indoor attractions

This gem of Bauhaus architecture on the quiet side road of busy Torstraße houses an attractive indoor swimming pool. Built in 1930 by architect Carlo Jelkmann and saved through the bomb raids of WWII, it was renovated in the early 1990s, providing the city with a wonderful arena for freestyle, butterfly, backstrokes, etc.

This gem of Bauhaus architecture on the quiet side road of busy Torstraße houses an attractive indoor swimming pool. Built in 1930 by architect Carlo Jelkmann and saved through the bomb raids of WWII, it was renovated in the early 1990s, providing the city with a wonderful arena for freestyle, butterfly, backstrokes, etc.


“Six Flags Power Plant: Rejected Ride Concepts” Jim Michaelson, 1980s

Ironically, one of Six Flags’ number one demands for Gary Goddard’s team as they designed Six Flags Power Plant indoor theme park was for “no rides.” That’s right, Six Flags, iconic for their coaster parks, wanted something with no rides whatsoever.

According to Goddard, this was both a huge stress on the team during the development process, (for good reason) and eventually played a huge part in the project’s downfall. Today we look at some of the attractions that the team DID develop, but were shot down.

First up is Phanto Airways, which Goddard describes as “a Victorian People Mover.” The attraction would have given people an aerial tour of the facility, coasting through the smokestacks and high above the main floor.

Next up is “Voyage to the Moon”, an ornate simulator attraction that would take guests into the stars.

In this third image, we can see Phanto Airways, but also a set of Victorian Balloons, which would provide guests with ascending and descending views of the main hall. Also visible are slides that the team envisioned for multi-floor transport.

The final images show off the Home of the Future, which actually became part of The Laboratory of Wonders show that occupied a large show space on the upper levels.

Many thanks to Theme Park University for the info and images!

Art ©️The Goddard Group

imagine Klavier Gavin having extremely rare violet colored eyes. he wears colored contacts to make them a really rich-looking blue, the blue of a swimming pool or of a sapphire , but really they’re this deep violet, the color of a ripe plum or an amethyst geode.

Kristoph won’t let him get contacts until he’s 18 so he starts wearing sunglasses, even indoors, which attracts a Bad Crowd™️ aka Daryan, and then suddenly Klavier’s wearing leather and getting his ears pierced and listening to rock music and Kristoph’s like. Fuck.

And then one day, Klavier is having a date night with Apollo, and Apollo brushes back his bangs and says, “the prettiest blue eyes in the world and they belong to my Klavier.” And Klavier’s like, uh. Actually. And takes out the contacts and Apollo has a heart attack.


“Rulantica” 2017

Europa Park, one of Europe’s most popular theme parks, has announced it will be opening its first-ever water park in 2019. Titled Rulantica, the park has been in development for over 20 years, and will feature 8 diverse districts, each a part of a different ecosystem. The park will be populated with 25 different aquatic experiences and will feature ties into the “Adventure Club of Europe” storyline, which kicked off with the opening of Europa Park’s Voletarium attraction. Also part of this expansion will be Krønasår - The Museum Hotel. The accompanying images show off a stylized map of the park along with exterior views of the expansion spaces.

Art ©️Europa Park


Jamaican Plant :: Dieffenbachia is a genus of tropical flowering plants in the family Araceae. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental / houseplant. It’s a perennial herbaceous plant with straight stem, simple and alternate leaves containing white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. Its common name, “dumb cane,” refers to the poisoning effect of raphides, which can cause temporary inability to speak; for this reason it is aka the mother-in-law’s tongue.

“Fire Mountain” 1999

For years the elusive Fire Mountain project at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has piqued the interest of many a theme park fan. It has had prospective sites in both Fantasyland and Adventureland. Recently, Disney fan site WDW News Today uncovered a proposal for the second iteration filled with concept art and details. Fire Mountain would be built between Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise, and be completely themed to the world of Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire. This indoor coaster attraction would take “explorers” through the caves, but when something goes wrong, guests must go into the heart of the volcano to make their exit. This exciting thrill ride never came to be, but rumors will always persist, with the latest suggesting that a Moana theme may be applied to a future iteration.

Art ©️Disney

This gem of Bauhaus architecture on the quiet side road of busy Torstraße houses an attractive indoor swimming pool. Built in 1930 by architect Carlo Jelkmann and saved through the bomb raids of WWII, it was renovated in the early 1990s, providing the city with a wonderful arena for freestyle, butterfly, backstrokes, etc.

Excalibur in ‘King Arthur’s Great Halls’, Tintagel, Cornwall.  Built by a custard millionaire in the 1930’s, it is the only indoor attraction in the world dedicated to the Arthurian legend. It has 72 stained glass windows, created by a pupil of William Morris, that tell the story and show the Coats of Arms and weapons of the knights. This is an opportunity to see the round table and granite throne.  

anonymous asked:

Hi, I hope you're doing well today 💗 Do you have any suggestions on what to wear for a day in the city where the temp will be around freezing the whole time? My crush and I are visiting Toronto soon and we'll be going to one or two indoor attractions, but we'll also be checking out the outdoor Xmas events around the area and I want to look... not kawaii cute, but like, nice cute. I love your styling so much!

