Thursday's Southern California theme park news update
Written by Robert Niles
I was offline for another gig today, so I'll handle today's theme park news in a round-up:Tweet
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Director Steven Spielberg at the opening. Photo courtesy Universal.
The final piece of the recovery effort is, of course, the new King Kong attraction, which will open later this summer. (I'm hearing around the Fourth of July.)
The slide will incorporate a version of the classic "Disneyland" sign, now long gone from Harbor Blvd. In addition to adding the waterslides, the hotel will replace the Hook's Pointe, Croc's Bits 'n' Bites, the Wine Cellar and Lost Bar food and beverage locations with a new restaurant, based on the original Tahitian Terrace restaurant from Disneyland. Finally, the hotel will rename its three towers for the three original lands of Disneyland park - The Dreams Tower will become the Adventure Tower; The Wonder Tower will become the Frontier Tower, and the Magic Tower will become the Fantasy Tower.
No new coaster this year at Magic Mountain
Two attraction openings this weekend
Update (May 28): Huge Fail on my part. I didn't make it to San Diego for the Blue Horizons premiere, due to traffic. I left Pasadena with five hours to spare before the show started... and didn't even make it through Orange County in that time. Irony? I could have flown to SeaWorld Orlando in that amount of time. (FWIW, I usually make the trip from my place to SeaWorld in about two and a half hours.)
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