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REVIEW: Busch Gardens Hits a Home Run with Cobra’s Curse

We got to preview the all new family roller coaster, Cobra’s Curse, at Busch Gardens a day before it officially opens! Cobra’s Curse officially opens to the public tomorrow, June 17.

Everything about the ride is phenomenal – see below as we break down all of the elements that made this a home run for the park.


The Queue

We were incredibly impressed with the queue for this ride. First off, the line is inside with air conditioning which will make this one of the more popular rides that families will wait in line for to get out of the heat.

The theming is great – you can tell that they really put a lot of detail into it. There’s a great projection show in one of the rooms that has two scenes – with red and blue energy – that takes over the room every three minutes. Creative Director Brian Morrow also told us that they have an entire book filled with the backstory for each and every character for the ride with pictures, biographies and more. Sadly, there are no plans to release that any time soon to the public.

Another part of the queue is that you get to pass by an enclosure of live snakes. The enclosure is designed beautifully, with Zoo Manager Phil Hillary telling us how the snakes – which are different species – are getting along quite well. He stated that one of the species actually spent time in the same area as another one, peacefully cohabiting. He also stated that there’s not any territorial issues, but that the snakes are fed separately. You can tell how much attention and detail they’re giving to the enclosure, as well as how much they really care for the snakes.

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The Ride

The ride starts out going up a 70-foot lift as you come face-to-fang with the Snake King himself. You then travel down the ride going forwards, backwards and finally going into a free spin. This ride is a lot of fun and everyone coming off the ride was laughing and smiling. Busch Gardens is on the right track with this ride. With all of the new rides popping up in the last few years – Cheetah Hunt, Falcon’s Fury and now Cobra’s Curse – Busch Gardens is a great place to go to get a great experience.

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Merchandise

Busch Gardens debuted a bunch of new merchandise for the ride including t-shirts, cups, bags, wine bottles and more. Check out the pictures below!
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Cobra’s Twissst

As an addition, Coca-Cola has teamed up with Busch Gardens to launch Cobra’s Twissst, a new soda flavor. It tastes a bit like a mixture of cherry with lemon-lime. It was delicious and a great, refreshing drink to have on a hot day.


Overall, we really loved the look and feel of this ride. The attention to detail is amazing and people are going to go crazy over this ride! Well done Busch Gardens!

“Supergirl” Casts “Teen Wolf” Star Tyler Hoechlin as Superman

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According to TVLine.com, Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin will play Superman on Supergirl. Supergirl was just moved to The CW from CBS and will air on Mondays.

We previously reported about the fan movement to cast Matt Cohen as Superman, with a few fans also voicing their opinions about getting Smallville actor Tom Welling to reprise his role.

photo courtesy of Tyler Hoechlin's Instagram
photo courtesy of Tyler Hoechlin’s Instagram

TVLine reports that Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about Tyler:

“[Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman.”

It will be interesting to see what Tyler does with the role.

“Engage: The Official Star Trek™ Podcast” Launches Today!

Engage: The Official Star Trek™ Podcast has launched today! Hosted by Jordan Hoffman, a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on StarTrek.com, the first three episodes of the hour-long podcast are available NOW for listening on , Play.it/StarTrek, and StarTrek.com.

The first guests include “Weird Al” Yankovic on the first episode, Leonard Nimoy’s son and director Adam Nimoy on the second episode and MTV News Correspondent Josh Horowitz on the third episode.

"Weird Al" seen here with host Jordan Hoffman
“Weird Al” seen here with host Jordan

Below are previews of each episode:

“WEIRD AL” ON HIS FIRST MEMORY OF STAR TREK

When asked by Hoffman if he was aware about the first series, Yankovic said: “I was [aware of Star Trek.] Honestly, my only memory was once I kind of got into a little bit of a fight with my parents because I wanted to stay up late enough to watch Star Trek. It was a little past my bedtime, but I was always like, ‘Just a few minutes more. I really want to watch Star Trek.’ [His parents saying,] ‘No, it’s past your bedtime.’ I said, ‘I’ll forgo my allowance this week if you just let me watch Star Trek!’

ADAM NIMOY ON HIS DOCUMENTARY, “FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK”

Nimoy discussed his documentary, “For the Love of Spock,” which will be released in theaters and VOD day-and-date on Sept. 9, the day after the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. He discussed the changes in his intention behind the film: “The intention going in was different from what the end product turned out to be in part because going in, I was working with my dad. And we wanted to make a Spock doc – just Spock. That was going to be the focus. Dad was very concerned that it not be the ‘Leonard Nimoy Show’ – he really wanted to keep the fans focused on the character and in great detail, kind of explore Spock. How he came about, how he was created, how he evolved, why he resonates with so many people for so many years. That was our initial intention. After my dad passed away, there was such a response to the loss – not only to Spock, but to Leonard Nimoy, the artist and humanitarian. It was clear we needed to expand the film to include more of his life and legacy as well. It seemed fitting and appropriate to pay tribute to him, as well as to Spock and yet still service… keep it ‘Spock-centric’ but try and find a balance between the two.”

“And in that journey of exploring my dad’s life and legacy,” Nimoy continued. “My story started to become more intertwined with that, and there was a chorus of people… that [said] I should include my own perspective, my own story, my family perspective and how it impacted all of us. Because we are just an American family, born of immigrants… but we went through an incredible time and evolution… It had a big effect on my relationship with my dad. The focus then turned into intertwining these three elements – Spock, Leonard, myself and the family, and myself and my dad.”

