Unlikely as it may seem, ships from Pātea once provided over half of the port of Wellington’s dairy exports. Pātea’s end came when the big British lines cut the subsidies. The South Taranaki Shipping Co. ceased trading in 1959. The wharves fell silent and had their decking removed during the 1970s, leaving the piling and the entrance works to mark the port’s passing. In the 1980s the freezing works closed. The cheese factory went, too.
Disneyland is a magical place, with many faces, here are the most memorable that I captured when I visited Disneyland in Anaheim Los Angeles
The Studio Tour (also known as The Backlot Tour) is a ride attraction at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in California (USA).
The Tour is the signature attraction at the park, and goes into a working movie studio, with various film sets on the lot. In recent years, guests have sat in multi-car trams for the duration of the ride. The Tour lasts about 45–60 minutes and is led by a live tour guide who can be seen throughout the tram on video screens. It travels through the Front Lot, Backlot and various attractions, passing sets and props from movies along the way.
Bob Gale, co-producer and co-writer of the Back to the Future films, took on a project with Universal Studios to fully restore the original “A” Hero DeLorean time machine. A team of about 20 Back to the Futurefans and Hollywood professionals worked together to bring the iconic car back to life over the course of one year. The beautiful DeLorean is now on display at The NBCUniversal Experience in Universal Studios
Courthouse Square is a backlot located at Universal Studios. The set is composed of several facades that form an archetypal American town square with a courthouseas its centerpiece. The set is most famous for being featured as downtown Hill Valleyin the Back to the Future trilogy, and as Kingston Falls in the Gremlins series.
Prior to the Back to the Future series, the area was known as Mockingbird Squaredue to its role in the film To Kill a Mockingbird. It has been severely damaged by fire several times, including in 1957, 1990 and 2008. It was reconstructed after each incident.
Jurassic Park: The Ride (Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal's Islands of Adventure) is a water-based amusement ride based on the Steven Spielbergfilm Jurassic Park. The ride is designed to have the feel of Isla Nublar. Guests begin the queue by walking under the Jurassic Park Sign before waiting under an open-wall building. A tour guide appears on television monitors in the building, reviewing boarding and ride safety. Other videos will play, with some about the "safety of the ride" spoken by InGen employees, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) talking about the dinosaurs, and music from the first film's score in the background. Guests are then split into two lines to board their tour boats for the ride.
Next stop after Las Vegas was LA. A perfect excuse to stroll along the beach. Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars. A picturesque enclave of canals is surrounded by modernist homes.
One of the last stops in Vegas before heading to San Diego was Counts Kustoms. Counting Cars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series, which is the third spinoff of Pawn Stars, is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at Count's Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company owned and operated by Danny Koker
Fremont Street was Named in honor of explorer John Charles Frémont and located in the heart of the downtown casino corridor, Fremont Street is (or was) the address for many famous casinos such as Binion's Horseshoe, Eldorado Club, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Four Queens, The Mint, and the Pioneer Club.
Prior to the construction of the Fremont Street Experience, the western end of Fremont Street was the picture of Las Vegas that was included in virtually every television show and movie that wanted to display the lights of Las Vegas. The abundance of neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of Glitter Gulch.
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