Bring a long oversized coat. It is my ultimate essential for winter. I would go with the basics maybe a pair of skinny back jeans, a turtle neck sweater and then the coat. A pair of hightop sneakers would look cute, maybe something like nike air force ones? Otherwise come ankle boots would be cute. I would accessorise with some delicate jewelry, matching to the tones of your outfit, this will give the cute vibe that you’re going for!



The nation’s capital is sweaty and sweltering right now, but Washington locals and visitors can find a seaside getaway in the most unlikely of places. In the middle of downtown D.C., the National Building Museum has installed a 10,000-square-foot indoor “beach” that has attracted kids, tourists and workers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary lunch break.

“What we’ve got here is a big, white box 200 feet by 50 feet,” explains Cathy Frankel, vice president for exhibitions. “We have it carpeted with our sand, which is more like white AstroTurf. You can walk around here on the beach. It’s always 75 degrees and sunny here.”

The beach — situated in the museum’s Great Hall amid massive Corinthian columns — consists of a snack bar, white lounge chairs with umbrellas and a pool of 700,000 white plastic balls, up to 3 feet deep in some places.

“It took a full day for the entire staff to unload all the boxes of balls into the ocean,” says Chase Rynd, the museum’s executive director. “We thought it was going to be really simple. … No, it was work.”

Take A Trip To D.C.’s Indoor Beach, Where It’s Always 75 And Sunny

Photo credits: Noah Kalina/National Building Museum

For decades rumors have swirled of an alarming trend taking place at Disney theme parks – that some people were dumping the cremated ashes of their dead relatives during some of the darker, indoor attractions. While there’s no official confirmation that this phenomenon is actually taking place, plenty of former employees allege that it’s a relatively common occurrence. And some of them have even pleaded online for the perpetrators to cut it out, since they’re basically dooming their departed loved ones to a final destination of getting sucked up into a shop vac and unceremoniously tossed in a dumpster.

In 2007, a brief ruckus ensued when a woman was reported to be sprinkling an unidentified substance over the side of the Pirates Of The Caribbean boat she was riding in. Though panicked staff immediately shut the ride down, neither the substance (described as a powder that dissipated quickly in the water) nor the culprit were ever found. Disney disputed any possibility that whatever it was that got dispersed could be human remains, because of course they did. This was relatively easy to do, seeing as how the police declined to even investigate the incident due to lack of evidence. In fact, The House Of Mouse’s official stance is that nobody has ever scattered ashes at the park, despite the fact that they get requests for it on a regular basis and allegedly have a specific protocol in place to deal with the aftermath.

Spreading Ashes Next To Goofy: The Worst People At Disney

Turning Out the Lights on Disease-Carrying Insects

Night falls, and the lights on streets and in homes go on. For more than 130 years, artificial light has been a key contributor to human development, allowing people to extend their work hours beyond when the sun goes down, school children to study their lessons, and communities to feel more secure on roads and in shared public spaces. 

In many parts of the world, though, the simple act of turning on a light after dark comes with dangerous risks. Lightbulbs attract insects. Some of these bugs are infected with microbes, which get transferred to people and cause chronic or deadly diseases. Certain mosquitoes bring malaria, Dengue fever or rash- and fever-inducing Chikungunya virus. Sandfly bites can pass on the ulcer-causing Leishmaniasis parasite. A kissing bug kiss can impart Chagas disease.

The impact is substantial, with insect-borne illnesses representing 17 percent of all infectious diseases and 1 million deaths annually around the world. But now researchers say there is a new disease prevention tool that could help lower infections by insects that find their way indoors using light as their guide. Scientists have found that LED bulbs tuned to emit certain wavelengths of light attract significantly fewer insects.

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Bigger Dinosaur, Bigger Thrills

As we saw in Monday’s Jurassic World trailer, the company was always seeking out a new way to draw in more guests. What’s more appealing than the introduction of a new dinosaur? 

It’s quite obvious (and even mentioned) that the T.Rex was to be the star attraction, and it’s even more fitting that Rexy was the main attraction for guests for the beginning years of Jurassic World.

You can see that the T.Rex feeding show is still very popular. Who doesn’t want to watch a goat get devoured?

But as you can see, the up close viewing space appears quite small (although I’m sure there’s other places to watch) and repeat guests probably demanded for more experiences similar to this one. 

That’s where the next big thing comes in: the Mosasaur. I’m assuming that the discovery of genetic material in aquatic “dinosaur” bones was a huge leap in the Jurassic World universe. Watching such a creature feed underwater would sound very exciting–and very pleasant for the ears of corporate.

