originality. Today it is the most visited attraction in Denmark: the park receives 4.5 million people a year. There is a large toy museum right at the entrance to Tivoli. Going a little further, you can see a concert hall, a pantomime theater, a lake with a tower in the form of a Chinese pagoda, a pirate ship and a fabulous oriental palace.In total, there are three dozen attractions in the park. A favorite tourist attraction is the Rutschebanen wooden slide, built in 1914. At a speed of 60 km / h, passengers pass the route 625 m long. On the way, they encounter sharp descents, several caves, a dark tunnel and a room of laughter.

Photo: tivoli.dk

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, USA

The magical world of the Potterians reconstructed on eight acres of land in Florida. There is the village of Hogsmeade, the Three Broomsticks restaurant, the Hogwarts Express steam train and a replica of the school of witchcraft and wizardry. The interiors of the castle are almost indistinguishable from those that everyone is used to seeing on the screen. Thanks to the personal advice of J.K. Rowling and the participation of the designers who worked on the creation of the famous film, they were successfully reproduced with detailed accuracy. Every entertainment in the park is somehow connected with the plots of the books and films about Harry Potter. For example, fans can visit the Hippogriff Ride and see Hagrid’s hut. In Ollivander’s shop, magic wands and various models of brooms are waiting for everyone to participate in the Quidditch tournament. And in the pub “Boar’s Head” they prepare butter beer and signature pumpkin juice, which the wizarding heroes loved so much.

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Efteling, Netherlands

Efteling stands out among other amusement parks for its architecture.This is a real medieval world with fortresses and castles. In each of the four spaces into which the park is divided, the plots of old European fairy tales can be traced. Here you can see Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White with the Dwarfs, the talking Tree of Fairy Tales, trolls and elves. More than 30 attractions have been built on the territory of Efteling. You do not need to pay for each one – it is enough to purchase an entrance ticket. The creepiest entertainment is in the Supernatural Zone. Abandoned castles with the dead, extreme river rafting and a giant swing in the form of an ancient Dutch ship will provide an adrenaline rush.By the way, this park is open not only during the warm season. In winter, a special atmosphere reigns in it – “Efteling” is decorated with artificial snow and fires are kindled.

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Disneyland, USA

The first Walt Disney theme park was built in California. The legendary cartoonist personally supervised its development and construction. Today, Disneyland is considered the most visited park in the world: 700 million people have visited it since its launch in 1955. Unlike other subsidiaries, California Disneyland has been expanding gradually.Now it is a whole resort complex with your favorite characters and six dozen attractions. The park is divided into eight thematic zones, which are united by an old narrow-gauge railway. There is Sleeping Beauty Castle, Peter Pan’s carousel, Alice’s maze, a huge Mickey Mouse Ferris wheel, its hotels and restaurants. And at Disneyland, colorful parades are regularly held. The culmination of each day is a traditional Disney fireworks display. The only drawback is the crowds of people and endless queues.

Photo: disneyland.disney.go.com

Sochi Park, Russia

Russia also has its own Disney-style amusement park. Participants of the 2014 Olympic Games were its first visitors. As in the Dutch Efteling, all Sochi Park attractions are connected with the motives of national fairy tales. Figures of heroes, mermaids and goblin are found here at every step. There are 20 attractions on an area of ​​20.5 hectares. By the way, all of them are already included in the entrance ticket price. The most extreme are the 65-meter free-fall tower “Firebird”, the “Serpent Gorynych” roller coaster with an acceleration effect and the “Quantum Leap” gravity slide.Passengers of the latter will not only have to overcome the “loop” at a speed of 105 km / h, but do it backwards – sitting with their backs in the direction of travel. There are no other similar attractions in Russia yet, but the situation may change in the fall. Moscow promises to open an all-season amusement park “Dream Island”. $ 1.5 billion was invested in this project.

Photo: sochipark. ru

90,000 “Pocket Planet” of America exploring Yellowstone National Park / United States of America

America’s National Parks have been named the nation’s best idea – and the idea has spread to the wondrous pocket planet, Yellowstone, the world’s first and some claim to be the most magnificent national park….

This article appeared in the summer 2017 issue of the American Lonely Planet magazine ..

The park’s tallest waterfall, Lower Falls, plunges 308 feet into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

“I sat there in amazement, when my companions approached, and after that it seemed to me that it took five minutes before someone spoke. ” This is what Charles Cook wrote in 1869, recording the stunned arrival of his expedition at the head of a gorge 1200 meters long and 20 miles deep, crowned with a powerful green cataract and framed by smoking walls of crimson, purple and yellow flowers.

