We Started a Vlog
Iwerks
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3y ago
It's been a while. Maybe you've been wondering what's been happening, but we started a vlog. Our YouTube Channel is called 'Perth Theme Park Life'. We've been wanting to start a vlog for sometime, but having someone go 'let's do it' and give you a push has been great. It features myself (Iain) and a young guy called Tim as well a bunch of our friends. Recently, we uploaded (as a bonus video) 'Carlos's Day at the Show', which I helped make 20 years ago. It's funny when you realise that we've been doing this for decades, but there's never really been a market for our theme park coverage before ..read more
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School's Out Fest
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3y ago
It's the last days of the school holidays and the last days of the popular Schools Out Fest, which has taken over the CBD in the last two weeks. School's Out Fest involves two precincts and two very different experiences ideally suited for young families. Entry fee is $10 online(with a small additional booking fee) or $12 at the gate. It's a smart idea to book online as many sessions sell out in advance.  The first part of the School's Out Fest event is the fun fair down at Elizabeth Quay. For the one fee, you get unlimited rides on the amazing Dream Swinger, Runaway Train coaster, the be ..read more
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Sunset on Film
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3y ago
You may have noticed with the release of Tenet, Christopher Nolan's latest blockbuster, that some advertisements are declaring that it's available in 70mm in selected theatres. Unfortunately, none of those cinemas are in Perth. In fact, it's probably impossible to watch it here in 35mm as well. We've lost a lot of cinemas in the last forty years and all of the other ones have converted over to digital. It appears, with the conversion to digital, that cinemas ripped out their old projectors and either tossed them out on the tip, or they ended up at the only place that would take them - the Pict ..read more
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Run to the Hills
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4y ago
We've made the trip up into the Perth hills a couple of times in recent weeks. I'd seen that Cohunu Koala Park has a new baby Koala, so I thought it was worth the trip up there. It's a good idea to pair a visit to Cohunu Koala Park with the excellent Armadale Reptile Centre or Araluen Botanic Park, which are just around the corner. We lucked into some good weather. It's winter in Australia, yet our atmopsheric conditions appear to be warmer and less wet than the blogs I'm currently seeing from England. As we stepped out of Cohunu Koala Park's busy car park and headed towards the park entrance ..read more
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A Good Reopening
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4y ago
Attractions around Perth are slowly reopening. Since the end of May, restaurants and parks have been given permission by the government to relaunch their businesses. We've been really lucky in Perth, with very little community spread. Our government has maintained a hard line on a closed border, where international and interstate travellers have been forced into mandatory quarantine either in a hotel or on Rottnest Island. Considering the current outbreak in Victoria and what's happening overseas, it's good to have some comfort that Covid-19 isn't rife through the local community (we currently ..read more
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Missing the Movies
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4y ago
With Covid-19 closing down cinemas, we've missed going to the movies. The local drive-in has reopened, but thanks to the pandemic, their supply of new releases has dried up. Our state has actually given cinema operators the opportunity to reopen, but they haven't. It could be the lack of new movies or the fact that attendance is capped per cinema and per complex. Most chains have announced that they're going to reopen on July 2, just in time for our local school holidays. This is just another challenge that movie theatres have faced in my life time. When I was young, many of the classic art d ..read more
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Walking Around Perth
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4y ago
We've been walking around Perth a lot, lately. When a lot of parks are closed (and thankfully now reopening), parts of Perth are great places to investigate. We had our own private tour of Perth, recently. Hosted by Tom of 'Two Feet and a Heartbeat', it was an informative and pleasant walk through our home city. He painted an interesting picture of our city's highlights and lowlights. Even though Perth comes across as a modern metropolis, there's still lots of history hiding in plain sight. As with all of Two Feet's city tours, it begins at the Town Hall. We learnt about the start of the Swa ..read more
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How to quench that theme park thirst
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4y ago
With the COVID-19 pandemic encircling the globe, what have you been doing to whet your theme park appetite? What do you do when every Disney and Universal Park on the planet has been closed? Look for the next best thing... 1.Play the Game There are plenty of different platforms to help you construct or run your own theme park. Most people I know who have anything to do with themeparks have some connection to growing up with the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 went a stepped beyond the simplicity of the early versions and gave you a 3-d perspective of your park (you ..read more
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It's the end of the world as we know it.. and I feel fine
Iwerks
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4y ago
Have you noticed how watching normal programming just doesn't seem to work at the moment? You see an advertisement filmed before the pandemic and you find yourself yelling at the screen for the people to move apart and not touch anything. I think that's why zombie films, and movies about a dystopian future, are filling my movie appetite right now. It's only when you come back from shopping at our stripped-bare supermarkets do you get an appreciation for some of the finer details that these movies have gotten right. Zombie films, like World War Z, Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later use many o ..read more
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Cabana Life
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4y ago
Last weekend, I had the pleasure to rent one of the newer cabanas at Adventure World. A group of us (most of whom are platinum members) had been talking about taking advantage of the 50% discount we get on hiring a cabana outside of the busy summer months. We'd been kind of reluctant to hire one because of the $125 tab that came with them. What we discovered was a pleasant surprise. I arrived there first, just before opening at 10am. The park was surprisingly busy because they were holding a big day out for kids from the Perth Children's Hospital and their families. All fast passes were gone ..read more
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