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World's tallest rollercoaster planned in Orlando

Orlando is set to become home to the tallest roller coaster in the world, with plans to build a thrill ride equal to a 27-storey drop.


Riders of The Skyscraper, set to be built at a sprawling retail and entertainment complex in Orlando called Skyplex, will experience a heart-pumping drop from 570 feet (174 meters) in the air on a vertical roller coaster that will also feature loops, dives, spirals and inversions.


Instead of covering a lot of ground, artist renderings reveal a ride that scales around and down the length of a monolithic tower in a vertical drop, a novel concept that takes up a small footprint.


When it’s completed, The Skyscraper will beat the existing record for the tallest roller coaster by 193 feet (59 meters).


The current record-holder is the Tower of Terror at the Dreamworld amusement park in Queensland, Australia.


The Orlando roller coaster will be part of a $200 million indoor entertainment complex dubbed Skyplex that will span 12 acres.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:39

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New 'Lord of the Rings' Tour in New Zealand

Hardcore fans of “The Lord of the Rings” are being courted in a new luxury travel package developed to mark the trilogy’s 60th anniversary and the upcoming release of the final cinematic installment of “The Hobbit.”


The 11-day trip starts in Rotorua, where visitors will be taken on a guided tour of Hobbiton, or The Shire, the bucolic village characterized by Hobbit homes carved into the green hillside, and their round, inviting doors.


Other trip highlights include helicopter tours of some of the most remote filming areas across New Zealand; an after-hours visit to Weta Workshop where the film’s ethereal settings and scariest characters were birthed; a stay at an LOTR-themed hotel room; and a winery lunch.

Visitors will also be able to revisit key filming locations like the Elven outpost of Rivendell and the Anduin River, where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs.


And to top it off, fans of Peter Jackson, who brought the fantasy world to life, will be able to pay a visit to his movie studios in Miramar.


The tour is organized by luxury travel outfit Zicasso. Prices start at $7,000 per person. Flights are not included.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:31

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Budapest tour on a Segway

Segway is a motorized personal transport device which may appear to be difficult to balance but with a few minutes' training it makes for an excellent means of transportation for a busy tourist wanting to do all the sights to see in a city without exhausting himself.


For Euro 30 you can take an hour long Segway guided tour of Budapest and cover sights like the St Stephen Basilica (pictured above) and the Budapest Parliament as well as the Danube riverside. For Euro 55 you can do a two hour tour and cover many more tourist attractions.


When you plan a trip to Budapest make sure you include a Segway tour - just the thrill of gliding your way around town will be a memorable experience.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:11

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Beware of "Service Charges" in Venice

Restaurants and cafes in Venice are famous for their outrageous service charges. Cafe Lavena in St Mark's Square has an infamous policy of charging Euro 6 for "music" when you sit and sip on their Euro 6 coffee. So six cups of coffee can end up costing Euro72.


Ristorante da Raffaele is no different. Located between the Grand Canal and San Marco, this typical Italian restaurant with plenty of seafood and pasta also has a Euro 5 service charge for those who sit outside by the canal and are serenaded by the cries of the gondoliers cruising by.


The Italians have a way of making you open your wallets wide. If it is not the designer handbags and shoes that gets you to shell out top dollar for cow hides, they even make you pay for sitting by and inhaling the odiferous waft coming from their open sewers that are romantically called canals.


Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 15:23

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Mountain climbing in the Maldives?

Think of the Maldives and your mind conjures up pictures of white sandy beaches, colorful fishes and scuba diving. But mountain climbing? Well, according to the Shangri-La Maldives, German mountain adventurer Florian Nagl, who has 10 years of history climbing mountains in different countries, recently visited the Shangri-La's Resort & Spa, Maldives to climb the Maldives' highest peak, Mount Villingili.

Mount Villingili is number 74 in his highest peak collection. It stands at a modest 5.1 metres and is located at tee number eight on Villingili's Golf Course - the only golf course in the Maldives. It is nothing compared to Mount Everest which is 8,848 metres high and was climbed by Nagl just two months ago.

You and I can perhaps only aspire to see Mount Everest let alone climb it but if there is one mountain peak we can all surmount it surely is Mount Villingili in the Maldives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:07

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You just missed the La Tirana Festival

If you were not in Chile last month you may have missed out hearing of a colorful festival that takes place every July 16 in the small oasis town of La Tirana in the middle of the Atacama Desert in Chile. Almost 250,000 people visit the town which has a regular population of just 800 people.

But all is not lost. If you still wish to visit Chile this summer - it is winter there now - you can go skiiing or snowboarding on the slopes of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano. You can rent equipment and find hotels at the “Bosque Nevado” adventure ski center at the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve which has just opened its winter season.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 14:59

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