Cook’s expedition was sent to the lonely Montana-Wyoming border after wide-eyed hunters and scouts returned from the region with tales of hot waterfalls that rose up, petrified forests and an alien world of fire and brimstone that shivered underneath. kicking and belching orange gas and boiling mud. Silent Thrill became the default chef mode; it was all true The fact that such a well-trodden nation, by then already a world superpower, would secretly raise this extraordinarily lost kingdom seemed almost unbelievable.For most, this was still the case: the US government only accepted Cook’s report when a new expedition returned with irrefutable photographic evidence.

View from the trail leading from the Mammoth Hot Springs. © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Approaching Yellowstone National Park, I can understand the skepticism. Wyoming, home to 96 percent of the park – the rest in Montana and Idaho – is dominated by the discouraging, colorless oblivion of the High Plains in the southeastern part of the state. The landscape wakes up in northwest Wyoming outside of Cody, a city founded and named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and suddenly I’m driving through mighty canyons and gilded forests. The setting of the sky wide open lends cinematic grandeur to each perspective.

By the time I pass under the winding pine eaves of the eastern entrance to Yellowstone, I begin to guide Charles Cook to understand the sudden surge of defensive pride that led to an astounding 3,000 square miles before I was imprisoned – just two years after its inhabitants proved the existence of miracles – as the world’s first national park.”Removed from settlement, residence or sale,” the Yellowstone Park Protection Act of 1872 decisively decreed, “for the good and pleasure of the people.”

Lake Yellowstone overlooks the vast and tranquil body of moonlight water. Built in 1891 and declared a National Historic Landmark two years ago, the hotel exudes the sophisticated grandeur of a bygone tourist age, with a White House portico, iron bed frames simply covered with sheets, and a useless lack of TV and air conditioning. As I patrol endless corridors and cave reception areas, my lungs remind my head that we are over 7000 feet above sea level. “We’re all nostalgic suckers,” says the uniformed receptionist. “People come here to see what their country looked like and to feel what those early visitors did.”

Hot water erupts from Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park. © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Just getting to Yellowstone in the pre-railroad age was an essential undertaking.The reward that made it all worthwhile was firsthand experience of the park’s uniquely bizarre geothermal wonders. Yellowstone is home to more than half of the world’s geysers, fumaroles, hot springs, and other related phenomena, and the sole purpose of founding Yellowstone National Park was to save them from the exploitation of the minerals and sticky intrusiveness that recently ruined Niagara Falls.

In 1872, The New York Times described the modern fascination with these “unusual and sometimes horrible manifestations of nature,” although they did not know half of it at the time. Only in recent decades have researchers established that the 40-mile circular zone encompassing the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful, is a giant caldera — the collapsed cone of a supervolcano. Yellowstone erupts on average once every 650,000 years, in the process of burying half a continent under a layer of ash and turning the entire planet into a dark and poisonous volcanic winter. The last time it was 640,000 years ago. This knowledge lends light value to my journey through the magma wonders of the park….

Old Faithful does its job, releasing a blazing hot blast of water at least 100 feet into the blue sky in front of the video camera amphitheater. More attractive are the growing geothermal areas of the Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest and oldest thermal area, and Grand Prismatic Spring, 370 feet in diameter, the park’s largest hot spring. These boiled and billowing prog-rock lunar landscapes are lined with sickly pine trees as a retrospective of the beginning of the Earth and perhaps a preview of its apocalyptic end. No natural wonders are more gloriously unnatural: Peeled oranges and iridescent blues look as clean and wholesome as battery factory drain, with a pleasant smell.

Great Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the park, is about 370 feet in diameter and over 120 feet deep. © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Yellowstone administrators ignored the park’s non-volcanic treasures until the late 1880s.Ancient forests were disappearing across the country, and entire species were on the verge of extinction, especially the local bison population, which had dwindled from millions to 1,000. By 1902, poachers had further reduced the bison herd to about two dozen. “We are a country rich in resources, and we still, in our pristine soul, want to seize and use them to their fullest,” says frequent visitor and amateur naturalist Stacy Allen, peering across a vast observation area across a floodplain dotted with a few 5,500 bison. who today roam freely in Yellowstone National Park.“It took real courage to draw a line in the sand and say enough.

With the fencing of its volcanic attractions, the directors of the park accidentally created a huge and suddenly rare nature reserve. To protect it from poachers, the military was brought into the army. In 1916, when World War II broke out and a massive influx of tourists into the Ford Model C by Marshal, the army ceded to the newly created National Park Service. Today, NPS oversees over 400 properties, including 59 designated national parks – from Alaska to Hawaii and the United States – that cover over 84 million acres and attract 300 million visitors annually.Through its commitment to recycling and other conservation initiatives, NPC has been a beacon in the fog that sometimes shrouds understanding of America’s environment.

