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Is Disney's Big Thunder Mountain the 'wildest ride in medicine,' too?

Is Disney's Big Thunder Mountain the 'wildest ride in medicine,' too?

September 26, 2016, 11:49 AM · If you ever find yourself cursed with the unfathomable pain that is a kidney stone, forget rushing to the emergency room at your local hospital. Medical researchers now say you might find relief at Walt Disney World instead.

Seriously. In a medical journal article published today, researchers from Michigan State University detailed how riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom helped patients pass their small kidney stones. Keep reading...

Don't get angry; it's just vacation

September 25, 2016, 6:09 PM · Vacations are supposed to be fun. But for many of us who love theme parks, our visits go beyond just being "fun." They are our passion — the time we cherish beyond just about anything else we do with our free time. Theme park time is family time — and not just with our blood relatives who visit the parks with us. It's the time we spend with the places, experiences — and other fans — we love, too. All of that contributes to the warm, comforting, family feeling we crave when we enter our favorite parks.

But passion can fuel more than just joyful enthusiasm. On its flip side, passion enflames fans to turn against their love when they sense something's gone wrong. And that seems to be happening a lot lately among Disney fans. Whether it's due to the annual price increases, long development times for new theme park attractions, or changes fans just don't like, Disney's been eliciting harsh reactions from many of its most loyal fans. Is that kind of anger healthy? Keep reading...

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News update: New Disneyland Halloween parade; Toothsome opening

September 23, 2016, 2:04 PM · Today's theme park news round-up includes a first look at the new Frightfully Fun Parade, stepping off tonight at Disneyland's Mickey's Halloween Party, the return of Hyperspace Mountain, some details on the new World of Color, and the official opening of Universal Orlando's newest restaurant. Keep reading...

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Event Review: Knott's Scary Farm 2016 at Knott's Berry Farm

September 23, 2016, 10:04 AM · Knott's Scary Farm is at war with itself. On one side, the cheesy, spooky aesthetic that has become synonymous with the original theme park Halloween event over the last decade — on the other, a movement towards scares over charm and darkness over illuminated cheese.

When the latter wins, Scary Farm is at its best. When it doesn't? Well, you get much of the same that you've gotten in recent years. This is an event that's understandably aiming for a younger crowd than you see at Halloween Horror Nights — but high schoolers want to be scared, too. I think. Keep reading...

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