Despite the fact that most people don’t feel safe going to theme parks right now, it’s not going to stop them from building bigger and better rides to try and tempt you back. Just a couple of weeks ago, Universal Studios Orlando teased next year’s opening of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster, which promises riders 4,700 feet of track that go up to 155′ in the air, with two 70 MPH accelerators, a barrel roll, a 100′ inverted stall, and 12 seconds of airtime and weightlessness.
The coaster was set to launch at almost the same time as Disney World’s long-awaited US version of their popular Tron roller coaster. Unfortunately, a new report from Chip&Co makes it sound like we are going to have to wait a little longer to enter the grid. According to the report, production is not only halting on the Tron lightcycle Power Run, but also on the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavillion at Epcot. Moreover, it may be close to a year before construction resumes on the parks. This is not only a massive bummer for fans, but it also looks like it will this could put a massive damper on Disneyworld’s 50th Anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout next year to mark the opening of the park on October 1, 1971.
Check out this video of the Tron coaster at Disneyland Shanghi –
Meanwhile, Dubai has some weird, but at least more upbeat news. Their Motiongate theme park is set for two new roller coasters, a 10-story coaster themed after the John Wick coaster, and another based on the Now You See Me movies.
According to Variety, the Wick coaster will allow people to either ride on the side of Keanu Reeves’ character, or ride on the side of the assassins trying to hunt him down.
“You’ll get two different experiences depending on which path through the queue you choose to get on the ride,” said Jenefer Brown, executive vice president and head of global live, interactive and location-based entertainment at Lionsgate.
“I think what’s going to be amazing for fans is to have the opportunity to walk through the lobby of the Continental and experience different key moments in the settings that took place in the films,” Brown said. “This attraction in particular is really about setting the story by putting people in this very immersive environment, and then you really get the action as you get on the coaster. It’s 10 stories high, so there’s definitely a level of intensity that’s befitting of the ‘John Wick franchise that guests will experience.”
Meanwhile, the “Now You See Me,” the “High Roller” roller coaster is set in a casino location. Guests will begin the ride by walking through the casino while the four horsemen are pulling off a heist. The ride will then kick in as you join them on their escape.