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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.


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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.


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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."


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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”


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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

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If you're a theme park addict and regularly lament the fact that Ireland is somewhat lacking in that department, then you'll be pleased to hear that a theme park set to rival Disneyland will soon be only a short flight away.

That's right ladies, the UK is preparing for the arrival a giant theme park which is reported to feature rides, rollercoasters, a theatre, retail and food outlets as well as hotels and a nightclub.

Dartford in Kent is set to home the £3.5 billion Paramount Entertainment Resort, and despite the fact that Paramount is no longer working with London Resort Company Holdings, LRCH has confirmed they will be pushing on with the project.

"We want to express our sincere thanks to the many members of the Paramount team who have worked with us since we took over the Project in August 2013," said Humphrey Percy, CEO of LRCH.

After confirming they will be liasing with local authorities and stakeholders, Percy said they will be providing the public with an insight into their plan at the final stage of the consultation later this year.

"We are creating a unique entertainment destination offering a scale and quality unprecedented in the UK where much loved characters and stories will be brought to life from iconic movies, television, books, electronic gaming and toys," he explained.

According to The Independent, work on the park is set to begin in 2019 following government approval, and is expected to pull in 40,000 visitors a day.


A galaxy far, far away is about get a lot closer to home, because Disney have just revealed plans that are sure to excite your inner Star Wars nerd.  

That's right, there's a Star Wars– themed Disneyland project in the pipeline and fans are freaking out.

At D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Chairman, Bob Chapek, showed a detailed model of the 14-acre park known as 'Galaxy's Edge', that is currently being built at Disneyland's Hollywood Studios.

The parks look set to have a number of interactive areas which will allow guests to get up close and personal with starships, droids and of course, all the weird and wonderful Star Wars creatures.

"All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be," Chapek said in a press release.

The park, which looks set to open in 2019, will have two main attractions – one will allow revellers to pilot the Millennium Falcon while another will see guests put into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

And if Disney's other parks are anything to go by, we're guessing there'll be a huge variety of Star Wars-themed restaurants with dishes just waiting to be Instagrammed.

That's summer 2019 sorted anyway!


If you love eating pizza and pasta, then this theme park is going to be your dream home.

Famous Italian restaurant, Eataly, has announced that it will open a part-entertainment, part-'edutainment' theme park in Bologna, Italy.

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Named FICO Eatery World, the tourist attraction is aimed to educate visitors about Italian home-grown food.

Bloomberg reports that the 20-acre park is going to have various orchards, pastures and gardens, as well as 25 restaurants and 40 workshops where visitors can learn about and create their own meals.

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It will also include a really cute green market, where you can buy the produce that is grown all around the park.

And the creators, Mario Bataly and Joe Bastianich, are certainly sparing no expense, forking out a massive €99m to make the park a success.

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It's planned to open in September 2017, but we already want to be there…


If you're a Walking Dead fan then you'll probably have wondered what it would be like living in a zombie apocolapse – and if you'd survive.

Well, Universal Studios was invaded by zombies on Tuesday as it unveiled it's latest attraction, The Walking Dead, based on the hit TV show.

The walk-through scare ride, which opens next week, begins just like the show, in a hospital and then takes you to various places where there will be actors playing survivors as well as zombies interacting the theme park-goers.

Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron in the series said: "I think people have a morbid curiosity about what the apocalypse would be like and how they would react to it, so they put themselves in different characters.

"And it's also a show about perseverance at the end of the day, you know, how you maintain hope and how you survive after everything you have lost or people you love have been killed off."

We are SO there.



If you dreamed about riding the Millennium Falcon or fighting a battle between the Resistance and the First Order, then it could soon be your chance for your dreams to come true.

And, Disneyland is the place where dreams come true, right?

Hell yeah it is, and it has just unveiled plans for a new Star Wars Land in its American theme parks.

Harrison Ford and robot BB-8 took to the stage to debut the plans for the new land during a celebration for Disneyland's 60th anniversary.

Mr Han Solo himself introduced the plans, saying: "Star Wars is, for lack of a better word… awesome.

"I'm so blessed that I had the opportunity to be part of it, to walk in these iconic locations. And soon, you'll be able to do that as well.

"Not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home."

What an intro, right?! No word on when the project will be finished, but we're booking a ticket first thing.



There are some pretty awesome theme parks around the world that don’t involve a Mickey Mouse or a fairy princess.

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi 

Ferrari World sounds just as cool as it is. Not only is it the largest indoor theme park with over 20 Ferrari-themed rides and attractions, it is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster which can hit speeds of 240km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Eek!

Legoland, Denmark

Did you know there are six Legoland theme parks around the world? There are two in the US, one in the UK, one in Malaysia, one in Germany and of course one in Denmark . However, the one in Billund is a little bit special as it is located in the very same town where Lego started. You don’t even need to bring a child to witness the wonder of famous buildings recreated in the miniature bricks.

Window of the World, China

If you fancy seeing the Eiffel Tower one-third of its size then Window of the World theme park in China is just for you. The park replicates iconic sights such as Niagara Falls and the Pyramids of Giza  in 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15 scale.

Now the hardest decision will be deciding where to go.