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New Roller Coaster from Saudi Arabia Set to Break All Previous Thrill Records

There is now a roller coaster under development for an amusement park in the Middle East that, if it delivers on its promises, will annihilate all records for speed, track length and height.

It is called the Falcon’s Flight and will be the feature attraction for Six Flags Qiddiya which is slated to open in Saudi Arabia in 2023, just outside the capital Riyadh.

The Qiddya Investment Company—partners with the U.S. Six Flags—stated that the coaster will travel on 2.5 miles of track.

Thrill seekers will be able to experience a drop over a vertical cliff that rushes into a 525 feet deep valley. They are able to achieve this using magnetic motor acceleration. The ride will achieve speeds up to an impressive 155MPH.

The coaster boasts it will be the tallest free-standing roller coaster and will include a parabolic airtime hill in which passengers will experience weightlessness.

The coaster will have a 20 passenger limit and the ride will be about 3 minutes long. Riders will enjoy impressive views of Six Flags Qiddya as well as all the thrills.

 

 

 

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Disney Will Revamp “Jungle Cruise” Ride Amidst Criticism

Disney has announced that it is going to reimagine one of its classic attractions after years of criticisms

Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride—that includes joking skippers on the ferries guests ride on—was one of the last Walt Disney oversaw in person. The ride exists in both US locations.

Unfortunately for Disney the Jungle Cruise hasn’t aged as well as other attractions. While the attraction is largely based on nature documentaries, one of the scenes in the ride depicts native people as threatening, primitive and wild.

Among the updates there will be a new skipper character.

While there is a “Jungle Cruise move slated for 2021 starting Jesse Plemons, Emily Blunt and The Rock (as the skipper), Disney has not confirmed whether the new version of the ride will including any overlap with the new movie.

The Jungle Cruise is only one among several Disney attractions called out in recent years for inappropriate imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Will Las Vegas Look Like Post Pandemic Lock Down?

After more than seventy days locked down Las Vegas is finally open but may not feel familiar to those who visit regularly. The following is just a taste of what post-lockdown Vegas looks like.

All casino resorts will have many hand sanitizing stations throughout their properties upon reopening. Casinos and resorts will also offer free face masks. As you might suspect, many of these will be branded. Some of the more upscale resorts like New York-New York and the Bellagio will offer actual hand washing stations with soap, water and towels.

New sings will recommend but not require guests to wear masks, but masks will be required for employees.
Some resorts are expected to enact other precautions. Wynn Resorts, for example, will be using thermal cameras at their entrances to intercept patrons with fevers. The Venetian has a 25 person team of Emergency Medical Technicians on standby to help any guest that needs immediate medical attention.

Perhaps a surprise to some but most hotels are expected to reopen with pool access. Some will likely have reduced schedules. However, if you are looking forward to the infamous pool parties Vegas is known for you are likely to be disappointed as these parties are not expected to come back any time soon.

Some changes most will view as a good thing. To reduce long lines for check-in many resorts will roll out keyless entry programs. Additionally, free parking is expected to be a returning perk in Vegas. Free parking had slowly fallen out of fashion over the last couple years in Vegas while it had been a long-time amenity.

Nightclubs, shows and many spas will continue to be closed indefinitely.

Housekeeping will now be subject to the standards of the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, the World Health Organization and the local gaming control board.

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Airbnb to Address Safety and Trust Concerns with New Guest Policy in 2020

According to a blog post made by Airbnb in early 2020 they will ban all unauthorized parties on Airbnb properties; it will also be updating its guest standards—both in an effort to address growing concerns about safety and trust on the platform.

Airbnb is going to specifically disallow open-invite parties that are not preapproved by the host. This would include parties promoted by the guest on social media. Their new policy will also ban any and all parties in large, multifamily residences. However, single-family residences and event venues would be excluded from this new rule and would allow hosts to set their own rules concerning events like parties.

The new guest standards coming early next year will also address situations such as the following: excessive noise, unauthorized guests, smoking, parking and cleanliness concerns. All of these have become concerns of late with Airbnb guests. While guests have always, in theory, been required to follow a host’s rules the new policy creates a framework in which actionable enforcement can take place when host rules are violated.

To further address concerns Airbnb will be launching hotlines for city officials or neighbors to contact the company with concerns over the use of Airbnb properties.