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Orlando news update: Mimes return to SeaWorld; StarFlyer coming to I-Drive

Orlando news update: Mimes return to SeaWorld; StarFlyer coming to I-Drive

October 20, 2016, 11:46 AM · Today's theme park news briefs include the return of the popular pre-show mimes to SeaWorld Orlando... at least for a limited time. And the Orlando Eye on International Drive is getting an even taller neighbor. Keep reading...

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Universal is bringing its Minions to Japan

October 19, 2016, 8:18 PM · Universal Studios Japan will build a new land themed to Illumination Entertainment's popular Minions franchise.

The park announced today that Minion Park will open in the first half of 2017, as a plussed version of the Minion-themed mini-land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will anchor the new land, which Universal is promising will be "the world's largest Minion-themed area." Keep reading...

Karen Irwin replaces Larry Kurzweil as head of Universal Studios Hollywood

October 19, 2016, 2:09 PM · Larry Kurzweil is out and Universal Parks & Resorts executive Karen Irwin is in as President of Universal Studios Hollywood, corporate parent NBCUniversal announced today.

Irwin, who has been based in Orlando, has been the Executive Vice President, Global Merchandise and Partnership Development, for Universal Parks & Resorts. Meanwhile, Kurzweil, who has been in charge of the Hollywood park since 1999, will be leaving the company, becoming the President and CEO of the popular LA-area restaurant chain Lemonade. Keep reading...

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A visit to Shanghai Disneyland, part 2

October 19, 2016, 12:49 PM · In this week's episode of Theme Park Insider, Robert and I continue our discussion about my recent trip to Disney's newest theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, including getting evacuated from Pirates of the Caribbean, riding the TRON Lightcycle Power Run and the rest of my day at the park.

And if you missed part 1, here it is. Keep reading...

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