Posts from ‘July, 2008’

Simpson’s Ride Changing the Face of Universal

If you havent been to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in a while, you really need to head over there on your next Florida vacation. The face of the park is truly changing. They are upping their ante with there new attractions like the Mummy Ride, an indoor roller coaster adventure based on the hit movie, and now their newest addition, The Simpsons Ride!

The Simpson’s Ride truly adds a whole new dimension to the park. Taking over the original Back to the Future Ride space, Universal completely gutted the interior and exterior of the building turning it into what you would imagine Springfield to be like from the world-famous cartoon! A crazy and whimsical world, with bright colours, and all of your favourite characters awaits you. As you enter the ride queue it looks just like a giant carnival. But, this time the carnival has been created by Krusty the Clown so expect some bumps and turns along this attraction. Krustyland is the newly created theme park by Krusty the clown and you are invited to ride along with the Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, too, as they experience the park. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ever Changing Strip

We have a treat for our readers today- Courtney from the Best of has written a story for us and has some great ideas for anyone visiting Las Vegas!

There has never been a more exciting time to visit the Las Vegas, Nevada! With Las Vegas constantly changing, there is always something new and exciting to see on the Strip. Whether it is a new hotel, nightclub, or show, you are sure to see something unique. This year may mark one of the most exciting show changes in Vegas history. Some of the biggest names are heading right for Sin City and you need to make sure you check them out!

Grammy Award winners seem to be attracted to the glitz and glam of the Strip, especially for 2008! In 2008, alone, Cher, Elton John, and Bette Midler will all be performing in Vegas and all at the same location! The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is THE spot to see performances this year. All three artists will be performing at the 4,100 seat Caesars venue. The performers will be trading out time spots throughout the year. America’s sweetheart, Bette Midler , has been performing in Vegas since her February debut. Bette took over for Celine Dion’s long run at Caesars. Bette performs some of her famous hits, as well as her light sense of humor, which will make you fall in love with her and her bubbling personality. Cher began her Las Vegas run back in May. Make sure to check out the pop sensation on this tour, because this may be her last live run! She said that she was done on her Farewell Tour, but nothing can seem to stop this pop diva from trucking on. She will even be keeping her original style by reuniting with her infamous costume designer Bob Mackie. And, to top off the Grammy winner trifecta there is Elton John The legendary singer, song-writer, and all-time musical genius will be performing his classic hits at the Las Vegas venue throughout the year. Elton’s colorful persona and music define everything that is Las Vegas, so Elton fits perfectly with the personality of the city! Read the rest of this entry »

Wicked campers slogans may be a bit too wicked

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If you have ever traveled anywhere near where you may find a backpacker you may have seen a Wicked Camper, ie: an old delivery van or people mover converted into a camper with graffiti artwork all around it. While they look pretty cool are a cheap mode of transport for thousands of backpackers, they have recently landed themselves in hot water with the slogans on the vans. Several of the vans have the slogans “save a whale harpoon a Jap”, and other things like “if God was a woman, sperm would taste like chocolate” or similar. According to this article today the Advertising Standards Bureau has asked the company to remove the slogans they think are offensive. What do you think? Offensive or a bit of fun, hit up our comment form below. Read the rest of this entry »

Mardi Gras all year round


Every year around February tens of thousands flock to New Orleans to let their hair down and party at the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. People come to watch the parades which feature amazing floats which are the centrepiece of the carnival. Although you need to be in the Crescent City during the Mardi Gra to soak up the unbelievable atmosphere, visitors can see some of these beautiful floats all year round. Just over the mighty Mississippi from the city in Algiers is The Blaine Kern Mardi Gras world. Here dozens of the amazing floats and costumes are on display in all their glory. Some are huge there’s the 140 foot long sea monster Levithan and an even bigger 240 odd foot long Captain Eddies SS Endymion which includes tens of thousands of tiny fibre optic lights. Blaine Kern has been making parade floats for over 60 years, and the company even makes floats for some other cities and even Universal Studios where they are used in their Florida theme park’s street parades. Visitors to Mardi Gras world will see how these magnificent sculpture and figures are produced by very talented artists and trades people. Mardi Gras world is a must for anyone visiting beautiful New Orleans Read the rest of this entry »

Surviving the Beijing Airport

We have a treat for you today- our first guest writer on Tripandom- Jennifer Gregory


If you’re heading to the summer Olympics this year, chances are you’ll arrive to the area via the Beijing Capital International Airport. Therefore, in order to make certain your trip is as pleasurable as possible, you will want to learn a bit about the airport before you arrive. After all, finding your way through a foreign and unfamiliar airport can be tricky, to say the least. In fact, it can be quite maddening because you don’t know where to go, how to ask for help or what pitfalls to avoid.

