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Texas Alps_ indoor snow skiing coming to Grapevine

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									                                                                                                                        September 2009        AMUSEMENT TODAY 27




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           R EVENUE                               PEOP L E                          RE S O RT S                      A I MS I N TL.                   SUP P LI E R S

        BRIEF                          Texas Alps, indoor snow skiing coming to Grapevine
                                           Take a look at any park-                                                                           three indoor courses in the
                                       ing lot in the ski resorts of                                                                          U.K. Construction on the proj-
Walt Disney Parks                      Colorado and one will see that                                                                         ect begins in early 2010 with
to offer glimpse                       the majority of vehicle license                                                                        the target opening slated for
'Behind the Magic'                     plates are from Texas.                                                                                 July, 2011.
                                           Now, Texans will soon                                                                                   The World Villages of
during Sept. expo                      have their own place to ski,                                                                           Grapevine is a $1.6 billion
                                       right in the Lone Star State.                                                                          complex that will comprise of
       What will Disney's                  The World Villages of                                                                              three entertainment venues,
theme parks and resorts
                                       Grapevine (Texas) announced                                                                            retail shops, hospitality, resi-
look like in the future? Fans
                                       on July 22 that construction                                                                           dences and office space that
will learn the answer to that
question and many more
                                       will soon begin on a $70 mil-                                                                          will take five to seven years
as they take a "behind-the-            lion indoor ski slope called                                               AT PHOTOS / GARY SLADE      to complete. It is being built
magic" tour of their favor-            Texas Alps.                         On hand to announce the Texas Alps, an indoor snow ski             near the Great Wolf Lodge
ite Disney destinations at                 The snowy playground            project heading to Grapevine, Texas, were l ot r: Sherman          Grapevine, Gaylord Texan
the inaugural D23 EXPO,                will combine winter and                                                                                hotel and the Dallas Cowboys
                                                                           W. Thurston, project architect; Alec G. Sohmer, Snow
where the entire world of              adventure sports, active leisure                                                                       Country Club.
                                       and lifestyle retailing with 16
                                                                           Sport Entertainment and Tony L. Bowen, World Villages of                An entertainment venue
Disney will come togeth-
er under one roof at the               exciting Alpine themed bou-         Grapevine.                                                         currently under construc-
Anaheim            Convention          tiques and restaurants.             artificical mountains standing   estimated at $28.00 to $45.00     tion at the mega-complex is a
Center in California from                  The slope, 175 feet tall, 600   as much as 100 feet tall.        depending on the ski package      20-acre botanical garden that
Sept. 10-13.                           feet long and 328 feet wide,             Day time temperature        purchased. The facility will      will become home to one of
       Through a series of             will feature extreme skiing,        inside the slope will be main-   require a staffing of 40 full-    the largest Bonsai tree collec-
stunning displays and not-             snowboarding, tubing, skiing        tained at 32 degrees. At night   time and 200 part-time posi-      tions in the United States.
to-be-missed presentations,            for beginners and snow play.        when 18 tons of new snow         tions. One million visitors are   	    •www.worldvillagesof
D23 EXPO attendees will                It will also feature an indoor      is being made, temperatures      estimated annually.               grapevine.com.
explore the rich legacy
                                       ice wall for climbing, luge         will be lowered to a minus 10        Texas Alps is being built                     —Gary Slade
and future of Walt Disney
                                       track as well as two outdoor        degrees.                         by Snow Sport Entertainment
Parks.
       Tickets to the D23
                                       mountain climbing courses on             Admission pricing is        which has successfully built
EXPO are available at
h t t p : / / w w w. d 2 3 e x p o .   Cincinnati Zoo installs Gateway Ticketing’s Galaxy program
com/. Admission includes
                                            Cincinnati Zoo, a current
access to all experiences
                                       Gateway Ticketing Systems
and entertainment at the
D23 EXPO and can be pur-
                                       customer, upgraded and
chased for single days or              enhanced their ticketing sys-
for the full four days of              tem as part of a new $19.6 mil-
festivities. Admission is $37          lion entrance.
for a one-day adult ticket                  The zoo’s new entrance,
and $27 for children 3-12.             Historic Vine Street Village,
Four-day passes are $111               is designed to make the park
for adults and $81 for chil-           more visitor-friendly by
dren. Members of D23: The              accomplishing two goals.
Official Community for                      The first is minimizing
Disney Fans will receive               traffic jams and offering more
a discount on up to four               parking to guests, and the sec-
same-day          admissions,          ond is by reducing the wait
as well as early entry to              time to get in.
each day of the D23 EXPO                    Reducing the wait time             Gateway Ticketing Systems Galaxy program is
for themselves and their                                                        now part of the new $19.6 million front gate
                                       at the zoo entrance is where
guests.                                                                                           area at the Cincinnati Zoo.
                                       Galaxy,      from     Gateway
	      •www.D23EXPO.com.
                                                4See ZOO, page 31                            PHOTOS COURTESY GATEWAY TICKETING


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