Here's what you missed on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Summer season at Alabama Splash Adventure open tomorrow. The park offers two new rides this season - the Drop Zone and the Tea Cup. Drop Zone raises guests of all ages nearly 30 feet in the air and offers riders a series of rapid climbs and falls. The Tea Cup is a classic ride that allows guests to sit in super-sized colorful teacups as the ride spins in multiple directions. The food offerings and comfort also improve for 2016. The all-new "The General's Diner" pays homage to the owner and matriarch of the Koch Family- Mrs. Pat Koch also known as "The General." The Diner features high-quality amusement park favorite foods and offers comfortable air-conditioned seating for guests. Alabama Splash Adventure added cooling misters throughout the park so guests can cool off on hot summer days. Free, Unlimited Soft Drinks and Gatorade return this year in the new constructed self-serve "Pepsi Oasis" building that features eight drink fountains to ensure that guests stay hydrated and rarely have to wait to grab a drink. Guests can also expect free parking, sunscreen, WiFi, and use of inner tubes and life jackets again this season.
Alabama Splash Adventure offers two theme parks including family rides and slides for one great price. The amusement park has grown to be Alabama's premier destination offering a day of family fun. Alabama Splash Adventure is located at 4599 Splash Adventure Parkway in Bessemer. For more information, call 205-481-4750 or visit www.alabamasplash.com.
BBJ - Mike talked with Alan Alexander from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed private funding for medical research stepping in as federal funding decreases and how Sloss Music and Arts Festival takes inspiration from Austin's South by Southwest festival as it plans SlossTech for this year to highlight Birmingham and bring positive attention to the city. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
NEW X-MEN MOVIE - Adding superpower to the summer box office, the 'X-MEN' return with the latest chapter of their story which has the team taking on the world's first mutant 'Apocalypse'. You can watch the latest Marvel Comics flick in 2D, 3D, and IMAX. Returning cast members Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence are joined by newbies like Olivia Munn and Oscar Issac - who plays 'Apocalypse' - the first mutant... Ancient mutant Apocalypse awakens and plans to cleanse the human race and take over the world, leading the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team, the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Find 'X-Men: Apocalypse' in theaters today. It is rated PG-13.
Janice talked with Stan Daniel from Kingdom comics for his take on the new film. He says: Something any Xman fan will know about Charles Xavier is that he loves two things; Dancing, and his gorgeous head of hair. Things do not go well for Professor Xavier in this movie. The latest X-Men film does not live up to its two predecessors. Rather than forming a complete thought, it plays more like a series of unrelated vignettes that features the same actors. The movie keeps revving its engine only to sputter and fail every time the light turns green. There are great moments - the best featuring the character Quicksilver who while he's nothing like the comic book version, could easily carry on an entire movie by himself... given a decent script. Bryan Singer' s directing came across as flat and really seemed as though he was just recycling shooting angles from the previous three X-movies he's done. The plot is lackluster and very predictable and there are no breakout characters or moments save for Quicksilver. It also should be pointed out that Fassbender is excellent in this film, as always, but he is given absolutely no new depth nor a chance to take the character of Magneto in a different or interesting direction. "X-Men: Apocalypse" is a 5 out of 10. If you want to go to the movie to just kill time, go see it. If you want to see a superhero movie and walk out with a smile, Captain America is still in theaters.
SIX FLAGS - The highly anticipated DC Friends Kids' Area is fun for the entire family and it's finally a reality at Six Flags Over Georgia. The new super themed area offers five new super kid experiences themed after popular super heroes and villains, including:
· SUPERMAN Tower of Power, which releases the dare devil in the bravest of souls throughout this 65-foot tall bouncing thrill ride.
· The BATCOPTERS, an opportunity to help save the City of Gotham by flying high in the sky.
· WONDER WOMAN Flight School, where pilots can take flight and control their own invisible jet.
· HARLEY QUINN Games filled with disproportioned mirrors and devious stares.
· THE JOKER Funhouse Coaster, the ultimate family thrill ride to show no fear and conquer the Super-Villain through 900 feet of track at 30 miles per hour.
If fighting bad guys isn't your thing, the park has also recently opened the Bugs Bunny Boomtown area. This section of the park features seven new rides and attractions. Or check out Hurricane Harbor, the massive 7-acre water park that opens this weekend. It features several slides, a 400,000-gallon wave pool with up for 4-foot waves, a massive child's interactive water play structure and Tsunami Surge, a world's first, with a 5 story drop and 45 foot tall, vertical, zero-gravity wave wall. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to the Eastern Indigo Snake. These are the longest snakes native to the United States, ranging in sizes from 60-84inches. Eastern indigo snakes use gopher tortoise burrows as shelter during the winter. Kelly also discussed in honor of Memorial Day weekend, veterans, as well as all active and retired military and their dependents, can enjoy FREE admission to the Zoo with proof of a valid military I.D. Guests are invited to feed the lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, glide through the treetops on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure, take a ride on the new Wild Slide*, enjoy a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show and experience all the Zoo has to offer. ZooFari Summer Camp starts this Tuesday and goes throughout the summer. It's not too late to sign up! To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, we give you some great grilling pointers to enjoy this summer! We get you ready for two big music festival in the area next week - both Rock the South and Alabaster Cityfest! The Love Doctor joins us with some relationship advice! Rep. Gary Palmer joins us with a look at what's happening on Capitol Hill! We introduce you to our Pet of the Week. Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day!