Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla discusses California’s possible plans to open the state’s theme parks.
Florida’s major theme parks have been open for months while California’s remained closed. California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned in a late August press conference that these closures could be changing soon. Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla recently commented on what Newsom explained in the conference and what that means for California theme parks.
“State officials state that they haven’t been sitting idly by,” Jessica Brambilla said. “They’ve been ‘actively’ working with theme parks, including the famous Disneyland, on developing a reopening plan. Although, few of us in the industry haven’t been provided much information.”
Jessica Brambilla explained that the roughly five months of closure California theme parks have endured has put some at risk for closing indefinitely. Theme park executives have been begging for some type of information from the Governor in regards to when they can realistically expect to open. Jessica Brambilla added that theme parks have reopened in Florida, Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Jersey, and a variety of countries around the world.
“Newsom’s answers regarding reopening remained a bit vague,” Jessica Brambilla explained. “But he commented that he will be having a meeting regarding the issue this week. As theme park professionals, we really hope he can come out with an opening date and possibly some guidelines.”
Jessica Brambilla explained that Newsom didn’t have much information on hand about the reopening of parks but insisted that he would be having meetings regarding the issue the very seem week. It is the first time the governor has spoken about the reopening of theme parks since late June.
Theme park experts, like Jessica Brambilla, state that parks will need solid reopening guidelines to continue preparing for reopening dates, whenever they may be. Jessica Brambilla explained that theme parks were one of view business categories that were marked as “closed” throughout all four tiers of the governor’s new four-tier system implemented on Aug. 31, 2020.
“This pandemic has been difficult for all California businesses, but we’re seeing theme parks really being pushed aside as unimportant,” Jessica Brambilla said. “Theme parks are businesses with hundreds of employees, and they contribute astronomical amounts to local economies. They shouldn’t be overlooked in reopening plans.”
Theme park officials from Disneyland, Legoland California, Universal, Six Flags, and SeaWorld are now calling on Newsom to start taking action toward the reopening of California theme parks. Disney officials have stated that Disneyland has been ready to open since July 2020, while president of Legoland California Kurt Stocks has been pushing the governor especially hard.
Individual views on the reopening of theme parks may vary from person to person and business to business, but one thing is for certain, California theme park executives and employees want more information than is being provided.
Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla discusses the recent Tripadvisor awards naming Magic Kingdom the top theme park in the world.
Tripadvisor holds its Traveler’s Choice Awards every year, ranking destinations and attractions around the globe. This year, Walt Disney World’s oldest park, Magic Kingdom, was named the No. 1 best theme park in the world. Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla recently discussed why Magic Kingdom ranked at the top, even after so many years in operation.
“Magic Kingdom is one of the most classic theme parks in the world,” Jessica Brambilla said. “It only gets better with age.”
Jessica Brambilla added that Magic Kingdom is the park most synonymous with the Disney World name. It’s simply not a trip to Disney World if you don’t spend at least a full day exploring Magic Kingdom. Jessica Brambilla explained that, for decades, visitors have enjoyed stepping out of reality and into the storybook that is Magic Kingdom. This park consists of multiple “lands,” which are complete with matching characters and attractions.
“Magic Kingdom is known for its iconic attractions,” Jessica Brambilla said. “Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, the Mad Tea Party — they’re all some of the most famous theme park attractions in the world.”
Jessica Brambilla explained that Magic Kingdom holds onto a historic feel that draws visitors from around the globe. Many of the attractions have been updated with new, exciting features, but they remain, at the core, the attractions that have been adored by visitors for decades. The amount of history at Magic Kingdom is something that can’t be matched.
“The storybooks and Disney movies reflected throughout Magic Kingdom are ones that people have loved since they were kids,” Jessica Brambilla added. “Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Peter Pan, they can all be found in Magic Kingdom.”
Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla explained much of the attraction of Magic Kingdom is that everybody can relate to the classic Disney stories portrayed throughout the park. From Cinderella’s magnificent castle to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Mad Tea Party ride, Magic Kingdom is full of timeless attractions and characters.
Jessica Brambilla added that Magic Kingdom is truly a park for all ages. Countless other popular parks around the globe are designed to be more suitable for certain age groups, such as older visitors looking for hair-raising coasters. Magic Kingdom offers visitors a fair share of adrenaline-pumping rides, but it also provides family rides suitable for young children, entertaining shows, parades, and more.
