MICHAEL FALCO Publish Date: 11 June 2021
Perhaps you do – perhaps you don’t – keep track of Column content. That said, yes, I’m aware of the past two weeks of Columns being of a serious nature. This week I’ll travel instead into calculated fantasy. You already know, or you do now, of me being a fan of visiting Universal Studios, Florida and also a fan of visiting their business rival Walt Disney World, Florida. Both major theme park entities offer their own vibe. It is not the same vibe. When I am on property, I can feel it. The vibe is palpable. I happen to appreciate the vibe from both Universal and from Disney.
Calculated fantasy; leaving the world behind can be a joyous gateway into fantasy. Calculated because a two-week (or longer) travel trip to these parks becomes a multi-thousand-dollar expense. One must prepare. The money has to come from someplace. I need to buy stock in Disney and in Universal – and get back some of my admission money.
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal! The premiere resort in the Universal Orlando world of resorts! Hard rock – soft rock – the contemporary music of several decades greets you seemingly everywhere. There is music in the grand lobby; music in the restaurants; music in the restrooms. There are underwater speakers so that you can continue to listen to music in the swimming pool – in case you care to hold your nose and sit on the bottom.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Harry Potter devotees rejoice! This wildly popular attraction continues to pack in the crowds at Islands of Adventure – one of the two, side by side, Universal, Florida theme parks. The train cars, in this design have you seated either on a motorcycle or in that motorcycle’s sidecar. Exhilarating is one word (near death experience could be offered with tongue in cheek) for the jet speeds, rapid twists and turns, a backwards roll, and to top all of this – a pause when the train (bikes) come to a stop and the floor momentarily drops out beneath you! Screaming is heard all over this area of the park.
VelociCoaster! Grand opening June 10, 2021! Through the month of May an excited and delighted public has been permitted to ride this brand new demon during technical rehearsals and trial runs. Permit me to share with you – this is not just another roller coaster. VelociCoaster takes an old classic fast train ride to a whole new, gut-churning level and for a whole new generation of riders. The attraction is in fact themed to the Jurassic World film franchise. It is located in the popular Jurassic Park portion of Islands of Adventure. We, the audience for this attraction, are told the raging raptors are hungry and they can smell US!
This experience (and the VelociCoaster IS an experience) is the epitome of a (you should pardon the expression) kick-ass ride!
What is it exactly about theme parks now in the early 21st Century? Brand new attractions continue to appear at a genuinely rough emotional level. For what are we (the riders) being prepared – other than blasting us all into outer space!
Let me be mindful that back home there are June birthdays to be celebrated! Cheers to June birthday twins JENNIFER and REBECCA DAME; Lady ELISSA ZAHN; STEPHEN SYWAK; CORY ANN FASANO-PAFF; LARRY BARBIERI; COLLEEN MURPHY ZYLA; JOE KOVACS; KEN MASTEN; KATE BALLANTYNE GOODSPEED; JERRY EBERT; CHERYL ANN; SETH SOLOWAY; STEVE BLUMENTHAL; DERRIC WETTER; JEANNIE HERING CAMPBELL; ANN BYERLY GOLDSMITH; MIKE DONATO; and KAREN & DUDLEY BODEN. Bring on the birthday cakes!
SEYMOUR SEGNIT, of Cornwall-on-Hudson,Founder & Inventor of MAGFAST Family (of products), eagerly announces; “As many of you (already intrigued by our products) will know by now, MAGFAST Extreme is a pretty extraordinary product. To begin with, it’s the world’s first portable power bank with three (yes three!) Qi-Wireless charging zones, and so it’s wonderfully versatile! But it’s also amazingly powerful … so powerful, in fact, that it’ll jump-start your car. And not just a car, it can also jump-start a 5-liter truck. We’ve talked about this a lot whenever we’ve been showing you Extreme but, this time, we thought we’d take it one stage further … we thought we’d find out exactly HOW MANY vehicles you could cold jump-start with Extreme without recharging it, and so we ran a test!” Watch Seymour Segnit and his test at www.magfast.com/the-upgrade/