An Asean theme park in China MANILA, Philippines — In this “Green City” capital of Guanxi province in China, a familiar structure is being built with a bas relief of a coconut tree and an infant. Here in Nanning, the soon-to-open Fantawild theme park showcases landmarks of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Philippines is represented by the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, also known as the Miag-ao church in Iloilo. A dome theater in the style of Angkor Wat that will show visitors videos of the renowned ruins, a water rafting attraction that will feature the water villages of Brunei and another theater that will allow visitors to go on a virtual trip to ancient Burma are among the major attractions in this theme park that is set to open next month. Iloilo’s Miag-ao church will house a 4D theater, with a 360-degree revolving platform that will allow visitors to see not just the natural … [Read more...] about An Asean theme park in China
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Even the Bank of Toytown is being squeezed in China’s crackdown on debt. Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission announced plans to “rein in the booming theme-park industry.” A document released by the NDRC, which is a macroeconomic management agency under the Chinese State Council, outlined plans to curb “local debt risks,” “aimless construction” and “copycatting.” Top of the hit list will be “mega theme parks.” “The NDRC has for the first time defined ‘mega theme parks’ – those with an area of at least 330 acres and an investment of US$794 million,” Caixin, a media group based in Beijing, stated. “Any project of that size requires the go-ahead of the powerful ministry-level NDRC. Others need only to approach provincial-level authorities.” The move is part of Beijing’s broader clampdown on spiraling debt in the corporate and government sectors. … [Read more...] about Merry-go-round of debt crashes into China’s theme parks
MANILA, Philippines — The theme park, Westworld, is back — and is officially open to perhaps tie up some loose ends of (personal) narratives left by the maiden season. From a viewer’s perspective, these stories are intertwined with the history and nature of the place (designed and run by Delos Destinations). Fans, who, in a way, are “returning guests” or “newcomers” themselves, know that the first season’s conclusion saw the takeover (or free rein) of the host-robots and the death of amusement runners. “Chaos Takes Control,” the show’s tagline-teaser, speaks volume of the Westworld’s future. Based on the pilot episode of Westworld season two, which airs Mondays at 9 a.m. on HBO, one can say that some continuity (connection between past and present) and another compelling drama have been established. The theme park remains a place where hosts and guests interact. Again, hosts are robots that are designed to live … [Read more...] about The theme park is back!
By Elaine Glusac The New York Times Fri., March 2, 2018 Ever since the early 1960s, when Walt Disney chose Central Florida as the location for his most extensive theme park, Walt Disney World, Orlando has been synonymous with mouse ears, thrill rides and daily parades. But most locals readily divulge that fantasy fulfilment has little to do with the real life of urban Orlando. From the downtown region heading north to well-to-do Winter Park, the city is a checkerboard of intriguing neighbourhoods filled with historic bungalows, interesting galleries and cafés catering to the creative class. Nature is also a central attraction in the lake-filled city and suburbs that include warm springs preserves and parks with live oak stands. The glass-walled Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, opened in 2014, has given downtown a cultural bump, and homegrown endeavours include a new orchestra devoted to modern classics and unstarched performances. FRIDAY 3 p.m., … [Read more...] about Discover in 36 hours that there’s more to Orlando than Mickey Mouse and theme park rides
A Filipino actress has highlighted the issue of safety at theme parks, after she said her teen daughters were harassed at Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia. Ruffa Gutierrez posted a photo of the alleged harassers posing with the victory sign, even after security officers confronted them. Sunway Lagoon said in a statement that “unruly behaviour in the park will certainly not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly”, adding that it is looking into the complaint and will update the relevant parties accordingly. Ms Gutierrez later thanked the park’s management for reaching out to her. Family-centred theme parks are meant to be safe, comfortable zones for people of all ages to be in, right? Unfortunately, family trips don’t always work out the way we expect them to. A Filipino star with more than a million followers on Instagram recently highlighted a bad encounter she had with her daughters at Malaysia’s Sunway Lagoon on the social media platform. Ruffa … [Read more...] about Are Malaysian theme parks safe? Issue highlighted after Filipino star Ruffa Gutierrez’s daughters allegedly harassed