“Travelers who only have time to visit one park while in the Orlando area should choose the award-winning Magic Kingdom,” Jessica Brambilla finished. “It’s historic, it’s thrilling, and it’s ideal for all ages. Once you visit, it will come as no surprise that this park was named the No. 1 theme park in the world in this year’s edition of the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice awards.”
Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla recently explained
Orlando has frequently been named the theme park capital of the world. However, those who are in the know about Florida theme parks know that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is near the top of the list. Other popular Florida parks, like world-famous Disney World and Universal Orland Resort, often enjoy the spotlight when it comes to must-visit theme parks in the state. Although, theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla recently stated that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is not one that should be overlooked.
“This is a bucket-list-worthy park in an area of the state that can easily create an unforgettable vacation,” Jessica Brambilla said. “Anyone who has already tackled Disney and Universal or is just looking for a different and more laid-back experience should head straight to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Jessica Brambilla explained that Busch Gardens is arguably her favorite park in Florida for roller coasters. As a professional roller coaster reviewer, Jessica Brambilla offers a viewpoint thrill-seekers should trust. She explained that it’s easy to spend an entire day riding coasters and other hair-raising rides, which is something many assume is reserved for Universal Orlando and other more recognized parks.
“The Iron Gwazi is the fastest, steepest, and tallest hybrid coaster in North America, and it’s not located at Disney or Universal. It’s located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and it’s a reason to visit alone,” Jessica Brambilla said.
Jessica Brambilla added that the coaster reaches a 206-foot-tall apex, and reaches up to 76 miles per hour on the 91-foot-tall drop. She explained that the park is also home to the country’s first dual tailspin waterslide, the Solar Vortex. The Solar Vortex takes water sliding to new heights, with huge banks, hair-raising descents, swirls and more.
Jessica Brambilla added that Busch Gardens certainly is not just a park for thrill-seekers, as half of the park is dedicated to animals. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is home to one of the country’s most highly-accredited zoos, featuring more than 200 species of animals. The park is known for providing world-class care for the animals on site and nursing those in danger back to health. Jessica Brambilla explained that Busch Gardens animal experiences are Humane Certified, so this a zoo atmosphere families can feel good about visiting.
“The Serengeti Safari takes visitors on an exciting safari ride, where they can admire real African wildlife up-close,” Jessica Brambilla said. “Giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and antelope are just some of the many animals you can see and snap photos of on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”
Jessica Brambilla concluded that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a park for those who are looking for a less-crowded, more affordable alternative to the ever-popular Disney and Universal parks across the state. She emphasized that the wide-open, less-touristy feel is especially advantageous during these times when theme park goers need to practice more caution due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota discusses the possible July re-opening of Disney World and how the park will operate differently.
Florida theme parks are planning reopening dates following closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Walt Disney World, a park that reigns as one of the largest and most popular tourist attractions in the world, is set to reopen in the coming months. If all goes according to the company’s plan, the park will be open in mid-July. Theme park reviewer Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota recently discussed the park’s opening and changes that visitors can expect to see.
“Those who have visited Walt Disney World in the past will see things operating a lot differently this year and possibly in the years to come,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota said.
According to Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota and other theme park experts, social distancing will be required of all who visit this park and others in the coming months. The park will likely regulate attendance and designate certain employees entirely for enforcing social distancing requirements. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota added that face masks are expected to be mandatory.
“Disney executives want the park to be open for visitors to enjoy this summer, but they don’t want to risk spreading this pandemic further,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota said.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota described a New York Times article in which Disney’s chief executive Bob Chapek explained that the company is taking the reopening slowly and extremely cautiously for fear of having to backtrack in the future. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explained that visitors can expect to be forced to follow certain protocols to have access to the park. She described that theme parks likely won’t have optional mask-wearing until task forces deem it safe to do so.
“The park is also going to be a lot more empty for those who visit,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota said. “It is expected the park will open at just 20- to 30-percent capacity at first.”
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explained that this is to maintain social distancing, which is nearly impossible when the park is operating near capacity. According to Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota and other theme park experts, popular events, like parades and fireworks will be canceled until large gatherings are safe and acceptable again.
“We should know more about reopening dates and times next week,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota said. “While all of us in the theme park industry are a bit nervous, we’re excited to return to the parks and attractions we love, even if it means following a few additional safety precautions.”
Theme parks are a great deal of fun, so it’s sad to see them closed during the pandemic. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota examines the various circumstances surrounding them reopening.
