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The BLOGFlume—Hot Hot Hot!!
By Russell Meyer
June 8, 2005: Disney moving closer to a Pixar deal, Roy and Stanley's lawsuit moves forward, and Diller bows out at Universal.
17 responses. Last on June 18, 2005 at 1:45 PM (MST)


Fear Factor Live at Universal Orlando
By Joe Lane
June 6, 2005: In a self-fulfilling prophecy, Universal brings the NBC stunt show and gross-out fest into its park and puts guests in the spotlight.
11 responses. Last on December 19, 2005 at 4:25 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—In the Mood
By Russell Meyer
June 5, 2005: Forbes' Top Ten list, Great Wolf plans another indoor waterpark, and breaking news from Six Flags America.
11 responses. Last on June 10, 2005 at 6:19 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Summer’s Here
By Russell Meyer
June 1, 2005: Sea World's new show, ABC sells out, and virtual Disney
20 responses. Last on June 13, 2005 at 3:01 PM (MST)


Kick-Off Time for the Fourth Annual Theme Park Insider Awards
By Robert Niles
May 31, 2005: More than 10,000 registered readers are eligible to pick the world's best among theme parks. What will you vote for?
19 responses. Last on June 5, 2005 at 6:57 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Happy Memorial Day!
By Russell Meyer
May 30, 2005: Lines, makeovers, and ESPN drops the NHL
5 responses. Last on June 4, 2005 at 2:51 AM (MST)


'Rush' Launches At Thorpe Park
By Ben Mills
May 28, 2005: For their latest addition, Thorpe Park has gone back to the basics of the playground and opened Rush – the largest swing in the world. With ride video
5 responses. Last on October 23, 2005 at 11:08 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Bottom of the Barrel
By Russell Meyer
May 25, 2005: Italian Job debuts, trouble in China, and fight club in Valencia.
9 responses. Last on May 27, 2005 at 5:37 AM (MST)


How to Save Money on a Theme Park Trip
By Robert Niles
May 24, 2005: Deals and discounts are only part of the strategy to get best value for your vacation dollar when visiting a theme park.
4 responses. Last on June 1, 2005 at 7:34 PM (MST)


Sheikra @ Busch Gardens Tampa
By Joe Lane
May 23, 2005: Will the new addition to Busch Gardens' coaster family play nice? Joe Lane reviews North America's first Diving Machine.
8 responses. Last on December 27, 2005 at 6:59 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Into the Fray
By Russell Meyer
May 22, 2005: Six Flags' new policy, new coaster, and the future of Fastpass
10 responses. Last on May 25, 2005 at 11:18 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Film Division
By Kevin Baxter
May 22, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fourth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here are his predictions for Universal Studios in the rest of 2005.
10 responses. Last on May 25, 2005 at 2:04 PM (MST)


Innovative 'Robocoaster' Debuts at Legoland California
By Robert Niles
May 19, 2005: The new Knights' Tournament continues the Carlsbad park's tradition of interactive attractions.
6 responses. Last on May 21, 2005 at 10:21 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—May the Force Be With You
By Russell Meyer
May 18, 2005: And you thought only George Lucas could do this...
3 responses. Last on May 19, 2005 at 10:16 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—To the Other Side and Back
By Russell Meyer
May 15, 2005: Astroworld blackout, and trips to Hades and Everest
2 responses. Last on May 16, 2005 at 5:29 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Film Division
By Kevin Baxter
May 14, 2005: Finally back from a loooong vacation (and loooong recovery period), Nostradumbass is here for the third part in his six-part series. Today's column will predict how Disney's film division will weather 2005.
6 responses. Last on May 15, 2005 at 4:34 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—The Almighty Dollar
By Russell Meyer
May 11, 2005: Earnings reports from Disney and Cedar Fair, and a crazy labor story from the UK.
19 responses. Last on May 27, 2005 at 9:04 PM (MST)


JOE INSIDER - Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show
By Joe Lane
May 9, 2005: Joe Lane reviews the new automobile stunt show at the Disney-MGM Studios. Does it live up to the hype?
5 responses. Last on May 29, 2005 at 1:16 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Happy Mothers Day!
By Russell Meyer
May 8, 2005: Minor changes to DarKastle, Disneyland announcements galore, and "The Point" is open for business.
7 responses. Last on May 10, 2005 at 6:38 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—High Hopes
By Russell Meyer
May 4, 2005: Disneyland's 50th, Hydra: The Revenge, and a Six Flags shocker.
3 responses. Last on May 5, 2005 at 6:33 PM (MST)


Dear Michael Eisner, Before You Go....
By Robert Niles
May 2, 2005: Theme Park Insider's editor suggests Disney's departing CEO leave his own legacy by greenlighting a theme park land based on a project from Eisner's past: Schoolhouse Rock.
8 responses. Last on June 24, 2005 at 10:18 PM (MST)


JOE INSIDER - Soarin' at Epcot
By Joe Lane
May 2, 2005: Disney brings another E-Ticket to Epcot with Soarin', but is it worthy of your attention?
6 responses. Last on November 10, 2005 at 1:12 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Busch Gardens Williamsburg Sets New Standard with 'Curse of DarKastle'
By Russell Meyer
April 29, 2005: Busch Gardens Williamsburg debuts The Curse of DarKastle
40 responses. Last on October 6, 2005 at 3:29 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Don’t Panic!
By Russell Meyer
April 27, 2005: Snyder staying, Universal's new partner, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
6 responses. Last on April 28, 2005 at 7:08 PM (MST)


JOE INSIDER - Cinderellabration
By Joe Lane
April 25, 2005: Joe Lane presents a review of the fully-saturated Princess performance at WDW's Magic Kingdom.


The BLOGFlume—Happy Passover
By Russell Meyer
April 24, 2005: Disney deals, a silly auction, and America's Cheerleader.
10 responses. Last on April 26, 2005 at 8:49 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Oh Boy!
By Russell Meyer
April 20, 2005: MNF goes to the four-letter network, Six Flags with a "big" problem, and Busch's two creations prepare for unveiling.
7 responses. Last on May 11, 2005 at 10:40 AM (MST)


10 Reasons To Love The Walt Disney Studios, Paris
By Ben Mills
April 18, 2005: It might not have been the easiest list to compile, but Ben presents ten reasons to love Disneyland Paris' much-mailgned second park.
3 responses. Last on May 31, 2005 at 8:59 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Anywhere but Here
By Russell Meyer
April 17, 2005: Not in Arizona or Japan, Disney's 50th anniversary DVDs, and Hong Kong training.
4 responses. Last on April 18, 2005 at 2:43 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—All Disney All The Time
By Russell Meyer
April 13, 2005: Disney news from around the world.
3 responses. Last on April 15, 2005 at 9:57 PM (MST)


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