JOSH HOROWITZ ON PATRICK STEWART

Horowitz is known for his fun interviews with different actors and personalities, as well as his podcast, ‘Happy Sad Confused.’ On his podcast, he interviewed Sir Patrick Stewart (AKA Captain Picard) and shares with Hoffman a funny story: “My podcast is called ‘Happy Sad Confused,’ and it grew out of a silly photo thing that I continue to do where after I do an interview with somebody… I always do three photos – a really big happy face, a really sad face and a really confused face. So I had Sir Patrick Stewart on the podcast and it was magical, as you would expect it to be. We did the photos afterwards, and I thought at the time that he wasn’t moving his face at all. [I thought] he was just being stoic and not enjoying the process… I looked at the photos later, he’s actually moving his facial muscles in such a subtle, beautiful way that he was actually conveying happy, sad, confused.”

Make sure to listen NOW on – , Play.it/StarTrek, and StarTrek.com.

E3 2016: Nintendo Announces Pokémon Sun and Moon Updates

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Earlier today Nintendo Treehouse went live at E3 and Pokémon fans were treated with more updates for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon games. During the stream, four new Pokémon – including a new mythical Pokémon – were announced along with a new way to battle!

Among those newly announced Pokémon is:

Pikipek: A Normal/Flying type Woodpecker Pokémon.

Yungoos: A Normal type Loitering Pokémon.

Grubbin: A Bug type Larva Pokémon.

Magearna: A Steel/Fairy type Artificial Pokémon. Magearna is the newest Mythical Pokémon. It was also introduced with a new move called Fleur Cannon.

A new battle format called Battle Royal will also be introduced in the new games.This will allow four players to be divided in a four-way battle that allows each trainer to fight against each of the other three trainers. Prior to this new feature, Pokémon battles typically consisted of one trainer against another.

Both Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are available for preorder at select online retailers. They will be released in North America this year on November 18, 2016.

Another Nintendo Treehouse stream will be live again tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Creation Stands Extends Wayward AF Campaign

 

Just as the incredibly successful Wayward AF campaign was nearing its end, Creation Stands – with the pleas and support of Supernatural actresses Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster and fans – has announced that they have extended the campaign another day! Time is still limited, and this will be the only chance to get a hold of the styles.

You can buy yours here now. You can also donate or request a donated shirt by checking out the official Wayward Donations Tumblr.

 

Trailer for the Next Zelda Game – “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” Released!

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Nintendo released the official title for the next Zelda game – The Legend of Zelda: BReath of the Wild – at E3 today.

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

The game is set to be released in 2017 and you can pre-order the game here!

Watch the trailer for the game below!

Full-Length Trailer For Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” Released!

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Disney has released the full-length trailer for their newest live-action film, Pete’s Dragon. Based off the 1977 animated film, this new version stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Robert Redford. The film is set to open in theaters on August 12, 2016!


Synopsis

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.


Watch the trailer below!

Playstation News from E3: Crash Bandicoot Returns & More!

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Playstation recently held their press conference at the E3 Convention and announced exciting news. Take a look below at all of the new, exciting things coming to Playstation, including a return of a favorite character.

Crash Bandicoot Returns


Crash Bandicoot will be featured as a guest in Skylanders Imaginators for his 20th anniversary celebration. You can read more – here!

We brought in lifelong Crash fans to evaluate our sketches, early 3D prints, and test figures at every stage to make sure we were creating a toy THEY would want for their favorite furry protagonist.

They also announced a remaster, which will contain Crash 1, Crash 2 and Warped fully remastered for PS4.

Playstation VR Release Date Announced


Playstation VR has been announced to release on October 13, 2016 in North America. They announced new Playstation VE experiences, including Farpoint from Impulse Gear, Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission and Batman: Arkham VR.

New Games

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The Last Guardian – available October 25, 2016 – PS4

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God of War

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Spider-Man

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Days Gone

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Detroid: Become Human

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Gran Turismo Sport – Available November 15, 2016 – PS4

You can read about many more games that Playstation has announced – here!

Kim Rhodes Shares the Power of the Supernatural Family

As a fandom we hear time and time again how the Supernatural Family has supported the cast and crew. Often through simple encouragement and presence by fans, cast and crew have undergone major personal growth. While we may know many of these stories, we are always discovering more. In a very powerful post, actress Kim Rhodes discusses how The Saturday Night Special at the Supernatural Conventions and the Supernatural Family gave her the ability to sing once again. Many individuals have traveled dark places but our family helps light their path. Sometimes simply being welcomed to sing can have a major impact.

And then I flipped off everybody in the room because my heart couldn’t take any more love pouring in.

That’s the end of the story. Now I shall go back to the beginning. Which is never exactly where you think it’s going to be.

You can check out Kim’s post below at her Tumblr.

http://kimrhodes4.tumblr.com/post/145876221975/the-thing-thats-not-about-the-thing

The Cast of Supernatural at the Phoenix Supernatural Convention!

The cast of the Supernatural recently visited Phoenix, Arizona as part of their convention stops this past weekend. Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Osric Chau, Kim Rhodes, Rob Benedict, Richard Speight Jr., Mark Sheppard, Matt Cohen, Ruth Connell and Samantha Smith appeared.

Supernatural conventions are highly popular and have a sense of family when you’re at them.

You can check to see if there’s a convention near you, by checking out Creation Entertainment!

A big thanks to Janet / Lady_MickeyD, Amanda, Michele, Taylor and Tara for letting us use their pictures! See the pictures of the cast below!

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