Weekend theme park news round-up: Despicable Me opening date, SeaWorld strikes back
Written by Robert Niles
An attentive Twitter user discovered an online contest that appears to have revealed the opening date for Universal Studios Hollywood's version of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. The attraction will open in April, according to this contest found and Tweeted by @jmillsgreen. USH's Minion Mayhem will be accompanied by a Super Silly Fun Land play area, a merchandise store, and a "Despicable Delights" food location.Tweet
In our new Orlando guidebook, Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014, we talk about the "monorail or ferry boat" choice that Walt Disney World visitors face when traveling from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. Starting January 21, and continuing through March, Disney will be closing the monorails on the Magic Kingdom route between 11:30am and 7pm on weekdays. That means it's ferry boats or buses for getting to and from the Magic Kingdom during those hours. Disney's doing maintenance on the monorail route, in an effort to cut down on the unscheduled downtimes that have been plaguing the monorails in recent months.
SeaWorld's finally fighting back against the creators of Blackfish and the Change.org campaigns to pressure musicians not to perform at SeaWorld Orlando. In a letter run as a full-page ad in several newspapers late last week, SeaWorld debunked falsehoods in the movie and defended its animal care practices.
In a twist, some theme park fans have started their own Change.org petition, trying to pressure Netflix to remove Blackfish from its streaming catalogue. The bands that Blackfish supporters targeted bailed from their SeaWorld gigs after those petitions received as few as 5,000 signatures. This new, pro-SeaWorld petition has about 500 signatures as of this posting. It'll be interesting to see if it can gain more signatures than the anti-SeaWorld petitions.
And if you would prefer to just put your brain on autopilot for the holidays and look at some pretty pictures, Disney's got you covered with a photo gallery of Christmas trees at Disney parks around the world. If you'd like to look beyond the Disney parks, we ran with the same concept on our Pinterest page last year: Christmas trees from around the world of theme parks.
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