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News updates from Knott's, Universal, and the ultimate Disney break-up

News updates from Knott's, Universal, and the ultimate Disney break-up

April 21, 2017, 5:09 PM · Tonight's theme park news update includes a new spinner ride opening at Knott's Berry Farm, the official opening of Universal Studios Hollywood's newly refurbished movie theaters, a renewable energy commitment from California's Great America... and perhaps the most cringe-worthy break-up story ever from Walt Disney World. Keep reading...

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Classic Space Mountain returns to Disneyland in June

April 20, 2017, 11:26 AM · Disneyland announced today that the classic, non-Star Wars version of its Space Mountain roller coaster will return to Tomorrowland, starting June 1. For the past year and a half, Space Mountain has been running a Star Wars-themed "Hyperspace Mountain" overlay, with on-board Star Wars theme music and in-ride projections of TIE fighters, Star Destroyers and X-wings in battle. Keep reading...

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What's your dream theme for a theme park hotel?

April 19, 2017, 8:45 PM · Social media's been buzzing this week over reports that Walt Disney World has been surveying guests about the appeal of a Star Wars-themed resort hotel on Disney property. Parks survey guests all the time about a wide variety of sometimes far-fetched ideas, so there's no guarantee that Disney's actually got plans in place for such a property. Heck, it'd be foolish to spend the money to develop plans and then survey people as to whether that's a good idea. (Remember, surveying fans is just step 2 in our 10-step process for developing theme park projects.)

But, hey, it's fun to imagine a bunch of crazy, creative ideas. The way that theme parks spark our imaginations is one of their many endearing qualities that make us fans. So why not dream about a Star Wars hotel? Or hotels themed to one of the other top-grossing entertainment franchises in the industry right now?

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