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News update: No more turkey legs in DHS; new Hyatt near Disneyland

July 22, 2016, 1:28 PM · Toluca Legs Turkey Company at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closing next month, according to several published reports. The closure will mean that DHS no longer will have any food stands serving turkey legs. Toluca Legs Turkey Company will be replaced by Sunshine Day Cafe, but the menu for that stand has not yet been revealed, according to reports. As part of the changes at the Sunset Ranch Market on Sunset Boulevard, Fairfax Fare will be adding stuffed baked potatoes to its menu, too.

Looking for a place to stay near Disneyland? A new Hyatt House has opened at the corner of Harbor and Katella, within easy walking distance of the parks. The 262-room hotel is designed for extended stays and offers a mix of studios and one-bedroom suites with kitchens. Rates start at around $300 a night. Even if you're not in the market for that kind of room, it might be worth noting that the new building also features a Starbucks, a Walgreens, and a couple of restaurants.

Dollywood announced that it is adding a few extra days to its operating schedule this year, extending the Smoky Mountain Christmas by adding two Tuesdays to the run: Dec. 6 and 13. In addition, Splash Country will stay open an extra week — operating daily until Aug. 21 then for the next two weekends after that.

Finally, word that Houston's mayor is looking for a theme park to replace the long-closed AstroWorld is worrying officials in San Antonio, home to SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio's about a three-hour drive from Houston, but hey, it's Texas, so that's nothing. The San Antonio parks have been able to extend their market into Houston easily with no other theme parks in the region, but the fear is that a new park in or near Houston could cut into their business. Neither of the San Antonio parks ranked in North American Top 20 in the most recent TEA/AECOM theme park attendance report.

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July 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM · We had season passes to Six Flags Fiesta Texas when I lived in Houston and I know we weren't the only ones. There's a hunger for a local theme park that's been left gnawing at locals since AstroWorld closed down.
July 22, 2016 at 1:58 PM · We stayed at the Hyatt House in Cypress, CA last weekend. It was about a 15 minute drive from the park. I love the these extended stay type hotels. It's great having a living room separated from the bedroom. The breakfast offering was also good, including made to order omelets and miso soup. Having the same quality accommodations walking distance will be a real bonus.
July 22, 2016 at 2:35 PM · Were the Turkey Legs a big deal at DHS? Seemed to me to be a Magic Kingdom thing.
July 22, 2016 at 10:15 PM · My g.f. got sick from those damn turkey legs once. Probably undercooked. We missed a day in the parks because of that. At least they gave us a free day each to compensate, but we never ate those things again.
July 23, 2016 at 1:28 PM · I will for one miss the turkey legs. It was one of the highlight of my trips, to buy a turkey leg in animal kngdom and see if you could manage to eat the whole thing on your own.

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