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Lunar New Year is coming to Disneyland and Universal Hollywood

Lunar New Year is coming to Disneyland and Universal Hollywood

January 18, 2017, 11:53 AM · The festivities kick off this Friday at the Disneyland Resort, where Disney California Adventure will be celebrating for 17 days, through Feb. 5. Mulan and Mushu will appear in a new pre-show to World of Color, called "Hurry Home," which will follow the travels of Little Lantern on its way home to its family for the Lunar New Year. The park also will roll out several Asian-inspired food stands as well as a special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill.

Up the road at Universal Studios Hollywood, the "Year of the Rooster" starts Saturday, Jan. 21, also running through Feb. 5. The event will welcome Kung Fu Panda stars Po and Tigress to the park for the first time, as well as the return of Universal's Mandarin-speaking Megatron, from the Transformers franchise. Keep reading...

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News update: New Disney breakfasts, Universal return tix, and SeaWorld food fest

January 17, 2017, 11:17 AM · Today's news update includes detail on several new breakfast options for early visitors to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, a new return time virtual queue option for Universal's Minion Mayhem ride, and the line-ups for SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival. Keep reading...

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The circus is dead. Long live its successors

January 15, 2017, 12:04 PM · Feld Entertainment announced today that it will close the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus this spring, bringing to a close a 146 year run. Circuses were one of the progenitors of the themed entertainment industry, so it's well worth a moment for fans of theme parks to think about what the passing of the most famous circus in America might mean for the industry. Keep reading...

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Let's imagine more entertaining, and useful, official theme park apps

January 13, 2017, 3:22 PM · Most theme parks' official mobile apps provide a lot of useful information for visitors. You can see where you are on an interactive park map, look at current wait times for rides and see the day's schedule for shows and other in-park entertainment. The better apps also work as park tickets and might even allow you to manage any reservations you have in the park.

But theme parks could learn a few things from other app developers, too. What if official theme park apps provided more than an interactive guidemap and maybe a ticket? What if they became virtual tour guides, encouraging visitors' movement around the parks? That's the question I ask in my Orange County Register column this week, How about virtual online prize games while visiting theme parks? Keep reading...

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