Insider's Update: There be dragons...
Written by Robert Niles
Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend, the widely-cited beginning of the summer vacation season here in the United States. The Disney theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim just wrapped up their annual 24-hour party this morning, and we've got new attractions opening all over the world. So let's get started!Tweet
The dragon now sits atop Gringotts Bank in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. The dragon was the last major decoration piece to be installed in Diagon Alley, so the #Potterwatch continues for the construction walls to come down and a soft opening to begin.
Speaking of dragons. the new dragon-themed roller coaster/shooter ride Wonder Mountain's Guardian opened today at Canada's Wonderland, north of Toronto. If anyone's there today, we'd love a report.
Other debuts this weekend include CBeebies Land at Alton Towers in the United Kingdom and a soft open of Cookie's Monster Land at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania.
Our Russell Meyer has been covering the Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia, running this weekend, and we'll have his report later today. (Update: now linked!)
Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Sesame Place all have new mobile apps, available free on the Apple and Google Play app stores. The new features include, according to SeaWorld's press release:
Finally, if you'd like to hear more about all the new stuff opening at top parks around the world this year, please download my guest appearance on the Stacking Benjamins podcast from last week, where I talk about what's hot in theme parks for the summer of 2014 and share some trip-planning and budget-saving tips.
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