A herd of buffalo walks past the smoking Mud Volcano in Hayden Valley, north of Lake Yellowstone. © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Another species that has benefited from a national understanding of environmental issues is the gray wolf, which was present when Yellowstone was founded but had effectively disappeared by the mid-1900s. After being systematically exterminated, wolves were successfully reintroduced in 1995 – the missing link in the food chain, followed by coyotes killing the prongorn antelope in the park. NPS estimates that as of January 2016, the park was home to at least 98 wolves in 10 squads and 528 wolves in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

People still come to Yellowstone for geothermal action – “I mean, how many times can you say you have cycled around the edges of a volcano?” says one of the many Harley-Davidson riders who travel at 45 mph – but they remain for the wild.With one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in America, Yellowstone offers an almost unparalleled opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. Top places on the list of visits for most visitors are wolves, bison (a large herd is a common sight), bears (grizzlies and black bears live in Yellowstone), elk (less than 200 left in the area) and elk. In addition, the park features bedbugs, badgers, bald eagles, trumpeters, foxes and, although rarely seen, wolverines and lynxes.

Spring is the best time to see bears and other animals with your kids in Yellowstone National Park © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Spring is the best time to watch baby animals, including grizzlies that appear in their den in March, and bison, which are born in April and can be spotted with their flocks during the spring, summer and fall. Elk can be seen throughout the park – their summer population is estimated at 15-25,000 – and the best time to see them at lower altitudes is during the mating season, from early September to mid-October….

A proven method for wildlife watching, especially bears: Drive until you bump into a stuck vehicle and then get out to see where everyone is stopping to look. Yellowstone’s roads cover only five percent of the park, but within a couple of days of driving, I encountered all the iconic species except the wolf: the bull elk in the roadside pines, which hopefully bent over on its bottom; a spotted osprey posing for an hour on a prominent branch overlooking the exit from the road; a coyote eaten by a moth, hesitantly pursuing the habitat; and most of the bison in the park, rolling in the dust, grazing in the fog of dawn, or wandering the road en masse, their huge minotaur-like heads cleaning the side mirrors of my car.

Wildlife seems so easy to reach that you start to wonder if they’ve been bribed to satisfy the very low threshold of boredom among all Disney visitors who come expecting attractions to be served on demand. The crowd gathered at the Mammoth Hot Springs Cemetery, a small town built for the park’s original military guardians, leads me to a black bear sleeping in a tree. Someone says he was spotted by guests at the day’s wedding as the photographer was tracking down the bride’s family beneath him.National Park employee Bridget Hand is ready to help everyone at a safe distance. “Yellowstone is like pocket wildlife, an accessible place for people who live in big cities and have never experienced wildlife in the wild,” she says. “They ask me where we put animals at night.”

Daniel and Alex Sonsini in a restored RV at Mammoth Hot Springs © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Alex and Daniel Sonsini are experienced national parks, so they are unlikely to ask too many ill-informed questions. It’s been four weeks since they hitched a lovingly restored 1968 Caravan recreational vehicle to their pickup truck and set off from New York with the venerable Labrador retriever Eigie sitting between them.

“A couple of years ago, we made a five-month journey to Alaska and back, stopping at every national park along the way, ”says Danielle, who gave up a brilliant career in information technology to satisfy her wanderlust.”In these places you see pristine landscapes, but you will also find untouched people.” Alex, a corporate chef turned sculptor, feels drawn to an ancient American tradition. “Our country was founded by rather adventurous travelers and then explored by pioneers in covered wagons. We never have a route when we go on a trip – it’s almost everywhere the road takes us. ”

This is a commentary that resonates throughout the tour. Yellowstone is more than a pocket desert.It’s a pocket planet, a theme park of iconic global landscapes. The German pine forest, the blue Scandinavian mouthwash falls, the Russian steppes, the Mexican bush, the swampy Gaelic swamps and even the sub-Saharan savannah: it’s all here. Yellowstone even gets round-the-world weather packed in one day, from sub-zero to foggy sun, through a couple of thunderstorms. But at the same time, this place is like nowhere else on Earth. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, that psychedelic cleft in the earth that turned Charles Cook into silent silence, may more convincingly belong to another solar system….

Bathers relaxing in a boiling river © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

At the suggestion of Sonsinis, I conclude my trip with another completely incomparable experience: Boiling River, the only place in Yellowstone where you are allowed to swim, and most of the year the only place where you want. The half-mile walk from the anonymous parking lot follows the cold Gardner River to its confluence with the aforementioned geothermal spring. Here, the clever arrangement of rocky handles combines skin-cleansing and bone-cooling waters.Each is home to a half dozen bums, their blissful, steamed faces as red as the setting sun behind them.

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