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Blue Horizons @ SeaWorld Orlando
By Joe Lane
July 28, 2005: Cirque-like acrobatics combined with well-trained dolphins, SWO has unleashed a show designed to compete with the growing entertainment venues at rival theme parks.
9 responses. Last on December 9, 2005 at 4:38 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—On the Go
By Russell Meyer
July 27, 2005: The end is near at Busch Gardens, and new beginnings are near at Islands of Adventure and McDonalds.
6 responses. Last on July 30, 2005 at 1:53 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Booked!
By Russell Meyer
July 24, 2005: Finding Nemo attractions on their way, and the second part of my Orlando vacation planning adventure.
7 responses. Last on July 28, 2005 at 11:12 PM (MST)


Are Theme Park Breakfast Events a Good Deal?
By Robert Niles
July 23, 2005: The first hour when a park opens is the best time to ride rides. Should you spend that time eating breakfast with the park's characters instead?
8 responses. Last on July 30, 2005 at 2:09 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—The Heat is On
By Russell Meyer
July 20, 2005: Apple and Disney dealing, a denial of ridership at Busch Gardens Tampa, and a privacy question.
18 responses. Last on August 2, 2005 at 8:29 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Happy Birthday Disneyland!
By Russell Meyer
July 17, 2005: Holiday World spoils Disneyland's party and a mother's day is spoiled by Six Flags.
5 responses. Last on July 18, 2005 at 6:55 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Two More Days
By Russell Meyer
July 13, 2005: With the official 50th Anniversary of Disneyland mere hours away, the BLOGFlume goes all Disney for this week's installment.
4 responses. Last on July 15, 2005 at 4:25 PM (MST)


Legoland Sale to Blackstone Now Official
By Robert Niles
July 13, 2005: Merlin Entertainment Groups, co-owned by Blackstone and Lego, will be the parks' new owner in a $460 million deal.


'Wild Woods' Is Too Wild for Young Golfers
By Robert Niles
July 11, 2005: Legoland California's hot streak with new attractions comes to a close with a kids-sized course that's too much frustration and not enough fun. Save your money for the park's breakfast buffet, instead.
16 responses. Last on September 1, 2005 at 5:24 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Frozen Over
By Russell Meyer
July 10, 2005: Homage to Disneyland in Washington, "The Feud" ends, and Kennywood grows.
9 responses. Last on July 13, 2005 at 2:48 PM (MST)


Pal Mickey: Not Just Another Plush
By Joe Lane
July 8, 2005: The plush Mickey Mouse was created to serve as a sort of personal tour guide. But is it really worth your time (and your money)?
3 responses. Last on July 11, 2005 at 7:35 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Rumor Mill
By Russell Meyer
July 6, 2005: Another theme park death and a trip around the rumor mill.
6 responses. Last on July 8, 2005 at 4:14 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Happy Birthday America!
By Russell Meyer
July 3, 2005: Unexpected losses at Pixar, Space Mountain back on line, and the first part of a vacation planning series.
9 responses. Last on July 12, 2005 at 3:50 AM (MST)


Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom
By Joe Lane
July 3, 2005: Disney's online virtual theme park has potential, but will it find success or end up closing its digital gates?
6 responses. Last on September 28, 2005 at 9:20 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Spain's Terra Mitica
By Kevin Baxter
July 1, 2005: Just three days after his trip to PortAventura, Kevin visited another big theme park in Spain. Here's his photo essay of Terra Mitica.
2 responses. Last on July 5, 2005 at 10:33 PM (MST)


Tokyo DisneySea, Legoland California Lead Winners in Fourth Theme Park Insider Awards
By Robert Niles
July 1, 2005: Disney and Universal theme parks picked up two award each in this year's reader voting.
12 responses. Last on July 10, 2005 at 7:18 PM (MST)


Fear Factor - Live! at Universal Studios Hollywood
By Jim Frye
June 30, 2005: The NBC grossfest finds a new home at Universal's California park, and might just stick around a while.


The BLOGFlume—Heating Up
By Russell Meyer
June 29, 2005: Cedar Point "peaks," Chicken Little goes digital, and Tarzan goes to New York.
2 responses. Last on June 30, 2005 at 8:01 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - The Matterhorn Sends a Woman to the Hospital!!
By Kevin Baxter
June 29, 2005: The focus is once again on the safety of Disney's rides. Is Disney doing enough? Or is the media once again hopping on one of its boring bandwagons?
6 responses. Last on December 21, 2005 at 4:30 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Quickie
By Russell Meyer
June 26, 2005: No shark fin soup in Hong Kong, an acrobatic accident, and Six Flags improves despite Kingda Ka's downtime.
11 responses. Last on July 8, 2005 at 5:03 AM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Paramount's Smarter than Disney!
By Kevin Baxter
June 25, 2005: The Paramount parks will soon leave the Viacom family! Where are they going? And will the move be good for them?
9 responses. Last on August 27, 2005 at 11:48 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Fully Loaded
By Russell Meyer
June 22, 2005: Herbie hits theaters again, Busch hits Orlando again, and a "common" solution to inspection problems
2 responses. Last on December 10, 2005 at 2:21 AM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Spain's Port Aventura
By Kevin Baxter
June 22, 2005: Kevin spent his time off the site in Spain. But he wasn't completely off the job, as he checked out a few theme parks while he was there. Here's his photo essay of Port Aventura.
2 responses. Last on June 25, 2005 at 1:16 AM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Weekender
By Russell Meyer
June 19, 2005: A weeked trip to Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure
3 responses. Last on June 24, 2005 at 2:21 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Seven Years, My Africa!
By Kevin Baxter
June 19, 2005: It's a big anniversary year for Disney. But there's a certain anniversary that is being studiously ignored. Except at TPI!
11 responses. Last on July 17, 2005 at 12:09 PM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Television Division
By Kevin Baxter
June 18, 2005: This is it! The end of Nostradumbass's 2005 predictions for the two big theme-park operators' entertainment futures. How about NBC Universal?
6 responses. Last on July 17, 2005 at 12:26 PM (MST)


California Ruling on Theme Park Safety Changes Nothing
By Robert Niles
June 17, 2005: The industry's up in arms over the state Supreme Court declaring amusement rides 'common carriers.' But the decision merely upholds decades of tradition in California law.
6 responses. Last on June 18, 2005 at 3:38 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Breakdown
By Russell Meyer
June 15, 2005: All about rocket coasters in this week's BLOGFlume
21 responses. Last on December 8, 2005 at 7:14 AM (MST)


PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Television Division
By Kevin Baxter
June 13, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fifth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here's predictions on Disney's TV division (but mostly ABC). It's almost over, people!
8 responses. Last on June 15, 2005 at 2:52 PM (MST)


The BLOGFlume—Ups and Downs
By Russell Meyer
June 12, 2005: Disneyland exhibit at the Smithsonian, Kingda Ka's big problem, and Geauga Lake's union boycott.
4 responses. Last on June 19, 2005 at 3:19 PM (MST)


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