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Tuesday theme park news round-up*

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Published: September 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM

A few items and links of note for you today, after yesterday's Disney-Marvel blowout:

  • Cedar Point will release the details Thursday morning at 9 AM on what its new Whyte Lightning attraction actually will be. Theme Park Insider readers are betting it is an Intamin Aqua Trax (combo roller coaster/flume ride). [Update: Close, but no. The ride is an IntaRide two-drop shoot-the-chutes called "Shoot the Rapids."]

    Whatever it turns out to be, the details will be revealed on what is now Cedar Point's teaser website for the attraction.

  • If you didn't get enough about Disney and Marvel, Hollywood insider Nikki Finke has the most extensive review yet of the details in those contracts between Marvel and Universal, and how they will affect Disney's ability to bring Marvel characters into the various Disney theme parks. It reaffirms much of what we've been circling around in our thread on this news from yesterday.

    Just for laughs, check out the Twitter feed of @lawcomic, who published some of the best jokes about what will happen to various Disney and Marvel characters under this deal. I liked "Walt Disney's frozen head to be brought to life due to gamma radiation mishap." And "Stan Lee to make pointless cameo at the Magic Kingdom on a daily basis".

  • SeaWorld San Diego will present the final performances of its Dolphin Discovery show on Labor Day. The show is closing to make room for a new version of Blue Horizons, which will debut next spring.

    If you follow Theme Park Insider's Twitter feed (and you should!), you might know that @shamu and I have had a running, uh, conversation about my daughter Natalie's love of otters. Well, looks like I'll be making the drive down to San Diego sometime during the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. That's because it will be "Sea Otter Awareness Week" at SeaWorld. The park will offer presentations, Q&As with animal care specialists and kids' craft projects at the Otter Outlook at Rocky Point Preserve. The park's O.P. Otter character will be walking around for photos, too.

  • * One more: Universal Orlando has released a couple photos from the Saw maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights

    Saw Maze at HHN
    Jigsaw's Lair at HHN 2009. Image courtesy Universal Orlando.

    Saw Maze at HHN
    Billy. Image courtesy Universal Orlando.

  • Readers' Opinions

    From on September 1, 2009 at 5:50 PM
    Cedar point already said that they aren't getting Aqua Trax
    From Derek Potter on September 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM
    I never said aquatrax. I said Intamin dueling wooden coaster.
    From Charles Reichley on September 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM
    On a political blog I follow, one of the guys from the Stan Lee legal team has made some comments that the ownership of some of the Marvel characters involved in the sale are still in dispute.

    Have no idea what credence to give that information.

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