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1997 Fools: Netter Digital Announces B5 Amusement Park!
Subject: Netter Digital Announces B5 Amusement Park! From: firstname.lastname@example.org (SSmith1701) Date: 1997/03/31 Message-Id: <19970331211300.QAA27140@ladder01.news.aol.com> Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated I just got this press release. Thought I'd post it here ... SOURCE Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc. CO: Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc. ST: California IN: ENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ATLANTIC CITY, Apr. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Netter Digital NDEI/TRUMP ANNOUNCE "STRACZYNSKILAND" AMUSEMENT PARK ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Netter Digital Entertainment Inc. (NDEI) and hotel magnate Donald Trump today announced plans to convert this city's Trump Marina Casino Resort into the world's largest indoor amusement park, based on the popular "Babylon 5" TV series. The park will be called Straczynskiland, after the show's creator and executive producer, J. Michael Straczynski. Visitors will experience a simulated visit aboard the show's five-mile long space station. "This won't be no Mickey Mouse park," Trump said at a news conference. "It'll be real high class. We're going to take my hotel casino here overlooking the marina and convert it into a true space station." "We are very pleased with Mr. Trump's plan to construct a simulated Babylon 5," said Douglas Netter, Chairman, President and CEO of Netter Digital. "This validates the Company's strategy to build entertainment franchises with its production properties." He went on to say, "The response from Babylon 5 fans around the world is expected to be very favorable." Illustrations prepared by NDEI's computer graphical imagery (CGI) staff show early concepts of what Straczynskiland may look like. Visitors will be greeted by an 25-foot tall audioanimatronic Straczynski at the hotel entrance, or "docking bay." Cast members dressed as B5 security guards will demand "Identicards" from guests, who will be "spaced" if they can't present the proper passport. Once they pass inspection, visitors will enter the Zocalo, a huge shopping plaza where they can buy momentos. One item, evocative of Disneyland's Mouseketeer ears, will be a Minbari "bonehead." The Zocalo will also feature a casino where guests can place their bets alongside cast members dressed as Londo Mollari. Among the other attractions shown in the preliminary designs: "It's a Small Downbelow" -- Celebrates the ethnic diversity of the galaxy, with cast members dressed as various alien species. Trump said that, to save money, Atlantic City homeless would be invited in to dress as "Lurkers" in exchange for food scraps and a warm floor to spend the night. Trump hailed it as "real family entertainment." "Shadow Land" -- Guests will board rail cars shaped like the White Star spaceship and zoom past spidery Shadow ships to crash through the great dome on Z'ha'dum. Cast members costumed as Mr. Morden will seat attraction riders by asking, "What do you want?" Trump hailed it as "real family entertainment." "Mr. Garibaldi's Wild Ride" -- Visitors on this ride will get drunk, shot in the back, captured by a Shadow ship and brainwashed by the Psi Corps. Trump hailed it as "real family entertainment." "Ivanova's Black Leather Revue" -- Cast members costumed as Babylon 5's first officer will perform bawdy ballads with lewd lyrics in French. Trump hailed it as "real family entertainment." Trump said that he expects approval of the project will go smoothly with the city's Planning Department, although a waiver may be required to construct a sign large enough to hold the word STRACZYNSKILAND on the front of the hotel. Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a digital entertainment and production company which utilizes high technology in creating television series, movies, documentaries and multimedia productions. The Company specializes in creating science fiction programming which combines live action with computer graphics and is presently expanding its capabilities from being primarily a production company into a broader-based, technology-driven entertainment company. The Company currently produces the Hugo Award-winning science fiction television series "Babylon 5" with creator and executive producer, J. Michael Straczynski. P.S. April Fool. (Permission is granted to repost this message on any other on-line service except CompuServe.)