Monday theme park news round-up: Attraction closures, plus Disneyland SoCal resident ticket deals
Written by Robert Niles
The new year brings several notable attraction and restaurant closings at major theme parks around America.Tweet
Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue has closed at Universal Studios Florida, to be replaced with a new monster musical production later this year.
Festival of the Lion King has closed at Disney's Animal Kingdom, as Disney eliminates Camp Minnie-Mickey to make way for the new Avatar land. Festival of the Lion King will reopen in a new theater in the Africa section of the park, later this year.
Doc Brown's Fried Chicken has closed at Universal Studios Hollywood, as the last hold-out of Back to the Future goes away to clear the way for what we hear will be a new Simpsons-themed eatery, inspired by the wild success of the Springfield Fast Food Boulevard at Universal Studios Florida.
And the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has closed at Disneyland. Disney's calling this an extended refurbishment, but given that the subs are wildly expensive to operate when balanced against the relatively small crowds that they can handle, coupled with ongoing Imagineering plans to bring more Star Wars to Disneyland's Tomorrowland, many fans are skeptical that we'll see the subs return. Keep your eyes on this one. If the subs sit around for months with no sign of work, that's not a good sign for their return.
Speaking of Disneyland, the California resort has announced its annual ticket deal for Southern California residents. Southern California residents can buy a 2-day ticket (one park per day) for $129, a 2-day Park Hopper for $164, a 3-day, one park per day ticket for $159, or a 3-day Park Hopper for $194. All days must be used by June 6, but Disneyland has not said anything about having to use all the days within 14 days of the ticket's first use, as it has required in the past. March 31-April 20 is blocked out for these tickets, however. Tickets are available at Disneyland.com, resort ticket booths, and many local grocery store checkout lanes.
Update: For comparison, Florida residents can buy a three-day Walt Disney World pass (one park per day) for $129 plus tax. Four days is $149 under the WDW resident deal.
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