USA, California: Disneyland – Magic Kingdom II
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
There are seven other sections of the park. Its temporal of course as the park is going to be expanded in the future. Disney has recently bought Star Wars copyrights for several years. No wonder then that they want to open a new Star Wars themed section.
To give you some taste of what will come with Star Wars Land, the name for the new section, we can tell you that it should occupy an area of 6 hectares. The famous Millenium Falcon spaceship, life-sized, is going to be among the attractions and the visitors will be able to pilot it.
Unfortunately, the opening date is still unknown. Let’s take a look at what attractions are in the park right now. Adventureland is all about exotic adventure.
Walt Disney’s original plan saw real animals from Africa and other exotic parts of the world living here. However, he abandoned the idea eventually and mechatronic animals were made instead. Another attractions you can try in Adventureland are Indiana Jones Adventure and Jungle Cruise which are great
Jungle Cruise simulates a cruise on important Asian, African and Latin-American rivers. Along its banks there are mechatronic animals. The guide tells interesting facts on animals on display.
Another great part of the park is Tomorrowland. Its designers instilled many ideas about the future as presented by the writer Jules Verne.
However, there is much more. All attention is diverted towards Star Wars now. Kids are going to love the Jedi Knights temple. Children can be picked up to be trained in Jedi ways. They’ll get costumes and light sabers. However, Darth Vader, Darth Maul and couple of Stormtroopers storm in during the training. Once the enemy is defeated children receive diplomas.
To be continued...
GPS: (Indiana Jones Adventure) 33°48'41.6"N 117°55'12.7"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Eric Polk, Theme Park Tourist, SayCheese!, SolarSurfer,
When we say California, each of us imagines the sun, the beaches, Hollywood or Disneyland. Today we look at two California cities together. First we take a tour of the city of San Diego and then we move to relax inland, following the example of Hollywood stars in the town of Palm Spings.
We left the Islands of Adventure for another theme park of many others surrounding Orlando, Florida. There is a lot to choose from. We, however, take a look at a place that is somewhat closer to us in some respects.
We return to Legoland, Florida to see some of its most interesting rides.
Today we take a look inside another interesting theme park. We leave the United States to move over the ocean to the Old Continent.
Last week we got some taste of the Greek mythology when we tried Cassandra’s Curse ride. It absolutely messes with your sense of direction. However, there are many other great and amusing rides at Europa-Park.
There are many large and small theme parks scattered across Europe. We spent last three weeks at Europa-Park situated on the German-French borderline. Today we move 1200 in the southwest direction and land in Catalonia, Spain.
Last Friday, we got some taste of one of the best theme parks in Spain. We continue in our tour there today.
Last week we spent some time in Denmark in the second oldest but one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe - Tivoli. Today we visit the Netherlands. Home to the another popular park - Efteling.
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
Today we head to sunny California and head to the San Joaquin Valley, which is located in the central area of the state.
Eureka is the largest coastal city of California, 50 million north of San Francisco. Victorian architecture, complemented by various art installations, is unforgettable.
Marvel superheroes, Jurassic park... So far it seems this theme park is all boys can dream of. However, to many standing for hours in long lines to get a three-minute thrill is rather a sobering moment.
We mentioned last week the great theme park of Islands of Adventure. One of its sections is home to Marvel super heroes. We also took (albeit imaginary) ride on the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. As its signature superhero the ride is green and you can even experience zero gravity there.
In the preceeding weeks, we focused on California’s theme parks. Today, we move thousands of kilometers to the east – to Florida, the sunshine state. Florida is another Mekka of the entertainment industry.
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
I gave myself a four-day vacation in San Francisco in the middle of my two-year au-pair stay in the US. Everyone, who ever was there, never said anything except superlatives and mentioned the difference between east coast and west coast cities.
Next day morning we set out to explore Lombard Street, a street that is world famous for its zigzag character. And really, houses are built to allow everyone who live there to drive in or out on this steep hill.
In the last article devoted to the United States we have learned something about Alcatraz, a former maximum security prison. Now we move from the Rock and have a glimpse at one of the most distinct cities in the US.
From inglorious Compton with high levels of criminality (decreasing) we move to the place well-known to everyone – Hollywood.
Last week, we were over to Hollywood. It is a place that is in some ways perhaps overrated.