Theme parks may not be essential, but they sure are fun. Unfortunately, theme parks have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, shut down following state ordinances that declare gatherings as large as those at theme parks to be too unsafe considering the circumstances. Things cannot be shut down forever, however, as eventually, vaccines and better precautions will lead to businesses, theme parks included, being reopened. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota goes deeper into just what the surrounding circumstances for reopening theme parks are.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota Explains When and How Theme Parks Will Open Up Again
One of the biggest obstacles for theme parks, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explains, are limitations placed on gatherings by various governments. In some cases, limitations are based on the number of people; some state governments declared that gatherings of 10 or more are banned, while others, such as California, have a ban on non-essential businesses being open in the state (which, as fun as they may be, theme parks are sadly non-essential). Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota points out that theme parks opening up is going to be done on a case-by-case basis, as states begin to lift restrictions on such businesses being allowed opened.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota points out that certain states are trying to open up various businesses sooner than others; Georgia, for example, was planning on opening up, until it was decided to push it back, per the consensus by experts on the pandemic. The unfortunate part of the situation is that even when states begin to lift these restrictions, this does not mean that all theme parks will open up, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explains.
Theme park owners are re-opening on a case-by-case basis themselves, wanting to make sure for themselves that both employees and guests attending the theme parks can be there without being put at risk. For instance, regardless of the lightening of restrictions that Florida is undertaking, Disney does not have definitive plans to reopen. The company has tentatively said that it is keeping Disney World closed at least until May 31st if not later, depending on how things go, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explains. So even if you keep yourself abreast of the initial plan that Disney had for reopening, you may want to accept the very real possibility that Disney may not be opening their parks until June, if not later than that, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota notes.
Then again, even if parks do begin to reopen, it would be safest to avoid them for the time being. People may be in a rush to go, and the last thing you want to do is get sick from going, fun
Throughout the Pandemic and Beyond, Families Look to Save Money While Enjoying the Entertainment of Florida, Jessica Brambilla Suggests
Florida may be known for its theme parks, but it can be difficult for families to afford the high ticket prices. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota recommends budget-friendly activities that can be enjoyed, even during the social distancing regulations of the pandemic.
Although Busch Gardens is one of the more affordable theme parks, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explains that it would still cost hundreds for a family of four to visit. However, those who live nearby and who enjoy roller coasters may want to look into annual passes. Jessica Brambilla recommends the annual passes for those who can make the investment as it can lead to extended fun all year long.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota suggests that families explore some of the free activities to do throughout Florida. Often, this includes going to beaches, botanical gardens, and other places. Certain times of the year can result in either free or reduced admission to other locations as well, including museums.
Another budget-friendly activity includes zoos. Jessica Brambilla suggests exploring Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa as well as Naples Zoo further south. Not only do the zoos offer various events throughout the year, such as for Halloween, but there are also specials throughout the year in order to buy a day and come back for the rest of the year for free.
With the beautiful weather found throughout Florida, camping is another suggestion. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota says that it can be worth it for families to make the investment in a tent and other camping materials. Campgrounds are located all over the state. While there’s a small fee for the campsite, the recreational opportunities that exist within the park are free. Many state and national parks offer hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, and more.
Embracing nature is one of the most budget-friendly activities for families to consider when they’re in Florida, says Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota. As a resident of Sarasota, she is a fan of driving South into the Forth Myers area in order to visit Ding Darling. The wildlife refuge offers a tram tour in order to learn of the various species and ecosystems present. Further, she explains that activities include everything from birding to canoeing to spending time in the visitor and education center.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota has been a Florida resident who has been heavily involved in providing theme park reviews. She loves seeing the historic landmarks across the state. She also considers herself to be a roller coaster aficionado.
Brambilla suggests that families who are on a budget explore the various free things to do in the state, including those that involve spending time in the parks and beaches. For those who can afford it, she suggests that annual passes can be a way to enjoy entertainment all year long with a one-time investment.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota Discusses A Safe Way to Enjoy Theme Parks During the Pandemic
Theme parks are a lot of fun, but ever since the coronavirus, people have not been able to enjoy them. To help, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota has a guide to enjoy theme parks in virtual reality.
