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News update: Universal Mardi Gras; free Disney meet and greets

News update: Universal Mardi Gras; free Disney meet and greets

September 29, 2016, 9:23 PM · Tonight's theme park news round-up includes a new schedule for Universal Studios Florida's annual Mardi Gras celebration, a new parking garage for Disney Springs, a new sign at the Carousel of Progress, and a no-ticket-required Princess meet-and-greet opportunity at Walt Disney World. Keep reading...

Eight new ideas for Disneyland Space Mountain overlays

September 29, 2016, 10:56 AM · Theme parks can extend the value of their rides and shows with special overlays. Disney's been doing this for a generation, starting (perhaps) with a special Christmas show for the Country Bear Jamboree. Over the years, Disney's added seasonal and themed overlays to many more attractions, including It's a Small World, the Haunted Mansion, and World of Color.

The king of overlays these days might be Space Mountain. In addition to the "regular" musical journey to the stars, the Disneyland Resort offers two themed overlays to its popular indoor roller coaster: the Halloween-themed "Ghost Galaxy," which is running now, and the Star Wars-themed "Hyperspace Mountain," which returns November 2. But why stop there? Keep reading...

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Dubai Parks & Resorts changes its opening dates, moves to phased debut

September 29, 2016, 8:31 AM · Dubai Parks & Resorts today announced a new schedule of opening dates for the resort and its three theme parks. The parks — Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai — had been scheduled to open next month, on October 31. Legoland will make the October 31 opening, but the other two parks will open later this year, instead. Keep reading...

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach announces Mack launch coaster for 2018

September 28, 2016, 4:43 PM · Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced its next major attraction — a double-launch Mack roller coaster that will feature a record 15 "interactions" with other rides in the English amusement park.

The £16.25m (US$21.2 million) coaster will open in Spring 2018 and feature 4.3 Gs of acceleration, on a 1.14 km (3,740 foot) course, with an 82-foot maximum drop. Keep reading...

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