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Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary with new shows, parade

Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary with new shows, parade

March 26, 2017, 10:57 AM · Disneyland Paris opens its 25th anniversary celebration today, introducing a new entertainment line-up featuring a new parade and nighttime show in a day-long media event yesterday. Let's take a look at the new offerings, with full-length videos of all the new shows, plus a special live performance by John Legend. Keep reading...

Walt Disney World opens advance reservations for Pandora

March 24, 2017, 12:21 PM · Walt Disney World this morning opened reservations for a preview of its upcoming Pandora - The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Preview opportunities for the week of May 13-22 also were extended to Disney Vacation Club members. Keep reading...

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Chinese theme park developer buys stake in SeaWorld

March 24, 2017, 12:01 PM · China's Zhonghong Group has bought a minority ownership stake in SeaWorld, making it the company's largest single shareholder. The 21 percent stake in the company comes from private equity firm Blackstone Group, which formerly owned half of the Universal Orlando Resort and currently maintains a stake in Legoland owner Merlin Entertainments.

As a theme park chain unconnected to a movie studio — and the resulting supply of free intellectual property around which to develop attractions with a built-in audience — SeaWorld needs to look outside the United States for new market opportunities as it attempts to find a sustainable niche for itself at home if it wants to reverse its nearly decade-long attendance slump and start growing again. Is Zhonghong deal the right next step toward that? Keep reading...

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