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Saturday, May 5, 2012

One-of-a-kind theme parks: From 'Angry Birds' to Ferraris

If you think theme parks are all about castles, thrill rides, and roller coasters. Think again.

Apparently, there are amusement parks with one-of-a-kind themes -- from the popular mobile game "Angry Birds" to the iconic sports car "Ferrari."
 
Angry Birds Land
Finland (Estimated number of Filipinos: 2,111*)
 
According to a report of the news site CNN Go, Angry Birds Land will be the first official park of the famous mobile game franchise "Angry Birds."
 
The theme park already had  a soft launch last week but will still ‘migrate’ other birds in the following months to come to complete the experience, Miikka Sepälä, CEO of Särkänniem, said.
 
The park will initially have 12 rides and attractions including an adventure course, a shop, snack and food stands in the area which is located in a half-hectare perimeter inside Särkänniemi. Tickets cost €19-€35 (around P1000-P2000).
 
Incheon Robot Land
South Korea (Estimated number of Filipinos: 82,359*)

CNN Go said Incheon Robot Land showcases South Korea's prowess in robotics.
 
Set to open this year, the Robot Land will be composed of factories, fun parks, hotels, and even residential areas.

There will also be a special hall for a Las Vegas-style show created by the producers of shows for Universal Studios -- the Landmark Entertainment Group.
 
‘Robot Land’ hopes to attract top robotics developers and engineers worldwide aside from robot nerds and kids.
 
Ferrari World
United Arab Emirates (Estimated number of Filipinos: 636,154*)
 
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of riding a Ferrari? Don’t fret.

In Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates, all park rides are modeled after Ferrari racing cars.
 
These are bump cars, carousel, and even a roller coaster with a speed of 240 kilometers per hour.
 
Ticket prices range from AED 225 – AED 795 (around P2500 – P9000)
 
Futuroscope
France (Estimated number of Filipinos: 50,144*)

Futuroscope or "Parc du Futuroscope" is based upon multimedia, cinematographic, and audio-visual techniques.

Along with several attractions, Futuroscope has 3D and 4D cinemas featuring shows such as "Arthur the 4D adventure," "The Little Prince," and others.
 
Depending on the packages, prices are generally from EUR 11 to EUR 143 (around P600 – P7900).
 
Gatorland
United States (Estimated number of Filipinos: 3,166,529*)

 
Established in 1949 by Owen Godwin, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park that is home to various reptiles, wildlife and of course – alligators.
 
This park is a good alternative for nature lovers.
 
Some of the attractions are Alligator Island, Express Railroad, Flamingo Lagoon, Swamp Walk and the ‘Screamin’’ Gator zip line where you get to glide above a pool filled with alligators.
 
Prices range from $13.99 - $99.99 (around P591 - P4,229)
- VVP, GMA News

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