Theme park news and notes: On the road to Orlando
Written by Robert Niles
Sorry that I've been a bit scarce over the past couple of weeks. I've been finishing a journalism textbook that I've been writing over the past several months, and that final push is really eating most of my writing time. I will promise you quite a bit more theme park coverage next week, as I'll be flying to Orlando for the annual IAAPA [International Associate of Amusement Parks and Attractions] convention. Watch the Blog Flume next week for reports from the IAAPA show floor, conference sessions featuring leading park designers, and trip reports highlighting new developments at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.Tweet
I'll also be testing a birthday present I got, which I hope will lead to some fun blog posts in the future. That's all I'll say about that now. ;^)
On to some news and notes:
I've seen several reports on discussion forums around the Web that Universal Studios Hollywood has decided to close Terminator 2: 3-D on December 31 this year, to make way for a new attraction. I've emailed USH for comment, but haven't heard anything in response. (Update: Now confirmed. Go see it soon, if you want. Or head to Orlando, too!) If you work for or with anyone at USH and have heard about this, drop me a note, please. The T2 rumor's been flying for months now, and I've written that the attraction needs to go, especially given its star's toxic lack of popularity in California now.
Walt Disney World has announced another opening for Dec. 6, the day that the new version of Test Track and the already soft-opened Fantasyland Expansion will officially debut. That'll also be the day for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie exhibit to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney also announced its quarterly financial results yesterday. The parks continue to rake in the bucks, led by the Disneyland Resort, where attendance continues to grow. But attendance is off at Walt Disney World, which might be why we're hearing so many leaks about new developments at that resort (Avatar, Cars Land East, Star Wars, etc.) WDW needs some buzz to drive some bookings.
Have a great weekend, and I'll see you soon in Orlando!
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