Many people have grown up with theme parks being one of the most joyous things to do. The attractions, the rides, the food, and the general atmosphere of a good theme park can make memories that will last forever. Unfortunately, however, most theme parks are shut down, thanks to the coronavirus, and as such, people cannot make those memories as easily. In order to help alleviate this somewhat, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota has created a guide to virtual reality (VR) theme parks: what to play and how to play them.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota’s Guide to Theme Park VR
The first thing you need to do is figure out how to play VR games. There are various options available depending on what you already have. For people who do not have a computer built for video games, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota recommends something like the Oculus Quest or Oculus Link, which are their own devices that work without needing anything else. If you are willing to pay more and have a good setup for it, something like an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift might be more up your alley, Jessica Brambilla notes, which work with a computer or laptop, though it will need to be capable of running it well.
The HTC Vive is a more complicated setup, using surrounding cameras to create an area to walk around in VR. VR devices that allow for freedom of movement allow for exploration of environments in more interesting ways than when stationary, Jessica Brembilla of Sarasota explains.
Now, onto the games. There are different ways to go about theme park VR games; the most common type is roller coaster VR games, basically putting you on rails and giving you the opportunity to get the sheer rush of being on an actual roller coaster. Jessica Brambilla finds it amazing how your mind feels like there is no difference between being on a VR roller coaster and being on a real one. Some VR theme park games allow you to walk around a theme park environment, giving you that theme park exploration factor.
One game that stands out to Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota is RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride, a game about owning, operating, and constructing a theme park. Not only that, however, but you can even make and ride your own roller coasters! No longer are you limited by the imaginations of actual roller coasters, so you can actually have a new experience with roller coasters whenever you want, Jessica Brambilla notes.
About Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota
Jessica Brambilla is a theme park aficionado, with a particular emphasis on roller coasters. Riding roller coasters has always been Jessica Brambilla’s go-to activity for a good time and a quick thrill-ride. It’s more than just a passing interest to Jessica Brambilla: she’s willing to travel as far as she needs to in order to ride the biggest and best. Whether wood or steel, standing or inverted, Jessica Brambilla welcomes every variation of coaster and gives every single one an equal chance to thrill her.
When she’s not on the rides and roller-coasters, Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota is taking in the live attractions and finding the best restaurants to eat at while spending a day in the park. No matter which theme park you go to, it’s safe to say the food is going to be a bit more expensive than you’re used to. Jessica Brambilla is determined to find the best quality food that will get you the most bang for your buck so you can enjoy the rest of your day having fun without worrying that you broke the bank on chicken nuggets.
Roller coaster reviewer and theme park enthusiast Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota discusses the top 5 unknown facts about roller coasters.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota is a long-time roller coaster reviewer and theme park, enthusiast. She knows more about roller coaster than most park officials and recently released her most interesting and unknown roller coaster facts.
“Many people don’t know that the world’s oldest roller coaster is still working and ready to ride,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota said. “Leap-The-Dips was created in Altoona, Penn., 1901 and is now a National Historic Landmark.”
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota also described that the concept of roller coasters was inspired by Russia. As early as the 1600s, Russians were sledding on giant, wooden slides covered in ice. They’d sit atop a straw seat or block of ice and slide down as speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The idea was later taken to France, where the slides didn’t fare well in the warmer temperatures. Tracks were created and wheels were added to the sleds to create the first modern roller coaster in 1817.
“The first roller coaster in America was extremely slow by today’s standards,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota says. “At its fastest point, the Switchback Railway in Brooklyn reached a speed of 6 miles per hour.”
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explained how different that is from today’s coasters. She described that the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, can reach speeds of 149 miles per hour in less than five seconds. However, she stated that six of the world’s top 10 fastest coasters are actually right here in the United States.
Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota Discusses Restrictions
“Many people think height restrictions are because kids can fall out of the coaster, but that’s not exactly why they’re set in place,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota says. “Height restrictions are in place to keep children and smaller people safe in the event of a sudden stop.”
Roller coaster experts like Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota describe that physics alone will typically hold passengers of all sizes in their seats. It’s the possibility of an emergency stop that keeps height restrictions in place. Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota explains that height restrictions are actually more serious than people think, so it’s important not to push your friend or child to appear taller by standing on tip-toes or using other tactics.
“Your chances of getting seriously hurt on a roller coaster are extremely slim,” Jessica Brambilla of Sarasota says. “However, we always want passengers to meet height requirements in the very rare chance of an incident.”
The National Safety Council states that passengers have a 1 in 24 million chance of incurring a serious injury from an amusement park ride. With amusement parks gearing up to open for the summer of 2020, now is the time to get excited about roller coaster drops, loops, take-offs, and more.