Thursday, October 1, 2009

Florida Theme Parks Embark on New Philosophy

A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel suggest the Florida theme parks in the Orlando area are changing the way visitors interact with its many attractions. While "the rides" are a big draw, other attractions create a need for interaction.

While Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansion and Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter will both be anchored by big new rides, some of the secondary attractions could prove every bit as important to the future of the resorts.

Elaborate sets where guests can dance with princesses and a wand shop where the souvenir wands choose their buyers mark the latest efforts by Disney and Universal to make their parks more interactive with visitors. They are also among the earliest attempts to extend that interactivity beyond traditional rides and shows and into every corner of the sprawling resorts.

"Interactivity" has become a big buzz word in the amusement industry in recent years.

Full Orlando Sentinel story

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Roman Polanski arrested on 1978 warrant

Controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski has been arrested in Switzerland.

He was taken into custody on Saturday on a 1978 U.S. warrant, which was issued after Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski fled to France before sentencing in 1978 and has been unable to travel to the U.S. since the warrant was issued.

The 76 year old was held upon his arrival in Switzerland, where he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival on Sunday.

Polanski, a French citizen, had been battling to have the case thrown out in recent months, but a U.S. judge formally rejected his requests in May.

A representative for Polanski could not be reached as WENN went to press.


Blooms of Plunkett

Blooms of Plunkett
A Banana tree in the backyard in full bloom