Of course, you’ll probably step into the airport with a bit of jet lag from the long trip. Then, the sounds of conversations passing you by will remind you that English is not the native language. But, don’t panic. By familiarizing yourself with the airport before your arrival, you will be able to embark upon your new journey with a great deal of confidence.

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New Acropolis museum opens for wrong Olympics


You might remember four years ago the panic in getting all the Olympic venues finished for the Athens Olympics, well it was hoped the New Acropolis Museum would open be ready for the thousands visiting for the games, well the Greeks were running a bit late on this project, infact four years late, and it is expected it will open in September just missing the Beijing Olympics, but there is still a chance of delays which might even push the opening date out to early next year. The museum will feature three levels and 25,000 square metres of exhibition space and house some of Greece’s greatest treasures and one day they hope to have on display the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles which are controversially held by the British Museum in London. Read the rest of this entry »

U2’s City of Blinding Lights in Dublin


We did a story a few months ago on Windmill Lane Studio’s in Dublin which is being redeveloped as a 120metre high tower called the U2 tower and will include their new recording studios. Well what will be Ireland’s tallest building isn’t the only bit of U2 property getting a huge overhaul. The Clarence Hotel on Wellington Quay Dublin is a renowned hotel which dates back to the 1850’s. U2’s Bono, The Edge and a few other investors have been planning a spectacular development which has been years in planning and approval stages. The plan is for the historic hotel to be demolished to make way for a spectacular modern building which has a dramatic atrium surrounded by rooms with a roofline which could only be described as a flying saucer shape. The architect Norman Foster from Foster + Partners have been responsible for some pretty spectacular landmark buildings including the new terminal at Beijing Airport, The Al Raha Beach Development in Abu Dhabi and London’s Gherkin – the Swill Re HQ. IT is hoped the new Clarence will be open in 2010 and will be a bold new landmark for Dublin. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pope pops in to Darling Harbour


This week His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and thousands of visitors from all around the world have flocked to Sydney to be part of the World Youth Day celebrations and one of the major locations for the celebrations was Barangroo on the Northern edge of Darling Harbour, offering spectacular views of one of the world’s most scenic cites. Over the coming years Barangroo will be come an extension to the growing city and the Darling Harbour leisure precinct. Darling Harbour is a huge recreational precinct stretching nearly the whole length of the city. Packed with restaurants, shopping, hotels and apartments the area has many of Sydney’s premier attractions including the Star City Casino, The IMAX, Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum and the magnificent Powerhouse Museum, plus many conference and convention centres like the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Convention Centre and Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Precinct is also the gateway to Sydney’s vibrant Chinatown, Australia’s largest. Darling Harbour is linked to the city with a monorail, a light rail system and plenty of watercraft which travel to all parts of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Read the rest of this entry »

The mascots come out to play


The Celebrity Mascot Games is on again 24-26th of July and this year promises to be funnier than ever. Held for New Hope for Kids charity the first games were held in 1992 and have been a hit ever since. This year the day will feature over 30 mascots featuring some pretty cool guys from Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and Arena Football League. There are 3 days of action the 24th it will be held at Stetson university, while the 25th and 26th of July Amway Arena will be the venue for the best day out in Orlando this year and it is helping make wishes come true for a lot of sick kids. Some of the competitors to this years event include Stanley C Panther from the Florida Panthers, Kid Coyote from the Dallas Desperados, Hairy Dawg from the University of Georgia, Junction Jack all the way from the Houston Astros and Carlton the Bear from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Some new Disney fun


As if we didn’t need a reason to visit Disneyland or Walt Disneyworld, well here’s another one, a brand new ride and it features all our friend’s form the hit Disney / Pixar films Toy Story. This brand new state of the art 4D experience is sure to be the hit attraction of 2008 at the parks. Both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disney’s California Adventure have the rides and by all reports they are great fun bringing back some of the classic fairground games combined with some very clever state of the art 3D and some of the latest computerised technology not forgetting all the Toy Story characters like Buzz, Woody, Rex and Jesse.

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