You can see that an even larger viewing area was created–a stadium, along with an underwater one. More people can watch the Mosasaur feed from above and below. This was definitely an expensive addition to the park, and to maintain such a structure with dropping guest attendance was not a good thing. This was also probably the last thing added before the introduction of Indominus–considering that the Aviary and the Kayak Tour were probably opened around the origin of the park. 

I can see that advancements were probably not being made in extracting DNA from dinosaurs (or animals from the “Ice Age”, which probably tempted an indoor, cold climate attraction) so corporate probably commissioned a completely new dinosaur because that capability is there. 

The Indominus Rex feeding paddock is a huge stadium–and appears much larger than the Mosasaur one. Unfortunately, hints from the trailers indicate that this new show does not go over well.

Which brings me to a final point–over the course of about 10 years, the exhibits have gotten larger to warrant the excitement of new guests. The dinosaurs get bigger, along with the feeding shows and the thrills. This begs the question, does bigger really mean better? We’ll see soon from the film that it may not be so easily answered.


Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL

If I were to make a ‘must-see’ list for Chicago, Shedd Aquarium would definitely be on it. The largest indoor aquarium in the world when it opened in 1930, Shedd has topped lists like ‘most visited aquarium in the U.S.’ and ‘most popular cultural attraction in Chicago.’ With 5,000,000 gallons of water, it’s home to more than 25,000 fish, and 1,500 aquatic and amphibious species. It was the first inland aquarium in the world to house a saltwater fish collection, and has hosted some of the most fantastic aquatic exhibits in the world.

Shedd Aquarium is located on the Museum Campus in Chicago, along with the Field Museum of Natural History and Adler Planetarium. The building is now on the Register of Historic Places.

When you enter the aquarium, the first exhibit you might see is the Caribbean Reef. In 1971, the reef made its debut on the site of the aquarium’s first original exhibit, and has become one of its most popular attractions. A diver in the tank is responsible for feeding, observing, and otherwise maintaining the enormous reef habitat, and visitors to the aquarium can ask the diver questions from the other side of the glass, interacting with the animals via an intermediary.

Amazon Rising is home to the exotic plants and animals of the Amazon River and rain forest. Piranhas, anacondas, tarantulas, monkeys, and caimans guide you through the South American waterscape, where the exhibit focuses on how the dramatic flood cycle affects life in the Amazon. The 30-foot difference in the water level between the dry season and the flood season means massive changes for people, plants, and animals in the areas affected by the rising and falling water.

The oldest exhibit in the aquarium is Waters of the World, which expands on the South American habitat to explore the waters of Asia and Africa. Diverse habitats such as oceans, wetlands, lakes, and rivers are all explored in this comprehensive tour of the world’s waters. I remember especially being interested in At Home on the Great Lakes, the area of this exhibit devoted to the local waters around Chicago. Both native and introduced species are studied to show their effects on the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Wild Reef focuses on another specific ecosystem: that of a Philippine Coral Reef, based on the Apo Island Marine Reserve. Living coral, tropical fish, rays, and sharks all dwell in this exhibit, which has a focus on education and conservation. The exhibit is designed so that visitors feel as though they are seeing the reef as a diver would, moving among the plants and animals that surround them.

The Abbott Oceanarium is my favourite place in Shedd, and the one that I remember most. The Oceanarium houses marine mammals such as sea lions, sea otters (several of them survivors of the ExxonValdez oil spill), white-sided dolphins, and the happiest beluga whales I have ever seen in my life. I think it was the size of the tanks that made such an impact on me; often as aquarium visitors we see marine mammals swimming in circles in a shallow pool, their movements limited by available space. In the Shedd Oceanarium, I was fortunate enough to witness whales playing, leaping, and frolicking in general merriment, diving and surfacing to the delight of everyone around them. The Oceanarium is the largest indoor marine mammal facility in the world, and it shows in the attitudes of its inhabitants.

While you’re at the Oceanarium, check out the marine mammal Aquatic Show; and if you really want to get into the spirit, look into Shedd’s ‘Extraordinary Experiences’ tickets, which offer up-close-and-personal encounters with beluga whales, penguins, sharks, and more. Elsewhere in the aquarium, you should also say hello to Granddad, the Australian Lungfish who has lived at Shedd since 1933, and who might be the oldest fish living in an aquarium anywhere in the world; and to Nickel, a green sea turtle who will definitely make an impression. Injured by a speedboat, Nickel has buoyancy issues which render her incapable of surviving in the wild and have affected her ability to swim; she does just fine in a reef tank, however, and can be seen capably paddling her way around near the entrance to the aquarium.

This may be the first and last time I champion a gift shop: Shedd has a great one, with a wide variety of gifts and keepsakes. All proceeds go to support the aquarium, as a non-profit organization, which means the money helps with marine conservation, education, and research. If you spend the day at Shedd – which is easy to do – there are a few (vegetarian-friendly) café and restaurant choices inside the aquarium. You should also investigate ticket deals—Shedd does discount days for Illinois residents as well as the general public, and is included in several package deals with other Chicago tourist attractions.